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A picket line of protesters – including seniors and health care workers – met NDP Health Minister Adrian Dix when he arrived for a meeting at the Sechelt Legion March 19. Their message: replace Totem Lodge and Shorncliffe care homes with new public facilities and dump the for-profit Trellis deal made by the previous Liberal government. But Dix insisted the Liberal-signed contract “had to be respected”. See story page 3. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO


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Dix: NDP must respect Trellis contract Picket signs greeted Health Minister Adrian Dix in Sechelt on March 19, protesting the NDP government's decision to continue to partner with Trellis Seniors Services to build a for-profit care facility to replace two public facilities, Totem Lodge and Shorncliffe. Dix addressed a special meeting of the NDP constituency at the Sechelt Legion. A standing-room-only crowd, many of them NDP supporters and health care workers, was vocal in its disappointment that the NDP has not cancelled the Trellis contract since taking office. (The decision to have Trellis build the new facility was made under the Liberal government in 2016 by Vancouver Coastal Health without community consultation.)

But Dix was not apologetic. "It was a legitimate contract and one, like other contracts, that had to be respected," said Dix. He said that the NDP government talked to the Sechelt First Nation to find a location in Sechelt, and then negotiated job security for the staff from Totem and Shorncliffe. "We did what we could do and I'm proud of it. Did we make it perfect? Did we do everything you wanted us to do? Did we overturn or rip up contracts? No we didn't," said DIx. A series of specific questions and criticisms from the crowd regarding the Trellis contract and private health care received vague replies from Dix, who pointed to the bigger picture of aging public care facilities across BC which need replacement,

and the importance of raising standards of care. The final question of the evening came from Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne, who addressed the NDP's "pragmatic" approach to health care and other issues, such as Site C. "No matter how hard you work with the investors behind Trellis and (Trellis president) Mary McDougall, she's not going to support the New Democrats," said Milne. "Probably 90 per cent of the people in this room supported the NDP. So, are you being too pragmatic and not aspirational enough?" "I think we owe an obligation to people to be pragmatic," said Dix, "We are just getting started in trying to build a better world." Donna McMahon

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Editorial Opinion

The future of water Many of us in Canada take water for granted. World Water Day (March 22) reminds us that as the human population continues to grow, putting greater demand on all resources, and as climate change exacerbates drought in many places, we can’t be complacent. Our cities may not be running out of water yet, but people in Cape Town didn’t expect their water supply to go dry. The fourmillion residents of South Africa’s second-largest city could see their taps turned off by May 11, called “Day Zero” – or sooner, if people don’t obey severe water restrictions. Cape Town is entering its fourth year of drought – the worst in 100 years, with an average of 234 millimetres of rainfall a year for the past three years, less than half the average since 1977. Cape Town isn’t the only city with these problems. São Paulo, Bangalore, Beijing, Cairo, Jakarta, Moscow, Istanbul, Mexico City, London, Tokyo and Miami all face water shortages related to climate change, population growth, waste and mismanagement. Canada has more freshwater per capita than most countries, but not as much as we might think. Although water covers 70 per cent of Earth’s surface, only three per cent is fresh. Canada has about 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater, but only seven per cent of renewable freshwater. (A lot is stored in glaciers, lakes and aquifers that aren’t being replenished, or at least not fast enough to replace usage.) As our agricultural and industrial activity expand and population grows, water demands grow and more sources become polluted. Cape Town introduced a number of measures to combat its crisis. People are restricted to 50 litres of freshwater a day, going down to 25 after Day Zero – although average consumption is still about 95 litres a day. Europeans average 100 litres a day, and Canadians each used about 250 litres a day in 2013, down from 330 in 2005, not including industrial, commercial and other uses. Consumption has been declining as more people install low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilets. One lesson from places like Cape Town is that we should start tackling the issue now rather than waiting until it becomes a crisis. We must get better at conserving water, preventing water pollution and protecting natural ecosystems like forests and wetlands that filter and store water while also preventing flooding. Beyond the obvious ways to conserve household water, we should also rethink our obsession with lawns that need constant watering, and discourage luxuries like private swimming pools. Some say our next major wars could be about water rather than resources like oil. If we in Canada and elsewhere plan properly, that needn’t be the case. David Suzuki



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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Total negativity

A call for cutbacks

I attended a meeting of the District of Sechelt Council on March 7 because I was interested in hearing the discussion on the application by Sechelt Sustainable Community (SSC) for a zoning amendment for the proposed project on the former “Silverback site”. As I understand it, this amendment involves a change from approved zoning which allowed for the development of a golf course and 1,600 homes in the Tuwanek area, to a multifaceted development including mixed housing, recreation, agriculture, retail, seniors’ housing, an international school, etc. to be developed over a 25-year period. I was appalled to hear the report by planning staff. Total negativity. The power point presentation had four full pages of Issues and Problems, ie., reasons why Council should not approve the zoning amendment. Over many years in my career I have appeared frequently and have given testimony before councils in BC, and the states of Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. I have rarely, if ever, seen a staff presentation so loaded with negativity. The staff laid out all the reasons why Council should not approve. It would have been nice to hear a discussion along the lines of this: Here is an interesting project. It has plusses and minuses, as all projects do. Let’s see how we can work together, including full community input, over the coming years to make this successful for the investors and great for Sechelt. I heard only one member of the Council, Councillor Siegers, showing any openness to such an approach. John Hansen, P.Eng., Halfmoon Bay

