Community Notices

Status of Women


1.   Charlottetown Public Forum on GM Fish in Atlantic Canada This Monday

Genetically Modified Atlantic Salmon: Atlantic Canada is at the centre of the global controversy over GM fish

Canada and the U.S. could soon approve a genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon – the first-ever GM food animal in the world. The small U.S. company AquaBounty wants to produce GM salmon eggs in PEI, to grow-out in Panama and sell to U.S. consumers. What are the risks for wild Atlantic salmon? What’s happening in Canada? How are we at the centre of this controversy?

• Eric Hoffman, Biotechnology Policy Campaigner, Friends of the Earth U.S., Washington DC
• Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Food Safety, Washington DC
• Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Ottawa
• Leo Broderick, Vice Chair, Council of Canadians, PEI

Charlottetown, Monday October 24
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM The Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Georgian Ballroom, 75 Kent St.
Moderator: Sharon Labchuk, EarthAction PEI

Free Admission-Everyone Welcome.

For more details, and posters and flyers:

Presented by: Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Center for Food Safety USA, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, PEI and St. John’s Chapters of the Council of Canadians, EarthAction PEI, Ecology Action Centre Nova Scotia, Fundy Baykeeper, PEI Health Coalition, Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network, Friends of the Earth U.S., Sierra Club Atlantic Canada.

For more information on genetically modified fish :


The small U.S. company AquaBounty has asked the U.S. to approve its genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) Atlantic salmon for human consumption. Canada could also be getting ready to approve the GM fish.

The company claims its “AquAdvantage” salmon can grow to market-size twice as fast as other farmed salmon. The Atlantic salmon are engineered with a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon and genetic material from ocean pout (an eel-like creature) based on research from Memorial University.

The company is not asking for approval to grow the fish in the U.S. but plans to produce all of its GM salmon eggs in PEI, ship the eggs to Panama for grow-out and processing, and then sell “table-ready” GM salmon to U.S. consumers.
AquaBounty does not yet have permission from Environment Canada to produce GM salmon eggs in PEI but the department refuses to say if it is currently assessing a request from the company. Health Canada also refuses to say if AquaBounty has asked to have the GM salmon approved for human consumption in Canada. There are no public consultations.

Any risk of GM Atlantic salmon escaping into the wild is unacceptable, especially when Atlantic salmon are already in danger of disappearing.

Join us to discuss these and other important questions – Come out to hear who is making the decisions, what is happening in the U.S. and Canada, and how Atlantic Canada is at the center of the global controversy over GM fish.

For more information on genetically modified fish :

2.  The PEI Children’s Secretariat and the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention Present Two events you won’t want to miss

Featuring Dr. Matt Sanders
Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia, and Founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.
Prof Sanders is founder of one of the only evidence-based parenting programs available, with over 30 years of proven clinical research to back it up. Triple P has helped six million children and their families, and has the seal of approval of parents, practitioners and experts, worldwide.

3rd Think Tank on Parent Education and Support
A follow-up to events held in May and November, 2010.
For people who work with or for children, youth and families

Monday, October 31, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Courtyard, Rodd Royalty Inn, University Avenue, at Peter Pan Corner
(NOT the Rodd Charlottetown).
Lunch will be provided.

Including presentations and a Town Hall Chat with
Dr. Matt Sanders, Founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.
Debbie Eastman, Program Implementation Consultant for Triple P Canada
Des McWilliam, Triple P International Managing Director


A public event for Parents, Grandparents, Community Members, Carers:

Topic: “The Difference Parenting Makes”
Featuring: Dr. Matt Sanders,
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Time: 7 pm
Location: Colonel Grey High School Lecture Theatre

Please RSVP for one or both events to Aimee Arsenault, 1-888-482-5330, 438-4854 or

3.    Women’s Network AGM

Please join the Board of Directors, staff and  members of Women’s Network PEI for their annual general meeting on November 1st, 2011 between 4:30-6:30pm in Room 125 of the Charlottetown Royalty Centre (40 Enman Crescent).

After the AGM, we will be screening the film “Sexy Inc” a short documentary, made in Quebec about the challenges parents and educators face with responding to the hyper-sexualization of girls.  Following the screening, we invite you to participate in an open facilitated discussion  on community responses to this important issue. Any small potluck offerings will be gratefully received. We hope to see you there!

