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Pushing for buyers’ tax on the Coast Local mortgage broker Kim Darwin is worried about the effect that foreign property purchases are having on the Sunshine Coast housing market, and she wants MLA Nicholas Simons to advocate in Victoria for extending the Foreign Buyer's tax to the Sunshine Coast. In an April 4 letter to Simons, and shared with the Local, Darwin said: "I have personally witnessed how foreign property purchases have affected our local housing market and contributed to labour and rental shortages." The government created a Foreign Buyer's tax in 2016 that applied to Metro Vancouver, and early in 2018 it was increased from 15 to 20 per cent and expanded to include Victoria, Nanaimo, the Fraser Valley, and the Central Okanagan. However, the Sunshine Coast was not included, and Darwin says that's a mistake. "The tax should be implemented province-wide." Darwin – who was the Green Party candidate in last year's election – describes 2016 as a "double whammy", with "bus loads of foreign buyers touring and purchasing properties" while Lower

Mainland retirees cashed out their Lower Mainland homes and bought houses here. "Wealth from both these sources caused many bidding wars, driving up prices and reducing housing stock to low levels that have not yet recovered." And she is worried for the future. She points to two recent development proposals in Sechelt brought forward by Van Ke Developments Inc. Local realtors says that the properties are being marketed only in China and for prices well above the local market value. "The issue is...that they are being marketed to people who have the ability to disproportionately increase property values beyond what residents can afford based on present incomes," said Darwin. "I have found that opponents often attempt to shut down the conversation by citing racism," said Darwin. "No one is concerned about immigrants wanting to move to our communities to live, work, play and participate as residents. Most of us only have to look a few generations back to remember our own immi-

grant family members." "What we are concerned about is outside sources injecting considerable wealth into real estate in a fashion that puts home ownership out of reach of regular residents, causing a forced migration to other jurisdictions. This is something I am frequently witnessing in my day job as a mortgage broker and hear from local business owners who are unable to find employees." Darwin, who authored a 2016 foreign buyers policy for the BC Chamber of Commerce, also wants the government to start tracking foreign property purchases. "Most developed countries and jurisdictions track and report foreign property purchase data. Unfortunately Canada and Canadian provinces do not," said Darwin. Simons has stated that he favours extending the tax to the Sunshine Coast, though the NDP government has not so far shown any sign of doing so. Darwin ran against Simons in the last provincial election, and is presently Secretary of the BC Green Party. Donna McMahon

Sunshine Coast & Powell River Schedules September 5, 2017 - January 1, 2018

FALL/WINTER Vancouver - Langdale (Horseshoe Bay) - (Gibsons)

Please Note: At Langdale, ticket sales end five minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and walk-on passengers. At Horseshoe Bay only, ticket sales for vehicles and walk-on passengers end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time. Langdale/Vancouver and Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed to connect. Please plan your travels accordingly. Crossing Time: 40 Minutes September 5 - October 9, 2017

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LEAVE HORSESHOE BAY LEAVE LANGDALE Sunshine Coast & 7:25 am 6:20 am 9:40 am 8:30 am Powell River -Schedules Sechelt Powell 12:00 pm Peninsula 10:50 River am Sunshine Coast & 1:30 pm 1:05 pm Sun except Oct 8 (Earls Cove) Bay) 2, 2017 September 6,- (Saltery 2016 - January

Powell River Schedules

2:40 pm Sun except Oct 8 2:15 pm Please Ticket before 3:55 Note: pm Oct 9 sales and loading end five minutes3:25 pmthe scheduled sailing time for vehicles and walk-on 5:00 pm Oct 9 4:30 pm passengers. FALL/WINTER 5:50 pm Mon-Fri, except Oct 9 is 84 km (52mi), plan 5:30 pm Langdale to Earls Cove terminal on approximately 90 minutes driving time. 7:00 pm Mon-Fri, 6:35River pm to Saltery Bay is 34 km (22mi), plan on approximately except Oct 9 time. Powell 40 minutes driving Schedules are pm subject to change without notice. For schedules, fare info or to reserve: 1-888-223-3779 8:40 7:35 pm Langdale/Vancouver and Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed to connect, please plan 10:35 pm 9:40 pm your travels accordingly. Crossing Time: 40 minutes Langdale - Vancouver Distance: 10.5 nautical miles Please Note: Fares collected at Saltery Bay only. (Gibsons) (Horseshoe Bay) October 10, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Schedules in Effect: April 1 to May 16, 2018

The official opening of the Nicholas Sontag Marine Education Centre in the Gibsons Public Market April 7 included a blessing by members of the Squamish Nation. Those attending – and the exhibits – were blessed with cedar boughs. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

Gospel Rock development proceeds On April 3 the Town of Gibsons gave first reading to a bylaw for the development of the 360-unit Gospel Rock Village subdivision, even though neighbours in the SCRD are unhappy about the additional traffic that will be generated on Chaster and Pratt Roads. Sharon Danroth and Susan Rule of the For the Love of Gospel Rock Society appeared before council to present a petition with 233 signatures, urging the town to build "infrastructure before development." Rule, who lives on Pratt Road, stated: "What I can't understand is how the Town thinks it's OK to affect one whole community to build a whole other community." She delivered a long list of concerns, including emergency access, construction traffic, negative effects on farmland and displacement of wildlife, concluding: "It's not ethical for the town to dump all its

traffic on SCRD Area E Elphinstone and to run it all down Pratt Road without putting in another arterial road. We're not saying Pratt Road can't be used...but we need another road to share this load." The Gospel Rock Village proposal includes 60 single family dwellings, 150 townhouses, and 150 apartments to be built on a property that lies between Chaster Road and Gower Point Road. Currently the only access to the area is to the west through the SCRD, although the town has plans to build a road to the north connecting to Shaw Road. Responding to Rule's comments later in the meeting, Mayor Wayne Rowe stated: "The [Gospel Rock Neighbourhood] plan contemplates a buildout of in excess of one thousand units in that area, but the town recognized the potential impact on our neighbours, and in that plan placed

a restriction that it would not permit more than 250 units to be developed until such time as there was an alternative access through the town, ideally off the Shaw Road area." "There was a comment made about infrastructure first. You know there's no pot of money to just go out and put in roads and sewers and water lines. It has to start with the development because the money has to be generated to do that. So there has to be some development before the infrastructure can take place," said Rowe. Members of the community have been campaigning for decades to have the Gospel Rock area turned into a park. In June 2017, the For the Love of Gospel Rock Society wrote to owner Ji Yongqiang asking him to leave the land undeveloped while the community raised money to buy it as a park but Ji declined. Donna McMahon

