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Is the Future Turbulent for Cannabis?

    Local News    February 14, 2018

The legalization of cannabis in Canada is approaching quickly—as early as this July. Here in BC, the provincial government just announced that adults will be able to buy marijuana from private retailers and in government-run stores. However, the province will only license retailers with support from local governments. What will legal pot mean for you, […]

Are We Heading Towards Nuclear War?

    Local News    January 31, 2018

With missile tests and nuclear threats, how dangerous is North Korea and, for that matter, Donald Trump? Are sanctions against North Korea having any effect? What might China and Russia do if the crisis worsens? Last week, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock two minutes from midnight as the threat of nuclear warfare has […]

Is Big Brother Watching you?

    Local News    January 17, 2018

Governments hold an increasing amount of your electronic information. So too do private companies. Who exactly has access to your information, and what are they allowed to do with it? What is the state of Canadian law regarding online surveillance and data-sharing? Are our privacy laws out of date? What can we do to protect […]

Youth Fighting Climate Change

    Local News    January 10, 2018

There are currently more than 1.8 billion people worldwide between the ages of 10 and 24. This is the largest young generation in history. This is also the generation most affected by climate change. The Salt Spring Forum is partnering with members of the Student Council at the Gulf Islands Secondary School to present more […]

Salt Spring Forum Tackles Global Issues

    Local News    November 30, 2017

Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General, called certain global issues “problems without passports”—challenges that cannot be solved by one country acting alone. According to Annan’s former adviser Michael Doyle, climate change is a clear example of a problem that cannot be solved unless China, the United States, and India all take strong and decisive […]

From Climate Change Denial to Conspiracy Theories

    Local News    November 9, 2017

Did you know that half of us believe in at least one conspiracy theory? Did you know that thirteen percent of Americans believe that climate change is a hoax? Although scientists long ago settled on the conclusion that human activities are causing climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases, a small but vocal number of […]

Why Philosophy Still Matters

    Local News    October 26, 2017

When you think of philosophy, do you wonder whether philosophy can actually help us today, during a time of ecological crises and populist politics? Mark Kingwell – The Salt Spring Forum’s next speaker – reveals a contemporary, accessible, and highly relevant side of philosophy. On Sunday, October 29th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring, Kingwell– who […]

Meet the Galloping Gourmet!

    Local News    October 20, 2017

Long before the days of the Food Network, Graham Kerr leapt into the 1970s with his exuberant cooking show The Galloping Gourmet. He has spent nearly seven decades working with food and is now an expert in nutrition, healthy eating and the locavore movement. Graham Kerr joins the Salt Spring Forum on Sunday, October 22nd at 7:30 […]

Standing Up for Science, Tonight!

    Local News    September 29, 2017

A war on science is underway in the United States, where President Donald Trump has fired government scientists, rolled back environmental protections, and withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement. Nancy Baron, aka “The Scientist Whisperer”, is one of the most skilled champions of science in the US. She joins the Salt Spring Forum in conversation […]

Need a Break from Incorporation Debate?

    Local News    August 31, 2017

The Salt Spring Forum can help! The Forum hosts environmental lawyer Karen Campbell – the first guest of its exciting Fall Speaker Series – on Wednesday, September 6th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring. Campbell is a lawyer for Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity. At the Forum event, Campbell will discuss the legal strategies being […]

Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson at Forum

    Local News    August 3, 2017

The majority of Canadians currently live in cities rather than in rural areas. Major centres continue to grow quickly, leading society forward and also encountering many challenges. Vancouver, for example, is on track to be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050 and is one of the “greenest” cities in the world. At the […]

A Healthy Environment & Economy?

