February 25, 2018

Delta to host forum on regional policing

The municipality of Delta is hosting a forum later this week on regional policing. The meeting is open to the public and will feature a panel discussion involving Vancouver Police, the RCMP and Wally Oppal -- whose Missing Women Commission report recommends a regional force. Delta Mayor Lois Jackson is against police amalgamation -- she says it's … [Read more...]

Liberal government talking regional policing — again

The provincial government is reviving the idea of a regional police force in Metro Vancouver - just in time for the provincial election. Justice Minister Shirley Bond has released a long awaited report on policing including how the government plans to respond to Wally Oppal's Missing Women Inquiry.  One commitment - to spend two years … [Read more...]

Police board officially endorses regional policing

Vancouver's police board has quickly approved recommendations stemming from B.C.’s Missing Women Inquiry, but any hope of a regional police force becoming a reality still rests with the provincial government. Several mayors, including Vancouver's Gregor Robertson, have urged the Clark government to set up regional forces for both the Lower … [Read more...]

Delta Mayor rejects Regional Police idea

The Mayor of Delta held a news conference this morning to formally reject the key finding of Missing Women Commissioner Wally Oppal. Lois Jackson says a regional police force would be worse for Delta, not better. She says, "we have excellent police here in Delta.  We have a community police service that never quits and it works.  We have … [Read more...]

Vancouver pushes for regional policing

Saying it will save lives and money, Vancouver's Mayor and Police Chief are again expressing their support for a regional police force,  at the risk of upsetting opponents of the idea. Mayor Gregor Robertson says he'd like to see this issue front and center in the upcoming BC election. "It would be great to see candidates for the Legislature … [Read more...]

Mayor supports regional policing

Vancouver's Mayor is hoping the Provincial Government doesn't wait too long to implement recommendations made by Missing Women Commissioner Wally Oppal, Province-wide.  Gregor Robertson says several lessons have been learned by local police since a serial killer preying on women in the city's downtown eastside was finally caught, "It's good to … [Read more...]

Abbotsford abandons effort to leave Fraser Valley Regional District

After twice voting to try and get out of the Fraser Valley Regional District the city of Abbotsford has decided to stay put. Abbotsford city council passed a motion Monday afternoon to remain in the regional district. City staff made the recomendation citing cost savings for Abbotsford found within the FVRD's budget as well as the addition of … [Read more...]

Hazardous waste or not? Regional District and incinerator at odds

Metro Vancouver and the Ministry of Environment are trying to figure out what to do with thousands of tonnes of potentially hazardous material pumped out by a Burnaby waste to energy facility. Regional district solid waste manager Paul Henderson says ash, with levels of cadmium exceeding allowable limits, was produced by the facility in July and … [Read more...]

Watts to keep pushing for regional tolling

Surrey's mayor is still holding out hope the Transportation Minister will change his mind about the $ 3 toll on the new Port Mann Bridge. Dianne Watts says she'll continue to fight for 'regional tolling'..... "as we do the analysis hopefully there will be a recognition that this approach is probably not the best approach we can undertake.  I … [Read more...]

Regional Districts: Will they stay or will they go?

The Township of Langley will have an open mind as they head into a meeting this week about possibly leaving Metro Vancouver.  Mayor Jack Froese says on a scale of one to ten, his municipality is about a five for leaving Metro Vancouver. That said, Froese says he will meet with fellow Mayors in Abbotsford on Friday to discuss options which … [Read more...]