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World Fed Friday Talk for October


World Federalist talks resume this week, with another of Bill Pearce's enlightening talks on the Middle East:

  "Was the Palestinian State Dead at its Birth?"
 
Can there be a reconciliation between a Zionist Israel that sees itself as rightfully reclaiming its homeland and views Palestinians as homicidal bombers and a Palestine that views Israel as colonists and occupiers?
 
Bill Pearce will explore this question and the steps that must be taken by Israel and the international community to make statehood a reality for the Palestinian people.

1:30pm Friday, October 31
St. John's Church Lounge
Quadra and Mason Streets



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CAIA Active Members Committee

[evoz] upcoming events

 

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The Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement welcomes you to the UVIC Sustainability Research and Engagement Festival on Wednesday October 29th.  Everyone is welcome to all events. 

 

·      Daytime: 

·       9-12pm - What is happening at UVIC?  How do we increase our collaboration between ourselves and the broader public?  What are the innovative approaches and methods for communications and knowledge mobilization?

·       12-12:30pm - Sustainability Fashion Show

·       12:30-1pm - Lunch

·       1-3pm -  Two Hands-on Workshops to choose from:

Participatory Video and Film  

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The Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement welcomes you to the UVIC Sustainability Research and Engagement Festival on Wednesday October 29th.  Everyone is welcome to all events. 

 

·      Daytime: 

·       9-12pm - What is happening at UVIC?  How do we increase our collaboration between ourselves and the broader public?  What are the innovative approaches and methods for communications and knowledge mobilization?

·       12-12:30pm - Sustainability Fashion Show

·       12:30-1pm - Lunch

·       1-3pm -  Two Hands-on Workshops to choose from:

Participatory Video and Film  

Community Mapping  

Evening:

·       Public Film Evening: UVic Premiere of Reaching...

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[evoz] 3rd Annual Day of the Dead Fiesta - Saturday, November 1st

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The Dead walk the earth once again!

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Friends of Puente: our 3rd annual Day of the Dead Fiesta is coming this Saturday

According to Mexican tradition, the departed come back to earth at this time of year, and it's up to the living to throw a great welcoming party.  We're doing just that - fantastic bands, sugar skull Mexican face-painting, relentless dancing, and the risen spirits of the departed: what more could you want?  Featuring the supernatural talents of Hank Pine, 
Bučan Bučan, Bonehoof, the ¡Viva México! Folklore Dancers, and the cumbia bestial of DJ Barba.

¿Donde?  Open Space: 510 Fort Street,...

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[Uvic-sustainability] News and Events for week of Oct 28th

NEWS

A wholehearted thank you and congratulations to Rita Fromholt for her hard work and passion acting as Sustainability Coordinator at the UVic Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability for over five years. Rita took the lead in GHG and climate reporting, improving sustainable transportation on campus, and engaging with students, faculty, and community members to create a more sustainable campus and community environment. We wish her all the best in her new role with the Green Party of BC. Thanks Rita, you will be missed!

This week the provincial government released a concerning video on the science of LNG, representing the gas in a manner reminiscent of a grade–school science experiment. See the video on the Vancouver Sun website. According to a report from the Pembina Institute, the government’s current trajectory for BC’s LNG industry could double BC’s GHG emissions by 2020, bringing them almost up to par with Alberta’s tar sands emissions. Given the rate at which we need to reduce our use of fossil fuels to stay within a maximum 2-degree rise in climate in order to lessen the risk of experiencing catastrophic runaway global warming, their choice to omit the climate impacts of LNG in the video negligent at best.

UVic students Peter Gibbs and Tristan Ryan were featured on CFAX radio last week discussing the vibrant Divest UVic campaign on campus that is calling on the university to withdraw its investments from the fossil fuel industry. At the UVSS AGM on Oct 16th an unprecedented amount of student support voted in favour of holding a referendum on divestment in the spring. Check out the Martlet for more details. 

On campus, UVic’s very first Free Store is officially opening as of next Monday November 3rd! The UVSS, who is operating the store, is soliciting donations.  If you have any old stuff that is still useful, but you don’t need anymore, please consider bringing it to the Free Store in the Student Union Building on Monday November 3rd. Items include:

  • - Books
  • - CD’s, Records, Tapes, Vinyl
  • - Office Supplies
  • - Kitchenware
  • - Small to medium electronic devices/appliances in working condition

 No large items and no clothing (at least for now) please!


A number of great sustainability events in the community and on campus over the next week. On Thursday Oct 29th The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability is working with the Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement to host a workshop focused on research and engagement in the community, followed by a film screening and panel discussion on Reaching Blue: Finding Hope Beneath the Surface in the evening. More info in the events section.


EVENTS

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Reminder: Climate Forum this Wed. Oct. 29


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Rolling Forward on Climate Poster

Hello PAOV,

I want to remind you about an event happening in just a few days – one I'm really excited about.

Rolling Forward on Climate: A Forum on Climate Solutions in the Salish Sea and Beyond is happening this Wednesday in Victoria, and will highlight creative climate activism and real, positive climate alternatives in an interactive town hall format.

