ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Heather Gartshore

Candidate QandA with councillor candidate Heather Gartshore

  • Oct. 31, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Heather Gartshore

Occupation: Former social worker.

Background: 26 years as an active and effective North Saanich community leader and advocate.

1.  Why are you running for Council?

I have a keen interest in local government and a solid track record that includes work on the North Saanich Residents Association, the North Saanich Parks Commission and local-issue task forces. I have been encouraged to run by many residents who have expressed their confidence in my commitment to consensus building and evidence-based decision making. I am committed to returning good governance to the council chambers, which is what North Saanich residents expect and deserve.

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

• The development of a Local Area Plan in response to recent OCP changes that addresses growth in the McTavish/East Saanich/Canora Road area. A comprehensive public engagement process in which residents have confidence, will achieve this.

• The development of a vision and a plan for future use of the former Sandown racetrack as a productive agricultural parcel that supports healthy locally produced food.

• Restoring public confidence in local government.

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

I will respect the Official Community Plan as the voice of North Saanich residents, and as a guide to decision making, recognizing that it needs to be amended from time to time to ensure relevancy. I will continue to advocate for, and support, careful planning for housing, including that which meets specific identified needs.

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

The mix appears to be working well for North Saanich at this time. I would encourage and support any initiatives for improved planning with Sidney as our nearest neighbor. I support the preservation of agricultural land.

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

Residents can count on me to engage with them, and to be informed, collaborative, respectful and responsive.  As a steward of our community, I will be accountable to the electorate.


Just Posted

Victoria airport nearing billion-dollar mark in economic impact

Airport has nearly doubled its passengers and its impact on the economy since 2005

More buoys allowed for Brentwood Bay

Proposed number rises from 40 to 60

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

Victoria a hot spot for millennials: new study

City ranks No. 2 for generation of Canadians seeking work-life balance

Peninsula speed skating duo aiming for the national stage

Pair opted to train in long track skating this season for the first time

Sidney’s Salish Sea aquarium to close for maintenance

First extended closure for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since it opened in 2009

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Injured parachutist wants stolen backpack back

Bag contained important video files of 2017 parachuting incident

All the colours of the rainbow, in a cloud

Rare phenomenon spotted at Mount Washington

LIVE: Solitary confinement in Canadian prisons unconstitutional: B.C. Supreme Court

Associations argued that solitary confinement was inhuman

1 in 4 B.C. consumers unable to pay bills, debt repayment: poll

Since interest rates first rose in July, poll suggests households across B.C. have had to tighten budget

SOGI rally disrupts school board meeting, but business carries on

Chilliwack school board makes statement in support of B.C.-wide gender identity teaching resource

B.C. husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

Couple presented with Vital Link Awards for quick use of CPR

Most Read