The proposed 2018 residential tax increase in Sechelt is 7.7 per cent following last year’s increase of a whopping 10 per cent. Interestingly, the district has zero dollars in reserve and will again rely on the citizens to fund a large part of the entire budget to the tune of 85 per cent. When asked whether this mayor and council currently have an economic strategy to diversify the tax base to take the load off citizens in the community, the answer was that all the districts fund a group called the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization (SCREDO) and rely completely on this group to advertise the benefits of attracting new business to the Sunshine Coast. SCREDO indeed looks to be a very interesting and progressive group and over time will surely help grow business in our community. However, until the strategy of SCREDO bears fruit then this council needs to live within its means and actually focus on sweeping cutbacks and fund only the most urgent proposed new expenses. Joe Sawer, Sechelt

Composting vs. cash

We want to thank those on Gibsons Council who not only have begun the organics/compost pick up program but also put in a provision to opt out. Granted the program is a work in progress as it is very new, but the goal is essential: get as many people composting to avoid sending more stuff to the rapidly filling Sechelt landfill. If the meeting hosted by Barb Hetherington and Buddy Boyd, and attended by Councillor White, is an indication, the appetite for serious composting is there.

Kinsmen Hut was packed, this on a sunny Sunday morning when most in attendance would likely have much preferred to be in their gardens. Composting is not only wise, it is essential to delay the millions of dollars that will be needed to close the almost-full Sechelt dump and to create a new facility. It is a worthwhile goal that we can all jump into. Hopefully, Gibsons and the whole Coast will prove what a scrappy bunch we are. Alan Sirulnikoff & Rose Clarke, Gibsons

Depot details As you may know, Buddy Boyd and I have recently sold Gibsons Recycling Depot (GRD) to a lovely local couple who are committed to continuing recycling service on the Coast. They have made a sizable investment in our community and continue to offer employment to locals. Depots not only take paper and plastic but other materials that residents use like lightbulbs, batteries, ewaste etc. Depots, to pay staff, rent, hydro etc., depend on the funding from contracts, such as funding from SCRD to collect packaging materials. Cutting or reducing this funding will make it harder for depots to cover costs. SCRD staff are pushing for curbside recycling and the directors will be voting on and pursuing these options as well. While curbside may be more convenient for some, it cannot collect all the items in the waste stream that can be recycled, reused or repaired. It is highly likely if curbside recycling is enacted that the SCRD may not contribute sufficient funding for depots to help them cover costs of offering services. Please speak up and con-

tact your local reps tell them that you support depots and that you want SCRD to support depots on the Coast. (I am not involved in any depot business, I am saying this as a Zero Waste advocate.) Depot operators have invested in our community and they need your support. Barb Hetherington, Gibsons

In my lifetime I guess it’s an entirely rhetorical question but how long will it be before that narrow, dangerous, inadequate “highway” will be upgraded? A cynic would point to the water supply fiasco and say that the likely answer is “never”, but judging by the crash this morning, the three-km tailback from the construction at Selma Park and the huge increase in traffic over last year, we will not only be out of water but will probably starve to death as the food trucks expire on the highway to nowhere. It took about 10 years to get the Island highway built and nobody (except me) is even talking about fixing ours. Can we at least start talking about it? We won’t get a water supply, a city centre plaza, a canal or even seniors’ facilities in my lifetime, but there is that highway... Ken Dibnah, Wakefield Beach

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The airplanes of Sechelt Airports are in the air at Sechelt council. On March 14, council discussed plans to lease hangar sites at the Sechelt airport, and on March 21, a delegation was slated to appear before council with a proposal for a floatplane aerodrome at Sechelt wharf in Porpoise Bay. On March 14 Sechelt's finance, culture and economic development committee discussed a report from manager of financial services, Ben Currie, on leasing property for hangars at the Sechelt airport. The district plans to issue a "request for expression of interest" in leasing lots, with all development costs to be at the hangar owner's expense, including lot preparation, paving, electrical servicing and (if required) septic. Currie said that the District of Sechelt receives five to 10 inquiries a year about construction of hangars. "Our intent is to build out as money is available, so we would invest further money from the airport as it is received." Approximately 20 5,200-square-foot properties are available to be leased at $1,500 per year. However Councillor Mike Shanks was skeptical about

offering lots without providing some estimate of the development costs involved for each lot. "I don't believe it's going to encourage people to want to take out a lease," said Shanks. The District of Sechelt is in a longstanding dilemma over the airport which currently loses money and has to be subsidized by tax dollars. Council has been reluctant to sink more tax money into infrastructure, and repeated attempts to secure grant funding have been unsuccessful. Councillor Noel Muller stated: "Owning a plane and having a hangar and being able to operate it is more or less an elite sport, and it's something that I don't think we would want to pay for out of taxation." Mayor Bruce Milne expressed his support for the approach. "Given that we haven't had the money to become the developer [of airport property], this a route that will at least let us see if there's a market at this stage, and if there isn't a market, we might have to return to the district-as-developer approach." Another approach to air

