Monthly Archives: July 2013

July 22 Council Meeting Highlights

Oak Bay Community Bike Festival I voted with Council to approve the Oak Bay Rec Centre’s request to hold a community bike festival in Oak Bay in the fall.  This was a popular event last year and provides a fun opportunity for all ages to participate in organized cycling activity. Block Parties Abound I voted with Council to approve a series of requests for road closures to accommodate block parties.  These are great neighbourhood events that bring everyone together and,…

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Urban Star Park at Cattle Point Goes International with NASA

At 2:15 today, July 19th, our own Cattle Point Urban Star Park went international with a NASA promotional picture taken on site.  Unfortunately, on my way to the photo op, my car broke down and had to be towed to our garage, forcing me to miss this great opportunity to be part of a historic event celebrating and featuring Cattle Point. Congratulations to Oak Bay resident and stargazer extraordinaire, Bill Smith, who has worked tirelessly to profile both Cattle Point…

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Highlights of July 15 Committee of the Whole Meeting and Other News

Rough Seas for Clive Development Proposal Despite months of neighbour-to-developer meetings and negotiations, some significant alterations to the plan, involvement of a municipal contract planner to assist with working through the process with developer and neighbours and my support for this project overall, I voted to deny moving this proposal forward to an Advisory Design Panel process.  I did so because the concerns of massing on the lot, setbacks and parking remain outstanding and unresolved barriers for almost all Clive…

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Cattle Point Urban Star Park Now on Astronomical Website

Please check out the following link to learn more about Canada’s newest Urban Star Park at our own Cattle Point on Beach Drive.  Thanks to local resident and star gazer Bill Smith for his hard work in getting more coverage for this great local, regional, provincial and national asset.   http://cattlepointstarpark.org/

A Block Party on the Street Where You Live – July 2013

Summer in Oak Bay is the perfect time for neighbourhoods to get together for a block party.  I am a big fan of block parties because of the great opportunity they provide to get to know your neighbours and to simply bring people together to celebrate where we live.  There are dozens of block parties throughout Oak Bay in the late spring and summer months. For the second year in a row, I was pleased to be invited to the…

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BC Provincial Heritage Fair Celebrates History Through Student Learning

I attended on behalf of Oak Bay, the 2013 BC Provincial Heritage Fair.  This provincial organization promotes an awareness and understanding of Canadian heritage among students and fosters youth leadership.  Each year, more than 5,000 students from every region in BC, in grades 4 to 10, research some aspect of local or Canadian history and participate in the Fair.  Their projects are impressive to say the least. The following is the speech I gave at the ceremony held July 7th…

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It’s “Groundbreaking” for Construction of the New Oak Bay High School

I was pleased to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Oak Bay High School, along with Council colleagues Mayor Nils Jensen and Councillor Kirby, our Director of Parks and Recreation Ray Herman, MLA Andrew Weaver, former MLA Ida Chong, current and former Victoria School District and Board officials, Oak Bay High School Principal Dave Thomson and some of his staff, Provincial Government representatives, consulting architects, newly-named local builder Farmer Construction and of course Oak Bay residents. As one of…

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