Municipal Government

David and Amanda Horvath look over the looming cliff of a landslide behind their home at 5412 McConnell Crescent in Terrace, B.C. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

Couple’s ‘dream home’ at risk of sliding into northwest B.C. river

Families look on helplessly as property erodes into river behind them

 

Doug Holmes (Contributed)

Holmes to seek position as Summerland mayor

Doug Holmes has been involved in local government and community work

 

Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming announces he will seek a second term in office outside city hall Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Roger Knox -Morning Star)

Vernon mayor seeks second term

Victor Cumming wrestles with decision to serve another four years

 

Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming announces he will seek a second term in office outside city hall Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Roger Knox -Morning Star)

Vernon mayor seeks second term

Victor Cumming wrestles with decision to serve another four years

Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming announces he will seek a second term in office outside city hall Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Roger Knox -Morning Star)
Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)

B.C. city repeals 130-year-old bylaw banning drunken singing

City of Nanaimo retains bylaw banning nuclear weapons, but takes several other bylaws off the books

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)
Tiny Town was the creation of the late Jim Allen and modelled after his hometown of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. (File photo)
Tiny Town was the creation of the late Jim Allen and modelled after his hometown of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. (File photo)
B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice. (Norman Galimski/Black Press)

B.C. rolls out emergency preparedness funds for First Nations and municipalities

Funding will go toward capacity building for emergency support in those communities

B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice. (Norman Galimski/Black Press)
Jesse Wente, keynote speaker at the Southern Interior Local Government Association Convention in Salmon Arm April 27 to 29, told delegates that ‘to heal ourselves we must confront the trauma we have and that we cause.’ (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Spot on brain’ story helps urge Southern Interior leaders to promote healing

Author, broadcaster Jesse Wente receives standing ovation for talk at Salmon Arm convention

Jesse Wente, keynote speaker at the Southern Interior Local Government Association Convention in Salmon Arm April 27 to 29, told delegates that ‘to heal ourselves we must confront the trauma we have and that we cause.’ (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Jesse Wente, keynote speaker at the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) AGM and Conference in Salmon Arm April 26-29, poses for a photograph in Toronto in 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Wildfires, climate change, lessons, successes featured at Salmon Arm conference

200 delegates and guests expected in the Shuswap for Southern Interior local government gathering

Jesse Wente, keynote speaker at the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) AGM and Conference in Salmon Arm April 26-29, poses for a photograph in Toronto in 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Penticton is proposing to put one fire hall, bylaw services and city’s emergency centre under one roof. (File photo)

Penticton looking at building a public safety and emergency services centre

The centre would have bylaw, fire and city’s emergency operations centre under one roof

Penticton is proposing to put one fire hall, bylaw services and city’s emergency centre under one roof. (File photo)
The city of Penticton didn’t renew the lease of the Peach to Diana Stirling and instead gave it to a company out of Alberta. (The Peach photo)

Feeling the squeeze: Penticton tries to explain choosing lemonade stand over The Peach

City also awarded Sudbury Beach concession to Nauti Dog Café operated by the Gallaghers

The city of Penticton didn’t renew the lease of the Peach to Diana Stirling and instead gave it to a company out of Alberta. (The Peach photo)
The District of Tofino is celebrating the successful hiring of three new staffers for its Community Children’s Centre. (file photo)

Staff-strapped B.C. town scores childcare workers with free tuition, housing

District of Tofino takes unique approach to address childcare resource crunch

The District of Tofino is celebrating the successful hiring of three new staffers for its Community Children’s Centre. (file photo)
North Westside residents can get a start on prepping their properties in case of an emergency this spring. The Regional District of Central Okanagan has located two self-serve sand and sandbag stations at the Killiney Beach and Westside Road fire stations. (Black Press file photo)

North Westside preparing for spring flooding

Sand and sandbags located at North Westside fire halls for those who want to get a head start on their properties

North Westside residents can get a start on prepping their properties in case of an emergency this spring. The Regional District of Central Okanagan has located two self-serve sand and sandbag stations at the Killiney Beach and Westside Road fire stations. (Black Press file photo)
An independent task force will examine compensation for Summerland’s municipal council. (Summerland Review file photo)

Task force to review pay for Summerland council members

Remuneration and benefits will be considered, with changes taking effect Jan. 1, 2023

An independent task force will examine compensation for Summerland’s municipal council. (Summerland Review file photo)
The district of Lake Country is proposing a 6.12 per cent tax hike for 2022. (District photo)

6.12% tax hike on tap for Lake Country

Public input considered at budget meeting

The district of Lake Country is proposing a 6.12 per cent tax hike for 2022. (District photo)
Ron Ewert has been named the new fire chief for North Westside. He starts Feb. 22. (RDCO photo)

From Vancouver to Okanagan: new fire chief for North Westside

Ron Ewert comes to Okanagan from Vancouver with plenty of experience

Ron Ewert has been named the new fire chief for North Westside. He starts Feb. 22. (RDCO photo)
Construction on two new drive-thru restaurants in Vernon: Triple O’s and Popeyes on 27th Street, is just one of the developments adding to the city’s record year of construction. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Big year for building in Vernon

A record $173.5 million in building permit values collected by city in 2021

Construction on two new drive-thru restaurants in Vernon: Triple O’s and Popeyes on 27th Street, is just one of the developments adding to the city’s record year of construction. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Cannabis for sale in the retail market. The City of Vernon plans to reduce its application and licensing fees. (Black Press files)

Vernon trims retail cannabis application, licensing fees

Council votes to cut application fee by 50 per cent, bring licensing fee in line based on store size

Cannabis for sale in the retail market. The City of Vernon plans to reduce its application and licensing fees. (Black Press files)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)

‘We don’t have the capacity’: East Kootenay Mayor takes aim at COVID health orders

With limited resources, local governments and private businesses are under too much strain from public health orders according to Sparwood Mayor David Wilks

Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)
In this June 21, 2018, photo, laboratory manager Emily Savage demonstrates how she uses an instrument to photograph cannabis samples at CW Analytical Laboratories, in Oakland, Calif. California's new rules require testing of marijuana for pesticides and contaminants such as heavy metals, solvents and mold. They also say edibles must be tested to determine concentrations of the mind-altering ingredient THC. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Vernon council looks to trim cannabis retail bylaws

Amendments include changes to licensing and application fees, and a buffer zone between similar stores

In this June 21, 2018, photo, laboratory manager Emily Savage demonstrates how she uses an instrument to photograph cannabis samples at CW Analytical Laboratories, in Oakland, Calif. California's new rules require testing of marijuana for pesticides and contaminants such as heavy metals, solvents and mold. They also say edibles must be tested to determine concentrations of the mind-altering ingredient THC. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)