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AGEISM — DISMISSED BY THE NUMBERS

By Cairine | May 12, 2024

I recently read another troubling article on the damaging impacts of age-ism. Unfortunately, this type of discrimination is not new. It pervades workplaces and other aspects of our lives and, sadly, it seems more targeted at women. That is not to say it does not affect men; as we know, it is a major focus … Read more

NEW ROADS TO NEW LIVES — Our Place Society’s Therapeutic Recovery Centre

By Cairine | May 1, 2024

I recently had the privilege, as a former Board Vice Chair and Member of Our Place Society (OPS), to attend a special open house and lunch for former OPS Board members, some of whom were part of the original decision to proceed with the Therapeutic Recovery Program, known now as New Roads. I was part … Read more

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION and the OAK BAY 2024 BUDGET – A FINE BALANCE

By Cairine | April 2, 2024

In response to a Times Colonist article on the Easter weekend, highlighting that Oak Bay Council had decided, during its 2024 budget deliberations, to scale back the Active Transportation Plan, by reducing one of two proposed staffing positions over the next five years, it suggested that Council was “backpedaling” on their active transportation program. On … Read more

CHASING DENSITY

By Cairine | November 11, 2023

The Province has certainly generated a lot of discussion about its recent affordable housing strategy and legislation designed to address the provincial housing crisis. But can it achieve all that it promises? Reactions by local governments and their leaders across the province vary, with a majority seemingly supportive of such groundbreaking changes to how communities … Read more

The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould — “Be Relentlessness and an In-Betweener”

By Cairine | September 22, 2023

I had the privilege of recently attending a Royal Roads “Change Maker” Speaker Series event, where the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould was the keynote. Her new book, focused on Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation, traces her journey as a Canadian Indigenous woman, lawyer, leader, author and former MP and Federal Justice Minister on the path to Indigenous … Read more

A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE ON A SHIFTING LANDSCAPE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN 2023

By Cairine | August 10, 2023

Do I believe that local government decision-makers are more challenged today, as they attempt to navigate a more complex public environment in which to make decisions? Yes, I do. First elected as a municipal Councillor in 2005, I found that the environment at that time seemed less ideological and had a greater focus on collegiality. … Read more