municipal politics

Port McNeill Mayor Gaby Wickstrom. (Submitted)

Port McNeill mayor re-elected as a Director at Large for UBCM

‘I get to bring North Island and rural, remote issues to the executive table’

 

John Jack, chair of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, addresses the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention by video link, Sept. 14, 2021. (UBCM video)

Local B.C. governments seek ways to go beyond talking about reconciliation

Indigenous people need power, municipal convention told

 

The City of Duncan has retired the position of town crier. Pictured is Ben Buss, who has served as the city’s town crier since 2011. (Citizen file)

City of Duncan eliminates town crier position

Cites “increased awareness of historical injustices” as reason

 

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks at Kemp Lake. ‘My run is over. It’s time for someone else to carry on,’ he says of his retirement. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mike Hicks retiring from politics, will not run in next election

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director first elected in 2008

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks at Kemp Lake. ‘My run is over. It’s time for someone else to carry on,’ he says of his retirement. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Pay parking on the way for Tofino beaches as soon as this summer?

District set to charge for parking at local beaches.

Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Langford Mayor Stew Young, pictured here at a city announcement this spring, has cut way back on his business responsibilities to be able to focus on the mayor’s job and his family. He won’t say yet whether he’ll run for re-election in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Stew Young keeps Langford guessing about his political future

After 30 years in politics, 62-year-old mayor has begun scaling back his responsibilities

Langford Mayor Stew Young, pictured here at a city announcement this spring, has cut way back on his business responsibilities to be able to focus on the mayor’s job and his family. He won’t say yet whether he’ll run for re-election in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
City councillors at a governance and priorities committee meeting voted to have staff compile a report on easing restrictions on using recreational vehicles as permanent dwellings as way to help ease affordable housing shortage. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo city councillors ask for report on ways to allow RVs as permanent dwellings

Governance and priorities committee directive in response to Nanaimo’s affordable housing shortage

City councillors at a governance and priorities committee meeting voted to have staff compile a report on easing restrictions on using recreational vehicles as permanent dwellings as way to help ease affordable housing shortage. (News Bulletin file photo)
A proposal coming to Saanich council tonight (May 31) seeks support for a provincial plan that has potential to raise single-family home tax rates in the district based on climate and financial impacts compared to multi-family residences. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich councillor wants to tie climate impact of single-family homes to municipal tax rates

Early stages move has potential to raise tax rates for homeowners, discussion tonight (May 31)

A proposal coming to Saanich council tonight (May 31) seeks support for a provincial plan that has potential to raise single-family home tax rates in the district based on climate and financial impacts compared to multi-family residences. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Cowichan has banned the use of anticoagulant rodenticides in all properties owned by the municipality. (File photo)

North Cowichan bans use of rat poisons in municipal properties

The rodent poison has been linked to poisoning of other species

North Cowichan has banned the use of anticoagulant rodenticides in all properties owned by the municipality. (File photo)
Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino set to charge for parking at public beaches

Fees will be charged at roughly 10 locations including Chesterman Beach

Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)

Bonfires out, but machine-powered beach fires still OK in Tofino

Vancouver Island’s best-known beach community limits on public beaches to appliance fires only

Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)
Tofino’s fire chief and manager of protective services Brent Baker shows examples of the types of appliances that Tofino looks likely to make mandatory for all beach fires. (Screenshot from April 26 council meeting)

Tofino set to make portable appliances mandatory for all beach fires

Fires to be contained within a portable, clean burning or reduced smoke appliance.

Tofino’s fire chief and manager of protective services Brent Baker shows examples of the types of appliances that Tofino looks likely to make mandatory for all beach fires. (Screenshot from April 26 council meeting)
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NEW CUTLINE Langford Coun. Matt Sahlstrom raised objections to a ban on open burning at the Feb. 16 regular meeting of council. (Black Press files)
 - Matt Sahlstrom on his Colwood property with his two classic cars, a 1984 Fila Thunderbird (left) and a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible. The Fila Thunderbird is one of only 500 made and one of only two sold in BC.

Langford councillor flew to Arizona last month

Coun. Matt Sahlstrom told the mayor his house needed maintenance

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NEW CUTLINE Langford Coun. Matt Sahlstrom raised objections to a ban on open burning at the Feb. 16 regular meeting of council. (Black Press files)
 - Matt Sahlstrom on his Colwood property with his two classic cars, a 1984 Fila Thunderbird (left) and a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible. The Fila Thunderbird is one of only 500 made and one of only two sold in BC.
Westerly file photo

Explosion of complaints prompts Tofino to consider fireworks ban

Tofino’s district office considering stricter restrictions.

Westerly file photo
Residents and supporters of Tofino’s Crab Apple Campground gathered at the Village Green on April 13 to draw attention to their concerns over losing their homes. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino’s Crab Apple Campground owner bewildered by ‘tourism’ application

“It seems that something got lost in translation, as I never planned on offering sites to tourists.”

Residents and supporters of Tofino’s Crab Apple Campground gathered at the Village Green on April 13 to draw attention to their concerns over losing their homes. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Residents and supporters of Tofino’s Crab Apple Campground gathered at the Village Green on April 13 to draw attention to their concerns over losing their homes. The campground’s temporary use permit, which allows it to offer sites to Tofino residents, expires in October. The town’s council rejected an application that same day that would have permitted the campground to operate as a tourist commercial accommodation. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Residents fear losing campground homes as temporary permit set to expire in Tofino

Crab Apple Campground won’t be able to provide low-income housing come October

Residents and supporters of Tofino’s Crab Apple Campground gathered at the Village Green on April 13 to draw attention to their concerns over losing their homes. The campground’s temporary use permit, which allows it to offer sites to Tofino residents, expires in October. The town’s council rejected an application that same day that would have permitted the campground to operate as a tourist commercial accommodation. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Crofton Fire Department members on the scene of Twin Gables fire in February of 2020. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Citizens’ group calls for action at Crofton’s Twin Gables Motel

Crofton waterfront site called an eyesore and a nuisance property

Crofton Fire Department members on the scene of Twin Gables fire in February of 2020. (Photo by Don Bodger)
North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas did not violate the municipality’s code of conduct by posting a sexist meme on Facebook, council concludes. (File photo)

B.C. municipality to take no action against councillor who posted sexist meme

Tek Manhas’s meme doesn’t violate North Cowichan council’s code of conduct, municipality concludes

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas did not violate the municipality’s code of conduct by posting a sexist meme on Facebook, council concludes. (File photo)
North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas is under review by the municipality for a Facebook post containing a sexist meme. (File photo)

B.C. councillor facing review over sexist meme posted to Facebook

‘Less bitchen’ more kitchen’: North Cowichan’s Tek Manhas apologizes for post

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas is under review by the municipality for a Facebook post containing a sexist meme. (File photo)
(Westerly News file photo)

Tofino condemns ‘racist’ responses to ecosystem service fee proposal

1 per cent fee would have supported Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s Tribal Park Allies program.

(Westerly News file photo)