Community Notice

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1. Canadian Council for Refugees Request for Advocacy

I am writing to encourage Canadian Council for Refugees member organizations, allies and provincial settlement organizations in the Atlantic region and all provinces to speak out against the government’s proposal to introduce “Conditional Permanent Residence” for some sponsored spouses. As you may know, the federal government announced in late March of this year that they are considering such a regulatory change. According to the proposal, sponsored spouses and partners who have been in a relationship of two years or less with their sponsors would have “conditional” permanent residence for a period of two years or more. The CCR is very concerned about this regulation for several reasons, most notably that it would increase inequalities in relationships between spouses, and would put women in particular at heightened risk of violence.

You can see our statement on the proposal at
And read more on the issue here:

Here are some things you can do to oppose this proposal:
* Sign on to the CCR’s statement to oppose the Conditional Permanent Residence proposal
* Create your own statement in opposition to the proposal
* Network with other settlement and women’s organizations in your province to take on the issue
* Meet with Members of Parliament locally to express concern over the proposal
* Meet with your provincial government to encourage them to voice opposition to the proposal to the federal government
* Write an opinion piece for your local and nation-wide newspapers

We also encourage the provincial settlement umbrellas and others to connect with women’s organizations in their province to ask them to take on the issue and speak out against this proposed change. OCASI has already set this process in motion for Ontario, and one strategy that was brought up that could be employed in other provinces is to organize meetings with Conservative MPs.

We hope that you will take action to respond to a proposal that would have a negative effect on many newcomer women, and which also feeds the flame of an increasingly negative discourse linking newcomers to fraudulent behaviour.

Don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions, or to let us know about the action you are taking on this issue.

Marisa Berry Méndez
Settlement Policy Director / Directrice de la politique en matière d’établissement
Canadian Council for Refugees / Conseil canadien pour les réfugiés
Tel. : 514 277-7223 x 5

2. From the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities

La version française suit le texte anglais . . .

A one-day bilingual Pre-Symposium workshop!
Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI
August 16, 2011

Back by popular demand, a one-day Foundations Pathway workshop will be offered on August 16, prior to the Symposium on Gender and Community Leadership August 17-18. The Foundations Pathway explores frameworks and models for healthy and safe communities. Economic factors, physical and social environments, education, and early childhood development are considered. Research, policy and practice are used to better understand concepts and strategies and to encourage partnering on complex issues and valuing diversity. The Circle of Health© and Aboriginal Medicine Wheel are used to guide discussion and discovery.

This workshop is for those who want a one-day learning event. It is also for those who want to complete the Foundations Pathway and prepare for entering the Application and Specialization curriculum pathways at the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities in 2012.

Participants who complete the workshop and workbook will receive a Certificate of Participation at the Foundations level.

We’re also pleased – as requested – to offer you additional payment options. To register please click:


Atelier pré-symposium d’une journée – bilingue!

Holland College, Charlottetown, Î.-P.-É.
le 16 août 2011

En raison de sa popularité, un atelier d’une journée du volet Fondements sera offert le 16 août, la journée précédant le Symposium sur le genre et le leadership dans la collectivité. Le volet Fondements explorera des cadres de travail et des modèles pour des collectivités sûres et en santé. Les facteurs économiques, les environnements physiques et sociaux, l’éducation et le développement de la petite enfance sont pris en considération. La recherche, la politique et la pratique sont utilisées pour mieux comprendre les concepts et les stratégies et pour encourager les partenariats afin de faire face aux problèmes complexes et de mettre en valeur la diversité. Le Cercle de la santé© et la roue médicinale autochtone sont utilisés pour guider la discussion et la découverte.

Cet atelier s’adresse aux personnes qui souhaitent assister à un atelier d’une journée. Il s’adresse aussi aux personnes qui désirent suivre le volet Fondements et se préparer à assister au volet Application ou au volet Spécialisation offerts par l’Institut d’été de l’Atlantique sur les collectivités sûres et en santé au Canada en 2012.

Les participants qui suivent l’atelier et complètent le carnet de travail recevront un certificat de participation au volet Fondements.

Nous vous proposons désormais, comme cela a été demandé, différents modes de paiement. Pour vous inscrire, cliquez ici :

4. Rock Barra Artist Retreat Upcoming Events

Rock Barra Artist Retreat welcomes PEI’s own fiddler Richard Wood and guitarist Gordon Belsher as featured performers of Songs & Legends of the North Side on Sunday, July 31, 7:30 p. m. Songs & Legends of the North Side is a tribute to the people, their way of life, and land and sea. All performers are encouraged to write a new song or story inspired by an North East Side event or character, fact or fiction, to be performed at their concert. Richard and Gordon are making their first appearance at Rock Barra Retreat and we hope it will be the first of many many more. Come early to avoid disappointment as the intimate 40 seater often sells out. $10 at door, pre-schoolers free. Famers are our guests. Rock Barra Retreat is located on Big Pond Rd. off Rt.#16, ten minutes from past Souris. Please visit for more information.

