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Sudbury Social Justice News - May 17, 2015

Blog posts reflect the views of their authors.

EVENTS & MEETINGS:

1) Throughout May: Workplace Rights Workshops in Sudbury's Libraries
2) Saturday, May 23: March Against Monsanto GMO-Free Picnic
3) Thursday, May 28: Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury AGM
4) Saturday, May 30: Fierte Sudbury Pride Garage Sale Fundraiser
5) Saturday, May 30: March Against Bill C-51
6) Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31: Sudbury Bike/Velo Fest
7) Wednesday, June 3: Canadian Labour Congress' "Time for Change Tour"
8) Monday, June 15: reThink Green Annual General Meeting
9) Thursday, June 25: Council of Canadians Meeting
10) Saturday, June 27: Myths and Mirrors Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser

NEWS, ANALYSIS & CALLS TO ACTION:

1) Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance Survey on Septic System Grants
2) Sudbury's *Community Food Directory* is out!
3) EmpowerGAZA: Solar Power for Gaza Hospitals

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Throughout May: Workplace Rights Workshops in Sudbury's Libraries
 
In the month of May, the Sudbury Workers Education & Advocacy Centre will be hosting a series of workshops across multiple libraries in town.

Do you work part-time? In a contract? For a temp agency? Non-unionized workplace? Starting a new job? Questions about a workplace issue? This is for YOU!

Here are the workshops remaining in the rest of May. Please join us as you are able to learn about your workplace rights:

May 20 @ 6:30pm Lively Library
May 21 @ 6:30pm Garson Library
May 25 @ 6:30pm Dowling Library
May 26 @ 1pm Coniston Library

Questions? Call us at 705-470-3323 or like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SudburyWorkersCentre

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Saturday, May 23: March Against Monsanto GMO-Free Picnic
 
Time: 11am to 2pm
Location: Memorial Park in downtown Sudbury

Come join us for a relaxed, informal, family-friendly, GMO-free picnic in the park!

Bring your own organic/home-grown goodies and meet other like-minded and passionate Earth Protectors.

It's a great opportunity to share recipes, to network, to share ideas, to swap seeds or seedlings, and to enjoy a nice afternoon in the park with some really cool people in our community.

So bring your blankets, chairs, yoga mats, and of course your yummy goodies and join us May 23, 2015!

If you have anything you'd like to contribute, or if you'd like your event to coincide with mine, blast me a message. :)

****A few things to remember:****
-This event is not a march or rally, however you may choose to plan or participate in one if you choose,
-This is a clean event. Please don't bring alcohol or other substances that may get us kicked out of the park,
-This is a non-violent event, so please no trashing local businesses,
-Please invite your friends!
-Please dress accordingly for the weather,
-Plan on having fun!
-Event will be cancelled if raining and postponed to May 24th, 2015 (11am-2pm)

This event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/453502181479399/

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Thursday, May 28: Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury AGM
 
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: LAL classroom, St. Andrews Place (111 Larch Street, Sudbury)

Doors open at 6pm.

Check out this link for a PDF file of the agenda: http://www.liveablesudbury.org/May28-15_Agenda.pdf <http://liveablesudbury.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c39a4ce09377c9931462c9482&id=38696f3f44&e=b13931caea>

And fill out this short online survey to help guide the work for the coming year: *http://goo.gl/forms/kMJjvY3HFg* <http://liveablesudbury.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c39a4ce09377c9931462c9482&id=9873e27116&e=b13931caea>

All are welcome!

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Saturday, May 30: Fierte Sudbury Pride Garage Sale Fundraiser

Time & Location: TBA

Spring Cleaning? Don't know what to do with your old stuff? Fierte Sudbury Prides is hosting our second annual yard sale fund raiser in May. We are now accepting donations. Please contact sudburypride@gmail.com to arrange pick up or drop off.

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Saturday, May 30: March Against Bill C-51
 
Time: 1pm
Location: Starting from the Sudbury Courthouse (155 Elm Street)

Bill C-51 is a threat to our rights and freedoms. Join the National Convergence in Sudbury as we continue to voice our opposition.

Enough is enough! Bill C-51 is part of a long string of initiatives to expand the government’s security powers and signals a dramatic new direction for Canadian security. Presented as anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51 creates excessive over reaching powers for security agencies, that will harm online innovation, political discourse, and our civil liberties.

The Conservative Government is rushing this bill through parliament without responsible parliamentary process. The actions of the government are degrading our democracy and our international reputation.

This bill disproportionately targets indigenous communities, environmental activists, dissidents, and Muslims, many of whom are already subjected to questionable and overreaching powers by security officials. Bill C-51 will make it easier and ostensibly lawful for government to continue infringing upon the rights of peaceful people.

“Bill C-51… is a dangerous piece of legislation in terms of its potential impacts on the rule of law, on constitutionally and internationally protected rights, and on the health of Canada’s democracy”
-106 Law professors from across Canada in and Open
Letter to the Government criticizing Bill C-51

Any government that would propose legislation that is unconstitutional and undemocratic does not have the moral authority to maintain power in a true democracy. Generations before us have defended the rights and freedoms that are now in jeopardy.

