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Edmonton's Activist Agenda April 19, 2005

It's definitely not all Ralph Klein in Alberta ... check out this impressive list of activist activities!  Michael will happily add you to his list if you'd like a monthly e-newsletter of events, and if you find yourself in Edmonton (festival city in the glorious summertime) be sure to visit the Earth's General Store!

 

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Summary

Index:

April 20th, Wednesday @ 6:30pm: NOTE ? DATE CHANGE Morgan Spurlock Super Size Me ? Revolutionary Speakers Series

April 20th, Wednesday @ 7:00 ? 9:00: Backyard Composting & Composting Workshop.

April 20th, Wednesday @ 7:00 ? 8:30pm:  Council of Canadians (CoC) Edmonton Chapter

April 20th, Wednesday: National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth

April 20th, Wednesday @ 12 Noon: The Great WARMING Episode 3 -  "Our Children's Planet"

April 22nd Earth Day:

April 22nd, Friday - Earth Under Fire - Presentation by Doctor Jim Byrne

April 23rd, Saturday @ 10:00am ? 1:00 pm: Good Growing Edmonton Community Fair

April 23rd, Saturday @ 9:00 pm ? 1:00 am: Pride Centre Spring DANCE

April 24th, Sunday @ 12:00 ? 6:00pm: Edmonton?s 16th Annual Earth Day Festival

April 24th, Sunday @ 6:00 ? 7:00pm: SALVADORAN BENEFIT SUPPER

April 24th, Sunday @ 5:30pm: Parkland Vegetarian Diner's Club

April 26th, Tuesday @ 5:00 ? 10:00 pm: Vegetarian Vibrations

April 27th, Wednesday @ 7:00 ? 9:00: Backyard Composting & Composting Workshop

April 27th, Wednesday @ 7:30 pm: Meet Brazilian activist Zez? (Maria Jos? da Silva)

April 27th, Wednesday @ 7:00 pm: CO2RE with Brian Mitchell

April 27th, Wednesday @ 12:00 ? 12:50 pm: Panel Discussion on the Great Warming

April 28th, Thursday @ 6:30pm: Presentation and slide show Grizzly Bears ? CALGARY

April 28th, Thursday @ 7:00pm: Documentary "Disjunction"

April 30th, Saturday - May 1st, Sunday: Weighing the Evidence - Health Care Reform conference

April 30th, Saturday @ 8:00pm: MARIA DUNN "Troublemakers: Working Albertans?

April 30th, Saturday @ 7:00pm: Labour Cabaret with Wild Geese

April 30th, Saturday @ 8:00pm: Save OUR VOICE fundraiser & silent auction.

May 1st, Sunday @ 11:30 am: May Day March.

May 1st, Sunday @ 6:00 - 8:00pm: International Day of the Midwife ? video "Singing the Bones

May 4th, Wednesday @ 7:00 - 9:00pm: International Day of the Midwife - Quality Maternity Care information session.

May 5th, Thursday @ 12:00 - 2:00 pm: International Day of the Midwife Rally and Tribute to Alberta Midwives

May 6th, Friday @ 12:00 ? 10:00 pm: "Small Act, Big Impact!" 2nd Annual Fair Trade Fair

May 6th and 7th: Faith and Health Care: Making the Connections in Alberta

May 7th, Saturday @ 10:00 am:  The Great Human Race

May 10th, Tuesday @ 7:30 pm:  An Evening with David Suzuki

May 11 - 14, 2005: "Waste ? The Social Context" - conference

May 12th ? 14th, 2005: "New Century, New Hope: Biblical Values for Renewing the World" ? conference

May 14th, Saturday @ 6:30 pm:  ?A Night in Africa? dinner fundraiser

May 14th, Saturday @ 3:15 pm:  BIODIESEL & SVO MEETING IN EDMONTON

May 15th, Sunday @ 7:00 pm:  Waterwalker Film Festival

May 20th ? 23rd: CNPC - GAIA GATHERING 2005

May 21st ? 22nd @ 10:00 am ? 6:00 pm: First Annual PanFaire 2005.

May 25th, Wednesday @ 7:00 pm: Tour of the SLRT Tunnel

May 26th, Thursday @ 7:00 pm:  "Mardi Gras: Made in China" ? documentary

May 28th, Saturday @ 1:00 pm: Public Interest Alberta - Annual General Meeting

 

Actions:

?      Canadian Seafood Boycott - www.BoycottCanadianSeafood.net

?      No Sweat Sneakers and Blackspot Sneakers - http://www.nosweatapparel.com/index.html & www.adbusters.org

?      NIKE discloses Asia Employee conditions

 

Employment:

?      Edmonton Bicycle Commuters? Society - Event and Volunteer Coordinator

?      Canada World Youth - NETCORPS Internship Opportunity

?      CIDA Youth Internship Opportunity at Change for Children

 

Information:

?      New Site to List your Peace Actions and events www.ssinha.com/Edmonton_Peace_Forum/epf.htm

?      Still No Vision ? Parklands response to the provincial budget.

?      2005 AAP Breastfeeding Statement

 

NEW! - No Sweat Sneakers and Blackspot Sneakers now at Earth's General Store

 



NOTE ? DATE CHANGE

April 20th, Wednesday @ 6:30pm (doors): The latest presenter of the Revolutionary Speakers Series is award-winning writer, actor and director Morgan Spurlock. Most recently, Spurlock was honoured with the Best Director award in Documentary Competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. His film, Super Size Me, wowed audiences and critics alike. Super Size Me?s exploration of the obesity epidemic that plagues America today is the Bowling for Columbine for fast food. As well as documenting his own burger-fueled bulk-up, Spurlock travels to 20 cities across America, interviewing people on the street, health experts and a lobbyist for the fast-food industry.

Location: Horowitz Theatre, University of Alberta (SUB building)

Cost: Advance - Students $15 and Public $20. Door ? add $2 each.

Contact: (492-2048) SUB info booths, Blackbyrd and Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.ca or 451-8000)


April 20th, Wednesday @ 7:00 ? 8:30pm:  Council of Canadians (CoC) Edmonton Chapter monthly meeting. CoC has become one of Canada?s premier groups working on a wide variety of issues ? water, sovereignty, international trade, justice, democracy, etc.

Location: Grandin Green Building (9708-110th Street). When you enter the building buzz the "green room", first button on buzzer pad. When you enter elevator push PH (pent house).

Cost: Free
Contact: 429-4500 ask for Sherry

 

April 20th, Wednesday @ 6:30pm (doors): The latest presenter of the Revolutionary Speakers Series is award-winning writer, actor and director Morgan Spurlock. Most recently, Spurlock was honoured with the Best Director award in Documentary Competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. His film, Super Size Me, wowed audiences and critics alike. Super Size Me?s exploration of the obesity epidemic that plagues America today is the Bowling for Columbine for fast food. As well as documenting his own burger-fuelled bulk-up, Spurlock travels to 20 cities across America, interviewing people on the street, health experts and a lobbyist for the fast-food industry.

Location: Horowitz Theatre, University of Alberta (SUB building)

Cost: Advance - Students $15 and Public $20. Door ? add $2 each.

Contact: (492-2048) SUB info booths, Blackbyrd and Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.ca or 451-8000)



Episode 1: Invaders

Wednesday, April 20, 9 PM EDT

Episode 2: The One Degree Factor

Wednesday, April 20, 10 PM EDT

Episode 3: Predators

Wednesday, April 27, 9 PM EDT

Episode 4: Troubled Waters

Wednesday, April 27, 10 PM EDT

 

 

April 20th, Wednesday @ 7:00 ? 9:00: Backyard Composting & Composting Workshop. Here?s your chance to learn how to begin backyard composting. Discover how simple it is! Participants will explore different composting principles behind composting, how to solve common problems and how to use finished compost. A tour of the compost education centre will be included.

