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Langdale parking prices to rise at the foot passenger ticket booth by seconds. "I think you have to look at the human issue here, not numbers, passengers and forms. That would be an easy call for that ticket agent to make if you gave them the authority to use some humanity," said Lutes. FAC Chair Diana Mumford suggested that her committee talk directly to VCH about possible solutions, such as changing the TAP forms or ensuring that hospital discharge processes flag people's transportation needs. Mark Collins "drew the short straw" to deliver unpopular news about parking. Langdale has by far the lowest prices of any BC Ferries lot, said Collins, so "there just is not an economic incentive for people to use the lot efficiently" or to take transit instead of parking. Since there is no space to expand the lot (and the upper lot is on highways property), BCF plans to hire a parking contractor,

Mayor Bruce Milne has "lots to say" about the SCRD's approach to affordable housing, which he characterized as "a rather naive view of how development works." At the Nov. 1 regular meeting of Sechelt council, politicians discussed bylaw amendments for affordable housing referred to Sechelt by the SCRD. In response, Sechelt council passed a lengthy list of recommendations for the SCRD, the most significant of which was a request for regional government to undertake a regional growth strategy. Councillor Noel Muller agreed that the strategy is "long overdue." "When we want to get money for large scale infrastructure projects related to growth we need to have a regional growth strategy," said Muller noting that such a plan would support joint grant applications by local governments.

Milne was more blunt. "We need a regional growth strategy because when I read this through, this is an open invitation to developers on the Lower Mainland to come in and build suburban sprawl from Langdale to Middlepoint." "I don't think the community at large, the rural community, even understands what's being proposed," he said, contending that the policies proposed will not create affordable housing but instead "will destroy rural character and will undermine the current identities." Reading from a section of the proposed bylaws pertaining to mixed multi-family housing and retail development he stated: "That is exactly the wording that we use for Cowrie Street. And this is now for the rural areas." Milne said that 20 to 30 years ago, there was a "rough consensus" on growth. "People had agreed that Gibsons

raise rates and step up enforcement. FAC member Matthew Wilson, attending by phone, warned that adding a "significant financial burden" to commuters will be a challenge, and pointed out that commuters can only take transit if they are confident the ferries will run on time. Local resident Sheila Weaver urged "carrots as well as sticks." She would like to see park and rides built, to make transit accessible to residents who are not served by bus routes. Collins' parting message for Sunshine Coast residents was: "Our vision is still focused on a two-vessel hourly service." However, he said that hourly service will require a redesign of the Horseshoe Bay terminal and new ships that can handle fast turnarounds. "Please have faith and hope. It's a five-year journey," said Collins. Donna McMahon


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Public Works, Parks • Public Works, Parks & Environment Committee, 1pm, Meeting, November 228, 1pm • NEW - Committee of the Whole May Council will meet in a less formal and structured &•environment Planning & Community Development Committee, 2pm, Novembermanner 22 to hear and consider presentations that foster the economic, social committee,

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scheduled on the first Wednesday of every other month, starting District Office Closure – Monday, November 13th in May, 2015. To apply to present, email (In lieu of the November 11th statutory holiday in honour of Remembrance Day). Finance, culture

Open House – Parks Master Plan November 16th 5-8pm – Seaside & economic September 5, 2017 January 1,to-2018 • All–-are encouraged participate in theCentre. Public Engagement/ Attend to learn more and to share your Development information Meetings on Municipal Regulation of Medical views on what you want to see as we work Marihuana Production and Distribution in Sechelt Tuesday, committee, to develop Sechelt’s parks and open spaces. April 21, Seaside Centre, 2pm (and repeated at) 7:30pm 1pm,isMay 13 to you: off-leash What important dog parks, waterfront developments, beach accesses, neighbourhood parks, etc? Attend andonletthe us direction of municipal regulation on these issues Input know or email your comments to info@Sechelt. is welcomed. Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 25ca. Visit for more info! Vancouver - Langdale 266 regarding medical marihuana production facilities will (Horseshoe Bay) - (Gibsons) Connie Jordison is Retiring! be reviewed. Plan to attend one or both meetings. For more Please join the District of Sechelt in thanking Connie Jordison, Communications Manager, for her information or to before submit written comments, visit Please Note: At Langdale, ticket sales endwill five be minutes scheduled sailing time for vehicles 20 years of service. Light refreshments provided.the Friday, November 17th 2:30pm – 3:30pm and walk-on passengers. At Horseshoe Bay only, ticket sales for vehicles and walk-on passengers Community Meeting Room, 5795 Cowrie St., Sechelt Free Culture end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time. Days Worshop April 30, 4:30pm Sunshine Coast Arts Centre Langdale/Vancouver Powell River/Sechelt not guaranteed to connect.Sechelt, Please plan BC District of and Sechelt office:Peninsula 5797areCowrie Street, your travels accordingly.


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Please Note: Ticket sales and loading end five minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles 2:40 pm Sun except Oct 8 2:15 pm 3:55 pm Oct 9Cove terminal is 84 km (52mi), plan 3:25 pm Langdale to Earls on approximately 90 minutes driving time. 5:00 pm Oct409 minutes driving time. 4:30River pm to Saltery Bay is 34 km (22mi), plan on approximately Powell FALL/WINTER 5:50 pm Mon-Fri, except Oct 9 5:30 pm Langdale/Vancouver and Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed to connect, please plan 7:00 pm Mon-Fri, except Oct 9 6:35 pm your travels accordingly. 8:40 7:35 pm Schedules are pm subject to change without notice. For schedules, fare info or to reserve: 1-888-223-3779 Please 10:35 Note: pm Fares collected at Saltery Bay only. 9:40 pm 1:30 pm Sun except Oct 8 1:05 pm September 6, 2016 - January 2, 2017 and walk-on passengers.

