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Fear of logging brought out about 50 people on Feb. 4 for a walk in the woods organized by the Elphinstone Community Association. They walked through cutblock 1313, also known as the “Reed Road Forest”, at the western end of Reed Rd. outside Gibsons. The 118-acre area is slated for logging. The association is trying to stop that because the area is an accessible, low-elevation forest that grew naturally after a fire in 1904 and is as “gorgeous as any old growth.” Meanwhile, another group – Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) – lost its attempt to prevent logging on cutblock EW28, known as the “Chanterelle Forest” near Roberts Creek (see inset photo). ELF has been trying to block the logging by the SC Community Forest (SCCF) in the courts and had a BC Supreme Court date in March. But the area has now been logged. Ross Muirhead of ELF said in a statement: “Obviously, (neither) SCCF nor its owner, the District of Sechelt, wanted to take the risk that judge might reason that the block was issued improperly due to a lack of proper public consultation and thus decided to take down the forest before the hearing.” DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO / INSET: PHOTO SUBMITTED BY ELF


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Ferry parking prices rise to noticeably increase the number of parking spots, BC Ferries hopes that changing the parking fees will encourage a higher rate of turnover for parking space usage, thus

TIME 16 Hours 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days Monthly

leading to more availability. This is the first rate increase in more than 15 years, and the following table outlines the current and future parking rates. Submitted

OLD RATE $2.25 $4.50 $9.00 $13.50 $18.00 $22.50 $64.00

NEW RATE $3.00 $6.00 $12.00 $18.00 $24.00 $30.00 $75.00

New shíshálh CAO The shíshálh Nation has appointed Tracy Samra as chief administrative officer. Most recently, since November 2015, Samra served as CAO for the City of Nanaimo where she provided leadership to 1,000 employees. She is from Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Treaty No. 6 territory and holds a master of laws degree from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Victoria. Samra is a lawyer and has 23 years’ experience working with federal, provincial and First Nation governments. She worked as an adjudicator for the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat and served as executive director of the strategic policy branch for the BC’s Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. In 2008 she was selected as the associate regional director

general for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. She also worked at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, lecturing on the subjects of indigenous rights and natural resource management. “I’m very honored to be given this opportunity and

On Feb. 5, the City of Nanaimo issued a statement that “last week, due to an incident at City Hall, the RCMP made an arrest.” And CTV News Vancouver Island reported that night that it was Nanaimo

CAO Tracy Samra who had been arrested – for allegedly threatening the mayor and a councillor. CTV said no charges had been laid and that Samra was released on a promise to appear in court. In addition, both CTV and

excited to learn about this community,” Samra commented. She will start work in February. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Tracy and are thrilled to have her on board,” said hiwus Warren Paull. Submitted

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Tracy Samra starts this month as the new chief administrative officer at the shíshálh Nation. PHOTO SUBMITTED

visits have increased by 19 per cent in the last five years and digital offsite access to library services continues to increase. Hodgins is to be highly commended for the progress the library has made in all areas, in particular, towards its strategic objectives in the areas of technology and programming. The largest increase has been in the much-

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the Times Colonist reported that the shíshálh Nation’s press release announcing Samra’s hiring in Sechelt – above – had caught Nanaimo City Hall by surprise because she had not resigned her position there. Staff

Sechelt librarian resigns requested area of technology education with over 2,000 people served. In addition, over 2,000 attended adult programs which range from financial literacy and mental health to Tuesday Talks with personalities like MLA Nicholas Simons. Hodgins will be remaining with the library until May 31. Submitted

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They escaped by bus On Feb. 1 around 10:45am, a motorist reported a male suspect attempting to pry off a tall, narrow "Bus Stop" sign at the stop on the north side of Highway 101 at Nestman Road, Sechelt. The male suspect, described as a slim Cauca-

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It is with great regret that the board of trustees of the Sechelt Library announces the resignation of Chief Librarian Margaret Hodgins, who will be greatly missed. Hodgins took over as chief librarian at the beginning of 2014 and, during her fouryear tenure, has done an outstanding job of managing the library and the growth in demand for services. On-site

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To encourage turnover of limited parking spots at Langdale terminal, BC Ferries has announced that parking fees and time allocations will be adjusted as of Feb.8. The 16-hour rate is being raised 33 per cent to $3, and the monthly rate is up 17 per cent to $75. This will improve parking access and help connect customers to the places they need to go. Over the past 12 to 18 months, customers have found that it is becoming more common to find the lot full or near full when they need to park. With no room

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Editorial Opinion

Will orcas become extinct? Canada is losing a lot of its wildlife. The World Wildlife Fund’s 2017 “Living Planet Report Canada” found half the monitored mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish species declined from 1970 to 2014. The report puts the blame on habitat loss, farming, forestry, urban and industrial development, climate change, pollution, invasive species and overfishing — all related to human activity. One reason plant and animal populations continue to suffer is that protection under the Species at Risk Act is plagued by delays at every step. The government often delays making a decision on whether to accept scientific recommendations that a species should be listed. More delays regularly follow between a species being listed and following up with measures to protect it. And actions finally taken are sometimes inadequate to stop the decline or start the recovery of a species. Enter a little used legal tool: an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act. An emergency order is a flexible, effective tool that can be tailored to a species’ specific needs. West Coast conservation groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation, are calling for an emergency order to protect Canada’s most endangered marine mammal: southern resident orcas, or killer whales. The 76 remaining animals — which can be found in the Salish Sea – face threats that imperil their ability to survive. This is the orca’s lowest population in more than three decades, and no surviving calves have been produced since 2015. The act compels the ministers responsible to recommend an emergency order to cabinet if they believe a species is facing imminent threats to its survival or recovery. The three biggest threats to the whales’ recovery are underwater noise and disturbance, contaminants and a reduction in the whales’ favoured prey, chinook salmon. While all these threats require an immediate response, recent deaths — in particular among calves and mothers or pregnant whales — appear to be driven by food scarcity. The orcas feed primarily on Fraser River chinook, whose populations and nutritional yield have declined over the past 12 to 15 years. The emergency order calls for limits to the number of chinook that can be caught and for other restrictions on fishing. It also calls on government to designate whale feeding refuges during spring and summer for a minimum of five years. Research indicates a 24- to 50-per-cent risk of southern resident orca extinction this century if conditions don’t change. The extinction of these whales, and many other endangered species in Canada, is a preventable tragedy. It’s urgent for government to act immediately to ensure these iconic Salish Sea animals survive. David Suzuki



