Victoria, BC - In our 2017 Community Survey, we heard from you that “our best defence against crime is [a] strong community and communication.” In an effort to build on our strong community and further open lines of communication throughout 2018, our Patrol Division’s Watch Commanders are hosting members of the public for an open house. The first of these events happened at our VicPD Headquarters in Victoria and the second was hosted in Esquimalt. The Watch Commander’s Open House returns to Victoria on Thursday, September 27th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30pm, in our Hall of Honour at our 850 Caledonia Avenue headquarters.
The Watch Commander is the Staff Sergeant who oversees a Patrol Watch and is the person who is most immediately responsible to keep Victoria and Esquimalt safe.
Our Watch Commander’s Open House is an informal, friendly, drop-in style event. Drop by and grab a coffee and chat with our Watch Commander and other front-line staff about current issues, or to find out how a Patrol shift responds to your calls, or learn what you should know when calling either 911 or our non-emergency line. This Watch Commander’s Open House is hosted in our publicly accessible Hall of Honour (just off our lobby), so no ID is required.
Where: VicPD Hall of Honour – 850 Caledonia Avenue, Victoria B.C.
When: Thursday, September 27th 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feel free to drop in at any time during this 90-minute session. There is no check in or RSVP required for the event. Just come and chat!
I look forward to seeing many of you at the event,
Kimberly Kelley, BBA
Community Programs Coordinator
Community Engagement Division
Victoria Police Department
850 Caledonia Avenue
Victoria, BC, V8T 5J8
You can also follow the VicPD Twitter account and our Facebook page for all VicPD public notices and events.
CFAX Radio 1070-AM is holding a live debate between some of the Mayoralty candidates on October 2nd at 9:00a.m.
CFAX 1070 Online:
Also CFAX News has posted some articles re the elections here:
On election day Victoria residents will be voting for:
8 City Councillors
9 School Trustees
There is a dearth of comprehensive and accessible information re candidates and issues.
“Here's a (pretty) objective summary of the candidates and issues.”
“This website was haphazardly created by unaffiliated Victoria resident, Danielle Leduc McQueen.
‘All information was compiled and collected in my spare time from candidate websites, newspaper articles, and LinkedIn profiles. I’ve tried to reference sources where relevant and keep a neutral stance, but this website was necessarily informed by my perspectives - I’m a millennial renter and new mom. I’m also a believer in the importance of democracy, and think government should be informed, policy-driven, and inclusive.
I created this site to hopefully encourage more people (especially young people) to get interested in municipal politics, get informed, and get voting.
I hope to continue to edit and update candidate summaries as the election approaches and more information becomes available.’”
The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association is hosting two all candidates meetings pertaining to the upcoming municipal election. More info on the election and candidates here
Mayor ~ all candidates meeting
Sunday, September 30th @ 6:30pm
Location TBD – it will be either in our Garry Oak Room or the Sir James Douglas school gym.
Councillors ~ all candidates meeting
Sunday, October 14th @ 6:30pm
Location TBD – it will be either in our Garry Oak Room or the Sir James Douglas school gym.
Sorry for the very short notice - we just found out about this opportunity to meet with the candidates.
Council Chambers - City Hall - 1 Centennial Square
Note that 2910 Shelbourne Street is F.1 on the agenda.
Status: Active rezoning application
Architect: D'Arcy Jones Architecture
Project Partner: Purdey Group
All welcome for this free event!
Join us for the launch of the Common Vision, Common Action Solutions Statement and a public discussion on how citizens can mobilize and organize to advance social and ecological justice at the local government level.
What role can citizens take to speak out for the planet and the health of the population, to oppose unsustainable plans, and to propose sustainable and healthy alternatives when local governments consider land use proposals, Official Community Plans and neighbourhood plans, and operational policies on housing, transportation, parks, culture and other issues?
Sponsored by: UVic Social Justice Studies Program, UVic Social Environmental Alliance Club, Creatively United for the Planet, Common Vision Common Action, Conversations for a One Planet Region, Social Environmental Alliance - SEA
article by GRACE KENNEDY
Aug. 9, 2018 12:20 p.m.
“Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag is heading up a new petition with the hope that it could help increase federal support for heritage initiatives.
“I think there’s both monetary and non-monetary things that the federal government can do related to heritage conservation,” Aldag said. “I think that we have not really met those expectations.
“There’s an opportunity there and that’s what I’m trying to advance … through this petition.”
Earlier this year, Aldag was asked to sponsor the petition by the National Trust for Canada, a national non-profit that advocates for heritage across the country. Accepting was hardly a question.
“I’m a strong supporter of the preservation of our built heritage,” Aldag said. “It helps us understand where we’ve come from as a country and as Canadians.
“I see that in many places we’re losing that heritage,” he continued. “I think that’s a tragedy.”
The petition, which went live on July 11, calls on the federal government to create a multi-million dollar heritage fund in the 2019 budget, as well as to provide federal leadership for historic places.
The petition doesn’t call for the fund to be distributed to particular places, so long as the money goes to support Indigenous and charitable ventures to save and renew historic places, or encourage private investment and philanthropy in heritage sites.
