CRD Directors Seek Declaration of a Climate Emergency

Victoria BC under a state of climate emergency so says Ned Taylor, CRD Director, on local Marxist radio station, CFAX 1070.


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Ned Taylor, Lisa Helps, and Maja Tait will be submitting a motion to the CRD Environment Committee to declare a state of climate emergency in the region. Why? Guest: Ned Taylor, Saanich councillor.


Ned Taylor Interviewed on CFAX 1070

Mark Brennae interviews Ned Taylor on CFAX 1070 to ask about important issues such as housing, transportation and more.


Turning Climate Knowledge into Climate Action

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) is a dynamic knowledge network that brings together leading researchers from British Columbia (BC) and around the world to study the impacts of climate change and to develop positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation.

Created in 2008 with a major endowment from the BC Ministry of the Environment, PICS is hosted and led by the University of Victoria in collaboration with BC’s three other research-intensive universities: Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia.


Staff – ICLEI Canada

Craig Brown – Manager, British Columbia Office

Craig is the Manager of ICLEI Canada’s British Columbia office in Victoria, BC. Craig has worked as both a practitioner and a scholar in the fields of climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as sustainable urban design. He has supported and managed projects at various scales relating to energy, water and GHG benchmarking, building and urban design, flood risk management, climate resilience, green infrastructure, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks, bringing both a technical and non-technical proficiency to these areas.


Craig also has significant practical expertise with research design and management, stakeholder engagement, and knowledge dissemination, including publications in academic and non-academic literature. As Manager of the BC Office, Craig supports communities as they progress on climate change action with a focus on both mitigation and adaptation implementation.



Last week I posted a story to Twitter about Oslo becoming a car-free city centre this year. There were some typical social media responses: “I think you should move to Oslo. You would like it there. I have a car not a bike.”

But there were also many thoughtful comments:

“We need better public transportation systems for this to happen. More bus routes, timely buses, and it needs to be much more affordable.”

“Lisa, what about providing access for EV vehicles? What about advocating for a Light Rail transit system that gives easy access to the downtown core for people who live in communities further afield?”

“Ok, but let’s improve bus service so I or my daughter or other women or men don’t have to walk in the dark 90 minutes before a 7 am shift to get to essential services at Vic General Hospital via bus. Does Oslo have rapid transit in place? For those of us raising or who’ve raised children (myself 4), I couldn’t just hop on a bike and drive in 4 directions then head to work. Let’s have some common sense solutions for all!

Yes, let’s!

Right now, in our region, there is an unprecedented opportunity to solve the transportation issues now and for the future. It’s an exciting time, with the Capital Regional District, the Province, local governments and the private sector all coming together to address transportation in the region in a meaningful and comprehensive way.

The South Island Prosperity Project, on behalf of its 10 municipal members, has been short listed for a $10 million Smart Cities Challenge prize from the federal government. This is a big deal. There were 200 applications and our region is among the 20 shortlisted. The focus of the Smart South Island Plan is to use data, technology and innovative approaches to improve transportation convenience, affordability and sustainability for residents of the region. We’re committed to this whether we win or not. And we need your help.

Do you believe in affordable, easy and convenient transportation? Do you believe in transportation options for the entire region? Do you believe in creating a better world for future generations? Please sign the Smart Mobility Manifesto. And please don’t stop there. Please take this short survey (less than five minutes!) and share your transportation needs and priorities.

It is transformation that is required in our transportation system in the region, not tinkering. I am often accused of waging a “war on the car;” and certainly those sentiments were shared in response to my Oslo post. I generally reject military metaphors, but if we’re doing anything, it’s waging a war for the future where all modes of transportation can work, together.

We need to act as if it’s wartime and mobilize extraordinary willpower and resources to combat climate change, the greatest challenge of our time. And with transportation accounting for 50% of the region’s greenhouse gas emissions, a smart mobility future is one we need to create. What’s best of all, is that study after study shows that changing the way we move to a multi-modal transportation network, is more affordable, convenient and makes us happier and healthier at the same time.

For people interested in the City of Victoria’s transportation future specifically, please join us for the launch of “Go Victoria, Our Mobility Future.” It’s a free and exciting event at the Victoria Conference Centre on Thursday January 24th doors at 6pm, event at 7pm. Space is limited; please RSVP here.


Lisa Helps

Mayor Speaking at ICLEI World Congress, Victoria now home to ICLEI’s BC Office

June 20, 2018
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps is speaking at the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) World Congress 2018 in Montreal today and Thursday, joining civic leaders from around the globe to discuss the advancement of urban sustainability.

Mayor Helps will be speaking on three panels to help build Victoria’s profile internationally: Low Emission Cities, Towns & Regions, Promoting Sustainable Lifestyles for Healthy and Happy Cities, and Transforming the Way We Live Together: Reconciliation and Cooperation Toward our Sustainable Urban Future. Christina Clarke, Executive Director of the Songhees Nation, is joining Mayor Helps for the panel on reconciliation.

Participants at the global congress will explore the latest ideas and innovations to advance sustainable urban development. Sessions and workshops are focused on topics such as city food systems, nature-based solutions and circular economies.

The Mayor’s attendance at the conference this week adds to the momentum building here in Victoria following the recent announcement that the City and ICLEI Canada have partnered to host ICLEI’s new British Columbia Office, joining Montreal as the two ICLEI host cities in North America. The initial two year agreement between the City of Victoria and ICLEI Canada will support Victoria’s sustainability and climate goals, and will allow ICLEI Canada to better assist important climate action programs in western provinces and their municipalities. Victoria was also host of ICLEI Canada’s Livable Cities Forum in September 2017.

“This conference is a great opportunity to showcase Victoria to an international audience and highlight the steps we’re taking as a City to advance urban sustainability.” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “We are also very excited to be partnering with ICLEI Canada, and to learn from their global experience in helping cities tackle climate change. Their outstanding expertise will help us work alongside all regional players to foster this transition to a more sustainable, low-carbon and prosperous future.”

Victoria’s fast growing technology sector, leading research institutions and government sector represent an ideal place for ICLEI Canada’s newest regional office. For information about the City of Victoria’s climate action work, visit:


UN Agenda 2030: A Recipe for Global Socialism

Wednesday, 06 January 2016
The United Nations and its mostly autocratic member regimes have big plans for your life, your children, your country, and your world. And those plans are not limited to the coercive “climate” agreement recently concluded in Paris.

While the establishment media in the United States was hyping ISIS, football, and of course “global warming,” virtually every national government/dictatorship on the planet met at the 70th annual General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York to adopt a draconian 15-year master plan for the planet. Top globalists such as former NATO chief Javier Solana, a socialist, are celebrating the plan, which the summit unanimously “approved,” as the next “Great Leap Forward” — yes, the old campaign slogan of the Chinese Communist Party.





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