travel was to be presented by Doug Spani, scheduled to appear as a delegation before Sechelt council on March 21 with a "government wharf proposal" from Harbour Air to build a floatplane aerodrome at the wharf in Porpoise Bay. The proposal states: "The Town and the Sunshine Coast has transportation issues that could be relieved by providing the foundation for future seaplane traffic by providing an aerodrome run by the town itself. The cost of upgrading the wharf would be significantly less than upgrading the current airport on Field Road." The proposal suggests extending the existing pier and adding facilities, either on pilings or afloat, to improve aircraft amenities and possibly boating capacity as well. This would allow Harbour Air "to grow into 14 seat De Havilland Otters to help relieve transportation pressure on the Coast." Harbour Air suggests seeking financing from funders such as the Island Coastal Economic Trust and Western Economic Diversification. Donna McMahon

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A car landed upside down in a ditch on Highway 101 near Mason Rd. March 16 after the east-bound car crossed the centre-line and collided with a large truck. The female driver was trapped in the car and had to be extracted by the Sechelt Volunteer Fire Department and ambulance crews. RCMP say she was not impaired, and was taken to hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. The two people in the truck were uninjured. Both vehicles had to be towed. ROLF STEFANI PHOTO

How much water can you carry? The first Sunshine Coast Water Walk is happening on March 24 at 10:30am in the streets of lower Gibsons. You’re invited to bring as much water as you think you can carry and walk through lower Gibsons to symbolize the walk for water that women and children in Africa do every day. “When it comes to water, I feel the biggest challenge is waking up to just how precarious the situation is,” said Luke Vorstermans of the Roll a Hippo Foundation, “whether it’s Cape Town, South Africa or the Sunshine Coast, we really suck at taking personal responsibility for this vital resource.” The walk will be by donation, and all donations will go towards the Hippo Roller, a redesigned wheelbarrow that allows women and children to carry more water, in less time, in a more empowering, less abusive way. For more information on the

Hippo Roller, visit Walkers are encouraged to show up at Dougall Park in Gibsons at 10am with water they’ve brought from home, and we’ll begin walking at 10:30am. We’ll parade through the streets of lower Gibsons carrying as much water as we can, then head back to Dougall Park, where there will be a screening of a special program Coast Cable has created on the Hippo Roller. “The Hippo Roller allows for increased availability to wa-

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Education Matters Christine Younghusband Trustee, School District #46

School District No.46 (Sunshine Coast) was one of two school districts out of 60 to first have a policy that supports having a student trustee as part of the Board of Education. Although the student trustee does not vote or participate in closed meetings, the student trustee represents the voice of students and the District Student Leadership Team (DSLT). The DSLT is composed of two student representatives from each of the four secondary schools: Pender Harbour Secondary, Chatelech Secondary, Elphinstone Secondary, and Sunshine Coast Alternative School. The student trustee has the opportunity to have his or her voice at the table, share ideas from the

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As we enjoy warmer weather, people are more inclined to enjoy the outdoors with their dogs and this often brings us closer to wildlife and to farm animals and other potential hazards. Be familiar with where you are walking before unleashing your dog. Know where there may be steep drop offs or fast-moving water. Before hiking in an area where you may encounter wildlife or farm animals, make sure that your dog is either leashed or trained to such a degree that he or she will always respond to your cues. Studies show that one of the top five most common human behaviors occurring at the time of an attack by a wild animal is walking an unleashed dog. Farm animals are often quickly stressed by the presence of unfamiliar dogs. A

Stargazing By April 1, Venus will be an “evening star”, setting nearly two hours after the Sun. Mercury will be about 4° above Venus in the dusk. On April 2 Mars will pass 1 1/4° below Saturn just above the constellation Sagittarius. On April 7 the waning moon will hang 1° above Saturn in the morning sky with Mars within 4°. Mars is slowly approaching the Earth, and on April 20 its disc will exceed 10 arcseconds diameter for the first time since September 2016. The waxing crescent moon will be 5° below and to the left of Venus on April 17 at dusk. The next evening the moon will be

DSLT, and ask questions. Pearl Deasey from Chatelech Secondary is our fifth student trustee. A student trustee is elected by the DSLT annually. Soon after her election, Pearl presented with former Board Chair Betty Baxter, Superintendent Patrick Bocking, and Early Learning Coordinator Kirsten Deasey at the 2017 BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) Academy. She spoke about her experience as a student trustee and fielded questions on her role on the board and how other school districts could adopt a similar model of student leadership. To connect with students, members of this year's DSLT decided to moderate a closed Facebook page for students to access and share their thoughts with the DSLT. Other DSLT initiatives include the district-wide talent show and North vs. South hockey

game. Both events are well attended and very successful. The DSLT also facilitates a student leadership forum where several secondary students from each school meet with the DSLT, senior management, and school trustees to discuss important topics identified by the DSLT. Student leadership is not isolated to the DSLT, student trustee, or student forums. Schools offer leadership classes, extracurricular sports and clubs, WE Day experiences, student councils, and exchange opportunities. The Board of Education is proud of our students and student leadership in our school district. Students can and do make a difference. Next month, the Board of Education will be moving three motions regarding student leadership, supported by our student trustee and DSLT, at the BCSTA Annual General Meeting.

