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Return to sender

(Addressed to BC Transportation Minister Claire Trevena and copied to the Local) As the documents coordinator of the Sunshine Coast Highway Committee, I respectively ask that our documents package provided to you on March 27, including copies of our petition documenting 6,500 signatures, and many letters of support and studies, be returned to us as ... Read More »

Anti-theft plan

The Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Store is very grateful for the ongoing support of the Coast community with new donations every day to our Thrift Store. This store is a major fundraising arm of the Auxiliary and it is through the sale of these donations that we are able to support the Sechelt Hospital ... Read More »

More trees, less meat

Land and agriculture are critical components in the climate crisis. According to a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, land use — including agriculture and forestry — accounts for 23 per cent of human greenhouse gas emissions, while “natural land processes absorb carbon dioxide equivalent to almost a third of carbon dioxide emissions from ... Read More »

Avoid lies, fear

I live in the neighbourhood of the proposed supportive housing.  I first moved to Gibsons almost 20 years ago when I rented a 500-square-foot house in upper Gibsons for $500 a month.  Today a comparable property might rent for maybe $1,200 or $1,500 per month, if it were even available.  Clearly most people’s incomes have ... Read More »

Encourage progress

This is for parents of young children. The following are a few ways you can support your child who may be beginning pre-school or primary school. Encourage free play, inside and outside, in the natural environment. and with natural and found materials.  For water or sand play, provide shallow tubs, like a baby’s bath, for ... Read More »

Declare an emergency

(Addressed to SD 46 and copied to the Local) We are in a climate crisis, an emergency which requires leadership like we have rarely seen before. Our students need and expect it – after all, we adults are predominantly responsible for the exponential rise of climate changing carbon dioxide and methane that have brought us ... Read More »

Save the forests

(Addressed to Forests Minister Doug Donaldson and Environment Minister George Heyman, and copied to the Local.) My family and I are visiting from the States.  We had the unique pleasure of walking through Mt Elphinstone forest yesterday, accompanied by local residents who are knowledgeable about its richness, ecosystem, and beauty.   The cool, clean air ... Read More »

Editorial: “Better housing will help”

On August 7, I attended Provincial Court in Sechelt, to report on the proceedings.  Having restarted my career in journalism after a 40-year hiatus, I had not been in court as a reporter for many years, and never at this location.   I printed out Sechelt’s court docket (available online at 6am on court date) ... Read More »

Canadian kindness

When I married my Canadian wife and moved here from the U.S., one of the many things that impressed me was how compassionate Canadians were. Indeed, who “shouldn’t” be entitled to medical care? (Of course, it helped that Canada didn’t feel compelled to spend over half its budget on defence – but wasn’t that an ... Read More »

Panic now

Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver all have declared a “climate emergency”. Why have none of the communities on the Sunshine Coast also declared a climate emergency? Do we think that the “magic ferry” delivers us onto another planet where global warming is not a problem? Where we can fiddle while the planet burns. Am ... Read More »

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