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More than 50 women of all ages – united by their passion for politics – gathered on March 3 at the SC Botanical Garden for a day-long "women's campaign school" organized by District of Sechelt Councillor Darnelda Siegers and School District 46 Trustee Lori Pratt. With municipal elections coming on Oct. 20, the focus of the day was on local politics and the lack of women in local government. (Only 10 of 29 elected officials on the Sunshine Coast are women.) Not all the attendees were aspiring candidates; many wanted to learn how to run campaigns for others. Siegers and Pratt launched the event with a presentation on "Why do you want to run?" which started with five good reasons NOT to run, e.g. "People are ready for change." (No, often they aren't, and candidates need a more specific platform.) Three corporate officers covered off the Local Government Act and nominations process: Angie Legault for the SCRD, Jo-Anne Frank for Sechelt, and Selina Williams for Gibsons. And Betty Baxter, school trustee, led a workshop on conflict of interest using real life scenarios from Canadian municipalities. They spurred lively

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discussion. The biggest change in BC elections this year is the province's new financing rules, which were outlined by Siegers. As of October 2017, campaign donations can only be made by individuals (not companies or organizations), and the maximum donation is $1,200. Full details of the new rules will be published later this spring, but the anticipated limits for election spending in areas with populations under 10,000 are $5,000 for councillors or school trustees and $10,000 for mayors. In the District of Sechelt (which is now over 10,000 people) the expected maximums will be $1per person for a mayoralty campaign, or 50 cents for councillors. Two presenters gave tips on communications – Julie Rogers, communications manager for the District of Sechelt and Helen Carkner of LifePath Communications. Sunshine Coast MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, who was not able to attend in person, participated via a pre-recorded video interview. The event finished up with a panel of local elected women sharing their stories and answering questions. In addition to Siegers and Pratt, School Trustee Pam-

mila Ruth, Sechelt Councillor Alice Lutes and Sechelt Band Councillor Selina August discussed how they got into politics, and their experiences, both good and bad. "You have to be prepared to make decisions that some people will be unhappy about," said Siegers, noting that in a small community, elected officials are buttonholed everywhere from the beach to the grocery store. Many women are reluctant to step forward for politics because of the potential for conflict or harassment, but the panel agreed that diversity is crucial. To make good decisions, local government needs to reflect the residents of the community, and our local governments are presently weighted towards older white males. "It is important that we keep pushing the envelope and step forward or it won't change," said Lutes. "I'm absolutely thrilled with how the day rolled," said Pratt after the event. "The sessions were really well received, with lots of great energy and information. An incredible group of women, willing to learn more about the local political election process, campaigning and leadership. Tons of great discussion." Donna McMahon

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Big water meeting: no change A standing-room-only crowd gathered in the board room of the Sunshine Coast Regional District on March 1 for a special infrastructure services committee meeting about the regional water supply, but in the end no new direction was forthcoming from SCRD directors. Although the meeting was billed as a "discussion", it quickly became evident that directors were restating their previous positions on the Chapman Lake supply expansion project, which involves digging a trench for a pipe so that the lake can be drawn down further in times of drought. The project, which drew criticism from environmentalists, was approved in 2016 but is awaiting a permit from BC Parks. The meeting started with a presentation on water by senior SCRD staff, including the general manager of infrastructure services, Remko Rosenboom, who introduced the expansion project. (Rosenboom is a recent arrival at the SCRD, replacing Michael Day who held the position from June to November of 2017. No explanation for Day's departure has been offered.) The presentation included photos of a siphon system deployed to pump water over the dam into the creek when the lake dropped to critical levels in October 2017. Area F Director Ian Winn expressed his concern, stating: "From the pictures that I saw… that siphon system is a first-class solution for a third world country." "It's only been tested to about one metre, nowhere near the full capacity that we would need to draw down the lake in order to successfully get us through a

