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LEFT COAST EVENTS - Prairies - September 9th, 2004 PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Friday, 10 September 2004 01:40
1. Cochrane Ideas Society - Dr. Swann - Sept 10th
2. Winnipeg Inner City Research Alliance - int'l conference - Sept 15-18th
3. The Americanization of Islam - discussion - Sept 23rd
4. Activist Agenda
5. Public Interest Alberta - electronic news
6. BC Grizzlies victims of trophy hunters
7. Canada's Pension Plan and War Investments
8. Environmental Consequences of War contributions, considerations, concerns:


* Victoria's new Street Newz has a website! - http://streetnewz.communitypipe.org/ thanks to Dan Bashaw. Previous editions are available, thanks to Al Rycroft and PEJ.ca, at:
July 2004 - http://pej.org/streetnewz/2004_july.pdf
Aug/Sept 2004 - http://pej.org/streetnewz/2004_Aug_Street_Newz.04.pdf


* From http://nyc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/106776/index.php


Crowd estimates for Sunday's march in NYC from mainstream media:


AP: More than 100,000
BBC: 250,000
CNN: Tens of thousands of demonstrators
Reuters: Hundreds of thousands
Washington Post: Photo caption quotes police estimate at 200,000
Guardian: Hundreds of thousands of protesters
UK Telegraph: Thousands of demonstrators chanting slogans
Agence France Presse: More than 100,000 protesters


Hurray for New York's progressive voices - I'll bet history will have a lot to say about it!


* From: "Claudio Ekdahl." < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Here is an article by Jonah Gindin on the referendum process in Venezuela:
http://www.zmag.org


* The Social Role of Local Government
Le r?le social de l?administration locale
Sherri Torjman and Eric Leviten-Reid, May 2003
http://www.caledoninst.org


* From: "Julius Fisher" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

'Resistance Without Reservation' Sun Peaks Convergence
http://www.workingtv.com/sunpeaks.html


* From: ICIS-Institute for Cooperation in Space < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) at the United Nations
http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/legal/paros/parosindex.html


* From: The Dominion < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

The Dominion is a long term project to establish a new national newspaper in Canada, one accountable only to its readers and to the truth. As a result, we rely on readers to keep it growing. Consider making a donation. Read more here: http://dominionpaper.ca/


* From: Guy Dauncey < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a non-profit organization that brings clean renewable solar energy to rural villages in the developing world (see http://www.self.org). They have been given the prizes by a supporter as a fundraiser for their work of bringing solar electricity
to remote third world villages.


* From: Rafah today < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Please see Rafa today and forward to your friends, government, and all your people and let them know about what is happining here. please visit : www.rafahtoday.org


* From: "Roz @ CIP" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Canada's Link to Little-Known World of the Carlyle Group


IN THE WORLD of business, a game of golf is just another way to hold a business meeting. Last week in Moncton, N.B., two unlikely businessmen met to hit the links - former U.S. president George Bush Sr. and former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna.


http://www.polarisinstitute.org/whats_new/torstar_july18.html


* From: "Sienna G.G MacMillan" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Check out this amazing website! It will get you thinking when you have time to actually go through it, it's packed with alot of social/political/environmental ideas from people who have had enough of what they're seeing and came up with an idea for change.
http://www.globalideasbank.org/site/about/


* From: "Ecosource Paper Inc." < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Switzerland has imposed provisional import duties on certain goods believed to have originated from Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.


http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=5133308


* From: "johannes deviet" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Please visit our Web site: http://www.gamblingwatch.ca


* From: "SunWolf" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Urgent action is needed if we are going to stop Star Wars in Canada.
http://www.ceasefire.ca


* From: BC Health Coalition


American Company ? Soon to Control BC Medical Records ? Promotes Information Sharing with FBI. More information on the campaign is available at http://www.righttoprivacycampaign.com.


* From: Citizens for Public Power


It appears that your privacy may be another causality of the privatization of BC Hydro. Certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act may in fact provide the FBI with the ability to view personal records that are managed by American linked corporations? MORE at http://www.citizensforpublicpower.ca/articles/aug04pluggedin.html#2

* From: "punditman" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Villages throughout Iraq, from Hilla to Fallujah, have borne and are
bearing US attacks that take a heavy civilian toll. Punditman guest
columnist Fran Shor cites Rumsfeld's "clean" weapons, aerial cluster bombs
and free-fire zones that continue to be part of present day military
operations:


Denying Atrocities: From Vietnam to Fallujah
http://www.punditman.com


Click here for Bush's Loaded Deck
http://www.punditman.com/donate/


* From: Michelle Larstone < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


A scientific review of the Central Coast LRMP has been produced for Raincoast by Dr. Paul Paquet, Chris Darimont, Dr. John Nelson and Katrina Bennett. The analysis focuses on salmon habitat, wolf homesites and deer winter range. The report is available on our website at http://www.raincoast.org/publications/index.htm#CCLRMP.


