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People- & Planet-Friendly Events & Resources (00/04/20)
PEOPLE- & PLANET-FRIENDLY UPDATE
Revised Thurs. Apr. 20, 2000
Here are upcoming SUSTAINABLE LIVING, ENVIRONMENTAL
& SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS, workshops, courses, meetings,
festivals, conferences, etc. in Toronto, Ontario & beyond.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON or post at your office or neighbourhood.
*** CONTENTS ***
(A) NEW EVENTS IN ONTARIO
(B) Recurring, Ongoing & Series
(C) Events Beyond Ontario
(D) RESOURCES, NOTICES, ACTIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
(E) FEATURE: "A Walk to Remember"
(F) JOBS & CONTRACTS
(G) About this Newsletter
This is the *UPDATE EDITION*, which includes NEW events
that have not been mentioned in previous messages (plus a few
reminders of events coming up this week). New listings
(since April 13) are indicated by an asterisk (*).
In order by date.
* Send new events to email@example.com and
please FAX all Toronto-area events to NOW magazine:
new fax: 416-364-1166 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5pm
Thursday, a week before the Thursday of publicaton.
(A) NEW EVENTS IN ONTARIO
* Events in Toronto, North York, Richmond Hill, Maple/
Kleinberg, Kitchener, Lion's Head, Ottawa, Lake Superior,
Michigan, Minnesota, TV & Radio broadcasts, Canada-wide.
* EYEWITNESS REPORTS FROM WASHINGTON, Thurs Apr
20, 7:30pm, Toronto. Hear first hand what happened at the World
Bank/IMF protests in Washington DC. Reports, stories &
discussion. We will also talk about the OAS (Organization of the
American States) meeting in Windsor, June 4-5-6, 2000 - people
are preparing to give the OAS the same reception in Windsor, that
the WTO received in Seattle & the IMF-World Bank received in
Washington. The OAS is the organization that does the work of
the WTO-IMF-World Bank, here in North & South America. Free;
all welcome. International Students Centre (Cumberland Room)
(33 St. George, just north of College) 416- 978-2564 Related sites:
* (TV) SILENT SPRING - RACHEL CARSON, Thurs Apr 20,
10pm. Rachel Carson's environmental classic "Silent Spring"
(book) exposes the dangers of pesticides. On WTN at 10pm. [See
also RACHEL CARSON DAY, Sat May 27, 9:30am-2pm(?),
Toronto. March, speakers, tables, picnic, street theatre. Meet at
Church of St. Stephen's in The Fields on College St., w. of Spadina
at 103 Bellevue.]
* WASHINGTON PRISONER SUPPORT RALLY, Fri Apr 21,
11am, Toronto. Rally to support the people who are still in jail in
Washington DC. Courageous protesters remain in jail for fighting
to destroy two of the most powerful tools of global capitalism, the
IMF and World Bank. Arrestees are being brutally treated by US
Marshals in jail, including physical violence, threats, verbal abuse,
and the deprivation of legal support, medical attention, and, at
times, food & water. At the US Consulate (University Ave., btwn
Queen & Dundas). More info: http://www.indymedia.org
* WALK FOR JUSTICE, Good Friday, Apr 21, 2:15-5:45pm,
Toronto. An ecumencial gathering for Christians concerned about
the suffering of the world's peoples because we put the interests of
global corporations & the bottom line ahead of the needs of human
being & community. Meet at Metropolitan United Church, Queen
E & Church (rehearse songs, share banners, etc.); walk begins at
3pm. 3pm: Metropolitan United Church House - Financialization
& Faith; 3:20: Emerg. Entrance, St. Michaels Hospital - Health
Care Crisis; 3:50: James & Albert - Poverty, Wealth &
Consumerism; 4:10: Back Door, Old City Hall Courts - Justice &
Community; 4:30: Heating Grate, Nathan Philips Square -
Homelessness; 4:45: Peace Gardens, Nathan Philips Square -
Militarism; 5:15: Holy Trinity Church - The Final Act; 5:45: Holy
Trinity Church - Sharing of Bread & Soup. More info: Stuart
* EARTH DAY 2000, Sat Apr 22, Canada-wide. Register your
event on-line or fax it so we can publicize, promote & track your
Earth Day activities. Earth Day Canada - http://www.earthday.ca
Lynda 416-599-1991 ex107 email@example.com
http://www.jourdelaterre.org Another related web site: Mark
Dubois 206-876-2000 x203 firstname.lastname@example.org
WATER WATCH 2000, Sat Apr 22, 9am-noon, across Ontario.
