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Volume 15, Issue 28
Sunshine Coast, British Columbia • www.thelocalweekly.ca • Thursday, July 13, 2017 Ancestors On Display Page 5
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Keeping Your House Cool Page 4
Foot Passenger Experiment Page 5
Campers Rescued From Cougar Page 6
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We want to Hear From You! The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is seeking input and feedback from residents, tourism and housing sectors, community groups and organizations on short term rentals (STR). M ER TT L OR TA SH REN The information and feedback collected through the online STR workbook will assist the SCRD in identifying preferred approaches and options for managing short term rental accommodations in the SCRD electoral areas. Members of the community are encouraged to visit www.scrd.ca/STR to review the workbook and complete the online questionnaire. Feedback will be collected until August 15. Hard copies of the questionnaire can be obtained by contacting David Rafael, Senior Planner at 604-885-6804 extension 4 or by emailing email@example.com.
Derelict boats a big problem Local government officials met with federal MP Pam Goldsmith-Jones on July 5 for a briefing on the federal government's new Abandoned Boats Program (ABP), but many are concerned that the funding offered is insufficient to deal with the problem of derelict, wrecked and abandoned vessels on the coast. Currently no level of government is responsible for derelict and abandoned vessels unless they are a navigation hazard or are actively leaking toxic materials, so the problem tends to fall on local governments and harbour authorities. According to a 2012 Transport Canada report, there are approximately 2.6 million licenced pleasure craft in Canada (a number which is growing rapidly) and there is no process for retiring or recycling small boats. Transport Canada's Abandoned Boats Program is taking applications for funding to assist in the removal of abandoned small boats, but the budget is only $5.6 million over the next five years for the entire country. Sechelt Councillor Alice Lutes is disappointed at the size of the funding. "I'm afraid that $375,000
[the first year's allotment] will only deal with the administration of all the applications they're going to get. None of it will come down to actually physically removing abandoned vessels," said Lutes. "We need to really show the federal government how big an issue this is, especially here in Porpoise Bay, but all over the waterways of Canada." The two biggest concentrations of abandoned vessels on the coast are in Porpoise Bay and Pender Harbour, with others scattered through Georgia Strait and Howe Sound. SCRD Area A Director, Frank Mauro, who sits on the Pacific Region Harbour Authority Advisory Committee for the Department of Fisheries, says the issue has been a hot topic with harbour authorities for the last six years. Derelict structures, such as docks, are also a problem. Mauro was pleased to report that two derelict structures (a large float and a dilapidated boathouse) were recently removed from Garden Bay with the assistance of the Department of Transport and the RCMP. "DoT issued a removal order and the RCMP enforced it," said
Mauro. In the Town of Gibsons, a Recreation Water Lease bylaw regulates how long vessels can stay in the harbour. "Even with the bylaw in place, however, we are still one boat away from having an issue," said Chief Administrative Officer, Emanuel Machado. "Up until this new federal program showed up, there was no help to turn to." "Over the last few years, we removed a couple of boats, which was expensive and cumbersome." Once vessels are taken out of the water, there's another problem—what to do with them. Transport Canada is seeking solutions to the problem of recycling small boats, especially those made of fibreglass. The Abandoned Boats Program will fund research on boat recycling and environmentally responsible boat design. Fibreglass is difficult to break down and there is currently no market for it as a recycled material. There is a company in Germany that crushes fibreglass and adds it to concrete, but no such service exists in North America, so old boats and recreational vehicles are piling up in landfills . Donna McMahon
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October 21, 2016Peninsula7:25 Langdale/Vancouver and Powell River/Sechelt are not 10:35 am 9:25 am • your travels accordingly. LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE HORSESHOE BAY 12:55sales pmand loading end three minutes before the11:45 am sailing time for vehicles and five • The 9:25 am sailing leaving Ticket scheduled 6:20 am 7:20 am 3:15 pm 2:05 pm Saltery Bay on July 9 is minutes for walk-on passengers. 8:20 pm am 9:20pm am 5:35 4:30 limited to the 2017 BC Bike 10:20 am Fares collected at Saltery Bay only. 11:20pm am Please 7:40 Note: pm 6:40 Race traffic only. 12:20 pm 1:20 pm 9:35 pm Time: 50 Minutes 8:35 pm Crossing 2:30 pm 3:30 pm • 4:30 The 9:25 am sailing leaving Saltery Bay on July 9 is limited the 2017 BC Bike Race traffic only. 5:30 topm pm September 6 - October 10, 2016 7:25 pm 6:30 pm LEAVE SALTERY BAY LEAVE 9:15EARLS pm COVE 8:20 pm
