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Salt Spring Island vs Saltspring Island?

    Editorial & Opinions, Polls & Surveys    October 22, 2018

Way back in 2013, we dared wade into one of the oldest controversies on the island. What is the proper spelling of Salt Spring Island? We thought the issue was resolved with over 75% of the island making it clear that the proper convention was Salt Spring Island. Five years later we’re seeing a host […]

2018 General Election Voting Today – October 20th, 2018

    Election Candidates, Polls & Surveys    October 20, 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 […]

Incorporation Poll: How Would You Vote if You Voted Today?

    Governance & Politics, Polls & Surveys    August 28, 2017

Well we’re getting down to it now. The incorporation referendum vote is just over a week away. Advance voting starts this week. There have been dozens and dozens of stories, opinions and editorials published weighing pros and cons. Discussion is active all around the island and online. Many members of our community have stood up […]

Poll: 2015 Federal Election

    Polls & Surveys    September 15, 2015

The 2015 federal election is coming up on October 19, 2015 to elect members to the House of Commons of the 42nd Parliament of Canada. There are currently four candidates running for election in our Saanich-Gulf Islands riding; Robert Boyd (Conservative Party), Alicia Cormier (NDP), Tim Kane (Liberal Party) and incumbent Elizabeth May (Green Party). […]

Poll: Help Save the Rod and Gun Club

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    July 18, 2014

The Rod and Gun Club with a membership of over 200 members plays an important role in our community. It provides a safe and controlled environment for people using firearms and for archery. Our facilities are used for training both adults and youth to meet firearm licensing requirements and to teach safe and responsible handling […]

Survey: Industrial Land Needs Assessment

    Polls & Surveys    June 18, 2013

Help the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee to encourage socio-economic diversity and to enhance community economic sustainability and security by completing an Industrial Land Needs Assessment survey which will help identify the needs for commercial industrial lands for today and into the future. Have your say, make a difference, complete the survey.

BC Elections: Too Close to Call

    Polls & Surveys    May 13, 2013

Salt Spring voters are in for an uncertain, and possibly very close, BC Election outcome at the end of voting day Tuesday. The rolling online straw poll on the Exchange, after 890, single IP, Canada only online votes is showing a neck and neck race between BC NDP candidate Gary Holman and Green Party of […]

Poll: Who Will Get Your Vote?

    Polls & Surveys    April 18, 2013

This year’s provincial election is likely to be an exciting race here on Salt Spring in our Saanich North and the Islands riding. There are now four candidates running. Holman, Gary – BC NDP McEachern, Scott – Independent Olsen, Adam – Green Party of BC Roberts, Stephen P – BC Liberal Party Voting Dates, Times […]

Voting Results: 2013 Fire Trustee Election

    Polls & Surveys    April 13, 2013

Here are the preliminary results of the 2013 Salt Spring Island Fire Board Trustee Election as provided by Deputy Returning Officer Anthony Kennedy. Final official results will be provided by Returning Officer, Tom Moore in the coming days. Ron Chamney and Michael Schubart have been re-elected to the board: Here are the preliminary vote results: […]

Poll: Salt Spring Fire Trustee Vote

    Polls & Surveys    April 10, 2013

Voting for Salt Spring Island Fire Trustees started today at the Ganges Fire Hall. Who will get your vote? Consider voting in our anonymous online poll to see how folks might be voting in the election. Advanced Voting at the Ganges Fire Hall – 4/10/13 (11am – 4pm) Election Day at the Ganges Fire Hall […]

Denied: Metal Recycling Re-Zoning Application

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    March 21, 2013

UPDATE: March 22nd – Note from Peter Grove The Islands Trust has voted down Salt Spring Metal Recycling’s application for re-zoning to operate their Rainbow Road recycling centre. They will not proceed any further with the rezoning application. UPDATE: Peter Grove Responds to Trust Decision March 22 2013 Good morning. I am writing to let […]

Salt Spring Island or Saltspring Island?

