Dix mum on Trellis project

Local government leaders had a chance to meet with various provincial ministers during the recent Union of BC Municipalities meeting in Whistler, but the ministers don’t always have the answers local politicians are looking for.

That was the case when members of the Regional Hospital District (RHD) Board, made up of Sunshine Coast Regional District directors, met with Health Minister Adrian Dix.

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Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne told councillors at their Sept. 19 meeting that the RHD members “wanted to press the case for moving more quickly on seniors long-term care on the Sunshine Coast.”

Ground has yet to be broken on the proposed facility to be built by Trellis Seniors Services under contract with Vancouver Coastal Health. It was announced in February that Trellis was working with the shíshálh Nation to build the facility on the nation’s Tsawcome lands in Wilson Creek.

Milne said the delegation was well received by Dix, but “the minister doesn’t have much to say about the fact that it’s been delayed and delayed and delayed. He said when asked specifically about the timeline, ‘as soon as possible.’”

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