Meet your candidates: see the priorities of the royal candidates’ discussions

In the town of View Royal, Sid Tobias challenges David Screech in the race for mayor with seven candidates vying for six councilor positions. We asked each nominee to describe the most important thing the council can do to improve the lives of residents. Here are their answers listed in alphabetical order.

Mayor:

David Screch

The most important thing for a council is to ensure that it provides stable, good and effective governance for its community. All around us we can see examples of local councils that have forgotten that their number one priority is their local community and its residents. And in many of these cases, poor governance negatively impacts their communities. In my opinion, this is one of the reasons why View Royal remains such a wonderful and unique community to call home. Successive councils have focused on View Royal and ensured that the quality of life of our residents is of paramount concern.

Sid Tobie

I believe the most important thing council can do to improve the lives of residents is to continue to listen to them. Engaging with residents in ongoing discussion through in-person and online opportunities is key to maintaining the trust of the same residents who elected you. Residents’ expectations have changed. The old belief is that representative democracy relieves the elected official of the responsibility of consulting the inhabitants. In the digital age, the opposite is true. The board needs to be more transparent and provide opportunities for deeper and longer-lasting dialogue.

Advise:

Don Brown

The most important thing the board can do for constituents is to seek their input and listen to their ideas and concerns. It is important to build a safe community where people can live, work and play. I believe View Royal is the “jewel” of the Capital Regional District. The council should review and revise the community plan and transportation plan regularly to ensure they are up to date. The council should maintain and increase parks, trails and green spaces.

Judy Estrine

Respecting residents by listening and acknowledging what they have to say is one of the ways the council can facilitate conversations that lead to improving the lives of View Royal residents. If council and residents work together with each other by actively participating in the governance of the town, they can foster partnerships and share management responsibility that will ultimately improve the View Royal residence. It is essential that there is a pathway for residents from an early age to become active participants in how View Royal operates and thrives.

Damien Kowalewich

Councils are elected to serve the residents. We are here to listen, learn and make informed and fair decisions for the community. To truly improve the lives of residents, we must engage. We must earn the trust of our residents in order to hear their true and unfiltered opinions, thoughts and needs.

Our decisions must be ethical and fair while keeping a long-term vision in mind.

Finally, if we stray as our residents point out, we must be open to change. Admitting that we are wrong and changing course can have a positive effect for residents.

Lemon Gery

Above all, residents need to feel heard.

As council embarks on its next term and the completion of important initiatives such as the updated official community plan, active transportation network plan and climate action strategy, the input and interests of residents are essential. .

COVID restrictions imposed for years of virtual resident engagement.

Over the next four years, I look forward to meeting those who live here and hearing what matters to them.

Residents want to know that they, not the development community, come first.

Alison MacKenzie

Council can improve the lives of residents by taking a holistic, long-term approach to housing decisions. A council focused on increasing the number of homes today without considering the impact on public services, infrastructure and the well-being of residents will not build a thriving community in the future.

If elected, I will actively seek out and consider residents’ concerns and ideas, and ensure that engagement on long-term community plans is meaningful. I will also encourage council to take action to attract the amenities and services needed to support a healthy and happy community.

Ron Mattson

It’s a very timely question. The consultants have completed a draft Official Community Plan (OCP) – it sets the direction for View Royal’s development for the next decade. The next Council will finalize this document. As written, the document will significantly increase density, building height, loss of trees and traffic in a number of residential areas.

Higher density in quiet single family residential areas is inappropriate. This will have a significant negative impact on the lives of residents. The most important thing council can do is work with residents to change the OCP to better reflect their needs and vision for the city.

John Rogers

Listen. I heard that residents wanted assurances of balanced growth, affordable housing, walkable services, attractive streets without traffic jams. Plus, a continuous network of safe sidewalks, bike paths and excellent public transit. Everyone depends on fiscally responsible municipal services, excellent police, fire and ambulance services for health and safety. Our parks and recreation contribute to our collective well-being. They want good governance that is respectful, open and accountable. The climate crisis is degrading all our lives, so it is essential to adapt and reduce our carbon footprint. They expect regional solutions for issues such as homelessness, food security and business prosperity.

Advance voting begins Oct. 5 with General Election Day Oct. 15. For more information on how and where to vote, check your municipality’s website. You can find election night results, and more coverage in the build-up, under the election tab on goldstreamgazette.com.

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