Similarly, a previous report released earlier this year, "Scientific Criteria for Evaluation and Establishment of Grizzly Bear Management Areas in British Columbia," studies the level of protection afforded to coastal grizzly bears based on the Central Coast LRMP. This report, produced for Raincoast and EIA and authored by biologists Paul Paquet, Brian Horejsi, Barrie Gilbert, Lance Craighead and Wayne McCrory, is available for download on our website at http://www.raincoast.org/publications/index.htm#GBMA


* From: UBCIC Media List < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Established in 1969, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs is a political organization protecting the Aboriginal Title and Rights of our member communities. We are based in Kamloops and have an office in Vancouver. For further details visit our website at http://www.ubcic.bc.ca


* From: "marisa herrera" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


The true cost of meat
http://www.newscientist.com/opinion/opinterview.jsp?id=ns24601


For more information, go to: http://www.WeveGotFeelingsToo.com


Natural, Alternative Therapies for all Diseases, including Cancer and AIDS:
http://www.drday.com/itvdirect/index2.htm

* From: Health Action Network Society < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


One of our members pointed out that CBC wants to know what YOU think about health care. I hope you'll let them know (using the link below), and I also hope that you'll pass this along to others in your address book. It'd be GREAT if you bcc'd to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
This is from their website: The National - CBC Healthcare.
It is a leading concern for many Canadians and it is the reason the first ministers will be holding a rare public conference in September. To help us with the coverage, we're looking for your stories and your experiences with the health care system. Or maybe you have a question about why the system is the way it is.
http://www.cbc.ca/national/

* From: Eliane and Steven Miros < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Stawamus Chief Gondola Proposal

Information on a proposal to build a gondola to the top of the Stawamus Chief, and how you can get involved. Please help! From the CLIMBERS' ACCESS SOCIETY OF B.C. AUGUST 2004. See their website www.access-society.ca for more information.


* From: Blair MacRae < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Here's American citizen, Scott Ritter,a former U.N. Weapons Inspector in Iraq for seven years:


"Bush as Hitler? you're damn right. For Americans, Bush is worse than Hitler. Hitler never came close to destroying the American way of life; Bush is accomplishing that objective in spades. Hitler dreamed of global conquest; Bush is doing his utmost to achieve it....


....Bush and his PNAC posse pose the greatest threat to the security of the United States, and international peace and security for that matter, than the world has known for sometime. In typical Orwellian doublespeak, Bush and his posse posture in defense against tyranny, while perpetrating tyranny themselves. They are masters of the Big Lie: America is threatened from dangers that lie abroad. America is threatened, but the danger comes from within, from the very ranks of those whom we elected to protect us."


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1. COCHRANE IDEAS SOCIETY

PRESENTS DR. DAVID SWANN


Lessons from Iraq

A free public lecture with question period re
Dr. Swann?s recent humanitarian trips to Iraq

Friday, Sept. 10,
7:30 p.m.
Cochrane RancheHouse


The former provincial medical health officer for Palliser Health Region has devoted much of the past two years to raising public awareness of humanitarian issues faced by Iraqis. Of special concern to him since his recent trip to Iraq is the rehabilitation of Jurf Al-Sakhr, a village 50 km southwest of Baghdad, with which several Alberta communities are partnering. The evening is sponsored by the Cochrane Ideas Society.

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Warren Harbeck, 851-0174 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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2. WINNIPEG INNER CITY RESEARCH ALLIANCE (WIRA)


International Conference


September 15-18th, 2005.

CUexpo2005
Community-University Research Partnerships: Leaders in Urban Change

CUexpo2005 will seek to strengthen the understanding of, and support
for, the unique and diverse nature of action-oriented research
involving
innovative collaboration between University and community partners.

The conference will appeal to people with interests in the
following general areas:

- Poverty reduction
- Supporting children and youth
- Community Economic Development
- Homelessness
- Affordable Housing
- High-need populations
- Aboriginal perspectives
- Innovative approaches to education
PLUS: other urban and inner city issues.

The conference will explore elements of research partnerships such as
structure, process and dynamics; community capacity building; research
challenges and opportunities; influencing policy; and balancing power
and participation.

For more information about the conference, please visit the website
at:
http://cuexpo.uwinnipeg.ca/

For more information about the Winnipeg Inner city Research Alliance,
you are welcome to visit: http://ius.uwinnipeg.ca/wira_overview.html

If you would like to receive regular email updates about the
CUexpo2005 conference, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask to
have your email address placed on our conference update list. Please
supply your name and affiliation as well.

Looking forward to seeing you next September!
My apologies for any cross-postings, but better to receive it twice
than not at all!
Anita Friesen
Community Liaison Director
Winnipeg Inner City Research Alliance
Institute of Urban Studies
University of Winnipeg
Suite 103 - 520 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0G2
ph: (204) 982-1152
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

WIRA website: http://ius.uwinnipeg.ca/wira_overview.html


Anita Friesen
Community Liaison Director
Winnipeg Inner City Research Alliance
Institute of Urban Studies
University of Winnipeg
Suite 103 - 520 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0G2
ph: (204) 982-1152
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


WIRA website: http://ius.uwinnipeg.ca/wira_overview.html


From: Anita Friesen < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


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3. THE AMERICANIZATION OF ISLAM


The Dr. Irma M. Parhad Programmes at the University of Calgary present


A lecture by Dr. Mohamed Elmasry: "The Americanization of Islam"
Followed by the Panel Discussion: "Islam and the West: Is Peace Possible?"


