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Positively No Campaign Statement on the Preliminary Results of the Referendum on the Incorporation of Salt Spring Island

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 9, 2017

The real winner tonight is Salt Spring. By rejecting incorporation, 4,248 islanders (63.1%) showed their support for the principles of local governance and a vision for the future of their rural island home championed by Positively NO. As a consequence, Salt Spring will continue to be guided, preserved and protected by a unique and progressive […]

Incorporation: Who is Voting NO?

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

Over 700 islanders — your friends, colleagues, and neighbours — have come out against incorporation. Click on this link to see who has signed on, including: Dan Jason, Andrea Le Borgne, David Miller, Richard Murakami, Andrea Palframan, Sue Newman, Deirdre Roland, Brian Brett, Jade Snow Rosen, Bob Twaites, Sue Earle, Harry Warner, Lea Weir, Tiff […]

Incorporation: David Borrowman on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 5, 2017

Former trustee, David Borrowman speaking at a recent Positively NO public information event.

Incorporation: Key Reasons to Vote NO

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 5, 2017

There are many reasons to oppose incorporation. Click on this Top Ten list. Salt Spring is again facing a referendum on Saturday, September 9 as to whether the island should incorporate. It is the issue that won’t go away. A previous referendum about whether to incorporate, in 2002, failed; 70% of voters opposed it. The […]

Incorporation: Ronald Wright on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 5, 2017

Island resident and the author of ” A Short History of Progress”, Ronald Wright speaking at a recent Positively NO event.

Incorporation: Arthur Black on Supporting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 4, 2017

Humorist, writer and former broadcaster, Arthur Black giving a speech recently on why he’s a NO supporter.

Incorporation: Tiffany Wightman on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 4, 2017

Tiffany Wightman is an educator, counsellor and a circus director. She has called Salt Spring home for 17 years. She explains the many reasons for voting NO, adding ” I think that what we’ve got is pretty radical…so I’m voting NO with the idea that it is a radical move”.

Incorporation: Kathleen Johnnie on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 30, 2017

First Nations consultant, Kathleen Johnnie, talks about the differences between a municipality and the Trust and Regional Districts with regards to requirements for consultations with First Nations. The video was shot at a recent information session for undecided voters organized by Positively NO.

Incorporation: Richard Kerr on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 29, 2017

Economist and researcher, Richard Kerr was a member of the incorporation study group 15 years ago. At that time he was a supporter of incorporation. Today he is a NO supporter. In this clip from a recent information session for undecided voters, he explains his reasons for switching.

Incorporation: The Many Islanders Against Incorporation

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 29, 2017

Who are the many islanders opposed to incorporation? Here are some of us: your friends, neighbours and colleagues.

Incorporation: Brian Brett on Voting No

    Governance & Politics    August 29, 2017

Brian Brett, farmer and writer, explains why he is voting NO.

Incorporation: Linda Adams on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 28, 2017

At a recent Q&A session at one of the undecided events organized by Positively No, Linda Adams explains the relationship of a municipal council to the Islands Trust as it has been experienced on Bowen Island.

Incorporation: Positively No Campaign Calls on Public Officials to Correct Misleading Ads

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 28, 2017

The Positively No referendum campaign is calling on our locally-elected Islands Trust Trustees, George Grams and Peter Grove, and our CRD Director, Wayne McIntyre, to correct misleading statements made by the pro-incorporation Yes campaign about a municipality’s legal obligation to the Islands Trust. In a letter sent to them today, the Positively No campaign called […]

Incorporation: Undecideds Event – Patricia Lockie on Benefits of No Vote

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 25, 2017

Patricia Lockie, former journalist and communications consultant, gives the introductory speech at an event for undecided voters put on by the Positively NO group at Meaden Hall on Aug.22. Patricia outlined the benefits to the individual and to the community of a no vote.

Incorporation: Undecideds Event – Brenda Guiled on Road Repair and Maintenance

    Election Candidates, Governance & Politics    August 25, 2017

Brenda Guiled seen at the Undecideds voters event put on by the Positively NO group at Fulford Hall on Aug.23 . In response to a question about road costs and their impact on taxation, Brenda is speaking about road repair and maintenance cost estimates and the disparity between her research into B.C. government and Bowen […]

Incorporation: Local Governance Options without Incorporation

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 21, 2017

The incorporation debate is generating creative and exciting solution-seeking discussions throughout our island. Conversations about those things we love about Salt Spring – and the reasons we moved here – are being enriched by explorations of creative ways to enhance local governance without incorporating. Most of these conversations are random, taking place while shopping at […]

Incorporation: Taryn Muldoon on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 15, 2017

Young spoken word poet and activist Taryn Muldoon explains why she is voting NO.

