municipal politics

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

 

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

 

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

 

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)
The policy dealing with Hope’s sidewalk repairs has been updated. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Hope’s sidewalk policy changed to reflect current practices

Inspections will still be done in the spring to address winter damage

The policy dealing with Hope’s sidewalk repairs has been updated. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
About 80 demonstrators walked through Hope with signs in support of saving the Station House on March 23, 2021. (Photo/Christian Ward)

Hope mayor says district still open to hearing proposals as heritage repeal process continues

Hope Station House still facing demolition, as council works on longstanding ‘situation’

About 80 demonstrators walked through Hope with signs in support of saving the Station House on March 23, 2021. (Photo/Christian Ward)
One of the schematics of the proposed Facilities Plan, including a district hall, visitor centre, museum and art gallery at 325 Wallace Street. (District of Hope image)

Back to the drawing board for new facilities plan in Hope

Council cites lack of feedback, confusion in decision to poll community in September

One of the schematics of the proposed Facilities Plan, including a district hall, visitor centre, museum and art gallery at 325 Wallace Street. (District of Hope image)
About 80 demonstrators walked through Hope with signs in support of saving the Station House on March 23, 2021. (Photo/Christian Ward)

Hope council to vote on heritage designation of old train station building

Hope Station House still facing demolition, as council set to make important decision

About 80 demonstrators walked through Hope with signs in support of saving the Station House on March 23, 2021. (Photo/Christian Ward)
Hope will get a look at the most recent Five Year Financial Plan on May 5. (www.SeniorLiving.Org)

District of Hope’s 5-year financial plan up for discussion

Public can view document online now, and join discussion online

Hope will get a look at the most recent Five Year Financial Plan on May 5. (www.SeniorLiving.Org)
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)
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)
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)
Surrey councillors Jack Hundial and Brenda Locke. (Photos: Now-Leader files)

Surrey councillors take their fight against Surrey policing transition B.C.-wide

Jack Hundial and Brenda Locke have sent a letter to well over 1,000 elected officials in local governments across the province

Surrey councillors Jack Hundial and Brenda Locke. (Photos: Now-Leader files)
Mayor Jack Froese, along with Councillors Bob Long and Blair Whitmarsh, were the targets of a court case seeking to remove them from office. (Langley Advance Times files)

Mayor, councillors win court decision and stay in office in Langley

A judge dismissed a petition trying to remove three sitting council members

Mayor Jack Froese, along with Councillors Bob Long and Blair Whitmarsh, were the targets of a court case seeking to remove them from office. (Langley Advance Times files)
B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press Media files)

Judge hears Langley development case that could end in mayor, councillors booted out of council

The conflict of interest case was launched by local voters a year ago

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press Media files)
Langley City council voted to appoint councillor Gayle Martin (R) to the Metro Vancouver board of directors in place of mayor Val van den Broek (L). The decision was made at a closed-door meeting of council on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (file)

Langley City mayor says her removal from Metro board of directors is example of continued in-fighting

‘I’m not the mayor they wanted’ Val van den Broek says of the council members who voted against her

Langley City council voted to appoint councillor Gayle Martin (R) to the Metro Vancouver board of directors in place of mayor Val van den Broek (L). The decision was made at a closed-door meeting of council on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (file)
Fort Langley Cemetery was created as a local community burial plot in 1881, and is one of the oldest cemeteries in Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)

Council mulls allowing mausoleum in old Fort Langley cemetery

Councillors had some concerns about the possibility of a new way to inter families

Fort Langley Cemetery was created as a local community burial plot in 1881, and is one of the oldest cemeteries in Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)