Managing your money

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011

Finding funds amid financial belt-tightening Kyle Slavin, Saanich News With uncertainty surrounding how much – if any – money will come from senior levels of government to pay for infrastructure upgrades that come with billion-dollar price tags, the mayoral candidates propose different approaches to foot the portion Saanich will be expected to pay. Incumbent mayor […]

Saanich News: Balanced budgets

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011

What will be the best way for Saanich to balance its annual budget while also finding money to pay for large-ticket items such as sewage and light rail? Dean Murdock, council candidate: “It’s about priority-setting. We need to make sure that as we move forward we’re being thoughtful about maintaining the high quality services that […]

Saanich News: Aging population

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011

We asked the Saanich mayor and council candidates to provide their thoughts and strategies on Saanich’s aging demographics. Dean Murdock, council candidate: As our population ages, it’s important that our community has the infrastructure and services to allow older adults to “age in place”. That means making neighbourhoods and major routes more accessible and welcoming. […]

Saanich News: Food Security

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011

We asked the Saanich mayor and council candidates to provide their thoughts and strategies on food security. Dean Murdock, council candidate: The cost for families to put food on the table is rapidly increasing. With rising costs of importing foods from the around the world, it makes sense to focus on growing food right here […]

Saanich News: Transportation Planning

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011

Planning for the future of transportation in Saanich will involve upgrades to sidewalk and bicycle infrastructure, but how should the transit system change to be accessible to more people? Dean Murdock, council candidate: “What we’re seeing is that there’s clearly a desire for a system change, a restructuring and realignment. We need to locate transit […]

Saanich News: Climate Change

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011

We asked the Saanich mayor and council candidates to provide their thoughts and strategies on climate change. Dean Murdock, council candidate: Our temperate climate and abundant natural beauty make Saanich a great place to live. The global climate is under threat and we must take local actions to combat climate change to preserve the remarkable […]

Saanich News: Affordable Housing

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011

We asked the Saanich mayor and council candidates to provide their thoughts and strategies on affordable housing. Dean Murdock, council candidate: We need to work with builders and regional partners to get a mix of housing options that are affordable for all levels of income. When families can afford to settle in our community, they […]

Saanich News: Traffic Congestion

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011

How do you propose to quickly alleviate some of the stresses caused by single-occupancy vehicles, which turns many of our major thoroughfares into parking lots at rush hour? Dean Murdock, council candidate: “We have to do what we can to promote alternatives to get people out of the single occupancy vehicle, into carpools having multiple […]

Proud to get top marks from the Saanich Civic League

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011

A Saanich citizens group hopes its just released report card will serve as a benchmark for voters in the Nov. 19 municipal election. The Saanich Civic League’s report, released yesterday, analyzes 20 motions Saanich council voted on over the past three-year term. The report scores each of the nine-member council on whether their decision aligns […]

New developments must have affordable units: Murdock

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release November 8, 2011 New developments must have affordable units: Murdock Victoria – Saanich Councillor Dean Murdock wants to set a minimum of affordable units for large development projects. This morning Murdock announced an Affordable Saanich Action Plan that includes a 10 percent contribution of affordable units that will add hundreds […]