I am running for re-election because I’m excited about Saanich’s future and want this to be an even better place for my two children to grow up and raise their kids. Here are my priorities to make Saanich even better. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
Affordable Housing – This is a desirable place to live, but it’s also an expensive place to find a home. I believe in providing affordable housing so families can afford to live and work in Saanich. Secondary suites are now legal across our community. That’s a big help to new homebuyers, seniors on a fixed income, and renters. Let’s work with builders to create a variety of new housing options for all ranges of incomes.
Better public transit & transportation options – Our region’s transit ridership is growing. We need better service and routes to catch up to the growing demand. It’s time for rapid transit service on priority routes and better neighbourhood service to connect commuters to major routes.
Quality sidewalks & bike lanes – I am calling on Council to work with our community to develop a 10-year plan for priority sidewalk construction. Our thriving community deserves walkable neighbourhoods. Bike lanes on major routes are a priority to ensure cyclists, pedestrians and motorists have safe traveling environments to get to where they need to go.
Farmland protection & Food Security – Keeping farmland for farming is our best food security. We have to stand up for farmland before it’s lost forever. Let’s create a viable local marketplace to keep farmers in business. We can put community markets in places where people can get access to the foods our local growers are selling. Let’s encourage policies that keep local dollars in the local economy by giving preference to our local growers.
Climate & environmental leadership – Saanich must continue to lead on climate action and environmental protection. A changing climate is a threat to our coastal community and our way of life. We must take priority action to reduce our community emissions – particularly transportation emissions (currently 60% of GHGs). Let’s pioneer initiatives that will free-up our congested streets and give commuters better options for transit, cycling and walking. It will help make Saanich a healthier community as well as a healthier climate.
Sustainable economic development – A thriving Saanich depends on good-paying jobs and families finding homes, sending their kids to school and putting down roots in our community. Saanich is home to two educational powerhouses – UVic and Camosun College. We are perfectly positioned to develop a dynamic technology sector. Let’s build the economy of tomorrow by working with our knowledge precincts and the tech sector it supports to create good-paying jobs for working Saanich families.
Together we can make Saanich an even better place to live, work, learn and play for our children and grandchildren.
Authorized by Dean Murdock, Financial Agent. 250-889-0242.