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Learning Rules of Riding

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Beer Farm's Petition Page 2

More Buses Coming Page 3

Gravel Mine Questions Page 5

Liberals 'Punish' Ferry Users Page 5

New Sechelt CAO Page 6

Life Skills That Make You Laugh Page 9

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 2017

Training in bike and road safety skills is coming for grade four and five students on the Sunshine Coast. Here, volunteer Bob Stanhope, with the cycling group TraC, leads a “bicycle train” near Halfmoon Bay Elementary during Bike to School Week last year. Organizers noticed a need for instruction in how to stay safe while riding in traffic, and that instruction will be offered this spring. See story page 8. JENI STAFFORD PHOTO

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Beer farm petitions to stay in business Frustrated that Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) has refused to revisit Persephone Brewing's request for an exemption to regulations so it can continue to operate a craft brewery at its present site, Persephone launched an online petition on March 1. The petition, at change. org, asks the Minister of Agriculture to make regulatory changes so that farm-based breweries are treated the same way as cideries and wineries. Under ALC rules, breweries, distilleries and meaderies are required to grow at least 50 per cent of their major ingredient on site. Wineries and cideries do not have to meet the 50 per cent requirement; they are able to buy ingredients from other BC farms. Although the brewery has planted five acres of hops on its 11-acre property, the ALC does not consider hops to be a major ingredient in beer, only

a flavouring. Persephone's Stewart Road property is not suitable for farming barley, and even if it were, the site is not large enough to grow sufficient grain. Persephone can keep most of its operations even if it does not get a change of regulations or an exemption. The farm has planted apple trees and they also hold a farm-based cider licence. "The cidery lets us grow, have a lounge, serve food, host events, use a picnic area, etc. Everything except the activity of making beer," said owner Brian Smith. However, if the ALC's policies remain unchanged, the brewery will have to move its manufacturing operation to a site outside the Agricultural Land Reserve. And that may make the operation financially unviable. "We’re going to fight this tooth and nail because not only do we believe in our model but we’re seeing more

and more farmers come out of the woodwork to say that they want to beer farm too," said Smith. Other BC craft breweries facing the same challenge include Crannog Ales, based on a 10-acre hop farm in Sorrento. Persephone's petition is endorsed by the BC Craft Brewers Guild, BC Hop Growers Association, The Campaign for Real Ale Society of BC and the Organic Hop Growers Association. "BC Wine is a $2 billion dollar industry," reads the petition. "We believe that breweries can similarly have a positive economic impact in BC, while contributing to both the cultural and agricultural aspects of our communities." With a provincial election imminent, Persephone's team are eager to pursue the issue, but they also have a farm to run. "We have fields to prepare, greenhouses to re-skin, apple

trees to plant, irrigation lines to run, compost to spread, and by the end of the month we’ll have 25-hundred-plus hop rhizomes asking to be in

the ground," said Smith. "So, as we get into the election period, we are going to have to choose between getting to work on the farm or continu-

ing lobbying." As of March 13, Persephone's petition had almost reached its goal of 2,500 signatures. Donna McMahon

Some of the beer-brewing equipment at Persephone Brewery, which is petitioning the provincial government for a change in regulations that would allow it to continue brewing on Agricultural Land Reserve property. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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SCRD spends to increase bus service Starting in September 2017, transit users on the coast will receive more frequent bus service, thanks to a decision by SCRD Directors on March 7 to substantially increase funding to Sunshine Coast Transit. Route 90, the express service along the highway between the Langdale ferry and Sechelt, will have service every 30 minutes during peak hours, while Route 1, which circles through Lower Gibsons, traverses the Chaster-Pratt loop in Elphinstone and runs along Lower Road in Roberts Creek, will go to hourly service at peak times. With this more frequent service, BC Transit will no longer try to match its buses to ferry arrivals, something which currently makes it difficult for buses to stay on time, and necessitates changing the bus schedule every time BC Ferries changes its schedule. The cost to taxpayers in

