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Volume 17, Issue 49
Sunshine Coast, British Columbia • www.thelocalweekly.ca • Thursday, December 5, 2019 Remembering Mike Shanks Page 5
New Banners Page 2
New Classrooms For West Sechelt Page 3
One Driver, Two Collisions Page 3
Living Wall Ailing Page 5
Liquor Thief Page 6
Junior SAR Volunteers Page 7
Sweet Scarlet A Cappella Page 12
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The night sky is lit up in the Sandy Hook neighbourhood of Sechelt as slash piles of logging debris are burned on a Private Managed Forest. This photo was taken on the evening of Nov. 25 from a residential neighbourhood across Porpoise Bay; the fires burned through the next day and smouldered into a third day. Because it is a privately-managed forest, the burning comes under provincial jurisdiction, and Sechelt bylaws do not apply. Sechelt issued a statement in October that the operator planned to burn up to 160 piles before the end of 2019, and suggested concerns be directed to the Managed Forest Council at 250-386-5737. It is rare to see slash fires since they are usually in logged areas away from public view. But the proximity of this burn has prompted complaints on environmental grounds (see letters, page 4). ANNA NOBILE PHOTO
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EMERGENCY MEETING AT CLACK CREEK FOREST WHEN: Saturday, December 7th • 1:00pm HOW TO GET THERE: Turn off the Sunshine Coast Hwy 101 at the B & K Rd (Largo on maps), drive past the power lines, take the next left onto the Roberts Flume FSR and followthe signs until you’re there. It’s a 10 min drive up from the Hwy and accessible with any vehicle. Meet at the bottom to the access road. Meet ELF in this amazing forest to walk under the towering Douglas firs, look for signs of the majestic Roosevelt Elk and be enchanted by over 1,000 hearts found throughout. We’ll hold an emergency meeting to discuss how we might ensure the future of this forest as the key central component of the Mt. Elphinstone Park expansion zone. One idea is to set up a “Rick O’Neill Forest Protection Camp” in memory of the man who fought to have this park expanded for over 20 years. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dozens of new street banners now grace the lampposts in Sechelt. Titled “Raven + Salmon,” the original artworks featured on the banners are the creation of local designer Lydia Avsec (COPILOT Design). “We are absolutely thrilled with this new set of banners,” said Siobhan Smith, the arts, culture and communications coordinator for the District of Sechelt. “It was a really tough decision for our jury, but they all agreed that Lydia’s designs stood out as something uniquely Sechelt.” This past September, the District of Sechelt issued a call to artists seeking proposals for the new banners. Artists were asked to submit designs that would reflect Sechelt’s heritage, culture and/or natural environment. The Coast-wide call garnered more than a dozen submissions from both professional and emerging artists; the selection jury included three community members and two staff. When describing her designs, Avsec said that she was “driven by the beauty of nature that surrounds the Sunshine Coast.” She chose to feature a raven because it is common in Sechelt, and a Pacific salmon because of their importance to shíshálh culture. The salmon banner also features a depiction of the
MV Lady Rose, the last operational vessel of the Union Steamship Company. The previous set of banners, featuring the photography of Justin Samson, will be recycled into reusable shopping bags and made available for purchase from the
Sechelt Visitor Information Centre. As well, a new set of children’s banners are currently in-production at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Arts Centre and will be on display starting early next year. (See page 12.) Submitted
The new banners hung in Sechelt are the work of local designer Lydia Avsec. The jury decided the design is “uniquely Sechelt”. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Library funding up for debate Regional library funding was to be the first item up at the SCRD’s initial 2020 budget discussions on Dec. 4. Budget requests from the Gibsons and Sechelt Libraries as well as the Pender Harbor Reading Room were on the agenda for a special committee meeting at 9:30am. At the Nov. 28 SCRD board meeting, Area A Director Leonard Lee was unwilling to consider raising Egmont and Pender Harbour’s contribution to Sechelt Library operating costs without further information. The board directed staff work with Lee to solicit feedback from his area’s residents with respect to library services. Lee wants to know if his electorate would support tripling what the area pays for library services over current levels. In 2019, Area A provided just over $40,000 for Sechelt Library operations. Part of this amount covers support the library provides to the Pender Harbor Reading Room. Area A also provided a grant in aid to the Reading Room. Area A‘s contribution was about five and a half per cent of local government funding for Sechelt Library. The SCRD board approved Area A contributing at a lower per person level than other areas being served by Sechelt Library, recognizing that fewer residents use it given the distance of travel required.
