Loveday leads fight against open net fish farms

On December 10, 2017, Jeremy introduced a motion to City Council that calls on the Provincial Government to consult with First Nations, local governments, conservation organizations and industry on a plan to move to closed-containment aquaculture. In advocating for the motion, which was passed 8-1 by Council, Jeremy said:  

“We’ve received hundreds of emails in the last couple of days. There are a lot of people in Victoria who are very concerned about this. That’s because the evidence shows that open-net fish farms could pose serious risks to wild salmon stocks, and when we’re talking about wild salmon stocks, we’re talking about the health and livelihood of our coast and we’re talking about First Nations sovereignty.”

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Loveday lobbies province for BC Disabilities Act

"Victoria City Council has voted unanimously to push the province for legislation that will help people with disabilities.  Other provinces have moved forward with such legislation, while BC has not.  The motion, brought forward by Councillor Jeremy Loveday, calls for a strong and effective BC Disabilities Act.

The motion reads that despite progress, British Columbians with disabilities encounter a variety of physical, sensory and technological barriers, as well as those related to communication, education and employment."

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Council votes to make city more inclusive for transgender people

From the Times Colonist article here:

"Victoria city councillors voted unanimously Thursday to make city facilities more welcoming to transgender, gender non-binary and two-spirit people.

“People who are transgender face disproportionate levels of violence and discrimination — that’s a fact,” Coun. Jeremy Loveday said in an interview last week.

“It’s time for the city to develop specific policies to ensure the safety and inclusion of people of all gender identities and gender expressions.”

Loveday and Coun. Marianne Alto put forward a resolution to commit the city to making civic facilities safe, inclusive and equitable for people of all genders, gender identities and gender expressions."

Councillor Loveday advocates for temporary moratorium on demolition of rental housing

From CFAX Article here

"The city of Victoria is moving ahead to ban the demolition of rental apartments for 6 months in efforts to address the current housing crisis, even though city staff say councillors may not have the authority to do that.  

Dozens of people rallied outside City Hall calling for the moratorium, noting Greater Victoria's vacancy rate is one of the lowest in the country at 0.5%.

Councillors gave unanimous approval to the motion. Under the policy Council will not approve of new demolitions of buildings containing more than 4 units when the vacancy rate falls below a benchmark of 4%.  The motion also notes efforts to do so will be done "to the greatest extent possible within the city's legal authority."

Councillor Jeremy Loveday says the 6 month period gives council time to accomplish a few things:

" That 6 months gives the city time to work on policy on an expedited basis to make sure that we're in a place to make sure that the housing units that are being demolished or redeveloped , we're able to have policies that make sure that those units will be returned as rental housing and at rates for the people who are currently living in those units."

Loveday says the city will also conduct a rental housing retention review and adopt a maintenance bylaw:

"Within this slate of policies is a saying that we need to develop a standards of properties maintenance bylaw to make sure that the units are kept in decent shape, and to make sure these buildings aren't essentially demolished through neglect."

The motion also calls for increased municipal protection for tenants faced with evictions because of renovations or demolition."

Loveday urges end to single use plastic bags

From the article here

"Coun. Jeremy Loveday would like to move faster, saying that the time for study is over and the city should immediately impose either a ban or a levy on disposable bags. “I’m comfortable moving forward with either a ban or a mandatory levy at this point,” said Loveday, who 18 months ago with Coun. Ben Isitt proposed a ban on single-use plastic bags.

“My vision for our coastline is not an ocean that’s increasingly filled with plastic soup — ever smaller pieces of plastic. I think the time to act is now. Other cities, states and whole countries have banned plastic bags, and I think Victoria should follow suit.”

Victoria Councillor Jeremy Loveday Pushes for Vacancy Tax

Councillor Jeremy Loveday has put forward a motion asking the Provincial Government to grant Victoria the ability to tax vacant properties. As stated in the linked article, "The current rental vacancy rate in Vancouver is 0.6 per cent, but a city-commissioned report in March suggested that there are 10,800 empty units in the city". Loveday says that the City of Victoria needs to undertake similar research about the status of vacant properties and the province should grant municipalities the power to levy additional taxes to encourage occupancy of all rental units in the region. 

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Loveday urges council to reconsider cut in Film Commission grant

"Victoria councillors made a mistake in reducing grant funding to the Greater Victoria Film Commission, says Coun. Jeremy Loveday, who wants his colleagues to reconsider the decision.

If the policy is formally adopted by council, it would mean a $20,000 cut to the $45,000 grant the film commission received last year.

Film commissioner Kathleen Gilbert said the funding cut would be devastating. She said Thursday she will appeal to council to reconsider. The film commission conservatively brought more than $18 million to the Greater Victoria economy last year — mostly in Victoria and Saanich — while operating on a budget of $175,000, she said.

Loveday, who voted against capping the grants, said it makes no sense to reduce the film commission’s funding.

“I really think we need to be investing in the Grater Victoria Film Commission. They had a banner year in 2015. With $18 million into the local economy, these are the types of investments we should be making,” he said.


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