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Residents �ight logging plan

A meeting of people concerned about logging of DL 1313 listens as Ross Muirhead of Elphinstone Logging Focus makes a point. (Another picture page 17). DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO Seventy residents crowded into Frank West Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 10 for a meeting organized by SCRD Area E Director Lorne Lewis about District Lot 1313 (also known as the "Reed Forest Reserve"), a 56-hectare (140acre) cutblock on the slopes of Mount Elphinstone. Lewis said he was making a call to action "because we have to get out there and convince the provincial government that there is considerable interest in saving this property from being logged." The forested lot lies at the west end of Reed Road on the boundary of Area E (Elphinstone) and D (Roberts Creek). Logging of the lot has been deferred several times, but BC Timber Sales is slated to auction the cutblock this spring. Lewis said that the SCRD has been negotiating with the province and the Squamish Nation, but discussions are in camera so he could not report on their progress. The area is identified as a park in the Area E Official Community Plan, but is not a dedicated regional or provincial park. It was also formerly designated as a "watershed reserve", but according to local conservationist Dan Bouman,

the province maintains that "logging is compatible with drinking water protection." Bouman and George Smith spoke to the ecological value of the "extremely productive" second growth Douglas fir forest, while residents living directly downslope of the property aired their concerns about runoff, erosion, and well water quality. Neighbour Rick Andrews, who had lived adjacent to the property for 40 years, described DL 1313 as a "very wet hillside." "If we see that thing logged we're going to have real water problems on that hillside. We're going to see a million bucks in damage to property." Jo-Anne Conway, who lives directly below the lot, said she already has water problems. "Already we have had a lot of flooding issues on our property, nearly losing our driveway, losing part of our property from the water coming down," said Conway. "My big concern is that there's going to be a lot of property damage done as a result of flooding. " Another local resident, Vern Giesbrecht, pointed to recent landslides in California, resulting from heavy rains on hillsides denuded of

vegetation. Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) launched a campaign to protect the area in 2014, and built a trail into the lot from the end of Reed Road. According to a Jan. 11 statement from ELF: "ELF is speculating that the SCRD is not prepared to pay the assessed value of the property to the province, and now they expect the public to rally against BCTS and the province to have the area saved." ELF would like the SCRD to buy the property from the province, but the value of the timber alone is estimated at over $2 million. Interviewed later, Lorne Lewis said his ideal outcome would be: "If the province sold it to us for a dollar and said we could manage it in our regional park system, and then we work with the Squamish [Nation] to ... meet their cultural expectations as well as ours." Residents are organizing a letter writing campaign to the province, the SCRD, and the media. Downslope neighbours are also organizing to file an injunction if BCTS auctions off the logging rights. Donna McMahon

Sunshine Coast & Powell River Schedules September 5, 2017 - January 1, 2018

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A tiny northern pygmy owl rests up after a traffic accident. A couple found him in the middle of the highway near the Roberts Creek traffic lights on Dec. 8 and took him to the Gibsons Wildlife Rehab Centre. The owl was suffering a concussion after apparently hitting – or having been hit by – a vehicle. He was released near where he was found on Jan. 14. He looks big in the picture, but this guy is only four or five inches tall. CARL OLSEN PHOTO

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Understanding dementia The Alzheimer Society of BC has released findings of a new survey to coincide with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in January, a survey that shows stigma and negative attitudes about dementia continue to persist. The society is kicking off its new social awareness campaign – “I live with dementia; let me help you understand” – to spark conversations and encourage Gibsons and Sechelt residents to see dementia differently. The Leger-led online survey, which canvassed 1,500 Canadians between the ages of 18 and 65, also reveals that 46 per cent of respondents would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they had dementia, while 61 per cent of those surveyed said they would face discrimination of some kind. According to the survey, one in four Canadians believe that their friends and family would avoid them if they were diagnosed with dementia, and only five per cent of Canadians would learn more about dementia if a family member, friend or co-worker were diagnosed. The survey also found 56 per cent of Canadians are concerned about being affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and are particularly afraid of being a burden to others, losing independence and the ability to recognize family and friends. And 30 per cent admitted using dementia-related jokes. “Stigma significantly affects the well-being of people living with dementia,” says Vivian Tsai, support and education coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of BC for Gibsons, Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast region. “In order to build a dementiafriendly society, we need to move away from fear and denial of the disease, towards awareness and understanding.” To tackle stigma, the Alzheimer Society is letting the experts – people affected by dementia – do the talking. Two of these experts are Bryan Karrels and Carol Hanlon. Carol was diagnosed with dementia in 2014, and wants to help people understand the disease. “People need to be patient, compassionate, and willing to learn,” she says. Carol and others invite Sunshine Coast residents to hear their inspiring stories and take a few pointers from them on how to be open and accepting towards people living with dementia. Their stories are featured on a dedicated campaign website, where visitors will also find tips on how to be more dementia friendly, activities to test their knowledge, and other resources to take action against stigma and be better informed about a disease that has the potential to affect every single one of us. Today, over half a million Canadians have dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease); in less than 15 years, an estimated 937,000 Canadians will have dementia. To help stop stigma and read the full survey, visit – and use the hashtag #ilivewithdementia to help spread the word. Submitted



