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Editorial Opinion No butts about it, please In Sechelt and throughout the Sunshine Coast, we are blessed with ocean and mountain views, forests with walking trails, beautiful skies and sunsets, and a privilege at times to view marine and wildlife. Now look down. Everywhere, and I mean everywhere, cigarette butts are littered. Some time ago I spoke with a young municipal female employee who said that she loved working outside – except for the days where she had to go over to the bus stop and other places to clean up masses of cigarette butts. Coincidentally, during that scary time of the forest fire here, I struck up a conversation with a woman sitting in her car, and the conversation came up about the cigarette butts everywhere. She picked up a large plastic cup with some water in the bottom and showed me, which at first I found confusing. She was a smoker and carried this glass with her everywhere in the car and put her cigarette butts in it. What surprised me even more is that she told me that she was a 'flagger', one of the people who control traffic flow when there's work being done on our roads. She told me that when she smoked while working, she would put out her cigarette butt and then put it in her pocket. It bothered her that her co-workers did not do the same, but left a pile of butts where they'd been standing. Another time in a lovely planter box in front of Pharmasave, a smoker had left an empty package of Pall Mall cigarettes, with a garbage can only a few feet away. Down at the Pebble Beach boardwalk, it is totally strewn with cigarette butts, mostly where the benches are. Nothing like sitting and enjoying the view, having a smoke and then stamping your butt out on the ground. Consider bending over, picking it up and taking it with you when you leave. I've seen other garbage treasures too, like those plastic holders for six-packs. You know, the kind that you're supposed to cut up so wildlife do not get their necks stuck in one of the holes and die. People leave garbage on the beach, cans and other things, but by far, cigarette butts are littered everywhere. Great tourist attraction! Premier Christy Clark commented that at least one of the fires or more was believed to have been started by a smoker throwing their butt out the window. Does the term 'civic pride' mean nothing to the people who live here? And why should taxpayers have to pay to clean up after people with not only a dirty and extremely unhealthy habit, but one that carries over to filthy butts strewn everywhere. It is truly disgusting. Carry a baggy in your pocket smokers and take your butts back home with you. If asking for this consideration isn't effective, I believe fining is entirely appropriate. This is just not O.K., plus it is a fire risk. Thank you for your consideration Marsha Andrews, West Sechelt

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(Sent to the Gibsons mayor and council, and copied to the Local) I am writing this email to you in order to register my objection to the town holding an information meeting on September 24 from 5-8 pm. This is just not any "info "meeting. This is about the biggest project ever planned on our waterfront. This is a mega 5-star hotel and condos that will set a precedent for our waterfront development. This is about a project that needs special zoning and does not conform to our OCP. This is about our water supply, the aquifer. So how is it that after so little dialogue with the public, that three hours over a dinner time, with no councilors present, should be sufficient to answer all the concerns over density, traffic, destroyed views and property values, noise and destruction of our quiet town. How is it that the big developer has had more dialogue with the town than us, your faithful taxpayer? I fear this info meeting will be a marketing campaign for the George and we have seen enough of that. We need a platform for open discussion. Citizens need a forum to tell you about their concerns. This mayor and council have shown a total disregard for due process and are content to ignore any of our concerns. The public hearing is too little too late and not enough of a platform for this massive project. Please change the date to a more acceptable day, when all concerned can be present including the mayor and council, all of the developers’ and the town’s own peer reviewers of the impact on our aquifer. Judith Bonkoff, Gibsons

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Given the Gas Tax Rates for BC, I am wondering why we have been paying more for gas here on the Sunshine

Coast than on Vancouver Island or the Lower Mainland. We should be paying about nine cents per litre less than the Lower Mainland (due to an extra transit tax there) and indeed we have been until recently. We travel back and forth to the Lower Mainland frequently and up until a few weeks ago gas has been the one thing that we paid a little bit less for here on the Sunshine Coast. Why has that changed? We are currently paying five cents a litre more than the highest price at the pumps in North Vancouver. So...actually we are paying 14 cents more per litre than we should be paying according to my calculations. We seem to be silently accepting this price gouging. I haven't seen or heard anything from the media about this unfair pricing. Are we so used to being ignored when we express our concerns about the ferry system that we think no one is listening to us so why bother? I hope not. Karen Harrop, Sechelt

