Policies

I am excited to share my 2022 Policy Platform with you. As well as Survey Responses

I’ve learned a lot over the past four years of

  • attending (and providing input and advice) nearly every agenda item of every single Monday night Council Meeting (+ Public Hearings & Committes-of-the-Whole)
  • serving on 3 advisory committees of Council: Active Transportation, Parks&Rec, #UptownDouglas
  • increased executive responsibilities with #NorthQuadra Community Association, culminating in President
  • increased professional responsibilities supporting BC local governments on climate action and low-carbon transportation policies
  • AND: engaging you, the public, as a potential 2022 candidate, along the way.

In 2018, I had an enormous Policy Platform document, and a very small “campaign”.

This year, I’ve had an enormous Campaign* and will present to you a more streamlined easy-to-digest Platform. I hope you enjoy it.

(*more summer public engagement events than all other candidates combined; extensive consultation and engagement with experts, advocates, community leaders, small businesses, and fellow candidates from rookies to incumbents, et cetera).

My logo art illustrates policies of intergenerational liveability, protected parks & active mobility, housing options, ecological & infrastructure sustainability, plus the circle in the sky of the WSANEC

- 2022 Platform - 

As you read, keep in mind that true affordability is just not about housing; that true sustainability is not just about protecting the environment; and that true climate leadership is not just about declaring emergencies and citing crises.

Surveys/Endorsements

To start with, please understand three things about me:

  1. I am a public policy-wonk… and technocratic knowledge is often lacking on council.
  2. I am a millennial father with two kids under 10… and parent perspectives are definitely lacking.
  3. I am long-dedicated to our community… and have taken leave from work to campaign… and to serve.

I am TREVOR BARRY - running 4 SAANICH COUNCILLOR + CRD BOARD DIRECTOR (and T.B. will appear on the Top of your Ballot)

 

GOVERNANCE & LEADERSHIP

Trevor Barry brings 15 years of BC Government experience in public administration, and over a decade on executives of society boards and his community association; plus has served multiple terms on various advisory committees of Council. 

Trevor supports the 2017 Governance Report Recommendations.  

Trevor advocates for greater local government autonomy on revenue generation, and the creation of a regional mobility and land-use authority. 

> Policy examples < 

  • hiring a new CAO through a wide recruitment and rigorous screening and selection process
  • removing #ultravires language from Saanich Bylaw, such as defining “Blood” & “Marriage” relationships
  • requiring all staff reports include a small statement on climate action implications
  • collaborating with UBCM colleagues on drafting instructions for legislative amendments to provincial statues and enabling delegated authority toward:
    • progressive property taxes 
    • progressive utility rates
    • role of local business community in Council decision-making

 

MOBILITY & TRANSPORTATION

Trevor Barry is a low-carbon transportation expert who has also served for two terms on Saanich’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC). He also drives an electric car and electric cargo-bike, and still owns the 1984 family motorhome.

Trevor supports TDM measures, multimodalism (especially rapid transit), trip right-sizing, decoupled parking requirements, car-sharing, micromobility, and investing in the most sustainable and fiscally responsible transportation infrastructure, including #VisionZero systems thinking in prioritised implementation of the Active Transportation Plan (with commensurate community consultation). 

> Policy examples <

  • requiring (or working with) logistics firms, TNCs, and web giants who collect mobility data on Saanich rights-of-way to licence this information back to us for #OpenData publication online
  • remove parking minima for new-builds with sufficient TDM strategies, and help ensure residential tenancy is decoupled from parking space allocation
  • introduce paid parking, resident-only parking, and other forms of transportation demand management in Saanich side-streets, with progressive prorated freemium personal annual credit allocations to permanent residents

 

CLIMATE & PARKS

Trevor has 12 years experience as a sustainability and climate professional, including as an economic advisor on CleanBC climate investment strategies. His cross-ministry work at the Province led to a winning a BC Public Service Premier’s Award. 

Trevor wants to enable innovation to diversify accessible park activation strategies with an aim toward revenue generation, earmarking funding toward ecological restoration projects in concert with volunteer groups and non-profits. 

