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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 […]

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: Undecideds Event – Patricia Lockie on Benefits of No Vote

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 25, 2017

Patricia Lockie, former journalist and communications consultant, gives the introductory speech at an event for undecided voters put on by the Positively NO group at Meaden Hall on Aug.22. Patricia outlined the benefits to the individual and to the community of a no vote.

Incorporation: Misrepresentation of Islands Trust Position

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 25, 2017

A Letter-to-the-Editor was sent to the Driftwood from the Islands Trust Chief Administrative Officer, regarding disinformation about the Trust being circulated within the community in advance of the municipal incorporation vote for Salt Spring Island electors on September 9, 2017. Below is the copy of the letter: There is much information and disinformation about the […]

Incorporation: Vote NO and Keep Our Options Open

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 25, 2017

If Salt Spring were to vote for incorporation on Sept. 9, this would close the door for a number of options for positive change that are open to us under our current system. This is one of several reasons why I will be voting “no”. Like many others, I would have liked our governance and […]

Kinder Morgan + the NEB Process

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 24, 2017

The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project (TMX) has been a contentious issue in British Columbia for three years. I have had many conversations with people passionately placed all along the spectrum of support to opposition. The BC government announced recently that they will be taking a different approach to Kinder Morgan’s project than their predecessor. […]

Incorporation: The Islands Trust – Saviour or Scapegoat?

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 24, 2017

The Islands Trust may seem both noble and necessary to one side of the incorporation debate, but it’s a scapegoat for all that ails us to the other. Perhaps the Trust does say no more often than it says yes, but the average person probably doesn’t know how many pressures there have been to develop […]

Incorporation: Minister Notice and Clarifications for Proposed Patent Letters

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 22, 2017

CRD Director Wayne McIntyre, Islands Trust Trustees George Grams and Peter Grove have been notified of additional incorporation related details and key elements of potential letters patent for a proposed Salt Spring Island municipality by Selina Robinson Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville. They are posted here for our community review. If […]

Incorporation: Island is Already an Almost-perfect Paradise

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 22, 2017

In 1968 I moved from London, England up to the Arctic, to Old Crow, to do a photography assignment for the National Film Board for the summer months. On my way back to London, I stayed at a friend’s cottage in Vancouver, and somehow never went back to London. Vancouver in the late ‘60s and […]

Incorporation: Warning to Salt Spring from Two Bowen Islanders

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 21, 2017

Recently I talked about incorporation with Nerys Poole, a Bowen Island municipal councillor and trustee from 2008 to 2011 and with Gayle Ferguson, the contract minute taker for the Bowen municipality from 2000 to 2013. At the top of Nerys’s warnings for SS islanders is the loss of the Islands Trust preserve and protect mandate. […]

Incorporation: Local Governance Options without Incorporation

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 21, 2017

The incorporation debate is generating creative and exciting solution-seeking discussions throughout our island. Conversations about those things we love about Salt Spring – and the reasons we moved here – are being enriched by explorations of creative ways to enhance local governance without incorporating. Most of these conversations are random, taking place while shopping at […]

Incorporation: Debate Live Stream Hosted on the Exchange

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 21, 2017

(Note: The video archive of the debate is available here now that the live stream is complete. There were a total of 1148 people who watched the stream at different times during the time it was live with an average of 275 peak concurrent viewers.) In partnership with local streaming media specialist Robert Reinhardt at […]

Incorporation: A Vision of Co-Creative Sustainable Development

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 21, 2017

Hi all, I know this post is long, but I have poured my heart into these thoughts and words, I really care about this community where I grew up, and have returned to nest and raise my family. We are collectively making a decision that is critical to our future and the future of our […]

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