Like John Vickers I am not surprised Oak Bay mayor and council rejected talks on amalgamation.
Contrary to what some council members believe, it is hardly a non-issue in this community. Although an Angus Reid poll of 29 persons is hardly enough to consider that residents supported looking at a study, just as a flawed referendum question (written by the mayor?) on the electoral ballot is any indication that residents are not.
To carry this topic further, mayor and council have plans (as indicated in the budget) to hire an HR person and more staff in what looks like the beginning of empire building.
Like many residents I am not impressed with this mayor or council and would gladly vote in favour of further talks in a heartbeat. And finally, to settle this issue for once and for all, a properly worded referendum should be undertaken.