WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN

What it takes to run What does it take to run for public office?  I am often asked this question and have put together what I think are some key factors in making such a decision.  My perspective is based on years of experience working on the campaigns of others, on my own municipal campaigns and serving as a Councillor, beginning with my first run for a Council seat in 2002 in North Saanich. Everyone who makes the decision to…

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Comments to Oak Bay Council on Saving a Heritage Home

MY COMMENTS TO OAK BAY COUNCIL May 28, 2018     First, I would like to acknowledge, with thanks, planner Deborah Jensen for her continued assistance to the Commission on this application and for her report and recommendation.  At its regular meeting on May 8, 2018, the Oak Bay Heritage Commission considered a demolition application for 599 Island Road, an iconic Francis Rattenbury/Samuel Maclure stone mansion built in 1909 and site of the original Jones’ family estate.   After careful deliberation…

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Green Announces Run for Oak Bay Council

Green Announces Run for Oak Bay Council Oak Bay Heritage Commission chair and former councillor Cairine Green announced today that she will seek a seat on Oak Bay Council in the October 2018 municipal election. “Oak Bay’s strength lies in the talents of its people and the diversity of its neighbourhoods and natural beauty. I care about our community and know that its future depends on effective local government that actively seeks public input, is proactive, and that plans ahead…

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ODE TO THE SMALL OLDER CHARACTER HOME

  Perhaps it was the sight of the heavy excavator perched on the back of a big lumbering truck, slowly moving along our street early this morning, bound for another older smaller Oak Bay character home waiting to be demolished.  Or sounds of the excavator crunching, splintering and breaking apart, piece by piece, beautiful old growth lumber and oak hardwood flooring, grabbed and lifted by metal jaws and dumped unceremoniously into the ubiquitous yellow bin. Or the high-pitched whine of…

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HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN OAK BAY

Housing Affordability in Oak Bay A two-part public forum on housing affordability in Oak Bay, sponsored by the Community Association of Oak Bay, brought packed audiences to both sessions held February 24 and March 3, 2018 at Windsor Park.  The following summary is based on my notes and observations of presentations and one of the small group discussions in which I participated. The Context: (based on a presentation by Kay Melliship, Executive Director of the Victoria Housing Society) With a…

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SUPPORTING OAK BAY’S HERITAGE IS A GROUP EFFORT

  As Chair of the Oak Bay Heritage Commission, I submit each year an annual report on behalf of all Commission members.  The following is our report for 2017, as well as a poster of upcoming events next week to celebrate Heritage Week in Oak Bay, thanks to Caroline Duncan and the Oak Bay Archives: OAK BAY HERITAGE COMMISSION 2017 ANNUAL REPORT Prepared by Cairine Green, Chair The Oak Bay Heritage Commission had another busy year in 2017 because of…

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A Family Christmas Story

  As the year 2017 closes and Christmas and New Year’s Eve are just a few days away, I am wishing my readers from our home in Oak Bay, a Holiday Season of joy, peace and sharing with family, friends and loved ones.  To help get us all into the spirit of the holiday season, the following is one of my favourite family Christmas stories that I hope will tickle your tinsel as it does mine whenever I share it. …

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“The Future of Journalism in the Age of Fake News”

Excerpts and my observations from the Southam Guest Lecture Panel: UVic’s Harry Hickman Theatre was spilling over with an audience anxious to hear the November 7, 2017 Harvey Stevenson Southam Guest Lecture panel discussion on “The Future of Journalism in the Age of Fake News.”  Moderated by author and UVic Writing Department Chair David Leach, panel members are all recipients of Southam Guest Lectureships, are all writers/journalists in print or broadcast journalism and each has a unique perspective on the…

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A VISIT TO “THE ROCK” – Remote, Beautiful Newfoundland

  A visit to Newfoundland was on our bucket list for some time and in September 2017, a family wedding in Halifax was all the incentive we needed to travel to the Maritimes and then on to Newfoundland, affectionately known as “the Rock.”  We enticed another couple, Victoria friends Heather Lund and Alan Breakspear, to join us.  Heather loves travel planning so she mapped our route over two weeks and pre-arranged all of our B&B accommodation.  Heather’s keen planning skills…

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A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

Writing can be cathartic for me and never more so than now, following the American election results of this last week. I have more than a glancing relationship with the United States, which could, in part, explain my visceral reaction to this election.  My parents moved our family from Victoria to Southern California in 1958 to seek new and better opportunities.  In 1961, we settled in Northern Nevada where my parents lived and worked until their return to Victoria in…

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