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Sunshine Coast, British Columbia • • Thursday, September 14, 2017 Fighting Parkinson's

Dollars For Dogs

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Burned Trees Bring Pro�it Page 3

Sechelt Passes Four Projects Page 6

The Scammer Got $20,000 Page 10

Organic Week Page 11

Wood Expo Page 12

Threatened Species Page 13

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Burned trees bring pro�it The Sunshine Coast Com- he would have final numbers north side of the burned area munity Forest (SCCF) is well on the value of the burn cut at is now fully replanted, and the south side is about half in the black this year, thanks the end of the third quarter. In response to questions replanted. to better than expected reBonderud also invited covery of logs from the area about what dividends the burned in the 2015 Sechelt District of Sechelt (which council and the commumine fire, and strong interna- owns SCCF) might expect at nity to attend SCCF's annual year end, Bonderud said no Wood Expo on Saturday Sept. tional prices. "It was a pleasant sur- decisions would be made 16 from 10 am to 5 pm at the prise," said Glen Bonderud, until audited financial state- Seaside Centre. The event chair and president of SCCF, ments for the full 2017 year includes artists, carvers and reporting to Sechelt Coun- are available, most likely in furniture makers demonstrating the many uses of cil on September 6. Due to February or March of 2018. Bonderud said that the wood. Donna McMahon the necessity to salvage logs from the two-year-old burn site, SCCF had budgeted for a loss. "The quality of logs [was] better than we thought – damage superficial in some cases," said Bonderud. He also noted that international lumber prices picked up in 2017, with cedar reaching an all-time high. His written report to council stated: "The sales prices are a result of demand and supply, a strong US housing market, continued demand out of China and other world markets, notably Japan." The Community Forest had expected to sell the recovered wood for an average price of $75 per cubic metre, but instead received an average selling price of $130. So rather than seeing a net loss September 2017 - January 1, 2018 of $273,612 at the end of5, June 2017, SCCF recorded a net inMayor Wayne Rowe, left, and Ron Sayer, president of the come of almost $750,000. Recovery of wood from the Gibsons Seniors Society, display the proclamation declaring burn is complete, but not all Saturday, Sept. 16 as Seniors Day in Gibsons. The Society is of the harvested material has holding an open house that day at Harmony Hall, 2-4pm, been sold yet. Bonderud said with demonstrations and refreshments. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO


Sunshine Coast & Powell River Schedules FALL/WINTER

Sunshine Coast September 6, 2016 January 2, 2017 Please Note: At Langdale, ticket-sales end five minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles

& and walk-on passengers. At Horseshoe Bay only, ticket sales for vehicles and walk-on passengersSchedules Powell River end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time.


Langdale/Vancouver and Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed to connect. Please plan Schedules in Effect: September 5 to October 9, 2017 your travels accordingly.

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Crossing Time: 40 Minutes

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LEAVE HORSESHOE BAY LEAVE LANGDALE Please Note: At Langdale, ticketing will end five minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and7:25 walk-onam passengers. At Horseshoe Bay only, ticket sales for6:20 vehicles and walk-on passengers will am end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time.

Sechelt Peninsula - Powell River 9:40 am (Earls Cove) - (Saltery Bay)

8:30 am

Langdale/Vancouver and Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed 12:00 pm 10:50 am to connect. Please plan your travels accordingly. Please Note: Ticket sales before 1:30 pm pmthe scheduled sailing time for vehicles Sun except Oct 8and loading end five minutes1:05

Sailing times 2:40 pm Sun except Oct 8 are daily unless 3:55 pm Oct 9 3:25 pm Langdale to Earls Cove terminal is 84 km (52mi), plan on approximately 90 minutes driving time. September - October 10, 2016 otherwise indicated. 5:00 pm Oct409 minutes driving time. 4:30River pm to6Saltery Powell Bay is 34 km (22mi), plan on approximately LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE HORSESHOE 5:50 pm Mon-Fri, except Oct 9 5:30 pm BAY Langdale/Vancouver and Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula are not guaranteed to connect, please plan 7:20 am 6:20 7:00 pm Mon-Fri, except Oct 9 6:35am pm your travels accordingly. 9:25 am 8:25 8:40am pm 7:35 pm 11:30 am 10:25 Please Note: 10:35am pm Fares collected at Saltery Bay only. 9:40 pm Crossing Time: 40 Minutes 2:15 pm and walk-on passengers.

