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100 Men Who Care Launched on Salt Spring Island

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    September 16, 2019

Part of being alive is the desire to help others through action. While there are many ways to accomplish this philanthropy, one common way is to give generously of our wealth and abundance. Who hasn’t donated to their favourite charity or not for profit organization? Doing so benefits both our neighbour and ourselves. However, most […]

Transition Salt Spring Leads New Climate Action Plan for Island

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    September 15, 2019

The Climate Action Group, a project of Transition Salt Spring, is developing a citizen-led climate action plan to address the climate emergency. The plan, due to be released Spring 2020, will focus on the island’s transportation, food systems, land use, buildings and infrastructure and natural systems. This past August, they formed a steering committee to guide […]

London Drugs, Canada Post, Country Grocer, and InDro Robotics Successfully Test Salt Spring Drone Delivery of Emergency Medications

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    August 29, 2019

On August 19, 2019, Canada Post, in partnership with London Drugs and InDro Robotics, successfully completed Canada’s first-ever Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) flight carrying pharmaceuticals via Drone from a London Drugs pharmacy to Salt Spring Island. Canada Post was selected along with InDro Robotics in 2018 to participate in Transport Canada’s BVLOS Drone Trials. The […]

Win Discounted Tickets to ‘Time Piece’ with Country Grocer

    Food & Entertainment, Health & Wellness    August 28, 2019

Here’s your chance to win a voucher to purchase a $10 ticket to ‘Time Piece’, a locally produced thematic rock concert with dialogue while also helping to support Dawn and Cindy, two former Country Grocer employees, each going through challenging times. ‘Time Piece’ is a thematic rock concert featuring a wide variety of music from […]

Islanders Health and Safety at Risk Without Clear Communications

    Editorial & Opinions, Health & Wellness    August 22, 2019

Reliable and effective emergency communications are vital. The island’s Emergency Program debriefs conducted after last winter’s storms identified the serious and potentially disastrous inadequacies of the current system. Salt Spring Fire Rescue together with the other emergency services knows very well how critical clear communications are to their ability to respond. A new antenna that […]

Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission Releases 10-Year Strategic Plan

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    August 21, 2019

Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has released the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation 2019-2029 Strategic Plan. The Plan outlines strategies, actions and priorities that guide opportunities for parks and recreation, seek community and stakeholder input and explore the long-term program and facility needs for the community. The following strategic priorities have […]

Podcast: The Tiny Home on Wheel’s Revolution

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    July 8, 2019

I’m on the Salt Spring Gulf Island Community Radio interviewing people near and far who are making good news on the planet by helping to shift the outcome of our future. These people and companies have created solutions to local and global issues we’re facing at the moment. Sharing the good news that’s happening on […]

Minister Seeking Input on Private Managed Forest Land Program

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    July 3, 2019

Minister wants your input on future of British Columbia forests – On May 28, 2019, the provincial government announced a review of the Private Managed Forest Land Program. They have invited British Columbians to add your voice to the program review. The province is accepting public comments until July 22, 2019. Over the past few […]

BC’s Rural Islands Launch Economic Forum to Build Resilient Partnerships

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    June 27, 2019

For the first time BC’s rural islands have launched an initiative to cultivate rural island economic partnerships. The Rural Islands Economic Forum (RIEF), a two day event, will bring together leaders from rural island communities to focus on advancing local and regional, sustainable, economic capacity building. The Forum gets underway on Pender Island on November 7 […]

Salt Spring Foundation Announces 2019 Neighbourhood Small Grants

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    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 New All Weather Synthetic Turf Field

    Health & Wellness    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 Spring 2019 Grants

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    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 […]

Watch: “The Pharmacy”a Silent Comedy!

