Monthly Archives: June 2013

Recreation Oak Bay One of the “Best of the City”

The Oak Bay Rec Centre is pleased to announce that they won or were recognized in a number of categories at the Best of the City Awards this past week.  Janet Barclay, Manager of Recreation Program Services, attended the awards event and reported that Recreation Oak Bay was voted: Best Recreation Centre. Second best swimming pool. Third best fitness studio. Best Romantic Beach and third Best Place to Escape Urban Stress at Willows Beach. Second best 9-Hole Golf Course at…

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Odds and Sods for the Week of June 24th

I attended the grand opening of the new Henderson Rec Centre expanded facility.  What a wonderful addition, with new equipment, new programs and staff that make a difference to our health and well-being.  I encourage you to visit the facility and try out all the equipment.  While the elliptical is challenging, I can see that once you get your footing, balance and coordination, it is a healthy experience!  (Much like being a Council member).  Check out the new putting green…

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June 24 Council Meeting Highlight – Deer

During what was admittedly a truly difficult discussion and decision, I voted with Council (it was unanimous) to endorse, in separate motions, eight of the ten points presented in the CRD’s Deer Management Strategy, including asking the CRD for detailed information on costing, methodologies and outcomes, for a plan that would assist Oak Bay to humanely reduce its deer population (Item 6.) During my comments on the motions, I spoke to public health and safety issues created by urban deer…

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Council Meeting June 24th

A heads up that the deer issue will again be on our agenda for this meeting.  Hoping to see you there.  As you know, this is a challenging, emotional and divisive issue.  But the bottom line is that we need to respond to the majority concern, that urban deer populations are currently unmanageable, are at risk from clashes with motor vehicles and fencing, are dying inhumanely on our roads and elsewhere and are negatively impacting public health and safety. If…

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August Festive Events’ Calendar

Sunday, August 11, 2013 – Bowker Creek Brush-Up Art Show & Sales – 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 11. 2013 – Car Festival on the Avenue Saturday, August 17, 2013 – Talk with Robert Moyes About His Books and Art, Monterey Rec Centre – Times TBA Sunday, August 18, 2013 – Plein Air Painting with Bryony Wynne-Jones – Monterey Rec Centre – Times TBA Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – Night Market on the Avenue – 4:00 p.m. –…

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June 17 Committee of the Whole Meeting Highlights

Oak Bay Parks and Recreation Commission A report by the Urban Forest Strategy working group was presented and briefly discussed before a deferral was made to the last quarter of this year, for further deliberation and adoption as a Council strategic priority.  Gary Nason, Interim CAO, recommended deferral to later this year given that the report’s recommendations involve additional budgetary and staffing resources.  I supported the deferral but also acknowledged the preservation of our Oak Bay tree canopies as a…

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Seen and Herd — Committee of the Whole Meeting on Deer Well Attended

A special Committee of the Whole Meeting to hear from the public and from CRD staff on the results of their deer management strategy was packed.  Chairs in Council Chambers were filled and people spilled out into the Hall’s lobby to take seats there where they could see and hear proceedings via our new audio/visual system. The audience was respectful and listened to CRD staff and to the 32 members of the public who spoke to both sides of the…

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June 10th Council Meeting Highlights

The Mayor opened the meeting with remarks about the recent passing of longtime heritage advocate Judith Anderson.  Judith was a passionately active Oak Bay and Victoria Heritage volunteer, as well as a member of the Hallmark Society.  Judith recently requested that her house on Roslyn Road by designated, which occurred shortly before her death.  Judith will be remembered for her wonderful sense of adventure and humour — she was a great friend to Oak Bay Heritage and to our entire…

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