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Planning for delivery service to support social distancing

Coastal Rides, the Sunshine Coast’s first provincially approved ride-hailing services, is onboarding delivery drivers to help businesses distribute food and other necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic. People who are not isolating due to a known exposure to COVID-19, recent travel, or symptoms, can apply to join this firm to help local businesses keep people safe ... Read More »

Sechelt food banks operations and needs

The Sunshine Coast Community Services Society (SCCSS) plans to have Food Bank services available at 5657 Lamprey Lane in Sechelt on March 24 and 25. Between 11am and 1pm on those dates, prepacked bags of food will be provided outside the building. Social distancing measures will be put in place to protect staff, volunteers and ... Read More »

School year in limbo

School District #46 Superintendent Patrick Bocking has a message for parents awaiting decisions on the remainder of the school year. His statements followed the Province’s March 17 announcement of the suspension of classroom instruction in efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In an email to The Local on March 19 Bocking wrote “Until plans ... Read More »

Local Government at appropriate ‘social distance’

Coast local governments came up with new ways to engage with citizens at a safe social distance over the past week. With health authorities warning against public gatherings to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Sechelt Mayor Darnelda Siegers made a YouTube and Facebook statement to the community on March 19. Information provided, which was current when ... Read More »


With so much scary change in our world, here is an expected and welcome change: today (March 19, 8:50pm PDT) marks the beginning of spring, complete with daffodils and a week of sunshine. SPRING-20 is more friendly than COVID-19. For daffodils – like these in Sechelt – it is business as usual. The daffodils are ... Read More »

The message is clear

The message seems pretty clear, whether the source is religious or secular: wash your hands. At left is the sign outside the Living Faith Lutheran Church in Davis Bay; at the right, the Raven’s  Cry Theatre in Sechelt.  Jane Covernton photos Read More »

COVID-19 on the Coast: doctors

Dear Fellow Sunshine Coast Residents: We are a group of Sunshine Coast physicians who are acting on behalf of our local physician group to share the most current information regarding COVID-19 on the Coast and to promote community-based measures to prevent infection and limit spread of COVID-19 in our community Thank you to all of ... Read More »

COVID-19 on the Coast: the mayors

We want to say how proud we are of our community and our collective response around COVID-19. Before being asked, many groups and organizations stepped up to voluntarily cancel events. Others have reached out directly neighbour to neighbour in support of those who are self-isolating or considering self-isolating. Viewing this spontaneous level of caring is ... Read More »


Among those in self-isolation for 14 days are Sechelt Mayor Darnelda Siegers, after returning from a holiday, and Gibsons CAO Emanuel Machado, who is working from home after returning from South Africa. Staff Read More »

Weekly cartoon Mar 19, 2020

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