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Calling for nominations for 2013 Women of Distinction Awards

In May 2012, 70 outstanding women were joined by BC Premier Christy Clark, to celebrate the annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards at the Westin Bayshore in Downtown Vancouver. The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honour women and businesses who have contributed to the growth and development of their community. photo submitted YWCA Metro Vancouver ... Read More »

Idle no more!

Residents from across the Sunshine Coast gathered together in Sechelt on Friday, January 4 to march in solidarity with aboriginal people across Canada. Read More »

RCMP investigate multiple break-ins

The Sunshine Coast RCMP is asking for information from the public in identifying the suspects of several break and enters. Gibsons: On December 22, 2012 at approximately 11:20 pm, a male suspect broke into The Bargain Shop in Gibsons by smashing the front door with a large rock. Video surveillance captured a male suspect between ... Read More »

A sweeter future for homeless and abused animals

The BC SPCA is calling on everyone who loves animals and tasty treats to join Canada’s first-ever National Cupcake Day on February 25, 2013, in support of homeless, abused and injured animals in BC. “We’re encouraging people to register online at and then to bake and offer cupcakes by donation on February 25, with ... Read More »

Smart Meter deadline extended

BC Hydro has installed 93 per cent or 1.73 million of 1.87 million smart meters. To ensure the final seven per cent of smart meters can be installed, the Province is extending the deadline under the Clean Energy Act from December 31, 2012, to December 31, 2013. Shortages in qualified labour, equipment and specialized meters, ... Read More »

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel

I am a survivor of a severe traumatic brain injury. This accident happened after falling approximately 700 feet from Dam Mountain, North Vancouver, BC. This injury had me relearn all of life’s basics; it was like being an infant again at 28 years old. My doctors were saying that learning or relearning was going to ... Read More »

Births are on the rise in British Columbia

The most popular names for babies born in British Columbia in 2011 were Liam and Emma, according to the annual report from the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency. The most widely selected names for boys were Liam, Ethan, Mason, Lucas and Benjamin. The top five names for girls were Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava and Chloe. ... Read More »

New Year greetings from Parliament

As we reach year end, it’s our family tradition to pause and thank the many people in our lives for their contributions to our health and welfare.Contrary to common perception, most of what I do as Member of Parliament is not about politics; it’s about service. People who are dedicated to service won’t be surprised ... Read More »

Hard times bring rise to Canadian philanthropy

As Canadians work at improving their own lives, they also strive to help the less fortunate. According to a recent report by BMO Harris Private Banking, charitable giving is on the rise in Canada. Almost 79 per cent of Canadians made a charitable donation in 2012, up from 68 per cent in 2011, and the ... Read More »

Real estate market update for the year of 2012

There are 421 current detached listings and 462 sales year ending 2012. The current market’s hot price range is between $301,000 and $400,000, with 141 of the sales occurring in this price range. Comparing the previous year’s detached sales, in 2011 for the same time period we had 452 sales. 2012 finished off with 10 ... Read More »

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