Cougar re-emerges with donkey attack

Farley the donkey at the Salt Spring Fall Fair in 2015.

Beloved pet put down due to injuries

A 10-year-old donkey named Farley is the latest victim of an elusive cougar that has killed numerous livestock on Salt Spring this year. Caroline and Andy Hickman of Gander’s Hatch Farm lost a beloved pet Saturday night after a veterinarian determined the animal could not recover from its injuries. A tenant of the Mount Maxwell   MORE

NEWS

Impaired drivers caught in roadside checks

Salt Spring RCMP officers were kept busy over the past week, responding to over 80 calls for service. The detachment notes islanders will likely have seen numerous road safety checks during the recent past as   MORE

CEDC tackles housing shortage issue

Salt Spring’s Community Economic Development Commission is taking on the island’s affordable housing problem with new research and advocacy work. Problems in recruiting and maintaining workers and the resulting impact on operations are being felt   MORE

Limited relief for below-deck passenger ban

BC Ferries may offer some passengers relief to its plan to ban passengers from closed vehicle decks. The company announced in December that new rules would be coming as BC Ferries aims to meet Transport   MORE

BUSINESS
Some of the Mouat’s Trading Co. management team seen upstairs at the hardware store, which has housed operations for most of the firm’s 110-year history, are, from left, Jenny Lange, Heather Fox, Allie Kerr, David Toynbee and Kim Young.

Mouat’s marks 110 years

Mouat’s Trading has come a long way since Gilbert Mouat and his mother Jane purchased the Malcolm & Purvis store in 1907 — but in many ways it’s been business as usual serving island needs   MORE

LIFESTYLES
Kids, parents and staff at Salt Spring Elementary celebrate their new Live 5-3-1-0 Playbox.

Playbox opens at SSE

Families using the fields and playground equipment at Salt Spring Elementary School now have a treasure trove of play items to enhance the experience, with the launch of a Live 5-2-1-0 Playbox on site last   MORE

ENTERTAINMENT
Lisa Lipsett with orca sculptures at Salt Spring Gallery.

Ripple Effect makes waves

Seeing could be called “seaing” for the Ripple Effect exhibition at the Salt Spring Gallery in downtown Ganges until June 25. Ripple Effect, a collection of paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and photography by   MORE

Victoria Baroque Players in concert. The groups comes to ArtSpring on May 28.

Baroque group performs

The heavenly sounds of violins, violas, cellos, violone, flutes, oboes, bassoon, horns and harpsichord will be heard in Ganges this Sunday afternoon when the Victoria Baroque Players group takes the stage for an ArtSpring Presents   MORE

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Your guide to everything posted in the past seven days

BLOGS

LINE DRIVE

Faster isn’t better if you want safer roads

In mid-December, Transportation Minister Todd Stone directed ICBC to commission a third-party review to determine how to keep vehicle insurance rates from continuing to soar in this province. If public input is requested as part   MORE

COMMUNITY
A painting of the Wawa Goose overlooking Highway 17 by mining engineer Michael Cleary.

Wawa Goose event needs islander Lee

Salt Spring’s Ken Lee will miss out on Canada Day celebrations at home this year so that he can take a guest-of-honour seat at Canada 150 events in Wawa, Ont. The community that has become   MORE

OPINION

Current governance can’t address real island crises

This is written in response to “Island could be doubly impoverished by incorporation,” by David Rapport and Luisa Maffi, published in the May 17 Driftwood.  Balderdash, sir and madam. It is unbelievable that, as an   MORE

SPORTS
Quw'utsun team members celebrate their Challenge Cup win at GISS on Sunday.

Challenge Cup tourney thrills again

Fantastic weather, food, beer and soccer combined for a memorable Challenge Cup soccer tournament on the May long weekend. Nineteen teams participated, including 13 from Vancouver Island, one from the Lower Mainland and five consisting   MORE