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Delay denied North Saanich council majority holds off challenge to development process Steven Heywood News staff
A majority of councillors in the District of North Saanich are fed up with roadblocks being thrown up against residential development proposals and said as much in a vote at the most recent council meeting. Mayor Alice Finall raised a motion on Monday, Oct. 1 to halt any action on density issues — including hearing development proposals — in order for council to complete its public consultation process. It was an attempt, said some councillors, to put the brakes on the municipality’s approvals process and in the end did not pass. “The mayor is trying to stall what we are trying to do,” said councillor Ted Daly, recalling his previous cries for a review of the official community plan, which failed at the time, but would have addressed the current issue of housing density. “We’ve had this discussion before,” added coun. Dunstan Browne, saying by statute, the district has enough meetings to hear from the public on these issues. “The problem with this motion … is that it’s wording … means nothing gets done.” Finall’s motion, “that council complete the public consultation process prior to considering or taking any further steps with increases in density,” is about public input, she said. PLEASE SEE: Dramatic density change, page A4
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Sidney North Saanich RCMP cordon off a portion of Tulista Park Wednesday morning after a body was discovered in a parking area near the Anacortes Ferry terminal.
Foul play ruled out in death B.C. Coroner’s Service discovered cause of death of man found in Sidney park Steven Heywood News staff
A man’s body was found Wednesday morning, Oct. 3 in a parking area at Sidney’s Tulista Park. A large portion of the north end of the park, near the Anacortes Ferry terminal, was cordoned off by police for about four hours that morning, to allow their forensics section and B.C. Coroner’s Service to investigate the scene. Police at the scene reported that the Sidney North Saanich RCMP had received calls in the early morning about the possibility of a deceased person in the park.
Sgt. Wayne Conley said the body was discovered next to a parked motor home. He added police were looking into whether the person and the vehicle were connected, and said later that they were. The man had apparently parked the motor home in the lot in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 3. The body was not that of 54-year-old Gordon Henderson, who had been reported missing Oct. 1 and has since been found (see page 2 of today’s paper). Conley said the investigation revealed that there was no foul play involved in what was termed a sudden death. The man was not from the area and his next-of-kin, who live in another province, have been notified. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Missing man is found safe North Saanichâ€™s Gordon Henderson had been missing since Monday
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A 54-year-old North Saanich man has been found alive and safe after being reported missing by his family on Monday, Oct. 1. Police earlier in the week had enlisted the publicâ€™s help to try to find Gordon Henderson. By Wednesday afternoon, Sidney North Saanich RCMP had reported that Henderson has been found alive and his family was on their way to
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meet with him. Further details about the disappearance were not given. Henderson went missing Monday and was believed to have been in the area of the Saanich Peninsula at the time. Cpl. Kevin Day of the RCMP stated in a media release Tuesday that the disappearance was out of character for Henderson. Sgt. Wayne Conley of the RCMP said Wednesday that they appreciate the work of area media and the public in getting the word out.
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Traffic travels along a busy stretch of West Saanich Road just before the intersection at Keating X Road. Residents in the area are calling for a separated pedestrian pathway along the road.
