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Volume 16, Issue 11

Sunshine Coast, British Columbia • • Thursday, March 15, 2018 Promoted Out Of Town Page 3

Sechelt Kills SSC Page 3

Water Deadlock

Spring Sighting

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Still Waiting For Refugees Page 5

Photo Contest Page 10

Arts Centre Hotbed Page 12

Fools Run Page 15

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Sechelt kills SSC development plan On March 7 Sechelt Council turned down a motion to give first reading and hold a public hearing for a major residential and commercial development proposed by Sechelt Sustainable Community Properties Ltd. (SSC). The vote was six to one, with only Councillor Darnelda Siegers in favour. Todd McGowan, education development director for SSC, appeared as a delegation to urge council to give first reading to the proposed 170-hecatre (420-acre) development on Sechelt Inlet, about five kilometres from downtown. McGowan described the former industrial site as "tailor made for development" and said that SSC would create 750 full time jobs as well as other spinoff economic benefits at full buildout. But a report by Sechelt's director of planning, Tracy Corbett, outlined a number of significant issues with the proposal. The development of 1,360 residential units (including buildings as high as eight storeys), commercial space and a private school, conflicts with the district's Official Community Plan (OCP), which concentrates density and commercial activity in the downtown core. Cor-

bett said Sechelt already has enough zoned land within its urban containment boundary to accommodate 20 years of growth. Moreover, since the site is not currently on water or sewer lines, services would have to either be extended from Sechelt or provided privately by the developer. If the development failed or was not fully built out, the district would be left with an expensive infrastructure liability. "Sometimes you do need to look a gift horse in the mouth," said Corbett. Councillor Siegers spoke in favour of first reading. "I think we've been hearing from the community for quite a while that they would like a say in this and the only way they're going to get that is if we give it first reading and take it to public hearing," said Siegers. But Councillor Doug Wright disagreed. "I would very much like to see this project go forward to the community for input, however I think in good conscience it would be irresponsible on my part to do that," said Wright. "When I look at this overall project, and I look at variations from the OCP, when I look at the height of the buildings, which I'm not in fa-

vour of... Why would we take it to the community if we're not satisfied that this is good for Sechelt?" Mayor Bruce Milne stated that he opposed giving first reading to a project that was "not ready" for a public hearing. "This is the most significant zoning that would impact the District of Sechelt by 30 per cent of its current population and would totally disrupt all of the planning that’s been done in the past 15 years about where growth might be, all of the investment that’s been done over the past 15 years about the urban containment boundary," said Milne. Following the vote, Milne stated: "Tonight I think we made the decision we should have made in 2015." The SSC property first came to Sechelt council in 2006 as "Silverback" and was zoned in 2008 for a golf course resort and 1,600 residential lots. None of that was built and Silverback went bankrupt. The property was purchased in 2014 by investors that included local residents John Henderson (who was then Sechelt mayor) and Clark Hamilton, who incorporated SSC Properties. Donna McMahon

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Top cop leaving Sunshine Coast RCMP are proud to report that Staff Sergeant Vishal Mathura is to be commissioned to the rank of Inspector and will become the newest Regional Duty Officer (RDO) with the Lower Mainland District Office. S/Sgt Mathura has more than 17 years of experience as a member of the RCMP. He spent 14 years in Alberta and Ontario and was most recently the Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge of the Sunshine Coast Detachment for the past three-anda-half years. Before joining the RCMP, he served three years with the Canadian Armed Forces and holds a master's degree in business administration. The LMD Regional Duty Officers are experienced senior level officers who monitor RCMP operations in the Lower Mainland and coor-

dinate major cross-jurisdictional incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. S/Sgt. Mathura will be assuming his new duties next month. The search for his replacement has already started and when he departs, Sgt. Michael Hacker will be the acting Detachment Commander until the vacancy is filled. Submitted by RCMP

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mons, but is open to the public. The organization Protect Public Health Care – Sunshine Coast is planning a demonstration over Dix’s embrace of the proposed, private Trellis seniors facility to replace the public Shorncliffe and Totem Lodge care homes. Staff

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Dix speaks in Sechelt Health Minister Adrian Dix will hold a public meeting March 19 at the Sechelt Legion, 6:30-8pm. The event was postponed earlier this month because of a memorial service for former premier Dave Barrett. It is a meeting of the NDP constituency association, hosted by MLA Nicholas Si-

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Editorial Opinion

Water strategy all wet Like generals intent on winning the next war using the previous war’s tactics, the SCRD board of directors has opted to stick with its dated plan for the lower Sunshine Coast’s inadequate tap-water supply. In a split vote at its March 8 meeting, they defeated a motion by Board Chair and Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne to abandon the Chapman Lake Expansion Project. That’s the $5-million scheme to stick a pipe in the side of the lake – the Coast’s main water supply – to draw deeper from it in times of drought emergencies. Area E (Elphinstone) Director Lorne Lewis has long been concerned about the project’s environmental risks and voted in favour of Milne’s motion. But the four other rural directors on the board – including two from areas that have their own water supplies not dependent on Chapman Lake – stood by the expansion project. Milne argued that, over time, governments tend to opt for expedient solutions, and thus the pipe would inevitably be used not only during emergencies, but as an ongoing source of water. That prediction went unchallenged, but swayed no votes. Still, the pipe plan has a much bigger obstacle: The regional district needs permission from the Province to proceed, but as seems increasingly obvious, the Province doesn’t want to give it. The request has been sitting on various ministerial desks in Victoria for going on two years, under both Liberal and NDP governments. SCRD administrators have diligently undertaken a mostly fruitless campaign of letter-writing and visits to the capital to try to nudge things along. However, in the most recent mission to Victoria, the Province agreed to conduct “public consultations” on the expansion project. That might look to some directors like a light at the end of the pipeline, but it could be coming right at them. The hearings will cause more delays and may provide the ministries justification to finally say “no” out loud. As Milne told the March 8 meeting, “The Province is already afraid of this proposal. Public consultations will make them even more afraid.” The SCRD directors who voted against Milne’s motion are serious, dedicated and smart people. But they might do well to revisit this decision. Hundreds of millions of litres of rain fall on the Coast every year and we’re capturing a relative thimble-full of it. The SCRD should leave the expansion project behind and get on with more urgently developing other water-supply solutions. A good start would be to speed up the current timeline that absurdly envisions a new reservoir by 2027. Yes, 2027. Nine years and who knows how many droughts away. Rik Jespersen



