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In 2013 and beyond, I hope Sechelt citizens will commit to living in a way that refuses to engage in negativity or give credence to unfounded comments that promote gossip but do little to offer facts. In this age of “instant information”, we need to ask lots of questions and research what’s really happening before believing everything we hear or read. It’s never a bad thing for each of us to think about how to make Sechelt a place where we can be more accountable and respectful and, at the same time, contribute constructive solutions. Your Council is working very, very hard for the betterment of Sechelt. I also acknowledge District staff for stepping up and responding magnificently to what has been a challenging year, no doubt. The good news is, 2013 is looking very bright for Sechelt. On behalf of all of us, my very best wishes to everyone for a wonderful holiday season!


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decisions we make. Equally, I want citizens to be respectful – of me, your Council and our community. In my view, it is cowardly to be anything but. In the past months, I have seen examples of people trying to blame others while refusing to be accountable themselves. I have witnessed community volunteers being abused and District staff being blamed by people who have not taken the time to verify their information. Individuals have written accusatory letters to the editor and spread misinformation on the internet without bothering to check their facts. Outsiders reading or hearing this sometimes dramatic commentary could well conclude that Sechelt is a dreadful place. And I ask you, does this help us achieve what we want for Sechelt? Does it help make people want to live and work here? I’m sure you would agree that the answer is a resounding NO!

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Editorial Opinion Love, generosity, devotion and Santa Claus


ith holiday lights up, evening caroling taking place and the local production of the Nutcracker Ballet in full swing, the spirit of Christmas is alive and well here on the Sunshine Coast. But lately I have heard some mumblings about whether Santa Claus really exists or not. My mother use to pull out a famous letter to the editor from a New York newspaper written in 1897 and read it to us as kids each Christmas and I thought it would be appropriate to share it with you this holiday season. Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon, 115 West 95th Street, New York City Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they can see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect – an ant in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are unseen in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. Francis P. Church’s editorial, “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” was an immediate sensation. It went on to became one of the most famous editorials ever written and was reprinted annually until 1949 when the paper went out of business. Happy holidays. Jim Dorey, Editor

Letters to the Editor – Opinions $45 billion? Stephen Harper and Peter McKay have blatantly misrepresented the facts to the Canadian public about the costs of the F-35 program. The KPMG report has now put the costs at a whopping $45 billion. Typically, the PM and his lackeys are trying to bamboozle us with talk of a ‘Seven Point plan,’ whatever that is. The whole project should be reassessed in terms of what is most practical to meet our country’s needs, (i.e. do we really need a jet with ‘stealth’ capabilities to defend our sovereignty?) put out to tender and awarded to a company that would create jobs for Canadians. Stealth aircraft cost substantially more than conventional fighter jets and money saved on military programs such as these jets, could be used for essential social programs and maybe keeping the Kitsilano Coast Guard among other things! Bette Chadwick, Sechelt

Clean Sweep There’s been considerable criticism and negativity directed at our Mayor and Council of late. Of course there’s always a certain percentage, in any group, of complainers and whiners. They’re the ones whose ancestors would still be living in caves but for the efforts of a few more ambitious and forward thinking Neanderthals. Our Mayor and Council

were strongly appointed a year ago to right the ship and move forward to enhance and strengthen various aspects of our community. Unfortunately they inherited many dysfunctional components and problems from our previously elected group. They also inherited situations, completely unexpected, such as Sechelt Golf Course, Target Marine, Sea Wall destruction, Sink Holes and the previous Councils myopic approach to the new Sewage Treatment Plant. From my observations of 2 and 3 years ago, we had a governing body with no vision and various staff who were rude and arrogant at public meetings. They are supposedly civil servants. Servants perhaps not but at least civil they should be. Various people have ‘retired’ or been let go. It takes time to ‘right the ship’ and as they say, “A new broom sweeps clean.” I observe that the broom shouldn’t yet stop sweeping. The Mayor and Council have a very time consuming and demanding job for little remuneration. I commend them. We should be more supportive of their efforts. Geoff White, Sechelt, BC

