Council receives a vote of confidence

Deer, sewage and community plan will top Oak Bay council’s agenda

The voters have spoken. And Mayor Nils Jensen and the rest of Oak Bay’s incoming council has a good indication of the direction the community wants to go.

Jensen was given a clear mandate, picking up 61 per cent of the vote, and all three incumbents seeking re-election were returned to council chambers. The results indicate the majority of residents are content with the direction council is going.

“People didn’t have a lot of gripes,” Jensen says of the message delivered to him on the doorstep by voters. “And in that kind of situation they go with the incumbent.”

The mayor sees his first order of business as moving ahead with a deer cull early in the new year. He also points to pending revisions to the official community plan as a major topic early on the new council’s agenda. Council should have little problem moving forward quickly on both of those issues, although hopefully the desire for quick action won’t preclude attempts to find some compromise on the deer issue that has divided many in the community.

But it’s Jensen’s third issue that will undoubtedly have the most impact on the community and the area that will be most challenging for him to find success. “I’ll go to the CRD and I’ll do my darndest to get a sewage treatment agreement between all the seven core members,” he said.

The sewage issue is the most pressing issue facing all of Greater Victoria’s municipalities and the one where this council is least likely to achieve a successful outcome. If the Capital Regional District cannot work out a solution early in the new term, the time has come for the province to step in and impose a resolution.

 

We wish the new council well in its efforts to find solutions to the problems facing the community. And we congratulate all of the candidates for running campaigns that managed to bring the issues to the voters’ attention without the mudslinging that was witnessed in other municipalities around the province.

 

 

Just Posted

Island Health issues safer drug-use tips ahead of music festival season

Health authority aims to reduce overdose risks at festivals

Federal government commits $9.1 million toward UVic Indigenous Law building

Contribution supports Canada’s first Canada’s first Indigenous Law program

Soul Shakers kick off free outdoor concerts in Oak Bay

Music fills the air at Willows Beach Park for series of concerts this summer

PRIDE on the Barge caps off last Friday of Pride Month

Starting at 5 p.m. with music from Rocksteady

National HIV Testing Day comes to the West Shore

17.1 per cent increase in new HIV infections in Canada between 2014 and 2017

VIDEO: Tributes flow on 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death

Jackson received a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009. He died at age 50

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Sandwiches and mascara could mean driving fines

RCMP say if you cause an accident well eating you could be penalized

Delta cat severely injured in animal trap was likely stuck for days, owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Vancouver Island woman assaulted after confronting thief

RCMP warn residents to call for police assistance

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read