Desjardins hopes to bring focus to CRD

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins hopes to complete a number of projects as the new chairwoman of the Capital Regional District.

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins hopes to complete a number of projects, including the sewage treatment plant and the regional growth strategy, as the new chairwoman of the Capital Regional District.

During last Wednesday’s board meeting, Desjardins was elected after two ballot votes, the first of which resulted in a tie with previous chair and Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen

“I’m extremely happy and I feel very honoured that the CRD board elected me chair and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do to help move the CRD forward,” she told the Victoria News.

“We still hear and see there’s public dissatisfaction with the CRD and part of that is being able to be responsive to the public. It’s one of the things that I do as the mayor. I hope to bring that to the CRD as well.”

According to Desjardins, the board has lost its focus compared to previous years.

“We need to get some projects done. There have been a few projects that have been sitting around that if we are making progress, it certainly isn’t visible to the public,” she said, adding she hopes to complete the regional growth strategy, the sewage treatment plant and find a solution to deal with kitchen scraps, among other things.

Desjardins also hopes to sit down with staff about providing board members with more succinct information to allow them to make better decisions.

Desjardins has sat on the CRD board for the last six years and has chaired CRD committees such as environmental services and transportation and protective services.

David Howe, southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area director, was also re-elected as vice chairman.

 

Just Posted

Science fair draws best junior scientists from Vancouver Island to Victoria

200 young science enthusiasts share their inventions and discoveries at UVic

Vic. Symphony, Jeans ‘n Classics will rock you with the Best of Queen

Post-Bohemian Rhapsody, Pops Series concerts bring British band’s music back into spotlight

LOCAL FLAVOUR: Farm Whisperer tackles tough subject of farm succession

Linda Geggie is executive director with CR-FAIR

New Coast Guard ship crashes into Ogden Point breakwater

‘It is fairly unprecedented that it would happen’

Young cyclist struck near Galloping Goose Trail

Minor injuries reported by police

VIDEO: Keeping the hope alive, 28 years later

Annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive run raised money for Child Find B.C.

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says future assembly deliberations won’t be closed to public

Reversal comes after Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff raised concerns

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read