Buying locally is the best deal With the holiday season upon us, I’d like to encourage all British Columbians to celebrate and support

our province by buying local products. Whether you’re choosing gifts or purchasing ingredients for Christmas baking or your holiday feast, please celebrate with BC foods. As Canada’s most diverse agricultural province, BC is a locavore’s dream. Fresh produce, including apples, potatoes, squash, turnips and vegetables, are all available for the holiday table along with local meats, seafood and eggs. BC also produces a huge range of value-added foods, including cereals, crackers, jams, honey, juices, dairy products and much more. Agrientrepreneurs continue to choose BC to achieve their goal of running a business, and their products offer British Columbians everything from artisan crafted foods and gourmet cuisine to delicacies from around the world. Building the local market for BC foods is a key component of government’s plan to lead the agrifoods sector growth into a $14-billion-ayear industry by 2017, and developing the local market for BC foods is part of it. The Lower Mainland region has the highest number of farms and highest farm gate values in the province. The region produces a variety of crops including greenhouse vegetables, floriculture, mushrooms, berries and field vegetables along with animal products including beef, pork, poultry and eggs,

and honey. BC agrifoods producers are encouraged to apply to our Buy Local program as successful applicants are already receiving funding to help market their products. The passion for local foods in BC has never been stronger, and this program supports government’s clear commitment to build local demand and support for BC foods. You can be part of this commitment. This year, please make a conscious effort to buy local. Every dollar you spend in your community stays in the community and helps stimulate our economy. Your support for local business, farmers and agrifoods producers is a wonderful gift to give. Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture Letters to the Editor are welcome on any topic of local or general interest. Opinions expressed are those of the writers; publication does not imply endorsement by the newspaper. Letters are preferred by e-mail, however typewritten or legibly handwritten are acceptable. Generally letters should not exceed more than 300 words. Letters will be edited in the interests of style, clarity, legality, brevity and taste, as necessary. The Local reserves the right to refuse publication of any submission. All letters must be signed and include place of residence and telephone number; names may be withheld from publication for valid reason by approval of the editor. E-mail letters to, or drop off at 5758 Cowrie St,, Sechelt, or mail to PO Box 494, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0. Deadline is Monday at noon.

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Woodcrafters donate toys

An annual tradition and in keeping with the holiday spirit, members of the Suncoast Woodcrafters Guild presented more than a 100 special hand-crafted wooden toys to Sunshine Coast Community Services Society for distribution through their North Pole Project for area disadvantaged children. A spe-

cial thank you for the generous grant from Sunshine Coast Regional District, big-hearted donations from Lehigh Materials and Sunshine Coast Community Forest, plus a portion of Woodcrafters’ membership dues made it possible to purchase materials to build these toys. Committee chair, Ken Walker said, “With

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he Sunshine Coast RCMP have been kept busy with impaired motorists, taking seven impaired drivers off the roadway. On December 6, police responded to a multiple vehicle collision in the 200 block of Harry Road in Gibsons, where it was initially reported that a pedestrian was struck. Police arrived on scene and determined that two separate collisions had occurred. At approximately 5:30pm, a witness heard a vehicle hit the ditch outside of his home. He attended the scene with his vehicle equipped with a winch in order to pull the vehicle out. Another motorist had also stopped when a vehicle observed speeding down the hill, failed to slow and struck both roadside vehicles. The driver of the vehicle in the ditch, a 67 year-old Gibsons woman, failed a roadside test and was administered a 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition, after it had been determined that she was under the influence of alcohol. The driver of the vehicle that initiated the second collision, a 24 yearold Gibsons man, also failed a roadside screening device. He was administered a 90

day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and 30 day vehicle impoundment, after police noticed symptoms of intoxication. Additionally, he was found to be unlicensed and was issued a violation ticket. On December 9, at approximately 8:00 pm, police located a vehicle in Sechelt that had been reported as driving aggressively and tail-gaiting from Gibsons to Sechelt. The driver, a 24 year-old Langdale woman, displayed obvious signs of intoxication, failed a roadside screening test and was arrested for impaired driving. Her two year-old child was also in the vehicle. The woman provided two breath samples and was later released on a Promise to Appear for Impaired Driving and Driving a Motor Vehicle while over .08, and was issued a 24-hour Roadside Prohibition and a 90day Administrative Driving Prohibition. The woman’s mother attended the scene to pick up the child and the Ministry of Children and Families has been contacted. Sunshine Coast RCMP also took another four suspected impaired drivers off the road from December

