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remier Christy Clark announced the formation of Destination BC, a new industry-led, formulafunded Crown corporation that will work collaboratively with tourism stakeholders across the province to market BC’s rich tourism resources. “Our government is listening to members of the tourism industry and has established Destination BC, which will market our beautiful province to travellers around the world,” said Premier Clark. “What’s most exciting about this new organization is that it was designed by tourism operators
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Regional District promoting economic development on the Sunshine Coast Coast Watch Garry Nohr Chair Sunshine Coast Regional District and Repesentative for Halfmoon Bay, Area B
ver the years, local elected officials have assisted in economic development at many levels, lately for a Coast-wide program. Many residents favour hiring an economic development officer to work in conjunction with a Coast-wide advisory group. As the regional district moved forward in this regard, staff researched different areas of the province to see what works and what does not. There were many stories of success and failure. For doing their due diligence some elected officials have been challenged for taking too much time to find a program. Many people, both elected and otherwise, say they do not want more research or discussion papers and have asked the different governments, especially the SCRD, to find a resultbased program. As SCRD Chair, I cannot go through a week without someone telling me how we, as elected officials, should manage such a program. Meanwhile, many others
inform me that government should stay out of the governance of an economic development program, but if there is one, there should be immediate results. There have been suggestions that we fund libraries more, as they provide the materials and guides that people in the local community use to look for jobs or positions and to get ideas on opening or maintaining a business. Local Chambers of Commerce are also trying to help both local and prospective businesses on the Coast. Others feel that distance marketing for tourism, in conjunction with building trails and parks and upgrading our recreational centres, is the most important thing that local government could do for economic development. All local governments have funded the expansion of the hospital, which has led to jobs and will be an attraction for people considering a move to the Coast. The regional district and local mayors have put time and effort into discussing with provincial agencies how the BC Ferries system affects the local economy and what needs to be done to help. Although not really a function of local government, elected officials have
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Editorial Opinion Snoopy and the Red Baron
aking up to the low rumble of the inboard engine on the 23-foot Chris Craft vessel, as we floated down the Trent Servern Canal was a good feeling. The canal is 386 km and connects Lake Ontario to Lake Huron. It’s comprised of 44 locks, that enable boats to go down hill while always remaining level. Basically, it cuts out the waterfalls and rapids and makes for an amazing journey. My grandpa’s real name was Francis, but we called him Dean, and funny enough, his friends called him Jim - not even his name. For several summers in a row, Dean and Granny would take my 2 brothers and I off on a wonderful excursion. Either we would sail through the Thousand Islands outside of Kingston or up the Trent Canal System through cottage country. Mornings would usually start with Granny cooking a mass of pancakes on the griddle. After stuffing ourselves, we would tidy up the mess and climb up on the roof of the boat where we would launch ourselves off and go for a quick dip. While pulling into the lock in Bobcaygeon, my 10 year old brother at the helm, and my little brother and I reaching out with boat hooks to grab onto the side and pull us in, I always was impressed at how relaxed Dean was as he let out a few simple commands and we were able to dock that boat perfectly. It was the seventies, and things were a bit looser back then. You know, around the time when Instant coffee and Polaroids were still impressive., Later, I learned just why Dean was so calm and cool with our landings. He was an air traffic controller in World War II. Imagine standing in a small room with a two-way radio that barely works and trying to talk down young pilots. They were forced to land on airstrips they had never seen, in places they had never been. The fog would be rolling in thick, and maybe a big Atlantic storm with driving sleet and rain would pop up out of nowhere. The winds would push those little aircraft around like dead leaves off a tree. The poor young pilots up there, scared out of their minds would have to place their lives in each other’s hands all the time. I can only imagine the level of trust and extreme pressure these soldiers were thrust