Monthly Archives: February 2015

Municipal Election Campaign Spending – Cairine Green

Transparency and Accountability  In the interests of transparency and public accountability, I want to share the Elections BC link with you, that provides detailed information on funding related to expenditures and donations, for my last municipal election campaign for Oak Bay Mayor. Please click on this link for my spending details: http://bit.ly/1MZ1sLC

Municipal Election Spending Limits Needed

Putting a Lid on Municipal Election Campaign Spending Needed Local election campaign spending is back in the news again, with the release this week by Elections BC, of candidates’ campaign spending.  The recurring theme is that as spending continues to go up, the ability of ordinary citizens to participate (especially young people), goes down.  Raising sufficient funds to mount a viable campaign is becoming a real issue for many communities and residents.  Are we trending toward U.S.-style politics?  Let’s hope…

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OAK BAY HERITAGE GRANTS AVAILABLE

HOME IS WHERE THE HERITAGE IS Do you own an Oak Bay heritage designated or registered home?  Are you planning some renovation, maintenance or restoration work this year?  Then hurry on down to Oak Bay Municipal Hall for a 2015 Heritage Grant application and a copy of grant policy, because you may be eligible to receive grant funding to help bring your older home up to snuff. The Application Deadline is March 31, 2015.  For more information about heritage grants,…

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“The Wisdom to Survive,” a Film

“Deeply moving and profoundly engaging…” (Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University) The film “The Wisdom to Survive:  Climate Change, Capitalism and Community,” is presented on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM, St. John’s United Church, in Deep Cove, across from Deep Cove Elementary School. Described as compelling and thought-provoking, the film examines “the scope and causes of a current ecological and societal malaise through art, science, economics and spirituality, suggesting how we might help a better world emerge.”  Thought leaders…

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Emergency Preparedness Workshop

It begins with all of us Are you ready if a disaster strikes? Are you prepared to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 7 days after a major emergency or disaster? The Oak Bay Emergency Program (OBEP) will hold an information session on March 24th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Windsor Park Pavilion, 2451 Windsor Road in Oak Bay. The session will be interactive and provide detailed information on how to be properly prepared for a major…

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Easing the Squeeze – Housing Affordability

A recurring theme across our region is lack of housing affordability     Media reports, the Victoria Foundation’s annual Vital Signs Report and story after story on homelessness and poverty all point to one undeniable reality — Greater Victoria’s housing is expensive, pushes up the overall cost of living and creates real barriers, not just for those on lower incomes or living in poverty, but also for younger families, middle income earners, students, those planning to retire and the retired….

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Heritage Is Where the Heart Is

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7:00 PM at Windsor Park Pavilion, to hear local resident, historian and Oak Bay Heritage buff Ben Clinton-Baker, present a historical retro-spective on Oak Bay Village, the heart of our community.  This is one in a series of lectures on topics significant to Oak Bay’s history and heritage, proudly sponsored by Oak Bay Heritage.  These lectures always draw good crowds so please arrive early.  Donations are gratefully accepted at the door and…

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Over 200 Packed the Room

“Nothing About Us Without Us” In his first large Town Hall Forum on Poverty and Homelessness, MLA Andrew Weaver welcomed over 200 people to the University of Victoria to participate in what was dubbed “The difficult conversation.”  I was asked to moderate the Forum (a real privilege for me) and was impressed with the large number of people who took the time to attend.  More important, with support and help from Reverend Al Tysick and his Dandelion Society, as well…

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Poverty & Homelessness – A Conversation

“The only real expert is the one who has experienced it.”  (Gloria Steinem)   I am pleased to be the moderator for MLA Andrew Weaver’s Town Hall Forum on Poverty and Homelessness — The Difficult Conversation, at the University of Victoria’s David Turpin Theatre, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm February 4, 2015. Having worked with “people on the margins” for a large part of my career, I know that many of us living in relative comfort rarely have positive…

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