Location: John Janzen Backyard Composting Education Centre (west of Quesnel bridge and Fox drive ? right beside Fort Edmonton)

Cost: Free but you have an opportunity to purchase a composter for $30 and/or a composter aerator for $10.00 (this offer is only for participants that are residents of Edmonton)

Contact: 496-2925

 

APRIL - CLIMATE CHANGE MONTH

April is Grand Rounds' Climate Change Month.  We will use "The Great Warming" - a 2004 three-part documentary that explores the underlying science and evidence of climate change. Filmed in eight countries on four continents, the series is narrated by Alanis Morissette and Keanu Reeves. Illustrated is the research
base, highlighting the vital importance of moving towards more climate-conscious behaviour and business practices. Dr Colin Soskolne will coordinate the series produced by Swiss Re, one of the world's leading
reinsurers and the world's largest life and health reinsurer.  The implications of climate change for human health and well-being in all regions of the world are profound; anyone in public health will find this connection most engaging and challenging! Episodes 1 and 2 have already been screened.

Wednesday, April 20th @ 12 Noon - 12:50 PM Rm 2-117 CSB University of Alberta
  Episode 3 -  "Our Children's Planet"

Wednesday, April 27th @ 12 Noon - 12:50 PM Rm 2-117 CSB
  "Panel Discussion on the Great Warming, led by Dr Colin Soskolne"
  Panellists include: Dr Joseph A Doucet and Dr Karen McDonald

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Staff, students and interested individuals are invited to attend. For more information on the series please contact Leanne Baudistel at 492-6408 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

 

April 22nd Earth Day: check out www.earthday.ca. See April 24th listing for the activities that are happening in Edmonton.

 

April 22nd, Friday @ TBA: Presentation by Doctor Jim Byrne presentation regarding the devastation of our water supplies here in Canada including clips from his video, Earth Under Fire. Our quality of life is directly affected by the quality of our water. Often, Canadians take fresh water resources for granted. Scientists at the Canadian Water Network, Environment Canada and other research facilities throughout Canada have recognized that our water supply is stressed by over-allocation, contamination and environmental change. The 7-part documentary series Water Under Fire visits many of these facilities and talks with the scientists who give us the current perspective on many of the challenges plaguing our nation's water.
Sponsored by Council of Canadians - Edmonton Chapter

Location:  Edmonton Room - Stanley A. Milner Library
Contact: 429-4501 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



April 23rd, Saturday @ 10:00am ? 1:00 pm: Good Growing Edmonton Community Fair will have local experts and informative displays to help answers your questions about recycling yard waste, maintaining tree health, recognizing good and bad bugs, and harvesting rainwater. Pick up fun, free gardening stuff. Hourly presentations on Composting and grass cycling, Get your Lawn off Drugs, Brewed Compost Tea, Alternatives to Lawn, and Low Maintenance Plants.

Location: Northgate Lion?s Senior Citizen?s Recreation Centre @ 7524-113 Street

Cost: Free

Contact: 496-4999 Good Growing Edmonton Fairs


 

April 23rd, Saturday @ 9:00 pm ? 1:00 am: Pride Centre Spring DANCE is a mixed and all ages event. Music is by DJ Digital and will be a mix of Pop, Disco, Light Country, Trance, R&B (Not rap!) and House, Drum & Bass. We still need volunteers to work the door, act as rovers, clean up and work
the bar. Please let me know if you would like to help out.

Location: Westmount Hall (10970 ? 127th street)

Cost: $10 in advance and $15 at the door!

Contact: Earth's General Store (10832 - 82 Ave), Pride Video (10121 - 124 St), B and D Emporium (101, 11745 Jasper Ave), and Pride Centre of Edmonton (10010 - 109 St)

Website:

 

April 24th, Sunday @ 6:00 ? 7:00pm: SALVADORAN BENEFIT SUPPER - Fundraiser to support Hosanna Lutheran Church's sister parish, DIVINE REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH in San Miguel El Salvador. Featuring a Pasta Supper. At 7:30 pm there will be a presentation by Day Wold regarding "ROMERO'S 25th ANNIVERSARY IN EL SALVADOR" and his recent visit to El Salvador

Pray for peace, work for justice, live for joy.

Location: Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9009-163rd Street

Cost: Adults $15.00, Seniors/teens $10.00, Children 8-12 $5.00, Families $45.00

Contact: reserve tickets call 484-3932

 

April 24th, Sunday @ 12:00 ? 6:00pm: Edmonton?s 16th Annual Earth Day Festival. On this day environmental, peace, human and animal rights organizations as well as environmentally friendly businesses gather together to educate and inspire festival visitors. Top class live entertainment, keynote speakers, activities for the children and body-friendly food fair round out the festival.

Location: Hawrelak Park (formerly Mayfair Park)

Cost: Free

 

April 24th, Sunday @ 5:30pm: Enjoy a night off from cooking!  Join us for a free, delicious vegetarian meal and short cooking demonstration with the Parkland Vegetarian Diner's Club. You are also welcome to bring your own favourite vegetarian dish if you wish.  Enter your name for a door prize

Location: Kinsmen Art Centre, 455 King Street, Spruce Grove

Cost: FREE

Contact: 963-7735

 

April 26th, Tuesday @ 5:00 ? 10:00 pm: Vegetarian Vibrations a yummy offering of Ethiopian vegetarian food.

Location: Langano Skies ? 9920 Whyte Avenue

Cost: $12.99 all you can eat buffet

Contact: 432-3334


 

April 27th, Wednesday @ 7:00 ? 9:00: Backyard Composting & Composting Workshop. Here?s your chance to learn how to begin backyard composting. Discover how simple it is! Participants will explore different composting principles behind composting, how to solve common problems and how to use finished compost. A tour of the compost education centre will be included.

Location: John Janzen Backyard Composting Education Centre (west of Quesnel bridge and Fox drive ? right beside Fort Edmonton)

Cost: Free but you have an opportunity to purchase a composter for $30 and/or a composter aerator for $10.00 (this offer is only for participants that are residents of Edmonton)

Contact: 496-2925

 

April 27th, Wednesday @ 7:30 pm: Come out and meet Zez? (Maria Jos? da Silva)! Zez? is another product of the ?holy time?, a phrase used to describe a time a generation ago when grassroots leaders emerged in Latin American countries saying, ?We have a place too? and they began galvanizing their society into action - action toward a society of justice and peace. Though the hopes of that time still remain unrealized, Zez? remains fully dedicated to that vision.  Zez??s mission today is still to win full citizenship for all the impoverished women and children of Brazil?s northeast, particularly the state of Alagoas.  It is a great honour for the Change for Children and Rainbow of Hope for Children to host this heroic lady in our office. Please join us!

Location: Change for Children Office #222, 9624-108th Avenue (Sacred Heart School)

Cost: Free

Contact: 448-1505


 

April 27th, Wednesday @ 7:00 pm: CO2RE with Brian Mitchell. CO2RE is a community-wide energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction strategy, developed and supported by a diverse group of over 20 local stakeholders (the CO2RE Team and Leadership Group) and the City of Edmonton. Join us to learn about the most effective energy efficiency actions individuals can implement to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Brian Mitchell has 30 years of energy efficiency and environmental expertise as well as a wide range of experience providing consulting services for Government, private and non-profit sectors developing eco-efficiency systems. All attendees will be provided with the "Home$aver" booklet series and tools to improve the efficiency of your activities and save you $$$$$$$.