into back then. Dean passed away a few years ago, but I received two wooden model planes from him that my children play with nowadays. They are of Snoopy and the Red Baron and remind me of him telling us stories, like what happened after Winston Churchill announced that Germany surrendered. The end of the war was met with huge celebrations across Canada. Dean was in Halifax, Nova Scotia where the VE-Day celebrations started as a festive event but quickly turned into a big riot. Dean was an officer at this point and they were tucked away safely (drinking scotch), but for two days, people roamed the streets, drinking, smashing windows, looting businesses and setting fires. It wasn’t the best way to celebrate, but we’ve had our own taste of ugly riots here, at times when people should have been simply celebrating a great hockey season. There are several Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place on the Coast this year. Please remember that these poppies we have on represent real people. Remember that these wreaths we lay down represent lives that were given up so that you and I can enjoy life. Remember that the moment of silence is only one minute out of a year that we offer this up to those brave young men and women who believed that fighting for freedom was worth it. And it wasn’t just the soldiers, it was the mothers, wives and everyone back home sending support to all those on the front lines. So, the best thing you can do this week, for all those that paid the ultimate price, is to remind yourself to enjoy life and it’s simple beauties, and help others do the same. Jim Dorey, Editor
Letters to the Editor – Opinions Lest we forget The poem was written by Nicholas Peters, just after the outbreak of World War II in 1939. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and trained as a flying officer. He died on the night of March 8, 1945 after his aircraft was hit by enemy fire. The poem is from a collection of Peters’ work entitled Another Morn. THE WARS WE MAKE I gaze into the world with sorrowing eyes And see the wide-abounding fruits of hate. We fight, we say, for peace, and find The wars we make To be a spring of hate and source of future wars. Is there no peace for man No hope that this accursed flow Of blood may cease Is this our destiny: to kill and maim for peace? Or is this `peace’ we strive to gain A thin unholy masquerade Which, when our pride, our greed, our gain is touched too far. Is shed, and stands uncovered what we are? Show me your light, O God That I may fight for peace with peace And not with war; To prove my love with love, And hate no more! Author: Nicholas Peters Some twenty years ago, my wife and I stood beside
Peters’ grave in an allied war cemetery in Germany, with a huge sword on a cross backdrop and as I read the poem out loud, we grieved for him and the countless others buried there “row on row” in those graveyards of Europe. Quietly they lie now, sometimes friend and foe close together with so much of life still waiting to be lived. Most of the last verse of Peters’ poem is inscribed on his tombstone with “me” and “I” changed to “us” and “we”. Show us your light, O God that we may fight for peace with peace and not with war. I dream of the day when all of us, governments included, will listen to this soldier’s plea. Stan Penner
Save Wilson Creek forest We were shocked to be informed last week that the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) intends to proceed with logging what we have come to know as the Wilson Creek Forest, Block EW002. This amounts to an outright betrayal of commitments made to the community when logging this forest was deferred last year. In the Press Release, signed by Glen Bonderud, Chair of SCCF, of May 31, 2011 it states that “SCPI is deferring cutting in this
block in order to study various proposals and suggestions made regarding this area”. We have seen no evidence of a single proposal or suggestion being studied as an alternative to logging. We know many suggestions have been made. One major proposal, now part of the recently adopted Roberts Creek Official Community Plan, is for an expanded 1500 hectare Mt. Elphinstone Park. The Wilson Creek Forest (EW002) forms the key western portion of this proposed Park. In the same Press Release Glen Bonderud is quoted as saying “Our goal is to meet and satisfy both our regulatory obligations and community concerns”. Community concerns about logging this last significant size lower elevation forest in the Wilson Creek watershed have been expressed by citizens sending in hundreds of cards, letters and e-mails to the SCCF. Community Associations have passed motions, sent letters and put up banners all asking for protection of this forest. It is clear that there is a broad consensus in the community that this forest should not be logged. If the SCCF management of the forest is based on community values, and if they honour commitments made, there is only one option for the Wilson Creek forest; it has to be saved. Hans Penner, Sunshine Coast