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It is urgent that people start checking now to see if they are registered to vote in the Oct 19 election. The rules have changed significantly since the “Fair Elections Act” was passed, and I was surprised to discover that I was unable to register online, even though I provided all the information required. The Elections Canada voting registration system seems to be overwhelmed already, and the website is cumbersome. The message I got was that I should go in person to an Elections Canada Office to register. A group known as “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) is working hard to get information out to people on the ID required to register in time for the election. Most importantly, people need to know that the voting card they receive in

the mail is NOT enough to let them vote. You must have a driver’s licence or other government issued ID with name AND address. You need TWO pieces of ID, one of which MUST show your address. A copy of a utility bill in your name would fill the address requirement. Finally, if you don't have anything with your address, someone with proper ID and from your polling area can vouch for you. There are particular obstacles for students living away from home who wish to vote. First, they must decide what to use as their home address, that of their parents or the one where they are living while studying. If they decide to use their campus address, and don't have any bills or school correspondence with their current local living address on it, they can get a letter from the school confirming their residence. If they decide to use their parents address and are returning home for Thanksgiving, they may wish to take advantage of the advance polls that are open Oct. 9,10,11 and12. Elections Canada has an office in Trail Bay Mall 5755 Cowrie Street, Suite 20, Sechelt, M-F: 9am - 9p.m., Sat: 9am - 6pm, Sunday noon-4pm. If you wish to get an absentee ballot yo must do so by Oct 13. This is the most important election of our lifetimes. If everyone votes, we’ll get the government we want. Janet Oxley, Gibsons

Give on Saturday

The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive has been gathering food for the food banks on the Coast for five years. It started as a very small group, but has expanded yearly. This year we will have about 150 volunteers to make sure that the food banks are not only well stocked for Thanksgiving, but have enough to last into the new year. Volunteers are going door

to door this week (Sept. 1218), distributing bags with a label attached. On Saturday morning (Sept. 19), between 9am and 1pm the same volunteers or others will pick up the bags, hopefully full of food for the food banks. The volunteers are not allowed to take money of any kind and they are not allowed to bother anyone. If you want to participate, just put food in the bag and put it on the porch before 9am Sat. Sept. 19th. The food picked up goes to the nearest food bank. Burns Matkin, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast food drive coordinator

Nice paint job

Thank you for the picture of the playground which appeared on the front page of the September 10 paper. I just wanted to clarify with you that it is not, in fact, a new playground but the original playground that was there. It is a like-new playground as a result of the hard work of our painters and our grounds crew. Didn't they do a magnificent job? Dawn Bauman, Maintenance Department, School District #46

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Sechelt sinkhole prompts lawsuit

The sinkhole at the Storeys' home in the Seawatch neighbourhood opened suddenly on Feb. 26 and now – almost six months later – the family is going public about their lawsuit. RIK JESPERSEN PHOTO

The owners of a home who had to flee with their three young children when a fivemetre-deep sinkhole opened up on their property in February have filed a lawsuit against the District of Sechelt, their homebuilder, a warranty company and a number of engineering firms and realtors. Erin and Ross Storey have not been able to return to their Gale Avenue North house in the Seawatch neighbourhood in West Porpoise Bay for the past six months except for very brief visits. The couple acknowledge in a Notice of Civil Claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court, that prior to buying the home in September 2010, they had become aware that sinkholes and surface water runoff had occurred in the neighbourhood in the past. But they allege that they were assured by the District, the engineers, realtors and by developer Concordia Seawatch Ltd. before they made the purchase that there was nothing to worry about—that the runoff was a surface phenomenon caused by unusual weather and other transient factors, and that the sinkholes were caused by the “movement of soil during the clearing of trees.” The Storeys say in their claim that they also commissioned their own geotechnical report prior to purchase and were informed by the com-

pany that there was a “low to negligible” risk of a sinkhole on the property. Further sinkholes then suddenly appeared in the neighbourhood in mid-2012. The lawsuit alleges that engineering firms were called in by the District, which in 2013, “advised that the remediation work had been carried out professionally and the work on the Development was satisfactory.” Not only was the work ordered and approved by the District inadequate, construction defects in their 3,700-square-foot home also helped cause the February sinkhole, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to the property, the Storeys allege in their claim. Erin Storey said the lawsuit was actually filed with the court in March, but the papers were not served to the 32 defendants until early September.

“We wanted to give those responsible the chance to do the right thing and they haven’t, as far as we’re concerned,” Storey told The Local. “Repeatedly, we`ve asked the municipality for assistance. We`ve asked the province for assistance through the Disaster Emergency Program and neither party has stepped up, even the municipality, who are the ones that have told us we need to be out [of the home].” She also said their insurance company has denied their claim for the damage to their house, as has New Home Warranty, which had guaranteed the foundation for 10 years. The couple have been renting a house in West Sechelt while their situation remains in limbo. “We’re having to pay our mortgage and rent, and lawyer’s fees,” said Storey. “I literally had tears in my eyes when I was paying my property taxes this year.” She said the District did offer some relief on the sewer and garbage portion, “but that was a few hundred dollars on the $4,500 taxes.” Storey said that the last few months have been “emotionally draining for the whole family. We all feel very unsettled and it’s stressful.” She said “the amazing support of our friends and family” have helped keep them going. The defendants have between 21 and 49 days to file an initial defence to the lawsuit. Rik Jespersen

