Sidewalks: An open letter to Saanich

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013
Sidewalks: An open letter to Saanich

Earlier this summer, I invited Saanich residents to contact me to point out areas of the municipality where the safety and quality of the walking environment could be improved by a proper sidewalk. The response to my request was extraordinary. I received well over 200 invitations to visit neighbourhoods in every part of Saanich to […]

Walkability in Saanich

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013
Walkability in Saanich

As you know, sidewalks and mobility continue to be major priorities for me. This summer I launched a sidewalk study tour. I have been visiting dozens of neighbourhoods all over Saanich to take a look at the walking environment. I asked your Council to develop a sidewalk strategy that would guide the construction of pedestrian […]

Sidewalk strategy prompts review

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013
Sidewalk strategy prompts review

Saanich councillor’s sidewalk crusade prompts policy review; by Jeff Bell, Times Colonist – September 27, 2013 Saanich staff will review the municipality’s policies governing sidewalks after one councillor sparked a discussion on the issue. Coun. Dean Murdock raised the issue at a meeting this week after spending part of his summer visiting neighbourhoods and talking with […]

Sidewalks strike a chord

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013

Sidewalks strike a chord with Saanich residents Kyle Slavin, Saanich News – September 19, 2013 Dean Murdock’s position as a councillor makes him prone to fielding questions from Saanich residents about a variety of hot-button issues. The one question that comes up more than all others? “When is my street getting a sidewalk?” And unless […]

Creating a Walkable Saanich

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013

Councillor working to bring more sidewalks to Saanich Jeff Bell, Times Colonist – September 20, 2013 Saanich Coun. Dean Murdock spent part of his summer examining the needs for sidewalks around the municipality. He talked to residents about their desire for sidewalks and has produced a report that will be presented to his fellow councillors […]

Recommending a Sidewalk Strategy

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013

Background As Councillors are probably aware, I spent the better part of the summer on a sidewalk study tour. I invited Saanich residents to contact me to point out areas of the municipality where the safety and quality of the walking environment could be improved by a proper sidewalk. The response to my request was […]

Some of the world’s best water for pennies a glass

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013

Victoria-area water rates likely to keep rising Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist – June 20, 2013 Greater Victoria homeowners can expect water rates to continue to increase in coming years as the Capital Region District tries to find a balance between operating costs and declining water use. “[Debt] is one of the significant contributors to the […]

Brown is the new green… for lawns

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013

More of us prepared to let lawn go brown, Victoria survey finds Bill Cleverley / Times Colonist June 19, 2013 Victorians’ summer love affair with lush, green lawns is on the wane. Last year was the first year a majority of Greater Victorians surveyed reported they did not water their lawn, according to a report […]

First it was backyard chickens. Are backyard goats next?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013
First it was backyard chickens. Are backyard goats next?

Saanich girl goes for the goat Saanich News – June 13, 2013 Residents in suburban Saanich can raise chickens on their property, and in one case, even cattle. A nine-year-old girl is petitioning the municipality to add goats to the list of allowable residential farm animals. Jillian McCue says there are a slew of benefits […]

Royal Oak students raise the bar on recycling – again

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013

Towers of recycling power at Saanich school Saanich News – June 10, 2013 Recycling isn’t a passing fad at Royal Oak middle school, where students have taken it upon themselves to change the way the school – and the district – manages its waste output. For four years now, students have taken recycling to the […]