> Policy examples <

  • reinstating Saanich’s commitment under the BC Climate Action Charter of internal corporate carbon pricing matching the federal benchmark, department-by-department, with direct accountability toward community-wide mitigation outcomes
  • creating a proper Natural Capital Asset Inventory, including #OpenData GIS Layers and evaluation indexes 
  • collaborating with CRD and community recreation partners on “one stop shop” matchmaking software to optimise human resource deployment, and ensure parents do not have to sign up onto multiple waitlists at 6am each time
  • expanding off-leash dog run areas, simplified food truck opportunities, and a proper 2nd reading evaluation of the staff recommendations for seasonal daytime access at a limited number of parks’ specific picnic areas for responsible adults consumption of liquor, as the rest of B.C. has quickly been adopting

 

HOUSING & RIGHT-SIZING DENSITY

Trevor Barry has lived in 5 Saanich addresses, splitting his time back-and-forth between renting and owning, including with young children and pets in both cases. He worked as a student housing manager at UVic. He also worked as sustainability officer for the Province’s portfolio of 1500 buildings.

Trevor studied under Larry Beasley, Todd Litman, Brent Toderian and Gordon Price in the SFU City program, and understands that “Affordability” is ⅔ housing crisis and ⅓ transportation option access. He is also familiar with the nuances between Part 3 and Part 9 buildings and [step] codes.

He laments the about-face to Community Associations and reneging on the strategic plan’s promise to update local area plans in Saanich, but he supports the Corridors, Centres & Villages strategy (as do both Mayoral candidates) and understands that the best housing/transportation/economic develop plan: is a good land-use plan.

> Policy examples <

  • requiring all development reports from staff to include a walkability index, e.g.  “WalkScore”
  • pre-zoning corridors and major centres to send a strong signal to the market that we want upzoned complete community density development near amenities, infrastructure and services, and away from isolated suburbs to reduce sprawl
  • pre-zoning also should be performance-based prescriptive toward housing typology (re: missing middle family housing) as well as CAC preferences and purpose-built rental for workers and seniors
  • working with public land owners toward streamlined development of right-sized institutional housing options, such as student dormitories, social housing units, and other purpose built rentals for in-demand workers for the region, such as nurses, or whichever regional skill shortage we find ourselves facing

 

SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS

Trevor Barry grew up in three independent family businesses, including experience operating and dissolving a corporation with $1 million is annual revenue. 

Trevor wants to ensure that local solutions to global financial, labour and supply disruptions take into account the lived experiences and impacts to our local small business community.

> Policy examples < 

  • collaborating across the CRD on property tax incentives for Family Doctors
  • listening to small businesses, especially with respect to concerns around recruiting/retaining staff (e.g. insight into housing demand)
  • collaborating with UBCM partners on resolutions toward greater representation in Council decision-making by the commercial/business community
  • expanding food truck programming in activated public spaces, moving away from the onerous TUP model
  • supporting the development of a film studio somewhere on campus at Camosun, because of the enormous economic multipliers (spin-off benefits) of this industry 

 

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Trevor Barry has worked as an economic advisor on investment portfolio with tens of millions of dollars per year in acquisitions. He has also held fiduciary obligations as the sole shareholder for a corporation during crisis with monthly income waning below hundreds of thousands in obligations to suppliers and employees, and managed to steer the ship through a sale of the family business without laying off a single worker.

Trevor has studied capital asset management, operational financial accountability, and pairwise infrastructure investment at the SFU City program.

> Policy Examples <

  • direct internal carbon price on internal operations, unit-by-unit, evaluating per capita (and other KPI) energy and emissions intensity; reported as part of financial planning, and with 1:1 investment back into GHG mitigation strategies only
  • equitable approaches to zero-based budgeting and LEAN initiatives, with a goal to both streamline value generation and avoid the “march madness” expense inducement perversions of “use it or lose it”

 

DATA & ACCOUNTABILITY

Trevor Barry has worked extensively in his career on Open Information, Data Transparency, and #OpenData publication. 

By providing local government data on income, capital, assets, liability, services, fleets, portfolio, infrastructure, parks, etc. - in machine readable, public licensed formats - we will enable and empower the brain trust of Saanich (researchers, academics, journalists, citizen-scientists, retired public service professionals, volunteers) to do a lot of high-quality crowdsourced work, at no expense to the public purse. And this money can be invested back into value-added services to our citizens and our economy.

