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Gibsons supportive housing update

BC Housing anticipates that all necessary permits to allow for occupancy of the supportive housing project at 749 School Road will be secured during the second week of March. On March 5, BC Housing spokesperson Henry Glazebrook advised the Local that tenant move-in is “on track to begin immediately thereafter.” Exterior work at the site ... Read More »

Understanding herd immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Infectious diseases can strike at any time. Some of them cause relatively minor interruptions to daily life and often can resolve of their own accord when the body’s immune system mounts a successful defense. Other diseases can cause serious, even life-threatening symptoms or spread rapidly, which makes it essential for medical professionals to help slow ... Read More »

Coast could get bus shelters and AVL technology

Local MP Patrick Weiler stood in for Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna, March 1, making a joint funding announcement with BC’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming. They detailed that the federal and provincial governments would each be contributing more than $1.9 million to install approximately 150 new and refitted public bus ... Read More »

How your taxes could be impacted by COVID-19

This year’s tax season is unique and could also be very confusing, especially with several measures introduced by the government to assist those who had to stop working or have been laid off. Though most benefits are taxable, many weren’t taxed at the source (meaning the government didn’t hold back an amount of money to ... Read More »

Blue herons identified as a significant juvenile salmon predator

Pacific great blue herons could be scooping up as many as three percent of all juvenile salmon and as many as six percent in some years with low water flow, according to a new University of British Columbia study. The study, published in The Canadian Journal of Zoology, is the first to estimate the portion ... Read More »

Inclusive employment pilot lights the way in Powell River

A new inclusive employment pilot project is providing eligible Powell River residents with on-the-job work experience and skills training. At the same time, they earn a fair wage in a new social enterprise. OneLight is a social enterprise that manufactures a fire starter that uses recycled materials diverted from the landfill. It can be used ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast Foundation seeks next generation of donors

Philanthropy for the 3rd Millennium is a program of the Sunshine Coast Foundation that engages with a group of younger (~25-50) workers and community leaders. Its goal is to help them understand the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the Sunshine Coast, the role of philanthropy and the Sunshine Coast Foundation, and how they can make ... Read More »

Covid Update February 21-27

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Pink Shirt Day

Sunshine Coast RCMP took part in Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 24, standing against bullying by wearing pink shirts. Constable McDougall, Indigenous Liaison and Constable Hall, Youth Liaison attended various schools throughout the Sunshine Coast and visited the shíshálh Nation and participated in anti-bullying activities. Sunshine Coast Police Officers also showed support while attending calls ... Read More »

Gibsons welcomes housing tenants

Packages containing community information and small gifts have been assembled by the Town of Gibsons for the individuals moving into the School Road Supportive Housing project. Representatives of BC Housing (BCH), the project’s developing partner, noted that this is the first community to have taken this action since it began work on the Province’s 2018 ... Read More »

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