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n communities across Canada, the brave, the bold and the silly will gather at the water’s edge for the annual madness of the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. The tradition began in BC, when Peter Pantages (who swam the waters of English Aug. Bay 30, daily, regardless of 2012 weather or season) teased a group of chums into joining him on January 1, 1920. This launched the original Polar Bear Club. On the Sunshine Coast, most residents take


the plunge at high noon at Davis Bay, where the Sunshine Coast Lions Club serve up hot chocolate and award prizes and T-shirts to winners in four separate categories. Last year, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) volunteers supervised the swimmers, and shoreside helpers dished out hot chicken soup to the shivering hordes. In previous years, the Pigs Rugby Club organized a plunge at Armours Beach in Gib-

sons, and Pender Harbour residents dipped in the chilly waters at Seafarers Park in Madeira Park. In 2014, the plunges for these communities are unofficial and unorganized. In the spirit of Peter Pantages, on New Years Day show up at the beach of your choice and show that anyone can swim the local waters year-round – if only for a few minutes at a time. Heather Jeal, Editor


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A brave and crazy New Year’s Day tradition

Back in Time Kimiko Hawkes

Manager / Curator Sunshine Coast Museum & Archcives

There is something about diving into freezing cold water that rejuvenates the soul. Since the mid-1980s, hearty Sunshine Coast residents have been taking part in the Canadian New Year’s day tradition known as the Polar Bear swim. Plunging into shockingly cold water while the snow-capped peaks of the North Shore whisper with an arctic


You brave souls, we don’t know whether you are brave or crazy, but whichever, it is great to watch.” ~ Jean Robinson ~ Coast News, 1986

wind, this tradition makes me cold just thinking about it. In Gibsons, the swim takes place at historic Armours Beach, and it makes me wonder what the early homesteaders of the region would think of the event. Would George Gibson

don his best swim suit and plunge into the chuck, just for the sheer fun of it all? Did George Gibson even have a swim suit? Hard to say. But from looking at archival pictures of the silly events at the Howe Sound Regatta over the years, I think that many of the early homesteaders would be the first in the water. And they would probably stay in much longer than many a modern day swimmer! Take part in a brave and crazy Sunshine Coast tradition - Polar Bear swims are held in communities all along the Sunshine Coast.


Armours Beach shows a typical winter snowfall, c. 1950. The old beach cottage at the left is now gone; the building on the right was the original Gibsons Town Hall, most recently known as the Pigs Rugby clubhouse. As the Town prepares to upgrade access and facilities in the park, this building is slated for demolition. For more information on the future of this beach park, attend the Armours Beach Conceptual Design Open House at Gibsons Municipal Hall, 474 South Fletcher Road, on January 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. Photo courtesy Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives (photographer unknown)

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Lighting the memories: welcoming new possibilities Since mid-November, during the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society’s Lights of Life events in Gibsons, Sechelt and Madeira Park more than 500 people have written love notes in remembrance of family and friends who have died and whose presence will be missed during this holiday season. On January 1 at 2:00 p.m., rain or shine, many of the notes’ authors will gather around a ceremonial fire at Snickett Park in Sechelt to Light the Memories. In a short and very moving ceremony led by Rev. Mark Lemon, those in attendance will join in remembrance of those who touched their lives and have passed on. The Threshold Choir – a women’s group that sings at the bedsides of those who are dying – will share their music as the memory cards are be placed in the fire and their thoughts and prayers are carried skyward. “As one year ends and another begins, it seems fitting to gather at a place where we can celebrate the four elements – fire, air, water, earth – and the four directions. It’s a great way of setting memories free and welcoming new

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possibilities,” said Hospice volunteer coordinator Bernadette Richards. Warm refreshments will be offered following the ceremony. The Sunshine Coast Hospice Society will host the Loss of a Loved One support group starting January 8 and a Loss of Life Partners sup-