This event will be moderated by Donna McElligott, host of CBC Radio's Wild Rose Country


23 September 2004,
7:00 pm
University of Calgary - Murray Fraser Hall 162
[On-line campus map: www.ucalgary.ca/map]


Tickets available from Campus Ticket Centre [www.ucalgary.ca/tickets]


Adults $10 - Students & Seniors $5


The detailed programme is available on our web site: www.ucalgary.ca/md/PARHAD/newsandevents.htm


Lecture: "The Americanization of Islam"
By Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
Professor of Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
National President, Canadian Islamic Congress


Abstract


During the late 1800s, the British tried to suppress Muslim resistance to their racist and oppressive imperial rule in India, the Middle East, and Africa. In doing so, they implemented a sinister divide-and-conquer style of politics that sought to Anglicize Islam in order to culturally pressure Muslims to submit to their occupation. They failed with flying colors. Now the U.S. is trying to Americanize Islam. Why do Americans think they can succeed where the British failed? Or is this a syndrome of the rich and powerful once again acting stupidly?
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PROFESSOR MOHAMED ELMASRY


Professor Elmasry is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), and a Fellow of the International Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Elmasry was selected as Canada's top engineering professor of the year 2000 by Canadian Business. He is also listed in several editions of Who's Who as one of the world top experts in digital integrated circuits. Since 1974, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada where he is a full Professor and founding Director of the VLSI (Microchip) Research Group. He has authored and co-authored more than 400 research papers and 16 books on integrated circuit design and design automation.


At the University of Waterloo, Dr. Elmasry is also a faculty member of the Middle East Studies department and founding co-ordinator of the Muslim Study Group there. He is active in the local and national Canadian Muslim community, having served as Program Chair for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Canadian Conference in 1990, and President of the Kitchener-Waterloo Islamic Association from 1986 to 1999. Dr. Elmasry is also founding president and chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC).


Dr. Elmasry authored the bestseller, "1,000 Questions on Islam" (available in both Arabic and English), "Islamic Spirituality", "Spiritual Fitness For Life" and "The Qur'an: 365 Selections For Daily Reading." He has served as a member of the Canadian and the Ontario Multifaith Committee and has presented numerous public lectures on issues in Islam and Islamic culture to churches, schools, universities and social organizations.


He has been honoured with the Volunteer Service Award by the Ontario Interfaith Council on Spiritual and Religious Care and Chaplaincy Services, and by the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services. He has been invited to lecture on Islam, as well as on Microelectronics, in more than 35 countries -- including China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, the former USSR, the Arab world, Europe, United States and Canada.


Professor Elmasry's editorials on religious, national and international issues are regularly featured in leading Canadian newspapers, including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, as well as in local-regional dailies such as the K-W Record. He has been a frequent guest on TV and radio shows in Canada, Egypt, and Kuwait.


Panel Discussion: "Islam and the West: Is Peace Possible?"


Dr. Monia Mazigh - Federal NDP Candidate and the wife of Maher Arar


Most Rev. Frederick B. Henry - Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary


Dr. David J. Bercuson - Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary


Dr. Gavin Cameron - Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Calgary


Sponsored by:
The Dr. Irma M. Parhad Fund
The International Centre


For more information, please contact:


Erin Gionet
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: (403) 220-2136


From: Erin Gionet < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


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4. ACTIVIST AGENDA


Please note there is a Section at the end that offers employment opportunities.


September 9th, Thursday @ 9pm: CBC IDEAS presents Two Cents Worth (Part 1) radio documentary highlighting that Cocoa farmers receive as little as two cents for every chocolate bar sold. Richard Phinney travels to Ghana, where cocoa is grown, to consider whether Fair Trade has the potential to change relations between the world's rich and poor. CBC Radio One 740 AM. See September 16th for part two.

[This is kind of self-serving because it promotes the certified Fair Trade (and organic) chocolates that we offer at Earth's General Store.]


September 9th, Thursday @ 7:00 ? 9:00 pm: Voices of the Soil Wake up your lawns and gardens with a ?cuppa ?? tea party where you will hear about the benefits of compost tea. At the end of the workshop you can take a cuppa home with you to use on your plant. (Please bring a 2-cup container ? with lid). Location: Robertson Wesley United Church, 10209-123rd Street. Cost: Unknown. Contact: RSVP September 7 - Tim 892-4743 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Website: www.voicesofthesoil.org

There is a second party on September 25th.


September 11th, Saturday @ 6:00 pm: Remembering Chile, September 11, 1973 Commemorative Ceremony organized by the Chilean Coordinating Committee. This event will mark the seizure of power by the military dictatorship in Chile in 1973 and the many victims of this regime. Location: Unitarian Church, 12530-110th Avenue. Cost: FREE. Contact: Juan Reinberg 478-9834 / e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


September 11th, Saturday @ 9:00 ? 12:00 pm: Meeting of the Alberta Provincial Green. Location: Hostelling International, 10647 - 81 Avenue, Edmonton. Cost: FREE ? all are welcome. Contact: Robert at 433-6804 or Margaret at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


September 12th, Sunday @ 7:00 pm: Fall Organizing Meeting Edmonton Coalition Against War And Racism. Location: Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, 10010 ? 107a Avenue (please use the north courtyard enterance). Contact: 988-2713. Website: www.ecawar.org

September 13th, Monday @ 9pm: CBC IDEAS: Warning Dark Age Ahead (Part1). Legendary writer Jane Jacobs describes how Dark Ages happen as knowledge is lost and ideas vanish. Jacobs warns that five social pillars are crumbling: family and community, higher education, science, representative government, and professional self-regulation. With analysis by Robert Lucas (economics), Alan Jacobs (city planning), Henry Mintzberg (management), and others. CBC Radio One 740AM. See September 20 for part two of this series. Check out Earth's General Store for Jane Jacobs books.


