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A pair of loggers were interrupted by forest campaigners from Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) on Sunday, Jan. 12 after they had started cutting trees for a logging road. The cutblock, on Mount Elphinstone above Roberts Creek, was known as the Clack Creek Forest and was re-branded as “The Forest with 1,000 Hearts” after supporters attached felt hearts to the trees. ELF and others have been trying for years to save the block because it could help connect small parcels of what is currently Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park. That campaign included using this site last summer for a series of open-air seminars and concerts under the title Living Forest Institute. But BC Timber Sales put the block up for auction and sold it to a Squamish logging company, which began work on Jan. 12. After being stopped by ELF on that day, a blockade the next day prevented loggers from cutting more. But not until some trees with hearts had been felled. See story page 3. ROSS MUIRHEAD PHOTOS Choose from our Canadian Manufacturers

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The Coast’s most recent recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, Laurean Reid, was thrilled with the Jan. 10 ceremony organized for the presentation of the award. Reid was recognized for her work with Sunshine Coast ElderCollege as well as over 40 years of efforts in support of a variety of community causes. The event was hosted at the Seaside Centre by the local ElderCollege group, which nominated Reid for the award. Event master of ceremonies was Keith Maxwell, chair of the ElderCollege program committee. He and local ElderCollege board of directors’ chair Ann Hopkins spoke about the multiple groups that Reid has worked with, focusing on her role on that board and as a program committee chair. In 2015, Reid’s efforts were instrumental in transitioning this former program of the local campus of Capilano University into an independent non-profit society. Since that changeover, the society has expanded opportunities for local adults aged 55 years and over to access learning opportunities that help enrich their lives and expand their knowledge. The variety of programs being offered and numbers of people registered has steadily increased. The Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living (SCACL) endorsed the nomination of Reid for the award. This was done in recognition of Reid’s contributions as a past member of that organization’s board. This group also wanted to recognize Reid’s efforts on a personal level working with children with special needs. Reid was presented with the medal by Sechelt Mayor Darnelda Siegers. The mayor handled these duties on behalf of Governor General Julie Payette, due to Reid’s choice to receive her medal in Sechelt. Siegers address reflected on Reid’s generous nature, eye for detail, commitment to

Laurean Reid cuts the cake at the ceremony Jan. 10 to present her with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. She has been an active volunteer for four decades. CONNIE JORDISON PHOTO “show up” to complete the assignments she takes on and willingness to step forward to help others. The list of examples Siegers provided ranged from fundraising efforts, to helping to clean community buildings and opening her home to those in need. Siegers recognized Reid’s work with community organizations, including the Sechelt Hospital Foundation, as well as the Rotary, Botanical Garden, hospice, and salmonid enhancement groups. The mayor also mentioned Reid’s ongoing involvement in helping to welcome new staff of the local RCMP detachment and their families when they relocate to the Coast. Seigers said her remarks were based on personal knowledge gained from working with Reid and comments made to her by others, some of whom could not be in attendance.

Reid was accompanied to the ceremony by her husband, former Sechelt mayor and RCMP detachment commander Cameron Reid, and members of her family. MC Maxwell noted that the couple were now both members of the Canadian honours system, with Cameron having received an RCMP long-service award. Other dignitaries in attendance included local Member of Parliament Patrick Weiler, constituency assistant Kim Tournat representing local MLA Nicholas Simons, executive director of SCACL Clarence Li, as well as current and past elected officials from Sechelt, Gibsons and the shíshálh First Nation. Two previous recipients of the award, Coast residents Tony Greenfield and Louis Legal, were also in the audience of about 70. Connie Jordison

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Loggers working for a Squamish company began work Jan. 12 on a logging road, destroying an area used for seminars and concerts last summer by logging opponents. A chair and small tables from those gatherings can be seen among the logging debris. ROSS MUIRHEAD PHOTO Logging in the Mt. Elphinstone Park expansion area has begun with road clearing in “The Forest with a 1,000 Hearts”, aka the Clack Creek Forest. This BC Timber Sales Blk A93884 has been deferred for over six years, as the original engineering of the block contained several problems admitted by BCTS. However, on a quiet Sunday morning, Jan. 12, a falling crew employed by Black Mount Logging, arrived under the cover of snowfall and began dropping trees. They were stopped after a few hours work by members of Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF), and prevented again on Jan. 13 from destroying more of this much-loved forest.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has written to BCTS many times over the years opposing this cutblock and in support of OCP Bylaw 641 that states the highest use of the Clack Creek Forest should be its addition to an expanded Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park. The provincial government and BCTS ignored this reasonable request by the local elected government, and sold the cutblock to Black Mount of Squamish in August 2019. The company was the single bidder as no Sunshine Coast contractors were interested in this contentious cutblock. The Clack Creek blocks are critical for connectivity between the three small separate parcels that make up the

