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Sechelt grows, gains political clout voting system, each SCRD Area is entitled to one vote per 2,000 population. Therefore, on matters that have weighted votes (such as the budget) Sechelt will now have six votes, while the Town of Gibsons has three, the rural areas have two votes each, and the Sechelt Indian Government District (SIGD) has one. "Sechelt will indeed qualify for another seat at the RD table and an increase in the weighted vote with the new population figures," confirmed Sechelt Mayor, Bruce Milne by email. "For non-

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weighted decisions Sechelt will now have two votes out of a reconfigured Board of nine persons." Milne noted that it will be some months before a new director is appointed, due to the process required by the province and the need to amend SCRD bylaws. "I expect this to be completed prior to December 2017 so that the new Board is in place for the annual election of the Board Chair and Vice-Chair and appointment of Committee Chairs," said Milne. The three municipalities

(Gibsons, Sechelt and the SIGD) will now wield equal voting power to the rural areas on weighted votes: 10 votes to 10, although rural directors will still outnumber municipal directors five to four for other votes. (Rural directors are elected directly by voters for a four-year term; municipal directors are appointed by the municipal council, and terms of appointment vary.) Viewed regionally, the upper portion of the Coast from Sechelt to Egmont will now have 11 weighted votes at the table, versus nine for

the lower Coast (Port Mellon to Roberts Creek). Sechelt expanded its boundaries in 1986, taking in Wilson Creek, Davis Bay, Selma Park, East Porpoise Bay, Sandy Hook, Tuwanek, West Porpoise Bay, and West Sechelt. A similar boundary extension for Gibsons, proposed in 2006, was defeated at the polls. Had it passed, the combined Gibsons population would still fall short of the 10,000 mark, though only by 80 people. Overall, the Sunshine Coast's population grew 4.7 per cent between 2011 and

2016, lagging the provincial growth rate of 5.6 per cent for BC as a whole. Two areas actually lost population during that time. The SIGD's population dropped 15.8 per cent and Area A (Pender Harbour) saw a decline of two per cent. Other areas saw modest gains. Area F (West Howe Sound) grew 1.4 per cent, Area B (Halfmoon Bay) 1.9 per cent, the Town of Gibsons 3.8 per cent, Area E (Elphinstone) 5.2 per cent and Area D (Roberts Creek) 5.5 per cent. Donna McMahon

Representatives of Calvary Baptist Church appeared before the Town of Gibsons Committee of the Whole on Feb. 7 with a preliminary proposal to build 60 to 100 units of affordable housing for seniors on a Venture Way property that adjoins the church's Park Road location. "We were approached by a member of our congregation and other people in the community about doing some 55-plus housing," said Brian Wiebe of the Calvary Baptist Church. The church's existing property is not big enough to add a large housing project, so the church went through a site selection process, and settled on the neighbouring Venture Way lot.

The proposed location is convenient to transportation and amenities, but the property would have to be rezoned from industrial and commercial zoning to residential. "We've kind of reached the stage at this point where we need some direction as to the possibility of having that rezoned," said Wiebe. A report from Director of Planning Andre Boel recommended against the rezoning. Boel noted that while the Town welcomes affordable housing, it is also a priority of the Official Community Plan to preserve land for commercial and industrial use to support economic development. The Venture Way property under discussion is currently

owned by Ian Harding, who has been working with the church. The property is cut into two sections by Venture Way. The north section is bounded on the west by an industrial property (currently occupied by Gibsons Recycling Depot) and to the east by the Baptist church and a condominium development. According to Harding, he has only been approached with one serious proposal to develop his property in the last 15 years, and it fell through. Harding favours subdividing the property into two sections and retaining the south portion (south of Venture Way, behind the present A&W) for commercial use. After discussion, Council

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The District of Sechelt now qualifies to have a second director at the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) board table because its population has topped 10,000 residents. Population figures released from the 2016 Canada Census on Feb. 8 show that the District of Sechelt grew faster than any other area in the SCRD, rising from 9,291 in 2011 to 10,216 in 2016 – a gain of 10 per cent. In passing the 10,000 mark, Sechelt also gains another vote in financial matters. Under the weighted

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New boss for BC Ferries BC Ferries’ Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mark F. Collins as President and CEO effective April 1. A senior marine executive for the past 20 years, Collins is currently Vice President of Strategic Planning & Community Engagement at BC Ferries, and was the Vice President, Engineering between 2004 and 2012. In making the announcement, Board Chair Donald Hayes said, “Mark Collins has demonstrated his ability to lead teams and work

collaboratively with diverse groups, skills we believe to be vital for the CEO position.” BC Ferries’ engaged an executive search firm to conduct a thorough national search following the announcement of current President and CEO Mike Corrigan’s decision to step down from his role effective March 31, 2017. “As a person who was born in Newfoundland, a ferry dependent island, I understand first-hand the importance of a reliable ferry service to people’s lives,” said Collins.

