Category Archives: Opinions

Posts related to editorials, interviews and in-depth investigations on items of interest to local government in Greater Victoria.

Some Extra Thoughts on Our Radio Interview

I got an invite from Debbie Wilson of CBC Radio last week when I was busy pounding out tweets from the CRD Eastside and Westside Wastewater Select Committees. She invited me back to CBC’s “On the Island” to talk Council process and meeting accessibility (ICYMI my first slot was back in February when I was just getting started). I readily agreed to the invite and worked hard all weekend thinking about what I wanted to say while on the radio. Continue reading Some Extra Thoughts on Our Radio Interview

Co-operative Housing in Greater Victoria

Today we want to share with you an editorial on the issue of co-operative housing from a passionate community advocate, Patty Shaw who is also profiled in the Sunday edition of the Times Colonist. We here at Victorian Analysis have no personal experience with co-op housing but wanted to learn more after observing the City of Victoria Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing and also hearing Ms. Shaw speak to Saanich Council earlier this month.

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Who Should We be Interviewing?

We’ve been toying with the idea of starting a regular interview feature here at Victorian Analysis. While we have some thoughts on   who to contact first, we would also like to hear from you who we should approach and invite to sit down with us!

Please add your suggestions in the comments below!

Land Use Across the CRD

Building from my Saanich vs. Victoria comparison I decided to look at how each of the 13 municipalities make their Land Use and Development information available from their websites. My approach to documenting such availability was to visit each homepage and then look for “Planning/Development/Land Use” or “Department/Services” headers or icons – with an assumption that all associated information would be linked accordingly.

In the process of doing so I have compiled links  to each municipality’s Official Community Plan because these documents set out general planning principles and Development Permit Areas, and Zoning bylaws because these documents set out specific requirements for land use and building massing. It should be noted that OCPs are intended to be updated every five years and Zoning bylaws are intended to updated following adoption of a new OCP.

Municipalities are organized alphabetically in this post.

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My Relationship with Faith

This article is inspired by two tweets I received from Mayor Helps, one last night and one this afternoon. The first tweet appeared to be a response from her reading my tweets from yesterday’s GPC (I sit and live tweet all City meetings for those of you not on twitter) and then earlier this afternoon she retweeted one of my other tweets that I also made yesterday. It was this 2nd one that surprised me and inspired me to respond on my blog.

So what were the tweets? Continue reading My Relationship with Faith

Saanich vs. Victoria

As you all know I’ve been spending a lot of time observing what goes on in the City of Victoria Council chambers. So much so that sometime I feel as though I’ve lost my grip on reality. Truthfully. In order to get it back, I have been making the rounds to other municipalities, as well as checking out the CRD as a way of gathering some context. Through these visit I’ve come to see how different everyone is, particularly Saanich (largest population) and Victoria (largest budget).

Here is a sample of some such differences.  Continue reading Saanich vs. Victoria

Insults & Sarcasm in Politics

As I persist in my efforts to observe and provide commentary on the actions and decisions of Mayor Helps and her Council here in Victoria BC, I find myself being accused of making inappropriate use of sarcasm and insults. It is an odd experience for me I must admit to hear from folks that they apparently want to support me and think I’m doing good work but at the same time, that they seem to want me to do the work differently. Continue reading Insults & Sarcasm in Politics

BC Mayoral Campaign $ Disclosure

Because I am the type of geek that I am, I decided to take a look through the financial disclosure forms of mayoral candidates for all major BC communities. By compiling a list of all campaigns with costs in excess of $40,000 I found some interesting trends.

And yes, this was driven by my desire to investigate whether or not it is common for major mayoral campaigns to be run just by volunteers – such as was the case with Ida Chong in Victoria.

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Councillor Campaign $ Disclosure

Local election disclosure statements are now available from the 2014 election. They are hosted on the Elections BC website.

This is my review of costs disclosed by Council Candidates for the City of Victoria 2014 municipal election. Of the 25 candidates who ran in the campaign, the top 8 with the most votes were elected to Council. The focus of the analysis presented in this article is on those 8 candidates who were successfully elected. Continue reading Councillor Campaign $ Disclosure

Mayoral Campaign $ Disclosure

Local election disclosure statements are now available from the 2014 election. They are hosted on the Elections BC website.

This is my review of costs disclosed by Mayoral Candidates for the City of Victoria 2014 municipal election. There were eight candidates throughout the campaign and four of these candidates (the main four) spent a significant amount of money.  Continue reading Mayoral Campaign $ Disclosure