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Monday, 28 November 2005 10:29
Left Coast Events (pt ii) - Victoria & Islands - Nov 28 05

1. The Friends of Cathedral Grove, round table meeting with MLA Scott Fraser - Dec 6th
2. The Child Is Innocent Foundation - seasonal fundraiser
3. Seasonal Shopping at the WCWC's Rainforest Store
4. Values-based Business Network Events
5. Cycle & Recycle Calendar 2006 - now available at Granola Groovy
6. World AIDS Day 2005 events
7. EcoNews Excerpts
8. A poetic finish to an utterly shameless episode
13. Engineers Without Borders
14. November 23rd - an important message from Brother Tre Arrow


contributions, considerations, concerns:

* From: "Jane P. Brett"

Wednesday Night Peace Vigils at the Legislature - 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Peace ambassadors are needed to greet international visitors and to respond to current world conflict issues (including disarmament, civilian casualties, nuclear terrorism). Bring your peaceful passion and share it with vigilers from around the world. In October, we will have been talking to Cohoe ferry passengers, other tourists and locals for 4 years. Come and witness with us the change in public opinion. Imagine: War Never Again. (477-1944 )

* From: Nadhia Sutara

CAFE SPIRITUALITY: Open Satsang: discussion, sharing, contemplation. Wednesdays at 7 pm at James Bay Coffee & Books, 143 Menzies (opposite Thrifty's). By donation or buy a coffee. Call 360-0052 or email cafespirituality (at) yahoo.ca

* Falun Dafa (meditation) at Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone, Wednesdays, 5-7 pm. Also, Saturdays and Sundays, 10-noon, across from Beacon Hill petting zoo - all winter. Free, everyone welcome. 386-8805, faluninfo.net

* Engineers Without Borders meets Wednesday's 7:30pm in Cle D125. The meetings will generally be development discussion sessions, with the beginning reserved for planning chapter events. This month the theme of the development discussions is "make poverty history" and "development unraveled."

* The Victoria Folk Music Society offers live music every Sunday night at 7:30 pm, 1110 Hillside. Info: www.pacificcoast.net/~vfms

* Victoria's Food Not Bombs is searching for volunteers to help prepare, cook, and clean-up on Sundays. Serve your community, and eat good food. 383-5144 extension 1940.

* From: "Betsy Nuse"

Palestinian community radio show for Canada
Join us every Thursday 11am to Noon on 90.3fm in Montreal or www.ckut.ca
and know what is happening in our community across this land. For more
information or to get involved, email uot (at) ckut.ca or call 514.398.6788.
Tune-In: CKUT Archives at http://www.ckut.ca or

* From: DRovics (at) aol.com

So first of all, in a purely altruistic gesture of solidarity to all those struggling to figure out what useful and interesting gifts to buy for their friends and relatives this year, I'm doing a sale on my CDs until the end of the year... If you go to www.davidrovics.com and click on the link in the top center of the page, until December 31st the "all 9 of David's recordings for $75" deal is now $55. A darn good bargain if you ask me, so there you go...
* From: "Anne Feeney"

This past weekend I was in Columbus, Georgia again for the School of the Americas Watch vigil. If you don't know about this terrorist training camp in Georgia, please visit http://soaw.org . This year more than 20,000 came to hold a powerful vigil for the hundreds of thousands of people murdered by graduates of the School of the Americas in Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Venezuela and right now, every day, in Colombia. About forty people committed acts of civil disobedience over the weekend and will go to jail for justice. Four of them are already in jail. You can write to them at:

Christine Gaunt, Muscogee County Jail, 700 E. 10th St., Columbus GA 31901-2899
Louis Vitale, Muscogee County Jail, 700 E. 10th St., Columbus GA 31901-2899
Priscilla Treska, Muscogee County Jail, 700 E. 10th St., Columbus GA 31901-2899
Jerome Zawada, Muscogee County Jail, 700 E. 10th St., Columbus GA 31901-2899

* From: Jen and Stephen Bradley

As a working democracy is our best defence against fascism, or the rule of the few who have the guns, the money and the control of information, then we need to be concerned by the growing and well-founded cynicism. Many of our last shreds of hope were dealt a body blow by the unanimous passage of first second and third readings back to back without debate of Bill 17. It is time to take the most universal outrage that we have seen in BC, and harness it to actually make fundamental change in our system. I have written an article which outlines how this can be done.

* From: "working TV"

Maude Barlow: "Too Close for Comfort"

The Thursday November 10, 2005 launch of Maude Barlow's new book,
"Too Close for Comfort: Canada's Future within Fortress North America", taped at the
Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver, the 4th of an 18 city book tour.

* From: Karen Wonders

Public submissions on Cathedral Grove are now being accepted for on-line presentation
for the Cathedral Grove Round Table Meeting on December 6th:

* Local lawyers are challenging the constitutionality of the city bylaw that makes it illegal to sleep on public property, convinced it violates our right to life, liberty, and security of person. To help, contact Cathie Boies Parker .

* From: "Greg Awai"

NOII (UVic's No One Is Illegal) is meeting again next week (Thursday December 1) at 6:30 pm in the VIPIRG library (SUB b122), so if you are concerned about immigrant and refugee rights, please come on out

* From: Kevin Annett

Please re-broadcast and post this recent interview with me concerning the work of the Truth Commission, done last month on public radio in Guelph, Ontario:

* From: angela bischoff

Missing in Action: Losing Tooker Gomberg, by Stephen Salaff, published in Briarpatch Magazine, Nov. 2005

The Environmental Causes of Cancer
Why We Can't Prevent Cancer

Charging cars to enter city could loosen New York's traffic jams

Drink in this article about Styrofoam cups & containers, styrene migration, and your health

* From: "helen michell"

Such a sad day to hear that one of our world renown and one of the best book writers of indigenous books, has passed away. Vine Deloria Jr. has written books that I loved to read and I am sure many of you have read some of his books. He will be sadly missed as well as his remarkable way of writing books.There is not many, in this world, that can write books the way Vine Deloria Jr. wrote his books. He is now in the Happy Hunting Grounds. My prayers goes out to his family and friends.

* From: Ellen Mullally [mailto:Ellen (at) CEN-RCE.ORG]

The Nominations Committee is currently seeking candidates to fill existing vacancies for both aboriginal and francophone representatives at the National Council level. We are seeking your help in identifying potential candidates. Potential candidates must be active members of an RCEN member group and be willing to serve a term of three years (for more information about the role and responsibilities of National Council members, please see our by-laws at: http://www.cen-rce.org/eng/governance.html#bylaws ). As a member of the National Council, representatives vote at the annual general meeting and participate at the annual conference. They can also participate on a variety of RCEN committees if they wish.

