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2022 General Local Election Candidate Profile - Rob Pingle

The 2022 General Local Elections are on October 15, 2022. Election profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature candidates who are running for local office. These short interviews are structured so that we can quickly and easily learn more about each of the candidates and a bit more about why we might consider voting for them. All candidates have been invited to participate. This profile is from Rob Pingle who is running as a candidate for School Board Trustee. Tell us a bit about your background: I moved to Salt Spring Island when my oldest daughter was beginning Kindergarten at Salt Spring Elementary. Previous to that I had lived in Victoria BC, Australia, Ontario, Newfoundland and Alberta. Once here I was lucky to get to spend lots of time at the school with my youngest, as that was the first year of the Early Learning for Families program. I volunteered to run the Toy Library for Salt Spring Community Services and also became Chairperson for the SSE PAC. Within …
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2022 General Local Election Candidate Profile - Ben Corno

The 2022 General Local Elections are on October 15, 2022. Election profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature candidates who are running for local office. These short interviews are structured so that we can quickly and easily learn more about each of the candidates and a bit more about why we might consider voting for them. All candidates have been invited to participate. This profile is from Ben Corno who is running as a candidate for Islands Trust Trustee. Tell us a bit about your background: I have worked outside for 21 years now! Not bad for a lad of 38. In 2010 I began volunteering at Foxglove Farm when I could find time after work, or on the weekend, and in July 2010 started working with Michael and his crew full-time. Since that July, I have been growing vegetables from Spring to Fall, every year. In 2013, my partner, Kaleigh Barton, and I started leasing land from the Farmlands Trust at the Burgoyne Valley Community Farm. Our business, Heavenly Roots Vege…
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Fundraiser for Salt Spring Community Park helps put the finish line in sight

The campaign to acquire 75 acres on Hwmet’utsum (Mt. Maxwell) for a community park took a major leap forward this past Monday, with a fund-raising dinner at Foxglove Farm hosted by Michael Ableman and Jeanne-Marie Herman, and organized by local non-profit Salt Spring Solutions with the help of partners, local businesses and other volunteers. More than 80 community members came together to pledge over $150,000 during the event. Host and MC Ableman humorously held the apple tartine dessert hostage until they reached the night’s goal. Haidee Hart, familiar to Salt Springers who love her wares at Woodshed Provisions, created the dessert, and was one of four renowned chefs who collaborated on the meal. After an initial serving of warming bone broth, Maxime Durand of Eva Schnitzelhaus in Victoria led the way with melon and salmon salads. Galiano’s Pilgrimme chefs Melanie Witt and Jesse McCleery followed with beautiful vegetable pizzas, and Dave Gunawan of Vancouver’s Ubuntu Can…
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2022 General Local Election Candidate Profile - Jesse Brown

The 2022 General Local Elections are on October 15, 2022. Election profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature candidates who are running for local office. These short interviews are structured so that we can quickly and easily learn more about each of the candidates and a bit more about why we might consider voting for them. All candidates have been invited to participate. This profile is from Jesse Brown who is running as a candidate for Capital Regional District Director. Tell us a bit about your background: I am a professional in my late 30s who cares a lot about our community and the natural world. I have a strong work ethic and sense of duty which is why I’ve worked at and volunteered for not-for-profits and charities, as well as progressive political causes, my whole life. Family is very important to me and I wouldn’t be doing this without the love of my partner, step-daughters, and parents. What brought you to the area? My Grandma built a house here in 1…
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Investigation into impaired driving leads to drug seizure

On September 6, 2022, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Salt Spring RCMP officers responded to a parking lot on Jackson Rd after receiving a report that a man was passed out in a car. Officers attended the area and conducted a traffic stop with that vehicle and determined that the driver, a 26-year-old man of no fixed address, appeared to be under the influence of an illicit drug. As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested and a search of his vehicle yielded multiple baggies of prepackaged suspected methamphetamine. Police also located scales, drug paraphernalia and a relatively large amount of cash which were seized. The accused is scheduled for his first appearance in Salt Spring law court in January 2023. Police will continue to focus attention on those trafficking illicit drugs, especially those that contribute to the toxic drug supply poisoning those suffering with addictions. said Sgt. Clive Seabrook of the Salt Spring RCMP.
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Obituary: Wendy Carol Mullan

Wendy Carol Mullan 1957 to 2022 It is with the most profound sadness that our family wants to inform her community that Wendy Mullan left us. Daughter of the late John and Patricia Mullan, Wendy was born in Vancouver in 1957 and in 1961 her family moved to Toronto. At eighteen, Wendy visited the island and like most of us fell in love with it and stayed. Long-time islanders might remember her as a beautiful young woman waitressing at The Harbour House or at the Kanaka restaurant. At the age of 23 she fell for a nomadic tree planter and (like she would say) made him her guy. Together they raised a family while managing a silviculture company. With her partner working all over the province and while taking care of her children at home, she managed with great effectiveness the office work and, before the prevalence of wireless phones, communications between the field and the outside world. In 1998 they sold their company and Wendy concentrated on her gardening busine…
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ASK Salt Spring with five of the seven candidates for Salt Spring’s two Islands Trustee positions

Twenty-five, including five of the seven candidates for Salt Spring’s two Islands Trustee positions, gathered in the United Church Meadow to discuss the Islands Trust and candidates’ plans if they are elected. (Note: Election day is Saturday, October 15, but you also have two advanced polling opportunities on Wednesday, October 5 and 12, 8-8 at the Library, Community Gospel Chapel, and a Saanich location. Candidates Islands Trust for our local election are: Ben Corno, Gary Gagne, Jamie Harris, Donald Marcotte, Jenny McClean, Incumbent Laura Patrick, and Elissa Poole. If you would like to see the nomination documents and some biographies of our Islands Trust candidates, please see the Islands Trust site.(Note: While only five of the seven candidates were able to join this ASK Salt Spring gathering, all seven were invited to participate.) This gathering in the Meadow was a soft campaign launch for some. It was also one of many opportunities to learn about our…
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2022 General Local Election Candidate Profile - Elissa Poole

The 2022 General Local Elections are on October 15, 2022. Election profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature candidates who are running for local office. These short interviews are structured so that we can quickly and easily learn more about each of the candidates and a bit more about why we might consider voting for them. All candidates have been invited to participate. This profile is from Elissa Poole who is running as a candidate for Islands Trust Trustee. Tell us a bit about your background? I was a classical musician for most of my working life, and as all gig-workers know, one job’s often not enough. So I also wrote for the Globe and Mail and a few other magazines for 20 years, and I was a regular artist-in residence at a university in Australia in the late 80s early 90s—I attended my first conference on sea level rise there in 1987. In 2000 I decided to stay put and teach at the University of Victoria. Recently I’ve been working to conserve a beautiful fore…
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