Council Meetings and Public Participation

Aug 25 -

As of August 25, 2021, in conjunction with the Province of British Columbia's mandatory mask mandate:

The Town of Smithers will be conducting all Council meetings via Zoom. These meetings will be available to the public by broadcast in the Council Chambers at 1027 Aldous Street and livestreamed on Facebook. Thank you for your understanding.

If you wish to speak to an item on the Regular Meeting of Council agenda, you may do so via Zoom, during the Public Comment Period at the beginning of the meeting for a maximum of three minutes. Please contact Duncan Malkinson, Director of Corporate Services, email: dmalkinson@smithers.ca by 4:00 p.m the Monday before the meeting, to obtain a Zoom meeting link.

If you wish to be added as a Delegation, please fill out an application form and return by email to front@smithers.ca, or in person at Town Hall, 1027 Aldous Street or by fax at 847-1601. You can also contact Corporate Services for assistance at 847-1600. Requests to appear as a Delegation before Council must be received by Corporate Services by 4:30 p.m. of the Wednesday prior to the Council meeting.

Meetings will be broadcasted live on the Town of Smithers Facebook page found here: https://www.facebook.com/Smithers.BritishColumbia

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact:

Dianna Plouffe, Chief Administrative Officer
250-847-1600
dplouffe@smithers.ca

Town of Smithers Special Event Application Process

Jul 15 -

Please click here to go directly to the Town of Smithers Special Event Application Process webpage.

Notice of Public Hearing: Zoning Amendment Application R21-08

Dec 02 - Dec 15 2021

A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021, at 6:30 pm, electronically via Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook, to consider the following bylaw:

Bylaw No. 1922: To amend Town of Smithers Zoning Bylaw No. 1403 by permitting ‘Solar Energy Systems’ as an auxiliary use in the R-7 Rural Residential Hobby Farm zone.

Purpose: The proposed amendment will permit private, solar energy systems to be installed and utilized for residential development. At this time, the R-7 zone is being considered due to the larger parcel sizes that can accommodate ground-mounted solar energy systems.

Public Input: Anyone who believes they will be affected by the proposed bylaw is invited to submit written submissions to Council for consideration at the Public Hearing. Written submissions to be included in the agenda at the Public Hearing must be received at the Town Office by 1:00 pm on Monday, December 13th, 2021. Attendance by Zoom is optional; you must request the invitation link by emailing general@smithers.ca by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021.

The proposed bylaw and relevant background information is available below or at the Town Office (1027 Aldous Street) Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Background Information:

  1. OCP Amendment and Zoning Webpage
  2. Report DEV21-089 to Council
  3. Application
  4. Subject Property Map
  5. R-7 Zoned Parcels in Smithers
  6. Draft Bylaw No. 1922

 

When is an OCP and/or Zoning amendment necessary?
Zones regulate what land uses are permitted in the community and provides information such as where buildings may be located, density requirements, and standards for lot size, parking requirements and building height. A Rezoning is a process of changing one zone to another. When a development is proposed, including constructing new buildings or changing the types of activities that occur on a property, the owner must check the zoning regulations for that property. If the existing zone does not permit the proposed development then it is necessary to apply for a rezoning. A rezoning cannot be approved contrary to the OCP; therefore, an OCP amendment may also be required. The rezoning and OCP amendment occur together as one process.

For further information, please contact Deepa Chandran, Planner at (250) 847 1600.

Town of Smithers - Website Feedback Survey

Dec 02 - Dec 11 2021

The Town of Smithers is working to redesign and rebuild smithers.ca and we want to hear your thoughts!

A well-functioning government website is one that serves the needs of its citizens, and your feedback will help us create a website that does just that. Sharing what you like and dislike about our current website, and what you would like to see in the new one, will help us determine which improvements we need to make to serve you better. The survey should only take 5-7 minutes. Thank you for participating! The survey closes Friday, December 10th, 2021.

Take the Survey now!

SCSA - Snow Angels

Nov 26 -

Council Meeting Schedule

Nov 22 -

Electronic Council Meetings and Public Participation

The December 2, 2020 Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Order on Gatherings and Events requires local governments to make some changes to how meetings and public hearings are currently conducted.

The public is now restricted from attending all local government meetings and public hearings in person.

If you would like to submit a question or comment to the Regular Meeting of Council, please submit your question by email no later than 6:00 p.m. to dplouffe@smithers.ca or by dropping of a letter to the front desk at Town Hall, 1027 Aldous Street no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Your questions and comments will be read out loud at the meeting.

If you wish to view the Regular Meeting of Council, you may do so on the Town of Smithers Facebook page found here: https://www.facebook.com/Smithers.BritishColumbia

If you have any questions regarding this new process, please contact:

Dianna Plouffe, Chief Administrative Officer
250-847-1600
dplouffe@smithers.ca

 

2021 Council Schedule

Public notice is hereby given by the Town of Smithers, pursuant to Section 127 of the Community Charter, of Regular Council meeting dates and times for the year 2021.

