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Left Coast Events - Victoria & Islands - Nov 21 05

1. Communities Solidarity Coalition's meeting - Nov 21st
2. Why do 8,000 people die everyday from a preventable disease? - Nov 21st
3. Movie Monday - the last waltz - Nov 21st
4. Human Security: Is It Still Relevant: Nov. 21 @ RRU @ 7 p.m.
5. National Week of Action for an Oil Free Pacific Coast
6. Invitation to Quality of Life CHALLENGE Celebration and Dialogue 2005 - Nov 23rd
7. QI GONG JAMES BAY - Wednesdays
8. WFM-V meeting @ EMILY CARR, THURSDAY, November 24, 2005
9. Save the Planet - Buy Recycled - Nov 25th
10. 8th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice - Nov 26th
11. Sierra Club Event, Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workshop, Nov 27
12. Whose Development? Indigenous Rights in West Papua - Nov 28th
13. Winner Of Prestigious International Human Rights Award To Visit Five Canadian Cities - Nov 28th
14. Ethics Buying Collective's next order - Nov 28th
15. Narratives in Three Canadian Campaigns Against Poverty - Nov 30th
17. Boycott McDonalds on Dec 3rd in support of softwood industry
18. Finally An Alternative to CNN! - Dec 3rd
19. Cathedral Grove public hearing - Dec 6th
20. Society of Living Intravenous Drugusers AGM - Dec 7th
21. Dec.9 deadline: Cathedral Grove needs YOUR INPUT
22. Massage for Africa - Dec 12-17th
21. DOCUMENTARY - Setting the Spirit Free - Dec 7th


1. The Communities Solidarity Coalition's next meeting is being held:

HEU Office
201-415 Gorge Rd E.
Monday, Nov. 21st, at 7:00PM

With the spring looking like a show down between labour and the Liberals' and their anti people agenda, we are encouraging all past members and new persons to attend.

Hope to see you all there. All are welcome.

In solidarity,
Bob Wilson

From: "Bob Wilson"


2. Why do 8,000 people die everyday from a preventable disease?

Find out more at the next Social Justice Film Series & Public Dialogue event
- Everyone welcome!

When: Monday November 21, 2005
Time: Candle-light vigil begins at 6pm, Film begins at 7pm
Where: University of Victoria

* * Note change of location for the vigil and film screening * *

~ Vigil is in the central green space in front of the
McPherson (Main) Library, at the "Day of AIDS" public art
installation of 8,000 crosses

~ Film screening in the Human & Social Development
Building, Room A240 - Wheelchair Accessible

Format: Half hour candle-light vigil to open the "Day of AIDS" public art
installation, followed by a 45 minute film with guest speakers & audience

Film: The Power is the People (2005): A new film by Gary McNutt that
chronicles the partnership between SOLID on Salt Spring Island and two
Southern African communities

Speakers: Film-maker Gary McNutt, and HIV/AIDS activists Minneh Bushby &
Heidi Exner

Information will also be available from VIDEA's Global Youth, WUSC, RESULTS
Canada and the Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society.

between the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Salt Spring Organization for
Life Improvement and Development (SOLID)

The Social Justice Film Series is hosted by the Faculty of Education's
department of Leadership Studies and CACE Programme, in partnership with the
Graduate Student Society, with generous donations from Elite Earth-Friendly
Dry Cleaners, and SPUD Organic Food Delivery.

From: "Catherine Etmanski"


3. Movie Monday

>6:30 Monday Nov 21 no music on film series would be anywhere without - THE LAST WALTZ
Martin Scorsese's documentary of the 1976 final performance of the legendary Sixties rock group The Band is at once a show featuring some of the greatest rock performers of their generation and a bittersweet look back at an era that was just beginning to fade. As Scorsese guides the group through interview segments discussing their 15 years together, these relatively young men sound like battle-weary survivors.

But The Band were in splendid form for this show, and their multiple guest stars pulled out all the stops, especially Muddy Waters, whose "Mannish Boy" is so powerful it nearly burns a hole in the screen; Van Morrison, with a rousing performance of "Caravan;" and Bob Dylan, whose "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" displays the brilliant cockiness of his barnstorming days with this band. The all-star camera crew and superb stereo sound mix create what is considered to be of the best-looking and sounding rock films ever (as the opening credit says, play this movie loud!), and two studio-shot sequences with Emmylou Harris and The Staple Singers stand on their own. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

We'll play it medium loud...

