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n a misty Saturday morning, the Fraser Valley and Sunshine Coast Opening Hunt kicked off the season with tradition-filled day ‘riding to the hounds’ along the lush autumn trails of Roberts Creek. Riders sipped from the traAug. 2012 ditional ‘stirrup cup’ of hot30, spiced wine, toasting the success of the hunt following the vicar’s traditional blessing and prayer for the

safety of horses, riders and dogs. No fox is harmed during the Coast event; instead, the dogs follow a ‘drag’ scent laid down along the course and receive a tasty reward of tripe at the end of the run – resulting in an offal frenzy. Meanwhile, back at the paddock, while volunteers prepared the traditional roast beef lunch (dinner) for the riders and their support

teams, the traditional ‘Munch and Mingle’ pitted teams of tailgate picnickers in a battle to capture the prize bottle of champagne for best display. Tables groaning with fine linens, china, crystal, candles, bibelots, nicknacks, paddywhacks and food in the Scottish and French tradition drew admiring onlookers fortified with cups of Virginia Mills’ Bourbon Punch.

The team of Ingrid Nixon, Kate McQuade and Gwen Enyedy walked off with the vintage Dom Perignon; close on their heels, Etienne Champagne, James King and Pauline Nelitz – the best-dressed team – captured second place. More event photos online at www.thelocalweekly.ca Photo Heather Jeal

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James ‘Buddy’ Rogers brings blues to Boomers

BC marks Community Living Month Inclusion and employment were the focus of discussions during this year’s 15th annual Community Living Month in British Columbia. Each October, Community Living Month is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of people with developmental disabilities — and to ac-

knowledge the people who support them. Throughout the month, community events, employment roundtables and forums raised awareness and celebrated people with developmental disabilities as equal and contributing members of society. Social Development and

Social Innovation Minister Don McRae is touring BC during October to meet with local employers, service providers, home share providers, individuals and families to discuss opportunities and challenges in the sector. The Ministry of Social Development and Social

Innovation and CLBC are making progress towards improving services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Work is now underway to roll out an integrated service delivery model to improve support planning and service delivery. Submitted

Sweaters for Syria – a Gibsons zombies to ‘Thrill the World’ Oct. 26 worldwide appeal

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James ‘Buddy’ Rogers – one of the most inventive and penetrating blues guitarists performing today – teams up with special guest Tom Lavin of the legendary Powder Blues Band for an evening of deep indigo blues

at Boomers Burger Bar in Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons on Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance from Boomers, or $20 at the door. A portion of ticket sales will support Good to Go Meals on Wheels.

Thrill The World, an annual worldwide attempt to break the Guinness World Records for Largest Simultaneous Dance, synchronizes dance groups in cities, towns and hamlets around the world as they perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller choreography – dressed as zombies. Thousands of people in cities around the world will learn the steps and perform together on October 26 at 9 p.m. GMT (in Gibsons, and simultaneously in all communities in the Pacific Daylight Savings Time Zone, at 2 p.m. sharp – spectators should arrive at 1:30 to be in place when the dance starts). The Sunshine Coast troupe will be performing outside Kenmac Automotive on Gibsons Way. Thrill The World’s

purpose is to connect the world through dance; to remind everyone that before you believed you couldn’t (dance) you did; and to show that it CAN be done. In addition to sharing the joy of dance, the celebration of community and the passion for living, Thrill The World was created so that each event could be used to raise money for a local charity. Participating zombies m donate $10 per person to Thrill; spectators may donate as the spirits move them. Proceeds benefit Gibsons Landing Heritage Society, which operates the Heritage Playhouse. For more information, or to find out how to join the dance, contact thrilltheworldgibsons@ gmail.com or phone 604-886-0020. Submitted

Take the fright out of driving this Halloween ‘‘

While Halloween is one of the most festive nights of the year for children it also ranks among the most dangerous for young pedestrians. To help promote safety on this spooky and fun filled evening, there are steps that motorists should take to prevent unwanted scares on the road. By performing a quick check of your vehicle and taking extra precautions when driving through neighborhoods, you can help make sure any frights are reserved for the holiday, not for the road, according to representatives from the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada, through its Be Car Care Aware (BCCA) program. “By practicing cautious driving and performing regular vehicle maintenance, we can help keep everyone safe this Halloween,” said Marc Brazeau, President and CEO, AIA Canada.