A call for Area A’s contribution rate to be increased in 2020 came from District of Sechelt and was discussed at a committee meeting also held on Nov. 28. Roberts Creek Director Andreas Tize and West Howe Sound Director Mark Hiltz supported having the same per capita funding levels for libraries be applied to all areas. Both cited that, like funding for public schools, funding for public libraries is an important part of democracy and the right to equal access to knowledge for all. Halfmoon Bay Director Lori Pratt spoke in favour of keeping Area A’s rate lower, given that the area does not have public transportation. She also expressed the view that this area is less connected to centralized services on the Coast. Provincial funding is provided to public libraries to support equitable access to information, programs, and services. This year, Sechelt Library received $77,183 from the province. About $20,000 of this amount was in operating subgrants for services provided to residents of Pender, Halfmoon Bay, the Sechelt Indian Government District and half of Roberts Creek. Gibsons and District Public Library received a similar subgrant for serving rural residents in the remainder of Roberts Creek, as well as those in the Elphinstone and West Howe Sound
areas. Lee also requested the board ask that the province explain how it determines the percentage of rural area populations that receive library services. In 2019, the province deemed that Area A received full access to library services; $7,085 of Sechelt Library’s rural subgrant was provided based on Area A’s 2016 census population of 2,624. The SCRD Board needs to finalize Sechelt Library funding by early February. Connie Jordison
SCRD Area A Director Leonard Lee wants to know whether his constituents would support tripling their contribution to the Sechelt Public Library. CONNIE JORDISON PHOTO
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September September5,5,2017 2017- -January January1,1,2018 2018 It was a happy day Dec. 2 when students at West Sechelt Elementary were told that new classrooms will be built to replace portables. On the left side of the banner, is Education Minister Rob Flemming and the school’s PAC chair Aspen Wing. CONNIE JORDISON PHOTO Elimination of portable classrooms and expansion into childcare services is coming to West Sechelt Elementary thanks to an $11.2 million investment from the provincial government. On Dec. 2, Education Minister Rob Flemming was at the school. When students and others gathered for the minister’s announcement confirmed his observation that there were too many portables at the school, Flemming said: “We are going to build a brand new six-classroom wing at this school and get rid of all those portables”. His statement was followed by a round of applause and cheers. School Board Chair Pamilla Ruth, as well as the school’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Chair Aspen Wing, and grade six student Barrett Andres, spoke at the assembly on how the improvements will positively impact the school’s learning environment. Andres spoke about how removing the portables will make more outdoor space available for the stu-
dents to enjoy. He pointed out that the school’s basketball court and grounds are important recreation spots for many community residents. Local MLA Nicholas Simons was master of ceremonies for the event. He also stepped in to provide emotional support to Wing, who was brought to tears as she delivered thanks for the funding on behalf of the PAC. Wing has been involved with that group for over eight years and has served as its chair for the last three. She has watched as the population of the area, including the of numbers new and future students, has grown. She noted that, in past years, this growth has been met by adding portables to the school which she called the heart of her community. “This project is the beginning of the rest of our story,” said Wing. The project is the first school expansion within School District #46 since 2014. West Sechelt Elementary is currently operating at 32 per cent over its full stu-
dent capacity by using five portables. Plans are to create 145 classroom seats and a 24seat neighbourhood learning centre/childcare facility. Flemming stated that he hoped that project construction would begin by next fall. The classrooms are slated to be completed in 2021, with the childcare space portion opening to follow in 2022. School Superintendent Patrick Bocking confirmed that expanded vehicle parking at the school will also be part of the project. No project concepts or designs have been started, but with the funding confirmed, he said “now the real work begins”. A singing group from the shíshálh Nation performed at the ceremony opening and closing, with the school students and audience members joining in. Since September 2017, the provincial government has announced more than $1.6 billion for school capital projects which will create 10,200 new student seats throughout BC. Connie Jordison
One driver, two collisions A 28-year-old male from Gibsons is at the centre of two serious motor vehicle collisions in two days in Roberts Creek. On Dec. 2, police were dispatched to the 3100 block of SC Hwy near Cliff Gilker Park for a single-vehicle rollover involving a Pontiac Grand Am. The driver was arrest-
ed for impaired driving and transported to the Sechelt detachment where he was released with a court date. During the investigation, police discovered this same male had been involved in a near- fatal three-car collision on Dec. 1. This driver had pulled out into oncoming traffic at Marlene and Hwy
101, telling police that his brakes had failed when he tried to stop for a vehicle that was turning onto Marlene Rd. Both files are still under investigation with charges pending. If anyone has information or dash cam footage relating to these collisions, please call Sunshine Coast RCMP. Submitted by RCMP
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Our children’s health On Nov. 12, Veneto, Italy’s regional council was debating climate policy in its Venice offices. Minutes after a majority voted against budget amendments to address climate disruption, the chambers were inundated with water. Venice is known for flooding, but it’s getting worse, and the timing in this instance felt like a message. Our existence is a marvellous phenomenon. We live on a spinning ball of water and rock at just the right distance from the sun for natural cycles to have developed to create ideal conditions for life as we know it. But exploding human populations and hyperconsumption-driven societies have, in a relatively brief time, knocked these natural systems out of balance. We’ve upset the carbon cycle so rapidly by indiscriminately burning fossil fuels and destroying natural carbon sinks like forests and wetlands that consequences are hitting much faster than predicted. Australia is on fire. Parts of Europe are flooding. Canada’s North is heating at close to triple the global