    Polls & Surveys    March 5, 2013

Perhaps the most dangerous question we could possibly think of asking in an online poll. Which of the following is more correct? Salt Spring Island or Saltspring Island? Official versions in multiple locations from Canada Land Registry to Canada Post often tout different official and historial versions. The question has pitted islanders against islanders for […]

Five Day School Week Poll Results

    People & Places, Polls & Surveys    January 28, 2013

The results of Wayne Taylor’s five-day school week poll are in. The polling was turned off after 500 responses. Online polls are not scientific. They are best used to illustrate general trends. This poll was conducted using the highest possible cookie and IP based restrictions. There were no duplicate votes recorded in this poll based […]

Poll: Should Salt Spring Island Incorporate?

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    October 5, 2012

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has approved an $80,000 grant for the first phase of a governance study for Salt Spring Island, bringing residents one step closer to determining whether a change in governance is best for their community, announced Bill Bennett, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. The first phase of a potential […]

600+ Signatures for the Fulford Terminal

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    May 22, 2012

Thank you to everyone who participated in signing the Fix Fulford Ferry Terminal. In the end 603 of you signed the petition and we delivered it today to the Salt Spring Island Transportation Committee. It is now in the hands of the committee to work with BC Ferries to continue to work with the corporation […]

Fix the Fulford Ferry Terminal

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    May 10, 2012

BC Ferries has been working for some time on a badly needed Masterplan to upgrade the ferry terminal in Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island. The Corporation warned at last week’s Salt Spring Island Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting that pedestrians and cyclists may not be accommodated in the Plan. This news came one week […]

Ganges Fire Hall Farmers’ Market Poll

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    February 21, 2012

The Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute has proposed that the current Ganges Fire Hall be turned into a year-round covered farmers’ market once a new location for the current hall is secured. Is this something you would support? Share your response in our poll.   Should the Ganges Fire Hall be turned into a year […]

Four-Way Stop Approved for Central

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    January 12, 2012

In response to recent community feedback and a history of collisions at the Central intersection, the Ministry of Transportation called into the recent CRD Transportation Committee meeting shortly after we delivered the Salt Spring Exchange community petition to verbally confirm that they will be implementing a four-way stop at the intersection. The CRD Transportation Committee and the […]

Delivered: 700+ Petition Signatures to Fix Central

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    January 10, 2012

The community petition calling for action to fix Central was delivered today to the CRD Transportation Committee containing all 700+ signatures. The final petition signature count was 703 and included the 586 votes in the poll asking for input on the various options to either change the intersection or leave it as is. The petition […]

Poll: Which option is best for Central?

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    January 3, 2012

Which option would you like to see the CRD implement at Central to improve safety at one of the most dangerous intersections on Salt Spring?       How would you change the Central intersection? [emailpetition id=”1″] [signaturelist id=”1″]

Fix the Central Intersection Petition

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    January 2, 2012

To support Maggie Ramsey’s call to action to ask the CRD Transportation Committee to fix the Central traffic intersection, we are collecting signatures to let the committee know just how many people are in support of a change. If you support a review and possible changes such as a traffic circle, four way stop, etc., […]

Online Poll vs. Official Voting Match-up!

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    November 23, 2011

We’ve had numerous requests to comment on how the online poll that we ran during the lead up to the elections performed against official voting results. We were curious too! The online poll ran for 18 days and over 750 people voted in every one of the three polls for CRD Director, Islands Trustees and […]

Official Election Results

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    November 19, 2011

Salt Spring, here are your official, preliminary, election results. These results were posted tonight by Anthony (Tony) Kennedy, Salt Spring’s Deputy Chief Election Officer at 9:01 PM on the doors of the Community Gospel Chapel. We were there in person to get you the results as fast as possible. The results are totals from all […]

Local Elections – First Week Polling Results

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    November 7, 2011

We’ve been running our local elections online poll now for one week, with the elections now less than two weeks away. Leading into tonights candidate debates at ArtSpring, we wanted to update everyone on how the polls are shaping up. As people participate in the polls and make decisions about their candidates we’ve seen an […]

Salt Spring Local Elections Poll

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    October 31, 2011

Our local elections are coming up on November 19th and just as we did with the federal elections, we’re running an informal poll for the Capital Regional District Director and Islands and School Board Trustees. We have another opportunity here to see how Salt Spring might be voting for this years candidates. When you cast […]

Final Federal Election Poll Results

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    May 1, 2011

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 […]

Vote in the Final Federal Election Poll

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    April 27, 2011

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 […]

Vote in our 2nd Federal Election Online Poll

    News & Events, Polls & Surveys    April 21, 2011

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 […]

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    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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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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