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Remedies while roughing it

This Summer I went on a fantastic backcountry trip for a week in Marvel Pass, Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park and we accessed the pass from Kootenay National Park at the trailhead of Aurora Creek.  We saw no one during our week, it was remote and unbelievably beautiful.  This was not only a backpacking trip, but ... Read More »

Harvest Fest at the Botanical Garden

The Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden welcomed more than 500 visitors Sept. 4 for its annual Harvest Festival, featuring live music, food, demonstration tents by the Spinners and Weavers Guild, Astronomy Club, One Straw Society, Beekeepers Association, Woodcrafters Guild, and lots of growing things everywhere, and in the abundant vegetable garden, left. Rik Jespersen photo Read More »

Help with grieving

When someone in our life dies, it rips a hole through us—and it doesn’t get easier just because we’re older. But “grief shared is grief halved,” says Esme Stokhuyzen, who has facilitated 13 grief groups with Sunshine Coast Hospice Society. Coast Hospice is offering two bereavement groups in Sechelt this fall—an evening group from Wed., ... Read More »

Landfill rules changing re building materials

Effective September 19, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is introducing new requirements for testing and disposing of materials containing asbestos. [The Local reported details on this coming change in June: see here.] “Before someone begins a renovation or demolition project, they should contact a qualified company that deals with asbestos to help determine what ... Read More »

Living with a loved one’s mental illness

The BC Schizophrenia Society – Sunshine Coast Branch, in partnership with the North Shore Schizophrenia Society, is pleased to offer “Family to Family”, a free, intensive, 12-session program for family and friends of persons who have a mental illness. Participants learn from and give support to each other within the structure of this well- tested ... Read More »

Late summer fun at ‘The Bot’

For a blast of late summer fun, come to Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 4, 11am-4 pm, 5941 Mason Road, West Sechelt.  You’ll enjoy vegetable harvesting, sales of organic garlic, home baking, preserves, honey and plants, plus live music by Brothers in Farms. There will be oodles of family activities – ... Read More »

Dog-walking with leash an important skill

Dogs sometimes pull on the leash because the dog walks at a faster pace than the handler. Sometimes dogs have been inadvertently rewarded for pulling (like when they see someone they like and pull toward them to greet the person). Not only is this often uncomfortable for the handler and presumably the dog, but collar ... Read More »

Astronomy poster winner announced

This poster took first place in a contest for young people to promote astronomy on the Sunshine Coast. Entitled “Sleepers of Ephesus,” it was designed by Jessica Carroll, 14, of Roberts Creek, who won a telescope from the Royal Astronomical Society. Another telescope, for those under 10, was awarded to sisters Miyo, aged 5, and ... Read More »

Nearby planets to be flying low

Mercury will be very low in the morning twilight after mid-September. Venus will be very low in the west south west in the evening twilight. Mars is low in the south south west after dark and sets in the south west near 11pm. Jupiter is not observable in September. Saturn is low in the south ... Read More »

Seniors’ survey seeks volunteers

BC’s Seniors Advocate is continuing to recruit volunteers for a survey of 27,000 seniors living in 300 residential care facilities across BC. “This is the first time in this province that we have had volunteers sit face to face with some of our most vulnerable seniors on such a large scale and the feedback we’re ... Read More »

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