6-8, including: a 18 yearold male allegedly under the influence of drugs, who received a 24-hour Roadside Prohibition as well as a violation ticket; a 49 yearold Sechelt woman who received a three day Immediate Roadside Prohibition for a ‘WARN’ reading, after being pulled over on Highway 101 near Field Road; and a 72 year-old Gibsons woman, who displayed symptoms consistent to smoking marijhuana, and was pulled over at 1:15am on Gibsons Way after swerving twice over the center line. She received a violation ticket for ‘driving without a licence’, and was issued 24-hour roadside prohibition, and had her vehicle impounded. On December 8, police witnessed a vehicle leave a parking lot near Mahan Road and Gibsons Way speed up and make a sweeping turn onto Pratt Road. The officer pulled the vehicle over and immediately noticed the driver, a 38 year-old Gibsons man, exhibiting signs of intoxication. The driver failed a roadside alcohol screening test and was given a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days. Submitted

wooden toys, children create their own world, they use their imagination, that is why we keep making toys, and it’s our way to give back to the community”. On hand for the presentation were Vicki Dobbin, Kelly Foley from Community Services and Laura Dixon from Lehigh.

2013 Schedule of regular council and committee of the Whole meetings Regular Council Meetings convene at 7pm with a closed meeting held before then at 4pm and Committee of the Whole Meetings convene at 1pm with a closed meeting held directly after. All meetings held in the Community Meeting Room, 1st floor, 5797 Cowrie Street, unless otherwise noted. JANUARY 9 ........ Committee of the Whole/Council 16........ Regular Council 23........ Committee of the Whole/Council FEbruary 6 ........ Regular Council 13........ Committee of the Whole/Council 20........ Regular Council 27........ Committee of the Whole/Council MARCH 6 ........ Regular Council 13........ Committee of the Whole/Council 20........ Regular Council 27........ Committee of the Whole/Council

JULY 3 ........ Regular Council 10........ Committee of the Whole/Council 17........ Regular Council 24........ Committee of the Whole/Council AUGUST 7 ......... Regular Council 14........ Committee of the Whole/Council 21........ Regular Council 28........ Committee of the Whole/Council SEPtEmbEr 4 ........ Regular Council 11........ Committee of the Whole/Council 25........ Committee of the Whole/Council

APRIL 3 ........ Regular Council 10........ Committee of the Whole/Council 17........ Regular Council 24........ Committee of the Whole/Council

OctObEr 2 ........ Regular Council 9 ........ Committee of the Whole/Council 16........ Regular Council 23........ Committee of the Whole/Council

MAY 1 ........ Regular Council 8 ........ Committee of the Whole/Council 15........ Regular Council 22........ Committee of the Whole/Council

NOvEmbEr 6 ........ Regular Council 13........ Committee of the Whole/Council 20........ Regular Council 27........ Committee of the Whole/Council

JUNE 5 ........ Regular Council 12........ Committee of the Whole/Council 19........ Regular Council 26........ Committee of the Whole/Council