University of Liverpool study reviewed details of 54 reported attacks by cattle on members of the public out walking. Two thirds of the attacks involved dogs that were not necessarily actively bothering the attacking cow. Carry fresh water with you for your dog. Diseases like leptospirosis are transferred through drinking from infected water sources like ponds. Prolonged exposure to water containing the virus increases the risk of transmission through swallowing, contact with mucous membranes or through an open sore. Dogs that walk in areas frequented by wildlife are at increased risk of this disease. Giardia is picked up from drinking water from water sources where giardia may live (for example, untreated water from lakes, streams, or wells) or by swallowing water while swimming in lakes, rivers, springs, ponds, and streams. Check your dog for ticks after being in an area where there may be ticks and talk to your vet about tick and flea prevention. Lyme disease is

spread through the bite of infected ticks especially in the spring and fall when ticks are seeking hosts so check your dog (and yourself) for ticks. Enjoy the outdoors but be safe out there, and respect wild and domestic animals. Make sure that your dog is either leashed or trained to such a degree that he won’t create a risk to himself or others.

in the Hyades cluster below and to the right of Aldebaran. Jupiter will be rising in the southeast at midnight earlier in April and by the end of the month will be rising about 10pm. On April 22, the Lyrid meteor shower peaks in the pre-dawn hours: this meteor shower is caused by dust from the long-period comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and creates between five and 20 meteors per hour. On April 30, the nearly full moon will rise 6° from Jupiter at sunset. On April 13 at 7:30pm, at the Sunshine Coast Art Centre, 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast Centre presents Stanley Yen from TRIUMF at UBC, whose topic will be Supernovae. Specifi-

cally, Stanley will be describing the detection of neutrinos from core-collapse supernovae in our galaxy. Admission is free: donations gratefully accepted at the door. The Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC is now offering the Explore the Universe Observing Program to the public for free. This is open to both the public and members, and can be accomplished using nothing more complicated than binoculars. On completion, you earn a certificate and observers pin. Contact the Centre at or check out the national RASC site here for details: https://www.


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Ever wondered about Patagonia’s rugged coastline and Antarctica’s timeless mystique? On March 27, one week later than usual, the Pender Harbour Wildlife Society presents Alexis Harrington's Patgonia & Antarctica, directly beside the Pender Harbour Secondary School at Christ the Redeemer Church (13625 Sunshine Coast Hwy). Alexis will take us on a voyage to the end of the world, focusing on Patagonia’s small villages and changing landscape before moving to the frozen continent’s vast expanses, research stations, seals, whales and of course penguins. Alexis will discuss her trip from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and she will outline her experiences with the extreme landscapes and animal life

Representatives of more than 20 Sunshine Coast organizations gathered in Sechelt March 16 to discuss whether there is potential to create a shared workspace on the Coast for like-minded non-profits, agencies and social enterprises. The meeting was organized by the Community Resource Centre which has received a feasibility grant from the BC Rural Dividend Fund to explore local interest in a co-location model. Participants established a shared vision and mission, and discussed their organizations' needs, emerging opportunities, and skills and resources that they could bring to a partnership. A 2014 Tides Canada report on shared spaces identified over 200 shared office

The penguins of Antarctica are among the subjects for a talk at the Pender Wildlife Society on March 27. ALEXIS HARRINGTON PHOTO

through her love of photography. Prepare for penguin pictures as these little charmers vied for the camera. This presentation is free to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm, starts 7pm. Raffle

prizes. Refreshments will be served. For more information please visit or email Submitted Attendees at a forum on poverty at the Roberts Creek Hall March 15 brain-storm ideas about how to reduce poverty. The event was hosted by the SC Community Services Society and was part of the provincial government’s poverty reduction initiative. The government is taking suggestions until 4 pm March 30 at https://engage. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

that a second grant might be available if sufficient interest is identified, but that regardless of whether that funding comes through, "If this is what we want to do, we can do it." Organizations that did not attend but are interested in the co-location model should contact the Resource Centre at Donna McMahon

and meeting complexes in Canada. Most fall into one of four general categories: coworking spaces, economic development and innovation hubs, arts and culture clusters, or health and social services agency clusters. Potential advantages of sharing space include having a secure location, gaining access to shared meeting rooms, reception services and storage, and building closer collaborations that enable organizations to better share skills and resources. The March 16 meeting ended on a note of cautious optimism, with a number of participants expressing interest in attending a further organizing meeting on April 26. Resource Centre board member, Pat Hunt, explained

Battered On March 16 at about 8pm, an alleged assault with a weapon occurred after the male suspect took a baseball bat, smashed out a driver's side window on vehicle parked in the 12800 block of Madeira Park Road, Madeira Park, and struck the driver seated inside multiple times, causing significant but non-life-threatening injuries. The male suspect who is known to the victim, fled but was later located and arrested by police. Anyone with any information about this incident, or who witnessed anything during the incident, is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2018-1638. Submitted by RCMP

Pat Hunt of the Resource Centre board addresses a meeting of organizations interested in creating a shared work space. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