Location: Edmonton International Hostel (10647 81 Ave) Lower level meeting room

Cost: Free but registration is limited to 15 participants, so register early.

Contact: 439-1160 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

April 27th, Wednesday @ 12:00 ? 12:50 pm: Panel Discussion on the Great Warming, led by Dr Colin Soskolne with panellists: Dr Joseph A Doucet and Dr Karen McDonald. See April 20th for the third instalment of The Great Warming documentation presentation. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Staff, students and interested individuals are invited to attend.

Location: Rm 2-117 CSB, University of Alberta

Cost: Free

Contact: Leanne Baudistel at 492-6408 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

April 28th, Thursday @ 6:30pm: Presentation and slide show Grizzly Bears: Is Alberta good enough for them? with Dr. Brian Horejsi. This presentation will highlight the status of Grizzly
Bears in Southwest Alberta, based on his recent research into bear population trends and the availability of secure habitat. Dr. Horejsi is an independent consultant in conservation biology based in Calgary, with a degree in wildlife management from Montana State University and a Ph.D from the University of Calgary. He has worked for governments, industry and public-interest conservation organizations and has published over 40 scientific papers, reports and expert testimony documents, with field work that has covered grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, Bighorn and Dall sheep, moose, deer, elk, caribou and trumpeter swans. In 1999/2000 he published his findings on the Purcell Mountains Grizzly Bear population and the locally endangered Granby-Gladstone Grizzly Bear population. His most recent work, commissioned by the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, "Grizzly Bears in southwest Alberta - A Vision and Plan for population and habitat recovery" was released in 2004. (FYI there is also a presentation happening in Lethbridge: Wednesday, April 20th, 6.30pm at the Lethbridge Public Library).

Location: John Dutton Theatre, W R Castell Public Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary.
Cost: Free

Contact: Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 403-627-5059

 

April 28th, Thursday @ 7:00pm: Documentary "Disjunction" screening. In December 2001, the Argentinean economy collapsed. People's bank accounts disappeared in a single night, impounded by the government. The rebellion of the people was muffled by the silence of the international monetary authorities, the very authorities that had heaped praise on the economic model set up in Buenos Aires. Disjunction chronicles how people reacted to the crisis ten months later, what they set up to keep going, to provide a future for their families. The very first "resource" to be exploited was garbage - many became garbage collectors. They were called cartoneros. In time, Argentineans conceived of even more effective responses to their fate. Workers occupied factories, organizing themselves into cooperatives; they created an economy supported by, and linked to their own neighborhoods. The effort was expected by experts to fail. But the people have succeeded, at least in the short term. This is Argentina, where impossible dreams may last, as long as the short and intense beat of a tango.

Location: Metro Cinema in the Citadel, 9828-101A Avenue
Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Students/Seniors (Student ID required)

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



April 30th, Saturday @ 8:00pm: MARIA DUNN "Troublemakers: Working Albertans, 1900-1950"

A storyteller through song, Maria Dunn is a Juno-nominated Edmonton songwriter who combines her Celtic heritage with the influences of North American folk and country music.  Sponsored by Ground Zero Productions
(GZP), with narration and visuals edited by Don Bouzek of GZP, this 60-minute multimedia musical piece documents the history of working people in Alberta through songs written by Juno-nominated songwriter
Maria Dunn during and since her 2001 artist residency with the Edmonton District Labour Council. (We acknowledge and thank the EDLC and Alberta Foundation for the Arts for funding support for this
residency).

Location: Cosmopolitan Music Society, 8426 Gateway Blvd
Cost: $15 each/$10 underemployed

Contact: 708-6555 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Earth's General Store 439-8725

April 30th, Saturday @ 7:00pm: Labour Cabaret with Wild Geese -- Stories of exile and migration (from the UK's Banner Theatre). Wild Geese is a rich kaleidoscope of live music, video and song, retelling stories of displacement and migration over more than 50 years. Wild Geese explores the bitter experiences of people leaving their homelands, asking why they  abandoned  homes, families and friends, what their expectations
were on  reaching their destinations, and what the realities of life were like once  they settled. Performed against a backdrop of archive footage and media and computer graphics, cut with moving personal testimonies, the
combination of  Fred Wisdom's subtle blues, jazz and flamenco guitar rhythms with Jilah  Bakhshayesh's wild klezma fiddle and lyrical singing, and Dave Rogers' gutsy  vocals and 30-year experience of writing hard-edged political songs creates a  powerful and hard-hitting video ballad of our time. Then round up the doggies and call the Cats! Dance the night away with your fully paid up union dance band - THE PRAIRIE CATS - rockin' country, blues, bluegrass and cowjazz.

Location: Westmount Community League 10978 ? 127th Street
Cost: $15 each/$10 underemployed

Contact: 708-6555 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Earth's General Store 439-8725

 

April 30th, Saturday - May 1st, Sunday: Friends of Medicare presents Weighing the Evidence:  International Experience with Health Care Reform conference. This conference will feature health policy experts from Europe, Australia, the United States and Canada. The Alberta government plans to craft its latest push for commercialization in health care based on ideas presented at an "international symposium" coming up in May. But there is strong international evidence showing that experiments in privatization have been failures wherever they've been tried -- and that public health care remains the best alternative. Friends of Medicare is organizing its own conference to highlight the lessons learned from public and private health care in other countries.

Location: MacEwan Hall  - University of Calgary Campus

Cost: $70 per person; $35 for seniors/students; $25 for Saturday evening banquet.

Registration deadline: April 22, 2005

Contact: 423-4581


April 30th, Saturday @ 8:00pm: Save OUR VOICE fundraiser & silent auction. Bid on great items such as artwork from local acclaimed artists, jewellery, gift certificates, NEXT FEST passes, clothing, Tarot readings and so much more. Come and enjoy entertainment from plethora of local artists.

Location: Naked Cyber Caf?, 10354 Jasper Avenue

Cost: Free

Website: http://www.saveourvoice.akashas.com/ they are accepting bids from April 12th to April 30th.

 

MAY

 

May 1st, Sunday @ 11:30 am: May Day March. Celebrate the International Workers Holiday. Bring yourselves, your banners, your instruments and noisemakers - kazoos, pot and pans - and join the noise barrage as we march down Whyte Avenue!

Location: Tipton Park (108 St & 81 Ave).

Cost: Free

Website: http://www.mayweek.ab.ca/calendar.php

 

May 1st, Sunday @ 6:00 - 8:00pm: As part of the International Day of the Midwife there will be a Live Performance & Film - "Singing the Bones" by Caitlin Hicks.

Location: Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre, 102nd Avenue and 99th Street ? Lower Level

Cost: $1.00 includes soft drink and popcorn


 

May 2nd, Monday: The biggest anti-nuclear weapons conference in five years starts on May 2nd in New York and the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons suggests several actions we can take to support progress in nuclear disarmament.  For more information, and a message you can send to Paul Martin, go to http://www.vcn.bc.ca/wfcvb/nptalert.html.

 

May 4th, Wednesday @ 7:00 - 9:00pm: International Day of the Midwife public information session: Quality Maternity Care. Panel of speakers will include: ASAC representatives, Registered Midwives, and past midwifery clients Featuring a 20 minute documentary "A Fight for Midwifery: The Right to Choose" produced by Crystal Kadatz. This event is being held in lieu of ASAC's regular Film and Info Night and media will be invited.

