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November Events

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FILM SCREENINGS "PETROPOLIS: AERIAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE ALBERTA TAR SANDS" & "DOWNSTREAM"
Monday, November 15
7:00 pm
Just Us! Café, 5896 Spring Garden Rd. Halifax
Free, public film screenings. Donations would be appreciated.
Join us for a cup of fair trade, organic coffee and to watch two short films. "Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands" and "Downstream” about the largest industrial development in the world, the Alberta tarsands, and the courageous doctor Dr. John O'Connor who has stood up for the Aboriginal people of Fort Chipewyan and the natural environment downstream. Organized by the Nova Scotia Environmental Network.
www.nsen.ca or email: nsen@cen-rce.org


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EXPLORING WAYS TO GROW: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT CAN CO-EXIST
The free public talk will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 15 in the auditorium of the Dalhousie School of Planning (across from the Spring Garden Road library. The Ecology Action Centre is bringing two prominent environmentalists to Halifax - Bruce Lourie, author of Slow Death by Rubber Duck, and David Donnelly, environmental lawyer and former Executive Director of the Environmental Defence Fund for the lecture.


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GHOST BIRD MOVIE SCREENING
Ghost Bird is a documentary film about the reported re-discovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker - a bird thought to be extinct. Learn more about this award-winning film at www.ghostbirdmovie.com. An upcoming public screening of Ghost Bird is being organized by the Ecology Action Centre, NS Public Interest Research Group, and the NS Bird Society. Date: Tuesday, 16 November at 7:00 pm
Location: Room 307, Student Union Building, Dalhousie University, 6136 University Avenue, Halifax
Cost: by donation (proceeds will off-set costs of screening and support Ecology Action Centre's conservation programs)


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"VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: THE DEVASTATING LEGACY AND THE TRANSFORMING STRUGGLE."
November 17, 2010 at Acadia University
Acadia University will host internationally-renowned expert on gender and violence, Professor Gill Hague, who will be give a talk entitled The presentation is set for Wednesday, November 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Beveridge Arts Centre, Room 138. This public lecture will discuss, in an accessible way, the tragedy of violence against women across the world, and the transforming efforts to campaign against it and to build policy, practice and activism. It includes a brief discussion of the work of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the University of Bristol, UK, one of the largest such centres, which works nationally and internationally, using an activist frame wherever possible. The lecture will be a broad-brush 'global' coverage of violence against women, and various versions of it have already been presented in three continents. Prof. Hague will illustrate the talk with examples both from the work of activists internationally and from her own contributions over nearly 40 years, as a women's movement activist and a researcher in many countries of the world. This often-distressing work feeds into the transformative and moving struggle to make violence against women a thing of the past. The lecture will end on an uplifting note to celebrate the historic achievements of this struggle so far. The following morning on Wednesday, November 18, Prof. Hague will be available for a "Coffee Klatch" from 9-10 a.m. in the Garden Room at the K. C. Irving Centre. This will be an informal social gathering where people will have a chance to ask questions and talk about her work.
http://www2.acadiau.ca/acadia-news-reader/items/violence-against-women-lecture.877.html


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GEORGE GALLOWAY “Free Palestine. Free Afghanistan. Free Speech”
PUBLIC MEETING
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Event begins: 7:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Hall, 6036 Coburg Road (corner Robie St.), Halifax, NS
TICKET INFORMATION
Adult - $10 /Student, youth, senior - $5
Unwaged - pay what you can. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Money raised will pay for George Galloway’s tour expenses and contribute to the Viva Palestina movement and the Canada Boat to Gaza. Limited seating. We expect to sell out. Please arrive early. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Event on “Halifax Peace Coalition” Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2306217425


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CELLULAR TELEPHONE USE AND CANCER: WHAT IS THE RISK?
Dr. Daniel Krewski, University of Ottawa
7:00 pm, November 18th, Kenneth Rowe Management Bldg, Dalhousie University
Limited Seating
Reception to Follow
The expanded use of wireless devices raises concerns about the potential for adverse health effects from exposure to radio frequency fields. The relationship between cancer risk and handheld cellular telephone use is the subject of several recent national and international epidemiological studies. Please join Dr. Daniel Krewski as he reviews the weight of evidence linking cell phone use and cancer risk and discusses ongoing research in this fascinating area.
Admission is free and open to the community. For more information please contact Chris Bates at 494-7881 or chris.bates@dal.ca <mailto:chris.bates@dal.ca>, or visit our website at http://emaychair.dal.ca <http://emaychair.dal.ca/>
This event is sponsored by the Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environmental Health, part of an expert speaker series on issues in environment and health.