average rate, and the country overall at twice the average. The recent Lancet Countdown, an international academic review of climate impacts on human health by 120 experts from 35 institutions, found people in Canada face a range of health risks, including the many effects of increasing wildfires and pollution, such as asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The Lancet report found children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to climate disruption, as are the least well off. Global heating is creating a range of health problems. Illness and death are increasing from climate-driven wildfires and smoke, insects carrying diseases such as Lyme and dengue are moving into new territory, malnutrition is on the rise as droughts and flooding cause crop failures and food scarcity, and deadly diarrhea from bacteria like cholera is spreading, with children bearing the brunt of the problems. “Children’s bodies and immune systems are still developing, leaving them more susceptible to disease and environmental pollutants,” said Lancet Countdown executive director Nick Watts. “The damage done in early childhood lasts a lifetime. Without immediate action from all countries climate change will come to define the health of an entire generation.” We can’t go back to former conditions. But with great effort and human ingenuity, we can learn to better live in balance with nature. We can get through the climate crisis. But it’s too late for half measures. We need an all-out effort as great as or greater than mobilizations for the “great” wars. We need to kick our fossil fuel addiction now, for our sake and the children’s. David Suzuki
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Letters to the Editor – Opinions We can do better (Addressed to Premier John Horgan and MLA Nicholas Simons, and copied to the Local) There is a privately managed forest in the Sandy Hook neighbourhood across the Sechelt Inlet from where I live. For two days now, I’ve watched the hillside across the water burn and smoulder, sending I don’t know how many tonnes of smoke and small particulate matter into the air. It’s appalling. The District of Sechelt has a ban on burning but apparently privately managed forests fall under provincial jurisdiction leaving local government and people with no say on what happens within their communities. Also appalling. I’m certain the air quality around here has been awful – and we have no choice but to breathe it. 1. How did such a large tract of land get approval to become a privately managed forest so close to a neighbourhood (Sandy Hook) that now faces landslide concerns? 2. How was the owner of the property given permission to burn 160 slash piles when we are in the middle of a climate crisis? 3. What will it take to change the rules on slash and burn so future privately managed forests are not allowed to deliberately create this environmental disaster? Aren’t you trying to encourage people to be environmentally responsible with various initiatives like offering incentives for buying electric cars? I wonder how many emissions these fires have sent into the atmosphere – enough probably to negate any good that came from my neighbours
buying their electric car. Surely we can do better. Sandra Corbett, Sechelt
A bit of overkill
(Addressed to Sechelt council and copied to the Local) I read with some shock and amusement the proposal to ban crabbing and fishing on the Davis Bay pier. I am a resident of Wilson Creek and have been regularly walking the pier and occasionally taking my grandchildren there to fish for several years. Today, a sunny Sunday afternoon, I took one of my frequent walks from my home in Wilson Creek to the pier. There were seven people at the end of the pier, a couple with two children and three men. The family had a fishing line in the water, two of the men had rods but were not fishing and there were about six crab lines in the water. There were no swimmers and I was the only sightseer. I have never been uncomfortable with the other people using the pier; in fact, watching the fishers and swimmers is a valuable part of the pier experience. Once in a while during the summer it does feel a bit crowded, but banning fishing and crabbing for the whole year to relieve some congestion for two months seems a bit of overkill (maybe we could ban cars on the highway too). Let the fisheries people look after the illegal fishing. David New-Small, Wilson Creek
A holy grail (Re “Get on with it”, letters, the Local, Nov. 28) Gordon Politeski knows whom to blame for the long-term care crisis in our community. In his telling, responsibility lies not with duplicitous politicians or self-interested corporate
leaders, but with public care advocates. “(H)ere we are... some four years later,” he says, “still debating private versus public ownership like it was some holy grail.” Given that stakeholders have been shut out of the decision-making process, it’s misguided even to speak of debate, much less blame the opponents of privatization for the shameful delays that have taken place. Politeski wonders why “(w)e rarely if ever hear that privately-funded homes might be more efficiently run because of better management, and provide better care.” To ask the question is to answer it. As we’ve argued in many previous letters, publicly owned and operated facilities in general deliver superior care as measured by a variety of outcomes. Links to a number of peer-reviewed studies are available on our web site (https://pphcare.ca). When care is monetized, profit trumps patient welfare. Among other things, workers in private facilities are paid significantly less than those in the public system. It’s thanks only to resistance by the health care unions and community activists that the current contracts of Totem Lodge and Shorncliffe workers will be maintained when a new facility is built. For Politeski, the presence of a stable, well compensated union workforce is a non-issue. For us it’s an essential precondition for quality care. A holy grail, if you will. Ian McLatchie, Protect Public Health Care - Sunshine Coast
Vulnerable population (Re “Get on with it”, letters, the Local, Nov. 28) The writer states private care works well in Scandi-
navia. These countries have rigid controls on how care is delivered. We don’t. I have worked for many years in senior positions in government working with care facilities and can attest that the non-profits and public options deliver a higher standard of care. The private facilities that were in existence were poorly monitored and I can write a horror book about what I found when I worked with licensing and contract management. Before Prime Minister Paul Martin drastically cut the transfer payments in the mid-nineties, most senior care was delivered by non-profit societies, including ethnic and service clubs, who donated land and raised money. The government at that time was able to support these societies with capital costs for building and improvements. With the drop in transfer funds, there was no money for capital costs and provinces were pushed into looking to the private sector. There is always the expectation that the privates show profits. I have seen leaked documents from one chain offering bonuses to administrators for savings. These “savings” are often from cutting staffing, food and supplies. I would urge our elected representatives to look at funding models that protect a vulnerable population. It can be done. Linda Ruiz, Gibsons
