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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 […]

Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) Announces Winners Calgary’s Judy Anderson Wins the Salt Spring Prize: The “Joan McConnell Award”

    Art & Design    October 24, 2017

Judy Anderson’s “This one brings me the most pride” takes home the top prize, while Salt Spring artists Garry Kaye and Peter McFarlane also take home awards…  The winners of the second Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) have been announced with Calgary artist Judy Anderson winning the Salt Spring Prize for her work, “This one brings me the […]

Local Author Wins 10th Annual Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize

    Books Reviews    October 13, 2017

Tonight, two Victoria authors were recognized for their literary talent at the 2017 Victoria Book Prize Society Awards Gala. Yasuko Thanh was named the winner of the 14th annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains (Hamish Hamilton). Margriet Ruurs was named the winner of the 10th annual Bolen […]

The Creativity Panel – Where Science & Art Converge

    Art & Design, People & Places    October 4, 2017

Atom Egoyan, Art McDonald, Meaghan Ogilvie on Salt Spring Island, BC, October 14, 2017 ~ Three renowned Canadians present their views on the topic of the ‘creative mind’ during a panel discussion focussed on creativity in the arts and sciences. Hosted as part of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) on October 14th, the panellists […]

Alert: Youth Shot on Salt Spring

    News & Events, People & Places    September 25, 2017

The Salt Spring Island RCMP responded to a reported accidental shooting that occurred in the early hours on Sept 24th, 2017. Police responded to a residence on Salt Spring Island where 6 youths were present. One of the youth had been shot and was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries and has now succumbed […]

Video: 2017 Fall Fair Zucchini Racing

    Farm & Garden, People & Places    September 18, 2017

What a wonderful weekend at the fall fair again this year. Thank you to all the organizers who did such a wonderful job creating a beautiful and fun fair for our island. Here are some highlights of the zucchini racing, just one of the great events of the weekend.

Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) 2017 Finalists’ Exhibition Opens

    Art & Design    September 18, 2017


Featuring some of the Best New Work in Canada~ Known internationally as Canada’s premier arts colony, Salt Spring Island will host the Gala Opening of the 2017 SSNAP Finalists’ Exhibition on Friday, September 22 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) has built a national platform for Canadian visual artists and is fast becoming the largest, […]

CRD Land Purchase Connects Trincomali Heights with Dunbabin Park

    Health & Wellness, News & Events, Travel & Transportation    September 5, 2017

The Capital Regional District (CRD) has purchased three lots totaling three acres (1.21 hectares) for park purposes off of Stark’s Road on Salt Spring Island. The lots have been purchased through the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) Park Land Acquisition Fund for $34,500. “The acquisition not only connects two trail networks but […]

Incorporation: Minister Notice and Clarifications for Proposed Patent Letters

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    August 22, 2017

CRD Director Wayne McIntyre, Islands Trust Trustees George Grams and Peter Grove have been notified of additional incorporation related details and key elements of potential letters patent for a proposed Salt Spring Island municipality by Selina Robinson Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville. They are posted here for our community review. If […]

People Profile: Kiran Dhingra

    People Profiles    August 2, 2017

Community People Profiles are a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews, with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island. This weeks […]

Swimmer Aims to Swim Around Salt Spring to Protect the Salish Sea

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    July 25, 2017

Against all odds, Rama DelaRosa takes the plunge to fundraise for Indigenous legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan pipeline ~ A Salt Spring woman is committed to stretch the limits of human capacity in the hope to improve the health of our ocean waters. Athlete and activist Rama DelaRosa is fiercely determined to protect this […]

Incorporation: Voting Guide – Where, When, How

    Governance & Politics    July 19, 2017

The Question Are you in favour of the incorporation of a Salt Spring Island Municipality? YES or NO? Background On March 7, 2017, the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development ordered a municipal incorporation vote for Salt Spring Island electors on September 9, 2017. Currently, Salt Spring Island is a rural area that is […]

Salt Spring National Art Prize Announces Six Salt Spring Artists as Finalists

    News & Events    July 19, 2017

Salt Spring artists among the best in Canada… Six Salt Spring artists have been selected as finalists for the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). They are among the fifty artists from across Canada eligible to win one of eight awards totalling $30,000 and take home the prestigious Salt Spring Prize (Joan McConnell Award) of […]

Incorporation: Local Trustees and Director Request Addendum Roads Report

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    July 3, 2017

We wish to advise Salt Spring electors that we have written to the ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development asking for an addendum roads report to be prepared that deals with the contents of a presentation currently being circulated within the community that challenges the roads information in the Incorporation Study Report prepared by […]

2017 Salt Spring Eco-Living and Home Tour

    News & Events    June 13, 2017

On Sunday July 30th, come to Salt Spring Island and get inspired by innovative examples of eco-building, renewable energy technology, tiny homes, and sustainable living. “We challenge you to come away from this tour without an action plan for your own home and garden,” says tour organizer Elizabeth White. Not limited to homes, the Eco-Living […]