A group of youngsters spend their lunch hour at Madeira Park Elementary on Jan. 13, after the snow and freezing temperatures hit the Coast. Attendance at Madeira Park was reduced because several school bus routes were not operating, but all schools in the district were open. Transit buses also continued to operate, but some routes were curtailed by icy roads. CONNIE JORDISON PHOTO

current Mt Elphinstone Park. Without connectivity, they will likely become islands of extinction according to biologist Wayne McCrory. Should the Clack Creek forest fall, our communities 25-yearlong campaign to salvage this last and only remaining sizeable natural forested area left on the lower Sunshine Coast that isn’t on a mountaintop, will come to an end. An opportunity will be lost for the ministry to finally adopt the recommendations of its own forestry watchdog, the Forest Practices Board, and consider conserving mature natural forests in areas like ours that have an old growth deficit. If this forest falls, another blue listed (at risk) ecosystem is gone forever, along with more of our community’s recreational and tourism opportunities, and overall quality of life. The high recreational use of this area is illustrated in a May 2018 SCRD staff report to its board that lists eight existing trails in Blk A93884 that will be lost, along with two access points to the popular Wagon Road trail – a nationally registered trail. “The BCTS Sales Manager could have applied discretion and cancelled this block as timber volumes can be easily found in areas outside of the Mt. Elphinstone Park expansion area. We’re still confused why she was hell-bent on seeing this forest come down,” said Hans Penner of ELF. “It was shocking to see Black Mount fallers cutting trees with the bright hearts still on them – it was almost a sign of the times that when the world is burning up, the BC timber industry doesn’t get the role that intact mature forests play in climate mitigation.” Submitted Sunshine Coast RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen E-bike from Gibsons. The blue Radwagon E-bike had a grey and pink toddler seat on the back when it was taken from the 900 block of Davis Road in Gibsons on Jan. 8. If anyone has any information about this theft they are asked to call the RCMP or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477. (File 19-168 relates.) This is a stock photo of the bike. RCMP PHOTO

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Get ready for the storm Now that winter weather has settled in on the Sunshine Coast, it truly is time to consider your preparations for an emergency – or just a prolonged power outage. A recent BC Hydro report finds despite experiencing the most damaging winter storm in BC Hydro’s history last winter, many British Columbians remain unprepared for storm-related power outages. The report entitled, “Weathering the storm: Many British Columbians not prepared for increasingly severe winter storms” looks at the challenges faced by BC Hydro as a result of an increase in the frequency and severity of winter storms in the province. The increase in these types of weather events reminds British Columbians the importance of being prepared for storm-related power outages. In 2018, British Columbians experienced a record number of power outages as a result of adverse weather causing trees and vegetation to come into contact with BC Hydro’s system. This type of damage caused 30 per cent of outages in the province. This is largely the result of the December 2018 storm – the largest in BC Hydro history – that caused unprecedented damage and left over 750,000 customers without power. Around seven per cent of affected customers were without power for more than 72 hours. Despite this, a survey commissioned by BC Hydro found that while British Columbians have noticed the increase in storm damage in recent years, more than 60 per cent have not taken steps to be more prepared for storm-related power outages, and more than half do not have an emergency kit. This includes the majority of British Columbians that were affected by the December 2018 windstorm. BC Hydro encourages customers to be prepared for storm-related power outages. This includes having a wellstocked emergency kit with supplies for each member of the household for at least 72 hours. An emergency kit should include basic supplies, such as: • A flashlight and extra batteries • First aid kit • Required medications • Non-perishable food and bottled water BC Hydro is also reminding British Columbians that if they come across a down or damaged power line, it should be considered live and dangerous and be reported to 9-1-1. BC Hydro is continuing to make improvements to its operations during storm events. This includes introducing new technologies to allow for better communication between crews in the field and its operations centre to provide more timely information to customers. Submitted by BC Hydro

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cell phone. A government/ industry study in the USA assumed no harm because cellphone signals are weak; they didn’t recognize that the signals’ pulsations cause harm. And, is it any wonder why there are so many “special needs” children and why people are contracting neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s at an earlier age than they were 15 to 20 years ago? The 2020 New Year ushers in 5G (fifth generation Wi-Fi) which is pulsed to the extreme. We’ll be affected by this when we’re in Vancouver (Canada’s leading 5G city) and when the first of tens of thousands of space satellites start radiating earth. The satellites will be located within the ionosphere, the most vulnerable part of the earth’s environment. It’s a layer of atmosphere that begins at an altitude about 50 miles above our heads. At all times, it’s charged to an average of 300,000 volts and gives power for the global electrical circuit. The global (atmospheric) electrical circuit provides the energy needed by all living things: it’s the reason we’re alive and is the source of all health and healing. If the global (atmospheric) electrical circuit becomes contaminated with millions of pulsed, modulated radio signals, all life will be destroyed. Susan Fletcher, Sechelt

