Chaired by Councillor John Herbert (in the Mayor’s absence), a budget meeting this week with staff and members of the Oak Bay Parks and Recreation Commission, was a good opportunity for Council members to ask questions about this year’s budget. Oa…

Oak Bay Tourism Committee The Committee submitted their 2011 Year End Report and 2012 Business and Budget Plan, both of which were received and approved by Council. The latter item will be forwarded to Budget Estimates for final approval, with bud…

Local media coverage this week on escalating municipal campaign spending, highlights for me a troubling trend. As a result, I believe that we need greater public scrutiny over candidate spending and how municipal campaigns are financed. It’s disco…

The COW agenda primarily focused on land use this week, with three applications submitted for properties in the Uplands. A fourth agenda item from the Municipal Treasurer, supported by a staff report and budget breakdown, related to monthly financ…

The following CRD notice was forwarded to me by Councillor John Herbert, for information and to encourage any of you who are interested, to please apply to this CRD Advisory Group: The Capital Regional District (CRD) is seeking 11 representatives …

I will be participating with Council members and senior staff in a two-day workshop this week on Strategic Planning. To my knowledge, this is a first for the municipality and Oak Bay Council and is an important step in charting a course for this t…

The winds yesterday left some doubt that our meeting would occur at all but thankfully, late in the afternoon, power was restored. Hoping none of you suffered any real damage, other than loss of power. Grants-in-Aid – I voted with Council to appro…

You will remember that Oak Bay was asked to participate in the annual Greater Victoria Flower Count Launch Mayors’ flower arranging challenge. Mayor Nils Jensen could not attend and I posted this story a week or so ago. I thought you might like to…

When we returned to Oak Bay in 2010, our family and friends asked how we liked living in an urban setting again, given that we had lived “in the country” (Maple Bay and North Saanich) for the previous 24 years. We assured them that we found the tr…

This was sent to me compliments of Councillor Tara Ney, Oak Bay Council Liaison to Oak Bay Parks and Recreation. It is a wonderful testament to the power of the youth voice and its significance in making a difference to decision-making, especially…

Council Isn’t Chicken About Coops COW received a staff report outlining proposed amendments to the Animal Control Bylaw related to chicken coops. This item was before us earlier this year and we asked for a staff report addressing parcel size, set…

Please visit the website below to see how the Globe and Mail has covered the Bowker Creek announcement, made on Friday, about the $700,000+ grant award to restore the waterway over the next century. This is a good news story for the Creek and for …