C32 | WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010 | GULF ISLANDS DRIFTWOOD
1987 | 50 YEARS OF COMMUNITY
To fill the need of boaters having nowhere to moor their boats in Fulford, Salt Spring resident Pat Corneille began ground-clearing work in January with plans to build a public marina in Fulford Harbour. Although government approval was still forthcoming, the Islands Trust had rezoned the land for marina use the previous year.
New development a benefit, says Gilbert
In January, Off Centre Stage on Salt Spring received a $48,000 Canada Employment and Immigration grant to staff a cafe/gallery/performing arts facility and to renovate the existing Off Centre Stage building. Few art programs existed at the time in the country. The group wanted to supply a “bistro-type” environment to its audiences in Upper Ganges. Students at Fernwood Elementary School and Gulf Islands Secondary School had the opportunity to “test drive” 60 new computers in January. A 27-year-old man was found dead in his Ganges residence on March 9, hours before he was supposed to appear in court on charges of manslaughter. The officer on scene believed it was linked to his having to appear in court. Gulf Islanders donated $10,000 to Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion fund for spinal cord research. Donations were collected from local fundraising initiatives and events that included a Fun Run and a challenge among Salt Spring bartenders, initiated by the Harbour House Hotel, where they donated their Saturday tips. The provincial government matched the community’s donation. Sascha Williams, age 14, of Salt Spring Island, along with Shirlayne Denning, age 37, of Mayne Island, were chosen to be a part of the Olympic Torch Relay held in June, leading up to the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games. Each ran 1.5 kilometres. After islanders protested at a July public hearing, the Salt Spring Islands Trust Committee abandoned a bylaw to incorporate a new Ganges bypass route into the official community plan. The proposed route that would have run from Charlesworth Road to Rainbow Road at Atkins Road was lambasted for its steep grades and residential proximity. The route became part of the OCP passed in 1997. Salt Spring lost its vehicle access to Crofton when the Crofton dock was deliberately set on fire on July 24.
Vesuvius-Crofton link lost to arson An arson-caused fire at the Crofton ferry dock on July 24 severed the Vesuvius to Crofton connection for vehicle traffic for more than four months. All 27 members of the Crofton volunteer fire department battled the fire, which took five hours to extinguish. A barge-mounted pump supplied by Crofton Mill was used to fight the fire underneath the deck. The Coast Guard vessel Skua and crew from Ganges also helped fight the blaze, as did a Zodiac equipped with a pump from Ladysmith. In February of 1987, some $830,000 had been spent upgrading the Vesuvius and Crofton docks, although not the wharf itself at Crofton. Foot-passenger water taxi service was provided until the dock re-opened on Dec. 11.
Consultant Tom Moore of Victoria was retained by a Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce committee to complete a study into incorporation of Ganges. Much of the work for the study had been done by island volunteers but the chamber committee felt Moore’s expertise would give an overview and direction for the study. Moore’s $5,000 fee was covered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. A November referendum that sought $1.3 million to construct a bells-and-whistles indoor pool at a Brinkworthy site was defeated. GISS purchased a computer system worth $1,600 to help make running the school faster and more efficient. The hard drive of the main computer was 40 megabytes.
Crofton ferry dock after the ﬁre.
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