This year’s municipal and regional government elections in some places are truly a challenge for voters. Slates, multiple candidates and a myriad of signs and slogans make the choice for voters a difficult task. Many residents are asking “Whom do we vote for?” One of the best ways to learn about candidates is … Read more

The 3 Elements of Trust by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman Ben Welsh/Getty Images Summary.   As a leader, you want the people in your organization to trust you. And with good reason. In our coaching with leaders, we often see that trust is a leading indicator of whether others evaluate them positively or negatively. But how … Read more

Did you know that Oak Bay has four village centres within its boundaries? Oak Bay Avenue is the largest village, commonly referred to as “the Village.” But residents and visitors have three other villages to visit and enjoy, each with their own vibrancy and small local businesses that are a boon to our local economy. … Read more

My thanks to the two Oak Bay organizations, ReconciliACTION Oak Bay and the North Oak Bay Community Association, that hosted All Candidates’ Meetings in September. These meetings are important to supporting healthy local democracy and integral to encouraging community dialogue. The goal is to inform voters, for residents to inform candidates and to provide opportunities … Read more

Please do your homework and research, contact the candidates if you have other questions and don’t hesitate to make your thoughts known to candidates. The better informed you are, the better informed your vote will be. Thanks to Black Press for all of their coverage. Meet Your Candidates: What’s important to Oak Bay candidates?   … Read more

Today, September 30, 2022 is National Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada, a Day to acknowledge the pain, trauma and inter-generational suffering by Indigenous children, families and communities, a result of colonization and specifically, the human ravages of the residential school system. To acknowledge this significant Day, I had the honour of attending two … Read more

  A group of councillors and candidates from municipalities across the province met on Sunday, September 25, 2022, to discuss issues related to development-industry donations for campaigns. Read in Global News: https://apple.news/AN-3GueEPT5C6aXhftHtGpA This has been a concern for many years, directly related to municipalities and their major role in land use decisions. While the province … Read more

There is a lot of buzz currently about the 2022 municipal elections in the Capital Region, highlighting emerging slates and their candidates. Does this suggest a trend toward party politics, slates or block voting at the local level? Local media have done a good job of keeping voters across the region informed about candidates and … Read more

97DEEA81-1DAF-4EDA-898E-9539B6A6FBD1 Kudos and thanks to Grade 4/5 teacher Ms. Leah Edgley, for requesting a short video from each of the Oak Bay Council candidates running in the current municipal election. I understand that the video will be used to engage and inform five classes of Willows’ students. Ms. Edgley took the time to contact each … Read more

    As my re-election campaign hums along, I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who has taken a sign, made a donation or stopped to chat with me while walking through our villages. I am gratified at the support and encouragement I am receiving and it means a great deal. Election … Read more

At the September 20, 2022 Council meeting, Oak Bay Council adopted bylaws to finally bring regulated secondary suites to Oak Bay. This issue has been on the radar in Oak Bay since 2006 so was long overdue for approval as a viable housing option. That there are already approximately 800 existing suites in the community … Read more

RE-ELECT CAIRINE GREEN For Oak Bay Council COMMITTED HARD WORKING EXPERIENCED “Strong local government should be a working partnership with the community it serves.” (Cairine Green, B.A., M.Ed.) A community is strong when its members are connected and included. While the past two years have tested our strength as a community and our ability to … Read more