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Sunshine Coast, British Columbia • • Thursday, December 14, 2017 Read To Live Longer Page 8

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Christmas is the concert season, with an explosion of performances by singers, bands and choirs. Katherine Penfold, above, packed St. Bart’s Anglican Church Dec.10 with her gentle jazz take on Christmas songs, including tunes from her new cd “Take Christmas With You”. Penfold, who recently moved to the Sunshine Coast, was backed by Miles Black on piano and guitar, Jodi Proznick on bass, Joel Fountain on drums and Vince Mai and Karen Graves on the horns. The show was presented by the Sunshine Coast Jazz and Entertainment Society. Meanwhile there are lots of Christmas concerts in the coming week, including sing-alongs with choirs. See Events, page 15. LINDYN WILLIAMS PHOTO

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BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project Public Comments Invited December 4, 2017 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project, located near Squamish, British Columbia. The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the Comprehensive Study Report, a document that includes the Agency’s analysis and findings on whether the proposed project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects taking into account the implementation of mitigation measures. All comments received will be considered public. Written comments in either official language must be submitted by January 22, 2018 to: BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 410-701 West Georgia Street Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1C6 Telephone: 604-666-2431 Email: To view the Comprehensive Study Report, visit the Agency’s website at, Registry reference number 54754. Printed copies are available upon request and may be viewed at the following locations. Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Vancouver, B.C. Viewing by appointment only Telephone: 604-666-2431

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The study of the feasibility of a fixed link between the Sunshine Coast and the rest of Lower Mainland has been completed. The study concludes that a fixed-link crossing would have considerable technical and financial challenges. Therefore, the Province will not be proceeding with a fixed link. The study narrowed the list of independent options to two bridge-link crossings and two road-link crossings connecting the upper and lower halves of the Sunshine Coast. The options range in estimated value from $2.1 billion to $4.4 billion.

Each of the options presents serious challenges, including steep rocky areas, mountain passes and deep water channels, which would result in very high construction costs. As well, none of the options completely eliminates the need for ferry travel. From a financial feasibility perspective, the benefit-cost analysis was minimal for two bridge options, and there was no measurable benefit for the two road-link options. The significant costs, moderate-to-low traveller volumes and increase in safety risks (road travel compared to ferry travel) contributed to

these results. The study was completed by R.F. Binnie and Associates and explored the technical and financial feasibility of potential fixed-link bridge and road crossings connecting the Sunshine Coast with the rest of the Lower Mainland. The study conducted public and stakeholder information sessions with local communities and special interest groups, regional districts, the local Island Trust, chambers of commerce and local First Nations. Read the Sunshine Coast Fixed Link Study final report online: Submitted

Squamish Public Library 37907 Second Avenue Squamish, B.C. As a next step, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change will consider the Comprehensive Study Report, along with comments received from the public and Indigenous groups and decide whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The Proposed Project BURNCO Rock Products Ltd. is proposing the construction and operation of a new sand and gravel mine located on the northwest shore of Howe Sound, approximately 22 kilometres southwest of Squamish, British Columbia. The mine's production capacity would be up to 1.6 million tons of sand and gravel per year, over an expected mine life of about 16 years.

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Sechelt expands video record ally happens at committee because there is a lot of substantive discussion at committee on a number of issues that are missed by the public if they don't make it." Councillor Doug Wright noted: "Our committee meetings are held in the middle of the day... and so it's very difficult for people, if they have a full time job, to attend those committee meetings." The motion passed, but Siegers' subsequent motion to record the public question and answer periods after the adjournment of meetings was postponed for further discussion. Council agreed to expand that discussion to a review of the procedures bylaw, which

does not currently mention videotaping. Both the SCRD and the Town of Gibsons make audio recordings of their meetings, but they are not posted online. To get a copy, the SCRD requires a Freedom of Information request in writing. Requests to Gibsons go through the Corporate Officer, and copies are provided on CD at a cost of $10. Both the Town and the SCRD delete audio recordings three months after the adoption of the relevant minutes. Gibsons council meetings are filmed by the Alliance of Gibsons Businesses which posts them to its YouTube channel. Donna McMahon

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District of Sechelt committee meetings will be filmed and streamed to YouTube in 2018, after a motion by Councillor Darnelda Siegers was supported by council on Dec. 6. Sechelt currently films council meetings only. Committee meetings are audio recorded and the audio files are posted on the District's website. In her written notice of motion, Councillor Siegers stated: "Currently, new agenda items are presented first at committee meetings where the committee members discuss and deliberate on them. Many of the items are then routinely adopted at a council meeting without discussion. For members of the public, unless in attendance at the afternoon committee meetings, no rationale or background for decisions is available or provided." She noted that the new video recordings would require some additional staff time, but the cost of the additional service would be minimal since the equipment is already in place. Councillor Noel Muller supported the motion. "This council has set one of our guiding principles is to run a transparent government... This improves the transparency and it definitely fills a gap," he said. Councillor Darren Inkster also spoke in support as it would "give more people an opportunity to see what actu-

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Editorial Opinion The festive fire season With the holiday upon us, your mouth may be watering at the thought of turkey, apple pie and mashed potatoes. The season is usually accompanied by a variety of good foods, but it's also too often marred by tragedy in the form of kitchen fires. The Canada Safety Council is reminding all Canadians to be extremely careful in the kitchen. Cooking is the lead cause of home fires in Canada, and the holiday season tends to bring with it a significant amount more of baking, cooking, braising and general oven use. It's important when discussing this topic to make the first point abundantly clear: never leave food unattended on the stove. It doesn't matter if it's just for a minute, or for a quick phone call, or for a knock on the door, or even being caught up with children. Cooking requires your full attention because a fire can be sparked very quickly and spread even quicker. Be proactive and watch your food so in the event of an unexpected fire, you're able to act quickly and decisively before it escalates. Here are some tips on how to handle a fire, should one occur: • If at any time you feel endangered or unable to control the fire, call the fire department and evacuate the house. Make sure your family knows the fire escape route and they're able to get out safely. • In the event of a fire in your oven or microwave, close the door and turn it off. The lack of oxygen will eventually smother the flames and prevent them from feeding and growing. • Similarly, if your fire happens in a pan, use the oven mitt to clap on the lid then remove the pan from the heat source. It, too, should fizzle out due to lack of oxygen. If you don't have a lid for it or are unable to put it on safely, use a fire extinguisher and aim at the base of the fire. • Grease fires can be especially treacherous. Never use water to try and put one out, as the grease will get repelled and risk spreading the fire further. Instead, use baking soda or salt (but never flour,) and use a large wet cloth to smother the fire. • Never swat at or blow on a fire. Kitchen fires don't necessarily behave like birthday candles - the air movement is far more likely to spread the fire than it is to put it out. The Canada Safety Council wishes you a very pleasant and safe holiday season, completely devoid of injury and disaster but instead filled with love and good memories. Submitted



