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

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

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

After a hectic municipal election campaign that wound up on October 20, 2018, election day, Oak Bay voters elected a new Mayor and Council.  I was gratified to be among the seven candidates elected and am deeply grateful to Oak Bay voters for their support, awarding me over 3,800 votes and giving me the privilege … Read more

  As the year 2017 closes and Christmas and New Year’s Eve are just a few days away, I am wishing my readers from our home in Oak Bay, a Holiday Season of joy, peace and sharing with family, friends and loved ones.  To help get us all into the spirit of the holiday season, … Read more

Please mark your calendars for this important Public Meeting on Regional Sewage Treatment On June 24, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Capital Regional District (CRD), through the Westside Solutions group and the Eastside Select Committee, will host a public meeting on regional sewage treatment and recovery, including further updates on site selection.  … Read more

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 … Read more

I attended an annual conference at Harrison, sponsored by the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance, titled “Deepening Democracy.” A variety of workshop choices and plenary sessions were offered, including such topics as: Rural Communit…

Mayor Nils Jensen was away and as Acting Mayor for March, it was my opportunity to Chair the Committee of the Whole meeting for the first time. Highlights of the meeting included: Receiving for information the minutes of the Oak Bay Parks and Rec …

It was an honour for me, as Acting Mayor, to represent Oak Bay on March 14th, to welcome home HMCS Regina from a nine-month deployment on a NATO-led maritime counter-terrorism mission. My colleague from Esquimalt Council, Councillor Lynda Hundleby…

I was pleased to join Mayor and Council in welcoming our new Interim Chief Administrative Officer Gary Nason to Oak Bay. He started work on Monday, March 11th and is a welcome addition to the Municipality. As you know, former CAO Mark Brennan chos…