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APRil 16, 2015 JULY 7, 2017
Council and Committee Meetings (allCommittee meetings held in the(all Community council meetings Council and Meetings meetings
Meeting 5797 unless otherwise stated) 7pm, May 6 & 20 Room, (1st Floor, held in the Cowrie) Community Meeting Room, (1st Floor,
5797 Cowrie ) unless otherwise stated) Planning & Council Meetings, • Regular 7pm, July 19 and August 2 community Regular Council meetings are now being live-streamed. Videos of past meetings Visit www.Sechelt.ca forYouTube more information and eTown Hall events are available for viewing on the District’s Channel. Development See sechelt.ca for details. on District news, programs and services, committee
• Finance, including: Committee, 1pm, July 12 1pm, April 22,Culture & Economic Development • Committee of the Whole, 1pm, July 19 and August 2
Public Works, &Parks • Planning Community Development Committee, 1pm, July • NEW - Committee of the Whole Meeting, May26 8, 1pm will meet in a less formal 2:30pm, and structured &•environment Public Works, Parks &Council Environment Committee, July manner 26 to (or later, depending on thehear length the previous meeting) and of consider presentations that foster the economic, social committee,
and environmental well-being of our community. will be 2:30pm, 22 of 2017 District The full April schedule Council and Council Committee meetings isThis available (oron later, depending on Sechelt.ca. the length of the previous meeting)
an incubator for new ideas, governance, and policy that is in line with Council’s strategic goals. Committee meetings will be scheduled on the first Wednesday of every other month, starting COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 1:00pm in May, 2015. To apply to present, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Finance, culture
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The meeting agenda will include consideration of a presentation by Mobius Development information Meetings on District Municipal of Medical Architecture regarding a proposed design for the of Regulation Sechelt Public Works/ Marihuana Production and Distribution in Sechelt Tuesday, committee, Parks Operations Centre. April 21, Seaside Centre, 2pm (and repeated at) 7:30pm 1pm, May 13 NOTICE OF 2016 ANNUAL REPORT AND ANNUAL MEETING Wednesday July 19, 2017 at 7:00pm Input onfloor, the direction of municipal regulation on these issues Community Meeting Room, 1st 5797 Cowrie Street
District of sechelt office: is welcomed. Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 25The District of Sechelt’s 2017 Annual Report is available, in draft, on sechelt.ca. 266 regarding medical marihuana production facilities will This report information: 5797 cowriecontains street, the following be reviewed. Plan to attend one or both meetings. For more • audited financial statements; sechelt, or to submit written comments, visit Sechelt.ca • reportBc on permissive tax information exemptions; •Phone report on municipal services and operations; 604 885-1986 Free Culture Days Worshop April 30, 4:30pm Sunshine Coast • progress report for the previous year’s objectives and measures (2016); Arts Centre Fax 604 885-7591 • declaration of disqualifications under Section 111 of the Community Charter; • statement of municipal objectives and measures for the current year (2017) email email@example.com and next year (2018) Pursuant to Sections 98 and 99 of the Community Charter the District hereby gives notice of its 2017 Annual Meeting; Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00pm at the District of Sechelt Office, 5797 Cowrie Street. This meeting will be convened for Council consideration of the 2017 Annual Report. The public will be afforded an opportunity to make submissions or inquiries that pertain to the report.
PROPERTY TAX PENALTIES AND TAX SALE INFORMATION A second 5% penalty for outstanding 2016 property tax balances will be applied after August 31, 2017. To avoid or reduce the penalty charge, property owners are encouraged to make payment and ensure that they have claimed their Home Owner Grant in advance of August 31st. By statute, the municipality must offer for sale properties that have delinquent taxes outstanding (unpaid taxes from 2015) on the last Monday in September. The annual tax sale will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:00am in the Community Meeting Room at the District of Sechelt Municipal Office Building, 1st floor, 5797 Cowrie Street, Sechelt, BC. Listings of properties with delinquent taxes will be published in advance of the sale date in local print media and on sechelt.ca. The sale will be cancelled if there are no properties with delinquent taxes. Join us for Sechelt’s Summer Music Series – every Saturday in July & August The Summer Music Series is a free concert series featuring local musicians. The outdoor concerts take place in the gardens next to the Sechelt Public Library (5797 Cowrie St) on Saturdays from 12pm – 2pm in July & August. All concerts are free, outdoors and family friendly. For the most up-to-date listings, photos and videos, please refer to the Facebook page “Sechelt Summer Music Series” or Twitter feed @SecheltMusic
The District Office will be CLOSED on Monday, August 7, 2017 for the BC Day Holiday.
