Municipal Government

Recommendation made in a draft report on Nanaimo’s building permit approvals process, could shorten permit approval wait times. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo explores ways to fast-track building permit applications

City councillors support recommendations from building permit review

 

Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)

BC Housing to use provincial powers to keep Penticton shelter open

Penticton council voted Tuesday to reject the shelter’s extension for a second time

 

(Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich adopts parental leave policy for elected officials in a rare-for-B.C. move

No provisions under B.C. Community Charter to allow new parents time off without disqualification

 

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has asked Nanaimo city council to consider a commercial property tax freeze to help offset negative financial impacts of COVID-19. (News Bulletin file photo)

COVID-19: Nanaimo considers one-year commercial property tax freeze

Report based on chamber of commerce proposal to ease pandemic stress on business community

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has asked Nanaimo city council to consider a commercial property tax freeze to help offset negative financial impacts of COVID-19. (News Bulletin file photo)
Sockeye salmon school in a small Bristol Bay creek in the summer of 2018. The Union of B.C. Municipalities voted in favour of a resolution asking government for for nature-based solutions in flood management that doesn’t compromise salmon habitat. (Courtesy Photo | Mary Catharine Martin)

B.C. municipalities pass resolution for salmon-safe flood control

The UBCM resolution seeks federal, provincial support to replace antiquated infrastructure

Sockeye salmon school in a small Bristol Bay creek in the summer of 2018. The Union of B.C. Municipalities voted in favour of a resolution asking government for for nature-based solutions in flood management that doesn’t compromise salmon habitat. (Courtesy Photo | Mary Catharine Martin)
Alert Bay Mayor Dennis Buchanan. (Submitted)

Alert Bay mayor reviews an unexpected first two years in office

Successful response all due to great cooperation, he said

Alert Bay Mayor Dennis Buchanan. (Submitted)
Nanaimo city councillors, at a governance and priorities meeting Monday, voted on five resolutions to put forward for debate at this year’s Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities conference. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo councillors want to discuss whether terms should be three or four years

Coun. Ian Thorpe’s proposed resolution will be forwarded to AVICC conference

Nanaimo city councillors, at a governance and priorities meeting Monday, voted on five resolutions to put forward for debate at this year’s Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities conference. (News Bulletin file photo)
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Fernie area declared community COVID-19 cluster by Interior Health

81 cases have been identified since Jan. 1

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
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Vancouver Island bylaw officer apologizes for profanity-laced exchange

Unnamed Port Alberni officer’s conversation caught on video during building eviction

(NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Bad weather 2019 and governance vacuum in 2020 delayed the project and added extra cost to the budget. (Mirror file photo)

New cost of Sayward dam project almost $1.2 million

Costs have increased by another $208,513 after previous cost increases in 2019 and 2020

Bad weather 2019 and governance vacuum in 2020 delayed the project and added extra cost to the budget. (Mirror file photo)
North Cowichan's council is looking to change the name of Indian Road, located near Quamichan Lake. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

North Cowichan looks to rename Indian Road

Name considered inappropriate as Rowing Canada looks to relocate to area

North Cowichan's council is looking to change the name of Indian Road, located near Quamichan Lake. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
There are upcoming information sessions for Union Bay residents about the future of governance in the community. File photo.

Union Bay takes next steps toward governance choice

Virtual and in-person information sessions coming up Oct. 15 and 20

There are upcoming information sessions for Union Bay residents about the future of governance in the community. File photo.
Cowichan’s new RCMP detachment will now be constructed out of structural steel instead of mass timber, as originally planned, as a cost saving measure. (File graphic)

New Cowichan RCMP detachment to be built with steel instead of mass timber

Move will save $1.8 million as lumber costs have skyrocketed

Cowichan’s new RCMP detachment will now be constructed out of structural steel instead of mass timber, as originally planned, as a cost saving measure. (File graphic)
One of several photos depicting the exterior mess around the Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue that was included in a 100-page report to council on the buillding. (CITY OF PORT ALBERNI PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: No excuse for bad buildings

It is costing taxpayer dollars to have bylaw, RCMP and firefighters respond to calls

One of several photos depicting the exterior mess around the Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue that was included in a 100-page report to council on the buillding. (CITY OF PORT ALBERNI PHOTO)
The metal heap at 7 Mile. (Zoë Ducklow)

Trash is the last resort for Mount Waddington’s garbage men

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is life at the 7 Mile Landfill

The metal heap at 7 Mile. (Zoë Ducklow)
Mayor Russ Arnott is taking a medical leave. Coun. Ken Grant will fill in as mayor. File photo

Arnott taking medical leave as Comox mayor

Coun. Ken Grant will step in a mayor for time being

Mayor Russ Arnott is taking a medical leave. Coun. Ken Grant will fill in as mayor. File photo
Seumas McCombie jots down housing ideas during a recent ACRD age-friendly workshop (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s action plan aims to activate seniors

Rural area initiative parallels City of Port Alberni undertaking

  • Apr 19, 2020
Seumas McCombie jots down housing ideas during a recent ACRD age-friendly workshop (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)