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Lower Sunshine Coast Real Estate Market starting to slow down

The new rules around essential travel and social gathering as we move into the holiday season have started to slow down the Lower Sunshine Coast real estate market. There is still demand due to low inventory, especially in Gibsons, but it is not at the “frenzy” level we saw in October. Pending status of a ... Read More »

Report shows racism in BC health care

Indigenous people in BC are exposed to widespread racism that often results in negative experiences at the point of care, inequitable medical treatment, physical harm, even death, the independent review into Indigenous-specific discrimination in the province’s health-care system has found. Informed by the voices of nearly 9,000 Indigenous patients, family members, third-party witnesses and health-care ... Read More »

Shop local for Christmas

The 2020 holiday shopping season is different than in previous years. While the provincial health order is asking residents to limit public activities to help stop the spread of COVID-19, most area merchants remain open and need local support more than ever. Many downtown Sechelt businesses will be open until 8pm on Thursdays, between Nov. ... Read More »

How to meet socialization goals despite the current restrictions

The current restrictions resulting from COVID-19 have many puppy owners looking for recommendations on how to socialize their puppies adequately these days. Good socialization sets puppies up to become confident, friendly, sociable adult dogs. Luckily, there are many things a puppy owner can do to meet socialization goals despite the current restrictions. All interactions should ... Read More »

How to manage financial stress for better mental health

Although a constant worry for many of us, financial stress may be worse than ever during the pandemic. With employers cutting jobs, businesses shutting down and demand for financial assistance programs increasing, our mental health is taking a hit. Research shows that for those who are already living with mental health challenges such as dementia, ... Read More »

Easy ways to keep your immune system strong

The immune system is a powerful component of the human body. The immune system recognizes when viruses, bacteria and other foreign invaders enter or compromise the body, and then takes action to prevent illnesses from taking over. The average person can help his or her immune system do its job more effectively by making the ... Read More »

Real Estate board recommends that realtors refrain from holding open houses

With concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (of which the Sunshine Coast is part) strongly recommends that realtors refrain from holding open houses. They are making this recommendation after consulting with the broker community and assessing the latest information and commentary from public health and other government authorities. ... Read More »

Library programming has primarily moved online

Recently I read an anonymous quote about this year that resonated with me: “2020 is not the year to get everything you want; it is the year to appreciate everything you have.” While we continue to face a spectrum of individual and community challenges from the pandemic, I find these words helpful. At the library, ... Read More »

WorkSafeBC increasing inspections

WorkSafeBC is conducting enhanced COVID-19 inspections and consultations at workplaces in the Vancouver Coastal Health region as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. “The focus of our inspections is to ensure employers are effectively implementing measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace, including health screenings,” says Al Johnson, Head of Prevention Services ... Read More »

BC Hydro doubles select home renovation rebates

In a bid to help restart the BC economy and help customers save energy in their homes, BC Hydro is doubling rebate amounts for select energy-efficient upgrades, including heat pumps (for space or water heating), windows and doors. There’s also a bonus offer for those who hire a Program Registered Contractor to take advantage of ... Read More »

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