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Network News - Connexions #45 (Volume 11, Number 1, Spring 1987
Canadian Peace Education News

The Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development is beginning the production of a national quarterly, the Canadian Peace Education News, on behalf of the Canadian Peace Educators Network. The publication will share information, resources, ideas, and discuss problems and issues, related to implementing education on peace and security in the formal educational systems. Individual subscriptions will be $18; bulk rates are negotiable.

West Word Three
West Cost Women and Words in sponsoring its third annual summer school/writing retreat for women, on August 9 to August 22, 1987, in Vancouver. For more information write to West Word Three, Box 65563, Station F, Vancouver, B.C. V6N 4B0, or phone (604) 872-8014.

Standin' the Gaff
The Canadian Popular Theatre Alliance and the International Festival of Popular Theatre are presenting Standin' the Gaff, an international conference in Sydney, Nova Scotia, May 20-30, 1987. Performers include Sistren from Jamaica, Aloke Ray of India, Teocayani of Nicaragua, a Southern African group and others. Development educators may apply to a travel fund. Registration forms: Standin' the Gaff, P.O. Box 1796, Sydney, N.S. B1P 6W4.

Prairie Windbreak
Prairie Windbreak is a training session on development education for the prairie region being held in Ft. Qu'Appelle on June 26-28, 1987. Contact: 1602 - 12th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 0L6.

CANDU for New Brunswick?
The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is asking for help in fighting the proposed Lepreau II nuclear plant. The plant will only go ahead with substantial financing from the federal government, and Energy Minister Marcel Masse has indicated that a decision on this commitment will come before the end of May. If approved, Lepreau will be the first North American nuclear reactor sold since 1978. Call the CCNB at (506) 458-8747.

Canadian Environmental Network Meeting
The Canadian Environmental Network is holding its annual meeting on May 8 - 11, near Ottawa. This year's theme is "Action for a Sustainable Society". The agenda revolves around three subthemes: Conservation, Jobs and the Environment, and Pollution Problems. Contact: Canadian Environmental Network, P.O. Box 1289, Station B, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6.

A Close Call
A Close Call is a play about environmental activism in the eighties. Its creators, Jackie Moad and Laurie Gourlay, wrote it to give expression to the movement's quirks, visions, foibles, passions and hopes. They welcome any organizations that might wish to use the play in community development, peace, justice or environmental endeavours. To obtain a copy of the script, write to A Close Call, 1 Susan Ave., London, Ont. N5V 2G1 and enclose $3 for printing and mailing (no charge if you are broke).

Mutual Aid Community
The Mutual Aid Community of Toronto is interested in starting one or more co-op housing projects, and welcomes anyone who would like to participate. For more info call (416) 928-2144.

Day of Mourning
Every year, more than 1,000 Canadian workers are killed on the job. Thousands more are permanently disabled. Hundreds of thousands are injured. Thousands of others die from cancer, lung disease, and other ailments caused by exposure to toxic substances at their workplace. April 28 of each year has been chosen by the Canadian Labour Congress as a Day of Mourning for these victims of workplace accidents and disease. The CLC urges that it be a day to remember the supreme sacrifice they have been forced in order to earn a living, and a day to renew pressure on governments for tougher occupational health and safety standards. CLC Labour Councils are organizing local events observing the Day of Mourning. If your local union wants to organize an event in areas remote from city centres, please write as soon as possible for an information and organization kit to CLC Workplace Health and Safety, 2841 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1V 8X7.

National Inquiry on Homelessness
The Canadian Council on Social Development, in conjunction with the International Year for the Homeless, is conducting a national inquiry on homelessness in Canada from March through June. During these months, ten provincial workshops will be conducted to provide a forum for homeless people, governmental and non-governmental agencies, churches, professionals, and the public. Contact: MaryAnn McLaughlin, Project Co-ordinator, Canadian Council of Social Development, P.O. Box 3505, Station C, 55 Parkdale Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4G1, (613) 728-1865.

Canadian Mining in Philippines
The Asia-Pacific People's Environment Network (APPEN) says that residents of Marinduque Province in the Philippines have since 1981 been faced with the pollution of their major fishing areas and rich coral reefs. As a result, more than 1,000 fishermen have been forced to undergo misery as their fishing ground is no longer safe for fishing. According to APPEN, the problem started in 1975 when a Canadian mining firm, Marcopper Mining Corporation, a subsidiary of Placer Development Corporation in Vancouver, started dumping copper mining tailings into Calancan Bay. Marcopper has been polluting Calancan Bay with Toxic chemicals including cyanide, mercury, and cadmium. APPEN requests that Canadians apply pressure on the corporation to rehabilitate the Bay as soon as possible. They also ask for help in finding a Canadian Expert who could assist them by coming to the Philippines to do a study and recommend measures for the regeneration of the Bay. For more information contact V.C. Mohan, APPEN, c/o Sahabat Alam Malaysia, 37, Lorong Birch, Penang, West Malaysia, or, Sr. Ma. Aida Velasquez, Luzon Co-ordinator, Lingkod Tao-Kalikasan, 2466 Leon Guinto, P.O. Box 3153, Manila, Philippines.

Women Living Under Muslim Laws
The International Solidarity Network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws was formed in response to situations in which women have faced severe discrimination in countries with Muslim laws. One of the network's current priorities is to help divorced women who are denied access to their children. The network asks for help in its work. Contact: Reseau international de solidarite, 34980 Combaillaux (Montpelier) France.

Peoples' Action Coalition
The Peoples' Action Coalition (see CX 3167) is defunct. The PAC tapes are still available through One Sky, 134 Avenue F South, Saskatoon, Sask. S7M 1S8.

General Electric Boycott
INFACT, the citizen's group that led the successful seven-year boycott of Nestle products, has called for a consumer boycott of General Electric for its role in the arms race. GE was chosen as a target because it makes more parts for nuclear weapons systems (MX missiles, Trident submarines, etc.) than any other firm. GE was the first contractor to be indicted for defrauding the Pentagon, has a lobbying staff of 120 in Washington, and makes the neutron generator trigger for every H bomb in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Canadian Women's Archives
Correction: The Spring 1986 issue of the Connexions Digest contained some out-dated info about the Canadian Women's Archives. The Archives' Address is now 455 Spadina Ave., Ste. 215, Toronto Ontario M5S 2G8. Since 1972 the Canadian Women's Movement Archives has been preserving material on the women's movement in Canada from 1960 to the present. They have files on over 1500 women's organizations, 600 women's periodicals and collections of buttons, posters, T-shirts and ephemera. The Archives open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, is part of an international network of alternative archives, set up to ensure the preservation of material on women's history. It also has a small library to help researchers. Women's groups are asked to send copies of their materials to the Archives.

Death Penalty
The Coalition Against The Return of the Death Penalty warns that pressure to bring back the death penalty in Canada is building in Parliament. The coalition urges people to support continued abolition by writing to their members of parliament, with copies to Mulroney and the Minister of Justice Minister, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont. K1A 0A6. For more information on the coalition, contact Jack Friesen Quaker Committee on Jails and Justice, 60 Lowther Ave., Toronto, Ont. M5R 1C7 (416)922-6128.

Talent Bank of Feminist Cartoonists
Women who would like to be included are invited to submit their names, addresses, and a sample of their work to Susan de Rosa, c/o Communiquelles, 3585 St. Urbain Street, Montreal H2X 2N6. The bank will be accessible to feminist magazines and associations across Canada.

Project for Environmental Priorities
The Project For Environmental Priorities (PEP) of Toronto is gathering its energies for another provincial election and needs your participation and support. The requirements for being a participating group in PEP are simple - time, energy, money or any combination of the three. All PEP meetings are in Toronto. If you can't make the meetings but want to keep informed or want further info about becoming a sponsoring group, call or write: Kirk Roberts, P. O. Box 125, Stn P, Toronto M5S 2Z7 (416) 588-3843.

Community Arts Resource Centre
Second Look Community Arts Resource Centre of Toronto is looking for volunteers to help run programs, and financial help to continue their work. If you are interested in getting involved in popular theatre, please call (416) 924-0101.

Environment Directories
The Ontario Environment Network is working on a directory of environmental spokespeople, arranged by area of expertise, to be used by the media in locating appropriate sources quickly. The second part of this project will give environmental groups an Ontario-wide list of media contacts. Another project being planned is a directory of federal and provincial agencies, boards and commissions concerned with environment issues. All the directories will be available in print and electronic form. Contact: Ontario Environment Network, P.O. Box 125, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2Z7, (416) 588-3843.

Magpie River Project
The environmental group, Friends of the Magpie, is opposing the Magpie River Project which it says would send toxic chemicals into Lake Superior with the threat of irreversible environmental damage. The proposed project would see Great Lakes Power Limited building dams on the Magpie River, thereby flooding areas which are heavily contaminated with large amounts of toxic chemicals. The areas to be flooded would come within the extensive "fume kill" created by emissions from iron ore smelting activities in Wawa. A significant portion of this area is devoid of life. Friends of the Magpie says that the flooding would bring these chemicals into Lake Superior. For more information contact Friends of the Magpie, c/o David MacLachlan, P.O. Box 1890, Wawa, Ontario P0S 1K0, (705) 856-2753.

Women in Science, Technology, and Medicine in Developing Countries
Managua, Nicaragua, will be the host of the Central American Conference on Women in Science, Technology and Medicine in Developing Countries on August 24 - 28, 1987. The conference will discuss the experiences, prospects, and strategies of women in science in developing countries. The focus will be on women in Central America, but participants are invited from other parts of the world. Each participant from a developed country is asked to pay a registration fee of $50. Following the conference, an optional tour of Nicaragua will be provided at a reasonable extra charge. Contact Prof. Ann Hibner Koblitz, Department of History, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02181, U.S.A.

Outside the Nuclear Club
A conference on the theme Outside the Nuclear Club: Options for Non-Nuclear Power in Promoting Peace and Security, will be held at York University, Toronto, on June 10 - 13, 1987. Contact Office of the Master, 258E Atkinson, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3.

Reproductive Hazards
Reproductive Hazards: Are You at Risk?, by WOSH/Women Working, is a 23-page booklet designed as a practical guide to reproductive hazards for working women. It includes information of identifying the hazards and taking action. It is available to individuals and unions at $4 a copy, and to institutions and businesses at $6 a copy from WOSH/Working Women, 1109 Windsor, Ontario N8W lB3, (519) 254-4192.

Vancouver Society on Immigrant Women
The B.C. Task Force on Immigrant Women has changed its name to the Vancouver Society on Immigrant Women. They can be reached at 104 - 1045 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 1E2, (604) 734-8386.

Waste Management Conference
The 9th Canadian Conference on Waste Management will be held Oct. 7, 8, and 9, 1987 in Edmonton at the Westin Hotel. On Oct. 5 & 6, there will be site visits to Swan Hills Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility. For more details, contact Chem-Security, John S. Richardson, 1323 44th Ave. NE, Calgary T2E 6L5 (403)250-3742.

Mayworks '87, a Festival of Working People and the Arts, will be held May 1 to 10 in Toronto. The organizing committee is looking for volunteers to help with the event. For more info call Katie Pellizzari (416) 651-9676.

Pest or Guest
Pest or Guest is a booklet from the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) which gives practical information on how to control everything from aphids to wasps in the garden, and ants to whiteflies in the home, using alternative forms of pest control. Sections on beneficial insects, weeds, and making barriers, sprays, and rinses. 32 pages, from SPEC, 2150 Maple St., Vancouver B.C. V6J 3T3, (604) 736-7732.

Our Nuclear Backyard
The Kootenay Centre for a Sustainable Future is holding a conference on Our Nuclear Backyard: A Conference About Hanford. For conference information contact Sandra Harline, Hanford Conference Co-ordinator, Box 727, Nelson B.C. V1L 5R4, (604) 352-9871.

Women and Wellbeing Conference
A conference called Women and Wellbeing will be held on Nov. 6, 7 and 8, 1987 at Westin Hotel in Winnipeg. The conference is sponsored by Canadian Research Institute For The Advancement of Women (CRIAW) and will focus on the ways that women have learned to strengthen and protect their own wellbeing and that of others. For more info, call conference planners at (204) 949-1653.

Arts and Communication Directory
The Toronto Arts & Communication Directory 1987 will soon be available from the World Society For Arts And Communications (WSAC). WSAC, which is committed to "linking communities through arts and communications" produces a newsletter and plans to start publishing a tabloid called World Beam sometime this year. Details about these publications can obtained by writing to WSAC, P. O. Box 1174, Stn. A, Toronto M5E 1G6.

Community Switchboard
Questions about social change activities in Toronto? Want to spread the word about your group's next event? Call Community Switchboard (416)928-2144.

Self-Help Groups
The Metropolitan Toronto Self-Help Clearinghouse is updating its directory of self-help, mutual aid groups for metropolitan Toronto. Groups interested in being included can add their names by calling (416) 978-3270 or by writing to: Metropolitan Toronto Self-Help Clearinghouse, 246 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1.


Collected for, but not published in, Volume 11, #1

Energy Probe seeks volunteers
Energy Probe welcomes word processors as regular volunteers for editing and entering (using Wordstar). Training on the job as necessary. For more information, please call Sue Zielinski at 978-7014.

Industrial Fluoride Pollution
The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) has produced a new video on the sources and effects of industrial flouride pollution. Available in VHS or Beta from SPEC at 2150 Maple St., Vancouver, B.C. V6J 3T3 for $35.

AlterNET is a Canadian non-profit organization created to facilitate information-sharing among people working for a better world. They are working with other organizations to promote the development of an international network of local computer communications centres. AlterNET operates an Ottawa-based computer communications system, and is willing to assist other organizations in setting up similar systems elsewhere. AlterNET asks others involved in computer networking to keep them informed of developments in your community or elsewhere. Contact: AlterNET, P.O. Box 2206, Station D, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W4. Phone: Voice: (613) 224-8588 or 231-2977. Computer: (613) 230-9519 (300 or 1200 baud, No Parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit)--24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer. Connexions Collective members and volunteers for Volume 11, Number 1 (Spring 1987): Ulli Diemer, Guylaine Spencer, Elizabeth Wall, Corinne Dixon, Lucinda Cooke, Ted Dyment, Andrew Waldie, Elaine Farragher, Elgin Blair, Eric Mills, Rosalie Smith, Nick Stahl, Eric Walmsley, Bob Bettson, Karl Amdur.



Network News - Connexions Digest #46 (Volume 11, Number 2, Summer 1987)

Anti-Authoritarian Listing
An effort is being made to compile a list of anti-authoritarian contacts in Canada, which will be distributed here and internationally. A first tentative directory is planned for October, with an updated one to appear in January 1988. Anyone wishing to be listed is asked to write to Chaotic Distribution, P.O. Box 15642, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5B4. Be sure to specify the name you want on the list, a way of being contacted, and if you are writing for a group or project, a few words about what you do. Donations are gratefully accepted, although no fee is required. Help in distributing the directory is also solicited.
This "Canadian Black Book" will include the following types of projects and individuals: Anarchist and any of its tendencies, libertarian Marxist (Situationist, Council Communist, etc.), Direct Actionists, (A.L.F. Support Groups, etc.), Radical Pagan, Bio-Regionalist, Prisoner Support/Prison Abolition, Traditional Native and their support groups. It will also include significant others like bookstores that regularly carry libertarian literature, as well as a much shorter list of U.S. and international contacts.

Victims of psychiatry experiments
Anti-psychiatry activist Don Weitz is planning to present a petition to Parliament this fall asking for compensation payments to patients experimented on by Dr. Ewen Cameron in the 1950's and early 1960's. The experiments were co-funded by the CIA and Canada's Department of Health and Welfare, and were performed without patients' consent in Montreal's Allan Memorial Institute. Those interested in circulating the petition may contact Don Weitz at 100 Bain Avenue, 27 the Maples, Toronto, Ontario M4K 1E8.

Inequities in Canadian health
The National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) has received funding to review literature produced by community-based organizations referring to inequities in Canadian health. NAPO is asking for copies of materials (studies, policy motions, newsletters, briefs, etc.) which make any reference to health inequity. Please send to NAPO, 456 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5Z4. For further information please call (613) 234-3332.

CRIAW bank of researchers
The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women is accepting applications from researchers who wish to be registered with their new Bank of Researchers. The Bank is a national computerized database of resumes of feminist researchers; potential users include government agencies, independent researchers requiring assistance in a project, schools, unions, private businesses and community groups. If you wish to be listed, write to CRIAW, 151 Slater, Suite 408, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H3 or call (613) 563-0681 and ask for a registration form.

Peace Videos
The Public Education for Peace Society has designed a peace education program for junior high school students. The program consists of a video called Learning Peace and a print package called Conflict and Change. The material has been tested in seven British Columbia schools. Included are lesson plans and helpful commentary on implementing the program. For more information, call (604) 522-1123, or write to Public Education for Peace Society, Box 2320, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 5A5.

Animal Liberation Front
On January 19, 1987, five people were arrested in Toronto for allegedly spray-painting a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet. Afterwards, the police added a variety of other, much more serious charges, to the initial mischief charges. The people charged believe that the police are out to "deal harshly with these five men and women, as a supposed deterrent to the rest of the animal activist community". They have been charged with a number of other previous actions taken by animal liberation activists. The bail conditions imposed on some of those charged forbid them to communicate in any way with each other. To fight the charges, the defendants have been forced to spend a good deal of money on lawyers' fees, and are asking for financial support. Donations may be sent to Mary Bartley, Barrister and Solicitor, 11 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2. Please note on your cheque: Toronto Animal Rights Defence Fund in Trust.
The Animal Liberation Front Support Group can be reached at P.O. Box 915, Station F, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2N9.

Archbishop Adolphe Proulx
Bishop Adolphe Proulx, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Gatineau-Hull, drowned on July 22. Bishop Proulx was the chairperson of the Inter-Church Committee on Human Rights in Latin America (ICCHRLA) and a member of the Commission of Social Affairs of the Canadian Conference Bishops. As a human rights advocate, Bishop Proulx frequently participated in personal and written representations to the Canadian government. ICCHRLA said that "in his life and in his work Bishop Proulx was an inspiring example of Christian compassion and dedication to the cause of the oppressed. He did not spare himself in his active commitment to human rights and social justice issues in Canada and in other countries throughout the world." "The best memorial we can give Bishop Proulx", said William Fairbairn, ICCHRLA's associate director, "is to renew our commitment to the ongoing struggle to create more just and caring societies throughout the world."

International Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Tour
The Leonard Peltier Human Rights Fund and the African National Congress are organizing an International Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Tour to connect the struggles of the indigenous peoples of South Africa and North America. They are asking other organizations to endorse the following statements: "Whereas: We recognize that Leonard Peltier was extradited from Canada to the United States on the basis of falsified affidavits and subsequently convicted after a trial in which the government admits key evidence was suppressed and witnesses perjured themselves, and Whereas: Nelson Mandela, recognized throughout South Africa and the world as leader of the African National Congress and the foremost representative of the struggling people, has been unjustly imprisoned for more than 25 years by the racist South African government. Be It Resolved that We deplore the extradition of Mr. Leonard Peltier to the United States from Canada in 1976 on the basis of false information filed with a Canadian court by American authorities, and call upon the government of Canada to seek the return of Mr. Peltier to Canada and the annulment of all extradition proceedings in this regard. And, be it further Resolved We call for the immediate, unconditional release of Nelson Mandela and all prisoners of apartheid. The International Indigenous People's Solidarity Tour can be reached at 456 Spadina Avenue, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2G8, (416) 961-4704. It is asking for volunteers to help with local events; groups and organizations to endorse the tour goals; financial contributions; help with publicity for the tour; distribution of information packets; writing your M.P. Some tour dates are still available if you wish to organize a local event. The tour will be in Saskatchewan Sept. 12 - 14, Sudbury September 27 - 28, Ottawa September 30, October 1, Montreal October 3 - 5, Kingston October 6, Toronto October 7 - 10, Guelph October 8, Peterborough October 11, Six Nations October 12.

Anarchist Conference
The third in a series of continental anarchist conferences is being planned for June 17 - 20, 1988 in Toronto, hosted by the Anarchist Circle. They are calling it 'A Survival Gathering' with the theme of survival of the Earth, survival of women, survival of indigenous cultures, survival of the anarchist movement, survival as individuals in an alienated, competitive and harsh society. The conference organizers say that "communities are the root of our survival" and that therefore much of the gathering will be based on communities and their projects. Topics already suggested are alternative radio, prisons, women's health, security, gay and lesbian and print media. For more information write P.O. Box 435, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S9, or call (416) 928-2144.

Human Rights in Eastern Europe and the USSR
The Human Rights Internet has announced the publication of its Human Rights Internet Directory: Eastern Europe and the USSR. This is the fourth in Internet's directory series. The volume describes over 200 Eastern European or Soviet "unofficial" and "approved" human rights organizations. It also describes organizations throughout the world which monitor human rights developments in Eastern Europe and the USSR. Entries contain information about the origin, purposes and activities of the organization, publications, etc. The volume is extensively indexed. It available for $30 for Human Rights Internet, Harvard Law School, Pound Hall, Room 401, Cambridge MA 02138, U.S.A. (617) 495-9924.

Appeal for Peace in Nicaragua
Non-Intervention in Central America (NICA) and Tools for Peace are participating in a joint effort to put pressure on the U.S. government to change its policy in Nicaragua. They are asking Canadians to send letters to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney urging him to publicly oppose further U.S. military activity in the region, and to press the Canadian government to increase aid to Nicaragua. NICA also needs financial support to continue its work. Donations can be sent to NICA, Box 850, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2Z2.

Haitian Experience
Haitian Experience is an opportunity for those 16 or older to experience work in Haiti. Haitian Experience is led by two Catholic high school teachers, and takes place over the March school break. An information/application package is available for $5 from Haitian Experience, 461 Marf Ave., Mississauga, Ontario L5G 1T4.

Alternative News Indices
The Alternative News Indices Project is working to create a national of coalition of groups, organizations, and individuals who want to see socially relevant and meaningful information included on a regular, routine basis in the national news media. It is focussed specifically on the indices which are carried on evening news programs, such as the stock market index, precious metals prices, U.S. and Canadian dollar exchange rates, consumer price index, etc. It would like to develop, and persuade the media to carry, alternative indices which are more relevant to social reality and ordinary people. Indices which have been suggested are a "National Poverty Index", showing in composite form "the number of Canadians living below the poverty line, set in relation to the number of Canadians living in opulent affluence"; an Ecology/Environmental Poison Index indicating factors such as deforestation, soil erosion, and lethal poisons in food and water; and a world militarization/development index which would measure military spending against development spending. For more information contact Alternative News Index Project, c/o The Centre for Communication, Culture, and Society, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6.

Save the Khutzeymateen
The Khutzeymateen Valley is a magnificent and remote coastal area of British Columbia. The 39,000 hectare valley is one of the last wild habitats of the grizzly bear. A B.C. government-appointed wilderness advisory committee has recommended that logging be allowed in the valley. Critics say that this would irreversibly disrupt the grizzlies' habitat and damage the ecological balance of marine and animal life. They ask people to write to federal Environment Minister Tom McMillan (House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 1G2) and B.C. Minister of Environment and Parks Bruce Strachan (Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4) to support the preservation of this important natural area. For more information contact Valhalla Wilderness Society, Box 224, New Denver, B.C. V0G 1S0, or Friends of Ecological Reserves, Box 1721, Station E, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y1.

Wingspread Conference Proceedings
The Acid Rain Foundation has announced the publication of Proceedings from the September 1986 Wingspread Conference. The 610 page book, Acid Rain: 1986, A Handbook for States and Provinces: Research, Information, Policy contains information on U.S. and Canadian programs. Also included are resource materials from a variety of organizations. The cost is $55 U.S. from The Acid Rain Foundation, 1630 Blackhawk Hills, St. Paul, MN 55122, U.S.A. A catalogue is also available.

Excellence in Alternative Journalism
The Goodwin's Foundation has announced the winner of its first annual Award for Excellence in Alternative Journalism. The winners were Roy Johnstone and Wendell MacLaine of New Maritimes. Their article, "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" dealt with Litton Industries' failed attempt to set up an arms factory on Prince Edward Island. (A companion article on the issue by Roy Johnstone appeared in the Spring issue of Connexions.) Submissions for the best article for 1987 are now being accepted (the deadline is December 31, 1987). Another category, that of best publication, may be added this year. Alternative periodicals are asked to add Goodwin's to their mailing list. The foundation is also considering the publication of a book of Canada's top censored stories, and is asking for stories that the mainstream media refused to print. For more information contact Goodwin's Foundation, Box 1043, Station B, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R1.

John Damien Educational Trust
A John Damien Educational Trust is being established to commemorate the memory of John Damien, who died recently after a long struggle for justice after being fired from his job for being gay. For information about the trust contact John Damien Educational Trust, 7 Laurier Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4X 1S2.

World Rainforest Week
Organizers of World Rainforest Week are calling for a boycott of Coca Cola. They say that Coca Cola and its corporate partners have purchased large tracts of rainforest in Brazil and Belize for their Minute Maid plantations. Once these areas are cleared of trees they can sustain agriculture for only a very few years, because the ecology is unable to support this kind of use. The result is erosion and the disappearnance of topsoil, and the rainforest is unable to regenerate itself in such areas. The organizers of World Rainforest Week point out that rainforests are home to half the world's plant and animal species, and the home of native peoples who have lived in harmony with the area for many generations. For more informaiton contact World Rainforest Week c/o Box 6326, Station A, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1P7.

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights
The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights is a monument to be erected in Ottawa on Elgin Street. The intent of the Tribute is to "mark through artistic, inspirational and tangible form the historic struggles and continuing efforts of the people of Canada and of all nations to obtain and preserve human rights." The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights Inc. is a non-profit organization of people based in Ottawa, with support committees in major centres across Canada. If you or your organization would like to get involved or to make a donation, please call (613) 745-9323 or write to Box 510, Station B, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5P6.


