Protecting farmland: Rejecting ALR removal on Mt Doug X Rd

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012

Saanich Councillors voted against re-zoning property on Mt. Douglas X Road for a second time Monday night. CFAX 1070 July 22, 2012 The owners of the property at 1516 Mt. Douglas X Rd wanted to remove it from the Agricultural Land Reserve and rezone it for 10 new units. Councillor Dean Murdock says that isn’t […]

Promoting local food protects against global price spikes

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012

It could get more expensive for Saanich families to put food on the dinner table this summer. The worst drought to hit the United States in nearly 25 years is threatening to drive up food prices around the world. Corn prices will likely rise dramatically as mid-western farmers suffer enormous crop losses due to dry, […]

Growing your own food is emergency prepardness

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012

Setting sights to prepare for Saanich’s future By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Saanich has a long way to go to achieve some pretty lofty goals in the next quarter century – but Saanich council and staff members are confident that they’re doable. By 2036, Saanich hopes to see the number of residents growing their […]

Saanich Voice Online looks at green roofs

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012

Up On The Roof P.C. King, Citizen Journalist In earlier times the area known as Central Saanich was considered the breadbasket for what is now the Capital Regional District (CRD). Today, the breadbasket for our region could extend to the rooftops, according to Saanich Councillor Dean Murdock. By developing rooftop gardens, communities could begin utilizing […]

Greening Saanich rooftops

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012

Saanich to consider encouraging green roofs for future developments CFAX 1070 February 12, 2012 Roofs in Saanich could get a little greener, this after council supported a recommendation on considering the encouragement of including rooftop gardens on multi-family or commercial developments in the district. Councillor Dean Murdock says the recommendation was brought forward by the […]

Future green space could be up on the roof

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012

Saanich rooftops could provide local food security Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Saanich councillor Dean Murdock is pushing to make rooftop gardens much more commonplace in the municipality. Murdock, who chairs the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee, was expected on Monday to ask for support on a recommendation to have green roofs become part of the development […]

Saanich Food Security

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011

Murdock wants Saanich’s green roofs for urban farming

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release November 15, 2011 Murdock wants Saanich’s green roofs for urban farming Victoria – Saanich Councillor Dean Murdock thinks one of the best places to grow crops in Saanich could be up on the roof. Murdock wants to see Saanich Council introduce rooftop gardens as a suggested amenity for large-scale developments […]

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 […]