85% Council Raise a Shock to Colwood Taxpayers

“It’s about as tone deaf as you can get,” declared Colwood Councillor Doug Kobayashi considering last night’s Committee of the Whole vote to recommend adoption of what amounts to an 85% pay hike for mayor and council.

At about 9:30 p.m. on Monday, August 22nd as the last item on a late summer Committee of the Whole agenda, with zero members of the public in the gallery, Colwood council voted by a 5-2 margin (Councillors Doug Kobayashi and Cynthia Day dissenting) to award the city’s mayor and council the raise, effective January 1, 2023.

election day is saturday, october 15, 2022
polls will be open from 8am to 8pM
advance polling days are october 5 and 12  

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Vision,  Integrity, and Experience

I am a hometown kid who made good. I grew up as part of a humble Royal Canadian Navy family, graduated from Belmont and received my post-secondary education through my service to this country, and the steely determination to become an Aeronautical Engineer.

After leaving the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel at age 34, with my master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering in hand and a wonderful family to share the journey with.  I enjoyed a rewarding private sector aerospace career, then worked as a consultant, providing leadership and strategic advice to help businesses become financially sustainable high-performing organizations. I learned a lot about how to manage change.

I have worked hard my whole life and know what people can do when they set their minds to it.  After serving 4 years as a Colwood councillor and learning more about our city’s challenges and opportunities, I am ready to bring my lifetime of leadership and international business experience to serve the community I love.

“We live in a hard-working community of families … frontline workers and service personnel, builders, makers and innovators. Together we can fight climate change while building a fairer future for everyone, and that’s a mission I’m ready to lead for the people of Colwood.” – Doug Kobayashi

Some of the Issues Doug Has Heard About From Our Community

The Environment & Adapting to Climate Change

The construction of energy efficient homes, business, and public infrastructure; development and expansion of a regional system of transportation; improvements to water usage and waste management; and an increasing availability of community wellness programs — all of these “streams of life” influence the natural environment, and in turn are impacted by the resulting changes to our climate.

We are fortunate to have Royal Roads University, a global leader in environmental education and research into climate change, as an active member of our community. I will be looking to RRU for guidance on how Colwood can implement the very best practices for community climate action.

Regional Transportation Solutions

Our community is calling for practical solutions — and ACTION!
I look forward to working more strategically with our regional partners to find solutions that get people and materials moving, are respectful of the environment, and affordable for our citizens.

Our Housing Options

Housing is a top priority issue for most of us. More must be done to facilitate the construction of housing that is energy efficient, “water smart”, and affordable.
I look forward to working with the development sector to find practical solutions that will best serve the people of Colwood today and well into the future.

Availability of Healthcare

Although municipalities are not directly responsible for providing our communities with healthcare services, we should be the strong voice of our residents in speaking with other levels of government which carry those responsibilities on our collective behalf.  I believe that the input of our municipality is vital in the search for sustainable public healthcare solutions.   

Local Governance

I keep hearing about families struggling to cope with the steady rise in the cost of living. They have been tightening their belts, streamlining household finances, and pivoting their businesses to respond to changing market conditions.
City Hall owes it to our residents to demonstrate the same discipline, and to take a fresh look at how we’re running our municipality.

Connect with Me in the Community

WestShore Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Forum

Tuesday, September 27, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Church of the Advent Election Listening Forum

Friday, October 7, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
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I love meeting with other community members and learning more about their experiences living in Colwood and operating businesses here, what has been positive for them, and where they believe there should be improvement.

Over the summer I have been listening and learning more about what matters most to you and your family. As we prepare for a fall election, I hope you will take the time to share your stories and ideas – your vision of what our city should
offer the people of Colwood.

I am eager to hear from even more members of our community who care about Colwood’s success and sustainability. I know that Colwood has many passionate citizens with knowledge, experience, and ideas to share.
Please contact me; I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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I’m listening.

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Indigenous Territorial Acknowledgement

The City of Colwood lies within the unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples, represented by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. It is a beautiful region also shared with the neighbouring relations of the Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay) First Nation. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of playing along the picturesque shoreline at Esquimalt Lagoon with my brother. So much was learned by observing nature. I have always appreciated the special sense of place one feels in this part of the world and am deeply grateful to be able to call this place my home.