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ixteen years ago, with en- their services as volunteer in in thetrades nexttrainissuementors of to secondary school rollment ing programs dwindling, students, teaching metalwork Roy Boutillier and a team skills in the secondary school’s of workers from the Howe shop facilities after hours. Sound Pulp and Paper mill The program started with June 201120 students, three instrucIssue Date:Th ____________________ got proactive. ey off2,ered

tors, a dozen little motors to work on and two sets of tools. Appalled at the age, condition, and scarcity of equipment, the team began fundraising and soliciting equipment donations from

retired tradesmen downsizing their personal workshops. This independently funded program quickly picked up steam – and more tradesmen volunteers – and more student participants.

Deadline for approval or changes is Monday by 3:00 p.m. ducation Minister subsequent feasibility study community members with If we do not hear from you by this time, Abbott we can assume all is correct. George joined determined the construc- year-round access to addiofficials from the Sunshine tion of a new, smaller, more tional support services inPlease let us know how we This iscient your ad proof Coast school district school to cluding an early childhood can serve April you best. energy-effi 24 to sign a business $14.3 million more cost-eff ective. Your is importantbe to us! in the next issue of development centre, a project agreement for a The new school will have health and wellness screennew elementary school in 14 classrooms, providing ing office, a community Gibsons. space for 300 students in kitchen, and a multipurGibsons Elementary grades one to seven and 40 pose room. School is an aging facil- full-day kindergarten stuWork on the school will June 2, 2011 IssueTh Date:e ____________________ ity in poor condition. The dents. school will also begin this summer, with project was originally an- host Deadline a StrongStart Cen- completion expected by Sepfor approval nounced as a renovation tre and aorneighbourhood tember 2014 with students changes is and seismic upgrade, but a Learning Centre to provide Monday by 3:00 p.m. moving in for the beginning

of the 2014 school year. “Gibsons Elementary is a very old school – out of the 1950s,” said Abbott. “We want to bring all our schools up to the gold standard, to become more energy-efficient. The architects will likely consider solargenerated or geothermalgenerated energy to sustain environmental values.” See The Local next week for more details.

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Excellence to honour some operation of the facility. of the volunteers among We rely on the contribuus. In Gibsons we took the tions of volunteers for our fire opportunity to thank our service, our library, our art volunteers by inviting them gallery, our service clubs, our to experience an evening of Coast Guard auxiliary, our local theatre. harbour authority, our food Our community, like banks, our Sea Cavalcade most others, is very much festivities and many other dependent upon the time groups and organizations and effort of volunteers too numerous to mention. to provide the fabric that For the past several weeks a makes us more than just a number of volunteers have place to reside. The theatre been toiling away in the production that I referred basement of the arts buildto earlier was only possible ing creating unique banners Driftwood due to the efforts of Players people 1017 to beautify our streets in the willing to give of their time coming months. both in the production itself We can each contribute in and in the management and different ways, some in time,

some in money and some in services. I recently had the opportunity to say goodbye to Irma Hohn who passed away last week. Irma was the former owner of the Gibsons Garden Inn. Apart from the care that she provided to residents who passed through her facility, she and her son contributed, at a favourable interest rate, the funds required to finance the construction of the new RCMP building. I only regret that she will be unable to see the results of her contribution. As did Irma, each of us can contribute to the betterment of our community.

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n Saturday, April 28 the Capilano AprilUniver26, 2012 sity Mountain Bike Operations (MBO) program students, in collaboration with the Sunshine Coast Regional District, are hosting Sprockids Fun Day at the Sprockids Park in Gibsons. The event celebrates the 20 successful years of the Program. The event is scheduled to start at 10 am with skills sessions and guides rides.

At 1 pm, there will be a bike jump demonstration followed by an official ceremony dedicated to Doug Detwiller and Sprockids volunteers. During the ceremony there will be special plaque dedication. Lunch is free. There will also be a special VIP walking tour from 10 am to 11 am. The VIP walking tour will include the official trail opening and tour of a new sec-

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ore and more kids on the Sunshine Coast are coming to school hungry. And I’m not simply talking about a couple building up to a few. The Community Foundation’s Vital Signs has been telling us for two years that the gap between low and high incomes is widening, especially with the disappearance of traditional “middleincome” employment in forestry and fishing. But over the last few months, child poverty has moved to the forefront of major social concerns on the Sunshine Coast at an unprecedented and alarming level. The School District re-

ceives Community LINK (Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge) funds from the provincial government to support vulnerable students in academic achievement and social functioning. With this funding, the Sechelt Community School runs a ‘Breakfast for Kids’ program that is supplemented by LINK support from other community schools, community donations, some Foods classes, and sometimes by Parent Advisory Councils. To meet the needs of these children, the Breakfast for Kids program is expecting to run a deficit of approximately 50 per cent of its estimated budget this school year and 100 per cent for next school year. Higher food costs and a drop in community donations have undoubtedly been contributing factors,

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but not as much as the program needing to meet a far greater demand by children coming to school hungry. A Community Services official who deals with this problem on a daily basis said last week that this food problem is due to a serious decline in the ability of families to provide for children. Our teachers have also been increasingly reporting these concerns in recent years, and come face to face with the fact that children who come to school hungry are not physically or mentally prepared to learn. This crisis is more acute in some schools than others, but no community on the Sunshine Coast is spared. The situation has contributed to a greater urgency by our board to review how we distribute our LINK funds—but furthermore, family and

child poverty is a community-wide concern for everyone. A ‘Feeding our Hungry Children’ community roundtable held on Wednesday this week would further advance the need for more community support for families and food programs. If you can help in any way, please contact me by email or phone and I will gladly connect you with those carrying this project forward. Those wishing to make a donation can make a deposit to the Breakfast for Kids account at any Sunshine Coast Credit Union branch.

