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BC Ferries Launches Online Engagement for Swartz Bay

    Travel & Transportation    May 25, 2018

BC Ferries announced today the launch of an online engagement platform for community input to help shape future plans for Swartz Bay terminal. The online engagement effort is part of a broader community engagement program BC Ferries announced earlier in May, which includes meetings with key stakeholders and pop-up sessions at the terminal in late May […]

Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education – Nominate a Salt Spring Teacher!

    People & Places    May 24, 2018

Nominate someone in B.C.’s education system who has made a positive, long-lasting impact on your school community. The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education were created to recognize the enormous contributions of B.C.’s exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff that are vital to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the province. The Premier’s Awards provide students, […]

Video: The Islands Trust – To Preserve and Protect

    Local News    May 24, 2018

Trustees describe the work of the Islands Trust and what the mandate to preserve and protect the environment and the unique amenities of the islands in the Canadian Salish Sea means to them personally. Watch to learn more about the governance organization that regulates Salt Spring Island and most of the Gulf Islands.

APPROVED! Salt Spring Lions Commemorative Bike Park Concept and Site Map Update

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    May 8, 2018

Update 2018 May 15: The Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) approved the design of the Salt Spring Lions Commemorative Bike Park at the May 14th PARC meeting. The bike park design is the result of a year long planning process that included extensive site analysis and community consultation. The commission’s approval of […]

RESOLVED: Boil Water Advisory for Salt Spring Island – Highlands Water Service Area

    Health & Wellness    May 8, 2018

Update 2018 May 09: The boil water advisory issued for Highlands water service area on Salt Spring Island has been lifted/resolved. CRD Integrated Water Services, in consultation with Island Health, advises that the residents of the following area should BOIL their drinking water until further notice: All properties on the Highlands Water Service Area This […]

Untreated Sewage Discharged into Ganges Creek and Harbour

    Health & Wellness    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 […]

BC Rural Dividend Grant Funds Salt Spring Shared Business Services Study

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    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 […]

Bike Park Community Open House Insights

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    April 3, 2018

A community open house for the proposed Salt Spring Lions Commemorative Bike Park in Mouat Park took place on Sunday, March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Salt Spring Island Lions Hall. The event was hosted by the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) to share information about the project and […]

MLA Adam Olsen Responds to Salt Spring and Gulf Islands Removal from Speculation Tax

    Local News    March 26, 2018

“Since the government announced the speculation tax, I heard from many concerned Gulf Islanders who were worried about how this might impact them and I pressed government to make changes,” said Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands. “My office received hundreds of emails, letters and phone calls on the speculation tax. It […]

Proposed Speculation Tax Now Excludes Salt Spring and The Gulf Islands

    News & Events, Real Estate    March 26, 2018

To help make housing in overheated markets more affordable and available, the B.C. government is targeting property speculators, while making sure that over 99% of British Columbians will not pay the speculation tax. Carole James, Minister of Finance, made the announcement while releasing details of the new tax on speculators, which was announced in the […]

Salt Spring Locals Arrested at Kinder Morgan Protest

    Governance & Politics, News & Events    March 25, 2018

Numerous Salt Spring locals were part of the mass protests and arrests this weekend in Burnaby protesting the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Those who stood in opposition to the pipeline and were taken into custody for civil disobedience were Jan Slakov, Tommy Mitchell, Marcelle Roy, Murray Reiss, Jean Wilkinson, Lucille Lamarche, Myna Lee […]

Two Bus Loads of Salt Springers Attend Kinder Morgan Protest

    Local News    March 12, 2018

Two bus loads of Salt Springers travelled to the mainland this past weekend to attend the mass protest of the Kinder Morgan pipe line. 80+ islanders were up early traveling over by ferry to join the thousands of protesters. See if you spot some of them in this video by videographer Bill Warriner from Salt […]

Proposed Bike Park Project Update

    News & Events, People & Places    February 16, 2018

As was recently announced, Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has received a donation of $150,000 from the Salt Spring Island Lions Club towards the construction of a family bike park. The donation is made to the Salt Spring community in celebration of the club’s 60th anniversary. The Salt Spring Island Lions Club […]

International Cookbook Deal for Local Bakery!

