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LEFT COAST EVENTS & NEWS (pt III) - Lower Mainland - April 15th, PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 April 2005 06:21
LEFT COAST EVENTS & NEWS (pt III) - Lower Mainland - April 15th, 2005

1.  Tre Arrow Update
2.  Liu Insitute Events & News
3.  New Renewable Energy Center
4.  Employment Opportunity - CCPA
5.  Islands Spirit Rising Update
6.  Fair Voting BC Newsletter
7.  CED (Community Economic Development) Events


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1.  TRE ARROW UPDATE

www.trearrow.org
"I am innocent of the charges the US government is trying to pin on me. Just as many activists have experienced, I am being targeted by the US government and the FBI, not because I am guilty, but because I have chosen to challenge the status quo."

*Media as the Judge: the case of accused 'Eco-Terrorist' Tre Arrow*

American environmentalist and refugee hopeful Tre Arrow has been incarcerated in Canada for over a year now. While awaiting an extradition hearing which would see him returned to his native country, the United States, Tre's case has gained international attention. Last spring, Tre held an astonishing 44 day hunger strike in "solidarity with all those suffering around the world as a result of corporate agendas which leave in their wake poisoned water, contaminated air and lack of adequate food." Tre was reduced to a deathly 81 pounds. His lawyer, Rudolf Kischer, told the Globe and Mail, "He looks like a Holocaust victim, it [is] horrifying."

The United States Government is seeking Tre's extradition in connection with the destruction of logging equipment in Oregon, 2001. But Tre clearly states, "I am innocent of the charges the US government is trying to pin on me. Just as many activists have experienced, I am being targeted by the US government and the FBI, not because I am guilty, but because I have chosen to challenge the status quo." The Crown's main evidence against Tre is the testimony of Jacob Sherman. Sherman, who was convicted of the crimes, received a plea bargain after four days of intense FBI interrogation. Sherman received an unheard of 3 /1/2 years
in prison which was contingent on his testimony that paints Tre Arrow as the mastermind of the crimes.

This case is highly political, and Tre is repeatedly and constantly referred to in the Corporate Media as an 'Eco-Terrorist'. Although Judge James Redden in his ruling on the 2001 arson case against Jacob Sherman, stated that "The term 'terrorist' is not to be used in reference to this case or the defendants", the FBI and the Corporate Media continue to sell news and divide the movement by branding Tre as an 'Eco-Terrorist'. Trial, in the Corporate Media court, discredits innocent individuals and destroys the legal premise of "innocent until proven guilty." The term 'Terrorist' is currently by far the best selling word in the Corporate Media, and by using the word 'Terrorist', the media has instilled a level of fear that can convict an individual before the trial even starts.

Throughout April, Ben Shannon, spokesperson for the Tre Arrow Defense Committee will be traveling throughout B.C. on a speaking tour entitled, "The Media as the Judge: The case of accused 'Eco-Terrorist' Tre Arrow." The Corporate Media plays a consequential role in Tre's case and his life by already indicting, trying and convicting Tre. In refusing to use the words 'accused', 'alleged' or even 'suggested' before calling Tre an 'Eco-Terrorist', they are implying that he has had a trial and been convicted. Tre has never stepped one foot into a court room to face these charges, let alone been convicted of them. Stating that an individual is guilty before their trial is undemocratic and unjust. By playing this game, the Corporate Media has been able to convince society across the continent that Tre is an 'Eco-Terrorist'.
The Media as the Judge speaking tour will be touring around B.C. speaking about the Corporate Media's role in Tre case, as well as the reasons why Tre is facing the possiblility of spending the rest of his life behind bars for the alleged crimes of arson. What is happening to Tre could conceivably happen to any hardworking defender of the planet and its people. By supporting him in this time of need, we show each other and ourselves, that friends will not be left behind. Solidarity with Political Prisoners starts at home. If Tre is extradited, he will face up to 80 years in a US prison. No one is free until we are all free.