* From: "Ron MacIsaac"

some good ideas for people to get abroad as english teachers.

* From: "telquaa,helen michell"

Oceans Online is a website that helps you go beneath the surface of issues affecting Canada?s Pacific marine ecosystems. There are lots of neat online tools that provide you with the opportunity to take action to protect the marine environment ? check it out at http://www.oceansonline.ca!

* From: "GlenBarry (at) EcologicalInternet.org"

Austrian Companies to Destroy Indonesian Rainforests
The last thing Indonesia's rainforests need are more pulp and wood chip mills

* From: "telquaa,Helen Michell"

What a very scary story. Pass it on please. What may happen in the future.
China's premier visits waterless city
Premier Wen Jiabao visited Harbin in China's northeast Saturday and expressed concern for the 3.8 million residents enduring a fourth day without running water while they wait for a spill of toxic benzene in a nearby river to pass.

* From: "WCWC Vic"

Check out awesome images of the WCWC's "Aerial Art Protest" on Tuesday where 140 formed an image of the words "Oil Free Coast" with their bodies at:

See press releases and various news articles on the National Week of Action for an Oil Free Pacific Coast at:

going to the "Send an email" section of the website: http://www.oilfreecoast.org/

Also, please sign our online petition at: http://www.bcoilslick.org

* From: "Greenpeace Canada"
Greenpeace wants to hear your voice on climate change! We want to take your words directly to delegates at this month?s Montreal Climate Conference and to candidates during the upcoming federal election. We want to make sure that Canadian representatives hear directly from you about climate change. To do this, Greenpeace has set up a special toll-free line. Dial 1-866-496-4409 and leave your name, where you are calling from, and a brief message about climate change. Tell us why you're concerned about climate change and what you want the world and Canadian leaders to do about it. Messages will be delivered to delegates at the Montreal Climate Conference and to candidates during the upcoming federal election.
For more information about the Montreal Climate Conference visit: http://www.greenpeace.ca/climate2005

* From: ICIS-Institute for Cooperation in Space

Paul Hellyer built my house

* Sweta Goyal wrote:

Just wanted to bring to your attention a wonderful opportunity for you to join "ART OF LIVING" program coming to Victoria from Dec 2 to Dec 6 (more details in the attached poster). It's a program to learn techniques to alleviate stress just by tuning breathing mechanism. It's an ancient Indian yogic practice brought back to life into these times of high stress living.


1. The Friends of Cathedral Grove

are holding a Round Table meeting moderated by MLA Scott Fraser

Tuesday, December 6th at 7 pm
Qualicum Civic Centre

Everyone is welcome

A Unity Celebration FROG potluck begins at 5:30 pm

For more information: http://cathedralgrove.se

From: richard boyce


2. The Child Is Innocent Foundation

Hi Janine,
I am wondering if you would send this email to your listserve. It's not an event per se but a plea to help the innocent children in Northern Uganda. If you don't feel it's appropriate to send- no worries. Thanks. Bonnie

Dear Friends,

'Tis the season - jolly, happy, giving, getting. And by giving a little, you can get a lot.

Allium Foodworks Personal Chef Service is a committed fundraising partner with The Child Is Innocent . By making a donation this holiday season to this amazing, 100% volunteer-driven non-profit organization that saves lives and creates futures, you could receive a gift certificate from Allium Foodworks in Edmonton for "A Personal Chef for a Day" (value $225).
The first three generous souls who commit to sponsoring a child will each receive a gift certificate as a thank you to use or give away. Everyone who donates $30 or more will be entered in a draw for a gift certificate.

At this time of year when we get so much - materially, as well as intangibly through the special moments we share with friends - please take a moment to consider helping those who are voiceless and powerless. Your contribution will make a significant difference in the life of a child living in Northern Uganda, it can save lives and create futures.

Have a blessed and happy holiday season!

A bit more information on The Child Is Innocent and the children of Gulu:

The Child Is Innocent provides education for the impoverished children of villages outside Gulu, in Northern Uganda. To avoid being kidnapped by the LRA rebels at night, every evening these children, some as young as 7 years old, walk 10+ kilometres to sleep in safety at Gulu. In the morning, they return to their homes, jobs or schools, a return walk of another 10+ kilometers. But while this trek reduces the risk, it is not eliminated, as the LRA has been known to storm schools and kidnap entire classrooms of children. Thousands of children are kidnapped every year, forced to serve as child soldiers, labourers, or sex slaves. Some are eventually returned to their homes, bare shadows of themselves; many never survive captivity.

The Child Is Innocent currently provides about 35 children with education, food and safety, protecting them from the risk of being kidnapped, and providing them the tools to ensure their future and in turn, helping to end the cycle of poverty for them and their families. Their goal is to increase that number and eventually build a school, dormitory and help as many children as possible.

Your donation, whatever amount you choose to make, will make a real difference. For more information, visit www.thechildisinnocnet.ca or contact Bonnie Fournier at 780-993-0383 or bonnie (at) thechildisinnocent.ca.

From: Bonnie Fournier


3. Seasonal Shopping at the WCWC's Rainforest Store

651 Johnson Street, in Victoria

OPEN 10-5 Monday and Tuesday
10-7 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10-5 Saturday
12-5 Sunday

It is THAT time of year again! People are out on the streets, in the
malls and on the Internet, frantically looking for the perfect gift for
EVERYONE they love! If this sounds like you, The Rainforest Store wants
in on a
little of your action!

We are a store like few others; we offer high quality, environmental,
natural products that make great gifts and all our proceeds go directly
to our campaigns to protect Wilderness and Wildlife. Indeed, the
Victoria Chapter of the WCWC runs all of its campaigns (ancient forests,
marine protection, public lands defense, etc.) off Rainforest Store

Instead of your money going into private hands, it'll go towards one of
the world's most effective wilderness protection organizations.

So what can you buy at the Rainforest Store?

WCWC Products: 100% Recycled Wilderness Cards and Posters, 2006
Calendars, Hemp Shirts, Hemp Bags.

First Nations-Produced Products: Smoked Salmon, Soaps, Teas, and Jam.

Books: Cookbooks, Hiking Books, Map Books, and Identification Books.

Personal Products: Natural Soaps, Natural Creams, Dream Cream, Bath
Salts, Natural Toothpaste, and Diva Cups.

Wake Me Up Products: Organic, Fair Trade Coffee, Yerba Mate, Yerba Mate
Gourds, Bombillas, Earth?s Herbal Tea.

Pretty Products: Local Jewellery, Garden Fairies, Spirit Stones, Glass
Starfish and Slugs.

Paper Products: Recycled Paper Journals, Tree Free Sketch Pads, Fancy
Recycled Writing Paper and Notepads.

