Monthly Archives: July 2014

Who Says It’s Quiet in the Summer in Oak Bay?

It has been a hectic month as Acting Mayor, with the public piano issue dominating the news and much of my time.  Media expressed great interest so I did four radio spots, one TV spot and an editorial in the Oak Bay News.  But here is a pleasant ending to my month, a picture taken today, July 31, of a group gathered at the Beach Drive and Oliver piano location, playing other instruments and singing.  Residents across the street were…

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REMINDER: SUMMER MEETING SCHEDULE

  The dates of the next Committee of the Whole and Council meetings are: Monday, August 11, 2014, Committee of the Whole, 7:00 PM in Council Chambers Monday, August 18, 2014, Council Meeting, 7:30 PM, in Council Chambers I will be away for the August 18th meeting, a much needed holiday break given that this has been a very busy year.  

SEWAGE TREATMENT – WHERE WE GO FROM HERE – MY OPINION

It has been a hot summer this year, in more ways than one.  The CRD’s “failed” sewage treatment plan continues to generate a lot of heat but not the kind that powers our lights or warms our homes.  It’s heat of the political kind, turned up on Esquimalt’s local Mayor and Council, as well as Esquimalt residents, because of their refusal to allow a treatment plant to be built at McLoughlin Point. The fear mongering and finger-pointing aimed at Esquimalt…

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Updates

I attended an Oak Bay Heritage Commission meeting this week, where the owners of the old Oak Bay Theatre building shared with the Commission new paint colour, window casings for the second floor and trim materials proposed for the exterior of the building.  As you know, the owners are making necessary renovations to the building to upgrade to modern building code standards.  The owners have established a good working relationship with our community and with the Commission as they restore…

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A Busy Month as Acting Mayor

As Acting Mayor for the month of July, it’s shaping up to be a busy month.  Events and activities scheduled to date are: July 15th, Aboriginal Territory Ceremony at the University of Victoria, sponsored by the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, celebrating the Northwest Canadian Aboriginal Management Program July 21st, Afghanistan Memorial Vigil, Rotunda, Legislative Buildings, hosted by Rear Admiral Bill Truelove, Royal Canadian Navy July 26th, Windsor Park, officiating at the Annual Jaguar Car Show and choosing the…

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HERITAGE EVENT – The Sophie Pemberton Tea

WHEN:  Sunday, August 10, 2014 – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM WHERE:  In the Orchard at St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC The Tea is $35 per person, which includes tea, light refreshments and entertainment (a Victorian fashion show and music).  Guests are encouraged to dress in the Victorian period.  Sponsors hope that this will become an annual event that celebrates the “Victorian” in Victoria. Members of Oak Bay Heritage have been asked to promote and support this…

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Oak Bay Rec Centre Number 1 Again

Congratulations to the staff, the Oak Bay Parks and Recreation Commission and to all the volunteers who help made Oak Bay Rec Centre number one and best in Greater Victoria  again this year and second in the swimming pool category.  As Janet Barclay, Manager of Oak Bay’s Recreation Programs says, “Just wait until we add our climbing wall!”  She adds that Entrance Park was also listed as one of Greater Victoria’s to ten “hidden gems.”