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And now for something fun! Here's a list of things you probably didn't know about Maja...

  1. Maja is an avid reader and used to read 100 books a year. Her all-time favourites are The Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes and Pride and Prejudice.
  1. Maja was also Mayor of another realm. In 2015, Maja was the Mayor of Munchkin Land in the Sooke production of The Wizard of Oz. .
  1. To conquer her fear of heights, Maja skydived from 14,000 feet over Oahu, HI and 10,000 feet over Greater Victoria.
  1. Maja is a dog lover but also has a real soft side for cats. She has a mixed breed dog (Border Collie/Staffordshire Terrier) named Sandy who was named after her husband’s first dog Sandy, and is black and white, not sandy at all.
  1. Maja was very active as a Brownie, earning every badge there was. Later, she became  Pathfinder leader. She is a big supporter of Scouts, Guides, Navy League, Cadets and Youth Minor Sports.
  1. Maja is a world traveller having visited Singapore, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Scotland, The Netherlands, Belgium and Hawaii (among others).
  1. Maja is very musical. She grew up playing the flute and was an award-winning accordion player by the age of 12. These days she enjoys playing piano and singing to her son and dog.
  1. Maja began mountain biking five years ago for exercise and as a way to de-stress. She loves being out in nature and finds the sport most fun when it’s wet and really muddy.

  2. Maja’s all time favourite food is Korean BBQ although she really likes fish & chips, bacon cheeseburgers and pickled herring on rye toast.

  3.  Maja is slightly ambidextrous. She writes with her right hand, and plays sports with her left. She discovered this while playing organized Cricket!

  4. Maja’s a Western Capricorn, Eastern Ox and her spirit animal is the bear.    
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There is excellent momentum happening within Sooke, As your Mayor, I'm proud of the work that we have accomplished the last 4 years. Let's continue our work together!

* Playground equipment has been installed in Broom Hill Park and new equipment has been ordered for Brooks playground.

* Seaparc is finalizing architectural plans for the exciting $2.5 million expansion and is also working with the District for an outdoor lacrosse box to be located on the District owned lands in Sunriver.

* Trails and a bridge crossing over Little River (Demamiel Creek) are being designed and prepped for consideration next year (through budget deliberations).

* The Juan de Fuca Trails Society plans of three main multi-use trails with kiosks, signage and artwork has approval and planning is well underway. Such will add to our existing network, and also highlight possible extensions and connections.

* Council approved washroom facilities (pit style) to be located in both John Phillips Memorial & Whiffin Spit.

* The CRD continues to recognize mountain biking as an excellent year-round opportunity for our region, while the Quimper trail network is new and already in need of improvement, its the beginning of an exciting future for our Parks. Its timely for a proper policy to be considered by the Board.

* Pickleball Sooke received a grant from Council to clean up and improve the courts on Throup, its great to see those funds put to use and residents enjoying the courts once again.

* Parks and Trails Master Plan received budget approval, and contract award, the existing plan is from 2009.

Relect Maja Tait for Mayor on October 20th. 


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As a member of the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, I am honoured to serve alongside other elected officials in working to improve transit throughout the region and to alleviate traffic congestion, which is a recognized challenge throughout many areas of the South Island. The Transit Commission is tasked with balancing growing transit service needs within budget constraints while providing safe, frequent and reliable transit service.
 
Some updates from recent Transit Commission meetings include: 
 
  • Sooke's Local Area Plan will be completed in 2018. Transit will be announcing dates and locations in October for residents to meet with transit staff and provide input on how and where transit needs to be improved.  This is good news as we now have Federal Census Data, the adopted CRD Regional Growth Strategy and plans to update our local Transportation Plan and Official Community Plan.  While Transit always receives information from District staff on subdivision approvals, direct engagement with our citizens is needed in the planning process.
 
  • Provincial approval of a 2 cent per litre increase to the gas tax funding, (approx. $6 million annually) to enable transit to expand infrastructure was obtained.
 
  • Transit service expansions take up to 18 months to be actualized, as budgets require approval, funding sources require confirmation, buses need to be ordered and operators hired.    
 