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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Message for Mr. Dix

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Our health minister, Adrian Dix, will be here on Monday, March 19 to talk to us about health care – specifically, one would assume, the proposed Trellis long term care facility. This proposal has been out there for the better part of two years. We’ve discussed job losses, wage cuts, and contract flipping. We’ve discussed care aide hours and resident showers. We’ve discussed the loss of hospice beds, volunteers, and auxiliary funding. But what we really need to discuss is the precedent that is being set. Two fully-functional public facilities are being replaced by a private-for-profit one, for the net gain of 20 beds – this by an NDP government, the same NDP that, while they were in opposition, voiced loud and long their objection to privatized health care. What happened? Why? In June, 2016 we Sunshine Coasters packed the Sechelt Seniors Centre past the point of overflow to voice our opposition to the Trellis proposal. Ten thousand of us signed a petition to state that, while we acknowledge the need for long term care beds, we want those beds to be public. There seems to be an assumption by Mr. Dix that after having a couple of years to think about it, we’ve all changed our minds. Supposedly, we’re all so eager for those 20 beds – which won’t be nearly enough – that we’re willing to “drink the Kool-Aid” and embrace private-for-profit care. Please, Sunshine Coasters, come out to the Sechelt Legion Monday, March 19, at 6:30pm, and tell Mr. Dix that we don’t want privatefor-profit health care in this community, or this province. Better yet, come at 5:30 and bring a sign. Marilynn Green, Gibsons

Tell Nic Simons to back off trying to implement the Foreign Buyers Tax here on the Sunshine Coast. It smells of elitism and racism. Most of the seniors on the Sunshine Coast do not have a gold-plated tax-payerfunded government pension – which our MLA does – and rely on the equity in our homes to see us through retirement. The Sunshine Coast is not the Lower Mainland. Do not lump us in with their problems. Jim White, Gibsons

threatens the Town's ability to provide its future residents with adequate water. You mention crossing ethical and moral boundaries with the Town's use of water (in Zone 3) supplied by the SCRD. In 2013 the Town entered into a longterm bulk water agreement with the SCRD that sets out the terms of the Town's water use in Zone 3. This water not only provides high quality drinking water to the residents of Zone 3, but also provides fire protection for this area of the Town. Wayne Rowe, Gibsons Mayor

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(Re “Morality of water”, letters, the Local, March 8) The running of a water distribution system is very complex. The Town aquifer wells provide the average daily demand of the Town's Zone 1 and 2 but are insufficient to provide the maximum daily demand or the required fire flow. The Parkland Reservoir has been engineered to provide this necessary storage and cannot be used for providing water to Zone 3; to do so would leave Zones 1 and 2 without fire protection and without water during high demand times. The Town's Aquifer Mapping Study has determined that the Gibsons aquifer has enough water to supply the ultimate population of Zones 1 and 2 only. This information is being refined on an on-going basis to determine the long-term effects of climate change, water usage, and sea level rise; the Town completes annual monitoring to gather this data on the performance of the aquifer which will be used to inform future decisions. This is the reason that Council is so concerned about the SCRD drilling into the Gibsons aquifer: it

I wanted to share a story of strangers’ kindness in our community. Last Friday night, my husband, who’s critically ill in Sechelt Hospital, wanted a muffin. Since Wheatberries at the hospital was closed, I went to Independent Grocer. The only muffins left had chocolate chips in them; since my hubby is newly diabetic, I didn’t buy them. Instead, I got a flat baked good. At the cashier, the woman in front of me let me go ahead because I had only one item. I thanked her and explained my husband’s situation. We chatted a bit and then she began to open her package of bran muffins, which I hadn’t even noticed. When she handed me one, I was hesitant to take it, but she insisted. The cashier overheard us. When I handed her my money, she refused to take it. She covered the cost herself. I told them, “I feel like I’m going to cry.” The kindness of strangers with small gestures at such a time – any time – is a precious gift. Thank you so much. I feel deeply grateful to live on the Sunshine Coast. May this tale of spontaneous generosity inspire

you to pay it forward in your own life on a daily basis. Heather Conn, Roberts Creek

Words of little value (Re “Pull of the Tide” by MP Pam Goldsmith-Jones, the Local, March 8) Your column contains excerpts from the remarks you will make honouring Dominic LeBlanc, minister of fisheries and oceans, and congratulating him and your government on Bill C-68, which will give more protection to our fish and our oceans. I for one can't understand how our government, you and Minister LeBlanc can present such an important bill and at the same time stand by, and even promote, the Kinder Morgan pipeline. A pipeline which will bring many more huge tankers to our shore, do huge damage to the environment and sooner or later kill many millions of fish and pollute our ocean. So, with all respect to you and Minister LeBlanc, your words and Bill C-68 are of little value. Jack Stein, Gibsons

