The Record's picks for the October 20th election:

Mayor
Stephen Hammond

Councillors

Pam Madoff
Marg Gardiner
Ben Isitt
Laurel Collins
Geoff Young
Sean Leitenberg
Jeremy Loveday

The who, what and where of voting

In the last few days before the election, there are many sources available to help you decide, if you haven't already.

On this page, you'll read The Record's choices and how we made them. It's not an easy task to select among 10 mayoral and 29 councillor candidates, many of them worthy. We encourage you to research the candidates further and, if you wish, share your choices in our comment section.

Some quick links to check out the candidates and what they stand for: our Councillor Questionnaire article in which council candidates explain who they are answer three key questions. And the City's Candidate Profile Guide which includes links to mayoral and councillor candidates' website. Or you can watch a recording of the final mayoral debate in Fernwood.

For information on voting times, place and options, see our article on what you need to know.

The Campaign

Lineups at Advance Poll

There was big rush at the second advance poll at City Hall on Monday, as 2,182 people showed up to vote, 73% more than the second advance in the 2014 election.

Our Environment

Losing trees in Victoria: one mature tree equals 269 saplings

We should all be concerned about global warming. We can see the changes happening now; our summers are longer and a lot drier.
But I wonder if the City cares. Because I don’t see much evidence they’re trying to save our mature trees, one of the few factors that reduce carbon.

City council voting record on major development items

Signs of a tough battle for the mayor

Either way, this week marks an ending for Lisa Helps. Thursday night, she chairs the last council meeting of her current term as mayor, and if another candidate prevails on Oct. 20, likely her last meeting as an elected official.

Casino now a bad bet in Victoria

The prospect of a casino in downtown Victoria seems worse than drawing a card at 17 in blackjack. Both leading mayoral candidates expressed strong opposition to the idea at an all-candidates meeting last week.

Sir John A delayed until after the election

Mayor Lisa Helps is gambling again, possibly staking her political future on a hulking monument to Canada’s first prime minister.

Despite a promise of a public process to discuss the new location for the Sir John A statue, she is putting the idea on hold until after the civic election.

Is democracy everyone’s business? Let’s vote on it

For many, irony is dead, but I’m literally staring it in the face.
I’m on old print reporter, a tiny cog in the wheel that sacrificed millions of trees to the glory of newspapers and the great wealth accumulated by their owners.

Fall of an icon sparks rise of opposition

Only weeks ago, this seemed a walk in Beacon Hill Park for Lisa Helps.
There were no well-organized opponents, her own team was muscling up, she had name recognition, a track record, a list of supporters from the last election, many of them eager to sign on again.

Mayoral Poll

This is the final result of our mayoral poll
which ran for a week ending Sept. 13.
Check out our analysis of the poll numbers and trends.

Who would you choose to be the next mayor of Victoria?
  • Stephen Hammond 53%, 268 votes
    268 votes 53%
    268 votes - 53% of all votes
  • Lisa Helps 20%, 101 vote
    101 vote 20%
    101 vote - 20% of all votes
  • Bruce McGuigan 10%, 53 votes
    53 votes 10%
    53 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Ben Isitt* 6%, 29 votes
    29 votes 6%
    29 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Mike Geoghegan 4%, 18 votes
    18 votes 4%
    18 votes - 4% of all votes
  • A progressive who hasn't appeared yet.* 3%, 17 votes
    17 votes 3%
    17 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Rob Duncan 2%, 11 votes
    11 votes 2%
    11 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Sean Leitenberg 1%, 6 votes
    6 votes 1%
    6 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Ryan Moen 1%, 3 votes
    3 votes 1%
    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Chris Zmuda 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 507
September 6, 2018 - September 13, 2018
Voting is closed
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Why development? Because it impacts everything else

You may be upset or overjoyed by bike lanes, angry or pleased at the removal of a statue or maybe you just like (or don’t) the mayor.
I invite you to forget all that for a moment and focus on the one big over-riding issue: development.

A sampler of major developments approved by council

These are some of the high-profile projects passed in the current term, often by the same vote count of 6-3. This reflects a split between members who vote “For” in most, or nearly all, cases and those who vote “Against” more frequently.

Lots of housing, but for many, nowhere to live

It’s a number that sticks in the mind: 95%.

That figure indicates that Mayor Lisa Helps and her political ally Councillor Marianne Alto voted to approve all but two of some 40 major developments before city council in the last four years, according to The Record’s review of meeting minutes.

That’s so close to a perfect record, it makes you wonder whether some members of council carefully consider each project on its merits or just vote in favour in the unproven, misguided belief that all these new projects will solve our housing crisis.

We’re over the top

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