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Community Economic Development – an Idea

Sep 23, 2011 No Comments ›› Wickson

As an economist I am very aware of the need to pay attention to how my local community is affected by economic development. Actually, when I think of economic development for Saanich I get very excited because there is so much untapped potential. In 2003, I was one several community leaders that brought together ...

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Transportation – Connecting the Dots

Sep 23, 2011 No Comments ›› Wickson

It was just another day and another accident statistic. More young lives taken from families while we talked about how to fix our transportation system. The chances of being injured while driving are such that if the odds were the same for almost any other activity, it would be banned. It’s time to ...

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Bright Ideas

Sep 23, 2011 No Comments ›› Wickson

When I was involved with the BC Chamber, I was asked to sit on the Energy Conservation & Efficiency (EC&E) Advisory Committee as the Chamber’s representative. I continue to represent small business owners through my participation in the Rates Working Group. Here is a recent interview I gave to Bright Ideas, BC Hydro's newsletter:bright ideas ...

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Missed Chance for Change

Sep 23, 2011 No Comments ›› Wickson

29 January 2009 Times Colonist Letter to the Editor The private and public sectors need to play a central part in meeting the global challenge of fiscal profitability, social responsibility and environmental consciousness which is essential to our future. Unfortunately, the federal budget does very little to address the future needs for ...

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Streetscape versus Safety

Sep 23, 2011 No Comments ›› Wickson

I have been asked to provide some comments to this newsletter on the draft version of the Mayor’s Report to Council regarding the Streetscape Beautification Projects. This is a far more complex issue than suggested in the both the 8-page Discussion Paper of March 2006 and the Draft Report to Council dated August 17, 2006; ...

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Good Development Versus Bad Development

Sep 20, 2011 No Comments ›› Wickson

As I sat through another Saanich Committee of the Whole meeting recently, I had the sinking feeling that our freely elected councillors were going to miss another opportunity. The proposed development is letting us down on a number of fronts. First, we heard the term “smart growth” as the basis for the design of ...

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