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Salt Spring Island Centennial Park Playground Replacement

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    March 18, 2019

Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has adopted a 20 year Master Plan to prioritize infrastructure investments for Centennial Park. With site assessments and central drainage complete, and the washroom facility anticipated to be finished in a few weeks, planning can begin to replace the playground. This much needed replacement project was made […]

Building a Tiny Home Community for the Unhoused on Salt Spring Island – Step One

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    March 15, 2019

“A community safely housed.  A path to stability.  A better quality of life”  Housing forms the building blocks of a community. The recent housing crisis has illustrated exactly how important stable housing is to the solidity of our island. When people don’t have secure housing, their work, school, family life, and even the community suffer. […]

Positively Forward Updates On Community Initiatives

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    March 4, 2019

Following our local elections in which, happily, the three candidates endorsed by Positively Forward (Holman, Grove and Patrick) were successful in their bids to become elected officials, our coordinating group took a short break. Just time enough to recharge. We remain committed to conducting research  to advance better local governance options, as well as monitoring the work […]

Community Economic Development Commission Invites Island Businesses to Educational Opportunity & to Expand Your Market

    Business Profiles, Governance & Politics    February 27, 2019

How can island businesses offset Impacts of seasonal fluctuations… – Initiatives that boost our island’s economic health and well being are a key focus of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC). The CEDC is inviting island businesses to learn more about programs currently available that provide knowledge and expertise to help offset impacts of seasonal […]

Local Group Seeks Water Action on Housing

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    February 27, 2019

At the root of so many solutions to the affordable housing crisis is water. We have to do better, and in one of the wettest parts of Canada, we know we can. Our local water utility’s recent moratorium on any new hook-ups to their system – while created with positive intentions of protecting our precious resource – has had many unintended […]

BC Green Caucus Calls for an Inquiry Into Money-launder

    Governance & Politics    February 27, 2019

A growing chorus of British Columbians have been calling on the BC NDP government to establish an independent public inquiry into money-laundering – The consistent flow of media reports over the past year, is drawing attention to the shocking state of affairs in our province. There is immense pressure on me, and my BC Green […]

Penelakut’s Proposed Clam and Oyster Harvesting at Booth Bay

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    February 4, 2019

On January 17, 2019 I took part in a meeting between Salt Spring Island residents and representatives of Penelakut Tribe to discuss the proposed Tenure application for a portion of Booth Bay. My office has received a volume of correspondence on this issue. I have heard the concerns of Salt Spring residents about aquaculture and […]

Towards Sustainable Community Economic Health

    Business Profiles, Governance & Politics, News & Events    January 7, 2019

Salt Spring’s Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) embraced new directions in 2018.  We focused on initiatives that facilitated collaboration, coordination and advocacy on behalf of our island’s economic health and well-being. Here’s an overview of the areas we expanded into and the progress we’ve achieved in 2018. Championing Entrepreneurship Across All Economic Sectors Much of […]

Video: B.C.’s Electoral System: True or False?

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    November 16, 2018

Still sitting on your mail-in ballot to vote in B.C.’s electoral reform referendum? Still not sure how to vote? Feeling the November 30th deadline looming? This video should help, by offering valuable facts about our First Past The Post system, exposing misleading myths and misconceptions. Since 2002, I’ve been keen on electoral reform. Adriane Carr […]

MLA Adam Olsen Welcomes Newly Elected Officials and Opportunity to Work Together

    Governance & Politics    November 14, 2018

First off I would like to congratulate the newly elected and inaugurated Mayors, Councillors, CRD Directors and Islands Trustees across Saanich North and the Islands. And, raise my hands to the Chief Rebecca David and her new Council recently elected in Pauquachin as well. There are more than 60 elected officials in local and first […]

Thoughts on My Trial

    Governance & Politics    November 7, 2018

This last March 23rd, I was arrested protesting in front of Kinder Morgan’s gate in Burnaby — now Trans Mountain Corporation, bought by all Canadians in August for $4.5-billion. I wrote an Exchange piece, published on March 29th, called  “Thoughts on My Arrest”. Time for an update. In Vancouver’s B.C. Supreme Court last week, I […]

Poll: Pro Rep Referendum Vote Mail In Parade Photos and Video

    Governance & Politics    November 4, 2018

Local proportional representation advocates gathered this past Saturday to share their support for changing our provincial voting system to a proportional system from our current first past the post system (FPTP). British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail from […]

Electoral Reform Ballots in the Mail

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    October 24, 2018

Does our electoral system need changing? Andrew Coyne has argued it most certainly does: “Anyone who ever proposes to change anything inevitably runs into the unanswerable objection that this would mean… changing things. Nowhere is this more true than with regard to electoral reform. […] At some point someone invariably invokes that ancient bit of […]

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 […]

MLA Adam Olsen on Proportional Representation

    Governance & Politics    October 14, 2018

In the next few weeks, when I get my referendum ballot in the mail, I will be voting yes to change to a proportional representation (Pro-Rep) voting system. For me, it is a basic issue of fairness. Political parties should get the same percentage of seats in the legislature as British Columbians who voted for […]

Laura Patrick – 2018 General Election Candidate Profile

    Election Candidates, Governance & Politics, Local News    September 28, 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 […]

Positively Forward releases its report, “Improving Capital Regional District (CRD) Service Delivery on Salt Spring Island: options for positive change”

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 27, 2018

Positively Forward is pleased to announce the release of its report, “Improving Capital Regional District(CRD) Service Delivery on Salt Spring Island: options for positive change” . A team of researchers, writers and their editor prepared the 44- page report, working for more than ten months to complete the study. Their work is based, in large […]

Gary Holman – 2018 General Election Candidate Profile

    Election Candidates, Governance & Politics    September 23, 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 […]

Peter Grove – 2018 General Election Candidate Profile

    Election Candidates, Governance & Politics    September 22, 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 […]

Housing in Saanich North and the Islands

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 20, 2018

As I knocked on doors leading up to the Spring 2017 election, there was no question what issue was top of mind. Housing. I heard over and over again the stories of a lack of affordable, accessible and safe housing. As the MLA, housing continues to be a top concern. The housing problems cover a […]

Community Alliance Releases Governance Recommendations

    Governance & Politics    September 18, 2018

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    September 18, 2018

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 […]

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