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Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women International Women's Day Events

Woven Together: Stories of Women’s Empowerment, Solidarity & Creativity
With African Threads, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers

Where: St. Mary's University, Loyola L170

When: Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM

Cost: FREE!

Sponsored by the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, African Threads, St. Mary’s University, and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Event Description
A fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign to support grandmothers in Africa who are caring for their children, grandchildren, and orphans due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Woven Together will launch the Red Week Campaign which takes place in ten HRM high schools in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The afternoon will feature Valerie Header’s African Threads, and the stories and artwork from women’s collectives in South Africa. African Threads’ hand embroidered textiles and beadworks will be available for purchase at the event, with 15% of the profits going to Grandmothers to Grandmothers. The afternoon will also include stories of the Gathering in Swaziland in 2010, where 500 grandmothers from 14 countries including Canada joined in solidarity to turn the tide of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The Manzini Statement will be shared, and the afternoon will end with African dance and drumming by the Maritime Centre for African Dance.

Voices of Celebration: International Women’s Day @ 100
An evening of music, dance and story

Where: Mount Saint Vincent University, Seton Academic Centre Auditorium

When: Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Cost: FREE, but require tickets for entry. Reserve your seat at

Who: Featuring Catherine Banks, Renee Black, Susan Crowe, Stephanie Domet, Shauntay Grant, Rita-Clare LeBlanc, Catherine Martine, Chelsea Nesbitt, Rene Ross, and Savannah Simon.

Hosted by the Halifax Action Circle of Amnesty International, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the YWCA, the Canadian Red Cross and Oxfam.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell:
A film night to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day:

Where: St. Mary’s University, Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building

When: Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Who: A post-film discussion will be facilitated by Renee Black - a peacebuilding advocate who has worked with UNIFEM, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.

Cost: FREE!

Film synopsis

Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.
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BOOKLAUNCH: The Canadian War on Queers
by Gary Kinsman & Patrizia Gentile

Tuesday, February 8 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Venus Envy, 1598 Barrington Street

From the 1950s to the late 1990s, agents of the state spied on, interrogated, and harassed gays and lesbians in Canada as 'threats' to society and 'enemies' of the state. Reconstructed from official security regime documents and interviews with gays, lesbians, civil servants, members of the military, and high-ranking officials, The Canadian War on Queers offers a passionate, personalized account of a national security campaign that violated the rights of thousands of people. Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile disclose not only the acts of state repression that accompanied the Canadian war on queers but also the forms of resistance it provoked that raise profound questions about just whose security was being protected and about the ideology of national security itself.
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The University of King’s College and the Lecture Series on Race are pleased to present world-renowned interdisciplinary scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, who will deliver this year’s Flemming Lecture, entitled “Reading Orientalism”, on Thursday, January 20, 2010 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, 6350 Coburg Rd.
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The Need for Emergency Shelter and Volunteers

The Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter is looking for dedicated volunteers to help run an emergency shelter this Winter.
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Hello everyone,

Dal's Gender and Women's Studies Student Society (GWSS) is very pleased to present another coffee house fundraiser in support of the Youth Project and Bryony House.

This semester's coffee house will focus on trans issues, in honour of T-DOR.

Where: 2nd floor of Just Us! Cafe on Spring Garden
When: Thurs., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: by donation

This time around, we'll be featuring local musicians (including Dana Carly Andrews), spoken word poets, story-time (because who doesn't love a good story?), and a prize draw.

If you would like to donate something to the prize draw, please contact

All proceeds will be split 50/50 between the Youth Project and GWSS. We'll also be collecting material donations for Bryony House (first aid supplies, clothing, healthy school snacks, etc.).

For more information, contact

RSVP via Facebook!!/event.php?eid=173871155960945

Hope to see you there!

Ashley Alberg
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Hello Again,

This is Amanda Dickie form the SMU Women's Centre I just wanted to give everyone a heads up on our upcoming panel discussion on Sex workers rights. In order to make this event a success we need help in spreading the word! As such if you would be able to speak to your classes, students, collegues or perhaps post event posters to help us promote this important discussion that would be great!

