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LEFT COAST EVENTS (pt I) - Victoria & Islands - March 21st, 2005 PDF Print E-mail
PEJ Events
Tuesday, 22 March 2005 03:14
1.  Movie Monday - documentaries - March 21st
2.  Victoria Peace Coalition - meeting - March 21st.
3.  BC Sustainable Energy Assoc - meeting - March 21st
4.  Improv Comedy - tuesdays - March 22nd
5.  From Charity to Justice - workshop - March 22nd
6.  Genocide of First Nations - an examination - March 23rd
7.  Archbishop Romero - commemoration - March 24th
8.  Language and Political Debate - info - March 24th
9.  Jammers Youth Coffee House - Duncan - march 24th
10. Building Bridges - training hr observers - March 25-28th
11. Comedy by and for Kids - improv - March 27th
12. Michael Dunahee - keep hope alive - March 27th
13. Global Uprising - film screening - March 28-31
14. Sharing Common Ground - conference - March 31-Apr 2nd
15. Second Annual Fossil Fuels Day - April 1st
16. Provincial Fight Back Conference - April 1-3
17. Auditions - Scandal - April 2nd
18. Sustain UVic - General Mtg - April 5th
19. Open Cinema - shadow of gold mtn - April 5th
1.  Movie Monday - documentaries - March 21st
2.  Victoria Peace Coalition - meeting - March 21st.
3.  BC Sustainable Energy Assoc - meeting - March 21st
4.  Improv Comedy - tuesdays - March 22nd
5.  From Charity to Justice - workshop - March 22nd
6.  Genocide of First Nations - an examination - March 23rd
7.  Archbishop Romero - commemoration - March 24th
8.  Language and Political Debate - info - March 24th
9.  Jammers Youth Coffee House - Duncan - march 24th
10. Building Bridges - training hr observers - March 25-28th
11. Comedy by and for Kids - improv - March 27th
12. Michael Dunahee - keep hope alive - March 27th
13. Global Uprising - film screening - March 28-31
14. Sharing Common Ground - conference - March 31-Apr 2nd
15. Second Annual Fossil Fuels Day - April 1st
16. Provincial Fight Back Conference - April 1-3
17. Auditions - Scandal - April 2nd
18. Sustain UVic - General Mtg - April 5th
19. Open Cinema - shadow of gold mtn - April 5th

1.  MOVIE MONDAY

6:30 Monday Mar 21 HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT (26min) & CRUMB (119min)

Documentaries about two notorious cartoonists, John Callahan and Robert
Crumb. Both have had difficult lives. Both "outsider artists" have
entertained us and challenged us as well. The CRUMB doc is totally
engrossing, "not so much due to the extensive parade of Crumb's work that is
displayed, but more to the cast of characters inhabiting this strange,
strange world."
Warning: Some politically incorrect and downright disturbing images. R

6:30 pm
Eric Martin Pavilion,
Jubilee Hospital (Fort & Richmond)

by donation

More info - 595-FLIC or http://www.islandnet.com/mm
Mar 28 Easter Monday NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
A popular new release that "is highly ironic, self-mocking, merciless run of sight gags and one liners with no apparent purpose other than to get laughs at the expense of its main characters, especially the [the decidedly odd] Napoleon, a fit stand-in for everyone who's ever felt like a socially inept outcast trapped in the hell of high school." Even the cinematography and editing is flat-footed, but if you hang on to the end, and the postscript, you will be amply rewarded. Pg  http://www2.foxsearchlight.com/napoleondynamite/

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2.  VICTORIA PEACE COALITION

The strike is over and we are back to our usual location.

Next Victoria Peace Coalition Meeting
Monday March 21
7:30 pm
BCGEU, 2994 Douglas
Room 3, main floor

On the agenda is the upcoming visit of unembedded  journalist Dahr Jamail who has spent 8 months in Iraq. He will be showing footage of Fallujah. We are planning Roundtable 3: Iraq and the Media as well as a public event. Report on medical aid to Iraq.

The Peace Coalition usually meets every other Monday. If you arrive and find the door locked, ring the buzzer on the wall to your right. You can park in the lot in front of Lifestyles Market.

