Past Events

Kai Nagata

Kai Nagata

Date/Time

Date(s) – 23 Sep 2011
All Day

After a meteoric rise to become CTV’s Quebec City Bureau Chief at 24-years old, Kai Nagata walked away from a career in TV news. He joined the Forum to explain why he quit, and how he believes we can create better media.

Andrew Nikiforuk

Andrew Nikiforuk

Date/Time

Date(s) – 21 Sep 2011
All Day

The Forum partnered with the Salt Spring Island Conservancy to host a discussion with one of Canada’s most important non-fiction authors about his latest book Empire of the Beetle. A lively discussion drew out the causes and consequences of the pine beetle population explosion.

Dave Beers

Dave Beers

Date/Time

Date(s) – 24 Jul 2011
All Day

In 1991 Dave Beers left the Vancouver Sun to create The Tyee, now British Columbia’s leading independent online magazine. Also a lecturer at UBC’s School of Journalism, he joined the Forum for a conversation about the future of the media, its power, practices, and responsibilities.

Margot Young

Margot Young

Date/Time

Date(s) – 25 Jun 2011
All Day

A former student of Salt Spring Elementary and a graduate of UC Berkeley,  Margot Young is a legal theorist and constitutional law expert at the University of British Columbia.  Professor Young led a discussion on INSITE, the politics and law of Canada’s first supervised safe injection site.

George Monbiot

George Monbiot

Date/Time

Date(s) – 18 Jun 2011
All Day

Through his column in The Guardian, George Monbiot has developed an international following for his wit, eloquence, and evidence-based arguments. A hero to many in the environmental movement, in the wake of the Fukushima meltdown Monbiot touched off a firestorm of controversy by publicly embracing nuclear power and publishing an essay suggesting the environmental movement had reached an impasse. Appearing virtually from his home in Wales, he lead a Forum discussion on some of the fundamental challenges facing the environmental movement.

Maher Arar

Maher Arar

Date/Time

Date(s) – 21 May 2011
All Day

In 2002, on his way home to Ottawa after a family vacation, Maher Arar was detained at JFK Airport and then deported to Syria because of suspected links to terrorism. There he was tortured and imprisoned for almost a year. This experience, and the subsequent successful battle to clear his name, forged Arar into a passionate and influential advocate for human rights in an era dominated by concerns about national security. On Salt Spring he spoke about the Arab Spring and what it means for human rights, democracy, and East-West relations.

Jim Deva

Jim Deva

Date/Time

Date(s) – 14 May 2011
All Day

The Salt Spring Forum was proud to partner with Gays and Lesbians of Salt Spring Island (GLOSSI) to host a conversation with Jim Deva. Jim is the co-owner of Little Sister’s bookstore in Vancouver, which mounted a long legal battle against Canada Customs for seizing shipments of  magazines and books which inspectors determined to be ‘obscene’. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which upheld Canada’s obscenity laws but ruled that Canada Customs was implementing them in a discriminatory way.

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman

Date/Time

Date(s) – 30 Apr 2011
All Day

As the co-founder and host of DemocracyNow!, Amy Goodman’s broadcasts are carried on more than 900 television and radio stations across the United States and Canada. She was the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” On Salt Spring she spoke about the importance of independent media in a time of war.

Paul Heinbecker

Paul Heinbecker

Date/Time

Date(s) – 29 Mar 2011
All Day

In a long and distinguished career in public service, Paul Heinbecker played an important role in shaping Canada’s foreign policy. He served as Brian Mulroney’s senior foreign policy adviser, and later as Ambassador to the United Nations he represented Canada at the UN Security Council. He was a leading advocate for and defender of the International Criminal Court, an advocate for the Responsibility to Protect, and an opponent of the Iraq war. While on Salt Spring he lead a discussion on Canadian foreign policy and the UN-sanctioned intervention in Libya.

Resolving Artic Boundary Disputes

Resolving Artic Boundary Disputes

Date/Time

Date(s) – 12 Mar 2011 - 13 Mar 2011
All Day

The Salt Spring Forum hosted leading environmental and international legal experts from around the world for a workshop on Arctic boundary disputes. The intensive 2-day session generated a very productive discussion of several complex issues that stand to have an enormous impact on Arctic ecosystems and peoples. The workshop was funded by ArcticNet, a government funded consortium of scientists from 27 Canadian universities and eight federal departments.

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