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Feb. 9, 2012 t was a Wednesday like no mark the day and suggested other Wednesday in Rob- Roberts Creek show their erts Creek, when over a hun- support, too. dred students and staff as“The idea came from a sembled at the mandala near flash mob last year,” said the shore to perform a dance McBain, “and just grew of acceptance in recognition from there.” Students emand support of Anti-bullying braced the idea and threw Day. The day was celebrated themselves into the project. all across the province, and Volunteer dance teachers pink T-shirts, symbolizing worked tirelessly to create defiance of bullies, were evi- the choreography and chose dent everywhere. Principal the Lady Gaga song, ‘Born Nov. 10, 2011 This Way’ for the dance. of the Roberts Creek Community Elementary School, Other volunteers organized Gloria McBain, told The the filming and sound part Local that one of the par- of the project while still ents had heard about other others put their heads toschools planning events to gether to organize the mul-

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March 2012 alfmoon Bay 8,constituents have an opportunity to be involved in the land use planning in their area on Saturday March 10. The Official Community Plan (OCP) advisory group has organized a visioning exercise at Halfmoon Bay School from 1pm to 4 pm. They are hoping to get over 100 citizens from Halfmoon Bay to dedicate three hours to an exercise that covers four areas of interest—Land Use, Environment, Social, and Economics—for the next 20 years. Everyone will get a chance to have input on all areas of Halfmoon Bay’s land use plan. There will

be daycare for very young children and activities for others that are too young to participate in the planning exercise. Each regional area of the SCRD goes through a process of upgrading their OCP. Formulating and agreeing upon each plan involves continuous community input until the OCP document goes through a series of public readings. Once passed by the regional district, the document is sent to the provincial government for final approval. The OCP then becomes a guiding document for future development in each regional area. The Halfmoon Bay advisory group started with 18 volunteers over a year ago, and they meet monthly with the assistance of SCRD staff, in order to lead the community in developing the plan. Part of the new OCP

procedures is the inclusion of the Sechelt Nation Land Use Plan. The OCP advisory group is pleased to have the Sechelt Nation involved. Come to the visioning at Halfmoon Bay School. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and also see what is going in other parts of Halfmoon Bay. You can help develop the OCP and learn what a slogan used in the prior Area B election, ‘Honour the Community Plan’, really means in practice. This is a zero-waste meeting. Please bring your own drink container. Please feel free to contact me either by email or phone on any issue. Cell: 604-741-2427 or Check my website at www. If you wish to be on my Halfmoon Bay Newsletter contact me by e-mail.

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arch is Community Social Services Month, a time when we make an effort to recognize the work of over 15,000 people in British Columbia who enrich all of our lives by making our communities good places to live. Who are Community Social Service Workers? They are the people who work with women and children who have experienced domestic violence or abuse; they provide counseling to people suffering from addictions or trauma in their lives; they help

give our children the great start they need through early learning and care; they counsel victims of crime, and prevent crime by working with young people in restorative justice programs; they help house the homeless, help people find jobs, help people from around the world settle in our beautiful province, and they ensure people with developmental disabilities live full lives within our communities. Here are a few testimonials from some of those who work in the sector: Karen works on a Crisis Line; she says, “There is a kernel of resilience in everyone, even those who have experienced massive trauma. It’s an honour and a privilege to help nurture that resilience and help it flower in each individual.”

Dorothy, who has worked with people with developmental disabilities for 20 years said, “I’ve enjoyed my journey with them tremendously… there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do for them. I believe community social service workers have enhanced their clients’ lives a thousand times over. I have learned how important it is to treat every individual with respect.” Ted works in a homeless shelter. He says, “The people who come here are down on themselves. They don’t know where they’re going to turn. We help them turn that around, and help them get back on their feet.” Pam says, “Whether it’s a woman needing a bed for her child or somebody short of food being able

to access the emergency food cupboard, this job has taught me gratitude, that I’m privileged. I need to remember that and be grateful for what I have.” Cam tells of when he took a resident to a wrestling event. “His favourite wrestlers came by and they hugged him and the look on his face was like pure gold, I’ll never ever forget it.” “I get to work with people who enjoy helping other people. We’re not in it for the money – we don’t make very much money. But we care about people and we are good at it.”

he Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) will be conducting an Emergency Exercise on March 14 from noon to 4 pm, to test the preparedness of the community to deal with a large-scale incident. SCRD Emergency Program Coordinator, Bill Elsner says, “The exercise has been carefully planned to test our emergency plan and our ability to respond in the event of an emergency.” Almost twenty different organizations are expected to take part, including the RCMP, fire departments, BC Ambulance, School District 46, Town of Gibsons, District of Sechelt, Sechelt Indian Government District, Sunshine Coast Regional District, St. Mary’s Hospital, Emergency Social Services,

Search and Rescue, Amateur Radio, BC Ferries, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and CKAY radio station. Although it is only an exercise, all of the organizations involved will be reacting as though it were an actual emergency. “Exercises like this become even more important when we reflect on the recent 5.7 earthquake off the coast of Vancouver Island,” says Garry Nohr, SCRD Board Chair. On March 14, among the many things being tested are radio communication, response times, evacuation, and the establishment of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), a central command facility for carrying out the principles of emergency preparedness or disaster management. “An EOC is responsible

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Editorial What is the price of a good teacher? Over the years, the role a teacher plays has certainly changed. It has condensed and almost specialized from what it was seventy years ago, when a teacher’s domain was the front of a classroom that held multiple grades; students in each grade had varying degrees of ability that required varying degrees of attention. Absolute discipline was demanded and students obeyed without question. Punishment for those students who refused to show respect or failed to keep up with their studies was swift and often harsh and sometimes even doubled when the student got home after school. Teachers of today have vastly different challenges in their careers; while they still head up classrooms they no longer expect – or receive – blind obedience. Most of the crimes once punishable by the strap are now resolved through mediation and counseling, often involving parents and other staff. Where once students were kicked out of school for behavioral problems or inability to keep up with their studies, teachers now provide alternatives to give those kids a second chance. They provide guidance and caring, developing the student as a whole person. All this change has come at a cost to teachers of today. They have a set curriculum and teaching goals, but they must use new tools to engage their students and help make learning a positive experience that will enrich their lives. They must also ignite their students’ imaginations and interest and help them stay ahead of new technologies that change and evolve almost daily. Usually, teachers themselves have to take classes to keep abreast of new technologies and teaching techniques. Often the teachers who do their jobs best are the most respected and loved by students. Those teachers have the special gift of being able to connect with their students, of recognizing the potential good in each one. Almost intuitively, they know how to nurture and kindle that potential and help each student find their brightest path. In the classroom of a good teacher, no student will see a ceiling on success. As members of our community, teachers contribute more and often receive less recognition than almost any other group. They tend to work in the background with our children and grandchildren, organizing plays and sporting events and musicals and doing things to support special days or causes. They make our children more aware of our world than we do, helping them to become global thinkers, more socially conscious and responsible. Teachers encourage our children to reach for a better tomorrow. A good teacher will give them all the tools they’ll need for that unimaginable journey into the future. To set a value on the people who do all this is impossible; their contribution to our country is priceless.

