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Stocked up but unprepared for storms

A new BC Hydro report finds many British Columbians feel more prepared for storm-related power outages after stocking up on household supplies for COVID-19, despite most not having an emergency kit or plan. The report titled, “Stocked up but unprepared: How COVID-19 preparation has created a false sense of storm season security,” finds the severity ... Read More »

Conservationists buy an island gem

The BC Parks Foundation successfully raised $1.7 million to buy West Ballenas Island this month – the last private island in one of the Salish Sea’s most fragile and unique archipelagos. Thousands of British Columbians, and people worldwide, through both large and small donations, raised the necessary funds to purchase the underdeveloped 100-acre island. Listed ... Read More »

BC Ferries second quarter results

BC Ferries released its second quarter results, which show a decline in passenger and vehicle numbers due to the global pandemic. Year-to-date, since April 1, net losses were $24.2 million, compared to net earnings of $107.2 million in the same period in the prior year, a decline of $131.4 million. “COVID-19 continues to have a ... Read More »

Gibsons scrambles to shelter homeless

Gibsons council and community groups previously involved with shelter services for the community’s homeless are to meet shortly to discuss options for the 2020/21 winter season. Mayor Bill Beamish tasked staff with making the short-notice meeting arrangements at the Nov. 17 council meeting. They were asked to contact BC Housing, RainCity, the Gibsons Public Library ... Read More »

Province-wide health orders in place until December 7

Wearing facemasks in public places is mandatory under a province-wide health order that is set to remain in place until noon on Dec. 7. The order, issued by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, also bans public gatherings. Exceptions are allowed for weddings, funerals and baptisms ... Read More »

LifeLabs launches COVID-19 antibody test

LifeLabs launched its COVID-19 antibody test this week, a test approved by Health Canada to help customers and their health care providers assess and determine prior COVID-19 infection. Antibody testing, also known as serology testing, is not used to diagnose acute COVID-19 infection. However, it can help individuals and their health care providers understand if ... Read More »

CRA opens applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

Struggling businesses, non-profits, and charities that continue to face the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for the new commercial rent relief program being offered by the federal government. The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), which kicked off this Monday, replaces an earlier rent support program that relied on the cooperation of ... Read More »

Dynamic Duo

Meet Cst. Kyle Hrynyk and 19-month-old Marlow – the Sunshine Coast RCMP’s newest furry canine recruit. Both just returned from Innisfail, Alberta, after graduating from the Police Dog Service Training Centre, where Marlow had been honing her tracking and searching skills. Her skills were put to good use this past Sunday when she and Cst. ... Read More »

No injuries in Marijuana grow operation fire

The Sechelt Fire Department attended a building fire in the 5500 block of Sinku Drive on Monday. It was determined that the structure was being used as a Marijuana grow operation, so firefighting tactics were defensive at first until power could be shut off. Once off, fire crews entered the structure and fully extinguished and ... Read More »

Setbacks Stall Hillcrest Townhouses

Architect Zubin Billimoria has been asked to take a third try at layout of a proposed 20-unit townhouse development for 741 Hillcrest Road in Gibsons. At its Nov 17 meeting, Gibsons Council rejected a proposed development permit for the site after hearing objections from residents of a neighbouring property. The Town’s Planning and Community Development ... Read More »

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