Noise bylaw up for debate I notice that the Noise Bylaw is on the council agenda with a staff recommendation for enactment in due course. It seems to me that there are two specific changes that may be of interest to the public at large. The first is the removal of an absolute time limit of midnight for music and amplified sound. Presently council can grant an exemption to the noise bylaw that permits these activities on private property to continue beyond the 23:00 hour limit but not beyond 24:00 hours. Similar restrictions are applied to events on District property. The proposed bylaw removes the midnight limitation, conceivably allowing this noise to continue until all hours. The second change concerns construction noise as defined by the bylaw and is, in my opinion, potentially more problematic. At present any exemption requires approval by council at a public meeting. The proposed changes would enable staff to approve a multiple day, round the clock exemption to an applicant upon request. This could happen with no consultation or notice to any affected parties. It all smacks of Harper-esque tactics to avoid the inconvenience of public debate. (Letters continued on page 5)
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Letters to the Editor (Letters continued from page 4) The staff report makes comments about streamlining processes and reducing red tape but we all know that the term red tape is often just code for regulation that someone finds inconvenient. In actual fact what these changes do is remove public noise protection from the public process. Val Morris, Sechelt
Prescription drug abuse With respect to John Weston’s latest dispatch, A pledge to a healthier Canada, it’s beginning to look like the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. The same government that is encouraging increased drug use with its frontal assault on natural medicines, is now wringing its hands over the rising problem of prescription drug abuse. How does Mr. Weston define this abuse? If you assume that he’s referring to excessive frequency of use, overdosing, or mixing incompatible drugs – not to mention using drugs you don’t actually need – you’d be wrong. According to Mr. Weston, prescription drug abuse consists of having unwanted drugs in your possession. Unwanted by whom? If I don’t want them, how did they come to be in my possession? And if pharmacists don’t
want them, why are they stocking them? If you view this as a dubious assertion, please reread the dispatch. It’s rather ironic that Mr. Weston then segues into mentioning drug-free activities for youth as though they’re in competition with drug-based activities, since the primary demographic for prescription drug abuse is senior citizens. And speaking of youth, Mr. Weston was unable to resist reminding us, once again, of his visionary drug policy (Bill C-475), which has come to be known as the first step in the creation of his “legacy.” In keeping with his pattern of creating bills that highlight problems without actually doing anything to ameliorate them, Bill C-475 has virtually no effect on the use of crystal meth. The McCreary Centre has reported that “98 percent of Vancouver’s teenagers have never tried any kind of methamphetamines, with the exception of homeless teenagers, almost all of whom have tried it and many of whom are addicted.” It’s clear that increasing assistance for homeless youth would be more effective in reducing abuse of crystal meth than expanding the prison industry. It’s also worth noting that, according to the Vancouver-based International Centre for Science in Drug
Policy, “Time and again, researchers found that a gettough approach to drugs resulted in increased levels of violence, gun crime, murders, higher profits for organized crime and even the instability of nations. In addition, the increased popularity of mandatory minimum sentences and three-strikes laws in some jurisdictions has resulted in the incarceration of huge numbers of people at massive cost to taxpayers.” George Kosinski. Gibsons
Municipal and Regional District Tax Dear Honourable Pat Bell, MLA We are responding further to our previous letters. With respect to the Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) support letters to have been submitted to the Minister on October 31, 2012, we ask the Minister: 1. To provide the final tally of letters submitted in support of the MRDT effective October 31. 2. To recognize that the form letters submitted in support of the MRDT do not meet legislation. 3. To declare that, “The MRDT initiative has failed”. Minister Bell, we appreciate and thank you for your time and interest. We be-
lieve your personal awareness has been demonstrated to be appropriate, imperative and self-evident. Colin F. MacLean, Roberts Creek
