Dan Haines appearing before council in June 2019 raising concerns about the plastic bag ban. Photo: John Boivin

It’s on: Rosslanders to go to the polls in April

Nomination period closed on Friday, three in running

Rosslanders will be going to the polls to choose a new city councillor.

Three people have filed nomination papers for the by-election, to be held April 4.

Terry Miller, the former head of the Sustainability Commission, Dan Haines, a retired homeowner, and community developer Fletcher Quince have thrown their hat in the ring for the vacant council seat.

Miller, an emergency preparedness co-ordinator with Interior Health, said after years of community involvement in Rossland, he wants to take a deeper dive into public service.

“I’ve been involved in many different aspects of the community over the years, and this is one of the pieces that I hadn’t yet experienced first-hand,” he said. “I’ve made presentations to council but never been on that side of the table.

“I’ve kept my head down the last few years but now it’s time to get back into the game.”

Haines, a retired Teck employee who does a number of jobs around town, says he’s been concerned for a while about council’s decision-making process.

“I want to bring some fresh, new ideas,” he says. “I want to go in with an open mind, but also be able to say ‘I don’t agree with that.’ Be a voice for people who don’t have a voice.”

He’s appeared before council to urge caution on council initiatives like the plastic ban bylaw and Emcon affordable housing development.

“I’d like to see this town slow down a little bit in terms of development, and concentrate on what we really need in this town, like infrastructure,” he says. “Some of these latest proposals, I have not been in favour of.

“I’d like to see more info on it, rather than just saying, ‘OK, we’re going to do this with taxpayers dollars.’ That’s all.”

SEE: Plastic bag ban gets thumbs up at public meeting

Quince ran unsuccessfully in the general municipal election in 2018, but has decided to take another stab at a council seat. He is currently managing and renovating the old Bank of Montreal building on Columbia Avenue.

Quince was unavailable to comment at press time. In 2018, however, he said he was focused on leadership, integrity, making research-based decisions and strategic, forward thinking.

It’s the first time in recent memory that a by-election has had to be held. Other vacancies were filled by acclamation, or didn’t need a by-election under municipal legislation.

The by-election was called after the January resignation of first-time city councillor Scott Forsyth.

SEE: Rossland councillor resigns, by-election will be called

Now that the nomination period has ended, the campaign begins. Candidates can work to drum up support from March 7 to April 4.

Information on where and when the polling stations will be open will be released in the weeks to come.



reporter@rosslandnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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

 

Terry Miller is the former head of the council’s Sustainability Commission. File photo.

Just Posted

YOU didn’t back check …

Pro hockey player Connor Jones’ inspiring stories on life, hockey and everything in between.

Haitian foster children arrive in Nelson after months-long lobbying effort

Marie-Paule Brisson and Sebastien De Marre have parented girls age 12 and 8 since they were babies

B.C. doc breaks down the incognito mosquito

Dr. Carol Fenton is a Medical Health Officer for Interior Health

Work remains to be done in B.C. care homes

BCSLA represents private operators of Independent and Assisted Living, and Long Term Care residences

Police investigating car accident on Rossland Hill

Captain Grant Tyson says the rollover resulted in minor injuries to three people

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

VIDEO: Vancouver Island cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

COVID-19 cases identified in Kelowna, after public gatherings

Those who were downtown or at the waterfront from June 25 to July 6 maybe have been exposed to COVID-19.

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Conservationists raise concerns over state of care for grizzly cubs transferred to B.C. zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

Lower Mainland YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Most Read