municipal politics

Flowers and other adornments left at Hope Cemetery have been moved off to a back storage and maintenance area. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Removal of graveside items by B.C. cemetery staff deemed ‘disrespectful’

Municipal cemetery removes all adornments from gravesites with little notice

 

Mayor Brian Taylor (left) and Coun. Everett Baker met at Morrissey Creek’s “moto” site on Sunday, April 18. Both said negotiations to build a combined shelter and supportive housing facility at the site were moving forward. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks to keep shelter open during housing negotiations with province

The current facility at 2320 78th Ave. will stay open as a COVID-shelter, according to city council’s resolution

 

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas did not violate the municipality’s code of conduct by posting a sexist meme on Facebook, council concludes. (File photo)

B.C. municipality to take no action against councillor who posted sexist meme

Tek Manhas’s meme doesn’t violate North Cowichan council’s code of conduct, municipality concludes

 

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Greenwood city employees back at work after walking off the job

Two non-unionized staffers staged a brief walk-out in front of city hall Wednesday morning

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North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas is under review by the municipality for a Facebook post containing a sexist meme. (File photo)

B.C. councillor facing review over sexist meme posted to Facebook

‘Less bitchen’ more kitchen’: North Cowichan’s Tek Manhas apologizes for post

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas is under review by the municipality for a Facebook post containing a sexist meme. (File photo)
The store would open at 327 3rd St. File photo

Grand Forks to consider zoning variance for proposed cannabis store

City council will consider a variance that could see the store open next to another cannabis store

The store would open at 327 3rd St. File photo
Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ council asks for public feedback on permit that would keep shelter open until next spring

Council has not yet voted on whether or not to grant BC Housing’s request for another permit

Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The extreme weather shelter at the old Hardy View Lodge will stay open until May 3. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ shelter to run until May, as council defers further extension

BC Housing, which funds the shelter, asked council to keep doors open until next spring

The extreme weather shelter at the old Hardy View Lodge will stay open until May 3. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Mayor Lorraine Michetti refusing to step down amid calls for her resignation. (Submitted)

Rural B.C. mayor urged to resign after Facebook post against Indigenous people, pipelines

The mayor is refusing to quit, saying the post was taken out of context

Mayor Lorraine Michetti refusing to step down amid calls for her resignation. (Submitted)
Grand Forks’ city council is considering a fee for service agreement with a community trail organization as part of city hall’s on-going budget process. Photo submitted

Grand Forks city council to consider trail society’s request in on-going budget process

The Grand Forks Community Trails Society is asking for a fee for service starting in 2021

Grand Forks’ city council is considering a fee for service agreement with a community trail organization as part of city hall’s on-going budget process. Photo submitted
Teck signage in Elkford, BC. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)

Sparwood Mayor David Wilks: Teck has our back when it comes to COVID-19

Wilks said he had full confidence in Teck’s response to a cluster at its Elk Valley operations

Teck signage in Elkford, BC. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)
Councillor-elect Everett Baker was on hand as elections officials tabulated the final results of Saturday’s byelection, Dec. 5. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Baker wins Grand Forks byelection

Final results announced after general polls closed at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

Councillor-elect Everett Baker was on hand as elections officials tabulated the final results of Saturday’s byelection, Dec. 5. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The results of Saturday's byelection will be available shortly after polls close. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks votes in city byelection

Saturday’s general poll will decide the byelection between candidates Baker and Mitchell

The results of Saturday's byelection will be available shortly after polls close. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
An advance poll was held at Grand Forks’ gallery2 Wednesday, Nov. 25. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Hundreds vote at Grand Forks’ advance byelection poll

Elections officials said voting had gone smoothly at the city’s art gallery

An advance poll was held at Grand Forks’ gallery2 Wednesday, Nov. 25. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Paul Starwarz of JAMM Properties told Grand Forks’ Committee of the Whole Monday, Nov.9, that they hope to build a Tim Horton’s on Central Ave. Pictured are Vernon Tim Hortons staff saluting to frontline workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube screenshot)

Franchise owners look to build Tim Horton’s in Grand Forks

The permit application was heard at Monday, Nov. 8’s Committee of the Whole meeting at chambers

Paul Starwarz of JAMM Properties told Grand Forks’ Committee of the Whole Monday, Nov.9, that they hope to build a Tim Horton’s on Central Ave. Pictured are Vernon Tim Hortons staff saluting to frontline workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube screenshot)
Mayor Brian Taylor and councillors Thompson and Moslin voted to approve a permit to run a homeless shelter at the Old Hardy View Lodge this winter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks City council approves permit for winter homeless shelter

The permit passed by a split decision at a special meeting at city hall

Mayor Brian Taylor and councillors Thompson and Moslin voted to approve a permit to run a homeless shelter at the Old Hardy View Lodge this winter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Grand Forks’ Ian Mitchell, left, and Everett Baker are the only two candidates in the city’s upcoming byelection, according to CEO Patti Ferguson. Photo submitted

Two-way race shaping up in Grand Forks byelection

The nomination cut-off was Friday afternoon, Oct. 30

Grand Forks’ Ian Mitchell, left, and Everett Baker are the only two candidates in the city’s upcoming byelection, according to CEO Patti Ferguson. Photo submitted
Ian Mitchell on Thurs., Oct. 29 filed his nomination for Grand Forks byelection. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Mitchell joins Grand Forks’ byelection race

The candidate highlighted the mutual respect between himself and opponent, Everett Baker

Ian Mitchell on Thurs., Oct. 29 filed his nomination for Grand Forks byelection. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Grand Forks' Everett Baker filed his nomination at city hall Tuesday, Oct. 27. Facebook: Everett Baker

Baker files nomination ahead of Grand Forks byelection

The downtown business owner stands unopposed in bid to fill vacant council seat

Grand Forks' Everett Baker filed his nomination at city hall Tuesday, Oct. 27. Facebook: Everett Baker
Grand Forks City Hall. File photo

Grand Forks city council meeting in brief

Council met at city hall Monday, Oct. 19.

Grand Forks City Hall. File photo