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1.  For your information

The email event/notice will not be available for the  next two weeks – August 21 and 28.  It will return on September 4, 2009.

Women’s Network now has a toll free number    1-888-363-7373  .  This line is generously provided to us by Aliant for us to operate a referral service for women who are having trouble finding and accessing the programs and services they need in PEI.  We can help find the appropriate contact information and provide some direction on what to expect from different service providers.  Please note that this line is not a crisis line.

3.  Event – August 15

October Browne, award winning guitarist, plays Trailside Cafe, Saturday, August 15, 8pm $15. October plyas guitar, mandolin, cittern, bodhran and fiddle. She appears on compilations with artists ranging from George Michael to Bruce Cockburn. This year she was given a CIUT radio Lenny Breau Porcupine Award for ‘Quetzel’ her most recent CD of guitar instrumentals. For tickets contact Trailside   1 888 704 6595

4.  Co-Creating Heaven on Earth with Martin Rutte

Sunday, August 16, 10-5pm at Rock Barra Artist Retreat in Rock Barra, Eastern PEI, join Martin Rutte, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, to explore personal and collective visions of what is heaven on earth and how to live it now. An internationally acclaimed facilitator, Mr. Rutte has many examples of how individuals are living heaven on earth today To register, contact Mr. Rutte, 675 2538 or visit

5.   Book Signing

Jacqueline MacKay, from Catholic Family Services Bureau has written
book to help children with childhood anxiety called “Butterflies in My

She will be having a book signing this Sunday (August 16th) at Indigo
Book store from 2pm – 4 pm.

A Resource Guide to the book can be found at

6.   Do You Hear What I Say: The Voice of Island Families

Carolyn Simpson, a graduate student at UPEI in the Masters of Education
in Leadership in Learning program is currently completing her master
thesis entitled, Do You Hear What I Say: The Voice of Island Families.

Hi Everyone,

As many of you know I am completing my Masters of Education in
Leadership in Learning. My thesis is entitled, Do You Hear What I Say:
The Voice of Island Families. It is my hope to capture the perspective
of 400 parents from across PEI. I am sending this to you because you are
either a parent, aunt, grandma or friend of a preschool child. I would
appreciate you considering completing the survey as a parent or
forwarding it on to family and friends. Both moms and dads are welcome
and encouraged to complete a survey. To get a copy of the parent/guardian information letter explaining a bit about the research or if you have questions, contact Carolyn directly at

The URL to the survey is

Thank you so much for your support.

Regards,  Carolyn


This is a website by the Canadian Paediatric Society.  Anyone with
questions about child and youth health can access this site and find out
the answers.

Launched in 2007 as The Nova Scotia Policy Review, this independent quarterly magazine has gained the respect of policy makers, community advocates and concerned citizens, and its independent reporting has been cited as evidence in the provincial legislature and in municipal chambers.

Now in its third year, the magazine is changing its name to Coastlands: The Maritimes Policy Review, becoming the only regional magazine devoted to sustainable development, independent journalism and critical reflection on social, cultural and environmental issues.
Why the new name?
Coastlands are contested spaces requiring complex and sensitive policy responses to preserve and share what is precious to us all. The name underscores the fact that we’re bound together in a shared environment and we need collaborative, careful and just responses to our natural and cultural resources. Coastlands extends its editorial horizon beyond the coastline, however, to survey emerging ideas across a broad spectrum of public policy concerns — including agriculture, coastal management, crime, culture (especially indigenous culture), democracy, disabilities, education, energy, environment, ethics, freedom of information, government, health, industry, justice, labour, language, law reform, literacy, media, mental health, natural resources, poverty, rural development, social policy and statecraft. 
Under the new title, Coastlands will continue to tackle politics, culture and justice with style and spark, offering readers an even richer selection of digests, short articles, essays, book reviews, maps, cartoons, comment, statistics and satire.
Writers with an informed opinion or particular expertise and journalists who want to dig deeply should query the editor with their own ideas if they can fit within the tight writing style and editorial focus of the journal. Keen reflections in an original voice are also invited if they shed light on social, cultural and environmental tensions in your community or in the region. The magazine pays a reasonable word-rate.
Coastlands: The Maritimes Policy Review is published quarterly by Finest Point Periodicals Limited in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. The first issue under the new title will be published September 2009. For inquiries, submissions or subscriptions, please email Rachel Brighton at or visit

Rachel Brighton, Editor & Publisher
Coastlands: The Maritimes Policy Review
Published quarterly by Finest Point Periodicals Ltd
P.O. Box 447 Bridgetown
Nova Scotia B0S 1C0
Phone:    902 665 4538  
Fax:      902 665 4981

9.  PEIBWA is Moving

The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) office will be moving next week from the Jean Canfiled Government of Canada Building, 191 University Avenue to the Sherwood Business Centre, 161 St. Peter’s Road (formerly known as Ellis Brothers Shopping Centre).  Our new space will be larger and has plenty of free parking.