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There was sadness in Sechelt following the news that long-time councillor Mike Shanks had died suddenly earlier this week, at the age of 76 or 77. Shanks – seen here in 2016 – served an incredible eight terms on Sechelt council, starting in 1986, and was on council until last year. He was also a founding member of the Coasters Car Club, where he was a key organizer, and appeared in parades in his vintage Ford Ranchero. Mostly, though, Mike Shanks was known to all as a gentleman. FILE PHOTO
Sewage plant “living wall” isn’t District of Sechelt staff are struggling to keep the Water Resource Centre’s (WRC) “living wall” green. The wall is located between the facility’s parking area on the Surf Circle side and the lower section of the property off Ebbtide Street. The wall is faced with fabric bags containing growing medium. It was designed to have plants grow, spread and regenerate along the surface. These plantings were intended to soften the visual impact of the wall which is just over eight metres high. Currently the wall displays mostly brown, non-thriving plants. On Nov. 27, Christine Miller, the district’s wastewater supervisor, told Sechelt’s committee of the whole that staff are in discussions with Marsh Landscaping, the company that installed the wall. Steve Marsh, owner of Marsh Landscaping, confirmed that the wall has been hydro-seeded three times. He said that the plants on
the wall now are weeds that have taken over. He suspects the seedlings have not taken as it is hard to keep the site moist, due to the slope of the wall and its exposure to full sun and drying winds. The wall had temporary irrigation when the first planting was done, but this has been removed. “Through our investigations we have learned that the bags don’t need to have plants growing in them. They need to have something growing over them, to protect them from deteriorating from exposure to the sun’s ultra-violet light. We are looking at the option of planting a cascading ground cover,” said Marsh. Marsh says despite the lack of plants most of the bags are still in good condition and do not need replacement. The bags are a cosmetic component of the wall. The wall structure is provided by a plastic geo-grid product behind the bags.
Five years after being commissioned, the WRC continues to face challenges treating the community’s wastewater. Sechelt is operating the centre under a variance to its provincial permit that allows it to bypass certain equipment while staff work to optimize the facility’s treatment process. The variance, received in August is valid until April, 2020. It allows the ultra-filtration units to be taken offline periodically. When these units are not in operation, water reclaimed from the wastewater received at the centre cannot be reused. Sechelt’s communications manager Julie Rogers stated that the permit the WRC operates under requires a much higher standard than the average wastewater treatment system in BC. She noted that even with the variance, the effluent being discharged into Trail Bay continues to be properly treated and disinfected. Connie Jordison
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At the Oct. 24 Corporate and Administrative Services Committee meeting the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) Board began preliminary budget reviews. Each year the SCRD brings forward projects that are either in-progress or delayed, as well as proposed new projects for consideration at upcoming budget deliberations in December and then in February. The Board focuses on bringing projects forward that align with the 20192023 Strategic Plan and other main policy documents. This helps all those involved in the budget process to remain focused on what is truly important for our communities, while striving to keep taxation as low as possible. For 2020, 123 new proposals were presented to the Board for consideration, and an estimated 68 projects are being carried forward from 2019. Carry-forward projects and the associated funding must be included in the 2020-2024 Financial Plan. The “Local Government Act” stipulates that a Regional District must adopt a Financial Plan Bylaw annually and institute a public participation process to present the plan. The Financial Plan in the form of a bylaw must be adopted by March 31 of each year.
and to ensure services and supports are provided based on the functional needs of children. The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services met with and reviewed the budgets and service plans of the independent officers of the Legislature, which include the Ombudsperson, the Auditor General, the Representative for Children and Youth, the Merit Commissioner, the Conflict of Interest Commissioner, and the new Human Rights Commissioner. In addition to these two Committees, I was honoured to sit on the four-member Committee to select the new Conflict of Interest Commissioner. The unanimous choice was retired justice, the Honourable Victoria Gray who will be charged with ensuring we MLAs fulfil our responsibilities under the Conflict of Interest Act. She also happens to play the oboe, which is the instrument that generally tunes the rest of the orchestra. Many agencies and organizations visited the Legislature to meet with MLAs this month but among most memorable visits was from Carol MacLeod whose multiyear battle for survivor’s benefits finally resulted in a
victory, when the Workers Compensation Appeals Tribunal agreed with her contention that her husband’s untimely death was attributable to his exposure to chemicals in his workplace at Howe Sound Pulp and Paper. Her selfless work will benefit others who will not have to fight so hard for their rights, now that a precedent has been established I was pleased to be able to join Education Minister Rob Fleming at West Sechelt Elementary School for an announcement of an investment of over $11 million to add space to the school to accommodate children currently learning in portables. It was a memorable ceremony with shíshálh drummers, singing, excellent speeches including one by a grade 6 student named Barrett. My office in Davis Bay is still behind security tape due to a fire in the upstairs unit that occurred in May. It is anticipated that we will be back in our familiar surroundings by the end of January. I look forward to welcoming everyone to an open house then. Best wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season, and a peaceful and healthy New Year.