4.   Calendar contest highlights importance of U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

Island children and youth are invited to submit their artwork for the 2011 Calendar Contest to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations General Assembly, says Child and Youth Services Commissioner Jeff Clow.

“This contest encourages our Island youth to take time to learn what life is like for children around the world, and the importance of protecting children’s rights and freedoms,” says Child and Youth Commissioner Jeff Clow. “We encourage all Island youth to express what they learn through the artwork they submit for the contest.“

The 2012 National Child Day calendar will feature twelve drawings. Winning artists will receive a framed copy of their artwork and five copies of the calendar.

Contest Rules:
-All submissions must focus on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
-Contest begins Thursday, October 13. Final deadline is Friday, November 4.
-Drawings should be 8×10 inches and must be in a horizontal (landscape) format.
-Young artists are asked to submit original copies of their work, unfolded and uncreased,on white or light-colored paper.
-On the back of each entry, in the lower right-hand corner, please include: student’s first and last name, age, grade, school, names of parents or guardians, home address and phone number.

Please send entries to:
Office of the Child and Youth Commissioner, Holman Centre, 250 Water Street, Suite 101, Summerside Prince Edward Island, Canada C1N 1B6.
For more information, see the Child and Youth Services Commissioner website:

5.    Strategic Planning Workshop: Electing women to all levels of government in PEI

November 8, 2011
St. Peter’s Cathedral Hall
All Soul’s Lane, Charlottetown (across from the Provincial Buildings)
8:45 – 12:00
sponsored by the PEI Coalition for Women in Government

Invitation to Participate
The PEI Coalition for Women in Government is nearing the end of its 8th  year in existence. In those years, we have hosted women’s campaign schools, offered skills building workshops, articipated in public debate regarding proportional representation and compiled and communicated gender based research on PEI politics.

The Coalition wants to enter the next phases of our work with a clear strategy for increasing the number of women holding elected office at all levels of government in PEI. This workshop will help us to identify your ideas and strategies for electing women. The perspective you bring is important to moving this work forward.

Having  more women elected will bring more diversity of experience to the decision-making table, increasing the potential for policy and programs that speak to women’s experience and lives. Increased diversity will lead to decision making which will have a major impact on equality.

PEI has seen an increase in the numbers of women running for and being elected to positions at all levels of government since 2004. The numbers are not yet at a level which signifies equality, however. We still have work to do.

Please join us on November 8 to help us imagine how that work could be done most effectively.

RSVP to Kirstin Lund, Project Co-ordinator at by November 4.

The PEI Coalition for Women in Government is a non-partisan coalition of individuals and organizations committed to increasing women’s opportunities to be elected to government in PEI. For more information about our work, visit

6.   Exploring Your Broken Glass Workshop

Hurtful or sabotaging parts of self are often formed in childhood, generally in response to a need to protect ourselves. In this workshop, you will identify those parts of self that have proven to be harmful or sabotaging to you or in your relationships; identify strong traits and characteristics in each part; and develop practices/strategies for promoting their integration. Led by: Susan Doiron, MEd, CCC Location: Spirituality Center at Mount St. Mary’s

Date: November 5, 2011 from 9:00 – 4:00.

To register, call the Mount at 892-6585. For more information see:


Become a host family and open your home to a Katimavik volunteer currently living in Charlottetown!

When? November 4th-13th, 2011

Who? One of nine volunteers from all over the country currently in the Charlottetown Katimavik group

Why? To offer an enriching experience for the volunteer and to learn about Canada’s diversity at the same time!

Please contact Megan Burnside for more information at 892-9443 or

Katimavik is the most important youth volunteer service organization in Canada. It delivers intensive service-learning programs where youth between the ages of 17 and 21 leave their hometown for 6 months to make a difference for themselves and in communities across Canada.

8.   Seniors’ Symposia:  “Putting Your Affairs in Order”

Following on it’s highly successful Senior’s Symposia in the spring, the Community Legal Information Association (CLIA) is sponsoring two additional Seniors’ Symposia in November – one in Souris and another in O’Leary.

The symposia, funded by the Seniors’ Secretariat of PEI and the Community Foundation of PEI, will provide information to help you plan ahead for your health, financial affairs, legal affairs and other concerns.  The sessions will run from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Refreshments and a hot lunch will be provided.