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STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORTING FOR COASTAL AND OCEAN MANAGEMENT
Dr. Jay Walmsley
Oceans Project Leader
Oceans and Coastal Management Division
Oceans, Habitat and Species at Risk Branch Fisheries and Oceans Canada Maritimes Region
Wednesday November 17, 2010
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue, Dalhousie University Campus
Abstract:
Canada's Oceans Act recognizes the importance of information for managing the country's coastal and ocean areas. Section 33 of the Act states that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is required to "gather, compile, analyse, coordinate and disseminate information". Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has identified state of the environment (SOE) reporting as a tool to assist in fulfilling this obligation under the Act. The development of a state of the oceans reporting system is identified in Canada's Ocean Strategy (DFO 2002) as part of the policy objective to understand and protect the marine environment. This presentation will provide an overview of state of the environment reporting for coastal and ocean management internationally and nationally, and the approach that is being taken in the Maritimes by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


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JUSTICE RALLY FOR OMAR KHADR
19 November • 15:30 - 17:00
Ondaatje Hall, McCain Arts And Social Sciences Building,
Dalhousie University Campus


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THE TROUBLE WITH BILLIONAIRES: Why too much money at the top is bad for everyone
Neil Brooks, Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall, will be speaking on 'The Trouble With Billionaires' (a newly released best-selling book co-authored with Linda McQuaig). It will take place Friday, Nov. 19 in the Computer Science Bulding, CIBC auditorium (Rm 127) at 6:30 pm. Reception to follow.
Sponsored by the Political Science Student Society and the Dalhousie Student Association.


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NOVA SCOTIA VOICE OF WOMEN DAY OF RENEWAL
11:00 am – 4:30 pm Saturday, November 20th 2010
Women’s Council House, 989 Young Avenue (corner of Inglis St)
Lunch provided 12:30 – 1:30pm ( donations accepted)
Program to include:
• Debert Bunker: By Invitation Only, a documentary video by Liz MacDougal. Liz has recently re-mastered this video telling the background story of the day-long women’s peace protest at the gates of the Debert military base on February 29, 1984. Discussion to follow with Janet Maybee, one of the participants.
• A presentation and discussion led by Nancy Covington on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference held this year in New York. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is a treaty to limit the spread of nuclear weapons that came into force on 5 March 1970, and currently there are 189 states party to the treaty. It is reviewed every five years in meetings called Review Conferences of the Parties to the Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Nancy (and Alexa) attended these meetings and can report on the conclusions and recommendations.
• A report and discussion led by Alexa McDonough on the Peace Conference -Being the Change: Building a Culture of Peace, which was held July 7 - 10, 2010 at Mount Saint Vincent University. The conference included a field trip to Pugwash, World Famous for Peace. NS VOW was one of the sponsors of the conference as our celebration of the 50th anniversary of VOW.
• Janet Maybee & Claudia Schibler will lead a discussion of VOW support for Veteran’s Issues
• The Raging Grannies and Sandy Greenberg will lead us in song
• Renewal of membership ($35)
A day for renewal of friendships, connections, information, membership and action
Please RSVP by November 17th to Pamela Harrison at pharrison@ns.sympatico.ca or phone Joan Hicks at 453-2786


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IS COAL STILL KING? A PUBLIC TALK AND DISCUSSION BY RENEWABLE ENERGY EXPERT NEAL LIVINGSTON
Getting Past the Smoke and Mirrors of NS Energy Policy, and Ideas for Renewable Energy Policies and Implementation that can Benefit all Nova Scotians. Refreshments to Follow.
Friday, November 19th, 2010, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Hub, 1673 Barrington Street, 2nd Floor
SPONSOR: Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter


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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CAUCUS
Friday, November 26, 2010 FROM 9:00am – 11:00am
Free public meeting to share ideas and resources on environmental education.
Location: NS Environment, 5151 Terminal Road, Halifax , 2nd Floor, Boardroom 2A (thanks to Jennifer for hosting!)
Directions: The building is on the corner of Terminal Rd and Hollis Street near Westin Nova Scotian Hotel.
The Environmental Education Caucus of the Nova Scotia Environmental Network. For more information, please contact: nsen@cen-rce.org or call 454-6846.


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BUILDING OUR FOOD FUTURE – TOGETHER
The Nova Scotia Food Policy Council public event.
Sunday, Nov. 21 from 12-3:30 pm
Halifax Seaport Market
Please RSVP to Linda Best at lbest@ns.sympatico.ca


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BOOK LAUNCH: SANCTUARY: THE STORY OF NATURALIST MARY MAJKA
Biographer Deborah Carr will be speaking in Halifax at the Museum of Natural History (1747 Summer Street) on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm.
About the book: Mary Majka, a Polish-Canadian immigrant, survived personal tragedy and incarceration at a forced labour camp during World War II to become a pioneer in Canada’s environmental movement, an advocate for the protection of wildlife, and a proponent for heritage preservation. She hosted the children’s TV show ‘Have You Seen?’, started the first children’s nature centre in a national park, and fought to create the internationally acclaimed Mary’s Point Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve on the Bay of Fundy. Mary’s selfless actions have served as an example to others, inspiring them to excel in new directions. Here, perhaps, lies her greatest legacy and lesson: that our collective survival depends on caring for that which sustains us . . . not only our past and planet, but also our relationships with each other. Deborah will be discussing Mary Majka’s past, her importance to Canadian wildlife conservation, and the legacy she has created for all Canadians. Books will be available for purchase, and Deborah will be pleased to sign your copy.


