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Safe Neighbourhoods

My vision for North Cowichan involves creating safe neighbourhoods where the most vulnerable members of our community are housed, streets are designed for all forms of transportation, and crime rates are on the decline. My priorities are to:

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  • Work with local neighbourhoods to implement traffic calming and speed reduction measures to increase safety for children, seniors, pedestrians, cyclists and other users of public roads and rights-of-way.

  • Build protected bike lanes, multi-use paths, walkways, sidewalks, tree-lined streets and landscaped boulevards to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists, while also reducing automobile dependence.

  • Advocate for BC Housing to build more supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness that will include on-site supports (e.g., counselling, employment training), and to Island Health to expand capacity of addictions treatment facilities.

  • Lobby the provincial government for funding to help the municipality tackle issues related to street disorder, cleanliness and public safety affecting local businesses and neighbourhoods.

  • Partner with the Province, City of Duncan and Cowichan Tribes to address traffic safety and congestion through Trans-Canada Highway Corridor by improving local road network connections, constructing a multi-use path from Boys Rd to Beverly St, and building a pedestrian overpass near the new high school.

  • Expand policing presence in Chemainus, Crofton and any North Cowichan neighbourhoods concerned about increased criminal activity.

  • Work with the Province to establish a nurse/paramedic mobile team to respond to mental health-related crises to reduce burden on local police (modeled on CAHOOTS program in Oregon).​

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