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ulticoloured balloons, beaming customers and the presence of the Mayor’s trademark orange Tesla at the Sechelt McDonalds Restaurant on Wednesday, May 2 marked another annual McHappy Day. Red-serge-clad RCMP officer, Const. Adriaan DeJong served See “McHappy” continued on page 10

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ecently the Provincial New Democrats submitted a letter to the National Energy Board (NEB) for their deliberations on the Northern Gateway (Enbridge) Pipeline project. This pipeline would traverse 800 rivers, lakes and streams across remote northern British Columbia to Kitimat, carrying raw bitumen to Asia for refining. At least 225, and up to 350 super tankers per year would navigate some of the most treacherous waterways in North America, if not the world. The letter, signed by all 36 NDP MLAs laid out the reasons we believe the environmental risks and minimal benefits do not meet the economic, social, and environmental interests of British Columbians.

The letter offered compelling arguments against the project’s risks, with strong statements about the need to maintain the moratorium on oil tanker traffic on the North Coast where our precious and fragile coastline needs to be safeguarded. The current moratorium has been upheld since 1972 by nine Premiers and eight Prime Ministers. The letter also focuses on jobs. Enbridge’s own estimate of 78 permanent jobs must be weighed against the tens of thousands of existing jobs and businesses that depend on a clean marine environment and are put at risk by this project. The fact that First Nations’ objections are nearunanimous speaks to their understanding of the fragility of their environment and the legacy of broken promises; a navy ship sunk in the 1940s continues to leak oil, as does the Queen of the North which hit Gil Island and sunk in 2006 near the community of Hartley Bay. The Liberal government

has decided to stay on the sidelines when the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta have both applied to provide input, registered as governments. But not BC; our government’s satisfied with being relegated to ‘intervenor’ status. The Premier’s repetitive slogans about waiting for the process to end before offering her government’s position seems a bit like a bettor waiting for the outcome of a race. We have taken a clear and principled position on this issue, which will provide benefits Alberta and export customers but burden BC with all the inevitable environmental risks. Looking at both sides of the argu-


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Editorial Opinion

Seniors’ driving licenses

The new driver’s license regulation for seniors is an example of good intentions with the wrong mechanization of implementation. We all want to get unsafe drivers off the road but this law singles out drivers because of their age, not because they are inherently or individually more dangerous than younger drivers. In fact, a case could be made for the opposite. Regulations require a senior to be tested by a physician within 30 days of their 80th birthday and every two years thereafter, using a presumptive test developed by a person without experience in either medicine or geriatrics. If the senior fails this test, they are to go to a testing center and take a confirmative computer test. (How many eighty year-olds are familiar with computers, let alone touch screens?) A question of basic fairness does come to mind. If the senior fails this test, their driver’s license will be revoked. They may appeal, at a cost of $380, and take a driving test. This will not be in the senior’s own car, nor in their own community in most cases. Not only is this manifestly unfair to the senior, it requires the physician to violate two principles of the Hippocratic Oath: first, a doctor may do no harm. He/she may not take actions that adversely affect the patient’s health or quality of life.  Secondly, doctors must respect the confidentially of the doctor/patient relationship. They may not share information acquired from their patient with anyone and this should include government agencies. No government anywhere has ever been able to completely protect information. Indeed, once personal information is recorded in a database, it’s only a matter of time until a hacker gains access to that data and sells it to the highest bidder.  Where I live in Egmont, at the top of the Sunshine Coast, there is no public transportation. The nearest taxi is 60 km south, in Sechelt, as is the nearest hospital. The nearest medical clinic, as well as the grocery store, pharmacy, Credit Union, PetroCan and hardware store are 30 km away, in Madeira Park.  To confiscate a senior’s driver’s license because of a presumption of diminished capacity is not only grossly unfair, it creates far more problems than it solves, at an enormous cost to both quality of life and finances for our seniors and our communities. This is a regulation that needs to be reexamined. Submitted by Douglas A. Elliott, Egmont

Letters to the Editor

A walk in Gibsons Landing for Water Week

The Town of Gibsons extends an invitation to all businesses in lower Gibsons to participate in a celebration of Drinking Water Week, May13 – 19. This year’s theme is ‘Get to know your H2O’. Communities BC-wide will be campaigning to increase public awareness of the value of our water and the need to protect and conserve it. May 19, 1 - 3 pm, a ‘Walk for Families in Lower Gibsons’ will start at the Town Hall and visit four stations, each with a simple craft/ activity and something to learn about Gibsons water. Each station is championed by volunteers from various

local businesses or community groups. As the families visit each station they will receive a sticker on their map. The walk concludes at Winegarden Park with hot dogs, cake and of course, refreshing Gibsons water. We hope this community participation day will raise awareness and help instill public confidence in our water supply and the dedicated people who work to provide us with safe drinking water and manage our wastewater. It is our hope that the Chamber of Commerce will partner with the Town of Gibsons by extending our invitation to the businesses in lower Gibsons and work with them to participate by extending the event from