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of the construction and all of the landscaping will be completed in the next two months. Landscape Architect Judith Reeve’s concept drawing, on display in the sales unit, indicates lush plantings will further enhance the project and the Shaw Road streetscape. Longman acknowledged all those supporting affordable housing, particularly singling out Shelley McDade of the Sunshine Coast Credit Union and naming each of the local sub-trades involved. “I was always told to hire people smarter than me,” said Longman. “I surround myself with people I trust, and who are good at their jobs. The result is a project that is important to the community, and to our economy.” by Heather Jeal for The Local

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Editorial Opinion Future of the Sunshine Coast is ferry-dependent

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icholas Simon’s writes, “A deciding factor for people considering visiting or moving to the Sunshine Coast is the cost and practicality of the transportation system. We need to promote better transportation and I’ll do whatever I can to support projects or initiatives that will attract people here. Innovative transportation options will position the Sunshine Coast to benefit from the public funds being spent on shipbuilding, by attracting the jobs and the workers.” The School District writes, “In support of our Strategic Plan objective of advocating for community planning and policies that prominently includes children, families and education, we heartily support your proposed resolution for local government collaboration towards a passenger-only ferry on the Sunshine Coast.” He went on to add that the Coast has a growing shortage of working and child-rearing-aged residents in the 20 to 44year bracket, which has a negative impact on school enrolment. He said he hears from people who commute to work and have to endure the trials involved in getting home each night; some have given up the attempt and moved away. Some of the issues include (foremost) cost of fares and schedule, family not coming to visit and the long walk to the ferry, particularly at the Horseshoe Bay end. Seniors find this a difficult walk with nowhere to rest along the way, so they bring their cars instead. The cost of fares hits everyone. A couple of years ago BC Ferries did away with the over-height charge but replaced it with an over-length charge. They essentially doubled the cost of pulling a trailer, boat or tent trailer to the Coast while telling us that the fare hike would be only two to three per cent. Then they wonder why ridership is down. I am sure that if BC Ferries reviews their schedules, they’ll find a way to use a passenger ferry and a vehicle ferry to their advantage. There must be a cost saving if we are to get people onto a passenger ferry, reducing car ferry loads. Coast residents need to see schedules improved and the cost of fares brought into line. I attended the Gibsons Council Committee of the Whole and could not help noticing the faces of the Council. They appeared resigned to the fact that there is nothing they can do. If we don’t fix how people get to the Coast, it won’t matter how much we throw at revitalization – the problem will remain. Fix the link; families will move here and the merchants and schools will be thriving. Local governments need to pick this up and commit staff time to lobby both the minister responsible and BC Ferries and get everyone committed to a change. Please keep the letters and support coming; apathy will not create change. Let your voice be heard. Submitted by Kenan MacKenzie

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Charlene and the Odd Squad

Kudos to Charlene Smith and whoever else was involved in bringing the Odd Squad to the Coast. The Odd Squad’s excellent presentation, with its disturbingly graphic display of the catastrophic collateral damage caused by the criminalization of pain relief, offers a powerful indictment of the war on some drugs at a time when even the US attorney,

who prosecuted Marc Emery, is calling for the legalization of marijuana. George Kosinski, Gibsons

Sunshine Pot Coast I have been living in Sechelt now for over ten years. Over those years I have learned how looks can be deceiving. I found it unbelievable how horribly jobs were done by the Mayor and Council who were in place back then. I did what

Letters to the Editor – Opinions I could and fought them on what I could, listened to my fellow tax paying Sechelt citizens, and helped them fight for what was needed and wanted. I was very happy to see a new Mayor (Inkster) come in, doing a very good job. For three years I didn’t have much to do, which I enjoyed. Then, low and behold, we get to the next election and I’m blown away with who becomes our Mayor and council members. Back to seeing trees come down and houses go up. The one that I find unbelievable is a bylaw making growing medical marijuana legal. I asked for assistance with helping the homeless over the winter and nothing. It’s not for me, it is for the homeless people who have to freeze in our winter weather while they wait for our church to open for them. I get the feeling we are back to a Mayor and council who turn their noses up at the less wealthy and shake hands with the ones who have the money. A bylaw to allow an industrial site to grow marijuana for medical purpose is one of the last things we need. I don’t know a single person who has any difficulty finding their marijuana, both for medical reasons and for the joy of the high. “It will bring more jobs”, I’m told – well what we need very badly is a lot more police. It would be nice to see more police working on the Sunshine Coast than it would seeing a large marijuana farm.

In my views we need a new Mayor and council, but for the next three years we need to start putting our foot down and raising our voices. Growing marijuana legally, for medical reasons or not, is definitely not needed. Sarah Vatnsdal, West Sechelt

In support of Stockwell’s gravel mine Please accept this letter as notice of our support for the Stockwell Rezoning Application to support an industrial site to manufacture concrete. We have lived on Allen Road for the past 10 years. During this time the Stockwell gravel mine came into full operation. As a result there was truck noise and dust. Being the diligent and conscientious neighbours that they are, Gina and Bill Stockwell went above and beyond in order to alleviate these problems. We have attended a public tour of the proposed site and development, and were impressed with the guaranteed no-dust, noise or pollution using state of the art equipment. We feel disturbed that some people would pay for an ad in both local papers opposing the proposal without getting the facts and focusing on fear-mongering. Besides their objection to heavy industry, they also feel it will undermine tourism! If Swanson’s cement plant hasn’t kept people away, how can Stockwell’s plant

have any effect? Are these the same people who had campfires banned from Porpoise Bay Provincial Park even though using dry firewood would have alleviated the smoke problem? It is true that the proposal is contrary to the OCP. The OCP is a guideline only and should be re-visited when circumstances warrant, enabling growth and prosperity in our community. Bob & Annika Redford, Sechelt