> Policy Examples <

  • Streamlined online portal for municipal services (the Saanich App should be much more than a garbage[day] app)
  • Citizen Smart Cards with progressive “freemium” annual credits - as described to the Times Colonist below.

 

SURVEY RESPONSES - some sections still under construction 🚧 

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Times Colonist

What's one "big idea" you have for your community?

SmartCard for “freemium” services.  #SmartSaanich.
This card (app) is unique to you, carrying nontransferable annual credits.
You receive new “credits” Jan 1st, just for being a Saanich Resident. Only you can use them, and if you don’t, you lose them.
Credits may be siloed by category of service, or fungible between categories (perhaps at discounted rate).
What are the SERVICES?   (This is where the magic happens! Demand-side management, Pigovian Economic efficiency at its finest*)
1. Utilities (10,000L of fresh water, 52 weeks of compost, 20 of garbage…)
2. Transportation (100 trips on transit, 500hr of street parking…)
3. Recreation (12 park picnic bookings, $100 worth of classes…)
4. Property Tax exemption ($100k off assessed value)
…for each human residing.
The list gets updated based on needs and community feedback.
*Excess usage carries higher marginal costs.
 

Tell us about your previous elected and/or community experience

Since 2014, I have served on the executive of the North Quadra Community Association, most recently as President. I have also chaired and held other executive officer positions on other local society boards, including founding the Best Coast Big Band.

Over the past 7 years, I have been appointed 5 times to 3 different Saanich Council advisory committees (UptownDouglas, PTR, ATAC) as well as participating in OnePlanet Saanich.

During my undergraduate at UBC, I was also Resident Hall president, and then had an early career managing on-campus Student Housing. 

 

Why are you running? What's your motivation?

My kids.  If we want to leave our kids with a Saanich that they deserve, then we need to raise our voices today. Climate, Housing, Health; Economics, Asset Management, Sustainability…

As a career expert in the field of Climate Policy, I understand the risks - and also the opportunities - for a better future. And I will do my best to advocate (and govern effectively in the process) for it.

Also: you don’t spend this much time studying municipal affairs, and advising governments, before wishing that politicians actually had policy knowledge. And if not, maybe it’s time to ”be the change”. 

 

What are your top three issues?

  1. Hiring a new CAO
    • The Bureaucracy may be directed by Council. But civil servant bureaucrats are managed by the CAO alone. 
  2. Right-sizing Density Planning
    • Using standard performance measure KPI metrics, such as WalkScore.
    • Because the best transportation plan: is a good land-use plan.
    • Because equity AND economic-efficiency (let alone climate resilience and social cohesion) starts with designing accessible complete communities.
    • and it has the cobenefit of being great climate policy (avoiding sprawl development)
  3. Engaging Local Small Business
    • because the economy has changed since 2018.
    • Tech industry wants #OpenData

Bonus: Signs Bylaw… #ScanToBan (restrict) election signage.  #SignsAreBad

 

What's your vision for your community in 25 years?

Saanich2045 is a different place. There’s mostly electric ‘vehicles’, all shapes, sizes, functions: many autonomous; most shared (not owned); nearly all trips are multimodal.  Climate is much worse, but our local economy is fortunate in the world. 

So, Question is: how do we build for this?

To start, build up corridors first, emphasising starting nearer Victoria and then E-W along McKenzie/Tillicum starting near UVic; including SmartGrowth (densification exhibiting completeness) in major centres. 

Hopefully, the mobility-realm is much safer, slower, yet still more efficient than today. And the resident-realm is comfortable and secure. And the natural-realm - while severely impacted - is also stewarded and adapting well (maintaining liveability we enjoy today).  

Very-isolated suburban deadends will look most similarly to their 2022 counterparts. 

