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We Say Goodbye

The Sunshine Coast has been one of the last small markets in Canada to be served by two newspapers. Unfortunately, that is about to change as market conditions have resulted in this being the final issue of The Local Weekly. Suffice it to say, leaving a community that you have been an integral part of ... Read More »

RCMP Report

District’s tractor stolen Sunshine Coast RCMP are investigating a report that a green 2010 John Deere tractor was stolen from the Sechelt Public Works yard on Allen Road in Sechelt. The tractor was last seen on Monday, March 22, at 3:15pm and was bearing BC license plate X49097. The tractor in the photo is the ... Read More »

Rules on visiting Vancouver Coastal Health facilities easing

Details on how reduced restrictions on visiting with residents of long-term care will be implemented at Coast facilities will be announced shortly. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) spokesperson Celso Pereira told the Local, “VCH knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for seniors in long-term care and assisted living. The easing of visitation restrictions ... Read More »

BC’s three-week lockdown hopes to ‘break the chain’

To address rising COVID- 19 case counts, protect people and communities and help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, the provincial health officer amended the provincial public health orders this past week, effective March 30. “COVID-19 continues to create challenges for people and businesses throughout BC, and we are grateful for the sacrifices people continue ... Read More »

medical assistance in dying

While the response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains the primary focus of all orders of government in Canada, there are two other health matters I will be updating you on this month. Parliament passed Bill C-7 into law on March 17, amending Canada’s Criminal Code provisions on medical assistance in dying (MAID). I have heard ... Read More »

Tax increases contribute to rental property “conundrum”

Rate increases for 2021 housing rentals have been capped at 1.4 percent by the Province. With property tax levies set to increase by multiple times that rate, the profitability of long-term accommodation rentals is reduced. Gibsons area resident and former council member Lee Ann Johnson raised concerns about this on March 23 during the Town’s ... Read More »

Improvements coming to the Coast to help out tourism

Gibsons and Sechelt received just under $1.5 million this week to support tourism infrastructure development as part of BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. Gibsons was granted $675,000 for active transportation network upgrades, including parking, signage, bike racks, and electric bike charging stations. The District of Sechelt received $809,019 for three major projects: Trail Bay sea walk ... Read More »

Female salmon are dying at higher rates than males

Female adult sockeye from the Fraser River are dying at significantly higher rates than their male counterparts on the journey back to their spawning grounds, finds new UBC research. For every male salmon that doesn’t make it to their natal stream, at least two, sometimes three, female salmon die. “This is causing skewed sex ratios ... Read More »

Covid Update March 14-20

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Plans to Eradicate Asian Hornet

The Asian giant hornet, an invasive pest that threatens pollinators and ignores international borders, is the focus of an international effort to eradicate it in the Pacific Northwest. That is why in the coming year, BC, the State of Washington and US federal agencies are collaborating on plans to track, trap and eradicate any Asian ... Read More »

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