Healthy Community, Healthy People, Healthy Environment

Dr. Kerr's Record as Your Councillor:

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  • 13 family doctors recruited to the Comox Valley in 2022
  • Over 5,500 patients connected with a new family doctor since July 2021.
  • Voted YES to a new Affordable Housing Contribution policy focused on providing more affordable places to live for Comox residents. (Motion passed)
    • Listen to Dr. Kerr’s comments from the June 1, 2022 Council meeting (click here).
    • Listen to Dr. Kerr’s comments from the March 16th, 2022 Council meeting (click here)
    • Listen to Dr. Kerr’s comments from the Feb 16th, 2022 Council meeting (click here).
  • Voted YES to a hybrid approach to affordable housing, allowing for both the long-term acquisition of units by the Town, and partnerships with local non-profits. Units acquired over time will be used to provide affordable housing for Comox residents. (Motion passed)
  • Voted YES in support of the Comox Valley Regional District’s Regional Climate Action Initiatives, such as reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. (Motion passed)
  • Improving public transit options would simultaneous address equity, accessibility, and climate change.
  • Made the motion and Voted YES in support of initiating new talks with BC Transit to discuss increasing bus routes in Comox and implementing the recommended actions from the Comox Valley Mobility Primer, including advancing the regional Active Transportation Network Plan, supporting public transit improvements, and exploring emerging mobility opportunities. (Motion passed

  • Voted YES in support of the Comox Valley Ukrainian Cultural Society and their use of the Sail buildings at the marina to conduct English lessons for Ukrainian refugees. (Motion passed)
  • Voted YES to a regional low-income recreation assistance program, LEAP (Leisure for Everyone Program), to reduce financial barriers to participation in physical activity and recreation programs in Comox. (Motion passed)
  • Voted YES to give approval to the Comox Bay Sailing Club to build a float house at the marina to provide an indoor space to operate training courses. (June 1, 2022)
  • You can listen to Dr. Kerr’s motion and comments from the June 1, 2022 meeting (click here).
  • Voted YES to support the hosting of the 55+ BC Games jointly by the Comox Valley and Campbell River (June 1, 2022).
  • The 55+ BC Games were last hosted by the Comox Valley and Campbell River in 2010, providing 26 different sports/activities.
  • Voted YES to declare May 2022 “Community Resilience Month”. (May 18th, 2022)
  • All residents of Comox and the Valley are invited to attend the Community Listening Event on May 29th at the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park
  • Community Resilience is the sustained ability of a community to draw upon existing resources to adaptively respond, withstand, and recover from adverse and challenging experiences.
  • Community Resilience focuses on the enhancement of day-to-day health and wellbeing of its citizens, and promotes strong community connections, to reduce the harmful impact of adversity and challenges.
  • Made the motion and voted YES to provide a $5,000 contribution towards the K’ómoks Guardian Watchman Program. (May 4th, 2022)
  • Listen to Dr. Kerr’s comments by going to the 10:48 minute mark of the May 4th Council meeting (click here).
  • The K’ómoks Guardian Watchmen are they eyes and ears of the K’ómoks First Nation on the lands and waters within the Traditional Territory of the Nation. The Guardians not only protect these lands from those who would do them harm but actively engage in many activities to enhance or restore habitat and ecosystems.

  • Voted YES to support a $40,000 contribution towards the construction of 12 townhome units for families by Habitat for Humanity. (April 20, 2022)
  • This will add to the affordable housing options in the Comox Valley.
  • Voted YES to support the creation of a Regional Parks Service. (April 20 and July 6, 2022) Motion passed.
  • Proposed an amendment in favour of prioritizing the connectivity of our trails and greenways with our neighbouring municipalities, to encourage active transportation and physical activity. Motion passed.
  • Voted YES to support the lowest tax rate increase in the Comox Valley (4.8%), despite the significant inflationary pressures. (April 20, 2022) Motion passed.
  • The Town of Comox tax rate continues to be in the lowest 25% of BC municipalities.
  • Dr. Kerr is a strong proponent of keeping taxes as low as possible, while at the same time providing high-quality services for residents and thinking long-term to prepare for the future needs of Comox residents.
  • Voted YES to support the City of Courtenay as the primary applicant, to apply for, receive, and manage the UBCM Strengthening Communities Services grant funding ($1.093 million dollars). 
  • Made a motion and voted YES to support a new bike pump track and skate park in Comox. (Motion passed.)
  • Listen to Dr. Kerr’s comments from the March 16th, 2022 Council meeting (click here).
  • Made a motion and voted YES to refer LUSH Valley’s request for grant-in-aid funding for their Good Food Box program to the budget process. (Motion defeated.)
  • Voted YES to writing a letter to the Federal Minister of Mental Health and Addictions in support of MP Gord John’s private members bill C-126 aimed at addressing the toxic drug supply in B.C. (Motion passed.)
  • Voted YES for a new roundabout to be installed at Comox Avenue and Rodello Street, in order to increase safety (for pedestrians, bikers, and drivers) and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from idling cars. (Motion passed)
  • After the Comox Youth Climate Council presented to Comox Council on Feb 2nd, Dr. Kerr made the following “notice of motion”:

    “That administration review the Comox Youth Climate Council’s proposed Green New Deal policies, provide recommendations to Council, and incorporate the analysis into the reporting of the Town’s green initiatives as part of the upcoming Green Open House.” (Motion was introduced on Feb 2nd and passed on Feb 16th.)

  • Listen to Dr. Kerr’s comments by going to the 1:00:10 mark of the Feb 2nd Council meeting (click here).
  • Made the motion and voted YES to a new Tree Retention policy. Jonathan also proposed amending the motion to increase tree retention from 25% to 30%. (Motion passed)
  • Listen to Dr. Kerr’s comments from the Feb 16th Council meeting (click here).
  • Voted YES in favour of the creation of a Heritage Registry policy which will allow for the acknowledgement and protection of significant heritage properties in the Town of Comox.  (Motion passed)
  • Voted YES to support the Comox Valley Regional District to apply for, receive, and manage the Stream Two Poverty Reduction grant funding behalf of the Comox Valley Community Health Network. (Motion passed)
  • You can listen to my reasons for voting AGAINST a pay increase for Council (click here). (Motion passed)
     
  • “I will be voting against this pay raise for Council… It is a real honour and privilege to serve on Council… It is an important part of community service for me… Given the financial hardships for many people in this community, especially given the housing crisis, it sends the wrong message to give Council a pay raise at this time.” Dr. Jonathan Kerr, Jan 19th, 2022
  • Voted YES to approve a $25,000 grant provided to support the 2022 Nautical Days Festival. (Motion passed)
  • Voted YES to support local Arts and Culture and the Sid Williams Theatre Society. (Motion passed)

Contact

Connect with Dr. Kerr at healthycomox@gmail.com