aturday, November 20, 2010, citizens of Victoria vote on a replacement for Sonya Chandler’s vacant City of Victoria
When residents head to the polls to vote in this by-election, they will also be casting their vote in a referendum on the Johnson Street Bridge.
A Yes vote in this referendum will mean that the City can borrow
$49.2 million dollars to build a new bridge. A No vote means that
council must find money to replace the bridge elsewhere, likely the
raising of taxes.
The question put before voters is one of borrowing or raising taxes,
and not of whether to replace or repair the iconic Blue Bridge.
Despite the obstacle of a council determined to build a new bridge,
there are those in the community who have not yet given up on rescuing
the old one. Among them is former Monday Magazine editor and local
historian Ross Crockford, (who spearheaded a successful petition
campaign that brought the question of borrowing for the bridge to a
referendum) and a locally focused independent news magazine, whose
reporting has many in the city questioning the cost estimates that the
city has provided for the discarded option of repairing the bridge.
Focus Magazine hosted a Hearing
of the Public on the Matter of the Johnson Street Bridge on November 17,
with speakers Ross Crockford, Focus publisher David Broadland, City
Councillor Geoff Young, Focus writer Rob Wipond and Michael Robert,
P.Eng a professional engineer.
A question and answer period was held after the speakers, with many
citizens, including by-election candidates, providing their point of
view on this issue.
B Channels News presents video of this event, including all five speakers and the Question and Answer portion.
This page is part of B Channel’s ongoing by-election coverage, which features comprehensive interviews with 10 of 11 candidates, two all-candidates meetings and this event.