By practicing cautious driving and performing regular vehicle maintenance, we can help keep everyone safe this Halloween” ~ Marc Brazeau ~ President and CEO, AIA Canada

With that in mind, below are some driving and vehicle maintenance tips that can help promote safety and ward off any scares for motorists this Halloween: Check lights. Properly functioning lights are critical for spotting the ghouls and goblins that will be roaming your neighbourhood this Halloween, and for overall road safety. Replace any burnt out signal lights or headlights

straight away. Drive slowly and abide by the speed limit. Drivers should slow down in neighborhoods and be on high alert for children crossing streets or emerging from between parked cars. Check your brakes. Your brake system is the most vital safety component of your vehicle as it allows you to stop to avoid collision.Check that your brakes are in good working order in the event that you need to make a quick stop. Overly excited trickor-treaters may not always look both ways before crossing the street! Check your tires. Worn tires lose their ability to grip the road in adverse conditions. Stopping on wet roads can take up to four times the normal distance of stopping on dry roads. Drivers should check their tire inflation pressure as well as tread

depth and wear at least once per month to ensure their tires are gripping the road properly. Check your horn. Honk, honk! Make sure your horn is working in the event that you need to alert other drivers or pedestrians of danger, or get their attention (and to ward off monsters). For more tips on how to improve the safety of your vehicle, visit: www.BeCarCareAware.ca Submitted

Canadian Lutheran World Relief in partnership with Home Hardware is conducting a drive to collect 10,000 sweaters from across Canada. On the Sunshine Coast, Living Faith Lutheran Church in Davis Bay sent out a call for donations, and organizers report an ‘astound-

ing’ response. Sweaters – new or gently used, for children or adults – may be dropped off at the church until noon, October 27. Home Hardware will then ship them to their Winnipeg head office to be loaded into a container and shipped to Jordanian refugee camps.   Submitted


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Editorial Opinion Hometown heroes Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a number of Hometown Heroes step forward to help their neighbours and in so doing, continue the tradition of a compassionate community the First Nations and our pioneer families established when they first settled on these generous shores. This community culture of caring should be celebrated – not just at Thanksgiving, not just during Volunteer Appreciation Day, Week or Month – but daily, whenever and wherever we as individuals see it happening. Ron Johnston, proprietor of the Garden Bay Pub, recently organized a series of fundraisers to benefit the employees of the burned-out Grasshopper Pub – his former competition – and hired on two of the wait staff, even though his own business is going through a slow period. Ron went door to door in Pender Harbour, collecting items for a silent auction, and last Friday he and the folks attending the pub’s weekly Meat Draw raised $9,514. It’s not the first time Ron has extended a helping hand – usually, his acts of kindness are quiet gestures between him and the recipient. Another group of heroes were front and centre helping douse the blaze at Grasshopper. Each of our communities fields a volunteer fire department – men and women who stand ready to drop whatever they may be doing and rush to save the lives and property of their neighbours. They all give up a day or two each week to train in techniques and equipment use, drilling while wearing full turnout gear even on the hottest summer days. Their brave and selfless dedication in volunteering as firefighters and first responders benefits everyone in the community – making it possible for each homeowner to obtain fire insurance for their dwelling, and keeping taxes low. A fully-paid and fully-staffed fire department would require substantial increase in property taxes to cover its operation. For everyone, this should be reason enough to say “thank you” to our firefighters whenever we see them in action. Last week, we saluted the official opening of St. Mary’s Hospital, where each speaker paid special tribute to the shishalh First Nation, and the forward-thinking Council and Elders who, in the early 1960s, saw how giving land tainted by the hated Residential School to the community as a site for the hospital would be an important step in healing and reconciliation. (This was 50 years before the Truth and Reconciliation Committee began its work nationally.) No one used the term ‘heroic’ in describing that mid-century Council, but donating that land was an act of bravery, compassion, foresight, and generosity. When the totems now being carved are installed sometime in November, they will stand as a monument to those heroic men and women. The totems will also stand as a monument to another group of heroes – the many hundreds of Hospital Auxiliary volunteers. Over the years, the Auxiliary raised millions of dollars to equip and furnish St. Mary’s. Serving as it does a population of almost 30,000 on the Sunshine Coast, it is a jewel of a hospital – equipped with cutting-edge technology now housed in the province’s most progressive medical building. The Auxiliary’s main fundraiser, the Thrift Shop, raises at least a quarter of a million dollars each year; this is supplemented by money brought in by bake and plant sales, penny drives, the annual Rods ‘n’ Hogz rally at the Crossroads Grill in Kleindale, and numerous other events. Like the firefighters, the auxiliary volunteers save the community taxpayers from a huge tax hit that would otherwise be necessary to cover the millions of dollars they’ve paid out over the years to benefit every single resident and visitor to our community. These are only a few of our hometown heroes. Thank them when you see them. We’d love to hear of other hometown heroes, Letters should be sent to editor@thelocalweekly.ca or mailed to Box 494 Sechelt BC, V0N 3A0. Heather Jeal, Editor