Children?s Products: Fairly Traded Stuffed Animals, Board games,
Colouring Books, T-Shirts and Natural Baby Products.

You can buy all these items and more more more! You can buy them in the
store or online at www.wildernesscommitteevictoria.org/store.

And each item you buy goes a long way to supporting the Wilderness
Committee Victoria?s campaigns.

If you're in Vancouver, you can visit the WCWC Vancouver Rainforest
Store in the downtown location at 227 Abbott Street in Gastown

Happy Holidays, Hope to see you soon,

Cassbreea Dewis
WCWC Victoria
Store/Office Manager
cassbreea (at) wildernesscommitteevictoria.org

From: "WCWC Vic"


4. Values-based Business Network Events

Come Meet Our Local Ethics in Action? and EcoStar? award winners.

It has been an exciting and rewarding time for members of the Values-based Business Network. As you may have heard, in October, four VBN members were among the seven recipients of the ?Ethics in Action? awards (www.ethicsinaction.com) and in November two VBN members were awarded the 2005 CRD EcoStar Awards (www.crd.bc.ca/ecostar) in the categories of Sustainability and Waste Management.

And now you will have an opportunity to hear from six of these award winning companies/individuals.

Our next mixer

on November 29th
from 6 to 8 pm will feature a panel discussion hosted by Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
in Suite 400 - 645 Tyee Rd.

The panel will consist of five of the recent winners of the Ethics in Action Award and two of the 2005 EcoStar award. The panellists will address questions about their inspiration, challenges and goals.

The Ethics in Action award winners on the panel are:

Pam Marchant , Island Savings Credit Union
Andrea Carey, Frontrunners Footwear
Laurel Nathorst, Elite Earth-Friendly Cleaners (also an EcoStar award winner)
Margo Cummings, Coast Capital Savings
Christie Eng, Shady Creek Ice Cream Co.

While the other EcoStar award winner on the panel is Stacey Toews of Level Ground Trading Ltd.

This is a catered event and admission will be $15 for members and $20 for non-members. RSVP to vbn (at) telus.net

Also of note is recently, BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) welcomed Toronto as its newest local network - and the third network in Canada (Victoria and Vancouver). Toronto BALLE held a launch event October 28th that featured David Korten. They will continue their organizing efforts the next few months and launch new initiatives in the coming year. More info can be found at: www.toballe.net

See you there,
Paul Senez

PLATINUM SPONSORS: Coast Capital Savings, Vancity Credit Union
GOLD SPONSOR: iD2 Communications Inc.

Plan on attending the UVic Business Sustainability Club's networking event featuring speakers Ali Dastmalchian, the Dean of Business at UVic and the VBN?s own Sally Glover. There will be a cash bar.

When: 6-8pm on Monday, November 28, 2005
Where: University of Victoria's University Club

Contact: For more info email dianaw (at) uvic.ca

Socially Responsible Business Practices: Positive Changes Driven by Spiritual Values

Values-driven companies are emerging as trend setters in balancing concern for the environment and for the health of communities where they operate. The world of business is experiencing a spiritual renaissance unparalleled in recent history.

Presented by Roger Colwill co-founder of the Victoria Values-based Business Network, a mentor, guide, and coach to 6 local businesses, whose vision and goals go far beyond yesterday?s maxim ?Business is Business.

When: 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Tuesday, November 29
Where: UVic?s Interfaith Chapel

Contact: Henri Lock, 472-4159 hlock (at) uvic.ca
Part of the ongoing ?Sessions in Spirituality? For more information visit: http://web.uvic.ca/chaplain/united/sessions.htm

Community & Business: The Values-based Business Network

Discover what the VBN is all about and how it?s members are contributing to a sustainable business environment.

Speakers: Sally Glover & Stephen Whipp, co-founders of the VBN.

When: December 2nd , doors open at 9:30am; Presentations 10:00 to 11:30
Where: Business Victoria (Sussex Place), Main Floor Suite G7, 1001 Douglas Street

Sponsor: Home Office Support Team (HOST)


The 2005 Youth Now Conference

The Youth Now Conference is all about getting involved and making a difference. Young people all over Victoria are volunteering their time for causes they believe in. Learn about how you can take your passion and make great things happen! The Conference features displays from interesting local groups, and presentations by AIDS Vancouver Island and Roderick Taylor (who made Hide and Go Homeless)

When: Saturday, Dec. 3rd
Where: Queen Alexandra Centre

Cost: registration fee is $10 and includes lunch. Full details at www.unitedwayvictoria.bc.ca Click on What's New

Contact: Shaleen Jones, Community Programs Coordinator, United Way of Greater Victoria -- Phone: (250) 385-6708; email:shaleen (at) unitedwayvictoria.bc.ca

Professional Development Workshops

The Southern Vancouver Island Chapter of the Certified General Accountants Association in partnership with Camosun College are presenting two professional development workshops in the areas of Wills & Estates (featuring Susan G. Mehinagic, CA, LLB, TEP and Mark Horne, LLB) and Workplace Conflict, Culture and Leadership (featuring Preben Skovgaard).

When: Friday, December 9th with workshop 1 - Wills & Estates @ 8:30 ? noon; and workshop 2 - Workplace Conflict, Culture and Leadership @ 1:00 ? 4:00pm

Where: Gibson Auditorium, Camosun College Lansdowne Campus

Cost: $100.00 for Full day or $60.00 for half day. (all net proceeds will go to the CGA Endowment Fund at Camosun College

Contact: Rose Ennis 479-3220; email ? r.ennis (at) shaw.ca

IMPORTANT INFORMATION from the Organic Consumers Association (USA):

Nov. 13-Dec. 31, 2005: Buy Local, Organic, and Fair Made?Boycott Wal-Mart and the Chains?

The time has come to Break the Chains! The Organic Consumers Association is launching the next stage of our most ambitious campaign to date, ?Breaking the Chains: Buy Local, Organic, and Fair Made?. Between November 13 and December 31 the OCA will mobilize from Alaska to Argentina, working with a critical mass of global citizens to regain control of our communities, our food and commerce, and our future. Dozens of leading activists, organizations and networks have already endorsed OCA's International Call to Action. (Find independently owned businesses near you and sign the Breaking the Chains pledge: http://www.organicconsumers.org/btc.htm)

Starting during the week of November 13-19, the OCA and allies will be mobilizing across the continent to draw attention to the devastating impact Wal-Mart and other Big Box chains are having on local economies. At the same time local activists will be highlighting opportunities and alternatives for consumers to buy local, organic, and Fair Made products and services. Our goal is to have 500 actions and events for the Breaking the Chains Kick-off week. Actions will include boycotts and pickets of Wal-Mart, Starbucks and other chains; recommended "buycotts" of local green, organic, and sustainable products from independent grocers, restaurants, coffee houses, bookstores, and farms; House Parties, community film screenings, and public education events. OCA staff will help you organize your event and promote it to the media. (Sign up to get involved in an event near you: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd-btc.htm)

Wal-Mart and the multinational chains are colonizing our communities and our minds, North & South, East & West, rural and urban, killing off small businesses, exploiting workers and farmers, devastating the environment, and sowing a toxic culture of cheap goods and social unaccountability. Unless we stop this Wal-Martization of our communities, and pollution of our minds, we can say goodbye to Fair Trade, family farms, independent businesses, workers rights, and environmental sustainability.