Thursday, April 14th , 2005 - Gibsons, Chaster House @ 7pm
Monday, April 18th , 2005 - Nelson, David Thompson Cultural Centre @ 7pm
Friday, April 22nd , 2005 - Cortes Island, Manson's Hall @ 7pm

For more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or www.trearrow.org

From: the Tre Arrow Defense Committee < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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2.  LIU INSTITUTE EVENTS AND NEWS
 
The Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research at the Liu Institute is pleased to host a public lecture and book signing with:
Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr.
 
 The New Nuclear Age,
 A Strategy for Nonproliferation

Date:  Tues April 19, 12pm - 1:30pm
Location: Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute

Light refreshments will be provided
RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  / 604-822-0483

seminar series: science-policy gap

The Liu Institute is pleased to announce the fifth seminar of the Science and Its Policy Impacts series.

Global Fisheries: Science versus Policy

Dirk Zeller, Jackie Alder & Rashid Sumaila
Sea Around Us Project & Fisheries
Economic Research Unit, Fisheries Centre
University of British Columbia

Date:  Thurs April 28, 12:30pm - 2pm
Location:  Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute

RSVP to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / 604-822-1402

This particular seminar is a two part series that will be held at the Liu Institute on the following dates:

  • Part I - Thursday April 28, 12:30pm - 2pm
  • Part II - Thursday May 19, 12:30pm - 2pm
 

beyond the institute...

GIVE FARMERS A FUTURE
 
Come Celebrate the Launch of the Food & Trade Campaign

You are cordially invited to attend a reception to meet Oxfam?s partner from the Windward Islands, Marcella Harris, a livestock farmer and  President of the Windward Islands Farmers' Association (WINFA). She will be providing a first hand experience of the Caribbean agricultural reality.

Date:  Fri April 15, 6pm - 8pm
Location: Law Courts Education Society,
#260 - 800 Hornby St (the north side of the Provincial Court Building)

RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Light refreshments provided by PotLuck Catering

You are receiving this message as a subscriber of the Liu Institute Newsletter

6476 N.W. Marine Drive - Vancouver, BC
PH: 604.822.1402 FX: 604.822.6966
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? 2004 Liu Institute for Global Issues

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3.  NEW RENEWABLE ENERGY CENTRE
 
Canadian Village to Construct New Renewable Energy Center

     The Anmore Renewable Energy Foundation recently announced that the
     Village of Anmore, Vancouver has proposed the construction of a new
     renewable energy center that would employ green energy technologies
     using the water, solar and wind resources in the community and apply
     that energy to the production of hydrogen, which would be used to
     power municipal vehicles, as well as provide heating and cooling to
     the town's infrastructure.
 
     According to the foundation, the objectives of the project include
     providing a working model to demonstrate the benefits and impacts of
     micro-scale hydroelectric systems; demonstrate technical innovation;
     showcasing the use of renewable electric power coupled with the use
     of hydrogen for transportation and building service; reducing the
     overall environmental impact of community energy use while meeting
     the community's environmental goals; becoming more energy
     self-reliant, with the goal of becoming near self-sufficient without
     compromising natural environs; providing a leadership model for
     other communities; and demonstrating a responsible use of natural
     resources balancing diverse and competing values.
 
     The foundation said its next step is to commission a feasibility
     study to finalize the financing and construction details and to
     implement a public process to gain input on the educational and
     interactive aspects of the project.

     Contact: Anmore Renewable Energy Foundation, website

From: "Niel Pearce" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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4.  EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
 
Hello CCPA-BC Members and Friends,

A job posting with the CCPA-BC follows below. We are looking for a new Project Manager for the Economic Security Project. Please help us distribute this posting and pass it along to people you think would be strong candidates.

Thanks for your help,
Seth
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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ? BC Office
JOB POSTING
(April 11, 2005. Please post and circulate)
Project Manager, Economic Security Project

The Vancouver office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ? one of the country?s leading progressive research institutes ? seeks a Project Manager for a large, multi-year research initiative.
 
Closing date for applications: Monday, May 9, 4:00 pm.
Starting date: Mid-Late July, 2005
Duration: Three and a half year term position
Salary Range: $40,700 - $56,000 (5-year grid, with starting salary TDB), plus benefits

Position Summary
The Project Manager will coordinate the activities of the Economic Security Project, a multi-year research initiative studying the impact of provincial policy changes on vulnerable people. The ESP is a joint project of the CCPA-BC and Simon Fraser University, in partnership with 24 community organizations and 20 academic collaborators. It is funded primarily by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The ESP encompasses research, communications/conferences and student training.

