Canadian Foreign Policy Workshop

Date/Time 24 Nov 2012 - 25 Nov 2012 1:00 pm Location Gulf Islands Secondary School Is there a “Harper Doctrine” of Canadian Foreign Policy? UBC Graduate Student Public Workshop Multipurpose Room, Gulf Islands Secondary School Each year, Michael Byers teaches a UBC graduate seminar on “Current Issues in Global Politics and International Law”. Together, the students choose a general area of focus, and each of them then writes a paper on a specific topic within that area. This year’s area of focus is Canadian foreign policy. On the weekend of November 24 and 25, the students will present their papers at a public workshop on Salt Spring Island. Each 15-minute presentation will be followed by a 45-minute discussion involving the audience. Members of the Salt Spring community are warmly invited to attend all or part of the workshop. Admission is free. (Donations to help cover costs are encouraged.) The workshop is organized in partnership with the Salt Spring…
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Call for Applications - Salt Spring Island Governance Committee

A study to determine the future governance structure for Salt Spring is an expressed community desire. To start the process, SSI Electoral Area Director, Wayne McIntyre and our two SSI Trustees, George Grams and Peter Grove, will strike a Governance Study Committee of which they will be ex-officio (non voting) members. Applications for the committee from community members who have the time to commit and the wish to examine the governance structure with an open mind and a collaborative, investigative and analytical approach will be accepted until December 6th, 2012. An application form can be downloaded at: ssigovernance.wordpress.com Further information and guidance notes can also be found on this site.
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Salt Spring Digital Presents 'The Digital Dollar' and Networking Event

Salt Spring Digital, the local collaboration group of Internet/web marketing, communications, design, and development professionals here on Salt Spring is hosting our next networking event this coming November 29th. It's been some time since we all gathered, and to mark the occasion we have arranged Joe Wozny, author of The Digital Dollar to speak to our group about how to get the best performance from your online business, product and branding strategies. All who are interested in digital business, communications, marketing, design, development and Internet start ups are welcome to attend. Space is limited. The event is free. Plan to arrive early to ensure that you get in. Where: Salt Spring Golf Club,  805 Lower Ganges Road When: Thursday, November 29th at 7 PM Cost: Free Learn more about Joe Wozny and the Digital Dollar at his site: http://concentricis.com/ Thank you, The Salt Spring Digital collaboration team.
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Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission Invites Community Input on Bus Shelter Design

Victoria, BC –- The Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission (SSITC) is inviting community input on new bus shelters that will be installed as part of the North Ganges Transportation Plan. Located on each side of Lower Ganges Road at Crofton, the two shelters will be designed to reflect Salt Spring Island’s character. The SSITC is providing an opportunity for community members to provide input on the visual characteristics of the shelters. Information on how to provide feedback as well as shelters guidelines are available through the CRD website and through the SSITC website. Input will be accepted starting November 5 and concluding on December 31, 2012. All ideas will be presented to a Design Selection Jury for review and recommendation to the SSITC and the CRD in early 2013. The selection jury will be comprised of community representatives including a student, a professional designer, a SSITC expert on accessibility issues and a CRD engineer. Click here for more …
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A Library and So Much More!

Dear Friend of the Library, All of us have been able to watch Salt Spring’s new Library take shape over the last fourteen months. The Library’s new home is now almost complete, on time and under budget, and we will be open for business before the end of this year. The project was truly a team effort, one for which all the team members deserve their own gold medals. Salt Spring will, finally, have a new library building that will meet community needs for the next fifty years. And, because of its design and its location, we can have a library—and yet so much more! Indeed, the Library could and should now become the heart and soul of our community. To do that, however, we need your support of the Library’s 2012 Annual Giving Campaign. As already indicated above, we do not need any financial assistance either to complete the building or to furnish it. Rather, we are looking to the community to help us with our “enrichment and enhancement” activities. For example: • an a…
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Salt Spring Man Leaves Omar Khadr $700 in Will

A British Columbia man says he's leaving Omar Khadr some money in his will, even though he thinks the Canadian war criminal wouldn't approve of his lifestyle as a gay atheist.

