Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Friday, December 7, 2012!

Thank you to all who participated in the December 6 Montreal Massacre Memorial Service in Charlottetown yesterday. It was a very moving service and it felt hopeful to have so many people gathered for a day of remembrance and action.

The service included candle-lighting for victims of violence, a Mi’kmaq “Woman’s Song” sung by Samantha Lewis, and a motivating and profound speech on “Choice and the Cycle of Violence” by PEI legal aid lawyer Trish Cheverie. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women is grateful to all those who attended to share in this important annual event. We’ll do our best to share photos and messages from the Memorial Service in the months to come.



1. Island Christmas Concert for All, this Saturday, December 8

Just a reminder that our 2nd annual Island Christmas Concert for All will be on Saturday 2012-12-07 09_54_58-SnowflakebackgroundDecember 8th at 7:00. Again this year we have a fantastic lineup of entertainment – Sylvia Mutch (my wonderful wife), Teresa Doyle, LeRagazze featuring Stephen Bouey, Kendall Docherty, and Morgan Saulnier. Also, Karen Mair will be our MC for the evening. We are so fortunate have such a talented group of people coming together for this event. Signed Peter, Catholic Family Services

Saturday December 8th
Trinity United Church, Charlottetown
7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm) Admission by donation
{all proceeds in support of the Children’s Programs at Catholic Family Services Bureau}


2. Come Visit the Studio Gallery this weekend in Rustico

NOELOpen December 8 and 9, from 12 noon – 5:00 pm

Paintings by Karen Gallant (prints, cards, unique finds)

Discover Muckle Innis, Unique hand made Christmas wreaths, centre pieces and preserves.

Rustico Road, 2nd level of AP Gallant’s Country Food Market, Call 963-3999 StudioInk



3. December 10th is Human Rights Day

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa and Canada Without Poverty invite you to the interactive webinar

“Making Rights Real: The Implementation of International Human Rights In Canada”
This webinar will address the following questions and more on the implementation of human rights in Canada: Did you know that Canada has committed itself to ensuring that everyone has a right to an adequate standard of living? How would you go about claiming this right in Canada? What does this right mean in times of fiscal restraint? Does it mean different things for different groups of people?

Log on and learn! Details:
December 10, 2012
12:00-13:00 EST
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time (PEI)
Log on as a guest at:
No registration is required, free and open to the public

Leilani Farha, Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty and economic and social rights expert

Expert Panelists:
Bruce Porter, Social Rights Advocacy Centre (Ontario)
Steve Estey, Council of Canadian’s with Disabilities, Chair of the International Committee (Nova Scotia)

4. PEIBWA Event Location Change

December Christmas Mixer – Charlottetown – Location Change
We have experienced unprecedented demand for our annual Christmas mixer taking place on December 12th, and as a result, we cannot accommodate all those who wish to attend comfortably at The Great George as previously planned. The Mixer will be moving from The Great George to Memorial Hall at the Confederation Centre – same date and time.

We look forward to welcoming you at Memorial Hall where we will enjoy delicious food and amazing door prizes from some of our most talented and creative members, including Village Pottery, Moving Designz, Lady Baker’s Tea, Luna, Moonsnail, The Great George, and more!

NEW Location: Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown
Date: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

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: Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 12:00 noon.

Please Note: If you previously registered anyone else please advise them of the location change as we do not have e-mails for a few attendees who were registered by someone else.

In Other News…..
Beginning in January 2013, PEIBWA will be using online registration for all mixers and learning events via EventBrite. You will see a link in every PEIBWA event we post, providing you with a simple, clear process to self-register online via email. You can even pay learning session fees online!

We have so many new and exciting events planned for the New Year, we can’t fit them all in to one email so you’ll have to check our Events page regularly – highlights include Breakfast Seminars on Social Media in January, HST for Business Information Sessions (FREE to members!) in February, and mixers in Charlottetown and Summerside, with more events being added this week.

We are continuing to build our social media profiles and provide support to members by promoting your events, news, and special offers. We are regularly reaching hundreds of followers every day through Twitter and Facebook- make sure you let us know if you have something we can promote for you!

5. Request For Proposals

RFP – Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses
Mapping Violence Against Women Policy and Opportunities Project
Due date for Applications: December 11, 2012

I. Background
The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses is undertaking a violence prevention project with funding support from the Canadian Women’s Foundation entitled Mapping VAW Policy and Opportunities (MVP). For an abridged copy of the project proposal, please contact Stephanie Moore at

The MVP project represents one part of a set of activities toward a longer-term goal to facilitate and inform the development of progressive and comprehensive national legislation addressing violence against women (VAW) in Canada. We are using the United Nations Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women and United Nations report Good Practice in Legislation on Violence Against Women as guides to assist us with the undertaking. MVP will build on and advance the high-level Scan on Funding and Policy Initiatives to Respond to Violence Against Women that the Network undertook in 2011 on behalf of CWF.

We have support from all provincial/territorial, national and regional sheltering associations to move forward on this project and linkages with VAW legislation experts in other countries through our membership in the Global Network of Women’s Shelters and work with UN Women. The project is led by a core group of volunteers from Network partner organizations who are experienced leaders in the violence against women sector who are all are committed to seeing this work through to its completion.

II. Project Goals
The project involves developing a comprehensive map of existing national, provincial and territorial policies, action plans, strategies, and legislation that would be impacted by, or may be used, as a basis of developing national legislation on violence against women (VAW). Specifically, input and materials will be sought from every province and territory to identify and analyze any policies, frameworks, strategies, action plans or legislation that would fit into the development of national VAW legislation or would need to be enhanced or amended in moving national VAW legislation forward.

To obtain an entire copy of the RFP or have questions regarding the RFP and the project may be directed by email to: Tracy Gierman at Executive Director / Directrice exécutive Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses / Réseau canadien des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes


6.  You are Cordially Invited to join the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada at our Annual Christmas Open House.

Time: Wednesday, December 12th, 3:00 – 5:00pm
Place: Confederation Court Mall Food Court, Charlottetown

The Christmas Open House will feature:

  •     Entertainment – UPEI AIRS Choir, the Singing Strings Orchestra, and the Belmont Chorus from Holland College language classes
  •     Hot cider, green tea, and Canadian Christmas Cookies
  •     International food
  •     Displays (Charlottetown Fire Department, Kid’s Corner, and Fundraiser Crafts for sale)
  •     A visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Everyone is invited. Bring your Christmas spirit – who knows what Santa and his elves will bring!

The PEI ANC Board of Directors and staff wish you and yours “the very best of the season and a Happy New Year!”

For more information, please contact Yvette by email, or phone at 628-6009, ext.226



1. 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

2. 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 You are invited to take part! The survey will be open until the end of December.

3. 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 . 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.

Please email Steve Bonnell at and Elizabeth Young at or write to Elizabeth Young at C-NLOPB, 5th Floor, TD Place, 140 Water St., St. John’s, NL A1C 6H6.


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