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Wade development gets APC support A modified five-storey design for the Wade development at Wharf and Porpoise Bay Roads in downtown Sechelt received support from Sechelt’s Advisory Planning Commission (APC) on Jan. 7. Citing a severe lack of housing options in the community, the APC is also recommending council expedite reviews for the project, which has been under review by the municipality since 2016. Winston Wade, representing proponent W2 Group Developments and project architect Mike Mamone were at the meeting. Wade said he is looking forward to presenting the updated design to the community in public information meetings. These will be scheduled shortly and plans are to host them at the site. Wade’s interest is to build understanding of how the proposal can best work with the site topography, neighbouring structures and the adjacent road intersection. He also welcomes public input on the design.

Since W2 first applied to redevelop the three residential lots that make up the site, building plans have morphed several times, ranging from four to six floors in height. APC members were impressed with W2’s integration of the comments it made in April 2019 into the latest design. Terracing of the upper floors towards the back and centre of the commercial and 40-unit residential building is now planned. The highest point of the proposed structure is at 16.5 meters. The latest design features a pedestrian “walk-through” area, and public space on the south side of the site. Further review on whether the newly proposed design will produce shadowing or disrupt views for neighbouring properties was requested by the APC. This most recent APC project review focused only on the building height and massing. Council requested this in mid-2019, when it sent the application as

well as the Official Community Plan (OCP) and zoning amendment bylaws needed for the development back to staff and the developer for revision. Should council move the bylaws forward, the APC would like to do a second review on the form, character and look of the proposal. A point of concern for the APC and some of the 10 members of the public who attended the Jan. 7 meeting continues to be pedestrian safety at the intersection of Wharf and Porpoise Bay Roads. The density of the planned project is at the maximum allowed for the location under Sechelt’s OCP at 100 units per hectare. The site is currently zoned for 2.2 units per hectare. W2 is proposing to include eight affordable housing units in the project. Other community amenity contributions the developer will be required to make should the project be approved are being negotiated by staff and would come forward for council approval. Connie Jordison

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Sechelt rural subdivision hearing Despite technical missteps, District of Sechelt staff were recommending the public hearing for the Bounty fourlot rural residential development in West Sechelt be held on the evening of Jan. 15. Before that could happen, though, council had to give second reading to a corrected version of the official community plan (OCP) bylaw amendments for the project. A special council meeting was scheduled for 6pm Jan. 15 to consider this action, and then move directly into the scheduled public hearing. The text of the bylaw amendment, given two readings by council on Dec. 4, misidentified the proposed new OCP designation for Lot 4, in the area of Acorn and Lewarne Roads. This is one of two properties impacted by the bylaw. The intent of the bylaw was to change the designation for both to rural residential. The error was brought to the attention of district staff

by area resident Jeri Patterson. She also believed that there were legal issues with the wording of the district’s public notices. One example that she pointed to is that the date of the hearing listed in the first notice was legally incorrect as the year was not included. Patterson met with district staff on Jan. 9 to discuss these and other concerns she had regarding the public hearing documentation and the changes being considered for the planned development. In a followup email to Sechelt’s acting chief administrative officer, she characterized the information being made available to the public as “inconsistent, incorrect, and confusing”. She requested the hearing be postponed a second time until these concerns were addressed. The hearing was originally scheduled to be held Dec. 18, but was postponed by the district with one day of notice. In recommending that the

hearing proceed on Jan. 15, district staff stated that although the bylaw contained an error, the published notices identified the correct proposed OCP designation for the properties. Staff noted that the proposed zoning amendment bylaw, which is also a subject of the hearing, appears correctly in the district’s documentation and notices. The omission on the date was corrected on the required second notice for the event. Other changes under consideration in this process are to add new rural residential policies to Sechelt’s OCP. These include identifying rural residential lands as not intended for high levels of residential density or urban style development. Changes are also being brought forward to allow for lower infrastructure standards for the development of these lands, including gravel roads without sidewalks or street lighting. Connie Jordison

