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Peninsula News Review Article from Nov 12th - Fight No Issue for McNulty

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Mayoralty candidate says he is ‘proud of who I am.’

Sean McNulty hopes to debate the issues in the community in his bid for election to Central Saanich council, and not dwell on his court dealings in the past.

“I don’t have a criminal record … I’m a good person, people know that,” he said during an interview Monday. The now 24-year-old mayoral candidate did complete community service after he pleaded guilty to two counts of assault in 2004. “A fight five years ago is a non-issue,” he added, referring to the altercation after a night out with friends in Victoria. “It says very little about who I am.”

He feels the issues should be discussed rather than an incident where he has already paid his debt to society.

“It is true that I was involved in an altercation, although it was in 2003 when I was 19,” McNulty wrote on his web site. “The incident took place at 3 a.m. on a Tuesday morning after a Monday night out at the Boom Boom Room. My friend and I were driving home when some other individuals pulled up beside our car and began to antagonize us. We then made a bad decision to engage these individuals.”

The assault charge came to the public’s eye right before the Nov. 6 all candidates meeting that was sponsored by the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Peninsula News Review. “When there’s an elephant in the room, it’s best to acknowledge it,” he said during the meeting held at Bayside middle school.

He said he knew the assault charge would likely come up during the election, but doesn’t regret not being the first to bring it to light.

“I’m taking on the vocal minority in Central Saanich. I expected them to come at me full force,” he said. “I’m very happy with the way I dealt with it. It came up and I addressed it.”

He points out that Island View Golf Centre, where he is general manager, was awarded Business of the Year during the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Awards this year. McNulty is also past president of the Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters, sits on the Board of Directors for the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and is part of the family’s business, Five Star Paving. By today he also expects to have knocked on every door in the municipality as part of his Silent Majority Tour.

“That’s who I am, not some fight that was five years ago. I don’t know anyone in this community who hasn’t been in a fight before,” McNulty said. “The accomplishments I’ve had before and after speak to who I am more than that incident.”

Before the assault, McNulty said, he graduated on the honour role, organized events, and was part of the high school football team.

“I was a good kid,” he said. “I’m very proud of who I am.”


See article on Peninsula News Review website here: http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_south/peninsulanewsreview/news/Fight_no_issue_for_McNulty.html

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All Candidates Debate Video - November 6th

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Opening Speech at Mayoral Debates - November 6th

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Peninsula News Review - Candidate Profile from Nov 4th

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Name: Sean McNulty

Age: 24

Occupation: General Manager Island View Golf Centre; Estimator and job site supervisor for Five Star Paving

Family status: single

Which municipality do you live in? Central Saanich

What is your political experience? Three years on the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce board, past president of Saanich Peninsula Toast Masters

Do you support a water main extension for residents on Mount Newton X Road and Senanus Drive?

“Yes. The water’s not potable on Senanus there’s no doubt about that,” he said, adding he has toured the neighbourhood. “There’s already a grant in place.”

“It’s not a development issue, it’s strictly about clean potable water. That’s something that should be provided,” he added.

What do you envision for the future of Woodwynn farm?

“I’m in support of the Farm Lands Trust,” he said, adding he had attended some of their meetings and sees strong support for them in the community.

“I think it’s exciting,” he said. “I hope they raise the money.”

What form of residential development could you support for the Vantreight Farms property currently under discussion?

“I like the new proposal, frankly I liked the first proposal more,” McNulty said. He felt the first proposal offered the community more.

“It was a little higher density, therefore more dollars there for the municipality for projects coming up,” he said.

Yes or no do you support joining Sidney and North Saanich in financing the pool renovations?

“Yes. Our community recreation centre should lead the region, not trail or be at par,” he said. McNulty feels the Central Saanich lack of support previously “was a terrible decision by previous mayor and council.”

“I haven’t met one person who’s against Panorama,” McNulty said of his door-knocking campaign.

What qualities do you think you have that the other candidates for mayor don’t?

“I have a unique mix in terms of I’ve gone to university, I’ve had success in the real a world and I’ve been on a few boards,” he said.

“Jack’s been in the private sector his whole life,” McNulty said. “We’ve seen what Jack has done in the past three years, and if that’s what you want, by all means vote for him. Chris has tons of board experience but little real world experience.”

Letter to the Times Colonist Editor

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I am writing to clarify details in regards to the article “Municipal Election Profile: Central Saanich” dated Thursday, November 6th.

It is true that I was involved in an altercation, although it was in 2003 when I was 19. The incident took place at 3am on a Tuesday morning after a Monday night out at the Boom Boom Room. My friend and I were driving home when some other individuals pulled up beside our car and began to antagonize us. We then made a bad decision to engage these individuals.

I’m not looking to make excuses, I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the consequences.

I am extremely proud of what I’ve accomplished going forward from that event including winning “Business of the Year” this year for my work at Island View Golf Centre, being Past President of the Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and being a part of operating my family’s business Five Star Paving. It’s important in life to get back up when you fall down, and I’ve done that.

Journalism is about reporting both sides of the story, and your newspaper has neglected to mention - in both this story and previous ones – the innovative campaign we’re running. For instance, by the end of this election I will have personally knocked on every door in the district on my “Silent Majority Tour”, my website features a blog I’ve been writing on since March of 2007 that gets thousands of hits per month and I’ve been 100% transparent on every issue, including this one.

I encourage everyone to check out my website, www.seanformayor.com, and see what my campaign, and myself, stand for.

Municipal Election Profile: Central Saanich - November 6th Times Colonist Article

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Central Saanich is often dubbed the breadbasket of the Capital Regional District, but preserving that status has led to some bitter politics.

