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My name is Laurie McConnell, and I’m Your 1st-Person Guide to the Sunshine Coast, for over 15 years! Join me as I explore the Sunshine Coast, Powell River and surrounding islands and waterways in. From a full business directory, to blog (here), to video channel, to curated & trending social media page, to mobile app, […]

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Office hours by appointment only. Meetings are held at Fuse Community WorkHub, 5500 Wharf Avenue 3rd floor (above Wheatberries).

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Call for Vendors and Volunteers: Synchronicity Festival Gibsons August

Call for Vendors and Volunteers: Synchronicity Festival Gibsons August

By on April 2, 2014 in COMMUNITY, VISIT with No Comments

Gibsons, BC: 2014 will mark the 5th Annual Synchronicity Coast Arts Fest and there’s going be more fun, more arts and more festivities than ever! Adding in Friday night to the festivities, this 3 day outdoor arts fest will take place from Friday August 22nd through Sunday August 24th at Shirely Macey Park in Gibsons, […]

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Most Excellent People, Sunshine Coast 2014

Most Excellent People, Sunshine Coast 2014

By on March 21, 2014 in COMMUNITY with No Comments

Is it just me or does the Sunshine Coast have an unusually committed community and stellar individuals under any almost any rock we turn over? It can’t just be me thinking this because the 2014 Celebration of Excellence just announced the award recipients for 2014, and most of them are unknown to me. Arts and […]

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Sunshine Coast Kids: Spring Activity Special Farm Adventure

Sunshine Coast Kids: Spring Activity Special Farm Adventure

By on March 18, 2014 in FEATURED, PLAY with No Comments

Party Ponies and Farm Ventures in Roberts Creek is offering a spring activity special for kids of all ages living on or visiting the Sunshine Coast. Called the ‘Farm Venture’, this destination activity will keep you and yours busy with: Farm Tour, with information and introduction to National Champion Spanish Horses, Ponies, Llama, Mini Horse, […]

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17th Annual Salmon Enhancement Dinner Tix On Sale Now

17th Annual Salmon Enhancement Dinner Tix On Sale Now

By on March 12, 2014 in COMMUNITY, FEATURED with No Comments

The Sunshine Coast Salmon Enhancement Society is holding its 17th annual fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, April 12th, at the Sechelt Seniors Centre. This event is the main fundraising event of the year for the SCSES and provides significant support for the operation of the Society’s Hatchery on Chapman Creek. The hatchery raises and […]

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Gibsons OCP Process Finds New Life with… Pizza?

Gibsons OCP Process Finds New Life with… Pizza?

By on March 7, 2014 in COMMUNITY with No Comments

First, a solid use of the illustrative method of sharing important information in ways that are more readily understood and retained, through this video the Town of Gibsons put up on February 18, 2014: I am curious if folks lobbying snowballs of information at each other over The George Hotel issue a) plan to get […]

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Sunshine Coast Snow Day

Sunshine Coast Snow Day

By on February 24, 2014 in COMMUNITY, LIVE with No Comments

After wishing for 3 months that the McMueller Tribe would experience a snow day, we finally got what we wanted (apologies to all those exasperated by our current weather): over 36 hours of constant snowfall in mounting quiet as drivers wisely elect to stay home. Here’s a few pictures of that rare instance of the […]

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Food for the Soul: Ignite 2014

Food for the Soul: Ignite 2014

By on February 15, 2014 in BUSINESS with No Comments

Yup, that’s right, here we go again. In partnership with Community Futures andSimon Fraser University‘s local entrepreneur accelerator program (leap!), with the support of Vancouver Foundation, FUSE Community Work Hub is thrilled to announce the launch of our second round of Ignite - the 100 Mile Diet version! Ignite 2014 will provide FIVE bursaries to anyone with an exciting or an innovative start-up idea […]

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Death by OCP Sunshine Coast

Death by OCP Sunshine Coast

By on February 14, 2014 in BUSINESS, COMMUNITY with 3 Comments

by Laurie McConnell, Bigpacific.com I have a fundamental problem with Official Community Plans… it is a necessary plan to have, but the way they are organized in our modern times, requiring those who wish to contribute (and protect the ideas they put forward for inclusion over the length of the OCP process) to commit to […]

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Malaspina Water Taxi Under New Ownership

Malaspina Water Taxi Under New Ownership

By on February 13, 2014 in BUSINESS with No Comments

Sunshine Coast Business News When Mark Durland saw the ad on Craigslist for the sale of the Pender Harbour-located Malaspina Water Taxi, he sent out an inquiry immediately. After all, good small businesses are hard to find on the Sunshine Coast, and even harder to come by in Pender Harbour where Mr. Durland happened to already own a house and some acreage. So […]

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Time for a Sunshine Coast Ferry Company?

Time for a Sunshine Coast Ferry Company?

By on January 29, 2014 in BUSINESS, COMMUNITY with No Comments

I came across an interesting submission in the Powell River Peak this week by retired computer engineering systems operations researcher Tom Hobbs, posing an alternative to the money-losing-on-a-grand-scale beast we are so utterly reliant upon. Mr. Hobbs suggests we should scrap the present system and move to ”elect new short routes between our islands, build short […]

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The Power of Vulnerability

The Power of Vulnerability

By on January 10, 2014 in COMMUNITY, FEATURED with 2 Comments

I was thinking yesterday, as I listened to a good friend tell me a story while fighting back his tears decades after the incident, that we really barely know people at all. This man has been in public office in Canada, lived in the wilds, and with his partner raised children so completely off-grid it […]

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Starting 2014 the right way for your Sunshine Coast Business

Starting 2014 the right way for your Sunshine Coast Business

By on January 2, 2014 in BUSINESS with No Comments

by Laurie McConnell, Publisher/Editor Define, Design, Align Your Business and Life’s Leah Goard, soul searching strategic planning partner,  is inviting all Sunshine Coast business owners and/or empowered employees to the upcoming 2014 Soul Inspired Strategic Planning Series starting on January 14th. This 3 part live webinar series is spaced over two weeks, and the calls […]

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Friends of the Gallery – FOG Exhibition runs Jan 8 through Feb 9 2014

Friends of the Gallery – FOG Exhibition runs Jan 8 through Feb 9 2014

By on January 2, 2014 in PLAY with No Comments

For more than 25 years the Friends of the Gallery (FOG) exhibition at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre has been a popular annual event. All current and new Sunshine Coast Arts Council members are invited to display one work of art they have produced in the last year. This year the exhibition runs Jan 8 – Feb 9, 2014. An […]

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Christmas Carol Cruise… coming to an Inlet near you this Saturday!

Christmas Carol Cruise… coming to an Inlet near you this Saturday!

By on December 11, 2013 in LIVE with No Comments

This is what crazy looks like… in 2012, on December 15th at 6pm my spouse and I joined the Annual Christmas Carol Cruise in our kayaks in a light rain and flat calm seas for the leg departing from the day launch by the government wharf and arriving at the community bonfire at Porpoise Bay […]

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That’s Garbage! Art on the Sunshine Coast

That’s Garbage! Art on the Sunshine Coast

By on December 10, 2013 in LIVE with No Comments

Halfmoon Bay artist Gigi Hoeller (the artist formerly or regularly known as Gigi Butterfly) has been undergoing a personal transformation the entire time I have known her, going on 5 years. This is why I was not in the least bit surprised when she began posting images of trash collected daily from her favorite local […]

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