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Cockfight at council

Councillor John Vassilaki proved he's no chicken at last night's council meeting.
March 20, 2014 - 10:57 AM

PENTICTON -- Council chambers turned into a cockfighting ring last night as jokes were tossed around during a serious debate about backyard hens.

Coun. John Vassilaki and Coun. Wes Hopkin had a little tiff, started by the witty, young councillor. 

“I was born in a home with five people, that had eight chickens living in the same home two pigs, two goats and a mule,” Vassilaki said.

“Which one were you?” Hopkin shot.

“You’re an ass,” Vassilaki said.

“I was joking,” Hopkin said.

“No you’re not joking. Grow up,” Vassilaki said just as Mayor Garry Litke called for some order.

Vassilaki wasted no time and went right back to his speech about farm animals. To view the moment for yourself, fastforward this video to 2:15:00

But getting back to the real issue at hand: there has been more than enough discussion about starting a pilot project to see if backyard hens is a reasonable option for residential homeowners, and council said it’s time to make a decision.

“If you want chickens, move to the country,” Coun. Katie Robinson said, who made it obvious she would be speaking and voting against the motion.

There are more pressing issues that need to addressed and it’s a waste of time to keep talking about deer, chickens, pigeons and whatever else, she said.

Litke said the city needs to give people the option to harvest their own food, be it chickens or produce, if they want to live that way.

“We need to give people a chance,” Litke said.

The motion carried to let the residential hen farmers raise their backyard chickens through a pilot program. Litke said that he would be the first to pull the plug if it fails.

To contact the reporter for this story, e-mail Meaghan Archer at, or call 250-488-3065.

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