Harrison Hot Springs Council is currently meeting at Memorial Hall on Esplanade Avenue. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Harrison Hot Springs Council is currently meeting at Memorial Hall on Esplanade Avenue. (Adam Louis/Observer)

UPDATE: COVID-19: Changes coming for public meetings in both Harrison and Kent

Harrison, Kent responding to ammended orders from Dr. Henry

Municipal council meetings are moving to the virtual world.

An amended order from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry restricts members of the public from in-person attendance council meetings and public hearings during the pandemic. This order is in effect for all local government meetings and public hearings across the province until it is rescinded or replaced.

For those who wish to still participate in this meeting’s question period are asked to submit questions pertaining to agenda items to info@harrisonhotsprings.ca until 4 p.m. today.

RELATED: Harrison Council to consider moving meetings to Zoom

The Village of Harrison Hot Springs Council is expected to vote today on hosting meetings on the popular online communications platform Zoom. This issue has been on minds of concerned Harrison residents attending the meetings since early November when council voted to migrate their previous video and audio recording setup from the normal council chambers to the COVID-safe temporary meeting place in Memorial Hall.

Tonight’s meeting will be archived on the village’s YouTube page and is expected to be uploaded on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

If the council approves of the village staff recommendations as written in the agenda, the mayor and council would attend meetings via Zoom on their personal devices and members of the public are welcome to attend via phone. Staff members will meet in person at Memorial Hall while exercising safety protocols; one member of staff would moderate the meeting.

If approved, up to $6,000 in COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant funding would be used to implement digital council meeting capabilities; there would further be $2,000 from the same funding source placed in the 2021 budget for additional labour costs related to tech support during meetings.

RELATED: Harrison Council fields online engagement, Zoom questions

A question period would be open to all attendees at the designated time and all meetings would be archived on the village’s YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, the District of Kent, beginning Dec. 14, invite the public to listen in on Council meetings as they are conducte with live audio via Microsoft Teams. This is similar to what was already being done with public hearings, in which members of the public listened and submitted questions in real time. Question periods for council meetings are set up in much the same way as Harrison’s in that questions pertaining to agenda items may be submitted to the director of corporate services Clair Lee at clee@kentbc.ca.

Information about upcomign meetings including agedas are posted on the district’s website, specifically at calendar.kentb.ca/meetings. Any further questions concerning getting set up for attending meetings virtually or participating in virtual public hearings can be directed to Lee at the email address above or by calling 604-796-2235.

The next Harrison Hot Springs Council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., location to be determined. The next District of Kent council meeting is slated for Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

In an effort to curb COVID-19 spread, those who go to public indoor spaces throughout the village will be required to wear proper protective masks and practice social distancing. If you have symptoms of a cold or of COVID-19 (fever, coughing, fatigue), please stay home.

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

agassizCity CouncilHarrison Hot Springs

Just Posted

Jean-Pierre Antonio
Article chronicling haiku in Japanese internment camp near Hope wins award

Tashme Haiku Club’s work was preserved and recently translated, authors write

(Adam Louis/Observer)
PHOTOS: Students leap into action in track events at Kent Elementary

At Kent Elementary, when the sun’s outside, the fun’s outside. The intermediate… Continue reading

Kindergarten kids from Evans elementary school in Chilliwack painted rocks with orange hearts and delivered them to Sto:lo Elders Lodge recently after learning about residential schools. (Laura Bridge photo)
Kindergarten class paints rocks with orange hearts in Chilliwack for local elders

‘Compassion and empathy’ being shown by kids learning about residential schools

Chilliwack potter Cathy Terepocki (left) and Indigenous enhancement teachers Val Tosoff (striped top) and Christine Seymour (fuchsia coat), along with students at Vedder middle school, look at some of the 500-plus pinch pots on Thursday, June 10 made by the kids to honour the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack students make hundreds of tiny clay pots in honour of 215 Indigenous children

‘I think the healing process has begun,’ says teacher about Vedder middle school project

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
Webinar looks at sexual abuse prevention among adolescents

Vancouver/Fraser Valley CoSA hosts free online session on June 15

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read