Letters to the Editor

Advisory Committee mandate to advise, not hire

As a member of the Sechelt Golf Course Advisory Committee I would like to respond to the letter to the editor from Mr. Weidman (The Local, March 1, 2012), “re: Advisory Committee on Sechelt Golf Course”, wherein Mr. Weidman raises questions regarding the selection process and determination of wages for the

Letters to the Editor type of individual and desirable credentials, e.g. golf professional, marketing, management and administrative skills. The committee members had no knowledge of who the candidates were, and provided no input regarding the possible remuneration for such a position. The selection for this position, and the determination of wages was solely made by the District of Sechelt Council. I hope that this will help to clarify the role and mandate of the Sechelt Golf Course Advisory Committee for Mr. Weidman and others. Fred Stark, Halfmoon Bay The Local received this letter for publication from School District 46.

Teachers allowed to position of IOC. It appears withdraw services that Mr. Weidman, and maybe others, have an inaccurate perception of the role and mandate of the Golf Course Advisory Committee. The emphasis of our mandate is on advisory! The committee gives advice only, and has no decision-making authority whatsoever. In the case of the IOC selection, the committee was involved only in discussions, with input from various committee members, regarding the

Dear Parents, On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, the Labour Relations Board determined that members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) may legally increase their current job action to a full withdrawal of services. The BCTF has certain restrictions to this action: The school district must be notified two school days before teachers withdraw

service; teachers may not remove services completely for more than three days in the first week of the action, and one day per week after that; teachers will not picket, block access or egress or otherwise restrict access to schools, including before and after school programs, sports, StrongStart Centres or daycares. However, we want to ensure that parents are aware of the labour situation for their planning purposes as we would not be able to offer a safe learning environment without our teachers in the schools. Schools will be closed in the event of a withdrawal of services by the BCTF. Please check back to our website: www. for any updates or follow us on twitter (@sscschools We will update you as developments occur. Patrick Bocking, Superintendent of Schools

Bill 22 to make teacher’s rights obsolete February 28, the BC Liberal Government has introduced Bill 22, imposing two years of no wage increases and seeking significant concession from teachers regarding learning conditions and professional development. At the same time, the BC Liberals eliminate teachers’ right to job action. After three terms this tired government has not learned

anything when it comes to respecting workers’ democratic rights. The BC Liberal government still has the ability to prevent a crisis in our public education system, withdraw Bill 22, and return to the bargaining table without condition and with the help of a professional mediator. The BC Teachers Federation has already called for the appointment of Stephen Kelleher as a mediator in this dispute. The BC Federation of Labour supports this call, and encourages the provincial government to accept this request. School trustees have called for mediation, the employer BC PSEA has agreed to mediation, and the public overwhelmingly supports real mediation. Today’s legislation has nothing to do with improving public education; it’s about a provincial government, beyond its expiry date, with no new ideas and no commitment to public education. In fact, Bill 22 will create larger class sizes and offers no support for students with special needs. Far from restoring teachers’ rights to bargain their working conditions, class size and composition, Bill 22 plans to make those rights obsolete. Teachers deserve better; most importantly, so do our kids. The government’s actions today extend be-

yond teachers and impact all provincial public sector negotiations. Imposing a mandate when other public sector workers have only begun bargaining is a serious breach of the principle of free collective bargaining. This legislative hammer comes from a government that has lost a number of Supreme Court challenges resulting from their trampling of labour rights. If the BC Liberal government was truly interested in mediation, they would use the tools at their disposal via the Labour Relations Board and the Labour Code - no other legislation is necessary. Mediation involves an impartial third party able to hear the concerns of both parties. Mediation cannot be limited to only the issues the BC Liberals choose. Bill 22 is not mediation but is the beginning of an imposed collective agreement. BC’s public and private sector unions and our more than 450,000 members stand in solidarity with BC’s teachers and their desire for a fair negotiated deal. Labour leaders will be meeting to discuss how they continue to support BC teachers. Maria Peralta Executive Secretary For BC Federation of Labour Website: E-mail: (Letters continued on page 6)

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meter, there are numerous complaints about this. ‘Saving a single Rose’ Lynda Steele of CTV has goes provincial commented on this probWe would all like to lem on TV (CTV’s Steele thank you for your heart- on Your Side) and people unusually felt article in The Local experiencing high bills are encouraged (March 1). You and your March 8, 2012 staff have done a great job to contact this address: in conveying the frustra- coordinator1@stopsmart tion that we’ve had since and steeleony the beginning. Bob Michor 1007 The Coalition to Stop Purely by chance, an Smart Meters provides a editor from the Province wealth of knowledge on the newspaper was at his sumhealth hazards, and even mer place on the weekend house fires, attributed to and your article must have the installation of wireless touched his heart strings because yesterday, out of smart meters. I find that the blue, we got a call from a great number of people a couple of different peo- are totally unaware of the 2012 harmful effects of Electro ple from the Feb. paper16,asking for an interview by phone Magnetic Radiation (which and low and behold, guess is emitted by wireless smart who’s on the front freakin’ meters and other wireless page of the Province this devices). With the unparalleled proliferation of wiremorning!? O.M.G.! We’re so surprised, and less devices (WiFi, laptops, never thought for a mo- IPhones, cellphones, etc.), ment it would be in the we are being subjected to a paper the next day, much 24/7 bombardment of EM less the front page. Not radiation. This has very serionly will this make a huge ous health implications esdifference for us with pecially for young children, the financial help of this the elderly and those that trip and undoubted fu- are sensitive to EMFs.  I recently had readings ture trips, but it has also done at my house and disgiven Rose encouragecovered that with the recent ment about the future and installation of a cell phone boosted her spirits. tower on Reservoir Road Thank you for planting in Sechelt, my spring filled the seed and we hope to mattress had extremely high see you for a fun night at readings of EM frequencies the Benefit.  that exceeded the level that Gary & Tani & Rose, is deemed safe for the huRoberts Creek man body. I now have no in my bed frame and Spring mattress acting metal sleep on a foam mattress. as antenna for EMFs? I no longer have sleepless In response to Rob Her- nights nor nightmares. Apman’s question regarding parently the mattress was increased hydro bills after acting as an antenna and the installation of a smart drawing the radiation from

