ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Don Amos

Candidate QandA with mayoral candidate Don Amos in Sidney

  • Nov. 13, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Don Amos

Occupation:  Active volunteer member of several community boards.

Background:

Mayor of Sidney 1996 to 2008: Chair of the CRD; Chair of the Victoria Regional Transit Commission; member of the B.C. Municipal Finance Authority and member of the B.C. Transit Board.

Since 2008 I served on the B.C. College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Board; the federal CPP/OAP Review Tribunal. I am presently on the Law Society of B.C. Discipline Hearing Panels.

 

1.  Why are you running for Mayor?

I have resided in Sidney for years and have met and worked with many residents.

Over the past year I have been approached by people in the community and organizations who have encouraged me to bring my leadership qualities, experience and voice of reason to the mayor’s chair.

 

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

A) Get our fiscal house in order by initiating an in-depth organizational review, including hiring and expenditures.

 

B) Set short and long term community priorities through public participation by hosting forums for direct input.

 

C) Bring the various business groups together to participate in setting direction for the future.

 

3.  Is council’s relationship with the business community adequate and what would you change if elected?

No, it is not adequate. There are approximately seven business groups currently operating in Sidney. Council must have greater involvement in bringing them together so they all have a voice at the table. That is what I would hope to change.

 

4.  What sort of balance should Sidney seek to achieve on its waterfront land?

Every citizen has an interest in what happened at our publicly-owned waterfront. My track record shows I would listen to all before making decisions about our most valuable asset.

 

5.  How would you contribute to people’s enjoyment in living, working and playing in Sidney?

Through the same thoughtful and inclusive processes my previous councils and I used, which served the community well.

For example, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, SHOAL Centre, Mary Winspear Arts and Culture Centre, enhancement of park facilities and our Sidney Museum, to name a few. We need to look at housing and traffic issues, which affect people’s enjoyment here.

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