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Incorporation: Ron Cooke on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 14, 2017

Ron Cooke is involved in a number of affordable housing projects. He is voting yes. “I have lived on Salt Spring for 29 years, raised a family here and worked as a carpenter and later in home design – quite often in conjunction with Rammed Earth. I serve on the Board of Directors at Salt […]

Incorporation: Dave Phillips on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 14, 2017

Surprising before and after perspective on some past referendum votes on Salt Spring by Dave Phillips, Salt Springer for 47 years. Owner of Dave’s Drilling & Blasting ” I’m looking forward to a left wing environmentally responsible, non- elitist compassionate community under local government!”

Incorporation: Mickey McLeod on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 8, 2017

Mickey McLeod, CEO, co-founder and owner (with Robbyn Scott) of Salt Spring Coffee has lived on Salt Spring Island since Aug 1981 and has been a self-employed businessman employing a couple hundred people on Salt Spring Island during this time. “The current governance system has proven not to support visionary business leaders who want to […]

Incorporation: Celia Duthie & Nick Hunt on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 8, 2017

Celia Duthie & Nick Hunt ran Duthie Books in Vancouver for 20 plus years and have lived on Salt Spring since 2004. They opened Salt Spring Woodworks which later became the Duthie gallery. They are active members of the arts community on the island. “We both support the incorporation of the island and will be […]

Incorporation: Robin Williams on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 8, 2017

Robin Williams — on the demolition of the Fulford Inn by the CRD Building Inspection Department based in Victoria. Salt Spring resident Robin Williams is a well known community volunteer. He has chaired a CRD Commission, and is involved with The Islands Trust Fund, which is the land conservation side of Islands Trust. Here Robin […]

Incorporation: Liz Anderson on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 8, 2017

Liz Anderson, a former Notary Public and Marriage Commissioner moved to Salt Spring in 1989. An active volunteer in the community, she has served on the Board of Community Services, been involved with the Tennis Association; Sailing Club; GIFTS (Gulf Islands Family Together Society which works transitioning young adults with disabilities into adult programs); as […]

Incorporation: Alex Gay is Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 25, 2017

Alex Gay is Voting Yes. “Born and raised on Salt Spring Island, I am voting to bring Our leadership home because I believe that by coming together we as an Island community can work together to create a system that works for EVERYONE, not just the few.”

Incorporation: Islander Susan Russell on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 25, 2017

A voice of experience. Susan Russell, a business woman, teacher and community volunteer served as a Salt Spring PARC commissioner for 6 years. Having worked within the current system, she became an advocate for a municipal governance. “As a PARC commissioner I helped with the community process of initiating and approving the Rainbow Road Pool, […]

Incorporation: Islander Matt Steffich on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 19, 2017

Matt Steffich is a long established islander who has worked on the Ganges Harbour Walk Project (aka ‘the Ganges Boardwalk’) for 5 years and counting. The project has many participants including the Islands Trust, Transportation Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and the Chamber of Commerce. Matt describes how difficult it’s been to move forward with […]

Incorporation: Cheese Maker, David Wood on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 17, 2017

David Wood, cheese maker and well-respected community member, has moderated many Salt Spring political panels and debates for the last 25 years. He wants to let everyone know that there has NEVER been a threat of ONE “pro-development” candidate on Salt Spring Island in all these years of his experience.

Incorporation Opinion: Joan McConnell on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 12, 2017

Joan McConnell came to Salt Spring Island from Montreal at the end of 1988 with her husband Allen. They were soon involved with their fellow islanders at numerous town meetings as the mandate to preserve and protect the Gulf islands evolved. Joan believes that this sacred trust will endure with incorporation while other problems arising […]

Incorporation Opinion: Tree House Owner, Mark LeCorre on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 11, 2017

Salt Spring Island’s Tree House Cafe faced a huge challenge a few years ago that threatened the cafe’s existence and resulted in an online petition signed by thousands of people. Tree House Owner, Mark LeCorre explains what happened. And why he is voting yes. Vote Yes to Salt Spring Island Municipality Group

Community News

  • Incorporation: Response to Open Letter t...

    by on 3 hours ago - 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 […]

  • Twisted Town Hall

    by on 4 hours ago - Comments

    What a hoot it was! Community members gathered at the gazebo in Centennial Park, drawn by the danceable dance tunes, the day’s last warm rays on the grassy hillock, and the frolicking and giggling clowns. It was the Twisted Town Hall ― a Referendum Social for In-Co-operation. Organized and hosted by Nomi Lyons and Robert […]

  • “A World of Pride” on Diverse and Inclus...

    by on August 15, 2017 - Comments

    This year’s Salt Spring Island Pride Festival ― the 13thth annual ― is going to be yet another incredible celebration of diversity and inclusion. Join in from September 6 to 10 for one of BC’s most unique Pride events! This year’s theme, A World of Pride, welcomes you to join in on the celebration of […]

  • Incorporation: Taryn Muldoon on Voting N...

    by on August 15, 2017 - Comments

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

  • Incorporation: North Salt Spring Waterwo...

    by on August 15, 2017 - Comments

    The North Salt Spring Waterworks District (“NSSWD”) is, by far, the largest water Improvement District on the island with well over 2,000 connections including commercial properties in Ganges, schools and the hospital. Faced with a major investment program to meet provincial regulations, including new treatment plants at St. Mary Lake and Maxwell Lake and raising […]

  • Incorporation: How a ‘Farmer’ Mayor Chan...

    by on August 14, 2017 - Comments

    I went from a staunch YeSS! voter to a PosNo voter … and then the more I supported the PosNo’s position and saw how much they want to preserve and protect (which I do), prevent rampant development (which I do as well), save our precious farmers (love buying local!) and prevent runaway tax increases (yeah, […]

  • Incorporation: Ron Cooke on Voting Yes

    by on August 14, 2017 - Comments

    Ron Cooke is involved in a number of affordable housing projects. He is voting yes. “I have lived on Salt Spring for 29 years, raised a family here and worked as a carpenter and later in home design – quite often in conjunction with Rammed Earth. I serve on the Board of Directors at Salt […]

  • Incorporation: It’s Now or Never f...

    by on August 14, 2017 - Comments

    The sheer size of Salt Spring is its “achilles heel” in any plan to incorporate and grow as a municipality. Large size means a large road network, which means high annual road costs, which means much higher taxes for all residents if Salt Spring incorporated as a municipality. In short, we simply do not have […]

  • Incorporation: A Municipal Engineer̵...

    by on August 14, 2017 - Comments

    This article is written for those who are currently undecided relative to the upcoming incorporation referendum, and are interested in reading a Municipal Engineer’s perspective before making a decision. I am not one who writes articles to local papers; however, after having received the Positively No flyer in the mail I thought it prudent to […]