municipal politics

The City of Duncan has retired the position of town crier. Pictured is Ben Buss, who has served as the city’s town crier since 2011. (Citizen file)

City of Duncan eliminates town crier position

Cites “increased awareness of historical injustices” as reason

 

Tofino plans to start charging a fee for parking near its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach, in August. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino set to launch pay parking at local beaches next month

“Pay parking is not adding an amenity, it’s adding a barrier to an amenity”

 

Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino’s pay parking plan breezes through first town hall

District set to charge for parking at local beaches.

 

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

Flowers and other adornments left at Hope Cemetery have been moved off to a back storage and maintenance area. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)

Bonfires out, but machine-powered beach fires still OK in Tofino

Vancouver Island’s best-known beach community limits on public beaches to appliance fires only

Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)
Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino set to charge for parking at beaches

Fees will be charged at roughly 10 locations including Chesterman Beach

Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)

Fire appliances officially mandatory on Tofino beaches

“We can still have fires, they just have to be in a suitable appliance” says Tofino mayor Dan Law

Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)
Tofino’s fire chief and manager of protective services Brent Baker shows examples of the types of appliances that Tofino looks likely to make mandatory for all beach fires. (Screenshot from April 26 council meeting)

POLL QUESTION: Do you support banning beach fires not contained in a fire appliance?

Tofino set to implement appliance mandate.

  • May 9, 2021
Tofino’s fire chief and manager of protective services Brent Baker shows examples of the types of appliances that Tofino looks likely to make mandatory for all beach fires. (Screenshot from April 26 council meeting)
Tofino’s fire chief and manager of protective services Brent Baker shows examples of the types of appliances that Tofino looks likely to make mandatory for all beach fires. (Screenshot from April 26 council meeting)

Tofino set to make portable appliances mandatory for all beach fires

Fires to be contained within a portable, clean burning or reduced smoke appliance.

Tofino’s fire chief and manager of protective services Brent Baker shows examples of the types of appliances that Tofino looks likely to make mandatory for all beach fires. (Screenshot from April 26 council meeting)
Westerly file photo

Explosion of complaints prompts Tofino to consider fireworks ban

Tofino’s district office considering stricter restrictions.

Westerly file photo
Residents and supporters of Tofino’s Crab Apple Campground gathered at the Village Green on April 13 to draw attention to their concerns over losing their homes. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino’s Crab Apple Campground owner bewildered by tourism application

“It seems that something got lost in translation, as I never planned on offering sites to tourists.”

Residents and supporters of Tofino’s Crab Apple Campground gathered at the Village Green on April 13 to draw attention to their concerns over losing their homes. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Residents and supporters of Tofino’s Crab Apple Campground gathered at the Village Green on April 13 to draw attention to their concerns over losing their homes. The campground’s temporary use permit, which allows it to offer sites to Tofino residents, expires in October. The town’s council rejected an application that same day that would have permitted the campground to operate as a tourist commercial accommodation. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Crab Apple residents fear losing their homes as campground’s permit running out in Tofino

Council rejects application to allow campground to operate as tourist accommodation.

Residents and supporters of Tofino’s Crab Apple Campground gathered at the Village Green on April 13 to draw attention to their concerns over losing their homes. The campground’s temporary use permit, which allows it to offer sites to Tofino residents, expires in October. The town’s council rejected an application that same day that would have permitted the campground to operate as a tourist commercial accommodation. (Andrew Bailey photo)
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

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)
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.

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)
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)
(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.

(Westerly News file photo)
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)

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)