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New Fire Hall – To Be Or Not To Be?

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates, Fire & Police    April 8, 2019

Salt Spring property owners have had the opportunity to review and vote upon a number of proposals for a replacement of the Ganges Fire Hall. All have been defeated but it’s time to look a little more closely at the reasons for the proposals and the reasons for the defeat. The Ganges Fire Hall has […]

Fire Board Election Monday April 29, 2019: Risk of Foreign Influence?

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates, Fire & Police    April 7, 2019

Is there a risk that foreign powers will try to influence our 2019 Fire Board Trustee election? The good news is: Absolutely not. Nobody outside of Salt Spring Island really cares how we structure and manage our fire service. But this also shows how uniquely isolated we are as an island. While the Crofton Fire […]

Andreas Gedeon – 2019 Fire Board Election – Candidate Profile

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    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 […]

Jo MacDonald – 2019 Fire Board Election – Candidate Profile

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    April 7, 2019

I am thankful every day to be a resident of Salt Spring. Born in Alberta, I moved first to Vancouver, then Courtenay, then Victoria, but my soul quickly settled in Salt Spring. My family (husband Bill and our five children) have a deep love of this Island. We also have two “Salty Dogs”, Maddi and […]

2018 General Election Preliminary Results

    Election Candidates, Governance & Politics    October 20, 2018

Thank you to all of the candidates who offered their time and resources to run for these locally elected positions and to everyone who supported the voting process. Here are the official preliminary results from today’s voting. These results are the official preliminary results. Final official results will come from Chief Election Officer in a […]

2018 General Election Voting Today – October 20th, 2018

    Election Candidates, Polls & Surveys    October 20, 2018

It’s 2018 General Election voting today on Salt Spring Island for CRD Directors and Islands Trust Trustees. Here is information on voter qualification, locations and times. Qualifications for Registering as an Elector There are two categories of electors for voting in local government elections or referenda: Resident Electors (you live in the community) and Non-Resident […]

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 […]

Darryl Martin – 2018 General Election Candidate Profile

    Election Candidates    October 17, 2018

It’s 2018 General Election time on Salt Spring Island, the Gulf Islands and over much of British Columbia. Our Election Profiles series on the Salt Spring Exchange features candidates who are running for local office. These short interviews are structured so that you can learn about each of the candidates and why you might consider […]

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 […]

CRD Candidates Differ on Important Issues

    Election Candidates    October 16, 2018

As the local CRD campaign unfolds, significant differences between candidates on important issues and priorities have emerged. This is my view of these differences and their importance our community.   Affordable Housing Affordable housing is Salt Spring’s top priority. I believe my platform proposals are the most comprehensive, and include provision of supporting infrastructure, strengthening […]

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 […]

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, […]

Shamana (Sabrina) Ali – 2018 General Election Candidate Profile

    Election Candidates    October 10, 2018

It’s 2018 General Election time on Salt Spring Island, the Gulf Islands and over much of British Columbia. Our Election Profiles series on the Salt Spring Exchange features candidates who are running for local office. These short interviews are structured so that you can learn about each of the candidates and why you might consider […]

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, […]

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