Monthly meeting of the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice

Title: Monthly meeting of the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice
Location: St. James the Apostle Church (Corner of Paisley and Glasgow)
Description: Regular monthly meeting of the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice. Generally held the second Tuesday of the month except during July and August.

For information or to join, call GWCSJ Chairperson, George Kelly at 519-824-1885

Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2014-09-09
End Time:  9:00 pm

“DAM LINE 9!” Occupation of Line 9 Construction Site Begins

Title: “DAM LINE 9!” Occupation of Line 9 Construction Site Begins
Location: Oxford County Rd 5 (aka 17th Line) in Innerkip, ON (near Woodstock) between Township Rd 10 and Township Rd 9 (aka Braemar Side Road)
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Description: Deshkaan Ziibing, Anishinabek Territory– As this statement is being released, individuals from affected communities throughout south-western Ontario have interrupted work on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. Activists stopped the work around 7am this morning, asserting that Line 9 poses a danger to people, animals, land, and water.

Those involved in this blockade intend to stop construction on the site indefinitely.

This site is currently undergoing a valve installation 500m from the Thames River, yet this construction will not add any protection against a leak of toxic diluted bitumen into this important water source as it is located on the far side of the river. Line 9 is the same age and design as the Enbridge pipeline which caused the largest in-land oil spill in American history. Enbridge has identified more than 12,000 flaws in Line 9’s structure, and the line has already leaked at least 35 times in less than 40 years.

“This construction project is a band-aid attempt and Line 9 is too old and damaged to operate safely. The new valves aren’t designed to protect rivers, they’re designed to maximise the amount of bitumen that can flow through the line,” says Sarah Scanlon, activist.

“We’ve tried pursuing avenues with the National Energy Board and within local and regional governments. The concerns expressed by individual people and municipalities were ignored. The official processes have merely rubber-stamped dangerous tar sands projects and failed to protect us, so we are here out of necessity,” says Rachel Avery, a blockader. “This project is also being illegally forced through without meaningful consultation of Indigenous communities. For example, the Chippewas of the Thames have appealed the NEB approval, but Enbridge has continued to work on the line regardless,” Avery continued.

More than half a million people rely on drinking water provided by the Thames Watershed. Rare species such as the eastern spiny softshell turtle, queen snake, black redhorse and Virginia Opossum rely on its specific ecosystems. Food growers have relied on its fertile valley for over 11 000 years. This construction site is less than a kilometre from the river, and is in the middle of active farm land.

Activists assert this project is one piece of a larger problem. “This is not about pipelines versus rail; it’s about harmful resource extraction as a whole. Tar sands and fracking related industries are environmentally and economically unsustainable,” says Wolfgang Chrapko, blockader.

Line 9 is one of many proposed pipeline projects in so-called Canada slated to carry tar sands and fracked Bakken shale oil to the coast for export. Tar sands bitumen is the dirtiest oil in the world. Its extraction and refinement require mass deforestation, irreversible water contamination, climate-changing carbon emissions, and toxic industrial waste. The tar sands are killing people and environments every day on a local and global scale.

Once a river is poisoned, it cannot be undone. We need to act before it is too late. Join us and let’s Dam Line 9!

Blockaders are also inviting supporters to come to the site and donate supplies.
Date: 2014-08-05

“Tragedy in the Commons” with author Michael McMilllan

Title: “Tragedy in the Commons” with author Michael McMilllan
Location: in the Bookshelf eBar on 41 Quebec St., downtown Guelph
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Description: This timely book is super reading for anyone frustrated with Canadian democracy.

Come out and be recharged!

Local MP Frank Valeriote will be present to answer questions along with the author
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2014-06-25

Rally To Stop The Cuts to Refugee Health Care

Title: Rally To Stop The Cuts to Refugee Health Care
Location: City Hall
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Description:

The 3rd National Day of Action to Stop the Cuts to Refugee health Care.

Concerned Guelph health service providers, Fuerza/Puwersa , Growing Community Health in collaboration with Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care are organizing a Guelph rally at Guelph City Hall in support of the National Day of Action on June 16th. The Guelph rally will show the Federal Government that we will continue to challenge these cuts and support health access for all members of our communities.

Along with the other protests happening across the country, our rally is in response to the reckless Interim federal health Program (IFHP) cuts that have resulted in refugees being denied important public health care services.

Despite widespread opposition from a broad group of health care workers across Canada, the federal government has implemented cuts to health insurance for refugees. As predicted, many are suffering as a result. There have been well documented cases of people being denied care including pregnant women and sick children. Health care workers join others in continuing to speak out in solidarity with people who face government sanctioned barriers to addressing their health and well-being needs.

Join us on June 16th for the third National Day of Action. It is an opportunity to show the federal government that regardless of whether we work as doctors, nurses, factory workers, or new mothers we will stand up to protect our communities from the federal governments cuts to refugee healthcare provision. Join us on Monday June 16th, in front of Guelph City Hall if you are for a Guelph, and a Canada where there are no government barriers based on a person’s status to access healthcare and well-being.

For more information on this national campaign: http://cdrcdayofaction.com/

Start Time:  1:00 pm
Date: 2014-06-16
End Time:  2:00 pm

Keynote: Tina Clarke – Resiliency, Collaboration, & the Transition Movement

Title: Keynote: Tina Clarke – Resiliency, Collaboration, & the Transition Movement
Location: Tytler Public School, 131 Ontario Street, Guelph
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Description: Transition Guelph is so proud to have Tina Clarke return to Guelph and share her thoughts on resiliency, collaboration, and the Transition movement. Tina is an amazing and charismatic speaker – you do not want to miss this!