Susan Clarke                            Ph: 250-478-6906
2180 Cranleigh Place
Victoria V8R 1E2

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3.  EQUINOX AT THE SOLSTICE CAFE

BC Sustainable Energy Association next meeting is:

Monday 21 March 2005
Solstice Cafe - 529 Pandora Ave (near Market Square)
7-9pm

On the Agenda:

An Evening of Politics and Sustainable Energy

A presentation from our very own Bruce Mackenzie on "Peak Oil" and

We have Steve Filipovic, Green Party candidate for Victoria-Hillside, to answer our questions and have a discussion on sustainable energy and politics.  Bring your questions and your enthusiasm to what will be an evening with an interesting discussion.  Come and get to know one of the candidates in the upcoming provincial election and what the Green Party has to say about sustainable energy.  Don't miss this great opportunity!

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Naomi Devine
Chair - Victoria Chapter
BC Sustainable Energy Association
www.bcsea.org/victoria

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4.  IMPROV COMEDY
 
Victoria - Spilt Milk Comedy Theatre Productions are proud to present The MILK JUGgernauts.

The Milk Juggernauts appear every Tuesday night from 8:00 - 10:00 pm at the Old Bailey Pub, 777 Courtenay Street.

The Milk Juggernauts are a weekly improvised comedy show featuring some of the best talent from Victoria and Vancouver Island. Each week audience ideas help to direct the performance.

The cost is FREE but the laughter is PRICELESS!

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5.  FROM CHARITY TO JUSTICE

Building a Faith Based Response to Poverty

Tuesday, March 22, 2005: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
University of Victoria: Harry Hickman Building - Room 110 -

Michael Polanyi, Coordinator of Social Development Program for Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Initiatives will be leading this workshop.  Come learn, reflect and share ideas about:

?               the current state of poverty in Canada
?               our calling as people of faith to respond to poverty
?               new opportunities for faith based anti-poverty action

To register call 721-8338 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   For more information please contact Henri Lock, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 472-4159.  Sponsored by University of Victoria Interfaith Chaplains Services.
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Interfaith Chaplaincy Services at the University of Victoria
(In Liaison with Student and Ancillary Services)
Room 151 Campus Services Building
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Phone: 721-8338                                 

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6.  GENOCIDE OF FIRST NATIONS IN CANADA, YESTERDAY AND TODAY

Presented by The Indigenous Studies Department at the University of
Victoria presents:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
7:30 pm
David Lam Auditorium, McLaurin Bldg.
University of Victoria

Admission is Free

Speakers include:

Indigenous men and women who survived experiments and torture at Indian residential schools and hospitals on Vancouver Island

Kevin Annett, M.A., M.Div., community educator, author and documenter of genocide in residential schools*

Vincent Watts, Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Walk

Please notify your networks about this important event, which will serve as an organizing meeting for the National Aboriginal Holocaust Memorial Day on April 15, 2005.

For more information leave a message at:
1-888-265-1007 or phone 250-753-3345
or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or see this website:
www.hiddenfromhistory.org
http://uvss.uvic.ca/clubs/greens/events.htm#FirstNations

* "Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust" (2001)
and "Love and Death in the Valley" (2002) can be found
at these websites:

www.1stbooks.com/bookview/11639
http://canadiangenocide.nativeweb.org

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7.  ARCHBISHOP ROMERO

Archbishop Romero - Video and Commemoration
Date: Thursday, March 24th
Place: Room 216 Young Bld. Camosun College Lansdowne Campus
Time: 7:00pm

FREE ADMISSION

This year is the 25th anniversary of the assassination
of Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador. A new
documentary made by a German couple was released in
2003, this documentary provides new information on the
ones responsible for this heinous crime.

Come and join the FMLN, CASC, and the other sponsor organizations
and the Salvadoran community to remember this Salvadoran martyr.
Impunity is a crime
It is illegal to forget.

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8.  HOW LANGUAGE IS USED TO FRAME POLITICAL DEBATE
 
Discussion-How Language Is Used to Frame Political Debate

Thursday, March 24th at the View Royal Community Hall
279 The Old Island Highway (opposite View Royal Firehall)
at 7:00 p.m.