1:35 pm 12:35 pm Crossing 2:10 pm Sep 9, 16, 23 2:45 pm Time: 50 Minutes Crossing Time: 50 minutes October 10, January 1, Peninsula 2018 Powell River 3:15 pm Sep 9, 16,2017 23 -- Sechelt 3:50 pm Distance: 9.5 nautical miles 4:20 pm 4:50 pm Sep 11, 18, 25 (Saltery Bay) (Earls Cove) September 5 - October LEAVE HORSESHOE BAY9, 2017 5:50LEAVE LANGDALE 5:25 pm Sep 11, 18, 25 pm Langdale to Earls Cove terminal is 84 km (52mi), plan on approximately 90 minutes driving LEAVE EARLS SALTERY BAY 7:20pmam ExceptCOVE Dec 25 & Jan 1 6:20 am Except Dec 25 &time. Jan 1 7:50LEAVE pm 6:50 Powell River to Saltery Bay is 34 km (22mi), plan on approximately 40 minutes driving time. 8:30 pm 8:45 pm Oct 10 9:25 am 8:25 am 6:30 am Except Sun 5:35 am Except Sun 9:35 pmamOct 10 and Powell River/Sechelt Peninsula9:45 pmguaranteed Langdale/Vancouver are not 11:30 10:25 7:25 am am to connect, please plan 8:25 am your1:35 travelspm accordingly. 12:35 pm 9:25 am 10:25 am October 11 December 2016 Sailing times Ticket salespm and -loading end three21, minutes before the scheduled sailingpm time for vehicles and five 3:50 2:45 11:45 am 12:55 pm are daily unless LEAVE LANGDALE LEAVE HORSESHOE minutes walk-on passengers. 5:50for pm 4:50 pm BAY

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Editorial Opinion Work with nature When the Aztecs founded Tenochtitlán in 1325, they built it on a large island on Lake Texcoco. Its eventual 200,000-plus inhabitants relied on canals, levees, dikes, floating gardens, aqueducts and bridges for defence, transportation, flood control, drinking water and food. After the Spaniards conquered the city in 1521, they drained the lake and built Mexico City over it. The now-sprawling metropolis, with 100 times the number of inhabitants as Tenochtitlán at its peak, is fascinating, with lively culture, complex history and diverse architecture. It’s also a mess. Water shortages, water contamination and wastewater issues add to the complications of crime, poverty and pollution. Drained and drying aquifers are causing the city to sink — almost 10 metres over the past century. “Conquering” nature has long been the western way. Our hubris, and often our religious ideologies, have led us to believe we are above nature and have a right to subdue and control it. We let our technical abilities get ahead of our wisdom. We’re learning now that working with nature — understanding that we are part of it — is more cost-effective and efficient in the long run. Had we designed cities with nature in mind, we’d see fewer issues around flooding, pollution and excessive heat, and we wouldn’t have to resort to expensive fixes. As the world warms, it’s getting worse. Recent floods in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal have affected more than 40 million people, killing more than 1,000. One-third of Bangladesh is under water. In Houston, Texas, Hurricane Harvey has killed dozens and displaced thousands, shut down oil refineries and caused explosions at chemical plants. Some say it’s one of the costliest “natural” disasters in U.S. history. Although hurricanes and rain are natural, there’s little doubt that human-caused climate change has made matters worse. More water evaporates from warming oceans and warmer air holds more water. Climate change is also believed to have held the Houston storm in place for longer than normal, and rising sea levels contributed to greater storm surges. A lax regulatory regime that allows developers to drain wetlands and build on flood plains has compounded Houston’s problems. The city has no zoning laws, and many wetlands and prairies — which normally absorb large amounts of water and prevent or lessen flood damage — have been drained, developed or paved over. Ultimately, we must work with nature to prevent and adapt to problems such as flooding, water scarcity, wildfires and climate disruption. When we work against nature, we work against ourselves. David Suzuki



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Letters to the Editor – Opinions Stop the abuse Today (Friday, Sept. 8, at 2:50 pm) I arrived at Horseshoe Bay early for the 4:30 ferry to Langdale, 100 minutes before sailing time. I was stopped outside the toll booth, with many others, facing a “Full” sign, and the news I would have to wait for the 5:50 ferry. A three-hour wait. At 4:40 I was allowed into the terminal. Obviously, many others inside the terminal had not got on, as I was in row 8. No regular users of this ferry route would have said yes to a Friday afternoon schedule like this one. This is an abusive situation. Forced to sit in our cars for hours, unable to leave for almost two hours sitting outside the terminal, a small bathroom hundreds of yards away and no water or food available. I watched people with children and pets trying to manage this intolerable situation. My previous trip from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, I arrived 40 minutes early for the first ferry, to see a “Possible Wait” sign. Well over 100 of us were not boarded and had to wait for the 9:40. Again, a threehour wait for the ferry. We have a two-tiered system and the Ferry Corporation is pocketing untold amounts of money for doing nothing except forcing people faced with ridiculous schedules, and hours of waiting, to reserve. I have tried every avenue to find out what percentage is reserved and the best I get is, “it depends.” After that, it is like listening to

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a version of the comedy sketch, Who’s on First. Remedies the Ferry Corporation should make that will serve ferry users (Government, are you listening? I heard nothing about ferries in the throne speech): First, put in place a schedule that works for users, let ferry users have a real legitimate say in the schedule; Second, put in place a reservation system for all ferries. At no extra cost. A free reservation system is used on the BC Gulf Island ferries and for all Washington State Ferries. No guessing, no sitting for endless hours. We would not have to play ferry roulette. Gale Tyler, Halfmoon Bay