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Earth day cleanup thanks Thanks for ‘Pitching In’ for Roberts Creek cleanup, starting Earth Day. On behalf of the coordinators of the Roberts Creek Community Cleanup ‘Pitch In’, this year, we were happy with the number of people who stopped by the table, and grateful to those who committed to clean up a part of the area making up RC, however much or little that may be. At the table this year were volunteers Alison Lindsay, Sally Abraham, Helen Oster, Debbie Osler, the SCRD. Official Clean Up dates are April 22-May 20 this year, but I believe there are still areas to be filled, so if you missed our table and/or would still like to contribute, please call Helen Oster at 604-741-0988. This year was fabulous weather with many people down at the beach. I was aware that Facebook fans,

and I’m sure many others, gave many kudos for the day and it was a real success all around. We encourage everyone, young and old, to keep Roberts Creek and the rest of the Coast clear of litter and ask parents to teach this to their children. Sally Abraham, Roberts Creek

Private school and no strikes? The editorial by Heather Jeal boggled my mind. Other than telling readers that failure in school is not an option, nothing made sense. I’m fed up to here with educators and government employees – paid by me, a taxpayer – who treat the job they were hired to perform as their own toy to play with. Children should never be subjected to words like ‘strike’ and ‘job action’. This is not acceptable behaviour for employees who get a job and whether they perform well or not, are protected by highpaid unions who just love the publicity they get when the word ‘strike’ is uttered. Many educators do not get fired for bad performance, they get office jobs and a pension. If you are a civil employee no need to worry, you’ll get your pension. If educators and government employees worked in private corporations, many of them would have been fired. I was downsized with 21 years of service - no pen-

sion! Yet educators enjoy a lifetime of pensions – equivalent to more than what some parents earn. And what do these parents do for daycare when teachers are on strike? Unions don’t care. Of course teachers should be paid fairly. However, teachers have two months off in summer, two weeks at Christmas, one week Spring Break, and recently Friday, Monday and Tuesday for Easter. In my days, no one heard of Professional Development days! By the way, how many people get up early in the morning and don’t get home until 12 hours later from their jobs? And teachers complain about long workdays – 8 am to 4 pm? The solution to teachers’ problem is to fire them all and use our taxes to open a private school system that actually teaches our children – with no talk of ‘job action’. J.C. (Name withheld on request), Gibsons

Don’t unravel Council’s decisions In response to Ronald Marsh’s letter in the April 5 edition of The Local, I suggest his fear about “heavy industry moving into a residential neighbourhood” is irrational and unfounded. I have been present at the council meetings in which the Stockwell’s rezoning application has been discussed. I have also been

following along with the advisory committee, which was convened to investigate the community’s reaction to the proposal, and if I am correct, I do not believe Mr. Marsh was present at any of these meetings. The Stockwells presented their proposal of rezoning a portion of their property to accommodate a cement batch plant to the advisory committee and to the council. They communicated very clearly their intention to eliminate any impact of this cement plant on the community. It also should be noted by Mr. Marsh that the location of the proposed plant is NOT in a residential neighbourhood, in actuality the plant site will border the Lehigh gravel pit, which is daily expanding towards Porpoise Bay. I question whether Mr. Marsh has done the research to make the claims he has stated in his letter. Also, it concerns me that a resident has taken a community issue which has been left in the capable hands of Council, and declared his “personal goal” to try and find a technicality on which to unravel Council’s decision, therefore casting an even greater burden on the taxpayers to re-do the process. Is this another “Target” issue? Does it really need to be? Taneth Amos, Sechelt (Letters continued on page 5)

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Letters to the Editor – Opinions (Continued from page 4)

Does anyone else smell a skunk?

The relatively recent barrage of ‘Oil’ related plans for expansion has the potential for fragmenting the environmentally concerned citizens into a variety of protest ‘camps’, fighting on all fronts of the massive assaults from the ‘Big Oil Industry’... the old war strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ has a sinister and very current meaning. Consider the confluence of the Harper majority: Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline; the Tar Sands rapid expansion plus international ownership; Shale Gas Fracking; LNG pipelines already being built to the coast; the BC Liberals’ (aka BC Hydro’s) plan to develop Site C Dam to flood the Peace River Valley; and now Kinder Morgan in Burrard Inlet (among others). Consider also the direct legislative attacks on the ability of citizens to participate in meaningful public discussion of their concerns and thorough environmental assessment by truncating and undermining Independent Public Processes.  Consider the blatant attempts to silence and discredit the voices of environmental groups. What’s next? Is it paranoid of me to wonder if the ‘Big Boys’ aren’t being strategic and coordinated? Paranoid to wonder if Kinder Morgan is the “coup de grace” engaging the people in the lower mainland in this fight and leaving the rest of BC to fight it’s own battles? What to do? From my perspective, stopping Site C Dam development is the most strategic first focus for action since it will provide the power for other northern BC environmental degradation and destruction projects. The public consultation process is over on June 1 so time is short! That being said, I join with all the voices standing up for our environment and for our democracy. Standing strong together has always been our best defense. Lynn Chapman, Roberts Creek

