RRU students trying to find what makes Colwood tick

  • May. 31, 2011 7:00 p.m.

How would you make your city a better place?

Colwood residents are being asked this and a handful of other questions in an online survey to help inform municipal policy decisions around climate change issues and lowering the community’s carbon footprint. But some of the questions read more like something you’d fill out on a matchmaker website than standard survey.

One section, for example, asks the respondent to rank how friendly and outgoing they consider themselves, and another part wants to know if they’re happy, open-minded and living a healthy lifestyle.

“We’re trying to get at core values,” explained John Kirbyson, a Royal Roads University student administering the survey as part of his course work for a graduate certificate in sustainable community development.

“Ultimately meeting sustainability targets is about trade-offs and compromise, and your willingness to do that depends on your values,” he said.

In the month since he created the survey and started promoting it on the web, Kirbyson says the response rate has been underwhelming, with only 40 completed at last check. He’d like to get back at least 100.

“The more surveys filled out, the more accurate and meaningful data we’re able to collect from them,” he says, noting that he’d originally planned to end the survey June 1 but extended the deadline by a couple weeks in hope of attracting more responses.

Kirbyson and his classmates will provide a report of recommendations to Colwood city council and staff by the end of July as their end of term project.

With a mix of multiple choice and open ended questions, as well as some optional demographic questions, the anonymous survey takes about 10 minutes to fill out. Find it online at www.jitsulab.com/197/0026.


Just Posted

VicPD seeks person of interest after short-term rental ransacked

Combined losses for damage and theft are over $5,000

Whitecaps favourite switches to the Island

Marcel de Jong worked to end Whitecaps contract, joining Pacific FC on the ground floor

RCMP ask for public’s help to determine cause of weekend fire

RCMP are investigating the cause of the South Island Concrete fire

UVic’s cutting-edge centre leading the way in drones and AI

Centre For Aerospace Research works with partners including Department of National Defence

Langford barber shop donates cuts for veterans’ cause

Hair cuts raise funds for Wounded Warrior Run, which travels from Port Hardy to Victoria

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read