2018 General Election Preliminary Results

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 few days time. We are waiting on final numbers but these are the preliminary results. Capital Regional Director: Office of Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Director: (one person to be elected) Holman, Gary (Elected) - 2302 Votes Williams, Robin - 1152 Votes Islands Trust: Below are the candidates for the Islands Trust elections in 2018 for Salt Spring Island: (two people to be elected) Ali, Sabrina - 394 Votes Coates, Kylie - 707 Votes Grove, Peter (Elected) - 1915 Votes Holzapfel, Howard - 530 Votes Martin, Darryl - 698 Votes Mouat, Thomas (Withrdawn) Patrick, Laura (Elected) - 2301 Votes School Board Trustees: (th…
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2018 General Election Voting Today - October 20th, 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 Property Electors (you own property in the community but live elsewhere). Resident Elector The Provincial voters list is used for Resident Electors. You are qualified to register as a Resident Elector if you: are 18 years or older are a Canadian Citizen have resided in British Columbia for six months and in your community for 30 days prior to voting day To register as a Resident Elector contact Elections BC. Non-Resident Property Elector The CRD maintains a list of Non-Resident Property Electors for the Juan de Fuca, Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Areas. You may contac…
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Robin Williams for CRD Director, A Platform to Get Things Done

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 and my platform a vision for the future. I will pay particular attention to the report conducted in 2007 following the Tennis Court Roof Financial fiasco. I will enact the recommendations by giving PARC back management authority and giving all commission volunteers training and support. These people will be treated with respect. This will return decision making to the island. In this election, I have been the only candidate to discuss finances. I have long learned how easy it is for politicians to spend other people's money, our money, your money. The fact is I am not a career politician I am a man of business with a strong financial and manage…
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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Rainwater for Housing

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 zoning and application regulations)? Sabrina Ali (candidate for Islands Trustee): I would work with SWIPPA and I would investigate the possibility of off-season water collection. I would consult with all parties in the area, as well as the Provincial and Federal Government to explore funding opportunities and further a comprehensive water management strategy. I would also look at the good ideas within the citizens report to ensure that we all have access to safe drinking water year round. Peter Grove (candidate for Islands Trustee): Rainwater systems are already allowed for single family residences. Their installation is supervise…
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Balance Matters

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.  I have proven leadership abilities, I like to get things done, and I want to work with the people of this community. Since the outcome of the incorporation vote last fall, many islanders are seeking and developing ideas to improve governance on our island.  Improvement begins with the island’s elected officials working effectively together and across the various organizations. Elect me and I will get to work on:  maintaining and strengthening our environmental safeguards to keep Salt Spring and the Trust Area special; finding both immediate and long-term innovative solutions to our housing crisis that is affecting too many fellow islanders – especially o…
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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Affordable Housing

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 challenges to ensuring the affordability of housing in the short, medium, and long term? Sabrina Ali (candidate for Islands Trustee) In the short term, I would: a. Amend our Policy Statements and the OCP to ensure the importance of safe, affordable, and sustainable housing is strongly emphasized. b. I would continue to monitor the secondary suites pilot area for sustainability and possibility of alignment with the matching program. In the medium term, I would: i. draft temporary use permit changes to allow consideration of alternative housing solutions which are ecologically harmonious and sustainable. ii. I woul…
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Darryl Martin – 2018 General Election Candidate Profile

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 voting for them. This featured local election people profile is for Darryl Martin. Learn more about Darryl: Hi, I am Darryl Martin, a candidate for Islands Trust. If elected, I would work hard to fulfill the Trust mandate, which I interpret as protecting the ecology and physical environment of the island, as well as its residents, their culture and character. The population mix up to now has always included a healthy proportion of children, young adults and elderly, and I believe these should also be protected by the Trust despite the financial pressures to displace them. I consider the waters surrounding Salt Spring an important concern of the…
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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Environmental Challenges

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 Ali (candidate for Islands Trustee): A. The impact of a seasonal occupancy. The stresses on water, sewage, traffic, land use, and our emotional well-being are dramatic due to our seasonal occupancy. This needs to be addressed in a cohesive manner, with all 6 silos adopting a comprehensive seasonal occupancy management strategy. B. The expanding population base. I would follow a best practices model. Education and monthly town hall meetings that include information about the capacity of the island in terms of water, sewage, conservation, and the emotional well being of residents, following a voluntary stewardship model. C.…
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CRD Candidates Differ on Important Issues

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 SSI’s Housing Council, enforcing the STVR ban, increasing the CRD Housing Trust Fund, and reconsidering the Provincial “speculation tax.”   Infrastructure Projects Growing our network of pathways and bus shelters, expanding public transit, and building a new fire hall are shared priorities for both CRD candidates. However, I’m the only candidate emphasizing the importance of finding an on-island solution for our liquid waste, costing $350,000/yr to truck off-island. Unlike the other CRD candidate, I believe we should keep the strategic Ganges Fire Hall site in publi…
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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Sustainable Transportation

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 north beyond Fernwood to North Beach Road. I would definitely give priority to those initiatives that leave green spaces and are accessible by walking, biking or public transit I would investigate the creation of separate bike paths, not on the road. I would encourage incorporating alternative transportation (walking, biking, public transit) into any proposals we consider. Kylie Coates (candidate for Islands Trustee): By promoting and expanding our bus service and by creating better bike lanes and more of a bike friendly environment also asking BC ferries to get rid of their two dollar charg…
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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Impacts of New Projects