6:30 pm
Eric Martin Pavilion,
Jubilee Hospital (Fort & Richmond)

by donation

More info - 595-FLIC or http://www.islandnet.com/mm

>6:30 Monday Nov 28 RORY O'SHEA WAS HERE (Inside I'm Dancing)
The winner of the Audience Award at the 2004 Edinburgh International Film Festival, Rory O'Shea Was Here is an extraordinary story of determination that fuses highly emotional drama with bracingly boisterous humor. Inspired by the experiences of real people, the film follows two young men with physical disabilities as they band together and seize an opportunity to savor life on their own terms. R for language

6:30 Monday 5 December Beethoven's Hair special Guest Larry Weinstein

6:30 Monday 12 December It's All Gone Pete Tong

6:30 Monday 19 December Animation Special selected and presented by Gail Noonan
-- including Lulu Keating's The Moody Brood

From: Bruce Saunders


4. Human Security: Is It Still Relevant: Nov. 21 @ RRU @ 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 21 - Human Security: Is It Still Relevant?

A panel discussion, co-sponsored by Royal Roads University and the Royal Society of Canada, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on the Quarterdeck at Royal Roads University. Panellists include Bob Lawson, Human Security Policy Division FAC, Andrew Mack, Lui Institute for Global Studies, Paul Evans, Asia Pacific Foundation, Paz Buttedahl, Royal Roads University and Margaret Purdy as moderator, Transport Canada. Find out more details by going to www.royalroads.ca

Dawn McLean
250 - 592 - 4901
dawnmclean (at) shaw.ca

From: Dawn McLean [mailto:dawnmclean (at) shaw.ca]


5. National Week of Action for an Oil Free Pacific Coast

Starting Monday there will be a week of action across Canada to maintain
the 30 year old moratorium on oil and gas development off BC's wild
Pacific Coast. It's the one year anniversary of the federal public input
process (the Priddle Process) results, where 75% of 3700 respondents
wanted to maintain the moratorium off the Pacific coast. As well, we all
know a federal election is coming up, and the government must listen to
the will of the people. Please take part in the following two events,
and watch for a call next week to flood federal politicians with letters
and phone calls.

- Jen Mackay, Ken Wu, Louise Pederson, Alex Watson, Cassbreea Dewis
Western Canada Wilderness Committee

Two upcoming events:


Tuesday, Nov.22, 2005
11:30 am
Beside the Library near the fountain, University of Victoria

A hundred people (non-students welcomed!) are needed to form the words
"Oil Free Coast" with their bodies while a photo is taken overhead.
Please wear yellow, orange, or red if possible. There will be speakers
(WCWC UVic activists Ziya He, Caitlin Perry, Sarah Pawliuk), music, and
food. If possible PLEASE confirm you're coming. Contact the UVic WCWC
Club at uvicwilderness (at) yahoo.ca so they can get a sense of the numbers

National DAY OF ACTION to Maintain the Moratorium

Actions in almost 20 cities across Canada!

Wednesday, Nov.23, 2005

In Victoria:
1:00-2:00 pm at Liberal Cabinet Minister Keith Martin's riding office at
666 Granderson Rd. (near the intersection of Goldstream and Veterans
Memorial Parkway) in Langford, west of Victoria.
Note: Please contact Jen Mackay at jen (at) wildernesscommitteevictoria.org
or 388-9292 if you need a ride to the event.

In Vancouver:
1:00-2:00 pm at Minister of Industry David Emerson's riding office at
2148 Kingsway Ave. For more info contact Louise Pederson at
louise (at) wildernesscommittee.org or (604) 683-8220

In almost 20 cities across Canada (Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops,
Tofino, Haida Gwaii, Sointula, Nanaimo, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa,
Parry Sound, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Montreal, Thunder
Bay, Waterloo, Kingston, Oceanside) the Wilderness Committee is
organizing a National Day of Action for an Oil Free Pacific Coast. There
will be little groups of concerned citizens outside federal Liberal
offices and in downtown centers giving out information on offshore oil
and gas development, getting people to write letters to their federal
Member of Parliament (MP), and gathering signatures on petitions. For
more info on the National Day of Action, contact: Jen Mackay, WCWC
Campaign Intern at the Victoria office (250) 388-9292 or email
jen (at) wildernesscommitteevictoria.org


Join 70 000 Canadians and become a member or donor to the Western Canada
Wilderness Committee, Canada's largest membership-based wilderness
protection organization.