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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Ready to build (Addressed to the minister of health and copied to the Local) As you are aware from the recent letter from the Sunshine Coast Divisions of Family Practice, the longterm care shortage in our community of the Sunshine Coast continues to severely worsen. This is a crisis. This long delay in adding new beds has not only had a damaging impact on our vulnerable seniors, but is also causing a massive, and growing, drain on resources at our Sechelt/shíshálh Hospital for all Sunshine Coast residents. As you know, in Gibsons we have a site that is shovelready to address this crisis; it is zoned appropriately, it can easily be connected to services/utilities, it has community and Council support to be used for publicly funded long-term care, it is close to community amenities for residents and visitors, and it even has a covenant that specifies its use for “community health care.” We’ve heard your government’s concern with maintaining wages, benefits and job security for unionized workers at Totem and Shorncliffe, and we can’t agree more. These workers are our community members. But the location has no bearing on this issue, and should not be conflated with whatever important discussions have been taking place to accommodate our health-care workers. The Shaw Road site is still best-prepared to immediately address our region’s long-term care crisis, especially in light of the long delays that the Sunshine Coast has already been having to endure. In short, we continue to be ready to do our part to address this regional crisis.

We are prepared to work with Vancouver Coastal Health to issue a development permit for construction of any facility offering publicly funded, long-term care to start within two months. The Town of Gibsons is offering Vancouver Coastal Health a solution to address long-term care “now”, not another proposal susceptible to more unacceptable delays. Silas White, Deputy Mayor, Town of Gibsons

‘Glib assertions’ (Re “A bloated bureaucracy”, letters, the Local, Jan.25) I never thought that I’d agree with Keith Maxwell on anything, particularly his views concerning the ongoing debate about private care. But in his previous letter to this newspaper, he stated that “staffing levels” dictate quality of care. On that, he and I agree. But I must take issue when he lumps “staffing” in with the inanimate expenses of running a business. The human beings who become the employees of these businesses have prepared themselves to be caregivers at considerable personal expense. Government regulations dictate that those who care for our very old and our very young must have extensive training. The cost of this training continues to go up, while wages continue to go down. Mr. Maxwell seems to think that highly trained people will flock eagerly to the proposed new private facility to work for whatever wage and benefit package that Trellis might see fit to pay. And his glib assertions that wages and benefits will be “similar” to what is offered now do not hold water. Marilynn Green, Gibsons

Diversify now Fact: Residential property tax revenue is responsible for funding more than a whopping 90 per cent of the District of Sechelt’s annual budget. In the past few years, property assessments been rapidly rising and now the mayor and his council are proposing another increase in our property taxes to the tune of 7.7 per cent. The residential tax burden on the community is clearly out of whack and can be attributed to the ineptitude of the stewards of our community, the mayor and council. Why is there not a concentrated effort by council to get out there and promote commercial growth in the area to diversify the tax base? Tired of the status quo in the leadership of our community? I am. Where is the next mayor? Joe Sawer, Sechelt

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It's been over a month now that we've been caring for our little dog, an eightpound Yorkie-poo named Rocky. My husband had him down at Snickett Park where he likes to play in the puddles with his ball. Out of nowhere, a large black dog came running, savagely attacking Rocky. He went into a catatonic shock. My husband immediately started working on reviving him. Thankfully, Rocky came to, badly shaken and severely wounded. The large dog was not in sight nor the owner so we don't know if the dog was running loose or if the dog was off leash and the owner took off, which I hear is not uncommon. Rocky required surgery costing us over $1,000. I would ask people who witness an attack or aggressive behaviour to first of all, help if they can, includ-

ing identifying the dog and presumably owner. Call the SPCA and animal control and give them as much information as possible. We called them and it seems there's nothing they can do. It was implied that if enough people take the time to report these incidents this might make a difference. Walking down by the ocean with Rocky has always been such a joy and now we are understandably very concerned. So much for a pleasant walk down by the ocean. Marsha Andrews, Sechelt

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I received an e-mail from Canada Revenue Agency telling me that I had a tax refund of $450 Cdn available to me. I just had to go to my account and submit a return on or before Feb. 31 (sic), 2018. To receive my return, I must have a Government Gateway account. I should (click here) to get one and then to register and claim my refund. This was an automatically generated message and could not be replied to by e-mail. Special note: It was sent from a hotel in Nelson, BC. I don’t know how they got my e-mail address, but I do know that Revenue Canada does not e-mail anyone. Everyone should make sure that they read these e-mails from top to bottom. Anita Huss, Sechelt


