Privacy Policy

Saanich Inlet Protection Society (SIPS) knows you may be curious about how information about you is used, and it is important you know that we’ll do so carefully and sensibly. This notice describes our privacy policy. By visiting, you are accepting the practices described in this policy.

What Personal Information About Customers Does SIPS Gather?

The information we learn from customers helps us personalize and continually improve your St. Francis Herb Farm experience. Here are the types of information we gather.

Personal Information You Give Us: SIPS collects contact information such as name, address, email address, and telephone number. financial information including credit card information and other payment information that you enter on our website is passed through our secure payment gateway. We do not store any credit card information. This is handled by our payment vendor Stripe. You can choose not to provide certain information although that may prevent you from being able to subscribe to a membership or take advantage of certain features of our website.

What other information does SIPS collect?

We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, like many websites, we use “cookies,” and we obtain certain types of information when your Web browser accesses SIPS or other content served by or on behalf of SIPS. SIPS does not use any marketing or profiling cookies. We respect your privacy and do not collect any information to be shared.

E-mail Confirmations: To help us make e-mails more useful and interesting, we often receive a confirmation when you open e-mail from SIPS if your computer supports such capabilities. If you do not want to receive e-mail or other mail from us, please contact us.

What About Cookies?

Cookies are unique identifiers that we transfer to your device, to enable our systems to recognize your device and to provide features such as personalized advertisements on other websites and storage of items the membership and donation forms while in use.

The Help feature on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Additionally, you can disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, by changing the add-on’s settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer.

Why does SIPS Collect Personal Information from Customers?

We collect the information of customers for the purposes of:

responding to your requests
communicating with you
completing and managing your membership
improving our services and your experience with us

Does SIPS Share the Information It Receives?

We are not in the business of collecting information and selling it to others. Any information we collect from you, such as your name, address, email address, and telephone number, will never be shared with a third party without your express consent. We do not foresee a circumstance where this would happen.

We share customer information with third parties only in the circumstances described below:

Third-Party Service Providers: We use other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include sending e-mail and processing credit card payments. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions but may not use it for other purposes.

Protection of SIPS and Others: We may release account and other personal information when we believe this is required to comply with law; enforce or apply our Conditions of Use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of SIPS, our users, or others. Obviously, however, this does not include selling, renting, sharing, or otherwise disclosing personally identifiable information from customers for commercial purposes in violation of the commitments set forth in this Privacy Policy.

With Your Consent: Other than as set out above, you will receive notice when information about you might go to third parties, and you will have an opportunity to choose not to share the information. Again, we do not foresee an instance where this might happen.

How Secure is Information About Me?

SIPS takes reasonable steps to protect your personal information. We work to protect the security of your information both when we store it and during transmission.

For example, we reveal only the last four digits of your credit card numbers when confirming an order. Of course, we transmit the entire credit card number to the appropriate credit card company during order processing.

What Choices Do I have?

As discussed above, you can always choose not to provide information. This may prevent you from membership or receiving information regarding SIPS activities or issues concerning Saanich Inlet and its surrounding area.

If you do not want to receive e-mail from us, please either contact us or select the appropriate link in an email you have received to unsubscribe yourself from our newsletter.

Will this Privacy Policy Change?

This Policy may change over time to accommodate changes in our service, technology, and legal developments. We may add, change, or remove portions of this Policy when it is appropriate and such changes become effective upon posting.

Children’s Privacy Protection

The site does not target children. We do not knowingly collect information from persons under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, you may review the site only with involvement of a parent or guardian, and you may not use any portion of the site that would require collection of personal information from you.

Conditions of Use, Notices, and Revisions

If you choose to visit SIPS, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Notice and our Conditions of Use, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of the province of Ontario. If you have any concern about privacy at SIPS, please contact us with a thorough description, and we will try to resolve it.