Telephone, fax and email addresses will remain the same.  Our access to telephone and email will be limited from Wednesday, August 19 to Friday, August 21.  We will respond to any inquiries as soon as the phone lines and computers are hooked up at the new location.  We apologize for any inconveniece this may cause.

As of August 24, we will be in our new location.  Our office hours will be 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  The easiest way to find our new space is by using the entrance between Sandra’s Hair Salon and All Occasion Florist.  PEIBWA will be located three doors in on the right hand side.  This space used to be the Sherwood Conference Centre.

Phone:   (902) 892-6040  

10.  Wilde Women Seaplant-herbal Spa

at Rock Barra Artists Retreat
Sat Aug 22; 11 AM – 4 PM
Cost $60

My outdoor seaplant and herbal spa experience is about relaxation and fun, relinquishing some inhibitions, breathing in the forest, soaking in the beach, learning about (and feasting on) seaplants and pampering every inch of your skin. There are a series of treatments, which you may apply to yourself or give and receive to/from another woman. It’s fun to come with a girlfriend but if you don’t mind touching and being touched by relative strangers then a companion is not necessary.

Seaplant & veggie lunch included

Treatments to look forward to :

  • Floral face steam
  • Walking meditation
  • foot scrub in a forest tower
  • Hair conditioning, shampoo and herbal rinse
  • all-over mud pack followed by skin polishing & bathing in the sea
  • seaplant-herbal gel absorption topped off with an infused oil rub

Wear /bring loose shorts & top or sarong / skirt; bathing suit (optional); comfy footwear that can get wet; two old towels – one large enough to lie on; a loofah or soft brush for polishing skin; hair comb and shampoo; your favorite essential oil; bottle of water/juice

Take highway #16 east from St Peter’s. When you enter the district of Rock Barra watch for Big Pond road on the left. Go down Big Pond Road for a kilometer. The Road turns sharply to the left. Do not go left.  Continue straight and take the second driveway on the left #211. If you are traveling from Souris take the Souris Line Road to hwy #16, turn right, travel two kilometers and watch for the Big Pond Road going
down to the shore.

Preregister by 20 August at or call   902-838-2973  .


Farmers across the country are signing up with Local Foods Plus, so they can display the highly sought and widely recognized LFP sticker on their products that assures consumers they are buying locally and sustainably produced foods.
Now Maritime farmers can also join in on this massive marketing movement that is attracting the attention of consumers throughout Canada.
Local Foods Plus is a Toronto based non-profit company that is now officially certifying producers of local, sustainable foods in all Canadian provinces. To be recognized by LFP the food must be produced in local regions in a way that is gentle on the environment and strict on worker and animal rights. In a word, it is ethical food.  “We’re not just looking at where it comes from or simply the production system, either. This is a broader package,” said Local Food Plus vice-president Mike Schreiner.   
Since it launched last fall, Local Food Plus has given its stamp of approval to 50 farmers and food processors.  The University of Toronto now buys 15 per cent of its food from LFP-certified farms, and many restaurants and grocery stores are following suit as public demand grows. 
A recent poll by Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation in Ontario shows 91 per cent of consumers would buy locally grown food if they could find it in their grocery stores, and this rate of demand can now be applied to most Canadian cities. “People will buy locally grown food if it’s convenient for them,” said Schreiner.
Maritime farmers interested in learning more about LFP certification are encouraged to contact The Institute for Bioregional Studies at   902 367-0397   or email  



1.  Workshops

Journal Writing for Self-Understanding – This workshop provides you with a powerful writing tool that helps you understand yourself, your lived experiences and gain insight into how and what you live. As you grow in self knowledge and self-understanding, you will grow in freedom to live your life in a well adjusted manner.
Date:  Tuesday and Thursday evenings: August 18, 20, 25 & 27.
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Fee: $.60.00.
Please register before August 10 for Challenging Myself… and before Aug. 14 for Journal Writing.
Myrna Aylward
PRH Educator and Counselor
Helping you to become a happier you!
    902 892-6585   

2.  Film Debut – The Baby Formula

A new feature film, The Baby Formula, directed by Canadian filmmaker, Alison Reid, is touring the Maritimes and will have its Charlottetown debut on Tuesday, August 25th at The Guild.

