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Nights of Grief & Mystery with Spiritual Activist Stephen Jenkinson on Salt Spring

    Food & Entertainment, Health & Wellness    October 9, 2018

Stephen Jenkinson is at it again. More accurately, he’s still going at it hammer and tongs, all the while shouldering a new book and a bigger band to bring the 2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour to communities throughout North America. From mid-September through November 2018, the tour will travel west across the lower […]

Forensic Nurse Examiners celebrate Two years at Lady Minto Hospital

    Health & Wellness    September 27, 2018

It has almost been a two years since Lady Minto expanded their service with a team of Forensic Nurse Examiners. The program was launched in October of 2016, with the support of community service partners. Before this service was implemented, individuals who had experienced sexual violence had to travel to either Victoria or Vancouver to […]

Ganges Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades Ahead of Schedule

    Health & Wellness    September 26, 2018

A recent staff report to the Ganges Sewer Local Services Commission on Salt Spring Island confirms that the Ganges Wastewater Infrastructure Renewal Project is progressing well and is within budget and ahead of schedule. Additionally, the report concluded that there is sufficient capacity in the system to accommodate growth within the existing service area. The […]

Water Interruption Notice for Salt Spring Island – Highland/Fernwood Water Service – September 20, 2018

    Health & Wellness    September 20, 2018

Capital Regional District (CRD) staff are responding to a water system leak in the Highland/Fernwood Water Service Area on Salt Spring Island. The leak is located near 180 Maliview Drive. Until this issue is resolved, residents in the Maliview area will be without water for a period of time. It is also important to note […]

New Free Wi-Fi connects Lady Minto Hospital patients and visitors

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    September 18, 2018

Free public Wi-Fi is now available to patients and visitors at Lady Minto Hospital thanks to financial support from the Lady Minto Hospital Auxiliary, Lady Minto Hospital Foundation, Country Grocer, Island Health and the Salt Spring Exchange. “We are thrilled to be bringing public Wi-Fi to patients and visitors at Lady Minto Hospital. We know […]

Clean Air Bylaw includes cannabis, vaping and fines

    Health & Wellness    September 18, 2018

Island Health, in partnership with the Capital Regional District, supports all efforts to promote outdoor public spaces free of smoke from tobacco and vapour devices, as well as cannabis (when legalized). Island Health enforcement officers and CRD bylaw officers continue to provide education and awareness around the CRD’s Clean Air Bylaw (no.3962). Island Health enforcement […]

Island Leaders in Canada and U.S. Call on Prime Minister to Abandon Trans Mountain Expansion

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    September 5, 2018

In light of the Canadian Government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and stated commitment to expanding it despite a court ruling quashing the expansion permit, elected representatives from the islands in the Salish Sea, on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border, have written an open letter urging Prime Minister Trudeau to abandon the expansion […]

Neighbourhood Small Grants Launched on Salt Spring

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    September 5, 2018

Carolling by canoe on Cusheon Lake, the Firefly Lantern Festival, public pianos, Earth Day in Centennial Park, Art Jam, and a neighbourhood potluck party on Park Drive. What do all of these have in common? They are all colourful and joyful expressions of Salt Spring culture, local projects and events run by people who are […]

Alliance Organization Hosts Events to Explore Vision for Island Future

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    August 22, 2018

Over the past year, an enthusiastic group of Salt Springers have met on the fourth Monday of each month at Lions Hall to share their hopes and visions for the island they so love. Building on the community engagement inspired by the referendum, as well as the need for healing the divisions it created, Salt […]

Physicians Accepting New Patients

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    August 15, 2018

Saltspring Island Health Centre (ssihealth.ca), opens its doors on September 5th at 164 Kings Lane. It will be the practice location of 6 family physicians and a midwife. Four of the physicians, Drs. Anik Mommsen-Smith, Catherine Prendiville, Paula Ryan and Manya Sadouski are familiar to the community as family physicians already in practice here and […]

Temporary Wastewater Bypass for Ganges Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade on Salt Spring Island

    Health & Wellness    August 9, 2018

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is currently upgrading the wastewater treatment plant in Ganges Village on Salt Spring Island and in order to complete the work a wastewater bypass is required between August 16 and August 28, 2018. During this time, wastewater will receive preliminary treatment only (solids screening) and then bypass the normal treatment process […]

Video and Photos: New Bike Park Opens to Applause – Ribbon Cutting

    Health & Wellness, People & Places, Photos & Videos    August 6, 2018

After years of consultation, planning, design and community engagement The Salt Spring Lions Commemorative Bike Park opened today with a big turn out from the community. Dozens of families, bikes in tow, joined the project sponsors, managers and supporters in the opening of the island’s first bike park. The family bike park is a dirt […]

Grand Opening of the Salt Spring Island Lions Memorial Bike Park

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    July 31, 2018

Beshano Bike Trials Club will be putting on a free bike stunt show at the Grand Opening of the Lions Memorial Bike Park on August 6th, 2018. Show are at 11:40am and 12:40pm and are 20 mins each. This is a free customer appreciation family event courtesy of OutSpokin Bike Shop. Come out to the […]

The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust receives $50k from The Farmers’ Institute for The Root

