Policy Platform
Quickly observe the aerial view of Trevor's policy-perspective below, to sample a flavour of his values and ideas, and get a sense of his approach.
Or, if you prefer, browse his growing library of policy docs and survey responses , to learn more about where he stands compared to yourself.
If you enjoy nuanced policy discussion (and if so, you'll probably like Trevor a lot) - then feel free to dive deeper, much deeper: open his values and ideas Policy Doc (a dynamic unfinished symphony of ideas and approaches).
 

Inter-Generational Equity

Sustainability: triple bottom line

Economic Efficiency through DSM

Equity is not the same as equality. To treat people equitably means accounting for the differences in baseline scenarios: e.g. priviledge, family-context, future resource requirements, etc. Millennials as a generation have started out with a short stack: housing+transportation affordability crisis, infrastructure deficit, and a changing climate system putting demands on our resources and challenge opportunities on our economy.
Sustainability in the urban context is about much more than tackling climate change and "going green". Social sustainability means bringing people along the journey to new economic realities and opportunities -- and leaving enough behind for future generations. Environmental sustainability need not carry Eco/conservationist values (but it doesn't
hurt): it's about recognising the economic value of protecting natural assets (e.g. farmland) and conserving resources (e.g. water). And it can all be connected back to Fiscal sustainability: because what is money if not a means and measurement for human activity.
People + Planet = Profit (in no particular order).
The easiest dollar to save is the one you don't need to spend.  In our homes, we pick the lowest hanging fruit by prioritising mortgage and loan payments over discretionary items, and conserving resources. The same works for corporations and society-at-large. e.g. inflating your tires improves fuel-economy. e.g. hats and socks allow you to keep the winter thermostat 2 degrees lower.
With respect to housing supply and transport capacity, "build, baby, build!" sounds nice (and provides ribbon cutting ceremonies), but is it really the most economically efficient? No, most often not! "Demand Side Management" (e.g. Pigovian price signals on economic externalities) leverages innovation to achieve internal efficiencies. #carrotandstick
Only when-&-where the demand-side starts to tap out, that's when the supply-side should kick in.
An example might be mobility management: if it was cheaper to walk/bike/bus some trips, we wouldn't need to spend half our [non-emergency services] city budget each year digging up roads that service SOVs. Also, when we do add supply, if we built Complete Communities based on #strongTown and #smartGrowth principles, then there would be less demand on the system: less capital liability, lower taxes....

Governance: "YES, And..."

Governance is about so much more than Amalgation and integrated services. It's about who's in charge of what, and how they are held accountable.  Voting YES to the Citizens Assembly process with City Victoria is a good start, but the conversation must go much further.
Our region lacks a credible and cohesive plan (plus collaborative approach) to achieve sustainable prosperity; and many of the tools we need for success are currently missing from the governing provincial legislation.  Whether  a transportation authority with jurisdiction over landuse and growth, property taxes that are variable by zone and progressive (not flat), or enabling local goverments to design their own democracy with respect to electoral reform, voting age, #smallbiz respresentation, term limits, remuneration and financial autonomy -- the system is lacking (if not broken) and we-the-people need to raise our community voices to get it fixed.
(luckily, this new provincial legislature seems willing to listen).

Community Engagement

Community associations and local small business owners are instrumental to the success of any town. Saanich could do an even better job of engaging (not simply consulting/informing) these motivated and willing influencers and brain trust.  Incentives and other supports could be put into place to ensure that taxpayer money isn't spent to do things compentent volunteers/organisations would happily take on themselves.
A growing initiative in many cities (our size) is to provide #OpenData of cityhall corporate business intelligence. Doing so lets academics, researchers, journalists, watchdogs and concerned citizens illuminate solutions to common problems that get serially overlooked (or swept under the rug).
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Adult picnic drinks​
BC towns can enact bylaws allowing Montreal-style beer/wine at a picnic in a park. In light of legal cannabis, this lack of formal acceptance is an odd omission.
Mobility data (TSPs)
The future of ICBC includes: more annual odometer checks to gain discounts, and permitting of rideshare/hailing drivers on apps like Uber/Lyft.  These TSPs should provide (our) data (back) to cities.
Council Seat for Biz
Saanich News about Del Monte
"BeeSpot" is an example of the need for a consistent approach to provide developers with market confidence in what can be expected from Saanich Council (otherwise, we'll continue to simply induce economic leakage to the westshore, exacerbating the intra-regional infrastructure inequity of Saanich taxpayers subsidising Langford).

In my comment , I propose a framework/formula for balancing development considerations:
- Walkscore and TransitScore
- Housing supply (type: with affordability in mind, e.g. social units)
- Step Code (energy efficiency) and other climate/sustainability
- Public space and infrastructure improvements (livability)
- Impact on urban containment and natural asset preservation (e.g. EDPA-type garyoak concerns, or food-security vis-a-vis agricultural capacity)
Like a lot of my ideas, we need to start at Saanich Council, and then work our way up to the Provincial Goverment (UBCM). But small businesses pay a LOT of local taxes, but are not directly represented in decisions by council. This isn't fair.
The rules around elections is always an interesting discussion to have. #BanBigMoney is a great improvement.
But what about signs? why should politicians be allowed to make ugly use of public space, nobody else is ever allowed!

You won't see any VOTE TREVOR BARRY signs on the side of the road... look for the guy playing his saxophone instead.