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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Unsafe highway Our blue Malibu was destroyed on Jan. 11 when it was rear-ended in a lineup of stopped traffic on the way into Wilson Creek. The collision confirmed my growing concern over the danger of increasing traffic on our only road between communities here on the Sunshine Coast. The tree trimming company that blocked the road with two over-sized trucks had placed two isolated orange warning signs more than a kilometre apart, at Pell Road and at the bottom of Rat Portage Hill, both more than a kilometre ahead of where they were working. Several people I have spoken to commented on the fact that the distance between the signs and the actual work site had caused them to question whether there was any work going on at all. The signs were obviously not enough to slow down the driver of the pickup truck that slammed into the back of my car. If a flagger had been placed on the east side of the hill near Tyson Road, where the stopped traffic was parked just below the rise in an 80-kilometre zone, the most vulnerable cars (like mine) might have been spared many longterm and far-reaching consequences. Unfortunately, even after the incident, the only two flaggers who were positioned close to the trucks made no move to help with the additional traffic congestion at the accident site. While it was my personal and financial security that was jeopardized on that day, the overall safety and security of drivers on the Coast needs to be taken more seriously as the number of cars on our one through-road increases, along with the challenges of maneuvering

through one roadside work site after another. Ironically, where I was stopped on the highway was just minutes away from where I was going to my annual eye exam, a habit I recommend to all drivers. Robert Wotton, Roberts Creek

Fire truck fable (Re “Dandelions on the roof”, letters, the Local, Jan. 11) Bill Campbell’s letter includes the statement “Is the vehicle elevator large enough for a fire truck?” How could anyone actually have this put into print? Why would you put a fire truck into a burning building? Do all the large buildings in Vancouver have fire truck elevators in them? It is obvious Mr. Campbell does not want any development in his neighborhood and is grasping at straws, no matter how ridiculous they may be. Harold Pratt, Gibsons

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The Town of Gibsons has all the pristine water it needs from its aquifer and it is the “best drinking water in the world”. They have such a great supply they only went to level 2 restrictions last year. They have also been proactive and six years ago built a 2,600,000-litre reservoir at Gibsons highest point in the northwest boundary of Zone 3 in the new Parkland Subdivision. It is all great in Gibsons unless you are one of the 1,150 second class upper Gibsons citizens that live in Zone 3. We pay the same water rate but aren’t supplied with pristine aquifer water from this new Upper Gibsons Parkland Reservoir, and had to go to level 4 restrictions last year. What is a further insult is

I am looking out my kitchen window in Parkland and can literally throw a stone and hit the water reservoir, which currently only serves the Upper Slope Zone 2 homes. Why this is so is anybody’s guess, but I did hear some mention at council meetings about the high costs to pump the water from the wells in lower Gibsons to the Parkland Reservoir and that they could save money if they use the SCRD water for upper Gibsons. That’s 162 million, 863 thousand litres of SCRD water annually so they can save a few dollars. This is all off the Town of Gibsons website. David Hayward, Gibsons

Misguided seniors plan Introducing the profit motive into seniors care absent clear, civilized, and moral direction is guaranteed to result in more incidents of neglect and increased suffering for many seniors. Even the best set of rules and regulations, when based in budget considerations as the primary determinant, will only help us measure the failures of – and despair generated by – a resulting misguided system. Government bureaucracies can be both effective and efficient – when pointed in the right direction... The citizens are properly the people to establish that direction through our elected representatives. For our elected representatives to leave a vacuum where leadership is needed naturally results in bureaucrats and administrators filling the void, but their perspective is limited by their remit. When administrators and accountants start leading the way, both government and its institutions quickly

become very efficient at delivering misguided, ineffective services in ways that make things worse for a lot of tax-paying citizens. It's time to take the time to do this better. Daryl Stennett, Sechelt

Justice dialogue The Restorative Justice (RJ) Program of the Sunshine Coast invites you to our annual AGM, scheduled for Thurs. Jan. 25 at the Sechelt Band Hall, 7-9pm. RJ has been instrumental on the Sunshine Coast in supporting both victims and offenders through dialogue – by facilitating fair agreements for restitution when something wrongful has occurred and/or someone has been harmed – thereby restoring individuals to respectful relationships and community. We invite you to our AGM, followed by a Dialogue Circle. We are looking to you for what and how you ‘see’ through your experience, hopes, and dreams, the future of restorative practices in our homes, schools, neighborhoods, organizations and communities. Come join the Circle to dialogue together. Nancy Denham, Chair, Restorative Justice Program of the Sunshine Coast

