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NSPIRG Announcements

- First meeting / screening / discussion of anti-neoliberal working
group - ENGAGE
- NSPIRG Student Funding Round! Call for Applications!
- NSPIRG is looking for New Publication Proposals
- NSPIRG is Soliciting Suggestions for New Library Acquisitions

Other Announcements

- Pax Americana: The U.S. and the Weaponization of Space
- Common Front for Housing Tent City
- Book Launch: How the Couger Came to be Known as the Ghost Cat
- "Living Theory: discussions in the red zone" presents ...
- Power of Being a Girl 2010
- Solidarity Halifax! - A working meeting
- New Local food blog

NSPIRG Announcements

First meeting / screening / discussion of ENGAGE (End Neoliberal Globalization And Globalize Empowerment)

Tuesday October 19, 7:00pm
Room 307 Student Union Building at Dalhousie (6136 University Avenue)

Come check out a brand new group in town tackling some very important local and global issues. This meeting will feature a screening of the 2001 film by John Pilger's: "New Rulers of the World", about globalization in Indonesia.



All Members Encouraged to Attend! All Dalhousie students are members unless they've opted out. We need a good turnout to make it effective

Wednesday October 27th, 7pm Room 303, Dalhousie Student Union Building
Food will be provided!

We aim to keep the meeting short and sweet

NSPIRG is a non-profit, non-partisan social and environmental justice research and resource centre. Our mandate is to empower, educate and inspire action on social justice and environmental issues at Dalhousie University as well as in the broader Halifax community and Nova Scotia generally.


NSPIRG Student Funding Round! Call for Applications!

Deadline: Friday, October 15th, midnight

NSPIRG offers grants of up to $500 for the research initiatives, projects and other creative proposals that meet our mandate: NSPIRG is a non-profit, non-partisan social and environmental justice research and resource centre. Our mandate is to empower, educate and inspire action on social justice and environmental issues at Dalhousie University as well as in the broader Halifax community and Nova Scotia generally.

Visit to find an application or call us at 494 - 6662 or email and/or arrange to come to our office in room 314 of the Dalhousie Student Union Building (6136 University Avenue) to pick one up and ask any questions.


NSPIRG is looking for New Publication Proposals—Proposal Deadline: November 1

The Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) is currently seeking suggestions and proposals for our next publication in a variety of media (books, zines, magazines, reports, audio or video documentaries, calendars, posters, etc. etc.).

Publication proposals and suggestions should address an issue of social and environmental justice through a grassroots, action-oriented and anti-oppressive perspective. Priority will be given to proposals that address a clear need in the local community, that give voice to marginalized groups, or that address a topic that is not adequately researched or represented in the mainstream.

You should consider submitting a publication proposal if:

1. You have a great idea and want to research and produce a publication yourself. You want help from NSPIRG in the form of suggestions, funding, design, publishing, promotion and distribution.

2. You have a great idea, and want to collaborate with others to produce a publication (for examples, see NSPIRG's In Perspective series). You want help from NSPIRG in the form of soliciting calls for content and contributors, producing content, funding, design, publishing, promotion and distribution.

3. You have a great idea for a topic, but can't take on helping produce a publication yourself. You want NSPIRG to take on producing the entire publication on the topic you suggest.

Publication Proposals should Include: Your name, contact information (phone number and email), proposed title, a brief description of the proposed topic/project and a brief explanation of the context in which this topic is important and related to NSPIRG's mandate. You may be asked to meet with NSPIRG staff to discuss the possibilities for partnershop after this point. The deadline for accepting proposals is November 1, 2010. Proposals should be emailed to, or dropped off at the NSPIRG office in room 314 of the Dalhousie Student
Union Building.

Examples of past NSPIRG Publications Include: Single Mother's Survival Guide (book); The Handy Dandy: A Guide to Alternative Resource Centres in Metro Halifax (print publication); Hoping Against Hope: The Struggle Against Colonialism in Canada (audio documentary); In Perspective magazine (G7 In Perspective, Women's Health In Perspective, Poverty in Perspective, Peace in Perspective etc.); Africville: Not for Sale (audio documentary); Proud but Cautious:Homophobic Abuse and Discrimination in Nova Scotia (report); A New Paradigm for Paying the Piper: Access, Commercialization and Control at Halifax Universities (report); and many more!

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact Jane at (902) 494-6662 or through email at


NSPIRG is Soliciting Suggestions for New Library Acquisitions

In keeping with our mandate of serving community needs, NSPIRG would like the suggestions of involved individuals and organizations in acquiring new resources for our Alternative Resource Library. Are we lacking resources on a particular topic? Is there a film your organization is hoping to screen? A great book that is unavailable in other local libraries?

We are looking to acquire resources that meet our mandate of social and environmental justice and anti-oppression. We also encourage suggestions from local or alternative publishers, authors, filmmakers etc. whose works do not get as much attention in the mainstream. Our
current library holdings are searchable online at

Please send all suggestions to no later than October 31st.

About the Alternative Resource Library: The NSPIRG Library contains alternative resources related to human and environmental rights, grassroots organizing, alternative media, DIY manuals, social justice, economics, foreign affairs, political theory, and much more. These resources include books, magazines, pamphlets, reports, videos, journals, zines & campaign manuals, as well as equipment like an LCD projector, slide projector, megaphone and dishes. These resources are available to borrow for any NSPIRG Member. The library is located in
the NSPIRG office, Room 314 of the Student Union Building.

Other Announcements

Premiere Film Screening: "PAX AMERICANA: The U.S. and the Weaponization of Space"
Thursday, Oct. 14, 7:00-9:00 PM
Rm. 307 Student Union Building, Dalhousie University. 6136 University Ave.

