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They are faces from the past, scientific reconstructions of shíshálh ancestors based on bones believed to be 4,000 years old – “time immemorial” in the words of Chief Warren Paull. The Canadian Museum of History is calling them the “Bead Family” because they were buried along Sechelt Inlet with hundreds of thousands of beads. The museum commissioned the facial reconstructions – an older male, a female and male twins – for an exhibit opening July 1 in Gatineau, Que. Another version will be displayed at the Tems Swiya Museum in Sechelt. See story page 2. © PHILIPPE FROESCH, VISUAL FORENSIC

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Shíshálh ancestors “reconstructed” On July 1, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. will open its new signature gallery, the Canadian History Hall, with a digital facial reconstruction based on the ancient remains of a high-status shíshálh family, estimated to be 4,000 years old. The result of nearly three years of collaboration between the Museum, the shíshálh Nation and the University of Toronto, this forensically based, three-dimensional and animated facial reconstruction is the first of its kind in North America.

We join the Sunshine Coast in mourning the passing of our dear friend, Mark Rowland. For 28 years Mark was a pillar at the store. He developed many trusted and long-term relationships here; always greeting people with a warm smile, a story about fishing or better yet, a story about his family. All our thoughts, love and condolences to his family and the huge group of people that so appreciated and cared about him.

“This shows the tremendous relationship that the shíshálh Nation and the Canadian Museum of History have built over the past 10 years,” declared Chief Warren Paull. “With its in-depth knowledge and exceptional experience, the Museum of History has proven an ideal partner for our nation. We look forward to future discoveries that provide further proof regarding what we have said from the beginning: that we as shíshálh people have been stewards of our land since time imme-

We will forever miss you Mark and will always cherish our time together.

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morial.” At the request of the shíshálh Nation, archaeologists from the Museum of History and the University of Toronto helped excavate a burial site located near the modern community of Sechelt. The remains of five individuals were discovered and estimated to be approximately 4,000 years old. The individuals — a male of 50; a female aged 19−23; male twins aged 20–25; and one infant of indeterminate gender — had been buried with hundreds of thousands of stone and shell beads, indicating the family’s tremendous wealth and power. This has been one of the most significant chiefly burial finds in North America. After being studied in depth at the Museum of History, the remains were returned to Sechelt for reburial. The Museum then collaborated with the shíshálh Nation to produce scientifically accurate reconstructions of each of the faces, further including hair, jewellery, facial expressions and clothing. The reconstructions based on scientific data were completed by Visualforensic, the world’s foremost forensic CGI studio. Another version of the module is being constructed for the Tems Swiya Museum, in Sechelt, in order that the story of these ancient shíshálh ancestors be similarly told in their home community. The module in Sechelt is expected to open on July 1, coinciding with the Museum’s opening of the Canadian History Hall. Submitted

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Foresters, politicians and logging protestors gathered on May 8 at the Botanical Garden in Sechelt for the Annual General Meeting of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF), chaired by President Glen Bonderud. Created in 2006, the Community Forest is entering its 11th year of operation. The District of Sechelt is the sole shareholder in the corporation, which has logging rights for 10,790 hectares of forest near Sechelt. Dave Lasser, operations manager, reported that in 2016, SCCF was only able to log about 40 per cent of its annual cut, due to delays in gaining permission to salvage timber from the 2015 Mine Site forest fire site. Total 2016 harvest was 7,107 m3 of timber, of which two per cent was sold to local independent mills, seven per cent to Howe Sound Pulp and Paper, 74 per cent to other Canadian buyers, and 17 per cent was exported outside Canada. During 2016 SCCF paid $225,890 in dividends to the District of Sechelt, and

$70,000 in grants were awarded to community organizations through the SCCF Legacy Fund. Members of Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) were on hand to ask questions and distribute handouts detailing their longstanding concerns about the Community Forest. Since SCCF board meetings are held in private and its community advisory committee was dissolved, the public AGM has become an annual focus for dissent. ELF wants a moratorium on any further logging in the drinking watersheds as well as on southern slopes of Mount Elphinstone, in an area that has been designated for "ecological and recreational protection" in the Roberts Creek Official Community Plan. Last summer, protestors were arrested for blockading logging of a BC Timber Sales cutblock there. Area D SCRD Director Mark Lebbell, attending the AGM, expressed his concern about SCCF's lack of consultation with community stakeholders. Although SCCF is owned by the District of

