All posts by Donna

Protective Services Manager Appointed

July 17 Announcement from Interim CAO Angie Legault: I am very pleased to announce that Matt Treit will be joining the SCRD on August 6, 2019, to take up the responsibilities associated with the newly

Like a River: the Pineapple Express

Here’s a well researched and beautifully presented article on Pineapple Expresses—those deluges of rain that hit the west coast in winter, and are getting more severe. Too little water or too much water—that’s our new

So, why not just Stop Growth?

People ask me all the time–why are we continuing new development on the Sunshine Coast when we don’t have enough water? I asked that question at the board table and I’ll try to boil down

More About Water

Chapman Lake Revisited Lately there’s been a letter writing campaign by people who want the province to reverse its decision and remove Chapman Lake from Tetrahedron Provincial Park. I don’t favour reviving a rancorous public

Organics Curbside Pick-up Coming

SCRD directors voted in favour of curbside organics pick-up on May 16 for Areas B, D, E and F. We asked staff for something similar to Gibsons’ very successful program (why reinvent the wheel?), and

Fires in the Forecast

The folks from The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC sent out their latest newsletter, which includes a fire weather forecast from Environment Canada. BC’s “new reality” is “floods, drought, forest fires and windstorms –

Salal is Dying

On May 4 I took a hike up Tramway Trail from Elphinstone Pioneer Cemetery and was shocked to find huge patches of dead salal stretching out into the distance along the slopes of Mount Elphinstone.

Vancouver Drafts Climate Emergency Strategy

Three months after Vancouver City Council moved unanimously to declare a climate emergency, staff have come back with a number of recommendations to make Vancouver carbon neutral by 2050. I have talked to Vancouver staff and

Gospel Rock Development Underway

Residents along Pratt Road are understandably unhappy about increasing construction traffic from the development of Gospel Rock, but there is no immediate remedy in sight. I’d like to thank the Town of Gibsons’ Director of

Schmoozing at AVICC

The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities convention in Powell River was an opportunity for local politicians from around the coast to get together. Sunshine Coast Regional District directors met qathet (Powell River) Regional