There is no cost to participants but participants must pre-register by calling CLIA at 892-0853 or 1-800-240-9798.  Please call to register for one of the following sessions:

Souris – Monday, November 14 – Silver Threads Club, Main Street – 9:30AM – 3:30PM – registration deadline is November 10.

O’Leary – Friday, November 18 – O’Leary Community Complex, 18 Community Street – 9:30AM – 3:30PM – registration deadline is November 15.



1.  Widening Embrace CD Launch, Sunday, October 23

Atlantic Canada Gaia Singers and Carolyn McDade invite you to share in the launch of their newly released CD, Widening Embrace, on

October 23 at 2 pm at Park Royal United Church, in Charlottetown.

There is also a launch in Halifax on October 21, 7 pm, at St. Margaret’s of Scotland Anglican Church.

Widening Embrace is a project of singing, meditation, art, reflection that the Gaia singers of PEI and NS have participated in for the past year. Atlantic singers and artists joined singers from across Canada and the US to form a group of over 100 women to record this body of music at the Banff Centre in Alberta.

This music speaks of a deep love for earth and all beings. The singers describe the songs on the Album: “Each song arises from the energies of Creation, Earth, Universe, pulling us deep into the learning fields of forest, water, sky, stars.”

Accompanying the singing at the launch will be “All Beings Confluence,” a traveling art installation that invites all into conversation with the many “beings” with whom we share life on this earth. Profits from the CD launch will go to individuals, projects or organizations chosen, whose work is consistent with the principles of the Gaia Earth Charter —to advance respect and care for the community of life, to promote ecological integrity, to advance social and economic justice, to strengthen democracy, nonviolence and peace. The CD will be available at the launch and online at  For information contact Jan Devine at

2.   Next Tuesday October 25!   STEPS for Women Community Project Showcase

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Faith Bible Church
392 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown

Please join us as twenty-three women from twenty Island organizations (including two members of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women and two of our staff) present the projects they  produced within the STEPS framework.

STEPS for Women is an umbrella project designed to develop leadership skills of women  supporting vulnerable populations in the province of Prince Edward Island in different capacities, and strengthen the problem solving skills of women in vulnerable groups. Each participant used  their interest-­based skills to plan, execute and evaluate a project that supports them to share their  knowledge and skills in communication and problem solving with vulnerable women in their  communities.

STEPS for Women is coordinated by the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, and funded by Status of Women Canada
For more information contact: Sigrid Rolfe, Project Coordinator (902) 566­-1894 or visit

Participating Organizations:  Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter, Community Legal Information Association, Cooper  Institute, East Prince Women’s Information Centre, Grandmother’s House, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, PEI  Council of People with Disabilities, PEI Family Violence Prevention Services, PEI People First, PEI Rape and  Sexual Assault Centre, SAGE, The Adventure Group, Victim Services of PEI, Women for Environmental  Sustainability, Women’s Network PEI

3.  National Pap Campaign

In 2010 PEI the National Pap Campaign was able to reach out to 77 women on the PEI and provide screening for Cervical Cancer. This year they hope to reach out to more women and have expanded their Pap Examination sites to Charlottetown, Summerside, Montague, and O’Leary. The National Pap Campaign will to be held from October 25–28. The doctors have volunteered their time and medical practices to help the PEI Family Medicine Residents to run the Pap Campaign this year.

Dr. George Carruthers
Parkdale Mecidal Centre, 30 Linden Avenue, Suite #1 – 894-7087
October 25–28, 8 am–4 pm

Dr. Johnathan Sharpe
Summerside Medical Clinic, 475 Granville St. North – 432-8181 (ask to be connected to Dr. Sharpe’s Office)
October 25–28, 8 am–4 pm

Dr. Scott Campbell
Montague Clinic, 407 MacIntyre Ave – 838-0830
October 25–28, 8 am–4 pm

Dr. Grimes
O’Leary Clinic (Community Hospital), 15 MacKinnon Dr, O’Leary – 859-3929
October 26, 8 am–5 pm

4. PEIBWA Events in November

PEIBWA Fundraiser and Fun

PEI Business Women’s Association is excited this year’s Annual Fundraiser is The Business of Murder .  The net proceeds from this event will go towards the association’s operating costs.  Equally as important as raising money for the association, this will be spooktacular fellowship event for all.  Please invite significant others and friends;  everyone is welcome.

We are very pleased with ticket sales thus far and encourage everyone to buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

What – 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.

