Oak Bay Fire Department members Assistant Chief Darren Hughes, Lt. Gord Marshall and Lt. Jon Popham, received formal honour at this week’s Council meeting when they were awarded Federal Exemplary Service Medals to recognize their outstanding contributions to their profession and to their community.  We are indeed fortunate to call these three members our own … Read more

Please support the Recreation Centre and plan to attend their first live music event, in the upper lounge of the Centre, on Monday, October 7 at 7:30 PM .  Step out for some fun right here in Oak Bay and swing to the band. For details, please visit the Oak Bay Rec Centre website at … Read more

Special Committee of the Whole Meeting of September 25 Related to the build of the new Oak Bay High School, the largest capital works project in Oak Bay, a special Committee of the Whole meeting heard a strong presentation from the municipality’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC), input from the Oak Bay Parks and Recreation … Read more

More Bicycle Parking in the Village? I voted to support further consultation with OB’s Business Improvement Association on a Parks and Recreation Commission’s meeting minutes’ item, suggesting expanded bike parking in the Oak Bay Ave. Village core.  Vehicle parking in and around the village has been previously identified as challenging by the business community so … Read more

One of the hot topics at UBCM this year showcases the use of social media as a key communications tool to changing the relationship between civic officials and citizens.  Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other forms of communication are important forums used to stay connected to the public and to the community. I learned about the … Read more

Discussion: As you know, there is a lot of debate at the community level these days about housing in Oak Bay, much of it recently focused on the Clive Drive redevelopment proposal.  I want to provide you with some of my insights into the project, and hopefully address any misunderstanding or misinformation about my current … Read more

AT A GLANCE I thought that you might want to know what will be happening at the annual UBCM Convention this year in Vancouver.  Oak Bay’s Mayor and majority of Council members are attending, however, I will not be attending and will be holding the fort as Acting Mayor. UBCM conventions are a good investment … Read more

(Looking from our Edinburgh flat on the Royal Mile out to the New Town) Before I write about this week’s Council meeting, I want to share with you some observations during our summer holiday in Iceland, Scotland and England. The Blend of Old and New – Traveling is always a great learning experience for me … Read more

Once again, Oak Bay Heritage is proud to present another workshop as part of their community lecture series, this time on the history of our beautiful Oak Bay gardens.  This session should have broad appeal so I suggest you get there early to get a seat — Oak Bay is well known for its community … Read more

Fall is here and the Council calendar is filling up.  Here are some dates to remember: September 9, a Council meeting starting at 7:30 PM in Chambers.  The Clive re-development proposal will be on the agenda, an item that is generating a lot of community response, some supportive and some not.  I encourage you to … Read more