Tax is Not a Four-Letter-Word - Alex Himelfarb

Date/Time 1 Feb 2013 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Tax is Not a Four-Letter-Word Alex Himelfarb is the Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University. From 2002-2006, he was Canada’s senior civil servant: the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet. He then served as Canada’s ambassador to Italy. This is a members only salon. Join the Forum today to receive invitations to events like this.
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Gallery Cabaret at ArtSpring

In the jazz world we have become accustomed, at least since the days of Louis Armstrong, to think of the trumpet as a lyrical instrument. But in the classical realm the common image of the trumpet is of something loud and brassy that goes tootle-toot in the back of the orchestra. ArtSpring’s second Gallery Cabaret of the season on Thursday Jan 24 seeks to dispel this misconception. Vancouver trumpeter Dan Kocurek and pianist Christine Eggert present a wide variety of music showcasing the trumpet in its role as a chamber instrument. Both musicians are recent graduates of the UBC Faculty of Music and work in various facets of the busy Vancouver music scene. Christine, who has a Masters in Piano Performance, teaches at the Vancouver International School of Music and performs widely. Dan, originally from the US and with degrees from the University of Oregon and UBC, is a former member of the prestigious Dallas Brass and plays frequently with the Vancouver Island Symphony,…
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Governance Study Committee Members Selected

Following a public invitation for volunteers, we are pleased to advise that the members of the Governance Study Committee are as follows: Carole Eyles, Jack Giles, Dion Hackett, Jacquie Harkema, Gerda Lattey, Tim Marchant, John McPherson, Nicole Melanson, Pat Preston, Bob Rush, Stanley Shapiro. Ex-officio members: Wayne McIntyre, George Grams, Peter Grove The Committee will hold its first meeting at 4pm on 22 January 2013 at the CRD Portlock Park office (Central). The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development will chair the meeting, where the Committee will receive a briefing on its role and responsibilities in the governance study process, elect a committee chair and assign other key committee roles. At subsequent meetings the Committee will identify opportunities for public involvement, finalize the terms of reference, develop an education and engagement strategy for dissemination of the study findings, and direct a consultant in the development of the study an…
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New Salt Spring Island Library Open to the Public

Ganges, BC– - Yesterday, the doors to the new Salt Spring Island (SSI) Public Library, located at 129 McPhillips Avenue, opened to the public. The opening marks the return to normal operating hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. The success of the project is a testament to the excellent working relationship between the Salt Spring Island Public Library Association, which will operate the new library, the Capital Regional District (CRD), which owns the library building and Knappett Projects Inc., the construction firm responsible for building the facility. The new 12,500 square foot facility is built to last as a community hub that offers advanced technology, new low carbon energy management concepts, and a comfortable, efficient and unique artistic design. Building on the existing library programs and services, the library includes brand new material, security system and checkout, program and meeting room space, expanded seating and laptop space and many new pro…
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Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power - Salt Spring Forum Presents Tom Flanagan

Harper’s Team: Behind the Conservative Rise to Power Tom Flanagan is a political science professor at the University of Calgary, author, and conservative political activist. He served as an advisor to Stephen Harper until 2004. In his book Harper’s Team, Flanagan tells the story of Harper’s rise to power – how a small group of colleagues, with little experience in national politics, transformed themselves into the disciplined, professional campaign team that brought down Paul Martin and the Liberals. Please join us for a community discussion on how and why the Harper Conservatives won power in Canada with Tom Flanagan on December 2 at 2:00 in the afternoon at Artspring. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended as this event may sell out. Tickets can be purchased at Salt Spring Books and at ArtSpring at 537-2102 or online at www.tickets.artspring.ca. Tickets are $10 for Forum members, and $15 for non-Forum members
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Canadian Foreign Policy Workshop

Date/Time 24 Nov 2012 - 25 Nov 2012 1:00 pm Location Gulf Islands Secondary School Is there a “Harper Doctrine” of Canadian Foreign Policy? UBC Graduate Student Public Workshop Multipurpose Room, Gulf Islands Secondary School Each year, Michael Byers teaches a UBC graduate seminar on “Current Issues in Global Politics and International Law”. Together, the students choose a general area of focus, and each of them then writes a paper on a specific topic within that area. This year’s area of focus is Canadian foreign policy. On the weekend of November 24 and 25, the students will present their papers at a public workshop on Salt Spring Island. Each 15-minute presentation will be followed by a 45-minute discussion involving the audience. Members of the Salt Spring community are warmly invited to attend all or part of the workshop. Admission is free. (Donations to help cover costs are encouraged.) The workshop is organized in partnership with the Salt Spring…
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Call for Applications - Salt Spring Island Governance Committee