When – Saturday, October 29 at 6PM–midnight
Where – The amazing The Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Why – Spooktacular event, fundraiser, fellowship and fun

Transportation –  Round-trip transportation via from Charlottetown is available at no cost (thanks to one of our sponsors, Target Tours ).

Price – Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at or by contacting Paula by phone at 892-6040 or by e-mail at  Overnight accommodations are available that night at Stanley Bridge Country Resort for a special rate of $99.


Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Get Creative! Get Results!”
Presented by: Debbie Brady, Graphically Speaking

Have you ever been unsure how to convey what you’re looking for when needing an ad, logo, banner or website designed? The “I’ll know it when I see it” approach can be frustrating, unproductive, and waste time and money.

Debbie will prepare you to effectively communicate your visual needs. A creative “brief” provides you with a way to work with your graphic designer toward the same goal—a great visual solution!

Location:  Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date:      Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Time:      12 noon- 1:30pm
Cost:      Members- $17.75 (includes GST), non-members $23.00 (includes GST)

To register, please contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040 or Toll Free 1-866-892-6040.   Registration deadline: Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 4:00 pm.


Lunch and Learn – Summerside
“Keep it Simple – Your Personal Pension Plan and Retirement Strategy”
Presented by: Harley McCarville, Nicholson Investment Team

Who should attend: Business owners, Entrepreneurs and Career minded Employees.

Whether you are a successful business owner, or an individual preparing to establish your own business, it is never too early to plan for your future and the Importance of tax planning and your personal retirement strategy.

Location: Loyalist Lakeview Resort, Summerside
Date:     Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Time:     12 noon- 1:30pm
Cost:     Members- $17.75 (includes GST), non-members $23.00 (includes GST)

To register, please contact Elizabeth Noonan by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 436-0386 or Toll Free 1-877-268-2111.   Registration deadline: Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 12:00 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 invoice.

5.    First Annual George McRobie Lecture, at the Macphail Homestead

The First Annual George McRobie Lecture will be presented by Patrick Holden, CBE, at the Macphail Homestead on Monday, October 24th, beginning at 7:00 p.m., with a reception and cash-bar at 6:00. The title of Mr. Holden’s talk will be “Sustainable Food Systems for the 21st Century: The Challenge for Prince Edward Island.”

This special lecture series is named in honour of Dr. George McRobie, Patron for The Homestead Farm, the new sustainable agriculture component of the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead.

George McRobie has long been one of the world’s leading proponents of sustainable agriculture and appropriate, small-scale technology. He was a close friend and colleague of the radical economist E.F. Schumacher, whose landmark book /Small Is Beautiful /made such an impact in the latter part of the 20th century.More recently, McRobie has served as President of the Soil Association, Britain’s foremost farm organization promoting organic agriculture — with Prince Charles as Patron. Dr. McRobie has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Prince Edward Island, and is at present a part-time Islander, dividing the year between homes in London and Brackley Beach.

Patrick Holden is a noted international authority in the field of sustainable agriculture. Himself the operator of an organic dairy farm in Wales since 1973 — which now boasts a herd of 75 Ayrshire cows — Holden worked for 20 years with the Soil Association, during the last 15 of which he served as the Director.In 2010 he founded a new organization — The Sustainable Food Trust — with a mandate to provide a global voice for the Sustainable Food Movement.

Mr. Holden’s visit to the Island is made possible through the support of the PEI Department of Agriculture.  Since meeting space is limited at the Homestead — capacity about 50 people — you should register in advance by phoning (902) 651-2789, or sending an email to

6. Small Business Week 2011

Small Business Week 2011 is being held from October 16 to 22, 2011, across Prince Edward Island.  The theme for the week: “Invest. Innovate. Grow.” presents an opportunity for entrepreneurs to network with their fellow business people and learn about the trials and successes of operating a venture on PEI from their business peers.

®Small Business Week is a registered trademark of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).


Community Events and Notices are forwarded to you by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women for your information and interest. The PEI Status of Women cannot guarantee the accuracy of notices or control re-postings, and does not necessarily endorse every notice or event posted.

Note: The deadline for receiving notices/events to post is by noon on Thursdays. For further information or questions specifically relating to any notices or events, please contact the individual or organization hosting the community event.

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PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
PO Box 2000 (161 St. Peter’s Road), Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
tel: 902 368 4510
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