September 14th, Tuesday @ 7:00 pm: The Solar Energy Society of Canada - Northern Alberta Chapter present Energy Efficiency Issues/technologies for Homeowners by Simon Knight of Climate Change Central. Location: Room 5-142 on the main floor of the 105th Street Building Grant MacEwan Downtown Campus on 104 Avenue. Cost: FREE. More Information: www.ecn.ab.ca/sesci/


September 16th, Thursday @ 9pm CBC IDEAS presents Two Cents Worth (Part 2). Cocoa farmers receive as little as two cents for every chocolate bar sold. Richard Phinney travels to Ghana, where cocoa is grown, to consider whether Fair Trade has the potential to change relations between the world's rich and poor. CBC Radio One 740 AM.

[This is kind of self-serving because it promotes the certified Fair Trade (and organic) chocolates that we offer at Earth's General Store.]


September 16th, Thursday @ 12 ? 4 pm: The Alberta Public Interest Research Group is hosting an InforFair titled ?PIRGapalooza?. Featuring booths and information tables from APIRG working groups, student groups, and community groups. There will also be short workshops, demos, performances, and presentations. Location: QUAD ? University of Alberta http://www.expressnews.ualberta.ca/UALBERTA/layout/. Contact: 492-0614 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Website: www.ualberta.ca/~apirg/


September 18th, Saturday @ 10 am to 3 pm: Edmonton Waste Management Centre OPEN HOUSE. Ever wonder what is done with the ?garbage? we toss out each and every day. Sign up for a free guided tour of this world class facility. Location: 13111 - Meridian (1st) Street - 1 km north of Yellowhead Trail. Cost: FREE. Reservations are encouraged. Call 496-5678 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

September 20th, Monday @ 6pm: Boreal Environmental Activism Monthly Meeting. Stop the Cheviot Action Team and Boreal Action Team are 2 local groups of activists working together to protect the boreal forest and stop the Cheviot Mine through direct pacific actions, letters and petitions. 45 min introduction fallowed by a social gathering. Location: Hostelling International 10647 - 81 Ave Edmonton. Cost: FREE. Contact: 433 9048 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more info visit www.stopcheviot.com/ and http://www.democracyproject.ca/bat.html


September 20th, Monday @ 9pm: CBC IDEAS: Warning Dark Age Ahead (Part 2). Legendary writer Jane Jacobs describes how Dark Ages happen as knowledge is lost and ideas vanish. Jacobs warns that five social pillars are crumbling: family and community, higher education, science, representative government, and professional self-regulation. With analysis by Robert Lucas (economics), Alan Jacobs (city planning), Henry Mintzberg (management), and others. CBC Radio One740AM. Check out Earth's General Store for Jane Jacobs books.


Sept 21: International Day of Peace. I hope to work on a ceremony for this day and I will advise. One of the components of the ceremony will be as last year where people will be invited to say a few words of peace. I will be sending out another email about this shortly ? IF I can get something arranged with the City of Edmonton.


September 21st, Tuesday @ 7pm: Meeting of the Edmonton Chapter of the Council of Canadians. This is an important national group that challenges government on many levels. If you have time and energy this is a very worthwhile group to get involved with. Location: Sacred Heart School, 9624-108th Avenue. Contact: 429-4500.

ept 22nd: Car Free Day in Canada http://www.carfreeday.ca/ Nothing planned for Edmonton but you can mark the day by choosing not to drive and add to the burden of vehicle congestion.


September 24th, Friday @ 6:00 - 10:00pm: Pride Centre Open House. Location: fourth floor at 9912 ? 106 Street, Edmonton. Cost: FREE. Website: www.pridecentreofedmonton.org


September 25th, Saturday 10:00am: Voices of the Soil Wake up your lawns and gardens with a ?cuppa ?? tea party where you will have an opportunity to purchase compost tea. Location: Robertson Wesley United Church, 10209-123rd Street. Cost: $35.00. Contact: RSVP September 22 - Tim 892-4743 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Website: www.voicesofthesoil.org

September 25th, Saturday 1:30pm: John Ralston Saul lecture 'On community service, civil society & Canada's role in the world' presented by The Muttart Foundation Lecture series. Location: The Citadel - Maclab Theatre 9828 ? 101a Avenue. Cost: $10.00. Contact: 425-1820. For more information about the lecture contact Laura Berezan at the RCVO Grant MacEwan College Tel: (780) 497-4780 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

October 7th, Thursday @ 6:00 pm: Author of the book The Story of Jane Doe, Jane Doe, will be discussing her book about being raped and the legal system that she had to fight to get justice ? albeit late. Location: Tory Lecture Theatre, University of Alberta. Cost: Unknown at this time. Contact: U of A Women?s Collective at 492-2743.

Act Now!

