I want to build a city that is: 

Green

  • Better electrified public transit, pedestrian, and cycling options
  • Increased building efficiency standards to lower emissions and improve comfort
  • Ban toxic pesticides and herbicides from the city
  • Improved planning and funding for climate action
  • Support for small-scale renewables 

Affordable 

  • Ensure the creation of 2,000 new affordable rental units by 2022
  • Add 1,000 more market-rate rental apartments
  • Increase neighbourhood-appropriate densification and mid-rise developments
  • Take a holistic approach to development that ensures access to schools, retail, cycling infrastructure, and public transit
  • Improve support for local businesses

Liveable 

  • Complete the Crystal Pool!
  • Support local food production and urban agriculture
  • Safer family playing and walking, increased green spaces, and support for public education
  • Support accessible and affordable daycare
  • Take substantive action to end homelessness
  • Address the opioid crisis 

My priorities for Victoria 

Affordable Housing

  • Create more affordable, densified, and integrated housing to solve the housing crisis in Victoria
  • Increase the number of affordable, below-market, and social housing units in the city by 2,000 units over the next 2.5 years
  • Increase the overall number of market-based apartments by at least 1,000 units over the next 2.5 years
  • Ensure that affordable housing is built to the highest standard of energy efficiency
  • For all housing, adopt the highest step of the BC Energy Step Code by 2027 (five years ahead of schedule)
  • Support the land swap and Caledonia social housing development in Fernwood and other developments planned by the Capital Region Housing Corporation
  • Use every legal mechanism available to prevent the spread of illegal short-term vacation housing, which takes housing stock away from families

Holistic Development

  • Take a systems approach to development that recognizes the dynamic needs of Victorians
  • Ensure that any development that occurs in the city is sustainable and that residents in new (and current) housing have access to healthcare, efficient and low-carbon transportation, public schools, services, retail, and green spaces. This is how to do densification the right way! 
  • Ensure that changes to our city do not destroy Victoria’s uniqueness and designated heritage buildings
  • Design for resilience: We want buildings and neighbourhoods that can cope with a changing climate, support social, mental, and physical wellbeing, and promote an interconnected city 
  • Work closely with the heritage advisory committee and heritage stakeholders to ensure that Victoria’s rich history and culture is preserved.
  • Explore the possibility of finding a new and better home for the downtown library branch 
  • Public support for the arts, dance, music, and other forms of creativity and cultural vibrancy; explore the possibility of a new, city-wide music festival

Climate Action

  • Take seriously the climate crisis and make all bylaw and motion decisions through the lens of the climate emergency declaration 
  • Support Victoria’s Climate Leadership Plan and Climate Action Strategy, with its goals of 80% GHG reductions by 2050
  • Move Victorians away from oil tanks and natural gas and towards electric heat pumps (buildings make up half of Victoria’s emissions)
  • Support the Green New Deal at the municipal level: green-collar jobs, social safety net, and public-sector supports for climate infrastructure
  • Help the city and its inhabitants adapt to a changing climate and expected sea-level rise
  • Create new funding mechanisms, such as green bonds, to make sure that Victoria’s has the necessary funds to take substantive climate action 
  • Engage municipal staff to create a consumption-based emissions inventory for the city, which tracks emissions that come from consumer goods shipped to Victoria from abroad
  • Support bike lanes, pedestrian pathways and rights, low-carbon mobility, expanded public transit, and zero-waste strategies
  • Explore a municipal feed-in tariff and policy mechanisms that support solar power
  • Regulate cruise ship emissions as much as possible in the municipality’s jurisdiction; install electric shore-power at Ogden Point

A City for Families

  • Bring the perspective of a parent of elementary-age children to council
  • Ensure that kids have safe routes to schools
  • Support accessible and affordable daycare
  • Ensure that densification means that kids have access to neighbourhood schools
  • Ensure that School District 61 offers late French immersion at both Central Middle School and Lansdowne Middle School
  • Work collaboratively with School District 61 to ensure that housing and schooling are addressed simultaneously in any development plans, such as the Caledonia development 
  • Build and install a new and expanded swimming dock in Vic West’s Banfield Park