Facilitator: May Partridge: "We will then take some time to look at some material used in anti-
union workshops by a particular health care corporation. These kinds of uses of language, plus
other examples, should provide us with plenty of stimulus to think about how we can construct
our own, more positive language to speak for the policies we believe in."

Everyone welcome.

Sponsored by the Esquimalt Juan de Fuca Federal NDP Riding Association
 
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*  editor's note:  I get confused when folks say 'the Americans' are doing this or that in Iraq, or 'the Germans' did this or that during wwii.  It's not 'the Americans' and 'the Germans', it's 'the American Government' and 'the German Government.'  A very important distinction, I think, so as not to be nationist.

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9.  JAMMERS YOUTH COFFEE HOUSE

Cowichan Folk Guild presents the 3rd Jammers Youth Coffee House

Thursday, March 24  - Duncan Garage Showroom
201 - 330 Duncan St., Duncan

Open Mic:
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Performance by "freedom toast":
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

"freedom toast"

Raised in the Cowichan Valley, perhaps standing on the edge of History,
freedom toast will be headlining the upcoming Jammers Youth Coffeehouse,
under the auspices of the Cowichan Folk Guild, on March 24.

freedom toast has been playing together for two years and is comprised of
Cowichan Secondary students Trevor Davies, Delean Ellerbeck, Andrew Kent and
David Convery. Their rich and  unusual sound has been influenced by The
Grateful Dead, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd, among
others.  They describe mainstream music as "an onslaught of pink bubblegum
and fizzy soda", yet theirs is sublimely listenable and interesting.  Their
own music they modestly describe as "life-altering, bubble-popping,
cloud-blooming feeling/sound/idea/memory". This amazing sound is expressed
on keyboard, guitar, bass and drums, with female and male vocals.
Most of their performing experience has been here in the Cowichan Valley
where they have amassed a dedicated following.

You can hear them for yourself at the Duncan Garage Showroom from 8:30 to 9:30.

freedom toast's performance will be preceded by a two-hour Open Stage from
6:30 to 8:30. Young people are welcome to get up and show the world what
they can do or just listen, enjoy and maybe find the nerve to try next time.

Who knows?  It might be the start of a great career!

Admission is $5.00, free for Cowichan Folk Guild members.
Phone 748-3975 for more information or visit our website at www.folkfest.bc.ca

We respect your privacy. This email has been sent to you because we thought that you might be interested in receiving notices of various Cowichan Folk Guild musical presentations from time to time. We will never release your email address to an outside party. If you do not wish to receive further emails from us, kindly email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will remove you from our lists.

Islands Folk Festival
July 22, 23 & 24, 2005
P.O. Box 802
Duncan, BC  V9L 3Y1
www.folkfest.bc.ca

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10.  BUILDING BRIDGES IN CHIAPAS, MEXICO

We are looking for people who are interested in volunteering as Human Rights Observers in Chiapas or doing equally valuable support work in Canada.

At the session you will learn non-violence skills, conflict de-escalation skills, cultural sensitivity, the role of a human rights observer, political situation/history of Chiapas and get an undertanding the Zapatista movement.

NEXT TRAINING SESSION:

When: March 25-28, 2005
Where: A camp near Vancouver (cabins, not tents) - alcohol and drug free camp

Cost: $50 - 150 depending on ability to pay - includes accommodation, all meals, training workshops and training manual.

If you want an application form for the training or more information, please e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

When accepted, the new volunteer observer will receive a letter of recommendation to present to the Fray Bartolome Human Rights Centre and/or Enlace Civil in Chiapas.