Join students, teachers & concerned citizens across Ontario to
monitor water quality on Earth Day. Citizen's Environment Watch
(CEW) formed in response to provincial water monitoring
cutbacks. CEW provides all the materials, incl. classroom activities
for teachers. Tera Sharpe 416-978-4144 email@example.com
* (CBC Radio) HYDROGEN FUEL, Sat Apr 22, 12:06-1pm,
world-wide. The push to develop hydrogen as a clean, efficient &
renewable energy source that could soon be used to run our cars,
factories & more. Join host Bob McDonald each week to find out
the latest in science, technology, medicine & the environment. On
"Quirks & Quarks", CBC Radio One, across Canada (FM 99.1 in
Toronto) (also shortwave, satellite & internet RealAudio)
* (TV) WHAT'S UP WITH THE WEATHER? Sat Apr 22, 9pm
to 11pm. Since the late 1980s, rising temperatures & dramatic
weather - from heat waves & hurricanes to melting glaciers - have
fueled a global political & scientific debate about whether life on
earth is imperiled by human-caused global warming. NOVA &
FRONTLINE join forces to examine what climatologists really
know about the greenhouse effect. What is the connection between
rising levels of carbon dioxide & rising temperatures? And what
will the real impact of global warming be? The program examines
the enormous difficulty in reducing the levels of greenhouse gases
in a highly technological world economy and explores the political
struggle between environmentalists & industrialists, rich & poor.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova [I have two dates for this
broadcast (Apr 18 & 22)... so I'm not quite sure... more info at the
PBS website - ed]
COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING, Sat Apr 22, 10am-2pm.
Renaturalizing Wilket Creek. Bring a shovel & boots. Rain or
shine. Civic Garden Centre, Edwards Gardens, Lawrence E. &
Leslie. More info: Cindy English 416-397-1355 firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARTH DAY FAIR, Sat Apr 22, 9am-5pm, Ottawa. Businesses,
organisations & artisans; products & services that make our planet
a happy, healthy and sustainable place to live. Hourly prize draws.
Admission is a non-perishable food donation for the West Carleton
Food Bank. At The OZ Dome, 221 Westbrook Rd, Carp (just west
of Ottawa). More info/exhibitors: Seventh Generation Community
Projects 613-839- 3997
CLEAN UP THE DON, April 22 - May 6, Toronto. Don Valley
stewardship groups from Oak Ridges Morraine to Lake Ontario.
Plantings, clean-up crews, walks & talks.
TV TURNOFF WEEK, Sat-Fri April 22-28, World-wide! A
handful of megacorporations now control most of the global
information flows -- and routinely censor opinions that challenge
their interests & profitability. What are we going to do about it?
TV Turnoff Week is a start. Millions of people leaving their
screens blank for a week is a powerful exercise of consumer
sovereignty. Planning an action on your campus, high school or
workplace? Get some ideas or download a poster:
http://www.adbusters.org. Check out the new 30-second TV
Turnoff "Uncommercial." It's a potent little mindbomb and 60
public access stations have already agreed to air it. If you can
secure airtime in your area, we'll send a broadcast copy for free!
Email your address to email@example.com (specify VHS, 3/4",
or BETA). We've raised $3,500 to air the spot twice on CNN
Headline News. To help fund more airings: Allan MacDonald 604-
737-2583 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More info: Tom Liacas
email@example.com. For quick delivery of broadcast videos
or for media interviews: TV Turnoff Hotline 1-800-663-1243.
Cheers from the staff & volunteers at Adbusters. [Unplug the
brainwash and free up your energies -- get "real!" Breaking the
addiction for more than a few weeks can help you discover a whole
new life. - ed]
* POWER POLITICS: IS CANADA DEMOCRATIC ENOUGH?
