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About Christopher Roy

Christopher is the Founder and Account Director of the Salt Spring Exchange and the Founder and Director of Digital Marketing at Marketworks .

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Free: Swing Set

Free swing set with slide. Needs some tender loving care, or not, works!

June 4, 2019
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Wanted: Used Carpet

Looking for a piece of used carpet in good/great condition about 11’x11′ or larger. Trying to upcycle before looking at buying something new. Have any […]

June 3, 2019

Salt Spring Island Artisanal ‘Windstorm’ Firewood

    Editorial & Opinions, News & Events    March 5, 2019

In all the years I’ve lived on Salt Spring, few issues have held the attention of locals and visitors alike than firewood. Now, if you asked someone what the ongoing, burning issues of the day are on the island, firewood probably wouldn’t come to mind first and though, think about this for just a minute. […]

Winners! – 2019 Country Grocer Valentine’s Photo Contest

    People & Places, People Profiles, Photos & Videos    February 14, 2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Country Grocer Valentine’s ‘Show Us Your Love’ photo contest. The winning participants receives a $150 dinner at Auntie Pestos, two runners up get a $50 Country Grocer gift card and each participating couple receives a one-time Country Grocer voucher for 15% off which expires on March […]

Video: Time-Lapse – Watch Ganges Transform from Sunny to Snowy

    Local News, Photos & Videos, Travel & Transportation    February 11, 2019

Wow. Watch the transformation of Ganges from our Salt Spring Exchange Live Cam at the Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue hall in town. The day started out cold, clear and sunny and transformed in just a few short hours to a snowy wonderland!      

Photos: Severe Wind Storm Ravages Island – Hydro and Road Status Updates

    Health & Wellness, News & Events, Travel & Transportation    December 21, 2018

Scroll down to see all current storm photos and the full list of all storm related hydro, water advisory and warming centre updates. Most recent updates are at the top. ROAD CLOSURE – 9:40 am Friday, January 4, 2019 – There is a slide at 289 Stewart Road – Road is closed. People living 289 […]

Buy Local, Including Your Local Media

    News & Events, People & Places    December 3, 2018

The BC Buy Local campaign celebrates local business to promote the contributions that BC businesses make to our local economy and our communities. The goal of the campaign is to illuminate the local market, making BC-based businesses, products, food and wines more visible to consumers. Think about this too when you spend time online, where […]

2018 Salt Spring Chamber Salty Award Winners and Photos

    Business Profiles, People & Places    November 9, 2018

The Salt Spring community came out last night for a beautiful evening to celebrate local businesses, people, places and the many charms of Salt Spring Island. After numerous years of experimenting with the format for honouring local businesses and people, the Salt Spring Chamber really seems to have struck a nice rhythm of creating a […]

Poll: Pro Rep Referendum Vote Mail In Parade Photos and Video

    Governance & Politics    November 4, 2018

Local proportional representation advocates gathered this past Saturday to share their support for changing our provincial voting system to a proportional system from our current first past the post system (FPTP). British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail from […]

Rant: Road Work Salt Spring Style?

    Travel & Transportation    August 25, 2018

I’m not the kind of person to rant. I’m more of a ‘let’s be creative and craft good ideas’ kind of person. But this? This would seem to deserve a rant. I can’t see the creativity or the crafting of good ideas here. Maybe I’m missing something? Clear road lines on narrow, winding, often shoulderless, […]

Video and Photos: New Bike Park Opens to Applause – Ribbon Cutting

    Health & Wellness, People & Places, Photos & Videos    August 6, 2018

After years of consultation, planning, design and community engagement The Salt Spring Lions Commemorative Bike Park opened today with a big turn out from the community. Dozens of families, bikes in tow, joined the project sponsors, managers and supporters in the opening of the island’s first bike park. The family bike park is a dirt […]

Grand Opening of the Salt Spring Island Lions Memorial Bike Park

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    July 31, 2018

Beshano Bike Trials Club will be putting on a free bike stunt show at the Grand Opening of the Lions Memorial Bike Park on August 6th, 2018. Show are at 11:40am and 12:40pm and are 20 mins each. This is a free customer appreciation family event courtesy of OutSpokin Bike Shop. Come out to the […]

Video: Bike Park Build in Progress

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    July 10, 2018

Update: New photos of the bike park in progress coming in. New wooden trail features are now install. The new bike park will be open soon. Stay tuned for updates on the opening day announcement. Well Salt Spring Island families and kids are in for a real treat. The amazing local team behind the creation […]

Work Progressing on the Xwaaqw’um Big Canoe – Carver’s Host Fernwood Nature Class Visits

    Indigenous News, People & Places    June 1, 2018

The 32’ foot-long snuhwulh (big canoe), carved from a single 710 year old X’pey (western red cedar tree) downed in a river valley windstorm will be finished over the next month or so for the Xwaaqw’um Project (aka Burgoyne Bay). “The Hul’q’umi’num word for canoe is snuhwulh, which means to transport people,” says Joe Akerman, local community organizer for the Xwaaqw’um Project […]

