Dr. Michael Byers is an academic with a broad vision of the world and what it should be. He has expertise in international law and a particular interest in the Arctic. Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.
Prior to 2005, he was Professor of Law and Director of Canadian Studies at Duke University; from 1996-1999 he was a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University.
He is a regular contributor to Canadian media and an author. His most recent book is “Who Owns the Arctic?”, described by Thomas Berger as “A much-needed road map for policy-makers and an unusually readable guide for every concerned citizen who wants to understand Canada’s choices in the Arctic.“
Michael lives on Salt Spring Island with his wife and two young children and serves on the board of The Salt Spring Forum, a place for new ideas holding workshops and conferences. Decorated media star Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! is expected to be the next guest speaker.
Ms. Goodman you might remember is the award-winning journalist who scared the Harper Government. Scheduled in Vancouver for a 2009 talk at the Vancouver Public Library, HarperCons were nervous that she might criticize VANOC, the Olympics and other things they hold dear.
As a result, immigration officials detained her at the border for a time and served a departure notice forcing her to leave Canada immediately after her speech.
Categories: Freedom of Expression, Journalism
Norm, I agree. Any chance to hear this man speak is an opportunity not to be missed. He's a very thoughtful man who is passionate about Canada. I've only attended one of his public events, but found him to be a very engaging and compelling speaker.
Thanks for informing your readers of worthy blogs. That's the way we'll build a solid network of intelligent voices with which to help govern our way.
Lord knows we need something to replace the withered and decaying mainstream media in BC and beyond. They've turned into a parody of themselves and, like the police, have all but lost any credibility as a vehicle upon society can rely for any guidance.