Letters to the Editor – Opinions Drop-off Zone not for pickups Just about every time I drop someone off at the Langdale ferry there’s someone who’s parked in the segregated drop off lane waiting to pick someone up. Not only is it an inconvenience to be trapped behind their car, it also forces other drivers to make unsafe drop offs in the adjacent bus and through lanes. I’ve written to BC Ferries about this problem and they responded with a letter informing me that they plan to make changes to the parking lot and drop off area in order to alleviate some of these issues. If you are one of these people who even only occasionally uses the drop off lane as a pick up one, would you please do your fellow ferry users the service of writing to BC Ferries so that they may consider the reasoning behind your choice for not using the proper pick up area in their plans to improve traffic flow at the terminal? Suzanne Herman

Still questioning ‘harm’ Regarding last week’s letter about ‘A question of harm’. The writer refers to N.Z. studies where adolescents ‘can lose 8 IQ points’ with

cannabis consumption. The petition before B.C. citizens is to eliminate the current form of prohibition. The petition does not promote in any way consumption of cannabis by adolescents (or anyone). Prohibition does not work. It is an expensive, needless cost on society. Space restrictions prevent me from quoting numerous studies or famous experts on prohibition, except to paraphrase economist Milton Friedman: Prohibition is a subsidy to drug dealers. Studies have also shown in countries where prohibition of cannabis has been revoked, per capita participation actually declined. It is therefore not a certainty that the end of cannabis prohibition in BC will lead to a stoned out, low IQ society. Cannabis may reduce IQ scores. But so do many other legal and illegal substances. I personally don’t want our citizens having to live with the threat of a criminal record and incarceration over a puff. Doesn’t that sound sensible? Joe Vechter, Halfmoon Bay

Residents at risk (Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Mayor and Council of Sechelt, and copied to

The Local for publication.) Thank you to Fur Bearer Defenders for placing the full-page ad in the Coast Reporter (Oct 11th) reminding the people of Sechelt that we still don’t have a no-trapping bylaw, and that they, their kids, and dogs are still at risk of stepping into hidden, unmarked traps when enjoying the outdoors. n debating whether to pass a bylaw, you have again invited input from the BC Trappers Association, whose sole purpose is trapping. They will tell you how “humane” their traps and methods are. There is nothing humane about body-gripping traps. Yes, the “new, improved” leg-hold trap, instead of having jagged metal teeth, now has solid metal bands. But when these snap onto an animal’s leg, it cuts off blood circulation and the animal lies there in pain for about 3 days (trappers are supposed to check traps within this time). Many animals will chew off their own leg in an attempt to escape.  The conibear trap, usually submerged in a creek, slams shut on an animal’s neck or snout when it comes to drink, and it suffocates, drowns. This has happened to many dogs across Canada and a child’s

ankle was crushed in such a trap in Abbotsford.  If Council has no regard for the suffering of animals, at least show concern for peoples’ safety. Please be responsible and follow the lead of eight municipalities across Canada and pass a bylaw banning all bodygripping traps. Public safety should be a priority within our municipality; trappers can go outside the boundaries to indulge in their ‘sport’. For wildlife conflict, there are better methods than bodygripping traps. Cecilia Ohm-Eriksen, Sechelt

Letters to the Editor and Submissions are welcome on any topic of local or general interest. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and do not reflect opinions of The Local publication. Generally letters should not exceed more than 300 words. Letters will be edited in the interests of style, clarity, legality, brevity and taste, as necessary. The Local reserves the right to refuse publication of any submission. All letters must be signed and include place of residence and telephone number; names may be withheld from publication for valid reason by approval of the editor. E-mail letters to: editor@thelocalweekly.ca Deadline for letters and submissions is Monday at 3pm.

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Looking at a zany year in labour relations, part 2 Education Matters Silas White Chair, School District #46 School Board

Last month I wrote about K–12 support staff bargaining because a provincial framework agreement had just been reached, which will hopefully lead to a ratified contract by the end of this year. But teacher bargaining traditionally gets more attention in the media because teachers tend to be more closely associated with children’s education, and politics often get intertwined with bargaining by both the BC Teachers Federation (BCTF) and the provincial government. The last round of bargaining, in 2011–12, was

public, political, pugilistic, and long. It included a limited withdrawal of administrative work by teachers for the entire school year, a full strike for three days in March, and a withdrawal of teachers from extracurricular activities for the last couple months of the school year. A negotiated agreement was finally reached, but only after a legislated mediation process that was unpopular with teachers. Teachers ended up with no wage increases over a two-year term, but government had also wanted more control of professional development, less emphasis on seniority in teacher placement and hiring, and a standardized, vigorous teacher evaluation system. Especially with no money to offer, the gov-

ernment would’ve had to legislate a contract in order to achieve these goals, and as recent BC Supreme Court records reveal, forces in government were upset the successful negotiations put the kibosh on these plans. Through their bargaining agent, boards also managed, without government support, to negotiate a more civil, focused and facilitated framework with the BCTF for the next round of bargaining. Fast forward to 2013, Premier Christy Clark released a pre-election campaign “10-year deal” framework in January proposing that government take control of provincial bargaining from the employers (boards), among many other things. Only days after the May 14 election, the Premier

