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Platform

My priorities for Saanich

I've built my platform based on the priorities I heard from Saanich residents. If you have ideas for making Saanich better, I'd love to hear from you.

Create affordable homes

A stronger Saanich means homes for all incomes and stages of life. With affordable rental, family-suitable housing, and homes for older adults to age in place, we can ensure everyone can call Saanich home.

As your Mayor, I’ll work with Council to prioritize:

  • Purpose-built rental
  • Co-op housing and non-market, affordable housing
  • Student housing
  • Accessible housing for older adults and people with disabilities
  • Neighbourhood zoning for duplexes, triplexes and townhouses
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Build accessible, walkable neighbourhoods

A stronger Saanich means walkable neighbourhoods where everyone can get around safely. Neighbourhoods where kids and their parents can walk or bike to school. Where older adults and people with disabilities can easily access the services they need.

As your Mayor, I’ll prioritize your safety by working with Council to create:

  • Walkable neighourhoods with accessible sidewalks
  • Bike lanes connected to trails and major centres
  • High quality public transit with accessible stops and exchanges
  • Safe routes to school
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Strengthen our local economy

A stronger Saanich means a thriving economy that supports local businesses and creates well-paid local jobs for people and their families to put down roots in Saanich.

We will create stronger neighbourhoods with walkable services by:

  • Updating Neighbourhood zoning to allow for corner stores, coffee shops, pubs and local businesses.

Many local businesses express frustration that they cannot attract employees due to the high cost of housing. A stronger Saanich means more family-suitable housing options that working professionals can afford.

As your Mayor, I will work with Council to:

  • Create affordable, family-suitable homes like townhouses, duplexes and triplexes; purpose-built rental; non-market affordable housing; and co-op housing
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Protect against the impacts of climate change

A stronger Saanich means cutting our emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change.

We will cut our emissions by creating walkable centres and villages in close proximity to schools, parks and shopping, served by high quality public transit.

We will prepare for climate change by planting trees, restoring our natural environment, and preserving greenspaces.

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Restore trust in decision-making

A stronger Saanich means trust in elected officials and greater transparency from decision makers.

As your Mayor, I will work with council to:

  • Appoint an Ethics Commissioner
  • Implement a Lobbyist Registry
  • Introduce real-time dashboards reporting on key performance measures
  • Publish a Council voting record on major decisions
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Commit to reconciliation

I am grateful to the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples - the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations - and the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples - the W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout), W̱SIḴEM (Tseycum) and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nations, on whose homelands I live, and where the district of what we call Saanich is situated.

As a settler on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples, I acknowledge that colonialism, racism and oppression continue to this day. I am committed to examining and challenging the systems of oppression and dispossession which have privileged me and my family. Privilege that comes at the expense of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples. I am running in this election with a desire to build relationships with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council. I intend to listen, learn, and collaborate so that we might move forward in a good way together.

In my role as Mayor, I will act with humility and a commitment to build personal and working relationships.

The District of Saanich can form government to government relationships with local First Nations. During my previous time on Council, we initiated a process to develop a collaborative relationship with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council. Saanich has signed an MOU with W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council and is developing a similar approach with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

As Mayor, I will work with Council and staff to ensure the MOUs are implemented to develop a strong and fair government-to-government relationship based on respect, co-operation, and partnership to address shared interests and priorities with the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

Guided by these partnerships, Saanich can begin with the work to decolonize its policies and processes, including formalizing names of historically and culturally significant places in the community (eg, PKOLS). We can learn from leading examples set by communities like the City of Victoria, which established the Reconciliation Contribution Fund to create an opportunity for anyone to contribute a voluntary amount to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. The City of Regina has a cultural and artistic inclusion policy that ensures local First Nations cultural traditions and practices are embedded in the city’s art, celebrations and events.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission set out 94 calls to action. At least five of these calls to action are within the purview of local governments.

This includes:

  • adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), a framework for action
  • repudiating concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous peoples and lands, education, including the history and legacy of residential schools, and cultural safety training for staff and elected officials
  • implementing procedures to identify and protect residential school cemeteries or other sites at which residential school children were buried
  • identifying and collecting copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the residential school system.
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