Salt Spring News

Gulf Islands Driftwood Newspaper serving the Gulf Islands since 1960

  • Maliview sewer plant equipment failure prompts beach health advisory
    by Driftwood Staff on August 18, 2022 at 10:20 pm in News, discharge, Maliview Sewer Treatment Plant, public health advisory

    A public health advisory has been issued for the shoreline near the Maliview Wastewater Treatment Plant off Walker’s Hook Road. According to the Capital Regional District in a Thursday afternoon media release, an equipment failure at the Maliview Wastewater Treatment Plant occurred on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and extended into Wednesday, Aug. 17. “This resulted in

  • Local Community Commission Advisory Committee endorses LCC bylaws
    by Gail Sjuberg on August 17, 2022 at 2:26 pm in News, CRD, local community commission, local governance, Salt Spring governance, Salt Spring Island

    Volunteer members of the Local Community Commission (LCC) Advisory Committee have taken a position on the proposed LCC bylaws, asking people to vote in favour of approving them in an Oct. 15 referendum. Capital Regional District (CRD) bylaws 4507 and 4508 establish an LCC for Salt Spring and lay out the authority delegated to a

  • Galiano’s ecological impact measured in two-year study
    by Emelie Peacock on August 17, 2022 at 2:18 pm in Island Life, ecological footprint, ecology, environment, Environmental Impact, Galiano Conservancy Association, Galiano Island

    The results are in: If everyone in the world lived like residents of Galiano Island, 4.3 Earths would be needed to sustain the global human population. That conclusion comes from a two-year study done by the Galiano Conservancy Association together with partners, one of the first small island communities in the world to undergo an

  • Susan Benson establishes new fund for artists
    by Contributed Article on August 17, 2022 at 2:10 pm in Arts & Entertainment, artists, arts funds, emerging artists, Salt Spring Arts, Susan Benson

    SUBMITTED BY SS ARTS A new fund for visual artists has been established by Susan Benson and Salt Spring Arts. Artists in need living on Salt Spring Island can apply for grants, with preference given to female artists who are committed to building their creative careers. Benson first announced her intention to establish the fund

  • Editorial: Trust uses available tools
    by Driftwood Staff on August 17, 2022 at 2:09 pm in Opinion, David Fullbrook, development permit, ecology, Fulford Harbour, Islands Trust, land-use zoning, Salt Spring Local Trust Committee, Vortex

    The scene at last week’s Salt Spring Local Trust Committee meeting was a familiar one. The room was filled with people hoping to convince trustees to take a specific course of action. In this case they wanted trustees to deny a development permit to the Vortex project in Fulford. But as trustee Laura Patrick pointed

  • LTC approves Vortex permit with conditions
    by Gail Sjuberg on August 16, 2022 at 6:07 pm in News, ecology, Fulford Harbour, Islands Trust, Salt Spring Island, Salt Spring Local Trust Committee, Salt Spring Vortex, The Vortex

    The Vortex project at the head of Fulford Harbour received development permit (DP) approval from the Salt Spring Local Trust Committee (LTC) on Aug. 9, despite a number of public pleas for the Trust to halt the project due to environmental concerns. In opening the elected officials’ discussion about the controversial development, trustee Laura Patrick

  • Upcoming toy run in search of helping hands
    by Gail Sjuberg on August 10, 2022 at 2:18 pm in Island Life, Salt Spring Island Toy Run

    Among well-loved island traditions returning this year after a pandemic-forced break is the Salt Spring Toy Run, which benefits the island’s Santa’s Workshop program. According to the workshop’s “head elf” Wendy Eggertson, the run first took place in 1996 under the leadership of Lil Irwin, with some 10 to 15 local bikers raising money for

  • Salt Spring youth follow road to baseball gold
    by Contributed Article on August 10, 2022 at 2:15 pm in Sports & Recreation, salt spring island minor baseball association, Salt Spring Minor Baseball

    Two Salt Spring Island youth concluded an exciting season of baseball with a gold-medal win at the B.C. Summer Games. Flynn Shugar and Sisaye Patterson started playing baseball together at age 10 with the Salt Spring Island Minor Baseball Association and that is where their love and passion for the game began. One of their

  • Community rallies for boat explosion survivor
    by Emelie Peacock on August 10, 2022 at 2:08 pm in News, Dave Kushneriuk, GoFundMe

    A fundraiser is going strong for David Kushneriuk, known to many as “Beach Dave,” to help him as he recovers from severe injuries he sustained in a boat mishap.  The explosion aboard a vessel in Ganges Harbour on July 23 landed Kushneriuk in critical care, first at Lady Minto Hospital and then onto Victoria’s Royal

  • The environmental and social merits of ADU Bylaw 530
    by Contributed Article on August 10, 2022 at 2:01 pm in Opinion, accessory dwelling units, Housing Action Program, Housing Action Program Task Force, Salt Spring Island housing crisis, Salt Spring Local Trust Committee

    By RHONAN HEITZMANN  Salt Spring Solutions + Housing Action Program Task Force I am writing this article to hopefully clear up any confusion about the environmental and social merits of Bylaw 530, permitting accessory dwelling units (ADUs) for full-time occupancy on more properties on Salt Spring Island.  First of all, everyone I know advocating for