A study to determine the future governance structure for Salt Spring is an expressed community desire. To start the process, SSI Electoral Area Director, Wayne McIntyre and our two SSI Trustees, George Grams and Peter Grove, will strike a Governance Study Committee of which they will be ex-officio (non voting) members. Applications for the committee from community members who have the time to commit and the wish to examine the governance structure with an open mind and a collaborative, investigative and analytical approach will be accepted until December 6th, 2012. An application form can be downloaded at: ssigovernance.wordpress.com Further information and guidance notes can also be found on this site.
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Salt Spring Digital Presents 'The Digital Dollar' and Networking Event

Salt Spring Digital, the local collaboration group of Internet/web marketing, communications, design, and development professionals here on Salt Spring is hosting our next networking event this coming November 29th. It's been some time since we all gathered, and to mark the occasion we have arranged Joe Wozny, author of The Digital Dollar to speak to our group about how to get the best performance from your online business, product and branding strategies. All who are interested in digital business, communications, marketing, design, development and Internet start ups are welcome to attend. Space is limited. The event is free. Plan to arrive early to ensure that you get in. Where: Salt Spring Golf Club,  805 Lower Ganges Road When: Thursday, November 29th at 7 PM Cost: Free Learn more about Joe Wozny and the Digital Dollar at his site: http://concentricis.com/ Thank you, The Salt Spring Digital collaboration team.
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Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission Invites Community Input on Bus Shelter Design

Victoria, BC –- The Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission (SSITC) is inviting community input on new bus shelters that will be installed as part of the North Ganges Transportation Plan. Located on each side of Lower Ganges Road at Crofton, the two shelters will be designed to reflect Salt Spring Island’s character. The SSITC is providing an opportunity for community members to provide input on the visual characteristics of the shelters. Information on how to provide feedback as well as shelters guidelines are available through the CRD website and through the SSITC website. Input will be accepted starting November 5 and concluding on December 31, 2012. All ideas will be presented to a Design Selection Jury for review and recommendation to the SSITC and the CRD in early 2013. The selection jury will be comprised of community representatives including a student, a professional designer, a SSITC expert on accessibility issues and a CRD engineer. Click here for more …
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A Library and So Much More!

Dear Friend of the Library, All of us have been able to watch Salt Spring’s new Library take shape over the last fourteen months. The Library’s new home is now almost complete, on time and under budget, and we will be open for business before the end of this year. The project was truly a team effort, one for which all the team members deserve their own gold medals. Salt Spring will, finally, have a new library building that will meet community needs for the next fifty years. And, because of its design and its location, we can have a library—and yet so much more! Indeed, the Library could and should now become the heart and soul of our community. To do that, however, we need your support of the Library’s 2012 Annual Giving Campaign. As already indicated above, we do not need any financial assistance either to complete the building or to furnish it. Rather, we are looking to the community to help us with our “enrichment and enhancement” activities. For example: • an a…
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Salt Spring Man Leaves Omar Khadr $700 in Will

A British Columbia man says he's leaving Omar Khadr some money in his will, even though he thinks the Canadian war criminal wouldn't approve of his lifestyle as a gay atheist.

Jack Hallam of Salt Spring Island said 26-year-old Khadr could put the money toward his education now that he has been repatriated to Canada after spending a decade at a U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay. Hallam said he has set aside $700 for Khadr because he thinks the Toronto-born man has been treated badly by both the American and Canadian governments. "I think the young man has been treated abominably," Hallam told The Canadian Press on Saturday. "His story just moved me. He was tortured, he was kept in solitary confinement, he had light deprivation." The 84-year-old retired zoologist said he'd been in contact with Khadr's Alberta-based tutor, who had travelled to Guantanamo Bay. Hallam added that he may increase the amount of money he leav…
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John Ralston Saul this Sunday at the Salt Spring Forum

John Ralston Saul is the President of PEN International, the worldwide association of authors. He is an award-winning essayist and novelist whose works have been translated into 22 languages in 30 countries. He happens to be married to former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. This Sunday, October 14, John Ralston Saul will take part in a community conversation on the “Collapse of Globalism.” The event begins at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring. Tickets are $10 for Salt Spring Forum members ($15 for non-members) and available at the ArtSpring box office, the ArtSpring website, and Salt Spring Books. Please join us in welcoming one of Canada’s most prominent intellectuals to our special island!
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Salt Spring’s First Bike Swap Sept 29th

What an awesome year for bicycle lovers on Salt Spring! Our island is slowly but surely becoming the biking friendly community we all wish it could be. First was the awarding of $1.4 Million in funding and the approval of the North Ganges bike lane and sidewalk plan. Then the CRD Regional Director and the SSI Transportation Commission announced that we were to be included in the CRD Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Masterplan. Next came VeloVillage, a island event that saw hundreds of cyclists from Salt Spring , BC and the world come to Salt Spring to celebrate rural mobility and the glorious sense of freedom we all share when riding a two wheeler. Finally, the announcement that Ganges Hill will get the feasibility study it so desperately needs. Wow! That’s a big year for our little island. Enormous kudos to all the folks of Island Pathways and local riding enthusiasts who have worked tirelessly for many years to make our community a safer place to ride. And now, late 2012…
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Canadian Centre for Community Renewal Hired to Develop Economic Action Plan

