Welcome poles unveiled in bay

Cowichan Tzinquaw Dancers Ron George, left, and Benji George perform during Saturday’s welcome-pole gathering at Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park.

Communities gather for dedication ceremony

Hands lifted, the statues of a man and woman intricately crafted from cedar silently watch over the waters of Burgoyne Bay, welcoming those who share the tradition of taking in the area’s calm waters and bountiful shoreline. First Nations have long called the bay Xwaaqw’um, a place generations of pre-settler coastal peoples visited to gather   MORE

NEWS

Extreme fire risk prompts permit system

Local firefighters are urging islanders to restrict outdoor work due to the extreme wildfire risk. “If possible, it’s best to delay high-risk activities until we get some wet weather,” said Lt. Mitchell Sherrin of Salt   MORE

Weston Lake claims two men

Two men who died following a tragic incident last week at Weston Lake were identified Monday as Masashi Shintani and Ryo Yamaguchi, both 25 years of age. The men were originally from Japan, although Shintani   MORE

Maintenance activities stretch PARC staff

The Salt Spring Parks and Recreation Commission is reviewing the successes and challenges of its programs over the past year as part of its upcoming budgeting process. During a report to the commission’s Aug. 15   MORE

BUSINESS

Network profiles bounty of Salt Spring

Salt Spring Island will make a star appearance in the mainstream media once again, this time on an undisclosed program for The Food Network. Members of the public may have seen film crews in session   MORE

LIFESTYLES
A few cookbooks from the Gulf Islands. Do you have a favourite cookbook originating from the Gulf Islands or a recipe from one of them? Tell us about it! Send to news@gulfislandsdriftwood.com.

Food stories, recipes wanted

Driftwood readers can contribute to our next special publication project in a variety of ways. The annual Community Cookbook and Locavore guide will be published in mid September, in time for the fall harvest. People are   MORE

ENTERTAINMENT
Image from The Whitemud: uncovering a landscape, an exhibit of work by Leslie Corry, which opens at the ArtCraft Showcase gallery this Friday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. and continues through Sept. 18.

Whitemud exhibit opens

SUBMITTED BY ARTCRAFT The Whitemud is a river valley in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan, tucked between the grasslands and the Cypress Hills. Also known as The Frenchman, it is a physically and historically emotional   MORE

Members of The Exceptionals explore the Snow Fence at The Point Gallery in preparation for an event there on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Snow Fence event Sunday

Performance art brings a new perspective to The Point Gallery this Sunday, with Summer at the Snow Fence set to entertain and enlighten. Conceived and directed by movement artist Robbyn Scott, the event is a   MORE

NEWS ROUND-UP:

Your guide to everything posted in the past seven days

BLOGS

LINE DRIVE

Last chance for Friday night island hopping

For most Gulf Islanders, riding the ferries is something we are forced to do for practical reasons. It’s low on the list of exciting leisure-time activities. So it’s unlikely that many islanders have had much awareness about Friday   MORE

COMMUNITY
Coast Salish Youth Culture and Leadership Camp participants at Xwaaqw’um (Burgoyne Bay).

Welcome pole to be raised

Over the past couple of years, Salt Spring residents have continued to learn more about the First Peoples of the lands we share by gathering and celebrating local Coast Salish culture in a meaningful way.   MORE

OPINION

Editorial – Climate inaction

The gathering of a hundred-plus concerned islanders who sacrificed a sunny Thursday evening to hole up in the Community Gospel Chapel and listen to water conservation strategies is a hopeful sign that we’re not prepared   MORE

SPORTS
Kneeling as she tries to haul in a bad bounce at third base is Amy McGovern of the Bears as George Georgeson of the Young Guns rounds the plate. The two cousins were participating in the Roddy Wilson Memorial slo-pitch tournament on Galiano Island. A Salt Spring tourney honouring Wilson’s cousin Tony Head runs this weekend at the Fulford ball field.

Head slo-pitch tourney

The Salt Spring Slo-pitch League’s year-end tournament runs this weekend, dedicated once again to the late Tony Head and to a new community cause. According to his eldest daughter Danielle Head, Tony Head was born   MORE