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Fortin wants to unite mayors over youth-centre closing

Louise Dickson
Victoria Times Colonist
Louise Dickson
Victoria Times Colonist

Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin hopes to gather a delegation of local mayors and police chiefs to persuade the provincial government to keep the Victoria Youth Custody Centre open and keep vulnerable youths out of police lock-ups. “People in the local community are quite concerned about this decision,” said Fortin. “My interest is in bringing together the mayors — as their police board chairs — and police chiefs to articulate our concerns. “I want to get a full understanding of the issue, then bring together a delegation to speak to the minister.

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Victoria best in West at fostering green

Carla Wilson / Times Colonist
Times Colonist
Carla Wilson / Times Colonist
Times Colonist

Victoria is outstripping Western Canada’s largest cities when it comes to regulations encouraging green buildings, according to a new report on urban energy management.

The Canada West Foundation, a think thank, examined urban energy management in the seven largest cities in the West for its report, Buildings, Bicycles and ’Burbs, released Monday. While all cities in the report made progress, Victoria and Vancouver lead the way, in part, because the provincial government has set a high standard, the report said. “The B.C. government has created a comprehensive and extensive energy plan which targets energy efficiency and conservation.”

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Crystal Pool Update 2014

The City of Victoria  has issued a Request for Proposals for architectural and engineering services to address a variety of building and system upgrades within the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre including:

• Replacing the roof domes.

• Replace pool marcite and repair drain system

• Replace / upgrade HVAC system components

• Upgrade pool filters and mechanical systems

• Reconfigure pool drainage system

• Feasibility study of seismic and sprinkler upgrades.

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Victoria best in West at fostering green building, report finds

Carla Wilson
Times Colonist
Carla Wilson
Times Colonist

Victoria is outstripping Western Canada’s largest cities when it comes to regulations encouraging green buildings, according to a new report on urban energy management.

The Canada West Foundation, a think thank, examined urban energy management in the seven largest cities in the West for its report, Buildings, Bicycles and ’Burbs, released Monday.

While all cities in the report made progress, Victoria and Vancouver lead the way, in part, because the provincial government has set a high standard, the report said.

“The B.C. government has created a comprehensive and extensive energy plan which targets energy efficiency and conservation.”

Mayor Dean Fortin said Victoria is taking a progressive approach.

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City making headway in fight against crime

Dean Fortin
Times Colonist
Dean Fortin
Times Colonist

At the start of this year, Victoria welcomed a new police chief and a new police board, and we are working toward a new policing agreement for Victoria and Esquimalt.

As we move forward, we have an opportunity to reflect on how far community safety has come in Victoria in the last five years and the steps we are taking to build on our success.

Five years ago, late-night public disorder in the downtown core was a serious, growing problem, the mental-health crisis on our streets was getting more severe and the overall crime rate in our region was above the national average.

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