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Island Pathways Receives $18,500

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    May 22, 2019

Last Wednesday evening, 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring Island gathered in the ArtSpring theatre for its third meeting. And something interesting happened… One of the three charities randomly drawn during the meeting, from the 18 that had been nominated, had been drawn before but hadn’t been voted to receive the funds. Back into the […]

100+ Women Who Care Raise $17,000 in Under an Hour for Local Charities

    News & Events    March 13, 2019

On the evening of Tuesday, March 5, 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring held its second meeting. Prior to this meeting, members had nominated 18 local charities. Members randomly drew three of the nominees during this meeting: Greenwoods Eldercare Society, Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association, and Island Pathways. Members heard a compelling presentation for each […]

Citizen Science Project on Salt Spring: Good for People and Butterflies!

    Local News, News & Events    March 7, 2019

This month, participants are flocking to a free training in butterfly citizen science led by entomologist Linda Gilkeson, PhD, and hosted by the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. Trainees will learn how to identify and count butterflies from Linda and how to take photos of butterflies from Simon Henson, as a way to aid in identification. […]

Seniors Services Society Receives Windfall

    Health & Wellness, News & Events, People & Places    November 14, 2018

On the evening of Thursday, November 8,  Boodie Arnott gave a 5-minute presentation to the membership of 100 Women Who Care Salt Spring Island. Boodie explained that, as someone who benefits from the programs at the Salt Spring Seniors Services Society, she would like to see the society receive the funds that were being raised […]

A High-Impact Philanthropy Initiative Launches on Salt Spring This Fall

    News & Events    September 26, 2018

100 Women Who Care Salt Spring will be another option on the “giving menu” – Imagine raising $10,000 in one hour. Imagine being a local registered charity that is given $10,000! Imagine being able to spend it in the way your organization needs most! Now imagine being part of that. All you had to do was […]

Art & Nature Fest

    News & Events    July 31, 2018

Their spirit was dampened when the Art & Nature Fest was rained out on June 30. Now they are gearing up for a day of sunshine and art in the serene and beautiful Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve at 265 Blackburn Rd. It will an afternoon of performance, play, and picnic on Sunday, August 5! Join […]

People Profile: Dr. Bob Richmond

    People & Places, People Profiles    June 22, 2018

Community People Profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews to tell us a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives and work on Salt Spring Island. Dr. Bob Richmond, affectionately known by many as Dr. […]

The 2nd Annual Art & Nature Fest is on June 30

    News & Events    June 18, 2018

Last year, a festival-goer called the Art & Nature Fest “an epic event with something for the whole family.” She then passionately stated that there should be an Art & Nature Fest every year! This year, the Salt Spring Island Conservancy will host its second annual Art & Nature Fest on Saturday, June 30, from […]

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 […]

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Community News

  • Salt Spring Foundation Announces 2019 Ne...

    by on June 18, 2019

    The Salt Spring Island Foundation, in partnership with Salt Spring Island Community Services, is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019 Neighbourhood Small Grants. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program offers grants of $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of community belonging and responsibility, […]

  • Island Youth Soccer Association to Build...

    by on June 14, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Youth Soccer Association (SSIYSA) is excited to announce that School District #64 (SD64) has agreed to partner with the SSIYSA to build a brand-new all-weather turf field with lights at the Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS) lower field. An All Weather Field Feasibility Study was presented to the SD64 school board yesterday […]

  • Salt Spring Island Foundation Announces ...

    by on June 12, 2019

    The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $148,000 in spring grants for local charities, including $30,000 targeted to youth recreation programs. The Foundation thanks the many generous donors who make these grants possible.  BC Parks/Friends of Ruckle Park Heritage To create and install six new interpretive signs for Ruckle Provincial Park to […]

  • Crofton – Salt Spring Island Ferry...

    by on June 10, 2019

    The Crofton terminal is located within the Municipality of North Cowichan on Vancouver Island. The terminal connects the community to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island. Passengers travel on the Howe Sound Queen for a 25 minute sailing. The Howe Sound Queen has a vehicle capacity of 52 AEQ* and can carry 300 passengers and […]

  • Salt Spring’s Strategic Plan for A...

    by on June 8, 2019

    Salt Spring Island’s 2008 Area Farm Plan – the strategic plan for sustainable agriculture – needs to be renewed to provide a blueprint to take Salt Spring’s agricultural community forward to 2030. The first Area Farm Plan was based on a vision to support Salt Spring becoming a place where “agriculture is a strong, vital […]

  • Watch: “The Pharmacy”a Silen...

    by on June 7, 2019

    Country Grocer tells a slapstick accounting of how they merged with a neighbouring pharmacy!

  • World Oceans Day: Local Action Needed

    by on June 6, 2019

    The waters around our island are experiencing another push for industrialization. Freighters started anchoring at our island. Similar to a factory or refinery they are bringing industrial pollution – chronic engine and generator noise, lights, air and water pollution. More anchorages are expected and will affect more beaches and neighbourhoods. There is no protection in […]

  • Requests for Proposals: Ruckle Active Fa...

    by on June 5, 2019

    Friends of Ruckle Park Heritage started in 2016, to help save an old south-end farmhouse by moving it to Ruckle Provincial Park. The owners bulldozed it anyway, but the Friends have carried on, working with BC Parks to enhance the visitor experience of Ruckle farm. It’s been a slow start, getting our bearings, while work […]

  • Salt Spring Island Treated Effluent Disc...

    by on June 5, 2019

    An emergency construction project on the wastewater treatment plant outfall pipe has taken longer than anticipated resulting in an unplanned bypass of the outfall pipe of fully treated and disinfected effluent. The treated effluent has entered the storm water system and discharged to the ocean at the outlet of Ganges Creek. The shoreline to which […]

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