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Editorial Opinion Resolutions – for them as needs ‘em Coming up on New Year’s Eve, it’s time to think of personal improvement and make that list of resolutions – most of which we know will be trashed by January 2. Since personal resolutions have such a short shelf life, in a spirit of Christmas charity, benevolence and generosity, we decided to make resolutions for other people who might otherwise not have time to make their own lists. For BC Ferries decision-makers: Resolve to remember we were designed with two ears and one mouth for a reason – to listen twice as much as we talk. With respect. For proponents (and antagonists) of The George Hotel and Residences project: same resolution. And double the respect. For Coast motorists: Resolve to have vehicles checked and burnt-out headlights replaced. For 2014 local government candidates: Resolve to start campaigning when the writ is dropped in the fall – and not before. Election season is quite long enough to contain all the rhetoric we can absorb, thank you. For Canada Post: Resolve to preserve our community post offices. We love those guys. For local shoppers: Resolve that next year, you will NOT respond to “got your holiday shopping done?” by saying “yeah, I went into Vancouver yesterday and got it all done.” Because shopping locally supports the businesses that support our community in so many ways. For The Local readers: Resolve to ‘like’ The Local on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and read the ongoing onslaught of letters about The George on our website. And ring in the New Year safely, with love and looking forward to an interesting 2014. Venturing off Coast, let’s help out a few other busy souls: For the Canucks: Resolve to remember hockey is not a blood sport, and the object of the game is to get the puck in the opposing team’s net. For Environment Canada and Port of Metro Vancouver: Resolve to study the ecological and economic impact of thermal coal transshipments on communities along the full route from Vancouver to Texada Island, and to draw on local First Nations’ traditional knowledge of these waters and resources. And to learn from them. For Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: Resolve to keep his appetite for publicity under control, under wraps, under a blanket and under his own roof. For Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Resolve to actually hang around to answer questions after his party tables new legislation or contentious reports. Cheers! Heather Jeal, Editor

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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Just wonderful Attended the annual Christmas dinner for the Sunshine Coast Special Olympics held at the Sechelt Legion Branch 140. Partly because of a visit from the good Santa, who brought many gifts for the athletes, with his very funny helper, there were enough smiles in the place to warm the whole Coast. The Sechelt Branch did a marvellous job in decorating the hall and they served a wonderful spread that would make any restaurant proud. With the right strategy, they could serve all kinds of groups and help their own cause. Paul Lith, Sunshine Coast

Just the beginning Although BC HYDRO’s ‘deadline’ to force us all into compliance has passed, there are still options for those who don’t want a WHO-declared possible carcinogen emitting radiation 24/7 in their most private spaces, their homes. We still have rights, to privacy, to health in own homes, but we/you must act to defend yourself against this predator corporation. Right now there

are two groups of likeminded people who are organizing for our rights. has a lot of facts about the ‘smart’ (aka stupid) meters as well as links to a CLASS ACTION suit that you can still join. Also at there is another route you can take called The BC Freedom Process, a legal process. We have a group who has been assisting in filling out the forms, as they can be confusing. In the new year, we will be meeting in Roberts Creek to assist with this and other questions around this process, and to gather in solidarity, since the process of the theft of our rights as citizens in our own homes has been onerous and psychologically difficult for many. And this is just the beginning. As soon as BC HYDRO claims success, the other utilities will be close on their heels, forcing us to have even more 24/7 radiating meters to calculate & sell info on our every move : water, gas. We’re all going to be tied at the umbilical cord to the great corporate entity. It’s the next human health experiment, like cigarette

smoking, replacement hormones, thalidomide and even nuclear radiation was, before the human cost was evident all around and consensus finally agreed on their bvious harm. Thank you, The Local, for sharing this information with your readers, Caitlin Hicks, Roberts Creek