Crossing Minutes Please Note: AtTime: Langdale,50 ticketing will end five minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles LEAVE HORSESHOE BAY LEAVE LANGDALE and walk-on passengers. At Horseshoe Bay only, ticket sales for vehicles and walk-on passengers will 7:20 am Except Dec 25 & Jan 1 7:30 6:20 am Except Dec 25 & Jan 1 end ten minutes before scheduled sailing time. September 5 -the October 9, 2017 9:25 am 9:45

8:25 am 8:40

Langdale/Vancouver Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed to connect. Please plan LEAVE EARLSand COVE LEAVE SALTERY BAY 11:30 10:25 11:55 am 10:50 am your travels accordingly.

1:35 2:10 6:30 pm am Except Sun

Crossing Time: 3:50 pm April401 Minutes only 2:45 8:25 pm am

5:50 4:20 pm pm 10:25 am 5:30 pm pm 12:55 LEAVE 9:45LANGDALE pm April 2 only 6:30 pm 3:15 pm 6:20 7:50am pm 5:35 pm 8:25 am 10:55 pm 7:40am pm 10:25 9:35pm pm 12:35

September 7:50 pm 6 - October 10, 2016

12:35 1:05 5:35 pm am Except Sun 2:45 3:15 pm 7:25 pm am 4:50 pm 3:50 9:25 pm am April 2 only 6:50 5:25 pm 11:45 pm am LEAVE HORSESHOE 8:45 6:40 pm pm BAY 2:05 pm 7:20 am 7:40 4:30 pm pm April 2 only 9:25 am 8:55 pm pm 6:40 11:30 am 8:35 pm 1:35 pm

2:10 pm Sep 9, 16, 23 2:45 pm River - Sechelt Peninsula Powell

Sailing times are daily unless otherwise indicated.

Crossing Time: 50 minutes

3:15 pm Sep 9, 16, 23 3:50 pm Distance: 9.5 nautical miles (Saltery Bay) - (Earls Cove) October 4:20 pm Sep 11, 18, 25 4:50 pm 10, 2017 - January 1, 2018 5:25 pm Sep 11, 18, terminal 25 5:50 pm Langdale toEARLS Earls Cove approximately 90 minutes driving LEAVE COVE is 84 km (52mi), plan on7:50 LEAVE SALTERY BAYtime. pm 40 minutes driving time. 6:50River pm to Saltery Bay is 34 km (22mi), plan on approximately Powell Sailing times 6:30 am except Sun 5:35 am except 6:30 am 5:35 & Dec 25, Jan 1 8:30 pm 8:45 pm Except Sun, & Dec 25, Jan 1 Oct am 10 Except Sun,Sun Langdale/Vancouver are not guaranteed to connect, please plan 9:35 pm Oct 10 and Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula9:45 pm are daily unless 8:25 am 7:25 am 7:25 am 8:25 am your travels accordingly. otherwise indicated. 10:25 9:25 9:25 am am 10:25 am am Ticket sales 11 and -loading end three21, minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and five October December 2016 12:40 11:20 am 11:20 am 12:20 pm minutes for walk-on passengers. LEAVE LEAVE HORSESHOE 5:05LANGDALE pm 3:40 pm pm BAY 3:50 4:55 pm Please 6:20Note: am Fares collected at Saltery Bay only. 7:20 am

8:00 pm pm 6:55

6:05 pm pm 5:55

Crossing Time: 50 Minutes 8:20 am 9:20 am 10:30 pm 9:30 pm 9:25 10:30 pm 10:20 am 11:20 am September 12:20 pm 6 - October 10, 2016 1:20 pm 2:30 pm 3:30EARLS pm COVE LEAVE SALTERY BAY LEAVE 5:30 pm 4:30 pm 5:35 pm am Except Sun 6:30 pm am Except Sun 7:25 6:30 7:25 pm am 8:25 pm am 9:15 8:20 9:25 am 10:25 am 11:20 am 22, 2016 - January 2, 2017 12:20 pm December 3:50 pm 4:55 pm LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE BAY 6:55 HORSESHOE pm 5:55 pm 7:20 pm am Except Dec 25 & Jan 1 6:20 pm am Except Dec 25 & Jan 1 10:30 9:25 8:25 am 9:25 am 10:25 am 11:30 am October 11 - December 21, 2016 12:35 pm 1:35 pm LEAVE SALTERY BAY LEAVE 2:45 pm 3:50 EARLS pm COVE 4:50 5:50 5:35 pm am Except Sun 6:30 pm am Except Sun 6:50 7:50 7:25 pm am 8:25 pm am 8:45 9:45 pm 9:25 pm am 10:25 am 11:20 am 12:20 pm 3:25 pm 4:30 pm

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Editorial Opinion

Do you really need a pickup? When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency increased safety and environmental standards for cars in the 1970s, automakers responded. Although they had to adhere to the new rules, they didn’t base their entire response on safety or pollution concerns. Instead, they looked for loopholes. Under the U.S. Clean Air Act, vehicle manufacturers were required to more than double fuel efficiency for cars over the following decade. Canada and other countries followed suit. But trucks, vans and SUVs weren’t subject to the same regulations, so automakers started marketing them as family vehicles. In many countries, greenhouse gas emissions have been falling in some sectors, thanks largely to a shift from coal-fired power. But they’ve been rising in the transportation sector. That’s bad news. Transportation accounts for about 14 per cent of global emissions and is now the largest source of CO2 emissions in the U.S., mostly from cars and trucks. In Canada, the largest share of emissions is from the oil and gas industry, at 26 per cent, but transportation, at 24 per cent, is a close second. While emissions from electricity generation and heavy industry have been declining in Canada since 1990, emissions from oil and gas and transportation have been rising, by 76 per cent for oil and gas between 1990 and 2015, and 42 per cent for transportation. According to the Government of Canada, car emissions went down by 23 per cent over that period, but “emissions from light trucks (including trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles) doubled.” In the U.S., low gas prices spurred a boom in “light-duty” vehicles like SUVs, which accounted for 63 per cent of 2017 vehicle sales. In Canada, according to the government, “Since 1990, the increase in the number of light trucks has been more than three times greater than the increase in the number of the overall fleet of passenger on-road vehicles.” Pickup truck sales are also booming, with the Ford F-series poised to beat out the Toyota Corolla as the world’s top-selling vehicle. Bigger vehicles mean greater profits, and they help keep the oil and gas industry thriving. That both industries prioritize profits over the need to address pollution and climate change is unconscionable. It’s up to industry and governments to take the major steps to combat climate change and reduce pollution, but individuals also have a responsibility. Personal transportation choices can make a major difference. Driving SUVs and trucks when lesspolluting options would serve as well or better is irresponsible. We owe it to ourselves and to the rest of the world to do better. David Suzuki



