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Local Branch of SPCA Wins $17,500

“I’ve left the manager of the SPCA a voice mail and sent an email. I can’t wait to connect with him tomorrow!” These were Ann Marie Davidson’s words on the evening of February 24, right after the seventh meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring Island. She had delivered the winning presentation about the needs of the Salt Spring Island Branch of the BC SPCA. Her words convinced members of the women’s high-impact philanthropy group to vote for the local SPCA, earning the charity about $17,500. She explained her excitement in her email to us: “I am happy beyond words. Animals have been key to my happiness my entire life, and I feel like I’ve done something really meaningful since I’ve retired, for a cause that I feel so passionate about. Sharing my mom’s story was an emotional journey for me. I knew it would be touch and go whether I could hold together my emotions.” In her presentation, Ann Marie spoke about her mother’s relationship with a feline companion. “Havi…
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Watch: 2021 International Women's Day — "Choose to Challenge"

Enjoy a unique and celebratory collaboration between local musicians, activists, poets, performing artists, and youth as they explore this year's evocative theme for International Women's Day (IWD) — "Choose to Challenge". Filmed here on Salt Spring Island by a talented team at Mahon Hall, the production features Kisae Petersen & Janine Fernandes-Hayden, Doriana Chessa & Azlan Coffey, Tiff/Fanny Wightman, Naomi Jason, Molly Murphy, Yael Wand, Shamana Ali, Marta McKeever, Nayana Fielkov and Barbara Marie Slater. Please note that this film contains passionate self expression. Be advised there is some strong language and sparse profanity. https://youtu.be/eNaItS-8k0c Thank you to Country Grocer, John LeFebvre and Hilary Watson for their generous support of this project. Produced by IWAV, The Circle and Graffiti Theatre with support from the Province Of British Columbia. The production crew who made the film possible were Director: Rebecca Nygard; Filming: Darcy Beck…
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Watch the COVID Musical Chronicles: 02 - “Lo Que Yo Prefiero” by El Jose

The Salt Spring Arts Council invited eight Salt Spring Island musical acts to historic Mahon Hall and asked them to perform one song to share with our community. Throughout March we’re releasing COVID Musical Chronicles, eight videos that remind us that music is a balm for hard times. These video Chronicles are also a call to get behind our local musicians – let’s make sure they know how much we love our incredible home-grown talent. Watch all the chronicles as they are released here on the Exchange at: saltspringexchange.com/covid-musical-chronicles Watch COVID Musical Chronicles 02: “Lo Que Yo Prefiero” by El Jose https://youtu.be/NMqFPrD8t-8 Follow El Jose on Facebook and/or Instagram. Thanks to Harley Dunn at Chasm Audio for doing sound and Sydney Woodward for the camera work.
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Watch: 'Abandoned Dreams' Documentary Features Local Work of the Dead Boat Disposal Society

Derelict and abandoned boats are one of the most frustrating and alarming issues faced by British Columbia’s coastal communities today. Reaching the end of their usable life cycle, with current disposal options being prohibitively expensive and no way to track ownership, old sail and powerboats are being left to rot on their moorings in public anchorages and bays in staggering numbers. Not only do these vessels clog up BC’s most prized destinations and waterways but they often end up drifting onto beaches and into public property—costing taxpayers and communities millions of dollars in damage and environmental clean-up each year. The Documentary After covering this issue in Pacific Yachting, we continued to monitor the problem and heard from many people in the boating community that this was a growing concern. In the fall of 2019, we were presented with an opportunity from Sportsman Channel Canada to share the story as a documentary. Abandoned Dreams looks into th…
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COVID-19: Salt Spring Seniors Can Begin Booking Immunizations Next Week

Island Health authority has revealed the locations of more than a dozen upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the region. Island Health says it will continue to update the list as changes are required. British Columbia will begin rolling out its COVID-19 mass vaccination program in full next week, and will allow seniors to begin booking their immunization appointments on March 8. Here is Island Health’s most up-to-date list of vaccine locations: Campbell River - Campbell River Community Centre (401 11 Ave) Comox - CFB Comox - Glacier Gardens Arena (1399 Military Row) Duncan - Cowichan Community Centre (2687 James St) Esquimalt - Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt Rd) Langford - Eagle Ridge Arena (1089 Langford Pkwy) Nanaimo - Beban Park (2300 Bowen Rd) Nanaimo - Cedar Community Hall (2388 Cedar Rd) Port Alberni - Alberni Athletic Hall (3727 Roger St) Port Hardy - Port Hardy Health Unit (7070 Market St) Port McNeill - Port McNei…
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Watch the COVID Musical Chronicles: 01 - “Aqua Spinner” by IRTH

The Salt Spring Arts Council invited eight Salt Spring Island musical acts to historic Mahon Hall and asked them to perform one song to share with our community. Throughout March we’re releasing COVID Musical Chronicles, eight videos that remind us that music is a balm for hard times. These video Chronicles are also a call to get behind our local musicians – let’s make sure they know how much we love our incredible home-grown talent. Watch all the chronicles as they are released here on the Exchange at: saltspringexchange.com/covid-musical-chronicles Watch COVID Musical Chronicles 01: “Aqua Spinner” by IRTH, Marley IRedale and Jesse Thom https://youtu.be/wtb1-upxe9I Follow their work at irth.ca Thanks to Harley Dunn at Chasm Audio for doing sound and Sydney Woodward for the camera work.
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BC Ferries Launches New Fare Options for Vancouver – Vancouver Island Routes

BC Ferries announced the launch of new fare options today on the three Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes. These new fares will benefit customers travelling for essential purposes only and once it’s safe to resume non-essential travel, all customers will be able to take advantage of more fare choices. In addition to BC Ferries’ At Terminal and Reservation Only fares, customers currently travelling for essential purposes will immediately be able to take advantage of a new Saver fare and Prepaid fare. The Saver fare is BC Ferries’ most affordable fare and will be available on less busy sailings, while the Prepaid fare lets customers book and pay for their full travel in advance, saving time at terminal check-in. These new fare options are available for advanced purchase only. BC Ferries expects these additional fare options will reduce sailing waits at popular times, make better use of all sailings and help make the ferry system more efficient. “Our routes between Me…
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ASK Salt Spring with the Chamber’s New ED, Jesse Brown, and President, Darryl Martin

After an acknowledgment of the Coast Salish people upon whose occupied land this meeting took place, the 10 individuals joining this ASK Salt Spring gathering welcomed special guests: our Chamber’s new Executive Director, Jesse Brown, and President, Darryl Martin. At 11:00 the twelve of us launched into a varied and rich conversation. Darryl began by thanking ASK Salt Spring for the opportunity to join this gathering along with Jesse Brown, the Chamber’s newly hired Executive Director. He continued by acknowledging the damaging economic and social realities impacting Chamber businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Darryl identified three priorities of the Salt Spring’s Chamber of Commerce: Helping local enterprises address the impacts of COVID-19 shutdowns. Improving the vibe of Ganges and working towards the extension of the Harbourwalk. Revitalizing the Salt Spring Island Visitors’ Centre. We learned that these priorities were only a beginning and…
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