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Salt Spring Island Artisanal ‘Windstorm’ Firewood

    Editorial & Opinions, News & Events    March 5, 2019

In all the years I’ve lived on Salt Spring, few issues have held the attention of locals and visitors alike than firewood. Now, if you asked someone what the ongoing, burning issues of the day are on the island, firewood probably wouldn’t come to mind first and though, think about this for just a minute. […]

Positively Forward Updates On Community Initiatives

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    March 4, 2019

Following our local elections in which, happily, the three candidates endorsed by Positively Forward (Holman, Grove and Patrick) were successful in their bids to become elected officials, our coordinating group took a short break. Just time enough to recharge. We remain committed to conducting research  to advance better local governance options, as well as monitoring the work […]

Water Licence Approved for Park Drive Development Project

    Editorial & Opinions    February 28, 2019

A conditional groundwater licence (file 20006356/search number 500810) has been approved for a major housing complex on Park Drive near downtown Ganges. The licence, issued by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, allows for the diversion of a maximum of 19 cubic metres of water per day. The groundwater diversion […]

Local Group Seeks Water Action on Housing

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    February 27, 2019

At the root of so many solutions to the affordable housing crisis is water. We have to do better, and in one of the wettest parts of Canada, we know we can. Our local water utility’s recent moratorium on any new hook-ups to their system – while created with positive intentions of protecting our precious resource – has had many unintended […]

Penelakut’s Proposed Clam and Oyster Harvesting at Booth Bay

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    February 4, 2019

On January 17, 2019 I took part in a meeting between Salt Spring Island residents and representatives of Penelakut Tribe to discuss the proposed Tenure application for a portion of Booth Bay. My office has received a volume of correspondence on this issue. I have heard the concerns of Salt Spring residents about aquaculture and […]

Video: B.C.’s Electoral System: True or False?

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    November 16, 2018

Still sitting on your mail-in ballot to vote in B.C.’s electoral reform referendum? Still not sure how to vote? Feeling the November 30th deadline looming? This video should help, by offering valuable facts about our First Past The Post system, exposing misleading myths and misconceptions. Since 2002, I’ve been keen on electoral reform. Adriane Carr […]

Electoral Reform Ballots in the Mail

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    October 24, 2018

Does our electoral system need changing? Andrew Coyne has argued it most certainly does: “Anyone who ever proposes to change anything inevitably runs into the unanswerable objection that this would mean… changing things. Nowhere is this more true than with regard to electoral reform. […] At some point someone invariably invokes that ancient bit of […]

Salt Spring Island vs Saltspring Island?

    Editorial & Opinions, Polls & Surveys    October 22, 2018

Way back in 2013, we dared wade into one of the oldest controversies on the island. What is the proper spelling of Salt Spring Island? We thought the issue was resolved with over 75% of the island making it clear that the proper convention was Salt Spring Island. Five years later we’re seeing a host […]

Robin Williams for CRD Director, A Platform to Get Things Done

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 19, 2018

With the Election tomorrow, Saturday October 20th. The Robin Williams for CRD Director presents a concise review of his platform. All the points listed are within the CRD area of responsibility and are achievable within the four year term. This election for CRD Director presents a solid choice, one an endorsement of the status quo […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Rainwater for Housing

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 19, 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 rainwater for housing. Question: How would you address and support the creation of a process to ensure that safe potable rainwater systems are installed on Salt Spring (e.g., Trust […]

Balance Matters

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 18, 2018

I am running for the Islands Trust because I believe it is time for strong new leadership that is more attuned to the needs of today’s diverse population. I know we can honour the mandate of the Islands Trust while also strengthening the fabric of our communities, local small businesses and farms, and important services.  […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Affordable Housing

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 18, 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 affordable housing. Question: Using the many valuable planning tools in the Islands Trust report, Options for Affordable Housing-New Solutions to the Housing Crisis, how would you address […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Environmental Challenges

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 17, 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 environmental challenges. Question: What are the top three challenges facing the natural environment of Salt Spring, and what steps would you take to address these challenges? Sabrina […]

2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Sustainable Transportation

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    October 16, 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 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 […]

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    “A community safely housed.  A path to stability.  A better quality of life”  Housing forms the building blocks of a community. The recent housing crisis has illustrated exactly how important stable housing is to the solidity of our island. When people don’t have secure housing, their work, school, family life, and even the community suffer. […]

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    From space tourism to settlements on Mars, what is humanity’s future in space? How dangerous is space travel to human health? What benefits do we obtain from space research? Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor returned to Earth from the International Space Station in December—after 197 days in space. On Friday, March 15th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring, […]

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