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What Was That Big Rumbling Tonight?

    News & Events    January 17, 2018

Did you hear the heavy rumbling and shaking tonight around 7:35 PM? At first we though it might be an earthquake. We could hear it first but also feel it even though there was nothing shaking. Then thought maybe it was testing at the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges (CFMETR) in Nanoose Bay. […]

Man charged in Suspicious Salt Spring Island Death

    News & Events    January 5, 2018

A 22 year old man has been arrested and charged in relation to a suspicious death, which occurred on Salt Spring Island in early December 2017. Martin Galen Vandenberg of Salt Spring Island, BC has been charged with the second degree murder of his mother, Heather Jones, 47. He was arrested without incident by members […]

The Hottest Tickets in Town: Christmas with Scrooge

    Food & Entertainment, News & Events    December 14, 2017

Despite the stinginess of the old miser who we know as Scrooge, a local theatrical production known as Christmas with Scrooge attracts an abundance of generosity. Newman Family Productions will be presenting Christmas with Scrooge for its 47th year since it started. This musical adaptation will be at ArtSpring from December 20th to 23rd. With […]

Integrated Major Crime Unit and Coroner Investigating Incident at Maliview Home

    News & Events    December 7, 2017

UPDATE: 2017 December 8th at 11:45 AM -The identity of the deceased in the death on Salt Spring Island that occurred on Dec 6th has now been confirmed to be that of 47 year old Heather Jones. The 22 year old male originally arrested, was released from police custody and has been apprehended under the […]

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 & […]

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Community News

  • What Was That Big Rumbling Tonight?

    by on January 17, 2018

    Did you hear the heavy rumbling and shaking tonight around 7:35 PM? At first we though it might be an earthquake. We could hear it first but also feel it even though there was nothing shaking. Then thought maybe it was testing at the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges (CFMETR) in Nanoose Bay. […]

  • Is Big Brother Watching you?

    by on January 17, 2018

    Governments hold an increasing amount of your electronic information. So too do private companies. Who exactly has access to your information, and what are they allowed to do with it? What is the state of Canadian law regarding online surveillance and data-sharing? Are our privacy laws out of date? What can we do to protect […]

  • Fire News: Do You Know Enough About Your...

    by on January 17, 2018

    Would you like to know more? Come to the Lions Hall on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. to get answers to your questions. With the exception of a brief introduction, the evening will be yours. You can ask your questions from the floor or submit them in writing. Either way, Trustees […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s December 2017 R...

    by on January 15, 2018

    SSIFR responded to 63 Incidents for the month of December. The final statistics for 2017 ended the year with 701 calls for assistance, making 2017 the district’s 3rd busiest year in Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue history. Operations Update SSIFR finished off the year with a response-heavy December due to an increase in weather related […]

  • Martin ‘Buck’ Vandenberg Mak...

    by on January 13, 2018

    This is our story and why I need your help. Heather and I took our son in to the hospital with the intention of signing our son in for mental health issues chest pain, lack of sleep and hearing multiple voices in his head. It got really bad so we took him to the hospital. […]

  • Youth Fighting Climate Change

    by on January 10, 2018

    There are currently more than 1.8 billion people worldwide between the ages of 10 and 24. This is the largest young generation in history. This is also the generation most affected by climate change. The Salt Spring Forum is partnering with members of the Student Council at the Gulf Islands Secondary School to present more […]

  • Artisan’s Soul Path, from Custom S...

    by on January 10, 2018

    Handmade, customized footwear has become increasingly rare over the last century, and the words that capture that craft sound foreign to some. Words like factory-made, warehouse, and disposable have taken their place. In his Salt Spring Island studio on North End Road, however, Nathan deBridge creates artisan leather footwear that is durable, elegant, artistic, and […]

  • Man charged in Suspicious Salt Spring Is...

    by on January 5, 2018

    A 22 year old man has been arrested and charged in relation to a suspicious death, which occurred on Salt Spring Island in early December 2017. Martin Galen Vandenberg of Salt Spring Island, BC has been charged with the second degree murder of his mother, Heather Jones, 47. He was arrested without incident by members […]

  • Salt Spring Reads: The Apple House by Gi...

    by on January 3, 2018

    Salt Spring Reads is an online book club/review. For this column I try to find books that you might love to discover, books with a Salt Spring connection. Reviewed books are available at the Salt Spring Library and in local bookstores. Feel free to share your comments to discuss this book online with others. The Apple […]

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