Municipal Government

Photo: Kathleen Saylors

City of Grand Forks to receive $200K grant for homelessness services

City council and housing minister Eby still negotiating proposed Moto shelter project

 

Roy Terashita, chief of the Greenwood Fire Department, said he’s happy that the city has set aside funds for new fire protection suits. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Greenwood to buy new gear for fire department

Top administrator Marcus Lebler said the money will come from the city’s COVID Safe Restart grant

 

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Battle between Penticton and B.C. over homeless shelter officially before the court

The city filed their official petition before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 6

 

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Penticton heads to court over homeless shelter as BC Housing audit begins

The city was not satisfied with the response from Minister David Eby regarding the ongoing situation

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Helping Hands President Kimberly Feeny holds one of 17 kittens now staying at the cat shelter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks city council denies lease extension for cat shelter

The city gave the shelter a three-month lease in March

Helping Hands President Kimberly Feeny holds one of 17 kittens now staying at the cat shelter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
From the left: Market on Market manager Heather Underwood, the DBA’s Alf Him (formerly co-chair), John McNamara and Couns. Christine Thompson and Cathy Korolek wave to the camera on the market’s opening day, Saturday, May 15. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks street market curtailed after city council meeting

Market Avenue will reopen to vehicle traffic Sundays through Thursdays, starting June 20

From the left: Market on Market manager Heather Underwood, the DBA’s Alf Him (formerly co-chair), John McNamara and Couns. Christine Thompson and Cathy Korolek wave to the camera on the market’s opening day, Saturday, May 15. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Grand Forks musician Nathan Vogel (right) plays the Market Avenue piano installed by the Boundary Street Pianos Project on May 10. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Boundary music project hoping for funds for street pianos

Coun. Christine Thompson said she’d ask council to fund the initiative if asked by the Downtown Business Association

Grand Forks musician Nathan Vogel (right) plays the Market Avenue piano installed by the Boundary Street Pianos Project on May 10. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Grand Forks City Hall. Photo: Kathleen Saylors

Grand Forks city council amends community plan to pave way for apartments

The amendment was passed at council’s regular meeting Monday, June 7

Grand Forks City Hall. Photo: Kathleen Saylors
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Minister Eby receives warning over ‘dangerous precedent’ in Penticton shelter dispute

UBCM president says Eby’s decision to use paramountcy powers undermines local government autonomy

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Ron Mattiussi was voted in as Greenwood’s interim chief administrative officer, effective Monday, April 12. File photo

Greenwood hires interim manager

Mayor and council voted in Ron Mattiussi as interim chief administrative officer at Monday’s council meeting, April 12

Ron Mattiussi was voted in as Greenwood’s interim chief administrative officer, effective Monday, April 12. File photo
Grand Forks city council was slated to hear a proposed variance application on Monday, April 12. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Applicant withdraws bid for Grand Forks cannabis store

A licenced cannabis store had a zoning variance to operate on Market Avenue

Grand Forks city council was slated to hear a proposed variance application on Monday, April 12. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)

BC Housing to use provincial powers to keep Penticton shelter open

Penticton council voted Tuesday to reject the shelter’s extension for a second time

Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)
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B.C. has no parental leave policy for elected councillors, so town makes its own

No provisions under B.C. Community Charter to allow new parents time off without disqualification

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City council was given a draft budget presentation at chambers on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

City’s draft budget shows modest surplus, with slight property tax bump for 2021

The draft reflects the latest numbers in the on-going budget process

City council was given a draft budget presentation at chambers on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Sockeye salmon school in a small Bristol Bay creek in the summer of 2018. The Union of B.C. Municipalities voted in favour of a resolution asking government for for nature-based solutions in flood management that doesn’t compromise salmon habitat. (Courtesy Photo | Mary Catharine Martin)

B.C. municipalities pass resolution for salmon-safe flood control

The UBCM resolution seeks federal, provincial support to replace antiquated infrastructure

Sockeye salmon school in a small Bristol Bay creek in the summer of 2018. The Union of B.C. Municipalities voted in favour of a resolution asking government for for nature-based solutions in flood management that doesn’t compromise salmon habitat. (Courtesy Photo | Mary Catharine Martin)
Greenwood’s Wendy Higashi served as the city’s Chief Administrative Officer from January 2017 until February 2021. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

City of Greenwood votes to part with CAO Higashi

Mayor and council made the decision at an in-camera meeting earlier this month, says Mayor Noll

Greenwood’s Wendy Higashi served as the city’s Chief Administrative Officer from January 2017 until February 2021. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Greenwood’s Wendy Higashi served as the city’s Chief Administrative Officer from January 2017 until February 2021. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

City of Greenwood votes to part with CAO Higashi

Mayor and council made the decision at an in-camera meeting earlier this month, says Mayor Noll

Greenwood’s Wendy Higashi served as the city’s Chief Administrative Officer from January 2017 until February 2021. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
City council voted to approve the requests at chambers on Monday, Jan. 35. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks city council gives early approval for two 2021 budget requests

The public works building needs a new roof, and the city needs to start installing new security equipment, staff recommended

City council voted to approve the requests at chambers on Monday, Jan. 35. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Fernie area declared community COVID-19 cluster by Interior Health

81 cases have been identified since Jan. 1

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
An artist’s rendition of Grand Forks’ proposed community centre. Photo: Community Futures Boundary

Grand Forks city council defers community centre decision for a year

Staff and council said Monday, Jan. 25, that the city should wait for a clearer understanding of city finances

An artist’s rendition of Grand Forks’ proposed community centre. Photo: Community Futures Boundary