SUDAN - Let our government know right now that the travesty that is happening in Dafur is unacceptable. We are fiddling while there are people being slaughtered in yet another corner of the world. Totally unacceptable. Call it for what it is ? GENOCIDE. Contact: Pierre Pettigrew at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Paul Martin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


SURPLUS ? Wow! Too much money. Let the government know what you think they should use the surplus money. The deficit should have been paid down 7 years ago if we were charging an appropriate royalty for the fossil fuel the oil companies have pulled from the area of the world we call Alberta. Go to http://www.finance.gov.ab.ca/surveys/itsyourfuture.html and fill in the survey. Do it NOW because the government doesn?t want to hear from you after September 24th.

Missile Defense - Right now, the Liberals are holding planning meetings behind closed doors in Ottawa to discuss buying into the Pentagon's missile defence scheme. Three Liberal MPs (Carolyn Parrish, Bonnie Brown, and Lynn Myers) are leading other MPs to confront Paul Martin.
Action: Add your name to a letter of support at http://www.ceasefire.ca, and then write to Defence Minister Bill Graham ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Tell them to to keep Canada out of Bush's Missile Defence System. Send a copy to Paul Martin, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Why isn?t this happening in Edmonton?

VANCOUVER'S GOING GOLD
Congratulations to Vancouver City Council, which has approved a Green Building Strategy requiring all new civic buildings greater than 500 sq. meters to achieve LEED Gold, the second highest standard in the green building certification programme. This includes a 30% improvement in energy consumption. This is on par with the Federal Government's commitment to Gold for all buildings over $10 million. The Council also adopted LEED Gold for eco-development at Southeast False Creek. If they can do it, so can every city! Here's their 3 secrets of success:
(1) A supportive majority on council

(2) Enthusiastic staff
(3) Strong community back-up.

Write to your city councillors to find out what we are doing to make our buildings more energy efficient. Check out http://www.edmonton.ca/portal/server.pt to contact your councillor and cc the mayor.

New at Earth's General Store

American Apparel t-shirts ? Now Sweat Free clothes. Check them out at http://www.americanapparel.net


Really! I have an Earth's General Store newsletter in the works.


Check out the following:

http://www.adbusters.org/metas/corpo/canwestwatch/


The Daily Grist: http://www.gristmagazine.org/daily/daily082704.asp

Send in October events ASAP so that they will get listed in the Our Voice for October, 2004.


Welcome back to the Edmonton community of Bill Moore- Kilgannon (and his family) who has just been hired by Public Interest Alberta (http://www.pialberta.org/) as their first executive director. Glad to have you all back and congratulations on the appointment.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Sierra Club of Canada ? Prairie Chapter is currently seeking candidates for the position of Community Outreach Coordinator. This is a one-year part-time contract position with the possibility of extension.

Responsibilities

? Ensure the Sierra Club of Canada ? Prairie Chapter is communicating effectively with its membership and the public

? Recruit, train and work with current and potential volunteers

? Assist in monitoring, managing, coordinating, and improving upon the Sierra Club of Canada ? Prairie Chapter?s direct interaction with its membership.

? Identify strategies and methods for elevating our profile with members and non members

? Promote the Sierra Club of Canada through public events and informational displays

? Assist with funding appeals and special event planning

? Give presentations on Chapter campaigns and priorities to members, non-members and supporters

? Organize and facilitate monthly meetings for members and non-members

? Various administrative duties

Qualifications

? Positive, outgoing personality

? Flexible schedule, willing to work occasional evenings and weekends

? Previous experience in volunteer management

? Expertise in volunteer recruitment, screening and training

? Experience working as part of a team, or in a leadership role

? Preference will be given to those candidates with experience who have worked with non-profit organizations

? An understanding of the dynamics of environmental issues in Canada

? Strong organization, planning, and time management skills

? A demonstrated ability to problem solve and work well under pressure

? Strong oral and written communication skills

? A College or University Education, or equivalent work experience

? Computer literacy with expertise and knowledge in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Publisher

? Experience developing creative, unique, and attention-grabbing promotional materials

Compensation: $1344/month 3 days per week (21 hours/week)

Please send your resume and cover letter no later than September 17, 2004 to: Sonja Mihelcic ? Chapter Director, Sierra Club of Canada ? Prairie Chapter 2nd Floor, 6328-104 Street Edmonton, AB T6H 2K9 Fax: 780.437.3932 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Who are we: The Sierra Club was founded by the famous naturalist and writer John Muir in 1892 to protect the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada. Over the years, the activities of the Sierra Club have expanded to include issues ranging from climate change and ozone depletion to toxic chemical contamination and loss of biological diversity. The Sierra Club has been active in Canada since 1969. We have local chapters and working groups in every region of Canada. The Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter was founded in 1995. We work in cooperation with the Sierra Club of Canada national office as well as the Eastern Canada Chapter, Atlantic Canada and B.C. chapters. We also participate with the Sierra Club U.S. on transboundary environmental issues. Please visit our website for more information: www.prairie.sierraclub.ca

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY


INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ASSISTANT

(INTERNATIONAL WEEK PROGRAMMER)


International Centre, University of Alberta International


Closing Date: Sept. 17, 2004

Position Type: Part-time - Temporary

Salary: $9.00 per hour

Hours: 13 hours per week

Start Date: October 4, 2004

End Date: February 25, 2005


Duties:


The International Centre is seeking an enthusiastic individual to assist in the planning and delivery of International Week 2005, to be held January 31 to February 4. International Week is a celebration and sharing of the University?s international expertise and interest related to global issues. The theme for International Week 2005 will focus on poverty and development.