November 25-December 31, 2005, the busiest shopping season of the year, we call on ethically responsible people across the world to "Break the Chains" of self-destructive consumerism by boycotting Wal-Mart and other national and international chain stores, fast food restaurants, corporate coffeehouses, and products bearing the logos of the multinational Brand Name Bullies. Hoping to generate the largest impact possible, during the main shopping season of the year, we call upon the global grassroots to Buy Local, Buy Organic and Buy Fair Trade/Fair Made.

Help us make Buy Local Month 2005 the beginning of the end for Wal-Mart and the Corporate Chains. Please join us as we step up the pace to re-localize and green a just global economy.

Consumers of the world unite! We have nothing to lose but our chains!

In Solidarity,
Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association (USA)

"Blaming and judging are a tragic expression of an unmet need."
... Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication

"We are, each of us angels with only one wing; and we can only fly by embracing one another." ... Luciano de Crescenzo

From: "Values-Based Business Network"


5. Cycle & Recycle Calendar 2006

a fundraiser for the The Tooker Gomberg Activist Fund

A network of cycling & recycling advocates (a dozen non-profits from the UK, US & Canada including the Tooker Gomberg Activist Fund) has published a new "Cycle & Recycle" wall calendar, reusable in the years 2017 and 2023 when the 2006 calendar comes around again.

The 11" X 17" wall calendar features more than 30 remarkable color photos, along with provocative quotes, illustrations and postage stamps throughout. Designed by Lisa Katarynick, the calendar conveys a bicycle culture without borders - from the streets of Buffalo, Philadelphia, Toronto, York & Beijing to remote, near mystical landscapes of Czech, Greece, the Netherlands, Uganda & Vietnam. Several new initiatives are highlighted, such as wind energy, farmers markets and sustainable mobility.

Calendars retail for $15 (Can.) and are available in Canada at the following locations:

Victoria: Granola Groovy Eco-Store, 1005 Broad Street, Victoria, BC. V8W 2A1
250 477 0146 www.granolagroovy.com info (at) granolagroovy.com

Edmonton: Earth's General Store, 10832 Whyte Ave.
Toronto: Grassroots, 372 Danforth Ave or 408 Bloor St. W.
Ottawa: Citizens for Safe Cycling, #504, 251 Bank St.
Montreal: JR Bikes, 151 Rachel St. E.
Halifax: Ecology Action Centre, 1568 Argyle St.
Nelson BC: Still Eagle, 557 Ward St.

Alternatively, they can be ordered by mail ($15 plus $3 shipping, cheque or cash only) from:

Tooker Gomberg Activist Fund
273 Concord Ave.
Toronto, ON M6H 2B4

Bulk orders are also available.
For more info contact Angela: greenspi (at) web.ca, or ph. 416 538-7413

From: angela bischoff


6. Independent Community Action to Commemorate World AIDS Day 2005 is Inspiring
to Local AIDS Charity.

This year, it?s not just the local HIV/AIDS charities that are shouldering the work of raising awareness about HIV/AIDS for World AIDS Day on December 1st. Independent, grass-roots organizations are hosting their own events as well.

?It?s absolutely wonderful that we are seeing activities and events being
planned by the community for World AIDS Day,? says Miki Hansen, Executive
Director at AIDS Vancouver Island. ?It certainly feels great to know that so
many folks out there are banding together to fight this virus in creative,
individual ways, especially when HIV/AIDS has been falling under the radar
in terms of general public perception.? Miki stressed that keeping HIV/AIDS
?in the public eye? is critical to successful prevention and awareness, both
here and abroad. Thus, local-level, public initiative is a key piece in the
fight against this devastating pandemic.

Communities across the island are encouraged to take part in the fight
against HIV/AIDS by learning more about the virus and its impact on local
and global communities, as well as creating dialogue about what we know to
help facilitate change. Supporting the following events can be a great first
step in this ongoing process.

World AIDS Day Events happening around Victoria:

The Viral Monologues: A Diverse Collection of Stories by Women Living with

Women of the VOICE collective - a local HIV+ women?s support group - share
their stories.

Nov. 30th, 7:00-8:30pm, Upper Lounge, Student Union Building, University of
Dec. 1st, 8:30-10:00pm, Camosun College Lansdowne campus, Rm 234, Cultural
Centre, Wilna Thomas Centre.

Free Admission.
Contact: Erica Williamson, AIDS Vancouver Island,
(250) 384-2366, erica.williamson (at) avi.org

Candlelight Vigil
Come light a candle to honour those we have lost to the AIDS pandemic. The
?A Day of AIDS? public art installation will provide a focal point for the
evening vigil, with speakers from Vancouver Island AIDS groups, People
Living With HIV/AIDS, and various campus and community organizations
involved in the ?Make Poverty History? campaign.

Dec. 1st, McPherson Library lawn/fountain area, University of Victoria.

Free admission, with donations to support local HIV/AIDS initiatives.
Contact: Laura Hadwin, VIDEA?s Global Youth, (250) 385-4010,
lhadwin (at) hotmial.com

A Day of AIDS: A Public Art Installation.

Community and University AIDS and poverty activists have created an outdoor
public art piece of 8,000 red and white crosses, a moving tribute to the
8,000 people who die from HIV/AIDS every day.

Nov. 21st to Dec. 3rd, McPherson Library Lawn, University of Victoria.

Donations will support the Stephen Lewis AIDS Foundation.
Contact: Gary McNutt, Salt Spring Organization for Life Improvement &
Development, (250) 537-9925, g_mcnutt (at) yahoo.ca ,
info (at) solidsaltspring.com;
Elizabeth Wallace c/o VIDEA, Victoria Make Poverty History Coalition,
(250) 385-2333, ewallace (at) videa.ca
Laura Hadwin, VIDEA Global Youth, (250) 385-4010, lhadwin (at) hotmail.com

Labels Stick.

Local HIV/AIDS activists from Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service
Society take to the streets to raise awareness about the effects of stigma
and discrimination against those living with HIV/AIDS.

Dec. 1st, 11:00am, Douglas St. entrance, The Bay Centre.

