Greg Hill will moderate Campbell River’s new Philosopher’s Cafe

Get current at Campbell River’s Philosopher’s Cafe

The cafe will be a friendly forum for reflection where you can join the conversation, or just sit back and listen

For an informal evening of dialogue on current topics hosted by a facilitator, drop in to Campbell River’s new Philosophers’ Café.

The cafe will be a friendly forum for reflection where you can join the conversation, or just sit back and listen.

Each café offers a speaker who delivers a 10-minute talk on a provocative topic, then the floor is open for 50 minutes of discussion.

Members of the public are welcome to propose topics and introduce them at future Cafés. Themes should be of broad interest and national significance, and have an element of controversy to them.

The moderator for each evening is Greg Hill, executive director of the Campbell River Community Living Association.

Philosopher’s Cafe will be held at Sybil Andrews Cottage, 2131 South Island Highway (Next to the Willow Point Hall) from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is free and delicious cookies and coffee are available by donation.

  • Nov. 20:

What’s to be done about the Senate? Several Canadian Senators are in the news for all the wrong reasons. Political parties are on record as wishing to reform the Senate, elect it or abolish it. Many Canadians are unsure what should be done, but are pretty sure that tax dollars are being wasted. How do you feel about the Senate? Do you know why it exists? Do we still need it? If we do, should it be changed? Speaker: Peter Schwarzhoff, former Science Manager, Environment Canada, Pacific and Yukon Region.

  • Jan. 15:

Tough on Crime or Smart on Crime? A person convicted is convicted of a crime. What shall we do with him/her? We want to deter crime, protect citizens and rehabilitate the offender. How can that be done effectively and fairly for everyone. Is there a balance required between victim’s rights and the offender’s rights? Does a minimum sentence make sense, or should a judge be free to try to make the punishment fit the crime? Is there a place for restorative justice?  Speaker: Sandra Harrison, former ADM Corrections Alberta.