Tues Apr 25, 7:30-9:30pm,Toronto. There is more to democracy
than marking an 'X' on a ballot every four years, yet few Canadians
feel that government is listening between elections. Even some
politicians say a trend toward centralized decision making gives
them little influence over policy. In an era of personality politics,
information over-load, and globalization, how can we build a
country that is more democratic? Are politicians more influenced
by their funders than their electorate? How can we encourage
meaningful citizen participation? With Judy Rebick, author of
"Imagine Democracy"; Bob MacDermid (Professor of Political
Science, York U.); Akaash Maharaj (Ntl Policy Chair, Liberal
Party of Canada); Carol Off (CBC's The National). Free; first-
come, first-seated - max 500 people. St. Lawrence Centre Forum,
27 Front St. E., 2 blks south of King subway.
http://www.stlc.com/forums.htm Carolyn Langdon
firstname.lastname@example.org 416-366-1656 ext.274
WATER - Should a Basic Human Right be a Commodity? and
AIR - How is Urban Smog Affecting our Health? Wed Apr 26,
7:30-9:30pm, Toronto. Kathleen Cooper, researcher & community
legal worker with Canadian Environmental Law Association;
Jeffrey Brook, PhD in Air Pollution Meteorology, Research
Scientist with Environment Canada's Air Quality Research Branch;
lecturer in the Dept. of Public Health at U of T. Location: Big
Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave., just west of Chester Subway $10/$15
at the door. Kathleen Mitchell, Festive Earth Society 416-469-
2977 x 23 <http://www.festiveearth.com>
NO NEED TO BE GUINEA PIGS: LOCAL ALTERNATIVES
TO GE & GLOBALIZED FOOD, Wed Apr 26, 7pm, Kitchener.
With Susan Loh, Fair Share Harvest Community Supported
Agriculture (CSA); Wolfgang Pfenning, Pfenning's Organics &
More; Sara MacDonald, Community Gardening Network, Kitchen
Garden Project; Fiona Heath, Ebytown Food Co-op & the Simple
Living Newsletter. At The Working Centre, 58 Queen South,
Kitchener. http://www.theworkingcentre.org 519-743-1151
* HIGH ENERGY PRICES BENEFIT CONSUMERS, Wed Apr
26, 7:30pm, Toronto. Debate. Swansea Debating Society,
Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia (near Runnymede subway).
* ONTARIO WATER CONFERENCE, Wed-Thurs Apr 26-27,
Richmond Hill. Challenges & solutions of water management in
Ontario, with special attention to water issues such as impacts of
climate change, sustainability, the Great Lakes, information
technology, watershed management, drinking water, stormwater,
wastewater, beneficial uses of water. Detailed program & online
registration at: http://www.cwra.org/ontwmc/ $54-$268. Canadian
Society for Civil Engineering, Canadian Water Resources
Association, Stormwater Assessment Monitoring & Performance
Program. Sheraton Parkway Hotel, 600 Highway #7 East (at
Leslie). More info: James Li 416-979-5345 email@example.com or
Saeed Choudhary 905-704-2238 firstname.lastname@example.org
CASHING IN: MONEY & INFLUENCE IN CANADIAN
POLITICS, Thurs Apr 27, 7:30pm, Toronto. Aaron Freeman,
founding director of Democracy Watch (Ottawa-based citizen
advocacy group), speaking about the stories in his new book:
Cashing In: Money & Influence in Canadian Politics. (McClelland
& Stewart, April 2000). "Shines a light on the corrupting channels
of direct corporate influence in Canada: weakly controlled
campaign contributions; revolving doors through which gov't
officials spin on their way to new careers with the firms they
previously regulated; gifts & corporate-sponsored travel; lobbyists
cozy with gov't employees; powerful trade associations" -Ralph
Nader. See excerpt in Macleans magazine, week of April 3. Free.
At UofT OISE auditorium, 253 Bloor St West (at St.George
subway) More info: Aaron Freeman 613-237-9809 or National
Interest Forum 416-340-1865
PERMACULTURE IN A NUTSHELL, Thurs Apr 27, 7:30pm,
Toronto. Intro & overview of the principles of Permaculture.
