Dean Fortin

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His Worship
Dean Fortin
Dean Fortin 2011.jpg
Fortin in 2011
Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia
In office
December 2, 2008 – December 4, 2014
Preceded by Alan Lowe
Succeeded by Lisa Helps
Personal details
Born (1959-03-01) March 1, 1959 (age 56)
Kamloops, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Victoria
Occupation lawyer, executive director
Website http://www.deanfortin.com/

Dean Fortin (born March 1, 1959) served as mayor of Victoria, British Columbia, from 2008 to 2014.

Dean Fortin was first elected to city council in 2002 and became the 51st Mayor of Victoria on November 15, 2008. He was sworn into office for a second term on December 8, 2011. He was defeated by Victoria city councillor Lisa Helps on November 15, 2014.[1]

Fortin has a B.A.(Geography), JD (law) and M Ed (Counselling). He was Executive Director of the Burnside Gorge Community Association for 17 years before being elected Mayor. Previously, he helped establish and operate the Victoria Association for Street Kids for seven years. He has practiced as a lawyer in both Whitehorse and Victoria.[2]

Fortin's priority was building affordable housing and tackling the issue of homelessness. Other priorities encouraging sustainable development, enhancing downtown safety and vibrancy, and advancing a green transportation strategy.[3]

Accomplishments[edit]

Downtown Disorder In 2009, Mayor Fortin launched a Task Force to address the growing social disorder in the downtown core. The task force was entitled “Late Night – Great Night” and addressed the issues of excessive intoxication and the associated vandalism, fighting and aggressive behaviour, crowded streets after bar closing time, noise, public urination, and a lack of coordinated late night transportation.

The Downtown Late Night Task Force consisted of Mayor Dean Fortin, Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe, and Chief Constable Jamie Graham of the Victoria Police Department. The task force members interviewed downtown business owners and workers, transportation providers, and security personnel. The task force also sought input from late night downtown users including students and youth.

The Task Force recommended and Council endorsed a variety of interventions, which led to the introduction of late night weekend public bus service and late night taxi stands with security. Bar Watch was introduced as well as dedicated weekend night police patrols in the downtown. The City introduced portable urinals, which were eventually replaced by permanent outside facilities.

Results of the task force show that calls for service downtown between Thursday evening and Sunday morning dropped by 26%, property crime in downtown Victoria was decreased 50%, and disturbances, drug offences and violent crimes decreased by 33%.

Bus Priority Lanes

Fortin and his council, in partnership with the BC Transit Commission, successfully introduced the first Priority Bus lanes in the Greater Victoria Transit System on Douglas Street in September 2014.[4] The first phase opened introduced "Transit and Cycling priority lanes" from Fisgard Street to Hillside Avenue Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. southbound and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. northbound. A second phase of priority transit and cycling lanes from Hillside Avenue to Tolmie Avenue was begun in early 2015 and is due for completion in fall of 2015.

Dean Fortin was the first Mayor in the City of Victoria to march in the Pride Parade, beginning in 2009. Mayor and Council participated every year since that time.

Mayor Fortin directly assisted in introducing the Victoria HarbourCats baseball team to Victoria in 2013. Located throughout the Pacific Northwest, the West Coast League is one of the premier collegiate summer leagues in the North America and is known as the "Diamond Standard" of summer collegiate baseball .

Challenges[edit]

Johnson Street Bridge see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_Street_Bridge

Occupy Victoria As part of the larger Occupy movement, the City of Victoria was also a site of a encampment beginning October 15, 2011 and ending November 22, 2011. The end of the occupation was generally peaceful, one of the few such endings in North America. see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Canada#Occupy_Victoria

Home Attack The Mayor of Victoria’s home was subjected to a vandalism attack on the evening of November 4, 2010. The letters ACAB, standing for All Cops Are Bastards, was scrawled in red paint on the back door of his white Honda. The back passenger window was also smashed out. Vandals also spray painted the number 72 and the letters PG in white lettering on his garage. The number 72 refers to the number of shelter beds that were reduced in the city because of new shelter and affordable housing projects. The money funding for the shelter mats was converted to funding rooms in one of the hotels the City had purchased as part of its homeless initiatives. PG stands for Pandora Green, the area of downtown Victoria frequented by the city's homeless, and the target of a city boulevard project that moved some tenters out.

Other Positions Held[edit]

Co-Chair, Coalition to End Homelessness 2009-2014

Greater Victoria Transit Commission 2009-2014

Chair,Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board 2008-2014

Honours and Awards[edit]

Honorary Citizen of Jiangsu Province (January 2013) - For his great contribution to the closer links between Jiangsu, China and Victoria, Canada

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)

Thompson Rivers University Distinguished Alumni: Public and Community Service Award (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simmons, Brian (20 November 2014). "New Mayor and Council Inauguration". lisahelpsvictoria.ca. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Victoria, City Hall.
  3. ^ Dec. 2, 2008 City of Victoria Council Minutes
  4. ^ http://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/departments/engineering/transportation-planning/douglas-street-priority-transit-and-cycling-lanes.html

See also[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
The Heads of Consular Posts with jurisdiction in British Columbia
Order of precedence in British Columbia
as of 2008
Succeeded by
Gregor Robertson, The Mayor of Vancouver