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wonderful gift. P.S. Merry Christmas! Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Michael Th e time has come for the O’Connor rock to roll. Okay, bad pun Astrologer but it serves to illustrate the verb in your vibe. Change is upon you whether you Tip of the Week: 13, 2012 would have it or not! The Happy Solstice, theDec. most celebrated one ever! A new good news is that, as said round of the 5125 Year-Long you are on a roll. It is time to Count Calendar begins, and graduate, to advance to the this is the first of five.Is it next level. There is no turnany wonder why the Clas- ing back. Get excited, get sical Mayan Astronomer/ creative and get going! Astrologers Priests, the ven- Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Some cycles are bigger, erated ‘Keepers of Time’ considered this the ‘most deeper, more intense or insignificant event in human volved and passionate than history’? That this ‘Great others, like the current one. Cycle’ begins and ends with A steady deepening of comWinter solstice is due to the mitments with a long-term deep respect given to the focus on the future is feacycle of the Sun. Though it tured. Yet rather than feel Juneof14, plays the role the2012 ‘seconds contracted, you feel expanhand on the clock’, its qual- sive, exuberant and willing. ity far outweighs its quantity Yes, the work load is heavier than it used to be but you are as a measurement time. 1051 GibsonsofLegion Hardly a mere object in the okay with that. Go figure! sky, the Sun may best be un- Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) While the focus remains derstood as the nucleus, the brain center, of the ‘galac- on health and strengthentic cell’ of the solar system. ing your overall constitution With the Helio Pause and and/or fortifying your base Bow Shock literally forming continues, you want to get the skin membrane of the out, to play. Meeting new solar system, this is more people is in the mix. Experi2012encing the unexpected with than a metaphor. Dec. From20,this perspective, we actually live people has been a standing in the expanded body of the theme for a while and you sun! This holistic percep- are ready for a change that tion of reality reveals wholes way. Expect to take new crossword 1051 leads this week. within an everClaytons greater whole. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) From cells to bodies to famiOh to be free of fear and lies, communities, regions, towns, cities, provinces, worry. It sounds easy, so why states, countries, continents, isn’t it? Too much thinking is planets, solar systems, galax- the classic issue. Some would ies, and the universe itself, say excess lower mind, that each level is whole within of the ego. Worry can be ever greater wholes. This ho- interpreted as caring, but it listic world view reveals a self- actually does not help much, Dec. 20, 2012 evident order and intelligent if at all. Practicing being design woven into the very present in the moment with fabric of existence. In this re- ‘what is’, is the classic solugard, we recognize ourselves, tion. Genuine gratitude for humanity, our planet and life helps and meditation is all the species upon it to be the real deal. Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) significant parts of life. This Your world is opening up re-wakened realization frees us from the purely linear, in new and exciting ways. materialistic model that sees With the crack in the door us as apart from life, and and the light coming in you therefore separate and vul- are wise to do what it takes nerable. The deepest reaches to swing it wide open. Layof science have worked hard ing claim to latent gifts and to prove the timeless postu- talents meanwhile, is stirlations of mystics. Rejoice, ring at deeper levels. These a great new cycle has begun require vision and courage. and a new yet ancient world If you are having trouble view is born anew. What a seeing this light, seek counsel and do it now! Virgo (Aug 231051 – Sep 22) Laedeli A dynamic learning curve continues and the lessons are coming from all angles, some unexpected. The time is right to flirt with new possibilities. The tried and true, at least in some areas, is beginning to lie. Since Merry Christmas! two wrongs don’t make a your best option is to Dec. 20, 2012 THANKS and Happy Holidays right, redirect your focus towards more truthful, stable and reliable sources.


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Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) It is said that the karmic lords never sleep and they never forget. Life knows who we are, what is owed to us and what we owe. Graceful acceptance of the dues and penalties as well as the rewards is a sign of true wisdom. Reaction, blame and self-pity only serve to deepen the suffering. Fortunately, the light of a new day is steadily growing. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) A pioneering mood is lingering. You have been seeking new answers, insights and leads. Now you may have to contend with deciphering which ones are the best. The likely answer is those that stand to reach furthest into the future. The best choices usually involve a tight weave between health and a genuine sense of service, which is truly a privilege to render. Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) You are in the mood to enter new territory. Yet, you may feel both called within and without. To reconcile this conflict consider the famous lyrics, “You gotta get in to get out.” Listening to your inner voice and heeding its urgings is the ageless wisdom. Be extra careful of excessive logic now. To trust your feelings, acknowledge them and feel your silent truth. Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) The returns for many of your past efforts are rolling in now. Hopefully they are the kind you want. You may feel the need for some time out to manage the flow effectively. Be deliberate and concise with your communications, unless the exchange is deep, sincere and valuable. Your ability to make fine distinctions now is at a peak, make the most of it. Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) You are in the mood to cut loose, get away, break free. A creative diversion might help. Yet, you may feel duty bound and restricted. How can you take good care of yourself in this stressful cycle? Patience is one way. The coming New Moon cycle will bring some needed relief. That is in one week. Accept this time as one of building character. Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Getting the attention you feel you want and deserve is a current focus. A learning curve is implied. Perhaps you need to increase your social media skills or learn how to ask for a raise. Either way, it is important that you be proactive and give to the situation. Your confidence levels should be rising steadily these days so ride that wave!

