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Water restrictions move to Stage 2

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Effective July 21, and until further notice, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has declared Stage 2 outdoor water use restrictions for all regional water customers. All those on the Pender Harbour systems remain at Stage 1 until further notice. Outdoor water use restrictions are part of the region’s water conservation goal to reduce water ... Read More »

Last to load experiment draws gripes

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Foot passengers were the last to load in a week-long (July 12-18) experiment by BC Ferries at Langdale. They wanted to see if they could save time by boarding all foot passengers after the vehicles, instead of the regular method of boarding foot passengers, then cars and then foot passengers again. At press time we ... Read More »

Mill gets go-ahead to move gravel

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The SCRD board has approved an application from Howe Sound Pulp and Paper (HSPP) to remove gravel deposits on the Rainy River, but requests that the mill find a long term solution to their water problem. Gravel deposits in two locations along the Rainy River are causing low summer water levels that affect the mill’s ... Read More »

Gibsons developments stir resistance

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Three separate proposed developments are currently stirring controversy in the Town of Gibsons. On July 11, a standing-room-only crowd packed Town Hall for a public hearing on the closure of a section of Winn Road to enable construction of The George Hotel and Residences. Eighteen citizens stood up to comment on the closure, with 16 ... Read More »

Creek distillery moves another step forward

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A proposal for an artisan craft distillery in Roberts Creek is one step closer to being approved after the SCRD board gave second reading on July 13 to a bylaw zoning amendment to support it. The proposal for a small craft distillery and tasting room on Porter Road has already been before the Roberts Creek ... Read More »

RCMP ticket repeat Port Mellon campfire offender

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On July 8, an on-going problem with illegal campfires was reported on Dunham Road, Port Mellon. Police located the campers and warned them of the consequences of ignoring the current fire bans, including the fines associated. The fire was put out but police received a second complaint later that the campers had restarted their fire. ... Read More »

Employers can’t find staff

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“I’ve never had such a difficult time finding staff,” says Bob Hoy, owner-operator of the IGA stores in Wilson Creek and Gibsons. And Hoy is not alone. Across the Sunshine Coast, urgent help wanted notices are posted in windows and online as businesses struggle to find employees. Hoy, who employs 200 full and part-time staff ... Read More »

Foot passengers to wait in ‘time-savings’ effort

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BC Ferries is looking at all kinds of measures to deliver improved on-time performance for our customers travelling on the Langdale – Horseshoe Bay route. One of the measures we’d like to try is to load passengers onto the vessel just once per sailing, after the vehicles have been loaded on the main vehicle deck ... Read More »

Derelict-boat funding offer criticized

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Local government officials met with federal MP Pam Goldsmith-Jones on July 5 for a briefing on the federal government’s new Abandoned Boats Program (ABP), but many are concerned that the funding offered is insufficient to deal with the problem of derelict, wrecked and abandoned vessels on the coast. Currently no level of government is responsible ... Read More »

Medicinal marijuana factory a step closer

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Veritas Pharma Inc. is pleased to announce that it is preparing to begin construction of a state-of-the-art cannabis growing facility upon receiving Health Canada’s licence under Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Veritas Pharma, through its subsidiary Sechelt Organic Marijuana Corp., has initiated the tendering process and is awaiting bids for the construction ... Read More »

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