Our Victory

Ben Isitt on Election night

I want to express my heart-felt appreciation to you and everyone who made our unprecedented election victory possible.

I am humbled by the results.

We made history — topping the polls with several thousand more votes than any other candidate for municipal office has ever received in the City of Victoria — more than 14,700 votes.

Our support extends to every corner of the community — with an inspiring and determined “ground campaign” that saw our volunteers knock on every door in Victoria nearly two times over, and more than 500 residents who proclaimed their support “for people and the planet” by proudly displaying a lawn sign in front of their home.

I owe this victory to you, and to my family and friends who’ve supported me.

Now, we must continue to work together to ensure that social justice, ecological responsibility and good government are applied to every decision at Victoria City Hall and the Capital Regional District.

We have a new mayor, new councillors and new regional directors. I am committed to working with them and continuing to stand up for the principles we all believe in. Your ongoing role as an active, engaged citizen is essential to building a community and world we can be proud of.

Thank you!

Ben

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Voting for People and the Planet

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GENERAL VOTING DAY - Saturday November 15, 8am-8pm


Where to Vote on November 15

Eligible voters can vote at any of the Voting Places on General Voting Day

Burnside Campus, 3130 Jutland Road
Central Baptist Church, 834 Pandora Avenue
Cook Street Village Activity Centre, 380 Cook Street
James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego Street
James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street
Margaret Jenkins School, 1824 Fairfield Road
Oaklands School, 2827 Belmont Avenue
Quadra School, 3031 Quadra Street
St. Barnabas Church, 1525 Begbie Street
Sir James Douglas School, 401 Moss Street
Victoria High School, 1260 Grant Street
Victoria West School, 750 Front Street


Voter Qualifications

In order to be eligible to vote as a resident elector on Voting Day you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

age 18 or older
Canadian citizen
resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration
resident of the City of Victoria for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration
not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.


What's On the Ballot
The ballot will be double-sided and contain five sections where a voter may cast a vote for:

1 Mayor
8 Councillors
9 School District Trustees (School District 61)
Non-binding questions on
3 Council candidate nominees from the City of Victoria to the Capital Regional District Board
A question regarding municipal amalgamation, worded as follows:
Are you in favour of reducing the number of municipalities in Greater Victoria through amalgamation?


What to Bring
To vote, bring:

Your Voter Card (if it arrived by mail)
Two pieces of ID

For more information, call us at 250.882.9302 or go to www.victoria.ca

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First day of voting

Ben and a campaign supporter install a lawn sign

Today is the first day of voting in the 2014 Victoria municipal election!

All qualified voters can cast ballots at City Hall, Douglas St at Pandora, from 8AM until 8PM. You can vote if you are:

  • at least 18 years of age;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of BC for at least six months;
  • a resident of the City of Victoria for at least 30 days.

Bring your voting card or two pieces of ID. For further information on voting, please see www.Victoria.ca or call us at 250-882-9302.

Together, we can boost turnout in this election and ensure there are strong voices at City Hall and the CRD standing up for people and the planet!

 Please vote and remind other people to vote!

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Standing Up for People and the Planet

Ben discusses the issues with the media

Since I was elected as one of your representatives on Victoria City Council and the Capital Regional District Board three years ago, I have worked hard every day standing up for what we believe in. Together we've made real progress on important issues including:

  • Expanding parks, trails and greenways for walking and cycling;
  • Advocating for affordable housing and a fair deal for everyone;
  • Pursuing neighbourhood-appropriate development that respects Victoria's heritage;
  • Supporting community centres, seniors, libraries and the arts;
  • Providing cost-effective public services with open, accountable local government.

In the upcoming municipal election on Saturday November 15, I need your support to continue standing up for people and the planet

If you think change is needed in our community and world, to build fairer relationships between people and more sustainable relationships with the land and waters that sustain us, please support my efforts for Re-Election:

  • Take a lawn sign (we'll drop one off and pick it up after the election at no cost);
  • Volunteer to help with doorknocking, calling voters or other tasks;
  • Donate to the campaign.

