Playing fields in ALC hands

LTC forwards application to provincial body

The Salt Spring Local Trust Committee has determined the provincial Agricultural Land Commission must decide whether playing fields will be permitted at 181 Brinkworthy Rd. In a unanimous vote Thursday, the three-member committee agreed to move the application forward with its support for the Salt Spring Parks and Recreation Commission plan, but said the ALC   MORE

NEWS
Osprey parents and fledglings at a perch built by Island Marine Construction in Ganges Harbour.

Ospreys thrive in harbour

Nesting support for birds has been making a difference to several species on Salt Spring, including a pair of ospreys that have settled into a Ganges Harbour industrial workspace. Purple martins have been enjoying a   MORE

Roger Brunt with invasive loosestrife plants pulled from downtown Ganges.

Islander fights purple scourge

A Salt Spring man wants islanders to pull together to prevent purple loosestrife from clogging the island’s lakes, creeks and wetlands. “It’s an invasive species and I don’t want it to spread,” said Roger Brunt,   MORE

South-end fire sparks awareness

A spokesperson from the Coastal Fire Centre says a small but stubborn ground fire ignited by a careless smoker on a remote part of the island’s south end is a timely reminder for people to   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
Reith Humphreys plays Pokémon Go in Ganges.

Pokémon Go craze hits island

Drivers and pedestrians travelling near the Salt Spring Public Library and other downtown landmarks may wish to exercise caution these days, not just because of wandering tourists but the probable incidence of gamers catching creatures   MORE

ENTERTAINMENT
Tzinquaw Dancer performs at a Coast Salish Cultural Days event on Salt Spring in February. The dancers will perform at the Salt Spring Music and Garlic Festival on Saturday, Aug. 6, the first of two days of happenings at Paradise Within Farm.

Music fest schedule finalized

The second annual Salt Spring Music and Garlic Festival is just around the corner, with all the details coming together in recent weeks. Organizers say they are honoured to announce that the Tzinquaw Dancers from the   MORE

Rehearsal scene from The Grand Illusion, which opens at ArtSpring this Friday, July 29 and runs for six shows. It's produced by the same folks who mounted Peter on the Brink last summer, to great acclaim.

Grand Illusion set to dazzle

The crew of Vibrationem arrives at ArtSpring beginning on Friday, July 29, set to deliver six song-filled performances called The Grand Illusion. A thematic live rock musical from the makers of last year’s hit Peter   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
Turning the Tide paddlers at Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park on July 25.

Paddlers turn the tide

Nearly 100 kayakers, canoers, open-water swimmers and sailors concluded their journey amidst the islands of the Salish Sea on Tuesday afternoon as part of the third annual Turning the Tide: People’s Paddle for the Salish   MORE

OPINION

Editorial – No ‘butts’ about it

Rising temperatures, high winds and dry weather mean it shouldn’t take a wildfire to recognize the island’s extreme fire rating, but a pair of recent Salt Spring incidents reveal that some people still don’t get   MORE

SPORTS
Salt Spring's peewee baseball team, which has earned a berth to A-level provincial championships.

Peewees off to provincials

A deep pool of able pitchers, tight defence and sizzling bats at last week’s Island Zones tournament on Vancouver Island gave Salt Spring’s peewee ball players a third-place finish and a ticket to this weekend’s   MORE