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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 […]

Incorporation: George Grams Post Referendum Statement

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 10, 2017

The turnout for, and the result of, the incorporation referendum yesterday were both satisfyingly decisive. For myself the result marks a conclusion to the question of which governance model is appropriate for our community and I hope others feel likewise. Work remains to be done on island to continue to preserve and protect our environment […]

Incorporation: Peter Grove Statement on Election Results

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 10, 2017

I am pleased that our community has reached its decision about the Islands future form of governance. It has been a long journey for all those involved and there are so many we must thank: the two separate committees, the first looking at governance and the second being the incorporation study committee itself; the countless […]

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: Gulf Islands Alliance Asks You to Vote “No”

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 8, 2017

While Salt Spring residents and property owners are the only ones who will have a vote on whether or not Salt Spring will become an island municipality, that decision will have an effect on all the islands in the Trust area. In fact, the Island’s Trust mandate is to protect the islands for all British Columbians. […]

Incorporation: One Bad Council

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 8, 2017

Before moving to Salt Spring fifteen years ago, I lived in the small town of Port Hope on Lake Ontario, about an hour east of Toronto. The town’s population was the same size as Salt Spring’s, and it had a similar mix of farmers, business owners, artists and writers (among them Farley Mowat). Through unusual […]

Incorporation: Business and Reality

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 8, 2017

Some folks are using the history of our friend Mickey McLeod and his business, Salt Spring Coffee, to suggest that things would be very different if we had a municipality here. I won’t argue with his version of the story, nor will I take on the folks who are advocating for him. That said, here’s […]

Incorporation: Tipping Point

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

Salt Spring Coffee was forced off the island some time ago, and now the last remnant of that unique success story, the RoCo cafe, is closing its doors.  Tree House is open and operating, but the bureaucratic hurricane that surrounds that venerable landmark may eventually take its toll.  The Source has closed its doors, as […]

Incorporation: Forward, Not Backward: Trusting Cooperation over Conflict

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

Having run in the 2011 Islands Trust election as a clear opponent of yet another referen- dum on incorporation, I have been asked my position this time around. Has my view changed? First, I would like to thank those on both sides of this debate for the substance and tone of their appeals. Unfortunately, I […]

Incorporation: Municipality Needed to Address Social Needs

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

Let me start at the end of my story: only a municipality can bring together Salt Spring’s various agencies, coordinate and provide solutions. Disjointed problem-solving creates interminable delays despite a consensus that something be done to help young families establish themselves here. A new beginning in the fall of 2012, my partner and I decided […]

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: The Treehouse Story

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

When we moved to Salt Spring ten years ago we bought a charming, iconic one of a kind local treasure in the Tree House Cafe. We also bought a business that needed much repair and upgrading. There were many things that were falling apart, but the opinion we heard from many long time locals was […]

Incorporation: One Good Reason

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 5, 2017

If you need only one good reason to vote NO… It is a fact that every municipality in BC struggles to pay for their increasing costs for infrastructure—roads, police, parks, fire protection, and so on. This puts a huge amount of pressure on their councils to either raise taxes, which everyone is resistant to, or […]

Incorporation: Countdown

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 5, 2017

On September 9 Islanders will be faced with two drastically different visions for local governance. The choice we are being offered, however, was not “made on Salt Spring.” It was carefully crafted by a provincial government guided by its own interests — downloading massive costs onto a fledgling municipality. Take roads. (The province would love […]

Incorporation: Rationale for Opinion

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 5, 2017

Along with others, particularly the SSI Trustees and the two committees we selected , I have been involved with the two SSI studies for over five years; the first the comparison of our present governance system with the municipal model and the second a full incorporation review, including financials. The Trustees and I were stewards […]

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: 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: 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: 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 […]

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