Location: Whitemud Crossing Branch, Edmonton Public Library 4211 ? 106th Street
Cost: Free

Contact: 497-7576 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

May 5th, Thursday @ 12:00 - 2:00 pm: International Day of the Midwife Rally and Tribute
to Alberta Midwives. MLA and ASAC speakers, invoicing campaign presentation to the Minister of Health, and family picnic! Featuring a performance by: "In Her Voices" A cappella singers. Media will be invited to this event: make placards, bring your children, wear your ASAC t-shirt, and pack a picnic lunch!

Location: Alberta Legislature
Cost: Free

Contact: 497-7576 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

May 6th, Friday @ 12:00 ? 10:00 pm: "Small Act, Big Impact!" 2nd Annual Fair Trade Fair (National Fair Trade Weeks 2005). Featuring Local NGO's, NPOs, Unions, Fair Trade Merchants, Artists and Performers (including Earth's General Store).

Location: City Arts Centre, 10943 84 Ave., Edmonton
Cost: Free ? donations suggested and appreciated

Contact: 434-9236 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

May 6th and 7th: Faith and Health Care: Making the Connections in Alberta. At a time when Alberta is moving towards reshaping health care, it is important that the people of this province reflect on and express what kind of health care and policy reflects their faith traditions and values. Churches and other faith communities have long been involved in health care and are participating in the public conversations about the future of health care in Alberta. Keynote speaker is Dr. Nuala Kenny and presentation by Dr. David  Swann (newly elected MLA), Dr. David Pfrimmer, and Greer Black.

Location: Lutheran Church, 3527 Boulton Rd NW, Calgary

Cost: Saturday forum $20, includes lunch and snacks.

Contact: 780 679 1536 ( Robyn)  Or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


 

May 7th, Saturday @ 10:00 am:  The Great Human Race draws thousands of people to run, walk, or wheel to raise funds for over 300 local non-profit organizations. Last year the Great Human Race attracted 3000 people to participate and raised over $250,000 for our community.

Location: Butterdome, University of Alberta (87th Avenue and 114th Street)

Cost: $20 for the 3 km walk and $25 for the 8 km run.


 

May 10th, Tuesday @ 7:30 pm:  SEED Trust and CBC Present: An Evening with David Suzuki. With the aim of increasing community engagement in building a greener, more sustainable urban environment, SEED Trust and CBC are thrilled to present an evening with the fifth "Greatest Canadian" Dr. Suzuki. Dr. Susuki will speak on topics including Sustainability Within a Generation, a prescription for a cleaner, healthier Canada and his Nature Challenge, a program launched by the David Suzuki Foundation that provides practical ways for Canadians to take responsibility for conserving the environment and protecting nature.

Location: Myer Horowitz Theatre, Students' Union Building, University of Alberta.

Cost: $25.00 or $33.00 (plus GST and applicable service charges). Tickets available from Mountain Equipment Coop [12328 102 Ave], Tix on the Square [3 Sir Winston Churchill Square] or at U of A Information Desks in HUB, SUB and CAB; by phone at 780.420.1757 or on-line at www.tixonthesquare.ca

May 11 - 14, 2005: "Waste ? The Social Context" is an international conference on the socio

-economic aspects of waste management. The conference will be of interest to all in the field of environmental sociology, psychology and economics, as well as environmental consultants, practitioners in the area of municipal waste management and community planning and development. Conference keynote speaker, William Rees, will discuss the 'ecological footprint analysis', one of the major areas of his internationally acclaimed research. His research reveals the fundamental incompatibility between continued material economic growth and ecological security. William Rees is currently a professor at the School of Community & Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Location: Unknown

Cost: $400 regular - $100 Student

Contact: 496-6872 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

May 12th ? 14th, 2005: The Social Justice Institute presents "New Century, New Hope: Biblical Values for Renewing the World" conference at Newman Theological College, Edmonton, Alberta.  Featured speakers include: Bishop Raymond Schultz of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Joy Kennedy of Kairos Ecumenical Justice Coalitions, and Daniel LeBlanc OMI of Franciscans International.  Subjects discussed:

- EcoJustice / Our Fossil Fuel Addiction / Moving Beyond Kyoto- Joy Kennedy, KAIROS

- New Voices from the Global South / The World Social Forum- Daniel LeBlanc, OMI

- Awakening Biblical Hope in a Hypnotized Province- John Hiemstra, The Kings University College

- Teaching Social (In)Justice? - Jennifer Tupper, University of Regina

- Biblical Roots for Renewing the World - Bishop Raymond Schultz, ELCIC

- Just Worship: Incense, Bells, the Mean Street of Life- Roy Berkenbosch, The Kings Univ. College

- Playing in the Bush League: Canadian-U.S. Relations in the 21 Century - Tom Keating, U of A

- The Culture of Cool - Rebecca Davis Mathias, St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta

- Biblical Figures of Social Justice - Jeanne McKay-Rowan, St. Albert Catholic Parish

- Squandering Our Future: Alberta's Oil and Gas Giveaway - Dianne Gibson, Parkland Institute

- Moving from Words to Action in the Parish - Bob McKeon, Newman Theological College

- Grassroots Empowerment - The Greater Edmonton Alliance

- Refugee and Immigration Issues - Jim Gurnett, Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

- Housed, not Homeless - George Kelly, Executive Director, Edmonton InnerCity Housing

 Location: Newman Theological College 15611 St. Albert Trail NW, Edmonton

Cost: (evening) $5; May13 or 14 (whole day) $25; or $50 for the whole event

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it /461-0488 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  /467-2833

 

May 14th, Saturday @ 6:30 pm:  The Child is Innocent will be hosting ?A Night in Africa? with food, music and dance, as an official launch of the new not-for-profit foundation supporting children suffering the effects of war in Northern Uganda. For the past 18 years, the people in Northern Uganda have been victims of a brutal war. Innocent civilians have been killed or mutilated; thousands of children have been abducted, forced into combat, and subjected to torture and sexual violence. Over 800,000 people in northern Uganda have been forced from their homes and are living in camps for internally displaced persons. Life for the average Ugandan is filled with fear, insecurity, and lack of opportunity.

The Child is Innocent Foundation was established in Edmonton in October of 2004 and is committed to improving the living standard of orphaned and vulnerable children living in Northern Uganda by providing them with an education.

The Official Launch will be held at the Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre, 12964-52 Street on May 14th, 2005. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. The event will also include silent auction items including African artwork and masks. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased for $20.00 per person.

Location: Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre, 12964-52nd Street

Cost: $20.00 per person.

Contact: 453-2798 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

May 14th, Saturday @ 3:15 pm:  BIODIESEL & SVO MEETING IN EDMONTON.  Sponsored by Thompson Valley Farms and  Earth's General Store.  We are looking for people who are interested in biodiesel and SVO (straight vegetable oil) as fuels: benefits, making, buying, learning and teaching ourselves and our communities.  RSVP if you can, or just show up!

Location:  Strathcona Farmers' Market, 103 St. & 83 Ave., in the concession area.

Cost:  FREE

Contact:  435-2393, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 444-4798, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Websites:  www.thompsonvalley.com (Thompson Valley Farms).

Also please watch for our new website and discussion forum: www.edmonton-biofuels.org.

 

May 15th, Sunday @ 7:00 pm:  Waterwalker Film Festival - Canada's paddling film festival will be visiting Edmonton presented by Mountain Equipment Co-op and the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association. The WATERWALKER Film Festival is an annual tribute to the late Bill Mason the great conservationist, canoeist, painter, author and filmmaker who inspired so many of us to enjoy Canada's waterways and wilderness.

