Bits and bites

It seems the community will have to sit tight and wait for an explanation as nothing has been forthcoming from president Quentin Beach.

It seems that the community will have to sit tight and wait for an explanation as nothing has been forthcoming from president Quentin Beach so far.

His letter to the editor, published in the Lakes District News of July 18, 2012, didn’t offer any new information about what is happening with the community owner company.

The community really should be told what is going on and have a right to know.

I have to wonder if the restructuring of Comfor Management Services Ltd. is gong to be a one year process, is it going to be a year from now when the community finally gets some information?

It also seems that changes are underway with the Village of Burns Lake’s procedure bylaw.

While it seems that council may be trying to boost public engagement, I don’t think that moving the public comment section to the end of council’s meeting, or reducing the speaking time for delegations to 10 minutes will do the trick.

I have noticed that members of the public will come, say their piece in the first few minutes of the meeting when they have been given their two minutes to speak and then leave.

Council meetings go for anywhere from an hour to three hours so to try and work out when council is going to be wrapping up to stop in for the public comment section will be practically impossible and judging from experience, I simply don’t think that many people are going to have the time, or be willing to sit through an entire council meeting to make a comment at the end.

While I think it would be nice if more community members did attend these meetings, I am usually the only person sitting in the gallery and always the only person still sitting in the gallery when the meeting wraps up.

The interpretive centre issue has cropped up again, and will continue to do so probably for as long as the building is rented.

The problem is that those renting the building have to fit their business into a very specific mould as per the terms of the grant funding originally provided to the village for the interpretive centre.

Renting the building is a sticky situation for the village. Are they favouring one business over another when they choose one business over another to rent the building?

The Community Charter states that the village can’t have involvement with private businesses and can’t provide assistance or favour one business over another in a rental.

Lowering the rent to $400 will also most like result in taxpayers subsidizing the rent for the building.  It is a little disappointing that Mayor Luke Strimbold hasn’t followed up with his concerns and comments he made when he was a councillor last year.

Both Mayor Strimbold and Coun. Quentin Beach had previously expressed concerns with favouring one business over another in this situation.

Have they had a change of heart?

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

This photo of approximately 10 years ago shows Laureen Fabian, on the left, and daughter Caterina Andrews. Fabian went missing last October and her daughter is looking for answers. (Contributed photo)
Laureen Fabian’s disappearance remains a mystery

It’s been a year since she went missing

Adam Schmidt is currently at the BC Children’s Hospital. (GoFundMe/Laurel Miller)
Community comes together for a 15 year old Burns Laker admitted at BC Children’s hospital

A fundraising campaign to support the family is being run now

Last year’s Halloween saw a sunny day and in-person costume contests. (Blair McBride photo)
What’s Burns Lakes’ spooktacular plan for this Halloween?

Trick or treating, online contests and more for this season

WKE students pose with carpentry tools in front of the ADST trailer that will allow the school to have a fully operational mobile wood shop. (Karen Ware photo/Lakes District News)
William Konkin Elementary school undertakes project to teach intentional kindness

Students to learn to build crates, grow produce and share it with community

Daylight savings time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 2020. (File Photo)
Clocks ‘fall back’ one hour Saturday night

Remember to set your clock back one hour on Saturday night, as… Continue reading

A woman wears a face mask and plastic gloves while browsing books as a sticker on the floor indicates a one-way direction of travel between shelves of books at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch, after it and four other branches reopened with limited services, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
B.C. reports 234 new COVID cases, 1 death of senior who had attended small birthday party

Roughly 5,700 people are isolating due to being exposed to a confirmed case

Burnaby RCMP responded to a dine-and-dash suspect who fell through a ceiling in March 2020. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Suspected dine-and-dasher falls through ceiling of Burnaby restaurant

A woman believed to be dashing on her restaurant bill fell through the kitchen ceiling

A can of Canada Dry Ginger Ale is shown in Toronto on Thursday Oct. 29, 2020. The maker of Canada Dry Ginger Ale has agreed to pay over $200,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit launched by a B.C. man who alleged he was misled by marketing suggesting the soda had medicinal benefits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joseph O’Connal
B.C. man’s lawsuit over marketing of Canada Dry ginger ale settled for $200K

Soda’s maker, Canada Dry Mott’s Inc., denied the allegations and any liability

Vancouver Island-based Wilson’s Transportation has expanded to fill some of the routes left unserviced by Greyhound as of Nov. 1, 2018. (Black Press files)
B.C. bus companies say they need help to survive COVID-19

Like airlines, motor coaches have lost most of their revenue

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A deer was spotted in October 2020 in Prince Rupert, B.C., with a bright pink yoga ball stuck in its antlers. (Kayla Vickers/Chronicles Of Hammy The Deer Official Page)
Hammy 2.0? Prince Rupert deer spotted with bright pink yoga ball stuck in antlers

The BC Conservation Officer Service is aware of the deer roaming around the city

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Kelowna Mountie hit with 2nd lawsuit in 2 months for alleged assault

Const. Julius Prommer is accused of breaking a woman’s knee during while responding to a noise complaint

Hirdeypal Batth, 24, has been charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement in relation to an incident in August 2020. (VPD handout)
Man, 24, charged with sex assault after allegedly posing as Uber driver in Vancouver

Investigators believe there could be more victims outside of the Vancouver area

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrive for annual Cascadia conference in Vancouver, Oct. 10, 2018. They have agreed to coordinate the permanent switch to daylight saving time. (B.C. government)
B.C. still awaiting U.S. approval to eliminate daylight saving time

Clocks going back one hour Nov. 1 in Washington too

Most Read