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Well another month has passed us by. The good news is the days are longer and warmer weather is coming. The bad news is we are still trying to subdivide half of an acre off a property that is 1.27 acres. This process began July 15, 2010, when we paid a $1,750.00 deposit. The original cost for the work the District wanted us to do was over $100K, this for a lot that is listed at $185K. Most of this cost was for us to provide a sewer connection and 300’ of line, which the District could then connect to. This would solve the sewer drainage problem the District is having with the new Norvan section of sewer. The District has problems! They have been collecting taxes for sixteen years for sewer and now they have to fund it! They think that as a property owner we should pay


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the tower. Also, although I do not have a smart meter nor wireless or a cell phone in my house, the WiFi readings were extremely high due to bombardment from outside sources. Yet our Government is doing nothing to stop this worst, most dangerous  experiment in all of mankind! Sounds to me like political suicide. Marshall Mitchell, Sechelt

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a big price for the privilege of subdividing, even if it is as simple as drawing a line across a property. After several meetings with the District we received a letter of response, dated Sept. 30, 2011, advising us that the District had changed their stance and that the cost would be reduced to between $60 and $65K. In consulting with professionals, I was informed that what we were proposing to do should cost no more than $35K. Now there is the matter of a Hydro pole that sits exactly 62 inches from the property and yet we were instructed to have underground wiring to the lot. The questions I posed regarding this situation were not addressed for over two months. I would have liked to keep this property whole but it has become a matter of finances and we need to subdivide and sell. If I could afford to keep the entire property, the District would not be using it and they would still be looking for a downhill access for their sewer. After building our dream home on the top end of a three-acre property and going over budget, we are trying to recoup some of the losses. The District staff seems to think that if you are subdividing you must have lots of money therefore you will pay. Dave & Ann Tyler, Sechelt

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udding engineers are hard at work on designs for submission to the 2nd Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition and Science Fair, March 9 and 10 at the Seniors Activity Centre in Sechelt. Last year’s competition drew 44 participants, many as young as 8 years old. Organizers from the Sea to Sky Branch of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEG) note that building a bridge out of popsicle sticks and white glue that can support a weight of over 225 pounds is impressive – but more so when the designers are in third grade.

Recognizing that the enthusiastic participation of elementary students bodes well for the future of science and engineering in Canada, APEG has developed study materials for Grade Three teachers (downloadable from their website) to support the Structure component of their curriculum and encourage younger competitors. The Science Fair, a new addition to the competition this year, will provide information about education and careers in science and technology as well as presentations on Canadian Women in Science and Technology, History of Interesting Tech-

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you want and don’t want and need is in focus. Although you want to be kind Michael about it, you can hardly O’Connor contain your feelings. At Astrologer best, this is manifesting as a rich and expansive mode of March 8, 2012 expression. Still, it remains Tip of the Week: Mars is currently retro- important that you also grade influencing criticism make every effort to listen and possibly harsh atti- to what others are saying. tudes. Mercury will be as Your greatest rewards will well (March 12- April 4). come from joining forces. In Astrology, there are three Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Getting clear on which are ‘personal planets’ that can your dreams and which are turn retrograde. Two are illusions is a current theme. listed above and the other Subconscious thoughts is Venus. So, when any one about security are at play. of these is retrograde, the Knowing the diff erence river begins to take more between wants and needs complex turns and channels is ever ideal. Th e ego ever narrow and rapids are prowants more yet if the spirit’s duced. With awareness and a proactive attitude such needs are not met we are times can prove exciting and impoverished regardless of fun. Yet, imagine a river trip apparent wealth. Self-actuwith a blindfold on? This is alization is a core spiritual how many people live thus achievement; what does it are subject to more prob- mean to you? lems and anxieties than is Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Stimulations of your necessary. Like knowing the higher mind are directing weather or traffic report or your thoughts and feelhaving accurate tide schedings. Tuning into and/ ules. Astrology offers valuor cultivating feelings of able insights for practical unity and of communion use. Sometimes these are focused upon deeper re- are implied. Otherwise, alities like the climate zone tendencies to control peoaltogether - a metaphor for ple and situations or to understanding a person’s overexert your will are recore nature. Referring to vealing the dominance of your lower mind. Don’t let one’s ‘nature’ clearly finds1009 Nicholas Simons its roots in Astrology, the the facts fool you, do what first religion, science and feels good and reveals your system of psychology, where personal truth. Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) the four Elements are founClearing the old to make dational features. Astrolway for the new remains in ogy generally measures the the spotlight. Taking new movements of the planets to leads and strides is implied. provide deep self-awareness, Be willing to gain access destiny clarification and March 1, 2012 to and make use of the retiming. With two personal sources of others. Get clear planets retrograde, anxiety and tension levels will rise, on what you do and do not yet with awareness and in- want. Knowing who figures tention we can override re- into your long-range goals active attitudes and make is part of the plot. Invest in new tools, techniques and wiser choices. training, and take calcuAries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Dreams and visions of the lated risks. future are dancing in your Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Neptune in Pisces is leadmind. Your sights are set on ing you to realize dreams making some key changes and realities. The dreams SDBA St. Patrick 1010 that will bring a fair return. include new creative expresAny area of your life that sions and involvement with feels out of balance is under some real power players. review. Simply speaking, Th e realities include realizyou want a better deal. This ing that certain people and is a good time to invest as situations are simply not rewell. But, it is not time to liable. Coming to know the fully engage your physical diff erence will remain an energies, yet. important theme for some Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) March 8, 2012 Getting clear about what time to come.


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Sidestix, Eric Olsen from Vintage Sports Images and Brad Friesen from Last Call Productivity Beverage. A well, they’ll help prepare you to increase your chances of being selected to appear on the Den. CBC Dragon’s Den audition for season seven will be Tuesday, March 20 from 11 am to 6 pm at the Seaside Centre. To register, phone 604885-4547. Today, Hapi Foods turns out thousands of tons of product and ships to exotic European locations and around the world. Their staff continues to grow with them. But as the world shrinks for Hapi Foods, the success of their product continues to grow.


