LEFT COAST EVENTS (pt i) - Victoria & Islands - Oct 17th, 2005 Print
PEJ Events
Monday, 17 October 2005 02:33
LEFT COAST EVENTS (pt i) - Victoria & Islands - Oct 17th, 2005

1. The City of Victoria Sues Mr. Floatie's Behind for Running for Mayor! - Oct 17th
3. Invitation from the BC Government and Service Employees' Union - Oct 17th
4. Oct 17: HidE & go HoMeLesS -- Film Screening and Public Dialogue
5. OCTOBER 17th: 24 HOURS of Feminist Solidarity to Overcome Poverty!
6. Movie Monday - The Take - Oct 17th
7. WEBCAST of BC Assembly of First Nations BC Regional Chief's Special Assembly Kamloops, October 17-19, 2005
9. Public meeting of Group 27: Ensure Women a Life - Oct 18th
10. OPEN CINEMA Reminder: Public Education Special on Tuesday Oct 18th
11. Rally to Support 5 Million Official Resignations from the Chinese Communist Party and To Promote Freedom and Democracy in China - Oct 19th
12. Kevin Pina, independent journalist in Haiti, to speak in Victoria - Oct 19th
14. RESULTS Canada Education and Action Meeting - Oct 19th
15. Common Borders travels to Mexico - meetings Oct 20th, Nov 2nd
16. WFM-V meeting topic for THURSDAY, October 20
17. Ugandan Gulu Walk - Oct 22nd
18. Georgia Strait Alliance 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner Auction - Oct 22nd
19. Oct 23 Denise Savoie fundraising brunch
20. Recycled paper buying club - order by Oct 26th
21. Measuring Security Measures - Oct 27th
22. PUENTE Storytelling & Acting Workshops -Oct 29, 30th
23. Island in the Salish Sea, A Community Atlas - Oct 29th


1. The City of Victoria Sues Mr. Floatie's Behind for Running for Mayor!

At 10:00am Monday, October 17th Mr. Floatie will hold a press conference on the steps of the Provincial Courthouse on Blanshard Street.

Mr. Floatie, currently a candidate for Mayor of Victoria in next month's election, was served with a stack of legal papers demanding his appearance in Provincial Court at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 18th. The City's lawyers, Staples, McDannold Stewart will ask a judge to kick Mr. Floatie's name off the ballot in the election for mayor.

Mr. Floatie plans to plead "guilty as charged" at the court case. Claiming to be a harmless piece of poo, Mr. Floatie is baffled that the City of Victoria is going to this extreme to keep the issue of sewage treatment off the agenda. However, having no money and no pockets to put it in, even if he did have money, Mr. Floatie is not able to hire a lawyer to defend himself. To learn more about this remarkable attempt by the City of Victoria to gag debate on the sewage treatment issue, and to receive copies of the actual legal documents, please come to the press conference at 10:00am Monday.

For further information, please call James Skwarok, Movement Coordinator, at 995-9278 or email: info (at) poopvictoria.ca.

From: "James Skwarok"



OCTOBER 17 - Monday
11 am - gather for march
1:30 pm - rally

Legislature Buildings and Ground

Victoria, BC

Gather between 11am and 12:15 pm at Centennial Square and march down Government Street to the Legislature.

Rally from 1:30 to 2:45 pm

From: "Bob Wilson"


3. Invitation from the BC Government and Service Employees' Union

Chili Blanket Lunch

On Oct. 17th the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Where: BCGEU
2994 Douglas Street
When: Noon - 2:30

Make Poverty History
Put public services at the heart of the global poverty agenda

Please bring clean, warm coats, quilts and blankets to share with those
in need.

For more information contact Gayle Nye, BCGEU

Email: gayle.nye (at) bcgeu.ca
Office (250) 388-9948

From: "Nye, Gayle"


4. Oct 17: HidE & go HoMeLesS -- Film Screening and Public Dialogue

October 17, 2005: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

How can we 'Make Poverty History' in Victoria?

Film Screening and Public Dialogue at the University of Victoria


October 17, 2005
Film begins at 7pm ? very limited seating so get there early!


Graduate Student Lounge (IQ Bistro)
Halpern Centre for Graduate Students: 3800 Finnerty Road

This event is FREE and is open to the general public as well as the University community.

* Non-perishable donations for the UVic Food Bank will be collected at the door.
* Voluntary donations to local organizations will also be accepted.


"HidE & go HoMeLesS"

A controversial 45 minute documentary produced entirely by youth that explores the issues of poverty and homelessness in Victoria, BC (Mask Removal Productions, 2004)


1) Roderick Taylor: Counsellor with the Cascadia Counselling Clinic, MSW student at UVic and Founder of Mask Removal Productions

2) Sue Hendricks: Income Assistance Lawyer for Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

3) Cindy L'Hirondelle: Coordinator of the Women's Economic Justice Project


Film will be followed by guest speakers and audience dialogue, with representatives and information available on the following projects:

1) VIDEA's Global Youth on the "Make Poverty History" campaign

2) WUSC and OXFAM's campus-wide and international activities

3) TheatreWorks' upcoming "Waged Poor" theatre project

Canadian Crossroads International's "Common Ground" photo exhibit will be on display in this venue for the whole month of October.

This event is part of a "Social Justice Film Series" hosted by the Faculty of Education's Department of Leadership Studies and CACE Programme, in partnership with the Graduate Students' Society, with generous door prize donations form Elite Earth-Friendly Dry Cleaners, and SPUD Organic Food Delivery.