Location: Metro Cinema in the Citadel, 9828-101A Avenue
Cost: $10 in advance from MEC or $122 at the door. Proceeds from this festival will support the Edmonton Paddling Centre Association.

Contact: MEC at 488-6614


 

May 20th ? 23rd: CNPC - GAIA GATHERING 2005. There will be panels on the various Pagan paths, on
Paganism in the various regions of Canada, as well as on the various subjects that concern us - interacting with the mainstream community, forming "churches" and getting marrying rights, Pagan parenting, how are we
living our beliefs environmentally, Pagan chaplaincy, holding festivals, etc. With special guest Kevin Marron (author of Witches,Pagans, and Magic in the New Age. Toronto: Seal Books, 1989). His book was a ground-
breaking piece on our presence and culture.

Location: Alberta, U of Alberta campus ? contact for more specific information.
Cost: TBA

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May 21st ? 22nd @ 10:00 am ? 6:00 pm: First Annual PanFaire 2005. Also looking for volunteers and exhibitors.

. Pagan Market Place
. Prize Draws
. Live Music
. Drumming Circles
. Sword Fighting Demonstrations
. Kids Area
. Refreshments
. Live Auction
. Alternative Health Practitioners
. And much, much more

Location: Orange Hall, directly east of the Strathcona Library (84th avenue and 104th Street)
Cost: $2.00

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 988-1778

 

May 25th, Wednesday @ 7:00 pm: Tour of the SLRT Tunnel with the City of Edmonton. Ever wonder what it would be like to explore the South LRT tunnel?  Join us for an exciting tour into the depths of Edmonton's newest addition to our LRT system, the Health Sciences Station.  The Edmonton Transit System staff will provide a sneak peak at the new tunnel and we will explore the plan to stretch the LRT to the Century Park development (currently Heritage Mall). Strong, diverse public transportation systems are the foundation to smart growth cities. Come and explore with us!

Location: Contact the Sierra Club office for details.

Cost: Free but registration is limited to 15 participants, so register early.

Contact: 439-1160 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

May 26th, Thursday @ 7:00 pm:  "Mardi Gras: Made in China" - a 63 minute documentary that explores the production, consumption, and disposal of Mardi Gras beads. Filmed on location in Fuzhou, China and New Orleans, Louisiana, Mardi Gras: Made in China follows "The Bead Trail" backwards from the bacchanalia at Mardi Grass to the factories in Fuzhou where the beads are made. It is a story of globalization told by the owner of the largest Mardi Gras bead distributor in the world, four teenage Chinese bead-workers, and carnival revelers. When each group is shown images of the other, the cycle of misunderstanding goes a long way to explaining how the unjust system is kept in place.

Location: Metro Cinema in the Citadel, 9828-101A Avenue
Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Students/Seniors (Student ID required)

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May 28th, Saturday @ 1:00 pm: Public Interest Alberta would like to bring to your attention that they are holding their first Annual General Meeting.  While we will be sending out a formal notice to all members, we want to make sure that everyone that is interested in becoming a member or getting involved with PIA will be able to attend the meeting.

Location: Barnett House (11010 ? 142 Street) in Edmonton
Cost: Free

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ACTION

 

Canadian Seafood Boycott

Canadian fishers conduct the largest, cruellest marine mammal slaughter in the world. They are responsible for killing over 300,000 baby seals every year. Thousands are skinned while they are still alive. Most Canadians are against the commercial harp seal hunt. Several groups are calling for a boycott of Canadian produced seafood to send a message that you are not supporting this industry. [Try not to purchase any seafood for the next couple of weeks because if you purchase products from other countries it sends some of our Canadian dollars offshore and the environmental cost of shipping from other countries is quite substantial ? Michael].

Visit www.BoycottCanadianSeafood.net for more information or locally Voices for Animals www.v4a.org

Call Prime Minister Paul Martin at 1-866-599-4999 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


No Sweat Sneakers and Blackspot Sneakers

Earth?s General Store is proud to be the first store in Canada (as far as I know) to carry both these sweatshop free sneakers. These union made shoes ensure that the workers are paid an equitable wage and under healthier work conditions. Come on in and check them out. Visit www.adbusters.org and http://www.nosweatapparel.com/index.html for more information about how these shoes are challenging the status quo and winning. These shoes compliment our extensive line of Fair Trade coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate bars, and hot cocoa (the dark hot chocolate has been very well received by chocolate lovers) as well as out American Apparel clothes (www.americanapparel.net). As you may have noticed an American Apparel store has opened on the next block. When you wish to purchase AA clothes please check us out as well ? you will be supporting a local independent business, be getting the same great clothes, and you will save money.

No Sweat is bringing out black high top in the next couple of weeks and Blackspot has a Version 2 that should hit our shelves in August.

 



NIKE DISCLOSES ASIA EMPLOYEE CONDITIONS
Thursday 14 Apr, 2005 4:56pm

Nike has produced the most comprehensive picture yet of the 700 factories that produce its footwear and clothing. The sportswear giant details admissions of abuses, including forced overtime and restricted access to water.

The company has published a 108-page report, available on its website, the first since it paid $1.5m to settle allegations that it had made false claims about how well its workers were treated.

For years activists have been pressing Nike and other companies to reveal where their factories are in order to allow independent monitoring.

Nike lists 124 plants in China contracted to make its products, 73 in Thailand, 35 in South Korea, 34 in Vietnam and others in Asia.

It also produces goods in South America, Australia, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Turkey and the US. It employs 650,000 contract workers worldwide.

The report admits to widespread problems, particularly in Nike's Asian factories. The company said it audited hundreds of factories in 2003 and 2004 and found cases of "abusive treatment", physical and verbal, in more than a quarter of its south Asian plants.

Between 25% and 50% of the factories in the region restrict access to toilets and drinking water during the workday.

The same percentage deny workers at least one day off in seven.

In more than half of Nike's factories, the report said, employees worked more than 60 hours a day. In up to 25%, workers refusing to do overtime were punished.

Wages were also below the legal minimum at up to 25% of factories.

Michael Posner, the executive director of the organisation Human Rights First, described the report as "an important step forward" and praised Nike for its transparency.

But he added: "The facts on the ground suggest there are still enormous problems with these supply chains and factories what is Nike doing to change the picture and give workers more rights?"

Nike has joined the Fair Labour Association, a group that includes other footwear and clothing makers, as well as NGOs and universities, which conducts independent audits designed to improve standards across the industry.

The company said it needed further cooperation with other members of the industry.

"We do not believe Nike has the power to single-handedly solve the issues at stake," the company said in the report.

Mr Posner said retailers such as Wal-Mart bore huge responsibility for keeping prices low and consequently compounding poor working conditions in factories overseas.

He said that the likes of Nike and Adidas needed to work together to gain some kind of counterweight.

Debora Spar, the author of a case study on Nike, said the report "shows the company has turned a corner, although I am not sure that I would describe it as a very sharp corner."

[Thanks to Deanna for this - Michael]

 


 


Volunteering

 

Edmonton Bicycle Commuters? Society (EBC) has been granted a casino for Monday, August 29th and Tuesday, August 30th 2005.

 

Money that is generated from this fundraising event is used for rent, facility upkeep, BikeWorks, wages, the hiring of a coordinator and educational courses. EBC is not dependent on the casino to survive but it does make operating our facility and carrying out our mandate a little less stressful.

