[Sust-mar] 20 upcoming peace, earth and justice events - Mark your calendars!

Tamara Lorincz tlorincz at dal.ca
Thu Mar 13 03:04:28 EDT 2008

Please circulate - 20 upcoming peace, earth and justice events - Mark your
calendars! Thank you!

Scott Taylor, Esprit de Corps Journalist and Author
Free public lecture
Thursday, March 13
7:30 - 9:00 PM
Room 105, Weldon Law School, 6061 University Avenue, Dalhousie University,
Scott Taylor, a former professional soldier, has been editor and publisher
of Esprit de Corps, an Ottawa-based magazine since 1988. Since January 2007,
Scott Taylor has made two unembedded trips into Afghanistan. In the course
of those visits he has interviewed former warlords, Taliban leaders, senior
members of the Karzai administration, civilian aid workers, foreign
contractors, ex-Special Forces troops and top NATO officials. Surprisingly,
the one common theme re-iterated by all the widely disparate agencies
interviewed is that international troops should be withdrawn from
Afghanistan within the next two years. Taylor has logged over one million
air miles as a war correspondent reporting from such global hot spots as the
Persian Gulf, Cambodia, Western Sahara, Croatia, Bosnia, Turkey, Yugoslavia,
Kosovo, and Macedonia. Taylor also reported extensively on the war in Iraq
until the situation there simply became too dangerous for foreign
journalists. He endured 5 days of brutal captivity as a hostage of the Ansar
al-Islam in Talafar in September 2004. Taylor regularly appears in the
Canadian media as a military analyst and has a weekly column in the
Chronicle-Herald newspaper.
Organized by the Halifax Peace Coalition (HPC).  
Campaign to end Canada's War in Afghanistan: END IT DON'T EXTEND IT:
For more information, please visit: www.hfxpeace.chebucto.org / Email:
hfxpeace at chebucto.ca

"Challenging Canada: Strategic Threats and Shared Responsibility in an
Insecure World"
March 14 and 15, 2008
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Keynote Speakers
Scott Taylor
Major General J.P.Y.D. Gosselin

Friday, March 14 - VOW Vigil, noon at the Spring Garden Road Library,
Please come and help us make a space for peace.

"View from a  Grain of Sand" Film Screening and discussion about Canadian
involvement in Afghanistan with Scott Taylor
Please join the Halifax Peace Coalition and the Agora Church for a free film
screening of "View from a Grain of Sand".
Followed by a discussion with Scott Taylor of Esprit de Corps magazine.
Friday March 14
7pm Sharp.
2730 Fuller Terrace (corner of Ontario St & Fuller Terrace)
View From a Grain of Sand is a journey through the last 30 years of
Afghanistan's history as lived by three Afghan women. Shot over the last
three years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a doctor, teacher and social
activist tell how their lives were violently affected by wars of
international making and three different regimes in Afghanistan. Yet through
all their loss, and the destruction of their homes and country, these women
have endured. With courage, conviction and hope they continue to work on
improving the lives of the people around them, against all odds, in this
brutalized and divided nation.

The film "Sharkwater" is coming to Dalhousie! On March 14th at 7pm in the
Potter Auditorium, you are invited to a special screening of the documentary
Sharkwater, recipient of 22 international film awards, and not yet released
on DVD! Sharkwater "debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of
sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of
sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas". Proceeds from a suggested
donation of $5 per person at the door, will be donated to the Sea Shepard
Conservation Organization (www.seashepherd.org). Visit www.sharkwater.com
for more information on this film.
Detailed location information: Potter Auditorium, (room 1028, Kenneth G.
Rowe Management Building, Dalhousie University) (Beside the Student Union
Building) 6100 University Ave., Halifax

If Women Counted: FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION on March 15.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
1:00-4:00 PM
Alderney Public Library, Dartmouth, NS
Free public event. All welcome. Women don't miss this!
A special event in celebration of International Women's Day
Come to watch the powerful documentary "Who's Counting: Marilyn Waring on
Sex, Lies and Global Economics" (1995). About this film, David Suzuki said,
"I give the film and Ms. Waring every superlative - riveting, revealing,
inspiring, etc. It penetrates to the heart of the global, ecological, and
social crisis that afflicts the world. required viewing for all who know we
are on a destructive path and want to get off." After the film, engage in a
moderated discussion about women's role, especially mothers' role, in
society and the importance of women in politics and business. If women
counted, how would our world be different and better? 
Organized by Equal Voice Nova Scotia. For more information, please visit:
Email equalvoicenovascotia at gmail.com or call 902-445-0187.