Regular Council meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, with some exceptions:

  • There will only be one Council meeting in September, occurring on the fourth Tuesday.
  • There will only be one Council meeting in December, occurring on the second Tuesday.

Regular Council meetings will commence at 6:30 pm at the Smithers Town Office, 1027 Aldous Street, Smithers BC.

 

Click here to view the PDF of the 2021 Council Schedule

The Town of Smithers Council Meetings are Webcast on the Town of Smithers, British Columbia's Facebook Page.

 

 

2022 Council Schedule:

Public notice is hereby given by the Town of Smithers, pursuant to Section 127 of the Community Charter, of Regular Council meeting dates and times for the year 2022.

Regular Council meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, with some exceptions:

  • There will only be one Council meeting in September, occurring on the fourth Tuesday.
  • There will only be one Council meeting in October, occurring on the second Tuesday.
  • There will only be one Council meeting in December, occurring on the second Tuesday.

Regular Council meetings will commence at 6:30 pm at the Smithers Town Office, 1027 Aldous Street, Smithers BC, and will be streaming on the Town of Smithers Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Smithers.BritishColumbia

Click here to view the PDF of the 2022 Council Meeting Schedule

Smithers District Chamber of Commerce - Legal Note (COVID Constitution FAQ’S) to Support Business

Nov 01 - Jan 01 2022

The Chamber of Commerce recently held a virtual townhall on October 25, 2021. This Chamber Network zoom session was an invaluable opportunity to hear from a panel of speakers, address concerns, highlight business supports required and share positive news. On the session, Sean Rowell of Perry & Co shared some insight and considerations on COVID Constitution. This is a result of Chamber members and local businesses receiving *notice* letters (templates) that have been circulated from www.action4canada.com. *Please note, these threatening letters do not serve legal merit. The following are some of Sean’s excellent speaking points.


What is the Canadian Constitution (the “Constitution”)?
The Constitution is not just one document, it is made up of various legal documents (legislation, acts, statutes) that build the Constitution and are what governs Canada’s legal framework. It sets out the different roles of the three branches of the Canadian government (executive, legislative, and judicial) and establishes the division of power between the federal and provincial governments. Some areas of our society are governed by the federal government whereas other areas are governed by the provincial government.

What level of government is responsible for vaccination passports and mask mandates?
The provincial government has authority over healthcare decisions. Each Province has control over whether vaccination passports and/or mask mandates are to be enforced in various settings. The rules are set by the Public Health Orders, under the Public Health Act. The provincial government also has jurisdiction over virtually the entirety of the private law as well as particular industries or trades, such as restaurants. Since the Public Health Orders and the operation of private businesses within the province are solely within provincial jurisdiction, other legislation such as the Federal Emergencies Act, the Coronation Oath, the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the Nuremberg Code are not directly applicable to private businesses operating in Smithers with respect to following the Public Health Orders.

What is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”)?
The Charter makes up part of the Constitution. It sets out the rights and freedoms Canadians can expect their government to recognize and not infringe upon. It manages the relationship between the government and its citizens. The Charter does not directly govern the relationship between individual citizens – that is the purview of our Human Rights laws. However, while the Charter and the rest of the Constitution are the Supreme Law of Canada, the rights and freedoms enumerated in the Charter are not absolute and they have limitations. Section 1 of the Charter states that the rights and freedoms within are “subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”. This means that a breach of the Charter can be justified under section 1 of the Charter. For example, section 2 of the Charter lays out everyone has the fundamental freedom of expression. However, this freedom can be limited by laws against child pornography or hate speech. Such laws have been found to be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

Do the Public Health Orders violate the Charter?
The answer to this question would be determined by the judicial level of government (the courts) were the Public Health Orders to be challenged by a member of society. However, certain Public Health Orders have been found by the courts to violate the Charter but saved by section 1. The Vaccine Passport order (the “Order”) specifically recognized that constitutionally-protected interests include the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Charter, including the right to life, liberty and security of the person, along with freedom of religion and conscience, freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression. The Order set out that “These rights and freedoms are not, however, absolute and are subject to reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. These limits include proportionate, precautionary, and evidence-based restrictions to prevent loss of life, serious illness, and disruption of our health system and society. When exercising my powers to protect the health of the public from the risks posed by COVID19, I am aware of my obligation to choose measures that limit the Charter rights and freedoms of British Columbians less intrusively, where doing so is consistent with public health principles”

Are businesses responsible if the Public Health Orders violate the Charter?
The Charter governs the rights of Canadians vis-à-vis their government, not between a restaurant and its patrons. Section 94 of the British Columbia Public Health Act also protects those following the Public Health Orders from the actions of others by setting out that a person must not take an adverse action against another person because the other person, acting in good faith, complies with, or assists in carrying out, an order made under the Public Health Act, which includes the PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS.