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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Free medical pot There are a significant number of legitimate medical cannabis licence holders growing cannabis on their residential properties on the Sunshine Coast. However, there are many others abusing the licence they may or may not hold. I have to agree with others who voice their concerns about the odour associated with cannabis cultivation. It’s not really all that pleasant in a residential community. Our federal politicians are oblivious to odour concerns. Well, maybe they’re not oblivious but they would rather suggest the provincial and municipal governments make the regulations on this matter. The federal Medical Marihuana Access Program (MMAR) program, now known as Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) was enacted in 2001. Our governments haven’t figured out an effective method of ensuring licence holders follow the rules. There isn’t any enforcement from my perspective. A simple solution is to scrap the MMPR program and any exemptions from the MMAR program. Give free medical cannabis to those in need and who are low income. We already give out free drugs to those in need. Other Canadians who have the financial resources, can pay the going rate. Everyone would be happy as there would be no need to grow cannabis on any residential property. Odour problem solved. Richard Austin, Halfmoon Bay

A political calculation (Re “Notes from the Upper Mainland” by Nicholas Simons, the Local, April 5) With considerable understatement, Nicholas Simons

says of Adrian Dix’s recent Sechelt appearance that “not everyone was prepared to be convinced” that turning our public care centres over to private ownership is a good idea. Better to say that Dix did nothing to convince them. He dodged questions about the future of the two existing facilities, the implications of privatization for volunteer services, quality of care, and potential costs to families. Both in the Legion meeting and in private sessions with stakeholder groups, Dix also pointedly refused to address concerns about how privatization would affect the current workforce. Simons’ allusion to “advances…(won) for current employees over the previous conditions” bears little relation to what the minister actually said – or didn’t say – in those meetings. Simons further muddies the waters with the claim that a for-profit facility “does appear to be the solution we are legally obliged to go with.” Evidence suggests otherwise, but in any event the matter of contractual obligations is a secondary issue. Does Simons need reminding that the NDP’s first initiative after taking office last year was to remove tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges? In that case his government terminated enormous contracts in the hope of securing votes in key swing ridings. Turning public care into a profit-making enterprise is less an obligation than a political calculation. Simply put, saving public care on the Sunshine Coast offers the NDP a much smaller potential return than ending bridge tolls, or winning favour with the private care industry. While I appreciate the frustration Simons must feel at having to carry the can for an unpopular policy decision, I offer him the following

advice: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the caucus. Your constituents deserve better. Ian McLatchie, Davis Bay

Trudeau all talk

(Addressed to MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones and copied to the Local) Pamela Goldsmith-Jones: Betrayal is now 100 per cent. Remember me saying that I literally plugged my nose when I put my ballot in the box for Justin? And that I hoped he would prove me wrong? I can't believe the depth of his betrayal. He has gone from promising reconciliation, community approval of all projects, climate change leadership, to forcing a fossil fuel nightmare onto Canadians, from the KM Pipeline to creating loopholes for the tar sands (non) environmental assessment, to permitting BP to drill for oil off the shores of Nova Scotia. Trudeau = Harper, but much, much less honest. You, Madam, are aiding and abetting this betrayal of your constituents. Town Hall meetings? So we could feel 'heard'? What a travesty. How DARE you assist in this dishonesty, and this environmental destruction. Shame on you. And while I am at it: Justin Trudeau says this government has done more than any other to improve and protect the environment. BS. Mulroney then Chretien did more. Tom McMillan did more. Even Lucien Bouchard did more. Justin Trudeau has done nothing of substance except talk the talk. And cry crocodile tears. Insulting. Carole Rubin, Garden Bay

Camel track clogged

(re “Getting there slower””, letters, the Local, April 5) I appreciate that Wanda Seltzer took the time to reply to my complaint about our "country" highway and

acknowledge that higher speeds cause greater injury, but I really feel that unless something is done about our little camel track there will be no ability for any movement at all on our lovely Coast. That long stream of traffic, bumper-to-bumper after each ferry must drive (no pun) the people trying to get onto the road to pick up their kids or buy groceries, into a frenzy. Granted, waiting in a tailback does give one the opportunity to look at the locals but sadly it also provides a two-plus hour wait at the ferry terminal for the next ferry. I suspect that there might be a few changed minds when the road through Selma Park is torn up soon, probably for the duration of the summer (and tourist season) as all the markings newly-applied to the road seem to indicate. Ideally, I would like to see a rail line; at worst, a fourlane highway with a dedicated bus lane from the ferry all the way to Earls Cove following the power line. Then the existing "country highway" could continue to serve Ms. Seltzer and 60 km/hr noodlers and not the logging trucks, Harleys and Powell River ferry traffic that already clogs my neighbourhood. Ken Dibnah, Wakefield Beach

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Has gun, can really run At the April Fool’s Run April 8, Cst. Ben Stewart embarked on a gruelling 21-km foot chase in full uniform to raise money for Cops for Cancer. Cst. Stewart chased his prisoner from Gibsons to Davis Bay, and completed the run in an impressive 2:07:25. Cst. Stewart thanks the many people who have donated to his fundraising efforts. In September he will take part in the Tour de Coast, a 800-km bicycle ride, with the donations used to fund life-saving pediatric cancer research. To make a donation and support Ben go to “Cops for Cancer – Tour de Coast

2018”, click on “donate to a person” and enter Ben

Approximately 70 members of the public turned out at the Sechelt Legion on April 3 for an information meeting on a proposed supportive housing project to be built on provincially-owned land at Hightide Avenue and Lamprey Lane. BC Housing has submitted an application for an official community plan and zoning bylaw amendment for the 40-unit Hightide project. The application is scheduled to go to Sechelt's planning and community development committee on April 25. The building will be operated by RainCity Housing, with 24-hour staffing. Each

