Councillor resigns in frustration

PORT HARDY – Coun. Stan McLennan has resigned his position, upset by “the way the mayor is leading the town and how the administrator is helping her do it”.

  • Feb. 3, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Stan McLennan

Stan McLennan

PORT HARDY – Coun. Stan McLennan has resigned his position, upset by “the way the mayor is leading the town and how the administrator is helping her do it”.

McLennan gave his resignation verbally at a regular council meeting Jan. 25 after no one seconded his motion to consider a letter from former mayor Hank Bood recommending fellow former mayor Russ Hellberg be appointed to the official community plan committee.

“I have just had enough,” said McLennan, who filed his official resignation Jan. 31. “They could have at least discussed a recommendation from two former mayors. It’s nonsense.”

McLennan said he was not planning to run for re-election in November, but had hoped to finish out his 20th year on council.

“It (resigning) was really hard to do after 19 years, to not complete the 20 years,” said McLennan, who is the longest-serving councillor in Port Hardy. He was first elected in 1984, after a councillor proposed expropriating the McLennan’s home on Market Street for the park.

“They wanted to raise the taxes to force us off, so I ran for council,” said McLennan.

With the exception of a six-year break, McLennan has been on council ever since.

He and his wife Helen came to the community in March of 1969, for a job opportunity.

“The population was 2,500; it was the smallest town we had ever been to,” said McLennan. “But the people were so bloody friendly and treated us so well, we said ‘this is our town’.”

McLennan has held almost every portfolio and sat on most committees in his 20 years. For McLennan the reward has been in the small things.

“It’s the little things you do to help people out,” said McLennan. “That’s what being on council is all about, helping people out.”

“You can build arenas and swimming pools and those things are good, but you know when people come to you and say ‘this corner is dark, it needs a street light’, and you put one up, that’s what it is about.”

Not every decision has been so simple, though.

“I lost a couple of close friends over decisions I’ve made,” said McLennan. “But I have always tried my best for Port Hardy.”

He had hoped to finish out his term before retiring from council.

“I made it perfectly clear that I definitely would not be running in the next election,” said McLennan. “I was going to stick it out but I can’t sleep at night anymore.”

McLennan says he will be spending his time at home with his wife who has been ill.

“I will be spending more time with my wife because she needs my undivided attention until she gets better,” said McLennan.

A by-election will be not be called to replace McLennan, since a general municipal election will be held in November.

Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

Black Press Media file
Port Hardy RCMP on the hunt for porta-pottie arsonist

The porta-potties were lit on fire early in the morning on June 13

Eke Me-Xi students enjoy a field trip to Malcolm Island. (Submitted photos)
Eke Me-Xi Learning Centre takes field trip to Malcolm Island

Once at Bere Point, students made themselves at home in the day-use area

Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair logo
Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair cancelled again due to COVID-19 restrictions

The 2022 fall fair is still scheduled to take place in Port Hardy

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)
Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $3M purchased on Vancouver Island

Lottery prize winners have 52 weeks to claim jackpot

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

Most Read