Monthly Archives: December 2014

Local Election Expense Limits — Province Releases Report

In case you missed it, a Provincial all-party Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits released its long-awaited report on December 15, 2014.  As stated in the press release, “the report contains results of the Committee’s public consultation on principles to guide the relationship between elector organizations and their endorsed candidates related to expense limits, and principles for establishing expense limits for third party advertisers.  Over 900 submissions were received.” While this report represents significant work and will help to…

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C – Change

To change and shift an organization’s culture from “what was and is, to what can be,” may be one of the most challenging issues facing any new leader.  While new leadership can be exciting and promises positive opportunities, change can also be threatening.   Therefore, making change should always be approached as a process over time, and not as an abrupt event.  It’s unfortunate that many good leaders who could be great leaders, sometimes miss this important point.  Some leaders also…

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Managing Risk — My Overview of Local and Regional Government to 2018

As new and returning Mayors, Councillors and Regional Directors across the Capital Regional District (CRD) sign on to a four-year term, many will be welcoming opportunities for positive change, new ideas and improvements that make a difference to their communities.       After all, local government is about what’s possible, what’s new and what initiatives and projects will matter most to local residents.  However, just over three weeks into the new term, I sense the wider landscape is beginning to…

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Making Room for Women – The OSLER Report

In a recently published report by OSLER, titled “Planning for 2015:  A 2014 Canadian Proxy Season Retrospective,” gender diversity on boards and in senior management is acknowledged as a long standing concern.  Among Canada’s 500 largest companies, the report indicates that board seats held by women sits at just 15.9%.  While there have been improvements to communication, recruitment and media interest in the subject, progress over time has been “slow.”  For example, in 2011, the percentage of women directors among…

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My Take on What’s Ahead for Oak Bay

I read with interest Mayor Nils Jensen’s “to do” list in the December 7th Times Colonist profile on his election win.  While many of the priorities sounded familiar to me (part of my own campaign platform), the following is a more complete list of what I believe Oak Bay’s Mayor should focus on during the first six to twelve months of this new Council term: work cooperatively on a proactive action plan with Mayors Helps and Atwell, for an Eastside…

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Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Receivership

The news out of Oak Bay today, that our local gem, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is now in receivership, is sad news indeed.  I love the hotel, the staff and all the wonderful events and activities that make it one of the community’s premier destinations.  Kevin and Shawna Walker and their management team have poured a lot of heart and soul into this hotel, a site that is iconic in Oak Bay and an award-winning hotel that is a…

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Oil Tanker Expansion Huge Mistake

As Island dwellers, we know that we live in coastal communities located on a spectacularly beautiful West Coast.  But with the hurly burly of ordinary life, we sometimes take for granted the fragile balance between human activity and protection and sustainability of our marine environments.  Only when we take the time to reflect on how significant our marine landscape is to our quality of life, that we truly recognize and appreciate that it is within our collective power and control…

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Revisiting Sewage Treatment – My Take

I wanted to re-post this article from last August 2014, given that sewage will top the CRD’s agenda as a new Board will be installed on December 10th.  I believe that proactive leadership will be critical on this significant issue, making the selection of a new CRD Board Chair key to cooperation and collaboration ahead.  Let’s hope that the new Board Chair is a community leader who has demonstrated openness and the ability to bring communities together, especially for Victoria,…

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