Sechelt, most of its tenure is located in two SCRD rural areas, B (Halfmoon Bay) and D (Roberts Creek). Since the SCRD is not a shareholder in the company, it does not have to be consulted about logging plans. Lebell said he wrote to the SCCF Chair in November, but did not receive a reply. "I would encourage the Community Forest to put some of the resources I saw in the fiscal presentation towards enhanced communications and public engagement regarding upcoming cut blocks under consideration in Roberts Creek's OCP Area," said Lebbell. During 2016 SCCF also commissioned a study on wild edible and medicinal mushrooms which was delivered in February 2017 and is available on their website. The report recommends establishment of an "agroforestry cultivation forest" in Roberts Creek where edible and medicinal plants and fungi can be grown and studied. Donna McMahon


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Greens took votes from Liberals While BC politicians wait cent), while the NDP dropped leader Andrew Weaver won on tenterhooks for the re- four percentage points (from his seat in 2013 from a Libsults of judicial recounts, and 55.2 per cent to 50.75 per eral cabinet minister while federal Green Party leader the tallying of 176,000 ab- cent). Over the last three elec- Elizabeth May won her seat sentee ballots (May 22-24), the BC Green Party is cel- tions the Liberals have lost in a previously-Conservative ebrating the gain of two seats almost 10 per cent of the riding. Darwin did not offer any in the Legislature, which popular vote, while the NDP triples their representation lost 7.5 per cent, and Greens speculation about how shifts gained close to 18 per cent in in population have affected in Victoria. If the counts do not change Powell River-Sunshine Coast. politics in this riding, but "I can only talk about what 2016 Census figures show the outcome of the election, the Greens will hold the bal- I heard when door-knock- that the lower coast (which ance of power in a minority ing," said Darwin. "I heard has been growing faster there were a lot of people than Powell River since the government. "Obviously it would have who had voted Liberal be- 1990's) now has almost been nice to have four seats, fore who were voting Green. 30,000 people compared to one of them being me, but There were also a lot of NDP 20,000 in the Powell River this is fantastic," said Powell that were voting Green. Peo- Regional District. Party organizers and poRiver-Sunshine Coast Green ple are sick and tired of status litical pundits are waiting Party candidate Kim Darwin. quo old time politics." Darwin contends that the impatiently to analyze poll "I hope it remains as is with BC Green Party also attracts by poll results which will not the Greens having the balance of power. It's interesting many new voters. And as for be available until later this times politically for British pulling votes from the left, month. she pointed out that party Donna McMahon April 7 - June 27, 2017 Columbia." Preliminary results in this riding placed Darwin third, 6 2017 January 3 - April with 5,629 votes, APR just07.17 88 LAST UPDATED votes behind Liberal candidate Mathew Wilson. NDP candidate Nicholas Simons won the riding decisively Langdale Vancouver with 11,846 votes, or -50.75 - (Horseshoe Bay) per cent(Gibsons) of the popular vote. Contrary to a buzz of preLangdale - Vancouver Please Note: At Langdale, ticket sales will end five minutes before the scheduled sailing time for election(Gibsons) media speculation - (Horseshoe Bay) Bay only, ticket sales for vehicles and walk-on vehicles and walk-on passengers. At Horseshoe that the Greens would take passengers will end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time. votes away it apPleasefrom Note: AtNDP, Langdale, ticketing will end five minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles, Langdale/Vancouver andtook Powell River/Sechelt PeninsulaBay are only, not guaranteed plan pears that Greens and tenthe minutes for walk-on passengers. At Horseshoe ticket salestoforconnect. vehiclesPlease and walk-on your travels accordingly. Langdale - Vancouver continued... passengers will end ten minutes more from the Liberals. In before the scheduled sailing time. Langdale - Vancouver continued... DONNA MCMAHON GRAPHIC this riding, the Liberal share Langdale/Vancouver Crossing 40 Minutes March 20Time: - Apriland 6,Powell 2017River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed to connect. Please plan of the popular vote dropped your travels accordingly. June 22 - 27 LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE HORSESHOE BAY more than April 7eight - May percent17 Crossing Time: Minutes age points from 2013 40 (from LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE BAY 6:00 HORSESHOE am 6:20 am LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE HORSESHOE BAY 7:20 am am 32.78 per7:00 cent to 24.49 per 6:20 am 7:25 am 7:20 am am 6:20 am am3 - 18, 2017 January 8:05 8:25 7:50 am 9:00 am Sat 9:25 am Sat 8:25 am 9:25 am 9:10 am LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE HORSESHOE BAY 8:30 am 9:40 am 11:30 am 10:25 am

