Past Events

Marsha Lederman

Marsha Lederman

Date/Time

Date(s) – 3 Jul 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Marsha Lederman is the Arts Correspondent for the Globe and Mail in Vancouver. A veteran arts journalist, Marsha’s work focuses on art, its meaning, and the artists who produce it. This discussion focused on how Canadian arts have been affected by the economic recession, changes in government support, and changes in media coverage since 2008. How can we keep Canadian arts alive and thriving in a changing world?

Dr. Gabor Maté

Dr. Gabor Maté

Date/Time

Date(s) – 2 Jun 2012
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A leading author on addiction, mental illness, ADD and their deeper causes. Dr. Maté joined the Forum for a community discussion on the broader context in which human disease and disorders arise, emphasizing the role of the mind-body connection in the emergence of mental and physical illness.

Jan Wong

Jan Wong

Date/Time

Date(s) – 20 May 2012
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

ArtSpring

For twenty years, Jan Wong was one of the Globe and Mail’s best-known reporters. Then one day she published a story that set off a firestorm of controversy, including death threats, a unanimous denunciation by Parliament and a public rebuke by her own newspaper. For the first time in her life, Wong fell into a severe clinical depression. Her new book “Out of the Blue” tells the story of her workplace-caused depression, her redemption, recovery, and happiness.

Margaret Catley-Carlson

Margaret Catley-Carlson

Date/Time

Date(s) – 29 Mar 2012
All Day

During her career Margaret Catley-Carlson has held some of the most senior positions in Canadian and international public service. Today she is one of the leading experts on global water issues and serves on the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board.

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Date/Time

Date(s) – 25 Mar 2012
All Day

Dubbed “the planet’s best green journalist” by Time Magazine, the famous Middlebury College professor explained the success of 350.org, the grassroots campaign he co-founded that has since mobilized thousands of people worldwide in the search for climate solutions.

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

Date/Time

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

Date/Time

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

Date/Time

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

Date/Time

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.

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