344-square-foot unit will have a private bathroom and kitchen, though residents will share meal service, laundry facilities, and programming. The facility is intended as transitional housing for people who have been homeless or are at high risk of homelessness. The information meeting consisted of poster boards, a presentation by BC Housing, and a Q&A with representatives of BC Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health, RainCity Housing, the Sunshine Coast Homelessness Advisory Committee, and the District of Sechelt. Rajvir Rao, manager of

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the bill and he said he has never seen anything like the support that came together from all 29 treaty tribes in the state, commercial fishers, and recreational fishers. Like ours, Senator Ranker's constituency encompasses in his words, the magical, majestic, Salish Sea. “From a business perspective, the global open net-pen salmon aquaculture industry is operating in an increasingly unpredictable environment. The biological costs to control sea lice and viruses are rising and licences are very difficult if not impossible to secure. Public support for the status quo is attenuating and capital is being actively invested in closed containment facilities globally. Governments are paying attention. “From an environmental perspective, Norway has put a moratorium on open net farms due to the sea lice problem. Add to that the recent complete net-pen collapse in Washington State and it is obvious that we simply cannot stand by and allow these threats to wild salmon and wild salmon habitat to continue.

“From a trade perspective, British Columbia and Canada should also not concede our strong role in the industry, our knowledge, and our brand to the first movers who know that the status quo will simply not allow for the growth of the sector and who are gaining market advantage over us to research, innovation, and investment. “I would like to thank Canadian citizens for their ongoing commitment to volunteering, studying the science, advocating, and leading. The people of West Vancouver-Sunshine CoastSea to Sky Country have certainly played a major role in the proposed fisheries act legislation and that work will continue no doubt. I am very grateful for their wisdom, spirit, and tenacity in getting us to today.” Please visit: for more information. I welcome your thoughts - Email me: pam.goldsmith-jones@, connect with us on Facebook: Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, or drop by our office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-913-2660.

Water is a big issue these days. Letters related to water supply and drought management appear in our local newspapers almost weekly. Debate over the Chapman watershed, the principal drinking water source for the Sunshine Coast, has been ongoing for decades. Globally, we are hearing about Cape Town, South Africa, the first major city close to running out of water. While local governments continue work on our water problem, a reliable, resilient regional water supply eludes us. It’s a complex issue and there is no ‘silver bullet’ to this challenge – it will require multiple solutions and continued adaptation to the impacts of climate change. One of the most effective solutions has been water metering to detect leaks and encourage conservation. Gibsons was a leader in adopting this strategy and has seen impressive results over the past few years, reducing water use by 40 per cent or more.

Water metering has helped the SCRD dramatically reduce its water use, with more than 5,000 meters still to be installed. The SCRD has also identified additional storage and supply projects such as the Chapman Lake drawdown, potential groundwater sources and construction of a new reservoir. When the SCRD identified the Gibsons Aquifer as a potential regional groundwater source, it triggered concern from the Town about the security of water supply for the community of 20, 50 and 100 years from now. Gibsons offered to help by servicing ‘Zone 3’ (the one-quarter of Gibsons residents currently served by the Chapman watershed) with water from the Gibsons Aquifer. This would decrease our use of Chapman water from 27 per cent of the Town’s total annual water use to one per cent needed for extreme peak and fire flows, and make 230 million litres of water available to other regional users annually. We know this change is possible thanks to the Town’s extensive study and mapping of the aquifer that firmly established its value as a key natural asset. The Town has closely monitored the aquifer

ever since, to ensure it can sustain us with clean, reliable water, forever. The potential for a disjointed approach to water highlights the need for a new regional leadership model for watershed management and water supply. The Town has proposed a working group to talk about how to bring more partners to the water governance table, including First Nations, relevant provincial authorities, technical experts and other stakeholders. A coordinated, collaborative approach to managing our Sunshine Coast watersheds could be the long-term solution to our water supply challenge. Disagreements could be resolved using consistent, proactive, evidencebased decision-making, and removed from the highly charged political environment created by acute water restrictions. When it comes to a shared regional resource like water, the only way to serve the needs of residents is to engage the community and work together toward our common goal: an adequate, reliable supply of clean drinking water. It will take work, but the payoff will be worth it.

In an effort to be fully transparent and facilitate easy ways for citizens to receive the information that is important to them, the District of Sechelt created a new web page called For the Record. The page was prompted by the number of emails Council receives every day with citizens looking for information and the volume of misinformation that is shared on local community

social media sites. Each week staff will post the questions received and the answers to the For the Record page. Citizens can visit the page to see the questions of the week or search for specific topics. They can also submit questions directly to the page. The new page can be found at The District will post all of the questions received

that are of a financial or operational nature but legal, personnel and land purchase issues will not be addressed until the information is able to be made public. Staff will also not respond to questions that can only be answered by Council. Why Council voted a certain way can only be answered by asking a Councillor. Submitted

Pam GoldsmithJones MP, West Vancouver Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country

Last month I provided highlights regarding important amendments to the Fisheries Act. On March 29, I spoke in the House of Commons about these amendments and also about the need for a National Aquaculture Act to facilitate a regional approach to aquaculture, including transitioning away from open net pen fish farms on the west coast. Here are excerpts from my remarks: “I am here to represent the view that it is time to transition British Columbia’s open net pen salmon aquaculture industry to closed containment. Momentum is gathering globally and close to home to develop a profitable, productive aquaculture system and sector through closed containment. “In Washington State, a bill has just passed through the Senate to phase out open net salmon aquaculture by 2025. I spoke to Senator Kevin Ranker who introduced

Talk of The Town Jeremy Valeriote Councillor, Town of Gibsons


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SCRD tax increases for 2018 The Sunshine Coast Regional District tax increases by area have now been calculated. The SCRD board adopted its 2018 budget on March 22, approving an overall tax increase of 4.35 per cent above 2017. Now, with BC Assessment information, the district has calculated how that will translate to average tax

increases for SCRD services in each area, including the

AJB Investments (Surespan, North Vancouver) is back logging on the west side of the Chapman Creek watershed to finish off a block they had walked away from in 2014. Logging resumed several weeks ago and will remove the last third of the block left behind when Surespan agreed to stop logging due to public concerns and a roadblock that had stopped operations. Before the roadblock was erected in 2014, fallers had already logged approx. two-thirds of the block. Logging is occurring approximately 1km above the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s (SCRD) water intake. AJB owns up to 160 Ha (400 acres) of private lands within the Chapman Creek drinking watershed bound-

aries. The value of these lands is approximated to be $7 million. “In 2014, when Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) and others stopped Surespan from completing the logging of Blk CH1, we urged the SCRD to engage with AJB

