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#161 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 June 2023 - 05:39 PM

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#162 Nparker

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Posted 07 June 2023 - 05:54 PM

His response is really ugly shoes?


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#163 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 June 2023 - 04:12 AM

In response to the online hate, Plant posted a shot of his feet in the rainbow-coloured sneakers he usually wears in Pride parades.

 

“I believe that Saanich has done the right thing,” Plant said. “Really, some people are overblowing this.”

 

The online pushback against providing menstrual products in men’s bathrooms is disappointing but not surprising for Leah Shumka, the University of Victoria’s associate director of equity and human rights and gender studies instructor.

 

“Folks that are railing against woke culture are certainly here in Canada,” Shumka said. “They see expanding the gender binary and thinking about creating inclusive spaces for trans folks as sort of woke culture gone too far.”

 

Canada is “pretty inclusive of trans people, certainly at a legislative level,” Shumka said. But more can be done to create better spaces for trans people, she said.

 

“It’s everything from building design, space design, and thinking about all the ways that we gender the world around us,” she said. “We are a bit stuck on the bathroom conversation.”

 

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...throoms-7113697


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#164 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 12 June 2023 - 08:32 AM

The former manager of Saanich’s IT department who is at the centre of legal action from B.C.’s attorney general over accusations of improperly sharing municipal files is now working for the province’s elections agency.

The attorney general’s May 17 civil filing accuses Guy Gondor, Saanich’s IT manager until Feb. 17, 2022, of copying the files and sharing them with his son in connection to a neighbour dispute. The court petition calls for an order demanding the copied items – which contain hundreds of files with private information – be returned or destroyed.


https://www.vicnews....h-elections-bc/

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#165 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 September 2023 - 08:10 AM

Grumpy Taxpayers:

 

 

 

 

Saanich transparency must improve

 

KPMG Report forecasts $1.028 billion in capital expenditures by 2031

 

 

Residents and business owners in Saanich may want to start following the money.

 

An alarming 2022 KPMG document with the bland title ‘District of Saanich Long-term Financial Plan Development’ has just come to public light.

 

It reveals that total capital expenditures between 2022 and 2031 are forecast to be $1.028 billion, that’s billion with a “b,” based on estimates as late as 2020-21.

 

This estimate may be even higher now given the stiff increases in labour and material costs the last couple of years.

 

It’s an unpleasant surprise for most taxpayers. And in light of the capital costs coming, fiscal prudence and frivolous expenditure of funds take on added meaning with taxpayers.

 

The bulk of this $1 billion investment for deteriorating infrastructure, forecasted between 2026 and 2029, is anticipated to be financed through the tax levy, reserves and the issuance of additional debt.

 

Included is an estimated as much as $212 million for an upgraded public works yard and $44.6 million to replacement for Fire Hall No. 2.

 

There appears to be little effort by the last council to inform Saanich taxpayers about this key 53-page KPMG report.

 

The previous Saanich council didn’t see fit to issue a press release when the report was discussed at council on Mar. 14, seven months prior to the fall civic election. The document is not posted on the district website, the documents library, the strategic documents or the financial library.

 

Of note, the current council released a preliminary report in July on an asset management strategy under development.

 

It found the current replacement value of assets has more than doubled to $4.7 billion mainly because of inflation. Based on the estimated useful life of the assets, the annual replacement funding is now $86 million, more than double that of 2019.

 

In our view, local politicians must be more forthright about the financial future of a municipality. If they want ‘public engagement’ and ‘transparency’ to mean anything beyond public relations niceties, it shouldn’t be a game of hide-and-seek.

 

The current Saanich council knows about the huge infrastructure deficit and financial demands facing the municipality based on the KPMG Report and its recent management asset strategy work.

 

If these reports were more widely circulated, it wouldn't come as much of a shock to taxpayers.



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Posted 14 December 2023 - 05:15 AM

Saanich's revised OCP includes buildings up to 18 storeys

 

Residents will have a chance to weigh in on the official community plan at a public hearing in the new year
 

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Posted 28 January 2024 - 06:25 AM

I don’t really understand this.