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Waiting and painting for refugees They've been waiting over two years, but volunteers at the Seniors Activity Centre in Sechelt are hopeful that the Syrian refugee family they have sponsored will arrive this spring. And in the meantime, they are organizing a final fundraising event – Coats of Paint – that should bring fundraising efforts up to their $36,000 goal. (They have so far raised $32,000.) Coats of Paint is a unique blend of art and fashion. Local artists are given fabric which they paint like a canvas and then stitch into a coat that is a unique, wearable piece of art. Organizers are hoping for at least 15 garments, which will be showcased in a catwalk fashion show on April 14 at the Seniors Centre. Tickets for the event are $20. Attendees will see the fashion show, then have the opportunity to try on the garments and bid for them (minimum bid $250 per coat). Proceeds go to the artists and to the refugee sponsorship project. This event sold out when it was previously held in 2016, so organizers are advising anyone who wants to attend to get a ticket now. Tickets are available online at, or from the Seniors Centre. Joanne Rykers of the sponsorship committee said that

help from the community will be sought when the Syrian family arrives. "We have a place for them temporarily, but they will need long term accommodation," said Rykers. They have been working on the sponsorship project since it was approved by the Seniors Centre in January, 2016. Once the family arrives, the committee will become a settlement committee, helping the family find housing, access services and look for employment. Under immigration rules, their official responsibilities run for one year. The seniors have been in regular touch with the Syrian family (a doctor and a teacher with three sons) via email and Skype. The family finished the last of their interviews and paperwork last fall and are now expected any time. According to the Pew Research Centre, nearly 13 million Syrians (about 60 per cent of Syria's population) has been displaced by seven years of civil war. About 52,000 have resettled in Canada. In January this year, the Toronto Star reported that there was a backlog of 20,000 sponsored refugees waiting to get to Canada. Canada4Refugees, a grassroots advocacy

group for private sponsors, has complained about the delays and "unnecessarily protracted lead-times from application to arrival." Two other Syrian families sponsored by local groups were able to take advantage of a program that expedited the immigration process. They arrived in 2016. Donna McMahon

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An Update on BC Ferries’ Langdale Terminal Development Plan Hello Sunshine Coast Residents, We continue to make progress on the Langdale terminal redevelopment project and I’d like to update you on the secure dog area I mentioned in last month’s column. As of our print deadline, we were just putting the finishing touches on the secure dog area (pictured below, left). The area is fenced with two gates; one for customers with dogs to access and one to help accessibility for maintenance. The surface is covered with clear round gravel so it stays clean. We expect this dog area will be well used and prove to be a welcome addition to the terminal, while we continue the terminal upgrades.

Location of secure dog area.

Our Universal Design consultant reviewed the preliminary design for the Langdale terminal redevelopment project. Although we are waiting to receive the final report, the early feedback we received at the end of

our kick-off meeting was that our design team has made good choices to ensure the accessibility needs of all passengers will be met in the building and terminal designs. We want to hear from you and I continue to enjoy the feedback that I receive regularly. I get back to each email with the latest information. I’d like to report back on another question I received recently that I believe we can address with this project. This question concerned the possibility of having electric vehicle charging stations at the terminal. Here is my response: I heard from you that electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular on the Sunshine Coast and this trend is expected to grow. The concern was raised that when upgrading the terminal, we should consider installing a number of appropriate EV charging stations. We know it’s critical to ensure that the terminal’s design meets current demand and is flexible to accommodate future growth as the popularity of EVs increases. While the terminal design continues, and the number of stations has not been confirmed, the design will include EV charging stations with flexibility for future growth. Your feedback is important to us and this is exactly the type of input we will be looking to hear from you in our next phase of public engagement. Langdale terminal will be our first terminal with EV charging stations included in its design.

Since my last update in February, we have also been working hard to find a way to put an overhead walkway into service as soon as possible. We know how much this will improve the foot passenger experience and help the vessel stay on schedule. We are making progress, so don’t be surprised if you see this portion of the proposed upgrades getting started before the terminal redevelopment. We know it’s important to you and it’s important to us as well. The rezoning process for the Langdale terminal continued with the conclusion of the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s (SCRD’s) Public Hearing that took place on February 21. BC Ferries staff was on hand to support SCRD staff in responding to the community’s questions about the proposed zoning changes at the terminal. We have also recently started a public engagement process for the Horseshoe Bay redevelopment project, with the goal of the project to better connect our customers and the communities we serve, support growth in the region and accommodate emerging and future transportation needs. We know anything that affects the Horseshoe Bay terminal also has an effect on Langdale. We will be looking for your input to help shape our plans. For more information visit

Please continue to send me your questions about the Langdale project and what lies ahead. If you have any specific project questions you would like me to talk about in this column, please let me know by emailing We hope you have been finding these updates helpful. Thank you, Mike Senior Project Manager BC Ferries