Porpoise Bay in danger? The District of Sechelt has gone to first reading in support of rezoning to permit a concrete batching plant and potentially other heavy industry in a residential and nearby tourist area. The heavy industry is named ‘resource’, a much more innocuous term. This rezoning opens the door to even more heavy industry (e.g. an asphalt plant). One of Sechelt’s most beautiful and frequented parks, Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, is less than two kilometres from the site. Visitors and residents will be saddled with more heavy, dangerous traffic and more mauling of the landscape. This is not just a local issue, it could happen to any community in Sechelt. This high industrial rezoning in a residential and nearby park area should not have gone to first reading, let alone a public hearing. Is this the legacy that Sechelt Council is willing to leave? One has to wonder

about the motivation. Voice your protest to this type of rezoning at the Public Hearing, Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm at the Seaside Centre. Better yet, put your concerns in writing and speak out to protest this gross injustice to our Official Community Plan. Fern Walker, Sechelt

Are ‘free’ shots even safe? Apparently the BC government/Public Health coalition has decided to rely upon evidence of efficacy and safety from drug companies’ fast-tracked HPV vaccine trials, which resulted in swift approval and rubber-stamping by Canada. In choosing to supplement the ‘free’ taxpayer-funded Grades 6 and 9 HPV program with an addition of shots for females born in 1991-93, they’ve ignored warnings of insufficient efficacy and high risk by UBC researchers, Drs Lucija Tomljenovic and Chris Shaw. These two are especially concerned about the high aluminum content of the 3-dose HPV vaccine regimen since injected aluminum sustains inflammation for 2-3 years and “carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications.” In fact, they’ve recently shown a high correlation between injected aluminum and increased prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in (Letters continued on page 5)

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(Continued from page 4) children living in western countries. In terms of efficacy, it must be noted that the drug company trials didn’t track condom use, which is known to reduce HPV infections by 70 per cent. As well, a small sub-set of participants developed precancerous lesions. Before anyone accepts “free” HPV shots, I suggest they check references in the HPV vaccine section of vran.org Susan Fletcher, Sechelt

Passenger service only benefits the Coast I have been reading the papers that discuss the passenger ferry initiative being put forward by the local governments. I offer the following comment from a marine operational prospective. The route that is talked about, Langdale/Horseshoe Bay, is the only route that would assure a dependable all weather service to the lower mainland. As we are aware, other departure and arrival points have been tried in the past with very limited success, due to weather conditions in the Strait and the added cost of the additional distance. From my past experiences, a significant part of service success is passenger comfort and confidence in the boat and crew to deliver them on time and free of anxiety, without being bounced around in rough water or using a vessel that is not suited for the task at hand. The economics of the proposal will most certainly be based upon the passengers’ ability to pay and the government’s appetite for the subsidies that are part of other routes in the system. Additional service can only benefit the Sunshine Coast residents and businesses. Greg Grant (Master), Gibsons

Coast needs more growth, opportunities Re: MacKenzie’s Passenger Ferry letter My wife (Lisa) and I have been reading your articles and most recent letter in The Local with great interest. We agree with your comments regarding the need for a commuter ferry as well as the greater picture with regards to future development on the coast. We would like to assist with your efforts in any way we can. I, for one, am eager to see some sort of later ferry option from Vancouver. I am a Whitecaps FC season ticket holder, and there are a number of games that I am forced to miss or arrange overnight accommodations in order

to see. I used to be a regular commuter, but am no more. Luckily I found a new job that allows me to work from a home office. However, I am very much aware of the pitfalls of the commute. We agree that future planning, with respect to economic growth, will not only entice families from the lower mainland to relocate here, but also to encourage those already here to stay. Increased economic growth will benefit us all, and we believe it can be done with minimal impact on our current lifestyles. Viable commuter options are one part required to entice people here, but the other thing we need to do is work on livability. In general, livability here is second to none, but one issue we’ve noted in our 18 months+ as residents here is what I call “The Sunshine Coast surcharge” – the increased price of almost everything. We are very strong proponents of supporting local business, but only to a point. Sure, there are additional transportation charges, but it seems we are being charged more than the cost’ on most goods (gasoline is a perfect example...pump price is the same here as Richmond, and they have 10 cents in taxes that we don’t.) Now, Spring has sprung, and the farmers’ markets will be in full effect, and we will be supporting our local farmers – no question (as well as growing our own) – but we will also be buying goods in Vancouver whenever we are there. We won’t make a special trip to the mainland, but we DO plan when we are making trips to buy goods that we need. I’m sure we are not alone. Increased economic growth should result in more competitive pricing, and thus see a reduction in people leaving the Coast to spend their money. As I mentioned earlier in this email, we are eager to assist in your efforts. Please let us know how we can help. Ryan Medd / Lisa McKay, Gibsons

Schools embrace passenger ferry The Local received this letter for publication Board of Education

School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) To Kenan MacKenzie In support of our Strategic Plan objective of “advocating for community planning and policies that prominently include children, families and education,” we heartily support your proposed resolution for local government collaboration towards a passenger-only ferry on the Sunshine Coast. As you know, the Sunshine Coast has a severely deepening shortage of ‘working’ and ‘child rearing’-aged residents aged 20-44, which clearly has a negative impact on school enrolments, and therefore the continuation of our school facilities as valuable community hubs. We also frequently hear from parents who commute to work on the Lower Mainland, and must (barely) endure the trials of getting home to their families at a reasonable hour. Sadly we are also aware of families who have idealistically and admirably attempted to live here while working in Vancouver, but ended up having to leave largely due to the inconvenience of the ferry schedule. We hope that our letter of support can help to advocate this project to all concerned and influential parties. SilasWhite, Board Chair

recognized that it will not be built in our lifetime. The existence of such a complex on the Coast would be a magnet for real estate development, as well as social development, as has been proved in Nanaimo. However, it faces real opposition. The Coast has its fair share of visual artists, but it is the performing arts that are the real creators of jobs, and they are in need of a catalyst here on the Coast. Local councils and even local arts organizations have so far failed to understand this, so until they do, it would be good to develop audiences by offering them the ability to attend performances in Vancouver as easily as possible. I think the Coast’s demographic could ensure that this would be quite successful. Of course ‘the arts’ is only one component of the argument to be used in lobbying for a passenger ferry, but it is the one with which I am best acquainted. Thank you for your initiative. I am fully supportive of your efforts to get local councils involved. Michael Aze, Gibsons

