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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Sustainable Transportation

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    13 hours ago

In the lead up to Election Day on October 20th, 2018, the Community Alliance will post answers from candidates to crucial questions. Today, we focus on impact of sustainable transportation. Question: How would you promote environmentally sustainable transportation on Salt Spring? Sabrina Ali (candidate for Islands Trustee): I would like to see public transit extended […]

Great to See All Candidates Prioritize Housing – Now to the Hard Work

    Editorial & Opinions, Real Estate    October 15, 2018

Over the course of the past 6 months, volunteers from across the Island have been exploring solutions to our affordable housing crisis. Members of our group have held hundreds of meetings and conversations with community leaders, current elected officials, planners, non-profit housing proponents, engineers and water experts, builders and rental suite owners, and those most […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Impacts of New Projects

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 15, 2018

In the lead up to Election Day on October 20th, 2018, the Community Alliance will post answers from candidates to crucial questions. Today, we focus on impact of new projects. Question: (CRD Only question) When making a cost-benefit analysis for a capital project, how would you account for the environmental impacts of that project, and […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Alternative Housing Options

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 14, 2018

In the lead up to Election Day on October 20th, 2018, the Community Alliance will post answers from candidates to crucial questions. Today, we focus on alternative housing options. Question: What would you do to bring the current Land Use Bylaws in line with the OCP’s support for alternative housing options to allow innovative projects […]

We Need a Cohesive Housing Strategy Now

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 13, 2018

We have a housing crisis that is impacting everyone on this island either directly or indirectly. Working people – among them nurses, teachers, servers, chefs – struggle to find long-term homes. We are losing organizations and businesses that are integral to our island life. Enrolment in our school district is falling. This is a complex […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Health

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 13, 2018

In the lead up to Election Day on October 20th, 2018, the Community Alliance will post answers from candidates to crucial questions. Today, we focus on health. Question: How would you support the proposed Salt Spring Community Health Centre so that it is completed in a timely and effective manner? Sabrina Ali (candidate for Islands […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Water

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 12, 2018

In the lead up to Election Day on October 20th, 2018, the Community Alliance will post answers from candidates to crucial questions. Today, we focus on water. Question: How will you use the numerous reports and knowledge currently available on Salt Spring’s water stresses and vulnerabilities to resolve concerns and deliver safer, more sustainable, water […]

Sustain Our Vibrant Community and the Environment

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 12, 2018

Our island environment is under stress from the impacts of climate change, a heated housing market, and increased tourism. I believe the Islands Trust can be a leading model of ecological-based land management. I know we can and MUST do better if we are to build a healthy, vibrant island community that is in harmony […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Bylaw Enforcement

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 11, 2018

In the lead up to Election Day on October 20th, 2018, the Community Alliance will post answers from candidates to crucial questions. Today, we focus on Bylaw Enforcement. Question: Do you have interest in finding alternatives to complaint-driven enforcement of bylaws? If yes, what alternatives would you suggest? Sabrina Ali (candidate for Islands Trustee): Yes, […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Coordination of Services

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 10, 2018

In the lead up to Election Day on October 20th, 2018, the Community Alliance will post answers from candidates to crucial questions. Today, we focus on Coordination of Services issues. Question: What is your opinion of the proposed establishment of an Inter-Agency Working Group (described in the Governance Working Group Discussion Paper) to improve coordination […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on First Nations

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 9, 2018

In the lead up to Election Day on October 20th, 2018, the Community Alliance will post answers from candidates to crucial questions. Today, we focus on First Nations issues. Questions about First Nations What would you do to recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples concerning the use, access and protection of un-ceded lands and resources, […]

Positively Forward releases its report, “Improving Capital Regional District (CRD) Service Delivery on Salt Spring Island: options for positive change”

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 27, 2018

Positively Forward is pleased to announce the release of its report, “Improving Capital Regional District(CRD) Service Delivery on Salt Spring Island: options for positive change” . A team of researchers, writers and their editor prepared the 44- page report, working for more than ten months to complete the study. Their work is based, in large […]

Housing in Saanich North and the Islands

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 20, 2018

As I knocked on doors leading up to the Spring 2017 election, there was no question what issue was top of mind. Housing. I heard over and over again the stories of a lack of affordable, accessible and safe housing. As the MLA, housing continues to be a top concern. The housing problems cover a […]

Parting Words from Wayne McIntyre, Electoral Area Director Salt Spring Island

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 18, 2018

While I have advised those who have asked that I don’t intent to run for elected office in the forthcoming local government elections, I felt it was timely to release something more formal. First of all I want to thank the community for giving me the opportunity to represent Salt Spring as the CRD Director […]

