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November 25, 2012

You’re Not the Boss of Me

Filed under: Views — Jocko @ 3:34 pm


From Alma Lightbody:

Dear Friends,

First of all I would like to invite you to my launch and book signing at Talisman’s on Pender Island, December 9, at 1pm.

I would also be pleased if you are willing to share the body of this message with other contacts and friends to help ignite my November 28 Amazon Launch. Any help is appreciated.

The launches are for my new book:

You’re Not the Boss of Me: Discover Your Authentic Self

Identity theft is not only financial fraud but can be about the theft of pieces of your soul.  It is time to understand how the agendas and opinions of family, society and technology have stolen parts of your authentic self. Insights in my book will help you discover how to take back your true identity.

See the book Trailer:

While the book is a simple read, only 116 pages, it is full of valuable and helpful information. It is not expensive so will be a great option for Christmas gifts.

For all of you who would like to buy on ‘Amazon,’ unified buying on my launch date of  Wednesday, November 28, would give the book a great start based on exposure and ratings.

If you miss the date of November 28, you can still buy the book online anytime and/or recommend your local bookstore or library bring it in for you.

I would appreciate your help by forwarding this message to as many of your contacts as possible to assist with widespread coverage.

With Love & Gratitude to all of you,

Alma Lightbody

October 14, 2008

Public Lecture

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness,Services,Views — Jocko @ 5:38 pm

Is Disease Mongering the Greatest Threat to Healthcare?

by Alan Cassels

Canadian health care is in crisis and the escalating cost of prescriptions is recognized as one of the key elements of this problem.  University of Victoria drug policy researcher Alan Cassels provides important information on the causes of the increased cost of medications and insights into solutions to tackle this growing problem.  His entertaining prescription for this problem includes a dose of healthy skepticism, humour and poetry.

In Cassels’ new book, The ABC’s of Disease Mongering: An epidemic in 26 letters (Emdash Publishing, Victoria, 2008), the well-known commentator on drug policy tickles your funny bone with his new take on the very real and growing phenomenon of Disease Mongering – the practice of convincing more and more of us that we’re patients, in order to sell us health treatments of all sorts.

Cassels, the co-author of the bestselling Selling Sickness: How the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are turning us all into patients (GreyStone 2005), diagnoses this growng epidemic through the use of engaging rhymes, insightful illustrations and scholarly research.  The book not only gives a fresh new perspective on a health care issue of concern to us all, but creates a new literary genre: Pharmaceutical Policy Poetry.

“By sugar-coating the message with humourous rhymes, maybe we can painlessly spread the word about an epidemic that’s threatening our health and the sustainability of our health care systems”, says Cassels.

Cassels will discuss the phenomenon behind his book, The ABC’s of Disease Mongering, at a public lecture which takes place at the Pender Island Library, 7:00 pm on Thursday October 16th.  All are welcome.

For more information go to:

Sponsored by the Pender Islands Health Care Society

October 9, 2008

Media Watch

Filed under: News,Services,Views — Jocko @ 2:31 pm


CBC News item:

BC Ferries workers get bonuses, despite service cuts, price hikes

View story here: Employee incentive package

Short term vacation rentals probed…

Filed under: Governance and Legal,Views — Jocko @ 12:51 pm

 The following post was submitted by Rodger Moore on Pender:

I would like to know more about the pros and cons of the STVR issue.  As far as I have heard it is a problem, or potential problem, with unruly guests disturbing the neighbours.  Is that true?  What about the Poet’s Cove Resort rentals, I have heard that they rent homes on the island and then re-rent them to their workers.  This seems ok but, again I have “heard”, they rent them back to the workers on a daily basis.  Is this true?  Is that not a Short Term Rental?  I used to work at Camosun College in Victoria, If I was to do a house swap with my friends in Victoria for a week in July is that a Short Term Rental.  If the concern is noise and partying there are perfectly good noise bylaws for that in place and a police force to call to enforce them.  We live in paradise, let’s share it.

September 24, 2008

Notice Board

Filed under: Governance and Legal,Views — Jocko @ 5:43 pm

Island Trust notice:  Saturday October 4, 2008 at the Pender Island Community Hall

North Pender Island Affordable Housing Task Force

Community Information Meeting


Forum on Affordable Housing


12:00 pm:  Meet Task Force members and review materials

1:00 pm:  Presentations, survey results and guest speakers

2:30 pm:  Community comments and questions

Everyone Welcome!

September 3, 2008

Thanks for the thanks!

Filed under: Views — Jocko @ 8:07 pm


Beach access at end of Bridges Rd. (photo: Jocko)

This morning I received an email from a Penderblog reader:

Hi “Jocko”

I just really wanted to tell you how much it means to have your Pender Blog. For those of us not yet able to live on the Island full time but who miss home terribly, you are a link that sustains and keeps us part of the life there. When I am unbearably homesick for Pender, the blog is a lifeline. Thank you Thank you Thank you. It means more to some of us than you can possibly imagine…

C. B.

It’s nice to know you are out there and enjoying Penderblog as much as I enjoy doing it! – J.

June 27, 2008

Cute, but not so cute…

Filed under: Commentary,Gardening,Nature watch,Views — Jocko @ 7:25 pm

Originally posted Dec. 10, 2007 and here updated.

Paranoia of the day!

There has recently been an explosion in the numbers of rabbits in the Okanagan (see Bunny Explosion) for the full story. Having the rapid spread of the Eastern Grey Squirrel on Vancouver Island, one realizes how vulnerable Pender Island is to introduced, invasive plants and animals. If you have a bunny, all precautions should be taken to ensure your lovable pet doesn’t make a breakout and end up causing even more native plants to disappear by their voracious feeding. And think what might happen to your favourite veggie and flower garden! Racoons have been spotted running around the island, so let’s hope they don’t become the kind of problem they are in some urban areas by raiding garbage cans and invading attics and crawlspaces to find harbourage and a place to reproduce.

June 2008 Update: Oh no, rabbits have been reported running loose on Gowlland Point Road. Apparently somebody has somehow let their pets free. Now residents of the area are scrambling to find ways of trapping and relocating the animals, which have an amazing reproductive capacity. If the release cannot be contained, the rabbits will become increasingly feral and no doubt make their way northward. These adorable looking creatures can wreck havoc on native vegetation and crops, and by their tunneling, damage foundations and facilitate the entry of other pests such as rats and mice. Raccoons have reportedly cornered and killed a domestic peacock on the island and they are now another pest to contend with.

June 8, 2008

Way to go!

Filed under: Commentary,Sustainable Living,Views — Jocko @ 7:57 pm

With the relentless ratcheting higher of gas and oil prices, one has to think of alternatives. If you haven’t seen the movie “Who Killed The Electric Car”, I recommend it. In the meantime, there are an encouraging number of new, smart and exciting electric vehicles, either available in other countries, or soon to be manufactured or marketed in Canada.

Check out the website to check out what’s happening and to sign the petition to bring more “friendly travel” options to Pender. It’s good to feel optimistic about our future for a change!

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