municipal politics

Surrey city hall. (File photo: Anna Burns)

Surrey council refuses to apologize to 7 residents who were barred from meetings

‘We sure as hell weren’t vindicated,’ said Annie Kaps, one of the residents

 

Langley City mayor Val van den Broek has made allegations of bullying and harassment against unnamed councillors, saying she has endured “name calling, intimidation, personal attacks and facial mocking and mimicking during council meetings, events and community meetings, by other Langley City council members.”(file)

Langley city mayor claims bullying and harassment by other council members

Claims she has endured ‘name calling, intimidation, personal attacks and facial mocking and mimicking’

 

Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal speaks to supporters in Surrey after winning his riding of Surrey-Newton in 2021. (File photo: Tom Zillich)

Surrey MP Sukh Dhaliwal enters race for mayor, reveals new United Surrey slate

Julie Tapley, former Surrey NDP MP Jasbir Sandhu, Becky Zhou and Jeff Bridge are running for a council seat with United Surrey. More candidates will be announced over the summer, Dhaliwal says

 

Councillor Victor Smith has announced he is running for mayor in the District of Hope. (Submitted)

Hope councillor announces he will take run at mayor’s chair

Victor Smith has served one term, and mayor has said he won’t run for re-election

Councillor Victor Smith has announced he is running for mayor in the District of Hope. (Submitted)
George Price, originally from Seabird Island, carved a Hope secondary school welcome figure. This figure is made of cedar, a tree held sacred by many First Nations communities for providing warmth, coverings and medicine. (Screenshot/Jessica Poirier)

School district staff urge Hope council to incorporate Halq’emeylem into community

Schools have been weaving Indigenous language into culture in classrooms

George Price, originally from Seabird Island, carved a Hope secondary school welcome figure. This figure is made of cedar, a tree held sacred by many First Nations communities for providing warmth, coverings and medicine. (Screenshot/Jessica Poirier)
Hope Mayor Peter Robb and Fraser Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart meet with batch plant manager Jamie Riddell while touring Hope Ready Mix’s new plant last November. He has announced he will not be running for re-election. (Submitted photo)

Peter Robb announces he won’t run for re-election as Hope’s mayor

Robb has served one term as mayor, three on previous councils

Hope Mayor Peter Robb and Fraser Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart meet with batch plant manager Jamie Riddell while touring Hope Ready Mix’s new plant last November. He has announced he will not be running for re-election. (Submitted photo)
District of Hope council is working with staff to rewrite a bylaw dealing with how residents store their vehicles. (Eric Welsh/Hope Standard)

Council retooling vehicle storage bylaw

Fine for too many vehicles could jump from $100 to $500

District of Hope council is working with staff to rewrite a bylaw dealing with how residents store their vehicles. (Eric Welsh/Hope Standard)
A vacant lot in a Hope residential area could eventually be developed into multi-family housing. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

District of Hope sells 1.5 acre lot for $2.55M

Property is cleared for multi-family housing development

A vacant lot in a Hope residential area could eventually be developed into multi-family housing. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Deb Jack, of Surrey Environmental Partners, stands in front of a Sequoia near city hall. Jack says she wonders where the Safe Surrey Coalition’s petition to save the tree will be submitted, considering it’s the SSC majority on council that makes development decisions. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

Petition to save Surrey tree raises eyebrows

Safe Surrey Coalition says it collected 10K electronic signatures to save Sequoia from developer who says it is not at risk

Deb Jack, of Surrey Environmental Partners, stands in front of a Sequoia near city hall. Jack says she wonders where the Safe Surrey Coalition’s petition to save the tree will be submitted, considering it’s the SSC majority on council that makes development decisions. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum presenting his State of the City address on June 1. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Safe Surrey Coalition promises to bring SkyTrain to Newton if re-elected

Brenda Locke, of Surrey Connect, calls the promise ‘a re-announcement of a re-announcement’

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum presenting his State of the City address on June 1. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
Hockey fans load up on beer at a bar in Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2011. The southern Alberta town of Raymond — dry since it was founded more than 100 years ago — is asking residents if they are for or against restaurants serving alcohol. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

