Electric Vehicles - Sharing the Benefits

We have just completed our first 2,500 kilometers driving our all-electric Nissan Leaf, almost all of which has been on Salt Spring. Ours is a used vehicle (affordable to us) that was pre-owned as a leased unit by Nissan. It provides a good driving range, is comfortable, quiet, handles well, and has a surprising amount of power to ensure safe driving. Almost all of the time, we have plugged the car into a standard 120v outdoor outlet at our home. We have occasionally used the Artspring Level II charger, which is free for use by the public, but the electricity used is currently paid by our local organization, Transition Salt Spring (TSS). A big thank you to TSS for providing this valuable service to our local electric vehicle owners and providing an incentive to those considering visiting our island. This week we received the first Hydro bill since purchasing the car, and as per predictions based on the car technical specifications, it has increased somewhere between …
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Salt Spring National Art Prize offers $25,000

To recognize, showcase and publicize the accomplishments of Canadian visual art, Salt Spring Island is establishing one of the few national, juried competitions in the country. The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning. This exciting endeavour is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), which represents the arts for Salt Spring Island, one of Canada’s premier arts communities. The Finalist exhibition will be held on the island from September through October 2015. The inaugural Salt Spring National Art Prize offers $25,000 worth of awards. best work The Joan McConnell Award and Residency for the best work in the competition $10,000 + Salt Spring Island Artists Residency in 2016 to the value of $5,000 jurors choice Three Jurors Awards representing the ind…
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Photo Series: Metamorphosis - Moss Cars of Salt Spring Island

In 2004 the Salt Spring Island photographer Eric Klemm photographed a dozen cars from the fifties and sixties covered by fern and moss on the property of a Salt Spring Island resident. The first exhibition titled "Metamorphosis" was held at Gallery Jones, Vancouver, in 2005. Hereafter the exhibition of 14 large 50x60" prints travelled to: Toronto, Houston,Texas, Milan,Italy, Mainz,Germany, Berlin,Germany, Zingst, Germany and was finally held at Artspring, Salt Spring Island, in May 2007. In September 2011 the German Goethe Institute invited Klemm to show the "Metamorphosis" photographs in Paris. After that it became a travelling exhibition visiting the French cities: Bordeaux, Lille, Brest, Nancy and Toulouse. Klemm has had more than 25 solo exhibitions in his long career, the Metamorphosis project has been his most succesful one, so far. One of the large images is in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Gary Michael Dault wrote 2005 in his col…
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'Gravity': It's Not Rocket Science!

Salt Spring Island's Cameron Byers shares his insights about the science behind the Oscar winning film Gravity.  The director of Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron, has admitted that the Oscar-contending film is not always scientifically accurate and that some liberties were taken to sustain the story. "This is not a documentary. It is a piece of fiction." Indeed, there are so many scientific inaccuracies in the film that the 10 listed below represent but a small faction of the whole:  1. Gravity opens with George Clooney doing a very good impression of Buzz Lightyear orbiting around the Space Shuttle in his manned manoeuvring unit (MMU). The unit in question was used on the shuttle from 1983-1984. After the Challenger disaster, the MMU was deemed too risky for future use in extra-vehicular activities (EVAs). From that point onwards, the Canadarm and traditional, tethered EVAs fulfilled the tasks the MMU was designed for. 2. Gravity depicts three astronauts working on EVA -- Kowa…
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Film Review: When I Walk

The following article was written by Marianne Grittani as part of a series of articles about filmmakers coming to the Salt Spring Film Festival on Feb 28-Mar 2. Jason DaSilva’s mother Marianne D’Souza and brother Leigh DaSilva (also director/producer of the film) will be on hand to lead a discussion following the film. Jason Da Silva / When I Walk Director Jason DaSilva has been a prolific filmmaker since 1996, travelling the world making documentary films. He has directed 4 short films Olivia’s Puzzle, A Song For Daniel, Twins of Mankala and First Steps. He’s also made two feature length films, Lest We Forget and When I Walk. Olivia’s Puzzle premiered at the 2003 Sundance Festival and qualified for an Academy Award. Three of his films have had national broadcasts on PBS, HBO and CBC. He also produced Shocking and Awful, a film installation on the anti-Iraq war movement, exhibited at the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Each one of these works advanced Jason’s objective to give voi…
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Salt Spring Film Festival Program and Schedule

The Salt Spring Exchange and the Hello! Salt Spring App are proud major sponsors of the best film festival to be found anywhere, The Salt Spring Film Festival! Here is the full program guide and schedule to help you get ready and excited for another great year of films on Salt Spring Island. [gview file="https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/saltspringexchange-downloads/2014+Salt+Spring+Film+Festival+Program.pdf" width="620" height="800"] [gview file="https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/saltspringexchange-downloads/2014+Salt+Spring+Film+Festival+Schedule.pdf" width="620" height="400"]
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The Importance of a Forgiving Heart: The Bill Williams Story

