Mile Zero councillor quarantining after Mexico trip

A Dawson Creek city councillor is quarantining now after returning from a trip to Mexico last week.

Mayor Dale Bumstead said last week he was aware councillor Darcy Dober had taken time off - but was unaware of travel of destination plans.

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"We hope councillors and staff follow all Public Health Orders and we will continue to take direction from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control," he said last week.

One ratepayer said it was not a smart move.

"It is completely irresponsible for an elected official to be traveling right now, they said preferring not to giove their name, citing 'not wanting to be in the cross hairs of all the crazy anti covid people'.

"He was elected to be a leader of our community.  This is not leadership."

Mike Sudnik, who ran against Dober in the fall municipal election, floated the idea that Monday's city council meeting held today was to deal with Dober. Not true, says Bumstead.

"This is not the case at all and was pure speculation. We were dealing with an internal issue and councillor Dober participated via Zoom," said Bumstead.

The news comes as the BC government is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit non-essential travel to the province during the pandemic.

Premier John Horgan said he and other premiers have made the case for Canadians to stay home during the pandemic, but people continue to travel. The issue has been discussed for months and it's time to determine if the government can act, he added.

Messages to Dober asking his whereabouts were not returned. 

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