In the spring of 2019, SCRD staff participated in Financial Plan debriefing sessions where it was proposed to move toward adopting a draft Financial Plan by Dec. 31 of each year using an incremental approach toward this new adoption timeline for the 2020-2024 Financial Plan and have proposed new dates for consideration. This year the plan is scheduled to be adopted before February 27. Public consultation plays a key role in the development of an annual financial plan. This requires coordination with stakeholders, such as community partners, member municipalities, and the
public, in moving toward the adoption of the Financial Plan. Round 1 budget deliberations consider a wide range of projects and cost based priorities including those from community partners, such as libraries, museums, youth services and economic development entities. Budget meetings are open to the public and are scheduled to take place on Dec. 4, 5 and 6 in the SCRD Board Room, 1975 Field Road in Sechelt. Round 2 Budget meetings are scheduled for Feb. 10 and 11, 2020. Agendas for these meetings can be found at www.scrd.ca/ agendas-2019
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Sunshine Coast RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a male who stole liquor from the Lighthouse Liquor Store in Sechelt on Nov. 27. The suspect is described as a white male 5’8”, slim build, grey toque with black stripes, peacoat, jeans and shiny leather dress shoes. If you have any information about this theft please call Sunshine Coast RCMP at 604885-2266 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-2228477. File 2019-8151 relates. RCMP PHOTO
Search and rescue’s junior members Through the generous sponsorship of the Sunshine Coast Credit Union, the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) Station 14 (the Gibsons local unit of the national Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer marine emergency response organization) has welcomed their two newest members, Kamilla Hindmarch and Jordan Grisewood. For the past two years, funding from the Sunshine Coast Credit Union has enabled senior high school students to receive training in marine search and rescue through the RCMSAR Junior Member program. The program provides opportunities for youth aged 17 to 19 to gain training and experience, as well as develop their leadership and team-building skills, while participating in a vital emergency response service to the community. Kamilla Hindmarch, 18, has just graduated from Chatelech Secondary School and wants to give back to her home town of Gibsons. Kamilla comes with lots of onthe-water experience – she learned to sail a Laser at a young age, and was a volunteer instructor with the Gibsons Sailing Club. Now, she is looking forward to building her marine portfolio by learning to operate and navigate the SAR14 rigid hull inflatable (RHIB) fast rescue craft. “I love anything to do with the ocean,” Kamilla says. Her immediate plan is to go to the University of Victoria to study marine sciences. But she plans to stay with the Gibsons station during her education. “I like the idea that I can go away to university and then come home and start back again.” Like Kamilla, Jordan Grisewood was looking for way to turn his lifelong interest in boating into a way to volunteer in his community. “I’m a boater, so I thought it would be good to give back by helping other boaters.” At 18, Jordan has already acquired a lot of the experience and credentials of a seasoned mariner. A water enthusiast from an early age, he completed Bronze Cross and Bronze Medallion lifesaving courses, before moving on to complete the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency course and marine radio certification (ROC-M). Jordan’s future goal is to get his 60 Tonne Licence, and thought being a volunteer with the RCMSAR Junior program would be a good grounding for his career.
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At age 18, Jordan Grisewood is hoping his training as a Junior Member of the Gibsons marine search and rescue unit will help him launch a maritime career. KEITH DAVIDSON PHOTO That was the certainly the beginning of the varied and successful career path of Gibson’s first Junior Member, Adrian White. Now a constable with the RCMP, Adrian recalls that in 2001 there was no such thing as junior membership when he showed up as a Grade 10 student at the door of the Gibsons Coast Guard Auxiliary, as it was then known. Steve Sawyer was the unit leader at the time, and told him that, at 16, he was too young. That was not enough to deter Adrian, and he describes how he just kept showing up until Steve and then Training Officer Mark Stipec decided to give him a try. He stayed with the Gibsons station until he was 21. During that time, he got hired on by BC Ferries and credits his Coast Guard Auxiliary experience with helping him get his foot in the door. “I needed an adventure,” he recalls, and so at 21 he left the ferries and joined the Coast Guard. Because of the experience and training he had already completed, he was
Sunshine Coast RCMP Cst Adrian White was the first “Junior Member” of Gibsons marine search and rescue unit 18 years ago. He credits the training he received with jump-starting his varied career. PHOTO SUBMITTED
