LEFT COAST EVENTS - Lower Mainland - July 5th, 2005 Print
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Tuesday, 05 July 2005 18:00
LEFT COAST EVENTS - Lower Mainland - July 5th, 2005

1.  IS JAPAN BECOMING A NORMAL STATE? - discussion - July 6th
2.  THE CORRUPTED TEXT   - July 7 & 9th
3.  INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE MAPUCHE VIDEO & DISCUSSION NIGHT  - July 8th
4.  4 MORE YEARS, HELL NO! - rally - July 9th
5.  COPE GENERAL MEETING - July 13th
6.  ABOUT THE BOLIVIAN REVOLUTION  - July 14th
7.  BOLIVIA REBELLION INFORMATION NIGHT 
8.  REBUILDING A NEW RWANDA - July 14th
9.  WORLD FEDERALIST MEETING - space program & military - July 21st
10.  FOOD SECURITY SYMPOSIUM FOR YOUTH - Aug 13th
11.  FORESTS AND NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE 22ND CENTURY  - Aug 31-Sept 1st
12.  IS POVERTY HISTORY YET? - Sept 10th
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1.  IS JAPAN BECOMING A NORMAL STATE?

The Liu Institute, Center of International Relations and Centre of
Japanese Relations are honoured to welcome:

Is Japan Becoming a Normal State??

H.E. Sadaaki Numata
Ambassador of Japan to Canada

Date: Wed July 6,
4pm - 5:30pm?
Location: 3rd Floor Boardroom, Liu Institute

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

See the link below for more information

http://www.ligi.ubc.ca/collateral/common/index.cfm?fuseaction=view&pageName=events&contentID=497&section=Information&subSection=Events

6476 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver BC
PH: 604.822.1402

www.ligi.ubc.ca

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2.  THE CORRUPTED TEXT 
 
Larissa Lai reads from her novel-in-progress - The Corrupted Text - and
shares some thoughts on activism, criticism and creativity. Includes
introduction by Daphne Marlatt, Writer-in-Residence at Simon Fraser
University. Saltwater City TV premieres this broadcast Sunday July 3,
2005 with repeats (schedule follows) on $haw cable 4, the community
channel.

Taped June 23, 2005 during the transCanada Literature - Institutions -
Citizenship conference at Simon Fraser University. Volunteer-produced by
Roy Miki and Sid Tan with many thanks to the volunteers, organisers and
participants.

Also on the show, Head Tax Blues (with new visuals) performed by Sean Gunn
and Ula Shine. This music video is also on-line www.ccnc.ca courtesy the
Chinese Canadian National Council Culture On-line youth project.

Sunday July 3 at 1:00PM
Monday July 4 at 10:30PM
Thursday July 7 at 2:30PM
Saturday July 9 at 11:30AM

On $haw cable 4 - the community channel - in Greater Vancouver and
Fraser Valley. Saltwater City TV broadcasts thanks to ICTV exercising
its entitlement to access to Shaw cable 4, the cable community channel.

If you want copies, set your VCR to record it. Or ask a friend. It
takes alot of time to respond to requests for copies, especially since
this is volunteer community television and we have hard costs for tapes,
transportation and refreshments. And yes, you are always welcome to send
in a couple of dollars to support ICTV and citizen-access to the public
airwaves. Make cheque out to ICTV but put transmitter fund on it.

Also, let our broadcast regulator, the Canadian Radio-Television and
Telecommunications Commission (email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), know what
you think about the current state of community television in Vancouver.
Do it now as $haw's license renewal is up in August.

Ask the CRTC why cable companies such as $haw get all the public money
from the subscriber-funded community channel levy and community television
groups such as ICTV not only get no money. Worse, community groups have to
deal with $haw, which once denied ICTV access, for their entilement to
resources and broadcast times.

Saltwater City Television is an Association of Chinese Canadians for
Equality and Solidarity Society ACCESS/ICTV Independent Community
Television Co-operative volunteer production. Everybody send money in.
Saltwater City TV thanks the Chinese Canadian National Council for
assistance in making this program possible.

For more about ICTV and to volunteer, go to www.vcn.bc.ca/ictv or call
604.254.5844. We are volunteer managed and operated so please have a
little patience.