The Salt Spring Island Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) recently announced the hiring of the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal (CCCR) to facilitate the development of an economic development strategy for the island. Backgrounder Information, July 30, 2012: Community Economic Development Strategy  Strengthening Our Local Economy In July 2012, the Salt Spring Island Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) announced an initiative to develop a community economic development strategy for the island. The strategy will help realize the area’s economic potential by providing clear goals and actions and an implementation plan to ensure success. It will be developed and implemented in collaboration with key organizations, agencies and members of the community. Canadian Centre for Community Renewal CEDC has engaged the services of the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal (CCCR), a leading not-for-profit community economic development organizat…
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Safety Guide to Cougars

British Columbians are fortunate to share their province with cougars, one of the most mysterious and elusive of all creatures. The cougar's secretive habits and astounding predatory abilities - a cougar is capable of killing a 270 kg (600 lb) moose - have resulted in a wealth of misconceptions and irrational fears. Actually, most British Columbians live all their lives without a glimpse of a cougar, much less a confrontation with one. Conflict between cougars and humans is extremely rare. In the past 100 years, a total of five people have been killed by cougar attacks in B.C. (in comparison, bees kill upwards of three Canadians every year). All but one of these fatal cougar attacks occurred on Vancouver Island. During the same period, there were 29 non-fatal attacks in British Columbia - 20 of which occurred on Vancouver Island. The vast majority of these attacks were on children under the age of 16. Although a cougar attack is highly unlikely, it always pays to be prepa…
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Video of Abbatoir Auction at the Farmer's Institute

Auction on Salt Spring to raise money for local Abattoir. Auctioneer Arvid Chalmers, MP Elizabeth May and many many more in attendance. CFSI's Belinda Schroeder host of the "Grow Your Own" radio Showhttp://www.growyourowncfsi.ca/ shows her guns for charity.

Fun night had by all. Some of the donators; Ryan Bradley, Colin & Corina Walde, Byte sized websites, Blaster Dave Phillips, Chocolate Beach Chocolates (I won this one), Jerome Wilkinson, Caroline Hickman, Masayo Hora, Moray Kennedy, Donna Bellavance, Margriet Ruurs, Brian Brett, Sandy Robley(Sunset Farm), Rainbow Road Trading company (wool sweater it was really nice), Andy Hickman/Ward Drummond, Joan Grey, Figs and Honey gift Basket, Smiley dog wash, Penny's Pantry, Love my Kitchen, Cafe Talia, Mount Maxwell coffee(luv this coffee and mug), Pomodoro Pizza, Golden Island Restaurant, Julie's James, Mistaken Identity wine, Shane Barclay, Chris Schmah (foxglove), Bruce Grey, Jim Fogarty, Andrea…
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Six Thousand+ Fans of Salt Spring on Facebook

We thought Salt Spring was popular when we hit 5,000 fans on Facebook a few months back, but it turns out the island has even more fans than we thought. This past week the Salt Spring Island Facebook Fanpage recorded its 6,000th fan. Fantastic! All these folks along with 15,000+ people who use the Exchange is well, a whole lot of people who love the island. If you're on Facebook and not already following along, consider joining us in welcoming all these new folks who love this special island of places and people. We actively share your photos, stories, news, events, emergency notices and all kinds of good stuff about the island on a daily basis on Facebook. I've been trying to find just such a photo to thank all of you who are participating and enjoying all that we share about the island and I think I found it. Last week, courtesy of Salt Spring Air, we were out photographing the big ship in Ganges Harbour called The World. We snapped some nice photos that night, but also…
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Salt Spring Island Foundation Announces Community Needs Survey Results

The Salt Spring Island Foundation thanks everyone in the community who took the time to complete the Foundation’s recent online Community Needs Survey. The survey asked what residents saw as the most critical issues facing the community and the island’s not-for-profit organizations. There were 446 responses to the survey, a good representation of the island’s year-round population of approximately 10,000 people. Statistically, the margin of error is +/- 4.5%, 95% of the time. Respondents identified the top five critical needs on the island that are not currently being met as: Housing (includes emergency services and shelter, long-term and affordable housing), 65.9% Community health services (includes mental health and health care education), 52.2% Poverty issues, 50.6% Agriculture and food supply, 40.8% Children’s, youth and family services, 39.8% In addition, members of not-for-profit organizations who responded to the survey were asked to identify their o…
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