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Salt Spring Reads: The Consequence of Memory by Anthony Bruce

    Books Reviews    12 hours ago

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. The Consequence […]

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 […]

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

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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, […]

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 […]

Trust Council Chair Congratulates Salt Spring Island on its Governance Decision

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 11, 2017

Peter Luckham, Chair of Islands Trust Council, made the following statement regarding the decision of the September 9, 2017 referendum with preliminary results showing 62 per cent voted against Salt Spring Island incorporating into a municipality. “The Islands Trust Council congratulates the community of Salt Spring Island for exercising its democratic right on September 9, […]

Incorporation: Adam Olsen Responds to Salt Spring Island’s Decision to Not Incorporate

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 11, 2017

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, issued the following statement in regards to the outcome of Salt Spring’s Incorporation Vote. Salt Spring Island voted against incorporating as an island municipality this past weekend. “Over the past couple of years Salt Spring Islanders have been discussing how their community is governed. It has […]

Incorporation: Wayne McIntyre Post Referendum Statement

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 10, 2017

The incorporation referendum is now over, complete with a clear community “no” decision on the option to incorporate. It is now time to recognize and thank many who have been involved: The Provincial Government, through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (now the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) not only provided financial […]

Incorporation: Local Governance Option Defeated

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 10, 2017

We are very disappointed in the outcome but as the time honoured saying goes, the people have spoken. We are happy that we’ve seen a record turnout at the polls for this important decision and we congratulate the opposition on their success. Our belief remains that local government decisions should be made by a representative […]

Incorporation: George Grams Post Referendum Statement

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 10, 2017

The turnout for, and the result of, the incorporation referendum yesterday were both satisfyingly decisive. For myself the result marks a conclusion to the question of which governance model is appropriate for our community and I hope others feel likewise. Work remains to be done on island to continue to preserve and protect our environment […]

Incorporation: Peter Grove Statement on Election Results

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 10, 2017

I am pleased that our community has reached its decision about the Islands future form of governance. It has been a long journey for all those involved and there are so many we must thank: the two separate committees, the first looking at governance and the second being the incorporation study committee itself; the countless […]

Positively No Campaign Statement on the Preliminary Results of the Referendum on the Incorporation of Salt Spring Island

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 9, 2017

The real winner tonight is Salt Spring. By rejecting incorporation, 4,248 islanders (63.1%) showed their support for the principles of local governance and a vision for the future of their rural island home championed by Positively NO. As a consequence, Salt Spring will continue to be guided, preserved and protected by a unique and progressive […]

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 […]

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 […]

Incorporation: Gulf Islands Alliance Asks You to Vote “No”

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 8, 2017

While Salt Spring residents and property owners are the only ones who will have a vote on whether or not Salt Spring will become an island municipality, that decision will have an effect on all the islands in the Trust area. In fact, the Island’s Trust mandate is to protect the islands for all British Columbians. […]

Incorporation: One Bad Council

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 8, 2017

Before moving to Salt Spring fifteen years ago, I lived in the small town of Port Hope on Lake Ontario, about an hour east of Toronto. The town’s population was the same size as Salt Spring’s, and it had a similar mix of farmers, business owners, artists and writers (among them Farley Mowat). Through unusual […]

Incorporation: Business and Reality

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 8, 2017

Some folks are using the history of our friend Mickey McLeod and his business, Salt Spring Coffee, to suggest that things would be very different if we had a municipality here. I won’t argue with his version of the story, nor will I take on the folks who are advocating for him. That said, here’s […]

Incorporation: Trust-Centred Governance Can Work

    Election Candidates, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

Salt Spring’s accomplishments demonstrate our trust-centred governance can work and be improved without risks of incorporation; While serving as MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, I felt honour-bound to remain publicly neutral about the incorporation issue on Salt Spring, because the Province, along with locally elected officials, is a caretaker of the public information […]