Photos: Fernwood School’s “Great Water Walk” 2018

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    May 24, 2018

The students and staff of Fernwood School once again be walked in support of SOPAR’s village well projects in India. SOPAR is a non-profit, non-governmental, Canadian/Indian organization that supports community-driven development throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh. Classes walked to St Mary’s Lake to collect water and carry it back to Fernwood, experiencing what millions […]

Islanders Get First Look at Proposed Bike Park Concept

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    March 25, 2018

The Salt Spring community received its first look at the proposed children’s bike park today at a community open house designed to solicit feedback on the proposed park. The heavily attended event offered participants a chance to review the project background, conceptual design plan as well as the opportunity to meet with project co-ordinators, landscape […]

What Was That Big Rumbling Tonight?

    News & Events    January 17, 2018

Did you hear the heavy rumbling and shaking tonight around 7:35 PM? At first we though it might be an earthquake. We could hear it first but also feel it even though there was nothing shaking. Then thought maybe it was testing at the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges (CFMETR) in Nanoose Bay. […]

Animated Short Film ‘Fox And The Whale’ Inspired by Salt Spring

    Art & Design, People & Places    December 6, 2017

Watch this. It’s beautiful and it was inspired by a visit to Salt Spring Island by its creator Robin Joseph who now lives in Toronto. The short film was just nominated for an Oscar and is one step closer to being a short-listed as a finalist. Those of us that live here know how inspiring […]

Salt Spring’s 2017 Business Award Winners

    Business Profiles    October 20, 2017

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce took a fresh approach to the Business Awards this year. The awards were broken into 2 categories, Community and Business Awards. Voting was done entirely by the community online rather then by closed vote. Winners receive a ‘Salty Award’ and over 50 awards will be given out in the […]

Salt Spring’s 2017 Community Award Winners – Salt Spring Exchange Wins Media Award

    Business Profiles, News & Events    October 18, 2017

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce took a fresh approach to the Business Awards this year. The awards were broken into 2 categories, Community and Business Awards. Voting was done entirely by the community online rather then by closed vote. Winners receive a ‘Salty Award’ and over 50 awards will be given out in the […]

Breaking News: Salt Spring Incorporation Official Vote Results

    Governance & Politics, Local News, News & Events    September 9, 2017

Here are the official, preliminary, incorporation referendum election results. These results were posted tonight by Anthony (Tony) Kennedy, Salt Spring’s Election Officer. The final, official results still need to be verified by the Chief Election Officer before they are confirmed as final. Ballots were counted by hand while the full process was reviewed by scrutineers […]

Incorporation Poll: How Would You Vote if You Voted Today?

    Governance & Politics, Polls & Surveys    August 28, 2017

Well we’re getting down to it now. The incorporation referendum vote is just over a week away. Advance voting starts this week. There have been dozens and dozens of stories, opinions and editorials published weighing pros and cons. Discussion is active all around the island and online. Many members of our community have stood up […]

Incorporation: Debate Live Stream Hosted on the Exchange

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 21, 2017

(Note: The video archive of the debate is available here now that the live stream is complete. There were a total of 1148 people who watched the stream at different times during the time it was live with an average of 275 peak concurrent viewers.) In partnership with local streaming media specialist Robert Reinhardt at […]

Eclipse Live Stream Time-lapse Photos

    People & Places, Photos & Videos    August 21, 2017

What an incredible moment. People all across North America enjoying a rare total and partial solar eclipse. We weren’t in the path of totality here on Salt Spring Island but we were in about the 85-90% range and able to enjoy some dramatic changes in the sun and light all across the island. How much […]

Incorporation Poll: How Would You Vote if You Voted Today?

    Governance & Politics    July 17, 2017

Salt Spring Island will go to the polls for the upcoming incorporation referendum in just 54 days. The island is starting to heat up with vigorous debate and opinion exploring the merits and challenges of a myriad of questions, ideas and concerns which have emerged from the numerous camps defending No/Yes voting. Our last poll, […]

Photos and Video: Take A Ride on the Brand New Long Harbour Ferry

    Travel & Transportation    June 21, 2017

BC Ferries welcomed its second Salish Class vessel, Salish Eagle, into service today with a small public event on board the 9:10 and 10:50 a.m. inaugural sailings from Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands and we were there to capture photos and videos to share with our Salt Spring community. President & CEO Mark Collins cut […]

Photos and Video: 2017 National Aboriginal Day at Xwaaqw’um

    Indigenous News    June 19, 2017

Local community and First Nations gathered this past weekend to celebrate National Aboriginal and Father’s Day at Xwaaqw’um Beach (Burgoyne Bay). The family friendly cultural gathering was a celebration and learning about Coast Salish culture and traditions to nurture “Sound Relations” between settlers and First Nations peoples. The gathering included stories from the land, Tzinquaw […]