The following article was written by Marianne Grittani as part of a series of articles about filmmakers coming to the Salt Spring Film Festival on Feb 28-Mar 2. Bill Williams, his wife and the filmmaker Jon Funder will be at the festival to introduce the film and answer questions afterwards. The Importance of a Forgiving Heart: The Bill Williams Story One would be hard pressed to find a more loving, kind or genuine person than Bill Williams. And when you realize all that he’s been through in his life, it makes him all the more impressive as a human being. Bill is the subject of the film The Importance of a Forgiving Heart. Right from the start, Bill had challenges to face. He was born with clubfeet and severe deafness at the Nootka Mission Hospital in Esperanza, BC., a place whose name means ‘hope’. But surely there seemed little hope for this child, born into poverty and already so physically compromised. His father died of TB the same year he was born and it was t…
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Salt Spring Film Festival - Filmmaker Profile - Yoni Marmorstein

Yoni Marmorstein is a 25 year old Salt Spring resident, raised here since age 5, whose life path was directed by a happy accident. On a trip to South Africa in 2010 to volunteer coaching basketball and teaching life skills to South African youth through an organization called Hoops 4 Hope, his camera broke. Instead of replacing it with another regular camera, he bought a camcorder. That changed everything. He wanted to document his time there as any travelling youth would, but it ended up going much further than that. Volunteering with Hoops 4 Hope led him into a friendship with Head Coach Lala, who we see a lot of in A Day in A Life - The Hoops for Hope Story. Marmorstein stayed with Lala in his shack in the township of Khayelitsha and got to know him and the basketball players on his team. Because of his relationship with Lala, a trusted and respected member of the community, he was accepted and was granted an intimacy that made the film possible. He was able to provide a …
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"Genius" Guitarist Alex Goodman Jazzes up ArtSpring

What do you do with someone whom Tim Ries, saxophonist with the Rolling Stones, describes as "“without question one of the most gifted guitarists of his generation"”, and whom Montr¨¦al'’s La Presse calls a "“genius”", and whose 2013 Juno-nominated CD the Ottawa Citizen listed as one of the top 10 Canadian jazz records of the year? Well, a good start is to go hear him at the first opportunity you get. Luckily for us, that opportunity is this Thursday evening at ArtSpring. Alex Goodman performs with his new quartet (guitar, voice, vibraphone and cello) as part of ArtSpring'’s Gallery Cabaret series at 7:30. You’ll hear music that crosses the boundaries between jazz, classical, new music, and back to jazz. Tickets for all the Gallery Cabaret show are only $10 and are available from the ArtSpring Ticket Centre 537-2102 or online at tickets.artspring.ca
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Ning Feng at ArtSpring

Following in the footsteps of such young international nusical stars as Martin Helmchen, Joyce Yang, Mariangela Vacatello and Augustin Hadelich, ArtSpring presents another major world talent in the person of violinist Ning Feng in concert on Friday, March 1. Born in Chengdu, Ning Feng studied first in China and then at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Starting with first prize at the International Paganini Competition in 2006, he as gone on to win an armful of the classical world’s most prestigious awards. The cities he has performed in read like the index of a comprehensive atlas of the world – Hong Kong, Auckland, Bilbao, Moscow, Calgary, Prague, Gstaad, etc. The press raves about him too. One reviewer has this to say about his latest recording: “An unqualified recommendation of a wonderful album that demonstrates the highest artistic and programming skills possible.” Another enthuses that “lyricism pours from his violin.” Ning Feng currently lives in Berlin and…
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‘Conflict Tiger’ film screening and discussion with John Vaillant, author of ‘The Tiger’ and ‘The Golden Spruce’

It’s an icy winter in Russia’s Far East. A desperate poacher and an enormous Amur Tiger meet face to face. The poacher tries to kill the tiger, but only wounds him. In revenge, the tiger methodically stalks and kills the poacher. But the story just begins there… On Friday, Februry 22, at 7:30 PM, the Salt Spring Forum and the Salt Spring Film Festival Society present award-winning author John Vaillant and Conflict Tiger, the film that inspired his most recent bestseller, The Tiger. Following the screening of the documentary, Robert Bateman will moderate a one-hour discussion with Vaillant. When John Vaillant originally learned about the story featured in Conflict Tiger, he traveled to Russia’s Far East to investigate. In his book, the incident between the tiger and poacher leads into a broader examination of how political change can impact communities, animals, and the landscape. Additionally, Vaillant shows how consumerism and global warming have drastically reduced Rus…
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Dragon's Den Auditions on Salt Spring

