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Covid Cases February 7-13 2021

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Sunshine Coast COVID-19 Physician Task Force community update #45

Dear Fellow Sunshine Coast Residents: We are encouraged by the recent drop in COVID-19 numbers here on the Sunshine Coast. While positive cases are still being detected, we are currently seeing less than one positive case per day over the past week, which is great progress! We wouldn’t be here without everyone’s dedication and sacrifice, ... Read More »

2021 SCRD tax increases

A Feb. 11 SCRD press release cited proposed 2021 property tax rate increases as high as 26 percent over 2020 levels. At a meeting that same day, its board started whittling away at previous decisions in efforts to bring those numbers down. The proposed tax changes were calculated on recommendations made during the first round ... Read More »

Sechelt 2021 budget debate

Sparse public discussion on Sechelt’s 2021 budget has occurred at review opportunities hosted to date. At the Feb. 10 committee meeting, Communications Manager Julie Rogers called arts and culture “the most important function that the district provides to our citizens.” Despite this, no questions or kudos about the planned operations in that area came forward. ... Read More »

SCRD tipping fees to rise

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) board will give final consideration to adopting a new tipping fee schedule at the Sechelt Landfill and Pender Harbour Transfer Station that will see both commercial and residential customers paying more starting Feb. 26. “The changes in tipping fees are required in order to cover the ever-increasing costs of ... Read More »

Addiction treatment needed on Coast

Mayor Darnelda Siegers used a Feb. 3 interview opportunity with a CBC national news team to call for better substance abuse treatment on the Coast. In discussing the impacts of the opioid crisis on her community, Siegers said she told the team that “Sechelt has the same issues as other communities, and we need resources ... Read More »

Transit Future Action Plan

BC Transit wants to find out “what has changed since 2014?” in relation to public bus services on the Coast. It will be engaging with area residents this spring and summer to get their views so that information can be part of a Transit Future Action Plan. The presentation of that plan to the SCRD ... Read More »

Chapman Creek update

Work to secure vital water mains at the Chapman Creek Water Treatment Plant is continuing due to a landslide that occurred in late December 2020. In the past month, SCRD infrastructure services staff and contractors have been placing anchors and two beams in the area that will be used to support two water mains from ... Read More »

New provincial firearms lab

Police in BC will have one more tool to help suppress organized crime and gun violence, thanks to a newly opened provincial forensic firearms lab. The BC Provincial Forensic Firearms Laboratory will be a centralized firearms intelligence hub, helping increase police capacity to analyze illegal firearms used for criminal activity and seized by police. “This ... Read More »

Federal minister promotes new transportation funding in online discussion

Following the Feb. 10 federal government announcement of $15 billion of investments in transportation systems over the next eight years, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna was part of an online discussion with area local government representatives and residents. The Facebook live event was hosted by local MP Patrick Weiler. McKenna outlined that the ... Read More »

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