The Oak Bay Rec Centre is pleased to announce that they won or were recognized in a number of categories at the Best of the City Awards this past week.  Janet Barclay, Manager of Recreation Program Services, attended the awards event and reported that Recreation Oak Bay was voted: Best Recreation Centre. Second best swimming … Read more


I attended the grand opening of the new Henderson Rec Centre expanded facility.  What a wonderful addition, with new equipment, new programs and staff that make a difference to our health and well-being.  I encourage you to visit the facility and try out all the equipment.  While the elliptical is challenging, I can see that … Read more

During what was admittedly a truly difficult discussion and decision, I voted with Council (it was unanimous) to endorse, in separate motions, eight of the ten points presented in the CRD’s Deer Management Strategy, including asking the CRD for detailed information on costing, methodologies and outcomes, for a plan that would assist Oak Bay to … Read more

A heads up that the deer issue will again be on our agenda for this meeting.  Hoping to see you there.  As you know, this is a challenging, emotional and divisive issue.  But the bottom line is that we need to respond to the majority concern, that urban deer populations are currently unmanageable, are at … Read more

Sunday, August 11, 2013 – Bowker Creek Brush-Up Art Show & Sales – 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 11. 2013 – Car Festival on the Avenue Saturday, August 17, 2013 – Talk with Robert Moyes About His Books and Art, Monterey Rec Centre – Times TBA Sunday, August 18, 2013 – Plein Air … Read more

Oak Bay Parks and Recreation Commission A report by the Urban Forest Strategy working group was presented and briefly discussed before a deferral was made to the last quarter of this year, for further deliberation and adoption as a Council strategic priority.  Gary Nason, Interim CAO, recommended deferral to later this year given that the … Read more

A special Committee of the Whole Meeting to hear from the public and from CRD staff on the results of their deer management strategy was packed.  Chairs in Council Chambers were filled and people spilled out into the Hall’s lobby to take seats there where they could see and hear proceedings via our new audio/visual … Read more

The Mayor opened the meeting with remarks about the recent passing of longtime heritage advocate Judith Anderson.  Judith was a passionately active Oak Bay and Victoria Heritage volunteer, as well as a member of the Hallmark Society.  Judith recently requested that her house on Roslyn Road by designated, which occurred shortly before her death.  Judith … Read more

I think about this when I think about pipelines and tankers.  Leaving you with a thought for the weekend.

It with regret and sadness that I have to let you know about the loss yesterday of Oak Bay resident, heritage volunteer and tireless heritage advocate Judith Anderson, who passed away after a lengthy illness.  Judith was a devotee of heritage for many years and was well known in Victoria and Oak Bay heritage circles.  … Read more