drought," said Winn. "If that siphon breaks... then within hours down at the bottom of the creek there's no water for fish and no water for anybody else." Area D Director Mark Lebbell commented: "One of my constituents said to me the other day, ‘I thought the park was intended to protect the water FOR us not FROM us’," adding "This community needs to have options." Area B Director and former board chair Garry Nohr stated: "Basically, it is scary to me that we might vote to stop it right here. After all the years that I've been involved it would be super frustrating. And then I would want to know before that ever happened, what the alternative is, and…how long it will take." Addressing the audience, Nohr said: "You need to know that your water isn't safe if we say no." However, Sechelt Director Bruce Milne said he had heard nothing to change his opposition to the expansion

project. "I think it's time for a reassessment," said Milne. "Five million (dollars) for an emergency system which we have committed to only use when we reach Stage 4 could better be spent by keeping the siphon in our back pocket and moving as quickly as we can on alternative supply and storage." Milne made a motion of support for the project, hoping to have it passed at committee so that it would go to a full board meeting for a vote. At committee, each director has one vote, but at the board table, financial decisions are made with a weighted vote in which Sechelt has 6 of the 20 votes. The motion of support failed unanimously, stalling re-consideration of the project. A meeting between SCRD directors and the environment minister originally scheduled for March 6 was cancelled. The SCRD will meet with senior staff instead. Donna McMahon

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evening’s speakers, is a LEAP graduate (Local Entrepreneurs Accelerator Program) and recently won the audience award for best business idea for her plan to start a tiny home community on the Coast. She wants the SCRD to change the rules for those whose properties are zoned to allow for a second dwelling, encouraging them to actually build homes, thereby helping to alleviate the Coast’s affordable housing

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Big interest in tiny homes Approximately 70 people turned out to hear tiny home dwellers, builders and dreamers share their experiences about building and living in tiny homes March 1 at the Sechelt Library. Presenters talked about what motivated them to create their tiny homes, the joys and limitations of tiny home living, and the possibilities for creating sustainable tiny home communities. Pam Robertson, one of the

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Controlling pests humanely For anyone who has dealt with an infestation of mice in their basement or a squirrel chewing through their home wiring, quick and effective action is a must. But can the problem be solved without unnecessary harm to animals? Thanks to AnimalKind, a new program launched by the BC SPCA, the answer is yes. AnimalKind is the first program of its kind anywhere in the world that accredits pest control and wildlife management companies committed to using animal welfare-based standards with the BC SPCA stamp of approval. “Each year, we get hundreds of calls from the public asking us to recommend a humane pest control company in their area,” says Sara Dubois, chief scientific officer for the BC SPCA. “Research shows that most consumers want to deal with wildlife conflicts without causing harm to the animals. Our goal was to create a science-based program that addresses this ethical concern and which provides an incentive for pest control companies to move away from poisons, glue traps and other methods that cause animals to die slow, agonizing deaths.” Working with the University of BC Animal Welfare Program, and with funding from the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies and the Vancouver Foundation, BC SPCA experts developed practical standards to accredit and audit pest control companies, based on scientific wildlife knowledge and in consultation with the pest management industry. Dubois notes that many of the more than 3,000 wild animals treated each year at Wild ARC, the BC SPCA’s wildlife rehabilitation centre on Vancouver Island, were harmed as a result of inhumane pest management practices. “For example, we receive baby raccoons and squirrels who were orphaned when their mothers were trapped and songbirds who are brought in stuck to glue traps, horrible devices where trapped rodents suffocate or succumb to shock, dehydration or exposure.” The BC SPCA launched the AnimalKind program with its first two BC companies – AAA Wildlife Control in Vancouver and Alternative Wildlife Solutions in Victoria – but expects the number of participating companies to grow significantly in 2018 in response to public demand. The BC SPCA is also fielding requests from other countries to license the program. Dubois says that in addition to targeting individual consumers, the BC SPCA is working with municipalities and organizations such as TransLink, who have expressed interest in ensuring that all of their pest control providers become AnimalKind-accredited. The BC SPCA plans to accredit other animal-related services under the AnimalKind brand. To learn more about the program or to sign up for an alert when an AnimalKind company is accredited in your area, please visit animalkind.ca. Submitted