Specific responsibilities of the International Centre Assistant (International Week Programmer) include:


? Working with International Centre staff to plan the overall design of International Week 2005.

? Researching appropriate content, contacting organizations and speakers, developing programs and written descriptions.

? Scheduling and confirming events, booking space and equipment, and providing other logistical support.

? Working closely with the Centre?s staff to meet the publicity and volunteer needs of International Week.

? Assisting in evaluating events.


This position may involve some duties in relation to global education activities aside from International Week.


Qualifications:


The ideal candidate will have:


? Experience in programming events.
? An understanding of global education.
? Knowledge of international development issues and related current events.
? Involvement in global education and international development with on-campus or off-campus organizations.
? Excellent skills in communicating and working with people.
? Excellent organizational skills.
? Ability to take initiative in a cooperative work setting.
? Computer literacy and good keyboarding skills.
? Knowledge of the University of Alberta campus.
? Experience working as a volunteer.
? Ability to work well under tight time constraints.


Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to:


Sharon Schultz, Office Manager
International Centre
172 HUB International
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1


website: www.international.ualberta.ca


The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.


Applicants are thanked in advance for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


The records arising from this competition will be managed in accordance with the provisions of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP).


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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY


INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ASSISTANT

(INTERNATIONAL WEEK VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR)


International Centre, University of Alberta International


Closing Date: Sept. 17, 2004

Position Type: Part-time - Temporary

Salary: $9.00 per hour

Hours: 13 hours per week

Start Date: October 4, 2004

End Date: February 25, 2005


Duties:


The International Centre is seeking an enthusiastic individual to assist in the planning and delivery of International Week 2005, to be held January 31 to February 4. International Week is a celebration and sharing of the University?s international expertise and interest related to global issues. The theme for International Week 2005 will focus on poverty and development.


Specific responsibilities of the International Centre Assistant (International Week Volunteer Coordinator) include:


? Working with International Centre staff to plan the overall design of International Week 2005.

? Recruiting, organizing and deploying the 80+ International Week volunteers.

? Organizing volunteer appreciation activities.

? Working closely with the Centre?s staff to meet the programming and publicity needs of International Week.

? Assisting in evaluating events.


This position may involve some duties in relation to global education activities aside from International Week.


Qualifications:


The ideal candidate will have:


? Experience working as a volunteer and supervising volunteers.
? An understanding of and prior involvement in global education.
? Experience in event planning.
? Excellent skills in communicating and working with people.
? Excellent organizational skills.
? Ability to take initiative in a cooperative work setting.
? Computer literacy and good keyboarding skills.
? Knowledge of the University of Alberta campus.
? Ability to work well under tight time constraints.


Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to:


Sharon Schultz, Office Manager

International Centre

172 HUB International
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1
website: www.international.ualberta.ca


The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.


Applicants are thanked in advance for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The records arising from this competition will be managed in accordance with the provisions of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP).


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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY


INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ASSISTANT

(INTERNATIONAL WEEK PUBLICITY ASSISTANT)


International Centre, University of Alberta International

Closing Date: Sept. 17, 2004

Position Type: Part-time - Temporary

Salary: $9.00 per hour

Hours: 13 hours per week

Start Date: October 4, 2004

End Date: February 25, 2005


Duties:


The International Centre is seeking an enthusiastic individual to assist in the planning and delivery of International Week 2005, to be held January 31 to February 4. International Week is a celebration and sharing of the University?s international expertise and interest related to global issues. The theme for International Week 2005 will focus on poverty and development.


Specific responsibilities of the International Centre Assistant (International Week Publicity Assistant) include:


? Working with International Centre staff to plan the overall design of International Week 2005.

? Developing and implementing the on- and off-campus publicity strategies for International Week.

? Organizing sponsorship for International Week.

? Working closely with the Centre?s staff to meet the programming and volunteer needs of International Week.

? Assisting in evaluating events.


This position may involve some duties in relation to global education activities aside from International Week.


Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

? Experience in publicity and/or marketing.
? Knowledge of on and off campus vehicles for International Week publicity.
? An understanding of and prior involvement in global education.
? Experience in event planning.
? Excellent skills in communicating and working with people.
? Excellent organizational skills.
? Ability to take initiative in a cooperative work setting.
? Computer literacy and good keyboarding skills.
? Knowledge of the University of Alberta campus.
? Experience working as a volunteer.
? Ability to work well under tight time constraints.


Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Sharon Schultz, Office Manager
International Centre
172 HUB International
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1

website: www.international.ualberta.ca


The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.

Applicants are thanked in advance for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


The records arising from this competition will be managed in accordance with the provisions of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP).


Michael Kalmanovitch
Earth's General Store
10832 Whyte Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6E 2B3
780/439-8725
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
www.earthsgeneralstore.ca


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5. PUBLIC INTEREST ALBERTA


Electronic News (September 1)

In this issue:

1) Public Interest Alberta appoints first executive director (Edmonton Journal, Saturday, August 28)
2) New office established
3) Job posting - Office Manager
4) Public Interest Alberta to release poll figures



If you are interested in receiving regular updates from Public Interest Alberta, you will soon be able to sign up off our webpage at http://www.pialberta.org/.