The Crystal Pool

  •  Get the pool built!
  • Ensure that there is a proper site assessment that takes an evidence-based approach
  • Ensure that no green space is lost as a result of construction
  • Treat the development as a LAND-USE matter, not a narrow Parks and Rec matter
  • Ensure that indoor (pool/gym) users and outdoor (parks) users are equally heard in the decision-making process
  • Let the people choose: the city must create 3-4 properly costed-out proposals. The people will choose the best pathway either via neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood consultation or a referendum which, due to the size of the capital costs, is likely a necessity 

Better Transit

  • Ensure that Victoria has expanded BC Transit service, especially in neighbourhoods with growing populations
  • Treat the free bus passes for youth as a pilot program to be expanded for other demographic groups, including seniors; move towards fare-less (“free”) transit
  • Create more regularized inter-city buses between Victoria and the West Shore and Victoria and Duncan
  • Create dedicated bus lanes, where applicable 
  • Finish the expansion of the urban bike lane network and advocate its expansion as much as possible, with dedicated bike lanes to enhance safety and traffic flow
  • Engage the provincial and federal governments to create light-rail systems to the West Shore and the Saanich Peninsula (Swartz Bay terminus), connecting with a revitalized Island rail service
  • Speed up the delivery of safer walking infrastructure for pedestrians 
  • Support e-bikes and other transportation modalities, while ensuring that road laws and signage create safe transportation for everyone
  • Conduct a new feasibility study about closing sections of Government Street to (non-delivery) automobile traffic

Urban Agriculture

  • Use every legally available approach to ban the use of glyphosate and other toxic pesticides and insecticides within the city’s jurisdiction
  • Increase Victoria’s 2030 target of local food consumption 
  • Support urban agriculture via the My Good Neighbour grant by allowing groups of urban farmers to team up, apply for funding, and share grant awards for communal gardening infrastructure
  • Support the sale of urban agricultural goods by reducing the cost (currently $100) of obtaining a farm-stand permit
  • Create a public awareness campaign with workshops about pollinator gardens, drip irrigation, and boulevard gardens
  • Support Victoria’s existing urban farms and gardens, in both the public and private sector
  • Create new opportunities for public gardens on city-owned land
  • Explore the possibility of expanding the range of urban livestock allowed in the city
  • Direct City of Victoria Parks to plant urban fruit and nut orchards in city parks to increase tree canopy, carbon sequestration, urban climate control, and local food resilience

Opioid Crisis

  • Expand harm reduction efforts in the city
  • Advocate for a safe supply for opioid users, along the lines of policies in Portugal and Switzerland
  • Treat substance use and abuse as a physical and mental health issue, not a criminal issue
  • Create a new public health campaign aimed at targeting the demographic most likely to experience an opioid overdose (per the current research): working-class people in the trades
  • Offer supports to opioid users who are experiencing homelessness 
  • Work with provincial and federal governments to increase health and social supports for opioid users

Small Businesses

  • Support Victoria’s vibrant small-business community
  • Find new ways to decrease taxes and business licencing costs for businesses affected by major construction
  • Create policies that encourage and incentivize consumption of locally produced goods and services

Reconciliation

  • Take serious steps toward indigenous reconciliation by creating a more just, inclusive, and accountable community 
  • Ensure that neighbourhoods with high percentages of indigenous residents are viewed by the city through a social equity lens – for instance, in terms of public monies distributed to neighbourhood associations
  • Take action to recognize Victoria’s role in residential schools by supporting a new, indigenous-made memorial for the Victoria Catholic Convent School -- a residential school for girls that functioned for over 100 years. The memorial would make it clear to residents and visitors to Victoria that the Victoria Catholic Convent School was an agent of forced assimilation. The memorial would also, ideally, make it clear that the convent was the nerve-centre for all of the Catholic residential schools around BC

Civil Discourse in Municipal Politics

  • Bring back civility and respect to municipal politics
  • End the culture of divisiveness and partisanship that has divided our city
  • Promote the values of consensus-building
  • Address the 'democracy deficit' in the city by increasing transparency and holding fewer city council meetings behind closed doors