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From Space Junk to TED Talks: Forum

    Local News    April 8, 2019

Moriba Jah grew up in Venezuela and then joined the US Air Force, where he was tasked with guarding nuclear missiles in Montana. Inspired by conversations with the engineers and technicians maintaining the missiles, he began to study – a path that took him to a PhD in Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Jah then worked at […]

Former CSIS Director: Thursday’s Forum

    Local News    April 1, 2019

How concerned should Canadians be about foreign interference in our upcoming federal election? Should Canada ban China’s Huawei 5G technology due to concerns over national security? Why is Canada selling arms abroad to countries like Saudi Arabia – and what would happen if we stop doing so? Join Richard Fadden, the former Director of the […]

Forum: Human Rights, Evidence for Hope?

    Local News    March 18, 2019

We live in a world where horrific human rights violations occur, like the recent mass shootings of 50 Muslim worshippers in two Christchurch mosques. This is a world where several countries sentence LGBTQ individuals to death, China has detained over a million Uyghur Muslims, and Canada arrests First Nations people for peacefully trying to protect […]

NASA Astronaut Lands on Salt Spring: Friday

    Local News    March 11, 2019

From space tourism to settlements on Mars, what is humanity’s future in space? How dangerous is space travel to human health? What benefits do we obtain from space research? Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor returned to Earth from the International Space Station in December—after 197 days in space. On Friday, March 15th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring, […]

Cancer Scientist: Tuesday’s Forum

    Local News    February 17, 2019

Did you know that one in two Canadians is expected to develop cancer during their lifetime, and one out of four Canadians is expected to die from the disease? In fact, cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada, responsible for 30% of all deaths. At the same time, survival rates for cancer are […]

Forum: Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne

    Local News    February 4, 2019

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. If you purchased tickets, please hang on to them because as the Salt Spring Forum will be rescheduling the event ASAP. If the new date does not work you, we will refund your tickets then. Do stay tuned! From the lack of affordable housing, to the high […]

Change of Forum Guest: Saturday

    Local News    January 24, 2019

Though this coming Saturday’s Salt Spring Forum guest speaker – UCLA Professor Miriam Golden – has fallen ill and is now unable to join the Forum in conversation, a timely new speaker will take her place. This Saturday, January 26th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring, the Forum is thrilled to present Jonathan Manthorpe, a highly […]

Forum: From Ferries to Floatplanes

    Local News    November 7, 2018

With many new pipeline projects stalled & existing ones running at capacity, oil patch producers are turning increasingly to rail to transport their product. How safe is this? Should we be concerned? What about ferries and floatplanes? Ferry accidents claim thousands of lives in other countries, but not in Canada. Floatplanes are one of the […]

Forum: 2017 Massey Lecturer

    Local News    November 2, 2018

The “us versus them” rhetoric increasingly employed by politicians is endangering human rights around the world. What are some of the major human rights struggles of our times, and what we can do about them? Payam Akhavan – renowned human rights scholar, former UN prosecutor at The Hague, and 2017 CBC Massey Lecturer – has […]

VIDEO: Understanding PR & Electoral Reform

    Local News    October 29, 2018

In the lead up to the provincial referendum in British Columbia on proportional representation (happening now), the Salt Spring Forum hosted University of British Columbia Professor Max Cameron, a world-leading expert on democratic theory and electoral design. Professor Cameron teaches comparative politics, constitutionalism, and democratization at UBC, where he also directs the Centre for the […]

Legendary Mountain Climber Doug Scott on Salt Spring

    Local News    October 22, 2018

What drives a person to scale the most dangerous routes up the world’s highest mountains? Find out with Doug Scott, one of the most famous mountaineers of all, with over 40 ascents of major peaks in the Himalayas and around the world. The Salt Spring Forum hosts a very special evening with Doug Scott on […]

Friday’s Forum on War and Peace

    Local News    October 10, 2018

Humans have long grappled with the topic of war and peace. Yet war, although still with us, causes fewer deaths today than it ever did before. Is the global order undergoing a power shift? Through what means did the United States become the single superpower, and is that power waning? Is China the next global […]

The Future of Oil: Jeff Rubin at Forum

    Local News    October 3, 2018

What is the future of Canada’s oil sands? How will shifts in US energy and environmental policies affect Canada’s fossil fuel industries and our economy as a whole? What is really happening with NAFTA? Has globalization left Canadian workers behind? Join Jeff Rubin, a world-leading economist and energy expert, in conversation on Friday, October 5th […]

This Thursday Morning: Reuben George at GISS

    Local News    September 26, 2018

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and tanker project was stopped in its tracks when the Federal Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, finding that the constitutional obligation of meaningful consultation had not been fulfilled. The Tsleil-Waututh live on Burrard Inlet, directly across from the pipeline’s terminus. They have, by far, been […]

How Much do We Know About Democracy?

