Tension clouds North Westside process

Regional District of Central Okanagan backs terms of reference for services study

A review of North Westside services is proceeding, but not without ongoing tension.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan board has adopted the terms of reference for the North Westside services and community issues review process.

“I will reluctantly support this,” said Wayne Carson, North Westside director.

Carson’s willingness to back the terms of reference came after lengthy debate and his initial opposition to the document.

“This is a stab in the back to the North Westside,” he said at the beginning of the discussion.

Carson’s primary concern was with what he saw as a limited scope for the terms of reference. It does not include a technical or financial audit of current services and governance, options on changes to the existing governance model and the impact of change to current governance in the review area.

“This is not the study that was offered to the North Westside. I have been excluded since the process began Nov. 28. I have not been involved in the terms of reference.”

Carson also blamed RDCO staff for the situation.

“Government staff at the ministry (of community development) were manipulated.”

However, chief administrative officer Brian Reardon insists his office had no influence over the process.

“The ministry has determined what is out of scope. It has been clear that this is not a governance study. This is a services review and a community issues review,” said Reardon.

Carson also took aim at directors from Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and West Kelowna voting on the terms of reference.

“You’re not responsible or liabel for any of this. This is just a tyranny of the majority,” he said.”

As staff and directors discussed the matter, chairperson Gail Given prevented Carson from interrupting.

“If you want to debate the CAO, you will wait your turn,” she said.

Given added that the services review could ultimately lead to a full-scale governance study for the North Westside.

“If we don’t take the first step, you (Carson) won’t get where you want.”

A final report on the review is expected by late October and input will be sought from the North Westside Communities Association and residents.

“They will want to have their say in the study,” said Carson.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Okanagan, Shuswap

Environment Canada is forecasting strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy downpours in parts of the Interior

WorkSafe BC conducted 70 inspections in the Okanagan amid B.C.’s reopening plan

WorkSafe BC has conducted 100 inspections at restaurants across the province since May 19

West Kelowna reopens beach volleyball, new pickleball courts

The City of West Kelowna is asking residents to maintain safe distancing

RDCO announces spring poetry contest winners

The district received 70 poems starting from May 1

Mother duck and babies rescued from Highway 97 in Lake Country

The mother and nine ducklings were taken to Duck Lake

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Partial return to class for Central Okanagan students: COVID-19

School District 23 and the Board of Education have released a letter regarding returning to class

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

Preparations for flooding in the Shuswap accelerate

A sandbagging machine and a crew to run it have been set up in Silver Creek.

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

Most Read