Jack Hallam of Salt Spring Island said 26-year-old Khadr could put the money toward his education now that he has been repatriated to Canada after spending a decade at a U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay. Hallam said he has set aside $700 for Khadr because he thinks the Toronto-born man has been treated badly by both the American and Canadian governments. "I think the young man has been treated abominably," Hallam told The Canadian Press on Saturday. "His story just moved me. He was tortured, he was kept in solitary confinement, he had light deprivation." The 84-year-old retired zoologist said he'd been in contact with Khadr's Alberta-based tutor, who had travelled to Guantanamo Bay. Hallam added that he may increase the amount of money he leav…
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John Ralston Saul this Sunday at the Salt Spring Forum

John Ralston Saul is the President of PEN International, the worldwide association of authors. He is an award-winning essayist and novelist whose works have been translated into 22 languages in 30 countries. He happens to be married to former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. This Sunday, October 14, John Ralston Saul will take part in a community conversation on the “Collapse of Globalism.” The event begins at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring. Tickets are $10 for Salt Spring Forum members ($15 for non-members) and available at the ArtSpring box office, the ArtSpring website, and Salt Spring Books. Please join us in welcoming one of Canada’s most prominent intellectuals to our special island!
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Salt Spring’s First Bike Swap Sept 29th

What an awesome year for bicycle lovers on Salt Spring! Our island is slowly but surely becoming the biking friendly community we all wish it could be. First was the awarding of $1.4 Million in funding and the approval of the North Ganges bike lane and sidewalk plan. Then the CRD Regional Director and the SSI Transportation Commission announced that we were to be included in the CRD Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Masterplan. Next came VeloVillage, a island event that saw hundreds of cyclists from Salt Spring , BC and the world come to Salt Spring to celebrate rural mobility and the glorious sense of freedom we all share when riding a two wheeler. Finally, the announcement that Ganges Hill will get the feasibility study it so desperately needs. Wow! That’s a big year for our little island. Enormous kudos to all the folks of Island Pathways and local riding enthusiasts who have worked tirelessly for many years to make our community a safer place to ride. And now, late 2012…
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Canadian Centre for Community Renewal Hired to Develop Economic Action Plan

The Salt Spring Island Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) recently announced the hiring of the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal (CCCR) to facilitate the development of an economic development strategy for the island. Backgrounder Information, July 30, 2012: Community Economic Development Strategy  Strengthening Our Local Economy In July 2012, the Salt Spring Island Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) announced an initiative to develop a community economic development strategy for the island. The strategy will help realize the area’s economic potential by providing clear goals and actions and an implementation plan to ensure success. It will be developed and implemented in collaboration with key organizations, agencies and members of the community. Canadian Centre for Community Renewal CEDC has engaged the services of the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal (CCCR), a leading not-for-profit community economic development organizat…
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Safety Guide to Cougars

British Columbians are fortunate to share their province with cougars, one of the most mysterious and elusive of all creatures. The cougar's secretive habits and astounding predatory abilities - a cougar is capable of killing a 270 kg (600 lb) moose - have resulted in a wealth of misconceptions and irrational fears. Actually, most British Columbians live all their lives without a glimpse of a cougar, much less a confrontation with one. Conflict between cougars and humans is extremely rare. In the past 100 years, a total of five people have been killed by cougar attacks in B.C. (in comparison, bees kill upwards of three Canadians every year). All but one of these fatal cougar attacks occurred on Vancouver Island. During the same period, there were 29 non-fatal attacks in British Columbia - 20 of which occurred on Vancouver Island. The vast majority of these attacks were on children under the age of 16. Although a cougar attack is highly unlikely, it always pays to be prepa…
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Video of Abbatoir Auction at the Farmer's Institute

Auction on Salt Spring to raise money for local Abattoir. Auctioneer Arvid Chalmers, MP Elizabeth May and many many more in attendance. CFSI's Belinda Schroeder host of the "Grow Your Own" radio Showhttp://www.growyourowncfsi.ca/ shows her guns for charity.

Fun night had by all. Some of the donators; Ryan Bradley, Colin & Corina Walde, Byte sized websites, Blaster Dave Phillips, Chocolate Beach Chocolates (I won this one), Jerome Wilkinson, Caroline Hickman, Masayo Hora, Moray Kennedy, Donna Bellavance, Margriet Ruurs, Brian Brett, Sandy Robley(Sunset Farm), Rainbow Road Trading company (wool sweater it was really nice), Andy Hickman/Ward Drummond, Joan Grey, Figs and Honey gift Basket, Smiley dog wash, Penny's Pantry, Love my Kitchen, Cafe Talia, Mount Maxwell coffee(luv this coffee and mug), Pomodoro Pizza, Golden Island Restaurant, Julie's James, Mistaken Identity wine, Shane Barclay, Chris Schmah (foxglove), Bruce Grey, Jim Fogarty, Andrea…
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Six Thousand+ Fans of Salt Spring on Facebook

