Kairos series on Poverty begins Mon Sept 24

Kairos Grand River is presenting a series of evenings on poverty and inequality.

All events will be at First United Church in Waterloo (King & William) on the last Monday of the month.


All events will be at First United Church

King & William Street, Waterloo

at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)

September 24

The movie – “Poor No More” – a documentary film directed by Canadian filmmakers Bert Deveaux and Suzanne Babin, executive producer, David Langille.

October 29

Based on  “The Spirit Level”(Why equality matters) by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, winner of the 2011 Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award.

November 26

Real Life Stories – Poverty in Waterloo Region

January 28

Poverty Reduction Strategies

Tell Harper: Don’t cut Polio funding!

I just learned of an initiative by Results Canada www.results-resultats.ca to urge the Harper government to maintain Canada’s funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, at the UN on Sept 27.

Here’s the letter I sent, with copies to the appropriate Opposition critics:


To the Hon Julian Fantino, Minister of International Co-operation:

Dear Minister,

   Global Polio Eradication Initiative

On Sept 27 at the United Nations General Assembly, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will be asking the nations of the world to replenish funding for their work for 2013 and beyond.

I understand that Canada intends to reduce its contribution to the GPEI from $35 million to $14.5 million in 2013.

Such a reduction in funding would be tragic and premature.  Countries previously free of polio are still experiencing re-infections because the vaccination effort is not complete.

Do not let this dreaded disease make a comeback!  I urge you to maintain Canada’s level of funding, and even increase it, until polio is truly gone forever.

Please
www.theendofpolio.com .

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Grant
Waterloo, Ont.

cc PM Harper

cc Opposition critics: Romeo Saganash MP, Mark Eyking MP, and Elizabeth May MP

cc Peter Braid MP


Here are the politicians’ e-mail addresses in a block, for ease of copying into the To line:

pm@pm.gc.ca, fantino.j@parl.gc.ca, sagana.r@gc.ca, eyking.m@parl.gc.ca, may.e@parl.gc.ca
and add your own MP.

Please also sign the petition on the End of Polio site mentioned in the letter above.


No Attack on Iran. Oct 6 Day of Action

The Canadian Peace Alliance has issued a call for a Day of Action on Sat Oct 6 to say DON’T ATTACK IRAN.


I say we Canadians must speak up about the Harper gov’t’s reckless action of severing diplomatic ties with Iran on Sept 10.  It was uncalled-for and simply raised alarm that war might be imminent.

As soon as I have further info on rallies taking place in KW or Guelph or Toronto, I’ll post it here.

URGENT: Support to keep Kimberly Rivera in Canada is growing! ACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

From: “War Resisters Support Campaign” <wrsctoronto@gmail.com>
Date: Sep 16, 2012 10:49 PM
Subject: URGENT: Support to keep Kimberly Rivera in Canada is growing!


Dear friends,

There has been a tremendous response from Canadians to the news that the Harper government plans to deport U.S. Iraq War resister Kimberly Rivera and her family on September 20. Tens of thousands of people have contacted Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney in the past ten days, calling on him to allow Kim and her family to stay. Actions have taken place from Vancouver to Halifax and more are planned for this week.

The fight is not over. We urge you to continue to act on behalf of the Rivera family. Here are the planned activities for the days ahead:


– If you haven’t already done so, please sign the online letter to Jason Kenney at change.org and make sure you forward it to your lists: http://www.change.org/LetKimStay. More than 18,000 people have signed so far. Let’s push that over the 20,000 mark!

– If you’re in Toronto, please attend the Federal Court hearing at 3:30 p.m. at 180 Queen St. West, when Kim’s lawyer will be arguing her case.


– Call Jason Kenney’s office, and urge him to stop the deportation of the Rivera family: 613.954.1064.


– Join a rally in support of the Rivera family. Bring your banners, flags, and signs in support of Kim and all of the Iraq War resisters.

In Toronto the rally will be held at the Federal Court, 180 Queen Street West, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

In Kitchener-Waterloo the rally is WED SEPT 19 at 4:30 pm at Peter Braid MP’s office

For a list of rallies in other cities, go to http://resisters.ca/support-the-rivera-family.

In solidarity,

War Resisters Support Campaign


Join the War Resisters Support Campaign:

Stop Deportation of Iraq War Resister Kim Rivera

RALLY WED SEPT 19 at 4:30 pm at Peter Braid MP’s office to Stop the Deportation of Kim Rivera, War Resister.

Sign petition at: http://resisters.ca/support-the-rivera-family/letter-to-jason-kenney/

This urgent message was forwarded to me by Luke Stewart, of Historians Against the War:

Subject: Stop Deportation of Iraq War Resister Kim Rivera

Greetings friends,

This is a personal and urgent appeal on behalf of a friend, Kim Rivera, who faces deportation on September 20th from Canada to the United States for refusing to re-deploy to the war on Iraq. Kim is a combat veteran who served in Iraq from October 2006 – January 2007 at which time she, through her own experiences while guarding the gate of a forward operating base in Baghdad, refused to carry her rifle and after being caught refused to carry ammunition. Before leaving for Iraq, the unit commander called Kim and the other women in her unit into a room to announce that “10% of you will be raped” while in Iraq. The military is an occupational hazard for women who enlist and while in Iraq Kim faced continued harassment for constantly talking on the phone to her kids and husband. Kim once told me that no women should join the military. Upon returning home to Texas for her so-called R&R (rest and relaxation), she and her family decided to flee to Canada to seek refugee status instead of return to the illegal, immoral, and unjust war on Iraq.

