Sudbury Social Justice News - June 14, 2012.
Sudbury Social Justice News - June 14, 2012.
[Another sooner-than-expected update because of the addition of another event to an already-busy Saturday...the new event is #2, which involves a life-sized mannequin of Premier McGuinty coming to Sudbury to hear what you have to say about his austerity budget.]
EVENTS & MEETINGS:
1) Friday, June 15: "Picture our Lakes" Photo Contest Deadline
2) Saturday, June 16: Tell Mannequin McGuinty What You Think of His Austerity Budget!
3) Saturday, June 16: From Writing to Photography: Building Your Skill Set
4) Saturday, June 16: Eat Local Sudbury's Annual General Meeting (for members only)
5) Tuesday, June 19: Stop the Cuts! Community Gathering and Rally in Sudbury organized by Mamaweswen, the North Shore Tribal Council
6) Monday, June 18: Meeting of Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty
7) Wednesday, June 20: Social Planning Council Annual General Meeting
EVENTS & MEETINGS:
Friday, June 15: "Picture our Lakes" Photo Contest Deadline
The entry deadline for the sixth "Picture our Lakes" community photography contest hosted by the Northern Artist Gallery (Artists on Elgin) is coming up fast. This contest is open to all citizens and visitors to the community and will help to celebrate the many lakes within Greater Sudbury. Students are especially encouraged to enter.
Individuals are asked to submit photos that capture the beauty of Greater Sudbury's lakes. The contest deadline is June 15, 2012. Members of the public will be invited to visit the Northern Artist Gallery (Artists on Elgin, 168 Elgin Street) to view the entries and vote for their favourite photos. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges from the "citizens' choice" finalists and announced in August.
Winning photos, as well as those that receive honourable mention, will be featured in a "Picture our Lakes" 2013 calendar, which will be sold throughout the city. The overall winner will be featured on the cover of the calendar. Some of the winning photos, with credit given to the photographer, will be shared with community stakeholders for the purposes of promoting Greater Sudbury, and will be displayed in the Living with Lakes Centre.
Contest rules and entry forms are available here: http://www.artistsonelgin.ca/artist/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=OlwT5JwPei... and at Artists on Elgin, 168 Elgin St. For further information, please visit www.artistsonelgin.ca .
Saturday, June 16: Tell Mannequin McGuinty What You Think of His Austerity Budget!
Time: 10am to 4pm (includes several activities at different times -- see below for details)
Location: Starts at the Pavilion in Memorial Park and then will move to other locations
The Premier McGuinty Mannequin to be in Sudbury this Saturday to hear what people think about the McGuinty government's austerity budget.
The Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (S-CAP), in co-operation with Put Food in the Budget, is bringing Premier Dalton McGuinty (the life-size Mannequin) to Sudbury this Saturday, June 16th. Premier McGuinty has not been willing to talk to people living in poverty and workers who are affected by his government's austerity budget. A week before McGuinty will actually be here for an Ontario Liberal Party conference at Laurentian University, where he will again not be answering people's questions, S-CAP will be escorting Premier McGuinty (the Mannequin) around Sudbury so that people have the opportunity to tell him what they think about his budget. He will be joined by his good friend Rick Bartolucci (the Mannequin) who has also been hiding out from the people of Sudbury and refusing to answer people's questions. Thirty supporters of S-CAP visited Bartolluci's constituency office on April 19th to protest the cut to the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit for people on social assistance in the Liberal austerity budget. Bartolucci has yet to reply.
S-CAP is inviting the people of Sudbury to come out to have their say and to get McGuinty (the Mannequin) and Bartolucci (the Mannequin) to answer their challenges and questions. Their schedule this Saturday is as follows:
* 10am sharp Media conference at the Pavilion in Memorial Park. Ask any question you want.
* 10:30am Outside the Samaritan Centre at 344 Elgin St. The focus here is on the cut to the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit and the need to raise the social assistance rates.
* Noon The Farmer's Market. Here the focus is the need to put food in the budget. What can people on Ontario Works buy for an extra $6 a month?
