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Incorporation: A Chance to Express Who We Are!

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 18, 2017

What an opportunity we have before us!

We have a chance to truly express who we are, our past and importantly, our values as they relate to our future.

Now we have the opportunity to dispel the undeserved title: C.A.V.E. dwellers (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) by spearheading the measured and exciting change that will propel Salt Springers to the forefront as the leaders of tomorrow.

We have such an extraordinary wealth of wisdom and experience on this island that we no longer need off island babysitters to tell us what to do, how to do it and all the while controlling the purse strings.

We can ‘out Island Trust’ the Island Trust if we have the compunction to do so and become the most eco sustainable island with an equally sustainable community if we all work together, rather than barely survive in the silos of today.

Where does it state that council members are also developers? On our island we have far more eco warriors than anywhere else that I know of, and I am sure they will make certain ALL development will be sustainable.

Salt Springers wrote the Official Community Plan! With our own council of “on island” members and a mayor the champion of our goals, we can achieve Our Salt Spring Vision stemming from the OCP. What could this Collective Vision include? To begin with these are some ideas that have surfaced during conversations with you…

Create an ecotourism ethos that would outshine Costa Rica. An ethos that would draw like-minded environmental visitors to this island.

Create the most affordable and appropriate ecological waste management system on island that even the Scandinavian countries and Germany would admire;

Transform Ganges into an eco-aesthetic oriented seaside village, vibrant with life day and night; focussed towards the sea with a boardwalk as a quintessential artery, instead of the Ganges of today: a hazardous place to walk and park, with empty restaurants, empty second floors and food truck vending with seating viewing the lovely traffic and congested parking lots.

Entice young entrepreneurs with ideas to produce environmentally oriented products with minimum impact so that we could become a ‘pillar of authority’ on this very important aspect of Global Climate Change;

And what of all of Salt Spring’s incredible wealth of fine arts, music and drama…perhaps this island could embrace an art school that would draw upon this wealth of experience and at the same time attract a younger demographic so desperately needed on this grey/white/no haired population.

Currently there are too many silos – with separate budgets, different agendas and their own priorities. I have experienced this over the past ten years assisting my clients – public and private landowners alike. Too often I have seen well-meaning Salt Springers wanting to do something for the island defeated, confused and frustrated with today’s Medusa bureaucracy. Two of the most successful businesses still on this island that are the two most iconic destinations: Salt Spring Cheese and Treehouse Café have both expressed their opinions as to why Yes is important to this island…shouldn’t they be taken seriously?

We need a dedicated champion for our island. Self-governance would provide this elected champion.

Self-empowerment is a right we teach all our children. Shouldn’t we embrace it and become the stewards of this special place we call home?!

SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY! Vote YES and control the outcome of our island’s future.

Nancy Krieg is a landscape architect and masterplanner with over 40 years of practice, having worked as a consultant on many different islands throughout the world – Channel Islands, Danish Islands, Caribbean, as well as many seaside communities.

Over the past ten years living and working on Salt Spring, Nancy has volunteered as a Commissioner on the Industrial Advisory Committee, and is currently a Commissioner on the Advisory Planning Committee. She has worked closely with the Islands Trust and the CRD on numerous projects, such as the Ganges Seawalk, the Burgoyne Bay Constructed Wetlands, and the HASSI/Treehouse challenge.

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