municipal politics

Court quashed the decision last year by North Cowichan to deny the VIMC a permit for its $36-million expansion plans. (File photo)

Court quashes North Cowichan’s decision to deny expansion at Motorsport track

Municipality ordered to reassess rezoning application

 

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)

North Cowichan council members face financial ding for bad behaviour

Penalties part of new code of conduct

 

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

 

An aerial view of Cortes Island’s Seniors Village. ( Photo/Bill Weaver)

Cortes Island affordable housing project hangs by a thread

Regional decision makers resort to COVID-19 concerns despite virtual meeting option and push hearing to September

An aerial view of Cortes Island’s Seniors Village. ( Photo/Bill Weaver)
The Neucel pulp mill in Port Alice has been sent to receivership. (Tyson Whitney)

Dormant Northern Vancouver Island pulp mill declares bankruptcy, owes $272 million

Port Alice’s main employer and tax payer has left 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)
Alert Bay had a cluster of COVID-19 cases in April, but has had no new cases since the 30th. (Alertbay.ca photo)
Parksville council moved to purchase a street sweeper at their May 4 meeting. (File photo)

City of Parksville to purchase new street sweeper

Officials say operating costs will be less with new model

Parksville council moved to purchase a street sweeper at their May 4 meeting. (File photo)
As the acting mayor, Bill Ives will continue to hold office until Sayward’s next elections. (Submitted )

Sayward appoints new acting mayor amidst COVID-19

Councillor Bill Ives takes over as the acting mayor and moves forward with signing off on budget

As the acting mayor, Bill Ives will continue to hold office until Sayward’s next elections. (Submitted )
Qualicum Beach council held a special council meeting online on April 15. (File photo)

Bylaw, if adopted, could allow Town of Qualicum Beach to borrow $9 million

Short-term measure meant to help municipalities, which are not legally allowed to run deficits

Qualicum Beach council held a special council meeting online on April 15. (File photo)
Despite the political disruptions that have taken place in Sayward, a special emergency response team has been appointed to tackle COVID-19 challenges. (Submitted photo )

Subsequent mayors’ resignations leaves Island village with a governance vacuum in perilous times

Sayward council will confer to elect an interim mayor almost a month after previous resignation as it continues to tackle COVID-19 with an emergency response team

Despite the political disruptions that have taken place in Sayward, a special emergency response team has been appointed to tackle COVID-19 challenges. (Submitted photo )
Public offers feedback on Qualicum Beach ‘Bus Garage’ property plans

Public offers feedback on Qualicum Beach ‘Bus Garage’ property plans

VIU students completed artistic renderings of two possible layouts

Public offers feedback on Qualicum Beach ‘Bus Garage’ property plans
A town hall discussion on community safety will take place on March 23 at the Parksville Community Centre. (News file photo)

Parksville to host special town hall event on community safety

‘Public safety is an important priority for council’

  • Feb 28, 2020
A town hall discussion on community safety will take place on March 23 at the Parksville Community Centre. (News file photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo is updating the Electoral Area F Official Community Plan. (File photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo director seeks public engagement

Errington, Coombs and Hilliers residents have chance to offer input

The Regional District of Nanaimo is updating the Electoral Area F Official Community Plan. (File photo)
The location of the land purchase that was previously tentatively agreed to by the town of Qualicum Beach. (Photo submitted by the town of Qualicum Beach)

Qualicum Beach receives 378 emails regarding potential sale of ‘bus garage’ property

Council agrees more time required before making final decision

The location of the land purchase that was previously tentatively agreed to by the town of Qualicum Beach. (Photo submitted by the town of Qualicum Beach)
(NEWS file photo)

Qualicum Beach council calls premature cutting back of trail vegetation ‘unfortunate’

Some residents concerned the action will affect local wildlife

(NEWS file photo)
The location of the land purchase that was tentatively agreed to by the town of Qualicum Beach. (Photo submitted by the town of Qualicum Beach)

UPDATE: Proposed $2.5M sale of bus garage property in Qualicum Beach postponed

Mayor: ‘At this point in time, I think its best that we all take a step back’

The location of the land purchase that was tentatively agreed to by the town of Qualicum Beach. (Photo submitted by the town of Qualicum Beach)
The location of town-owned land at Fern Road and Memorial Avenue. (Photo submitted by the town of Qualicum Beach)

Qualicum Beach council will wait before making decision on bus garage property

‘We have been through a complicated process’

  • Jan 30, 2020
The location of town-owned land at Fern Road and Memorial Avenue. (Photo submitted by the town of Qualicum Beach)
Alistair Crawford speaks at a Lake Cowichan council meeting about ways to restrict power vessels on the upper Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Jet skis towing tubers on the river? Lake Cowichan council concerned

A Transport Canada rep says there is support for the town if they decide on restrictions

Alistair Crawford speaks at a Lake Cowichan council meeting about ways to restrict power vessels on the upper Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers

Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers

A group of voters claim conflict of interests should see them removed from office

Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers
Hells Angels parties at B.C. rec centre worry anti-gang cops

Hells Angels parties at B.C. rec centre worry anti-gang cops

Police worry about violence targeting the outlaw motorcycle group

Hells Angels parties at B.C. rec centre worry anti-gang cops