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Incorporation: Local Governance Option Defeated

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 10, 2017

We are very disappointed in the outcome but as the time honoured saying goes, the people have spoken. We are happy that we’ve seen a record turnout at the polls for this important decision and we congratulate the opposition on their success. Our belief remains that local government decisions should be made by a representative […]

Incorporation: Telling It Like It Is

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 5, 2017

Right on! Telling it like it is. Some more voices speaking to the need for change.

Incorporation: Municipal Engineer’s Perspective in One Image

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 4, 2017

Peter Brouwer, Salt Springer and Retired Municipal Engineer has spent 30 years providing planning and engineering services to small cities, towns, villages, rural counties and municipal districts in western Canada. More specifically he provided guidance to Councils relative to existing infrastructure rehabilitation and new infrastructure spending. He wrote one of the most insightful analysis of […]

Incorporation: We Are Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 1, 2017

These visionary Salt Springers have years of creating incredible businesses throughout the world and donating to the arts on Salt Spring Island between them. They have hopes and dreams for the future of Salt Spring Island!

Incorporation: Capital Projects Under the CRD

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 1, 2017

Must watch!! Another viewpoint from someone who has been extremely involved in local Salt Spring Island projects – how the CRD is not working for us. Robin Williams chairs CRD’s transportation commission and is an appointee to the Islands Trust Fund.

Incorporation: Bruce Cameron on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 28, 2017

“I have seen first hand how the current system is mired in paralysis. It is time to trust in participatory democracy,” Says Bruce Cameron. “I believe that the creativity, community commitment and sense of collaboration that defines Salt Spring Islanders will be best reflected by having a locally elected and accountable council. Those 7 elected […]

Incorporation: Peter Lake on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 27, 2017

Peter Lake first came to Salt Spring in 1972, and has served the community in many ways over the years. He joined the 2002 Incorporation Study Committee because he was worried it was a ruse for developers to take over the island. He realized his concerns were unfounded and subsequently became an advocate for supporting […]

Incorporation: Malcolm Bond on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 27, 2017

Farmer, and much appreciated Salt Spring Island vet, Malcolm Bond was born and raised on Salt Spring. He is not concerned with a possible farm tax increase under a Municipality “it might be a small amount extra and it’s for the greater good of our Island.”

Incorporation: Harold Swierenga is Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 17, 2017

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: 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 Yes

    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: Post Vote Reasons for Vot...

    by on 8 hours ago

    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 […]

  • From Climate Change Denial to Conspiracy...

    by on November 9, 2017

    Did you know that half of us believe in at least one conspiracy theory? Did you know that thirteen percent of Americans believe that climate change is a hoax? Although scientists long ago settled on the conclusion that human activities are causing climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases, a small but vocal number of […]

  • Abandoned Boats: Do You Know One That Sh...

    by on November 6, 2017

    Abandoned and derelict vessels are a significant concern for coastal communities for economic, aesthetic, environmental and safety reasons. The Islands Trust advocates to the Province of British Columbia and the federal government for lasting solutions and funding for vessel removal. Islands Trust is creating an inventory of abandoned, derelict boats in the Islands Trust area […]

  • The Role of Nonprofits on Salt Spring Is...

    by on November 6, 2017

    Volunteer and Community Resources invites VCR members and others in the community to join them at their AGM with keynote speaker, Peter Elson. Peter Elson who is a PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor with UVic’s School of Public Administration will present “Tacking Against the Wind: Nonprofits in a Climate of Uncertainty.” His 20-minute talk on the […]

  • Pharmasave: Helping to Keep the Flu at B...

    by on November 2, 2017

    It’s that achy muscles, nasal drip, headache, sore throat, fever, fatigue time of year! For children, it’s more commonly the earache, nausea, vomiting time of year. Most of us are familiar with the flu blues. Despite our best efforts to keep our families healthy, the flu still gets into our schools, workplaces, and homes. Each […]

  • Salt Spring Reads: The Performance by An...

    by on November 2, 2017

    Salt Spring Reads is an online book club/review. For this column I try to find books that you might love to discover, books with a Salt Spring connection. Reviewed books are available at the Salt Spring Library and in local bookstores. Feel free to share your comments to discuss this book online with others. Ann Eriksson’s […]

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