Foundation announces $100,000 grant to ‘The Root’

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    June 7, 2017

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce a grant of $100,000 to The Root, Farmland Trust’s new local food processing, distribution and storage facility. The grant is part of a bequest left to the Foundation by May Cree Shaw and will be used to construct and equip The Root’s Shaw Family Kitchen, which […]

Video – Save a Salt Spring Cultural Institution: Hitchhiking

    Governance & Politics    June 5, 2017

Islanders held a rally today at Embe Bakery in support of hitchhiking and ride sharing over recent proposed changes from MOTI and RCMP to close the hitchhiking spot at Embe Bakery in Ganges on Salt Spring Island. See live video from the event. Locals and visitors stand to lose a longstanding Salt Spring institution: hitchhiking […]

Dragonfly Commons Affordable Housing Project Planning in Progress

    News & Events, People & Places    June 5, 2017

Dragonfly Commons is a local not-for-profit initiative spearheaded by Fernando and Tami dos Santos, with a lot of help and community support, to bring about an innovative solution to our local workforce housing shortage. The proposal is for home ownership of small homes in an secluded eco-friendly development on Drake Road, walking distance to Ganges. […]

Round Salt Spring Race

    Local News    May 20, 2017

****Update with Video**** Video Credit Brad Billwiller. The 2017 Round Saltspring got off with an unexpected but welcome nice northerly breeze and an unusual spinnaker start. All starts were clean and a number boats found the right lane out of the harbour to get a small advantage of being first around Channel Islands. A number […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Spring Grants Support Community Charities

    News & Events    May 17, 2017

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $90,000 in grants for local charities. These grants would not be possible without the support of our many generous donors, who share the Foundation’s vision of a healthy and caring community. Island Pathways For a kiosk with maps and interpretive information, signage, a bench and […]

2017 BC Elections: Official Final Results

    Governance & Politics    May 9, 2017

UPDATE: Final results released after all vote counting completed. At the conclusion of final count the election results were as follows: BC Liberal Party – 43 BC NDP – 41 BC Green Party – 3 2017 Election Results (Final) 1. Adam Olsen (Green) – 14,775 of votes, 41.95% of vote 2. Gary Holman (NDP) – […]

SSNAP The Creativity Panel – Where Science & Art Converge Atom Egoyan, Art McDonald, Meaghan Ogilvie on Salt Spring Island

    Art & Design    May 3, 2017

The worlds of contemporary filmmaking, physics and underwater photography come together to explore the creative spark. Is creativity born or can it be nurtured? – Three renowned Canadians will present their views on the topic of the ‘creative mind’ during a panel discussion focussed on creativity in the arts and sciences. Hosted during the Salt […]

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Community News

  • Integrated Major Crime Unit and Coroner ...

    by on 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 […]

  • BC Ferries Going Smoke and eCigarette Fr...

    by on December 6, 2017

    BC Ferries is pleased to advise customers that the company will be introducing a smoke – free environment in all BC Ferries locations, including terminals and vessels starting January 22, 2018 . This also includes the interior of all vehicles on BC Ferries property. “This new policy support s the health and wellness of our […]

  • Salt Spring Reads: Owl’s Dream

    by on December 6, 2017

    Salt Spring Reads is an online book club/review. For this column I try to find books that you might love to discover, books with a Salt Spring connection. Reviewed books are available at the Salt Spring Library and in local bookstores. Feel free to share your comments to discuss this book online with others. Owl’s Dream, […]

  • Animated Short Film ‘Fox And The W...

    by on 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 […]

  • Fire Rescue News – Chief’s F...

    by on December 4, 2017

    Firefighters responded to 44 incidents this month, making a total of 592 incidents for this year. October 4: SSIFR Firefighters responded a nine-hour call comprised of four incidents – a medical call, a commercial fire alarm, a structure fire, and a vehicle fire on Sarah Way. The structure fire on Devine Road was a small […]

  • FireSmart Tip of the Week: Chimney Safe...

    by on December 1, 2017

    How Safe is Your Lovely Roaring Fire? – Did you know that chimney fires are the most common fire emergencies this time of the year? In partnership with the Salt Spring Conservancy, SSIFR will offer a free workshop: Burn it Right” at the Library on Sunday, December 10 from 3:00 – 4:30 so that you can learn […]

  • Salt Spring Forum Tackles Global Issues

    by on November 30, 2017

    Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General, called certain global issues “problems without passports”—challenges that cannot be solved by one country acting alone. According to Annan’s former adviser Michael Doyle, climate change is a clear example of a problem that cannot be solved unless China, the United States, and India all take strong and decisive […]

  • Chilli and Charm This Saturday

    by on 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 […]

  • Island Savings Recognizes Local Business...

    by on November 28, 2017

    Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, has announced the winners of the 2017 Fan Choice Awards. Of the hundreds of nominations received between Sept. 11 – Oct. 8, top spots were awarded to the local and independent small businesses that received the most votes from loyal community members and supporters. “We were so […]

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