Municipal Government

Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)

City of Penticton on budget despite inflation and unexpected costs

Largest portion of increased revenue comes from higher than average building permits

 

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)

B.C. city repeals 130-year-old bylaw banning drunken singing

City of Nanaimo retains bylaw banning nuclear weapons, but takes several other bylaws off the books

 

Eastside Road as well as other areas near Okanagan Falls are being recommended for inclusion in a possible future municipality. (Brennan Phillips/ Penticton Western News)

Okanagan Falls could become its own municipality

The results of the study will be discussed by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board

 

Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)

Penticton looking to borrow $12.9 million for water projects

Expansions to Ridgedale Reservoir and the wastewater plant have ballooned in cost

Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)
Tiny Town was the creation of the late Jim Allen and modelled after his hometown of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. (File photo)
Tiny Town was the creation of the late Jim Allen and modelled after his hometown of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. (File photo)
The approved design for the new Station Street plaza. (Town of Oliver)

Oliver council approves Station Street redesign

The project will soon be put up for contractors to bid on

The approved design for the new Station Street plaza. (Town of Oliver)
Smoky skies at The Peach Ice Cream Shop in Penticton on Sunday, Aug. 1. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western News)

Calgary-based company offered over 60% more than locals on Penticton Peach bid

The awarding of the Peach contract to Freshly Squeezed Lemonade caused uproar in the community

Smoky skies at The Peach Ice Cream Shop in Penticton on Sunday, Aug. 1. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western News)
B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice. (Norman Galimski/Black Press)

B.C. rolls out emergency preparedness funds for First Nations and municipalities

Funding will go toward capacity building for emergency support in those communities

B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice. (Norman Galimski/Black Press)
Jesse Wente, keynote speaker at the Southern Interior Local Government Association Convention in Salmon Arm April 27 to 29, told delegates that ‘to heal ourselves we must confront the trauma we have and that we cause.’ (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Spot on brain’ story helps urge Southern Interior leaders to promote healing

Author, broadcaster Jesse Wente receives standing ovation for talk at Salmon Arm convention

Jesse Wente, keynote speaker at the Southern Interior Local Government Association Convention in Salmon Arm April 27 to 29, told delegates that ‘to heal ourselves we must confront the trauma we have and that we cause.’ (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Jesse Wente, keynote speaker at the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) AGM and Conference in Salmon Arm April 26-29, poses for a photograph in Toronto in 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Wildfires, climate change, lessons, successes featured at Salmon Arm conference

200 delegates and guests expected in the Shuswap for Southern Interior local government gathering

Jesse Wente, keynote speaker at the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) AGM and Conference in Salmon Arm April 26-29, poses for a photograph in Toronto in 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
The currently proposed layout of the 686 home development in the Wiltse area of Penticton. (City of Penticton)

Penticton gathering feedback on 700 unit housing development

The project would see a wide mix of housing brought into the Wiltse area

The currently proposed layout of the 686 home development in the Wiltse area of Penticton. (City of Penticton)
Operation of the Skaha Marina will be taken over by the Penticton Yacht Club. (File photo)

City of Penticton inks deal for Skaha Lake Marina

The Penticton Yacht Club was given final approval for their 25 year contract

Operation of the Skaha Marina will be taken over by the Penticton Yacht Club. (File photo)
Penticton city Coun. James Miller made a motion asking city staff to make a presentation on the city’s Request for Proposal process. (City of Penticton council meeting screen grab)

Penticton city staff asked to explain how decisions like controversial Peach concession contract are awarded

Coun. James Miller called for city staff to explain how they award contracts

Penticton city Coun. James Miller made a motion asking city staff to make a presentation on the city’s Request for Proposal process. (City of Penticton council meeting screen grab)
Penticton is proposing to put one fire hall, bylaw services and city’s emergency centre under one roof. (File photo)

Penticton looking at building a public safety and emergency services centre

The centre would have bylaw, fire and city’s emergency operations centre under one roof

Penticton is proposing to put one fire hall, bylaw services and city’s emergency centre under one roof. (File photo)
The city of Penticton didn’t renew the lease of the Peach to Diana Stirling and instead gave it to a company out of Alberta. (The Peach photo)

Feeling the squeeze: Penticton tries to explain choosing lemonade stand over The Peach

City also awarded Sudbury Beach concession to Nauti Dog Café operated by the Gallaghers

The city of Penticton didn’t renew the lease of the Peach to Diana Stirling and instead gave it to a company out of Alberta. (The Peach photo)
The District of Tofino is celebrating the successful hiring of three new staffers for its Community Children’s Centre. (file photo)

Staff-strapped B.C. town scores childcare workers with free tuition, housing

District of Tofino takes unique approach to address childcare resource crunch

The District of Tofino is celebrating the successful hiring of three new staffers for its Community Children’s Centre. (file photo)
Oliver’s Municipal Hall. (Western News - File)

Oliver to get additional mounties under new policing agreement

The town will have 13 regular municipal and provincial officers

Oliver’s Municipal Hall. (Western News - File)
This is the water filling station in the 300 block of Main Street. (City photo)

Penticton to look at turning Blue

Council will decide whether to join the Blue Communities Project on Tuesday

This is the water filling station in the 300 block of Main Street. (City photo)
North Westside residents can get a start on prepping their properties in case of an emergency this spring. The Regional District of Central Okanagan has located two self-serve sand and sandbag stations at the Killiney Beach and Westside Road fire stations. (Black Press file photo)

North Westside preparing for spring flooding

Sand and sandbags located at North Westside fire halls for those who want to get a head start on their properties

North Westside residents can get a start on prepping their properties in case of an emergency this spring. The Regional District of Central Okanagan has located two self-serve sand and sandbag stations at the Killiney Beach and Westside Road fire stations. (Black Press file photo)
An independent task force will examine compensation for Summerland’s municipal council. (Summerland Review file photo)

Task force to review pay for Summerland council members

Remuneration and benefits will be considered, with changes taking effect Jan. 1, 2023

An independent task force will examine compensation for Summerland’s municipal council. (Summerland Review file photo)