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1.   Music in Medicine

Dr. Steel Recital Hall, UPEI on April 10, at 7:30 p.m.

The Music-in-Medicine program is an initiative unique to the Dalhousie Medical School. The program boasts a research group, a major scholarship fund, and four performance groups — a 100-voice Chorale, a men’s a cappella group, The TestosterTONES,  a women’s group, The Vocal Chords, and a Celtic Music Society and Ensemble.  This concert will feature an alumnus of the UPEI Music program, Keith Baglole, the baritone soloist of the TestosterTONES,  as well as the accompanist for both smaller groups.  Both The TestosterTONES and The Vocal Chords perform a variety of musical genres, from classical vocal compositions to jazz, folk and modern pop.

Tickets available from the UPEI Music Department or at the door. Tickets are $15 general; $12 for students and seniors.  To reserve tickets ahead, phone Susan at the UPEI Music Department, 566-0507.

2.  Sing Out for Parkinson’s

Sunday, April 11, 7:30pm at Park Royal Church, 11 Christie Drive, Charlottetown

April is Parkinson’s month and the Parkinson’s Society Maritime Region is organizing an evening of choral music. This unique fundraiser includes contributions from the following choirs:

A Joyful Song under Owen Alyward’s direction,
Among Friends directed by Valerie MacKenzie,
The Stratford Community Choir under the direction of Susan Duncan, and The Teachers in Harmony and Friends Choir with Nancy Thorton-Smith as director.

The program will include selections from each of the choirs, and a grand finale with all the choirs combined. Karen Mair, host of CBC Island Morning, will emcee the event.

Tickets are $10 for individuals, $20.00 for a family. They are available from choir members, the Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince St., 368-7337, or at the door. For more information call Maureen 569-5038 or email

3.  Fairtrade: Justice for Farmers, Fairness for Consumers

The P.E.I. Food Security Network invites the public to a presentation about fair trade by Renwick Rose of the Windward Islands Farmers Association, on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at Murphy’s Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown.

Banana producers in the Caribbean were forced to leave their farms in droves in the 1990’s as world prices fell due to international trade rules.Engaging in fair trade with European buyers has allowed banana farmers to gain control of their part of the food production system and rebuild this vital part of the economy.Renwick will describe the Caribbean experience of fair trade, including its impact on growers, consumers and communities, and explore fair trade as a way to make food security a reality in other parts of the world, including P.E.I.

4.   Making it fair . . . a closer look at fair trade and sustainable food systems

The P.E.I. Food Security Network will host a workshop on
Wednesday, April 14
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the Farm Centre
on University Avenue in Charlottetown

Our keynote speaker, Renwick Rose (see below for bio) will speak about the connections between fair trade and food security.

As well, Irené Novaczek will make a presentation about a PEI-Ontario project called Food Counts (see below) aimed at measuring the sustainability of our food system – and attempt to answer the question:  What would a food security report card look like, anyway?

You are asked to pre-register for this event by calling Cooper Institute 894-4573 or by email:
Lunch will be provided.  Please let us know if you have any special needs with regard to food.

Renwick Rose, Association of Caribbean Farmers in the Windward Islands
Renwick’s career has spanned over 30 years as an economic, social and political activist. Renwick is the founding member of the local Civil Society Forum and serves on the National Economic Social Development Council in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He is also the Coordinator of WINFA, which is an Association of Caribbean Farmers in the Windward Islands.  He has pioneered the export of Fairtrade and has recently signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement on behalf of Windward Islands’ Farmers. As Coordinator he has represented the ACP, a civil society organization, and participated in the European Commission Economic and Social Council meetings. He has also been a representative at the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. On a regional level, he is a Director of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre, and a founder of the Caribbean Reference Group, which is involved in educational and advocacy work on trade.

Food Counts
Research leader: Alison Blay-Palmer, Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario
Study sites: Canada, Waterloo Ontario, & PEI
PEI Collaborators: Pamela Courtenay Hall and Irene Novaczek, UPEI
Food scares, extensive food miles, escalating oil prices, declining rural communities and food related health crises are motivating people to build alternative food networks. These new food systems typically have a local focus with shorter connections from field to fork than global, industrial systems and tend to be embedded in social versus capital economies. The Canadian Sustainable Food Systems report card will be developed, including social, economic, and environmental indicators to establish a baseline for food system health and act as a guide for policy-makers and planners to make improvements. The distinctly Canadian report card will account for regional and local variations and the complex governance, policy and regulatory systems unique to Canada.

5.  Upcoming: Cold Frame Building Workshop

In an effort to help promote food security and urban agriculture, we are planning a cold frame building workshop, some time in the next few weeks, with the local Katimavik group (Hopefully when it gets a bit warmer to work outside!)

We are looking for donations of materials. Boards, storm windows, foam board insulation, 100% synthetic blankets and/or metal hinges would all be welcome.

We will build cold frames and then give them away. Priority will be given to other ngos who can get cold frames to those who are most food in-secure, then to those who participate and/or donate materials. During the workshop, we will also demonstrate other urban agriculture techniques for increasing production with minimal space.

If you are on Prince Edward Island and you have materials to donate please write to us and we will make arrangements to pick-up.

Thank you.  Phil and Nancy

6.   Island Studies Research Seminar

2010 Education Research  Forum, scheduled to take place
next Wednesday (April 14),
from 3:00–7:30
at the Rodd Royalty Inn.

