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Hen provisions excessive, councillors argue

May
10
,
2016
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After pecking around the issue for years, the City will proceed to a public hearing with animal control bylaw amendments that would permit backyard hens on typical residential properties. Council voted 7-2 in favour of a staff recommendation...

Variance would relax 1-km liquor store rule

May
4
,
2016
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Council unanimously approved a notice of intent Tuesday for a zoning variance that would allow Save-On Foods to develop a specialty liquor store across the parking lot from its outlet at Columbia Place Mall. Overwaitea Food Group, which owns...

Delegation sets off Friday for mining towns

April
27
,
2016
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A touring City council delegation is bound for mining towns in Eastern Canada Thursday morning without representatives of interest groups who had hoped to attend. Mayor Peter Milobar, councillors Tina Lange and Denis Walsh, along with a City...

KamPlan changes pave way for TRU buildout

April
25
,
2016
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The evolution of TRU as it approaches its half-century mark is expected to take another step forward this week. TRU’s land-use designation no longer supports the institution’s long-term development, a limitation that has City staff...

Wallace rejoins City council Tuesday

April
20
,
2016
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The irrepressible Coun. Pat Wallace intends to be back at work around the City council table Tuesday, six weeks after a bad fall. Wallace tripped and took a tumble in an unlit parking lot at Parkcrest elementary after a City public consultation...

Urban hens may have sufficient support

April
18
,
2016
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Urban hens were back on council’s agenda Monday, this time with the distinct possibility that, after years of discussion and debate, they may finally be permitted on residential properties. While Mayor Peter Milobar and Coun. Ken Christian...

Fixed-rate increases in store for rec facilities

April
18
,
2016
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After reaching 50 percent cost recovery on recreational facilities and services, the City is considering a fixed rate of increase to uphold its user-pay principle. Translation: Expect fee increases of four to five per cent every other year...

Average household to see $55 tax hike

April
12
,
2016
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Council approved City tax rates Tuesday that will amount to a $55 increase on an average assessed home value of $351,000. The decision to increase residential property taxes by 3.4 per cent came after a lengthy debate over the continued goal of...

Councillors feel heat over mine trip

April
6
,
2016
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To go or not to go. That’s the question confronting some City councillors as they ponder whether to join a fact-finding trip to mining towns in Eastern Canada in order to learn more about what it’s like living near a large mine. ...

Pickleball proliferates with a little paint

April
5
,
2016
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Leaving little doubt that the sport of pickle ball is exploding in popularity, City council voted Tuesday in favour of a plan to not only build four tournament courts at Riverside Park but to add courts citywide. Based on a report from parks...