“I am fortunate to have such a solid foundation on which to start my new role as President and CEO, and I have our CEO Mike Corrigan, our leadership team and our more than 4500 dedicated employees to thank for that.” Hayes noted that Collins’ total remuneration will meet with the requirements of the Coastal Ferry Act. As directed by the Act, BC Ferries conducted a survey of compensation among comparable public sector organizations. Total remuneration cannot exceed an annual maximum of $495,000, which is approximately 10 per cent less than the total remuneration paid to Corrigan currently. Submitted

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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Feeling betrayed (Sent to MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, and copied to the Local.) It’s very rare that I would get involved with changing the course of an election or write to my parliamentarian, but Canada’s need for a new electoral system based on Proportional Representation, and the need for action on climate change, made me change my mind. You may recall meeting me a few times during the 2015 federal election. I’m the guy that worked with the Alliance For Democracy (A4D) group to promote strategic voting here on the Sunshine Coast. Beginning in late July 2015 and ending with the election, I worked daily designing, updating, and printing over 14,000 flyers promoting strategic voting on my home computer and printer at considerable expense of my time and $650 in printing supplies. (A4D was eventually able to repay about half of my costs.) During that time I also spent 2-4 hours most days handing out flyers everywhere I went in the Sechelt – Gibsons area, on the streets, shopping malls, public meetings, debates, and gatherings, even on the ferry. You should have seen the conversations that I ignited on the ferry decks. I eventually handed out over 7,000 flyers myself, each with a conversation about why we all needed to vote strategically to elect the Liberals, so that we could get a new electoral system based on Proportional Representation as promised by Justin Trudeau. So, I can easily say I had a stake in the election, and probably influenced a lot of votes in your favour. Now, I am deeply disappointed and feel betrayed by the Trudeau Government’s decision to renege

on his promise to get rid of First Past The Post election system. As my elected representative, I expect you to stand up to your party and let them know that this latest decision to abandon electoral reform is unacceptable to me and many of my fellow Canadians. Chuck Payne, Sechelt

Elder care abysmal After reading numerous opinions about the controversial long- term care plan for the Sunshine Coast (ie. new facility to be run by Trellis Corporation) I would like to make a few points. Whether private or public funding, for-profit or not-for-profit…care for the elderly, frail and vulnerable, seems to be abysmal, right across the country. I speak from experience, as my 88-year-old mother recently needed care in a publicly funded “rehab” facility in Montreal. The “care” she received in this publicly funded facility was nothing short of neglectful and undignified. Our family opted to hire private caregivers and to remove her from this unsafe, cold and uncaring environment as soon as possible, an option not available to others without the financial means and/ or advocates to help them through this. I recently had a very different experience while admitted to Sechelt Hospital for a minor surgery. The care I received there was excellent and the resources more than adequate. What a contrast to the “care” my 88-year-old mother received. We can talk about overstretched resources, but what about redistributing and managing those resources so that our older people can get the same standard of care as I re-

ceived? I believe part of the problem is that our society doesn’t fully appreciate the care needs of older people. I only hope that this warehousing of seniors gets more attention. Until you experience it yourself with a loved one, you may be ignorant to how seniors are treated in our health care system. That goes for public as well as private for-profit facilities. You would never see this in a paediatric setting. Corinna O’Neill, Roberts Creek

Union politics? The debate over the new extended care facility has been characterized as a fight for public health care. The essential elements of a public health care system are that it is publicly funded and that access is on the basis of need. A privately operated facility on contract to VCH is fully consistent with those elements - it’s the same arrangement that pays the bill when you see your doctor. Canada is the only wealthy, developed country that maintains a government monopoly on the provision of hospitalized care and payment of physicians. Not coincidentally, our system is consistently rated as one of the poorest performing in the developed world. The authoritative Commonwealth Fund rates Canada as 10th of 11 large developed countries in terms of the quality of its health care system – only marginally ahead of the U.S. Their study is readily available on line. We have the longest waits for medical care in the developed world and our hospitals have very high readmission and infection rates. The World Health Organiza-

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tion and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development come to similar conclusions. All of those countries whose systems work so much better than ours provide universal publicly funded care using a mix of public and private facilities and providers. They benefit from competition, innovation and management flexibility. We, in turn, suffer under an inefficient, inflexible, slow and bureaucratically bloated monopoly. I suspect that union politics and anti-market ideology are more important than improving and expanding our extended care capacity to many of the most vocal opponents. Those opposed to the new facility would perpetuate a broken model. Trellis runs two facilities in BC and they both meet or exceed the number of care hours per patient mandated in their contracts with the health authorities. I’m confident they can do the same in Sechelt. Keith Maxwell, Sechelt

