How will you vote in HST referendum?

British Columbians have a very important decision to make. The HST referendum is a chance for you to make a decision that will impact B.C. for years to come. We're taking a poll to learn how Salt Spring will vote in the referendum. Vote below. This is the exact language of the mail in referendum question we will all receive in the mail (someday). To learn more about all aspects of the issue visit HST in BC. [polldaddy poll="5173680"]
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CBC One Day on Salt Spring Video

CBC One Day on Salt Spring video by Rob Lowrie About the project 1 Day. 24 Hours. 34 Million Lives. On any ordinary day in Canada, extraordinary things happen. Canadians have remarkable stories to tell. And for the past 75 years, the CBC has enabled us to share those stories with each other. This year, we celebrate this rich heritage with 1 Day, a special CBC/Radio Canada documentary and online project that invites all Canadians to help create a unique 24 hour portrait of Canada, from midnight to 11:59, coast to coast. The two hour documentary, to be filmed on April 30th, 2011, is a joint project – between us and you. For 24 hours, our crews will span the country. We'll follow some of Canada’s most fascinating figures as their day unfolds – from emergency physicians to cops, cultural icons to sports stars. But 1 Day will also draw on videos and photos sent in by Canadians who seize this unique opportunity to provide a glimpse into their lives, their famili…
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Driftwood Pick-up Locations - Mail Delivery Strike

Subscribers of the Driftwood Newspaper are advised that the newspaper will not be delivered via the local Post Office today (Wednesday) as they are not accepting any mail for delivery. Please cross reference where you live on the map below and head to one of four pickup points after 1pm today. Please disregard the individual labels, just take a paper.     If you live in the pink area, pick up your newspaper at the Ravenstreet Cafe. If you live in the purple area, pick up your newspaper at the Vesuvius Cafe. If you live in the green area, pick up your newspaper at the Driftwood Office. If you live in the blue area, pick up your newspaper at Starbarks. If you live in the yellow area, pick up your newspaper at Patterson's.

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Salt Spring Cabin Architecture and Design

Cabins are an integral part of Canadian culture. Spending summers on a dock or in the woods is a rite of passage for our neighbors to the north, who even mark the return of warmer weather with an unofficial but widely celebrated weekend holiday (May Two-Four) to kick off cottage season. On a four-acre site on Salt Spring Island, just southwest of Vancouver, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects crafted a cabin—modest in size yet bold in design—on the site where another cottage once stood. Inside the walls of rammed earth and steel, the 191-square-foot space is a cozy nook warmed by the caramel colors of the cedar on the floor and ceiling, which was milled from salvaged timbers, as well as the heat produced by the wood-burning stove. “The small size creates an intimate, protected refuge within a larger landscape,” architect Tom Kundig says. “It forces you to engage with the bigger landscape yet still provides a sanctuary from the elements.” Read more at Dwell.com:
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Linear House (Villa Klaathem) by Patkau Architects

A sixteen acre farm located on Salt Spring Island, an island in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, the site of this house is bisected from east to west by a long row of mature Douglas fir trees. There is a gentle slope falling across the site from south to north. The south half of the property is an orchard containing a variety of fruit trees; the north half of the property is a hay field. There was an existing cottage on the site which has been sold and relocated to a neighbouring property. The existing barn, garage and studio buildings remain. The new house, called Villa Klaathem by the owners, extends 276 feet in a straight line along the south side of the fir trees. The orchard has been made more regular with the addition of further fruit trees so that the clarity of the juxtaposition of cultural landscape to the south, and natural landscape to the north of the new house is reinforced. Full story and photos at Daily Ic…
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You're Not Really a Salt Springer Unless...