WCWC Victoria
Office and Rainforest Store
651 Johnson St., Victoria, BC V8W 1M7
(250) 388-9292
wc2vic (at) island.net

From: "WCWC Vic"


6. Invitation to Quality of Life CHALLENGE Celebration and Dialogue 2005

Do you care about quality of life in BC?s Capital Region?

Celebration and Dialogue 2005

Come learn about

? Outcomes from the Quality of Life CHALLENGE
? links between employment and quality of life

Displays, Presentations, Story tables, Video clips, Refreshments

Sing along with Victoria musicmaker, Louise Rose

Wednesday, November 23, 2005
6:30 to 9:30pm
at the Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street

RSVP by November 21 to info (at) qolchallenge.ca or 383-6166

Transportation and daycare subsidies available

Christina Peacock
Communications Manager
Community Council
1144 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3K8
Tel: 250-383-6166 Fax: 250-385-6712 email: christina (at) communitycouncil.ca
www.communitycouncil.ca www.qolchallenge.ca

VISION: a sustainable quality of life for everyone in BC's Capital Region
MISSION: providing leadership to bring the community together

From: "Christina Peacock"



A great way to start the morning!

Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Drop in. $3.00 Family Resource Centre (1st Floor). Beginners Welcome.

Practice 18 easy-to-learn meditative movements to release stress and balance energy.

Taught by Brenda Davie, a Registered Shiatsu Therapist.

Everyone is welcome. For additional information, please call Linda at 380-6383.

From: Linda Chan


8. WFM-V meeting @ EMILY CARR, THURSDAY, November 24, 2005:

Greetings, World Fderalists and Fellow Travellers!

Please note another change of day, time and venue for this week's , November regular WFM-V meeting . The day has been changed to the fourth Thursday for this month. Other changes - of a more enduing nature - will take place in January 2006

DATE: THURSDAY November 24, 2005
Time: 1:30 - 4:00 PM

of the Greater Victoria Public Library,
3500 Blanshard Street (near the corner of Saanich Road and just South of SAVE ON PLAZA ).
The meeting will take place in a basement room accessible from the rear of the library.

Parking: The library has a small free parking lot, but unless you have mobility problems, please
use the adjoining free lot in the south end of the SAVE ON Plaza.


Topic: Responsibility to Protect (R2P) : Going Beyond the Platitudes

Anchor and briefing by: Dmitri Alpatoff

First reactor : Mary-June Pettyfer

Discussion with your inputs to follow

The usual Refreshments will be served.



Dmitri Alptoff's remarks will be drown from recent reports that have been circulated to the WFM Council ,WFM-V Executive and others, especially United Nations World Summit: Major Achievements, Failures, and Postponements (Oct.2005)

Dmitri's intention is to determine the most viable role for the UN proposed Peace Building Commission.
Is this role to be one of Intervention?
If so, how does one avoid the bear hug model as when the Soviets invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968 to offer "fraternal assistance"?
What forms can more proper Conflict Prevention models take?

Mary-June Pettyfer will add some additional perspectives.

From: pthomas (at) uvic.ca


9. Save the Planet - Buy Recycled


PAPER DELIVERY: Week of December 5th

Place your orders for the monthly buy on line here office paper buying club: www.rfu.org

or by email: copypaperbuyingclub (at) shaw.ca

or phone Paper Choice at 1-800-567-4055.

THE PAPER: Rolland New Life, union made in Quebec by Cascades. NOW 100% post-consumer recycled fibre, process chlorine free, with new packaging which explains the benefits of this paper. 89 brightness, 20 lb.
PRICE: $61.50 per case of 5,000 sheets, plus taxes and delivery

DELIVERY: by courier in Vancouver and Victoria, Canada Post everywhere else

PAYMENT: You will receive your invoice by fax or email. The Buying Club operates on PRE-PAYMENT only.

After you receive your invoice, Mail your cheque, made out to Reach for Unbleached! to:

Reach for Unbleached! Buying Club,
c/o Paper Choice,
Box 224, Gabriola BC V0R 1X0

Using recycled chlorine free paper is a first step to sustainability. It saves energy and water as well as trees and air pollution, so using it also helps achieve your personal One Tonne Challenge!

From: "Delores Broten"


10. 8th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice

This is a follow up email, to alert you to the extended deadline for registration to the 8th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice on Saturday, November 26th at William Head Institution.

Registration will now close by the end of Tuesday November 22nd (please see below for more details). We do have about 100 registered participants, and there is space for 170.