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Welcome Wagon: information, coupons Welcome Wagon has been welcoming Canadians to communities for 88 years – and on the Sunshine Coast it's been active for 30 years – but many people are still not aware of the program, says team leader Laurie Faulkner. Faulkner is a recently "relocated Coaster" who moved from Garden Bay to Davis Bay a year and a half ago. It may not seem very far, but she still had to settle into a new home, meet people and find services. On Craigslist she saw an ad for Welcome Wagon representatives and decided she was the perfect fit. An outgoing person, she also has experience working at the visitor centre, so she has a wealth of knowledge to share. "It's a wonderful experience to sit in someone's living room, give them information, give them bonuses and coupons," said Faulkner. New residents and expectant parents are referred to the program. A representative schedules a visit, usually at the family home, and delivers a basket of information, gifts and coupons. Welcome Wagon is a national organization based in Ontario, which is funded by for-profit sponsors who pay a small fee to have their promotional material delivered. WW also distributes a wide range of government, social services and non-profit information at no charge. Representatives are paid a small stipend per visit. The community package includes informational mate-

rials from local government, the RCMP, and services like libraries and museums, and includes the New Coasters magazine, Visitor's Choice map book, the Arts Crawl brochure, and the arts and culture calendar. Faulkner tells new residents how to find a family doctor, join a club, or locate reputable service providers. There's also a special package for new babies. The Sunshine Coast basket also includes material from almost 30 business sponsors, including coupons, discounts and small gifts. Faulkner is accustomed to people saying, "It's just like Christmas." There is no cost for the visit, and no sales pitches are delivered. Faulkner estimates that the Coast's four Welcome Wagon representatives make about 20 calls per month. A lot of the people they visit are seniors; she said younger families often have never heard of Welcome Wagon and are wary because they don't know what to expect. She noted that people moving here from cities can have difficulty finding services because so much local information is distributed by word of mouth. "The Coast is a really hard nut to crack," she said. More than anything Faulkner enjoys being able to help people make the connections they need to establish their homes and make friends in the community. People sometimes call her back later with more questions, and she is more than happy to help. Welcome Wagon has



Laurie Faulkner of Welcome Wagon says it’s a wonderful experience to visit people and give them information, bonuses and coupons. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

four representatives serving the Coast. They advertise through newspaper ads, posters and referrals from realtors, but are always looking to expand their reach. They can be reached at sunshinecoastwelcomewagon@gmail. com or the phone numbers below. Team Leader and Sechelt: Laurie (604) 741-1557 Gibsons: Stephi (604) 992-6261 West Sechelt to Pender Harbour: Sharon (778) 458-2150 Roberts Creek: Charon (604) 885-3030 Donna McMahon

Eagle View Heights meeting Almost 150 people signed into a public meeting held on Jan. 30 at the Gibsons Public Market to showcase revised plans for the proposed Eagle View Heights development 464 Eaglecrest Drive in Gibsons. Developer Stanley Yasin and representatives of Ankenman Marchand Architects were on hand to answer questions about the 87-unit development on a steep fiveacre site stretching between Stewart Road and Eaglecrest Drive. The open house drew members of the newly formed O'Shea Oceanmount Community Association (OOCA), which opposes the development, but also drew many supporters, including local realtors and local residents who have expressed interest in buying units. Architect Timothy Ankenman, interviewed by email after the meeting, reported that 144 people signed in at the door and about 100 filled out surveys, although more surveys are still being received via mail and email. "In general there is overwhelming support for our project and we are very excited about moving it forward,” said Ankenman. “There are still various concerns from a few immediate neighbours but we are meeting with the group next week and are very

confident that we can work through their concerns and address as many issues as we can." Gibsons council sent the original plans back to the developer in July, requesting lower height, lower density and a "less urban" aesthetic. The revised plans were presented to the advisory planning commission in

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December. The Town of Gibsons has received the development application for 464 Eaglecrest Dr. and detailed information about it is available on the Town's website. A staff report on the Jan. 30 information meeting was on council's Feb. 6 agenda, but the new plans have not yet come before council. Donna McMahon

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Pull of the Tide Welcome Beach, Williamsons Landing and Wilson Creek. New backbone capacity MP, West Vancouver will provide users with acSunshine Coast, cess to speeds well above Sea to Sky Country five Mbps. It is expected that Access to high speed, high communities like ours – right quality internet is essential across the country – will see for education, businesses a transformative change in internet speed and service. and our daily lives. The fedThis is really good news eral government, in partnerfor the Sunshine Coast, and ship with the government I would like to thank Frank of British Columbia, has reMauro and community cently announced significant groups in Madeira Park and funding through a program Egmont areas, in particular, called Connect to Innovate. for their sustained advocacy Focussed on the needs of about this important need in rural and remote communi- our community. ties and utilizing fibre-optic As an aside, our constitubackbone technology, we ency is a combination of are the recipients of funding suburban and rural commuthat will benefit Earl’s Cove, nities, as we know. I attend in meetings every Egmont, New Brighton, Advertise Gib- rural caucus sons, Halfmoon Bay, Lang- week in Ottawa, so that I am dale, Pope Landing, Roberts sure to convey our rural conCreek, Sechelt, Secret Cove, cerns, and in order to capital-

ize on the highly effective advocacy of rural communities across the country. On another note, our annual open house in Horseshoe Bay on Jan. 24 was very special this year. To celebrate Canada 150, community members nominated individuals who represent the idea of simply being Canadian. I was very happy to present 20 pins, made from recycled copper from the roof of West Block on Parliament Hill, to people from all corners of our riding. Sunshine Coast recipients are: Coyote (Terry Aleck) for his commitment to healing and generosity of spirit; Gerry Zipursky for opening all doors for people – including the Gibsons Public Market project; Terry Goulet a proud Metis woman, historian and advocate; Anne Titcomb for dedication to

Canada’s parks and wilderness and all her local volunteer work; Vicki Dobbyn for advocacy for women and vulnerable people; Dianne Whelan a free spirit who lives with the earth and inspires us to do the same; and Buddy Boyd for raising awareness and challenging us to live with what we need and to ensure that we recycle the rest. Congratulations. The whole community is grateful. To learn more about what I am working on your behalf please visit: I welcome your comments and ideas, always. Email me: pam., connect with us on Facebook: in PamelaAdvertise Goldsmith-Jones, or drop by our office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-913-2660.