2018 (the first full year of increased service) will work out to about $22 per average residential property. The total cost increase is $872,000 per year, of which the SCRD pays $466,000 and BC Transit pays the rest. To implement this service, the SCRD will lease a half dozen additional midsized buses from BC Transit. These newer buses have higher fuel efficiency than older models. Staffing will increase by approximately 4.5 full time jobs, most of them drivers. Directors Mark Lebbell (Roberts Creek), Lorne Lewis (Area E), Garry Nohr (Area B) and Jeremy Valeriote (Town of Gibsons) voted in favour of the March 7 motion to increase transit funding. Area F Director Ian Winn and District of Sechelt representative Doug Wright voted against. Pender Harbour is not part of the transit service function so Frank Mauro did

not vote. Winn expressed concern that taxpayers in West Howe Sound, especially on Keats and Gambier Islands, pay for service that many of them do not receive. He favoured a much more gradual expansion. "If we had a crystal ball that said that our population was going to increase and there's going to be rapid building on the Sunshine Coast over the next five years, then that would certainly increase the tax base and we'd be able to afford it. But that's not what I'm hearing," said Winn. Lebbell spoke strongly in favour of transit at the SCRD board table. In his March 2017 Directors newsletter, he stated: "I have been a long-time supporter of an enhanced Transit service, as it simultaneously addresses pressing ecological, social and economic concerns." Donna McMahon

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Canadian Tire summer stock stolen The Canadian Tire store in the 4300 block of the Sunshine Coast Hwy in Wilson Creek has been targeted by thieves, with a large amount of merchandise stolen. Employees arrived at work on the morning of Friday March 3 to find that a number of storage areas had been forced open by thieves, and a large amount of highvalue merchandise had been stolen. Video surveillance shows that around 1am on Friday morning, a newer dark-coloured SUV made repeated trips to the business to steal the items. A variety of items were targeted, including portable air conditioners, barbecues, patio furniture, swimming pools and tires. The suspects transported the items to a forested area

on nearby Blower Road, where they were temporarily stashed in the bush. Later that same morning, a green 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck, with a camouflage tarp, reportedly arrived to pick up the items from their hiding spot. An astute citizen thought it was odd that the two males in the truck were loading air conditioners and pools into the truck, and the citizen later notified police. Sunshine Coast RCMP located the truck in Gibsons; however there was no merchandise in the truck at the time, and the owner of the truck is not believed to be involved in the theft. “We are still reviewing surveillance footage and looking into who was using the pickup truck that morning”, said

Cst Harrison Mohr with Sunshine Coast RCMP. “If you saw a vehicle entering or exiting the Canadian Tire parking lot during the overnight hours of March 2-3, or if you saw any suspicious vehicles coming or going from Blower Road on Friday morning March 3, please call Sunshine Coast RCMP. We are also interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen this green Ford F150 with a camouflage tarp unloading boxes on Friday, or anyone who has information about the whereabouts of these items.” If you have information about this crime, please call Sunshine Coast RCMP at (604) 885-2266, or Crimestoppers, at 1-800222-TIPS. Submitted by RCMP

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Editorial Opinion How mild can be wild Seeing terms like “post-truth” and “alternative facts” gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and distil entire studies into eye-catching headlines and brief stories can open the door to misinformation and limited understanding. Recent headlines about a climate study, “Shifting patterns of mild weather in response to projected radiative forcing”, in the February 2017 issue of “Climatic Change” illustrate the predicament. Some news outlets implied the study showed countries such as Canada and the U.K. would benefit from increasingly frequent “mild weather days” brought on by climate change. Many failed to convey the true take-home message: Climate change will have devastating consequences for human civilization. Just ask the study’s author, Karin van der Wiel, research scientist at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute. She studied the frequency of mild weather days as a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. She found a few countries, mostly in the mid-latitudes, will experience slightly more frequent mild weather — defined as days between 18 and 30 C with less than one millimetre of rain and dew point temperature not exceeding 20 C. But that’s not the whole story. Van der Wiel points out in an email that mild weather isn’t necessarily good, as it can also create negative conditions. “If there are projected changes in mild weather, that means there are changes in temperature, precipitation and/or humidity,” she said, noting that although mild weather could create more opportunities for things such as outdoor recreation, it could also have negative consequences like changing snowmelt patterns and threatening water resources. Mild weather at the wrong time and place can be disastrous. The wildfire that devastated Fort McMurray last year reached city limits on a mild weather day, with an average temperature of 22.1 C and no precipitation, after several weeks of unseasonably warm and dry weather. Science is the most useful tool we have to adapt to climate change and avoid its worst outcomes. But it requires critical thinking and a big-picture perspective to ensure we consider all available evidence. With so many people scrolling through social media feeds for news rather than reading entire articles, facts and clarity can become elusive. It’s up to us all — media and consumers alike — to dig deeper for the full story. David Suzuki