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Gibsons wants to keep �ire commission The proposed dissolution of the Gibsons and District Fire Protection Commission by the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is ruffling political feathers. The Gibsons and District fire service area includes the Town of Gibsons and rural areas E (Elphinstone) and F (West Howe Sound), but two of those three areas are not on board with the decision. Gibsons Town Council discussed the matter at their Committee of the Whole meeting on Feb. 7 in response to a letter signed by SCRD Chair Garry Nohr requesting that Gibsons consent to "remove the requirement for a joint Fire Protection Commission." "I'm a bit surprised that they sent this to us without having entered into any kind of discussions beforehand," said Gibsons Mayor Wayne Rowe. Rowe noted that a key responsibility of the commission is to develop the fire service annual budget. "I'm a bit concerned when we're the major funder of this function that we would abdicate this to the regional

district," said Rowe. Councilor Silas White, who represented the Town at the SCRD board in 2016, agreed. "I find the letter baffling. 'After careful consideration,' it says, 'the board approved dissolving the commission.' I was on the board. I don't remember that. I don't remember dissolving it or the careful consideration," said White. A staff report presented to the SCRD's Corporate and Administrative Services Committee on Oct. 27, 2016 made recommendations on the future of 15 advisory committees, including the fire commission. Committee minutes record that the committee voted in favour of the recommendations, but the Town's representative did not feel the matter was fully discussed. "There was no formal discussion or direction on the fire commission specifically, and even if there were, I think for the SCRD to unilaterally make that decision would have been problematic," said White. Area F Director, Lorne Lewis, in an interview, agreed with White.

"This shouldn't have been lumped in with the advisory committees," said Lewis. He said that he had voted in favour of dissolving the commission "by mistake", not realizing that the fire commission was included in a list of SCRD advisory committees. Area F Director, Ian Winn, in an email, defended the decision to disband the commission. "The way it was written in the bylaws stated you had to have the commission to do the budget," said Winn. "That aspect of the commission is still valuable and still required and we could do it in a different way." Winn stressed that the SCRD needed to streamline its meeting process and not hold more meetings than are absolutely needed. But he admitted: "Communications on the fire commission changes with the Town of Gibsons could have been handled better." In order to dissolve the Fire Commission, which was established under an SCRD bylaw in 1996, the SCRD must pass an amended bylaw and then submit it for the approval of the provincial Inspector of Municipalities. Gibsons Council voted unanimously to not consent to dissolution of the Commission. Donna McMahon

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On Saturday, Feb. 25 bring your family heirlooms, mysterious art work, jewellery and memorabilia down to the Antique & Collectables Roadshow to be appraised. This year, the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives annual fundraising event will take place at Trail Bay Mall in Sechelt from 10am3pm. Any item that you can carry into the mall will be appraised for a fee of $15 for one item, $20 for two, $25 for three and a $30 flat fee per collection. A collection is defined as items of a similar nature (think comic books, tea cups, coin collections, etc). There is a limit of 3 items per visit and you can

visit as many times as you wish. Appraisals are available from 10am to 3pm. In past years, community members have brought in rare comic books, limited edition sports memorabilia and even an original Emily Carr painting for appraisal. Bring your friends and fami-

ly down to the Antique & Collectables Roadshow and see what community treasures are unveiled while supporting your local museum. For more information on the event, including appraiser specialties, call us at 604886-8232

Appraisers examine antiques to estimate their value. This year, the Antiques & Collectibles Roadshow will be held Feb. 25, 10am-3pm, in the Trail Bay Mall in Sechelt. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Books & Beyond Heather Evans-Cullen

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In these turbulent times, many of us have been motivated to reflect on some of the many reasons we are fortunate to be Canadian. One of these reasons will be nationally celebrated from Feb. 26 to March 4: Freedom to Read Week. The Canadian Library Association Statement on Intellectual Freedom asserts that all persons in Canada have the fundamental right, as embodied in the nation’s Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to have access to all expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity, and to express their thoughts publicly. This right to intellectual freedom, under the law, is essential to

the health and development of Canadian society. It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable. To this end, libraries shall acquire and make available the widest variety of materials. At the Gibsons and District Public Library, we strive to protect intellectual freedom and to ensure our patrons have easy access to a diverse range of resources We will also be reflecting on our Canadian identity, as we begin a series of events to celebrate Canada 150. On Wednesday, March 1 at 6pm, join us for Memories of a Canadian Childhood, as three local speakers will share their diverse stories of growing up in different parts of

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

This month, some of the Sunshine Coast regional directors attended a UBCM workshop in Vancouver, which included sessions on communicating with constituents in today’s social media culture. These workshops addressed the challenge that elected officials now face in dealing with bullying and negative com-

