Video: Storm Force - Just How Powerful Was the Storm of December 21, 2018?

Strong storm force winds of over 100km/hr hammer the SW BC coast on Dec20 2018.The southern gulf islands were particularly hard hit. 5000 trees down on local roads alone! 500,000 people without power.One fatality reported.Not a good day for boats!         .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }
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Emergency Support Services Volunteer Storm Response

The Emergency Support Services team of dedicated volunteers was handed its most challenging task to date and came through it with flying colours. Along with countless other volunteers, first responders, caring family members, neighbours and commercial operations, the community was taken care of. ESS opened and ran a Reception Centre at the Legion on Windstorm Thursday, sheltering and comforting more than 80 islanders in the dark, for more than 10 hours until 10 pm. Starting the next day - Friday through the following Thursday (7 days), ESS opened and ran a Warming Centre at the Seniors Centre, kindly made available to us by that organization. We registered, warmed and charged up on average, more than 50 people a day. The centre then moved for Days 8, 9 and 10 to the Library Program Room. The centre transitioned from a Warming Centre into a Recovery Centre making water, power and the internet available to those still in need. For eleven days, the ESS volunteers me…
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The Most Damaging Storm in Salt Spring and BC Hydro's History

The windstorm that hit B.C.’s South Coast on December 20 resulted in more than 750,000 customers without power and thousands of damaged pieces of equipment. Highlights; The December 20 storm was the most damaging storm in BC Hydro’s history—and was unlike any previous weather event BC Hydro had encountered because: The wind came from multiple directions—including the southeast, south and southwest; The windstorm was preceded by several heavy rain events—more than 400 millimetres of rain fell in some areas leading up to the storm, which destabilized trees; The wind speeds were significant—topping 100 kilometres per hour in some areas. The storm left more than 750,000 customers without power, making it larger than the August 2015 windstorm that affected the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, and larger than the 2006 windstorm that hit Vancouver Island and devastated Stanley Park in Vancouver; More than 400,000 customers in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley were impacted.;…
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Get in Involved with Emergency Response - Join The POD Program in Action

From the time Elizabeth Zook was contracted on a part-time basis by the CRD to co-ordinate the Emergency Program 8 years ago, there have been many facets of “emergency preparedness” undertaken. In addition to building a network of excellent communication with First Responder agencies, her focus was predominately on building a POD (neighbourhood emergency) network with the focus of developing community resilience. This program was started in 2005 and had approximately 25 people involved in various locations on the island. Today the POD program consists entirely of volunteers, with 370 people signed up and 60 Pods now established or identified on the Island. If no POD exists, it means no volunteers have been found in that area. POD and Neighbourhood Leaders have built databases for their Pods so communications from the SSI Emergency Operation Center (EOC) can be forwarded to neighbours – as long as Hydro and Wi-Fi are available. Over the years, POD Leaders have repeatedly emph…
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BC Hydro Crews Continue to Repair Damage After Historic Windstorm, Extended Outages Expected

Thursday’s windstorm was one of the most devastating storms BC Hydro has experienced in the past 20 years, leaving 66,000 still without power down from a total of 600,000 customers initially impacted. Due to the extent of the damage, some of the hardest hit areas will be without power for several more days. Hundreds of downed trees have left some road impassable, which means BC Hydro has not been able to complete a full damage assessment in some of the worse hit areas like Duncan, Nanaimo, Lake Cowichan and the affected Gulf Islands. As a result, it will take crews several days to restore power to these areas, and other areas may be added as damage assessments are completed. In some rural parts of Surrey and the Fraser Valley, it may take another 24 to 48 hours to restore power. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is working to clear the roads and highways. The storm knocked trees and branches on to nearly all the roads on the southern Gulf Islands, as well …
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Photos: Severe Wind Storm Ravages Island - Hydro and Road Status Updates

