This Tuesday please join us for Cross Cultures’ Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
What: Cross Cultures Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination When: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 from 8:45am to 8:45pm Where: Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall Location: 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map
The event is on all day, with a huge attendance of local schoolkids presenting and participating until 2:00pm, talks and lectures all afternoon, and a Peace Vigil and Peace Concert in the evening.
If anyone would like to help staff our information table for a few hours, either morning or afternoon, please drop by.
There’s a schedule of events on the KWPeace Calendar Pick any time, there’s always something interesting happening.
The lowest percentages were 85.1% and 86.9% … the remaining policy was approved by more than 90% of the voters. Thank you so much for participating in the democratic process. It is gratifying to see the Green Party of Canada leading the way on human rights issues for both Canadian and Palestinian indigenous peoples.
Canadians, we need to double down on our work for inclusive progressive society. We need to make sure we get electoral reform so the right wing can not split the progressive vote again. We need to make sure our social safety nets are strong. Please do not think our politicians are better. We need to continue to hold them accountable.
Conservative Leadership Candidate Kellie Leitch has received lots of media attention for her racist platform ideas.
I have been pondering and discussing what we can do to make sure Canada continues to be an inclusive society, and this is an idea. One thing alone won’t be enough, but many small things can have a very big impact.
The first thing I have come up with to do is let the Conservative Party leadership candidates know that we don’t want Trump style politics here. We want Canada to be an inviting country, we don’t need a Canada values test (whose values, since diversity is our strength), we don’t want people to have to hide from who they are or who they love, we want religious freedoms – that is for all religions.
There are currently 12 people running for leader of the Conservative Party, how many can you name?
We need to let these people know that we don’t want Leitch’s values. Can you call or email them to let them know you want a diverse, inclusive Canada. Tell them you won’t vote for an MP if their leader has racist ideals. If your current MP is Conservative call or email them as well.
I have looked up their phone and email addresses, some of these people already have racist things in their platform (banning the niqab during citizenship). Michael Chong called Leitch out on her Trump style politics. Let him know you want him to continue to push progressive ideals.
Lisa Raitt and Brad Trost shouldn’t be using MP resources for this but I couldn’t find any other contact info.
Chris Alexander 905-626-7517 email@example.com Maxime Bernier 819-205-3102 firstname.lastname@example.org Steven Blaney 581-991-4983 email@example.com Michael Chong 1-800-837-7075 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Kellie Leitch 1-855-216-8095 firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel Lindsay – no contact info found Deepak Obhrai 403-991-6757 email@example.com Erin O’Toole firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Raitt 613-996-7046 email@example.com Andrew Saxton firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew Scheer email@example.com Brad Trost 306-975-6133 firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most important Green Party of Canada campaign issues was the Guaranteed Livable Income. The idea was piloted in Canada under the name “Mincome” under the first Prime Minister Trudeau. What happened then is what happens all to often… the government fell and its successors had no interest in implementing policy based on their predecessor’s pilot project. Here in Waterloo Region, we have our own Basic Income Waterloo Region advocacy group that’s part of a Canada-wide grassroots movement to make a basic income guarantee the next great innovation in social policy.
The Ontario Liberal Government is considering running its own pilot program, and it would be enormously helpful to fill out their
While on the surface it may seem that such a program would be prohibitively expensive, ironically research shows the effect of a properly managed basic income guarantee is actually a savings to government, as well as a boost to small business and innovation. Check out Basic Income Waterloo Region’s Frequently Asked Questions page.
Waterloo Greens’ Richard Walsh is mounting a local production of a play about whistle blowing in a Water-Safety Crisis.
Although this is not a Green Party event, even if our esteemed colleague Richard was not involved in this production, the issues of whistleblowing, water, public accountability and the environmental certainly fall within the bounds of green interest.
Do you also remember how some municipal and provincial or state authorities and local businesspersons tried to cover up the dangers to residents’ health?
