New treatment plant has ‘unique challenges’

Preliminary design plans show a conceptual view of the NSSWD's proposed Tripp Road water treatment facility.

Alternate Approval Process begins April 28

An engineer tasked to oversee the proposed North Salt Spring Waterworks District water treatment plant says site constraints and St. Mary Lake’s recurring algae concerns are the main drivers behind the project’s hefty $7- to $11-million price tag. “There are constraints here that are unique, specifically for the circumstances that you have,” said Irfan Gehlen,   MORE

NEWS
Trustees at Thursday's LTC meeting voted 2-1 against a TUP sought by business owner John Quesnel.

Trust presses for Quesnel compliance

Islands Trust staff have initiated bylaw enforcement action to shut down John Quesnel’s Rainbow Road metal recycling business. Lawyers for the Islands Trust have sent Quesnel a letter asking him to cease “unlawful recycling operations”   MORE

A map presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission shows parts of a proposed trail network on lands between Lady Minto Hospital and the Harbour House Hotel.

Harbour House blazes trail proposal

Parks and Recreation Commissioners gave conditional support Monday night to plans for a trail network and nature reserve on land owned by the Harbour House Hotel. Though a decision requires l e g a l   MORE

John Stonier, an electric vehicle proponent, speaking at the Salt Spring Renewable Energy Conference on April 5.

Speaker boosts EV tourism

A growing network of travellers with a joy of driving and extra money on their hands could benefit Salt Spring if the infrastructure is put in place, says an expert on electric vehicles. John Stonier,   MORE

BUSINESS
New GreenFM general manager Dan Miller and assistant manager Radha Fournier.

GreenFM charts new course

Major programming changes underway at Salt Spring’s only radio station should benefit listeners while bringing the outfit into good standing with the CRTC, according to new general manager Dan Miller. While CFSI FM had been   MORE

LIFESTYLES
Filmmaker David Bond puts a bar code on a tree in promoting his Project Wild Thing film that airs at The Fritz on April 23.

Project Wild Thing screens

Salt Spring Islanders can view a special screening of Project Wild Thing, a film that aims to reconnect kids with nature. Timed with Earth Day celebrations, the Wednesday, April 23 screening at The Fritz cinema   MORE

ENTERTAINMENT
Valdy is on stage with many other performers marking ArtSpring's anniversary on Saturday night.

Anniversary time at ArtSpring

Anniversaries come thick and fast when you’re having fun, especially on Salt Spring. This week marks the 15th anniversary of the date in 1999 when Bob and Birgit Bateman cut a big ribbon to officially   MORE

Artwork at a 2013 exhibit at Gallery 8, one of 40 galleries and studios participating in this year's Easter Art Tour.

Easter Art Tour on tap

April brings spring, showers and the Easter Art Tour. Now in its eighth year, the Salt Spring Easter Art Tour is an annual self-guided artist studio and gallery tour running from Friday, April 18 until   MORE

THIS WEEK'S NEWS ROUND-UP:

Your guide to everything posted in the past seven days

BLOGS

LINE DRIVE

Timeline crushes local government credibility

It’s easy to see validity to arguments on all sides when it comes to the Salt Spring Island Metal Recycling land-use dispute. A complete shutdown, a rezoning possibility on that site, or relocation and rezoning   MORE

GREEN HEROES

Wanted: More pedal power please

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get out the bicycle to fully enjoy the season. But getting around in a hilly place has its challenges. Thanks to today’s electric bikes, you can get that   MORE

COMMUNITY
From left, Jennifer Williams and Paul Oliphant of the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation board, and Carol Biely and Lesley Reynolds of the Salt Spring Island Foundation board.

Ward and Cameron funds shared

It’s obvious that siblings John and Dorah Ward and Bertha Cameron loved their island community. The long-time Salt Spring residents left most of their net worth in the JDB (John, Dorah, Bertha) Trust, and when   MORE

OPINION

Colonization dreams no solution for humans

Every Earth Day — this year’s is the 45th — we are reminded that Gaia weeps, as surely it does. We are exhorted to do our part to heal Earth’s wounds, as surely we should.   MORE

SPORTS
Sneakers club members with ribbons and medals at the conclusion of the Vancouver Island Race Series in Sooke.

Sneakers celebrate success

The Salt Spring Sneakers earned three medals and nine top-10 finishes in the final event of the Vancouver Island Running Series’ 2014 season. “This group just gets better with each race,” said Lynn Thompson, a   MORE