★ Fred Haynes
Fred J. Haines is a canadian politician. He is currently the mayor of Saanich, British Columbia. Prior to his election, Haines was a high school teacher, University lecturer, publisher of business networking tools, and consultant on business and economic development issues. He is also an instructor in Aikido, in which he has an eighth-degree black belt.
Haines grew up in kings Cross, London, the son of a seamstress mother and carpenter father. He has five children and is a twin. His mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and as a result, his father had to support the family. While in England, he received a bachelors degree in education from the University of Victoria. In England, he worked as a high school teacher. He then moved to Canada and earned a master of science degree in natural science from the University of Guelph and a PhD in medicine from the University of Toronto. At the age of 36, he moved to Tokyo, where he worked for a pharmaceutical company that wrote scientific articles. In Tokyo, he trained with the riot Police and met his wife Katie, who is originally from Australia and also has a black belt in Aikido. After living in Japan, he returned to Canada and settled in Saanich in 2002.
Haynes ran for the Saanich County sports Council in the 2014 municipal elections, running on a platform of maintaining an affordable cost of living, economic development, and government transparency. He was elected to the Council, taking the 5th place of the TOP 8 elected, gaining almost 14.000 votes.
Haynes ran for mayor in the 2018 municipal election, taking over from incumbent mayor Richard Atwell. The election was marred by "legal confrontation and sloppiness." Haynes defeated Atwell by Almost 5.000 votes, winning with 48% of the vote.
At a conference of the Union of municipalities of British Columbia in 2019, Haines announced his support for lowering the voting age in municipal elections to 16 years.
While serving as mayor, Saanich adopted a plan to ban single-use plastic grocery bags.
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