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Campaign heats up with all-candidates meetings

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There are three more all candidates meetings on the lower Coast – and TV coverage of two earlier meetings – in the runup to the May 9 election in the Powell River-Sunshine Coast riding. All Candidates Meetings • April 21 (Fri) 7pm, Roberts Creek Hall, green issues forum hosted by  Sunshine Coast Conservation Association and ... Read More »

Popularity of charging up is going up

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Use of the SCRD’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations is on the rise, according to a first quarter report presented at the Planning and Community Development meeting of April 13. “There was continued increase, roughly doubling, of the use of electric vehicle charging stations at Field Road and the Gibsons Community Centre in the last ... Read More »

Seniors bringing in new refugee family

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The immigration sponsorship group at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre is gearing up fundraising activities in anticipation of the arrival of their Syrian refugee family within the next few months. Joanne Rykers from the Seniors Centre is one of the people who came together to start the sponsorship project in the fall of 2015. The ... Read More »

Business association improvement tax to go ahead

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The Sechelt Downtown Business Association (SDBA) has announced that its new Business Improvement Area (BIA) tax will go ahead, as the petition to block it has failed. It will mean more money for the SDBA under a system where small properties will pay less and larger properties will pay more. There have been complaints about ... Read More »

NDP promises ferry-fare rollback

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The BC NDP will roll back ferry fares by 15 per cent on smaller routes—such as those on the Sunshine Coast—freeze fares on major routes, and restore the 100 per cent seniors’ weekday passenger discount if it forms the next provincial government after the May 9 election, the party says. Under the BC Liberals, BC ... Read More »

Absent at the wheel

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This is not what the car industry means when it refers to “driverless vehicles”.  The pickup truck – without a driver – hit the sedan April 12 after it rolled backwards on Wharf Street in Sechelt. The pickup also sideswiped another truck driving in traffic. A woman driving the car was not injured.  Photo submitted Read More »

Council shocked by library price tag

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Update to this story: (At the April 12 meeting of Sechelt’s Finance, Culture and Economic Development Committee, council voted 4 to 3 against the Library’s renovation proposal. That means that it will not be funded in the 2017 budget year.) Sechelt Library’s proposal for a renovation got a rough ride at Sechelt Council’s Committee of ... Read More »

The uncertain future of geothermal

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A crowd of Parkland subdivision residents is expected at Gibsons Town Council on Tuesday, April 18 when Director of Engineering, Dave Newman will bring forward a plan to assess the operations of the Gibsons and District Energy Utility (GDEU). A leak in the geothermal heating system last winter left residents without heat during a cold ... Read More »

Business owner attacks ‘sneaky’ process

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Sechelt business owner Mike Evans appeared before Sechelt Council on April 5 to strongly protest the “petition against” method being used to approve the District of Sechelt’s Business Improvement Area (BIA) Bylaw. The BIA bylaw is a tax levy that funds the Sechelt Downtown Business Association (SDBA). The SDBA organizes promotional activities to attract shoppers ... Read More »

Habitat welcomes big cheque

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Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast (HFHSC) has received $100,000 from BC Housing. The money, to be used in the building of affordable homes on the Sunshine Coast for families, comes from a new, “$50,000 per door” grant that BC Housing offers to approved affordable-housing projects. HFHSC recently completed two affordable housing units and is about ... Read More »

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