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Canadian country icon plays Halfmoon Bay

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Russell deCarle is a native of Powell River but is best known as the front man and bassist for the iconic Canadian band Prairie Oyster, based in Toronto. He is currently touring as a solo act, and will appear next week in Halfmoon Bay. Reviewers have described deCarle’s country-roots-rock music as reminiscent of Willie Nelson ... Read More »

Chapman Lake water pipeline project delayed again

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Delays in getting approval from BC Parks mean that the SCRD’s Chapman Lake Water Supply Expansion Project, intended to assure a supply of water during drought conditions, will not be completed before 2018. This news came out during a discussion of an environmental assessment presented by AECOM consultants at the SCRD’s Infrastructure Services Committee meeting ... Read More »

Despite all the rain, water restrictions still kick in May 1

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Stage 1 outdoor water use restrictions come into effect annually on May 1 as guided by the region’s Drought Management Plan. These restrictions apply to all SCRD water users. The objective of the Drought Management Plan is to manage demand for drinking water during the summer months when water use more than doubles, or during ... Read More »

SCRD restates watershed logging objection

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On April 13, SCRD directors voted to once again remind BC Timber Sales (BCTS) that they do not support logging in community watersheds or watershed reserves because of the risk of harm to the quality of our drinking water. BC Timber Sales shared its five-year operations plan with the SCRD in February as part of ... Read More »

Crowd packs RC Hall for candidates meeting

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A standing-room-only crowd packed Roberts Creek Hall on April 21 to hear political candidates answer questions at a “green issues” forum hosted by the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association. Kim Darwin (Green), Nicholas Simons (NDP) and Mathew Wilson (Liberal) fielded questions from the conservation association and from the floor. (Cascadia Party candidate Rueben Richards did not ... Read More »

Campaign and election info

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There are two more all candidates meetings on the lower Coast  in the run up to the May 9 election in the Powell River-Sunshine Coast riding. All Candidates Meetings • April 27 (Thu) 10:30am, Sunshine Building on old Sechelt Elementary campus, hosted by Sunshine Coast Alternative School • May 1 (Mon) 5:30pm, Elphinstone Secondary, Gibsons, ... Read More »

NDP promises electoral reform referendum

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The BC NDP promises to hold a referendum on changing British Columbia’s voting method to a proportional system if the party forms the next provincial government. “I’m proud to say that our party will be fighting for the ‘yes’ side, as it will make for better representation and a better democracy,” Powell River-Sunshine Coast NDP ... Read More »

Editorial: Volunteer outdoors

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National Volunteer Week, April 23 to 29, is a perfect time to lend a hand in your community. With spring finally here, why not take advantage of the more comfortable temperatures and volunteer outdoors? There are many nature conservation volunteer opportunities where you can get some fresh air, meet others with similar interests and explore ... Read More »

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Vote your heart

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One of the most spurious arguments I’ve heard is this one: we agree with your policy but implementation by us alone, without acceptance by the majority, will put us at an economic, social, cultural (you supply) disadvantage and will have no effect. I heard this rebuttal on CBC’s Almanac some weeks ago.  Someone promoting a ... Read More »

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