District of Sechelt office: 5797 Cowrie Street, Sechelt, BC Phone 604 885-1986 Fax 604 885-7591 Email info@Sechelt.ca
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"I've never had such a dif- ing, such as Serving it Right Performance Group, a Gibficult time finding staff," says and Food Safe. sons-based HR company, Bob Hoy, owner-operator Paul Kamon, Executive says that for senior level poof the IGA stores in Wilson Director of Sunshine Coast sitions, employers have alCreek and Gibsons. And Tourism, says that the staff ways had to search off Coast, Hoy is not alone. Across the crunch is province-wide, but she's "definitely seeing it Sunshine Coast, urgent help especially during the sum- more now on the front lines." wanted notices are posted mer. "The tourism industry's "We compete with Vanin windows and online as traditional reliance on the couver for talent, and face businesses struggle to find 18-24 year age segment is the same challenges of payemployees. no longer providing enough ing living wages," she said. Hoy, who employs 200 full bodies (due to competition She notes that housing is a and part-time staff at his two from other industries and big part of the problem, and grocery stores, describes reduced numbers), coupled says she's heard anecdotthe market as "very com- with a lack of affordable ally about people leaving the petitive." While he used to housing and convenient coast because they couldn't be able to attract employees transportation on the Sun- find housing. by word of mouth, he is now shine Coast," said Kamon. Stewart's advice to emadvertising on Craigslist and He points to a 2016 sur- ployers is to get online. "It's Facebook. vey of BC's tourism industry absolutely imperative now "All I can say is it is my which found that 50 per cent that employers have a sosingle biggest challenge right of employers could not hire cial media presence because now," said Hoy. all the people they needed to that's where job seekers go At Canadian Tire in Wil- run their businesses, result- to check the validity of an son Creek, manager Brandon ing in significant lost revenue employer." For job seekers Olsen has temporarily shut for business, and lost taxes she recommends a job postdown the automotive deing aggregator such as infor government. partment due to insufficient Christina Stewart of Praxis deed.com. Donna McMahon staff, but hopes to re-open soon. "We do have customer complaints about not having enough staff, but we don't have many applicants," said Olsen. "We've gone through two or three recruiting agencies to try and find people." "Technicians are the most difficult." Lucy Clark, from the Open Door Group's employment centre on Cowrie St. in Sechelt, says "it's a person crisis" and blames the demographic skew of the Coast for a lack of working-aged people. There are other challenges as well, such as transportation to jobs that are not accessible by transit. Clark would like to see more employers take advantage of Work BC's programs, Sechelt presented the SC Regional Economic Development such asJune wage22subsidies for- September June 22 - September 4, 2017 4, 2017 (SCREDO) on July 5 with a cheque for $65,859, summer staffing train- Organization June 22 - and September 4, 2017 the first installment in a four-year funding agreement by four SUMMERSUMMER local governments. From the left, SCREDO director Maria SUMMER Please GIVE to Hampvent, SCREDO chair Dave Chisholm, and Sechelt Counthe Food Bank cillor Noel Muller. PHOTO SUBMITTED
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Editorial Opinion How to keep your cool With high temperatures across the province, British Columbians are reaching for the dial on air conditioners or fans to keep cool, leading to a significant increase in overall provincial electricity use. On Thursday, July 6, BC Hydro recorded the highest peak hourly demand – the hour customers use the most electricity – of the summer at 7,255 megawatts. This is an increase of nearly 10 per cent over the previous Thursday. Typically, during a heat wave, BC Hydro sees a spike in peak electricity demand as customers turn on fans and air conditioners to stay cool and refrigeration units work harder. Although there is a significant increase in provincial electricity load during a sustained heat wave, BC Hydro still records the highest demand in the winter. The highest hourly peak demand was recorded on Jan. 3, 2017, when consumption reached 10,126 megawatts between 5 and 6pm. This is in contrast to utilities in California and Ontario, where the highest peaks are experienced in the summer months due to the widespread use of air conditioning. To help British Columbians stay cool in the heat while saving energy and money, BC Hydro is busting some common summer cooling myths: • Myth: Running fans will keep empty rooms cool. • Fact: Fans are designed to cool people, not rooms. While ceiling fans are the most efficient option for cooling, running a fan in an empty room is not an effective way to keep it cool. • Myth: Window coverings only work for blocking out the sunlight, not heat. • Fact: Window coverings are effective at blocking out 65 per cent of the heat generated by the sun. The best way to use window coverings is to close them depending on the time of day. Cover east facing windows before bed to block out the early morning sun, south facing windows during the day, and windows that face west should be covered during the late afternoon and evening. • Myth: Keeping windows open on hot days will improve air flow in the home. • Fact: Windows and doors should be kept closed when the temperature outside is warmer than inside. Open windows in the evening once temperatures have cooled to allow the cool air to circulate. • Myth: Cranking the air conditioner up will cool things down faster. • Fact: Most air conditioning units have a single fan speed and will cool at the same rate no matter how high it is turned up. Submitted