    Books Reviews, Local News    February 16, 2018

International Cookbook Deal for Local Bakery. Local residents and savvy visitors flock to Jana’s Bake Shop to covet fresh-baked goods that are distinctly Salt Spring Island. Jana’s bakery on Upper Ganges Road, is a perennial hive of activity and her special-order cakes and desserts are the highlight of many family dinners on Salt Spring. Soon, […]

Show Us Your Love: Valentine’s Day Photo Contest!

    Food & Entertainment, News & Events, Photos & Videos    February 7, 2018

Every season is the season for love. Let’s face it: Love is trending 365 days a year. But Valentine’s Day adds a dash of spice and invokes romance. It reminds some of us to do something different and extra special, perhaps with a bit more flair or creativity, to say, “Thank you for being so […]

Video Series: Connect with Nature, Here on Salt Spring Island

    People & Places, Photos & Videos    February 7, 2018

Follow the adventures of traveller and filmmaker Erica Hargreave in her series ‘Connect with Nature, Here on Salt Spring Island’ as she explores the island and profiles some of our unique local citizens. Explore the Canadian wilderness, as she rediscovers Canadian parks, highlighting the wonderful parks and people of Salt Spring Island in this documentary […]

Foundation Announces $100,000 Trail Extension Grant

    News & Events    February 1, 2018

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 Shaw Family Fund Grant. Partners Creating Pathways (PCP) will receive $100,000 for the construction of the community pathway between Booth Canal Road and Baker Road. PCP will eventually extend the Ganges Village Pathway Network from Ganges village to Portlock Park, and […]

Video: Salt Spring’s Rural Business Accelerator – Green Services Cohort

    Business Profiles    January 30, 2018

Salt Spring’s Rural Business Accelerator (RBA) is providing the skills local entrepreneurs need to grow their businesses on the island. Here’s a peek at Salt Spring green entrepreneurs who recently participated in the RBA. Program lead, Holly MacDonald, believes the green services cohort could go a long way towards helping to create a green business […]

Long Harbour Terminal Upgrade – Parking Lot Will Be Temporarily Closed

    Travel & Transportation    January 30, 2018

Please be advised that BC Ferries will have a contractor onsite at Long Harbour Terminal between Tuesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 8, 2018 to upgrade the drainage system. This work is not expected to affect sailing operations. Work will include excavation in the 48-hour customer parking lot, which must be vacant by Monday, February […]

Salt Spring Island Lions Club Commemorative Bike Park

    News & Events, People & Places    January 23, 2018

Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has received a donation of $150,000 from the Salt Spring Island Lions Club towards the construction of a family bike park. The donation is made to the Salt Spring community in celebration of the club’s 60th anniversary. The Salt Spring Island Lions Club has a history of […]

Video: Discover Yourself on Salt Spring Island!

    Travel & Transportation    January 22, 2018

Discover yourself on Salt Spring Island! We have so much to share from music to arts, farm to table bounty, ocean adventures, connection to nature and wellness. When can you get here?          

Man charged in Suspicious Salt Spring Island Death

    News & Events    January 5, 2018

A 22 year old man has been arrested and charged in relation to a suspicious death, which occurred on Salt Spring Island in early December 2017. Martin Galen Vandenberg of Salt Spring Island, BC has been charged with the second degree murder of his mother, Heather Jones, 47. He was arrested without incident by members […]

Video: The Most Salt Spring Thing This Year?

    People & Places, Photos & Videos    December 13, 2017

Devin Milner’s video of music in Ganges harbour. Could this be the most Salt Spring thing we’ve seen all year? music in Ganges this afternoon….. Posted by Devin Milner on Sunday, December 10, 2017  

Integrated Major Crime Unit and Coroner Investigating Incident at Maliview Home

    News & Events    December 7, 2017

UPDATE: 2017 December 8th at 11:45 AM -The identity of the deceased in the death on Salt Spring Island that occurred on Dec 6th has now been confirmed to be that of 47 year old Heather Jones. The 22 year old male originally arrested, was released from police custody and has been apprehended under the […]

First Past the Post Referendum

    Governance & Politics    November 24, 2017

The B.C. Government has introduced legislation to hold a referendum in the fall of 2018, which will ask British Columbians to decide whether B.C. should keep its current voting system (First Past the Post) or move to a system of Proportional Representation. Countries around the world use different voting systems to elect their representatives. How […]

