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Incorporation: Young People – Getting Involved and Saying “Yes”

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 9, 2017

Fellow Saltspring-raised adults, young adults and youth, scattered across the true north and beyond! Our island is approaching the upcoming referendum on incorporation and we have the chance to have our voices heard on the future of our coastal home!

Even if you are many miles from home, as long as you are 18 and registered, you have the option to mail in your vote. These decisions will set our direction for the coming years and decades, and you cannot afford to sit idly by.

I encourage each and every one of you to take the time out of your day to read the data, to draw your own conclusions and to test that in discussion with your fellow members of the community! This is (pardon my french) really goddamn important.

I am voting yes. Our community has cultivated something truly unique on this little rock, something honest and important and real that cannot be found anywhere else. I also believe that change is a positive catalyst, and that change is coming regardless of our reactions to it. It is my belief that we stand the greatest chance to preserve the values that make our island everything that it is by modernizing our infrastructure and modifying our governing bodies to best equip us for the future.

I was raised on this island, the best parts of who I am were fostered by this loving community and I care deeply about every trail, brook and inlet that dots it, and even more so about the people who live on it. I implore each and every one of you, no matter where you stand on the issue, to submit your ballot and have your voice heard. Please, please, please VOTE.

Mail-in voting information can be found online on the Incorporation Resource pages on the Exchange.

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