    Local News    September 19, 2018

With a provincial referendum on proportional representation happening this fall, how much do we really know about democracy? This Friday, September 21st at 7:30 PM at the Gulf Islands Secondary School, the Salt Spring Forum is excited to host Professor Max Cameron – a world-leading expert on democratic theory and electoral design – to help us […]

Trump, Brexit, & Bullock Lake Farm!

    Local News    August 23, 2018

The European Union (EU) was created to ensure peace and stability in Europe. Today, Europe faces some truly deep challenges—of migration, populism, Brexit, and Trump. Will the EU dissolve, and what would this mean for the rest of the world? Is Europe turning its back on migrants? Are far-right parties gaining power across Europe? How […]

Brain Scientist at Forum this Sunday

    Local News    August 2, 2018

The brain is one of our most important organs, yet we know very little about how it develops and functions. In fact, scientists once believed that after childhood the brain was fixed. It turns out that nothing could be further from the truth! Did you know that every time you learn a new fact or […]

Friday’s Forum: Inside BC Politics

    Local News    June 13, 2018

No-one was prepared for the closest election outcome in British Columbia history, on May 9, 2017. The BC Liberals had emerged with just two seats more than the BC NDP, leaving the decision—as to who would form the government—to three Green Party MLAs. What led to Christy Clark’s downfall, to the NDP forming government and […]

Next Forum in Memory of Arthur Black

    Local News    June 6, 2018

Comedy brings people together and, through laughter, helps us more easily explore difficult topics. Comedy can empower and it can be a tool for social justice. For the final event of the school year, the Salt Spring Forum is excited to partner with the GISS Student Council to present a speaker who will do all […]

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 […]

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Community News

  • Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue Respond t...

    by on May 17, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to an early morning structure fire in the 100 blk of Thomas Road. The initial call came in at 04:37 and crews completed the scene at 08:00. 25 Firefighters responded with 19 on scene; 4 fire trucks and 3 support vehicles along with BC Ambulance and BC Hydro. On […]

  • $1.5 Million Approved for First Stage of...

    by on May 16, 2019

    The Lady Minto Hospital Foundation has approved $1.5 million in initial funding for the proposed Lady Minto Hospital Emergency Department expansion and redevelopment project. Members of the Hospital Foundation voted at a special general meeting May 16, 2019 to fund the proposed project’s schematic design and design development stages, “This is an important step forward […]

  • Increasing Cost of Fuel Leads BC Ferries...

    by on May 16, 2019

    BC Ferries is advising customers that due to current fuel market conditions, the company will implement a fuel surcharge of 1.5 per cent on June 1. BC Ferries closely monitors the cost of fuel and applies a rebate or surcharge, or neither, under a regulatory process that is independent of fares. Here is an example […]

  • Growing Community Concern about Legion R...

    by on May 15, 2019

    A week before the April 30th Salt Spring Local Trust Committee meeting, islanders learned that a 144-foot tall Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications (CREST) radio tower was in the final stages of approval for construction at the Legion in Ganges, and that 4G and eventually 5G cellular antennas would likely be added to this tower. […]

  • History of the Salt Spring Island Golf C...

    by on May 14, 2019

    March 23, 1928, saw a public meeting at Mahon Hall. Thirty-three people attended with the intention of forming a golf club. With W.E. Scott in the chair, K. Butterfield undertook secretarial duties. It was announced that a committee which had been appointed by the Salt Spring Island Development Association had been exceedingly busy. ‘Barnsbury’, the […]

  • Extensive Vandalism to Local CRD Office ...

    by on May 12, 2019

    In the morning of May 12, 2019 the Salt Spring RCMP were notified that a number of the street-front windows in Ganges, including the CRD office on McPhillips Ave had been smashed.  Police attended and their investigation is ongoing.  No entry was gained to the office, and efforts are underway to repair the damage prior […]

  • People Profile: Marialyn and Tom Boekbin...

    by on May 9, 2019

    Community People Profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews that share with us a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives and work on Salt Spring Island. This profile features Marialyn and Tom Boekbinder from […]

  • Garden Heat Alert

    by on May 9, 2019

    Yesterday in many gardens in the region it was suddenly very warm, even hot for this time of year. More of the same is predicted for the next couple of days with inland gardens and those in the most protected sites possibly experiencing highs of 29oC (84oF) today and tomorrow so take steps this morning […]

  • See an Abandoned Boat? Please Say Someth...

    by on May 6, 2019

    Abandoned and neglected boats impact the health and safety of our shorelines, especially if fuel, chemicals or garbage are leaking into the marine environment. If you see a boat that looks abandoned, please let us know. Have a boat you no longer want? You’ve got a few options for disposal in the capital region: Donate […]

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