About

I’m Dave Thompson, and I am running for Victoria City Council.

For more than a year, I’ve been meeting with workers and business owners, residents and visitors, youth and seniors, front-line service providers and community organizations to discuss Victoria’s future, and what City Council should (and shouldn’t) be doing. Based on what I’ve heard to date, and my own experience, my priorities include:

Housing accessibility and affordability

  • The City needs to enable more housing choices that will allow individuals and families to stay here in Victoria, and reduce suburban sprawl, motor vehicle commuting and emissions.
  • The City needs to work together with the provincial and federal governments to secure funding for public and non-profit housing (including cooperative housing).
  • We need to improve Victoria’s Tenant Assistance Policy and protect the stock of existing affordable housing.

Action and results on the climate emergency

  • Cities across BC and the world are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Victoria needs to move forward, show leadership, and get results. 
  • We can reduce emissions while we create good jobs, make our homes more comfortable, and improve our transportation systems.
  • We can support the switch from fossil fuels to low-carbon electricity, for instance with electric bikes and vehicles, and replacing oil and fracked methane (natural gas) furnaces with clean, electric heat pumps – which also provide air conditioning, protecting residents from heat domes.

Great neighbourhoods – welcoming, healthy, and safe for everyone

  • Victoria needs more trees and publicly accessible parks and green spaces, especially in areas where they are lacking, like around the downtown core.
  • Council needs to support a strong, livable downtown that is appealing for visitors and residents.
  • We need vibrant small and large businesses, and good jobs for workers.
  • Everyone needs to feel safe and comfortable walking, cycling/rolling, taking the bus or driving throughout the City.

Good governance

  • We need a City Council with experience, competence, and the ability to work cooperatively.
  • The City needs to maintain its public assets, services and programs.
  • Council needs to focus on its business, and support City staff to do theirs.

My Background

I practiced law in Ontario and BC, as an environmental offences prosecutor, and counsel advising on law reform. I have Masters degrees in law and in economics. I’ve worked for governments, non-profits, and the private sector. I’m currently a small business owner and a community volunteer. I live in the City of Victoria, and my partner and I are raising our kids here.

I’m fortunate to work with good people on improving governance systems, analyzing government budgets, improving climate action, serving Indigenous communities, creating good green jobs, and building safer, healthier and more liveable communities. Some examples:

  • Strategic planning, policy and governance advice for a number of charity clients in BC and Alberta.
  • Co-founder of a firm that supports Indigenous communities in addressing industrial development in their Territories (land use and business plans, Traditional Knowledge studies, impact and benefit agreements, etc).
  • Author and co-author of a number of publications, e.g. on energy efficiency building retrofits, achieving climate goals while creating green jobs, and adjusting municipal budgets to improve sustainability.
  • Prepare the calculations, and write the reports, for the Greater Victoria Living Wage Campaign (the hourly wage required for two adults to support a family of four).

Victoria is changing and growing, and we need to make sure it remains a great place to live, work and raise a family. I’m continuing to listen, and I’d love to hear what you want to see in our future. Please email me at dave@davethompsonvictoria.ca.

Election day is October 15, 2022, and there will be advanced polls in early October.  Please mark your calendars, and please vote!

Thank you for your support.

 

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We respectfully acknowledge the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) peoples on whose traditional territory we live and work, and the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.