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Editorial Opinion Keep your eyes peeled Can you see them? They're everywhere. Our roads see countless numbers of these people every day. All across Canada, they're a frequent topic of discussion for motorists and non-motorists alike. And they make your commutes more challenging and needlessly dangerous than they need to be. Distracted drivers put everyone at risk. During National Road Safety Week (May 16 – 22) the Canada Safety Council wants you to be on the lookout for distracted drivers. A distracted driver can be described as any driver whose sole focus is not on the road. This can include, but is not limited to cell phone use (whether handheld or hands-free,) eating or grooming behind the wheel, reading and using a Global Positioning System (GPS.) All these behaviours can lead to slower reaction time, impaired judgment and can ultimately be responsible for collisions, injuries and even fatalities. The statistics don't lie, and in the case of distracted driving they paint a pretty dark picture. According to the Canadian Automobile Association, distraction is a factor in approximately four million motor vehicle crashes across North America every year. Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash than a non-distracted driver. In Canada estimates from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation suggest approximately 25 per cent of collisions in 2013 as being related to driver distraction. The groups most likely to be distracted in fatal crashes are 20-34 year olds, as well as drivers aged 65 and older. Studies have repeatedly shown a majority of road users admit to driving distracted, but a majority also do not believe themselves to be part of the problem. Using a mobile device behind the wheel is, of course, illegal across Canada (except in Nunavut). But this represents one of the biggest challenges in enforcing these laws: with the problem of distracted driving being so omnipresent, there simply aren't enough resources to catch every distracted driver. That's where you come in. For this year's campaign, our goal is to raise awareness about exactly how widespread this issue is. Whether you have a story to share, a comment about the issue or an experience related to distracted driving, we want to hear from you. Share your story. When it's safe to do so and you're not behind the wheel yourself, send us a message on Twitter @CanadaSafetyCSC with the hashtag #CanYouSeeThem. Your safety is your responsibility. Vigilance is important. Distracted drivers are everywhere around you. Can you see them? Submitted

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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Food and shelter Concern turned to relief last week when residents of Block E in Greenecourt learned that their meal service will continue without interruption. There had been two weeks of uncertainty about the program's

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I am just back from the News Photographers Association of Canada awards held this year in Toronto. My image that you previously ran (the Local, March 2) has won 1st in the Picture of the Year 2016 “Pictorial” category. The picture was taken at the Sechelt landfill, part of a long-term project to draw awareness to the dangers of single-use plastic in garbage. The plastic is a threat to the health of the eagles, but also to other animals in the area who end up consuming some of the plastics that eagles take from the dump. Colin Horabin, Sechelt

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(Sent to Sechelt council and copied to the Local) The Sechelt Downtown Business Association (SDBA) would like to reach out to Mayor and Council to communicate our disappointment in the rescinding of third reading for the three projects affected by the May 3 Council meeting. Although these projects are not within our defined geographic boundary, their proximity to our service area (downtown Sechelt) give us cause to follow their progress closely.

These three projects represent approximately 395 units of new housing. These are new residents who will be within walking distance of our downtown core. These are new customers for our retail stores, new diners in our restaurants, and new patrons of our service businesses. In addition to the additional residents, these projects represent an enormous employment potential for our community, and the contractors who will be working on these projects. It is our hope that the District of Sechelt will work expediently to get these projects back on track, to help our local developers bring new residents to our community. These projects represent a great opportunity for Sechelt to broaden its resident and tax bases, and help to prove that indeed, Sechelt is open for business. On behalf of the SDBA executive, Alton Toth, �irst vice-president

Canadian Spam Prime Minister Justin d’ Ottawa, the COP 21 Hero of Paris, raised the sword of 1.5 degrees as the threshold for the world to combat mankind’s greatest existential threat. As our Lancelot, he swore his fealty to science. South of the border, the new US President and Vocabulary Artist formerly known as Drumph, clarified his position on climate change saying, “Well, I think the climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax….” With Lancelot’s lance transformed into multiple bitumen pipelines, Trudeau was busy headlining an energy corporations conference this past March in Texas: "No country would find 173 billion

barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there". You can’t blame climate defender Trudeau, because anyone in his position would burn 173 billion barrels if they had it. Oil and gas executives responded with not only a standing ovation but graciously bestowed an award for excellence in balancing industry and the environment. Experts at Oil Change International did the calculations, and Canada, with one half of one percent of the world’s population will be “burning 30 per cent of the carbon necessary to take us (planet Earth) past the 1.5C target that Canada helped set in Paris”. Poof, all of Trudeau’s environmental reforms evaporate. If Trump is pure mystery meat Spam, then Trudeau is gluten-free Spam; sounds better, but it’s still Spam. Neil Bryson, Halfmoon Bay

