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BC Ferries third-quarter results

BC Ferries released its third-quarter results last week for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. The COVID-19 global pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the company’s operations and financial results. During the quarter, BC Ferries carried 2.9 million passengers and 1.6 million vehicles, a decrease of 39.6 percent and 22.3 percent, respectively, ... Read More »

Map update February 14-20

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Costs increasing for airport project

Lighting improvements, COVID-19 protocols and inflation mean that Sechelt will be using more of the $3.18 million it has available for pavement repairs and a 214-meter airport runway extension. Council approved funding sources for the project at its Feb. 17 meeting. In addition to BC Air Access grants totalling $2.35 million, Sechelt will allocate up ... Read More »

Decisions on drag racing deferred

The Sunshine Coast Drag Racing Association (SCDRA) has been waiting since October 2020 for a response from Sechelt about its request for 2021 race dates at the airport. Following a second deferral of the matter at the Feb. 17 council meeting, any decision has been put off until March 3 at the earliest. The most ... Read More »

Coast To Capital

Access to high-speed internet has become an essential part of modern-day life. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this reality, as for so many, it has transformed the way we must communicate for work, in education, and with our loved ones. While the Sunshine Coast is fortunate to have a high degree of high-speed broadband connectivity ... Read More »

Municipal spending up in Gibsons

Gibsons’ staff are forecasting a just under one (0.8) percent increase in operating expenses in 2021 over the previous year’s spending levels. At a committee meeting on Feb. 23, a staff proposal for a two percent bump in 2021 property taxes to cover annual contract and inflation cost increases is to be discussed. That proposed ... Read More »

More questions on the future of Coopers Green Hall

While pleased with the outcome of the Jan. 28 engagement session regarding a potential $3 million renovation of the Coopers Green Hall, the SCRD board has more questions about the project and the future of the facility. The report on project public engagement activities was received by the SCRDs Planning and Community Development Committee on ... Read More »

Simple ways to thank local nurses

Nurses have long been unsung heroes of the medical community. But that tide began to turn in 2020 as the world confronted the COVID-19 pandemic and realized just how invaluable nurses are to public health. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions has a webpage dedicated to the 43 healthcare workers across Canada who have died ... Read More »

Free income tax preparation clinics for low-income individuals and families

Low-income clients can have their income taxes prepared by volunteers free of charge, from March 1 to April 30. The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is sponsored by the Canada Revenue Agency, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH), and the Sunshine Coast Resource Centre. Volunteers will complete simple tax returns for those meeting the income ... Read More »

Ocean Bridge

Volunteer Luke Scott on the Providence 1903 tall ship during an Ocean Bridge learning journey in the Howe Sound last fall. Each year, the program Ocean Bridge recruits 160 youth and young professionals between 18 and 30 years of age from coast to coast empowering them to make a difference towards ocean conservation. Selected participants ... Read More »

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