Three Sunshine Coast elementary schools have received a total of almost $5,000 in grant funding from Persephone Brewing's “Kids in Agriculture Fund” to help grow projects that get kids down and dirty with plants. The grants were awarded April 7 at Persephone after a presentation by Marc Schutzbank of Fresh Roots Farms on school agricultural programs in Metro Vancouver. Fresh Roots is a non-profit society that works with urban schools to develop agricultural learning opportunities for kids. According to Schutzbank, a recent study showed that 63 per cent of children in grades 6-8 in Canada don't know that tortilla chips are made from corn – a symptom that children are profoundly "disconnected" from farming and food production. Schutzbank said that it can also be very challenging to get children to eat healthy food, but "when kids grow their own vegetables, they eat them." In a Q&A after the presentation, teachers and parents discussed the challenges of starting and sustaining school programs, such as getting other parents and teachers involved, and managing farming over the summer vacation. The grants were awarded to support three local school agriculture projects. The West Sechelt Elementary's "Farm to School" project is a small plot of land lo-

cated a five-minute walk from the school on Mason Road. Since 2012 teachers, students, parents, and staff have been planting apple trees, building and planting garden boxes, and harvesting the bounty. Fresh produce from their efforts is included in the school’s breakfast/snack trays. This year the school will partner with food bank volunteers and harvests over the school summer vacation will go to Sunshine Coast families. Davis Bay Elementary is undertaking an ambitious project to set up a donated 1,500-square-foot greenhouse on school property. When fully equipped, the greenhouse will allow up to 30 students at a time to learn about biology, agriculture, water management, and sustainability. Project partners include Teddy Bear Day Care, the Davis Bay Community Association, Vancouver Coastal Health and neighbours. Halfmoon Bay Community School is installing a growing tower with LED lights, and solar panels to supplement energy costs. Growing towers can be placed on non-agricultural land, or indoors, have a small physical footprint, and use 90 per cent less water than conventional farming. Students will learn how aeroponics work, and will be encouraged to eat vegetables and herbs that are new to them. The fund contributed $2,000 to Davis Bay Elemen-


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The SCRD portion of your tax bill will change as follows: Area A (Egmont/Pender Harbour) ................. +3.64 per cent Area B (Halfmoon Bay).......................................... +8.35 per cent Area D (Roberts Creek) ......................................... +4.92 per cent Area E (Elphinstone)............................................... +4.28 per cent Area F (West Howe Sound) ................................. –2.89 per cent Sechelt Indian District ............................................ –0.59 per cent Sechelt............................................................................. +7.38 per cent Gibsons ........................................................................... +5.55 per cent

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Planning & Do you get confused with the District of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast community Regional District? Here is a short version of for who what: Visit moredoes information Development committee 1pm, April District of 22, Sechelt Public Works, Parks & environment • Sechelt roads committee, • Sechelt sewers 2:30pm, April 22 (or later, depending on • Parks the length of the previous meeting) • Beach trails

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• NEW - Committee of the Whole Meeting, May 8, 1pm Council will meet in a less formal and manner to • Water • structured Provincial parks hear and consider presentations that foster the economic, social • Recreation Highways ferries and environmental well-being of our •community. This and will be an incubator for new ideas, governance, and policy that is in • Fire protection • Healthcare & Hospitals line with Council’s strategic goals. Committee meetings will be • Transit • other Homelessness scheduled on the first Wednesday of every month, starting in 2015. To apply to present, email• • May, Sunshine Coast Groundwater • Allemergency are encouragedplanning to participate in the Engagement/ • Public BC Building Code information Meetings of Medical • Parks and trailson in Municipal •Regulation Education Marihuana Production and Distribution in Sechelt Tuesday, the SCRD • Driver’s licenses April 21, Seaside Centre, 2pm (and repeated at) 7:30pm

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• Garbage & recycling Input on the direction of municipal regulation on these issues Landlord tenant is welcomed. No. 25in SCRD Proposed Zoning Bylaw• Amendment relations 266 regarding medical marihuana production facilities will • Libraries be reviewed. Plan to attend one or both meetings. For more • Property Assessments (shared with information or to submit written comments, visit

District of sechelt office: 5797licenses cowrie street, Dog sechelt, Bc Development permits municipalities) • Liquor laws Phone 604 885-1986 Free Culture Days Worshop April 30, 4:30pm Sunshine Coast Arts Centre Fax 604 885-7591 Have you always wanted to attend a District of Sechelt council email


Marc Schutzbank, from Fresh Roots Farms in the Lower Mainland, addresses a meeting about kids in agriculture at Persephone brewery April 7. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

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When kids will eat vegetables tary and $1,374 each to West Sechelt and Halfmoon Bay. Persephone seeded the fund with two per cent of their gross December sales, and ATB Financial also contributed $650. Persephone owner Brian Smith spoke briefly to the bigger picture of food growing in Canada. The average age of Canadian farmers is 56, and many farms are not being passed on to the next generation. Smith said that farmers are deeply concerned for the future and "want to know how to engage kids." Donna McMahon


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Sale raises money for medical bills

Gibsons Garden Club plant sale

A few Roberts Creek Legion members raised $2,500 at a tailgate sale April 8 held in the Legion parking lot as a fundraiser to help cover medical costs of Legion member Frank McElroy. Event organizer Arwen MacDonald, artistic and administrative director of the Rogue Arts Festival, Diane Macintosh, former Creek Legion president, and Pamela Messner rallied McElroy’s friends and community members to sell personal and donated items with all profits going to him and his wife Heather Conn. “I’m so moved by the generosity, kindness and care of our local community,” said Conn. “Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this event and helped make it happen.” Legion bartender Gail Bland also solicited funds from Legion members and

others April 6 at the Legion’s evening Brain Freeze trivia contest. McElroy was diagnosed in early March with liver disease, cancer, and diabetes and received emergency and critical care at Sechelt Hospital for about a month. As a US citizen who had not yet completed his permanent residency application, he was charged US