    Health & Wellness, Photos & Videos    June 7, 2019

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

World Oceans Day: Local Action Needed

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    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 […]

Salt Spring Island Treated Effluent Discharge Notice

    Health & Wellness    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 […]

$1.5 Million Approved for First Stage of Lady Minto Hospital Emergency Redevelopment

    Health & Wellness    May 16, 2019

The Lady Minto Hospital Foundation has approved $1.5 million in initial funding for the proposed Lady Minto Hospital Emergency Department expansion and redevelopment project. Members of the Hospital Foundation voted at a special general meeting May 16, 2019 to fund the proposed project’s schematic design and design development stages, “This is an important step forward […]

See an Abandoned Boat? Please Say Something

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    May 6, 2019

Abandoned and neglected boats impact the health and safety of our shorelines, especially if fuel, chemicals or garbage are leaking into the marine environment. If you see a boat that looks abandoned, please let us know. Have a boat you no longer want? You’ve got a few options for disposal in the capital region: Donate […]

Community Health Society Undertakes Community Health Needs Assessment

    Health & Wellness    May 2, 2019

The Salt Spring Community Health Society (SSCHS), in conjunction with Wave Consulting Ltd., will undertake a Community Health Needs Assessment starting on May 6. The needs assessment, which will focus on Salt Spring Islanders’ perceptions of available health services and any gaps they feel exist, will be the final – and most comprehensive – research […]

New Bylaws to Protect Drinking Water on Salt Spring Island

    Health & Wellness    April 4, 2019

Coast Salish Territory, Salt Spring Island—The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (SSI LTC) has adopted two bylaws that will help maintain water quality in the Island’s drinking water lakes while also respecting the role that farming plays in the island’s culture and economy. “Our understanding of just how precious freshwater is on an island […]

Coroners Service Releases Interactive Map of Unsolved Cases Across BC and on Salt Spring Island

    Health & Wellness    March 27, 2019

BC Coroners Service has released their ‘Unidentified Human Remains (UHR) Interactive Viewer’ highlighting locations of unsolved cases all across British Columbia, including here on Salt Spring Island. If you need information on how to use this interactive viewer, please click on the “How To Use” tab in the top right hand corner. If you have […]

Salt Spring Island Centennial Park Playground Replacement

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    March 18, 2019

Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has adopted a 20 year Master Plan to prioritize infrastructure investments for Centennial Park. With site assessments and central drainage complete, and the washroom facility anticipated to be finished in a few weeks, planning can begin to replace the playground. This much needed replacement project was made […]

Pipeline Activism: Thoughts On My Trial, Part 2

    Health & Wellness, Indigenous News, News & Events    March 18, 2019

I’m back from the rabbit hole of court – the B.C. Supreme Court, in downtown Vancouver. Last fall, I spent five days there, self-representing my not guilty plea, after arrest for protesting on March 23rd in front of Texas oil-giant Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, now Trans Mountain Canada, owned by all Canadians. Three […]

Building a Tiny Home Community for the Unhoused on Salt Spring Island – Step One

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    March 15, 2019

“A community safely housed.  A path to stability.  A better quality of life”  Housing forms the building blocks of a community. The recent housing crisis has illustrated exactly how important stable housing is to the solidity of our island. When people don’t have secure housing, their work, school, family life, and even the community suffer. […]

Island Health Assumes Responsibility for Home Support on Salt Spring

    Health & Wellness    March 13, 2019

Island Health will be assuming responsibility for publicly funded home support service delivery on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands this fall to ensure a consistent approach to implement government’s team-based primary and community care model across the health authority. Home support helps people live independently in their home and be safe. For clients […]

Salt Spring Bike Club Announces Merger with Island Pathways

    Health & Wellness, News & Events, Travel & Transportation    February 16, 2019

With great enthusiasm and anticipation, the Salt Spring Bike Club announces its merger with Island Pathways and the creation of the new Island Pathway committee: Cycling Salt Spring Island! The Salt Spring Bike Club formed five years ago to: promote cycling as a healthy, sustainable and fun mode of transportation and recreation; foster a stronger […]

