Posts Tagged ‘Municipal election’

Thanks Maggie.

copy/pasted from my comment section.


Maggie Bailey

I voted for you. I liked your platform, the fact that you are not 110 years old and that you didn’t come from some PAC association or a church with a stick up your rear end.

I went to Esquimalt high you know, and the daughter of a re-elected council member was in a grade below mine. The student council raised money to put a condom machine in one of the bathrooms. This was a student funded and student initiated effort, aimed at providing students with a necessary device, sexual health, it’s important right? The kids are doing it, being active and involved in their community, giving their peers easy access to something that can protect them from unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease. It’s great right? It’s action, it’s proactive, community oriented.

I mean really… it should have been applauded… and this certain council member, who was re-elected just a few days ago to council, who happened to be a big PAC honcho at the time, lobbies the school administration to get these condom machines removed from the school, for moral reasons and succeeded… and out they went. Can you imagine?

I mean really. This is not someone I want representing my municipality.

I wanted youth, intelligence, diversity… what is with the voter turnout too? It was horrid. Reprehensible. I heard more people talking about US President Elect Obama than any of the municipal or city elections. That is pathetic.

I think that is why you lost. Not because you sucked, because you didn’t suck, but because when I went and voted, 80% of the heads in that room were long grey, and didn’t get why young men with ideas should have anything to do with council.

I could be wrong but that is what I think. Most people didn’t care and young people REALLY didn’t care.

It sucks, but I think if people 40&under had bothered, it would have turned out very differently for a few people. I guess they must have forgotten about the whole condom machine incident and moved on…

Although I must say, your posters were nice, very modern and stylish and well done, but it took me a few pass by’s to realize they were not advertisements for gigs.

Thanks for giving it a shot anyways. It was appreciated.

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I wish some Hollywood taste maker would declare, “Last Place is the new First Place.”  That would be pretty groovy.

Go with yourself.

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Today is the day.  Please go out and vote for me.  My name is the last one on the ballot. True story.  They did a random draw and I went from first to last… I hope that is not a metaphor for my life 😛

information on voting: http://www.esquimalt.ca

Go with yourself.

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Whoa, there is only one remaining World War One veteran left.

John Henry Foster Babcock

Lest We Forget.


Our stroller sold on Used Victoria yesterday so we are off to get a new one.  Something considerably smaller.  We did love of our Bumbleride, but it was giant and squeaky and drove Coral mental.  and a mental Coral means a mental me, so it had to go.

Funny story… it drove Coral to the point of madness on Sunday (the day we listed it) and in her rage she called Bumbleride and left a message… or maybe emailed.  On Monday they contacted her back and told her how to fix the squeaks.  So I went to Rona and got lubricant and it did a tremendous job reducing the squeaks… but at this point, stroller sold.  So yeah.  Good story.


From the Esquimalt Town Council Front, another letter.

—– Original Message —–
From: SA
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:21 AM
Subject: secondary suites
Hi, Jeremy,
I’ve finally gotten around to giving serious consideration to who I’ll vote for next Saturday.
You’ve stated that you support increased density along Esquimalt Road near the Village
Core and Vic West border. Are you talking about increased building height beyond the
10-story limit set in our Official Community Plan? I sincerely hope not. Since the
Matson Lands have been developed, there is now a great, ugly, box  obstructing the
very centre of my view of the Olympic mountains. I would much prefer that infilling,
and secondary suites, not only be allowed, but encouraged through expedited
zoning applications, and reduced fees.


Thank you for the email Ms. A,
I believe that secondary suites and infill are the best way to increase density in our community while maintaining the detached family home charm of many of our neighbourhoods.  It is my family’s goal to one day own our own house and having a suite for my fiancée’s mother or to rent will be the only way we’ll be able to afford the mortgage.

I am for increased density in the village core and along Esquimalt Road by the Vic West border.  These areas have already been singled out for development in the Official Community Plan and have older apartments along there now.  The OCP calls for a maximum height of 10 stories for a condo development and that sounds reasonable to me.  As a town councilor I would always vote to uphold the views of the OCP when approached by developers.  The benefit of this is two fold.  It reflects the views of the community which what the people of Esquimalt want and it is also offers a fair process for developers.  They know going into their planning of what is acceptable in Esquimalt.  Development along Esquimalt Road will hopefully encourage older buildings to be replaced by more environmentally friendly (see: http://www.cagbc.org ) and ascetically pleasing apartments that improve the image of the township and increase property values for all residents.