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Mayor’s Message Bruce Milne Mayor, District of Sechelt

Almost every day the District of Sechelt hears from citizens who begin their conversation with “I need an appointment with the Mayor”. I understand that many citizens believe the Mayor is in charge of everything at the District, and starting at ‘the top’ is one approach to getting something done. Unfortunately, in local government, this may not be the most effective way. The Mayor is the elected head of the organization and I do want to hear from citizens about the issues and problems they have with municipal government. The only way Council can perform its role of oversight and management is to hear directly how our government conducts its activities. However, Council is comprised of seven elected representatives that make

collective decisions regarding the governance of our community. With only a few clearly identified exclusions, all business of Council is conducted at public meetings. The best way to get a decision is to have an issue presented before Committee or Council for debate and a decision. So besides meeting with the Mayor, how can this get done? You can write a letter or email to Council or apply to appear before Council as a delegation. Delegations are heard in person by Council at a meeting. Letters and emails addressed to Council are brought forward for receipt. Every letter addressed to Council is read and reviewed by all members of Council. In many cases where the request is clear and policy is in place, Staff can take action to resolve the issue. Most issues can be resolved at this level. Staff are in the know and can provide the public with the best advice and guidance on how to proceed. In some cases, this doesn’t work. Staff follow set policies

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

SCRD Stage 4 water restrictions are now over and we are all thankful that the rains have filled up Chapman Lake and enabled a return to Stage 2. Many people contacted me on this water issue and gave their views on what the SCRD should or should not do. I found most people to be fair in their suggestions for solving future drought problems. The SCRD board has moved to improve access to more water in Chapman Lake but only to be utilized in times of drought. There will be further discussions on improving the process of going to each water stage. Most provincial elected officials and CAOs will be attending the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference, September 21–25. This is an opportunity for local elected officials to recommend changes in provincial policies. The UBCM conference enables local elected officials to meet with provincial ministers and to lobby for extra funding for projects or for changes in provincial policies. SCRD directors will be discussing transit issues with the Minister of Transportation and staff to try and get improved busing on the Coast. We will also speak to

the minister about BC Ferries, continue to lobby for a year-round 5:30 schedule, and request more funding for removal of invasive plants. Representatives from cities, small towns, and rural areas meet in separate workshops where they discuss common issues and possibly hear ideas for improvements from other areas. One of the interesting resolutions coming forward at UBCM is to change the names of regional area directors to rural mayors. There are 218 resolutions for change that will be voted on over two days, including amendments to everything from the Site C dam plan to proposals for more funding for affordable housing. Many of the resolutions have been endorsed by the UBCM executive and are passed unless there is a motion from the floor to debate them.

As part of the strategic plan, the SCRD staff and directors are looking at all the functions in the regional government’s mandate in order to form a priority list of projects over the next five years and to prepare a work plan that is reasonable for staff to complete. Last year, staff prepared a budget spreadsheet that gives costs, and start and completion dates for projects; this is updated monthly so that directors can monitor priorities in their areas and ensure equity for all taxpayers on the Coast. Please contact me about any of these items or other concerns at 604-741-2427 or glnohr@dccnet.com. I am available for discussions at SCRD or in Halfmoon Bay at Welcome Beach Market on Tuesdays at 9:30 to 10:00 or the Halfmoon Bay store at 10:00 to 12:00 on Fridays.

Sunshine Coast emergency services were called to the intersection of Sunshine Coast Highway and Blower Road, just south of Sechelt, shortly before 2:30 am on Sunday morning, for a single-vehicle rollover. A 17-year-old male had been driving eastbound on the highway, when the Ford Explorer he was in struck a telephone pole on the south side of the highway. The driver, who did not have any passengers, was airlifted to

BC Children's Hospital. Sunshine Coast RCMP are investigating whether the driver may have been impaired. The driver has since been released from hospital, and RCMP are continuing to investigate. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Sunshine Coast RCMP at (604) 885-2266, file #6534 Submitted by RCMP

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Back in Time Margo Howe

Curatorial Assistant, Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives

Getting a teacher to come to the Sunshine Coast in the early 1900s wasn’t easy. The pay was poor and the location relatively remote. Not to mention that one of the boys’ favourite stunts was to chew a piece of scribbler paper into a wad to shoot at each other, using a corset string. In the Museum’s oral history collection, we have a wonderful story about a new teacher arriving from the city, around 1910. The school trustees had wanted get a male teacher, thinking a man would be a better disciplinarian. But teachers were scarce, and the school board ended up hiring an 18-year-old woman fresh out of school. What did she know about managing a classroom of energetic boys? Jake Hintsa, one of the trustees decided to sit in the class for the first few days. Apparently, Jake was big, broad shouldered and powerful as an ox. The trustees knew that if any of those kids started to act up while Jake was there, he would toss them out the door. Imagine, it’s the first day of school. The children file into