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The Mt. Elphinstone Park we deserve

Last week, Roberts Creek Director Donna Shugar requested that BC Timber Sales and the Ministry of Forests engage in a Land and Resource Use Plan (LRUP) for the lower slopes of Mt. Elphinstone.

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) has reignited a campaign to expand our existing Mt. Elphinstone Park. Currently comprised of 3 small isolated and disconnected parcels totaling only 139 ha, it’s too small to provide recreation, tourism opportunities, or protect biodiversity. This area is the lower Coast’s last chance to set aside a large, accessible, low elevation and natural forest for the benefit of our communities, and we currently have nothing else like it. The proposed 1,500 ha Mt. Elphinstone Park, a 20 year-old initiative, would incorporate some of the last mature and old growth forest bordering the communities of Wilson Creek and Roberts Creek, connect the 3 current park parcels, and contain some previously logged areas as well. The areas gentle rolling hills fall between 200-600m. The boundaries would run from the Wilson Creek itself in the west, to Clough Creek above Conrad Road in Roberts Creek to the east, and the former CNI lands and the Coast’s largest clearcut to the north. There are currently no sizable, low elevation forests set aside on the lower Sunshine Coast, between Egmont and Port Mellon, that address our needs. The large parks we have, the Tetrahedron (6,000 ha), Mt. Richardson (1,001 ha), and Spipiyus (2,979 ha) are wonderful resources, but they are primarily high elevation parks with the majority of the land above 900m and therefore have limitations for year round recreational use. They also possess a very different sort of ecosystem than the lower slopes. We have no large natural forests set aside that are suitable for year-round hiking, biking, horseback riding, wilderness camping, tourism etc., or that insure biological diversity for our future. Mountaintops and steep grades have always been the easiest to secure as parkland as they have low economic value to the forest industry, and why we have thus far been denied a more usable park on the lower Coast. The largest low elevation park we have below 600m is the 185ha Smugglers Cove, great for an afternoon walk, but given all the natural forest the lower Coast once possessed, shouldn’t we have better than that? We shouldn’t always have to drive up to a mountaintop to enjoy the expanse of nature that used to be at our backdoors and we are quickly losing the opportunity to set something significant aside as the last remnants of our low elevation natural forests are being logged, fragmented and converted to tree farms. The Sunshine Coast Forest District currently has only 3% of its land designated Class A Provincial Park while the rest of the province maintains an average of 13%. Even 13% is not enough to ensure ecosystem protection as the science that came out of the Great Bear Rainforest process and Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel put the percentage needed at 30%. Logging interests have always carried the most weight provincially to the detriment of other societal and ecological values, we’ve never had a balance. We didn’t get down to 3% remaining old growth forest below 600m, in this and most other landscape units in our forest district because we’ve had balance. The only reason this proposed park still retains some large intact areas today is that in the late 1800’s a fire destroyed much of the forest in the area which has now naturally regenerated. So while most of the surrounding low and mid elevation forests were logged out, this area was left largely untouched, that is until recently. It’s intended this area be logged and replanted in continuous 60 to 80-year cycles, but no matter what the forest industry tells us, their short rotation tree farms are not a forest, are ecologically barren compared to a naturally regenerated mature or old growth forest, and anyone who enjoys hiking or loves the outdoors knows the difference. It’s akin to comparing a turf farm with a wild meadow. Tourists don’t want to recreate amongst tree farms anymore than our children do. There is little of interest, beauty, or diversity of plants and animals within them. There are some areas within the park proposal already logged in recent years that will need to be restored and reintegrated with the remaining intact forest but that’s as good as it gets at this point in history, as large

continuous tracts of intact lower forests are gone on the Coast. According to the BC Chief Foresters office, within the Sunshine Coast Forest District, “223,000 ha are suitable for timber harvesting”. The additional 1,361 ha needed for this enlarged park would only remove 0.61% or roughly a half of one percent of our harvestable area – hardly the forestry job killer some are claiming. And there are economic benefits to leaving this area unlogged. A 2002 study commissioned by the province titled Commercial and Public Recreation for the Sunshine Coast Forest District, states that “Historically the communities were resource based with an emphasis on the forest industry. Tourism and recreation opportunities as well as retirement have begun to shift the dependence from the resource-based sectors. Tourism and recreation in the Sunshine Coast is strongly linked to land use and is directly dependent on back country, fish, wildlife and other resource values.” The study acknowledged that tourism has steadily grown here, especially on the upper Coast, and will continue to grow as Vancouver does and with increasing worldwide demand for quality outdoor recreational experiences. So while the forest industry has declined on the Coast, tourism and demand for outdoor experiences has increased and is expected to continue too. Let’s benefit from that trend.

Save the lower Elphinstone slopes! No clearcuts in the Trailfest-Wagon area.

Currently Mt. Elphinstone Park is too small and disconnected to be utilized for anything other than helping to protect fungi, but if enlarged to include the surrounding natural forest and trail system, it could be yet another high profile destination for tourists that would benefit all the communities on the lower Coast, especially Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt and our service and hospitality sectors.

The area is already widely used by the community as a de facto park for recreation in part because of its accessibility, close proximity, and its natural wild beauty, but it’s being taken away from us one cutblock at a time. The study rated current public use of the area as very high, listing nature observation, hiking, biking, equestrian, ATV’ing and other activities for the local and regional population with a draw from the lower mainland. It also listed the commercial significance in our proposed park area as high, citing the interest in the ecology of the area as the reason. If this area is logged it loses most of the attributes that attract us to it now and its potential for the future. The Coast is growing, and development and logging will continue to eat up the last unprotected wild areas we treasure unless we set something aside for our future. There are 8 proposed cutblocks currently planned on crown land within the expanded park boundaries to be carried out by the SC Community Forest and BC Timber Sales (BCTS), and one more on Island Timberlands private land. We hope to prevent these lest the integrity of this proposed park be further compromised. The logging rights to one BCTS cutblock, the Trailfest-Wagon forest (cutblock A87124) was auctioned off Feb. 29,2012 to Continental Pole Ltd. Let’s hope they reconsider, and choose to source their wood from a less contentious area that doesn’t have a such negative impact on the local community and the parks future.

There was a land use planning process started in the midnineties but the Ministry of Forests pulled the plug on it before it was completed. If we had an LRUP it might go a long way towards ending the constant conflicts around forest lands on the Mt. Elphinstone slopes. Director Shugar is also concerned about safeguarding the water supply for her community. A third of Creekers utilize well and surface waters originating from the watersheds this park would help protect. The expanded park is presently included in the Roberts Creek Official Community Plan in draft form, and is supported by the Roberts Creek Community Assoc., Davis Bay, Wilson Cr., Selma Park Comm. Assoc., and the Sunshine Coast Conservation Assoc.

