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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 »

Message for Mr. Dix

Our health minister, Adrian Dix, will be here on Monday, March 19 to talk to us about health care – specifically, one would assume, the proposed Trellis long term care facility.  This proposal has been out there for the better part of two years. We’ve discussed job losses, wage cuts, and contract flipping.  We’ve discussed ... Read More »

Real estate equity

Tell Nic Simons to back off trying to implement the Foreign Buyers Tax here on the Sunshine Coast. It smells of elitism and racism. Most of the seniors on the Sunshine Coast do not have a gold-plated tax-payer-funded government pension – which our MLA does – and rely on the equity in our homes to ... Read More »

Water complexities

(Re “Morality of water”, letters, the Local, March 8) The running of a water distribution system is very complex. The Town aquifer wells provide the average daily demand of the Town’s Zone 1 and 2 but are insufficient to provide the maximum daily demand or the required fire flow. The Parkland Reservoir has been engineered ... Read More »

A precious gift

I wanted to share a story of strangers’ kindness in our community. Last Friday night, my husband, who’s critically ill in Sechelt Hospital, wanted a muffin. Since Wheatberries at the hospital was closed, I went to Independent Grocer. The only muffins left had chocolate chips in them; since my hubby is newly diabetic, I didn’t ... Read More »

Words of little value

(Re “Pull of the Tide” by MP Pam Goldsmith-Jones, the Local, March 8) Your column contains excerpts from the remarks you will make honouring Dominic LeBlanc, minister of fisheries and oceans, and congratulating him and your government on Bill C-68, which will give more protection to our fish and our oceans. I for one can’t ... Read More »

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