September 10 Council Summary & Observations

This past Thursday was the first complete Council meeting I observed in a while, due both to Summer break and my inability to stay and observe Council business after the Bosa Blue Sky properties Public Hearing for Pandora got adjourned at 11:30pm on August 27th (post on this coming soon).  So what happened? The agenda was … Continue reading September 10 Council Summary & Observations

September 10 PLUC Summary & Observations

It was a brief meeting this morning (agenda here and final motions here). Councillors Coleman & Thornton-Joe were absent and the only real thought I had observing the rest of them, is that the meeting (like so many others) played out like game of Ping Pong. The context is always somewhat competitive and usually only partially … Continue reading September 10 PLUC Summary & Observations

September 3 GPC Summary & Observations

I expected that it would be a short meeting this morning, and I was correct (video here) but what still managed to surprise me was how Council spent their time during this committee meeting. As usual, the meeting started (agenda here) with Mayor Helps presenting her suggestions for the consent agenda (items to be passed … Continue reading September 3 GPC Summary & Observations

July 23 Council Summary & Observations

So I learned a lot about plastic bags and the efforts of the Divest Victoria group while attending the lengthy Council meeting on Thursday (video here agenda here). Why was the meeting so long? Well mostly because a total of 17 people signed up for their respective 5 minutes to address Council and all but … Continue reading July 23 Council Summary & Observations

July 23 PLUC Summary & Observations

The meeting this morning, was, shall we say illuminating? It started late because everyone only began filtering in at 9am and I’m assuming that they were all late because they were coming from this incamera meeting that was held to consider: Labour relations Acquisition/Disposition of land and or improvements A new municipal service Originally it … Continue reading July 23 PLUC Summary & Observations

July 16 GPC Summary & Observations

The meeting started off well on Thursday (agenda here), but it then got frustrating and tiresome once Council (in their Governance & Priorities format) started sliding off topic and speaking around issues instead of to the immediate items at the table. Mind you, their doing so was also fascinating in the sense that it made … Continue reading July 16 GPC Summary & Observations

July 9 PLUC Summary & Observations

It was a big agenda for the planning and land use committee this Thursday but they worked through it (video here). I must say its been interesting watching Mayor Helps evolve in her role as chair, this morning in particular, I quite appreciated how she kept requiring the Corporate Officer (Mr. Woodland) and other members … Continue reading July 9 PLUC Summary & Observations

July 9 Council Summary & Observations

It was a long meeting with a big agenda.  Public business was completed at just after 11pm. Of note is that everything other than one item went as anticipated – 1555 Jubilee was unanimously opposed because new information emerged that was really quite shocking.  And as for its origins, I did note in my PLUC … Continue reading July 9 Council Summary & Observations

July 2 GPC Summary & Observations

I started off all grumpy this morning because the media table had been shoved back in the back corner of the council chambers which made for both a bad view and terrible acoustics because it was crammed in beside a fancy looking air conditioning unit. So I said “screw that” and sat in the front … Continue reading July 2 GPC Summary & Observations

June 25 PLUC Summary & Observations

It was an interesting meeting on Thursday. Because you never know how long these meetings will go for I had a separate appointment booked for 11am yesterday and ended up only getting there right on time (almost missed my bus) because I really wanted to stay and see how the table voted on the Pandora … Continue reading June 25 PLUC Summary & Observations