Wilson Creek forest slated to be cut A compelling reason that shows that the Wilson Creek Forest deserves to be protected is its retention of bio-diversity and its oldgrowth characteristics. The Ministry of Forests’ own guidelines state that society needs to protect the biodiversity of Crown forests. Biodiversity is important for a number of reasons: • It provides jobs and the forest products we all use, both now and in the future. • It keeps our environment healthy and strong, and resistant to disease, insect epidemics, pollution, and global warming. • It is important to protect biodiversity for future generations. The way we manage our forest resources can threaten British Columbia’s rich biodiversity. We must take action today to protect biodiversity, so that we will continue to enjoy the jobs, recreation, and cultural uses those forests give us. http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/ hfp/training/00001/module01/biodiversity.htm
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To further support this argument, please note that SCCF’s own Forest Stewardship document acknowledges that protecting old-growth is an important management objective, and I quote: “Most small patches of lower-elevation old growth were included in OGMAs as part of the Chapman Landscape Unit plan. Additional patches have been discovered during our field work and by community members, and these have been removed from Timber Harvesting Land Base (THLB) because of their importance to biodiversity”. Please note that the EW002 western falling boundary runs right alongside an Old Growth Management Area (OGMA). Where does the old-growth begin and end in this section of the forest? Many in the community, urge SCCF to finally acknowledge that the Wilson Creek Forest contains many old-growth attributes, like the 40+ Vet Douglas-firs, and the amazing Sitka Spruce grove. The lower section has lower age class stands, which brings down the age class to a 7 (140-160 years). However, 5 minutes along the trail anyone with their eyes open will begin to sense that they are walking through an older forest. I would guess, that if SCCF only looked at the age where the older trees are (the White Pine, Sitka
Spruce and Doug-Firs) the age class would rise to an 8 or perhaps even a 9 (oldgrowth class). To date, SCCF has not acknowledges that sections of the Wilson Creek forest are an old-growth forest. Since this area was identified by SCCF, the goal was to log it. However, community members now know the significance of this important old forest to bio-diversity. The Bio-Diversity Loop trail has been visited by several school groups, over 200 residents and several Sechelt (shishalh) elders. It’s also known as a high-value mushroom picking area by shishalth. In the coming week, a shishalh hereditary family member will place a Two-Headed Thunderbird in the forest signifying, in his words that this forest will be protected. Technically, the whole 27 hectares may not be classified as old-growth, however the upper portion certainly exhibits many old-growth forest features - the most dramatic being the high, open under-story canopy that supports a host of plants only found in older forests. It is essential and reasonable, to remove EW002 from SCCF’s OGMA and get on with harvesting other SCCF cutblocks. This will thus meet SCCF’s objective of retaining bio-diversity as found in these older forests. Ross Muirhead, Roberts Creek
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he poppy has stood as the official symbol of Canada’s Remembrance Day since 1921, a visual reminder of all those who made the Nov. 8, 2012 ultimate sacrifice for war. Some may wonder why this small flower is used to represent the fallen soldier. Poppies and fallen soldiers have a long history together. The origins of the flower can be traced back to the Napoleonic wars in France. During these of unrest and batNov.times 11, 2011 tle, many soldiers went on to final resting places in graves in Flanders, France. Ensuing literature describPetro remembrance 1045 ing howCan poppies grew so thickly and vibrantly over these graves – in soil
that once could not produce much vegetation. Years later, a soldier would be instrumental in bringing the symbol of the poppy to the hearts and minds of Canadians. When John McCrae served in World War I as a Lieutenant-Colonel, he was stationed near Ypres, Belgium, the area traditionally called Flanders. McCrae observed how poppies grew so well among the makeshift graves of the soliders, which were marked by wooden crosses. When McCrae lost a fellow soldier and close friend, he penned a poem called “In Flanders Fields” and portrayed the picture of war and the poppy flower visual.
In Flanders Fields In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Nov. 8, 2012 Between the crosses row on row, Canadian Tire remembrance 1045 That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie Nov. 8, 2012 In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. To this day, McCrae’s poem remains among the most memorable war poems ever written. It also paved the way for the poppy flower to be one of the most recognized symbols of wartime
remembrance. Thousands of poppies are placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Remembrance Day participants wear poppies on their lapels.