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other communities. In Gibsons, Christ the King Church has generously taken leadership to offer a temporary nightly shelter on Gower Point Road until the end of March, to be funded by BC Housing and operated by Raincity Housing. The volunteer sign-up so far indicates tremendous interest in ensuring the program represents an enhancement to the neighbourhood and community: a nurturing and supportive place in contrast to the vulnerable and insecure housing and social conditions that are driving our neighbours from safety, employment and good health. Still, no one wants to live in a shelter. No one wants to be homeless, or unemployed. As the Town of Gib-

sons’ representative on the Sunshine Coast Homeless Advisory Committee, I’ve been exposed to the caring professional supports on the Sunshine Coast for people challenged by homelessness. It’s no silver bullet, but getting our residents access to these supports is a crucial start. And the most important solution is housing, of course, which is currently being pursued by the Town in three different affordable housing projects. Whether you’ve been sensitive to this previously hidden challenge for a long time, or you are more suddenly, alarmingly realizing it as a top concern, let’s work together to eliminate shelters by eliminating homelessness.

amounts of sleep it will affect all aspects of their health and life from poor memory and concentration, low immunity, irritability, inability to cope emotionally and enjoy life, and for children and teenagers especially, being able to grow and develop in a healthy and enjoyable way. Things that can help ensure proper sleep are: reducing the amount of stimulation in food and drink; create a bedroom conducive to sleep that is quiet, dark and free from screens and devices; get regular exercise and fresh air; do relaxing activities for 1- 2 hours before bed and unplug from devices at least two hours before bed, and create a rhythmic, slow paced bedtime ritual for you and your children.

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Where does the money come from it go? in May,and 2015.where To applydoes to present, email Finance, culture Find out about the Sechelt capital and operating budgets and ask questions: & economic • All are encouraged to participate in the Public Engagement/ • E-Town Hall meeting on the 2018 – 2022 Financial Plan, Tuesday February 20th 7pm, Development information Meetings on Municipal Regulation of Medical Community Meeting Room, 1st floor, 5797 Cowrie St. Marihuana Production and Distribution in Sechelt Tuesday, committee, • Participate in-person or watch live onSeaside YouTube. April 21, Centre, 2pm (and repeated at) 7:30pm 1pm, May 13 • Comments and questions can be submitted in advance of the meeting here Work/Finance-Taxation/Budget-Information. Input on the direction of municipal regulation on these issues District of sechelt • Tweet us live duringoffice: the meeting using #secheltbudget will tweetNo. the25answers is welcomed. Proposed Zoning and Bylawwe Amendment as well as answering them during the meeting formarihuana live and video viewers. 266 regarding medical production facilities will 5797 cowrie street, • Background information and be a schedule for development themeetings. Financial reviewed. Plan to attend one orof both ForPlan, more sechelt,opportunities Bc information or provide to submit input writtenare comments, visit at including for the public to available Click on the 2018 iconFree on Culture our home page to find out more. Phone 604Budget 885-1986 Days Worshop April 30, 4:30pm Sunshine Coast Arts Centre 604 885-7591 ParksFax Master Plan survey email Did you receive a survey in the mail from us? We sent out a survey to 1,500 randomly selected residents of Sechelt. Your feedback will inform the recommendations for future changes and upgrades for our community’s parks, trails, and beach accesses. Please complete the survey and return it in the prepaid envelope by February 15, 2018.

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acute than ever, but is not a new concern compared to six months or even a few years ago. The related issues of homelessness and poverty, however, are suddenly hitting us more than since perhaps the Great Depression. This seems to make us all uncomfortable in different ways. It exposes all our vulnerabilities – as individuals, families, or as a community. The redeeming part about facing this vulnerability head on is that we can do something about it, and bring our community together while doing so. If we ignore it, or demand that it disappears into the trees, the problem will only get uglier, perhaps to the point of no return. We are seeing this play out in

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Rare offering! Beautifully finished, immaculate home in prestigious Silverstone development with outstanding views of Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island. This home offers one level living with vaulted ceilings in the great room, lovely open plan and high quality kitchen with stone counter tops, island, shaker style cabinets and upgraded appliance package. The kitchen and great room open up to a very large partially covered deck to take in the beautiful views. Luxurious master suite offers spectacular views, walk in closet and spa like 5 piece bathroom. Entertain downstairs with bright, open recreation and games room plus additional bedroom & lovely 4 piece bath. All of this with no GST!

5 bdrm, 3 bath, 3-story heritage style home located in lower Gibsons offers many options for any Buyer. Prime location across from the Gibsons Public Market & the Gibsons Marina is walking distance to many beaches, restaurants, breweries, pubs & shops. Option 1: keep it in its present form as a 3-unit holding property. Option 2: live in 1 of the units & rent out the other 2 units, or keep 1 unit as a summer escape from the city. Option 3: live in the upper 2 floors w/3 bdrms & 2 baths, & rent out the 2 bdrm basement suite as a mortgage helper. Option 4: take over the entire 3-story house to accommodate a large or extended family. Either option you choose to utilize this property, you can be sure that the location & lifestyle would be second to none. Come & explore the option that best suits you.

