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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 »

‘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 »

Fog banks cloak Coast

Much of the Sunshine Coast has been enveloped in fog for much of the past week, but Gibsons has avoided it most of the time.  Here, in a photo taken from Soames Hill, Gibsons harbour can be seen at the right – with a thick fog bank remaining just offshore.  Donna McMahon photo 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 »

LEAP winner continues affordable housing crusade

An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Gibsons Public Market on Nov. 30 to vote for the best business idea from social entrepreneurs graduating from the LEAP (the Local Entrepreneurs Accelerator Program) offered by Community Futures and Simon Fraser University. Seven contestants gave five-minute pitches and then answered questions from a panel of experts consisting of ... Read More »

Interfor and shíshálh reach agreement

Interfor Corporation and shíshálh Nation have announced the recent signing of a five-year relationship agreement for mutually beneficial forestry operations in the Nation’s swiya (territory). Interfor is a major forestry tenure holder in the shíshálh Nation swiya. The agreement is a new milestone for Interfor and the shíshálh Nation who have had a strong working ... Read More »

Car co-op hits bumpy road

At a special general meeting on Nov. 29, about 30 members of the Coast Car Co-op heard good news and bad news from their board of directors. The good news: usage of the co-op’s five vehicles has been steadily increasing and the organization is very close to a break-even cash flow. The bad news: the ... Read More »

Let’s help Santa’s helpers now

Doing their part to help Santa, Duane Burnett, left, and MLA Nicholas Simons call for donations on the Elves Club telethon, broadcast from Heritage Hall in Gibsons Dec. 2. When the dust had settled, about $30,000 had been raised, money to help disadvantaged families with gift certificates at Christmas. The money came from people who ... Read More »

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