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COVID-19 vaccine locations announced

COVID-19 vaccination clinics on the Coast are slated to open to senior citizens within selected groups in mid-March. Clinics will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion at 747 Gibsons Way, the Royal Canadian Legion in Madeira Park at 12829 Lillies Lake Road, and the Sechelt Seniors Centre at 5604 Trail Avenue. Vancouver Coastal Health’s ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast COVID-19 Physician Task Force community update #46

Dear Fellow Sunshine Coast Residents: Despite ongoing concerns about the potential for COVID-19 variants to increase infection rates again, there has been a lot of positive news in the past few weeks. Across the globe, COVID-19 infection and death rates have been dropping, and last week brought news indicating that vaccinations are already making a ... Read More »

BC Ferries launches new fare options

BC Ferries announced the launch of new fare options last week on the three Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes. These new fares will benefit customers travelling for essential purposes only, and once it’s safe to resume non-essential travel, all customers will be able to take advantage of more fare choices. In addition to BC ... Read More »

SPCA Spring Lottery

The BC SPCA Lottery for animals in need is back and bigger than ever. Buying a lottery ticket will help BC’s abused, neglected and injured animals and could potentially put thousands of extra dollars in your pocket! “With 31 cash prizes totalling $125,000 to be won, plus a bonus 50/50 pot up to $500,000, there ... Read More »

Gibsons supportive housing update

BC Housing anticipates that all necessary permits to allow for occupancy of the supportive housing project at 749 School Road will be secured during the second week of March. On March 5, BC Housing spokesperson Henry Glazebrook advised the Local that tenant move-in is “on track to begin immediately thereafter.” Exterior work at the site ... Read More »

Hope for housing on the Sunshine Coast

On the heels of the March 1 multi-agency meeting looking to advance the creation of safe and secure housing for residents of the Coast, the Province announced a program to support local governments to improve housing project development approvals. The $15 million Local Government Development Approvals Program was publicly announced on March 5 by Municipal ... Read More »

Understanding herd immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Infectious diseases can strike at any time. Some of them cause relatively minor interruptions to daily life and often can resolve of their own accord when the body’s immune system mounts a successful defense. Other diseases can cause serious, even life-threatening symptoms or spread rapidly, which makes it essential for medical professionals to help slow ... Read More »

Coast could get bus shelters and AVL technology

Local MP Patrick Weiler stood in for Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna, March 1, making a joint funding announcement with BC’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming. They detailed that the federal and provincial governments would each be contributing more than $1.9 million to install approximately 150 new and refitted public bus ... Read More »

How your taxes could be impacted by COVID-19

This year’s tax season is unique and could also be very confusing, especially with several measures introduced by the government to assist those who had to stop working or have been laid off. Though most benefits are taxable, many weren’t taxed at the source (meaning the government didn’t hold back an amount of money to ... Read More »

Blue herons identified as a significant juvenile salmon predator

Pacific great blue herons could be scooping up as many as three percent of all juvenile salmon and as many as six percent in some years with low water flow, according to a new University of British Columbia study. The study, published in The Canadian Journal of Zoology, is the first to estimate the portion ... Read More »

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