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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

  • Proposed Bike Park Project Update

    by on February 16, 2018

    As was recently announced, Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has received a donation of $150,000 from the Salt Spring Island Lions Club towards the construction of a family bike park. The donation is made to the Salt Spring community in celebration of the club’s 60th anniversary. The Salt Spring Island Lions Club […]

  • International Cookbook Deal for Local Ba...

    by on February 16, 2018

    International Cookbook Deal for Local Bakery. Local residents and savvy visitors flock to Jana’s Bake Shop to covet fresh-baked goods that are distinctly Salt Spring Island. Jana’s bakery on Upper Ganges Road, is a perennial hive of activity and her special-order cakes and desserts are the highlight of many family dinners on Salt Spring. Soon, […]

  • Bitter Cold Alert for Gardeners and Grow...

    by on February 16, 2018

    I waited, hoping to see that the forecast cold would be moderated by a warmer weather system as the last one was—but it hasn’t happened. The predicted cold weather, starting Sunday or Monday is for extreme lows over the next 3-5 days that would be very damaging this late in the winter. All around the […]

  • 2018 Salt Spring Film Festival: LUND ...

    by on February 15, 2018

    The following article was written by Jennifer Cikaluk as part of a series of articles about filmmakers coming to the Salt Spring Film Festival on March 2-4, 2018. Filmmaker Tai Uhlmann along with Co-Director Theo Angell will be attending the festival and leading a discussion about the film following the screening. The Filmmaker series is […]

  • Fire News: People Profile – Rollie...

    by on February 15, 2018

    When did you come to Salt Spring and what brought you here? My partner and I bought a farm on Bullock Lake about 15 years ago. We fell in love with the landscape here – the coastal rain forest is quite amazing. The island has a great cultural and food scene. Why did you decide […]

  • Love A Little Help Eating Healthy?

    by on February 14, 2018

    Valentine’s Day marked the “soft opening” of Country Grocer’s newest addition—freshly cut fruits and vegetables in its produce section. You can attend the Grand Opening on Thursday, February 15: the cooler shelves will be fully stocked with glistening colours and tasty cuts. The cooler features halved papayas and small watermelons; fresh blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries; […]

  • 2018 Country Grocer Valentines Photo Con...

    by on February 14, 2018

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Valentines photo contest sponsored by Country Grocer. The winning prize this year was for a $150 gift certificate for dinner at Auntie Pestos. Winners were selected by random draw. And! There were so many great pictures submitted this year that we’re giving away even more prizes. […]

  • Is the Future Turbulent for Cannabis?

    by on February 14, 2018

    The legalization of cannabis in Canada is approaching quickly—as early as this July. Here in BC, the provincial government just announced that adults will be able to buy marijuana from private retailers and in government-run stores. However, the province will only license retailers with support from local governments. What will legal pot mean for you, […]

  • 2018 Salt Spring Film Festival: Meet Bea...

    by on February 13, 2018

    The following article was written by Jennifer Cikaluk as part of a series of articles about filmmakers coming to the Salt Spring Film Festival on March 2-4, 2018. Filmmaker Natalie Boll will be attending the festival and leading a discussion about the film following the screening. The Filmmaker series is sponsored by: Stonehouse B&B, Harbour […]

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