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SCRD 2021 tax rates rise in Round 2

All SCRD areas except A (Pender Harbour) and F (Howe Sound Islands) saw their estimated 2021 property taxes bump up between the SCRDs first and second-round budget debates. Tax increases over 2020 levels are forecast for all areas as the SCRD board battles costs “to address key infrastructure challenges” in 2021.  The board is slated ... Read More »

Lessons in the pandemic’s shadow: Moving past hope to action

As vaccines become available and we emerge from COVID-19s shadow, we must hang onto insights we’ve gained. We can all appreciate that consistent investments in science and applied research made the rapid response to this crisis possible. The pandemic highlights the need to rely on effective health, government and related organizations to mobilize a response ... Read More »

Vaccine bookings

I don’t understand all the complaints about wait-times to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. We are stuck at home, so what’s the big deal of holding the phone in your hand? It sounds like these impatient callers expect hundreds of workers to sit by the phone just waiting for it to ring. Anyhow, ... Read More »

Postal code changes

So, in Sechelt, Canada Post is to change our postcode. No reason or justification was given. It is easy to let family and friends around the world know but not so easy, not always possible, for others with whom we have infrequent contact or have lost touch. I received a letter and magazine this past ... Read More »

Reno-victions

Since hearing about the struggles that a friend of mine is enduring over the need for reasonable repairs to her rented living space in Gibsons, I am compelled to write this letter. It’s really apparent that there is an urgent need to have responsible bylaws and/or legislation that better protects tenants on the Sunshine Coast. ... Read More »

Letters

(Re: Letters, the Local, March 18) Interesting selection of letters last week – I also thought the “eunuch” joke was cheesy, but if you are a male, you will have already experienced the animosity displayed by females if you ever innocently wander into a playground full of children all by yourself – men are easy ... Read More »

Healing power

(Re: “Supportive Housing,” cover, the Local, March 18) Well, Gibsons! About the new supportive housing building on School Road. I hope the healing power on the inside is as strong as the images just applied on the outside. J. Imanse, Gibsons Read More »

National pharmacare

(Open letter to MP Patrick Weiler) Everyone in Canada deserves access to the prescription medications they need. Yet 7.5 million Canadians have insufficient or no drug coverage, and some are more vulnerable than others – including racialized Canadians and women. Many are making difficult decisions by cutting spending on food and heat to ensure their ... Read More »

Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal construction

BC Ferries will be conducting construction work at the Horseshoe Bay terminal to maintain aging infrastructure. The work is set to begin on March 30 and is expected to wrap up sometime in July. The project includes concrete restoration work on the terminal’s elevated vehicle transfer deck, which is necessary to maintain the infrastructure.    ... Read More »

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