Just sayin’... I’ve been a rider on the ferries since the Black Ball days. In 1952 it was on the M.V. Quillayout with a capacity of 50 cars. During the winter season it made five round trips every three hours, leaving Gibsons from 7a.m. until 7p.m. The round trip cost for car and driver was $7.80. If I plug that cost into Statistics Canada present value calculator, the results show that $7.80 in 1952 is equivalent to $68.04 in 2013 dollars. Interesting! My trip back from the big city last week, with my BC Experience Card, cost me $49.10. What this says is that everyone that has moved here over the last 60 years has had to bear the cost of ferry travel. It appears that it’s actually a got a bit better over the years. In any

case it’s been, for most of us, a conscious choice made to gain the lifestyle only the Coast can offer. I should not expect others to pay for my choices. I do sympathize with the commuters, however, that must bear this daily expense. I would like to see a reduced rate for those traveling more than, say, 10 to 15 times a month. So maybe, since the rest of us are paying only 72 per cent of 1952 rates, our prices could go up 20 per cent or so to compensate? That might be fair – but not, I expect, a popular idea! Gerry Watson, Gibsons 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. Letters should not exceed 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: Deadline for letters and submissions is Monday at 3pm.

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All About Town •


New Chief Librarian at Sechelt residents – Sechelt Public Library put minds in motion Margaret Hodgins joins the Sechelt Public Library as Chief Librarian, effective January 2, 2014. “I am delighted to be working with the SPLA board, library staff and residents to continue the positive progress of this library,” Hodgins said. “The warm welcome I have received seems indicative of the spirit of this community and I look forward to being a part of it.” Formerly a resident of Victoria, Hodgins served as Campus Librarian at Okanagan College in Vernon and Information Services Librarian at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library in Owen Sound, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English and Religious Studies and earned her Master of Information and Library Studies in 1993 from the University of Western Ontario. With twenty years of experience in public libraries, Hodgins’ specialties include information literacy, adult programming and reference services. SPLA board chair Dan Fivehouse notes, “We have a tradition of good management at the Sechelt Public Library and we are very pleased to welcome Margaret to head our staff. We


The warm welcome I have received seems indicative of the spirit of this community and I look forward to being a part of it.” ~ Margaret Hodgins ~ Chief Librarian, Sechelt Public Library

know that she is as eager as we are to meet the challenges of providing excellence in public library service in this era of digitized books, lifelong learning, and the new opportunities that technology makes available to us.” The Sechelt Public Library serves the northern half of the lower Sunshine Coast from Roberts Creek to Egmont. In 2012, more than 10,800 residents held library cards and 241,800 items were borrowed (including e-books). The Sechelt Public Library is funded by the District of Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast Regional District, the shíshálh First Nation and the Province of British Columbia. Submitted

Sechelt residents experiencing early memory loss can get their Minds in Motion® in the New Year. A new fitness and social program offered by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of BC, Minds in Motion launches nine weekly sessions beginning on Friday, January 10. “The program aims to help people stay physically active, meet and socialize with others living with dementia, get involved in activities, and have access to information about dementia and services,” explains Bronwyn James, the Society’s First Link Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast and North Shore. Participants, accompanied by a friend, family member or caregiver, enjoy light exercise conducted by a certified fitness instructor, followed by activities or games and social time in a relaxed atmosphere. Light refreshments will be provided. Minds in Motion offers multiple benefits to persons with dementia, their care partners and others, says James. Persons with dementia see physical gains such as improved balance, mobility and flexibility, and increased comfort and confidence in their situation. For care partners, benefits include more core strength

and flexibility, an increased understanding of both dementia and self-care, and learning new coping strategies from peers. “Persons with dementia and their care partners have something to look forward to - a reason to get out of the house - and a topic to talk about afterwards,” James says. “It’s a safe place to go and a good cognitive workout.” Participants can experience sharpened cognitive function that sometimes lasts two to three days and feel energized. And volunteers with the program also go home with spirits uplifted. Minds in Motion runs for nine Fridays, January 10 through March 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at Sechelt Aquatic Centre’s Community Room, 5500 Shorncliffe Avenue. Cost is just $56 per couple to cover expenses. If space is available, participants are encouraged to drop in and try out a free session prior to registering. To register call the community centre at 604-8856865. For more information, contact James toll-free at 1-855-984-8347 or e-mail For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias visit Submitted