Traps not the only issue I read the newspaper every issue and see articles written about people with agendas. Some of these articles seem to be very misleading and sometimes only to further their own interests. For example, the words expressed by one of our new councilors, Mr. Hockley concerning the trapping bylaw. He says he does not want any input by any other parties, which may be contradictory to Lesley Fox. As an elected person he is expected to listen to all parties opinions concerning all issues concerning our village affairs. Next issue is the opinions voiced by Lesley Fox. In all probability she has never had to hunt or trap to eat or earn a living. She probably just walked to the next corner to buy her winter clothing and her groceries to eat. Also her living, which probably pays very well, is to do whatever it takes to ban anything that her employers or organization wants to ban next. Next issue is Cecila OhmErickson, who is concerned her dog may be caught in a trap. Anyone who walks their dog off leash in the wilderness should be aware that there is more chance of their dog being hurt or killed by other dogs, which are prone to attack other dogs, wolves, coyotes, cougars or even being shot by a conservation officer while harassing wildlife, than being caught in a trap. I have probably spent more time in the wilderness than any of these people. I am more concerned about animals being hurt by automobiles than traps. Bill Ellis, Sechelt

Tying in transit buses and ferries An extension of Sunshine Coast Transit from Sechelt all the way to downtown Vancouver, one bus all the way, would be of enormous benefit to Coast residents of all ages. Business people could commute, enjoying a worry-free ride all the way to downtown Vancouver, having caught the bus anywhere along Highway 101. Families could get to team matches on the Lower

Mainland without every family having to take their car (maybe parents taking turns to transport all team equipment in one vehicle while the rest rode the bus). Seniors would not have to cope with that long walk at the ferry terminal – especially at Horseshoe Bay. The Blue Buses are great but who likes that mad scramble from ferry to bus? Medical appointments in Vancouver could be easily reached by transferring to an appropriate city bus. There is, of course, the very nice privately-run Malaspina Coach Line which starts at Powell River but as that only runs once a day (twice daily in summer) it is useless to most people and the cost is very high. Since our buses are already part of BC Transit, a fare system could be worked out and transfers issued for those travelling to different zones on the other side. Imagine the possibilities! Ridership on our buses would go up enormously, creating much-needed revenue. No coping with the crazy traffic in Vancouver, and there would be fewer cars on our highway speeding to make that ferry. This is not something that could happen overnight, but we already have the buses and the ferries, which would of course still be handling cars, trucks, etc., so I think it is an idea that merits serious thought on all sides. It might be enough to stop some people from leaving the coast, and also persuade prospective residents to settle here. Fiona Giles, , Wilson Creek

Local singer wows Earth Day truant Opera buffs packed the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse on Earth Day to hear mezzosoprano Rebecca Fox stand and deliver. Yes, I should have been outside helping clean up Mother Earth. The guilt lasted until Ms. Fox opened her mouth. I wasn’t prepared for a 25-year-old local gal to sound like a big time diva. Rebecca’s mother, Adrienne, runs Truffles Café in lower Gibsons. She’s been talking about her daughter

forever, as mothers do. So when the prodigal daughter arrived to showcase her talent – with Mom producing the event – well, I dutifully attended. I did not expect to get blown away. How good was Ms. Fox? She was New York good. Her voice was big and beautiful and at times flirtatious and seductive. Her stage presence belied her youth. With mentors in New York and Berlin, Rebecca easily lives up to her ‘international’ billing. Ms. Fox’s vocal journey (with Gibsons own Tom Kellough on piano) took us from Kurt Weill to SaintSaens, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Donizetti and finally to Leonard Bernstein. Her operatic themes favoured love and loss, brides forced into arranged marriages, that kind of thing. It’s classic heartache mostly in French, Italian and even Russian. Thankfully, opera doesn’t depend on listeners following the narrative. Opera sells passion. I soon saw a tear on my wife’s right cheek.  It struck me that Ms. Fox was offering us the gift of passion without the suffering that usually comes with it in real life.  It’s a bit of a cheat—we get an emotional payoff without getting our hands dirty. Culture— somebody’s got to do it.  Next Earth Day, I promise to don the gloves and do double duty out there in the ditches. PJ Reece, Gibsons

