Left: Mayor Rob MacDougall (left) was sworn in as the new mayor of Fort St. James by Notary Public Carmen Wheatley (second from left)

In with the new

The new mayor and council of Fort St. James were sworn in on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The new mayor and council of Fort St. James were sworn in on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

A crowd of supporters and community members came out to watch the proceedings, including the new RCMP Staff Sergeant Thalhofer as well as the outgoing councillors.

While outgoing mayor Sandra Harwood was not present, her work and initiatives while in office were recognized by Mayor Rob MacDougall.

MacDougall said a few words promising to carry on what she and the past council had begun and thanking them for their contributions.

He then presented all the past councillors present Bev Playfair, Brenda Gouglas and Kris Nielson with bouquets of flowers.

In what was the shortest council meeting so far this year, the new mayor and council were sworn in and made short work of receiving the reports, passing over signing authority and receiving and filing the correspondence.

There was no discussion during the first meeting but some of the new councillors said a few words to the audience, encouraging an open-door policy for people to bring their concerns forward.

The first meeting was short on new and old business but the council will be getting down to business with their next meeting on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m..

In a later interview, MacDougall said he will be making the doctor shortage his number one priority now he is in office, with the transportation issues the community is facing and support for seniors in the form of the seniors centre also among his top concerns.

“It’s a good feeling,” said MacDougall, about being back in as mayor after his three years away.

“It’s gratifying and it’s humbling,” he said. “And I’m going to do my best,” including council in his comment, and said he thinks the new council represents a really good cross section of the community.

Just Posted

Nearly $500,000 available for internships with First Nations government

Funds announced through partnership with Northern Development and Government of Canada

Falcons host basketball invitational

40 student volunteers helped support 180 players, 28 games

Atom Stars host hockey tourney

Seven teams from the region clashed sticks

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Christopher Garnier appealing murder conviction in death of off-duty cop

Jury found Garnier guilty in December, rejecting his claim she died accidentally during rough sex

Transportation watchdog must revisit air passenger obesity complaint

Canadian Transportation Agency must take new look at Gabor Lukacs’ complaint against Delta Air Lines

Gas plants verdict coming down today; ex-premier’s top aides to learn fate

Verdict to be delivered on senior staff to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Most Read