* 2pm. City Bus Terminal. Ask any question you want.
* 3pm. Ontario Northland Bus Terminal at 1663 Kingsway. Here the focus is on the Liberal government plan to privatize and sell Ontario Northland.
The Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (S-CAP) is a direct-action anti-poverty organization. We provide direct-action support work assisting individuals in their struggles with welfare and ODSP, housing, employers, and others who deny people what they are entitled to in order to meet their needs. In addition, we mount campaigns against and support educational work about regressive government policies as they affect working people and people living in poverty. We believe in the power of people to organize. We can be contacted at email@example.com
Saturday, June 16: From Writing to Photography: Building Your Skill Set
Time: Saturday, June 16, 10:15 – 1:45.
Location: Greater Sudbury Public Library (main branch on Mackenzie, downstairs meeting room)
Are you interested in telling local stories? Do you want to gain confidence in creating journalistic stories, and hone your writing and photography skills?
Join ‘Grassroots Sudbury Media Collective’ for a morning of workshops. Lara Bradley (former Sudbury Star journalist) will share story writing and interview skills, while Cait Mitchell (photographer) will share photography and photo essay skills.
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to save your spot (there is no fee to register).
10:30: Alternative Media (Scott Neigh): what is alternative media, and how does it differ from main stream media
10:45: Journalism Intensive (Lara Bradley): A workshop on writing well, interviewing techniques, and codes of conduct.
12:00: break for snacks and conversation (snacks provided)
12:30: Creating photo essays (Cait Mitchell): Photographs are powerful ways to collect and disseminate information. The photo-essay is inherently influenced by the decisions made and opinions held by the photographer. Through this workshop we aim to better understand how to approach the telling of stories through photographs.
This event on FaceBook:
Grassroots Sudbury Media Collective on FaceBook:
Saturday, June 16: Eat Local Sudbury's Annual General Meeting (for members only)
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Location: 176 Larch Street, Sudbury, Ontario
At the AGM we will be unveiling our three year business plan which is the result of our membership visioning sessions in 2011/2012.
The business plan and three years of cash flow budgets have been circulated to members and will be discussed at the meeting. We are also proposing to amend the by-laws and incorporating documents of the organization. Members only may vote at the meeting, but memberships will be available for purchase immediately prior to the meeting.
Please join us to shape the future of Eat Local Sudbury.
Refreshments and snacks will be served.
For more information call 705-521-6717 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 19: Stop the Cuts! Community Gathering and Rally
Time: 12 noon
Location: Starting from Sudbury Arena and walking to MPP Rick Bartolucci's office
Have your say!
Starting July 1st, Ontario Works agencies will have less money available to put into the hands of people in crisis situations.
People in First Nations and smaller northern communities will be hard hit as they have limited access to other agencies that can offer assistance.
You can do your part! Attend this rally to show your support for Ontario's most vulnerable.
For more information contact Elizabeth Richer at 705-692-9771 ext. 1.
Organized by Mamaweswen, the North Shore Tribal Council -- Seven First Nations communites strong!
Monday, June 18: Meeting of Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty
The next meeting of the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty is Monday June 18th.
Location: Rethink Green, 176 Larch Street, back entrance.
Matters to be discussed include direct action support work; the demonstration against McGuinty and Bartolucci on June 23rd; support for the North Shore Tribal Council rally and march on June 19th; solidarity with the Quebec student movement and more.
For information on childcare support contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, June 20: Social Planning Council Annual General Meeting
Time: 5:30pm Welcome, 6-7pm dinner, 7-8pm AGM
Location: Howard Johnson, 50 Brady Street, Sudbury, Ontario
"Austerity is the Wrong Solution for our Times"
We are pleased to welcome Trish Hennessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She will provide solid evidence of the impact of income inequality in our country and an alternative plan.
Trish Hennessy is a former journalist who, as director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' income inequality project specializes in the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us. Trish has a B.A. in Sociology from Carleton University and a Master's degree in Sociology from OISE/University of Toronto.
Please register by contacting Jody Tverdal at 705-675-3894 or email@example.com.