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Barry Slawsky – Grace Islet Owner Responds

    News & Events    August 6, 2014

Grace Islet owner Barry N. Slawsky has responded to current protests and criticisms on the development of the Salt Spring Island property he owns. Curiously, Mr. Slawsky choose an off island publication to provide his first public comments on the matter rather than through local Salt Spring Island based media.

As published in the Times Colonist, Mr. Slawsky states he is the owner of the islet and has taken all the necessary procedural and legal steps to comply with the development of the islet and the that extent of human remains found on the islet isn’t as extensive as has been reported.

He writes – “Throughout this comprehensive process, I have been guided by professional environmental and archeological consultants in my determination to be respectful of First Nations. The provincial Archaeology Branch carried out extensive consultation efforts with First Nations, as recently explained by Lands and Forests Minister Steve Thomson in the Times Colonist. My site-alteration permit from the province includes numerous conditions that respect First Nations concerns.”

He asserts that after 24 years of owning the property that he isn’t building a home on a known first nations burial site and nothing could be further from the truth regarding this claim.

He suggests that in heated rhetoric around the story, key facts have been lost and only human bone fragments have been found at the site, not full burial sites as has been reported.

He writes – “There have been no findings at any time of any trace of human remains anywhere near the location of my home. In stating this, I am taking into account professional archeological studies in 2007 and 2013 and the on-site supervision by a professional archeologist of all ground-altering activities in 2014 for the purpose of building my home.”

In closing he states he is confident that, over time, people of goodwill will see past the rhetoric and consider the facts for themselves. Barry N. Slawsky owns Grace Islet in Ganges Harbour at Salt Spring Island and is building a retirement home there.

Read Mr. Slawsky’s full opinion piece on the timescolonist.com

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scott simmons
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scott simmons

The island seems to do better when there is some controversy going on. Maybe it’s time for some to camp out on the beach in Fulford and start up freedom camp again. What would Salt Spring be if there was no protest movement. So much has been done; smart meters, disarmament, anti oil pipelines… I’m sure something will come up there is still a few month on nice weather.

Patricia Beddoes Field
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Patricia Beddoes Field

Good for you Mr. Slawsky. Let us hope there will be peace rather than these protesters and protectors of naught continuing to fight to be right.

Walter Gossett
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Walter Gossett

Barry N. Slawsky your response is too predictable, I have taken the time to check on your background and your past deeds and actions speak to your character. Your past deeds are your calling card. If you have the reports you say you have produced them in a public format and of course with the proper Govement official too. This should not be a problem for a man such as yourself.

wotudezerv
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wotudezerv

we have lots of sports teams, mr scott simmons. why don’t you a) know this and b) support them. even at your 1% commission rate, you’d meet the neighbours who actually live here. then you’d understand something about this issue.

Guest
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Guest

I wholeheartedly agree, Scott.

Oemissions
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Oemissions

it sure didn;t look or sound peaceful peaceful watching all that rock and gravel being blasted up onto that poor little islet from giant trucks on a huge barge

Ciandra
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Ciandra

part of the process is it not? I agree with Scott as well. Surprised that there isn’t a shortage of lumber here with all the soapboxes that have been built! I also find it hilarious that you say sound peaceful and watching all that rock. So you can’t hear it but you can see it so it doesn’t LOOK peaceful right?

fenderfunk
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fenderfunk

I wholeheartedly agree, Scott. So, protesters, what more do you want? Do you realize that your blockades and harassment is a form of violence? What about those contractors who have families and mortgages to pay? Ever think of them? They don’t necessarily have another contract awaiting them immediately, they’ve banked on this project for x amount of time. This land owner obtained his property fair and square, and has followed all the necessary protocols. Don’t terrorize him… if you still have a bone to pick, then take it up with the relevant jurisdiction. See, it doesn’t matter, you’ve got your… Read more »

Jean Wilkinson
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Jean Wilkinson

I’m appalled at some of these comments – respecting the final resting places of those who came before is just basic human decency. And Slawsky’s claim that this isn’t a burial site is ridiculous. The cairns are there (though maybe he and his lackeys don’t want to recognized them as such). and human bones were found in 2006. There are many other beautiful places he could build a house. It’s time to rectify the errors that led to the zoning and building permit, and expropriate the property. Stop the dissing of Grace!

scott simmons
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scott simmons

FYI Yes I know we have local sports teams I have sponsored, coached and managed local baseball and soccer teams. Can you please sign you post with your name. Posting anonymously is lame. Salt Spring is a small community if you post you should stand up and be accountable.

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

the island need jobs…. to keep the diversity, the dynamic, with people of all age not just retires….I am sad that my kids had to move to Alberta to get ahead

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

I am with you here….

