...Times-Colonist q&a...in 100 words or less...

Name as you would like it to appear:

Tom Braybrook

Are you associated with or running as part of a slate? If so, which one?

No, I am unaffiliated and independent!

Do you live in the municipality where you are running, and if so, for how long? If not, what is your connection to that community?

Yes, I live in Victoria. 2013 – 2022, 9 years – also 1975-1977, 3 years.

What is your occupation, and for how long?

Retired (10 years)– Horticulturist, Educator, Small Business Owner (34 years)

Please include the URLs for any websites/social media you are using for your campaign.

Website: www.braybrook.org

Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/mu8xkkdb

Twitter: @voteBraybrookYYJ



Long answers

Tell us about your previous elected and/or community experience. (80-100 words)

Two Term Municipal Councillor 2000 – 2006, Niagara-on-the-Lake,ON

(includes time as Acting Lord Mayor.)

Chair Public Works, Planning and Finance Committees, Niagara-on-the-Lake,ON

Two term Committee of Adjustment 1994 – 2000, Niagara-on-the-Lake,ON

Member - Regional Niagara Environmental Committee, various volunteer boards and committees of council,

President - Niagara Parks Commission SofH Alumni, Mississaugua Beach Neighbourhood Assoc., Niagara Tennis Assoc....more!

Why are you running? What's your motivation? (80-100 words)

Experience – as so many incumbent Councillors have vacated their seats I felt my past experience in Municipal politics would serve the community interests. Knowing the core role of a municipal councillor, understanding process, experience preparing motions, dealing with municipal staff and the public, chairing meetings of Council and Public meetings – all are skills acquired with experience and are necessary for the efficient function of Council.

Pragmatic – with experience comes a knowledge of what can, and what can’t be achieved at the municipal level. The practical application of city funds to routine matters and realistic solutions to complex issues is an essential skill.

What are your top three issues? (80-100 words)

There is a clear disconnect between Victoria City Council and Citizens. Restoring trust, improving communications and including residents voices is a paramount concern. Implementing the recommendations of the MNP report on governance would be an important first step.

Working towards a practical solution to the housing crisis through selective zoning of appropriate areas for densification, streamlining application processes, using tax policy to incentivize family dwellings and rentals and lobbying senior governments to do their part in funding affordable housing.

community safety and wellness

What's your vision for your community in 25 years? (100-125 words)

Much is said by candidates about their grand vision. Mine is a simple one!

A city where everyday things work – where the routine responsibilities of Council have been met.

A city where growth is managed for the benefit of all, with regard to the health, safety and wellness of all it’s citizens.

A city where people genuinely feel their voices are heard, and their concerns are reflected in decisions and actions of Council.

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu

What's one "big idea" you have for your community? (100-125 words)

As a proponent of increased and better communication between Council and residents my big idea would be to create a ward system for Victoria.

As the population continues to increase it becomes more clear that a dedicated Councillor for the distinct neighbourhoods of the city would bring several benefits.