If you are interested in any aspect of this project, or for more information, please contact us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

http://www.vcn.bc.ca/building/bbinvolve.htm

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11.  COMEDY AND KIDS

VICTORIA - You and your child's ideas, creativity and talent will take flight on the last Sunday of every month when Spilt Milk Comedy Theatre presents their FAMILY FUN SERIES. Our audience driven shows allow your child's ideas to come to life onstage before your eyes. Come on and join in the festival like atmosphere as you share an afternoon of laughter with your family!

o 2:00 pm
o The last Sunday of this month is March 27th @ 2:00 pm ( The next performance is Sunday April 24th @ 2:00 pm, then Sunday May 29th and so on?).
o You can find us at the Gibson Auditorium, ( room 216 of the Young Bldg. on Camosun Lansdowne Campus).

o Book your tickets early by calling GORDON HEAD RECREATION @ 475-7100.
?     Early registration for a family of 6 is $25.00 or $5.00/person by calling Gordon Head Recreation @ 475-7100.
?     Admission at the door is $8/Adults & $6.00/children.
?     Children 3 and under are free.

For information about other Spilt Milk projects please contact us at 479-3374 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

You will laugh until the cows come home!

 Spilt Milk Comedy Theatre Productions specialize in interactive theatre:
Educational Entertainment for Children
Singing & Character Telegrams
Improvisational Theatre
Murder Mysteries
Sketch Comedy
Adult Improv & Sketch Comedy Classes
Children's Drama Classes
Children's birthday parties
Summer Drama Camps
School drama programs and AFTER SCHOOL DRAMA PROGRAMS
FUNDRAISING
Film
Television
Radio
Practical and not so practical JOKES!
Soap Operas
Corporate Training and Edutainment
Masters of Ceremony and Special Event speakers

We can create a unique performance suited to your budget, location and event!

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12.  MICHAEL DUNAHEE - KEEP THE HOPE ALIVE

This years event is scheduled to take place this coming Easter Weekend.  So if you haven't made any plans and are looking for something to do with your family after the usual Easter egg hunts, then come and join our family at the

Esquimalt Recreation Centre
on Sunday March 27, 2005.

Registration begins at 9am with the 5km run/walk taking off at 10am. The route is through scenic Esquimalt which is in full bloom right now.
 
For those looking for a little more fun we always have the dance which is on Friday March 25th.
 
Where: Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser Street

Cost: $10/person
Dance to "That 70's Band"
 
Tickets available through me or at the Donair Shop, 1243 Esquimalt Road. Tickets are going fast.
 
**** Share this with your friends.
 
Crystal

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13.  AN EVENING OF GLOBAL UPRISING

Black Cat Productions presents "An Evening of Global Uprising"

Black Cat Productions comes back to Vancouver Island next week with the documentary film THE FOURTH WORLD WAR, the latest from award-winning filmmakers Big Noise Films (This Is What Democracy Looks Like, Zapatista).

Narrated by Tony Award winner Suheir Hammad and Singer Michael Franti of Spearhhead, it is an inspiring story of hope and human connection in the face of a war that shatters and divides. From the front lines of struggles in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, Seattle, Genova, New York and Iraq, The Fourth World War is the untold human story of men and women who resist being annihilated in the current global conflict. This film shows dramatic and inspiring footage of people's resistance to tyranny and repression across the globe.

[For more info see http://www.bignoisefilms.com/4ww/index.htm]

Opening the evening the film JUNE 18 will be screened. An historic event, the "Carnival Against Capitalism" on June 18, 1999 was the precursor to the WTO protests and police riots in Seattle in Dec. later that same year. It was also the first major international day of action as hundreds of thousands of people turned out to shut down financial centres across the globe in protest of the G8 meeting in Cologne. See http://bak.spc.org/j18/site/ for more info.

TOUR DETAILS

March 28 - GABRIOLA ISLAND
Gabriola Community Hall
Doors at 7:00 PM; Films at 7:30
Admission $10 ($8 low-income)

March 29 - NANAIMO
Malaspina University
Bldg. 356, Room 109
Doors at 6:45 PM; Films at 7:15
Admission $8 ($5 students and low-income)
* Presented in association with Worldbridger Film Series

March 30 - DUNCAN
Duncan Garage Showroom
201-330 Duncan St.
Doors at 7:00 PM; Films at 7:30
Admission $10 ($8 low-income)

March 31 - VICTORIA
Fernwood Community Association
1923 Fernwood Rd.
Doors at 7:00 PM; Films at 7:30
Admission $10 ($8 low-income)

For more information call 604-886-2780 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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14.  SHARING COMMON GROUND

Women's Conference Focuses on Success in a Sustainable Natural Resources Economy

For Immediate Release:

February 14, 2005 - Campbell River, BC - Women from diverse regions and economic sectors throughout BC will gather in Parksville next month to explore the challenges and successes of working in a sustainable natural resources economy.