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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Morality of water (Addressed to the Gibsons mayor and copied to the Local) Could you please explain to me why I am not receiving my water from the Town of Gibsons’ 2,600,000-litre aquifer reservoir that you built in my Parkland subdivision six years ago. You boast that the Town of Gibsons has unlimited water from the aquifer and the people of Gibsons can even wash their cars all summer. I live in Gibsons a few hundred feet from the Parkland Aquifer Reservoir that supplies water to most of Gibsons and pay the same water bill, but I am put on level 4 restrictions. Even worse, I believe the Town of Gibsons crosses ethical and moral boundaries by taking water from my Sechelt/SCRD friends and neighbors (who are in dire straits with water shortages with no solution in sight) so you can it give to me. As a citizen of Gibsons I am further miffed that you make such a fuss in the press when the SCRD is talking about drilling a well in the aquifer, when I believe you could simply provide the approximate 1,150 Gibsons residents in zone 3 with aquifer water from the Parkland Reservoir, freeing up about 162,863,000 litres of the SCRD Chapman Creek water for my Sechelt/SCRD friends and neighbors, probably meaning the SCRD would not need to drill into the aquifer at this time. David Hayward, Gibsons

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(Re "Talking gravel at the SCRD", the Local, March 1) On a positive note, maybe if the mine there (at McNab Creek) is allowed, it would put the mine in the middle of downtown Sechelt out of business and then we

would not be subjected to ridiculous noise levels all hours of the day and night, not to mention dust and the conveyor belt spoiling the view of the downtown waterfront. Hope springs eternal. . . Sharron McMillan, West Sechelt

Meaning of seaside Are we done with the seaside village character for our town? Is it time to redefine the vision for Gibsons in a way that embraces new, more modern architecture? The Gibsons vision is laid out in the first couple of paragraphs of its 263-page Official Community Plan. It’s why many people chose to live and work in this cute, quaint, non-urban-looking, neighbourly community. In 2009, the United Nations-endorsed International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) handed Gibsons the Gold Award in the "Whole City" category for best community with a population of less than 20,000. The CBC reported at the time that the Town was at risk of losing its special appeal. "Builders are fighting to turn the lush mountainside into luxury condos for retirees from Vancouver", it reported. A recent development proposal submitted to the Town seems to be bringing the CBC forecast into reality. Luxury apartment block condos have been proposed for the Eaglecrest Drive neighbourhood, turning that lush mountainside piece of property into a housing project that appears to have little in common with a seaside village look. The developer states its three- storey condos have a “modern west coast flair”. That’s marketingspeak for urban looking flat roofed condo apartments.

The Town’s Advisory Planning Commission (APC) voiced no real objections to the west coast modern look of the project. Another application recently filed for a 17-unit condo apartment block on School Road came to the APC for their comments. It was another ultra-modernlooking condo building with a slightly slanted flat roof. I was intrigued as the Commission struggled with the meaning of the term “seaside village character” and made some specific suggestions to the developer regarding this vision. Have we moved on from the seaside village vision? I’m sensing a movement by some developers and builders to move away from that guideline and leaving it to the APC, Town Planning and Council to accept a new, broader interpretation. Is a different look such as “west coast modern” now the preferred choice for the Town? Perhaps it’s time for us to define more clearly what we, the citizens of Gibsons, mean when we say “seaside village character”. There appears to be a lot of wiggle room that provides for inconsistency. Is it reasonable to expect developers and decision-makers to adhere to a standard that isn’t well understood by all parties? William Baker, Gibsons

Beauty of trees Why are so many new people who have recently purchased big, treed lots cutting all the trees down? If you do not like trees why are you here? Aesthetics is not in your vocabulary? It should be against the law to cut these beautiful examples of a Pacific rain forest on private properties. These bylaws exist in Vancouver. Needless chainsawing should stop. If you

are trying to kill nature, go somewhere else, as you are not welcome here. You know who you are and we know who you are too; we just look at the stumps in your yard, dead and gross. Any fool can kill a tree but it takes a real person to try to grow one. Embrace and enjoy what nature has offered us instead of trying to impose your will on the world. Think of how many homes you have destroyed for the poor birds and other wildlife that try to live here along with too many people. If you cannot share this paradise maybe you should be banished to live somewhere like the Saskatchewan plains, where there are no trees. There are countries in South America, like Ecuador that recognize the “Rights of Nature” in their constitution and acknowledge that “nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles”, and Bolivia that has the “Law of Rights of Mother Nature (Pachamama)”. How avant-garde. Can BC and Canada ever attain that same reverence for Mother Earth? Ben Foster, Gibsons