The position?s principal responsibilities are administrative and relate to: maintaining the project budget and finances; establishing and monitoring project work plans and time-lines; meeting and conference logistics; liaising with project investigators and community partners; writing progress reports and funding proposals; coordinating the placement and pay of student research assistants; assisting the ESP directors; coordinating the publication of project books, and assisting with the publication and promotion of project studies and other publications. Generally, this person will be responsible for the ESP?s smooth operation.  

Qualifications and Skills:
The successful candidate will be a highly organized and dedicated individual with strong logistical skills, and will have proven experience with project administration. Other skills and experience include:
  • Education: University/college degree (or equivalent experience) in the social sciences, communications, community planning, accounting, business administration, or a related field;
  • Experience in project administration (ideally managing research projects);
  • Outstanding financial management skills (including ability to manage budget spreadsheets, and to oversee daily financial transactions);
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office and internet/email applications; webpage maintenance experience is an asset);
  • Outstanding attention to detail and inter-personal skills;
  • While the main duties are administrative, the position requires an ability to conceptually understand and report on the research work of the project.

Experience working with a non-profit organization is desirable, and knowledge of BC public policies is an asset. The successful candidate should share a commitment to the CCPA?s Statement of Purpose. We are looking for an individual eager to help build a dynamic and successful research institute, and committed to ensuring the smooth coordination of this project. The person hired for the position should feel comfortable working in a small office environment.

The CCPA is a unionized workplace and provides a generous benefits package.
 
To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume with references and telephone numbers ?? no later than 4:00 PM, Monday, May 9 ?? to:
Seth Klein, Director
CCPA?BC
1400?207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
 
PLEASE DO NOT SEND RESUMES BY EMAIL (and no phone calls please)
 
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about the CCPA, visit our webpage at:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca
 
For more information about the Economic Security Project, go to:
http://www.sfu.ca/economicsecurityproject

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Seth Klein                    
Director, BC Office
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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tel. (604) 801-5121            1400 ? 207 West Hastings St.
fax. (604) 801-5122            Vancouver, BC  V6B 1H7
CCPA webpage: http://www.policyalternatives.ca

The CCPA is a non-partisan, non-profit public policy research institute, dedicated to social and economic justice. We produce and promote progressive research on a wide range of provincial and national policy issues.

From: "Phil Lyons" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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5.  ISLANDS SPIRIT RISING

      GWAII SGAANAWAAY SIIGAA IIJAA

      To All Islands People;

      OUT OF RESPECT
      The lines at the Yakoun and Honna will be suspended over the weekend
      starting tomorrow morning at 10 am, Friday April 15. This action is
being taken
      out of respect for the greiving families - in Old Massett, the Jones
family; in Skidegate, the Williams/Russ family; in Queen Charlotte, the
Bateham family and in Port Clements, the Goeson family.

      DISCUSSIONS
      Discussions with the Province continue and there will be news early
next week.

      DINNER, DANCE, AUCTION and UNITY
      It's official, there will be an ISLANDS SPIRIT RISING - DINNER, DANCE
AND LOONIE TOONIE AUCTION, April 22 in Queen Charlotte. Festivities start at
5 with an Italian dinner and a Loonie Toonie Auction running from 7 to 9. At
10 the bands start up and will rock and rock til 2. Dinner and dance is by
donation. Please bring desserts to share with others. All proceeds are for
families in need. See posters for details and ticket outlets.

      PLEASE NOTE: donations for the Loonie Toonie Auction can be dropped
off at hanging by a fibre, Queen Charlotte - please have them in by Monday,
April 18. Thank you.

      EDITORIAL
      We acknowledge the editorial in the Observer this Thursday and are
encouraged by the understanding and analysis of the situation.

      VOLUNTEER SIGN UP INFORMATION
      Yakoun Line coordinator - May Russ: 1-250-626-5252 or toll free
1-888-638-7778 or home 626-5037.

      To sign up for the Honna Line call Nika and Danny at 559-8133 and
leave a message if the machine comes on.