DEMONSTRATION: International Day of Action Against War on Saturday, March 15
WHAT: March, Rally, Speakers, Free Food
WHEN: Saturday March 15 at 1pm
WHERE: Meet at Victoria Park. March will end at the Public Library on Spring

- Only opportunity to learn more and have an input! Please RSVP to ensure a
NSEN will be hosting a free, full-day workshop on the Fundy Tidal Energy
Stakeholder Environmental Assessment (SEA) on Wednesday, March 19 from
8:30-4:30 PM at the Nova Scotia Public Archives, 6016 University Avenue, in
Halifax. This will be the only opportunity for the environmental community
to learn about and provide input into the Fundy Tidal Energy project.
Workshop presenters include representatives from the Offshore Energy
Environmental Research (OEER) SEA Stakeholder Roundtable. The workshop will
be jointly facilitated by Lisa Mitchell, environmental lawyer and
consultant. The input from this workshop will be submitted to the provincial
government as part of the final report on the Fundy Tidal SEA that is due in
April. We can provide travel subsidies to assist people in attending the
workshop. There will be delicious vegetarian catering from Little Foot
Yurts. The Background Report on the Fundy Tidal Energy Project and
Stakeholder Environmental Assessment, is here:
To attend this important workshop, please RSVP to Kelly McRae, the new NSEN
Caucus Coordinator: caucus_nsen at cen-rce.org or call NSEN at (902) 454-6846.
Agenda here is available on the NSEN web site: www.nsen.ca

Uranium and You? Impacts of uranium mining: Film Screening and Public Forum
on March 20, Halifax
Film Screening and panel discussion Thursday, March 20 7:00-9:00pm Room 104,
Weldon Law School, 6061 University Ave., Dalhousie University
Free, public forum to discuss the adverse impacts of uranium mining, global
demand for uranium products, and Nova Scotia's moratorium on uranium mining.
The evening will include a screening of the National Film Board's Uranium
and a panel discussion including Rudy Haase, Friends of Nature Conservation
Society, Frank Fawson, Council of Canadians, and Albert Marshall, Eskasoni
First Nation and Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources. Organized by the
Sierra Club of Canada-Atlantic Chapter. Co-sponsored by the Marine
Environmental Law Institute and the Nova Scotia Environmental Network.
For more information, please contact gretchenf at sierraclub.ca or
902-444-3113 for more details.

Sustainability Education: From the Earth Charter to Action on Friday, March
28, 2008 , 7:30 pm 
Burke Building Theatre A, 5932 Inglis Street, Saint Mary's University 
Public Forum with Keynote Speakers: 
Dr. Anita Wenden, co-founder of Earth and Peace Education Associates
International, New York [Earth Charter: An Ethical Framework for Planning
Sustainability Education] Dr. Gerald Farthing, Deputy Minister of Manitoba
Department of Education, Citizenship and Youth [Promoting and Developing
Education for Sustainable Development in Manitoba]
Special performance by the O Beautiful Gaia Singers. 
Come out to learn about the Earth Charter, the United Nations Decade on
Education for Sustainable Development, and Manitoba's inspiring model of
sustainability education. Book sales and displays. This lecture is part of
Saint Mary's University's Sustainability Conversations Speaker Series. Free
and open to the public, all welcome! For more information, please contact
NSEN www.nsen.ca Email nsen at cen-rce.org or Phone 454-6846.