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SCRD wants more info on Langdale plan SCRD Directors debated whether to move forward with a public hearing for BC Ferries rezoning application for the Langdale ferry terminal at the Jan. 11 meeting of the planning and community development committee. Area D Director Mark Lebbell expressed concern that the board has not yet seen a draft terminal development plan. "I'm having trouble with the lack of specifics in what's coming to the board and what's coming to the public," said Lebbell. Area F Director, Ian Winn, also expressed concern, noting that the public "just sees this as a public hearing" and doesn't understand that the

hearing is only for the property re-zoning, not for a broader discussion of plans for the ferry terminal. Many of the concerns raised at the first information meeting in October, such as medical priority boarding, insufficient parking, and giving preference to local vendors rather than chains, lie outside the scope of the SCRD zoning process. In response to questions from the board, senior planner David Rafael said that a more detailed terminal development plan is not expected until spring or early summer, and that the rezoning is needed first, because "the bylaw helps set the groundwork for the terminal development

plan by setting certain broad limitations in terms of building size and mix of uses." He also noted that BC Ferries would like the bylaw to move forward "as quickly as possible." Lebbell agreed that "it is in the public interest to keep the process moving forward efficiently," but added: "I don't want to hang things up unnecessarily but I also don't want to be making incomplete decisions." The SCRD staff report noted that since the public information meeting (held on Oct. 26), BC Ferries has confirmed that they plan to build their new terminal building near the site of the current

A weekend meeting at the Sechelt municipal hall had provincial representatives meeting with Sechelt representatives Jan. 13 on developing a poverty reduction strategy. Left to right, MLA Nicholas Simons, Deputy Mayor Alice Lutes and Mable Elmore, parliamentary secretary for poverty reduction. You can make a submission, until March 30, at https// BRUCE MILNE PHOTO

bus stop. BCF also asked to remove staff accommodation as a permitted use of the property. The report recommended that the SCRD negotiate an agreement with BC Ferries about access to the Langdale well, which is underneath the terminal's upper parking lot. After discussion, the board voted in favour of staff's recommendation to give second reading to the bylaw and schedule a public hearing on

Feb. 21, 7 pm, at Eric Cardinall Hall. Following the vote, Director Lebbell put forward a motion "that staff work with BC Ferries to maximize the level of information with regards to the terminal development plan available throughout the review process." This also passed. The bylaw will go back to the board for third reading after the public hearing. Donna McMahon

Persephone Brewing Company will soon be taking applications through their Kids in Agriculture Fund for school projects that connect children to growing food. Persephone seeded the fund with two per cent of their gross December sales (providing about $5,000) and other donations. "It's a small amount of money so we want to keep this process as simple as possible," said Persephone owner Brian Smith. Smith said that he and his staff had heard from local schools that other grants rarely allow anyone to be paid, such as teachers or contractors, which can make it difficult to get projects off the ground. Applications will open in February, and be reviewed by a small committee of staff members, with the goal of

getting disbursements out quickly in time for spring. Possible projects might include planting schoolyard gardens, purchasing tools, or building greenhouses in schoolyards. "We're not being very specific about how the money can be used," said Smith. "We're trying to fill gaps that might exist with other funding sources." The Gibsons-based brewing company has also rolled out a new "Beer Farm Food Box" program which will run for 22 weeks starting May 11. Customers who pay $495 in advance ($22.50/week) will receive a weekly box of vegetables grown at Persephone and other local farms. An optional add-on allows people to order beer with their vegetables. "We've been pleasantly

Mail thieves strike again Overnight on Jan. 9, a suspect pried open Canada Post community mail boxes in the 6300 block of Gale Avenue North, Sechelt, gaining access to multiple compartments. It is assumed that mail has been stolen and police are requesting anyone with any information about this and other recent mail box break-ins to contact RCMP, reference police file 2018194. Submitted by RCMP

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surprised at how many people have signed up," said Smith. Three quarters of the 40 available spaces were sold by the first week in January. "It's a good sign that our community is looking to support local agriculture in this way and get local food. And it doesn't hurt that we're including beer in the box." Persephone is moving forward with a number of projects now that they no longer face the threat of having to move their brewing operations offsite. In November, the provincial government amended provincial Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) regulations to allow farm-based breweries to buy ingredients from other BC farms, rather than having to grow at least 50 per cent of their major ingredients on site. Donna McMahon






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Happy New Year. As we begin 2018, we can look back at three years of work fulfilling the promises and commitments made during the election that put this Council into office. This Council has stabilized spending, rebuilt the District of Sechelt organization and conducted our affairs in an open, transparent and civil manner. I am confident we will conclude our term of office on the same path we set for ourselves at the beginning – ensuring we have a stable and sustainable future in the District of Sechelt. A number of projects initiated in 2017 helped get us closer to our vision of Sechelt. In particular, two significant policy initiatives kicked-off in 2017: an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan that will update the long-term vision for the community, and a Parks Master Plan that will identify the community’s priorities in regard to parks

and other recreational areas over the next 10 years. Public input was sought for establishing both policies, and the results will be brought to Council and the public in the first half of 2018. Council has directed staff to investigate opportunities at both the Airport and the Sechelt Inlet Wharf that will ensure these operations are self-funding and will allow the District to consider potential new or expanded uses of these facilities in the future. The results of these investigations will be brought forward to Council and to the public in 2018. In 2017 we also tackled one of the more significant concerns for all taxpayers – the financial sustainability of our municipality. The fiveyear financial plan Council adopted last spring started the District on a path to ensure long-term financial stability. For example, the District’s annual operating costs are now fully funded with annual revenue (no need to draw from reserves) and the capital budgets will be increasing each year to allow the District to maintain our