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Figure skater Elvis Stojko shows his stuff at the Gibsons community centre March 11. An Olympic silver medalist for Canada and former world champion, Stojko was the main attraction at a fundraiser for the SC Skating Club. You can see it on Coast Cable, channel 10, at 9am and 10pm March 16 and 18, and 5:30pm March 17. PHOTO SUBMITTED

It’s time for Mayor Milne to focus on cleaning up his own backyard. Sechelt is in an absolute mess. Two-thirds of our cash reserves have disappeared during his two years in office. How much on severance, legal fees and consulting studies, Mr. Milne? What value have we received for the $3,000,000 (three million) gone from this fund

– anything tangible or just a bunch of studies? District staff morale is at an all time low. Something like 14 people have occupied the four senior management seats over the past two years. Three of these positions remain unfilled – some after more than six months, which can only mean that no qualified people have applied. This points to Sechelt having a terrible reputation around our province. It’s hard to see how Sechelt will survive the next two years given the inadequate skills and management experience of Mayor Milne and those Councillors who support his thinking. Oh, and absolutely NOTHING meaningful has been completed during the first half of his term. It reminds many of Milne’s last time in office…when he earned the nickname “Do Nothing”. Geoff White, Sechelt

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Gravel mine questions Fresh concerns were raised about the proposed BURNCO gravel mine at McNab Creek by Area F Director Ian Winn at the SCRD's Planning and Community Development committee meeting on March 9. McNab Creek lies 10 kilometres northeast of Port Mellon on Howe Sound. In 2008 BURNCO Rock Products bought the 230-hectare industrial waterfront property and in 2010 they proposed a gravel mine – a proposal that has been grinding its way through regulatory and environmental approval processes ever since. If the project receives a green light from provincial and federal authorities, it will go to the regional district for rezoning to permit gravel processing. On March 9 SCRD staff brought forward a report summarizing environmental issues that have not been adequately addressed by BURNCO, such as noise, protection of fish habitat

and impacts of sea level rise. Winn spoke to several items, noting that over 25 people had contacted him recently with concerns. "I've heard a lot from boaters who use that McNab Creek estuary," said Winn, pointing out that BURNCO's response doesn't say how the project will impact existing anchorages. Winn also voiced concerns about who would carry out environmental monitoring on the site and how the public would access that information – an issue that has also been raised around the Woodfibre LNG project. The gravel mine would most directly affects 16 properties at the mouth of McNab Creek (the McNab Creek Strata). Winn has had discussions with representatives of the strata, who he said are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information generated by the environmental review process, and confused by BURNCO's recent communications

about a possible Community Enhancement Fund. "There's a lot of work that has to be done on this," said Winn, describing the situation as "confusing and contentious." During a public comment period last fall, the provincial Environmental Assessment process was flooded with over 600 comments, and in December BURNCO requested that the environmental review be put on hold until they can respond. The 180-day review period was originally scheduled to end on Jan. 28, but is presently on a 'time-out.’ Winn's concerns were added to staff's recommendations, which will be sent to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and BURNCO. The SCRD passed a motion in October saying that they do not support the BURNCO proposal "as presented at this time." Donna McMahon

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Nicholas Simons, NDP candidate in Powell River – Sunshine Coast for the May 9 provincial election, speaks at the March 11 opening of his campaign office on Cowrie St. in Sechelt. He is running for his fourth term as MLA. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Liberals ‘punish’ ferry users The publication March 11 of historical data showing a sharp rise in BC Ferries fares proves anew that the people and businesses in ferry-dependent communities are being mistreated by the cynical policies of the BC Liberal Party government, the BC Conservative Party said in a news release. It cited a study from the Southern Gulf Islands Ferry Advisory Committee which was reported on in the Van-

couver Sun by columnist Stephen Hume, and included a graph showing that ferry fare increases had risen many times more than the rate of inflation since about 2004. "Ferry services are a key and even critical part of the lives of about one million people on BC's coast but they and those services have been harmed by the cynical political ploys being played by the Campbell and Clark Liberal regimes," said BCCP presi-

dent Corbin Mitchell, who speaks for the party in the absence of an elected leader. "The new study provides more proof that the BC Liberals have been favouring regions where their voter support is high and punishing regions where it is low - namely the coastal ferry-dependent communities whose residents have no viable alternative to B.C. Ferries," said Mitchell. Submitted