We would be grateful for any PSA or feature that could alert folks to this fascinating inside look at prison life, featuring a film followed by day-long discussion and presentations on community support for long term prisoners and parolees. If you need further info, please don't hesitate to contact me.

with thanks
Mandy Leith

What: Restorative Justice Symposium: "Many Hands Make Lighter Work"
When: 9.30am-4pm, Sat. November 26th 2005 (Registration at 8.45am)
Where: William Head Institution, 6000 William Head Road, Metchosin
Cost: $10 (food and refreshments provided)
Registration: Call Derrek Hutchings 391-7040 by Tuesday November 22nd, 2005

OPEN CINEMA Partners With Restorative Justice Symposium At William Head Institution.

November 7, 2005, Victoria, BC - The Restorative Justice Coalition will partner with OPEN CINEMA to present the 8th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice on Saturday, November 26th. This popular groundbreaking event will take place at William Head Institution (WHI), 6000 William Head Road, in Metchosin from 9.30am until 4pm. The theme of this year's symposium is "Many Hands Make Lighter Work", which will focus on the need for community involvement helping people in prison or on parole, and assisting the professionals who are working with inmates and ex-offenders.

The symposium will kick off with a screening of the award-winning documentary A Hard Straight (USA 2004) followed by a facilitated open forum discussion involving all of the attendees at the symposium, including inmates. This powerful film offers an unflinching look at the temptations and frustrations faced by three parolees as they grapple with the challenges of life on the outside after long prison terms, and examines the personal and community-based resources needed to assist in the transition back into mainstream society. This thought-provoking film will provide a springboard for discussion and inquiry.

Projection equipment and expertise will be provided by local filmmaking Co-op MediaNet, who will also be providing a job-shadowing opportunity for selected inmates. MediaNet is an ongoing sponsor of OPEN CINEMA events.

Those wishing to attend the Symposium must submit a completed security clearance form to WHI (contact info below) by November 22, 2005. Attendees must be 19 years of age or older to enter the Institution without a parent or legal guardian. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

To register for the symposium, or for RJC info please contact:

Derrek Hutchings David Hough
Social Programs Officer, WHI Restorative Justice Coalition member
PO Box 4000, Station A houghdd (at) telus.net
Victoria, BC V8X 3Y8 479-2774
hutchingsdn (at) csc-scc.gc.ca

OPEN CINEMA contact:
Mandy Leith
opencinema (at) shaw.ca


The purpose of the Restorative Justice Coalition at William Head Institute is to promote restorative justice dialogue that leads to better understanding, healing, and hope. Restorative Justice (RJ) is an alternative philosophical and practical framework for seeing crime and our responses to crime, and asks how the community, the offenders and the harms to victims can be healed. RJ also asks how offenders can take responsibility for the harm of their crimes. Developed in the 1970s, the popularity and application of RJ has grown rapidly in Canada and the United States and several other countries during the last decade.

The Restorative Justice Coalition is driven by inmate members and outside volunteer members and has held regular weekly meetings since 1998 and has organized an annual symposium at William Head Institution in Metchosin. The Coalition is inclusive of anyone wishing to attend, including members of the police([search]), criminal justice, and correctional systems. The circle process is used and each meeting has a member facilitator who has learned the role by experiencing several meetings. The Coalition has one main unwritten rule for its meetings and activities: "Always show respect for others in your presence and for yourself, even in the face of disrespect."

The Coalition is probably the first group of its kind to come into existence anywhere in the world. One of the Coalition's challenges is to develop support for people who have left their home at William Head Institution to return to the outside community of Greater Victoria.

For more information, please contact:

David Hough, Founding and Active member
(250) 479-2774
houghdd (at) telus.net

Mandy Leith
Executive Director and Founder

H: 250.385.3003
C: 250.882.7441
opencinema (at) shaw.ca

From: Mandy Leith


11. Sierra Club Event, Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workshop, Nov 27


Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Workshop on

Sunday, November 27,

Take a TEK shopping trip to the First Nations' mall with traditional ecological specialist
Doug Andrew. Create a shopping list and learn how food, clothing, housing, tools, art,
and medicine were acquired pre-contact. Create a handmade tool to take home.
Fee: $10 members, $15 non-members. Pre-register at 386-5255 ext. 241.

Wildly interactive events!
Every second Sunday.
Everyone welcome!