Budget 2014 preparation Coast Watch Garry Nohr Chair Sunshine Coast Regional District and Repesentative for Halfmoon Bay, Area B

With the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference over, elected officials on the Coast are waiting to hear if their requests for grant funding from provincial ministries have been successful, as all local governments are starting to look at priorities for the 2014 budget. In the past two months, politicians have been busy with Coast-wide public meetings on food security, agricultural planning, completion of the Park and Recreation Master Plan draft, and the solid waste management (MMBC) program. All of these initiatives require funding that has not been assigned. Staff and directors therefore take time to understand public priorities for services and projects, and if there is not confirmation of provincial funding for any projects, staff and directors will have

to reassess their priorities. As one SCRD director points out to all of us on the board, we need to analyze cost and value of service before moving forward. Official Community Plans (OCPs) are examples of an effective cost-value ratio. Although a considerable amount of volunteer effort is put in by rural OCP committees, funding goes to staff work plans and contracts for technical people to assist with aspects of these plans. The cost is reasonable and the value is extremely high, as these documents are guides for future development in each regional area. Over the past three years, OCPs for four of the rural areas – Elphinstone, Howe Sound, Roberts Creek, and Halfmoon Bay – have either been fully completed or are in the final stages. This fall, staff will present work plans to the board to explain the projects coming out of the strategic plan and time required for staff to complete these for next year. Some projects are carry-overs from previous

years and others are new. All have been costed, and their value determined, by staff and the SCRD board. What throws this process off is when the staff and board are presented with additional items not in the strategic plan, such as recent independent power projects, a new aggregate mine, logging that concerns local residents, or development of a new subdivision. Many times these projects are of high value to constituents, so a change to the work plan is necessary. When there is any new priority, a decision is required to free up staff to work on the new item, and therefore to change funding of the work plan for that person or group. With any change, there is fallout, as some projects are dropped or postponed, and this can cause angst to some taxpayers who feel that a project in their area should be of the highest priority. Please contact me about the SCRD financial budget or any other concern at 604-741-2427 or glnohr@ dccnet.com Fogtober socked in the low-lying areas of the Sunshine Coast this week. In Gibsons, Sunshine Kayak staff caught a dramatic glimpse of the sun burning through the morning cloud cover over the marina Tuesday morning. Photo submitted

stressed the 10-year deal with teachers as a top priority, and in late June government appointed its own lead negotiator, Peter Cameron, to take over bargaining from the BC Public School Employers Association (BCPSEA). This move was a bit premature, as the government’s own laws prevent BCPSEA from being replaced so easily. This conflict was rectified at the end of July when government fired the BCPSEA board (on which I served as Vice Chair) so that government could appoint Cameron through it, as well. (Unfortunately trying to work with the board, made up of elected

trustees and government’s own appointees, was never attempted, but that is water under the bridge.) Meanwhile, the BCTF is in BC Supreme Court challenging the government’s 2012 re-stripping of class size and composition language that was originally, and illegally, stripped from local contracts in 2002. As this goes on, negotiations for a new teachers contract will reopen this month. But this time the employers’ side of the table will be ultimately controlled by government alone, on Christy Clark’s electioncampaign mandate for a “10-year deal.” I think we can all agree

that negotiating a way to avoid another school year like 2011–12 for as long as possible would be in everyone’s best interests, especially students. But the BCTF has understandably pointed out that long-term agreements tend to require security in the form of resources (a lot of money). And yet Christy Clark also happened to be elected on a “debt-free” fiscal restraint platform. All this is just the set-up to however the negotiations—and undoubtedly more politics—play out over the next months. Contact: swhite@sd46. bc.ca / 604-886-8668 / SD#46 on Twitter: @SSCSchools

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HOTEL/CONFERENCE CENTRE THE GEORGE INFORMATION MEETING An information meeting will be held at the Cedars Inn, 895 Gibsons Way, on November 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to share with the community the revised plans for the George Hotel/Conference Centre that is proposed for the waterfront at the Winn Road and Gower Point Road intersection and to enable the public to direct their questions to the consultant team. The proposal includes a hotel/conference centre, a residential condominium and water side restaurant along with a marina. Changes to the proposal have taken place over the past several months and the proponent is seeking the public’s input. An application for the rezoning has been made with the Town of Gibsons and this meeting is an opportunity for you to view the proposal before a report is presented to Council for their consideration.


