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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St Mary's Lake Safe to Swim

Good news. VIHA has lifted the beach advisory yesterday for St. Mary's lake.  We have been advised that it is now safe to swim in the lake. Elizabeth Salt Spring Island Emergency Co-ordinator
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Salt Spring Island Foundation Announces Spring 2012 Grants

Did you know that since 1984, the Salt Spring Island Foundation has granted more than $1.2 million to over 70 local registered charities? Every year, the Foundation invests in our community through its Community Endowment Fund, which was developed and continues to grow through donations and bequests from residents and friends of Salt Spring Island. Over $100,000 is distributed annually through grants to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations. The Foundation is pleased to announce the recent approval of approximately $44,000 for 10 projects. Beaver Point Hall Society To provide a generator for the hall for emergency preparedness. This grant was made possible by a bequest from the Shaw family. Island Natural Growers For fencing for the Rainbow Road Park Allotment Gardens, which provide approximately 40 garden plots to islanders. Island Farmers Institute Foundation To create additional storage space at the Bittancourt Museum. Island Pathways For improvemen…
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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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Free Business Directory Listing - 50+ New Businesses Now Signed Up

We've had a great first 5 days since the launch of our new online directory service. Over 50 businesses and organizations have jumped into use the new site. If you run a local business of any kind or are part of any island organization, consider listing in the directory. The benefits are simple. You get free exposure to the 15,000+ who use the Exchange each month, you can ad links, pictures, details about what you do, you can include your phone number, a Google map link and all this will help improve the likely hood that your site will be seen online in search engine rankings. Consider listing today, it's free and it's for you for Salt Spring. Here is an example of one of our great new listings: Fernwood Road Cafe.

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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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To All the Friends of John Wilcox

UPDATE: Harry added 6 more photos of John by various islanders in tribute this evening. 9 great iPhotos of John Wilcox from my files. It gives us something consoling in the aftermath of learning about John's death.. If there were 3 things John would want us to do to remember him. a) Enjoy people, even the ones that have different views than you. John had a few of those in opposition because, he was usually swimming against the current, battling big money or governments, trying to make the world a better place for farmers. b) Eat good food. Grow it if you have a chance. c) Never EVER, EVER give up on anything that you believe in. HB Video Interview with John by Peter Prince Photo of John by Anne Macey Photo by Rick Neufield Photo by Ron Watts Photo by Ron Watts Michael Ableman (right green shirt) talks with John Wilcox of Duck Creek Farm in front of Michael's Salt Spring Island Saturday Market organic farm stand - Photo by Ro…
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Velo Village…What to Expect

After more than a year of preparations, we’re looking forward to a lovely rural cycling festival on Salt Spring. We expect anywhere from 300 to 700 cyclists on Salt Spring roads during Velo Village. Good weather will mean more cyclists, poor weather will mean lower numbers. Cyclists will begin and end their journey at one of the three ferry terminals. We’ve created three cycle routes that will take cyclists away from busy or dangerous sections of roadway. These are the Fulford, Vesuvius and Long Harbour routes. You can view the detailed route maps or download an overview map. A number of local cyclists will take the 9:15 am ferry from Fulford to Swartz Bay so that they can sail on the BIKE FERRY (Skeena Queen) back to Salt Spring at 10:00 am. The BIKE FERRY arrives at Fulford Harbour at 10:35 am. When it docks up to 400 cyclists will ride about 15kms to Ganges. FUN RIDE participants will be given the northbound lane along this route from Beaver Point Rd to Stewart Road…
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Free for Organic Farmers Always!

Its no secret that Salt Spring Island is one of the most progressive local food communities in Canada. The island is home to many of those lovers of life radical enough to labour planting seeds and raising animals to feed and nurture us. Lovers of food and life who grow and labour year after year to feed our today, and our tomorrow and work to help us all appreciate the craft of food grown in relationship with the land. To you these lovers of the seed and the land, we have a special message: The Salt Spring Exchange supports you if you're a local organic grower who wants and needs a market to sell your goods. We support you because local, organic food is at the root of sharing and community building and decoupling our reliance on increasingly complex financial and market systems that routinely fail to serve the needs of our communities. We support you because local, organic food is at the heart of stable local economies. We support you because local, organic food is fu…
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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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Honour for Elders with Stephen Jenkinson

An evening talk on Salt Spring Island for friends, families, parents and grandparents about the need for eldership, not just retirees. June 4th, 7-9 PM at the United Church. "If you get to something like old age and if you don’t retire, you are one sure thing in a storm tossed life, and an old tree that could give shade for the young ones to rest beneath." - Stephen Jenkinson Young people need and deserve real recognition of their worth and purpose in life, and a living example of enduring discernment and courage for the hard and often empty times that are upon us all. The esteem of parents and friends can only go so far: elders must bring the rest. Grandparents must be grand not only for their children’s children, but for all the young ones coming into the world now. Their status as grand people comes from having wrangled wisdom from experience, and from having become elders more than senior citizens. Grandparents must now be elders even – especially – when no one asks i…
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Five Thousand Five Hundred+ Fans

Hope you all had a wonderful May long weekend. It was busy on Salt Spring. Soccer tournaments, and the around Salt Spring sailing race were just part of the action. It was busy here online too. Fans of Salt Spring are everywhere and the work we do for our community continues to reach new people on, and off island. Over the weekend we welcomed our 5,500th+ fan on Facebook and the Salt Spring Exchange continues to hit new traffic milestones with over 15,000 unique people a month using the site. Over 4,000 of you use the Exchange every day, 7 days a week (All data verified by Google) - This is one busy little island! Your interest, and the local advertisers who promote their businesses on the Exchange make this all possible. Thank you for your continued support and thank you again for all that you are Salt Spring!
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600+ Signatures for the Fulford Terminal

Thank you to everyone who participated in signing the Fix Fulford Ferry Terminal. In the end 603 of you signed the petition and we delivered it today to the Salt Spring Island Transportation Committee. It is now in the hands of the committee to work with BC Ferries to continue to work with the corporation to see if the planned changes are designed to accomodate pedestrians and bicycles. Click here to download the Salt Spring Exchange - Fix Fulford Ferry Terminal - Petition Results. Thank you again to those that participated, Christopher Roy  
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Did You Get One? - BC Assessment

Wondering how many people on island have received these BC Assessment self-reporting questionnaires? We've received a few reports and the documents say 'we are reviewing properties in your area'. Have you received one of these?

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The Scrap on Salt Spring Metal Recycling

For the past 7 years I’ve had the opportunity to work and hone one of my skills on the island, as a support worker, specifically for GIFTS (the Gulf Island Families Together Society), working one to one with young adults who have special needs. One of GIFTS’ mandates, is to help young adults who have recently graduated from high school integrate into their community. One approach towards this goal, is to support these young adults in finding work. About 8 months ago, I started working with a young adult fresh out of high school and began the task of looking for suitable employment on the island. I knew of John Quesnel and the plight of his Salt Spring scrap Metal Recycling business (who doesn’t if you read the local paper), and thinking myself that recycling in any form is not only good business, but makes good sense, especially on an island, I decided to ask john if we might be able to volunteer some time at his facility, to gain some work experience and see if this …
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