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Letters to the Editor – Opinions NDP betrayal? (Addressed to Health Minister Adrian Dix and copied to the Local) As the group that has spearheaded opposition to Vancouver Coastal Health’s (VCH) contract with Trellis Seniors Services, we at Protect Public Health Care – Sunshine Coast urge you to safeguard the future of quality care in our community. It has now been 18 months since Vancouver Coastal Health announced its intention to close Totem Lodge and Shorncliffe and replace them with a private for-profit facility in West Sechelt – a decision made without consultation with local stakeholders. It was in response to this high-handed treatment by the health authority that our coalition was founded. Since our formation in September 2016, we have led a number of highly successful actions, including a petition campaign that garnered over 10,000 signatures. The message of that campaign was clear: private, for-profit ownership of senior care is not welcome on the Sunshine Coast. The NDP-Green coalition has now been in power for almost five months. While we appreciate that the implementation of new policies is a complex and cumbersome process, we are dismayed by developments so far. The exclusion of stakeholders from the decision making process continues. Worse, there are strong indications that your Ministry is negotiating with Vancouver Coastal Health and Trellis about establishing a public-private partnership. To state our position categorically, public-private partnership is just another name for privatization. As a wealth of research confirms, when the profit motive is introduced into senior care, it’s the patients who suffer. Our community

has spoken clearly in favour of public care and will regard the continued involvement of Trellis as a betrayal of our interests. Wendy Hunt, Chair, Protect Public Health – Sunshine Coast

Time to consult (Addressed to Health Minister Adrian Dix and copied to the Local) I am concerned that the public will come up short if Public/Private Paternership is the route the NDP government takes to “solve” our shortage of long term care beds. We understand that the Ministry of Health is meeting with VCH and Trellis to come up with a contract that will be acceptable to Trellis and keep the construction costs off the government’s books. I would like to remind you that 10,000 people signed the petition which our coalition delivered to the Health minister in March, they clearly did not want to see seniors intermediate care in the hands of the private sector. And they were angry that decisions were made behind closed doors and in secret. VCH recently met with staff working in Shorncliffe and Totem Lodge. They were told that a facility will be built, VCH is not waiting for OCP approvals and the land issues are up to Trellis. It is a matter of public record that Trellis has approached the Town of Gibsons which has responded favourably to the facility being located on the land known as the Christenson property. While VCH has not commented except to say they are “doing their due diligence” this is not an acceptable solution to the thousands of citizens living in Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay and Pender Harbour. VCH also said that the renovations to the second floor of the original hospital would start soon. When

completed this will create a 13-bed overflow unit, if the funds can be found to operate it. During the meeting staff were brought up to date on the additions to health care infrastructure and the resources that are being put into the community including more nurses and home care workers. This initiative is needed and appreciated. It is time our newly formed ministry consulted with the people of the Sunshine Coast rather than trying to make a deal with the players from another time who thought they knew what was best for us. Michelle Chapman, Roberts Creek

Where thanks is due Thanks for your coverage of the very successful Elves Telethon and the Crash the Coast boot drive. When you mentioned the commitment made to the boot drive by the firefighters, unfortunately several other emergency volunteers were left out. I would like to extend that thank you to the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue groups from Halfmoon Bay and Gibsons, along with the Sunshine Coast Ground Search and Rescue group. Along with the firefighters from Gibsons, Robert's Creek, Sechelt and Egmont, these community volunteers gave up their Saturday to stand out in the rain and collect funds for the people who need a little extra help. They all deserve our recognition, and our thanks. Steve Sleep, Coast TV, Crash the Coast organizer

Slash and burn (Re “Suzuki’s children”, letters, the Local, Dec. 7) I do not know what offended me about the letter regarding Suzuki's children, but it did. I particularly thought the identification of one on his children by name was not necessary.

If Mr. Donenfeld felt it necessary to condemn Suzuki's parenting perogative, perhaps he could have done it in a more academic/political fashion. It seems that the "social media" philosophy of slash and burn is here. Too bad. Polly Powley, Gibsons

It’s a logging company When I think of irony, two stories come to my mind. A beautiful marsh which had many red-wing blackbirds. Developers built a big complex with many houses and called it Redwing Estates. Naturally, in order to build, they destroyed the natural environment and by the time they had built the first house there were no red-wings in the area. The same with a golf course called Sage Mesa. The area was full of sage trees natural to the area, so they kept the name and killed off most of the trees. On the Sunshine Coast we have the Sunshine Coast Community Forest, that won't listen to the community and is clear cutting the forest as quickly as possible. I am suggesting that they change their name to Sunshine Coast Timbers or S.C. Logging Company. Jack Stein, Gibsons

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New shelter by Christmas Sechelt council has denied a request by BC Housing to lease a property at the corner of Ebbtide Street and Trail Avenue for use as a temporary homeless shelter, but they have given first reading to a bylaw that will allow a shelter to open at 5653 Wharf Avenue (the Upper Deck Hostel). The zoning amendment will go to a public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 19, (7pm, district hall) and the next day council will consider second and third readings and adoption, which would allow the temporary homeless shelter to open in time for Christmas. (The delay between first and second readings of the bylaw is necessary to give the minimum required notice for the public hearing.) The decision to deny the Ebbtide Street site was made by Council in a closed meeting on Nov. 15 and released to the public in their Dec. 6 council agenda package. BC Housing held a public information meeting on the Upper Deck proposal on Dec. 4 at the Sechelt Legion. In marked contrast to the public meetings about the Ebbtide location, the major-

ity of people who spoke at this meeting favoured the proposal. In fact, several speakers urged Sechelt council to move faster to open the shelter. An online petition started by Eleonora Molnar collected over 2,500 signatures requesting that council to "declare a state of emergency on homelessness or issue a temporary use permit and open the Upper Deck shelter location immediately." However, at its regular meeting on Dec. 6, council defended their decision to follow the proper bylaw process. Councillor Noel Muller said: "Of course we've heard from the community in terms of the need. We know that the need is there. This allows us to do it in a way that works with our procedures." "We can't in fact move any quicker, and I think the community needs to know that," said Councillor Darren Inkster. In response to a question from Councillor Alice Lutes, Corporate Officer Joanne Frank noted that if for some reason adoption of the bylaw had to be deferred on Dec.

20, council could still allow the shelter to open because "council is not legally bound to enforce its bylaws, especially if there's a policy decision not to do so." In a comment posted to the petition webpage on Dec. 6, Eleonora Molnar thanked community members for their support of the Upper Deck shelter location, but added: "It's a terrible shame that the homeless have to wait 15 more days for zoning amendments so that they can sleep in a bed. I wish the new shelter could be open right now." The District of Sechelt staff report on the bylaw noted that the Upper Deck's second floor location is not wheelchair accessible and recommended that BC Housing be given two years to put in an elevator and an accessible washroom. At the end of two years, BCH could apply for building permit extensions if they have not completed the work. Their lease with the Upper Deck is for 29 months. Councillor Darnelda Siegers thanked Tanya Hall (owner of the Upper Deck Hostel) for offering her property. Donna McMahon


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UPCOMING COUNCIL ANDCouncil COMMITTEE MEETINGS all meetings held in the council meetings and Committee Meetings (all meetings Much of the Sunshine Coast has been enveloped in fog for much of the past week, but Gibsons has avoided it most of the time. Here, in a photo taken from Soames Hill, Gibsons harbour can be seen at the right – with a thick fog bank remaining just offshore. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

Body found On Dec. 6, at approximately 7:30 am, Sunshine Coast RCMP were notified by Madeira Park Fire Department of a boat on fire off of Francis Peninsula in Pender Harbour. Once the fire was put out, a body was located inside the derelict boat. No foul play is suspected. Investigation is on-going, but the fire could have been the result of unsafe wiring in an attempt by the boat resident to stay warm. No further information will be released pending the notification to the deceased’s next of kin. Submitted by RCMP