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Are we ready? What plans do we have to protect our communities, to evacuate residents and tourists at the height of summer up or down our coastal highway? What do we need know and do as residents to ensure that we (and our guests) can successfully evacuate or stay in place until the emergency has passed? On a governmental level, the Sunshine Coast Regional District has received a grant to undertake a risk assessment and to develop a plan for addressing risks of interface fires and emergency evacuation. This project includes opportunities for each of our communities to participate in consultations and discussion of preventative and preparatory actions that we need to take, both individually and collectively. There are also things we can do personally. Read the “BC Fire Smart Guide”, available online, at Town Hall or at the SCRD, and implement the suggested strategies to reduce wildfire hazards around your home. The SCRD also

has a great deal of information on its website (www. scrd.ca/emergency-program). Please take some time to get familiar with standard emergency procedures and to develop a plan for your loved ones, in case of disaster. In the meantime, we will continue to grieve the losses of – and offer help to – communities like Mallacoota and the Australian people at large. Their devastation is shared by all global citizens and must serve as a further reminder that urgent action is required if we are to prevent similar events elsewhere. Email update: Jan. 12: “Hello Bill – Thank you for your kind thoughts and offer of help… We can see our towns have some similarities and if by sharing our experiences we can assist your community to be better prepared, then we will feel we have done some good. Good news is that power…has been restored. Progress!” To comment on this, or any other topic, please feel free to email me: mayor@gibsons.ca

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Secure Your Water Rights A water licence is required by law for non-household groundwater, well or dugout users in British Columbia. The Province’s water licensing system helps manage water use in B.C. to sustain environmental, economic and human needs. A water licence gives you a right to water for non-household uses, such as water supply systems, irrigation, industrial and commercial. It also prioritizes your rights over future developments.

Apply today! The Sechelt airport before the snow fell. Sechelt council has discovered that its plan to upgrade the airport will cost more than it anticipated. CONNIE JORDISON PHOTO At its Dec. 18 meeting, Sechelt council learned that the amount of work needed to keep Sechelt airport in a safe and useable condition has grown. A design report from Associated Engineering revealed that the base of the runway needs to be improved to meet Canadian aviation regulations before additional work can be undertaken. The report was commissioned for the district’s $1.38 million project to repave and extend the runway by 700 feet. Requirements to rebuild the runway base as well as improve grading at the sides of runways have been included in Sechelt’s call for bids for the work. The report recommended that new lighting requirements as well as repaving for the site apron and taxiways also be included in the project. The impact these additions will have for the project’s scope and price tag is yet to be determined. At the meeting, council supported making a second application to the BC Air Access Program (BCAAP) for a grant to help cover the difference in the costs to complete the project with the new requirements

Thanks for the ride On Jan. 9, a Coast resident reported a theft of her purse from her motor vehicle after picking up a couple of strangers to give them a lift in downtown Sechelt. The resident had moved her blue rectangular shoulder purse which had contained credit and debit cards, some cash, and a foreign Driver’s Licence and Identification card to the back seat to allow the unknown female to sit up front, while the unknown male went into the back. Police are reviewing security video footage in an attempt to identify the couple. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-205. Submitted by RCMP

included. In May, BCAAP awarded Sechelt 75 per cent of the costs of a project to ensure the runway can continue to safely serve the community and existing users. In addition, this grant was to fund the runway extension. A longer runway is needed to accommodate larger aircraft, which is one factor in attracting scheduled flight services to the airport. The deadline for use of this grant funding is March 31, 2020 with the final quarter of the funds set to come from Sechelt’s gas tax reserve. If awarded, a second BCAAP grant would allow Sechelt to combine the 2019 project funding with the new one. This would extend the date for the completion of the work into 2021. A second grant would again require the district to contribute one quarter of the new funds being sought. At the meeting, staff’s recommendation was to use 2020 gas tax funds that would normally be budgeted for local road paving. That proposal was not supported by council. Councillor Alton Toth said he was not in favour of stepping back on the local roads paving program given the need and public demands for these types of projects. Councillor Matt McLean said he was not willing to commit more funds to

airport improvements, stating that the work should be either scaled back or phased to fit the existing budget. Speaking in support, Mayor Darnelda Siegers identified the airport as an economic driver for the community. She cautioned that left unrepaired, the existing runway could be deemed unsafe for use by Transport Canada within two years. This could lead to its closure and a reduction in the air medical evacuation capacity for the Coast. In authorizing preparations to submit a 2020 BCAAP application, council asked staff to explore other grant opportunities for the work. In 2011, Sechelt was awarded a BC Island Coastal Economic Trust grant for a larger scale airport project that included the runway work. It was unable to make use of that grant, as it would only have covered one quarter of the estimated $3 million project costs. Council also asked that the airport be considered as an addition to the list of projects eligible for community amenity contributions from developers. Councillor Eric Scott stated that he would like to see other Coast local governments asked to contribute to the costs of improving and maintaining the region’s airport. Connie Jordison

