Crofton Mill - Halalt First Nation Files Lawsuit

Halalt First Nation has filed Notices of Civil Claim in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against Catalyst Paper, British Columbia and Canada to Protect Their Ancestral Lands from Dioxin Pollution On February 1, 2016, Halalt First Nation (“Halalt”) filed Notice of Civil Claim against British Columbia and Canada for their failure to protect Halalt’s Aboriginal Rights and title from the toxic effects of pollution from the Catalyst Paper Corporation’s Crofton Mill. According to Environment Canada documents, the Crofton Mill is the single most polluting pulp mill in British Columbia.Separate litigation was filed againist Catalyst Paper on January 22,2016 as a result of Catalyst Paper refusing to adopt technology that would drastically reduce the amount of air and water pollution generated by Crofton Mill. Halalt First Nation is not necessarily seeking closure of the Crofton Mill, but is determinded to engage with Catalyst Paper, Canada and British Columbia, to ensure t…
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Post-Quake Analysis

Following the recent earthquake in the area the Salt Spring Island Emergency Program (SSIEP) sent out an e-mail request to all POD and Neighbourhood Leaders to respond and provide a description of what they experienced with the earthquake.        PODS Who Responded: 30 out of 53 PODs reported in (57%) North (18 Responses): North End, Trincomali, Walker’s Hook, Vesuvius, Mobrae, Channel Ridge, Bullock, Fernwood, North Sunset, Duck Creek, Maliview Central (20 Responses): Churchill, Dukes, Ganges Village, Brinkworthy, Norton, Mount Belcher, Mount Maxwell, Ganges Hill, Cusheon Lake, Long Harbour, Mount Erskine South (19 Responses): Weston, Outer Beddis, Fulford, Stowell, Musgrave, Mount Tuam, Isabella, Beaver Point, Stewart Communications 59 POD and Neighbourhood leaders (17%) 8 non-leaders 88% responded within the first 16 hours (via email to SSIEPC) 2003 people received Facebook notification (only 2 responses received) Earthquak…
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Earthquake Hits Near Salt Spring

An earthquake with magnitude 4.8 (with some reports suggesting magnitude 4.9 and 5.1) occurred near Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada at 11:39:29 local Pacific time on December 29th, 2015. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) The National Tsunami Warning Center has advised that no zones of coastal British Columbia are at risk from this event. Repeat, no zones of coastal British Columbia are at risk from this event. Nearby Cities 17km (11mi) NNE of Victoria, Canada 22km (14mi) NE of Langford, Canada 22km (14mi) NE of Colwood, Canada 38km (24mi) SE of Duncan, Canada 17km (11mi) NNE of Victoria, Canada Video: Earthquake hits Victoria and Surrounding Areas Captured on Security Cameras What is an earthquake? Earthquakes with magnitude of about 2.0 or less are usually called microearthquakes; they are not commonly felt by people and are generally recorded only on local seismographs. Events with magnitudes of about 4.5 or greater …
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Book Launch - The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan

You are invited 7:00 PM, November 3rd, 2015 to a book launch of Briony Penn’s newest book, The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan at Artspring. This book is an official biography of Ian McTaggart Cowan (1910–2010), who revolutionized the way North Americans understood the natural world and is known as the “father of Canadian ecology.” He was no stranger to the suppression of scientists or challenging pipelines – all before most of us were even born. He pioneered nature television in its very earliest days and later hired David Suzuki. From his formative years roaming the mountains around Vancouver looking for venison to his last years co-editing the voluminous and authoritative Birds of British Columbia, Cowan’s life provides a unique perspective on a century of environmental change—with a critical message for the future. Penn will be joined by Cowan’s former students, Bristol Foster and Bob Weeden, in an entertaining evening celebrating the life of …
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We Didn't Win Kraft Project Play, But Oh What a Journey!

An incredible experience, it touched all corners of Salt Spring and brought our community together as rarely seen before. Everyone embraced the challenge with enthusiasm even though we didn't win the big prize. People of all ages and interests voted day and night, recruited their friends and relatives near and far, and spread the word in every possible direction. There are wonderful stories of distant friends of Salt Spring voting 1000's of times and 'robot' dances all being performed in our homes and businesses as we enjoyed helping the Island cause. Congratulations to Monroe Park for winning the $250,000 Grand Prize. If HEART could have won the contest, Salt Spring would have been the clear winner. Even if we didn't get the most votes, we have won $25,000 and the actual experience itself has been an incredible gift! What a great community we live in, be very proud.
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Salt Spring Salmon Receive $5,000

Project will support education and training - The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced $5,000 for a Pacific salmon project on Quadra Island. The total value of the project including volunteer time and community fundraising is over $80,000. The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports habitat stewardship, Pacific salmon enhancement and watershed education, and is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp. The project is by the Salt Spring Island Conservancy, with the funds going towards its Wetland and Riparian Habitat Restoration project at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. “We are pleased to support the Salt Spring Island Conservancy because their project will help reduce erosion and improve coho salmon habitat,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports community groups, volunteers and First Nations across the province. All give co…
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Water, water—everywhere?