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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Pre-emptive protest (Addressed to BC Ferries and copied to the Local) I wish to make a comment regarding the proposed trial change to passenger loading procedures in Langdale (see page 5) As a foot passenger, I arrive early, get my ticket and watch the ferry arrive. While I wait to board, I get to inhale all the exhaust from the vehicles that are unloading but at least I board the ferry quickly and am safely upstairs before the vehicles begin to load onto the lower deck. Now, with your proposed changes, I must wait longer and will be forced to inhale the additional exhaust from the vehicles that are loading. Then I must walk through all the parked cars (which can be a challenge in the case of an overload situation) and to try to wend my way safely up the stairs to the passenger deck. I can’t even imagine how this will affect those on bicycles. Why are you trying this? What are the stats that show how much time the ferry loses by loading a few late passengers on after all the cars have been loaded? Will that really help the ferry meet its 'on time' goal and not consistently run nearly a half hour late so often? Your stated purpose in cutting off cars entering the gates (10 minutes before sailing, I believe) is to save time and prevent stragglers from slowing down the loading process. Perhaps you should consider the same rule for foot passengers and then those
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who are there on time will not have to inhale all that extra exhaust. Or perhaps you will consider distributing breathing protection for those of us who do not find breathing exhaust helpful to our health. Helen Halet, Roberts Creek
Common sense urged (Addressed to Sechelt Council and copied to the Local) As a local small business owner who has their store in Trail Bay Centre, I wanted to express some concerns about the discussion around the Rexall / RX Drugmart changeover, and the restrictive sign bylaw that has created the issue. A substantial part of Sechelt (at least downtown) is Trail Bay Centre, with its two main anchor tenants (Claytons and Rexall / RX). The success of every small business within this mall is partially dependant upon the success of the anchor stores that bookend it. Part of what makes a store successful is its ability to be found. I should know. I regularly field calls from customers who have a hard time locating us, because the sign bylaws are too restrictive to permit me a sign on the outside of our building. RX / Rexall is fortunate in that it is inheriting a structure and permissions granted to Shoppers Drugmart by a previous Council, and reaffirmed by this Council in 2015. While a $3,000 hand carved sign not much bigger than a street sign is nice in theory, and well fitting with the seaside village flair, it's not very practical when your potential customer base is zooming by on the highway 100 feet away. Also, I would like to turn your attention to our neighbouring
community, the Sechelt Nation, with whom we share a border, and which seems to have no sign restrictions to speak of. I would urge our elected officials to provide some common sense on the issue, and grant Rexall / RX its variance for the main sign, perhaps even with stipulations around night time dimming, to give consideration to area residents. Rather than punish those who want to operate a business in our fair town, let's find a way to give them a hand up. Alton Toth, Sechelt
Tax rise unacceptable Our 2017 taxes were recently payable, and my tax increase of 14.45 per cent is unacceptable and financially unsustainable. A disproportionate amount of the increase was due to general municipal taxes and sewer related increases. And the long term financial impact for sewer charges and fees is not positive. Sechelt Council reallocated a large and to-date unsubstantiated amount of Administrative Costs from General Government to Sewer Users, to be applied every year henceforth. Concurrently, it severely reduced potential revenues from the development community; and siphoned off $150,000 in sewer reserves collected from Sechelt Village, West Sechelt and West Porpoise Bay for capital improvements to fund a “Sewer Functional Plan” for Selma Park and Davis Bay. Administrative Costs reallocated to Sewer Users in 2017 total $338,617. The Mayor in his message column in the Coast Reporter has stated that this includes portions of “centralized Finance, Human Resources and Administrative Resources”. This amount ap-
pears excessive as it represents a surcharge of 71 per cent on salaries and benefits for four staff out of a total of 57. My request in March for a written, detailed explanation of these costs remains unanswered. Development Cost Charges (DCC’s) for sewer infrastructure collected from new development have been $2,658 per dwelling unit toward the central treatment plant. On February 1, 2017 they were reduced to an overall charge of $844 for both collection infrastructure and the treatment plant - an amount imposed 25 years ago to pay off the debt on the old treatment plant. There is a debt owing ($894,945 with interest per annum) on the new treatment plant. The Province’s Best Management Practices recognize that wastewater treatment facilities are built while development is continuing to occur and that DCC’s can continue to apply to a debt including interest. This Council has chosen to do otherwise. Judy Skogstad, West Sechelt
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Foot passengers last BC Ferries is looking at all kinds of measures to deliver improved on-time performance for our customers travelling on the Langdale – Horseshoe Bay route. One of the measures we’d like to try is to load passengers onto the vessel just once per sailing, after the vehicles have been loaded on the main vehicle deck at Langdale Terminal, rather than
before and after as we do now. We believe we can realize time savings through this measure, and when added to the time savings from other measures we will be trying, can make a difference over the course of the day. During the week of Wednesday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 18, foot passengers can expect to be boarded once vehicles are onboard.
We will then evaluate the time-savings results and determine if this should become a permanent measure. We recognize that this will be a change in routine for some customers. We are inviting our customers to please work with us on this, try something new, and help us explore opportunities to improve on- time performance. Submitted
Veritas Pharma Inc. is pleased to announce that it is preparing to begin construction of a state-of-the-art cannabis growing facility upon receiving Health Canada's licence under Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Veritas Pharma, through its subsidiary Sechelt Organic Marijuana Corp., has initiated the tendering process
and is awaiting bids for the construction of its proposed growing facility. Since July 4, 2014, Sechelt has had an application pending with Health Canada for a ACMPR licence for the cultivation/production and processing of 4,500 kg/yr of marijuana and, in February 2017, received notification that it is in the final review stage of the application. Sech-
