Category: SCRD Updates

My Ode to the SCRD Logo

There’s no other way to describe the SCRD’s logo: it’s ugly. Just for fun, I recently went online and reviewed the logos of the 26 other regional districts in BC and I defy you to

Why Has My Utility Bill Increased?

There’s a big uproar going on over increases to SCRD utility rates. So first, an apology. Thanks to COVID-19 it’s been a hairy six weeks at local government, and everybody thought somebody was going to

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

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

Should Youth Travel for Free?

It was great to see high school students presenting to the SCRD board on the subject of transit fares for students on Dec. 3. It’s important for youth to get involved and learn how local