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 3 of these groups were on the topics of banning plastic bags and socially responsible investing, as driven by the Divest Victoria group.

Annie Bag Monster

This clip (see below) from the especially verbose Councillor Isitt (maybe because he missed Planning and Land Use meeting earlier in the day) neatly encapsulates the general level of municipal operational professionalism at play on Thursday night. Continue reading July 23 Council Summary & Observations

June 4 GPC Summary & Observations

It was a long meeting on Thursday and I have to say this surprised me because it started off with Mayor Helps suggesting that more than half the agenda items go on the Consent Agenda (e.g., get passed with no discussion). The meeting still ended up being a long one because of how the remaining items were presented by staff, which is to say, had the issues been presented differently the resulting meeting would have been more efficient and more coherent.

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June 4 GPC Early Thoughts

There is a large variety of items on the GPC agenda for Thursday. All told the meeting may go on for a while. I imagine the major news media (CTV etc) will also be there for the always “sexy” sheltering in parks issue for which a lengthy report appears in the middle of the agenda, which means the poor camera guys will have to awkwardly hang around while the more mundane aspects of civic governance occur.

Good thing I’m there to live tweet eh! Yay Twitter!

So what’s on the agenda? Continue reading June 4 GPC Early Thoughts

April 23 GPC Summary & Observations

Have any of you watched the netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?  Throughout the GPC meeting yesterday I had the theme song from that show running through my head but with the word “impetuous” replacing “unbreakable”. If you watch a lot of Council like I do, you’d know what I mean and who all I’m referring to.

So what happened today? Video is here if you’re interested.  Continue reading April 23 GPC Summary & Observations

April 23 GPC Early Thoughts

It is a decent sized agenda for GPC tomorrow, including two delegations,  discussion on the 2014 Financial Statements and  finalization of the 2015 tax rates. All and all, I’m sure it will be quite political. So what do we have? Continue reading April 23 GPC Early Thoughts

Day 4 Department Financial Presentations

Yesterday was the final day of departmental presentations for the draft 2015-19 City go Victoria Financial Plan. The agenda for the meeting is here and more information on the budget process can be found at the City’s website. Video for the Feb 23 GPC meeting is here and my easy breakdown of the massive draft financial plan by department and capital requests is available on a previous post.

Mayor Helps started off the meeting by warning everyone that  Continue reading Day 4 Department Financial Presentations