Increased density in the village core and along Esquimalt road will add vibrancy to our town, attract a diversity in resident, attract new business, and add efficiencies in services and transit that will benefit the whole community.

I hope my answers have encouraged you to consider me on November 15th for Esquimalt Town Council.


Jeremy Baker

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I was rather inspired by the Gears of War video game commercial today.

The song is called “How it Ends” by Devotchka.

Devotchka did the soundtrack for the Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear film Little Miss Sunshine.

amazing song.


I answered another question today in regards to the municipal election going down this Saturday.


From: SM
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 10:55 AM
Subject: Esquimalt town council question

Good day Jeremy,

I listen to the zone….you rock……

On a more political note.  I would love to vote for a councilman who has a crime and drug reducing idea that will actually work. It states in you blog (which by the way needs to be looked at and spelling errors corrected) you touch on police force amalgamation and that is a good position to stand, but it doesn’t give the people a statement that something must be done.  Esquimalt has been my home since 2002 (and will remain my home as it has the small town community mentality). But, The crime rate in the Esquimalt area does not seem to be improving.  The drug houses and apartments located by the Carlton, Cambie and Bingo Hall remain untouched and this will make it more inviting to drug-abusers and harder on making your ideas of a more touristy Esquimalt come true. Something must be done about the crime and drug aspect of our beautiful area.

On a lighter note I totally agree with the later bus routes policy you have. That will make life easier for everyone. To add to that, what about the western community people? There is only one bus with a horrible schedule that has a direct route to Langford and western exchange.

I would love to hear back from you regarding the ability to move people to the western communities. Also, if you want my vote let me know what you are going to do about the drug abuse and crime here in Esquimalt. This aspect of Esquimalt life is getting overlooked and becoming a HUGE boil that is the silky smooth ass of Esquimalt.

Zone rocks.


Good evening Mr. M,
Thank for rocking the Zone and listening to my show.

That said, lets get down to the business of municipal policing.

On my website I stated I supported the amalgamation of police services for the four core municipalities.  I believe this is a good idea because it will share the costs more evenly over a greater population.  When the Province forced the amalgamation with Victoria back in the early 2000s, it was believed that the other forces would be amalgamated as well.  That has not yet happened and Esquimalt’s policing costs have doubled since.  Our costs are also considerably more than Oak Bay.  A town with a similar population.

This report by the Victoria Chamber of Commerce makes the case for amalgamation of police forces. http://www.victoriachamber.ca/img/content/Policies/11.pdf

The crime rate in Esquimalt has (generally) improved.  It is the perception of police response times that has not.  As a town councilor I would push to have our police station manned 24/7.  It is currently only available during bank hours.  Not acceptable even for banks, let alone the police!  I would also try to make greater use of auxiliary and volunteer police services to try and improve the visibility of police in the community.


I would agree that being a neighbour to a drug house would be a challenge. I lived in Fernwood for years before moving to Esquimalt and understand that there are many problem associated with that.  The township has begun and shown some success with the Crime Free Multi-Housing program.  This program has Victoria Police work with the owners and mangers of rental properties to increase security and training to recognize problems.



My wish list for transit would include greater late night service to the downtown core to facilitate safe transportation to a fun night out and give Victoria residents access to Esquimalt’s pubs and nightclub.  Esquimalt is uniquely situated between the downtown engine of the region and the growing suburbs of Colwood and Langford.  I would support increased bus connections to Langford but I think more importantly, getting the E&N Railway online as a light commuter rail service.  As well as connecting Esquimalt by bike path/trail to the galloping goose.


Tackling drug abuse is an epic challenge that I personally would not be able to single handedly solve.  Saying nope to dope is something that starts with good parenting and education.  People that have valuable lives and connections to their community would be less likely to risk that on drugs.  I have worked briefly in foster care and know that managing peoples’ behavior is nearly impossible.  All I can do is offer support and options.

Mr. M, I hope my answers are something you can get behind on November 15th.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and also for jamming out the Zone.



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Here is a little questionnaire I filled out yesterday night that I wanted to share on my blog.


1. What is the most important thing Council can/should do to ensure we continue to maintain and make Esquimalt more livable, more community-centered, more beautiful, and more attractive to a diversity of residents and businesses?

