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Busy month for Agriculture Critic

One of my first acts as Agriculture Critic in 2014 was to attend and participate in the State and Rural Leaders (SARL) Summit in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma during the first week of January. Unfortunately my flight was cancelled. I was very disappointed I couldn’t be there, but I’ve been invited back next year. SARL brings ... Read More »

Pat’s Homestyle Chili takes the prize

After a week of preparing the many versions of chili submitted to the first IGA Quest for the Best recipe contest, and staff taste trials, Marketplace IGA owner/managers Bob Hoy (Gibsons, Wilson Creek) and Troy Callewaert (Madeira Park) awarded first place to Pat Rice of Madeira Park. “Pat’s Homestyle Chili recipe offered a perfect balance ... Read More »

Roberts Creek Elementary planting ‘Seeds of Collaboration’

Approximately 50 people – including representatives of School District No. 46 (SD46), the SCRD, supportive community members, school staff and parents – filled the Roberts Creek Elementary School Library recently for a presentation by Dr. Leta Berchailo of Powell River, coordinator of the Discover Imaginate Grow Schoolyard (DIGS) garden project at James Thomson Elementary whereby ... Read More »

When I Walk chronicles film-maker’s life with MS

A multiple award-winning film, When I Walk, to be screened on the Coast this week, chronicles Director/Producer/Writer/Editor Jason DaSilva’s emotional and inspiring journey during the six years following his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Since its 2013 release, the film was named a Critics Pick by New York Times and Village Voice, and picked up a host ... Read More »

Deconstructing Dinner launches Green Film Series Feb. 6

The Green Film Series opens its spring season with the Deconstructing Dinner short films and a talk with writer and producer Jon Steinman on Thursday, February 6 at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse starting at 7:30 p.m. The documentary film series invites us to rediscover food in our communities and our kitchens. The series explores and ... Read More »

Free tax strategies workshop for families living with dementia

Caregivers and people with dementia may qualify for additional tax credits that can save them money. They can find out how to claim the credits, and get other income tax tips, through a free tele-workshop offered by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of BC. Certified financial planner Catherine Laird will lead the two-hour session, entitled Understanding ... Read More »

Catch up on retirement savings

A 2013 survey from Fidelity Investments revealed the average baby boomer is on track to reach just 81 per cent of their retirement income needs for food, shelter and medical care. The survey asked more than 2,000 participants a range of questions on topics, including their health, retirement and saving habits, and found that just ... Read More »

Create a rainwater harvesting system

Harvesting water during peak times of precipitation ensures water will be on hand during drought or when water restrictions are implemented, reducing reliance on underground wells or municipal water systems. Harvesting rainwater also can help prevent flooding and soil erosion. The average homeowner can collect thousands of gallons of rainwater each year. To learn just ... Read More »

Latter-day lovers still say it with flowers

For centuries, flowers, herbs and various plants have given much pleasure to people of all the nations, because their beauty has the unique ability to bring cheer when someone is ill or downhearted, their fragrances can be used to make lovely perfumes, delicate foliage can be used for certain medicines and foods, and pungent smells ... Read More »

Top five cars to drive while you still have a pulse

The 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera is probably the one most capable of preventing the fulfillment of one’s automotive bucket list. With baby boomers seemingly more aware of their own mortality these days, “bucket lists” of things to do before one’s demise have become increasingly popular. 1. 1967 Corvette L88 The L88 was the Corvette ... Read More »

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