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Penny Gotto…Building is in her genes

Penny Gotto is an early riser. She has to be as she works 10 to 12 hour days running her construction company, Green Vista Contracting. Since 2011, Gotto has been renovating and building new homes up and down the Sunshine Coast. Started as a sole proprietorship in 2008, Green Vista Contracting is now an incorporated ... Read More »

CityState Building Better Communities

There’s no better feeling than looking over your shoulder and watching families enjoy a new recreation centre you helped build” says Gaetan Royer. Asked about projects of a smaller scale, he quickly adds: “There’s nothing more satisfying than being with clients who stand in awe in front of their new custom-designed home.” Bringing the CityState ... Read More »

How to design your dream custom-built home

There are many advantages to designing your own home. Gone are the builder-basic styles, layouts that don’t work for your family and exteriors you can’t tell apart from your neighbours’. To help with your planning, check out these tips. Find the right property. There are no limits to what you can create with a custom-built ... Read More »

Worried about carbon monoxide?

We spend approximately 90 per cent of our time indoors. While it’s very appealing to stay indoors to catch up on some reading or stretch out on the couch to enjoy a good movie, be sure to enjoy your time indoors safely. Air contaminants like carbon monoxide (CO) are pollutants that may be present in ... Read More »

Time to Harvest

A young boy digs potatoes during last year’s Harvest Festival at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden in West Sechelt. This year’s festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 6, when the public is invited to harvest the Garden’s produce for the food bank. But the drought this year has reduced the yield, and the Garden is ... Read More »

Watering with hoses returns

Effective Friday, September 4, and until further notice, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has declared a return to Stage 3 outdoor water use restrictions for all regional water customers south of Pender Harbour. Customers on SCRD water from Pender Harbour to Earl’s Cove/Egmont remain at Stage 1 until further notice. The recent rains have ... Read More »

Water meeting full to the brim

It was standing room only half an hour before the Sechelt Town Hall Water Conservation Meeting began on Aug. 25, a meeting which lasted 2 ½ hours. Mayor Bruce Milne, accurately sensing the mood of the crowd, flipped the schedule of the meeting in order to discuss supply first, conservation second. And he requested civil ... Read More »

Back to school already

Gosh, that summer seemed short! Because it was. Approximately five weeks, or 27 instructional days shorter than last summer when classes ended early and started late due to the teachers’ job action. This year kids are back to school September 8, having enjoyed a standard-length break, and nearly-uninterrupted fine sunny weather. According to the most ... Read More »

School zone alert

With children and youth returning to school, the Canada Safety Council reminds drivers to be extra cautious on the roads during this busy time of year. “We owe it to the young people in our communities to review and respect the rules around school zones,” says Jack Smith, president of the Canada Safety Council. “As ... Read More »

Weekly Cartoon – September 3, 2015

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