Contact: Michael Yoder, Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society,
(250) 388-2220, varcs (at) shaw.ca

Victoria Persons With AIDS Society Open House

Come in for a visit, meet the dedicated peer support volunteers and staff,
and learn about the meaningful work being done by this very dedicated,
peer-run agency. Victoria?s own Memorial Quilt will be on display and
available for signatures of those wishing to honour friends and family lost
to the virus.

Dec. 1st, 11:00am to 3pm, Suite 330, 1105 Pandora St.

Contact: General Info, (250) 382-7927, support (at) vpwas.com

Books of James
An experimental documentary film about the New York City based
HIV/AIDS artist and activist James Wentzy, and a portrait of the
socio-political landscape from the 1970s to present. Director Ho Tam will be
present for Q&A.

December 1, 7:00 pm, David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building, University of

Length of film: 70 min. Free Admission.
Contact: Ho Tam, Dept. of Visual Arts, University of Victoria,
hotam (at) finearts.uvic.ca

Jam for Justice

AIDS in Africa benefit concert, featuring Jambanja, Zimbabwean Marimba and
Dance Troupe. Special Guests Finley and Cleo. Tickets available at Lyle?s
Place and Fiber Options. Proceeds supporting local grassroots initiatives
committed to combating HIV/AIDS.

Thursday, Dec. 1st, Steamer?s Pub.

$10 minimum donation.
Contact: Marianne, VIDEA Global Youth, (250) 385-4010, globalyouth (at) videa.ca

Heidi Exner,
Manager, Health Promotion and Community Development, AIDS Vancouver Island.
heidi.exner (at) avi.org

From: "Heidi Exner"


7. EcoNews Excerpts

Mon 28, 9pm. CBC Ideas, Radio One. Flow Girl And The Superheroes. They dress up as their highest mythic selves, ride bicycles and commit random acts of kindness. Join Cindy Bisaillon on a revolutionary pilgrimage.

Mon 28, 7:30pm VNHS Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes. The authors, Andy Lamb and Bernard P. Hanby, will discuss the trials and triumphs of publishing an encyclopedia of this size. UVic Fraser 157.

Tue 29, 4pm. Socially Responsible Business Practices: Positive Changes Driven by Spiritual Values. Presented by Roger Colwill, co-founder of the Victoria Values-based Business Network. UVic's Interfaith Chapel. Henri Lock, 472-4159

Thur Dec 1, 2pm Grand Opening of The Climate Change Demonstration Building, OUR EcoVillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Road, Shawnigan Lake. RSVP before November 17, 250-743-3076 info (at) ourecovillage.org

Coming Up:
Fri Dec 2 & Sat 3. Musical HATs, Prospect Lake Community Hall. All proceeds from this night of fun & music will support Habitat Acquisition Trust's (HAT's) regional conservation work. Tickets $15 in advance 995-2428.

EcoNews, 395 Conway Rd, Victoria, B.C. V9E 2B9 Tel/Fax (250) 881-1304
guydauncey (at) earthfuture.com http://www.earthfuture.com/econews


8. A poetic finish to an utterly shameless episode
The Vancouver Province, Thu 24 Nov 2005
by Michael Smyth

-- When Liberal and NDP MLAs donned their sackcloth and ashes on Monday to cancel their big pay hikes, some of them made it sound like they'd be eating Hamburger Helper for Christmas dinner. Without the hamburger. Liberal MLA Lorne Mayencourt was practically in tears in the legislature as he lamented the soaring price of lattes and tickets to dinner dances. NDP MLA Harry Lali refused "as a matter of conscience" to enter the legislature and vote against his 15-per-cent raise and new pension plan that all MLAs had supported unanimously just a few days earlier. "If I went back a second time and voted against security for my wife and children -- I couldn't do it and go back and face my family," he said.

Noble stuff. But as you're reaching for your hanky, keep this in mind: All MLAs are still in line to get a raise next year and in 2007 and every year after that. That's because the setting of MLAs' salaries now reverts to the status quo: Annual raises pegged to the rate of inflation and the average pay increase of all British Columbians as reported by Statistics Canada. The formula, recommended by a independent citizens' panel in 1997, kicks in every April and means MLAs normally collect a modest salary increase each spring.

Right after the May election, in fact, Liberal MLAs pocketed a 10-per-cent raise when they collected their formula increase and cancelled an earlier voluntary wage rollback. (Meaning the 2005 wage hike for government MLAs would have been a minimum 25 per cent if last week's booty haul had gone through!) Now that the shiny new pension plan is toast, MLAs will also continue to participate in their group retirement plan, which allows them to deposit nine per cent of their salary to an RRSP, matched dollar-for-dollar by taxpayers. This was another recommendation of the citizens' panel. And it was all enthusiastically endorsed by the Liberals and the NDP in 1997.

Gordon Campbell, then Opposition leader, was adamant back then that politicians should scrap their "gold-plated pensions." "This is public service, this isn't a career," Campbell said back then. "MLAs should be paid the same way, taxed the same way and provide for their futures the same way as the hard-working taxpayers who pay the bills." The New Democrats agreed. And when the citizens' panel recommendations came before the legislature, both parties signed on.

"Someone other than people sitting in this chamber should determine what our salaries, our benefits and our pensions should be," NDP MLA Joy MacPhail told the legislature. "We all agreed that we should put that out to a panel of ordinary people, ordinary citizens. And we did." It was one of the B.C. legislature's finer moments. Even Harry Lali endorsed the package, though now he says he was forced to do it. "I've regretted it ever since," Lali said this week, saying his own NDP government of the day threatened to cancel projects in his riding if he didn't knuckle under. Whatever. Now they're all stuck with what they so selflessly supported in the first place -- a poetic finish to an utterly shameless episode.

Listen to Nightline B.C. with Michael Smyth every weeknight at seven on CKNW, AM 980.
Voice mail: 604-605-2004.
E-mail: msmyth (at) direct.ca

From: Greta Taylor

editor's note: today i received a phone message from carole james, assuring me she realized their pay raise decision was mistake and that they won't do it again. she thanked me for the work i'm doing in the community. i also heard, from a friend, that there was much said about it at the ndp convention in vancouver on the weekend, and that they're talking about guaranteed livable income and lowering the annual allowable cut in the forests.



JOIN US FOR a 10-day TOUR in GUATEMALA in Jan. or Feb. 2006, focussing on the rural development organization Pop Atz'iaq and Mayan life in the scenic Western Highlands of Guatemala, as well as visiting other destinations of interest. There will also be an option to stay on and do volunteer work.

Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested....Thanks!