Items collected for but not published in Volume 11, Number 2:

Conference on Human Rights in Latin America
To be held on November 20 - 22nd, the First Conference on Human Rights in Latin America will feature written, video, and audio documented testimony as well as special guests direct from several Latin American countries. According to publicity for the conference, the emphasis will not be on "gruesome truths" but on doing something about them. Contact the conference at P.O. Box 308, Station L, Toronto M6E 4Z2, (416) 927-8009.

Right to Environmental Quality
A conference on The Right to Environmental Quality: An Emerging Right will be held in Quebec City from September 30 to October 3, Contact (418) 656-5219.

Nuclear Weapons Free Canada
A Nuclear Weapons Free Canada: The Possible Dream, is the theme of Operation Dismantle's 10th anniversary conference October 24 in Ottawa. Speakers include Muriel Duckworth, Mary Simon (Inuit Circumpolar Conference), Manitoba Premier Howard Pawley, Barrie Zwicker, Patrick Watson, Robert Hurst, Marion Dewar, George Erasmus, Ernie Regehr, George Ignatieff. For information contact Operation Dismantle, P.O. Box 3887, Station C, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4M5, (613) 722-6001.

National Farm Women's Conference
The third national farm women's conference will be held in Saskatoon November 12 - 13, 1987. Conference goals are to increase Canadian farm women's knowledge of key agricultural issues; to encourage positive and united action by farm women on behalf of Canadian agriculture, and the status of farm women; to encourage women to undertake leadership roles and develop organizational and other skills which would improve the status of farm women. For more information contact National Farm Women's Conference, Room 105, Kirk Hall, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask. S7N 0W0.

Healthy Ontario
Healthy Ontario 2000 is a conference sponsored by the Ontario Public Health Association, to be held November 15 - 18 in Toronto. This professional conference will be part of the 38th annual Educational and Scientific Meeting of the Ontario Public Health Association. Guest speakers, discussion panels, and participatory workshops are planned to help participants understand, address, and act upon the world Health Organization's challenge to the health field, and to meet the social challenges of health. For information contact Ontario Public Health Association, c/o Ronald Labonte, Toronto Department of Public Health, 7th floor, East Tower, City Hall, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2.

Wholistic Health Conference
The first annual conference of the Canadian Coalition of Wholistic Health Organisations will be held in Toronto on November 7, 1987. The conference "will bring together a diversity and a wide scope of organizations and individuals who share concerns regarding preventive, holistic and community health care." There will be lectures and workshops, and speakers will discuss an assortment of health issues, including nutrition, specific and complementary medicine therapies, and the need to re-organize our health care system. For more information contact the Canadian Coalition of Wholistic Health Organisations, 1644 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., (604) 736-6499.

CRIAW Conference
The 1987 conference of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) will take place November 6, 7, and 8, at the Westin Hotel in Winnipeg. The conference will explore the theme "Women and Wellbeing". Presentations will include research and thinking on ways that women have learned to strengthen and protect their own wellbeing and that of others, and on directions for future movement in this direction.

Media for Social Change
Media for Social Change, a public relations handbook, is now available from Connexions. The handbook was written for community workers and social change activists whose work depends on communicating effectively with the public.
If it's important for you to get your message across, this book will show you how to:
Write a news release
Hold a press conference
Deal with "trap questions"
Create public service announcements
It will also show you how to create your own low-cost newsletters, posters, videos, etc.
Included in the handbook is a directory of Toronto media, and names and addresses of places where you can get training, advice and help with your public relations strategy. You can order your copy now for $7.65 from Connexions, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1X7.

U.S. Warships in Canadian waters
Peace activists are protesting visits by a U.S. warship to Canadian ports this summer. The Oliver Hazard Perry is a 445 foot frigate equipped to carry harpoon anti-ship cruise missiles and standard-2 surface-to-ship and surface-to-surface missiles. The U.S. will not confirm or deny whether any of its ships carry nuclear weapons, so it is entirely possible that nuclear warships are among those paying regular visits to Canadian ports. The Oliver Hazard Perry's itinerary this summer includes Montreal, Windsor, Sault Ste. Marie, Port Colbourne, Toronto, Quebec City, and Charlottetown. The Oliver Hazard Perry Project says that the American policy of 'neither confirm nor deny' and the Canadian government policy of not asking, "removes the right of the Canadian people to be aware of dangerous vessels sailing our waters and visiting our ports." It notes that during the first full year of the Mulroney government, the number of visits by nuclear warships was more than twice the average for the previous 10 years. It also points to the danger of nuclear accidents for those in the vicinity, and the dangers caused by the nuclear weapons build-up at sea. It also points out that the man the ship is named after, Oliver Hazard Perry, was an American commander in the War of 1812 who attacked Canadian towns in that war. The Oliver Hazard Perry Project can be reached c/o Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament, 555 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Y6, (416) 533-3859.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer. Connexions Collective members and volunteers for Volume 11, Number 2 (Winter 1988): Ulli Diemer, Lois Enns, Elaine Farragher, Guylaine Spencer, Elizabeth Wall, Corinne Dixon, Lucinda Cooke, Elgin Blair, Rosalie Smith, Nick Stahl, Bob Bettson, Karl Amdur, Vivian Perez.



Network News - Connexions Digest #47 (Volume 12, Number 1)

Actions and Campaigns

Save the Stein Valley
Two groups are currently working to save B. C.'s Stein Valley, ancestral home of the Haida Native people. The valley contains ancient Native archaeological sites, famous for their pictographs. Wildlife, including bears, mountain lions, and coyotes also live in the valley. The lumber industry in B.C., which has recently begun a million dollar advertising campaign promoting logging of the area, may be given the right to log and build roads on this Native-owned land by B.C.'s Social Credit government.
The Western Canada Wilderness Committee is appealing for help from people outside of the province. They have published 150,000 copies of a free educational newsletter, and are appealing to organizations across the country to help to distribute them. The committee's new address is 103-1520 Sixth Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1R2 (604)731-6716.
A second group -- Save The Stein Coalition -- urges supporters to write to the premier of B.C. and demand that the Stein remain unlogged. Write Premier Vander Zalm, Legislative Buildings, Victoria, B.C., V8X 1X4.

Good News for Temagami
The Temagami Wilderness Society reports that the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources has made positive moves toward the preservation of Temagami, the last large section of untamed land in eastern Canada. The Society urges the public to show their continued support by writing or calling David Peterson, Premier of Ontario, Queen's Park, Toronto Ontario M7A 1A1, (416)965-1941. They suggest that you send a copy of your letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

A Time for Social Solidarity
The Working Committee for Social Solidarity has issued a declaration entitled A Time to Stand Together which calls for popular sector groups to unite to put forward alternative economic and social policies based on social solidarity. Members of the working committee include the Canadian Labour Congress, the Confederation des syndicats nationaux, the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, the National Farmers Union, the United Church, and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Contact The Working Committee for Social Solidarity, 21 Florence Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 0W6.

The Wrath of Grapes
The United Farm Workers of America have produced a video cassette called "The Wrath of Grapes" to illustrate how they are fighting toxic pesticide poisoning of Californian table grapes. The spraying affects labourers who harvest the grapes and the residents in the vicinity who ingest "drift" from pesticide spraying. These pesticides cause birth defects, cancer, chronic illness and death. Some of the carcinogenic chemicals remain in the grapes and cannot be washed off.
You can help by boycotting California table grapes, spreading the word to other consumers and speaking to your local grocer or supermarket manager. The video cassette (VHS format only) is free. For a copy, write to: United Farm Workers of America, c/o Canadian Labour Congress, 365-15 Gervais Drive, Don Mills, Ontario, M3C 1Y8 (416)441-3710.

Canadian Mining Company Polluting Philippines
The fishing grounds of 20,000 families at Calancan Bay in the Philippines are being choked by copper tailings dumped by the Canadian Marcopper Mining Corporation. Residents are asking for help to stop this destruction. Supporters can assist the cause by expressing their concern to Placer Dome Inc., which has a 40 per cent share in Marcopper Mining. The address is: Mr. John Walton, President, Placer Dome Inc., Box 49330 Bentall Postal Station, Vancouver, B.C., V7X 1P1.

AIDS and Genital Mutilation
A women's centre in Nigeria is seeking support for their AIDS and Genital Mutilation Campaign. In the past year, this non-profit, non-governmental organization has met with hundreds of rural women in Africa in an attempt to persuade them to refrain from the practice of genital mutilation. This practice is linked to the spread of AIDS in Africa. The centre needs more funds to continue their work. For donations or enquiries, write to Mrs. Hannan Edemikpong, Women's Centre, Box 185, Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, West Africa.

Nature Trust Proposed
In an attempt to break the pattern of urban encroachment on Canada's prime foodlands, Friends of Foodlands has proposed that a Foodland and Nature Trust be set up for the Markham, Pickering and Scarborough areas of Ontario. The Trust would acquire and manage all publicly-owned lands in these areas, and would conserve and enhance wetlands, woodlots, wildlife and other natural features. For more information about this proposal, write or call Friends of Foodland, The Ontario Coalition to Preserve Foodlands, 25 Village on the Green, 295 Water Street, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2X5 (519)763-2589.

Making a Pledge for Peace
The Canadian Peace Pledge is a campaign sponsored by hundreds of peace groups in Canada and facilitated by the Canadian Peace Alliance. The goal of the campaign is to convince politicians that there is a "peace vote" to be won or lost in the next election. Organizers are asking Canadians to sign a pledge that they will vote only for candidates who will actively work to make Canada an international voice for peace. For a copy of the pledge, and for further information about how you can support the campaign, write to: Canadian Peace Alliance, 5-555 Bloor Street West, Toronto Ontario, M5S 1Y6.

Global Campaign Against Wildlife Trade
The Asia-Pacific People's Environment Network (APPEN), in collaboration with Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM), have launched a global campaign to stop the growing wildlife trade. It is estimated that one species of life becomes extinct each day. The campaign is aimed particularly at Japan, which is a major consumer/destroyer of whales, sea turtles, corals and rare plants. Many of the species being imported into Japan are illegal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the world body which is working toward the abolition of the international trade in wildlife. "We are up against highly organised and well-financed syndicates of illegal traders, government corruption and other economic and social forces which stand against legitimate arguments for sustainable utilisation of wildlife resources," says Tom Milliken, Director of Trade Records Analysis of Flora and Fauna in Commerce (TRAFFIC).
The Japanese trade is not minor: according to TRAFFIC, annual imports into Japan include 70,000 parrots, 29,000 kilograms of crocodile skins, 500,000 lizard skins, over 100,000 snake skins, and 40,000 Bengal cats.
APPEN and SAM have published a book on the issue: Decimation of World Wildlife -- Japan as Number One. It is available from SAM, Penang, Malaysia for $6 U.S. (surface), $8 U.S. (airmail).

Rural Dignity
According to Rural Dignity, "Across Canada 82 per cent of rural post-masters are women. Over 5,000 rural post offices are due to be closed in the next few years. Not only is that very bad news for the women and men who are employed at those post offices but also it is terrible news for the small community itself. The post office, the heart of the town or village, is essential for a vibrant community." The group requests that letters be sent to the Prime Minister, MPs, MLAs and political parties. For further information contact Cynthia Patterson, Co-ordinator, Rural Dignity Canada, Barachois de Malbaie, Quebec, G0C 1A0.

Rainforest Destruction
Last November, 43 members of the Penan Tribe in Malaysia were arrested for blocking logging roads; their trail begins on October 31. The World Rainforest Movement is calling for worldwide actions in support of the Penan, who are seeking to protect their way of life and the forests in which they live. Protests are being planned in some 40 countries around the world. In Ottawa, one will be held in front of the Malaysian High Commission. Friends of the Rainforest are encouraging other groups across Canada to act in support of the Penan. They have two videos, and an information package, available. Contact Friends of the Rainforest, P.O. Box 4612, Station E, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5H8.

Southern Africa campaign
Development and Peace's study/action campaign this fall is on southern Africa. A package of materials, and a slide/tape presentation, is available through Development and Peace Diocesan Councils and regional staff. On or about December 10, 1988, local groups of Development and Peace have been urged to hold a prayer vigil on southern Africa. For more information, or to obtain action sheets or posters, contact Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, 3028 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4C 1N2, (416) 698-7770.

Sugar Cane Cutters
The Movement for Action with Sugarcane Cutters wants to help improve the conditions of near slavery in which migrant sugar cane cutters live and work in the Dominican Republic. For more information on how you can help call Audrey (416) 537-2694 or Sue (416) 763-0276.

Broads on Bay Street
The women's caucus of the Alliance for Non-Violent Action is planning a non-violent women's day of resistance for International Women's Week 1989, with the theme "Broads on Bay Street." The focus of the action is to be Toronto's Bay Street, "the emotional heartland of Canadian capitalism." The action is intended to "give us a space and opportunity to raise our voices against the many states of women's oppression." Other women are invited to join in the planning.

Living With AIDS
October 17 - 23 has been proclaimed Ontario AIDS Awareness Week. Community groups are invited to participate by offering special educational events and projects. For more information, contact the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Box 55, Station F, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2L4, (416) 926-0063.

Leonard Peltier
Leonard Peltier is a North American Native political activist in his 13th year in a U.S. prison. He was extradited to the U.S. from Canada on the basis on evidence which was later shown to be falsified. The Leonard Peltier Canadian Defence Committee is continuing to work for Peltier's release and return to Canada. Contact 43 Chandler Drive, Scarborough, Ontario, M1G 1Z1, (416) 431-1886.

Appeals for Support

Support for Simon Nkodi
Simon Nkodi, a black gay activist jailed in South Africa for anti-apartheid activities in June of 1984, has been free on bail since 1987. His trial continues, and, although no longer in prison, he must attend the proceedings five days a week and report to the police daily. Simon is unable to work to support himself due to these restrictions, and must depend on the generosity of his friends and supporters to subsist.
The Simon Nkodi Anti-Apartheid Committee has committed itself to making direct contributions to Simon's support. They have pledged to send a minimum of $100 per month until the trial concludes and he can return to work.
Please send cheques payable to SNAAC, indicating that your donation should be directed to the Support Campaign. If you would like to pledge a monthly amount, make a note of this, and include your post-dated cheques. Write to the Simon Nkodi Defense Fund, Box 65 Station F, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2L4.

Literacy Aid for Nicaragua
The Nicaraguan Library Support Group, a group of librarians from Edmonton, is currently raising funds to help combat illiteracy in Nicaragua.
Nicaragua's outstanding national literacy campaign, one that has lowered the illiteracy rate from 52 per cent to 12 per cent, is an international success story. However, libraries in Nicaragua are desperately short of reading material, particularly children's books. Currently, Nicaraguan libraries have only one book per person.
Previously, the Nicaraguan Library Support Group has donated funds to purchase Spanish language subject heading lists for Nicaragua's National Cataloguing Centre. They are now raising funds to help build a Spanish language library school to serve the forty public libraries in Nicaragua. A fund-raising goal of $20,000 has been set.
Send your tax-deductible donation to: Change for Children-Library Project, c/o Barbara Club, 1901-11135 83rd Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2C6.

Tools for Peace
The 1987 campaign to send priority goods to the people of Nicaragua was the most successful ever. More than $155,000 worth of goods were shipped from the Toronto warehouse to Vancouver for transshipment--a 17 per cent increase over last year.
Tax-deductible donations to "Interpares - Tools for Peace" buy goods. Top priority items for this year are rubber boots for women agricultural workers (size 8 or smaller), notebooks for students, health and safety gear to protect factory workers, corrugated roofing to house families displaced by war and fishing gear for small scale fisheries.
Unreceipted donations are also needed to expand educational and lobbying activities in Ontario. These contributions enable Tools for Peace to involve more people in this unique and highly successful people-to-people aid campaign.
Send contributions to Tools for Peace, Box 829 Station P, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2Z1 or contact the Coalition for Aid to Nicaragua, Toronto Co-ordinating Office, 301-347 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2V8 (416)922-0852.

Indian Peace Action Asks for Support
A community in Orissa, India is calling on the international peace movement for support in their struggle to stop the construction of a ballistic missile base on their land. Since July 1985, the citizens of the Baliapal-Bhograi area of the Balasore district in Orissa have been resisting their government's attempts to evict them from their homes. Already, 110,000 eviction notices have been issued.
In opposition, the people have formed local organizations including an anti-missile people's front, a student front and a women's front. Various civil liberties organizations in the region are supporting the struggle. The Orissa government is now trying to break the movement by preventing the supply of essential commodities to the area.
Supporters of the anti-missile movement believe that pressure from the international community would help. They ask people to write to the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, PMO, New Delhi, 11011 India. The Orissa campaign co-ordinator would appreciate receiving a copy. Send a copy to: Mr. Gangadher Pangrahi, Ganheantrik Adhikar Suraksa Sanghatna Kedar Couri Chhah, Bhadanswar, 751001 Orissa, India.

Crisis Centre Needs Funds
The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre is in desperate need of funds to continue operations. The Centre is dependent upon donations as they receive no permanent funding from any source. This is a vital service, and one we must support in any way possible. Please send donations to: Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, Box 6597 Station A, Toronto, Ontario, M5W 1X4.

Manuel Febres Flores
Manuel Febres Flores, a Peruvia human rights lawyer and vice president of the Association of Democratic lawyers, was assassinated by plain clothes assailants believed to be para-military forces, on July 28, 1988. Febres, 41, was involved in defending political prisoners. Prior to his death, Manuel Febres Flores had received repeated telephone death threats and was harassed by intelligence service agents. He is survived by his widow Estela, and their children.
According to the Peru Support Group, this murder is part of a pattern which has included the `disappearance' of thousands of Peruvians, and the massacres of peasants and political prisoners. It urges concerned Canadians to denounce this extra-judicial killing by sending letters and telegrams to President Alan Garcia, Presidente de la Republica, Palacio de Gobierne, Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru.

East Timor
In 1975, following the departure of the Portuguese colonial authorities, Indonesia invaded East Timor. As a result of the military attack and ensuing ravages of occupation, one third of the entire East Timorese population of about 700,000 was killed. East Timor continues to be occupied by the Indonesian military and an insurgency continues to be waged. Western countries, including Canada, have consistently ignored Indonesia's disregard for international law and human rights, placing their trade and political interests in Indonesia above the lives and rights of the Timorese people. The East Timor Alert Network, with the assistance of the Canada-Asia Working Group, the Inter-agency Committee on Pacific-Asia, the United Church of Canada, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, are sponsoring a campaign to have Canada support, at the United Nations, the right of the people of East Timor to self-determination. Canadians are asked to write to External Affairs Minister Joe Clark. For more information contact East Timor Alert Network, Box 354, Ladysmith, B.C., V0R 2E0, (604) 245-3068.

Coming and Goings

Labour Tour of Nicaragua
The Saskatchewan International Labour Project is organizing a Labour Study Tour to Nicaragua, to focus on health and safety. Deadline for applications is November 1, 1988. Contact SILP, 136 Avenue F. South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7M 1S8, (306) 653-2250.

Canadian Environmental Defence Fund
The Canadian Environmental Defence Fund gives support and funding to people involved in court and board assessment cases filed against environmental polluters. The organization is growing rapidly and is looking forward to this year's activities. Volunteers are welcome to help in promotion, research and special events. If interested, call Oz Parsons at (416)365-2136 or write to the Canadian Environmental Defence Fund, 205-73 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 1Z4.

Carole Geller Award Established
An award has been established in memory of Carole Geller, the first executive director of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. Former commission chairperson Ken Norman describes Geller as "the leading edge in the 70's for human rights in Saskatchewan." The award will be made annually to a person who has made a significant contribution to the field of human rights. Contact One Sky, 136 Avenue F South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7M 1S8.

Program in Non-profit Management
Ryerson's Continuing Education Division in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy has received a $300,000 grant from the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company to develop a national certificate program in non-profit sector management.
The program will be a university level certificate program. It is expected to be fully operational by July of 1989. People with three to five years in middle or senior management within the non-profit sector will be able to take the program either on the campus of a college or university or by correspondence.
Ms. Robin Campbell, co-ordinator of the program, commented that the program will be "user-driven," and be "steered by the non-profit sector to respond to what they see to be their management needs."

Gardeners Look for New Members
The Urban Wilderness Gardeners need new members for their steering committee. Phone Jan Anderson at 694-7397, Colleen Kelly at 690-2333, or Barbara Bland at 690-0594 for more information, or write the Urban Wilderness Gardeners, 227 Kenilworth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4L 3S7.

Network Electronically Through WEB
WEB invites you to join Canada's national non-profit electronic network. WEB offers electronic mail, electronic meetings, discussion areas (similar to public bulletin boards), private conferences, global communication and computer support. For more information about how to get on-line, write WEB, Box 125 Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2Z7 (416)588-3843.

Library on Farming and Stewardship
The Jubilee Foundation for Agricultural Research, the research and education arm of the Christian Farmers of Ontario, is cataloguing its collection of materials to make it more accessible to the public. The Family Farm/Stewardship Library is already open to the public, but after the cataloguing of the materials this summer, the collection will be easier to use. The library welcomes the donation of books, documents, tapes or videos. The library is at 115 Woolwich St., 2nd floor, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V1.

Community Services Programs
Toronto's George Brown College, which features a community worker program, has expanded its community service programs to include an Assaulted Women's and Children's Advocate/Counsellor program. Persons interested in this program, the community worker program, and other community service programs, may contact Lynne Brennan at (416) 967-1212 x4220, or write Box 1015, Station B, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2T9.

Voluntary Resource Council
The Voluntary Resource Council of Charlottetown, PEI, is facing funding problems. The Council, which serves many voluntary organizations is to receive $10,000 from the provincial government instead of the $25,000 it had requested. The VRC is looking for ways of dealing with its funding situation. The VRC is at 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, PEI, CIA 4R3.

Anarchist Centre
A group of anarchists in Toronto are getting together to investigate setting up an anarchist centre which would combine a drop-in centre, book store, free store, cafe, and soup kitchen. Financial contributions in particular are being sought; contributions of $10 per month are suggested. For more information write to P.O. Box 915, Station F, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2N9.

Disabled Women's Research Project
DAWN Canada: DisAbled Women's Network Canada is conducting a project to determine the needs and priorities of Canadian women with disabilities. A questionnaire, designed to discover the obstacles facing women with disabilities is being circulated. If you would like a copy of the questionnaire, could provide information about the project, or would like more information, write to: Jillian Ridington, DAWN-Canada, 3464 West 27th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V6S 1P6.

Centre for Our Common Future
A "Centre for Our Common Future", an outgrowth of the World Commission on Environment, has been established as a clearing house and exchange centre for ideas and activities "to hold the constituency together and maintain the momentum." Environment, development, trade unions and other organizations have been asked to associate with the centre as `working partners'. Contact: The Centre for Our Common Future, Palais Wilson, 52, rue des Paquis, CH - 1201 Geneva, Switzerland, phone 022-32-7117.

Meetings and Conferences

Women's Film Festival
A film festival, Canadian Women, the Voice of Strength, is being held in Jasper October 21 and 22, 1988. For more information contact Janice Yeman, Box 621, Jasper, Alberta.

CRIAW Twelfth Annual Conference November 11-13
The theme of this year's conference of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women is "Women and Development." Feminists, having rejected the limits inherent in traditional models of economic development, have called for an in-depth change in the concept of development. True development, they feel, must focus on people as well as the environment affecting them -- not simply on economic growth.
Panels, communications and workshop sessions will provide a forum that will enable speakers and participants to discuss this theme. There will be audio-visual presentations and time set aside for networking.
Individuals and groups interested in participating should request registration forms from: Service des Communications, Faculte des sciences sociales, Bureau 3446, Pavillon Charles-De Koninck, Universite Laval, Quebec, PQ G1K 7P4.

Workers and Communities
Making Connections: Workers and Communities, is a conference scheduled for York University, Toronto, May 26 -28, 1989. It is being planned as "a conference with a difference--a weekend of discussion groups, videos, workshops, gossip, music, networking, and picnics. Making connections between teachers, trade unionists, community activists, homemakers, researchers, the unemployed and retired--all contributing ideas about the relationship between work and community." For more information, including information about the ways you can participate in the conference, contact Workers and Communities Conference, c/o Labour Studies Programme, Division of Social Science, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3.

The Fate of Our Forests
A series of decentralized conferences and festivals concerned with The Fate of Our Forests is being planned for October 21 to 23, 1988, People around the world will be meeting at this time to underscore awareness of the global nature of the forest crisis, express solidarity and mutual support and achieve greater press impact. Meetings can be as small as half a dozen people gathering in a living room. For more information, or to join the conference/festival network, contact: Helena Pearwood, P.O. Box 190, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0.

Multicultural Health
The Canadian Council on Multicultural Health has announced a national conference on "Multicultural Health--Realities and Needs: Policies, Programs and Implementation." The conference will be in Toronto on March 30 and 31, and April 1, 1989. For more information contact CCMH Conference Committee, 1017 Wilson Ave., Suite 407, Downswiew, Ontario, M3K 1Z1, (416) 630-8835.

Publications & Resources

Free Trade and the Environment
In January, the York University Faculty of Environment Studies, in co-operation with Pollution Probe, the Council of Canadians and the Coalition Against Free Trade, organized a one day workshop on free trade and the environment. The participants roundly criticized the Free Trade Agreement, stating that it poses a potential ecological disaster for Canada since free trade will continue the erosion of Canadian environmental standards and lead to unfair competition which will cause the deterioration of occupational health standards.
The Coalition reminds Canadians that the deal is not a fait accompli. They are demanding a federal election on free trade before any agreement is ratified. They ask for financial contributions to help in their educational and lobbying work.
Copies of the "Workshop on Free Trade and the Environment Report" are now available. Send the name and address of your organization, the number of copies needed, and $1 for postage and handling. Write: The Coalition Against Free Trade, 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R4 (416)534-3523.

