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Narrows Inlet Hydro Project given conditional environmental assessment approval

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett recently issued a conditional Environmental Assessment Certificate to Narrows Inlet Hydro Holding Corp. for the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project, approximately 50 km north of Sechelt. The decision was made after considering a review led by British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office, which concluded that the ... Read More »

Community attacks Market clean-up

With a few e-mails and word of mouth, organizers of the Gibsons Public Market project rounded up a team of more than 50 volunteers to give the former Yacht Club building and grounds a wash and brush-up last weekend. “We got here at a quarter to nine,” said School Trustee Silas White, in attendance with ... Read More »

Public asked to report bat activity during winter months

White Nose Syndrome is a fungal disease that kills bats during their winter hibernation period. In order to improve the understanding of bat biology in B.C. and potentially increase their survival rate from the disease, provincial wildlife officials are urging the public to report any bats observed flying during daylight hours this winter, or sites ... Read More »

Marathon clinics underway

Planning to run in the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run and/or a spring marathon? Sunshine Coast Athletics training clinics are now underway. Register online at www.foolsrun.com, then show up Sunday morning at 9 a.m. ready to run. Any speed welcome as long as you can run a minimum of 30 minutes without stopping. Meeting ... Read More »

Avalanche Awareness Days encourage backcountry safety

Encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to explore training opportunities, learn how to make good decisions and stay safe was the focus of Avalanche Awareness Days, January 18 and 19. Avalanche Awareness Days celebrate avalanche safety expertise and provide an opportunity for people to learn how to safely enjoy the winter backcountry with education and training. Attorney General ... Read More »

Committee presents united front against coal transshipments in Salish Sea

The newly formed ‘Salish Sea Coal Committee’ (SSCC) met Sunday, January 19, to discuss next steps in addressing the proposal to ship eight million tonnes of thermal coal through our coastal waters on its way to China to be burned for electricity generation. Following the presentation of the Coal Hard Facts community forum late last ... Read More »

Sorry, Tim….

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Letters to the Editor – Opinions

Times have changed? I would like to add to the facts presented in Jim Cleghorn’s excellent letter in the January 9 issue of The Local. Mr. Cleghorn points out that the $7.50 car and driver fare charged by Black Ball back in 1952 had been reduced to $4.00 by BC Ferries by 1962. The reason? ... Read More »

Editorial Opinion – There they go again

Whoops, it’s an election year and with just ten – count ‘em, 10! – months to go before Coast residents head to the polls to choose their local government representatives, the issues are on the floor and the invective is in the air. In Gibsons, the George project is still months away from a Public ... Read More »

SCYSA teams deliver excitement, stellar performances

Sunshine Coast Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA) Rep teams Falcons and Storm played their first games after the winter break. Under foggy conditions on Saturday, Falcons lost to their arch-rivals, Marpole Blue Aces, 1-nil. Despite the defeat, Falcons played an exciting game and are currently at second place in their division (Gold 2). On Sunday, Storm ... Read More »

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