The last former park commissioner to become mayor was Philip Owen.
Charlie Smith has been editor of the Georgia Straight since 2005 and before that, he was the paper's news editor. For seven years, he taught investigative techniques at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (then known as Kwantlen University College). Charlie also worked at CBC Radio for 13 years. In addition, he's researched and reported stories on CBC TV and Global TV (then known as BCTV) newscasts, written for various publications, worked in private radio, and edited a business magazine. Charlie enjoys public speaking, moderating panel discussions, and advancing people's understanding of complex issues. He's won two Western Magazine Awards for business writing and twice been nominated for Jack Webster Foundation Awards for his business and science writing.