The Sunshine Coast got its first blast of sea level snow last week. This is what greeted ferry passengers arriving at Langdale on the morning of Nov. 3. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

Sechelt rebuffs density proposals and Sechelt would take the dense residential growth in order to protect the values in Roberts Creek, Halfmoon Bay and other rural areas which make the Sunshine Coast so special." Two subjects of concern Milne emphasized were water and biosolids. When septic tanks are pumped in rural areas, the resulting sewage is trucked to a treatment plant in Sechelt. "There's absolutely no consideration here of the fact that we may have to build entirely new infrastructure to deal with the septics identified in this new density," said Milne. Milne also proposed a recommendation that "no additional density be considered until water, sufficient for Stage 2 supply for all users, be secured and available at all times during the year." Council passed the recommendations unanimously. Donna McMahon

Schedules in Effect: October 10, 2017 to January 1, 2018

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Priority loading for medical patients and parking at Langdale were two of the hot topics at the Nov. 3 Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting. About 20 members of the public listened in while the committee and representatives of BC Ferries—including President and CEO Mark Collins—covered off a wide range of issues close to the heart of Route 3 users. Priority boarding for people with Travel Assistance Program (TAP) forms is a longstanding concern and the subject of a recent online petition organized by Kim Darwin, Green Party candidate in the last BC election. Over 2,500 people have signed Darwin's petition asking that people with TAP forms be given priority boarding reservations. BCF representatives explained some of the difficulties, starting with the volume. Between 2,000 and 3,000 TAP forms per month travel on Route 3, and Chris Morris, VP of terminal operations, noted that it's not unusual for the ticket booths at Horseshoe Bay to process 200 a day. TAP forms are issued by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), not BC Ferries. Doctors can request an "assured loading letter" through BC Ferries Customer Care, but this process takes several weeks, and not all doctors are either familiar with it or willing to take the time. The process also doesn't allow for emergencies or situations where people are discharged unexpectedly from hospital in Vancouver and must travel home. Sechelt Councillor Alice Lutes, attending as a member of the public, made a plea for BC Ferries to be more flexible. She related an incident where an elderly discharged patient missed the cut-off



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Editorial Opinion Coal, and Canada’s dirty hands Is Canada really committed to phasing out coal? Canada needs “clean hands” if it expects others to act. Just what is Canada’s position on coal? Recently Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna was in London announcing an alliance with the United Kingdom that “will champion a global alliance on the transition from unabated coal-fired electricity at the United Nations climate change meetings in Bonn, Germany.” While she was in London, the New York Times reported the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is trying to buy the coal assets of Rio Tinto – a deal estimated to be worth $2 billion. The money for this deal was collected by the Canadian government from the pay cheques of Canadians and their employers. So, what is Canada’s policy on coal? A phase-out or an investment opportunity? Canada derives only 10 percent of Canada’s electricity of generated by burning coal. Ontario has already shut down its coal plants and most the other provinces have made commitments to do the same. So even though we are leaders in getting rid of coal, it has never been the huge challenge that many developed and developing countries face. Leading a global alliance requires Canada to demonstrate a real commitment. How can Canada be taken seriously if Canadian taxpayers’ pension payments being used to make new investments in coal? The Rio Tinto deal isn’t unique. The CPPIB has holdings in at least 35 other coal companies including Duke Energy which was fined $100 million recently for polluting rivers in the United States with coal ash. Isn’t this analogous to the old “clean hands” debate in the 1980s. How could we ask Ronald Reagan to clean up acid rain if Canada wasn’t willing to clean up its own act? Only after Ontario slapped regulations on INCO did the U.S. act. We had clean hands. Going global may have allowed the CPPIB gain better returns, but whether intentionally or not, it also made it part of Canada’s foreign policy. In other areas, the CPPIB has recognized this by publicly stating it will not invest in landmines and will respect human rights. Canadian foreign policy objectives. So why, when it comes to climate change, Canada’s signature on the Paris Agreement, and its championing of a global coal phase-out of coal, is the CPPIB trying to buy more coal assets? How will Ms. McKenna explain the actions of the Canada Pension Plan? More importantly, how can she expect others to act when we don’t have clean hands? Submitted by Friends of the Earth Canada



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Letters to the Editor – Opinions More urgency, please Earlier this fall I communicated with both Sechelt Mayor Milne and SCRD Director Lebbell regarding our community growth and the fact that our water resources cannot keep up to our development. Both responded with the same plan and direction: source development and conservation. To me, conservation means repairing our leaky infrastructure. This is supposed to recover up to 30 per cent of our water supply. As this will not happen all at once, it cannot possibly give us enough relief to make an immediate impact. Bottom line, we need the source development part to move forward at a much more urgent pace. And in my opinion digging a few test wells into an existing water supply aquifer is not the answer. My wife talked to a gentleman who was on council before we came to the Coast who said this issue was on the table when he was a councillor. We have lived in Sechelt for 14 years. It’s time the discussions stop and the planned implementation start. Fred McIntosh, Sechelt

The elk are fine (Re “ELF worried about elk”, the Local, Nov. 2.) Biologist Wayne McCrory and ELF (Elphinstone Logging Focus) spokesmen Ross Muirhead and Hans Penner can rest assured that the southern Sunshine Coast elk population are not going to be depleted or remotely threatened by the Sunshine Coast Community Forest & BCTS proposed cutbacks in both Wilson Creek and Halfmoon Bay. Quite the contrary, elk (Cervus elaphus) thrive in these harvested cut-blocks and the logging of the proposed areas like that of EW28 actually replaces

nature’s way of burning off the timber to create favourable foraging areas for ungulates like deer and elk. The boundaries of these cutbacks provide more than ample shelter during the winter months. I totally support the sanctioned harvesting of our forested areas as it generates a healthier forest environment, not to mention the employment of our forestry workers and the $1.5 million in special dividends to the District of Sechelt and the $600,000 in grants to community organizations. We are fortunate to have the expertise of Dave Lasser, community forest manager and President Glen Bonderud. Doug Hockley, Sechelt