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Pam GoldsmithJones MP, West Vancouver Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has introduced significant amendments to the Fisheries Act. Here are excerpts from the remarks I will make when debate resumes: “I am honoured and inspired to rise today in the House to speak on Bill C-68, 'An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence', and to highlight how the new Act will strengthen engagement with Canadians, enhance transparency in fisheries activities and ultimately improve the health of fish and fish habitat. This new legislation will go a long way to restoring and strengthening the public trust that was so badly damaged by the previous government. “Our 2016 consultation process engaged thousands of Canadians who expressed grave concerns. They spoke about the importance of science and academic freedom. Indigenous peoples offered

Talk of The Town Stafford Lumley Councillor, Town of Gibsons

Budget, finance and fun? Fun might be a leap, but as March rolls around it’s once again time to decide where the community’s hardearned taxes go in the Town of Gibsons. While federal and provincial governments focus on sweeping laws and policies, municipal governments must focus our decision-making on issues that have the most day-to-day impact on people’s lives. And our budget process is full of those decisions. I was quite enthusiastic about budget in my first elected year. I couldn’t wait to dive in. But I quickly learned that someone had taken half the water out of the pool. All those shiny sexy proj-

voices of experience and traditional knowledge. Commercial fishers told me they don’t feel included in decision making in ways they once were. People on the Sunshine Coast are desperate to have monitoring and enforcement capacity restored. “These amendments recommend that decisions be guided by the principles of sustainability, by the precautionary principle and by an ecosystem management approach. In 1959 Roderick Haig Brown wrote: ‘The salmon runs are, in truth, the wealth of the Pacific Ocean brought readily back to the hand and use of man. For his part, man has used them and abused them, injured and restored them. He knows enough to multiply them even beyond their original abundance – and he is threatening them with total destruction’. May our debate take his words seriously.” Amendments include: • protection for all fish and fish habitats • restoring the previous prohibition against ‘harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat’ • strengthening the role of Indigenous peoples in project reviews, monitoring and policy development and honects fell out of consideration after the Town’s real priorities (like water, sewer, roads, and storm water management) were taken up. Sorry Armours Beach swimming pier upgrades and community beach building. Sorry sea path widening and flood level upgrades. Sorry Brothers Park improvements. Sorry Harbour expansion. You all have to wait. The process is not necessarily about making Gibsons better by adding the things we want, but by ensuring a high quality of life by maintaining and improving what we have and need. It’s truly a balancing act. Raise taxes? Create new user fees? Increase fines? This might be easier on a federal level, where those legislators probably won’t run into their kids’ soccer coach at IGA, and get an earful. And rightfully so. Gibsons residents paid

ouring traditional knowledge • the ability to put shortterm measures in place to respond to threats to fish that may suddenly arise • restoring a prohibition against causing ‘the death of fish by means other than fishing’ • full transparency for projects with a “public” registry • promoting restoration of degraded habitat and rebuilding depleted fish stocks • strengthening the longterm protection of marine refuges • clarifying and updating enforcement powers to address emerging fisheries issues and to align with current provisions in other legislation. Of course, it is impossible for me to debate anything to do with fisheries without introducing the important topic of the open net salmon aquaculture on the coast of British Columbia. This will be a topic for a future Pull of the Tide. Please visit: www.pgoldsmithjones.liberal.ca for more information. I welcome your thoughts - Email me: pam.goldsmith-jones@ parl.gc.ca, connect with us on Facebook: Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, or drop by our office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-913-2660. $1.95 million in taxes last year, while our local businesses contributed $875K to the Town. We all work hard and pay enough taxes. Much of the business tax flows through and is paid by small businesses via their lease agreements, and, speaking from experience, the small business community has enough financial challenges. So, without plunging the Town into a mountain of debt, we have to set priorities that satisfy our community’s current and future fiscal needs, while at the same time treating our tax-paying community fairly. Through growth, we will slowly build our ability to get those shiny things, and as we grow, I would like to see more public engagement with respect to where our discretionary budget items might be directed. After all, it’s your money. RCMP Constable Glen Martin put on a pink shirt, and posted some anti-bullying art work on his truck, in support of Pink Shirt Day, Feb. 28. The students, from Kinnikinnick Elementary in Sechelt are, from the left: (front row) Ernesto Brotherston, Isabella Watts, Charlize Cabato, Paradis Mathias, Bibianna Joe; (back row) Grace Yoo, Ella Rose, Lindsay August, Kayla Evenson, Katrina Wall, Avery Evans, Brodie Paul, Julie Gao, Chloe Dixon and Corina Joe. RCMP PHOTO

