Q: What are the best steps for the next mayor and council to take regarding the current issues with Fernie’s unmarked grave sites?
A: The City of Fernie has made significant steps towards a solution to our unmarked gravesites issue by striking the Fernie Cemetery Committee and working closely with Mr. Gawryluk. The new council and mayor should continue to support the efforts to commemorate Fernie’s lost souls and continue to support the search for missing names to add to the monument. Going forward mayor and council should be aware that the heritage of Fernie is well known through our citizens. Additionally, council must require studies that evaluate historical significance of building sites prior to approving development be conducted to a satisfactory level, blending local knowledge where appropriate.