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In Remembrance •November 11, 2012
In dedication Remembrance Day ceremonies to those who served on the Sunshine Coast
HONOURING OUR VETERANS
Lest We Forget
Ceremony at Roberts Creek Legion
The Royal Canadian Legion, Gibsons Branch109 has asked people to meet at the Cenotaph at 10:30am on November 11, to share in the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies. Following the laying of the wreath, they will observe a minute of silence in honour of fallen veterans. Following there will be refreshments served at the Legion with entertainment starting at 1pm.
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The Royal Canadian Legion, Sechelt Branch 140 has asked people to meet at the Legion at 10:30am on November 11 to see the beginning of the parade. It will march over to the Cenotaph at Wharf and Cowrie street. There they will host the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies, including the laying of the wreath, and a minute of silence in honour of fallen veterans. Following the ceremonies, there will be refreshments served at the Legion with entertainment provided by Reg and friends.
The Royal Canadian Legion, Roberts Creek Branch 219 has asked people to meet at the Cenotaph at 10:30am on November 11, to share in the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies. Following the laying of the wreath, they will observe a minute of silence in honour of fallen veterans. Following the ceremony, there will be refreshments served at the Roberts Creek Legion.
The Royal Canadian Legion, Madeira Park 112 has asked people to meet at 10:30am on November 11 to see the start of the parade. Following the parade attendees are invited to share in the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies, including the laying of the wreath, and a minute of silence in honour of fallen veterans. Following the ceremony everyone is invited to come and enjoy refreshments at the Madeira Park Legion.
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sophical. At worst you feel lost. Tune in! Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Michael Getting extra clear on O’Connor where your commitments lie Astrologer continues. Your sights are set on the future. A revolutionTip of the Week: ary urge is leading you forThe next round ofNov. US1, 2012 ward. Ambition is certainly presidential leadership has a factor and you are not so begun. This will be a par- inclined to reveal all of your ticularly potent stretch reasons, plans or strategy. of years, according to the This may be causing some planetary alignments. With upset with others. The floatUranus and Pluto locked in ing question is: whose intera tight match, a cycle which ests are you truly pursuing? will continue until early Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) These are both expansive 2016, the tone is tense. Of course, the same can be said and contractive times for of all governments and lead- you. Increasing your scope ership in the world. True, of influence and/or travel we have been in revolution- and adventure is the expanary times for decades, even sive part. Becoming more centuries, yet this next few disciplined in your daily years presents a very June 14, 2012sharp rhythm is the contractive elturn in a narrow chan- ement. The latter emphasiznel boasting a significant es health. Deciphering just where you belong or best descent. Like a livelyLegion river 1045 Gibsons with a swift current and fit in the world is featured. many bends there is plenty Avoid paying lip service, of reason to be excited, speak your truth! and alert. A global culture Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Tapping your own and is clearly being born. Cosmopolitan cities and even the creative resources of othcountries are the emerging ers is a current theme. The norm. Humanity is being pace of change has likely pushed to acknowledge and slowed and now you need embrace the fact that the to pursue new interests. The Nov. once 8, 2012 sooner you can decipher a lines of division that seemed so clear, are dissolv- direction the better. This is ing at a steady rate. Secular an invitation to explore and traditions, customs and cultivate latent talents. Key philosophies in all sectors of people and circumstances Claytons crossword 1045 society and on a global scale continue to push and now are where the casualty is it is time to push back! Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) most evident. Beyond race, Focusing to fortify your religion, creed and so on, the clashing of economies base and build-up your core due to multi-national inter- strengths is a central theme ests, a centuries old theme, these days. Discipline is rerages on. True democracy quired and organization is imboth invites and challenges plied. This process of setting the stage and preparing the increased participation. Nov. 8, 2012 Thanks to the internet, un- ground is important. Once censored public opinion you do, your confidences has reached unprecedented will rise and you feel not only levels and these records will ready, but excited and deterbe broken yet. What inter- mined to break through. Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) esting times! (PS – Mercury You have entered a deep is Retrograde in Sagittarius / and dynamic learning Scorpio: Nov. 6 – 26) curve. If you feel at all unAries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) You are likely a very for- certain of your direction, ward oriented person and take the time to decipher this is especially important it now, the sooner the betnow. You may however feel ter. You stand to achieve a the urge to retreat, but can great deal. By outlining the you? Affordability may be parameters you will know one issue. Anticipating this where, how and when to fill significant change of pace in the blanks. There is reaand rhythm is important son to say you want to share now. At best you’re perspec- something deep and beautitive is reflective and philo- ful. Begin it now!