Sponsored by the Nature Canada Parks and People Program

Nikko Snow, Outings Coordinator
Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter
#302-733 Johnson St.
Victoria BC V8W 3C7
(250) 386-5255 x241
nikko (at) sierraclub.bc.ca

From: "Nikko Snow"


12. Whose Development? Indigenous Rights in West Papua

Meet Jan Christian Warinussy,
West Papuan winner of the 2005 John Humphrey Freedom Award

Monday, November 28, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
at Wawadit'la (Mungo Martin House) in Thunderbird Park
(Corner of Douglas and Belleville Streets in Victoria)

A public speaking event organized by
Rights & Democracy and the Pacific People's Partnership

Mr Warinussy is Executive Director of the Institute for Research, Analysing and Development of Legal Aid, also known as LP3BH, an organization committed to defending the rights of West Papuans affected by the Indonesian military's efforts to assert control over the region, which occupies the western half of the island shared by Papua New Guinea.

From: "Bob Crane"


13. Winner Of Prestigious International Human Rights Award To Visit Five Canadian Cities

Yan Christian Warinussy, winner of Rights & Democracy?*?s 2005 John Humphrey
Freedom Award ?*? one of Canada?*?s highest honours for work in the field of
international human rights ?*? will be in Canada 28th to Dec. 9th for a
series of public presentations on the courageous struggle for human rights
taking place in his native West Papua, Indonesia.

Mr. Warinussy?*?s Canadian tour takes him to Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., on
Monday, Nov 28; Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Wednesday, Nov. 30; Toronto,
Ontario, on Thursday, Dec. 1; and Montreal, Quebec, on Monday, Dec. 5. Mr.
Warinussy will be presented with the 2005 John Humphrey Freedom Award at a
special awards ceremony in Ottawa on Dec. 8.

For more information, please visit our web site at www.dd-rd.ca. Read as
well our special issue of the Libertas newsletter on the John Humphrey
Freedom Award, available in PDF and HTML formats.

From: pstlouis (at) dd-rd.ca


14. Ethics Buying Collective's next order

As winter settles in on us, it's time to prepare our stores of food for the months ahead. The deadline for our next order is Monday November 28th. The delivery date for that order is Wednesday December 14th, 4:30 - 7pm. Pick-up is at our usual Blanshard Community Centre location (901 Kings Rd.). If you are unable to pick your order up at that time, let us know and we can try to arrange carpooling with another member.

To view our catalogue, please visit www.ethicscoop.ca . In addition to our usual organic food fare, there are also interesting books and cards for holiday gifts. Please let us know if you need any help placing your order or if you've got any questions. If there are specific items that you're interested in, let us know that too and we'll do our best to add them to our catalogue.

A request: Do you have a collection of twist-ties building up in your kitchen drawer? Rather than using new twist-ties for our bulk items, we're hoping to get members recycling their old ones so please hang onto them and drop them off when you pick up your order. Thanks!

And a quick update: Our last order was our largest yet ... yay! Thanks to all those who volunteered and to all the members who ordered!

in peace,

Live simply so that others may simply live.

From: "heather steel"


15. Narratives in Three Canadian Campaigns Against Poverty

Professor Marge Reitsma-Street

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
9:30 - 11:00 am
Harry Hickman Building, Room 110

A national drive to end child poverty, a provincial resistance movement against arbitrary two-year limits on social assistance benefits, and a city initiative to close a welfare fraud line. These three campaigns against poverty - one federal, one provincial and one local - will be discussed in this public lecture. The campaigns are similar in that they all inspire hope, each was partially or modestly successful and none of the campaigns started out with budgets or obvious leaders. This lecture will focus on how all three campaigns challenged the dominant discourse that explains Canadian poverty and inequality. The campaigns had two primary "oppositional narratives". One is abolitionist and the other is transformative. The features of these narratives are examined and their limitations explored with the goal of generating new stories and more convincing narratives.

Dr. Marge Reitsma-Street is an activist scholar, authoring over 200 academic and popular publications and presentations, while serving as facilitator of poverty networks and social justice coalitions, and conducting projects on poverty, housing, women's work, and alternative organizations in Ontario and British Columbia. She is editor of Women in Northern Ontario, Poverty and Inequality in the Capital Region, and a forthcoming publication Housing Thousands of Women. Currently, she is Principal Investigator of a SSHRC funded project on women, community and provisioning. Marge is a Professor, teaching in the graduate Studies in Policy and Practice and cross appointed to the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Human and Social Development. In January 2005 she was one of two faculty at the University of Victoria to receive the Community University Leadership Award.

This public lecture is co-sponsored by: Studies in Policy and Practice; the Research Initiatives for Social Change (RISC) of the School of Social Work, and the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG). It is a required lecture for SPP 530 "Poverty and Inequality" and SOCW 301 (F02) "Research for Social Change". For more information please contact Bruce Wallace at 472-4386.