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SCRD studies short-term rentals Short-term rentals will be the topic of a Sunshine Coast Regional District public consultation process that is rolling out in the coming weeks. At the May 11 meeting of the SCRD's planning and community development committee, regional directors gave the green light to a two-stage public engagement plan. The SCRD already regulates bed and breakfasts via zoning bylaws, but does not place any limitations on short-term rentals. "Short term" is considered to be less than 30 days. The primary difference between B&Bs and other rentals is that B&Bs must have an onsite resident or owner operating the service. Andrew Allen, manager of planning and development, explained the plan: "Phase 1 is reaching out and discussing and looking at options, hearing from folks. Phase 2 would be assembling the information we've heard, creating some options and then having

specific engagement based on what we think are suitable options for potential regulation of short term rentals." The SCRD has deliberately timed this consultation in the hopes of reaching nonresident property owners, who typically visit the coast in summer. Just over 50 per cent of the residential properties on the Sunshine Coast are owned by non-residents. As well as seeking general public input, the SCRD will be consulting a list of stakeholders which includes B&B owners, the tourism sector, community groups, property management companies, other local governments, users of short term rentals and neighbours. The SCRD last discussed short-term rentals in 2012 and decided to take no action, but since then a rising number of neighbour complaints and an affordable housing crisis has upped the priority of the issue. Area F Director, Ian Winn, had his eye on the big pic-

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Mayor’s Message Bruce Milne Mayor, District of Sechelt

Sechelt’s property taxes will increase by 6.91 per cent in 2017, as the District rebuilds reserves and a more secure financial position for the community. Council did not take this step lightly. We recognize the weight of upward cost pressures, from a variety of sources, on residents’ pocketbooks. There are two factors that make a tax increase necessary.

The first is the need to have funding available to address our aging infrastructure; our roads, storm water collection systems and buildings. In 2016, Sechelt updated our Development Cost Charges Bylaw. This brought the capital contributions from new development in line with the costs of the new capital projects our community will need to accommodate that growth. To help deal with the cost of updating existing infrastructure, just under half of the 2017 property tax increase will be allocated to Sechelt’s Capital Infrastruc-

ture Renewal Reserve. Sechelt’s 2017-21 Financial Plan looks to continue adequate investments of property tax revenue to meet the needs of the District’s 20-year asset sustainability plan. In my next month’s message I will review 2017’s major capital plan projects, to highlight the community investments being funded this year. The second part of the 2017 tax increase is needed to fully fund current operational costs. Local governments are required to balance their budgets; service delivery costs must be cov-

to your neighborhood hall. This is a great opportunity to meet staff, discuss the functions of the SCRD, and get those “what if?” questions answered. People new to the Coast can use these community information sessions to understand how a regional district works. The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) includes three municipalities: Gibsons, Sechelt, and Sechelt Indian Band (SIB). These are separate from the rural areas of Pender Harbour, Area A; Halfmoon Bay, Area B; Roberts Creek, Area D; Elphinstone, Area E; and Howe Sound, Area F. Each rural area has an elected director. The mayors of the municipalities do not have jurisdiction in rural areas but, like all local politicians, wish to help all citizens of the Sunshine Coast. Although the regional district is not responsible for roads, all directors are concerned about road safety and are therefore a conduit for to the Ministry of Transportation. Not only do directors ad-

vocate for better roads but we also speak with the minister about improvements to ferry operations. The SCRD will be doing a public consultation this spring on short-term rentals. Upon completion of this consultation, and discussion and debate by the board, a bylaw will come forward next fall, to clarify what is allowed and what is not. In some areas of the Coast this lack of clarity is causing disputes between neighbors. Please contact the SCRD bylaw department if you have concerns in your rural area. The SCRD will be meeting this spring to discuss the solid waste management plan and what needs to be done to improve our efforts to work towards zero waste. In Halfmoon Bay, Area B, which is my area, I am being asked constantly to implement curbside recycling as part of this plan. Please contact me at 604741-2427 or e-mail me at garry.nohr@scrd.ca if you wish to discuss SCRD programs or plans.

