Provincial minister of transport and infrastructure and North Island MLA Claire Trevena in Campbell River (File Photo)

Ministry says appointments to Victoria Regional Transit Commission ‘open,’ ‘transparent’ and based on ‘merit’

Mayors emphasize, transit commission selection process leaves them in the dark

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) is sticking with the current Victoria Regional Transit Commission appointments, as stated in Section 25 of the BC Transit Act.

“Although local governments may make recommendations regarding appointments, the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office manages all requests to ensure provincial appointments are made on the basis of merit, following an open and transparent selection process,” a MoTI spokesperson wrote in an email.

The selection process is not clear to Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor, who has said there’s a lack of clarity on the grounds for appointment.

“The legislation says members will be picked from one of the three mayors, so what’s the criteria,” he asked, adding “it could help us meet the criteria.” A Central Saanich mayor last held a seat in the commission in 2011.

RELATED: Ministry says no changes being considered to Victoria transit legislation or appointments for now

A View Royal mayor has never held a seat in the board, the town’s mayor David Screech said. As a result, transit needs there aren’t being discussed, he has told Black Press.

The commission recommends BC Transit routes and service levels in addition to setting transit fares and local taxes in the region, according to the B.C. government website.

View Royal’s mayor is eligible out of five West Shore mayors (Colwood, Metchosin, View Royal, Langford and Highlands), the mayor of Sooke or the electoral area director of the Juan de Fuca electoral area to be on the board. The Mayor of Sooke and Colwood have held the position for several years and swapped seats during various years.

RELATED: Mayors seek change to regional transit commission appointment process

The ministry wrote to Screech, saying there were no plans to change the appointment structure or introduce changes to the legislation that may lead to a more transparent appointment process.

“At this time…adjustments to the composition of the VRTC and subsequent changes to the BC Transit Act are not being considered,” Minister Claire Trevena wrote in a signed letter received by View Royal council on March 5.

Windsor questioned why certain members seem to keep being reelected. “If they’re saying that’s a coincidence that’s very interesting,” he said.

RELATED: View Royal Mayor calls on province to change Victoria Transit Commission statute on appointments

Both mayors have expressed the need for transit service adjustments for their jurisdiction. Windsor said he’d like to see bus service to the ferries and the airport as well as to Keating Cross Road and First Nations communities on the Saanich Peninsula.

Screech similarly stated he’d like to have tabled plans for more regular service for View Royal’s Thetis Lake region, where residents in a subdivision have to walk over 2.5 kilometers to reach the nearest bus stop.

swikar.oli@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Filipino Heritage Month event takes over Centennial Square

Dancing, music and food highlight Mabuhay Day celebration in Victoria

West Shore residents report finding anti-SOGI 123 flyers in mailboxes

SD62 trustee Ravi Parmar says the flyers are ‘garbage’

Saanich woman runs marathons to make dreams come true

Hempler gutted her way through 122 kms with minimal breaks, to support Help Fill a Dream Foundation

Tsartlip canoe team pulls for international glory in Australia

Geronimo Canoe Club paddles to Victoria to kick-start fundraising

Colwood resident cycles for 12.5 hours to raise money for hospice

Graham Hales will participate in the Cycle of Life tour in July

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Most Read