International Women's Day celebrated in Saskatchewan
Written by IMC Sask
Friday, 04 March 2011
Don't Stop Now! Photography and collages by the Young Women's Wellness Program Tuesday, March 8 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Planned Parenthood Regina 1431 Victoria Ave.
Food for Thought Women’s Perspective on Local and Global Food Sovereignty and Food Security What it is and isn’t?
Come celebrate International Women’s Day by contributing to discussion on Food Sovereignty and Economic Violence Against Women. Learn of the 6 Pillars of Food Sovereignty. Discuss the Economic, Social, Environmental Future of the Farm Women and Farm Families. What action is needed to make these principles happen? All events run from 10 AM to 4 PM
March 5 - Humboldt, Anglican Church Hall, 716 9th St.
March 7 - Yorkton, Dominion Room of S.I.G.N., 345 Broadway St. West
March 8 - Carlyle Library, 119-1 St. West, Carlyle
March 17 - Wilkie New Horizons Hall, 216-1st St. E
March 18 - Swift Current - Community Futures Room, Southwest Centre for Entrepreneurial Development, 885-6th Ave. N.E.
April 2 - Regina - United Way Bldg., 1440 Scarth St.
RSVP to Marcella Pedersen 306-398-2795 or
Sponsored by the National Farmer’s Union Women’s #6 Advisory Committee.
Appreciation is expressed to the Saskatchewan Status of Women Office for its support of this International Women’s Day project.
Jane's Walk organizing is underway
Written by Laura Pfeifer
Friday, 04 March 2011
I'm very excited to announce that organizing for Regina's 3rd
annual Jane's Walk has officially begun! This year's event will take
place on May 7th and 8th in neighbourhoods around the world - Jane's
Walk is an amazing global event and we are proud that Regina is a part
of it. Jane's Walk is a street-level celebration of the legacy of Jane Jacob that combines the simple act of walking with local history and urban lore.
We've enjoyed strong community support Jane's Walk
for the last two years and look forward to continuing that tradition
this year. We are currently looking for walk guides, volunteers,
photographers, and most importantly a strong group of community
supporters to spread the word!
We look forward to walking with you! To get involved contact Janes Walk Regina <j>
Written by Adriane Paavo
Wednesday, 02 March 2011
Henry Wai will be in Regina in April to deliver a workshop on Transformative Communications, a technique successfully used by social activists to bridge differences, build peace and create positive social change. A free introductory evening will be held the evening of Thursday, April 28, followed by a weekend workshop April 30-May 1. Event information
Three US States File Suit with Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Contributed by Jim Elliott
Sunday, 27 February 2011
In February, the states of New York, Vermont and Connecticut filed a suit with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for their decision this past December to extend the time radioactive waste can sit at a nuclear plant from 30 to 60 years. These states are concerned that with the increased time spent at the plant, there will be additional risk of negative environmental and health impacts and will affect property values in the nearby towns. The state of New York is especially concerned about the risks associated with the Indian Point plant just 25 miles form Manhattan.
“I am committed to forcing the feds to take the hardest look possible
at the risks of long-term, on-site storage, before they allow our
communities to become blighted and our families, properties, and
businesses threatened by radioactive waste dumps for generations to
come,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Over the past 35 years, the Department of Energy has been failing to find a permanent storage facility for the waste from over 100 nuclear plants. They tried Yucca Mountain in Nevada. It failed in 2009. Taxpayers are now left with a bill for billions from individual plants suing the Department of Energy for the $750 million a year it costs to store their waste themselves. Now the debate is whether the waste should be stored on site or moved.
Kevin Kamps, a spokesperson for Beyond Nuclear,
questions on-site storage’s safety. “The risks are very real. With
plants like Indian Point making over $1 million in net profits a day,
they can afford to install necessary safe guards like earthen berms and
hardened on-site storage (HOSS), he says. But with no regulation from
the NRC, which Kamps calls a “rogue agency,” plants like Indian Point in
New York are not making the investment.
Kamps continued that nuclear energy, which makes up 11% of our
primary energy source, is not worth the risks the waste produces, when
we have the “truly clean, renewable options on the table,” which are
producing the exact same energy output as nuclear with none of the waste
at an equal or lower cost.