If Kim loses her stay of removal, she will be deported and she will most definitely face jail time (up to five years in military prison) and a felony conviction which will follow her everywhere her entire life when she wants a government loan, housing, and other social services as well as she will not be able to vote or enjoy many civil and political rights.

We have a precious few days to make as much noise about this as possible. I have personally read internal government documents released through the Access to Information Act that demonstrate that both the Liberal and now Conservative governments HAVE TAKEN NOTICE when the public mobilizes around Iraq war resisters (for those skeptical that such actions do anything) and this is a big reason why NO ONE HAS BEEN DEPORTED SINCE 2008.

The war on Iraq killed an estimated 650,000 people that can be credibly documented since 2003 – with that number closer to over one million. The United States has used the most appalling weapons against the civilian population of Iraq including depleted uranium, white phosphorus and cluster bombs. It has bombed supposedly abandoned urban areas (whole blocks) in order to simply get rid of excess payloads from its jets and bombers (as planes cannot return with bombs in their payload).

This was a war for oil and control of resources, and it was a war of aggression – the supreme international crime as defined at the Nuremberg Tribunal (former U.N. Secretary Kofi Annan reluctantly stated in late-2004). This is why we need to support Kim Rivera and all other Iraq war resisters seeking refuge in Canada.

It takes a tremendous amount of courage and responsibility to resist the largest military machine ever unleashed upon the world and Kim needs our support and our voices. Soldiers have an important responsibility to resist illegal orders and have the ability, like during the Vietnam War, to bring the war machine to a halt. Sadly, the antiwar movement has not been as active and effective as during the Vietnam War and this has contributed to the situation Kim now faces.

I have personally worked with Iraq war resisters since 2009 and I have been extremely humbled and honoured to learn from their moral courage. Even Archbishop Desmond Tutu made a statement on behalf of Kim Rivera at the emergency meeting in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto where Kim lives. This is now national and international news.

Rally on Wed Sept 19 at 4:30pm at MP Peter Braid’s office, 22 King St. South (Erb and King )

For more information:
http:// couragetoresist.org/ kimberly-rivera.html
http://www.thestar.com/ news/gta/article/ 1249039–iraq-war-resister-kimberly-rivera-to-find-ou t-if-she-ll-be-deported-to -u-s

More on what you can do:

  1. Write, email, phone or fax Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney and ask him to let Iraq War resister Kimberly Rivera and her family stay in Canada. You can use our online letter, or send your own message to:

    325 East Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
    Phone: 613-954-1064 Fax: 613-957.2688
    Email: jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca, minister@cic.gc.ca

  2. To mail us a donation, please make a cheque payable to the War Resisters Support Campaign and mail it to:

    War Resisters Support Campaign
    Box 13, 427 Bloor Street West
    Toronto, ON M5S 1X7

The CBC We Want

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting hosts a community conversation:

When: 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 31st
Where: The Hall, Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb Street, Waterloo (map)

Followed by Dalton Camp Awards at the Clay and Glass Gallery

(across the street from the church).

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is convening this national conversation.

Please bring your ideas about the kind of CBC you want – or simply attend to consider what promises to be a provocative, thoughtful and constructive discussion.

When: 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 31st
Where: The Hall, Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb Street, Waterloo (map)

Veronic TennantVeronica Tennant, producer, director and prima ballerina, will moderate the opening session of this Canada-wide conversation which will be webcast live from this launch event.

The consultation will feature contributions from some of Canada’s most creative thinkers and artists including Howard Dyck, Eric Friesen, Leah Pinsent and many more with music by The Waterboys and the New Vibes Jazz Quartet.

For more information and to RSVP visit www.friends.ca/TheCBCWeWant
You can also RSVP by calling 1-866-585-0553

If you know that you will not be able to attend in person, please consider leaving a comment on the CBC you want at www.friends.ca/TheCBCWeWant

Immediately following The CBC We Want event, FRIENDS will be hosting a reception to present the 2012 Dalton Camp Award to the winner of an essay competition on the topic of links between the media and democracy.


We are all treaty people: An Indigenous Solidarity Town Hall Meeting for KW

Monday May 28


WLU Faculty of Social Work, Auditorium

120 Duke St. West, Kitchener, ON

(across from the back of City Hall)


Read details below, about why we need this conversation.

Indigenous Solidarity Town Hall

Did you know that Canada exists on traditional Indigenous territory?

Like the rest of this country, Kitchener-Waterloo residents have settled on land that was stewarded long before by the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America). Later granted by law of the British government to the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, an ongoing colonial legacy of Canadian law and policy has resulted in their wrongful displacement from this land, and the construction of cities like our own – without any acknowledgement of that history. In this context, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity invites you to participate in a community discussion, from a settler perspective, about what it means for us to live and work in this region. Come out and learn from local organizers about current Indigenous sovereignty struggles and solidarity work, as well as how you can get involved!

Topics of our conversation will include:

-A brief history of whose land we live on, and how this came to be

-Report-back and updates from the April 28th Walk for Peace, Respect, & Friendship in Caledonia

-Allied resistance against tar sands development and environmental impacts across Ontario, report-back about the issues surrounding the Line 9 pipeline that crosses the Halidmand Tract in Ontario & the London hearings

-The Oshkimaadziig encampment and cultural education project in Awenda Provincial Park

-Resistance to the construction of a new waste processing plant in Dundalk, with two key representatives of the struggle speaking

-Grassy Narrows and River Run 2012 in Toronto from June 5-8!

Generously supported by WPIRG