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CSCA Monthly Meeting – May 15, 2019
May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
CENTRAL SAANICH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
MEETING START TIME – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Location: Keating Fire Hall
- CALL TO ORDER & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL TERRITORITY
We would like to acknowledge the First Nations Traditional Territory on which we live and work. The cultural heritage of this beautiful land on the Peninsula is of the Coast Salish, Tsawout, and Tsartlip First Nations. I am thankful to be allowed the privilege of being here recognizing the inequities between indigenous and settler peoples and acknowledge all that has been given up in order for us to conduct our work here today.
- GUIDING RULES
To respect everyone’s time, meetings will start and end on time.
- If you arrive late, please do not interrupt the flow of discussion to get caught up. Can review minutes or ask questions afterwards.
- Respect new ideas and opinions – everyone has a right to their views and opinions.
- Do not interrupt someone who is speaking. Let people speak in the order to which they raised their hand allowing them a max of 5 minutes to talk without cutting off or challenging their viewpoint
- An agenda will be distributed at least 2 days in advance so you can anticipate the discussions.
- The agenda will be our framework for discussions; stay on topic and focused on agenda items
- INTRODUCTIONS AND INTERESTS
- APPROVAL OF AGENDA (Seek any additions to the agenda/amendments)
4.1 Agenda of the May 15, 2019 regular CSCA Board Meeting
- ADOPTION OF MINUTES
5.1 That the minutes of the CSCA Board meeting held on April 17th 2019 be adopted
- BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
7.1 Climate Change Task Force Report and Recommendations (see report attached below and motions that will be discussed)
- TASK FORCES – UPDATES & APPROVALS
- NEW BUSINESS
9.1 Public Transit:
There is growing interest and enthusiasm in having our public transportation system more accessible and affordable. Victoria Council recently endorsed a proposal for free transit in the CRD. Councillor Zeb King introduced a Notice of Motion on March 28, 2019, with a few requests to our transit commissioner (see Notice of Motion attached). Students on the peninsula have also drafted a motion that they plan to host a school referendum on. Here is the motion:
Be it resolved that as a Stelly’s Secondary School student I call on the District of Central Saanich Council to strongly endorse and lobby the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, Peninsula Commissioner Geoff Orr and BC Transit to:
- Demonstrate climate leadership by phasing out user fees for transit while increasing service, and
- Begin by eliminating the user fee for people 18 years of age and younger
We are interested in hearing your views on this motion. Please get back to us and let us know your thoughts and whether you are for or against this motion from a Stelly’s student.
CENTRAL SAANICH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
CLIMATE CHANGE TASK FORCE
Report May 15, 2019
The Climate Change Task Force began work in late March 2019. We studied the Central Saanich Climate Leadership Plan of June 2018 as well as several initiatives in other jurisdictions. We all agree there’s a climate crisis. But what can we do as a community association to help address this crisis right here and now? That’s what we set out to answer—or at least to begin to answer.
Source: District of Central Saanich https://www.centralsaanich.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/district_of_central_saanich_climate_action_plan_2018.pdf
We have some work in progress:
- The task force is supporting a Delegation of local youths who will be addressing their concerns about the climate crisis before Central Saanich Council.
- The Fire Chief’s upcoming report and recommendations on updating burning bylaws.
We also have two resolutions to present for your consideration tonight.
Resolution 1. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs
WHEREAS property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs have been successfully established in North America and Europe over the last decade; and
WHEREAS these programs enable property owners to access immediate funding to upgrade buildings to be more energy efficient and to install renewable energy systems; and
WHEREAS this funding is repayable over time as an assessment which is added to the property tax; and
WHEREAS this assessment on property tax may be transferred to a new owner if the property is sold; and
WHEREAS a PACE program would assist the District in reaching the goals of its own June 2018 Climate Leadership Plan; and
WHEREAS the implementation of a PACE program would create jobs within the local green economy; and
WHEREAS municipalities in British Columbia do not currently have the tools needed to implement a PACE program; and
WHEREAS PACE Alberta is working with interested municipalities across Canada to assist in the establishment of a successful PACE program which meets the needs of Canadians;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:
- THAT the Council of the District of Central Saanich call upon the Provincial Government to facilitate the development of a legislative framework that would enable British Columbia municipalities to develop and offer PACE programs as soon as possible; and
- THAT the Mayor of Central Saanich send a letter to PACE Alberta supporting PACE Alberta’s funding request to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for development of federal template legislatio
For further information see: https://www.paceab.ca/
Resolution 2. Natural Clothes Drying
WHEREAS the Climate Leadership Plan adopted by the District of Central Saanich in June 2018 acknowledges that reducing energy use and GHG emissions in existing buildings are key to meeting the goals of the Plan; and
WHEREAS the Climate Leadership Plan acknowledges that making significant shifts in energy use and sources will require action by all levels of government, residents, businesses and community organizations; and
WHEREAS it is important to identify individual actions which can be taken quickly and relatively easily; and
WHEREAS some subdivisions have restrictive covenants;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:
- THAT the Central Saanich Community Association (CSCA) encourage the community, through its website and any other means deemed appropriate by the membership, to strive to reduce the use of tumble dryers by using a combination of indoor drying racks and, where appropriate, outdoor drying racks; and
- THAT the CSCA seek the support of the District in distributing and encouraging this suggestion through the Community Focus publication which is distributed throughout the community, and by any other means deemed appropriate by Council, with a view to supporting the goals of the Climate Leadership Plan.
We intend to present further resolutions to the June 11, 2019 CSCA meeting, and this task force will disband at the end of June. At that time, we expect to recommend some topics which could be considered by future task forces in the context of climate change and in conjunction with the CSCA’s strategic priorities.
Submitted by the Climate Change Task Force
Chair Yves Parizeau
Board Liaison Jeri Covay
Members Pamela Ball, Jackie MacDonald, Alexis White