‘Conflict Tiger’ film screening and discussion with John Vaillant, author of ‘The Tiger’ and ‘The Golden Spruce’

It’s an icy winter in Russia’s Far East. A desperate poacher and an enormous Amur Tiger meet face to face. The poacher tries to kill the tiger, but only wounds him. In revenge, the tiger methodically stalks and kills the poacher. But the story just begins there… On Friday, Februry 22, at 7:30 PM, the Salt Spring Forum and the Salt Spring Film Festival Society present award-winning author John Vaillant and Conflict Tiger, the film that inspired his most recent bestseller, The Tiger. Following the screening of the documentary, Robert Bateman will moderate a one-hour discussion with Vaillant. When John Vaillant originally learned about the story featured in Conflict Tiger, he traveled to Russia’s Far East to investigate. In his book, the incident between the tiger and poacher leads into a broader examination of how political change can impact communities, animals, and the landscape. Additionally, Vaillant shows how consumerism and global warming have drastically reduced Rus…
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Video: Global 1 Billion Rising V-Day Event

One Billion Rising aims to empower people to stand up against the culture of rape and violence against women around the world. Julianna Slomka of Salt Spring organized the one-hour effort, which saw a number of people dancing to choreography they had learned for a song called "Break the Chain", with others following along or doing their own thing.
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Plotting the Green Industrial Revolution

If the industrial revolution evokes images of coal and iron, factories and railways, what does the “green industrial revolution” bring to mind? Marc Lee, Senior Economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) will discuss just that, at a Salt Spring Forum event on Feb. 15th at ArtSpring. Salt Spring Islanders will have heard Marc Lee on CBC Radio’s Early Edition as part of the regular business panel. Or read his frequent articles in the Vancouver Sun and Victoria Times Colomnist. Or studied the literally 100s of research reports that he has produced during his fourteen years with the CCPA, where he tracks budgets and economic trends and analyzes core policy policy issues, ranging from poverty, to globalization, to energy, tax and transportation. They might even know him as the Chair of the Progressive Economics Forum, or the co-Chair of the Climate Justice Project, a $1 million research partnership between the CCPA and UBC. Marc Lee’s approach will c…
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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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Five Day School Week Poll Results

The results of Wayne Taylor's five-day school week poll are in. The polling was turned off after 500 responses. Online polls are not scientific. They are best used to illustrate general trends. This poll was conducted using the highest possible cookie and IP based restrictions. There were no duplicate votes recorded in this poll based on IPs. The results are quite split with 56.4% indicating a five day school week would not improve the quality of education in our district, with the remaining 43.6% indicating that 'Yes' changing to a five day system would improve education in our district.

Thank you for participating in this process.
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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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Dragon's Den Auditions on Salt Spring

Beginning in January 2013, Dragons’ Den producers will hit the road for an audition tour, with more than 40 stops in various Canadian cities. Entrepreneurs from across the country have another chance to face the Dragons the chance to receive financial backing for their business ventures. The open audition tour will kick off in Toronto on Saturday, January 19th. Exact dates and locations will be announced shortly. As soon as it becomes available, tour dates will be posted on this page. No experience is necessary and participants of all ages are encouraged to audition. After highly-rated ‘All-Student’ specials in Season Six and Seven, Dragons’ Den continues to seek young entrepreneurs who think they have what it takes to seal a deal with the country’s most renowned business tycoons. All interested entrepreneurs should be prepared to pitch their business in under five minutes. If they can convince Dragons’ Den producers they are ready for their fifteen minutes of fame,…
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This Crazy Time - Tzeporah Berman at ArtSpring

Tzeporah Berman has played an instrumental role in designing environmental procurement policies for some of the largest corporations in the world as well as creating industry and environmental collaborations to protect forests and change forestry practices. She is the former Executive Director and Co-founder of PowerUp Canada and Co-founder and Campaign Director of ForestEthics. Last year she was appointed by the Premier of British Columbia, Canada, to the Green Energy Task Force to design recommendations for the development of renewable energy in the region. Berman was one of the experts in Leonardo Di Caprio’s environmental documentary 11th Hour, was one of six Canadian nominees for the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, has been profiled as “50 Visionaries Changing the World” in Utne Reader, and was honored by inclusion into the BC Royal Museum permanent exhibit of “150 people who have changed the face of British Columbia.” Her first book, published by Knopf, i…
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Photo Tour: Misty Mt. Maxwell on New Year's Day