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Mayor’s Message Bruce Milne Mayor, District of Sechelt

While budget numbers are still being debated, an increase of 6.42 per cent in the general tax rate has been identified as needed to fund required investment in District infrastructure and to sustain operations in 2017. There are two primary reasons for an increase in the 2017 Budget: community growth and full cost budgeting. For example, higher levels of funding are needed to ensure infrastructure projects that have been on our books for a number of years, including Trail Avenue improvements, the Davis Bay Float and an Operations (Parks and Public Works) Centre, have adequate funding in place to be completed.

Over $400,000 is needed contributing, an increase in in the operational budget to sewer user fees of up to $173 maintain District services at for properties with access 2016 levels. Not only is our to the sewer system is being community growing, infla- proposed. In the 2016 contract for tion has increased costs and District taxation over the garbage and curbside repast five years has not kept cycling, the amount being pace. The District, like indi- charged by the service providuals and businesses, faces vider increased. Again, those increases for hydro, vehicle costs need to be allocated to maintenance, water and nat- the properties that benefit ural gas costs. In addition, we from that service. A fee inare facing increased costs for crease of $10 per property, RCMP services and wages for starting in 2017 is being proposed. employees . The average assessed valA change is also being conue ofIgnition a single family home in sidered in how the District al-Push Button locates costs for wastewater Sechelt is about $430,000. Alloy Wheels Button Ignition on the proposed 2017 (sewer) services. In 2017, PushBased the annual District the full cost of providing theHeatedbudget, Seats Wheels of the property taxservice, which includes por- Alloyportion Roof esSeats on an ‘average’ property tions of centralized Finance,SunHeated Human Resources and Ad- could increase by about $78 Monitor Sunover Roof 2016 levels. The average ministrative resources usedRearView property pays about $108/ to support the sewer serviceFog Lights RearView Monitor are to be covered by fees month for municipal tax porproperty taxes, similar charged to users of that sys-Power Driver’sof Seats Fogtion Lights tem. While new users are to what they might pay for Driver’s Seats or cable and intercellphone being connected and will be Power

net services. Municipal taxes fund local roads, policing, library, and parks, things that our residents value and want to see maintained. If we want it, we need to share in paying the cost to have it. Council encourages residents to take the time to review the draft 2017 District budget, so that you understand what changes are being made and why. Through our public engagement process, adjustments have been made to our draft budget, including, as one example, funding 2017 Liquid Waste Management planning from general tax revenue, rather than allocating this to sewer user costs. We thank all who have provided input and questions to date, and we will continue to welcome and respond to these at info@sechelt.ca until our Financial Plan and Tax Rate Bylaws are adopted in May, 2017.

New Sechelt CAO Sechelt Council is pleased to announce that Mr. Andrew Yeates will be joining the District staff as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) April 1. Andrew has worked in local government for over 18 years. He is leaving a position he has held since 2008, CAO of Ucluelet, to accept the Sechelt posting. Before joining the public service, he had a successful career as a newspaper publisher and owned community newspapers in the interior of British Columbia. “Council’s search for a new leader for our District team was extensive. Discussions were held with a number of candidates before bringing Andrew to Sechelt to be interviewed. His interview and an extensive reference and vetting process, convinced Council that he had the skills and character we need in this role. We look forward to

Andrew Yeates starts April 1 as the new Sechelt CAO. PHOTO SUBMITTED

working with him to ensure the District delivers quality local government services to our residents,” said Mayor Bruce Milne. Said Yeates: “My wife Lisa and I are very much looking forward to settling in the Sunshine Coast and contributing to the Sechelt community.” Submitted

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Chair Sunshine Coast Regional District and Repesentative for Halfmoon Bay, Area B