Protect the elk (Addressed to Sechelt council and copied to the Local) Sechelt Mayor and Council need to act on principle and have the Sunshine Coast Community Forest's EW28 deferred from clearcut logging pending further studies. The study to be undertaken by the local Ministry of Environment (MOE) and Ministry of Forests (MOF) is to map and identify Ungulate Winter Ranges (UWR) for Roosevelt elk and blacktail deer for this region. In 2003 – 14 years ago – there was a well-documented provincial order instructing the two ministries to begin this work. MOE started looking at suitable habitats, however the Forest District did not cooperate and the project was dropped. By allowing logging to occur in EW28, your council is complicit in ongoing loss of potential critical habitat for this majestic species. Without a landscape-wide study conducted by MOE, the elk's habitat is getting sliced and diced in an unprofessional manner. Deferring a logging con-

tract for block EW28 (Chanterelle Forest) will help send a strong message to MOF and MOE that they need to start the work in setting aside critical elk habitat. District of Sechelt owns Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF); however your hands-off approach to their logging plans needs to be questioned. The time to drop the silence is now, otherwise a key forest where the elk shelter could be lost. You don't know, SCCF doesn't know, however the senior MOE biologist would like an opportunity to begin the study. Do not fear, the province will not take away the SCCF licence due to a deferral so that the UWR study can take place. When Dave Lasser of SCCF says that the Gray and Chapman Watersheds have enough habitat for the elk's winter needs, he's just shooting from the hip – he doesn't really know because MOE's experts on this issue have not be given the green light to proceed on this long overdue study. Ross Muirhead, Elphinstone Logging Focus, Roberts Creek

The chlorine problem (Addressed to Sechelt council and copied to the Local) Chlorinated wastewater effluents were added to the list of toxic substances in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act in 1999. This is the reason why all new sewage plants in Canada are required to disinfect the effluent by other means such as ultra violet light. Chlorination is no longer permitted. However, in order to reclaim the effluent from Sechelt’s wastewater treatment facility for irrigation, it must be further treated by chlorination to protect the public from disease. The toxic byproducts of chlorine based

disinfection would then be sprinkled on our parks and playgrounds. This is not a win for the environment if one looks at the big picture. In addition, the effluent from the chemical-assisted cleaning of the membrane filters with concentrated sodium hypochlorite and citric acid is clearly not being considered when looking at the environmental footprint of the sewer treatment in Sechelt. Where does this toxic cocktail of backwash effluent wind up? The engineering reports to the District Council have twice now suggested that they investigate the upgrade to plastic carrier media called Organica Biomodules in the batch reactors. It seems our “state of the art” sewer plant was already outdated when it was built as the Organica Biomodules are described to be “at the heart of the Organica Food Chain Reactor” and “results in 30 per cent or greater energy savings” and these were clearly available in 2012 or earlier. Organica has offered to come and present the upgrade features at no charge to the taxpayers. Why does the District of Sechelt continue to do nothing about this? Marc Nixon, Sechelt

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Gibsons objects to drilling The Town of Gibsons is unhappy about the SCRD's plans to drill test wells on Mahan Road that would tap into the Gibsons aquifer. A staff report attached to the Nov. 7 Gibsons council agenda suggests that Gibsons will oppose any investigative drilling into the Gibsons aquifer until the Town and the SCRD establish a joint groundwater management plan. The SCRD is seeking groundwater sources to sup-

plement its existing supply from Chapman Lake which has been inadequate to deal with prolonged seasonal droughts. At the Oct. 19 SCRD Infrastructure Service Committee, a presentation from hydro geological consultants identified Mahan Road as a promising site for a well. However, that well would tap into the aquifer that provides drinking water to almost 75 per cent of Town residents. (The remaining residents, in upper Gibsons,

are supplied by the SCRD water system.) The Gibsons staff report said that the Town has applied for groundwater licences for its four wells under the new BC Water Sustainability Act, which came into effect last year. If the licences are approved, Gibsons will have the rights to up to 500,000 cubic metres of water per year, but that is not enough to supply the Town's projected ultimate population of 10,000. Donna McMahon

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The Sunshine Coast Tourism board of directors and staff, from the left: Paul Kamon, Leah MacNeil, Theressa Logan, Jack Barr, Celia Robben, Martin Prestage, Linda Williams (in orange shirt), Paul Hansen, Marlane Christensen (in purple shirt), Christine Hollmann (behind), Andrea Wickham-Foxwell and Lauren Stanton-Nixdorf. In front, Annie Schroeder and Jamie Mani. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO Accommodation operators and other tourism industry participants gathered at the Gibsons Public Market on Nov. 1 for the annual general meeting of Sunshine Coast Tourism (SCT), chaired by SCT President Martin Prestage of Up the Creek Backpacker Lodge in Roberts Creek. SCT's fiscal year that ended on April 31 was the first year the organization collected revenue from the new Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT), which came into effect in August 2016, so the treasurer's report was upbeat. Even without a full year of MRDT revenues, income grew from $158,080 in 2016 to $694,397 in 2017. Thanks to the revenue the organization hired four paid staff to support their volunteer board: Executive Director Paul Kamon and a three-person marketing team. Kamon told the meeting that he is working on a 10year destination development plan for this region and will launch a consultation process with stakeholders in the spring. Annie Schroeder, marketing director, reported that SCT's new website ( and social media campaigns have been very successful. The organization hosts visits from international travel journalists, and thanks in part to this

program, 326 online travel articles have been published about the Sunshine Coast so far this year. Those articles, plus a provincial Ale Trail campaign and a Circle Route campaign drove "an unprecedented amount of visitation", said Schroeder. The summer is busy but "it's our job now to help level up those shoulder seasons." She said: "We don't shut down in the winter. That's the message going forward." Half of SCT's 11-member board stands for re-election every two years, so five positions were voted in on Nov. 1. The vote for the representative of Large Accommodation North (Powell River) proved unexpectedly competitive when three people ran and two of them tied. This necessitated a second vote, which was won by Marlane Christensen from The Lund Hotel (Tla'amin Resorts and Accommodations). Paul Hansen, owner of the West Coast Wilderness Lodge in Egmont, was voted in for Large Accommodation South. Three other Directors were acclaimed: John Hermsen of Footprint Nature Explorations in Powell River as member at large, North; Linda Williams of the Coast Cultural Alliance as director for arts, culture and heritage; and Theressa Logan of the Sechelt Chamber of Com-

merce as director of recreation. Directors continuing for another year were: Martin Prestage, Jack Barr (Powell River Town Centre Hotel), Celia Robben (Arcturus Retreat B&B in Langdale), Jamie Mani (Alpha Adventures in Wilson Creek), Leah MacNeil (Harbour Air), and Christine Hollmann (Terracentric Adventures in Lund). Donna McMahon