Beginning in January 2013, Dragons’ Den producers will hit the road for an audition tour, with more than 40 stops in various Canadian cities. Entrepreneurs from across the country have another chance to face the Dragons the chance to receive financial backing for their business ventures. The open audition tour will kick off in Toronto on Saturday, January 19th. Exact dates and locations will be announced shortly. As soon as it becomes available, tour dates will be posted on this page. No experience is necessary and participants of all ages are encouraged to audition. After highly-rated ‘All-Student’ specials in Season Six and Seven, Dragons’ Den continues to seek young entrepreneurs who think they have what it takes to seal a deal with the country’s most renowned business tycoons. All interested entrepreneurs should be prepared to pitch their business in under five minutes. If they can convince Dragons’ Den producers they are ready for their fifteen minutes of fame,…
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Photo Tour: The New Salt Spring Library

We enjoyed the opening of the library today with a few hundred other islanders coming in to take a look at this wonderful new community space. Congratulations to all those that worked so hard to bring this facility to life. If today is any indication, the library will be an incredible community resources for years and years to come. So much has changed since we were in last taking photos during the construction. Happy holidays Salt Spring Island!
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Make Tom Allen's Day

If you happened to be listening to Tom Allen’s CBC Radio 2 programme on September 17, you may remember him telling the national audience that (to paraphrase somewhat): “There are many good reasons to envy those who live on Salt Spring Island, but the chance to hear pianist Martin Helmchen on November 26 is surely one of them.” Tom had just finished playing a recording of Helmchen playing something or other and found him an amazing performer. November 26 is almost upon us, and Martin Helmchen (and his wife, cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, a no less distinguished musician) are on their way. When they get here on Monday they will play some wonderful repertoire by Bach, Schumann, Beethoven and Schubert. Here is what George Ehring says about the specific pieces on the programme: “Nice! Good to see they're not doing the same-old, same-old.” If you don’t have your tickets for this excellent recital, call the Box Office now  at 250-537-2102 (or get them online).
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Salt Spring Temporary Library Closes November 24

SALT SPRING ISLAND, B.C. - In preparation for the move to the new library, the temporary library facilities located at 118 Jackson Avenue will be permanently closed at 5pm on Saturday November 24th, 2012. The new library, located at 129 McPhillips Avenue, is anticipated to open in mid-December. Details of the exact opening date will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Returns will not be accepted at either location until the library re-opens. Due to the move to the new library and the usual Christmas shut down by all public library interlibrary loan departments, the interlibrary loan service at the Salt Spring Public Library will be closed from November 24, 2012 to January 2, 2013. Borrowed ILL books should be returned on the indicated due date, and incoming books will be processed and patrons notified to pick them up when the new library opens. New loan requests will be processed as of January 2, 2013. It is recommended that new and existing patrons obtain or renew…
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In Construction - Salt Spring Library Photo Tour

Had a rare opportunity today to tour the new library being built in town to check in on the progress being made in our newest community building with Duncan Hepburn Chair, Building of the Committee with the Salt Spring Island Public Library Association. Here's my prediction. This building isn't just going to be a library, it is going to become the town centre of activity for gathering, sharing, connecting, learning and exploring all year round. It's an incredibly beautiful and well planned building. In addition to all the most important amenities you would expect from a local library the building boasts a community meeting room that will be outfitted with a project screen, projector and sound system with an outdoor gathering area, meeting rooms for community and business meetings and great places for the community to connect around books and learning all around the space. Note, that all of these photos show the space in various stages of completion, and while there has…
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Salt Spring Digital - Communication, Marketing, Design and Development

Salt Spring Digital is a community group of digital media professionals in communications, marketing, digital design and development who live and/or work on Salt Spring Island. The group's focus is to share connections, new ideas and to support the creation of a thriving digital technology, design, entrepreneurial and innovation culture here on Salt Spring Island. Our group has over 100 members and has held various networking events on the island in the past. We are planning some more gatherings this coming fall. If you're interested in being part of the group, please join us at saltspringdigital.org
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Free Business Directory Listing - 50+ New Businesses Now Signed Up

We've had a great first 5 days since the launch of our new online directory service. Over 50 businesses and organizations have jumped into use the new site. If you run a local business of any kind or are part of any island organization, consider listing in the directory. The benefits are simple. You get free exposure to the 15,000+ who use the Exchange each month, you can ad links, pictures, details about what you do, you can include your phone number, a Google map link and all this will help improve the likely hood that your site will be seen online in search engine rankings. Consider listing today, it's free and it's for you for Salt Spring. Here is an example of one of our great new listings: Fernwood Road Cafe.

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