Mayor’s Message Bruce Milne Mayor, District of Sechelt

Last month I addressed regional and alternative service delivery from our four local governments. This month I thought I’d take a closer look at the range of work local governments do – specifically, the numerous daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that keep staff busy at the District of Sechelt. Our staff of 50 is responsible for delivering a wide range of public services. Many are on call to respond to emergencies 24/7. As this piece is being written, our Public Works crew is using four plows and one grader to clear snow from our 113.4 kms of road. In

Search & Rescue Dispatches Jane Macdonald

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These challenging days of snow and icy winter are no match for the spirit and energy of Search and Rescue volunteers, who continue to spend their time upgrading personal skills and technical knowledge. For these teams, a life-affirming antidote to cabin fever and media overload is found in the active application of compassion, teamwork and service to one’s local community. Local SAR volunteers, across land and sea, are bound by a personal commitment to community service and a love of the Sunshine Coast’s natural beauty and marine wonders. SAR teams continue to practice for all weather conditions. A day-long practice session was held at Dakota

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ments, all the while trying to be positive in their efforts to follow the required processes for resolutions, projects, new bylaws, and public hearings. Constant negativity and outright attacks are why some elected officials are resigning early in their terms. Many feel that they did not put their name forward to run for local government to then be accused of taking bribes, exercising bias, and supporting one group over another. Such accusations are not new, but more prevalent now that constituents can immediately e-mail, text, or phone to express their

concerns, many times without researching the facts. This has become a major problem, as constituents increasingly fail to be civil and, instead, resort to negative personal comments. Another reason for people leaving is not initially understanding the demands imposed by the role of councillor/director: many hours of reviewing bylaws, reading reports, and organizing public hearings, as well as attending and participating in scheduled council/board meetings. New councillors/directors often feel lost, as they do not receive

effective training as elected officials when they start. Local governments are now proposing that there should be training sessions for all elected officials at the outset of each term. A further, important issue is the remuneration of councillors and directors. Many of those elected do not have the ability to attend all meetings, as they have to maintain other employment. With most local governments the remuneration of elected officials is not at a level that allows most singles or people with young families to put their names forward. The economic challenge for

some elected officials is exacerbated by the new four-year term, which is causing some to leave because it is too long a time to juggle family, work, and political obligations. Still other factors may further erode the commitment of elected officials and cause them to resign. Some, for example, are troubled by council/board disruptions, which typically occur when one or more members do not work cooperatively with the rest. Other elected officials have ongoing frustration that local government does not move as quickly as they would like.

Because local government has many different requirements before a project goes forward, the democratic process can be intolerably slow for some. The remedy for many of the discontents of elected officials lies in the direction of streamlining local government procedures, in order to create greater opportunities and success for those who want to participate in the democratic process. Please contact me at 604741-2427 or e-mail me at garry.nohr@scrd.ca if you wish to discuss SCRD programs or plans.

2016 they completed 12km of ditching, installed eight new culverts, applied dust control and graded all gravel roads four times and completed over 15 road patches. They painted 1,000 metres of curbs in 2016 and handled numerous unplanned service requests including the removal of over 20 hazard or danger trees. Our Water Resource Centre crew inspected 458 manholes, maintained our pumping system and ensured that the daily average of 2,400 cubic metres of waste water we produce was processed. Our Parks crew maintains 34 parks, 51 public beach accesses, and 28 public recreation areas and streetscapes. In 2016 they planted 72 street trees, hung 80 flower baskets, and added hundreds of bulbs and annuals to our gardens. Facilities maintenance is responsible for 11 buildings and

four public washrooms (one recently restored with a new mural featuring 54 characters from Sechelt’s past and present). Keeping the public well informed about meetings, events and issues in our community is evolving as our residents make the switch from print to electronic and from desktop to mobile. In just one year, our staff managed over 350,000 emails (and deleted 1.2 million spam messages), posted 124 news articles to our website and social media pages, live-streamed 34 Council and eTown Hall meetings and responded to 1,658 service requests and 36 requests for information. Our three Administrative Assistants compiled agendas and took minutes at 57 Council and 60 Committee meetings. There is no shortage of new developments planned for

our community. This has kept our Planning staff and building inspectors busy. In 2016, they processed applications for three Temporary Use Permits, four Official Community Plan Amendments, five Development Variance Permits, 12 Sign Permits, 15 Rezonings, 17 Subdivisions, 53 Development Permits and 182 Building Permits. The District issued 77

new Business Licences. Our local economy is obviously very strong. The Finance and Corporate Services department renewed 532 pet licenses, 982 business licenses and processed 903 Property Title Ownership Changes. While these numbers are impressive, the true value of the work staff do cannot be

quantified. They provide assistance for community events such as Canada Day and the Coaster's Car Show as well as numerous neighbourhood events. They participate in parades and support the work of our major arts and literary festivals. They really do build community - and make community possible - in everything they do.

