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Salt Spring Island Foundation Fall Grants Support Affordable Housing Projects

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    November 23, 2017

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $100,000 in grants for local charities, including $50,000 in support of local affordable housing projects. Affordable housing is shown to be a critical need in Salt Spring’s 2017 VitalSigns® report. These grants would not be possible without the support of our many generous donors, who […]

The Role of Nonprofits on Salt Spring Island

    News & Events, People & Places    November 6, 2017

Volunteer and Community Resources invites VCR members and others in the community to join them at their AGM with keynote speaker, Peter Elson. Peter Elson who is a PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor with UVic’s School of Public Administration will present “Tacking Against the Wind: Nonprofits in a Climate of Uncertainty.” His 20-minute talk on the […]

Notice: Ganges Post Office Closed (Now Open Again) Due to Technical Issue

    News & Events    November 1, 2017

UPDATE: November 7th, 2017 – 8:41 AM – The Ganges Post Office is open and our system is up and running! Hours of operation at the Ganges Post Office are 8:30am-5:00pm today. Thank you! UPDATE: November 6th, 2017 – 1:23 PM – The technical team is shutting the Ganges Post Office down until about 2pm […]

Migratory Birds on the West Coast: The Marvels and the Perils

    News & Events, People & Places    October 26, 2017

Whether travelling 3,000 or 70,000km, migratory birds of the Pacific Flyway perform an amazing annual feat and encounter many threats along the way. Climate change, deforestation, and oil spills are among these threats. As most residents of southwest British Columbia are aware, an oil pipeline expansion to the lower mainland is under consideration. If the […]

Salt Spring’s 2017 Community Award Winners – Salt Spring Exchange Wins Media Award

    Business Profiles, News & Events    October 18, 2017

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce took a fresh approach to the Business Awards this year. The awards were broken into 2 categories, Community and Business Awards. Voting was done entirely by the community online rather then by closed vote. Winners receive a ‘Salty Award’ and over 50 awards will be given out in the […]

Live Stream: Celebration of Life for Alistair Hayne

    News & Events, People & Places    October 12, 2017

Our family welcomes you all to attend a Celebration of Life in honour of Alistair Hayne. The celebration will be held on Sunday October 15, 2017 at 2 pm in the gymnasium at Gulf Islands Secondary School on Salt Spring Island. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served after the celebration. Please feel welcome […]

Emergency Exercise Needs Volunteers

    News & Events    October 10, 2017

Volunteer to be a part of a rescue exercise on Wednesday, October 25, 2017! “Exercise Salish Sea.” This exercise will have the BC Ferries Coastal Renaissance simulate a car deck fire on board and anchor the boat in Trincomali Channel. To make Exercise Salish Sea as real as possible, we’re asking for the public’s help. […]

Salt Spring Aims to REDress Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

    News & Events    October 3, 2017

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the Salt Spring community will come together to honour the National Day of Remembrance for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls by hanging red dresses in the trees of Centennial Park. A 2014 police report counted the number of Indigenous women murdered or missing in the last three decades […]

Final Customer Appreciation Sale of 2017

    News & Events    September 29, 2017

Country Grocer is holding its fourth and final Customer Appreciation Sale of 2017, continuing the celebration of 45 years of serving Salt Spring Island. During the fall sale, Country Grocer will again knock down the prices on select items for 8 days! From October 1st to 8th on select items from all of its departments. […]

Salt Spring’s 2017 Community & Business Awards!

    News & Events    September 27, 2017

Presenting Salt Spring’s community & business awards! Vote for your favourite community organizations, people and businesses. Winners will receive a Salty Award in two areas – Community and Business.. Nominations took place from August 15th to September 15th and were open to all Salt Spring based locations, groups and businesses, who did not need to […]

Vital Signs Report Coming Soon!

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    September 27, 2017

The votes have been counted, the referendum arguments finally won or lost, and Salt Spring will go on going on. But how much do you really know about the place you call home? For the past six months, the Salt Spring Island Foundation has, with professional help, been compiling VitalSigns®, a compelling report that looks […]

A Terry Fox Thank You

    News & Events    September 27, 2017

A big THANK YOU to the over 100 participants and 80 reliable and generous volunteers who brought forth this year’s Terry Fox Run. The run raised over $7173.00 for cancer research. The organizers of the Terry Fox Run appreciate the generosity of Embe Bakery, Country Grocer, Thrifty Foods, TJ Beans, Guyaki Yerba Mate, and Tom […]

Alert: Youth Shot on Salt Spring

    News & Events, People & Places    September 25, 2017

The Salt Spring Island RCMP responded to a reported accidental shooting that occurred in the early hours on Sept 24th, 2017. Police responded to a residence on Salt Spring Island where 6 youths were present. One of the youth had been shot and was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries and has now succumbed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are Your Fall Fair Entries Nearly Ready?

