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A view of the Loco-Motive trail near Trout Lake: it’s called that because it follows a century-old logging railroad track. The bars of snow across the trail show where the railway ties were – the decomposing ties provide just enough insulation to slow the melting of snow. (Logging crews took the metal rails with them when they moved on 90 or so years ago.) The area was clearcut – the trees are second growth – and the timber taken by rail to the waterfront in Halfmoon Bay. It is now in the SC Community Forest tenure and is scheduled to be logged again. On New Year’s Day, a group (insert) installed an interpretive sign they created at about the half-way mark on the 1.2-kilometre Loco-Motive trail, which connects with other trails. From the left, John Clyde, Peter Hews and Rand Rudland. The sign was sponsored by the SC Community Forest. RAND RUDLAND PHOTO / INSET: ELISE RUDLAND PHOTO

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RFP 2017-22 LEASING THE DISTRICT OF SECHELT LOT A The District of Sechelt invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from those respondents that may be interested in leasing Lot A, including the property and building, located at the Sechelt Aerodrome. The property is located at 4472 Hilltop Road outside from the Aerodrome’s main entrance gate with access off of Hilltop Road. The building, for many years, was used primarily for helicopter storage, operations and maintenance. The building was vacated a few years ago and requires a list of improvements and a call for final inspection to occupy. The list will be provided to interested applicants, if requested in writing. The lot is approximately 30,000 square feet, and the available building is approximately 3,500 square feet. Closing Date and Time: The Submission Form, together with all required supporting documentation must be submitted via email to no later than 12:00pm (Noon) on Tuesday January 23, 2018. Contact: All inquiries concerning this Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) should be made in writing (email) to: Inquiries shall not be directed to any other District employees. No clarification requests will be accepted by telephone. For further information: Refer to the request for expression of interest located on the District’s website: | 604-885-1986 | w w w. t h e l o c a l w e e k l y. c a

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Wayne Rowe Mayor, Town of Gibsons

As we begin each New Year, it is natural to reflect on the past 12 months – and to ask ourselves how we might do better going forward. How can we best prepare for the future? What concrete actions will move us closer to our long-term goals? One future eventuality local governments must consider is the closure of the Sechelt landfill, which is anticipated to reach capacity in the next 10 to 12 years. At that point, all users will face significant expenditures, beginning with an estimated $5 million to safely decommission the site. After that, taxpayer costs would likely include building a new landfill (also a multi-million-dollar project) or shipping our garbage offCoast indefinitely (a deeply unsatisfying prospect.) To help extend the life of the landfill, the Sunshine Coast Regional District is expected to implement a complete ban on recyclables, including all

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Roberts Creek Director Mark Lebbell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election for a second fouryear term on the Sunshine Coast Regional District Board in the October 2018 local government elections. Lebbell said in a statement to his constituents that the past three years have been rewarding, but he will not be able to continue providing full-time representation. “With only a couple more years of kids living at home and with elderly parents off-

Pam GoldsmithJones MP, West Vancouver Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country

Happy New Year everyone. Here are some highlights from 2017 that we have accomplished. Our commitment to excellence in science, infrastructure improvement, sustainability, and the protection of wild salmon and the health of our oceans is showing results: • The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund generated $10M in federal investments in 11 new projects throughout our riding. • The Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant garnered $700M in federal funding - the largest single capital investment in infrastructure in the region's history. • The Department of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coastguard lab in West Vancouver is here to stay, and will become the Pacific Science Enterprise Centre (PSEC). Many groups are newly engaged with DFO scientists, including universities, the Vancouver Aquarium and Streamkeepers, for example.

Coast, the current time/availability/remuneration balance does not make it a personally sustainable role for my family and for me.” Lebbell has recently been critical of SCRD Chair Bruce Milne, the Sechelt Mayor, over Milne’s verbal dismissal of the Chapman Lake water drawdown project. Said Lebbell: “Clarifying my intentions now has the result of removing any question that my actions and votes on an issue might be politically (reelection) motivated, rather

organic waste, in the next one to two years. While this is clearly a necessary step, we know from a recently conducted survey that the majority of Gibsons residents are not currently positioned to eliminate 100 per cent of food scraps from their garbage. Accordingly, Gibsons’ Town Council recently decided to implement a weekly curbside organics collection program beginning in March. We will also move from weekly garbage pickup to bi-weekly pickup, partly in response to our finding that more than 70 per cent of Gibsons residents fill only half their garbage can each week. Collected organics will be taken to Salish Soils, the stateof-the-art organics composting facility located in Sechelt, where it will ultimately become valuable, Grade “A” organic compost. In undertaking this change, one of Council’s prime goals was to make organics diversion as easy as possible for our residents. We believe the internationally proven curbside system proposed by Grayco Disposal (Gibsons’ current garbage collection agency and the company that