“You’re not really a Salt Springer until you have held four jobs simultaneously" Salt Spring Literacy study of the culture of employment on Salt Spring Island. You'Re Not Really a Salt Springer...Final(function() { var scribd = document.createElement("script"); scribd.type = "text/javascript"; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = "http://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })();
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Salt Spring Gathers to Bear Witness with Tribes

Numerous Salt Spring Island residents gathered early this morning to bear witness with the Cowichan Tribes during the removal of remains of at least 5 people in a burial area located in town. Elders from the tribe were on hand with contracted archeological services to remove the remains before new construction begins at the same location. Residents gathered after an appeal went out last evening on the Exchange from Tania Aquila who helped facilitate support for the respectful removal. Here are photos from this morning. Removal is on-going throughout the day. Consider visting town to show your support and consideration.

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Elizabeth May wins Saanich-Gulf Islands

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has won her B.C. riding, earning her party's first elected seat in Parliament and unseating a longtime incumbent Conservative. May defeated former cabinet minister Gary Lunn by more than 7,000 votes in the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands, capturing 46 per cent of the vote share. "Today we proved that Canadians want change in politics," May said during a victory speech from her riding. "I will never shrink from speaking truth to power nor will I embrace the politics of spin. We need hope over fear, we need compassion over competition, we need to recognize that Canadians deserve a government where 308 MPs figure out how to work together. "Whether a majority or a minority, we are 308 MPs and we are elected to serve the people of Canada, not any one political ideology." - CBC News

 

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Final Federal Election Poll Results

The results are in from our final federal election poll. Elizabeth May's Greens increased their lead by almost 5% over the 3 polls taking most of their support away from the Liberals and NDP. The Greens averaged 80.51% of the vote across all 3 polls. Support for Gary Lunn's Conservatives increased a modest 1% with an average of 6.99%. Support for the Liberal candidate all but disappeared in the last polling round since the all candidates meeting here on Salt Spring. Based on these results, if Salt Spring had its own riding, or accounted for more of the Saanich - Gulf Islands voting base, the voting results on Monday would likely be overwhelmingly for the Greens. That we know of, this is the largest sample of Salt Spring specific election polling that has ever been done. An average of 275 people voted in the 3 polls that we ran over the month of April. The polling system we use permits only one submission per user. We detected no obvious vote fraud based on data analysis in o…
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Vote in the Final Federal Election Poll

We’re conducting our final advance online poll for the coming federal election. Take a minute to indicate which party you will vote for on election day. Choose one party listed below and click the ‘Vote’ button. The polling system permits only one submission per user. Voting is open until mid-night on Saturday. Voting results are displayed in real-time after you vote.   Which party will get your vote?online survey Thank you to our poll sponsor. Funding for this poll provided by the The Smith Manoeuvre.
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The Exchange is Back Up - New Features

The Exchange is now backup after 12 hours offline. With the financial help of our advertisers and community supporters we've been able to implement a number of requested features and enhancements. We've been working on these changes for a number of weeks but are just able to make them all live today. Please let us know if you have any feedback about the changes, or experience any challenges using the new features: Pricing We've reduced the price of our paid listings and commercial sponsorship by 40% Commercial postings listed more than once every 60 days are now only $12+HST Paid listings are now only $12+HST Commercial postings are still free once every 60 days for everyone Design You will notice some slight changes to the design, we tried to keep changes to minimum User Profiles Improved the tools to edit and manage your profile Improved the tools to change and update your password Added in profile fields so you can add your Facebook and Twit…
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Federal Election Poll Results - Another Green Landslide

The results are in from our 2nd online federal election poll. While the sample size for the vote was considerably smaller, the final vote percentages are almost statistically unchanged from the first vote a few weeks ago. Based on these poll results, Salt Spring Island is voting Green by a landslide. We'll be conducting one final poll again this coming Thursday to Saturday before the election itself on May 2nd. All candidates were again notified of the poll via Twitter.     Poll Poll Poll Vote Party Candidate 07-Apr 23-Apr 30-Apr 02-May Conservatives Gary Lunn 6.83% 6.70% TBD TBD NDP Edith Loring-Kuhanga 8.81% 9.57% TBD TBD Greens Elizabeth May 79.07% 77.99% TBD TBD Liberals Renée Hetherington 5.29% 5.74% TBD TBD Vote Sample Size 454 209   Read the results from our first online poll here. Read the results from our 2nd online poll here. Thank you to…
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Vote in our 2nd Federal Election Online Poll

