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Time to review 2021 budget

“The District should…” Have you ever said that? Yes, it is that time of year again. We are heading into conversations about the 2021 budget, so now is a good time to review what we have, what we do and what we want. On behalf of the community in 2020, the District donated $120,000 to ... Read More »

Real Estate board recommends that realtors refrain from holding open houses

With concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (of which the Sunshine Coast is part) strongly recommends that realtors refrain from holding open houses. They are making this recommendation after consulting with the broker community and assessing the latest information and commentary from public health and other government authorities. ... Read More »

Gibsons Pool Reopening Advances

As of Nov 12, the SCRD is employing an accelerated option to restart operations at Gibsons Pool. While that will see swimmers allowed back “as soon as possible”, staff said it could take up to eight weeks to re-open the facility which closed in mid March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SCRD Board also ... Read More »

COVID-19 restrictions reinstated for the Coast

The Sunshine Coast and other communities in the Vancouver Coast and Fraser Health authorities are under a regional order limiting personal interactions to help stem the tide of increasing COVID-19 infections in the area. Residents are to restrict socializing to involve only members of their own household. People who live alone are to have social ... Read More »

Final ballot count in for BC

The final votes are in, and Nicholas Simons will serve a fifth term as the NDP MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. Elections BC finished counting the mail-in and absentee ballots for the riding on Nov. 8, leaving Simons with 50.88 percent of the popular vote and a total of 12,701 votes cast. BC Green Party ... Read More »

RCMP enforce BC Ferries safety protocols

RCMP have been called in by BC Ferries and Transport Canada to help “educate” passengers on safety rules and enforce the Canada Shipping Act. Starting last weekend, the BC RCMP West Coast Marine Services can now be found onboard some BC Ferries vessels conducting “ferry walkabouts,” enforcing the regulation that requires ferry passengers to exit ... Read More »

Safe Restart funds for local government

Almost $5 million will be coming to the Coast under the federal Safe Restart Agreement. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) is distributing $425 million from the federal program to BC local governments. The funding is designed to support facility reopening and operational costs along with local emergency response efforts related to the COVID-19 ... Read More »

SCRD talks tax and fee increases

Sechelt Area Director Alton Toth is eager to talk with the community about the 2021 SCRD budget focusing on property tax dollar changes rather than percentage increases. “The SCRD portion of my property tax bill was $187 last year. If that has to go up $20 or $30, not a big deal,” said Toth. He ... Read More »

Partial DCC on Greenecourt building

The 104 apartment “Arbutus” building to be built at Medusa Street and Ocean Avenue will be subject to full development cost charges (DCC) on its 31 affordable market rental units. On Nov. 4, Sechelt Council declined the Sunshine Coast Lion’s Housing Society’s request to waive the just over $310,000 DCC on those units, which are ... Read More »

WorkSafeBC increasing inspections

WorkSafeBC is conducting enhanced COVID-19 inspections and consultations at workplaces in the Vancouver Coastal Health region as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. “The focus of our inspections is to ensure employers are effectively implementing measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace, including health screenings,” says Al Johnson, Head of Prevention Services ... Read More »

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