• West Vancouver School District 45 is partnering with PSEC to offer a Science Academy program for senior students next year. There is simply no initiative like this in the history of DFO, and it is a testament to our community that we are partners in creating this opportunity today and for future generations. Nationally, highlights include: • The Oceans Protection Plan, including a program to begin removing derelict and abandoned vessels, is particularly crucial to our riding. • The Canada Child Benefit is having a positive impact across Canada and in our communities: 8,700 people in our riding receive CCB, helping 14,540 children with an average monthly payment of $530. Receiving this single, targeted benefit, the CCB will lift 300,000 Canadian children out of poverty. To make sure it keeps pace with the rising cost of living, we are making annual increases to the CCB starting in July 2018 - two years ahead of schedule. As parliamentary secretary to the Minister of International Trade, I am involved in developing and promoting trade opportunities: • CETA, the comprehensive trade agreement be-

than doing what I feel is best for Roberts Creek and the Coast, which has always been the case.” Staff

Mark Lebbell says he cannot afford to continue as a fulltime Roberts Creek director. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

will administer the organics diversion program) achieves this objective, as it provides residents with all the tools they need to separate their food scraps in a clean, simple and cost-effective way. The system also eliminates the possibility of wildlife being attracted to the food waste, as the program’s robust curbside containers, or “EcoCaddys”, are kept secure (as with your regular garbage) until the day of pickup. In total, this initiative is expected to reduce the waste our community sends to the Sechelt landfill substantially, thereby helping to extend the site’s lifespan. Additionally, because organics create methane as they break down, removing them from the landfill will also reduce the greenhouse gases we generate. After the initial program set-up fee, the curbside organic pickup is expected to cost less than $7 per residence per month. Compared to what it will cost us all when the Sechelt landfill is exhausted, I believe it’s a small price to pay to make immediate, measurable progress against one of our community’s most urgent challenges.

tween Canada and Europe, took effect in 2017. This is a landmark agreement, giving Canadian businesses unprecedented access to the large EU market. I have been working for two years to win support for CETA in Europe, and to promote its benefits throughout Canada. • Recently, I led the Canadian delegation to the Association of South East Asian Nations Economic Ministers conference. I am pleased we achieved our goal - gaining their commitment to enter exploratory trade talks with Canada. • NAFTA remains our government's top trade priority, and we also continue to engage in discussions on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership and to develop a measured approach toward trade with China. To learn more about what I have been working on, please visit: www.pgoldsmithjones. I welcome your comments and feedback on our government’s work. Email me: pam.goldsmith-jones@, connect with us on Facebook: Pamela GoldsmithJones, or stop by our community office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-9132660.

Bookkeeper short-listed for award Gibsons resident Dianne Mueller was taken by surprise in December when her company, Soma Small Business Solutions, was nominated as Best Company for this year’s Small Business BC (SBBC) awards. "I did not find out that one of my clients had nominated my company until the day before voting closed," said Mueller. "I remember telling the fellow that called me from SBBC that I was honored, but of course, with only one day left before voting closed I certainly would not be moving on to the top 10. The other nominees had been nominated weeks ago." "That’s when I learned the amazing power of social media because before I knew it, hundreds of my bookkeeper friends from across Canada, and of course family, got busy on social media and by midnight I was in the top 10." Mueller is now a semifinalist for the award, which will be given out at SBBC's annual gala in Vancouver on Feb. 23. Another local company, The Gibsons Butcher, is also a semi-finalist for Best Employer and People's Choice. Mueller, who moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2014, is part of the 20 per cent of the Gibsons workforce (2016 Census) who are able to work from home. She said she realized a few years ago that technology had made it possible for her to carry on her business from anywhere.

"I thought: you know what, I don't need to be in Vancouver. And they [the staff] don't need to come into the office every day." Mueller started her career training cashiers for Canadian Tire, and then ran the office for her husband's business, Wolf Industries. She founded Soma Business Solutions in 1997 and began running the company full time in 2002. It has become a family affair. Her son, daughter and daughterin-law all work for her from their homes across the Lower Mainland. And the days of getting boxes full of receipts from clients are long gone. Their operations are "95 per cent paperless." Mueller said that it was her clients who first started pushing to make better use of technology because they wanted "real time information" to help them make decisions, rather than having to wait for weeks for financial statements to be

Long-time Coaster and volunteer, Tony Greenfield, has been awarded the prestigious Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General. Greenfield was nominated by the Sunshine Coast ElderCollege and the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society for the range and volume of work he has donated – over 40 years – to advance the understanding and appreciation of natural history, environmental protection and ornithology on the Sunshine Coast. Greenfield, age 70, was a founding member of the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society in 1979 and continues to serve as president. He has also volunteered as director of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest, was a founder of BC Field Ornithologists and president of the Society for the Protection of Sargeant Bay.

