GULF ISLANDS DRIFTWOOD | WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010 | C15
1970 | 50 YEARS OF COMMUNITY TOP STORIES A final appeal to prevent the discharge of treated sewage into Trincomali Channel for the Maliview Estates project failed on Jan. 19. The Fulford May Day Parade, May Queen and May Day celebrations were cancelled by the Fulford Hall Association in the face of controversy over the process of selecting the May Queen and her attendants, but the Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce picked up the event instead.
The Lions Club Walkathon was a huge fundraising event for people of all ages held each spring on Salt Spring between the years of 1968 and 1980.
Also in April, Lady Minto Hospital chairman Doug Cavaye warned that hospital services faced cutting due to the provincial government’s refusal to pay wage increases to staff. The Gulf Islands School District marked 100 years of schooling in the islands. Salt Spring pioneer Mrs. Pearl Reynolds died on May 20 at the age of 89, leaving 92 direct descendants and a wealth of stories to be shared by her family and community. The 653 Fulford exchange came into being.
The times they were a’changin‘ — big time. The peace movement, draft dodgers from the U.S. and youth liberation were in full swing in 1970 and dissection of the changes filled many a newspaper column. The following is from the Feb. 5, 1970 edition of the Driftwood.
He was one of many. Not yet 21, he came to the Driftwood and enquired of housing. “Do you know of any cabins for rent?” He was told that he would be lucky to find a chicken house. Everything on this island with a roof was in regular use. House, cottage, cabin, shack. If it keeps most of the rain out, it is a valuable rental property. Sometimes it is more valuable to the tenant than the owner. The enquirer was not set back by the lack of homes. He had already found one, he explained but it was only big enough for two and there were four of them in the light truck. She came off the ferry at the week end and stood on dry land. It was strange land, far from home and there was no one to meet her. She peered into the darkness and waited. Finally a car came fast down the hill to the wharf and a stranger addressed her by name. She had arrived, another of the youthful movement northwards from California. They live everywhere among the islands. The nameless, almost faceless, youthful nomads. Canada is freedom to many Americans. The west
coast is the end of the line to many Canadians. Canadians who have pulled up their roots to wander find the islands attractive. There is no bitter cold and a cabin is shelter enough from the chill of the rains. The islands are gentle and the pace is slow. When the former Driftwood employee left Salt Spring Island for California, she aroused consternation among her American friends. Why
would anyone want to move south? To the Californian youth, dodging the draft and bringing his girlfriend with him, perhaps Canada is asylum. Once here he may thumb his nose at the United States army authorities. Some don’t. They are among the refugees who fear attack. When Driftwood asked a group of draft dodgers for their views, all but one declined to speak on the subject for fear of reprisals from the FBI. The more nervous bring their fears across the line with them. The youth of the islands is by no means all American. “Peace!” calls Broth Steve. No matter where he is, Steve is probably calling down peace on somebody’s head. He hails from Toronto and has slowly slid westwards towards until only Vancouver Island remains between him and Japan. He lives quietly, carrying his message of universal love. Some are Salt Spring Island-
ers. They lived long enough at home and now in cabins and shacks in order to live free of adult supervision. Not all have long hair. Few have the exaggeratedly long hair that was common on the island during the past few years. Most are casually dressed and none turns out in a smartly cut business suit. This movement of the youth to the islands is to be found in the most communities of
Vancouver Island as well. Boys and girls, some out of the school, some with curtailed school record, from south and east, all come to “escape from the rat race.” What are they all doing? Some are working and some are not. Those that work support those who have no income. There is a freemasonry among the transient youthful movement that would shame their elders. A hungry visitor never leaves them. Their food is his food. Their shelter is his shelter. Scorning the teachings of Christ, they have applied christianity which is not often to be found in church. What do they do for kicks? Everything. They will drink alcoholic beverages if they get the chance. If there are drugs to be found, many will probably go for them. Many live as husband and wife, but marriage has adopted a new connotation, common-law, as else-
where on the continent, the churches are suspect. Church is for those who preach one law and practice another. What else is there to do? There is no theatre on the islands. Salt Spring Island has had a theatre, but it has long since been closed. Two years ago there was a regular film showing in the local halls, but it was not profitable. For a time many establishments denied the admission to young men and boys with long hair. There are two service clubs on Salt Spring Island. Neither is concerned with this problem of youth and recreation. There are churches. Congregations are mostly elderly people. Younger persons are rarely oriented towards churchgoing. The result is that the majority of churchgoers have not the faintest appreciation of what is going on around them. They have brought their own families up in a different era. Being unable to comprehend them, they are unable to help. In the meantime, every ferry brings another island runner. Salt Spring Island needs a youth centre. It needs facilities for both the transient population and the island youngsters. There is a need for recreation rooms, entertainment and a meeting place. This need is not likely to diminish. It will grow and if it is not met the island will suffer. We have facilities for island adults and for tourists, but the need for a similar pattern of recreation on a younger scale is crying for fulfillment. It is a pity islanders are so deaf.
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Galiano Island lost its major grocery and hardware stores through a fire that razed the Galiano Store on June 3. Almost every ablebodied man on the island assisted to ensure the fire did not spread. The Miners Bay Store on Mayne Island opened in a new spot on June 10 under ownership of Dick and Sallie Pugh. Ready-mix concrete came to Salt Spring when A.M. Brown disposed of his interests in the Rainbow Road gravel pit to Gulf Coast Materials Ltd. of Duncan, which indicated plans for a cement plant. A raucous meeting at Fulford Hall saw 400 islanders debate Salt Spring’s first proposed zoning bylaw. The Driftwood reported that most supported the CRD/Advisory Planning Commission process, while others expressed anger towards it and planning committee members. Committee chair Henry Schubart resigned as a result of the controversy. At a July 10 meeting, 57 Saturna property owners called for a plebiscite on remaining in the CRD, but Municipal Affairs Minister Dan Campbell turned down their request. A CRD building permit system came into effect on Salt Spring in July. Inspectors were Charles Harris and Emil Luchmuth. Highways permits were also suddenly required for the siting of driveways. The Queen of Sidney went aground while attempting to land at Sturdies Bay on Sept. 11 during hurricane force winds. Saanich MP Liberal David Anderson proposed that the Gulf Islands be made into a national park, spawning much debate. The Galiano Fire District was created when South Galiano ratepayers voted in December to establish a taxpayer-supported fire department. Pender Island voters narrowly rejected a similar proposal.