First Annual Sustainability Education Symposium at SMU Saturday, Mar. 29 and
30, 2008 
Peacebuilding and Earthkeeping: Building a Culture of Respect for People and
the Planet 
Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 2008 
Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia 
The First Annual Sustainability Education Symposium will focus on successful
ways to teach and learn about peace and the environment. It will provide
examples of effective and practical programs, as well as techniques and
strategies for creating a culture of respect for people and the planet. This
will be an excellent opportunity for educators in the school system and in
society to learn from each other and to share resources. Special features
include keynote speakers, workshops, film screenings, youth panel, and
experiential learning.
Registration Fees (includes snacks, lunch on Saturday, and all symposium
Full Conference: Regular registration: $65.00 / Student / Low income: $45.00
(note that the number of subsidized spaces is limited and will be allocated
on a first-come, first-served basis). This symposium will sell out!
Sunday Only (9 am - 1 pm) Regular registration: $25.00 
Spaces are limited, so register early! 
For more information or to register for the Symposium, please see:

Sustainability Education Public Reception and Art Display: Trashformation
2008 on Sat. March 29
Peacebuilding and Earthkeeping: Building a Culture of Respect for People and
the Planet 
Saturday, March 29 
5:30-6:30 pm 
Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue 
Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia 
The public is invited to a free food & drink reception and art display to
celebrate the winners of the Trashformation 2008 Art Contest and the first
Annual Sustainability Education Symposium. The Gallery is located on the 1st
floor of the Loyola Academic Complex on The Saint Mary's University Campus,
accessible from Gorsebrook Avenue or off Robie Street south of the McNally

WRWEO Annual General Meeting on March 25, 2008 at the Tantallon Public
Time: 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM 
Location: Tantallon Public Library
Hammonds Plains and Hwy 103
Upper Tantallon
More: The Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization (WRWEO) is
holding its Annual General Meeting on March 25, 2008
Location: Upper Tantallon Public Library, Hubley Mall, Exit 5 Highway 103
Date and Time: Tuesday March 25, 2008 from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Keynote speaker: Raymond Plourde, Ecology Action Centre, discussing the
Wilderness Areas Protection Act
If you are interested in or concerned about:
- hiking, canoeing, hunting and/or fishing in and around the Woodens River
- the environment including water quality, development, logging, and human
impact on our natural areas;
Then you should come to WRWEO's Annual General Meeting and become a member
or run for election to the Board of Directors. Membership costs $10. The
Woodens River watershed occupies 16,000 acres (more than 25 square miles) of
the Chebucto Peninsula about 20km to the west of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Contact: Paul Berry, Chair
Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization
Ph. 876-7377
jpaulberry at ns.sympatico.ca

Author Reading: Sacred Stewardship on Sunday, March 30 at 2pm Darmouth
Learn more about the food we eat. Co-authors Charles Hubbard and Maggie
Carruthers offer thought-provoking advice on how to reshape the relationship
we have with food and the way we produce it. Their book, Sacred Stewardship:
Regaining our Spiritual Partnership with the Food we Eat also explores ways
to ensure sustainability for future generations. It's a journey that leads
to a personal and spiritual connection with our food. The authors will read
from their book at the Alderney Gate Public Library, on Sunday, March 30, at
2 p.m.
*Maggie Carruthers is a lightworker and animal communicator.
*Charles Hubbard is a farmer, international dowser and researcher.
*The Alderney Gate Library is located at 60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth, Nova
For more information:
Helena Sergakis
Communications Officer		
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605
Fax: (902) 490-5762
Email: sergakh at halifaxpubliclibraries.ca 

Funding for the Environment? Challenges and opportunities on April 1 at 7:30
pm Halifax
Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, Environmental Trust Fund, and more!
Tuesday, April 1 from 7:30-9:00 PM in Room 105, Weldon Law School, 6061
University Avenue, Dalhousie University, Halifax. 
Come to learn about the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia's environmental
endowment incentive and grant programs and the Nova Scotia Environmental
Network's funding resources. Find out more about the funding crisis due to
the federal government's cuts to environmental and climate changes programs.
Learn about the opportunities possible from Nova Scotia's Environmental
Trust Fund. Fundraising information and funding applications will be
available. Organized by the Nova Scotia Environmental Network and
co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Students Society and Dalhousie Law
School Pro Bono. For more information, please call (902) 454-6846, email
nsen at cen-rce.org or visit our web site: www.nsen.ca