Greenfield is probably best known as “Mister Birding” of the Sunshine Coast as he organizes the annual bird count and creation of a residentgathered, 39-year scientific database. The natural history society also acts as custodian of the Sechelt Marsh which resulted in a significant increase in its resident bird population. Greenfield has been a volunteer instructor with the Sunshine Coast ElderCollege for the last 13 years leading one of its most popular courses: “Spring Birding on the Sunshine Coast.” He continues to contribute a natural history column in the Coast Reporter on a regular basis. Greenfield’s thousands of dedicated volunteer hours have resulted in significant enhancement of bird and other wildlife habitat on the Sunshine Coast and an ensuing increase in bird population and diversity. He has

prepared. Mueller is also one of the co-founders of the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada which has grown to almost 2,000 members. In 2014, she traveled to London, England to receive the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers LUCA Award for outstanding achievement in the profession. Training is one of Mueller's strengths. Among her courses is a three-hour webinar, entitled "Your First Year In Business – A Financial Overview" that she delivers through Small Business BC. "I love helping small businesses and their growth strategies," said Mueller. Mueller says she is up against stiff competition for the award and doubts that she'll win, but she doesn't mind. She is thrilled that one of her clients took the trouble to nominate her. "That's the win for me." Donna McMahon




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Water wars Roberts Creek SCRD Director Mark Lebbell is cranking up the heat in his dispute with SCRD Chair and Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne over the Sunshine Coast’s water supply. In his latest report to his constituents (in the form of a “news blog” at, Lebbell castigates Milne at length, in effect accusing him of not representing the concerns of Sechelt residents, of undermining the SCRD’s efforts at improving our imperilled water supply, and of all things, possibly changing his mind about a vote cast under different circumstances nearly two and half years ago. In September 2015, a majority of Directors, including Milne and Lebbell, voted in favour of the Chapman Lake Drawdown Project. The plan would see a pipeline poked deep into the side of the lake, which is located in Tetrahedron Provincial Park and is the main water supply for the most populous southern part of the Coast. Water would flow along the pipe into Chapman Creek, but only in the event of a late-summer water emergency, such as those we’ve had to endure for two of the past three years. Lebbell is aghast that Milne might now favour, among other things, construction of an engineered lake, a reservoir that could serve as a backup to Chapman Lake. Milne had previously noted that the decision to approve the pipeline has been languishing in Victoria for the past 10 months, and that might be a hint that the Province has no intention of approving it. If Milne is right, actively considering a Plan B doesn’t sound like a bad idea, and is hardly a suggestion that should evoke rockets from the other side of the SCRD board table. Lebbell argues instead that “the SCRD is moving towards a study of further storage options [such as a reservoir] in the 2018 budget cycle.” The prospect of “moving towards a study” sometime in the next year lacks any sense of the required urgency. Instead, we should be moving directly—as in, as soon as possible—to prepare an alternative that will assure there’s water in our taps every September. It should also be noted that Milne is not one to cut corners, and in fact is a stickler for process, much to the consternation of his critics. Also, he has not said he is against the pipeline, which for all we know might be approved by the Province after all. In that case, we can sheath our swords and resume boldly moving toward studies. But we might be just six months away from our next water emergency. A change of mind about relying solely on the long-delayed pipeline solution would seem like a sensible response. Rik Jespersen



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(Re “New design for Eagle View condos”, the Local, Dec. 21) The flat green roofs are green because they are covered in grass. They will be brown in the summer when there is no rain and they cannot be watered because of Gibsons’ annual watering restrictions. The roofs are not accessible to residents and one wonders who will weed the dandelions, or are they planning to use pesti-

Poor choice of words

(Re “Recycling reassurance”, letters, the Local, Jan. 4) Regarding Silas White's rebuttal to my letter of Dec. 28. Councillor White takes issue with your printing my statement that “we are going to lose the recycling depot soon”. He is right. It was a poor choice of words. I should have said, “There are no guarantees that the present recycling depot will continue to provide adequate services once it is sold” – or words to that effect. I apologize. It's ironic, though, that a

cides? Our official community plan says “Roof pitches of at least 6 in 12 are encouraged” like most homes in Gibsons. Flat roofs are contrary to council’s July 26 motion to make “the design less urban in nature (for example by using pitched or sloping roofs)”. We should all be asking the obvious question, “Is the vehicle elevator large enough for a fire truck?” See for yourself, the de-

politician would chastise a private citizen and a local newspaper for (inadvertent) misleading use of words – isn't that what politicians themselves often do, on purpose? We are informed that the regional district is obligated to provide recycling services. If past performance is any indication, they will do as little as allowable and services will be nowhere near as adequate as those provided by the present depot. I still remember the photo in the newspaper of several years back – a giant mound