This park is your last chance for a sizable inter-urban greenbelt for habitat, tourism, year-round recreation, for present and future generations on the lower Sunshine Coast, and is crucial to maintaining our good quality of life here. Help us make it happen. Tell our local and provincial government that you support the Mt. Elphinstone Park expansion too and want to see a moratorium on logging within its boundaries.

Write, Email or Call: Hon. Christy Clark, Premier of BC, P.O. Box 9041, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9E1 ( 250-387-1715 Hon. Terry Lake, Minister of Environment, P.O. Box 9047, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8V 1X4 ( 250-387-1187 Or visit and go to the Take Action page for a sample letter and contact information for government ministries to direct it to.

We can always use donations and volunteers! Elphinstone Logging Focus, PO Box 85, Roberts Cr. BC V0N 2W0 The 3 darker green patches are the pre-existing Mt. Elphinstone Park. Grey patch A87124 is the Traifest Wagon forest, the area Continental Pole Ltd. has won the logging rights to. Grey patch EW002 is the contentious Wilson Cr. forest cutblock, currently on hold as a hydrological assessment is conducted of the damaged Wilson Cr. watershed.

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heavily on a dedicated, ten release a million salmon hardworking and loyal or more, and we do it ecogroup of volunteers. nomically – ‘one thin dime SCSES President Michael = one fat salmon’.” Snook said, “A commercial“We also couldn’t do or government-operated what we do without the hatchery of the same size extraordinary support we as Chapman Creek would receive from individuals probably have four to six and businesses in the comemployed staff members. munity. They support us Our community-based financially and their conhatchery has two. SCSES re- tributions, whether in cash lies on its volunteers to pick or in kind, keep us going,” up much of the daily work, he concluded. from feeding fish to cleanTickets for the fundraising tanks, from maintain- ing dinner and auction are ing the hatchery grounds to now on sale and going fast. helping release salmon into They can be purchased at our coastal waters.” the hatchery at 4381 Park“We couldn’t run the way Drive, just off Field hatchery without our vol- Rd., by phone at 604-885unteers. The numbers vary 4136, or by email at info@ fromJohnny year to year, but we of- Walker cash1009

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aces of the Coast is a group of individuals and organizations coming March 1, 2012 together to take action and raise awareness about discrimination and hate on the Sunshine Coast. GPAG shoutout 1009 On March 10 at the Heritage Play House in Gibsons and on March 17 at the Sechelt Nation Community Hall the group will host a free Diversity Film Festival. The festival will show a diverse mix of mostly local short films, including “DeMarch Creating 1, 2012 fining Diversity, Community” – a Powell River film made by Tony Papa – and “friendship Songs & Dreams” – a film by youth of the Sechelt Nation. Doors will open at 6.45 and the festival will start at 7.00 pm. The evening will end after a short dialogue about diversity in our communities around 9.30 pm. At the festival ‘Faces of

the Coast’ will launch three postcards. The postcards represent three stories about experiences of inclusion from people living on the coast. The complete stories can be found on the District of Sechelt website, one of the project sponsors. The postcards will be distributed for free along the coast. If you want to get involved or for more information about ‘Faces of the Coast’, visit Live/CommunityPlanning/ FacesoftheCoast.aspx ‘Faces of the Coast’ is funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation through the Immigrant Integration Branch, and supported by many community partners, such as the District of Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast Social Planning Council and Chatelech/ Sechelt Elementary Community School.

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2011 Hind-Smith winner, Rick O’Neill (pictured at right) with Chair, Jason Herz. PHOTO SUBMITTED

he Sunshine Coast Conservation Association once again welcomes nominations for the annual John Hind-Smith Award. The award established in 2006, honours environmentalist John Hind-Smith. A founding member of the Salmon Enhancement Society, the Tetrahedron Alliance and a lifetime member of the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society, John Hind-Smith inspired generations of community environmental advocacy on the Sunshine Coast.

The successful recipient of the John Hind-Smith Award must have demonstrated: A long and enduring service to the protection of biodiversity within the greater Sunshine Coast region; a high level of personal integrity and a commitment to scientific accuracy; the ability to inspire others to appreciate and protect biodiversity; success in the protection of biodiversity within the greater Sunshine Coast region; the ability to act with grace and respect for all.

Nominees are not required to be members of the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association. Please ensure that nominations are sent in with appropriate support material documenting why the nominee should be considered. This material will be a significant factor in the jury’s selection process. Submissions must be sent to the Sunshine Coast Conservation Chair, Jason Herz at by April 30, 2012. The award will be presented at this year’s

Friends of the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association function, Tuesday, May 15 at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre. The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association looks forward to highlighting environmental efforts on the Sunshine Coast while honouring a man who epitomized the term ‘environmentalist’. For more information on John HindSmith and the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association, please visit the SCCA website at

Is BC’s new Driver Fitness testing fair? T

hat is the provocative title of an information meeting to be hosted by MLA Nicholas Simons, the Sunshine Coast chapter of Council of Senior Citizens of BC (COSCO-BC) and the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre at 1:30 pm on Friday, March 9 at the Centre on Trail Avenue. The forum will address concerns around the controversial DriveABLE program and its impact on older drivers. Many seniors equate the loss of their driving license with a loss of personal freedom and independence. At the United Way Seniors Forum held in Vancouver last year, presenter Andrea Procyk noted that transportation is a priority issue for seniors in this region. Nondrivers are 15 times more likely to miss activities; access to quality transportation is important to quality of life. With a high proportion of seniors comprising the demographic of his riding, Simons is sympathetic to their concerns and needs. In a recent blog on his website ( the Powell River – Sunshine Coast MLA listed the top 10 reasons seniors are wary of

the DriveABLE program. “I think the whole DriveABLE policy is suspect,” said Simons. He noted that Bonnie Dobbs, who developed the SIMARD screening tool used to determine a driver’s cognitive abilities, also participated in development of the 2010 guidelines, which required SIMARD’s use in testing. “There is a conflict there that has not been addressed by the Premier and the Attorney General,” Simons noted. Simons also expressed concern that the Motor Vehicles Branch’s cognitive tests are not overseen by a physician. “Cognitive testing is one thing, driving is another.” Tasha Schollen, with the Ministry of Justice’s Communication and Public Engagement department, vigorously defends the DriveABLE program. She notes that the Superintendent requires only drivers with reported cognitive function concerns to take a DriveABLE assessment, and that the requirement is not age-related. Medical practitioners provide 95 per cent of reports received by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, and these may