Incorporation: Will be a Disaster for Local Farms

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 11, 2017

Indeed, incorporation will be a disaster for local farms. David Borrowman—a former local trustee for the Islands Trust—wrote: “Once the rhetoric has settled, I expect that incorporation would mean moving from an under-serviced rural area to an impoverished municipality.” If Salt Spring wants to remain a rural area, it makes sense to look at what […]

Incorporation: Arthur Black on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 2, 2017

Arthur Black – former CBC radio host, frequent columnist in many journals that you read, successful and indefatigable writer of popular books (that you should read), and generally witty man about town… elaborates on why “NO” is the new Black.

Incorporation: Scientist and Environmentalist, Tara Martin on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 31, 2017

A scientist and environmentalist, Tara Martin offers her perspective on the reasons to say NO to incorporation.

Incorporation: Former MLA and a past CRD director, Gary Holman on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 28, 2017

Former MLA and a past CRD director, Gary Holman talking about his reasons for saying NO. He covers a lot of ground, including the hot topic of grants for Salt Spring.

Community News

  • Farmland Trust Breaks Ground for The Roo...

    by on July 18, 2018

    Salt Spring Island, July 12, 2018 – This week the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust begins construction of the new local food centre The Root at 189 Beddis Road, and officially kicks off The Root community fundraising campaign. “If you love eating produce and foods from Salt Spring Island and would like to see even […]

  • Winter Planting and Garden Editing

    by on July 18, 2018

    Many vegetables for harvest over the winter and early next spring should be planted at this time of year. So take advantage of the somewhat cooler weather forecast for the next few days to sow seeds of beets, chard and leaf beet, rutabaga, radicchio, kohlrabi and the small, quick growing, cabbage varieties (e.g., ‘Caraflex F1’, […]

  • Salt Spring’s Firefighters – Josh ...

    by on July 12, 2018

    My wife and I and our four children moved to Salt Spring from the lower mainland in 2016. We wanted to raise our kids in a smaller community and were attracted by the beauty and pace of life here. The opportunity we needed to realize our dream came when my wife, Erin, a Registered Midwife, […]

  • Video: Bike Park Build in Progress

    by on July 10, 2018

    Well Salt Spring Island families and kids are in for a real treat. The amazing local team behind the creation of the Salt Spring Lions Memorial Bike Park appears to making something really special that fits in with our community values of preserve and protect. We went and had a little tour of the land shaping […]

  • Ruckle Park Heritage Conservation Manage...

    by on July 9, 2018

    The Friends of Ruckle Park Heritage Society is delighted to announce that it is receiving its first and most generous grant to guide future improvements to Ruckle Park heritage. The Heritage Legacy Fund has provided $10,000 to help with the creation of a “Ruckle Park Heritage Conservation Management Plan”, which will not only serve Ruckle […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 201...

    by on July 9, 2018

    During the month of May 2018, the Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (SSIFR) responded to 62 incidents. These included: 21 medical incidents, 16 open burn incidents, 7 motor vehicle incidents (MVI), 3 brush fires and 2 reports of a suspected brush fire, 4 calls for assistance, 1 structure fire, 1 reported structure fire, 2 alarms […]

  • New Specialized Community Paramedic

    by on July 4, 2018

    Salt Spring has a new medical resource – a specialized paramedic who does home visits. Chris Griffiths is a rural advanced care paramedic and part of the provincial Community Paramedic Program. The program, started in 2015, is now in close to 100 rural and remote communities in the province, but only six communities have been […]

  • Video: Kipp Nash, Captain Fantastic Gymn...

    by on July 3, 2018

    Kipp Nash, Captain Fantastic Gymnastics, pulled together a cycling rally for his birthday on Tuesday, July 3rd. The aim is to help get the Fulford-Ganges Road improved for cycling. This great video by Bill Warriner shows the Happy Birthday ride and some realities of cycling on Salt Spring. Stay tuned for a concerted push by […]

  • Interpretive Panels Moves Forward with B...

    by on July 3, 2018

    Island Pathways is receiving a much-needed boost of $4100 to support its interpretive panels program, which will highlight the history of heritage locations and building along the Ganges Village Pathway Network. The funding comes through the Heritage Legacy Fund, the only provincial grant program that supports heritage conservation, awareness, planning and Indigenous partnership projects. Island […]

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