Re: no passenger ferry = leaving Coast In the last 90 days, my colleague and I have repre-

Re: MacKenzie’s letter on passenger ferry I have read your letter in The Local and am writing to support your effort. As a retired arts manager (GM of the Victoria Symphony; Director Planning & Production, Vancouver Symphony) I know that a few arts managers from Vancouver have made their homes on the Coast and are commuting to work. More importantly, I am also painfully aware, as they are, that the current ferry service makes it impossible for Coasters generally to attend any program other than a matinee in Vancouver. Before he left Sechelt, I gave Graham Argyle some help in drafting his proposal for a cultural complex in Sechelt, but both he and I

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ONA Inc., the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, announced today that employee Russ Jones and his wife Tess acquired a RONA corporate store located at 12390 Sunshine Coast Highway, Madeira Park. This transaction marks the first RONA corporate store to be acquired

by an employee in Canada. “I am proud to see Russ, a RONA employee, embrace and demonstrate concretely this confidence and commitment to RONA,” said Robert Dutton, President and CEO of RONA. RONA also represents 352 dealer-owner stores employing over 7,500 employees and these business owners are very dynamic in 2012.

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BC Operations and then, Director of Marketing for RONA in Western Canada. Along the way, Russ started to dream about owning and running his own store. “We are becoming business owners after 30 years working in the Home Improvement industry. We are taking a courageous step to invest in ourselves, in our own store and in our community,” said Jones. “I appreciate the support of April Tools 1017 RONA and its Succession Planning team,” he said. His wife Tess, who left behind a 12-year career as a dental assistant added, “Our children, Cooper and Isabella, are active in sports, such as swimming and figure skating here on the coast. We 26,build 2012 our are proud April to help community.” This newly expanded store represents a substantial investment of $200,000 over and above the purchase price of the store. With 7,000 square feet of retail space, the store has expanded the Garden Centre by 2,000 square feet and built a Boutique Design Centre with kitchens,

Building community in Madeira Park Tess and Russ Jones, with their children Cooper and Isabella, celebrated the Grand Opening of their new RONA store in Madeira Park Saturday, April 21. The husband and wife team are the only RONA store owners in Canada. “We want to be a truly local business,” said Russ Jones on Saturday, “We understand that if you want the community to support you, you have help build the community.”

flooring, and countertops (to open this June). The store now has a 7,000 square foot covered warehouse space, a two-acre drive-through lumberyard and a 2,500 squarefoot tool rental department

featuring a certified tool repair shop. Customers can count on more than 16,000 different products in-store including building materials, hardware, electrical and paint supplies.

Coast residents join in Earth Day activities

Has your team got what it takes to build a boat in three hours with materials provided, race it round a short, marked course without sinking, and do it faster than anyone else? Then you could win $700 (2nd place $400, 3rd $250). Get a 4-person team together and challenge your friends or co-workers to do the same. Entry fee is $160 (or just $140 if you register before April 1st!); for that you get a materials package and a t-shirt for each team member. ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

Seafarer Millennium Park, Saturday, April 28, 2012. New construction “twist” and materials revealed at 10:00 am. Construction between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Youth race starts at 2:00 pm, adult race follows at about 2:45 pm. Concessions. Mini boat building, face painting, and more free crafts for kids.

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Speaking at the opening of the Earth Day festivities at Roberts Creek, MLA Nicholas Simons and SCRD representative Donna Shugar noted the power of each individual to make a difference to their earth both through vigilance, and by writing to their MP and MLA to express their views on policies affecting the environment. Booths lined the access to the pier, featuring local foods, crafts, environmental awareness, social activism information, alternative health therapies and bicycle tune-ups. Live entertainment throughout the day included a jam session aboard a special community shuttle bus serving the area. PHOTO ANNA DIEHL

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New glass recycling equipment in Gibsons

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very year Gibsons Recycling does something for Earth Day. This year, they launched their new glass-recycling program. They recently received the equipment ordered late last year from New York, and worked hard to have it all assembled and running in time to launch it for Earth Day. The launch of the new equipment went better

than expected. Gibsons Recycling manager, Buddy Boyd commented, “Oh this is so cool. We were amazed at how quiet the machine is. The end product is from a sand-like consistency to about a 3/16th inch or minus size.” He added, “We plan to run the material through a final screen to separate any little bits of paper. But all the caps and plastic and the labels have been separated.”

The Sunshine Coast will be one of the few communities in BC that won’t be land-filling glass but will instead recycle it. Said Boyd, “We have received a fair bit of interest from folks who would like to buy our glass, once it is turned into an aggregate.” Drop by the Gibsons Recycling centre to see the new equipment in operation and remember – don’t trash it if you can recycle it!