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

the first nation people put there deads everywhere in some of there culture…..

bornonsaltspring
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bornonsaltspring

Mr. Slawsky – “Another heated and misunderstood topic has been the rock features on Grace Islet. In 2007, the archeological consultant, working with First Nations representatives, identified 15 rock features on the islet that might have heritage importance.” With a total of 3 bone fragments (2 found by kayakers on bedrock at the ocean’s edge), and evidently no indication as to whether the “cairns” were constructed by First Nations or teenagers frequenting the island, this whole issue is becoming clearer. Unless I’m missing something, this has turned into a political football, which now has the potential of ending rather embarrassingly… Read more »

Daniel
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Daniel

So it can’t be a burial ground because they’ve only found fragments of human bones? I have to wonder how those fragments of human bone came to be there? I don’t drop fragments of my bones everywhere I go, do you?

The only place one would expect to find any human remains is in a cemetery.

Jim Maurice
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Jim Maurice

“only human bone fragments have been found at the site, not full burial sites as has been reported.” because the site was tampered with. MINISTRY OF FORESTS, LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCE OPERATIONS INFORMATION NOTE Date: December 6, 2012 CLIFF/tracking #: 193322 From: http://www.savewalkerhook.com/documents/grace_islet/FOI%20Records/Full_Response_Package_FNR-2014-00140.PDF In June 2012, unauthorised activity on the islet was reported to the Branch. Investigation by a Branch staff member and the RCMP in early July showed that preconstruction activities had moved much of the loose rock and soil on the island into a pile. This work did not follow the conditions of the permit that called for… Read more »

Jim Maurice
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Jim Maurice

“only human bone fragments have been found at the site, not full burial sites as has been reported.” because the site was tampered with. MINISTRY OF FORESTS, LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCE OPERATIONS INFORMATION NOTE Date: December 6, 2012 CLIFF/tracking #: 193322 From: http://www.savewalkerhook.com/… In June 2012, unauthorised activity on the islet was reported to the Branch. Investigation by a Branch staff member and the RCMP in early July showed that preconstruction activities had moved much of the loose rock and soil on the island into a pile. This work did not follow the conditions of the permit that called for… Read more »

ancient clown
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Blessings Briony and thank you for sharing relevant information. It is long overdue for people to Recognize, Re-examine and Realize they are only following and supporting Liars, Murderers and Thieves with their own claims of ownership of the Lands and Waters.
“I own all Land” and “I own all Water”
your humble servant,
ancient ward vall clown

Christine F Hunt
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Christine F Hunt

If the worker’s weren’t working here they would be working elsewhere so that’s a weak protest on your part. A burial island always fronts a reserve. On my reserve of Fort Rupert one day we saw helicopter’s flying logs off our burial Island. We immediately occupied the Island and went to court. We had a very we’ll known archeologist come to the Island and he saw many graves that were over 8,000 years old. We weren’t finished proving our case when the Province stepped in and paid the logger the price he paid for then Island and gave us the… Read more »

Sarah Hamilton
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Sarah Hamilton

Re: Grace Islet “owner” Barry Slawsky’s response to increasing protests over his construction of a retirement home over top of and in close proximity to First Nations burial cairns: He references a report by the Archaeological branch that I have personally read (happy to forward). While his letter is mostly accurate, this is a misrepresentation: “In 2007, the archeological consultant, working with First Nations representatives, identified 15 rock features on the islet that might have heritage importance. But no determination was made that any of these were burial cairns.” The report actually states that the rock features are consistent with… Read more »

Christine F Hunt
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Christine F Hunt

On the west coast if we had an Island fronting the reserve they would choose that as a burial Island. We didn’t put our “Deads” just any old place. It was planned. In my village in 1986 we saw helicopters taken logs off our burial Island at Fort Rupert. We immediately peacefully occupied the Island and went to court. We hired a very well known archeologist to proof it was a burial Island. He found many graves and some of them were over 8,000 years old. Before we were finished proving our case in court the Province stepped in and… Read more »

Christine F Hunt
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Christine F Hunt

He and his people will never have peace on that Island because the spirits won’t let them. That house will be for sale in a year I guarantee you. I am First Nations and know these things.

MotherFox
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MotherFox

Seriously Scott? You don’t strike me as a person who doesn’t protest, you have many strong opinions, perhaps you don’t back them the way others do, but you know how it is to feel strongly about something. It’s what defines us as sheep or individual thinkers, and it takes a lot of courage to stand on the line.

Sue Bailey
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Sue Bailey

lol. …. can’t believe you posted that …. yours is a well known name for vocal opinions ….. but this time you didn’t even say anything apart from a general condescending put-down of your neighbours ? …. am wondering why do you choose to live here ? …. maybe you’re just having a bad day ? ….. signed Sue Bailey :)

Sue Bailey
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Sue Bailey

Peace ? …. he’s building at the end of a runway ? …. on top of a graveyard ….. he wasn’t looking for peace !