The internet changes constantly, and our Privacy Notice and the Terms and Conditions will change also. We may e-mail periodic reminders of our notices and conditions, but you should check our website frequently to see recent changes. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Policy applies to all information that we have about you and your membership. Earning and keeping your trust is important to us – and we will never materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of your information collected in the past without the consent of affected members.

Please read these terms and conditions prior to the use of this website.

Welcome to the SIPS website. Please review this agreement (the “Agreement”), which shall apply to the use of this website, as well as to the purchases made through this website. By using this website, you represent that you have reviewed and understand the terms and conditions set out therein and that you agree, without limitation or qualification, to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

As the terms of this Agreement may be modified at SIP’s sole discretion, without any obligation to notify you, we advise that from time to time you check this website to review the changes. Your continued use of this website shall constitute your consent to any changes.

Privacy Policy: The use of this webpage is subject to the SFHF Policy. By accessing this webpage, you agree that you have read and consent to be bound not only to this Agreement, but also to the Privacy Policy.

Use of this Webpage: You acknowledge and warrant that any information you may post, transmit or submit to this webpage does not:
(i) infringe on your rights; (ii) infringe on a third party’s rights, specifically but not limited to any intellectual property rights, or any other confidential or proprietary right; and (iii) constitute a criminal offence or give rise to civil liability. Additionally, you acknowledge and warrant that you will not knowingly post, transmit or submit any information that will cause damage to either the webpage or to any other user.

Your rights regarding accessing this webpage may be terminated or restricted at any time at the sole discretion of SIPS. SIPS is not required to give you advance notice or explanation for the termination. This termination shall be in addition to any other rights that SIPS may choose to enforce.

Membership Account: You are responsible for maintaining the security of your customer account on this webpage. Should any charges or damages occur due to your not taking reasonable care of your membership account or password, you agree that you will be held solely responsible.

Copyrights and Trademarks: All materials displayed or otherwise accessible through this website are owned by SIPS and are protected under the applicable copyright and trademark laws of Canada and elsewhere. You hereby agree not to print, copy, reproduce, publish, transmit, distribute or make any other similar use of the contents of this website, including, but not limited to, the text, graphics, audio and visual content, and code. Notwithstanding the above, you may access this website and make a single copy of the material for your personal, non-commercial use. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as granting you a license for anything other than your personal use.

Links: This website may contain links to other websites that are operated by third parties and are not under the control of SIPS. SIPS is not responsible for, and expressly excludes all liability with relation to these linked websites which you access at your own risk. SIPS makes no representations, warranties or conditions concerning the linked websites or their contents.

Orders and Payment Terms:

SIPS accepts various online methods of payment on our website. Taxes may apply, depending on local laws. SIPS reserves the right to cancel your membership at any time and for any reason, including but not limited to:

Non-renewal of membership
Failed payment
Pricing may change at any time
If you need further information regarding your online order, please feel free to contact us by email at: As volunteers we do not have regular office hours.

Shipping: SFHF will ship based on the method you choose from the available options. Please note:

Limitation of Liability: You hereby waive all remedies, warranties, guarantees or liabilities, arising from law or otherwise. In no event shall SIPS, its officers, representatives of employees be liable to you for any damages, however caused, including but not limited to direct, indirect, special, consequential, incidental, punitive, or otherwise. SIPS, its officers, representatives and employees shall not be liable for lost profits, business interruption, any computer related damage or loss of data. This entire limitation shall apply even if SIPS, its officers, representatives of employees were informed of the possible occurrence of the above-mentioned damages. SIPS’s maximum liability shall in no event exceed the cost of one annual membership. This limitation is an essential element of the Agreement between SIPS and you.

This Agreement and the [Privacy Policy] shall constitute the entire agreement between the parties and there are no other written or verbal agreements or representations relating to the subject matters described herein.

Should any provision of this Terms of Use be deemed invalid or unenforceable, those provisions shall be severed from the Agreement, but shall not affect the validity of the other provisions.