Municipal Government

City of Fernie City Hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie set to move council meetings

City council indicated a preference for a larger space for meetings

 

The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood which will receive better lighting soon. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood council gets update on projects on-the-go

The new council was briefed on projects underway that cost over $500K

 

The Sparwood meeting schedule for 2023. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood sets meeting schedule for 2023

The district cancelled two meetings ahead of time

 

Mayor of Fernie Nic Milligan. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Getting to work: Milligan reflects on first few weeks as Fernie mayor

The election which made Milligan mayor is now a month behind us

Mayor of Fernie Nic Milligan. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Northern B.C. officials ban nativity scene from Terrace city hall roof

The move reflects a 2015 Supreme Court of Canada decision

The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
Elkford’s outgoing, long-time mayor, Dean McKerracher, handing over the town’s original gavel to mayor-elect Steve Fairbairn, at a District of Elkford council meeting on Oct. 24, 2022. It was the final meeting of the outgoing council before the new one is inaugurated on Nov. 7, 2022. (Courtesy of District of Elkford)

Elkford’s new mayor and council officially sworn into office

Elkford has a new mayor and council, with former mayor McKerracher saying farewell on Oct. 24

Elkford’s outgoing, long-time mayor, Dean McKerracher, handing over the town’s original gavel to mayor-elect Steve Fairbairn, at a District of Elkford council meeting on Oct. 24, 2022. It was the final meeting of the outgoing council before the new one is inaugurated on Nov. 7, 2022. (Courtesy of District of Elkford)
Fernie’s new mayor and council were inaugurated at the Senior Citizens Drop-in Centre on Nov. 1, 2022. From left: Nic Milligan, Kyle Hamilton, Tracey Audia Kelly, Troy Nixon, Harshan Ramadass, and Ted Shoesmith. Councillor-elect Kevin McIsaac was not present for the ceremony and will be sworn in at a later date. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie and Sparwood mayors and councils officially inaugurated

The results of the Oct. 15 election have been made official in Fernie and Sparwood

Fernie’s new mayor and council were inaugurated at the Senior Citizens Drop-in Centre on Nov. 1, 2022. From left: Nic Milligan, Kyle Hamilton, Tracey Audia Kelly, Troy Nixon, Harshan Ramadass, and Ted Shoesmith. Councillor-elect Kevin McIsaac was not present for the ceremony and will be sworn in at a later date. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The District of Elkford office. File Photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

District of Elkford adopts ‘Good Neighbour Bylaw’

The bylaw was adopted at the Oct. 24 council meeting

The District of Elkford office. File Photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The District Office in Elkford. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Elkford council seeks to clarify ‘Good Neighbour Bylaw’ after passing third reading

The proposed bylaw passed third reading on Oct. 11 after discussion from councillors

The District Office in Elkford. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Composite of all candidates for Sparwood council in 2022. (Hungry Baytaluke, David Wilks, Sam Atwal, John Baher, Amy Cardozo, Jason Christensen, Steven Kallies, Ralph Lovatt, Chris Nand, Sonny Saad and Amy Cardozo) (Black Press files plus contributed)

Sparwood election: Candidates and coverage

The Free Press has gathered profiles on Sparwood candidates, andsome of the issues facing voters

Composite of all candidates for Sparwood council in 2022. (Hungry Baytaluke, David Wilks, Sam Atwal, John Baher, Amy Cardozo, Jason Christensen, Steven Kallies, Ralph Lovatt, Chris Nand, Sonny Saad and Amy Cardozo) (Black Press files plus contributed)
Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (contributed, and file photos)

Fernie election: Coverage of candidates and questions

The Free Press has gathered content and coverage of the election in Fernie to help readers make a decision this weekend

Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (contributed, and file photos)
13 of the 14 council candidates were at the Fernie all-candidate forum on October 4 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

No surprises at Fernie all-candidate forum

There were 15 of 16 candidates for public office in Fernie at the forum on Tuesday

13 of the 14 council candidates were at the Fernie all-candidate forum on October 4 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The new sign that will welcome visitors to Fernie along Hwy. 3. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Fernie’s new highway sign revealed

A new, updated sign will welcome visitors travelling to Fernie from the east

The new sign that will welcome visitors to Fernie along Hwy. 3. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
City of Fernie City Hall through fall foliage on September 30, 2022, which is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie adopts more precise land acknowledgement

The land acknowledgement is used by the City of Fernie at events and meetings

City of Fernie City Hall through fall foliage on September 30, 2022, which is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sheldon Tennant is Sparwood’s new Deputy Fire Chief. Tennant has spent 18 years with the department, and was born and raised in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood appoints new Deputy Fire Chief

Sheldon Tennant will step into the role after 18 years with the Fire Department

Sheldon Tennant is Sparwood’s new Deputy Fire Chief. Tennant has spent 18 years with the department, and was born and raised in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Sparwood turned out on September 29 to learn more about the two funding proposals coming up at the October 15 election. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood mulls over borrowing questions for election

The district is asking if it can borrow up to $18 million for two projects

Sparwood turned out on September 29 to learn more about the two funding proposals coming up at the October 15 election. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The City of Fernie is considering adopting enforcement options when it comes to water restrictions in the future. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie thinks about growing teeth to enforce water restrictions

Currently the city can only encourage residents to limit water usage in dry months

The City of Fernie is considering adopting enforcement options when it comes to water restrictions in the future. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City formally adopts sewer and water bylaw changes to capture campgrounds

Campgrounds were not included in the bylaw language prior to August 2022

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Fernie City Hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie updates delegation bylaw to include parking

Variances asking to reduce parking requirements by less than 50 percent can now be regarded as ‘minor’, and go to staff

City of Fernie City Hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
An image of the conceptual design of Sparwood’s proposed multi-purpose facility. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood’s multi-purpose facility comes to light

Conceptual images of the facility have been released, and residents are invited to learn more at an open house on Thursday

An image of the conceptual design of Sparwood’s proposed multi-purpose facility. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)