David Shebib, who is running for mayor in 13 capital region municipalities, stormed out midway through.
“This is crazy,” Shebib said. “If you think this process is going to solve anything, you all have lost it.”
When an audience member shouted at Shebib about a “mouldy vehicle,” Godron started yelling about the seriousness of people sleeping in their cars.
Craigie managed to regain control, wish Shebib well as he left, and calm Godron down with the reassurance that it was an emotional situation and candidates should be able to agree to disagree.
Andrew distinguished himself from the field when he said it was time to “rethink the way we are dealing with people with mental health [issues] and addiction on the streets.”
“We need to intervene and we need to intervene on a regular basis and get them into, first of all, acute care … and then take them into the situation where we can get them into recovery,” he said.
“I think if we introduce the recovery model, we will see better results at the end of the day,” he said to applause.
Candidates were later asked to stand if they supported a supervised drug consumption site in the city. Only Geoff Young, who is running for re-election as a councillor, remained sitting.
In response to another question, Coun. Marianne Alto said the process of making a consumption site a reality in the city is already underway.
“I think we’re going to be ready to actually put that application in in about six months, and then I think we’ll have a year of advocacy and organization with all your help,” Alto said.
Councillor Geoff Young
c/o 1 Centennial Square
Victoria, BC V8W 1P6
Phone: 250.361.0220 (City Hall)
Phone: 250.388.7875 (home)
Phone: 250.384.5451 (work)
- CRD – Board of Directors
- Capital Regional Emergency Services Telecommunications Inc. (CREST) – Board of Directors
- CRD Hospital District Board
- CRD Water Supply Commission – Alternate
- City of Victoria Community Development, Environment & Infrastructure Standing Committee
Geoff Young earned a B.A. in Economics at UBC and a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard. He has lectured in economics at the University of Victoria and the University of Alberta, and has worked for the British Columbia Ministry of Finance, where he provided budget evaluation and monitoring for the economic development ministries, advised and made recommendations on existing and proposed expenditure programs including capital projects, and carried out research in various areas, including Provincial and local taxation and financial effects of proposed legislation.
Prior to being re-elected to Council in 2005, Geoff served on City Council from 1983 to 1999. He is currently serving on the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board of Directors, and has served on several local boards and commissions including the Greater Victoria Water District Board, the Greater Victoria Library Board, the CRD Parks and Environment Committees. Within City government he has been at various times Chair of the Finance, Engineering and Public Works, Traffic and Parking, Parks and Recreation, Fire Safety and Personnel committees of council.
He has also served on the British Columbia Financial Institutions Commission and on the Victoria Airport Authority board.
For many years Dr. Young has been a partner in Discovery Economic Consulting. He has appeared many times in B.C. courts as an expert witness in economics. He lives in Fairfield with his family.