Editorial: The long and short of four-year terms

Municipal elections positively go to four-year terms

Okay, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, the local electorate will be voting in their candidates for a four-year term.

It has been difficult to find out that information as Elections BC only deals with provincial elections not municipal ones. But Tom Moore, the top honcho dealing with municipal elections said it is definitely a four-year term beginning with the November 2014 election. The proposed change in elections in B.C. is waiting for Royal Assent. It’s now 100 per cent certain.

So what does this mean for local voters? It could mean a number of things, some good, some not so much. Those who plan on running will be committed for four long years. That means meetings, meetings and more meetings, most likely 84 council meetings, 84 Committee of the Whole meetings and numerous in-camera meetings. And that doesn’t include the advisory committees or other organizational meetings. Forget about much of a private life. And on the down side, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to get someone off council for the length of their term.

But, the up side of the whole situation is that hopefully we will have a new, enthusiastic council that can work together over four years to make things happen in Sooke. There would be enough time to set plans in action and get projects completed.

Very few potential candidates have announced they are running and it is now six months to the election. Kerrie Reay has declared her intentions. How many second or third termers will we have? How many candidates for mayor? How many new faces on council?

It is going to be very interesting to see if the “old guard” will be replaced or if locals like what they accomplished in the past three years. X will mark the spot.

Just Posted

Advanced polls see 29 per cent increase in voter turn out from 2015

Some 4.7 million people took part, says Elections Canada

Showers ahead for Tuesday, to continue all week

Plus a look ahead at your weekend forecast

Everything you need to know before getting the flu shot

Local pharmacist shares concerns, recommendations before flu season hits

Victoria’s Ultimate Toy Fair bounces back into Pearkes

The family-friendly event runs Oct. 19-20 at Pearkes

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

ELECTION 2019: Climates strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Potent power play paces Canucks to 5-1 win over Detroit

Miller nets a pair as Vancouver wins third straight

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

VIDEO: Bear spies on cyclists riding by on Campbell River street

Riders seem unaware the bruin is mere feet away on the side of the road

Most Read