I am a big proponent of the living street.  Repurposing our roads and streets as areas to create connections instead of conduits for car traffic is something I feel strongly about.  I commute to work by scooter and I enjoy waling to the store and for recreation.  Right now, in my neighbourhood (Esquimalt Industrial Park) there are few sidewalks, let alone a safe path to take my family for a walk.

Living Streets recognize the roads are for all methods of transportation and are designed to allow the natural flow of cars to travel at optimal steady speeds that reduced, while allowing bicycles, pedestrians, and all modes of transportation as well.

The roads are landscaped.  This makes them more organic and human.  Creates scale, fights the Urban Heat Island effect, increases property value and is ascetically pleasing.


2. Under what circumstances, if any, do you think Council should override the OCP and allow greater than 10-storey buildings?

I think it would need to be a very special project to warrant over riding the OCP.  The Plan was created for a purpose and it is important that council upholds the values articulated in the document.  there are tools the council can create for variances with density bonusing that might have a tremendous value, but generally I would vote to uphold the values of the OCP.

3.  Are you willing to set high standards for developments in Esquimalt even if developers make threats and/or throw lots of promises of money to the municipality.?  What is an example of a high standard to you?

LEED certification is the future of development.  A high standard to me would be buildings that adhere to the principles of LEED.

4. What do you think are the three most important qualities of a Councilor/Mayor as far as ensuring that our Council works together and displays a professional and mature face to us the citizens and the rest of the region?

A) Educated.  There are some very complex and politically and emotionally charged issues that come up for the council to vote on.  It is important that councilors have the facts before moving forward with a vote.

B) Concise.  Councils need to be clear when communicated their ideas.

C) Plugged In.  Councilors must be able to listen to the community and hear what we want.  But must also show an intuition to recognize trends that the mainstream society may not know of yet, but once taught of, will embrace.


Neat-O gang.  Pol Plastino did a great job filling if the modern Rock Countdown for me this weekend, so please give him your time.

Corj and I are off to Port Angeles next week for a little holiday and rainy adventure.  Its going to be a pretty budget holiday, but that will make it all the more exciting.

If you live in Esquimalt, I might be knocking on your door this saturday.   I hope its not raining too hard.  I need ot step up one more level in this final week of campaigning.

Go with yourself.

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Last night was the all candidates meeting.  It was an interesting time.  It was basically 14 people all saying the same thing, differently.  hmmm.

Earlier today I took part in the 2nd annual MARPAC (Maritime Forces Pacific) Media vs. navy hockey game.  It was a close one, but media did lose 6-4.  Navy potted an empty netter (my fault, I missed the puck when I had the chance) right at the end.

But man was it fun.  They treated us spectacularly, felt like a “real” hockey game.  Jerseys, marching band, national anthem, intermission.


I filled out a ton of questionnaires today in regards to the election.  I’ll post them tomorrow… This weekend, Coral and I will be doing some door knocking.  Next week we are taking a mini holiday to Port Angeles!  No, really, we are.  The boat is $12.50 each if we walk on.  We’ll find the cheapest motel we can walk to and we’ll wander the town. and maybe get drunk.  and probably get wet.  I think the rain has finally come and it ain’t leaving till March.


I created my Movember page.

Check it out and make a donation please.


Lastly… hmmm.  Some dude who was in the Power Rangers back in the day just got convicted for a horrific murder.


Yeah… its real… and terrible.

So that got me thinking about the Power Ranger… started getting the wikipedia all going (when I should be studying sewage treatement… bad Jeremy, bad!) and I stumbled on Amy Jo Johnson. The Pink Ranger.

Pink Ranger Amy now puts put music… and is on the CTV Police show “Flashpoint.”  Good for her.

I went to iTunes, and sure enough, she has a few albums.  They all sorta suck, but way to try.

Everything you need to know about Amy Jo Johnson.


Johnny B. Shields at the ole Zone Facotry is all about Beth Hart lately.

Beast’s “Mr. Hurricane” is the iTunes free single of the week.  Go get it!

Grey’s Anatomy was another gooder.  The show had some groovy indie rock as per.  I liked  the last track played.  Shady Bard’s “Torch Song.”

Myspace: Shady Bard

They also jammed out a track by Erin McCarley’s “Gotta Figure This Out”… but I think she is a socialist or someone that doesn’t care about money because her music… well the song featured on the show seen by millions today is not available for download… so no .99 cents for her.

MySpace: Erin McCarley

and I think the show featured Brazillian Girls doing “Good Times.”  Which is weird, but also wonderful.