A Christmas lesson On Dec. 5, Sunshine Coast RCMP reported: Teens lacking in Christmas spirit commit mischief. Just after midnight on Dec. 3, six teens were caught on security video damaging a large Christmas decoration at the Gibsons Marina in the 600 block of Prowse Road, Gibsons. The teens are seen exiting a Mazda 6, taking photos of themselves and trying to pull down the approximately 20-foot-tall Christmas tree that is made out of Christmas lights. A number of the light strings were pulled down and many of the bulbs were broken on the ground. The teens are then seen getting back into the four-door silver or grey Mazda 6 that is described as having a sunroof, spoiler, an "N" on the back and possibly

after-market rims. Police are attempting to identify the teens. Anyone with any information about this mischief is asked to contact RCMP, reference file 2017-8049. And then on Dec. 7: Christmas lights back on again. Sunshine Coast RCMP are pleased to report that all the youths involved in the mischief to the Christmas lights at Gibson's Marina have been identified. The youths have come forward and are working together with the complainant to resolve the issue and take responsibility. Submitted by RCMP

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5797 Cowrie ) unless otherwise stated) Planning & • Special Council Meeting, December 20, 2017 at 9am community Visit for more • Regular Council Meetings - December 20, 2017 at 7pm & January 17,information 2018 at 7pm Development Regular Council meetings are live-streamed to Videosprograms of past meetings and are onYouTube. District news, and services, committee available for viewing on the District’s YouTube Channel at including: 1pm, AprilWorks, 22, Parks & Environment Committee, • Public December 20, 2017 at 1pm

• Planning & Community Development Committee, December 20, 2017 at 2pm Public Works, Parks • NEW - Committee of the Whole Meeting, May 8, 1pm Development Committee, January 10 & 17, 2018 at 1pm • Finance, Culture & Economic Council will meet in a less formal and structured manner to & environment The 2018 schedule of Council and meetings is now available onthe hearCommittee and consider presentations that foster economic, social committee,

and –environmental well-being our community. will be 2:30pm,PET April 22 ONLINE LICENSING FOR 2018 It’s time to renew your petoflicense! Having an This up-to-date (or later, depending on furry friend an incubator for new ideas, governance, and policy that is in dog license means your can be home safe and happy much sooner than without. the length of the Both renewals and new licenses line can with be completed online at goals. Ownersmeetings can opt to pick Council’s strategic Committee will be previous meeting) up their pet’s tag at the District Office, or have it delivered by Canada Post. Pet owners aged 65 scheduled on the first Wednesday of every other month, starting and over receive a 50% discount on pet license fees. in May, 2015. To apply to present, email Finance, culture WALKWAY SNOW REMOVAL – Owners of all properties (including commercial and residential) in District of Sechelt are reminded the requirement to remove and ice from sidewalks & the economic • All areofencouraged to participate insnow the Public Engagement/ and walkways adjacent to their properties as soon as weather conditions permit. District Development information Meetings on Municipal Regulation of Medical crews are responsible for clearing walking areas adjacent to District buildings and facilities. We Production and Distribution in Sechelt Tuesday, committee, appreciate the assistance of the Marihuana public in keeping pedestrian routes safely passable during the April 21, Seaside Centre, 2pm (and repeated at) 7:30pm winter months. 1pm, May 13

DISTRICT OFFICE CLOSURE – HOLIDAY SEASON The District Office will close atInput 4:30pm December on on theFriday, direction of municipal regulation on these issues 22, 2017 and re-open at 8:30am onTuesday, January 2, welcomed. 2018. The closure impacts officeisstaff only; staffProposed in Public Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 25266 regarding Works, Parks and the RCMP Detachment are not medical marihuana production facilities will impacted. Urgent situations related to DistrictPlan to attend one or both meetings. For more be reviewed. operations or facilities should beinformation directed to or theto submit written comments, visit afterhours/emergency telephone line at 1.866.951.7450. FreeofCulture WorshopaApril Sunshine Coast The Council and staff of the District Sechelt Days wish everyone safe 30, and4:30pm happy holiday season. Arts Centre

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Roberts Creek logging to proceed The "Chanterelle Forest" in Roberts Creek is still slated to be logged by the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF), after the failure of last minute political talks with the province aimed at preserving the cutblock. Sechelt council held a special committee of the whole meeting on Dec. 6 to discuss the cut, which has been strongly opposed by Elphinstone Log-

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On Dec. 5, police responded to a report of illegal poaching of firewood up a forest service road off Lockyer Road, Roberts Creek, after a witness noticed a pick up truck and two males loading freshly chopped Douglas fir firewood into the back. Police spoke with the males who explained the tree had already been on the ground when they came across it. The males were advised that they were not allowed to take any wood from the forest without the proper permits, and instructed to remove the chopped wood from their vehicle. The matter has been referred to the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. Submitted by RCMP

ging Focus (ELF). Dave Lasser, SCCF operations manager, gave a detailed presentation on the logging plans for cutblock EW28. He responded to specific issues raised by ELF by saying that Chanterelle mushrooms are "abundant and plentiful" on the Coast, and that the area is not a "critical winter range" for Roosevelt elk, nor are there any red-legged frogs in the block. City of Powell River Councillor Russell Brewer, who is a registered professional forester who has worked with BC Timber Sales, explained what would happen if SCCF

did not log the block. Because a cutting permit for the block has been issued, SCCF would have to pay stumpage to the province on the whole block, including any unharvested timber. And then the block would be cut anyway. "If there was an undercut at the end of the five-year period... Sechelt Community Forest wouldn't be able to carry that over. That would then be made available in all likelihood as a direct award to a First Nation. And secondly... it would be made available through a competitive process to anyone else who might want that volume,"

Exchanging an old wood stove for a cleaner-burning model is good, but exchanging it for electric, gas, propane, or pellet-heating is even better under the wood stove exchange program. This winter, the program will provide a total of $195,500 to 15 BC communities, including the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast Clean Air Society (SCCAS) is hoping to provide: • two vouchers at $650 for residents of Sechelt converting to a heat pump. • 16 vouchers at $400 to any Sunshine Coast resident converting to gas, electric

baseboards or a heat pump • Seven vouchers at $250 each for rural residents of the Sunshine Coast, living further than 100m from any neighbour, upgrading to wood stoves emitting less than 2.0g/h of particulate matter as will be required in 2020. In the past eight years, the SCCAS has issued grants to 331 homeowners on the Sunshine Coast to retire old wood stoves, in connection with the BC Lung Association, with funds from the provincial environment ministry. For further information, please contact woodstoveexchange@cleanaironthecoast. com. Submitted

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said Brewer. MLA Nicholas Simons was unable to attend the meeting when his flight was cancelled due to fog, so Mayor Bruce Milne spoke on his behalf at the end of the meeting. "Nicholas Simons, our MLA, and others have done a lot of work in the last three or four weeks to take seriously the concerns raised by members of the community and by the media in editorials," said Milne. Milne reported that Simons met with both the ministry of the environment and the ministry of forests, lands and natural resources operations, but the ministries

did not support the idea of deferring logging. "If it's not logged in this cut, it will be put forward for others," said Milne. "It's considered by the minister [of forests] as part of the working forest and a delay would not really have the effect that we have in mind." Milne also reported on a three way call between himself, Simons and Chief Warren Paull of the Sechelt Nation where the shíshálh stated clearly their support for the cut. "If in fact the community forest releases or somehow doesn't move into some of those areas, the band is ready to and anxious to," said Milne.