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Sunshine Coast Women’s Soccer is more than a sport E
very Sunday shortly after making a big breakfast for my brood of boys, the butterflies take residence in my stomach and the nerves get a bit twitchy. These are sure signs of soccer Sunday. Having started playing soccer about 6 years ago, and even with these pre-game nerves creeping up each week, something brings me back to the soccer pitch with a smile on my face. It could be the fresh air, the teammates and camaraderie or even just the thrill of the game. In the busyness of life where us womenfolk are often juggling multiple roles, there is something therapeutic about focusing on a ball for 2 hours. There is also a wonderful power in women athletes pushing themselves to do the best they can, even after having too much fun on a Saturday night. My own brave team took me on with no experience in the sport, and patiently encouraged me to the point where now I can debrief
the intricacies of a specific play for 4 hours with any footy veteran. Every Sunday, as the women of our 7 coastal teams put on their battle gear of shin pads, cleats and Advil, a myriad of sporting moments unfurl. Within each of us, and on every team, there is the good sportsman, the vicious warrior, the lazy daydreamer, the chatterbox, and the fancy playmaker. The clichés we spew to our children become real as we only do well when we work together, we should always listen to the ref even if we think we know better, and we push ourselves to dig deep for our team. There is also a power in what women’s soccer does for our community off the field. Whenever there is a birth, a marriage, a divorce, an injury or any one of life’s significant moments, the team is there to celebrate, support, make food or generate laughter. Soccer Sunday gets me
The Sunshine Coast Women’s Soccer League is both competitive, yet still fun. The woman play for the social interaction, fitness, and pure enjoyment of the game.
out of my usual circle and connects me with women of all ages, backgrounds and interests from Langdale to Pender Harbour.
Sunshine Coast Women’s soccer is skilled, fun, intense, physical and full of good times. See you on the pitch. Submitted
Sunshine Coast real estate market update for October Real Estate Tips Kenan MacKenzie Sunshine Coast Real Estate News
etached listings There are 598 current detached listings and 423 sales year-to-dates. The current market’s hot price range is between $301,000 and $400,000, with 130 of the sales occurring in this price range. With the current pace of sales this represents a 14-month supply of listings. Comparing the previous year’s detached sales, in 2011 for the same time period, we had 326 sales. Wow, so far this year
we are up on detached sales by 97 homes over the previous year and our monthly supply has fallen by 2 months. We are far from a balanced market or a seller’s market but this is a huge improvement. Attached Listing There are 149 current attached listings and 83 sales year-to-date. With the current pace of sales this represents an 18-month supply of listings. Comparing the previous year’s attached sales for the same time period, we had 87 sales. Attached listings represents strata unit apartments, condos and townhouses. A little improvement here as well.