Contact Catherine Etmanski for more information: etmanski (at) uvic.ca

From: Roderick Taylor


5. OCTOBER 17th: 24 HOURS of Feminist Solidarity to Overcome Poverty!

The Canadian Women?s March 2005 Coalition is linking with local and global actions to eliminate poverty & violence against women in Canada and around the world. On October 17th, 2005 the World March of Women has called for a Vigil: 24 Hours of Feminist Action and Solidarity. Women in Canada will join women in all time zones around the globe to take to the streets at NOON on October 17 for one hour of action.

Angela Regnier of the Canadian Federation of Students states that: "In Canada the Vigil is about showing solidarity with women around the world, and at home, on issues of poverty. We are challenging our Prime Minister to reinvest in the social fabric of Canada and equitably support programs, such as social assistance and related social services, such as housing.?

The Canadian Women? March Coalition is also looking for legislation to support pay equity, child care and women?s equality from this federal government.

Marie Clark Walker of the Canadian Labour Congress says, ?It is about reminding him [the Prime Minister] that the cuts to social programs he made in 1995, as finance minister, have resulted in additional economic insecurity and poverty for women?.

The Vigil on Oct. 17th, 2005 will mark both the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the end of the World Relay for the Women's Global Charter for Humanity. The charter was launched by the World March of Women on International Women?s Day (March 8th, 2005) in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has been passed hand-to-hand by women in 53 countries. Its journey will end Oct. 17th, 2005 in Quagadongou, Burkina Faso.

The Charter, created and agreed upon by 6000 women?s organizations worldwide, is based on five core values; equality, freedom, solidarity, justice and peace. It is a feminist vision of a world free of exploitation, poverty and violence.

Women and Men in Canada are demonstrating from Coast to Coast on Oct. 17th to end poverty:

v Vancouver ? Women bearing percussion instruments are meeting at noon at the Vancouver Art Gallery for a rally organized by the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers (CASAC).

v Ottawa ? People gathering for a Public Action to Make Poverty History in front of the eternal flame from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. There will be drummers, street performers and radical cheerleading!

v Hamilton ? People congregating for a Solidarity Lunch hosted by the Daring Hope for Gender Justice Network of the United Church of Canada.

v Moncton ? Women marching down-town at Noon (gathering first at the Delta Beausejour). The event is hosted by the Moncton Labour Council and the Canadian Labour Congress.

To find out about vigil events happening at noon on Oct. 17th in Canada and around the world please visit: http://www.marchemondiale.org/en/bulletin/05_2005.html, http://mmf.lecarrefour.org, or www.canada.marchofwomen.org

Please refer any general questions to:

- Jenny Robinson of YWCA Canada: 416.962.8881 x 2224, jrobinson (at) ywcacanada.ca;

- Sara Torres of (CRIAW-ICREF): 613.563.0681, storres (at) criaw-icref.ca;

For the Ottawa event: Denis Howlett 613-789-0096;

For the Moncton event: Gis?le Pageau of CEP/SCEP: 613-230-5200, gpageau (at) cep.ca.

For the Hamilton event: Bonnie Cole Arnal, 519 883-4005, e-mail: bacole (at) sympatico.ca.

From: "BCCIC"


6. Movie Monday and Mental Illness Awareness Week

>6:30 Oct 17 THE TAKE
In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into
their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they
want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act - the take -
has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Armed only
slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face
off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved
factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.
With The Take, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada's most outspoken
journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international
No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century.

Avi Lewis will be with us by phone for a Q&A! PG13

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

by donation

More info - 595-FLIC or http://www.islandnet.com/mm

>6:30 Oct 24 MY COUSIN VINNY R for language
While heading for college, Bill and Stan are arrested in Alabama when
circumstances point to them as having murdered a convenience store clerk.
Unable to afford an attorney, they turn to Bill's cousin Vinny, a brash
Yorker who took six tries to pass his bar exam. Worse, until now he's only
taken personal injury cases, none of which have gone to trial. Dragging
along his even more abrasive fiancee Mona Lisa Vito, Vinny will have to
straighten up fast, and keep out of jail himself, if he's going to win the
case. R for language.

our special Halloween event...

>7:30 pm Monday 31 YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
From Yo Video's spanking new DVD, the perfect flick to celebrate this
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman and friends have their way with
Shelley's classic, making it "The scariest comedy of all time!"
Oh ,sweet mystery of life!!!
note - Special time so trick or treating is not distrupted!!! 7:30 pm !!!
Carved pumpkin display, bring yours!
Costumes and Jack o' Lanterns encouraged! more

From: Bruce Saunders


7. WEBCAST of BC Assembly of First Nations BC Regional Chief?s Special Assembly
Kamloops, October 17-19, 2005

Media Advisory

The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is hosting the BC Regional Chief?s Special Assembly on

October 17-19, 2005
at the Mt. Paul Centre,
479 Chilcotin Street, Kamloops.

The Assembly will be co-hosted by the Shuswap Tribal Council and the BC First Nations Leadership Council. The three-day special assembly will be web-casted live for all the plenary session at www.bcafn.ca.

The inaugural Regional Chief?s Assembly held in Richmond, March 2005 was an overwhelming success as it marked the first time since 1969 that the First Nations leaders came together to set political goals and direction. This historic assembly created the foundation for the New Relationship with the BC Leadership Council and Provincial government.

The upcoming Regional Chief?s Special Assembly, October 17 ? 19, 2005 is scheduled to have another historic ceremony in which the BC First Nations Leadership Council will be signing a Public Safety Cooperation Protocol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police([search]) on Tuesday, October 18th.

