Monday, February 27, 2012

Community Forum: Pat Bay & Sayward, this Wednesday!

Saanich South Community Office window
To the Community:

The intersection at Sayward Road on the Pay Bay Highway is one of the most dangerous on Vancouver Island. On average, there are 60 accidents every year.

Hundreds of people have raised this issue with me. People have spoken out clearly about what they want and what they don’t want. And I’ve been working hard to push forward low-cost solutions that will reduce accidents and improve the flow of traffic.
And I think we are almost there!

What are the options on the table?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Question Period

This week in the Legislature I asked a question during Question Period. As Opposition Critic for Agriculture, I was raising an issue of tremendous importance to ranchers in the interior - I know many of them were watching and eagerly anticipating a response.

And indeed there is an obligation on the government to provide answers to the people of B.C. during Question Period.

But unfortunately what we got from Premier Clark was something closer to evasion and posturing.

Take a look for yourself:

I'm not deterred at all! The challenges facing farmers and ranchers are too important to be cast aside like this. I know the government can do much better.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Sayward & Pat Bay

Dear Saanich South,

You are invited to a community meeting about safety improvements for the intersection at Pat Bay Highway & Sayward Rd.

Wed. Feb. 29, 2012
Cordova Bay Community Place,
5238 Cordova Bay Road.
6:30-7:30 pm 
Open House with options on poster-boards, tea and treats.
7:30-8:30 pm
Panel and open microphone.

In 2010 I organized a community forum to bring attention to this important issue. Ministry of Transportation staff and elected officials met in Cordova Bay with over a hundred residents.

You told us what you wanted and you told us what you didn't want.

A working group was created from that meeting. Staff from the Ministry of Transportation and BC Transit worked collaboratively with a community rep, muncipal councillors and myself.

Now there is a tentative plan to improve safety at this intersection!

Come out and hear the details.

Find out how community suggestions have been incorporated, and provide further input.

Your engagement will help improve the plan and create solutions that work for Saanich South.

Together we can get this done!


Lana Popham
MLA Saanich South

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Check out the latest "Saanich Star", Bob Gillespie! is a celebration of un-sung heroes in Saanich: people in our community who - through their strength of will - are quietly making big differences. 

Some of their stories are about overcoming hardship and adversity, other stories are about community service, innovation and leadership. 

The site was launched in June 2011 and we do our best to add a new star every month.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sooke is skookum!

The indomitable Mary Alice Johnson,
Board Member, Sooke Region Food Chi AGM
It was a great treat for me to join my colleague, MLA John Horgan, and other friends at the Sooke Region Food Chi's AGM. This group is doing great work!

It was wonderful to see a room full of people actively working towards a strong local food system - farmers, gardeners and consumers alike!

Among the tasty potluck dishes, the exciting year in review and the ambitious planning for another successful year it is hard to pick a favourite part of the evening.

Having said that, I want to publicly congratulate the T'Sou-ke Nation - represented by their Chief Gordon Planes - on their announcement last night.

With a contribution from the provincial government, the T'Sou-ke Nation is moving forward with an ambitious agricultural green-house project. The plan is to cover several acres in green houses that would be heated and cooled with renewable energy! More details are here.

The evening renewed my optimism that food security can be improved on Vancouver Island.

My heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved!


PS. You can find out more about the Sooke Region Chi Food Society by clicking here.