municipal politics

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West Coast officials scramble for solutions after losing bus service

Wilson’s Transportation has cancelled its Tofino Bus service in and out of the West Coast until May

 

Ucluelet senior Katharine Fleming’s SUV was one of 35 vehicles that West Coast black bears broke into this year. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Bears broke into 35 vehicles in Tofino-Ucluelet this year

Eight bears were killed after becoming food-conditioned past the point of no return

 

Montreal mayor Valerie Plante delivers remarks during the opening ceremony of the COP15 UN conference on biodiversity in Montreal on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Big cities have a major role to play in protecting biodiversity, experts say

Increasing native plants and animals and decreasing contaminants, among actions cities can take

 

The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Nativity scene banned from B.C. town’s city hall after decades-long run

Volunteer group hoping to get Terrace to change its mind after annual tradition rejected

The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
Lantzville district hall, where a bylaw prohibiting the cutting down of trees on parcels of land greater than 0.4 hectares was adopted Saturday, Nov. 5. (News Bulletin file photo)

Lantzville council’s first order of business is new tree protection bylaw

District receives criticism during series of meetings in council’s first week in office

Lantzville district hall, where a bylaw prohibiting the cutting down of trees on parcels of land greater than 0.4 hectares was adopted Saturday, Nov. 5. (News Bulletin file photo)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

‘I’m so excited to be out of this room’: Departing BC councillor laments experience as elected official

Morgan Pulsifer said he was disappointed by the way city staff, elected officials and service workers were treated in Fernie

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Nanaimo bylaws and community safety officers interact with people experiencing homelessness. (News Bulletin file photo)

OPINION: When asking for safety, ask for safety for all of us

Island Crisis Care Society executive director hearing calls for public safety this election campaign

  • Oct 6, 2022
City of Nanaimo bylaws and community safety officers interact with people experiencing homelessness. (News Bulletin file photo)
Artist’s renderings of a commercial plaza proposed for Rocky Creek Road in the north end of Ladysmith. (Urban Design Group Architects Ltd. image)

Commercial plaza with coffee shop, dollar store in north end of Ladysmith receives permit

Development permit issued for shopping plaza at 1130 Rocky Creek Rd.

Artist’s renderings of a commercial plaza proposed for Rocky Creek Road in the north end of Ladysmith. (Urban Design Group Architects Ltd. image)
The Tiny Home Village in Victoria’s North Park neighbourhood welcomed 30 residents in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tiny home villages as solution to homelessness? 3 B.C. mayors say yes

Sites up and running in Victoria and Duncan, Port Alberni on its way to do the same

The Tiny Home Village in Victoria’s North Park neighbourhood welcomed 30 residents in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tofino expects to break ground on a $78 million sewage treatment facility this month. (Westerly file photo)

B.C. tourism mecca finally poised to stop pumping raw sewage into the ocean

Shovels expected to hit the ground this month on Tofino’s much-delayed $78M sewage treatment facility

Tofino expects to break ground on a $78 million sewage treatment facility this month. (Westerly file photo)
Daybreak Farms general manager Kieran Christison thanked the community for their “eggstraordinary” support as the farm can now get started on upgrades. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard).

City of Terrace backs northwest B.C.’s biggest egg producer to double output

Daybreak Farms wins big with approval to expand and modernize egg production

Daybreak Farms general manager Kieran Christison thanked the community for their “eggstraordinary” support as the farm can now get started on upgrades. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard).
Nanaimo city council has adopted a new code of conducts bylaw that lays out procedures and consequences for elected officials and committee members who breach code. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo adopts code of conduct bylaws that come with consequences

City moves to beef up code of conduct to try to follow best practices

Nanaimo city council has adopted a new code of conducts bylaw that lays out procedures and consequences for elected officials and committee members who breach code. (News Bulletin file photo)
Alison Nicholson, the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s director for Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora, wants to remove barriers that keep young people from running for office in CVRD elections. (File photo)

Vancouver Island official pushing parental leave, child care for local politicians

Cowichan Station’s Alison Nicholson wants district to remove barriers for young politicians

Alison Nicholson, the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s director for Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora, wants to remove barriers that keep young people from running for office in CVRD elections. (File photo)
Hockey fans load up on beer at a bar in Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2011. The southern Alberta town of Raymond — dry since it was founded more than 100 years ago — is asking residents if they are for or against restaurants serving alcohol. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

‘We’ll see where it goes’: dry Alberta town surveys citizens on its alcohol ban

Raymond, about 240 kilometres south of Calgary, does not allow alcohol service in any establishment

Hockey fans load up on beer at a bar in Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2011. The southern Alberta town of Raymond — dry since it was founded more than 100 years ago — is asking residents if they are for or against restaurants serving alcohol. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
VIMC looks to Supreme Court of Canada to hear its appeal against North Cowichan. (File photo)

Island motorsports track expected to appeal rejected expansion plan to Supreme Court

North Cowichan denied VIMC a development permit for expansion in 2019

VIMC looks to Supreme Court of Canada to hear its appeal against North Cowichan. (File photo)
City of Nanaimo council chambers. (News Bulletin file photo)

Editorial: Participate in city’s financial planning process

The City of Nanaimo has started work on its 2022 budget and is interested in public input

City of Nanaimo council chambers. (News Bulletin file photo)
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

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)
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

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)
Lantzville Mayor Mark Swain will no longer represent his municipality on the Regional District of Nanaimo board as his council voted 3-2 to replace him. (News Bulletin file photo)

District of Lantzville removes mayor from RDN board

Coun. Will Geselbracht taking over from Mayor Mark Swain as director after 3-2 vote

Lantzville Mayor Mark Swain will no longer represent his municipality on the Regional District of Nanaimo board as his council voted 3-2 to replace him. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Long Lake Paddling and Rowing Centre and Long Lake Park upgrades project is a step closer to getting started after Nanaimo city council added it to the city’s 2022-2026 draft financial plan during a council meeting Monday, June 7. (Iredale Architecture image)

Nanaimo city council vote brings new paddling and rowing centre closer to reality

Long Lake Paddling and Rowing Centre added to 2022-2026 Nanaimo financial plan

The Long Lake Paddling and Rowing Centre and Long Lake Park upgrades project is a step closer to getting started after Nanaimo city council added it to the city’s 2022-2026 draft financial plan during a council meeting Monday, June 7. (Iredale Architecture image)