    Local News    May 25, 2017

People who oppose pipelines in British Columbia are often portrayed as job-killing and anti-economy. However, with orca and fish populations strained and ocean waters warming, many are determined to protect the coast and its waters for future generations. Can we really have a vibrant economy as well as a healthy environment? How do we find […]

Fisheries Scientist Brings Urgent Message to Salt Spring

    Local News    May 3, 2017

The world’s oceans are rapidly warming and acidifying due to climate change. Global overfishing and massive underreporting of catches are putting world fish populations in peril. How close are the planet’s fisheries to collapse? What can be done to alter this dangerous trajectory? Dr. Daniel Pauly is a world-renowned fisheries scientist—in fact, Canada’s most cited […]

Noam Chomsky Joins Forum for Discussion

    Local News    April 19, 2017

What does Noam Chomsky, one of the greatest thinkers of our time, think about President Trump and the current state of US politics? The recent US bombings in Syria and Afghanistan? Nuclear war? North Korea? ISIS? Russia? Climate change? Humanity’s prospects for survival? Corporate greed? Inequality? Democracy? The media? #FAKENEWS? The Salt Spring Forum hosts […]

2016 CBC Massey Lecturer at Forum

    Local News    March 22, 2017

From Donald Trump’s attempted entry-ban on individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries, to continued violence in the Middle East, Russian authoritarianism and expansionism, and deepening economic inequality in the West – clearly, there are many causes for serious concern. Millions of people are on the move. Entire populations are leaving their home countries to find a […]

Beyond Pink & Blue – Forum Hosts Special Discussion

    Local News    March 8, 2017

All-gender and gender-neutral signs are appearing on local single-stall bathrooms, including at Salt Spring Coffee, Barb’s Buns, and in some of our public schools. This important change represents increased acceptance, inclusion, and safety for those who do not necessarily fall within the gender binary. However, recently in the United States, the Trump administration reversed protections from […]

In Need of Good News?

    Local News    February 1, 2017

Are you an entrepreneur? A farmer? An environmentalist? An electric vehicle owner? A concerned citizen? Do you need some good news and to be inspired? You’ll want to attend the Salt Spring Forum’s upcoming event on Sunday! Kent Rathwell is a highly successful business leader who is changing the Canadian business model through his cutting-edge initiatives. […]

Brexit, Trump, Populism – What’s to come in 2017?

    Local News, News & Events    January 5, 2017

Right wing populists have won some significant victories lately, in Europe as well as the US. Was Brexit just the beginning of what is to come in Europe? Might France – with far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen – be next? What implications might Donald Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin have for the European Union, […]

The Road to Reconciliation

    Local News    November 23, 2016

December 19th is the deadline for the Trudeau government to announce its highly anticipated decision on the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion project. Do resource development projects such as this $6.8 billion one violate First Nations’ land rights? In light of recent court victories, is First Nations’ consent now legally required on projects that affect First Nations’ […]

A Briefing Session for Elon Musk

    Local News    November 16, 2016

Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars. He is working to revolutionize transportation in space (and on earth). The founder of Tesla, Solar City and SpaceX builds great machines, but has he worked through all the philosophical, political and legal implications of inter-planetary travel? Sixteen students from the University of British Columbia have decided to help […]

Trump as President… What Now?

    Local News    November 9, 2016

Donald Trump will be the next president of the world’s most powerful country — with the launch codes for a nuclear arsenal. Don’t panic. Come to the Salt Spring Forum discussion this Saturday (November 12th at 7:30PM at GISS) instead! The Salt Spring Forum’s prearranged speaker, Professor Amir Attaran of the University of Ottawa, is the […]

Legendary Bloc Québécois Leader on Salt Spring – Saturday!

    Local News    October 26, 2016

Gilles Duceppe – the legendary leader of the Bloc Québécois and the first politician ever elected to the House of Commons on a sovereigntist platform – joins the Salt Spring Forum in conversation this Saturday, October 29th at 7:30PM at ArtSpring. The discussion with Duceppe will range from sovereignty and federalism, to language politics, the […]

US Climate Leader Visits as Kinder Morgan Decision Approaches

    Local News    October 19, 2016

When a major fossil fuel company sets its sights on building long-term fossil fuel infrastructure nearby, what can people do? Don Steinke is a retired high school teacher from Washington State who has become a highly effective leader in the movement against new fossil fuel infrastructure. He joins the Salt Spring Forum in discussion on Friday, […]

Inuit Leader at Forum: The Human Cost of Climate Change in the Arctic

    Local News    October 12, 2016

Melting glaciers, sea-ice, and polar bears – when people think about the Arctic and climate change, these images often come to mind. Inuit living across the North are too often forgotten, yet they are watching their way of life literally melt away. How are the Inuit being affected by climate change and what can be done to help […]

