Saanich parks get new names

The farming history of Panama Flats is entrenched in the park’s new name, Panama Flats Park

  • Dec. 19, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Saanich council approved new names for three parks.

The farming history of Panama Flats is entrenched in the park’s official name, Panama Flats Park, as recommended by the Residents Association of Strawberry Vale, Marigold and Glanford.

Two more parks were named, Glencraig Park was chosen over for the Shelbourne area park and the Cecilia Creek Falls Park, which is amid a long process of rehabilitation and daylighting, was also made official.

Glencraig is named for the adjacent street and development. The Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association suggested Cecelia Creek Falls title to reconnect the park with its natural geographical feature of a creek and falls running through it.

 

In-camera results reported

Coun. Colin Plant reported that Saanich council will begin reporting the results from council’s in-camera meetings.

The amendment flew ‘under the radar’ during the Dec. 14 council session, during which a debate over the delegation portion of councils earned the most attention.

“I feel this is a good initiative as some members of the public are suspicious of things happening in-camera,” Plant said.

“I look forward to be able to report out more often now that we will be reminded on our in-camera agendas to rise and report.”

However, legal issues will limit council from sharing some items from in-camera sessions.

 

 

Saanich tackles youth plan

Saanich’s Youth Development Strategy team presented its five-year strategy and implementation plan to council on Dec. 14, approved by council.

At the core of the YDS plan is a theme of over-protected children who need a chance to experience success and failure. Otherwise, “they do not develop the resiliency, judgment or confidence to make wise decisions as young adults,” the report said.

The report suggests reducing financial barriers that keep Saanich youth from registering for organized sports and physical activities, as well as increased outdoor facilities such as skateboard/BMX parks.

 

 

Task force for refugees

Council approved Coun. Leif Wergeld’s request that Saanich send a letter to the Capital Regional District asking for a short-term CRD task force to assess services that can assist refugees.

The motion also tasks Saanich’s chief administrative officer to build a report outlining Saanich municipal services or programs that could further assist refugee families to resettle in Saanich.

 

 

Saanich names FOI heads

Mayor Richard Atwell was the only opponent to an otherwise unanimous approval that appoints both the director of legislative services and the municipal clerk as heads of Saanich’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act.

The change eliminates the position of information and privacy co-ordinator. Either head can now appoint a privacy officer and an information officer and delegate to these individuals.

 

 

Schedule of 2016 acting mayors

Council passed the acting mayors schedule for 2016 based on seniority of councillors. Coun. Judy Brownoff will be acting mayor for the remainder of December (2015) and January, Coun. Leif Wergeland in February and March, Coun. Vic Derman in April and May, Coun. Susan Brice in June and July, Coun. Vicki Sanders in August, Coun. Dean Murdock in September, Coun. Colin Plant in October and Coun. Fred Haynes in November.

 

 

Goward gets new ramp

There was some hesitance from council in using nearly all of a $9,000 reserve fund to build a new wheelchair accessible ramp at Goward House. The ramp was approved unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Invasive crab spotted near Sooke

Fisheries need more data to know if numbers are increasing

Credit card frauds target local businesses: VicPD

Crime Reduction Unit investigating several frauds costing several businesses over $50,000

Fatherhood draws Victoria man to publish Tsimshian colouring book for children

Leon McFadden is working on 11 more books to finish the horoscope series

Advocacy group threatens to call province over Saanich police budget

Grumpy Taxpayers$ suggests Saanich is trying to present public with fait accompli budget

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying?

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Most Read