Monthly Archives: November 2013

Oak Bay News Article of November 27 Clarified

  In the November 27th edition of the Oak Bay News’ article, “SPCA Wants Deer Cull Off the Table,” I am described as being “the lone dissenter” on the decision by Oak Bay Council to support staff Option 2, one of three options presented in a November 12, 2013 staff report.  Options 2 and 3 recommend that Oak Bay signs on to the CRD’s Deer Management Pilot Project, which includes a deer cull among other steps and strategies related to…

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Support United Way and the Kids

On Wednesday, November 27th, please visit Oak Bay Avenue between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and support Monterey Middle School students who will be located at tables in front of each of the banks on the Avenue, fund raising for the United Way and the children’s programs and services it supports.  Monterey students have set a fund raising goal of $2,000. so let’s help them achieve this and more.  These students are dedicated to helping United Way’s aim of reducing…

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Mark Your Calendar

The Upper Lounge of the Oak Bay Rec Centre is having a Christmas Party on December 6, with music, dinner and dancing.  You can get tickets through the Oak Bay Recreation Centre front desk.  It should be a great evening and a great way to bring in the Holiday Season.

CRD Forum on Regional Housing Generates Good Discussion

Victoria is reported to be the third highest market in Canada for home ownership, rental rates in the past year have risen 1% but we are still seventh among the most expensive Canadian rental markets ($695 per month is the median rent for a bachelor suite) and Greater Victorians spend an average of 44% of their annual income on housing.  These are just a few of the stats I learned when I attended with other Oak Bay Council members and…

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Highlights of November 18th Committee of the Whole Meeting

Oak Bay Parks and Recreation Commission Oak Bay Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Monty Holding and Director Ray Herman reported out a provisional budget summary, along with answers to any questions from Council about the monthly Commission minutes. Mr. Herman indicates that there will be low budget increases over the next year, proposing no admission increase, only a 1% increase to passes and a 2% increase to rentals. Related to a proposed deer fence for the Native Plant Garden that…

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Sierra Club’s Anti-Tanker/Pipeline Rally Draws Diverse Crowd

I attended the anti-tanker/pipeline rally at Clover Point organized by the Sierra Club.  It was packed with people of all ages and from all walks of life.  There were signs, posters and speakers, all expressing opposition to expanded tanker traffic on the BC coast and pipelines across the province.  I met friends and regional Council colleagues, as well as saw other politicians and dignitaries, all of whom are concerned about BC’s environmental protection.  The wind was bitterly cold but the…

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In addition to this lecture, the Oak Bay Heritage Foundation has created an excellent Facebook page, “Friends of Trial Island Lighthouse.”  This is part of a larger project to recognize and protect the site.  If you are a Facebook user, please take a moment to “Like” the Trial Island Facebook page.  Your support will assist the Foundation and the project.  You will also learn a lot about Trial Island Lighthouse that I will guess you did not know before visiting…

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Celebrating 100 Years of Art, Culture and Entertainment

I attended on behalf of Oak Bay and the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society Board, the launch of the Society’s  2014 Centennial Celebration, “celebrating and honouring Victoria’s unique cultural legacy, the 100th birthdays of Victoria’s two civic theatres, the Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse.” As the media release states, the Centennial Celebration is designed “to honour this pair of landmark buildings and the extraordinary impact they have had on Victoria’s cultural life.” The Centennial Celebration runs from May 18…

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Saturday, November 16, 2013 – 8th Annual Fall Silent Auction, sponsored by the Oak Bay Parent-Owned Preschool Auction, in the upper hall of St. Mary’s Church, above the preschool.  For details, please visit their website at December 14, 2013 is the deadline for applications by residents to the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, to serve on the Accessible Transportation Advisory Committee, that provides advice to the Commission and BC Transit, related to accessible transportation and custom transit issues.  For details…

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Highlights of November 12th Council Meeting

CRD’s Deer Management Pilot Project Approved Council received a lengthy staff report, including recommendations, from outgoing Acting Chief Administrative Officer Gary Nason, on the partnership with the CRD to begin a pilot project to effectively manage Oak Bay’s urban deer problem.  A CRD spokesperson  attended our meeting and joined Mr. Nason to answer a variety of questions from Council members.   We learned that two other municipalities (View Royal and Central Saanich) will also participate in urban and rural deer…

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