Candidates surface for November election

Politics is pretty high-level this month. Most of the major polls are busy taking bets on the provincial election or the HST referendum.

Politics is pretty high-level this month. Most of the major polls are busy taking bets on the provincial election or the HST referendum. Regular folks are reeling or celebrating, revelling in the strange glow of their federal election hangover. Nevertheless, some people are shifting their gaze a little closer to home. That’s right, there’s more to come. This is a municipal election year; Nov. 19 may be a ways off, but we’re getting an early start.

Community activist Lisa Helps recently announced that she will run for Victoria City Council. Her meeting focused on what she called building community wealth. “A strong, resilient, interdependent local economy; well-being, connectedness, and security in community; a healthy environment we respect, use with love, and protect; and a city where citizens lead.”

Helps was the chair of the board at Fernwood NRG, the organization responsible for a number of Fernwood’s affordable housing units as well as the Cornerstone Cafe. She sat on the Advisory Committee for the city’s recent Official Community Plan review, and is currently the executive director of Community Micro Lending, a local non-profit, which provides small loans and mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, Paul Brown — a consultant for provincial and state governments — stepped up to announce that he will take a run for mayor. Brown’s speech focused on the city’s financial position, which he describes as “much worse than I could have ever imagined.”

Among other things, the early candidate cited the city’s mounting infrastructure deficit, the declining economic health of our downtown and Victoria’s struggling tourism industry. Despite having run for city council in last year’s by-election, Brown is admittedly new to the city’s political world.

“It’s true,” he says. “I am new to politics. Some would say that is an asset.”

This truly is an election year. With only one down and two or three more to go, I promise to ease into it. In the meantime, sit tight, strap on your voting gloves, and let democracy sink in. M

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Everett Bumstead (centre) and his crew share a picture from a tree planting location in Sayward on Vancouver Island from when they were filming for ‘One Million Trees’ last year. Photo courtesy Everett Bumstead.
The tree planting life on Vancouver Island features in new documentary

Everett Bumstead brings forth the technicalities, psychology and politics of the tree planting industry in his movie

Scaredy Cats television series has turned Empress Avenue in Fernwood into a Halloween themed neighbourhood. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Trick or treat! Halloween comes to Fernwood in January

New television series Scaredy Cats filming in Victoria

Cindy Foggit plays the lead role of Eliza in Passion and Performance’s film production Eliza: An Adaption of a Christmas Carol. (Courtesy of Rachel Paish)
Victoria adult dance studio releases modern adaption of A Christmas Carol

Instead of usual stage performance, dance studio turns to film

James Summer, the City of Victoria’s new youth poet laureate. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Slam poetry expert introduced as Victoria’s new youth poet laureate

Vic High alum James Summer will serve in the role for 2021

There are many options for enjoying a meal out locally during Dine Around and Stay in Town, on now through Feb. 7. (10 Acres Commons)
Dine Around Stay in Town Victoria carries added importance during pandemic

Special menu items for eat in or takeout/delivery, staycation deals available through Feb. 7

Peter Crema and Harmony Gray (from left), past participants of the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Code Switching teen art group, at work in ArtLab in 2019. The NAG will be expanding the space thanks to a $75,000 arts infrastructure program grant. (Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre receive new arts infrastructure funding

Province announces recipients of funding through B.C. Arts Council program

Ty Wesley, Nicole Darlington and Cameron Macaulay (from left) performed in the Beholder Entertainment production <em>Gender Sucks!</em> in the 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Video still courtesy Sam Wharram)
Nanaimo Fringe Festival artist lottery open to local and B.C. playwrights

Organizers hope to stage plays in-person at indoor and outdoor venues this summer

Canadian singer-songwriter-actor Joëlle Rabu will join her son, Nico Rhoades, for a livestream performance courtesy the Tidemark Theatre Jan. 29. Photo submitted
Mother/son powerhouses Joelle Rabu and Nico Rhodes join forces for Island livestream

Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre hosts online music revue

Dr. John Hooper is the new conductor of Island Voices. Photo supplied
Island Voices welcomes new conductor

Dr. John Hooper to lead mid-Island based choir

Jorie Benjamin does a modern dance performance to ‘La Vie en rose’ by Édith Piaf, Louis Gugliemi and Marguerite Monnot, choreographed by Elise Sampson during the Cowichan Music Festival’s Highlights Concert at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 1, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Music Festival cancelled for 2021

The festival had already been limited to solo performances only for 2021

<em>Chinook Salmon: Breaking Through</em> by B.C.’s Mark Hobson was selected among 13 entries as the winner of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salmon Stamp Competition.
Stained-glass lighting casts a win to B.C. salmon artist

Painting of chinook is Mark Hobson’s third win in annual contest

Most Read