      Honna Line coordinator - Melinda Pick 559-8834 or
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      Information, updates, photos can be viewed at www.haidanation.ca

From: "Simon Davies" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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FAIR VOTING BC NEWSLETTER

APRIL 15, 2005

SPAN THE SPECTRUM
Troy Lanigan Director of communications, Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Andrew Petter, former NDP attorney general disagree about most things political but both support a Yes vote on May 17. (see events below)

Changing the voting system to make it more democratic, the results more fair, and the system more responsive to people is not a political issue.  It is a question about fairness for all, about including instead of marginalizing groups, regions, and interests.  This is fundamentally about fairness and how we treat each other, and whether we can live peaceably in an increasingly pluralistic, diverse society.

GOMERY AND PEOPLE POWER
If the Gomery Inquiry revelations leave you feeling jaded and powerless, cheer up! There is good news. On May 17, we can do something about it.

The great lesson from Gomery is that our system lacks accountability.  Voters can?t control their MPs.  MPs can?t control the Prime Minister?s Office.

The Single Transferable Vote is about giving power to people, not parties.  Under STV, voters select not just between parties, but also between candidates of the same party.  You need not take whatever candidate the party dishes up. You have choice. Incumbents can be sacked painlessly.  That is power, that is accountability.

THE REAL VANCOUVER CITY LESSON
Opponents claim large ridings with many MLAs doesn?t work.  The urban centres will capture all seats, voters won?t know who their MLA is, and large areas can?t be serviced well.  The at-large Vancouver City elections are cited as evidence.  The West side dominates, residents don?t know their councilor, and councilors don?t know their voters.

Vancouver City elections and STV both elect representatives at-large, that is, a bunch are elected but without assigned geographic areas.  So much for the similarities, after this everything is totally different between the two systems.

First, the West side dominates not because the system is at-large, but because its first-past-the post counting method.  Under that method the largest minority always dominates, under STV nearly every vote counts and all votes have the same value.  In rural areas, no matter how remote, some candidate will need those few votes to get elected.

Second, in Vancouver City elections voters have 10 votes.  It establishes a link between each voter and 10 councilors.  In contrast, STV gives voters one vote, it establishes a direct link between each voter and one MLA.  Each MLA has one group of voters to be responsible for.  The line of accountability is direct and effective.  STV has all the benefits of a ward system without the downsides.

UPCOMING EVENTS
April 16.
Vancouver Civic Education Society. (2 ? 4 pm)
Venue: Alma Van Dusen Room, Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch)
Debate Bill Tieleman and Nick Loenen. Open to public. Contact; Michael Yue { HYPERLINK "mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " } This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 604-771-7227

April 18
Vancouver Yes Campaign official launch, Alice MacKay room, Vancouver Public Library main branch, 12.15 pm.  Contact: Bernard Schulmann
{ HYPERLINK "mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " } This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Westbank  Rotary club  7:00 pm with dinner starting at 5:30 pm.  Westbank Community Hall. Nick Loenen and alumni Wendy Gonsalves { HYPERLINK "mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " } This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kamloops, Rotary luncheon Tory Lanigan for Yes. Contact: Larry Reid 250-851-3204, and at 1:45 pm interview with CFJC-TV    April 19
Vancouver, Stephen Broscoe, Yes Campaign, will debate Bill Tieleman and Andrea Reimer, No campaign, Vancouver District Labour Council - 6 pm.  Contact: Stephen Broscoe  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Powell River alumni Diana Byford and Julian West, Yes, sponsored by Powell River Peak. Contact: Laura Walz < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Nelson, Sunrise Rotary Breakfast, Troy Lanigan and also,
                7:00 pm Above tourist information centre 225 Hall Str.
April 20
Vancouver, Julian West on Rafe Mair Show, 600am, 9.30-10.00. Also  streams online at http://www.600am.com

Penticton, Okanagan University College Lecture Theatre, 583 Duncan W. 7:00 pm   Sheila MacDermott, alumni and Nick Loenen.  Jim Hewitt for the No side. Public forum sponsored by the Penticton Regional Hospital Alumni Association. Contact: Bob Anderson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kimberley rotary luncheon Troy Lanigan with alumni Michele Miller, and 7:00 pm College of the Rockies

April 21
Kelowna, Lunch,  B.C. Government Retired Employees Assn,
Royal Canadian Legion, 1380 Bertram (off Doyle).Debate: Jim Hewitt and Nick Loenen Contact: Leona Pedosuk, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 764-0975

Oliver, Chamber of Commerce sponsored debate, Jim Hewitt No; Nick Loenen for Yes. 7:00 pm in Council Chambers. Recorded for local television. Contact: Oliver Chamber.