Ridge on Jan. 8 during which snowmobile, snowshoes and the UTV were all put to the test. The unit's search dog and rope rescue team also took the opportunity to work in the deep snow. On the community front, one of our SAR members made a presentation on what we do to the local Pathfinders group at their "Be Prepared" Camp at Sarah Wray Hall in Irvine’s Landing on Jan. 22. SAR continues to hone its map and compass skills with indoor classroom learning complemented by outside practical skills – in the dark. On the waterfront, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue volunteers work on refining their understanding of Aides to Navigation, Collision Regulations and First Aid practice and drills. At the end of February, members of Station 12 will be hitting the pool at the Sechelt Aquatic Centre to ensure everyone is comfortable in their gear and in multiple water-based sce-

narios. Winter’s long nights provide time for reflection on the importance of training and preparedness, ensuring the safety of our crew and vessels. On March 2, British Columbia’s Search and Rescue volunteers will unveil a memorial to our fallen at the grounds of the BC Legislative Buildings. It is with great and enduring sorrow that we recognize the names of two RCMSAR Station 12 members who will be inscribed on the memorial: Angie Nemeth and Beatrice Sorensen. Proud team members whose contribution and commitment will never be forgotten. The monument will be located near similar memorials for BC’s police, fire and ambulance personnel. It will honour marine, air and ground SAR volunteers who gave their lives in the line of duty and serve as a permanent reminder of the contribution of SAR.

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Around the Harbour Patti Soos

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The Pender Harbour Community School invites you to an Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Drop in anytime between 11:30am and 1:30pm for some snacks and a chance to connect with the friendly people who provide ongoing programs and services in the Pender Harbour and Egmont area. If you’ve ever wondered what the Community School is all about or if you are new to the Pender Harbour area, this is a great opportunity to learn what the Community School does and how you can connect to different local organizations and resources. Many different groups partner with the Community School to bring needed services to the Pender Harbour

area. Representatives from these groups will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about their programs. Connect with the experts from the Open Door Group (WorkBC), Welcoming Committees, Sunshine Coast Literacy Coalition, Volunteer Tax Service, Youth and Child Services and Early Years Council as well as these local Pender Harbour groups: Outreach Healthy Meals Program, the Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Seniors Initiative and the Pender Harbour Community School Information and Referral Services. Learn what these organizations do within our community and how you can access their services. The Pender Harbour Community School is home to the Harbour Learning Centre, a space used for programs that cater to all ages. Groups can rent the space for meetings or workshops. Computers are available for community use and you can also find a lo-

cal community-events board and a job board. Many programs run out of the Community School; child and youth after school and Pro D Day programs as well as nutrition programs in both Madeira Park Elementary and Pender Harbour Secondary Schools, programs for adults and youth such as Computer Cafe and Cooking Classes. Drop in Sports are offered through the Community School four nights a week at the Pender Harbour High School Gym. The Community School also maintains an online Community Resource Directory and Community Calendar on their website. Be sure to drop in to the Open House on Feb. 21. The Pender Harbour Community School is located at 5012 Gonzales Road in Madeira Park in the colourful building on the field of Madeira Park Elementary School. For more information please call 604-883-2826.

Online Clowhom Dam consultation What would you do to support species and conserve habitats impacted by BC Hydro dams? The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) wants to your help to define FWCP priorities for fish and wildlife impacted by the Clowhom Dam. Please join our online discussion Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 2-4 pm. The dam is on the Clowhom River, which runs into Salmon Inlet, which is connected to Sechelt Inlet. “We’re starting a discussion that will help determine what conservation and enhancement projects are within our mandate for the Clowhom River watershed for the next five years,” says Julie Fournier, Manager of the FWCP’s Coastal Region. Confirm your attendance at the Feb. 21 online discussion by Feb. 17 via email to fwcp@bchydro.com. You will need a phone and an internet

connection. In the Clowhom River watershed the FWCP is currently funding a multi-year wildlife project to assess and map wetlands and undertake comprehensive surveys of species-at-risk and their habitats with an emphasis on Northern Goshawks, bats and Roosevelt Elk, the largest

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Roosevelt Elk are one of the species in the Clowhom River watershed to benefit from a four-year project funded by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP). The FWCP is hosting an online workshop Feb. 21 to discuss potential future projects to conserve and enhance species impacted by construction of the Clowhom Dam. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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The High Bar Gang comes to Raven’s Cry Theatre Saturday, Feb. 25. This seven-piece bluegrass band features a bevy of talented musicians including Dave Barber (banjo, mandolin and guitar, vocals), Kirby Barber (vocals, guitar and bass), Rob Becker (bass), Barney Bentall (vocals and guitar), Wendy Bird (vocals, guitar), Colin Nairne (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Shari Ulrich (vocals, fiddle and mandolin). Ulrich, who many will know from her days with Hometown Band, Pied Pumkin, BTU, or her own successful solo career, may be surprised to find the folk/pop performer singing and playing bluegrass. “If I’m offered something that makes me nervous or scares me a little, I think, ‘I should do that,’” says Ulrich of being asked by Nairne to join to the band. “It’s been far more fun and more rewarding musically than I ever anticipated.” It’s strange to think of Ulrich, who’s career spans four decades, and who has 21 al-

