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Ferry improvements: they’re working on it BC Ferries has released the results of its recent public engagement program on schedule changes for the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale and Horseshoe Bay – Snug Cove routes. The broad engagement effort reached more than 4,000 people in just over six weeks. Highlights from the feedback the communities provided include: • Reliable sailing times and considerations such as adequate capacity and connectivity with transit should be viewed as equally important when evaluating schedule and other changes • Morning and afternoon

commute times are the least flexible to change, but some flexibility exists for schedule modifications, particularly in the mid-day and later in the evenings The top two considerations for Sunshine Coast communities are: • Maintaining commute times, particularly the 6:20am and ideally 5:30pm sailings, if possible • Increasing the capacity and frequency of service to the Sunshine Coast “We heard from a lot of different sectors from the communities and are pleased with the high level of engagement

we received,” says Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “We know these routes are challenged by sailing delays and we want to make changes to ensure our customers can rely on the schedules as published. We are pleased to review the report and incorporate public feedback where it is operationally possible.” BC Ferries’ goal in making schedule changes is to improve the on-time performance and reduce delays for customers travelling on these routes. “Schedule changes require careful consideration,” says Collins. “It’s a very fine

On August 10, police as- and was being careful. Police sisted the Sechelt Volunteer instructed the homeowner to Fire Department with an il- douse the log fire and issued legal campfire burning in the him a Violation Ticket for backyard of a residence in Light, Fuel, or Use Fire Against the 5700 block of Surf Circle, Restriction contrary to the Sechelt. Police spoke with Wildfire Act. The fine associthe homeowner who was un- ated to this offense is $1,150. aware of any fire bans though • • • he was aware the province On August 8, police atwas under a state emergenJune 22 - September 4, 2017 tended a possible illegal fire June 22 -ofSeptember 4, 2017 - September 4, 2017 at a residence in cy due June to the22 wild fires. The complaint homeowner advised he was the 5600 block of Curtis Place, SUMMER SUMMER SUMMER using the fire to cook dinner Sechelt. Police located three

Tiki-type torches burning on a deck. While police were not certain if such torches were permitted under the current ban, the resident was cooperative and put out the torches until the matter was clarified. Police later confirmed that open flame torches such as the commonly used Tiki-type torches are not permitted due to the risk of them being knocked over. Submitted by RCMP

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Please Note: At Langdale, sales willbefore end five before thetime scheduled Please Note: At Langdale, ticket sales will endticket five minutes the minutes scheduled sailing for sailing time for vehicles and walk-on At Horseshoe Bay only, ticketand sales for Please At Langdale, ticket sales willpassengers. end five before the sailing timevehicles for and walk-on vehiclesNote: and walk-on passengers. At Horseshoe Bayminutes only, ticket sales forscheduled vehicles walk-on ten thetime. scheduled sailing time. vehicles andwill walk-on passengers. Atend Horseshoe Baybefore only, ticket sales for vehicles and walk-on passengers endpassengers ten minuteswill before the minutes scheduled sailing passengers will endLangdale/Vancouver ten minutes before the scheduled time. Schedules are subject to without Forsailing schedules, fare are info to Please reserve: 1-888-223-3779 andnotice. Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula notorguaranteed to connect. Please plan bcferries.com Langdale/Vancouver andchange Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed to connect. plan