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SCRD deadlocked on water project A tied vote at the SCRD board on March 8 spelled defeat for a motion to abandon the Chapman Lake expansion project, introduced by Board Chair and Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne. Milne stated that he would prefer to see the regional district concentrate its efforts on finding additional water supplies and building a new storage reservoir rather than "draining Chapman Lake." He also expressed difficulty understanding why directors would support a $5 million water project that was intended for use only during Stage 4 drought. "I'm very concerned that we're not being honest with ourselves about what we really want the Chapman Lake expansion project for. I think people are committed to it because they want it as an expansion of supply and not as drought management," said Milne. Sechelt Indian Government District (SIGD) director Keith Julius, although he did not have a vote on the water issue, said he supported the project because it is important to plan for future population growth. "I support going forward with what's in place now as everybody's done so

much work," said Julius. Area A Director Frank Mauro argued that the project is critical as an emergency water supply and is a good value for the cost. "This is well over a million cubic metres of storage for some four and a half million dollars." "When it comes to critical services like the supply of water, it's definitely required that you overbuild," said Mauro. "You have to be able supply water under all conditions to the residents that you're serving." Area E Director Lorne Lewis reiterated his longstanding opposition to the project, saying: "This is designed just to treat this lake like a tank and drain it as the population grows." Only areas that participate in the water service were able to vote, using a weighted vote based on population. The motion received eight votes in favour (two from Area E and six from the District of Sechelt) and eight against (two votes each from Areas A, B, D, and F). The Town of Gibsons and the Sechelt Indian Government District do not participate in the SCRD's water function and therefore did not vote. In bringing his motion to

the board, Milne stated that he wanted to have "public clarity" on who was "driving this particular issue." He contended that the project had critical support from rural areas that receive little or no water from Chapman Lake and directors who would not be running for re-election this fall. The District of Sechelt is the largest user of Chapman Lake water, with almost 50 per cent of the service connections. Area A does not receive water from Chapman Lake, and most Area F residents are on well systems. Both Area D Director Mark Lebbell and Area B Director Garry Nohr have publicly stated they won't run again, although Nohr later said that he is reconsidering. Also during the March 8 board meeting, SCRD Chief Administrative Officer Janette Loveys reported on discussions with senior staff from the Ministry of the Environment. Loveys said that Ministry staff have committed to "initiating the public consultation process which will include timelines for the approvals of the [Tetrahedron] park management plan adjustments." Donna McMahon

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Six groups recently shared $5,000 in waste reduction grants from the SCRD. Left to right: Kara McDougall, SCRD; Sheila Wilson, Roberts Creek Community School; Russ Spencer and Shirley Higginson, North Thormanby Community Association; Maura Laverty, West Howe Sound Community Association; Bryan Cramer, Sunshine Coast Repair Cafe; Heather Jeal, St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church; and Ted Chisholm, Sechelt Community Schools. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Mayor’s Message Bruce Milne Mayor, District of Sechelt

Water is essential to life, how we manage water determines our quality of life. Our water supply is managed through the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD). The SCRD sources the water, treats it and provides the infrastructure to our homes. The District of Sechelt Council’s role is to use our two seats on the SCRD board to support the interests of our citizens. And that is just what we are doing. On Dec. 6, 2017 Council unanimously passed a resolution that, “affirms that securing an adequate water supply…is the top priority of [the] District of Sechelt Directors,” and asked the SCRD ensure that, “all reasonable and expeditious measures be taken to secure an expanded water supply.” Whether the board is acting fast enough or taking the right actions to meet our objectives is a

matter of opinion. The difference of opinion is illustrated in debates over the $5.5 million project for a permanent draw-down of Chapman Lake. This will only be used when we reach Stage 4 water restrictions, the highest level of water restriction. Sechelt Council views this as a drought management project. In any case, permits required from the Province have not been obtained and the project is on hold. Some people, including MLA Nicholas Simons, think the Province will not issue the necessary permits, while others think we simply need to continue trying. The District of Sechelt directors think it is time to put this project aside and work directly on new supply and storage facilities. We need a year-round Stage 2 minimum level of water for our citizens. The backup emergency system that was successfully used in 2015 and 2017 is a syphon system. We do not believe a second stage 4 emergency system is a solution to the water shortage issue. The District of Sechelt is

community and does not have enough water right now for our 10,000 citizens. Because we have only two seats at the SCRD table, the District of Sechelt must work with directors representing rural areas when setting priorities on water issues. With our two seats, we have two votes; however, on financial and operational matters it is weighted by population for each service. For the water service, Sechelt has six votes and the five rural areas have two votes each. Last week we proposed abandoning the Chapman Lake project. We mustered eight votes out of 16. Motions that are a tie are considered defeated and so, we lost. The District of Sechelt relies entirely on the Chapman water system for our citizens while some of the other areas do not. While the SCRD board remains focused on this emergency backup project, work on finding viable solutions to a serious water supply shortage is delayed. The District of Sechelt welcomes your comments on this issue.

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Back in Time Marci Beacham Fuller

Archivist / Curatorial Assistant, SC Museum & Archives

The Museum is fortunate to have in its collection the archives from the “Coast News” newspaper, which contains documents and photos produced over the paper’s 50-year history. This year, we are working on making this collection more accessible to the public. To better understand the Coast News, I did some digging into the history of newspapers on the Sunshine Coast. Coasters have always liked their newspapers. The Museum’s oral history collection contains many accounts of how local residents waited for delivery of papers from Vancouver in order to get caught up on the stories of the day. These papers, in addition to providing news, were an excellent source of entertainment. In Marie Scott’s oral history, she reminisced about how, as a child, she looked forward to the papers’ stories and about how her mother would theatrically read them to the family. After papers were read, they were sometimes shared with others. For example, a favourite activity of the local children when a tug came along the Coast

was to row out to meet it and bring newspapers and baked goods to the crew (who greatly appreciated the treats). The Sunshine Coast had several locally-published newspapers over the years, the longest running being the “Sunshine Coast News”, later Coast News, which was published from 1945 to 1995. This weekly paper, initially printed in Powell River with an editorial office in Halfmoon Bay, was started by locals Al Alsgaard and Ernie Parr-Pearson. In 1950, they sold the company to Bill Sutherland and Sam Nutter, who moved the paper’s office to Gibsons. In 1954, Fred and Dorothy Cruice, of Regina, purchased the newspaper. In the early

days, the Cruice family did most of the work at the paper. Fred was the editor and writer, Dorothy ran the office, their son, Ron – along with two other employees – printed the paper, and staff member Do Wortman collected the ads. The Cruice family ran the paper until 1975. Glassford Press, Ltd., was the last known publisher. Since this time, we continue to have a great tradition of community newspapers on the Coast, including the Local Weekly. We would love to hear any stories that you may have about Coast News and the people who worked there. If you have anything that you would like to share, please contact the Museum & Archives at 604-886-8232 or