Sitting down with Ken Marr in the middle of the summer isn’t the easiest proposition. It’s high season for building projects on the island. As the shop has become a supplier for irrigation and rainwater collection equipment, it’s also the time when homeowners and businesses are making plans so they don’t get left high and dry. I sat down with Ken to learn more about why Windsor Plywood chose to support Transition Salt Spring’s 2015 Eco Living and Home Tour. The tour, taking place Sunday July 26th, offers islanders and visitors a chance to take in well-crafted examples of green building, renewable energy technologies, intensive high production greenhouses and, of particular interest in the midst of this drought, innovative rainwater collection and irrigation systems. What sorts of green building project are people interested in? “In the last 3-4 years we’ve definitely had more of a request for water storage, water collection and irrigation supplies. That has become i…
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Alert: Fire Danger and Drought Level Raised to Class 4

Salt Spring Island and the Gulf Islands as well as Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland have all as of this afternoon been raised to both Fire Danger Class 4 and Drought Level 4. Level 4 is the highest level in the warning scale. No camp fires, no burning and please limit water consumption as appropriate. What the Danger Class Ratings mean: Low Fires may start easily and spread quickly but there will be minimal involvement of deeper fuel layers or larger fuels. Moderate Forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting. Carry out any forest activities with caution. High Forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities. Open burning and industrial activities may be restricted. Extreme Extremely dry forest fuels and the fire risk is very serious. New fires will start ea…
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New Beginnings Start with Local Food

January is a time for new beginnings, whether it be a new exercise routine, a new hobby or class, a change in diet, or, in my case, an opportunity to write a monthly food column for the pleasure of your perusal. It is certainly a time to reflect on the past year and a time to look ahead to what’s to come. It’s also when we can sometimes wish we hadn’t eaten quite so much over the holidays. I think it’s best to accept your seasonal indulgences with great vigor and no remorse. Out with the old, in with the new! For many people who wish to reinvent themselves in the new beginning of the year, exercise is the starting point. I think physical fitness is important and everyone owes it to themselves to be responsible for taking care of their body. Along with physical conditioning, diet plays a vital role in the levels of success you can achieve. I am by no means a calorie counter; in fact, I do not restrict my food choices in any way to appease a dietary regime. My first and …
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Video: Life Saving Drones on Salt Spring

Shaw TV visit Salt Spring Island to expand on the success story of Lady Minto Hospital foundation placing 30 Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) around the island and expand on what the future might hold with AEDs being delivered to the scenes of an emergency by Drones designed and built here on Salt Spring.
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Terry Fox Run - Running with Terry

It’s 7:00 a.m. and my family lays asleep in bed. The house is quiet apart from the sounding of my watch alarm. I try to sleep through it’s persistent beeping but as I restlessly roll over, something falls off the side of my bed with a thud. It’s the book I’ve been reading, “Terry Fox –His Story”, by Leslie Scrivener. I’m reminded why I’m meant to wake up. “Alright, Terry. Let’s go for a run”. I stretch out the kinks and wiggle my toes. My joints are stiff. “Where’s my oil can?” Terry can relate. Rain falls in heavy pellets. I hate the feel of wet clothes, squishy feet and squeaky shoes. Terry rolls his eyes. “Suck it up. Ever run through gale force winds, snowstorms and 38 degree heat?”. Starting off is slow. I whine, “My shins have been tender to the touch. My hips are tight. My ankles feel bruised”. “I know what you mean”, replies Terry empathetically. “My prosthetic is not fitting properly. The skin has been rubbed raw, the bone bruised. There ar…
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Emergency Reception Centre Exercise

RECEPTION CENTRE EXERCISE: SSI EMERGENCY SOCIAL SERVICES On Saturday, May 31st, while most island residents were outside enjoying the sunshine, a dedicated group of volunteers participated in a simulated Emergency Social Services event. Pretending that a wildfire had occurred in the Musgrave area of SSI, a Reception Centre was opened in the gym at Fulford School. The main purpose was to practice response to an emergency, but so much more was achieved. Building awareness of the realities associated with emergencies, building effective and co-ordinated teams and encouraging community support were some of the unpredictable outcomes. Community members volunteered to be evacuees. They role played a variety of possibilities. There was a displaced family, a grandmother whose grand-daughters were missing, people who had seen their homes collapse & pets gone, and injured people. Some evacuees offered to join the ranks of volunteers, and needed direction to be helpful. The…
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Bike to Work Week - Try It, You’ll Like It!