The film finds two adventurous women in love and desperate to have their own biological child.  They take a chance on an experimental, scientific process and develop sperm from their own stem cells.  Pregnant with humour and unexpected twists, their journey tailspins out of control when their families discover there is no father. The film stars Megan Fahlenbock and Angela Vint.

The Baby Formulais a sequel to “Succubus”, a short film Reid directed, co-wrote and co-produced, adramedy about Athena and Lilith, a lesbian couple attempting to conceive a baby that is a true biological combination of them both.

When Reid was on the festival circuit with Succubus, she discovered that lead actresses, Angela Vint and Megan Fahlenbock, were both pregnant! Reid immediately saw an opportunity for a feature length sequel – and so was born The Baby Formula.

Ms. Reid has several other projects in development including, the action/drama series “Hard Knocks” and the black comedy/thriller “Sissiboo”.  She is currently stunt coordinating the television series “The Best Years”. Film director, Alison Reid, will host a question and answer session in the Guild theatre following the screening with a reception to follow thereafter.

Tickets for the debut screening are $8 each and available in advance at The Guild’s box office at the corner of Richmond and Queen or by calling 620-3333. The screening begins at 7:30 on Tuesday, August 25th. Doors open at 7pm.

The presentation is partnered with First Weekend Club and Women in Film and Television – Atlantic with support from Island Media Arts Co-Op for the Charlottetown screening.

3. Board Members Needed For ARC-PEI

The Abegweit Rainbow Collective is currently seeking interested parties to sit on their 2009-2011 board of directors.  Board members are expected to volunteer their time for a minimum of three hours per week on duties ranging from attending board meetings, volunteering at social events, networking with peers and other social networks and being a supporter and positive voice for the LBGT community in Prince Edward Island.
Interested parties should submit, in writing, a detailed letter of interest, listing any special skills and interest in the LBGT community.
Submissions can be sent to or at our new office location at 375 University Avenue, Unit 2 (AIDS PEI office).

4.   2009-2010 Call for Proposals – Status of Women Canada

The purpose of this Call for Proposals from Status of Women Canada is to solicit funding applications for the Women’s Community Fund of the Women’s Program, Status of Women Canada.

The call is open to eligible not-for-profit and for-profit organizations to carry out projects at the local, regional, provincial/territorial and national levels.

By determining funding priorities, Status of Women Canada ensures that the Women’s Program resources are invested where the need is the greatest and where there is a clear potential to make a concrete and direct difference. This means not all eligible applications will be funded.

The number of projects selected for funding will be based upon the availability of funds, and while all proposals will receive due consideration, preference will be given to those that fall within the 2009-2010 funding priorities.

Status of Women Canada will focus its support on projects that address its 2009 priorities:

  • Ending violence against women and girls
  • Improving women’s and girls’ economic security and prosperity
  • Encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles
  • Status of Women Canada supports projects that encourage action to bring about the advancement of all women in Canada.

Key Timelines
June 29, 2009 – Status of Women Canada issues Call for Proposals
September 30, 2009 – Deadline for submission of proposals
October 1, 2009 – January 26, 2010 Review/approval process
January 27, 2010 – Final results communicated to applicants

For more details and the application process, see this website:

5.  International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry Deadline September 1

The registration deadline for the 2nd International Symposium on Poetic
Inquiry, to be held in Charlottetown, October 15-18, is September 1. The
three-day symposium includes academic sessions, presentations, poetry
readings, and informal discussions, as well as social gatherings. It is open
to anyone interested in the topic of Poetic Inquiry.

Many of PEI’s literary scholars and poets will be showcased with
international poets and scholars, creating a culturally rich, international
event. The symposium is being co-hosted by the UPEI Centre for Education
Research and the Centre for Arts-informed Research, OISE at the University of Toronto, in cooperation with the UPEI Faculties of Arts and Education, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, the League of Canadian Poets, the UPEI Department of English, and the PEI Writers’ Guild.

Full conference rates, as well as specific day rates, are available. For
more information, please contact Christine Gordon Manley (; 566-6784) or visit the CER website at


For further information or questions specifically relating to these notices, please contact the individual or organization hosting the community event.

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