The High Bar Gang brings traditional bluegrass music to the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt Feb. 25. Shari Ulrich is standing third from the left with her violin. PHOTO SUBMITTED bums, two Junos, and a host of other accomplishments to her name, as being nervous of playing a little bluegrass. “The music is challenging to play,” she says. “I realized the reason I never did team sports was that I was always anxious about letting down the team and there was so much new music to learn.” But she’s risen to the challenge and now enjoys playing with a band again, something she hasn’t done since her

The popularity of ukuleles With their high pitched twang and diminutive size, ukuleles may seem like the pekingese of musical instruments. But in recent years they've enjoyed a revival in popularity right across North America. And Roberts Creek musician Graham Walker has discovered that they are the gateway drug to stringed instruments. Walker has been a professional musician for 30 years, playing guitar and giving lessons. One day he brought home a ukulele and discovered that the small size made it much more manageable for children. It's also easier to learn, as it has a similar chord pattern to a guitar, with two fewer strings. "It's a very friendly instrument," said Walker. "And I found it was way better for adults, too." Ukuleles are easy to schlep ("you can play them in the front seat of a car," said Walk-

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er) and affordable. Student models start around $100. On the Sunshine Coast they are sold at WOW Art Gallery in Gibsons, Melomania in Roberts Creek and Strait Music in Sechelt. Walker is now running ukulele groups in Gibsons and Roberts Creek, and also holds ukulele singalongs at Christensen Village once a week. Intermediate ukulele classes run on Monday nights, beginner classes are on Tuesday nights, and everyone's invited to a monthly meet-up at the Gumboot Cafe on second Thursday evenings of the month, whether they have an instrument or not. "The songs we pick are the kind you just can't resist joining in on," said Walker. The ukulele curious are invited to contact grahamwalker@dccnet.com. Donna McMahon

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early days. As told by Ulrich, it’s been a dream of Nairne’s, a follower and student of bluegrass, to have a band dedicated to playing traditional tunes. “It celebrates some really important roots we have in our North American culture,” says Ulrich of The Gang’s repertoire. “And it’s fun.” Founded in the summer of 2010, The High Bar Gang has released two albums, Lost and Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion and Someday The Heart Will Trouble The Mind. Lost and Undone was nominated for a 2014 Juno for Contemporary Christian/ Gospel Album of the Year and won a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group. Someday The Heart

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was just nominated for a 2017 Juno in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category. Clearly, The Gang is all right. “I have to say one of things we all love about doing this is the three and four part harmony, it’s so rich” says Ulrich. In addition to incredible vocals, concert goers will be treated to “a huge range of spirited bluegrass songs and really good playing.” Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis open for The High Bar Gang Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30pm at Raven’s Cry Theatre. Tickets $25 available at the Sechelt Visitor Centre, MELOmania, Laedeli Gifts, Earth Fair Books or online at stantonparadis.com/buytickets/. More information at highbargang.com The Coast’s one and only OrganicTan, specializing in flawless, custom blended organic airbrush tanning and SunnaSmile all natural teeth whitening

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February 17 Lunchtime inspirational speeches, Arts Building, Lower Gibsons, 12:15-1:15pm, free, artsbuilding.org February 17 Beachcombers advanced Toastmasters dinner meeting open house, Sita’s Spag and Suds, Gibsons, 6-8pm February 17 Tube Radio, country, folk and soul, Coopers Green Hall, Halfmoon Bay, 7:30pm, $20 (Rescheduled due to snow) February 18 Cedar weaving workshop, SC Museum, Gibsons, 11am1:30pm, $4-$35, all materials provided, register at 604-8868232 February 18 NDP education critic Rob Fleming on how to fix our education system, Sechelt Band Hall, 1pm February 18 SC Craft Beer Festival, Gibsons Public Market, 1-4pm or 5-8pm, $35 February 18 SC Clean Air Society workshop on burning wood, Gibsons Public Library, 2-3pm, free February 18 SC Film Society presents “Topsy-Turvy” about Gilbert and Sullivan, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, 2pm, members $5, others $9 February 18 Egan Davis speaks on creating “ecological plant communities”, SC Botanical Garden, West Sechelt, 2pm, members $15, others $20 February 18 Valentine’s Day family dance party, Roberts Creek Elementary School, 4pm, adults $10, children $5, family $30 February 18 Casino night fundraiser for the Nutcracker, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, 7pm, $35 February 18 Butler in the Hey!, with DJ Gregory, Roberts Creek Legion, 9:30pm, members $8, guests $12 February 19 Family-friendly open house, “What is this place…the Sunshine Coast Welcome Party”, the Arts Building, Lower Gibsons, 1-4pm, free February 19 All about compost with Catherine Dale, SC Botanical Garden, West Sechelt, 2pm, members $5, others $10 February 19 Coast Recital Society presents pianist Wenwen Du with violinists Nikki and Timothy Chooi, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, 2:30pm, adults $25, students $10 February 19 The music of west coast composers with Suncoast Concert Band, the Jazz Group of Seven, A Capella Strait choir and soloist Walter Martella, Highland Centre, Roberts Creek, 7:30pm, $20