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mood and sense of well-being. Second – be social. Make a point of getting together with friends. One on one or group coffee dates, take that walk together, that dance class, or a sports drop-in night. (Social media doesn’t count.) No friends yet? Make some. There are all kinds of clubs and societies on the Sunshine Coast; find one that matches your interests or just start a group. Third – eat healthy. Fresh food is good medicine for your mind and body. Fourth – learn something new. Know that you’re not the only one that can feel unmotivated and more comfortable on your couch flipping through social media. But that won’t necessarily boost your spirits. Find a YouTube channel on a hobby you’ve always wanted to develop. Then don’t just watch sewing, for example, dust off your sewing machine and sew that project you’ve been putting off. In summary, grey or not, get out and be active. And add a bit more socialness to your life. After all, your friend or neighbour will be grateful you got them out of their funk by asking them out for coffee or a walk.

On that note… Pender Hill is a “must do” trail on BC’s Sunshine Coast. A short 30-minute hike will reward you with spectacular ocean views. The trailhead is found in Garden Bay which is 45 minutes north of Sechelt. Once at the trail, you’ll find a wellworn, uphill path that winds through forested land and lush, mossy vegetation. There are a couple of short steep sections where you’ll scramble up a rocky surface. If the rock is wet, remember to be extra careful. While not a difficult hike, it’s not wheelchair accessible. The top is mostly open and provides expansive views. Here you’ll see Garden Bay, Pender Harbour, and Madeira Park. To the west is Georgia Strait and views of Texada and Vancouver Islands. Bring a drink, snacks, and your camera because you’ll want to hang out at the top. Visit my website for more info on Pender Hill, including links and a map. Tony Browton is an award-winning Realtor who lives and works on BC’s Sunshine Coast. His weekly blog can be found here http://www.truebluerealty.ca/blog

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when British Columbians come home, turn up the heat, switch on the lights, do laundry and make dinner. Residential electricity can increase, on average, by 88 per cent in the colder, darker, winter months. This can lead to higher heating costs for customers. BC Hydro is reminding customers there are simple ways to reduce electricity use during the winter, including: • Setting thermostat at an ideal temperature based on time of day can help reduce

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Eat, drink, exercise – in that order Diet and exercise are each vital components of a healthy lifestyle. While these components tend to be looked at separately, diet and exercise are actually interconnected. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, adequate food and fluid should be consumed before, during and after exercise. Following that advice can help men and women maintain their blood glucose concentration during exercise, which allows them to maximize their performance and improves their recovery time. Some people understandably may feel that eating before exercising seems counterintuitive, as food may contribute to feelings of sluggishness that would make it hard to maximize a workout. But what people eat, and drink, prior to working out is important, as the right foods can make a positive impact while the wrong foods can have the opposite effect. The American Heart Association and the ACSM recommend hydrating with water prior to working out. The ACSM recommends drinking between two and three cups of water two to three hours before exercising. Adults accustomed to working out in the early morning can try to wake up earlier so they can give their bodies time to hydrate before they begin exercising. It’s also important to continue hydrating during a workout, as the ACSM recommends drinking between 1/2 and one cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes during a workout (amounts can be adjusted based on variables

such as the weather and individuals’ body sizes). After a workout, the ACSM recommends drinking two to three cups of water for every pound lost during the exercise session. Food also plays a vital role in maximizing a workout and improving recovery time. The AHA recommends fueling up on healthy carbohydrates, such as whole-grain cereals, whole-wheat toast or low-fat or fat-free yogurt, two hours before exercising. Doing so might pose a problem for early morning exercise enthusiasts, and in such instances the AHA advises eating a piece of fruit such as an apple or banana five to 10 minutes before beginning a workout. Avoid saturated fats and a lot of healthy protein prior to working out, as

it takes longer for these fuels to digest in the stomach. Until foods are digested, muscles may not get all of the oxygen and energy-delivering blood they need during a workout, so it’s best to stick with foods that the body can digest more quickly. The Mayo Clinic notes that it’s also important to make food a part of your post-workout routine. Eating a post-workout meal that contains both carbohydrates and protein can aid muscle recovery and replace glycogen stores that help increase energy levels after working out. The most effective way to exercise involves healthy foods, which can improve performance and lead to quicker post-workout recovery. Metro Creative

