Saturday, December 10, 2022
December 10, 2022

News

Islanders weather white winter storm

As the first significant snowstorm of the season receded from Salt Spring this week, islanders began digging out and schedules returned to normal.  All told,...

BC Nurses’ Union urges support for Lady Minto Hospital staff with Tuesday rally

A BC Nurses' Union letter highlights nursing staff shortage at Lady Minto Hospital and urges public support at a Dec. 13 event at the hospital.

Saturna’s Mount Fisher Bluffs part of Nature Trust of BC conservation effort

The 78-acre Mount Fisher Bluffs, which represents one of the most at-risk geoclimatic zones in B.C., is the subject of a conservation campaign with a Dec. 31 deadline for raising the remaining $50,000 needed.

Final push needed to protect 400 acres on Salt Spring’s south end

Salt Spring has an opportunity to preserve 400 acres of rare Coastal Douglas-fir forest with existing trails and connection to other important and well-loved...

Overnight closures required for Isabella Point Road repairs 

Salt Spring Islanders who live in part of the Isabella Point Road neighbourhood will need to prepare for two periods of overnight closures in...

Island life

Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre earns 100+Women funds

SUBMITTED BY 100+ Women who care After three compelling presentations, including from the Beaver Point Community Hall Association and Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association, Jane Armstrong’s nominated cause Island Wildlife...

Mental Wellness Initiative invites community participation and donations

SUBMITTED BY THE SSI MENTAL WELLNESS INITIATIVE It has been quite some time since we of the Mental Wellness Initiative (MWI) last communicated. We have...

Christmas on Salt Spring activities bring community together for the holiday season

The Christmas season is well underway on Salt Spring Island, with the island’s Chamber of Commerce helping everyone get into the spirit of the...

Islanders give beloved Mayne Queen ferry a heartfelt send-off

BY PRISCILLA EWBANK Special to the Driftwood The MV Mayne Queen is retiring after 57 years in our waters, 40 of them serving the Outer Gulf...

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities we can make Salt Spring more inclusive

Barbara Casey, the executive director of GIFTS, localizes the International Day of Persons With Disabilities on Dec. 3.

Circus and gymnastics join forces in new combined program at the SIMS gym

When Salt Spring Island Middle School (SIMS) shuttered after the last school year, one might have been forgiven for fearing the curtain was also...

Books & Bling drop-off days Nov. 17 to 20; sale on Nov. 25-27

Pages are turning on one of Salt Spring Island’s most popular events, with Books & Bling donation drop-off days at the Farmers’ Institute this week from Nov. 17 to 20 and the sale itself on Nov. 25-27.

Photo of the week

PROUD TO SERVE: Salt Spring’s Pathfinders unit of the Girl Guides — and unit guider Gail Temmel, roughly in the centre — pose behind poinsettias after a successful evening serving turkey dinner and holiday smiles to more than 100 seniors at the annual Lions Club event, held Sunday, Dec. 4, at Meaden Hall at the Legion. 

Photo by Kerry Lee

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

Opinion

Viewpoint: Matching funds offer aids cat rescue society this month

Donations made to the Cats of Salt Spring Rescue Society this month will be matched by an anonymous donor.

Editorial: Giving has impact

The GivingTuesday movement marked its 10th anniversary last week. Since 2012, the last Tuesday of November has been pegged as the one day of each...

Viewpoint: Dec. 6 memorial returns to in-person format

SUBMITTED BY IWAV AND THE CIRCLE Education The Dec. 6 Vigil, in memorial and solidarity of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence...

Weather

Salt Spring Island
moderate rain
2.6 ° C
4.3 °
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9.8kmh
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Obituaries

BERG, Gordon Martin

July 22, 1943 – November 3, 2022 It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Martin Berg on November 3, 2022...

BOLTON, Terry James

(1944 – 2022) It is with great sadness that Bev and Kirsten Bolton announce the passing of husband and father, Terry James Bolton. Terry was a...

More news

Timothy Peterson to chair Salt Spring LTC

Salt Spring Island’s Local Trust Committee (LTC) will have a new chair — a 45-year resident of Lasqueti Island.  Trustee Timothy Peterson, from the Lasqueti...

Vulnerable section of Isabella Point Road gets pre-winter upgrade

A new road surface on Isabella Point Road may not look different to drivers once completed, but the below-asphalt improvements will be significant and will help keep that section of road protected during future flood events. 

Xwaaqw’um ecological restoration outlined

Over the next five years, some 20 hectares of field at Xwaaqw’um, also known as Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park, will be — slowly — transformed through restoration work, in partnership with Cowichan Tribes and BC Parks.

Driftwood wins four national newspaper awards

The Gulf Islands Driftwood was honoured with four top-three awards in a “post-Covid” edition of the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards (CCNA).

Rainbow Road sandbag filling station makes debut

Dozens of islanders turned out to the new community sandbag filling station, above the community gardens at the Rainbow Road pool site, on Saturday, Nov. 12. The station was a coordinated effort by the Salt Spring Emergency Program, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue, Emergency Management BC and the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission.

Next steps laid out for Ganges Harbour Walk

The Ganges Harbour Walk project has some spring in its step with a project charter recommended for adoption by its Capital Regional District (CRD) steering committee last week.