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Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is encouraging people to arm themselves against this year’s flu season by getting vaccinated. Each year, across Canada there are between 4,000 and 8,000 deaths from influenza and its complications; it causes the most deaths among vaccine-preventable diseases, exceeding all others combined. “Influenza is highly contagious and can cause serious complications for the very young, the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions,” said Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Martiquet. “You can spread influenza for up to 24 hours before you have any symptoms, so you can pass the flu on to your family and friends before you even know you are sick. Getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent catching the flu or passing it on.” Flu shots are recommended for everyone. They are free in B.C. for all children from six months to five years of age, people

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65-years and older, pregnant women, Aboriginal people, people with chronInfluenza is highly ic health conditions, and those with compromised contagious and can cause immune systems. The vacserious complications for cine is also important for the very young, the elderly, anyone who lives or works with a person who is at and those with underlying higher risk of problems health conditions.” from the flu. ~ Dr. Paul Martiquet ~ Among the many myths circulating about the flu Medical Health Officer vaccine, the main one that Hearing House 1104 keeps cropping up is that one can catch the flu by in Canada is not generated getting the shot. The in- from the previous year’s outactivated influenza vaccine, break in Canada, but rather or flu shot, injects killed in- from the strain that occurs fluenza virus into the body, earlier in the year in other meaning one cannot get the parts of the world before it flu from the vaccine itself. reaches Canada. Flu shots are recomAs a result of the injection mended for everyone, and the immuneJan.system im24, 2013 mediately begins to create in B.C. the inactivated inantibodies designed to kill fluenza vaccine, or flu shot, live versions of the virus. is provided free this year The live attenuated influ- to the following groups of enza vaccine given as a na- people: • Healthy children aged sal spray, Flumist, contains weakened influenza viruses. 6 months to 5 years and This year Vancouver Coast- their household contacts al Health has the nasal flu and caregivers • Pregnant women who spray vaccine available for eligible children and youth are at any stage of pregaged 2 to 17 years old, a nancy during the influenza great option – especially for season and their household contacts children afraid of needles. • Seniors 65 years and The number two ‘flu shot myth’ is that the vaccine older and their caregivers/ is created from last year’s household contacts • Residents of any age strain of the flu and since the flu virus changes every living in residential care, asyear the injection would be sisted living or other group ‘outdated’ for the current facilities • Aboriginal people (on strain. Though it is true that influenza viruses come and off reserve) • Children and adoin a number of strains and sub-strains with the threat lescents (6 months to 18 of changing every year, years) with conditions the path influenza travels treated for long periods of around the world is predict- time with acetylsalicylic able, making it possible to acid (aspirin), and their prepare vaccines in advance household contacts • Children and adults of the coming season. In other words, the vaccine with chronic health condi-

tions (e.g. asthma, heart, lung, immune disorders, diabetes, cancer, liver or kidney disease, obesity) and their household contacts • Health care and other care providers in facilities and community settings who are capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk of influenza complications (e.g. on cruise ships) • Visitors to a healthcare facility • People who provide essential services, including, first responders and correction officers • Farmers and other people who work with live poultry To protect patients in health care facilities, last year British Columbia’s health authorities adopted a policy requiring all doctors, staff, students and volunteers to get immunized or to wear a mask while at work during influenza season. To further protect patients, we’re also asking people visiting our facilities to do the same. Masks will be available at nursing stations and/ or outpatient reception desks. People planning to visit loved ones in a health care facility or who will take family members to outpatient appointments are also eligible for a free flu shot. Flu vaccinations are available at special public health flu clinics, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, walkin clinics and at the VCH Travel Clinic. To find a flu clinic in your area, or for more information about the vaccine, go to www. vch.ca/flu-clincs. Submitted


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A recent Cancer Research UK study found increasing evidence that medicinal mushrooms can have a cancer preventative effect, demonstrating both high anti-tumor activity and restriction of tumor metastasis. Heather Jeal Editor

Following a recent and very comprehensive study of medicinal mushrooms by Cancer Research UK, prompted by researchers’ observation of the widespread use of fungi in traditional Eastern medicinal practice, the team reported their findings on “the remarkable ability of many of these non toxic compatible compounds to reduce the debilitating effects of traditional chemotherapeutic drugs.” Mushrooms have been treasured as remedies for disease and as natural health supports for thousands of years. There is good reason for this. Fungi affect humans so profoundly and are such good sources of medicinally useful products because on a cellular level fungi and animals have more in common with each other than they have with higher plants. The potent ability of medicinal mushroom bioactive compounds to modulate so many important immune cells may be due to their structural diversity and variability. Medicinal mushrooms have latent cancer preventative properties. Studies in Japan and Brazil strongly suggest that regular consumption over prolonged periods significantly reduce the levels of cancer incidence. Cancer Research UK also found increasing experimental evidence that medicinal mushrooms can have a cancer preventative effect, demonstrating both high anti-tumor activity and restriction of tumor metastasis. A 14-year survey in Japan revealed the incidence of cancer among workers at medicinal mushroom farms was one in 1,000 compared to 1 in 600 for the general population. The Cancer Research UK report notes, “These non toxic compounds have been shown to be safe when taken over long periods of treatment and significantly, these compounds appear to reduce the adverse effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. These results are in marked contrast to the well docu-