Sheila Reid, founder of the Pop Atz'iaq Support Group in BC, Canada, has led several tours there in past years, but is unable to this year, so I hope to continue the tradition by introducing northerners to the hospitable, fascinating and enduring Mayan culture.

Pop Atz'iaq, located near Xela, promotes Mayan identity and rights, provides students with scholarships to study at the junior and senior high school levels, practices Fair Trade export of weavings and crafts, and provides micro-credit loans to women.

Highlights of the tour include:

-time at Pop Atz'iaq, with a Mayan Ceremony, a talk on Mayan Spirituality, as well as a discussion on the current situation for Mayans, an update on the new micro-credit program for women, and a chance to buy home-made articles from their Fair Trade Store,

-time in Momostenango, the town with the most Mayan altars of any, also known for its traditions in blanket weaving that date back to shortly after the Spanish Conquest. The huge market with few tourists, hot springs, and strange geological formations are also of interest.

-visits to the homes of Pop Atz'iaq members, to see them weaving, eat meals with them, meet their children who study through the student scholarship program, and visit small businesses started by women through the micro-credit program

-Chichicastenango's famous Sunday Market, and Church with its syncretism of Mayan and Catholic Religions

-Antigua, the lovely small colonial city steeped in history, with visits to a weaving museum, monasteries, churches and the Market

-a relaxing day in Santa Cruz on Lake Atitlan

OPTIONAL: At the conclusion of the tour, anyone who would like to volunteer for a week (or more) will be oriented to a project which suits their interests and abilities. I am currently researching projects which will help to restore homes and the related support structures due to recent damage from Hurricane Stan. Help is now particularly needed as it will be a long time before Guatemala recovers from the recent flood damage.

Participants are encouraged to study intensive Spanish in a homestay situation in the weeks before the tour if at all possible, and I will be happy to recommend schools.

DATES: Two tours are planned, with a minimum of six, and maximum of nine people

1) January 13 - 22, 2006 2) February 10 - 19, 2006

COST: $765 US, ($900 Cdn.), which includes all accommodation, based on double occupancy (ten nights), lunch (the main meal) daily, transportation within Guatemala from our meeting point to our end point, and honoraria paid to our Mayan hosts in order to support their work.

Tour Facilitator Camilla Morrow first became smitten with Guatemala at age 20, and has returned 12 times since, volunteering at Pop Atz'iaq, and as an interpreter for the Canadian Medical Team Poco a Poco, as well as learning to weave, importing Guatemalan textiles, and researching and publishing an article in 2004 on the mass Exhumations taking place. She also has three years experience leading Canadians to Latin America and Asia with the international Youth Exchange Program Canada World Youth.

For more information, please email: camilla_morrow (at) yahoo.com, or call



A big thank you to the 36 Green Party of BC members who ran in the election and to their campaign volunteers.

Congratulations to Sonya Chandler, who won a seat on the eight-member City of Victoria Council. Sonya, who ran with the newly formed Greater Victoria Green Party, came seventh in a field of 28 candidates.

The following Green Party members ran as independents and won:

Grant Fraser Thompson Nicola Regional District Director

Janice Harris North Vancouver Council

Lee-Anne Johnson Gibsons Council

Ken Melamed Whistler Mayor

Stefan Ochman Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Director

Andy Shadrack Central Kootenay Regional District Director

Rhonda Smith Golden District School Trustee

Jane Sterk Esquimalt Council

Keith Thirkell Sechelt Council

Leanne Turnbull Sunshine Coast Regional District Director

Peter Waterman Summerland Council

Eckhard Zeidler Whistler Council

From: Green Party of BC



As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make a mighty fist.
--Sitting Bull?



Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave. between E. 35th and E. Fairbanks Ave. Take Portland Ave. exit off I-5 and head east)


U.S. Federal Court House, 1717 Pacific Ave.


Around 4:00 pm. At the First United Methodist Church, 423 Martin Luther King Jr Way. From the rally go south up the hill to Martin Luther King Jr Way and turn right. The church is right next to a large hospital. The meal and gathering is hosted in support of Leonard by the local Tacoma group People for Peace, Justice and Healing.



Harold Belmont: Coastal Native Elder, Native People?s Alliance With Friends and Allies
Pete Sanchez; Ktunaxa (Kutenai)

Spiritual Opening and Closing Words:

Dorothy Ackerman; Lakota Elder

Performances by:

The Aztec Dancers
United Nations: Native Rap Activists


Shelly Vendiola: Indigenous Women?s Network/Indigenous Environmental Network

Words From The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee:

Russell Redner: Director, Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Legal Up-Date:

Barry A. Bachrach; Attorney for Leonard Peltier
Carter Camp; LPDC Broad member, Wounded Knee II Vet, Oklahoma AIM
Matilaja: Yu?Pik/Yakama
Arthur J. Miller, Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Kerwin Hemlock: Longtime Native Activist
Debbie White Plume: Wounded Knee II Vet, Director of Owe Aku, Pine Ridge
Juan Jose Bocanegra: Every Worker?s Movement
Donna Denina: Chair of the Gabriela Network
Zoltan Grossman: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, Faculty Evergreen's Native American Studies
Fr. Bill Bichsel: Catholic Worker, JWJ, IWW, SOAW


Steve Hapy: MC, Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Vic Camp: Youth leader of Owe Aku, Pine Ridge
B.J. Gleason: Turtle Mountain Anishinabe

Performance by:

United Nations: Native Rap Activists

Closing words:

Dorothy Ackerman; Lakota Elder.


The Caravans for Justice are open to all people who want rides or can provide rides or who wish to join the caravans. Bring ?Free Leonard Peltier? signs for car windows if possible.

BELLINGHAM: Will be meeting at Fairhaven College parking lot at 9am, and leaving at 9:30am. Directions: When approaching Bellingham from the north or south on Interstate 5, take Exit #252, marked Samish Way and W.W.U. Turn west onto Samish Way and follow the signs to Bill McDonald Parkway. At South College Drive, take a right. Fairhaven College and its gravel parking lot will be on the right.

SEATTLE: Meet at the Red Apple parking lot at 23rd and Jackson. Will be leaving at 10:00 am.

OLYMPIA: There will be a carpool leaving from the parking lot at Harrison and Division at 10:30.

EUGENE: Drivers and people needing rides meet at the Grower's Market parking lot (454 Willamette, by the Amtrak station) at 7:30 am. (The Eugene Caravan will be meeting up with the Portland Caravan).

PORTLAND: Drivers and people needing rides, meet in the main parking lot (entrance just north of Killinsworth from Albina, parking lot entrance on the right, behind the student services building)at PCC Cascade Campus at 9:30 am.



We need supporters who are willing to get out fliers and posters. If you are willing to help please send us a mailing address so that we can get fliers and posters to you. Please send responses to: bayou (at) blarg.net.