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A pizza comes out of the oven at Totem Lodge in Sechelt, a new combination convection/warming oven, replacing the 15-year-old stove. It was paid for by the Roberts Creek, Gibsons and Halfmoon Bay branches of the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary. Pictured, left to right, Richard Nelles, of Sunshine Coast Appliance and Mattress, in Sechelt – who gave the auxiliary a generous discount – Trudy Heller, of the auxiliary’s Gibsons branch, Michelle Chapman, Roberts Creek branch, Lynne Sturm, Halfmoon Bay branch and Chris Luster, an activities worker. PHOTO SUBMITTED

veloper’s proposal can be linked to from the APC’s Dec.15 Agenda at: https://

aspx?Id=430 (Scroll to the bottom of item 4.2 and Click on the Revised APC Drawing Package.) Bill Campbell, Gibsons

An artist’s illustration of the Eagle View Heights development in Gibsons. ANKENMAN MARCHAND ARCHITECTS ILLUSTRATION of computer monitors at the Sechelt landfill – because SCRD staff wouldn't even tell people that Gibsons Recycling Depot was authorized to take electronic waste for recycling. Anne Miles, Gibsons

Drivers needed The Vancouver Coastal Hearth volunteer driving program is in URGENT need of new drivers. The program provides driving to medical appointments locally and into Vancouver. Drivers pick up clients from their homes, take them to an appointment, wait and drive client home after the appointment. Drivers receive compensation for gas. If going to Vancouver, fares for ferry is covered by the client’s TAP form. This is a vital program to the Coast and has been running for over 15 years. Even being able to drive someone to Vancouver once a month is helpful. Please contact VCH Home Care Services at 604-8858517 or Ceri Bowles, Vancouver Coastal Health, Sechelt

Our purpose (Re “More home support”, letters, the Local, Dec. 28) On behalf of the Community Resource Centre’s Seniors Planning Table, thank you for publishing our letter

to the minister of health. We would like your readers to know that our purpose in sending this letter to the minister of health was to follow through with a recommendation that is included in the District of Sechelt’s Age Friendly Plan: “Recommendation: That the Seniors Planning Table write to the Minister of Health, the Premier and the leader of the Opposition, regarding the need for enhanced health services on the Sunshine Coast with particular reference to the new funding announced March 9, 2017 for additional services that will allow seniors to remain in their homes.” Unfortunately, this was not included in what was printed in the paper. Gloria Lifton and Anne Titcomb, Co-Chairs, Seniors Planning Table

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Roadblock on trail to Squamish Volunteers who have been working on a hiking/biking trail to connect the Sunshine Coast to Squamish were disappointed to hear this fall that the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) has refused permission for a section of the route between Pokosha Pass and the Clowhom River. The rejection letter states: "The proposed trail would provide access to and traverse high value Grizzly Bear habitat. Any recreational use in the area will result in significant negative impacts on a critically endangered grizzly bear population." However, lead trail proponent, Geoff Breckner of Squamish, is still hopeful of gaining permission for an alternate route skirting the boundary of Tantalus Provincial Park. Interviewed by email, Breckner said "It's a better route really, slightly longer than through the existing

(non legal) boulder route below. But we don't know what they will say about it." Breckner, who has been working on the Squamish end of the route for several years, noted: "I knew it would be a red tape nightmare going for approval." The 70-kilometre route starts on the west side of the Squamish River about 20 kilometres north of Squamish, and cuts west and south up Ashlu Creek to Pokosha Pass. This segment of the trail is approved and trailbuilding efforts have focused on this area. Beyond Pokosha pass, trailbuilders intend to scout a new route down into the Clowhom watershed to connect with a logging road along Clowhom Lake, which drains into Salmon Inlet. At Salmon Inlet the flagged route turns south toward Howe Sound, going over Polytope Pass to the Rainy River valley. A 20-kilometre stretch of road follows the

On Jan. 2, police attended a hit-and-run incident in the 5600 block of Teredo Street, Sechelt, after a white hatchback parked next to another vehicle starting backing out and struck the parked vehicle's driver's side. Rather than pulling forward and straightening out, the driver continued backing out, scraping and denting the

other vehicle's driver's side in the process. The hatchback then drove off without leaving any information for the damaged vehicle driver. Police are also reviewing security video footage. Anyone with any further information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 201835. Submitted by RCMP