or educational opportunities here on the coast. I have lived here, first as a working student in the summer of ‘79, then full time in the early ‘80s, and then back here again in 1996. We returned to the coast that year naively assuming transportation would improve and hence, this would be a good place to invest in a home. Such was not the case as most existing homes, like ours, now sell for well below replacement cost. It strikes me as odd that so many local homeowners, when selling their typical home for $400,000 are actually disposing of it for upwards of over $100K less than its replacement cost! This is a sign of a seriously negative market and it comes down to the severe disconnection of the coast from the province’s main economic engine in Vancouver. Like many other parents, we’ve seen our children leave the coast to pursue education and jobs that are simply not available here. In the 30+ years I’ve been around these parts, almost nothing in the way of training, industry or community facilities im-

provements have occurred. In 1979, the local chatter was about the new pool that would soon be built in Gibsons. I’m pleased to see a rec center in Gibsons but even Port Hardy had a decent pool decades ago. In my view, all of this stems from a lack of leadership from the towns of Gibsons and Sechelt, as well as the SCRD. Content to sit back and simply tax residential properties, owing to a lack of commercial enterprise, we have now entered a phase of decline. From here on in it will be tougher to extract taxes and harder to build infrastructure. The already woefully high unemployment rate on the coast will increase as local political leaders direct themselves to the inevitable blaming of the provincial government, when it is local government that should answer for this mess. It is up to them to vigorously and ceaselessly advocate for improved transport links to the coast. They have not done so with anywhere near the energy required and we are all paying for it. Andy Amanovich, Gibsons

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Hidden Grove accessibility trail to open soon


nother milestone was reached for the Hidden Grove recreation area and the Sechelt Groves Society with the completion of a new trail especially designed and built for those with mobility issues. The Trail is suitable for those with wheelchairs, walkers, strollers and anyone else that normally finds a rough, natural trail hard to navigate. The opening ceremony will be held in the Hidden Grove on Saturday, May 12 at 2 pm. Mayor John Henderson has agreed to speak, as have some representatives of the major donors. The public and especially those with mobility issues are very welcome and are encouraged to attend this important and satisfying event. This Phase One of the

accessibility trails is now named Take It Easy, “ayattsut” in the Sechelt language, to honour the Sechelt Indian Band, the first level of government to agree to the protection of the Hidden Grove. Winding over 450 metres from the parking lot through some relatively new forest it finally arrives at the Ancient Grove where trees as old as 750 years proudly stand. The trail has a hard compacted surface and is at least five feet wide throughout. Maximum grades do not exceed accessibility standards of about 5 per cent. It is a truly beautiful and easy trip. Pictures and detail may be seen at www.sechelt Almost all the labour for the trail construction was per-

formed by the Society Trailbuilders, a dedicated group of volunteers, most who reside in the Sandy Hook neighbourhood. This hard working team put in over 700 volunteer hours on this trail alone while at the same time maintaining and improving other trails in the Grove. Including the volunteer labour and ‘in kind’ donations, the total budget for the trail was in excess of $28,000. The Society is now gearing up for Phase Two – an accessibility loop trail to run from the main entrance to the Southwestern part of the Grove. At the formal opening ceremony, special thanks will given to all those who supported this project with funding and guidance. This includes some major contributors: District of Sechelt, BC ReHab, Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, Island Coastal Economic Trust, TD Friends of the Environment, Small World Excavating, Lehigh Materials, Swanson’s Ready-Mix, West Coast Log Homes and, of course, the members of the Sechelt Groves Society. We look forward to seeing you there. Submitted by Sechelt Grove Society


WILSON CREEK FOREST Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) invites Coast residents interested in securing more protection of our forest eco-systems to come out for a walk in the amazing, yet threatened Wilson Creek Forest, on the lower slopes of Mt. Elphinstone.

Meet Sunday, May 13 at 1:00pm at the Roberts Creek Community Hall. Round Trip: 3 hours. Wilson Creek Forest is a proposed ‘Community Forest’ logging cutblock (EW002) located in the heavily logged out Wilson Creek Watershed. This Stanley Park like forest contains many old-growth features and is a key westerly component of the proposed 1,500Ha Mt Elphinstone Park Expansion. It’s one of the last, lower elevation mature forests left between Sechelt and Gibsons and is providing several environmental services to the community including, streamside stability. This watershed cannot tolerate any more forest or vegetation cover loss. Vast sections of the watershed have already been logged triggering higher than normal peaks water flows. This situation has caused several landslides and bank collapses that will most likey cause long-term damage to Wilson Creek’s salmon spawning grounds. When the broader community sees the beauty and integrity of the Wilson Creek Forest, then the best choice to have it protected will come into force.

