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General News · 26th September 2018
Noba Anderson
Highlights of my accomplishments in the last 10 years as your Regional Director are listed below. These, as well as my re-election platform, voter info and diary can be found at Take a look!

Would not have happened without my commitment of time and energy on your behalf:

Hanks Beach – a new 150 acre waterfront forest conservation park

Whaletown Commons - a 70 acre new SRD park protecting a salmon stream and linking Whaletown neighbourhoods.

New Beach Accesses - 7 new and 7 planned

Cross-Island trail and park connectivity planning – led by the SRD

Cortes Parks & Trails Committee – designed to strategically plan and advocate for island-wide connectivity and conservation.

Cortes Community Housing Initiative – a partnership of the Cortes Island Seniors Society and the Cortes Island Foundation who bought 50 acres of prime land in Manson’s and is dedicated to the provision of stable, affordable housing for locals.

Economic Action
Cortes Island Business And Tourism Association (CIBATA) – I facilitated its formation.

Cortes Local Economic Action Plan – the Island’s first integrated strategic plan.

Purchase of 2.5 acre commercial land by CIBATA next to Manson’s Hall – I sourced the funding and enabled the sale.

Cortes Island Foundation - whose mission is to facilitate strategic gifting in support of community needs and priority projects. I convened the first board of directors.

Regulatory clarity for the aquaculture sector

First Nations Relations
Created an effective working relationship with the Klahoose First Nation

Instigator and first Chair of SRD First Nations Relations Committee

Strathcona Community Health Network - Co-founder and present Co-Chair, the Network’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of communities in the Strathcona region by focusing on root causes. Our 2018 priorities are housing and transportation.

Cortes Home Support Program – I secured multi-year core funding to support the Health Association’s program largely serving seniors

Integrated Senior’s Health Action Team – A new initiative to address the many needs of seniors so that they can live and die in our community with dignity.

Cortes Transport Action Plan – which outlines Cortes transportation solutions

Cortes/Quadra Transport Table with the Health Network and the Minister of Transportation to advocate for a cross-Quadra bus.

Recycling Centre Re-build – an upgrade from completely inadequate to the lovely facility that we all now use.

Cortes Climate Action Team – mapped Cortes Greenhouse gas emissions and recommended actions

New Official Community Plan

Zoning Bylaw Review – still a work in progress

Local Non-Profits
Commitment to core support for our community groups

Creation of Island-wide fundraising support, training and database

Allowance to spend considerable Gas Tax funds on local non-profit projects.

New heat pump energy systems in both community halls

I was part of the efforts that established:
Two new regional hospitals in Courtenay and Campbell River

$45 Million, 100% funded from the feds and province, for a SRD-owned regional subsea fibre-optic cable backbone infrastructure to increase internet access to rural and remote coastal communities, including Cortes.

In Gratitude for the honour of this office.
Noba Anderson

Authorized by Kate Maddigan, Financial Agent
Bylaw 309
Comment by Noba Anderson on 4th October 2018
I had a choice to make. Bring Bylaw 309 to you for input in this current form or bury it. I make no apology for bringing the bylaw to the community for public comment. That is my job! My other option was to send it back to staff, yet again, for a re-write without your comment. Not wise. They needed to hear from you. We all needed to hear from you. No sneaking. Quite the opposite.
Comment by Noba Anderson on 4th October 2018
No, Wendy, I did not fill one out, nor say I did.
Support for Broadband Extension?
Comment by Wendy Legare on 29th September 2018
At the public meeting to clarify the 2 opinion referenda - the topic of the broadband extension Alternate Approval Process was mentioned - of the total 44 responses received throughout the SRD, 30 came from Cortes. Noba, did you not state you filled out one of the 30 in opposition?

You forgot something ...
Comment by Patricia L. on 28th September 2018
Without you, we wouldn't have had By-law 309 presented as it was and nearly sneaking by! Also the Community `Housing and Cortes Funding are both NOT Regional Director jobs, they are Volunteer organisations. I commend you for your Volunteer work in those groups.