Incorporation: Tipping Point

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

Salt Spring Coffee was forced off the island some time ago, and now the last remnant of that unique success story, the RoCo cafe, is closing its doors.  Tree House is open and operating, but the bureaucratic hurricane that surrounds that venerable landmark may eventually take its toll.  The Source has closed its doors, as […]

Incorporation: Forward, Not Backward: Trusting Cooperation over Conflict

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

Having run in the 2011 Islands Trust election as a clear opponent of yet another referen- dum on incorporation, I have been asked my position this time around. Has my view changed? First, I would like to thank those on both sides of this debate for the substance and tone of their appeals. Unfortunately, I […]

Incorporation: Municipality Needed to Address Social Needs

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

Let me start at the end of my story: only a municipality can bring together Salt Spring’s various agencies, coordinate and provide solutions. Disjointed problem-solving creates interminable delays despite a consensus that something be done to help young families establish themselves here. A new beginning in the fall of 2012, my partner and I decided […]

Incorporation: Who is Voting NO?

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

Over 700 islanders — your friends, colleagues, and neighbours — have come out against incorporation. Click on this link to see who has signed on, including: Dan Jason, Andrea Le Borgne, David Miller, Richard Murakami, Andrea Palframan, Sue Newman, Deirdre Roland, Brian Brett, Jade Snow Rosen, Bob Twaites, Sue Earle, Harry Warner, Lea Weir, Tiff […]

Incorporation: The Treehouse Story

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 6, 2017

When we moved to Salt Spring ten years ago we bought a charming, iconic one of a kind local treasure in the Tree House Cafe. We also bought a business that needed much repair and upgrading. There were many things that were falling apart, but the opinion we heard from many long time locals was […]

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: One Good Reason

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 5, 2017

If you need only one good reason to vote NO… It is a fact that every municipality in BC struggles to pay for their increasing costs for infrastructure—roads, police, parks, fire protection, and so on. This puts a huge amount of pressure on their councils to either raise taxes, which everyone is resistant to, or […]

Incorporation: Countdown

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    September 5, 2017

On September 9 Islanders will be faced with two drastically different visions for local governance. The choice we are being offered, however, was not “made on Salt Spring.” It was carefully crafted by a provincial government guided by its own interests — downloading massive costs onto a fledgling municipality. Take roads. (The province would love […]

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  • Salt Spring Reads: The Consequence of Me...

    by on 12 hours ago - Comments

    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. The Consequence […]

  • Your Country Grocer Receipts at Work in ...

    by on September 18, 2017 - Comments

    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 […]

  • Video: 2017 Fall Fair Zucchini Racing

    by on September 18, 2017 - Comments

    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.

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    Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) 2...

    by on September 18, 2017 - Comments

    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, […]

  • Try the Earthquake Simulator This Weeken...

    by on September 14, 2017 - Comments

    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 Ann...

    by on September 13, 2017 - Comments

    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 […]

  • Trust Council Chair Congratulates Salt S...

    by on September 11, 2017 - Comments

    Peter Luckham, Chair of Islands Trust Council, made the following statement regarding the decision of the September 9, 2017 referendum with preliminary results showing 62 per cent voted against Salt Spring Island incorporating into a municipality. “The Islands Trust Council congratulates the community of Salt Spring Island for exercising its democratic right on September 9, […]

  • Incorporation: Adam Olsen Responds to Sa...

    by on September 11, 2017 - Comments

    Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, issued the following statement in regards to the outcome of Salt Spring’s Incorporation Vote. Salt Spring Island voted against incorporating as an island municipality this past weekend. “Over the past couple of years Salt Spring Islanders have been discussing how their community is governed. It has […]

  • Incorporation: Wayne McIntyre Post Refer...

    by on September 10, 2017 - Comments

    The incorporation referendum is now over, complete with a clear community “no” decision on the option to incorporate. It is now time to recognize and thank many who have been involved: The Provincial Government, through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (now the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) not only provided financial […]