capital assets to ensure they are available for many years to come. In the next few weeks the details of our 2018 budget will be discussed at a series of Committee meetings. These meetings are open to the public and offer a chance to hear an in-depth discussion of operational costs and of those capital projects which will take priority for 2018. In 2016, this Council began livestreaming all regular Council meetings and most public information meetings. New for 2018, we will live-stream all Committee meetings as well as Council meetings on the District of Sechelt’s YouTube channel. If you have comments, questions or suggestions I encourage you to attend one of our Council or Committee meetings held at the Sechelt Municipal/Library building on Wednesdays (see the detailed schedule at sechelt. ca). You can also send Council an email at council@sechelt. ca. All email received at that address is considered for inclusion in our public Council meeting agendas. All the best for 2018!

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Back in Time

A recent McDonald's radio ad campaign, which implied that $5 is better spent on a hamburger than on a visit to the Museum, struck a chord in the museum community last week. A rally of protest from provincial and federal museums and museum associations resulted in the ad being pulled by McDonald's one day after the ad was released on the airwaves. So, what can your $5 get you at your local Sunshine Coast Museums? The Sunshine Coast has a collective wealth of historical information held in its four Museums – the Powell River Historical Museum & Archives, Egmont Heritage Centre, Tems Swiya Museum (in Sechelt), and the Sunshine

Coast Museum & Archives (in Gibsons). Also worth noting are the rich archival collections of the Sechelt Community Archives and the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society. All four of the museums on the Sunshine Coast are accessible by donation; your $5 goes a long way here. Collectively, these institutions provide permanent and temporary exhibits on such topics as the life and culture of local First Nations communities, histories of pioneer settlement, logging, fishing and maritime histories, the history of local music and culture, and wartime history. But like most of today’s museums, your local museums are more than cabinets of curiosities, we are active participants in the community. We provide walking tours, workshops (such as Coast Salish weaving and basket making), fun and educational activities at festivals, and host

seasonal events (such as the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives’ annual Haunted House) – all of which are either free of charge, by donation, or for a low fee. We also work with school groups, providing class tours of our exhibits and/or developing programming alongside teachers to provide museum school programs. We also host events and develop temporary exhibits on contemporary topics – to get the brain juices flowing and promote community dialogue on hot topics – such as the SCMA’s feature exhibit on the idea of a “Fixed Link” to the Sunshine Coast. Your $5 goes a long way to help support these programs within your community. If you haven’t visited your local museum, or it has been awhile, stop in and see what’s new. It’s a great way to nourish your brain and connect with your community.

On Jan. 11 around 8:30am, a hit and run occurred after the first vehicle made a right turn westbound onto Highway 101 off Henry Road, Gibsons, cutting in front of a second westbound vehicle. The second vehicle driver attempted to brake to avoid hitting the rear of the first vehicle, but was unable to do so

and struck the first vehicle`s driver`s side door. The first vehicle initially pulled over but when the second vehicle pulled in behind, the first vehicle fled the scene before driver information could be exchanged. The driver of the second vehicle fortunately did not sustain any life-threatening injuries,

but her vehicle had to be towed due to damage. The driver of the first vehicle, a silver or grey SUV or truck, is described as a Caucasian male in his early thirties. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2018-232. Submitted by RCMP

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ported at the library, and our staff are always available to help you get the information you need. We are delighted to have Andrea Routley as our new Outreach Coordinator at the Gibsons and District Public Library. Andrea has a diverse background in marketing and event planning, and progressive outreach programming. In addition to the ongoing conversational language groups, knitting, writing groups and book club at the library, Andrea will be planning various special events on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. In February, there will be a financial literacy workshop series offered by

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Real estate sales in 2017 decline after two record years After reaching record levels in 2015 and 2016, Metro Vancouver home sales returned to more historically normal levels in 2017. Home listings, on the other hand, came in several thousand units below typical activity. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) – which includes the Sunshine Coast – reports that sales of detached, attached and apartment properties reached 35,993 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2017, a 9.9-per-cent decrease from the 39,943 sales recorded in 2016, and a 15-per-cent decrease over the 42,326 residential sales in 2015. Last year’s sales total was, however, 9.7-per-cent above the 10-year sales average. “It was a steady year for home sales across the region, led by condominium and townhome activity, and a quieter year for home listings,” Jill Oudil, REBGV

president said. “Metro Vancouver home sales were the third highest we’ve seen in the past ten years while the home listings total was the second lowest on record for the same period.” Home listings in Metro Vancouver reached 54,655 in 2017. This is a 5.1-percent decrease compared to the 57,596 homes listed in 2016 and a 4.5-per-cent decrease compared to the 57,249 homes listed in 2015. Last year’s listings total was 4.4-per-cent below the 10-year listings average. “Market activity differed considerably last year based on property type,” Oudil said. “Competition was intense in the condominium and townhome markets, with multiple offer situations becoming commonplace. The detached home market operated in a more balanced state, giving home buyers more selection to choose from and more time to make decisions.”