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community Visit www.Sechelt.ca for more information Development • Finance, Culture & Economic Development Committee: March 14, at 1:00pm on District news, programs and2018 services, committee including: • Regular Council Meeting: March 21, 2018 at 7:00pm 1pm, April 22, • Public Works, Parks & Environment Committee: March 28, 2018 at 1:00pm Public Works, Parks • NEW - Committee of the Whole Meeting, May 8, 1pm • Planning & Community Development Committee, March 28, 2018 at 2:00pm Council will meet in a less formal and structured manner to & environment The full schedule of 2018 Council hear and and Committee meetings is that available on economic, sechelt.casocial consider presentations foster the committee,

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April 22 collectionand Plastic2:30pm, in your curbside binenvironmental well-being of our community. This will be (or later, depending on anput incubator for new ideas, governance, andbags) policyinthat Effective immediately, please do not film plastic (food wrap and plastic youris in the length of the with Council’s strategic goals. Committee meetings will be curbside recycling bin. They can be line taken to the local depot for recycling but they are considered previous meeting) scheduled on the first Wednesday of every other month, starting contaminates in the curbside bin and they are very difficult to sort out.

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Field bookings & economic • All are encouraged to participate in the Public Engagement/ Sports teams wanting to use the sports fields this summer must have applications in to the District Development Meetings on msugars@sechelt.ca. Municipal Regulation of Medical by March 23rd. Parks Department atinformation 604-885-1986 or email

Local government April 21, Seaside Centre, 2pm (and repeated at) 7:30pm 1pm, May 13101 Did you know that your District Council is granted its authority under the BC law called the Community Charter? Local government town orofregional is responsible for roads, Input (district, on the direction municipaldistrict) regulation on these issues Districtzoning, of sechelt office: animal water, sewer, recreation, control, business and protective services. The short is welcomed. Proposed licences Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 25list of provincial government responsibilities includes: highways, ferries, healthcare, housing 266 regarding medical marihuana production facilities will and 5797 cowrie street, building codes. Local government councils havePlan verytostrict rules their meetings be reviewed. attend onegoverning or both meetings. For moreand their authority. Councils finances for the community but staff carry out the actual day sechelt, Bc set the bylaws and information or to submit written comments, visit Sechelt.ca to day operations. For example, it is not unusual for a councillor to not know the mowing schedule Phone 604 885-1986 Free Culture Worshop April 30, 4:30pm Sunshine Coast to at a park or when garbage day is, however, theyDays will be very familiar with the funds allocated Arts Centre Fax solid 604 885-7591 parks and waste.

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From Gibsons to Pender Harbour, four distinct Search and Rescue units comprised of 120 active crew members and over 50 supporting volunteers stand guard over the trails and shoreline, ocean and inlets of the Sunshine Coast. Well trained, and well prepared for a wide range of emergency situations, these volunteer crews act as an outdoor adventurer’s last hope, when the best-laid plans go awry. To be prepared for any event, each unit raises funds for meeting spaces, gear, training courses, emergency equipment as well as rescue vehicles and vessels to fulfill rescue duties. Contributions from generous community members and grants from local foundations, government and service agencies

allow volunteers to focus on skill development and proficiency. Donations are greatly appreciated and are accepted online via sunshinecoastsar. ca or rcmsar12.org. Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue volunteers actively train and anticipate events that may entrap, trip or trick the unsuspecting trail or water enthusiast. The month of February saw crew members refreshing their first aid skills, testing gear, pursuing safety certifications and practicing effective communications with other Coast resources. Ground and marine crews met in both indoor and outdoor classrooms to practice advanced search skills and to review crew communication and tasking drills. For marine preparedness, crew members from Station 14 (Gibsons), Station 12 (Halfmoon Bay) and Station 61 (Pender Harbour) have been busy with first responder first aid certification, emergency operations es-

