Salt Spring Sketches: It Was Always Their House Even When It Wasn’t

She was ready for one more adventure. He wasn’t so certain. They had, after all, lived comfortably in Calgary for 29 years.  Neither had any inclination to move.  Yet, one morning as she looked out her window at her flourishing and beautiful garden, Liesbeth Leatherbarrow had an epiphany. “I have always planned on living until 100,” she said. “I loved all that I saw that morning, but the thought of looking at and walking up the same path for the next 45 years struck me as limiting. Everything looked beautiful but I knew in that moment I was ready for one more adventure.” Her husband of 33 years found her epiphany intriguing but, being a cautious and deliberative man, Bob Leatherbarrow needed time to mull over the idea and do some research. “I was confident, but Bob had to think,” Liesbeth points out. “It sounded to him like a spontaneous, romantic idea. In 2007, Bob began checking out various locales—from Provence in France to Nova Scotia, Cowichan, Maple Bay—to …
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Salt Spring Sketches - It's Really About The Hair

Everyone we told said we were crazy. Giving up our fabulous condo in Yaletown, leaving the myriad of amenities offered by Canada’s greenest city, starting again on a tiny island whose population barely equaled that of one Vancouver neighbourhood. “Why?” they asked. “You are urbanites. You love vibrant, bustling downtowns.” And they were right, sort of. My husband and I had always lived in urban centres, some smaller than others, but always in the midst of the action. And we’d always loved the hustle bustle of cities.

I’d grown up in Toronto, received my journalism degree in the heart of the city before leaving for Calgary as a young reporter at the Calgary Herald. My career in journalism (teaching and writing) took me to other large cities: Edmonton (to write radio ad copy), Ottawa (to edit a church publication), back to Calgary (to teach journalism), Vancouver (as a journalism instructor), Wilmington, DE (as a communications executive) and a…

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51% of Saanich North and the Islands Vote to Scrap the HST

Final results of the HST vote are in. Saanich North and the Islands 51.35% voted yes to scrap it, 48.65% voted no to keep it. Question Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and reinstating the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) in conjunction with the GST (Goods and Services Tax)? Yes/No The final results are: % of valid votes voting Yes 54.73% % of valid votes voting No 45.27% Electoral District Yes Votes Yes % No Votes No % Total Valid Votes Abbotsford-Mission 8214 45.37% 9892 54.63% 18106 Abbotsford South 7573 43.28% 9925 56.72% 17498 Abbotsford West 7740 48.54% 8207 51.46% 15947 Alberni-Pacific Rim 10665 63.90% 6024 36.10% 16689 Boundary-Similkameen 9679 59.48% 6593 40.52% 16272 Burnaby-Deer Lake 11097 62.62% 6625 37.38% 17722 Burnaby-Edmonds 11827 64.55% 6494 35.45% 18321 Burnaby-Lougheed 11426 58.77% 8016 41.23% 19442 Burnaby North 12956 60.34% 8516 39.66% 21472 Cariboo-Chilcotin 6361 56.90% 4818 43.10…
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Salt Spring Island in an edible little work of art

Salt Spring Island featured on canada.com There are many wonderful things about Salt Spring Island. There is the famous goat cheese, packed so beautifully it is like tiny, edible work of art, and the delicious coffee that is on par with the best out there. And of course it is known for being a hub for artist, attracting talent from across the country. But what finally drew me there was the chance to stay at the historic Hastings House, a beautiful resort that is set on a 22-acre farm. The trip to the island offered a little taste of things to come. It already felt like a holiday once the ferry departed from the Tsawassen ferry terminal. For three hours, it slowly snaked between the Southern Gulf Islands, including Mayne, Pender and Saturna. Salt Spring is the largest of this cluster of islands nestled between Vancouver Island and the mainland. After watching the sun setting leisurely over the inlets, we arrived at the last stop, Long Harbour. From there it was a 10-minute…
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Islands Trust Secondary Suites Survey

As part of the udate of Land Use Bylaw 355, Islands Trust is considering the legalization of Secondary Suites. This project responds to the 2008 Salt Spring Island Official Community Plan policies which give direction for the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee to consider the legalization of Secondary Suites within certain criteria. Islands Trust planning staff are looking for broad community input to inform policy drafting for the legalization of secondary suites. This summer, come by and see us at the Islands Trust information kiosk at the Tuesday Market in Centennial Park or invite us to give a presentation to your group or neighbourhood friends. Get informed by exploring the information below. Fill out a questionnaire on the Islands Trust site.
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Man’s banishment from Saltspring Island risks setting poor precedent, lawyers warn

Story from the Globe and Mail: A homeless man charged with theft from a grocery store, a dine-and-dash at an inn and assault of an RCMP officer has been banished from Saltspring Island. After a tele-bail hearing on July 17 for the three charges, a judicial justice of the peace told Donovan Seward, 31, to leave the B.C. island and not return until his Aug. 10 circuit court appearance to enter a plea, said RCMP Sergeant George Jenkins of the Saltspring detachment.... Read the full story at the globeandmail.com
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Mount Tuam Scottish Tower House

In a 160 acre lot atop Mount Tuam sits this new dwelling. With breathtaking views over the Southern Gulf Islands to the San Juan Islands and Mount Baker beyond, the house is built in the style of a period Scottish tower house, using similar materials and ensuring extraordinary longevity and ease of maintenance. External walls are constructed of very durable metamorphic random rubble ledgestone sourced from Port Renfrew on Vancouver island. All dressings such as quoins, window surrounds, corbels, copestones, etc. are carved from imported yellow sandstone. Seven gargoyles collect rainwater from the roofs and discharge it onto the rock outcrop on which the building perches and the roof itself is clad in Vermont slate with code 6 lead flashings and watergates. Stone is used liberally inside for flooring, wall components, two staircases (one straight and one spiral), fireplaces, balusters and other architectural features. Where rainwater conductors have been used, these …
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Calling all Salt Spring Bloggers!