Read on to see how you can really help. Article follows letter.

Re: Tri-City man wants to put community on the air
   By Diane Strandberg, Jun 25 2005

Dear Editor.

Thank you for this report of a matter of interest and concern to informed
citizens and progressive media everywhere. However, some comments by
Alex Park, Shaw vice-president of programming, are exaggerated, misleading
and false. His defence of Shaw's incremental erosion of the public trust
of community television underscores the company's misunderstanding and
mismanagement of this community asset.

Mr. Park should know when Shaw ceases to be the licensee for the community
channel on its cable 4, community-based groups can apply to be the new
licensee. The successful community group(s) would then be entitled to the
subscriber-funded community television levy of approximately $5-million
annually in Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley. Presently, Shaw deprives
independent producers and local groups of these resources and delays the
development of community-based volunteer television, the spirit and
intent of community television policy.

Volunteerism is at the heart of community television and Shaw has a
history of denying independent producers and community groups access to
this public trust. For eight years, ICTV and informed citizens such as
Geoff Scott successfully lobbied our elected leaders in Ottawa to return
community access to first Rogers' and now Shaw's community broadcast
times and resources. That Shaw is no friend to local communities is
apparent by its denial of the mobile to Geoff Scott and ICTV.

Community television is more than than just coverage of local events and
people. It requires neighbourhood networks of volunteers and groups to
learn and teach media skills. Mobile and studio productions not only
create local programming but also provide opportunities to build capacity
and workgroups. Given this, Shaw's denial of the mobile to Mr. Scott
rings hollow. That is, unless they oppose such efforts, which would be
contrary to policy. The current situation would be an appropriate subject
for a complaint to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission, our broadcast regulator.

Geoff Scott should be applauded for his determination and purpose. I would
like to donate some money in support and hope Tri-Cities' citizens and
governments will do so as well. It is telling that Shaw, who receives all
the community television money, doesn't. Those concerned can also write to
the CRTC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it about Mr. Scott's predicament.

Yours sincerely,
Sid Chow Tan
Vancouver, BC

**  The first fundamental human right is the right to a safe environment.
**  Without that, we are not able to claim any other rights.
                                          - Ken Saro-Wiwa

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3.  INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE MAPUCHE VIDEO & DISCUSSION NIGHT

Film Description:

?Betrayed by a multi-national hydro-electric company and the Chilean government, the Pehuenche-Mapuche are tried as terrorists for resisting expulsion from their ancestral lands. An impassioned plea against globalization and corporate interests that put profits before people.?

In Mapudugun and Spanish with English subtitles.

Friday July 08, 7:00pm
Dogwood Center
706 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Mapuche Guest  Speaker: Wladimir Painemal

(Sub-Director of Mapuche Newspaper Azkintuwe)   

*Admission by Donation*

Organized by:

MAPUCHE NATION SUPPORT COMMITTEE
AUKI? NAHUEL ? COAST SALISH TERRITORY

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4.  4 MORE YEARS, HELL NO!

ANTI-LIBERAL DEMONSTRATION!

Saturday July 9th @ 2pm
Victory Square (Cambie & Hastings)

 During four years of Liberal rule, the people of BC mobilized to fight
back and defend our communities. We must challenge the Liberals second
term head-on, intensify our struggle, strengthen the collective movement
to defeat the Liberals, and work towards real, lasting justice and
economic equality that only the people can create!

 Join this march of various grassroots organizations that have been
fighting from the front lines.

                        CELEBRATE OUR VICTORIES!
                       CONTINUE THE FIGHT TO WIN!

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5.  COPE GENERAL MEETING

A well-known city personality and progressive voice, our friend Penny Parry, is running for the current COPE Executive vacancy, and needs our support.

Please attend this very important COPE General Meeting to be held at

7 pm 
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
WISE Hall, at 1882 Adanac St, Vancouver.

Memberships ($10 per person) may be renewed at the door.

New members wishing to vote at this meeting must get their membership
before July 9th.  Please call Penny Parry or Tim Louis at 604-738-0405
for further details.

