Saanich Responses

Susan Brice

briceWhat would you like to have accomplished by Nov 15, 2015
After an affirmative vote on the ballot question we are well underway with an open community consultation to renew the governance within Saanich and throughout the region.

What would you like to have accomplished by June 1, 2017
As Chair of the Victoria Regional Transit Commission I will be working with the members of the Commission to direct our increased revenue from 2 cents a litre on gas tax to improve the transit system and provide an even more viable option for residents to choose over the automobile.

What would you like to have accomplished by Oct 1, 2018
As a member of the CRD Board, working with the community we will have resolved the solution to the sewage treatment challenge and we will be celebrating the fact that we are on budget and on time to meet the federal and provincial guidelines and be eligible for the two thirds funding.

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Fred Haynes

What would you like to have accomplished by Nov 15, 2015
Establish formal access to CRD Directors, open mic and web stream Council meetings. Seek neighbourhood solution for Alberg Farm. Work on multi stakeholder committees for affordable housing, update of LAP’s, development of family sustaining jobs, and cost efficiencies. Reports available in 2016. Strive to accelerate Shelbourne Valley Action Plan and decisions on managing deer.  At CRD, implement improved sewage plan.

What would you like to have accomplished by June 1, 2017
Implement task force recommendations. Review progress on Local Area Plans for density that supports public transit routes. Be working in committee(s) on use of kitchen scraps to amend farmland and relocation of Saanich Works yard on McKenzie. Modernize management of student housing. Accelerate work on sidewalks and bike safety.  Seek cooperation at CRD to harmonize regional building codes and practices.

What would you like to have accomplished by Oct 1, 2018
Review progress of above committee recommendations. Be working on committee for Integrated Storm Water Management. At CRD ensure implementation of improved sewage plan to meet Federal time line of 2020. Seek regional solution to McKenzie overpass in partnership with Provincial and Federal Governments.

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Marsha Henderson

3What would you like to have accomplished by Nov 15, 2015
Effective policies and beneficial projects are built on good communication.  Our Council must be completely at ease with democratic participation as common practice, it’s the key to facing the future with confidence. The community voice contributes wisdom, insight and technical talent. I’ll be meeting regularly with community groups including students and seniors, having established a framework for regular, consistent communication.

What would you like to have accomplished by June 1, 2017
By this date, I expect to be using the information flow established with individuals and community groups to produce effective action on the issues facing us, especially (as a CRD director) on the issues of infrastructure and food security.  For example, improved communication should be paying off in development of some workable solutions around student/senior housing and transit.

What would you like to have accomplished by Oct 1, 2018
Currently only 1 in 4 Saanich residents is inspired to vote. That’s not sustainable for healthy community. The goal for this date is to have established connection with high school students as well as maintaining the existing college/university, senior and community group relationships.  Integrity and results will determine my personal success.  I’d be happy to step aside at this point.

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Frank Leonard

What would you like to have accomplished by Nov 15, 2015
By November 2015: Implement key initiatives from Saanich’s Climate Action Plan; implement Saanich’s Urban Forest Strategy; and follow through with our Food Security Action Plan.

What would you like to have accomplished by June 1, 2017
Complete streets’ design philosophy ensures transportation corridors provide for all users.  By June 2017: expand ‘complete streets’ from Tattersal and Cook Streets to the next two priorities: Tillicum and Glanford Roads.

What would you like to have accomplished by Oct 1, 2018
We have a sustainable, vibrant and healthy community based on values in our Official Community Plan.  My commitment is to work with Council, staff and residents to achieve the OCP’s goals and timelines.

One objective is to eliminate Saanich’s infrastructure deficit.  Infrastructure spending has increased ($4M in 1997 to $30M today); our goal is to reach sustainable levels by 2018.
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Rebecca Mersereau

rebeccaWhat would you like to have accomplished by Nov 15, 2015
I have ensured the issues of affordable living, alternative transportation, and more family-and pedestrian-friendly communities are more prominent in the Council Chambers, and that we are not only concerned with current problems, but are more pro-active about anticipating future challenges.  I have also convinced Council to initiate a review of expenditures with the intent of identifying opportunities for rationalization and service-sharing.