The Women of Resource Communities Conference will be an opportunity for women working and living in BC?s resource communities to hear from a panel of prominent women in oil and gas, mining, forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, communications and leadership coaching, and to establish networks.

?We really want to focus on the theme ?Sharing Common Ground? ? Women Exploring the Challenges and Successes of Working with a Sustainable Economy. That way, participants will get the chance to discuss common challenges, share in their success stories and learn how natural resource communities are working for a sustainable future ? environmentally, socially, economically,? said First Dollar Alliance co-Founder Barb Walker.

?We know through work by Urban Futures Research Group and others that two-thirds of B.C.?s export income is earned by the province?s traditional resource sectors of forestry, mining, fishing, energy and agriculture,? Walker said.

?We also know that resources play the dominant role in earning the money that ultimately pays for health care, education and social services,? Walker said. ?So the conference will include discussions on how we can raise the broader population?s level of awareness for the key economic role resource communities play for the BC economy -- how we can more effectively communicate the message that we work in a sustainable and crucial resource economy.?

The conference is to be held:    

March 31st to April 2nd
Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, Spa & Conference Centre
Parksville, BC

Delegates can expect to hear from leaders such as The Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Health Services and Deputy Premier and Donna Barnett, Mayor of 100 Mile House.  In addition, Tsimshian First Nation Executive Director Teresa Ryan will share her views on the resource economy from a First Nations perspective, and Renate Weiler, founder of Executive Mentors, founding Executive Director of  eWomenNetwork, Canada and author of ?Get a Grip ? a journey towards inner strength!,? will discuss networking, mentoring and empowering more women to become effective leaders.

Organized by First Dollar Alliance (www.FirstDollar.ca) and Positive Aquaculture Awareness (www.farmfreshsalmon.org), the Women of Resource Communities Conference will be of interest to women living and/or working in resource-based communities, First Nations communities and women seeking to balance economic, environmental and community health.

For more info or to register:
call 250-334-1086 or 250-923-2865
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Conference Program and Registration is posted at: http://www.firstdollar.ca/mediaroom.cfm

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15.  SECOND ANNUAL FOSSIL FOOLS DAY

Take Action on April 1 for the second annual Fossil Fools Day!

On Friday, April 1, thousands of people across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. will come together as part of the Second Annual Fossil Fools Day. Last year, some 130 actions were organized to demand clean and renewable energy. This year, we hope you can help us reach the goal of 360 events by organizing a Fossil Fools Day event in your town or campus. Together we can jumpstart the clean energy revolution!

Suggestions for actions:

*       Adopt a Ford Dealership
*       Expose a Fossil Fool
*       Start a Green Fleets Campaign on Campus
*       Tell Automakers to Innovate not Litigate

For more info: http://www.energyaction.net/main/index.php

Take the "No Blood for Oil" slogan to the Car Corporations! International Day of Intervention at Ford Motor Company Dealers!

How many more US soldiers will have to die in wars for oil? How much more greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate chaos can the earth tolerate? How many more rainforests will we allow to be converted into oil fields? How many more human rights abuses can we bear?

How much longer can Ford Motor Company get away with having the worst fuel economy among America's major automakers?

We can't afford to wait any longer for change. The time is NOW to break America's oil addiction and Jumpstart Ford, the worst gas-guzzler in the industry

Join us on Friday, April 1- Fossil Fools Day -for an International Day of Action to intervene in Ford's oil addiction.

For more info: http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/oil/fossilfoolsday.html

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16.  PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE
 
Lower Mainland Social Justice Coalition, along with the Communities Solidaity Coalition from Victoria, are organizing a Provincial conference in

Vancouver
starting in the evening of april 1 and continuing until Sunday afternoon on April 3.

