Candidates for City Council

There are 29 candidates (including six incumbents) running for eight council seats. You'll be voting for your favourite eight.
Councillors earn about $41,000 a year for what is meant to be a part-time job on top of other work commitments.

A NOTE ON TRACK RECORDS: Councillors vote together to establish and amend policies and bylaws, city services, strategic plans, financial policies, and budgets. Unlike the mayor, they don't have individual authority. Their ‘track record’  consists of how they’ve voted on council, initiatives they’ve introduced or led, and the public comments they’ve made on key issues. In summarizing councillor track records, I’ve tried to emphasize the things that set them apart from other councillors. I've omitted instances where the candidate says they “lobbied for,” “advocated for” or “supported” something without providing further specifics. I've also omitted their committee portfolios, because it's too much to summarize here. I haven't had the time to comb through meeting minutes to build itemized track records for each councillor, so I had to go by what is easily accessible on their websites or in newspaper articles. If you feel I've missed something worth mentioning, please get in touch via the form at the bottom of the page.

LAST UPDATED OCTOBER 12, 2018

Gary Alberts

'NEW COUNCIL'

BACKGROUND

Gary is a realtor who previously worked in advertising sales. He has a B.Comm from Ryerson.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Gary has volunteered for HeroWorks, Our Place, and St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

Gary thinks he will bring more a more representative voice to city hall as a businessman who has lived in different neighbourhoods around the region. He doesn’t like how much the province spent on cleaning-up the 2016 courthouse tent city, and thinks if the tent city were prevented, that money could have been allocated to homelessness prevention.

TOP PRIORITIES

Transportation, Homelessness, Taxes

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Gary wants to ‘change the designs’ of the Pandora Ave and Fort St bike lanes so they don’t “interfere with buses, vehicles, or pedestrians.” He would also speed up the issuing of building permits, shorten Thursday night council meetings, and pursue an audit of the Johnson St Bridge project. New Council has indicated over email that they have a plan to house all tent city residents, but details are still forthcoming.

Learn more on his website > > >

Marianne Alto

INCUMBENT

BACKGROUND

Marianne is a facilitator who runs a research and consulting firm. She's been a city councillor since 2010. Marianne's a Capital Regional District director and a former director of the Oaklands Community Association, the Leadership Council of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and multiple Parent Advisory Councils. Previous to her consulting work, she was a senior analyst for the office of the Premier. She has a law degree from Dalhousie and a BSci from UVic.

TRACK RECORD

Marianne doesn't have much track record information on her website, but she's involved in the council’s Open Data projects. She was a vocal supporter of borrowing to fund the Johnson Street Bridge project in 2010. She also voted “yes” to 95% of development projects in the last four years (more than any other city councillor).

TOP PRIORITIES

Affordable Housing, transportation, ‘business prosperity’

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Among her many ideas, Marianne wants to see the city review Local Area Plans every 5 years. She also proposes introducing a 10% speculation tax, creating incentives for large home conversions to multiple units, introducing free city parkades, increasing the number of car share parking spots, and keeping a cap on business tax increases at 1% plus inflation.

Learn more on her website > > >

Stephen Andrew

'NEW COUNCIL'

BACKGROUND

Stephen is a former radio and TV broadcaster, who also ran for mayor against Lisa Helps in 2014. He's the executive director of Kidney Cancer Canada.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Stephen is a volunteer and board member at Lifetime Networks, and a board member of RunSport (which organizes the TC 10k). He's received recognition from Our Place and an award from the BC Public Health Association for his reporting on First Nations issues, poverty, and homelessness.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

Stephen believes that the current council is only interested in public consultation when it works for them. He wants to provide a new voice on council that is ‘respectful’ and ‘reasoned’.

TOP PRIORITIES

Governance, arts

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Stephen is against decreasing speed limits on neighbourhood streets (as proposed by Mayor Lisa Helps) unless he sees “evidence and neighbourhood support.” He wants to introduce a five-year rolling funding model for local arts groups, and build an ‘Arts Centre’. Stephen also wants to address addictions with the development of a 'Recovery Centre'. He’s vowed to “listen and show [Victorians] respect even when we disagree.” Stephen has indicated over email that New Council has a plan to house all tent city residents, but details are still forthcoming.

