Welcome to Community Events and Notices E-News
Last week you received our first e-newsletter by email in its new format. During the summer we stopped being able to send our weekly notices by email without creating spam and we have missed sharing community events and notices with you! You may notice the occasional change in the template as we continue to fine-tune.
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1. Purple Ribbon Campaign Activities
PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women…
November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. We hope you will begin to wear your purple ribbon if you haven’t already. Our Council members are encouraging people to wear purple ribbons. Find out why they wear their purple ribbons in a short video: http://vimeo.com/peistatusofwomen
I Wear a Purple Ribbon from PEI Status of Women on Vimeo.
More Information and resources are available on the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women’s 2012 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence webpage.
On December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we remember fourteen young women who in 1989 were murdered because they were women in what came to be known as the Montreal massacre. We remember nine women since 1989 murdered on Prince Edward Island by men who knew them. Join others in your community to light a candle to remember, to reflect, and to act so these murders end.
Charlottetown Memorial Service and Candle-Lighting
Guest Speaker: Trish Cheverie, PEI Legal Aid Lawyer
12 noon, Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts
More info: PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 368-4510
Summerside Memorial Service
12:10 pm, Summerside Baptist Church, 219 Church St.
More info: East Prince Women’s Information Centre, 436-9856
O’Leary Memorial Service
12 noon, O’Leary United Church
More info: West Prince Family Violence Prevention, 859-8849
2. Did you get your “Activities Update” newsletter, Better Choices handout, and a purple ribbon from the PEI Status of Women in your regular mail this week?
If you didn’t, please let us know! That means you are either not on our list yet or your mailing address has changed. Canada Post has been updating some addresses across PEI. If there have been any changes to your mailing address (for example, addition of a civic number or street/road names, or a change in your postal code), we need to know so we can update our records.
Or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, let us know that too! Just send along your mailing address to us at
3. Contribute Your Views as a Woman to the Mental Health and Addictions Review
Women’s experiences and perspectives with mental health and addictions services are important for the PEI provincial government to hear! The provincial government is reviewing these services and asking people to complete a survey by November 28: http://www.gov.pe.ca/index.php3?number=1044854&lang=E
If you have experiences to share for yourself, a family member, a friend, or any loved one, please take 10 to 15 minutes for this survey. If you can help support someone with literacy challenges or problems accessing computers and the Internet, please do. If you can help share the story of someone who is unwell and unable to complete a survey at this time, please do.
The comment boxes where you can tell your story or share your top concerns allow a maximum of 450 characters, so you might wish to think about and plan your key messages before beginning the survey.
Here is the Province’s blurb about the review:
“Mental health and addictions are serious problems in Prince Edward Island. The provincial government has commissioned an external consultant to conduct a review of the supports and services we have in PEI and how they work together.
“The review is intended to identify gaps and solutions in access to, and coordination of, supports and services for mental health and addictions. These supports and services include, but are not limited to, housing, education, community services, seniors’ services, corrections, courts, and social services in addition to mental health and addictions services.
“One part of the review is a public survey to gather feedback from Islanders with mental health or addictions problems and the people who support them.
“Your participation in the survey is voluntary and your answers will be kept confidential. It should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey.”
4. Ecojustice Canada
You probably don’t question whether you have the right to a healthy environment, to breathe clean air, drink clean water, to have productive soil that grows the food you eat. So you may be surprised to know this is not actually your legal right. Not in Canada. What does this mean to you? Over the next several months, Ecojustice will be engaging Canadians on this very question, starting with our short animated video, A Tale of Two Valleys. Our goal is to get thousands of Canadians to join the growing movement to have our right to a healthy environment recognized by governments at all levels. And you can help.
Please take two minutes to watch A Tale of Two Valleys
and then share it with friends, either by email or on social media.
From Norway to Nicaragua, more than 100 nations have taken action to recognize and protect their citizens’ right to a healthy environment. And in countries where this right is recognized, the benefits are clear: Laws that help fight things like pollution and toxic chemicals are stronger and ecological footprints are lower.