March 29 - Earth Hour (turn off lights for an hour) at 8 p.m. in Halifax
KAIROS asks you, your church, and your community to join in this global
effort as part of your commitment to the Re-Energize: Time For A Carbon
Sabbath campaign (http://www.kairoscanada.org/e/action/earthhour/index.asp).
Use this time to reflect on your use of fossil fuels and their connections
not just to climate change but to human rights and conflict as well. Build
community around these issues. Advocate with local and federal governments
to change their policies and practices related to fossil fuels. 
Want to get started? 
Download the "KAIROS Earth Hour Kit" (PDF file)-- it has ideas big and
small, from turning out the lights at home to approaching your community
government, local businesses, and the whole community to turn out the

Watch on March 22 on Global Television, *Hijacked Future * Our agricultural
system is unsustainable!
Hijacked Future warns that our current agricultural system is unsustainable
- one that will be unable
to support us and our grandchildren in the future. It's an increasingly
fragile system that literally runs on oil  from fertilizers and pesticides,
to the trucks and planes that transport food  and is vulnerable to the
effects of climate change. And the source of our food  seeds  is being
hijacked by a handful of corporations from the farmers who have for
millennia, grown and saved them. Should anybody, the film asks, own seeds?
*Hijacked Future* takes us from the grain fields of Saskatchewan, to farmers
and seed banks in Ethiopia, to north of the Arctic Circle in Norway, where
the "Doomsday"
vault is stockpiling seeds for use in the event of a global crisis. As the
film says, "It all starts with the seed, and the stakes are high? because
who controls the seed, controls the food? Who will control the
seeds we plant, and the food we put on our tables?" Will our future be?
Tune in to the broadcast premier on /Global Currents/ on Global
Television March 22, 2008  check local listings for time.
Visit the film's website at www.hijackedfuture.com
Global: http://www.canada.com/globaltv/globalshows/globalcurrents/index.html

TOCAR Y LUCHAR (TO PLAY AND TO FIGHT) Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 7 pm.
NS Cuba Association and Albasol Tours present this inspirational film.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Bedford Row Entrance
To Play and To Fight is the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth and
Children's Orchestra System, an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras
formed within most of Venezuela's towns and villages. Once a modest program
designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, 'El Sistema' has
evolved into what has been called "one of the most important and beautiful
social phenomena in modern history." Close to half a million students have
participated in the program, which was founded in 1975 by musician,
economist and politician Jose Antonio Abreu as a state-funded social program
to improve the lives of the country's underprivileged youth. Jose Antonio
Abreu recently won Canada's prestigious Glenn Gould Award -- awarded every
third year in recognition of a significant contribution to the arts, music
and communication.See this beautiful film!  
Admission by donation - suggested donation $5.
With the support of:The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in
For more information: albasolitours at gmail.com

Grannies to Grannies Rockingham Group Film Screening: "Shake Hands with the
Devil" Apr. 13
Fundraiser in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmother's Project
in Africa
Oxford Street Theatre
Sunday, 13 April at 2:00pm
Tickets - $10.00
For more information, contact Fran Paton at 443.3008

Mobius Awards Banquet - Key Note is Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Sheila
Watt-Cloutier on Apr. 16
This year's Mobius Awards banquet will be held in conjunction with the
Canadian Waste-Resource Symposium (www.atcanswana.org), and will feature
Sheila Watt-Cloutier as the keynote speaker. Ms. Watt-Cloutier is the past
chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council and was nominated for the Nobel Peace
Prize in 2007 for her work defending Inuit human rights against the impacts
of climate change. For Ms. Watt-Cloutier's extended biography, please visit
For more info, please visit the RRFB Nova Scotia Website: www.rrfb.com


Happy World Water Day on March 22!

Tamara Lorincz
Executive Director, Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN)
French Student
55 Willowbend Court
Halifax, NS CANADA B3M 3L3
Phone: (902) 443-2423
Cell: (902) 478-1379
tlorincz at dal.ca
CESR: http://cesr.dsu.dal.ca
GN: http://www.space4peace.org/
HPC: http://hfxpeace.chebucto.org/
NSEN: http://www.nsen.ca
NDP: http://www.tamaralorincz.ca 
"A better world is possible"

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" -
Dr. Martin Luther King

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