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field trip by Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) into the Sunshine Coast Community Forests’ (SCCF) proposed Wilson Creek Forest (Cutblock EW002) brings forward new evidence that the Wilson Creek Watershed is hydrologically compromised meaning that all remaining intact forests require full protection. A significant landslide was located on the eastern side of Wilson Creek adjacent to the proposed EW002 Cutblock. The exposed slope is 30-45M across at top of bank, fanning outwards downslope in a classic bowl shape. The slide length from top of bank to the toe is estimated at 30M. It’s located only 25M west of the flagged EW002 Falling Boundary, and above surveyed Falling Corner 17. A smaller slide was also observed on the opposite side of Wilson Creek a short distance upstream from the main slope failure. “This particular landslide was not identified in the Dobson Report – the first hydrological study undertaken in the Wilson Creek Watershed in March 2010,” Ross Muirhead of ELF says. “Wilson Creek has high fisheries values, which must be

protected at all costs. This landslide poses ongoing negative impacts on important downstream fish habitat,” Muirhead said. “There is a delicate balance between bank stability and proper hydrological functioning of a watercourse. If the hydrology or water flow is affected up slope by loss of forest and vegetation cover, then increased run-off can be expected downstream. The filtering of runoff provided by the nearby trees and vegetation cover in the Wilson Creek Forest will be lost if the Cutblock goes ahead.” ELF is very concerned about the impacts of future logging on the integrity of the slopes bordering Wilson Creek. It’s well documented that Wilson Creek Watershed has seen intense logging in the past. Hans Penner of ELF states that, “We discovered that the proposed Community

Forest Cutblock is just a few meters away from the slope failure. This landslide will continue to peel back until it reaches a stable ‘angle of repose’ – and that could take it right back to the falling boundary. There is also evidence on private property in the lower reaches of bank collapsing since 2007 – which is when the CNI and Western Forest Products logging occurred. The entire Wilson Creek Watershed needs 60-80 more years to recover from past logging, thus Block (EW002) must be canceled to ensure proper recovery.” A properly functioning watershed can withstand normal peak flows without undercutting bank stability. The evidence of this landslide shows how critical it is for all forest and vegetation cover in the Wilson Creek Watershed to be fully protected. SCCF halted logging of Cutblock EW002 in 2011 due to community concerns regarding overall impacts to past logging activities. There is now a second hydrological study underway to access if the stability of the watershed. For further information call 604-740-5654 or email: Submitted by Elphinstone Logging Focus

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If the eggs are laid on non-toxic materials such as kelp, eel grass or manmade herring curtains they have about a 90 per cent hatch rate.

Live eggs are clear and as they develop the eyes can be seen. Eggs laid on creosote piles turn opaque and yellow and do not develop.

With the help of Rotary club members and community volunteers, artificial spawning curtains are made out of landscape fabric with a float line at the top and a lead line at the bottom. Each curtain is 20’ long and 5’ deep. The curtains don’t attract herring, but if there are herring in the area ready to spawn, it gives them a non-toxic surface on which to attach the eggs.

ender Harbour Rotary club members have committed to at least four years of conservation work to ensure that Coastal herring stocks near their community will survive and even rise to their former numbers. “There used to be millions of herring in these waters,” said Jon Paine, President of the Pender Harbour Rotary Club, “but the stocks have been rapidly declining, mostly because the herring spawning grounds are on or near creosote-treated docks and pilings, and this has been killing the eggs.” Research in Squamish and subsequent observations find that herring eggs laid on creosote piles die. At one time there were enough herring coming in to spawn that all of the bays and coves would be covered in eggs: on rocks, eel grass and other sea weed.  Today there are only sporadic schools and so the actual spawning sites can be random.  Club members try to find areas where they think herring will spawn so they can increase the success rate and slowly increase the numbers. Herring take three to four years to mature enough to spawn and then can reproduce each year. Herring can live up to 12 or 15 years depending on predation from fishing and natural predators. Commercial fishing targets herring just before they spawn and in the past that has led to the collapse of the stock. Although herring numbers have rebounded in some areas, Pender Harbour and the surrounding areas have not seen large numbers of herring since the collapse in the 1970s. Although the efforts to enhance herring numbers has been initiated by the Pender Harbour Rotary Club, there have been many community volunteers helping with the project, making the spawning curtains, placing and monitoring them.  It will take at least three or four years before they will see if the numbers are increasing and with the currently low number, increases may be hard to detect at first.  “The downside to our efforts could be that we made no difference to the herring numbers and have spent a few hours and effort trying,” said Paine.  “The upside is an increase in herring and all of the ecosystems that depend on them. The cost of the program to date has averaged only a few

