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British Columbia COVID-19 vaccine plan Phase 2 details

More than 400,000 people in the province will be immunized from March to early April as the province moves into Phase 2 of its four-step plan in the largest immunization rollout in BC’s history. First-dose immunizations have already begun for those living and working in independent living centres and seniors’ supportive housing, as well as ... Read More »

SCRD engages residents on 2021 budget plans

Presenter panels, opportunities for questions, and pop quizzes testing directors’ knowledge were included in SCRD online public engagement events on its 2021 proposed budget. Sessions for the SCRDs rural areas were hosted on Feb. 22 and 26. The focus of the three sessions was a draft operations budget of $48.7 million and proposals to spend ... Read More »

Highway 101 bypass study coming

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) is in the early stages of organizing a study on bypass options for Highway 101. Elena Farmer, district manager, made that announcement as part of a MoTI delegation at Sechelt’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Feb. 24. Farmer was not able to provide many details, as project ... Read More »

BC Ferries third-quarter results

BC Ferries released its third-quarter results last week for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. The COVID-19 global pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the company’s operations and financial results. During the quarter, BC Ferries carried 2.9 million passengers and 1.6 million vehicles, a decrease of 39.6 percent and 22.3 percent, respectively, ... Read More »

SCRD/union reach tentative agreement

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) and Unifor Local 466 negotiating committees are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached between the SCRD and Unifor Local 466. The agreement was reached following two days of renewed negotiations between the parties and was signed on Feb. 24. “I want to express my sincere ... Read More »

Gravel lands transfer to shíshálh Nation

The Province has transferred three parcels of Crown land to shíshálh Nation. Since 1988, the 616 hectares, known as the gravel lands, have been leased from the Province to Lehigh Hansen Materials and used for a gravel extraction business. As the new owner, shíshálh has signed a lease with Lehigh Hansen to continue gravel production, ... Read More »

Map update February 14-20

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Costs increasing for airport project

Lighting improvements, COVID-19 protocols and inflation mean that Sechelt will be using more of the $3.18 million it has available for pavement repairs and a 214-meter airport runway extension. Council approved funding sources for the project at its Feb. 17 meeting. In addition to BC Air Access grants totalling $2.35 million, Sechelt will allocate up ... Read More »

Decisions on drag racing deferred

The Sunshine Coast Drag Racing Association (SCDRA) has been waiting since October 2020 for a response from Sechelt about its request for 2021 race dates at the airport. Following a second deferral of the matter at the Feb. 17 council meeting, any decision has been put off until March 3 at the earliest. The most ... Read More »

Municipal spending up in Gibsons

Gibsons’ staff are forecasting a just under one (0.8) percent increase in operating expenses in 2021 over the previous year’s spending levels. At a committee meeting on Feb. 23, a staff proposal for a two percent bump in 2021 property taxes to cover annual contract and inflation cost increases is to be discussed. That proposed ... Read More »

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