Setting the green standard

Posted by on May 31, 2011

Saanich needs to raise its green design standards for commercial and industrial buildings. A recent application before Council highlighted the deficiency in our energy and environmental design standards. Council approved the redevelopment of a warehouse building in the Ardersier Road commercial-industrial park. The building is a larger upgrade to the existing structure that will create […]

LRT recommended for CRD

Posted by on Apr 30, 2011

Public deserves say on $1 billion light rail plan, Saanich mayor says Erin McCracken, Victoria News Reaction to bring B.C. Transit’s recommendation to bring a $950-million electric light-rail transit system to the region was swift – and mixed. “The issue right now is do our taxpayers have an opportunity to comment between now and when […]

LRT: Getting our fair share of the Provincial Transit Plan

Posted by on Apr 30, 2011

This week, BC Transit recommended a Light Rail Transit system from Victoria to the West Shore. The total project cost (downtown Victoria through a hub at Saanich’s Uptown to Station Avenue, Langford) is estimated at $950 million. Ending the rail line at Six Mile (the junction with the E&N) would be $770million. In my view, […]

Happy Earth Day 2011

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011

Earth Day is an opportunity for us to join together in appreciation of our natural environment. Let’s celebrate the steps we’ve taken to protect our climate and ecosystems, as we work together to stem the tide of further environmental devastation.

Setting a green standard

Posted by on Mar 6, 2011

Saanich must raise green standards, councillor says Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Saanich is raising its expectations. As sustainability features become standard when proposed residential and commercial buildings come to council for approval, one councillor is looking to ensure that all green options are considered. Coun. Dean Murdock wants staff to set environmental standards for developers […]

Let’s send Falcon a rail business case

Posted by on Jan 25, 2011

BC Liberal leadership candidate Kevin Falcon says he wants to talk to Mayors and communities about commuter rail on the E&N, light rail, or an overpass at McKenzie Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway. It’s easy to dismiss this as political opportunism or pandering. Falcon had five years as Transportation Minister to do something about the […]

Saanich Council unanimously support rail-based rapid transit

Posted by on Nov 3, 2010

SAANICH COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTS RAIL-BASED RAPID TRANSIT Nov 1, 2010 – CFAX 1070 SAANICH COUNCIL VOICED IT’S SUPPORT FOR RAIL BASED RAPID TRANSIT ALONG THE DOUGLAS CORRIDOR , THIS AT A COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY NIGHT COUNCILLOR DEAN MURDOCK SAYS IT WAS A UNANIMOUS DECISION TO PUT SAANICH COUNCIL’S STAMP OF SUPPORT ON RAIL BASED TECHNOLOGY […]

Support for Rail-based Rapid Transit

Posted by on Nov 3, 2010

The BC Transit rapid transit plan offers huge opportunities for economic development, environmental sustainability, and social benefits for Saanich and the Capital Region. Saanich Council has a limited opportunity to convey its support for a rapid transit solution that will ensure that our community capitalizes on the full range of available economic, environmental, and social […]

Calling for a ban on oil tankers in BC waters

Posted by on Sep 16, 2010

SAANICH OBJECTS TO COASTAL TANKER TRAFFIC Sep 15, 2010 SAANICH COUNCIL HAS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO LOBBY FOR A BAN ON ANY INCREASE IN TANKER TRAFFIC, OR OFF SHORE OIL DRILLING ON THE B-C COAST. CO-SPONSOR OF THE RESOLUTION WAS COUNCILLOR DEAN MURDOCK… “Saanich, like many jurisdictions in the Capital Region, has a coastline that we […]

Maintaining Momentum: Saanich Climate Action Plan

Posted by on May 21, 2010

Saanich Council recently adopted the Climate Action Plan. The plan is a blueprint to cut our greenhouse gas emissions in the community by one-third over the next decade. We’ve also set an aggressive target of 50 per cent reduction for all municipal operations during the same time. This week, Council amended the Sustainable Saanich Official […]