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Fortin Wants to unite mayors of youth centre closing

Mayor_head.jpgVictoria Mayor Dean Fortin hopes to gather a delegation of local mayors and police chiefs to persuade the provincial government to keep the Victoria Youth Custody Centre open and keep vulnerable youths out of police lock-ups. “People in the local community are quite concerned about this decision,” said Fortin. “My interest is in bringing together the mayors — as their police board chairs — and police chiefs to articulate our concerns. “I want to get a full understanding of the issue, then bring together a delegation to speak to the minister. It’s an important process.” He hopes to meet with the mayors and chiefs next week and said he is looking for the earliest opportunity to talk to Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux. 

Deferment of Victoria utility bills proposed for seniors, disabled

a3-fortin-jpg.jpgVictoria Mayor Dean Fortin: "All of those [water or garbage collection] are costs, whether you are in your own home or renting or whether you are in a seniors' facility, that you will pay. We know that if we can help keep low-income seniors in their own homes, they're happier, they're healthier and it's more cost-effective."

Seniors and people with disabilities should be able to defer the costs of garbage pickup and water and sewer utilities as they can with their property taxes, say Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin and Coun. Ben Isitt.

Victoria Best in West at Fostering Green Building

Victoria_Biking.jpgVictoria is outstripping Western Canada’s largest cities when it comes to regulations encouraging green buildings, according to a new report on urban energy management.

The Canada West Foundation, a think thank, examined urban energy management in the seven largest cities in the West for its report, Buildings, Bicycles and ’Burbs, released Monday. While all cities in the report made progress, Victoria and Vancouver lead the way, in part, because the provincial government has set a high standard, the report said. “The B.C. government has created a comprehensive and extensive energy plan which targets energy efficiency and conservation.”

 

Crystal Pool Update 2014

Mayor_head.jpgThe City of Victoria  has issued a Request for Proposals for architectural and engineering services to address a variety of building and system upgrades within the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre including:

• Replacing the roof domes.

• Replace pool marcite and repair drain system

• Replace / upgrade HVAC system components

• Upgrade pool filters and mechanical systems

• Reconfigure pool drainage system

• Feasibility study of seismic and sprinkler upgrades.