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 what priority would you place on minimizing these impacts? Gary Holman (candidate for CRD Director): Depends on the project. Some projects (eg, liquid and solid waste, cycling/pedestrian/EV charging infrastructure, expansion of public transit, waste water reclamation, water/energy conservation investments) are already primarily driven by environmental factors. For new buildings (eg, fire hall, library, pool, CRD main offices), typically the level of energy and environmental standard (e.g., such as various levels of LEED certification) is analyzed in terms of incremental capital costs versus future energy and water savings. The loc…
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MLA Adam Olsen on Proportional Representation

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 them. That is not how our current system works, so I hope we vote to change it. Right now, under first-past-the-post, political parties can get a majority of the seats in the legislature even if they get far less than a majority of the votes. That is called a false majority. Recently, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives in Ontario earned the support of 40.5% of the voters. As a result, he got 60% of the seats and 100% of the power. Factor 58% voter turnout and actually, only about 1 in 4 voters in Ontario gave Mr. Ford his false majority. For the next four years, there is no way to hold him accountable. Legislatively, he is unstoppable. And, he has been clear…
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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Alternative Housing Options

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 that support our most vulnerable community members and farmers (i.e. tiny homes, mental health housing, land sharing, cooperative housing?) Sabrina Ali (candidate for Islands Trustee): Any bylaws that are not in line with the OCP are capable of amendment. I would encourage broad community consultation prior to amendment. I would particularly look at the bylaws affecting secondary suites to see how affordable, safe and ecologically harmonious living situations can be achieved. I would support the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Authority (SSIWPA) working with the North Salt Spring Waterworks District to find solutions to wat…
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We Need a Cohesive Housing Strategy Now

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 problem and there is no single or easy solution. We are in a housing crisis that is affecting too many of our fellow islanders. Elect me and I will work to identify and implement innovative solutions to provide immediate and long-term homes that fit within the character and capacity of our island. The very first thing I will do is to bring the Trust, CRD, our MLA, BC Housing and local housing organizations together to collaboratively develop an understanding of the housing issue, and work with the community to develop a comprehensive Housing Strategy. The strategy will identify solutions, and the timeline, the responsible agency, and a fu…
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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Health

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 Trustee): The Salt Spring Community Health Center is a worthy initiative. I would do whatever I could to promote community wide access to primary health care services. I would be pleased to continue to work with Community Services on Salt Spring Island and the Community Health Center under their Intermediary Agreement. I support any initiative that will provide holistic health care to our community, particularly to vulnerable populations, especially bearing in mind that statistically 2500-3500 residents of our island are without a family doctor. This initiative would take pressure off emergency room doctors and staff. It is vital to …
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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Water

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 to our residents? Sabrina Ali (candidate for Islands Trustee): I enthusiastically support the development of a comprehensive Water Management Strategy, specifically to address rainwater catchment, gray water and irrigation. It seems to be a consensus that the development of ‘measureables’, against which we can chart our progress would be advisable. This would include monitoring and management of species at risk, invasive species and ecological restoration. Clear goal setting includes the development of checkpoints. I would like to investigate what opportunities exist or can be created to encourage voluntary stewar…
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Sustain Our Vibrant Community and the Environment

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 with the natural environment, both for today and, more importantly, for tomorrow. Elect me and I will work on maintaining and strengthening our environmental safeguards to keep Salt Spring and the Trust Area special and a world-class example of sustainability. We can do better by communicating how every one of us who lives in, owns land on, vacations in or travels through this region needs to become a steward of our precious ecosystem. We need to know what actions we can each take to protect it. We can do better by managing and conserving our water supplies and employing standards to ensure long-term ecological sustainability of our watersheds while…
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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Bylaw Enforcement

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, the complaint driven system does not seem to be working well, as it results in a patchwork of bylaw enforcement and can result in neighborhood discord. A restorative justice model is the best practice where there will be a continuing relationship between the parties. As the purpose of our bylaws is to enable us to live in harmony, it seems sensible to transform an adversarial process into a consensus building one. This could be done at the monthly town hall meetings or as an associated procedure. I would also encourage voluntary stewardship of the natural environment (per the Islands Trust Strategic Plan.)…
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Shamana (Sabrina) Ali – 2018 General Election Candidate Profile

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 voting for them. This featured local election people profile is for Shamana (Sabrina) Ali. Learn more about Sabrina: The very first time I set foot on Salt Spring, in January of 2015, my feet started to hum, actually buzz. The decision to move here is proving to be the best one of my life. In this place, I feel my most authentic; it’s where I have worn the fewest masks. I do feel that I live in paradise and am grateful to have landed here. It is in that spirit that I am running for Islands Trust because I would like to offer my fluency in legal and political decision-making circles to this island that has so quickly become my home. I made th…
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2018 Elections – Candidates Perspectives on Coordination of Services

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 of local services, and what skills would you contribute to making it a success? Sabrina Ali (candidate for Islands Trustee): The Interagency working group is very close to the town hall meeting that I am advancing. I recognize and agree that greater co-ordination between decision-making authorities with exclusive jurisdiction in their area is the best way to accomplish mindful community building. Where I differ in approach is that I prefer a direct democratic model contained within the monthly town hall meeting. The IAWG could be characterized as simply another level of bureaucracy, but one without bindin…
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2018 Elections - Candidates Perspectives on First Nations

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, especially with archaeological, cultural, and historical sites? Sabrina Ali (candidate for Islands Trustee): I would establish the firm protocol of beginning every meeting with recognition of the traditional territory upon which the meeting is taking place. Further, I would like to have regular consultation with the First Peoples, particularly the nations traditionally around Salt Spring. Because the mandate of the Islands Trust is to “preserve and protect”, it seems appropriate to seek input from the first guardians of the land. Kylie Coates (candidate for Islands Trustee): The federal and provincial government are…
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