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Lawn math


Watering your lawn takes a little over half a gallon per square foot (0.623 gallon to be more exact). That means that every 10′ x 10′ area will require over 62 gallons of water. Doesn’t sound like much, until you consider that a 100′ x 100′ lawn uses 6,230 gallons of water every time you ... Read More »

Winter is coming


(Addressed to Gibsons council and copied to the Local.) Going on six months ago the Gibsons District Energy Utility Company (that is our Town-owned geothermal heat supplier) started to breakdown. At a Town information meeting on Feb. 15 when the system was in “complete breakdown” we were told the Town found out “what they didn’t ... Read More »

Time to smile


At the recent meeting of the Seniors Planning Table with leaders from Vancouver Coastal Health, I notified those present that on April 28 the Lions Housing Society had without warning sent all tenants of Block E at Greenecourt in Sechelt a letter cancelling the meal service. I can now report that the meal service at ... Read More »

It’s a winner

P 5 eagle pic

I am just back from the News Photographers Association of Canada awards held this year in Toronto. My image that you previously ran (the Local, March 2) has won 1st in the Picture of the Year 2016 “Pictorial” category. The picture was taken at the Sechelt landfill, part of a long-term project to draw awareness ... Read More »

Food and shelter


Concern turned to relief last week when residents of Block E in Greenecourt learned that their meal service will continue without interruption. There had been two weeks of uncertainty about the program’s future after residents received a letter announcing plans to close down the popular service due to excessive costs. Residents met to consider their ... Read More »


sechelt hall winter

(Sent to Sechelt council and copied to the Local) The Sechelt Downtown Business Association (SDBA) would like to reach out to Mayor and Council to communicate our disappointment in the rescinding of third reading for the three projects affected by the May 3 Council meeting. Although these projects are not within our defined geographic boundary, ... Read More »

Canadian Spam


Prime Minister Justin d’ Ottawa, the COP 21 Hero of Paris, raised the sword of 1.5 degrees as the threshold for the world to combat mankind’s greatest existential threat. As our Lancelot, he swore his fealty to science. South of the border, the new US President and Vocabulary Artist formerly known as Drumph, clarified his ... Read More »

Letter: People will die

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People will die this summer on the Sunshine Coast. Not all of them will die peacefully in their beds or from any number of risky behaviours, but they will die of ultimately preventable outcomes from common garden variety Canadian activities like hiking and fishing.  People, both locals and visitors, will succumb thanks to the irresponsible ... Read More »

Letter: Support Arrowhead


I attended two interesting events at the Sechelt Library during mental health week. Monday night (May 1) Victoria Maxwell screened her latest video, the provocative and humorous, “That’s Just Crazy Talk”. The next afternoon, Micheal D. Mann and Richard Austin presented a selection of poetry, theirs and others, on the topic of mental health with ... Read More »

Downtown beauty


Our compliments to Clayton’s, landlord for Trail Bay Sports, for the beautification of their building at the corner of Cowrie and Trail Avenue. Prior to this unveiling I thought it sadly ironic that the most attractive storefront in that block was The Salvation Army. It’s long overdue that our downtown core gets a much needed ... Read More »

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