Energy East 101-a Video

Title: Energy East 101-a Video
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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.

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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

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” (, 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.

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.

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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

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.

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

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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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:

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!

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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