able to go straight into search and rescue work at a Coast Guard Life Boat Station. The schedule at the Coast Guard was three weeks on, three weeks off, and Adrian recalls he needed something to do during his down time. He decided to add even more variety to his career portfolio, and became a paramedic with BC Ambulance, and spent the next five years alternating between Coast Guard and EMS shifts. Adrian was stationed at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base when the decision was made to close the base down in 2012. He chose that time to make yet another change in his professional trajectory and joined the RCMP, a goal he had kept in the back of his mind since he was a teenager. Today Adrian works with the Sunshine Coast RCMP and is also vessel coordinator for the detachment, overseeing the activities carried out on the unit’s vessel, Orca. The RCMP also has a dedicated marine service, and Adrian can imagine another career turn in his future. “I think that’s what I’d like to do one day,” he says. He is grateful for the start he got all those years ago as young volunteer with marine search and rescue. Kamilla Hindmarch and Jordan Grisewood are at the beginning of their professional lives. If Constable White’s life story is an example of their future paths, whether they end up in marine-related careers or not, their experience with the RCMSAR Junior Program will give them valuable skills and training that will benefit them for many years to come. Submitted by Tess Huntly
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• SC Film Society presents “Mad Hot Ballroom”, award-winning documentary about New York City students preparing for a ballroom dancing competition, 2pm, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt • Pennylane Shen workshop for artists to describe their own work, The Kube, Gibsons, 6-7:30pm • LEAP launch party for social ventures by local entrepreneurs, Gibsons Public Market, 6:30-8:30pm
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• National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women vigil, hosted by SC Labour Council and SC Community Services, Kinsmen Hall, Dougall Park, Gibsons, 5-6:30pm • Opening reception for exhibition by “Power of Paint – Nine Equal Artists”, The Kube, Gibsons, 6-9pm
Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 14th, 2019 9:30am to 11:30am at HMB Community School 8086 Northwood Rd. Halfmoon Bay, BC A community event where everyone is welcome! Adults $6.00 • Child $4.00 (includes photo with Santa) Tickets Available at the door.
• SC Natural History Society hosts John Allen presentation on a driving tour of Iceland, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7:30pm, free
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• Roberts Creek author Heather Conn reads from her new picture book “Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch”, with shíshálh storyteller Andy Johnson, for ages 3-9, Sechelt Public Library, 10am, register at 604-885-3260 • Holiday food and gift fair, including “traditional recipe” mincemeat, St. Bart’s Church, Gibsons, 10am-2pm • Bruce Edwards workshop on making seasonal cards, The Arts Building, Gibsons, 10am-4pm
• Holiday craft fair, The Kube, Gibsons, 11am-4 pm • Canadian Federation of University Women Christmas sale to support educational bursaries for Coast women, Gibsons IGA, 11am-3pm • Local author Marion Crook reads from the mystery “Hazards of Hampshire”, with tea and treats, Gibsons Public Library, 2pm, free, register at 604-886-2130 • Gabriel Dubreil and Jennifer Mauel present traditional fiddle tunes, Persephone Brewing, Gibsons, 2-4pm
• Elves Club telethon, fundraiser with live music all day, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 2-8pm
• Two short films about dwindling salmon stock and Q&A with filmmaker Josh Thome, sponsored by non-profit Tree of Light, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, 3-6pm, 778-229-5683 • Turkey raffles (two every 15 minutes), fundraiser for KidSport, Blackfish Pub, Gibsons, 4-8pm
• Rotary’s 12th annual Hop Scotch, Pender Harbour Community Hall, 7pm • Sofa Kings, Gibsons Legion, 8pm
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• Rosalee Stavroff launches her book of poetry, “Domestic Dragon”, Eko-Freako, Roberts Creek, noon-4pm • Community rock painting with Rockin’deed and pop up market, Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons, noon-3pm
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• Off the Page play reading presents “In Comfort and Joy”, a David King play about a Christmas dinner gone wrong, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 1pm, by donation • Sunday blues jam hosted by Simon Paradis and Joe Stanton, Pender Harbour Golf Club, 2-6pm, by donation
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It’s December already but Special Olympics is staying warm. Athletes and coaches extend warmest regards to Bill Climie, our 10-year curling coach who retired from the sport after an illustrious 65 years. We wish him joy in any new opportunity that comes his way. On Nov. 27, the Orcas Sunshine Coast swim team hosted our third annual Inclusion Meet with the Chinook Swim team at the Sechelt Aquatic Centre. This was an opportunity for long-time swimmers, novices and even some senior swim team members to compete in races that included the 25-metre kick, 50-metre butterfly and everything in between. Family and friends of all the athletes also lent their hand in marshalling the swimmers, and timing their races. It was a pleasant surprise to see former coach Marilyn Adams among those assisting. Head Orca coach Cathy Verge sent out a big thank you to all who helped at the event: “It is always fun when we can get athletes of all ages
