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#3101 A Girl is No one

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 05:54 PM

Aren’t they the same folks who came up with the airport exit and it’s multiple traffic circles?

#3102 spanky123

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 08:11 PM

Mayor Helps’ latest tweet involves tolling highway usage, and subsidies directed at drivers.

I don’t mind tolls if there are tolled and un-tolled options, but due to the dysfunctional highway system in our region the conversation around tolls is unnecessary/misdirected.

 

Yet Mayor Helps is happy to ask for gas tax funds to pay for her pet projects.



#3103 Nparker

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 08:26 PM

Yet Mayor Helps is happy to ask for gas tax funds to pay for her pet projects.

And don't forget parking revenues.



#3104 rmpeers

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 10:02 PM

And once again Her Worseship fails to understand the scope of a civic politician. Highways have nothing to do with her mandate. Just fix the %$%*# roads you are responsible for Lisa. :angry:


I do think most would agree that whatever one's political stripe, the city would be better served if we ceased to elect people who exhibit delusions of grandeur. Just do the job. Google it if you need to. And before you attempt to solve all the world's problems, how bout you first try your hand at running a city?
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#3105 Mike K.

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:41 AM

Word on the street is councillor Loveday is now a resident of Esquimalt, having purchased a home in that municipality.

 

So we now have four councillors who are not City of Victoria taxpayers:

- Dubow (Esquimalt)

- Loveday (Esquimalt)

- Alto (Saanich)

- Thornton-Joe (Saanich)

 

That leaves only five City of Victoria politicians as City of Victoria residents.

 

I do appreciate the resiliency of the councillor. Loveday did what practical people do every day. They buy a home where they are able to buy a home and not necessarily where they may want to buy a home.


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#3106 rjag

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 11:26 AM

Does Loveday have a day job?



#3107 Nparker

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 11:54 AM

Does slam poet count as a job?



#3108 pennymurphy2000

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 12:44 PM

Does Loveday have a day job?

Not according to his Linkedin page. 



#3109 spanky123

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 06:54 AM

Does Loveday have a day job?

 

I wonder what sized mortgage you qualify for with a $40K a year COV job?



#3110 rjag

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:23 AM

I wonder what sized mortgage you qualify for with a $40K a year COV job?

 

My thoughts exactly



#3111 Mike K.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:26 AM

The councillor has a partner and a combined income can get you pretty far.

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#3112 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:29 AM

This is one major difference between the us and the American system:  in the US, laws generally require you to reside in an area you represent, and this applies to municipal, state, and federal politicians.

 

Question:  I'm curious as to what VV'ers would think about transitioning from an at-large system in municipal elections to a district or ward-based system.  Personally, I'd be in favour of it as I find it cumbersome to select 8 council candidates each election out of a long list...


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#3113 Mike K.

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:36 AM

What would be the difference? I’m not all that familiar with the ward system.

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#3114 Rob Randall

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:45 AM

The ward system makes better sense in an amalgamated city with a big population spread over a wide area. You would still have a local politician intimately familiar with your neighbourhood. 


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#3115 Jackerbie

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:46 AM

What would be the difference? I’m not all that familiar with the ward system.

 

You would elect one Councillor for your ward, as opposed to eight for your municipality.

 

Basically apply the provincial and federal systems to local government, but then also layer on the vote for a mayor.


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#3116 shoeflack

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:46 AM

What would be the difference? I’m not all that familiar with the ward system.

 

Big in Ontario for sure. Just means (particularly in larger cities), that you tend to get better neighborhood-specific representation as opposed getting the full block of whatever the lean of the entire city is.

 

In Toronto that's why you see more liberal councilors downtown versus more conservative councilors in Scarborough or Etobicoke, etc.

 

The ward system would be good under an amalgamated CRD. As it stands our current munis are generally too static across neighborhoods for there to be much difference in results between ward and at-large.


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#3117 Mike K.

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 09:02 AM

Ah, gotcha.

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#3118 rmpeers

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 11:43 AM

What would be the difference? I’m not all that familiar with the ward system.


What if we had a system where one councillor focused on issues relating to the City of Victoria, while the rest could devote their full energies to focusing on global issues and/or parlaying their council seat into a better-paying job?
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#3119 Nparker

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 12:10 PM

Oh come now rmpeers, the electorate would never stand for anything like that.



#3120 Taco

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 01:46 PM

What would be the difference? I’m not all that familiar with the ward system.

 

more accountability, so...



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