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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Let's Win the Lottery Together Salt Spring Island!

If this ticket wins the big draw of the LOTTO MAX on Friday this week, with an estimated $60 million dollar jackpot, we'll share the winnings with everyone from Salt Spring Island that has LIKED and SHARED this post on Facebook. Open to Salt Spring Island full-time residents only!
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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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2018 Salt Spring Pride Festival

“A World of Pride” on Diverse and Inclusive Salt Spring Island September 5th to 9th, 2018 – Salt Spring Island, BC  - It’s almost here - 14th Annual Salt Spring Island Pride! From September 5th to 9th, join us for BC’s most unique, totally people-powered, non-commercial Pride Festivities! Experience and contribute to our celebration of Diversity and Inclusion, hosted by our local LGBTQ+ community, supported by our allies and visitors. Come share in, actively contribute to, and celebrate our inclusive community - and then spread the love around the world. Schedule of Events: Wednesday, Sept 5th We are all God's Own - All Saints By The Sea, Ganges 5pm-6pm. No cost. A service of reconciliation and blessing, offered by the Anglican Parish of Salt Spring. We will reflect on the diversity with which our Creator made us, reject the Church's teaching of oppression, and offer a blessing for the festivities of Pride. All welcome. Thursday, September 6th Queer Poetry Reading, …
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Salt Spring Chamber - Green Tourism Canada Accredited

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce has again been recognized and re-accredited by Green Tourism Canada. We become Canada’s first Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre to become accredited members of Green Tourism Canada in 2016. Our “silver” re-accreditation was made official on August 3rd, 2018. We are proud to be working within this program to show our commitment to environmental sustainability and to promote Salt Spring Island’s reputation as an eco-friendly community where business and nature work together in harmony! The following was in our accreditation report from Green Tourism Canada: “The Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre is a good representative of their Island. From both perspectives they heavily support their members and community and under the direction of Janet Clouston they have an environmental warrior at the heart of it all. Most supported initiatives have an environmental and cultural stance, like "Every Drop Counts", "Shop Local…
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Indefatigable Old Boys Awards Ceremony

The Old Boys celebrated their 2017/2018 season with the Annual Awards Ceremony at the Tweedle residence on August 4th. This years Awards Ceremony had been held back due to the absence of stalwart Head Statistician, Columnist, and Sausage Roll connoisseur Fraser Hope while on his sojourns back to bonnie Scotland. Quite what Hope was up to for the last few months we’re not quite sure, but perhaps like those Scotsmen still trying to get back from Argentina after the 1978 World Cup Finals, he may have gotten a little lost along the way. The number of awards handed out this year expanded with the addition of the Wimp Award (Reverse Iron Man), Defensive Rock, the Bounce Back, and a special award of recognition, that added to the Red Mist, Iron Man, the Helping Boot, the Best Fan, and the crème de la crème of awards, the Golden Boot. As a result of accounting changes made following the 2007 financial crisis and in keeping with the International Financial and Reporting Standards,…
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Art & Nature Fest

Their spirit was dampened when the Art & Nature Fest was rained out on June 30. Now they are gearing up for a day of sunshine and art in the serene and beautiful Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve at 265 Blackburn Rd. It will an afternoon of performance, play, and picnic on Sunday, August 5! Join the festivities for workshops, music, and more from 3 to 7pm, or come just for the community picnic and live music from 6 to 7pm. As the festival wound down last year, a mom with her resting toddler on her back told us that Art & Nature Fest was “an epic event with something for the whole family.” Festival organizers loved hearing hear that and have created a similar kind of experience for individuals and families this year. The Art & Nature Fest will connect people and wild places by inviting people to enjoy numerous activities in nature. Festival goers can listen and dance to musical performances by Wesley Hardisty and Andy Meyers, the Ruwadzano Marimba band, and duri…
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Grand Opening of the Salt Spring Island Lions Memorial Bike Park

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 opening of the Lions Memorial Family Bike Park. Work on the bike track has been moving along very nicely. We were out last week with some special riders doing some testing of the trail, obstacles and berms to give the trail designers a feel for how young people are experience the track. The trails will evolve a bit over time with use but the early results looked very promising. The team of young riders had a blast trying out the park for the first time. Special thanks to track test riders Marin F., Meave F., Anaïs R., and Magnus R. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-containe…
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Missing Person Alert: Have you seen Jeremy Daniel Oakley?

