PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TAKES ON HOUSING

New legislation would allow Province to set municipal housing targets  November 21, 2022   The Province of B.C. has introduced legislation that would allow the Province to set targets for municipalities and take a variety of actions to ensure compliance. Implementation of the legislation will require further regulatory development to address elements undefined in the legislation. “The … Read more

A PLEDGE OF MUTUAL RESPECT AND SUPPORT

In the wake of recent threats of violence and anti-semitism levelled at our local Jewish community, I attended as Acting Mayor of Oak Bay, with other community leaders, a Kristallnacht ceremony at Congregation Emmanu-El Synagogue in Victoria on the night of November 9, 2022. We gathered together to honour those who were lost to the … Read more

OAK BAY COUNCIL’S INAUGURAL MEETING, November 7, 2022

I am pleased to share the video recording of Oak Bay Council’s Inaugural Meeting, November 7, 2022. It was a meaningful night shared with family and friends. Thanks to everyone who attended and I look forward to working together with this Council over the next four years. We have a lot to do, to fulfill … Read more

2022 POST ELECTION REFLECTION

First, THANK YOU to the voters and residents of Oak Bay for your support in this election and for taking a sign, making a donation or walking with me during the campaign. The privilege to serve my community is never taken for granted and I feel an enormous responsibility to tackle the work with gusto, … Read more

A PACKED HOUSE WITH STANDING ROOM ONLY

https://youtu.be/kxzroW2GaBk Here is the link to the last All Candidates’ Meeting, hosted by the Community Association of Oak Bay and moderated by Dr. Michael Prince on Friday night, October 7, 2022. This was the last opportunity for voters to see candidates in action. These meetings can be crucial to voters’ final decision-making about the people … Read more

ELECTIONS ARE ABOUT WHO’S WHO

    This year’s municipal and regional government elections in some places are truly a challenge for voters. Slates, multiple candidates and a myriad of signs and slogans make the choice for voters a difficult task. Many residents are asking “Whom do we vote for?” One of the best ways to learn about candidates is … Read more

IT’S ABOUT LEADERSHIP

The 3 Elements of Trust by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman Ben Welsh/Getty Images Summary.   As a leader, you want the people in your organization to trust you. And with good reason. In our coaching with leaders, we often see that trust is a leading indicator of whether others evaluate them positively or negatively. But how … Read more

WALKING THE VILLAGES AT ELECTION TIME

Did you know that Oak Bay has four village centres within its boundaries? Oak Bay Avenue is the largest village, commonly referred to as “the Village.” But residents and visitors have three other villages to visit and enjoy, each with their own vibrancy and small local businesses that are a boon to our local economy. … Read more

SUPPORTING LOCAL DEMOCRACY – Summary of Two All Candidates’ Meetings

My thanks to the two Oak Bay organizations, ReconciliACTION Oak Bay and the North Oak Bay Community Association, that hosted All Candidates’ Meetings in September. These meetings are important to supporting healthy local democracy and integral to encouraging community dialogue. The goal is to inform voters, for residents to inform candidates and to provide opportunities … Read more

ABOUT THE CANDIDATES IN OAK BAY

Please do your homework and research, contact the candidates if you have other questions and don’t hesitate to make your thoughts known to candidates. The better informed you are, the better informed your vote will be. Thanks to Black Press for all of their coverage. Meet Your Candidates: What’s important to Oak Bay candidates?   … Read more

NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION – REMEMBRANCE

Today, September 30, 2022 is National Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada, a Day to acknowledge the pain, trauma and inter-generational suffering by Indigenous children, families and communities, a result of colonization and specifically, the human ravages of the residential school system. To acknowledge this significant Day, I had the honour of attending two … Read more

B.C. Municipal Candidates Call for Action on Developer Money in Local Election Campaigns

  A group of councillors and candidates from municipalities across the province met on Sunday, September 25, 2022, to discuss issues related to development-industry donations for campaigns. Read in Global News: https://apple.news/AN-3GueEPT5C6aXhftHtGpA This has been a concern for many years, directly related to municipalities and their major role in land use decisions. While the province … Read more