Wednesday, February 8, 2023
February 8, 2023

News

Firefighters douse dry cleaner building fire 

Teamwork and a quick response helped keep an overnight fire from spreading, according to officials, as Salt Spring’s only dry cleaning business faced extensive...

Islanders and government funds make composter dream possible

It takes a profound patience to grow things.  At every step there are countless moving parts to arrange, plans to lay out that take shape...

CRD considers bylaw options in light of drug decriminalization

As the province begins its three-year foray into the decriminalization of people who use drugs, local governments are seeking guidance on what role —...

Island woman injured in car crash

A well-known community member is in good spirits but suffering from a number of injuries following a car accident on Stewart Road last Tuesday...

Pender Kingfisher parcel secured

After more than a year of fundraising, organizers announced this week a 45-acre parcel on Pender Island singled out for its rare habitat has...

Island life

GISS hosts VEX robotics tournament and enjoys broad community support throughout the year

By CHRISTIE ROOME For Cyber/Scorpions Salt Spring Island is famous for disc golf — most notably at Mouat Park and the Salt Spring Golf Club. But why get tired or...

‘New’ species tallied in Christmas bird count

Salt Spring Island’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) numbers are in, and with a few surprises, according to organizers.  The 34th annual event, conducted this year...

Resilient Gardens for a Changing Climate offered via Zoom Feb. 12

By ANDREA PALFRAMAN Transition salt spring Atmospheric rivers. Heat waves. Drought. These are the conditions we’ve been warned are a “new normal” in an era of...

Former fire chief shares burnout story in book

A full schedule isn’t necessarily a bad thing, according to resilience coach and author Arjuna George.   Indeed, moments after an email exchange setting a time...

Salt Spring library shares top book picks for 2022

Book borrowers on Salt Spring Island were entranced by art design, engaged by mysteries and enthralled by historical fiction in 2022, judging by the...

Local 4-H enrolment opens for fresh season 

If your child is between the ages of six to 19 years and is interested in animals or meeting new friends, organizers hope you...

Food industry experts lead Farmland Trust series workshops

SUBMITTED BY SSI FARMLAND TRUST Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust kicked off its new Knowledge Series of community seminars and workshops this past Sunday with...

Photo of the week

Matt Kellow from the Salt Spring Island Search and Rescue rope-rescue team sets up ropes during a training session on Jan. 29. The team meets twice a month for training purposes. See this week’s Driftwood for our annual salute to SSISAR members. They’re all volunteers! 

Photo by Gail Sjuberg

Do you have a photo you would like to submit for Photo of the Week? Send it to news@gulfislandsdriftwood.com. 

Opinion

Island Pathways thanks transportation commission volunteers for efforts over the years

By JEAN GELWICKS Before the Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission (SSITC) is no longer and the transition into the elected Local Community Commission (LCC)...

Guest column: Magnitude of Salt Spring housing crisis and future needs quantified

BY ERIC BOOTH We all know Salt Spring has a housing crisis. However, few amongst us appear to understand the magnitude or complexity of the...

Salt Springers organize for old growth rally

SUBMITTED By Paula Katrina Ellen Johansson and team Communities from all over the province have been co-organizing to come together in a massive show of...

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Obituaries

MARTIN, Marjorie D.

Marjorie D. MartinApril 16, 1923 - January 31, 2023 Born and raised in North Vancouver, Marjorie finished school at Grade 11 and went to work...

STRIKE, Gwyn (Margaret Elizabeth Gwynedd)

Gwyn Strike (Margaret Elizabeth Gwynedd) Gwyn Strike (Margaret Elizabeth Gwynedd), born June 29th 1930, age 92 passed away peacefully on January 23rd 2023 with her...

More news

Door re-opened to looking at Bylaw 530 again

Discussion about accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on Salt Spring will advance, according to officials — and a controversial proposed bylaw aimed at allowing more...

Lady Minto Hospital staffing shortage persists

Another note on the door greeted overnight visitors to Lady Minto Hospital last week, advising patients to evaluate the urgency of their needs and...

Quinsam returns to Vesuvius 

Salt Spring Island briefly experienced two-ferry service on the Vesuvius-Crofton route Thursday — sort of — as the usual vessel returned to operation, and its...

New group promotes harbour walk vision

Completion of what is now known as the Ganges Harbour Walk project may face a number of hurdles, but a small group of citizens...

Park-area residents blinded by new light glare

A streetlight bulb replacement program has let more light shine on Salt Spring roads in recent weeks, but the results have been overwhelming for...

Fulford Harbour crabbers coming up empty

Evidence of recreational crab trap poaching disappoints locals.