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How to snack “mindfully” Many people give little thought to the snacks that take up space on their pantry shelves. But are the foods people eat between meals worthy of more careful attention? Those who subscribe to mindful snacking would suggest they are. According to the International Food Information Council Foundation, mindful eating focuses on slowing down and tuning into the sensations of eating. One of the goals of mindful eating is to prevent unhealthy behaviors associated with food and eating. One such behavior is binge eating, which can have long-term negative consequences. The National Eating Disorders Association notes that as many as two-thirds of people diagnosed with binge eating disorder, or BED, are clinically obese. Mindful eating can benefit anyone, including people who are maintaining healthy weights and not considered to be at risk of developing eating disorders. One of the questions people may have about mindful eating, and

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The talented Andrea Superstein Quartet will be performing at the School of Music in Pender Harbour on Jan. 19. Vancouver-based jazz vocalist Superstein is currently touring with her “Montreal all stars:” four-time Juno

nominee Elizabeth Sheperd on keyboards, Remi-Jean Leblanc on bass and Mark Nelson on drums. Superstein arrived in Vancouver in 2002 to earn her graduate degree in arts education. “And then I just never left,” she laughs. Superstein discovered her voice early, singing in choirs, creating bands and writing songs as early as her elementary school years. “My parents were very unsure what to do with me,” says Su-

Vancouver-based vocalist and composer Andrea Superstein fronts a jazz quartet for a concert at the School of Music in Madeira Park on Sunday, Jan. 19. SEAN MCGUIRE PHOTO

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perstein. “So, they put me in a musical theatre school.” She loved the singing and performing, but after graduating from university discovered acting wasn’t really for her. She became a drama teacher, and still teaches high school full-time, along with being a full-time parent and pursuing her music career as a singer, composer and arranger. “Which is crazy,” she says simply of trying to balance her schedule. Superstein’s commitment to jazz music came when she attended the annual Swing Camp in Sorrento, BC in 2009. “The faculty there are the top jazz musicians on the West Coast,” she says. “It was instrumental in giving me the confidence to continue and allowed me to develop relationships.” In 2010, she was invited to sing at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, was nominated as a Galaxie Rising Star, and released her first album, One Night. What Goes On followed in 2015 and Worlds Apart in 2018. Superstein is known for her powerful and sultry voice that is well-suited to singing the jazz standards, but, in the true spirit of jazz, she isn’t afraid to experiment and improvise. “I love

the freedom jazz allows,” she says. “It’s very encouraging [of the writing of] your own arrangements of pre-existing songs or deconstructing something.” Her most recent album is primarily original material, and – growing up Jewish in Montreal – includes songs written in Hebrew and French that reveal and combine different aspects of Superstein’s identity. “That’s who I am,” she says. “And it comes out in my art.” Her albums also include songs by Radiohead, Keane and Bob Dylan that Superstein has re-imagined with a “jazz filter. I’m really interested in breathing new life into some of the classics,” says Superstein “But also opening up my exploration of the genre in general and making new things that other people aren’t doing.” With her background in musical theatre, Superstein loves to perform for a live audience. “For me the most exciting part is to be able to share the music,” she says. “That relationship with the audience is the most important thing and what I look forward to most.” The quartet’s afternoon performance will contain a diverse repertoire, with music selected

from her albums and a mix of new, unreleased original tunes. “The audience might be pleasantly surprised by what they discover,” says Superstein. Andrea Superstein Quartet

plays Sunday Jan. 19 at 2pm at the Pender Harbour School of Music in Madeira Park. Tickets are $25 and available at Harbour Insurance, Strait Music and online at penderharbourmusic.ca

Teenage artists Béla Ord, left, and Zachary Harding pose with their work at the opening reception of an exhibition at The Kube gallery in Gibsons on Jan. 10. Their work will be displayed until Feb. 2. ANDREA COATES PHOTO

Sing with the choir, get together “in song and friendship” With the new year comes a new choir term as we say goodbye to the plethora of Christmas music December brought and move towards spring and Easter. Now is a perfect time to join one of these loving communities of like-minded people, united in song and friendship. And here on the Coast, there are more choirs than there are days of the week. The Coast Messiah Choir (www.coastmessiahchoir.ca) rehearses Monday evenings, 7-9pm in Sechelt, and will be preparing to sing Charpentier’s Messe de minuit at a concert of Baroque orchestral music on April 3 and 4.

