What It Takes To Run

What does it take to run for public office? I am often asked this question and have put together what I think are some key factors in making such a decision. My perspective is based on years of experience working on the campaigns of others, on my own municipal campaigns and serving as a Councillor, … Read more

As the Council Term Comes to a Close

It’s hard to believe that we are in the last months of this four-year term, one of the most challenging I can recall. The pandemic was the primary factor and hollowed out the term when it came to public engagement, person-to-person interaction and community events. Council and staff found themselves moving to the online world … Read more

Close to Home

The current “housing shortage” in Greater Victoria continues to be a hot topic for all levels of government. In Oak Bay, for example, Mayor and Council want a housing plan and have already completed studies on housing needs and are completing public engagement on infill housing and nearing completion on secondary suites. This work has … Read more

Housing Affordability in Oak Bay

Oak Bay Election 2018 CAIRINE’S COMMITMENTS Issue #4 Increases in housing prices and decreases in affordability have posed tough housing challenges here and across the region in recent years.  With Oak Bay’s land values at an all time high, housing demolitions of older, smaller character homes more commonplace, a real estate market driving an average … Read more

2016 Asset Management Report for Oak Bay

2016 Asset Management Report for the District of Oak Bay Opus International Consultants (Canada) Ltd.    Completed in 2016 but not released to the public until 2017, this is perhaps the most serious looming priority we have seen for Oak Bay in recent years.  Public assets are defined as sewer, water, storm drains, roads (incl. … Read more

On the Campaign Trail 2018

I hit the campaign trail today with my sister (official photographer) to attend the Bowker Creek Brush-Up, an annual favourite of mine and such a wonderful event that showcases the immense talent of our local artists and their work.  I enjoyed bumping into friends Daphne Goode (formerly of Shaw Cable), Victor Lotto, popular local Oak … Read more

URBAN DEER IN OAK BAY IN 2018

Urban deer in Oak Bay, 2018 As a candidate for Oak Bay Council, I have been asked for my position on deer management in Oak Bay. I support the current program in place, first adopted by Oak Bay Council in late 2016, a three-way partnership between Oak Bay municipality, the non-profit Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society … Read more