Brian Taylor has been elected as mayor of Grand Forks with 48.2 per cent of the vote, after having served leading up to 2014.
Elected to council were incumbents Neil Krog and Christine Thompson. Also elected were Rod Zielinski, Chris Moslin, Zak Eburne-Stoodley and Catherine Korolek.
Brian Taylor – elected
Julia Butler (incumbent)
Zak Eburne-Stoodley – elected
Chris Hammett (incumbent)
Cathy Korolek – elected
Neil Krog (incumbent) – elected
Chris Moslin – elected
Christine Thompson (incumbent) – elected
Rod Zielinski – elected
Grand Forks is located on the Kettle River in B.C.’s West Kootenay region. It’s a short distance from the Canada-U.S. border and just over 100 kilometres from Trail.
Indigenous people were present in the Grand Forks area, but they’re not believed to have settled there permanently.
The Doukhobors, however, did settle in Grand Forks. They’re a Russian sect who came to Canada fleeing persecution between 1909 and 1913, and they were attracted to the area’s rich soil, which would allow them to do self-sufficient farming.
But agriculture hasn’t been the sole industry in Grand Forks. It’s also known for mining, smelting, with placer gold attracting prospectors in 1859.
The 1880s brought the first hard rock claim and mining accelerated even further with the arrival of the Columbia and Western Railway in 1899.
Copper was also discovered at a site known as “Phoenix.”
That mine would stir the construction of a smelter by the Granby Smelting Co. in 1900. It would become the British Empire’s biggest copper smelter.
Today, visitors to Grand Forks can see how the Doukhobors integrated into the community and added to its culture.
Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median
Richard Cannings (NDP)
Linda Larson (BC Liberal)