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The Salt Spring Forum, in partnership with the Gulf Islands Secondary School Student Council, will begin the new year working alongside local youth to present […]

December 8, 2017

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United States, where President Donald Trump has fired government scientists, rolled back environmental protections, and withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.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 […]

Belonging – An Evening with Adrienne Clarkson

    Local News    April 28, 2016

In the book Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship based on her 2014 CBC Massey Lectures, Adrienne Clarkson writes: “Life at its best exists in cooperative, sharing, and balanced relationships with other lives. This is the interdependence we call belonging.” With more movement of people between countries, how do societies meet both the challenges and possibilities […]

Bee Expert visits Salt Spring Forum

    Local News, News & Events    April 7, 2016

Bees are creatures of great mystery, wonder and importance. And they are very good teachers. No one knows this more than Mark Winston, a world-leading expert on bees and pollination who won the 2015 Governor-General’s Award for Non-Fiction for Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive. The Salt Spring Forum hosts Mark Winston for a deep-reaching […]

Journalist & Filmmaker Avi Lewis at SS Forum – April 5th

    Local News    April 1, 2016

In 2011, the Salt Spring Forum had the pleasure of hosting Stephen Lewis. The Forum then hosted Naomi Klein in 2014. Now on Tuesday, April 5th, the local organization hosts a third member of this remarkable family: Avi Lewis, a globally respected journalist and visionary filmmaker. Avi Lewis’s recently released documentary, This Changes Everything, was inspired […]

Gwynne Dyer is Coming to Salt Spring

    Local News    March 11, 2016

The Salt Spring Forum has seized a last-minute opportunity to host a special evening with Gwynne Dyer – one of the world’s leading thinkers and writers on international affairs – on Monday, March 14th at 7:30 pm at ArtSpring. The moderated discussion with Dyer will address the great challenges that humanity faces—such as climate change, […]

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Community News

  • Integrated Major Crime Unit and Coroner ...

    by on December 7, 2017

    UPDATE: 2017 December 8th at 11:45 AM -The identity of the deceased in the death on Salt Spring Island that occurred on Dec 6th has now been confirmed to be that of 47 year old Heather Jones. The 22 year old male originally arrested, was released from police custody and has been apprehended under the […]

  • BC Ferries Going Smoke and eCigarette Fr...

    by on December 6, 2017

    BC Ferries is pleased to advise customers that the company will be introducing a smoke – free environment in all BC Ferries locations, including terminals and vessels starting January 22, 2018 . This also includes the interior of all vehicles on BC Ferries property. “This new policy support s the health and wellness of our […]

  • Salt Spring Reads: Owl’s Dream

    by on December 6, 2017

    Salt Spring Reads is an online book club/review. For this column I try to find books that you might love to discover, books with a Salt Spring connection. Reviewed books are available at the Salt Spring Library and in local bookstores. Feel free to share your comments to discuss this book online with others. Owl’s Dream, […]

  • Animated Short Film ‘Fox And The W...

    by on December 6, 2017

    Watch this. It’s beautiful and it was inspired by a visit to Salt Spring Island by its creator Robin Joseph who now lives in Toronto. The short film was just nominated for an Oscar and is one step closer to being a short-listed as a finalist. Those of us that live here know how inspiring […]

  • Fire Rescue News – Chief’s F...

    by on December 4, 2017

    Firefighters responded to 44 incidents this month, making a total of 592 incidents for this year. October 4: SSIFR Firefighters responded a nine-hour call comprised of four incidents – a medical call, a commercial fire alarm, a structure fire, and a vehicle fire on Sarah Way. The structure fire on Devine Road was a small […]

  • FireSmart Tip of the Week: Chimney Safe...

    by on December 1, 2017

    How Safe is Your Lovely Roaring Fire? – Did you know that chimney fires are the most common fire emergencies this time of the year? In partnership with the Salt Spring Conservancy, SSIFR will offer a free workshop: Burn it Right” at the Library on Sunday, December 10 from 3:00 – 4:30 so that you can learn […]

  • Salt Spring Forum Tackles Global Issues

    by on 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 […]

  • Chilli and Charm This Saturday

    by on November 28, 2017

    When you think of a holiday kickoff, do you think of a chilli cook-off? That’s how Salt Spring islanders like to do it! In the brisk air of Centennial Park on December 2, chilli fans will gather around tall heaters as the lineup winds its way toward the various chillis to sample. Mouths water as […]

  • Island Savings Recognizes Local Business...

    by on November 28, 2017

    Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, has announced the winners of the 2017 Fan Choice Awards. Of the hundreds of nominations received between Sept. 11 – Oct. 8, top spots were awarded to the local and independent small businesses that received the most votes from loyal community members and supporters. “We were so […]

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