Municipal Government

A provincial grant worth $500,000 will help fund pedestrian safety near three schools in Central Saanich, including Keating Elementary School. (Black Press Media file photo)

Three Central Saanich schools to see improvements in pedestrian safety

Provincial grant worth $500,000 to help fund improvements totalling $890,000

A provincial grant worth $500,000 will help fund pedestrian safety near three schools in Central Saanich, including Keating Elementary School. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Sooke is again dealing with a building permit delay issue. “I find it all very frustrating,” says Mayor Maja Tait. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke building permit application backlog hits three months

District’s chief administrative officer expected to address issue at Monday’s council meeting

The District of Sooke is again dealing with a building permit delay issue. “I find it all very frustrating,” says Mayor Maja Tait. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke councillors have moved to make the availability of electronic participation permanent at council meetings. (YouTube)

Sooke amending bylaw to allow online council meetings to continue

First three readings given to amendments of council procedure bylaw

Sooke councillors have moved to make the availability of electronic participation permanent at council meetings. (YouTube)
Vehicles struggle over packed snow and ice at the busy Bowen and Comox roads, Wall and Machleary streets intersection, Dec. 29. Sustained sub-freezing temperatures and repeated heavy snowfalls in December meant Nanaimo’s snow plow operators could barely keep up with clearing even the city’s main arterial roads. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Public turns up heat over City of Nanaimo’s performance in December snow storms

Snow plow operators vexed by sustained sub-freezing temperatures and heavy road ice buildup

Vehicles struggle over packed snow and ice at the busy Bowen and Comox roads, Wall and Machleary streets intersection, Dec. 29. Sustained sub-freezing temperatures and repeated heavy snowfalls in December meant Nanaimo’s snow plow operators could barely keep up with clearing even the city’s main arterial roads. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)

‘We don’t have the capacity’: East Kootenay Mayor takes aim at COVID health orders

With limited resources, local governments and private businesses are under too much strain from public health orders according to Sparwood Mayor David Wilks

Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)
District of Sooke council has finalized its 2022 budget. (File-Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke budget gets final approval, but decision not without drama

Councillors approve 6.09% property tax increase for 2022

District of Sooke council has finalized its 2022 budget. (File-Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke is expecting to hand residents a six per cent tax increase this year. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke residents urged to share their views on budget

Draft document contains $19.8 million in operating expenses, $11.7 million in capital projects

The District of Sooke is expecting to hand residents a six per cent tax increase this year. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council has begun discussions for the 2022 budget. (File - YouTube)

Sooke council likely looking at tax increase for 2022

Over the last 10 years, Sooke property owners have paid an average of 2.16 per cent annually in municipal taxes

Sooke council has begun discussions for the 2022 budget. (File - YouTube)
Westerly file photo

Tofino plans to expand pay parking downtown next year

District reintroduced pay parking at local beaches for the first time since 2007

Westerly file photo
The District of Sooke is on track to meet its 2021 budget, thanks in part to a building boom that has increased permitting revenues. (Sooke News Mirror files)

Construction boom padding Sooke revenues for 2021

Building permit revenues on track for 50% increase

The District of Sooke is on track to meet its 2021 budget, thanks in part to a building boom that has increased permitting revenues. (Sooke News Mirror files)
The District of Tofino hosted a gathering at Sharp Road last week to celebrate the progress of an affordable housing project. (DoT photo)

Tofino cheers progress at affordable housing project

“We’ve got 86 rental apartment units effectively underway”

The District of Tofino hosted a gathering at Sharp Road last week to celebrate the progress of an affordable housing project. (DoT photo)
Cats in Nanaimo that want to go outdoors will have to be sterilized and bear identification under the animal responsibility bylaw adopted by city council Tuesday, Sept. 21. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s ‘cat control’ animal responsibility bylaw now official

Outdoor cats can’t be at large on other people’s properties, but enforcement will be complaint-based

Cats in Nanaimo that want to go outdoors will have to be sterilized and bear identification under the animal responsibility bylaw adopted by city council Tuesday, Sept. 21. (News Bulletin file photo)
Diane Proctor of Port Alberni is so upset about city council’s recent decision to increase wages that she has been picketing with a sign out front of city hall and other locations. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni woman protests city council wage increase

Diane Proctor says now is not the time to be raising salaries

Diane Proctor of Port Alberni is so upset about city council’s recent decision to increase wages that she has been picketing with a sign out front of city hall and other locations. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Making civic and other institutional purchases with an eye to social impact is among the goals the Coastal Communities Social Procurement Initiative, of which the City of Victoria, Township of Esquimalt and Capital Regional District are members. (Photo courtesy City of Victoria)

Greater Victoria civic agencies help drive B.C. social procurement initiative

$200 million spent by members on socially valuable goods and services in first two years

Making civic and other institutional purchases with an eye to social impact is among the goals the Coastal Communities Social Procurement Initiative, of which the City of Victoria, Township of Esquimalt and Capital Regional District are members. (Photo courtesy City of Victoria)
The president of the North Saanich Residents Association said the organization’s leadership welcomes recent changes to the official community plan review unfolding in that community. (Photo by Paige Gibson)

Request for more information on OCP review a good sign, say North Saanich residents

Council last week refused to accept official community plan summary report as drafted

The president of the North Saanich Residents Association said the organization’s leadership welcomes recent changes to the official community plan review unfolding in that community. (Photo by Paige Gibson)
Out of Victoria and its three neighbouring municipalities, Oak Bay municipal workers are the best paid on a per capita basis. (Black Press file)

Saanich CAO tops salary list, but council paid lowest per capita among core municipalities

Financial reports show top municipal earners from Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt

Out of Victoria and its three neighbouring municipalities, Oak Bay municipal workers are the best paid on a per capita basis. (Black Press file)
North Saanich’s requirement for an insurance policy worth $5 million has led to charges that the municipality is trying to impose an undue burden on a group critical of the substance and process of the OCP review process, a charge the municipality rejects. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich accused of stifling group critical of OCP review process

CAO Tim Tanton says municipality respects freedom of expression, while protecting public

North Saanich’s requirement for an insurance policy worth $5 million has led to charges that the municipality is trying to impose an undue burden on a group critical of the substance and process of the OCP review process, a charge the municipality rejects. (Black Press Media file photo)
Save North Saanich will rally outside municipal hall Monday to protest the substance and process of the municipality’s review of its Official Community Plan. (Black Press Media file photo)

Community group calls on North Saanich to stop OCP review

Save North Saanich plans to rally outside municipal hall Monday

Save North Saanich will rally outside municipal hall Monday to protest the substance and process of the municipality’s review of its Official Community Plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
Remuneration listings for Saanich Peninsula municipalities are part of the Statement of Financial Information released this time of year in B.C. (Pixabay.com)

Council, staff pay list released by Central Saanich, North Saanich, Sidney

Statement of Financial Information annually gives remuneration for employees, elected officials

Remuneration listings for Saanich Peninsula municipalities are part of the Statement of Financial Information released this time of year in B.C. (Pixabay.com)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Battle between Penticton and B.C. over homeless shelter officially before the court

The city filed their official petition before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 6

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)