We need people to forward information on the event to their families, friends, fellow activists, e-mail lists and post information on web sites. All you need to do is take what is sent out, like this message, and pass it on.


We received no grants or any other money than what we get from grassroots supporters. Donations are needed each year to pay for the needs of the event. No one gets paid for their work so every cent goes directly into such needs as printing fliers and posters and our mailings. Some times supporters are able to organize benefits for the event. If you are willing to make a donation please send it to: Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464, (please make checks out to the Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group).

Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
P.O. BOX 5464
TACOMA, WA 98415-0464
Tacoma-lpsg (at) ojibwe.us or bayou (at) blarg.net

For up-dates and notices on helping Leonard Peltier please sign up on the NW Peltier Support e-mail list by sending an e-mail to: nwpeltiersupport-subscribe (at) lists.riseup.net

From: "Arthur J. Miller"



- Canadian Sovereignty under Trade Agreements, Privatization, Globalization,

Connie Fogal, Leader of the Canadian Action Party/parti action Canadienne, CAP/PAC,
and Bill Krehm, a founder of COMER, Committee of Monetary and Economic Reform,
jointly present a series of public meetings and lectures in November 2005


For information on these events, please call or e mail the organizers in each venue.
Please do not attempt to telephone head office or telephone or e mail Connie for that information.

Media may reach Connie and/or Bill Krehm
via Connie?s cell phone :(778) 891-4919 or via the organizers in each venue



Monday evening, Nov 28,2005, - 7:00 pm
ROLLO Center, Gabriola Is.

Short film ?Money as Debt? - produced by Paul Grignon and United Financial
Consumers, ufc.ca,
followed immediately by presentations by Connie Fogal and Bill Krehm

Organizers: Paul Grignon, videographer and internet reporter, Tel: 250
247 8350;
Jeff Warr, candidate Nanaimo Cowichan , CAP/PAC,
e-mail: jeffwarr1 (at) hotmail.com, mobile tel: 250 739 8863;
and Marc Bombois, CAP Vice President, former candidate.


Tuesday, Nov 29, 2005 - 7-9 pm
Hansen Hall
3940 Johnston St.

Organizers: Stephen Bradley and Jen Bradley, mayoralty candidate, Port
e mail: Jen and Stephen Bradley tel :

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2005 - 7-9 pm.
St. Pauls Church
100 Chapel St.

A short film Money As Debt produced by Paul Grignon and United Financial
Consumers, ufc.ca,
followed immediately by presentations by Connie Fogal and Bill Krehm

Organizer: Jeff Warr CAP candidate, Nanaimo- Cowichan, e mail :
jeffwarr1 (at) hotmail.com, mobile tel: 250 739 8863


1. First meeting:. Thursday, Dec 01, 2005 - 7 pm ? 9 pm
Heritage Community Center
375 Grae Rd., Duncan

A short film Money As Debt produced by Paul Grignon and United Financial
Consumers, ufc.ca,
followed immediately by presentations by Connie Fogal and Bill Krehm

Organizers: Bill and Celia Abrams, COMER ,
Tel: (250) 748-8992
E mail: wmabram (at) uniserve.com,

2. Second meeting: -----Friday, Dec 02, 2005 - 1:30 pm ? 4
pm (open to the public)
North Cowichan Municipal Council Chambers



Friday, Dec 2, 2005 - 7 pm ? 9 pm
Senior Center, Salt Spring Is.

Contact : Jeff Warr CAP candidate, Nanaimo- Cowichan, e mail :
jeffwarr1 (at) hotmail.com, mobile tel: 250 739 8863

and Jan Slakov jan



7:30 PM

Gibsons's Family Centre (next door to Gibson's Library)
460 South Fletcher Road
Gibsons BC

Contact: Lee vanderHeiden
Tel: 604 886 5355 and mobile 604 740 2910


Victoria Organizer Derek Skinner writes:

We need to know more about Money - who creates it - who controls it. The
manipulation of the form and power of money - it's various forms from the
primary concept of a standard unit of exchange to ease barter and trade in
goods - to the philosophical definition as a currency or scrip issued by a
government for the common good, based on trust and confidence, and
bastardised commodity bought and sold in its own right, - is a subject
deliberately concealed and obfuscated through false economic doctrines by
those who profit from peoples ignorance. It is time to take the covers off
and shine some light on the critically important and darkly hidden secret
life of Money.

Come hear international authority and speaker Bill Krehm, Editor of the
COMER Journal, speak on this vital subject. Bring your questions. Why do
we pay some 26% of Federal Tax revenue as interest to the private banks and
agencies when we could be using our own Government owned Bank of Canada to
hold our federal debt virtually interest free.?

- Who is controlling or even looking at the gambling in derivatives by the
banks, trust companies, mutual funds and stock market operators which then
create massive debts and losses which we have to bail out by taxes?

- Is your pension secure?

- Do you know that the cure lies sleeping, in the Bank of Canada.


Connie Fogal, leader of CAP writes:

Did you know we are losing our capacity to utilize our own Bank of Canada
as a result of a trilateral arrangement in process that will strip Canada,
USA ,and Mexico of their respective sovereign capacities over their money

"Did you know our three levels of government in Canada are facilitating the
creation of a North American Union of Canada, USA, and Mexico Under the
Direction of 150 of Canada's leading Corporations, the CCCE?"

"Did you know: That the enforcement mechanism for the North American Union
is a police([search]) state? That its tools are "anti-terrorist" laws? That anti
terrorist laws strip the citizens of civil liberties?

Do you know why? Did you know it is to prevent dissent against the new

Did you know that the camouflage is 'security', 'safety'?"

I would like to talk to you about these matters. I would like to discuss
the facts of how our own government is facilitating the metamorphosis of
Canada into a North American Union which sabotages the independence and
sovereignty of Canada, and tears asunder the core of our constitutional
protections and rights. I would like to present to you information that
shows that the chief executive officers of 150 of the largest corporations
of Canada pull the strings in Ottawa from which dangle all the
representative parties, and especially the Liberals and the Conservatives.

On the website of the the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the CCCE,
posted or updated November2, 2005 as News and Information, there is a
discussion paper released April 2004. There you can see that the chief
executives of the 150 leading corporations of Canada are the puppet-masters
manipulating the strings of the politicians to dance to the tune of the
corporations. The choice of words of the puppet-masters discloses their
attitude that corporations do indeed rule the continent, and certainly that
the 150 from the CCCE are shaping and directing the decisions for Canada
- not in the people's interest, but in the interest of the corporations.