February 20 Gilbert & Sullivan trivia dinner, Sita’s Spag and Suds, Gibsons, 5pm, $35 February 20 SC Film Society presents “Topsy-Turvy” about Gilbert and Sullivan, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 7:30pm, members $5, others $9 February 21 Safety presentation at Suncoast Woodcrafters Guild, Rm. 117 – Chatelech Secondary, Sechelt, 7pm February 22 Seminars on legal issues around dying, Gibsons Gardens Hotel, 10-11:30am and St. John’s United Church, Davis Bay, 1:30-3pm, free, register at 604-886-9551 February 22 Legal information workshop with lawyer Alison Sawyer, Gibsons Public Library, 6-7:30pm, free February 22 Emergency prep presentation, at West Howe Sound community meeting, Eric Cardinal Hall, Shirley Macy Park, 7pm, westhowesound.ca February 22 Open mic night with Sheila Cameron, five minutes to read your material, Arts Building, Lower Gibsons, 7-9pm, free February 22 NFB short films on Canadian painters, “Kurelek”, “Lismer”, and “Varley”, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 7-8:30pm, free February 23 Yuk Yuks on tour, Kevin Stobo with Bobby Warrener and Adam Ruby, Grasshopper Pub, Pender Harbour, 8pm, $40 February 25 Antique & Collectibles Roadshow appraisals, sponsored by SC Museum & Archives, Trail Bay Mall, Sechelt, 10am3pm, one item $15, collection $30 February 25 SPCA cupcake day sale, Earthfair Store, Madeira Park Shopping Centre, 10am-3pm February 25 Teen dance for grades 5-7, presented by SCRD and Sechelt community schools, Sunshine Coast Arena, Sechelt, 7-9pm, $7 February 25 Traditional bluegrass with High Bar Gang, with Stanton Paradis, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, 7:30pm, $25 advance, $30 at the door February 25 Oscars Eve Party, Rotary Club fundraiser for Arrowhead Clubhouse, Trail Bay Mall, Sechelt, 7:30pm, $35 February 25 Dance with the Blue Line Trio, Activity Centre, Sechelt, 7:30-10:30pm, members $10, others $15 February 25 Valdy in concert, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 8pm, $20 advance, $25 at the door

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in November 2016 over the same time in 2015. Other 2016 key performance indicators include: • November’s YTD provincial hotel occupancy rates were up 2.2 per cent over 2015 and provincial average daily room rates were up 6.6 per cent; • Restaurant receipts reached $8.7 million, a 10.2 per cent increase over October 2015; • Passenger volume at YVR was up 9.4 per cent by the end of November; • By the end of November, BC Ferries had transported 19.7 million passengers, an

In recent years, the vibrant, active Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce has reached beyond its traditional boundaries with a new vision. A long-time proponent of strengthening businesses within our own community, this volunteer-led business group is now reaching out to build a network of relationships ‘from Langdale to Lund’, supporting Visitor Services, the Ferry Ambassador program, and economic development initiatives. Therefore, during Chamber of Commerce Week, we will be emphasizing our mission to “Promote Coastal Prosperity.” Dedicated to protecting and promoting the local busi-

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increase of 4 per cent YTD. • Visitors to Metro Vancouver increased 7.1 per cent over October 2015 “B.C. has worked hard to ensure it has a diverse economy – and tourism has played a strong role on this front for years. Our data reveals the insight that more and more communities around the province may be looking at ways to proactively engage in the visitor economy as a means to become more resilient and prosperous,” said Val Litwin, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. Submitted

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1. Public policies block small companies from becoming bigger. Canada has tax barriers and policies in place that keep its small businesses from growing into big businesses with more resources to hire, invest and innovate. Big firms are more productive, which is essential to the competitiveness of the Canadian economy. Yet, only 1.4 per cent of mid-sized Canadian firms become big businesses. To grow Canada’s companies, the government needs to change the corporate tax rates and breaks that penalize growth. 2. Canada is vulnerable to cyber crime. Canada loses $3.12 billion to cyber crime per year, and nearly half of all small businesses have been the victim of a cyber attack because they are less equipped to handle attacks. The government has a role to in play in ensuring small businesses get help with their digital literacy and cyber resilience. 3. Canada’s trade agenda – new agreements are just the start. Canada has been aggressive in pursuing new trade agreements over the past few years but its businesses continue to face substantial barriers expanding