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your Langdale/Vancouver andtravels Powellaccordingly. River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed to connect. Please plan your travels accordingly. Crossing Time: 40 minutes your travels accordingly. Langdale - Vancouver Crossing Time: 40 Minutes Crossing Time: 40 Minutes Distance: 10.5 nautical miles (Gibsons) - (Horseshoe Bay) Crossing Time: 40 Minutes LEAVEBAY HORSESHOE BAYLEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE HORSESHOE Please Note: At Langdale, ticketing will end five minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles LEAVE HORSESHOE LEAVE LANGDALE 7:25 BAY am 6:20 am 7:25 am 6:20 am and walk-on passengers. At Horseshoe Bay only, ticket sales for vehicles and walk-on passengers will 9:00 am Sat 7:50 am Sat 7:25 am Sat 6:20 9:00 7:50 am Sat end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time. 9:00 Sat only 9:40 am 7:50 am Sat only 8:30 am 9:40 am Sat 8:30 Langdale/Vancouver are not connect. Fri, Sat, & Jun 29,Peninsula Aug 3 10:05 am Sat, & Junplan 29, Aug 3 9:40 am Fri, Sat,11:10 8:30 11:10 &and Jun Powell 29,am Aug 3River/Sechelt amguaranteed Fri, Sat, 10:05 & Junto29, Aug 3Fri, Please your travels Sat &10:50 & 31 only Fri, Sat,12:00 Aug 29, 10,14,17,21,24,28 & 31 only 10:05 pm 11:10 amaccordingly. & Jun Aug 3 & Aug Jun 10,14,17,21,24,28 29,am Aug 3 12:00 pm 10:50 am Fri, Sat, & Jul3 4, except12:30 Aug 6, Sep 12:30 & Jul3 4, except Aug 6, Sep 3 12:00 10:50 am3 Thu-Mon, 1:35 pm Time: Thu-Mon,1:35 & JulMinutes 4,pm exceptThu-Mon, Aug 6, Sep pm & Jul 4,pm exceptThu-Mon, Aug 6, Sep Crossing 40 &&Aug 9,16,Except 23Aug& 30 only3 Thu-Mon &&Aug 9,16,Except 23Aug& 6, 30 only3 SatSep 1:35 Thu-Mon, Jul 4,8,pm except 6,SatSep 12:30 Jul 4,8,pm except 2:15 pm Thu-Mon Except Sat2:15 1:05 pm Thu-Mon, Except Sat1:05 3:45 pm Except Sat 2:15 1:05 3:45 pm Except 2:40 pm Except Sat2:40 pm Except Sat September 6 -SatOctober 10, 2016 Sailing times 3:45 Sat4:30 2:40 River Sat3:25 4:30 pm Except Tue, Wed pm Except Tue,-Wed 3:25 pm Except Tue, Wed pm Except Tue, Wed Sechelt Peninsula Powell are daily unless LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE HORSESHOE BAY 5:50 pm Except Sat, & Sep 3 4:45 pm Except Sat, & Sep 3 4:30 pm Except Tue, Wed 3:25 pm Except Tue, Wed 5:50 Sat, & Sep 3 4:45 Sat, & Sep 3 (Earls Cove) - (Saltery Bay) 7:20pm amExcept Tue, 6:20 pm am Except Tue, 5:50 Sat,6:35 &Wed Seppm 3 Except Tue, Wed 4:45 Sat,5:30 &Wed Seppm 3 Except Tue, Wed otherwise indicated. 6:35 5:30 9:25 amTue, 8:25 am 7:55 pmloading Tue, Wed 6:55 Wed, for Sun, & Jul 3, 6:35 pm Except Tue, Wedand 5:30 pm Except Tue, Wed&pm 7:55 Note: Tue, Wed 6:55 Sun, Julsailing 3, Tue,time Please Ticket sales will end five minutes before theWed, scheduled 11:30 amTue, 10:25 am walk-on 7:55 pm Tue, Wed passengers. 6:55 pm Wed, 3, except except Jul Sun, 2, Aug& Jul 6, Sep 3 Jul 2, Aug 6, Sep 3 only vehicles and 1:35pm pmexcept 12:35 8:40 pm isExcept Tue,(52mi), Wed plan on 7:35 Jul 2,minutes Augpm 6, SepExcept 3 Tue, 8:40 pm pm ExceptCove Tue, Wed 7:35 Except Tue, Wed Langdale to Earls terminal 84 km approximately 90 time.Wed 2:10 pmTue, 2:45 pm SepWed 9,Tue, 16, 23 pmdriving 9:50 pm Tue, Wed 8:55 Tue, Wed 9:50 pm Wed 8:55 Tue, only 8:40 Except Tue, Wed 7:35 pm Except Wed only Powell River to Saltery Bay is 34 km (22mi), plan on approximately 40 minutes driving time. 3:15 9,Wed 16, 23Wed pm Except Tue, Wed 3:50pm pmTue, 10:35 9:40 10:35 Except Tue, 9:40 Except Tue, Wed pm Except Tue, Wed 9:50 pm pm Sep Tue, 8:55 Wed Langdale/Vancouver and Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula4:20 are not to25connect, please plan pmguaranteed 4:50 pm Sep 11, 10:35 pm Except Tue, Wed 9:40 pm Except Tue,18,Wed your travels 5:25 pmaccordingly. Sep 11, 18, 25 5:50 pm Crossing Time: 50 minutes 7:50 pm 6:50 Note: pm Fares Powell River Please collected-atSechelt Saltery Bay only.Peninsula Distance: 9.5 nautical miles 8:30 pm Oct 10 8:45 pm Bay) - (Earls Cove) (Saltery Crossing 9:35 pm Time: Oct 10 50 Minutes 9:45 pm Langdale EARLS to Earls Cove terminal is 84 km (52mi), plan on approximately minutes driving time. LEAVE COVE LEAVE SALTERY90BAY Sailing times Powell River 11 to Saltery Bay is 34 km (22mi), plan on approximately 40 minutes driving time. October - December 21, 2016 are daily unless 5:35 am Mon-Sat & Jul 9 6:30 am Mon-Sat & Jul 9 Langdale/Vancouver and Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed to connect, LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE HORSESHOE BAY please plan otherwise indicated. 8:20 am 7:25 am your travels 10:35 amaccordingly. 9:25 6:20 7:20am am• Ticket scheduled 12:55 pm • The 9:25 am sailing leaving 8:20sales amand loading end three minutes before the11:45 9:20am amsailing time for vehicles and five minutes for 3:15 pm 2:05 10:20 amwalk-on passengers. 11:20pm am Saltery Bay on July 9 is 5:35 Note: pm Fares collected at Saltery Bay only. 4:30 12:20 1:20pm pm limited to the 2017 BC Bike Please 7:40 6:40 2:30 pm 3:30pm pm Race traffic only. Crossing Time: 50 Minutes 9:35 8:35 5:30pm pm 4:30 pm 7:25 topm 6:30 pmam sailing leaving Saltery Bay on July 9 is limited •September The 9:25 the 2017 BC Bike Race traffic only. 9:15 pm 8:20 pm 6 - October 10, 2016 LEAVE SALTERY BAY LEAVE EARLS COVE December 22, 2016 - January 2, 2017 6:30 am Except Sun 5:35 am Except Comox - Sun Powell River 7:25 am 8:25HORSESHOE am LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE BAY (Little River) - (Westview) 9:25 10:25 am Except Dec 25 & Jan 1 7:20 am 6:20 am am Except Dec 25 & Jan 1 Check-in policy, Little River and Westview terminals: 11:20 12:20 8:25 am am 9:25 pm am 3:50 pm 4:55 pm 10:25 amarriving at the ticket booth within five minutes 11:30 amcurrent scheduled sailing time will be Passengers of the pm 5:55 pm pm 12:35 1:35 pm at improving on-time performance ticketed for the following scheduled sailing. This measure6:55 is aimed 9:25 2:45 pm dock conflicts with the Texada vessel. 10:30 3:50 pm and reducing 4:50 pm 5:50 pm BC Ferries urges passengers to arrive at the terminal at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled sailing 6:50 pm11 - December 21, 2016 7:50 pm October time to ensure staff have time to process all vehicles in the lineup. 8:45 pm 9:45 pm LEAVE BAY north of Comox. LEAVE EARLS COVE Little RiverSALTERY is 6 km (4 miles) 5:35 am Except Sun 6:30 am Except Sun Crossing Time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes 7:25 am 8:25 am 9:2522 am- June 27 10:25 am June 11:20 am 12:20 pm LEAVE COMOX LEAVE POWELL RIVER 3:25 pm 4:30 pm 6:20 pm am 8:05 pm am 6:30 5:30 10:00 am 11:50 pm am 10:05 9:00 pm 3:15 pm Sun-Tue, Thu-Fri, & Jun 17 5:15 pm Sun-Tue, Thu-Fri, & Jun 17 6:50 pm Wed, Sat, except Jun17 8:45 pm December 22, 2016 January 2, 2017 7:15 pm Sun-Tue, Thu-Fri, &-Jun 17 LEAVE SALTERY BAY

