Past Events

Paul Heinbecker

Paul Heinbecker

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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

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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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John Abbott

John Abbott

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Date(s) – 2 Mar 2011
All Day

John Abbott is the Director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, an organization dedicated to exploring new understandings about the brain, human intelligence and human memory in order to better understand human learning and how it can be further facilitated by communities around the world. He joined us for a lively and though-provoking discussion of education policy.

David Suzuki

David Suzuki

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Date(s) – 26 Feb 2011
All Day

On February 26, the Salt Spring Documentary Film Festival and the Salt Spring Forum presented a screening of Force of Nature: the David Suzuki Movie followed by a discussion with David himself at Fulford Community Hall. 400 Salt Spring Islanders engaged the iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist in a conversation about his life, his legacy, and the environmental movement.

Lawrence Martin

Lawrence Martin

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Date(s) – 13 Feb 2011
All Day

Lawrence Martin, public affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail,  kicked off our speaker’s series with a discussion about the current state of Canada’s democracy. Martin is the author of Harperland, a behind-the-scenes portrait of the Prime Minister that has been short-listed for this year’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize. All tickets were sold-out for  this  lively back-and-forth discussion about Canadian democracy. He wrote this column during his stay on Salt Spring.

George Heyman

George Heyman

Date/Time

Date(s) – 28 Jan 2011
All Day

George Heyman is the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of BC. As a long-time labour and community organizer in northwest British Columbia, and former President of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, George Heyman was perfectly placed to lead a lively conversation about the proposed “Northern Gateway” oil pipeline, as well as the underlying solidarity, and tensions, between the labour and environmental movements of British Columbia.

Hon. Roy Cullen, P.C., C.A

Hon. Roy Cullen, P.C., C.A

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Date(s) – 15 Dec 2010
All Day

While serving as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Roy Cullen played a leading role in creating Canada’s anti-money laundering regime. Since retiring from politics in 2008, Cullen has authored a book “The Poverty of Corrupt Nations” about the linkages between corruption and poverty. He led a discussion about his ongoing work to fight large-scale money laundering and corruption through GOPAC, an organization of parliamentarians from around the world who collaborate to tackle corruption in their own governments.

Gar Pardy

Gar Pardy

Date/Time

Date(s) – 17 Nov 2010
All Day

For years Gar Pardy served as Canada’s Director General of Consular Affairs, and emerged as one of the heroes of the Maher Arar affair. He led a discussion on the perils of dual citizenship, and the dangers of politicizing decisions about which Canadians receive Government assistance when they find themselves in trouble overseas. The thoughts he shared with us are outlined in this article.

Robert Fowler

Robert Fowler

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Date(s) – 22 Oct 2010
All Day

For 38 years Robert Fowler held some of the most senior positions in the Departments of Foreign Affairs and National Defence. He served as a foreign policy advisor to 5 Prime Ministers, and as Chair of the UN Angola Sanctions Committee he was instrumental in disrupting the trade in blood diamonds. In 2008 Fowler was abducted by Al-Qaeda while serving as the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Niger. He spent three months in captivity in the Sahara Desert. The ideas worked through with us came out in this interview with CTV a week later.

Michael Valpy

Michael Valpy

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Date(s) – 23 Aug 2010
All Day

Michael Valpy writes about ideas, religion and politics for the Globe and Mail. During his long career at the Globe, he has been a reporter, Toronto and Ottawa based national political columnist, member of the editorial board, deputy managing editor, and Africa-based correspondent during the last years of apartheid. After riding along with Michael Ignatieff on his summer tour, Michael Valpy got off the bus and led a discussion about the Liberal leader and Canadian politics. The main themes of our conversation came out in this article, published a few days later.

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