A change to Saanich’s tax policy will mean new development will pay for associated costs with projects.

Council this week approved a change to its tax policy that will allocate the revenue generated by new construction and renovation to fund any associated costs — resources and staff — required to support the new development.

Any remaining funds will then be used to reduce property taxes across all classes.

Coun. Susan Brice, chair of the finance committee, said the new tax revenue is the money generated by new construction such as building and renovation.

“The essence of this is that as a result of new construction, the new taxation is applied against costs to the municipality for further growth,” she said.

Coun. Karen Harper said the move underlines that in Saanich, growth pays for growth.

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Edited by Victoria Watcher, 28 January 2024 - 06:26 AM.


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Posted 28 January 2024 - 09:22 AM

Hmm. It’s not new money, as Saanich has always had new development adding to the tax base. Where’d the taxes go before?
Seems to me this is just shuffling funds around in different accounts. No real difference. Maybe it’s an excuse for larger staffing numbers.
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Posted 28 January 2024 - 09:29 AM

...It’s not new money, as Saanich has always had new development adding to the tax base. Where’d the taxes go before?...

That's the first thought that came to my mind.



#170 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 28 January 2024 - 09:38 AM

The “growth funds growth” mantra can be a manipulated concept, open to different interpretations by different jurisdictions.

Some jurisdictions are addicted to fees and levies.

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Posted 15 February 2024 - 07:43 AM

I read in the TC yesterday that the Saanich mayor, council and staff have agreed to sue oil and gas companies for the cost of municipal “climate initiatives.”  Every time  I think we have reached peak stupid something like this comes along.


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#172 JimV

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Posted 15 February 2024 - 08:11 AM

Sure, Colin.  Cute shoes.  Now explain again how you slipped that $85m borrowing measure past the voters using the disgraceful AAP maneuver.


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Posted 15 February 2024 - 01:22 PM

 

Coun. Karen Harper said the move underlines that in Saanich, growth pays for growth.

“So when we have increased taxes due to the fact that we have an increased amount of housing, that will help pay for any staffing needs we need to continue to deal with that issue,”

 

If the population is growing, that's expensive. If the population isn't growing, that's expensive. If the population is declining, that's expensive.

 

I think they're testing people to recall how Saanich was mostly farms and wilderness even as late as 1945. Where did the money come from to create suburban Saanich basically from scratch, with hundreds of new streets and roads and all of the related services and amenities to support 100,000+ new residents in ~50 years? If it was viable to do an immense amount of new development back in the day then why should it be exceptionally challenging to do a comparatively tiny amount of new development in the 2020s?



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Posted 15 February 2024 - 01:51 PM

It was harder to launder money then. It was more physical. Now that it’s just digital digits, Trudeau can give two guys in a basement suite $250,000,000 over 9 years and no one notices. That meant money needed to be spent on actual stuff. Now $100 for ever $1 of gov spending disappears. Shoot it costs them $10,000 to shoot a deer!
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Posted 15 February 2024 - 08:17 PM

Yes, what's up with that $250 million awarded by the feds to that IT company that never did any actual IT works? There's got to be more to it. What on earth happened there?


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Posted 15 February 2024 - 09:58 PM

Yes, what's up with that $250 million awarded by the feds to that IT company that never did any actual IT works? There's got to be more to it. What on earth happened there?

Blackmail? 



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Posted 15 February 2024 - 10:48 PM

'Legal' corruption? 

 

At the very least, pure incompetence.



#178 Matt R.

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Posted 15 February 2024 - 10:59 PM

It’s making the rounds right now on the news. RCMP probe or something, I’d have to look.

If you mean the Arrivecan app.
https://www.cbc.ca/n...eport-1.7115203

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#179 Mike K.

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 07:04 AM

That’s part of it, yes.

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 07:53 PM

Yes, what's up with that $250 million awarded by the feds to that IT company that never did any actual IT works? There's got to be more to it. What on earth happened there?

watch this

 

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