New in town On Nov. 1, a witness reported a possible impaired driver travelling eastbound in the on-coming lane on Highway 101 near Largo Road, Roberts Creek. The witness initially thought the suspect vehicle was attempting to pass so slowed down to make room but the suspect vehicle continued driving in the wrong lane until an oncoming vehicle approached and had to go into the wrong lane to avoid the suspect vehicle. Only after that did the suspect vehicle get into the correct lane of traffic. The witness followed the vehicle and advised police where it ended up. It was determined that the driver was not impaired but had recently moved to the Coast from an island country and had forgotten that vehicles stay in the right lane here. Submitted by RCMP

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Wayne Rowe Mayor, Town of Gibsons


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Increasingly, clean water and our ability to access it, has become top of mind for many Sunshine Coasters. A growing population, declining precipitation and other environmental changes have all transformed a once plentiful natural resource into a commodity that must be carefully managed and cared for if we are to continue enjoying the many life-giving benefits it bestows. In Gibsons, we have been blessed with favorable access to the Gibsons Aquifer, a pure groundwater resource which currently provides potable water to almost 75 per cent of the Town. It’s a pristine, award-winning and irreplaceable natural asset and we take our stewardship of it very seriously. In 2012, for example, the Town completed the installation of a universal water metering system at a cost of $1.5 million. This initiative delivered many important benefits, helping us to identify and repair hidden leaks and, perhaps most importantly, to raise our collective awareness of water use. At the same time, our finance department implemented a new “user-pay” system, along

with appropriate water rates, in order to cover the operation, maintenance and future replacement costs of Gibson’s water infrastructure. Together, these initiatives have led to a dramatic decline in our community’s water use. In fact, between 2008 and 2016, our Town’s per capita water usage dropped by more than half, from approximately 800 litres per day to approximately 350 litres per day. Another large investment the Town’s taxpayers have made in recent years is the commissioning of a grantassisted four-year mapping study of the Gibsons Aquifer. Completed in 2013, at a total cost of $500,000, this comprehensive, science-based water-strategy document has become a key resource for any person contemplating projects that might impact the aquifer, from the Town’s planners to the province’s environmental officers. Gibson’s Official Community Plan envisions us adding approximately 5,500 residents to the Town over the next 20 years, with about 3,000 of those serviced by the Aquifer. As our population grows, the Study prescribes gathering detailed information about the long-term effects of variables such as user demand, climate change, and sea level rise on the aquifer’s total capacity. Accordingly, the Town implemented an annual groundwater moni-

toring program in 2009, so that we are consistently able to make sound, fact-based decisions about our future buildout. Clearly, the Gibsons Aquifer is an essential natural infrastructure asset that the Town has rigorously invested in, cared for and planned around. Consequently, it is with some concern that we learned that the SCRD is actively investigating supplementing its Chapman Creek water supply with water from the Gibsons Aquifer, rather than focusing its resources on other, less developed groundwater sources. We understand that the SCRD is under tremendous pressure to find and develop new sources of water for its growing population. Additionally, we place tremendous value on our good working relationship with the SCRD and strongly believe that maintaining open, respectful rapport is essential to the long-term success of us both. Nevertheless, our position on this issue is clear. We do not support any investigative drilling into the Gibsons Aquifer by the SCRD until a joint Groundwater Management Plan has been adopted, a joint Groundwater Management Zone has been established and additional long-term monitoring of the Gibsons Aquifer is completed. To do otherwise would be to take a huge step backwards in water stewardship.


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Events on the Sunshine Coast November 9 Flu shots, drop-in for all ages, Madeira Park Legion, 10am2pm November 9 Beer & burger, fundraiser for Halfmoon Bay search and rescue, Lighthouse Pub, Sechelt, 5-9pm, $25 November 9 ‘80s ladies night costume dance, fundraiser for SC Minor Hockey, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, 6pm, $20 includes a drink November 9 Fall Fashion show, fundraiser for St. Bart’s food bank, St. Bart’s Church, Gibsons, 6pm, $25 (includes refreshments) and non-perishable item for food bank November 9 A discussion about the opioid crisis, Sechelt Library, 7-9pm November 9 Two grandmothers from Africa discussing raising children orphaned by AIDS, along with author of the book “Powered by Love”, fundraiser for Stephen Lewis Foundation, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7:30pm, $5 November 10 Recovery specialist Marion Prochnau speaks to Flair cancer support group, Rockwood Centre, Sechelt, 10am-noon, 604-740-3110 November 10 Coffee house with Java Jazz, Nancy Pincombe with Ken Johnson and vocal duo Teegan & Stella Koch, School of Music, Madeira Park, 7:30-9:30pm, $10 suggested donation November 10 UBC prof Douglas Scott addresses astronomy club on ALMA (cold universe observatory), Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7:30pm, donations accepted November 10 Jim Foster and Kevin Conroy, Lighthouse Pub, Sechelt, 8-11pm November 11 Remembrance Day services, 10:30am, check your local Legion November 11 Bernie and Red variety show, Gibsons Legion, 1-4pm, free November 11 SC Film Society presents “Land of Mine”, German POWs are forced to clear a beach of land mines with horrific consequences, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, 2pm, members $5, others $9 November 11 Luci Herder plays, Gibsons Public Market, 2:30pm November 11 Katrina Bishop, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6:30pm November 11 Steven Price reads from his novel “By Gaslight”, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 8pm, by donation November 11 Brown Bros., with Wilf Truchon and Dan Nygren, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 November 11 Arwen’s birthday party with Kitty & the Rooster, Roberts Creek Legion, 9pm, members $7, guests $14 November 11-12 Early bird Christmas market, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, Sat. noon-5pm, Sun. 10am-3pm

