I like clarity. My sense is that most people do. It’s important to ensure everyone has a common understanding of roles, responsibilities, and desired outcomes. Otherwise, there is a risk that things won’t get done when boundaries are unclear, or that management is both uncoordinated and inefficient. I think we need to improve clarity in Saanich in the following three veins:
What do these two topics have in common? Lots. Most discussions about affordability in the municipal context focus narrowly on social housing, and disregard the significant influence municipalities can exert – both passively and actively – on the cost of living. The good news is, we have lots of room for improvement in Saanich, and lots of tools at our disposal. Here are some of the approaches I will work to bring forward to Saanich Council.
The EDPA, or Saanich’s Environmental Development Permit Area, is intended to support biodiversity conservation in Saanich, and is top-of-mind for many voters in this by-election. It impacts over 2,000 private properties in our municipality. I’ve talked to many people on both sides of the issue and poured over several reports to approach it objectively and inform my thinking on how we should proceed.
Public discourse about full or partial amalgamation of the 13 municipalities in the Capital Regional District always seems to be bubbling just below the surface. I’m frequently asked about my view on it, and I want to be transparent about where I stand.
It’s time to talk policy. This is my favourite aspect of this whole campaign business. (No, it’s not seeing my face on giant signs at intersections all over Saanich!) I like to be well researched and contribute ideas to the debate. In my view, that is how things move forward, and how we progress as people and communities.
For this week’s update, I want to clear the air on something I’m been asked about a lot - my political party affiliation. Here’s my response: I am a non-partisan candidate. I think my reasons for this are important, and I want to share them with you.
Lately, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about taking big money out of politics, and more specifically in the context of the provincial government, banning “big money”, meaning union and corporate donations. I’ve debated the merits of such a policy for my own political campaign and have come to the conclusion that...
In the past few weeks, since joining the by-election race for a seat on Saanich Council, several people have asked me which members of the current council have endorsed me. The answer is that I am intentionally not soliciting endorsements from sitting Councillors because I think it’s critical to have a constructive working relationship with ALL members of Council.