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Tracey Therrien Chief Librarian, Gibsons and District Public Library

September is "Literacy is Life" month. This campaign is a province-wide fundraising and awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of literacy, creating a new, modern understanding of literacy, and raising funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives across British Columbia. On the Sunshine Coast we are planning a number of fun events to support these goals. In particular, staff from the Sechelt and Gibsons Public Libraries will be hosting a pop-up storytime event on BC Ferries called Word on the Water. On Saturday, September 26th on sailings between Langdale and Horseshoe Bay, riders will be treated to stories read by library staff. Look for the roving storytellers on sailings between 10:30am and 1:30pm. Other events include Stories at StrongStart; join Gibsons Deputy Mayor Charlene Sanjenko on September 28 at 11am and Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne on September 30 at 11am as they read children’s stories at the Early Years Centres in Gibsons and Sechelt. The launch of Books for Babies also takes place in September, this initiative promotes the importance of early language and literacy experiences for infants and highlights fun and simple ways parents can interact with their newborns. With

class with their lunch buckets made from lard pails and syrup tins. The teacher stands on a platform at the front of the room, blackboards of painted wood behind her. The children sit down in pairs in hand-made wooden seats after putting their lunch pails and coats away in the cupboard. Perhaps some of the boys were eyeing Jake, wondering what he was doing in the room. The teacher calls the roll, introducing herself. The

young teacher then made the message very clear: not only am I your teacher, I am your boss and I will not tolerate any nonsense. Here is your first assignment. The message seems to sink in, as the students promptly bend their heads, attending to the given task. After an hour of quiet, Jake shrugged his shoulders and left, saying “I’m not needed here”. It must have been a great disappointment when she got married and left the coast at Christmas.

Electric Vehicle Fest Saturday A first-ever event on the Sunshine Coast will bring electric vehicles and electric car enthusiasts together this weekend. The Sechelt Electric Vehicle Fest will run on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 am to 4 pm on the SSC Properties waterfront at 6583 Sechelt Inlet Rd, just north of Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. The first 50 vehicles to register will receive a free gift, and will be eligible to win prizes. Also, all electric vehicle (EV) owners and the first 100 non-EV owners will enjoy a free lunch. Everyone is welcome to take an EV test drive, talk

with other electric vehicle enthusiasts, try a ride on a Segway, fly a drone, chow down on a variety of fare offered by local food vendors, and just have a great time. “To ensure this is an event for the whole family, we will be having a Fun Zone, with a human foosball court and games like giant jenga, giant kerplunk and pool noodle target throwing, food vendors, live music all day and a Persephone beer garden,” said festival coordinator Cindy Richard. There will be no car chargers on the festival site, but anyone driving in from off-Coast can be sure of get-

ting home, as the District of Sechelt boasts more than 10 public and private Level 2 chargers. The festival is part of National Drive Electric Week in Canada, Sept. 12 -20. Participants can register ahead of time at driveelectricweek.org. Staff

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Shirley Richardson turns 90 on September 18th. She has lived in Gibsons for 30+ years. Happy Birthday from all your Friends!

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The entire staff and student body of Howe Sound School, Gibsons Landing, assembled for a group portrait, c1912. The teachers are B.S. MacDonald and Miss Morgan. SCMA PHOTO #561

From the help of Vancouver Coastal Health, Public Health Nurses will deliver a book plus singing and rhyming activities to all newborns and their families on the Sunshine Coast. These activities are organized and sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Literacy Coalition. The coalition partners include, Capilano University, Community Resource Centre, Gibsons & Sechelt Public Libraries, School District 46, Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Sunshine Coast Early Years Centre and Welcoming Communities. The Coalition promotes literacy for all ages

by organizing events to celebrate literacy, developing and supporting literacy projects in the community, promoting public awareness of literacy and literacy-related issues, working in partnership with other organizations, and providing professional development and training in literacy. For more information on these events or the Sunshine Coast Literacy Coalition visit their website: www. sunshinecoastliteracy.org or drop by the Library, visit our website: gibsons.bc.libraries. coop or call us at 604-8862130.

GEORGE ONLINE SUPPORT PETITION

An online petition has been created by Gibsons town residents and the business community that will be submitted at the Public Hearing in October.

ARE YOU AN ECONOMIC STAKEHOLDER? Hopefully we can create an environment for Mayor and Council that leaves no doubt that The George has the community support needed for the approval of a project so vitally needed for the economic sustainability of our town. In order to be eligible to submit online you must be a resident/taxpayer within the town boundaries and/or a member of the Gibsons area business community that depends on the Town for income from their goods and services. If you feel The George project is a positive addition to Gibsons please complete the support form found at the link below. Any duplications will be edited.