    Farm & Garden, Health & Wellness    July 27, 2018

The Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute has donated $50,000 towards building The Root. This is a significant contribution to the Farmland Trust’s fundraising goal, which is now down to $510,000 thanks to the generous donation by the Farmers’ Institute. “The Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute fully supports the leadership role the Salt Spring Island Farmland […]

Farmland Trust Breaks Ground for The Root

    Farm & Garden, Health & Wellness    July 18, 2018

Salt Spring Island, July 12, 2018 – This week the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust begins construction of the new local food centre The Root at 189 Beddis Road, and officially kicks off The Root community fundraising campaign. “If you love eating produce and foods from Salt Spring Island and would like to see even […]

Video: Bike Park Build in Progress

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    July 10, 2018

Update: New photos of the bike park in progress coming in. New wooden trail features are now install. The new bike park will be open soon. Stay tuned for updates on the opening day announcement. Well Salt Spring Island families and kids are in for a real treat. The amazing local team behind the creation […]

Ruckle Park Heritage Conservation Management Plan Receives Heritage Legacy Fund Grant

    Farm & Garden, Health & Wellness    July 9, 2018

The Friends of Ruckle Park Heritage Society is delighted to announce that it is receiving its first and most generous grant to guide future improvements to Ruckle Park heritage. The Heritage Legacy Fund has provided $10,000 to help with the creation of a “Ruckle Park Heritage Conservation Management Plan”, which will not only serve Ruckle […]

New Specialized Community Paramedic

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    July 4, 2018

Salt Spring has a new medical resource – a specialized paramedic who does home visits. Chris Griffiths is a rural advanced care paramedic and part of the provincial Community Paramedic Program. The program, started in 2015, is now in close to 100 rural and remote communities in the province, but only six communities have been […]

Salt Spring Housing Crisis – Share Your Story

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    June 28, 2018

Salt Spring Island has a severe housing crisis that is making it very difficult for many members of our community to continue to live in this special place. Have you been homeless despite having the money to rent? Have you been forced to leave the island because you can’t find a home? Is your business […]

Salt Spring Lions Memorial Bike Park Set to Begin

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    June 27, 2018

Construction of the Salt Spring Lions Memorial Bike Park is set to begin this week in the southeast corner of Mouat Park adjacent to the ArtSpring upper parking lot. Trail building is expected to last through July with the goal of opening the Bike Park to young riders in August. Additional fencing, landscaping and habitat […]

Living Wage Report Shows Challenges Faced by Salt Spring Families

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    June 27, 2018

Would you be surprised to know that it now costs more for a family to live on Salt Spring than in Metro Vancouver? This is the bottom line of a new report just released by the Salt Spring Island Foundation. A Living Wage for Salt Spring Island, 2018, calculates the living wage required for a […]

Maliview Wastewater Discharge Notice

    Health & Wellness    June 20, 2018

A mechanical failure at the Maliview Wastewater Treatment Plant resulted in approximately two cubic meters of untreated sewage entering the marine environment through the discharge outfall pipe. The equipment has been repaired and the wastewater plant is functioning well again. The area impacted by untreated sewage is in the vicinity of the Maliview Wastewater Treatment […]

Cloudiness in the Cedars of Tuam Water System on Salt Spring Island – Water Remains Safe to Drink

    Health & Wellness    June 19, 2018

CRD Integrated Water Services advises the customers of the Cedars of Tuam Water System on Salt Spring Island (refer to attached map) that turbidity has caused cloudiness in the treated drinking water. Operations staff is investigating the matter but it is believed the ground water source is being impacted by fine sand intrusion. This problem […]

Heat Alert! Sowing Winter Brassicas

    Farm & Garden, Health & Wellness    June 18, 2018

The recent cool weather is giving way to what is forecast to be pretty hot weather starting this weekend. This is a reminder that if you haven’t done so already, do finish mulching vegetables before it gets hot; it will conserve soil moisture and keep roots cool. Some people had quite a bit of rain, […]

Hundreds Gather to Stand with the Salt Spring Nine

    Governance & Politics, Health & Wellness    June 13, 2018

Updated: Stand Up Salt Spring, an event to raise funds for the nine Salt Spring Islanders who were arrested for protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, was held last Saturday at Fulford Hall. A standing room only crowd heard speakers, musicians and poets — featuring the Salt Spring Nine — share their stories and reasons […]

Island Pathways 30 Anniversary Celebration

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    June 7, 2018

You’re Invited! – 2018 June 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  at the Farmers’ Institute and on the Ganges Pathways Hard to believe Island Pathways has been going for 30 years. Here’s some of what we’ve accomplished: Our Partners Creating Pathways group has built nearly $1-million in Ganges Village pathways, complete with benches and map kiosks, costing local taxpayers […]

Photos: Fernwood School’s “Great Water Walk” 2018

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    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 […]

The Salt Spring Island Freshwater Catalogue Needs You

    Farm & Garden, Health & Wellness    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 […]

Film Screening – Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    May 9, 2018

Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure is a new film with everything you need to know about the Kinder Morgan pipeline battle, written and directed by Vancouver local photographer and filmmaker Zack Embree. Film will be shown at Artspring on Friday, May 25th at 7 pm, followed by a panel discussion with the director, local journalist […]

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