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Land listing There are 451 bare land listings and 54 sales yearto-date. With the current pace of sales this represents an 83-month supply. Comparing the previous year’s bare land sales, in 2011 for the same time period we had 71 sales. There are some great deals on lots – even in this area, where we saw the monthly supply come down The market was definitely a little better in October but you are working hard to put the deals together. The detached sales for the month of October by price zero to 300,000, with 8 sales; $301,000 to $400,000 with 11 sales; $401,000 to
$500,000 with five sales; $501,000 to $600,000 with one sale; $601,000 to $700,000 with one sale, $701,000 to $800,000 with zero sales; $801,000 to $900,000 with zero sales, $901,000. $1,000,000 with one sale and one sale over a $1,000,000 this month. We are starting to see the listing count going down for two reasons; people take their homes off the market for the winter and there was an increase in detached sales over the previous year. If you have been sitting on the fence waiting for the best time to buy, it is now. Prices are down and interest rates are still at record lows.
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Scruffy, little dog sparks attention RECEIVERSHIP AUCTION A long established wholesaler of fine Persian / Eastern, imported handmade, wool and silk carpets has been seized by creditors. Their assets are ordered to be sold by auction liquidations.
emember Little Miss Sunshine? It’s been six years, but finally we have another movie by the same directors. Ruby Sparks with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan is another charmer. Dano plays a writer who, after early success, is now tormented by writer’s block. His glum personality makes him isolated and lonely so his psychiatrist, warmly played by Elliot Gould, recommends he get a dog, which will hopefully get him out and create some human interaction. The scruffy little thing is dull and “pees like a girl” so wins him no friends. Next suggestion, work on the writing – write about someone who likes the dog anyway, just the way he is. Now it all takes off. Using an old Olympia typewriter, he begins to create a sweet, colourful character who likes them both just for who they are. Trouble is, she actually appears in real life, in his kitchen, as if she’s always been around. Even more interesting, he can edit, rewrite, and make her into his ideal friend. It’s trickier than he thinks. Eventually she develops her own charac-
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teristics and desires that don’t fit with his, and what will happen if he loses control? Now this is not yet another overdone look at what men think of women. The script is written by Zoe Kazan, who plays this seemingly puppet like character herself. It is about relationships, not genders, and the story is told with sensitivity and wit. There are terrific supporting roles by Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas as the odd but endearing parents, and the nostalgic use of the old typewriter throughout is almost tactile for the viewer. Remember those distinctive clicks and
pings? Lost to memory now, but I remember when you wrote something on one of those - you felt it! This is a nice little movie that excites the imagination.
Masterpieces of wealth caliber! LARGE WOOL AND SILK PERSIAN: ORIENTAL RUGS
CROSSWORD ON PAGE 8
Plus many more from other corporate contracts! ~ TRADITIONAL, AS WELL AS CONTEMPORARY ~ TURKOMAN, LARGE SILK JAIPUR, TABRIZ, KASHAN, SHIRAZ GASHGAI, SILK TABRIZ, FINE GABEH, ANTIQUE SIRJAN,SAROUG, NEPAL, MEIMEHI, CHOBI, FINE NAIN, TIBETTAN,TRIBAL BALOUCH, ONE OF A KIND VILLAGE RUGS, RUNNERS, OVERSIZED AND MANY LARGE DINING & LIVING ROOM SIZES. Terms: Cash, Visa, MC and Amex. 15% buyers’ premium plus HST applicable. Some items in advertisement are subject to prior sales/error/omissions. Licensed auctioneers. For more info please call 604-229-1800
The Sunshine Coast
TV AUCTION is back!
…better than ever! Saturday, November 17, 2012 COAST TV Channel 11 • 5-11pm
Please see the Nov. 15 issue of THE LOCAL for a detailed list of items. • Hotel & Travel Packages • Media Packages See the auction • Lots of Gift Certificates • $2,500 Outdoor and BBQ Entertainment Package • Health & Wellness • Kitchen or Bath Cabinets • One Week in Mexico
• Clothing • Dining • Home Decor • Automotive • Tools • And Much More!
LIVE! Driftwood Inn
Free snacks provided
Bring cell phones!
PRE-BID ONLINE Nov. 12 to 17 at: suncoastcentral.com/rotaryauction Rotary Auction 1045
Nov. 8, 2012
The Local - Thursday, November 8, 2012