Ever wonder what Mount Maxwell looks like in the winter? We did a family hike up the mountain on New Year's Day to enjoy the cool air and sometimes sunshine. The road is very rough and icy, with a number of downed trees across the road. You have to hike up a good bit of the way to make it to the top. Worth every step.
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Salt Spring Island Foundation Grants $50,000 to Local Organizations

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce the recent approval of approximately $50,000 in grants to 10 organizations. Many of the projects funded address the most critical needs identified by islanders in the Foundation’s 2012 Community Needs Survey. Since 1984, the Salt Spring Island Foundation has granted more than $1.3 million to local registered charities. Every year, the Foundation invests in our community through its Community Endowment Fund, which was developed and continues to grow through donations and bequests from residents and friends of Salt Spring Island. Over $120,000 is distributed annually through grants to a wide range of Salt Spring not-for-profit organizations. Arthritis Society (BC and Yukon Division) To help fund a free arthritis information program to be held on Salt Spring Island. Beacon Community Services For the Salt Spring Island Best Babies program, which supports young mothers by providing information and resources aimed at…
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Photo Tour: The New Salt Spring Library

We enjoyed the opening of the library today with a few hundred other islanders coming in to take a look at this wonderful new community space. Congratulations to all those that worked so hard to bring this facility to life. If today is any indication, the library will be an incredible community resources for years and years to come. So much has changed since we were in last taking photos during the construction. Happy holidays Salt Spring Island!
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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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Wonderful Salt Spring Seeds Video

hello friends. It is my great delight to present to you a video of great beauty and power. For Salt Springers, I believe it goes a long way to express the more beautifull world our hearts tell us is possible. If ever there was a sacred duty that is not only within our power, but also one that has the capacity to nourish our children, help us become resilient to a changing climate and economy, educate us to the beauty and sacredness of the natural world and bring us together in health and community, it is the saving of seeds. Few people bring home this message and walk the talk more powerfully than our very own Dan Jason. Please enjoy this video and share it widely in your networks... as it is a part of a contest, please give it your vote on the viewing pane and help spread the message of seed saving. START THE VIDEO AND THEN CLICK "VOTE" BUTTON ON VIEWING PANE: http://vimeo.com/51854254 in gratitude r
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Make Tom Allen's Day

If you happened to be listening to Tom Allen’s CBC Radio 2 programme on September 17, you may remember him telling the national audience that (to paraphrase somewhat): “There are many good reasons to envy those who live on Salt Spring Island, but the chance to hear pianist Martin Helmchen on November 26 is surely one of them.” Tom had just finished playing a recording of Helmchen playing something or other and found him an amazing performer. November 26 is almost upon us, and Martin Helmchen (and his wife, cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, a no less distinguished musician) are on their way. When they get here on Monday they will play some wonderful repertoire by Bach, Schumann, Beethoven and Schubert. Here is what George Ehring says about the specific pieces on the programme: “Nice! Good to see they're not doing the same-old, same-old.” If you don’t have your tickets for this excellent recital, call the Box Office now  at 250-537-2102 (or get them online).
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Salt Spring Temporary Library Closes November 24

SALT SPRING ISLAND, B.C. - In preparation for the move to the new library, the temporary library facilities located at 118 Jackson Avenue will be permanently closed at 5pm on Saturday November 24th, 2012. The new library, located at 129 McPhillips Avenue, is anticipated to open in mid-December. Details of the exact opening date will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Returns will not be accepted at either location until the library re-opens. Due to the move to the new library and the usual Christmas shut down by all public library interlibrary loan departments, the interlibrary loan service at the Salt Spring Public Library will be closed from November 24, 2012 to January 2, 2013. Borrowed ILL books should be returned on the indicated due date, and incoming books will be processed and patrons notified to pick them up when the new library opens. New loan requests will be processed as of January 2, 2013. It is recommended that new and existing patrons obtain or renew…
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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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