My Council Challenge

The Victoria Council challenge is an idea I first came up with last summer. The premise of it is simple and because my BA was in psychology, I initially thought of doing an experiment with a group of citizens. I wanted to see if I could gather 9 people in a room, have them sit at a group table for 2, possible three meetings in one day for a collective 6 -12 hours as is regularly required of Victoria city council and staff.  Continue reading My Council Challenge

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Feb 12 Early GPC Thoughts

It’s a full agenda for the Feb 12 2015 Governance and Priorities meeting. My overview of items occurring in the public section of the meeting is provided. Continue reading Feb 12 Early GPC Thoughts

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Feb 10 Budget Summary

Today there was an hour long “Special Governance and Priorities” meeting scheduled and the purpose of this meeting was for staff to provide Council with a high level overview of the draft 2015-19 Financial Plan for the City of Victoria.

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Feb 5 PLUC Summary & Observations

It was a short (>1.5 hour) meeting with a relatively short 6 item agenda. Video from the meeting is available here and Agenda item subheadings listed below have been hyperlinked with direct links to relevant meeting sections. Continue reading Feb 5 PLUC Summary & Observations

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Feb 5 GPC Phase 1 Strategic Planning Process Now Complete

This meeting (Thursday Feb 5) was a bit of an odd one (video available here), with the agenda consisting of two parts: The original strategic planning process report from Mayor Lisa Helps, and a written summary of the strategic Actions and Outcomes that had been identified and plotted in the previous meeting on February 3. Continue reading Feb 5 GPC Phase 1 Strategic Planning Process Now Complete

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Feb 3 GPC Strategic Planning Summary

This is my summary of deliberations that occurred yesterday on Tuesday February 3 (9:00am – 3:00pm) when Victoria Council met in an informal Governance and Priorities format to continue with their 2015-2018 Strategic Plan efforts. Video of this meeting is available here from the City video service. Continue reading Feb 3 GPC Strategic Planning Summary

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Feb 5 PLUC Early Thoughts

The PLUC Agenda can be found here.

I found it curious reading through the minutes of the PLUC meeting from last week (January 29, 2015) because I thought the meeting was fascinating and there were so many interesting things that were said by staff and by Council with their planning and land use hats on. However only a small portion of this actually ended up in the minutes. The majority of text instead, is taken up by essentially copied and pasted recommendation from staff reports – and sometimes three nearly identical versions of same motion appears in the minutes pageas as a result of PLUC amendments to the motion at hand.
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FEB 2 GPC STRATEGIC PLANNING SUMMARY

Victoria Council is putting together their 2015-2018 Strategic Plan this week.  Public meeting sessions are as scheduled:

  • Today 10am – 12pm
  • Tuesday, Feb 3 9:00am – 3pm
  • Thursday Feb 5, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Continue reading FEB 2 GPC STRATEGIC PLANNING SUMMARY

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