United Electrical Publications Available
The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of Canada have produced three free trade fact sheets and a bulletin on workplace hazardous materials. The fact sheets include: "Control of the Canadian Economy," "Consumer Prices" and "Canadian Social Services." A bulletin entitled "The Workers' Right to Know About Hazardous Materials" outlines federal and provincial legislation in this area and includes synopses of a number of studies on workplace health hazards.
To obtain copies of these bulletins, write U.E. at 10 Codeco Court, Don Mills, Ontario M3A 1A2 (416)447-5196.

New Publications from SWAG
The following resources produced by the Southern Africa Working Group are available from the Inter-Church Coalition on Africa: 1) Namibia Kit Updated Version ($1.00) -- a packet of information including popularly-written articles on the Namibian struggle for independence, Namibian Churches, SWAPO and Canadian involvement in Namibia 2) Southern Africa Action Packet ($3.00)--a packet of action-oriented information designed to help concerned Canadians find ways to support oppressed peoples in Southern Africa. Included is information on the Canadian government's position on apartheid, statements on South Africa made by Canadian churches and suggestions for action on behalf of sanctions, detainees, Namibia, SADCC and the Front Line States 3) "How Far Will You Walk With Us?" ($1.00)--a collection of materials offering a variety of perspectives on violence in Southern Africa.
When ordering these resources, please indicate the kit title, the quantity required and enclose payment plus postage. Write: Inter-Church Coalition on Africa, 189 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1N5.

A.T. Microfiche Library
The Appropriate Technology Project has compiled over 1000 books and documents on microfiche on hundreds of topics including agricultural tools and techniques, workshop tools and equipment, crop storage systems, water supply systems, forestry, aquaculture, improved cookstoves, solar/wind/water power, bio-gas, transportation, health care, science teaching, communications, small industries, small enterprise management, non-formal education techniques and other small scale technology topics.
The microfiche reader and carrying case for the microfiche cards are designed to be portable, and require only a small amount of storage space. The cost of the library is 5 per cent of the cost of the paper forms of the books included. For information, contact: A.T. Microfiche Library, Volunteers in Asia, Box 4543, Stanford, California 94305 USA, (415)326-8581.

Human Rights in Latin America
The final report of the First Conference on Human Rights in Latin America is now available. The report includes the resolutions passed at the conference. The principal objective of the conference was to analyse the social and human rights situation from a continental rather than national perspective. Contact: Latin-American and Canadian Solidarity Network, P.O. Box 308, Station L, Toronto, Ontario M6E 4Z2.

Diversity: the Lesbian Rag
A new lesbian newspaper, Diversity: the Lesbian Rag, has begun publication. Write: Diversity, Box 65951, Station F, Vancouver, B.C., V5W 5L4.

Anthology of Indigenous Women's Writings
Ts'eku Collective is a Native women's group compiling an anthology of indigenous women's writings in North America. The theme is "Native Women: Celebrating Our Survival." Submissions are invited from indigenous women that celebrate, in a political way, their survival despite the problems of racism and assimilation and their serious repercussions. We must tell these stories of our resistance, not only contemporary, but the history of our mothers and grandmothers." Submissions can be short stories, poetry, essays, oral narratives, graphics or black-and-white photos. Contact Ts'eku Collective, 603 Powell Street, Vancouver, B.C. B6A 1H2.

Wild East
Wild East, a bimonthly tabloid, is calling for submissions about every aspect of Maritime culture and art. They want articles, reviews and criticisms as well as original poetry, fiction and works of art presentable in a black-and-white medium. Contact Margaret McLeod, Wild East, 463 Waterloo Row, Apt. 2, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 1Z6.

Our Schools, Our Selves
A new magazine for Canadian education activists, Our Schools, Our Selves, has been announced. The magazine is intended to serve as "a forum for dialogue and debate among all progressive education constituencies." A subscription will normally include four magazines and four books. Subscriptions are $28 regular, $24 for students, pensioners, and the unemployed, $32 for organizations. Contact Our Schools, Our Selves, 1698 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, Ontario, M4L 2B2.

Employment Training Coalition
A new group, the Coalition for Community-Based Employment Training has been formed "in response to the increasing need for recognition of community-based training programs by the Ontario government." For more information contact Marion Villanueva at (416) 657-8777.

IDRC to House Brundtland Collection
The entire collection of documents gathered by the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) is being housed in the library of the International Development Research Centre. The materials will be accessible to scholars and researchers. For more information, contact Martha Stone, Director, Information Sciences Division, IDRC, 250 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario, (613) 598-0586.

Sexual Assault Manual
Press Gang Publishers has produced the third edition of Surviving Procedures After a Sexual Assault by Megan Ellis, a resource book for survivors of sexual assault, and for those working with survivors. Press Gang Publishers, 603 Powell Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1H2, ISBN 0-88974-011-9, $8.95.

Volunteers Wanted

United Farm Workers
The United Farm Workers are looking for full-time volunteers to spend a month or more helping to organize the California Grape Boycott. You will learn the strategies of non-violence, and gain experience in social marketing and social activism. Call David Martinez at (416) 626-6332, or write the UFW, 600 The East Mall, Ste. 401, Toronto, Ontario, M9B 4B1.

Peace Brigade Seeks Volunteers
Peace Brigade International, a Gandhian organization which works in areas of conflict around the world, is currently seeking volunteers for its projects in Guatemala and in El Salvador. In Central America, Peace Brigade International helps people and organizations threatened with violence, supports efforts to promote peace and shares information about non-violent ways to work for justice. For an application form, contact: Peace Brigades International, 175 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 2K3, (416)964-1881.

Canada World Youth
For the eighteenth consecutive year, Canada World Youth is offering young Canadians an opportunity to learn about international development, through voluntary work projects and non-formal educational activities in Canada and in a developing nation. The seven month exchange program encourages participants to acquire the skills essential for contributing to the development of communities in Canada and overseas. To be eligible, applicants must be between 17 and 20 as of December 31, 1988. Deadline is January 27, 1989. Contact Canada World Youth, Suite #15, 270 MacLaren St., Ottawa, K2P 0M3, (613) 234-2137.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer. Connexions Collective members and volunteers for Volume 12, Number 1: Karl Amdur, Elgin Blair, Nancy del Carmen, Ulli Diemer, Lois Enns, Elaine Farragher, Darlene Fleming, Maureen Fleury, Patricia Galvin, David Hobbs, Theo Hock, David Holmes, Ethel Meade, Dean Morra, Rosalie Smith, Guylaine Spencer, Elizabeth Wall, Denise Wilson.



Network News - Connexions Digest #48 (Winter 1989)


Help Save Carmanah Valley
Carmanah Valley, an old growth forest on Vancouver Island, is threatened with destruction by MacMillan Bloedel, B.C.'s largest logging company. Environmentalists want the whole 6,730 ha Carmanah watershed protected as a logical addition to Pacific Rim National Park. The Sitka spruces growing there are the tallest known in the world. MacMillan Bloedel plans to clearcut all but two per cent of the valley. To help save the valley, send your tax deductible donation to Western Canada Wilderness Committee, and mail it to: WCWC, 103 - 1520 West 6th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1R2.

Agricultural Land Disappearing
The Association of Peel People Evaluating Agricultural Land (APPEAL) has produced a report outlining a project to produce a new pattern of sustainable development designed to save the dwindling agricultural lands in the Peel and Toronto region. The goal of the project is to produce a design of a prototype or demonstration model of a development within the urban boundary on undeveloped farmland, which involves combining housing with ecological food production, with an emphasis on functional landscaping, reduction of waste and energy efficiency. To find out how you can help this project call Ken Schnell, Project Coordinator of the Agri-City Project, at (416) 821-3413 or 977-3783.

Boycott Apartheid
Despite repeated calls for sanctions, many big companies still do business in South Africa -- in fact, Canadian corporations' trade with South Africa has grown substantially in the past year. A leaflet by the Canadian Union of Public Employees lists some of these, such as Coke, Shell Canada, IBM, Price Waterhouse, and Touche Ross and Co. People are encouraged to write to these companies objecting to their continued business in South Africa, and demand total sanctions against South Africa by also writing to: Joe Clark, Minister of External Affairs, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 (no postage needed).

Free Leonard Peltier
On December 18, 1976, American Indian Movement leader Leonard Peltier, who is today recognized worldwide as a political prisoner, was extradited on charges of murdering two FBI agents. The extradition was fraudulently obtained by the presentation of perjured affidavits to a British Columbia Supreme Court Judge. Even though evidence that the affidavits were false surfaced almost immediately, the extradition was upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal. Despite an admission by the U.S. government in 1985 that it did not conclusively know who killed the agents, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Peltier's request for a new trial. A week of prayer and protest by Native people is planned in Ottawa, April 15-21. The Peltier Defence Committee needs funds to secure travel arrangements for their elders and lawyers and to improve communications. As well they need office equipment and money for a fax and a computer printer. If you would like to contribute, send your cheque to: Leonard Peltier Canadian Defense Committee, 43 Chandler Dr., Scarborough, Ontario M1G 1Z1, or phone, (416) 439-1893.

Walk for World Survival '89
Walk for World Survival is an international group of people who are going to walk from the four directions to Regina, Saskatchewan, arriving for a rally at the Saskatchewan parliament on August 13, 1989. The purpose is to awaken the need of all people to become involved in the issues of peace by focusing on a number of specific issues: the mining of uranium from the world's largest deposit at Cigar Lake, Saskatchewan; global environment issues such as acid rain, ozone and the decline of animal life; Native rights, child poverty, women's rights; networking grass roots peace organizations. You can walk an hour or the whole way, or help to organize, or give a donation. To find out schedules and how you can become involved, write to Walk for World Survival, 128 Vanauley Walk, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2H7, or call (416) 363-2411. A bibliography is also available.

LOON: Lake Ontario Organizing Network
LOON is a joint project of citizens' and environmental groups in Ontario and New York State who live and work in the Lake Ontario Basin. The LOON Project advocates economic, lifestyle, and government practices which can help to achieve immediate reduction in the discharge of toxic chemicals into the environment. In Canada, contact LOON c/o Pollution Probe, (416) 926-1907.

Canadian Electric Shop on Wheels for Nicaragua
This project is organizing Canadians to go down and do electrical work in Nicaragua, and runs workshops in electrical wiring for Nicaraguans. For more information, contact CESOWN, c/o TDN, 555 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Y6.

Jesuit Communication Project
The influence of mass media, especially television, on our children today is phenomenal. They are constantly surrounded by images that influence their lives. If the role of traditional educators is not to be displaced by mass media, children must be given the knowledge necessary to understand and evaluate media. The Jesuit Communication Project seeks to promote the teaching of Media Education in our schools to ensure students learn how to critically interpret media messages. Although started by the Jesuits, their concerns are not restricted to any one faith. The Project seeks your financial contribution so that they can convince educators how important understanding media is in today's world. Send your contribution to: Jesuit Communication Project, 10 Saint Mary Street, Suite 500, Toronto.

Unions Denied Access to Information
Trade unions who subscribe to the Dialog computer data base are being denied access to part of the information it contains, the Dun & Bradstreet Financial Records data base, which contains extensive information about some 700,000 corporations. This data base has helped a variety of unions to sharpen their organizing and collective bargaining strategies. Recently, however, some Dialog customers, notably unions, have been denied access. Pressured to explain, Dialog finally admitted that it had been instructed by Dun & Bradstreet to deny 240 users access to the data. Aside from the unions, it is not clear who else is on the `hit list', because Dialog and Dun & Bradstreet refuse to say. In the U.S., legal challenges are now being mounted to this action under the Freedom on Information Act. Dialog subscribers are asked to try to log onto files 516 and 519, and to contact the magazine Reset if they receive an "unauthorized file" message. Reset is at 90 E 7th St., #3A, New York, N.Y. 10009, U.S.A. Union librarians who can be contacted directly include Ruby Tyson at AFL-CIO (202) 637-5000 and Art Levine at the Communication Workers (202) 728-2300.

Imagine is an initiative of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy aimed at increasing the level of private support for charitable activity in Canada. Imagine was seen as necessary because individual and corporate donations, relative to income, have declined by about one-third in Canada in the last 20 years. Imagine is also seen as a program which non-profit organizations can tie into in developing their own fundraising plans, although Imagine itself will not raise funds for any particular organization. For more information contact Imagine, 74 Victoria St., Suite 920, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2A5, (416) 368-1138.


The Green and Red Movements in Canada
Green socialists in Canada believe that a new kind of politics is emerging in this country which is first and foremost "green" but which needs a socialist component. Unlike other capitalist countries, the Left in Canada has so far paid little attention to the developing green movement. The Green and Red Movements in Canada will be the subject of a bilingual session at the Learned Societies Conference at Laval University in Quebec City (June 1 - 4, 1989). Papers are particularly encouraged from socialists who are active, at a practical level, in the green/environmental movement. Call or write Nick Ternette, #4 - 280 River Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0B8, (204) 475-7251

Towards a National Recycling Agenda
Canada's First National Exhibition and Symposium on Recycling and the Environment, March 19-21, 1989. The Canadian Alliance for Recycling and the Environment is presenting this conference whose objective is to work towards a consensus on a national recycling agenda by bringing forward the results of discussions on the main subject areas. In addition to sessions, over 100 exhibits about recycling products and services will be present. Call or write, CARE, c/o Exhibition and Conference Mgmt. Ltd., 300 Leo-Pariseau, Suite 202, P.O. Box 1119, Place du Parc, Montreal, Quebec, H2W 2P4, (514) 288-8811

National Conference on Multicultural Health
The Canadian Council on Multicultural Health will sponsor the first national conference to examine issues of health in a culturally diverse society, Marc 30 - April 1, 1989. The conference will discuss successful approaches, discover existing programs and services which have developed across Canada, obtain information on specific issues, and network with other groups across Canada. It is expected that the gathering will provide an exciting opportunity to develop awareness and practical solutions. For a registration form and further information write or call: CCMH/CCSM, Suite 407, 1017 Wilson Avenue, Downsview, Ontario M3K 1Z1, (416) 630-8835

Fourth World Congress on the Conservation of the Built and Natural Environments
Organised by the Heritage Trust, and sponsored by various national and international government ministries, this congress, on May 23 - 27, 1989, will explore the theme of "Conservation and Industrial Development". The congress will provide a forum for the exchange of information and experiences on priority industrial environmental problems, and expects to make a contribution to the promotion of sustainable industrial development. In addition, an international exhibition, "Industry and the Environment" will be on display. For a program, write to: Heritage Trust, 79 Cambridge Street, London SW1V 4PS, England. Or, Dimension Travel Incentives Limited, 2 St. Clair Ave. W., Suite 1108, Toronto, Ont. M4V 1L5, (416) 963-8900.

Making Connections: Workers and Communities
A conference at York University, Toronto, May 26 - 28, 1989. Write: Workers and Communities Conference, c/o Labour Studies Programme, Division of Social Science, York University, 4700 Keele St., North York, Ontario M3J 1P3.

Women, Addiction and Identity
Community Resources and Initiatives is an organization which produces local, regional and national conferences on progressive issues. On March 31, and April 1, 2, and 3, the organization will hold a national conference, Beyond Survival: Women Addiction and Identity, to explore the intersecting dimensions of early childhood trauma, violence against women and addictive coping mechanisms. Conference presenters include dynamic therapists, researchers and community organizers. For registration information, contact Ani Arnott, Registration Co-ordinator, Community Resources and Initiatives, 150A Winona Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 3S9, (416) 658-1752.


Freedom Under Attack
On November 2, three people were forcibly removed from a publicly advertised Conservative rally in Nanaimo, searched, arrested, jailed for about two hours, then released with no charges. The Conservatives and the RCMP cooperated to make it a decidedly Tory-only meeting, effectively barring anyone who might have protested or asked embarrassing questions. The three had stood quietly, holding a small pennant protesting the presence of nuclear ships in Canadian harbours, which they were planning to display when Mulroney arrived. This seems to be part of a pattern of "detainments". The three are suing the RCMP officers and Tory workers involved for false arrest, assault and battery, false imprisonment and breach of their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. If you would like to contribute to the fundraising effort, make cheques payable to: Nanaimo Civil Liberties Suit. Send cheques to Nanaimo Civil Liberties Suit, P.O. Box 122, Gabriola Island, B.C. V0R 1X0, (604) 247-8670

East Timor
In 1975, following the departure of the Portuguese colonial authorities, Indonesia invaded the formerly Portuguese-controlled colony of East Timor, which had declared independence. In the incredibly brutal Indonesian invasion and the occupation which followed, about one third of the entire East Timorese population of 700,000 was killed. East Timor continues to be occupied by the Indonesian military and an insurgency continues to be waged. Western countries, including Canada, have consistently ignored Indonesia's disregard for international law and human rights, placing their trade and political interests in Indonesia above the lives and rights of the Timorese people. Groups around the world have persisted in a call for justice for the East Timorese. Although the Indonesian invasion was condemned by the United Nations, Canada has distinguished itself by selling military equipment to the Indonesian and by giving aid to the Indonesian government. Canadians are urged to write to External Affairs Minister Joe Clark (House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 0A6) to demand that Canada cease supporting Indonesia, and to talk to their MPs, local newspapers, friends, and organizations to which they belong about this issue. For more information contact Canada-Asia Working Group, 11 Madison Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S2, (416) 921-5626 or the East Timor Alert Network, Box 354, Ladysmith, B.C. V0R 2E0, (604) 245-3068.

Movement for Action With Sugarcane Cutters
Sugar is the most important industry in the Dominican Republic. For many years Haitian migrants, largely treated as slaves, have been responsible for the cutting of sugarcane. The are trapped in their jobs by low wages, killing hours and working conditions. Their identification is taken from them upon entering the country and if they leave they are either sent back or put in jail. For information on how you can help call either Audrey (416) 537-2694 or Sue (416) 763-0276.

The Dr. Negail R. Riley Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization is seeking donations to a fund to provide low-income community organizers with the financial support necessary to visit and study community organizing efforts in other countries. This would provide the international experience needed to establish global networks among organizers and communities in several continents. They have set a goal of $75,000 to support annual sabbatical experiences for organizers selected by the fund's National Advisory Board. If you would like to contribute to the fund, send your donation to: The Dr. Negail R. Riley Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o IFCO, 402 West 145th Street, New York, NY 10031, (212) 926-5757

Help for Nicaragua
Tools for Peace is appealing to the public for donations to help Nicaraguans rebuild their homes after the devastating hurricane that his their country in the fall. Donations may be sent to Tools for Peace, P.O. Box 829, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2Z1. For more information contact (416) 922-0852.


Phyllis Clarke Prize
The Society for Socialist Studies and the Department of Politics of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute are establishing an essay award in honour of the late activist Phyllis Clarke. The prize will be awarded annually for the best essay on the subject selected for the annual thematic issues of Socialist Studies, published by the Society for Socialist Studies. Financial donations should be made to: Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (Phyllis Clarke Prize), Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, c/o Mr. David Bultler, Assistant Director, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Ontario.

Participatory Research Newsletter
The Participatory Research Group has stopped publishing its newsletter, but is now co-operating in the production of a new newsletter, called Network Notes, which deals with participatory research across North America. Contact the PRG at 229 College St., Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R4.

Working Committee for Social Solidarity
The Working Committee for Social Solidarity has been formed by a coalition of unions, church, women's and other popular organizations. Its purpose is to present "a vision of a society based not on market values, but on equality and social solidarity", in response to what it sees as a deepening social crisis in Canada. The Working Committee has issued a statement, "A Time to Stand Together ... A Time for Social Solidarity". The Working Committee is calling on "popular sector groups to unite to put forward alternative economic and social policies based on social solidarity." Its statement is available for $4 for a single copy, $3.50 each for two to 25 copies, $3.25 each for 25 copies or more, from The Working Committee for Social Solidarity, 21 Florence St., Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0W6.

Trip to Peru
The Toronto School of Theology and St. Michael's College is organizing an `exposure trip' to Peru, May 25 to June 15, 1989. The program is directed to students of theology interested in the general area of the Church in Latin American and liberation theology. It will involve meeting with church workers and Canadian church associates, as well as exposure to urban and rural areas where the church is working at the grassroots level. The maximum cost is $2,500; it is expected that some financial aid will be available. For information contact Peru Program, Attention Joe Mihevc, St. Michael's College, 81 St. Mary St., Toronto M5S 1J4, (416) 926-1300 ext 3252 or (416) 924-9351.

Church, Farm and Town Ceases Publication
The Church, Farm and Town, a newsletter published by Archdeacon John Peacock since 1943, ceased publication with the December 1988 issue. The newsletter started with 17 readers in 1945, and grew to 410. It addressed issues of ecology, rural life, ethics, work, and other social concerns.


Images for a Peaceful Planet
Peace educators working with the National Film Board, have created a one day workshop "Images for a Peaceful Planet", which raises new questions about the relationship between media literacy and peace education, as a means of strengthening the expanding network of Canadian peace educators. These workshops contain materials, skills and strategies for educators working with grade six students all the way up to adults. They can be sponsored as professional development programs by school boards or teachers' unions, and included in community outreach programs by community groups. The NFB will provide partial funding for at least five workshops, and are actively seeking co-sponsors for workshops during the school year. If you are interested arranging an all day workshop of this kind in your community, call Stephanie Merrin, Interhelp Ontario, (416) 461-1992.

Peace and Security Publications
The Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security was founded to increase knowledge and understanding of international peace and security issues. Anyone can obtain, for free, a range of publications produced by the Institute. Among these are Peace & Security Magazine, Occasional Papers, Conference Reports, Background Papers, Points of View, Working Papers, the Annual Review, and Factsheets. For a directory to the Institute's publications, write to: Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, 360 Albert, Suite 900, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 7X7, or phone (613) 990-1593.

Nuclear Awareness Project Publications
Nuclear Awareness Project has produced a 70 page booklet that looks at food irradiation from a Canadian perspective. The booklet questions claims irradiation is a safe answer to world hunger. The cost is $3 plus $1 postage and handling. The Project has also produced a slide show and a video called The Nuclear Power Show offering a straightforward introduction to the problems associated with nuclear power. Another publication, the Nuclear Power Booklet, is a 48-page booklet covering in greater depth many of the issues addressed by the Show. It is suitable for high school students and the general public. For more information, write to: Nuclear Awareness Project, Box 2331, Oshawa, Ontario M1H 7V4, or call (416) 725-1565.

Green Teacher
Green Teacher is a British-based magazine for teachers, teachers educators, and curriculum developers. Each issue provides materials directly usable with teaching groups, and surveys of other resources. Articles in recent issues have included Tropical Forest Roleplay, Learning with Environments, Non-Hierarchical Teaching, and Conservation Education. A one-year subscription (6 issues) is $25, available from Green Teacher, 95 Robert St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2K5.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer. Connexions Collective members and volunteers for Issue #48 (Winter 1989): Ulli Diemer, Karl Amdur, Elaine Farragher, Darlene Fleming, Ethel Mead, Maureen Fleury, Rosalie Smith, Elizabeth Wall.


Network News - Connexions Digest #50 (December 1989)

Actions and Campaigns

Save the Carmanah Valley
The giant logging company MacMillan Bloedel has asked for, and apparently is about to receive, permission to log 92 percent of British Columbia's Carmanah Valley. Environmental groups, including the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, are strongly urging that the entire Carmanah watershed be preserved. To make a donation, or for more information, contact the Western Canada Wilderness Committee at #103, 1520 West Sixth Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1R2, (604) 731-6716.

Excess Packaging Campaign
Environmental Action Ontario has launched an Excess Packaging Campaign to reduce excess packaging in supermarkets and fast-food outlets. The campaign seeks to bring environmental groups and concerned individuals together to tell the large food corporations that we don't want a throw-away society. They are urging the following changes: 1) fast-food restaurants provide reusable dishes and cutlery for sit-down customers, (2) a special tax on disposable take-out containers, with revenues dedicated to waste reduction efforts, 3) supermarkets reduce their excess packaging.
Hoping to tap public support for substantial environmental improvements, participating groups will be approaching unions, church and community groups and municipal councils in their local areas to endorse the demands of the campaign.
Report cards are to be issued at the beginning and end of the one-year campaign which will rank the various fast-food and grocery chains according to the re-usability of their packaging.
The campaign is looking for groups or individuals to co-ordinate the campaign in local communities. Local co-ordinators will receive a campaign kit including background information on the issue and a manual outlining the tasks involved. Local campaigns will include three major components: information gathering, publicity, and lobbying. To participate, for information, or to make a financial contribution, contact Environmental Action Ontario, 263 Howland Ave, Toronto, Ont. M5R 2B7.

Think Rail
A group called Think Rail is trying to push the Ontario Government to focus more on rail service, rather than roads, to solve commuter transportation problems. It proposes a new rail network in Southern Ontario, with connections in the first phase to Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Oshawa, London, and Niagara Falls. The second phase would extend service to places like Barrie, Stratford, and Cambridge. Think Rail's working group, including two engineers and a statistical analyst, spent two years preparing the report, which is endorsed by Transport 2000, a national lobby group. The report predicts that the proposed service would take 90,000 cars off the roads each day. Cost estimates are $6 million per kilometre for rail, versus $15.7 million per kilometre for expressways.

Pesticide residues and waxes
Jeri and Len Preuter of Calgary are conducting a study concerning pesticide residues and waxes on fruit and vegetables. They are sending a questionnaire to organizations across the country to find out their positions on the issue, and to see what alternative approaches (e.g. organic agriculture) exist or are being developed. Contact J.& L. Preuter, 433 13 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z3.

Plant breeders' rights
Environmental groups are opposing federal legislation (Bill C-15) establishing "plant breeders' rights". The legislation permits corporations to patent and own particular plants and seeds. Environmentalists object in principle to the idea that anyone can own or patent a living species. They also say that the legislation will lead to a dangerous loss of genetic diversity, with only a few highly marketable species of plants being kept and others being allowed to disappear. The species being retained require high levels of fertilizer and pesticides. GROW, the coalition of groups opposing the legislation, is asking people to contact MPs, the Prime Minister, Agriculture Minister Don Mazankowski, and the media. For information contact GROW, 750-130 Slater St., Ottawa K1P 4E2, (613) 594-8700.