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1) Public Interest Alberta appoints first executive director in run-up to election

The Edmonton Journal
Sat 28 Aug 2004
Page: B6
Section: CityPlus
Byline: Joel Kom


EDMONTON - A new political group spearheaded by the Alberta Teachers' Association and the Alberta Federation of Labour has hired its first executive director.

Bill Moore-Kilgannon will head Public Interest Alberta, an umbrella organization of labour, community and faith groups, which he said will amplify the voting public's voices in a political spectrum that often ignores them.

"I'm encouraging all citizens in Alberta to pose important fundamental questions to their politicians," Moore-Kilgannon said.

Moore-Kilgannon brings several years of political group experience to the new coalition, which will start up in about two weeks. He spent the last three years in Ottawa as director of campaigns and communications for the Council of Canadians, where he helped lead various political drives.

He also spent four years as the first executive director of the University of Alberta's Parkland Institute, a political and economic research group.

He has co-ordinated the Global Vision Film Festival and worked in the Edmonton Learning Centre on international development education for six years.

Moore-Kilgannon said his experience in designing political campaigns will help give PIA a higher profile, especially with a provincial election expected soon. He plans to travel throughout Alberta in October to gauge voters' concerns.

"I've seen time and time again in small organizations that we can really connect with the mood of the population," he said. "One of the fundamental things that all good democracies need is organizations that are able to pose questions that get to what type of society we want to live in."

Despite the political leanings of the ATA and the Alberta Federation of Labour, as well as ATA past president Larry Booi's comments in May that PIA will defend Alberta's public sector from an "unrelenting agenda of privatization," Moore-Kilgannon insisted the new group is completely non-partisan.


"It's not about who gets elected or who forms governments for us," he said. "It's really about making sure that the public's concerns ... are being addressed."


PIA is planning for an annual budget of $250,000, all of which will be donated from various community and advocacy groups, as well as private citizens.

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2) New office established

Public Interest Alberta is setting up an office at
Suite #35, 9912- 106 St.
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 1C5
Ph (780) 420-0471 *
Fax (780) 420-0435 *

* Please note - Telus will be setting up the phone and fax lines on September. These numbers may change.

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3) Job posting - Office Manager

Public Interest Alberta invites applications for the position of "Office Manager".

Public Interest Alberta is a new organization established to promote public services and the public interest. It's main goal is to foster an understanding and commitment to the importance of public services, institutions and spaces.

The Office Manager will work closely with the Executive Director to manage all administrative aspects of the organization, including:
? Maintaining all financial records
? Payroll and Revenue Canada deductions
? Database management of all members and supporters
? Coordinate member communications
? Front office reception
? Arranging meetings and minute taking
? Support for communications strategies

The ideal candidate will have:
? A commitment to the goals of Public Interest Alberta
? More than 3 years office management experience
? Bookkeeping/ Accounting training and/or experience
? Experience with database programs (Access)
? Good understanding of all "Office" computer programs
? Ability to work independently and under pressure
? Excellent oral and written communication skills

This is a part-time (15 hours/week) position with a starting wage of $20.00/hour plus benefits.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and three references to:

Bill Moore-Kilgannon
Public Interest Alberta
#35, 9912 - 106 St.
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 1C5

For further information, please call (780) 993-3736

Deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm, September 17, 2004.

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4) Public Interest Alberta to release poll figures

Public Interest Alberta will be hosting a press conference to release the results of a poll conducted by Ipsos- Reid on Albertan's attitudes to public interest issues on Tuesday, September 7th.

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PARKLAND INSTITUTE
11045 Saskatchewan Drive,
Edmonton, AB. T6G 2E1
Phone: (780) 492-8558 - Fax:(780) 492-8738
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
http://www.ualberta.ca/parkland

PARKLAND INSTITUTE'S 8TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

Uncommon Dreams: Visions of the Public Good.


November 19 - 21, 2004, U of A Campus.

Featuring: Linda McQuaig, Joel Bakan and The Corporation, Mark Starowicz, Elaine Bernard
and many more!

For more information or to register call the office at (780) 492-8558.


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6. THEY SHOOT BEARS, DO THEY?!


Opening of fall grizzly bear hunt met by opposition from conservationists

Recreational killing of BC's grizzlies begins again this month


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - The recreational killing of grizzly bears throughout BC begins again this month. Of particular concern is the impact trophy hunting is having on grizzly populations in the Great Bear Rainforest on BC's central and north coasts. In response, the Raincoast Conservation Society and the Western Canada Wilderness Committee have launched public outreach initiatives to alert the public that the killing of grizzly bears for sport continues in BC. These efforts include Raincoast's video ad on the hunt currently running on the 300 square foot "jumbotron" at the Vancouver PNE and the Wilderness Committee's distribution of over 10,000 grizzly hunt postcards to their members and supporters.

"The sport hunting of coastal grizzlies is not much of a 'sport' as it consists of blowing away bears at their two main feeding grounds - estuaries and salmon spawning streams. There they will be shot from blinds and boats so that trophy hunters can have their fun," said Chris Genovali, Executive Director of Raincoast Conservation Society. "As a measure of the Liberal government's fanatical support of killing bears, Premier Gordon Campbell is also planning to allow grizzly hunting throughout all of the new parks and protected areas on the central and north coasts."