‘We’ll see where it goes’: dry Alberta town surveys citizens on its alcohol ban

Raymond, about 240 kilometres south of Calgary, does not allow alcohol service in any establishment

Hockey fans load up on beer at a bar in Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2011. The southern Alberta town of Raymond — dry since it was founded more than 100 years ago — is asking residents if they are for or against restaurants serving alcohol. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The Hope Station House came perilously close to demolition in 2019, but with funding committed from the District of Hope, the building will get a new lease on life. (Photo/ Adam Louis)

District of Hope commits $450,000 to Hope Station House

The project hinged on funding from the District, and otherwise would have died on the vine

The Hope Station House came perilously close to demolition in 2019, but with funding committed from the District of Hope, the building will get a new lease on life. (Photo/ Adam Louis)
Bob Erickson’s resignation letter was accepted by District of Hope council at a Jan. 10, 2022 meeting. (Hope Standard file photo)

Bob Erickson officially resigns from District of Hope council

Erickson moved to Alberta in 2021, and recently took a leave of absence from his council position

Bob Erickson’s resignation letter was accepted by District of Hope council at a Jan. 10, 2022 meeting. (Hope Standard file photo)
Hope council listens to Christian Ward speak as a delegation on Sept. 13, 2021. (Image from District of Hope Ratepayers’ Association video)

Hope Council back in chambers, discussions surround hybrid meeting options

Council also dispersed $200,000 in grants for COVID restart funding

Hope council listens to Christian Ward speak as a delegation on Sept. 13, 2021. (Image from District of Hope Ratepayers’ Association video)
John Jack, chair of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, addresses the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention by video link, Sept. 14, 2021. (UBCM video)

Local B.C. governments seek ways to go beyond talking about reconciliation

Indigenous people need power, municipal convention told

John Jack, chair of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, addresses the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention by video link, Sept. 14, 2021. (UBCM video)
Japanese Canadian citizens being transferred into waiting trucks outside Hope Station House. NNMCC L2021-2-1-004. Photographs courtesy of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre

Hope council could remove heritage designation of Hope Station House tonight

Final adoption of repeal bylaw on District of Hope agenda for Aug. 9

Japanese Canadian citizens being transferred into waiting trucks outside Hope Station House. NNMCC L2021-2-1-004. Photographs courtesy of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
Pete Ryan carving in front of Hope District Hall, District of Hope. (Barry Stewart/Hope Standard file)

Funds available for Hope non-profits hit by COVID-19

District of Hope extends application date for restart funding program worth $200,000

Pete Ryan carving in front of Hope District Hall, District of Hope. (Barry Stewart/Hope Standard file)
District Hall, Hope (Photo/Adam Louis)

July meeting cancelled for District of Hope council

No reason given for the cancellation of July 12 meeting

District Hall, Hope (Photo/Adam Louis)
A letter from a senior RCMP officer in Langley said Mounties who attended a mayor’s gala in January of 2020 used their own money. Controversy over the event has dogged mayor Val van den Broek (R) and resulted in the reassignment of Langley RCMP Supt. Murray Power (L). (file)

Langley RCMP officers used ‘own money’ to attend mayor’s gala, senior officer says

‘I would not want there to be a belief that the police officers had done something untoward’

A letter from a senior RCMP officer in Langley said Mounties who attended a mayor’s gala in January of 2020 used their own money. Controversy over the event has dogged mayor Val van den Broek (R) and resulted in the reassignment of Langley RCMP Supt. Murray Power (L). (file)
Flowers and other adornments left at Hope Cemetery have been moved off to a back storage and maintenance area. Some are bagged and now collecting condensation and insects inside. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Cemetery’s removal of flowers and mementos ‘could have been handled better,’ says Hope mayor

“I find this to be so disrespectful to the families,” one family member says

Flowers and other adornments left at Hope Cemetery have been moved off to a back storage and maintenance area. Some are bagged and now collecting condensation and insects inside. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)