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Renowned Canadian herbalist Robert Rogers spoke on the use of fungi in bolstering the immune system at the recent Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival. Rogers literally wrote the book (see inset) on the medicinal use of mushrooms in traditional and, increasingly, in the Western pharmacopeia as well. Rogers is shown with a local version of reishi which he notes is “well documented in over 300 trials as having cancer-fighting properties.” Photo Allan Forest mented adverse side effects associated with most chemotherapeutic compounds and also to a lesser extent, certain immunotherapeutics.” A fully functional immune response is critical to the recognition and elimination of tumor cells. The increased incidence of spontaneous tumors in immunosuppressed individuals indicates that the immune system provides a significant mechanism for resistance against cancer. Several major immune stimulating substances have been isolated from Reishi mushrooms, a proven potent activator of interferon, interleukins, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), natural killer cells (NK), T lymphocytes, tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL’s) and lymphokine activated killer cells (LAK). However,

the spontaneous regression of some tumors in patients being treated with Reishi is usually explained as a phenomenon of the individual’s own immune system attacking the tumor burden. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy invariably damage or weaken the patient’s immunological defenses which may also have been damaged by the cancer itself. Unfortunately the therapy designed to kill the pathogenic cells also kills the patient’s protective immune cells. According to the Cancer Research UK study, in clinical trials it was evident that the active compounds in Reishi ‘significantly enhanced the immune systems of the elderly people taking it.’ Reishi has been rated the top medicinal herb in Traditional Chinese Medi-

cine (TCM) for over 2,000 years. It is still the most important herb in the Orient and the most thoroughly researched. The results of many hundreds of scientific and medical studies are supporting traditional health claims. It contains over 200 active ingredients and unique compounds that are the most biologically active obtainable from any plant source. In order to obtain maximum benefit Reishi is best taken as an extract because it is a very tough, woody mushroom and the raw biomass is very difficult to digest. Its dynamic antioxidant action and immune stimulating effects are why Reishi is so highly valued as ‘The Long Life Herb,’ ‘The Great Protector’ and even ‘God’s Herb.’

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Could you live in a Tiny House? Thinking about downsizing? Wondering if you can ever afford a home of your own? Could you live in 133 square feet? Then a ‘tiny house’ might be for you. The upcoming Green Film Series presentation, Tiny: A Story About Living Small, is all about living in less space and how to get there as it follows one couple’s attempt to build a ‘tiny house’ with no building experience. The film raises questions about sustainability, good design

and the true meaning of a smaller footprint. Scott Avery of Huckeberry Vardo Designs in Roberts Creek, a designer and builder of pre-fabricated small buildings and Craig and Elizabeth Peterson of Sechelt, who are currently building a ‘tiny home’ on a trailer, will be present for a discussion following the film. The film will be shown at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse on Monday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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gagement on environmental and sustainability issues. The series is a project of the Sunshine Coast Film Society. Tickets are available at the door for $8 for Film Society members, $10 for others (includes singleevent membership fee). Submitted

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Chocolate season a time to celebrate and indulge Heather Jeal Editor

Fine chocolatiers (like Amber Stobey of Gibsons’ La Petite Souris) rejoice as cooler weather arrives and once again their treats roll out without fear of meltdown in summer heat. To everything there is a season and for chocolate, it is the cool period from Halloween through to Mother’s Day. The best chocolate offers a sensuous journey – rich scents of cocoa, velvety texture of a truffle or the crunch of a ganache, and the slightly bitter tang on the tongue of healthful flavonols – an ingredient that usually gets refined out of commercial chocolate. La Petit Souris’ handcrafted chocolates and truffles offer another journey. Amber Stobey imports cocoas from around the globe, blending them

with cocoa butter (comprising up to 39 percent of the high-quality couverture) and tempering the whole into a creamy, mellow dream on the tongue. Amber rattles off the various qualities of cocoa beans (the star ingredient in chocolate) which she imports from Africa, South and Central America and Asia. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, roasted,