We would like to know what the interest is in the Hurtland and on the Island. If your local coalition or fightback group is interested in sending representatives to this conference, which will focus on organizing a Province wide programme of events for May 1, and discussing the ways of maintaining Provincial connections as we run up to the May 17 election , and beyond, please "reply to all" with your commitment and thoughts on this event,

If you want to contact us by phone , call Phil Lyons at 604-929-1921.

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17.  AUDITIONS - SCANDAL

Auditions at Langham Court Theatre for School for Scandal by Richard
Sheridan, directed by Sylvia Rhodes

Saturday April 2, 2005 between 1 and 4pm
Sunday April 3 between 1 and 4pm. 

School for Scandal runs June 9 - 25.

Copies of the script can be obtained at the theatre.
Please read the script before you come, and try to be there at 1pm.

Required Cast:
2 Women 20's
2 Women 40 plus
5 Men 20's - early 30's
3 Men 60's
3 Men 40's

London Society's number-one gossip Lady Sneerwell is a busy woman.

She opens her home to anyone interested in whispering wicked words about
society's elite. When she doesn't like the headlines, she invents her own --
the more ruinous the better!

This grand-daddy of farces weaves a hilarious web of illicit affairs,
disguise, rumour and intrigue into one of the funniest plays the English
language has ever produced.
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18.  SUSTAIN UVIC

The UVic Sustainability Project - Special General Meeting Announcement
Date:  Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
Time:  12:30 ? 2:30 p.m.
Location:  SUB 110B

The UVSP is undertaking some changes to our annual cycle, which will help to match the organization up with the student academic year.  One of the key changes will be changing the date of elections from November/December to March/April.  We believe this will give people, especially 1st year students, a chance to find out about the UVSP and get to know what the organization is all about, before decided whether or not to run for the board.  It will also allow new boards to plan and budget more effectively during the summer, and get started on projects earlier in the fall.

Agenda:

1-  Special Resolution:  4-month extension of current board term (until March/April 2006).

2-  By-Elections for Board Vacancies.

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - 721-7355 - http://uvsp.uvic.ca - SUB B007
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19.  OPEN CINEMA, In The Shadow of Gold Mountain and Head Tax

14/03/05 Victoria, BC - On Tuesday, April 5th, OPEN CINEMA will commemorate the traditional Chinese Ancestors' Spring Renewal Festival, Ching Ming, with the Victoria premiere screening of a new National Film Board documentary, In The Shadow Of Gold Mountain, which will be followed by a discussion about the Head Tax Redress Movement with UVic Professor Emeritus and Order of Canada recipient Dr. David Lai, and Victoria City Councillor Charlayne Thornton Joe in attendance.

This moving documentary, directed by Karen Cho, sheds light on an era that shaped the identity of generations of Chinese in Canada. From 1885 until 1947, while Canada encouraged and rewarded immigration from Europe, it imposed laws that singled out the Chinese as unwanted and unwelcome.  Cho's film, a rich melding of history, poetry and raw emotion, takes her from Montreal to Vancouver to uncover stories from the last living survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act. At the centre of the film are personal accounts of extraordinary Chinese Canadians who survived an era that threatened to eradicate their entire community.  With deeply moving testimonials, it reveals the profound ways in which this history still casts its shadow.

"Head Tax Redress is still a disputed and divided issue in the Chinese Canadian community." says Dr Lai, who has carried out extensive research on the Head Tax. "In The Shadow Of Gold Mountain illustrates effectively the opinions of those people who want individual compensation but it does not show the opinions of a greater majority of the Chinese Canadians." Dr Lai will be on hand to discuss these issues after the screening, along with Vancouver's Sid Chow Tan, a director of the Chinese Canadian National Council, and a member of its National Redress Committee. For information about the Chinese Canadian Redress Campaign, visit http://www.ccnc.ca/  or http://www.redress.ca.

What:   OPEN CINEMA presents In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

When:   7pm, Tuesday, April 5th, 2005  (Doors open at 5.00pm)
Where:  Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View Street (for dinner reservations call 388-9166)

Cost:   Suggested $5 donation
                                       
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