Sneak Peek: New Salish Eagle Ferry

    News & Events    June 13, 2017

Salish Eagle will enter service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route in June. Sister ship, Salish Orca will start service on the Comox – Powell River route late next month. Salish Raven, the third Salish Class vessel will begin preparations for service soon. The 107-metre Salish Class ships will carry 145 vehicles and […]

Bike Riding on Salt Spring Pro Tip: Lateral Bike Safety Flag

    Editorial & Opinions    June 6, 2017

Could this $14 piece of plastic save your life riding a bike on Salt Spring roads? Remember the adage of what to do when you see a bear? You make yourself bigger! Why? So the bear thinks twice about chasing you down knowing it might not work out well. So imagine for a moment, that […]

Poll: 2017 Provincial General Election

    Governance & Politics    April 25, 2017

British Columbians are set to go to the polls for the 2017 Provincial General Election on May 9th. Eligible voters in B.C. are voting to elect 87 Members of the Legislative Assembly. Each Member represents an electoral district (also known as a riding or constituency) and has a seat in the provincial Legislature. After all […]

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Community News

  • Podcast: An Environmental Organization t...

    by on 2 hours ago

    Have you ever wondered who was behind the Electric Vehicle Recharge Stations, Car Stops, Eco Home Tours, solar panels on the high school’s roof, Rainbow Road Gardens on Salt Spring Island on the island? In this episode, I’m talking with an organization that is helping communities with reducing their dependence on fossil fuels & increasing […]

  • Salt Spring National Art Prize Announces...

    by on July 18, 2019

    Five Salt Spring artists have been named as finalists for the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). They are among the fifty or so artists from across Canada to have their work eligible to win one of nine awards, six selected by jurors and three selected by public vote. Local artists are also in the […]

  • Notice to Bus Riders – Detours on ...

    by on July 18, 2019

    Effective July 22 to August 30, 2019 – Please be advised that Walker’s Hook Road will be closed for repairs between Fort Street and Hedger Road beginning July 22 until August 30, 2019. This closure will be in effect 24 hours a day during these dates. During this time period please note that routes 5 Fernwood and 6 […]

  • Podcast: The Tiny Home on Wheel’s ...

    by on July 8, 2019

    I’m on the Salt Spring Gulf Island Community Radio interviewing people near and far who are making good news on the planet by helping to shift the outcome of our future. These people and companies have created solutions to local and global issues we’re facing at the moment. Sharing the good news that’s happening on […]

  • Carrot Day

    by on July 5, 2019

    It is time for my annual reminder to sow lots of carrots for winter harvests in the next week or two. For me, July 1 is always Carrot Day as well as Canada Day (US readers: think 4th of July). As long as you sow before July 10, your carrots should have time to grow […]

  • Minister Seeking Input on Private Manage...

    by on July 3, 2019

    Minister wants your input on future of British Columbia forests – On May 28, 2019, the provincial government announced a review of the Private Managed Forest Land Program. They have invited British Columbians to add your voice to the program review. The province is accepting public comments until July 22, 2019. Over the past few […]

  • 2019 Eco Living and Home Tour: Ideas, In...

    by on July 3, 2019

    Headlines announcing biodiversity collapse and climate catastrophe can feel paralyzing. Even the most committed environmentalists may not know where to turn for solid information on the kinds of innovative — and dramatic — lifestyle changes that experts say will be need to weather the coming changes. Salt Spring’s Eco Living and Home Tour highlights what […]

  • BC’s Rural Islands Launch Economic Forum...

    by on June 27, 2019

    For the first time BC’s rural islands have launched an initiative to cultivate rural island economic partnerships. The Rural Islands Economic Forum (RIEF), a two day event, will bring together leaders from rural island communities to focus on advancing local and regional, sustainable, economic capacity building. The Forum gets underway on Pender Island on November 7 […]

  • Survey: Should British Columbia Adopt Ye...

    by on June 24, 2019

    British Columbians are invited to share their views on how we should observe time in our province. Most areas of B.C. currently “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time during summer months and “fall back” to Standard Time in the winter. The following choices are being considered: 1) B.C. continues the practice of changing our clocks […]

  • Podcast: Adam Olsen speaks with Raffi – ...

    by on June 20, 2019

    When I first thought of transitioning my weekly Public Circle LIVE! broadcasts from Facebook to a weekly podcast, I had it in my mind to invite Raffi as a guest. We have run into each other a few times now at the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market and I appreciate his forthright political commentary on Twitter. It all […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 201...

    by on June 20, 2019

    Vision: A responsive and sustainable fire-rescue service, effectively meeting community needs and valued by those we serve. Mission: Always learning, engaging and adapting to be response ready. Response Report Salt Spring Island Firefighters responded to 61 calls for assistance in May.  (Calls to Date:  291) Operations To be proactive regarding wildfire prevention a recommendation was […]

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