Thursday, April 18 at 7 pm at Harmony Hall, with guest speaker Chris Kelly from Pratt Road farm. Garden Club members take garden tours and receive a discount at local garden centres. They also volunteer in the community, organizing regular work parties at the Heritage Playhouse and Shirley Macey Park, and taking

Everyday actions we take – driving a car, heating one’s house, eating certain types of food – all contribute to an individual’s overall carbon footprint. What can we actually do to help reduce a negative impact on the environment, global warming and climate change? Thankfully, we have control over most aspects of our lifestyle and by understanding which actions in our daily lives

emit the greatest amounts of greenhouse gases, we can learn more and take real steps to lessen our footprint. The Pender Harbour Wildlife Society is welcoming Ryan Logtenberg from the 2 Degrees Institute, on Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm at the Pender Harbour Secondary School on Hwy 101. He will illustrate the major sources of our individual and household emissions and show us how we can sub-

The Gibsons Garden Club is gearing up for their largest annual event – the spring plant sale which will be held on Saturday April 28 from 10 am to 1 pm in the lower parking lot of the Gibsons Recreation Centre. President Laurella Hay says club members start potting plants in mid-March in preparation for the sale, which is extremely popular. Berries, flowers, and herbs will be on sale at "reasonable prices", and offerings include some unusual plants. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions, and the event also features items of garden decor, hot dogs, and fresh baked goods. Anyone who is interested in joining the club will have to exercise patience. Membership has been capped at 150, and there is a waiting list. However, non-members are welcome to attend monthly club meetings for a drop-in fee of $3. The next meeting will be held on

Overnight on March 31, a suspect stole 2,300 small trees that were left near the powerline by Trout Lake that had been waiting distribution and planting. The 13 boxes of one-foot tall cedar seedlings were taken from a

pallet and would have fit the bed of a pickup truck. Some of the seedlings had white labels with "Woodmore Nursery" on them as well as information about the seedling variety. Also stolen was a spine board, a basket stretch-

visitor medical rates, which amounted to about $3,600 a day plus doctors’ fees etc. Community members have contributed almost $16,000 to Frank’s medical bills so far, thanks to a GoFundMe campaign. Anyone who is interested is invited to donate at help-with-frank039s-medical-bills. Submitted

Three of people who helped raise money for Frank McElroy’s medical bills at a tailgate sale. From the left, Pamela Messner, Gail Bland and Arwen MacDonald. HEATHER CONN PHOTO

Become part of the climate solution stantially reduce our carbon footprint without too much effort or expense and become part of the solution in slowing climate change. This presentation is open to the public and free. Bring a friend. Doors open 6:30pm, starts 7pm. Refreshments will be served. For updates, please visit or email info@ Submitted

on other community gardening projects. More details about the Gibsons Garden Club and its activities can be found at The Sechelt Garden Club also holds monthly meetings, and information about that club can be found at www. Donna McMahon

The Gibsons Garden Club plant sale drew a crowd in 2017. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

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An Update from BC Ferries Hello everyone, On January 2, we implemented new schedules on the three routes operating from Horseshoe Bay, following an extensive consultation with communities. In January and February, the average on-time performance (OTP) for the routes improved dramatically, as it does almost every year because traffic slows after the holiday period. The Langdale route, for example, went from about 70 per cent OTP in December to about 95 per cent in January in each of the last three years. So we know we can’t attribute the improved OTP in January and February to the new schedules. The real test for the new schedules occurred during Easter and Spring Break, when traffic levels were considerably higher. So how did the new schedules perform? The table below presents monthly average on-time performance for March 2018 and compares it with OTP in 2017 and 2016 for the same month. Average OTP (Monthly)

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OTP in March 2018 was better than in the past two years. The new schedules appear to deal with increased traffic volumes better than the old schedules, but OTP still dropped as traffic increased. Langdale, for example, went from 97 per cent in February to 89 per cent in March.

This is because when traffic volumes increase, the ferry system experiences more incidents – some that are in our control, such as ramp adjustments due to tides, crew availability and taking on supplies, and some that we can’t control, such as stalled vehicles or a medical emergency. These incidents affect our ability to sail on time. We’ve built more time into the new schedules to account for these kind of incidents. However, when traffic volumes increase significantly, the number of incidents can combine to overwhelm the extra time we built in to the schedule. As an example, on the Langdale – Horseshoe Bay route on the Easter weekend, we experienced stalled vehicles, ramp adjustments and missing drivers on Thursday, which drove down OTP. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, however, had few incidents and the route recorded 100 per cent OTP with nearly the same traffic volumes. The Spring Break and Easter travel period was a good test of the new schedules. We’ve learned that the new schedules are capable of recovering, provided there aren’t too many incidents at one time. The extra time we’ve built into the new schedules means problems on one route are less likely to affect another route. All of us at BC Ferries are working to reduce incidents under our control. We are also engaging with our customers to reduce events like vehicle stalls and missing drivers. I feel confident that by working together we can have a summer of successful OTP performance on our Horseshoe Bay routes.

In the coming months, I will write to update you on our progress towards more ferry capacity in the Horseshoe Bay region. Also, look for an update on the Langdale Terminal redevelopment project from Project Manager Mike next week. In the meantime, thank you for travelling with BC Ferries and I wish you a safe and pleasant journey. Kind regards, Mark Mark Collins BC Ferries’ President & CEO

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Books & Beyond Andrea Routley

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Remember that snow? A spotted towhee whirrs outside. Hark! A robin whinnies in the cherry tree. “Snow?” you say. “What snow?” Yes, you could say that weather was for the birds, if you like old-fashioned expressions. Of course, the birds prefer spring. This April, festivals bloom at the Gibsons Public Library. One swallow does not make a summer – but flowers might. Head to the library April 14 for Garden Fest, which starts with a workshop on planning

