Posts Tagged: politics

Survival Tips to Good Governance

With the federal election campaign roughly beyond the halfway mark, politics and politicians — what they say, how they behave and who might get and not get elected — are on the minds of many Canadians.  For those running for office, getting elected is only half the battle.  The other shoe to drop is stepping into the role and doing the work. Today’s climate for individuals serving the public as an elected official is a challenging one.  The majority of…

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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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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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Legislative Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits

As a candidate in a local election, I was pleased to recently participate in phase one of the Legislative Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits online survey.  The work of this Committee is significant in my view and highlights my ongoing concern about local election campaign spending. In the last decade, I have observed that the costs of running local election campaigns have continued to escalate, to the point where campaign spending may now be a real barrier to…

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Women As Leaders

Women in leadership led the November 25th Times Colonist front page, “Mostly Female Councils Changing the Face of Politics,”  focused on the number of female candidates elected in the CRD as a result of the most recent municipal election.  Although many women may be newly elected to local government, we know that they are not new to various leadership roles in their own lives and communities.  Women bring unique perspectives to public life and as the TC article suggests, women…

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ELECTION REFLECTION

It was an amazing race for the Mayor’s job and with a wonderful group of volunteers who pitched in willingly and did everything right, I was proud of our campaign.  We worked so hard to reach voters and present a different choice for leadership and a different voice of experience.  In the end, the voters chose the incumbent, preferring to go with what they know. I was aware of the risk going in, that to win would be the biggest…

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