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COMMENT: CUPE looks for alternate venue for Winterfest

COMMENT: CUPE looks for alternate venue for Winterfest

The following is a press release issued by CUPE local 2262:

LETTER: Winterfest committee cancels annual event

LETTER: Winterfest committee cancels annual event

The Winterfest Organizing Committee regrets to inform our community that the 19th Annual Winterfest Family Celebration has been cancelled due to planned labour action by striking CUPE City workers during the event. The Committee decided to cancel the event after hearing that some participants would not continue in the event if the CUPE city workers were maintaining a picket line.

CUPE to picket Winterfest

Union president Leford Lafayette speaks to city council Aug. 11.

Ed. Note: This is a press release issued by CUPE via Marketwire:

With the ongoing labour dispute and the City's refusal to bargain, CUPE city workers will be maintaining picket lines during Winterfest, including the planned tree lighting on December 5.

CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette said that members regret that they find themselves in a situation where they are unable to support an event that they and their families enjoy every year.

Special Committee extends its consultation period on local elections expense limits

Additional public hearings will be held next week in Victoria and Surrey.

The BC Government announced the Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits has extended its consultation period on principles related to local elections expense limits for elector organizations and third party advertisers.

Additional public hearings will be held in Victoria on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 and in Surrey on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

The new deadline for written submissions is Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

Government says latest liquor changes benefits consumers, small businesses

Government says latest liquor changes benefits consumers, small businesses

This is no joke.

April 1, 2015 is the first day that grocery stores are allowed to sell liquor through the store-within-a-store model.

As well, that same day, restrictions will be lifted on BC Liquor Stores, allowing them to offer refrigeration and to stay open longer hours, including on Sundays.

 “It is our expectation that, starting April 2015, these changes will create a more competitive market for retailers,” said Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

Former Kelowna Mayor takes over chair of ICBC

Former Kelowna Mayor takes over chair of ICBC

Former Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray turns over the keys to the city to the new man in charge December 1.

The day before, Gray becomes the new chair for ICBC’s board of directors said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“I am delighted with this new appointment," Stone said.

"Walter Gray brings experience, knowledge and commitment, and I know he is excited to roll up his sleeves and start in his new role.

Robertson given a third mandate to lead Vancouver

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is back for a third term.

Nelson gets a new mayor as Deb Kozak unseats John Dooley

Deb Kozak is the new mayor in Nelson, edging out incumbent John Dooley and Pat Severyn.

Nelson has a new mayor to lead the Heritage City for the next four years.

Current councilor Deb Kozak shocked the pollsters by defeating incumbent Mayor John Dooley and challenger Pat Severyn to capture the top post at 310 Lake Street in the 2014 Nelson Municipal Election.

Unofficial results had Kozak, the first female mayor of Nelson, topping the polls, winning the mayor's post with 1756 votes, roughly 300 more than the incumbent Dooley.

Dooley finished with 1475 votes while Severyn was well back at 780.

City speaks to union criticisms in current strike action

City speaks to union criticisms in current strike action

PUBLIC NOTICE RE CUPE STRIKE (issued by the City of Castlegar):

The City wishes to advise Castlegar residents City facilities will remain open and City non-union staff will endeavor to provide prompt service to residents, businesses and visitors during the current labour strike. Your understanding and patience is appreciated. Please check our website regularly for public service and bargaining updates.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

Morale high on picket lines, outstanding issues remain

Photo by Source reader Shelly Embree

Despite unseasonably chilly weather early in the week, morale on the city worker picket line hasn’t cooled, according to CUPE 2262 union president Leford Lafayette.

“I think moral is pretty high,” said Lafayette, adding members see picketing for job security as fighting for a good cause. “We have people from as far away as Edmonton and Kelowna joining us – support we didn’t expect.”

He also said members of the public are stopping by to ask questions and dropping off donations of coffee, donuts, hot soup, etc.

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