According to wildlife scientists Dr. Brian Horejsi, Dr. Barrie Gilbert and Dr. Lance Craighead, the coastal grizzly hunt resembles a "search and destroy mission" with recreational hunters employing aircraft, electronic aids, and motorized transport along rivers and logging roads. Drs. Horejsi, Gilbert and Craighead point out that guide outfitters and resident hunters charter float planes, fly along the coast, land at road staging areas, and drive roads or take boats up rivers; some use permanent, illegal, elevated stands overlooking salmon spawning sites.

"Democratic governments can ignore the wishes of the electorate for only so long," said Gwen Barlee, Policy Director of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee. "I believe if enough British Columbians mail in the grizzly hunt cards to the Premier explaining where they stand on this issue, we can put an end to the BC grizzly hunt once and for all".


Contact: Chris Genovali, Raincoast Conservation Society 250-888-3579
Gwen Barlee, Western Canada Wilderness Committee, 604-683-8220

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7. CANADA'S PENSION PLAN AND WAR INVESTMENTS

Public Meetings on the Canada Pension Plan:
Ask why they invest in many of the world's top war industries!

The CPP Investment Board (CPPIB) is about to hold a series of public meetings across Canada. The stated purpose of these meetings includes providing "members of the public with the opportunity to ask questions about our policies, operations and future plans."

CPP Investments in War Industries

The Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) has published details on CPP investments in war industries. COAT's website contains research published in issue 52 of Press for Conversion! Check the link below for details about CPP investments in major contractors that manufacture dozens of major weapons delivery systems (warplanes, battle tanks, artillery, warships, etc.), as well as dozens of the major weapons that they "deliver." COAT research found that at least three dozen of the major weapons systems used in the current Iraq war were manufactured by corporations in which our CPP retirment funds are invested:
http://coat.openconcept.ca/

The Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade's online petition to "Stop Canada Pension Plan Investments in War" now has over 3,000 signatories. (If you haven't already done so, please sign now.) The list of signatories and their comments can be viewed here:
http://coat.openconcept.ca/signed.php3#namelist

Dates and locations of CPP Public Meetings
Here is a link to the CPPIB web page that lists the dates, times and locations of the 9 meetings (in 9 provinces) between September 13 and October 21.
http://www.cppib.ca/info/meetings/index.html

Please consider attending a meeting and encouraging others to do likewise.

Alert the media:
Be sure to notify the media that you'll be at the meeting to ask questions about the unethical investment practises of the CPPIB. Even if you can't attend one of these meetings let the media know what you think about our government using our retirment funds to invest in many of the world's biggest war profiteers.

Yours sincerely
Richard Sanders
Coordinator, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
Editor, Press for Conversion! magazine.

P.S.
By the way, the latest issue of our quarterly magazine is hot off the press! This issue (#54) is called:
"All in the Family: The apple does not fall far from the BUSH."

This 50-page issue focuses entirely on the Bush family and, in particular, its well-documented but little-known links to fascism. For instance Prescott Bush and George Herbert Walker (the current president's grandfather and great grandfather) coordinated US investments in Nazi Germany, profited from slave labour at Auschwitz and then helped launder Nazi loot in the U.S. This family fortune was what launched the two Georges into the oil business and helped finance their political careers.


Here's a link for more info. on this latest issue. (You can also order copies of this latest issue on Bush (or our back issues, including #52, on CPP investments in war industries):
http://members.rogers.com/roots53/Bush.html

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8. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF WAR


The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has announced the dates for the
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement hearings on the deployment of
the missile defense system. I paste below the dates below.


The PEIS considers three options:
Alternative 1, missile defenses without space- based weapons.
Alternative 2, missile defenses with space-based weapons.
Alternative 3, no action.


I will be very interested to read how the impact between 1 and 2 differs,
and what they say about space weapons.


I imagine that will be of interest to our Canadian friends as well.


The Draft PEIS itself is is not yet available, but will be on the web
soon.


Hearing Dates:


* October 14, 2004, 6:30 p.m., Marriott Crystal City, 1999 Jefferson Davis
Highway, Arlington, VA
* October 19, 2004, 6 p.m., Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J. St., Sacramento,
CA
* October 21, 2004, 6:30 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, 401 E. 6th Ave, Anchorage,
AK
* October 26, 2004, 6 p.m., Best Western Hotel, 3253 N. Nimitz Hwy,
Honolulu, HI


More info at:


http://www.acq.osd.mil/mda/mdalink/pdf/noapeis.pdf


and
http://www.acq.osd.mil/mda/mdalink/html/enviro.html


Stephen Young
Washington Representative/Senior Analyst
Global Security Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
(202) 223-6133, x112


Make your voice heard on important environmental and security issues --
join the Union of Concerned Scientists Action Network at
www.ucsaction.org. It's quick, easy, and FREE.


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Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd
International Director
Institute for Cooperation in Space (ICIS)
3339 West 41 Avenue Vancouver, B.C. V6N3E5 CANADA
Tel: 604-733-8134
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"Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer."


Thomas Paine, "Common Sense," February 1776


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