Corruption: What Everyone Needs to Know – Professor Miriam Golden, UCLA
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Corruption: What Everyone Needs to Know – Professor Miriam Golden, UCLA

Two years ago, the New York Times ran a report on British Columbia: The ‘Wild West’ of Canadian Political Cash. From money laundering to campaign financing and political donations, British Columbia is clearly not immune to corruption.

Corruption is a serious issue of global consequence, and one that regularly makes front page headlines: public officials embezzling government monies, selling public offices, and trading favours in return from bribes from private companies.

How do political parties become corrupt? Do elections reduce corruption and are some systems of government better for reducing corruption? Is corruption in poor countries more common and does it decline as countries become richer? What are the political, economic and societal impacts of corruption?

Miriam Golden, a political scientist who has spent much of her career researching corruption, joins the Salt Spring Forum in discussion.

Professor Golden teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She has conducted field research on corruption and political malfeasance in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Professor Golden is the co-author of Corruption: What Everyone Needs to Know® (Oxford University Press, 2017), which provides a deeper understanding of why corruption is so damaging politically, economically, and socially.

Is corruption getting worse or is it simply more visible now? How do we reduce corruption? Can political corruption ever be completely eradicated? What lessons can Canadians learn from the experiences of other countries? Find out! Join Professor Miriam Golden in conversation.

Tickets are available at ArtSpring – 250-537-2102 and online – & Salt Spring Books. $20 - General; $15 - 2019 Forum Members. Students and low-income residents email forum@saltspringforum.com.

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This event is sponsored by Country Grocer

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Life on the Edge: The Challenges of Small Communities with Tourist Economies – Josie Osborne, Mayor of Tofino
Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

Life on the Edge: The Challenges of Small Communities with Tourist Economies – Josie Osborne, Mayor of Tofino

Small communities with tourist economies like Salt Spring Island and Tofino face many challenges and opportunities. How does tourism affect small communities? Can such communities thrive year-round? Can they provide “living wage” jobs? Can they be environmentally sustainable? What lessons can Salt Spring and Tofino learn from each other?

Join the Salt Spring Forum for a discussion about thriving and sustainable small communities with Josie Osborne, the Mayor of the District of Tofino, who was recently re-elected to a third term.

A self-described ‘community builder,’ Osborne grew up on Vancouver Island immersed in her parents’ small businesses and mentored in community service by them.

After completing university, Osborne moved to Tofino to pursue a career in marine biology and environmental education. Fifteen years later, she became a small business owner. She also chaired the board of Tofino’s destination marketing organization, Tourism Tofino.

As mayor of a progressive rural municipality, Osborne’s primary interests are governance, civic engagement and communication. In addition to her mayoral duties, Osborne currently chairs the board of the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) while also serving on the BC Clean Growth and Climate Action Advisory Council.

Join Josie Osborne for a unique comparative perspective on small community governance, tourism, sustainable development, and more!

Tickets are available at ArtSpring – 250-537-2102 and online – & at Salt Spring Books. $15 – 2019 Forum Members; $20 General Public. Students & low-income residents contact forum@saltspringforum.com.

This event is sponsored by Country Grocer

This event is sponsored by Country Grocer

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Cancer: Causes and Consequences – Mary McBride, Distinguished Scientist with BC Cancer
Feb
19
7:30 PM19:30

Cancer: Causes and Consequences – Mary McBride, Distinguished Scientist with BC Cancer

One in two Canadians is expected to develop cancer during their lifetime, and one out of four Canadians is expected to die from the disease. In fact, cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada, responsible for 30% of all deaths.

At the same time, survival rates for cancer are increasing. This, combined with a growing and aging population, means that approximately 900,000 Canadians are living up to 10 years beyond their cancer diagnosis; others are living even longer. 

What causes cancer and how can we reduce the risk? What are the differences between types of cancers? What supports are available for those affected by cancer? How can ill-health from cancer be reduced and survival increased?

Mary McBride – an epidemiologist, health services researcher, and Distinguished Scientist in Cancer Control Research at BC Cancer for nearly 40 years – joins us for a wide-ranging discussion about cancer.

McBride is a Clinical Professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health as well as an Associate Member of the Department of Pediatrics, an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and an Affiliate Member of the Child and Family Research Institute.

McBride is currently Program Leader for a research program involving youth with cancer in BC. She is also Provincial Lead for a multi-province study of the health and health care of breast cancer survivors. She has led or co-led many other studies including on powerlines and childhood leukemia, and cell phones and brain tumours.

Please join us for an important and highly informative conversation with a leading scientist—on a topic that affects us all!

Aletha Humphreys – a former manager and director with BC Cancer who now serves as Executive Director of Salt Spring’s Greenwoods Eldercare Society – will moderate the discussion.

Tickets are currently on sale at ArtSpring – 250-537-2102 and online – and Salt Spring Books. $20 - General; $15 - 2019 Forum Members. Students and low-income residents email forum@saltspringforum.com.

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Donald Trump and International Relations: UBC Student Workshop
Mar
9
to Mar 10

Donald Trump and International Relations: UBC Student Workshop

  • Gulf Islands Secondary School (Multipurpose Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join students from the University of British Columbia who will present research papers on topics relating to Donald Trump and international relations. This free and highly informative workshop is open to the public with any donations greatly appreciated at the door.

The workshop takes place on the following dates:

  • Saturday, March 9th from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM

  • Sunday, March 10th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

This workshop is sponsored by Country Grocer

This workshop is sponsored by Country Grocer

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Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century — Kathryn Sikkink, Professor of Human Rights, Harvard
Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century — Kathryn Sikkink, Professor of Human Rights, Harvard

Stay tuned — details coming soon! Tickets will go on sale in late January.

This event is sponsored by Country Grocer

This event is sponsored by Country Grocer

Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Harvard professor and political scientist Dr. Kathryn Sikkink about human rights, her new book "Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century" (Princeton University Press 2017), and shortbread.

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