The Coast News building, on the right, was situated on Marine Drive in Gibsons. SCMA PHOTO #4249

As Anne Goulding stated, “The public library is no longer just a place to borrow or read books or even to access digital material, it is a key community resource and facility that engages people with their local communities and wider society.” The library is a bridge across the digital and educational divide that exist for many people in our community. As the world of education and technology changes, the library enables people to learn what they want, when they want, how they want. From proctoring

exams for free to offering an amazing range of educational databases – the library is your community learning place. During spring break, Gibsons Public Library is offering a range of activities including a Lego building imagination day, book making for 9- to 14-year-olds, technology workshops on using Sphero Globes, and a slam poetry performance and workshop with Lucia Misch. Call our Child and Youth Librarian Danielle Arsenault for more information. On Saturday, March 14 at 2pm, we are delighted to host local author Kara Stanley as she presents a reading from “Bees of the Invisible”, part of the anthology “LOVE ME TRUE: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Marriage”. Kara will be accom-

panied by her partner, local musician Simon Paradis with a musical performance. The library is greatly honoured to host Author Daniel Heath Justice on Saturday, March 24 at 2pm for the launch of his book “Why Indigenous Literatures Matter”. We will be hosting both these events in the main foyer of the library to ensure everyone can attend. Please contact Outreach Coordinator Andrea Routley for more information. Whatever interest or topic appeals to you, please know that our library staff are always here to help you find the materials you need to satisfy your curiosity. Please check out our website at gibsons. or give us a call at (604) 886.2130- we are always here for you. See you at the library.

The District of Sechelt has launched a photo contest on its Facebook page. The contest is open to all Sunshine Coast citizens and tourists with the exception of District staff and council. Contestants are asked to post their favourite photo of Sechelt on the District of Sechelt Facebook page before March 29. A panel of judges will select the top three and those three will be posted to the District Facebook page on April 6 for voting on by the public. The

photo with the most likes will win the grand prize. All photos submitted will be considered for the 2019 street banners in downtown Sechelt, and the grand prize winner will receive a Ricoh W6-30W underwater camera. The criteria on which the photos will be judged are simply a quality photo that represents life in Sechelt. The photo also cannot have been used for commercial purposes in the past. “This contest is a win-win

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Fighting sexism, abusive behaviour Four educators and seven community leaders who work with youth and youthviolence issues recently received training to help teens challenge sexism and inappropriate sexual and relationship behaviour, thanks to the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society (SCCSS). Participants in the oneday Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) training, held at Mission Point House on International Women’s Day (March 8), learned the damaging impact of gender stereotyping and demeaning language, which can lead to bullying, violence and many other forms of abuse. Guest facilitator Wayne Spychka, SCCSS’s former police-based Victim Services coordinator, and co-facilitator Heather Conn, coordinator of the MVP program, helped attendees present and discuss hypothetical scenarios involving unwanted conduct, from sexual harassment to abusive texting. They discussed safe, empowering ways to confront, interrupt, and prevent gender violence such as challenging a wouldbe perpetrator or reporting an incident. “The MVP program helps us broaden our view of relationship violence to include sexist language or controlling behaviour and to really examine our attitudes about what gender violence truly means,” says Conn. The MVP program promotes the “bystander approach” in handling gender violence. Spychka explains: “Rather than focus on young men and women as potential perpetrators or victims, we want them to see themselves as empowered bystanders who can confront peers who

are acting abusively and support the young women subjected to these actions.” Event attendees included two RCMP employees, two community school teachers, two elementary school teachers and five SCCSS employees. As new adult MVP mentors, they will facilitate discussions on gender violence scenarios and gender stereotyping with youth leaders who, in turn, will serve as mentors to younger youth. To date, SCCSS’s MVP program has focused solely on local high schools, training youth MVP mentors in grades 11 and 12 to serve as mentors for students in grade 8 (and in a few cases, grade 7). So far, 45 adult mentors and about 80 youth mentors have received MVP training in five main school programs throughout the lower Sunshine Coast. Additionally, Chatelech Secondary School has mentored roughly 90 grade 8 students with MVP content since last fall. The goal is to make the

MVP model an ongoing, sustainable part of regular curriculum, incorporating all grades from 8 to 12. SCCSS is hoping that where appropriate, trained adult mentors can now also present MVP-related content in local elementary and community schools. Ultimately, SCCSS would like to expand its MVP model into workplaces and sports teams. The MVP project on the Sunshine Coast, part of SCCSS’s Together Against Violence programs, is the first of its kind in Canada. It began in 2015 as a collaboration between SCCSS and School District No. 46. Training materials are provided by MVP Strategies, a program developed in the early 1990s in Boston, MA, based on a peer leadership model using trained student leaders. For those seeking more information or wishing to further support this work through donating, please contact or Submitted

