On Oct. 2nd, the Victoria Downtown Residents Association will host a public forum on the question of the amalgamation of Greater Victoria’s municipal governments and emergency services.
The forum will take place 7:00pm, Wednesday, October 2nd, at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.
This public forum will be the first in a series aimed at informing and engaging Victorians on important issues facing our city.
Three speakers will provide different perspectives on the question of amalgamation in the Capital Region:
• John Vickers, spokesperson, Amalgamation Yes
• Gaëtan Royer, urban planner and author of Time for Cities
• Jamie Graham, Chief Constable, Victoria Police Department
Presentations will be followed by audience comments and questions.
Once the formal event wraps up, speakers, attendees, and journalists can mix and continue the discussion in the Victoria Event Centre’s lounge.
Bar service will be available throughout the evening to those who are 19+ with 2 pieces of ID.
The event is all ages, and is free and open to the public.
Graham Briggs, DRA member and event organizer: 250.217.0940, email@example.com
About the speakers:
John Vickers is a spokesperson for Amalgamation Yes and has been actively involved in discussions on regional amalgamation since 2008. John is the board chair for the James Bay Community Project and board vice chair for the Victoria AM Association. He is also the producer of the Victoria International Buskers and Chalk Art Festivals and is the 2012 CFAX Arts Leader of the year.
Gaëtan Royer was Port Moody’s City Manager for 11 years and then head planner at Metro Vancouver. In 2007, he published Time for Cities, a book advocating for a better deal for Canadian municipalities. In his first career as a military engineer, Gaëtan worked in Esquimalt and Royal Roads, served as Base Engineer in Cold Lake, and was awarded a Governor General's Medal for his humanitarian work in Sarajevo. He is now Principal Consultant with citystate.ca.
Here is a link to a letter to the Times Colonist Editor from Mr. Royer on the topic:
Comment: A bigger municipality isn’t better, just bigger
Jamie Graham is Chief Constable of the Victoria Police Department. He was previously the Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department from 2002 to 2007 and before that he served just under 35 years with the RCMP. Chief Graham is an active member of local, provincial, national and international associations of police chiefs. He is President of the B.C. Association of Municipal Police Chiefs and a Director-at-Large of the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police.