Residents call for pedestrian walkway Concerned citizens in Central Saanich want safe access to bus stops, amenities Devon MacKenzie News staff
A group of Central Saanich residents are banding together to call for a pedestrian walkway to be put in along a section of West Saanich Road. Barb Whittington, who lives on West Saanich Road near the intersection of Old West Saanich Road, started a petition with several neighbors asking the municipality to consider the feasibility of installing a separated (from the roadway) pedestrian pathway that would run from the northern end of Old West Saanich Road into Brentwood Bay. “What we’re looking for is something similar to what Saanich
installed in front of the Red Barn Market,” explained Whittington. “We want a pathway that’s separate from the roadway and would give pedestrians and cyclists a safe option to travel into Brentwood or to the nearby bus stops.” Whittington has lived at the same address for about 35 years, and although she said she isn’t against growth and change in the area, she does acknowledge that traffic has increased significantly along the stretch of road in the last three decades. “(This section of) road, I would say, has become about 10 times busier since we’ve lived here,” she said. “There isn’t really another way to get into Brentwood or to the
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bus stops and the volume of traffic is really discouraging to pedestrians, especially for families who have young kids who walk down to get the school bus.” Whittington attended Monday night’s council meeting with a few of her neighbours who signed the petition and spoke to council about their concerns. “We want this path primarily for safety and accessibility,” Whittington said. “According to a freedom of information request we got from the municipality, when this stretch of road was monitored from the fall of 2011 to the early spring of 2012, 100 per cent of the vehicles traveling down it were speeding, even after the speed limit was changed from 50 to 40 kilometers
an hour. It really discourages people from walking when we should be encouraging people to get up and be active. “We’re never going to get rid of cars, nor do we have to, we just need a solution to make these two things work together.” During the meeting, council voted to send the idea of the walkway to staff and have them look at the feasibility and cost of such a project, but it wasn’t without discussion. “I don’t think the speed limit should have even been changed to 40 in the first place,” said councillor John Garrison during the meeting. “(West Saanich) is a major arterial road and the speed limit should be at least 50.”
Coun. Carl Jensen indicated the desire to have walkways in other places around the municipality is an ongoing issue, and that all requests should be looked at longterm. “I think we need to look at this in terms of the five year plan,” he said. Chief Administrative Officer Patrick Robins said staff would have something back to council on the rough costs for such a project — both curb and gutter and separate gravel walkway — in the coming weeks, adding that the fate of the project would ultimately rest on approval from the province depending on if the land is part of the provincial right of way or not. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dramatic density change force housing. â€œThis is an attempt to put the brakes on what â€œMy concern is consultation with the people in the majority of council has already approved,â€? he this community,â€? she said, adding none has been said. done at all on the two recent development applicaâ€œWe still have nothing in any of those propostions â€” on John Road and East Saanich Road. als that (does) anything for workforce housing,â€? â€œThese have gone through council quite quickly,â€? countered Finall, suggesting council needs to hold Finall said, adding this is the case because they large public meetings â€” not just public hearings at have convinced some councillors that they will council chambers â€” to get the publicâ€™s opinion on offer workforce â€” or affordable â€” housing. the districtâ€™s housing and growth strategies. Yet, said the mayor, neither projCoun. Celia Stock, also on the ect addresses workforce housing at mayorâ€™s side, said sheâ€™s not sure if â€œThere will all. these development proposals meet â€œWe are looking at dramatic den- never be a guarantee the standard for workforce housing sity changes,â€? Finall said, â€œwithout that the district needs. that those will be any understanding that they are of As well, she said sheâ€™s concerned affordable.â€? benefit to this community.