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A group of people who work with youth were given training to encourage young people, as bystanders, to intervene when they see sexist or abusive behaviour. From the left, at front: Ocean Forstner, Diana Gamble, Tonya Ste. Marie, Stephanie Anderson and Heather Shantz. At the back: Heather Conn, Suzanne Boyer, Jessica Stephens-Whale, Pan Willson, Lorelei Baker, Jennifer McGinnes and Wayne Spychka. TESS CAMERON PHOTO

Dead bat snitch line Reporting dead bats may help save the lives of our BC bats. The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project is asking residents to report any dead bats to help determine the distribution of White-Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease harmless to humans but responsible for the deaths of millions of insect-eating bats in North America. To monitor the spread of this disease, biologists have been collecting reports of unusual winter bat activity across southern BC and ensuring that dead bats are sent for disease testing. Information gained from dead bats and reports of live bats can help determine the extent of the disease, and determine priorities for conservation efforts. Spring conditions now mean increased bat activity – and an increased chance of detecting the disease. As bats begin to leave hibernation and return to their summering grounds, our chances of seeing live or dead bats increases.

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A little brown bat with visible symptoms of fungal growth typical of White-Nose Syndrome. U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PHOTO

If I had a hammer… On March 7, police attended a suspicious person report near Nickerson Road and Norwest Bay Road, West Sechelt, after several sightings of a tall male wearing a "Scream" Halloween mask, white shirt and black shorts, and swinging a hammer. Multiple police units pa-

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Events on the Sunshine Coast March 15 Discussion about poverty reduction, Roberts Creek Hall, 5-8pm, includes dinner with RSVP to of 604-885-5881 March 16 Ken Dunn and Anna Green provide dinner music, Roberts Creek Legion, 5:30-8pm, tips for the musician March 16 Spa night and silent auction, fundraiser for GF Strong Rehab Centre, Kube Studios, Gibsons, 6:30-9pm, $40 March 16-17 Russel and Raven entertain, The Old Boot Eatery, Sechelt, 6-9pm March 17 Kara Stanley and Simon Paradis reflect on marriage, with reading and live music, Gibsons Public Library, 2-3:30pm, free March 17 Opening reception for young people’s art show, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 2-4pm March 17 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with Skinny Jimmie & Houndog Barker and pipe band, Pender Harbour Legion, starting at 4pm March 17 Joe Stanton, Geopia Gallery, Earls Cove, 6pm, $20 includes chili and bread March 17 Millar-Bowie Band, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6pm March 17 Dance time with Jim Taylor, Seniors Activity Centre, Sechelt, 7pm, members $10, others $15 March 17 Live rock with the Knotty Boys, Blackfish Pub, Gibsons, 7pm March 17 Annie Lou, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 7-10pm, advance $18, at the door $20 March 17 Thunderstruck, ACDC tribute band, Gibsons Legion, 7:30pm, members $20, guests $25 March 17 Irish for a day with Danny Dolen and Grant Olsen, Roberts Creek Legion, 8pm, members $8, guests $15 March 17 Half Cut & The Slackers, Sechelt Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 March 17 Playback, Grasshopper Pub, Pender Harbour, 8pm March 18 SC Arts Council presents documentary film “Lowdown Tracks”, about street performers and homelessness, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 10:30amnoon, suggested donation $10 March 18 Vocal Intent performs “songs for a new day”, St. John’s United Church, Davis Bay, 3pm, by donation March 18 The Myth of Parzival, a threehour one-woman performance with British actor Olivia Olsen, Botanical Garden, West Sechelt, 11am, $20, 604-885-8845 March 18 Meet the artist, Donna Balma and Francine Desjardin, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 1-2pm

March 19 Class on cooking with curries, with Hagit Ammer and Mark Rose, Mad Bistro, 6-9pm, $65 includes glass of wine, 604883-2223 March 19 Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks to public meeting of the NDP constituency association, Sechelt Legion, 6:30pm March 19 SC Film Society presents Cannes winner “Graduation”, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 7:30pm, members $5, others $9 March 21 SC Credit Union seminar on identity theft and fraud prevention, Gibsons Public Library, noon-1pm March 21 MLA Nicholas Simons speaks at West Howe Sound Community Association AGM, Cardinal Hall, Shirley Macey Park, 7pm March 23 Joe Stanton, The Old Boot Eatery, Sechelt, 6-9pm March 23 Nir Blu on the piano, with guest Jess Hart, Playhouse Theatre, Gibsons, 7pm, advance $15, at the door $20 March 23-25 Funtastics present “Hooray for Hollywood”, Seniors Activity Centre, Sechelt, Friday 7pm, Sat.&Sun. 3pm, $20 March 24 Elders spring craft fair, Sechelt Band Hall, 10am-4pm, free admission March 24 Learn about the Christian tradition of meditation, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 10am-2pm, $5 for lunch, registration at 604-886-4738 March 24 SC Credit Union seminar on identity theft and fraud prevention, Sechelt Library, 11am-noon March 24 UBC prof Daniel Heath Justice launches his new book, “Why Indigenous Literatures Matter”, Gibsons Library, 2-3:30pm March 24 SC Film Society presents Cannes winner “Graduation”, Raven’s Cry Theatre, 2pm, members $5, others $9 March 24 Wanda Nowicki with Ken Dalgleish and Mark Bender, Gibsons Public Market, 2:304:30pm March 24 Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis, The Old Boot Eatery, Sechelt, 6-9pm March 24 Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 March 24 DJ night with African rhythms, Roberts Creek Legion, 9pm1am, members $7, guests $14 March 25 “How to produce a recording” seminar with music producer David j Taylor, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 10am-1pm, members $15, others $25 March 25 Barbara Higgins celebrates the second printing of her book, “Etched In My Memory”, Sechelt band hall, 2pm