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balance. We move up to 39 sailings daily in and out of Horseshoe Bay terminal using only three berths. There are trade-offs that we have to

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make to adjust the schedules, and we wanted the communities’ input in deciding which trade-offs we should make.” Early this fall, the company

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There weren’t many vehicles in the higgledy-piggledy parade in Roberts Creek Aug.12, but this entry contained three trucks, and a bicycle on top. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO


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Editorial Opinion Protect the paws Helping to fight animal cruelty is as easy as a walk in the park. Animal lovers across the province are invited to register and fundraise for the annual Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk, which is being hosted in more than 20 communities in B.C. (The Sunshine Coast walk is Sunday, Sept. 10. It starts at noon in Hackett Park in Sechelt, with registration at 11am. The registration fee is $20 for adults, $10 for youth.) All funds raised at the walk will help eradicate violence against BC’s most vulnerable animals. In 2016, the BC SPCA conducted 9,788 new cruelty investigations and helped more than 43,000 animals across the province. Not only do the funds participants raise go towards helping the animals already in the care of the BC SPCA, but they also help prevent animal neglect and abuse before it occurs. “This is an amazing opportunity to help the province’s most vulnerable animals. By participating and fundraising for the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk, you are truly making a difference in the lives of animals in need,” says Carina Stirling, BC SPCA officer of fundraising events. “It’s now easier than ever to sign up and fundraise. All participants will be sent handy hints and tips on how to make the most of their fundraising so that the BC SPCA can reach more animals across BC. “As well as support in the lead up to your event you’ll also get to enjoy a fun-filled day of activities for all the members of the family, including those with four legs,” Stirling notes. “There are also some awesome prizes for participants who raise $150 or more.” Participants can join as an individual, a group or a corporate team. To help you get started, the BC SPCA has set up an easy, user-friendly website at spca.bc.ca/walk, where animal lovers can register, find fundraising tips and tools, and learn more about how their participation and fundraising dollars ensures the BC SPCA can continue to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C. The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in BC. Submitted

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As this summer proceeds apace, it is obvious that Sechelt is in dire need of a nice outdoor plaza, a town square where markets, exhibitions, and maybe even parades, protests, gatherings of all sorts can be held without having to block off roads. The ideal location would be in front of the city hall, where the pool is situated and the RCMP hang out. It’s the most central, is pretty, is not adjacent to the socalled highway (wow is that a misnomer. George Carlin would have things to say about our "highway") and would form the jewel of our very formless town. Also, another principle virtue is that it’s already owned by the District of Sechelt. Think of a nice concrete or tiled/pavered area with trees, benches, fountains and no cars. Try and picture the town square in any town in southern France or Italy. Peaceful, cool, lovely areas where people can gather and drink coffee and have picnics and the space will be there as long as the town is. If cars are a worry, dig a large hole under the existing parking lot and build a garage. I would rather not see this solution as parking garages fall down eventually and I see a permanent plaza, but ban all the cars from the area except for the mobility challenged, everybody else can walk in. Think of the farmer's market located on the square. Think of a Christmas event on the plaza. Think of the advantages of a central area dedicated to people, forever more. Think of banning cars from this entire area. Think about it. Ken Dibnah, West Sechelt

(Re “Worried about water”, letters, the Local, Aug. 10) The letter concerned water usage by the craft distillery proposed for Porter Road in Roberts Creek. I have attended public hearings and visited the proposed site. The proposed distillery does not impinge upon other water users. This property has no connection to the SCRD water system. All water comes from wells and ponds on the property. Waste water returns to the water table after treatment. Cooling water is sourced from the pond and returns to the same pond. This pond is filled naturally from the water table and is always full, even in the midst of the present hot spell. The only water removed from the property is in the craft distillery products. The legislation for a craft distillery licence is very specific about the maximum production allowed. The total volume of product permitted is far less than SCRD average water consumption for a single person. As well, the distillery's total water consumption is below that for other small businesses such as a laundromat, restaurant or car wash. This is sustainable water use at its best. It should be held up as an example for our community. We are all "Worried About Water". But that worry should be directed at wasteful misuse, not thoughtful sustainable use. Bruce Woodburn MD, Sechelt

It would be criminal (Re “Darth Vader residence proposed”, the Local, July 27) I was stunned to read

that members of the Advisory Planning Committee were “reluctant to vote against (John) Smith’s proposal”. Why? It’s a no-brainer: to allow this addition to be built would in effect kill Molly’s Reach, a thriving business. Molly’s is an historic building, the very heart of lower Gibsons, and pretty much the reason Gibsons is on the map – the filming of Beachcombers for 20 years. To completely block the view, both from inside the building and as seen from outside, would be nothing short of criminal. Smith, the owner of the building says that the view from Molly’s is not important. He is wrong. The view of the harbour and mountains as seen from four windows (he said there were two) and from several tables on the deck, is very much a part of the ambience. If the view was completely obstructed by the back wall and over-sized slanted roof of this out-ofcharacter addition stuck on top of Smitty’s, it would make Molly’s Reach a dark and uninviting place, not the very popular spot that it is now with tourists and locals alike. And as seen from the wharf and gazebo, and by all boats coming into Gibsons Harbour, Molly’s is an iconic landmark. Smith’s plan for his ultramodern dwelling would actually kill two birds with one stone, as the funky, historic look of the Smitty’s building will be completely destroyed according to the artist’s drawing. Cecilia Ohm-Eriksen, Sechelt

