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About Norbert Schlenker

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July 19, 2017

Incorporation: Fire and Water – Extreme Hazard

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 9, 2017

One of the reasons I will vote Yes is that there are problems that cannot be fixed under our current system. It doesn’t matter how optimistic one is. There are structural impediments built in today that no amount of hard work or co-operation or good will can fix. Let me describe just one. We have […]

Incorporation Opinion: Roads – A Critical Assessment

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 11, 2017

I attended Brenda Guiled’s roads presentation at the Lions Hall on June 20th. Brenda deserves credit for all the work she’s done on Salt Spring’s transportation issues, and for the digging she’s been doing about the true cost of roadworks during and after our incorporation study committee’s work. Regrettably, I found some of Brenda’s points […]

Should the Salt Spring Island Fire Protection District Be Dissolved?

    Editorial & Opinions    November 4, 2016

I was elected eighteen months ago by ratepayers of the Fire District to further their interests. Nearly 2000 hours of unpaid work later, I felt I could no longer do so. Ratepayers know they are getting a raw deal. Ratepayers should know there is nothing the trustees can do about it. The fire department is […]

Community News

  • Incorporation: Email to a Friend

    by on 22 hours ago - Comments

    I don’t think there are meaningful answers to the questions you have raised. I think the actual vision for Salt Spring is still best articulated in the Islands Trust object: “to preserve and protect the environment and amenities of the Gulf Islands for all British Columbians.” I haven’t heard any articulation of another vision for […]

  • Incorporation: Development Pressure Inhe...

    by on August 18, 2017 - Comments

    First, please just grab a coffee and sit on a bench in centennial park, or have a seat at Barb’s or T’J’s or in your own kitchen, and hear me out.. actually, in this case, read me out. Let’s put the “fearmongering” accusation aside for just a moment and explore the factual relationship of development […]

  • Incorporation: A Chance to Express Who W...

    by on August 18, 2017 - Comments

    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 […]

  • Incorporation: Order Vs. Chaos

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    For me the Sept 9th referendum is a vote of order-vs-chaos. Salt Spring’s quaint hodge-podge of electoral and improvement districts represents anything but order, in my opinion. It’s a creature with many tentacles but no brain. Just look around: No acceptable traffic plan in Fulford village; inadequately marked walking trails; none of the roads leading […]

  • Incorporation: Harold Swierenga is Votin...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    Listen to the wisdom of our elders: Harold Swierenga, has been a Co-op Farm Director, Commercial Farmer, Economics Professor, and has a ton experience in local governance. 8 years experience as municipal councillor and reeve of municipality in Ontario. Served as Warden (head) of Lanark County Council. Served as a director of Federation of Canadian […]

  • Incorporation: The More Beautiful Our He...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    In The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible, Charles Eisenstein very clearly distinguishes that we are in the process of transitioning from an Old Economy, that ensures our demise, to a New Economy that is essential, not optional, if we are to survive as a species. (He is very clear that the transition […]

  • Incorporation: Where Is the Larger Voice...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    Salt Spring is in the midst of an incorporation campaign as everyone on our island knows. But who else knows? I love all our Gulf Islands and want to protect them all from over and inappropriate development. I have a hard time abiding views of others who can only see what is good for them […]

  • Incorporation: The Facts About Our Roads...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    The Final Incorporation Study Report repeats, at least eight times, that Salt Spring taxpayers put pay $90,000 more per year into the in Provincial Rural Taxes than they get back in road works. How accurate is this? The report estimates that an average of $1,360,000 was spent annually in routine maintenance in recent years, or […]

  • Incorporation: Response to Open Letter t...

    by on August 16, 2017 - Comments

    A group of ex-Fire Board Trustees have written a letter to the current trustees chastising them for not coming out in favour of incorporation after an attempt was made to strong arm them to do so. Our current trustees sensibly waited to hear what the “no” folks had to say. That group didn’t ask the […]