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Saanich News

2023 Council’s top priority is hiring Saanich’s new CAO
Council may direct bureaucracy; but civic bureaucrats are managed by the CAO alone. 
If we want…
…“plangineering” with experience and wisdom, but also command of modern best practices…
…“fiscal accountability” that’s passionate about budget transparency and #OpenData…
…“sustainable services” that understands Natural-and-Capital Asset Management, and infrastructure investment…
…“housing supply” that GIVES more than it TAKES from society… 
…if we want our municipality to thrive under future conditions in the face of Climate, Affordability, Health and other crises, then TREVOR plus Council should hire the right new Chief Administration Officer, as first order of business. 
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Capital Daily

Only significant (and unique from pre-existing) responses are provided below:

 

Quick Bites:

  • Professional/Community Background
    President- NorthQuadra Community Asn
    Executive- local society boards
    Advisory Committees- UptownDouglas, Parks/Rec, ActiveTransp
    +OnePlanetSaanich +Youth Sport
    BCgov Analyst: Climate Action - Liquor - Road Safety - LowCarbon Economic Advisor - Transportation Policy Expert
    UVic Mgr: Student Housing

  • Lived in Saanich > 5 years
  • Currently Own: 1 property (home)
  • Own 1 car [+eCargoBike]
  • Support new bike lanes
  • Annual Family Income < $70,000

 

My preferred solution to Victoria’s traffic and congestion concerns is…

Transportation Demand Management - incl. mode shift, parking restrictions, regional mobility authority. Land-use planning - incl. right-sizing housing supply, smart growth density, parking demand mgmt Infrastructure - incl. transit funding model upgrades, smarter cycling lanes, L.R.T./RapidBus.

 

What are the three most pressing issues in your community that council has the power to change? 

1. Hiring a new CAO -bureaucrats are managed by CAO alone.
2. Right-sizing Density Planning -Using standard KPIs, such as WalkScore
-“Best transportation plan: is a good land-use plan” (sprawl is bad: for climate, social cohesion, economic efficiency, equity, etc.)
3. Engaging Local Small Business

[council has been neutral on responding to these 3]

 

How would you better address them?

1. CAO is emergent issue- ensure “plangineering” perspective, command of systems thinking, + experience with change-management and supervising unionised workforce.
2. Ensure Centres/Corridors/Villages are being provided specific “market signal” for development
3. To start: dedicated committee work

 

Who is in my community need…

To continue their award-winning hard work toward right-sizing approaches to public safety & criminality. +Training & pay commensurate with task & risk. But this also means many situations do not require (as much) police presence. And this work should be provided (by Crown Government) social workers.

 

Young people in my community are…

Leaving.
Young people are leaving because they cannot afford to stay.
Not for lack of opportunities. But Work/Study/Play opportunities are not balanced by affordability. And this isn’t just housing, this is transportation and services.
Leaving= to westshore (sprawl is a terrible thing) and beyond.

 

If I could ask the province for one thing for my community, it would be…

Progressive property taxes and utility rate model. Imagine: for each primary resident in a home, there was a tax exemption on an additional $100k of the assessed value. This would support young families, but also prevent the “carving out” of our neighbourhoods and associated businesses.

 

Council's ability to respond to climate change is…

Incredibly significant. There are two (almost entirely separate) facets to this:

MITIGATION (reducing GHG emissions & per capital carbon footprint)
- cities have influence over 50%+ of GHGs.
- land-use patterns and roads alone account for over 40%

ADAPTATION (designing resilience to climate impacts)
- cities manage infrastructure, and set standards for buildings
- sustainable agriculture + food security

Biggest threat to Council? = other CRD Councils: Saanich subsidises most other residents’ regional economic behaviours. As the most important player at the table, in the region, on the island… Saanich needs to assert more authority, and part of that would be in restructuring regional governance so externalised costs (incl. GHGs and adaptation projects) are internalised back to the behaviours (exurbs) causing them.

 

I will work to fix the housing crisis by…

Right-sizing density planning. ( this has become a bit of a buzz phrase on my campaign).

Housing is the highest cost item. But it is not the only significant one. So AFFORDABILITY can be fixed by placing people in housing supply that enjoys demand-side management. Complete, compact urban communities.

How? pre(up)zone corridors and centres. Allow streamlined building processes for missing middle and multi-unit residential - and purpose-built rentals and social housing - in these places. The corollary: don’t encourage new supply in far-away areas that are car-dependent..

 

Families in my community need…

Other Families - nearby, to rely on. “It takes a village…”
And/or: extended family - nearby, to rely on.

The past 2 decades of exurban fringe sprawl development on the west shore has torn families and friendships apart. And no amount of cheaper houses (with commensurate increases in transportation costs) can make up for that.

