City Council

From left to right, Kwakiutl Hereditary Chief David Knox, Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas, and Kwakiutl Chief Councillor Ross Hunt Jr. stop for a photo in front of the District of Port Hardy’s new marquee on Feb. 8 before signing the Relationship Agreement. (District of Port Hardy photo)

Port Hardy signs groundbreaking relationship agreement with Kwakiutl First Nation

Councillors and staff from each community watched and celebrated via Zoom.

 

A resident stumbled upon needles left in a secluded area near Parksville’s recycling depot. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville council to meet with Island Health official to talk hypodermic needle regulation

Mayne: Needles being distributed ‘with no accountability’ and discarded without consequence

 

(PQB News file photo)

Parksville announces aquatic and recreation centre proposal

Despard Avenue shown as test site for facility

 

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Old Qualicum College building to be demolished, replicated by property developer

Heritage status designation for structure repealed during special council meeting

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The Town of Qualicum said it has not concluded its lease negotiations with Eaglecrest Golf Club for use of the 17th fairway and the 18th tee box. (Eaglecrest Facebook photo)

Qualicum Beach officials say lease negotiations with Eaglecrest Golf Club not concluded

Club ownership group has indicated plans to reduce course layout from 18 to nine holes

The Town of Qualicum said it has not concluded its lease negotiations with Eaglecrest Golf Club for use of the 17th fairway and the 18th tee box. (Eaglecrest Facebook photo)
The barge sank again on Jan. 8 and is still resting under water. (Bill McQuarrie photo)

Refloating of sunken Port McNeill barge to resume in early February

This will be the second attempt at recovery after poor weather conditions caused barge to re-sink

  • Jan 27, 2021
The barge sank again on Jan. 8 and is still resting under water. (Bill McQuarrie photo)
113 and 161 Island Highway in Parksville. City council granted a development permit for Timberlake-Jones Engineering to build a restaurant, outdoor pool and 84-site RV campground during the latest council meeting on Monday, Jan. 18. (Mandy Moraes photo)
113 and 161 Island Highway in Parksville. City council granted a development permit for Timberlake-Jones Engineering to build a restaurant, outdoor pool and 84-site RV campground during the latest council meeting on Monday, Jan. 18. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A report by Victoria staff recommended the city depart from the 40 km/h collaborative pilot project expected to go ahead for several other municipalities and initiate a project for a 30 km/h speed limit on side streets instead. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria council gives green light to 30 km/h speed limit pilot project

Project is a departure from other Greater Victoria municipalities who are lowering speeds to 40 km/h

A report by Victoria staff recommended the city depart from the 40 km/h collaborative pilot project expected to go ahead for several other municipalities and initiate a project for a 30 km/h speed limit on side streets instead. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Sharmarke Dubow apologized to his constituents Tuesday evening for travelling abroad over the holidays. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

‘I should not have gone:’ Victoria councillor takes holiday trip to Africa

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow is the second Greater Victoria municipal politician to admit to traveling in December

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow apologized to his constituents Tuesday evening for travelling abroad over the holidays. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria council’s catered lunches back on the chopping block

Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion says remote meetings, hardship caused by COVID-19 call for reallocation

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One of the approximately 1,200 street lights within the city of Parksville that will be changed to 3000 Kelvin LED under BC Hydro’s Streetlight Replacement Project. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Parksville to go ahead with 3000K streetlights for BC Hydro project

Concerns about excessive brightness and resident privacy raised

One of the approximately 1,200 street lights within the city of Parksville that will be changed to 3000 Kelvin LED under BC Hydro’s Streetlight Replacement Project. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Municipal councillors Dan Law and Andrea McQuade both plan to resign their current seats to make a run for Tofino’s mayor position. (Westerly file photos)

Two Tofino councillors plan to resign seats and run for mayor

Tofino to hold byelection in March to replace NDP MLA Josie Osborne.

Municipal councillors Dan Law and Andrea McQuade both plan to resign their current seats to make a run for Tofino’s mayor position. (Westerly file photos)
The property at 113 and 161 Island Highway is currently being dismantled as the developer attempts to salvage ‘usable’ lumber for their development application to the City of Parksville. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Development application delayed for high-profile Parksville property

Council refers application to staff for further improvements

The property at 113 and 161 Island Highway is currently being dismantled as the developer attempts to salvage ‘usable’ lumber for their development application to the City of Parksville. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Port McNeill councillor Derek Koel busts a rap to help promote the town’s active transportation plan. (Facebook video screenshot)

VIDEO: Vancouver Island councillor makes rap video to promote active transportation plan

Active transportation is a personal matter for councillor Derek Koel.

Port McNeill councillor Derek Koel busts a rap to help promote the town’s active transportation plan. (Facebook video screenshot)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes delivers the inaugural address at council’s swearing-in ceremony in November 2018. The ceremony included blessings from representatives of two Christian churches. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes delivers the inaugural address at council’s swearing-in ceremony in November, 2018. The ceremony included blessings from representatives of two Christian churches – a fact highlighted in a report released by the BC Humanist Associaton on Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Atheist group claims Christian-based prayer at inaugural Vancouver Island council meetings violates court ruling

Blessings violate Supreme Court decision that prayer in council is discriminatory

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes delivers the inaugural address at council’s swearing-in ceremony in November 2018. The ceremony included blessings from representatives of two Christian churches. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes delivers the inaugural address at council’s swearing-in ceremony in November, 2018. The ceremony included blessings from representatives of two Christian churches – a fact highlighted in a report released by the BC Humanist Associaton on Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Parksville city hall sign. (PQB News file photo)

Panhandling in Parksville could come at a cost

Council votes on amendment to add $50 fine for solicitation in certain areas

Parksville city hall sign. (PQB News file photo)
Port Hardy council is looking at implementing a minimum rental property standards bylaw. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Port Hardy sick and tired of derelict apartment buildings

Council considering minimum rental property standards bylaw to protect renters, community image

Port Hardy council is looking at implementing a minimum rental property standards bylaw. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Jay Chalke is the Ombudsperson for B.C. (BC Government photo)

Barring public from open council meetings exceeds authority: B.C. Ombudsperson

Orders affected the public attending council meetings

Jay Chalke is the Ombudsperson for B.C. (BC Government photo)
Ed Mayne with photos of needles taken in Parksville by bylaw officers. (Cloe Logan photo)
Ed Mayne with photos of needles taken in Parksville by bylaw officers. (Cloe Logan photo)
Government Street will become a pedestrian-priority route starting June 8. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria’s Government Street becomes pedestrian-priority corridor

One block of downtown street closed to cars entirely

Government Street will become a pedestrian-priority route starting June 8. (Black Press Media file photo)