Category: SCRD Updates

What happens at “secret” meetings?

I used to sit for long hours in the SCRD boardroom reporting for a local newspaper. Often we’d reach a point in the meeting where a motion was read: “that the public be excluded from

Steps to a New Well

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen a post something like this: “My cousin Wayne borrowed a backhoe and scrounged up some pipe and he dug a well over one weekend for $100 including a

July 2021 Roads Update

On July 14 I met with staff from the Town of Gibsons (ToG) and (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) to discuss the Town’s plans for traffic calming on Gower Point Road, plus other transportation

Curbside Recycling Pick-Up: Why Not?

This spring a survey on curbside recycling pick-up received over 1700 responses—the largest public participation in an SCRD survey ever. So one thing is very clear. There are a lot of people living in Areas

Thrown Under the Ferry

News Flash: As of April 30 the Summer Trial has been cancelled. There’s been a huge outcry against the SCRD for “approving” BC Ferries’ summer reservations trial (see Coast Reporter article), so here’s some background.

The Good News About Water

The 2013 Comprehensive Regional Water Plan is hopelessly out of date after only eight years, and that’s a wonderful thing! I’ll tell you why. The Chapman water treatment plant was commissioned in 2004, and by

Coopers Green: Many Questions

Coopers Green Park is a jewel with a charming little community hall. The hall is showing its age, and there are lots of good reasons to replace it rather than try to renovate the existing

Seniors and Property Taxes

Every year, when property tax increases loom, we hear from a lot of seniors who are on fixed incomes and are worried or angry about rising property taxes. I appreciate that it’s alarming to be

2021 Budget – Brace Yourselves

As I have referenced in my Horsemen of the Tax Apocalypse post, the SCRD is facing huge costs, and a bunch of them are landing in the 2021 budget. Our CAO, Dean McKinley, gave the

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