Municipal Government

Municipal elections are being held Oct. 15, 2022 (Photo/City of Kelowna)

Information sessions for Kelowna mayor and council candidates

Sessions will be held at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17

 

West Kelowna city councillor Doug Findlater has served the westside community for nearly 20 years. (File photo)

Long-serving West Kelowna politician calling it a career

‘My wife and I have given this a lot of serious thought’

 

Former City of Kelowna engineer Peter Truch has declared his intention to run for council. (Photo/contributed)

Former City of Kelowna engineer claims municipality ‘hiding the truth’, intends to run for council

He plans on involving the B.C. Ombudsperson as part of his campaign

 

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)
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)
The new child care centre at the south end of the Vernon Recreation Complex is nearing completion and expected to be open in September. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

New Vernon childcare centres on budget, schedule

Centres at Vernon Recreation Complex and Lakers Clubhouse slated to open in September

The new child care centre at the south end of the Vernon Recreation Complex is nearing completion and expected to be open in September. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu (second from right) had a recent chance to give rural MLA colleagues Roly Russell (from left), Brittny Anderson, and Katrina Conroe a tour of the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The Regional District of North Okanagan has come up with a new financial plan for a Greater Vernon Cultural Centre. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Approval sought for smaller, cheaper Greater Vernon cultural centre

Scope of project size drops, reducing cost; alternate approval process in place to borrow funds

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu (second from right) had a recent chance to give rural MLA colleagues Roly Russell (from left), Brittny Anderson, and Katrina Conroe a tour of the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The Regional District of North Okanagan has come up with a new financial plan for a Greater Vernon Cultural Centre. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Lake Country Council is meeting over the Okanagan Regional Library's decision to move from the District Hall to some soon-to-be vacant portables. (David Venn - Calendar Staff)

Average Lake Country homeowner paying $111 more in taxes

Tax increase of 5.88 per cent adopted by council

Lake Country Council is meeting over the Okanagan Regional Library's decision to move from the District Hall to some soon-to-be vacant portables. (David Venn - Calendar Staff)
Plans are underway for a project that would see a gondola built near Vernon, climbing 1,600 feet above Kalamalka Lake. A first hurdle has been cleared as Regional District of North Okanagan electoral area directors voted unanimously in favour of having staff prepare an OCP and zoning amendment bylaw for the property. (File photo)

Directors keep North Okanagan gondola project moving

Regional district electoral area directors feel proposed gondola project above Kal Lake is worth looking at

Plans are underway for a project that would see a gondola built near Vernon, climbing 1,600 feet above Kalamalka Lake. A first hurdle has been cleared as Regional District of North Okanagan electoral area directors voted unanimously in favour of having staff prepare an OCP and zoning amendment bylaw for the property. (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)
Regional District of Central Okanagan electoral area director Wayne Carson encourages all Central Okanagan West residents, and particularly those in North Westside communities, to become involved in upcoming engagement opportunities and to follow the progress of the newly formed Central Okanagan West governance and services study committee. This is not an incorporation study says RDCO. (Michael Hintringer Photo)

Governance study committee named for North Westside

A 12-member committee has been formed by the Regional District of Central Okanagan

Regional District of Central Okanagan electoral area director Wayne Carson encourages all Central Okanagan West residents, and particularly those in North Westside communities, to become involved in upcoming engagement opportunities and to follow the progress of the newly formed Central Okanagan West governance and services study committee. This is not an incorporation study says RDCO. (Michael Hintringer 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)
Area residents shared their fondest memories of the Oyama Library and what the branch means to them in a video filmed Sept. 28, 2021, by Alison Beaumont. (YouTube)
Area residents shared their fondest memories of the Oyama Library and what the branch means to them in a video filmed Sept. 28, 2021, by Alison Beaumont. (YouTube)
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. (Contributed)

Kelowna rep on urban mayors’ caucus encouraged by B.C. budget

‘Funding signals province’s commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in B.C. communities’

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. (Contributed)
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)