Thinking of a lifestyle change, or that perfect weekend getaway? One of the Sunshine Coast’s best kept secrets in this magical piece of waterfront paradise only minutes away from the town of Sechelt. Enjoy unobstructed, south facing ocean views from the expansive deck or in the salt water, wood-fired hot tub. This 550 sq ft cottage on 1.4 acres has been thoughtfully designed for comfort while living “off the grid”. Fresh water supplied through a roof-water collection system & stored in a 500 gal cistern below the cottage. Fridge runs off both a generator & propane & stove burns propane too. Cozy wood stove heats entire space offering year-round use. Everything is ready to move in including furniture & a ‘Gator’ ATV to get you to & from dock with supplies. Lots of possibilities, call now.





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From Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2018, Swiffer will donate $2 to Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast with every transaction of any item made at the ReStore. Customers will also receive one free Swiffer Duster sample with each transaction, while supplies last. This promotion is part of Swiffer and Habitat’s “Clean Start” campaign, dedicated to helping families overcome barriers in their lives to get a clean start. The generous donations provided by Swiffer will help Habitat for Humanity build homes in partnership with our families, helping them build strength, stability and self reliance through affordable homeownership. Our ReStore accepts donations of second hand, overstocked and discontinued items, as well as salvageable building materials donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors

and individuals. Habitat ReStore proceeds help fund Habitat for Humanity home-building projects in on the Sunshine Coast helping more families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. About half of everything you spend at the ReStore goes straight into building Habitat homes.


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associated with living in rentals. These new homeowners, unlike conventional homeowners, are not required to post a down payments but they are required to demonstrate their commitment to being homeowners by volunteering 500 hours with Habitat Sunshine Coast. These 500 hours are what Habitat calls sweat equity. Once in the homes, the families participate in a mortgage like no other. The mortgage is interest free and the payments are based on the families’ abilities to pay. Currently, Habitat Sunshine Coast is building a village in Wilson Creek. Eight families have already moved into their new homes, with 2 more to be completed by July and 2 more foundations being built right now. When the village is completed within the next two years, 14 families on the Sunshine Coast will have been given a clean start. David Connors, Habitat Board Member

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The Valentine jewelry hunt Jewelry is a popular gift come Valentine's Day. In the U.S., the National Retail Federation says 20 per cent of Valentine's Day consumers are expected to buy jewelry this year, spending a total of $4.3 billion. Many people find buying jewelry for a loved one a little daunting because jewelry is such a personal item. Much like their favourite fragrances, men and women may have signature jewelry pieces and prefer some styles more than others. Buying jewelry can be complicated for the uninformed. Because jewelry can be expensive, it pays for consumers to do their homework. With a little research and some knowledge from professional jewelers, shoppers can find pieces that turn out to be real Valentine's Day winners. Discover his or her style Consumers may need to have a little Sherlock Holmes in them when buying jewelry for a loved one. Pay attention to the pieces a loved one wears each day or on special occasions. Listen and take notes when others ask your loved one about jewelry. For those who like a direct approach, ask a significant other to point out appealing items in a magazine. This can help consumers determine if a loved one likes classic styles, modern pieces, certain metal types, or particular gemstones. Prestige brands aren't necessarily better Don't be afraid to walk into a local jeweler and ask the staff's opinion. Well-

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pieces may get lost on taller or fuller-figured persons. Work with the jeweler on scale, even noting a loved one's figure if necessary. Set a budget and stick to it Have a budget in mind before visiting a jewelry store. Going in blindly may leave consumers spending more than they initially intended. Many jewelers are willing to negotiate or may sell affordable pieces that mimic desired items in style and appearance. Understand the exchange policy Even with the best intentions and thorough research, a gift of jewelry may not hit the mark. Before buying a piece, consumers should make sure they can exchange the piece later on if it isn't the right style. Jewelry is a popular Valentine's Day gift, but shopping for jewelry can be difficult. But careful consumers can find the right piece with a little due diligence. Metro Creative

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Events on the Sunshine Coast February 8 SC Tourism and Kranked Bikes present the film “The Moment”, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 7-10pm, $12.50 February 9 Intro to playwriting workshop for youth, presented by Driftwood Players, Gibsons Public Library, 1-5pm, free February 9 Tween movie night for kids 10+, “Spiderman”, Gibsons Public Library, 6-8:30pm, free, register at 604-886-2130 February 9 Ken Johnson performs, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6:30pm February 9 Opening reception for exhibition at One Flower One Leaf Gallery, 441 Marine Dr., Gibsons, 7-9pm February 9 Valentine’s Jackson Pollock event, create on a 3’x4’ canvass, Create, 5677 Cowrie St., Sechelt, 7-10pm, $200 includes beverage, 604-741-0422 February 9 SC Astronomy Centre presents Sean Dougherty on Canada’s telescopes and UBC Prof. Jeremy Heyl on precision astronomy, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7:30pm, donations accepted February 9 Pender Harbour coffee house with singer/pianist Devon Hanley, tenor Edmund Arceo and folk and pop vocals with Nancy Enns, School of Music, Madeira Park, 7:30pm, suggested $10 donation February 10 Flair on the Coast cancer support group presents Fiona Mitchell on radiation treatment, Rockwood Centre, Sechelt, 10am-noon February 10 Repair cafe, bring small appliances in need of repair, Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons, 10am-4pm February 10 Short story workshop with PJ Reece, Gibsons Public Library, 10:30am-12:30pm, free, register at 604-886-2130 February 10 Chocolat, a festival of chocolate with tastings, sales and music, Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons, 11am-4pm February 10 Art demo by Autumn Skye, One Flower One Leaf Gallery, 436 Marine Dr., Gibsons, noon-3pm February 10 SC Music Society “Remember Me” concert with soloists and choristers, fundraiser for Sue Milne Memorial Fund, Chatelech Secondary, Sechelt, 2:30pm, $20 February 10 Wanda Nowicki and Budge Schachte perform, Gibsons Public Market, 2:30-4:30pm February 10 Valentine’s dinner and dance with Playback, presented by SC Fillipino-Canadian Assoc., Roberts Creek Hall, 6:30pm, $25 February 10 Singer/pianist Devon Hanley, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6:30pm February 10 Beer Farm speaker series presents Sylvia Punguntzky of Art Meets Chocolate, Persephone Brewing, Gibsons, 7pm