  • A new route has been established to connect Westhills (in Langford) with UVIC, with a stop at Victoria General Hospital.  Sooke residents commuting to UVIC or destinations in between, may consider the new route and transfer to it off the 61 or cycle, carpool or drive to a Westshore Park and Ride.
 
  • The Transit Future Plan, completed in 2011, provides a framework on how expansion will unfold in the coming years.  Neighbourhood Service Plans are also completed to focus on the needs of specific areas and examine how neighbourhoods connect to one another. Routes may be created and/or altered in response to development and rider feedback.
 
  • Transit staff continue work with the municipalities of Saanich, Colwood and View Royal along with the Provincial Ministry of Transportation to continue development of the dedicated bus lane that was completed in Victoria (Mayfair to downtown).  Once completed, the dedicated lane will reduce travel time by 25 minutes.
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Last Friday was very exciting here in Sooke. Both our MLA,  Premier John Horgan and our Minister of Health, Adrian Dix were in town in response to Sooke’s need for more primary healthcare services. 

They were hosted by members of the Primary Health Working Services Group that I have chaired since 2014. The membership includes local representatives as well as senior executives from Island Health and representatives from the South Island Division of Family Practice. The group had the opportunity to visit and meet with Sooke’s family physicians, public health nurses, and the Ayer Manor board and staff representatives.

The timing of this visit was not a coincidence. As your mayor, I have been actively lobbying to seek a solution for the more than 4,600 Sooke residents without a family doctor. For more than a year there has been a collaborative partnership between the District of Sooke, West Coast Family Medical Clinic, Island Health, and the South Island Division of Family Practice to address the shortfall in primary healthcare in Sooke and the western communities.

At the same time the provincial government is providing funding to recruit more primary healthcare providers to address the lack of access to primary healthcare across BC.

This visit offered an opportunity for frontline health providers to speak directly to the Premier and the Minister of Health and outline Sooke’s needs. I am confident there is now a shared understanding between all the necessary stakeholders of our needs and most importantly a shared vision to address it.

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And now for something fun! Here's a list of things you probably didn't know about Maja...

  1. Maja is an avid reader and used to read 100 books a year. Her all-time favourites are The Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes and Pride and Prejudice.
  1. Maja was also Mayor of another realm. In 2015, Maja was the Mayor of Munchkin Land in the Sooke production of The Wizard of Oz. .
  1. To conquer her fear of heights, Maja skydived from 14,000 feet over Oahu, HI and 10,000 feet over Greater Victoria.
  1. Maja is a dog lover but also has a real soft side for cats. She has a mixed breed dog (Border Collie/Staffordshire Terrier) named Sandy who was named after her husband’s first dog Sandy, and is black and white, not sandy at all.
  1. Maja was very active as a Brownie, earning every badge there was. Later, she became  Pathfinder leader. She is a big supporter of Scouts, Guides, Navy League, Cadets and Youth Minor Sports.
  1. Maja is a world traveller having visited Singapore, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Scotland, The Netherlands, Belgium and Hawaii (among others).
  1. Maja is very musical. She grew up playing the flute and was an award-winning accordion player by the age of 12. These days she enjoys playing piano and singing to her son and dog.
  1. Maja began mountain biking five years ago for exercise and as a way to de-stress. She loves being out in nature and finds the sport most fun when it’s wet and really muddy.

  2. Maja’s all time favourite food is Korean BBQ although she really likes fish & chips, bacon cheeseburgers and pickled herring on rye toast.

  3.  Maja is slightly ambidextrous. She writes with her right hand, and plays sports with her left. She discovered this while playing organized Cricket!

  4. Maja’s a Western Capricorn, Eastern Ox and her spirit animal is the bear.    
...

There is excellent momentum happening within Sooke, As your Mayor, I'm proud of the work that we have accomplished the last 4 years. Let's continue our work together!

* Playground equipment has been installed in Broom Hill Park and new equipment has been ordered for Brooks playground.

* Seaparc is finalizing architectural plans for the exciting $2.5 million expansion and is also working with the District for an outdoor lacrosse box to be located on the District owned lands in Sunriver.