of the Sunshine Coast Seed Collective is presenting a beginner workshop on seed saving on Wednesday, May 24, 6-7:30pm. Explore how simple it can be to save seeds from the food you grow in your backyard. Seed harvesting, drying and cleaning will be demonstrated, and everyone will go home with a free seed saving handout. In sync with the abundance and health found in the garden is a book launch on Wednesday, May 31 at 6pm with Dr. Jody Cox of her new book, “A Better Way: Your Guide to Abundant Health”. Dr. Cox is a family chiropractor, international speaker and writer who is on a mission to adjust as many people as she can towards a higher quality of life. The library is always a bustling place with something for everyone. Our ongoing programs include knitting, writer’s groups, a Linux group and Conversational groups in Japanese, French and Spanish. If attending events and workshops in-person doesn’t fit your schedule the Library

offers online courses as well. Mango Languages provides online instruction on over 70 languages from Spanish to Swahili. Or if you are wanting to brush-up on your computer, accounting, writing or digital photography skills you can also do that online through Gale Courses. This online training program offers instructor led six-week courses on hundreds of topics. All you need is a library membership. For information on any Library program or service drop by the Library, visit our website: gibsons.bc.libraries. coop or call us at 604-886213. Remember all library programing and services are free. This month’s article is written by Heather EvansCullen, the Library’s Outreach Community and Partnership Coordinator. Heather is responsible for connecting with community partners and individuals, ensuring the Library is meeting the needs of our community.

ered. Tax increases over the past few years have been insufficient to keep up with increased costs. Inflation is one part of this, as the costs for labour, materials and supplies have gone up. A gradual, multi-year increase in unfunded service levels is another component. In the 2017 Budget, reallocation of expenses as well as service fee and tax increases, are required to ensure that Sechelt can pay for the local government services we need to continue as a desirable place to live. In past years, Councils have

tried to manage the need to increase taxes by spending from reserve funds. While manageable in the short term, this created a situation where reserves balances are basically non-existent. Sechelt has, in fact, been running a deficit; rather than collecting the taxes required to meet our community’s needs as they come due. We have reached a point where increasing tax rates cannot be put off. The new fee rates for sewer users and solid waste (garbage and recycling) collection will fund the ongoing operation and maintenance of

those services. A rate change in the sewer parcel tax will fund existing capital debt and infrastructure costs for our wastewater systems. These rate changes ensure that both the sewer and solid waste operations continue to be financially self-funding. Property owners are able to view their Property Tax Account information online at my.sechelt.ca. I encourage residents to check their accounts early so that they know how the 2017 budget changes have impacted them, in advance of the July 4, 2017 Property Tax due date.

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

The provincial election voting is over and all ballots will be counted by May 24. The total provincial MLAs for each party will then be declared. Once the ruling party or parties are declared, local politicians will have to renew relationships with each party. Our local elected MLA Nicholas Simons already knows the concerns and needs of the Sunshine Coast, so we can expect his support. But, for now, local government representatives must be prepared to speak with newly appointed ministers of the ruling party to explain SCRD needs. Until this happens, it is business as usual at the SCRD. A goal of the SCRD strategic plan is to promote constant improvements in public consultation. This week, a program called Community Dialogues, an outreach program, will bring managers and staff

Books & Beyond Heather Evans-Cullen

Outreach Coordinator, Gibsons and District Public Library

After a very wet start, Spring is upon us, and gardeners are enjoying the satisfaction that comes from planning and planting. Whether you are a novice or an experienced green thumb, the library has a diverse selection of gardening resources to assist you. In addition to our many resources, there are some exciting gardening workshops coming up at the library in May. On Saturday, May 20, 10:30 am-12:30pm, join local soil scientist, biologist and gardener extraordinaire Annette Clarke for a workshop on growing exotic, hardy fruit trees. Annette is the proprietor of the Exotic Fruit Nursery in Roberts Creek, and has a wealth of knowledge and tips to share. The Library is also excited to be presenting a workshop on seed saving; Leonie Croy

What kind of benefits provider slashes benefits for its own employees? Pacific Blue Cross. During recent bargaining with CUPE 1816 — representing more than 600 workers who handle the dental, life and disability coverage case files for more than 2 million British Columbians — PBC went after the workers’ retiree benefits, extended health plan, and other benefits. What message does that send to the people insured by PBC? That substandard benefits are okay? Contact Jan K. Grude, Pacific Blue Cross President and CEO, and ask him why PBC is rolling back the clock on benefits rightfully bargained for current and future employees.

