- Please tell us a bit about yourself and what made you decide to run in this election?
- Do you support the Drinking Water & Watersheds Protections Service bylaw referendum?
- Do you support the Cowichan Housing Association Service Establishment bylaw?
- How do you plan to work with other governments within the region, including local First Nations as well as provincial and federal governments?
If elected I would be part of a board which MUST work with local First Nations, as well as Provincial and Federal Governments. I would encourage the rest of the board to seek input from First Nations groups prior to the implementation of any major programs. I would encourage cooperation with Provincial and Federal Governments, so as to take advantage of grants and program funding, regardless of your political beliefs.
One Cowichan supporters have expressed concerns about climate change, especially local impacts on our water resources. What local climate change mitigation and/or adaptation strategies would you support if elected?
- How do you propose managing growth sustainably in the Cowichan Region (e.g. transportation, environmental/agricultural protection, land-use, housing, cost of living)?
Many of the issues listed are already covered by the Provincial Government. Transportation in our area makes no sense. Buses run from Ladysmith to Duncan, because this area is part of the CVRD. This area and in the future Area H should have transportation options that we carry people north, to the Nanaimo Airport and VIU. The ALR was a great idea, but was never fine tuned. In many cases, it has been used to tie up inexpensive land for municipalities, such as Evans Field. As I mentioned earlier, affordable housing and the cost of living can be can be affected by regional district bylaws.
- What do you consider the three most pressing issues facing local government and the one most important thing local government should do on each one?
The first issue is the almost complete lack of communication between the CVRD and the taxpayers. This could be greatly improved by the CVRD and all Directors, sharing all information that is not "in camera." Second, living within a budget that the taxpayers can afford. The CVRD should concentrate on the services that regional districts were first set up for. Like the 2 referendum items that are already under provincial control. Third is the burgeoning number of CVRD employees. If the CVRD stuck to the services they should provide, the constant need to increase the number of staff could be avoided.
- Our citizen surveys indicate a desire for more consultation and accountability between elected officials and their constituents. If elected, what would your approach be to those issues?