Also: modern, online, app-based, accessible community services - like swim lessons that don’t require 6am wake-up registration five times to end up on five waiting lists.

 

To me, reconciliation means…

Taking the time to learn SENĆOŦEN and Lkwugen (lək̓ʷəŋən) languages, place names, and historical ties to the land, and ways of knowing. Supporting W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council collaboration with Saanich staff.
+being an oracle to the people: bringing residents ‘along’ the journey. Calling them ‘in’

 

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Homes for Living

I am recommended! They suggest for you to vote for me!   https://www.homesforliving.ca/elections/saanich 

I placed lower than in a similar 2018 survey, but amongst a far larger pool of candidates on the ballot.
They called me “mixed” (not “strong”) on advocating for housing (my “gap” was with respect to below-market housing), but they recognised my ongoing efforts, participation in discussion, and policy knowledge and expertise.

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Victorians for Transportation Choice

it was great to lean into my expertise on this survey: 

https://www.transportchoicevictoria.ca/trevor-barry-saanich-councillor/ 

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Livable Victoria 

The most instructive survey and policy “Big 5 Ideas” of anything provided to candidates in the region this year.

I am recommended:  https://www.livablevictoria.ca/2022survey

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WE-CAN Climate Champions!

WestCoast ClimateAction Network. See their interactive map!

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Livable Roads for Rural Saanich (LRRS)

1. Speed
Background:
Saanich is preparing a speed reduction policy which will result in changes to speeds across Saanich, including Rural Saanich. We have been warned to not expect Police enforcement of the new speed limits. This will continue to be a large impediment to the success of any speed reduction policy, and therefore to the safety of road users.
Enforcement:
Question: What specific measures would you take to ensure that speed limits on rural roads are enforced?
Either the “ :-)” / “ :-( ” happy sad face speed feedback boards
● Or the speedometer LED boards that flash your speed if speeding
● PLUS: 30or40km/h signage at the “entrances” to such zones
...technically this is about building awareness and encouraging compliance rather than strictly enforcement.

Traffic Calming:
Questions:
a. What is the role of Traffic Calming Infrastructure in enforcing speed limits?
● Again, strictly speaking, they don’t enforce; in this case, they induce [compliant behaviour].
● “TCI” sends a signal to the driver to drive at a speed conducive to the roadscape, and consistent with the speed limit.
● This could include using paint to narrow lane widths; speed humps, traffic circles, pinch points, jagged/de-straightening, crosswalks, etc.
b. What is the role of Quick Builds while Traffic Calming Policy is being developed?
● Quick builds may rely on Operation funding (rather than Capital) which is more versatile to execute.
● Quick builds are (therefore) often cheaper and yet more temporary in nature, but this is a good thing, because “pilot” projects can be studied and altered before being “cemented in”.

c. Why have the traffic calming infrastructure(s) used elsewhere in Saanich not been broadly utilized in Rural Saanich?
● Cited reasons I am familiar with include:
○ Larger area + smaller population = more expensive
○ Emergency vehicle access (at speed) since cannot expect fire stations
and ambulance bases all over R.S.
○ Engineered RoW is often very different (steep shoulders, no curbs/sidewalks, gravel, vegetation)

2. Historical Pattern of Speeding
Background:
Many rural roads, by their physical profile, lack of constraints and lack of enforcement, suffer from chronic daytime and overnight speeding, often by sports cars and motorbikes. Low accident statistics will not show that the roads are used as recreational speedways.
This is not a perception or an assumption; it is a reality. For a variety of reasons the Police are unable to enforce and the problem continues; informing Police does not result in any ongoing change.
The acceleration and noise are audible well north and south of any one residence. The result is that the roads are unpredictable and unsafe, lessening the neighbourhood livability residents should be able to expect.
Question:
What practical suggestions would you bring forward in order to help permanently resolve historical patterns of speeding on rural roads?
● Quick builds, Traffic Calming, Speed reductions*, as per above.
○ *technically, speed reductions lead to speeding (“ING”) because the
same car going the same speed is now over the (lowered) limit.
● Awareness campaigns, feedback boards, signage, as above.
● On still-50km/h-roadways
○ “LRRS Safe Posted Speed Days” where a “parade” of vehicles caravan down a route at 51km/h.
● On now-30km/h-roadways
○ “LRRS Safe Speed Days” where a “parade of electric and sporty road
bicycles” maintain 31km/h - - work with CapitalBike etc.