WHEN:  Wednesday, Oct. 29th, 7:00-9:00 pm

WHERE:  Elliott Building, Room 167, University of Victoria
(view map)

We’ll hear from Joseph Boutilier, a Victoria man who recently travelled to Ottawa by unicycle to raise awareness about climate change and from Andrew Moore, project manager for the T’sou-ke First Nation alternative energy initiative.

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[evoz] Invitation to Nominate

Until December 31 2014, it will be possible to submit a candidate for the official Vancouver Island Black History Month Recognition Awards.
The Victoria African and Caribbean Cultural Society & AfriCa Fest will host the Second Annual of The Black History Month Closing Gala & Recognition Awards. This activity pays tribute to members of the Black Community who have distinguished themselves in the public, private, and community sectors. Honoring these individuals is also a way to pay them homage and to present them as role models for the youth in the community, but also to emphasize their contribution to BC society at large.
A nomination must be submitted by a third person (the proposer).

A nomination may be submitted it the following categories;
• Professional
• Social Commitment
• Sports
• Seniors
• Youth (18 to 35)
• Volunteer
• Activist
• Business model
• Arts & Culture
• Ambassador

Nominees will be evaluated on...

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Citizen Announcement

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Dear Friends of SJS,

Tonight October 27: Harsha Walia at UVIC

Join activist and writer Harsha Walia speaking on "Movements

Undoing Border Imperialism" at the Social Justice Studies Program Annual 

Lecture. Walia is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013).

* FREE EVENT; ALL ARE WELCOME *

7 pm, MONDAY OCTOBER 27, 2014

Bob Wright Centre, B150

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

also later this week:
the Victoria Coalition in Support of Temporary Workers presents:
Migration and Misconceptions: Understanding Canada's Temporary Worker Program 
Saturday, November 1, 3 to 5 pm
1611 Quadra Street
(see attached poster)

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Margo MatwychukDirector
Social Justice Studies ProgramUniversity of Victoriaweb.uvic.ca/socialjustice/@UVicSJS on TwitterUVicSJS on FacebookUVicSJS on YouTube
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Why we are blocking the Israeli boat in Oakland

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The Colors from Palestine calendars will be on sale at the Oct. 27 movie fro $20 each or $30 for 2.

And view information about the Israeli ship blockade.
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Could this be the end of the tar sands?

 

Five First Nations are on the brink of stopping Enbridge’s tar sands pipeline for good. But rising costs are threatening to derail their strong legal case.

A generous donor has pledged to match every single dollar that we raise to help beat Enbridge -- will you chip in CA$10 ?

Donate CA$10

An extremely generous anonymous donor wants to double your money. I’ll tell you how: right now, five First Nations are trying to deal a massive, crippling blow to a massive tar sands pipeline across Alberta and BC. They have the legal upper hand against petro-giant Enbridge -- but Enbridge and its army of lawyers will do whatever it takes to force this giant tar sands pipeline through.

And Enbridge has something they don’t: an almost-unlimited supply to money to bully them into giving up. It badly wants to shift tar sands oil, and if it does, it’s “game over” for our climate.

To give the First Nations a fighting chance, we’re asking for your help -- and our donor will double any donations towards this legal challenge.

Please, will you chip in CA$10 today and instantly have your gift doubled to help stop Enbridge?

Yes, I'll chip in CA$10 to stop the massive tar sands pipeline once and for all.

Momentum is building against Enbridge’s tar sands plans, and you better believe it’s worried. It’s starting to realise that it can’t use money to fight against people power.

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Dixon, Walia, and other events

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Dear Friends of SJS,

  a reminder to join us tomorrow for Chris Dixon and on Monday for Harsha Walia. See below for more information on these and other events happening on campus and in the community.  
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Oct 28 Webinar: Solar Sauce and Zero-Carbon Coffee - How BC's Food & Beverage Industry Can Save Money and Reduce Its Climate I




BCSEA Webinar: Solar Sauce and Zero-Carbon Coffee - How BC's Food and Beverage Industry Can Save Money and Reduce Its Climate Impact

Join us for a free BCSEA Webinar on Tuesday October 28 at noon PDT (3:00 PM EDT)

    Reserve your free Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/711924642 Carbon Report Cover Page

Climate Smart has identified $100 million in potential savings by 2020 for B.C. food & beverage businesses that reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.

A 5% annual reduction in carbon emissions from B.C.’s food and beverage sector would reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions by 250,000 tonnes.

Christine VanDerwill, Client Relations Manager, leads the business engagement team at Climate Smart Business, a Vancouver-based social enterprise. Climate Smart offers a comprehensive, group-based training program, certification and tools for small/medium enterprises (SMEs) to measure and profitably reduce their carbon emissions associated with energy, transport, and waste. Christine helps local government and corporate partners develop strategic campaigns to engage value chains, suppliers and stakeholders in carbon, (greenhouse gas) management and leverage market drivers to accelerate climate action.

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Glen Greenwald: Why privacy matters

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."

