Municipal Government

District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood starts to envision new multi-purpose facility for district

The district is exploring options for a new facility in the district following community consultation

District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Kitimat RCMP responded to false alarms, an apartment fire and more between Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, 2021. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Sparwood backs campaign to study Surrey RCMP impact

The City of Surrey is home to the largest RCMP detachment in the province

The Kitimat RCMP responded to false alarms, an apartment fire and more between Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, 2021. (Black Press Media File Photo)
The City of Fernie's pilot snow plow program is ongoing through the 2020-21 winter season. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)

City leans in to snow pilot program, commits to keep going with trial

City staff delivered an update on the snow pilot program so far

The City of Fernie's pilot snow plow program is ongoing through the 2020-21 winter season. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)
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)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood could be at risk without mitigation works. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood seeks proposals on erosion mitigation for crucial bridge

The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge is crucial infrastructure for pedestrians and riders around town

The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood could be at risk without mitigation works. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood property values jump 11 per cent for 2021: BC Assessment

The district remains “relatively affordable” compared to neighbouring Fernie

District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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Food security a top talking point in COVID-times: Fernie Food Action Strategy

The strategy coordinators have recommended potentially allowing chickens, vegetable plots and encouraging water collection

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Pictured Left to Right: RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski, Fernie Historical Society Treasurer Alicia Clarke, Fernie Historical Society President, Nick Milligan. (Contributed by RDEK)

RDEK gives $10,000 to Fernie Museum

The funds are for the organizational renewal of the museum

Pictured Left to Right: RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski, Fernie Historical Society Treasurer Alicia Clarke, Fernie Historical Society President, Nick Milligan. (Contributed by RDEK)
The district of Sparwood is seeking feedback on its Recreation Master Plan. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood adopts recreation master plan

The majority of responses were supportive of the plan

The district of Sparwood is seeking feedback on its Recreation Master Plan. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Permits down, value up, vacancy up in District of Sparwood

72 construction permits were issued in the District of Sparwood last year amid limits on materials due to the pandemic

District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Avalanche paths on Mount Fernie. (Image courtesy of Alpine Solutions Avalanche Services)

City receives new avalanche modelling for area

Six avalanche paths pose a risk to key city infrastructure

Avalanche paths on Mount Fernie. (Image courtesy of Alpine Solutions Avalanche Services)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Changes coming to city liaison roles

Mayor Qualizza said a reset was needed

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
Teck today announced the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C. File photo

What’s in a brand? Sparwood logo turns 10

The five-point star and branding has adorned the district’s properties since 2011

Teck today announced the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C. File photo
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Sparwood backs calls to declare Canadian overdose crisis a national public health emergency

Paramedics across B.C. responded to more overdose calls in 2020 than ever before

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The district of Sparwood is seeking feedback on its Recreation Master Plan. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Non-medical cannabis store proposed for Sparwood

If approved, Elk Valley Cannabis would be the first cannabis business in the district

The district of Sparwood is seeking feedback on its Recreation Master Plan. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Rental zone considered for new housing development in Fernie

A proposed project would see 72 multi-family units built, with two thirds to be rental housing

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

Speed boards proposed for Fernie

Mayor Qualizza floated the idea to councillors at the most recent Committee of the Whole

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The City of Fernie's pilot snow plow program is ongoing through the 2020-21 winter season. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)

Changes coming to Fernie snow plow efforts

Curb-to-curb plowing will be the most obvious change after the next snowfall in Fernie

The City of Fernie's pilot snow plow program is ongoing through the 2020-21 winter season. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)