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Events on the Sunshine Coast May 18 SCRD community dialogue, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, 3:30pm May 18 Creative in the Creek with Eliya, Ray Fulber and David Roche, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 7-10pm, by donation May 19-21 SC Artists Co-op show and sale, Gibsons Public Market, Fri.& Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am4pm May 19-21 Driftwood Players present the comedy “Office Hours”: Fri. Pender Harbour Music School, with dinner, 6pm, $50; Sat. Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre, 7pm, $20; Sun. activity centre, 2pm, $20 May 20 Pender Harbour May Day celebrations, Madeira Park, 9am4pm, parade at 11am May 20 George and Charlotte Gibson Day: historical walking tour with Dale Peterson, 10am, at visitor info centre, Gibsons, by donation; cake and coffee at the SC Museum, noon-3pm May 20 Master gardeners answer your questions, Gibsons Library, 10am-1pm May 20 Art gallery opening with new works for summer, Harbour Gallery, Madeira Park, 11am-4pm May 20 Meet the artists, Colin Righton and Carole Millar, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 1pm May 20 Meet the artist, Duncan Chrystal, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 2-4pm May 20 “Sea to seed”, music by Rising Appalachia and tales of coastal farming, Roberts Creek Hall, feast 6:30pm, concert 9:30pm, $55, concert only $25, kids $10 May 20 Dance with Playback, Madeira Park Legion, 8pm, members $10, guests $12.50 May 20 Poppa Greg & the Chillin’ Dylans, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 May 20-21 Anagram Quartet with Karen Graves: Sat. Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 7-10pm, $10-15 sliding scale; Sun. Persephone Brewery, 2-4pm May 21 Story, Story, Lie, interactive storytelling game, Persephone Brewery, 7pm, $10 May 23 Workshop on how to use your Ipad, Sechelt Library, 10:30amnoon, registration required 604-885-3260 May 24 SC Seed Collective gardening workshop with Leonie Croy, Gibsons Public Library, 6-7:30pm May 24 SCRD community dialogue, West Howe Sound, Eric Cardinal Hall, 7pm May 25 Book launch of “Prairie Spirit” and reading by author Doug Smith, Sechelt Library, 7-8pm

May 25 SCRD community dialogue, Gibsons, Gibsons Community Centre, 7pm May 26 Driftwood Players present the comedy “Office Hours” with dinner, Leo’s Tapas, Gibsons, 6pm, $40 May 26 Hawaiian-themed dinner, Harmony Hall, Gibsons, 6pm, $25, 604-886-7902 May 26 O Canada 150th concert with A Cappella Strait and Choralations children’s choir, St. John’s United Church, Davis Bay, 7pm, $15, students/seniors $12 May 27 Arbutus Sounds Chorus, Gibsons Public Library, 1:30-3pm May 27 Cloverpoint Drifters bluegrass concert, School of Music, Madeira Park, 7pm, $25 May 27 Jason Scotts celebrates Neil Diamond, Sechelt Legion, 7pm, $20 May 27 Music Makers year-end celebration, St. John’s United Church, Davis Bay, 7pm, $15 May 27 Dance with Jim Taylor, Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre, 7:30pm, members $10, others $15 May 27 Trivia night fundraiser for French childcare centre, teams of six, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, $15/person, 7:30pm, sharethere-com May 27 Wanda Nowicki Q’Tet, with Ken Dalgleish, John Rule, Boyd Norman and guest Kevin Crofton, Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 7:30pm, $10 May 27-28 Calvary Baptist Church presents Laugh Again, clean comedy with Phil Callaway: Sat. men’s breakfast, 730 School Rd., Gibsons, 8-10am, $10; Sun. couples’ afternoon out, Highland Centre, Roberts Creek, 2-4pm, $10 May 27-28 Pender Harbour Choir 150th birthday concert, 7pm, $20, Sat. SC Botanical Garden, West Sechelt; Sun. School of Music, Madeira Park May 27-28 Art workshop exploring water colour and ink pen with Bruce Edwards, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 10am-3pm, members $90, others $100, register at 604-886-0531 May 28 Drag race, Sechelt Airport, 9am, $10 May 28 Huckleberry yard sale fundraiser, Arts Building, Gibsons, 9am-1pm May 28 Mini Maker Faire, Dougall Park, Gibsons, 11am-5pm May 28 Mind Matters, mental health speakers Victoria Maxwell, Vanessa White and Susann Richter, Rockwood Centre, Sechelt, 2-4pm, by donation, email rsvp at sh.foundation@vch.ca

ARTS & CULTURE their message of sustainable farming practices to the Coast. Started in 2014, the current Sea to Seed tour comprises 20 people, including organizers and performers, sailing from gig to gig, telling stories, singing songs and eating locally sourced food. They left Mayne Island on May 9 in two sailboats, a 34 foot Columbia Mark II and a 55 foot wooden staysail Ketch built in 1935. They are mak-

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Sisters Leah Song, left, and Chloe Smith are Rising Appalachia, who play Roberts Creek Hall May 20 as part of the Sea to Seed tour. PHOTO SUBMITTED ing several stops in the Gulf Islands, two on the Coast, and ending the tour in Vancouver on May 23. James Reinert, event coordinator and board member with the One Straw Society, sees partnering with Over Grow The System as an excellent way of showcasing the work One Straw does on the Coast. “Their values completely align with our own,” says Reinert. “Encouraging, promoting and supporting local food production, wild crafting (gathering of wild plants and foods) and the production of organic food through organic farming.” Food security and sovereignty are important issues facing communities all over the world. Fifty years ago, Vancouver Island farmers produced 85 per cent of the food consumed on the Island. Now it’s only 10 per cent. Here on the Coast, one per cent of food is sourced locally.