Milne concluded: "a number of people did give this a lot of consideration to try and see what the options were, and our MLA in particular worked overtime." However, Milne held out the cautious hope that a long overdue land use plan for the Sunshine Coast may be on the horizon, stating: "There's a commitment from provincial government to put some planning processes in place." The Community Forest was incorporated in 2005. Its sole shareholder is the District of Sechelt. Donna McMahon

The Arbutus Sounds Chorus is performing two concerts this weekend as an imaginary walk through an old-fashioned Christmas village, with four-part a cappella carolling at each stop. The chorus performs at 2pm Sat. Dec.16 at Calvary Baptist Church in Gibsons, and 2pm Sun. Dec. 17 at the SC Botanical Garden in West Sechelt. Admission by donation. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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The availability of digital content has made it easy to forget how pleasurable it can be to pick up a good book and get lost in a story. In fact, a 2015 Huffington Post/YouGov poll of 1,000 adults in the United States found that 28 percent hadn't read a single book in the previous 12 months. Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health analyzed 12 years of data from the University of Michigan's Health and Retirement Study concerning reading habits. Among the 3,600 participants over the age of 50, those who read books for as little as 30 minutes per day over several years were living an average of two years longer than those who didn't read. Studies have shown that reading improves fluency and story retention while providing a host of additional benefits to young children. However, the perks do not end with the passing of adolescence. Data published in the journal Neurology found reading regularly improves memory function by working out the brain. This can help slow a decline in memory and other brain functions. Frequent brain exercise can lower mental decline by 32 percent, according to research published in The Huffington Post. Studies even suggest that

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As most people who are lucky enough to do so will attest, there’s no place better to reside than the Sunshine Coast. From our stunning ocean views and varied beaches, to our verdant, traillaced forests and our generous, engaged and creative communities, the Coast is truly a wonderful place to live. Unfortunately, that opportunity is increasingly out of reach for more and more people. In recent years, the

Pull of the Tide Pam GoldsmithJones MP, West Vancouver Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country

The federal government is taking a leadership role in housing, with Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy (NHS). The strategy is the result of two years of extensive consultation, which community members on the Coast have participated in. The NHS is a 10-year, $40-billion plan that will address the fact that across Canada 1.7 million Canadian families are in core housing


price of homes across the Sunshine Coast has increased dramatically, both for owners and tenants. As a result, many local residents currently pay far more than 30 per cent of their gross monthly income for housing – the measure normally used to define affordability. For renters in particular, the past few years have been extremely challenging. Anecdotally, we hear of scores of people chasing single rental units and of bidding wars that drive up already high rents. We also hear of families crammed into small spaces and other tenants living in unacceptable, and even unsafe,

conditions. This should concern us all, as a lack of affordable housing affects our entire community – negatively impacting diversity, forcing some of our neighbours to forgo life essentials such food, heating, healthcare and dentistry, and creating employee shortages for local businesses. To help address the recent (and growing) housing crunch, Gibsons’ Council has implemented, or is reviewing, several options. In 2015, for example, we introduced the Garden Suite program, which uses existing infrastructure to provide a sustainable and economical way to increase

and diversify our local rental housing stock. We have also started the road closure process for four road-end dedications in Lower Gibsons. One of these locations, at Franklin Road and Harmony Lane, has been selected as the site of a smallscale Affordable Housing pilot project, which will be led by the Sunshine Coast Housing Society. The future of the other three sites is under discussion. The old RCMP site on School Road also represents an opportunity to create more affordable housing, as it is available from the federal government under the

“Surplus Real Property for Homelessness Initiative”. We hope to take advantage of this program, likely in partnership with an appropriate nonprofit organization. Financial assistance for affordable housing initiatives has also been made available by the provincial government, which has committed $355 million over the next five years to create more than 2,000 affordable housing units. With this funding in mind, we recently designated a three-acre parcel of the 20acre Charman Creek Lands (at the foot of Shaw Road) as the prospective site for a 40-

unit rental housing campus. The proposed designs envision a four-building complex with 10 units each, ranging in size from one bedroom to three bedrooms. Community consultation regarding the precise form of this housing complex will begin in 2018. In short, Gibsons’ Council believes it’s essential to our Town’s social and economic health that we do what we can to ensure that those who want to, may join our community. Because, as a genial sign spotted outside a local resident’s home reads, “If you’re lucky enough to live on the Sunshine Coast, you’re lucky enough.”

need and approximately 25,000 Canadians experience homelessness on any given night. New legislation planned for the coming year obliges the federal government to maintain a National Housing Strategy and to report to parliament on housing targets and outcomes. Some of the new initiatives for us to consider and begin working on together are: • The community based Tenant Initiative to support local organisations assisting people in housing need. • A new Federal Housing Advocate will enable vulnerable groups to raise sys-

temic issues or barriers they face in accessing adequate housing. • The National Housing CoInvestment Fund, consisting of $4.7-billion in grants and $11.2 billion in low interest loans to create up to 60,000 new homes and repair up to 240,000 units of existing affordable and community housing. The fund will support more shelter spaces, improve accessibility and increase rental spaces. • The Canada Community Housing Initiative will provide $4.3-billion to provinces and territories to jointly protect and build a sustainable community-based

housing system. • A new Federal Community Housing Initiative to protect tenants and stabilize the operations of some 55,000 units of federally administered social housing projects. • The $4 billion Canada Housing Benefit to be launched in 2020 to respond to local needs and priorities. In partnership with provinces, territories and local governments, the Canada Housing Benefit is estimated to provide an average of $2,500 per year to each recipient household. • $2.2-billion will be invested over 10 years to tack-

le homelessness through a redesigned and expanded federal homelessness program complemented by the National Housing Co-Investment Fund and the Canada Housing Benefit. Leaders in the housing community have asked that 25 per cent of the National Housing Strategy investments go toward projects for women and their families. Our government supports this commitment. Thank you for participating so strongly in the development of this ambitious plan and in supporting such a significant investment. The initiatives will get underway

in 2018 and I look forward to working in partnership to ensure people in our community benefit, so that we are all better off. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback on our government’s work. You can email me at pam., connect with us on Facebook: Pamela GoldsmithJones, or stop by our community office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604913-2660.


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An Update from BC Ferries Hello Sunshine Coast Residents, We have concluded the first phase of consultation and while I shared some key themes that emerged through this process last month, I am pleased to now be able to share the summary report. To see the full summary report, please visit my Langdale project page at BC Ferries provided a number of ways for people to provide input during this process — from mobile booths, to a public information session and an online survey. We received input from more than 200 visitors at our mobile booth, 2,154 completed online surveys, 28 attendees to our information session and talked with 30 stakeholders.

We submitted the summary report to the Sunshine Coast Regional District in mid-November and we expect the report to go to the second reading of the rezoning process on January 11. For Phase 2 of our consultation, we will present some of the terminal development design drawings for public review and input, and report back on how, and to what extent, we have been able to incorporate the Phase 1 input. A timeline of the project is shown below. My team continues to progress on the preliminary design while considering the key themes that emerged from the public consultation. These themes include improved foot passenger loading and offloading, improved waiting areas, universal accessibility and parking.

