Kitimat administrator explains council’s options ahead of Northern Gateway plebiscite

Warren Waycheshen sheds some light on the choices council will make in preparing for a community plebiscite on the Northern Gateway project.

While Kitimat Council’s decision on how to handle the plebiscite on the Northern Gateway Pipelines proposal is still perhaps weeks away, Kitimat’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Warren Waycheshen elaborated a little on the potential options they’ll face.

He said that section 83 of B.C.’s Community Charter gives a municipality the power to seek community opinion on a question the town believes will affect the municipality, either through voting or “any other process the council considers appropriate.”

Waycheshen said that gives councillors the option to either use election sections of the Local Government Act to hold a formal referendum or have a less formal process.

The less formal process, says Waycheshen, will still have to be overseen by staff similar to an election, but it gives the council the ability to review the rules that govern an election and lets them use the whole or only parts of it.

As an example, the Local Government Act requires voters to live in a municipality for 30 days to be eligible to vote. A non-binding plebiscite would give council the ability to alter that timeframe, for instance.

Waycheshen emphasizes that is just an example of a possibility, as council here has not yet made any decisions on how to conduct the upcoming vote.

Just Posted

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Kitimat commits itself to the global fight against polio

Mayor Phil Germuth signs a proclamation

$2 million landfill capping complete

The purpose is to minimize potential leaching of contaminants from the site.

Pipeline company urges rejection of many seeking intervener status in jurisdictional hearings

Those seeking to participate include District of Kitimat and Haisla Nation

North Coast figure skater to star in Dancing On Ice

Carlotta Edwards learned to skate in Prince Rupert, before becoming a star with millions of viewers

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

EU divorce deal in peril after two UK Cabinet ministers quit

Negotiators from Britain and the European Union have struck a proposed divorce deal that will be presented to politicians on both sides for approval, officials in London and Brussels said Tuesday.

Feds respond to sexual assault investigation at B.C. naval base

Report of Oct. 5 sexual assault on Vancouver Island base taken over by Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

Northern California fire death toll at 56; 130 missing

Many of the missing are elderly and from Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 to the north of Paradise.

Canfor to buy 70 per cent stake in Swedish Vida Group for $580 million

The privately held company has nine sawmills in southern Sweden with an annual production capacity of 1.1 billion board feet.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi’s killing

Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor is recommending the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Mixing business and family: Trudeau turns to Singapore ancestors to widen trade

Trudeau’s ancestor, Esther Bernard, born Farquhar (1796-1838) was the daughter of Major-General William Farquhar (1774-1839), the first British Resident and Commandant of Singapore.

Baloney Meter: Will tougher penalties for gang members make Canada safer?

Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled

Early data suggests no spike in pot-impaired driving after legalization: police

Some departments said it’s too early to provide data, others said initial numbers suggest stoned driving isn’t on the rise

Most Read