Election 2014: Council candidate Michelle Kirby

District of Oak Bay: Michelle Kirby - council candidate

  • Mon Nov 3rd, 2014 10:00am
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Michelle Kirby

Do you live in Oak Bay?

 

 

 

Yes, I have lived in Oak Bay for ten years.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

I think that we could benefit from integration of some shared services in the short run, and support examining the options available, and if the province is willing to pay for it, studying the options. I supported adding the referendum question to the ballot.

 

 

 

What is your vision for sewage treatment in Oak Bay?

 

 

 

Treatment is required by the Province, so we must seek out partners, and continue to seek out an affordable, and environmentally beneficial project that is amenable to all parties, by collaborating with our neighbouring communities.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Yes, reducing speed limits has the benefit of reducing noise for neighbourhoods, increased safety for everyone, and dramatically reducing the likelihood of fatality for pedestrians and cyclists, the most vulnerable road users.

 

 

 

Should mobility scooters be regulated?

 

 

 

Mobility scooters should not be regulated, because this adds further barriers to transportation for those residents already facing great mobility obstacles. I believe the best approach to safety issues for scooters is education, and safe and comfortable infrastructure for all road users.

 

 

 

Is a deer cull necessary?

We have an increasing trend of deer deaths each year in Oak Bay. I am a vegetarian, so this was a difficult decision. I feel a grave sense of responsibility to protect the health and safety of our citizens. I think that if a deer must die, as 40 or more do each year in Oak Bay alone, I’d rather it be used to feed hungry families, than go to the landfill. We, who have created this false urban ecosystem, should take measures to humanely cull the overpopulation. As unpleasant as we may see it, it is much better than having the deer hit by cars, caught on fences, and drowned in swimming pools. It’s also better than attracting cougars to urban areas, further putting children and pets at risk, and then the cougars being destroyed by Conservation Officers.

 

 

 

Should secondary suites be legalized?

 

 

 

Oak Bay includes a University, and neighbours a College, so we must regulate in such a way that we are able to maintain or increase our affordable housing stock for students, and seniors who want to age in place. It has to be done collaboratively to avoid conflict, and health and safety issues.

 

 

 

Does Oak Bay need stronger noise bylaws?

 

 

 

No, I think the noise bylaws are adequate, because we respond quite readily to complaints, and generally are able to find a collaborative solution to the issues as they arise. I would support limits on the use of leaf blowers, as when they are used for hours at a time, they can cause irritation for neighbours.

 

 

 

Should Oak Bay allow more freedom for dogs?

 

 

 

I think we enjoy enough freedom in Oak Bay for dogs and dog owners. There are plenty of off leash areas, where neighbours are able to walk, and get to know each other, and the dogs in our lives.

 

 

 

Do you agree with the basic principles in the new OCP?

 

 

 

Yes, I am proud of the work that was done on the new OCP, and the many contributions from the community made it truly representative. I am particularly pleased with the vision of a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable future for Oak Bay.

 

 

 

Should council encourage more filming opportunities in Oak Bay?

 

 

 

 

Yes, we benefited economically and socially from the experience of Gracepoint. The international attention we have received will benefit tourism, and bolster our local businesses, supporting local families, and ensuring that their services continue to thrive for the benefit of Oak Bay residents.