Posts Categorized: Politics

The Art of Possibility

“Standard and social business practices are built on certain assumptions — shared understandings that have evolved from older beliefs and conditions.  And while circumstances may have changed since the start of these practices, their continued use tends to reconfirm the old beliefs.  For this reason, our daily practices feel right and true to us, regardless of whether they have evolved to keep up with the pace of change.  In just such a way, a business culture arises and perpetuates itself,…

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Gender Politics — Making a Difference

Women seem to be making a breakthrough in local politics in the Capital Regional District (CRD), especially during the 2014 municipal election cycle.  Two new female faces in the City of Victoria and in Sooke (Mayors Lisa Helps and Maja Tait) join other CRD women Mayors Barb Desjardins, Carol Hamilton and Alice Finall.  While this may not reflect a big gain in numbers for women over time at the Mayor level, it suggests to me a trend by women towards…

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Oak Bay’s Advisory Commissions/Committees Under Review

The new Oak Bay Council announced that over the next three months, it will review roles and responsibilities of its advisory commissions and committees, avenues for meaningful volunteer involvement that signifies a commitment to citizen engagement.  A priority of mine during the last municipal election, it makes good sense to review, from time to time, the work of volunteer groups to make sure that they are still effective, efficient and relevant. It’s gratifying to see that this Council will also…

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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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Making Room for Women – The OSLER Report

In a recently published report by OSLER, titled “Planning for 2015:  A 2014 Canadian Proxy Season Retrospective,” gender diversity on boards and in senior management is acknowledged as a long standing concern.  Among Canada’s 500 largest companies, the report indicates that board seats held by women sits at just 15.9%.  While there have been improvements to communication, recruitment and media interest in the subject, progress over time has been “slow.”  For example, in 2011, the percentage of women directors among…

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Legislative Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits

As a candidate in a local election, I was pleased to recently participate in phase one of the Legislative Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits online survey.  The work of this Committee is significant in my view and highlights my ongoing concern about local election campaign spending. In the last decade, I have observed that the costs of running local election campaigns have continued to escalate, to the point where campaign spending may now be a real barrier to…

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Women As Leaders

Women in leadership led the November 25th Times Colonist front page, “Mostly Female Councils Changing the Face of Politics,”  focused on the number of female candidates elected in the CRD as a result of the most recent municipal election.  Although many women may be newly elected to local government, we know that they are not new to various leadership roles in their own lives and communities.  Women bring unique perspectives to public life and as the TC article suggests, women…

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