sentials with Sunshine Coast Regional District, navigation, local area familiarity as well as radar and chart plotter electronic tool literacy. New recruits have been on several check rides and are joining active crew on call rotations. An impressive on-water training rendezvous was facilitated in February with three of the four RCMSAR vessels on the Sunshine Coast. Two crews from Station 12 and one from Station 61 mustered near Earls Cove ferry terminal where towing, pacing, boarding, first aid scenarios and search pattern exercises were practiced. Developing skills and readiness, cross-Coast emergency response connections, crew familiarity and local area knowledge are top priorities for all Search and Rescue volunteers. On behalf of all four Coast crews, we thank you for your support, and wish you safe, and uneventful enjoyment of our great outdoors this spring.

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Know the invaders Intuition may suggest all plants that provide habitats for wildlife and produce oxygen for the atmosphere are good no matter where they are planted. However, nonnative plant species that are introduced into areas across North America can pose significant threats to an ecosystem. Foreign plants can wreak havoc on native plant species and agricultural industries. Scores of plants are aggressively invading certain areas of the country. Invasive species are introduced largely due to human action, such as planting non-native plants. Plants also may be introduced through boating and fishing. Wind and rain may introduce non-native plants to a particular region, while some plants are introduced through animals. The organization PlayCleanGo.org says that not all non-native plants are harmful and some can be beneficial. But non-native plants that take over and cause severe damage in areas outside of their normal range are considered to be invasive, and efforts must be made to keep invasives under control. Gaining awareness of the pathways through which invasives spread can help people avoid introducing invasive species. Some invasive plants are very attractive and

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Even though dust is everpresent both inside and outside of a home, when renovations are in full swing, dusty conditions are often exacerbated. Whether a home is new or old, numerous substances can be stirred up when removing walls, refinishing floors, removing tile, or expanding living spaces. These include silica from drywall, lead, asbestos, paint particles, and even waste from bugs or rodents. Homeowners who want to remodel with minimal construction debris floating through the air – both for health purposes and general cleanliness – may find these proactive steps helpful. • Prepare dust-containment plans. If a contractor is involved, it is often his or her responsibility to minimize dust. Do-it-yourselfers must make dust containment a priority. Protecting the floor and keeping the dust confined only to work areas can be achieved with plastic sheeting and other barriers. • Designate an entrance and exit. The experts at This Old House say it is best to choose one doorway as the only means in and out of a work area. Ideally, this doorway should lead to the outdoors. All other doorways should be sealed on both sides. • Remove extraneous items. It's best to remove clutter

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Events on the Sunshine Coast March 8 International Women’s Day dinner and speech by Sarah Payne on changing women’s lives, presented by CanaDares and Canadian Federation University Women, SC Botanical Garden, West Sechelt, 5:30pm, $75, 604-885-8322 March 8 International Women’s Day potluck, presented by SC Labour Council, Roberts Creek Hall, 6pm, free, bring a potluck dish to share March 8 International Women’s Day movie night, “Who Does She Think She Is?”, Kube Studio, Gibsons, 6:30pm, $5, youth free March 9 Pender Harbour hiring fair, PH Community Hall, 10am-2pm March 9 Pender Harbour coffee house with men’s vocal group ShBoom!, folk songs with Malin Vassev and vocals and guitar by Teal Loverock, School of Music, Madeira Park, 7:30pm, $10 suggested donation March 9 SC Astronomy Club presents Vancouver club president Leigh Cummings on Mars exploration, SC Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7:30pm, free, donations accepted March 9 Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio, Roberts Creek Legion, 9pm, members $8, guests $15 March 9-10 Gary Comeau and Simon Paradis entertain, Old Boot Eatery, Sechelt, 6-9pm March 10 Suzanne Pemberton speaks on reflexology at the Flair on the Coast Cancer Support Group, Rockwood Centre, Sechelt, 10am-noon March 10 Quilting demonstration with Gail Hunt, Gibsons Public Market, 10am-2pm March 10 Annual garage sale, Holy Family Church Hall, West Sechelt, 10am-2pm March 10 ABCs of LGBTQ2, your opportunity to ask questions, Gibsons Public Library, 1:303pm, free March 10 Luci Herder entertains, Gibsons Public Market, 2:30-4:30pm March 10 Olympic skater Larkyn Austman joins SC Skating Club year-end performance, Gibsons Community Centre, 5-8pm, $10 March 10 The Locals entertain, Mad Park Bistro, Madeira Park, 6:30pm March 10 Coast Symphony Orchestra spring concert with new conductor Jose Ceron-Ortega, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 7pm, $20, under-13 $5 March 10 Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio, 101 Brewery and Distillery, Gibsons, 7:30pm March 10 Annie Lou, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 7:30pm, $20 March 10 Bonar with Ted McNicol, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10

