Monday: Downtown advocate throws in

September 4, 2008 at 11:55 pm Leave a comment

A nice little article in this week’s Monday Magazine. They also republished the Ben Moore cover photo from last year. Yes, my lips are blue. The Inner Harbour is cold in March!

Downtown advocate throws in

Downtown Resident Association president Robert Randall is one of the latest Victoria city council contenders.

“Victoria is at a real critical time in its development and there didn’t seem to be a lot of people stepping up to seize that challenge,” he says of his decision to throw his hat in the ring.

The artist and graphic designer has been the president of the DRA since 2006 and has been regularly attending council meetings as part of his work with the DRA—something he says many of the other nominees haven’t really done.

“I don’t think we’ve seen a lot of people who are putting their names forward actually at these meetings and getting involved with the issues and getting right down in the trenches. Not just talking about it abstractly, but really dealing with these things and getting to know what is going on,” he says. “A council term is only three years and if you haven’t attended a meeting or aren’t too up on some of the nitty gritty details, we just don’t have the time—especially with at least three rookie councillors—to have a six-month boot camp while people learn the terminology.”

Randall says his main focal points if elected would be social issues, such as enacting recommendations made by the Mayor’s Task Force on Breaking the Cycle of Mental Illness, Addictions and Homelessness and getting a community court system in place, as well as working towards creating more market rental housing. He also stresses that his focus is not just on downtown issues.

“I’m not just the downtown candidate. I was born and raised in Victoria and I’ve lived in neighbourhoods in Victoria and my family has lived in Victoria for many years,” he says. “I’m really committed to ensuring that Victoria’s neighbourhoods remain family friendly.”

Robert Randall on the cover of Monday in March, 2007

Entry filed under: Election 2008, media, social issues.

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