The Salt Spring Island RCMP are requesting the publics assistance in locating 46 yr old Jeremy Daniel OAKLEY. Police received a report from OAKLEY’s ex-girlfriend advising that she had not heard from him in several days. The last contact with OAKLEY was on June 22nd. He possibly moved to Salt Spring Island to work on a construction site in the south end of the Island but that has not been confirmed. Police have made numerous enquiries into OAKLEY’s whereabouts but are requesting the public’s assistance in locating him to confirm he is safe. Any information about OAKLEY’s whereabouts can be directed to the Salt Spring Island RCMP at 250-537-7250.
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Water Interruption Notice for Salt Spring Island – Highland/Fernwood Water Service

Capital Regional District (CRD) Operations staff are actively searching for a water system leak or leaks in the Highland/Fernwood Water Service Area on Salt Spring Island. Until this issue is resolved, some residents may experience a loss of water pressure or be without water for a period. Work will continue until the issue is resolved which may take a day or more. Residents are asked to conserve water during this time.

The CRD will provide follow-up notification when the issue is resolved.

It is also important to note that once work has been completed and services restored, you may experience intermittent discoloured water at your tap for short durations. Should this occur, continue to run your water until it clears. The water remains safe to consume.

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New Specialized Community Paramedic

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 selected for advanced care paramedics who have higher levels of training allowing them to specialize in advanced care of medical patients. Griffiths is the first in the province to take on this new position. Community paramedicine is intended primarily for older adults living with chronic conditions such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, or at risk of falls. Patients are referred to the program by their doctor or other health care professionals. The combination of education and regular home visits is intended to keep people comfortable and safe in their homes and to reduce stressful and expensive trips to the em…
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The 2nd Annual Art & Nature Fest is on June 30

Last year, a festival-goer called the Art & Nature Fest “an epic event with something for the whole family.” She then passionately stated that there should be an Art & Nature Fest every year! This year, the Salt Spring Island Conservancy will host its second annual Art & Nature Fest on Saturday, June 30, from 3 to 7 pm. It will an afternoon of performance, play, and picnic! The Art & Nature Fest will connect people and wild places by inviting people to enjoy numerous activities in nature. Festival goers can listen and dance to musical performances by Wesley Hardisty and Andy Meyers, the Ruwadzano Marimba band, Women of Note, and during the community picnic, Lewis Davies. Lorraine Lowry will open and close the fest with her masterful bagpipe playing. Festival goers can take workshops: yoga with Jayne Lloyd-Jones, drawing with Lisa Lipsett, hula hooping with The Gravity Addict, writing with author Claire Sicherman, dancing with Tomoko Yamazaki, or cre…
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Salt Spring Island Foundation Spring Grants Support Youth Recreation Programs

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $206,000 in grants for local charities, including $97,000 targeted to youth recreation 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  Greenwoods Eldercare Society For a fall prevention and balance improvement program for at-risk seniors. Gulf Islands Families Together Society (GIFTS) To improve safety and accessibility at the GIFTS building in Ganges, which also is used by several other organizations assisting people with special needs. Island Women Against Violence (IWAV) For the development of a three-year strategic plan for 2019 to 2022, which will assist in building the capacity and sustainability of IWAV and enhance its work and provision of services to vulnerable people. School District #64 For the Healthy and Connected School Gardens project, which will develop a Gulf …
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Islands Trust Outlines Housing Crisis Initiatives

The Salt Spring Island community has been very clear: we face a housing crisis on Salt Spring. It is a crisis that the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (SSI LTC) is keenly aware of. The chronic shortage of affordable housing impacts all us, directly or indirectly. The SSI LTC want to thank community members who’ve expressed concern about the state of affordable housing and who continue to work towards solutions for this challenging problem. We hear you and will continue to seek community input for the decisions we make to address affordable housing. For our part, the SSI LTC has taken a three-pronged approach to tackle the issue: 1. In terms of land-use planning measures, the SSI LTC has: Implemented, and subsequently expanded, a secondary suites pilot area; Drafted temporary use permit changes to allow consideration of alternative housing solutions; and Directed staff to draft a land-use bylaw amendment to consider increasing the permitte…
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Film Screening - Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure

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 Briony Penn and co-founder of CRED (Conversations for Responsible Economic Development) Tarah Stafford. Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure weaves together the stories of people impacted by the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project, the broken National Energy Board review process used to approve the pipeline, Canada’s commitments at the Paris Climate Talks and the innovators working towards the low-carbon economy. Vancouver filmmaker Zack Embree set out on a mission to understand the impacts of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on local communities and give a voice back to those who had been ignored by the National Energy Board process. He in…
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