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What Your Candidates Say - Island Tides’ election feature

All candidates from coastal electoral areas are given an opportunity to give a succinct answer to a different question each edition. This time we asked: ‘Do you support the swift introduction of proportional representation in BC? How?'

on page 6

Before & After: Salish Eagle gets its artwork

The eagle artwork, by Stz’uminus First Nation artist John Marston, wrapping the hull of BC Ferries’ new vessel, Salish Eagle, was unveiled on April 13. The vessel will service Tsawwassen-Gulf Islands route starting this summer. See the artwork...

on page 1


Historic Rockland tree creates art

An old-growth black walnut tree that cracked was taken down in the Victoria Rockland neighbourhood. 52 artists will be using the tree’s wood to create works of art that celebrate its life.

on page 1


Saturna Notes

Spring is a busy time on Saturna. Along with the baby goats, two new human babies have been born this year. East Point wildlife is a magnificent show of gulls and fish. And election signs are blowing in the wind!

on page 2


Recording History

Patrick Brown reviews Galiano Island resident Gary Moore’s new book, What Happened at Coon Bay. It’s a look at what a determined community can accomplish and gives a detailed history of land protection on Galiano.

on page 3

Rockfish conservation in the Southern Gulf Islands

Jenna Falk tells of the work that is being done to protect rockfish in the Gulf Islands. The Galiano Conservancy Association and partners have been monitoring populations and finding ways to educate the public about this threatened creature.

on page 7


Walk and Paddle for climate and reconciliation

On April 29, hundreds of thousands of people across the planet will be taking part in the People’s Climate March. And this summer, more than 30 young people will be paddling hundreds of kilometers to work towards reconciliation with indigenous peoples.

on page 7

Another promise about to be broken? Will Liberals restore the protections of Canada’s navigable waters?

The Navigable Waters Protection Act is one of Canada’s oldest environmental laws - but its effectiveness was destroyed by the Harper government in 2009. Will the Trudeau government follow through on its promise to restore it fully?

on page 8

UBC report: suspend Site C

The Site C dam makes no economical sense and should be suspended, according to a new report by UBC researchers. The dam will cost British Columbians billions of dollars to create unnecessary electricity.

on page 9

The Long Read: Electoral dysfunction and reform

ERRE committee member Elizabeth May gave a TEDx-style talk in Vancouver in February discussing Canada’s dysfunctional electoral system. How can we fix our hand-me-down British election system that often elects the wrong winner and promotes unhealthy party politics? Read what she said.

on pages 14 and 15


Letters:

Three key BC issues - John Horgan will deliver the LNG industry - International aid - Malala and Canada’s aid budget - The ABCs of the election - Learning the twisted path of BCHydro debt - How can we save BC’s extraordinary public utility? - The future look of West Coast beaches? - Vancouver vacant homes tax - Jobs in BC - Risks to the Salish Sea - Trump’s ignorance of Canada’s well-regulated dairy industry

on pages 4, 5 and 8

Around The Islands:

Gabriola’s Isle of the Arts Festival - Students create a habitat garden - Mayne Plant Sale & Tea in good time for Mothers’ Day - Mothers’ Day Run and Walk - Island bullfrog invasion - Nanaimo family donates legacy to VIU Theatre students - Commuter train in the CRD?

on page 12

News Digest

Artists raise money for democracy - Mandatory high heels banned - Greenpeace movement gets Samsung to recycle recalled Galaxy Note 7s - Protesters crash Massey Bridge groundbreaking - ‘Sing Me A Song’ winners - Glacier ski resort approved - Canadian video contest - Proposed mine in Clayoquot Sound

on page 11 and 13

More Stories

Ann McLean poem - H Barry Cotton poem - Bella Coola ferry approved - Hike for Hospice a chance to celebrate loved ones we’ve lost


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