Scroll down to see all current storm photos and the full list of all storm related hydro, water advisory and warming centre updates. Most recent updates are at the top. ROAD CLOSURE - 9:40 am Friday, January 4, 2019 - There is a slide at 289 Stewart Road - Road is closed. People living 289 and higher can access their driveways from Beaver Point Road.People living 289 and lower can access their driveways from Cusheon Lake side. Update on Boil Water Advisory for Fernwood/Highlands - Jan 3, 2019 11:00 pm - IMPORTANT notice. Boil Water Advisory Remains in Effect for Highland-Fernwood Water Service Area (Salt Spring Island). Water system damage and power outages resulting from the wind storm on December 20 caused portions of the Highland-Fernwood Water System on Salt Spring Island to have reduced pressure or no water service. Due to the depressurization, a system wide BOIL WATER ADVISORY was issued December 23 by the CRD in consultation with Island Health. All customers in the…
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Salt Spring Island Foundation Fall Grants 2018

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $85,000 in fall grants for local charities, including $34,000 targeted to youth recreation programs. In 2018, the Foundation has granted over $290,000 to island charities, with $130,000 assisting youth programs. These grants would not be possible without the support of our many generous donors, who share the Foundation’s vision of a healthy and caring community. Beaver Point Community Hall For fascia board, gutter and downspout installation for the hall, an important heritage building and gathering place. Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society To purchase protective equipment for volunteers serving Station 25, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. Gulf Islands Seniors Residence Association To support consulting engineer’s fees for a sustainable rainwater capture system that will be incorporated into an integrated water supply system for the Meadowlane Multi- Unit Residential Building for seniors. …
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Watch: Salt Spring Unicorn Riders Association Parade

Recently Rachel Notley while speaking to an Alberta Teachers' Association was heard grumbling: "Maybe on Salt Spring Island you can build an economy on condos and coffee shops but not in Edmonton and not anywhere in Alberta," and "Here in Alberta we ride horses, not unicorns, and I invite pipeline opponents to saddle up on something that is real." Poor Rachel, little did she know that Salt Springers love a challenge so her words stimulated Tom Mitchell's creative juices and inspired his EV & EBikes friends to join him and form the Salt Spring Unicorn Riders Association. To inaugurate this momentous event they decided to saddle up on their real ebikes and real evs for an "embrace the unicorn and get enlightened Ev parade" from Country Grocer to downtown Ganges to the delight, honks and applause of the crowd and passersby. Congratulations to all the participants! It was a real fun event, and brings awareness to the urgent need to electrify and decarbonize if we are to avoid c…
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Let's Try and Win the $60,000,000 Lotto Together Salt Spring

December 7th, 2018 Draw! - If this ticket wins the full amount of the big draw of the LOTTO MAX on Friday this week, with an estimated $60,000,000 jackpot, we’ll share a portion of the winnings with everyone from Salt Spring Island, BC that has subscribed to our Salt Spring Exchange email newsletter, liked and shared this post on Facebook. Open only to voting age, full-time residents of Salt Spring Island! In the event of winning the full amount of lotto draw, you would need to show proof that on the day of the draw you were eligible to vote as a full-time resident of Salt Spring Island, BC for a share in the earnings. You must subscribe to our newsletter by filling out the form below to be entered. If your email is already on our newsletter list, you will NOT get duplicate emails. Only one entry per person permitted! Entry cut off time is 7:30 PM Pacific Salt Spring Island local time on the day of the draw. Draw closed. No win on this one!
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Buy Local, Including Your Local Media

The BC Buy Local campaign celebrates local business to promote the contributions that BC businesses make to our local economy and our communities. The goal of the campaign is to illuminate the local market, making BC-based businesses, products, food and wines more visible to consumers. Think about this too when you spend time online, where you read your news, who you buy your advertising from, where you post your classifieds. Are you using only global social media platforms that have no connection to our local community petitioning people to support your local business? Local media matters. We're incredibly proud to have some great local media and news organizations in this community in the Driftwood, the Fishbowl and the Islands Marketplace. These organizations and Exchange re-circulate almost all of their revenue back into the community unlike all other global media properties. Make sure you support them too! Local businesses enhance our community, connect and support us s…
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Hands On - Video Series Features Salt Spring Artists and Makers

