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Ben signing his oath of office 2018

I am honoured to take my oath of office and begin work with our new progressive City Council to build a more inclusive and sustainable community, region and world. Thanks to everyone who helped me get here.

I look forward to continuing to work with you to ramp up pressure at the grassroots and legislative levels for action to build a community where no one gets left behind and where we look after the natural ecosystems that sustain us all.

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Acquiring land for an inclusive housing system

Should the City of Victoria acquire land to facilitate federal, provincial and regional investment in nonmarket housing for seniors, youth, working people and other people who are unable to obtain secure, affordable housing in the private real estate market? You can learn more about his proposal in this CBC Radio interview and in the media coverage below.

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City councillor calls for Victoria to buy land for affordable housing

Watch this news coverage of the proposal for the City of Victoria to buy land to facilitate federal, provincial and regional investment in decommodified housing.

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Mandate for a more inclusive and sustainable city and region

Ben Isitt quote on October 20 mandate

Friends,

Thank you for your support helping me win re-election to City Council and the CRD Board – and electing a strong, progressive majority to City Hall.

Our grassroots campaign topped the polls for both offices – with more than 14,000 votes for Council and 11,000 for CRD – boosting voter turnout to an historic level and helping re-elect Jeremy Loveday and elect Laurel Collins, Sarah Potts and Sharmarke Dubow.

Our campaign was driven by a hard-working team of 80 volunteers who doorknocked and called tens of thousands of voters, tabled at events, bundled and stapled leaflets, and delivered lawn and window signs to 600 supporters’ homes (every sign was re-used from a previous election). Funds were generously provided by 150 people to cover the costs of printing, postage and campaign logistics.

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Vote TODAY for progressive values and progressive candidates

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I am writing to remind you to vote today in the municipal election, to help build a more inclusive and sustainable city and region.

I appreciate your support for my candidacy for City Councillor and CRD Director.

We may not agree on every issue. But if you think that I offer an important perspective at City Hall and around the regional board table, I would ask for one of your votes today for these two positions.

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Support from sustainable local enterprise

Photo of Hiep Nguyen and Ben

Sustainable local enterprises like Pho Vy's on Fort Street are mobilizing behind our grassroots campaign.

I am thankful to have the support of Hiep Nguyen and other small business operators for my candidacy for re-election to public office.

You can join Hiep and others by casting a ballot today in early voting at City Hall or on General Voting Day, October 20!

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Vote early for people and the planet

Vote

Polls are now open for early voting for the municipal election!

I appreciate your support in my campaign for re-election as a City Councillor & CRD Director, to continue moving forward for an inclusive, sustainable city and region.

You can vote today at Victoria City Hall until 8:00 pm with your voting card or 2 pieces of ID, and at these locations in the days ahead:

Friday, October 12 from 8 am to 6 pm at Our Place, 919 Pandora Ave
Monday, October 15 from 8 am to 8 pm at Victoria City Hall
Wednesday, October 17 from 8 am to 6 pm at the UVic Student Union Bldg

And on general voting day, Saturday, October 20, from 8 am to 8 pm at your nearest voting place.

Please contact our campaign (contact@benisitt.ca / 250-882-9302) for voting information or to request a ride to vote.

Thank you for your support!

Ben

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Sign up for a lawn sign

You can join the movement for people and the planet by signing up today for one of these spiffy campaign signs — delivered free of charge to a lawn or window near you.

I appreciate your help spreading the word to your neighbours!

Ben Isitt Lawn Sign

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Standing up for people and the planet

Ben Isitt at Womens March

Dear Friends,

After talking with my family and community members, I've decided to seek re-election to the office of city councillor and regional director in Victoria.

We've made progress over the past term, on issues including housing affordability, sustainable transportation, environmental protection and good government. This includes securing a $90-million investment in the Regional Housing First Program, increasing funding for community centres and seniors centres by more than 50%, improving options for walking and cycling, and being the first municipality in British Columbia to eliminate single-use plastic bags as a first step toward a broader zero-waste strategy.

But there is much more work to do. I believe that local government must do more to guarantee the right of all people to:

  • live with dignity in safe, energy-efficient, affordable housing;
  • live in a healthy environment with a stable climate, sustainable transportation options and access to nature, clean air, fresh water and nutritious food;
  • participate actively in an inclusive community, with adequate income, support services and access to arts, culture and recreation;
  • participate actively in our local democracy, with stronger connections between residents, neighbourhoods and City Hall.

While we may not agree on every issue, I think that my track record standing up for our community is clear.

I hope that I can count on your support in the October 20 election. If you want me to continue representing you on City Council and the CRD, please take a moment to indicate your support and consider making a financial contribution today.

I appreciate your support and any ideas you wish to share for building a stronger community.

All the best,

Ben

 

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Supporting the return of ȽEL,TOS

I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to work with the Tsawout First Nation and grassroots groups including Turning the Tide and the Social Environmental Alliance to organize the Paddle for ȽEL,TOS and the Salish Sea on September 2, 2018.

Nearly 300 paddlers in 95 boats converged on the Salish Sea, including eight big canoes and a barge with Elders, followed by 400 people packed into the Tsawout Gym for a community meal and presentations. The purpose of the Paddle was to support the call of the WSÁNEĆ People for the return of ȽEL,TOS (James Island).

I would like to thank everyone who participated and contributed toward the success of the event, particularly Mavis Underwood for her leadership. HIS'KWE (Thank you).

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