Confirmed speakers for this Special Assembly are: National Chief Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations; Roberta Jamieson, Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation; Herb George, National Centre for First Nations Governance; Honourable Tom Christensen, Minster Responsible for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. Special Guests are Gino Odjick and Sasha Lakovic.

Media may pre-register or register on site. More Information regarding the Assembly, registration, and agenda is available on the BC Assembly of First Nations website at www.bcafn.ca or by contacting the BCAFN office.

For further information, please contact Rhonda DesRosiers, Executive Director at 604-922-7733 or by email at director (at) bcafn.ca

The UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

This page and all other News Releases can be found here.

From: "UBCIC Latest News"



Elizabeth May, executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, will be
speaking on "Threat of Climate Change: Staying the Kyoto Course"

at the University of Victoria
on Tuesday, October 18.

Dr. May has been one of the most influential leaders of the Canadian
environmental movement since the 1970s when she spearheaded a campaign to
end insecticide spraying against spruce budworm on Cape Breton Island. She
is currently executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, one of the
country's leading environmental organizations.

The Sierra Club's mission is to empower grassroots networks of citizens. As
a group, the club addresses a variety of environmental concerns such as
biodiversity, toxic chemicals, air quality and the transition to a
sustainable economy. Chapters exist in all parts of Canada, and young
Canadians can become involved through the Sierra Club's youth coalition
movement. For more information check out www.sierraclub.ca.

The event will take place at 7:00 pm in Room 159 of the Fraser Building at
the University of Victoria.

For directions, see

The workshop is being co-hosted by the Environmental Law Centre Society and
the Sierra Club of Canada. For more information, please email elc (at) uvic.ca.

The event is by donation and open to the public.

From: "Rachel S. Forbes"


9. Public meeting of Group 27: Ensure Women a Life

Time: Tuesday, 18 October 2005 at 7.30 p.m.
Place: 1831 Fern Street (off Begbie or Ford)

Take part in the world wide Amnesty International campaign "Stop Violence against Women"

Professor emeritus Jim Hackler, who is studying on femicide and family violence, stirs the mind with: "The Grand Cure for Crime, Sin, and all other Nasties" *

Group 27 presents cases of threatened women from the North Andes, from Europe and from the Middle East.

Everybody is invited to think, to discuss, to write.

* Disclaimer
Public meeting presentations by guest speakers
might not necessarily represent Amnesty International

Amnesty International
Group 27
PO Box 5217 Station B
Victoria, BC
V8R 6N4

aivictoria (at) wraytimes.com

From: Thaimber (at) aol.com


10. OPEN CINEMA Reminder: Public Education Special on Tuesday Oct 18th

Don't miss this opportunity to see the inspiring documentary Granito de Arena, about the Mexican teachers' struggle to defend public education over the last 25 years. Followed by an open forum discussion about the current situation in BC, and in Mexico with a panel of distinguished education specialists.

Co-sponsored by The Charter for Public Education Network, a non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting the importance of universal, free and accessible education (www.charter.publiced.ca).
Door prizes courtesy of Small Potatoes Urban Delivery (SPUD).


OPEN CINEMA is launching on the Mainland!
On Tuesday October 25th, OPEN CINEMA will have its first screening in Vancouver at the WISE Club (1882 Adanac), co-sponsored by The Charter For Public Education Network. Details can be found on our website www.opencinema.ca


OPEN CINEMA is looking for volunteers to help with event setup, projection and postering.
Please email Mandy at opencinema (at) shaw.ca if you have an hour or two to spare.


Tuesday October 25th: 'Public Education Special' Vancouver Edition (WISE Hall 1882 Adanac)
Tuesday November 1st: The Peacekeepers at Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View St, Victoria
Wednesday November 16th 'Sacred Sounds' and inspirational musical at The Superior, 106 Superior
Tuesday Decemeber 6th 'Money' with Local Exchange Trading System at Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View St

Details at www.opencinema.ca


Victoria Public Education Special on Tuesday Oct 18th

What: Victoria premiere of Granito de Arena followed by discussion
Who: David Chudnovski, MLA; Victoria Trustee & BCSTA Director Bev Horsman; Saanich Parent Advisory Council member Tim Dunford; Dr John Moss, E.D. of CPEN and moderator Dr Budd Hall, UVic Dean of Education
When: 7pm, Tuesday, October 18 2005 (Doors open at 5.30pm)
Where: Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View St (for dinner reservations call 388-9166)
Cost: $5 donation

OPEN CINEMA's 'Public Education Special' Screens Granito de Arena Followed By Discussion About Globalization And Public Education on October 18th 2005.

Victoria, BC (4 October 2005) - On Tuesday October 18th 2005, OPEN CINEMA (OC) and co-sponsor Charter for Public Education Network will host a 'Public Education Special', starting with a screening of award-winning filmmaker Jill Freidberg's inspiring documentary Granito de Arena (Grain of Sand, USA 2004), followed by a discussion about public education and economic globalization in Mexico and in British Columbia. The panel consists of several distinguished education specialists, including David Chudnovski, MLA; Greater Victoria School Trustee Bev Horsman; BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils President Kim Howland; Dr John Moss, ED of Charter for Public Education Network and moderator Dr. Budd Hall, University of Victoria Dean of Education.