Art Review Anna Nobile Freelance Creative Writer, Arts & Culture

The Sunshine Coast Arts Centre has become a real hotbed of activity of late. In addition to the art shows displayed in the Doris Crowston Gallery, the Arts Centre has expanded its program offerings to include film screenings and a lecture and workshop series called The Business of Art. Those talks are aimed at artists and performers but are open to

anyone. Past talks featured local professionals in their field on such diverse topics as how to effectively use social media as a marketing tool and a workshop on woodcutting. The next talk will be on March 25 when award winning music producer David j Taylor will present information on how to record and produce a song or album. Once a month on Sunday mornings the Arts Centre is also running a film series on Art and The Documentary, presenting films about different genres of art followed

One of a series of artist-designed banners to help people find the Arts Centre on Trail Avenue in Sechelt. This one was designed by Leif Kristian Freed and is mounted at Dolphin St. and Trail Ave., a block from the centre. ANNA NOBILE PHOTO

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by a guest speaker who addresses issues brought up in the film. Lowdown Tracks, which was voted top Canadian Audience Choice award at Hot Docs in 2015, screens on March 18. Directed by multi award winning filmmaker Shelley Saywell in collaboration with singer and activist Lorraine Segato, the film shows us very talented musicians battling homelessness, and a complex host of other social issues, on the streets of Toronto. Guest speaker is local social worker Cayce Laviolette. The Art Centre’s latest initiative, called Boulevard of Banners, came from wanting to make sure people could actually find the centre. Arts Council board member Ian MacLeod approached local artists for designs for 16 banners that have been placed on Dolphin Street between Inlet and Trail, a block away from the building, including directional arrows, to guide people to the centre. “We wanted to get more people in here and nobody knows where the

building is,” says MacLeod. “We wanted something really visual to get people saying, ‘what’s that?’” This year’s participating artists are Kim LaFave, Jennifer Drysdale, Leif Kristian Freed, Elaine Seepish, Kristjana Gunners, Morley Baker, Ian MacLeod and Donna Balma. The Sunshine Coast Arts Centre is located at 5714 Medusa Street in Sechelt. Events for March include the screening of Lowdown Tracks on March 18 at 10:30am (admission by donation with a suggested donation of $10). At 1pm on March 18, there will be an art talk by Donna Balma and Francine Desjardins about their new exhibition Persistence of Shapes, running until April 1 (admission is free and all are welcome). “How To Produce a Recording” with David j Taylor takes place March 25 from 10am to 1pm; $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers, register in person or online. Complete details on all events and exhibitions available at:

The Seattle duo Yaima headlines the Roberts Creek Hall March 31 with “sensually stimulating and heart-centred compositions”. The event is called Mycelia Luna, and will include animated visuals, local power trio Heofon, dj Bridge and a display of art by 12 local painters. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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The Shari Ulrich Trio performs at the Pender Harbour School of Music on Sunday, March 25 at 2pm. Shari Ulrich has been a Canadian musical legend since the 1970s entertaining generations of dedicated fans. Ulrich is still actively writing and performing, particularly enjoying the opportunity to sing with her daughter, Julia Graff, who has clearly inherited some impressive musical genes. Shari and Julia will also be joined by Cindy Fairbank, rounding out this delightful trio. You won’t want to miss this great afternoon. Tickets are available at Harbour Insurance in Madeira Park, at the Sechelt

Visitors Centre or online at The Iris Griffith Centre is offering a free Permaculture Design Gardening and Food Forestry Activation Day on Saturday, March 17, 9am4pm. Explore permaculture design methods, strategies and techniques as you tour the gardens and natural spaces surrounding the centre. Adventure through the forest and discover food and medicine plants under the guidance of Kym Chi and Delvin Solkinson. For more information visit Come on out later on St. Patrick’s Day to the Grasshopper Pub and dance to popular local band Playback. Wear green, enjoy great food and music and dance the night away. The party starts at 8pm, for more information call 604-883-9013.

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Hold the plastic bags The District of Sechelt is asking citizens to stop putting film plastics in the curbside recycling bins. Film plastic is all plastic bags, and overwrap used to wrap foods. When these materials are mixed in with other recyclables it is difficult to separate them out for recycling. North American recycling brokers consider these materials to be contaminates

in the recycling stream. Paul Appelt, Engineering Technician stated, “Film plastic has always been an issue; however, when Sechelt started our curb side recycling program our collector had a method to sort the film plastic and a market for the separated material – this market is no longer available. The biggest recyclables customer in the world, China, now de-

Schools, SCRD sharing facilities mands less contamination and better source separation of materials. Though somewhat of an inconvenience, this new film plastic recycling method ensures that the film plastic is recycled and not deposited in a land fill.” Film plastic can still be recycled by taking it to the local recycling facility as long as it is sorted separately from hard plastics. Submitted

The chair of School District No. 46 (SD46) and the chair of the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) are very pleased to announce a new phase in our growing partnership. In order to meet the needs of the students and the Sunshine Coast community, our organizations have agreed to more efficiently share our facilities. SD46 students will

have access to SCRD facilities for school programs at no charge to schools. SCRD programs will have access at no charge to SD46 facilities. Our new joint use agreement will support both organizations’ priorities of healthy lifestyles and efficient use of our publicly owned facilities. Lori Pratt, SD46 Chair, commented, "I am very

pleased that our students will have learning and recreational opportunities more readily available.” Bruce Milne, SCRD Chair, remarked, "Our programs will benefit from ready and organized access to school district facilities." Submitted