Not suitable Within two blocks of the homeless shelter being proposed by BC Housing and Rain City Housing, there are five strata developments of townhouses, two apartment buildings, the Sechelt Heritage Marsh (very well frequented by local residents), the Seniors Activity Centre, a bicycle park and some detached family homes. This neighborhood consists principally of senior citizens, many widowed and/ or with mobility issues but still determined to live independently and avoid becoming a charge upon society. Another important group of residents consists of first-home buyers, typically with young children. This neighborhood therefore is most vulnerable and in great need of a sense of security and a clean environment. Why choose to locate such a significant shelter for the homeless, some with serious chronic issues, in the midst of such a vulnerable neighborhood,

on a site moreover presently zoned PO (park and open space)? Surely, a more suitable location could be found somewhere in the core of Sechelt, one with all the necessary amenities and social services close to hand. Lise and Dick Aylmer, Sechelt

Let’s see the tab Just to set the record straight I would like to dispel the latest rhetoric coming out of Gibsons town hall regarding the costs attributed to the George Hotel and who is to blame. The information is misleading and one sided and does not tell the whole story of the true costs of this project. The Mayor and officials at town hall are telling the public about how certain people and groups are costing the town money for legal fees. What they do not tell you is that they have left people no alternative as they have not listened, they did not negotiate the height as they promised at election time, they have disregarded our OCP, they have shirked their responsibility to protect our aquifer and they have given away our assets. As in the U.S., the courts have become the only option for us, the electorate. If the town wants to have a real conversation with an accounting of the true costs then they will have to be upfront and tabulate them all for us to see. The real costs of the George go far and beyond this issue and if the public cares to know perhaps they will be enlightened. Perhaps the real costs of this project have not even begun but let’s just start by what we know. The giveaway of Winn Road to the developer at an approximate value of $1million at

today's prices. Then there is the water lease give-away, the destruction of Winegarden Park for construction, with only $100,000 given back from the developer to undo the damage after having use of the park for construction purposes for two years at least. There is the give-away of 17 precious, visible street parking spots in return for some obscure spaces in the underground parking. If the mayor wants to talk legal fees then I am sure we will be astounded at the amount of legal fees the town staff has accrued to bring this development to this stage. Also, let’s add up all the hours town staff have spent on this, including overtime as well as the many engineering and geotechnical reports necessary to protect our town. So, yes, let’s have a true accounting that is open and transparent, a running tab for all of us to see, instead of selected info that suits our politicians’ purposes. Judith Bonkoff, Gibsons

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Electric cars in the parking lot Interested in electric vehicles? Considering an EV for your next car? Join us on Saturday, Sept.16, 10am-3pm, when electric vehicles owners from the Coast and the Lower Mainland will be gathering in Sechelt’s Trail Bay Centre parking lot for the Third Annual Sechelt Electric Vehicle

Festival. This year, our star attendee will be the newest EV – the Chevy Bolt. Owners Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington recently returned from a Zero Waste trip across Canada in their new car. Come to find out how much they spent on electricity on this big trip. We’ll also have the very

popular Nissan Leafs along with Kia Souls, Teslas (anyone with a Model X that can join us?), Mitsubishi MiEVs, Ford Focus EV and more. Families are welcome. And with the farmers market and Wood Expo happening nearby, there will be something for everyone in Sechelt. Submitted

Stop Smoking On September 11, police attended a twovehicle incident at the intersection of Teredo Street and Trail Avenue, Sechelt, after the first vehicle stopped for a pedestrian in the crosswalk and was rear-ended by a second vehicle behind it. The driver of the second vehicle admitted to being distracted and taking his eyes off the road briefly to retrieve a fallen pack of cigarettes and not seeing that the first vehicle was stopped. Fortunately, no major injuries were reported and both vehicles, though damaged, were able to be driven from the scene. The matter has been referred to ICBC. Submitted by RCMP

A boy with a really big toy – an industrial-sized power shovel – at the Lehigh annual open house September 9. It looks like Mom is trying to get him to come down, and it looks like he doesn’t want to. Although it rained Saturday morning, the gravel mine open house featured free food, games and tours…and, of course, a chance to lay hands on massive machinery. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO


September 2017

An Update on the BC Ferries Langdale Terminal Development Plan Hello Sunshine Coast Residents, This is the second in a series of monthly columns to let you know how the Langdale Terminal Development project is moving forward. We want to ensure you have the most up-to-date information on what is happening with the terminal. Previously, BC Ferries developed a 25-year plan that laid the foundation for both short and long-term investments and improvements at the Langdale terminal. Since late 2016, we have been working closely with our local BC Ferries teams to further develop the plan and turn it into a conceptual design. The past year also included engagement with the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD), the Town of Gibsons and the District of Sechelt. Squamish Nation, Sechelt Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation have also been a part of the ongoing discussion so we better understand the needs of all parties.

We expect to be able to share the designs with you early next year following approvals of the project, and pending no additional site or design issues that require further investigation. If you are interested in following this project, please watch for these monthly updates in the local papers. We hope you find the information valuable and if you have any questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at

To the right is a draft schedule for the project. It’s important to note, as with Thanks again for reading, any construction project of this size, the schedule could potentially change Mike or alter.

What is happening?