Granito de Arena is an important and compelling film that gives an in-depth view of the 25-year long struggle to defend public education in Mexico. Made with partial support from the BC Teachers Federation and the Trinational Coalition for the Defence of Public Education, the film chronicles the mass movement built by teachers, parents and students to prevent the privatization of education into a corporate training program. Featuring interviews with Maude Barlow and Eduardo Galeano, and a driving soundtrack by DJ Foo, PlanB and Los Mocosos, Granito de Arena fuels indignation, inspires action and raises important questions about democracy, sovereignty and the universal right to public education.

"This provocative documentary will be an interesting starting point for a discussion about teacher union and government relationships here in British Columbia." comments John C. Moss, Executive Director and Founder of the Charter for Public Education Network (CPEN), a non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting the importance of universal, free and accessible education (www.charter.publiced.ca). CPEN is co-sponsoring the event with OPEN CINEMA.

OC continues with a topical line-up of documentaries on the first Tuesday of the month, including Peacekeepers (NFB, 2004), a study of the UN's role in the Congo, and Money (Canada, 2005), which examines the global economy and its alternatives. OC's new website www.opencinema.ca has schedule details, as well as further information about this small organization with a big vision. OC gratefully receives support from VanCity, the Spirit of BC Arts Fund, CRD Arts Development Program, the City of Victoria, CineVic, MediaNet, ViFPA and Hollyhock.

Contact: Mandy Leith
opencinema (at) shaw.ca
(250) 882-7441

OPEN CINEMA is a non-profit society dedicated to screening socially relevant thought-provoking films and cross-platform programming in non-traditional venues, inspiring community dialogue and grassroots action, furthering the role of filmmaking as a tool for social innovation.

OC would like to thank its sponsors: VanCity, Spirit of BC Arts Fund, Capital Regional District Arts Development, City of Victoria, National Film Board of Canada, CineVic, MediaNet, Victoria Film Producers' Association and Hollyhock

From: Mandy Leith


11. Rally to Support 5 Million Official Resignations from the Chinese Communist Party and To Promote Freedom and Democracy in China

What: Rally, March, Press Conference and Pictorial Display
in support of the 5 million Chinese people who have renounced their membership
in the CCP

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Where: City Hall Sidecourt facing Douglas
Press Conference and Speeches ? 12.30 p.m.
March to the Parliament Buildings ? 2:00 p.m.
Viewing of Pictorial Display ? 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A wave of resignations from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)was triggered by
the release of an editorial series called ?The Nine Commentaries on the
Communist Party? several months ago. For the first time, the Chinese people
have access to the CCP?s uncensored history, and an opportunity to re-think
their fate and China?s future. They can now look squarely into the history of
CCP, and at the deaths of 80 million Chinese Nationals since the Party gained
power in 1949. Its use of brutal repression is well known today.

The speed at which the resignations have occurred across all levels of society
indicate that this phenomenon represents a profound awakening for the Chinese
people. Therefore many observers have suggested that the last fortress of
Communism is quietly collapsing. We believe this moment will be compared in
history to the time just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The pictorial display will show the various campaigns of genocide headed by the
CCP over the last half century up to the present-day persecution of Falun Gong.

For more information: www.ninecommentaries.com
To read related articles please visit: http://english.epochtimes.com/
?Nine Commentaries? events page:

From: joanq (at) 3web.com


12. Kevin Pina, independent journalist in Haiti, to speak in Victoria

October 19, 7 pm
UVic, Elliott Bldg
Room 167

Haiti-based journalist Kevin Pina made international headlines this fall when he and Haitian journalist Jean Ristil were arrested in Port au Prince on September 9 as they were photographing a police raid on a Port-au-Prince cathedral. As a result of international pressure, Haitian authorities soon released the journalists.

Pina will present his new documentary film "Haiti: The Untold Story" and give an eyewitness account of events in Haiti since the coup of February 2004 that overthrew the elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Pina's new film contains startling evidence of ongoing human rights abuses by the Canadian-trained and vetted Haitian National Police. (These human rights abuses have been documented in numerous reports published by, among others, the National Lawyers Guild in the United States, the School of Law at the University of Miami (author Thomas Griffin), the Human Rights Program at Harvard University Law School, and Amnesty International.

This event is sponsored by the Victoria Peace Coalition and the UVic Faculty of Education.

A summary of articles from the international press on the human rights situation in Haiti may be found at:

Below is an article that appears in the Globe and Mail online edition for October 13 on the current human rights situation in Haiti.

Haiti's human rights a disaster, UN says


Friday, October 14, 2005 Posted at 8:30 PM EDT

Associated Press

Port-au-Prince - The U.N. human rights chief in Haiti on Friday described the rights situation in the hemisphere's poorest nation as "catastrophic."

Thierry Fagart, who heads a team of about 30 human rights monitors, said there had been multiple and grave violations of human rights by police and as well as private citizens.

His assessment comes just weeks ahead of Haiti's first presidential and legislative elections since the February 2004 ouster of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Elections have already been postponed twice and are now tentatively scheduled for December, though authorities have not yet set a fix date.

As the elections were postponed, tension have increased across the country. Mr. Fagart listed multiple cases of arbitrary arrests, torture and even summary executions committed by Haitian National Police. Street violence committed by gangs still plagued the capital, Port-au-Prince, he said.

The U.N. has not been able to establish an overall death toll since the 7,600-strong peacekeeping mission arrived in Haiti in June 2004, Mr. Fagart said. But other rights groups say that over 1,500 people have died in political violence during the past year.

There also is a "fundamental problem" with the justice system, which barely functions, Mr. Fagart said, adding that the situation in the overcrowded prisons was "appalling."