â€? public input will fall on deaf ears. Coun. Elsie McMurphy added â€œYou canâ€™t go to people with a â€“ Elsie McMurphy the homes proposed in two current prior mindset,â€? she said, â€œwhere development applications will be everybody in the community selling for market value. knows youâ€™ve already made up â€œThere will never be a guarantee (by a devel- your mind.â€? oper) that those will be affordable,â€? she said. Coun. Craig Mearns added he wants the two McMurphy added she supports the mayorâ€™s project proposals â€” which he termed quite small position, saying itâ€™s important council shows peo- â€” to proceed and â€œto see how they do.â€? ple consultation means something. Coun. Conny McBride said the term â€˜affordableâ€™ â€œCouncil may not do what each (person) says, is up to individuals and what they can afford. Yet, but at least we hear them.â€? with workforce housing needed to keep industry Daly responded by saying the two developments in the area, â€œitâ€™s needed here. Itâ€™s why people voted calling for increased density do benefit the com- for us.â€? munity and will provide more family and workIn a 4-3 vote, the mayorâ€™s motion failed. Continued from page A1
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Taking the region’s pulse Vital Signs report looks at social housing, health and more Daniel Palmer News staff
The Victoria Foundation released its annual report card on Tuesday, highlighting a greater need for social housing and daycare in the Capital Region, as well as inflated wait times for children needing surgery. The Vital Signs report provides a sweeping overview of the Capital Region’s economy, environmental health, arts, safety, transportation and seven other indicators. It combines a range of provincial and national statistics with citizen perception to highlight community successes and shortcomings. “There are tremendous drives being made in homelessness (and) there’s an increase in daycare spaces,” said foundation executive director Sandra Richardson. Although 300 more daycare spots were added in Greater Victoria last year, it’s still not nearly enough to meet demand, Rich-
ardson said. “With 19,000 children needing daycare and just over 5,000 daycare spaces ... it’s still perceived as not enough,” she said. Another red flag is the province’s social housing waitlist. The number of people in Greater Victoria in line for subsidized housing increased by 15 per cent in the past year to 1,681. “It’s a reflection of the increase in rent. We still have very high rents for a community with our income level,” said Andrew Wynn-Williams, executive director of the Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. But there has been success tackling both homelessness and low-income housing in recent years, he said. Last year, 152 new units were completed and another five projects are planned throughout the Capital Region. “Right now, the objective is to just get more built.” Richardson hopes the report will create public awareness of the need to support nonprofit services accessed by the
region’s most vulnerable citizens. “If the public is aware of that, it perhaps causes them to be more mindful of places like the food bank and what they can do to give back,” she said. “Not everybody has the same opportunities.” The Capital Region bodes better than the average Canadian city in both median family income ($77,000) and unemployment (5.3 per cent). Other indicators include the Canadian Creativity Index, which ranks cities based on technology, talent and tolerance for creative industries. Victoria ranks second, alongside Vancouver, as one of the best places in the country for creative industries. Toronto ranks seventh while Ottawa takes top spot. Greater Victoria still lags in entrepreneurs, however, sitting 71st out of 100 Canadian cities on an index that measures the presence, growth and policy environment for small business ownership. To view the report, visit victoriafoundation.com.
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A VicPD officer holds some of the $50,000 worth of crack cocaine and methamphetamine seized Wednesday afternoon at Swartz Bay ferry terminal.
Arrests made in drug bust at Swartz Bay Daniel Palmer News staff
Victoria police stopped nearly $50,000 worth of crack cocaine and methamphetamine from hitting the city’s streets Wednesday, Sept. 26. VicPD worked with RCMP and B.C. Ferries staff to arrest two people as they returned with a suitcase full of drugs from Vancouver on the 1 p.m. sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz
Bay terminal. Police said 24 ounces of crack cocaine and 12 ounces of meth were seized, a result of a month-long investigation by VicPD’s Strikeforce and Street Crime units. A 23-year-old Victoria man will be in court today on charges of possession for the purposes of trafficking, while a 26-year-old Sooke woman was released on a promise to appear Nov. 7.
