Packed House


It was standing room only for the first of two All Candidates’ Meetings held at Monterey Centre last night.  It was a terrific turn-out which I hope points to an equally terrific voter turn-out on November 19th.  

Questions from the audience were thoughtful, well expressed and everyone was respectful and patient.  While it seemed that the format was a bit challenging for both audience and candidates, with so many running and only a two-hour time slot, there was a need for process and I believe that the facilitator did a good job of keeping us on task.

Questions focused on such topics as:

  • urban deer
  • Oak Bay Lodge 
  • heritage
  • sewage 
  • housing and secondary suites
  • diversity and inclusion
  • community health
  • tax revenues used to address infrastructure
  • role of Oak Bay in the CRD process
  • request for a Mayors’ debate
  • protecting Oak Bay character and single family dwellings   

The evening seemed to fly by and before I knew it, it was 9:00.  I want to thank everyone who approached me after the meeting to express their support and to give me some pointers on presentation.  I appreciated it very much.  

One important point that I failed to mention — I LIVE IN OAK BAY!  I do not live in North Saanich and am just finishing up my Council term there.  

Please don’t forget to attend the second All Candidates’ Meeting on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 PM at Emmanuel Baptist Church, corner of Cedar Hill X Rd. and Henderson.

Thanks again for attending last night!