crushed and liquefied. Under pressure, the cocoa butter is extracted from the liquor, leaving cocoa powder as the end product. To make chocolate, cocoa butter is reintroduced to the cocoa powder to bring out the flavour and make the product more liquid and malleable. Like most artisan chocolatiers, Amber’s highly developed palate detects nu-

ances of flavour and aroma in each cocoa varietal with the flair of a wine sommelier’s. Any product that does not meet her discerning standards is discarded. Once the couverture achieves a finely-tempered sheen, Amber blends in liqueurs, fruits, nuts, or florals – many of which have been sourced from the Sunshine Coast or Fraser Valley – and handcrafts

each morsel. Each individual chocolate is a work of art; packed in tiny perfect boxes, they are a preferred favour for weddings, or a decadent treat to enjoy ‘just because.’ Down the road in Roberts Creek, Genevieve Lemarchand creates her all-natural treats from French and Belgian imported chocolate, using local honey instead of

sugar, wrapped around ganaches incorporating fruit and herbs grown in her own garden, specialty teas from TearoomT, or organic Strait Coffee. Genevieve received national media attention some years ago for her naughty (but oh so wickedly delicious) Kama Sutra chocolates. They are still a favourite – particularly around Valentine’s Day. La Petite Souris chocolates are available at The Blackberry Shop in Gibsons Landing, and at #4 – 626 Shaw Road, Gibsons BC, phone 604-886-2079 or visit the website: www. lapetitesouris.ca Les Chocolates de Genevieve are available at select Christmas craft fairs; for more information call 604-885-4617, or visit the website: www.astralsite.com/genevieve Submitted

Apple butter among treats at Halfmoon Bay Apple Festival Volunteers make apple butter the slow, old-fashioned way at Coopers Green Park. Jars of the finished product were quickly snapped up at the Halfmoon Bay Apple Festival on the Green, Sunday, October 20.

The event raised funds for the Halfmoon Bay Childcare Society and the Sechelt Food Bank – thanks to the community’s generous support. Making apple butter is a great way to preserve the fruits of

the harvest. This smoothtextured spread is delicious on toast (and completely butter-free). This recipe calls for slow-cooking the fruit for at least an hour. On the upside, there is no need to peel or core the

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On Sunday, October 20, Sechelt’s,Shanti Thurber, a member of the Shawnigan Lake Schools Girls Senior Eight rowing crew, competed in the Head of The Charles Regatta in Boston, the largest regatta in the world. Photo submitted “As their black and gold blades sliced through the glassy calm waters of the Lake during training, it was clear that our two Senior Eights meant business,” said Shawnigan Lake School Headmaster, David Robertson. “I am so proud of their whole approach and delighted that their efforts will have such a prestigious showcase so early in the season.” Initially, entries to this regatta are secured by a top placement from the previous year. The rest are drawn out of a hat by pure chance. This is the first time Shawnigan has entered as a School, and both crews were accepted. The crews spent most of their Thanksgiving break training and ironing out any final kinks before heading for Boston. When asked about her rowing experience, Shanti said, “I started rowing in grade nine because I had absolutely no idea what it was and thought I would try something new.  I arrived at the School with no expectations for rowing, and surprisingly I am leaving the School with a deep passion for early morning rows, long pieces, and technical practices.  Next year, I plan on going to Western

University and this is largely because of their prestigious rowing program. Rowing at Shawnigan has taught me to commit 100 percent to everything I do, to do things for the passion, not the recognition, and mainly to work off of other people in a healthy and competitive way.” Rowing is one of Shawnigan Lake School’s flagship sports. One of the main goals of the School is to develop the whole person, on and off the water. Their hard work embodies all aspect of Shawnigan life and thus many of Shawnigan Lake School’s rowers receive scholarships to top notch Universities in British Columbia, Ottawa, and the United States, including UBC, UVIC, Western, Harvard, UCLA and Princeton. “The Shawnigan Lake School rowing crews work incredibly hard on a daily basis to be the best they can be,” said Director of Rowing, Tim Coy. “But since we formed these two crews to go to Boston just six weeks ago, their hard work, determination and passion have intensified. I am so proud and thrilled for them all.” Submitted

An innovative approach launched last year to increase the number of BC children who are engaged, competent readers is seeing great success, Education Minister Peter Fassbender announced today. Launched under the BC Education Plan, Changing Results for Young Readers is a provincewide approach that focuses on teacher collaboration, in-class support and current research on how to foster reading success for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. Provincial facilitators supported district Early Reading Teams to share current research and collaborate with teachers on how to improve reading for all children. As their repertoire of strategies grew, teachers reported they felt more confident and competent in their abilities to engage students in reading. A key strategy was to focus on the student’s strengths to increase confidence. Special attention was given to what sparked the child’s interest and increase student choice in selecting books.

