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BC Election: Sooke All Candidates Meeting – May 4th, 2009

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I received an e-mail from BC Liberal candidate Jody Twa‘s campaign office informing me of an all candidate’s meeting here in Sooke. The meeting will take place at Edward Milne Community School on Monday, May 4th, at 7:00pm.

The panel will consist of Jody Twa of the BC Liberals, John Horgan (incumbent) of the BC NDP, and James Powell of the Green Party of BC. The moderator will be local Sooke lawyer Peter Faulkner.

Jody Twa, James Powell, and John Horgan

Jody Twa, James Powell, and John Horgan

I’d encourage all Sooke residents to attend and hear what the candidates have in mind for our region. The Juan de Fuca riding is very diverse, stretching from the urban centres of Langford and Colwood all the way out to the sparsely populated areas of Port Renfrew and Jordan River (map). The needs of our residents are as diverse as their communities, and you should be asking the candidates what their plans and vision are locally if they are lucky enough to be elected, instead of giving too much thought to the spectacle that is the leaders’ campaign provincially.

In my view, the party vs party, leader vs leader portion of the campaign has thus far been an unmitigated disaster. It’s been a boring, childish, name-calling affair, with no real issues. Both major parties seem more content to sling mud and dig up dirt on each other’s candidates on Facebook and the Provincial Court Registry than talk about real issues. It’s painful and it doesn’t do us, the electorate, any good.

Hopefully, voters will get involved at the local level and give their candidates some issues to take to Victoria. This is the way our system is supposed to work – regional representatives actually representing their constituents instead of spewing party gibberish.

How do Juan De Fuca constituents feel about the campaign? Care to share who you’ll be supporting? Both Langford and Sooke mayors have endorsed Jody Twa – do you agree?

What about BC-STV? Do you think this is a solution to our voting system’s flaws?

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke 2008 Municipal Election Results

First of all, thanks to all Sooke voters who came out to vote this past Saturday, and at advance polls earlier this month. This important vote for your civic leaders should have the highest turnout of all levels of government, but usually doesn’t. According to CivicInfoBC, 43.71% of eligible voters turned out to vote, but at first glance that might be based on total number of votes counted, and not total number of ballots. I will try and find out. UPDATE: A reply from CivicInfoBC confirms that their numbers were based on ballots, not votes. Hence, nearly 44% of eligible Sooke voters turned out to the polls! Good work!

Congratulations to Mayor Janet Evans, who was re-elected in a fairly close battle with Rick Kasper. Only two incumbent councillors were re-elected, Ron Dumont and Sheila Beech. Newcomers Dave Bennett, Maja Tait, Herb Haldane, and Bev Berger will join them in Sooke’s new municipal council.

Overall, I don’t think the vote could have gone much better. Political newcomer Dave Bennett got nearly 600 well-deserved votes more than his closest competitor. I’m expecting good things from him in the council chamber. I won’t go into detail on my personal opinions, bu, I believe the right people got elected and will be able to move forward with Sooke business over the next three years.

Also, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area residents have elected Mike Hicks over Ute Schnarr to the CRD board.

Here are the Sooke voting results from the CivicInfoBC Elections Site:

Mayor Candidate(s):

First Name

Last Name

Initial

Sex

Acclaimed

Votes

Elected

1. Janet Evans F 1597 YES
2. Rick Kasper M 1284
3. Randy Welters M 413
Councillor Candidate(s):
First Name
Last Name
Initial
Sex
Acclaimed
Votes
Elected
1. David Bennett M 2559 YES
2. Maja Tait F 1980 YES
3. Sheila Beech F 1835 YES
4. Herb Haldane M 1648 YES
5. Ron Dumont M 1586 YES
6. Bev Berger F 1532 YES
7. Brenda Parkinson F 1523
8. Rick Armour M 1464
9. Gail Hall F 1271
10. Carmen Montgomery-Gray F 573

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Esquimalt-Juan De Fuca Recount Confirms Keith Martin’s Win over Troy De Souza

Hey, remember that little election we had a couple weeks ago? Well, officially, Sooke has been unsure about who our Member of Parliament is since election night, because incumbent Liberal MP Dr. Keith Martin‘s margin of victory over challenger Conservative Troy De Souza was so slim. A recount was granted last week, and according to this Times Colonist article, Dr. Keith Martin’s victory has been upheld.