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Rainy River to Port Mellon. All the sections remaining to be approved are in the SCRD. A short section of the trail at Polytope Pass falls within the boundaries of Tetrahedron Provincial Park. The original plan was to follow Salmon Inlet to Sechelt Inlet and then to Sechelt, but Gibsons trailbuilder Dick Culbert, who died this year, proposed the more direct and less technically challenging route to Port Mellon. Although several people have managed to traverse the entire distance, including Culbert's son, Vance, sections of the trail are only a flagged route through very rugged back country that requires bushwhacking. Roberts Creek mountain biker Bjorn Enga attempted the route eastbound on an e-bike in September 2017, but had to abandon the trip on his third day, just short of Pokosha Pass. Posting to the trail's Facebook group, Breckner reminded prospective users that the route is challenging. "This is deep backcountry with a technical up and down trail of varying ground surface cover and ease of travel." The trail also traverses high elevations where snow can persist into July. Breckner said that if the trail is approved, FLNRO will require amenities. "They also want an overall map of route and a maintenance plan, where the shelters and toilets would be." Donna McMahon


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An Update on BC Ferries’ Langdale Terminal Development Plan Hello Sunshine Coast Residents, Our team continues moving forward with the preliminary design, including looking at the best way to efficiently heat and cool the buildings. We are considering technologies that were developed in Japan and Western Europe, and first gained popularity in North America in the 2000s.

addition to comfort, these systems provide excellent energy performance and low greenhouse gas emissions. The energy savings are achieved with energy recovery technology, which can allow for saving as much as 90 per cent of the heat that would otherwise have been wasted.

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Sunshine Coast Regional District and expect a public hearing in late February. We will be seeking internal approvals from our Executive Committee and Board of Directors, before submitting to the BC Ferries Commissioner for public input and approval. Our goal is to have this submission completed by July of this year.

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If I could recommend one New Year’s resolution for 2018 it would be to practice self-care. Our natural state is well-being, everyone can achieve it and maintain it. When we practice self-care and make it a priority, everything falls into place for what we need to thrive physically and emotionally in our lives. If we do not practice selfcare it is difficult to maintain well-being for ourselves, be happy and live to our fullest potential, then ultimately we are a burden to ourselves

Polite thief Overnight on Jan. 2 and 3, a suspect gained entry to a building in the 6200 block of Highway 101, Sechelt, and stole a number of tools including two Makita cordless impact drill sets, a tape measure and a knife. The suspect did not damage any property and relocked the premises afterwards. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 201851. Submitted by RCMP

and others, and dis-ease can manifest. Self-care in essence is a form of preventative medicine, but unfortunately our dominant medical model is focused more on disease control rather than well-being and self-care. We can empower ourselves, however, by practicing self-care and maintaining well-being every day, by creating habits and rituals in our day that support our health both physically and emotionally. Health is about maintaining balance both internally and externally and it is also individual. The more we are in tune with ourselves individually the more we will know what we need for self-care and can be our own experts for maintaining well-being. However, when we embark on making changes for better health it is not always easy. Sometimes there are some strong underlying emotional conditions influencing our current situation that cannot

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Events on the Sunshine Coast January 11 Open house at new Gibsons Health Unit, 821 Gibsons Way, 10am-noon January 12 Simon Paradis, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6:30pm January 12 Pender Harbour Music Society’s coffee house with Bonar Harris, Jay Burnham, Baili Clarke & Angie, and Josh Boyd, School of Music, Madeira Park, 7:30pm, suggested $10 donation January 12-14 Silent auction of hand-painted banners, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 11am-4pm January 13 Karin Switzer speaks on selfmanagement of pain at Flair on the Coast cancer support group, Rockwood Centre, Sechelt, 10am-noon January 13 Family games night, FUSE, 15-292 Gower Pt. Rd., Gibsons, 6-9pm January 13 Jim Foster, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 January 13 Peanut Butter & Jam foodbank fundraiser with Slightly Twisted and guests, Roberts Creek Legion, 8:30pm, $10 January 13-14 Two-day oil painting workshop with Carmelo Sortino, 5677 Cowrie St., Sechelt, 10am-2:30pm, $250 includes all materials, 604741-0422 January 14 SC Arts Council seminar on “the business of art – how to use social media for promotion”, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 10am-12:30pm, members $15, non-members $25, must preregister at info@ sunshinecoastartscouncil. com or 604-885-5412 January 14 Launch of campaign with Georgia Strait Alliance for a “fossil fuel moratorium in the Salish Sea”, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, 2-5pm, rsvp to https://www.tfaforms. com/4653097 January 15 First of five Monday “hot topic” moderated discussion sessions for ages 55 and up, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 10amnoon, $36.75, 604-885-6801 January 16 Tuesday Talks presents Vici Johnstone of Caitlin Press, Sechelt Library, 1:30-3pm January 16 Coast Salish storyteller Barb Higgins, presented by Pender Harbour Wildlife, Pender Harbour Secondary, 7pm, free January 18 Armchair travel with Bill Terry, Botanical Garden, West Sechelt, 7pm, by donation January 18 Creative in the Creek with Johanna Marion, Junco Jan, Denise Olson, David Roche and Lisa Voth, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 7:30pm, by donation (passing the hat)