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Author details RCMP shadow culture The country reacted with shock and dismay when the CBC aired an interview in late 2011with career RCMP officer Cpl. Catherine Galliford, who alleged she had suffered years of gross and manipulative sexual harassment by her male colleagues. Galliford’s public allegations were followed by a few, then dozens and ultimately hundreds of former and current female RCMP officers, who joined a class action lawsuit while recounting years of abuse –everything from a pervasive locker-room mentality to ongoing sexual coercion by male supervisors. A hidden shadow side of our storied national police force had come to light, prompting promises from the RCMP hierarchy and the federal cabinet that there would be zero tolerance for such behaviour. But it was not the first time female officers had levelled allegations of rampant sexism, and not the first time the

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top brass had vowed to put a stop to the abuse. As author Bonnie Reilly Schmidt reminds us in her book, “Silenced: The untold story of the fight for equality in the RCMP,” overt male chauvinism has been a characteristic of the force from its inception. Women weren’t even allowed to become RCMP officers until 40 years ago, and official reports about harassment and mistreatment within the force would start making headlines just a few years later. Schmidt, a 10-year veteran of the RCMP who earned a PhD after her retirement from the force, will be on hand to talk about her book at the Gibsons and District Public Library next week. Published by Caitlin Press of Halfmoon Bay, Schmidt’s book digs back to the beginning of the force in 1873 to

attempt to explain the entrenched attitudes of male superiority. Mounties were, “an ideal representation of Canadian manhood,” she writes. “As a representative of the state, the Mountie symbolized the dominance of white men over civilized society.” “Silenced” is the thorough and fully footnoted work of a professional historian. The facts might be assembled to back Schmidt’s thesis, but they clearly are facts. It is also not an anti-RCMP screed, nor a tell-all memoir. “I felt very strongly that there was a need to tell a complete story of women in the RCMP rather than just my own story,” Schmidt, who now lives in Langley, told the Local in an interview. Why, after all these years and all the reports and promises, does the male-dominant culture persist?

“It’s extremely complex,” Schmidt said. “You’re talking about a huge police force of 19,000 members across a huge country with a huge mandate to police in different ways.” Also, hierarchical structures like the RCMP—and many other organizations— can be inherently intimidating. “Some men might witness harassment by a superior officer and if they complain or point it out they also are going to be subject to abuse or their performance evaluation will be judged accordingly,” said Schmidt. “So there’s not a lot of incentive for anybody to stand up and say, ‘This isn’t right.’” Bonnie Reilly Schmidt will appear at the Gibsons Library Wednesday Sept. 23, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Rik Jespersen

A new exhibition opening Sept. 17 at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery contains an element of treasure that is actually buried. The exhibit called Paradigm features the work of three members of the same family, Gibsons artists Liz, Jan and Hanelize de Beer. One of the works is called “Buried Treasure”. Jan took one of his wife Liz’s big pots, and buried it on a mountainside on the Sunshine Coast while his daughter Hanelize photographed the process. The photos exist as metal panels attached to a metal frame – which is part of the show. “My own background (is) in conceptual art,” said Jan de Beer. “I love the work of Marcel Duchamp, whom I consider to be the Father of this type of art. It is almost 100 years ago that Marcel exhibited a urinal as art, thereby challenging the notion that art has to be precious and placed on a pedestal. "With this work I took a precious piece of art from my wife, who is an established potter, and buried it in the forest. My daughter Hanelize recorded the process with photography. It poses the question: whether the work (pot) ceases to have artistic

merit when it is out of sight and buried.” The metal panels and frame are for sale at $850 but de Beer says the large amphora he buried would typically sell for about $1,000. “The GPS coordinates have been recorded and the purchaser may choose to excavate the work if they find it,” he said. “A marker has been placed at the burial site. The pot was buried at the beginning of spring and should be intact at this time, but freezing in the winter may pose the risk of breaking. The challenge for the purchaser would be to find it and to dig it out if he or she chooses, without breaking it.” Or the purchaser could leave it on the mountain. "The work may stay buried forever as the true essence of 'paradigm' is its absence.” Along with the “Paradigm”

exhibit, a parallel show in the Eve Smart features the work of Vancouver artist Gina Miller called “Interior Geography”. Inspired by the British Columbia landscape and the urban geography that surrounds Miller’s East Vancouver studio, these works feature organic shapes and nature-derived palettes, as this urban artist often seeks solace in the water, forest and sand of nearby lakes, mountains and beaches in the Gulf Islands and on the Sunshine Coast. This duality of place, urban and organic, frames Miller’s painting practice. Both exhibits will be at the gallery until Sunday, Oct. 11. The opening reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 19 2-4pm. The gallery is open Thursday to Monday, 11am4pm. Staff