What is happening?



• Complete preliminary design options

• Includes buildings, retail space, parking areas and the pick-up and drop-off areas

Winter 2017/2018

• Submit application for approval to the BC Ferries Commissioner

• Required for project scope, schedule and budget

Early 2018

• Further public engagement and information sessions on detailed design construction

• Provides participants the opportunity to stay up-to-date on the project and provide input

Early 2018

• Complete detailed engineering design

• Finalize design drawings and issue construction tender packages

Fall 2018

• Construction expected to begin at terminal

• Begin construction of buildings, retail space, parking areas and the pick-up and drop-off areas

Early 2019

The design team has been considering opportunities such as the best way to efficiently heat and cool the buildings, how to incorporate new construction material technologies to reduce the cleaning and maintenance requirements for the terminal and how to undertake construction with the least possible impact to the environment. If you have any questions about the process we have undertaken so far, or the design process that lies ahead, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at Also let me know if you find these updates helpful, and any questions you have that I can address next time I write. Thank you, Mike Senior Project Manager, BC Ferries


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Search & Rescue Dispatches Jane Macdonald

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On behalf of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Stations 12, 14 & 61, and our partners in safety and preparation, Sunshine Coast (Land) Search and Rescue, we extend the very best wishes of the season to all of our friends, generous donors and fellow outdoor adventurers. We also extend a gracious thank you to the Local for sharing our dispatches so generously throughout the year. With winter upon us, our teams have been busy doing fog and foul-weather training on land and sea, with new recruits joining our crews and preparing for new challenges. Sunshine Coast (Land) Search and Rescue recently hosted a year-end dinner and recognition night. Members were recognized for their long-term volunteer commitment to search and rescue including the annual Top Pick award. Members also recently volunteered their time to help out the Elves Club in their annual drive. SCSAR member Sue Duxbury is now trained to present “Adventure Smart”, a suite of five national prevention programs focused on reaching Canadians, and visitors to Canada, who participate in outdoor recreational activities. All programs are free. • Hug a tree and survive (kids) • Paddlesmart (16- plus) • Snow Safety (grade 4 and up) • Survive Outside (adults)

• Snowmobile Safety (16plus) Please contact Sue 604740-1687 or email: This summer’s group of new RCM SAR recruits have been training tirelessly and many have completed their Radio Operators Certificate Marine course, first aid and even RHIOT school for advanced crew in Bamfield. All Stations have extremely enthusiastic and dedicated new recruits well on their way to becoming leaders in each station. We are pleased and honored by their level of commitment to our station and our SAR mandate. Station 61 has officially kicked off its fundraising campaign with the intent to purchase a type 11 vessel. Pender Harbour’s Rotary group has generously donated to the cause and a community education campaign was held at the John Henry’s Christmas Market. Station 14 (Gibsons) par-

ticipated in a multi-unit coordinated search for a missing boater and his vessel (eventually located in the Strait) and recently assisted and towed a disabled sailboat off Bonniebrook. Join us for January 1st Polar Bear Swim at Armours Beach at 11am or at Davis Bay with the Lions Club & Station 12 (Halfmoon Bay). All members of the Coast are invited to enjoy hot chocolate, certificates for swimmers and prizes for best costume. ‘Tis the season of making lists, and checking them twice, and if ever there was a call to action that your SAR teams believe in, that is it. As you plan your hiking, sledding, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing or boating this winter, please remember to make a route plan, share it with a friend or relative, and check your gear twice before heading out to enjoy our magnificent coast and coastal mountains. Play safe, and the very best of the season to all.

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Extremely Private West Coast Waterfront Retreat Exceptionally private waterfront acreage on unique peninsula with 4500 sf gracious home and bay. This 2.5 acre parcel is unparalleled and so close to Vancouver. Property is absolutely perfect: gorgeous updated home, concrete boat launch, level areas all around for patios, parking & fruit trees and yard. Property includes your own private bay with deep moorage at your doorstep. Potential for a 80 to 100 foot long, 30 ft high boat house on the dock. There is an unbelievable 900 plus ft of total water frontage so home is almost surrounded by ocean. Boat launch for all your watercraft and easy access to your bay. Sandy beach for kids swimming on other side.


A peaceful & relaxing retreat, this home is made for easy entertaining with the games room, media center, 2nd kitchen & bar area in the walk out lower level. Mezzanine above billiard room connects the floors. Master on main floor has vaulted ceiling overlooking views on 2 sides, with spa suite and hot tub overlooking view on master deck. Geothermal heat keeps home comfortable winter and summer, with natural gas for easy fireplace & gourmet kitchen.


A convenient 2 minutes from the ferry and 6 minutes to Gibsons. Plans in the works for 3 car garage and 2 bedroom carriage house. Entertaining guests late? Order a Water Taxi direct from your home straight to West Vancouver.

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Anna Nobile Freelance Creative Writer, Arts & Culture

Harpist Janelle Nadeau plays a Christmas concert that “has kept up with the times” at the Arts Centre in Sechelt on Dec. 21. PHOTO SUBMITTED Diana Krall and Kanye West. “I love the fact that my career is so diverse,” says Nadeau who has also performed over 300 solo concerts at hospitals and palliative care centres. “I love sharing music, no matter who the audience is.” Currently the acting principal harpist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Nadeau founded her own ensemble in 2016 as a way of sharing music that isn’t just classical or Celtic, the traditional styles of music for harp. “I grew up listening to a lot of different music,” says Nadeau. “So I want to play a lot of different kinds of music.” That includes jazz, con-

temporary and Latin style grooves. “l love throwing in a different colour of sound, a different tempo, different styles. I love making things a little bit unexpected,” she says of her concerts. She has just released her second album, Star of Night, a collection of Christmas music, to very positive reviews and her current tour features music from this album. “Christmas is really important to me and my family,” says Nadeau. “Tradition is a really big part of that so we’ve tried to create a Christmas concert that roots itself in tradition, but has kept up with the times.” Joining her is multi-instru-

mentalist Joaquin Ayala who plays instruments like nyckleharpa, symphonie and harmonium, some of which date back to the 9th century. Nadeau promises a “beautiful Christmas concert. We bring in all these different cultures and try to make it as honest and true to us as possible,” she says. “It seems to be resonating with many other people too.” Janelle Nadeau with Joaquin Ayala play at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7pm. Tickets $25 in advance at or by calling 604-885-5412, or $30 at the door.

ary of 2018 where they will remain till November of the same year. The SC Arts Council wants to thank the continued support of the District of Sechelt for their care in the hanging of the banners each year. Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne and banner sponsor Clayton’s Heritage Market will be on hand at the banner award ceremony on Sat. Dec. 16 at 12:30pm at the Arts Centre. The Young Artist Awards It is an opportunity for young

people aged 5 – 18 years of age to submit for exhibition work they’ve created outside of school. This year 40 young artists submitted a total of 94 works of art. The Judge’s Choice Award this year goes to Bela Ord for his work, “Fungus”, while Isabel Diebel received honorable mention for her three portraits. This year’s Young Artist Awards reception will be held Dec. 16 at 2:30pm at the arts centre. Submitted

Banners: art in the sky Submissions for the 2018 Banner Project and the 2017 Young Artist Awards are on display at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre (corner or Trail & Medusa) until Dec. 16. Ten elementary schools are participating in this year’s Banner Project: Cedar Grove, Davis Bay/The Nest, The Spider Program, Gibsons, Kinikinnick, Langdale, L’Ecole du Pacifique, Madeira Park, Roberts Creek, & West Sechelt Elementary