Active transportation: cycling, walking, running, using a mobility aid. Because May 26 – June 1 is “Bike to Work” week, but any time is a good time to get out of your car and get to where you’re going under your own steam. Bike to Work Week serves to raise awareness and provides an ideal time for people to try active transportation for their first time. To register, go to www.biketowork.ca . Under “communities” choose “Salt Spring and other Gulf Islands” and follow the prompts from there. Any problems or ideas: just get in touch with Jan (local BtWW coordinator) at janslakov@shaw.ca . There are lots of ways to participate even if you don’t use active transportation. For instance, come to the “Happy Pathday” appreciation event for the new pathway along Lower Ganges Road: Saturday, May 24, 11 AM at the bus stop across from Country Grocer. Instead of driving around Ganges looking for a spot to park, leave your car where there’s more parking and enjoy the walk into town…
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Rotary Christmas Wish

Rotarians around the world, including the Salt Spring Island Rotary Club, have all worked hard and been very good this year. We deserve lots and lots of presents. We only want one gift, dear Santa; help to prevent all children in the world from suffering from polio. Santa, you know we have worked hard to stop polio since 1985 and we have been 99 % successful! We saved more than 10 million children from crippling paralysis. We immunised over 2.5 billion children. We eradicated polio in all but 3 countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria & Pakistan. Our progress to the end goal, though, is at risk when the polio virus in these countries is imported to formerly polio free countries. Imagine, Santa, our horror with the news on October 24th, 2013, World Polio Day, when we learned of the outbreak of polio in Syria. Syria had been polio free since 1999. The civil war in Syria meant many children under the age of 2 were not vaccinated against polio. Now the polio virus is …
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Maps: Health & Emergency Services

Wanted everyone to know about a new project here at Salt Spring Exchange. Over the coming weeks and months we will be launching a series of maps so that our community and visitors are aware of the locations of key community resources. We have a bunch of really great maps planned but here is the launch of our first. This one we're calling Health & Emergency Services map and it contains all locations of our local firehalls, police station and most importantly, locations of all our automated external defibrillators in the event of heart attack emergency. Take a look at the interactive map and click on the icons for additional information. Have a safe and happy weekend: Christopher Roy Founder | Account Director Salt Spring Exchange
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Car Crash - Singh Family Trust - Please Give

As you would likely have heard by now, there was a devastating accident yesterday that claimed the life of a local child. Her mother and sister are still listed in critical condition. The Singh Family Trust has been established at Island Savings Credit Union in downtown Ganges to support the family following yesterday’s devastating automobile accident. The trust will aid in supporting the family during this time of loss and healing. Thank you for your generous contributions. In addition, you can now donate online using the services of local crowdsourcing service ShareSpring. This is our opportunity to step in as a community and ensure that at least they might not have to worry about their finances and the considerable costs of recovery. We do not know if a fund has been setup for the other driver involved in this accident at this time, but we will share information as we learn more about how to support him as well. Also, we graciously thank all those emergency respo…
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Toxic Algea Alert - St. Mary's Lake

The attached Advisory Notice has been issued by VIHA on March 7th, 2013, indicating that toxic algae may be present within St. Mary's Lake. Please read the notice and for further information contact www.viha.ca. VIHA informed resorts that beaches will be posted due to microcystin exceeding 20 micrograms/liter mostly directed at the boating and fishing community because swimming season will not commence for a few months.
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Spring Forward this Weekend

On Sunday, March 10 at 2 am, most Canadians will move their clocks forward an hour as we transition from Standard Time to Daylight Time. Although it means a lost hour of sleep, it's also a sign that the spring season is near. This change in time was first implemented as a way to save energy. By moving the clock ahead by one hour in the spring, it changes a person's daily schedule and allows them to use less power and light during the evening hours. With increasing darkness during the fall and winter months, areas return to Standard Time at 2 am on the first Sunday of November. Since the late 1960's Saskatchewan has not observed Daylight Time and remains on Standard Time all year round. As you move your clock ahead one hour, officials say it's best to change your smoke alarm batteries at the same time. “Smoke alarms double your chances of surviving a fire," says Carol Heller, a home fire safety specialist. "That's why it's so important to never tamper with the bat…
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Video: Salt Spring Riparian Areas

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee welcomes feedback about the new Salt Spring Riparian Areas video exploring: What is a riparian area? Why are riparian areas important? And, How are riparian areas currently protected on Salt Spring Island?
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Eight Thousand Fans of Salt Spring Island

While we've been beavering away here this winter on new projects like the Salt Spring Calendar, the Exchange quietly passed another fan milestone on Facebook. Eight thousand+ people are now following the journey of stories, news, events, listings and photos that are published on Facebook. In celebration, we're sharing a photo from one our fans. Just one beautiful image of this beautiful island in thank you for being part of the Salt Spring Exchange. Thank you to our 8,000+ fans, who now join the 4,000 people who use the Exchange every day. Under the clouds, the sunrise - Photo by Susan Edison.

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