One of the common questions to new-comers to a local election is this: What experience do you have that qualifies you to serve in this position?
Well - for me - I have effectively been doing the work of a DNV Council Member for over 5 years now - as a volunteer.
•Attending almost every meeting.
•Providing Input to Council and Staff.
•Asking questions, providing answers.
•Offering help and support to those who ask and need help.
•Reading all the agendas and reports. Ensuring I understand by asking questions.
•Doing my best to hold people to account.
After all this I can say that I understand the materials and the issues.
So: Do I plan to run for a seat on the DNV Council? Well, if nothing changes between now and the election date - Yes I do.
Unfortunately not everyone has an outlook of "The Big Picture".
It's like a puzzle.
How do the pieces all fit together? This is a focus I always maintain - Policy A must compliment Policy B, etc.
And we also have to acknowledge that our part is just part of a bigger puzzle. The local First Nations Councils, the Province and the Federal Government are also working on the same puzzle.
If you want someone who will maintain focus on well managed development - stick with me. I constantly monitor development statistics. I believe infrastructure must keep pace with growth.
We have seen that increased density does not lead to increased affordability.
I have ideas on how to help.
It has long been at the forefront of our minds and it will just get more important following the 2022 election.
For most North Shore Residents the question of Growth & Development is 100% contingent on commensurate Transportation Infrastructure.
But many seem to think that we need growth at all costs and that infrastructure won't be needed when we all give up on cars.
We need solutions not ideologies.
We must do everything we can to lessen our impact on our local and global environments.
At the same time our policy decisions must work for our citizens, they must be practical and they must be feasible when they come into effect.
e.g. Today, BC Hydro is burning Natural Gas to generate electricity which they sell to us at a premium over Natural Gas. Their objective: to get us to stop burning Natural Gas. Who cares who burns it and why do we need to pay a premium for that?