The Local Trust Committee (LTC) invites you to attend either of two upcoming open houses to learn more about the proposed Bylaw 530 (Accessory Dwelling Units). The open houses will be held from 12:00 to 3:00 PM on June 6 at the Salt Spring Public Library (129 McPhillips Ave) and from 12:00 to 3:00 PM on June 10 at the Legion’s Meaden Hall (120 Blain Road).
The LTC held a “Town Hall and Questions” session at Fulford Hall Seniors Centre between 5:00 and 7:00 PM on May 17th. We were grateful for those who came out to ask questions and engage with the trustees. The LTC will hold its next evening “Town Hall and Questions” session on July 12, 2023, at Legion’s Meaden Hall.
We held our regular LTC meeting on May 18. This report summarizes the meeting highlights. For the official record and for more details, please refer to the minutes and/or view recordings of the meetings.
At the May 18th meeting the following decisions were made related to a land use applications and r…
Thirty gathered to welcome Salt Spring Solutions board members, Elizabeth FitzZaland and Mairi Welman, for a discussion of their recently-released housing paper, Homes for Islanders -- An Integrated Housing Solutions Framework for Salt Spring Island.
After their Territorial Acknowledgement, we were all asked: How many of you have read our report? A significant number had, in fact, read it.
Mairi then offered the context around the creation of Homes for Islanders. Last year, despite a rather significant effort by the volunteers of Salt Spring Solutions to raise public awareness about the housing issues on our island and actively campaigning for Bylaw 530 approval, the LTC did not legalize secondary suites.
Salt Spring Solutions board members concluded that, while their campaign had significantly raised public awareness, they had not been effective in achieving change at the policy level. They decided to take a step back, and they spent the summer discussing what strateg…
I am excited to host Hon. Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, this Friday at ASK Salt Spring to discuss transportation issues on Salt Spring Island.
I invited Minister Fleming following a visit from Minister Mike Farnworth earlier this Spring where we discussed public safety on Salt Spring. Transportation was repeatedly raised as a top public safety concern and it remains a high-traffic topic of correspondence to me from Salt Spring residents.
We will hear from you about a range of issues including BC Ferries, road maintenance and repairs, and upgrades to the Fulford-Vesuvius corridor to accommodate active transportation like walking and cycling more safely.
Minister Fleming has been responsive to our advocacy regarding the needs of Salt Spring Island, and I look forward to his visit so you can raise your ideas and concerns with him directly.
A year ago, the Ministry commissioned a cycling safety review of the corridor, and with the recommend…
Thomas (Tom) John Davies passed away on the morning of May 23rd, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was too young to leave us, just 34 years old. Tom was held and surrounded by his mom and dad and his closest family who will carry him with them for the rest of their lives, especially in the moments that speak to Tom's passions in this world.
Tom was an incredible angler and loved to cast off-shore whenever he had a moment to do so. Tom loved the peace and quiet of 'hurrying up and waiting' for a bite, though he did get restless if the rod-ends weren't bending and was constantly tweaking and adjusting his setup to find that elusive catch. His mind worked that way, always trying to optimize and perfect what he was doing. Even as a little kid Tom took things apart just to understand how they worked. That same approach carried over into the kitchen where Tom, completely self-taught, learned how to make iconic delights like macarons (a fancy French cookie). His favour…
Salt Spring Island went to the polls for the community's first Local Community Commission (LCC) election. Polls closed at 8 PM and votes from advanced voting and today's official election day have been counted. Fifteen candidates sought 4 LCC positions over 29 days of campaigning. Here are the preliminary results as posted this evening by Deputy Returning Officer, Anthony Kennedy:
The final results could vary if the preliminary results are successfully challenged or the initial totals are incorrect. The Declaration of Official Results are expected by May 31st, 2023.
