Don't look now, but governments on the Coast are agreeing on something again.
It's no secret that for years, governments on the Coast have had a tough time working together. Lately, that has been changing.
The recreation referendum is one example of cooperation. And this week comes word of a landmark deal between the Sechelt Indian Band and the Sunshine Coast Regional District.
The two sides are joining forces to protect the Chapman Creek and Gray Creek watersheds.
In the agreement, the SIB and SCRD will jointly manage the watersheds. They hope to have the full agreement signed sometime in September.
The watersheds are within both the SIB's territory and the SCRD's water service. This is clearly a show of unity by both governments at a time when the protection of these watersheds is on everyone's minds.
The provincial government still has ultimate authority over allowing or disallowing development projects in the watersheds, but with this agreement, our governments have shown the province that we mean business. The agreement sends a message to the province that we demand authority to gain control over management of our water supply.
This is a remarkable step, and both sides should be congratulated for getting this far. We still don't have control of the watersheds, but you have to walk before you can run. Both the SCRD and the SIB are certainly walking a lot taller.
Youth working for youthThis week marks another milestone for youth in our community.
On page B1 of today's paper, we have the pleasure of showcasing a talented group of young musicians. Waking Life Records, led by Daniel Kingsbury, is getting set to launch a CD of original music. Three concerts are planned for next Thursday and Friday at the Chatelech Theatre. The CD will be for sale at various outlets on the Coast starting June 16. This is a fabulous project. These musicians are very talented and are a fine example of the wonderful young people in this community.
The real story, however, is what the musicians plan to do with the sales and concert proceeds. All money will be donated to charity in the hopes of creating other musical opportunities for youth on the Coast. Youth helping youth - it's a wonderful concept and worth our support. Buy a CD and get a concert ticket. Show our youth that their efforts matter too.