Cranbrook College of the Rockies, 7:00 pm Troy Lanigan in debate.

April 22
Sidney, Bruce Hallsor and Andrew Petter for Yes with Green Party organizer Andrew Lewis, Contact: Bruce Hallsor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 April 23
Logan Lake 3:15 pm  Debate Bud Smith for No side, Nick Loenen for Yes side. Logan Lake Centre Contact: Deb Bischof This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 25
Surrey, Northwood United Church Public Forum, 7:30 pm.  Co-sponsored with Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church.  Panel will include among others Nick Loenen. Contact: Peter Rolston  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 26
Vancouver Library, Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, 350 West Georgia, 7:30 pm. CBC Almanac Moderator: Mark Forsythe.Panel: Shoni Fields Citizens Assembly Alumni  Nick Loenen, Fair Voting B.C. Doug McArthur, SFU Faculty of Public Policy, Anita Hagen, former NDP mla, KNOW STV

Campbell River, alumni Linda Fantillo and Rob Jones and Yes organizer Janet Scotland present BC-STV to the Campbell River Municipal council 7:30 PM

Quesnel Julian West kicks off a tour of Northern BC, debating Bruce Strachan Contact: alumni Anna Rankin < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > 

April 28
Tri-Cities Chamber, noon debate,  Nick Loenen Yes, Paul Gill No, Executive Plaza Hotel on North Road, Contact: Marion Bradner { HYPERLINK "mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " } This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 30
Prince George Julian West and Janet Scotland BC Political Studies Association meeting in Prince George { HYPERLINK "http://resweb.res.unbc.ca/bcstudiesbcpsa/" }http://resweb.res.unbc.ca/bcstudiesbcpsa/

May 3
Surrey Public Library hosted forum on STV at the Guilford Library. The panel includes Elayne Brenziger DRBC, Frank Bucholtz, Surrey Leader/Langley Times, Nick Loenen, and an alumni TBA. Contact: Imtiaz Popat { HYPERLINK "mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " } This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 6
Surrey Troy Lanigan, Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Andrew Petter, former NDP Attorney General speak for Yes at Chamber of Commerce lunch.  Contact: Tory Lanigan { HYPERLINK "mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " } This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For many, many additional events see Events Calendar of the Assembly Alumni { HYPERLINK "http://bc-stv.ca/" }http://bc-stv.ca/


HELPFULL HINTS
Alumni Jack MacDonald wrote a wonderfully complete, and balanced account of why the Citizens Assembly selected BC-STV.  Get the inside story. { HYPERLINK "http://bcelectoralreform.ca/" }http://bcelectoralreform.ca

Pass this copy of Update on to others.

With just one month left now is the time for supporters to organize speaking events, write letters, call call-in shows.  Please do your part.  If we fail on May 17, significant democratic reform will be pushed back for a generation.

You can participate in, or just watch the speculation on a Yes victory. Election Stock Market (UBC) { HYPERLINK "http://esm.ubc.ca/" }http://esm.ubc.ca/

We have an attractive flyer for distribution door to door, in your apartment building, place of work etc.  You can request quantities, or print them yourself from our web site.

News cite { HYPERLINK "http://www.newsqs.com/issue_nq.php?issue_no=4000183" }http://www.newsqs.com/issue_nq.php?issue_no=40001 83

Help Fund Campaign
An effective Yes campaign needs funding.  Your help makes it possible.  Donations great and small are needed.  With just 32 days till Referendum, now is the time to make your donation.  Do it today!

Please make your contribution by cheque payable to Fair Voting BC, and mail to Fair Voting BC c/o John Vegt 123 Queens Ave., New Westminster, BC V3L 1J4.  Because FVBC is deemed to be political it cannot issue tax receipts.  FVBC is registered under the BC Societies Act as a non-profit organization since 1998.  Receipts and financial statements are available upon request.