Hourly sailings, please (Re “Extra ferry for one month”, the Local, Aug. 3) It is a step in the right direction, but having the hourly sailings that we experienced from January to

April is truly what is needed to improve customer satisfaction, on-time performance, and would do wonders to improve BC Ferries’ reputation. I am tired of hearing that it isn’t feasible, but that it might be a possibility when the existing ferries need to be replaced in the ‘2020s’ – that is a long time away and doesn’t help the residents who are lucky enough to call the Sunshine Coast their home. Tammy Hartmann, Gibsons

A young couple ride their bikes up Winn Road. This is the Winn Road that was recently described to the Human Rights Tribunal as being in a hazardous condition for the public by the expert witness testifying on behalf of the Town of Gibsons. John Roper, Gibsons

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New exec for Gibsons Market The Gibsons Community Building Society, operator of the Gibsons Public Market, is pleased to announce Colin Stansfield will be taking the helm as executive director replacing Gerry Zipursky who has been leading the project since the start. “This change is somewhat bittersweet because Gerry is a founding member and visionary of the project who has accomplished so much in four short years,” says Pam Robertson, president of the society. “We knew going into our search to replace Gerry that we would not find someone with everything he brings to this role as our founding executive director,” she says. “It took a long time, but it was worth the effort.” Stansfield brings talent and passion for the society’s vision and experience in the management and governance of non-profit organizations. In his most recent role as executive director of Potluck Cafe in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, he acquired hands-on experience with delivering on a strong

community and economic development agenda. As for the move from Vancouver to the Coast, he and his family are embracing the opportunity. “My wife and I have been considering a move away from Vancouver if the right opportunity came along. The vision for the Gibsons Public Market is in line with our values and the Sunshine Coast is a perfect fit for the lifestyle we want for our family,” says Stansfield who has

The announcement by Premier John Horgan that the NDP government is eliminating most of the fees for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) programs is good news for Capilano University's kálax-ay campus in Sechelt. In 2015, the Liberal government imposed tuition fees up to $1,600 per semester, leading to a dramatic drop in enrollment. "We are really happy," said Sechelt Dean Julia Denholm in a phone interview. "It's been a real obstacle to people who are trying to get that upgrading." With the announcement occurring only four weeks before the fall semester, educational institutions are scrambling to sort out administrative details. "There's some lack of clarity about what's going to happen to students who have registered and paid their fees for September," said Denholm. Staff are working out a procedure to handle the situation. ABE convenor Becky Wayte is greatly relieved that funding for the program has been restored. ABE has been a core service of Capilano's since its Sechelt campus opened in the 1970's. Wayte said that the imposition of fees in 2015 had a "drastic" effect, reducing enrollment by at least 60 per cent. Adult Basic Education offers courses in math, sciences, english and computers. Wayte says that only about a third of the ABE students still need to complete Grade 12. The rest are upgrading their skills, improving their grades, or getting pre-req-

uisites for future education, often business or trades programs. Most are mature students who have been out of school for a few years. Wayte says that due to the short timeline, CapU is unlikely to see a big increase in enrollment in September, but she expects a significant bump up in January. She also noted that many of the ABE courses have been converted to online, "so students can take either face-to-face or online now." This improves flexibility for people who are trying to fit education around work. ABE is not entirely free. There are application and registration fees, but the cost is now under $150 per semester. And seats are still available for the fall. Anyone interested in signing up should call Wayte at 604885-9310. Capilano does not offer

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two daughters aged two and seven. The change in leadership comes into effect November 1. Gerry Zipursky will be honoured for his contribution to the Gibsons Public Market during a tribute at the October 14 fundraiser gala. He will be joining the volunteer board of governors where he will continue to apply his talents to helping the society achieve its goals. Submitted

Colin Stansfield is moving from a job on Vancouver’s downtown eastside to take over as executive director of the Gibsons Public Market. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Increase expected in adult education English as a Second Language in Sechelt, but they do offer two programs—Community Adult Literacy and Learning, and Welcoming Communities—that provide basic skills and informal English language support. The programs have been in increasing demand due to an influx of new immigrants and Syrian refugee families on the Coast. Literacy Outreach Coordinator Sandy Middleton said that the reversal of ABE tuition fees is important to those programs because they are a stepping stone to ABE courses. "This decision ensures that our students will have access to the education they need to achieve their career, educational, and life goals. It ensures fair and equitable access to further education for the most vulnerable people in our community." Donna McMahon

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Airport expansion won’t be soon

PUBLIC NOTICE: Site C Inquiry Initiated The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) has initiated an inquiry into BC Hydro’s Site C project, as directed by the Provincial Government in Order-in-Council (OIC) 244 on August 2, 2017. The full scope of the inquiry is set out in the government’s terms of reference for the OIC, which is available online: http://www.bcuc.com/Sitecinquiry.html. The inquiry will be handled in two phases. In the first phase, the BCUC will gather information and produce a preliminary report. Those parties who would like to submit data and analysis to be considered for inclusion in the preliminary report are invited to submit that by no later than August 30, 2017. Data and analysis submitted during this first phase must be within the scope of the OIC. Opportunity for public comment on the preliminary report will be provided during the second phase of the review. Process details for the second phase will be provided once established.

GET MORE INFORMATION To find out more about how to file data and analysis on the questions above, please check our Site C website at: http://www.bcuc.com/Sitecinquiry.html. The BCUC will make arrangements with members of the public not able to access or submit information online. In these instances, please contact our office using the contact information below.

