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Thousands practise for an earthquake

Thousands of Coasters dropped, covered and held on at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20 as part of the largest earthquake drill in B.C. A total of 3,684 people from the Sunshine Coast signed up for this year's Great B.C.

Halloween can be frightening on everyone's teeth

This Halloween many children will be exposed to a bounty of toffee, suckers, gum, liquorice, chocolate and more.

Women urged to get Pap tests to help save lives

The BC Cancer Agency is urging women to get screened for cervical cancer by getting a Pap test during Pap Awareness Week, Oct. 23 to 29. There will be three clinics offered on the Sunshine Coast, in Gibsons, Sechelt and Pender Harbour.

What to do about climate change

Richard Hebda of the Royal British Columbia Museum will speak in the Sparling Pavilion at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden this Saturday morning (Oct. 22) at 11 a.m.

Building leaders through volunteerism

For 40 years Canada World Youth (CWY) has enabled 34,000 youth aged 15 to 29 to participate in international co-operation programs hosted by 11,000 families in more than 67 countries. This week (Oct.

Job training makes a difference

Jordan McCourt has received his first pay cheque from the Sunshine Shack. He worked four hours every week for a month practising his new skills at the now familiar kiosk at the Gibsons and Area Community Centre.

Apple Festival a huge success

Apples, already picked from local trees, are washed, snitzed and squished into applesauce. Now it's time to get to work. The first light of dawn illuminates Thormanby Island, and a tug heads to the Fraser with yet another load of timber. By 7 a.m.

Parents explore and discover at conference

Are there any safe and acceptable levels of environmental poisons like lead, pesticides, PCBs and the phthalates found in many plastics? According to Simon Fraser University professor and researcher Bruce Lanphear, in the field of children's environm

Suffering from depression? Help is available

A banana a day - will keep the depression away? Well, maybe it's not quite that simple, but it is true that foods rich in serotonin can help to elevate your mood. But it doesn't stop at your diet, exercise is right up there, too.

From Gibsons to Costa Rica with love

Operation Christmas Child, a national campaign, continues to be supported by the Sunshine Coast community.