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Jan, Liz and Hanelize de Beer are pictured in the act of burying the treasure on the Sunshine Coast. The pot has been covered up, but the purchaser of the work “Buried Treasure” will be the GPS coordinates to find it. PHOTOS SUBMITTED


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If you were lucky enough to be strolling around Gibsons Landing last weekend you probably noticed easels set up and some delighted artists at work. You happened upon the Plein Air Paint Out, hosted and impeccably organized by local artist Jan Poynter. “En plein air” is the French phrase

for “in the open air” and this style of painting has a long tradition in many countries, with the French Impressionists and the Group of Seven being familiar examples. Quick sketches and studies are the common method of capturing a chosen scene before the light changes, the subjects move on, the wind shifts. This form of painting is all about place, and Gibsons Landing showed at its best. With the help of social media and online communica-

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tion, Ponyter has managed to make the Plein Air Paint Out a meeting in time, as well as place: “I posted our Paint Out as part of a Worldwide event – International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), and each year, about the second week in September, we’ve been out here in the Landing. On the same days as painters from Brazil, Russia, Italy... looking online at the resulting artworks from around the globe is half the fun.” At Armours Beach early

Sunday, artist Edna Bardell was setting up. She came from Vancouver to attend the event. The wind was filling into the harbour in gusts that darkened the water, boats swung at their moorings, flags were snapping; the scene was changing quickly. But it was the clouds over Gambier Island that caught Bardell’s eye. She secured her easel and materials from the wind, picked up her canvass and in seconds had a blue watercolour wash just the colour of the sky, then the low grey morning clouds, all the while

talking to me about her childhood as an Estonian refugee in Sweden. The lonely girl spent her days drawing and painting. She was painting the dark cone of Gambier Island when I left her to her work. Thirty-two artists participated this year, most coming from off-Coast and staying one or two nights. A wonderful synergy was the result, showcasing our location internationally, providing a boost for local businesses, and a definite attraction for visitors to our area.

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Sechelt artist Janice Rafael paints a scene near Winegarden Park in Gibsons Landing during the Plein Air Paint Out Sept. 12-13. NANCY PINCOMBE PHOTO

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September 18 Divas: Vegas meets Vaudeville, Sechelt Legion, 8pm, $22 September 18-24 Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, ticketed and free events, see penderharbourmusic.ca September 19 Golf tournament and dinner, fundraiser for the Halfmoon Bay Child Care Centre, Blue Ocean Golf Course, Sechelt, $150, 604-885-3739 September 19 Electric vehicle festival, exhibits and games, SSC Properties, 6583 Sechelt Inlet Rd., 11am-4pm, free September 19 Family fun day with crafts, bouncy castle and entertainment, at Calvary Baptist Church, 711 Park Rd., Gibsons, 1-4pm, free September 19 Opening reception for exhibits by Liz, Jan and Hanelize de Beer, and Gina Miller, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 2-4pm September 19 Theresa Kishkan launches her thirteenth book, Patrin, Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7:30pm, free September 20 Family fun fair, fund-raiser for CanaDares Society for Children in Tanzania, Porpoise Bay Provincial Park covered picnic area, 1-4pm, adults $10, children $5 September 19 Born in the Barn, Gibsons Legion, 8pm, members $5, guests $10 September 19 Smiling Jack Smith, Roberts Creek Legion, 8:30pm, members $8, guests $16 September 20 Terry Fox Run, Gibsons Rec Centre, 9:30am, no entry fee, no minimum donation September 20 Workshop on weed-free straw bale gardening, 1168 Grandview Rd., Gibsons, 1:30-3:30pm, $10, register at justin@onestraw.ca September 20 Tree identification and walkabout with tree expert Douglas Justice, SC Botanical Garden, 1:30pm, by donation September 21 Green Film Series presents “The Yes Men are Revolting”, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons, 7:30pm, by donation September 23 First in a weekly series of play and story time drop-ins for toddlers up to 2 ½, Gibsons Public Library, 11am-noon, free September 23 Former RCMP officer Bonnie Reilly Schmidt launches her new book “Silenced: the Untold Story of the fight for Equality in the RCMP”, Gibsons Public Library, 6-7:30pm, free September 24 The first in a weekly series of pre-school play and story time for kids aged 2 ½-5, Gibsons Public Library, 1011am, free