January 19 CreativeMornings Sunshine Coast presents Victoria Maxwell, speaker on the lived experience of mental illness, recovery, and creativity, Gibsons Public Market, 8:30-10am, free, tickets at victoria-maxwell January 19 Literacy Coalition presents shadow puppet show about the nose, Roberts Creek Hall, 11am-noon and 4-5pm, donations welcome, must preregister at, 604-885-9310 January 19 Millar-Bowie Band, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6:30pm January 19 Performance poets Lucia Misch and Jillian Christmas, presented by Sunday In The Park With Pride Society, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7:30-9pm, suggested $10 donation January 19 Rock duo Hedks, with Washboard Road and The Locals, Roberts Creek Legion, 8pm, members $8, guests $15 January 20 Women’s March – Roberts Creek, meet at Gumboot Cafe, 10am, bring your signs, hats and voices January 20 Inspirations wedding fair, Gibsons Public Market, 10am-3pm January 20 Opening reception for exhibition by Lil Chrzan and Judy Witheford, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 2-4pm January 20 41st annual Robbie Burns Night, Pender Harbour Legion, 7pm, $35 January 20 Celebrating the birth of art with poets, a song circle and general art fun, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7-10pm, by donation, January 20 Citizen Jane, with Early Spirit, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 7:30pm, $15, seniors and students $10 January 20 The Burying Ground, Roberts Creek Legion, 8pm, members $8, guests $15 January 20 Rod Stewart Tribute, with Vic Vaga, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $10, guests $20 January 21 Nell & Jim Band, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 2pm, $20 advance, $25 at the door January 21 Coast Recital Society presents the Pacific Baroque Player with harpsichordist Alexander Weimann, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, 2:30pm, $25, students $10 January 22 SC Film Society presents “Harold & Lillian”, a documentary celebration of the power of love and creativity, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 7:30pm, members $5, others $9


Art Review Anna Nobile Freelance Creative Writer, Arts & Culture

Award-winning spoken word artists Lucia Misch and Jillian Christmas are coming to the Sunshine Coast. While here, they will perform Poetry Out Loud at the Arts Centre on Jan. 19 and facilitate writing workshops for youth on Jan. 20. Produced by Sunday In The Park With Pride, the workshops are intended for LGBTQ2 youth and their youth allies. While the workshops are free, preregistration is required. Lucia Misch is no stranger to writing, performing and facilitating workshops, having got her start in spoken word at age 15. “My mom saw an ad in the local paper for writing workshops,” recalls Misch. “In a kind of unusual move, I listened to my mother – something I didn’t do a lot of at the time. I started going to these weekly workshops and got totally hooked.” A couple of years later, Misch was crowned the champion youth poet of the South Bay area near San Jose. A couple of years after that, at 19, she was facilitating her first workshops at a local LGBTQ2 community centre. “Teenagers are not the most listened-to demographic,” says Misch, who is now based in Vancouver. “I

really enjoyed [using] what I had learned being a participant to help people get introduced to spoken word and get excited about it. At the end of the day the goal of the workshops is to open up [and] express yourself in the way that only you can.” Spoken word poetry has very much come into its own, at least with audiences, if not academia, successfully engaging people across gender, class, age, and ethnicities. “The growing visibility and popularity of spoken word speaks to the fact that literary poetry – what’s been accepted by the academy and taught to us in school – is coming from a very narrow set of standards and a pretty narrow set of people and experiences,” says Misch. “And not everybody relates to those experiences.” Misch herself writes about diverse topics including historical and current events as well as personal experiences. While Misch writes for “the page” and “the stage,” the immediate connection and feedback with the audience of spoken word makes it “exhilarating. [Jillian and I] are both writers who think it’s really important to bring our full selves onto the stage and be vulnerable, to take risks, to speak our minds,” says Misch. “We care very much about what the experience of seeing us perform is for the audience.” Lucia Misch and Jillian Christmas perform at the

