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Simons opens Sechelt campaign office

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Nicholas Simons, NDP candidate in Powell River–Sunshine Coast for the May 9 provincial election, speaks at the March 11 opening of his campaign office on Cowrie St. in Sechelt.  Simons is running for his fourth term as MLA.  Photo submitted Read More »

Nohr: Budget voting shift coming to Board

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The news that a second director from Sechelt will be joining the SCRD board in 2018 has raised many questions from constituents on voting procedures for budget and governance at the regional district. The second round of the SCRD budget process is now complete and will be brought forward for adoption on March 23, 2017.  ... Read More »

Milne: Why a Sechelt tax increase is needed

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While budget numbers are still being debated, an increase of 6.42 per cent  in the general tax rate has been identified as needed to fund required investment in District infrastructure and to sustain operations in 2017. There are two primary reasons for an increase in the 2017 Budget: community growth and full cost budgeting. For ... Read More »

Rowe: Market a new ‘community hub’

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After a particularly ‘wintry’ winter, I encourage you to participate in the advent of spring by celebrating two exciting milestones: on March 3, the Gibsons Public Market opened for business, and on April 29, they will hold a grand opening celebration. It is exciting to see the Market step more fully into its role as ... Read More »

Goldsmith-Jones: Important coast-protection initiatives

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February was an important month for protection of the west coast of British Columbia.  It was also important with regard to our relationship with the United States and our trade relationship with Europe. In mid-February the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc was in Vancouver to take the first step in ... Read More »

Simons: BC budget can’t mask long-term neglect

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The government put forward a provincial budget recently, which is designed quite carefully to try to help British Columbians forget everything about the past 16 years. Apparently we are going to get some gifts for putting up with soaring hydro, ICBC, MSP, and ferry rates. Of course there are items that appear positive – like ... Read More »

NDP’s Simons launches campaign

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NDP MLA Nicholas Simons kicked off his campaign for re-election in the Powell River-Sunshine Coast riding on Feb. 18 at the Sechelt Band Hall.  Simons said the policies of the Christy Clark government have contributed to BC having the “highest social inequality in Canada.” Election day is May 9. Photo submitted Read More »

Nohr: Addressing mistreatment of elected officials

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This month, some of the Sunshine Coast regional directors attended a UBCM workshop in Vancouver, which included sessions on communicating with constituents in today’s social media culture. These workshops addressed the challenge that elected officials now face in dealing with bullying and negative comments, all the while trying to be positive in their efforts to ... Read More »

Milne: District staff working hard for the community

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Last month I addressed regional and alternative service delivery from our four local governments. This month I thought I’d take a closer look at the range of work local governments do – specifically, the numerous daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that keep staff busy at the District of Sechelt. Our staff of 50 is responsible ... Read More »

Rowe: Rare winter conditions a challenge

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As I write this message, residents of New Brunswick are enduring the effects of an ice storm that has caused widespread damage and hardship; our thoughts are with those dealing with the effects of this natural disaster on their homes, businesses and municipal infrastructure. Although winter here in Gibsons has been far less harsh than ... Read More »

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