November 12 Cellist Paul Marleyn and pianist Mauro Bertoli in concert, School of Music, Madeira Park, 2pm, $25 November 12 Potluck BBQ to celebrate 50th birthday of Area E (Elphinstone) and SCRD, Chaster House, Gibsons, 4-9pm November 13 Gwen Odermatt speaks to Pender Harbour Garden Club on building a garden with deer around, School of Music, Madeira Park, 1-3pm November 13 SC Film Society presents “Land of Mine”, German POWs are forced to clear a beach of land mines with horrific consequences, Heritage Playhouse, 7:30pm, members $5, others $9 November 14 Mad Park Bistro chef Marcus McKeever shares a creation with Women’s Connection, Pender Harbour School of Music, Madeira Park, 1011:30am, drop-in $2 November 14 Tuesday Talks presents Raquel Joe on the discovery of shíshálh ancestors, Sechelt Library, 1:30-3pm November 15 Paul Shore reads from his book “Uncorked”, Gibsons Public Library, 6-7:30pm November 16 Customer appreciation night with appies and sales, Molly’s Seaside Market, Gibsons 4-8pm November 16 Community meeting with Telus, Egmont Community Hall, 5pm November 17 Flu shots, drop-in for all ages, Sechelt Legion, 9:30am1:30pm November 17 Haike Kingma, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6:30pm November 18 Thrift store Christmas sale, fundraiser for SC Healthcare Auxiliary, Sechelt band hall, 9am-3pm November 18 Bizarre Bazaar, Grandmothers & Grand Others fundraiser for Stephen Lewis Foundation, Roberts Creek Hall, 10am2pm November 18 Christmas craft fair, Seniors Activity Centre, Sechelt, 10am2pm November 18 Girl Guides shopping event, fundraiser for 2019 Cabana, Gibsons Public Market, 10am3pm November 18 Beachcomber Ukelele Group, Gibsons Public Market, 2:30pm November 18 Grant Lawrence reads (and sings) from his rock’n’roll memoir “Dirty Windshields”, Sechelt Library, 3pm, free, register at 604-885-3260 November 18 The Yestertones present “The Show”, Seniors Activity Centre, Sechelt, 3:30pm, $10 November 18 Beer and burger fundraiser for Venturer Scouts 1918 trip to Europe, Gramma’s Pub, Gibsons, 5pm, $20


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Poet and novelist Steven Price comes to the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre Nov. 11. Price has written two award winning collections of poetry: The Anatomy of Keys, which took the Gerald Lampert Award in 2007 and Omens in the Year of the Ox, which won the ReLit Award in 2013. His novel, Into That Darkness, was a finalist for the BC Book Prize for Fiction and his latest, By Gaslight, was longlisted for the 2016 Giller Prize. A review in Quill and Quire described By Gaslight as a “19th-century sensation novel rewritten with a noir sensibility: Wilkie Collins meets Raymond Chandler.” But the novel goes beyond delicately detailed atmosphere—a dark and foggy London, the horror of American Civil War battlefields, the claustrophobia of South African diamond mines. At its core, the novel is about detectives: William Pinkerton, of the real world Pinkerton Detective Agency, and Adam Foole, a grifter, and an entirely fictional character. Each is looking for answers to their own mystery and become uneasy allies in the search for truth. At just over 700 pages, By Gaslight is a Victorian style tome, not exactly the kind of thing, either in length or theme, that one expects from a contemporary poet. “I never thought of myself as purely a poet,” says Price. For him, poetry “burns hotter. It’s much more intense and exhausting to write. The epiphany in the poem happens outside the border of the page. The epiphany in fiction happens inside the context.” Including a real person, like William Pinkerton, as a character in his novel, Price had to walk the tightrope of fact versus the truth inherent in a work of fiction. “It was impossible, even if you got the facts right, to recreate the person,” says Price. “If William Pinkerton were to come back and read my novel, he wouldn’t see himself in the book [but a] character who seems to be

Poet and novelist Steven Price reads from his new book By Gaslight Nov. 11 at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. CENTRIC PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO living all the same experiences he had.” That said, it was important to Price to get the facts right and have them be verifiable. Having done meticulous research, when Price started to write the Pinkerton chapters, he felt familiar to Price since he knew so much about him. When it came to the character of Foole, Price “felt like I was trying to discover this person who I didn’t know. One of the jobs of the

fiction writer is to be able to dream parallel lives up,” he says. “While you’re creating other characters that are not you, you’re trying to inhabit them so fully that it’s almost like you’re living vicariously these possible or potential lives.” Price himself lives in Victoria with his wife of 20 years, Esi Edugyan, the Giller Prize winner of Half-Blood Blues, and their two young children.

He is very matter-of-fact about how the two talented writers manage to balance their creative careers while raising a family. “It’s just life, I guess,” he says. “Kids make you very efficient or nothing ever gets done.” Steven Price reads Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8pm at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre. Admission by donation. Onsite book sales by Talewind Books.

Three new concrete and wood benches have benches have been installed at the Arts Centre in Sechelt, replacing older wooden benches. One of the benches was sponsored by Sunshine Coast Rotary, and two by the Forest Legacy. From the left, Julien Ruinat of La Cote Concrete Design, who created the benches, Rotary president Ken Beall, Arts Council co-chair Nell Burns and council board member Tim Clement. PAUL CLANCY PHOTO

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Lots of events and activities coming up in Pender Harbour. Come to the Pender Harbour School of Music on Friday Nov. 10 for the everpopular coffee house. Enjoy performances by vocal group Java Jazz, singer Nancy Pincombe accompanied by Kenneth N. Johnson on piano and vocal duo Teegan and Stella Koch. Doors open at 7pm with music starting at 7:30pm. Admission is by $10 suggested donation, and coffee and goodies will be sold at intermission. This years’ Remembrance Day ceremony and parade starts with the parade at 10:30am followed by ceremony at the Madeira Park Legion. The parade and cer-

emony are open to the public so please come and join in this important event. Classical music lovers won’t want to miss Paul Marleyn, cello, and Mauro Bertoli, piano, at the Pender Harbour School of Music on Sunday Nov. 12 at 2pm. Tickets can be found at Pender Harbour Wildlife Society presents Calgary geologist Peter Hews on Tuesday Nov. 14 at 7pm. Hews will present “Dinosaurs: a new species discovered”. Come and hear his fascinating talk on discovering dinosaurs in southern Alberta. For more information and for updates visit

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Why you should get a �lu shot One shot could save your life when it comes to the flu, says a Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) doctor. “For healthy people, having the flu means a few days of feeling miserable, but for young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, it can lead to a severe illness involving a hospital stay, or even death,” says VCH Medical Health Officer Dr. Meena Dawar. “The flu shot is the best way to not only protect yourself, but also the higher-risk people around you.” For Ann Mackie, a retired family therapist, the reason she gets her flu shot every year is… all of the above.