Back in Time Matthew Lovegrove

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The Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives is excited to welcome Teresa Eckford from the Sechelt Library for her presentation “Introduction to Family History” on Thursday, April 19, 7-9pm. Join Teresa to learn how to start your family history research. The topics of the presentation include: where to begin your research, genealogical terminology, software, free and paid da-

a seed-saving garden (with Leonie Croy), and follows with a master gardeners clinic in the main library. Grow into the gardener you’ve always wanted to be by planting knowledge in your brain. Then, on April 21, join us for Sustainability Fest, and explore different approaches to sustainable living, from wood-burning alternatives to sustainable housing and reducing your carbon footprint. Since it’s time to plant seeds, the library is sowing two new programs. The second Saturday of the month (April 14, May 12, June 9) at 3pm we host “Dads and their Darlings,” a storytime for dads, uncles, etc., and their little chicks ages 0-5. For the builder-birds in your family, tabases (including Ancestry Library Edition), and further resources. During this presentation, you will learn the preliminary skills needed to delve into the fascinating world of genealogical research. After the presentation, there will be a question and answer period where you can ask for tips, tricks or advice on your genealogical research. This event is a collaboration between the Sunshine Coast Museum and the Sechelt Library, admission by donation. For more information, please call 604-8868232 or visit



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Events on the Sunshine Coast April 12 Beer and burger fundraiser for Jack & Jill Preschool, 101 Brewhouse, Gibsons, 6-8pm, $25 April 12 “Death cafe”, for respectful conversation about death, Sechelt Library, 10:30am-noon (and again on April 19) April 13 Lounge night with Ken Johnson & Nancy Pincombe, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 5:30-8pm April 13 Author Pat Ardley reads from “Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon: Life at a Rivers Inlet Fishing Lodge”, Sechelt Library, 7pm April 13 Cabaret-style coffee house with the Millar-Bowie Band, ladies’ vocal ensemble Reflections, and singer Renee Harper, School of Music, Madeira Park, 7:30-9:30pm, $10 suggested donation April 13 Stanley Yen of UBC’s TRIUMF speaks to astronomy club on supernova neutrinos, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7:30pm, donations accepted April 13 Stereo Steves & Friends, Roberts Creek Legion, 8pm, members $10, guests $15 April 13-14 “Thunderfoot”, one-man play with Aaron Malkin of “James and Jamsey”, Heritage Playhouse, 7:30-9pm, $20 or $25 (to help subsidize another) April 14 Dr. Eddie Berinstein addresses Flair on the Coast cancer support group on medical assistance in dying, Rockwood Centre, Sechelt, 10am-noon, 604-740-3110 April 14 Repair cafe, Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons, 10am-4pm, by donation April 14 Garden fest, Gibsons Public Library, 11:30am-1:30pm seed saving workshop with Leonie Croy, 2-4pm master gardeners Pat Kolterman and MaryCatharine Anderson answer your questions April 14 Opening reception for exhibition by Kevin McEvoy, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 2-4pm April 14 Millar-Bowie Band entertain, Gibsons Public Market, 2:304:30pm April 14 Jim Foster, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6:30pm April 14 “Coats of Paint” fashion show and sale, Seniors Centre, Sechelt, 7-9pm, $20 April 14 Half Cut & the Slackers, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 April 14 Modern Terror album release party, with Kownterpoint and Ska, Roberts Creek Legion, 9:30pm, members $8, guests $15 April 15 Native drum-making workshop, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 10am-5:30pm, supplies included, $325 (deerhide), $350 (elkhide), register at

April 15 Coast Guitar Group presents classical guitar duo Michael Partington & Marc Teicholz, St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 2pm, $25 April 18 Matinee movie, “Nightingale”, Mandarin with English subtitles, Gibsons Public Library, 4pm, free April 19 Second “death cafe”, for respectful conversation about death, Sechelt Library, 10:30am-noon April 19 SD46’s Got Talent 2, Chatelech Secondary, Sechelt, 6:30pm, by donation April 19 Poetry evening, with local authors Susan Telfer, John Pass, Dorothy Stott and Philip Jager reading from their own work and that of a favourite poet, Sechelt Library, 7pm April 20 Ted & Joan Disney perform, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6-8:30pm April 21 4th Annual Mountain Grind, Lions Park – Pender Harbour, 7am-3pm, $99 April 21 Nara Brenchley of the SC Clean Air Society on “better wood burning and alternatives”, Gibsons Public Library, 11am12:30pm April 21 Environmental sustainability forum, Gibsons Public Library, 1:30-3:30pm April 21 Ask a master gardener, Sechelt Library, 2-4pm April 21 SC Film Society presents “Call Me By Your Name”, a gay first-love story, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, 2pm, members $5, others $9 April 21 Halifax-based singer/songwriter Erin Costelo sings Carole King’s “Tapestry” album, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 7:30pm, $20 April 21 Bill Coon and Steve Giltrow, Gibsons Public Market, 7:30pm, $20 April 21 Jazz quintet Mimosa in concert, Arts Centre, 8pm, $20 April 21 Martini Madness, Davis Bay Hall, 8-10pm, $10 April 21 Geoff Berner, Roberts Creek Legion, 8pm, members $8, guests $15 April 21 Monty Montego, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 8:30pm, $10 April 22 SC Arts Council Sunday Film Series presents the documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, Arts Centre, 10:30am, suggested $10 donation April 22 Earth Day Festival, Roberts Creek pier, noon-5pm April 22 Van Django, School of Music, Madeira Park, 2pm, $25


Art Review Anna Nobile Freelance Creative Writer, Arts & Culture

An exhibit of local artist and educator Kevin McEvoy’s artwork opens at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery April 12. McEvoy is known to many as “the art teacher,” first at Chatelech Secondary, and now for the last 12 years, at the Sunshine Coast Alternative School. But McEvoy, who enjoys teaching, has always striven to balance his job with pursuing his own art practice, something that can be difficult to do. “It’s a rare thing for a teacher to continue to paint and do their art once they start teaching at a job because they’re too tired,” says McEvoy, recalling the words spoken to him by Gordon Smith, a professor of his at the University of British Columbia. Smith, who is a Governor General’s Award winner and a member of the Order of Canada, was influential in keeping McEvoy on a career path that included teaching and making art. “I always remembered his advice,” says McEvoy. “I watched him do it and he’s one of our most decorated artists.” As a teacher, McEvoy finds inspiration from his stu-