Directors thank all who have already supported.

Fair Voting BC Board of Directors

President John Vegt;    Vice President Robert Ransford;

Directors

Karen Etheridge; Steve Kisby; Nick Loenen; Julian West; David Marley; Patrick Conroy; David Schaub

Advisory Board

Gerry Ensing, Former Inspector of Independent Schools
Norm Levi, Former Minister of Social Services
Andre Molnar, Developer
David Suzuki, Environmentalist

For information and assistance on any of the above: Nick Loenen  604-274-3868  email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

From: "Nick Loenen" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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7.  CED (Community Economic Development) EVENTS

STRENGTHENING THE NETWORK: BULDING LOCAL CAPACITY TO
PROMOTE COMMUNITY SOCIAL PLANNING IN BC COMMUNITIES

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2005 (4:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2005 (8:30 am ? 4:00 pm)
RICHMOND, BC

The conference will begin at 4:00 pm on Friday, June 17 with a reception,
opening greetings, information panel, dinner, and other networking
opportunities. Friday events will take place at the Best Western Richmond
Hotel & Convention Centre.

Saturday activities will include plenary sessions and workshops to address
issues such as: participating in the municipal election process, building
support for social planning in your community, funding social planning
initiatives, building effective partnerships, and other topics of interest.
Saturday activities will take place at the Richmond Cultural Centre (a short
10 ? 15 minute walk from the hotel) from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

For more information watch the CSPN BC website
(www.sparc.bc.ca/social_planning_network) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be
included in the CSPN BC information list.

Information on registration and possible subsidies for participants
representing community social planning organizations will be distributed as
details are finalized.

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GPI Pacific Society Annual General Meeting

Peter Kaye Room in Library Square
(350 West Georgia, Vancouver),.
Thursday, April 21 2005   4:00  5:30

This past year has been an exciting and dynamic year for the GPI Pacific
Society. For example, we held a successful Open Space strategic planning
event last October that identified 10 priority issues for GPIP to consider
in the coming months. This was just one of numerous practical steps that
have been taken by dedicated volunteers to make sure that we can leap into
more vigorous organizational development and action in 2005.

The upcoming AGM will update you on all of last years accomplishments and
provide an outline of anticipated activities for the coming year, including
information on progress made in fundraising activities. Most importantly,
the AGM will also see the election of an expanded board of directors who
will develop and help implement a strategic plan for GPI-Pacific based on
our recent and robust discussions.

If you are interested in being part of the board of directors, please send a
brief e-mail describing your interests and skills to the Selection Committee
at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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The Third Annual International BALLE Conference

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, Mar.30, 2005 (BALLE BC) Hosted at the University of
British Columbia. Dear Friends of BALLE, This year's BALLE Conference will
inspire your business and community to new levels of success. Learn how
Local Living Economy businesses succeed! Build the marketplace for Local
Living Economies! Connect with a growing network of business and community
leaders who are making a difference! See you there! For details:
http://www.ballebc.com/conference.htm . To register: Don't miss this
opportunity to join us. There are four days left to register at the early
bird rate of 235 dollars, Canadian.
https://www.sporg.com/servlet/LinkToEventServlet?EventId=9309.

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HEARTLAND OR HINTERLAND CONFERENCE

 British Columbia From the InsideOut -

Thanks to Nythalah Baker, BC Rural Women's Network - April 28-30,
2005, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC. For three
days at UNBC academics, provincial business leaders, and public figures will
discuss and debate the place of rural and remote regions in our province's
past, present and future. Just two weeks before the provincial election,
this conference will address the crucial issues facing voters in our region
as they go to the polls. Conference themes include: Imagined Communities,
Regional Politics, Health and Wellness, Heritage and Identity
For Program Information see http://resweb.res.unbc.ca/bcstudiesbcpsa/
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Canadian CED Network National Conference

Sign up now for the National CED Conference! The conference title is CED and
the Social Economy - Building an Inclusive Movement with a diversity of
people, communities and approaches. It will take place from May 3 ? 7, 2005
in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Conference registration is now open at:
http://www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/pages/conference.asp

This conference is a great chance to meet many people (more than 500 will be
there) who are doing great work across Canada. Hear about their struggles,
their ideas, their innovations, and their stories in general. I have always
found these events to be inspiring and come away feeling stronger in what I
do because I know that there is a whole growing national (and international)
movement that I am part of.

