Auditor general for local government, designed to fail or left to implode?

Auditor general for local government, designed to fail or left to implode?

Last week the Union of B.C. Municipalities released its report on the operations of B.C.'s Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG).

It paints a less than flattering picture of the office. No big surprise given that the UBCM was hardly a fan of the auditor general concept in the first place.

The report's findings are based on a survey of 17 communities that had audit contact with the AGLG.

Premier visits Midway and Oliver, praises volunteers

Premier Christy Clark met and spoke with volunteers and evacuees in both Oliver and Midway Sunday.

Amidst the fire, smoke and disruption of two major interface fires and hundreds of overnight evacuations, one thing has become very clear - the people of Oliver and Midway are some of the most resilient, generous and compassionate in British Columbia.

Premier Christy Clark; Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson and Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson saw this first hand Sunday, visiting the communities and hearing stories of close calls, survival and assistance from those who escaped the blaze and those who now are helping them recover.

CBT gives $450,000 for Millennium Park expansion

CBT gives $450,000 for Millennium Park expansion

Columbia Basin Trust has announced a $450,000 grant to support the City of Castlegar’s Millennium Park Phase 2 Project. The Phase 2 Project includes: Off-leash Dog Park; Active Recreation court area including two Beach Volley Ball courts; Tennis/Pickle Ball Court; improved access, parking and drop off areas that will service the off-leash dog park, bike skills park and habitat compensation area (secondary beach).

The $450,000 will be combined with the City’s previously budgeted $125,000 for the off-leash dog park and an additional $125,000 from the Castlegar and Area Regional District Recreation Commission for a total of $700,000 for the park’s Phase 2 projects. 

GF councillor steps down; By-election called

GF councillor steps down; By-election called

Editor's Note: This news comes after charges were laid against Wirischagin for impaired driving. Wirischagin is scheduled to appear in Grand Forks court Aug. 18. 


Coun. Michael Wirischagin, advised city staff over the weekend that he will be leaving his seat on city council effective immediately.

Wirischagin is eight months into his third term on council and has made a decision to focus on a career outside of local politics.

Fines for burning spike; new fine for off-leash dogs in city parks

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff holds up the news signs to be installed in Millennium Park.

The city is cracking down on illegal burning and off-leash dogs, with significant spikes in fines for the former and a brand-new fine created for the latter.

Councillor Kevin Chernoff said the burning fines are an attempt to get people’s attention, as per Fire Chief Gerry Rempel’s suggestion, so they’ll stop creating situations with the potential to be dangerous for the whole city.

LETTER: Canadian election system fundamentally undemocratic

LETTER: Canadian election system fundamentally undemocratic

What good can come of an election, where a fraudulent, discriminatory disconnection exists between the Canadian voter, and those who Rule?

Canada, and its working class, at this moment are held in a death grip by traitorous political powers. Powers, which cannot be seen to be serving the interests of Canada’s popular majority, or providing Governance in Canada's best interests. The entire Westminster system of domination, which has been entrenched at Ottawa, and which has subordinate offices spread out, and set up in the Capital Cities of the Nation, is a totally un-democratic, and un-servile, system of Governance. Those who impose Westminster’s Imperial, top down authority, are sworn agents, and are found in middleman organizations, which we (Canadians) know as political parties.

Prime Minister announces longest campaign in Canada since 1872

The race is on as what may had predicted when he met with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall Sunday. — Photo courtesy Facebook

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sunday the start of the 42nd federal election campaign, following his meeting with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall.

Canadians will go to the polls on October 19, 2015, after the Governor General indeed dissolved Parliament, launching the longest campaign in Canada since 1872.

“This is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect all Canadians: the economy and our country’s security,” said the Prime Minister in a release on the Conservative Party of Canada website.

Trail and Beaver Valley reach recreation deal

Trail and Beaver Valley reach recreation deal

The City of Trail and Beaver Valley (Fruitvale, Montrose and Area ‘A’) are pleased to announce they have successfully negotiated and approved a one-year recreation agreement that will take effect on September 1, 2015.  Beaver Valley will contribute $125,000 for the one-year term which will allow their residents to use Trail Parks & Recreation facilities and participate in its services and programs at the Trail Resident fee.



 July 30, 2015,  1:00 pm

Present:   Mayor Kathy Moore;  Councillors Marten Kruysse, Lloyd McLellan, Andy Morel,  John Greene, and Andrew Zwicker.

Absent on holidays:  Aaron Cosbey.

Staff:  Laurie Karn (taking minutes);  Interim Chief Administrative Officer Mike Maturo; Acting Chief Financial Officer Lois Hunter.

More debt, to pay for Washington Street  Infrastructure Renewal

Electricity rates to go up next week

Electricity rates to go up next week

Electricity rates are set to increase next month, according to a press release issued by FortisBC this afternoon.The release reads as follows:

FortisBC has completed its annual rates review with the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) and has received approval from the BCUC for a 1.6 per cent increase effective August 1, 2015.

The increase is necessary to make upgrades and improvements to the electrical system and to purchase added capacity for the system. Capacity is needed to provide customers with electricity during peak times of the day and year.

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