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Vaccination update for the Sunshine Coast

On Jan. 13, Valerie Morrison was the first recipient of the COVID-19 vaccine at the initial immunization clinic on the Sunshine Coast. Morrison is a registered nurse who has worked at Totem Lodge in Sechelt for the past 30 years. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is administering the vaccine to priority populations, including long-term care residents, ... Read More »

Elphinstone Secondary COVID exposure

A member of the Elphinstone Secondary school community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. A letter from School District 46 (SD46) Superintendent Patrick Bocking distributed Jan. 14 indicates that the individual attended the school in Gibsons on Jan. 7 and Jan. 11. This is the first exposure event at a District school reported on ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast COVID-19 Physician Task Force community update #43

Dear Fellow Sunshine Coast Residents: I think we all breathed a little sigh of relief and felt a little spring in our step this past week, as almost all of our long term care residents and their healthcare workers received their first of two COVID-19 vaccinations. While this does not provide full protection, it does ... Read More »

Climate change and green energy

You journalists give widespread coverage to these two important subjects. However, by accident or design, you grossly mislead your readers and the general public. You give endless space to people like David Suzuki, Greta Thunberg – the teenage Swedish superhero – and letters calling for our politicians and the general public to reduce our production ... Read More »

Celebrating 75 years

The War Amps Key Tag Service is celebrating a milestone this year – its 75th anniversary! The service has not only been reuniting Canadians with their lost keys, it has been helping to make a difference in the lives of amputees. To date, more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys have been returned to ... Read More »

Historic moment

The shíshálh Nation (Sechelt) is in discussions with the Province regarding land and resource use across their traditional territory (swiya), and the public is being offered an opportunity for input through an online questionnaire. Our organization (ELF) encourages Sunshine Coast residents who live, work and play across the shishalh Nation’s swiya to participate by visiting ... Read More »

US crisis shows need to speak truth to power

As was demonstrated in the US last week, many who are motivated by fear and ignorance are feeling emboldened – and desperate. It’s not just in the United States. Irrational, authoritarian, anti-science rhetoric and action has been heating up from Brazil to India to Hungary, and is fully entrenched in places like Russia and China. ... Read More »

Curbside recycling collection service?

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is asking for feedback on the possible implementation of a curbside recycling collection service for residences in Electoral Areas B (Halfmoon Bay), D (Roberts Creek), E (Elphinstone) and F (West Howe Sound) who currently receive garbage and food waste collection. You can have your say by filling out a ... Read More »

Dead animals do not belong in green waste

The title says it all – dead animals do not belong in green waste. Yes, believe it or not, on three occasions in the last two months, dead animals have been dropped off at the South Coast Green Waste Drop-off Depot in Gibsons. The most recent case occurred on Sunday, Jan. 10, when an alert ... Read More »

Ban on food waste in garbage proposed

Coast residents have 18 months to prepare to recycle all food-related waste or be ready to pay fines if these recyclables make it into their garbage. On Jan. 14, the SCRD infrastructure committee recommended the board implement a plan to ban food waste from the District landfill starting Jan. 1, 2022. The introduction of fines ... Read More »

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