Saving the CBC
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting are trying to mobilize Canadians to resist massive cuts being made by the Progressive Conservative government to the budget of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The government has cut $140 million from the CBC budget, and more cuts may be in the works. To make a donation, or for information, contact Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, 29 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto, Ont. M5R 1B2.

Men for women's choice
A new group, Men for Women's Choice, has been established in response to well-publicized recent court cases in which men went to court to try to prevent ex-girlfriends from having an abortion. According to Men for Women's Choice, "No man should be able to force a woman to bear a child against her will." They say that "Men should have equal say and responsibility in a decision to parent. But ultimately, if there is a dispute, the decision to end a pregnancy must be a woman's choice -- because it is her body." The group believes that it is important that the opinion of men not be represented "by the sexist views of those who oppose women's right to choose", and is asking for donations to finance running ads in Canadian newspapers presenting this point of view. Contact Men for Women's Choice, 555 Bloor St. W., Toronto M5S 1Y6, (416) 538-3086.

Reclaiming Toronto's Don River
Discussions are underway about ways of reclaiming Toronto's Don River, a badly polluted river flowing through the expressway-scarred Don Valley -- the valley that once inspired the early works of naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton. Citizen meetings have been looking at proposals for developing a plan to bring the river back to something approaching its earlier healthy state. Among the visions which have been developed are: making the river accessible again (at present it is cut off by an expressway, a road, two rail corridors, and fences); natural regeneration, restoration, rehabilitation, and reforestation, so that fish and wildlife will find it a friendlier environment; an end to the discharge of pollutants into the river; making Torontonians more aware of the river and its past and potential importance to the city. For more information, contact Jack Layton, Councillor, 2nd floor, City Hall, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2.

Justice for Southern Africa
Development and Peace is entering Year II of its campaign, "Southern Africa Under Siege". Development and Peace groups at the Diocesan and local levels are ready to help with ideas and resources for educational events. They have audio-visuals, printed materials, and people who can speak to the issues. For more information, contact your local D&P group, or Development and Peace, 3028 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario M4C 1N2, (416) 698-7770.

Appeals for Support

El Salvador
In response to the current violence in El Salvador, the Latin American Working Group is asking Canadians to send a telex, letter, or fax to External Minister Joe Clark, urging the Canadian government to: 1) Press for serious negotiations, through direct bilateral contacts with both the FMLN and the Christiani government, and through multilateral initiatives at the UN and the OAS; 2) Press for an end to U.S. military aid for the government of El Salvador; 3) Not renew Canadian bilateral aid to El Salvador until a negotiated peace is achieved. Write: Joe Clark, Secretary of State for External Affairs, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Fax: (613) 992-6474. The Latin American Working Group, which has more information on events in El Salvador, can be contacted at P.O. Box 2207, Station P, Toronto M5S 2T2, (416) 533-4221.

Funding for Native education
The federal government has announced that it is implementing new guidelines for Native citizens for post-secondary education. Native groups see these measures as harmful. Native groups across the country have been protesting against the unilateral changes and are calling on the government to put aside the new guidelines and enter into discussions with them. Supporters are being encouraged to write to the Prime Minister and their member of Parliament.

One Sky needs help
Saskatoon's One Sky Centre is urgently requesting financial help. The Centre is facing rising costs, while its funding has not been increased. Contact One Sky;, 136 Ave. F. S., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7M 1S8, (306) 652-1571.

Comings and Goings

Environment Infoline
The Canadian Environmental Network is working to establish a national network of environmental hotlines. The proposed regional 1-800 numbers are to provide the public with responses to basic consumer-oriented environmental questions. Referrals to experts will be offered for more sophisticated queries. Groups are being invited to participate in planning the hotline system. Contact the Canadian Environmental Network, Box 1289, Station P, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R3.

Goodwin's Awards
Submissions are being sought for the fourth annual Goodwin's Award for Excellence in Alternative Journalism. The Goodwin's Foundation offers a cash award of $300 to the winner. It also names three runners-up and three honourable mentions. The MacDonald Citation is given to an alternative publication which has provided extraordinary coverage of an issue or shown outstanding over-all improvement. Any journalist can submit articles; they must have appeared in a Canadian alternative magazine or newspaper during the past year. Alternatives are defined as newsstand publications dedicated to progressive social change. Judges will be looking for articles which had a strong political or social impact and which were influential in promoting progressive social change. Photo or cartoon spreads are also acceptable as submissions. Award submissions must be post-marked no later than November 30, 1989 and should be sent in triplicate to the Goodwin's Foundation, P.O. Box 1043, Station B, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R1.
Last year's Goodwin's award winner was Chief Moses Okimaw, for his article "God's River and the Manitoba Government," which appeared in Canadian Dimension. Okimaw's article describes his band's struggle against local exploiters and against the inept provincial NDP government.
Runners-up were Paul McKay, for his "Adding Fuel to the Fire, on Canada's uranium industry," in This Magazine; Bruce Cockburn for "Mars over Mozambique" in NOW, and David Coon for "Energy Options: Taking Care of Business" on Canada's search for an energy policy, in Probe Post.
Honourable mentions went to Nora D. Randall for her column "Beans" in Kinesis; Erin Goodman for "The Trials of Eric Smith" in New Maritimes; Lorraine Begley for "Flipping Land for Fun and Profit" in New Maritimes; Lanny Beckman for "U.S. Risk Takers Save B.C.'s Ozone Layer" in New Directions; Stan Persky for "Watershed Down" in This Magazine; Howard Goldenthal, Glenda Hersh and Nick Fillmore for "Right Winging It" in This Magazine; and Kick It Over for an interview on a serial murderer in the Green River area of Seattle.
The MacDonald citation went to Victoria's Monday for its extensive coverage of environmental issues.

Environment network faces problems
The Ontario Environment Network (OEN), the central networking organization for environment groups in Ontario, is facing financial difficulties which have forced it to cut back to one part-time staff person. OEN is trying to raise funds to pay off its substantial debt and carry on its work, which includes encouraging communication and co-operation between Ontario environment groups, acting as a resource centre, organizing workshops and conferences, and publishing the Environmental Resource Book. The OEN can be contacted at 465 Spadina Avenue, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2G8, (416) 925-1322.

Equality Program
The Metro Toronto Labour Education Centre has initiated an Equality Program which is aimed at strengthening union solidarity through equality. Through special support services and programs, they hope to see a greater integration of immigrant, visible minority members into the labour movement. For more information contact the Metro Labour Education and Skills Training Centre, 954 King St. W., Toronto M6K 1E5, (416) 971-5893.

NIMBI (Now I Must Become Involved) is a floating laboratory operated by the Environmental Hazards Team. NIMBI is based out of Port Maitland on Lake Erie, and will be travelling throughout the Great Lakes region on a timetable determined by bookings of groups and educational institutions. NIMBI features a "child-friendly" environment and facilities for educational instruction, as well as laboratory facilities.. For more information contact The Environmental Hazards Team, R.R. 7, Dunnville, Ontario N1A 2W6, (416) 774-4769.

Layoffs at CRIAW
Faced with funding cutbacks from the federal Secretary of State Women's Program, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) has been forced to lay off staff and cut back on support for research. CRIAW is embarking on a fundraising campaign to try to raise additional money. CRIAW can be contacted at 151 Slater St., #408, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H3, (613) 563-0682.

Broadside goes under
The feminist paper Broadside, which published out of Toronto since 1979, is folding because of lack of funds. Broadside had been losing money, and had been informed that its funding from the Ontario Arts Council, a substantial part of its budget, was being cut in half. (The Arts Council imposed similar cuts on many small publications.)

Cayenne folds
The Socialist Feminist bulletin Cayenne has ceased publishing. The editors attributed their decision to stop publishing partly to the fact that they were unsuccessful in stimulating the kinds of vivid debates which they wanted to encourage in the pages of Cayenne. "Why," they asked, "do activists in movements find it so difficult to find the time to sit down and write to share their experiences and analyses?"

IDRC Reports discontinued
The magazine IDRC Reports, published for the last 18 years by the International Development Research Centre, has been discontinued.

Barton awards
The Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security has announced that it is inaugurating the Barton Awards, intended to promote scholarship and expertise in the fields of international peace and security. The Barton Awards consist of eight scholarships of up to $14,000 for advanced studies and two fellowships of up to $30,000 for senior level studies. Professional experience and academic qualifications will be considered equally. The deadline for application is February 1, 1990. For more information contact The Barton Awards, Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, Suite 900, 360 Albert St., Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7X7, or call (613) 990-1593.

Federalists, Dismantle merge
Operation Dismantle and the World Federalists of Canada have merged; Dismantle will now operate as a committee of the World Federalists. In explaining the merger, the World Federalists note that Operation Dismantle originally started out in 1977 as a committee of the WFC. The time seemed ripe, they said, to re-unite. Contact the World Federalists at #207 - 145 Spruce Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6P1, (613) 232-0647.

Valencia-Mondragon Study Tour
Greg MacLeod, of the Centre for Community Economic Development, University College of Cape Breton, will be leading a study tour to Spain in April 1989. The objective of the two-week tour is to become familiar with the structure and strategies of two successful experiments in community economic development, at Mondragon and Valencia. The approximate cost will be $3100. Contact Greg MacLeod, P.O. Box 5300, Sydney, N.S. B0P 6L2.

Meetings, Conferences, Events

Healthy Places -- Healthy People / Healthy People -- Healthy Places
This three day conference, on January 18 - 20, 1990, will examine the relationship between Health, the Economy, and the Environment. Themes are: 'The Healthy City: Examples, Policies and the Future; Business/Industry/Consumer Opportunities in the Healthy City; The Value of an Urban Natural Environment; Promoting the Healthy City. The conference will include community sessions, workshops, displays, seminars, field trips and other activities for the delegate. Fees are $75 per person for the three-day event or $300 for five people. Send all enquiries to: "Healthy Places -- Healthy People/Healthy People -- Healthy Places", City of Sudbury, Leisure Plan, Bag 5000, Station `A', Sudbury, Ontario M3A 5P3, (705) 671-2231.

Environmental Forum
The Ontario Ministries of Citizenship and the Environment are hosting a forum on "environmental issues in a cross-cultural context" on January 24 in Toronto. Topics include native concerns, waste management, and the provincial round table. For information contact Barbara Malcolm at (416) 323-5077.

Images Festival
Northern Visions is inviting submissions for its Images 90 festival program. Images is a predominantly Canadian festival intended to showcase innovative and contemporary work by independent film and video producers in Canada. Submissions should be made by February 2, 1990 to Northern Visions, 67A Portland St., #3, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2M9. Call (416) 971-8405 for more information.

Health and Safety conference
Focus on the Future: A National Conference on Health and Safety, will take place March 14 - 16, 1990, in Calgary. For more information contact Shelley Koch, Education Services, Alberta Hospital Association, Edmonton Alberta T5J 3C5, (403) 423-1776.

Earth Day 1990
Earth Day is a global event intended to celebrate life, acknowledge our responsibility for the current environmental crisis, and inspire action leading to the healing of our planet. Planning for Earth Day 1990, to take place April 22, is now under way. People who wish to help organize local events, or become involved in some way, may contact Earth Day 1990, P.O. Box 835, Station E, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2P9, (416) 604-1990, fax: (604) 386-4453.

Municipal Solid Waste Management
The University of Waterloo is organizing a conference on Municipal Solid Waste Management on April 25-27 in Toronto. The focus will be on landfilling, incineration, and the "3 R's". For more information contact Dr. Murray Haight, School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, (519) 885-1211 x3027 or x3355.

Wildlife conference
The University of Calgary is holding a conference on Wildlife Running into the Future on May 3 - 5, 1990, with the focus on wildlife and habitat conservation, and how they are affected by privatization and domestication of wildlife. For more information contact Larry Simpson, University of Calgary, Faculty of Continuing Education, 2500 University Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, (403) 282-5978.

Death and bereavement
Conference on Death and Bereavement: Creative Strategies for Living, on May 14 -16, 1989, in London, Ontario. Details from King's College, 266 Epworth Ave., London N6A 2M3, (519) 433-3491.

Occupational Health congress
The 23rd International Congress on Occupational Health will take place in Montreal September 22 - 28, 1990. For more information contact OCOH Secretariat, 58, rue de Bresoles, Montreal H2Y 1V5, (514) 499-9835.

Women and Environments
The Women and Environments Educational and Development (WEED) Foundation is planning an Ontario-wide conference May 24-26. The conference will focus on environmental issues of special concern to women in their various roles in society. It will emphasize the development of solutions to environmental problems. For further information contact Rosalind Cairncross, 26 Morrow Avenue, Toronto M6R 2J2, (416) 533-4076.

Canadian Environment Network
The Canadian Environmental Network is holding is Annual General Meeting May 25-27, 1990. For more information contact the CEN at Box 1289, Station B, Ottawa, K1P 5R3.

Publications and Resources

Tell your story
Equal Justice For All is collecting stories about people's experiences on welfare, to put in a book called Victories. Send your story to Equal Justice For All, Box 7676, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 4R4, or call (306) 664-6636.

Immigrant and visible minority women
The National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women is requesting items for its publication. Deadline is the 25th of each month. The address is 25 Laurier Avenue West, #1102, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J6, (613) 232-0689.

Stage writers
Playwright's Workshop Montreal is looking for women playwrights and writers who are interested in writing for the stage. Contact Svetlana Zylin, Box 604, Postal Station Place d'armes, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3H8.

Women's Humour
Jokes, stories, cartoons, journal entries, etc. are being sought for an anthology of Canadian women's feminist humour. Send submission with self-addressed stamped envelope to Janice Williams, Department of English, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta T6G 2E5.

Environmental Directory
The Canadian Environmental Network is planning a directory of Canadian environmental groups which it expects to publish next summer. For more information contact the CEN at P.O. Box 1289, Station B, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R3, (613) 563-2078.

Directory of Women and Global Issues
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation is preparing a directory of women specializing in global issues: development, environment, and peace. Send names, addresses, and phone numbers to the selection committee, which will contact each woman who is suggested. Write: Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg, The Women's Directory, c/o Canadian Council for International Co-operation, 1 Nicholas, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7 or phone (613) 236-4547.

Multicultural Health directory
The Multicultural Health Coalition has received funding to gather information on multicultural health services and how they could be improved. The coalition will then develop a directory of available services.

Environment video resource centre
Charles Hodgson is proposing the idea of a national environmental video library from which groups could borrow by mail. He invites comments to: Environmental Video, 200 Daniel Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 0C9.

Films, videos, AV materials sought
Educational Communications, Inc., a Los Angeles-based non-profit, is looking for videos, films, and other audio-visual material about the environment to use as segments on its television and radio programs. Its ECONEWS television series currently airs in over 2 million homes, while its Environmental Directions radio series is broadcast by a network of stations. Educational Communications invites producers and distributors of appropriate materials to submit 1/2" videocassettes for screening, 3/4" videocassettes for editing, audiocassettes and records for airing, and any other items for consideration such as books, photographs, and background literature. For more information, contact Nancy Pearlman, Executive Producer, Educational Communications, P.O. Box 35473, Los Angeles, California 90035, U.S.A., (213) 559-9160.

Family Violence Videos
A collection of videos and films on family violence is being distributed by the National Film Board. They are intended for the general public and for professionals working in this field. Contact your local NFB office.

A Voice of Our Own
A Voice of Our Own is a new documentary about the founding of the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women. In it, filmmaker Premika Ratnam challenges the feminist movement's preoccupation with middle class issues. Contact Premika Ratnam at (416) 921-5853.

NFB Video Series
The National Film Board has released a commemorative video series containing 50 of the NFB's best documentary and animation titles. The eight-tape video series can be purchased for $198. Contact the NFB office in your area.

Women's activism publications
The Vancouver Women's Resource Centre has several publications available: In Women's Interests: Feminist Activism and Institutional Change ($3); Action Research for Women's Groups ($4.50); Women and the Economy ($4.50); and Evaluation Guide for Women's Groups ($7). Order from WRC, 2245 West Broadway, #101, Vancouver, B.C. V6K 2E4, (604)734-0485.

Books on breast cancer
The YM-YWCA of Winnipeg, with the Health Promotion Directorate of Health and Welfare Canada, has produced a set of five books on breast cancer. The books are Understanding Breast Cancer, Diagnosis and Treatment, After Breast Cancer, A Time for Sharing, and Glossary and Resources. The books are $5 each, or all five for $20. Orders may be sent to Women's Resource Centre, YM-YWCA of Winnipeg, 100 - 209 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2N8.

Recovery from sexual assault
The Sexual Assault Recovery Anonymous Society has available a number of publications and video. Contact SARA Society, P.O. Box 16, Surrey, B.C. V3T 4M4, (604) 584-2626.

Two collections of CD-ROM full text and reference databases are being offered on women's development and health issues. They are Health for All and Women in Development, and they are available from REFCORP, 4509 Levy, St-Laurent, Quebec H4R 2L8, (514) 745-5030.

Human rights books
Kluwer academic publishers has released a catalogue of new and recent titles in human rights, humanitarian law, and the law of war. Books in the catalogue include International Human Rights Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean, The International Law of Human Rights in Africa, Assisting the Victims of Armed Conflict and Other Disasters, AIDS: Public Health and Legal Dimensions, and The Battle of Human Rights. For a catalogue contact Kluwer Academic Publishers, P.O. Box 358, Accord Station, Hingham, MA 02018-0358, U.S.A.

Volunteers Wanted

This vacation do something meaningful
tecNICA (Technical Support Project) is a non-government organization that provides professional and technical assistance to Nicaragua and Southern Africa. Its work is directed towards the exchange of skills which are needed for self-sufficient economic development and greater economic equality among the people and nations of the world. tecNICA arranges short working tours (minimum two weeks) for volunteers to Nicaragua and Southern Africa. Computer professionals, mechanics, electricians, machinists, health care workers and other trades are desperately needed. Longer term placements are also possible. Volunteers are responsible for airfare, accommodation, and placement costs; however, tecNICA points out that this can come to less than the cost of many package tours. For information contact tecNICA, Box 81, Station G, Toronto M4M 3E8, (416) 691-1529.

Overseas placements
Canadian Crossroads International is looking for people who are interested in short term volunteer placements in a developing country. CCI is active in 36 countries and over 70 Canadian communities. A specialized skill is not essential; volunteers range in age from 19 to 73. Contact CCI at 31 Madison Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S2, (416) 967-0801 (National Office) or (403) 433-8015 (Edmonton), or (902) 422-2933 (Halifax).

Artists/Photographers wanted
The Connexions Digest is looking for volunteer artists and photographers to help illustrate this magazine. If you have photographs or artwork which you think would be appropriate, or if you would be willing to create them, please call Ulli Diemer or send samples to Connexions.

Canada World Youth
Canada World Youth is now recruiting Canadians and landed immigrants between the ages of 17 and 20 for exchange programs with developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. You'll spend seven months with other young people from across Canada and from the exchange country, doing volunteer work in community development, agriculture, or social services. Application deadline is January 31, 1990. For more information, contact Canada World Youth, 340 MacLaren St. B10, Ottawa K2P 0M3, (613) 234-2137.

United Farmworkers
The United Farmworkers are looking for full-time organizers, office administrators and fundraisers to intensify their boycott campaign against California grapes. Contact United Farmworkers, 600 East Mall, Suite 401, Toronto, Ontario M9B 4B1, (416) 626-6332.

Peace Magazine
Peace Magazine is looking for volunteers to help with production, advertising, and circulation. Contact Kelly McDowell at (416) 533-7581.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer. Connexions Collective members and volunteers for Issue #50 (December 1989): Ulli Diemer, Elizabeth Wall, Karl Amdur, Elaine Farragher, Ethel Mead, Lois Enns, Cynthia Dunham, Rosalie Smith.



Network News - Connexions Digest #51 (May 1990)

Actions and campaigns

500 years after Columbus
Native Peoples and their friends are engaging in a campaign to oppose the planned official celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' first landing in the Americas in 1492. Against the claim that Columbus "discovered" America, and that his arrival is something to celebrate, they are characterizing the arrival of whites as a disaster for Native Peoples which led to the destruction of their communities, their cultures, and their way of life. One of the starkest facts underlining the extent of the disaster is contained in the population statistics. In 1492, the population of the Americas was estimated at 80 million; by 1650, the Native population was about 4 million.
One organizing effort is the "Self-Discovery of America" campaign, now active in several countries, which seeks to address the concerns of all the social and racial groups who have experienced social and cultural destruction under colonialism.
For more information about this and other campaigns, contact Kai Visionworks, Box 5490, Station A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1N7, or the Latin American Working Group, Box 2207, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T2, (416) 533-9940. Kai Visionworks has an information package available for $3; LAWG has an "1992 - Self-Discovery of America" file.

Campaign for Nuclear Phase-out
A number of organizations across the country have joined together to launch a campaign to press for a phaseout of nuclear power and uranium mining. A major focus of the campaign will be to obtain federal legislation forbidding new reactors or reactor exports and new uranium mines or uranium export contracts. For more information contact Elizabeth Brubaker, Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout, 225 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2M6, (416) 978-7014.

Excess Packaging Campaign
A number of community and environmental groups across Ontario have come together in an Excess Packaging Campaign co-ordinated by Environmental Action Ontario. The campaign is especially targetting throwaway packaging and overpackaging by fast food restaurants and supermarkets. The aim is to have local groups put pressure on local businesses and on politicians to make changes to reduce the amount of packaging. Contact Environmental Action Ontario, 456 Spadina, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2K5, (416) 929-2499 for more information, or for the name and number of your local group.

Environmental Agenda for Ontario
The Ontario Environment Network is co-ordinating the writing and production of an Environmental Agenda for Ontario. A preliminary outline is now being circulated and comments and input are being sought. Contact the Ontario Environment Network, 456 Spadina Avenue, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2G8, (416) 925-1322.

Appeals for support

Canadian Overseas Assistance
The One Sky Centre is asking for financial support to help it cope with funding cutbacks. One Sky and other learner centres have had their levels of support reduced by the Canadian International Development Agency, which was hit by budget cutbacks by the federal Progressive Conservative Government. One Sky is also urging people to write letters to the government opposing the cutbacks to the Overseas Development Assistance budget, which is forcing reductions in Canadian aid to the world poorest nations. For more information, contact One Sky, 136 Avenue F, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7M 1S8, (306) 662-1571.

Trees for survival
Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief, a medical relief and development organization dedicated to promoting better health in rural communities in the Third World, is sponsoring an ongoing tree-planting program in Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola. The goal is to help reverse the trend to rural deforestation and desertification. CPAR is seeking donations to support this program. Contact CPAR, 64 Charles Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1T1, (416) 961-6786.

Barricada Canada
Barricada Canada, the Canadian working group supporting the Sandinista newspaper Barricada Internacional, is mounting a campaign to attract additional Canadian subscribers for the paper. It especially wants to encourage organizations to purchase bulk orders of the paper to distribute to members of the group. The paper is available in English and Spanish, and at the bulk rate are available for $1 each. Contact Barricada Canada, Box 398, Station E, Toronto M6H 4E3, (416) 534-5556.

Yugoslav left oppositionists
A group of Yugoslav activists, organized in the Radical-Left Party of Yugoslavia, is seeking contacts, correspondence, and cooperation with people in other countries who share similar beliefs. The group would like to receive publications from abroad. The group describes itself as being opposed to nationalism and patriarchy, and in favour of defending the rights of women, lesbians and gays, and the working class. It supports political, social, cultural, and sexual liberation. The group points out that materials sent to Yugoslavia must still pass the official censor's office. Correspondence can be addressed to Ms Sormaz Vesna, Alekse Nenadovica 25/V-16, 11000 Belgrade Yugoslavia.

Comings and Goings

Lesbian and gay studies
A new organization, the Toronto Centre for Lesbian and Gay Studies, has been formed to foster lesbian and gay studies across Canada, especially emphasizing gay and minority studies. The Centre has published its first newsletter, Centrefold, and plans a series of conferences, lectures, and other activities. Membership in the Centre is $25 regular, $10 student/unemployed. For more information contact The Toronto Centre for Lesbian and Gay Studies, 2 Bloor Street West, Suite 100-129, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3E2.

Global Education Training
Peace Education Network offers one day seminars to teachers of History, English, Social Sciences and Media Literacy. "Images For A Peaceful Planet" includes strategies for introducing peace-related issues into the classroom, using film in the learning process, and for sharing experiences. In "Learning To 'Read' The Media" you will explore how media 'reality' is constructed, discover how the images we hold shape our perceptions of the world and influence our sense of what is possible for the future. For more information contact: Peace Education Network, 494 Victoria Avenue, Montreal Quebec H3Y 2R4.

Multicultural films
The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and the Ontario Film Development Corporation have announced a Multicultural Dramatic Film Fund. The project, initiated by OFDC and administered by LIFT, is to provide grants to dramatic, independent filmmakers from visible, cultural, and/or linguistic minorities. The film project itself need no be about such issues. For more information contact Lloyd Wong at LIFT, 345 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1R5, (416) 596-8233.

Nonviolence Resource Centre
A new organization, the Nonviolence Resource Centre, has begun operation in Argenta, British Columbia. The Centre's goals are to engage in education for non-violence, and to provide resources for creative action. The NRC intends to address itself to specific problems now occurring in British Columbia, but will be able to mail videos and literature throughout Canada and the U.S. Contact the Nonviolence Resource Centre c/o General Delivery, Argenta, British Columbia V0G 1B0.

Planned Parenthood scholarships
The Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada is offering its annual scholarship for graduate studies in reproductive health. The scholarship is open to university graduates who intend to work for a higher degree in the field of reproductive health in disciplines such as biology, Canadian studies, education, history, medicine, psychology, social work, or sociology. Contact PPFC Scholarship Committee, 430 - 1 Nicholas Street, Toronto, Ontario K1N 7B7, (613) 238-4474.

Organic grains
A group of organic farmers have launched a cooperative to meet the growing demand for organic grain. The OntarBio Organic Farmers' Cooperative will help organic farmers process their grain and bring it to market. For more information contact Ontarbio Organic Farmers Cooperative, Box 224, RR 1, Durham, Ontario N0G 1R0.