elt has entered into a lease with an option to purchase 0.73 acres of fenced, geo-tech industrial property in an approved jurisdiction to build a two-story facility totalling 20,000 square feet in Sechelt. The plans for this facility include 6,800 sq. ft. of budding rooms, 3,000 sq. ft. of cloning rooms, as well as a small testing lab and secure storage room. Submitted
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Summer student Salina Schmidt poses with the Tems Swiya Museum's very special exhibit, a digitized reconstruction of shíshálh ancestors, which opened in Sechelt July 4. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO
"I think I've found where I'm supposed to be," says Raquel Joe, Curator and Cultural Interpreter of the Tems Swiya Museum in Sechelt. Joe, who has worked in many roles for the shíshálh Nation, has been museum curator for a year and is enjoying the extraordinary opportunity to tell the story of her people through a groundbreaking national exhibition, the first of its kind in North America. The project was a collaboration between the shíshálh Nation, the National Museum of History in Ottawa, and the University of Toronto. By studying the remains of five shíshálh ancestors and using state-of-the-art forensic facial reconstruction technology, the faces of Sechelt people from 3,700 years ago have been brought to life. The exhibit is taking place simultaneously in Ottawa and Sechelt, and has drawn international attention, with articles in Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Magazine, and other media. The project is based on the discovery in 2010 of
five shíshálh ancestors—a 50-year-old male, a 19-to-23year-old female, two brothers aged 20-25, and one infant. Typical burial sites in BC have a few hundred beads. This one had more than 350,000, suggesting that the deceased were of very high status and came from a prosperous and sophisticated culture. The smallest of the beads are just two and a half times the size of a grain of sand, and thought to have been woven into the woman's hair. The digitized recreation of their faces, displayed lifesized in the museum, shows minute details of their hair and clothing and is subtly animated, so the ancestors blink and breathe. For a small museum, Tems Swiya (which translates as Our World) is extraordinary and unique. It has official depository status for artifacts and is a full member of the BC Museums Association, so it can receive and display artifacts excavated within the traditional shíshálh territory—an area that stretches along the coast from Chapman Creek to Saltery Bay and up Sechelt Inlet to the head of
Jervis Inlet. Tems Swiya's most exceptional artifact is a prehistoric stone sculpture known as the Grieving Mother—a mortuary stone commemorating the wife of a chief who drowned herself when their only son was killed. Considered one of the finest pieces of prehistoric sculpture in Canada, it is estimated to be as much as 3,000 years old. It was returned to the shíshálh Nation from the Museum of Vancouver in 2010. An archeology team – two thirds of them band members – is currently working on a site at Snake Bay, says Joe. Pointing to the map of the shíshálh territory, she notes that over a hundred archaeological sites have been located in Salmon Inlet and Narrows Inlet alone. Tems Swiya's mission – to tell the story of a people through their artifacts – is only beginning. Tems Swiya is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm at 5555 Sunshine Coast Hwy. Admission is by donation. Donna McMahon
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residences by Canada Post, on the BC Ferries and in all businesses Habitat for Humanity officially turned over two new homes at its Wilson Creek village on July 9. There are now eight families living in the village, with two more homes under construction. From the left, shíshálh drummer Andrew Johnson, Sechelt band councillor Keith Julius, MP Pam Goldsmith-Jones, SCRD director Frank Mauro, new home owner Danielle, daughter Amelia and partner Devin, Habitat chair Laurie Vance, school trustee Lori Pratt, Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne and Michelle Morton, representing MLA Nicholas Simons. PHOTO SUBMITTED
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When pagers sounded on Sunday evening (July 9) at 11:22 p.m. RCM SAR Station 12 members were notified of a Code 2 (Pan Pan call for help) for our inside vessel located at Porpoise Bay. No matter the hour, a Coxswain and two crew members responded to a campsite at Nine Mile Point where two separate groups of campers requested emergency evacuation due to an aggressive cougar who was stalking them. Normally an idyllic campsite, the seasoned kayakers and experienced outdoor recreationalists grew increasingly nervous after sunset when an agitated cougar appeared and would not retreat after several attempts to scare it away. With young children in one of the
camping parties, the responsible adults called for help and elected to give nature its space. All supplies and camp materials were left for retrieval the next day due to the proximity of the angry feline, which can be a formidable hunter. The visibly shaken and nervous campers experienced difficulty contacting water taxi or animal control assistance, due to the time of night and spotty cell phone reception. A call came to Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, likely via 911 emergency call referral, which relayed the emergency location and situation to our local volunteer crew in Porpoise Bay. After boarding six adults and three children on RCM SAR’s swift response vessel and ensuring everyone had lifejackets, the crew transported the upset campers to safety for the remainder of the evening. A number of sheepish apologies for calling were of-
fered by the campers; there is no need to ever apologize for needing help, as that is why the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue exists. Saving lives on the water and helping to prevent accidents is what the crews of volunteers train for all year. The Sunshine Coast has three volunteer-staffed Marine Search and Rescue stations which respond to boater (including kayak and stand up paddleboard) emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days per week; Station 14 in Gibsons, Station 12 in Halfmoon Bay / Porpoise Bay and Station 61 in Pender Harbour. All campers and boaters are encouraged to travel with a functioning VHF radio, where Channel 16 should be used to convey emergencies. If coverage is available, distressed boaters can call *16 on mobile phones to call for help. RCMSAR will respond, no matter the hour or situation without judgment or penalty; it is what we do.