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Community News

  • Crofton and Vesuvius Ferry Terminal Tres...

    by on September 20, 2019

    Please be advised that BC Ferries will be doing maintenance work on the Crofton and Vesuvius trestles. This work will take place from September 23 to November 1, 2019. There will be no impact to operations. Work will include replacement of piles, guardrails, deck boards and other minor items. A barge will be used to […]

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

    by on September 19, 2019

    Response Report: Salt Spring Island Firefighters responded to 58 calls the month of August. Operations The Ganges Fire Hall suffered two roof leaks over the month with the light summer rain. To rectify this issue before winter arrives a roofer and an engineer are needed. Work has been undertaken to arrange both of these tasks. […]

  • Wet Weather Notes from the Garden

    by on September 18, 2019

    The early onset of wet, cold, windy fall weather is catching a few late summer crops at a tricky time. Here are some notes on what to do right now, including responses to questions I’ve been asked recently: Seeds: If you are saving some of your own seeds this year and they are still out […]

  • Elizabeth May – Listening is the P...

    by on September 17, 2019

    As we open the menu for Canada’s election, how will Canadians choose the healthiest possibilities? Who looks most appetizing? We really must investigate the ingredients, starting with the one we know best, here in Saanich/Gulf Islands. Elizabeth May lifted a glass to us when she said, “It is the community spirit of our area that […]

  • 100 Men Who Care Launched on Salt Spring...

    by on September 16, 2019

    Part of being alive is the desire to help others through action. While there are many ways to accomplish this philanthropy, one common way is to give generously of our wealth and abundance. Who hasn’t donated to their favourite charity or not for profit organization? Doing so benefits both our neighbour and ourselves. However, most […]

  • Video and Photos: 2019 Salt Spring Fall ...

    by on September 15, 2019

    Friends, neighbours and visitors, welcome to the 2019 edition of the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair, an island tradition since 1896, celebrating the Agricultural Community’s efforts and successes. Our island has a rich and varied agricultural history and tradition that spans more than 150 years, since Confederation. The Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute, established in […]

  • Transition Salt Spring Leads New Climate...

    by on September 15, 2019

    The Climate Action Group, a project of Transition Salt Spring, is developing a citizen-led climate action plan to address the climate emergency. The plan, due to be released Spring 2020, will focus on the island’s transportation, food systems, land use, buildings and infrastructure and natural systems. This past August, they formed a steering committee to guide […]

  • 2019 Salt Spring Chamber Salty Awards &#...

    by on September 12, 2019

    Make someone you know a Salty Award winner! – Presenting the Salt Spring Community & Business Awards! Winners will receive a Salty Award and 29 awards will be given out two areas – Business and Community. You can nominate one business or community group/area per session during the nomination process. You will then be able […]

  • Artists from the Fringe: Nick’s St...

    by on September 10, 2019

    In this series, we share stories from Art Jam participants. Art Jam – a volunteer-run program of the Salt Spring Arts Council – provides a safe, welcoming space for members of our marginalized community, where they can be defined as creators and artists, rather than by the challenges they regularly face. By celebrating their unique […]

  • 2019 Pride Parade Photos and Video

    by on September 7, 2019

    Another beautiful celebration of Pride on Salt Spring Island today. Thousands of locals and visitors lined the street to celebrate the 15th annual Pride and the 12th celebration of the Pride Parade all through the streets of Ganges. Few communities the size of Salt Spring can boast of the energy and excitement and pride of […]

  • Affordable Rental Housing Cottages Surve...

    by on September 4, 2019

    Please join us on Saturday, September 7th for a Community Information Meeting regarding Bylaw No. 512 (Affordable Rental Housing – Cottages). This is an opportunity to learn more about the project and discuss the proposed rezoning of approximately 400 properties on Salt Spring Island to permit cottages for full-time residential rental, instead of “seasonal cottages” […]

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