Free and Open to the Public

Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group
Box 3035, Stn CSC
SUB B122, UVic
Victoria, BC
V8W 3P3
director (at) vipirg.ca
ph. 250.721.8629

From: "Greg Awai"



Coming Thursday December 1st
7:00 pm in the Heritage Community Hall
375 Brae Road in Duncan

SHORT FILM ?MONEY AS DEBT? ? by Paul Grignon of Gabriola


2 important Canadian leaders and activists speaking on:

?Deep Integration with the United States and Mexico?

"Did you know our governments are facilitating the creation of
a North American Union of Canada, USA, and Mexico
under the Direction of 150 of Canada's leading Corporations??

? with Connie Fogal, leader of the Canadian Action Party

?The Bank of Canada, history, creation of money, debt, and how to return to the proper use of the BoC to finance our public, government-approved projects.?

? with William Krehm, founder of COMER ? the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform, and senior authority on money matters in Canada,

who will take your questions.

From: "Celia Abram"


17. Boycott McDonalds on Dec 3rd in support of softwood industry

Please support our young workers, and students by supporting this boycott on Dec 3!

This boycott has been endorsed by CUPE, BC Carpenters Union and NUPGE. I've been to their websites and verified it.

Power to the youth...to challenge the things we adults can't seem to change!!

(There are links on this webpage to the union endorsements.)

These young lads now have the endorsement of some of the large unions nationally. This is also important since it has direct impact on Powell River - the town we live in. Many jobs have been lost thanks to softwood lumber tariffs and two very young boys are asking us to help them in a fight by boycotting McDonalds to prove a point to the US. They owe us 5 billion for illegal tariffs. Pass the word along they ask so little (and really how often do you see young kids getting involved in such massive issues)

Read the website and never underestimate the power of an angry child.

This kid is asking for people to support a boycott of McDonald on Dec 3 to protest the $5 billion that the US stole in the form of softwood lumber tariff and is now refuses to repay to Canadian producers. His anger boiled over when Condoleezza Rice dismissed the issue as trivial. I don't know about you but $5 dollars is not trivial if someone stole it from you, let alone $5 billion.

I know the softwood lumber dispute is more complex than that but I thought the kid's spunk was interesting.

So take a look at what he has to say and pass the message on.

Chris Duckett, Chairperson pro-tem
Hospital employees' Union, Powell River Local

From: Jean Duhamel


18. Finally An Alternative to CNN!

Instead of CNN and its ilk would you like to hear real voices from local
people around the globe talking and reporting on world affairs?

You can via http://internacia.tv/ the new internet based television station based in Esperanto. You just need to learn Esperanto first. Woops- if you are now beginning to suffer pain in memories of past foreign language nightmares hear this. Esperanto is a planned language, planned to be easy to learn, pronounce, spell, and write without exceptions. And planned to make language equality a reality since
when people use it no one is struggling to speak in a foreign language.

Wally du Temple says that Esperanto is a global language with global roots. He says that it has the right stuff to become ?The Talk of the World?. He is giving a free workshop on Esperanto

between 11am and 5pm on
Saturday December 3rd
at Queenswood, 2494 Arbustus Rd.

Participants will get a taste of various free internet self study courses
including :

For more information contact Wally du Temple at
656-1767 or esperanto (at) shaw.ca

Wallace George du Temple
inzonegolf (at) shaw.ca

From: Wallace George du Temple


19. Cathedral Grove public hearing

Tuesday 6 December at 7 pm
Qualicum Civic Centre

The Friends of Cathedral Grove are holding a round table public meeting moderated by MLA Scott Fraser.
Everyone is welcome.

Great op-eds by Ingmar and Richard on Cathedral Grove. I hope both are published, both internationally and locally.

Details of the upcoming meeting on Cathedral Grove are at the following link so please circulate:


From: Karen Wonders


20. Society of Living Intravenous Drugusers


7:00 ? 9:00 PM

Nominations for the Board of SOLID will be taken. Members can self nominate.



Chair/co-chair. To preside over general meetings, assist with ensuring a rotation of meeting chair duties, provide direction, maintain the agenda, and ensure the minutes are available.

Assistant Chair/Co-assistant. To take role of chairs when requested or chair/co/chair not available. To ensure that agenda, financial information, minutes are available and to assist when required to have these available.