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NATIONAL HOUSING DAY
MONDAY,NOVEMBER 22nd, 2010
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington Street, Halifax
7:30am to 9:30am
Community Action on Homelessness would like you to join us for breakfast on Monday, November 22nd to celebrate National Housing Day. National Housing Day was created to commemorate past and present housing initiatives and to recognize the need for long-term affordable housing solutions towards ending homelessness in our community.
Please join us as we reflect on recent achievements in HRM through a photo exhibit and listen to personal accounts of how affordable housing initiatives have impacted people in the community. For the next 3 years, funding has been renewed for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Work with us to develop the new community plan that sets the priorities for the next funding period. We invite you to share your vision of what future affordable and supportive housing should be in HRM. Stay tuned for more details. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to your participation in this celebratory event!For more information, please contact Community Action on Homelessness at:
phone 902 420-6026
suite 201, 2030 Gottingen Street
This event is sponsored in part by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.


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MARITIME BUSINESS ETHICS AWARD
Wednesday November 24, 2010 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.
There are still tickets available for the dinner, for more information contact 902-422-5413 or visit our website at www.maritimeprovinces.bbb.org. Ticket order form can be found at http://www.maritimeprovinces.bbb.org/storage/156/documents/Ethics2010Orderform.pdf


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OXJAM MUSIC FUNDRAISER - NOVEMBER 27TH
Oxfam Canada-Halifax chapter would like to invite you to a special fundraising concert for Pakistan Flood Relief. On Saturday November 27th, from 3:00 - 8:00 pm, local musicians, such as Telfer, Michael Redden, Light Brights and 3 Sheet, will be rocking it out at Durty Nelly's pub (on the corner of Argyle & Sackville St.) in support of Oxfam efforts in Pakistan. Oxfam and its partners are currently helping people in Pakistan by providing water & sanitation, distributing hygiene and shelter kits, and cash vouchers so that families can purchase basic food items. Come and join us November 27th for an afternoon of local music with a global impact. Tickets are 7$ at the door, call or email Catherine for advanced tickets.


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MARITIMES REGIONAL MEETING AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CANADA *ALEX NEVE
Location University of Kings College, Halifax
6350 Coburg Rd. Halifax, NS
More Info Join us!
On Saturday, November 27, 2010, Amnesty International members will gather from across the Maritimes for a weekend of learning, sharing and activism. New member and long-time members will be sharing ideas and developing our skills, to promote and protect human rights around the world.
Special Guest
Alex Neve is the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada. He recently travelled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the military tribunal of Omar Khadr.
Registration: Registration forms are available from kcahill@amnesty.ca. Travel subsidies are available. For those who are able, a registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. Memberships to Amnesty International will be available at the door for $35, or at http://www.amnesty.ca/.


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FILM & DISCUSSION: SHARKWATER
Thursday, Nov. 18
Powerful, award winning film about threats to sharks. Discussion: oceans, marine life, conservation & protection
With Hal Whitehead, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University
Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building
6135 University Ave., Halifax, NS
Begins at 7:00 pm in Ondaatje Hall. Organized by the College of Sustainability, Dalhousie.


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AN OPEN PUBLIC FORUM ON UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IN NOVA SCOTIA
with Dr. Tim O'Neill, Chair, Special Commission on the Nova Scotia University System
November 25, 2010 from 7:00-9:30 pm
Location: Scotiabank Auditorium, McCain Arts & Sciences Building,Dalhousie University
6135 University Avenue.
Admission Free and Open to Everyone with an interest in the future of our universities. Come early as seating is limited. The Moderator will be Dr. Paul Bennett, Director, Schoolhouse Consulting, and the event will also feature a Reaction Panel, including Mark Coffin, Executive Director, ANSSA and Charles Cirtwill, President of AIMS. For further information, contact director@schoolhouseconsulting.ca


December Events

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THE NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.
Monday, December 06, 2010
*Hopefully there will be an event in Halifax. No notices yet. Stay in touch with the NS Advisory Council on the Status of Women: http://women.gov.ns.ca/


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INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY – DEC. 10
On behalf of Partners for Human Rights (Partners), please join us during our annual celebration of International Human Rights Day. Our theme for this year's event is Unity in Our Communities.
December 10, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
North Preston Community Centre
44 Simmonds Road, North Preston.


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WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: BABIES
Dec. 8 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Hosted by the Global Health Office at Dalhousie University
"Babies", was directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès and explores, simultaneously, the first year of four children's lives from around the world. "The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco." The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion.
Location: Theatre C, Tupper Medical Building, 5850 College Street, Dalhousie University
For more information please contact gho@dal.ca or 902.494.1965
http://gho.medicine.dal.ca/events/index.htm
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