2. Trucks
Background: The Truck Routes through Rural Saanich are West Saanich Road and Pat Bay Highway. Keating Cross Road is the major Truck Route in Central Saanich. Trucks traveling off these truck routes, not on local delivery, are a systemic problem on these narrow rural roads. The truck use impacts the safety and comfort of those outside of vehicles, and the livability of neighbourhoods. Truck and trailer noise worsens as they bash over the broken road edges. Re-paving only facilitates speed. The police are not able to enforce the truck bylaw; it is, practically speaking, unenforceable. Typical GVW limit signs are already in place.
Question:
a. How would you address the problem of narrow rural corridors being used as truck shortcuts to a commercial industrial area already served by two truck routes?
● Traffic Circles. Speed Bumps (not humps).
● Stop Signs (commercial drivers may be more worried about moving violations
on their record, than truck route bylaw breaking)
● I would NOT - Repeat NOT - widen the lane widths.
b. Background
LRRS has for nearly six years been trying without success to get Saanich to engage with Central Saanich in order to discuss the impacts of industrial/commercial and trucking traffic, related to an industrial area, on narrow shoulderless roads transiting rural neighbourhoods.
Question:
How would you effect a dialogue with the neighbouring municipality?
● I’ve been building relationships with candidates in Central Saanich, including likely winners, including new folks.
● Also: Saanich is the most important jurisdiction in the region (and especially with respect to transportation). We need to push our weight around a bit more on regional issues, especially advocating for the creation of a transportation/mobility/landuse authority - a mini-Tranlink, if you will. And these Wallace, westsaanch, burnside, etc., would become regional roads.
● (I admit that the above bullet answering this question does run the risk of exposing our safety/speed/traffic calming autonomy - but (a) I’m okay with the trade off, (b) for the moment, I’m suggested tactics)

3. Vulnerable users and Active Transportation use
Equestrians
Background:
Equestrians need to use public shared-pavement roads to access off-road trails. They do not feel safe doing so on such roads as Oldfield and Brookleigh.
Question: How would you immediately, since this has been going on for years, provide for their safe and comfortable passage on these heavily used roads?
● Honestly, I do not understand the issues well enough, even still, and would (a) hope that all the traffic calming (etc above) work is cobeneficial, and (b) listen to the next iteration of LRRS advocacy, which I have come to trust is thoughtful, savvy, and well researched.
Active Transportation Plan Deliverables
Background: The current Active Transportation Plan has two pages devoted to Rural Saanich (pages 48,49). None of the six Actions currently on these two pages are effective.
Three Actions that have been particularly ineffective are: "Enforce existing posted speed limits; Enforce Saanich's existing truck route bylaw; Consider the needs of equestrians". The ATP is currently being refreshed.
Question:
What specific actions for Rural Saanich would you expect to see in a refreshed ATP if you were a rural resident and AT user?
● (I’ll add another qualifier: and I was myself with my history on ATAC working with LRRS)
● At the risk of sounding repetitive:
○ Quick builds, Traffic Calming, Speed reductions; Awareness, feedback
boards, signage.
● Bike route wayfinding and signage (sets a tone for motorists as well) - plus
published maps.
● The issue of “properly classifying” these road typologies by their own
engineering standard requirements.

4. Neighbourhood
Background:
Rural households, though fewer and spaced out along rural roads, still form neighbourhoods, often long and linear.
Questions:
a. Do you believe, especially in a municipality endorsing Vision Zero and Active Transportation, that all residents should have the right to safe passage on their roads for uses outside of vehicles?
● Yes
b. Are all neighbourhoods equal in their right to having roads with safe speeds for all?
● Yes - but I will add this “by typology”.
● So, West Saanich Road, and North Quadra, would be akin.
○ (We experience very similar issues of speeding/stunting/racing; plus difficulty crossing; major collisions lately, etc).

5. Expectations
Question:
If you lived on a narrow rural shoulderless road, heavily used by commuter, commercial and industrial traffic, and did not feel consistently safe to use that road outside of a vehicle, what would you expect of your municipality?
● To admit admit the double-standard, or do something to fix it. Thank you.