What is Permaculture? A science, an ethic and a lifestyle: the
study of water, plants, animals, energy, soils, and technologies that
focus on pollution- or waste-free systems; an ethic of supporting
the Earth and its diversity of life; and a lifestyle of appropriate
activities that can include growing organic food, sustainable
contruction, waste reduction, energy self-reliance, etc. A great
intro to the upcoming Permaculture certificate courses [May 29 -
June 7]. With Richard Griffiths, Permaculture Community Action
Worknet (PCAW) and the Ecology Retreat Centre. Slide show &
discussion. Pay what you can (sugg. $5) Grassroots Riverdale,
372 Danforth Ave (at Chester). Reservations: 416-944-1993
HEALTH CONFERENCE 2000, Fri Apr 28, Toronto. An
opportunity for leaders in the promotion of healthy living to come
together for a day of interaction, professional development & info
sharing. University of Toronto Faculty of Physical Education &
Health; The Ontario Physical & Health Education Association. At
University of Toronto. Info/register http://www.ophea.org 416-
TREE ADVOCATE PLANTING PROGRAM, Fri Apr 28,
Toronto. Plant a tree! 16 locations across Toronto. Free.
Councillor Joe Pantalone 416-392-4108
MAY DAY 2000 - A CARNIVAL AGAINST CAPITALISM, Fri
Apr 28 - Mon May 1, around the world. Festival of Ideas and
Actions Against Globalization. Committees are already planning
events for Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and other events
will be announced in the months to come. In London, May Day
2000 will be a 4-day gathering of grass roots empowerment against
capitalism. Teach-ins, workshops, high profile speakers, a
bookfair, film festival, art exhibition, a Critical Mass bike ride,
parties, maypoles, mayhem and mass actions on Monday May 1st
to celebrate our diverse struggles against capitalism, exploitation
and the destruction of the planet. Brian Edgecombe email@example.com
* MAYWORKS, Fri Apr 28 - Sun May 7, Toronto. A festival of
working people and the arts. Music, theatre, film & video, spoken
word, visual art, workshops. http://www.web.net/~mayworks
* THE WHOLE VILLAGE, Sat Apr 29, 10am-noon, Toronto.
Orientation Meeting for anyone interested in / curious about about
the Whole Village. A group of 25 families from a variety of
backgrounds, who have come together to preserve agricultural land
by actively farming in a way that sustains farm families & the rural
economy ...to create an ecologically sustainable & environmentally
sensitive farming community; to protect & enhance natural habitat
through conservation easements & other means. Design meetings,
open to the public, every second Thursday near King City;
orientation meetings monthly. All welcome.
RSVP 416-733-2542. Meeting at 40 Reiber Cr., off Pineway,
north of Finch, west of Leslie. [Related sites:
CN TOWER CLIMB for WORLD WILDLIFE FUND, Sat Apr 29,
6am, Toronto. Help protect hundreds of species & millions of
acres of wildlife habitat. $20/$25; free with $75 or more in
pledges 416-489-4567 ext. 303 Register in person at Roots Stores
or at the CN Tower and save $5, or by phone or fax. [Related:
SOLAR & WIND ENERGY WORKSHOPS (level 2),
Maple/Kleinberg. One-day workshop: component testing,
installation guidelines, wiring, codes. Held in Kortright's
renewable energy cottage, powered by wind & sun! An invaluable
source of unbiased info. Dates: Sat Apr 29, May 13, Aug 19, or
Oct 21 (10am-4pm). Location just north of Toronto. $85 incl
lunch. Advance reservation & payment req'd: Kortright Centre
* TREE PLANTING, Sat Apr 29, 10am-noon, Toronto. For
families, indivs & community groups. Shovels & tools provided;
bring gloves & sturdy shoes. Rain or shine. Behind Loblaws at
Millwood Rd btwn Laird Dr. & Leaside bridge; follow Loblaws
driveway (Redway Rd / Crother's Rd on some maps) to south side
of parking lot; down the hill; look for the blue & white Metro
Works signs. More info (groups should preregister): 416-392-7842.
