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The Salt Spring Exchange was founded in 2008. Since then, it has helped facilitate many successes in our community thanks to the thousands of active participants who use this site and who are keen to help each other.

Via the Exchange, Salt Springers buy, sell, trade and free-cycle a lot of stuff everyday.  As a result, truckloads of trash have become treasure.  Lost pet announcements on the Exchange have helped dozens of pets have found their way home. Community groups have been able to tell their stories and draw people to their events.  Islanders have connected with each other, found jobs and learned from one another. New people to Salt Spring have made connections that have eased their transition into a new community.  And some local small businesses have even gotten their start and gained exposure to keep going through this active online community.

In 2010 The Salt Spring Exchange was awarded the Business Ambassadors of the Year Award from the Salt Spring Chamber of commerce.

The website receives over 12,000 absolute unique visits per month, who view an average of more than 340,000 page views per month (3.5+ million per year). While most site visitors are from Canada and the United States, we get traffic to the site from over 90 different countries around the world.* Fans of Salt Spring everywhere use this site.

The service is supported by our very popular mailing list which has grown to include many thousands of residents and interested visitors. This is a unique resource that countless islanders have come to trust and rely on as a high quality communications and media service that puts Salt Spring residents in the drivers seat of telling their own stories.

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  • Incorporation: Email to a Friend

    by on 21 hours ago - Comments

    I don’t think there are meaningful answers to the questions you have raised. I think the actual vision for Salt Spring is still best articulated in the Islands Trust object: “to preserve and protect the environment and amenities of the Gulf Islands for all British Columbians.” I haven’t heard any articulation of another vision for […]

  • Incorporation: Development Pressure Inhe...

    by on August 18, 2017 - Comments

    First, please just grab a coffee and sit on a bench in centennial park, or have a seat at Barb’s or T’J’s or in your own kitchen, and hear me out.. actually, in this case, read me out. Let’s put the “fearmongering” accusation aside for just a moment and explore the factual relationship of development […]

  • Incorporation: A Chance to Express Who W...

    by on August 18, 2017 - Comments

    What an opportunity we have before us! We have a chance to truly express who we are, our past and importantly, our values as they relate to our future. Now we have the opportunity to dispel the undeserved title: C.A.V.E. dwellers (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) by spearheading the measured and exciting change that will propel […]

  • Incorporation: Order Vs. Chaos

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    For me the Sept 9th referendum is a vote of order-vs-chaos. Salt Spring’s quaint hodge-podge of electoral and improvement districts represents anything but order, in my opinion. It’s a creature with many tentacles but no brain. Just look around: No acceptable traffic plan in Fulford village; inadequately marked walking trails; none of the roads leading […]

  • Incorporation: Harold Swierenga is Votin...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    Listen to the wisdom of our elders: Harold Swierenga, has been a Co-op Farm Director, Commercial Farmer, Economics Professor, and has a ton experience in local governance. 8 years experience as municipal councillor and reeve of municipality in Ontario. Served as Warden (head) of Lanark County Council. Served as a director of Federation of Canadian […]

  • Incorporation: The More Beautiful Our He...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    In The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible, Charles Eisenstein very clearly distinguishes that we are in the process of transitioning from an Old Economy, that ensures our demise, to a New Economy that is essential, not optional, if we are to survive as a species. (He is very clear that the transition […]

  • Incorporation: Where Is the Larger Voice...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    Salt Spring is in the midst of an incorporation campaign as everyone on our island knows. But who else knows? I love all our Gulf Islands and want to protect them all from over and inappropriate development. I have a hard time abiding views of others who can only see what is good for them […]

  • Incorporation: The Facts About Our Roads...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    The Final Incorporation Study Report repeats, at least eight times, that Salt Spring taxpayers put pay $90,000 more per year into the in Provincial Rural Taxes than they get back in road works. How accurate is this? The report estimates that an average of $1,360,000 was spent annually in routine maintenance in recent years, or […]

  • Incorporation: Response to Open Letter t...

    by on August 16, 2017 - Comments

    A group of ex-Fire Board Trustees have written a letter to the current trustees chastising them for not coming out in favour of incorporation after an attempt was made to strong arm them to do so. Our current trustees sensibly waited to hear what the “no” folks had to say. That group didn’t ask the […]