The CCCE spearheaded the FTA and NAFTA. Their current project is called The
North American Security and Prosperity Initiative (NASPI). They are
developing a strategy for shaping Canada's future within North America and
Beyond. They announced the project in January 2003.
See: http://www.ceocouncil.ca/en/view/?document_id=365&area_id=7

In April of 2004 the CCCE disclosed that both the Martin Liberals and the
Harper Conservatives support the CCCE initiative for a North American
structure that will serve the corporate agenda. . The CCCE paper states:

"While 2004 will bring elections in both Canada and the United States,
political interest in new approaches to North America crosses partisan
boundaries. Prime Minister Paul Martin has made clear his intention to
reinvigorate Canada's relationship with the United States as part of a
broader strategy for strengthening Canada's influence in the world. Stephen
Harper, the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, has called for
a continental "strategic partnership", one that would link freer flows of
goods, services, labour, capital and technology with improvements in
continental security."

Martin (Canada) , Bush([search]) (USA) and Fox ( Mexico) signed The Security and
Prosperity Partnership of North America in March 2005.

In June 2005 the top ministers of the three countries reported to their
leaders in a document called The Report of Ministers to the Leaders -SPP-
North America June 2005

See: http://www.fac-aec.gc.ca/SPP-report.PDF

It is signed by three ministers from each of Canada USA and Mexico. For
Canada they are : Anne McLellan, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; David Emerson, Minister of
Industry; and Pierre Pettigrew, Minister of Foreign Affairs. They begin
their report by saying that the leaders on March 23, 2005 asked their
Ministers to create an architecture to enhance the security of North
America. This report shows how these Ministers are emasculating Canada to
make it a gravy train for corporations and a sweat shop for the people.
Every single discontent you have about the loss of benefits for Canadians
and the erosion of our way of life is rooted here- from the dismantling and
de-funding of our Medicare and hospitalization to the funding of a war
economy . It is not true that we have no money for our cherished way of
life and social programs. The truth is the Liberals and the Conservatives
have the will to dismantle it, not to protect, preserve and deliver it.

The NDP have some will, but have no spirit, no fire in the belly. The Bloq
Quebecois appears to welcome any movement that would facilitate Quebec's
separation from Canada.

All of them refuse to utilize our hidden jewel, our own Bank of Canada.
Why? Because to do so would be to emasculate the corporate agenda.

I would like to share with you my conviction that contrary to the
corporate view, it does not have to be that way. Ignorance is our enemy.The
path out of this mess is not just knowledge and information; not just more
exposure of the lies and deception of our reigning political parties .
The route out is via a legitimate political vehicle - an action plan - The
Canadian Action Party.

From: "inge hanle"


13. Engineers Without Borders

EWB National Conference

The long awaited 2006 EWB National Conference taking place in Ottawa is almost here. Registration for the Collaboration Day and the Gala Banquet is now open.

Collaboration Day, January 20, is open to both student and professional members of EWB. The day will include presentations by Frances Stewart and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, as well a series of panel discussions. The cost to attend is $100.

The Conference Gala Banquet will be held at the Canadian War Museum on January 21. We are pleased to announce the Honourable Romeo Dallaire as the evening's keynote speaker. Tickets to the Gala Banquet are $150 each or $75 for students. Corporate tables may also be purchased for $1800 for a full 10-seat table or $900 for a half table.

A special rate of $225 also applies for those interested in attending both of these events.

Please register online at www.conference2006.ewb.ca.

EWB 2006 Calendar

Share with your family and friends the important work that you are supporting overseas by giving the gift of a 2006 EWB calendar this holiday season.

In the pages of the calendar, 'Stories from the Field', our volunteers share their stories from this past year. Through their photos, journal entries, and even poetry, you will have the chance to take a glimpse into their lives overseas; meeting the people who inspire them, visiting the places where they live and work, and seeing the technologies that are improving lives.

The cost per calendar is $20 and can be purchased online at www.ewb.ca or by calling us toll-free at 1.866.481.3696. All proceeds from calendar sales will be used to support EWB projects.

From: info (at) ewb.ca


14. November 23rd - an important message from Brother Tre Arrow

Hey to all of you out there. It's Tre from Wilkie. Please don't misunderstand my last callout. This is no country club here! Wilkie offers a few "privileges" that weren't available to me at North Fraser. I am grateful to be able to access a few things which help to make this challenging existence a bit more tolerable. This reality of living in a cage is the most toxic, oppressive atmosphere I have ever endured. This is a life governed by fear, with a schedule and routine of spinning clocks and slamming metal doors. There are constant stresses and conflicts, but I figure it's better to focus on the positive rather than the negative, eh?

This morning I glanced out the window and witnessed a few deer pouncing by on the other side of the fence? What it's like to be a free wild animal! And tonight I gazed out the window and viewed the North Star and Big Dipper for the first time in almost two years. It was a glorious sight, reminding me whence we came, to where we may return, and how much greatness & mystery lie beyond these Humyn-made walls...

1. Letters to the Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler
2. Submissions to the Minister
3. My appeal

Thank you to all who have written your letter to the Minister. For those who haven't written their letter yet...IT'S NOT TOO LATE! However, the time is now, please don't wait any longer. The submissions to the Minister are due by Dec. 5. He has until May to make his decision whether or not to surrender me to the US. However, he may make his decision sooner, so please write your letter ASAP, so he has your words of support to consider when making his decision. Consider this letter writing campaign to the Minister to be an enormous help to me in which you can easily take part. Please see the previous callout, or go to www.trearrow.org for full details about the letter writing campaign. If you don't have the time or energy to send a copy to my lawyer Tim or to local newspaper editors please just send your one letter to the Minister. Thanks again!

My legal defence team and I are working on the submissions to the Minister of Justice which are due by December 5, 2005. Thanks to all those who are helping with the work and research involved in this. The three main arguments opposing my extradition which make up "the submissions" are as

-This prosecution and extradition is politically motivated and I am being targeted and persecuted for my political beliefs.

-Considering the well-documented abuses and violations of Prisoners' rights in US prisons and my particular diet and religious beliefs, I will not be able to get fair treatment if convicted of the charges.

-The sentencing I face in the US is not only inconsistent with Canadian sentencing; it is also an example of overzealous targeting of environmental Activists by the US government and the FBI.

At present no date has been set to appeal the committal order from Magistrate Gill. It will most likely be in January or February of 2006. Even though it would make legal and logistical sense to make our submissions to the Minister after the outcome of the appeal hearings, the Minister has refused to wait, and is requiring us to file our submissions by December 5, 2005.

Further details and more elaborate legal explanations to follow in a few weeks...

For more info: www.trearrow.org

Love, peace, and solidarity - namaste, Tre

From: the Tre Arrow Defense Committee


concentration of power is not a feminist principle.
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"Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. Therre were many others who felt the same way."

Rosa Parks, 1913-2005


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