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Salt Spring Island Local Governance

    Editorial & Opinions    October 15, 2014

Salt Spring Island[1] (SSI) has an unusual form of local governance, unique in the world to it and 11 other island communities in the southern Gulf Islands[2], an archipelago of 450+ islands in British Columbia[3]. The land zoning and community planning services of these 12 islands are delivered through[4]Islands Trust, created in 1974 by the […]

Water Treatment Plant Can Be Less Than $6 Million

    Editorial & Opinions    August 11, 2014

A lot has happened since the NSSWD ratepayers voted “no” via the “alternate approval process” (AAP) to the borrowing of $10.4 million for the water plant. Since then, we (ad-hoc group of concerned ratepayers) arranged for a large construction company and an extremely experienced consulting company that has been involved in 1500 water and wastewater […]

Opinion: North Salt Spring Water Works – Inappropriate Use of the ‘Alternative Approval Process’

    Editorial & Opinions    May 22, 2014

I am not qualified to argue the merits of the current 10.4 Million dollar proposal by North Salt Spring Water Works but just as Doug Smith wrote in the Driftwood a few weeks ago, the use of the “Alternative Approval Process” instead of a genuine ratepayer’s referendum on this important issue is highly inappropriate for […]

Real Estate Report: Spring Market in Full Bloom

    Editorial & Opinions, News & Events    May 15, 2014

We are fully planted in the spring sales cycle it seems. The sales number of single family homes is up about 20% over the same year-to-date (YTD) period as last year. Interestingly though, the average price is down. This doesn’t mean that the prices have dropped although they are at best buy levels. It seems […]

Salt Spring Armageddon Blues

    Editorial & Opinions    May 1, 2014

I’m getting worried. Day by day, I’m worrieder and worreider. Minor annoyances like famine in Africa and climate change used to roll off my back without a second thought. But like a tsunami, the bad news just keeps coming, and there is no stopping it. Here is my ‘End of Days’ grocery list as of […]

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    by on April 8, 2019

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    by on April 7, 2019

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    by on April 7, 2019

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    by on April 7, 2019

    My wife Annebeeke and I have been calling Salt Spring our home since 2007. Our two children Emily and Wynn were born here, and we plan on continuing to raise them in this truly special part of our planet. Born in 1975 in West Germany, I grew up during the Cold War. Our emergency services […]

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