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Sudbury Social Justice News - March 2, 2013

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The "three weeks in on week" edition! Be sure to check the three separate week-of-events weeks that are all happening this week -- they are listed as 9, 10, and 11, but each listing contains multiple events.


1) Sunday, March 3: Sudbury Seedy Sunday
2) Sunday, March 3: Sudbury Cyclists Union General Meeting
3) Monday, March 4: Screening of "Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the
Farm Midwives"
4) Monday, March 4: Save Our Health Services Day of Action
5) Monday, March 4: The Right to Food -- A Conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur
6) Tuesday, March 5: Le droit à l’alimentation au Canada: une discussion avec le Rapporteur spécial de l’ONU
7) Wednesday, March 6: Sudbury Communitiy Consultation for The People's Budget
8) Friday, March 8: Science Unmuzzled

Each of the following listings contains multiple events:

9) March 3 to March 8: Sudbury's First Annual International Women's Week
10) March 4 to March 8: Aboriginal Awareness Week at Laurentian University
11) March 4 to March 8: Israeli Apartheid Week at Laurentian University


None this week!


Sunday, March 3: Sudbury Seedy Sunday

Location: Parkside Older Adult Centre, 140 Durham Street
Time: 10am to 2pm

Come and trade seeds, buy seeds, learn about gardening and get ready for spring. The one stop public shop for your home garden.

Workshops, local food, a kids play area, and tons of information, vendors and things to get you excited for spring.

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Sunday, March 3: Sudbury Cyclists Union General Meeting

Time: 1pm
Location: The Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street, Sudbury)

1. Transportation Study - update and SCU feedback
2. Confirmation of regular monthly meetings: is 1st Sunday of each month good?
3. CAN presentations
4. Discussion on spring/summer activity priorities
5. Other

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Monday, March 4: Screening of "Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the
Farm Midwives"

Time: 7pm
Location: Rainbow Cinemas, 40 Elm Street, Sudbury
Cost: $10


Synopsis: The feature-length documentary BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN & THE FARM MIDWIVES tells the story of counterculture heroine Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other’s babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. With Ina May as their leader, the women taught themselves midwifery from the ground up, and, with their families, founded an entirely communal, agricultural society called The Farm. They grew their own food, built their own houses, published their own books, and, as word of their social experiment spread, created a model of care for women and babies that changed a generation’s approach to childbirth.

The screening of this beautiful film is being put on in collaboration with the Laurentian Association of Midwifery Students. This is a one time only screening of the film in Sudbury, and a chance for you to come celebrate women, birth and babies! After the screening, please join us for a post screening chat/party at Pesto's Restaurant in the Radisson Hotel (connected to the Rainbow Center).

Ticket Price: $10 general admission

Film Length: 93 minutes

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Movie starts at 7:00 pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by contacting us on this event page. If you would like to purchase your tickets in advance, just leave us a little note, and we'll contact you via personal message. There are only 100 tickets being sold to this event. Don't miss out on seeing this one of a kind documentary!

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Monday, March 4: Save Our Services Day of Action

Time: 11am
Location: On the sidewalk at the hospital on Ramsay Lake Roady

Open mic -- come tell the Health Minister your S.O.S. message!

All across Ontario hundreds of hospital beds are being closed down, patients are lined up on stretchers in the hallways, local services are being cut and moved out of town, outpatient clinics are being privatized and home care and nursing home placements are severely rationed forcing many to wait a long time, pay for private care or go without. It doesn't have to be this way. Together, we can save our services by fighting back against the cutbacks. On March 4, communities across Ontario will hold a Day of Action to stand up against the cuts and to show support for their local hospitals and health care services.

To be cut in Sudbury:

Expected closure of 30 more beds totalling a loss of 60 beds at Health Sciences North

The remaining 30 of 60 beds to close in the Functional Assessment and Outcome Unit at the Sudbury Outpatient Unit

It doesn't have to be this way!

For more information contact the Sudbury Health Coalition


Monday, March 4: The Right to Food -- A Conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur

Time: 12 noon to 1:30pm
Location: Eat Local Sudbury, 176 Larch Street

On March 4 IN ENGLISH and 5th en français, join Food Secure Canada and hundreds of people from across Canada to have a conversation with Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food.

Join us in the ReThink Green's Environmental Resource Center, located behing Eat Local Sudbury, 176 Larch street. We are one of twenty organisations in Canada able to broadcast this event. Join us from noon to 1:30.

The Right to Food = Food Justice
How is it that in a country as rich as Canada there are still hungry children? In Nunavut, food insecurity rates are as high as 70% - the highest rates of any Indigenous Peoples in ‘developed’ countries. This is shameful – something must be done.

De Schutter’s report reflects the voices of many Canadians, including Northerners and Indigenous peoples, who contributed to his report – read it here! Amonsgt other things, De Schutter has underlined the need for a national right to food policy.

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Tuesday, March 5: Le droit à l’alimentation au Canada: une discussion avec le Rapporteur spécial de l’ONU

Time: 12 noon to 1:30pm
Location: Eat Local Sudbury, 176 Larch Street

Les 4 en anglais et 5 mars en français, prochains, joignez-vous à Sécurité alimentaire Canada et à plus d’une centaine de Canadiennes et Canadiens lors d’une conversation avec Olivier De Schutter, le Rapporteur spécial des Nations unies sur le droit à l’alimentation.

Plus de 20 évènements à travers le pays déjà confirmés, et Mangeons Local Sudbury diffusera le report. La difusion aura lieu dans le Centre des Ressources Environmentaux de ReThink Green, qui est situé derière Mangeons Local Sudbury, 176 rue Larch. La session debutera à midi et terminera à 13h30.