On Tuesdays, 7-9pm, Pender Harbour Choir (www.penderharbourmusic.ca) gathers at the School of Music in Madeira Park to prepare for their concerts May 29–31, featuring a diverse and varied palette of songs with local composer Ken Johnson. Younger singers can consider Janice Brunson’s Choralations (jbrunson@ dcc.net), the longest-running children’s choir on the Coast. They rehearse at Davis Bay Elementary School on Wednesdays at 5:30pm, and have performances upcoming at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts, the Kiwanis Festival in

Richmond, and their joint performances with A Cappella Strait May 22 and 23. Suncoast Phoenix (www. suncoastphoenixchoir.ca), the largest choir on the Coast, rehearses on Thursdays, 6:45pm, at Living Faith Lutheran in Davis Bay under the delightful direction of Sara Douglas. They’ll be preparing for their concerts May 9 and 10 and invite anyone to come along to their first few open rehearsals in January. Coast Vespersong (coastvespersong@gmail.com) is looking for more members to rehearse Friday afternoons, 2-3:30pm at St. Bart’s in Gibsons. They will rehearse

for 10 weeks, then present a service of Choral Evensong at St.Hilda’s in Sechelt on March 15. This season they are featuring the music of Charles Villiers Stanford and others. If none of these choirs suit

you, there are more. Do a quick search for Inspirito, Arbutus Sounds, MusicMakers, Sunshine Coast Children’s Choir and more. Studies have shown that singing in choir is good for

you physically, but it’s also beneficial for your mental health. A weekly choir community will surely set you up for the best 2020 and the best you ever. Submitted by David Poon

Playreading group presents a comedy Off the Page playreading presents its first show of 2020, “Red Birds”, on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1pm in the Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons. Admission by donation. “Red Birds”, by Aaron Bushkowsky, is a comedy about finding out your true identity

Vancouver’s 10-piece party band Soulstream is playing a dance Jan. 18 at the Roberts Creek Hall as a fundraiser for the 25th annual Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival (which runs June 19-21). The band includes Coast sax player Karen Graves, third from the left. PHOTO SUBMITTED

and mistakenly falling in love. After struggling for years as a bird photographer, Carol realizes her birth mother millionaire could solve a lot of financial problems but a new love complicates everything. Her family, a crabby artistic daughter and a wise-cracking elderly Polish mother, take sides making things much worse. This is a heart-warming comedy about family and relationships. Aaron Bushkowsky is a Vancouver writer with over

30 award-winning play productions to his name. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Stephen Leacock Award for humour writing in Canada. He is currently writing the stageplay version of “The Murdoch Mysteries” – Canada’s current longest running TV series. “Red Birds” features Wanda Nowicki, Dawn Allen, Amy King, Aaron Pearl and Marcia Forst. Submitted

The Pender Harbour Golf Course clubhouse was rocking Sunday, Jan. 5 with the weekly blues jam. From the left, host Simon Paradis, drummer Tim Rannard, bass Boyd Norman, and special guest Jim Foster on guitar, harmonica and vocals. The Peter Van Trio hosts the jam on Jan. 19. JOHN GIBBS PHOTO


Modern logging vs. ancient forestry The Pender Harbour Wildlife Society is showing the movie “Rainforest - The Limit of Splendour”, on Jan. 21 at 7pm at the PH Secondary School on HWY 101. Inspired by his relationship with a Kwaxkwaka’wakw elder, the filmmaker, Richard Boyce, embarks upon a cinematic journey to a remote corner of Vancouver

Island. Massive trees thrive along the banks of an ancient river floodplain providing for diverse life forms in the temperate rainforest. This film is an evocative journey, contrasting forestry as practiced for ten thousand years by First Nations people with modern logging. We will have popcorn and our usual home baked goods,

as well as raffle prizes. All are welcome to join us for the movie and for our regular business meeting that follows. The PHWS is looking for new members to join the board of directors so, if you love all things wildlife, please consider coming to our meetings to learn how you can help. info@penderharbourwildlife.com. Submitted

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Olivia vs Oliver Olivia is the front-runner for the most popular name for babies born this year in British Columbia. Olivia is followed by Oliver, Lucas, Liam, Ethan, Noah, William, Benjamin, Charlotte, Emma and Leo, according to the vital statistics agency’s preliminary figures from Jan. 1 to Dec. 18, 2019. In 2018, Liam was the top choice for babies born in BC, followed by Olivia, Emma, Lucas, Oliver, Benjamin, Ethan, Noah, Logan and Amelia. Only names that occur five or more times are listed. From Jan. 1 to Dec. 18, 2019, 40,978 babies were born in BC. In 2018, 43,844 babies were born in BC. Submitted

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A lineup of Leonard Cohen fans at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt on Jan. 4 are being told they probably won’t get in to see “Marianne and Leonard”. It was the first of three sold-out showings of the documentary, and the SC Film Society added a fourth screening on Jan. 11. Now the society has announced that its members can buy tickets for the Raven’s Cry online, a service previously available only at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. KAREN BURNEY PHOTO