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eterans of the Battle of the Atlantic met at the Sechelt Legion on Sunday, May 6 to commemorate their comrades lost during the ‘largest, and most complex’ naval battle in history. Spanning the six years from September 1939 to May 1945, it was World War II’s longest continuous military campaign. Held annually on the first Sunday in May, the Sunshine Coast Naval Association’s service recalls Canada’s vital role in convoying millions of tons of food and war material for the Allies to Britain, through the Axis air and sea blockade. In the course of the Battle of the Atlantic, members of Canada’s Navy and Merchant Marine fought over 100 convoy battles and more than 1,000 single-ship encounters across the breadth of the Atlantic Ocean. In the course of this epic struggle, 3,500 mer-

chant ships and 175 warships sank beneath those cold grey waters, victims of the German U-boats and Luftwaffe. Skirls from Gibsons piper Craig Buchanan opened the service, and members of the Sunshine Coast Naval Cadets marched in to formally lower the Legion’s flag to half-staff. As Trevor Birch named each of the Canadian Navy ships on the Roll of Honour, cadet Tim LacasseYoung tolled a ship’s bell for the members of its crew who gave their lives in battle. After SCNA president Sue Blake read the Sailor’s Prayer, the ‘Last Post’ sounded and

representatives from the SCNA, Merchant Navy, US Marine Corps, Sechelt Legion, Cadet Corps as well as the Silver Cross Mother and Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service stepped forward to lay wreaths. The service concluded with the announcement that the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal had been awarded to SCNA member Trevor Burch. Burch enlisted in 1939 and served in the North Atlantic theatre until December 1945. Initially, Burch served aboard HMCS Assiniboine and was reassigned in 1941; just a month later, the ship rammed a sub. “By the end of the war,” Burch said proudly, “Canada had the third largest Navy, behind Britain and the US.” The Diamond Jubilee medal will join Burch’s 1939-45 Star (for voluntary service throughout the war), the Battle of the Atlantic Star, and two King’s Medals for voluntary service. Cheers and applause rose as Sue Blake stepped forward to pin the medal to the 90-year-old veteran’s uniform in a very moving conclusion to the service. By Heather Jeal for The Local

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Happy Cat Haven Yard Sales are back! Every Saturday (weather permitting). Spring hrs 11:00am – 3:00pm. Plants, furniture, collectibles and much more. SC Self Storage at 1161 Hwy 101, Gibsons. ptfn

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Sat. May 12, 10:00am-1:00pm. 5642 Osprey St, Sechelt. Many new items. NO EARLY BIRDS PLEASE! p19 Sun. May 20, 9:00am-4:00pm. 806 Bayview Heights, Gibsons. Tools & other great quality stuff! p20



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APTS & SUITES Gibsons: 1 bdrm, waterfront. $850/mo. Call Key Property Management at 604886-6618 for viewing or visit b19 Gibsons: Furnished waterfront 1 bdrm suite available now to May 31. N/P, N/S. $1200/mo. Call Key Property Management at 604-886-6618 for viewing or visit b19 Sechelt: One bdrm front apt. Avail immed. $750/mo, N/S, N/P. Call Key Property Management at 604-886-6618 for viewing or visit b19 Sechelt: 2 bdrm apt. in Sr. oriented bldg. Close to amenities, N/S, N/P. $750/mo, avail. June 1. 604885-9017. p19


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1000 EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED - GENERAL Experienced cleaner for Gibsons B&B, `on-call’ basis. Call 604-886Feb. 9, 2012 2912. b19 Hairstylist needed. Chair rental avail at Artistic Image Group. Call Cindy 604-886-8118. b19 Looking for retired man to do part-time handyman work around house and yard. 604-227-2718. Leave message. p20

WORK WANTED - GENERAL University students avail for painting, gardening and general yard work. Experienced. Call Joey 604-989-0114. p20 Renos, repairs, decks or other outdoor projects. Creative ideas free! Bishop Construction Services, Graham: 604-741-3563. b21 Drywall Finishing since 1992. Dustless and occupied spaces. Commercial & Residential. Renovations and new construction. WCB. References. No job too small. Derek Thomas 604-9893401. bom18 Property Clean Up, Power Washing and Dump Runs. 604-9899663 ftfn

1100 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES MUSIC Looking for a fresh singing perspective? Offering Indian Raga style lessons. Denise 604-9898711 after 6pm. b35/odd BeaTee Riddims Drumset and rhythm instruction for all ages, levels & styles. Barry Taylor, 604740-5825. b22

COMPUTERS Sunshine Coast Computer Repair. Virus removal, network setup, home service avail. Madeira Park . 604-865-0688. b22

BEAUTY Professional Hair Care. Women and men at 107 Cowrie Lane, Sechelt. Call 604-741-2388. b30

HEALTH & WELLNESS Respite & Palliative Care available in private two bed Care Home. Please call for info, 604-886-8848. b26


4Hp Johnson OB, exc. cond, serviced. $400. 604-886-1242. p19

Sechelt: Available immediately, commercial spaces for rent, one Malaspina Realty 1006 area or both available. For more details view at 5606 Wharf Rd. Sechelt, above South Coast Ford. Call Brad for more info at 604-8853281. btfnEMPLOYMENT