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A cappella ensemble Sweet Scarlet takes the stage at the Pender Harbour School of Music on Dec. 15 for a concert full of seasonal favourites. The six members, Eran Sudds (alto), June Iwagami-Pausche (mezzo), Laura Couling (soprano), Katy Cadman (mezzo), Vista Trethewey (alto) and Heather Ray (soprano), have been delighting audiences with their exceptional vocal talents since 2012. Sudds, Cadman and Ray had been singing together in a group that disbanded so they decided to start something new. “We didn’t want to let go of that part of our lives,” says
Sudds. They held auditions and found Trethewey and Couling, who were childhood friends of Cadman’s. The sixth member of the Vancouver-based group, Iwagami-Pausche, was discovered through an online classified ad. “We like to say she’s the best thing we ever found on Craigslist,” laughs Sudds. The members have been singing all their lives in various ensembles and choirs, and Iwagmai-Pausche is a trained opera singer. “We knew starting out that we wanted to focus on the sound that we can make together just with our voices,” explains Sudds as to why the group chose a cappella as their style. “We get tingly about the sound we can make together. It’s our hearts and souls and voices that are all coming together. We’re not relying on any oth-
Here’s something you don’t see every day. This example of two people playing the same cello was seen on Nov. 14 in a house concert in Roberts Creek. Kaiti Rieder (left) and Alanna Hunter usually play violin and cello respectively; sometimes both of them play banjos, but here they are both playing one cello in “Single Petal of a Rose,” a song by Duke Ellington written for Queen Elizabeth. Together they make up Abby-Jade, a folk duo from Brandon, Manitoba. JANE COVERNTON PHOTO
Young banner artists This year’s Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s “banner project” is nearing a milestone in which the elementary school artists will be presented certificates by the Sechelt mayor. The banner project happens through the elementary schools where children create banner designs with this year’s theme, “Inventions of the Future”. The 300 entries are currently on display at the Arts Centre. Of those, 20 have been selected by a jury of artists and educators to be hand painted into replica banners to be installed at the Sechelt Library Civic Square in the new year. Parents, grandparents and children are invited to work
with volunteer artists to create the banners by projecting, tracing and then hand painting the winning designs onto six-foot lengths of fabric. The presentation of banner selects ceremony will be held on Dec. 14, 12:30pm, at the Arts Centre. Sponsor Neil Clayton and Mayor Darnelda Siegers will present the award certificates. Everyone is welcome. Meanwhile, 117 submissions in the “young artists award exhibition” are also on display. These are works done outside of school by youth aged 5-18. The awards for this group will also be Dec. 14 – at 2:30pm – in the Arts Centre. Submitted
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er instrumentation.” Since coming together, the group has committed itself to meeting once a week for rehearsals and other group business, despite having other jobs and being full-time moms. “We have 15 children between us [but] we make the time,” says Sudds. “Sunday afternoon is our sacred rehearsal time.” Performances are often scheduled in advance, “so once it’s on the calendar, we just know and make it work.” Sudds will be missing her son’s piano recital this year as it falls on the same day as their Christmas show. “We’re all really committed,” she says simply. Their dedication and hard work paid off in 2016 when they won the Elmer Iseler Award for Best Performance of a Canadian Composition at the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River for their rendition of “Three Ways to Vacuum Your House Part 1” by Stephen Hatfield. “We did not expect to win that prize because we’re such a small ensemble,” says Sudds. “It was absolutely thrilling.” They also placed second in the Equal Voice category and the Chamber Choir category. “We took a weekend away in the fall of 2015 and went to Laura’s cabin [on Sakinaw Lake] and spent some totally dedicated time to prep for the Choral Kathaumixw,” says Sudds. “And we just found out we’ve been accepted for 2020, so we’ll be back.” In addition to singing, Sweet Scarlet loves to perform for audiences. “It’s one of the most joyful experiences that all of us have in our lives,” says Sudds. They remember Coast audiences fondly from their appearance here in 2017. “It’s one of the best venues we’ve ever been to,” says Sudds of the School of Music. “You can feel
As an a cappella group, Sweet Scarlet’s main focus are the voices. But the group also likes to “perform”, to entertain their audience. From the left, Eran Sudds (alto), June Iwagami-Pausche (mezzo), Laura Couling (soprano), Katy Cadman (mezzo), Vista Trethewey (alto) and Heather Ray (soprano). REBEKAH LOGAN PHOTO the energy, see the faces. We just loved it.” The repertoire will feature several familiar Christmas carols. “But we’ll also have some unique and interesting choral pieces and non-traditional holiday
songs that you might not hear anywhere else,” says Sudds. “It’s going to be fun. Everyone will leave feeling very much in the Christmas spirit and wanting to sing!” Sweet Scarlet performs at
the Pender Harbour School of Music Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2pm. Tickets $25, available at Harbour Insurance in Madeira Park, Strait Music in Sechelt or online at penderharbourmusic.ca.