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Sales of detached, attached, and apartment properties totalled 2,016 in the region in December 2017, a 17.6-per-cent increase from the 1,714 sales recorded in December 2016 and a 27.9-per-cent decrease compared to No-

vember 2017 when 2,795 homes sold. Last month’s sales were 7.5 per cent above the 10year sales average for the month. “As we move into 2018, REALTORS® are working with their clients to help them understand how changing interest rates and the federal government’s new mortgage qualifications could affect their purchasing power,” Oudil said. “Only time will tell what impact these rules will have on the market. “Home buyers today should get pre-approved before making an offer to ensure that your home buying goals align with your financial situation,” Oudil said. There were 1,891 residential homes newly listed for sale in December 2017. This represents a 44.1-per cent-increase compared to the 1,312 homes listed in December 2016 and a 54-per cent-decrease com-

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cent increase from the 541 detached sales recorded in December 2016. The benchmark price for a detached home in the region is $1,605,800. This represents a 7.9-per-cent increase compared to December 2016. Sales of apartment homes reached 1,028 in December 2017, a 12.3-per-cent increase compared to the 915 sales in December 2016. The benchmark price of an apartment in the region is $655,400. This represents a 25.9-per-cent increase compared to December 2016. Attached (or townhome) property sales in December 2017 totalled 371, a 43.8-per-cent increase compared to the 258 sales in December 2016. The benchmark price of an attached home in the region is $803,700. This represents an 18.5-per-cent increase compared to December 2016. Submitted

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Here are some things she suggests couples consider: Location for the marriage ceremony: at a church or place of worship, outside, or at another venue? Time: Have you always dreamed of a morning wedding, or is afternoon or sunset more to your liking? Wedding party: Do you want one witness each or a larger bridal party? Guests: Do you want a very small, intimate wedding or an extensive guest list? Dress: Are you going to be formal, traditional, casual, or wear something that reflects your cultural background or personal style? Theme: More than just a colour scheme, what is the ambience you want at your wedding and reception? Reception: Where and when do you want to hold the reception?

The next big decision: Once you have determined what kind of wedding you both want and how you want to celebrate the start of your married life at the reception, it’s time to talk finances. It’s never fun to talk about money, but you really need to know what your working budget will be. Be open and candid about the budget and your personal feelings about how much is reasonable to spend on your wedding day.

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Planning to Budget: Once you have your budget you can start to make inquiries to book your ceremony and reception locations. When you have an idea of how many guests you would like to attend, you can get quotes for catering and other aspects of your wedding day. It’s best to really sort out the details before you finalize the guest list and send out invitations. If you are going to undertake planning yourself, there is wedding software to help you with the details as well

as plenty of advice online. Hiring a wedding planner is something more busy couples are choosing, and there are different options for professional planning help: • Hire a full service wedding planner to coordinate every detail • Using a wedding planner only to help choose your location and vendors • Arranging a “day-of” coordinator, which is really helping about 30 days before your wedding and saves you all the last-minute stresses The costs for hiring a wedding planner vary greatly. “Some planners offer packages, hourly rates, or charge by service,” explains Tripp, who has worked as a wedding planner for many years. “And while the cost of full service planning may seem steep at first glance, a good planner is going to save you money in the long run. We have established relationships with vendors and service providers, as well as all sorts of tricks for stretching budgets and achieving beautiful results. Plus we save you all the stress and frustration, which many brides have said was worth the price alone.” Submitted


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Wedding day activities on the Coast Weddings are for making memories, for the bridal couple and the members of their wedding party. If you are getting married on the Coast, here are our most popular suggestions to stay calm and relaxed before the wedding: 1. Walk the greens. Golf is always a safe bet for a group activity – whether you’re all serious about the game or just enjoy a bit of pitch and putt. There are three courses here on the coast: • Pender Harbour Golf Club, which is convenient for weddings held in Egmont and Madeira Park or Pender Harbour (West Coast Wil-

derness Lodge, Painted Boat Resort and Rockwater Secret Cove Resort). • Blue Ocean Golf Club, which is ideal for Sechelt and Halfmoon Bay area weddings (Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, Seaside Centre, Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden). • Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club, which is close to Roberts Creek and Gibsons area weddings (Gibsons Public Market, Roberts Creek Hall, Chaster House, YMCA Langdale). 2. Burn off that nervous energy. Have some laughs and gear up for the big day with

a private coaching boot camp session. 3. Tune in, chill out, shape up. Yoga is a popular option for bridal parties, especially if you want an activity for the entire wedding party. Book an instructor lead a private class or join in on a class at a local yoga studio. 4. Catch some waves. Depending where you are getting married there are some awesome kayak rental companies. Head out on the water for a few hours – just make sure to watch the clock, wear life jackets, and head back in PLENTY of time. Many of these companies

also rent stand-up paddle boards and canoes if your group prefers. 5. Go fishing. The Sunshine Coast is a great fishing destination for avid sports fishermen and those just looking to cast a line to see what they can get. And who knows what new stories you might have to share at the reception?! Go early, wear LOTS of sunscreen, and be warned that you may be hooked for life. Submitted