In this digital age there has been a shift in how we relate to our physical things. It is more common to buy things than make them. It is more common to stream music than to learn an instrument. There is great satisfaction in working with your hands. If you are baking bread you know it is a success or failure by the finished loaf. The act of creating something is energizing and empowers us to see what we are really capable of. Also a quick reminder of what our weaknesses are. This series will follow Women who are empowering themselves by working hands on with an art form or discipline that gives them feedback as they develop their skills. These women are of different levels. Some are students. Some are masters. They work directly with their hands to create, build, nurture and play. 'Hands On' was filmed on Salt Spring Island. It was created by Director Deanna Milligan and DOP Julia Hutchings with illustrations Claire Robertson popped over and did all the beautiful illustrati…
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A Surprise Proposal; Facilitated by Strangers and the Salt Spring Exchange

This past July a mystery person using a pseudonym posted an ad on the Salt Spring Exchange, three people sent it to me, I had to know more… The first person who sent me the mystery classified ad requesting, “a photographer for a surprise proposal,” was my Mom. And like all things your Mom sends you, I smiled and thought ‘nahhh.’ But within seconds of confining this thought to the recycle bin, my Aunt emailed it to me too. Things were getting serious. I decided to read the ad and reach out to the mysterious person (all the while wondering if I’d become the publics ‘go-to’ photographer for weird requests after the last surprise wedding I’d accidentally been a part of… [Being the impromptu photographer at a strangers wedding]). Given that the ad was under a fake name, I was forgoing the fun part of being able to look up who the request was coming from before saying ‘yes or no….’ A few days later I found myself standing out in our yard on the only patch of grass with cell rec…
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Salt Spring’s First Neighbourhood Small Grants Announced

The Salt Spring Island Foundation, in partnership with Salt Spring Island Community Services, is pleased to announce the recipients of our first Neighbourhood Small Grants. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program offers grants of $50 to $500 to local projects and events run by people who are passionate about giving back to the community and who have seen a need to encourage social connections in order to make Salt Spring a better place. Unlike regular Foundation grants, which can only be awarded to registered charities, Neighbourhood Small Grants are awarded to individuals with great ideas to bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of community belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity. Glitter Queens Gathering The Glitter Queens Gathering will bring together girls in grades 6–8 to create community, share skills and song circles, and expose them to diverse opportunities and interests. At each Glitter Queens circle, a woma…
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Salt Spring Island Electoral Area - Public Alert Notification System (PANS)

What is a Public Alert Notification System? (PANS) - In the case of a public safety incident, the Public Alert Notification system will be used to deliver critical and potentially life- saving alerts to residents and stakeholders who have registered. This information can help you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what to expect. When will the system be used? - This notification system will send alerts for public safety incidents such as earthquakes, tsunami alerts, or evacuation notices. Any alerts sent over Alert Ready (Wireless Public Alerting System provided by the Provincial and Federal Government) takes precedence over any notifications sent via the Public Alert Notification System. How will I receive notifications? - Notifications can be received by: Home phone, cell phone, work phone, email, SMS Text Message. When a notification is issued, multiple attempts will be made for each telephone number provided until you confirm receipt of th…
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Seniors Services Society Receives Windfall

On the evening of Thursday, November 8,  Boodie Arnott gave a 5-minute presentation to the membership of 100 Women Who Care Salt Spring Island. Boodie explained that, as someone who benefits from the programs at the Salt Spring Seniors Services Society, she would like to see the society receive the funds that were being raised that evening. She was speaking to 127 women who gathered at ArtSpring. It was the inaugural meeting for 100 Women Who Care SSI. Each woman in the room was a member, committed to donating $100 at each of the three meetings that will be held in the coming year. As you can see, the donations add up quickly. By the time the meeting started, 127 women had made that commitment. That's $12,700 raised on one hour! Thirteen local charities had been nominated by members, and three were drawn randomly during the meeting: Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust, the Salt Spring branch of BC SPCA, and the Salt Spring Seniors Services Society. For each o…
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Ruckle Farm & Neighbours Fine Arts & Crafts