There are some funds that would be ready to receive this kind of money if it was part of the 2019 budget, including Parks Canada’s cost-sharing program. This fund often has more applications than it can fund; for the first two years that the Liberal government was in power, the budget was increased to $10 million each year. It has now gone back down to $1 million, the same amount the fund had before the Liberal election.
“It’s better than nothing, but frankly, from my perspective, it’s unacceptable for the federal government to be giving that low of level of investment,” Aldag said. “That’s why I’m very supportive of the National Trust trying to get additional funds for heritage.”
The petition’s proposed fund could also go to support as-yet un-created programs to promote reconciliation initiatives around residential schools or private sector investment in urban heritage buildings.
As of Aug. 9, the petition has more than 1,100 signatures, which Aldag believes is above the threshold needed to get a tabled response in the House of Commons (which means the government will respond to the request in the petition) this fall.
“Hopefully that will trigger investment in the 2019 budget, and perhaps inform my party’s platform going into the next election, as well as perhaps other parties,” he said.
The petition is available online at petitions.ourcommons.ca under Petition E-1778 (National Historic Sites). The petition will remain available for signing until Nov. 8 at 9:31 a.m."
Save Kings Park Block Party Potluck - event on Facebook
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS! BRING YOUR KIDS & DOGS TO PLAY IN THE PARK!
When: Sunday, September 16th 10am-2pm
Short speeches at 12pm noon
What: Block Potluck Party & Park Rally
How: Please bring a food dish to share, a cup, plate &
cutlery for each person attending.
Where: Kings Road, between Dean and Richmond
Hope to see you all on Sunday, September 16th!
-Your Kings Road Neighbours
Facebook Page - Save Kings Park - The BC Hydro Green Space on Bowker Creek
A new 5-storey, 32-unit rental building development, with underground parking (29 stalls), is being proposed for 1906/1912 Duchess Street. The proposal is for one house to be relocated and one house deconstructed. The development will require re-zoning from R3-2 to new zone.
The applicant is Cary Hayashi (0887898 BC Ltd.). Tony James of KPL Architecture Inc. will present the (proposed) design.
Victoria College Of Art (1625 Bank Street)
7:00 p.m., September 25, 2018
Please come out to look at and comment on the proposal. The meeting will be facilitated by The South Jubilee Land Use Development Committee.
Note: North Jubilee residents are invited to attend too. (The proposed development is at the corner of Duchess & Fort.)
What Does "Urban Village" Mean?
How the City of Victoria is "Reimagining" Your Neighbourhood and what the impact will be on you.
Two Sorts of Truth
Have developers been running circles around our Mayor and council?
What the Proposed Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan Means to You
The "Vancouverization" of Gonzales/Fairfield
A Housing Fiasco of Council's Own Doing
Mile Zero Mirror: Reflections on Victoria, BC Challeges, Changes & Choices
The Myth of Supply
Globe and Mail: Academic Takes on Vancouver's Housing Supply Myth
Time Colonist Quotes Councillor Chris Coleman on Density in Gonzales
There are 4 trees in North Jubilee Neighbourhood that have been identified for removal. The specific trees, their conditions and their locations are as follows:
Address: Species: Diameter: Condition:
1930 Fern St - Laburnum x watereri - 55cm DBH - Large decay columns in the trunk.
1830 Fern St - Acer macrophyllum - 89cm DBH - Significant internal decay at the base of the tree and throughout the trunk.
2311 Lee Ave - Acer rubrum - 34cm DBH - Severe canopy decline and an overall loss in vigor.
2611 Shelbourne St - Quercus garryana - 112cm DBH - Decay throughout the trunk and buttress roots with an overall loss in vigor.
These tree removals will take place between July 19th and August 31st. New trees will be selected and plantings will begin in the fall of 2019.
"Victoria’s aggressive densification plan is unnecessary and unfair, causing people to ask: “Is accelerated densification being pursued for the right reasons, in appropriate locations, following an honest public process that puts people who live here first?”
"In Fairfield-Gonzales alone, at least 10 groups have arisen from these concerns, people willing to consider sensible proposals, but fed up with what they have experienced as an unfair process. This phenomenon is happening across the city."
"Unfairness has occurred in numerous ways:
• A questionnaire asks leading and misleading questions.
• Meetings are poorly publicized and held at inconvenient times, such as during summer.
• Anyone from anywhere is allowed to participate, diluting input from people living here.
• City consultations have been far more sales job than sincere collaboration.
• Developers are involved in what should be public decision-making.
• Community associations and land-use committees are used to promote approval."
Date: Tuesday June 26
Location: Ambrosia Centre
638 Fisgard Street
"The purpose of the Rental Housing Task Force is to lead a review to modernize and balance provincial tenancy laws and policies to provide safe, secure and affordable rental housing. The focus will be on both renters and rental housing providers. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback on a range of issues of importance to them.
The Rental Housing Task Force will tour the province in June 2018, stopping in 10 communities to engage British Columbians."
You can register for the Victoria session online at: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/rentalhousingtaskforce/communitymeetings
A poster and an online discussion forum are available at: engage.gov.bc.ca/rentalhousingtaskforce