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Incorporation: Positive, Low-risk Alternatives to Municipal Incorporation

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 11, 2017

Positive, Low-risk Alternatives to Municipal Incorporation We don’t need to incorporate: Improvements to our existing governance can be made without the increased road and policing costs and other risks of incorporation. Shockingly, the provincial government official overseeing the 2013-2016 Salt Spring Island governance and incorporation studies directed the committees and their consultants not to consider […]

Incorporation: The Local Community Commission Option

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 8, 2017

This article attempts to correct some of the misleading and even false information presented by the Yes campaign and Urban Systems regarding the Local Community Commission (LCC) and other governance options. Urban Systems was the provincially-approved consultant hired to conduct the Salt Spring governance and incorporation studies. This article is long because there is so […]

Incorporation: Urban Systems’ Estimates of Post-incorporation Policing Costs

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 31, 2017

Urban Systems estimates that Salt Spring’s annual policing costs would jump by $871,000 under incorporation i.e. from the $407,000 per year we are paying now to $1,278,000 per year after the transition period. They then assume that expenditures would remain at that level in constant (inflation-adjusted) dollars. How realistic is their assumption? A 2009 Union […]

Community News

  • TV Donated Just in Time for Grey Cup

    by on 10 hours ago

    Today was a great day for Tom Woods and Branch #92 of the Royal Canadian Legion. A 65” high definition 4K Smart TV, still wrapped in its box, was delivered to the Legion by Country Grocer’s Community Relations team. The TV was a donation in honour of veterans for Remembrance Day and was a way […]

  • First Past the Post Referendum

    by on 17 hours ago

    The B.C. Government has introduced legislation to hold a referendum in the fall of 2018, which will ask British Columbians to decide whether B.C. should keep its current voting system (First Past the Post) or move to a system of Proportional Representation. Countries around the world use different voting systems to elect their representatives. How […]

  • Superintendent of SD64 Schools Resignati...

    by on November 23, 2017

    The Board of Education for School District No. 64 (Gulf Islands) wishes to announce that they have accepted the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Lisa Halstead effective August 1, 2018. In her letter of resignation, Ms. Halstead indicated that it is an honour to serve the students, staff, and communities of the Gulf Islands School […]

  • Large Selection of Raw Dog Food at Count...

    by on November 23, 2017

    Pet owners, have you noticed the upright freezer in the pet section of Country Grocer? This is a new addition specifically for raw pet food, brought in by customers’ requests. In the freezer, you’ll find brands such as Primal Pet Foods, JD Farms, Mega Dog Raw, and Bold Raw in various sizes, including trial packs. […]

  • Salt Spring Island Foundation Fall Grant...

    by on November 23, 2017

    The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $100,000 in grants for local charities, including $50,000 in support of local affordable housing projects. Affordable housing is shown to be a critical need in Salt Spring’s 2017 VitalSigns® report. These grants would not be possible without the support of our many generous donors, who […]

  • Incorporation: Post Vote Reasons for Vot...

    by on November 21, 2017

    Reasons for Voting Positively No in the 2017 September 09 Salt Spring Island Incorporation Referendum ~ From late 2012 to 2017, Salt Spring Islanders engaged in two studies, first a Governance Review Study, then an Incorporation Study. Both explored the incorporated municipal model of governance in full, as it would apply to Salt Spring. Neither […]

  • Interactive Salt Spring Sea Level Rise M...

    by on November 14, 2017

    Scientists agree that human activity is heating the planet. But how quickly could sea level rise and what would that rise look like here on Salt Spring? This interactive map shows sea levels locked in by different amounts of carbon pollution, according to recent scientific research. If we burn enough fossil fuels to heat the planet by […]

  • Last Notes For Your Winter Garden

    by on November 13, 2017

    That recent cold snap was a surprise, with temperatures well below freezing and the first snowfall in some areas. If your winter veggies were not all mulched by then I doubt they came to harm as the soil was still relatively warm. In this warmer lull, however, do get the mulching done before temperatures drop […]

  • Cricket Protein at Country Grocer

    by on November 12, 2017

    Crickets are an old type of food for a new type of world. Earth is expected to be home to over 9 billion people by 2050, and currently, the bread basket of the United States is experiencing severe water shortages. Perhaps that knowledge has helped the idea of eating insects in North America gain some […]

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