Events on the Sunshine Coast

Art Review

Harpist and vocalist Janelle Nadeau plays a solstice concert at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre Dec. 21. The Vancouver-based Nadeau grew up in Fannystelle, Manitoba, a town of 90 people an hour southwest of Winnipeg. “My parents are music lovers and when I was a child they brought me to a symphony orchestra and a Lorena McKennitt concert,” says Nadeau, quick to acknowledge her parents support throughout her career. “I saw the harp at both [those concerts] and I was stuck. I loved it so much.” Nadeau was forced to play piano for a year as she waited for her body to grow big enough to start playing harp, which she did at age seven. She’s been playing the harp ever since with steadfast determination. “As long as I can recall, that was what I was going to do,” says Nadeau. “I don’t feel like I even made a decision.” She graduated with a degree in music from UBC in 2008. Some career advice from an early mentor had her broaden her skill set which has opened up “out of the box” opportunities for her, like sharing the stage with such varied musicians as

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Schools. Just under 400 entries were received and of these 20 have been selected to be made into the full-size banners. These full-size banners will be painted by a combination of some of the banner participants, their parents and local volunteer artists under the watchful eyes of painting coordinators Devon Blean and Christel Evers. Expect to see the final banners decorating Sechelt’s Civic Square some time in Febru-

The Pender Harbour Community Choir gave a spirited “Christmas Memories” concert at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden on Dec. 8 that included seasonal favourites and original compositions by choir director Kenneth Norman Johnson. Their next performance is a sing-along Messiah at 2pm on Dec. 23 at the Sechelt Band Hall. Tickets are $20 in advance at Laedeli Gifts and Sechelt Visitor Centre or $25 at the door. Anyone interested in becoming a member can call 604-883-0681or email doreenhenry1@ for more information. ANNA NOBILE PHOTO

December 14 Preview of ElderCollege spring courses, Capilano University, Sechelt, 10-11:30am, free December 14 Community Futures festive open house, 5500 Wharf St., Sechelt, 3:30pm December 14 Paint night, Ty’s Fine Foods, Sechelt, 6-8pm, $40 includes first drink and supplies December 15 Salvation Army choir, Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons, 1-3pm December 15 Pender Harbour Christmas boat parade, departs Madeira Park wharf 6pm December 15 Handel’s “Messiah” part one, St. John’s United Church, Davis Bay, 7pm, $20 advance, $25 at the door December 15 Family dance with Knotty Daughters, Gibsons Public Market, 7-9pm, $10 (over 15) December 16 Annual breakfast with Santa, Halfmoon Bay Community School, 9:30-11:30am, $6, family of four $20 December 16 Harbour Gallery art sale, 12954 Gonzales Rd., Madeira Park, 11am-4pm December 16 BUGS ukulele band, Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons, noon December 16 SC Arts Council award ceremony for banner project, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 12:30-1:30pm December 16 Off the Page play reading, original play “Casting the Angel” by Coast writer Mary Burns, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 1-3pm, by donation December 16 Annual free skate, skates included, Gibsons Arena, 1:45-3:30pm December 16 Annual carol sing-along, St. Hilda’s Anglican Church, Sechelt, 2pm, by donation December 16 Arbutus Sounds Chorus presents “A Winter Walk”, Calvary Baptist Church, Gibsons, 2pm, by donation December 16 Beachcomber Ukulele Group, Gibsons Public Market, 2:30pm December 16 Young artists awards reception, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 2:303:30pm December 16 Decorated Christmas tree and wreath auction, Gibsons Public Market, 4-5:30pm December 16 Joshua Wood, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6-9pm December 16 Ron Campbell solo, Backeddy Pub, Egmont 6-9pm December 16 Winter Solstice Christmas potluck dinner, Gambier Hall, 6-9pm, bring a dish to share December 16 Suncoast Phoenix Community choir presents sacred and Christmas music, with singalong, Sechelt Band Hall, 7-9pm, by donation

December 16 The Song Butchers’ Christmas dance, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 December 16 Nice it up 4 xmas, djs, Roberts Creek Legion, 9pm, members $8, guests $15 December 16-17 Festival sale, Arts Building, Gibsons, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm December 16-17 Visit Santa, Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons, Sat. noon-3pm, Sun. noon-2pm, photos $5 December 16-19 The Nutcracker, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, $29, under 11 $19, Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm & 7:30pm, Mon. 2pm & 7:30pm, Tues. 2pm December 17 Holiday Hustle 5k/2k, run, walk or dance-walk, fundraiser for high school running teams and Elves Club, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, 9:30am, advance $20, day of $25 December 17 Swap ‘til you drop, 1495 Margaret Rd., Roberts Creek, 1-5pm December 17 Sweet Scarlet a capella ensemble presents “winter songs”, School of Music, Madeira Park, 2pm, $25 December 17 Arbutus Sounds Chorus presents “A Winter Walk”, SC Botanical Garden, West Sechelt, 2pm, by donation December 17 Auditions of singers and actors for Funtastics 2018 production, Seniors Activity Centre, Sechelt, 2-5pm, December 17 Suncoast Phoenix Community choir presents sacred and Christmas music, with singalong, Calvary Baptist Church, Gibsons, 2-4pm, by donation December 17 Parade of lanterns (and flashlights) to mark the coming solstice, depart Gibsons Public Market, 6pm December 17 Santa arrives in Garden Bay, 13303 Deller Rd., 6pm December 18 Annual Christmas lunch, Harmony Hall, Gibsons, $10, bring small wrapped gift for the draw December 19 Public hearing on use of Upper Deck as a homeless shelter, Sechelt district hall, 7pm December 19 “Sunshine Coast 2025”, a TEDxstyle presentation by Chris Hergesheimer, Roberts Creek Hall, 7-8:30pm, $10 December 21 Harpist Janelle Nadeau, with Joaquin Ayala, SC Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7pm, advance $25, at the door $30 December 22 Christmas carol fest, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 4-5pm, $5 and/or food bank donation December 23 Harbour Gallery art sale, 12954 Gonzales Rd., Madeira Park, 11am-4pm December 23 Sing-along Messiah, Sechelt Band Hall, 2pm, advance $20, at the door $25


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Around the Harbour Patti Soos

in Pender Harbour

Whoever said that there’s nothing going on in Pender Harbour obviously wasn’t in charge of the Community Calendar in December. Check out all of the festive and fun events coming up. Start with Christmas bingo at the Pender Harbour Community Hall on Thurs. Dec. 14 at 6:30pm; come and have fun with your neighbours and win big at bingo. Over the weekend there are many events going on. On Friday Dec. 15 the annual boat pa-

rade starts at 6pm in Madeira Park and travels around the Harbour and Garden Bay. You can view the boats from 6-8pm from various locations around the waterfront. Finding locally made gifts for everyone on your list is easy this weekend. Start at the Harbour Art Gallery on Sat. Dec. 16 for their winter gallery sale. Then, travel out to Garden Bay and stop along the way at Wendie Milner’s studio sale from 10am-5pm at 5363 Garden Bay Rd., where you can purchase hand-made health and beauty products, gift baskets, gift certificates, stocking stuffers and more. After that, head out to John Henry’s to wander through their Christmas market. The

John Henry’s market runs Friday to Sunday and is a treat for the whole family. Local artisans are set up within the beautiful cabins along the waterfront and you will have fun following the lit-up lollipop trails to discover amazing artists in a beautiful setting. And on Sunday Dec. 17 two musical events for you to choose from. The Pender Harbour Choir presents “Christmas Memories” at 2pm at the Pender Harbour Music School; tickets can be found on the Pender Harbour Music Society’s website. And the Pender Harbour Community Church invites everyone to a Christmas pageant with two showings that day, 10am and and 7pm.