    The proposed Agenda for the meeting is:

  • Report on Negotiations with the Friends of Larry Campbell
  • Election to fill vacancy on COPE Executive;
  • Consider amendments to COPE Constitution and Bylaws;
  • Other business.
     Proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws will be posted at www.cope.bc.ca.

See you there!

Alicia Barsallo  (604-879-3246)

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6.  ABOUT THE BOLIVIAN REVOLUTION

From the Series: Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution in Latin-America

The Bolivian revolution is an inspiration to the workers and youth of the whole world.

In the last few months it has reached a decisive stage.

The masses have risen.  Power has passed to the streets.

Bolivian Guest Speaker Adriana Paz (Community Activist and Alternative Media Journalist)
& Multimedia Show

July 14, 6:30 pm
SFU - HARBOUR CENTER
West Hastings, Room # 1600
Vancouver

Organized by:  La Surda Latin-American Collective

Endorsed by: SFPIRG

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7.  BOLIVIA REBELLION INFORMATION NIGHT
 
From the Series: Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution in Latin-America

The Bolivian revolution is an inspiration to the workers and youth of the
whole world. In the last few months it has reached a decisive stage. The
masses have risen.  Power has passed to the streets...

Bolivian Guest Speaker Adriana Paz
(Community Activist and Alternative Media Journalist)
& Multimedia Show

July 14, 6:30 pm
SFU ? HARBOUR CENTER
West Hastings, Room # 1600

Organized by:  La Surda Latin-American Collective
Endorsed by: SFPIRG

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8.  REBUILDING A NEW RWANDA:

A Dialogue With The Ambassador Of Rwanda To Canada

Room 1700 - SFU Harbour Center, Vancouver
Thursday July 14, 2005
5:00 - 7:00 PM

In 1994, the small central African country of Rwanda was the scene of one of the world's worse catastrophes when in only a hundred days, more than a million people were killed for no other reasons than the fact they were born Tutsi, or because of their political beliefs. Eleven years later, Rwanda is gradually emerging from the ashes of genocide and the people are rebuilding what they hope to be a model in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, against all odds.

On this Western Canada Tour, H.E. Ambassador Eugene Munyakayanza and the First Chancellor Deo Nkusi, will be visiting four key cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. The purpose of their visit will be to engage in a dialogue with a cross section of audiences; business, academic, public, and civil society practitioners to explore ways Canadians can partner with their Rwandan counterparts to help meet Rwanda's Millennium Development Goals.

Rwandans journey to the Millennium Development Goals has been hard to toe. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, poverty was increasing on a national level, and rose dramatically in 1994 due to the genocide to approximately 77.8% of households. Since then, poverty has fallen consistently to about 67% in 1999. The new poverty line created in 2001 estimates that 60% of the population is living below the poverty line. Rwanda's civil war and 1994 genocide seriously disrupted the country's economy. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated that in 1995 the economy had shrunk by 50 percent, inflation rose to 64%, and per capita incomes declined to $80.

From 1995 to 1999, the economy recovered at a rapid pace, with real GDP growth rates of 37% in 1995, an average of 12% a year in 1996-97, and an estimated 10% in 1998. Meanwhile, the annual rate of inflation fell from about 64% in 1994, to 22% in 1995, to an average of 10% in 1998. Government revenues increased from 7.1% of GDP in 1995 to 10.2% of GDP in 1998. (GoR, 2001)

In 2003, Rwanda held a series of elections at the municipal, national, as well as the legislature level. RPF formed the government, and Rwanda went on to elect the largest number of women to its legislature, making Rwanda, the global leader with 49% of women representatives dethroning Sweden, which had up until led the world with 43%.

In 2000, Rwanda laid out a 20-year development plan called Vision 2020. It aims at enabling the population to combat underdevelopment and poverty, within the context of a stable political environment based on peace and stability. This document illustrates Rwanda's aspirations and also serves as a motivational performance indicator, it clarifies Rwanda's current situation and points out where Rwanda should be in twenty years time.

The 20-year vision seeks at developing Rwanda into a middle-income country, creating an information rich, knowledge-based economy, developing human capacity as the primary resource, and using ICT as an enabler to achieve other development goals. The Government of Rwanda has made it a priority to shift the focus from emergency assistance and rehabilitation to sustainable development and private sector growth. It is actively promoting foreign investment. (MINECOM[1])

The ambassador will give an overview of what the country has accomplished in the last ten years and highlight key areas where Canadians can make a contribution: Education and skills development, training in bilingualism, tourism, water and energy, healthcare, economic development and trade, as well as ICT and community development.  

