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  • St. Mary Lake water plant vote passes

    North Salt Spring Waterworks District ratepayers have approved the borrowing of $8.4 million to build a new water treatment plant for St. Mary Lake. The result was 359 votes in   MORE

  • Salt Spring pays more for CRD in 2015

    The owner of an average-assessed Salt Spring Island property will pay an extra $50 in taxes for Capital Regional District and hospital district services in 2015. The CRD passed its   MORE

  • Risso's dolphin seen in Ganges Harbour on March 17 and photographed by Dwane Roberge.

    Islanders glimpse rare dolphin

    Photographer Dwane Roberge thought he was setting up for a routine family photo shoot near Ganges Harbour last Tuesday when his afternoon took an unexpected twist. News of an unusual   MORE

  • Advance polls for North Salt Spring Waterworks District borrowing bylaw referendum got underway Wednesday, March 25 at the Community Gospel Chapel (147 Vesuvius Bay Rd.). Regular voting day is at the same location, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., on Saturday, March 28.

    District braces for referendum

    After months of discussion and debate about plans to upgrade the North Salt Spring Waterworks District’s treatment plant at St. Mary Lake, voters will finally have their say on whether   MORE

  • Schematic of proposed produce centre for Beddis Road property.

    Produce centre gets green light

    Salt Spring’s Farmland Trust Society cleared the final hurdle in its bid to convert a former industrial site into a centre- piece for community agriculture on Thursday afternoon. Salt Spring   MORE

  • Passengers unload from the Queen of Nanaimo at Long Harbour. A new schedule using two more efficient intermediate-class vessels is being developed for the southern Gulf Islands to replace the Nanaimo.

    Terminal rumour makes headlines

    A single sentence in BC Ferries’ efficiency plan for Performance Term Four continues to produce ripples in the murky pond of political reporting. News outlets have extrapolated various interesting ideas   MORE

  • Rainbow projects gain traction

    Rainbow Road pedestrians will start to find some improvements to their commute later this year as Capital Regional District-supported projects move ahead in two sections. The Salt Spring Island Transportation   MORE

  • Seawalk preview revealed

    The Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission hosted a much-anticipated preview of what the Ganges boardwalk project could evolve into during its regular business meeting Monday afternoon. “This meeting today is,   MORE


  • From left, Mary Lowery, Jordan Stratford and Karen Hudson get set for an April 1 fundraising Murder Mystery in the Library event.

    Murder mystery at library

    Mystery fans and Salt Spring Public Library patrons will have an opportunity to put their sleuthing skills to the test at a special April Fool’s fundraiser next Wednesday evening. Murder   MORE

  • Quintessence performs at ArtSpring on Sunday, March 29.

    A&E treats this week

    The performing arts on Salt Spring will have an embarrassment of riches during the coming week, with something for everyone sure to be found in three unique events. The voices   MORE


  • From left, mechanic Mike Fraser and PARC employee Justin Byron get set to transfer the refurbished rocking horse back to Centennial Park.

    Rocking horse rides again

    A celebrated piece of Ganges history returned to Centennial Park last week with a new lease on life and a freshly coiffed horse-hair tail. “Immediately people started flocking to it,”   MORE


  • Aleah Johnson's Wild Thyme Cafe on Saturna Island. Johnson is fundraising to purchase land for a permanent spot for an expanded business.

    Saturna cafe raising funds

    The owner of the Wild Thyme Coffee House on Saturna Island is looking for community support to ensure her popular and innovative business venture can live on and expand in   MORE


  • Salt Spring United O30 player Sue-Anne Connolly, centre, in the middle of the action during a spring game on Salt Spring Island. The team is in the Frank Leversedge Cup final against Cowichan this Sunday in Victoria.

    SS women in cup final

    There’s a buzz of excitement among players on Salt Spring United’s Over-30 women’s soccer team this week after a 6-0 weekend semi-final win against Vic Scottish. The victory puts the   MORE