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The 41st annual BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run, presented by Coast Cable, will see up to 700 participants running and walking from Gibsons to Sechelt on Sunday, April 8. At the finish, 50 children age 7 and under will be racing around Mission Point Park in the Sunshine Care Network Kids’ Jester Dash presented by Pastimes. Title Sponsor BMO Bank of Montreal is back for a seventh year, generously providing support in the form of cash, volunteers, souvenir items, cheering aids and team spirit. BMO staff will be hosting the second aid station and the gear check service. “We’re excited at BMO to continue to play a key role in this very popular half marathon,” said Stephen Gardner, regional vice president, BMO

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The time become increasingly apparent Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20) The spring thaw is contribis right to activate a research over the next couple of weeks. project. It includes both mak- Creating space that supports uting to you feeling inspired ing new contacts and invent- your new perspectives is in- and eager to get on with new ing new means and methods dicated. Negatively, you could projects. It may feel as though of generating interest, perhaps find yourself feeling a bit lost winter dragged on but that is especially for business. and insecure. This cycle could now changing. Mercury and Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22) last a few weeks. Avoid reac- Venus in Aries are key contriCircumstances are pushing tion and be willing to enter the butions, along with the New you to dip deeper than you unknown. Moon in your sign. Mars in have in a while. This could lit- Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 19) Capricorn will activate your erally manifest as a renovation Your ambitions will receive drive and determination to project. Yet, the renovation a boost from the magic in this break through existing barricould be on you as much as on dark moon. Above all, you ers, both within and without. externals. It could be better described as a self-development process but could include various kinds of ‘repair’. The main point is that you feel inspired. Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Your creative passions will SPECIALS get a fresh boost from this Pisces New Moon. Already you STEWING BEEF ���������������������� $ /LB may feel set to the task. This includes research and initiaFROZEN - FARM FED tive. Fortunately, Mars enterWHOLE CHICKEN ����������������� $ /LB ing Capricorn stands to give ASSORTED - 235 G you a boost of energy and this LAYS POTATO CHIPS ����������� $ cycle will last close to a couple of months! 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Notion is limited. 17. Desiccated Online donations to the 18. Test 19. Leave out Sunshine Coast Food Bank so 20. Bend forward far are over $1,300, expected 22. Part of the hand to surpass the goal of $2,018 23. Three squared set for this year. 24. Squash plant Each volunteer gets a t26. Erase shirt, BMO gloves, access to 28. Cramp refreshments, and more 31. Golf accessory Visit 32. Roofing material for full event details, and to 35. A sheltered and register as a participant or a secluded place volunteer. Submitted 37. Flare up 41. Playing card 42. Simple crane 43. Applaud 11. Let in 72. Ancient stringed 44. Large expanse of water 46. Small fatty fish 12. French river instrument 45. Migratory aquatic birds 48. Tardy 13. Satisfy 73. Refund 47. Narrate 50. Wood, cut and prepared 21. Music genre 74. Cervid 48. Leguminous plant 52. Used in varnishes and 25. A gradual decline DOWN 49. Colony insect 27. Edible plant sealing wax 1. Abyss 51. Not fresh 29. Kind 53. Currency 2. Major artery 53. 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Ironically, this could happen in the midst of your career and public life. It could manifest as a getaway altogether. However, a plunge into your creative reservoir may also do the trick. If neither of these or something similar is available, draw a clear line between your public and private life for a while. Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22) Dreaming a new and bigger and better dream is dancing in your mind. What you need now is a vision of possibility. Creative projects that inspire you could prove even more important that it may otherwise seem over the coming weeks. Phase one could be identifying realistic prospects. Phase 2 is to plan and outline and phase 3 includes clearing the clutter. Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 23) Like a light at the end of a dark tunnel, a new sense of hope is in sight. Now is a good time to push on a bit harder and hasten the pace. Navigating the terrain beyond the tunnel could also prove a bit tricky due to Mercury turning


Tip of the Week: Mars at 29 Sagittarius at the time of the Pisces New Moon which officially occurs at 1:11 pm GMT represents a noteworthy theme. In mutual reception with Jupiter, there is an overall positive vibe woven into this moon-seed. However, planets at 29 degrees represent themes of overcoming. This can prove to be lifetime theme when indicated in your Birth Chart. Yet, Mars happens to be well-placed at this degree of Sagittarius, so the result may be one of progress rather than obsessive-compulsive tendencies, a common theme for the last degrees of the archer. Spring Equinox is upon us and occurs on March 20 this year. This marks the Astrological New Year. 0 Aries is the sign that aligns with this annual ‘sign of the season’ when day and night are equal. There are also a series of other astrological events occurring over the coming week and these will all synchronize with very noticeable energetic shifts and outer events. Below is the list. Mars enters Capricorn on

March 17th, shortly after the New Moon and when it does the Moon will be exactly conjunct Chiron. Mars is wellplaced in Capricorn and is symbolic of organized and disciplined action. On March 20, just prior to the official start of spring, Venus will be conjunct Mercury in Aries. They were also conjunct in Pisces at the beginning of the month and this will not normally occur save for the fact that Mercury will be at an apparent virtual standstill just prior to turning retrograde on March 23rd. At the time of the Mercury/Venus conjunction, the Sun will be at 29 Pisces which is symbolic of the powers of creative visualization. What an exciting, if mixed, start to spring! Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) This New Moon stands to supercharge your ambitions. Dealings with other power players are featured. Doing so will also serve to activate your own leadership qualities. You may feel the pressures to really show-up and prove your worth these days. Yet, of late, you may have found yourself dreaming of warm and sunny distant shores. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Assembling your dream team is poised to enter the next important phase. Up to now, you have likely been establishing a foundation and


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