For further information, please contact:

Lama Mugabo
Building Bridges Initiatives
Tel. 604-258-0221
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Trade Relations:

East & Central Africa - Global Competitiveness Hub

BCCIC
2150 Maple Street
Vancouver, BC
V6T 3T3
Tel: 604-899-4475
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website: www.bccic.org

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9.  WORLD FEDERALIST MEETING

TOPIC:       

          U.S. SPACE PROGRAM AND THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

The video 'Arsenal of Hypocrisy'  reveals a U.S. government marching towards world dominance through Space technology on behalf of global corporate interests.

Followed by refreshments and discussion.

TIME:

          Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 7:30 pm

LOCATION:
           
          Hewett Centre, Unitarian Church Centre, 949 W.49th Ave. at Oak St., Vancouver.

          All welcome. Free Parking. No charge.

MORE INFORMATION:

Or to add your name to the meeting reminder e-mail list,
contact Larry Kazdan at (604) 874-9982,
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The World Federalist Movement Canada -Vancouver Branch meets at this location the third Thursday of every month. The general public is cordially invited to attend.

World Federalists promote the development of democratic world institutions to make and enforce world law and to protect the integrity of state and sub-state governments.








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11.  FORESTS AND NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE 22ND CENTURY
 
FORREX Annual General Meeting & Science Forum

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2005
Thompson Rivers University
KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA
CANADA

What will our forested ecosystems look like in the year 2100? Will society flourish from a sustained supply of goods and services from our forested environment? How are science, technology and innovative practices being applied to ensure a continued supply of water and other natural resource products and services?

Many of the solutions for tomorrow are being developed through research, development and management today. With an ever changing social and political agenda and a dynamic-by-nature environment, science and technology can be used to learn from today and predict for tomorrow. The FORREX Annual General Meeting and Science Forum will introduce current highlights in global forest science and local innovative adaptations to integrated resource management challenges. Come see and hear what your partners in natural resources innovation have been up to.

Thompson Rivers University
Grand Hall
900 McGill Road
Kamloops, B.C.

For details on Registration, Call for Posters, Instructions to Authors,
Science Forum Program  and Sponsorship,
visit our Web Site at:


or contact:

Janet Jeffery
Extension Projects Assistant
FORREX
Ph: 250-371-3923
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12.  IS POVERTY HISTORY YET?

Please circle Saturday, Sept. 10th on your calendar!

The Global Stewardship Program at Capilano invites you and your students/friends/network to join us for a march in support of the Make Poverty History Campaign on Saturday morning, September 10th.

The march will start in East Vancouver, most likely in the Hastings Park area and take us across the Ironworkers Second Narrows bridge.  We want to make a  human chain across the bridge to show our desire to Bridge the Poverty Gap and Make Poverty History.  We'll then walk up to Capilano where we will have an afternoon of food, fun, bands, and other surprise events.  Once locations and times are firmed up over the summer, we will post them on our website www.capcollege.bc.ca/globalstewardship and send you further information by e-mail.

We are expecting over 2000 participants from high schools, universities/colleges, church groups, poverty groups, NGOs etc.  It should be a great time for all, and you can be in that historic photo of us bridging the poverty gap.

Better yet, if you want to get involved in the event, or have a band, or would like to sponsor the event, put a booth up at the event (free) etc, please contact one of the students listed in the cc box.  Caity, Devon, Lindsay, Suzie, Stefanie, and Megan from Year 1 of the program have taken on the challenge to pull this off.  I can't imagine better people to do so.

Please pass join us and bring friends.  It will be a great day for the Make Poverty History campaign (www.makepovertyhistory.ca) and a great time for us to get together to celebrate the work we do in helping to make the world a little more just.

Sincerely,

Cam Sylvester
Program Developer and Supervisor
Global Stewardship Program
Capilano College
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC  V7J 3H5
Phone: 604 986-1911 ex. 2463
Fax: 604 990 7838
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