FROM INSTITUTIONALIZED EDUCATION TO A LEARNING
SOCIETY, Sat April 29, Ottawa. Book launch by Natural Life
Editor Wendy Priesnitz at the Home Learning Conference 2000,
University of Ottawa. Why our assumptions about children &
education aren't preparing them for life in the 21st Century; how
our assumptions about many aspects of life are crippling our
collective well-being & the health of the planet; what we can do to
change the situation. The Alternate Press firstname.lastname@example.org
AGAINST NEO-LIBERALISM - FOR A WORKERS' AGENDA,
Sat Apr 29, 7pm, Toronto. 14th Annual Socialist May Day
Celebration. Speakers: leading activists from across the working
class movement; various unions; Ontario Coalition Against
Poverty; Labour Council of Toronto. Live calypso & reggae dance
music, six course buffet dinner, cash bar, literature, crafts. $10 -
$20. Cecil Community Centre, 58 Cecil St. (at Spadina, south of
College St.) Info: 416-535-8779
EARTH DAY EXPO 2000, Sat Apr 29, 10am-5pm, Lion's Head.
60+ exhibitors & vendors of earth-friendly goods & info. 6
seminars on topics from alternate energy & organic foods, to
disposal methods for plastic hay bale wrap. Theme: "Healthy
Environment through Cooperation". Activities for children and
adults. Organic Cafe, Eco Theatre, live music, drama, art show.
Free! Lion's Head is located on the Bruce Peninsula, 1 hour north
of Owen Sound, on Hwy #6 (halfway between Wiarton &
Tobermory). More info: Bruce Peninsula Environment Group
email@example.com 519-793-4687 or Graham 519-592-5742
* RESOURCE RIGHTS & HUMAN RIGHTS, Sat Apr 29, 7:30-
9:30pm. Public Forum: Treaty & inherent rights cannot be legally
extinguished. Native Canadian Centre, 16 Spadina Rd., north of
EARTH DAY at HIGH PARK CHILDREN'S GARDEN, Sun Apr
30, noon-4pm, Toronto. Planting, spring garden preparations,
storytelling, garden games, more! At High Park Children's
Garden, south end of Colborne Lodge Drive. Limited parking.
More info Jane Hayes 416-392-1560, ex85695
MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP ANNUAL GEAR SWAP,
Sun Apr 30, 11am-1pm, Toronto. Buy great used gear at
unbelievable prices; get cash for old gear you don't use anymore;
reduce, reuse, recycle! Goods for sale must be brought to our
member service desk between April 15- 29th. At Mountain
Equipment Co-op, 400 King St. W. More info: Chris Ellins 416-
COMPOSTING AWARENESS WEEK, Apr 30 - May 6.
Composting Council of Canada, Toronto.
* WATER IN THE CITY WALK, Sun Apr 30, 10am, Toronto.
Follow the water flowing through the city's underground sewer
systems to the Don River. Learn about the problems & solutions.
Meet outside Chester Subway. Rain or shine. More info: 416-392-7842.
EARTH DAY in HIGH PARK, Sun Apr 30, noon-4pm, Toronto.
Activities, demos & displays. By Colborne Lodge, near the south
entrance to the park. Free. Cheryl Hart 416-392-6916
SOLAR (PV) INSTALLATION WORKSHOPS (level 3),
Maple/Kleinberg. Apply what you learned in level 1 & 2 to an
actual installation. Dates: Sun Apr 30, May 14, Aug 20, or Oct 22
(9am-4pm). Location just north of Toronto. $160 incl lunch.
Advance reservation & payment req'd: Kortright Centre 905-832-
* FROM NAKED APE TO SUPERSPECIES, Sun Apr 30, noon,
Toronto. Potluck lunch & discussion of David Suzuki's new book
& radio series. "A real wakeup call to thinking people ... to take
stock of what is happening all around them." Co-op party room, 40
Homewood Ave. (buzz 364). George Cernauskas, Humanist
Assoc. of Toronto, 416-967-7284 firstname.lastname@example.org [Audio tapes
available from CBC Radio, 416-205-7367, for $39.95]
* (CBC Radio) LESSONS OF CLAYOQUOT, Mon May 1,
9:05pm, world-wide. Twenty years ago citizens challenged
government & industry to stop clear-cutting in Clayoquot Sound.
