ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Jack Thornburgh

Candidate QandA with councillor candidate Jack Thornburgh

  • Fri Oct 31st, 2014 10:00am
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Jack Thornburgh

Occupation: Semi-retired.

Background:

Career mainly in family and youth counselling, and education. This included 17 years managing/administering a social service agency.

I coach youth track and field, have served on two North Saanich Advisory Commissions, and served on Port Alberni city council in the 1990s.

1.  Why are you running for Council?

To use my skills in fiscal management and administration, human relations, and mediation for the benefit of North Saanich.

2.  What are your top three issues to tackle, if elected?

A. Improve collaboration and civility in council deliberations.

B. Preserve our productive farmable land while permitting gradual and planned development of mixed housing.

C. Develop an integrated transportation plan, including improved community bus connections with B.C. Transit, and bike path network.

3.  What are your priorities for housing policy in North Saanich?

Local Area Planning for diverse housing options that are compatible with the Official Community Plan.

4.  What are your thoughts on industrial, residential and agricultural balance in North Saanich?

The balance that exists now is healthy, but will need engaged public consultation to maintain it.

5.  What can residents expect of your behaviour on council this term?

Respect for diverse opinions, clear thinking about available facts and evidence, and a continuing aim to arrive at common ground.