About two-thirds of the municipality is in the Agricultural Land Reserve, which some see as being consistently under threat of development, while others see it as a mechanism to stifle growth. According to Statistics Canada, there are a total of 974 farms in the district, although the majority are small operations, many of them hobby farms.

But the big ones come with names easily recognized by most in Greater Victoria, such as Vantreight and Michell.

It’s here in Central Saanich that Ian Vantreight, whose operation is one of the largest, recently tried to get council’s approval to sell a portion of his land for a subdivision. The land isn’t arable and is not recognized as farmland, and Vantreight said he needs the to money to modernize. Nevertheless, he has received a chilly reception from councillors, losing his first attempt for permission on a tie vote. He is now preparing a second proposal.

It’s also here in Central Saanich that a longtime battle has brewed over whether to pipe in municipal water to a small enclave of homes on Senanus Drive on the Saanich Inlet. On one side are the residents who say their wells are foul; on the other are some councillors who have spent years blocking the attempt, because municipal water service is seen as a precursor to development.

Gordon Denford, a retired builder with more than 100 projects in dozens of communities, has lived in Central Saanich for more than 40 years. He argues the push to preserve farmland has turned into an opposition of growth of any kind.

“They are not really supporting farmland, they are only supporting green space,” said Denford, who lives on Senanus Drive and has been a vocal proponent of extending the water pipes to his neighbourhood. But “these people are fanatic about ‘I’m here and nobody else is going to come here.’”

For example, Denford says that councils have shifted the urban containment boundary in a way that puts all undeveloped land into the farming category whether it’s arable or not, a move that has curbed building of all kinds.

The conflict over land use is evident in the mayoral race, in which three candidates are vying for the big chair in the Nov. 15 elections.

Candidate Sean McNulty is largely running on a platform of ending the firewall approach to blocking out development, provided it doesn’t intrude on arable farmland.

If someone wants to build improvements to their property, and those improvements don’t affect anybody else, then “I’m in favour of it,” he said.

McNulty is a controversial figure in the race due to a brush with the law in 2004. When he was 20, McNulty pleaded guilty to two counts of assault after an incident in which he and some friends were in an SUV that chased down and rammed a car containing four teenagers. McNulty wasn’t driving, but he pepper-sprayed one of the youths and once their car was disabled he struck one of the teens.

The judge called the offence “particularly ugly” and McNulty “particularly active.” McNulty was handed a conditional discharge and placed on probation for three years. When asked about the incident during a recent interview, McNulty declined to comment.

The two other candidates for mayor include Coun. Christopher Graham and incumbent Mayor Jack Mar. Eleven people are vying for six councillor positions, four of them incumbents.

Not surprisingly, Graham sees the development of farmland and its protection as a major issue in the campaign. When it comes to the urban containment boundary, the line drawn on the map separating farmland from land open for development, Graham is prepared to stand firm.

He’s also reluctant to see farms broken up into small holdings. Economies of scale work in any business “and farming is a business,” he said. Graham said the municipality should be tough and deny farms the necessary permits for subdividing property. “Is that the vision for Central Saanich, a bunch of hobby farms?” he asked.

The Vantreight proposal also gets a thumbs-down from Graham. The development site might not be arable land, but it’s right in the middle of working farmland, which will mean future conflict between suburban homeowners and farmers, he said.

For his part, Mar, one of the largest farmers in the area, is most concerned about improvements to many intersections along Pat Bay Highway that are served by stop signs and lights.

Mar said Central Saanich has been told by the provincial government it can improve the intersections at Island View Road or Keating Cross Road and the local government should start making plans.

Mar said if the municipality can get all its plans and preferences in order, and a proposal ready to go, it will be in a good position with the province to get approval and funding after the Olympics.

An improved intersection, said Mar, is crucial to handling the thousands visiting Butchart Gardens or travelling to and from the Keating Industrial Park.

“Right now it’s a bloody zoo,” he said. “One of these days we are going to have a major accident.”

Richard Watts

See article in its entirety here: http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/capital_van_isl/story.html?id=283e8f3e-483b-4d9f-9330-250dfc15c676

Fundraising Dinner Gala Speech - Nov 5th

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Mayoral Luncheon Speech from Oct 30th

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Woodwynn Farm

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I am a supporter of the Farmlands Trust and very impressed with the work Barbara Souther and her team are doing. I attended one of the open house meetings on September 11th, and although I wasn’t a big fan of the speaker, I enjoyed learning more about their proposal.

The Farmlands Trust is putting forward a number of initiatives:
- Preservation of the 192 acres for agricultural use.
- Provide teaching and land tenure for organic farmers.
- Conduct a farming mentorship program.
- Restoring the ecology of Hagan Creek.
- Revitalizing the cultural heritage of the property.
- Enhancing community access with a walking and equestrian trail.
- Farm gate marketing.
- Mixed agricultural uses including organic vegetables, hay and livestock.
- Community events, workshops and celebrations.

There are two aspects in particular that I really like.

Firstly, the training of future farmers. The biggest challenge I foresee for the agricultural community is the aging of its workforce and the lack of agriculturally skilled labor to fill in the positions being vacated. You can save all the farmland you want, if there’s no one to farm it it’s all for not.

Secondly, the walking and equestrian trails. These would be a huge asset to Central Saanich and I know the horse riding community would welcome the added paths.

This proposal is the embodiment of bottom up, grass roots driven change within a community that is the center piece of my platform. Here’s a group of residents who’ve seen an opportunity and taken action to make a great place even better. As of this post, they’ve raised $3.5 million dollars of the $6.25 million required for the closing date of November 15th.

If you’re interested in supporting the Farmlands Trust or learning more about it, visit www.farmlandstrust.ca.

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