Posts Categorized: Oak Bay

Local Election Expense Limits — Province Releases Report

In case you missed it, a Provincial all-party Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits released its long-awaited report on December 15, 2014.  As stated in the press release, “the report contains results of the Committee’s public consultation on principles to guide the relationship between elector organizations and their endorsed candidates related to expense limits, and principles for establishing expense limits for third party advertisers.  Over 900 submissions were received.” While this report represents significant work and will help to…

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Managing Risk — My Overview of Local and Regional Government to 2018

As new and returning Mayors, Councillors and Regional Directors across the Capital Regional District (CRD) sign on to a four-year term, many will be welcoming opportunities for positive change, new ideas and improvements that make a difference to their communities.       After all, local government is about what’s possible, what’s new and what initiatives and projects will matter most to local residents.  However, just over three weeks into the new term, I sense the wider landscape is beginning to…

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My Take on What’s Ahead for Oak Bay

I read with interest Mayor Nils Jensen’s “to do” list in the December 7th Times Colonist profile on his election win.  While many of the priorities sounded familiar to me (part of my own campaign platform), the following is a more complete list of what I believe Oak Bay’s Mayor should focus on during the first six to twelve months of this new Council term: work cooperatively on a proactive action plan with Mayors Helps and Atwell, for an Eastside…

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Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Receivership

The news out of Oak Bay today, that our local gem, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is now in receivership, is sad news indeed.  I love the hotel, the staff and all the wonderful events and activities that make it one of the community’s premier destinations.  Kevin and Shawna Walker and their management team have poured a lot of heart and soul into this hotel, a site that is iconic in Oak Bay and an award-winning hotel that is a…

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Revisiting Sewage Treatment – My Take

I wanted to re-post this article from last August 2014, given that sewage will top the CRD’s agenda as a new Board will be installed on December 10th.  I believe that proactive leadership will be critical on this significant issue, making the selection of a new CRD Board Chair key to cooperation and collaboration ahead.  Let’s hope that the new Board Chair is a community leader who has demonstrated openness and the ability to bring communities together, especially for Victoria,…

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A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS

Thank you to over 2,000 Oak Bay residents who voted for me and supported me.  I had wonderful campaign volunteers and we worked hard to run a good race with integrity.  I will never forget all of the wonderful people who worked on my behalf and a special thank you goes to my wonderful sister who ran my campaign with such grace and enthusiasm. So where to go from here?  I plan to maintain this website as a forum for…

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SEWAGE UPDATE – My Take

It’s often said that information is power and in the case of the CRD sewage issue and the Seaterra Plan, nothing could be more true. In my July 17, 2014 blog post about the CRD Seaterra Plan (which I understand was covered by CFAX radio and host Ian Jessop), I expressed my own concerns about the failed CRD process to secure McLoughlin Point, and subsequent CRD attempts to circumvent the results of due process (public hearings) conducted by Esquimalt Mayor…

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SEWAGE TREATMENT – WHERE WE GO FROM HERE – MY OPINION

It has been a hot summer this year, in more ways than one.  The CRD’s “failed” sewage treatment plan continues to generate a lot of heat but not the kind that powers our lights or warms our homes.  It’s heat of the political kind, turned up on Esquimalt’s local Mayor and Council, as well as Esquimalt residents, because of their refusal to allow a treatment plant to be built at McLoughlin Point. The fear mongering and finger-pointing aimed at Esquimalt…

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