municipal politics

Tofino’s municipal council is back to seven members as the town’s CAO Bob McPherson swore in new mayor Dan Law and new councillors Cathy Thicke and Jacky Challenger on March 23. Immediately following their oaths of office, the three new members joined councillors Al Anderson, Tom Stere, Britt Chalmers and Duncan McMaster for their first council meeting since being elected in Tofino’s March 6 byelection. (Screenshot from March 23 council meeting via Zoom)

Tofino’s new mayor, councillors sworn in

Dan Law, Cathy Thicke and Jacky Challenger officially join council.

 

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

 

(Westerly News file photo)

Tofino council condemns ‘racist’ responses to proposed ecosystem service fee

1 per cent fee would have supported Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s Tribal Park Allies program.

 

Police presence in Chemainus in an actual building is limited to South Island Highway Patrol on Chemainus Road. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)

Petition demands broken policing promises to Chemainus be honoured

Former detachment member leads the charge in asking municipality and RCMP to be accountable

Police presence in Chemainus in an actual building is limited to South Island Highway Patrol on Chemainus Road. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)
Tofino will elect a new mayor and two new councillors on March. 6. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino councillor candidates identify differences

Tofino will elect a new mayor and two new municipal councillors on March 6.

  • Mar 1, 2021
Tofino will elect a new mayor and two new councillors on March. 6. (Westerly file photo)
Tofino will elect a new mayor and two new councillors on March 6. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino’s mayoralty candidates lay out key differences

Tofino will elect a new mayor and two new councillors on March 6.

  • Feb 24, 2021
Tofino will elect a new mayor and two new councillors on March 6. (Westerly file photo)
Mayor Lorraine Michetti refusing to step down amid calls for her resignation. (Submitted)
Mayor Lorraine Michetti refusing to step down amid calls for her resignation. (Submitted)
Tofino will elect a new mayor and two new councillors on March. 6. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino’s mayoralty candidates explain why they want the job

Andrea McQuade, J.J. Belanger and Dan Law all vying for Tofino mayor’s seat.

  • Feb 10, 2021
Tofino will elect a new mayor and two new councillors on March. 6. (Westerly file photo)
JJ Belanger is running for mayor in Tofino’s March 6 byelection. (Photo courtesy of JJ Belanger)

Belanger enters Tofino’s mayoralty race

Belanger is former chair of Tourism Tofino and current general manager of Crystal Cove Beach Resort.

JJ Belanger is running for mayor in Tofino’s March 6 byelection. (Photo courtesy of JJ Belanger)
Seven streets in downtown Duncan, including Station Street, will soon have new native names added to their signage. (Submitted graphic)

New Duncan street signs will be in English and Hul’q’umi’num

Seven streets to get additional names in First Nations language

Seven streets in downtown Duncan, including Station Street, will soon have new native names added to their signage. (Submitted graphic)
The District of Tofino has put new restrictions in place around alcohol at public events. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino puts new restrictions on alcohol at public events

Town’s council adopts Municipal Alcohol Policy.

The District of Tofino has put new restrictions in place around alcohol at public events. (Westerly file photo)
Tofino expects to elect a new mayor and two new councillors on March 6. (Westerly file photo)

Nomination period begins for Tofino byelection

Tofino is set to replace former mayor Josie Osborne, who is now the Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA.

Tofino expects to elect a new mayor and two new councillors on March 6. (Westerly file photo)
Tofino is preparing to hold a municipal byelection in March to elect a new mayor and two new councillors. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino to ask for leeway in mail-in voting restrictions for March byelection

District wants to expand mail-in voting due to COVID-19.

Tofino is preparing to hold a municipal byelection in March to elect a new mayor and two new councillors. (Westerly file photo)
Municipal councillors Dan Law and Andrea McQuade both plan to resign their current seats to make a run for Tofino’s mayor position. (Westerly file photos)

Two Tofino councillors plan to resign seats and run for mayor

Tofino to hold byelection in March to replace NDP MLA Josie Osborne.

Municipal councillors Dan Law and Andrea McQuade both plan to resign their current seats to make a run for Tofino’s mayor position. (Westerly file photos)
A large film studio project is being proposed for the Malahat. Pictured is a graphic of the project. (Submitted graphic)

Huge film studio development proposed for Malahat Nation lands

Project estimated to provide about 1,500 jobs

A large film studio project is being proposed for the Malahat. Pictured is a graphic of the project. (Submitted graphic)
Qualicum Beach Coun. Robert Filmer. (PQB News file photo)

Qualicum Beach councillor takes medical leave, citing ‘toxic’ town hall environment

Filmer to step away for two months to reflect and get ‘re-energized’

Qualicum Beach Coun. Robert Filmer. (PQB News file photo)
Jon Lefebure went back to construction after losing the 2018 mayor’s post in North Cowichan to work on the Cottages On Willow. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Former Island mayor retools priorities with construction project

Fresh air a benefit and satisfaction results from building eight-unit housing complex in Chemainus

Jon Lefebure went back to construction after losing the 2018 mayor’s post in North Cowichan to work on the Cottages On Willow. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The CVRD will reconsider its policies on fireworks after receiving complaints. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley Regional District considers options for fireworks after complaints

Distict only allows fireworks on Halloween and New Year’s Eve, with a permit

The CVRD will reconsider its policies on fireworks after receiving complaints. (File photo)
Court quashed the decision last year by North Cowichan to deny the VIMC a permit for its $36-million expansion plans. (File photo)

Court quashes North Cowichan’s decision to deny expansion at Motorsport track

Municipality ordered to reassess rezoning application

Court quashed the decision last year by North Cowichan to deny the VIMC a permit for its $36-million expansion plans. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said financial penalties for council members found to be engaging in bad behaviour is a good deterrent. (File photo)