 

To operate the casino we need to have about 25 people volunteer for 38 positions/shifts. Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) requires us to submit the names of these volunteers 60 days in advance therefore it is very important that any person that may think that they would be able to volunteer ANY time for this worthwhile (financially) event that they let me know as soon as possible so I can start working out the schedule. Though you don?t need to fill in a volunteer form for AGLC unless you are volunteering for key volunteer positions (General Manager, Alternate General Manager, Banker and Count Room Supervisor) it would help me to better organize the volunteers if each person filled in a form. The volunteer form can be obtained at: http://www.aglc.gov.ab.ca/pdf/gaming/gaming_forms/5400.pdf. Please email the form once you are done.

 

These volunteer application forms are also available at Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' (10047 - 80 Avenue) and at Earth's General Store (#201, 10832 Whyte Avenue). I can also email you the form if you would like it sent to you this way.

 

No experience is necessary and all training is provided. A variety of positions, shifts and duties are available (Chip Runner, Cashier, Count Room, Banker, General Manager and Count Room Supervisor). The time commitment ranges from 5 1/2 to 9 hours - depending on the position you volunteer for.

 

Casinos can be fun and educational. Food (full restaurant with vegetarian options) and refreshments are provided at the casino and paid for by EBC in appreciation of your volunteer time.

 

The event will be held at the Baccarat Casino 10128 ? 104th Avenue.

 

Please bring photo identification with you when you turn up at the casino for your shift.

 

If you require more information please contact Michael Kalmanovitch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 439-8725 (Earth's General Store).

 

 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EARTH DAY

 

Earth Day Edmonton (Sunday Apr. 24 at Hawrelak Park, noon - 6 p.m.) is urgently in need volunteers in 3 areas:

 

SECURITY:4 people to act as night security the night before -- from about 7 pm to 7 am.  You can sleep in shifts inside a warm building on site at Hawrelak, but you'll need to bring your own sleeping bag.

 

FIRST AID: 2 people with emergency first aid training on Sunday. Must have own first aid equipment.

 

PUBLICITY:People to help put up posters this week to help spread the word - or if you have a permission list of people that you can communicate with regarding Earth Day please let us know and we wiill be happy to send you information for you to forward about the event.

 



Employment

 

Edmonton Bicycle Commuters? Society - Event and Volunteer Coordinator

 

This position is for an Event and Volunteer Coordinator for Edmonton Bicycle Commuters? Society (EBC).

The position is responsible for ensuring that the summer activities of EBC are supported by volunteers and executed in a timely fashion.  The position entails coordinating volunteer activity, setting up displays for EBC, responding to inquiries from the public or directing to appropriate source, and providing support for EBC.  A large component of this job includes coordination of the annual Bikeology Festival.  Ad hoc requests are also performed by this position.

The incumbent

  • Will carry out functions independently and generally establish, maintain and review own work to completion.  Review is general in nature to ensure objectives are met.  Instructions are provided when changes occur to policies and procedures.  With respect to new tasks and activities, the incumbent meets with the supervisor to determine task parameters, to define action plans, and then to consult the supervisor to determine if task requires clarification or direction.
  • Will provide accurate and timely management of volunteers and events.
  • Will be prepared to work to a high quality standard
  • Will be able to handle a heavy workload of multiple tasks/projects and have the ability to quickly identify priorities.
  • Will handle events, messages, and office functions
  • Will ensure deadlines are met.
  • Will be responsible to the EBC Board of Directors

Job Description:

The incumbent will:

  • Report to the EBC Board at monthly board meetings.  A board-elected supervisor will provide immediate guidance.
  • Act as the EBC representative, and increasing awareness of EBC in public.
  • Provide assistance to EBC volunteers in the completion of tasks and any other activities that will contribute towards the accomplishment of the EBC goals.

1.      Monitor progress on events as requested, follow through until action is complete, and notify volunteers of times, locations etc.
2.      Ensure all documentation is maintained in the filing system for future use.
3.      Organize, schedule and coordinate event meetings as required, including off-site.
4.      Arrange for event related supplies as required, validating documentation for processing.

  • Performing other project related ad-hoc duties as required/requested

Rate: $11/hour, + 4% vacation pay
Start Date: June 1, 2005
End Date:  September 2, 2005

Deadline for R?sum?s: May 13, 2005

Mission:
To promote and facilitate cycling as everyday transportation to Edmontonians by providing bicycle services and resources.

Vision:
The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society shall strive to increase its profile while advocating to improve cycling.  Through clearly defined volunteer roles and the expansion of its communication tools, Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society will increase its services and capabilities to the cycling community and general public.

Goals:
?       To improve our facilities and services
?       To encourage and assist participation in EBC activities
?       To communicate regularly with our membership and general public
?       To provide leadership for and cooperate with other groups in advocacy and cycle promotion

Mandate
EBC shall

1.      Bring to the awareness of the public and of the administrators the reasonable requirements of cyclists.
2.      Reduce pollution of the atmosphere by reducing dependencies on the internal combustion engine.
3.      Assist the public in choosing and maintaining their bicycles.
4.      Organize community events which popularize bicycles.
5.      Encourage provisions for bicycle parking and educate the public in promotion of health through cycling.
6.      Increase quality of life by encouraging daily use of bicycles.

EBC provides:

1.      BikeWorks:  workshop were the public can learn to fix their own bicycles.  We will continue to improve space, start a satellite shop in Riverdale, provide bike mechanic courses, provide tools and parts to Boyle street cooperative, continue our Recycling project, and provide good bike maintenance through continuing education.
2.      Services: EBC provides supervised bike lock-ups for summer events.  We distribute info and give cycling tips.  We host a web page of cycling info and events, and have the option to email in specific questions.  We issue the Cyclists' Vehicle, our quarterly newsletter.  We developed, filmed and sell the Winter cycling video, in conjunction with Rainbow Communications.   We assist with recycling and provide maintenance sessions at garbage fairs. We are committed to Bicycle racks on buses and providing satellite bike groups with supplies.
3.      Assistance and Networking:  We liaise with or belong to the Bicycling Education Society of Edmonton, Ecology Systems Information Society, the Edmonton Commuter Challenge, the North American Cycle Courier Championships, Bikeology organizers, the Cyclists' Advisory Committee, and CJSR

Canada World Youth - NETCORPS Internship Opportunity!
 
Your Passport to Employment ... Are YOU ready? To Discover other countries &  other regions of Canada. To Learn about social justice, development issues & information technology (IT). To Live/Work with people from other cultures. To Acquire practical work experience/other skills. A journey not to be missed!

The Canada World Youth NetCorps Program lasts six to seven months.  Interns spend half of their time in a Canadian community & the other half in a community in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America or the Caribbean. During the program you live with host families and volunteer with IT projects in community organizations, institutions or small businesses. Note: program countries to be confirmed.

The CWY NetCorps Programs start summer and autumn 2005. 
We are presently interviewing. Apply today for this opportunity!

To be Eligible - You must be 19 to 24 years of age, a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, unemployed or underemployed, hold a postsecondary diploma or degree, and in good health (complete medical and dental exams if selected).  Check conditions outlined on website.

The application process - Apply on line at www.canadaworldyouth.org "NETCORPS" ... Program Costs - Participants pay a participation fee and raise $1,950 through fundraising activities. Canada World Youth assumes the cost of food, lodging, pocket money and transportation for the entire program period. 

Info: www.canadaworldyouth.org / or 1-866-786-9243




 


CIDA Youth Internship Opportunity at Change for Children

 

Change for Children Association is pleased to announce a "Youth Internship" position through the Canadian International Development Agency?s (CIDA) International Youth Internship Program. Internships are intended to provide young people with career-related experience in international development.