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City drug squad reveals tragic addiction message E

lphinstone Secondary student Charlene Smith, dismayed at a perceived gap in meaningful education on the effects of drug and alcohol abuse for Coast students and their parents, organized a visit by members of Vancouver’s Odd Squad. This specialized team visited the Sunshine Coast last week to present gritty, hard-hitting information on substance abuse in order to help create awareness of a serious problem. Now in its 15th year, Odd Squad Productions Foundation has racked up an impressive number of awards for a series of documentaries (Through a Blue Lens, Tears for April) focusing on life in the Downtown East

Side. Presenters and Odd Squad members Toby Hinton and Mark Steinkamp, both long-serving sergeants with the Vancouver Police, still patrol Canada’s saddest neighbourhood and see the stories up close and personal. “Every community has its own version of where we work,” said Steinkamp. “But we’ve never seen any place as open, as sad or as sick as the Downtown East Side.” In their travels across Canada to teach awareness and prevention of substance abuse, Odd Squad members realized “there are about two degrees of separation between any community and the DTES, particularly first nations communities.”  As

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youth leave their communities and travel to cities for work and education, they are vulnerable to the very plausible pushers - the people “with a business plan” - unless they have a strong foundation of education and family support. The Odd Squad described the DTES they see on patrol each day, where violence rules. Unreported crime. Open drug trade and even more open use and abuse. The elderly are preyed upon. Women are treated like chattels. When they first began Vancouver drug squad members spread the message documenting their work life, the team found that the Elphinstone grade 12 student Charlene Smith (foreground) brought Vancouver’s Odd Squad area residents were very open to the Coast for a series of presentations to schools and the community. SCRD Const. Ashley in explaining their life situa- Taylor (left) joined Odd Squad Executive Producer and COO Gerry Zipursky in welcoming Sgt. tions. Limbs riddled with Toby Hinton and Sgt. Mark Steinkamp to their community. The pair came from downtown track marks and abscesses, Vancouver to talk about the real consequences of using street drugs. PHOTO HEATHER JEAL ‘meth mouths’ filled with This is your ad proofof building a de- money to be made. Legalizrotting teeth, and bones the process Recognizing the strong in the nextonissue distorted from years of in- pendence these of subjects ing marijuana or any other influence of peers, the team jections were displayed un- as “allowing the brain to be drug will not reduce their noted that the most effecflinchingly. Invariably, the rewired,” the team encour- involvement, he stated. tive resistance to substance addicts stated they started aged DTES residents to tell “They’ll come in and un- abuse and addiction “has abusing as kids, sometimesIssue their stories film. dercut the government, just to come from guidance and Juneon 2, 2011 Date: ____________________ as young as eight or nine. At Invariably, the addicts like the people selling illegal leadership provided by their approval this age, when the brain is Deadline wish theyfor had never started cigarettes on the street.” own generation, through or changes is still growing and develop- using as children. With Today’s drug suppliers peer-to-peer mentoring,” ing, the brain is particularly Monday devastating they de- “are all about marketing, but also through strong by candor, 3:00 p.m. susceptible to being ‘high-If wescribed a life of unending re- making the product more leadership by example from do not hear from you by this jacked’ by the endorphin gret and loss, and a hopeless addictive,” said Steinkamp. parents and teachers.  “We time, we can assume all is correct. rush provided by tobacco, vision for a future in which Genetically modified mari- have to set the bar high with us know how pot, and booze. Describing Please they letwished for we‘normal’ juana plants contain up to our personal example,” said can serve you best. with familiestoofus!their 25 per cent THC levels (in Steinkamp. Yourlives business is important own, training, and mean- Amsterdam, anything with Peer-to-peer resources for Magas 1017Their a level above 15 per cent is Sunshine Coast youth are ingfulM.employment. eyes glazed at the reality of considered a hard drug). available at www.coastytheir surroundings, their Suppliers often ‘boost’ the outh.com, and through the limbs distorted from injec- product’s appeal by mixing Youth Centres in Gibsons tions, old at the age of 30. in highly addictive mor- (www.scrd.ca/Youth-CenSteinkamp noted that phine. Suppliers of cocaine tre) and Sechelt (604-885traffic in illegal substances often cut the product with 2720). Parents may find is a $30 billion industry in Levamisole, a now-banned resources at Sunshine Coast BC alone and that orga- deworming agent that has Community Services, 604nized crime will be involved been found to kill all the 885-5881 (www.sccss.ca) 26, 2012 in anythingApril where there is body’s white blood cells. by Heather Jeal for The Local

Mt. Elphinstone supporters join in Roberts Creek

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ver 100 people attended what was a very unique and special evening Saturday, April 14 for the benefit concert to raise awareness of Mt. Elphinstone’s forests. The event showcased hundreds of photographs by Shel Neufeld and live music, and attendees were invited into a sacred space, as Squamish Nation speaker Chiaxsten (Wes Nahanee) compared Roberts Creek Hall to a Longhouse, during the opening Uts’am Witness Ceremony. The evening raised money for Elphinstone Logging Focus’s efforts on Mt. Elphinstone, but was much broader than that. It brought together Squamish and Sechelt Nation members in a traditional meeting place used for millennia, Roberts Creek, through both songs and images. Other participants were Mus-swiya, Holly

Chiaxsten with Shel Neufeld and Mus swiya (Jamie Dixon) PHOTO JEREMY WILLIAMS

Anne Higgins, and Mus-swiya (Jamie Dixon) who shares his name, all from Sechelt Nation, and Ross Muirhead and Hans Penner of Elphinstone Logging Focus. After performing eight songs and showing 250 images in the second half, Neufeld’s portion of the show ended with two pho-

tographs, one of him embracing a 12 foot-wide cedar tree, and another with a large group of people surrounding two large Douglas Fir trees. Chiaxsten performed a very sacred song of the Cedar tree to close out an incredible and unique evening. Submitted