We thought Salt Spring was popular when we hit 5,000 fans on Facebook a few months back, but it turns out the island has even more fans than we thought. This past week the Salt Spring Island Facebook Fanpage recorded its 6,000th fan. Fantastic! All these folks along with 15,000+ people who use the Exchange is well, a whole lot of people who love the island. If you're on Facebook and not already following along, consider joining us in welcoming all these new folks who love this special island of places and people. We actively share your photos, stories, news, events, emergency notices and all kinds of good stuff about the island on a daily basis on Facebook. I've been trying to find just such a photo to thank all of you who are participating and enjoying all that we share about the island and I think I found it. Last week, courtesy of Salt Spring Air, we were out photographing the big ship in Ganges Harbour called The World. We snapped some nice photos that night, but also…
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Salt Spring Island Foundation Announces Community Needs Survey Results

The Salt Spring Island Foundation thanks everyone in the community who took the time to complete the Foundation’s recent online Community Needs Survey. The survey asked what residents saw as the most critical issues facing the community and the island’s not-for-profit organizations. There were 446 responses to the survey, a good representation of the island’s year-round population of approximately 10,000 people. Statistically, the margin of error is +/- 4.5%, 95% of the time. Respondents identified the top five critical needs on the island that are not currently being met as: Housing (includes emergency services and shelter, long-term and affordable housing), 65.9% Community health services (includes mental health and health care education), 52.2% Poverty issues, 50.6% Agriculture and food supply, 40.8% Children’s, youth and family services, 39.8% In addition, members of not-for-profit organizations who responded to the survey were asked to identify their o…
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Islands Trust Council Seeks Input on Strategic Priorities

VICTORIA - The Islands Trust Council is seeking public input to help set strategic priorities for the 2011-2014 term of office. Details are available from the Islands Trust website. Trust Council will review all the submissions and consider adopting its strategic plan at its September 11-13 public meeting on Bowen Island. Sheila Malcolmson, Chair of Islands Trust Council announced the consultation phase by explaining that “Trust Council needs to focus its work this term on a few important priorities, and we want to know what really matters to islanders. Which of the ten proposed objectives are best for the next few years? Is there anything missing?” Malcolmson added that the draft now circulating is based on what trustees have already heard from islanders and from discussions at committee meetings over the last six months. “To make the best use of our budget and staff time, we need to set specific and realistic objectives to focus on during our term. We are asking British Co…
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List Your Business for Free in the Exchange Directory

We're very excited to announce a new community feature of the Salt Spring Exchange. It's called the Salt Spring Exchange Directory. It's your place to list your business or organization online to get seen by the 15,000+ people who use the Exchange each month. Get your business and organization found by the thousands of people who use the Exchange each and ever day using their computers and mobile devices for FREE. Look for this big blue button on the right side of each page of the Salt Spring Exchange Directory. (NOTE: For now you will need to create a new account on this system that is different from your regular account on the Exchange. This will change in the future.) Listings on the Salt Spring Exchange Directory are feature rich and offer a number of ways for members of the community and visitors to easily search for your business or organization. Listings include the ability to link Google Maps, your website, Facebook, Twitter and you can include a detailed desc…
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Protecting Yourself from Online Scams

The Salt Spring Exchange continues to grow and get used by more and more of our community, visitors and fans of Salt Spring around the world. Regrettably, that also puts us on the radar of people who are known to frequent places like Craigslist for scams and other fraudulent activity. We work hard to do all we can to prevent spam listings. If you ever encounter a listing that looks like spam, please alert us immediately. We work seven days a week, multiple times a day to moderate content and one of the things we regularly have to do is delete spam listings from all the spam hot spots around the world. Tips for avoiding scams: Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts. Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person. Beware offers involving shipping - deal with locals you can meet in person. Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) - anyone who asks you to is a scammer. Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money…
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North East Bus Service Expansion Petition

We're trying to have bus service extended on the North East side of Salt Spring Island to serve the well populated areas of Fernwood, Maliview and Walker's Hook. We'd like to collect signatures to present to the Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission to explore the possibility of service in this area. If you support the extension of the bus service in this area, please sign our petition so that we can show the commission and BC Transit that there is strong interest in servicing this area. [emailpetition id="3"] [signaturelist id="3"]
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