March 10 Sgt. Crispy’s Funky Dance Beats Club, Roberts Creek Legion, 9pm, members $8, guests $15 March 11 Opening reception for exhibition by Donna Balma and Francine Desjardin, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 2-4pm March 11 Coast Recital Society presents pianist Charles RichardHamelin, Raven’s Cry Theatre, 2:30pm, $25, students $1 March 12 Pender Harbour Garden Club presents garden designer and floral artist Radina Jevdevic on container gardening, School of Music, Madeira Park, 1-3pm, $5 drop-in March 13 Tuesday Talks presents “Holistic health–living life to the full”, by Self Realization Meditation Centre, Sechelt Library, 1:303pm, free March 14 SC Credit Union workshop on identity theft and fraud prevention, SCCU, Sechelt, noon-1pm March 15 Discussion about poverty reduction, Roberts Creek Hall, 5-8pm, includes dinner with RSVP to Share-There.com 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 readings 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 Joe Stanton, Geopia Gallery, Earls Cove, 6pm, $20 includes chili and bread March 17 Dance time with Jim Taylor, Seniors Activity Centre, Sechelt, 7pm, members $10, others $15 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 Documentary film “Lowdown Tracks”, about street performers and homelessness, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 10am-noon, suggested donation $10 March 18 Vocal Intent performs “songs for a new day”, St. John’s United Church, Davis Bay, 3pm, by donation

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Is it art or is it craft? The many quilters who live and create on the Sunshine Coast are likely familiar with this perplexing question. What started as craft, the making of blankets for warmth and durability, appears to have successfully transitioned from bed covers to wall art. Take the work of local quilter Gail Hunt, for example. Her wonderfully creative and unique quilts are on display at the Gibsons Public Market until March 31. “I would say it’s both,” says Hunt of the art versus craft debate. “You have to have the craft before you can exercise the art.” When Hunt was living in North Vancouver and expecting her fourth child, she took a quilting course from well-known teacher Dolores Bell. “From the moment I started, I was addicted to it and started doing it 40 hours a week,” she says. A year later, she started entering quilt shows and teaching. She’s now been practising her craft – and art – for 30 years, exhibiting internationally and earning many awards for her work. These

include three Awards of Excellence from Quilt Canada, First Prize in Art Appliqué at the Great Pacific Northwest Quilt Show, and First Prize in the Relationship to Forest exhibit from Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George for her piece Regeneration. “The jury committee were artists, not quilt makers,” says Hunt of the Two Rivers exhibit. “It makes me feel proud that they see quilts as art.” She also won the Canadian Quilters Association Dorothy McMurdie Award which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to quilting in Canada. Hunt self-published Quiltworks Across Canada: Eleven Contemporary Workshops, a labour of love showcasing the talents of Canadian quilters in the hopes that national guilds and conferences would start recognizing and hiring homegrown talent, instead of always turning to the U.S. She took her family on a cross-Canada road trip to research and write the book, and a second mortgage out on her house to get it printed. “I felt if I could show what skills and talents and great design we have here, maybe the guilds and conferences would hire more Canadians,” says Hunt. “I feel it was successful in that regard.” In her own work, Hunt has developed a reputation for