 

To qualify for the program, CIDA requires that applicants must:

?       Be between the ages of 19 and 30.

?       Be Canadian citizens or eligible to work in Canada and unemployed or underemployed

?       Be a graduate of a degree or diploma program in a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a C?GEP.

?       Have a basic knowledge of a foreign language.

?       Agree to meet the objectives of the internship and share some costs of the internship.

 

2005/06 Intern - Bolivia

Five months in Edmonton with CFCA, five months in Cochabamba, Bolivia with our partner NGO - Mosoj Yan's Assistance Program for Girl and Teen Workers and who Live in the Streets.

 

Responsibilities:

?       Research and develop resource materials on development issues and capacity building in Bolivia.

?       Train in CIDA Results Based Management processes, strategic planning and workshop facilitation.

?       Develop collaborative fundraising initiatives.

?       Conduct outreach activities for schools, universities, and community groups.

?       Evaluate Mosoj Yan?s current operations of the social enterprises and productive unit and offer organizational development and support.

?       Develop a process with Coordinating Committee representatives for on-going project evaluation.

?       Assess high-risk youth and introduce them to resources and programs available at Mosoj-Yan.

?       Investigate new partnerships and potential funding with other Bolivian NGOs.

?       Organize and facilitate public education presentations.

?       Write articles, reports and evaluations.

?       Support general CFCA events and activities.

 

Qualifications:

?       A recent degree in the social sciences, education, international development, or equivalent.

?       Knowledge of the political history and social movements of Bolivia and a willingness to integrate into a socially progressive Bolivian organization.

?       Experience in non-formal education with youth preferred.

?       Experience in cross-cultural programs for youth and/or in alternative education related programming for youth.

?       A minimum of functional Spanish language ability or willingness to train.

?       Volunteer or employment experience in the non-profit sector.

?       Experience in event promotions, outreach, fund development and coordinating and supervising volunteers.

?       Excellent written and oral communication skills.

?       Knowledge and understanding of gender issues, cross-cultural relations, and international development.

?       Must be a highly motivated, adaptive individual able to perform under stressful conditions.

 

Terms:

?          Duration of ten months beginning June 2, 2005.

?          Thirty five hours per week, flexible work schedule required.

?          Monthly honorarium of Cdn. $1552 with some additional benefits.

?          Opportunities to develop a personalized career plan and to make long term employment-related contacts.

 

Interested candidates please send a resume, cover letter and at least one reference letter to:

 

Lorraine Swift, Projects Coordinator - Change For Children,

#221, 9624-108th Avenue Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 1A4

Fax: (780) 448-1507   E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Deadline for applications is Monday, May 2, 2005.

 



Information

New Site to List your Peace Actions and events


 

 


Still No Vision ? Parklands response to the provincial budget.

Ricardo Acuna & Diana Gibson

 

Had the Provincial Government been serious about its Throne Speech promises of leadership in learning, and all Albertans sharing in the Alberta Advantage, then the 2005 Provincial Budget would have been a very different creature. The budget is where the rubber hits the road on rhetoric ? and with this year?s budget, the government has fallen far short of its rhetoric.

 

Far from being a leader in sustainability and equity, Alberta is actually heading in the opposite direction. Homelessness and poverty are growing at alarming rates, we lead the country in wealth inequality, average tuition has increased by over 200% since 1990, and the government is actually generating more revenue from gambling than from royalties on the oil sands.

 

The 2005 budget promises relief for seniors and people with disabilities. An increase of 20% to the AISH budget, school tax relief to seniors, and other dental and health benefits for seniors are apparently on their way. However these changes do not even cover costs of inflation and will not address the fundamental issues of poverty and inequality in the province.  They are just short-term injections which fall shy of the mark.

 

This budget is only helping a few select classes of people in poverty. Over 11 percent more Albertans were homeless or used a food-bank in 2004 than in 2003. There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of poverty in a province with our largesse. Alberta has amongst the lowest social assistance rates in the country. A recent pre-budget analysis from the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta, reported that social assistance funding has yet to recover from the cuts of the 90s.

 

If the Klein government really means to ensure that all Albertans will share in the Alberta advantage, then fundamental underlying problems of poverty and inequality need to be addressed. The Parkland Institute?s budget committee concluded that not just AISH rates, but all social assistance rates as well as minimum wages needed to be brought up to the poverty line. A longer-term vision is needed, one where social assistance and minimum wages are tied to the actual cost of living.

 

In the area of post secondary education, there was much rhetoric about leading in learning in yesterday's budget speech, but only temporary relief is in sight for students. If the government is really committed to leading in learning, tuition fees will need to be addressed. Most of the other provinces have frozen or limited tuitions and a number of them have cut tuition, some by up to 25%. In Europe thirteen countries have no tuition at all. Even some states in the US are cutting tuition fees. To truly be leaders, Alberta will need to eliminate tuition fees, offsetting operating costs at the universities and colleges with increased core funding. Yesterday?s one-year funded tuition freeze and endowment for new initiatives do not address the fundamental problems ? what is really needed is new core funding for the institutions themselves.

 

Of course, these short-term injections of catch-up funding are possible because of the revenue received from selling off our natural capital - our fossil fuels.  Despite the tremendous surplus, however, the government continues to move in entirely the wrong direction on royalties and natural resources.  In order to begin the process of securing revenue and stability for Alberta beyond fossil fuels, we need to increase the revenue we get today from our natural resources and invest those funds with intelligence and foresight.  Budget 2005, however, pretends to support long-term innovation by delivering yet another break on royalty rates.

 

Provincial expenditures should be funded primarily from a return to a fair and progressive tax system and from the reinstatement of corporate taxes to prior rates.  Reliance on gambling revenue, consumption taxes and resource revenues, as Budget 2005 continues to do, is neither sustainable in the long term, nor stable or fair in the short term.  It is time for a bold vision for Alberta, and this budget has once again failed to lay the fiscal foundations for realizing that vision.

 

 

Ricardo Acuna is the Executive Director and Diana Gibson is Research Director of the Parkland Institute. Both sit on the Parkland?s Budget Committee. The Parkland Institute is a University of Alberta research network that examines public policy issues. Parkland?s pre-budget commentary is available on their website at www.ualberta.ca/parkland

 

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Parkland Institute
11045 Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton, AB  T6G 2E1
Switchboard: (780) 492-8558
Fax: (780) 492-8738
www.ualberta.ca/parkland

 

 


2005 AAP Breastfeeding Statement

 

Dear Friends of Babies,

 

Recent studies have stimulated the American Academy of Pediatrics to update their 1997 Breastfeeding Policy Statement. Over 200 studies and publications are cited to support these findings. The benefits to the infant, the mother, and the community are summarized. Recommendations to guide pediatricians and health care professionals in assisting mothers to initiate and continue breastfeeding are stated. The policy statement outlines methods that pediatricians and others can use to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding in their practices, hospitals, medical schools, community and nation.

 

Extensive research using improved epidemiologic methods and modern laboratory techniques demonstrate numerous compelling advantages for infants, mothers, families, and society when breastfeeding is increased. The advantages include health, nutritional, immunological, developmental, psychological, social, economic, and environmental benefits. Since the 1997 AAP Policy Statement on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk was published, there have been significant advances in science and clinical medicine. This revision sites substantial new research.  The central role of the pediatrician in coordinating breastfeeding management is delineated. These recommendations are consistent with the goals of the Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Breastfeeding Committee.

