June 18 GPC Summary & Observations

I totally called it with my prediction for a record short meeting this morning – all told the public section was 36 minutes long. It is important to note however that this minor public section was sandwiched between two incamera sessions (8am and then after the public meeting) where three items of incamera discussion occurred (e.g., personnel, an easement under Bay Street, and a proposed municipal mutual aid service as presented by the Fire Chief).

You can find the meeting agenda here and the meeting video here.

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June 18 GPC Early Thoughts

I must say that I found myself depressed after reading the “reports” attached to the June 18 GPC agenda. I say reports in quotations “” because the  major share of the 36 pages on the agenda seem to be a regurgitation of previous stuffs. That said, I do find it interesting how the GPC meeting tomorrow actually starts at 8am  with a one hour incamera discussion on Personnel as facilitated by Ms. Jenkyns, Conference Centre Manager and Deputy City Manager.

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Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 13

We briefly look at our final Objective of the 2015-18 Strategic Plan and wonder about just how Council for the City of Victoria plans to Demonstrate Regional Leadership. Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 13

Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 12

Time is running short for reviewing Objectives identified through the draft 2015-18 Strategic Plan so now we look only very briefly at our next objective – planning for Climate Change! Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 12

Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 11

I ran out of time in my daily review of Objectives identified through the draft 2015-18 Strategic Plan so now we look only very briefly at our next objective – and we note straight off, that despite it being a huge issue there are only a few vague items related to it. Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 11

Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 10

Today we look briefly at Strategic Objective # 10:

Nurture Our Arts, Culture and Learning Capital

There are a number of Outcomes associated with this Objective that are spread out across the four years of this Strategic Plan.  Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 10

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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