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shíshálh sign 40-year power deal Capstone Infrastructure Corporation (TSX: CSE.PR.A) and the shíshálh Nation are pleased to announce they have executed a new longterm electricity purchase agreement (“EPA”) with BC Hydro for the Sechelt Creek Hydro Project. The 16-megawatt run-of-river hydro facility began operation in 1997 and is located on Sechelt Creek, which flows into Salmon Inlet. The new EPA runs until 2058. The EPA ensures that the Sechelt Creek Hydro Project will continue to deliver reliable, renewable energy to the province of BC for future generations, sustain the population of salmon utilizing Sechelt Creek’s spawning channel, and provide economic benefits to the shíshálh Nation under its Facility Agreement with Capstone. The Facility Agreement was entered into in March 2017 and gives ef-

fect to shíshálh’s indigenous rights and title in view of the facility’s ongoing operation in their territory, enshrines collaborative decision-making and governance, and will result in equity ownership and profit sharing for the project. “We are very pleased with finalizing the terms of this important agreement with BC Hydro as securing the future of this world-class project benefits the environment, the people of British Columbia, and our partners at the shíshálh Nation,” said David Eva, Capstone CE. “shíshálh Nation is happy to get this agreement finalized. Although shíshálh Nation is a leader in business engagement, we hold the environmental health of our territory paramount, and that includes important resources like a flourishing salmon population. This project creates business opportunities

for our Nation but does so without sacrificing the health of our territory,” said shíshálh Chief H. Warren Paull. The Sechelt Creek Hydro Project is a traditional runof-the-river hydro facility that has been recognized for its environmental stewardship efforts. In 2005, the project was awarded the International Hydro Association’s Blue Planet Award for Environmental Excellence and in 2013 Clean Energy BC presented the facility with an award for Environmental Stewardship and Community Improvement. The second award recognizes Capstone’s work with shíshálh Nation for the protection and continual efforts to enhance and protect the salmon run in Sechelt Creek. The EPA is subject to the approval of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. Submitted

Gibsons resident Errol Lipschitz recently spent five days with 250 other clowns at the World Clown Association’s convention in Minnesota, where he won third place in the “comedy whiteface” category. Lipschitz trained as an accountant and spent his working life as a marketing officer for a business college. He started clowning with the Shriners in the Lower Mainland, and has continued to clown after retiring to Gibsons five years ago. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Boat building for all ages After 16 years of quirky boat races, you might think that the folks at the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society would be tapped out of new ideas for April Tools. But when the ‘twist’ is announced on April 28 in Millennium Park in Madeira Park, the organizers promise that you won’t have thought of the 17th year’s challenge. Kept secret until 10am on the day of the race, the builders will have one hour to figure out how to incorporate this new idea into their boat. In the three-hour construction period that follows they will have to make something that floats and can be paddled around the dockside course. And remember, they can only

use hand tools and batterypowered screw guns. Besides the fun in doing it, there are prize incentives for the fastest racers: $750 for 1st, $400 for 2nd, $250 for 3rd. Teams can range from two to four members and the entry fee is $160 per team, $140 if received before April 1. All building materials are included in the entry fee and each team member will receive an April Tools T-shirt. Having a great time is a key part of the event. In addition to the adult races, teens who have built boats in their school shops will have a chance to show off their skills in the Trophy Race. This is followed by their Fun Race that more likely

demonstrates their sense of humour. Other April Tools regulars will be there as well: a big pile of boat hulls, wood blocks and lots of paint for the kids to hammer into the miniboat of their dreams. For the littlest ones, there will be foam hulls, push-in and stick on additions, and more paint. There will be other craft projects as well, and all are free so everyone can have a good time. For more information or to sign up your team for the April Tools Wooden Boat Challenge call Jackie at (604) 883-0539 or cell (604) 9893846 or go to Submitted

April 29 is the 8th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest. Sponsored by EGBC (Engineers and Geoscientists of BC) this event is part of National Engineering and Geoscience Month (NEGM); an annual celebration of engineering and geoscience across Canada. The goal of this event is to promote the awareness of the engineering and geoscience professions, showcase career choices and the many ways in which engineering and geoscience relate to our everyday life.

The contest is open to everyone. Contestants build a bridge, or two, out of 100 sticks to span 50 cm, using only white glue and the provided bridge deck, and compete in family, elementary, secondary or adult categories. Bridges are tested with special hydraulic machines for the amount of pressure they withstand before failing. Prizes are awarded for the strongest bridges in each category and the most aesthetically pleasing. 2017 saw 39 bridges test-

ed with the strongest holding 2949 N or 663 lbs. This year the kits have birch popsicle sticks which are stronger and should give better results. Kits are available for $5 at GBS in Gibsons and Sechelt and contain everything you need to build your bridge. Spectators are welcome at this free event. The contest will take place at the Sechelt Indian Band Hall, behind McDonalds in Sechelt. Bridge registration starts at noon and the fun of testing starts at 1pm. Submitted

