Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sewage Plan Flushed – My View

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 treatment, kitchen waste, the Blue Bridge and, in Oak Bay at least, the urban deer situation.  I am sure there are other issues for other…

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Things to Watch

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.  Please plan to attend and bring a friend or two! Municipal Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Wednesday, May 28th – starts at 6:30 PM, Uplands Golf Club…

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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, upstairs in the Sports View Lounge.

News, Events and Updates

  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 time, I have been busy working with regional colleagues to try to change the provincial government’s mind on its proposed closure of the facility, the…

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May 12 Council Meeting Highlights

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 report and approve the 2013 financial statements. Municipal Grants Approved Municipal grants received final approval, following a thorough review and discussion during earlier budget estimates’…

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Update on My Motion to Keep Victoria’s Youth Custody Centre Open

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 government to keep the facility open and re-purpose a part of it to house adult female offenders remanded and sentenced from Vancouver Island Courts, in…

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IMPORTANT OPEN HOUSE – Oak Bay’s New Official Community Plan

  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 please mark your calendar and plan to attend!  Bring a neighbour or a friend too! The draft document is also available on the municipal website…

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Advocating for Youth, Families and Women at Risk

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 to custody facilities on the Lower Mainland or elsewhere in the Province.  At the same time, the Victoria City Police Chief announced that his organization…

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April 28 Council Meeting Highlights and Other Information

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 Bay.  Please welcome Chief Brinton when you run into him on the streets of our community.  Congratulations to him! Get Ready for the Spring Sidewalk…

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