Changing Results for Young Readers program shows widespread improvement in comprehension skills for 94 per cent of struggling students.

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Students in British Columbia already rank among the best readers in the world and that is in large measure due to our skilled and dedicated teachers.” ~ Peter Fasseinder~ BC Minister of Education

In addition, effort was made to avoid isolating the readers who struggle with reading from their peers and role models. Instead, resource teachers were encouraged to work with classroom teachers and students directly in the classroom. The program’s first year involved 66 Early Reading Learning Teams in 59 school districts, over 600

educators and more than 9,000 students. Teachers were asked at the beginning of the 2012/13 school year to identify one student who, they felt, was struggling with reading. More than 500 children were identified. Many of these students were at least a year behind their peers and some could recognize no more than a few letters of the

Taysha shaves for the brave Most young adults are venturing into their new independence, focusing on post-secondary studies, starting a career, buying a house, getting married, and starting a family. But for young adults who have received a diagnosis of cancer issues like fertility, friends, and finances take on a whole new meaning. Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) provides information, support, skills, and opportunity through webbased and face-to-face programs. Funds raised through initiatives like YACC’s Shave for the Brave make it possible for these programs to be offered at no cost to those who truly need them. Shave for the Brave participants compete to raise pledges as they volunteer to cut off their hair – all of it – and donate it to be made into wigs for cancer patients. In memory of her be-

alphabet. Focusing on these students, teachers developed individual case studies documenting literacy strategies, teaching practice and their students’ progress. By then end of the school year, 419 individual case studies were analyzed. They indicated that 94 per cent of the struggling readers demonstrated improvement in reading with understanding. Nearly two-thirds demonstrated improvement in their ability to read at grade level; 45 per cent were able to narrow the gap with their peers and another 20 per cent were able to overcome and eliminate the gap altogether. Participating teachers also reported widespread benefits across their classrooms. Fully 86 per cent of the 9,000 students were reading at grade level by the end of the school year. School districts are so impressed by the success of CR4YR, some have adapted the approach for their middle and secondary schools. Submitted

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loved grandfather, Dick Vernon, who passed away last year from cancer, recent Elphi grad Taysha Grindon has volunteered to have her luxurious locks shorn next week as she “Shaves for the Brave.” At present, she is number 12 on the shaveforthebrave.ca website Leaderboard, with $100 in pledges, and hoping to collect more through online or in-person donations.

Donations may be dropped off at MORE Coffee Shop and Bakery on Gibsons Way (next door to Swallow’s Nest) where Taysha works most mornings; or call her at 604-989-0395. To donate online, visit www.shaveforthebrave.ca, click on “Western and Territories”, the “Search Shavers” and click on Taysha’s name. Submitted

Cup Games start first round games this Saturday, October 26 at Kinnikinnick Lower Field. U13 Falcons play against Vancouver Marpole Blue Aces at 11:30 a.m., and U14 Thunderbirds challenge Whistler Avalanche at 1:30 p.m. Come out and support our Sunshine Coast players! Results from October 19 – 20 games: REP: U13 Rep Boys: Falcons 1, Vancouver Titans 0 HOUSE: U15 Highlighters 8, Greens 0 U15 Blue: Thunder 2, Reds 1


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It’s in your stars – horoscope for October 25 to October 31 Astrologer

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Change is upon you whether you would have it or not. Whether for it or against, you feel compelled to work harder and to fight. At worst an elemental of self-sabotage is rising from the depths. So, call upon the light of faith over doubt to activate the courage and cunning of your warrior within. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) A significant deepening of your commitment to change has begun. Work within and awaken to potential enemies lurking below your conscious awareness. Creative strategies to tap your inner authority and power are highlighted. Find a torch to light your way. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) The time has come to rise to a whole new level. There may be things, attitudes, habitual patterns, usual rhythms and maybe even certain people that

tion. A deepened investigation of this ancient craft is now yours to pursue. In some respects this quest will lead you into the unknown. Beyond sense and reason, logic and even intuition you are meant to explore the magic and power of imagination. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) What treasures lie hidden from plain view? Surely there are gold coins, rare gems and diamonds – gifts of talents that abound, , new visions and dreams and lands to explore… Most precious of all is the realization that all are the creations of consciousness. Invest some time there. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) The spark of renewal is being ignited within. Where usually options and possibilities challenge you to choose, this time your focus will be as sharp as an ancient warrior’s sword. This is because the usual offerings of your mind are being eclipsed by the command of your soul. Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Dissolving, disintegrating, melting or passing

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access to what everyone else has. Knowing how to implement this reservoir of wealth is another thing. Expect a time of multitasking, delegation and digging in to break through. Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) Who are you, where do you belong and where are your energies best directed? You may be plagued with doubts and confusions for a while. By midDecember the answers will

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