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Community Alliance Releases Governance Recommendations

    Governance & Politics    11 hours ago

The Governance Working Group, one of six working groups of the Salt Spring Community Alliance, includes volunteers who supported both sides in the 2017 incorporation referendum and some who remained neutral. We came together believing there were ways we could enhance how local government works within our current unincorporated system. We believe it is important […]

Parting Words from Wayne McIntyre, Electoral Area Director Salt Spring Island

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    16 hours ago

While I have advised those who have asked that I don’t intent to run for elected office in the forthcoming local government elections, I felt it was timely to release something more formal. First of all I want to thank the community for giving me the opportunity to represent Salt Spring as the CRD Director […]

The Court’s Ruling

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 11, 2018

When the Federal Court of Appeal announced its decision to quash the Justin Trudeau Liberal government approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) many of us in Saanich North and the Islands celebrated! Not only did the decision recognize that the federal government needs to respect the law with Indigenous people, but it also […]

Island Leaders in Canada and U.S. Call on Prime Minister to Abandon Trans Mountain Expansion

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    September 5, 2018

In light of the Canadian Government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and stated commitment to expanding it despite a court ruling quashing the expansion permit, elected representatives from the islands in the Salish Sea, on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border, have written an open letter urging Prime Minister Trudeau to abandon the expansion […]

Alliance Organization Hosts Events to Explore Vision for Island Future

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    August 22, 2018

Over the past year, an enthusiastic group of Salt Springers have met on the fourth Monday of each month at Lions Hall to share their hopes and visions for the island they so love. Building on the community engagement inspired by the referendum, as well as the need for healing the divisions it created, Salt […]

Fire News: Close Call, On Alert, Lessons Learned – Uniting Community Efforts Through the Emergency POD System

    Fire News, Governance & Politics    August 8, 2018

(Humanity) is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in (us) can be wrought by crisis – once that crisis can be recognized and understood. Norman Cousins Glimpsing backwards to discover patterns of adaption For those of us who have gone through hardships in the past, this week we woke up once again to the need […]

Local Officials Recommend Governance Task Force

    Governance & Politics    July 31, 2018

At the request of our MLA Adam Olsen, Electoral Area Director Wayne McIntyre and Local Trustees Peter Grove and George Grams attended a meeting on Thursday 26 July 2018 with the Hon. Selina Robinson, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, to offer their perspective on the post referendum situation on Salt Spring Island and to […]

Salt Spring Housing Crisis – Share Your Story

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    June 28, 2018

Salt Spring Island has a severe housing crisis that is making it very difficult for many members of our community to continue to live in this special place. Have you been homeless despite having the money to rent? Have you been forced to leave the island because you can’t find a home? Is your business […]

Video: Proportional Representation Town Hall

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    June 20, 2018

June 16, 2018, a town hall meeting on proportional representation featured guest speakers Elisabeth May, and Gary Holman. Here are two videos from the Town Hall meeting on Proportional Representation.

Hundreds Gather to Stand with the Salt Spring Nine

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    June 13, 2018

Updated: Stand Up Salt Spring, an event to raise funds for the nine Salt Spring Islanders who were arrested for protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, was held last Saturday at Fulford Hall. A standing room only crowd heard speakers, musicians and poets — featuring the Salt Spring Nine — share their stories and reasons […]

Islands Trust Outlines Housing Crisis Initiatives

    Governance & Politics, News & Events    June 5, 2018

The Salt Spring Island community has been very clear: we face a housing crisis on Salt Spring. It is a crisis that the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (SSI LTC) is keenly aware of. The chronic shortage of affordable housing impacts all us, directly or indirectly. The SSI LTC want to thank community members […]

Islands Trust – Regarding Beachside (Island Escapades)

    Governance & Politics, People Profiles    April 27, 2018

I have received numerous calls and e mails from islanders who are concerned about a stop work order on the renovations to the Beachside, formerly Island Escapades, property on the Ganges waterfront. It is a valued business and benefits our community. We would all like to see it succeed. However as in any jurisdiction, whether […]

Islands Trust Devastates Island Escapades

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    April 26, 2018

It seems we have to cancel reopening Island Escapades, which was to be renamed BEACHSiDE. Islands Trust has told us that we will be subject to fines, etc. if we complete work on our replacement retaining wall, or the back patio, or stairs. They stressed that the permit to replace a wall will take months. […]

Island’s Trust Escapades

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    April 26, 2018

I have been writing a column for Fishbowl Magazine for over 9 years. As some of you know, I write in a humorous tone about the quirky island we live on. However, if you are expecting this next piece of writing to be funny, you should surf in another direction. Allow me to start with […]

Salt Spring Locals Arrested at Kinder Morgan Protest

    Governance & Politics, News & Events    March 25, 2018

Numerous Salt Spring locals were part of the mass protests and arrests this weekend in Burnaby protesting the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Those who stood in opposition to the pipeline and were taken into custody for civil disobedience were Jan Slakov, Tommy Mitchell, Marcelle Roy, Murray Reiss, Jean Wilkinson, Lucille Lamarche, Myna Lee […]

First Past the Post Referendum

    Governance & Politics    November 24, 2017

The B.C. Government has introduced legislation to hold a referendum in the fall of 2018, which will ask British Columbians to decide whether B.C. should keep its current voting system (First Past the Post) or move to a system of Proportional Representation. Countries around the world use different voting systems to elect their representatives. How […]

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 […]

A Government Working Together

    Governance & Politics    October 17, 2017

During a series of town hall meetings hosted on Salt Spring, Galiano, Mayne and Pender Islands and in Sidney (Saturna and Piers Islands coming soon), I answered many questions about the political events of this past summer and the Confidence and Supply Agreement that I signed with the provincial government. For the first time in […]

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 […]

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