February 10 Family-style contra dance with Double Treble, Reel Time and Sybaritic Strings, Roberts Creek, 7-10pm, $12, under 13 $5, location when reserving at 604740-0423 February 10 Valentine’s dance with Half Cut and the Slackers, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 February 10 18th annual Bob Marley birthday bash with the Hoolicans and dj Nils, Roberts Creek Legion, 9pm, members $10, guests $15 February 11 Singer-songwriter Katrina Bishop, presented by Pender Harbour Music Society, School of Music, Madeira Park, 2pm, $25 February 11 Shari Ulrich, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 2pm, advance $20, at the door $25 February 11 Bill Ward on keyboards, One Flower One Leaf Gallery, Gibsons, 2-4pm February 12 Sensuality book readings, One Flower One Leaf Gallery, Gibsons, 2pm February 13 Tuesday Talks presents chocolate tasting with John from Norman Chocolates, Sechelt Library, 1:30-3pm February 13 Jamie Bowers on electric guitar, One Flower One Leaf Gallery, Gibsons, 2-4pm February 13 “Love Me True”, literary and musical treats with Andreas Schroeder, Kara Stanley and Simon Paradis, Sechelt Library, 7-9pm, free, reserve at 604-885-3260 February 13 Love tales, open mic for five minutes about your guy or gal, presented by Janice Williams, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 7-9pm, free February 14 Art demo with Ruth Rodgers, One Flower One Leaf Gallery, Gibsons, 2-4pm February 14 Ken Johnson and Nancy Pincombe perform at Valentine’s Day dinner, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 5pm February 15 Ken Dunn and Anna Green perform, One Flower One Leaf Gallery, Gibsons, 2-4pm February 15 An interactive discussion of love with psychologist Spenser Wade, Sechelt Library, 7pm, free, reserve at 604-885-3260 February 15 Charlotte Wrinch and Rick Good entertain, 101 Brewhouse, Gibsons, 7-10pm February 15 Aria’s Boon, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 7:30pm, by donation February 16 Trades hiring fair, presented by Open Door Group, Sechelt Band Hall, 10am-2pm February 16 Live mbira music with Catherine Pedretti and Linda Williams, One Flower One Leaf Gallery, Gibsons, 2-4pm February 17 “Hello Baby” trade show, Sechelt Band Hall, 10am-2pm, preregister at


Art Review Anna Nobile Freelance Creative Writer, Arts & Culture

Create, a unique retail space, part art studio and part gallery, opened its doors Dec. 1. Proprietor Karen Love, who had been teaching art classes from her home, decided a storefront presence on Cowrie Street in Sechelt would be a better fit. “Interviewing a bunch of people, everyone said there was a need,” says Love. “When people come in and I explain what we do, they’re really excited.” Love offers a variety of classes and workshops to people of all ages and experience levels. January saw well known painter Carmelo Sortino give a weekend workshop on oil painting and talented weaver Shy Watters hold a sold-out workshop on weaving cedar hats. In addition to more indepth workshops, Love offers a variety of classes and drop-in opportunities geared toward those who want to give art making a try, but might be a bit shy about their abilities. “I want to give people an experience and encourage them to have fun,” says Love. “And I want this to be the place they have fun

Karen Love poses in Create, her storefront studio in Sechelt. Behind her is a dresser she has painted. And to the right is an example of a Jackson Pollock-style painting that people can produce themselves on Feb. 9 at 7pm for a price of $200. ANNA NOBILE PHOTO in,” she says laughing. Theme nights might see participants try their hand at painting a cat, or a field of lupins, or a Jackson Pollock-style canvass. “It’s 80 per cent women except when it comes to the Jackson Pollock nights,” says Love of her usual patrons. “Then it’s more like 50-50.” The next Jackson Pollock night is Feb. 9 where for $200 patrons can paint a 3’x4’ canvass, all supplies included. As a pre-Valentine’s opportunity, Love is encouraging couples to paint a canvass together. “They’ll walk out really happy with a painting

they can hang in their house,” guarantees Love. She has also scheduled a variety of dropin times and has a series of projects for children, including painting, making cards, games or bracelets. While she might offer some guidance, “I don’t want to make them do what I think they should do,” says Love. “I want them to have the freedom to do what they want to do.” She has begun hosting children’s birthday parties and has even hosted a stagette. Create also carries a variety of works by local artists, including textile artist

Nell Burns, woodworker John Miller, painter Jennifer Goodwin and jeweller Kerri Luciani. “Art makes my heart sing,” says Love. “I want other people to explore that. I want to support local artists and encourage creativity for all ages by offering affordable experiences. [It’s] an outlet for fun and learning and making new friendships and taking the fear out of painting.” For more information on Create, including upcoming paint nights and events, visit or call 604-741-0422.

doesn’t reveal so much as gracefully confirm that the empathy and humanism that make Salgado’s photojournalistic work so special are also a part of the artist’s out-

look on life.” At the completion of the film special guest speaker, anthropologist Pat Feindel, will be on hand to discuss the film. Submitted