• Internal and external engagement process

• Provides the opportunity Fall 2017 for participants to stay up-to-date on the process and offer input

° A series of public information

booths will be set up at the terminal and on the vessel


• Community information session specific to the rezoning application submitted to the SCRD

• Anticipate a second reading by Council on the rezoning


• Complete preliminary design options

• Includes buildings, retail space, parking areas and the pick-up and drop-off areas

Winter 2017/2018

• Submit application for approval to the BC Ferries Commissioner

• Required for project scope, schedule and budget

Early 2018

• Further public engagement and information sessions on detailed design and construction

• Provides participants the Early 2018 opportunity to stay upto-date on the project and provide input

• Complete detailed engineering design

• Finalize design drawings Fall 2018 and issue construction tender packages

• Construction expected to begin at terminal

• Begin construction of buildings, retail space, parking areas and the pick-up and drop-off areas

Early 2019



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Sechelt developments move forward Four development proposals that have been on hold came to Sechelt Council for third reading on September 6. All four went to public hearing on August 23 after the revised Binnie traffic impact study was received, and feedback from that hearing was presented to council by staff. Two of the four rezonings were for different sections of the Clayton Family Lands (to allow for a total of 25 new single family homes in Trail Bay Estates) and passed with minimal discussion. But when the 136-unit Wesbrooke by the Sea proposal came to a vote, council was divided. Councillor Alice Lutes was the first to announce that she would vote against the development. "After our public hearing and the dis-

cussions that took place I have some concerns around massing and the height," said Lutes. "I also have some concerns around the public dedications for amenities." Mayor Bruce Milne stated that he had changed his mind about the project. "I've come to the conclusion that the Wesbrooke by the Sea is the right project at the right time in the wrong place," said Milne. Milne said the steep topography of the site was unsuitable, and he was also swayed by the number of residents who were worried about traffic. Councillor Darren Inkster also said that he had heard from many residents opposed to the project, so he would not support it. "I have to listen to people who are most affected." However, Councillor Noel Muller supported Wesbrooke "because of the dire need for seniors housing and seniors housing options on the Sunshine Coast." Councillor Darnelda Siegers concurred. "I will support it as this point because there is a huge need and this developer has a good reputation and has been responsive and is willing to work with the community." Councillor Doug Wright also spoke in favour. "Yes, I can think of a whole lot of better locations, but the

reality is we don't have a developer sitting here with one of those better locations that's willing to do it and put this kind of facility in this community." Third reading passed by a vote of four to three. The other large development, Rockwood Ocean Stories (over 200 independent and assisted living units) was passed unanimously by council, although reservations were expressed about the height of the buildings. Councillor Noel Muller also raised concerns about the possible impacts of the project on the Rockwood Centre, but said he would support it because of the need for seniors housing. However, he warned: "This is not the height of buildings in Sechelt going forward... this is a one-off." During the meeting a number of questions about traffic and new connector roads were raised by council. Councillor Mike Shanks, who has served on council for 22 years, noted that a previous attempt to put a connector through to Neptune Road was strongly opposed by that neighbourhood, so council voted to defer it. Staff agreed to check their records for that resolution. Donna McMahon

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Combating Parkinson’s with kickboxing Sechelt resident Sue Jackel never imagined that at age 75 she would take up the sport of kickboxing. "My kids are hooting," said Jackel, grinning. "I've never been particularly athletic." But Jackel, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease six years ago, read an article about a program called Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s patients, and then four years ago she saw a demonstration at a Parkinson’s conference in Montreal. Kickboxing trains people in coordinated movement, balance, and strength, all of which are extremely beneficial. "It's a treatment, not just an entertainment," said Jackel. "I thought: yes!" Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that progressively impairs movement and balance. Roughly 13,000 BC residents are living with the condition, with twice

as many men as women affected. Most are diagnosed in their 60's. There is no cure, although medical treatments can combat symptoms and slow the progression. Jackel approached Dave Hollett, who runs Hollett's Kickboxing Academy, and asked him if he'd be interested in running a class for people with Parkinson’s. Hollett researched the condition and said yes. He now has 10 participants who attend his program in Sechelt on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Most are accompanied by their spouse. Jackel is the only woman, and the only one who is single. Hollett, who moved to the Sunshine Coast from Alberta two years ago, has been involved in martial arts for 30 years. He put together a program of exercise designed to increase dopamine levels, and improve motor skills, mobility and balance. He also involved a nutritionist who creates menu plans specifically targeted at Parkinson’s symptoms. As the participants start into their morning exercise

routine, they gradually become more animated and engaged. "At first when they start they are stiff and sore," says Hollett. But after 10 or 15 or 20 minutes they get happier, get moving." Jackel says: "People smile for the first time that day or that week." She adds: "You also get to work out your aggressions. It's very liberating." Jackel has nothing but praise for Hollett, who she describes as personable and relaxed. "He was willing to give it a try and now he's sold on it," she said. Hollett plans to start another Parkinson’s group based in Gibsons, and also has plans to launch general classes for seniors who do not have any particular health condition. The Sunshine Coast Parkinson’s support group currently has about two dozen members. They are holding a public meeting on Thurs. Sept. 21 from 10:15-11:45 am with special speaker, psychiatrist Dr. Marius Welgemoe, at St. Hilda's church in Sechelt. Everyone welcome. Donna McMahon