Forum Opens Season with Important Conversation

    Local News    September 22, 2016

Why are so many instances of sexual violence unreported, and when reported, why are convictions rates so low? How well does Canada’s legal system manage sexual assault claims? Are legal reforms needed, and if so, which ones? On Friday, September 30th at Beaver Point Hall, the Salt Spring Forum hosts Sandy Garossino, a former Crown […]

The Upside of Down: Thomas Homer-Dixon Next Forum Guest

    Local News    June 16, 2016

Melting Arctic ice, extreme forest fires, and greater droughts – these are just some of the many effects of climate change now being felt across the globe. Last December, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal in Paris. In a Globe and Mail editorial published the same month called Don’t Peddle […]

Monia Mazigh Next Forum Speaker — Friday

    Local News    May 19, 2016

Maher Arar was arrested in 2002 during a stopover at JFK International Airport in New York on his way home to Ottawa from a vacation in Tunisia. The CIA took the Syrian-born Canadian to Syria, where he was imprisoned without charge. When this happened, Arar’s wife – Monia Mazigh – had a choice: She could […]

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Community News

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report ̵...

    by on 11 hours ago

    Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to 47 Incidents in January 2018. They were: 13 BC Hydro incidents – 2 fires, 6 lines down, and 5 trees on fire; 11 medical responses; 7 requests for assistance; 3 structure fires – 1 commercial and 2 chimney; 3 motor vehicle incidents; 5 alarm bells (4 commercial); 1 […]

  • Proposed Bike Park Project Update

    by on February 16, 2018

    As was recently announced, Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has received a donation of $150,000 from the Salt Spring Island Lions Club towards the construction of a family bike park. The donation is made to the Salt Spring community in celebration of the club’s 60th anniversary. The Salt Spring Island Lions Club […]

  • International Cookbook Deal for Local Ba...

    by on February 16, 2018

    International Cookbook Deal for Local Bakery. Local residents and savvy visitors flock to Jana’s Bake Shop to covet fresh-baked goods that are distinctly Salt Spring Island. Jana’s bakery on Upper Ganges Road, is a perennial hive of activity and her special-order cakes and desserts are the highlight of many family dinners on Salt Spring. Soon, […]

  • Bitter Cold Alert for Gardeners and Grow...

    by on February 16, 2018

    I waited, hoping to see that the forecast cold would be moderated by a warmer weather system as the last one was—but it hasn’t happened. The predicted cold weather, starting Sunday or Monday is for extreme lows over the next 3-5 days that would be very damaging this late in the winter. All around the […]

  • 2018 Salt Spring Film Festival: LUND ...

    by on February 15, 2018

    The following article was written by Jennifer Cikaluk as part of a series of articles about filmmakers coming to the Salt Spring Film Festival on March 2-4, 2018. Filmmaker Tai Uhlmann along with Co-Director Theo Angell will be attending the festival and leading a discussion about the film following the screening. The Filmmaker series is […]

  • Fire News: People Profile – Rollie...

    by on February 15, 2018

    When did you come to Salt Spring and what brought you here? My partner and I bought a farm on Bullock Lake about 15 years ago. We fell in love with the landscape here – the coastal rain forest is quite amazing. The island has a great cultural and food scene. Why did you decide […]

  • Love A Little Help Eating Healthy?

    by on February 14, 2018

    Valentine’s Day marked the “soft opening” of Country Grocer’s newest addition—freshly cut fruits and vegetables in its produce section. You can attend the Grand Opening on Thursday, February 15: the cooler shelves will be fully stocked with glistening colours and tasty cuts. The cooler features halved papayas and small watermelons; fresh blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries; […]

  • 2018 Country Grocer Valentines Photo Con...

    by on February 14, 2018

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Valentines photo contest sponsored by Country Grocer. The winning prize this year was for a $150 gift certificate for dinner at Auntie Pestos. Winners were selected by random draw. And! There were so many great pictures submitted this year that we’re giving away even more prizes. […]

  • Is the Future Turbulent for Cannabis?

    by on February 14, 2018

    The legalization of cannabis in Canada is approaching quickly—as early as this July. Here in BC, the provincial government just announced that adults will be able to buy marijuana from private retailers and in government-run stores. However, the province will only license retailers with support from local governments. What will legal pot mean for you, […]

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