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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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    The Salt Spring community came out last night for a beautiful evening to celebrate local businesses, people, places and the many charms of Salt Spring Island. After numerous years of experimenting with the format for honouring local businesses and people, the Salt Spring Chamber really seems to have struck a nice rhythm of creating a […]

  • Thoughts on My Trial

    by on 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 […]

  • Forum: From Ferries to Floatplanes

    by on November 7, 2018

    With many new pipeline projects stalled & existing ones running at capacity, oil patch producers are turning increasingly to rail to transport their product. How safe is this? Should we be concerned? What about ferries and floatplanes? Ferry accidents claim thousands of lives in other countries, but not in Canada. Floatplanes are one of the […]

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    by on November 6, 2018

    Raised on Salt Spring by a family that supported the community through a variety of volunteer roles, it was only natural for me to follow that same path of volunteerism. In high school, I was a member of the Youth Coast Guard in Mill Bay. I was a member of the local Land Search and […]

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    by on 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 […]

  • Forum: 2017 Massey Lecturer

    by on November 2, 2018

    The “us versus them” rhetoric increasingly employed by politicians is endangering human rights around the world. What are some of the major human rights struggles of our times, and what we can do about them? Payam Akhavan – renowned human rights scholar, former UN prosecutor at The Hague, and 2017 CBC Massey Lecturer – has […]

  • Leaf Mulch, Clean Bees and Cutworms

    by on November 1, 2018

    Here is my usual seasonal reminder to collect fallen leaves for garden mulching while they are all around us and to be had for free. Do collect enough to mulch the garden for the winter and also to stockpile for mulching next summer. I store leaves for summer use in bags or covered bins, keeping […]

  • How Safe is Your Lovely Roaring Fire?

    by on October 29, 2018

    Did you know that chimney fires are the most common fire emergencies  this time of the year?  – As our weather cools, and you begin enjoying your roaring fire, there are important safety tips you should know. Each year, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (SSIFR) is called to between 7 and 15 chimney fires. As these fires […]

  • VIDEO: Understanding PR & Electoral ...

    by on October 29, 2018

    In the lead up to the provincial referendum in British Columbia on proportional representation (happening now), the Salt Spring Forum hosted University of British Columbia Professor Max Cameron, a world-leading expert on democratic theory and electoral design. Professor Cameron teaches comparative politics, constitutionalism, and democratization at UBC, where he also directs the Centre for the […]

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