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SC Grandmothers and GrandOthers raised more than $400 selling baked goods at the Seedy Saturday event at the Masonic Hall in Roberts Creek March 3. The group raises funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation in support of African grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by AIDS. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Tickets to ride It’s a prize that any Coaster would be happy with – a thousand dollars worth of ferry travel. Over the next few weeks, the Gibson’s Marine Rescue Society in support of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 14, are offering you the opportunity to help support

your local station by purchasing a raffle ticket. With the purchase of a $10 raffle ticket, in support of RCM-SAR 14, you have the chance to win a BC Ferries Experience card that has been pre-loaded with $1,000. Tickets can be purchased Saturday March 31 at Sun-

ny Crest Mall, 10am-2pm, or from any Station 14 volunteer member or a GMRS board member. The draw will be held 7pm, May 4 at the 101 Brewhouse + Distillery. (Only 1,500 tickets printed. BC gaming licence 102852.) Submitted Dr. Bert Smulders, centre, received an award of merit from the College of Dental Surgeons of BC for his volunteer work with the organization. Dr. Mulders practiced and taught dentistry in the Lower Mainland for 40 years before retiring to the Sunshine Coast. Presenting the award at a ceremony in Vancouver March 8 were Registrar/CEO Jerome Marburg (left) and CDSBC President Don Anderson. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Money to battle abandoned boats Our shared coastlines are one of our most valuable resources, and with this comes our tremendous sense of responsibility to protect and preserve, which includes identifying, assessing and removing abandoned boats. The Government of Canada, under the Oceans Protection Plan, is working diligently to address this source of pollution, navigational hazard and detriment to waterways. On March 12, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced the recipients of funding of more than $1.3 million through two programs that remove abandoned boats

from our communities. On March 15, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country, congratulated the District of Sechelt and the Pender Harbour Advisory Council who received funding to address this issue. The District of Sechelt received $70,000 for the assessment of 14 abandoned boats. The Pender Harbour Advisory Council received $10,000 for the assessment of two abandoned vessels. She also acknowledged the hard work of John Devison, Public Works Manager at the District of Sechelt, and Penny

Harrison and Eliza Kinley at the Pender Harbour Advisory Council for submitting excellent applications. “The Abandoned Boats Program reflects the expertise, knowledge, and commitment of our communities, to address common threats to our marine environment.,” said Goldsmith-Jones. “The new funding granted to the District of Sechelt and the Pender Harbour Advisory Council will support the removal of abandoned boats to protect our oceans and waterways today and for future generations.” Submitted

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MP Pam Goldsmith-Jones, in the yellow jacket, met with Sechelt councillors and other stakeholders on the government dock in Porpoise Bay March 15, following the announcement of federal funds for assessing abandoned boats, the first step in a process aimed at removing the vessels. The District of Sechelt received $70,000 and the Pender Harbour Advisory Council got $10,000. LUCIE MCKIERNAN PHOTO


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Indigenous book launch The Gibsons Public Library invites all to join us March 24 at 2pm for the launch of “Why Indigenous Literatures Matter”, the new book from one of Canada’s foremost experts on Indigenous literature. Daniel Heath Justice, who lives in Halfmoon Bay, is the former chair of the First Nations and Indigenous Studies department at UBC. He is also the author of numerous books, including a book on badgers and an epic fantasy trilogy. In considering the connections between literature and lived experience, “Why Indigenous Literatures Matter”

contemplates four key questions at the heart of Indigenous kinship traditions: How do we learn to be human? How do we become good relatives? How do we become good ancestors? How do we learn to live together? Blending personal narrative and broader historical and cultural analysis with close readings of key creative and critical texts, Justice argues that Indigenous writers engage with these questions in part to challenge settler-colonial policies and practices that have targeted Indigenous connections to land, history, family, and self.

More importantly, Indigenous writers imaginatively engage the many ways that communities and individuals have sought to nurture these relationships and project them into the future. This provocative volume challenges readers to critically consider and rethink their assumptions about Indigenous literature, history, and politics while never forgetting the emotional connections of our shared humanity and the power of story to effect personal and social change. Submitted




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Events on the Sunshine Coast March 23 Make an art book, for kids aged 5-8, Gibsons Library, 1-3pm March 23 Benefit concert and pot luck for Terry Aleck and Christine Turenne, Roberts Creek Hall, 4pm, donation at the door 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 Petunia and the Vipers, Roberts Creek Legion, 9pm, members $8, guests $15 March 23-25 Funtastics present “Hooray for Hollywood”, Seniors Activity Centre, Sechelt, Friday 7pm, Sat.&Sun. 3pm, $20 March 24 Holy Family Church food drive, collecting non-perishable items for Sechelt food bank, behind Clayton’s, Trail Bay Mall, 9am-3pm March 24 Elders spring craft fair, Sechelt Band Hall, 10am-4pm, free admission March 24 Water Walk, carry as much as you can to show what many Africans do every day, depart Dougall Park 10:30am, walking through lower Gibsons and returning to the park 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 Speakers Corner with Toastmasters, test your speaking skills, Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons, 11am-2:30pm 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 Zono Ono, Backeddy Resort, 6pm March 24 Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars, Gibsons Legion, 7pm, members $5, guests $10 March 24 “Cello, Guitarya?” house concert with Corbin Keep and Michael Friedman, Gibsons, $20, seniors & students $15, location with reservation at 604-886-3566

