Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Success for Saanich School Kids!

Saanich Student Max with Lana at the Community Forum 
held at at the Saanich South Community Office for Saanich
students and parents concerned about the budget deficit
Dear Saanich South,

I'm very pleased to report that yesterday the BC government did an about-face and agreed to provide additional funds to the Saanich School Board.

Many of us have been working hard to make this happen. Personally, I pressed the issue with the Education Minister several times, raised the need for this in the BC Legislature, spoke out strongly on the subject with the media on numerous occasions, connected with dozens of affected parents, and held a public forum on the topic for Saanich parents and kids at my community office two days ago. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

School Funding Forum - June 27

While BC politics has been focused around the HST Referendum, Saanich schools have been facing an ongoing funding crisis that is about to come to a head.

Saanich School board, like all school boards across the province, has been facing a decade of immense pressure from continued funding cuts with no revenue increases. In April 2010 the School Board was facing a $3-4 million dollar shortfall, with layoffs of up to 23 staff. This translates to less support for students: less field trips, less library staff, less support for special needs students.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

This Monday: locavore dinner and community discussion about climate change and sustainability


Dear Saanich South,

You are invited to a locavore dinner and community discussion on climate change and sustainability this Monday, June 20th, at 6pm at the Citadel, 4030 Douglas St. There are still tickets available at my community office (4085 Quadra), open this Friday, 9:30pm-3pm and at Cabin 12 (corner of Pandora and Govt) open everyday 9-3pm. Tickets are $10 and that includes dinner and a presentation by Dr. Andrew Weaver with the latest info on global warming and how we are doing at responding in BC. There will also be a workshop part of the evening where you can contribute your own ideas about how BC can become more sustainable. There is free childcare for children aged 5-12, by reservation only. Check out the poster below for more details.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Saanich Cycling Festival this Sunday!!

The Saanich Cycling Festival is happening this Sunday! This is a wonderful community cycling event, featuring a police-escorted ride. (The route is from UVIC, down Cedar Hill, up Shelbourne, down Mckenzie and back to Uvic, map here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

POSTPONED - Art Exhibition at my Community Office this Wednesday Evening

Join me for an art exhibition at my office Wednesday evening!

If you’ve made a trip into my office lately, you will have noticed that the walls are adorned with lovely works of art created by a talented local artist, Dennis Jaques.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011