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Jupiter dazzles with best show of year With Jupiter at its closest proximity to Earth on January 5, some of its four Galilean moons can be observed using binoculars. This is the time of year when some ask “What was the Star of Bethlehem”? Was there a recorded astronomical event that could explain it? i.e., a super nova, a comet, the planet Venus in opposition, a triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, or a conjunction of Jupiter (the King of planets) and the star Regulus (king of stars!) to herald the birth of a king? These are all proposed theories, none proven. In this season’s sky however, the brilliant and luminous Venus has been a startling sight in the Southwest at dusk. On January 11, it passes between the Earth and the Sun and transitions from the evening to the morning sky. Jupiter, on the other hand, dazzles us with its brilliance

all night long putting on its best show of the year. It reaches its closest proximity to the Earth on January 5, shining at -2.7 magnitude, brighter than Sirius (the sky’s brightest star) as it sits in the middle of Gemini near the giant constellation Orion. Using binoculars, some of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons can be observed as tiny ‘stars’ on either side of the planet. This discovery astounded Galileo when he

viewed them through his crude telescope in 1610, and changed the world. We found out we are not the centre of the Universe! Look for Sirius off Orion’s left foot: a brilliant object in Canis Major. Orion will dominate the sky all winter with his distinctive three star belt. The Quadrantid meteor shower will radiate out of the sky in the vicinity of the Big Dipper, climaxing Janu-

ary 3, a moonless night. The next meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society is Friday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Art Centre. Club president Mike Bradley will demonstrate “How to Make a Solargraph”, a pinhole camera used to track the movement of the sun across the sky from season to season. Attendees will be shown how to make their own pinhole camera from a beverage container. Everyone is welcome! See more details on our website www. Astro Café, Friday, January 17 at Pier 17! Bring your telescope, binoculars or astro gadgets. Submitted by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Sunshine Coast Centre

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Shop locally to avoid post-holiday crowds For millions of people, particularly those who live in current or former British Commonwealth nations, the day after Christmas is about more than just returning gifts or finding great deals. Boxing Day is a cause for celebration, and it just so happens to fall on December 26. Boxing Day was traditionally a day when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their employers and superiors. Now, however, it is primarily known as a shopping holiday similar to Black Friday. On Boxing Day, shoppers take advantage of deep discounts and dramatic sales, and many retailers open their stores very early. Shoppers arrive in droves to shop the sales, particularly in the Metro Vancouver area malls, and such crowds can be overwhelming. The answer to crowded city malls is simple: Shop locally. Why endure the cost and stress of the ferry commute, the line-ups at stores – a line-up longer than three or four persons is unusual, if not unheardof – and the families walk-

ing five abreast at a snail’s pace through the malls when local retailers offer the same brands, the same items, and often very close to the same prices – sometimes, even lower prices – than their city competitors? Before shopping, make your list (using ads in local media as a guide) and check it twice. Avoid straying from that list once the shopping trip begins to avoid wandering aimlessly trying to recall which store had the deepest discounts on that must-have item.

Many stores offer the Boxing Day discounts for a few days after December 26. Waiting even longer may enable you to buy sea-

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Christina Obeck, Nicolaas van der Sande, Pat Dorval, Susan Rule and Aaron Fuller got into the spirit (and costumes) to perform the classic 1940s radio drama, Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Clause before a studio audience at Heritage Playhouse on Saturday, December 14. Photo submitted

Start a new holiday tradition and turn on the radio for a dinner broadcast of the classic Christmas drama, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Clause. CKAY radio (91.7 FM) recorded the old-time ‘feel good’ story presented by the Knights of Columbus drama troupe and will broadcast it twice over holiday week – at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and again at 6 p.m. on Christmas Day.

