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More 2020 Gibsons Budget Changes in light of COVID-19 Impacts

In response to public concerns in what Mayor Bill Beamish said is a “unique year”, Gibsons Council revised its 2020 budget, property tax rates and tax payment penalty dates at its April 21 meeting. The Town’s proposed 2020 tax rate increase now sits at just over two per cent higher than in 2019 rather than ... Read More »

FWA and Jazz Festivals Impacted by COVID-19

The 2020 Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts (FWA) is cancelled due to the continuation of social distancing measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next and thirty-eighth rendition of this event is now slated for August 12 to 15, 2021. The FWA was scheduled to take place this year from August 13-16. Established ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast COVID Physician Task Force Community Update #20

April 21, 2020 As we continue to see over a thousand new cases of COVID-19 across Canada daily, it is clear that we are not out of the woods yet. Here in British Columbia we continue to average close to thirty new cases daily. While this number is slowly coming down, it is clear that ... Read More »

Signature Coast Events Cancelled for 2020

Continued social distancing to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus has put the brakes on several 2020 spring and summer events on the Coast. Cancellations extend from the April Tools and May Day celebrations in Pender Harbour through to the Coaster’s Car Club’s Sleepy Hollow Rod Run and related events that were scheduled ... Read More »

Approval Process for Church Road Well Project On Hold

Uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting the SCRD’s water supply and conservation projects. At the Infrastructure Services Committee meeting on April 16, Remko Rosenboom, Infrastructure Services Manager noted that Church Road well field development, forecasted to be complete in the final quarter of 2020 is experiencing delays. Committee Chair, Area E Director Donna ... Read More »

Sechelt Library’s Spring Reading Program

The Sechelt Library invites kids in grade seven and under to participate in our at-home Spring Reading Program while the library remains closed. We understand being at home at this time comes with its challenges and we want to help where we can. Sechelt Library has created a fun at home Reading Log for children ... Read More »

Sechelt launches business watch program

District of Sechelt

Following the lead of the Town of Gibsons, the District of Sechelt is launching a business watch program this week modeled after the Gibsons program. The program will provide regular patrols in commercial areas during the current crisis. Under the direction of the manager of corporate services and the community services coordinator, volunteers will monitor ... Read More »

Sechelt to Match COVID-19 Response Fund Donations

The Sunshine Coast Community Foundation COVID-19 Community Response Fund received a boost with Sechelt committing up to $50,000 to match new donations. At its April 15 meeting, Council endorsed using about half of the money saved from annual dividends paid to Sechelt by the Sunshine Coast Community Forest for this purpose. The Foundation’s newly established ... Read More »

Seven Minute Hospital Worker Salute

The April 15 salute to staff and supporters working through the COVID-19 pandemic at Sechelt Hospital featured aircraft, emergency and service vehicles along with cheering members of the public. At 7pm, Airspan Helicopters led off the rally with four aircraft from its fleet circling the hospital. That contingent finished by holding a line formation for ... Read More »

Municipal Operations Not Impacted If Tax Payments Delayed

District of Sechelt

Sechelt’s Director of Financial Services, Dave Douglas assured Council that there is an option to borrow to pay expenses should property tax revenue not come in as anticipated this July. He confirmed this at the April 14 committee meeting, in response to concerns expressed by Councillor Tom Lamb that property owners may not be able ... Read More »

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