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The airport was back on Sechelt's agenda at an August 9 meeting of the finance, culture and economic development committee, after council decided to revisit the 2014 airport expansion business case. Doug Stewart, director of corporate and financial services, reviewed the 2014 report by InterVISTAS Consulting Group and presented recommendations. "I had some concerns with the report," noted Stewart. "It felt like the question for the consultant was: could we support expansion of an airport, versus the question of SHOULD we be considering expanding the airport? Is there a need for it?" Stewart suggested that Council refer the question of whether the Coast needs expanded air service to the new Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization (SCREDO). However, Stewart felt that even without an expansion, there are opportunities to lease more land at the airport. He noted that he had received an inquiry that morning from someone wanting to lease space for a hangar. Stewart recommended that staff get the area properly surveyed and develop leas-

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ing contracts and rates. In 2016, the airport earned $95,888 in revenues from sale of fuel, aircraft parking fees and lot leases, and incurred $125,479 in operating costs. The five-year financial forecast shows the airport running an increasing annual deficit which must be subsidized from property taxes. Committee members supported additional leasing opportunities but were distinctly skeptical about the business case for a costly expansion. Councillor Noel stated: "I do believe there's value in the airport and we should definitely do our best to try to extract that and build for the future but I don't see the airport in the next few years being a major capital priority for the district." Councillor Darnelda Siegers pointed out that the fixed link study, commissioned by the province, has still not been released. And Councillor Darren Inkster noted that airport expansion should be a regional project in cooperation with the SCRD and Gibsons, but "the other levels of government locally haven't jumped at the opportunity to help us fund and/or expand the airport."

Plans to extend the runway and improve airport facilities date back at least as far as the 1990's. In 2006, Mayor Cam Reid and council worked on an airport strategic plan with the goal of expansion. In 2010, under Mayor Darren Inkster, the District received approval for a $1 million grant from Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) for airport improvements. Unfortunately Sechelt was unable to find matching funding for the project, which was then estimated at just over $4 million. By 2014, thanks to changes in Transport Canada regulations, the cost of airport improvements had risen to $10.7 million. Although Mayor John Henderson and council launched an ambitious airport expansion project with a business case and marketing video, it never got off the runway. Currently a charter service is offered from the airport to Victoria and other locations by Fly! Coastal Air Taxi. Float planes operated by Harbour Air and Sunshine Coast Air (formerly Tofino Air) offer the only scheduled service to the coast, flying from Porpoise Bay. Donna McMahon

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An Update on the BC Ferries Langdale Terminal Development Plan Hello Sunshine Coast residents, I’m Mike, the Project Manager responsible for the Langdale Terminal Redevelopment project for BC Ferries. As we continue to move forward with this project, we want to keep you up to date on what’s happening. Please keep your eye out for my new monthly column with updates on the project and how things are moving forward. For this first update, I want to provide a bit of background on this development plan. In 2013, in order to improve the safety and efficiency of Langdale terminal, we developed a 25-year plan that lays the foundation for both short and longer term investments and improvements. As part of the development of this plan, we engaged with participants including Sunshine Coast customers, our employees, the local Ferry Advisory Committee and local, provincial and federal government agencies. We were happy to work with the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD), Town of Gibsons and District of Sechelt, who have been briefed on the proposed improvements and understand their importance in

supporting the economic vitality of the Sunshine Coast. Our major aim with this project is to address some key areas of improvement we see for the terminal. The plan will include improvements to safety and operations through simultaneous access for walk-on customers and vehicles, and more efficient vehicle exits from the berths and parking lots to customer service areas with improved amenities. It will also better align with our asset replacement timelines. Currently, we are in the process of engaging with the local First Nations to further our relationship and better understand the needs of all parties. This process started in February 2017 and we continue to communicate and facilitate the process. Our next step with the planning process is a rezoning application that we are moving forward with through the SCRD. We have four separate lots at our terminal that we are planning to rezone. In mid-September we anticipate hosting a community information session to discuss the rezoning application. After a successful first reading with the

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Planning and Development Committee in June, we anticipate a second reading in mid-October. Currently, we are working on a terminal improvement design that will be completed to a preliminary level by winter 2018. As with any construction project of this size and nature, there are a few outstanding considerations we need to better understand before completing the design process. We expect to be able to share the designs with you within the coming months, pending no significant site or design issues that require further investigation. Our current draft schedule has construction beginning at the terminal in early 2019. However, there are some

findings we are still working on that may affect this schedule as we continue to move forward with this development plan. This is common for projects of this scope and we are doing our best to address these items. If you are interested in following this project, please watch for these monthly updates in the local papers. We hope you find the information valuable and if you have any questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer relations team at customer.relations@bcferries.com. Thanks for reading, Mike


Coast Watch Garry Nohr Chair Sunshine Coast Regional District and Repesentative for Halfmoon Bay, Area B

August is when SCRD staff get an opportunity to do paperwork for upcoming projects and to complete those that have been ongoing. During August the board normally does not meet, and directors have time to work on local advocacy issues. In two areas, Howe Sound and Halfmoon Bay, the respective directors, Ian Winn and myself, are working on funding support for the citizens who are diligently fundraising to build their community halls. Both communities are looking at substantial costs to complete these projects. Directors in each area attend the local fairs, which gives them an opportunity to meet with constituents and discuss concerns. They can then plan solutions and, in many cases, pass on the information to the responsible authority in other levels of