From her weekly bridge game friends, to her four young grandkids, she wants to protect everyone. “I get the flu shot every year because as a 76-yearold, I believe it might save my life,” says Ann. “And it’s really important to me that I don’t bring the flu to those close to me. I understand that this could be a particularly nasty flu bug this year.” Every year across Canada approximately 3,500 people die from complications due to the flu and pneumonia, and the majority are seniors. Currently influenza activity is at expected levels across BC for this time of year, and is mostly the A(H3N2) flu strain. While we had a severe flu sea-

son last year, it’s too early to predict how severe this winter’s flu season will be. Flu shots are recommended for everyone. They are free in BC for pregnant women, all children from six months to five years of age, people 65 years and older, Aboriginal people, and those with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems. The vaccine is also free for anyone who lives or works with a person who is at higher risk of problems from the flu. Children aged two to 17 years of age will have two options – the standard vaccine by needle (flu shot) or FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine. Both vaccines are effective

does not completely clear up between flare-ups and there can be buildup in the ear, pain and even hearing difficulties. If a child does get recurrent ear inflammation the fluid build up can cause a condition known as glue ear, this can also be the result of repeated use of antibiotics. If your child is struggling with “otitis media” and you have tried antibiotics without the condition improving, or would prefer not to use conventional medications, both acute and chronic middle ear inflammation respond well to homeopathic remedies and also homeopathic treatment can prevent the need for tubes and grommets. For minor ear

inflammation, parents can treat their children at home using homeopathic remedies. However, seek professional help if the bony area at the base of your child’s ear becomes painful or red, if the ear pain continues for more than 24 hours or if your child has a high fever that will not go down, is drowsy, and has a stiff neck and headaches. For chronic otitis media, homeopathic constitutional treatment from a professional homeopath is most effective in strengthening a child’s system so that otitis media does not recur. With homeopathic constitutional treatment the middle ear inflammation will subside,

and parents and caregivers can choose which vaccine to offer their child. To protect patients in health care facilities, all BC health authorities require that doctors, staff, students and volunteers get immunized or wear a mask during the flu season. People planning to visit loved ones in a health care facility or who will take family members to appointments are also eligible for a free flu shot. To further protect patients, unvaccinated visitors to VCH facilities are asked to wear a mask, beginning Dec. 1. Masks will be available at nursing stations and/or outpatient reception desks. Flu vaccinations are avail-

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and capturing the German submarine bases along the coast which were being used to menace Allied shipping. The campaign began at the end of July 1917. British, as well as Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) forces, opened the attack with a pounding artillery barrage. Heavy rains came down the very night the ground assault was launched, however, and shell holes quickly filled with filthy water. The battlefield soon became peppered with countless flooded craters, all too often containing wounded and fallen soldiers. A heavy toll was taken on the attackers as they had to struggle through thick mud with little cover while German machine gunners in pill boxes (reinforced concrete machine gun positions) tore them to pieces. Despite these conditions, the Allied forces slowly gained much of the higher ground as the summer turned into fall. The main objectives of the offensive, however, remained out of reach.

When Britain went to war in Europe in August 1914, Canada—as a member of the British Empire— automatically found itself at war as well. The First World War soon turned into a stalemate of trench fighting along the Western Front, with a heavily defended 1,000-kilometrelong network of trenches stretching across Belgium and northern France from the English Channel to the The Opening of the Battle border of Switzerland. On The Third Battle of Ypres one side were the forces of was undertaken by the BritFrance and Britain (along ish primarily to take the preswith other allies such as Canada) and on the other were sure off the French forces to The Canadians at the Germans. From their op- the south. The British com- Passchendaele posing trenches they faced mander, Sir Douglas Haig, Early in October 1917, one another across a blasted launched a drive in Belgium “No Man’s Land” of barbed to wear down the German the Canadians were sent to wire, exploding artillery capacity to continue fight- Belgium to relieve the batshells and deadly machine ing the war while hopefully tered ANZAC forces and seizing strategic German rail- take part in the final push to gun fire. In the fall of 1917, the Ca- ways in the occupied country capture Passchendaele. nadian Corps—after its great success at Vimy Ridge that April—was sent north to Belgium. It would be all-toofamiliar ground for the Ca-Blessings of the season. nadians who had seen heavy from Bonnie & Barrie fighting there earlier in the war.

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NOVEMBER 11, 2017 Canadian Corps commander Lieutenant-General Arthur Currie inspected the terrain and was shocked at the conditions he saw. He tried to avoid having his men fight there but was overruled by his superiors. As at Vimy, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps would see action. However, the ubiquitous mud, flat terrain, and relative lack of preparation time and artillery support would make Passchendaele a far different battlefield than the one the Canadians had encountered at Vimy Ridge. Currie took as much time as he could to carefully prepare and on October 26, the Canadian offensive began. Advancing through the mud and enemy fire was slow and there were heavy losses but our soldiers clawed their way forward. On an exposed battlefield like that one, success was often only made possible due to acts of great individual heroism to get past spots of particularly stiff enemy resistance. Despite the adversity, the Canadians reached the outskirts of Passchendaele by the end of a second attack on October 30 during a driving rainstorm. On November 6, the Canadians and British launched the assault to capture the ruined village of Passchendaele itself. In heavy fighting, the attack went according to plan. The task of actually capturing the “infamous” village fell to the 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion and they took


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it that day. After weathering fierce enemy counterattacks, the last phase of the battle saw the Canadians attack on November 10 and clear the Germans from the eastern edge of Passchendaele Ridge before the campaign finally ground to a halt. Canadian soldiers had succeeded in the face of almost unbelievable challenges.

for the heroic actions of Major George Pearkes of the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles. Despite a leg wound, he led a few dozen of his men through heavy enemy fire across open ground to capture a strategically located farm. They then fought off numerous counter-attacks for more than a day, preventing the Germans from destroying the main advancing Canadian force from their vulnerable flank side.