Learn more on his website > > >

Darlene Archibald


BACKGROUND

Darlene and her husband own a local lottery kiosk and Street Level Espresso (where she is a barista). Previously, she was a 'relationship and life coach' involved with Landmark Education, a personal development corporation. She’s currently associated with Rayner Institute, another personal development company, and has previously sold products for multi-level marketing companies.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Darlene is a longtime volunteer leader for La Leche League Canada, and a former foster parent.

WHY SHE'S RUNNING

Darlene doesn’t like how construction on Fort St has impacted local businesses. She hears from people she talks to that they “don’t come downtown anymore,” and she wants to do something about it. Darlene wants to be a “sensible fresh voice” on council that stands for “acceptance, inclusion, and accessibility.”

TOP PRIORITIES

Crystal pool development, parks, ‘gentle density’

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Darlene doesn’t yet have any specific policy proposals in her platform, because she is "getting to know people and their different priorities." But she notes that municipal amalgamation “may be worth your money.” She thinks the city needs to do a cost analysis of amalgamation, “but it’s kind of like the question, which comes first, the chicken or the egg?”

Learn more on her website > > >

Laurel Collins

'TOGETHER VICTORIA'

BACKGROUND

Laurel is a PhD candidate and instructor at UVic, teaching Social Justice Studies and Political Sociology. Previously, she worked for Victoria Women in Need and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Northern Uganda. She’s also a former executive director of the Victoria Multicultural Society (7 months). Laurel has an MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads, and an MA in Classics from King’s College.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Laurel is a delegate to the Victoria Labour Council and the co-chair and co-founder of Divest Victoria. She’s the Communications Secretary for CUPE 4163, and was a Director-at-Large for the Esquimalt Township Community Arts Council. She was also a speaker and panelist for the Stop Bill C-51 campaign in 2015. Laurel received a Victoria Community Leadership Award in 2016

WHY SHE'S RUNNING

Laurel thinks the city needs to do more to address the housing crisis, because ‘trickle-down’ development isn’t working. She wants a more “affordable, inclusive, and thriving” city. Laurel is also running for CRD Director, so she would carry the weight of Together Victoria’s CRD platform.

TOP PRIORITIES

Affordable housing, community consultation, environment/green space

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

The Together Victoria platform is extensive and ambitious. Notable proposals include having the city act as co-developer on affordable housing projects, requiring at least 50% of all new housing be affordable, free swimming lessons for children and free transit for everyone under 18, tying bus fares to income, supporting “street-level drug testing” by Island Health, pushing for the decriminalization of drug possession, creating 156 new units of youth housing, introducing an online system for public consultation, ‘unbundling’ large city infrastructure contracts into smaller contracts when possible, mandatory anti-racism training for municipal staff, introducing a new oversight committee for city spending, and creating more off-leash dog areas.

Learn more on her website > > >

Sharmarke Dubow

'TOGETHER VICTORIA'

BACKGROUND

Sharmarke is a former Somalian refugee, who has served as an executive committee member of the Canadian Council for Refugees and is the current co-chair of the Settlement and Integration Working Group. Previously, he was a facilitator and case manager for the Intercultural Association of Victoria and the Victoria Immigrant Refugee Services Centre. Before he moved to Victoria in 2012, he worked in refugee services in Egypt, and attained a B.Tech degree from Cape Breton University.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

In addition to his work with the refugee community, Sharmarke is the president of the Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture and has served as a steering committee member for the Victoria Tenant Action Group. He's been involved in refugee activism, started World Refugee Day in Victoria, and was a longtime steering committee member for the city’s Community Action Plan on Discrimination coalition. He received a Victoria Community Leadership Award in 2017.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

Sharmarke has worked with “people of all walks of life” in Victoria, and believes this background would bring a fresh voice to city council. He wants to "give people the same dignity and respect" he received when he first made Canada his home. Sharmarke wants a city that is more “affordable, inclusive, and thriving,” and wants to make local government more accessible for everyone.