Star Wars is no longer science fiction. The prospect of Earth being ruled from space is no longer science-fiction. The dream of the original Dr. Strangelove, Wernher von Braun (from Nazi rocket-scientist to NASA director) has survived every US administration since WW2 and is coming
to life. Today the technology exists to weaponize space, a massive American industry thrives, and nations are maneuvering for advantage. PAX AMERICANA (2009) tackles this pivotal moment. Are war machines already orbiting Earth? Can treaties keep space weapons-free? Must the
World capitulate to one super-cop on the global beat? With startling archival footage and unprecedented access to US Air Force Space Command, this elegant, forceful documentary reveals the state of play through generals, space-policy analysts, politicians, diplomats, peace
activists, and hawks.

In recognition of International Keep Space for Peace Week. Free but donations appreciated. All Welcome. Organized by the Halifax Peace Coalition

For more information, please contact the Halifax Peace Coalition at or visit us online at


Join the Nova Scotia Common Front for Housing for a Tent City protest for affordable housing.
Saturday, October 16

3- 4pm - Rally at the North Commons
4- 6pm - Workshops and Discussions (focusing on building a movement for affordable housing with different perspectives and experiences of the housing crisis)
6- 7pm - Dinner
7- 9pm - Music, entertainment, open mic
9- 10pm - Acoustic open mic

Sunday, October 17

9- 10am - Breakfast
10- 11am - Wrap up discussion: Moving forward in the fight for housing
11am - Join the march to Alderney Landing for the International Day
Against Poverty

Why Tent City?


-We all have the right to quality, affordable housing that is safe and accessible
-Housing should be based on need rather than profit
-Housing is fundamental to individual and community health and well-being
-Governments at all levels have an obligation to facilitate the provision of affordable housing for all
-We believe in the power of people to organize for housing

More info:


Book Launch: How the Cougar Came to Be Called the Ghost Cat

Roseway Publishing and the Micmac Native Friendship Centre invite everyone to a reading and the launch of How the Cougar Came to Be Called the Ghost Cat written by Mike Isaac and illustrated by Dozay Christmas - 2pm Saturday 16 October, MicMac Native Friendship Centre, 2158 Gottingen Street Halifax.

This is a free event.


"Living Theory: discussions in the red zone" presents ... A critique of the "creative city"

Details below message


Yes, Theory by Fire lit it up for the summer, generating rich discussion -- other than cake, the only kind of rich that's acceptable -- about the current meaning of Marxist concepts. And
although the originators of the idea are moving onto other projects, there has been significant interest in keeping the fire going. The idea has shifted heads -- though not spirit -- so a name shuffle is in order. It will henceforth be titled "Living Theory: discussions in the red zone". For this fine Sunday night, a day after Nocturne, the "night of the arts", and with the shadow of a tent city in the background, here's a bit of thought provoking, creative interjection

Sunday, October 17th - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Roberts St Social centre (5684 Roberts St, little red house), backyard
Max Haiven on the "creative city" ... followed by discussion.

Feel free to bring drinks

As governments cut programs and corporations cut jobs, politicians and bureaucrats are trumpeting "creativity" and "culture" as the saviours of our economy and society. Big events like Nocturne or Toronto's Nuit Blanche publicize these high hopes, but whose interests do they
really serve? With corporations rushing to brand these events as their own and with urban infrastructure and social programs falling apart, its time to take a hard look at who the "creative economy" is working for, and who is working for the "creative economy." This
presentation will link the new hype about creativity to gentrification to foreclosures to the crisis of capitalism and what we can do about it. Real creativity is the ability to make meaningful change for social justice.

Stay tuned for announcements of other upcoming discussions


Power of Being a Girl 2010
Friday, October 22nd (PD day; no school) 8:30am-5:00pm
Captain William Spry Community Centre, 10 Kidston Rd.
Open to girls or girl-identified youth between 12 and 18 years old.

Each year during the third week of October, the YWCA Canada hosts ‘Week Without Violence,’ a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. As part of this important initiative, every year the YWCA Halifax organizes Power of Being a Girl, an all-girls conference for youth ages 12-18. This year’s Power of Being a Girl event will take place on Friday, October 22nd, with the theme Expression. We will explore
issues important to young women through the media arts, inviting them to become empowering facilitators of change. This will be a fun-filled event with food, music, dance, art and interactive workshops, all day-long!

The conference is free, and we can help with transportation to and from the venue.

Visit the YWCA Halifax website for details. We'd like to have all registrations received by Friday, October 15th!

For more information, or to register, contact Angela at: 423-6162, ext.257 or email:


Solidarity Halifax! - A working meeting
Saturday November 13, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Italian Cultural Centre

Save the Date!

Coming out of the G8/G20 organizing, a group of activists has been meeting to talk about the coming austerity measures proposed by the G20 and the need to build better relationships and solidarity between various social movements, individual activists and the labour

We are organizing an Assembly to further this discussion.

A full agenda will follow soon!

Registration: $10, or pay what/if you can (Registration is required and a registration form is pending) Lunch is provided

For more information contact:
Dave Bush -
Emily Davidson -
Kyle Buott -


A new local food/gardening blog by the Food Action Committee! Check it out:

The Blog

Adventures in Local Food…

And in blogging about local food…


Welcome to the first blogging attempt from the Ecology Action Centre’s Food Action Committee. Join us as we document our experiments with sauerkraut, push for urban chickens, make giant batches of jam, and plant some seeds (both literally and figuratively).

Also, if you are a member of other groups, please forward this email along! Thanks!

Yours in food,

Marla & Keltie

Ecology Action Centre
Food Action Committee
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