Register online for this event at https://tinyurl.com/tinaclarkeguelph

Since becoming a Certified Transition Trainer in 2008, Tina has worked with over 120 Transition communities, given 42 of the official Transition weekend courses in the U.S. and Canada, and provided hundreds of Transition presentations. Prior to doing Transition work full-time, Tina had been a trainer, program director and consultant for 25 years, supporting and guiding leaders in over 400 local, national, regional and local organizations.
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2014-06-13
End Time:  9:00 pm

Monthly meeting of the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice

Title: Monthly meeting of the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice
Location: St. James the Apostle Church (Corner of Paisley and Glasgow)
Description:

Please Note: NEW DATE

Regular monthly meeting of the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice. Generally held the second Tuesday of the month except during July and August.

For information or to join, call GWCSJ Chairperson, George Kelly at 519-824-1885
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2014-06-17
End Time:  9:00 pm

Building Collaborative Communities: An Open Space Discussion

Title: Building Collaborative Communities: An Open Space Discussion
Location: Tytler Public School, 131 Ontario St, Guelph
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Description: We believe that Guelph is an amazing city rich with changemakers, community hackers, innovators, and idea generators. Let’s connect the business community and start thinking in terms of collaboration instead of competition.
What is Open Space? Open Space Technology is a simple way to run productive meetings, for five to 2000+ people, and a powerful way to lead any kind of organization, in everyday practice and extraordinary change. Learn more about Open Space.
We will ask the question: How do we create a resilient business community by moving from competition to collaboration? By looking at ideas around co-promotion, collaborative projects, resource sharing, and more, we can move Guelph’s business community into a more resilient culture. Join the conversation by registering. Looking for more information? You can get in touch by emailing kelly@transitionguelph.org.
Learn about this and more at www.thelocalgoodguelph.ca
Start Time: 09:00 am
Date: 2014-06-10
End Time: 12:00 noon

Provincial Election 2014 – All Candidates Meeting

Title: Provincial Election 2014 – All Candidates Meeting
Location: Italian Canadian Club, 135 Ferguson St., Guelph

Link Out: https://www.facebook.com/events/531793216927155/
Description:

WHERE DO THE CANDIDATES STAND ON SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES?

AFFORDABLE HOUSING??

GUARANTEED ANNUAL INCOME??

CLIMATE CHANGE??

PUBLIC HEALTH CARE FOR ALL??

Sponsored by:
The Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice
and
The Guelph Wellington Poverty Elimination Task Force

Contact George Kelly at gkelly@golden.net for more information

Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2014-06-04
End Time:  9:00 pm

2Rivers Cleanup: Revive. Restore. Rehabilitate.

Title: 2Rivers Cleanup: Revive. Restore. Rehabilitate.
Location: Silvercreek Park, West of Edinburgh (Check-in light snacks at the covered picnic area)
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Description: Description This year there will be four family-friendly, river-focused activities to choose from:

1. River Cleanup – Let the wading begin!

CLEAN UP the river by learning what stays, what goes, and what’s habitat. A 35 year tradition!

2. Only Rain Down the Drain!

LEARN about non-point source pollution and PAINT yellow fish beside storm drains as part of Trout Unlimited Canada’s Yellow Fish Road (TM) program.

3. Can you dig it? Tree Planting.

The most effective strategy to keep our rivers cool and healthy is to naturalize the riverbanks with plantings. PLANT trees, MULCH trees planted in the past and LEARN about invasive species and their proper removal.

4. River Revival: Part 1

Join Ontario Streams specialists and Headwaters students in MAPPING, water TESTING, and IDENTIFYING species in the river. Data will be used to assess the health of the river and then to DEVELOP A REVIVAL PLAN for the coming years. Part one of a multi-year project.

Event is rain or shine. Please bring weather activity appropriate gear.

This event is organized as a part of the 2Rivers Festival by OPIRG Guelph and Wellington Water Watchers.
For more information about the event, and to pre-register, visit www.2RiversFestival.org
Start Time: 09:00 am
Date: 2014-06-07
End Time: 12:00 pm

Community Tree Planting Days!

Title: Community Tree Planting Days!
Location: Silvercreek Park (North Bank of Speed River, Edinburgh Road South)
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Description: This event will include planting native trees and shrubs along the river as well as caring for our babies from previous plantings! Please join us for planting. We will continue our dialogue about our river systems, and various ways to improve the quality of water for ourselves, our downstream communities, and the environment.

Why is tree planting along the river important?

Some of the benefits are:
Restoration of riparian buffer zone slows down surface runoff, reduces river bank erosion, and traps pollutants. Reduced runoff of pollutants reduces algal bloom in the river stream.
Trees and shrubs increase water storage capacity within the local sub-watershed.
Tree canopies along the riverbank reduce water temperature and increase dissolved oxygen in the water. Increased oxygen in water increases aquatic biodiversity.
Reduced runoff of pollutants reduces algal bloom in the river stream.
Planting trees and shrubs increases plant biodiversity in the riparian buffer zone, and provides better habitat for wildlife.

This is a fun, family friendly event! Snacks and drinks will be served!
Please wear long sleeves and bring sun or rain gear, shovel and other small tools if you have them.

For more information and to register for this event please call the OPIRG office at 519 824 2091, or email speedriver@opirgguelph.org.
Hope to see you there!

Kiran Bhattarai
OPIRG-Guelph Speed River Project Coordinator
Start Time: 10:00 am
Date: 2014-05-24
End Time:  1:00 pm