Does following the Public Health Orders violate the Human Rights Code of British Columbia?
Business in British Columbia are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of a prohibited ground in the provisions of services normally available to the public. Prohibited grounds include: age, family status, mental disability, religion, ancestry, gender expression, physical disability, sex, colour, gender identity, place of origin, sexual orientation, criminal convocation, martial status, political belief, source of income, and race. An ideological opposition to or distrust of the vaccine is currently not a prohibited ground. Under the Public Health Act, anyone who believes they are being discriminated against due to enforcement of the Public Health Orders must not take an adverse action against another person because the other person, acting in good faith, complies with, or assists in carrying out, those Public Health Orders.

What are the penalties for a business that does not comply with the Public Health Orders?
Businesses can be issued a violation ticket for non-compliance. Violation tickets of $2,300 can be issued to: (1) owners, operators, and event organizers who fail to check a person's proof of vaccination for service and access to the venue or space; (2) event organizers who host a non-compliant event (such as an event that exceeds the capacity limit); and (3) owners, operators, and event organizers if they do not meet the requirements of the Food and Liquor Serving Premises order.

What should a business do to ensure it is following the law?
Continue to follow the Public Health Orders by keeping up to date on what is required from both a public health as well as workplace health and safety perspective. Ensure the business makes what accommodations it can, where it can, for those who chose not to be vaccinated, as they too are members of the community and should be treated with respect.

What should a business do if it receives a notice that it is in violation of the Charter by complying with the Public Health Orders?
Ignore any form letters received. If challenged by a member of the public, politely ask them to take it up with Dr. Henry and MLA Nathan Cullen.

Smithers OCP & Zoning Bylaw Review Project

Oct 26 -

Click here

Smithers Child Care Plan

Sep 09 -

For more information on the Smithers Child Care Plan - please go to this webpage.

Seniors Activities

Mar 31 -

Please note, all events listed below are subject to change. Please contact each event organizer for more information.  
Please consult the following event webpages for up-to-date events:

UPCOMING EVENTS:
(updated March 31, 2020)

Smithers Art Gallery  http://smithersart.org/
Central Park Building, corner of Highway 16 & Main Street, Smithers, BC
• Exhibits
• Workshops & Classes

Bulkley Valley Museum  http://bvmuseum.com/
Central Park Building, corner of Highway 16 & Main Street, Smithers, BC
• Exhibits

Smithers Bowl http://smithersbowl.ca/leagues.asp?Page=Leagues 
3772 Alfred Avenue, Smithers, BC
Contact Information: Phone: 250-847-9840

Smithers Curling Centre
Smithers Curling Rink, Fourth Avenue, Smithers, BC
• Contact: phone: 250-847-8772 or 250-847-9729

Seniors Line Dancing
Pioneer Place Seniors Activity Centre, 3965 Pioneer Place, Smithers, BC
• Contact: Justina 250-847-2591
• New season starts Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 10am. No prior line dancing experience is necessary and no partner is needed.

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Smithers New Arena

http://www.smithers.ca/residents/recreation-parks-culture/civic-centre-arena
4206 Third Avenue, Smithers, BC

Scheduled Events:
• Public Skating
• Hockey

Indoor Walking Area:
Indoor walking area located in the Smithers New Arena around the arena boards, includes no stairs and padded surface. Free of charge and open to all members of the public, during normal operating hours. Public access not available during ice maintenance times, please consult the Arena Schedule.

Contact: Town of Smithers
Phone: 250-847-1600

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Adult Day Activity Program, Home and Community Care - Northern Health

http://www.northernhealth.ca     
3668 11th Avenue, Smithers, BC
An adult orientated program offering exercise, meals, health assessment, socialization and respite for caregivers.

Contact:
Smithers Home and Community Care Office
Phone: 250-847-6234

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Smithers Senior Citizens Association, Branch 21

Providing activities for seniors in the Bulkley Valley.

4018 Mountainview Drive
Box 4143 Smithers
V0J 2N0 Canada

Contact Person: Nancy deVries, President
Phone: 250.847.2724
Email: npdevries@bulkley.net
 

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BV Regional Pool and Recreation Centre 

http://bvpool.com/
1316 Toronto Street, Smithers, BC

Contact Information:
Phone: 250-847-4244

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Smithers Public Library

http://smithers.bclibrary.ca
3817 Alfred Avenue, Smithers, BC

The library offers a wide range of services, from lending books, DVDs, magazines, audio books, and music CDs to offering free programming for seniors. Through the library website members have access to thousands of newspapers, magazines, research materials, and downloadable audio books, 24 hours a day.

