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SCRD Enacts Emergency Response

2020-03-20 SCRD COVID Bulletin #1 While Vancouver Coastal Health is the local lead agency on the COVID-19 epidemic, on March 16 the SCRD activated our regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). Emergency Program personnel are monitoring

Ah, the Budget…

It’s huge, it’s eye-crossingly complicated, and when staff try to explain the details most people surreptitiously pull out their phones or start edging towards the door. A very special sort of hell is sitting under

The Five Horsemen of the Property Tax Apocalypse

This post is based on a cheerful little powerpoint presentation I put together for the Elphinstone Community Association. Those of you with some biblical education will know that there were only four horsemen. Well, when

Washouts Spark Community Concern

On February 1, there was an alarming washout of Whittaker Creek, which forced the closure of Lower Road and the emergency evacuation of several Roberts Creek properties. Below are photos, some taken by me and

Board Wrestles with Short Term Rentals

On February 13, the thorny issue of short term rentals (STRs) came back to the SCRD Planning Committee for decisions. The rural directors voted 4-1 not to proceed with Temporary Use Permits (TUPs) as a

AVICC Resolutions

The SCRD board drafted the following resolutions which will be submitted to the next conference of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (April 17-19, 2020 in Nanaimo). If passed, these resolutions will be

Province Releases Marine Debris Report

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Sheila Malcolmson, has just published a report summarizing the feedback from stakeholders on marine debris. The consultations took place through the summer and early fall of 2019. While this is a good summary

About Rural Director Pay

On Jan. 23 the board voted to have our CAO strike an independent task force to review the way that SCRD directors are paid. I’ve been agitating about this since before I was elected, and

Electrification is the future of home heating

Thanks to CBC for this interesting and informative article that describes all the options for heating your home and their environmental costs. If your home relies on its own individual heating system, as most do,

Opportunistic Aviators: Anna’s Hummingbirds

If we were to declare an Official Bird of Elphinstone, hummers would be in the running. Here’s a great article on Anna’s hummingbirds from The Tyee. There are certainly plenty of them around Elphinstone. I have