CKAY will also rebroadcast two previous years’ productions: Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life. Unfortunately, at press time the broadcast schedule had not been finalized. When received, the information will be posted on The Local’s Facebook page and tweeted on our Twitter Feed. (‘Like’ or ‘follow’ The Local Weekly for updates.) Heather Jeal

In the third in a series of fundraising exhibitions by the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Gibsons Public Art Gallery and Sunshine Coast Grandmothers and GrandOthers host the Royal City GOGOs’ celebration of African grandmothers, Heroes of the Continent. The art is inspirational and the message is sure to touch the heart. This juried show – which has been touring Western Canada since it opened in New Westminster in May, 2013 – aims to raise aware-

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ness of the lives of African grandmothers, who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren and their immediate families who have been affected by HIV/ AIDS, and leaders in their communities. They work valiantly to fight the stigma of HIV/AIDS, raise awareness about the virus and provide vital care to people living with it. A call for submissions for the exhibit yielded 83 pieces of art from Canada, the US, and Europe. Out of these, the jury selected the forty that they felt best celebrate the grandmoth-

ers’ tireless work for a safer and brighter future for the next generation. Entrance to the art exhibit is free. Donations are welcome, and note cards and an exhibition book will be on sale. After its travels across western Canada, the exhibit will return to New Westminster, BC on the eve of International Women’s Day, March 14, 2014 for a gala evening and auction. Members of the public who have seen the art on tour or on the website will be able to participate in the auction on-line and by telephone. Submitted

Events on the Sunshine Coast Dec. 27 Dinner Concert: Robin Atchison, Roberts Creek Legion. Dinner 5:30 - 9pm, Music 6 - 7:30pm Dec. 28 – 31 The Nutcracker, Coasting Along Theatre Company, Live performance at Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, Dec. 28 - 8pm. Dec. 29/30 - 2pm & 7:30pm. Dec. 31 - 2pm Dec. 31 Hastings & Crawford, live at the Painted Boat Restaurant 6:30pm. Two dinner seatings Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Bash, Leo’s Tapas, Gibsons 7pm. Dancing, traditional breaking of plates, drive u home Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance, Coopers Green Hall 7:30pm Dec. 31 A Rat Pack New Year’s Eve, Live music by A.M.P., Roberts Creek Legion 8pm Dec. 31 New Year’s Celebration with Dr. Fun & the Painkillers, Sechelt Legion. Doors: 6pm, Dinner: 6:30pm Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Party, Pender Harbour Legion 6pm Jan. 1 Polar Bear Swim, Davis Bay, Sechelt noon Jan. 1 Dog Day at the Bot, SC Botanical Gardens, 11am - 3pm Jan 8 – Feb 9 Friends of the Gallery (FOG), Exhibition at SC Arts Centre, Trail & Medusa, Sechelt Jan. 8 Friends of the Gallery (FOG) Exhibition Opening Reception, 7 - 9pm Jan. 10 Dinner Music with Brett Wildeman, Roberts Creek Legion. Dinner 5:30 – 9pm. Music 6 – 7:30pm Jan. 11 6th Annual Hop Scotch, Pender Harbour Golf Club, 7pm Jan. 11 Artist Reception: Celebrating African Grandmothers, Heroes of the Continent, Gibsons Public Art Gallery 1 – 4pm Jan. 11 Stanton Paradis CD Release Show, Coopers Green Hall 7pm Jan. 17 Friday Night Live Coffeehouse, Roberts Creek Legion 8pm Jan. 18 The Midds and Zen Archer Collective, Roberts Creek Legion 9pm

Celebrate dog day of January at the Botanical Garden On January 1, the Sunshine Coast’s dogs are encouraged to bring their wellbehaved owners, on a leash, to stroll the paths of the Botanical Garden at 5941 Mason Road in Sechelt, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hot beverages will be available by donation.

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funny resolutions. Keep the resolutions you write down to yourself, place each person’s ideas in a hat and then pick them out before the kids go to bed or right after the clock strikes midnight, whichever happens to come first. Make a New Year’s piñata. Many people love to watch the ball drop from Time’s Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve. Celebrants can bring a taste of this beloved tradition into their own homes come New Year’s Eve by creating a piñata.that looks exactly like the ball in Times Square. Fill the ball with treats and games for youngsters, who can take chances trying to break the piñata, once the clock strikes midnight or earlier if they aren’t likely to still be awake by the time the new year begins. Make predictions for the year to come. Ask young sports fans to predict which teams will win championships or share predictions for awards for the coming year. Ring in the new year under the stars. Families who live in warm climates

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MVP CARBON Reg. $269.99



The Local - December 26, 2013  

The Local - December 26, 2013