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The Salt Spring Forum is a local non-profit organization with a staff of one. We are currently sharing a lovely office with another organization that […]

May 24, 2018

SS Forum: André Picard, Globe Health Report...

Health issues have long dominated headlines in Canadian media, and no journalist has written on public health with more authority or for as many years […]

May 20, 2018

Globe Health Reporter André Picard at Forum

    Local News    May 23, 2018

Is Canada’s public health-care system under threat? What are the social and economic impacts of mental illness? Why is tackling poverty not a health-care priority? Why do so many Canadians lack a family doctor? Health issues have long occupied top headlines in Canadian media, and no journalist has written on public health with more authority […]

Artificial Intelligence & Humanity

    Local News    May 9, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) is more and more in the news. Are our cell phones actually becoming ‘smarter’ and will our cars soon be driving themselves? From healthcare to warfare, will robots become our future companions and our future soldiers? How much of the media hype about AI should we believe? Who benefits from the ‘the […]

Judith Sayers: Clean Energy, First Nations & Climate Change

    Local News    April 25, 2018

Clean technology is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world—and an essential response to climate change. In British Columbia, several First Nations are leaders in the renewable energy sector. By the end of 2016, 30 First Nations had operational solar, run-of-river, geothermal, wind, and biomass projects powering their communities and BC. There are […]

Forum: Globe Columnist Elizabeth Renzetti

    Local News    April 11, 2018

Why are there so few women in politics? Why is public space, whether in the street or on social media, still so hostile to women? Is the #MeToo movement signalling a real shift in society’s treatment of women? From Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign to the quest for equal pay, and from the transgender movement to […]

Forum Hosts Vancouver Aquarium President and CEO

    Local News    April 4, 2018

Salt Spring Islanders know the importance of healthy oceans. Indeed, many Salt Spring residents are protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, which if completed will add hundreds of oil tankers to the Salish Sea each year. The threat of oil spills is but one of many challenges facing our oceans. Overfishing, climate change, and plastics […]

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 […]

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  • BC Ferries Launches Online Engagement fo...

    by on May 25, 2018

    BC Ferries announced today the launch of an online engagement platform for community input to help shape future plans for Swartz Bay terminal. The online engagement effort is part of a broader community engagement program BC Ferries announced earlier in May, which includes meetings with key stakeholders and pop-up sessions at the terminal in late May […]

  • Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Educa...

    by on May 24, 2018

    Nominate someone in B.C.’s education system who has made a positive, long-lasting impact on your school community. The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education were created to recognize the enormous contributions of B.C.’s exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff that are vital to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the province. The Premier’s Awards provide students, […]

  • Photos: Fernwood School’s “Great Water W...

    by on May 24, 2018

    The students and staff of Fernwood School once again be walked in support of SOPAR’s village well projects in India. SOPAR is a non-profit, non-governmental, Canadian/Indian organization that supports community-driven development throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh. Classes walked to St Mary’s Lake to collect water and carry it back to Fernwood, experiencing what millions […]

  • Video: The Islands Trust – To Pres...

    by on May 24, 2018

    Trustees describe the work of the Islands Trust and what the mandate to preserve and protect the environment and the unique amenities of the islands in the Canadian Salish Sea means to them personally. Watch to learn more about the governance organization that regulates Salt Spring Island and most of the Gulf Islands.

  • Tour des Iles Festival – Explore O...

    by on May 23, 2018

    The Tour des Iles Festival (TDIF) is big and getting bigger – and we want you to be a part of it! Our Fourth Annual Festival is taking place June 22, 23, and 24, 2018. All day inter-island small boat service will connect you to Pender, Saturna, Salt Spring, Galiano and Mayne Islands. Courtesy shuttles, […]

  • Globe Health Reporter André Picard at Fo...

    by on May 23, 2018

    Is Canada’s public health-care system under threat? What are the social and economic impacts of mental illness? Why is tackling poverty not a health-care priority? Why do so many Canadians lack a family doctor? Health issues have long occupied top headlines in Canadian media, and no journalist has written on public health with more authority […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 201...

    by on May 15, 2018

    In April 2018, Salt Spring Fire Rescue responded to 41 incidents including: Three commercial and one residential alarm bell, Three calls for assistance, One beach fire, One chemical spill or leak, One BC Hydro fire, 21 medical assistance calls, Two motor vehicle incidents, Six open burn calls, One rescue, and One chimney fire. Operations Update […]

  • The Salt Spring Island Freshwater Catalo...

    by on May 14, 2018

    Selling the idea of interconnectedness and all it entails is one of the toughest pitches environmentally minded people have to make. Most people understand the connection between actions and consequences; not everyone acts upon that understanding. Living on an island fosters an acute sense of community and belonging, which can in turn lead to greater […]

  • Japanese Historical Charcoal Kilns on Sa...

    by on May 14, 2018

    May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. One of the very few Asian heritage sites on Salt Spring are the two charcoal kilns built by Isaburo Tasaka in the early 1900s in Mouat Park. Besides the two on our island, we have identified thirteen others in the Southern Gulf Islands. A new 68-page booklet published […]

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