Listening to everyone weigh in on the recent failure of the CRD’s contentious sewage plan has me thinking that municipal elections will be interesting this fall, with a number of issues at play — the possibility of 4-year Council terms (decision pending from the Province to increase the current 3-year term to 4 years), sewage … Read more

Council Meeting Tonight at 7:30 PM, Monday, May 26th in Council Chambers Official Community Plan Advisory Committee (OPAC) Meeting at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 27th – Reviewing the latest OCP draft before it goes to the Community Open House this Saturday, May 31st, 1 – 4 PM, Oak Bay Rec Centre, for feedback from residents.  … Read more

I apologize if the photo is in small print.  Please use your mouse to double click on the image to enlarge it.  For further information, please visit the Municipal website and follow the OCP link.  Hoping to see you at the Open House on Saturday, May 31st, 1 – 4 PM, Oak Bay Rec Centre, … Read more

  Oak Bay Leading Local Government Response to Youth Custody Closure It has been a hectic two weeks for me, attending a series of meetings and events — the YES Awards, Monterey Volunteer Appreciation Wine and Cheese, site visits on land use and two meetings about the Youth Custody Services facility closure.  In my spare … Read more

Audit Report Positive Municipal auditors, KPMG, presented a positive audit findings’ report on Oak Bay’s financial statements, concluding by indicating that compared with many other municipalities, we are in reasonably good financial shape.  This is in large measure due to the efforts of our Municipal Treasurer Patricia Walker.  I voted with Council to receive the … Read more

As you know, as a result of last week’s announcement by the Provincial Government to close Vancouver Island’s only Youth Custody facility located in View Royal, I got busy and drafted a motion for Oak Bay Council, requesting that we appeal to the Province to re-consider its decision.  In a nutshell, my motion encourages the … Read more

  PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE TO REVIEW THE FIRST DRAFT   WHERE:  Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Sportsview Lounge Upstairs WHEN:    Saturday, May 31, 2014, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm WHY:      This is the public’s opportunity to review and make comments on the new Official Community Plan draft document.  We look forward to seeing you there so … Read more

Last week, the Minister of Children and Family Development, responsible for provincial youth custody facilities, announced the proposed closure of the Victoria Youth Custody Services Centre in View Royal.  The Minister cited under-utilization and cost-savings as the rationale for closure and suggested that all youth remanded or sentenced from Vancouver Island Courts would be transferred … Read more

New Chief Constable Formally Introduced Oak Bay’s new Chief Constable, Andrew Brinton, attended and was introduced at our meeting.  Chief Brinton comes to Oak Bay after a 30-year career in the RCMP.  He says that he is very pleased to be here and looks forward to continuing the strong tradition of community policing in Oak … Read more