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Cool School

continued from page 1 “Students are here on a Wednesday evening because they want to be here – and they’re learning what they want to learn,” instructor Marv Wallace points out. Boutillier adds that the volunteer instructors make it possible for the students to access the facilities and skills. “We couldn’t do this without the volunteers,” he said, noting that the Sechelt Rotary Club recently recognized Cool School with a Service Award. Originally intended to provide training, motivation and direction for high school students, the program recently opened up to welcome participants from ages 7 to 70. Parents and

grandparents with skills but without access to a shop of their own are welcomed as Cool School mentors – or as observers. Cool School has inspired “at least 30 kids” to develop careers in trades including Marine Engineering, Tool and Die Making, Mechanics, and more. Cool School’s original graduate, Jordy Wallace, is a poster boy for the program. Sixteen years ago, as a student at Chatelech Secondary, he “bugged Ray to get me into the shop – and I spent every moment I could there”. He continued trades training in Vancouver, apprenticed in the Fraser Valley, then moved back to the Coast to establish his own manufacturing company, Jorgo Metal-

PHOTO HEATHER JEAL

works, which builds (among other things) parts for the internationally-renowned high-end speakers manufactured on the Coast by Funk Audio. Cool School was part of the Coast’s attraction – offering a chance to mentor and teach. “I like to get the kids interested in modern manufacturing methods,” said Wallace. “Manufacturing has got a bad rap.

Modern manufacturing is extremely high-tech, run by computer programs. It’s a clean industry.” Cool School brought in two woodworking instructors a year ago and this year began teaching automotive repair and restoration. To draw attention to the program and raise funds for new equipment, the Sunshine Coast Drag Racing

Foldable lenses for cataract patients to be covered

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ataract patients will now receive foldable intraocular lenses free of charge beginning June 4, 2012. After reviewing usage data - and discussing with ophthalmologists, clinical experts and patients - the Province has decided to make foldable monofocal lenses the standard of care for cataract surgeries, rather than rigid lenses. This decision will save cataract patients a signifi-

cant amount of money, the majority of whom are seniors. Previously, patients purchased lenses directly from their surgeons at a range of prices from $210 to $500. These lenses will now be provided by health authorities free of charge. In addition to covering foldable lenses, health authorities will also be offering specialty lenses, such as multifocals, at a standard, reduced price. The price will depend on the specific

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type of lens. Plus, patients who choose specialty lenses will only have to pay the cost difference between the price of the lenses they choose and the foldable monofocal lens. In December 2011, the government of BC announced standardized pricing for foldable lenses, based on bulk buying power of BC’s six health authorities. Health Shared Services BC now manages the supply of lenses in Brit-

ish Columbia to ensure taxpayers pay the lowest rate possible for these products. HSSBC is working on a direct purchasing agreement with existing suppliers to determine the price for any specialty lenses. Patients scheduled for cataract surgery prior to June 4 may wish to discuss these changes with their surgeons. The ministry will not be reimbursing patients who have surgery before June 4.

April 19, 2012

Association and the Coasters Car Club donated a 1971 Plymouth Duster for repair and conversion to a dragster. “Right now, it’s in its embryo stage. It doesn’t look like much. Well, it looks like a pile of junk,” Boutillier said bluntly. “But when it’s restored and painted, maybe in the school colours, it will be a very desirable prize.” The restored vehicle will be raffled at the August Festival of the Rolling Arts. “We hope to raise at least $5,000 to purchase tools,” said Boutillier, pointing out that Elphinstone Secondary’s regular shop classes share the use of all Cool School’s tools, “giving them access to more and better equipment than they would otherwise have.”

Brenda Masich, Elphi’s automotive teacher and a journeyman mechanic hopes this first dragster will lead to the school’s membership and participation in the BC Motor Sports Association’s drag races. A previous attempt, while she was teaching at Pender Harbour Secondary, lacked support from School Trustees; Masich hopes the current Board will be more supportive. “Drag racing gives kids a place to drive fast, safely and under expert supervision,” Boutillier said. Tickets for the dragster raffle will be on sale at all Coasters Car Club events, at the May Drag Races, and through Kinsmen Club members. by Heather Jeal for The Local

MISSING PyroMaster Controller

The above photo shows a piece of equipment that went missing last October that belongs to the Sea Cavalcade Committee. When closed, it resembles a small briefcase. There is a reward posted for information leading to the recovery of this item. Please contact the Pyrotechnics supervisor at 604-740-7064 with any information.


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Horoscope April 27 to May 3 tive thinking and action, at least behind the scenes. You are in the mood to play Michael with the possibilities. This O’Connor is activating you to draw GilligansAstrologer 1017 upon a variety of resources and talents. This is an expansive time so get busy so Tip of the Week: There is excitement in that the increase is not simthe air; can you feel it? Is ply in your waistline. it simply the energies of Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Rest and retreat to simspring or is it the spectrum of current dramas like the ply enjoy what is and/or April 26, 2012 Fukushima fallout saga, to nurture yourself and the Enbridge Pipeline con- decompress and release troversy, the smart meters stress, is the call now. This debate, the brewing ‘Oc- ideal may be easier said cupy Movement’, the Lon- than done however as your don summer Olympics, curiosities and desire to the hockey playoffs, or is experience new things are it the lingering concerns also being piqued. This and questions surround- could prove to be a good ing the Mayan Prophesies time to ‘get away’ if you that gains your attention? can. How to merge both is the question? There Michael are many percep- 1017 O'Connor tions and many dramas to Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Some sizeable returns for focus upon. While peace is ever desired, conflict, past choices, attitudes and friction, opposition and actions are coming in now, competition are woven for better or worse. This into the very fabric of life. is activating some sober Woven within the Zodiac, thinking and/or sobering the “wheel of life” is a phi- realizations. At best, your 2012 energy and determination losophy basedApril on 26, cycles and their natural rhythms. levels are on the rise. MakAstrology is the first sci- ing key enquiries for a new ence and religion and our round of investments is also Gibsons keeping you busy. Measure ancestors from everyLegion great 1017 culture in the world com- twice, cut once…! Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) piled their observations Establishing new founbased on the observances of the natural ‘laws of en- dations in your career ergy’. Learning to under- and public life continues. stand these cycles and their These are requiring that inherent laws gave rise to you pay extra attention to the details. Your reputaphilosophies which Aprilhost 26, 2012 tion is at stake and stands ‘psychologies of balance’. to undergo a real boost. Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Something new has However, you are probbeen sparked in your per- ably wise to proceed with spectives. This is activating prudence and impeccabilyour will power. Decipher- ity just the same. All eyes ing where to focus first are on you and this is a big may be an issue. Yet, do- opportunity to advance to ing the rounds on projects, the next level. events and leisurely activi- Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Looking at the big picties will prove satisfying. With new commitments ture is important now. and responsibilities now Balancing perspectives is rooted in your life you motivating your quest. You should at least have a clear are seeking realistic philosophies that offer a balance sense of your priorities. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) of material and spiritual security. Yet, you must be ThAJ e time hasSudoku come to1017 Pumps take some key initiatives. willing to invest both time Planning and preparing and money. Directing your the ground may include focus towards a healthier some innovative and inven- overall lifestyle will bring