Today, Clayoquot is the site of an innovative native-local-forest-
industry experiment. Bob Bossin talks to the people who fought
the Clayoquot Wars to discover what happened. On "Ideas", CBC
Radio One, across Canada (FM 99.1 in Toronto; also shortwave,
satellite & internet RealAudio)
http://www.radio.cbc.ca/programs/ideas/ "Ideas" airs Mondays-
Fridays 9:05pm Eastern time.
* HOT DOCS! DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, Mon-Sun
May 1-7, Toronto. Over 70 of the years most exciting, provocative
& audacious non-fiction films from around the world. Screenings;
filmmaker discussions; industry programs; workshops. Two films
for $5 / FREE daytime screenings for students & seniors.
*** A WALK TO REMEMBER, June 28 to late August, around
Lake Superior. A sacred, 1200 mile journey around Lake Superior
to bring forth community visions to protect the air, land & water
for the Seven Generations yet to come. Lake Superior is the
largest freshwater lake in the world. For many people, it is an
important source of food, livelihood & drinking water. It is now
threatened due to contamination, global warming, and a growing
global water crisis. "We need to bring all the people of Lake
Superior together. We need to talk to each other about what is
happening in our villages & our communities, to share our
experiences, concerns & hopes. We need to meet our neighbors &
learn from them." Enroute we will seek to meet & learn from all
who know & understand the waters, beaches, forests, hills, routes,
commerce, communities & spirit of the lake. Transcending borders
& boundaries... it is also a spiritual journey, a pilgrimage, a healing
journey. We will share what we learn with each new person &
community we visit. Almost-simultaneous internet updates will
share the sights, sounds & ideas with the rest of the world. It is
hoped that from the walk, a set of common principles,
commitments & standards can be realized to ensure that Lake
Superior will be protected & nurtured for present & future
generations. With Native & Non-Native people of Wisconsin,
Minnesota, Ontario & Michigan. Please join us on this once in a
lifetime journey for the Seven Generations yet to come. More info
re participating / donating / helping out: Al Hunter/Sandra Indian
(807) 482-1687 email@example.com; Amoose (715) 682-8189
Esther Nahgahnub (218) 879-3754 firstname.lastname@example.org; Frank
Koehn (715) 774-3333 email@example.com; Bob Olsgard 1-
888-281-1735 or (715) 635-8171 firstname.lastname@example.org; Sandy
Lyon (715) 766-2725 or email@example.com; "SuperiorHike_L"
email listserve: http://www.uwsp.edu/it/exchange/listserv.asp
*** "The world is run by the people who show up!" ***
(Other events beyond May 1 will appear in next week's edition)
(B) NEW RECURRING / ONGOING EVENTS & SERIES
None this week.
(C) NEW EVENTS BEYOND ONTARIO
* INTRO TO PERMACULTURE - PRINCIPLES OF
SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS DESIGN, arrive Fri or Sat, to Sun (or
Mon) May 26-29 (U.S. long weekend), Metamora, Michigan (4
hours from Toronto) Apply sustainable systems design principles
to develop & design for the center: natural buildings, renewable
energy systems, alternative waste water & toilet systems, edible
landscape, organic gardens, ecological restoration. Work on a
strawbale, cob covered, thatched roof building. Learn, laugh &
heal ourselves as we learn more about being in creative healing
partnership with the earth. (if interested in getting dirty, please
bring work clothes). $200-$225/person; $350/couple; some work
scholarships. Jillian Hovey, Permaculture Instructor & facilitator
of sustainable community planning & design. At Windrise
Spiritual Retreat, 150 rolling acres in the upland hills, (canoeing
and kayaking available). Esteka Monjo 810-678-3290
firstname.lastname@example.org or Jillian Hovey 416-410-7581
* GREAT LAKES UNITED, Fri-Sun June 2-4, Two Harbors,
Minnesota. Clean cars; transboundary deposition; coalition
building; comunity health; global warming; export/diversion; GL
Water Quality Agreement; native species restoration; biodiversity;
ecofeminism; world trade. Hiking, kayaking, bird walks. 716-
886-0142 email@example.com Ontario contact: John Jackson 519-744-7503
(D) NEW RESOURCES, NOTICES & ACTIONS
* GREEN TOURIST GUIDEBOOK. Get listed! Launch in Fall
2000. Free. http://www.greentourism.on.ca Green Tourism Assoc.
* IMF/WORLD BANK DEMONSTRATORS SUBJECT TO
WIDESPREAD POLICE ABUSE. Some of the detainees are
Canadians. Accounts detail gross mistreatment in jail & in the
streets, peaceful protesters beaten by police & U.S. Marshals,
denied food & water & stripped of their basic constitutional rights.
