Our beautiful town of Sechelt has taken it on the chin a lot lately. Some of this has been self-inflicted. In other instances, it appears that it's just plain bad luck. Is karma at work here?
Recently, the local Shoppers Drug Mart employees were told that Shoppers had been sold to Loblaws/Extra Foods and that under the terms of the federal anti-competition rules, the local Shoppers must be sold and the name changed (the future is uncertain).
There are a number of good pharmacies on the Sunshine Coast, so I don't quite understand this requirement. Nevertheless, we need to support Shoppers, its employees and Trail Bay Centre. Accordingly, what I would suggest people do is contact our local member of Parliament and request clarification.
Additionally, online and paper petitions are effective, as well as letters and individual petitions sent to MP Weston.
With all the bad news exemplified by local news stories and letters to the editor recently, it's important that we take a positive grassroots approach to local economic development.
We need to have a strong, local retail mix so people will continue to shop locally and keep their money in Sechelt.
Darren Inkster, Sechelt
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