If Oak Bay council and its public works department are truly interested in keeping leaves off the streets I would offer them the following two suggestions.
First they should post a schedule providing a date or at the very least a week in which residents can expect the leaf cleaning trucks to be in their neighbourhood.
This would allow residents to ensure that any leaves they have responsibly stored are put out for pick-up in a timely manner. I believe this is a practice in many other municipalities and is surely not rocket science.
The second suggestion I have is that people who insist on piling leaves on street in front of their homes be fined. I have seen the same plea not to pile leaves on the streets made every year and clearly just asking people not to this doesn’t work.