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trigger the call for driver testing. “Typically, these doctors have already conducted an in-office assessment,” Schollen reports. Reports from drivers’ family members or police officers who have observed driving behaviour that suggests cognitive impairment comprise the remaining 5 per cent of reports. “In any given year, relatively few BC drivers are required to take a DriveABLE assessment,” says Schollen. “Of about 3.1 million BC drivers – 484,000 of whom are over age 65 – 130,000 have medical fitness assessments reviewed by the Superintendent each year. Less than 2 per cent of those (currently about 1,500 people) are referred to take a DriveABLE assessment and many of these pass the written and driving tests without incident.” Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond stated that without DriveABLE, “the Superintendent would be obligated to base driver fitness on a general medical diagnosis of cognitive decline, which means more drivers would be prohibited from driving than are presently.” The DriveABLE location

in Sechelt is one of 17 newly-expanded sites across the province and is not expected to be busy. A dual control vehicle (similar to those used by driving schools) is provided for the road test for the safety of both the driver and the examiner, and the test follows a designated assessment route. COSCO-BC and the BCAA Road Safety Foundation have partnered to offer “Live Well, Drive Well” - a program aimed at the aging driver. Offered by trained volunteers, the program explains the body’s physical changes due to aging and how these changes can affect reaction times; it also assists in planning for the day when driving may no longer be practicable. COSCO-BC plans to introduce the program to the Sunshine Coast in 2012. Schollen notes that, although the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles did not receive an invitation to this event, they will be sending a “comprehensive package of materials” to Simons “so he has the opportunity to share accurate information at this session.” By Heather Jeal for The Local

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This treed property allows for 2 full size dwellings. Features a private 2nd home site on the upper side of the acreage. A creek directly behind the current dwelling separates the parcel and access for the upper part is off of Hanbury by a legal easement over lot 1. A beautiful private setting for a great retreat or your hobby farm. Miles of great trails to explore on your horse or on your bike. Very sunny property. The property on the east is zoned RU4 (Rural Forest) and was logged a few years ago.

14 The Local - Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sowing the seeds for a healthy and richer Coast

Nadi Fleschhut pictured with Dawn Myers, and Linda Fogarty of Sunshine Seedlings.

Maria Hunter with Rosi, Michalina and Mac of Dragonfly Seeds.


oberts Creek Hall saw a steady stream of gardeners Saturday, March 3, looking Chasters 1009_2 for heritage seeds and plants to plant in their gardens. With the message to make Coast residents more self-sustaining by growing food for themselves, the One Straw Society hosted Seedy Saturday, a national movement to save seeds that have been part of the heri-


tage of North America. The Seedy Saturday event was originally started on the Coast through the One Straw Society by Robin Wheeler, whose memorial event was hosted the following day to a packed hall. Wheeler’s passion was gardening and she passed along her experience and wisdom to young and old alike over the years.

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would like you to apply. Submissions must reflect the SCCA’s mandate to protect the natural biodiversity of the Sunshine Coast region. We look forward to sharing the winning photographer’s personal vision of biodiversity on the Sunshine Coast with the public in our 2013 Calendar and during a two week showing at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre. The SCCA’s 2012 Calen-

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Food System Network CoordinaThursday, March 8 tor - General objectives include the active participation and co- •1:30pm. St. Mary’s Hospital/Health Care ordination of a variety of food Auxiliary, Sechelt branch meets in the Craft security related initiatives on the Room at the Seniors Centre, Sechelt. lower Sunshine Coast . Primary •5:00pm-9:00pm. SCLC International responsibilities include maintainWomen’s Day Potluck Supper at the Roberts ing and enhancing networks, education and capacity building Creek Hall. Great entertainment, everyone welcome. Proceeds will be donated to the activities across a variety of sectors to meet the One Straw SociYew Transition House. For more info, 604ety mandate of food sovereignty 886-3774. and community capacity. A full Friday, March 9 job description is available at •1:30-3:00pm. Information Meeting hosted - click on “Job Postings”. This is a year by MLA Nicholas Simons regarding the long part-time contract, approxi- DriveABLE program, driver fitness for seniors. mately 8/hrs per week from April Sechelt Seniors Centre. 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. If inter- •7:30pm. SC Royal Astronomical Society ested, please submit cover letter presents Mike Bradley speaking on ‘Arabic and resume to vicepresident@onMalaspina Realty 1006 no later than March 15, Contributions to Astronomy’ at the SC Arts 2012. We thank all applicants for Centre, Medusa & Trail Ave., Sechelt. Free their interest but only those appli- event, everyone welcome. Call 604-740-5860 cants who meet the criteria will be or visit contacted for an interview. p10 Saturday, March 10

