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Protesters outraged by broken electoral promise

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The federal Liberal government’s decision to abandon one of its core promises – to reform the electoral system – prompted a group of protestors to register their outrage on Hwy 101 in Wilson Creek on Feb. 11. During the campaign, Justin Trudeau said repeatedly that the 2015 election would be the last under the first-past-the-post ... Read More »

Sechelt’s population growth means more political clout


The District of Sechelt now qualifies to have a second director at the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) board table because its population has topped 10,000 residents. Population figures released from the 2016 Canada Census on Feb. 8 show that the District of Sechelt grew faster than any other area in the SCRD, rising from ... Read More »

Church proposes affordable housing

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Representatives of Calvary Baptist Church appeared before the Town of Gibsons Committee of the Whole on Feb. 7 with a preliminary proposal to build 60 to 100 units of affordable housing for seniors on a Venture Way property that adjoins the church’s Park Road location. “We were approached by a member of our congregation and ... Read More »

Half fare for ferries passengers


BC Ferries has announced that a fleet-wide pricing promotion of 50-per-cent off regular passenger fares –and kids under 12 travel free – will be in effect from March 11-30. The promotional discount is applicable on adult, BC senior, student and persons with disabilities regular passenger fares. On South Coast routes, the promotion will be in ... Read More »

Local governments in spat over fire commission

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The proposed dissolution of the Gibsons and District Fire Protection Commission by the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is ruffling political feathers. The Gibsons and District fire service area includes the Town of Gibsons and rural areas E (Elphinstone) and F (West Howe Sound), but two of those three areas are not on board with ... Read More »

BC Ferries gets new president

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BC Ferries’ Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mark F. Collins as President and CEO effective April 1. A senior marine executive for the past 20 years, Collins is currently Vice President of Strategic Planning & Community Engagement at BC Ferries, and was the Vice President, Engineering between 2004 and 2012. In making ... Read More »

Young family in car crash; impaired driving suspected


A family of four – including a three-year-old and a seven-year-old – were all taken to Sechelt Hospital with minor injuries after the parked vehicle they were in was struck head-on by an SUV on Trail Avenue in Sechelt on Sunday, Feb. 5. Sunshine Coast RCMP were notified of the collision by the BC Ambulance ... Read More »

Out of control vehicle splinters Arts Centre wall

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It was a shock around noon on Feb. 2 when a car drove into the Doris Crowston Gallery at the Arts Centre in Sechelt, destroying one of the unique log building’s walls. Staff said there were no patrons in the gallery at that moment, although 10 minutes earlier people had been standing in the crash ... Read More »

‘Time to start recycling food waste,’ say advocates

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Representatives of Salish Soils and Net Zero Waste appeared as a delegation before Sechelt Council on Feb. 1 with a simple message: It’s time to start recycling food waste in Sechelt. A pilot project in Davis Bay, which wrapped up in 2015, was popular with residents and demonstrated that a larger program is feasible, according ... Read More »

Local WildSafe BC funding still in question

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Conflicts between wildlife and humans are increasing on the Sunshine Coast, but WildSafe BC (WSBC) does not yet know whether there will be funding for a local program in 2017. “One of our challenges is that we depend on the provincial government for core funding,” Frank Ritey, Provincial WildSafe BC Coordinator, said in an interview. ... Read More »

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