 

The AAP Statement emphasizes that human milk is species-specific, and all formula preparations differ markedly from it. Human milk is uniquely superior for infants. These significant benefits are shown to enhance the health of both term and preterm infants.

 

Research provides evidence that breastfeeding decreases the incidence and severity of a wide range of infectious diseases including bacterial meningitis, bacteremia, diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, otitis media, urinary tract infection, and late-onset sepsis in preterm infants. In addition, postneonatal infant mortality rates in the United States are reduced by 21% in breastfed infants.

 

Studies also suggest decreased rates of sudden infant death syndrome in the first year of life, reduction of insulin-dependant and non-insulin-dependant diabetes mellitus, lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkin disease, overweight and obesity, hypercholesterolemia, and asthma which carries even into adulthood.

 

Breastfeeding is associated with slightly enhanced cognitive development. Breastfeeding provides analgesia to infants and children.

 

Mothers benefit from decreased postpartum bleeding, more rapid uterine involution, decreased menstrual blood lose, lactational amenorrhea which increases child spacing, earlier return to prepregnancy weight, decreased risk of breast cancer, decreased risk of ovarian cancer, decreased risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis in postmenopaus.

 

Environmental benefits and economic benefits are addressed. Contraindications due to medications, disease, alcohol, smoking and drug use are identified.

 

The AAP, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Family Physicians, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, World Health Organization, United Nations Children?s Fund and many others recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. Although breastfeeding initiation has increased since 1990, exclusive breastfeeding has shown no increase in that same time period.

 

Obstacles to initiation and continuation of breastfeeding include insufficient prenatal education, disruptive hospital practices, lack of societal support, inappropriate and discouraging media portrayals of bottle feeding as normative, formula promotion in hospital discharge packs, formula coupons, advertising, and lack of encouragement from health care professionals.

 

The statement goes on to detail methods whereby these obstacles can be overcome. As individuals who are both concerned and knowledgeable in this field, each one of us may want to share this information in every direction possible. Our suggestion is to read the statement in more detail http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/115/2/496 and then forward a summary to others. Also, as our media reaches so many, some of us that have writing aptitude might submit articles to every publication available. All of us have heard this message before, but there is one more baby out there who will benefit from your caring actions and follow through.

Carry On,

Bill & Dee-Dee Devin

 



Please send me any events that you think should be listed in the Activist Agenda. All items to be listed in Our Voice Magazine need to be in before the middle of the preceding month ? i.e. April 15th for the May issue. Thank you ? Michael This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hey - Guess what - a few items didn't make it in the agenda and I actually made a couple of mistake - eeekk!
 
Please consider sending Paul Martin a message about Nuclear Weapns - See below for more information under ACTION.

 


 

April 22nd, Friday @ 7:00pm: Dancing and Drumming for Earth Day. Come celebrate Earth Day to the music of Krishna Das ? well-known singer/musician in the tradition of kirtan (a yogic path of devotion experienced through the chanting of sacred sounds).  Enjoy his soulful, varied music, presented to you in a pre-recorded format.  Easy sacred circle dance steps will be taught, and danced together by the group.  No previous dance experience is needed.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. This evening will be facilitated by Catherine Maine, who has been a sacred circle dancer for ten years, and dance teacher for six years. If you wish to drum along to the music instead (or to try both), please bring along your own drum.

Location: Riverdale Community League Hall at 9231 ? 100th Avenue

Cost: $10

Contact: Catherine at 456-0507, or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

In the previous email I wrote that the title of the documentary was Earth Under Fire ? Wrong!

 

April 22nd, Friday @ 7:00pm: Presentation by Doctor Jim Byrne presentation regarding the devastation of our water supplies here in Canada including clips from his video, Water Under Fire. Our quality of life is directly affected by the quality of our water. Often, Canadians take fresh water resources for granted. Scientists at the Canadian Water Network, Environment Canada and other research facilities throughout Canada have recognized that our water supply is stressed by over-allocation, contamination and environmental change. The 7-part documentary series Water Under Fire visits many of these facilities and talks with the scientists who give us the current perspective on many of the challenges plaguing our nation's water.
Sponsored by Council of Canadians - Edmonton Chapter

Location:  Edmonton Room - Stanley A. Milner Library
Contact: 429-4501 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


 

I had the wrong address listed for this event.

 

April 23rd, Saturday @ 10:00am ? 1:00 pm: Good Growing Edmonton Community Fair will have local experts and informative displays to help answers your questions about recycling yard waste, maintaining tree health, recognizing good and bad bugs, and harvesting rainwater. Pick up fun, free gardening stuff. Hourly presentations on Composting and grass cycling, Get your Lawn off Drugs, Brewed Compost Tea, Alternatives to Lawn, and Low Maintenance Plants.

Location: Northgate Lion?s Senior Citizen?s Recreation Centre @ 7524- 139 Avenue

Cost: Free

Contact: 496-4999 Good Growing Edmonton Fairs


 

 

May 5th, Thursday @ 12:00 - 2:00 pm: Fundraiser for the Youth Emergency Shelter Society!

Multi Media extravaganza evening including: local artists, some of Edmonton's most loved bands, dj, comedy, jewlery sales, projection of film shorts and photography. You have never seen an event like this! Lets support the people right here in our own back yard! Wide spectrum of music genres to be presented by Edmonton darlings Gate, Resonance, Shamik and Curtis (the release) and Paul Bellows and a couple of surprises along the way!
Silent Auction will include art donated by local artists of all mediums and various goodies from businesses in Edmonton (including Perugia, Westin Hotel, Divine, Headcase, Megatunes and MANY more!) Keep checking back to get more updates on this amazing event! Let's raise $$ for the kids and have a killer time supporting our entertainment community! See you there!

Location:  Fox Pub, 10125 ? 109th Street
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Contact: 995-5438

 

May 7th, Saturday @ 11:00 am:  Wal-Mart Action. We are asking you to help us in a Day of Greeting by sending a message to Wal-Mart that Wal-Mart workers have a right to unionize, receive fair wages and enjoy good working conditions. Please help us greet shoppers and hand out ?Mal-Wart Coupons?. The purpose of the Day of Greeting is to help raise awareness among shoppers of Wal-Mart activities and to support the UFCW members from the Jonqui?re store that will be without a job after Wal-Mart closes the store for being ?not profitable?.

Location: 13703 - 40th Street

Cost: Free

Contact: Dave Malka 780.483.3021

 

 


ACTION

 

"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?

Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right."

--- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the 35th anniversary of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which was supposed to lead to a nuclear-weapons-free world. Both anniversaries remind us of the stark dangers nuclear weapons still pose to the world.

 

Starting on May 2 and ending on May 27th world leaders and other power brokers will be in New York City reviewing this treaty.

 

Please take a moment and check out www.pgs.ca, http://www.vcn.bc.ca/wfcvb/nptalert.html., http://wcp.gn.apc.org and www.cuc.ca. You can print off a declaration at http://www.pgs.ca/updir/wcpdeclaration.pdf and mail it in to Physicians for Global Survival and they will deliver it to New York for you (the mail in date was April 20th but I would think that if you get them in as soon as possible it will help).

 

Don?t forget to email Prime Minister Paul Martin about this at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let him know whether you want to see ALL nuclear weapons abolished or not.

 

Copies of the declaration are at Earth's General Store.

 
 
 

Michael Kalmanovitch
Earth's General Store
10832 Whyte Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6E 2B3
780/439-8725
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Last Updated on Sunday, 24 April 2005 00:58
 

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