That’s what the next theatre production by Christ Church Waterloo is all about: environmental and moral responsibility.
On November 10th-12th at 8 pm Christ Players presents in the sanctuary Richard Walsh’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s original 1882 drama, An Enemy of the People.
Richard has set the play in Canada 2016, abbreviated it, modernized the language, and incorporated audience participation. As well, after each performance audience members can participate in group discussion about the issues the play raises.
In the play the main character, “Dr. Thomas Stockmann,” who is his town’s Medical Officer of Health, discovers that the source of water for the town and its new healing baths is dangerous to use. He sets out to overcome cowardice and deception by the powers-that-be in the face of this crisis in public health. Despite his political naiveté, Thomas bravely challenges the town’s status quo for what he believes is the greater good. However, like all the characters in the play, he has personal flaws that make his attempts to resolve the dangers to his community difficult to achieve.
An Enemy of The People
November 10 – 12, 2016
Christ Lutheran Church 445 Anndale Road, Waterloo
Tickets ($15 for adults, $10 for students) may be ordered in advance from the church office @ 519-885-4050. Seating, which is general admission, is limited to 100 per performance.
(As this production contains some coarse language, it’s suitable for students from Grade 7 onwards.)All proceeds will be directed to the church’s community-outreach programmes.
Tonight at 6:00 pm!
Monday, October 17th, 2016
University of Waterloo
PAS room 2083 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON (~MAP~)
Dimitri Lascaris graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1991, and is a practicing lawyer called to the bars of Ontario, the State of New York, and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. In 2012, Canadian Lawyer Magazine identified Mr. Lascaris as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada, and in 2013, Canadian Business Magazine identified him as one of the 50 most influential people in Canadian business.
Cross Cultures encourages everyone— especially those who disagree — to come and give their perspective…
… that is how we dialogue and that is how we promote mutual respect and understanding
… not by suppressing, censoring or avoiding sensitive issues …
All attempts to invite a speaker whose views are anti BDS to provide the counter point of view have been declined.
is a lawyer called to practice in Ontario and New York State. After working in the New York and Paris offices of a major Wall Street law firm, Dimitri became a class action lawyer in Canada. His class actions practice focused on shareholder rights, environmental wrongs and human rights violations.
In 2012, Canadian Lawyer Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada, and in 2013, Canadian Business Magazine named him one of the 50 most influential persons in Canadian business.
Until recently, Dimitri was the Justice Critic in the Green Party of Canada shadow cabinet. He is the author and submitter of the Green Party of Canada’s BDS resolution
“I am very happy to announce that, for our BDS town hall at the University of Waterloo on October 17, I will be joined by two extraordinary women, Rehab Nazzal and Wendy Goldsmith.
“Rehab is a Palestinian-born multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Toronto and Bethlehem. Her video, photography and sound works deal with the violence of war and settler colonialism, and have been shown in Canada and internationally. Recently, Rehab was shot in the leg by an Israeli sniper while documenting the noxious activities of Israeli skunk trucks in occupied Bethlehem.
“Wendy is social worker and mother of three from London Ontario. As a social worker she has worked with many marginalized and traumatized individuals, families and communities and began her work in Palestine after Operation ‘Cast Lead’ and saw through photos and direct accounts of the horror and devastation inflicted by Israel on Gaza. Wendy is a member of the steering committee of Canada Boat to Gaza, a representative at Freedom Flotilla Coalition and on the Media team for the Women’s Boat to Gaza. Wendy recently returned from Barcelona, Spain, Ajaccio, Corsica and Messina, Sicily where she participated in the sailing of the Zaytouna. “It is an honour for me to speak about the
GPC’s BDS resolution
with Rehab and Wendy.”
— Dimitry Lascaris
This event is open to the public.
WHEN: 6:00pm Monday, October 17th, 2016
WHERE: Psychology Anthropology Sociology Building PAS room 2083 200 University Ave West, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 (~MAP~)