Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 27th Council Meeting Highlights

Long Boarding As you know, a group of Barkley Terrace residents brought their concerns to us about long boarders using the steep street as a raceway, at a recent Committee of the Whole meeting.  Their focus was public safety and reflected their worry about serious injury (or worse), for young people engaged in this sport.  We learned that a follow up meeting for mid-February has been arranged by Oak Bay Police School Liaison Officer Constable Julie Chanin, who will bring…

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Mark Your Calendar!

THIS OPEN HOUSE FORMS PART OF THE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN RENEWAL PROCESS THAT THE DISTRICT OF OAK BAY IS CURRENTLY UNDERTAKING.  FOR MORE DETAILS OR if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or better yet, visit the municipal website at the address above or telephone the Municipal Hall at 250-598-3311,

Community Event Sponsored by the Community Association of Oak Bay

WHEN:     Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM WHERE:  Oak Bay United Church Community Hall, Corner of Mitchell and Granite. WHY:        While this forum complements the Municipality’s Official Community Plan (OCP) renewal process, it is an independent event sponsored by the Community Association and not part of the Municipality’s OCP renewal process. The event will be an opportunity for participants to: Understand the purpose of an OCP. Learn from professional planners about what other communities have achieved through…

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New Committee of the Whole Format to Begin January 20

Some months ago, I suggested to Mayor and Council a shared leadership model for Committee of the Whole (COW) meetings.  In an effort to build leadership skills, chairing skills and capacity among all Council members, I asked that during the Acting Mayor rotation (occurs throughout the year when each Council member serves as Acting Mayor two months of the year), Acting Mayors chair the Committee of the Whole meeting.  Mayor and Council agreed to this change and the new format…

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January 14th Council Meeting Highlights

CRD Regional Transportation Plan Representatives working on development of the CRD’s Regional Transportation Plan made a presentation to Council highlighting elements of the Plan that will have an impact on how we move people in and around the region.  The Plan examines five major areas: Integration of land use and transportation. Creation of exceptional environments for walking and cycling. Taking transit to the next level. Getting the most out of our roads and trails. Influencing travel behaviour. The Plan addresses…

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Oak Bay Fire Fighters Fight More Than Fire

I received a report from the Oak Bay Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation Executive Director Gregory Swan, outlining a list of charitable donations made by the Foundation since its inception in July 2012.  Their hard work and dedication as volunteers on behalf of our community and in support of agencies that need this help is admirable to say the least. The Foundation has made a grand total of $43,493.35 to the following organizations: BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund CFAX Santa’s…

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NEW DATE FOR OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN OPEN HOUSE – FEBRUARY 15, 2014

A new date for the next community open house on renewal of Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan and community survey questionnaire results, is FEBRUARY 15, 2014 at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre.  The original date of February 8th had to be changed, given that the BC Family Day holiday fell on that same weekend. So please mark your calendars and don’t forget to plan to attend this important community event.  Please check the Municipal website for further details as they…

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First Meeting of the Year is January 13, 2014

Hoping that the holiday season was a good one for you and yours. It’s a new year and the first Council meeting is Monday, January 13, 2014.  I will be bringing forward a motion at that time, asking for a Council resolution to endorse the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)’s “Fixing the Housing Crunch” initiative, a move to address the issue of housing affordability in Canada.  Oak Bay is a Federation member and other member municipalities have made similar endorsements. …

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