The Court’s Ruling

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 11, 2018

When the Federal Court of Appeal announced its decision to quash the Justin Trudeau Liberal government approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) many of us in Saanich North and the Islands celebrated! Not only did the decision recognize that the federal government needs to respect the law with Indigenous people, but it also […]

Salt Spring Nine: Guilty to Contempt of Court

    Editorial & Opinions    June 25, 2018

My Lord, I have great respect for the law. My great-great-grandfather was Justice Tyrwhitt-Drake one of the first supreme court judges in the new colony of British Columbia. His picture is hanging just outside the courtroom. My cousin, also Justice Tyrwhitt-Drake, was one of the judges for the Clayoquot Sound trials in 1993 and prepared […]

Video: Proportional Representation Town Hall

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    June 20, 2018

June 16, 2018, a town hall meeting on proportional representation featured guest speakers Elisabeth May, and Gary Holman. Here are two videos from the Town Hall meeting on Proportional Representation.

Beachside / Island Escapades Open Letter to Islands Trust

    Editorial & Opinions    May 8, 2018

This is a letter just sent to Peter Grove after a disappointing shift today, after what seemed like a terrific meeting with Islands Trust staff – Stefan, Toby and Karol – at our site. Hello Peter, I am sort of confused. I just spoke with yet another person I have not met, adding another layer […]

Islands Trust Devastates Island Escapades

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    April 26, 2018

It seems we have to cancel reopening Island Escapades, which was to be renamed BEACHSiDE. Islands Trust has told us that we will be subject to fines, etc. if we complete work on our replacement retaining wall, or the back patio, or stairs. They stressed that the permit to replace a wall will take months. […]

Island’s Trust Escapades

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    April 26, 2018

I have been writing a column for Fishbowl Magazine for over 9 years. As some of you know, I write in a humorous tone about the quirky island we live on. However, if you are expecting this next piece of writing to be funny, you should surf in another direction. Allow me to start with […]

Thoughts on My Arrest

    Editorial & Opinions, Health & Wellness    March 29, 2018

I’ve learned some things from being arrested at the main Kinder Morgan gate in Burnaby for civil contempt of an injunction to stay at least 5 metres away, important details that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. They might be of interest to others. First, despite being told not to talk to the police, I dared […]

MLA Adam Olsen Statement on Speculation Tax

    Editorial & Opinions    March 8, 2018

Seeking clarity – I have heard from many constituents, particularly on the Gulf Islands, on their concerns about how the speculation tax might impact them. The legislation to implement this tax will not come until the Fall. While the government has stated there will be exemptions, they have yet to provide full clarity on what they […]

‘Speculation Tax’ Open Letter to Adam Olsen, MLA Salt Spring Island

    Editorial & Opinions    March 8, 2018

Dear Adam, Several of the recent tax provisions in the NDP’s budget have significant negative impacts on your constituents and perhaps more importantly, on the long term economic health of this riding. Notably, the new “speculation” tax has significant economic implications for markets like Salt Spring, where it’s not uncommon for pre-retirement folks to buy […]

Incorporation: Post Vote Reasons for Voting No Research

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    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 […]

Our Housing Crisis Requires Governance Leadership

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 27, 2017

After this third referendum campaign, our community has yet again overwhelmingly rejected incorporation and reaffirmed support for our present governance within the Islands Trust’s unique “preserve and protect’ mandate. As an electorate, we now find ourselves in the anomalous position of having two of our three elected representatives definitively stating their opinions that our current […]

Trust Council Chair Congratulates Salt Spring Island on its Governance Decision

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 11, 2017

Peter Luckham, Chair of Islands Trust Council, made the following statement regarding the decision of the September 9, 2017 referendum with preliminary results showing 62 per cent voted against Salt Spring Island incorporating into a municipality. “The Islands Trust Council congratulates the community of Salt Spring Island for exercising its democratic right on September 9, […]

Incorporation: Adam Olsen Responds to Salt Spring Island’s Decision to Not Incorporate

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 11, 2017

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, issued the following statement in regards to the outcome of Salt Spring’s Incorporation Vote. Salt Spring Island voted against incorporating as an island municipality this past weekend. “Over the past couple of years Salt Spring Islanders have been discussing how their community is governed. It has […]

Incorporation: Wayne McIntyre Post Referendum Statement

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 10, 2017

The incorporation referendum is now over, complete with a clear community “no” decision on the option to incorporate. It is now time to recognize and thank many who have been involved: The Provincial Government, through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (now the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) not only provided financial […]

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 […]

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