Thursday, July 18, 2024
July 18, 2024


Bloom estate provides $9.93-million gift to Royal Roads University

UPDATED from original posting on July 14: The estate of a Salt Spring Island resident has provided the largest single donation to Royal Roads...

Bittancourt hospital staff project advances

A housing project for health care workers on Salt Spring is moving forward, and organizers hope to harmonize part of their work with expected...

Salt Spring couple’s kind and adventurous nature recalled 

UPDATED from original posting on July 12: The kindness and adventurous spirit of a Salt Spring Island couple are being remembered this week, as...

Churchill Beach advisory anomaly explained

A statistical artefact is to blame for regional officials keeping a water quality advisory in place for more than a month at one Salt...

Campfire ban as of July 12

As summer heats up, B.C. officials have announced campfires will be prohibited province-wide beginning at noon Friday, July 12.  The notice came Tuesday through the...

Island life

Vesuvius “fire” teaches important lessons about preparing for disaster

Story by Carol Volkart Photos by John Denniston The fire was fictional, but its lessons were real. When first responders descended on Vesuvius in a surge of...

Treasure Fair fundraiser breaks record

BY KIRSTEN BOLTON FOR ARTSPRING Treasure Fair, ArtSpring’s largest annual fundraiser, has smashed its own record from 2023 with proceeds now north of $125,000 being raised...

Gulf Islands online events calendar created

SUBMITTED BY SALT SPRING ARTS Salt Spring Arts (SSA) and the Southern Gulf Islands Tourism Partnership (SGITP) have collaborated to create and launch a community...

Fawn season demands extra caution

BY MARCIA JANSEN Driftwood Contributor It’s the time of year again: fawns are born and start to follow their mothers, and inevitably cross our roads. Marielle...

Arts & Entertainment

Jocelyn Pettit Trio at SOCS concert

SUBMITTED BY SALT SPRING ARTS This year’s Summer Outdoor Concert Series (SOCS) marks Salt Spring Arts’ fifth season presenting a series of free live music...

Shakespeare’s Tempest opens July 11

With a cast of actors ranging in age from six to 80, the Salt Spring production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest is, according to Christina...

Wooden boat love illuminates exhibit

BY ELIZABETH NOLAN Special to the Driftwood Gabriola islander Tony Grove has a unique understanding of wooden watercraft, having enjoyed careers as a shipwright, boat-building teacher...

Photo of the Week


Dylan Leblanc smiles during a Q&A session before his Pitchfork Social concert at The Jam Factory site on July 10. The 34-year-old singer-songwriter who lives in Florence, Alabama charmed and grew his fan base through the concert, where his father James Leblanc and the Yaletown Strings also performed. For more info about remaining 2024 Pitchfork Social concerts, visit July 17 and 18 concerts by The Cowboy Junkies are sold out.

Photo by Gail Sjuberg

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Viewpoint: Time to break down silos on housing

By MAIRI WELMAN Co-chair, Salt Spring Solutions We were heartened to see last week’s column by CRD Local Community Commissioner Brian Webster calling for immediate action...

Housing for families: an appeal to compassion and community

Anyone who peruses social media on Salt Spring even casually can’t help but notice the various “rental wanted” posts. Sometimes they’re quite amusing, such as...

Editorial: Another transformative Bloom gift

Friday, July 12 couldn’t have been a better day for a party on the late Susan Bloom’s beautiful property off Beddis Beach. The temperature was...


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CORNWALL, Lewis Francis

Born in London, England to Frank and Brenda (Lewis) Cornwall. He moved to Canada in 1956 and to Salt Spring Island around 1974. Married Beth...

HAGGART, David Richard

David Richard Haggart was born in Brockville, Ontario, on July 31, 1949, and grew up playing by the shores of the St. Lawrence River....

More news

New ER equipment fundraising goal smashed

The 33rd annual Lady Minto Hospital Foundation (LMHF) golf tournament was the most successful fundraising event to date, according to organizers, raising well above...

Wastewater shows rising COVID-19 levels

From reduced service hours to cancelled social plans, if it feels like everyone on the island knows someone coming down with COVID right now,...

CRD purchases Galiano land for housing

A regional district purchase of 10 acres on Galiano Island is paving the way for 20 units of affordable rental housing, according to officials. The...

MLA Olsen will not seek third term

Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen will not be on the ballot for the fall provincial election. The two-term BC Green Party MLA...

CRD Kanaka Road site plans shared

Salt Spring officials approved first steps toward growing and electrifying the island’s transit fleet, narrowly voting to advance plans for a bus depot —...

Trust Council advances code of conduct

Concerns among elected trustees in the Islands Trust area have led to plans for updating that body’s official code of conduct, as members look...

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