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Pam GoldsmithJones MP, West Vancouver Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country
It is wonderful to be back on the West Coast until September 18, when the House of Commons resumes. I look forward to being on the Sunshine Coast often. See you at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival and many opportunities in between. On July 5 our staff team came together on the Sunshine Coast, including Alexandre and Morgan from Ottawa. Thank you to the Town of Gibsons for the kind use of Council Chambers, and we certainly recommend the upstairs meeting space and sandwiches at Gibsons Public Market for our afternoon meeting. In the late afternoon our team met with 30+ local government representatives and concerned citizens to introduce the Abandoned Boats Program, which is part of a comprehensive national
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Wayne Rowe Mayor, Town of Gibsons
Summer took its time to arrive this year, but here on the Coast, it showed up just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday. Throughout the past several days, we’ve had perfect weather for enjoying – and sharing with numerous tourists – everything our town has to offer. Of course, the warm, dry weather is also the best time to complete important infrastructure work. Our current projects will require traffic changes all along Gibsons Way, as we replace the main water lines, improve storm sewers and ditches, and install a new multi-purpose pathway to increase pedestrian safety and cyclist access. It is important to us that
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Be sure to get your tickets to the 2017 Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival. From August 18 to 20 enjoy three days of exquisite chamber music in the intimate Pender Harbour Music School seaside venue. Works by Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart and more will be performed featuring violins, violas, cellos, piano and voice. Pender Harbour's own mezzo-soprano RoseEllen Nichols will give multiple performances through-
strategy to address abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels. Thank you to everyone from Pender Harbour to Porpoise Bay to Langdale who packed a room at the Black Fish Pub to keep pushing this issue and to help to implement the plan. We are here to assist with funding applications for boat removal, assessment and disposal. In September I look forward to speaking in the House when we introduce additional legislation. On July 6 the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and I were in Whistler to profile the successes of the Canada Summer Jobs program. This year on the Sunshine Coast, 38 employers have hired 73 engaged students. Canada Summer Jobs is an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience in their field of study, in partnership with employers like Sechelt Public Library, Sunshine Coast Conservation Society, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Pender Harbour Harbour Authority and Harbour Publishing to name a few. Thank you to these private and public or-
cyclists be able to travel safely both through, and within Gibsons – and it is vital that we focus on pedestrian safety in general, and safe routes to school in particular. Your patience, as we carry out these needed improvements, is greatly appreciated. During the last week of July, Sea Cavalcade will enliven our town for its 49th year. Events to delight the whole family – from delicious pancake breakfasts and salmon barbecues, to feats of athletic prowess, lively music and a multicultural extravaganza – will result almost entirely from the work of volunteers. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the ‘Golden Girls’ event, always a crowd pleaser. As a participant or an enthusiastic supporter, don’t miss the Keats to Armours Swim, the Sea Cavalcade Mile, kids’ sailing races, and a host of other fun activities. Topping it all off this year will be ‘Nomadic Tempest’,
out the festival. To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, internationally known artists will present works of Canadian composers as part of each of the five concerts. A full schedule can be found at penderharbourmusic.ca. Consider becoming a Friend of the Festival. All Friends of the Festival are invited to the opening night reception to meet the musicians and enjoy a glass of champagne with all those who make the festival possible. All Friends also receive the festival brochure two weeks ahead of regular distribution in order to have the privilege of early ticket purchase and will be listed on the website, in the brochure and concert program.
ganizations for supporting and strengthening Canada’s labour market. On July 9 Lucie and I attended a wonderful celebration of home, community and hope at Habitat for Humanity. It was a privilege to witness the handing over of keys to two new families who will move into their forever homes. This achievement would not be possible without the hard work of the families and the countless hours contributed by volunteers. What better way to celebrate 150 years than by changing the lives of 150 families across Canada. Congratulations to the leadership of Laurie Vance and her board, all the volunteers and to the vision and drive beginning in 2000 when the Sunshine Coast was the smallest community to become a Habitat for Humanity affiliate. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback on our government’s work. You can email me at email@example.com, connect with us on Facebook: Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, or stop by our community office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-913-2660.
a world renowned laser and light show including feats of gymnastic daring performed each evening at 9:30 aboard the tall ship Amara Zee in Gibsons Harbour. Gibsons is one of only four locations on the West Coast to host the Amara Zee, so it is little wonder ticket sales have been brisk for this spectacular show. I hope to see you and your families at many Sea Cavalcade activities. For more information, please visit www. seacavalcade.ca
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Events on the Sunshine Coast July 13 Korrontzi, fusion folk music from the Basque country, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 7pm, $15 July 13 Summer fashion show, fundraiser for St. Bart’s food bank, St. Bart’s Church, Gibsons, 7pm, $25 and a non-perishable food item July 14 Reception for young artists in “Keeping it wild” workshop, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 3-4pm July 14 Music in the Landing presents Charlotte Wrinch, Dave Roughley and Barry Taylor, Gibsons wharf gazebo, 7-8pm July 15 Historical walking tour of Lower Gibsons with Dale Peterson, Pioneer Park, 10am, by donation July 15 Music in the Landing presents Cam Peters (11am) and Miller/ Bowie Trio (1pm), Pioneer Square, Gibsons, July 15 Sechelt Summer Music Series presents Ashley Hautala (noon) and the Lynne Urquhart Band (1pm) library lawn, noon-2pm July 15 Meet the artists, Melissa Tulloch and Donna Balma & Nadina Tandy, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 1pm July 15 Matthew Lovegrove plays while you shop, Gibsons Public Market, 2:30-4:30pm July 15 Roller derby bout with Red Tide Warning vs Brass Knuckle Derby Dames, SC