In his 2012 budget, Obama is setting aside $36 billion for nuclear and $5.4 billion for solar and other renewable programs. One wonders with the hottest decade in recorded history behind us whether the money should be to shut down the remaining nuclear plants and replace them with renewables. Unfortunately, that won't solve the waste storage problem but it will cap it at current quantities.
Prime Minister Harper and his media cronies are pressuring the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to weaken Canada's journalism standards. If successful, it could spell the end for fair and balanced media in Canada.
The CRTC will close public comments at midnight on February 16. We don't have long to go. I've just signed a petition urging them to protect not weaken Canada's media standards -- you can sign here:
Angela Davis coming to Regina
Written by Marc Spooner and Patrick Lewis
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
We wanted to alert you to a special campus visit by Dr. Angela Davis Dr. Angela Davis will speak to the university and broader community about being an agent of change.
Monday, March 7th, 2011
WHERE: University Theatre, Riddell Centre
Introduction to be given by Dr. James McNinch, Dean, Faculty of Education
About Angela Davis:
Professor Angela Davis is an
American political activist, educator and author. Davis was most
politically active during the late 1960s through the 1970s and was
associated with the Communist Party USA, the Civil Rights Movement and
the Black Panther Party. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing
interests; she is the founder of "Critical Resistance", an organization
working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is presently a
retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the
University of California, Santa Cruz and is the former director of the
university's Feminist Studies department. Her research interests are in
feminism, African American studies, critical theory, Marxism, popular
music and social consciousness, and the philosophy and history of
punishment and prisons. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Davis)
Dr. Davis' talk was made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors (to date):
Faculty of Education, V.P Academic Conference Fund, Humanities Research Institute, Dr. Charity Marsh, President
Vianne Timmons, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of
Kinesiology, Faculty of Nursing, Social Policy Research Unit, &
For more information please contact:
Neighbourhood school defended
Written by RealRenewal
Tuesday, 08 February 2011
Rush hour commuters will be encouraged to make some noise for neighbourhood schools on Wednesday, Feb. 9. “Honk for our schools will be the message,” said Bob Hughes, whose has two grandchildren attending Athabasca School, slated for closure in June. Hughes and a few of his River Heights neighbours plan to hold up placards at the Elphinstone Street Bridge, just north of 17th Avenue, from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saskatchewan will honour its Global Citizens at gala events in Saskatoon and Regina. This year's citizens are Arnold and Bertha Epp, Catherine Verrall, John and Besty Bury and John Crawford. The Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation will host a Regina ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 10 and a Saskatoon ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 12. The awards evenings cap off International Development Week, which was officially proclaimed today at Regina City Hall. For more information and a full list of events, visit www.earthbeat.sk.ca
Housing action heats up in Regina
Written by Trish Elliott
Tuesday, 08 February 2011
The Regina Tenant’s Association is gathering steam. At a meeting Feb. 2, the group established a working structure and identified the following objectives:
Promote solutions for tenants
Increase awareness of tenant and landlord rights, responsibilities and obligations
Provide educational materials for tenants and homelessness
Advocate and assist Regina residents facing housing challenges
They have an email address (
) and a website is on the way. The next meeting is March 9, 7 p.m. at the United Way office.
In other housing-related news, the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System has released a report titled Tracking the Tears: Homelessness in Regina. The report notes growing concern over the number of inadequately housed young families . “Despite strides in building and upgrading capacity of sheltering sites, it has become clear that we can no longer manage homeless through services - affordable housing must become part of the equation,” the authors state. Tracking the Tears is available at http://www.pathwaysregina.com/
Exploiting Saskatchewan's Potash: Who Benefits?
Contributed by CCPA-Sask
Friday, 28 January 2011
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Saskatchewan Office today released Exploiting Saskatchewan’s Potash: Who Benefits? by John W. Warnock. The new report considers the history of potash exploitation in the province with an eye to answering the question of whether the people of Saskatchewan are receiving the full benefit from the exploitation of this strategic natural resource.
With the recent controversy over the proposed BHP Billiton takeover bid of PotashCorp, the question of ownership of Saskatchewan’s vital natural resources are again front and centre. Warnock argues that to ensure that Saskatchewan receives the full benefit of its natural endowment, we must move to a more democratic form of resource ownership and management.
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