The Arbutus Sounds Choir performed in the Trail Bay Mall as part of Sechelt’s Festival of Lights on Nov. 30. CONNIE JORDISON PHOTO
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performs “A Prairie Christmas” in Sechelt Dec. 13. It is a captivating concert of music to celebrate the season, honoring and cherishing special traditions with family and friends. There are two concerts at the Arts Centre in Sechelt on Friday, Dec.13 – at 2pm and 7pm. Nadeau – Manitoba-born and Vancouver-based – has played with artists like Kanye West, The Who and Frank Sinatra Jr. She also acts as principle harpist with the Vancouver Opera and performs regularly with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The show also features two exceptional Vancouver-based multi-instrumentalists: Joaquin Ayala and Serena Eades. Ayala showcases his excep-
tional talent on nyckelharpa, harmonium, tambura, and symphonie, among others. Berkley-trained Sunshine Coast native Eades, notably of Delhi 2 Dublin, is a new addition to the ensemble who brings her energetic violin and fiddle playing to the stage. “For me, Christmas is about connecting with loved ones,” says Janelle. “It’s when we can spend quality time together and reminisce about a simpler time, and in my family, we feel that especially through holiday music. I love sharing that with people, welcoming them into our musical experience and creating a warm vibe in the theatre for generations of families and friends.” Tickets are $30 and available at sunshineartscouncil. com/events Submitted
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Tip of the Week: The hooves of the centaur are landing with a heavier clop due to the influences of Jupiter now in Capricorn (Dec. 2, 2019 – Dec. 19, 2020). Its entry into the sign of governance and authority occurs with Venus conjunct the Lunar South Node and Saturn and Pluto within reach or other at 18 and 21 degrees respectively. The Sun meanwhile is itself in Sagittarius and the Moon is in Aquarius, while Mercury and Mars occupy Scorpio. Chiron at 1 Aries and Uranus at 3 Taurus also figure prominently due to each making close aspects to Jupiter. Altogether, this ingress reveals a sobering and tense mood. The Scorpio factor can be understood to be the secretive interests of the private center, the Sun in Sagittarius highlights the aspiration towards greater unity, the Capricorn stellium refers to governments needing to make important major decisions quickly, the Aquarius Moon represents the rebellious masses seeking more certainty regarding the future and Chiron reveals the need for healthier attitudes from the private sector. Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19) Balancing a conservative mood with an urge to take calculated risks begins this week. Your main focus continues to center on home and family. Although you might like to, this is probably not the time to travel. Yet, it is a good time to enter into private meetings to discuss plans and designs with other key players destined
to be on your stage now. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20) Some cycles are deeper than others and this is one of them. Words like intense, powerful and transformational also apply. Your ambitions are running high and these may be spurred on by significant others as well as by your own interests. The stakes are probably pretty high and this is probably not a time to be casual. Balance the deep implications with a broad vision. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) As is true of others, you are experiencing both an expansive and contractive cycle. The expansion is linked to increased outer association. The contraction refers to a deep process of change that has been underway for a couple of years now, yet is entering the next effective stage. In both respects, you are challenged to exercise a realistic vision for the future. Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22) The powerful changes that have been occurring on relationship fronts are now entering a new phase. You will feel moved and inspired to strengthen your overall position. This will include an assertive, creative approach linked to feeling more secure. Your sense of strategy will increase progressively with a noticeable added edge that will escalate all month. Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 23) A playful window has opened. Positively, it will also stimulate a creative focus. Yet, you should anticipate the need to be diligent and disciplined if you want to achieve your goals. At worst, you could be contending with over-analysis and subsequently a stronger tendency to worry. You probably also need to sup-
port and assistance of others at this stage. Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22) Sagittarius time is usually a good one for you. Things flow easier and this often includes abundance. As well this year you could experience professional expansion and increase. This includes heightened ambitions and the stimulation of new ideas and perspectives providing you with clarity regarding how to best achieve your goals. Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22) Many thoughts and ideas are flowing through your mind. Fortunately, you are feeling more confident about things than you did even last week. Yet, you may still feel challenged to overcome some areas that may feel stuck or stagnant. It is likely you have been pushing for meaningful change but keep confronting blocks. This is destined to change, starting this week. Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) You want a bigger slice of the pie. What the pie depends on your circumstances. It could well include more money and at least more security. Since last month you began to take new leads and initiatives and this focus continues. And you are sharp in your approach, even if you are entertaining more than one direction. Sagittarius (Nov 22–Dec 21) You are keen to explore new territory. This includes more money and new approaches, methods or strategies to achieve it. Working behind the scenes is also featured, a theme that has been underway for several weeks already. It includes doing the inner work which could imply research and homework or go deeper into psychological processing.
Sechelt’s Festival of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 30 started with a “make and take” craft table for children in the Trail Bay Mall. The fun continued into the evening with the lighting of the lights and carol singing at Rockwood Centre, followed by a parade down Cowrie Street, sponsored by the Sechelt Downtown Business Association. CONNIE JORDISON PHOTO
Capricorn (Dec 22–Jan 19) On one hand, you are happy to take some time out and duck behind the scenes. On the other hand, circumstances are pushing you out. Positively, this outer push is to engage more fully with family. You do and have been feeling a bit restless and punchy for the past while so some social stimulation could prove satisfying, providing it is brief. Aquarius (Jan 20–Feb 19) Increasing your social network has been a steady theme all year and continues now. Yet, you are also feeling the need to dig deeper into your reserves of power and faith to meet current challenges. Perhaps you are dealing with a heavier workload or perhaps deeper questions regarding your sense of purpose and the best direction need more attention. Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20) Sagittarius is the sign that sits on your career line. This generally implies that you directly or indirectly seek a sense of adventure in your work. Jupiter in Sagittarius all year has pushed you to increase your social outreach and this theme continues yet now enters its next effective stage which implies new alliances. These must be forged with diligence and discipline if they are to endure.
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