Mayor’s Message Bruce Milne Mayor, District of Sechelt

The District will be engaging with the public on a number of important initiatives in the coming months. Please consider this your official invitation to be part of these processes. Sechelt is currently seeking input on adding criteria for residential care facilities to our Official Community Plan (OCP). An information and input page is available on Sechelt.ca, where you can review the staff reports, send in comments and see details on the consultation events. I encourage you to complete the questionnaire on the site or at the District office. The survey looks for your opinions on how supported living facilities (similar to portions of the Greenecourt development), assisted living and memory care facilities (similar to Christenson Village), long-term care facilities (similar to Shorncliffe Centre) and facilities that offer acute, hospice or palliative care should be developed in Sechelt. The focus of this consultation is not on whether facilities should be public or private, but on creating appropriate OCP designations for facili-

government. Local governments are also planning possible meetings at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference, which will take place in September, in Vancouver. As there is a new provincial government, it is important that local elected officials take this opportunity to meet each new minister and establish a rapport. Outstanding issues from the last government need to be brought forward to the new ministers, so that they understand the background and can then work with a new focus. In my case, I will be raising the ongoing request from the community for the 5:30pm ferry; you can help by sending me an e-mail explaining briefly why we need this ferry, and I will leave this information with the minister. I will also be seeking an opportunity to speak to the health minister about senior health care needs on the Coast. As soon as the agenda for UBCM comes out, I will inform you of the resolutions put forward by the different local governments. SCRD

board members have some queries for ministers and will be meeting in early September to discuss which of these to take forward and which directors will present them. On certain issues the SCRD will be requesting our MLA, Nicholas Simons, to help open doors for us. It is good to see some roads being paved on the Coast, as this was one of the concerns put forward by many local governments at the Association of Vancouver and Coastal Communities (AVICC), especially in rural areas. I will be speaking to this at UBCM, as it seems that funding is not sufficient for the local Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) staff to keep up with repairing road needs. A “well done” goes to those firefighters on the Coast who assisted in fighting the wildfires in the interior. This should make us all more diligent to prevent the same disaster from happening here. Please contact me at 604741-2427 or e-mail me at garry.nohr@scrd.ca if you wish to discuss SCRD programs or plans.

ties to help ensure new developments have the best fit with our existing and future community development. This will allow the District to move forward with consideration of the Trellis Silverstone care facility application. An Open House and E-Town Hall on the proposed OCP amendment will be held on September 7. Watch for a Community Update newsletter in the first issue of The Local in September for more background and to learn about the range of ways you can provide your input. Public outreach on the development of our Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) will be in full force throughout September. The ICSP is an update of the District’s 2007 Visioning process, which guided development of our Official Community Plan. It will reinforce the foundation for decision making that can addresses our current situation and the impacts on our community’s future. Sechelt’s ICSP will set objectives for the environmental, social, cultural and economic dimensions that our community wants, using long-term thinking, integration and collaboration. Working with our community to define these core community values will allow you to be part of the decision making processes. Our ISCP steering committee and development

consultant will be setting up a number of opportunities for community residents and groups to get involved with the creation of this cornerstone document. Again, visit Sechelt.ca for more details on how you can be involved. In May 2017 Council adopted a 2017 to 2021 Financial Plan for the District with specific emphasis on increasing the funds available for maintenance of our capital assets. Work has already begun on the preparation of the 2018 to 2022 version of this plan. In the upcoming months the District will be actively seeking input from individuals and community groups. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunities provided to let us know what issues important to you, your group or your neighbourhood need to be addressed in the financial plan. Discussion about Plan development is scheduled for the agenda of the September 13 Finance, Culture and Economic Development Committee meeting and the public is welcome to attend and to learn more about the opportunities for input. Public consultation on the updating of Sechelt’s Zoning Bylaw is being planned for October, with details to be announced shortly. Council looks forward to receiving input from our residents on these issues.

Imagine there’s a country... Can you Imagine-a-Nation? The Sunshine Coast Arts Council can. On Thursday, August 24 from 10am3:30pm, kids aged 7-11 can enjoy one of the last days before school by joining us at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt.

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cost is $20 for all day. Bring a lunch and snack. To sign up, fill out the form on our website: http://sunshinecoastartscouncil.com/imagine-anation/, call 604-885-5412, or email info@sunshinecoastartscouncil.com. Submitted

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Back in Time Eva MillerHanneman

Museum Assistant, Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives

Did you know that the first hospital on the Sunshine Coast was located in Garden Bay? For many residents, St. Mary’s Hospital was the location of many important life events. It was also a signifi-

cant milestone in the history of the Sunshine Coast, but getting a community hospital wasn’t easy. In the early 1900s, the Columbia Coast Mission provided medical care to remote Sunshine Coast communities by boat. Many of those requiring medical assistance were located in isolated logging or fishing camps and it was these communities that

pushed for a hospital. As the Mission ships did not have the resources for serious medical care, injured workers requiring hospitalization would have to be brought to Irvine’s Landing where they would wait for the next steamship to Vancouver. On August 16, 1930, St. Mary’s Hospital opened in Garden Bay. The need for a hospital was met through

St.Mary’s Hospital in Garden Bay is seen on the day of its dedication, Aug.16, 1930. SCMA PHOTO

Books & Beyond Heather Evans-Cullen

Outreach Coordinator, Gibsons and District Public Library

The library has been bustling this summer with a diverse array of programs for young people. Books were vibrating with music beats at our tween dance during which summer program participants showed off the DJ skills they had learned with instructor and professional DJ Henry Telfer. The creative minds camps have had kids learning everything from using 3D printers to making stop animation films – the library is a creative gathering space where there is always something for everyone. There is always access to our computers, new chromebooks and new digital printer, as well as programs and

community collaboration with the Columbia Coast Mission and St. Mary’s Anglican Church. It was a simple twostorey building with 12 beds, one doctor, two nurses, and two other staff. The hospital was truly a community effort: not only was the land donated, numerous community members donated labour, materials, and time to build the facility. Although convenient for camp workers, the hospital location proved difficult for many residents as there was no road access to Garden Bay until 1936. By the 1960s, the lower Sunshine Coast communities had grown significantly, increasing the demand for hospital services. The coast was quickly outgrowing the small hospital and the need for a more centrally located hospital was recognized. St. Mary’s Hospital relocated to Sechelt in 1964, on 11.2 acres of land generously donated by the shíshálh Nation. Since then, it has continued to grow and change. In 2015 the hospital’s name was changed from St. Mary’s Hospital to Sechelt Hospital in the spirit of reconciliation and to honour the nation for their generosity.