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Alvie Thompson, left, works to combat his Parkinson’s by kickboxing with instructor Dave Hollett. DONNA MCMAHON PHOTO

Sechelt Library falling behind The Sechelt Library is initiating discussion for the next five-year funding agreement with local governments (Pender Harbour, Halfmoon Bay, District of Sechelt, the Sechelt Indian Government District and Roberts Creek). Despite a commitment by funders to move toward parity for local government support , the library is actually – per capita – falling farther behind, as shown in statistics tracked from 2013 to 2016 in the “Ministry of Education British Columbia

Public Libraries Statistics”. By way of comparison, in 2016 the Powell River Public Library received $69.56 per capita, the Gibsons & District Public Library received $50.59 per capita, and the Sechelt Public Library received $31.17 per capita. The provincial average of local government per capital funding for public libraries of similar size to the Sechelt Library was $49.11. Sechelt Library visits are increasing by approximately 10,000 people each year. With the increased traffic,

a new interlibrary loan service, and the popularity of new programs, staff struggle to keep up with the workload. “Only a small amount of the work needed to run the library is seen by the public,” reports Chief Librarian Margaret Hodgins. “In 2016, the staff responded to over 45,000 questions, processed over 14,000 interlibrary loans, and provided quality programs for both children and adults that were enjoyed by over 3000 participants. “ Submitted

On September 5, a Coast resident reported he was being extorted for money after he sent an unknown person he'd met through Facebook private photos of himself. The suspect, who is likely using an alias, demanded a sum of money or they would post the photos on the resident's

Facebook account for all his friends to see. The resident did as the suspect asked, but then the suspect demanded even more money. The resident put a stop payment on the first set of funds so isn't out any money and was advised to contact Facebook to report the abuse of service.

This type of scam is widespread and often unreported. To learn more about this and other popular scams, please visit sites such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at or the Better Business Bureau at www. Submitted by RCMP

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The Green Film Series is presenting “This Living Salish Sea” by local filmmaker Sarama in Sechelt on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2pm at the Raven’s Cry Theatre. Exploring the rich biodiversity of our local waters, diver and environmental ac-

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giving them a great experience at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council; and also to curator Ian Macleod for touring us round the very unique art installation. In addition, visits to the Hackett Park Fair and Power of Paint contributed to a wonderful summer. In closing, this has also been a challenging summer regarding staff shortages in the service sector on the Sunshine Coast. This has meant that restaurants in particular have had to close early or miss out entirely on some peak periods. In some cases, service levels are slower because of not enough staff. In Whistler and West Vancouver I have heard the same concerns. We are working with the Minister of Labour helping to show that our local economy is driven by small business and the service sector. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback on our government’s work. You can email me at pam., connect with us on Facebook: Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, or stop by our community office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-913-2660.

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The weather this summer was spectacular, although very sobering as a result of the wildfires in British Columbia and the air quality and eerie light that the smoke cast across the sky here on the southwest coast. On BC Day I remember thinking that while it is usually such a wonderful weekend, this year was a time to think about our friends and fellow citizens who have been deeply affected by the wildfires. As I write this, hurricane Irma rages. Adapting and building resilience into our communities is a serious and ongoing challenge. Certainly last year’s water and wastewater infrastructure funding approvals are part of ensuring that essential services are secure. This summer we focused on food security, as Agriculture and Agrifood Minister MacAulay is seeking public

input in order to draft Canada’s first ever food policy. We hosted three well attended Democracy Talks Food Policy events. Please visit www. and go to the Report on Food Policy for the full summary from the Sunshine Coast, West Vancouver and Whistler food policy events. I was on the Sunshine Coast several times during the summer where public events are always remarkable. The opening concert of the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival showcasing young and local talent was exquisite. RoseEllen Nicholls and Louis Dillon held us spellbound with a varied program. As always the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts was a huge success. Thank you to Jane Davidson and her team of volunteers for another amazing program. I had the pleasure of introducing Charlotte Gray who happens to be a personal friend and whose book commemorating Canada 150 I highly recommend. So much happening - thank you to Sheena Main for always supporting summer students,

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boaters’ dinghy in the Malaspina. They were quite grateful to RCMSAR having had two encounters with Sunshine Coast stations in the same week. Best intentions evaporate quickly in the absence of planning and having the right safety equipment in hand or on one’s body. According to the Lifesaving Society, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death for Canadians under the age of 60. Most deaths caused by drowning are preventable, by taking certain precautionary steps during watersports activities. First and foremost, a PFD should always be worn (not stored) when boating. ( • About one-third of all water-related deaths occurred

while boating. • Not wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device is the number one cause of recreational boating deaths in Canada • The majority of fatal accidents are caused by capsizing, collision or falling overboard. • About 40 per cent of drowning fatalities from recreational boating in Canada are alcohol related An Open House and Fall Recruiting Drive is planned for Monday, Sept. 18 for all three RCMSAR Stations (Gibsons, Halfmoon Bay and Pender Harbour) at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt, 5-8pm. Both Society (administrative and fundraising) and Crew (on water) volunteers are needed. Please join us.

