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What Your Candidates Say - Island Tides’ election feature

All candidates from coastal electoral areas are given an opportunity for a succinct answer to a different question each edition. This time we asked: ‘What are the major components of the accumulated debt of BCHydro? Why has this debt been accumulated? How will the debt be paid off?’

on pages 6 & 7

Boost for Pender’s firefighter training facility

This year’s spring break Firefighting Cadet Camp on Pender Island was a success for the twenty cadets that came from across the west coast to attend. The week-long camp finished off with a big announcement - Pender’s Fire/Rescue will receive $370,000 from the province to complete its live fire training building.

on page 1


All Candidates Meeting

Priscilla Ewbank gives an overview of Saturna Island’s lively all-candidates meeting, attended by provincial election candidates Adam Olsen, from the BC Greens; Gary Holman, BC NDP; and Stephen Roberts, BCLiberal.

on page 8


Saturna Notes

Saturna Island’s community hall is in the middle of a major renovation - but that didn’t stop it from hosting the island’s St Patrick’s Day Tea Dance!

on page 9


School News

Students have been busy this winter - Salt Spring Elementary held a Species at Risk Fair, a Fernwood student’s video got featured on the Canada150 website, and GISS’s improv team is heading to nationals in Ottawa in April.

on page 10

Could BC Ferries take lessons?

Pene’ Hollingworth describes a memorable ferry adventure on the Brahmaputra River in India, and compares the journey with our own ferry services - which are considerably more expensive, but with fewer goats and chickens as passengers!

on page 11


What’s in the 2017 budget?

The federal budget has been announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. MP Elizabeth May takes a look at the numbers, the timeframes, and just how much money the government is still giving to fossil fuel companies in subsidies.

on page 8

Gulf Islands Regional Trails Planis in BC

A number of life-enriching outdoor initiatives are coming together on the Southern Gulf Islands in what will be a network of trails to help explore places of interest and natural beauty on the archipelago.

on page 9


Letters:

Voting Someone In, Not Out - End Fossil Fuel Subsidies - Another Letter to Mr Yake About Provincial Debt & BCHydro - New Ferry Planning - The Kinder Morgan Pipeline Decision - Time for Truth and Dare

on page 4 & 5

AroundThe Islands:

Building Pender’s edu-tourism economy - Silver Maynes’ events - New food rescue distribution centre - Parksville’s ‘Cut The Plastics’ project - Social network for young patients - Butterflyway

on page 3

News Digest

Animal Liability Act - Shell sells undeveloped oilsands - Huu-ay-aht First Nations approve Sarita LNG - Liberals kill public transit tax credit - Enbridge cuts 1,000 staff - Anti-Keystone XL pipeline petition- Orca Protection Plan

on page 2

More Stories

H Barry Cotton poem - Ron Woodall Cartoon


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