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Wrapping up your home for the holidays Real Estate Tips Kenan MacKenzie Sunshine Coast Real Estate News


ne thing that I find at this time of year if you have someone out looking at homes, they are a buyer ready to buy In the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Clark Griswold may have gone a little overboard with his Christmas lights, but if he was selling his house, he may have had the right idea. “Great decorations really set the tone for the holidays, a time when you can showcase your house in a different way to highlight areas that normally may not stand out,” said Amy Cornwell, President/ Lead

Designer for Creative Impressions, which specializes in seasonal decorating. By creating a festive atmosphere, a home seller allows perspective buyers to envision what their holidays will be like in the property—complete with a beautiful tree, stockings hung from the fireplace mantels and the smell of Christmas cookies in the air. “Buyer’s associate a sense of ‘home’ through the traditions and memories of holiday décor,” Cornwell said. “It’s a great way to attract buyers.” Nighttime is when many perspective buyers are driving around looking at houses, and nothing will slow them down more than a great Christmas light display. “A well-designed display adds festive elegance to a home, and highlights

the already-present features of the property,” said Brandon Stephens, vice president of Marketing at The Decor Group, Inc., Lubbock, Texas, specializing in interior and exterior holiday decorating. In fact, consider holding an open house at night, when you can serve hot chocolate and better show off the Christmas lights, holiday decorations and all that the house has to offer. Here are some simple suggestions to ensure your home captures the holiday spirit without interfering in the real estate process: • Keep decorations to a minimum so you don’t block views, make rooms feel smaller and disrupt the natural flow of the home. Consider a smaller tree and store gifts in another room.

Holiday movies to get you in the mood

A Child’s Christmas in Wales


here’s still time for a look at “Holiday Movies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.” Try the little British offering Nativity, with Martin Freeman of Sherlock and The Hobbit fame. It’s a low-budget charmer about a failed actor-nowteaching-assistant at an elementary school who gets corralled into directing the annual nativity play. There’s a serious rivalry with another school and (of course) a girl to impress, so he recklessly promises on the basis of his old history that Hollywood reps will be coming to view the play. The film is hilarious for both kids and adults. It has original songs, some live animals and the children are

truly wonderful – all locally sourced – not professional. Then, there is my personal favourite, watched every Christmas Eve for 25 years in our home: A Child’s Christmas in Wales with Denholm Elliott. Yes, it is a rendering of the Dylan Thomas piece, with Elliott playing a grandfather reminiscing about past Christmases with his grandson. It’s an hour of quiet joy, gentle humour and lovely Welsh carols. Sigh, I can hardly wait to settle down with it again. Here’s an oldie; in 1940, five years before he made his ‘other’ holiday favourite, Jimmy Stewart did a little piece called The Shop Around The Corner. It is set in a

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• Incorporate fresh evergreen or rosemary into your decorating for a classic look and to promote “the Christmas tree smell.” • Make sure light strings and extension cords are tucked away for everyone’s safety. • Leave a plate of holiday cookies and warm cider or cocoa for prospective buyers. The holidays are emotional times for most people, including home shoppers. Holiday decorations presented tastefully and sensibly, can help you wrap a bow on your home for just the right buyer. From my family to yours I would like to wish you the love, warmth and hope that is represented in the words ‘Merry Christmas,’ may you have a safe and happy holiday season.

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family-run gift shop in Budapest of all places. Stewart is a long-time and lovelorn salesman who is deeply into a pen-pal relationship with a woman he is determined to marry. Unbeknownst to him, as they’ve never met, she gets a job in his shop, where they find they can’t stand one another. Sound familiar? It was remade as You’ve Got Mail. I think this is the better film. There’s a sincerity and warmth to it that draws you in. Hope you enjoy these! Happy holidays!

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PERSONALS Need help to lose weight? Join TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly) at a new location. Sechelt Activity Centre, 5604 Trail Ave. at 6:30pm on Wednesdays (phone 604-747-4755). Also in Gibsons, Frank West Hall on Chaster Rd. at 6:30pm on Thursdays (phone 604-886-8578). p13 Alanon/Alateen for friends and families of alcoholics. Meetings Monday-Friday, 604-886-4594, 604-885-0101, 604-886-9059, 604-883-2882. b08 If your drinking is causing you problems but you don’t know how to stop, maybe we can help. Alcoholics Anonymous. Toll Free 1-877-373-8255. www.sunshine btfn