TOP PRIORITIES

Affordability, housing, governance

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

The Together Victoria platform is extensive and ambitious. Notable proposals include having the city act as co-developer on affordable housing projects, requiring at least 50% of all new housing be affordable, free swimming lessons for children and free transit for everyone under 18, tying bus fares to income, supporting “street-level drug testing” by Island Health, pushing for the decriminalization of drug possession, creating 156 new units of youth housing, introducing an online system for public consultation, ‘unbundling’ large city infrastructure contracts into smaller contracts when possible, mandatory anti-racism training for municipal staff, introducing a new oversight committee for city spending, and creating more off-leash dog areas.

Learn more on his website > > >

Steve Fillipovic


BACKGROUND

Steve runs a small construction company specializing in outdoor carpentry. Steve previously ran for city council in 2010 and 2014.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

He’s a longtime volunteer for the Earth Walk Committee, and was previously the South Island Representative for the provincial Green Party.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

Steve wants to build “accountability culture” at city hall (although he admits on his website that it’s “a concept that needs further developing.” He thinks “leadership cults dominate our democracy” and “parties” have influence over the city.

TOP PRIORITIES

Accountability, affordability

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Steve wants to equip buses so they can "adapt to riding the rails" and create a city program to help renters purchase their first home. After all his work with the Earth Walk Committee and Green Party, Steve is now, bizarrely, a climate change denier.

Learn more on his website > > >

Marg Gardiner


BACKGROUND

Marg has worked as a consultant and in regulatory enforcement, program management, and research for the federal and provincial governments. She has an MBA in Public Management and a BSci in Chemistry.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Marg is a board member of the James Bay Neighbourhood Association. She’s a founding director of ‘Amalgamation Yes’, a group in favour of municipal amalgamation.

WHY SHE'S RUNNING

Marg thinks the voices of residents and businesses have been lost by the city, in favour of special interests. She says she would “make decisions based on evidence” and thinks her voice will “bring more balance to council.”

TOP PRIORITIES

Amalgamation, governance, housing

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Marg is building her platform as she listens to residents and “travels the city.” So far, she says she will do a better job of neighbourhood consultation for new bike lanes, add new city parking lots, and include the entire community in reconciliation discussions (she doesn’t specify how). Marg is in favour of municipal amalgamation.

Learn more on her website > > >

Riga Godron


BACKGROUND

Riga previously ran for council in 1999, then for mayor in 2014. She's a freelance writer, has worked as an administrative assistant for Victoria Cool Aid Society, and identifies as Aboriginal. Riga has gone by multiple names - Anastasia Nirvana Ace, Amber Alexis Anderson, and Riga Nason. She made the news during her 2014 campaign for shouting and interupting others at an all-candidates meeting.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

She's a board member for St. John's Court housing, and a member of the BC Transit Accessible Transportation Advisory Committee. She's also vice chair of the Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee.

WHY SHE'S RUNNING

Riga wants to "create public policy that looks seven generations into the future."

TOP PRIORITIES

Housing, affordability, sustainability

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Riga is against amalgamation, and she wants to see police funding increase in relation to population growth. And in her words, "do not force your bike riding lifestyle on others."

Learn more on her website > > >

James Harasymow


BACKGROUND

James ran for city council in 2014, referencing a quotation from the science fiction movie, Dune (1984), in the official city candidate guide in place of a platform or bio.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

He’s active in his children’s school PAC.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

James thinks he will bring diversity to city hall with his “open mind, caring attitude, and appreciation for the beautiful here and now.” He also says he has the "answers to affordable housing."

TOP PRIORITIES

Affordable housing, downtown safety, cleanliness

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

James wants to see ‘nano-housing’ in the city: “fitting several units into the same space as a traditional one bedroom.” He also wants to increase the police and social worker presence downtown, create a “bad renters list,” ban political lawn signs, bring back mounted police (on horses), require large building projects to put solar panels or green space on their roofs, and start a music festival in Beacon Hill Park.

Learn more on his website > > >

Rose Henry


BACKGROUND

Rose is a research assistant and First Nations activist from the Tla'amin Nation who has run multiple times for council. She’s on the board of the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, and BC First Nations Women Health. She’s a residential school survivor with an incredible personal history. Recently, she ran a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to cover expenses for her family after a car accident involving her son’s girlfriend.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

In addition to her experience as an activist and board member, she’s worked with the Together Against Poverty Society, Victoria Native Friendship Centre Association, Capital Region Race Relations Association, and Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition.