Name change
The Canadian Environmental Law Research Foundation has changed its name to the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. They are at 400 - 517 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 4A2, (416) 923-3529.

Lesbians, gays and psychiatry
Phoenix Rising, "Canada's anti-psychiatry magazine", is looking for submissions from lesbians and gay men related to their experience is mental hospitals or psych wards. Drawings, black and white photographs, and stories are welcomed. Send to Phoenix Rising, Box 165, Station A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1B2.

Canadian Peace Alliance
Bob Penner, the co-ordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance, is leaving to take up the position of Director of Development at Greenpeace. Bob is being replaced by Sheena Lambert as co-ordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance.

C.L.R. James
C.L.R. James, a political activist, novelist, cricket writer, Marxist intellectual and revolutionary, has died in Trinidad at the age of 88. As a young man in Trinidad, James wrote short stories, a book in favour of Trinidadian independence, and the acclaimed novel Minty Alley. A cricket player, he became the cricket writer for the Manchester Guardian when he moved to England in 1932. His Beyond a Boundary is considered a classic book on cricket. In England, he also wrote The Black Jacobins, a history of the Haitian revolution, and World Revolution, a history of the Comintern. Politically, James became a leading figure in the Trotskyist movement, and was became editor of the journal International African Opinion. In 1938, James came to the United States, where he was active in radical politics until he was forced out of the country during the McCarthy period in 1953. His most lasting political work was as part of the Marxist group Facing Reality, which argued that the Soviet Union was an extreme form of oppression that negated Marxian ideas of socialism.

Myles Horton
Myles Horton, a civil rights activist who founded the Highlander Folk School, one of the most influential training grounds for the U.S. labour and civil rights movements, died in January at the age of 84. The school was attacked by its opponents as being a "finishing school for communists", producing students and ideas which spread like "a cancerous growth" throughout the U.S. South. The State of Tennessee raided and padlocked the centre in 1959, but it was re-opened and still continues today as the Highlander Research and Education Center. According to Horton, "if you want to change people's ideas, you shouldn't try to convince them intellectually. What you need to do is get them into a situation where they'll have to act on ideas, not just argue about them." (For more of Myles Horton's reflections, see elsewhere in this issue.)

Hal Draper
Hal Draper, a socialist writer and scholar whose political activism ranged over half a century, died in February at the age of 75. Involved in student activism in the 1930's, Draper helped to inspire the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964, one of the first and most important events of the Sixties radical upsurge. He was involved in the Trotskyist movement in his earlier days, working as an organizer for the Young People's Socialist League in the 1930's, and as a shipyard worker during the Second World War. He was one of the founders of the Centre for Socialist History at Berkeley. His writings include the four-volume work Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution. One of his most influential works was the essay "The Two Souls of Socialism", which argued that there were two fundamentally opposed views of what socialism was: the one, which saw it as something to be imposed from above, the other, which say it as something that could only be created democratically from below. (See excerpts from "The Two Souls of Socialism" in this issue.)

Lewis Mumford
Lewis Mumford, the social philosopher and historian died in January at the age of 94. Mumford was known for a wide range of achievements, including his critical writings on planning and on technology. On technology, he once said that "It is not the apparatus of the machine that's wrong, but the organized cult of machinery that is really evil. It is a monster that can transform man into a passive, purposeless animal. It can run away from him. He said that he feared that a "dominant minority" which wielded power through its control of science and technology, would set in motion forces for the creation of a "uniform, all-enveloping superplanetary structure, designed for automatic operation", something he called the "megamachine". Mumford was one of the first modern city planners, and made his early reputation in that field. He opposed the building of large expressway systems as destructive of city life. Mumford's books included The City in History, The Story of Utopias, Technics and Civilization, Green Memories, The Myth of the Machine, and The Highway and the City.

Meetings, Conferences, Events

Day of Mourning
April 28 is set aside as a Day of Mourning for Canadian workers who are killed, injured, or disabled at work. More than 1,000 Canadian workers are killed on the job each year, and many more suffer injuries or illnesses due to work. The Day of Mourning is also intended as a day to renew pressure for tougher occupational health and safety standards.

Great Lakes United
The annual meeting of Great Lakes United takes place May 4 - 6, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The meeting's purpose is to develop policies and plans aimed at the enhancement of the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River ecosystem. Events include a Toxic Tour, a Wetland Tour, a Birdwatchers' Tour, as well as a range of presentations and panel discussions. Contact Great Lakes United, Cassety Hall, State University College at Buffalo, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14222, U.S.A., (716) 886-0142.

Citizenship Training and Development
The Canadian Association for Adult Education is sponsoring a full day workshop on May 9 at the University of Ottawa to discuss efforts to establish a network of Canadians interested in citizen training and development. For more information contact Canadian Association for Adult Education, 29 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2, (416) 964-0559.

Leadership in housing
The 22nd annual symposium of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association will be held May 13-16, 1990 in Ottawa. Contact: Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, Box 3312, Station D, Ottawa, Ontario, (613) 594-3007.

Lesbian and gay studies
The Toronto Centre for Lesbian and Gay Studies is holding the following meetings, at the Education Centre, 155 College Street, Toronto: "The Age of Light, Soap, and Water: The Canadian Social Purity Movement", by Mariana Valverde, author of Sex, Power and Pleasure, Monday May 14, 7-9pm. "Male Homosexuality in Central America", by Ian Lumsden, Atkinson College, York University, Monday June 11, 7-9pm. For more information contact the Toronto Centre for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Suite 100-129, 2 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3E2.

Preserving our planet
The World Federalists of Canada and the U.S. World Federalist Association are having a joint meeting on May 17 - 20, 1990 in Ottawa, on the theme 'Preserving Our Planet'. The meeting is to discuss strategies for contributing to tomorrow's just new international order. Contact World Federalists, 207 - 145 Spruce Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6P1. Registration is $30.

Severe Handicaps Alliance
The Severe Handicaps Alliance for Public Education (SHAPE) will hold an international conference entitled Shaping Alternative Futures: Strategies to Facilitate Integration in Edmonton, May 23-25, 1990. Contact: Jeanne Carter, Shaping Alternative Futures Conference, Alberta Education Response Centre, 6240 - 113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6H 3L2, (403) 422-0221.

Women and Environments
The Women and Environments Education and Development Foundation is presenting a conference on Charting a New Environmental Course on May 24-26, 1990, at the University of Toronto. The conference will focus on women's perspective on the environment. Topics include Women, Environment, and Development around the World, I Do Make A Difference, and the State of the Planet. Several fields trips are being organized as part of the conference. For registration information contact Women and Environments Conference, 26 Morrow Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2J2, or phone Nicolle Smith, (416) 533-4076. Conference facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Environment 2000
Environment 2000 Conference: The Environment and Third World Sustainable Development will be held May 25 - 27, 1990, at the University of British Columbia. Workshop topics include The Fuelwood Energy Crisis and Desertification and Rural Development. Contact the Canada-Africa International Forestry Association, 2995 Waterloo Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6R 3J4, (604) 731-2545.

No More Secrets
Community Resources and Initiatives is holding a conference "for professionals to explore the intersecting dimensions of childhood trauma, survival strategies and revictimization", under the title "No More Secrets". May 25-28 in Toronto. For more information contact Community Resources and Initiatives, 285 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 3S9, (416) 323-1328.

Working class history
The Committee on Canadian Labour History is holding a symposium on Canadian Working Class History on May 26, 1990 in Victoria. Registration is $12. For more information contact E.W. Sager, Public History Group, University of Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2Y2.

Ecology and Culture
To See Ourselves, To Save Ourselves, is the theme of a conference on Ecology and Culture in Canada being sponsored by the Association of Canadian Studies, to be held at the University of Victoria on May 31 - June 1, 1990. Contact Susan Hoeltken, ACS, C.P. 8888, Succ. 4, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3P8, (514) 987-7784.

Consumers' Association
The Consumers' Association of Canada is having its Annual Conference on June 3 in Montreal. The conference theme will be Consumers in the 90's -- Choices for the Future (Food, Health, and the Environment). Registration is $150. For more information contact the Consumers' Association, Box 9300, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3T9, (613) 723-0187.

Women and power
A conference on Women and power will take place in Montreal June 3 - 8, with workshops on the economy, media, politics, peace, science, senior citizens, sexuality, etc. Speakers include Nicole Brossard, Yoland Bedard, Marilyn French, and women from Italy, Morocco, Japan and Venezuela. Contact FRAPPE, (514) 521-0152.

Veterans Against Nuclear Arms
Veterans Against Nuclear Arms is holding its national convention June 5 - 8 at the University of British Columbia. Registration is $60. For more information contact Lois Boyce, 211-6551 Minoreu Blvd., Richmond, British Columbia V6Y 1Y4, (604) 731-9365.

Securing the future
The Canadian Peace Alliance is holding its membership convention in Calgary, Alberta from June 8 - 10, 1990. Speakers, workshops and discussions will focus on the theme of developing ideas for alternative security. Low cost accommodation and childcare, wheelchair accessibility, and signing for the hearing impaired will be available. Travel costs to be shared equally by delegates. Non-delegates are also welcome. For more information contact: Alberta Bound Convention Committee, 5007 Barron Cr. N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2L 1T8.

Communities and Environment
The United Nations Association in Canada is presenting a conference on Communities and the Environment to be held June 8 - 10 in Toronto. This national conference will launch a series of events across Canada to promote public awareness and participation in environmental protection leading up to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. The conference focus will be on developing community-based solutions that encourage citizens' initiatives and actions where they live. Special emphasis will be placed on involving Canadian environment and development NGOs in the mobilization process. Contact United Nations Association, #116, 2 College Street, Toronto M5G 1K3, (416) 929-0990.

The Ontario Science Centre is holding an EnviroFair as part of its Environment Week this June. The Fair will run from June 8 to June 10. Environmental and conservation groups are invited to participate. Contact Andrew Mccammon, EnviroFair Co-ordinator, Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 1T3, (416) 429-4100.

Rural mental health
The Second International Rural Mental Health and Addictions Conference is to be held June 11-15, 1990 in North Bay, Ontario. The conference is sponsored by the Canadian Rural Network, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and Canadore College. The conference will feature a First Nations Day to allow delegates to discuss significant services issues and alternatives for Native communities. For information contact Wayne Auchinleck, c/o Network North, Community Mental Health Group, 680 Kirkwood Drive, Sudbury, Ontario P3B 1X3, (703) 675-9192 x314.

Social objectives for the 90's
The Board of Governors of the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) will hold a one-day consultation with members and friends on Friday June 15 to ask, "What are the most important social objectives for the 1990's and what can we do to meet the objectives?" The consultation will emphasize participation through focussed working groups. The location is the University of Ottawa. Contact Sheryl Lanthier, CCSD, 55 Parkdale Avenue, Box 3505, Station C, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4G1, (613) 728-1865. The cost is $20 for CCSD members, $70 for non-members.

Toronto's third annual Move-A-Thon for the Environment is being organized by Citizens for a Safe Environment, to be held June 17, 1990. For more information contact Citizens for a Safe Environment, 765 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H3, or phone Aine Suttle, (416) 466-5696.

The WILD conference
WILD, a non-profit organization dedicated to the survival of earth's wild places through the publication of maps and handbooks, will be holding a working conference to edit and update maps and to discuss strategy and action towards avoiding ecological catastrophe. The conference will be held at the University of Hawaii East West Centre on June 17-23, 1990. For more information contact: WILD c/o Western Canada Wilderness Committee, 20 Water St., Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1A4 , (604) 669-WILD.

Human Settlements
The Centre for Urban and Community Studies at the University of Toronto is organizing an international colloquium June 21 - 23 on the theme Human Settlements and Sustainable Development. Points to be addressed include differences in sustainability among and within industrialized and developing regions; the pressure points of shelter, food supply, water, waste, energy, transport and health; demographic and institutional factors in managing sustainable settlements. For more information contact Centre for Urban and Community Studies, Room 426, 455 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2G8, (416) 978-7067.

Ontario Environment Network
The Ontario Environment Network is holding its Annual General meeting June 22 to 24, 1990, at Operation Break Camp, on the banks of the Black River, near Tweed Ontario. Contact the OEN at 456 Spadina Avenue, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2G8, (416) 925-1322.

Peace in El Salvador
Thought and Action: Universities and the Search for Peace in El Salvador is the theme of a conference being held at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, June 22-26, 1990. At the conference, speakers from the Universidad de El Salvador and Universidad Centroamericana Jose Simon Canas will give their analysis of the current political situation. Participants will discuss ways in which Canadian universities and others can offer support to universities in El Salvador. For registration information contact Centre for Peace Studies, DC-237, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1. Phone (416) 525-9140 x 4729. Bitnet: PEACE@MCMASTER, PeaceNet: WEB:MCPEACE.

Human rights programme
The Canadian Human Rights Foundation is organizing a teacher-training course in human rights and multicultural education to be hold in Montreal June 26-29, 1990. The programme's goal is to "train trainers" and prepare teachers for human rights and multicultural education in Canadian schools. It has been conceived to give participants a global vision of human rights principles and institutions. Registration is $150. Contact the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, 3465 chemin de la Cote-des-Neiges, B. 301, Montreal, Quebec H3H 1T7, (514) 932-7826.

"Beyond Survival: Healing the incest wound"
Victims of incest are invited to attend a healing weekend at Pigeon Hill Bruideen Peacemaking Centre in St. Armand Quebec. An intimate and intensive weekend of group and/or individual therapy will take place in a cozy home environment. Among the highlights will be a focus on intra-psychic group work, overcoming disassociation and the use of psychosynthesis. For more information contact Rosemary Sullivan, Pigeon Hill Bruideen Peacemaking Centre, St. Armand, Que. J0J 1T0 (514) 248-2524.

Environmental values education
The Harmony Foundation is sponsoring an eight-day intensive program for environmental educators July 27 - August 3, 1990 in Ottawa. Participants will examine Canadian and international themes, issues and values and various techniques to address them in their teaching programs. For more information contact Deborah Hine, Harmony Foundation, 19 Oakvale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 3S3, (613) 230-7353.

Council of all beings
A "council of all beings" -- "an opportunity to reconnect with the earth, our natural rhythm and energy for healing ourselves/the earth" -- will be held at Pigeon Hill Bruideen Peacemaking Centre, St. Armand, Quebec J0J 1T0, August 3 - 5, 1990. Contact Pigeon Hill at 1965 St. Armand Road, Pigeon Hill/St. Armand, Quebec J0J 1T0, (514) 248-2524. Also at Pigeon Hill, on August 10 - 12, a session of Psychosynthesis for Social Change.

Bioregional congress
The fourth North American Bioregional Congress will be held August 19 - 26, 1990 on the Gulf of Maine. For more information, contact North American Bioregional Congress, 61 Maine Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011, U.S.A.

Occupational health congress
The 23rd International Congress on Occupational Health will take place in Montreal September 22 - 28, 1990. For more information contact OCOH Secretariat, 58, rue de Bresoles, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 1V5, (514) 499-9835.

Canadian Environment Network
The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Environmental Network has been scheduled to take place October 12 - 15, 1990 in Ottawa. Contact Canadian Environment Network, P.O. box 1289, Station B, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R3, (613) 563-2078.

Recycling Council
The Recycling Council of Ontario will be holding its annual conference October 14 - 17, 1990, in Windsor. The conference theme is the challenge of reaching 25% waste diversion by 1992. For more information contact Renee Lagasse, Conference Co-ordinator, #504 - 489 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5, (416) 960-1025,

Sustainable development conference
An international conference with the theme "Sustainable Development Strategies: The New World Agenda", is being held October 18-20, 1990, in Winnipeg. Contact World Environment, Energy and Economic Conference, 409 - 1181 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0T3, (204) 945-7973.

Metro World '91
Toronto is hosting a conference in June 1991 which will bring together public interest groups, professionals, governments officials and industrialists, to discuss an urban environmental strategy which will in turn be presented to the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Brazil in 1992. Non-governmental organizations are being invited to participate. Metro World will also fund ten demonstration projects from around the world that have an urban environmental success story to tell in any of the theme areas of the conference (housing, feeding, moving, communicating, working, managing, financing, clean-up.) For more information, contact The Economic Development Division, Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, Office of the Chairman, 390 Bay Street, 4th floor, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3Y7. The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy is interested in promoting the involvement of non-governmental organizations in the conference. Contact: Barbara Heidenreich, Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, 400 - 517 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 4A2, (416) 923-3529.

Publications and Resources

Films about women
The National Film Board has announced its new selection of films and videos focusing on Women, including "A Mother and Daughter on Abortion," a film about the complexities of the abortion issue; and "Sonia" a film about Alzheimer's disease. For more information contact: The National Film Board of Canada, Customer Services, P.O. Box 6100, Station A, Montreal Quebec H3C 3H5, or call the NFB office in your area.

The WILD (Wilderness Is the Last Dream) Project initiated by Western Canada Wilderness Committee is a non-profit organization which produces maps of the earth's great wild places which are in danger of destruction. For more information contact: WILD c/o Western Canada Wilderness Committee, 20 Water Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1A4, phone: (604) 669-WILD, fax: (604) 683-8229.

Great Lakes Water Quality
The International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes has released its fifth biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality. The report concludes that human health is threatened by the presence of even low ambient levels of persistent toxic substances in the Great Lakes, and urges that immediate action be taken. The Commission found that sixteen Great Lakes wildlife species near the top of the food web have suffered reproductive problems or declines in populations, and states that the consumption of certain Great Lakes fish poses a threat to women of child-bearing age. Contact the International Joint Commission, 100 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N9A 6T3, (519) 256-7821.

Alive in the Nuclear Age
The National Film Board has just released a new anthology of a dozen short programs, available on two 75-minute videotapes, dealing with nuclear fears, nuclear technology, and the arms race, entitled Alive in the Nuclear Age. The collection, which comes with a teacher's guide, is designed to help start discussions with young people, ages 11 and up. For more information, contact Jan Clemson, Education Representative, National Film Board, #300 - 1045 Howe Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2B1, (604) 666-3838.

Guideposts for a Sustainable Future
Guideposts for a Sustainable Future is a multi-media kit which provides an introduction to the challenge of achieving environmental sustainability. The Guideposts kit consists of includes a 23-minute video, a 200-page book, and an introductory discussion format. The kit attempts to find answers to the question "Can we find a way to live now that will also allow coming generations to live healthy, fulfilling lives?" Available from Guideposts, Box 374, Merrickville, Ontario K0G 1N0. The price varies from $35 for members to $100 for institutions. Guideposts has a rather bizarre approach to pricing: those who already agree with Guideposts for a Sustainable Future, and who are willing to sign a form stating that they do, can order the kits at 50 per cent off the retail price, while those who don't know whether they agree or not have to pay full price. These people clearly place more priority on preaching to the converted than on reaching out to those who still need to be persuaded.

Kropotkin's Conquest of Bread
Black Rose Books has republished The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin, the Russian anarchist, with an introduction by George Woodcock. This is the latest volume in the Collected Works of Kropotkin which Black Rose is publishing. Kropotkin described The Conquest of Bread as "a study of the needs of humanity, and of the economic means to satisfy them". He envisioned a society in which men and women, joined by the natural bonds of cooperative effort, would be rid of the artificiality of bureaucratic states and massive industrial complexes.

Environmental News Service is a company which is producing a new resource called E-Sheet: The Environmental Newsfax. The two issues Connexions received consisted of a single sheet containing mainly one-paragraph news briefs, plus a couple of five- or six-paragraph pieces. E-Sheet is available by fax, electronic mail, or regular mail. Contact Environment News Services, #710 - 340 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2V3, (604) 687-6397.

Community development curriculum
Community Development with Immigrant Women: A Course for Community Workers, is a new curriculum kit available from the Cross Cultural Communication Centre. The kit presents a model which can assist community workers in developing and implementing workshops or courses on community development with immigrant women. The kits are $7. Contact CCCC, 2909 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Z1.

Pagan Directory
Obscure Pagan Press is producing a new edition of the Directory to Canadian Pagan Resources, which is described as "the only comprehensive directory to resources for Witches, Dianics, Faeries, neo-Pagans, Druids, and other spiritually attuned to Nature and the Goddess and Old Gods in Canada. Newsletters, gatherings, bookstores, covens, and individuals can be listed free of charge. The Directory will cost $3 each. Contact Obscure Pagan Press, Box 86134, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7L 2L9.

Community Water Development
The Intermediate Technology Development Group of North America has published a new book, Community Water Development, which presents come of the best material from leading researchers and practitioners in rural water supply in developing countries. Topics covered includes sources of supply, pumping methods, transport and storage, as well as education and training. There are sixty articles; with the emphasis on human concerns and community-sensitive approaches to water supply problems.
Also available is Women and the Food Cycle, which contains case studies looking at traditional food processing.
Both are available from I.T. Publications, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10007, U.S.A. Community Water Development is $19.50, Women and the Food Cycle is $11.50 (U.S.)

Resignation from IMF
A former permanent official of the International Monetary Fund accuses the Fund of "covert harassment and underhanded intimidation" since his resignation two years ago. Davison L. Budhoo, an economist from Grenada, resigned in 1988 to protest the Fund's treatment of development countries. When he resigned, Budhoo submitted a lengthy open letter to the IMF Managing Director, Michel Camdessus. This Open Letter, which has now been published by New Horizons Press, provides numerous examples of how the Fund's policies unnecessarily hurt Third World peoples, especially poor women, children, and other vulnerable segments of society. He charges that the IMF has consistently forced countries to follow self-defeating policies that are economically, socially, and politically unsustainable. Enough is Enough is available from New Horizons Press, Suite 9A, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017, U.S.A., for $19.50 U.S.

Peace camps
Volunteers for Peace Inc. publishes a directory of hundreds of peace camps in Eastern and Western Europe. Send $10 U.S. to 43 Tiffany Road, Belmont, Vermont 05730, U.S.A.

Military bases
Bases and the Military: An Introduction to Foreign Military Presence, is a 42-page booklet from John Miller on the military, social, and economic consequences of military bases. $4.40 from Foreign Bases Project, Box 15073, Brooklyn, New York 11215 U.S.A.

U.S. peace activism
The Winston Foundation for World Peace has published the Annual Review of Peace Activism 1989. $9 from WFWP, Box 351, Boston, MA 02215, U.S.A.

Volunteers Wanted

Phoenix Rising
Phoenix Rising, an alternative anti-psychiatry magazine in Toronto, needs 2 or 3 volunteers with some magazine experience to join its editorial collective. A person with business and administrative skills is needed immediately. People who have been 'psychiatrized' and are interested in helping out should contact Phoenix Rising, Box 165, Station A, Toronto Ontario M5W 1B2.

Canada World Youth
Canada World Youth is now recruiting Canadians and landed immigrants between the ages of 17 and 20 for exchange programs with developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. You'll spend seven months with other young people from across Canada and from the exchange country, doing volunteer work in community development, agriculture, or social services. For more information contact Canada World Youth, 386 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X4.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer. Connexions Collective members and volunteers for Issue #51 (May 1990): Ulli Diemer, Elizabeth Wall, Karl Amdur, Elaine Farragher, Ethel Mead, Lois Enns, Cynthia Dunham, Rosalie Smith.


Network News - Connexions Digest #52 (August 1990)

Actions and Campaigns

Redress for injustices to Chinese
The Chinese Canadian National Council is calling on the Canadian government to acknowledge the injustice and racial discrimination inherent in the Head Tax (from 1885 to 1923) and the Chinese Exclusion Act (from 1923 to 1943). Compensation includes recognizing the suffering that resulted from the legislated discrimination, and returning a sum at least as large as that taken by the tax, to be given to individuals and the community (with special emphasis on senior citizens, public education, and race relations). For more information contact the Chinese Canadian National Council, 500 King Street West, Suite 423, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1L9 (416) 947-9541.

General Electric boycott
INFACT, the organization which led the world-wide campaign against Nestles for its promotion of infant formula, is now calling for a boycott of the General Electric Corporation. INFACT is targetting GE because of its role in promoting and building nuclear weapons and other armaments. INFACT has produced a report on GE's leading role in the armaments industry, which is available for $9.45 from INFACT, P.O. Box 3223, South Pasadena CA 91030 U.S.A.

Brazil 1992
Plans for the Brazil 1992 conference on sustainable development are well underway. CIDA and other organizations are hoping to use this opportunity to dramatically increase and improve consultation between non-governmental environment and development groups. This could be an opportunity for environment groups to share their experiences with groups who may be working on similar problems in a very different circumstances. They want to hear from any and all groups who might be interested. For more information, contact Vanessa Alexander at the Ontario Environment Network office, 456 Spadina Avenue, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2G8 (416) 925-1322.

Healing Images
Healing Images is proposed as a month-long art exhibition/symposium to be held from November 9 to December 19 in Toronto. Sponsored by "A Bunch of Feminists", the goal is to engage artists and the broader community in the creation and discussion of images and concepts about violence against women. The organizers' main objective is to bring together artists and social/community workers/activists. Participation by women, men and children is encouraged in the workshops and panel discussions to be held together with the performances, readings, screenings and exhibitions. Contact: Penny Stewart, 18 Bermott Place, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3B6, (416) 962-3814

SAVE tour
On September 30, 1990, 10 young people will set off on a seven-month tour across Canada to talk to other young people about taking action to save the environment. Called Student Action for a Viable Environment (SAVE), the tour will visit all the provinces and territories, leading discussions in both French and English in over 800 high schools. For more information contact SAVE Tour, c/o School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8, (514) 848-7447 or (613) 737-0251.

Solidarity fund
The Association canadienne-francasie de l'Ontario has established a Solidarity Fund whose aim is to help francophones fighting for the survival of the French language and culture in their municipalities, and to foster the bond between Canadian francophones and the majority of anglophones who believe in a bilingual Canada. To make a contribution or for information contact Association canadienne-francaise de l'Ontario, 255, chemin Montreal, Vanier, Ontario K1L 6C4, (613) 749-1910.