In response people from the four directions will march in solidarity on Parliament Hill on May 30th to #RejectFear and call on Members of Parliament to;

-Withdraw / Repeal Bill C-51
-Affirm and Uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
-Honour the Treaties with First Nations and the Rights of Indigenous People
-Honour First Nations Right to be Consulted (Section 35)
-Stop racist legislation and fear mongering

Our security lives in our solidarity, standing together for our rights and civil liberties, not in legislation that creates secret police and secret courts. Bill C-51 does nothing to protect Canadians, it actually will make us less safe.

“The powers of CSIS have always depended on how a ‘threat to the security of Canada’ is defined, and section 2 of the CSIS Act already has an extremely broad definition. This has been interpreted to include environmental activists, indigenous groups, and other social or political activists. Concerns are heightened with the proposal to grant CSIS a ‘disruptive’ kinetic role.”
-Canadian Bar Association

#RejectFear and let’s stand together for the well-being of all the people on this land.

This event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/976238292394675/

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Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31: Sudbury Bike/Velo Fest
 
Saturday
   Time: 3pm to 8pm
   Locations: Downtown Sudbury, Tom Davies Square, La Fromagerie

Sunday
   Time: 10am to 3pm
   Location: Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, Bioski Club, End of South Bay Road

This is a community event to celebrate cycling in Greater Sudbury!

Saturday, May 30th3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Tom Davies Square
Brady Street, Sudbury

Opening Ceremonies
Kids Bike Exchange
Kids Bike Rodeo
Transit Rack and Roll Bus
Safe Cycling 1/2 Hour Workshops

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, La Fromagerie
5 Cedar St. (corner of Elgin and Cedar Streets), Sudbury

Meet and Greet
Bike Valet Parking – free!
View bike display models and talk to Kona, Trek, and Specialized reps

Sunday, May 31th10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, Bioski Club
End of South Bay Road

Ride a Kona, Trek or Specialized demo bike – free!
Scheduled Group Trail Rides
Safe Cycling Workshops
Raffles with Prizes
BBQ
Bike Valet Parking – free!

Directions from Paris Street:

Turn right on Ramsey Lake Road.
Turn right at South Bay Road.
Continue through the University of Sudbury campus.
Turn right to continue on South Bay Road.
Continue to the end of the road to the BioSki Club.

Event details online:
http://bikevelofest.ca/event-agenda/

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Wednesday, June 3: Canadian Labour Congress' "Time for Change Tour"

Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: USW Local 6500 hall (66 Brady Street, Sudbury)

It's time for change and you can be a part of it!

Join CLC President, Hassan Yussuff, for a rally and party as part of the labour movement's cross-country tour for change.

This fall, we'll elect a new government but it will require hard work and focus. Join us at the Time for Change Tour event in Ottawa to pick up materials, meet other labour activists in your community and learn how we'll build a better Canada.

Register Today - It's Free: http://goo.gl/wdH79k

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Monday, June 15: reThink Green Annual General Meeting
 
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: The Green Room (3rd floor, 176 Larch Street, Sudbury. Please note that this venue is not wheelchair accessible.)

Agenda to be announced!

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Thursday, June 25: Council of Canadians Meeting

Time: 6:30pm
Location: South End Library (1991 Regent Street, Sudbury)

This will be a general meeting of the Sudbury Chapter of the Council of Canadians. All are welcome!

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Saturday, June 27: Myths and Mirrors Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser

Time: 9pm to 5am
Location: Fromagerie Elgin (5 Cedar Street, Sudbury; entry from Elgin)

Dust off your dancing shoes and get your outfit ready for Myths and Mirrors Community Arts’ 3rd Annual Dance-A-Thon on Saturday June 27 from 9PM to 5AM at Fromagerie Elgin.

There will be DJ’s, prizes, awards, dance offs, costumes, snacks and, of course a little art making!

Get you team* together, pick a theme and get your costumes in order or collect your pledges and just come as you are (we will bring a few costume pieces for folks who didn't know they wanted to get jazzed up)!

(Registration site will be up next week)

* A team can be 1 - 4 people

This event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/987286311306134/

NEWS, ANALYSIS & CALLS TO ACTION:

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Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance Survey on Septic System Grants

The Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance (GSWA) is working to protect and improve water quality on Sudbury area lakes and rivers.

The GSWA is exploring the possibility of offering a grant program that would encourage those living within 100 meters (328') of a waterbody to pump out their septic system on a regular basis (once every 2 to 3 years for a primary residence and 3 to 5 years for a seasonal residence), or to replace a septic system that has been certified by the Sudbury District Health Unit as being defective.   

Participation in this program would be totally voluntary.  If a homeowner's application were to be approved, the participant could be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of a septic tank pump-out, or $5,000 towards the replacement cost of a defective septic system.

To help GSWA in determining the feasibility or need for this program, GSWA would appreciate your participation in our survey.  The survey will close on 30 May 2015.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7Y5WJM9

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Sudbury's *Community Food Directory* is out!

You can download a PDF of the document here:
https://sudburyfoodpolicy.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/fsdirectory_april2...

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EmpowerGAZA: Solar Power for Gaza Hospitals
(From Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/empowergaza-solar-power-for-gaza-hosp...)


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