"The state of the judiciary is so bad that people have lost all hope in it," he said, stating he thought this partly explained the repeated cases of mob killings over the past few months.

But a U.N. investigation into one of these killings - which took place last August at a soccer stadium in the impoverished Martissant neighbourhood of the capital - illustrated a case of successful co-operation with Haitian police, Mr. Fagart said.

Earlier this week, Haitian National Police chief Mario Andresol said 15 officers had been detained and would be prosecuted for their suspected role in the Martissant killing.

Mr. Andresol said at least six people were hacked to death or shot by police and vigilantes in the event, though human rights groups have put the death toll at 10.

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

From: Victoria Peace Coalition



Join us for an evening of poetry

at the David Lam Auditorium,
University of Victoria, MacLaurin Bldg.

October 19th
7:30-9:00 pm

PUENTE Theatre Society invites you to an evening with Chilean
Aboriginal Poet Elikura Chihuailaf who will share his poetry and talk
about the Mapuche culture on Wednesday October 19th. Elikura follows the
great tradition of well-known Chilean poets, Nobel Prize winners
Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda. Elikura will be introduced by PUENTE
Theatre Director Lina de Guevara .

Elikura is from the Mapuche Nation in southern Chile. In his
language of mapuzugun, ?mapu? means land and ?che?, means people. He is
a poet and an ?oralitor?, who according to him, is a special kind of
writer, one who stays close to the source of his writing, the oral
culture of his elders. He is a professor at Universidad Mayor in Temuco
Regional Campus in Chile and a member of the ARCIS University in
Santiago. Some of Elikura?s texts have been set to music and some o f
his work has been adapted for theatre as well as used in contemporary
dance groups. Elikura has worked internationally in France, M?xico,
Colombia, Holland, Italy, and Sweden.

Don?t miss this unique opportunity to listen to this excellent poet and
social activist from the Mapuche Nation.

For more information, call PUENTE Theatre 592 4367 or 721 5828.

From: "Juan Carlos Flores"


14. RESULTS Canada Education and Action Meeting

The next RESULTS Canada Education and Action Meeting is this coming

Wednesday, Oct. 19,
from 7-9 p.m.

We have a great guest speaker from Doctors Without Borders. I enclose details on the meeting topic, time and location.

During this meeting we will also be doing some planning for our upcoming annual Fundraiser on November 13th.

Discover the difference that you can make towards ending the worst aspects of poverty on our planet.

Date: Wednesday, October 19th
Time: 7:00 ? 9:00 pm

Topic: The Fight Against Malaria: Funding Canada?s Fair Share
Guest: Dr. Clive Strauss ? Doctors Without Borders

Location: Community Room at 77 Gorge Rd. West
(lower end of the parking lot)

For Further Information, Phone Marilyn at 598-6326 or Anita at 652-0681.


15. Common Borders travels to Mexico

On July 2, 2006 the people of Mexico will go to the polls to select the country?s president, 500 deputies, 128 senators and a number of state governors. Alianza Civica, a Mexican non-governmental, non-partisan organization that promotes the development of civil society and democratic participation, has invited CommonBorders to send a delegation of electoral observers to this important election. CommonBorders is inviting you to be a part of this delegation.

What is Common Borders?

CommonBorders is a community-based, non-partisan non-profit society that coordinates international electoral delegations. CommonBorders provides Victorians with the unique opportunity to experience and learn about democratic processes and social justice movements in Latin America while serving as electoral observers. Over the last six years, CommonBorders has organized seven electoral delegations to Guatemala (1999) Mexico (1999, 2000 and 2005), Peru (2001) and El Salvador (2003 and 2004). Our goal is to support and promote electoral participation and education at home and abroad while creating valuable links between Victorians and individuals and organizations in host countries.

Election Background:

From the end of the Mexican Revolution until 2000, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) held a political monopoly over most of Mexico, including the presidency. For over 70 years, elections in Mexico were characterised by violence, fraud and corruption, and functioned mostly to advance the position of the ruling party. During this time, the PRI further secured its power by restricting and monitoring democratic movements.

In the decade leading up to the 2000 elections, Mexico faced increasing local and international pressure to open up democratic spaces and support the growth of civil society. In 1994, changes were made to the country?s constitution to allow foreigners to serve as electoral observers. In 2000, the right-wing Partido Accion Nacional (PAN) finally upset the PRI?s stronghold on power after a long and dirty election campaign, making Vicente Fox the first president not from the ruling party in over 70 years.

Although the PAN?s win was heralded as a victory for the democratic process in Mexico, Fox has not lived up to the widely held expectation that he would effect meaningful change in Mexico. In particular, human rights groups claim the political situation in Mexico has not changed significantly under Fox and believe elections in Mexico continue to be marred by violence and electoral fraud.

The competition among the three major political parties for this election is expected to be fierce. The PAN is eager to maintain its hold on the presidency, but has been steadily losing support over the last few years. The party?s losses in both gubernatorial and state elections, particularly those in former PAN strongholds, have many commentators speculating that Mexicans will reject the party at the polls in July, 2006.

Conversely, the two other major parties have experienced increased public support over the last few years. The PRI has made considerable gains, winning almost a majority of the seats in the Congress in 2003, and winning some very important state and gubernatorial elections, such as the most-populous Estado de Mexico. Many commentators believe that the PRI could regain the presidency.

Similarly, the left-wing Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD) has secured greater support, leading PRD supporters to speculate that their candidate could win the presidency. A victory for the PRD would represent a significant political shift in Mexico, forcing many to reflect on the 1988 presidential elections, in which massive fraud thwarted the PRD candidate?s near presidential victory. With so much at stake for all three major parties, the electoral period could be marked by a particularly tense and dirty campaign.