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Events on the Sunshine Coast January 18 Armchair travel to Lesotho with Bill and Rosemary 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, 8:3010am, free, tickets at https:// 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 PODS trivia night fundraiser, Pender Harbour Legion, 7pm, $5/person, rsvp to 236989-9994 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 Presentation on brain health and dementia, hosted by Alzheimer Society of BC, 1-3pm, location on registration at 604-984-8348 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 and Bad to the Bow, 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 January 23 Tuesday Talks presents MLA Nicholas Simons, Sechelt Library, 1:30-3pm, free January 24 Devlin Funeral Home presents seminar on getting “your ducks in a row”, St. John’s United Church, Davis Bay, 1011:30am, free, must register at 604-886-9551 January 24 SC Skating Club presents tryit-free session, Sechelt Arena, 3:45-4:45pm, parents must be present January 24 Local author Bernadette Calongeo presents her book “Stormy Cove”, Gibsons Public Library, 6-7:30pm January 25 Beer and burger fundraiser for Coast Car Co-op with entertainment and silent auction, 101 Brewhouse, Gibsons, 6-10pm, $25 January 27 The art of storytelling for adults, with Joanna Rzepa, Gibsons Public Library, 10am-12:30pm January 27 Pruning tips and tricks with arborist Cheryl Topping, Botanical Garden, West Sechelt, 1pm, by donation January 27 Family literacy day drumming and song circle for all ages, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, 1:30-3:30pm, must register at, 604-8859310 January 27 SC Film Society presents “Harold & Lillian”, a documentary celebration of the power of love and creativity, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, 2:30pm, members $5, others $9 January 27 Charlotte Wrinch plays, Gibsons Public Market, 2:304:30pm January 27 Dance with Jim Taylor, Sechelt Seniors Centre, 7pm, members $10, guests $15 January 27 Rakish Angles, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 7:3010:30pm, $15 January 27 Jazz quartet Kestra, Gibsons Public Market, 7:30pm, $20


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Towards Light, a new exhibition of oil paintings by Lil Chrzan, opens at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery on Jan. 18 and runs until Feb. 12. Chrzan, a resident of Horseshoe Bay, is no stranger to the Sunshine Coast. Several of the canvasses in her new exhibit feature Coast locales, like Smuggler's Cove. "I've been there when it’s been these golden moments," says Chrzan. "Not to sound corny [but] it makes you feel at one with the universe." Describing herself as a contemporary tonalist, Chrzan's work focusses on the tones and light in a landscape. "It's really about the light," says Chrzan. "If I'm out and the light is so spectacular, the way it falls on the grass or falls on a tree, I try to capture that because it made me stop and say 'wow' and I want to recreate that in a painting." Though her high school teacher felt she had the talent to get a scholarship to attend art school, her parents wanted her to get a "real" job. She ended up in nursing school. "It might have been a good thing in the end," says Chrzan. While her classmates were working

in restaurants to make ends meet, she worked 12-hour hospital shifts on the weekends and attended school full time weekdays. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1987 debt free, continuing to work as a nurse part time. "I could paint whatever I wanted to paint because I wasn't reliant on people buying my paintings," she says. Chrzan has been exhibiting her work regularly over her 30-year career, developing and improving her technique over that time. Because light moves through a landscape so quickly, she takes a series of photographs of her subject as well as making a sketch. Back in her studio, she simplifies the image, creating a more pleasing composition and a raw umber underpainting. "Then I do the whole painting in terms of a tone, in terms of a green scale, like 1-10," she explains. "If the tones are right in the underpainting, then usually the painting will go well." Chrzan has been working toward this exhibit for over a year and looks forward to the opening. "Anyone who has ever been in a forest on a beautiful day when the light comes shining through, there's some spiritual connection to the land when you see that," says Chrzan. "The light that I show is a symbol of all that's good in the world. Light is hope." Towards Light by Lil Chr-

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One of the paintings – titled “Smuggler’s Cove evening” – in the new exhibition by Horseshoe Bay painter Lil Chrzan at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. PHOTO SUBMITTED zan runs at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery Jan. 18 to Feb. 12 with Elemental Landscapes, black and white

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Survey on Sechelt parks

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Fifteen hundred random property owners in Sechelt will soon receive a survey on municipal parks in their mailboxes, as the District of Sechelt continues a public consultation for its new Parks Master Plan. District of Sechelt staff kicked the process off by meeting with community associations and holding an open house in November. They also launched an online survey, which closed Dec. 7. The survey received 72 responses which is being used to help design a second, statistically valid questionnaire to be sent out in the post. Sechelt Planner Aaron Thompson, reporting to Council on Dec. 20, said that respondents had expressed a high level of satisfaction with parks, but he noted that staff have not seen many respons-