Secretary/co- Secretary. (May be a supporting member) To take minutes at Board meetings, send to members via email and provide copies at Meetings. Maintain a correspondence list. Maintain a minute book and keep available for information.

Membership Chair: To maintain and keep confidential the list of Members as Directed by P.I.P.A.

Treasurer/Co-treasurer. Maintain all financial documentation.( May be a supporting member)

Committees: 1 BOARD MEMBER MUST be on committees. Non-members may assist
Communications Officer:
Newspaper clippings:
Cross-Board members: (As opposed to being on Boards personally)
Outside Committees: 2 Eligible members must be on these.
Shopper: Make purchases for weekly meetings in conjunction with Treasurers and Board Motions.

Business is restricted to:
Nominations to the board:
Financial Update:
Directors Reports:
Committee Reports:

All welcome. Bus fare and Snacks available.

From: momma (at) vcn.bc.ca


21. DOCUMENTARY - Setting the Spirit Free

The Fires that Burn: The Life and Work of Sister Elaine MacInnes

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10 p.m. ET, 60 mins.
Repeats Thursday, Dec. 8, 11 p.m. ET


Documentary depicts the remarkable life of Canada's Sister Elaine

"Your spirituality is what you do with the fires that burn within."
- Sister Elaine MacInnes

Classical musician. Zen master. Prison activist. Meet Sister Elaine MacInnes: a most remarkable nun.

Born in Moncton, N.B. in 1924, Sister Elaine has spent her life on a
spiritual journey - one that has taken her from New York's Juilliard School
to the convent, and from the serenity of a Buddhist temple to the squalor of
British penitentiary cells.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 10 p.m. ET, VisionTV presents the national
television premiere of The Fires that Burn: The Life and Work of Sister
Elaine MacInnes, an hour-long documentary portrait of this extraordinary
woman, produced by The May Street Group Film, Video & Animation Ltd. of
Victoria, B.C. The broadcast repeats on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 11 p.m. ET.

The film has earned a Silver Chris Award at the 53rd Columbus
International Film & Video Festival

Sister Elaine learned the violin from her mother, a gifted musician, and
pursued music studies at Mount Allison University and Juilliard, after which
she played professionally with symphony orchestras in Calgary and Edmonton.
She also fell in love with a handsome English airman, who was killed in
action during World War Two. Through it all, she felt a spiritual longing
that led her, finally, to a Toronto convent in 1953.

After taking her vows in 1961, Sister Elaine accepted an assignment in
Kyoto, Japan - and there found herself drawn to Zen Buddhism. At a monastery
deep in the mountains, she began to study meditation with a renowned master,
and by 1980 had become the first Canadian ever accredited as a Zen Roshi

Missionary work took Sister Elaine to the Philippines during the
tumultuous years of revolt against the brutal regime of Ferdinand Marcos.
There, she achieved a degree of notoriety for her efforts to teach
meditation to political prisoners and victims of torture - often at great
personal risk. By the early 1990s she had taken up similar work in UK
prisons, as Director of the Prison Phoenix Trust.

Actor Jeremy Irons, patron of the Prison Phoenix Trust, tells the
filmmakers that learning meditation is an "extraordinary gift" for those
behind bars, making it possible "to find your silence, to find your quiet,
to deal with your anger and to find your self-possession" - all of which can
be crucial to rehabilitation.

Professor Andrew Coyle, the former governor of Brixton Prison, says
Phoenix Trust now operates in nearly half of the country's prisons, and
demand for its meditation classes is enormous. He credits Sister Elaine with
paving the way for the initial success of the program by winning the trust
of inmates: "Prisoners are good judges of people - quick to see through
artifice - and can recognize a genuine person."

Sister Elaine was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001. Her
mission now: to introduce meditation and yoga classes into Canadian
penitentiaries, through the newly established Toronto organization Freeing
The Human Spirit (www.freeingspirit.com).

It will take no small effort to overcome the resistance of corrections
officials here in Canada. But as always, Sister Elaine draws strength from
her spirituality. "We all have everything we need or want," she says. "We're
just not in touch with it."