Talking the Trade: Sex Workers Rights and Legal Reforms
Discussion Panel on Sex Workers rights, policing, recent legal reforms and what they would mean for sex workers and the community.
Dispelling myths and getting the facts on Sex work, legalities, risks, rights and the law.
Featuring Leslie Ann Jeffrey author of Sex Workers Talk Back, Representative from Stepping Stone (sex workers rights group) and Local Sex workers.

Nov. 25th 7pm-9pm Loyola 290


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For anyone who doesn't know (I don't think I've seen anyone else post about this), Groupon is available in Halifax as of a few weeks ago.
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It's hard to believe it's that time of year again - just when you're getting over the loss of summer, the holidays are on the horizon.

Join us for the annual Hoo-Ha, where we'll get you in the holiday spirit with friends, lights, music and dancing with DJ Ro in a fun and welcoming space.
And wear your festive finest, as there will be a portrait photobooth by one of Halifax's most amazing photographers, Jule Malet-Veale!
Check out her work at or on facebook at

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
9pm - 2am @ Coconut Grove (corner of Grafton at Blowers)

Tickets are now on sale at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington)
Speaking of which, you should check out their new's purty.
Can't wait to see you all at the Hoo-Ha! Bring all your friends :)
$6 advance
$8 at the door.

All are welcome. As always, the only thing that's not tolerated is intolerance.

See you soon!
girl-ish xox


Oct. 16th, 2010 10:25 pm
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So, did anyone else go out for Nocturne tonight?

Don & I went to the archives (where they were showing some awesome archival footage of Cape Breton and there was popcorn), and then meandered down to the Public Gardens which were... odd.... for me. I'm sure there was something there but I don't know what. And then I went by the site of the future library and they had set out with cones where the perimeter is going to be and had architecture students explaining what the new library will look like (pretty!), and we went by the fire-dancers set up in the grounds of St Matthew's Church at the foot of Spring Garden, and then I popped my head in on 1313 Hollis and the little art gallery that could which is just in my building. I may go out again later.

No pictures, woe, but a fabulous time. Did any of you go out?
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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
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Via DalOut

We would like to bring your attention to two wonderful projects that are happening in the city.

On October 20, we, along with other members and supporters of the queer community, will be wearing purple in memory of the recent lives lost to homophobic bullying. Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, and Seth Walsh are just a few of the many youths who have recently taken their own lives as a direct result of homophobia and bullying.

At 4:00 pm on October 20, there will be a rally at Grand Parade outside City Hall. We hope you will join us in honouring their memory and standing up for our future. Let our youth know that it gets better.

If you are a member of Facebook, please RSVP at
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Great Beginnings ~ 2011 ~ LGBT and Friends NYE Dance Party

Coconut Grove

December 31, 2010
10pm – 3am

What are you doing this New Year’s Eve? We just have to ask. How about Partying and Dancing with all your friends as DJ Ro spins you into the New Year.

The newest LGBT and friends entertainment group” HalEvents” presents Halifax’s first ever hottest New Years Eve Dance Party!

*There will be lots of bar staff and 3 bars open so there will be no line ups
**The Chill Lounge will be opened up with a separate music sound system and bar
***Shooter Specials all night!!!!

Ticket info will follow soon
We are also in the process of securing preferred rates at a local hotel. Details TBA

Limited tickets for this NOT TO MISS party so make sure to get yours early!!!!!!