The news that a second director from Sechelt will be joining the SCRD board in 2018 has raised many questions from constituents on voting procedures for budget and governance at the regional district. The second round of the SCRD budget process is now complete and will be brought forward for adoption on March 23, 2017. You would expect the budget to pass, as all directors have had an opportunity for input and debate on any proposed tax differences from the 2016 budget. In the budget process, directors are responsible for clearly understanding which functions their regions are in and being vigilant in monitoring any tax increases in their area. Every year, directors wait in worried anticipation for the average assessment numbers to come out from the province. If the assessment in any area goes up, that area pays more for each of the functions that they participate in at the SCRD. A good example this year involves Halfmoon Bay and Roberts Creek, whose tax increases for SCRD services were nearly the same, but because of higher assessment, Roberts Creek came in with a 5 percent increase at the start of the SCRD budget, while Halfmoon Bay had none. Therefore, Roberts

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The Pender Harbour Garden Club has a mission “to promote all forms of gardening through educational sessions and practical experience in a socially supportive atmosphere”. The club is open to anyone who enjoys gardening and talking about gardening. If you are interested in joining, you do not need to be a knowledgeable gardener, you will learn from the various speakers and will enjoy hanging out with a group of fun and friendly people. To join, attend any meeting. Meetings are on the first or second Monday of March, April, May, June and sometimes July, October, November and December at the Pender Harbour School of Music or at various local gardens. An annual membership costs $15 and includes admittance to all meetings plus a Pender

Harbour Garden Club membership card, which is valid for discounts on plants and seeds at all garden shops on the Sunshine Coast (and some on the Lower Mainland as well). Otherwise, you may pay $5 and drop in to a meeting. Meetings are held from 1-3pm and host a guest speaker for the first 45-60 minutes and then a social hour with coffee, tea and baked goods. Gardenthemed items are raffled off at the end of each meeting with tickets costing $2 or three for $5. Come check out a meeting and have some fun with like-minded garden enthusiasts. The Garden Club already has a schedule of speakers for the rest of 2017. April 3, Ron Knight of Caron Gardens presents "The Wild Rhododendrons of Mt. Elphinstone", a story about how he discovered native rhodos on the Sunshine Coast. May 8, Fred Wein Sr. of Clearview Horticultural Products will talk about clematis; how to grow it, what types are available and will bring a few

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learned basic and intermediate computer coding skills. If you missed the coding camps the Library is presenting a free screening of “Moana” on Saturday March 25 at 1pm. Or maybe this spring break you are looking for project ideas for your child or the whole family; don’t forget we have a number of books and magazines that can help you out. If you want to build a tree house or go-cart, learn to knit or bake the best cupcakes, drop by the library and let us help you get started. There are over 40,000 items in the library, including DVDs, CDs, magazines, audiobooks and over 65,000 downloadable eBooks and hundreds of online newspaper and magazine subscriptions for you to explore. No matter what your plans are this spring consider making the library a regular part of your family routine. It is a great place to get inspired. To sign-up for a library membership all you need is picture identification with your current address. To register for events or to find out more about library programs and services drop by the library, visit our website: gibsons.bc.libraries. coop or call us at 604-886213. Remember all library programing and services are free.

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Creek has a 7.2 percent tax increase while Halfmoon Bay is at 2.2 percent. The voting to pass or reject the budget is done by weighted vote. Not one of the participants alone can defeat the budget bylaw, as not one has veto power. The weighted vote gives Sechelt 5, Gibsons 3, SIB 1 and each of the rural areas 2 votes each. Presently there are a total of 19 votes and a need for 10 votes in favor to pass the budget. In 2018, with Sechelt having a second councillor and getting one more vote for a total of 6, there will be an overall total of 20 votes and a need for 11 to pass the budget. For example, in this year, if the Sechelt representative is opposed to the budget there would be a need for three other participants to vote in opposition to defeat it; this ratio will not change when Sechelt gets the second councillor. When voting for chair and vice-chair of the SCRD, each director has one vote. Presently there are 8 participants, which has led to a tie vote in the past. The tie must be broken by secret ballot revote until a majority winner is decided; sometimes this goes on for numerous rounds until one director changes his or her vote. If the 2 representatives from Sechelt vote for each other for chair or vicechair, they will still need 3 votes from other areas. Next year, an expanded board of 9 directors will eliminate a tie vote. Please contact me at 604741-2427 or e-mail me at garry.nohr@scrd.ca if you wish to discuss SCRD programs or plans.