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Friday, March 16 •3:30pm-6:30pm. Opening Reception for ‘Shout Out - Young People’s Exhibition’. Gibsons Public Art Gallery. 604-886-0531. •7:30pm-9:30pm. School of Music Coffee House. Local entertainment, coffee and goodies. School of Music, Madeira Park. 604883-9749. •8:30pm. Astro Cafe. Royal Astronomical Society hosts public telescope viewing. Meet at Pier 17, Davis Bay. Saturday, March 17 •11:00am. SC Botanical Society presents Elke Knechtel: Vegetables for our Climate at the Sparling Pavillion, Botanical Garden, 5941 Mason Rd., Sechelt. By donation. •2:00pm. Gibsons Seniors Society St. Patrick’s Day Tea. Harmony Hall, Gibsons. Tickets call Phyllis, 604-886-1378. •6:30pm-10:00pm. Sweet Finales & Celebrity Auction. Fundraiser for WaterCan Communities. Gibsons Rec Centre. 604-886-2362. •10:00am-12:00pm. SC Community Orchestra •7:00pm-9:30pm. Faces of the Coast Diversity is holding a huge garage sale and the event Film Festival. A free community event at the includes an open music rehearsal of the Sechelt Nation Community Hall. For more Suncoast Concert Band in the gym at Roberts information call April at 604-989-4223. Sunday, March 18 Creek Elementary School. •7:00pm-9:30pm. Faces of the Coast Diversity •Coast Recital Society presents Pianist André Film Festival. A free community event at Laplante at Raven’s Cry Theatre. Tickets 604Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. For more 740-2051 or Monday, March 19 information call April at 604-989-4223. •8:00pm. Buckman Coe plays a special Folk •1:00pm. Gibsons Seniors Society monthly with a World Beat Consciousness concert in Birthday Lunch. Harmony Hall, Gibsons. Open association with VOICE on the Coast at Jordao to all, no charge. Studios, Gibsons. Show at 9:00pm. For ticket •7:30pm. SCFS Film Night. ‘Incendies’. French w/English subtitles. Gibsons Heritage information call 604-740-2380. Playhouse. Tickets at the door. Sunday, March 11 •11:00am. Single and 55+? Meet the Brunch Wednesday, March 21 •8:00pm, Mar 21-24 & 28, 29 & 31. Coast Bunch at Pebbles Restaurant, Sechelt. Community Productions presents Will you Monday, March 12 •9:45am. St. Mary’s Hospital Aux. Halfmoon Still Love Me in the Morning? A hilarious Bay Branch Meeting Issue at Cooper’s Green. farce about love, sex and bad plumbing. Date: ____________________ New members always welcome. www. Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. For tickets and info call 604-809-6206.**2:00pm Matinees Mar 24, 25 & 31. March 21 - ‘pay Wednesday, March 14 •7:00pm-9:00pm. Sharing Women of Passion what you can.’ meet at Discovery Place Retreat. This is an Friday, March 23 opportunity to meet other like-minded •6:00pm-9:00pm. Coast Salish Weaving women; a facilitated time of fun, sharing and Workshop with Jessica Casey. Sunshine Coast discovery. Call Carole @ 604-885-0405 to from If we do not hear youMuseum by thisat 716 Winn Rd., Gibsons. To pre-register please call 604-886-8232. register or for more information. we can assume•8:00pm. all is correct. David Zieroth, a Governor •7:00pm-9:00pm. Artisttime, Reception. Gertrude Pacific, Wonderful World - A Retrospective. General’s award winning poet, will read let us know we work at the SC Arts Centre, fromhow his recent Show runs to April 8, 2012. Please Doris Crowston Sechelt. Gallery, SC Arts Centre, Sechelt. can serve you best.Admission is free.

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Saturday, March 24 •10:00am-4:00pm. Coast Salish Weaving Workshop with Jessica Casey. Sunshine Coast Museum at 716 Winn Rd., Gibsons. To preregister please call 604-886-8232. •6:00pm. SC Salmonid Enhancement Society’s 15th Annual Salmon Dinner & Auction at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre. Call 604-885-4136. •7:30pm. Community Fundraiser for Rose Schwarz. Entertainment, silent auction, and raffle. Roberts Creek Hall. Tickets at Gaia’s Fair Trade & Strait Music. Sunday, March 25 •10:00am-4:00pm. Coast Salish Weaving Workshop with Jessica Casey. Sunshine Coast Museum at 716 Winn Rd., Gibsons. To preregister please call 604-886-8232. •2:00pm. Brilliantly gifted pianist Sara Buechner returns to Pender Harbour to dazzle & enchant. School of Music, Madeira Park. Contact the Pender Harbour Music Society for more information and ticket locations. •2:00pm. Michael Lefevre Classical Guitar Concert at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church. For ticket info call 604-886-0031. •7:30pm. Sunshine Coast Guitar Society. Bring your guitar and join them at the Rockwood Centre, Sechelt. 604-740-5938 or 604-886-0031. Tuesday, March 27 •7:00pm. Suncoast Woodcrafters meeting with Lars Larson speaking on Industrial Safety. Science Room, Chatelech Highschool, Sechelt. All guests are welcome. Friday, March 30 •8:00pm. Artesia Coffee House - featuring four bands. SC Arts Centre, Sechelt. Tickets at the door. 604-740-5825. •8:30pm-9:30pm. Turn the Lights Out for Earth Hour! Wednesday, April 4 •8:00pm, Apr 4-7. Coast Community Productions presents Will you Still Love Me in the Morning? A hilarious farce about love, sex and bad plumbing. Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. For tickets and info call 604-8096206.**2:00pm Matinees Apr 1 & 7. Thursday, April 12 •1:30pm. St. Mary’s Hospital/Health Care Auxiliary, Sechelt branch meets in the Craft Room at the Seniors Centre, Sechelt.

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Meet Sunday, March 11 at 1:00PM at the Roberts Creek Community Hall (upper parking lot) Round Trip: 4 hours. This forest is an important part of the proposed Mount Elphinstone Park expansion. BC Timber Sales has awarded the area to Pemberton based, Continental Pole Ltd. Logging will turn these trees that provide many environmental services into telephone poles and luxury log homes. Trailfest-Wagon Forest contains a network of established mountain biking, walking and historic trails that would be wiped clean by logging. Not one buffer is planned around these popular trails. Calling on mountain bikers to come out and see what will be lost What do the user groups of this public forest receive in return? A barren waste land, with all former values and features erased. A rotational-tree farm will turn this park like area into the ‘working forest’.

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ctivist Penny Lalo Singh warned recently that Ministry of Forests, Lands MarchResources 8, 2012 and Natural (MoF) officials plans to shut down her self-styled ‘Peace Camp’ on Mt. Elphinstone March 7. According to Singh, officials warned that if she continues to occupy the site she claims is a designated BC Forests ‘Special Management Zone’ she is rally others to her cause, liable for charges of trespass writing, “I am currently occarrying a maximum penal- cupying the forest. I stand ty of six months in jail and/ for Aboriginal rights and for all people to have a place on or fines up to $20,000. Singh’s supporters main- the earth to live in freedom. tain MoF is attempting to Please come…. and we will Occupy Earth together.” clear the way for a proposed Singh, who has lived at the logging cutblock above Cliff Gilker Park, which they forest site off and on since claim infringes on the Rob- 2000, claims it is “simply a erts Creek watershed. “Until place I have returned to for the Land Claims are settled peace of mind, to meditate in this area, I consider this and to enjoy Mother Naland as belonging to the Na- ture.” However, her weblog tives and the Crown having indicates the ‘Peace Camp’ no jurisdiction ordering site is used for gatherings, people from occupying this to teach wilderness lore and land in any way,” Singh said spiritual healing. Nor is she the sole user of the site; in a press release. MoF Public Affairs Of- her blog acknowledges her ficer Brennan Clarke clari- “guests… are not into dealfied that Singh’s campsite ing with their garbage and is located in a small area set mess …. It represents negaaside for tree retention with- tive things. I only see the in the larger context of the missing trees and the mess area that’s slated for timber the logging companies left.” Elphinstone Logging FocusOver 1010the years Singh has harvesting, possibly within occupied the site, others the next thirteen months. Regardless of the status of have regularly come in to the land, Clarke said, “The deal with the garbage and occupant has been served mess, hauling truckloads with a notice under the Land of debris to the dump. Act to remove a wooden “They’ve left stuff behind platform and burnt-out that was environmentally a school bus which are consid- concern - it could contamiered unauthorized structures nate the land. Stuff that was March 8, 2012 caked in mould, all kinds under the Land Act.” A former Occupy Van- of garbage,” said volunteer couver activist, Singh is us- Rob Corlett. He cited the ing her Facebook page to burned-out school bus as

