[Sust-mar] Various upcoming events for peace, earth and justice from Feb. 17 (*Eco-Hero Awards Deadline Feb. 16)

Tamara Lorincz tlorincz at dal.ca
Mon Feb 16 03:15:23 EST 2009

Various upcoming events for peace, earth and justice. Mark your calendars
and please circulate. Thank you!

NO to the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement!
When: February 17, 2009, 7:00 PM Where: Saint Mary's, Sobey's Building, Room
On 21 November 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Colombian President
Alvaro Uribe announced the signing of a Canada-Colombia free trade agreement
that is currently pending ratification.  On February 17th, Brother Omar
Fernández Obregón, a guest from Colombia, will be speaking in Halifax about
his concerns regarding the Canada - Colombia Free Trade Agreement and how
Canadians can act on this issue. Many Colombian and Canadian organizations
are concerned that the free trade agreement has been signed without regard
for the widespread and very serious human rights violations that continue to
be the daily reality in Colombia. Brother Omar Fernández Obregón is co-
founder and director of the Inter-Franciscan Commission of Justice, Peace
and Reverence with the Creation, the main force behind the Movement of
Christians for Peace with Justice and Dignity, which forms a part of the
Coalition of Social Movements and Organizations of Colombia (COMOSOC).  In
Canada, the tour is being organized by KAIROS, RedLEIDH-York University,
United Church of Canada, Americas Policy Group of the Canadian Council for
International Cooperation, Amnesty International Canada (English Speaking
Branch), Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network, and NSPIRG.

YES WE CAN! Rally on Thursday, February 19 from 12:00-12:30 p.m.
Halifax Public Library, 5381 Spring Garden Rd. Halifax. On the First
Official Visit of US President Obama
YES WE CAN: Stop the War in Afghanistan & Stop the Bombing of Pakistan;
Take Urgent Action on Climate Change;  Bring Omar Khadr Home;  Meet our
Millennium Development Goals; and Give Pay Equity to Women. 
Please come to our public rally to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama to
Canada, his first official international visit of his presidency. Across the
country, Canadians will be sending the President and our Prime Minister
Stephen Harper the message that "YES WE CAN" have a world without war and
that we can work together to take action on climate change and create a
truly sustainable future. Organized by the Halifax Peace Coalition. Web:
http://www.hfxpeace.chebucto.org/ Email: hfxpeace at chebucto.ca

*There will also be a rally at Province House, Great George St.
Charlottetown, PEI on Feb. 19 at noon.

Centre for Faith and the Media:  "The Media and Muslims" on Feb. 19
Thursday, February 19.  7:00 - 9:00 p.m. University of King's College. KTS
lecture hall. 2nd floor, New Academic Building. A roundtable discussion
between local media and Muslim leaders. Kelly Toughill - Journalism
Professor, University of King's College Dr. Jamal Badawi - Board member,
CAIR-CAN and Muslim speaker Saleem Ahmed - Former President, Islamic
Association of Nova Scotia Dan Leger - Journalist, The Chronicle Herald Rob
Gordon - Journalist, CBC Halifax.  www.faithandmedia.org

Sustainability Education Networking 2009 Meetings with Lunch 
Wed., February 18, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. CCEPA, 630 Francklyn St., Halifax
with guest speaker Lynn Hartwell, NS Community Services, on Social
Prosperity. There will be other speakers. Lunch provided. Please RSVP.

Fri., March 6, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Keating Millennium Centre, St. Francis
Xavier University, Antigonish  with guest speaker Julie Stinson, Antigonish
Sustainable Development. Lunch provided. Please RSVP.
Organized by the Nova Scotia Environmental Network. For more information,
please call (902) 454-6846, email nsen at cen-rce.org or visit our web site:

Environmental Education Caucus Meeting Friday, February 20, 10:00 a.m.-12:00
p.m. Department of Natural Resources , 1701 Hollis St., Halifax. For those
with an interest in environmental education. Organized by the Nova Scotia
Environmental Network. For more information, please call (902) 454-6846,
email nsen at cen-rce.org or visit our web site: www.nsen.ca

Environmental Law & Policy Meeting. Friday, February 20, 12:00-1:30 p.m.,
Ecology Action Centre, 2705 Fern Lane, Halifax. Organized by the Nova Scotia
Environmental Network. For more information, please call (902) 454-6846,
email nsen at cen-rce.org or visit our web site: www.nsen.ca

Envisioning a Community Garden for Mainland Common Meeting 
Saturday, February 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rm. C, Keshen Goodman Library, 330
Lacewood Dr., Halifax
Come and “plant a seed” to help us bring to life the first community garden
in Halifax West, next to the
new Mainland Common Community Centre. All are welcome to this free public
meeting. Featuring inspirational special guest, Marjorie Willison CBC
gardening extraordinaire! Draw prizes. Organized by the Nova Scotia
Environmental Network. For more information, please call (902) 454-6846,
email nsen at cen-rce.org or visit our web site: www.nsen.ca

Fifth Annual Sable Island Meeting
Tuesday March 4th, 2009, 7:00 – 9:30, Room 201, Sobey Building, Saint Mary’s
University Campus. Event will include four short illustrated talks and a
question and answer session followed by a reception. For more information
click here:

Story of Stuff: Toward Sustainable Consumption and Production FILM & TALK
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Spring Garden Road Memorial
Library, 5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax. Attend this free public film &
interactive, stimulating discussion. Watch the highly acclaimed Story of
Stuff short film. A critical look at our consumption and production systems
and a review our new Nova Scotia Environmental Goals and Sustainable
Prosperity Act. Draw prizes. All welcome. For more information, please call
(902) 454-6846, email nsen at cen-rce.org or visit our web site: www.nsen.ca