Rudolph and his nose Adults and children alike are familiar with the tale of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." As the lyrics of the song illustrate: “Rudolph the rednosed reindeer had a very shiny nose / And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows.” Popularized by the song written by Johnny Marks and sung by Gene Autry, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer dates back to 1939. A copywriter named Robert L. May created the story of the misfit reindeer in 1939 when he was working for a company producing colouring books

for children and wanted to come up with a clever character. Although Rudolph is now beloved, May's original ideas included Rollo and Reginald. Also, Rudolph's famed red nose almost didn't come to be. Because a red nose at the time was viewed as a sign of alcoholism, the company was hesitant to be on board with the bulbous, red snoot. A blue nose was considered, but later changed. In its first year of publication, 2.4 million copies of Rudolph's colouring were sold. The catchy tune came thereafter, followed by a car-

toon short in 1948. Metro Creative

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Shortbread Cookies

Almond Snowballs

This is a delicious tender drop shortbread, different from typical firm styles.

These fun little cookies are topped with candied red cherries and sliced almonds.

prep time: 5 min

total time: 23 min

serves 36


1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp icing sugar ¼ cup cornstarch or rice flour 1 ½ cup all purpose flour ½ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract *Chocolate nougat candy


Shortbread Cookies: 1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Sift in icing sugar and beat again until fluffy, scraping down sides of the bowl often. Sift in cornstarch or rice flour and blend in. Sift in all purpose flour and salt and mix until dough comes together (it will be soft). Stir in vanilla. 2. Spoon large teaspoonfuls of cookie dough (or use a small ice cream scoop) onto an un-greased cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until bottoms brown lightly. Remove from cookie sheet to cool. Chocolate Nougat Shortbread: 1. Prepare shortbread recipe as above and spoon onto an ungreased baking sheet. Press a triangle piece of chocolate nougat candy into the center of each cookie and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until bottoms brown lightly. Recipe courtesy of

prep time: 10 min

total time: 22 min

serves 18


2 egg whites 1 pinch coarse salt ⅓ cup sugar (eyeball it) 1 ½ cups (about 6 oz) shredded coconut 1 tsp almond extract (eyeball it) ¼ tsp grated or ground nutmeg 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour 9 candied red cherries, halved ¼ cup sliced almonds


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 2. In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites and salt to soft peaks, then add sugar and beat again until peaks are stiff. Beat in almond flavoring. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in half of the coconut. Sprinkle in the nutmeg and flour, stir, then fold in the remaining coconut. 3. Using a melon baller or other small scoop, or working with 2 spoons, form 9 “snowballs” a couple of inches apart on each of 2 cookie sheets. Bake snowballs 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven and garnish each snowball with half a cherry and a couple of slivered almonds. Transfer to a rack or serving plate to cool. Recipe courtesy of


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HIGHLIGHTS Noah Nooski is seven years old. What do you think he wants for Christmas? Lego? A video game? A bike? “I want this couch,” he says with a huge grin. “It’s a nice couch.” His family and I are chatting on the couch in the ReStore during Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast’s Ho Ho Habitat Christmas Party. Recently, four families were selected out of 31 applicants for four new homes that will be completed next year at Habitat Village. The Christmas party was an opportunity for Habitat supporters and volunteers to meet them. It’s a cute comment. Everybody laughs. But it underscores how the priorities of some kids on the Sunshine Coast might be a little different from the norm at this time of year. Like Kobe Moody, 9. Sure he wants all the things other nine-year-olds want. But what got him most excited was when his family learned they would be getting a new Habitat home. “Kobe asked every day, ‘Did they call? Did we get the house? I am crossing my fingers — and my toes’” his mom, Airen Muir says. She and her husband, Jeff Moody, are also parents to Bella, 7, who was born with DiGeorge syndrome. She had three heart surgeries before she was nine months old and also has epilepsy and brain damage from a stroke that happened during her second surgery. “When we finally got the call, even Bella shouted ‘yay!’ and threw her hands in the air. I didn’t think she even understood what was going on.” Yes, the kids do understand what is going on, and sometimes, they even have to be the sensible ones. “I was doubting that we would get the house,” says Lisa Marie Twigg, who will be moving into her Habitat home with daughter Montana, 15, son Xander, almost 13, and grandson Zarious, 3. “Montana kept telling me not to doubt it or we wouldn’t get it. I’m still… unbelievable. We are actually going to be stable. My kids will now be in the same school until they graduate. They have never been in the same school for two years in a row.” Montana and Xander try to name all the schools they have attended in their short lives. They come up with eight. Their eyes shine. It’s pretty clear that Christmas THIS WEEK





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Evie Inman and her kids Dakota, 9, and Logan, 7, will also be moving into their new Habitat home next year. Evie says she tried hard not to get her hopes up, because she knew the new home would be such a life changer for her kids, and especially her son, who is autistic. “I did a lot of crying before I learned we were getting the house.” Dakota emphatically nods in agreement. “Yep. A lot of crying.” Evie got the good news when she was at work, and she did a lot of crying then, too, “but they were happy tears. Everyone at work came over and hugged me.” Although she is only 9, Dakota is a huge help to her mom. She goes to find Logan so I can ask him how he feels about getting a new home. “‘It’s cool!” he says, plus I will have my own room! Mom, can I have my own TV, too?” Evie smiles. Everyone smiles. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the excitement these families are feeling. Tyler Nooski couldn’t get the day off work to attend the party, but his mother, Amy Nooski was there keeping watch on his kids Noah, Kailen, 9, Destin, 5 and Chelsea, 3. “When his dad told him they were going to get the house, Kailen said he was ecstatic,” Amy says. She smiles. “He knows a lot of words. He always looks up words.” Right now, one of these families lives in a camper with little heat and no running water. Another family shared a bed — one dad and four kids in their grandmother’s spare bedroom — until Dad got an air mattress. The parents work hard; they bleed for their kids, and now — finally — there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Along with their regular jobs, the parents have already begun putting in their 500 hours of sweat equity. Soon they will be assuming interest-free mortgages and building up security and stability with each payment. The cycle of poverty, for them and their children will be broken. It’s a never-ending Christmas present for them. And it is one for us, too. David Connors, Habitat Board Member


