Municipal Government

Port Alberni city hall. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni adopts tax increase below 4% for 2021

Financial plan looks for balance between residents, industry

 

Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)

BC Housing to use provincial powers to keep Penticton shelter open

Penticton council voted Tuesday to reject the shelter’s extension for a second time

 

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B.C. has no parental leave policy for elected councillors, so town makes its own

No provisions under B.C. Community Charter to allow new parents time off without disqualification

 

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LETTER: The City of Port Alberni’s tax proposal is out of touch with reality

Residents have too much financial hardship for a tax increase, says letter writer

  • Mar 3, 2021
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LETTER: Port Alberni needs to straighten financial priorities

I’m writing to express my utter frustration with the City of Port Alberni’s financial priorities…

  • Mar 3, 2021
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The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has asked Nanaimo city council to consider a commercial property tax freeze to help offset negative financial impacts of COVID-19. (News Bulletin file photo)

COVID-19: Nanaimo considers one-year commercial property tax freeze

Report based on chamber of commerce proposal to ease pandemic stress on business community

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has asked Nanaimo city council to consider a commercial property tax freeze to help offset negative financial impacts of COVID-19. (News Bulletin file photo)
Sockeye salmon school in a small Bristol Bay creek in the summer of 2018. The Union of B.C. Municipalities voted in favour of a resolution asking government for for nature-based solutions in flood management that doesn’t compromise salmon habitat. (Courtesy Photo | Mary Catharine Martin)

B.C. municipalities pass resolution for salmon-safe flood control

The UBCM resolution seeks federal, provincial support to replace antiquated infrastructure

Sockeye salmon school in a small Bristol Bay creek in the summer of 2018. The Union of B.C. Municipalities voted in favour of a resolution asking government for for nature-based solutions in flood management that doesn’t compromise salmon habitat. (Courtesy Photo | Mary Catharine Martin)
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Fernie area declared community COVID-19 cluster by Interior Health

81 cases have been identified since Jan. 1

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
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Bylaw officer apologizes for profanity-laced exchange

Unnamed officer’s conversation caught on video during building eviction

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Katie Kelly, left, and Dean Williams from KidSport and Port Alberni Fire Dept. members Cail Low and Andre Guerin collect dozens of used Christmas trees for donation to KidSport on Jan. 2, 2021. Donations will help Alberni Valley kids participate in sports, while the trees will be chipped and used as mulch in the city’s parks and recreation areas. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Dozens of Christmas trees collected for chipping

Donations will help KidSport in Port Alberni

Katie Kelly, left, and Dean Williams from KidSport and Port Alberni Fire Dept. members Cail Low and Andre Guerin collect dozens of used Christmas trees for donation to KidSport on Jan. 2, 2021. Donations will help Alberni Valley kids participate in sports, while the trees will be chipped and used as mulch in the city’s parks and recreation areas. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
One of several photos depicting the exterior mess around the Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue that was included in a 100-page report to council on the buillding. (CITY OF PORT ALBERNI PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: No excuse for bad buildings in Port Alberni

It is costing taxpayer dollars to have bylaw, RCMP and firefighters respond to calls

One of several photos depicting the exterior mess around the Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue that was included in a 100-page report to council on the buillding. (CITY OF PORT ALBERNI PHOTO)
Echo Centre on Wallace Street in Port Alberni includes Echo Pool, the community centre, Alberni Valley Museum and the VIRL Port Alberni library.

Alberni’s aquatic centre remains closed as city ponders pool’s future

Council will discuss operating model for pool at Sept. 14, 2020 meeting

Echo Centre on Wallace Street in Port Alberni includes Echo Pool, the community centre, Alberni Valley Museum and the VIRL Port Alberni library.
The Somass River and estuary in behind peek through trees at the edge of a parking lot across from San Group’s remanufacturing plant on Stamp Avenue in Port Alberni. A quay to quay multi-modal pathway could feature scenes such as this. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Connect the Quays a key concept for tourism

Pathway could be a tourism gem for City of Port Alberni

  • Aug 12, 2020
The Somass River and estuary in behind peek through trees at the edge of a parking lot across from San Group’s remanufacturing plant on Stamp Avenue in Port Alberni. A quay to quay multi-modal pathway could feature scenes such as this. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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LETTER: What do I get in return for paying the City of Port Alberni for my tax increase?

My tax bill only went up 110 percent over last year’s bill…

  • Jun 10, 2020
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LETTER: Swiss governance would never work for Canada

Canada is 24,000 times bigger in size than Switzerland…

  • May 28, 2020
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EDITORIAL: Port Alberni tax debate will be painful

Tough choices are ahead for municipal politicians

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LETTER: Canada should look at Switzerland’s political system

We do not live in a democracy…

  • May 6, 2020
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LETTER: Citizens deserve action from their municipal council

LETTER: Citizens deserve action from their municipal council

Council should have been seen to be taking concerns about the McLean Mill property more seriously…

  • Apr 22, 2020
LETTER: Citizens deserve action from their municipal council
Seumas McCombie jots down housing ideas during a recent ACRD age-friendly workshop (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s action plan aims to activate seniors

Rural area initiative parallels City of Port Alberni undertaking

  • Apr 16, 2020
Seumas McCombie jots down housing ideas during a recent ACRD age-friendly workshop (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
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City of Port Alberni provides relief for water, sewer payments

Some payments will be deferred for 2020, council agrees

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