Arena, 5-9pm, Sechelt, $10, seniors/children $5 July 15 Annual Egmont seafood dinner, Egmont Community Hall, 5-10pm, $15 July 15 Chefs in the woods, featuring cooking by chef Aldo and six chefs from Culinary Team Canada, Ruby Lake Resort, 6-10pm, $70, 604-883-2269 July 15 Music in the Landing presents Butler in the Hey!, Winegarden Park, Gibsons, 7-8:45pm July 15 Ukulele groove jam with Beachcombers Ukulele Group, bring a uke or another instrument, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 7-9pm July 15 Joe Stanton, Backeddy Pub, Egmont, 7-10pm July 15 The Relics, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 July 15 Zonolite, Lighthouse Pub, Sechelt, 8pm July 15 DJ night with Texture & Light, Joseph Martin and Sinrise, Roberts Creek Legion, 9pm, members $8, guests $15 July 16 Historical walking tour of Lower Gibsons with Dale Peterson, Pioneer Park, 10am, by donation July 16 Music in the Landing presents The Burying Ground, sun dial stage, Gibsons, 11am-1pm July 16 Hot dog BBQ, fundraiser for Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program, Heather’s Your Independent Grocer, Sechelt, 11am-2:30pm, hot dog, pie and cola $5, raffle tickets $2
July 16 The Burying Ground plays Slow Sundays in the Creek, behind the library, Roberts Creek, 2-3:30pm, open mic at noon July 17 Mandala painting begins (weather permitting) for three or four days, pier, Roberts Creek, noon July 17 Michael Occhipinti on guitar and vocals by Pilar, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 8pm, $20 July 18 Michael Occhipinti on guitar and vocals by Pilar, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 8pm, $20 July 21 Charlotte Wrinch plays while you shop, Gibsons Public Market, 12:30-2pm July 21 Nua, Irish and Scottish tunes, Persephone brewery, Gibsons, 4:30pm July 21 Music in the Landing presents Janet Panic Duo, gazebo on Gibsons wharf, 7-8pm July 21 Lynne Urquhart Band, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 8pm, suggested $10 donation July 21–22 Greg Willy and Steve Band, Garden Bay Pub, 8pm July 22 Daniel Kingsbury Memorial 3on3 basketball tournament, Roberts Creek elementary school, 10am-5pm, fundraiser for the Jellyfish Project July 22 Historical walking tour of Lower Gibsons with Dale Peterson, Pioneer Park, 10am, by donation July 22 Music in the Landing presents David King, Pioneer Square, Gibsons, 11am-1pm July 22 Sechelt Summer Music Series presents The Locals and Nua, library lawn, noon-2pm July 22 Peanut Butter Jam food bank benefit with Slightly Twisted and special guests, Henderson Beach, Roberts Creek, 1pm, cash donations and peanut butter accepted July 22 Music in the Landing presents Gut Bucket Thunder with Simon Paradis and friends, Winegarden Park, Gibsons, 7-8:45pm July 22 Jim Foster plays Backeddy Pub, Egmont, 7-10pm July 22 Ron Campbell and the bLUES bUSTERS, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 July 23 Sandcastle competition, Davis Bay, registration 9:45am, winners announced 1:45pm, $10 per entry, free to watch July 23 Historical walking tour of Lower Gibsons with Dale Peterson, Pioneer Park, 10am, by donation July 23 Music in the Landing presents Bad to the Bow, sun dial stage, Gibsons, 11am-1pm July 23 Day Out of Time Manna Festival honouring the newly-painted mandala, pier, Roberts Creek, ceremony at noon, followed by music, djs and booths
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What began with an invitation to tea has become the newest exhibit at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Exquisite Corpse. While artists Nadina Tandy and Donna Balma had known of each other professionally for many years, it was only in the fall of 2016 that a friendship began to take shape when Balma invited Tandy to tea. They agreed to exchange exquisite corpses, collaborative art pieces named and popular-
ized by the Surrealists of the 1920s, though the form goes back to the ancient Egyptians. Tandy and Balma settled on a three part format: Taking a piece of paper and dividing it thirds, one would draw a head, cover their work but leave a few lines visible at the bottom and send it off to the other by mail. The receiving artist would then pick up on those lines, draw a torso, cover their work and send it back, again leaving something visible for the originating artist to pick up on to complete the drawing with the feet. The results are by turns humorous and serious, delightful and disconcerting. Their work was never in-
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REDECOR CONSIGNMENT Hello Summer! Most of you know us as a great source of recycled décor finds… stylish & affordable. But did you know? We always have many local artists & crafters represented in the store. Find LOCAL furniture (custom also), bird houses, wire birds, pottery, photography, trays & tool boxes, soap, cushions, coat stands, cheese boards & spreaders, modern lamps, driftwood mirrors, benches, berry bowls, armoires, bird lamps, jam cupboards & more. All LOCAL! Bring home the great Sunshine Coast vibe! We now have authentic Japanese fishing floats… hard to find! WANTED: Small dressers, oars, paddles, picnic baskets & other summer items. Thanks for supporting our downtown community! 5660 Cowrie Street, Sechelt. 604-885- 5884 ECHO’S DISCONTINUED CHINA, SILVER & ANTIQUES Need China Dinnerware and Silver Flatware e.g. Denby, Royal Albert, Doulton, Wedgewood Etc. Silver plate & Sterling,e.g. Birks & Community Cash & Consignment. Phone for appointment & information 604-980-8011 (a Must Please) www.echoschina.com
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WORK WANTED FOR HIRE – SKILLED EXPERIENCED GARDENER with horticulture education. Offering landscape consultation, maintenance, renovation, & small construction. Hardworking, reliable. Serving Roberts Creek & Gibsons. Limited availability. Ryan 604886-3552. FOR HIRE - THE GUTTERMAN - Maintenance/Repairs/ Installation. Free Estimates. 604-618-3244
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VOLUNTEER 2017 Sea Cavalcade 49th Anniversary July 28th - 29th - 30th “Celebrate 150 by the Sea” Recruiting Volunteers For: Parade, Logistics Crew, Merchandise, Face Painting, Selling Raffle Tickets & Traffic Control. Your help and support is needed for just a few hours 2 to 4 hours Call: Margarethe Phone: 604-886-0498 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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EMPLOYMENT The Sunshine Coast Community Solar Association (SCCSA) is providing a temporary part time position to someone with a keen interest in solar energy to locate a Sunshine Coast site suitable for a community solar array and identify community investment potential. From July, 2017 to February, 2018. Duties: -Liaison between SCCSA board and Vancouver Renewable Energy Co-op to establish a working agreement to promote investment in local community solar. – Building networks with groups and individuals in developing a workable plan for a community solar array. – Organize a large public information meeting. Skills/ Competencies: - Knowledge of solar and alternative energy. – Excellent communication skill in working with diverse groups/ individuals and discussing investment opportunities. – Fluency with community structures on the Sunshine Coast required. Contact Gayle Neilson email@example.com or Joanna Zilsel j_zilsel@ dccnet.com for further details.
