Philippe Lucas, First Term Progress and Success
During his first term in office as a city councillor and CRD Director, Philippe has been extremely proactive on economic, environmental, social justice, and food security issues.
Through votes and motions, Philippe has supported:
- keeping the upcoming regional sewage treatment project entirely public (the only CRD Director to do so);
- a ban on the production, storage and distribution of biosolids on CRD property, and a ban on the use of biosolids on all farmland in the CRD;
- maintaining a train crossing as part of the new Johnson St. Bridge project (the only councillor to do so);
- city incentives to increase affordable housing, rental housing and secondary suites;
- improved access to harm reduction in Victoria, re-establishing a fixed-site needle exchange, and the creation of a distributed needle exchange strategy throughout the region;
- a moratorium on the implementation of BC Hydro/Coris Smart Meters until a hard-wired option is available to customers;
- making light rail the preferred rapid transit option for Victoria.
- increasing senior’s care outreach and preventative health programs, and community-based senior’s care (through UBCM motions)
- increased safe access to medical cannabis and better protecting communities by making the federal medical cannabis programme a provincial responsibility (UBCM).
- a ban on oil tanker traffic in the Georgia Strait and drilling for oil off the BC Coast (UBC).
Through votes and motions, Philippe has opposed:
- this year’s 7% residential tax increase (the only councillor to do so);
- by-laws preventing our street population from erecting basic emergency overnight shelter;
- public funding of privatized health clinics;