Tomorrow is election day. The race is close. Every vote will count. I urge each of you to make time to carefully choose the next Victoria City Council. I hope I am among your choices.
With less than 24 hours to go before voting day, I find myself reflecting on these last three years, and the incredible opportunities I’ve had as a city councillor. It’s a unique position, and though it likely sounds guileless, it’s a touching and special experience to be one of 9 people making decisions on issues that affect more than 80,000 daily lives.
To expand transportation options, among the projects I ‘d like to undertake with a future city council is an increase in the number of parking spots made available to car share co-ops throughout the city of Victoria. With the looming merger between Victoria Car Share and Modo (perhaps coming spring 2015) it makes sense to use this opportunity to expand car share to at least two or three spots in every neighbourhood and multiples downtown – let’s make car share a viable option for occasional users who are car free.
As part of my platform’s ‘Strengthening Neigbourhoods’ pillar, I envision a process of capacity building with community associations whereby, after an association’s annual general meeting, a team from the city (perhaps with a staffer each from planning and community engagement, plus the councillor liaison) sits down with the newly elected association executive and together they renew the relationship between the association and the city.
Read the candidate guide http://www.victoria.ca/election
Of the 24 candidates seeking election as Victoria City Councillors, only 5 are women. What does this mean to you?
Its long past time that First Nations voices are heard at the Capital Regional District’s tables of governance. Yesterday, a path towards that goal was reached at the CRD Board meeting.