2022 Brochure:

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MEDIA RELEASE, July 5th 2022

Trevor Barry, local musician and Saanich community leader, announces his plan to run for a seat on Saanich Council in the 2022 civic election this fall. He is also putting his name forward to serve on the board of the Capital Regional District.

Trevor is a public service professional with 12 years of expertise in low-carbon mobility and development policies, sustainable regional planning, public safety, and legislation. He has been a resident of Saanich for 15 years. During this time, Trevor has:

  • Served as a member of the Executive of the North Quadra Community Association for 9 years, including as President since 2021.
  • Been an active member of the District of Saanich’s Active Transportation, Uptown-Douglas, and Parks, Trails & Recreation Advisory Committees.
  • Volunteered in support of his local Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), Easter Seals, Variety Children’s Charity, and co-founded the Best Coast Big Band.
  • Regularly attended and actively participated in weekly Saanich Council meetings over the past four years: asking questions, bringing community concerns forward, and making policy recommendations. 

Trevor’s campaign will centre on five core priority areas: 

Right-sizing density planning: ensuring that the right housing and services happen in the right places, based on affordability, walkability, transit, and natural assets.

Climate action leadership: strengthen Saanich’s GHG reduction and climate adaptation strategies. Trevor brings over a decade of expertise in climate action and sustainability to the table, including solutions for low-carbon mobility alternatives and energy efficient buildings. 

Supporting small businesses: advocating for the needs of local businesses, including timely permitting, affordability challenges, and recovering from pandemic health restrictions and labour market disruptions.

Safe and healthy communities: ensuring safe roads, abundant recreation opportunities, accessible child care, fun and engaging community events, and ample park space for families of all ages, stages and abilities.

Moving Saanich online: creating user-friendly municipal services, including streamlined online and mobile apps for recreation, parking, park permits, utilities, e-documents, and payments.

Over the next few months, Trevor will engage with Saanich residents on their priorities, to further develop his platform in collaboration with the community.

Bringing Saanich families and community together is one of Trevor’s passions and will be a key feature of his campaign. In early June, he organised a public event at Beckwith Park that attracted hundreds of visitors, complete with free food, activities, bike valet, and live band performances. Trevor plans to hold more events like this over the summer at different parks throughout the community. Trevor also plans to volunteer at community events like the Strawberry Festival, Music in the Park, and the Great Canadian Beer Festival. 

General Election Day for Saanich and other BC municipalities is Saturday 15 October.

BIO

Trevor Barry was born and raised in the Fraser Valley. He attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and holds a BSc degree in Chemistry with a minor in History. Following his studies, he moved to Vancouver Island to work as a Manager of Student Housing at the University of Victoria. Shortly thereafter, Trevor began his career in the BC Public Service as a Policy Analyst in the Ministry of Justice, where his work on the “Green Team” contributed to winning a Premier’s Award.

Since 2010, Trevor has held various positions at the provincial Climate Action Secretariat, including serving as a Senior Economic Advisor on Climate Investments, leading stakeholder engagements on LiveSmartBC, CleanBC, and Carbon Neutral Government, and supporting BC communities in their commitments under the Climate Action Charter. Trevor was also the recipient of a Pacific Leaders scholarship for BC Public Servants, studying land use and transportation under Gordon Price at Simon Fraser University’s City Program.

Trevor serves as an executive on local society boards including the North Quadra Community Association and the Best Coast Big Band. He also serves as a member of Saanich Advisory Committees, and volunteers with organisations such as Variety the Children’s Charity, Easter Seals, and the Great Canadian Beer Festival.

Trevor has been a resident of Saanich, BC, for 15 years where he is a committed community member. He is passionate about the place where he raises his children, and is invested in its future. When he is not working or volunteering, Trevor dedicates his time with his family, RV camping with his kids, and chauffeuring them between sports and other extracurricular activities. In his free time, Trevor enjoys geeking out about electric vehicles and e-cargo bikes, Tolkien and Nintendo. You can also find him walking his Shiba Inu dog, Miya, and attending local events, sampling craft beers, and performing with bands such as recording artists, “Boogie Houser”. 

 

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