WHY SHE'S RUNNING

Rose hasn’t yet commented on why she’s running again, but in 2014 she wanted to see more room for First Nations voices on council, and a stop to the shuffling of the unhoused community.

TOP PRIORITIES

Affordable housing, homelessness, transportation

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Rose would like the city to provide storage to homeless people so they can take care of their basic needs without worrying about their possessions.

Ben Isitt

INCUMBENT

BACKGROUND

Ben was first elected to city council (and the Capital Regional District) in 2011, and then re-elected in 2014. He’s a historian and legal scholar, and former professor at UVic, UBC, and SFU. He’s also worked with the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. Ben has a law degree and PhDs in History and Law.

TRACK RECORD

Ben published his expenses and schedule of lobbyist meetings on his website. He also shared a full track record, with a long list of initiatives that he led or initiatied, including drafting the proposal for the Regional Housing First Program, which ultimately secured $90-million in funding to reduce homelessness. Ben also introduced a proposal that resulted in a 50% increase in operating funding for community centeres and senior’s centres. Another one of Ben’s proposals doubled the available programming space for the Quadra Community Centre. He spearheaded multiple initiatives, including the move to ban single-use plastic bags, the development of the Fort and Pandora bike lanes, the Neighbourhood Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Program, and the City of Victoria Active Transportation Advisory Committee.

TOP PRIORITIES

Affordability, safety, environment/green space

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Ben’s platform has quite a bit of detail so its difficult to summarize here. Included are proposals to introduce a municipal Living Wage Policy, expand the Regional Housing Levy as seed capital for additional affordable housing, develop a Community Broadband network to reduce local internet costs, introduce a city-sponsored Buy Local campaign, develop a Community Violence Prevention Program (aimed at sexual violence, bullying, and violence against women and children), create a waterfront park on the city-owned land at Ship’s Point, and create a Regional Transportation Authority under the CRD to oversee the transit network and consider commuter rail.

Learn more on his website > > >

Jesse Jemenez


BACKGROUND

Jesse has run small businesses, and worked in the financial industry (unclear in what role or for which companies).

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Nothing mentioned in his candidate profile.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

Jesse is "not here to be liked looking at." He wants to be a voice for residents because he "has the heart of serving other people."

TOP PRIORITIES

Nothing yet.

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Nothing yet, but he seems to be against marijuana dispensaries, which he says are "sprouting like wild mushrooms."

Randie Johal

'NEW COUNCIL'

BACKGROUND

Randie is a Service Delivery Manager for BC Transit. She’s worked for BC Transit for over thirty years. She’s an Auxiliary Constable and a board member of the John Howard Society of Victoria.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Randie also volunteers with the Sikh Temple on Blackwood at Topaz, and has been on the bargaining committee for both BC Transit and her union.

WHY SHE'S RUNNING

Randie thinks the management experience and skill at building “strong working relationships” would be an asset for the council.

TOP PRIORITIES

Transportation, homelessness, affordability

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Randie would like to see synchronized traffic lights to help with congestion, and modular home construction. She would maintain Central Park green space in the new Crystal Pool development. New Council has indicated over email that they have a plan to house all tent city residents, but details are still forthcoming.

Learn more on her website > > >

Edison Kahakauwila


BACKGROUND

Edison owns and runs L.A. Limousines, a small transportation company. He’s also the director of the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

He’s a regional director-at-large for the Metchosin Community Association.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

Edison wants to represent the business community on council. He thinks he can bring a "common-sense lens" to council decision-making.

TOP PRIORITIES

Spending, infrastructure, and "overall visioning"

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Edison thinks housing can become more affordable if taxes are lowered.

Anna King


BACKGROUND

Anna is a marketing and communications professional specializing in nonprofits. Most recently, she’s worked for the Benifactor group of companies, which service nonprofits, but she started as a fundraiser for City in Focus Foundation and Union Gospel Mission. She moved to Victoria in 2014, and has a BA in Communications from Trinity Western University.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Anna’s been on the board of Missions Fest Vancouver, and she’s a former director of BC Student Forum. She also worked briefly in a student placement as a Parliamentary Assistant for MP Alice Wong of Richmond.