Now it’s time for Canada to take action, too. That’s why Ecojustice is using its unique expertise to ensure Canada joins the ranks of other global leaders. And we want you to be part of the movement. Please take two minutes to watch this video and share it with others. To learn more about your right to a healthy environment, visit our website at www.ecojustice.ca/
Thanks for taking action, Devon Page, Executive Director, Ecojustice Canada
5. Do You Know of an Outstanding Young Person Who is Making a Difference?
The ACTIVE-8! Campaign is led by a team of 8 youth ambassadors (2 per Atlantic Province) who encourage others to make on-line commitments to act for global change during the month of February 2013. The ACTIVE-8! leader who collects the most on-line commitments will be awarded a prize of $1000.The ACTIVE-8! Youth Team will be profiled on the ACTIVE-8! campaign website with the goal of inspiring others, particularly youth, to make a difference in the world through their actions.
Please consider nominating someone you know as well as circulating this information as widely as possible. The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. AST, on December 18th 2012 and self-nominations are also welcome. You can find the critera for nominations, and the application form on the Active-8 website www.active8campaign.com
6. Are You a Parent of a Child 2-12? Please Participate in an Important Survey!
The International Parenting Survey is an online survey for parents with a child aged 2-12 years. It takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Parents are asked about their child’s behaviour, their confidence in responding to problems, how they manage their child’s behaviour, and their preferences for how to get support in parenting. Gathering a good sample of PEI participants will not only contribute to the Canadian data, but will also provide PEI-specific data that could inform policy and practice decision makers in our province. More information about the survey and access to the survey, in English and in French, is available at www.ips-canada.net. You are invited to take part! The survey will be open until the end of December.
7. Time Running Out For Islanders to Protect the Gulf
Despite the fact that drilling for oil anywhere in the Gulf of St. Lawrence could impact five provinces, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has been given sole authority over oil and gas development in the part of the Gulf off western Newfoundland. The C-NLOPB has already issued exploration licences for seven areas within the Gulf.
Even though we have been essentially shut out of the process, Islanders do have one opportunity to protect our vital waters, shores, and wetlands. It could be our last chance. Partially due to citizen pressure, the C-NLOPB has hired a consultant, AMEC, to update its Strategic Environmental Assessment. If Islanders flood AMEC and C-NLOPB with letters now, there is a chance that AMEC will recommend that all oil and gas exploration and production activities in the Gulf be put on hold.
We appreciate the support of Dr. David Suzuki who, at the recent Symons lecture, described the Gulf of St. Lawrence as a jewel which must be protected by a permanent ban on drilling. He told a capacity crowd at the Confederation Centre that any drilling will result in spills, and any spill could devastate the shores of Prince Edward Island.
Here are some of the points Islanders could use in letters to AMEC and C-NLOPB:
- The Gulf of St. Lawrence is in a fragile state as it is and further disturbances could turn it into a dead zone.
- The devastation caused by the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 shows that the risks associated with oil exploration and production are too high for the much smaller and more enclosed Gulf of St. Lawrence.
- The costs resulting from the Gulf of Mexico blowout are $37 billion to date, but current Canadian regulations cap liability at $30 million.
- The Gulf is one body of water that cannot be split into five jurisdictions. The impacts of oil exploration and production (e.g. oil spills and possibly blowouts) will cross the invisible borders of the Gulf.
- The capacity to contain or respond to an oil spill in the Gulf is known to be completely inadequate.
- Oil and gas exploration and production in the Gulf pose serious risks to fisheries and tourism, major contributors to the PEI economy.
Further information is available in the Tool Kit at www.coalitionsaintlaurent.ca/en/takeaction
. All Islanders are urged to write letters now, before the busy-ness of December starts. AMEC’s draft report is due at the end of December.
SOME PREVIOUS LISTINGS
1. PEI Status of Women “Activities Update” is Hot Off the Presses!
Our Activities Update for Fall 2012 is now online at http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/acsw_actup_f12.pdf
. It includes a chairperson’s message, updates on the Purple Ribbon Campaign, a round-up of Advisory Council and National Coalition of Advisory Councils meetings, and listings of publications and Council members. We’ve also attached the resource about “better choices” compiled from your suggestions for better choices than using violence.
If you are on our snail-mail list, you will receive a copy of the Activities Update in the mail, with your own purple ribbon and bookmark.
If you want to be added to our snail-mail list, send your name and mailing address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Book Launch – Catherine Callbeck: the Politics of Principle
A comprehensive biography of former Premier and current Senator, Catherine Callbeck, will be officially launched at the William Callbeck Centre in Central Bedeque on Saturday, November 24 at 2:30 and at The Guild in Charlottetown on Sunday, November 25 at 2:30. The launch will be followed by a reception, book signing and refreshments.
