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This is obscene 

Since the 2016 announcement that long-term care on the Coast was being privatized, successive Liberal and NDP health ministers have dismissed our warnings about for-profit care. They’ve assured us that the question of ownership is immaterial, since all BC care centres are held to the same high ministry standard.  One might therefore deduce that the ... Read More »

Some questions

(Addressed to Gibsons mayor and copied to the Local) On Nov. 5, 2019 a notice was sent to the residents of Parkland stating the Town was spending $25,000 for a consultant to “undertake an update of the GDEU Master Business Plan…as much of the foundational data of the utility’s original business plan (which was prepared ... Read More »

Editorial: Who has been inconvenienced?

Actions by and in support of the Wet’suwet’en land defenders are as much about government failure to resolve issues around Indigenous rights and title as they are about pipelines and gas. Some Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their people are defending their rights to traditional practices, clean air and water and a healthy environment. They say ... Read More »

A new journey

I am a resident of ch’atlich and frequently entertain visitors whom I show around our beautiful Sunshine Coast.   We go for a drive via ts’ukw’um and salalus, calling in later at xwesam and xwilkway en route to skelhp to catch the ferry.  We may spend a night in Powell River before returning via swiya, ... Read More »

I was assaulted 

At approximately 2pm on Feb. 26 at the intersection of Warf Ave. and Hwy 101, I was assaulted while peacefully protesting. A Caucasian man in his 70’s first tore down a sign I had put up, then tore down another sign and walked off with my property. Then he tried to forcefully remove a sign ... Read More »

Conversation continues

We read with interest the comments by MLA Nicholas Simons at the Sechelt Chamber luncheon regarding the long overdue “corridor study” of the state of our only road between Langdale and Egmont (it is inaccurate to call this roadway a “highway”). For reasons that are not at all clear, no input from our society or ... Read More »

Increase unacceptable

(A version of this letter was sent to the SCRD board and copied to the Local.) The Chamber has very recently become aware of the magnitude of various proposed budget items for 2020. We are concerned that the SCRD’s budget proposals and financial plan need more complete and careful consideration.  The proposal to hire 15 ... Read More »

Editorial: Your call is important…

Income and disability assistance recipients are still not getting the timely service they need when using the ministry of social development and poverty reduction’s telephone system, according to the BC Ombudsperson. He has released an update to his 2018 report, “Holding Pattern: Call Wait Times for Income and Disability Assistance”.  The update highlights that between ... Read More »

Family fun in Gibsons

A hard-working group of volunteers is now meeting together to make Sea Cavalcade 2020 happen and we could use your help now. The date for this year’s event is the traditional summer weekend – Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26. Initial details from previous years can be found here:  To be put on ... Read More »

Moral compass missing

I am a registered nurse with 42 years experience. In recent years, I have become increasingly disturbed and angry as I’ve witnessed our health care system transformed for the benefit of private interests.  The recent report by BC Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie confirms what those of us on the front line have long known, that ... Read More »

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