I was pleased to be invited to a Christmas gathering of Oak Bay Heritage volunteers at the 1912 home of Jean Sparks, well known local heritage authority and volunteer archivist extraordinaire. As the new Council Liaison to Heritage and Culture, th…

Starting at 8:30 a.m., I joined Mayor Jensen and Councilors Herbert, Copley, Murdoch and Kirby, to participate in a tour of Municipal operations. The tour included the main Hall, Oak Bay Recreation and Henderson Centres, Carnarvon Park, Public Wor…

As Oak Bay residents, we might assume that the future of Sandown has little to do with Oak Bay. “Why should we be concerned?” would be a reasonable question. But as a former Council member from a rural community, what I have always appreciated abo…

With three residents looking on from the public gallery, my first full Council meeting was a pleasant transition. Council members were respectful of one another, seemed relaxed and Mayor Jensen efficiently moved the agenda along, which was relativ…

As promised, I have reviewed the Council agenda for tomorrow and it includes the following items: Minutes from the November 28th 2011 Council Meeting and from the December 5th 2011 Inaugural Council Meeting Communications received: general electio…

Two newsworthy stories are covered in today’s Oak Bay News: Oak Bay received recognition from the United Nations as a global leader for its Emergency Preparedness Program, a significant international honour. Highlights of Mayor Nils Jensen’s Inaug…

I received a Block Watch alert this morning via e-mail related to a number of local house break-ins in the last week in and around north and south Oak Bay. The suspect is described as a thin, gaunt white male about 5′ 9″, between 30 and 40 years o…

Family, friends and members of the public looked on as the newest Mayor and Oak Bay Council were sworn into office on December 5, 2011. The atmosphere was positive and everyone seemed enthusiastic about the challenging work ahead. Mayor Nils Jense…

I attended this week in Esquimalt a second, four-hour Council orientation session with Oak Bay Councilors-Elect Pam Copley, John Herbert, Michelle Kirby, Kevin Murdock and senior staff Mark Brennan, CAO and Laranne Hilton, Municipal Clerk. We were…