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How Port Coquitlam's mayor and 2 boxes of doughnuts stole the show at this year's UBCM

Long after people stop thinking about most of the resolutions and politicians at last week’s conference, the general public will likely still remember Brad West.

Port Moody council picks acting mayors in random draw

Councillors Meghan Lahti, Hunter Madsen and Steve Milani were chosen to take on most of the traditional duties of mayor in three-month rotations, as Rob Vagramov takes an indefinite leave of absence to contest a sexual assault charge.

Surrey police force would likely take 4 years to set up, not 2, says former Delta chief

A former police chief who has advised Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum about transitioning local RCMP to a municipal force says the move could take longer than the mayor plans.

Surrey council passes motions to scrap LRT, start municipal police force

Surrey's new mayor isn't wasting any time getting to work on his two biggest campaign promises — scrapping the city's plan for a $1.65-billion LRT line and replacing the Surrey RCMP with a municipal police force.

Kennedy Stewart sworn in as Vancouver's new mayor

Stewart, elected as an independent, oversees a council where no party has a majority.

Luck of the draw: Cindy Fortin remains Peachland's mayor after name picked out of a box after tie vote

Cindy Fortin was re-elected mayor of Peachland, B.C. on Monday, after her name was picked out of a box following a judicial recount that ended with a tie vote.

Delta mayor-elect vows to push forward with Massey Tunnel replacement plans

A new bridge and better transit options are required to ease the city's traffic congestion, George Harvie says.

Tie in Peachland mayor's race means decision could come down to a draw

An unofficial recount shows incumbent Cindy Fortin and challenger Harry Gough each with 804 votes.

Saanich mayor-elect on young council, local economy and homelessness

Fred Haynes says Saanich was looking for a new approach, and he discussed how he plans to handle key issues in a conversation with All Points West host Robyn Burns.

Election brings new school trustees for North Okanagan-Shuswap after last board fired by province

After two-and-a-half years, the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District has a board of elected trustees. The previous board was dismissed en masse by the province in 2016 over what it termed financial troubles and a loss of public confidence.

Some mayoral races in B.C. were decided by just a vote or 2

Vancouver was far from the only close race — and far from the closest.

2 promises within 2 years: Surrey mayor-elect vows to replace RCMP, scrap LRT for SkyTrain

Doug McCallum says he aims to meet his two key promises within two years: a new local police force to replace the RCMP and scrapping the already-approved LRT and building SkyTrain instead. But that could be hard to do.

Ken Sim concedes Vancouver mayoral race

Two days after Vancouver's municipal elections, former Non-Partisan Association (NPA) mayoral candidate Ken Sim has conceded the election.

Nanaimo's new mayor, Leonard Krog, on housing and moving past last council's troubles

"I think the people who got elected are very conscious of the responsibility they’ve been given not to make us a laughing stock but to restore the reputation this city deserves."

Near whiteout: Where's the diversity on Vancouver's new council?

More than half of Vancouver residents are people of colour, but nine of 10 newly elected councillors appear to be white.

Burnaby mayor-elect Mike Hurley on housing, demovictions and working with council

While Mike Hurley will be the city’s next mayor, he faces a council dominated by Derek Corrigan's party — the Burnaby Citizens Association.

Former Somali refugee elected Victoria city councillor in first election he votes in

For Sharmarke Dubow, a former refugee from Somalia, the Victoria municipal elections over the weekend were a groundbreaking day — he cast a vote for the first time and was elected city councillor.

New mayors elected as political dynasties fall in elections across B.C.

This is the first municipal vote in B.C. since new campaign finance rules were implemented that limit corporate and union donations. It also saw big change in some Metro Vancouver cities.

Voter turnout drops for Vancouver municipal election

Few Lower Mainland cities saw more than 40 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots this weekend to decide their new local governments, according to preliminary election results.

Vancouver mayor-elect throws support behind city-approved pot shops

Kennedy Stewart says the 19 cannabis outlets that have played by the city's rules should be given preference under the new legal framework.

Most anti-SOGI school trustee candidates fail to pick up seats

"We're pleased that, overall, communities around the province rejected these candidates," says Glen Hansman, president of the B.C. Teachers Federation.

Collaboration key for Vancouver's new mayor and council

For the past 10 years, Vancouver has been led by Mayor Gregor Robertson and his municipal party, Vision Vancouver. But last night, that unified approach changed when independent candidate Kennedy Stewart and a mish-mash of three parties took power.

Kennedy Stewart elected mayor of Vancouver

For the first time in more than three decades, Vancouver has elected an independent mayor, choosing Kennedy Stewart from a crowded field of contenders.

Former firefighter topples long-serving Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan

Former firefighter Mike Hurley has won the race for mayor of Burnaby.