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Asking questions is not interrogation

(Re: “Gospel Rock and other chairing challenges,” article, the Local, March 25) Thank you, Councillor Annemarie De Andrade, for doing your job as a councillor representing the residents of Gibsons by asking hard questions and taking the time to “do your own research” to educate yourself on the matters before council. Mayor Beamish, don’t you ... Read More »

System deficiencies

(Re: “Vaccine bookings,” letters, the Local, March 25) Jennie Tschoban is impatient with complaints about BC’s vaccine roll-out and asks what the big deal is about waiting on the phone to book an appointment. The big deal is COVID-19. With daily cases at near-record levels, a reliable booking system is crucial. Yet even with a ... Read More »

Tax increases contribute to rental property “conundrum”

Rate increases for 2021 housing rentals have been capped at 1.4 percent by the Province. With property tax levies set to increase by multiple times that rate, the profitability of long-term accommodation rentals is reduced. Gibsons area resident and former council member Lee Ann Johnson raised concerns about this on March 23 during the Town’s ... Read More »

Gibsons engagement on 2021 budget

The “Team Sunshine Coast” approach was used by Gibsons on its initial online 2021 budget public engagement session. Town council and staff tapped into Zoom meeting expertise developed by their counterparts in Sechelt to host an interactive session that was attended virtually by about 30 people on March 23. With advice from frequent Zoom user ... Read More »

What’s Happening April 1-4

Thursday, April 1 Karen’s Paint Day/Night – Hydrangeas, $45, 10:30am-12:30pm/1:30-3:30pm, CREATE, 6538 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Sechelt, 604-989-3345 · · Free Income Tax Clinic (income limit – $35,000 forindividuals/$45,000 for family), 10am-12pm,by appointment only, call the Sechelt Library at604-885-3260 or drop by in-person to register Art Exhibition: Renske Werner Layered Stillness(to April 30), 11am-4pm, ... Read More »

Gibsons AED installations

The Town of Gibsons and the Rotary Club of Gibsons have collaborated to install automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, in three high-traffic Gibsons locations – Mike’s Place in Gibsons Landing, the Gibsons Marina on Prowse Road and inside the washroom facility at Armour’s Beach. The Rotary Club of Gibsons provided the three AEDs, and the ... Read More »

Simons on STRs, Highway 101, and more

BC’s Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, local MLA Nicholas Simons, stated that Attorney General David Eby will be making an announcement related to Short Term Rental (STR) issues in the coming weeks. Simons provided that detail at the Sechelt and District Chamber of Commerce’s online 2021 Annual General Meeting on March 26. As ... Read More »

National Volunteer Week

Sunday, April 18, will mark the start of National Volunteer Week in Canada. It’s a coast-to-coast celebration of the commitment, dedication, generosity and selflessness of Canada’s almost 13 million volunteers. The year’s theme is: “The Value of One, The Power of Many.” It reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals, especially ... Read More »

Real Estate Market still strong

The Sunshine Coast real estate market has cooled a bit in the last two weeks, but it is still very much a seller’s market. Successful buyers have mortgage pre-approval and are working with a local buyer’s agent. Here are how the numbers broke down in detail for March. March year-over-year (YOY) • March 2020 saw ... Read More »

Orcas fundraising

  The Orcas Swim Team is planning be part of the effort to raise funds to replace the diving blocks in the Sechelt Pool. The Orcas will be seeking your support for our first ever Swimathon with the goal to “Adopt A Block.” This COVID-safe event, under the guidance of Head Swim Coach Cathy Verge, ... Read More »

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