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Court rules George Hotel development permit is valid

A BC Supreme Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge by a local community group that sought to invalidate development permits issued to the developer of the controversial George Hotel and condominium project. The Gibsons Alliance of Business and Community Society (GABC) had argued that the Town of Gibsons should not have issued the development ... Read More »

Dix: NDP must respect Trellis contract

Picket signs greeted Health Minister Adrian Dix in Sechelt on March 19, protesting the NDP government’s decision to continue to partner with Trellis Seniors Services to build a for-profit care facility to replace two public facilities, Totem Lodge and Shorncliffe. Dix addressed a special meeting of the NDP constituency at the Sechelt Legion. A standing-room-only ... Read More »

Gibsons concerned about groundwater search

The Town of Gibsons is inviting other local governments to come to the table to “consider a modernized watershed management plan and a regional approach to watershed governance.” The Town first unveiled this proposition at a private water information meeting for elected officials on March 12, before putting it on the public agenda for Gibsons ... Read More »

Editorial: The future of water

Many of us in Canada take water for granted. World Water Day (March 22) reminds us that as the human population continues to grow, putting greater demand on all resources, and as climate change exacerbates drought in many places, we can’t be complacent. Our cities may not be running out of water yet, but people ... Read More »

Total negativity

I attended a meeting of the District of Sechelt Council on March 7 because I was interested in hearing the discussion on the application by Sechelt Sustainable Community (SSC) for a zoning amendment for the proposed project on the former “Silverback site”. As I understand it, this amendment involves a change from approved zoning which ... Read More »

A call for cutbacks

The proposed 2018 residential tax increase in Sechelt is 7.7 per cent following last year’s increase of a whopping 10 per cent. Interestingly, the district has zero dollars in reserve and will again rely on the citizens to fund a large part of the entire budget to the tune of 85 per cent. When asked ... Read More »

Composting vs. cash

We want to thank those on Gibsons Council who not only have begun the organics/compost pick up program but also put in a provision to opt out.  Granted the program is a work in progress as it is very new, but the goal is essential: get as many people composting to avoid sending more stuff ... Read More »

Depot details

As you may know, Buddy Boyd and I have recently sold Gibsons Recycling Depot (GRD) to a lovely local couple who are committed to continuing recycling service on the Coast. They have made a sizable investment in our community and continue to offer employment to locals. Depots not only take paper and plastic but other ... Read More »

In my lifetime

I guess it’s an entirely rhetorical question but how long will it be before that narrow, dangerous, inadequate “highway” will be upgraded? A cynic would point to the water supply fiasco and say that the likely answer is “never”, but judging by the crash this morning, the three-km tailback from the construction at Selma Park ... Read More »

Victim extracted from rolled vehicle

A car landed upside down in a ditch on Highway 101 near Mason Rd. March 16 after the east-bound car crossed the centre-line and collided with a large truck. The female driver was trapped in the car and had to be extracted by the Sechelt Volunteer Fire Department and ambulance crews. RCMP say she was ... Read More »

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