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when buying eggs, they are meaningless when applied to chicken meat. Marketers know that “cage-free” and “free run” are empty claims in the meat chicken industry. However, with animal welfare becoming increasingly marketable, companies are looking for ways to appeal to consumers’ compassion. “Chicken labelled as ‘free run’ or ‘cage-free’ is misleading,” Gauvreau says. “It takes advantage of consumers’ good intentions while falsely implying high animal welfare.” Consumers who come across these types of misleading claims can file formal complaints directly with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and their local grocer or butcher. Gauvreau has already

taken the issue up with her butcher, and will now be looking elsewhere for chicken. “It’s frustrating that I have to be vigilant when trying to buy higher welfare food. Labels should make shopping easier, not harder,” she says. “My plan is to look for animal welfare certifications so that I know my food meets my values.” To ensure food is sourced from high-welfare farms, choose SPCA Certified, a third-party animal welfare certification system. Consult the BC SPCA’s food labelling guide for more information on other food labelling claims at spca.bc.ca, and contact farminfo@spca.bc.ca with any questions. Submitted


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Why the tax rules changed for real estate sales If you packed up and sold your Home Sweet Home (a.k.a. your principal residence), there’s some new things to know when it comes to your taxes. Whether you moved down the street or across the country, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to stay in-theloop, so you’ll need to report the sale on this year’s return. What is the principal residence exemption? If you own your home and are living there 24/7, it’s your principal residence in the eyes of the CRA. The

exemption means that when you’re ready to sell, you won’t have to pay taxes on any capital gains on the sale, as long as you were more or less living at the property during the whole time you owned it. What’s changing? Before the new rules, there wasn’t much you had to do when you sold a property that was your principal residence. Now you need to report both the designation and the sale on schedule 3 of your tax return. Why the change? There were a few ways that

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savvy real estate investors could work out a tax benefit from selling a property as their principal residence, even if they didn’t really live there. Now, when someone sells their property, they won’t be able to claim the principal residence exemption in the year they sell it, unless they were a resident in Canada in the year they bought it. This change will help crack down on shady behaviour from non-resident purchasers and real estate vendors. What info do I need to report the sale? The CRA will need just a few details: the year of you purchased the property, how much you sold it for, and a description of the property. Where should I report my sale? There will be space on Schedule 3 of your return to report the sale of your principal residence, even though the full capital gain is still exempt from tax. I moved out and then back in. Do I need to declare my home as my principle residence? The CRA knows that things can change and that you could live elsewhere for a while. If that’s the case, you can fill out form T2091 (IND), formally known as the Designation of a Property as a Principal Residence by an Individual. What can I do if I forget to designate the sale as a principal residence? If reporting the sale of your

New BC tax credit The provincial government intends to introduce a new tax credit for BC’s volunteer firefighters and search and rescue volunteers as part of the 2017 budget. Subject to legislative approval, thousands of volunteers throughout the province may soon be eligible for a $3,000 non-refundable tax credit, providing a benefit up to $151.80 each year. The new tax credit will be available for volunteers who

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some sanctuary time. or healing. Generally, you are wise to be on top of your Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Last week’s Lunar Eclipse health these days and this in your sign likely activated month the invitation is more or some important relation- akin to a military trumpet. ships. Or worst, they were Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) irritated. Positively, you Are you in the mood for remain in an adventurous some fun, play, romance mood overall. Cultural inter- perhaps? Well, if you are the ests and activities continue timing looks good. Your pasto gain your attention. Yet, sions are likely running high. the time has also come to The only issue is that they take a plunge and the water may run over. Some extra may be cold. effort towards self-control may be required. Yet, with Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) SATURDAY - ONE DAY ONLY! awareness, you can release Changes in your lifestyle SIRLOIN STEAKdeliberately �������������������� the pressure, have taken hold. One way or another, the time to make and playfully. some key shifts and adjust- Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ments have required your You have begun to see the time, energy and focus. Now world anew. Hopefully, what it is time to focus on rela- you are seeing and how is tionship fronts again. Some working for you. There are measure of healing may be indications that opportunirequired. This will become ties to play and be advenincreasing evident over the turous are present. Yet, the coming few weeks. deeper theme reveals an inviLibra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) tation to listen to your inner Hopefully you capitalized voice. If you cannot do this by on the high, social cycle that yourself, ask for assistance. was active over the past few Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) weeks. Now it is time to get Your imagination is getback to work. This includes ting a fresh boost. Given that another round of inner work you are doing a good deal of inner work and what may be deemed renovations, the

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