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The Local is a weekly community newspaper on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and we’re looking for another enthusiastic Advertising Sales Representative to work with our great Sales Team. While experience would be an asset, we’re looking for a Sales Rep who: • Is fun, outgoing, observant, loves people and is energetic • Owns a reliable vehicle and cell phone • Works to deadlines and is organized • Is willing to learn something new and interesting • Is able to think quickly, develop creative solutions and has a good memory • Is good at spelling, grammar and punctuation • Is conversant with computers • Works well alone and with a supportive team • Has a good attitude and willingness to follow direction

COMMERCIAL Sechelt: Available immediately, commercial spaces for rent, one area or both available. For more details view at 5606 Wharf Rd. Sechelt, above South Coast Ford. Call Brad for more info at 604-885-3281. btfn

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Advertising Sales is an important part of our business and we are looking for someone who will not only provide outstanding service to our clients but will develop a relationship of trust with them. The Local is growing and evolving, and we need good people who will grow with us and show clients that excellent service and amazing results come in small packages.


Submit your resume to: 1051 Strait Music Karen Peterson, Sales Manager/Publisher Email: P.O. Box 494, 5758 Cowrie Street, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0 Phone 604-885-3134 Fax: 604-885-3194

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WORK WANTED - GENERAL Drywall Finishing since 1992. Dustless and occupied spaces. Commercial & Residential. Renovations and new construction. WCB. References. No job too small. Derek Thomas 604-989-3401. bom

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Merry Christmas and Every Happiness In the New Year Staff & Crew

Photo courtesy Yvonne Paulson, Coast Reporter

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Top: Coming down Jensen. Bottom: Davis Bay flood

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Christmas donation

…extends sincere thanks to the sponsors, donors and artists who contributed to the success of our third annual Habitat Harvest, held November 30, 2012. Sponsors/Donors

In the spirit of the season Charlene Haugen was the happy recipient of a scooter donated to her by Kenneth Law at MediChair. Missing from the photo is Patricia Geddes who orchestrated the donation and they have one more to give away in the early new year.

Donating Artists

Industrial Alliance Pauline Hurley Northern Divine Caviar Kathi Dunlop Harbour Air Seaplanes / Westcoast Air Manon Staiger Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club Ursula Bentz More Café and Bakeshop Stephen Murphy Rainbow Room Salon June Malaka Executive House Hotel Ken Walters FLY Marshall Mar Mary Bentley Katie Janyk Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Derek Alltree Tantalus Resort Lodge Theresa Lee Scandinave Spa Jan Poynter Pauulet Hohn Tinhorn Creek River Stone Estate Winery Lake Breeze Mt. Boucherie Thanks to all of you and our many hard working volunteers throughout 2012, two more Habitat Starbucks

families will be enjoying their new homes at Sunshine Coast Village in Wilson Creek this Christmas!

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How To SubmiT a ClaSSified ad: mail, phone, fax, email or drop off your ad with payment to: The local, P.o. Box 494, 5758 Cowrie St., Sechelt BC V0N 3A0 Phone: 604-885-3134 • Fax: 604-885-3194 • Email: or drop off ad with payment at TAkE 5 VIDEo, North Road, Gibsons inquire about our special rates for obituary notices. How To SubmiT ediTorial TexT: email your editorial to: • SuBMITTED EDIToRIAl MuST BE RECEIVED ElECTRoNICAlly (typed or hand-written will not be accepted) • In most cases, editorial submissions must be prearranged with the editorial department • Editorial must adhere to specific word counts • use of proper English, spelling and grammar is appreciated • Submission does not guarantee publication • We reserve the right to edit all submissions • limit press releases to 300 words. How To SubmiT a leTTer To THe ediTor: email your letter To The editor to: • letters to The Editor are welcome on any topic of local or general interest. opinions expressed are those of the writers; publication does not imply endorsement by the newspaper. • Generally letters should not exceed more than 300 words. letters will be edited in the interests of style, clarity, legality, brevity and taste, as necessary. The Local reserves the right to refuse publication of any submission. • All letters must be signed and include place of residence and telephone number; names may be withheld from publication for valid reason by approval of the editor. This publication reserves the right to refuse any advertising that it considers to contain false or misleading information or involves unfair or unethical practices. The advertiser agrees that the publisher shall not be liable for damages arising out of error in any advertisement beyond the amount paid for such advertisement.

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The Local December 20, 2012  

Local news and community from the Sunshine Coast