The fighting at Passchendaele took great bravery. Nine Canadians earned the Victoria Cross (the highest award for military valour that a Canadian could earn) there: Private Tommy Holmes, Captain Christopher O’Kelly, Sergeant George Mullin, Major George Pearkes, Private James Peter Robertson, Corporal Colin Barron, Private Cecil Kinross, Lieutenant Hugh McKenzie and Lieutenant Robert Shankland. Two of these men, McKenzie and Robertson, sadly lost their lives in the battle. The efforts of all these men were truly remarkable, but it has been said that the Battle of Passchendaele could not have been won if it were not

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Pull of the Tide Pam GoldsmithJones MP, West Vancouver Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country

As Prime Minister Trudeau often says, “There is no relationship more important for our government than the one with Indigenous peoples.” The report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission outlined 94 calls to action for governments and Indigenous leaders in Canada. Subsequently, Justice Minister Jody

Search & Rescue Dispatches Jane Macdonald Crew Member, RCMSAR, Station 12

Grateful. While one word does not make a sentence, it sums up the feelings shared by all Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue volunteers, on land and at sea. October and early November presented a bounty of training events, community support and generous donor contributions. Thanks to the leadership and initiative of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, a Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue Endowment Fund was officially established last year. Three Coastwide RCMSAR Societies, rep-

Wilson-Raybould produced a set of 10 principles respecting the government of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. In August, Sunshine Coast Circle Keepers Nancy and John Denham approached me to see if we could host a dialogue circle together, in order to explore the 10 principles outlined by Minister Wilson-Raybould. Nancy and John are experienced circle keepers and do this work in many communities as well as on the Sunshine Coast. The preamble to the 10

principles begins “The Government of Canada is committed to achieving reconciliation with indigenous peoples through a renewed, nation-to-nation, government-to-government, and Inuit-Crown relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership as the foundation for transformative change.” On Oct. 14 at the Lutheran church in Davis Bay a group of 30 of us, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, came together in a dialogue circle. It was powerful to listen to

resenting Gibsons, Halfmoon Bay / Sechelt and Pender Harbour together will benefit from the largesse of our community. Please consider joining them when planning your annual gift giving or estate. The income from the fund will be used for funding critical operations and equipment requirements. New recruits to Marine Search and Rescue have been busy getting their initial credentials in order, including criminal record checks, extensive reading, vessel inspections and classroom sessions reviewing the Crew Orientation Manual. The enthusiasm demonstrated by new members and the time and dedication of active crew who help train the next class is both impressive and humbling.

Thursday, Nov. 9, Station 12 (Halfmoon Bay / Sechelt) will hold its 4th Annual Beer & Burger Night at the Lighthouse Pub. Over 250 guests are anticipated to support our volunteers and enjoy a fun-filled evening that includes food, beverages, and lots of mingling. On the fundraising side, guests will have the opportunity to bid on raffle prizes, 50 /50 draws, silent auction items and a variety water-based adventure packages. This year’s event will include ‘Crew Favours’ – services or items individually contributed by the men and women who serve as members of our station, as a means of raising funds to support crew training and safety equipment. While fairly quiet on the call-out front, several mem-

one another as we took turns reading the principles, one person at a time, paragraph by paragraph. With an eagle feather passed from hand to hand, each participant also spoke from the heart, expressing deep and often very strong feelings about Canada’s past and how we can move forward together in truth and reconciliation. Participating with our Indigenous friends gave rich meaning to the experience. The process took four hours which seemed to take just a few minutes. Gener-

ally, participants felt that the government’s intentions are good and that the principles give hope. The feeling was that as a community and country we cannot be passive about this, we must hold the government accountable and we should also take personal responsibility. Some did not trust the document and wished to see and feel a stronger Indigenous perspective. All of us valued the extraordinary opportunity for honest, respectful dialogue and we are grateful to Nancy and John for their per-

sonal commitment to leading us in truth and reconciliation in a good way. The full document outlining the 10 principles is eng/csj-sjc/principles-principes.html. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback on our government’s work. You can email me at, connect with us on Facebook: Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, or stop by our community office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-913-2660.


Coxwain Dave Brown, left, and advanced crew member Randal Eistetter practice pulling a person out of the water, watched by training manager Erin Heeney. JOHN MADDALOZZO PHOTO

bers are advancing their skills and safety response certifications. The expressions and demonstrations of community support fuel the crews with confidence and affirm our shared belief that

what we do actually makes a difference to residents on the Sunshine Coast. For more information, please visit: Thank you for your support.

On Oct. 31, police attended a workplace accident in the 5900 block of Sechelt Inlet Road, Sechelt, after a nail gun fell from a height, hit a step and shot a nail into the leg of one of the contractors. Fortunately, the nail did not cause any life-threatening injuries and the contractor was treated and released from hospital. It appears the nail gun may have been defective and the matter has been referred to Work Safe BC. Submitted by RCMP

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New minister at St. John’s United A special Covenanting Service will be held to mark the beginning of Rev. Alan Claassen's ministry with the congregation of St. John’s United Church, on Sunday, Nov. 19 during the 10am worship service, at 5085 Davis Bay Road, in Sechelt. Rev. Claassen is a United Church of Christ minister, who has served churches in Washington, Oregon, and most recently in Sonoma,

California. Rev. Claassen is also a facilitator with the Seattle-based organization, the Center for Courage & Renewal, founded by author and social activist, Parker J. Palmer. He also is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and concert organizer, and worked as an event coordinator with several San Francisco Bay Area non-profit performing arts organizations, including Bread & Roses,


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which was founded by Joan Baez’s sister, Mimi Farina. Alan and his wife, Betsy, first became acquainted with the beauty of this area when they began attending the Vancouver Island Music Fest in Courtney five years ago. The Covenanting Service for Rev. Claassen will be a festive celebration of word, symbol, prayer and music. Rev. Robert Smith, former Moderator of the United

Rev. Alan Claassen is the new minister at St. John’s United in Davis Bay. PHOTO SUBMITTED Church of Canada, will offer the sermon. Submitted

