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McLoughlin Point: Pig's ear becomes silk purse: By David Broadland, September 2016 Sewage "experts" make up new numbers to support old decision and hide real costs. (Sent as an open letter to CRD Directors) Dear CRD Directors: I write to you as a Victoria ratepayer, and as a journalist who has covered the sewage treatment issue since 2012. You...
Victoria's big secret: By David Broadland, September 2016 The city was once targeted by Sierra Legal Defence Fund for the level of "harmful" chemical contaminants in its wastewater. 12 years later, advanced source control has reduced those contaminants to a level lower than is allowed in Canada's drinking water. IN MID...
Victoria's sewage fiasco and the politics of contamination: By David Broadland, July 2016 Environment Minister Barry Penner ordered the CRD to shift to land-based sewage treatment in 2006. His claim that Victoria’s outfalls were contaminating the seabed has since been proven untrue. As well, Washington State legislators have provided evidence that Penner’...
The Number of Women and Men Elected in the CRD: The CCPA report of the best city in Canada for women said it was the CRD and noted that Victoria council had five women out of nine on the City of Victoria council but missed out that the main municipality in the CRD only has three women out of nine positions.   This made me think about how many ...
Why do we have no vision for Government Street?:
The Malling of the Saanich Peninsula: There are 23,000 people live in North Saanich and Sidney, a rise of only 1000 people over the last ten years.   There two proposed retail developments west of Highway #17 - Sandown Commons  and the recently proposed Sidney Gateway. Sandown Commons has been in planning for going on five years now...
Pick Up Sticks: The conundrums of Victoria's cycling network. Spent a couple of hours earlier this week kicking around ideas at the city's Technical Advisory Committee for another iteration of the bicycle network plan. Some didn't quite get the concept of an advisory committee - council makes decisions an...
Gone troppo. The city will likely move forward on a two-way protected bike lane along Pandora St. following recommendations from staff now before council. A few quick thoughts, again, on the failures of logic embedded in the plan. Emphasis on the preferred option focuses on costs – it’s ...
Jane’s Walk 2016: We Make The City | We Make The Tour: My Jane’s Walk this year offers something completely different. Participants will collaborate to design and lead the tour. We’ll start with a short meeting at Centennial Square, where you are invited to suggest sites to visit. We’ll pour over a map … Continue reading →
Jane’s Walk 2015 – Rediscovering the Complex Legacy of Urban Renewal in Downtown Victoria: In the course of my research on urban renewal in Victoria during the 1950s and 1960s, I discovered an outline of a walking tour of downtown Victoria organized by G.J. Greenhalgh, the City of Victoria’s Director of Community Development. The … Continue reading →
The Tragically Hip rock Victoria on first leg of Fully and Completely tour: Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip performing at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena on February 4th. Photo © Colin Smith, Victoria Buzz. If you’re a staunch Tragically Hip fan you’re likely to know the band’s beginnings were bar gigs in Kingston, Ontario, over 30 years ago. You’ll know the band re...

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