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Cats in Nanaimo that want to go outdoors will have to be sterilized and bear identification under the animal responsibility bylaw adopted by city council Tuesday, Sept. 21. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s ‘cat control’ animal responsibility bylaw now official

Outdoor cats can’t be at large on other people’s properties, but enforcement will be complaint-based

 

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LETTER: City of Port Alberni deserves kudos, not negative comments

Uptown merchant says growth shows confidence in city

  • Sep 1, 2021

 

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LETTER: Linking high property values to higher taxes is ‘a fallacy’

That is a fallacy that has been used for decades…

  • Aug 18, 2021

 

Diane Proctor of Port Alberni is so upset about city council’s recent decision to increase wages that she has been picketing with a sign out front of city hall and other locations. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni woman protests city council wage increase

Diane Proctor says now is not the time to be raising salaries

Diane Proctor of Port Alberni is so upset about city council’s recent decision to increase wages that she has been picketing with a sign out front of city hall and other locations. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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LETTER: Port Alberni council hasn’t done enough to warrant pay increase next term

Resident expresses concern over upcoming pay increase

  • Aug 11, 2021
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Have an opinion you'd like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Tax and wage numbers were skewed in July 28 letter

Using percentages to your advantage is always a simple way of expressing your point…

  • Aug 4, 2021
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LETTER: Port Alberni’s mayor, council ‘not worth’ salary increase

Writer says people deliberately leave city due to high taxes

  • Jul 21, 2021
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LETTER: Somass Sawmill not worth expropriation headache for Port Alberni

Writer says city council has poor history with development

  • Jul 21, 2021
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Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Battle between Penticton and B.C. over homeless shelter officially before the court

The city filed their official petition before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 6

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Property taxes are due July 2. (Black Press Media file photo)

Property tax deadline looms for Vancouver Island homeowners

Payments, grant applications due by Friday, July 2

Property taxes are due July 2. (Black Press Media file photo)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Penticton heads to court over homeless shelter as BC Housing audit begins

The city was not satisfied with the response from Minister David Eby regarding the ongoing situation

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
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LETTER: We are over-regulated in Canada

We have three levels of government—federal, provincial and municipal

  • Jun 2, 2021
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Firefighters from Port Alberni Fire Department finish with a fire in an abandoned garage on Second Avenue and Argyle Street on May 12, 2021. Fire equipment from trucks to SCBA tanks and uniforms are all considered city assets. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

City of Port Alberni looks to software to help manage assets

City staff have taken heat over management of some assets this year

Firefighters from Port Alberni Fire Department finish with a fire in an abandoned garage on Second Avenue and Argyle Street on May 12, 2021. Fire equipment from trucks to SCBA tanks and uniforms are all considered city assets. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Minister Eby receives warning over ‘dangerous precedent’ in Penticton shelter dispute

UBCM president says Eby’s decision to use paramountcy powers undermines local government autonomy

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Port Alberni city hall. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni adopts tax increase below 4% for 2021

Financial plan looks for balance between residents, industry

Port Alberni city hall. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
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

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)
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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)