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SATURDAY, MAY 12 •9:00am-3:00pm. St. Mary’s HMB Hospital Aux. bake, craft and plant sale at Trail Bay Mall. •10:00am-2:00pm. Gibsons Wildlife Rehab Centre BAKE SALE at Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons. •10:00am-2:00pm.National Garage Sale for Shelter, 5638 Inlet Rd., Sechelt. All proceeds raised will go to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and will support our local transition homes for women and children. For more info call 604989-3581 or 604-740-2145. •11:00am-3:00pm. Come and celebrate Langdale Elementary School’s 50th Birthday at the Langdale Spring Fair. Free admission - come rain or shine. •12:00pm-3:00pm. Protein for People community fair hosted by the SC Labour Council. Come out and support your local food bank. Free BBQ, kids’ zone and more. Hackett Park, Sechelt. •2:00pm. SC Youth Orchestra presents ‘Shall we Dance?’ at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. Enjoy over 50 young string players joined together in musical magic. For info/tickets call Elaine at 604-886-9432.

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Allan Forest took Oct 13,photo, 2011entitled, Pristine Morning on the Sunshine Coast in November 2011 at the pier in Issuethis Date:winning ____________________ Roberts Creek following a light snowfall. You can see more of Allan’s photos at Sechelt Farmers Market every Saturday.

Deadline for approval he Sunshine Coast The two-week exhibit or Conchanges is servation Monday Association at the Sunshine Coast by 3:00 p.m. (SCCA) is showcasing the Arts Centre in the Doris do notfundhear fromCrowston you by this Gallery will feawinners of theIf we 2013 time, we can assume all is correct. raising calendar competition ture this year’s winners of in a two-week exhibit compePlease at let the us knowthe howphotographic we serve youtition best. Sunshine Coast Artcan Centre alongside selected business is important to us! on the corner ofYour Medusa and works of Tella Sametz, the Trail Avenue in Sechelt. You featured photographer are invited to attend at the from the 2012 SCCA Calofficial opening reception on endar, “Beauty and the BioWednesday evening, May 16 diversity”. from 6 pm to 8 pm. The exThe winners of the calhibition will run until Sun- endar competition whose day June 3. work will be exhibited are:


Popular fashion historian Ivan Sayers returns to the Coast with a presentation

Here Comes the Bride Bridal Fashions of the 20th Century

A fund raiser to support Habitat For Humanity Sunshine Coast Village Habitat For Humanity has been a part of the Sunshine Coast community since 2005 with its program of selling homes to those who cannot obtain a conventionl mortgage. This is done by offering interest-free mortgages to those who qualify, with payments based on 30% of annual income, and a down payment of 500 hours of volunteerism with Habitat. Building homes is an expensive business, especially when there is a need to purchase land, put in roads, electricity, water, and sanitation systems – all to local government standards, thus the need to raise funds through special events. This spring’s event is a presentation by Ivan Sayers & Company Productions. Sayers is an internationlly known educator who has one of the best privately owned family clothing collections in Canada. During his shows he not only describes the apparel worn by his models, but places each bridal costume in its historic period – and he does it in a highly entertaining way.

he Sunshine Coast Akroswirls were at the Trail Bay Mall on Wednesday, April 4 giving out information on lupus, sjogren, scleroderma, raynaud’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and junvenileMay diabetes, 10, 2012all of which belong to the same family of diseases. Their quest is to inform and bring awareness about this acute chronic autoimmune disease. For many lupus sufferers, it can be a lifelong battle but for others it

can lead to organ failure and death. Lupus strikes 1 in 1,000 Canadians and anyone can be affected by lupus - men, women and children. May 10 is World Lupus Day and in 2004 a World Lupus Day Proclamation was developed;  it is a call to action for governments around the world to increase their financial support for Lupus research, awareness and patient services. Symptoms include extreme fatigue, fever, skin rashes, sun sensitivity, or

Roberts Creek Earth Day 2012 was a resounding success!


Saturday, May 26, 2012 2:00 - 4:30 pm Sechelt Seniors’ Activity Centre Admission $25: Tickets at the ReStore in Sechelt, RONA in Madeira Park, Laedeli in Gibsons and at the door.

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Please join us Tuesday May 15, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa Ave., Sechelt, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Meet with other members and the Board of the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association. Snack on appetizers while you take in the art show of the 2012 and 2013 calendar artists. Join us when we congratulate this year’s winner of the John Hind-Smith Award.

Raising awareness of Lupus

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Please come and enjoy a fun afternoon.

Doors open at 1:30 Come early to get best runway seating. Refreshments • Raffles • Other Activities


Bob Evermon, Allan Forest (of The Local newspaper), Don Khan, Carl Olsen, Alan Sirulnikioff, and Frank Thorburn. The winning artist submissions reflect the SCCA’s mandate to protect the natural biodiversity of the Sunshine Coast region. The Friends of the SC Conservation Association invite you to their appreciation social evening that thank everyone for their support over the past year.