a source of contamination of the ecologically sensitive site, in an area rich in wild mushrooms and wildlife. “They claimed that people had no way of getting their garbage out, but how did they get it in there in the first place?” He clarified, “to be fair, this last cleanup, a lot of the garbage wasn’t Penny’s fault.” According to Clarke, MoF workers identified the site as abandoned last fall and slated a cleanup by the Ministry. When Singh returned to the site, workers advised that her structures were noncompliant and advised her to clean it up. Singh’s proposed ‘Gathering’ announced on her web blog and scheduled for April 1 at the site to discuss Intentional Community and Eco-Villages may be impacted by the Ministry of Forests action. “It appears now that what began 12 years ago is coming around again,” Singh says. Clarke indicated that, provided Singh removes the offending structures, she may continue to camp there, but emphasized the Land Act requires that the invasive structures must be removed. By Heather Jeal for The Local

Comparing the Coast markets Real Estate Tips Kenan MacKenzie Sunshine Coast Real Estate News

Detached listings: There are 507 current detached listings and 50 sales yearto-date. The current market’s hot price range is from $280,000 to $380,000, with the majority of the sales occurring in this price range. With the current pace of sales, this represents a 20-month supply of listings. Comparing the previous year’s detached sales, in 2011 for the same time period we had 69 sales. The detached listing inventory climbed over January and market supply increased, sales in

February were also down. Attached Listings: There are 139 current attached listings and 11 sales yearto-date. With the current pace of sales this represents a 25-month supply of listings. Attached listings represent strata unit apartments, condos and townhouses. Attached listings declined over January with the market supply decreased and the sales were up. Land listing: There are 368 bare land listing and 4 sales year-to-date. With the current pace of sales this represents a 184-month supply. Comparing the previous year’s bare land sales, in 2011 for the same time period we had 22 sales. What can we say about the market? Most of the

sale prices were within a few thousand dollars of the current listing price and the volume of sales was well off in the 2011 time period. When buyers see the value in the home they will pay close to the listing price or more. One home over the past month sold for above the listing price. In most cases the sellers have been on the market for an extended period of time and followed the market down quite often below the market value of when they listed. Often we feel our home is the best and should get higher than others but we need to remind ourselves that this has consequences. It is important to look objectively at  what has  sold and set your price carefully!

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Students take up signs in support of teachers

echelt Councillor Doug Hockley stirred up a controversy at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting with a motion to revisit the recently-redesigned District logo and tagline. Hockley aims to have the logo redesigned through a contest open to the community, with cash awards totaling less than $2,000 for a winning design chosen by a team of Sechelt graphic designers. Council requested staff to provide a report on the costs, with background on the selection process for the current logo and tagline, prior to voting on Hockley’s motion. “This is not a done deal by any means, no way!” Hockley explained. He noted  “I have been clear from the moment I entered the election race last year that I was going to get rid of that logo and put the identity of

Students dotted intersections in Sechelt Friday, March 2 in support of teachers’ bid for a ratified agreement. Passing motorists honked their support. Even as the government issued a statement saying that they had received no official notification that teachers would strike, an official notification by the BCTF had been issued and teachers announced they would walk out on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Student’s signs read, “Smaller Class Sizes, We are the Future Teachers, It’s NOT Just Teachers, STAFF PHOTO Honk 4 Education and Our Education is at Risk,” among others.

March Stargazing


kywatchers this month will have plenty to keep them busy with several planetary alignments taking center stage. The granddaddy of them all takes place up until the 12th of the month when skywatchers can see all five naked eye planets in one night. Look low to the west after sunset to find the faint planet Mercury bathed in the glow of twilight. High above Mercury sits the brilliant Venus and not quite so brilliant planet Jupiter. About the same height as Jupiter and Venus, but farther to the east, sits the planet Mars. Mars can be identified as the reddish looking star, in the constellation Leo, an area otherwise devoid of bright stars. Look in the same area of sky a couple of hours later to find the ringed planet Saturn conveniently placed just left of the star Spica. Spica is the brightest star in the

northern hemisphere so it’s hard to miss. Other noteworthy alignments in March are Venus and Jupiter less than three degrees apart from the 12th to the 14th of the month. On March 25 a crescent moon sits just 1.5 degrees above Jupiter and on the 26th the moon, the Planet Venus and the star cluster ‘The Pleiades’ all share the same area of the sky. This would be a spectacular sight either with the naked eye or through binoculars. Don’t forget to set your sundials on the 21st, as this is the spring equinox. This is the day when the earth’s

equator is neither tilted north or south of the sun. It’s also the date that night and day are equal in length. Get your telescopes out now because the nights are getting shorter and “you do have a sundial... don’t you?” Join the Sunshine Coast Chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for a presentation on ‘Arabic contributions to Astronomy’ on Friday, March 9. Doors open at 7:30 pm with the talk by member Mike Bradley beginning at 8 pm at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre. Admission is free to the public. The club also meets the 3rd Friday of every month at 8:30 pm for coffee and casual astro chat at Pier 17 Market in Davis Bay, followed by setting up telescopes along the sea wall... weather permitting. All are welcome to attend and view through the scopes.

Sechelt back in the hands of its residents where it should have been placed by the last Council.” A member of former Mayor Darren Inkster’s Task Force for Economic Development, Hockley says he first heard of the logo in September 2011 “and it was like gee, done deal.” He is looking forward to reading the staff report on the “history of how it came about.” Hockley “fell into” graphics during his tenure with BC Tel, where he designed brochures, decals, and displays for stores and trade shows. “The colour (yellow) chosen for the logo does not stand out against the District’s white vehicles and in

publications it blurs regardless of whether it is printed in yellow or black,” he said, adding that the copyright on the logo’s “Naturally Spirited” tagline designed to “brand” the community is held by a New Zealand beverage company and consequently should not be used. The logo design and $20,000 price tag (both approved by the previous council) “should never have been done without the community being totally involved from beginning to end,” Hockley said. “It is important that the Sechelt identity be a community developed image.” By Heather Jeal for The Local

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