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TIME TO VISIT THE AMAZING CLACK CREEK GALLERY FOREST When: Sunday, September 17th at 1:00pm Where: B & K Rd at the Powerlines (also known as Largo Rd) On the upper slopes of what we hope will someday become part of an expanded Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park or conservation area, lies an exceptional forest waiting for you to discover. While we go about our busy lives, this forest has been silently standing for centuries breathing life into its surroundings. We’ve named the area ‘The Clack Creek Gallery Forest’ to reflect its abundant natural forms. It’s a refuge for a complex habitat of plants, trees, animals - an integrated ecosystem that should be protected from industrial development because once it’s logged it’s gone forever. You’ll see one of the gnarliest trees found on the Coast as we follow a trail underneath an open canopy in this Coastal Hemlock Dry Maritime zone - a blue-listed ecosystem of special concern. We’ll visit B.C.’s largest patch of the endangered snow bramble (Rubus Nivalis), ancient snags housing barred owls, and elegant step-pools, home to one of the oldest amphibian species in the world - the Coastal Tailed Frog! Many, including elected officials at The Sunshine Coast Regional District, are ready for the Mt. Elphinstone Park to be expanded into an exciting new ecological protected zone 5X the size of Stanley Park! Come out and see why. This Clack Creek upper zone is recommended to be set aside as part of a larger protected area by one of Canada’s leading conservation-biologists, Wayne McCrory, and lies within the unceded territory of the shíshálh Nation. FOUND IN THE CLACK CREEK GALLERY FOREST

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purporting to be with her bank. The fake representative asked the resident for her credit card number, date of birth and mother's maiden name. The resident complied and shortly afterward, discovered close to $20,000 taken from her credit card. The legitimate fraud department of the resident's bank then called her and placed a hold on her account. The next day,

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On September 8, a Coast resident reported being defrauded of a very large sum of money after responding to what appeared to be a legitimate "Info Alert" from her bank advising her that her credit card had been compromised and that she should contact the bank immediately at the number provided. The resident made the call and spoke to someone

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As Council meetings resume after our August hiatus, a number of projects continue to attract interest and feedback. We appreciate this level of interest, which helps bring people to the table to engage in the processes required to move significant projects forward in a responsible manner. One example is the Gospel Rock project, for which the Town is beginning to review the development application. Thanks to rigorous and inclusive planning, during which a broad range of voices were heard over the past several years, the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan respects two key concerns, heard from all sides: that the waterfront promontory

from the developer, as well as feedback from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI), and from the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD). Once all of this information is in hand, staff and Council will be in a better position to evaluate options, costs, and impacts on various neighbourhoods. As this work progresses, we will continue to listen to public feedback, within the context of the clear and consistent processes which guide our decision making. Many of you may recall that several years ago, we went through an exercise to restructure areas E, F and the Town of Gibsons into a new municipality. Perhaps it is time once again to weigh the pros and cons of such an affiliation, given our Council’s clear responsibility to act in the best interests of our Town and its residents, while respecting the concerns of our neighbours.

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below Gower Point Road be preserved, and that greenspace be maintained in the forested area above the road. It is reassuring to know that the promontory is destined to remain undeveloped, and that the designated greenspace exceeds requirements and protects key sites such Cross Rock and Little Africa. While the application review process is in its early stages, it is prompting questions and concerns from the adjacent SCRD neighbourhoods about the proposed transportation routes to access the development site, contained within Block 7. While some access routes have been proposed, it is still too early in the application review process to determine the implications of the development on existing neighbourhoods within Gibsons and in adjoining areas. Still, it is clear that concerns remain. Currently, the Town is awaiting further information

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Events on the Sunshine Coast September 14 Ladies Red Serge Gala with three-course dinner and wine, fundraiser for Cops for Cancer, Holy Family Catholic Church, 700 Nickerson Rd., Sechelt, doors at 5:30pm, $75 September 15-17 Lonesome Sinners, Garden Bay Pub, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2-6pm September 16 Wood Expo, presented by Sunshine Coast Community Forest, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, 10am-5pm, free September 16 Writing workshop with Danika Dinsmore, Gibsons Library, 10:30am-12:30pm, free, register at 604-886-2130 September 16 Display of electric vehicles and info, Trail Bay Mall parking lot, Sechelt, 10am-3pm September 16 SCRD trash bash, cleaning up back road dump sites from Port Mellon to Elphinstone, Shirley Macey Park, Gibsons, 11am-3pm, to pre-register, email or phone 604-885-6806 September 16 Off the Page live play reading hosted by David King, “How Things Have Changed”, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 1-3pm, by donation September 16 Family fun day with pony rides and face-painting, Calvary Church, 711 Park Rd., Gibsons 1-4pm, free September 16 Green Film Series presents “This Living Salish Sea” by local filmmaker Sarama, Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt, 2pm, by donation September 16 Gibsons Seniors open house, Harmony Hall, 686 Harmony Lane, Gibsons, 2-4pm, free September 16 Opening reception for display by fibre artist Joanne Weis, FibreWorks Studio, 12887 SC Hwy., 2-4pm September 16 Ken Dunn house concert to release cd “Wonderous Beauty”, Ocean Beach Esplanade, Gibsons, 4-6pm, free - bring an appy and libation, call 604-219-6774 for address and rsvp September 16 Jim Foster, the Old Boot Eatery, Sechelt, 6pm September 16 Wild Coast Communal underground supper, three-course long-table meal outside, 944 Chaster Rd., Gibsons, 6-9pm, $55, events/wild-coast-communal-underground-supper1-tickets-vancouver-5SR9K3 September 16 Seafood tasting, Ruby Lake Resort, 6pm, $50 September 16 Jen Hodge All-Stars jazz, School of Music, Madeira Park, 7pm, $25