Without the community efforts of early Sunshine Coast residents, we wouldn’t have the access to medical services that we do today. It was the result of this dedicated effort that demonstrates the power

of community in implementing change. Visit the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives Facebook page to share your stories about St. Mary’s/Sechelt Hospital.

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are many ways the library can assist you. Of the many amazing databases you have free access to with your library card, Mango languages is one of the most fun to use. You can learn conversational skills in any language, at any level with helpful voice playback features to ensure your pronunciation is correct. Regular weekly conversational groups at the library in Japanese, Spanish and French are also a great way to start learning a new language, or to keep up existing skills. Our skilled and knowledgeable library staff are always here to help you find the resources and programs you need and want. For further information on any of our services or programs, call (604) 886-2130 or check out our website www.gibsons. bclibrary.ca See you at the library.

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Events on the Sunshine Coast August 17 RCMP community appreciation BBQ, with public safety groups, kids crafts, hot dogs and refreshments, behind the detachment, Sechelt, noon-3pm, presentation by Bill Good and RCMP at 2pm, free August 17 Fiddleworks Camp gala concert, Roberts Creek Hall, 7pm, $5 or $15 per family August 17-20 35th Annual Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Rockwood Gardens, Sechelt, writersfestival.ca August 18 Charlotte Wrinch plays while you shop, Gibsons Public Market, 12:30-2pm August 18 Nine, dine and dance, SC Golf and Country Club, Roberts Creek, golf at 4:30pm, dine at 7pm, dance on the clubhouse deck with Creek Big Band, members $33, non-members $48 or dinner and dance only $33 August 18 Music in the Landing presents Celso Machado, gazebo on Gibsons wharf, 7-8pm August 18-20 The Power of Paint exhibition with 11 artists, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, Fri. opening reception 5-9pm, with music by Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm, free August 18-20 Annual Pender Harbour chamber music festival, School of Music, Madeira Park, penderharbourmusic.ca August 19 Historical walking tour of Lower Gibsons with Dale Peterson, Pioneer Park, 10am, by donation August 19 Music in the Landing presents Bellows and Bows with Anna Lumiere & Noah Ord, Pioneer Square, 11am-1pm August 19 Sechelt Summer Music presents Charlotte Wrinch & Celso Machado, and The Organics, library lawn, Sechelt, noon-2pm August 19 Music in the Landing presents Bonar Harris, below the “pink house”, 1:30-3:30pm August 19 Repair cafe, Maker volunteers repair small appliances or instruments, Gibsons Public Library, 12:30-4:30pm, free August 19 Beer Farm Fest, with music, food and beer garden, Brothers Park (rec centre), Gibsons, 5-11pm, $15, eventbrite.ca August 19 Music in The Landing presents the Walter Martella Band, Winegarden Park, 7-8:45pm August 19 Monty Montego, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 8pm, $10 August 19 Trudi Diening and Miles Black, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 8pm, $20, share-there.com August 19 Jim Foster Band, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10

August 19-20 Arts and crafts fair, Hackett Park, Sechelt, Sat.10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm, $3 August 19-20 Greg Willy and Steve Band, Garden Bay Pub, Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm and 8pm August 20 Historical walking tour of Lower Gibsons with Dale Peterson, Pioneer Park, 10am, by donation August 20 5-dollar 5K run or walk, PaceSetter Athletic, Gibsons, 10am, $5 August 20 Music in the Landing presents John ‘Ten Bear’ Thompson, sun dial stage, 11am-1pm August 20 Dragonfly walk with local experts Rand Rudland and Tony Greenfield, Botanical Garden, West Sechelt, 1pm, by donation August 20 Slow Sundays in the Creek features Bellows and Bows with Anna Lumiere & Noah Ord, and “fun and fabulous rising stars”, behind the library, Roberts Creek, 2-3:30pm, open mic at noon August 20 Ron Campbell, Persephone Brewery, Gibsons, 2-4pm August 20 Tough Kegger race, 7k carrying a 20-litre keg, Persephone Brewery, 2-7pm, Gibsons, $225 team of four, eventbrite.ca August 20 The Dawn, Filipino rock band, Roberts Creek Hall, 7pm, $40, 604-741-7880 August 21 Viewing of solar eclipse with solar scopes, Davis Bay, 8am, www.coastastronomy.ca August 25 Argentine tango singer María Volonté and California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 8pm, $20 August 25-27 Rogue arts festival, 1802 Tyson Rd., Sechelt, Fri. 5-11pm, Sat. 10am-11pm, Sun. 10am-5pm, weekend $50 adults, $30 senior/student, daily $35 adults, $25 senior/student, roguefest. ca August 26 SC Rod & Gun Club family day, 4384 Parkway Dr. (off Field Rd.) Wilson Creek, 10am-2pm, under 14 must be accompanied by adult, bring non-perishable item for the food bank August 26 Sechelt Summer Music presents The Jazz Group of Seven and Wanda Nowicki Quartet, library lawn, Sechelt, noon-2pm August 26 The great British car boot sale and tea, fundraiser for Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 1-4pm August 26 Reception for opening of exhibition of drawings by R.B. Wainwright, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 2-4pm August 26 Summer reading club wrap-up celebration, Gibsons Public Library, 2-4pm

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Art Review Anna Nobile Freelance Creative Writer, Arts & Culture

The Festival of the Written Arts opens its 35th anniversary year this weekend, running at the Rockwood Centre in Sechelt August