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More support needed for caregivers Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released a report Sept.14 that confirms onethird of unpaid caregivers in B.C. are in distress, one of the highest rates in Canada. “This is a wake-up call for all of us,” stated Mackenzie. “The evidence is clear that we are not connecting our unpaid caregivers, most of whom are family members, with the many supports that could bring them respite and reduce their stress. When we look at the data files for over 30,000 of our frailest seniors who are living in the community, we find their support system, which is based on having an unpaid caregiver in their life is strained, some-

times to the point of collapse. “This small army of husbands and wives, sons and daughters and friends and neighbours, is often the last line of defence in a senior's battle to maintain their independence and we need to ensure we are supporting them in their paradoxically rewarding and exhausting caregiver role.” Evidence in the report highlights that 97% of seniors enrolled in the home support program, arguably some of B.C.’s frailest seniors, have an unpaid caregiver in their life. Data shows that over half of these seniors have the same level of complex care needs as those who

live in residential care, underscoring how challenging these caregiver roles can be. There are many ways to support caregivers. Respite is one of the most fundamental supports and is offered to B.C. caregivers through three provincially funded programs. However, when the Office of the Seniors Advocate examined the data on these programs and crossreferenced them with distressed caregivers, it became obvious there are major gaps in the way respite is offered in the province. Findings in the Advocate’s review, which looked at adult day programs, home support and respite beds include: • 29% of caregivers are in distress. This increases to 38% for those caring for seniors with complex care needs. • Unpaid caregivers provide an average of 19 hours of care per week. This increases to 30 hours per week for caregivers in distress. • 54% of caregivers are caring for persons with complex needs, and thus would benefit from respite services such as an adult day program, home support or respite bed,

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie spoke at the Seniors Centre in Sechelt in May. She has now released a report calling for more support for seniors’ unpaid caregivers. RIK JESPERSEN PHOTO yet of this group, only 8% used an adult day program in the last seven days, only 49% used home support in the last seven days and only 11% used a respite bed in the last year. • Clients with a distressed caregiver are less likely to have received a home support visit in the last seven days than clients without a distressed caregiver. Based on these findings, the Office of the Seniors Ad-

vocate is calling for increased access to adult day program spaces and respite beds as well as increases in the frequency of home support for clients with caregiver distress. The Advocate is also calling for more standardization of the assessment for respite services, increased consistency regarding respite fees and processes around wait lists, as well as standardized measurement tools for all types of respite services.

“No matter where a caregiver lives in this province, they should have access to respite services that truly fit their needs,” says Mackenzie. “Consistency is critical in maintaining optimum respite services and providing a solid foundation that enables us to track their efficacy. We need to do all that we can in this province to ensure distressed caregivers are connected to the supports available.” Submitted

This month the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden offers three events – Tree Walk and Talk with Douglas Justice, Plan your Resilient Garden course,

and Soup Making demonstration. Learn about tree identification, gardening in a changing climate, and how to make a harvest soup.

Sunday, September 20, 1:30pm, Douglas Justice, a UBC botany professor and one of our Garden’s directors, will give a Tree Walk and Talk. Enjoy the trees in the Botanical Garden, see how to identify them. Drop-in admission is by donation. Planning your Resilient Garden in a Changing Climate is on three Tuesdays, September 22, 29, and October 6 from 7 – 9 p.m. Sheila Watkins and Paddy Wales will guide your plan so your garden will better weather the drought and water restrictions. Pre-registration required. Christine Chandler will give a soup-making workshop Thursday, September 24 at 5 p.m. Learn to make delicious harvest soups. Participants will take home a container of soup. Register early. To register for Your Resilient Garden or Soup Making, email, info@coastbotanicalgarden.org or phone 604740-3969. Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden is at 5941 Mason Road, Sechelt, and is open for summer hours Friday to Wednesday 11 am - 4 pm through October, by donation. Winter hours begin October 1. Members enjoy free visits plus many extra perks. Visit www.coastbotanicalgarden. org for more information. Submitted

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INFORMATION MEETING George Hotel and Residences DATE AND TIME: Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 5 pm – 8 pm. LOCATION: Elphinstone Secondary gym, 840 Gibsons Way

Attend this drop-in format Open House regarding the proposed George Hotel and Residences project. Town staff and George Hotel consultants (architect, geotechnical engineer and traffic consultant) will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions. This information meeting is being held before the Public Hearing to provide you an additional opportunity to review the information to date and have your questions answered. Subsequent to this information meeting, a Public Hearing is scheduled for October 1st, 2015 at 7 pm. where Council will hear what community members have to say about the project. Current information about the project as well as past reports discussed by Council are available on the Town’s website at www.gibsons.ca/the-george. For more information contact the planning department at 604-886-2274 or planning@gibsons.ca. 474 South Fletcher Road, P O Box 340 Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0

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Revolting start to Green Film fall series The Green Film Series starts the fall series with the hilarious hoaxers the Yes Men revealing their latest pranks to expose the climate change crisis in the film The Yes Men Are Revolting. This new film, a follow-up to The Yes Men and The Yes

Men Fix the World will screen on Monday, September 21 at 7:30 pm. at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. For the last 20 years, notorious activists, the Yes Men have staged outrageous hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes

against humanity and the environment. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits and a lack of shame, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world.

