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Chamber AGM focuses on innovation

Social media, innovation and business speed dating are all on the agenda for the Gibsons Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting on March 28. The event, to be held at the Gibsons Public Market, is open to anyone interested. Tickets are $15 or $10 for Chamber members. Headlining the event will be Gary Bizzo, business ... Read More »

Wastewater Treatment Loan Authorization Bylaw approved

Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 532, 2014 has been approved by the Inspector of Municipalities and Sechelt confirms that it will be proceeding to a referendum on a new funding option for the community’s wastewater treatment facility. The bylaw received three readings at the Council meeting of January 15, 2014 and was then submitted to the ... Read More »

Ferry Coalition presents petitions, letters to Premier

A BC Ferry Coalition delegation from the Lower Sunshine Coast held a press conference on Tuesday, February 4, at 10:30 a.m., on the steps of Canada Place Trade and Convention Centre to draw attention to the increasing damage being done to coastal communities by BC Ferries’ service cuts and fare increases. Following the press conference ... Read More »

Coast Car Co-op to launch March 1

Sunshine Coast-based Coast Car Co-op (CCC) will officially launch on March 1, 2014, Executive Director Johan Stroman announced this week. The not-for-profit organization has received widespread support throughout the Sunshine Coast community. Starting with 45 members and two vehicles – a 2013 Toyota Prius C (hybrid car) and a new Dodge Grand Caravan (family van), ... Read More »

SCRD wraps budget discussions, anticipates 5.2 per cent tax boost

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has wrapped up round one of budget meetings with a tax increase of 5.2 per cent over the 2013 budget year. “The round-one numbers are very preliminary,” says Tina Perreault, SCRD Treasurer. “Year-end surpluses and deficits have not yet been finalized.” The SCRD has three rounds of budget review, ... Read More »

ICET report confirms young adults key to region’s economic success

An economic analysis prepared for the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) confirms what most residents already know: young adults are leaving the region, presenting a new challenge for employers and the economy as a whole. The retention and attraction of youth is an issue in much of rural Canada.  Young people are critical for long-term ... Read More »

It says “Potluck”….

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Letters to the Editor – Opinions

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to Mayor and Council of the Town of Gibsons and copied to The Local for publication. Town needs economic driver I have lived in and around Gibsons all of my life and am a descendant of some of the first outside settlers to arrive here in the late ... Read More »

Editorial Opinion – Occupying before there was Occupy

As The Local prepared to go to press on Tuesday morning, a horde of angry Coast residents disembarked from the Queen of Coquitlam, bound for Canada Place Trade and Convention Centre where they expected to confront Premier Christie Clark and protest the recently-proposed round of ferry fare hikes and service cuts. Clark doesn’t know what ... Read More »

Howe Sound Forum outlined need for long-term plan

Gong syi fa tsai – happy year of the Horse! Readers may be well into the celebration of the Lunar New Year, a highlight of which is the Annual Asian New Year Celebration, marked February 8 this year in the West Van part of the riding, thanks to the efforts of 70 or more volunteers ... Read More »

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