Coral stumbled on this singer songwriter feller form Vancouver (kinda…. he seems to be a citizen of the world that has or maybe IS living in the terminal City).

I believe our hero, Sam Bradley is friends with Robert Pattinson… aka Edward the glittery vampire from the Twilight series.  And they wrote a song called “Too Far Gone.”

and its sorta good.

Myspace: Sam Bradley


OK, that is all I got.  I am tired.  i should have started writing earlier, because then I could have given more.  But right now, I want to jam out the songs I just blogged about and decompress.

Go with yourself.

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Rob lives in Esquimalt and he wrote this article in today’s TC, profiling our community.


Rob Shaw, Times Colonist

Published: Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Population (2006): 16,840

Median household income (2005): $47,653

Area: 7.04 square kilometres

Average house price: $509,833

Median house price: $506,000

Prominent landmarks: Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

Esquimalt council’s ill-fated attempt to close the Archie Browning Sports Centre more than a year ago has snowballed into one of the main issues in the town’s municipal election on Nov. 15.

It’s not necessarily the arena itself that remains controversial, having been granted at least a five-year reprieve by the outgoing council.

Rather, candidates say it’s the lingering sense of distrust toward the politicians who tried to push through its demise suddenly, with little public consultation.

Fourteen candidates are vying for six council seats. Two are vying for mayor. At least six candidates are affiliated with community groups pledging to save Archie Browning, and many say their decision to run for office was sparked last spring when council suddenly voted, at a count of 5-1, to close the arena because staff reports said it was losing money and needed expensive repairs.

Hundreds of residents crammed subsequent meetings and heckled council until it reversed course and agreed to spend more than $150,000 in repairs to keep the facility open.

Barb Desjardins was the only councillor to vote against closing the arena. She’s running for mayor. “Council changed its decision but that created a lot of distrust,” she said.

Her lone vote to save Archie Browning shows she’s in touch with what the community wants while other politicians have to be told through backlash, said Desjardins, a 52-year-old physiotherapist who lives on a floathouse at the Westbay Marine Village. She points to other examples of leadership: Pushing the Victoria Police Board to better communicate with Esquimalt council for its budget, and first raising the idea of putting a sewage treatment plant at MacLaughlin Point (an old oil tank site) rather than Macaulay Point (near a park).

“I often play a leadership role and to me it’s just a natural progression,” Desjardins said of the mayor’s job.

Incumbent Mayor Chris Clement admits he made a mistake on the arena issue and said he now agrees with keeping it open at least five years. Beyond that, the 59-year-old consulting ecologist said he’s not sure what the future holds for the facility.

“The arena comes up occasionally,” said Clement, while door knocking in the Rockheights neighbourhood last week. “[Desjardins] assumes it’s going to be a big galvanizing issue, but it’s not.”

Clement is also in favour of McLaughlin Point rather than Macaulay for sewage, but said the idea was actually first raised at the Capital Regional District sewage committee he has served on the past three years.

The election is largely about leadership, said Clement, who served a term on council in 1988 before serving two terms as mayor from 1990 to 1996, and a third from 2005 to 2008. With only two incumbent councillors running for office, the six-seat council could be full of new politicians that need the guidance of an experienced mayor, he said.

“The comments I get mainly are, ‘You are doing a good job, we’re going to support you.'”

The subdued mayoral battle between Desjardins and Clement is nothing like the rancorous, bitter, fight between Darwin Robinson, Ruth Layne and Clement in 2005.

Clement said he respects Desjardins but her campaign platform is vague. Desjardins said she respects Clement but the community wants a mayor it can trust.

Meanwhile, the changing political landscape on Esquimalt council is perhaps reflective of the town’s demographic shift.

The community is close to Victoria but has lower-priced homes than that city. As a result, young families have increasingly moved there, eschewing its reputation as Victoria’s poor, gritty, crime-riddled, working-class military neighbour. The town is projecting a 25 per cent population increase within the next 20 years.

That population shift has led to a conflicted vision for the future between new and old residents. There is no clear consensus on such things as plans to revitalize Esquimalt’s village core and whether the community should accept highrise buildings that exceed the 10-storey limit in the official community plan.

Both Clement and Desjardins agree on the need to review the OCP with the community. They say the key to propping up Esquimalt’s stagnant business sector is to increase density and attract more residents. That could also prevent residential taxes from continuing to rise as the community wrestles with future budgets, they say.