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

well there is not that many good paying job on this rock…..
Somebody own that island for 25 years and now he is ready to fulfill his dream

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

protesting for the sake of protesting is ridiculous,,,,,,

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

also the design of that place will be attractive and above the ground in the respect for those infamous ancestors.

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

why not…… maybe he knows how to dance with the spirits

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

well, Got to look bad before it looks better…..

MotherFox
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MotherFox

Your right Rachel, that would be ridiculous.

Oemissions
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Oemissions

it is Not an island
it is a little islet

Oemissions
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Oemissions

that is what they said to the suffragettes

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

it’s a big enough place to have a home…..

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

oh well are they finding bones where the S
shell gas station was?

Ray
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Ray

Unreal you have checked his background and his past deeds and actions speak to his character! What does this have to do with this person building a home on private property? Who voted you in a judge and jury. But then again the owner is Jewish, wealthy and from Alberta so there must be three strikes against him. Amazing how this is all happened now to this person when how many bones/bodies were dug up to build a bigger Marks store in Ganges three years ago or so? But that one was ok because it was a local doing it… Read more »

Oemissions
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Oemissions

this is a very sensitive ecosystem that has been monitored by botanists at UVic for several years
no one should live there
why are you being such a belligerent about this Rachel?

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

belligerant…?

there is other island that would never be built on, that have the same eco systems…I know, I spend time on Twilight as a caretaker, drop it people and let those young men work so they can pay there mortgage.

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

there is a lot of island that have the same ecosystem, for example, mister Rob Peters , owners of Deadman Island bought the 2 neighboring island just to avoid having neighbors, i am sadden by the fact that big project have ran out and our daughters had to move to Alberta with the grand children to get ahead…. Myself I have the privilege to take care of Twilight….by second sister, and yes a world without deer is truly beautiful

Oemissions
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Oemissions

drop it Rachel
do some research please

Sue Bailey
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Sue Bailey

hmmm …. what sort of house will be on top of my ancestors …. hope its pretty …. oh yeah, I don’t have to worry about that as they were European and we don’t allow that on our ancestors ! …. go figure …. and if you are going to use the word ‘infamous’ , it should be used for all those involved in this terrible disrespectful fiasco, although Mr. Slawsky was actually infamous before he started.

Sue Bailey
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Sue Bailey

… well he knows how to dance on their graves that’s obvious.

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

spebt 6 month on Twilight island at the head of Ganges 11 years ago, ,,,And Understand mini island life, i am concern about job creation…..And that’s a valuable point of view….

Rachel Vadeboncoeur
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Rachel Vadeboncoeur

got the shape of an airplane or an arrow….

WhirlingHallOfKnives
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WhirlingHallOfKnives

“Ray”, your comment is simply pure gold. What Walter is commenting on is Mr. Slawsky’s failed attempt to sell cheap, faulty lamps to you and your family as safe by placing counterfeit U.L. (Underwriters Laboratory) stickers on them. His factory was raided, the stickers seized, Mr. Slawsky was charged, pled guilty, and was fined. I’m not certain how his being a Jew (if that is even the case) makes him more or less liable in a case like that, perhaps you can enlighten me? What on this good earth does this have to do with N.G.P., or the Gaza Strip?… Read more »

WhirlingHallOfKnives
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WhirlingHallOfKnives

Hmmm, where to start with this gem from Mr. Simmons? Let’s go sentence by sentence. “The island seems to do better when there is some controversy going on.” How so? What does this even mean? “Maybe it’s time for some to camp out…” What does this statement have to do with the current issue? Why infer that it is relevant to this situation? “So much has been done…” Again, nothing germain to the argument at hand, just a blanket insult of your fellow Islanders caring about particular issues unrelated to this one. “I’m sure something will come up (sic) there… Read more »

WhirlingHallOfKnives
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WhirlingHallOfKnives

Hmmm, where to start with this gem from Mr. Simmons? Let’s go sentence by sentence. “The island seems to do better when there is some controversy going on.” How so? What does this even mean? “Maybe it’s time for some to camp out…” What does this statement have to do with the current issue? Why infer that it is relevant to this situation? “So much has been done…” Again, nothing germain to the argument at hand, just a blanket insult of your fellow Islanders caring about particular issues unrelated to this one. “I’m sure something will come up (sic) there… Read more »

WhirlingHallOfKnives
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WhirlingHallOfKnives

Hmmm, where to start with this gem from Mr. Simmons? Let’s go sentence by sentence. “The island seems to do better when there is some controversy going on.” How so? What does this even mean? “Maybe it’s time for some to camp out…” What does this statement have to do with the current issue? Why infer that it is relevant to this situation? “So much has been done…” Again, nothing germain to the argument at hand, just a blanket insult of your fellow Islanders caring about particular issues unrelated to this one. “I’m sure something will come up (sic) there… Read more »

WhirlingHallOfKnives
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WhirlingHallOfKnives

Does Scooter have commenting deletion rights on this page? My rebuttal to his nonsense seems to keep vanishing.

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