Congratulations to Dr. Martin on being elected for a sixth term in our riding, and much respect to Mr. De Souza for being so gracious in his defeat.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke Municipal Election November 15th – Get Involved! [Video]

Sooke and all other B.C. municipalities will be having their elections on November 15th. Low voter turnout is simply not an option! Get involved and find out who’s going to do what for you! It’s vitally important you know what’s going on in your community.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Is The Election Campaign All About Branding and Buzzwords? [Video]

As a REALTOR®, I’m always taking notice of how other businesses market and brand themselves. I get inspiration for ideas from other people and businesses all the time. One thing I’ve noticed is that politicians in our current Federal election campaign have been all about branding and marketing their campaigns, rather than telling us what they’ll do for us if elected. What do you think?

Here’s a quick video I shot of Conservative candidate Troy Desouza in his heavily-branded car. He even waved for the camera!

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Election Promises – Harper’s First Time Home Buyer Plan Is Garbage! [Video]

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced this week that his government if elected, would help out first time home buyers by introducing a $5000 tax credit, to be rolled out over four years (whatever that means). While on the surface the “simple, modest and practical” plan sounds good (woot, $5000 from the gov’ment!) when you look at it it’s kind of bass-ackwards, and not that much money. Closing costs for a buyer of a property can run into the thousands of dollars, when you factor in appraisals, inspections, lawyer fees, title insurance and/or survey, and the Provincial property purchase tax. Harper’s tax credit would reduce your taxable income by a maximum of $5000, which translates to a maximum cash benefit of $750. And it comes in March or whenever you file your tax return. “Gee, thanks for the help last year when I bought my house and actually needed the money then.

I think the people who should be making election promises to first-time home buyers should be the Provincial governments. Here in BC, the government collects a tax of 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the balance for doing nothing. There is a first-time buyer exemption, but not everyone qualifies. I didn’t, my sister didn’t. Lots of my clients don’t. Obviously, this is a huge cash cow for the government and they’d hate to see it go, but it needs to be reduced or phased out.

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Victoria Real Estate Board Election Results

Incumbent Randi Masters is joined by newcomers John Smith and Carol Crabb

October 9th, 2007 saw a good voter turnout for the annual general meeting and election of the Victoria Real Estate Board, held in the ballroom in the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa in Victoria. Candidates Tim Ayres, Randi Masters, Dave Hillmer, Blake Moreau, Carol Crabb, John Smith, Wendy Moreton, and Dennis Fimrite all gave convincing and entertaining speeches.

In the end, only three positions were available, and the membership bestowed the honours of Directorship on Randi Masters – elected to a second term, Carol Crabb, and John Smith. All are now tasked with helping guide the future direction of the Board.

We were also informed and entertained by President-Elect Tony Joe‘s speech on the direction for 2008. Focus will be on green real estate and how we can better serve the public by learning more about green building and sustainable development.

Such a large voter turnout for the election is further proof of an active membership of professionals who truly care about the direction of the Board and its impact on their business and their community. We are lucky to belong to such a fine, progressive organization, and are a model for boards across Canada.

On a personal note, I found the event to be a great learning experience, and appreciate all the support and compliments I received from the membership, and management at Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, who supported my campaign for Director. I look forward to running again next year.

Tim Ayres 

Tim Ayres Seeks Election to Victoria Real Estate Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tim Ayres of Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Nominated for Director Position

 

86th annual election meeting scheduled for 3:00 PM Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.

Tim Ayres – a real estate licensee since December of 2004 is seeking election to the Victoria Real Estate Board of Directors. Tim is an active and top-achieving salesperson in the Sooke, Langford, and Colwood areas and has been active on the Board’s standing committees for the past two years (Technology committee – 2006, MLS® and Computer Services Committee – 2007).

Tim Ayres is well known in the industry for being on the leading edge of technological innovation and its application to the practice of real estate sales and marketing. He maintains a close watch on industry trends and administers the region’s only REALTOR®-focused blog at www.VictoriaBCRealEstateBlog.com, which chronicles the fast-paced world of technology and REALTOR®-related issues, market news, technology tips and advice, product reviews, and local, regional and national politics affecting the industry, making Tim a perfect fit to advise the Board and the Membership on these issues.

Since leaving his previous brokerage, Tim can offer valuable insight into the ‘alternative business models’ to the Board and its members.

Easy-going, hard-working and dependable, Tim has already demonstrated that he is committed to representing his peers at the committee level, and looks forward to representing their needs and desires and helping to shape a bright future for the Board as Director.

 

Tim Ayres