Kevin McEvoy’s “Chapman Creek Rapids”, an oil on canvas that measures 50” x 60”, took over a year to complete. PHOTO SUBMITTED dents. “They’re fresh, they’re always thinking of new approaches to old ideas,” he says. “They inspire me to try new things.” His upcoming exhibit, titled New Directions, will feature some of the new things McEvoy has been trying in his practice. Over the years, he has experimented with various mediums, including painting, pastel, photography and print making, always fascinated with technological advances made in the field of art making. For the last two years, McEvoy has been working on a technique

that involves photographing scenes in nature, manipulating the images digitally with software, printing the images, and then painting them. “I want it to be a blending of what the machine – the computer – can do and what humans can do,” says McEvoy. “I paint on the original so there is no copy. It’s one of kind.” Though it may sound like a simple technique, it’s a labour- intensive process, especially as McEvoy tends to work on a large scale. “You’re painting with a very small brush and it’s a very large surface,” notes McEvoy, who

uses oils or acrylics when painting, depending on his time frame. “This is where the creativity really starts,” he says. “As you’re painting, you’re changing things, not copying faithfully what you see.” New Directions by Kevin McEvoy runs April 12 to May 6. Opening reception on Saturday, April 14, 2-4pm. On Sunday, April 22, from 2-4pm, McEvoy will give a hands-on workshop on stone lithography, a unique opportunity to experience a technique over 200 years old. Both events are free and all are welcome.

On the heels of their year-long Canada 150 project Mimosa is broadening their search for female jazz composers to countries beyond Canada. They will be presenting their own new originals as well as music by Esperanza Spalding and Jane Bunnett. Mimosa will play the Arts Centre in Sechelt April 21 at 8pm. The Vancouver quintet draws on jazz, Brazilian sambas, French ‘60s pop and cabaret music to concoct its own unique sound: gorgeous melodies, quirky lyrics, incredible groove and sky-high improvisations. The band is made up of Rebecca Shoichet, vocals, Anna Lumiere, (piano and accordion), Karen Graves (sax, flute and vocals), Adam Thomas (bass) and Bernie Arai (drums). Although ev-

ery member of Mimosa is also active on the Canadian music scene in many other groups, the band has been together for almost two decades and has developed a

unique performance that will take you on an unforgettable journey into time and sound. They will also be doing a live recording of this special

evening. Limited seating so get your tickets early: $20 at WOW Gallery, MELOmania, Strait Music and share-there. com. Submitted

The Rogue Arts Festival is throwing its third annual fundraiser, “Going Rogue 3”, but this time we're mixing it up – with a double knock-out styled “human foosball” tournament on May 19. This unique human foosball court was designed and built by local craftspeople and is the only one of its kind – here or anywhere else.

The tournament will include eight teams of six players competing for the glory (and killer prizes) while spectators cheer them on. Each game will run approximately 15 minutes with each team playing a minimum of two games until a winning team has been declared. Taking place on the Clarke Farm this will be an outdoor,

Mimosa live recording concert

Mimosa will play the Arts Centre Sechelt on April 21 at 8pm. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Human foosball fundraiser licensed, all-ages event (15 and up is recommended to play) complete with killer music by dj little d, a local food vendor, and a lounge area with traditional foosball for those looking to polish their game. Get a team of six together and register, sign up as an individual and meet new peeps, or just come support

the teams and the Rogue Arts Festival and hang out as a spectator. This is going to be the event of the May long weekend. The event runs May 19, 2-7pm, on the Clarke Farm on Tyson Rd. in Wilson Creek. Tickets are $20 to play and $10 to watch, available at Submitted

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The Pender Harbour Aquatic and Fitness Centre is having a “Bob Adkin Swim and Remembrance” on Sunday April 29, 1:30-3:30pm. Bob died in December and

this is a chance to celebrate all that Bob was at the pool. The Centre invites people to come share stories and to participate in an 80-lap swim. It was a big event when Bob had turned 80 and we had a special swim so that he could swim 80 on his 80th. Come out and celebrate with the pool. The Pender Harbour Liv-

ing Heritage Society 2018 annual general meeting will be held on April 20 at 2pm at the Sarah Wray Hall in Irivine’s Landing (Pender Harbour Living Heritage Centre, 4334 Irvines Landing Road). The Living Heritage Society will provide updates on the previous year’s events and activities, as well as a preview of what’s in store for 2018.

Refreshments will be served. Consider joining the board of directors and help continue the special and important work going on at the Sarah Wray Hall. It’s finally here: the annual Mountain Grind obstacle race happens Saturday, April 21 at Lions Park in Pender Harbour. This will see runners racing through

a beautiful 10km course. A fun-filled one-day event for the whole family. Setting out in waves, Mountain Grinders will challenge themselves in a chip-timed race through nature-influenced obstacles on the beautiful Suncoaster Trail. The event wraps up with post-race refreshments and an awards ceremony to celebrate racers’ achieve-

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Tip of the Week: While Spring Equinox does represent the official start date of the Astrological Year, meaning it corresponds to 0 Aries, there is the second launch as well. This second launch occurs at the exact moment of the Aries New Moon. This year it occurs on April 16 at 2:56 am in Greenwich. So, it will be sometime in the evening on April 15th, subject to the time zone, for everyone living in North and South America, Hawaii and Samoa. The exact degree is 26 Aries 02. New Moon occurs while Mercury is ‘Stationary Direct’ (SD), meaning at an apparent standstill completing the retrograde cycle and resuming forward motion again. Mercury officially turned direct approximately 14 hours earlier, which means it has begun to officially move forward again, albeit very slowly, prior to the exact moment of New Moon. This represents an opportune moment to take important initiatives. At the exact time of the New Moon, it is also noteworthy that Uranus was at 28 Aries, just over 2 degrees ahead. Altogether, this compounded Aries theme signifies new beginnings. With Uranus involved, the focus is long term.



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Hand Painted On Wood Plank Large Oil Painting Reg $569 SALE $398!

Miami Leather Sofa Reg $2,999 SALE $1,799!

Lucy Swivel Chair Reg $1,399 SALE $899!





Leather Butterfly Chair Reg $499 SALE $199!



+ NO Canadian Made TAX!! Chair Reg $1,899 SALE $900!

Assorted Cotton Shams ALL STYLES & COLOURS ONLY $10!

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Gibsons Way

Sunshine Coast Hwy




SALE $99!


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771 Gibsons Way, Gibsons, BC

Whale Wall Hook Reg $269


INC Acra 4 Piece King Duvet Set Reg $385 SALE $99!








Parker Dining Room Chair Reg $399 SALE $199!




Industrial Wall Shelf Reg $249

SALE $149!



Sugar Accent Chair Reg $699 SALE $399!

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