Butler hearing set for Feb. 1

Grand Forks city councillor Julia Butler will have her day in court on Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Vancouver Law Courts.

The hearing date for city councillor Julia Butler has finally been set. Butler will have her day in court on Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Vancouver Law Courts.

On that date, the B.C. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether or not Butler has to give up her position as councillor for the City of Grand Forks.

The hearing was brought on by a petition from council to have Butler disqualified from office for being in breach of her oath of office.

Council voted on May 25, 2015 to petition the court for a declaration of disqualification against Butler pursuant to sections 110 and 111 of the Community Charter.

In May 2015, the city’s law firm (Young Anderson) found Butler in a direct pecuniary conflict of interest regarding the water meter program.

It is expected that if the Supreme Court disqualifies Butler that the city would announce an upcoming byelection to fill both her spot and the spot vacated by Michael Wirischagin.