September 16 Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan, with opening by Simon Paradis and Kara Stanley, fundraiser for the SC Hospice Society, Rockwood Pavilion, Sechelt, 8pm, $30, no-host wine reception at 6:30pm September 16 The Relics, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 September 16 Backwoods Jam with music, food and vendors, Coast Gravity Park, Sechelt, 8:30pm, free, shuttle bus 6pm-2am September 16 Latin Funk 4 with djs Paola and El Pulpo, Roberts Creek Legion, 9pm, members $8, guests $14 September 17 Terry Fox run, fundraiser for cancer research, Brothers Park at Gibsons Community Centre, registration begins 8am, run starts 9:30am September 17 Guided (moderate) hike with Elphinstone Logging Focus through the “Clack Creek Gallery Forest", meet on B&K (Largo) Rd. at the power lines, 1-4pm, bring snack and water, no dogs September 17 Habitat for Humanity public information session, Eric Cardinal Hall, Gibsons, 2-4pm September 17 Open house at Om Sweet Om Yoga, corner of Krause & Lysander, Roberts Creek, 3-5pm, free September 18 Marine Search and Rescue open house, Seaside Centre, Sechelt, 5-8pm September 19 Pender Harbour Wildlife Society presents biologist Andrew Bryant on Canada’s threatened species, Pender Harbour Secondary, 7pm, free September 19 Andi Pfister explains the building of “Vidar’s chair”, Suncoast Woodcrafter’s Guild, Chatelech Secondary, Sechelt, 7pm September 20 Elizabeth Raines launches her book, “The Demon in my Blood”, Gibsons Public Library, 6-7:30pm September 20 Raconteurs night with Junco Jan, tell a tale, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 7-9pm, free, 604885-8041 September 21 Psychiatrist Marius Welgemoe speaks to SC Parkinson’s Support Group, St. Hilda’s Church, Sechelt, 10:1511:45am September 22 Captain Fantasy (Ween cover band), Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek, 8pm, $7 September 22-23 Driftwood Players presents “Office Hours”, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 7:30pm, $20


Art Review Anna Nobile Freelance Creative Writer, Arts & Culture

The Wood Expo returns to the Seaside Centre for its third year on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Expo is an initiative of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. Community forests are “a provincial program designed by the government to have the more local urban interface areas managed within communities rather than being run by major licensees,” explains Linda Harris, Administrator of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. “The Expo is being part of the community,” continues Harris. “We wanted to be able to show the community the other side of the forest industry. It’s not just cutting down trees and shipping them off to Asia. We wanted to showcase how many different ways wood is utilized in our lives.” The Expo is part art show, part craft fair, and part trade show, appealing to a wide range of people and has proved increasingly popular. Last year’s attendance was 900 people, a 44 per cent increase from 2015. “People have been saying the quality and calibre of talent we have on the Coast is incomparable,” says Harris, who has also received only positive feedback from exhibitors, all of whom are local. “For a lot of them, there’s no other way to have contact with the

A Patrick Skidd wood sculpture called “Icebergs Davis Strait”, a tribute to Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris, contains 1,500 pieces of veneer and 12 shades of blue. Skidd is one of the exhibitors at the Wood Expo Sept. 16. PHOTO SUBMITTED public.” There will be 22 exhibitors at this year’s Expo showcasing wood and how local woodworkers have transformed logs into such items as furniture, bowls, toys and sculptures. “The idea is to have as much diversity within the show as possible,” says Harris, noting that home builders have stopped coming to the Expo because they’re already so busy. “They tell me they don’t need to advertise,” laughs Harris. Patrick Skidd, a wood veneer artist, will be participating in his first Expo this year. “I hear it’s good exposure,” says Kidd, who arrived on the Coast two years ago. “And it gives me an opportunity to be around other fine woodworkers. The Coast has so many of them, talented

A wood sculpture by Patrick Skidd, inspired by the shape of Perce Rock in Bonaventure Park, Quebec. It contains 2,400 pieces of veneer in 56 different colours that follow the colour patterns of works by members of the Group of Seven. PHOTO SUBMITTED



artists of all persuasions, but particularly woodworkers.” Skidd’s unique sculptures are formed from “blanks”: layers of dyed veneers glued together to become solid pieces of wood. His sculptures often have a maritime theme or are inspired by the works of Canada’s iconic Group of Seven painters. His work is proving popular and

one of his pieces landed on the front cover of a Lee Valley Tools catalogue. Skidd is looking forward to the Expo. “I hope to meet really interesting people who are interested in wood.” The Wood Expo runs one day only, Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10am to 5pm, at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt. Admission is free.