Written by Island historian and political scientist, Wayne MacKinnon, the book details Callbeck’s career from her first public involvement as a volunteer in her local community, through her groundbreaking election as Canada’s first elected female premier and subsequent service in the Senate of Canada. While Callbeck’s public persona over the past 35 years is very well known, this detailed biography examines her early life and discusses the family and community influences which instilled the values which she carried throughout her political career. Along the way the book takes a detailed and fascinating look at the time period spanning the years that Callbeck was a provincial cabinet minister, member of parliament, premier and senator. These were years of great change and adjustment in the province and the country and Callbeck was a leader in that change. Everyone is invited to attend.
3. Evening of Wine & Song for Anderson House
Harmony House Theatre Presents the 3rd Annual
Evening of Wine & Song
for Anderson House
A BLACK DRESS event for women only!
Come join your friends at Harmony House Theatre for a classy and fun evening in support of
December 1, 2012
Reception begins at 6:30, followed by an auction
and musical performances by Catherine MacLellan,
Chris Gauthier, Meaghan Blanchard & Nudie
Tickets are $58 and are to be presented at the door
($50 charitable tax receipt will be issued)
LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS available
Call 314-4238 to book seats.
4. Job Posting – Executive Director LEAF National, Ottawa
The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is seeking a full-time Executive Director. LEAF is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to achieving substantive equality for women and girls in Canada through legal advocacy, research and education. For over 25 years, LEAF has been recognized as a leading feminist voice in Canada and an expert in equality litigation. LEAF branches are located in Charlottetown, Halifax, Ottawa, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. LEAF is further strengthened and supported by our affiliate in British Columbia, West Coast LEAF. If you are committed to substantive equality and to the elimination of the many inequalities experienced by women in Canada; have a history of senior leadership in the not-for-profit sector; have a proven ability to fundraise and to manage financial resources effectively; and are available to join LEAF in the New Year, we invite your application.
LEAF’s new Executive Director will have the ability to raise funds from a variety of sources, including our many current supporters, and in addition will develop new sources of funds, including from governments, private donors, innovative partnerships and private foundations. Our new Executive Director will have strong organizational development and management skills, including a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff members, board members, our branches and our affiliate. A wide range of agencies, associations, funders, government departments and not-for-profit organizations are also central to LEAF’S success, and our new Executive Director will be an effective communicator able to maintain and strengthen these supportive networks.
LEAF offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Applications from members of historically and/or systemically marginalized groups in Canada are encouraged. The competition for this position will remain open until November 30, 2012. Applications are being accepted at HiringCommittee@leaf.ca. A detailed job description can be requested in confidence at the same address.
5. Youth Entrepreneurship Project “Youth Envisioning A New Economy for the Maritimes”
Come participate in a free one-day event for Island youth (aged 18-30) that will encourage prospective and current young entrepreneurs and leaders. The event will include addresses from local youth entrepreneurs, workshops, a free local organic lunch and more!
Saturday, December 1st
YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROJECT “YOUTH ENVISIONING A NEW ECONOMY FOR THE MARITIMES”
9:00 – 4:00. Murphy’s Community Centre.
200 Richmond St, Charlottetown, PE
Space is limited so please RSVP by November 25th, 2012 to Charity May: email@example.com, 902-566-2334.
Brought to you by: @YEP_PEI, Falls Brooks Centre, Canadian Heritage, CUSO International
6. PEI Business Women’s Association Events
To learn more about what else is happening at the PEIBWA, please visit their website event page:
7. We would love your support!
Pat Robinson is making amazing plum puddings to raise money for Community Legal Information Association (CLIA) and the PEI Humane Society. Every cent to CLIA will help ensure Islanders have access to legal information and support and the Humane Society will use the funds to help homeless animals.
Each pudding is beautifully gift-wrapped, with a recipe for sauce! Vegetarian friendly, no preservatives, YUM! Only $12 for a pudding that can easily serve 6. Call Pat @ 566-4388 or contact Kelly @ 368-4017.<top of page>
Our E-Newsletter with community events and notices is 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. For further information or questions specifically relating to any notices or events, please contact the individual or organization hosting the community event.