WHY SHE'S RUNNING

Anna thinks she will bring a fresh perspective to council with her “unique intersection as a young, female, immigrant, dyslexic.”

TOP PRIORITIES

Community, housing, transportation

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Anna's proposals include increasing zoning for duplexes and triplexes, and allowing ‘tiny homes’ and ‘carriageway homes’. She proposes taxing “empty homes,” and restricting short-term rentals. Anna wants to see supportive housing introduced to every neighbourhood, and the creation of a “nightly drop-in centre or 24/7 mental health service facility” (separate from hospital facilities). Anna would also add “reflective paint and raised bumps” to bike lanes, and push BC Transit to introduce GPS tracking and “explore pre-pay options.” Anna is in favour of amalgamation, and would “advocate for childcare spaces to be created on city property."

Learn more on her website > > >

Sean Leitenberg


BACKGROUND

Sean started Canada’s Reno Rebate, a company that assisted clients with federal rebate claims. He’s worked for a property development company in Ontario (it is unclear in what role), and ran a record label, a music marketing company, a restaurant, and a furniture company with five locations.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Sean believes his experiences in business would translate to city hall.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

He thinks the rental and housing situation have only gotten worse in the last four years, and wants to see “good sense governing.”

TOP PRIORITIES

Fiscal responsibility, affordable housing, “addressing the demands of business.”

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Sean wants to see developers provide ‘community amenity contributions’. Sean also proposes to improve homelessness by increasing downtown density and policing, and demanding "20% of all new [residential] projects produce 20% below-market rental units.”

Learn more on his website > > >

Grace Lore


BACKGROUND

Grace is a sessional instructor at UVic (teaching political science) and the national senior researcher for Equal Voice. She’s a mother of young children, and a renter. She has a PhD in Political Science from UBC.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

In addition to her work with Equal Voice, she is involved with Daughters of the Vote, and she volunteers for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.

WHY SHE'S RUNNING

Grace wants to represent young families on city council. She notes that Victoria has half as many children as other cities with comparable populations (such as Edmonton, Ottawa, and Regina) - she posits this is because families aren’t moving here or staying here. She argues that less than 1% of rental housing in Victoria is suitable for families with two or more children.

TOP PRIORITIES

Housing, community, childcare.

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

There's not a lot of detail in Grace's platform yet, but here are a few specifics: she wants to increase the allowable size of garden suites (on large lots), create incentives and/or requirements for more 2- or 3-bedroom units in new developments, and push for integrated seniors housing. She also wants to develop a “city-wide family-friendly city and childcare strategy,” implement the five municipal ‘Calls to Action’ from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and introduce a low-income or sliding-scale bus pass.

Learn more on her website > > >

Jeremy Loveday

INCUMBENT

BACKGROUND

Jeremy is a public speaker and "anti-violence facilitator" who is running for his second term on council. He's the founding director of Victorious Voices Youth Arts Festival, and co-founder of the Re-Imagining Masculinities Conference. Before joining council, Jeremy was the Community Development Coordinator for Heart and Stroke Foundation, and an ESL teacher in South Korea and Quebec. Jeremy is a renter, and has a BA in Political Science from Concordia.

TRACK RECORD

Jeremy helped create the Accessibility Working Group for the city to secure funding for accessibility upgrades to city buildings and infrastructure. He also initiated the adoption of a youth strategy and the Transgender Equity and Inclusion Policy. Jeremy implemented a temporary moratorium on the demolition of rental housing, and opposed the 2018 4% residential tax increase. In 2017, he was named a Vanguard Fellow with Next City.

TOP PRIORITIES

Affordability, community, sustainability

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Jeremy wants to implement and expand the $90 million CRD Housing First fund, protect existing rental stock, create a Regional Transportation Authority, acquire more parks and green space. Jeremy would also push for a third-party review of city governance.

Learn more on his website > > >

Pam Madoff

INCUMBENT

DISCLOSURE: I'm involved with the Rockland Neighbourhood Association, for which Pam is Neighbourhood Liaison.