This film event will be followed by How to Change the World, a documentary chronicling the fascinating untold history of Greenpeace,

screening Monday, October 5, at 7:30pm at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. An intimate portrait of the group’s original members, this trea-

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Tip of the Week: We are on the eve of Autumn Equinox which occurs on September 23rd at1:21 am PDT. This event coincides with, and in Western Astrology equals, the exact moment the Sun enters the ‘sign’ of Libra. This date has received a lot of attention over the past many years even and especially over the past several months and weeks. Now it is here and we are about to discover if it was all just a bunch of pranks, rumors and hype, or not. We may have to wait until the Solar Eclipse cycle that encompasses this annual turning point is complete, but if the predictions are true the fireworks should begin right away and may well have already begun. The Solar Eclipse New Moon is charged with Saturn at 29 degrees Scorpio and the Lunar North Node at 0 Libra. 0 and 29 are critical degrees speak of ‘themes of overcoming’. Venus at the 15th degree of Leo plays a special role as well and with Mars in Leo as well they together will contribute charm, sparkle and drama too to this exciting, if tense, plot. The gender equality revolution will advance to its next effective stage before the next New Moon so watch for the synchronicities. Pluto remains at the apex point between an opposition of Mercury and Uranus and indicates powerful changes and changes in power. Autumn Equinox is symbolically linked to Libra, the Last Quarter Moon, the waning square, 6 pm and the setting Sun. It marks a definite turning point in the year. The actual Last Quarter of this Moon cycle will occur on October 4th so make note of that date and watch for more major turning point events. The First Quarter Moon occurs on September 21st and the long awaited Lunar Eclipse Super Moon in Aries occurs on September 27th at 7:50 pm PDT. Are you ready? Aries (Mar 21–Apr 20) A process of activating new lifestyle rhythms and patterns continues. This includes seeking answers and higher truths and cultivating a new quality of communication.  Finding the words to best convey your thoughts and feelings may be a challenge now. Inner doubts, and perhaps guilt about the choices you have and are making, linger. As if suddenly, you want insights, guidance and answers. Taurus (Apr 20–May 21) The recent New Moon for you indicates creative new beginnings especially in your job/work. This includes inspirations to make adjustments and improvements in your communications. This is a good time to take key initiatives and

you feel stuck, as though frozen by hidden fears. Focus to identify what beliefs might be holding you back. Let the breakthrough begin. Libra (Sep 22–Oct 22) This lunar cycle could prove to be a challenging one. Circumstances are pushing you to reach deeply into your reserves of faith. This challenging period includes Jupiter in Virgo which began on August 11 and will continue until August 2015. A mix of prayer and surrender will help. Positively, your focus is strong and your warrior spirit is being activated. Scorpio (Oct 22–Nov 21) A growing sense of independence is on your mind. Your inner voice, call it conscience or soul, is hoping to get your attention. This may leave you feeling moody, agitated, impatient… until you begin to listen. A prolonged retreat is not required. The main message is to get your imagination working towards creative ends, but you may need supplies, tools, instruction or simply a healthy dose of inspiration. Sagittarius (Nov 21–Dec 21) Saturn in your sign as of yesterday will activate a new round of activity. Specifically, it will challenge you to be extra disciplined. If circumstances are not clearly indicating your direction then that is what you need to decipher. In the shorter term, opportunities for recognition are coming your way so get ready to engage your adoring fans. Capricorn (Dec 21–Jan 19) An important cycle has begun. It will challenge you to see a bigger picture yet to pay attention to the details as well. It could also prove to pull you in mind and body in a lot of directions. You may have to concentrate to main-

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to launch new momentums with practicality and business in mind. Make strategic efforts to be seen and heard, and you will be. Gemini (May 21–Jun 21) Something new is stirring close to home. It is leading you to change some of your usual perspectives. As though a reset button has been hit, it feels like a fresh start has begun. You have likely been through a lot over the past few years and this is probably a welcome change. It will activate new features of your individuality that you may not have yet realized you even had. Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 22) Many new thoughts, ideas and perspectives are beginning to stir. Some of these are linked to your overall sense of security. As you look to the future with determination to make needed and/or desired changes, you want to feel confident about your choices. A soul searching process is implied, on one hand, and on the other you are willing to reach out to experts. Leo (Jul 22–Aug 23) You want to makes some key moves. Yet to do so with confidence you need more information. You may feel like you are caught in a waiting game in some respects. Positively, you are open to the possibilities and feel inspired to seeing things differently than usual. Rest, work on unfinished projects, and prepare as you can while exercising patience with this temporary period of delay. Virgo (Aug 23–Sep 22) You are in a pioneering and expansive mood. The time is right to take a few risks. In need of more information and answers before you fully execute your plans, however, you are inclined to proceed slowly. At worst

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