Council roundup

Over 100 people showed up for Monday’s city council meeting

  • Oct. 9, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Betsy Kline


Castlegar News


Over 100 people showed up for Monday’s city council meeting. The meeting was the longest, as well as the best attended meeting anyone on council can remember.

Several different emotional issues were responsible for drawing out the standing room only crowd. The drama began even before the meeting was called to order when city workers in CUPE T-shirts presented council with a letter of clarification further explaining their position in the ongoing labour dispute.

On a brighter note, the Communities in Bloom Committee was present with Castlegar’s newly won award in the international category for communities with populations under 10,000. On behalf of the city, Mayor Chernoff presented Chairman Darlene Kalawsky with a certificate and flowers to show appreciation for all of her efforts.

The bulk of the meeting was taken up by the question period following a presentation by Mike LoVecchio, Director of Government Affairs for CP Rail. As Mr. LoVecchio gave his presentation, Mayor Chernoff had to call the crowd to order several times.  Mr. LoVecchio stated, “We made the decision to change the operations locally to improve efficiency. The change in service does provide better asset use for us.”

The often emotional comments and questions from 21 different speakers lasted for over an hour and a half.  Heard repeatedly from Mr. Lovecchio was the statement that CP Rail is a 24/7 operation. This hard line response was his answer to the repeated complaints of the nighttime disruptions caused by the new schedule. He did present a plan that would allow for cessation of the whistles, but would require installation of lights and gates at all crossings and require the city to release CP Rail from liability.

After a brief recess, the meeting resumed and the remainder of the meeting consisted of usual council business.

The 2015 Property Tax Exemption Bylaw was passed with the same list of properties from last year receiving tax exempt status. Council also voted to spend $800 from the advertising budget to purchase an ad and home game sponsorship package in the Selkirk Saints Men’s Hockey Program.

A grant application for Emily Ashton was approved in the amount of $100 to assist with costs associated with travel to represent Castlegar at the British Association of Teachers of Dancing North American Sadie Simpson Highland Scholarship Competition.


A contract was awarded to McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. to develop a Street Tree Master Plan. The $37,361 will come from the Climate Action Reserve Fund.



Just Posted

South Slocan woman killed in Friday crash

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries School’s got talent

Talent show to be held Feb. 21 at Brilliant Cultural Centre

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

Selkirk College Saints score pair of crucial wins

Stellar goaltending and timely goals lead to victory over the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

East Kootenay mine deaths prompt safety initiatives

Teck produces educational video, introduces new procedures after contractor drowns at Fording River

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read