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Staff Writer, Salt Spring Exchange News

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Journaling Our Body Stories

*Now Full and Taking Names for Wait List* Delve into the transformative power of Journaling Our Body Stories. Co-facilitators Claire and Coreen invite you to […]

April 3, 2018

Young Trailblazing Scientists at Salt Spring Forum

    News & Events    March 5, 2018

Few events are equally fascinating for adults and students, but the Salt Spring Forum is presenting one of those few next Tuesday. The forum has partnered with the GISS student council to bring Dr. Jennifer Gardy to Salt Spring. Dr. Gardy is a scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control whose job is to […]

2018 Salt Spring Film Festival – Who Needs Cannes?

    Film Festival    February 27, 2018

This coming weekend, Salt Spring Islanders gather for film-going ritual at the Gulf Islands Secondary School. The Salt Spring Film Festival is an annual affair and draws much of the community together for an incredible Friday evening gala, two days of documentaries, and the social justice bazaar. After previewing over 100 documentaries over several months, […]

Hot Tickets for a Hot Show

    Food & Entertainment    February 26, 2018

Opening night for Mamma Priscilla: The Sequin is March 9th! But you have to get your tickets fast. The Sequin is the “sequel” to the 2013 production by Mamma Priscilla’s Cagey Revue, and islanders know how good it gets when the Cagey Revue comes to ArtSpring. Some people were known to see the production two […]

Butterflies, Bees, and Other Pollinators with Linda Gilkeson

    News & Events    February 21, 2018

Join Linda Gilkeson on Friday, February 23, at 7pm for a factual and entertaining presentation about butterflies, bees, even pollinator flies, and the plants they visit. Linda has a PhD in entomology and is a gardening expert, author, and trainer who has a particular interest in pollinators. According to Linda, over 85% of flowering plants […]

Love A Little Help Eating Healthy?

    Food & Entertainment    February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day marked the “soft opening” of Country Grocer’s newest addition—freshly cut fruits and vegetables in its produce section. You can attend the Grand Opening on Thursday, February 15: the cooler shelves will be fully stocked with glistening colours and tasty cuts. The cooler features halved papayas and small watermelons; fresh blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries; […]

Free Workshop: Men Supporting Men

    News & Events    January 30, 2018

On February 1, island men will attend a workshop exclusively for men, titled Removing the Mask: Rethinking the Culture of Masculinity. The workshop will be facilitated by Tuval Dinner Nafshi who was invited to give the workshop. The workshop will engage men, male teens, and folks who identify as male in a safe and nonjudgmental […]

Islanders Join Global Women’s March

    People & Places    January 23, 2018

If you were in downtown Ganges on the afternoon of Saturday, January 22, you may have seen a lot of pink hats. People in cities and towns across Canada and the United States and around the globe came together in solidarity with women who demonstrated in Washington on the same date. In Canada alone, tens […]

Artisan’s Soul Path, from Custom Shoes to Music

    Business Profiles    January 10, 2018

Handmade, customized footwear has become increasingly rare over the last century, and the words that capture that craft sound foreign to some. Words like factory-made, warehouse, and disposable have taken their place. In his Salt Spring Island studio on North End Road, however, Nathan deBridge creates artisan leather footwear that is durable, elegant, artistic, and […]

Salish Sea Featured in Latest Langscape Magazine

    Indigenous News    December 21, 2017

“Reconnection and Reconciliation in the Salish Sea, Pacific Northwest” is the specially featured section in the Winter 2017 issue of Langscape Magazine. Three writers from around the Salish Sea region contributed stories to this section. On Salt Spring Island, Joe Akerman comes home—literally and metaphorically—to Hwaaqw’um, a village site of his Quw’utsun (Coast Salish) ancestors, […]

Two Pairs of Tickets for Christmas with Scrooge

    Food & Entertainment    December 18, 2017

One Friday, December 15, Country Grocer gave away one pair of Christmas with Scrooge tickets to Kathy Weisner. And Country Grocer has two more pairs to give away. These are definitely the hottest, most coveted tickets on Salt Spring Island right now! And you can win a pair! All you have to do is get […]

The Hottest Tickets in Town: Christmas with Scrooge

    Food & Entertainment, News & Events    December 14, 2017

Despite the stinginess of the old miser who we know as Scrooge, a local theatrical production known as Christmas with Scrooge attracts an abundance of generosity. Newman Family Productions will be presenting Christmas with Scrooge for its 47th year since it started. This musical adaptation will be at ArtSpring from December 20th to 23rd. With […]

Chilli and Charm This Saturday

    Food & Entertainment    November 28, 2017

When you think of a holiday kickoff, do you think of a chilli cook-off? That’s how Salt Spring islanders like to do it! In the brisk air of Centennial Park on December 2, chilli fans will gather around tall heaters as the lineup winds its way toward the various chillis to sample. Mouths water as […]