Common Borders Invited to Send Observer Delegation

Alianza Civica has invited CommonBorders along with other international organizations to send a delegation of electoral observers for the July 2006 federal elections. Common Borders is inviting all interested Victorians to consider joining us to be a part of this delegation. We are looking for committed and conscientious individuals who have a genuine interest working with Canadians and Mexicans to support these very important elections.

How can I find out more about the delegation?

CommonBorders will be providing two information sessions over the coming weeks. This will be an opportunity to meet past CommonBorders delegates and learn more about being an electoral observer.

Date: Thursday, October 20
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Place: Central Library Meeting Room, 735 Broughton St., Victoria


Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Place: Room 158, Murray and Anne Fraser Building, University of Victoria.

For more information, or to obtain an application for the Mexico 2006 delegation, visit our website at www.commonborders.org or contact us at elections (at) commonborders.org.

Much work will need to be done in the coming months but we are confident that with your involvement we can join with the people of Mexico to support their effort to build a more democratic society.


CommonBorders Board of Directors

From: "Linda Shout"


16. WFM-V meeting topic for THURSDAY, October 20, 2005

Greetings, World Fderalists and Fellow Travellerss

Please note the change of day, time and venue of next week's , October
regular WFM-V meeting . The day has been changed to the third Thursday of
the month.

DATE: THURSDAY October 20, 2005
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM

AT: Grace Lutheran Church
1273 Fort Street, Victoria

There is very ample, free parking in the Church lot.


Topic: Millenium PLUS Five - The UN versus the USA: Problems and Prospects

Anchor and short briefing by: Philip Symons.

First discussant: Caspar Davis.
Moderator: Paul Thomas
Discussion with your inputs to follow

The usual Refreshments will be served.



For Prior Reflection

1. a) If the UN is deformed, which of the American criticisms
are justified?
b) How can these criticisms be addressed?

2. Which criticisms are not justified?
3. What workaround solutions are possible at this point in history?
4. What new and/or alternative structures need to be created?
5. What might WFM be doing by way of animation?

From: Alan Rycroft


17. Ugandan Gulu Walk

I'm not sure if you've heard of the Gulu Walk or the war-affected Ugandan children whose reality it is trying to change. So, I thought I'd bring it to your attention! Every day at dusk and dawn 1000s of Ugandan children travel up to 12kms - each way - in an effort to avoid being killed, mulitated, or abucted as child soldiers or sex slaves.

Two Canadian guys spent most of this past July walking 12kms at dusk and 12kms at dawn to raise awareness of the reality these kids face. The idea has caught on around the world.

There will be walks across Canada and around the world next Saturday, October 22nd. I have to work that evening so can't participate myself. I figured the next best thing to doing the walk myself is to encourage others to join the Gulu Walk happening in their city. You can even rope me into to pledging you!

Here's the link for more info: http://www.guluwalk.com/

I'd love to hear about your experience if you do join in!

Be well,

From: "Lia De Pauw"


18. Georgia Strait Alliance 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner Auction

"The Georgia Strait Alliance is a voice of reason and an organization that knows how to make marine conservation fun."

Alexandra Morton
Resident Scientist,Broughton Archipelago

"Georgia Strait Alliance is the first and only environmental group that targets the marine environment of Georgia Strait as its main focus. They work effectively to protect this most threatened body of water and are making a difference right here where we live"

Howard White
Publisher and Author

We're celebrating in style! 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner Auction

Get in on the fun and support our work! Georgia Strait Alliance's Gala Dinner Auction & 15th Anniversary Celebration takes place

on Saturday, October 22
at McMorran's Beach House in Victoria

-- and you'll want to be there!

You'll enjoy an elegant seafood dinner, live and silent auctions (over $35,000 worth of items so far, and still counting), great door prizes, entertainment, refreshments and lots of surprises! With MC Adam Sawatsky (Host of A-Channel Morning), Auctioneer Arvid Chalmers (Salt Spring Hysterical Society), and Special Guest Rafe Mair, the evening promises to be lively.

The future of the orca is in our hands. Help make a difference for the marine wildlife of our region - and have fun - by supporting this important fundraising event. Tickets ($65 with partial tax receipt or $600 for a table of 10) are available from now until noon October 20th, and if you purchase a table of ten each person will receive a $10 auction credit.

Even if you can't make the event, you can still get in on the fun and help support a great cause, by placing advance bids on your favourite items. Check out our list of auction items, which so far includes fine art, paddling trips and gear, luxury and wilderness getaways, outdoor adventures, boating supplies, great entertainment and dining experiences, along with much, much more! We are also offering fabulous door and raffle prizes, including a kayak. Please pass along news of this important event to your friends and family.

Join GSA today!

If you aren't a member of GSA yet, please consider supporting the only organization solely committed to protecting the waters of Georgia Strait - Canada's most at- risk natural environment. Membership is by donation, so please donate today! Thanks to you, we are making a difference.

Please pass this newsletter on to friends and family who share your love of these waters. As well, you might want to buy gift memberships for birthdays, weddings and other special events throughout the year.


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V9R 5G5
Phone: 250-753-3459

From: Guy Dauncey


19. Oct 23 Denise Savoie fundraising brunch

There will be a fundraising brunch for Denise Savoie, federal NDP
candidate for Victoria, in honor of the Person's Case. Libby Davies will be the
guest speaker.

