Don Descoteau, Editor, Oak Bay News has asked those of us in touch with residents to spread the word about an Oak Bay News initiative designed to promote greater community engagement, using their presence online through Facebook. Don writes: Wante…

I admit that I am not a heritage specialist but, as an elected representative and new Council Liaison to the municipality‚Äôs Heritage Commission, I know that I will spend time, along with Council colleagues, dealing with a variety of challenges rel…

A house with significant historical and heritage value is the subject of a request by the owner to de-register the property from the Oak Bay Heritage Register. This matter has been referred by Council to the Heritage Commission for their review an…

This week opened with Monday night’s Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting and a “Plan B” seating arrangement for Council and staff members, with the goal of improved interaction with the public. The challenge is to ensure that Council members are …

Two agenda items involving requests for early 2012 capital approval opened the meeting and I voted to approve them. They involved the need to replace vehicles and other machinery to support public works and infrastructure improvements to Carnarvon…

January has kicked off a busy start to the year for Oak Bay Council members. Working groups on community engagement and an Official Community Plan review have had two initial pre-planning meetings involving Council members, staff and community vol…

I attended a special gathering of Greater Victoria residents who showed up in the many hundreds to support the local Jewish Community, following a deplorable desecration last week of gravesites at the Jewish Cemetary in Fernwood. Various faith lea…

Subject to Council adoption at the next regular Council meeting on January 9, committee frameworks and structure for the Official Community Plan (OCP) Review and Community Engagement Committees are in the pre-planning stages. The OCP Review Commit…

Special Council and Committee of the Whole meeting results were as follows: At a Special Council meeting that preceded Committee of the Whole, I supported the adoption of three bylaws related to water rates, sewer user charges and membership on th…

In an effort to establish a more open and welcoming atmosphere for the public and make a clear distinction between Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings, our first meeting of the year found Mayor and Council seated around a table on the floo…