We would like to extend a huge thanks to the following for your contributions: Kiss My Glass The Gumboot Restaurant Eyecon Photo Visions Sunshine Coast Cycling Shel Neufeld Stained Glass Coast Cable Ethical Bean Coffee Creative Expressions Heart of the Coast Books Unwind Spin Cycles Christina Symons Creek Gardens Yoga By The Sea B&K Garden Hankettes Sunshine Coast Nursery Atelier Veronique Mike Metcalfe & Class Quality Garden Grandmothers and Grand Spiderling Homeschool Shanti Gifts Others Program Hilary Stephens Alpha Adventures Prudential Realtors Elfinstones The Seasoned Kitchen Creativite Designs Gibsons Pet Supplies Edible Landscapes Bonniebrook Industries Sequiros Swimwear Kelly Findlay Photos Capilano Highways Mosaic Market Wheatberries Sunshine Coast Shadoblix Farm Gaia’s Fair Trade Gifts Regional District IGA Wilson Creek Graham Walker Roberts Creek Sids Vids Community Association Jean’s Organics Alchemy Sales Roberts Creek Health Food Ox & Monkey Bike Trailers Hope we didn’t miss anyone…

persistent flu-like symptoms with blood abnormalities. It can affect muscles, joints, blood and blood vessels, lungs, Earth heart, Day kidneys,  the thank you 1019 brain and it can attack in unpredictable ways. Lupus often goes undetected. It is a very difficult disease to diagnose and because it has many symptoms that are similar to other diseases, it is frequently misdiagnosed. ‘The Sunshine Coast AkMay 10, roswirls’ are asking for 2012 support and funding for this autoimmune disease so that a cause and a cure can be found If you would like to volunteer or need more information, please call 604885-7957, email to: or call the BC Lupus Society toll free at 1-866-545-8787.  Submitted by Yvette Fleming, Chair

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SPCA Open House


he SPCA’s Open House and Plant Sale at the shelter (top of Field Road in Wilson Creek) drew a host of visitors on Sunday afternoon. Volunteers offered information on ethical farm production and tables full of plants and home baking in the sunny parking lot. Inside, the resident cats demonstrated How To Be Aloof for the tour groups. Jayme, a handsome young black

longhair with startling white whiskers awaited his forever home from a raised nook. In the dog section, puppies gambolled in the outdoor run and an energetic border collie X named Trooper smiled for the camera. Shelter manager, Cindy Krapiec, noted that the shelter needs extra leashes, Martindale or other collars, travel crates and grooming supplies. Please visit the website for

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St. Mary’s Ladies Auxiliary Plant Sale Gardeners were pleased to find a beautiful array of hanging baskets for sale at the Auxiliary Thrift Store Sunday, April 29. Pictured are Vicky Forest, Michelle Chapman and Myrna Todd, all from the Hopkins Branch. A local nursery supplied the baskets. A large portion of money from the sale of the plants was donated back to the Auxiliary. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Free pool time and hot dogs thank you


n Saturday, May 5, CUPE Local 801 School District 46 support staff had a table set up outside the Sechelt Aquatic Centre, where they were celebrating the ‘Original’ Labour Day. They gave a gift to the community of free pool time at both the Sechelt pool and the Gibsons pool and also served free hot dogs and drinks and gave away free balloons. The people from CUPE 801 were Carrie Allan, Office Assistant at Chatelech, Chrystal Procknow, SETA, Stevo Knauff, Site Maintenance Worker, Brock Mercer, Custodian at Elphinstone and the president of the local union, Carolyn Smith, Custodian at Elphinstone.

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HOW TO SUBMIT A DISPLAY AD THAT OUR DESIGN DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD FOR YOU: Email address: Note: there is no extra charge for this service. • Email (local your ad’s information to us. Be sure to include your full contact information, the dates you would like your ad to run, and the full elements to be included in the ad (eg. logos, photos and text). • All images (photos and logos) included in the ad must be at least 300 dpi. TO FAX AN AD THAT OUR DESIGN DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD FOR YOU: Fax number: 604-885-3194 • Please fax your instructions and the text that will used in the ad. Be sure to include your full contact information, the dates you would like your ad to run, and the full elements to be included in the ad. Please note we cannot use faxed logos or images as that quality is inferior. COMPUTER APPLICATIONS WE CANNOT ACCEPT: • Please do not send us any of your “working files”, eg: Coral Draw, Quark Express, InDesign, Pagemaker, Publisher, Pages. etc. *THE LOCAL COLUMN WIDTHS: 1 column: 1.57” • 2 columns: 3.3” • 3 columns: 5.04” • 4 columns: 6.78” • 5 columns: 8.51” • 6 columns: 10.25”

The Local May 10, 2012  
The Local May 10, 2012  

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