Painter Donna Balma and mixed media artist Francine Desjardins reunite for the first time in a decade with “Persistence of Shapes” in the Arts Centre in Sechelt, March 7 to April 1. Donna Balma’s visionary art has been described as “obsessive, symbolic, forceful, colourful and often comic”. She creates art delving into the rare space that con-

nects the extreme subjective and the universal. Francine Desjardins has moved from figurative painting and now focuses almost exclusively on painting nonrepresentational ‘abstract’ work. The opening reception will be held March 11, 2-4pm. And both artists will be on hand March 18 at 1pm to talk about their work. Submitted

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her innovative, more modern work using photo transfer, paint on fabric, and the confetti technique in which she uses very small scraps of fabric to create lush, relief-style landscapes. “It’s what I’ve become known for, though I did not originate the technique,” says Hunt. “The way I’ve been using it has captivated people and they think it’s pretty unusual.” Her unorthodox use of the confetti technique is the signature style of her Canadian series, whereas photo transfer features in her Elements of Construction series. The public will have an opportunity to ask Hunt

about her work and techniques on Saturday, March 10 between 10am and 2pm when she will be at the Gibsons Public Market giving demonstrations. “I love every aspect of [quilting],” says Hunt. “The hand work, the machine work, the painting and dyeing on cloth. Everything is a fun process for me.” Selections from Hunt’s Canadian series are on display until March 31 in the Coastal Room of the Gibsons Public Market, while the Elements of Construction series is in the atrium on the main floor, where, on March 10, Hunt will be demonstrating her techniques

A Gail Hunt quilt of Robert Service’s cabin in Yukon, part of Hunt’s Canadian series. Her quilts are on display at the Gibsons Public Market, where she will be demonstrating her art on March 10, 10am-2pm. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Young art Preparations are in full swing for the 2018 Gibsons Public Art Gallery's Young People's Art Show, representing artists from age 2 to 18. The art must be delivered to the gallery by 4pm March 11. All works will be exhibited from March 15 to April 8, and all participants, families and friends are invited to at-

tend the opening party to be held at GPAG on March 17, 2-4pm. The show will tie in with spring break workshops in collage, bookmaking, and, for the youngest folk, toys and magic books. There's even a workshop on standup comedy. Call GPAG to register. Submitted

The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio, from Vancouver, brings its blend of early blues, bluegrass and hardcore punk to the Roberts Creek Legion March 9 and the 101 Brewery and Distillery in Gibsons March 10. The trio used to be three people but – with changes – ended up a duo, Chris Dawson-Murphy, left, and Steven Huston. AVA DAWSON-MURPHY PHOTO


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Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 23) So you were destined to take a pretty deep dive over the past several weeks. This could have occurred in a variety of ways. Purging, probing the depths, scraping the bottom and/or investigating and investing in ways you have not quite before. In any case, you are now coming out of it and should experience a refreshing lightness of being. Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22) A chorus of dreams continues to play on your heart and mind. As if mesmerized by the enchanting sounds, you may feel suspended between fantasy and reality, at least is one aspect of your mind. This week you find yourself diving even deeper. This may amount to finding answers and/or taking deliberate actions to makes your dreams reality. Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22) Making key moves to make things happen is a central theme now. You have been focusing hard to activate a healthier and more realistic life plan. Now you are eager to take big action. Your energy levels are running high and you feel confident and fortunate. The time is right to take deliberate action to push through any inner resistance.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) A playful and imaginative mood continues yet with a definite twist starting this week. Dreaming will not be enough. You are determined to make things happen. This includes research and investigative analysis. Your aim is to get the facts. These are directly linked to actions you need to take to succeed. This focus will continue for a while. Sagittarius (Nov 22–Dec 21) As if in a boat in a large cave filled with water, you have been gently and cautiously proceeding into its deeper reaches and mystery. This may have felt like a dream or perhaps something a bit more disturbing. But now you can see the light of the opening and are excited to see the full light of day again. Persevere patiently. Capricorn (Dec 22–Jan 19) Accessing the full scope of your imagination power has and continues to motivate you. This may have simply manifested as a prolonged cycle of daydreaming. At worst, you have been dealing with depression. But now someone or something is snapping you out of it. This could manifest as actions to change your living environment, making it more efficient and attractive.

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