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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: 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 […]

Incorporation: Tiffany Wightman on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 4, 2017

Tiffany Wightman is an educator, counsellor and a circus director. She has called Salt Spring home for 17 years. She explains the many reasons for voting NO, adding ” I think that what we’ve got is pretty radical…so I’m voting NO with the idea that it is a radical move”.

Incorporation: Islands Trust Trustee George Grams Weighs In

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 4, 2017

“In considering whether to respond to the many requests I’ve received from members of the local community to make public my position on incorporation I have at all times been guided by Islands Trust policy. Two policies give direction on the subject. The policy on Standards of Conduct, clause 2.7, directs that elected officials shall: […]

Incorporation: CRD Director Wayne McIntyre Weighs In

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 2, 2017

The Salt Spring Island governance referendum vote will be held on September 9th. The two options will be to remain with the status quo or to move to a municipal model. Many have asked for my opinion, which I believe is appropriate to share. My experience in local government is extensive and I believe as […]

Incorporation: Impact on the Trust

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 2, 2017

The “Yes” campaign’s ads would have us believe the Islands Trust will remain unchanged under a municipality. Setting aside the obvious question — then why go to all the trouble of a referendum? — this is simply not true. Much about the Trust would change; none of it for the better. Unlike today, Salt Spring […]

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: Retired CRD Senior Building Inspector on Voting Yes

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 1, 2017

I grew up on Salt Spring Island, and aside from a few years off picking up bits of education and experience, have lived, raised a family and worked here, retiring as the CRD Senior Building Inspector for Salt Spring Island at the end of 2011. I volunteered to be a member of the 2015 Salt […]

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: Linda Adams Reviews Comparisons to Metchosin

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 30, 2017

I have seen Metchosin raised fairly frequently as a comparison and potential model for a Salt Spring Island Municipality, perhaps because it is one (or maybe the only?) municipality in BC that has managed to keep taxes low and resist development pressures, in order to finance the costs of municipal services. I think the reasons […]

Incorporation: Kathleen Johnnie on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 30, 2017

First Nations consultant, Kathleen Johnnie, talks about the differences between a municipality and the Trust and Regional Districts with regards to requirements for consultations with First Nations. The video was shot at a recent information session for undecided voters organized by Positively NO.

Incorporation: Richard Kerr on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 29, 2017

Economist and researcher, Richard Kerr was a member of the incorporation study group 15 years ago. At that time he was a supporter of incorporation. Today he is a NO supporter. In this clip from a recent information session for undecided voters, he explains his reasons for switching.

Incorporation: The Many Islanders Against Incorporation

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 29, 2017

Who are the many islanders opposed to incorporation? Here are some of us: your friends, neighbours and colleagues.

Incorporation: Less Government Please

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 29, 2017

Since becoming a permanent resident on Salt Spring in 1998 I have been active in this community both politically and as a volunteer. As such, I have had dealings with many of our “governing bodies” such as the CRD Board of Directors, the PARC Commission, the CRD Building Inspectors, the Fire and Rescue Board of […]

Incorporation: Linda Adams on Voting No

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 28, 2017

At a recent Q&A session at one of the undecided events organized by Positively No, Linda Adams explains the relationship of a municipal council to the Islands Trust as it has been experienced on Bowen Island.

Incorporation: Nothing Will Change

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 28, 2017

I’m another one of the 30 percent who voted yes in 2010, but plan to vote no this time round. By the time you read this, I will have voted no to incorporation in the advance poll. Why have I changed my mind? The last time round I felt that we could take greater control […]

Incorporation: Positively No Campaign Calls on Public Officials to Correct Misleading Ads

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 28, 2017

The Positively No referendum campaign is calling on our locally-elected Islands Trust Trustees, George Grams and Peter Grove, and our CRD Director, Wayne McIntyre, to correct misleading statements made by the pro-incorporation Yes campaign about a municipality’s legal obligation to the Islands Trust. In a letter sent to them today, the Positively No campaign called […]

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 […]

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