Sunday morning films “The Salt of the Earth”, the award-winning documentary on the photographer Sebastiao Salgado and his work is the first in the Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Sunday series of documentary films. Once a month from February thru to May, we will be screening a documentary film focusing on a different aspect of the arts. “The Salt of the Earth” (2014) directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado was nominated for best documentary feature at the 2015 Academy Awards. It will be screened Feb.18, 10:30am, at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. Admission is by donation with a suggested

donation of $10. It is a moving testimony to the photographic work of Salgado causing Boyd van Hoei of the Hollywood Reporter to state “The Salt of the Earth

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take place in the foods room of the Pender Harbour Secondary School 6:30-8:30pm. Classes cost $55 per person. Please register by calling the Community School at 604883-2826. It’s time for the February Coffee House at the Pender Harbour School of Music. Doors open at 7pm with music starting at 7:30pm Friday, Feb. 9. Enjoy the entertaining line-up starting with Nancy & Joanne with their beautiful vocal harmonies accompanied by guitar. Then be delighted by local Tenor Edmund Arceo with piano accompaniment by Heather

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The Pender Harbour Community School is once again offering the popular Indian cooking class with Sushma. On Monday, Feb. 26 enjoy learning to make curry chicken, chickpeas and rice and roti and on Monday, March 12 continue the delicious learning by making tiki, curry cauliflower, potatoes and lentils. Classes

A group of portraits in the Young People’s Own Show currently on at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. This exhibit of elementary school art will last until Feb. 11. Then, from Feb. 14 to March 4, art work by secondary school students will be exhibited. PAUL CLANCY PHOTO

Wright. Finally, a special performer - recording artist Devon Hanley, a singer/ songwriter and pianist from Powell River. Hanley possesses a beautiful voice, a real treat for listeners. If you miss this performance, you have another chance the very next night, as Hanley will be performing Saturday, March 10 at the Mad Park Bistro. For more information on the Coffee House please visit . Reservations are required for the March 10 performance at the Mad Park Bistro, please call 604-8832333 to save your spot.

Finally, a quick reminder of the Community School’s drop in sports nights happening at the Pender Harbour Secondary School in the gym. Pickleball runs Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm; cost is $7 drop in fee. Floor hockey for boys in grade 9 and older runs Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm. Soccer occurs on Wednesdays 7-9pm for boys and men in grade 10 and older. Basketball happens on Fridays 7-9pm for ages 12 years and older. Drop in soccer, floor hockey and basketball all cost $3 to drop in.

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OBITUARIES ZOERNACK, Fritz Ferdinand June 11, 1928 – January 27, 2018

Peacefully and surrounded by family, Fritz passed away due to complications of pneumonia at the Prince George Hospice House. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Rosemarie; his children: Evelyn (Norman Lee) and Gunnar Zoernack (Carol), his grandchildren: Jennifer Lee (Andrew Burton), Jeremy Zoernack (Lisa-Marie), Andrea Lee (Brendan King), Shaun Zoernack (Carly O’Neill) and Derek Lee. He also leaves behind his sister, Gabi Bucksch, and many cousins, nephews and nieces in Germany and the US. Pre-deceased by parents Ferdinand and Klara, brothers Herbert and Werner, and sister Inge. Fritz grew up in Stuttgart, Germany where he worked as a policeman and became a master carpenter. He met the love of his life in 1946 playing for the Stuttgart field handball team, where he was a celebrated goal scorer. Fritz immigrated to Canada in 1951 and began working as a logger on Vancouver Island. He sent for Rosemarie after finding work in the gold mines of Wells, BC. She arrived in 1953 to a small cabin in the forest and they married shortly thereafter in Barkerville. Moving to Prince George in 1956, where they lived for 35 years, Fritz was involved with the Folk Society and International Cabaret, taught ballroom dancing, and enjoyed fishing at Carp Lake. He designed and built many homes in Prince George, as well as their dream home in Gibsons, BC. Retiring to the Sunshine Coast in 1991, they were welcomed by a community of wonderful new friends and enjoyed all the natural beauty of the area. A member of a large artistic and musical family, Fritz created beautiful paintings, was a wonderful photographer, an inspired costume maker and a true artist in the kitchen. A consummate host, Fritz loved to party, especially when there was good dance music. He was a great supporter and board member of the Coast Recital Society. Fritz and Rosemarie loved to travel, starting with backpacking, then cruising in their later years. Recent ill health returned them to Prince George to be closer to family; who are so happy to have had this extended time with him. He was much loved and will be greatly missed. There will be a celebration in honour of his life in Gibsons in the Spring. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Coast Recital Society would be greatly appreciated.

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Tip of the week: A historical Lunar Eclipse in our rearview, the implications of which linger like a large Tibetan Bell for those destined to receive its powerful impulse, the first of 4 Solar Eclipses fast approaches. Few assume that 2018, the Universal 11-Year, the root Master Number in Numerology, is destined to be anything less than extraordinary and pivotal. The biggest impact stands to be on our perceptions and interpretations of what we call reality, both individually and collectively. Many people are likely to reach for tradition as paradox steadily emerges as a new norm. Currently and at the time of the Solar Eclipse on February 15th, Mercury and Venus on either side of the Sun from our vantage here on earth will produce an anchoring theme until the next Solar Eclipse in July. Mercury as the scout planet serves be leading with information rather coldly, and can be described as calculating, alert, observant, pragmatic, factual, cold, callous, independent, selfsufficient, committed to self especially, non- sentimental, decisive, leader, indifferent, dictatorial.