Industrialized agriculture uses pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers that contribute to climate change, centralize food production, and create monocultures, making crops susceptible to disease and pests. “[We need] to start producing our own foods in our own backyards,” says Reinert. “And having our neighbours produce it on their farms next to where we live so we can literally walk to where our food is produced and buy it or gather it ourselves.” Each stop on the Sea to Seed tour features a community feast highlighting locally sourced, grown and gathered food. The Roberts Creek feast is a three-course sit down dinner being prepared by Martin Casella of Caspier Catering in Sechelt. Menu options include sea asparagus with miso dressing, nettle soup, wild salmon, goulash stuffed morels with pickled sunchokes, and ice cream or beet sorbet for dessert. The concert features a mix of talented musicians and social activists, including blues performer The Tailor, soul folk singer Dustin Thomas, archival song keeper Peia, and renowned folk group Rising Appalachia. Sea to Seed comes to the Roberts Creek Hall Saturday, May 20. Feast at 6:30pm, concert at 9:30pm. Tickets: $55 feast and concert, concert only $25. Kids $10. More info and tickets available at onestraw.ca/events/calendar.

Happy birthday This spring, the Pender Harbour Choir celebrates the 150th birthday of our country with their concert "Shades of Summer Light", A Canadian Tribute. The program, conducted by Kenneth Norman Johnson and accompanied by David Poon, features a variety of Canadian music, including well-known folk songs. Join us at 7pm May 27 at the Botanical Garden in Sechelt and May 28 at the School of Music in Pender Harbour. Tickets are $20, and available at Earth Fair in Madeira Park, Sechelt Visitor Centre and from choir members. Submitted


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The Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives annual “George & Charlotte Gibson Day” celebrates coastal heritage on Saturday, May 20, noon-3pm at the Museum in Gibsons. The event is also a chance to take part in BC Museum Week, a provincewide celebration of all things history in British Columbia. This year’s celebration will feature the first historical walking tour of the year with Dale Peterson, refreshments and cake. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the new Museum gallery

space after last year’s building renovation, including the new forest-themed entrance foyer. The open house will also provide an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the Coast Salish weaving exhibit before it returns to the Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre in June. The historical walking tour of Gibson’s Landing will start at the Gibsons Visitor Centre at 10am (rain or shine). The tour will highlight heritage sites and entertaining stories of the region, ending at the Museum in time for refreshments and cake. Tours are by donation. Come down and explore your Museum and learn more about coastal heritage. Admission by donation. For more information, please call 604-886-8232 or email at scm_a@dccnet.com.

Oceans Day festival coming to Sechelt Despite receiving the event proposal at the last minute, District of Sechelt councillors have agreed to partner with the Sunshine Coast Conservation Society (SCCA) in celebrating World Oceans Day during the week of June 5-10. The SCCA's proposal, presented to the May 10 meeting of the finance, culture and economic development committee, was to coordinate two activities: shoreline cleanups through the week in partnership with other groups such as schools; and a public Oceans Day Festival on Saturday, June 10. Councillor Doug Wright expressed concerned that organizers would have less than a month to plan the

event. "I support the idea, but I see the timeline is really short to pull it all together," said Wright. "It certainly was our concern coming into the project at this time," said SCCA Program Manager Naomi Fleshhut. She argued that the proposal was doable because it was small in scale, built on activities already happening on the coast, and took advantage of volunteer effort from existing community organizations. She said the SCCA had already done a lot of the groundwork for the event. "We're ready to hit the ground running basically tomorrow." World Oceans Day, June 5, has been officially recog-

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nized by the United Nations since 2008. The event has not been officially celebrated in Sechelt before, but councillors expressed enthusiasm for a pilot event in 2017 that could be expanded in future. Councilor Noel Muller called it an opportunity to highlight Sechelt's "best features." "It has a lot of potential," said Muller. "Every neighbourhood in this district has a waterfront and we should celebrate that." Sechelt has over 33 kilometres of ocean shoreline, and 51 public beach accesses. The June 10 festival will be held on the Trail Bay waterfront near downtown. Plans call for a family-oriented afternoon of ocean-themed