With your help, we can continue to put social justiceecological responsibility and good governance at the centre of municipal decision making — standing up for people and the planet

Voting information will be available on this website, so please check back regularly or Sign Up for updates and a reminder to vote. You can also learn about my track record and ideas and my background, and provide your own views on what's important at City Hall.

Thanks for your support.

Ben

Ben Isitt
Victoria City Council & CRD Director
250.882.9302
Ben@Isitt.ca

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Taking a Lawn Sign

 Take a Lawn Sign!

We're excited to take the ground campaign to the next level with our lawn signs. You can help by signing up for a sign — one of the easiest and most effective ways to show support. A volunteer will drop one off and pick it up within 48 hours of the election. Thanks for your support!

SIGN UP FOR A LAWN SIGN HERE

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Thanksgiving message

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I think it's important to affirm our core values and recommit to working for a fairer distribution of resources in our community and world, so everyone can live a life with happiness and dignity.

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Widen the Galloping Goose Trail

Galloping Goose Trail. Photo by Adrian Lam, Times Colonist

The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is a vital transportation corridor for pedestrians and cyclists in the Capital Region, helping advance regional priorities including active transportation, climate action and healthy communities.

Usage has increased substantially in recent years, leading to congestion among different trail users in urban areas, particularly the section between the Selkirk Trestle and the “switch bridge” over the Trans-Canada Highway.

The City of Victoria and Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition are calling on the Capital Regional District to plan for the widening of the trail and design improvements. Lend your voice to these efforts by signing and sharing this letter of support!

We call on the Capital Regional District to invest in increased capacity and safety on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, beginning with detailed design drawings in 2015 to accommodate additional right-of-way and design improvements for the section between the Selkirk Trestle and the "switch bridge" to ensure safe, enjoyable and efficient travel for all trail users.

SIGN THE LETTER OF SUPPORT HERE

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Solidarity with First Nations

Standing up for Grace Islet at the BC Legislature

I was honoured to participate in a demonstration at the opening of the BC Legislature today, calling on the Government of British Columbia to take immediate action to protect the First Nations cemetery at Grace Islet, Ganges Harbour, where a private retirement home is under construction. In this photo, I'm standing with leaders in the movement to protect the cemetery and broader efforts to support indigenous rights: (from left to right) Salt Spring Island resident Joe Akerman, Tsartlip First Nation Chief Don Tom, Grand Chief Stewart Philip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Tseycum Chief Vern Jacks and Salt Spring Island resident Phil Vernon. Gary Holman, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Saanich North and the Islands, has also advocated consistently for protection of Grace Islet and was with us at the demonstration before taking his seat in the legislative assembly. To join the movement to protect Grace Islet, please sign this petition.

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Advocacy at the Union of BC Municipalities convention

Ben addresses the Union of BC Municipaities annual convention

I attended the Union of BC Municipalities annual convention the week of September 22-26, meeting with a number of municipal officials as well as the Premier and the Ministers of Health, Aboriginal Affairs and Forests. Convention sessions on civic engagement and responsible resource management provided useful information on best practices.

I also participated in a number of policy resolution debates, advocating for open government, farmland protection and First Nations rights.

In this photograph, I am speaking in favour of a resolution to limit increased oil tanker traffic on the coast, advising delegates of my view that the proposed Trans-Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project currently under review with the National Energy Board is incompatible with the economy and ecology of the City of Victoria and Capital Region.

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Taking the Municipal Farmland Challenge

Taking the Municipal Farmland Challenge 

I'm proud to take the Municipal Farmland Challenge, which is consistent with my track record as a City Councillor and CRD Director:

"As an elected official, I pledge to support protection of the Capital Region’s supply of arable land in decisions on land use and Agricultural Land Reserve exclusions, municipally and regionally."

It was a great day to show support for farmland protection and local food systems at Madrona Farm in Saanich, joined by Esquimalt council candidate Olga Liberchuk, Madrona farmer Nathalie Chambers, and Victoria council candidates Jeremy Loveday and Erik Kaye.

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