Survivor spearheads bin project

Artist Tai Dunkley-Whelon, left, and Calder McCormick celebrate installation of a recycling and trash bin for the Kanaka Road Skatepark, a project that was initiated by McCormick following his recovery from a 2012 car crash on Salt Spring Island.

Calder McCormick helps clean up beloved skatepark

Nearly four years after a tragic car crash that left him in a coma with life-threatening injuries, Salt Spring’s Calder McCormick is back on his feet and giving back to the community that helped him recover. The 21-year-old has devoted the past few months to building the spiffy recycling and trash receptacle that was installed   MORE

NEWS

LTC forwards Brinkworthy application to ALC

The Brinkworthy ball field decision is now in the Agricultural Land Commission’s park. Salt Spring’s Local Trust Committee voted Thursday to forward the application to the Agricultural Land Commission, with support, for the ALC to   MORE

Wastewater use explored

Salt Spring’s liquid and solid waste commissions have come together with an innovative plan to put wastewater to use instead of dumping it into Ganges Harbour. Applications to use treated effluent from the Ganges sewer   MORE

Gains and losses found in new ferry schedules

Gulf Islands residents are slowly digesting what their ferry schedules will have in store for them once the new Salish-class vessels go into operation next year. Released to the public on July 11, the new   MORE

BUSINESS
Gulf Islands Secondary School students, from left, Callysta Boyd, Max Temmel and Jordon Kitchen with one of three new hydroponic towers installed at the school’s cafeteria earlier this week.

GISS grows vertical

The hallways, classrooms and playing fields of Gulf Islands Secondary School may be silent for the summer, but that hasn’t stopped students in the school’s cafeteria program from growing a good idea to even greater   MORE

LIFESTYLES
An orphaned bear cub at the Critter Care Wildlife Society centre in Langley. Salt Spring resident Deborah Barnes has launched a fundraising effort for the centre.

Mammal rescue centre supported

Deborah Barnes is on a mission to shine light and love on a Lower Mainland-based wildlife rescue centre that’s saved creatures large and small over the past 30 years. Apart from showing her appreciation for   MORE

ENTERTAINMENT
Chamber fest at ArtSpring

Chamber fest at ArtSpring

ArtSpring is filled with the exquisite sounds of classical music this week as it hosts its ninth-annual Chamber Music Festival, featuring international guest musicians and young artists. Since Monday, July 18, eight students from across   MORE

Jazz saxophonist and composer Monik Nordine performs with Ken Lister and Andy Slade on July 23 at All saints.

Jazz series debuts

Fans of jazz are in for a treat as the Salt Spring Saturday Night Jazz Series kicks off on Saturday, July 23. “The first in the series on July 23 presents the virtuosic lyricism of   MORE

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BLOGS

LINE DRIVE

DNA testing reveals the foo-foo truth

“What kind of dogs do you have?” It’s a question that has for years thrown my family off guard a bit. “They’re small dogs,” we say first, trying not to sound apologetic because, let’s face   MORE

COMMUNITY
Salt Spring BC SPCA branch manager Sean Hogan holds a #HotPetsNotCool campaign decal from inside the BC SPCA truck as he mimics the experience of a dog left in a vehicle on a warm day.

Dogs still left in hot cars

“Hot Pets Not Cool.” That’s the message from the BC SPCA’s Salt Spring branch as it ramps up efforts to raise awareness about the dangerous and potentially fatal consequences of leaving a dog inside a   MORE

OPINION

Proposed Centennial Park changes miss the mark

The following feedback to proposals to upgrade Centennial Park was sent to PARC and filed with the Driftwood. I have perused the drawings of three choices for what appears to be essentially a new Centennial   MORE

SPORTS
Ness Murby at Canadian Track and Field Nationals in Edmonton.

Paralympic spot secured

Salt Spring’s Ness Murby is hitting her stride in the lead-up to September’s Paralympic Games in Rio, thanks to another gold medal-winning performance. Murby topped the competition last week at the Canadian Track and Field   MORE