All posts by Donna

Municipalities Plan for Climate Change

Here’s a good article by Randy Shore from the Vancouver Sun on how municipalities are planning for climate change, featuring an interview with Town of Gibsons CAO Emanuel Machado. The SCRD also needs to be

How Much Rain is Enough?

  We’ve had quite a bit of rain in Elphinstone in early July, which is great for our forests and gardens, but when it comes to our drinking water supply, what matters is how much


Gospel Rock Update

A number of people have contacted me with concerns about fire hazard on Gospel Rock due to dry conditions and piles of clearing slash. Here is a response from Town of Gibsons Director of Infrastructure

Cedar Grove Elementary gets new Book Gnome

On June 26, students from Cedar Grove Elementary and members Elphinstone Community Association gathered to unveil a new book gnome for the front of the school. The old one, put in place when the school

Why won’t the province call it a climate emergency?

An interesting article from the Globe & Mail. “Earlier this week, the House of Commons declared a climate emergency in Canada. In B.C., which has been hammered in recent years by record-breaking wildfires, droughts, flooding

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