17-20. The ever popular festival has already sold out of passes and a few events, but there is still plenty on offer for those looking to discover new writing. Halfmoon Bay’s Robert Moor will be at the Festival on Sunday. His book On Trails has been garnering good reviews since it came

out last year. His book is part travelogue, as he shares his stories of having hiked various trails, and part meditation as he asks why trails exist, why they are located where they are and examines why they are so important to all creatures that walk the earth. Examining a journey of a different sort is journalist Sandra Martin whose latest book, A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices, won BC’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Martin’s timely book traces the history of the right to die movement globally, examining all the hard legal and ethical questions and responsibilities that come with assisted

Halfmoon Bay writer Robert Moor will appear at the Festival of Written Arts to talk about his book “On Trails”. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Music in the Landing GIBSONS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 7:00pm - 8:00pm

‘Celso Machado’

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 7:00pm - 8:45pm Winegarden Waterfront Park

Gazebo on Gibsons Wharf

Walter Martella Band with

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Gower Pt Rd below the Pink House

Bonar Harris - singer/songwriter

Anna Lumiere and Noah Ord

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 11:00am - 1:00pm

Sun Dial Stage, next to Gibsons Sunday Market

John Thompson

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WorkHub back in business Almost exactly a year after being flooded out, the Gibsons FUSE Community Work Hub will re-open in September, with an infusion of new enthusiasm from two new managing co-directors. FUSE WorkHub in Gibsons was born when Mark and Sheila Cameron saw the co-working space started by the Art Farm and Community Futures in Sechelt in 2013, and wanted to do something similar in Gibsons. When the Sechelt FUSE project ended in 2015, the Camerons bought a commercial space in lower Gibsons, took over the FUSE furniture and branding, and opened in May 2015. A little over a year later, as the WorkHub was steadily gaining momentum, disaster struck. The building's gutters plugged up during a downpour on September 2, 2016, flooding all the units. FUSE had to close for a complete renovation. "It was discouraging," admits Mark Cameron. "We lost a year." Although the Camerons are still passionate about the FUSE vision, they have other projects underway, so they were delighted to find two new partners willing to manage day-to-day operations. Jennifer McRae, who relocated here from Vancouver last year, is a community development professional with a track record of producing

more than 50 original events and community engagement initiatives in the last eight years. Altaira Northe, newly arrived from Toronto, is a writing coach and ultra-marathon runner. For the past three years, Northe hosted CreativeMornings Toronto, a free, monthly breakfast lecture series for creative people. The renovated FUSE workspace will have 18-20 workspaces available on a full time,

part-time or drop-in basis. As before, the space has a small kitchen, a meeting room that seats six people, a patio with an ocean view, proximity to coffee shops and restaurants, and lots of friendly collaborative energy. A "soft opening" is scheduled for Sept. 5. Anyone interested in using the space should contact the Workhub via their website, fuseworkhub.ca or info@fuseworkhub. ca. Donna McMahon

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Exploring the Salish Sea

Hailing from the colorful and gritty La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Blue Tango Project is a groundbreaking exploration of the emotional and musical crossroads where tango and the blues embrace. It is a collaboration between Argentine Latin Grammy nominee María Volonté and California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer.

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“This Living Salish Sea”, a new film by Coast filmmaker, artist and diver, Sarama will be shown on Sat., August 26 at the PH Music School in Madeira Park. Two screenings are scheduled at 3pm and 7pm. The screening is sponsored by the Lagoon Society and Sustainable Coast BC magazine. The varied and rich diversity of the Salish Sea and

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the coast. A discussion with the filmaker Sarama and Michael Jackson, executive director of the Lagoon Society, will follow the screening. Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $10. Reservations can be made by calling the Earth Faire Store at 883-9006. Reserved seats will be held until 15 minutes before screening. Submitted

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this eclipse season. Drawing upon existing skills but at a higher and more productive level is indicated. Financial interests are featured and this could prove to bring in more money. Your talents and skills will be exercised, increased and improved in the process. Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Projects that have been brewing for some time, perhaps even years, will come to the surface as a consequence of this eclipse season. A new wave of creative expression may become the new norm in your life. The scope and quality of your lifestyle linked to your most intimate relationships, both romantic and professional are part of this exciting plot.

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Tip of the Week: The countdown has begun. It is just a few days from the powerful and historic Total Solar Eclipse which takes place on August 21st at 11:30 am PDT & 2:30 pm EDT and at 28 Leo 53. What makes it so noteworthy is that its path traverses the United States from the Southeast to the Northwest. As well, it will have a direct effect on the chart of President Donald Trump. Specifically, it will form a conjunction to his Natal Mars and Ascendant in Leo which will have the effect of adding fuel to his already blazing mode of self-expression. Generally, if the eclipse comes close to a planet or angle in your Natal or Progressed charts, then you will experience the impact of this event in a very noticeable way. As well, its effects can continue strongly for up to six months, but usually, what is destined to occur will begin prior to the next New Moon which is on September 7th. On a fi-

nal note, here, because this eclipse occurs at the late degrees of Leo, its impact will affect both the Leo/Aquarius axis and the Virgo/Pisces axis. This week’s Horoscope will shed light on the effects on each sign in General and includes the in�luences of the Lunar Eclipse on August 7, as well. Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19) Something special will be activated in your life by this eclipse. Call it a birth. It could be a literal birth as in a pregnancy or the actual birth of a child. However, it could also manifest as the emergence of a new creative interest or talent. Either way, it is destined to bring focus to what makes you special and will have a measurable effect on your lifestyle. Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Home and family, love relationships and lifestyle, in general, will undergo changes due to this eclipse. These will become public and noticeable to others. In some respects, you will invite this, but in others, you may feel uncomfortable with the attention. It will push you to dig deep and make room, such as renovations or moves, for what is coming in.

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