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council presents an exhibition of life drawings in this latest exhibit by the “Life and Limn” group, from Sept. 20 to Oct. 15 in the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. The group has been together in one form or another since noted Vancouver figure painter, Thomas Anfield held a number of workshops at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre from 2001 to 2004. Thereafter, the group has met without an instructor to paint from life each Thursday for 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring. In 2005-2006, the group gave itself the name, “Life and Limn”. Membership of approximately eight painters meets in the Art Studio at the Arts Centre, sharing the work associated with setting up painting sessions

with a live model. The members come from widely different walks of life and range in backgrounds from formal art school to no art instruction. The group is held together by a common love for the challenge and inspiration of painting the human body. Membership in the group has gradually changed over time, with current member, Russ Tkachuk the only one in the upcoming exhibit who was also a charter member. “Life and Limn” has had a number of exhibitions in the past including an exhibition in 2005 at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery that also “travelled” to Hope. Participating in this exhibition at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre will be artists Devon Blean, Bruce Edwards, Jane Hennessy, Ron Jensen, Jan Major, Paula O’Brien, Brian Romer, Evelyn Sloboda, Russ Tkachuk and Victor Wong. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2-4pm. For more information please visit our website at Submitted

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A work by Ron Jensen, one of 10 artists from the “Life and Limn” group that is exhibiting at the Arts Centre in Sechelt Sept. 20 to Oct. 15. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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Falcons, warblers and owls: tales from the wild Pender Harbour Wildlife invites you to hear biologist Andrew Bryant's stories, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7pm, at Pender Harbour Secondary School. Armed with a bachelor’s degree (Waterloo, 1984), master’s (Calgary, 1990), PhD (Victoria, 1998), notepad, binoculars, and a whole lot of enthusiasm, Bryant spent 25 years as an inde-

pendent consultant, working on a variety of threatened species across Canada. Best known for his work on Vancouver Island marmots, he’s also spent time paddling around Manitoulin Island in search of Kirtland’s warblers, mapping invasive aquatic plants in Lake Massawippi, reintroducing peregrine falcons in Algonquin, being frightened by grizzly

bears in the Khutzetmateen, climbing red-shouldered hawk nest-trees in Kitchener, and rappelling into abandoned Okanagan goldmines in search of hibernating bats. Never without his camera, Andrew has pulled together some of his favorite images, and will share some of his highs, lows, frustrations and joy. Using a judi-

cious mixture of verifiable science, unique images and highly improbable tales, you’ll learn about some of our unexpected successstories (peregrine falcons and Kirtland’s warblers), some of our incredibly-stupid failures (burrowing and spotted owls), and some of the cases in which the jury is still very much out. Home-baked refresh-


ments will be served. Admission is free. Updates at Submitted Biologist Andrew Bryant, seen with a Vancouver Island marmot in 2000, is speaking at Pender Harbour Secondary Sept. 19. PHOTO SUBMITTED




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Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19) Mixing work with play continues as the main theme. The golden mean is struck when your work becomes more playful or creative interests take on a more serious tone of intention. Love is in the air all the while. Whether it involves someone, something or some place, or all of the above is for you to decide. Either way, the heat is on…still. Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Home and family remain at the forefront of your priorities and focus. Creating an atmosphere of harmony, balance and fairness are featured.

your situation. Looking to the long term regarding your health and whether your diet and lifestyle help or hinder it may well be the most important consideration. Spiritual interests may also be on your mind, such as questions regarding soul, karma, and reincarnation. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You are entering important final chapters of a significant evolutionary cycle that began almost three years ago. It includes a clearing process of old relationship involvements both personal and professional. Or, the emphasis could be on attitudes, expectations and behavior patterns regarding relationships. Keep an open mind and cooperate. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Circumstances are leading you to get more involved. This includes deepening your focus upon certain relationships and may include the need to let go of other commitments. Research and gaining new knowledge and skills are all likely themes of activity. The time has come to increase productivity. Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) A process of making dreams reality is underway. Plans, goals, and ambitions that have been waiting their turn, perhaps even for many years, are now destined to take center stage. This process probably began weeks or even months ago, but now you are entering the fast lane. Focus to work diligently, patiently and constructively and be careful of cutting criticism.



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in gourmet refrigerated pantry, a world class chef kitchen and

2nd kitchen awaits you, full line of Wolf’s Finest appliance series,


including a built in cappuccino maker, the latest of Sub-Zeros


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and wall to wall folding door system that captures the true sense of ultimate living space, by bringing the outside world in. 2 Master suites (main and up) for a total of 6 bedrooms, 8 bath, triple car garage, and a full self contained nanny, in-law suite. All this awaits you, on a 1/2 acre, south exposed, private lot close to B.C. fine vineyards, Equestrian Centre and the Canadian / U.S. Border.



The Local Weekly September 14, 2017  

The Local Weekly September 14, 2017

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