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!
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 justice, ecological 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.
Victoria City Council & CRD Director
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The pathways surrounding the Smith Hill Reservoir next to Summit Park in the Hillside-Quadra neighbourhood have moved a step closer to receiving long-overdue upgrades.
Victoria City Council has voted unanimously in favour of a proposal I put forward with Mayor Dean Fortin calling on the City to work with the Capital Regional District (CRD) to improve the pathways for safety and the enjoyment of the public.Read more
By Ben Isitt, Times Colonist opinion-editorial, August 13, 2014
Today, Capital Regional District directors will consider a proposal to acquire Grace Islet in Ganges Harbour off Saltspring Island for the public purpose of protecting the First Nations burial ground.
While the primary obligation to protect First Nations cultural heritage sites resides with the provincial government, it has become sadly apparent that the provincial government and Forests Minister Steve Thomson have no intention of exercising this responsibility, notwithstanding requests from WSÁNE´C (Saanich Nation) and the six nations in the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group, the Islands Trust and the CRD board to suspend the site-alteration permit and halt construction of a private residence on the burial island.
In the absence of provincial leadership, I believe it is ethically responsible and legally appropriate for the CRD board to exercise its authority under the B.C. Expropriation Act and acquire title to Grace Islet.Read more