TV Donated Just in Time for Grey Cup

    Food & Entertainment    November 24, 2017

Today was a great day for Tom Woods and Branch #92 of the Royal Canadian Legion. A 65” high definition 4K Smart TV, still wrapped in its box, was delivered to the Legion by Country Grocer’s Community Relations team. The TV was a donation in honour of veterans for Remembrance Day and was a way […]

Large Selection of Raw Dog Food at Country Grocer

    Health & Wellness    November 23, 2017

Pet owners, have you noticed the upright freezer in the pet section of Country Grocer? This is a new addition specifically for raw pet food, brought in by customers’ requests. In the freezer, you’ll find brands such as Primal Pet Foods, JD Farms, Mega Dog Raw, and Bold Raw in various sizes, including trial packs. […]

Cricket Protein at Country Grocer

    Food & Entertainment    November 12, 2017

Crickets are an old type of food for a new type of world. Earth is expected to be home to over 9 billion people by 2050, and currently, the bread basket of the United States is experiencing severe water shortages. Perhaps that knowledge has helped the idea of eating insects in North America gain some […]

The Role of Nonprofits on Salt Spring Island

    News & Events, People & Places    November 6, 2017

Volunteer and Community Resources invites VCR members and others in the community to join them at their AGM with keynote speaker, Peter Elson. Peter Elson who is a PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor with UVic’s School of Public Administration will present “Tacking Against the Wind: Nonprofits in a Climate of Uncertainty.” His 20-minute talk on the […]

Pharmasave: Helping to Keep the Flu at Bay

    Health & Wellness    November 2, 2017

It’s that achy muscles, nasal drip, headache, sore throat, fever, fatigue time of year! For children, it’s more commonly the earache, nausea, vomiting time of year. Most of us are familiar with the flu blues. Despite our best efforts to keep our families healthy, the flu still gets into our schools, workplaces, and homes. Each […]

Eat Lunch, Do Good

    Food & Entertainment    October 27, 2017

Ganges diners have a new place to eat lunch. The Harvest Kitchen opened behind the Core Inn on McPhillips Ave earlier this month. The cute, little kitchen is the result of big effort by a number of people and organizations who have an interest in social enterprise. In the spring of this year, the idea […]

Migratory Birds on the West Coast: The Marvels and the Perils

    News & Events, People & Places    October 26, 2017

Whether travelling 3,000 or 70,000km, migratory birds of the Pacific Flyway perform an amazing annual feat and encounter many threats along the way. Climate change, deforestation, and oil spills are among these threats. As most residents of southwest British Columbia are aware, an oil pipeline expansion to the lower mainland is under consideration. If the […]

Emergency Exercise Needs Volunteers

    News & Events    October 10, 2017

Volunteer to be a part of a rescue exercise on Wednesday, October 25, 2017! “Exercise Salish Sea.” This exercise will have the BC Ferries Coastal Renaissance simulate a car deck fire on board and anchor the boat in Trincomali Channel. To make Exercise Salish Sea as real as possible, we’re asking for the public’s help. […]

Final Customer Appreciation Sale of 2017

    News & Events    September 29, 2017

Country Grocer is holding its fourth and final Customer Appreciation Sale of 2017, continuing the celebration of 45 years of serving Salt Spring Island. During the fall sale, Country Grocer will again knock down the prices on select items for 8 days! From October 1st to 8th on select items from all of its departments. […]

A Terry Fox Thank You

    News & Events    September 27, 2017

A big THANK YOU to the over 100 participants and 80 reliable and generous volunteers who brought forth this year’s Terry Fox Run. The run raised over $7173.00 for cancer research. The organizers of the Terry Fox Run appreciate the generosity of Embe Bakery, Country Grocer, Thrifty Foods, TJ Beans, Guyaki Yerba Mate, and Tom […]

Fall Classes with the Seven Stars Tai Chi Club

    Health & Wellness    September 25, 2017

The Seven Stars Tai Chi Club operates out of a studio located in a cozy grove of cedars here on Salt Spring Island. In fact, it’s in my neighbourhood. After 12 years of yoga and yoga therapy, 3 years of sitting meditation, 4 years hunched over a computer, and 1 year of karate, I was […]

Your Country Grocer Receipts at Work in the Community

    People & Places    September 18, 2017

A total of 148 local groups benefit from Country Grocer’s Save-A-Tape program, which totals about $100,000 year! Save-A-Tape began with GVM back in 1993. The program allows shoppers to give 1% of the pre-tax total on their receipt to the organization of their choice. All you have to do is put your receipt in the […]