The Fires that Burn was produced by The May Street Group in association
with VisionTV. It was directed and edited by Hilary Pryor, who co-wrote and
co-produced with Garfield Lindsay Miller. Maureen Levitt and Alberta Nokes
were Executive Producers for VisionTV. Hilary Pryor was Executive Producer.>

Media Contact:

David Todd, VisionTV Marketing & Communications
Phone: 416-368-3194, ext. 207
Email: dtodd (at) visiontv.ca

News Releases: http://www.visiontv.ca/Media/releases.html
For photos, go to www.visiontv.ca/Media/photogallery/photo_press2.htm
and click on "Documentaries:

From: "Todd, David"


21. Dec.9 deadline: Cathedral Grove needs YOUR INPUT

The following is a call to action from the WCWC's Mid-Island Chapter in
Qualicum Beach, run by Annette Tanner who is working to protect
Cathedral Grove from a proposed parking lot and to see the existing park
expanded to include the unprotected parts of Cathedral Grove. Please
take 10 minutes and WRITE-IN before the public input deadline on Dec.9.
Contact Annette Tanner at wcwcqb (at) shaw.ca if you have any questions about
Cathedral Grove.


The BC government is determined to build a new parking lot in Cathedral
Grove on Vancouver Island (partly protected in MacMillan Provincial
Park), Canada's most famous ancient forest. The proposed location is
over a mile away from its present location and from the famous big trees
and would destroy 5 hectares of the Grove. The Wilderness Committee and
others have argued that the proposed location is poorly planned, as it
will have a negative impact on the habitat of Roosevelt Elk, will
destroy part of the already too-tiny Grove, and will subject the large
Douglas fir trees which the park is so well known for to a greater risk
of blowing over in the winter winds.

The BC government recently announced two open houses on Vancouver Island
(one in Port Alberni which already passed, one coming up in Parksville
on Nov.22) supposedly to provide people with an opportunity to review
and comment on 11 proposed parking lot options - all of which are
inadequate! At the open house in Port Alberni last Tuesday, Nov.15,
there was virtually unanimous opposition to destroying any of the Grove
for a new parking lot.

Please attend if possible and bring all your friends, neighbours and
relatives to the next meeting in Parksville on TUESDAY, NOV.22 at:

Parksville Community Centre
132 East Jensen Ave.
5 pm to 8 pm

MOST IMPORTANTLY: There's a written public commentary period that ends
on December 9, 2005. Unfortunately, they haven't provided an email
address to write-in to, so you'll have to use fax or snail mail to send
your letter to them - it's VITALLY IMPORTANT that YOU do! You can also
email the same letter to Premier Campbell and Environment Minister Barry
Penner (see below).

Let the BC government know whether or not you think they should:

- Scrap the proposed parking lot on the Cameron River floodplain of
Cathedral Grove, which is in important Roosevelt elk and fish habitat.
There should be no parking lots built on forested parts of Cathedral
Grove or in the floodplain.

- Instead, a new Park Master Plan is needed that would entail a more
comprehensive and adequate public input process, where the parking lot
issue can be properly addressed. Considering that the park has recently
doubled in size with newly acquired forested and clearcut lands, it only
makes sense that any parking lot issues must be addressed in the context
of an overall management plan for the newly expanded park.

- Implement immediate traffic calming procedures in the park in order to
increase the safety for visitors, rather than creating a faster freeway
through the park.

- Put aside the needed funds to expand the park to protect the full 500
hectares of Cathedral Grove to the west of the existing park on private
lands. In addition, they should protect the Crown lands to the east of
the park around Cameron Lake.

Write to:

BC Parks - MacMillan Safety Enhancement Project
1812 Miracle Beach Dr
Black Creek, BC V9J 1K1
Fax to: 250-337-5695

AND as importantly, send a copy of the same letter to:

Premier Gordon Campbell:
premier (at) gov.bc.ca

Minister of Environment, Barry Penner: barry.penner.mla (at) leg.bc.ca

WCWC's Mid Island chapter would like to receive copies of your letters
if possible at wcwcqb (at) shaw.ca

Check out WCWC Mid-Island's press release:

From: "WCWC Vic"


22. Massage for Africa

The African Touch Education Fund Society is launching a BC province-wide RMT (Registered
Massage Therapist) fundraising campaign. During the week of December 12-17, 2005, participating RMTs will donate $5 from each massage they give, and invite their clients to match that donation. Funds will be used for the Massage Academy Project in Nairobi, Kenya.

Students will be selected from the blind community and residential slum of Kibera. They will receive free professional training in therapeutic massage, and will be provided the tools and support required to build their own clinical practices.

Yvonne Poulin, RMT is the founder of this organization and has been aired on Shaw?s DAILY program. To view this 3-minute informational segment, please visit our website at:

Please respond to this email address, through the website, or by phoning Yvonne directly at (250) 813-2264.

Thank you.
Yvonne B. Poulin, RMT

From: Yvonne Poulin


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