This conference will help to build an inclusive agenda for CED and the
Social Economy that reflects the needs of all those communities and
development processes. One area of focus for CCEDNet over the next year will
be to ensure that the CED and Social Economy sector is recognized and
included in determining investment priorities and strategies by the
government of Canada and other stakeholders. This national conference will
be an important opportunity to create a common voice in the development of
federal policy and programs to support CED and the Social Economy.
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3rd Annual CED Forum-Revelstoke

May 30, 2005
Hillcrest Resort, Revelstoke - 2005 Forest Capital of BC
Hosted by the five Kootenay-area Community Futures Development Corporations,
this forum is an excellent opportunity to establish a regional dialogue
between CED practitioners from many different sectors and organizations...
http://www.kbced.ca/march2005/march05.htm
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Smart Growth BC  Forum 2005

On June 17th, 2005, Smart Growth BC is convening a leading edge forum
highlighting the costs, benefits, challenges and solutions of ?Financing
Smart Growth?. This strategic forum will consider the role of local and
provincial governments, as well as the development and financing community.
Interactive sessions will review barriers and solutions including regulatory
practises, innovative financing schemes, and case studies to determine the
key components of successful and financially viable smart growth.
http://www.smartgrowth.bc.ca/index.cfm?Group_ID=3509
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Bologna Summer Program for Co-operative Studies, 2005

Economics and Management of Co-operative Enterprises
Vancouver Sessions: June 27-June 30, Bologna: July 4?July 22

Leadership Tour
July 15 - July 22, Bologna, Italy

Dear Colleague,
We are once again very pleased to announce this year?s Bologna Summer
Program for Co-operative Studies and attach the program outline for your
information.

The Bologna Summer Program is now entering its fourth year and continues to
deliver one of the most innovative stimulating programs on the study of
co-operative enterprises and co-op economies offered anywhere. The BC
Co-operative Association, VanCity Savings and the University of Bologna
jointly sponsor the program.

This year, The Bologna Summer Program commences in Vancouver from June
27-30, and continues in Bologna, Italy from July 4-July 22. As in previous
years, the program includes a university credit stream, a certificate
stream, and a Leadership Tour for those who cannot attend the full program.

The Vancouver Sessions, held at Simon Fraser University, feature a lecture
series led by some of the world?s leading   thinkers on co-operative
economics and practice, and are available to all interested individuals.
Vancouver Sessions participants are not required to register for the program
in Italy.

We hope you will take advantage of this unique learning opportunity in one
Europe?s most enchanting regions, offered at the University of Bologna,
Europe?s oldest university. In a province where many of us are looking for
creative alternatives for our local economies, there has never been a better
time to learn from the successes of others.

The Bologna Summer Program is the journey of a lifetime and we look forward
to seeing many of you in this year?s program.

For further details please visit our web site at
http://www.bcca.coop/programs/bologna.htm
To download program brochures click on the following links:

Bologna Summer Program Brochure
http://www.bcca.coop/pdfs/bologna_brochure.pdf
<http://www.bcca.coop/pdfs/bologna_brochure.pdf>
Leadership Tour Brochure http://www.bcca.coop/pdfs/leadership_tour.pdf
<http://www.bcca.coop/pdfs/leadership_tour.pdf>

For registration  inquiries, please contact Nancy Melo at 604-877-6565 or
e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it <mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > .

For program inquiries, please contact John Restakis at 604-662-3906 or
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A time of renewal, learning, and celebration:
The annual Summer School on Building Community

June 15 ? 18 at Langara College, presents over 40
workshops. Topics include social economy, working together, reaching out,
leadership, and more! The summer school will be preceded by a Forum on
Social Economy; additional program activities include community building
stories, dinner, and celebration. For details, contact Mali Bain at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 604-323-5981 ext. 2

From: "Ellie Parks" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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