these days. This is a call within to lay claim to what makes you special to you yourself. It likely has to do with enjoying creative expression, as an end in itself. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Big shifts are shaking and they may be leaving you feeling a bit insecure. Yet, these can be interpreted as representing an invitation to expand your perspectives. Doing so may require courage, so add that to the top of your objectives. Consider that over analysis and excess imagination are the instigators of fear. Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22) You are undergoing a minicycle of change. You usual self-concept and mode of perspectives is under review. Strange and inexplicable events may be prompting you to question things, perhaps everything. This can be the source of anxiety. Keep breathing and allow the process to unfold. Enjoy entertaining concepts and perspectives you have not before considered. Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 23) The world is your oyster. Now, why don’t others quite recognize that? You are willing to share it… Playing with wild ideas and concepts has everyone talking these days. For your part, you want to dive right in and deeply too. Engaging with others to share the experience is a source of excitement and inspiration. But first, you want to make it

Lots of herring is good business spanning three generations of Coast residents.” Great environmental project, but how is this economic development? A successful herring spawning season strengthens salmon returns, sustains larger marine mammal populations, and brings wider bird populations. In addition to benefiting commercial fisheries, abundant wildlife supports a vibrant tourism industry including sport fishing, whale watching, and eco-tours. These marine industries in turn support economic activity for fuel services, marine repairs and ser-

vices, and hospitality services. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sam Bowman at Don’t delay, the herring are on their way to spawning destinations along our coast. The Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization is an arms-length non-profit society formed in 2016 to carry out economic development activities on behalf of the Sechelt Indian Government District, the Town of Gibsons, the District of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast Regional District. Submitted

without and sometimes within and sometimes both. This is one of those times when inner and outer reaching is important, perhaps necessary. The outer reach is to open your mind to new perspectives and interpretations. The inner reach is to access hidden reserves of faith. Help is available in both domains, but you have to ask for it. Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) Many changes over the past year continue to produce waves both within and without. Although it is likely that your scope of friends and alliances has likely grown, you find yourself having to access courage and face some fears. Knowing your best direction is extra important now and this is a core motivation behind your process.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 19) Are you ready to take new initiatives? Well, ready or not, the time has come for you to do so. This will become increasingly apparent over the next 2-3 weeks and will linger throughout spring too. The main thing now is an attitude of willingness. Once it is securely in place, your focus and determination to succeed will come to the fore. Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20) A concentrated, creative focus is underway. You are determined to make positive changes in your overall life flow. Financial increase is likely to be a central theme. A learning curve is implied and may require that you share knowledge and skills development as much as receive it. The time is right to entertain new methods and strategies.

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Up and down the Sunshine Coast, herring habitat enhancements are underway. Herring? Habitat enhancement? What does that mean? Herring are a key species in the Pacific Ocean ecosystem. Herring are eaten by a wide variety of species: salmon, seals, sea lions, orca, herons, eagles and humans, to name just a few. Herring spawn off our coast in sheltered bays and inlets in February and March attracting all range of predators. Most of our docks have creosote covered pilings. Creosote is toxic to herring eggs, meaning that millions die or never hatch each year. One solution is to surround the docks with curtains or netting in which herring can deposit their eggs and keep a safe distance from the creosote pilings. Following recent successes in Pender Harbour, Squamish, and False Creek, the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization (SCREDO) is funding expansion of this volunteer enhancement work at up to 10 Sunshine Coast docks this year. “We’ve had fantastic support from the community”, offered Sam Bowman, project lead. Harbour masters and marina owners have been happy to participate. Rotary clubs have provided experienced marine volunteers, and youth from the Sechelt Alternative School and other youth groups are assisting in building and installing the curtains. “It’s been a fun project

clear whose oyster it is… Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22) Talk about multi-dimensionality! Okay, perhaps you are simply multitasking. Either way, you are digging deeper than you have for a while. This is producing a process of change in your attitude and usual lifestyle rhythms. Exercising more discipline with time management could prove helpful, even necessary. Play with time and break free of repetitive patterns. Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22) Gadzooks Picasso, you are feeling creative these days. Whether playing, dancing, performing, inventing, expressing, creating, making love…, you are in the mood to try new approaches. Your ambitions are strong and your energy levels are high so the time is right to take the initiative. Think beyond usual perimeters and parameters then ride that thought wave. Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Reaching beyond existing limits continues. A financial increase is featured. Yet, you feel determined to do it your way. While you want more, you are extra reluctant to settle for average or ordinary. This resolve may be pushing you, therefore, to be inventive. Brainstorming for ideas is likely too. Go crazy and get outlandish to stretch your mind. Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) Sometimes we expand


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Fortunately, Mercury in Aquarius is in an auspicious sign placement usually manifesting as open-mindedness and is also quite future-oriented. Uranus rules Aquarius and therefore is the dispositor of this intellectual transference. Since Uranus is in Aries, the tone and probably action will include an added measure of pioneering assertion and pointedness. Mars is the ruler of Aries so it, in turn, will transfer the energy and with it in Sagittarius, we get another dose of fire. Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius in Scorpio, co-ruled by Mars, will increase this overall impulse in a deep way, like an underground explosion. Exciting times! How are these energies destined to impact you? sunstarastrology@ Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Sometimes you want to go big, while at others you want to dive deep, and sometimes you want both, like now. How to achieve this goal is for you to decide. At worst, you are feeling a push-pull stress factor going on inside you. The solution to the riddle is available regardless of your circumstance. Ask how and be open to receive an answer. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Your ambitions continue to steadily rise. You are inspired by the prospect of revealing yet another layer of what makes you unique and special. Yet, you also feel like ducking out of the limelight




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