Past Events

The Salt Spring Festival: Words Without Borders

The Salt Spring Festival: Words Without Borders

Date/Time

Date(s) – 26 Feb 2012
All Day

In February the Salt Spring Forum celebrated Freedom to Read Week with a rebellious festival held at the intersection of culture and politics. Titled “Words Without Borders” it was a weekend of music, poetry, discussions and readings that celebrated writing that breaks down boundaries of all sorts.

The festival was an astounding success, attracting national attention as well as some of Canada’s most acclaimed authors, activists, and journalists including: Shelagh Rogers, Carmen Aguirre, Charles Foran, Brigette DePape, Susan Musgrave, Brian Brett, Elizabeth May, Jason Gratl, Ann Jones, Kevin Patterson, Murray Brewster, Terry Glavin, CR Avery and Magpie Ulysses.

Paired with good local food and wine, it was a quintessentially Salt Spring Festival and  so much fun we’ll definitely be doing it again.  Visit the festival website to learn more.

Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

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Date(s) – 4 Feb 2012
All Day

Charlotte Gill spent twenty years working as a tree planter in the forests of Canada, planting over one million trees. Her book “Eating Dirt”, has been short-listed for virtually every major non-fiction award in the country. At the Forum she offered a slice of tree-planting life in all of its soggy, gritty exuberance, while delving into the ecology of forests, the modern forestry industry, and the ancient relationship between humans and trees – from which we have devised countless creations as diverse as textiles and airplane parts.

Kathleen Ruff

Kathleen Ruff

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Date(s) – 27 Jan 2012
All Day

For years Kathleen Ruff has led the fight to ban Canada’s asbestos exports. Banned by many rich countries, Canadian crysotile asbestos continues to be exported to the developing world where it is used primarily in low-end building materials. At the Forum, Ruff unraveled the tangle of science, politics, money and morality behind this controversial industry.

Wade Huntley

Wade Huntley

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Date(s) – 19 Jan 2012
All Day

As tensions between the West and Iran grew, the Forum members engaged with Dr. Wade Huntley of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and one of the world’s leading experts on nuclear proliferation.

Lloyd Axworthy

Lloyd Axworthy

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Date(s) – 6 Jan 2012
All Day

The President of the University of Winnipeg, and one of Canada’s most influential and successful ministers of Foreign Affairs joined the Forum for s wide-ranging discussion about the future of Canada, and it’s place in the world. The conversation probed ways that universities can include First Nations communities, how Canadians should address growing inequality within our country, and how the human security paradigm is changing and complicating international relations.

Simon Dalby

Simon Dalby

Date/Time

Date(s) – 12 Dec 2011
All Day

Simon Dalby, a professor of Geography and Environmental Science at Carleton University, argued that it is time to stop thinking about security in terms of countering threats from outside our borders, and time to start building more resilient societies to cope with the coming environmental changes.

Stéphane Dion

Stéphane Dion

Date/Time

Date(s) – 2 Dec 2011
All Day

In the 2008 Federal Election, Stéphane Dion championed a bold policy platform designed to move Canada towards a greener economy. He joined the Forum to discuss what he learned from the Green Shift, and how we can move forward in addressing the enormous policy challenge posed by climate change.

Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald

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Date(s) – 13 Nov 2011
All Day

The Forum was proud to partner with the Salt Spring Island Conservancy to host Bob McDonald, the host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks.  On Salt Spring the acclaimed  journalist spoke about the remarkable science that makes life on earth possible, and just how fragile our existence is.

Chief Kim Baird

Chief Kim Baird

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Date(s) – 12 Nov 2011
All Day

Elected as Chief of the Tsawwasssen First Nation at the age of 28,  Kim Baird successfully led her people through the negociation and ratification of BC’s first modern urban treaty. She joined the Forum for a discussion of the challenges faced by women in politics, the future of Canada’s First Nations, and the treaty that she proudly argues “will let my people take control our own destiny”.

Andrew Coyne

Andrew Coyne

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Date(s) – 4 Nov 2011
All Day

As the National Editor of Mclean’s Magazine and a regular member of CBC TV’s At Issue Panel, Andrew Coyne is one of Canada’s leading political commentators. On Salt Spring he led a wide-ranging discussion touching on carbon-pricing, the Occupy Movement, and the war on terror in retrospect.

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