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Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) Annual Convention 2014

I am pleased to attend on behalf of Oak Bay, the 65th Annual AVICC Convention this year, from April 11 – 13 in Qualicum Beach, hosted by the communities of Qualicum Beach and Parksville.  The convention will again draw local government representatives from cities, districts, towns, villages and regional districts on the Island and Sunshine Coast and former Conservative MP Deb Gray is the keynote speaker. There will be study tours, plenary sessions, social networking sessions, elections and resolutions.  Programming…

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For Your Information

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no regular Council meetings for the next two Mondays in a row, March 31st and April 7th. On April 7th, however, budget estimates’ meetings commence in Council Chambers at 5:30 PM.  Estimates’ meetings are open to the public so hoping to see you there.

March 24th Council Meeting Highlights Etc.

Earth Day, Saturday, March 29th – Please turn off your lights for an hour and enjoy dinner by candlelight. Saturday, March 29th at 1:00 PM, Oak Bay United Church:  Please join the Community Association of Oak Bay on Saturday, for a community forum on how you feel about our Oak Bay municipality, both high points and issues that concern us.  The emphasis will be on identifying where the municipality can improve services and communication, both of which have been priorities…

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Correction to April’s Heritage Lecture

The Heritage Lecture scheduled for April 16th is on a Wednesday, NOT a Tuesday.  The current brochure on this blog advertising the lecture says Tuesday, April 16th which is the right date but the wrong day. Please make the correction on your April calendar! Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 PM at Windsor Park Pavilion with well known environmentalist Guy Dauncey – “Imagining a New Green Future.” Hoping to see you there!  

March 17 Committee of the Whole Highlights

Triathlon for Willows in August A request to hold a triathlon on August 24, 2014 at Willows Beach Park is supported by the Parks and Recreation Commission but will be referred back to staff for further consideration, before being referred back to Council for approval.  A variety of questions arose during discussion, including the potential impact on the park and surrounding areas, particularly traffic management.  The proponent is also a for-profit group and the understanding is that if this event…

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Spring Has Sprung, the Grass is Riz, I Wonder Where the Birdies Is?

Happy Spring everyone!  Hoping for more sunshine, outside time and productivity, both on the home front and at the Council table. As the Council term winds down this year and the next municipal election in mid-November approaches, I will assess Council’s achievements, look back at the past three years as an Oak Bay Council member and, like so many of my Oak Bay and regional colleagues, I will decide on whether or not to run again for Oak Bay Council. …

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Highlights of the March 11 Public Hearing and Council Meeting

THE CLIVE In a vote of 6 to 1, the Clive re-development proposal passed third reading on March 11, following a packed Public Hearing attended by over 200 people, with standing room only.  Out of nearly 50 speakers, over 80% spoke in favour of the proposal and urged Mayor and Council to move the Clive proposal forward and approve it.  I was pleased to see so many Oak Bay residents of all ages attending and speaking, and particularly gratified to…

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Trial Island Art Project Celebrated

It was an evening of recognition and celebration of a wonderful art project to commemorate Trial Island Light House, inspired in large part by Monterey Middle School Grade 6 students, their teachers and parents. A recent application by Oak Bay’s Heritage Foundation, to have the light house designated as a heritage site and preserved in perpetuity through federal legislation, got a boost when the students took on this art project in cooperation with the Foundation, and created a stunning collage…

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February 17 Committee of the Whole Highlights

DEER MANAGEMENT A wide-ranging discussion about an amendment to our Animal Control Bylaw to increase fines imposed on residents who feed urban deer, followed submission of a staff report recommending a bylaw amendment to our Animal Control Bylaw, to increase the fine from the current $100 to $300.  Some Council members wanted greater fine amounts imposed, a greater single amount for a first-time infraction or through a phased approach — for example, $100 for the first infraction and $400 for…

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OCP Open House Well Attended

February 15th’s community Open House to support the Official Community Plan (OCP) renewal process was very well attended.  People were engaged and enthusiastic as they toured displays to get more details about the community survey results released publicly last December.  This is the first of two Open Houses planned this spring that focus on survey results and how these results will be used to inform the new OCP.  Municipal staff, Council members and volunteers from the Official Community Plan Advisory…

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