Salt Spring’s Ruckle family were farmers ... with a couple of artists. Or so the story goes, but it has come clear of late that Ruckle farm was long a south-Salt Spring arts hub Throughout November, the Salt Spring Library hosts “Ruckle & Neighbours Fine Arts & Crafts”, showcasing the works of nine south-end creators, from the early 1900s to present day. The foyer display case introduces Ella Anna Ruckle, the Norwegian matriarch of three highly artistic offspring. Son Alfred was a luthier and woodworker. His wife Helen experimented with dyes for the many rugs she hooked from Ruckle sheeps’ wool. Daniel, a consumate farmer, knitted with farm wool, with his vest on display. Neighbours and good friends of the Ruckle ‘boys’, Jim Monk and Sophie Purser King, were wood carvers. Present-day artist, Garry Kaye, took Gwen’s advice years ago and went to art school, setting off a success career. The Program Room features three gifted Ruckles. Two are known: Agnes, who die at age …
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Vote: Make Someone You Know a Salty Award Winner!

Presenting the  Salt Spring Community & Business Awards!  Winners will receive a Salty Award and 30 awards will be given out two areas – Business and Community.  You can also vote in new the “Fun and Games” category.  Salt Spring residents, visitors and fans are nominating and voting for the winners online. You can now vote for 1 business or community service per category.  There will be a limit the number of times IP addresses can be used. Voting will be open until midnight October 21.  The awards will be presented on November 8th at a Gala Awards Dinner.  Tickets available soon. Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck!! PS: If you love the Salt Spring Exchange, consider voting for us in the Community Awards for favourite 'Local Media Choice'!
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Dewy-eyed Unicorn Jockeys from Salt Spring Island?

Salt Spring Island, we're in the news! Alberta Premier Rachel Notley recently referenced us in her defence of the Trans Mountain pipeline. “I would say to those who oppose our fight to build this pipeline, that they are being extremely foolish,” Notley said in a speech to a teachers convention. “Maybe on Salt Spring Island you can build an economy on condos and coffee shops, but not in Edmonton and not anywhere in Alberta. “Here in Alberta, we ride horses — not unicorns — and I invite pipeline opponents to saddle up on something that is real.” It would appear that she just doesn't understand that our Salt Spring Island unicorns are wild creatures, that simply do not take kindly to wearing saddles of any kind. Perhaps we should invite her here so we can hear what she has to say about and why she needed to take a jab at Salt Spring Island to prop up her pipeline position? Read the full article on theprovince.com
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A High-Impact Philanthropy Initiative Launches on Salt Spring This Fall

100 Women Who Care Salt Spring will be another option on the “giving menu” - Imagine raising $10,000 in one hour. Imagine being a local registered charity that is given $10,000! Imagine being able to spend it in the way your organization needs most! Now imagine being part of that. All you had to do was attend three one-hour meetings a year and donate $100 per meeting. You didn’t have to do bake sales, make calls, or solicit donations from others. Yet, you know that you’ve helped an organization do great work in the community. This is 100 Women Who Care Salt Spring Island — just one of over 600 active chapters around the world for men, women, and children who want to create positive impact in their communities. Salt Spring’s first chapter of 100 Who Care officially launches on September 26th. Janine Fernandes-Hayden was first introduced to the idea after hearing about it from a friend involved with a similar group. She just couldn’t shake the idea. Knowing it would tran…
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2018 Salty Awards – Extended! - Nominations for Business and Community Awards Now Open!

Nominations time has been extended to October 10th!! - Presenting the Salt Spring Community & Business Awards! Winners will receive a Salty Award and 30 awards will be given out two areas – Business and Community. You can also vote in new the “Fun and Games” category. Salt Spring residents, visitors and fans are nominating and voting for the winners through our on-line process! Consider voting for the 'Salt Spring Exchange' in the 'Local Media Choice' selection of the Community Awards. You can nominate one business or community group/area per session during the nomination process. You will then be able to vote for 1 business or community service per category. We will limit the number of times IP addresses can be used to twice for nominating and twice for voting. No cheating! Nominations will take place from September 6th to September 30th October 10th through saltspringchamber.com. Nominations are open to all Salt Spring based locations, groups and businesses. You …
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