Who Am I

I defer to my personality type when it comes to questions of my motivations. This is because I am an ENTJ according to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. According to the Wikipedia page on this personality type:

ENTJs account for 1–3% of males formally tested and 1–2% of females.[2][3] ENTJ types tend to be self-driven, motivating, energetic, assertive, confident, and competitive. They generally take a big-picture view and build a long-term strategy. They typically know what they want and may mobilize others to help them attain their goals. ENTJs are often sought out as leaders due to an innate ability to direct groups of people. Unusually influential and organized, they may sometimes judge others by their own tough standards, failing to take personal needs into account.[4]

So yeah, I am female and I relate to this depiction.

E versus I = means I am an Extravert. I used to think I was an introvert because social (purely social) situations make me uncomfortable. But I am an extravert because I talk so that I can better understand what I am trying to communicate about. The words literally need to leave my head so that I can see them and reflect.

N versus S = means that I am Intuitive. I just know things more than I sense them.

T versus F = means that I am a Thinker. Logic drives me more than emotion.

J versus P = means that I Judge things more than I perceive them. Where this has meant in the past that people get the impression I don’t do things I don’t want to do,  all it is, is me not wanting to do things I think are a bad idea.

This all means that my main motivation in life, is working on what I see around me. I don’t do it for approval, I don’t do it to avoid guilt or shame, I do it because solving problems and figuring out solutions, is life. A situation without responsibility, a job without authority is death for me. I need to feel engaged and the way I feel engaged, is by connecting with the world and its systems around me.

 

Government in a Modern Age

My dad was a bureaucrat and I aspired to be one as well. This led my pursing a Masters in Public Administration because I too, wanted to serve the common good. Then, at about the same time I graduated, my dad’s career ended in a way that was different than how he anticipated. Nevertheless, I persisted and have continued to pursue jobs that were of interest to me.

Most recently, I had been working in the private sector for a company that sells software to municipalities across North America. I loved the work.

Now I am free again and I am deciding how to fill my plate.

At the bottom of it all, I am still drawn to government.

How best to manage government data in a modern age is what appeals to me most. It is what gets my brain firing on all cylinders and it is where I hope to make a lasting contribution. So to that end, expect to see this website come alive again as I begin to work out my plan.

Thank you for reading!

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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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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