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Road safety training for student cyclists Transportation Choices Sunshine Coast (TraC) is pleased to announce a bike skills and road safety program for Sunshine Coast elementary schools. The project will be implemented in collaboration with School District 46 and with the generous support of local businesses Coastal Craft Yachts, Howe Sound Pulp and Paper, and Harbour Air, as well as the local RCMP. Approximately 475 grade four and five students will be trained in bike and road safety skills starting this spring. TraC initiated this project as part of its efforts to encourage a local culture of active transportation. Marina Stjepovic, TraC director and coordinator of the annual Bike to School Week

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When Life Skills had its first run in 1986, Nicola Cavendish won a Jessie for Outstanding Performance by an Actress and playwright David King won Outstanding Original Play for his funny, insightful script. Thirty one years later, King has updated his play with 50 per cent new material. Like the original, Life Skills (Advanced) centres around community cable show host Hugh Malikowski (played by King), and his interview with Valerie Delaney (played by Wanda Nowicki), who is offering life skills workshops. The interview, filmed in advance at Coast Cable, is counterpointed by vignettes, illustrating various life skills in action. The contrast between the sometimes absurd, sometimes philosophical conversation between guest and host and the live acted segments provide numerous laughs, not just because the scenes are inherently funny, but because theatre goers are likely to see something of themselves amid the 11 hapless characters that grace the stage. The play employs multimedia well, projecting the interview scenes as if we are watching a giant, old fashioned television set and then projecting painted backgrounds to provide the scenery for the vignettes. Those backgrounds are all original canvasses painted by local Coast artists, including Marleen Vermeulen, Coralie Swaney, and Tia Rosypskye, to name just three who participated in the project. The original canvasses are hanging in the theatre lobby so be sure to check them out at intermission. King is thrilled to be mount-

Poetry Contest

The Sechelt Library is having a poetry contest to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. You may not get published, but every poem will be publicly displayed at the end of April, poetry month. The theme is "What living in Canada means to you", and you can use photos or drawings as part of your submission. The contest is open to all ages, children, youth and adults. Prizes will be awarded for creativity and originality. The deadline is April 12 at 7pm. All poems will be laminated and displayed on a "Poetry Line" (think clothes line) strung in the trees around the library, during the week of April 24. Entries must be accompanied by a registration form, available at the library or the website, sechelt.bc.libraries. coop. Staff

ing his re-worked play here on the Coast, where he has been a resident since 2008. King and play director Dave Hurtubise have known each other professionally for many years and are happy to be working together again. The actors, all local, many of them professionals, participate in a play reading group. When Hurtubise was asked by the Playhouse to direct a play, he brought the reading group King’s script and they loved it. Nine actors, working in pairs, take on 24 roles through 13 vignettes. Life skills one might glean from this play are “When To Stop Eating,” featuring a very funny Marcia Forst playing a character who can’t stop eating while her companion recounts his suicide attempt. Or “Accepting Religion” which again sees Forst playing a character who invites a baffled Kevin Crofton as a Jehovah’s Witness into her home to help her dress for brunch. In “Fitting In” Crofton plays an overbearing partner to Susan Rule, crushing her confidence just when she needs it most. These are real people in real situations, and just as in real life, things don’t always turn out well. But humour is the one life skill we can all try to use a little more. Life Skills (Advanced) runs at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse March 16, 17, 18 and March 23, 24, 25 at 7:30pm plus March 19, 2pm matinee. Tickets $20 at Laedeli Gifts, Sechelt Visitor Centre, sharethere.com or at the door.

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The cast of Life Skills (Advanced) includes, from the left, Susan Rule, Colleen Elson, Pat Dorval, Dave Hurtubise (director) Marcia Forst, Kevin Crofton, Wanda Nowicki and David King (playwright.) ANNA NOBILE PHOTO

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Patrons view the young people’s art show at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery during the opening party March 11. The works will be on display until April 2. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champ Julia Budd, of Roberts Creek, centre, visited the SC Boxing Club in Gibsons March 11. A week earlier, on March 3, Budd had won a big match in Oklahoma, becoming the first Bellator Women’s featherweight champion. Posing with her is local MMA instructor Dave Hollet, left, and boxer Angela Cantarutti, who is holding Budd’s Belator belt. JASON PRATT PHOTO

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