Fate of the forests
The Forest Ecosystem Rescue Network (FERN) believes that large organizations and governments are "useless, at best, in solving environmental problems". They have initiated a grassroots approach called Fate of Our Forests conferences, "which combine global impact with local practicality." Groups or individuals anywhere are being encouraged to call meetings or conferences, scheduled for the September 14-16 weekend in 1990, in their home region. Local groups plan actions which are practical within their means. In 1986, about a dozen groups held meetings, in 1988, about three dozen did. They are aiming for 100 in 1990. For more information contact Forest Ecosystem Rescue Network, P.O. Box 16683, Wichita Kansas 67216 U.S.A.

No nukes
The Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout is hoping to obtain federal legislation forbidding new reactors or reactor exports and new uranium export contracts. If the government is not prepared to bring in legislation, they plan to work for a private member's bill. For more information concerning this campaign, and other activities of the group, contact the national headquarters at 225 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2M6.

Don't buy these grapes
The United Farm Workers are appealing to the public to boycott California grapes. Poisons like Orthene and Aldicarb are still used even though they have been outlawed. Workers are regularly sent into the fields too soon after pesticide spraying -- despite legislation about safe re-entry periods. Workers are not told what kind of poisons they are handling, they are not issued protective clothing; violations occur daily. For more information, or for a free copy of the video "Wrath of Grapes," contact the United Farm Workers, 600 the East Mall, Suite 401, Toronto, Ontario, M9B 4B1, (416) 626-6332.

Canadian airbase protested
Residents of Lahr, West Germany are protesting against the planned expansion of the Canadian air base near the town. Plans are underway to enlarge the airbase and to set up a large ammunition dump. Thousands of residents have signed a petition against the expansion, citing dangers to their drinking water, the interference which military bases cause to normal democratic freedoms, and the fact that such expansions are unnecessary at a time when East-West tensions are being reduced. They are asking that Canadians put pressure of their government to stop the expansion. Contact Siegfried Ziebold-Drechsel, Altdorfstrasse 40, D7880 Emmendingen 14, West Germany.

Computers for Nicaragua
Resystom is a non-profit foundation of computer and communications professionals who work in the area of community development. Their latest project, Computers for Nicaragua, is designed to provide popular organizations in Nicaragua with essential computer technology. Their hope is to enable the unions, cooperatives, women's groups and other mass organizations to participate fully in Nicaragua's struggle for national reconciliation and economic reconstruction. For more information, contact Charles Doubt at 401 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario, (416) 974-9189.

Panama invasion protest
The Inter-Church Committee on Human Rights in Latin America (ICCHRLA) is asking Canadians to write to External Affairs Minister Joe Clark to urge him to protest the U.S. invasion and continued occupation of Panama. ICCHRLA objects to Canada's support for the invasion. "This was the 20th invasion of Panama's territory by the U.S. since 1856; nonetheless the Canadian government claims 'the situation in Panama prior to the U.S. intervention was unique"', says ICCHRLA.

Appeals for Support

Mohawk defense fund
Contributions are being sought for a defense fund to support the Mohawk people of Kanesatake. The funds are to be used to send food and other supplies to the besieged community. Contributions can be sent to the Defense Fund for Mohawk Sovereignty, c/o Bread and Roses Credit Union, 348 Danforth Avenue, Suite 211, Toronto, Ontario M4K 1N8. For more information contact (416) 461-7882.

Honduran political murder
Honduran activists are appealing to the international community to help protect Consuela Valladares, witness to the assassination of the leader of the national workers' union. Never before has there been a witness willing to come forward in a Honduran political murder. Supporters may urge, by telephone or fax, that "Honduran government and security forces officials ensure the protection of Consuela Valladares, so that she can testify at the trial of the assassin. Urge also that rigorous investigation and pursuit of the killer be implemented, and that the results of the investigation be published." Telephone calls may be made to: Armed Forces Public Relations Chief Col. Jose Oscar Flores, (504) 224-421 or 22-51-15; or telephone Gilbert Goldstein, Private Secretary to Rafael Callejas, President of Honduras, (504) 379-649. Faxes may be sent to Gilbert Callejas, Casa Presidencial, (504) 220-802.

Comings and Goings

Alternatives to violence
Formed by the Quakers, the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) helps people develop ways of dealing with conflicts creatively and without violence. AVP workshops are offered only to voluntary participants in prisons and communities. For more information contact Colin McMechan, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1C7, (416) 922-6128.

Not-Garbage coalition
It's Not Garbage, a coalition of environmental, labour, citizens' and private-sector organizations, recently formed in Toronto. The coalition's express purpose is to convince Metro Council to implement an agenda for immediate waste diversion and reduction. It's Not Garbage has produced an aggressive five-point agenda that they believe will lead to a quick and dramatic reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill. For more information, or to lend support, contact It's Not Garbage, 517 College Street, Suite 401, Toronto M6G 4A2, (416) 960-2284.

Barton awards
The Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security sponsors the Barton Awards, whose objective is to promote scholarship and expertise in the field of international peace and security by supporting Canadians who wish to pursue their studies at institutions abroad or in Canada. There are two levels of award: a senior fellowship valued at up to $30,000 and an advanced scholarship valued at up to $14,000. For further information and applications write to The Barton Awards, Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, 360 Albert Street, Suite 900, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7X7, (613) 990-1593.

Helsinki Citizens Assembly
An invitation to create a citizens' forum composed of citizens of the 35 countries which signed the Helsinki Final Act is being circulated. The document, called the 1990 Prague Appeal, states that forthcoming changes to the European security system are too important to be left to governments, and calls on citizens to take a role in working on the challenges 'from below'. A Canadian Working Group for the Helsinki Citizens Assembly was launched in February in Waterloo Ontario and is now attempting to form a national network of Canadians supporting a Helsinki Citizens Assembly and to prepare for Canadian participation in the first Assembly. Endorsements for the project are being sought, and a conference is being planned for late summer, to be followed by Canadian participation in the first Citizens Assembly to take place in Prague, October 19 - 21, 1990. For more information contact Canadian Working Group, c/o 207 - 145 Spruce Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6P1.

Grass movement roots
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), a 20-year old movement, has resurrected its Toronto branch. Contact Terry Parker, Jr. at (416) 533-7756.

GATT-fly name change
GATT-Fly's new name is the Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice (ECEJ). It also has a new mandate, "to emphasize coalition-building and social transformation, while continuing to undertake a program of research and action with churches and popular groups in the struggle for economic justice."

Name change
The Job Development Association of Ontario has changed its name to the Ontario Network of Employment and Skills Training Projects (ONESTP).

Co-operative community
Visitors or interns are welcome at Dandelion, a small communal group living on a 50-acre farm in south-eastern Ontario, near Kingston. The group, self-sufficient to a large degree, shares skills and work through a labour credit system, and makes decisions in common. The philosophical basis of the community is cooperation, equality and non-violence. For information, or to apply or visit, contact Dandelion Community, RR1, Enterprise Ont. K0K 1Z0.

Internship program
Labre House, a Christian house of Hospitality serving the poor and marginalized, is offering an internship program for young adults in the Montreal inner-city area. They are looking for someone willing to commit six months to a year of their time. Labre House is small and personal, with a grass-roots self-help approach in a family atmosphere. Contact Labre House, Rushbrooke Internship, 308 Young Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3C 2G2, (514) 937-5973.

Akwesasne Notes editor charged
Doug George, the editor of the newspaper Akwesasne Notes, has been charged with murder after gun battles on the Akwesasne reserve left two men dead on May 1. The deaths followed violent confrontations between pro- and anti-gambling residents on the reserve.

New program for settlement workers
George Brown College in Toronto has created a part-time certificate program for Settlement Workers, a profession for which training is scarce. Settling immigrants requires specialized skills in cross-cultural counselling, advocacy, cultural interpretation, outreach and group facilitation. Contact Admissions Office, Casa Loma Campus, 160 Kendal Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, (416) 944-4315.

Meetings, Conferences, Events

Council of all beings
A "council of all beings" -- "an opportunity to reconnect with the earth, our natural rhythm and energy for healing ourselves/the earth" -- will be held at Pigeon Hill Bruideen Peacemaking Centre, St. Armand, Quebec, August 3 - 5, 1990. Contact Pigeon Hill at 1965 St. Armand Road, Pigeon Hill/St. Armand, Quebec J0J 1T0, (514) 248-2524. Also at Pigeon Hill, on August 10-12, a session of Psychosynthesis for Social Change.

Fish and Loaves Gathering
A Fish and Loaves Gathering will be held on August 4-5 at Green Lake, Saskatchewan. Organized by North South Peace Land Action Network, the program will include speakers and workshops on the uranium industry in Saskatchewan. There will also be a sweat lodge, theatre and music. Contact Elizabeth Cline, 817 14 Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0P9, (306) 244-9760.

Gay Games and Cultural Festival
The third annual Gay Games and Cultural Festival will be taking place this August 4-11 in Vancouver, B.C.. Contact: Celebration '90, 1170 Bute Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1Z6, (604) 684-3303.

Freedom for Nitassinan Walk
The walk starts in Halifax August 6, Windsor September 23, and converges on Ottawa November 11. Contact (Ontario) ANVA (416) 533-9507, (East) Nancy Hunter (902) 420-9835.

Vigil for disarmament
ACT for Disarmament will be holding a Hiroshima Day Vigil on Monday August 6 in Toronto. Contact ACT (416) 960-2228.

PEPCON, an annual conference for people involved or interested in 'polyfidelity' (marriages involving more than two partners) will be held August 17-19 in Eugene, Oregon. Workshop topics include polyfidelity basics, making family agreements, bi-sexuality, and networking. Contact PEP, P.O. Box 6306, Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704-6306 U.S.A.

Our global commitment
The Canadian Red Cross is sponsoring a youth conference on international development August 19-24 near Parry Sound, Ontario. Participants should be 16 to 19, have an interest in international development, a desire to build their leadership skills and to use those skills in their schools and communities. Contact your local Red Cross branch or The Canadian Red Cross, International Services, 5700 Cancross Court, Mississauga, Ontario L5R 3E9, (416) 890-1000.

Bioregional congress
The fourth North American Bioregional Congress will be held August 19-26 on the Gulf of Maine. Contact North American Bioregional Congress, 61 Maine Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011, U.S.A.

Solid waste management
Municipal Solid Waste -- Managing in the 90s is being held August 20-24 in Vancouver. GRCDA's 28th annual exposition will feature state-of-the-art landfill, markets for recyclables and managing ash from combustors in the sessions, and there will be tours of the Coquitlam Resource Recovery Plant and the Vancouver Transfer Station and Recycling Depot. Awards will be presented for different size waste handling facilities. Contact Lisa Wagner Haley, GRCDA, P.O. Box 7219, Silver Springs, MD 20910 USA, (301) 585-2898.

Radical political economics
The Union for Radical Political Economics is having a conference August 23-26 in Woodstock, New York. Contactg (714) 787-3578.

Organic agriculture conference
The Hungarian Biokultura Association will host an international conference on the "Socio-Economics of Organic Agriculture" to be held August 27-30 in Budapest. The conference will address the need for organic agriculture in Eastern Europe as a sustainable alternative to centrally planned economies. Contact Biokultura Association IFOAM Conference Secretariat, Budapest, Arany Janos u. 25., 1051, Hungary.

Safer parks
The City of Toronto Safe City Committee is holding a forum on planning safer parks for women on September 13-14. Contact Irene Karjicek, Parks and Recreation Department, Main Floor, City Hall, Toronto M5H 2N2, (416) 392-7291.

Left Green meeting
'Left Greens' from a number of countries are meeting in Berlin in September. Contact: Kathryn Cholette, 599 W. 19th Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1W8.

Permaculture workshop
A ten-day "permaculture" workshop with Dan Hemenway, founder of Elfin Permaculture, is being held in Stratford Ontario, September 21-30. The workshop will be held on a 1/2 acre city lot with an existing house. The participants will produce practical integrated designs which may include retrofitting, conserving and managing water supply, gardening, enhancing wildlife habitat, as well as considering other issues relating to the development of sustainable lifestyles. Cost is $400; no charge for Native people. Contact Joy Allen, 186 Railway Avenue, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2J1.

Occupational health congress
The 23rd International Congress on Occupational Health will take place in Montreal September 22-28. Contact OCOH Secretariat, 58, rue de Bresoles, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 1V5, (514) 499-9835.

Renewable energy conference
The World Renewable Energy Conference will be held this year in Reading, UK., September 23-28. Contact Prof. A.A.M. Sayigh, Department of Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, P.O. Box 225, Reading, Berks. RG62AY, UK. (0734) 875123 ext. 7312.

Lesbian conference
The Third Almost Annual Lesbian Conference is tentatively set for September 28-30 at Bloomfield School in Halifax. Plans include information displays, stalls of work done in the lesbian community -- art pottery, jewellery, crafts, etc (much of which will be for sale) -- and workshops. Some of the titles being discussed are Lesbians in the Media; Body Image; Lesbian Erotic Writing; and Sexual Abuse. Contact Lesbian Conference, P.O. Box 1209, North, Halifax, N.S. B3K 5H4.

Psycho-corporal therapy
The second International Congress of Psycho-Corporal Therapy is being organized by the Institut de Croissance Holistique. The agenda for this year's conference is finding a common ground between the diverse techniques which make up this body oriented psychotherapy. The congress will take place October 3-7 in Sainte-Adele, Quebec. Contact l'Institut de Croissance Holistique, 1222 east, Blvd. St-Joseph, Montreal, Quebec, H2J 1L6, (514) 525-8211.

Freinet Pedagogy
A conference to establish working groups for collaborative `Freinet-style' co-operative learning projects will be held October 11-13 at Brock University. Contact John Sivell, DALS, Brock University, St. Catharines L2S 3A1.

Canadian Environment Network
The annual conference of the Canadian Environmental Network will be in Montreal October 11-15, with a public symposium on environmentalism in the 90's, a trade fair, issue workshops and caucus meetings. Registration is $25. Contact Brad Wylynko, C.P. 1480, Succ. Place d'Armes, Montreal Quebec H2Y 3K8, (514) 982-9444.

VOW meeting (and party)
Voice of Women (VOW) is holding its annual general meeting in Ottawa October 13-14. On the agenda are VOW's role in the 1990's, its activities at the UN, with NAC, with Project Ploughshares, and the progress of the Nuclear Weapons Legal Action. Plans are also in the works to celebrate VOW's 30th year with a party. Contact VOW, 736 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ont. M5R 2R4.

Recycling council
The Recycling Council of Ontario will be holding its annual conference October 14-17 in Windsor. The conference theme is the challenge of reaching 25% waste diversion by 1992. Contact Renee Lagasse, Conference Co-ordinator, #504 - 489 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5, (416) 960-1025.

Independent power producers
The second annual Ontario Independent Power Conference will be held this year from October 16-17 in Toronto. The conference features an update on the Environmental Assessment Board Hearings concerning Ontario Hydro's Demand/Supply Plan. Information sessions (on such topics as natural gas fuel contracts, pricing issues, and environmental considerations) and guest speakers round out the agenda. Contact Nancy Phillips, Conference Coordinator, Passmore Associates International, Ottawa, Ontario, (613) 234-3602.

Sustainable development conference
An international conference with the theme "Sustainable Development Strategies: The New World Agenda", is being held October 18-20 in Winnipeg. Contact World Environment, Energy and Economic Conference, 409 - 1181 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0T3, (204) 945-7973.

Anti-racist education
A conference on anti-racist and critical approaches to education, entitled Reflections and Praxis on Empowerment, will be held October 19 in Toronto. Contact Department of Sociology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, (416) 928-6641 x2283.

Helsinki Citizens Assembly
The first Helsinki Citizens Assembly, a citizen initiative to transform the European security system from below, will be held in Prague October 19-21. Contact Canadian Working Group, c/o 207 - 145 Spruce Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6P1. For more information see item CX4024 above.

Minority publishers
The Minority Publishers Exchange, a forum for independent Asian, African, Hispanic and Native book publishers, is meeting October 19 - 21 in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact Minority Publishers Exchange, Box 9869, Madison WI 53715 U.S.A., (608) 244-5633.

Protecting the environment
The Science Teachers' Association of Manitoba is organizing the second Canadian Congress on Science Education, to be held October 17-20 in Winnipeg. This conference will address the role that curriculum, teachers and schools can play in helping students understand the environmental realities which are the cornerstone of sustainable development. Contact Mr. Evhan Uzwyshyn, Manitoba Education and Training, Room 409-1181 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, R3G 0T3, (204) 945-7973.

Peace and environment rally
The Toronto Disarmament Network and Greenpeace are co-sponsoring a rally for peace and the environment on October 20 in Toronto. The rally, whose theme is "No Time to Waste", is supposed to focus on stopping the discharge of toxics into the Great Lakes, cutting military spending, cutting carbon dioxide emissions, and stopping the building of nuclear reactors. Contact: TDN, 555 Bloor Street West, Toronto Ontario M5G 1K1, (416) 535-8673.

Family Service
The eighth annual Family Service Canada Conference will take place this October 31 - November 3 in Quebec City at the Chateau Frontenac. This year's theme is "Meeting the Challenge: Multiculturalism and the Family-Serving Network." Contact 1990 Conference, Family Service Canada, 55 Parkdale Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4G1, (613) 728-2463.

Challenge, Choice, Change
The 1990 National Conference on Mental Health will be held October 31 to November 2 in Victoria, B.C. The conference, sponsored by the B.C. Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association, will look at the political and economic environment within which decisions about mental health issues are made, at the challenges of providing effective community supports for people with mental illness, and at possible strategies. Conference registration is $250 before August 31, $275 after. Contact Conference Co-ordinator, CMHA, 207 - 96 East Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V5T 4N9, (604) 873-1633.

Our future
The International Environment and Ecology Exhibition Crossroads, held this year from November 1-6, will have as themes waste management, air, water, noise, clean technology, materials, products, technologies and services which contribute to the fight against pollution and noxious spills, engineering, natural resources utilization and energy efficiency techniques. Contact C.I.E.E., CAREFAX Inc., C.P. 1440, St. Julie, PQ J0L 2C0 (514) 922-2545.

CRIAW conference
The 14th Annual Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) conference will take place November 16-18 in Charlottetown, PEI. The focus will be on bridging the gap between "dis-Abled" and "Abled" women. A major objective of the conference is to provide a public forum for women's ideas. Organizers are working to attract participants from all aspects of society. Contact Beth Percival, CRIAW Conference Program Committee, PO Box 2271, Charlottetown PEI C1A 8B9, (902) 566-0690.

Recycling week
November 19-25 will be Recycling Week in Ontario, with the theme "The Future is Rs." The "Rs" refer to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Contact Recycling Council of Ontario, 489 College Street, Suite 504, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5, (416) 960-1025.

Watershed management
A symposium, "New Perspectives for Watershed Management: Balancing Long-Term Sustainability with Cumulative Environmental Change" is being held in Seattle November 27-29. The underlying theme is linking environmental integrity to watershed management and human needs. Organizers would like posters on watershed issues and materials for exhibitor booths. Contact Betty Johanna, College of Forest Resources, Univ of Washington AR-10, Seattle WA 98195 USA (206)543-0867.

Global Week of Ecology Action
Green and ecology action groups are calling for an international week of resistance to corporate and government polluters between Earth Day, April 22, and the fifth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, April 26, 1991. Contact New England Green Alliance, P.O. Box 703, White River Jct., VT 05001 U.S.A., (802) 295-1544.

Metro World '91
Toronto is hosting a conference in June 1991 which will bring together public interest groups, professionals, governments officials and industrialists, to discuss an urban environmental strategy which will in turn be presented to the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Brazil in 1992. Non-governmental organizations are being invited to participate. Metro World will also fund ten demonstration projects from around the world that have an urban environmental success story to tell in any of the theme areas of the conference (housing, feeding, moving, communicating, working, managing, financing, clean-up.) For more information contact The Economic Development Division, Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, Office of the Chairman, 390 Bay Street, 4th floor, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3Y7. The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy is interested in promoting the involvement of non-governmental organizations in the conference. Contact: Barbara Heidenreich, Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, 400 - 517 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 4A2, (416) 923-3529.

Publications and Resources

Goodwin's awards
The fourth annual Goodwin's awards for alternative journalism have been released for 1990. Winner of the Goodwin award for excellence went posthumously to Chuck Grochmal, who wrote a column on coping with AIDS in Xtra, a gay newspaper in Toronto.
First runners-up were Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks (This Magazine); second runner-up was Kathyrn Morse (New Maritimes); third runner up was Joyce Nelson (Canadian Forum and Fuse); fourth was Paul McKay (This Magazine).
Honourable mentions went to Linda Clow and Tom Wayman (Borderlines); Barbara Carass (Kick It Over); Adrian Paavo, John Warnock and Cheryl Stadnichuck (Briarpatch); the Volvo Research Group (New Maritimes); and Larry Kuehn (New Directions).
The MacDonald citation went to Briarpatch and New Maritimes. Alternatives received honourable mention.

Canadian environmental directory
The Canadian Environmental Network and the Ontario Environment Network are updating their database on organizations and agencies working in the environmental field. This information will go into the CEN's Canadian Environmental Directory, due to be published this fall. Contact Rob Macintosh, CEN Environmental Directory Project, c/o The Pembina Institute, Box 7558, Drayton Valley, Alberta T0E 0M0, (403) 542-6272.

Call for submissions
Les Editions Communiqu'Elles, a Montreal-based feminist publishing house, is now seeking submissions for an anthology to be entitled Canadian Women and AIDS: Beyond the Statistics. They are inviting a broad range of format, from scholarly articles and testimonies to poetry and fiction. Topics (within the subject of women and AIDS) are equally open. Submissions may be in French or English, and must be in before September 1, 1990. Information may be obtained from, and submissions made to, Jacquis Manthorne, Editor, Les Editions Communiqu'Elles, 3585 St-Urbain, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2N6, (514) 844-1761.

Church, Farm and Town
The Church, Farm, and Town was a newsletter edited by Archdeacon John Peacock from 1943 to 1988. John Peacock stopped published the newsletter in 1988, closing with an invitation to others to take up his work. This invitation has now been taken up by Judith and Charles Hubbard, who have resumed publication. Among the articles they plan for future issues are Home-Schooling, Farmer's Diary, and Seascape. For a sample issue or a subscription ($5 per year), write to Church, Farm and Town, Box 368, R.R. #4, Amherst, Nova Scotia B4H 3Y2.

Environment Newsletter
The Canadian Environmental Network is now publishing its own newsletter, The Canadian Network News, which provides information on news relating to the Network and member groups. Contact the Canadian Environmental Network, P.O. Box 1289, Station B, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R3, (613) 563-2078.

Canadian links with apartheid
The Saskatchewan Linkage Committee has just produced four reports linking Canadian economic activity with the apartheid government in South Africa. The reports cover the diamond industry, bank loans to, and investment in, South Africa, and the South African brain drain to Canada. The reports are five, six, eight and ten pages, respectively, and may be ordered from the Saskatchewan Linkage Committee, c/o 2138 McIntyre Street, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 2R7.

Dialogue on racism
The Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina has produced "Mary's Story -- A Dialogue on Racism," a powerful statement on the effects of discrimination. The 36-minute video documents the story of Mary Pitawanakwat, a Ojibway woman dismissed from her civil service job after filing a complaint of sexual and racial harassment. Contact Committee to Combat Workplace Discrimination, Social Administration Research Unit, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2.

Women's Education Index
The Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women and the Canadian Women's Indexing Group have completed an index to volumes 1 through 6 of Women's Education des femmes. Containing comprehensive author, title, and subject references, the index is a guide to locating articles in past issues of this feminist education quarterly. Cost is $4. Contact CCLOW, 47 Main Street, Toronto, Ontario M4E 2V6, (416) 699-1909.

New publisher
The Catalyst Education Society, the publisher of The New Catalyst, has joined forces with New Society Publishers of Philadelphia to form New Society Publishers - Canada. The first titles to be edited and produced in Canada are Turtle Talk: Voices for a Sustainable Future and Home! A Bioregional Reader. Contact New Society Publishers, P.O. Box 99, Lillooet, British Columbia V0K 1V0.

Chomsky on mass media
Noam Chomsky's richly documented analysis of mass media is the subject of a new film entitled Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky on Mass Media. For over a year, the camera team travelled with Chomsky, building a portrait of a tireless activist on a non-stop circuit of lectures, workshops, classes and media encounters in Canada, Japan, England, Holland, and the USA. The film offers a clear deconstruction of media and propaganda, encouraging audiences to question the underlying mechanisms of mass media. Because the prospects of funding and air time for a film on the limits of "acceptable" discourse in the mainstream media are poor, support is being sought for the film and its being shown, and supporters are being asked to write letters to media outlets encouraging them to show this film. Contact The Media Project, Attention Mark Achbar/Peter Wintonick, P.O. Box 2008, Portland OR 97208 U.S.A., (514) 286-9824.

Book on transformation
Sandy Brockway is assembling a book on environmental, political and social transformation. She is seeking articles and other items regarding current progressive publications, organizations and activists for this proposed manual of social solutions and resources to be used by teachers, community workers, and others. Send contributions and enquiries to Sandy Brockway, Box 969, Cambria CA 93428 U.S.A.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer. Connexions Collective members and volunteers for Issue #52 (August 1990): Ulli Diemer, Elizabeth Wall, Karl Amdur, Elaine Farragher, Rosalie Smith, Rita Grotsky, Jeff Orchard, Elisa Murillo.


Network News - Connexions Digest #53 (January 1991)

Actions and Campaigns

Persian Gulf crisis
The Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA) has been organizing against war in the Middle East. The goal of the campaign is to pressure the Canadian and other governments to seek a peaceful solution to the Gulf crisis. The CPA is asking Canadian to write or send a telegram or fax to External Affairs Minister Joe Clark, Defence Minister Bill McKnight, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and local MPs expressing opposition to war. The CPA is also organizing a variety of other protest actions in collaboration with local groups. Contact your local peace group for more information or call the hot line at (416) 340-7626.