Asking all concerned to call as many of the following numbers to
help them in their efforts to gain justice for the remaining 200
IMF/WB detainees. Giving no names, express concern that
detainees are being abused, and demand their immediate release.
All area codes are 202. DC Mayors office 727-2980; DC Chief of
Staff 727-2643; DC Public Advocate 673-4421; Dept. of
Correction 673-7316; DC Chief Judge 879-2770; DC Executive
Officer Ulysses Hammond 879-1700; Police Academy 645-0055
(detainees held here); Central Holding 727-2894; 1st Dist.
Substation 727-4655; Superior Court Chief Judge Eugene
Hamilton 879-1600; Clerk of the Court 879-1401; US Atty. For
DC 514-2000 (insist on an investigation & prosecution on abuses,
civil rights violations & homophobia); Cell Blocks B&C 727-
2392. More detail at http://www.interlog.com/~cjazz/a16.htm
Related: http://www.indymedia.org http://www.a16.org
* ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH CORPS. Six to twelve month
* WHY CANADA IS WORTH SAVING - NATIONAL ESSAY
CONTEST, deadline May 15. $120,000 in prizes, travel,
scholarships. Ages 12 to adult & seniors. "We've signed a
stunning new trade pact with Canada. The Canadians don't know
what they've signed. In twenty years, they will be sucked into the
US economy." - Clayton Yeutter, chief US trade negotiator. More
info: Canadian Action Party http://www.canadianactionparty.ca
1-877-629-0841 416-535-4144 firstname.lastname@example.org
* GREEN JOBS, GOOD WORK - ALTERNATIVES JOURNAL
Call for Proposals. Many people find themselves in jobs that are
destructive of body, mind & the environment. Overwork is often
the flip side of overconsumption. Problems of unemployment
persist, while the "working poor" have reappeared in many
advanced industrial societies. Economic insecurity & the fear of
unemployment create fertile ground for anxiety about a perceived
"jobs versus environment" conflict. Conventional solutions for
addressing unemployment through faster economic growth often
fail to consider the ecological impacts of many forms of growth.
Proposals such as shorter work weeks & voluntary simplicity seek
to challenge the dominance of the "work-and-spend" cycle, and to
question the meaning and place of work in our lives. Others call
for increased recognition of the often invaluable, yet unpaid work
in the community & the home. This issue will offer a critique of
existing employment policies & the current world of work, present
practical alternatives for ecologically-sound employment creation,
explore new ways for thinking about work & its place in our lives,
and analyze existing initiatives for a transition to green jobs &
good work. Seeking feature articles, brief reports & notes;
honoraria negotiatiable; free subscription / gift subscription.
Proposal deadline Fri May 19.
<http://www.fes.uwaterloo.ca/alternatives> Anicka Quin 519-888-
4567 x6783 email@example.com (I will be away from this
email Apr 13-28)
* FLAWED SCIENCE BEHIND EPA APPROVAL OF
BIOTECH CROPS. An extensively peer-reviewed report released
today by a team of Swiss scientists shows that the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used inappropriate and
scientifically questionable studies in approving the first genetically
engineered (GE) insect-resistant corn for U.S. growers. This is
ironic, since the biotech industry and its proponents have
continually cited "sound science" as supporting their products and
ridiculed the work of scientists who question GE. Full story at
http://www.life.ca (Apr 18)
A WALK TO REMEMBER. Please see June 28 (to late August)
event in section (A), above.
OTHER EVENT LISTS: http://www.web.net/~ppf/othev.html
Web Networks Events: http://events.web.net/ Now Magazine -
Events & Grassroots column. firstname.lastname@example.org
416-364-1300 fax 416-364-1166. Ontario Environment Network
http://www.web.net/oen Political Action News Ontario
(F) JOBS & CONTRACTS
* SOLIDARITY WORKS, Mon June 5 - Fri June 23, Toronto.
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