On Jan. 10 around 10pm, a resident in the 1300 block of Highway 101, Gibsons, alerted by his barking dog, went outside and noticed two male suspects around his garage door. The suspects quickly moved away, hopped a fence

and got into a dark coloured SUV or truck and fled. The resident inspected his garage and noticed that there were pry marks around the door, but no access was gained and no other damage or theft was reported. Submitted by RCMP

Members of the public are being asked to carefully consider the risks of starting a winter feeding program for wild ungulates. Ungulates are hoofed mammals and include elk, moose, deer and sheep. Decades of scientific research have shown that winter feeding programs can have serious negative consequences for ungulates. Ungulates, as ruminants, have food requirements that vary seasonally. It takes weeks for the bacteria in their digestive tract to adapt to changes in diet. A sudden shift from natural winter forage to supplemental feed can

result in sickness or death. Other risks of supplemental winter feeding include increased conflicts with communities, damage to important winter habitat, and higher risk of parasite and disease transmission. In addition, high densities of ungulates at feeding sites attract predators, which can increase ungulate mortality and human-predator conflicts. Protecting and enhancing natural habitats and avoiding disturbance during winter are better ways to ensure the long-term sustainability of ungulate populations. Submitted

es from young people. "That in itself is an issue because we haven't heard much about sports fields and playing fields. We're hearing a lot about trails and natural parks," said Thompson. He expressed hopes that the paper survey would draw responses from a wider demographic. The survey will be mailed out in mid-January, with a deadline of mid-February for responses to be returned. After results are analyzed, the consultants (Lanarc Consulting) will present draft recommendations to Sechelt council. The last Parks Master Plan was completed in 2006. The District invites the public to review that plan and submit comments on priorities for parks and recreational spaces over the next 10 years. Donna McMahon

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Horoscope for the Week This is the dawning of the sign of Aquarius. Under the light of the first New Moon of 2018 which occurred on January 16th at 26 Capricorn, the Sun enters Aquarius on January 19th, right on time. Thus begins the month-long period that can be understood as Aquarius time. Despite the annual fluctuations in the weather, what is significant about each Zodiac sign time period each year is the Sun’s light. There may be microns of difference from one year to the next, but each year on this day, the Sun will appear to rise at the same time in each respective geographical location. This is basically how the Tropical Zodiac works. Regarding the planetary line-up, the Moon, followed by Venus and now the Sun cut the Capricorn scene leaving Pluto, Saturn, and Mercury to their serious conversations about reality and the global economy, Trump and Korea… After all, discussions of Hollywood scandals and immanent disclosures of legions of alien species both living among us and orbiting the planet, occupying bases

ing. Making your presence and your interests known publically is an urge hard to control. You are bound and determined to expand your scope of influence. Going big is the theme of your resolve. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Many changes are brewing in and around you. These could manifest as endings, transformations and possibly even deaths. You are working hard to feel positive and faithful, but you may feel challenged to dig deeper than you have for some time. On the other hand, you are focused to investigate and research to get the answers you seek. Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22 Everyone is feeling the changing currents, not least of all you. These could actually be manifesting as a flow of abundance and returns for past efforts. Yet, events and trends beyond your control are challenging you to decipher where to best direct you focus and commitments. You may not have to decide now but the process will continue. Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 23) Changes in your lifestyle should be apparent by now. Positively, you feel more disciplined and determined than usual. This week, changes on relationship fronts are likely and will come with some happy returns. These will stimulate new thoughts, exchanges of

Bene�its of hiring local wedding vendors sentatives that could ensure wedding day operations go smoothly. Proximity Local vendors can meet with brides and grooms more readily throughout the planning process, making things less stressful on the happy couple. This also makes it easier to drop off deposits, attend meetings, make fitting appointments, or attend styling sessions. Savings Couples who travel for their weddings and employ local vendors will not have to pack as much. Using local vendors eliminates the need to bring along bulky dresses, decorative items, flowers, and much more. Plus, couples needn’t pay to transport and house vendors brought along from back home. Environment Individuals who take great

strides to conserve resources by reducing their energy consumption and protecting the environment often find that shopping local is beneficial. Local vendors are more likely to source their materials from other local businesses, reducing their carbon footprints along the way. For example, local caterers may rely on local farmers for their foods, affording couples the chance to host eco-friendly or even farm-to-table weddings. Customization Working with local vendors often translates into getting more personalized service and attention than mass retailers or merchants can provide. Going local when choosing wedding vendors is an increasingly popular choice among couples about to tie the knot. Metro

been on your mind of late. Generally, you are in a process of deciphering your priorities. At worst, you have been feeling the weight. Delays and setbacks may feel all too familiar. This trend will continue. However, a break in the clouds is allowing the sun to shine though. Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) Powerful energies activating your pioneering passions have been underway over the past several weeks. These continue yet are now undergoing a shift. Deciphering your best direction remains a central theme. Changes in your priorities is applying pressure for changes to occur in your public and/or professional life Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 19) A good deal of activity behind the scenes has been

keeping you busy. Studies are likely but they are woven with the urge to retreat. You also have been dealing with some health challenges. Sun, Venus, and Mercury entering your sign will activate new interests and pioneering initiatives. These will also inspire you to new modes of self-expression. Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20) Many thoughts and ideas about the future are dancing in your mind. You feel optimistic, yet you also have work to do. This may be inner work of one kind or another. In fact, this inner work process will likely increase. If you are not consciously aware of the need for it then you may find yourself lost in thought. The time is right to break old codes and patterns.



