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Campaign launches to create a new Community Park at Hwmet’utsum/Mt. Maxwell

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has agreed to purchase, in partnership with Salt Spring Solutions Society (SSS) and a community collective of stakeholders, 75 acres of land and a Statutory Right of Way on Mount Maxwell for community park purposes. This acquisition is subject to raising an additional $350,000 through community fundraising. The 75 acre forested property is being offered to the community for a reduced price of $850,000 thanks to a generous donation by the family that owns the property. An additional $250,000 donation has been pledged by local philanthropists, and the CRD will contribute $250,000 towards the purchase price through the Salt Spring Island Park Land Acquisition Fund. The remaining $350,000 of the purchase price needs to be funded through community fundraising coordinated by SSS and the Salt Spring Island Foundation. “The CRD recognizes the high recreational and conservation values of this property near Mount Maxwell, traditionally kno…
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Obituary: Robert Peters

Robert George Peters, July 31, 1942 - June 15, 2022 It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a dearly beloved community member from this earth. Mr. Robert Peters, or better known as Rob (79), recently passed away comfortably in his home on June 15th surrounded by his family members and loved ones. Rob lived a spectacular life, filled with adventure, accomplishment, and above all, delight. Those who remember him would not be able to separate his smile from his memory. It was the sort of smile that lit up the faces of those surrounding, immediately contagious and ferociously loving. Rob lived a full and notable life, with a list of accomplishments and impacts as impressionable as the Magna Carta. But to measure his life’s impact exclusively within this scope is to discount the ripples and effects his presence had on this earth with all who encountered him; and the legacy that his family now carries forth for him. Rob’s generosity will be remembered, h…
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Seabreeze Inne transition update from Lady Minto Hospital Foundation

The Lady Minto Hospital Foundation has not been blabbing endlessly about this situation.  Instead, we’ve chosen to come together with other agencies to help solve it. Lady Minto Hospital Foundation board and staff have been relentless in ensuring that BC Housing will have temporary housing ready for their Seabreeze clients to move out and into.  To do so, we demanded proof that temporary housing had been secured and a site agreement signed with Gulf Islands Seniors Residence Association (GISRA) before we’d provide a lease extension to BC Housing. Our board and staff meet and talk with BC Housing, Ministers and local officials multiple times a day, every day, to make sure this housing is on track and will be ready this time. We are pleased to share that this is the schedule for completion received yesterday! July 7 - Travel to Salt Spring Island; July 9 - Barge first 3 units set in place; July 10 - Barge last 3 units set in place; July 11 - Finish tying in sewer and water;…
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Salt Spring Island RCMP Provide 2022 2nd Quarter Report

Collision on Stewart Road - Photo: Salt Spring RCMP As of July 1, 2022, Salt Spring Island RCMP have responded to over 1,360 calls in the past six (6) months, 710 calls in this 2nd quarter alone. In addition to the 710 calls in this quarter, SSI RCMP also conducted 140+ traffic stops with warnings and/or violation tickets issued, 300+ foot patrols in Centennial Park and other areas, and 92 licenced premises checks (bar walks). During this period, SSI RCMP responded to 9 sex-related offences including 3 sexual assaults and 3 indecent exposures, 108 traffic complaints, and 102 mental-health related complaints. Police also assisted the BC Coroner’s Services on multiple occasions and conducted patrols in Ganges Harbour on the SSI RCMP Marine Vessel. In the 2nd quarter of 2022, some of the calls are detailed below: April: Police responded to an Impaired driving call; the driver had crashed the car with multiple passengers on board, some of whom were subsequently trans…
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Speed, distracted driving and driving under the influence major contributing factors to transport-related injuries and deaths

National Injury Prevention Day on July 5 aims to raise awareness about injuries. According to the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, injuries are the number one cause of death for people aged 1 to 44, and the reason for over 35,000 hospital visits and 8,000 permanent disabilities every year in B.C. Most injuries are predictable and preventable.

“Injuries represent an often overlooked problem, but the real tragedy is that we pay too little attention to the simple things we can do to avoid injuries and the suffering that results,” says Dr. Murray Fyfe, Interim Vice President – Population Health and Chief Medical Health Officer for Island Health.

Transport-related injuries are just one cause of injury and remain a leading cause of death for children and youth, and a leading cause of hospitalization for adults aged 25 to 34. Speed, distracted driving and driving under the influence…

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MLA Olsen hosting Community Dialogues this summer, encourages you to get involved in local government elections

Have you ever considered running for public office? If not on the ballot, have you wondered how you can help someone who is running? The decisions at the local government table create the form and character of our neighbourhoods and communities. They are potentially the most impactful on our quality of life and that is why it is so important for all of us to take part. Fourteen years ago, Central Saanich Councillor Zeb King knocked on my door to invite me to get involved in local government. He asked me the same question, had I ever considered running for a seat on the local Council? I live on Tsartlip First Nation, I have lived there my whole life and at that time had little connection with, or understanding of, municipal politics, Council decisions about property taxation, zoning, official community plans, local and regional services. However, as a life-long resident I benefited from the services provided by the district. When I was a kid, I played baseball and so…
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Obituary: Heather Cutten

In Loving Memory of Heather Dianne Cutten, 1944 to 2022 Heather Dianne Cutten, nee Eisan, passed away on the 23rd of June, at the Victoria General Hospital after a short and unexpected illness. She passed peacefully with her husband and two daughters by her side. Heather (Nana) leaves a huge hole in the hearts of her entire family and friends who benefited from her kindness and compassion. Heather was born on May 3rd, 1944 in Halifax, Nova Scotia to Norman and Lillian Eisan and was one of seven children. Heather is survived by her sister Rosalie Dyer and her many nieces and nephews. Heather married her life-long partner of 55 years, Mark Cutten on October 14, 1967 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their journey together took them from Nova Scotia to Trinidad, Winnipeg, St.Lucia, Calgary and finally Salt Spring Island, BC. Along the way, they had three children David (Patricia), Laura (Alejandro) and the baby Sara. She was blessed with five grandchildren, Isabella, Olivia, Joshu…
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Temporary housing solution reached for Seabreeze Inne residents

Temporary modular housing units have been secured to support 22 people currently temporarily residing at the Seabreeze Inne. A two-week extension of the lease at the Seabreeze Inne will provide residents with a safe and secure place to live until they can move into modular units on Kings Lane. The Lady Minto Hospital Foundation has agreed to extend the current lease at the Seabreeze Inne until July 15, 2022. “I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation for generously extending the lease at the Seabreeze Inne, providing people with a safe roof over their heads for the past six months,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “BC Housing continues to work diligently to build the new permanent supportive housing facility at Drake Road.” BC Housing has been leasing the Seabreeze Inne from the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation since January 2022. Residents are receiving support services from the Salt Spring a…
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