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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 »

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 »

Gibsons cools on geothermal heating expansion

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The future of the Town of Gibsons’ District Energy Utility (GDEU) remains uncertain following a decision by Council on April 18 not to expand service to Parkland subdivision’s phase 3 development. The Town’s geoexchange utility, which was the first of its kind in North America in 2009, currently provides geothermal heat services to 58 residential ... Read More »

Old tugboat sinks in Porpoise Bay

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The “R.B. Green,” an old wooden tugboat, on the left, is seen floating in Porpoise Bay. On the right, it is seen sinking on April 24.  The tug has been used for years as a live-aboard, but there was no one on board when it went down. The East Porpoise Bay Community Association recently counted ... Read More »

Campaign heats up with all-candidates meetings

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There are three more all candidates meetings on the lower Coast – and TV coverage of two earlier meetings – in the runup to the May 9 election in the Powell River-Sunshine Coast riding. All Candidates Meetings • April 21 (Fri) 7pm, Roberts Creek Hall, green issues forum hosted by  Sunshine Coast Conservation Association and ... Read More »

Popularity of charging up is going up

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Use of the SCRD’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations is on the rise, according to a first quarter report presented at the Planning and Community Development meeting of April 13. “There was continued increase, roughly doubling, of the use of electric vehicle charging stations at Field Road and the Gibsons Community Centre in the last ... Read More »

Seniors bringing in new refugee family

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The immigration sponsorship group at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre is gearing up fundraising activities in anticipation of the arrival of their Syrian refugee family within the next few months. Joanne Rykers from the Seniors Centre is one of the people who came together to start the sponsorship project in the fall of 2015. The ... Read More »

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