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‘Chanterelle Forest’ logging halted by injunction

The BC Supreme Court on Jan. 2 issued an interim injunction to prohibit logging activity in the Chanterelle Forest – part of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest – pending determination of a judicial review brought by the Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF). In her reasons, Madam Justice Lisa Warren noted that ELF had raised a serious ... Read More »

Lebbell will not seek re-election

Roberts Creek Director Mark Lebbell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election for a second four-year term on the Sunshine Coast Regional District Board in the October 2018 local government elections. Lebbell said in a statement to his constituents that the past three years have been rewarding, but he will not be able ... Read More »

Gibsons business up for award

Gibsons resident Dianne Mueller was taken by surprise in December when her company, Soma Small Business Solutions, was nominated as Best Company for this year’s Small Business BC (SBBC) awards. “I did not find out that one of my clients had nominated my company until the day before voting closed,” said Mueller. “I remember telling ... Read More »

Hiking trail to Squamish hits roadblock

Volunteers who have been working on a hiking/biking trail to connect the Sunshine Coast to Squamish were disappointed to hear this fall that the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) has refused permission for a section of the route between Pokosha Pass and the Clowhom River. The rejection letter states: “The ... Read More »

Polar swims draw brave waders

It was a sunny New Year’s Day on the Sunshine Coast, perfect for a dip in the ocean. Here, more than 50 people took the plunge at Armours Beach in Gibsons in the annual Polar Bear Swim. Another 75 jumped in at Davis Bay in Sechelt, where age-group races meant many actually went “swimming”. Environment ... Read More »

Grinch steals Christmas mail

On Dec. 20, police received numerous reports of Canada Post community mail boxes in Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay, and Madeira Park that had been broken into overnight by suspects who used pry tools to gain entry. It is unknown exactly how much mail was stolen, but the suspects left behind evidence that they’d ripped open parcels ... Read More »

Curbside pick-ups of organics one step closer in Gibsons

The Town of Gibsons has moved closer to implementing a curbside pick-up program for organic waste after councillors voted at their Dec.19 regular meeting to have staff negotiate a one-year contract for weekly curbside residential organics collection with Grayco Ventures (their current garbage collection contractor). Councillors passed the motion after considerable discussion at both the ... Read More »

Seniors’ stats point to issues of concern

The third annual seniors’ services report, released by the BC  seniors advocate on Dec. 14, paints a worrying picture of a rising seniors population, declining services and a housing squeeze. “The results for 2017 highlight several areas of concern for me,” said BC seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie in a media release. “There is a continued ... Read More »

Real estate prices up, sales down

A summary of residential real estate sales on the Sunshine Coast during 2017 shows a drop in sales of 26.3 per cent. But the median price of the properties that were sold was up 26.6 per cent. Graphs prepared by Gary Little of Sussex ROYAL LePAGE show that sales of detached dwellings last year totalled ... Read More »

Benjamin and Olivia topping 2017 names list

Liam, Logan and Lucas are just as popular, with each name just a few places behind Benjamin in the current rankings. If Benjamin can keep its lead, 2017 will be the first year it is the top boys’ name. It also appears that Ethan and Oliver might not make it into the top five this ... Read More »

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