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VICTORIA — B.C. Ferries has the green light to raise fares by up to 12 per cent over three years and passengers should expect less frequent sailings on some major runs. Increases in the fare cap of roughly four per cent a year were approved Monday by B.C. Ferry Commissioner Gord Macatee. The ferries regulator also directed B.C. Ferries to come up with more than $54 million in savings over four years, including $30 million through service cuts. B.C. Ferries will trim some sailings starting Oct. 9, particularly when vessels are running with light passenger loads on major routes between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Regular odd-hour sailings won’t be affected, but nearly 100 even-hour sailings are to be scrapped between those terminals this fall and winter to help save an estimated $1 million. Tsawwassen-Duke Point sailings that have been running less
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his Thanksgiving weekend is a special one, as we reflect on the many ways our community has come together recently. One could not help but be touched by the support of hundreds of folks who came out for the annual Terry Fox Run last month. Their enthusiasm and giving spirit is contagious. The Terry Fox Run for cancer research begins a wave of fundraising that rolls through the fall and into the Christmas season. Last weekend’s CIBC Run for the Cure saw more than 4,000 runners and walkers make their way around Ring Road at the University of Victoria. The event is fun and exciting for participants, who are in equal part sombre and thoughtful. They sang, chanted and wore all manner of pink attire, from boas and tiaras to T-shirts and tutus, emblazoned with names honouring loved ones who are battling or have been taken by breast cancer. More than $30 million was raised across the country by this event for breast cancer research, education and advocacy. Today (Oct. 5) is the finale of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraising ride. The 17 riders trained six months – averaging 4,000 kilometres each – in preparation for the twoweek, 1,000-kilometre ride down Vancouver Island. As well, those who support them spend many months planning and fundraising to make that ride worthwhile. The riders themselves will tell you, it’s not about the cycling, but about the communities, both large and small, that support the tour along the way. And this weekend the 33rd GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon hits the streets of the city. Competitive runners have trained hard for the event, pounding out an estimated 400 kilometres before they hit the ground running this Sunday on Menzies Street near the legislature. Along with thousands of runners come thousands of dollars in donations for more than 20 charities supported by the marathon. The fundraising aspect of the marathon is relatively new, yet has shown great potential as it becomes more culturally intertwined with the race itself. We applaud the physical and fundraising efforts of all these riders, runners and walkers. They help lift all of our spirits, by giving us the opportunity to share their good feelings and help those around us through our charitable donations. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: email@example.com or fax 250-656-5526. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Peninsula News Review is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.
It’s OK not to be a tough mudder A
slew of friends and friendsmarathon. For an event that of-friends signed up for the swarms walkers, runners and Tough Mudder in Whistler, wheelers over a good chunk of a hardcore 10- to 12-kilometre the city for a day, I was stunned obstacle course, earlier this year. with how little I knew about the It seemed you couldn’t go a day GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. without hearing about More than 12,000 another connection to participants are expected someone who planned to to fill the streets on leap small buildings and marathon morning slime through obstacles – with road closures to achieve the glory of throughout Victoria and completion. Oak Bay along the route. I take pride in knowing The races range from a these friends who one-kilometre kids’ run intentionally ran through to the full 42-kilometre electrically charged wires marathon, starting and in the Mudder, or guys and finishing not far from the girls who climb mountains Christine van legislative buildings. or snowshoe ridiculous There are four official Reeuwyk hills and vales in Mind charities benefiting from Island Girl Over Mountain Adventure race proceeds and 20 Racing. charities that are raising I’ve never contemplated anything funds through a pledge process in remotely similar, not even a simple the event. trek up the West Coast Trail. I’m walking with the Hepatitis C They’re generally strong of body Education and Prevention Society’s and mind. I’m not. Liver Warriors, also known as Team I know these things about Daisy, for my pal. myself and tend to lean away Non-profit HepCBC provides from activities where I’ll likely be support for those living with the maimed or injured. I know my blood-borne virus which attacks limitations and am not shamed by the liver. them. The society has high hopes of So me, myself and I were stunned raising $25,000 – enough to reopen when my rubber arm twisted to its office, hire a part-time executive support a friend and walk the half director for a year and return to marathon this weekend. This heart helping people living with the over mind thing could get a person heavy stigma of Hep C. killed. I figure the least I can do is take Sunday marks the 33rd a few hours to walk this beautiful anniversary of the Victoria city as a way of raising awareness
of this group. One coworker (OK, he’s the boss) and his wife are doing the half marathon as a training run for the New York Marathon next month. I’d call it insane, but he’s the boss. Another coworker is partaking in her fourth Victoria Marathon, doing the half again to raise funds for Lifetime Networks, a non-profit to support people with disabilities in Victoria. It’s not the lure of adrenaline that pulls her, but the emotional high. “It’s uplifting and powerful,” she says. It’s a high to witness the sense of accomplishment on the faces of folks as they cross the finish line, particularly those participants with obvious physical impairments who overcome a lot to make the trek. The online map identifies cheer zones along the way. From what I hear, there are people in costume, those who offer inspirational quotes on posterboard and even entertainers keeping everyone – walkers and athletic specimens alike – in good spirits on the 21-kilometre route. Fortunately, the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon welcomes walkers who can finish the half marathon course in fewer than six hours. I can do that. I’m pretty sure. Probably. I’m no Tough Mudder and have no desire to win or anything… Christine van Reeuwyk is a reporter with the Oak Bay News. firstname.lastname@example.org
‘I know my limitations and am not shamed by them.’