    Farm & Garden, News & Events    August 23, 2017

As August’s temperatures drop, the Fall Fair comes to mind. I can almost smell the corn-on-the-cob and the pies. I can nearly hear Country Grocer’s Spin to Win wheel and the local talent on stage. And in my mind, I’m walking through the barn and looking at the exhibits. This year’s Fall Fair theme is […]

“A World of Pride” on Diverse and Inclusive Salt Spring Island

    News & Events    August 15, 2017

This year’s Salt Spring Island Pride Festival ― the 13thth annual ― is going to be yet another incredible celebration of diversity and inclusion. Join in from September 6 to 10 for one of BC’s most unique Pride events! This year’s theme, A World of Pride, welcomes you to join in on the celebration of […]

Big Thanks All Around

    News & Events    August 9, 2017

Country Grocer’s third Customer Appreciation Sale of 2017 finished last week. It was 8 days of great prices, a 3-day seafood sale, a salmon BBQ, and numerous community groups working like clockwork with the front-end staff. Chef Michael’s barbequed salmon with tasty marinades was a splash as was the fresh-off-the-boat salmon sale. Country Grocer is […]

Latest Deployment News from Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    August 4, 2017

British Columbia is facing historic fire conditions and extremely hot dry weather. The fires burning in the Cariboo and other regions are still very active and concerning to all. For the past four weeks members of Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue have been helping in the fight against these raging fires. Members are working a […]

Final Day of Art & Nature Fest

    News & Events    August 4, 2017

On July 1 and 2, something spectacular happened. Approximately 800 people visited the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve to attend the inaugural Art & Nature Fest. They listened to live music, participated in guided walks and workshops, walked a labyrinth, and essentially enjoyed themselves in nature. On August 7, from 3pm to 9pm, the Art & […]

100 Men March A Success

    News & Events    July 30, 2017

On the evening of Friday, July 28, members of the Salt Spring Community gathered for the 100 Men March for Community Care & Safety. The march was organized by a group of men and facilitated by David Norget and Robert Birch. Although organized by men and for men, the event welcomed all genders. The purpose […]

Salt Spring Fire Rescue Crew Join Firefight in Williams Lake

    News & Events    July 29, 2017

UPDATE – July 29th – On Friday July 28th, Salt Spring Island Fire Department sent two fire fighters to Williams Lake to help with the wildfire suppression efforts in the area. Fire fighters Jason Gaffney and Dustin Bean will be assisting in our reserve Fire Tender in the region. After a long week Firefighters Eric […]

Country Grocer’s Summer Sale with a Twist

    News & Events    July 24, 2017

It seems impossibly soon, but it’s true! Country Grocer is having yet another Customer Appreciation Sale, starting Sunday, July 23 through to Sunday, July 30. As a continuation of its celebration of 45 years serving Salt Spring Island, you have another 8 days of catching great sales. Speaking of great catches, Friday, July 28, is […]

Experience Awe and Wonder at the Osman Phillips Photo Show

    Art & Design, News & Events    July 19, 2017

Art and photography fans are about to experience a rare treat. Despite the difficulty in finding film and the distance one must go to develop film, film photography is alive and well on Cedar Lane. Osman Phillips’s photography show begins August 5 and ends August 7 at his Cedar Lane Studio. Thirty-six photos capture close-ups […]

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Community News

  • TV Donated Just in Time for Grey Cup

    by on 10 hours ago

    Today was a great day for Tom Woods and Branch #92 of the Royal Canadian Legion. A 65” high definition 4K Smart TV, still wrapped in its box, was delivered to the Legion by Country Grocer’s Community Relations team. The TV was a donation in honour of veterans for Remembrance Day and was a way […]

  • First Past the Post Referendum

    by on 17 hours ago

    The B.C. Government has introduced legislation to hold a referendum in the fall of 2018, which will ask British Columbians to decide whether B.C. should keep its current voting system (First Past the Post) or move to a system of Proportional Representation. Countries around the world use different voting systems to elect their representatives. How […]

  • Superintendent of SD64 Schools Resignati...

    by on November 23, 2017

    The Board of Education for School District No. 64 (Gulf Islands) wishes to announce that they have accepted the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Lisa Halstead effective August 1, 2018. In her letter of resignation, Ms. Halstead indicated that it is an honour to serve the students, staff, and communities of the Gulf Islands School […]

  • Large Selection of Raw Dog Food at Count...

    by on November 23, 2017

    Pet owners, have you noticed the upright freezer in the pet section of Country Grocer? This is a new addition specifically for raw pet food, brought in by customers’ requests. In the freezer, you’ll find brands such as Primal Pet Foods, JD Farms, Mega Dog Raw, and Bold Raw in various sizes, including trial packs. […]

  • Salt Spring Island Foundation Fall Grant...

    by on November 23, 2017

    The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $100,000 in grants for local charities, including $50,000 in support of local affordable housing projects. Affordable housing is shown to be a critical need in Salt Spring’s 2017 VitalSigns® report. These grants would not be possible without the support of our many generous donors, who […]

  • Incorporation: Post Vote Reasons for Vot...

    by on November 21, 2017

    Reasons for Voting Positively No in the 2017 September 09 Salt Spring Island Incorporation Referendum ~ From late 2012 to 2017, Salt Spring Islanders engaged in two studies, first a Governance Review Study, then an Incorporation Study. Both explored the incorporated municipal model of governance in full, as it would apply to Salt Spring. Neither […]

  • Interactive Salt Spring Sea Level Rise M...

    by on November 14, 2017

    Scientists agree that human activity is heating the planet. But how quickly could sea level rise and what would that rise look like here on Salt Spring? This interactive map shows sea levels locked in by different amounts of carbon pollution, according to recent scientific research. If we burn enough fossil fuels to heat the planet by […]

  • Last Notes For Your Winter Garden

    by on November 13, 2017

    That recent cold snap was a surprise, with temperatures well below freezing and the first snowfall in some areas. If your winter veggies were not all mulched by then I doubt they came to harm as the soil was still relatively warm. In this warmer lull, however, do get the mulching done before temperatures drop […]

  • Cricket Protein at Country Grocer

    by on November 12, 2017

    Crickets are an old type of food for a new type of world. Earth is expected to be home to over 9 billion people by 2050, and currently, the bread basket of the United States is experiencing severe water shortages. Perhaps that knowledge has helped the idea of eating insects in North America gain some […]

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