Sunday, Oct. 23,
10:30 a.m.,
Cedar Hill Golf Course Clubhouse.

$40/person with a $20 tax receipt issued.

Tickets can be paid at the door but reservations must be made with
Betty Muller at 383-6471 or Betty Stevens at 386-1549.

From: Judy Lightwater [mailto:jlightwater (at) shaw.ca]


20. Recycled paper buying club


Wednesday Oct. 26th

PAPER DELIVERY: 1st week of November

Place your orders for the monthly buy on line here office paper buying club: www.rfu.org

or by email: copypaperbuyingclub (at) shaw.ca

or phone Paper Choice at 1-800-567-4055.

THE PAPER: Rolland New Life, union made in Quebec by Cascades. NOW 100% post-consumer recycled fibre, process chlorine free, with new packaging which explains the benefits of this paper. 89 brightness, 20 lb.
PRICE: $61.50 per case of 5,000 sheets, plus taxes and delivery

DELIVERY: by courier in Vancouver and Victoria, Canada Post everywhere else

PAYMENT: You will receive your invoice by fax or email. The Buying Club operates on PRE-PAYMENT only.

After you receive your invoice, Mail your cheque, made out to Reach for Unbleached! to:

Reach for Unbleached! Buying Club,
c/o Paper Choice,
Box 224, Gabriola BC V0R 1X0

Using recycled chlorine free paper is a first step to sustainability. It saves energy and water as well as trees and air pollution, so using it also helps achieve your personal One Tonne Challenge!

From: "Delores Broten"


21. Measuring Security Measures - Van. and Victoria

The NFB's CitizenShift and ?berculture present "Measuring Security
Measures," a ten-city, cross-Canada series of film screenings and panel

"Measuring Security Measures" is intended to provide an open forum for
debate on the issues of immigration, media, law, and post 9/11 national
security/civil liberties in our country.

Changes in Canadian laws and policies since September 11, 2001 and the consequences of these laws for many immigrants and refugees will be examined, analyzed and discussed through new short films and panels. The media's role in framing and covering such debate will also be discussed.

Following one hour of film screenings, audiences will hear from the panelists, then be invited to join in a discussion.

Does protecting national security interfere with Canadians' civil liberties and fundamental human rights? These questions will be at the centre of this public forum.

The events, occurring from coast to coast are free and open to all.
For more information, see http://citizenshift.nfb.ca/msm


When: October 27th, 7pm
Where: Vancouver International Film Centre , 1181 Seymour St . Vancouver, BC V6B 3M7

Tom Sandorn is a poet, activist, Board Member of BC Civil Liberties Association
Naava Smolash is a media researcher focused on newspaper racializations of bodies deemed the "enemy within" in Canada. She gives regular workshops on media, nationalism, and race. She is also involved in the campaign to end secret trials through work with No One Is Illegal in Victoria and Vancouver. Her previous work touches on two films shown in the CitizenShift series: her Master's thesis at the University of Guelph analyzed coverage of the Project Thread detentions in Canada's national newspapers, and her spoken word piece " War Measures "was written in response to the film "Security Consciousness" and was performed at that film's opening event.

Zool Suleman is an immigration lawyer/activist ( www.sulemanco.com ) based in Vancouver . He is the coordinator of a national campaign to stop racial profiling ( www.stopracialprofiling.ca ). Zool has been involved with a variety of projects, on a national and regional level, related to race politics, art, migrant rights, and constitutional/civil liberties issues. (Legal)

Moderator :Harsha Walia is a local activist and writer. Her writings have appeared in many alternative and mainstream newspapers and journals. She has been heavily involved in organizing for migrant rights in the post 9/11 climate through community-based groups including No One is Illegal, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy and Vancouver Status of Women.

Principle Organizers:
Zool Suleman, MARU, Kris Anderson, DOXA, Jonathan Orr, NFB j.orr (at) nfb.ca


When: October 27th, 7pm
Where: Vertigo, Student Union Building at University of Victoria on Ring Road


Professor Donald Galloway, served as a member of the Refugee Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board. In 2001 was the Southern Director of the Akitsiraq Law School for about 18 months at UVIC. Recently he participated in teaching a course on refugee law organized by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy.

Dr. Annalee Lepp ,Chair and Associate Professor in Women Studies. Main research areas include Canadian legal history as well as globalization, transnational migration, trafficking in women, and human rights. She is also the Canadian representative of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, which is comprised of about 200 organizations worldwide, a member of the Vancouver Anti-Trafficking Coalition, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fernwood Community Centre.

Principle Organizer :jude jude (at) uvic.ca

From: angela bischoff


22. PUENTE Storytelling & Acting Workshops -Upcoming Events



* ACTING WORKSHOP (For beginners)

WHEN: Saturday October 29th, 2005 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
WHERE: Victoria Arts Connection, 2750 Quadra Street

COST: $ 60

This workshop will explore how to develop and deliver truthful and dramatically interesting characterisations for scripted and collectively created theatre pieces. Exercises will cover the areas of relaxation, focus, visualization and vocal technique. Each participant is asked to bring a prepared (memorised) monologue (2-3mins.) or, in pairs, a two person scene (2-5 mins). Libby will work diagnostically, making recommendations to each participant about the work they specifically need to do.

* ACTING WORKSHOP (For actors with some acting experience)

WHEN: Sunday October 30th, 2005 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
WHERE: Victoria Arts Connection, 2750 Quadra Street

COST: $ 60

This workshop is intended for people with some acting experience, who wish to learn techniques and approaches which will broaden and deepen their ability to develop a characterization and take risks. Each participant will be asked to bring a prepared (memorized) monologue (2-3 minutes) or, in pairs, a two person scene (2-5 minutes).

