Governance Committee Seeks Public Input

The Salt Spring Governance Study Committee is asking the public for input for the report it will submit to the BC Government later this year.

“Our website (ssigovernancestudy.ca) is fully operational, our informational fact sheets and our first public survey are now available for island residents and property owners to examine and respond,” Pat Preston, communications coordinator said.

The purpose of the study, announced by the BC government in 2012, is to engage the public in a review all governance structures on the island and outline the differences between rural unincorporated) and municipal (incorporated) local governments. “Engaging the public in discussion around issues and potential challenges facing the island are extremely important,” she added.

Urban Systems, the consulting firm hired to assist with public engagement, will interview representatives of key community organizations in mid-August. The first public forum is set for August 19 at 6:30 pm in the Community Gospel Chapel. On August 20, a second forum begins at 7 pm in Fulford Hall. The public is encouraged to attend these interactive events and to raise issues related to governance.

Additional information and the survey are available on the web: ssigovernancestudy.ca.
Contact: Pat Preston, Communications Coordinator ssigovernancestudy@gmail.com

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By Pat Preston

I am a recent transplant from Vancouver. Prior to coming to Salt Spring, I had many lives: journalist, freelance writer, communications executive, journalism instructor, volunteer and advocate for women's issues. I love Salt Spring--its people, its beauty, its cultural activities and the opportunity it provides for stimulating and provocative discussion. Currently I serve on the Board of the Salt Spring Arts Council and am writing about the lives behind the faces of Salt Springers you see every day.

August 6, 2013 9:13 AM