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Marg Gardiner

Independent for Victoria Council

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I’ve lived in Victoria for twenty years and have been a community advocate for fifteen. As your Councillor, I’ll use what I’ve learned working with the community and apply it to governance. My sense of public service, science and public management degrees, life and work experience, and community contributions have prepared me to serve you as an independent voice.

I’ve heard residents’ concerns about Victoria’s current challenges: growth and how it impacts housing affordability, taxation and spending, land use, aging infrastructure, transportation, accessibility, the impacts of climate change, and safety in our public spaces. Things need to change.

I’ll listen to you. I’ll be accessible. I’ll be transparent so residents have the necessary information on issues affecting their lives. I will stand up for local voices and bring common sense and a commitment to make Victoria a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.

Reason for running

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To rebuild trust in city governance, I will advocate for:
• Governance rooted in authentic public participation in policy and decision-making
• Sensible policies to increase housing to meet the needs of our diverse population
• Council meeting its core responsibilities of safety and protection
• City streets, parks, and neighbourhoods that enhance livability
• Focus on practices which support community response to climate change
• Five Pillars approach for those unable to care for themselves: prevention, harm reduction, treatment/recovery, enforcement, housing

“Victoria would be so much cleaner and inviting, so much safer and prosperous, if the well-being and interests of those who live here become Council's priorities.”

My Advocacy  

Public Interest: As long-time president of a neighbourhood association, I forwarded community input from land use meetings. I promoted community values at City Meetings.

Climate Objectives: I’ve advocated for clean air as the local lead on successful air quality projects. In promoting recycling and reduction of wastes – both local and at CRD – I am focused on minimizing impacts to our shared environment.

Public Spaces: Promoting accessible sidewalks & streets, public safety, and creating and upgrading parks.“I’ll stand up for local voices and bring common sense and a commitment to make Victoria a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.”