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#181 CarlonCouncil

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:48 PM

Good Afternoon,

I don't think this is an "amnesia" issue as was suggested. Central Saanich took the lead on that referendum question, in fact it was my resolution that proposed the wording you have provided above and it was our resolution once passed that Sidney and North Saanich got in alignment with.

Post election after 2014, our three municipalities met with Minister Oakes to discuss moving forward with the provincially funded study as directed. I thought the meeting was productive however the update that came out of that meeting and what I assume were other meetings with other locally elected officials around the greater Victoria area held with the minister was the decision to proceed with a study of potential "shared services" instead.

We did have the consultants present to CS Council and we provided input. The result was the report recently released based on their consultations with Councils from around Victoria.

Perhaps there may be an opportunity under the new government to re-consider the referendum questions passed on the Saanich Peninsula considering we came together with questions that we're aligned between our three municipalities.

Carl

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#182 Mike K.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:24 AM

Thank you for that update.

 

Perhaps the issue that has frustrated voters is that switch from talking about amalgamation to talking about "shared services." Voters wanted a discussion on amalgamation but ended up back at square one.

 

And as of this morning we got another glimpse of just how dysfunctional the region is in its current Balkanized state. We are a growing region with a need for proper planning but elected officials can't seem to agree on how to move forward.


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#183 CarlonCouncil

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 03:10 PM

Mike, I can understand the frustration. However that transition from an amalgamation discussion to a shared services discussion came from the province in response to the three Saanich Peninsula municipalities requesting funding for an amalgamation study as requested by our voters.

As mentioned above, perhaps we will get more traction on the subject once raised with the new government. UBCM convention at the end of September may provide the opportunity to raise that question again.

Carl

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#184 Mike K.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 03:20 PM

Ok, that'd be great. Please keep us updated in that regard.

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#185 CarlonCouncil

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 08:20 PM

Central Saanich Council meeting Monday September 18 at 7pm. Agenda items include:

-UBCM Minister meeting topics
-South Island Prosperity Project Smart City Paper rankings from CS
-COTW recommendations including Saanich Inlet priorities
-Permissive Tax Exemptions
-Marigold Lands
-Organizational Capacity Review

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Carl I. Jensen
Central Saanich Councillor

 

Twitter - @carloncouncil
E - carl.jensen@csaanich.ca
T - 250.858.6532
Facebook - http://facebook.com/carlforcouncil
 


 



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