"It's a party that you won't want to miss
everyone at midnight is sure to be kissed!
Queers to News Years!!!

~~~~ Please spread the word ~~~~

[Note from Anna: Unless something's changed drastically, the Coconut Grove is not wheelchair accessible, and I believe is entirely up a flight of stairs.]
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Midwifery in Nova Scotia is at a crucial juncture. With the Department of Health set to release the provincial evaluation on midwifery implementation in November, we need to connect, share and plan for what comes next.

Join us for an afternoon of education, discussion and strategy planning.

Share your experiences. Have your voice heard. Listen to what others have to say. Learn about who has access to midwifery and who doesn’t.

Join a professionally-facilitated discussion and be part of developing a concrete action plan.

Children welcome, snacks provided!

Sunday, October 24 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Women's Council House
989 Young Avenue, Halifax
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Dear Friends,

Stepping Stone provides crucial programs and services to sex workers throughout the Halifax Region. We have been an integral part of the community for over 20 years.

Individuals we support, most of whom are involved in the street trade, continue to report extraordinarily high levels of violence including rapes, beatings, assaults. Cases of missing and murdered women is an unfortunate reality in our community. In addition, these people are
dealing with issues surrounding poor health, poverty and marginalization.

You can help.

In this past year, two of our one-time funding projects (projects that are only funded for one year) have ended. Our core funding has not been increased in over a decade. Yet we continue to address the challenges and needs of our clients with determination.

We need your support.

You can ensure that the individuals we support continue to be provided with the support and services needed to ensure the health and safety of all.

You can donate goods: (to support our street outreach program and drop in centre). Goods that are essential to our programs and services include:

Gas vouchers


Cleaning Supplies

Granola Bars

Individual puddings

Plastic spoons

Paper Bags

Coffee Whitener

Drinks (cans of pop, juice boxes)

These can be dropped off at our location between 1 and 4pm throughout the week. In some cases, we will be able to pick these items up. Please send an email to and we will advise you of our drop off location.

To make an on-line donation you can visit our website at and click on the “Donate Now” tab.

On behalf of all of us, thank you for your support.

Rene Ross
Executive Director
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Situating Science and Atlantic Regional Philosophers Association present the following Free Public lecture and annual Atlantic Regional Philosophers Association conference

Does the body think? What is the mind? What is an individual?


The extended mind thesis in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and philosophy of biology

Free Public Lecture
Friday Oct. 15, 2010 5:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall, University of King’s College

Keynote Lecture for:
The Individual in Science and Philosophy
Atlantic Regional Philosophers Association conference
Oct. 15-16, 2010

(free for students!)

University of King’s College

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Halifax Regional Police that they are investigating a Break and Enter that occurred early morning Saturday Oct 2nd, 2010 in the area of 5600 block of Fenwick St. in Halifax.

At 2:29 a.m., police were called to a Fenwick Street address in Halifax. A victim reported she woke up to find an unidentified person standing in her living room. The suspect was described wearing a mask, hoodie style jacket with striped pants. K9 was called with negative results. HRP's Forensic Identification Unit was called and the matter will be investigated by the HRP/RCMP Integrated Criminal Investigative Division. (

This is the third such incident in the City’s South end in the past 3 weeks.

Therefore, as in past Security Bulletins all students and employees are strongly urged to:
· ensure that the doors and windows of their apartments/residences are securely locked, including those located off a fire escape

· All windows should be secured with anti-slide devices.

· Secure sliding glass doors with a lock or bar, or place a piece of wood or broom handle in the track

· Never leave a house key hidden outside your home

· exercise vigilance in your activities and be aware of your surroundings at all times

In view of the foregoing, we are seeking assistance from anyone who may have information related to this incident, to immediately contact Halifax Regional Police (490-5016), Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477), or Dalhousie Security (494-6400).
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NSRAP invites all LGBT people aged fifty plus to an Elders Potluck Social & Presentation on Sunday October 17 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Spencer House Senior Centre, 5596 Morris Street, Halifax.

Have you been putting off making a will? If you have a will, is it up to date to reflect your current partnership status? Have you a Living Will ensuring that the person you designate will make essential decisions if you became incapacitated? Is domestic partnership the same as marriage when it comes to inheritance? Questions LGBT seniors have about wills and inheritance will be addressed by lawyer Tuma Young.

The Social to follow will feature an LGBT potluck provided by the attendees. Please bring finger food - sandwiches, sweets, snacks, etc. Coffee and tea will be provided by NSRAP. This is an alcohol-free event. ASL translation will be provided for members of the Rainbow Deaf Community. For more information contact NSRAP at 444-3206 or email
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Meet David Suzuki in Halifax

David Suzuki is coming to your town. Want to see him?

You can hear David read from his latest book, The Legacy, at his upcoming book tour event. And get David to sign the book too.

The book is about David Suzuki’s vision for a sustainable future, plus a bit about his own legacy, and how humans interact with nature. It features a foreword by Margaret Atwood (but she won’t be there, sorry).

Where: Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Building, Dalhousie University, Halifax
When: Sun. Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Get tickets: Call 902-423- 0419

In the meantime, you can read an excerpt of the book. That way you’ll sound super smart during the Q&A period.
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