Preliminary results of the LCC election at close of voting, Saturday, 27 May
(The results are preliminary until certified by the Chief Election Officer, within 30 days)
On May 17th, Penelakut and Salt Spring communities came together to witness the unveiling of new interpretive signage by Fernwood Wharf, and to share a celebratory meal on the lawns of the Fernwood Café. The crowd included Penelakut Elders, knowledge keepers and community members, Fernwood School students, and many Salt Spring community members.
Also present were members of the extended Sampson family, descendants of Penelakut Lucy Peatson and Henry Sampson, an early settler at Fernwood.
The two panels, back to back on a cedar frame, explore the historical and current relationship of the Penelakut People to Tl’elhum (Salt Spring Island) and its surrounding waters using art, photographs and testimony. Created under the guidance of the Penelakut Sulxwe’en (Elders Group) the panel content is the result of four years’ relationship-building between the Penelakut people and the small Salt Spring project team, part of the Salt Spring Historical Society and Archives.
Community members created and built the Market, Centennial Park, the gazebo and boardwalk, Mouat's Park, Tsunami Circus, the former school which is now SIMS, the Pool, the library which was donated to the CRD and torn down and replaced, and the water districts. As community members built these items for the community, public input is a necessary part of the Salt Spring model. I advocated for continued and increases ability of the public to participate in town halls, and input into all aspects of CRD functions on Salt Spring Island. Citizens of Salt Spring must have the chance to get to the microphone and speak to the LCC and the CRD.
Beverley Anne Lillyman (née Bakes) 1936 - 2023
Bev passed away peacefully in her sleep at Greenwoods Thursday May 18, 2023. Bev was a painter, art teacher and weaver.
Bev was born in Montreal to parents Hazel & Norman Bakes. Brothers David & Norman followed before they moved out to Vancouver in 1948 before graduating King Ed High School in 1954. Bev married Ronald Watt in 1957 and raised sons Dallas & Lloyd in Vancouver until she remarried the love of her life, James Lillyman in 1971. Dallas married Heather Cameron and gave Bev Grandchildren Jackie & Ryan. Lloyd married Kathy Champagne and gave her Grandchildren Christopher and Matthew. Bev had 4 Great Grandchildren, Jayden (Jackie’s), Elyse & Jacob (Christopher’s) & Angelina (Matthew’s).
Jim & Bev dedicated much of their time in Vancouver to Scouting. Bev’s Cub Pack name was Bagheera. Jim & Bev moved to Salt Spring in 1989 and built a house on North End Road until they moved to Brinkwor…
The District Parent Advocacy Committee represents the parents of School District 64 to support, encourage and improve the quality of education and the well-being of students. As we approach the Salt Spring Local Community Commission (LCC) elections on May 27th, 2023, in an effort to increase thoughtful voting we have engaged the candidates to answer five questions on topics relevant to our school district families. Please review these and then VOTE! Learn more about where, how and why you should vote in the 2023 Local Community Commission elections.
How do you think the LCC can affect life for families and therefore improve the family population on SSI?
Create stable, housing and activities for children and for adults
Jennifer "Jenny" McClean
I would like to learn about the use of SIMS, the use of the pool, and the use of the childcare facilities and programs run by CRD and be a connection between the CRD and the school community.
Photo: Maggie Naphtali on the left and Lila Manz from Gulf Islands Secondary School
As British Columbia grapples with an early and intense wildfire season, members of Transition Salt Spring's Climate Adaptation Research Lab (CARL), restoration ecology students from the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, along with students from the Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS) were restoring the forest understory and planting native plants on Hwmet'utsum (Mt. Maxwell). Their efforts, undertaken during the May Victoria Day long weekend, are shedding light on the crucial role of native plants in protecting all of us from wildfires.
Although we are still in May, the Salt Spring Fire Rescue just announced that most open burning activities are prohibited on Salt Spring Island, and nothing bigger than a campfire is allowed to burn as of noon Thursday, May 18th. This is in an effort to help reduce wildfire risk and protect public safety.
The restoration effor…