March 24 DJ night with African rhythms, Roberts Creek Legion, 9pm-1am, 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 Off the Page play reading, “Ocean Blue View”, Gibsons Public Market, 1pm, pay what you can March 25 Grizzly bear birthday party with cake and First Nations elder, Iris Griffith Society, Madeira Park, 1-3pm March 25 shíshálh story-teller Barbara Higgins celebrates the second printing of her book, “Etched In My Memory”, Sechelt band hall, 2pm March 25 Shari Ulrich Trio, School of Music, Madeira Park, 2pm, $25 March 25 An Easter operatic recital, St. Bart’s Anglican Church, Gibsons, 4pm, by donation March 26 Sechelt Garden Club presents Bill Terry and Rosemary Bates on plant-hunting in Lesotho, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, 7pm, non-members $5 March 27 Raconteur Night, five minutes to speak on scary diagnoses, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 7-9pm March 27 Alexis Harrington shows pictures of Patagonia, PH Wildlife Society, Christ the Redeemer Church, Madeira Park, 7pm March 28 SC Credit Union presents a workshop on building a healthy credit history, Gibsons Library, 6:30-7:30pm March 28–29 Two-day spoken word workshop with slam poet Lucia Misch, for young people aged 12-24, Gibsons Library, 12:30-3:30pm March 29 Spoken word open mike, Gibsons Library, 7-8:30pm March 30 First Roberts Creek pathway and gardens work party of the season, 9am, RC Library, bring gloves March 30 Jazzy guitar with Budge Schachte, The Old Boot Eatery, Sechelt, 6-9pm March 30 Sound Journey with didjeridu and crystal bowls, Yoga by the Sea, Roberts Creek, 7pm, bring a mat and blanket, $10-$20 March 30 Artesia coffee house with Glenn Millar Trio, Ken Johnson & Nancy Pincombe, Ashley Hautala and Anne Simonet, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 8pm, $10 March 30 Spring dance with Bobby Bruce aka Nearly Neil, 721 Andy’s Bay Rd., Gambier Island, 8pm, $20, under 15 free


Deanna Knight has only been an official Coaster since September of 2017 but the singer, songwriter, performance artist and event planner is making her presence felt. She is the producer of the Double Bill Salon series, having already hosted events with Oliver Swain and Chris Ronald, and on March 24, Deanna Knight and The Hot Club of Mars take the stage at the Gibsons Legion. Knight has been singing since she was five years old and has been with The Hot Club for the past 17 years. “It’s what I was put on the planet to do,” says Knight of her singing. “I want to share that as a gift.” The Hot Club of Mars was founded by renown master luthier Michael Dunn, who was recently profiled on the CBC radio program North by Northwest. He’s built over 500 guitars for people around the world, including one that was flown to the

2004 Academy Awards and played during the ceremony. “He’s also really well known for his style of guitar playing,” adds Knight. “And for being a mentor and inspiration in that genre.” That genre is what Knight calls gypsy swing. “You hear it, you want to tap your feet, you want to bounce in your seat, you want to dance,” explains Knight. As a songwriter and a singer, she also feels the need to identify with the lyrics. “I’ve had to do a lot of searching to find women-empowered songs that were written in the ‘20s and ‘30s,” says Knight. “I’m not one to sing songs about ‘poor me, I’m broken and nothing without you.’ I want to inspire people, empower women, create community and celebrate life with people.” The band has two CDs to its name, Gypsy Fire and Kiss of Fire. The latter is also the title of an Argentinian tango that Knight says gets people dancing whether they know how to tango or not. Their repertoire is wide ranging and eclectic, with music from the 1910s to today, including a cover of Grammy winner

The third in the Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s The Business of Art series, “How to Produce a Recording”, takes place Sunday, March 25, 10am-1pm at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. David j Taylor, award winning music producer will present in-

formation on recording and producing a song/album. David will bring examples of work in progress; discuss the time and costs involved, how to self-release a CD and how to promote it via social media, as well as the big question: “How do you know

The shortlists for the 2018 BC Book Prizes have been announced, and Madeira Park publishers Harbour Publishing and Douglas & McIntyre have garnered three nominations. Both publishers have been recognized in the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice category, which is awarded to the publisher and author of a book published in 2017 that is most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content.

The titles in the running for this prestigious prize include “Hello Humpback!” ($9.95, Harbour Publishing) by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, “Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea” ($36.95, Douglas & McIntyre), and “Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries” ($26.95, Douglas & McIntyre), a hilarious rock ‘n’ roll memoir by bestselling author and CBC broadcaster Grant Lawrence. Submitted

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reasonable and affordable. In addition, learn about the many health benefits of olive oil. For more information call 604-883-0604. That same evening, March 27, the Pender Harbour Wildlife Society presents “Alexis Harrington's Patgonia and Antarctica” at Pender Harbour Secondary School at 7pm. Explore Patagonia’s landscape, villages, animals and more and hear stories of Harrington’s travel experiences from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina complete with wildlife photography, featuring penguins and more. The Iris Griffith Centre in-

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Deanna Knight and Michael Dunn of The Hot Club of Mars. They are bringing their gypsy swing dance music to the Gibsons Legion March 24. SCOTT ALPEN PHOTO Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” On stage at the Legion will be Joe Bourchier on bass, Don Kellett on guitar, Tom Neville on violin and Michael Dunn on guitar. With Knight’s background in musical theatre, their shows also have a visual component to them. “It has a bit of vintage cabaret flair,” says Knight.

