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Islands Trust Salt Spring Island Trustees report for 2023 March

The Local Trust Committee met on March 16, 2023 and this report summarizes the highlights of that meeting.  For the official record, please refer to the minutes and/or watch a recording of the meeting for more details. At the March meeting the following decisions were made related to land use applications and referrals.  We: Responded with “interests unaffected” to a Crown Lease referral (No. 150628182) for a commercial dock in Cowichan Bay. In other actions taken at the December meeting we: Gave three readings to Bylaw 535 Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy.  This bylaw, when adopted, will replace the current bylaws that were adopted in 1994.  The revised bylaws are in response to the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Endorsed and agreed to be the recipient for grant funds in support of Island Pathways’ application to the BC Active Transportation Grants Network Planning stream for the Salish Sea Trail Network Plan…
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Capital Regional District 2023 financial plans approved

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board approved the 2023 financial plan at a Special Board meeting on March 29. The Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) 2023 Financial Plan was approved at a Special Board meeting on March 15. The Capital Regional Housing Corporation (CRHC) Financial Plans were approved by the CRHC Board on December 14, 2022. “The Board acknowledges that inflation and economic pressures are impacting everybody,” said CRD Board Chair Colin Plant. “Our 2023 financial plans have been developed with a prudent and sustainable approach that allows us to continue to protect and deliver the vital services that residents depend on, while investing in community needs.” The CRD, CRHD and CRHC financial plans combine to form a consolidated budget totalling $690 million. The consolidated operating portion, $398 million, will fund a range of regional, sub-regional, and local services to over 432,000 people. The consolidated capital portion targets $292 million i…
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Archipelago exhibition highlights collaboration between Salish Sea art communities

Anna Gustafson - Photo Credit: Sophia Burke

In April and May, Salt Spring Island will host the much-anticipated international visual arts exhibition and cultural exchange Archipelago: Contemporary Art of the Salish Sea, a collaboration between the creators and communities of the Southern Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands, two of North America’s most feted art communities. It marks the first time a cross-border exhibition of this size and calibre has been launched in the region. Framed as “twelve artists, six mediums, three exhibitions, two countries, one sea,” the descriptor orients visitors to the structure and theme of the exhibition. Curated by Canadians Richard Steel and Patrick McCallum and American Peter Lane, six Southern Gulf Island artists and six San Juan Island artists were selected for their thoughtful and boundary-pushing work in six mediums – painting, printmaking, sculpture/installation, glasswork, photography, and tapes…
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2023 Country Grocer 'Me & My Pet' Photo Contest

Maybe it’s a hamster, a rooster, some donkeys, a dog, a new kitten or even a turtle. Our pets enrich our lives. Country Grocer’s Pet Food Department and the Salt Spring Exchange want to celebrate National Pet Day with a Photo Contest. It’s a great excuse to show Salt Spring the pets we love. We want you in the photo too! Have a look at all the entries received so far below. So please send us a photo of you and your pet using the form below and we’ll put it up on the Salt Spring Exchange for all to see. Check back here regularly to see the approved entries as they are submitted. At noon on Monday, April 10th, 2023, we’ll randomly choose the three winners and announce them here on the Salt Spring Exchange: Here are this year's prizes donated by Country Grocer: First prize: A gift for your pet and a $150 gift card for you Second prize: A gift for your pet and a $100 gift card for you Third Prize: A gift for your pet and a $50 gift card for you Here are the guidelines…
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2023 North Salt Spring Waterworks District Election Candidate Profile - Leigh Large

The North Salt Spring Waterworks District (NSSWD) provides potable water to a large portion of Salt Spring Island, including over 5,500 year-round residents, the hospital, schools, hotels and restaurants, and many island businesses in the village of Ganges. The District’s trustees are elected officials who serve a three-year term on behalf of the District ratepayers. Elections take place at the Annual General Meeting – usually held in April of each year. To be eligible as a nominee candidates must be a Canadian Citizen, 18 years of age or older, an owner of land in the North Salt Spring Waterworks District whose account is in good standing, and entitled to be registered as a voter under the Elections Act. Trustees are elected by the ratepayers of the District who are present at the Annual General Meeting to represent them and make decisions on their behalf for a term of three years. Trustees receive a small honorarium for their services which include; attending one or …
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EV Charging - Failure to connect

Normally, our free public electric vehicle chargers are very reliable, but I have had reports of folks having issues with the new unit at Island Savings. I suspect part of the issue comes down to manufacturing tolerances. Anything manufactured has a range of acceptable sizes. Light bulbs made by one manufacturer have to fit into sockets made by another manufacturer, so there are manufacturing specifications. But there is always some allowable variance - wiggle room. For EV charging wands and sockets, it appears that the allowable variance is quite small, but it exists, and together with some environmental factors, the connection can fail. Here is a really good example of manufacturing tolerance (or maybe I should call it Intolerance ???). We own two identical two-cup pyrex kitchen measuring vessels - almost identical. Things were not working out well in our kitchen and I finally sourced an issue. If you lined the vessels up (see photo), they are not the same height. An…
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Obituary: James Thomas Fogarty

James Thomas Fogarty: 1947 – 2023 We are heartbroken to announce that Jim has passed away after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. Jim was born in Chicago on January 5, 1947 to Jim and Elaine Fogarty. He had two sisters and a large extended family with many cousins. He attended Wabash College where he served as editor of the school newspaper. Jim and Noni first met as friends in California in the 1970s. Jim headed north to British Columbia where Noni later came to visit him and they fell in love. Over the next decade, they spent time exploring BC, making maple syrup in Minnesota, and living in North Vancouver. Every Spring, Jim would return to Chicago to work the tax season in his father’s accounting firm. It was an old friend who urged them to check out Salt Spring Island, and once they did, they knew this was home. Details like how to find a house and a job never bothered Jim. He and Noni settled in the south end of Salt Spring, had four kids, grew veggies…
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Obituary: Rafael Corcione

Rafael Corcione of New Westminster, BC, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers, family & many friends. He was born in Naples Italy to loving parents and had 6 wonderful siblings. At the age of 21 he immigrated to Halifax but disliked the climate intensely, so kept moving west until he reached Vancouver. He settled in the community of Kerrisdale where he owned and operated a successful hair salon and raised his family. It wasn’t until he retired that he moved to New Westminster where he began a new chapter and met many wonderful friends. Rafael had many hobbies, but his true joy was spending time at his property on Salt Spring Island tending his garden. He was a force with an easy charm, and a true maverick who lived life on his terms; he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services to be held at St Peters Church New Westminster BC March 28th, 2023 at 12:00pm …
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