municipal politics

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says the City Langford has lessons to share on how to deal with social issues. (File photo)

Mayor: Langford could teach North Cowichan ways to deal with social issues

Island city has only eight homeless people, according to last count

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring says the City Langford has lessons to share on how to deal with social issues. (File photo)
The City of Duncan’s draft plans for the revitalization of Whistler Street were presented to council last month. (Submitted graphic)

Duncan building fence to deter transients

Six-foot fence meant to deter unwanted behaviour

The City of Duncan’s draft plans for the revitalization of Whistler Street were presented to council last month. (Submitted 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)
Five people have signed nomination papers in the race to replace Lake Cowichan’s former mayor Rod Peters (pictured) who resigned in July. (File photo)
Five people have signed nomination papers in the race to replace Lake Cowichan’s former mayor Rod Peters (pictured) who resigned in July. (File photo)
It could be many months before the court’s decision on the judicial review of North Cowichan’s decision to deny a development permit at the VIMC last year are known. (File photo)

Decision on judicial review of Cowichan Motorsport decision could take months

VIMC said it was assured by North Cowichan that expansion would be allowed

It could be many months before the court’s decision on the judicial review of North Cowichan’s decision to deny a development permit at the VIMC last year are known. (File photo)
Rod Peters steps down as mayor of Lake Cowichan. (File photo)

Rod Peters resigns as mayor of Lake Cowichan

Byelection expected in the fall

Rod Peters steps down as mayor of Lake Cowichan. (File photo)
Judge dismissed petition seeking removal of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples

Judge dismissed petition seeking removal of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples

Petitioners claim excessive bureaucracy led to too many delays in process

Judge dismissed petition seeking removal of Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples
Duncan mayor seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts

Duncan mayor seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts

Petition alleges Michelle Staples involved in numerous conflicts of interest

Duncan mayor seeks to have petition seeking her ouster dismissed by the courts
Construction of Duncan area’s new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021

Construction of Duncan area’s new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021

North Cowichan’s council unimously votes to borrow $48 million for project

Construction of Duncan area’s new RCMP detachment to begin in early 2021
At the first council meeting since COVID-19 closure, the village of Sayward witnessed its fair share of drama. Submitted photo

Belligerence but no answers as Sayward on fourth mayor in four months

First open council meeting since COVID-19 reveals few answers for troubled north Island community

At the first council meeting since COVID-19 closure, the village of Sayward witnessed its fair share of drama. Submitted photo
A rendering of the proposed new RCMP detachment on Ford and Drinkwater Roads in North Cowichan. (North Cowichan image)

Bid to halt $48 million Cowichan RCMP detachment falls well short

Municipality received less than half the forms necessary to stop project, or spark referendum

A rendering of the proposed new RCMP detachment on Ford and Drinkwater Roads in North Cowichan. (North Cowichan image)
A request for a judicial review by the Supreme Court of B.C. has been filed in an effort to have Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples removed from office. (File photo)

Petition filed to oust Duncan mayor over alleged conflicts of interest

Mayor Michelle Staples said petition has no merit

A request for a judicial review by the Supreme Court of B.C. has been filed in an effort to have Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples removed from office. (File photo)
Coun. Norm Kirschner has been appointed as the new acting mayor of Sayward. (Submitted photo)

Another month, another mayor for Sayward

North Island village names its fourth mayor in a three-month span

Coun. Norm Kirschner has been appointed as the new acting mayor of Sayward. (Submitted photo)
The City of Duncan has provided a $10,000 grant to help the Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area set up a food court in Station Park this summer to assist local restaurants meet capacity requirements during the COVID-19 health crisis. (File photo)

Plan underway for food court in Duncan’s Station Street Park

City of Duncan provides DDBIA grant to assist initiative, plus two other programs

The City of Duncan has provided a $10,000 grant to help the Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area set up a food court in Station Park this summer to assist local restaurants meet capacity requirements during the COVID-19 health crisis. (File photo)
Vanderhoof municipal office. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Public, media blocked from council meetings in northern B.C. town for months

Other councils in region use video conferencing, as government says cities required to follow transparency rules

Vanderhoof municipal office. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Question period was lively in Youbou Hall in a meeting last year after a geotechnical report produced by Ebbwater Consulting was presented on the increased potential for landslides in the area due to climate change. (File photo)

Updated landslide hazard mapping shows reduced level of risk around Youbou

Information to be used to inform planning and development in the area

Question period was lively in Youbou Hall in a meeting last year after a geotechnical report produced by Ebbwater Consulting was presented on the increased potential for landslides in the area due to climate change. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said the construction of the new $48-million RCMP facility will improve police efficiency. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said the construction of the new $48-million RCMP facility will improve police efficiency. (File photo)
The Regional District of Mt Waddington has issued a housing needs survey to north islanders. (Submitted)

North Island mayors speak out on Regional District of Mount Waddington’s housing needs survey

The housing needs report will be completed by Nov. 15, a six-month delay from the original deadline.

The Regional District of Mt Waddington has issued a housing needs survey to north islanders. (Submitted)
The Neucel pulp mill in Port Alice has been sent to receivership. (Tyson Whitney)

Bankruptcy underway for Port Alice pulp mill buried in $272 million debt

Mayor sees bright future despite Neucel leaving the village on the hook for $1.8 million

The Neucel pulp mill in Port Alice has been sent to receivership. (Tyson Whitney)
Alert Bay had a cluster of COVID-19 cases in April, but has had no new cases since the 30th. (Alertbay.ca photo)

COVID-19: As First Nation grapples with woman’s death, Alert Bay looks to ease restrictions

By the numbers, Alert Bay’s lockdown has been effective.

Alert Bay had a cluster of COVID-19 cases in April, but has had no new cases since the 30th. (Alertbay.ca photo)