Contact Information:
Email: contact@smitherslibrary.ca
Phone: 250-847-3043

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Smithers and District Transit

http://www.scsa.ca/programs/other-services/smithers-and-district-transit/ 
3815 Railway Avenue, Smithers, BC

Smithers Transit offers a bus route and a door-to-door transportation service to the general public. The bus is a specially designed vehicle that offers full accessibility to those passengers with mobility difficulties and comes equipped with a wheelchair lift.

Email: smithers.transit@scsa.ca
Phone: 250 847 4993

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Northern Health Connections

https://nhconnections.ca/
Northern Health Connections is an affordable travel service for patients needing to travel for out-of-town medical appointments in northern B.C. and Vancouver.
• Contact: 1-888-647-4997

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Health Information Hub

1070 Main Street, Smithers

Operation Hours:
• Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:30am to 2:30pm.

Volunteers provide information regarding local health resources and help with navigating our health care system.

Contact Information:
Email: smithershealthinformationhub@yahoo.ca.
Phone: 250-877-4424

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Health Information

• Northern Health Authority https://northernhealth.ca/Home.aspx
• Community Health Information Portal https://chip.northernhealth.ca/

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Province of British Columbia

• Seniors BC http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors
• Health Link BC http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/

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Elder College

http://www.nwcc.bc.ca   
3966 Second Avenue, Smithers

"Seniors Active in Learning" courses for 50 years old and up.

Contact:  phone: 250 847 4461

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St. James Soup Kitchen

1636 Princess Street, Smithers, BC

The kitchen provides a nutritious meal, fellowship and friendship to all in a safe family environment. 

Contact:
Phone: 250-847-5626

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Meals on Wheels

Available Monday to Friday at noon, within Smithers town limits. $5.00 per meal. Program coordinated and meals delivered by volunteers.

Contact Information:
Heather Shannon
Phone: 250-847-0608

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Royal Canadian Legion – Smithers Branch 63

http://www.smitherslegion.ca/
3840 1st Avenue, Smithers, BC

Contact Information:
Email: rclb63@telus.net
Phone: 250-847-5082

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The Salvation Army

1065 Main Street, Smithers, BC
Phone: 250.847.1501

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Smithers Community Policing Office

3772B First Avenue

Programs include: 
• Block Watch
• Crimestoppers
• Property Identification
• Volunteer Recognition Program
• Seniors "Wandering Registry"
• Lock It or Lose It
• Court Watch
• Citizens on Patrol

The Community Policing Officer has provided information sessions to the public on request including:  Seniors Safety, Home security, Loss Prevention, Drug Identification and Awareness, Pedestrian/cyclist safety, PARTY program, Internet security and fraud, Anti bullying and Stranger Danger.

Contact: Matt Davey, Prevention and Community Safety Officer
Email: smithers_cpo@live.ca
Phone: 250-847-6197

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Smithers Community Services Association

http://www.scsa.ca
3815B Railway Avenue, Smithers, BC

Smithers Community Services is dedicated to the provision of services that enhance the quality of life and promote equal opportunity for all people within our community.

Contact Information:
Email: general@scsa.ca
Phone: 250-847-9515

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The Meadows

http://www.scsa.ca/programs/housing/the-meadows 

The Meadows has 14 single bedroom units that are all self contained and wheelchair accessible. Two units are specifically designated as handicapped and have modifications to accommodate someone in a wheelchair.

The Smithers Community Services manages the building, and the provision of hospitality services which include social and recreation activities, meals, emergency response service, and housekeeping and laundry.

Northern Health Authority is responsible for the personal care aspect of the program, and BC Housing provides funding, monitoring of the society, and standards of care.

Contact: Valerie Smith, Site Manager
Email: meadows@scsa.ca
Phone: 250-847-8884 Fax: 250-847-8872

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Telkwa Seniors' Society (Young at Heart Club)

http://www.telkwa.com/live/seniors
Telkwa Senior’s Activity Centre at 1379 Birch Street
For further information, please call (250) 846-9093, or the Activity Centre at (250) 846-5554

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Telkwa Seniors Housing Society - Manager of Telkwa House

http://www.smitherscommunitydirectory.com/directory/telkwa-seniors-housing-society-manager-of-telkwa-house
1540-1554 First Avenue, Telkwa, BC

'Telkwa House' is an 8 unit complex located on the bench in Telkwa providing accommodation for Seniors (55 plus) and persons with disabilities.

Contact: Janet McDivitt
Phone: 250-846-9093 (contact's home phone)


Bulkley Valley Farmers’ Market

Jan 20 -

Click here to view the Bulkley Valley Farmers' Market website

News & Notices

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Summary

posted 10 Nov 2021

Call 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319) with Social Distancing concerns.

Job Postings

posted 19 Oct 2021

Skate Patrol Attendants Wanted

posted 08 Oct 2021

Dollars to the Door Program

posted 25 Aug 2021

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