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Premier’s statement on Louis Riel Day

Premier Horgan issued the following statement this week to mark Louis Riel Day: “Each year on Nov. 16, we observe Louis Riel Day and acknowledge the importance of Louis Riel (1844-85) as a political leader and advocate of justice for the Métis people. “Riel was a champion of Métis rights who paid the ultimate price ... Read More »

Update: Regional hockey/figure skating

The Local would like to clarify our Nov. 11 article on the Provincial Health Authority’s regional order for our area (and others) and its impact on local ice-based recreation. According to Kate Turner, registrar for both the figure skating and minor hockey associations on the Coast, “The Public Health Order, issued on Nov. 7, suspended ... Read More »

COVID-19 numbers

This map shows the latest COVID-19 cases by Local Health Area (LHA) released by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). There were three confirmed cases on the Sunshine Coast from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31, bringing the cumulative cases from January to October to 29. The biggest jump in numbers came in September with ... Read More »

Federal funds to restore wetlands

MP Patrick Weiler closed off his Nov. 12 Zoom call with the Sechelt Chamber of Commerce by highlighting a federal grant to restore wetlands in the Old Sechelt Mine wildfire area, adjacent to West Sechelt. The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) will be receiving $85,000 for work near the site of the 2015 wildfire. BCCF ... Read More »

Gibsons wins this year’s Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts

Margaret Grenier of Gibsons has won this year’s Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The $50,000 prize, administered and presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by a Canadian professional artist in music, theatre or dance. Grenier is of Gitxsan ... Read More »

Persistent Bear

On Nov. 16, a resident in the 1500 block of Thompson Road, Langdale, reported that a persistent bear was in the yard despite attempts to scare it off with an air horn. Police attended and noted a garbage bag containing empty milk cartons had been torn apart. The resident, who had already received a Violation ... Read More »

Local MP activity update

Local MP Patrick Weiler plans to head to Ottawa in the coming weeks. There, he will join the limited number of elected representatives who are part of the in-person debate at the House of Commons. During the second session of Canada’s 43rd Parliament, elected representatives attend in person or via video link – in a ... 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 »

Salt Spring Island company approved to ship via drone

Just like shipping parcels via plane or vehicle, there is now the capability to ship via drone. A first in Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has approved InDro Robotics Inc. to operate a domestic air service, using drones for the carriage of cargo. “This permission until now has only ever been issued to airlines ... Read More »

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