Both Clement and Desjardins say they are finding support on the doorstep of Esquimalt’s taxpayers. But it has been historically hard to predict how Esquimalt’s 17,000 residents will vote. Half are renters who are often unsure if they are even eligible to vote (they can), and the large military community at CFB Esquimalt is often transitory and not always engaged in local politics.

Still, in the last election, approximately 32.5 per cent of residents turned out to vote — a slightly better turnout than in many of the other capital region municipalities.



These are the candidates up for election on Nov. 15:


Chris Clement

Barbara Desjardins


There are six council seats available.

Jeremy Baker

Meagan Brame

Randall Garrison

Alison Gaul

Brian Gray

Sylvia Hammond

Lynda Hundleby

Lori King

Don Linge

Bruce McIldoon

Bob McKie

Thomas Morino

Norman Swan

Christopher Zegger-Murphy

The Times Colonist is profiling election campaigns in the region’s 13 municipalities.

If you miss one, go to http://www.timescolonist.com to catch up. Look under “Editor’s Picks.”

Friday, Oct. 31: Sooke

Saturday: Oak Bay

Yesterday: North Saanich and Metchosin

Today: Esquimalt

Tomorrow: Sidney and Colwood

Thursday: Central Saanich

Friday: View Royal and Highlands

Saturday: Victoria

Sunday: Langford

Monday, Nov. 10: Saanich

More biographical information on the candidates, including details on their experience, community involvement and goals, will be available on our website later this week as part of our online election coverage.

Go to http://www.timescolonist.com and click on “Election Notebook” under Blogtoria. If you have something for the notebook, e-mail us at election@tc.canwest.com.
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008

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Coral and I finished putting up the last of my first batch of 200 posters.  The posters I put up Saturday held up in the weather very nicely.  Better than I had thought so I am jazzed to move forward on another batch of 200!

Just finished another survey.  This survey comes courtesy of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. http://www.gvcc.bc.ca

OMG! its like a MySpace survey, but serious.


Name: Jeremy Baker

Municipality: Esquimalt

Position sought (Mayor or Councillor): Councillor

1.) Do you own a bike? How often do you commute by bicycle? No, but I do ride a scooter.  And I commute everyday by scooter.

2.) How do you propose to expand and increase cycling, walking & public transit in your municipality?

I am an advocate of the “Living Street.”  A living street recognizes that public roads are a connection in the community between residents and should be shared equally amongst all stake holders, cars being just one of many groups that use the road.  All or at least, most streets in Esquimalt should be designed for pedestrians, cyclists, transit and cars and electric cars.  Roads should be designed to include as much humanity and nature as the township can afford and space allows.  Right now, many roads in the township do not even have a basic sidewalk.  I would advocate creating a schedule to convert Esquimalt’s roads to living streets.

3.) What initiatives would you propose to make our streets safer for cyclists, including improving cycle-friendly infrastructure?

The living street is designed to control car speed and improve safety.


4.) What is your position on the development of a regional transportation authority in Greater Victoria, and how do you see the cycling community being involved in this process?

If there isn’t already a regional plan for transportation then there really needs to be one as the average Victorian is not concerned with the arbitrary “borders” between municipalities.  I was under the impression that the Capital Regional District handled planning on a regional scope. (http://www.crd.bc.ca/regionalplanning/transportation/index.htm )

Cycling is an important part of the transit mix.  Esquimalt is slowly making strides to include cycling and cycling is thought of in all future development according the Official Community Plan. (http://www.esquimalt.ca/files/PDF/Business_and_Development/OCP_text_2007.pdf page 33.)

5.) If you were in a position to vote on a large development in your community, how would you ensure that cyclists’ needs are incorporated?

The Official Community Plan is clear on the municipality’s values on cycling. I would ensure that they are upheld.  If cyclists felt that they were not being fairly represented in the townships planning then I would support reviewing or plan to include cyclists.

6.) Is there anything you would like to say to the cycling community as to why you should receive our vote?

Thank you Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition for including me in your survey.  I do not commute by bike to work but I do ride a scooter daily and can understand the frustration of fighting not only the elements but also the crush of automobiles.  I want to see a town with vibrant streets that are fair to all users of the shared community asset and I believe I would be a strong ally on council for GVCC.


What do you think?  something you could get behind?

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I drafted and published my Esquimalt Town Council platform.  Maybe you can take a minute and have a gander.  if you have some feedback, I would appreciate it before I go live with http://www.jeremybaker.ca .

Thank you.

Esquimalt Town Council 2008

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