“The boys are in their white dinner jackets and I always doll myself up. [We] get people dancing. It’s such happy, upbeat music.” Deanna Knight and The Hot Club of Mars play the Gibsons Legion on Saturday, March 24 at 7pm. Tickets at the door, $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

when you’re ready to selfrelease?” Taylor is a multiple awardwinning record producer/ engineer/audio post professional and multi-disciplinary artist. He has over 120 album credits to his name. His television and film sound work includes Corner Gas, Wild Life and The Nature of Things. Price for members of the

SC Arts Council is $15 and $25 for non-members. To register call 604.885-5412 or online at Space is limited but drop-ins are welcome if there’s space available on the day This series is made possible by funding from the BC Arts Council and is sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Credit Union. Submitted

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Join the Pender Harbour Women’s Connection as they welcome Patrick Henry to their March 27 meeting. Henry is from Tasters Oil and Vinegars. Come and taste samples of the finest and freshest extra virgin olive oils as well as a delightful selection of 18-year-old balsamic vinegars and best-aged balsamic vinegars. Have the opportunity to purchase product at prices that are both

Play reading comedy The comedy “Ocean Blue View” will be the next play in the Off the Page play reading series, Sunday, March 25, 1pm, at the Gibsons Public Market, third-floor Coastal Room. “Ocean Blue View” tells the story of wealthy socialite who hires some dodgy landscapers to cut down trees that are blocking her view of

the ocean. The cast consists of Wanda Nowicki, Pat Dorval, Dave Hurtubise and Nathan Detroit Barrett. Nathan is well known for the role of Tanner in the Netflix series, “I, Zombie” and is a frequent visitor to the Sunshine Coast where he has family connections. Admission is Pay what you can. Submitted

vites you to a “Grizzly Bear Birthday Party” on Sunday, March 25, 1-3pm, at the Centre. Enjoy drumming, slide shows, art displays, storytelling and tea and birthday cake. Special guests from the shíshálh Nation, Andy Johnson and Stolo Nation elder Laura Buker will be on hand to share their language and culture with the group. Plus, the local ukulele group HUGS will be on hand for a performance. On March 22 and March 29 come to the centre for grandparents and grandchildren days; enjoy a four-hour guided excursion to the Centre for a nature walk, lunchtime story, pond

dipping and bus ride. Call the Earth Fair Store 604-8839006 to book your seat on the Wood Duck bus. Pick up stops along the Coast. Visit for more information Get your groove on at the Easter Dance in Pender Harbour. Brickhouse returns Saturday, March 31 to the Community Hall. Vancouver’s best dance bank rocks Pender Harbour every time they are here. This is a fundraiser for the Pender Harbour Blues Festival in June. Get your tickets at Java Docks in Madeira Park, Strait Music in Sechelt or online at

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tegrity of our province and contribute to a better future for all.” An independent advisory council, chaired by the chief justice of British Columbia, will consider nominations. All nominations must be submitted to the Honours and Awards Secretariat office in Victoria by Monday, April 16, 2018, to be considered this year. Nominations received after this will be processed for 2019. Successful nominees will be appointed to the order at a special ceremony at Gov-

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Nominations are being accepted for the Order of British Columbia, the Province’s highest honour, for individuals who have served with great distinction or excelled in any field. British Columbians are encouraged to consider and nominate inspiring individuals who have left a lasting legacy in their respective fields. The Order of British Columbia is one way of rewarding and recognizing those British Columbians whose extraordinary contributions and achievements have contributed to a better quality of life in the province and beyond. “As the Province’s highest honour, the Order of British Columbia recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of our citizens,” said Judith Guichon, BC’s out-going lieutenantgovernor and chancellor of the Order of British Columbia. “I encourage you to nominate those individuals in your community whose leadership, dedication and extraordinary accomplishments strengthen the in-

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and experiences that give them the competitive edge. Exciting times! Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Spring is your time, so to speak. In other words, Aries is the 1st sign of the Zodiac and marks the Astrological New Year. By now, you are feeling the pulse. While Mercury Rx is known to throw curve balls, and this may well still be true for many, even you, it so happens, that it can prove to be quite empowering for you when it is in your sign. It sharpens your focus. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) A busy time behind the scenes will become increasingly evident over the coming weeks. Mars in Capricorn (March 17- May 16) joining forces with Saturn and Pluto will push you into a dynamic learning curve that has already begun. Venus entering Taurus on March 31st will add to your drive to express yourself in a charming and pleasing manner. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Sweet dreams are made from planetary alignments like these. Okay, perhaps there is a bit of sour in the recipe, but it is balancing. While Mercury Rx in Aries can manifest as the dreamer for you, it is precisely this perspective that can prove beneficial. The key is to dream dynamically. Whether you need your dram visions to become reality is for you to decide. Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22) Things are beginning to move more quickly in your public and professional life. There are indications that you are excited by the prospects and are in a creatively inspired mood. With Mercury turning Rx you will have



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