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Milne: New operations centre tops our infrastructure list

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My column this month is an update on the over $6 million in major capital projects included in our 2017 budget. The majority of Sechelt’s 2017 capital projects are funded from reserves, which are akin to savings accounts. The District regularly contributes funds into reserves, from taxes, grants or sources such as Development Cost Charges.  ... Read More »

Nohr: We’re grateful for grants, but they’re work

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Many consultants to local government suggest that elected officials should not expect their communities to survive on grants. To be able to upgrade costly infrastructure when grants are available, it is important to have a plan to get in the queue. When senior governments put out press releases on local governments receiving infrastructure improvement grants, ... Read More »

Rowe: Protecting the Town’s ‘most valuable asset’

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As the school year winds down, and vacation plans take shape, many of us will receive visitors from other provinces and countries. One thing we can count on: if we pour them a tall, cool glass of Gibsons tap water, they will enjoy it to the very last drop, and quite likely comment that it ... Read More »

Goldsmith-Jones: Ottawa moving to protect marine environment

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The health of our marine environment is paramount. We have worked together to make sure that the federal government understands our commitment to protecting coastal waters, and to providing for adequate resources following a decade of significant cuts. DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES AND OCEANS:  Last week, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard ... Read More »

Sechelt hires new head of engineering

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Darwyn Kutney has been appointed as the new director of engineering and operations by the District of Sechelt. He joined the district three months ago as manager of utilities and infrastructure.  Photo submitted Read More »

Mayor Rowe responds to chipseal controversy

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This statement was posted on the Town of Gibsons website by Mayor Wayne Rowe. In recent months our staff have been publicly criticized for the Town’s Chipseal Program that was implemented in the Hillcrest neighbourhood. This criticism, directed primarily at our Director of Engineering, has been in person, on social media and in online publications. ... Read More »

Nohr: SCRD reaching out

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The provincial election voting is over and all ballots will be counted by May 24. The total provincial MLAs for each party will then be declared. Once the ruling party or parties are declared, local politicians will have to renew relationships with each party. Our local elected MLA Nicholas Simons already knows the concerns and ... Read More »

Milne: Sechelt taxes up – here’s why

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Sechelt’s property taxes will increase by 6.91 per cent in 2017, as the District rebuilds reserves and a more secure financial position for the community.  Council did not take this step lightly.  We recognize the weight of upward cost pressures, from a variety of sources, on residents’ pocketbooks.  There are two factors that make a ... Read More »

Rowe: Higher assessments bumping up property taxes

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For many weeks, Council has been working with staff to finalize the Town’s 2017 budget. For those of you who received notice of significant increases in the assessed value of your property, it will come as no surprise that taxes will also increase. We have been able to keep this relatively modest, however, the Town’s ... Read More »

Pam talks trade in Southeast Asia

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In my capacity as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, I travelled to Vietnam, Singapore and Brunei during the last week of April. Our government is strengthening commercial ties with South East Asia to open new opportunities for Canada and especially to promote our wood products in existing and new markets. Canada is ... Read More »

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