Spoken word artist Lucia Misch is performing in Sechelt and conducting a writing workshop aimed at LGBTQ2 youth. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30pm. Suggested donation $10. All welcome. Spoken word workshops run Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10:30am to 2:30pm at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt. Workshops are open to

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Higgins, Tues. Jan 16, 7pm at our usual venue, Pender Harbour Secondary School. Mrs. Higgins, or Xwu'p'a'lich, has written hundreds of stories, poems and prayers drawing on her life and traditions about Sechelt, Egmont, Pender Harbour and Lasquetti Island. With a medicine woman as her great grandmother, Barbara's gift was recognised when she was yet a child by her Elders, who told her that they had been waiting for her to be born. They said they (her elders) would teach her for the important years of her life, after which she would enter the public school system at Egmont, where she was to learn the way the White man lived. When she learned their ways, she was to take both the Indian way and the White man way and weave them together to find a new way of living and co-existing together. Submitted

Library hours cut The Sechelt Library has announced that the library will be reducing hours open to the public by three hours per week by opening Wednesdays at 1pm instead of 10am. The change in hours begins on Wed. Jan. 24. “Staff will be at the library catching up on work that they are struggling to complete during open hours,” said Chief Librarian Margaret Hodgins. Submitted

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Search & Rescue Dispatches Jane Macdonald

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As the new year begins and resolutions are tested, here are 10 essential Items (from North Shore Rescue) for ensuring your safety during winter adventures and outdoor treks. Always tell a reliable person where you are going and when you expect to be back, leave a detailed trip itinerary and make sure you know your route. 1. Light Flashlight or a headlamp with extra batteries (and light bulb if not LED). Green cyalume stick or small turtle lights as emergency backup. The lack of light is the single most common cause of overdue hiker calls for Search and Rescue. 2. Signalling Device Whistle (we recommend the Fox 40 whistle with a lanyard), Bear Bangers, Pen-

cil Flare. Why a whistle? It is ideal for signalling for help as your voice will become very hoarse in a short period of time especially if you are dehydrated. We recommend the Fox 40 whistle because it works very well in wet conditions and has good range. 3. Fire Starter Matches (water proof or in plastic bag) or lighter. We also recommend a commercial firestarter and/or a candle. Commercial firestarters can be purchased at outdoor or hardware stores. 4. Extra clothes Hat, gloves or mittens, fleece jacket, Gortex jacket, polypro underwear, good quality hiking socks and Gortex over-pants. 5. Pocket knife Although a multi tool is preferred, a good pocket knife with a quality blade will suffice. It may also be worth carrying a small pruning saw for cutting branches when building a shelter or fire. 6. Shelter Large orange plastic bag

and thermal tarp. Why a large orange plastic bag? It’s actually one of the most valuable items on the list. Crawling into the bag helps keep you warm and dry. The orange colour is also highly visible and helps attract attention, particularly from the air. 7. Water (Gatorade crystals recommended) and food (high energy food bars) We recommend you drink between 1-2 litres of water before you hike and carry 1-2 litres. Hydration is directly proportional to your performance but also in maintaining essential fluid balance in your body. We also recommend you carry electrolyte, such as Gatorade, in order to replenished salt and potassium that are depleted during excessive exercise 8. First-aid kit Should include pocket mask, Sam Splint, bulk dressings, protective gloves, bandage, scissors and blister dressings 9. Navigation Good quality compass with

built in declination adjustment and both topographical and interpretive maps. We also recommend a GPS unit but only as an adjunct to compass and map. Most team members carry a Garmin 60 series GPS unit that has terrific reception in the trees. 10. Cell phone We recommend you bring a cell phone with a fully charged battery. It is advisable to keep the phone turned off, and stored in a ziplock bag. This way, if you get into trouble your phone will be dry and have a full charge. Many people manage to call 911 initially but their phone dies before their location can be relayed, not a desirable situation. Remember, electronics can fail, run out of batteries, or lose their signal. Telling someone where you are going, leaving a trip itinerary and bringing the essentials is critical to a safe outdoor excursion.