BACKGROUND

Pam has been a city councillor since 1993 (1993!). Prior to be elected, she “wrote and lectured in the areas of architectural history, preservation, and urban planning.” She is a former president of the Hallmark Society and a former board member of the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society.

TRACK RECORD

Pam led the first steps towards turning the old provincial courthouse in Bastion Square into a new downtown arts centre. She was also the city lead on the development of the new James Bay Library. Pam’s conservative on residential development when heritage, green space, density, or affordability concerns are raised. She publicly stated her support for protecting “existing affordable housing,” which means potentially denying development applications that would replace older rental buildings with more upmarket units. Recently, she wrote an op-ed in the Times Colonist to explain why she voted to remove the Sir John A. Macdonald statue outside city hall, when she ultimately wasn’t in support of the measure.

TOP PRIORITIES

Housing & development, heritage, consultation

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Pam wants to protect existing affordable housing as noted above, and "incentivize adding units to existing building stock." She's open to "utilizing" the E&N rail corridor, but thinks amalgamation of services is preferable to full municipal amalgamation.

Learn more on her website > > >

Delmar Martay


BACKGROUND

Delmar ran last year as an independent for MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin (garnering 0.4% of votes).

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Nothing noted.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

Delmar says his “ideas and solutions should be for the good of the people,” because “people like me don’t enter politics, we give ideas to others to make millions of dollars.”

TOP PRIORITIES

Poverty, homeslessness, economy

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Delmar’s platform is a strangely written treatise. He wants to introduce a “secure electronic cryptocurrency” based on Bitcoin to replace Canadian dollars as the basis for economic exchange in Victoria, because he thinks it would be a “vaccine for poverty.” He believes BC Lotto Corporation isn’t sharing enough of it’s gambling profits with the city, and thinks “service drones” should respond to 911 calls and send information to incoming first responders.

Find him on Facebook > > >

Sarah Potts

'TOGETHER VICTORIA'

BACKGROUND

Sarah is the volunteer manager for Our Place. Previously, she worked as a residential support worker for an addictions and mental health centre. She’s a queer-identified single mother, with a BA in Political Science from UVic.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Sarah is a founder and co-chair of Basic Income Victoria, which pushed for the city to endorse a “universal guaranteed income” for all Canadians. She spoke at city hall in favour of the city adopting a Living Wage program, and was a panelist at the Victoria Women’s March.

WHY SHE'S RUNNING

Sarah is part of the Together Victoria slate, which wants to see a more “affordable, inclusive, and thriving” city. She believes city hall can do more to ensure housing is affordable for everyone, and thinks “the city has a huge role to play in breaking the cycle of mental illness, addiction, and homelessness.”

TOP PRIORITIES

Housing, homelessness/addiction, governance

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

The Together Victoria platform is extensive and ambitious. Notable proposals include having the city act as co-developer on affordable housing projects, requiring at least 50% of all new housing be affordable, free swimming lessons for children and free transit for everyone under 18, tying bus fares to income, supporting “street-level drug testing” by Island Health, pushing for the decriminalization of drug possession, creating 156 new units of youth housing, introducing an online system for public consultation, ‘unbundling’ large city infrastructure contracts into smaller contracts when possible, mandatory anti-racism training for municipal staff, introducing a new oversight committee for city spending, and creating more off-leash dog areas.

Learn more on her website > > >

Andrew Reeve

'NEW COUNCIL'

BACKGROUND

Andrew is a Communications Officer for the Legislative Assembly of BC, and the vice-chairman of the Threshold Housing Society. Formerly, he was a Legislative Assistant for the BC Liberal Party, and the director of communications and government relations for the Trust for Sustainable Development. As a student, Andrew worked briefly for Statistics Canada and as a fellow for CJPAC. He ran for city council in 2014. Andrew is a renter, and has a BA in Political Science from UVic.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

In addition to his work with Threshold, Andrew’s the former president of the Victoria area Liberal Party of Canada. He was also on the board of the Amalgamation Yes group, and briefly provided political commentary to the CBC Radio Victoria program, All Points West (2 months).