Justice for First Nations
Justice for First Nations was formed in the wake of this summer's events at Oka and elsewhere. The group describes itself as an ad hoc committee open to all Canadians who support its aims. Justice for First Nations calls for settlement of land claims and for discussions of sovereignty to begin. In conjunction with the Assembly of First Nations, Justice for First Nations is planning to co-sponsor a national conference in May 1991 to formulate a just settlement of historic claims. Contact Dr. Robert Laxer, Chairperson, Justice for First Nations, P.O. Box 435, Station R, Toronto Ontario M4G 4C3.

Citizen's Inquiry into Peace and Security
A number of national organizations are organizing a Citizen's Inquiry into Peace and Security. The Inquiry will look at Canada's current military and security policies and ask if they are appropriate. Facilitated by the Canadian Peace Alliance, it will travel across the country to solicit citizens' views on security issues. Hearings will be held in 25 communities. Hearing dates are from March 3 to April 17. A background document, What Makes Canada Secure?, has been prepared by Project Ploughshares. To make a submission, to help organize hearings, or for more information, contact Citizens Inquiry into Peace and Security, c/o Canadian Peace Alliance, 555 Bloor Street West, Toronto Ontario M5S 1Y6, (416) 588-5555.

Inquiry on Canada's future
The National Union of Provincial Government Employees (NUPGE) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) are organizing a national inquiry of the future of Canada, to take place between February and May. The inquiry, "Canada's Future: The Public Sector Response", will hold "town hall" meetings in major cities across the country. It is intended that the future of public services will be a major focus of the inquiry. Contact NUPGE, 2841 Riverside Drive, Room 204, Ottawa, Ontario K1V 8N4, (613) 526-1663.

Save the Georgia Strait
The Save the Georgia Strait Alliance is bringing together environmental, community, Native, and labour groups in an effort to stop the destruction of British Columbia's Georgia Strait and to begin its healing. The Strait, which stretches 220 kilometres between Vancouver Island and the mainland, is a dumping ground for wastes and toxins. Twelve pulp mills, two mines, four oil refineries, six chemical plants, four shipyards, 61 sawmills, and 161 sewer outlets are pouring waste into the Strait at the rate of a million gallons a minute. The fate of the Strait, and the work of the Save the Georgia Strait Alliance, were featured in the Summer 1990 issue of The New Catalyst. The Save the Georgia Strait Alliance is at 2nd floor, 479 4th Street, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1G9. Subscriptions to The New Catalyst are $10/year from The New Catalyst, P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island, British Columbia V0R 1X0.

James Bay megaproject
A coalition of groups, including the Grand Council of the Cree, Les Amis de la Terre, and the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, have joined in a legal action whose purpose is to ensure a comprehensive and public environmental review of Hydro-Quebec megaprojects in the James Bay region. The projects would involve, among other things, the diversion of eight northern rivers, the flooding of more than 12,800 square kilometres of forest, the destruction and disruption of numerous wildlife habitats, and the discharge of massive quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Contact Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, 1 Nicholas Street, Suite 412, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7.

They forgot the bicycle
Advocates of the bicycle are demanding that the bicycle be acknowledged as having an important role to play in any Green Plan for Canada. Cycling groups, including Velo Quebec, the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Board, and the Toronto City Cycling Committee, are asking people to write to Environment Minister Robert de Cotret (House of Commons, Ottawa, no postage required) to state that "the bicycle is one of the fundamental tools of creating an environmentally sustainable society." They write that "we cannot afford to ignore the clean alternative to the private automobile, the pervasive polluter that consumes energy and land and makes our large cities noisy, dirty, congested places to live.... Support is needed to encourage the use of the bicycle as a vehicle for commuting, shopping and other short trips."

Appeals for Support

TCLSAC faces financial crunch
TCLSAC, the Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Southern Africa, is asking for financial contributions from its supporters to be able to carry on with its programmes. TCLSAC publishes Southern Africa Report and is involved with a number of other programmes, including one on international debt and structural adjustment programmes, which is working to build a North-South network of action researchers, with partner working groups in the various countries of southern Africa. TCLSAC also maintains the Southern Africa Resource Centre which features periodicals and documents from southern Africa.

Mohawk Defense Fund
Contributions are still being sought for the Mohawk Defense Fund, which has been set up to provide material aid to the Mohawk Nation, especially in relation to the coming massive legal bills related to the hundreds of charges laid against Mohawks after this summer's events. Contributions can be sent to Defense Fund for Mohawk Sovereignty, Acct. 2638, c/o Bread and Roses Credit Union, 348 Danforth Ave., Suite 211, Toronto, Ontario M4K 1N8. For more information call (416) 921-0437.

Guatemalan Massacre
Nuestra Voz, a newsletter for Guatemalan Women, is calling on Canadians to make their voices heard in protest against the murder of 13 civilians by soldiers in the town of Santiago Solola on December 2. Letters can be sent to the President of Guatemala, Palacio Nacional, Guatemala, Guatemala. Nuestra Voz can be contacted at Box 20092, 1399 Lawrence Ave. W., Toronto M6L 1A7.

Naturist Action Fund
The Naturist Action Committee (NAC) is an organization working to resist what it sees as a current trend toward anti-nudity laws and regulations, directed at clothes-optional beaches, skinny-dipping, and nudity in art. The Committee has created the Naturist Action Fund to marshal the resources to oppose and reverse the trend to repressive legislation. The NAC writes that "once anti-nudity laws are created, it has proven difficult to get government officials and politicians to remove them. If you think your favorite skinny-dipping spot can't be the next to go, think again... We know we all like skinny-dipping and nude recreation as a way to spend time in our natural condition, free for a while from the ill effects of a clothes-compulsive society. But we also know freedom is not free." To make a contribution or for more information contact Naturist Action Committee, P.O. Box 132, Oshkosh WI 54902 U.S.A.

Pro-Canada Network asks contributions
The Pro-Canada Network is looking for support in its efforts to fight the G.S.T. and other elements of the Progressive Conservative government's policies, including free trade and cuts to social programs. The Pro-Canada Network sees all these policies as part of an overall government strategy and sees it as imperative that every effort be made to defeat the government. Contact Pro-Canada Network, #904 - 251 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa Ontario K1P 5J6.

Comings and Goings

Goodwin's Awards
Nominations are being sought for the fifth annual Goodwin's Award for Excellence in Alternative Journalism. The Goodwin's Foundation offers an award of $300 to the winner. It also names three runners-up and three honourable mentions. The MacDonald Citation is given to an alternative publication which has provided extraordinary coverage of an issue or has shown outstanding overall improvement. Any journalist may submit articles, but they must have appeared in a Canadian alternative magazine or newspaper during 1990. Alternatives are defined as newsstand publications of at least quarterly frequency dedicated to progressive social change. Contact Goodwin's Foundation, P.O. Box 1043, Station B, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R1.

Environmental Education Resources
The Pembina Institute is developing a cataloguing service for environmental education resources and materials. The catalogue is to cover publications, audio-visual resources, curriculum kits and packages and periodicals suitable for school and community education. The catalogue will be available in both print and computer disk versions. Contact Lisa Laing, Canadian Environmental Education Resources Project, Box 7558, Drayton Valley, Alberta T0E 0M0, (403) 542-6272.

Legislative Research Bureau
The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto has set up a Legislative Research Bureau, which offers non-profit organizations the research skills of law students. The purpose is to help groups articulate their concerns into legislative proposals to be presented to municipal or provincial governments. If your group is interested in making a proposal, contact the Legislative Research Bureau, c/o Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 78 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5, (416) 978-3725.

Women's History Prize
Nominations are being solicited for the Hilda Neatby Prize in Women's History, awarded since 1983 by the Canadian Committee on Women's History. Any academic article published in Canada during 1990 and deemed to make an original and scholarly contribution to the field of women's history is eligible for the 1991 prize. Send nominations and eight copies of the nominated article before March 1 1991 to Judith Fingard, Department of History, Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia B3H 3J5.

Eco-Log is a daily 90-second radio report on natural science issues being developed for distribution to private radio stations across the country. Areas of concern will include conservation, wildlife, energy resource management, and the environment. CommSource, the company producing Eco-Log, is asking environmental groups to send them news releases, publications, etc., relating to these issues. Contact Barrie Hussey, CommSource, PO Box 727, Belleville Ontario K8N 5B3, (613) 967-0176.

Akwesasne Notes editor cleared
Doug George, the editor of the Native newspaper Akwesasne Notes, has been cleared of a charge of second-degree murder. George was charged after a confrontation between pro- and anti-gambling groups on the Akwesasne reserve which left two men dead. George said that he suspects the charge may have been politically motivated. "For years I have been critical of the federal and provincial governments and the provincial police for their failure to work with us to stop gun-running and gambling," said George. "But they have refused to work with us, they have abandoned us."

tecNICA carries on
The tecNICA Foundation, which has been providing a variety of technical assistance to Nicaragua, is continuing with its work despite the election of the UNO opposition in Nicaragua. Tecnica says that "we are continuing to focus on Nicaragua because it is still in the forefront of social struggle. Productive factories and land may be turned over to private owners, children may starve and be denied medicine but it won't be accepted as natural. The revolution is now part of Nicaragua's soul. The people will not be submissive. They will fight back." Accordingly Tecnica is working directly with popular organizations in Nicaragua such as the National Union of Farmers and Ranchers. Tecnica is also considering involvement in South Africa and with Canada's Native people, noting that "our charitable registration in no way restricts us to serving any particular country of community, only to helping communities that want to help themselves." Contact Tecnica, Box 81, Station G, Toronto Ontario M4M 3E8, (416) 691-1529.

CIDA programme for ENGOs
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has announced a new Environment and Development Support Program to support the activities of Canadian Environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in working with groups in developing countries. Contact CIDA, 200 Promenade du Portage, Hull, Quebec K1A 0G4.

Women's movement archives
The Canadian Women's Movement Archives/Archives canadiennes du mouvement des femmes is compiling a bilingual guide to the records of the post-1960 women's movement in Canada. The two-volume guide will lists records held by archival institutions and by women's organizations and individuals. CWMA/ACMF is seeking information about materials which should be included in the guides. Contact Margaret Fulford, CWMA/ACMF, P.O. Box 128, Station P, Toronto Ontario M5S 2S7.

Mackenzie-Papineau veterans organize
Surviving veterans of Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, the contingent of 1,400 Canadians who served with the International Brigades in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, are working to organize a permanent memorial to the brigade. Named after the leaders of the 1937 rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada, the Mac-Paps, as they become known, were part of an international effort to help Spain's elected government resist the drive of Franco's fascists to seize power. Franco's forces, helped by Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy, were ultimately successful in taking power after a bloody war in which the western governments, many of which included officials sympathetic to fascism, failed to provide comparable backing to the elected Spanish government. The International Brigades, including the Canadian Mac-Paps, consisted of men who, unlike their governments, believed it was important to try to stop fascism. After the war, the Mac-Paps never received any form of official recognition extended to Canadian veterans of other wars. For more information about the efforts to create a memorial to the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, contact Association of Veterans and Friends of the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, 175 Cummer Avenue Apt. 209, Willowdale, Ontario M2M 2E3, (416) 225-5276.

Human Rights Internet moves
Human Rights Internet has moved from Cambridge Massachusetts to the Human Rights Centre at the University of Ottawa, 57 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa Ontario K1N 6N5 (613) 564-3492, fax (613) 564-4054.

Native issues committee
The Saskatchewan Government Employees Union (SGEU) has created the FAIR Committee (for Friends Against Indigenous Racism) to deal with racism in the SGEU and the workplace, to represent the interests of Indian and Metis members, and to recommend anti-racist policies and programmes.

Health Care Environment Network
The Health Care Environment Network is a group of doctors, hospitals and health care service agencies in Ontario formed to promote waste reduction. The network is working to compile ideas for a province-wide strategy regarding issues such as purchasing agreements for recycled products and for recycling. Contact Cynthia Martin, Director, Public Affairs, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, North York Ontario M4N 3M5, (416) 480-4040.

Great Lakes water quality
The International Joint Commission's Virtual Elimination Task Force is investigating how to accomplish the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement's goal to virtually eliminate the input of persistent toxic substances into the Great Lakes ecosystem. Comments, questions, and ideas from the public are invited. All received comments will be reviewed and two public meetings will be held in April to discuss them in greater detail. All comments must be received by April 15. To obtain a copy of the discussion paper, write: Marty Bratzel, International Joint Commission, 100 Ouellete Ave., Eight floor, Windsor, Ontario N9A 6T3 or call (519) 256-7821.

Human Rights Advocate folds
The Canadian Human Rights Advocate, which has provided invaluable background information and analysis of a wide variety of human rights issues in Canada, is shutting down. Publisher Charles Walden says that many of the Advocate's 1,200 subscribers are small community-based organizations which have been severely hit by government funding cutbacks. Many have shut their doors, many others have had to cut back on expenses even as modest as a subscription fee. Simultaneously, the Advocate itself, like other Canadian publications, is faced with substantial cost increases in the form of the GST and a big hike in postal rates. The Advocate notes that "The Mulroney government's policies to cut the postal subsidy for Canadian publications and then to tax reading are policies that threaten Canadian publications and Canadian cultural existence. They are policies that discriminate by having their harshest impact on the most oppressed and disadvantaged in our society. Native publications, that helped expose hidden-away abuses like the crime against Donald Marshall, and women's publications have been directly attacked by the Mulroney government and many have close down. The postal subsidy removal and the GST tax on reading is, as George Woodcock says, a 'non-too-subtle form of censorship' on those that remain."

Phoenix Rising closes
Phoenix Rising, the psychiatric patients' rights magazine, has ceased publication. In a farewell editorial, the publishing collective explained that the familiar problem of lack of money and lack of people was forcing them to close down. However, the collective does plan to take on other publishing projects in the future; being considered are a booklet on psychiatric drugs and an anthology of some of the best work published in Phoenix Rising. The collective says it is proud of what Phoenix Rising accomplished, including exposing Ewen Cameron's CIA-funded brainwashing experiments, producing theme issues on women, children, prisoners, the elderly, advocacy, homelessness, and electroshock, and the final issue, on lesbians and gay men. Phoenix Rising back issues are available from Phoenix Rising, 394 Euclid Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2S9, (416) 929-2079.

Synapse shutting down
Synapse, a newsletter on biomedical ethics published by the Centre for Bioethics at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, is being shut down. The final December 1990 issue will contain a cumulative index of the 21 issues of Synapse that appeared since 1985.

Sex-role portrayals
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is calling for public comment as part of its review of current practices and policies and sex-role stereotyping. The CRTC released a study on the issue on December 28, and is also asking for comments on that study. To obtain a copy of the study or to make a submission, contact Pierre Pontbriand, Director General, CRTC Information Services, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2, (819) 997-0313; TDD (819) 994-0423; Fax: (819) 994-0218.

Meetings, Conferences, Events

Environmental Youth Alliance
The Environmental Youth Alliance is having a regional conference in Vernon, B.C., on January 18 - 20, with indoor and outdoor workshops for youth on environmental issues. Contact Environmental Youth Alliance Okanagan, 2908 - 30th Avenue, Okanagan, British Columbia V1T 2B7, (604) 545-9292.

Winter cities
A conference on Winter Cities: Is Sustainable Development Possible?, will be held in Sault Ste. Marie on January 21. Contact Winter Cities Forum, P.O. Box 787, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 5N3, (705) 945-9986.

Lifting the Burden of Debt
The 1991 program of Ten Days for World Development will be "Lifting the Burden of Debt". Ten Days for World Development is a national education action campaign that encourages people to join together to a ten-day high profile period of public education in their communities. There are a number of local working groups, and a variety of resources are available. Interested people are invited to participate in their local Ten Days committee, to making use of the Ten Days materials, and to support the Ten Days events that take place in their communities. Contact Ten Days for World Development, 85 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1M8, (416) 922-0591.

Festival of environmental films
A British Columbia festival of Environmental films will be held at Okanagan College on January 24. Contact Heather McRae, (604) 762-5445.

Race to the screen
Race to the screen is a program of films, panels and workshops, and illustrated presentations being held January 26 - February 3 at the Euclid Theatre, 394 Euclid Street, Toronto, (416) 925-8104.

Radical Waste Reduction
A workshop on radical waste reduction will be help Saturday February 2 in Guelph. Its purpose is to brainstorm ways of reducing the amount of waste going into landfill sites. The workshop will be held at the Community Health Centre, 89 Wyndham St. N., Guelph, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Barbara Wallace, 705-887-1553.

Zebra mussels
The Ontario Hydro Environmental Protection Department is sponsoring a conference on Zebra Mussels: Mitigation Options for Industries, on February 11 and 12 at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto. The fee is $275 before December 21, $325 after. Contact F. Ely, Ontario Hydro Environmental Protection Department, 700 University Avenue, A7-C4, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X6.

Community forestry conference
Transition to Tomorrow is a conference on community forestry to be held at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, on February 15 - 17. Contact Transition to Tomorrow, 1709 Carnegia Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia V8N 1P2, (604) 477-8479.

Race Relations Conference
A conference on ethnic and race relations as they pertain to Black, Native, and Indian culture in Canada will be held in Saskatoon February 15 - 17, sponsored by the Afro-Caribbean Association. Workshops include education and race relations, culture and values, and law enforcement. Cost is $55. Contact Afro-Caribbean Association, Box 7096, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K 4J1.

Glasnost and the Global Village
Glasnost and the Global Village is a conference to be held at York University February 19 - 22 at York University, Toronto. "Values related to communication and to the as yet inarticulated but developing reality of a "global citizenship" will frame discussions ranging through politics, economics, technology, culture and the environment. The conference sponsors include Atkinson and McLaughlin Colleges at York University and the Novosti Press Agency, Moscow. Contact Glasnost, York University, Toronto, Canada M3J 1P3.

Georgia Strait conference
A State of the Strait conference to examine issues and formulate strategy on saving the Georgia Strait will be held February 23 - 24. Contact Save the Georgia Strait Alliance, 2nd floor, 479 4th Street, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1G9, (604) 338-9242.

Multiculturalism Conference
There will be a conference on Canadian Studies on Multiculturalism at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg from February 28 to March 2. Papers will focus on the policy, practice and effects of multiculturalism as Canadian social policy from 1971 to the present. Contact Stella Hyrniuk, Conference Co-ordinator, 222 St. John's College, The University of Manitoba, 400 Dysart Road, Winnipeg Manitoba R3T 2M5.

Settlement workers conference
The Ontario Immigrant Settlement Workers' Association is planning a skills development forum for late February or early March, with the theme "Settling into the Nineties." Planned workshops include Multiculturalism and Antiracism, Aging and Services, Social Service, Social Change. Contact Isabel Mahoney, 1075 Dovercourt Road, Toronto Ontario M6H 2X8.

Protest against cruise missile tests
A national day of protest is being planned against the continuation of cruise missile tests over Canada. Protests are planned for Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, and other centres. Further details were unavailable as we went to press.

Marxist Scholars Conference
The 1991 Marxist Scholars Conference will be held at Temple University, Philadelphia, March 14 - 17. Contact Marxist Education Press, 215 Ford Hall, University of Minnesota, 224 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis MN 55455 U.S.A., (612) 922-7993.

Forest Ecosystem conference
The Forest Ecosystem Research Network (FERN) is planning a workshop on "ancient woodlands" for April 1991 in Hannover Germany. Contact Anne Teller, Rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.

Organizing for the 90s
The sixth Labor Notes Conference, on the theme Organizing for the 90s, will be held near Detroit April 19 - 21. The conference is intended to highlight "both the tactics used by activists to create strong and democratic organizations and the types of organizations we need to build to defend our living and working conditions." The organizers say that "we need to revive the idea that having a union means more than paying dues. It means being organized at the workplace to take action when our jobs, or the jobs of our sisters and brothers, are threatened." Contact Labor Education and Research Project, 7435 Michigan Avenue, Detroit MI 48210 U.S.A, (313) 842-6262, fax (313) 842-0227, E-Mail Peace-Net labornotes.

Global Week of Ecology Action
Green and ecology action groups are calling for an international week of resistance to corporate and government polluters between Earth Day, April 22, and the fifth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, April 26, 1991. Contact New England Green Alliance, P.O. Box 703, White River Jct., VT 05001 U.S.A., (802) 295-1544.

Alberta rivers
Flowing to the future: Alberta Rivers Conference 1991 takes place April 25 - 28 in Edmonton. Contact Val Smyth, University of Alberta Extension, Edmonton, Alberta.

Global Synergy
The International Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR International) will hold an international congress in Banff Springs Alberta May 1 - 6. The congress theme will be "Creating Global Synergy: The Intercultural Perspective". Contact SIETAR, 733 15th Street SW, Suite 900, Washington DC 20005 U.S.A., (416) 737-5000.

Canada-U.S.-Mexico relations
Facing North/Facing South is a multidisciplinary conference on contemporary United States-Canadian-Mexican relations, to be held May 2 - 5 at the University of Calgary. Contact Madeleine Aldridge, University of Calgary Conference Office, Faculty of Continuing Education, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, (403) 220-7319.

Great Lakes United
Great Lakes United is holding its annual meeting in Ottawa May 3 - 5. Contact Great Lakes United, State University at Buffalo, Cassety Hall, 1300 Elmwood AVenue, Buffalo N.Y. 14222 U.S.A., (716) 886-0142.

Africa in the 1990s
The Canadian Association of African Studies is holding a conference on Africa in the 1990s: Development with Democracy, on May 16 - 19 at York University, Toronto. Topics will include refugees, human rights, neo-colonialism, and NGOs. Contact Ogengua Ottunnu or Howard Adelman, 4700 Keele Street, North York, Ontario M3J 1P3.

Spring peace action
ACT for Disarmament will be holding its Ninth Annual Spring Protest for Peace on May 11 in Toronto.

Management of protected areas
An international conference on Science and the Management of protected areas will be held at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, May 14 - 19. The conference will serve as a forum for presenting and discussing current perspectives on the role of science in managing protected areas, and will serve as a lead-up to the IUCN World Parks Conference in 1992. Contact Neil Munro, Director, Policy Planning and Research, Canadian Parks Service, Atlantic Region, Environment Canada, Historic Properties, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1S9.

Refugees at Home and Abroad
The Centre for Refugee Studies at York University is planning an international symposium on the theme Obligations and their limits: Refugees at Home and Abroad, to be held May 25 - 28, either in Toronto or Kingston. For more information contact The Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, 4700 Keele Street, North York, Ontario M3J 1P3, (416) 736-5663.

Death and Bereavement Conference
The ninth annual Kings College Conference on Death and Bereavement will be held May 27 to 29 with the theme Many Paths to Healing. Contact Dr. John D. Morgan, Death Education Conference, King's College, 266 Epworth Avenue, London Ontario N6A 2M3.

Socialist Studies Conference
The 1991 Socialist Studies Conference, which takes place in conjunction with the annual Learned Societies Conference, will be in Kingston, Ontario, from June 1 to 4. For more information contact the National Office, Society for Socialist Studies, 471 University College, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Manitoba R3T 2M8 (Fax 204-261-0021, E-Mail VORST2@UOMCC). Among the sessions which have been proposed for the conference are Sexism and Racism in Universities and Society -- Social Transformation; The Future of Socialism; 1992: The European Conquest of the Americas; Ecology and the State; Historical and Contemporary Immigration Policies in Canada: Ideological and Racial Biases; Contemporary Social Movements; Regional municipalism -- An Ideological Overview; Extending democracy and social change: Process and strategies; Ethics of social transformation; Cultural politics and the left; The crisis in nursing; Critical Perspectives on Urbanism and Urban Environments; Anti-Racist Feminist Theory.

Metro World 1991
Metro World 1991, an international forum to address urban, environmental, and sustainable development issues, will be held June 15 - 20 in Toronto. Contact Jennifer Dickson, Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, 390 Bay Street, 4th floor, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3Y7.

Consumers Unions Congress
The 13th World Congress of the International Organization of Consumer Unions will be held in Hong Kong July 8 - 12. The theme of the congress is Consumer Power in the Nineties. Contact Rajewari Kanniah, Congress Coordinator, 13th IOCU Wolrd Congress Secretariat, 250-A Jalan Air Itam, 10460 Penang, Malaysia.

Fate of the Forests
The 1991 round of Fate-of-our-Forests conferences has been set for September 13 - 15. Fate-of-our-forests conferences are not a single large, conference, but as many different local conferences as possible, all happening at the same time. Conferences may be called by any individual or group. They may be large formal gatherings or simple meetings of a few people in a home. The goal of the conferences is to generate local action based on plans and commitments developed by the conferences. For more information contact Forest Ecosystem Rescue Network, 7781 Lenox Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32221 U.S.A. A contribution to cover mailing expenses of background materials is requested.

Publications and Resources

True North
Citizens Concerned About Free Trade (CCAFT) have issued the first issue of their new newspaper, True North. Free trade is naturally the focus of the first, 24-page issue, but there are also articles on Meech Lake, electoral reform, and Native Peoples. Subscriptions are $20 for 10 issues from CCAFT, P.O. Box 8052, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 4R7.

Healthsharing changes
Healthsharing, the women's health magazine, is restructuring itself to cope with a funding crisis. Healthsharing is now attempting to move from a collective to a community board, and is seeking ten to twelve women to sit on this board for one or two year terms. Contact Healthsharing, 14 Skey Lane, Toronto Ontario M6K 3S4.

National Senior News
The National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation has revamped its newsletter, National News, and turned it into a ten-times-a-year newspaper. Subscriptions are $10/year. Contact National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation, 3033 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, Ontario M8V 1K5.

IDRC Reports is back
The magazine IDRC Reports, published by the International Development Research Council, whose demise we reported last year, is back in action. Apparently the IDRC's decision to close to magazine produced a flood of letters in protest, which led to a reversal of the decision. IDRC Reports will be published quarterly. Subscriptions are $16/4 issues from IDRC, P.O. Box 8500, 250 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H9.

