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New shelter could open for Christmas; Ebbtide location nixed

Sechelt council has denied a request by BC Housing to lease a property at the corner of Ebbtide Street and Trail Avenue for use as a temporary homeless shelter, but they have given first reading to a bylaw that will allow a shelter to open at 5653 Wharf Avenue (the Upper Deck Hostel). The zoning ... Read More »

Sechelt council expands video recordings

District of Sechelt committee meetings will be filmed and streamed to YouTube in 2018, after a motion by Councillor Darnelda Siegers was supported by council on Dec. 6. Sechelt currently films council meetings only. Committee meetings are audio recorded and the audio files are posted on the District’s website. In her written notice of motion, ... Read More »

‘Fixed link’ dead in the water

The study of the feasibility of a fixed link between the Sunshine Coast and the rest of Lower Mainland has been completed. The study concludes that a fixed-link crossing would have considerable technical and financial challenges. Therefore, the Province will not be proceeding with a fixed link. The study narrowed the list of independent options ... Read More »

Teens get Christmas lesson

On Dec. 5, Sunshine Coast RCMP reported: Teens lacking in Christmas spirit commit mischief. Just after midnight on Dec. 3, six teens were caught on security video damaging a large Christmas decoration at the Gibsons Marina in the 600 block of Prowse Road, Gibsons. The teens are seen exiting a Mazda 6, taking photos of ... Read More »

Rebates offered for new wood stoves

Exchanging an old wood stove for a cleaner-burning model is good, but exchanging it for electric, gas, propane, or pellet-heating is even better under the wood stove exchange program. This winter, the program will provide a total of $195,500 to 15 BC communities, including the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast Clean Air Society (SCCAS) is ... Read More »

‘Chanterelle Forest’ to be logged despite opposition

The “Chanterelle Forest” in Roberts Creek is still slated to be logged by the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF), after the failure of last minute political talks with the province aimed at preserving the cutblock. Sechelt council held a special committee of the whole meeting on Dec. 6 to discuss the cut, which has been ... Read More »

BC Ferries adds extra seasonal sailings

For the holiday period, BC Ferries is adding extra sailings.  On the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale route, there are eight extra sailings, with a 2:40pm departure from Horseshoe Bay and a 3:15 sailing from Langdale on Dec. 22, 23, 26 and 27. Dec. 23 is expected to be the most popular pre-Christmas travel day. Dec. 26 – ... Read More »

SCRD wins financial reporting award 14th consecutive time

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting. This is the 14th consecutive time this award has been presented to the SCRD for surpassing the requirements of generally accepted accounting principles and demonstrating an effort to clearly ... Read More »

Body found in burned boat in Pender Harbour

On December 6th, 2017 at approximately 7:30 am, Sunshine Coast RCMP were notified by Madeira Park Fire Department of a boat on fire off of Francis Peninsula in Pender Harbour. Once the fire was put out, a body was located inside the derelict boat. No foul play is suspected. Investigation is on going, but the ... Read More »

More Coasters opting for self-employment

New data from Statistics Canada reveals that more Sunshine Coast residents than ever before are relying on self-employment. Residents of the Sunshine Coast are more than twice as likely to be self-employed (26 per cent) as the Canadian average (12 per cent). In 2011, the Census counted 2,970 SCRD residents who were self-employed, but by ... Read More »

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