WHY HE'S RUNNING

At 26-years-old, Andrew thinks council needs younger voices like his. Although he has been involved with the Liberal party, Stephen wants to represent people of all political stripes. He believes the current city council has “avoided tackling the serious issues… in favour of micromanaging city staff” and debating “musical stairwells in parkades” and “writing letters to Vladimir Putin.”

TOP PRIORITIES

Fiscal responsibility, “downtown revitalization and safety,” city planning

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Andrew's platform mixes his stances on issues with a number of proposals. Notably, he wants to pursue a review of city spending and an independent audit of the Johnson St Bridge project (with a pause on Crystal Pool redevelopment planning until the audit is complete). Andrew proposes lobbying the provincial government to allow ridesharing (Uber; Lyft), and introducing an online tracker for council votes. He also wants to reduce red tape and fees for residential development projects, and simplify zoning to avoid site-specific rezoning problems. Recently, Andrew wrote a fiery op-ed in the Times Colonist speaking against Councillor Pam Madoff. He argued that the only way out of the housing crisis is to increase density and housing supply, without trying to “shoot down projects, scale back proposals, or delay developments.”

Learn more on his website > > >

Jordan Reichert


BACKGROUND

Jordan is a mental health and addictions worker at Island Health. Previously, he was an marine electrician at Victoria Shipyards. He ran in the 2015 federal election for the Animal Protection Party of Canada. He has a BA in Sociology & Philosophy from UVic.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Jordan is the West Coast Campaign Officer for the Animal Protection Party of Canada, and he's involved with many animal groups. He’s a former volunteer for NEED Crisis Line and CFUV Victoria. While a student, Jordan was an active member of vegan clubs and the Philosophy Student Union.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

Jordan often speaks to city council during public meetings, and hears from fellow residents about issues that affect them. He believes his experience and interest in the issues would make him an asset to council.

TOP PRIORITIES

Affordability, environment, poverty.

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Jordan wants to see the city pursue rental zoning and new housing options such as tiny houses and co-ops. He wants the city to become a Living Wage employer, protect the urban canopy, and “re-wild” portions of city parks, establish an Animal Advisory Committee, and “create public policy that firmly opposes the public exploitation of animals.”

Learn more on his website > > >

Ted Smith


BACKGROUND

Ted Smith is a marijuana activist and founder of the Cannabis Buyers Club. He’s also the publisher of Cannabis Digest. In the course of his work, he was charged fifteen times with narcotics offences. Ted has a BA in Philosophy from Laurier.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

In addition to his activism, Ted sat on the city’s health and safety task force. He also pushed the Supreme Court or Canada to recognize edible forms of marijuana as medicine.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

Ted doesn’t think anybody involved in local politics has the background in cannabis that he does, and with legalization taking effect next month, he notes that much of the work of regulation and enforcement will be “downloaded” from the federal government onto municipalities. Ted is also motivated by the opportunity to represent the city’s “extremely poor” and push for more affordable housing.

TOP PRIORITIES

Housing & development, cannabis, poverty

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Ted released a platform summary on his Facebook. He proposes high-density zoning along Douglas street, “reconsidering the plans for Crystal Pool” (no further details yet), building a “street youth worker skills center,” and introducing fair cannabis regulations.

Find him on Facebook > > >

Doug Stewart


BACKGROUND

Doug is the owner of Utopia T-shirts. He ran for council in 2014, and was a controversial candidate because of his racist anti-immigrant blog (no longer active, archived menu here). Now, Doug has a satirical website where he writes absurd ‘fictional’ accounts of city hall meetings, with thinly veiled and derogatory pseudonyms for the mayor and councillors (e.g. Lisa Helpless and Ben Bullshit).

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Nothing mentioned.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

He seems to hold a lot of contempt for current municipal politics. In his official candidate profile, he listed a series of statements presented as his platform. A few of those statements argue against "overdevelopment." Doug thinks the city is building too many luxury condos at the expense of affordable housing.

TOP PRIORITIES

The statue, development, cruise ships

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Doug wants to return the statue to city hall, require cruise ships to spend "an entire day in port," require Airbnb owners to host students during the year if they rent their place in the summer, scrap the proposed bike lane along Dallas Rd, and protect the urban tree canopy.

