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SCRD 2021 budget endorsed

On March 25, the SCRD board endorsed its 2021 budget, solidifying this year’s property tax rate increases of between 5.5 and 24.5 percent. Area A (Pender Harbour) will see the largest percentage increase on the SCRD portion of 2021 property tax bills. Increases for the remaining areas, with the exception of Island jurisdictions, will be ... Read More »

New directors for Chamber of Commerce

The Sechelt and District Chamber of Commerce added five new faces to its board of directors at the 2021 Annual General Meeting hosted online on March 26. The new directors are Derek Thebault, Gaetan Royer, Jessica Hemingway, Laurie Reid, and Rory Gowler. They joined returning board members John Henderson, Carolyn Minchin, Nick Farrer, Albert Trinh, ... Read More »

Sechelt aims for 2021 staffing increases

Sechelt wants to create 11 new positions in 2021. It remains unclear whether council will support that single year 16 percent increase over existing staff levels.  At the March 24 Committee of the Whole meeting, Human Resources Manager Lindsay Roberts put forward a prioritized list of the new staff requests. Topping that list was an ... Read More »

Gibsons engagement on 2021 budget

The “Team Sunshine Coast” approach was used by Gibsons on its initial online 2021 budget public engagement session. Town council and staff tapped into Zoom meeting expertise developed by their counterparts in Sechelt to host an interactive session that was attended virtually by about 30 people on March 23. With advice from frequent Zoom user ... Read More »

Gibsons AED installations

The Town of Gibsons and the Rotary Club of Gibsons have collaborated to install automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, in three high-traffic Gibsons locations – Mike’s Place in Gibsons Landing, the Gibsons Marina on Prowse Road and inside the washroom facility at Armour’s Beach. The Rotary Club of Gibsons provided the three AEDs, and the ... Read More »

Simons on STRs, Highway 101, and more

BC’s Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, local MLA Nicholas Simons, stated that Attorney General David Eby will be making an announcement related to Short Term Rental (STR) issues in the coming weeks. Simons provided that detail at the Sechelt and District Chamber of Commerce’s online 2021 Annual General Meeting on March 26. As ... Read More »

National Volunteer Week

Sunday, April 18, will mark the start of National Volunteer Week in Canada. It’s a coast-to-coast celebration of the commitment, dedication, generosity and selflessness of Canada’s almost 13 million volunteers. The year’s theme is: “The Value of One, The Power of Many.” It reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals, especially ... Read More »

Real Estate Market still strong

The Sunshine Coast real estate market has cooled a bit in the last two weeks, but it is still very much a seller’s market. Successful buyers have mortgage pre-approval and are working with a local buyer’s agent. Here are how the numbers broke down in detail for March. March year-over-year (YOY) • March 2020 saw ... Read More »

COVID-19 Exposure

A COVID-19 exposure event has been reported at Elphinstone Secondary School in Gibsons by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). The potential exposure dates listed on the VCH website are March 9 and March 11.  Staff photo Read More »

Sechelt ramps up Restart spending

Sechelt property taxpayers should see an easing of District asks for 2021 tax increases following March 17 council decisions to spend some of its COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant on operational projects.  The highest-priced item to be bought with the funding provided by the province is a $188,000 spend to finally incorporate the OnBase document management ... Read More »

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