Please come to our Island Studies / Social Economy Network research session at 4 PM featuring research done on the Island of Chiloe in Chile, and our recent efforts to map social and cultural values in the coastal zone!  You are of course welcome to attend any and all other sessions as well.  If you want to stay for supper please RSVP to Christene Manley at

Contact Irene Novaczek,Institute of Island Studies for a preliminary program,



1.   Presentations on Pesticide-Free Lawn Care

With the new restrictions on lawn pesticides coming into effect in April 2010, those wishing to learn how to maintain a healthy lawn without pesticides are invited to attend one of the public presentations by Paul Tukey, author of “The Organic Lawn Care Manual”. Mr Tukey is an experienced lawn care professional who switched to organic methods in 1994 when he became ill from pesticides.  (

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Copies of the book The Organic Lawn Care Mannual will be for sale for $25

Presentation Schedule

Friday April 9th

Evening presentation 7-9 pm.
Location:  Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Dr

Saturday April 10th

Afternoon presentation 2-4 pm.
Location: Farm Centre, 420 University Ave

Monday Apr 12

Evening presentation 7-9pm
Location:  Kaylee Hall, 2316 Georgetown Rd (Rte 3), Pooles Corner

Sponsored by the PEI Environmental Health Co-op and  the PEI Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry

For more information call 675-4093 or email


Film Presentation, April 10, 2010

Viewing of the film A Chemical Reaction
Discussion following with narrator Paul Tukey
Saturday April 10th
7:30-9:30 pm.
UPEI, Duffy Amphitheatre, 550 University Ave
(Free parking on campus after 6pm)

Centered on the small town of Hudson, Quebec, the first municipality in North America to ban common lawn and garden pesticides nearly two decades ago, the 80-minute film explores a landmark case decided in the Canadian Supreme Court in 2001. After the Court’s 9-0 verdict against the billion-dollar lawn care giant then known as ChemLawn, many Canadian municipalities and provinces followed Hudson’s lead and enacted pesticide bans of their own.  “Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on advertising to convince us that we need these toxic products to keep our landscapes looking good,” said Tukey. “This movie blows the lid off that notion. Twenty years after the ban, the properties in Hudson, Quebec, still look great. Its children are healthier; its water is cleaner. Everyone should follow suit.”

The trailer is available at
Admission by donation, $10 suggested

Copies of Mr Tukey’s book “The Organic Lawn Care Manual” will be for sale for $25.   Copies of the DVD “A Chemical Reaction” will be available for $20

Sponsored by the PEI Environmental Health Co-op and the PEI Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry.  For more information call 675-4093 or email

2.  Monday 12 April: Institute of Island Studies

Bring your sandwich and join us for a lunch and learn session on

Change and its impacts on family farming

By Visiting scholar Dr Linda Price, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Date:    Monday April 12, 2010

Time:    noon – 1PM

Location:  Main Building Faculty Lounge, UPEI

Dr Price is writing a book on family farming, belonging, stress and change which will feature stories from Prince Edward Island. Her presentation will review her most recent research on rural support networks. She is particularly interested in the changing nature of rural communities and how family farm individuals are dealing with this change.

3.  The final configuration in the 2009/10 series of Arts Mixers at The Guild unfolds on April 28 at 4pm.

This event continues to grow in number and scope as artists from all genres participate either as a presenter or as patrons. The mixer is an informal social gathering providing a networking opportunity with artists to learn about new and upcoming events, meet new & established artists on the arts scene and find out what is going on in the arts community of PEI.

Presenters for April include Turquoise Shed (reinvented furniture with a eco-friendly finish) with Carly & Melissa, Tania Doucete promoting a new gallery opening during the summer of 2010 on Malpeque Road, Hester MacIsaac showcasing paint in acrylic, Carol Little (poet & novelist), Kele Redmond from Heart Centered Productions, and Renee Laprise showcasing mixed media, witchy art, abstract.

The free event is co-presented by The Buzz, Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors and The Guild.  It is open to the public, however limited to those 19 years of age and over.

Anyone interested in presenting for future mixers can sign up on-site or contact Aaron Murphy, Event Liaison, for more information at 368-4479 or

For more information on The Guild, The Gallery@The Guild or a list of current and upcoming events, visit or call the box office at 620-3333.  The Guild is a non-profit cultural arts centre located at the corner of Richmond and Queen Streets in downtown Charlottetown.

4. PEIBWA Workshops

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown

Workplace Wellness

Presented by:  Wendy Chappell, The Whole Way Health & Fitness Studio

The workplace is a favourable setting for promoting Active Living and Wellness, whether you have one employee or hundreds.  Discover why, through the presentation of some eye opening statistics, your workplace should promote a culture that values workers’ health and physiological needs.  Benefit from the time to explore the many options for addressing workplace wellness and get ideas about tweaking the initiatives you already have in place.   Enjoy some joint mobility exercises for your neck and your hands so your afternoon will be less stressful.

Location:    Active Communities, 540 Main Street, Montague
Date:        Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Time:        12 noon – 1:30 pm
Cost:        $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, please contact Paula Laybolt by phone at (902) 892-6040 or by e-mail at Registration deadline:  Monday, April 19, 2010 at noon.

Please note: If you register for a lunch and learn session and are unable to attend, please let us know 48 hours in advance. People who do not cancel in advance will be invoiced.


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