Learn more on his website > > >

William Tate


BACKGROUND

William is a retired teacher who has previously worked as a "social researcher," journalist, longshoreman, and in sales. Wililam has a BA in Social Science and a BC Teacher's Certificate.

CIVIC EXPERIENCE

Aside from his teaching experience, William has written two op-eds for the Times Colonist. In one letter, he argues against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, and in the other he advocates for separate classrooms for special-needs children.

WHY HE'S RUNNING

William has experience with "people of a cross-section of backgrounds." He thinks his "pragmatic" and "thoughtful" nature will "bring common sense" and balance to council, which he thinks is 'rubber-stamping' the mayor's agenda.

TOP PRIORITIES

The statue, the arts, affordable housing.

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

William believes the statue of John A. MacDonald "should be prominently displayed" (but does not specify where). He'd like to see affordable units required in all new developments, and would explore introducing a"ferry to Colwood." William is not in support of the Crystal Pool development (sounds like he wants to leave it as-is?), and wants to see more city support for the Film Commission.

Charlayne Thornton-Joe

INCUMBENT

BACKGROUND

Charlayne is a third-generation Victorian, first elected to council in 2002. Previously, she worked in food and beverage for the Oak Bay Marina and Dunsmuir Lodge Conference Centre. She has a BA in Pacific and Asian studies from UVic. She’s been on the board of the Victoria Women’s Transition House, and the Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria. She’s also involved in multiple roles in the local Chinese community. Charlayne has received awards for her volunteering.

TRACK RECORD

Charlayne is currently a member of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. She initiate the city's Extreme Weather Protocol, and she's also the city lead for Canada Day celebrations downtown. In April, she proposed a bylaw amendment “which would require [carriage tour] horses to wear identification numbers that correspond with their name, description, and health record.” Neither her website nor city profile yet mention any other specific initiatives that she’s introduced or led over the last four years.

TOP PRIORITIES

Being accessible to residents, safety, culture.

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

The only specific proposal I could find is a suggestion to see more late-night transit for shift workers.

Learn more on her website > > >

Geoff Young

INCUMBENT

BACKGROUND

Geoff is an economist and consultant who was first elected to council in 1983, serving until 1999. He was re-elected in 2005. Geoff has lectured at UVic and the University of Alberta, and has worked for the BC Ministry of Finance. In addition to his work as a councillor, CRD director, and economist, he’s served as board member for the Victoria Water District, the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Victoria Airport Authority, and the British Columbia Financial Institutions Commission. He has a BA in Economics from UBC and a PhD in Economics from Harvard.

TRACK RECORD

Geoff was the only councillor who voted in opposition to the removal of the Sir James A. Macdonald statue outside city hall. He voted in opposition to the ‘Bellewoods’ development on Fort St (site of the former ‘Truth Centre’), because he felt the density towards the back of the development wasn’t appropriate for the neighbourhood. Geoff also worked to secure funding for sewage treatment. Geoff has a few other ‘track record’ items on his website, but it’s not clear what was achieved in the last four years, and what he accomplished in previous terms.

TOP PRIORITIES

Taxes and spending, zoning, regional planning.

NOTABLE PROPOSALS

Geoff wants to see "dedicated bus lanes to the western communities," and more "safe bike routes." He also proposes that the city focus on providing shelter beds, so camping can be prohibited again. Geoff would preserve parking and park space in the Crystal Pool development.

Learn more on his website > > >

candidate summaries

Discover the platforms for all candidates running in the 2018 Victoria municipal elections.

About

This website was haphazardly created by unaffiliated Victoria resident, Danielle Leduc McQueen.

All information was compiled and collected in my spare time from candidate websites, newspaper articles, and LinkedIn profiles. I’ve tried to reference sources where relevant and keep a neutral stance, but this website was necessarily informed by my perspectives - I’m a millennial renter and new mom. I’m also a believer in the importance of democracy, and think government should be informed, policy-driven, and inclusive.

I created this site to hopefully encourage more people (especially young people) to get interested in municipal politics, get informed, and get voting.

I hope to continue to edit and update candidate summaries as the election approaches and more information becomes available.

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