These highlights are a synopsis of the December 4, 2017 Regular Council Meeting. The agenda, full meeting minutes, and webcast of the Council Meeting can be found online at

Mission Moments – Mission Candlelight Parade
The “Christmas Parade” started in Mission as a daylight parade in 1978. It was coordinated by the Mission Retail Business Improvement Group, the equivalent of the present day Downtown Business Association. For the first few years, the parade was held on the first Saturday afternoon in December. In 1984, the decision was made to switch to a night time parade, to be held on the first Friday in December, and attendance skyrocketed.

The parade has experienced several transitions over its 39-year run. In 1991, Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce took over the responsibility of organizing the parade; in 1995, the marshalling grounds moved to their current location on the east side of Railway Street; and in 1996, Emergency Services moved their entries to the front of the parade in order to more easily respond to emergency calls.

The Candlelight Parade is a long-standing Mission tradition that highlights the community’s cooperation, pride, and spirit.

Province of British Columbia – Wildfire and Flood ‘Above and Beyond’ Award Nominations
The following people have been nominated by Council for the Province of British Columbia’s Wildfire and Flood ‘Above and Beyond’ Awards:

Emergency Social Services (16 separate nominees):
1. Gina Albanese

  1. Roxanne Jopling-Hill
  2. Steph Wallbank
  3. Shawna Bain
  4. Maureen Haddock
  5. Catherine O’Donovan
  6. Allison Harris
  7. Danielle Harris
  8. Shaina Chawla
  9. Patti DelGrosso
  10. Manor Madhwan
  11. Sam Jones
  12. Jason Ralston
  13. Jav Gill
  14. Maureen Parsley
  15. Sander Ketellapper

2. Dale Unrau, District of Mission Fire Chief
3. Blaine Odenbach, District of Mission Assistant Fire Chief
4. Mark Goddard, District of Mission Fire/Rescue Service, Captain
5. Chris Knowles, District of Mission, Manager of Information Services

Business Licence Regulation and Fee Review
C. Boehringer & Associates has been awarded the contract to review the District’s existing business license fees. Council has approved a budget of $35,000 for the project, which will be funded from General Fund Accumulated Surplus. The project is expected to take approximately 3-5 months and will include stakeholder consultations.

Log Marketing and Dry Land Sort Services for 2018
Council approved a one-year extension to the Log Marketing & Dry Land Sort Services Agreement with West Coast Timber Products (WCTP) for log marketing and dry land sort services in 2018.

District of Mission Holiday Hours

Leisure Centre:
December 24, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
December 25, CLOSED
December 26, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
December 31, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
January 1, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Municipal Hall:
December 25, CLOSED
December 26, CLOSED
January 1, CLOSED

Mission Landfill and Recycling Depot:
December 24, Closed at 3:00 pm
December 25, CLOSED
December 26, CLOSED
December 31, Closed at 3:00 pm
January 1, CLOSED

Next Regular Council Meeting is

Monday, December 18, 2017

Committee of the Whole – 1:00 pm

Regular Council – 7:00 pm

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