We’re conducting another advance online poll for the coming federal election. Take a minute to indicate which party you will vote for on election day. Choose one party listed below and click the ‘Vote’ button. The polling system permits only one submission per user. Voting is open until mid-night on Saturday. Voting results are displayed in real-time after you vote. Which party will get your vote?customer surveys Read the results from our first online poll here. Thank you to our sponsor. Funding for this poll is provided by the The Smith Manoeuvre.
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Federal Election Online Poll Results - Green Landslide

Federal Election Online Poll Results Our first federal election poll is now closed. In the 48 hours the poll was running on the Exchange, approximately 3091 of you visited the site at least once. Of those 3091, 454 of you voted in the poll. Expressed another way, 14% of the people who used the Exchange in that time chose to vote. In real terms, we had a voter turnout of 14%. Here's how the rounded vote broke down: Green Party of Canada - 79% New Democratic Party of Canada - 9% Conservative Party of Canada - 7% Liberal Party of Canada - 5% If the Saanich - Gulf Island riding was being determined solely by Salt Spring Islanders who use the Exchange, the Greens would win in a landslide. Thank you to those that participated. This is the first poll we have conducted. We thought our community would find this valuable. If there appears to be interest, we will conduct the poll again in the days before the election to see if there has been any kind of shift in the camp…
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Green Party Canvassing in Saanich

Tom Mitchell will be heading up a team of Saltspringers going over to foot canvass in Saanich tomorrow. Want to join? If you've never done it before, don't worry, we'll pair you with someone who has, and it's actually kind of fun. They'll be heading over on the 9:50am boat from Fulford and returning on the 3pm. No need to take a car on the ferry; we will be picked up on the other side. Drop me an email if you think you can make it so we can be sure to have enough canvass kits ready to go. Brian Smallshaw 250-653-9778
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Federal Election Online Poll Continues Today

Voting in our online federal election poll continues today. Early results with 324 votes as of this posting show a very strong lead with Greens getting 85% of the vote, NDP 6%, Conservatives 5%, and Liberals at 3 %. Are the Greens going to get Salt Spring votes in a landslide? Are they better at getting the online vote out? Are there a disproportionate number of Greens that use the Salt Spring Exchange? Or are they just doing a better job connecting with Salt Spring voters? We're not sure. If you have thoughts, please comment on this post. We've notified all local riding representatives with the link to this poll and suggested they promote it with their constituents. We'll keep the poll open until end of day Thursday, April 7th, but so far in the first 24 hours there have been 324 votes logged. Our polling system tracks two methods to ensure that it is very difficult for any one person to vote more than once. If we see any multi-voting patterns we'll remove the votes f…
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Vote in the Federal Election Online Poll

We're conducting an advance poll for the coming federal election. Take a minute to indicate which party you will vote for on election day. Choose one party listed below and click the 'Vote' button. The polling system permits only one submission per user. We've sent out notices to all political parties represented via email and Twitter to let them know this poll is running and to share it with their constituents. Once you enter your selection, you'll instantly see the current, real-time results of the poll. Which party will get your vote?customer surveys
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There's no debate: Elizabeth May belongs in the debates

A lot of people have been telling us that they are outraged by Elizabeth May’s exclusion from the televised debates. It IS outrageous that a media consortium is determining how we conduct our democracy, and that the leader of a national party should be kept out of the debates based upon some shifting criteria that they don’t care to share with the public. If you’d like to express your opinion about this, there are a number of good places to go: Click here to vote in the CBC’s poll - currently 82% in favour. Click here to sign the Green Party’s petition. Send a text message to the Chair of the Media Consortium, Mr. Troy Reeb of Global TV on his cell phone at 647-261-3752 In the meantime, you might enjoy some one-on-one debates: Elizabeth in a one-on-one with Gary Lunn on CTV’s Question Period. Click here to watch the video. And finally, after Michael Ignatieff took up Stephen Harper’s challenge for a one-on-one debate and then Harper retreated, it seems that…
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