The Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia are unincorporated communities. Instead of a Mayor and group of counsellors, they are governed by a patchwork of organizations which include the Province of British Columbia, the Capital Regional District (CRD), the Islands Trust, and Improvement Districts for water and fire protection services. The reality of this approach is that these organizations are able to act unilaterally without consulting one another, and this results in disagreements and complications which can then halt policy developments in the other organizations. This research focuses on the lack of coordination between these governmental organizations, specifically on Salt Spring Island. After a detailed analysis of potential policy options, the study recommends an independent oversight body which will work to facilitate regular meetings between the governing organisations, establish strategic plans and improve the accessibility for the general public.
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Thesis advisor: Javdani, Mohsen
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