4. This Halloween, PEIBWA Presents……

The Business of Murder
Sponsored By: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
PEI Business Women’s Association has put together a Halloween Fundraising event that you do not want to miss…..Saturday, October 29 at 6PM–midnight at The Stanley Bridge Country Resort. A welcome reception followed by an Eddie May murder mystery dinner theatre with a three-course meal. After the show, stick around for dancing! Costumes are encouraged, though not required, but there will be a prize awarded to the Best Dressed person in attendance. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased by contacting Paula by phone at 892-6040 or by e-mail at A website dedicated to “The Business of Murder” allowing tickets to be purchased online will be up shortly. Only a limited number of tickets are available. If you purchase your tickets by September 1st your name will be entered in an Early Bird Draw for an “Experience Home” Escape compliments of the Great George Hotel.

Overnight accommodations are available that night at Stanley Bridge Country Resort for a special rate of $99 OR round-trip transportation via from Charlottetown is available at no cost (thanks to one of our sponsors, Target Tours).  Details on time and location of bus departure will be advised shortly.

PEIBWA is thrilled to be hosting such an exciting event and are turning to you, our members, for additional support as we raise funds to support Prince Edward Island’s business community. 

Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities are available but note that expressions of interest in sponsorship must be received by Friday, August 5th.

This will be an event to die for….don’t miss it!



The monthly Ceilidh Concert at the Bonshaw Hall is set for 7-9 pm on Sunday, July 31st. Featured performers are singer-songwriter Bryson Guptill, singer Diane Adams, pianist Herbie MacDonald others including local regulars.There will also be a 50/50 draw, lunch, and open stage time. Admission is by donation with proceeds this month going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. For more information, please call 675-4093 or 675-2855.

2.  Queen Street Farmers Market

The Queen Street Farmers Market now open Fridays  3-8 PM. As always, great fresh, local and organic Island produce, tasty ethnic and Canadian food and beautiful craft work!!!

Thanks to the store and Co-op Atlantic for supporting local farmers and our food vendors, several of whom are new Canadians!

We are on the South side of of the Queen Street Co-operative Food Market on 420 Upper Queen, NOT to be confused with Sunday’s Downtown Market ( we have a number of farmers at our market.)

From David MacKay <>

3.  Call for Photos, Drawings, and Paintings

Canada Without Poverty seeks submissions of photographs, drawings and paintings depicting poverty in Canada – from the east and west coasts to the far North and all points in between, from urban, suburban and rural perspectives, from those with the lived experience of poverty and from those who may not have experienced poverty directly but can see what it looks like and how it is impacting people.  If you have one or more images you would be happy to share and allow us to use with credit, we would be grateful to receive and review your submission(s).  Images submitted should be in JPG or GIF format.

Our immediate need is to develop one or more powerful PowerPoint presentations depicting poverty and the faces of poverty across Canada today.  Of special need is for images depicting the poverty that is more hidden from public view (we have many images of homelessness which is the most visible manifestation of poverty).  A good example of this type of imagery is that assembled through the Saskatoon Photovoice project of 2006.  We’d especially like to receive images from people with the lived experience of poverty who provide captions for each image submitted, captions that in a few words describe the meaning to them of what is on view.  We find these kinds of images to be powerful in communicating, in a few seconds, the reality of poverty in Canada (a picture truly can be worth the proverbial thousand words).

Please help spread the word of this request.  Thank you and we look forward to your submissions if you are able to assist.

Rob Rainer
Executive Director / Directeur executif
Working in alliance with the CWP Advocacy Network / Travaillant en alliance avec le Réseau de revendication CSP

Ottawa office / Bureau d’Ottawa: 410-383 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4R4; (613) 789-0096 (1-800-810-1076)

4.  12th Annual FACE (Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise) Research Roundtable

WHEN:    September 13, 2011
WHERE:   Stanhope Resort & Conference Centre, Prince Edward Island, Canada

–  The Roundtable is open to EVERYONE – you don’t have to be a researcher, clinician or government representative to attend.   And because we know that delegates will come from all walks of life, we encourage presenters to avoid scientific jargon and acronyms, and make their presentations accessible to a broad audience.

–  Students and investigators at any stage of FASD research may compete in the FACE Roundtable Poster Competition (with cash prizes!) Details @

The program, speaker bios and presentation synopses (“Presentations in Brief”) have been posted on-line @ .    The program includes exciting research currently being conducted from coast to coast – literally!    PEI is well-represented in the morning session on screening, while in the afternoon the focus will turn to brain plasticity and intervention research.   For example, Dr. Joanne Rovet of SickKids will describe the work she is doing to improve impulse control, emotional processing and social understanding in children with FASD, while Dr. Brian Christie from University of Victoria in BC will discuss ways to produce new neurons and increase cognitive capacity.

To register for September 12th go to:


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