Posts Categorized: Environment

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 Site to C

We are fortunate.  We have traveled most of the southern half of our Province a number of times by motorcycle but I had never been north of Prince George.  So this year, we began talking a lot about heading north by car this summer, to the Peace River country to see the area known as Site C, a strip of low-lying treed and agricultural lands along the banks of the Peace River.  Slated for future flooding to accommodate a controversial…

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Oak Bay resident and marine biologist Jacques Sirois will present a lecture on the history, heritage and tremendous value of Oak Bay’s unique coastline and waterfront habitats, offering his unique perspective on how we can preserve our oceanfront environments and make our foreshore more accessible and attractive as “living classrooms.” WHEN:  September 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM WHERE:  Windsor Park Pavilion Presented by Oak Bay Heritage Donations Welcome at the Door

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE…

Maybe it’s because we suffered a house fire in 1998.  Or that we lived for 18 years on the edge of densely forested John Dean Park on Mt. Newton…  Or because I was part of a North Saanich Municipal Council that took proactive steps, through the use of Development Permits, to identify and designate lands and wooded areas of the municipality subject to interface wildfires, that I take so seriously this summer’s unusually dry weather, record-breaking temperatures and precedent-setting number…

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COMING DOWN THE PIPE

Please mark your calendars for this important Public Meeting on Regional Sewage Treatment On June 24, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Capital Regional District (CRD), through the Westside Solutions group and the Eastside Select Committee, will host a public meeting on regional sewage treatment and recovery, including further updates on site selection.  I believe that this meeting is one of the most important public meetings on this topic to occur since the last municipal election in November…

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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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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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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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SEWAGE UPDATE – My Take

It’s often said that information is power and in the case of the CRD sewage issue and the Seaterra Plan, nothing could be more true. In my July 17, 2014 blog post about the CRD Seaterra Plan (which I understand was covered by CFAX radio and host Ian Jessop), I expressed my own concerns about the failed CRD process to secure McLoughlin Point, and subsequent CRD attempts to circumvent the results of due process (public hearings) conducted by Esquimalt Mayor…

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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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