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Arts Features

Pacific & Casey artwork at Sechelt gallery

Wonderful World – A Retrospective, paintings by Gertrude Pacific

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he Sunshine Coast Arts Council is pleased to announce that Gertrude Pacific’s This Wonderful World: A Retrospective is being held over until Sunday May 13, 2012 in the Doris Crowston Gallery at the Art Centre in Sechelt at Trail Avenue & Medusa Street. We’re also very happy to tell you that on Saturday April 21, 2012 Gertrude Pacific was in attendance at the Gallery to talk about her forty-year’s work as an artist. Gertrude was in the Gallery from 1 pm to 4 pm.

M.A.C. Farrant’s new book, The Strange Truth About Us was reviewed in the Vancouver Sun of April 14 and when asked by the reviewer, “What is the significance of the cover?” Farrant said, “I hope you love the cover. It is a painting of an empty freeway on a sunny day, surely a most beautiful image. The artist is Gertrude Pacific of Sechelt. She did the painting in the early 70s at the time of the US gas shortage.” At the same time Pacific made two other paintings of empty freeways, which are shown in this exhibition. Come to see it and to talk about what the significance of a forty-year-old painting of a California location might be for visitors to the Gallery here on the Sunshine Coast. In addition, Jessica Casey, weaver of wool and cedar, will be in the Gallery. She will show her work at the Gallery from Wednesday June 6 through July 1.  The title of the exhibit is tēxēm -ay s-lhānay / red cedar woman.

Stories in Song comes to the Coast

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aturday April 28, at the Sechelt Indian Band Hall at 7 pm and Sunday April 29, at the Gibsons Heritage Theatre, at 2 pm, music lovers will find a bit of heaven. The SunCoast Concert Band will introduce music that will be new to the audience at its spring concert Stories in Song. The concert is largely made up of compositions created for Concert Band by composers who know and understand the tone colour possibilities of such a group. Concert Bands differ from Orchestras by having increased woodwind and brass sections while not having strings at all. The sound is therefore very unique. While composers like Percy Grainger,

Paul Hindemith, Gustav Holst and Darius Milhaud and even Stravinsky wrote pieces specifically for concert bands in the early 20th century, there is now a burgeoning group of composers writing very interesting music for this type of ensemble. This program will be featuring pieces by Jacob de Haan, Percy Grainger, Eric Whitacre, and Frank Ticheli, as well as arrangements by our own John Frederickson. The band is very lucky to have strong players in every section with the players ranging in age from two high school students to people in their eighties! This concert will include two guest groups, the Jazz Group of Seven and

Michael O’Connor – a lifelong passion for astrology

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y passion for astrology began when I was 17. While my mother told me my sign (Pisces) when I was about seven, it was my Grade 11 English teacher who directed the class to write an essay about astrology. My opening lines presented a skeptical perspective. This was not so much socially conditioned as much as the fact that it appeared to be an oversimplification. So, I looked up my sign and listed 10

character traits and wrote an analysis. By the end I was quite intrigued because those characteristics were basically accurate. This sparked my interest. By the time I graduated

six months later, I knew the Sun Sign of many of the other students at school, and I remember them to this day! Astrology became both a platform for philosophy and psychology, two subjects I knew I wanted to study after high school, even though I didn’t really know what they meant. Born and raised in Montreal, I went on the college then to university, where I completed a B.A. in English with a strong emphasis

on philosophy, sociology and history. My passion for astrology continued and by the age of 19 I had already crossed over into studies in Numerology and Tarot. Further discussions of higher consciousness, the realities of soul, reincarnation and source realities won my heart. That astrology works well does not simply imply that one who studies it will work it well. Refining this art remains the core of my work.

the Whirlwind Quintet. The Jazz Group of Seven features some of the finest jazz musicians on the coast, and plays music by the jazz giants of the last half of the last century. The players are John Frederickson, trumpet; Carl Montgomery, alto sax; Ken Grunenberg, tenor Sax; Bryan Airth, tromb one; Steve Giltrow, Guitar; John Parker Toulson, bass; Tim Enns, drums. The Whirlwind Quintet is an equally powerful group, with Nina Haedrich (flute), Alice Westlake (oboe), Yvonne Mouncey (clarinet), John Storer (bassoon), and Bev Burgoyne (French horn). Tickets at Gaias, Laedeli, Strait Music, Bluewaters Books.