Search and Rescue crews make lists, as seen here, but hikers and boaters should also make lists of what they need in case things go wrong. MARK WENN PHOTO




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November 2 , 1943 - December 18, 2017 Marie Revoy, age 74, of Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, B.C. passed away on Monday, December 18th, 2017 after battling with a progressive variant of ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease, that she was diagnosed with in August. Marie was a war child born in Surrey, England to William (Bill) and Irene Revoy (nee Walters) who preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister Patricia (Pat) Hubble, her daughter Kim Elvins (Kingston, ON), her grandson Alex Elvins (Kingston, ON), her long time Ontario friend Diana Purvis (Bob, Belleville, ON), her cherished miniature Dashounds Miry and Angel, as well as the many terrific friends she had on the Sunshine Coast who were all wonderful people. After retiring at the age of 69 she whole-heartedly pursued her passion of flower and vegetable gardening, although even prior to this her gardens were always spectacular. She also took up photography and had a talent for it that family and friends had the pleasure of enjoying through her emails on a regular basis. She also did volunteer work with the Sunshine Coast Auxiliary (Sechelt hospital), Sunshine Birders Organization, as well as the fish hatchery. She had a positive outlook on life, was always optimistic, and was very stubborn. She showed fearlessness but even when afraid she was one to do it anyway. In lieu of flowers consider putting in a flower of your own. Nurture it and you will reap the rewards and/or put a birdfeeder up and fill it with sunflower seeds, never the mixed seed stuff, and snap pictures of all the birds that will visit it, especially if you’re in Gibson’s B.C. as they will be very hungry there now… And above everything else give your dog, or someone else’s, a hug, a clean warm blanket to burrow under, a toy to entertain them, and of course a treat, as they are surely man’s best friend. Her doggies didn’t want to leave her side, even when a trip to the bathroom was called for, and they will miss her dearly. She would have wanted this. Memorial contributions can also be made in her memory to The ALS Society,, 393 University Avenue, Suite 1701, Toronto, ON M5G 1E6 1-800-267-4257. Condolences may be sent to Kim Elvins, 101 Nathan Court, Amherstview, Ontario, K7N 2A1.

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Horoscope for the Week: As 2018 gets underway, a powerful line-up of planets in Capricorn is a significant sign of our times. Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Pluto are featured in this gathering. Like a meeting for CEO’s only, all present are rather serious and controlling types. Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio meanwhile represent a pairing of another kind of power, call it private interests. The synchronicity of this portrait can be recognized in the global economy and the rise of Bitcoin and other financial mediums rising to challenge a quiet revolution of monumental might that is and will affect us all Finally, as of January 11th, Mercury cleared its retrograde shadow leading up to the 29th degree of Sagittarius and entered Capricorn shortly thereafter followed by the Moon on the 14th. On January 13 and 14th respectively, Venus then the Sun will form hard aspects to Uranus in Aries serving to give us all an extra push to act upon our goals, ambitions, and responsibilities.


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implied. Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22) Big changes on relationship fronts are featured now. These are linked to your employment status, career and social roles, in general. The stellium of planets in Capricorn indicate a theme of grit and grace in your dealings with others. Yet, you are likely to go the extra distance to ensure that you have made every effort to meet demands. Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 23) Measurable changes in your daily routine, habits and lifestyle rhythms are underway. These are linked to your health and quality of life, in general. Whether by inspiration or necessity, you are digging deep and exercising more discipline than you might usually to achieve your goals. Making sacrifices feels easier than expected. Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22) Your creative powers are on the rise. Diversity is likely as you attend to a variety of fronts and projects. A learning curve is implied and circumstances are pushing you to be more disciplined than previously. Yet you remain determined to do it your way. This week’s New Moon will serve to activate your focus. Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22) A good deal of energy and focus on the home front is likely now. The situation is likely to be sober and serious, perhaps even a character building ordeal. At best, you are able to take a mature and responsible approach. Repairs and renovations are possible scenarios. Financial interests and investments are featured. Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) You are in an industrious mood and are determined to get a lot done. This is an expansive time for you with Jupiter in your sign. Mars is also in your sign giving you the strength, courage and the resolve to take pioneering leads. There are indications that you need this extra boost to tackle the challenges you must overcome. Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) Paying extra close attention to the material realities of your life is in the spotlight. Taking

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2018 is off to an exciting start but brings with it a series of sobering realities. The first New Moon of the year will take place on January 16, in Capricorn and will serve to spur us into action. Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Circumstances are pushing you to exercise your executive. Your ambitions are flowing strongly and you want to get an early start. You are more fully aware that you simply cannot please all the people and you must draw clear lines. Returns for prior efforts are flowing in inspiring you to add to the list of your life goals. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Seeing a bigger picture and doing something about it is a current theme for you. Your sights are set on the future. Financial considerations are highlighted. Investments of one kind or another are on your mind. Higher education is a distinct possibility. Whatever you do, you are determined to expand and increase your leverage. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Many deep and powerful changes are brewing. These are pushing you to make extra efforts including exercising faith. By month’s end, you will be more fully aware of these changes. In the short term, financial responsibilities such as taxes and/or wills and inheritances are likely areas of focus. Investigation and research are



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