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Inside Vancouvers Oppenheimer Park homeless camp

City's growing homeless population speaks out against inadequate housing and official neglect

Police make their way through the maze of tents.Police make their way through the maze of tents.
PHOTO: TOMAS BORSA  

ust after noon on Wednesday, Oct. 8, the 400-plus homeless residents of Oppenheimer Park – a makeshift tent city established in July to highlight the acute need for affordable housing in Vancouver – were given notice that the B.C. Supreme Court had granted an injunction to have them removed. In her ruling, Justice Jennifer Duncan told leaders of the camp that they had until 10 p.m. on Oct. 15 to rid the park of all shelters and possessions. The Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Park Board, who had argued that the encampment was becoming a source of violence and a public health concern, lauded the ruling.

But campers were less than jubilant – and as the deadline to vacate the park came and went, many shelters remained. On Thursday, police moved in to stand watch as the camp was dismantled by city workers. A singing circle was formed to mourn the loss of a place as unifying as it was, at times, incongruous. And then, to no one’s great surprise, the first arrests were made.

Campers mingle on a sunny day at Oppenheimer Park.

Campers mingle on a sunny day at Oppenheimer Park.

By now, most observers will no doubt have formed their own opinions of the camp, varying in tone from sympathetic to chastising. But to campers at Oppenheimer Park, the impetus remained simple: in Vancouver’s over-priced real-estate climate, there is simply nowhere else to go.

“Throw me in jail? That’s three meals a day, a bed, a roof. That’s be a step up from anywhere else I can call home,” one camper told me as we sat under the awning of his patchwork shelter.

In an area of the city where 70 per cent of residents are low-income, roughing it in Oppenheimer Park was seen by most as a step up from the squalid conditions of available housing. The predicament is one which Scott Bonnyman, originally from Newfoundland, understands well. Wheelchair-bound and battling cancer, his health problems have prevented him from finding accessible housing in existing shelters and single-room occupancies.

“No one will take me. Even if they did, I can’t get up the stairs in most places,” Bonnyman told me. “The beds they give you are just a mat on the floor… I’ve got cancer in my leg so I can’t get up once I’m on that bed. So either I live in this park or I don’t live anywhere at all.”

Scott Bonnyman lifts his pant leg to reveal a cancerous lesion – one of the many mobility issues which limit his access to housing.

Scott Bonnyman lifts his pant leg to reveal a cancerous lesion – one of the many mobility issues which limit his access to housing.

Those with mental health issues face an even bleaker situation. Now that campers have been forced to leave the park, which many say promoted a sense of community and safety-in-numbers, pre-existing conditions are likely to become exacerbated by the alienation, uncertainty, and destitution which define life on the streets of the Downtown Eastside.

Swampy Cree, a member of the Musqueam First Nation and one of the camp’s de facto leaders, stressed that despite many attempts to contact city officials, including the mayor, Oppenheimer’s campers felt completely ignored – that is, until the city was granted its eviction order.

“I pleaded to get [Mayor Gregor Robertson] or the health people to come in: student nurses, people on holidays, or retired doctors and nurses… Not one person came. Maybe it takes one of their relatives being spotted at the camp, one of their relatives making an appeal for better housing before they’re willing to meet with us.”

Not one person came.
–Swampy Cree

Jeffery Dean Caldwell, a long-time resident of the area, agreed: “We all have our hurts, habits, and hang-ups… but just because I’m homeless, for whatever the reasons may be, I still have the right and dignity to be proud of where I live, to not be ashamed of where I live, to not have to share my spaces with the cockroaches – who don’t pay rent.”

Of course, this is nothing new. Back in 2008, when Gregor Robertson was first elected mayor of Vancouver, the starry-eyed newcomer made headlines by pledging to end street homelessness by 2015. While the city has taken meagre steps toward that end – including recently opening a low barrier shelter with 40 beds and adding 157 new units of interim housing at a Quality Inn slated for demolition – the number of visibly homeless people in Vancouver has steadily risen, seeing a 249 per cent increase since the last regional count in 2011.

A cook stirs rice over a small camp-stove. A handful of volunteers, some with formal culinary training, managed a well-stocked kitchen area.

A cook stirs rice over a small camp-stove. A handful of volunteers, some with formal culinary training, managed a well-stocked kitchen area.

Unfortunately, the dismantling of Oppenheimer Park has demonstrated that instead of acknowledging the severity of Vancouver’s housing crisis, the City is content to merely evict the un-evictable, and to evade responsibility for its perpetual failure to address the issue at its source.

With the municipal election slated for Nov. 15, every candidate is no doubt feeling the need to look their Sunday-best. But for now, providing a substantive answer to where the region’s growing homeless population is expected to sleep seems a less pressing matter than keeping up appearances.

Read more: Inside Vancouvers Oppenheimer Park homeless camp

[coalalert] PQB NEWS EDITORIAL: "WILL RAVEN GET OFF THE GROUND?"

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[evoz] In Dignity: A Workshop with Allan Wade. Register by this Friday for Early-bird Price!



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Rolling Forward on Climate Forum – Wed. Oct. 29

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