Superintendent of SD64 Schools Resignation

    People & Places    November 23, 2017

The Board of Education for School District No. 64 (Gulf Islands) wishes to announce that they have accepted the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Lisa Halstead effective August 1, 2018. In her letter of resignation, Ms. Halstead indicated that it is an honour to serve the students, staff, and communities of the Gulf Islands School […]

Interactive Salt Spring Sea Level Rise Map

    Health & Wellness    November 14, 2017

Scientists agree that human activity is heating the planet. But how quickly could sea level rise and what would that rise look like here on Salt Spring? This interactive map shows sea levels locked in by different amounts of carbon pollution, according to recent scientific research. If we burn enough fossil fuels to heat the planet by […]

Abandoned Boats: Do You Know One That Should Be Removed?

    Health & Wellness    November 6, 2017

Abandoned and derelict vessels are a significant concern for coastal communities for economic, aesthetic, environmental and safety reasons. The Islands Trust advocates to the Province of British Columbia and the federal government for lasting solutions and funding for vessel removal. Islands Trust is creating an inventory of abandoned, derelict boats in the Islands Trust area […]

Notice: Ganges Post Office Closed (Now Open Again) Due to Technical Issue

    News & Events    November 1, 2017

UPDATE: November 7th, 2017 – 8:41 AM – The Ganges Post Office is open and our system is up and running! Hours of operation at the Ganges Post Office are 8:30am-5:00pm today. Thank you! UPDATE: November 6th, 2017 – 1:23 PM – The technical team is shutting the Ganges Post Office down until about 2pm […]

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Community News

  • BC Ferries Launches Online Engagement fo...

    by on May 25, 2018

    BC Ferries announced today the launch of an online engagement platform for community input to help shape future plans for Swartz Bay terminal. The online engagement effort is part of a broader community engagement program BC Ferries announced earlier in May, which includes meetings with key stakeholders and pop-up sessions at the terminal in late May […]

  • Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Educa...

    by on May 24, 2018

    Nominate someone in B.C.’s education system who has made a positive, long-lasting impact on your school community. The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education were created to recognize the enormous contributions of B.C.’s exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff that are vital to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the province. The Premier’s Awards provide students, […]

  • Photos: Fernwood School’s “Great Water W...

    by on 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 […]

  • Video: The Islands Trust – To Pres...

    by on May 24, 2018

    Trustees describe the work of the Islands Trust and what the mandate to preserve and protect the environment and the unique amenities of the islands in the Canadian Salish Sea means to them personally. Watch to learn more about the governance organization that regulates Salt Spring Island and most of the Gulf Islands.

  • Tour des Iles Festival – Explore O...

    by on May 23, 2018

    The Tour des Iles Festival (TDIF) is big and getting bigger – and we want you to be a part of it! Our Fourth Annual Festival is taking place June 22, 23, and 24, 2018. All day inter-island small boat service will connect you to Pender, Saturna, Salt Spring, Galiano and Mayne Islands. Courtesy shuttles, […]

  • Globe Health Reporter André Picard at Fo...

    by on May 23, 2018

    Is Canada’s public health-care system under threat? What are the social and economic impacts of mental illness? Why is tackling poverty not a health-care priority? Why do so many Canadians lack a family doctor? Health issues have long occupied top headlines in Canadian media, and no journalist has written on public health with more authority […]

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

    by on May 15, 2018

    In April 2018, Salt Spring Fire Rescue responded to 41 incidents including: Three commercial and one residential alarm bell, Three calls for assistance, One beach fire, One chemical spill or leak, One BC Hydro fire, 21 medical assistance calls, Two motor vehicle incidents, Six open burn calls, One rescue, and One chimney fire. Operations Update […]

  • The Salt Spring Island Freshwater Catalo...

    by on May 14, 2018

    Selling the idea of interconnectedness and all it entails is one of the toughest pitches environmentally minded people have to make. Most people understand the connection between actions and consequences; not everyone acts upon that understanding. Living on an island fosters an acute sense of community and belonging, which can in turn lead to greater […]

  • Japanese Historical Charcoal Kilns on Sa...

    by on May 14, 2018

    May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. One of the very few Asian heritage sites on Salt Spring are the two charcoal kilns built by Isaburo Tasaka in the early 1900s in Mouat Park. Besides the two on our island, we have identified thirteen others in the Southern Gulf Islands. A new 68-page booklet published […]

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