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Tip of the Week:   As indicated by the many powerful aspects which have been forecasted for months, 2020 is destined to be a pivotal year for us all. I clarified in my video: The Astrology of 2020 – The Dawn of a New Era (YouTube) that the year was launched under the ominous shadow of Mars in Scorpio. This combined with the Solar Eclipse at 4 Capricorn, itself loaded with revolutionary themes, and last week’s Saturn/Pluto conjunction, also in Capricorn, the dawning has been activated by veritable bolts of lightning and deafening cracks of thunder. Currently, the emphasis is on this now ‘waxing’ conjunction of has a 34-year lifespan…  Positively, the tragic and sad events of late are serving to awaken humanity to our collective plight which includes the realities of sinister forces hiding in shadows which can be revealed and overcome by

literal and spiritual lights. This theme will be amplified by the New Moon in Aquarius on January 24th, which also marks Chinese New Year. Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19) The balancing act between the duties and responsibilities of your public and professional life, on one hand, and your personal life needs, on the other, continues. Both require attention and as much as you may want to remain close to home and to attend to family matters, circumstances may not be as supportive as you would like. Trust and cooperate. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20) The sobering pressures of daily reality and the natural orientation to create a solid state of security continue to direct your daily focus. Paying attention to the details remains a central theme, yet these may seem kaleidoscopic and ever-changing. By now you are used this perhaps dizzying rhythm and pattern. Your ability to be flexible and adapt is the inner lesson. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Like a long and drawn-out renovation process, your fo-

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cus is to clear the old and establish a new and solid foundation. The tricky part is that the process underway may not be entirely of your choosing and may feel more like a reaction to outer events than anything you chose. Attending to your health and that of your lifestyle amidst it all remains a top priority. Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22) You have and continue to learn the importance of both self-assertion and graceful diplomacy. This has been an important theme focus for over a year now and will continue well into spring. The focus now includes investigation and research into more fully activating your skills and talents. While collaborative efforts are implied, your own inventiveness and creative genius is emphasized. Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 23) What is the best way to work smarter than harder? Answering this question requires concentration and careful consideration. In many respects, it is its own sizable challenge. Yet, it is a necessary one to tackle if you are to break through. It will probably prove helpful

and wise to reach out to others to help you to see things more clearly. Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22) The Solar Eclipse of late December activated a creative and ambitious determination in you. However it was destined to manifest in your awareness, it has now done so. Your main task now is to engage. Your focus will get stronger in the coming weeks, yet you are wise to begin now before Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces in mid-February. Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22) A series of major events have occurred in the past several weeks that have and continue to affect us all. For you, these are emphasizing a complex dynamic between your personal and professional life. This theme has been underway for many months already affecting your income flow and will continue in 2020. The focus now is to put your heart into making it work. Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) A flood of creative ideas has been activated in your mind. At worst, you feel a little overwhelmed. Positively, you feel inspired and are eager to implement some of these into reality. Practical outcomes are featured, but some of these inspirations may be ends in themselves and simply for the sake of love and beauty.

Sagittarius (Nov 22–Dec 21) Your higher mind has been calling and if you have been listening, it is seeding your mind with new visions of possibility. While it is not all about the money, new strategies are awakening in your mind. Beyond the means that money often is, the ends you seek include peace of mind and perhaps retreat from the… race. Fill in the blank. Capricorn (Dec 22–Jan 19) Big drums continue to beat in your heart and mind. These are prompting you to realize what is most important. At the top of the list are relationships, home, and family. A quick reminder: when it comes to your notorious drive and ambition, sense of duty and willingness to accept responsibility, your core motivation has always been about quality time. Aquarius (Jan 20–Feb 19) The Sun enters your sign

on January 20th and it will serve to activate some important new beginnings. These include changes close to home. Your financial outlook and priorities will also undergo the shift. It remains important that you continue to work on skills development at this time. Expect your focus increase in this regard very soon. Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20) By now returns for previous efforts should be rolling in. Whether these are positive, negative or a mixed bag depends on your choices and actions over the years and the finer details of your destiny. You are about to enter a cycle that will keep you busier behind the scenes for a while, which could well include a focus of study. Both giving and receiving knowledge at this time also shows well. michaeloconnorastrologer.com

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From a small parking spot to a bad haircut to late-night vacuuming, E-Comm continued to receive calls in 2019 that don’t belong on 9-1-1. Also this year, there was an emerging trend, where some callers know they aren’t in an emergency, but call 9-1-1 anyway seeking general information. “Sometimes, it feels like people may have forgotten that the reason to call 9-1-1 is to get help in a life or death situation,” explains Chelsea Brent, the call-taker who handled the number one call on this year’s list. “I take a lot of 9-1-1 calls where ‘I know this isn’t an emergency’ are the first words out of the caller’s mouth. But when I’m answering calls that aren’t an emergency, it means I’m not available for someone else who really does need critical

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