Steve O'Neill with Bridge-Free Salish Sea (on right) presents Claire Trevena (NDP-North Island and New Democrat Transportation critic) and Doug Routley (NDP-Nanaimo North Cowichan) with the petition of 2,109 signatures against fixed links among the gulf islands. Submitted photo

Steve O'Neill with Bridge-Free Salish Sea (on right) presents Claire Trevena (NDP-North Island and New Democrat Transportation critic) and Doug Routley (NDP-Nanaimo North Cowichan) with the petition of 2,109 signatures against fixed links among the gulf islands. Submitted photo

Taya McLuckie at Gabriola Elementary School’s Jump Rope For Heart last Thursday. The annual fundraiser by the Heart and Stroke Foundation encourages kids to get active by skipping rope while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research. Over 750,000 other kids take part in more than 4,000 schools across Canada. Sarah Holmes

Taya McLuckie at Gabriola Elementary School’s Jump Rope For Heart last Thursday. The annual fundraiser by the Heart and Stroke Foundation encourages kids to get active by skipping rope while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research. Over 750,000 other kids take part in more than 4,000 schools across Canada. Sarah Holmes

Quill Goldman, his crewmates Mitch Burns and Dylan Davenport and many supporters launched the Dick Smiley on Saturday this past weekend into Silva Bay. Goldman, owner of Barefoot Wooden Boats, is entered in to the Race to Alaska, a 750 mile race from Port Townsend WA to Ketchikan AK, and is purpose-building the Smiley for the race. The boat is named after Richard Lyons (aka Dick Smiley) who passed away a number of years ago and who was a cofounder of Barefoot Wooden Boats. Photo courtesy Hilary Masson.

Quill Goldman, his crewmates Mitch Burns and Dylan Davenport and many supporters launched the Dick Smiley on Saturday this past weekend into Silva Bay. Goldman, owner of Barefoot Wooden Boats, is entered in to the Race to Alaska, a 750 mile race from Port Townsend WA to Ketchikan AK, and is purpose-building the Smiley for the race. The boat is named after Richard Lyons (aka Dick Smiley) who passed away a number of years ago and who was a cofounder of Barefoot Wooden Boats. Photo courtesy Hilary Masson.