Part of the workshop will be exercises for the group to explore together. Libby will also work diagnostically, making recommendations to each participant about the work they specifically need to do. The techniques introduced will include; Vocal technique, "Method Acting", the Meisner Technique, Physical Observation and Improvisation.

A reading list will be provided.

* Please wear loose and comfortable clothing suitable for moving

* Special Price of $100 for both workshops

* To register for the workshops, contact Paulina Tel: (250) 721-5828


Libby is a British director, writer and teacher of some 30 years experience, who moved to Victoria in 1998 from Winnipeg, where she directed a number of plays for Prairie Theatre Exchange, including the world premiere of Ian Ross' Governor General's Award winning play, fareWel. While in Winnipeg she co-founded Shakespeare in the Red, a company dedicated to working on Shakespeare's texts with First Nations performers and directed six productions for the University of Winnipeg Theatre Department. Her British credits include directing over 20 professional productions, writing two published plays, the Artistic Directorship of Theatre Centre in London, England and faculty membership of the renowned Rose Bruford College.

Since moving to Victoria, she has taught and directed for Kaleidoscope Theatre, Theatre B.C., The B.C. Festival of the Arts, The Canadian College for the Performing Arts, The Canadian College of Film and Acting, The University of Victoria Theatre Department, The Victoria Motion Picture School and The Victoria Conservatory of Music.

In recent years she has directed As You Like It for the Victoria Shakespeare Society, Wit and The Glass Menagerie for The Guild Theatre in Whitehorse, Alan Bennett's Talking Heads in Yellowpoint B.C. and Cindy Lou Johnson's Brilliant Traces on various Gulf Islands. She also collaborated on the casting of a feature film directed by Mort Ransen and shot on Salt Spring Island. She holds a position as Theatre Arts instructor at The Lester B Pearson College of the Pacific, teaching Theatre Arts to the International Baccalaureate level.

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From: Rod & Paulina Grainger


23. Island in the Salish Sea, A Community Atlas

At Last! The love and painstaking work of over 3,000 islanders, from Saturna to Cortes, can now be appreciated by a wider audience. The Land Trust Alliance of BC is proud to announce the Final Exhibition of the 30 Salish Sea maps and celebration of the book release of Island in the Salish Sea, A Community Atlas

on October 29th,
from 2:30 ? 6:00

with special guest Holly Arntzen & the Salish Sea Singers.

During a five-year period, The Islands in the Salish Sea Community Mapping Project engaged local groups to gather information on everything from oral history with elders to scientific data. More than 30 local artists brought these layers of accumulated information to life in vividly unique and extraordinary maps. The result is a powerful array of mixed media art forms reflecting not only the islands? outstanding beauty, but also human elements of culture and diversity in a rapidly developing and fragile region.

This extraordinary collection portrays these popular islands, linking art, science, and local knowledge into an innovative, millennial atlas, including how each map came to be. Additional chapters describe the origins and strengths of the discipline of artistic community mapping, the unfolding of the mapping project from first spark to proud finale, and also the history and character of the islands.

?The most beautiful, inspiring maps I?ve ever seen, put together to make us more
aware of our place in this fragile world.?

"Brilliant ? this illuminates the possible future path..."

comments from the guest book at an exhibition

Sheila Harrington and Judi Stevenson, the project?s overall coordinators and the book?s editors, live on Salt Spring Island. Sheila has edited and published several books and journals, including Giving The Land a Voice?Mapping Our Home Places, Environmental Destinations Vancouver Island and Positive Vibrations magazine. She is currently the executive director of the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia. Judi has written for television, radio and print media, provided policy analysis for governments and community-based organizations, and is now running a one-woman research and communications consultancy.

Final Exhibition of the maps and celebration of the book release

October 29th, 2005 2:30 ? 6:00

with special guest Holly Arntzen & the Salish Sea Singers.

A portrait of these communities in all their beauty, diversity and fragility

Now in an atlas, and for one week only ?
the final exhibition of all 30 original framed maps

on Salt Spring Island at Artspring?s Bateman Gallery
Oct 29th ? Nov 4th.

250-538-0112 for details

About the Book: Published by Touchwood Editions, Distribution through Heritage House

Karen Berreth

Ph: 1-800-665-3302
Email: distribution (at) heritagehouse.ca

Distributed on the Islands by The Land Trust Alliance of BC
Ph: 250-538-0112 email info (at) landtrustalliance.bc.ca

Media Contacts:
Sheila Harrington Judi Stevenson
250-538-0112 250-537-5599
jstevenson (at) saltspring.com

sheila (at) landtrustallinace.bc.ca

This regional map collection was created by local community groups, sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia and supported by funding agencies and individual donors. The LTABC is a charity dedicated to the stewardship and conservation of B.C.?s natural and cultural diversity.

Funding Agencies & Foundations sponsoring the Mapping and Exhibition Stages

Islands Trust & Islands Trust Fund, Environment Canada, Parks Canada, Georgia Basin Ecosystem Initiative & Action Plan, BC Ministry of Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers, The Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, The Bullitt Foundation, The Hamber Foundation, Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, Opus Framing, Tides Canada Foundation - Endswell Fund, The Mountaineers Foundation, and many individual donors & volunteers

From: "Karen Hudson"


It is impossible to simultaneously protect, and print on, ancient forests.
Victoria Street Newz - http://streetnewz.communitypipe.org


"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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