Prairie Bookworld
Prairie Bookworld is a new paper, in the same format as BC Bookworld, which will be serving readers and the booktrade in the Prairie provinces. The first issue states that "this newspaper will promote the reading and writing of Prairie books, provide meaningful coverage of Prairie culture, stimulate book sales and further cohere the publishing communities of the Prairies." Prairie BookWorld, General Delivery, Tofiled Alberta T0B 4J0, (403) 662-3100.

Toronto Advance Planner
Toronto Advance Planner is a new publication "that lists the major social, philanthropic, and cultural events in Greater Toronto for 12 months. Toronto Advance Planner will published three times a year, with each issue to cover the succeeding 12 months. Listings are free, subscriptions are $55/year for non-profits; a complimentary year's subscription is available to organizations which sponsor special events. Contact Toronto Advance Planner, P.O. Box 85, Station S, Toronto M5M 4L6, fax: (416) 787-9299.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer. Connexions Collective members and volunteers for Issue #53 (January 1991): Ulli Diemer, Karl Amdur, Elaine Farragher, Rosalie Smith, Jeff Orchard.



Network News - Connexions Digest #54 (February 1992)

Actions and Campaigns

James Bay hydro coalition
A coalition to oppose the James Bay II hydro development has been formed by the following groups: Grand Council of the Cree of Quebec, 24 Bayswater Avenue, Ottawa K1Y 2E4; Northeast Alliance to Protect James Bay, 139 Antrim Street, Cambridge, MA 021439 USA; James Bay and Northern District Task Force, c/o CAPE, Box 1718 Place d'Armes, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3L5. Support for this cause may be directed to any one of these.

Anti-nuclear campaign
The Campaign for a Nuclear Phaseout is supporting a private member's bill, Bill C-204, proposed by Bill Blaikie, an NDP MP from Winnipeg, which would prevent the licensing of any new nuclear reactors in Canada and would prevent the export of uranium or nuclear reactors from Canada to other countries. Supporters of the bill are being urged to contact their member of Parliament to ask them to support it. Contact Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout, 145 Spruce Street, #207, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6P1.

Campaign to Save CBC
A number of organizations have formed a national campaign to save the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which has been hit be a series of massive budget cuts by the federal Progressive Conservative government. The coalition's members include the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, The Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Council of Canadians, the Federation des francophones hors Quebec, the Canadian Federation of Students, and a number of labour unions, including ACTRA and the Newspaper Guild.

Men against violence
Men Walking Against Male Violence is the name of a proposed project which is intended "to speak out against violence against women and children". The idea behind the project is that a small group of men, prepared and educated beforehand, will, over a minimum period of three years, engage in six long-distance walks in Ontario. The men would "walk from community to community speaking in various media and educational forums about the responsibility men have in ending male violence in our individual lives and in society at large." Contact Men Walking Against Male Violence, Box 235, 253 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R5, (416) 774-8091.
See also: Men Walking

Women in the Front Line
Amnesty International is starting a new initiative called Women's Action Network which is specifically targeting human rights violations against women. Contact Amnesty International, Canadian Section (English-Speaking), Suite 900, 130 Slater Street, Ottawa K1P 6E2, (613) 563-1891.

GE boycott
The Voice of Women is calling on Canadians to boycott products manufactured by General Electric Co. According to Voice of Women, GE is a major manufacturers and promoter of nuclear weaponry.

Phone service
The Communications and Electrical Workers of Canada (CWC) are spearheading a campaign to save affordable telephone service. The CWC are concerned that the Canadian Radio/Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will adopt regulatory changes being sought by companies wanting a share of the long distance market. Currently, under CRTC regulations, a portion of the revenue from long distance is used to keep basic monthly phone bills at a reasonable level. This regulatory price was extracted from the phone companies in exchange for allowing them exclusivity in the market. Now Rogers Communications and the CPR have formed Unitel, a company which wants to be allowed to compete for the long-distance market without having to pay a share of the costs of maintaining basic phone service. The effect would be that 88 per cent of residences will pay more for their phone bills, while large businesses doing a great deal of long distance calling will reap large savings. Contact CWC (613) 236-6083.

Appeals for Support

Kurdish refugees
Toronto's Kurdish community is appealing for aid to Kurdish refugees on the Turkish-Iraqi border. Contact the Kurdish Relief Fund at (416) 929-3072.

Akweks Funds
The Akweks Fund has been set up to help cover the huge legal costs which are resulting the Oka crisis of 1990 and other actions by Mohawks to defend their rights. For information about the status of the legal defense, send $5 and a large, stamped, self-addressed envelope to Akweks Defense Information, P.O. Box 633, Mohawk Territory, Kanehsatake (Oka), Quebec J0N 1E0, Canada. To make a contribution, send it to The Akweks Funds, c/o The Canadian Rights and Liberties Federation, 232 Chapel Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7Z2.

Comings and Goings

Opposing Racism and Prejudice
The Canadian Centre on Racism and Prejudice is an educational and research/action centre on racism in our society. Its investigations will pursue one basic goal: to inform and educate the public so it will counter this phenomenon.
Members of the Centre believe that "to counter the development of organizations based on racism and prejudices, we have to investigate, analyze and educate ourselves about them. These are not isolated, harebrained or deprived groups; these organizations have their own political program, supported by adequate finances. It is not a question of panicking, overestimating their power, or keeping quiet about them, but we must understand the social consequences of these groups." For more information, contact CCRP, PO Box 505, Stn. Desjardins, Montreal Quebec H5B 1B6, (514) 727-2936

Urgent Action Centre
Three Canadian groups have set up an Urgent Action Centre to respond to human rights violations in Central America. The goal is to promote quick responses through fax, letter, and telex, to human rights abuses.

Rural social ecology
A new apprenticeship program in rural Saskatchewan is designed to teach people the skills they need to work for the creation of a socially and ecologically sustainable society. The Rural Apprenticeship Program in Social Ecology (RAPSE) emphasizes a bioregional response to global problems in a residential work-study program. Cost of the 12-month program is $400 - $800 for tuition, plus approximately four hours of work per week in exchange for room and board. Contact Betty Ternier Daniels, Rural Apprenticeship Program in Social Ecology, Box 116, Cochin, Saskatchewan S0M 0L0, (306) 386-2532.

Social Development Information On-Line
The Canadian Council on Social Development is promoting SocioNet Interaction, "Canada's on-Line Social Development Network and Database". SocioNet Interaction offers on-line databases (or reference files), directs users to off-line databases and provides a forum for conferences on social issues such as employment, social services, income security, education, health, housing, justice, and citizenship. SocioNet Interaction is sponsored and facilitated by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD), with the NIRV Centre, a Toronto-based non-profit organization that also provides Web, a national network for social change activists involved in environmental, peace and social justice issues, acting as host and distributor.
SocioNet Interaction emphasizes new social policies, legislation, programs or projects, bibliographies, social statistics and current issues. It does not provide a comprehensive inventory of any of these listings, but conveys information that is as up-to-date as the electronic medium will allow. SI is linked to other networks, including the Employability Resources Network, the Social Services Information Exchange, the Community Health Network, the Social Planning Network, the Social Work Network, and the Associations Network.
Each conference provides directories, bibliographies, statistics, trends and debates. Users can start their own topic or respond to someone else's.
Membership (account setup and manuals) is free if you join before January 1, 1992, after which a one-time charge will apply. Subscriptions may be paid at 6- or 12-month intervals at the rate of $70 for 6 months; $120 for 12 months.
For more information contact: Harry MacKay, Canadian Council on Social Development, 55 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4G1; phone (613) 728-1865; fax (613) 728-9387; Envoy100: HE.MACKAY; Web: web.ccsd.

Moment Project
The Moment Project is has released a booklet outlining activities planned for the fall of 1991 through May 1992. Included are workshops on "500 Years of Resistance: Redefining Canada in 1992"; "Photography for Social Change: Recovering Images of Resistance"; "Depicting Difference: Questions of Voice and Image"; and "Training for Trainers: Multiplying the Moment". Contact The Moment Project, 947 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1J9, (416) 469-1123.

Media and social change
Media Access for Social Change is a new group working to create "progressive, thoughtful and meaningful media." Workshops, conferences, and other activities are planned. Contact H.A.N.D.S., (416) 535-8673.

Recovery not "Discovery"
The Toronah Support Group is a part of the "500 Years of Resistance and Survival Campaign" which was formed to respond to the planned celebrations of Columbus' "discovery" of America in 1492. The Toronah Support Group is planning educational work, cultural activities, exchanges of information, culture, and art. "Rather than celebrate the arrival of Columbus, we aim to support First Nations' rights to self-determination and seek reparations for slavery and indentureship." For more information contact Toronah Support Group, P.O. Box 591, Station A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1E4, (416) 531-6459.

Grants for film projects
The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and the Ontario Film Development Corporation have announced the continuation of the Multicultural Dramatic Film Fund, a pilot project which is looking for script development and production proposals from new and emerging filmmakers. The film must have some dramatic element. Documentary and video projects are not eligible. Priority is given to those projects from First Nation, visible minority and Latin American individuals. For more information contact Lloyd Wong at The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, 345 Adelaide Street West, #505, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1R5, (416) 596-6749.

Environment Advisory Network of Waterloo
Graduate students at the University of Waterloo are forming a non-profit organization, Environment Advisory Network of Waterloo, dedicated to applying their knowledge and experience in environmental concerns by assisting non-profit community groups in Southern Ontario. EANoW is a interdisciplinary organization which includes expertise in chemistry, biology, earth sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, health studies, and economics. EANoW is now circulating a survey to help them define what kinds of services would be needed. Contact Environmental Advisory Network of Waterloo, Building ES-2, Room 177, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, (519) 888-4808.

Centre for Feminist Research
York University in Toronto has established a bilingual Centre for Feminist Research. The Centre will serve the research needs of faculty and students, oversee activities already initiated by York's women faculty, including sponsoring conferences, computer networks and providing policy advice.

Organic food marketing co-op
Origins, the federally-incorporated organic-foods marketing co-op, was launched October 1990. Origins is looking to organize organic farmers under a common marketing label. For more information contact Origins Co-operative Inc., R.R. #2, Mitchell, Ontario N0K 1N0, (519) 393-5238. Origins is seeking additional investors.

Birthtales is a project, planned for March and April of 1992, in which artists and communities reach out the medical profession, to tell and show them how experiences in the birthing room have affected women. Experiences, good and bad are being sought, and outreach activities, discussions, women's circles, and workshops are planned. Contact Bonnie Burgess, (416) 534-3798, or A Space, 183 Bathurst Street, Toronto M5T 2R7.

Pro-Canada becomes Action Canada
The Pro-Canada Network changed its name to the Action Canada Network at its April meeting in Ottawa. Contact Action Canada Network, 251 Laurier Avenue West, #904, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J6.

Common Ground
The South Saskatchewan Committee for World Development has become the Common Ground Learner Centre. The address is 2174 Hamilton Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 2E9.

Earthroots Coalition
The Temagami Wilderness Society has become the Earthroots Coalition. While still continuing to work on Temagami, the organization has now broadened its scope to stop the devastation of northern wilderness areas now taking place in the name of hydroelectric development in Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba. Contact Earthroots Coalition, 19 Mercer Street, Suite 307, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1H2, (416) 599-0152.

Protection for Journalists
The Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists is setting up an early warning system to help protect journalists who may be in danger in Latin America, with Guatemala being the first country the committee is concentrating on. The committee's work is part of an international effort to protect journalists. Since 1987, more than 100 journalists have been murdered in their own countries. The initiative involves a "pro-active" network to anticipate violence toward journalists who appear to be in danger and to get word out to the rest of the world. The thinking, based on experience, is that publicity in other countries acts as a deterrent to those who would kill journalists, often government agents or death squads linked to the armed forces. Through the network, word will be gotten out by phone, fax, or modem to an international network of journalists' organizations.

Waste Caucus
An Ontario-wide caucus on waste management has been formed to allow environmental groups to work together on waste issues. The Ontario Waste Caucus will operate under the mandate of the Ontario Environment Network to help groups share information, experiences, and strategies, develop policy statements, and elect representatives to take part in provincial consultations. Contact Ontario Environment Network, 2 Quebec Street, Suite 201C, Guelph, Ontario N1H 2T3, (519) 837-2565.

Mother Earth's Centre
Bathurst United Church in Toronto has initiated an outreach project called Mother Earth's Centre. The Centre's vision involves "the development of independent local communities which specifically reflect the perspectives and needs of children and mothers, and of other life around us." They plan to offer workshops, organize meetings, lobby local governments, and publish a bi-monthly newsletter, News from Mother Earth's Centre. Contact Mother Earth's Centre, c/o Bathurst United Church, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X7, (416) 532-0807.

Master composters
The Re-cycling Council of Ontario is organizing a Master Composter Training Program. People who receive the training are then asked to do 40 hours of volunteer work in the community teaching others about composting. Contact Home Composting Education Project, 489 College Street, Suite 504, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5, (416) 960-1025.

The Student Progressive Action Network is looking for submissions to its publication The Spanner. Contact Student Progressive Action Network, c/o Ontario Federation of Students, 647 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario.

Gun Control
Canadians for Gun Control are lobbying for changes in Canada's gun laws, including tightening of the screening process for gun ownership, raising the age of gun ownership, and making all semi-automatic weapons restricted weapons. They are urging people to write letters to Kim Campbell, the Minister of Justice. Contact Canadians for Gun Control, P.O. Box 395, Postal Station D, Toronto, Ontario M6P 3J9, (416) 604-0209.

Children's singer Raffi has announced that he will no longer devote himself to making music for young children. Instead, he will be producing music promoting root-cause radical solutions in response to "the Earth's great cry for help." Contact Troubadour Records, 1075 Cambie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5L7, (604) 682-8698.

The Goodwin's Foundation, which promotes alternative journalism in Canada and presents the annual Goodwin's Awards, has merged with the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation, at 600 - 280 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario.

Queer Press
Queer Press, a new non-for-profit press for lesbians and gay men, is looking for members. Members receive a 20 per cent discount on publications. Contact Q Press, P.O. Box 485, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T1.

Contrast closes
Toronto's Contrast newspaper, which served the black community for 22 years, has closed. According to editor Lorna Simms, the recession hit the paper's advertisers hard and that in turn made it impossible for the struggling paper to continue.

Lambert leaves CPA
Sheena Lambert is leaving her position as co-ordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance at the end of December.

Green Ham Radio
PLA/NET: The Green Ham Radio Network, is an initiative to bring the resources of amateur radio worldwide to the service of the Earth. "It is a coalition of environmentalists and ham radio operators using the power of the airwaves as a force for change. We mean to encourage environmentally conscious behavior, aid in times of crisis, and work in partnership with ecologists everywhere." Contact Robert N. Wilderman, 19 Glen Road, Lansdale, Florida 19446-1405 U.S.A. (K3SRO).

Book on activism
Author Pat Farren is seeking contact with long-haul social change workers for information on political experiences and personal equilibrium. Contact Pat Farren, 2161 Mass. Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140 U.S.A.

Agency settles in Canada
The recently formed International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) has decided to set up its headquarters in Toronto. Formed under the joint sponsorship of the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Union of Local Authorities, and the Centre for Innovative Diplomacy, ICLEI will be the first environmental agency to bring together city governments on a worldwide basis. ICLEI will act as an international network and forum for cooperation on environmental issues for cities around the world, and will provide a municipal voice in the United Nations. The ICLEI, which will have some two dozen permanent staff, will host international conferences and regular meetings of its 30-member international council.

Grace MacInnis
Grace MacInnis, British Columbia's first woman M.P. and a former member of the B.C. Legislature, has died at the age of 85. Grace MacInnis was a charter member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), of which her father, J.S. Woodsworth, was the first leader, and was active in the New Democratic Party, which succeeded the CCF. She was the provincial member for Vancouver-Burrard from 1941 - 1945. From 1965 to 1972, she was MP for Vancouver-Kingsway, the riding her husband Angus represented from 1935 to 1957. During the Second World War, she fought the government on its treatment of Canadians of Japanese origin who were interned and had their property confiscated, and spoke on the Commons on contraception and abortion rights.

Margaret Benston
Margaret Benston, a professor of computer science and women's studies who was known for her work promoting women's liberation, died earlier this year of cancer. Margaret Benston authored the influential article, "The Political Economy of Women's Liberation", published in 1969, and helped found the Women's Study program at Simon Fraser University. She was a founding member of the Vancouver Women's Caucus and the Mayworks festival.

Anne Mason-Apps
Anne Mason-Apps, a housing activist, researcher, and writer, died earlier this year. In the 1970's, Anne Mason-Apps founded Downtown Action, a Toronto non-profit research organization which sought to preserve downtown housing, especially for low-income people.

Michael Lynch
Michael Lynch, a gays rights and AIDS activist, died this summer at the age of 46. Michael Lynch, a university teacher and poet, was one of the founders of the AIDS Committee of Toronto in 1984, of AIDS Action Now, and of Gay Fathers. Donations are being accepted for the Michael Lynch Fund of the Toronto Centre for Lesbian and Gay Studies, 2 Bloor Street West, Suite 100-129, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3E2.

Meetings, Conferences, Events

Winter Cities
The fifth international winter cities biennial will be held in Montreal January 17 - 21, 1992. The theme is "Living in Harmony with Winter." Contact Lucie Octeau, 770 Sherbrook Street West, #1100, Montreal Quebec H3A 1G1, (514) 872-0571.

Zebra mussels
The second annual Zebra Mussel Conference will be held in Toronto on February 19 -21. Contact Karl Smith, Zebra Mussell Coordinating Office, Ministry of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 5000, Maple, Ontario L6A 1S9.

Nuclear Testing
On April 10 -12,a large gathering will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. (100 km south of the Nevada Test Site) to demand an end to nuclear testing. This will be followed by a five day mass walk to the Nevada Test Site and then a direct action in conjunction with Earth Day 1992. Contact Physicians for Social Responsibility (U.S.A.), Humboldt/Del North Chapter, The Hundredth Monkey Project, P.O. Box 402, Arcata, California 95521 U.S.A.; (707) 826-2641.

Bioregional Congress
The fifth North American Bioregional Congress (now called the Turtle Island Bioregional Congress) will be held May 17 - 24, at Camp Stewart, near Kemptville, Texas. Conference organizers are now looking for sponsors who will donate $50 to $100 or more toward the costs of the Congress. Sponsors will have their names listed in the proceedings of the Congress. The Bioregionalist movement bases itself on the principles of ecology, decentralism, consensus, culture, spirit, and living-in-place. Contact TIBC-V, P.O. Box 140826, Dallas, Texas 75214 U.S.A.

Auto Free Cities
The second international conference on auto free cities, to be held in Toronto May 22 - 24, will bring together researchers, business people, activists, transportation engineers, and others to seek and share local and global plans for car reduction. Topics will range from the economics of car use to land use planning to transportation systems planning. Registration is $75 before February 1, $100 after. Contact: Auto Free Toronto, 427 Bloor Street West, #205, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X7, 960-0026.

Water Management conference
The Canadian Water Resources Association will be holding its 45th Annual conference June 3 - 5, in Kingston. The theme is "Resolving Conflicts and Uncertainty in Water Management." Contact Dr. Dan Shrubsole, Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Science, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5C2, (519) 679-2111 x5016.

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 1 - 12. The conference will focus on the relationship between economic development and the environmental health of the planet. Contact Julie Hauser, UNCED '92, Environment Canada, 10 Wellington Street, 4th floor, Hull K1A 0H3, (819) 953-1420.

Renewable Energy conference
An international congress to examine the most up-to-date developments and advances in renewable energy will be held September 13 - 18, in Reading, United Kingdom. Contact Prof. A.A. M. Sayigh, University of Reading, P.O. Box 225, Whiteknights, Reading RC6 2AY, United Kingdom.

Publications and Resources

Women's Movement records
The Canadian Women's Movement Archives (CWMA) is compiling a bilingual guide to the records of the women's movement in Canada. The 2-volume guide will list records held by archival institutions and individuals. CWMA is seeking information about materials which should be included in the guides. Contact Margaret Fulford, CWMA, PO Box 128, Stn. P, Toronto Ontario M5S 2S7.

Abortion procedures
Planned Parenthood Regina is looking for a Canadian pamphlet/booklet on abortion procedures. Contact 202 - 1808 Smith Street, Regina Saskatchewan S4P 2N4.

City Magazine seeks articles
City Magazine believes in a distinctive and sustainable Canadian urban culture and that healthy life in cities is possible. It wishes to publish articles, stories and histories about the city and its people, with an emphasis on liberating people, human relations, art, architecture, planning, politics and land and environment. It wishes to provide a critical forum on the city, to build a better understanding of its maladies and the possibilities for change; explain and promote an urban ecological society through the evolution of the green city, bio-regional and social ecology movements; and report on innovations, initiatives, struggles and successes in creating new ways and forms of urban life.
Contact City Magazine, Box 29, University Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2. Subscriptions are $15/20/year for Individuals/Institutions.

Cycling newsletter
Cyclometer is a newsletter on the cycling scene in and around Toronto. For a free subscription, send your name and address to: The Toronto City Cycling Committee, 8th Floor, East Tower City Hall, Toronto Ontario M5H 2N2

Green Teacher goes Canadian
A Canadian edition of the bi-monthly UK-based magazine Green Teacher is now being published. Subscriptions are $30.00/year, $50.00/2 years, from Green Teacher, 95 Robert Street, Toronto Ontario M5S 2K5.

Alternatives is a new international journal of socialist debate and analysis being published by the Centre for Developing Area Studies, McGill University, 3715 rue Peel, Montreal Quebec H3A 1X1. Subscriptions are $20 /year. The journal is to have English and Russian editions.

Latin American Connexions
Latin America Connexions is a bi-monthly publication offering information and commentary about the struggle for peace and justice in Latin America. Within this overall orientation Latin America Connexions aims to:
- provide current, accurate news and analysis of events in Latin America, as well as information about resources, local events, campaigns, organizations, etc.
- act as a forum for Canada's Latin American community bringing its concerns, activities and contributions to the attention of the wider community..
- forge links with other activist groups or publications locally, nationally, and around the world.
They welcome articles, art, photos, poems, information and letters. Latin American Connexions, 2524 Cypress Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3N2; (604) 737-0188; $10/6 issues.

For a Better World
If you're interested in World Federalism, and live in the Winnipeg television viewing area, watch the television program "For a Better World" produced and hosted by World Federalist Cec Muldrew. The program airs every Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Channel 11 (both sides of the river).

ACTivist now monthly
The ACTivist, a Toronto-based newspaper of peace and human rights issues, is now a monthly publication. $10 gets you 12 issues. The ACTivist, c/o ACT for Disarmament, 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto Ontario M5S 2R4.

Save the Rouge Valley
SRVS stands for Save the Rouge Valley System. This activist group publishes the quarterly newsletter News of the Rouge. All those interested in this natural preserve in the Toronto area, threatened on all sides by urban development, will want to stay informed. Contact News of the Rouge, 262 Soudan Avenue, (basement apt.) Toronto M4S 1W4, (416) 485-4621, Fax 927-8761. For information on the parent organization contact SRVS, Box 3031, Station B, Richmond Hill Ontario L4E 1A8, (416) 287-1776.

Free trade tapes
Citizens Concerned About Free Trade has audio and video tapes available of the September 1990 Vancouver meeting at which David Orchard presented a far-reaching analysis of free trade. The tapes also contain a presentation by CCAFT organizer Marjaleena Repo to the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform. A review copy hasn't made its way to us, but we are told these are effective resources. Audio tapes are $10; video tapes are $25. Add $2.50 shipping. From Citizens Concerned About Free Trade, Box 8052, Saskatoon Saskatchewan S7K 4R7, (306) 244-5757.

Natural Life
Natural Life magazine, which ceased publishing during the early 1980's, is being revived by the publishers, Rolf and Wendy Priesnitz. The conserver-oriented magazine will put special emphasis on sharing information among readers. The first new issue is scheduled for January 1992. Subscriptions will be $21 individuals, $30 institutions. Contact Natural Life Magazine, 195 Markville Road, Unionville, Ontario L3T 4V8, (416) 470-7930.

Peace and Security Database
The Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security has a database on international peace and security which is available to the public. Contact 360 Albert Street, Suite 900, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7X7, (613) 991-0768.

Pagans resources
The fourth annual Directory to Canadian Pagan Resources has been published. It lists 235 groups, bookstores, and individuals across Canada. The Directory sells for $4, $3 for orders of five or more. Pagans for Peace, P.O. Box 86314, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7L 4J5.

Captain Planet
Captain Planet and the Planeteers is an animated action adventure series now available on videotape. Video cassettes contain two episodes totally 45 minutes of viewing time. Contact Malofilm Video, 8 Pailton Crescent, Toronto, Ontario M4S 2H8, (416) 480-0453.

Child Victims
The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics has released a study, "Children as Victims of Violent Crime". The study shows that during the 1980's, 542 children were murdered in Canada -- 8 per cent of all homicides. 70 per cent of the child victims were under five years of age. Most child murders were committed by relatives: 33 per cent were killed by their mothers, 33 per cent by their fathers; 11 per cent by strangers.

Alternative America
The 1991 edition of the Alternative America directory is available. It has over 12,000 listings of alternative, progressive, and experimental organizations, in a 250-page book. There are geographical, name, and subject indices. The cost is $29.95 from Resources, 40 Welles Avenue, Boston MA 02124 U.S.A.

Pollen: A Journal of Bioregional Education is a new publication which is intended to be "a public forum on ideas and resources which examine and promote bioregional education." Subscriptions are $12 for two years (4 issues). Pollen, Sunrock Farm, 103 Gibson Lane, Wilder KY 41076 U.S.A.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer. Connexions Collective members and volunteers for Issue #54 (February 1992): Ulli Diemer, Ernie Horrocks, Karl Amdur, Elaine Farragher, Linda Zelicki, Chris Roberts, Son Le, Mohammed Abbas, Judith Bennett, David Black, Nga Nguyen, Elisa Murillo, Maria Rojas, Garry Moffatt, Denise Alexis, Michael Corkerey, Mohammed Shiraz, Mary Blake, Rosalie Smith.

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