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LETTERS Readers respond: Policing costs, rezoning land Commuter resents mayors’ implications Re: Victoria and Esquimalt mayors call for regional cost-sharing for policing (Sept. 28, page A2), As a resident of Saanich who is employed in Victoria, I guess I am one of the freeloaders Mayor Fortin is perturbed about. Though when I am loitering around I am spending money at coffee shops, restaurants, book stores and many other retailers at least five days a week. If the property taxes of surrounding municipalities are hit when they don’t get to see the economic benefit of hosting “two-thirds of the population of Greater Victoria on any given day,” (that was a complaint, really?) then I will simply have to take as much of my business as possible elsewhere. What’s next? Are mayors Fortin and Desjardins going to start handing out invoices at Ogden Point to greet all the tourists coming off the cruise ships? “Spend money in our city? How dare they!” Paul Rokeby-Thomas Saanich
Calm down a little, please I’m not sure what is more ridiculous, the reaction of police over some boys with a BB gun, or the News Review dedicating a quarter of the front page to the story. I would however appreciate some further explanation of “the dangers and risks of possessing a BB gun”, unless of course they were referring to the risk of harm coming from an over zealous police officer with a gun responding to such a call? I use BBs guns all the time, I have never thought of it as a risk, or caused anyone any harm. I’d wager that more people hurt themselves with chopsticks than with BB guns. The police officer quoted in the story also assures us that calls to police of a gun being seen will always “prompt the same tactical response from police”, the absurdity of that comment is surpassed only by the terrifying nature of it. Am I to expect a tactical take down every time I go to the local shooting range or out hunting? Will I be put in cuffs and have my property seized every time I try to keep a crow from killing the song birds at the feeder in my backyard or shoot a can with my son? When did simply possessing a gun, real or fake, become a crime? I think it’s time for the police, and this newspaper, to calm down a little when it comes to guns. Mike Shoesmith Central Saanich
In favour of rezoning Re: Quality and peace in the south east quadrant of North Saanich. I am a half-acre property owner in the south east quadrant of North Saanich. I am in favour of
rezoning properties of two-thirds-plus acres from R2 to R1. In my opinion this would not change the quality and peace of this friendly neighbourhood, in fact it might help lower our current residential sewer change. Darlene Melnyk North Saanich
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Fiscal restraint forgotten As a taxpayer of Central Saanich I would like to see some fiscal restraint by this city council.There seems to be no end to the big expensive projects they are going to commit the city to. First a fire hall that was not needed and they are going to keep the old one for a satellite, not retire it and sell it to cover costs of the new one. Central Saanich has a very low fire rating and very slow growth rate — two fire halls are not needed. Now I get in the mail that this council wants a new city hall for a projected cost of $16 million. This makes no sense. The existing one is more than adequate, again the low growth rate of this district doesn’t justify such a major expense. Central Saanich only has a population of 16 thousand, give or take, and does not have the tax base for these expensive projects. These two projects, $7 million for the fire hall and $16 million for the city hall, add $23 million to the debt. The argument put forth is the need to earthquake proof everything. An event may happen, and if a big enough event happens, nothing will withstand it. This used to be a pay as you go district, now no project is too big to put on the taxpayers’ back. I tried in the last election to select and talk to people that were for fiscal restraint. It seems that once elected, this was quickly forgotten. Andy Caldwell Central Saanich
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