I recently read another troubling article on the damaging impacts of age-ism. Unfortunately, this type of discrimination is not new. It pervades workplaces and other aspects of our lives and, sadly, it seems more targeted at women. That is not to say it does not affect men; as we know, it is a major focus … Read more

I recently had the privilege, as a former Board Vice Chair and Member of Our Place Society (OPS), to attend a special open house and lunch for former OPS Board members, some of whom were part of the original decision to proceed with the Therapeutic Recovery Program, known now as New Roads. I was part … Read more

In response to a Times Colonist article on the Easter weekend, highlighting that Oak Bay Council had decided, during its 2024 budget deliberations, to scale back the Active Transportation Plan, by reducing one of two proposed staffing positions over the next five years, it suggested that Council was “backpedaling” on their active transportation program. On … Read more

The Province has certainly generated a lot of discussion about its recent affordable housing strategy and legislation designed to address the provincial housing crisis. But can it achieve all that it promises? Reactions by local governments and their leaders across the province vary, with a majority seemingly supportive of such groundbreaking changes to how communities … Read more

I had the privilege of recently attending a Royal Roads “Change Maker” Speaker Series event, where the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould was the keynote. Her new book, focused on Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation, traces her journey as a Canadian Indigenous woman, lawyer, leader, author and former MP and Federal Justice Minister on the path to Indigenous … Read more

Do I believe that local government decision-makers are more challenged today, as they attempt to navigate a more complex public environment in which to make decisions? Yes, I do. First elected as a municipal Councillor in 2005, I found that the environment at that time seemed less ideological and had a greater focus on collegiality. … Read more

https://www.cbc.ca/…/canada-prime-farmland-1.6877661 This article is particularly timely given the recent release of Ontario’s Auditor General’s report on the Ford’s government land swap that appears to have been unduly influenced by developers. Having served on Council in North Saanich for two terms, I am reminded of the ongoing historical tension between those who want to develop the … Read more

From the latest edition of Entrepreneur Magazine, Dr. Samantha Madhosingh writes about 2023 trends in workplace best practices. We all know that the workplace has changed since the pandemic; new concepts and terminology such as “hybrid model,” “quiet quitting,” and “flexible schedule” have created a shift to how, when and where we work. I have … Read more

As this year draws to a close and 2023 looms, I am reflecting on the past year and on the four-year term. As you know, what suffered most was our ability to engage with our community on a person-to-person level. While the pandemic subsided over time, the ability to meet and work directly with our … Read more

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

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

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