municipal politics

Sparwood councillor Amy Cardozo is running for a second term on council in October. (Image contributed)

Amy Cardozo to run for second term on Sparwood council

Cardozo was first elected in 2018 after campaigning on government transparency

Sparwood councillor Amy Cardozo is running for a second term on council in October. (Image contributed)
Jason Meldrum is running for a seat on the Elkford council this October. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Jason Meldrum to run for Elkford council

Meldrum was the driving force behind the Elkford Bike Park, which is weeks from completion

Jason Meldrum is running for a seat on the Elkford council this October. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Local high-school teacher Michael Bull is running for Fernie council in October. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Michael Bull to run for Fernie council

Bull is a local high-school teacher and has lived in town permanently for the last decade

Local high-school teacher Michael Bull is running for Fernie council in October. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Bert Schalekamp is running for Elkford council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Bert Schalekamp to run for Elkford council

Schalekamp and his family have lived in Elkford for 11 years

Bert Schalekamp is running for Elkford council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Brad Bowen (third from right) will be retiring from the Sparwood council at the 2022 municipal elections. (Courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Brad Bowen to retire from Sparwood council

Bowen has served on the council since 2014

Brad Bowen (third from right) will be retiring from the Sparwood council at the 2022 municipal elections. (Courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Ange Qualizza speaking at UBCM. (Image courtesy of Ange Qualizza)

Fernie mayor unopposed in bid to be First VP at UBCM

Qualizza is the one candidate for the UBCM executive position, with elections in September

Ange Qualizza speaking at UBCM. (Image courtesy of Ange Qualizza)
Spencer Gough is running for Fernie council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Spencer Gough to run for Fernie council

A gymnastics coach, Gough has lived in Fernie full-time for the last five years

Spencer Gough is running for Fernie council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Troy Nixon will run for a second term at the coming election in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Troy Nixon to seek second term on Fernie council

Nixon was elected in 2018, and said there was more work to do

Troy Nixon will run for a second term at the coming election in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Yvonne Prest won’t be contesting the 2022 municipal elections in Fernie. (Image courtesy of Yvonne Prest)

Yvonne Prest not running for Fernie council in 2022

Prest was first elected in 2018, and said she’d consider another run when her children are older

Yvonne Prest won’t be contesting the 2022 municipal elections in Fernie. (Image courtesy of Yvonne Prest)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Writer’s Block: On the benefits of choice in a local election

The Free Press columnist Bill Phillips on the onset of election season

  • Jul 27, 2022
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Harshan Ramadass is running for City of Fernie council in 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Harshan Ramadass to run for Fernie council

Ramadass and his family have lived in Fernie for 12 years

Harshan Ramadass is running for City of Fernie council in 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Ron “Sonny” Saad is running for a third term on Sparwood council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Ron “Sonny” Saad to run for Sparwood council

Saad has served two terms on council so far, and said there was more to do

Ron “Sonny” Saad is running for a third term on Sparwood council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Kyle Hamilton is running for city council in 2022 again. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Kyle Hamilton declares he’s running for Fernie council

Hamilton has served on city council since 2018

Kyle Hamilton is running for city council in 2022 again. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Kevin McIsaac will run for another term on the Fernie city council at the October 15 elections in 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Kevin McIsaac to run for Fernie council

McIsaac is an incumbent councillor, having served since 2018 and previously from ‘08 to ‘11

Kevin McIsaac will run for another term on the Fernie city council at the October 15 elections in 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Steve Fairbairn is running for mayor of Elkford. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Steve Fairbairn running for Mayor of Elkford

Fairbairn has sat on the district’s council for about a decade

Steve Fairbairn is running for mayor of Elkford. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Fernie’s sewerage treatment plant is not meeting capacity demands according to staff, with the community’s population outstripping expectations. (Image courtesy of Google Earth)

Fernie’s wastewater woes no drag on development: City

The city will not be limiting new development because of issues with wastewater treatment

Fernie’s sewerage treatment plant is not meeting capacity demands according to staff, with the community’s population outstripping expectations. (Image courtesy of Google Earth)
Nic Milligan has announced his intention to run for Mayor of Fernie at the October 15 2022 municipal elections. Pictured here on 2nd Ave in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Nic Milligan to run for Mayor of Fernie

Milligan worked in the mining industry for almost 25 years, and raised his family in Fernie

Nic Milligan has announced his intention to run for Mayor of Fernie at the October 15 2022 municipal elections. Pictured here on 2nd Ave in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Ange Qualizza speaking at UBCM. (Image courtesy of Ange Qualizza)

Qualizza to seek second term as Mayor of Fernie

Qualizza has served on city council since 2014, and as mayor since 2018

Ange Qualizza speaking at UBCM. (Image courtesy of Ange Qualizza)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Writer’s Block: On seeking political kudos

The Free Press columnist Bill Phillips muses over the effectiveness of requesting positive feedback

  • May 9, 2022
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Democracy sausage is a well-respected tradition in Australia. Every few years, Australians get together for a barbecue, and maybe vote as well. (Image courtesy of iStock)

Opinion: Vote 1, democracy sausage for Canada

An Australian institution is worth appropriating for Canadian electoral life

Democracy sausage is a well-respected tradition in Australia. Every few years, Australians get together for a barbecue, and maybe vote as well. (Image courtesy of iStock)