Posts Categorized: Capital Region District

MOMENTUM ON SEWAGE TREATMENT?

  With the announcement on April 8th of Mayor Lisa Helps as the new Chair of the Capital Regional District’s (CRD) Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC), comes a fresh approach to this difficult issue.  Let’s face it, regional sewage treatment has been one of the greatest political, financial and operational challenges presented to this region in the last ten years.   It has often pitted communities, local leaders and experts against one another, creating a sometimes fractious debate at…

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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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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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The Politics of Deer

  It is unfortunate that this issue continues to grind on in Oak Bay and the following “Letter to the Editor” expresses my ongoing concerns about how this deer management pilot strategy is being handled and how it’s affecting our community.   Letter to the Editor, Oak Bay News: As a veteran municipal Councillor who served nine years in two different communities, I’ve never seen such a divisive community issue as urban deer management in Oak Bay.  The topic continues to…

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Be Part of The Conversation

Be a part of the conversation with local MLA Andrew Weaver. His Town Hall Forum will tackle the issue of Poverty and Homelessness, Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the David Turpin Building, Room A120 – University of Victoria. You can get more information on this important topic here: http://bit.ly/1wtiTYZ

The Art of Possibility

“Standard and social business practices are built on certain assumptions — shared understandings that have evolved from older beliefs and conditions.  And while circumstances may have changed since the start of these practices, their continued use tends to reconfirm the old beliefs.  For this reason, our daily practices feel right and true to us, regardless of whether they have evolved to keep up with the pace of change.  In just such a way, a business culture arises and perpetuates itself,…

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Gender Politics — Making a Difference

Women seem to be making a breakthrough in local politics in the Capital Regional District (CRD), especially during the 2014 municipal election cycle.  Two new female faces in the City of Victoria and in Sooke (Mayors Lisa Helps and Maja Tait) join other CRD women Mayors Barb Desjardins, Carol Hamilton and Alice Finall.  While this may not reflect a big gain in numbers for women over time at the Mayor level, it suggests to me a trend by women towards…

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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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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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