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103 ANNOUNCEMENTS SHORA – Sunshine Heights Owner’s Resident Association Annual General Meeting. Tuesday May 8, 2012 at 7:00pm. Sechelt Community Church, 5895 Reef Road, Sechelt. p18 Thank you Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club for a wonderful evening – delicious dinner and excellent service & support. See you next year! The Coastal Judys Judis Judies & Judiths. p17

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If your drinking is causing you problems but you don’t know how to stop, maybe we can help. Alcoholics Anonymous. 604-885-8208. btfn Alanon/Alateen for friends and families of alcoholics. Meetings Monday-Friday, 604-886-4594, 604-885-0101, 604-886-9059, 604-883-2882. btfn Too much Easter chocolate? Join TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Small groups in Sechelt, Wednesdays 6:30pm, Sechelt Health Unit, 5571 Inlet Ave. 604-740-5845 or 604-885-4666. Gibsons, Thursdays 6:30pm, Frank West Hall. 604-8868578 or 604-886-1717. b28 Advertise in the paper that you read. Call The Local today. 604-885-3134

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Don’t miss the 2012 Transit of Venus! Does the ferry affect Grandmothers Others 1017 up safe solar viewing on the Davis Bay Sea Wall on June 5 from 3 pm to 9 pm. Other notable happenings in May include: May 5: the return of the Super Moon. This full moon will be at the closest perigee this year. Watch out for high tides on that date. May 20, 4:59 PDT to Guy” Gary Little will present his talk “Captain Cook and 6:15 PDT, Partial Solar eclipse. This one’s an anthe Transit of Venus 1769”. He’ll discuss Captain nular eclipse, which means Cook’s 1766 expedition to the disc of the moon is not the South Pacific to observe large enough to cover the and record the 1769 transit, sun, so it appears as a “ring an important measurement of fire”. Unfortunately this for determining the size of aspect can only be viewed the solar system and how in the southwestern US another of Cook’s famous (which is also a good place voyages brought him to the to view the transit if you’re headed that way!). Check Pacific Coast of Canada. Additionally, David www.coastastronomy.ca in Thompson will describe the upcoming weeks for demore technical aspects of the tails on public observing. The planets: Jupiter is event and why it has attracted the attention of astrono- no longer visible in the night sky, but the planet mers for hundreds of years. Weather permitting, our parade continues with rising in the east, coast George's should be Contracting an ideal Saturn 2x2_1010 place to observe the transit. coming into prominence Remember, you must pro- this spring in the high tect your eyes when looking southern sky. as does the at the sun, and although it is red planet, Mars, and one of astronomy’s treasured keep your eye on Venus! Mark your calendars. For events, the transit is not visually spectacular without a eclipse events you can order safe solar telescope. To that your safe solar eclipse glasses end, The Royal Astronomi- now (skynews.ca or Vancal Society will be setting couver Telescope).

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n the last five years other than a short dip around 2008, the Vancouver Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, which includes the Sunshine Coast, has seen a steady rise in the values of single detached homes, except for the Sunshine Coast and Bowen Island. Allan Stevenson of Sutton West Coast said, “The only negative five year change in price in the specific sub areas of the entire real estate board are the sub areas of the Sunshine Coast and Bowen Island.” You may think that BC Ferries doesn’t affect you, but if you own a home, here’s proof that it does. Previously, I’ve noted that we’re in a downtrend in the market and this is part of a normal cycle that we expect

on the Coast. We could say that BC Ferries is not the issue but then you see the rest of the Real Estate Board in positive areas except for the Coast and Bowen Island. When I started writing about a passenger ferry, my vision was limited and I was wondering how we could attract young families to the Coast. In discussions with others, I have heard how ferry fares are affecting people wishing to live on the Coast and work in the lower mainland. I’ve also heard how the schedules don’t work for commuters. Senior residents of the Coast find the cost of fares keep their families from visiting and even said they are forced to take their car because of the long walk. It will take all of us to put pressure on our elected representatives to make changes. If property values are to remain constant or grow, as they have in other communities, it is up to us to make that happen.

March 8, 2012

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André Lapointe DENTURIST 604-886-2712 295 Gower Pt. Rd., Gibsons

MakingAndre the Creek Lapointe 1017 more beautiful Earth Day visitors noticed a fresh new look in Roberts Creek, where volunteers – including families and dogs – spent a sunny Saturday installing mostly-native plants Creek Community Clean Up in retaining walls and road- coordinators this year were 26, 2012happy with the number of side beds adjacentApril to newly defined pathways. Master people who stopped by the gardener Odessa Bromley table, and grateful to those and landscape architect Ju- who committed to clean up dith Reeve donated their a part of the area making up time, skills and supervi- Roberts Creek. Official Clean sion to the project. Roberts Up dates are April 22-May

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20 this year, but there are still areas to be filled, so if you missed our table and/or would still like to contribute, please look in next week’s paper for ideas. For those who cannot wait till next week, please contact Sally at sajabraham021@yahoo.com

Corrections Mr. Elphinstone

Our eagle-eyed readers have caught an error in the cutline on our April 12 front page in which we allege that a Verification Ceremony and benefit concert will be held to raise awareness of the future of Mr. Elphinstone. That should, of course, have read Mt. Elphinstone. We apologize to Mr. Elphinstone for any inconvenience this may have caused him, and appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight.

On Vimy Ridge - the way we were

CORRECTION: A reader took exception to our Vimy Ridge story a couple of weeks ago, in which a World War One British officer was quoted referring to Canadian forces as “unseasoned colonials”. Looking back from our current perspective, with Canadian Forces’ competence as peacekeepers recognized around the world, we need to remember that in 1917 the 50-year-old nation of Canada had yet to prove itself internationally. In April of 1917 the great empires of the world - notably Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Portugal - battled across Europe supported by forces co-opted from their colonies. Those British colonies granted internal self-government were still tied to Britain in matters of international diplomacy. The internationally-recognized performance of the fighting men from what were then called the “major colonies” accelerated the process of independence, and led to the 1931 Statute of Westminster recognizing Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Australia, the Union of South Africa and the Irish Free State as “autonomous communities, equal in status” to Great Britain. Sometimes, we have to look back at the reality of where we were, to see how far we have come – and to assess how far we still need to travel to achieve the society we want to become. Memorials like Vimy Ridge provide excellent opportunities to learn and to reflect.


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