Election 2014: Council candidate Joan Russow

District of Oak Bay: Russow, Joan - council candidate

  • Nov. 3, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Do you live in Oak Bay?

I have lived in the same house in Oak Bay for 32 years

 

Are you in favour of some form of amalgamation in the Capital Region?

 

No!  While I oppose amalgamation, I support  stronger more efficient cooperation among the various communities

 

What is your vision for sewage treatment in Oak Bay?

There should be ecologically sound tertiary treatment. A reassessment of the pump system is necessary

 

 

Do you think speed limits should be lowered in high crash areas?

yes

It has been recommended that Oak Bay reduce speed limits to 30 or 40 kph in certain higher accident areas such as portions of Henderson road Cedar Hill Crossroad and alongside uplands golf course. I agree with such traffic calming, and with more deer crossing signs. See ICBC high risk areas

Should mobility scooters be regulated

Yes! I think the regulations should strike a balance between freedom of movement and access, and safety.

 

 

 

 

Is a deer cull necessary?

Given that humans have destroyed so much deer habitat, I advocate co-existence with the deer and contraception instead of culling in a municipality that cares about being a “green leader”

 

Should secondary suites be legalized?

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IIf being legalized would increase densification and destroy green spaces and biodiversity, ,I  think they should not be legalized.

 

IDoes oak bay need stronger noise bylaws?

our noise bylaw is intended to guarantee “quiet enjoyment”, and I favour stronger enforcement. It may be necessary to revisit the contentious debate over leaf-blowers. A bylaw change is needed related to the time construction starts in the morning as 7am is too early

 

Should Oak Bay allow more freedom for dogs?

Not in the street but in some parks.  I find that most dog owners are very responsible, but unaware of how rare native plants and ground nesting birds can be adversely affected.

 

Do you agree with the basic principles in the new OCP? I am committed to helping implement the oak bay official community plan to reflect social equity and sound environmental and heritage values and to support a vibrant small business community.

 

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