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activities and games. Participants will get an Oceans Day passport, and collect stamps by participating in activities such as “whale tail identification” and “make art not waste”. Groups or individuals who would like to have a booth at the festival or be a sponsor, prize donor or volunteer should contact the District of Sechelt at (604) 885-1986. Information is posted at www.sechelt.ca. Schools and community members who would like to join the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup during the week of June 4-10 should contact info@thescca.ca for further information. Donna McMahon

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variety of fronts, it will feel good to re-center and reflect in the context of leisurely activities. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Stepping back and perhaps to retreat somewhat for a while will prove satisfying over the coming weeks. In fact, this impulse will deepen. Enjoying simple pleasures with family and friends is featured. Yet, you will be looking for those escape windows to read, rest, reflect and meditate. This could include intrigue and fascination. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) You are in the mood to meet new people and perhaps forge alliances. A creative and inventive urge guided by practical ambitions will characterize the coming weeks. Cultural and spiritual interests have been surfacing and will continue as well. Your energy levels are running high these days; good time to initiate a fitness focus. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) Your career, reputation, and SATURDAY - ONE public lifeDAY willONLY! gain added attenSIRLOIN STEAK �������������������� tion starting this week especially. You are looking for answers and directions. If you have been asking sincerely and looking for the answers then they should be rolling in by now. Getting training and instruction now are probably more important than giving it. Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) A soul-searching journey that began a while back will enter a more lively cycle now. Your curiosity levels are running deep and learning secrets and other obscure knowledge feel empowering. Travel and adventure are highlighted so hopefully the opportunity are available and you can take full advantage. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You have arrived at a rather important point of decision. It

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In her teens Carol’s parents managed a motel in Manitoba and there she met and married her first husband, Carl Blahey. Their family soon grew by three as daughters Kelly, Jennifer and Stephany provided their mom with an endless audience for her stories. In 1988 she embarked on a new life with her husband Gardar. They were partners in life and business and both were always happiest when they were together. Carol began her long newspaper career in Manitoba as a reporter. There she learned to research and the value of accuracy. She was a stickler for grammar and the only thing that was guaranteed to annoy her was sloppy spelling. Over the years she worked at many different publications in Alberta and B.C. including Coast Reporter and a publishing stint at The Local.

Carol’s personal philosophy was one of optimism. You need to love, live and laugh, she said many times. The cancer that ultimately claimed her life never once diminished her spirit. Her love and genuine happiness will live on in everyone she cared about. And we, in turn, will always love and miss her. Somewhere over the rainbow Carol is at peace. Carol is survived by her husband Gardar, siblings and their families, Sharon St. James, Ron Kowalski, Alex Kowalski, Penny Cousineau and Danny Kowalski. Carol’s sister Mardell predeceased her earlier this year. Carol also leaves to mourn her precious daughters and their families: Kelly and Scott Spain and their daughters Morgan and Melissa; Jennifer and Paul Berry and their sons Andrew Blahey and Cody Blahey; and Stephany Blahey and her daughter Michaela Mann.

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shops, dentists, jewellers and jewellery makers as well as from the general public.” In terms of the US dollar, gold and silver prices appear low. The weak Canadian dollar means prices are strong with gold between $1,600 and $1,700 per ounce, and silver in the $22 per ounce range. Ursa Major analyzes your gold, silver, coins and paper money while you watch, with the process explained to you in detail. Coins with numismatic value are set aside from those with a ‘melt’ value. Silver items such as jewellery and flatware are analyzed for

hallmark identification. Items thought to contain gold will also be analyzed for hallmarks, and then confirmed using precise testing that is done while you watch. Then a cash offer is made and you decide to sell or not. Dick took out his first gold claim when he turned 16 in the 1970’s and has been involved with precious metals ever since. An ardent gold panner, he was a regular at the world championship gold panning competition with a personal best of 3rd place in 1984. Now he concentrates on building

the wholesale business with jewellers and brokers while taking the roadshow out one or two times a month across Western Canada. “People bring in all kinds of interesting items, but for the most part it is a broken or old chain, unloved jewelry, a single earring, and out of fashion items like charm bracelets. We also accept dental gold. Lately I see more and more silver flatware sets, but before you bring those in please make sure it says “Sterling” on the handle. There is a lot of silver plated flatware that we can’t

buy because it’s silver plated” says Dick. Another valuable item is coin with silver content. Dimes, Quarters, Half Dollars and Dollars from Canada and America can be sorted and the silver content determined in no time at all. People are encouraged to bring in any and all coins for assessment. Ursa Major also assesses and purchases Canadian and Dominion of Canada Paper Money. Ursa Major has extensive experience working with estate sales, executors, widows and widowers in a respectful and caring manner. No appointment necessary.


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