* Trails and a bridge crossing over Little River (Demamiel Creek) are being designed and prepped for consideration next year (through budget deliberations).

* The Juan de Fuca Trails Society plans of three main multi-use trails with kiosks, signage and artwork has approval and planning is well underway. Such will add to our existing network, and also highlight possible extensions and connections.

* Council approved washroom facilities (pit style) to be located in both John Phillips Memorial & Whiffin Spit.

* The CRD continues to recognize mountain biking as an excellent year-round opportunity for our region, while the Quimper trail network is new and already in need of improvement, its the beginning of an exciting future for our Parks. Its timely for a proper policy to be considered by the Board.

* Pickleball Sooke received a grant from Council to clean up and improve the courts on Throup, its great to see those funds put to use and residents enjoying the courts once again.

* Parks and Trails Master Plan received budget approval, and contract award, the existing plan is from 2009.

Relect Maja Tait for Mayor on October 20th. 


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As a member of the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, I am honoured to serve alongside other elected officials in working to improve transit throughout the region and to alleviate traffic congestion, which is a recognized challenge throughout many areas of the South Island. The Transit Commission is tasked with balancing growing transit service needs within budget constraints while providing safe, frequent and reliable transit service.
 
Some updates from recent Transit Commission meetings include: 
 
  • Sooke's Local Area Plan will be completed in 2018. Transit will be announcing dates and locations in October for residents to meet with transit staff and provide input on how and where transit needs to be improved.  This is good news as we now have Federal Census Data, the adopted CRD Regional Growth Strategy and plans to update our local Transportation Plan and Official Community Plan.  While Transit always receives information from District staff on subdivision approvals, direct engagement with our citizens is needed in the planning process.
 
  • Provincial approval of a 2 cent per litre increase to the gas tax funding, (approx. $6 million annually) to enable transit to expand infrastructure was obtained.
 
  • Transit service expansions take up to 18 months to be actualized, as budgets require approval, funding sources require confirmation, buses need to be ordered and operators hired.    
 
  • A new route has been established to connect Westhills (in Langford) with UVIC, with a stop at Victoria General Hospital.  Sooke residents commuting to UVIC or destinations in between, may consider the new route and transfer to it off the 61 or cycle, carpool or drive to a Westshore Park and Ride.
 
  • The Transit Future Plan, completed in 2011, provides a framework on how expansion will unfold in the coming years.  Neighbourhood Service Plans are also completed to focus on the needs of specific areas and examine how neighbourhoods connect to one another. Routes may be created and/or altered in response to development and rider feedback.
 
  • Transit staff continue work with the municipalities of Saanich, Colwood and View Royal along with the Provincial Ministry of Transportation to continue development of the dedicated bus lane that was completed in Victoria (Mayfair to downtown).  Once completed, the dedicated lane will reduce travel time by 25 minutes.
...

Last Friday was very exciting here in Sooke. Both our MLA,  Premier John Horgan and our Minister of Health, Adrian Dix were in town in response to Sooke’s need for more primary healthcare services. 

They were hosted by members of the Primary Health Working Services Group that I have chaired since 2014. The membership includes local representatives as well as senior executives from Island Health and representatives from the South Island Division of Family Practice. The group had the opportunity to visit and meet with Sooke’s family physicians, public health nurses, and the Ayer Manor board and staff representatives.

The timing of this visit was not a coincidence. As your mayor, I have been actively lobbying to seek a solution for the more than 4,600 Sooke residents without a family doctor. For more than a year there has been a collaborative partnership between the District of Sooke, West Coast Family Medical Clinic, Island Health, and the South Island Division of Family Practice to address the shortfall in primary healthcare in Sooke and the western communities.

At the same time the provincial government is providing funding to recruit more primary healthcare providers to address the lack of access to primary healthcare across BC.

This visit offered an opportunity for frontline health providers to speak directly to the Premier and the Minister of Health and outline Sooke’s needs. I am confident there is now a shared understanding between all the necessary stakeholders of our needs and most importantly a shared vision to address it.

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