Do you write and keep a blog with stories and content that are specific to Salt Spring? Interested in having your content and site promoted and featured on the Salt Spring Exchange? Here's your chance. We'll be implementing a new service that will pull content from Salt Spring Island focused blogs and sites into the Exchange where we will feature a few stories a day or week depending on what comes in. What you get in return is more exposure for your writing, your work, your businesses, etc. We're calling it the Salt Spring Community Stories Network. Here's how it will work. Content for Traffic We pull the content from your site. We feature the first 200-300 words of any post, then include a link to your site to read more. The benefits for you are increased traffic and viewership and the benefits for the Exchange are that the 15,000+ people who use the site each month get more of a range of content to read about something they love; Salt Spring Island. Our goal…
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How will you vote in HST referendum?

British Columbians have a very important decision to make. The HST referendum is a chance for you to make a decision that will impact B.C. for years to come. We're taking a poll to learn how Salt Spring will vote in the referendum. Vote below. This is the exact language of the mail in referendum question we will all receive in the mail (someday). To learn more about all aspects of the issue visit HST in BC. [polldaddy poll="5173680"]
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CBC One Day on Salt Spring Video

CBC One Day on Salt Spring video by Rob Lowrie About the project 1 Day. 24 Hours. 34 Million Lives. On any ordinary day in Canada, extraordinary things happen. Canadians have remarkable stories to tell. And for the past 75 years, the CBC has enabled us to share those stories with each other. This year, we celebrate this rich heritage with 1 Day, a special CBC/Radio Canada documentary and online project that invites all Canadians to help create a unique 24 hour portrait of Canada, from midnight to 11:59, coast to coast. The two hour documentary, to be filmed on April 30th, 2011, is a joint project – between us and you. For 24 hours, our crews will span the country. We'll follow some of Canada’s most fascinating figures as their day unfolds – from emergency physicians to cops, cultural icons to sports stars. But 1 Day will also draw on videos and photos sent in by Canadians who seize this unique opportunity to provide a glimpse into their lives, their famili…
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Driftwood Pick-up Locations - Mail Delivery Strike

Subscribers of the Driftwood Newspaper are advised that the newspaper will not be delivered via the local Post Office today (Wednesday) as they are not accepting any mail for delivery. Please cross reference where you live on the map below and head to one of four pickup points after 1pm today. Please disregard the individual labels, just take a paper.     If you live in the pink area, pick up your newspaper at the Ravenstreet Cafe. If you live in the purple area, pick up your newspaper at the Vesuvius Cafe. If you live in the green area, pick up your newspaper at the Driftwood Office. If you live in the blue area, pick up your newspaper at Starbarks. If you live in the yellow area, pick up your newspaper at Patterson's.

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Salt Spring Cabin Architecture and Design

Cabins are an integral part of Canadian culture. Spending summers on a dock or in the woods is a rite of passage for our neighbors to the north, who even mark the return of warmer weather with an unofficial but widely celebrated weekend holiday (May Two-Four) to kick off cottage season. On a four-acre site on Salt Spring Island, just southwest of Vancouver, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects crafted a cabin—modest in size yet bold in design—on the site where another cottage once stood. Inside the walls of rammed earth and steel, the 191-square-foot space is a cozy nook warmed by the caramel colors of the cedar on the floor and ceiling, which was milled from salvaged timbers, as well as the heat produced by the wood-burning stove. “The small size creates an intimate, protected refuge within a larger landscape,” architect Tom Kundig says. “It forces you to engage with the bigger landscape yet still provides a sanctuary from the elements.” Read more at Dwell.com:
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Linear House (Villa Klaathem) by Patkau Architects

A sixteen acre farm located on Salt Spring Island, an island in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, the site of this house is bisected from east to west by a long row of mature Douglas fir trees. There is a gentle slope falling across the site from south to north. The south half of the property is an orchard containing a variety of fruit trees; the north half of the property is a hay field. There was an existing cottage on the site which has been sold and relocated to a neighbouring property. The existing barn, garage and studio buildings remain. The new house, called Villa Klaathem by the owners, extends 276 feet in a straight line along the south side of the fir trees. The orchard has been made more regular with the addition of further fruit trees so that the clarity of the juxtaposition of cultural landscape to the south, and natural landscape to the north of the new house is reinforced. Full story and photos at Daily Ic…
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You're Not Really a Salt Springer Unless...

“You’re not really a Salt Springer until you have held four jobs simultaneously" Salt Spring Literacy study of the culture of employment on Salt Spring Island. You'Re Not Really a Salt Springer...Final(function() { var scribd = document.createElement("script"); scribd.type = "text/javascript"; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = "http://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })();
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Salt Spring Gathers to Bear Witness with Tribes

Numerous Salt Spring Island residents gathered early this morning to bear witness with the Cowichan Tribes during the removal of remains of at least 5 people in a burial area located in town. Elders from the tribe were on hand with contracted archeological services to remove the remains before new construction begins at the same location. Residents gathered after an appeal went out last evening on the Exchange from Tania Aquila who helped facilitate support for the respectful removal. Here are photos from this morning. Removal is on-going throughout the day. Consider visting town to show your support and consideration.

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