Andrew Nikiforuk - The Alberta Tar Sands-Dirty Oil and the future of a
Continent.* March 2-6 
Calgary based journalist/speaker Andrew Nikiforuk, one of Canada's foremost
nonfiction authors and an award winning business reporter will be hosting a
series of free public lectures in Nova Scotia on  The Alberta Tar
Sands-Dirty Oil and the future of a Continent.* March 2-6. Dates, Places,
1.  Sydney:  Monday March 2:  Membertou Trade and Convention Centre 7-9pm
2.  Antigonish:  Tuesday March 3, St. Francis Xavier University, 7-9pm
3.  Bible Hill:  Wednesday March 4, Nova Scotia Agriculture College, 12-1pm 
4.  Halifax:  Wednesday March 4, Dalhousie's College of Sustainability,
Kenneth Rowe Management Bldg. 7-9pm
5.  Wolfville:  Thursday, March 5, Acadia's Arthur Irving Academy for the
Environment 7-9pm
6.  (not-confirmed) Chester:  Friday, March 6, Forest Heights Community
School 1-2 pm
7.  Mahone Bay:  Friday March 6, Mahone Bay Community Centre, 7-9pm
For information updates and details see http://www.andrewnikiforuk.com/ 

Film Screening and Discussion: IF WOMEN COUNTED
Sunday, March 15, 2009, 2:30-5:00 PM, Helen Creighton Room, Alderney Public
Library, 60 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS. Free public event. All welcome.
Women don’t miss this! In celebration of International Women’s Day.
Organized by Equal Voice Nova Scotia.  For more information, please call
902-445-0187 or visit: http://equalvoicenovascotia.googlepages.com/home
Email equalvoicenovascotia at gmail.com 
"Canada as Leading Middle Power and Child Soldiers" Honourable Romeo A.
Dallaire, Lt. General (ret.d)
March 5th at 9am in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre. The
Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, in conjunction with the 5th Annual
Graduate Symposium on Geopolitics and Global Governance, presents guest
speaker:  Honourable Romeo A. Dallaire.  Tickets can be purchased online at:
www.artscentre.dal.ca or by telephone at 1-800-874-1669. Early Bird Price
(to Feb 18) $17.50 Reg, $13.50 Student From Feb. 19: $20.00 Reg. $15.00
Student / Discounts apply to students and early bird tickets purchased
before February 19th.  Information on the event can be obtained by calling
the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie at 494-6846 or e-mail:
cfpsddir at dal.ca All proceeds will go to the Child Soldiers Initiative
www.childsoldiersinitiative.org , a non-profit organization dedicated to the
eradication of child soldiers globally.

"Obama, Canada and Peace" Dinner and Silent Auction on Tuesday, March 31st,
Time: 6pm - Reception, 7pm – Dinner Location: Saint Mary's University, 923
Robie Street, Halifax
Ticket price: $100/each. “Obama, Canada and Peace” will examine the
recently-inaugurated Obama administration, Canada’s evolving relationship
with the United States, and what it all means for peace in our world.
Timely, engaging, and thought-provoking, this talk will give us all a fresh
perspective on things to come. 
Pugwash Peace Exchange Phone: (902) 243-2328, Fax: (902) 243-2328, Email:
mail at pugwashpeaceexchange.org

Book Club "Go Green: How to Build An Earth Friendly Community" 
Saturday, April 4, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Alderney Gate Library, 60 Alderney
Dr., Dartmouth. Please get the book and RSVP - only 60 seats. For more
information, please call (902) 454-6846, email nsen at cen-rce.org or
visit our web site: www.nsen.ca

Halifax - March 10-11, 2009
Location: Westin NS, 1181 Hollis Street 
The winter of 2008-2009 brought changing economic conditions, the Federal
and Provincial government budgets, the NS Energy Strategy adn Climate Change
Action Plan, and some new initiatives. Increased investments will be made to
infrastructure--traditional, residential, green energy, and otherwise. This
event considers these recent influences and discusses opportunities and
prospects for those involved in providing climate change adaptation and
litigation services and related environmental services within the public and
private sector, research, decision-making, media, and community groups. 
This year's annual ACCC will showcase key-note speakers, presentations,
papers, and panel sessions to provide timely, useful, and locally applicable
insights. Admission: $150 for ESANS Members, $200 for Non-Members. More
info: http://esans.ca/events.html#accc09

4th annual Renewable Energy Conference 2009 :Emerging Opportunites" May 27th
& 28th, 2009
Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS. You may now register online by
February 21st at the Early-Bird Registration rate of $475.00. For AGENDA and
REGISTRATION information, go to www.ENERGYEVENT.ca or contact Catherine at
902-237-7010 or 
Email at Catherine at energyconsultant.ca


*REMINDER: NSEN Eco-Hero Awards are due on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 at
midnight. More details here: http://nsen.ca/ecohero.php 

Tamara Lorincz
Executive Director, Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN)
Sessional Instructor, Dalhousie University 2009
55 Willowbend Court
Halifax, NS CANADA B3M 3L3
Phone: (902) 443-2423
Cell: (902) 478-1379
tlorincz at dal.ca
ECJ: http://www.ecojustice.ca
GN: http://www.space4peace.org/
HPC: http://hfxpeace.chebucto.org/
NSEN: http://www.nsen.ca
"A better world is possible"

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

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