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CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Large and scholarly book 5. Personnel 10. Halt 14. At a later time 15. Mistake 16. Starchy tuberous root 17. Trudge 18. Comparative of bad 19. Panache 20. Sweet sticky liquid 22. A portion of medicine 23. Depend 24. Regret 26. Broaden 28. Changeable 32. Brine-cured smoked salmon 33. Block of writing paper 36. Similar 37. Chart 39. Misapply 41. Capture 43. Distilled from fermented molasses 45. Theme 46. Not awake 48. Also 50. Recreational facility 51. Very small 52. Any high mountain 54. Movie advertisement 56. Sedate 58. Used to control a horse 59. Reverberation 62. Small fastener 64. Jewish spiritual leader 68. Dreary 69. Part of a church 71. Golf club 72. Bloodshed 73. Relative magnitude of two quantities

74. Row or line of people 75. Pitcher 76. Stingless male bee 77. Mini whirlpool DOWN 1. Military lights out signal 2. Merely 3. Dock at a wharf 4. Power to withstand hardship or stress 5. Darn 6. Trampled 7. Pointer 8. Remains from a past age 9. Liberty 10. Austere 11. Story

12. Examination by word of mouth 13. Small horse 21. Tavern 25. Hard tough wood 27. Way out 28. Long-tailed parrot 29. Edict 30. Heading 31. Sense organ 33. Student 34. Stage whisper 35. Interior furnishings and design 38. Place 40. Game for one 42. Warmth 44. A clever remark


47. Advertising sign 49. Sphere 53. Column 55. Atmosphere 56. Not intoxicated 57. Repeat an action or statement 59. Surface boundary 60. Utter shrill sounds 61. Long-eared mammal 63. Symptom of hurt 65. A small nail 66. Alliance 67. Dark cloudy appearance 70. Fish eggs Solution on page 18

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Local vendors are often a go-to choice when couples are planning their wedding ceremonies and receptions. As the “shop local” movement grows in popularity, weddings present a prime opportunity to embrace this movement. Couples may have different ideas regarding where to tie the knot, but local vendors can be hired regardless of geography. Brides magazine says the biggest factor influencing wedding location is the size of the guest list and the number of people who wouldn’t be able to attend if the wedding was in a particular locale. Hometowns might be the traditional choice regarding wedding location, but the XO Group says one in four couples now host destination weddings. Once couples choose a town or city to host their weddings, they can begin exploring the benefits of working with locally-based vendors. Familiarity Local vendors will be familiar with the area and possibly even the location where the wedding will be held. That can help couples avoid having to give directions, discuss venue protocols, and handle other tasks that must be worked out with nonlocal vendors. For example, local photographers familiar with a particular venue will know all of the best places to get shots, and some vendors may have preexisting relationships with venue repre-

ideas and philosophies too. Digging deep meanwhile is important and feels easier than expected. Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22) A creative cycle continues. The pace may not be as fast as you would like, but it is underway. Now it is time to give more than you have for a while. As you do, new realizations will emerge, spontaneously. So, the rewards of your efforts could prove to be exponential. Your efforts may need to be directed to a variety of fronts. Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22) An extra busy time close to home continues. The emphasis will ease off this week. You will enter into a creative cycle that could produce new intuitions, epiphanies, and inventions. These will also have the effect of shaking things up in your closest relationships. A push for greater financial returns is part of the plot. Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) You are in an expansive and energetic mood. Your determination to expand your position and increase your leverage on matters is extra strong. To this end, you have been extra focused on business matters and creative cooperatives. A new shift will begin this week and you will feel inspired to beautify your living space. Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) Major financial concerns and considerations have


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on the Moon, Mars and the satellites of Jupiter and Mars is much more interesting, and important…. ‘See the bigger picture!’ On January 31st, the first Lunar Eclipse of 2018 occurs at the 11th degree of Leo. Will it make any aspects to planets in your chart? If so, get ready for a boost, or a jolt, as the case may be. A couple of weeks later, on February 15th, the day after St. Valentine’s serenade, the first of three Solar Eclipses, erroneously deemed a ‘Blue Moon’ will occur at 27 Aquarius serving to sow the seeds of destiny for us all, especially those with planets or angles at those degrees. 2018 may be off to something of a slow start but that is about to change. Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Some deep drums have been sounding in your world. Power moves and possibly ploys have pushed you to exercise your executive. This trend will linger but you are ready for a change of scenery and tempo. Your passions are still strong, however, and you may feel inspired to invest. Friends and fun beckon and you are keen to further explore your individuality. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) The quest for knowledge has likely been keeping you busy of late. You want the facts, answers and the truth. Yet the tide is chang-





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