On Oct. 31, police attended a pedestrian versus vehicle incident on Norwest Bay Road near Emerson Road, West Sechelt, after an 11-year-old male crossing in a marked crosswalk was clipped by a northbound vehicle, causing him to fall backwards to the ground. Fortunately, the youth did not sustain any serious injuries and was released at the scene into the care of a parent. The driver, who re-

mained on scene, stated she didn't see the pedestrian and that she'd had a separate minor vehicle incident earlier in the day. It was determined the driver was also not wearing her prescribed corrective lenses. The driver was issued Violation Tickets for Fail to Yield to a Pedestrian and Drive Contrary to Condition. Police have also requested a driver's licence review. Submitted by RCMP




One-day workshop in Gibsons. Sunday, November 19, 10am to 3pm. Bring a lunch. You will create an abstract painting using acrylics and mixed media on canvas. Beginners welcome. Price, including all materials: $165. Maximum 4 people in class, so register early. For more information about the instructor go to For further info on the workshop, contact Melanie Fogell PhD at 604-886-9699 or email:



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LOOKING FOR a livein(optional) caregiver for my active 7 year old son. This is a full-time position of 40hrs/wk at $11.35/hr. Completion of high school is required, can communicate in English and must have work experience in childcare/ pediatrics in a hospital or home setting for at least one year; completion of caregiving or nursing course substantiate the experience requirement. Duties and responsibilities include; supervising the child before and after school, prepare and serve nutritious food, and light housekeeping. Must be available to work on weekends, days off may vary every week, shift varies (days, evenings, nights). This is open to all Permanent Resident/Canadian that meet all minimum requirements including newcomers to Canada. Indigenous people and young people. To apply please email your resume to:

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Tip of the Week: Jupiter and Venus, the prince and princess, the two brightest planets, form a conjunction at regular intervals every 3 years and 3 months. So, each time the conjunction occurs, it does so in a completely different sign. This






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which so happens to be a rather challenging sign placement for it, as well. The Jupiter/Venus couplet do form a fairly close trine to Neptune in Pisces, the only close aspect, at the time of the conjunction and this will provide added inspiration in terms of creative and imaginative expressions. On the other hand, Neptune is associated with glamor and escapism too, so it could manifest as a wasted opportunity. This is generally a very auspicious aspect so tune-in if you would like to make the most of it. If you would like further insight to know how it is destined to play out in your chart, visit my website ( and make an appointment. Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19) You have been working hard to strike a deal. Deep thought and investigation to decipher your worth or the value of things has and continues to be important. There are promising indications of big returns. Yet, who gets them is undetermined. There may be mischief, deception or the consequences of karmic debts at play. Focus to secure what is justly yours. Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Opportunity is knocking, but you have to work overtime to take advantage. It will probably prove worthwhile to put in the time required. Already the returns are flowing. These will become increasingly evident this week and a few to follow. Communications are deep and require effort and patience to flow smoothly. Aim for mutuality and fairness. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Although a blessing may be mixed, it remains a blessing. This sort of attitude is always rewarding and especially for you now. Giving to situations faithfully, even though things seem unclear, is the call. Big changes are brewing and it is important that you cooperate. Focus to clear away

the old to make way for the new, deliberately. Cancer (June 21-July 22) You are in the mood to go bigger somehow. This could well include ambitions for bigger and better returns. Self-acknowledgement is a key to your success now. Perhaps you deserve a raise or know you can do better or want to re-invent yourself. You are ready for anew commitment even if they entail bigger responsibilities. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Wow, something pretty wonderful is appearing on the charts for you. It could be described as magical or mystical. You have likely been persevering steadily for some time now and feel the need for a break… through. Well, this could be it. And you are wise to make the most of it because things stand to get much busier in 2018. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) You might notice that you are attending to a lot of fronts of late. Get used to it because it will continue. A steady and possibly steep learning curve is coming. This is the groundwork. Attending to the many small but important details now will go a long way later. Get into the corners and prepare for a great adventure beginning soon. Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) It does appear that a steady flow of returns is coming your way. Hopefully, these are the sort that comes from investment and not the ones from procrastination. An ambitious mood prevails. You are eager to push for what you want. Moderation is ideal now, yet unlikely. Pay attention to see if the glitter is actually gold before you commit. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Some energy patterns have a way of blowing the doors off their hinges, like now. Positively, you feel strong and lucky and are ready to take a few risks. Yet, you want answers. As eager as you are, you are reluctant to rely on blind faith. The future beckons and you are determined to make a big move to arrive there in style. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Sometimes we have to dig a little deeper to access hidden reserves of faith and confidence, like now. The good news is that you not only are being given two shovels, you are also receiving the help you need. The angels are happy to take credit, but this bit of good karma was stored in the vaults of destiny all along. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You may concur that it is darkest just before dawn. Dark can feel empty, but peaceful too. A time of inner council is indicated so the setting is right. On the other hand, if ever you needed a

good friend, now probably qualifies. All the while, you are being exposed to new people and possibilities inspiring creative interests. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) It is said that most good things are earned. Free is fine but can lack the feeling of accomplishment. Fortunately, you are in a position to earn some return. The give part may not be so exciting, but with a positive attitude and a vision for the future, it will be easier. Focus on patient perseverance with confidence that it will pay off, eventually. Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) You have steadily and surely entered new territory in your life. It represents a major new beginning. And you have changed quite a bit as a consequence. This change could be your location or it could be a new perspective and approach. You are wise now to make some big final pushes through to the New Year. If you do, Santa will be extra pleased.


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DEAN, Kathleen Mary May 30, 1931 - November 1, 2017

Kathleen, beloved mother of Melody and Patricia passed away peacefully in Sechelt, BC on Tuesday, November 1 with family by her side. She was predeceased by her first husband Peter Duvenage (died April 20, 1996) and second husband Alan Dean (died October 12, 2012). Kathleen was a devoted wife and a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunty and friend with many meaningful relationships, both at home and abroad. She will be dearly missed.

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is quite significant indeed. Currently, Venus will conjunct Jupiter on Monday, November 13th at 7 Scorpio 20. If you have planets at or within a few degrees either side of this degree, you will receive some of its influence. The other factor is to decipher what House it occurs in. The twist, here, is that Venus is not terribly comfortable in Scorpio, as a general rule. There are always exceptions due to other factors, but that is the general rule. Also, Mars is one of Scorpio’s ruling planets and it is in Libra,






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