BOOKKEEPER/ADMINISTRATOR Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd. Senior full time position at one of Canada’s leading book publishers, located at Pender Harbour on the lovely Sunshine Coast. Enjoy our stimulating and creative work environment working with some of our country’s most famous writers in an informal rural setting. $25-$30 hour depending on experience Duties include, but are not limited to: • Manage full cycle bookkeeping duties and all activities related to accounts payable and accounts receivable in Sage/Simply Accounting • Maintain general ledger and report to the company’s external accountant • Maintain financial records, spreadsheets, and related paperwork • Prepare accounts and trial balance for month-end and year-end financial statement preparation • Prepare payroll and payroll tax remittance • Complete and submit tax remittance forms, Worksafe BC forms, pension contribution forms and other government documents • Complete applications and reports to government agencies • Advise management on financial matters • Other financial tasks as required Requirements and qualification: • Recognized certificate in accounting, • Minimum 5 years experience in the accounting or bookkeeping field. • Experience bookkeeping for multiple companies that have inter-company transactions. • Demonstrated effective communication and problem solving skills. • Good time management skills and the ability to anticipate and manage a changing workflow • Experience using Sage, Excel and aptitude for computer programs. • Able to work independently Starting ASAP Contact Howard White, Harbour Publishing, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Local - Thursday, July 13, 2017
Horoscope Michael O’Connor Astrologer
Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19) Ever an emotionally stirring time, the Sun has one more week in Cancer and Mars, it so happens too. This combination has the effect of producing extra charged emotions. When harnessed, much can be accomplished. Otherwise, the edgy and swinging moods get expressed randomly. If you have work to do get it in now, you won’t feel like it next week. Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Your energy levels are running high and you are in the mood to cover a lot of ground. Some of this focus includes making particular improvements and fixing things. On the other hand, you also feel
inspired to be creative, be playful, social and enjoy quality time with family.... Your attention span may be short. So, do the rounds. Gemini (May 21-June 20) You are in a creative and expressive mood and this trend will continue for several weeks yet. There is a social element indicated as well. At deeper levels, reflections about what constitutes security for you and how to achieve it are on your mind. This is especially true this week and your focus will soon shift to fun and games and arts and crafts too. Cancer (June 21-July 22) A series of fresh starts and initiatives have been and continue to keep you busy. With Mars in your sign, you may feel stronger and more energetic than usual. However, circumstances are requiring more than you may want to give. Fortunately, the plot includes cultural activities and satisfying social activities.
curve is implied and you may Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) A busy time behind the be on both the learning and scenes continues and you teaching end. Yet, you are also have likely been working hard eager to partake in cultural both inside and out. Regard- activities. Generally, you feel ing the inner work, you may optimistic and confident. be contending with fears and Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) doubts surfacing from your Some very big changes are subconscious. An overactive brewing for you. Yet, you are imagination and losing touch probably getting the signs and with what is in the moment foreshadows more than the may be the main issue. Focus actual event. It is likely that on simple tasks that add up to these changes are desired. In productive results. the shorter term, you may be Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) working diligently to feel conSATURDAY - ONE ONLY! Nurturing new associations, fident. AsDAY well, you have been friendships, perspectives SIRLOIN and pushingSTEAK hard to �������������������� co-create a strategies continues. It is likely positive outcome. that you feel the need to be extra Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) focused to activate stable moOne way or another you mentums. Even social activities have been delving into deeper are colored by a sense of duty waters. This may simply inand business. Otherwise, you clude taxes and other financial are happy to lay low and only do matters. Yet, you may also feel what you feel is necessary. called to explore some of life’s Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) deeper mysteries. If you have You continue to take new been somewhat bewildered strides in your public and pro- by it you will be relieved to fessional life. Your pace may know that this cycle will end be deemed assertive, even ag- this week. gressive at times. A learning Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Dynamic interactions with others of late may even be described as edgy, at times. While ever seeking harmony and eager to express love, you are a fighter at your core.
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This impulse will continue throughout the week. Ambitions to increase your influence and gain approval on public and/or professional fronts figures prominently. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Adjusting and re-calibrating to align with steadily changing circumstances continues. This has and continues to require a lot of effort. Yet, the focus has already begun to shift to more lighthearted activities. This trend will continue for several $weeks. Make the most of it to
rejuvenate and replenish your inspiration tanks. Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) A dynamic, creative and perhaps dramatic cycle continues. At best, you are achieving a clear and strong sense of renewal, both within and without. The changes indicated imply diligent efforts and steady follow through. This momentum and focus will draw to a close this week so concentrate to complete your projects to avoid lingering loose ends.
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Thank you for your interest, however due to the volume of resumes only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. If you are contacted by us regarding a job opportunity or interview, please advise if you require accommodation.
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