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Christmas sailings For the holiday period, BC Ferries is adding extra sailings. On the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale route, there are eight extra sailings, with a 2:40pm departure from Horseshoe Bay and a 3:15 sailing from Langdale on Dec. 22, 23, 26 and 27. Dec. 23 is expected to be the most popular preChristmas travel day. Dec. 26 – 28 are expected to have the highest traffic volume post-Christmas, with Dec. 27 expected to be the most popular travel day of the holiday season. “We’ve added these sailings to help travellers connect with family and friends over the holiday season, and ensure our commercial customers can travel as well,” said Janet Carson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience. “We lowered the cost of reservations earlier this year to $10 if booked seven

days or more in advance and given the volume of traffic during the busy holiday season, we strongly recommend customers make a reservation to guarantee that they can travel at the time of their choice.” The Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route is already operating on an expanded schedule, and will begin its new schedule starting Jan. 2, which was developed following a public participation process with the Sunshine Coast to improve service. Late evening savings will be back for the holiday season. From Dec. 21 to Jan. 3, customers can save significantly. Full sailing schedule and promotional details can be viewed at bcferries. com. Customers who plan to travel on discounted sailings are also advised to reserve in advance to avoid disappointment. BC Ferries reminds cus-


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The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting. This is the 14th consecutive time this award has been presented to the SCRD for surpassing the requirements of generally accepted accounting principles and demonstrating an effort to clearly communicate the regional district’s financial picture. The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. “I am pleased to offer congratulations on behalf of the

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something of a conflict and increasing the possibility of mistakes. Slow down, listen more and deliberate on big decisions. Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Despite opportunities to increase and expand your social outreach, Mercury Rx is leading you to observe more and speak less. This is actually more commonly the case among members of your sign, but not always. The other twist here is that other players are pushing you to engage and they are not easily resisted. Gemini (May 21-June 20) An exciting and complex cycle is underway. Circumstances are leading you to increased social activity. However, you also may have to work harder and this includes an exercise of faith and perhaps discipline as much as, if not more than, actual physical exertion. Enjoying fun and frolic with others includes jest but may also include or even require lip service. Cancer (June 21-July 22) There are a few indicators that this cycle of Mercury Rx may actually prove to flow your way this time. Your powers of analysis will be running strong and you are in a sporting mood. However, there is one indication that is more sour than sweet or is like a muddy puddle despite an otherwise lovely day. Skip along but keep both eyes open. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) You have entered an exciting cycle. Although your confidence levels are steadily rising, it will challenge you to dig deeper. Gaining access to reserves of imagination power is featured but you may have to make extra efforts to break through your comfort zone to access it. If you do, this could lead to a very productive and creative cycle. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) The synchronicity of this Mercury Rx combines with Sun, Saturn, and Venus influencing your home, finances and relationships. Circumstances have likely thrown you in on yourself to question, wonder and devise realistic strategies amidst an otherwise uncertain dynamic of events. Fortunately, things should stabilize before the year is out. Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) Mercury in its retrograde cycle stands to work in your favor. At least it is supporting a clearer mind, ironically. Financial considerations remain at the forefront. These are linked to investments of various sorts which could include tools or furniture. You may still want to avoid electronics, at least until boxing week, lol! Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) If you have needed to focus on things then this retrograde cycle is probably working in your favor. The downside could manifest as fixed opinions that do not benefit anyone. The time is generally right to spread your


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PowerWash Agitator

Wrinkle Control Option

PowerWash Agitator

Extra-Large Capacity

Tackles any load size with both efficient, concentrated cleaning to fight stubborn stains and robust wash action to help break up messes.

Add 60 or 120 minutes of extra tumbling following a regular drying cycle to help keep clothes looking great and ready to wear.

Tackles any load size with both efficient, concentrated cleaning to fight stubborn stains and robust wash action to help break up messes.

This 7.4 cu. ft. capacity dryer has plenty of space to dry 18 towels in a single load.




Equivalent volume per I.E.C. International Standard, 5th Ed., based on 3.6 cu. ft. DOE measurement.



Equivalent volume per I.E.C. International Standard, 5th Ed., based on 4.7 cu. ft. DOE measurement.

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Models with the PowerWash ® system: MHW8200F, MHW5500F, MHW3500F, MHW3505F. Based on 20-lb load, among leading front load brands, PowerWash ® cycle vs comparable cycles and default settings.

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Equivalent volume per I.E.C. International Standard, 5th Ed., based on 4.5 cu. ft. DOE measurement.



Keeps clothes smelling fresh with a built-in fan and tumbling action that circulates air through the clothes for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle ends.



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HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane, Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer Pullin’ on the reins. Bells are ringin’, children singin’, All is merry and bright. So hang your stockings and say your prayers, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight. Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane, He’s got a bag that’s filled with toys For boys and girls again. Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, Oh what a beautiful sight, So jump in bed, and cover your head, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight. Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane, He’ll come around when chimes ring out, It’s Christmas time again. Peace on earth will come to all, If we just follow the light, So let’s give thanks to the Lord above ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight. Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane, Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer Pullin’ on the reins. Bells are ringin’, children singin’, All is merry and bright, So jump in bed, and cover your head, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight. Peace on earth will come to all, If we just follow the light, So let’s give thanks to the Lord above ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight, So let’s give thanks to the Lord above ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

Christmas Carols for the DECK THE HALLS


Deck the halls with boughs of holly Fa la la la la, la la la la Tis the season to be jolly Fa la la la la, la la la la

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, Dressed in holiday style, In the air there is a feeling, of Christmas Children laughing, People passing Meeting smile after smile, And on every street corner you’ll hear:

Don we now our gay apparel Fa la la, la la la, la la la Troll the ancient Yule tide carol Fa la la la la, la la la la See the blazing Yule before us Fa la la la la, la la la la Strike the harp and join the chorus Fa la la la la, la la la la Follow me in merry measure Fa la la la la, la la la la While I tell of Yule tide treasure Fa la la la la, la la la la Fast away the old year passes Fa la la la la, la la la la Hail the new, ye lads and lasses Fa la la la la, la la la la Sing we joyous, all together Fa la la la la, la la la la Heedless of the wind and weather Fa la la la la, la la la la

Silver bells, silver bells It’s Christmas time in the city ring-a-ling, hear them ring, soon it will be Christmas day. Strings of street lights, Even stop lights, Blink a bright red and green As the shoppers rush, home with their treasures. Hear the snow crunch, See the kids bunch, This is Santa’s big scene, And above all this bustle You’ll hear: Silver bells, silver bells It’s Christmas time in the city, Ring-a-ling, hear them ring, Soon it will be Christmas day.

e Whole Family to Enjoy! LET IT SNOW!


Oh, the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful. And since we’ve got no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Oh, it doesn’t show signs of stopping, And I’ve brought some corn for popping. The lights are turned way down low, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! When we finally kiss goodnight, How I’ll hate going out in the storm! But, if you really hold me tight, All the way home I’ll be warm! The fire is slowly dying, And my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing. But, as long as you love me so, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It snow! Oh, it doesn’t show signs of stopping, And I’ve brought some corn for popping, Since the lights are turned way down low, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! When we finally say goodnight, How I’ll hate going out in the storm! But, if you’ll really hold me tight, All the way home I’ll be warm! Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we’ve no place to go Let it snow! Let it snow, Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! LET... IT ... SNOW!

Fall on your knees Oh hear the angel voices Oh night divine Oh night when Christ was born Oh night divine Oh night divine Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming Here come the wise men from Orient land The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger In all our trials born to be our friend Truly He taught us to love one another His law is love and His gospel is peace Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother And in His name all oppression shall cease Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, But do you recall The most famous reindeer of all Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw it You would even say it glows All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight Then how all the reindeer loved him, As they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer You’ll go down in history Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw it, You would even say it glows, And all of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names, They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games, Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight Then how all the reindeer loved him, As they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, You’ll go down in history

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