Stanhope selected as Regional District of Nanaimo chairman

NANAIMO – Lantzville Mayor Colin Haime takes position as deputy chairman.

Joe Stanhope will once again be chairman for the Regional District of Nanaimo board of directors.

Bill McKay, Nanaimo director and mayor, had been rumoured to be throwing his name in the ring, but at the regional district’s inaugural board meeting Tuesday night, it was McKay who nominated Stanhope, Electoral Area G director.

Colin Haime, Lantzville director and mayor, was elected as deputy chairman.

McKay said he very briefly considered running for the position but wants to concentrate on his duties as mayor. He said he may consider putting his name in down the road.

“Normally there’s always been this sort of standard practice that the chair would come from the electoral areas and that the City of Nanaimo would hold the [deputy chairperson],” said McKay.

“In a spirit of cooperation with the region, that while change is necessary, we wanted to make sure that Mayor Haime was welcome to that position and we’re going to work alongside both of them to make sure this is a very progressive organization,” he said.

Stanhope had heard other people had been interested but said he was pleased and overwhelmed by the support shown to him. He said he wasn’t surprised that McKay nominated him.

“I’m very pleased. I’m very honoured because, let’s face it, Nanaimo is the key thing,” said Stanhope. “We’re a federation but Nanaimo has the most population and the weighted vote and all the rest of it, so it’s basically, we have to accomplish what Nanaimo really wants.

“We’re seven electoral areas and four municipalities, of course Nanaimo is a hell of a lot bigger than anybody else, so I think it’s going to be a good year.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

South Wellington Elementary demolition not taking place next school year

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public School trustees vote against razing south-end school in 2020/21

No injuries after SUV hits tree in north Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP and Fire Rescue respond to MVI on Hammond Bay Road, near Brigantine Drive

Nanaimo non-profits ask for volunteer receptionists

Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre and Volunteer Nanaimo have opportunities available

City of Nanaimo takes inventory of its land for official community plan review

Report recommends high-density residential development, identifies shortage of industrial land

Beefs & Bouquets, July 8

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Man found dead on Okanagan trail identified as Hollywood actor

GoFundMe campaign launched for man found dead at summit of Spion Kop

3 people dead in Prince George motel fire

Fire personnel believe the blaze was suspicious although investigation in early stages

B.C. sets terms to review police, mental health, race relations

MLAs to recommend Police Act changes by May 2021

Almost 99% less land in B.C. burned this year compared to 2018

2018 was the worst year on record for wildfires

B.C. orders Coastal GasLink to stop pipeline construction near protected wetlands

The 670-kilometre pipeline is planned to transport natural gas from northeast B.C. to Kitimat

B.C. tent camps persist as hotels, housing bought for homeless

Current estimate 40 camps, homeless counts stalled by COVID-19

Most Read