Saanich annual report shows green advances, carbon reduction

The 2013 annual report lists key accomplishments of Saanich staff in past year, as well as areas needing improvement

An uptick in cycling collisions and strong strides made in carbon reduction are a few of the highlights of a 2013 annual report approved by council Monday.

The report serves as an overarching document to give council a clear sense of whether or not Saanich’s 1,500 staff are meeting municipal targets governed by the Official Community Plan.

“This is the 10th year we’ve done this and it’s simply part of the culture of how we now operate,” said Mayor Frank Leonard.

Highlights of the report include an 18 per cent reduction in Saanich’s carbon footprint since 2007, a gain made by introducing several electric vehicles to the municipal fleet and “right-sizing” vehicles when needed, said Coun. Nichola Wade.

“We’ve also implemented heating, lighting and cooling improvements that have gone into our municipal buildings,” she said.

Leonard said the report has only “a couple of red lights” amongst mostly accomplished targets, but the accountability to improve on infrastructure such as cycling lanes, and sidewalks, as well as housing is still key.

Some advancements have been made in housing affordability, he said.

But there are still more than 1,500 people on B.C. Housing’s affordable housing wait list in the Capital Region.

“Housing affordability shows us we need to keep working on that front as well,” he said.

Wade said the report also highlighted 61 collisions involving cyclists in Saanich last year, which was higher than the community’s anticipated collisions of 54 or less.

But she said the numbers may also indicate a positive shift to higher ridership.

“It’s tragic, but I also think that means more people are cycling. Now we have to focus on protecting and them and getting bike lanes online,” Wade said.

View the annual report at saanich.ca under the June 23 council agenda.

editor@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Three cougar sightings in three days

Saanich Police warn the public to be vigilant

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation welcomes new leader

Teri Mooring will take over as president this summer

U.S. college bribery scandal shines light on serious problem in Canada

Looking at the bigger picture of marginalization in universities

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Vernon ordered to reinstate terminated firefighters caught having sex at work

City believes arbitration board erred, exploring options

Dozens of B.C. temperature records smashed as spring brings early warmth

Squamish Airport was the hottest spot in all of Canada on Monday

Hackers seek holes in B.C. Hydro power grid, auditor says

System meets standards, but local outages still a concern

B.C. RCMP stop cyclist with no helmet, find out he’s wanted for murder

Kyle Antonio Dias, 19, to face second-degree murder charge in Toronto

Disappearance of Merritt cowboy now deemed suspicious: police

Ben Tyner was reported missing when his riderless horse was discovered on a logging road

Distillers hope federal budget scraps alcohol escalator tax

Tax hike set for April 1, marking third automatic increase in three years time

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

‘The whole city has changed:’ B.C. woman in New Zealand reacts to mosque attacks

An expatriate and Muslim students at UBC Okanagan deeply affected by white supremacist shooting

Most Read