Writing and Expression From The Sunshine Coast


Social Investment In B.C.

Canadians have been talking about health care spending for what seems like an eternity, and as such, it is an eye-glazing topic for most folks. Perhaps this is because a sense of fatalism has set in; no one can see a way in which we can make the system better with so many other spending… Keep Reading


Youth And Depression

A young friend asked me recently about the initial signs of depression. What are they? More importantly, he asked me about talking openly about the increasingly sad moods that are a part of his life. He is 19, in university, and is deathly afraid of the stigma that attends mental illness. Keep Reading


The Courage To Come Back

Nestled atop our local cinema is a place of art and music, light and colour. People come here to share and to laugh and to dance – to join a fluid, diverse community of creative folks. This is Janice and Moose’s place. (Moose has four legs and a wet nose.) Keep Reading


The Walmart Myth

It seems every time a sizable vacant property is cleared, Sunshine Coast residents start speculating about whether Walmart Canada is coming to the area. It’s been nearly a decade since Walmart announced it was going to build a 115,000-sq.-ft. store, in partnership with Wesbild, beside the Gibsons Park Plaza. From www.coastreporter.net Keep Reading


Climate Change Critics Can’t Ignore Facts

World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, U.S. government agencies said on Wednesday. The data, supported by findings from other organisations, was issued two days… Keep Reading


Violence, Media, and Kids

Michael Maser here in Gibsons has developed a very important idea about the impact of broadcast news violence on kids.  Here’s his site.  Sign the petition. http://www.choosenews.org Keep Reading


No farms, no beer

The clock is ticking for Persephone Brewing Co. after a panel of the Agricultural Land Commission gave the Sunshine Coast’s farm-based brewery two years to comply with provincial regulations, or halt operations. Persephone had hoped to get around a requirement that it grow at least 50 per cent of the raw material for its beer… Keep Reading


Ghee – The Secret Ingredient

Ghee has long been considered the healthiest source of fat in the Ayurvedic diet. It may offer many benefits, including promoting longevity and protection from various diseases. Ghee has been used for thousands of years as an Ayurvedic therapy. It has been used to: improve memory strengthen the nervous system lubricate connective tissues strengthen digestion… Keep Reading


Trump, Putin, hacking

Vyacheslav Molotov, Stalin’s foreign minister, once remarked while on a trip to Berlin in the early days of the Cold War, “The trouble with free elections is that you never know how they will turn out.” On the morning of November 9th, Molotov’s grandson, Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of the Russian Duma’s foreign-affairs committee, announced… Keep Reading


Blues In The Key Of Winter

  As goes the Sun, so goes the mood. For some people, short dark winter days are a time of low energy and sad spirits. Virginia Woolf, who knew a bit about gloom, wrote: “Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night.” This seasonal dreariness can lead to productive introspection and creativity – or it… Keep Reading

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