Jon Young to speak about good medicine for nature deficit disorder.

Title: Jon Young to speak about good medicine for nature deficit disorder.
Location: Centennial CVI, 289 College Ave W, Guelph,
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Description: Nature is the mentor. Connection is the path. Join the fun!

Hosted by The Guelph Outdoor School and Transition Guelph
Visit www.theguelphoutdoorschool.com to purchase tickets
Ticket price: sliding scale, suggested $10.00 – $30.00

Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2014-10-02
End Time:  9:30 pm

Aboriginals and Allies – We are All Treaty People

Title: Aboriginals and Allies – We are All Treaty People
Location: Dublin United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W
Description: Fifteen years ago, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way of learning the history most Canadians are never taught. The Blanket Exercise was the result and on October 4th, 2014, you can come and experience the Indigenous understanding of our journey together.

Join us for the Blanket Exercise at Dublin United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W in Guelph, and raise your awareness of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Canada.

Opening Invocation led by Jan Sherman, elder living in Guelph.

Kairos exercise led by Val Kerr, Mohawk and Anglican priest in the Diocese of Niagara.

Drumming and closing ceremonies led by Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak, the Good Hearted Women Singers of Kitchener.

Snacks and drinks provided.

Sponsored by Kairos Guelph, St. Matthias Anglican Community, St. James Anglican Church and St. George’s Anglican Church.

Start Time: 1:30 pm
Date: 2014-10-04
End Time:  5:30 pm

Energy East 101-a Video

Title: Energy East 101-a Video
Location: Click to Follow the Link
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Description: Will your community be affected by the Energy East Pipeline?

Energy East 101, a four-minute handimation gives a comprehensive background on the controversial Energy East pipeline proposed by TransCanada.
The video is narrated in English by Maude Barlow, author and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and in French by Quebec-based activist Steven Guilbeault from Equiterre.
Released September 15, 2014 by the Council of Canadians and Equiterre.

View video herehttp://www.canadians.org/energyeast101

Date: 2014-09-15

People’s Climate Mobilization-The Largest Climate March in History

Title: People’s Climate Mobilization-The Largest Climate March in History
Location: Old City Hall-Corner Carden St.
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Description: Guelph gathers to meet our common challenge.
Climate Change
Join with people from all over the world, including New York City
for the People’s Climate March.
Start Time:  4:00 pm
Date: 2014-09-21
End Time:  5:00 pm

7th Annual Guelph Fresh Water Jamboree Festival with special guest Maude Barlow

Title: 7th Annual Guelph Fresh Water Jamboree Festival with special guest Maude Barlow
Location: Riverside Park at the Bandshell
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Description: September, 2014 – GUELPH, ONTARIO – The 2014 Fresh Water Jamboree Festival will be held at Riverside Park at the Bandshell on Saturday, September 13, 2014, from noon to 11:00pm.

We have a special guest this year! At 5:00pm Maude Barlow will be putting on a presentation about the importance of Fresh Water. Maude is one of the most knowledgeable people on this subject and you can check her out at http://www.canadians.org/maude.

The Fresh Water Jamboree is an annual one-day music festival established to help raise awareness about “fresh water” in Wellington County, the province of Ontario, and across Canada.

The festival is organized by “Be The Artist” (www.betheartist.ca), which is a Guelph based organization promoting musicians and environmental initiatives. The festival is held on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at Riverside Park Bandshell in Guelph. There will be presentations and music from 12:00noon until 11:00pm. We expect to have between 2 000 and 3 000 people attend. Vendors and crafters as well as information booths will be stationed at the event and there are many local musicians and artistic communities involved. Maude Barlow has decided to sponsor the event and will be presenting a detailed and informative talk on our Fresh Water Crisis here in Canada and around the world.

There will be Bands such as Shane Phillips, Ian Andrews and The Smokin’ Scoundrels, James Gordon, Glen Soulis, The Soles, John Layton, and more.

Our aim is to educate the public about water conservation before our fresh water is unusable. The UN suggests that each person needs 20-50 litres of water a day to ensure their basic needs for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. There are countries and many corporations exploiting Canada’s reservoirs and aquifers. Furthermore, there is a rapidly growing number of countries that have little or no access to drinking water. We are continually undergoing local issues. We hope to encourage people to act Locally and think Globally.

Maude Barlow – From Council of Canadians, Water Wagon, Zehrs Eramosa, Two Plus Pizza, Freshco, Canadian – Tire Stone Road, The Water Store, Planet Bean, Be The Artist, Griesbach Contracting and many individuals have donated.

http://freshwaterjam.com/

We would like to invite you to be involved in this meaningful event. We are looking for donations and volunteers up until the event.

All donations, large and small, related products, or services are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Facebook Link
https://www.facebook.com/events/457696397695813/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Start Time: 12:00 noon
Date: 2014-09-13
End Time: 11:00 pm

Fair Trade Guelph hosts a talk by Chief Adam Tampuri, Chairman of the board of Fair Trade Africa

Title: Fair Trade Guelph hosts a talk by Chief Adam Tampuri, Chairman of the board of Fair Trade Africa
Location: Planet Bean’s Wyndham St. location
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Description: Chief Adam Tampuri is Chairman of the board of Fairtrade Africa, which represents Fairtrade certified producers across Africa. He also serves on the board of both Fairtrade Germany and the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK. In addition, he chairs the Fairtrade-certified Gbankuliso Cashew Farmers Association, which represents 800 cashew nut stakeholders. He has been actively involved in the Fairtrade movement for many years. He will be presenting a talk at Planet Bean about Fair Trade at 7:00 pm at Planet Bean’s Wyndham St. location on Friday, September 12.
Fair Trade is a different way of trading and supporting producers in various countries that makes fairness the main principle of business. It seeks to ensure that farmers and artisans behind the products we enjoy, are offered better remuneration for their work, as well as long term, meaningful trade relationships. For more information visit Fairtrade Canada http://fairtrade.ca/en

This talk will help us to learn first hand about Fair Trade from an eloquent speaker.We are honoured to have the opportunity to host Chief Adam Tampuri.

About Fair Trade Guelph

Fair Trade Guelph is a working group associated with Transition Guelph which is pursuing Fair Trade Town certification for the City of Guelph. Research into Fair Trade Town certification began in 2011 and in the spring of 2013 a group came together to move the project forward. Since that time, the group has done a number of public events to promote Fairtrade, published a directory of local merchants offering Fairtrade products and won the official support of the City of Guelph for their efforts.

fairtradeguelph@gmail.com

http://fairtradeguelph.wordpress.com/

Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2014-09-12

Council of Canadians Annual General Conference

Title: Council of Canadians Annual General Conference
Location: Hamilton, Ontario – See Website at Link Out below
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Description: This is a wonderful opportunity to attend. Folks come from chapters across the country and the lineup of speakers and workshops is inspiring. Sign up soon. Deadline approaching.

“If you want to know who is going to change this country, go home and look in the mirror.” Maude Barlow

Start Date: 2014-10-03
End Date: 2014-10-05

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