No byelection for vacant seat

Alan Cassidy's council seat to stay open until November election

There will be no byelection to fill the Oak Bay council seat left vacant by the death of Alan Cassidy.

The Local Government Act allows councils to forego a byelection if a vacancy occurs after July 1 in the year of a general election.

Given the timeline that would have to be met in order to hold such a vote, and its subsequent proximity to the civic election slated for Nov. 19, council determined Monday that a separate vote is unnecessary.

Instead, council will continue on with six members, including Mayor Christopher Causton.

Cassidy died on July 10 after a two-year battle with cancer. He had served on council since 1996.