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Rainbow Road indoor pool on the cusp of official opening

The wheels on the bus . . . The launch of the Salt Spring Transit public bus system on Jan. 7 ushered in a new era for Salt Spring residents. Roughly 125 exuberant participants cheered and applauded the transit system’s highly anticipated arrival at a two-hour ceremony at Meaden Hall.


Will you ride the bus?

Tupperware bins of snakes were removed from shelves in a Rainbow Road area home, making national news in June. Forty-one snakes were found crammed into plastic containers. Charges were pending under the Cruelty to Animals Act.

Press play The stories of the Gulf Islands are diverse and the Driftwood newsroom has multiple ways of sharing them with readers. But what we call the “reader” has fast become a “news consumer.” And the pencil and notepad carried in reporters’ pockets has grown into a multipurpose tool pack of digital technologies that include audio recorders, cell phones, SLR cameras . . . and, after July of 2008, a portable video camera. A new dimension of news coverage hit the Driftwood in 2008 with the purchase of a tiny yet cutting-edge Flip video recorder. Video became another way for staff reporters to tell stories. The most popular video thus far, with 686 views, was Twilight New Moon actor Cameron Bright’s visit to Salt Spring in December of 2009, published before the actor even left the island that evening. With the advent of online news sharing, the ability to post video footage has revolutionized the way the Driftwood and other media share the news. Videos can be published almost immediately, viewers hear the stories from the mouths of the newsmakers and the medium caters to a new breed of news consumers that experts argue is a growing generation with shorter attention spans who only want the meat without the fat.

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dian Urban Transit Association award for the local bus system at an ArtSpring event.

An April referendum saw islanders turn down a proposal to purchase land for a new fire hall at 300 Upper Ganges Road.

In June, of the 55 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) reported in the Capital Regional District, 25 were on Salt Spring. Health authorities urged parents to have their children immunized against the disease.

NO YES In the summer of 2009, Salt Spring Transit operator Ineke de Jong accepted a Cana-

Seven-year-old Jasmin Wilson was met at the Long Harbour ferry terminal by a huge welcoming crowd in January as she returned from a long stay at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. Diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome, Jasmin and her family were the focus of numerous fundraising efforts on the island.

Islanders for Self-Government announced in May it was seeking three candidates to run on pro-incorporation study platforms.

“Worth the wait,” says manager Jim Raddysh After decades of debate, discussion, surveys and votes, Salt Spring’s first public indoor pool opened on May 17, 2008 on a piece of CRD-owned Rainbow Road property next to Gulf Islands Secondary School.


A performance by the B:C Clettes was the first video created by the Driftwood and posted online to the following day.

Congratulations Driftwood

Beginning Aug. 1, ferry riders would face a 10 to 17.6 per cent fuel surcharge on all ferry routes. For those not using the Experience Card discount, the cost of the Fulford to Swartz Bay route would jump from $37.70 for a round trip to $42.45. Salt Spring’s Blain Pharis was mauled by a black bear in Port Renfrew in September. The bear swam from a dock and boarded the boat Pharis was on before attacking him. A group of bystanders attacked the bear with a fishing gaff, hammer and pocket knife before it finally died. The Islands Trust launched legal action against John Quesnel’s Rainbow Road scrap metal recycling business in October, saying it violated a land use bylaw by using a split-zoned rural and agricultural property. A volunteer-driven environmentally safe gypsy moth eradication program on Salt Spring was deemed successful by the Ministry of Forests and Range when no moths were found in traps in 2008. Local elections in November returned George Ehring to the Islands Trust along with newcomer Christine Torgrimson, while pro-incrporation candidate Garth Hendren narrowly beat out six-year incumbent Gary Holman as the island’s director to the CRD. The Islands Trust referendum to increase the size of local Trust committees failed, while a liquid waste referendum passed. Seniors, medical professionals and concerned citizens packed Central Hall in December for a public meeting focussing on concerns over the future of Lady Minto Hospital. LMH’s $3-million, state-of-the-art operating room remained closed as VIHA had not yet named a new surgeon to replace Dr. Roy Preshaw, who had been forced to retire at the end of June when the OR was shut down.

Rainbow Road

indoor pool

Congratulations to the Driftwood on being an outstanding community newspaper for half a century! We appreciate your past and ongoing support and promotion of leisure facilities and activities on Salt Spring Island. Keep on swimming!



LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Rainbow Road NO YES Congratulations to the Driftwood on being an outstanding community newspaper for half a century! W...

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