Try the Earthquake Simulator This Weekend

    News & Events    September 14, 2017

Experience something completely different during this Fall Fair weekend. On Saturday, stop by the Ganges Fire Hall between 9am and 4pm and step into a portable earthquake simulator ― the Shake Zone! Discover what a magnitude 8.0 earthquake feels like while you’re in a safe, controlled environment. The Shake Zone ― owned by the Insurance […]

Salt Spring Literacy Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    News & Events    September 13, 2017

On Friday, September 8, Salt Spring Literacy hosted a celebration because it had three reasons to celebrate: its tenth anniversary as a society; International Literacy Day; and its new premises on Rainbow Road, next to the OutSpokin Bike Shop on Rainbow Road. Cake, snacks, and refreshments were served while Literacy staff and board members gave […]

Bursting with Pride

    News & Events    September 9, 2017

The streets of downtown Ganges were transformed by Pride this afternoon. In the spirit of diversity and inclusion, hundreds of people gathered, creating a sea of colour, and paraded to celebrate the 13th annual Salt Spring Pride. This year’s theme, A World of Pride, is about bringing awareness to issues of diversity and inclusion “here […]

Kitchen Scraps and Then What?

    Farm & Garden    September 4, 2017

Of the many qualities that attracted me to the Salt Spring Island community, ingenuity was a huge draw. It still is. Whether it’s critical mass or the propensity to organize to solve problems, islanders know how to get stuff done! For example, while you and I, and the restaurants we patronize, are tackling the daily […]

Are Your Fall Fair Entries Nearly Ready?

    Farm & Garden, News & Events    August 23, 2017

As August’s temperatures drop, the Fall Fair comes to mind. I can almost smell the corn-on-the-cob and the pies. I can nearly hear Country Grocer’s Spin to Win wheel and the local talent on stage. And in my mind, I’m walking through the barn and looking at the exhibits. This year’s Fall Fair theme is […]

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    Clean technology is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world—and an essential response to climate change. In British Columbia, several First Nations are leaders in the renewable energy sector. By the end of 2016, 30 First Nations had operational solar, run-of-river, geothermal, wind, and biomass projects powering their communities and BC. There are […]

  • Join Country Grocer in Practicing the 3 ...

    by on April 18, 2018

    Who doesn’t love progress, especially when it comes to our health and well-being? And targeting school-aged kids is a great place to start. Country Grocer’s latest demonstration of community leadership launches this week – just in time for Earth Day on April 22. The store’s community relations team went into schools through the week of […]

  • Untreated Sewage Discharged into Ganges ...

    by on April 16, 2018

    An electrical and mechanical failure at the Ganges Wastewater Treatment Plant on Salt Spring Island resulted in a sewage release from early afternoon April 14 to early afternoon April 15. The sewage entered Ganges Creek and travelled approximately 100 meters prior to discharging into the ocean at the outlet of Ganges Creek. The shoreline affected […]

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    by on April 13, 2018

    Old Boys end season on a winning note –  The pouring rain on Saturday April 7th complemented the Old Boys mood as only 9 hardy souls arrived at Finlayson Park, Victoria for their opening game in the Annual Bill Drew end of season tournament.  Included in the 9 was a return after a 2-season absence of […]

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    by on April 13, 2018

    FireSmart is a wildfire safety programme with an economical and common sense approach. The key concept of FireSmart involves removing or reducing the amount of burnable material (think “fire fuel”) from around your home. The area within 10 meters (30 feet) of your home is the “Priority Zone.” If you remove fire fuel from this […]

  • Forum: Globe Columnist Elizabeth Renzett...

    by on April 11, 2018

    Why are there so few women in politics? Why is public space, whether in the street or on social media, still so hostile to women? Is the #MeToo movement signalling a real shift in society’s treatment of women? From Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign to the quest for equal pay, and from the transgender movement to […]

  • Wet Soil, Cool Crops and Pollinator Plan...

    by on April 5, 2018

    Our cold spring continues…with the soil too soggy to work in many gardens, especially after this recent heavy rain. If you squeeze a small handful of soil and it stays together in a compact clod, then it is too wet to handle; it should be moist but still easy to crumble apart after you squeeze […]

  • Forum Hosts Vancouver Aquarium President...

    by on April 4, 2018

    Salt Spring Islanders know the importance of healthy oceans. Indeed, many Salt Spring residents are protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, which if completed will add hundreds of oil tankers to the Salish Sea each year. The threat of oil spills is but one of many challenges facing our oceans. Overfishing, climate change, and plastics […]

  • BC Rural Dividend Grant Funds Salt Sprin...

    by on April 3, 2018

    As part of its rural development mandate, the Government of British Columbia is providing $39,136 to support community projects in the Cowichan Valley and Gulf Islands, Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan announced today. “The wide range of projects that received grants is a testament to the resourcefulness of the proponents and their commitment to diversifying […]

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