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“It’s an absolute gem”: City Council hears from Ginter’s Green Forever

August 16, 2022 - “I go to Ginter’s park, I take my dog there, and I’ve visited with people from out of town, and out of country that know that they can come there,” said Councillor Brian Skakun. “I’m just wondering in regards to this one extension, why can’t council take the Massey Extension out of that which doesn’t affect basically the rest of the OCP?” Skakun’s question was met with applause from the supporters in the gallery.

MEET THE CANDIDATE - Brian Skakun

Oct 13, 2018 - "I feel it is important to retain your independence of thought and action as a city councilor. You need to work together but simply cannot go with the flow for the sake of political harmony. The values and beliefs of the community are critical to the decision making process at city hall. Open and transparent communication is a key to a fair and democratic process."

'City hall needs to be turned upside down,' Skakun says

June 4, 2021 - An independent legal review into the city's downtown parkade project that went millions overbudget didn't go far enough, Coun. Brian Skakun says.

"This report leaves a lot of unanswered questions," Skakun said. "Why was there such an effort to keep this information from the public and from council? Why did this happen?"

“It’s appalling,”: Councilor Skakun sounds off on huge cost overrun of George Street Parkade

January 19, 2021 - “I am so disappointed and appalled that the original budget was for 12.5 (million) we okay-ed another four million for some infrastructure improvements in the area with some other streets downtown and then to find out the project was a total of 34-million dollars was astounding,”

Prince George councillor pushing for dedicated homicide investigation team in northern B.C.

April 26, 2021 - Councillor Brian Skakun is leading the charge at the municipal level to ask upper levels of government to help fund an integrated homicide investigation team (IHIT) that would be based in Prince George and could handle cases that happen both in the city and in surrounding smaller communities.

Creativity, will be needed on city spending

February 21, 2019 - You can't fault the guy for trying. At least Coun. Brian Skakun is actively trying to find ways to save money at the City of Prince George and he's willing to look at everything - even snow removal - to reduce the tax burden on local residents.

Advocates call for permanent homeless camp to be established in Prince George Social Sharing

May 21, 2021 - The idea has some support from city hall, as well. After a visit to a homeless camp this week, Coun. Brian Skakun said in a public Facebook post the city is considering the idea of "more permanent camps," alongside existing efforts to provide affordable housing.

Council reduces tax increase to 1.75 per cent

May 1, 2020 - Coun. Brian Skakun also voted against 1.75 per cent tax increase, saying his goal was to come in with a zero per cent increase. “We were given options last night to vote on eliminating close up to 40 full time jobs with no indication at all where the job cuts could come from and what the service levels would look like,” Skakun said in a Facebook post after the meeting. “That would have brought the tax increase to zero per cent. I could not simply vote on a proposal like that. I need the accurate information on the service level reductions and to also get some public feedback.”

Prince George city council approves raises, benefit increase for future councils

June 28, 2022 - City councillors will receive a 3.5 per cent raise in 2023 and 2024, and the mayor to get one per cent raise in same years.

However, not all members of council agree the raise was necessary or fair.

“Are we playing catch up? Sure,” Coun. Brian Skakun said. “(But) we can’t go to the CUPE locals and say, ‘We think two per cent for you is fair, but 3.5 per cent is good for us.’”

Prince George city council approves $760,000 washroom

March 1, 2022 - Prince George city council has agreed to spend more than three-quarters of a million dollars to replace an aging public washroom in a park set to host the 2022 B.C. Summer Games.

Councillors Brian Skakun, Terri McConnachie, Kyle Sampson voted against the proposal.