What would you like to have accomplished by June 1, 2017
Improved public consultation on matters with practical implications for residents and tax-payers has become the norm. For example, I have been successful in convincing my Council colleagues to hold open houses on the forthcoming municipal budget, to ensure the concerns, ideas, and perspectives of residents and tax-payers are considered in decisions about revenues and the expenditure of tax-payer dollars.

What would you like to have accomplished by Oct 1, 2018My accessibility and independent decision-making have infiltrated the Council culture and resulted in greater accountability that ensures words translate into action and plans come to fruition.  Also, a new long-range vision helps to ensure Saanich develops and adapts in such a way that the region’s most important values are retained for the next 10, 20, and 40 year periods.

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Dean Murdock

deanWhat would you like to have accomplished by Nov 15, 2015
A food security task force has been established and has completed the development of a Food Security Strategy that will assist the District of Saanich in implementing programs and policies that will ensure Saanich residents have access to health, local, affordable food options.

What would you like to have accomplished by June 1, 2017
Saanich Council has approved a 10-year plan for priority sidewalk construction. Annual budgets for sidewalk development are approved based on the priorities that have been established in consultation with community.

What would you like to have accomplished by Oct 1, 2018
Saanich Council has adopted an even more open process that encourages residents to participate in the decision-making process. All Council meetings have an opportunity for open public input as a standing agenda item and all Council meeting are webcast and archived on the website. All significant programs, projects and policies have undergone a thorough community consultative process prior to Council’s approval.

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Shawn Newby

newbyWhat would you like to have accomplished by Nov 15, 2015
I would like to reformat council meetings to include an “open mic” ability for residents to address concerns directly to council. I would also like to have an online forum to encourage ideas from residents to address community and environmental issues.

What would you like to have accomplished by June 1, 2017
I would like to have worked with the Mayor and Council to have the sewage issue resolved. I would also like to have a regular speaking circuit at schools within our municipality informing younger people about community issues and local governance.

What would you like to have accomplished by Oct 1, 2018
As much as I hate to use the cliché, I want to create the most accountable and transparent council. I also want residents to be getting the best value for their services and I would Saanich to be run the most financially efficient in Canada.

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Colin Plant

colinWhat would you like to have accomplished by Nov 15, 2015
Working with the newly elected Council, Saanich’s Council Procedure Bylaw has changed to allow for presentations to Council as well as permitting for questions to be posed at the end of meetings. Additionally, Council and Committee of the Whole meetings can be viewed online.

What would you like to have accomplished by June 1, 2017
Having worked with the Peninsula Agricultural Commission, Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee and local farmers, Saanich has a public farmer’s market that allows for local food to be grown and sold and for communities to come together and celebrate local agriculture and healthy lifestyles.

What would you like to have accomplished by Oct 1, 2018
After working with the Saanich Community Associations and the related Saanich Advisory Committees, a more transparent sidewalk and traffic strategy is in place and action has occurred at several problem traffic areas (McKenzie/Highway, Wilkinson/Interurban, South Quadra).

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Leif Wergeland

It should be noted that as a Councillor I am part of a team (council, staff, and residents of Saanich).  Building a consensus amongst all of our team on what our vision and goals will be.  As councillors we are appointed to committees each year by our Mayor.

What would you like to have accomplished by Nov 15, 2015
Should our Saanich residents choose to support the referendum ballet I would continue to encourage the framework for the public consultation process to be well underway by Nov. 15,2015.

I would like to see the public consultation process and business plan for sewage treatment in Saanich well under way by Nov. 15, 2015.

What would you like to have accomplished by June 1, 2017
Focus on achieving goals in Saanich’s Strategic Plan.

What would you like to have accomplished by Oct 1, 2018
 Focus on achieving goals in Saanich’s Strategic Plan.

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