OUR VIEW: Positive signs from a council

There appears to be hope yet for a better working environment among the municipal councillors of the District of North Saanich.

There appears to be hope yet for a better working environment among the municipal councillors of the District of North Saanich.

Late last year, the council began mediation sessions between themselves and the district’s senior staff, after not being able to communicate well.

That’s putting it mildly.

The acrimony between councillors was very noticeable and contributed to meetings that were longer than necessary as the politicians engaged in circular arguments and sniped at each other and at staff. They finally opted to bring in a mediator to help them better communicate with each other and get on with the community’s business.

It was hoped that 2013 would bring better conditions around the council table and their recent committee of the whole meeting proved that there’s hope.

Committee meetings are generally seen as less formal sessions, so perhaps that helped, but the debate, overall, remained civil — even when the parties disagreed on specific issues.

A good sign.

It’s also a good sign that the council was willing to listen to their residents and voted to make public ongoing interview material from their consultant on the housing policy review. At this early stage, it shows council is willing to listen and, while not giving in to one side or the other, show the ability to be transparent.

This can only benefit their ongoing community consultation process. Certainly, no one side in that debate will entirely get their way.

The best outcome for this council is to continue lively, civil debate and ensure their residents — not council itself — get the attention they need.


Just Posted

Saanich Peninsula Alert launches today

Existing subscribers already moved to new system

Local cadets gain acceptance to RMC

Military careers one step closer

New Star Cinema project approved

Cameo development gets unanimous council thumbs up

Stelly’s sidewalk gets green light

Federal funding brings project to fruition

Witnesses sought for alleged drunk driver crash in Sidney

Crash happened June 16 on East Saanich Rd. and Canora Dr.

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest, Ride Don’t Hide, Cordova Bay Day and more

Amalgamation fails in North Cowichan and Duncan

North Cowichan says yes, but Duncan says no

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

Mounties seize 1,500 pot plants in ‘extensive Shawnigan raid

Mounties searched a property in the 4800-block of Goldstream Heights Drive on May 30

Most Read