Cette invitation à accueillir les Nations unies dans les communautés canadiennes afin de discuter du droit à l'alimentation fut reçue avec beaucoup d’engouement.

Le droit à l’alimentation = la justice alimentaire

Comment est-il possible que dans un pays aussi riche que le Canada, des gens souffrent encore de la faim? Au Nunavut, le taux d’insécurité alimentaire frôle les 70% - le taux le plus élevé de toutes les communautés autochtones de pays soit disant développés. Cette réalité est troublante et nous devons agir.

Le rapport de De Schutter fait écho aux voix de nombreux Canadiens, incluant les membres des Premières Nations et de communautés du Grand Nord, qui ont participé à ce rapport.

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Wednesday, March 6: Sudbury Communitiy Consultation for The People's Budget

Time: 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: St. Andrew's Place, 4th Floor, 111 Larch Street, Sudbury

Ontario has a new Premier, but we have the same challenges.

Cuts to jobs and services have hurt communities just like yours and more than 40 percent of Ontario families are falling behind.

We need to change the conversation on austerity and make Ontario better for everyone.

Join with community groups, small businesses, trade unions and your friends and neighbours to share your ideas for a “People’s Budget” for Ontario.

We will compile all of the submissions into a “People’s Budget for Ontario” that we will present to the government.

This is the Sudbury stop on a province-wide tour by the labour movement-sponsored effort to come up with ideas for a "People's Budget". For more information go to

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Friday, March 8: Science Unmuzzled

Time: 7pm
Location: Fraser Auditorium, Laurentian University

Here’s an event that you just don’t want to miss. It’s contentious, it’s heated, and it’s definitely going to be a night never to forget...

Come hear from real live representatives from science, media, and parliament, and get their expert opinions on the current status of science in Canada and the access to information. There are many conflicting opinions already, and we at the Biology Society are looking to the community to sort some questions out…

Is there a “war on science”?

Are Canadian scientists being muzzled?

Who owns the information generated by public money and what happens to it?

Why are academics within the scientific community crying foul?

Are all of these negative claims just a big sham put on by the crazy lefty environmentalists who hate our economy?

Come contribute to the discussion Friday March 8th, 7pm at Laurentian University in the Fraser auditorium to figure out what is really going on with the state of science in Canada.

Speakers include:

Dr. John Gunn
Dr. Dave Pearson
Glenn Thibeault
Erik White

Moderated by:

Franco Mariotti

Tickets are available at the Students General Association(SGA) at Laurentian University, or you can email to find a ticket retailer nearest to you!

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March 3 to March 8: Sudbury's First Annual International Women's Week

Sunday, March 3 -- Sudbury District Labour Council International Women's Day Event
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Location: Howard Johnson Hotel, 50 Brady Street
Contact: Treana Campbell (

Monday, March 4 -- Freeze Mob
Time: 12 noon
Location: Rainbow Centre, 40 Elm Street
Contact: Tracy Gregory (

Monday, March 4 -- Post Card Project: Post cards that will be sent to women in shelters across the world
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Location: YWCA Boardroom, 370 St. Raphael Street
Contact: Marlene Gorman (

Tuesday, March 5 -- Women's History and Gender History: What's the Difference?
Time: 10am to 11:15am
Location: Classroom Building room C-203, Laurentian University
Contact: Linda Ambrose (

Tuesday, March 5 -- Self Care Drop-in
Time: 10am to 12noon
Location: Elizabeth Fry Society, 204 Elm Street
Contact: Cait Mitchell (

Tuesday, March 5 -- Politics on Tap
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Laughing Buddha, 194 Elgin Street
Contact: Nicole Beaulieu (

Wednesday, March 6 -- Positive Women: Exposing Injustice
Time: Check for showtimes
Location: Rainbow Cinemas, 40 Elm Street (sponsored by Reseau Access Network and Elizabeth Fry Society)

Thursday, March 7 -- Why is Mental Health Important in Women?
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Classroom Building room C-207, Laurentian University (led by Laurentian Women's Centre)

Thursday, March 7 -- United for Pay Equity
Time: 9pm
Location: Laurentian University Pub (led by Women's Studies Student Association)
Contact: Tay Rainville (

Friday, March 8 -- International Women's Day Breakfast Celebration
Time: 8am to 10am
Location: Days Inn, 117 Elm Street
COST: $60 (led by Sudbury Chamber of Commerce)
Contact: Shanna Crispo, 705-673-7133xt222

Friday, March 8 -- Celebrating Women Luncheon
Time: 12noon to 1:30pm
Location: Howard Johnson Hotel, 50 Brady Street
COST: $10 (led by Sudbury Women's Centre and Sudbury Multicultural Folk Arts Association)
Contact: Kelly Sinclair, 705-673-1916

Friday, March 8 -- La Festa Della Donna
Time: 6pm
Location: Caruso Club, 385 Haig Street
COST: $35 (led by the Culture and Education Committee)
Contact: Christine Sansalone, 705-585-1322


March 4 to March 8: Aboriginal Awareness Week at Laurentian Univeristy

Monday, March 4 -- Opening Ceremnoy
Time: 10am to 11am (follow-up reception until noon)
Location: Great Hall, Laurentian University (with follow-up reception in L-239 until noon)

Monday, March 4 --  Teachings of the drum and finding the right path by Darren McGregor
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Room L-239

Tuesday, March 5 -- Open House for Native Human Services
Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Arts Building, 3rd floor
Come and meet the faculty and staff!

Tuesday, March 5 -- Making Tie Blankets with Hilda Nadjiwan
Time: 10am to 1pm
Location: University of Sudbury, Room R-309

Tuesday, March 5 -- Metis Film "Places Not Our Own" (1986) by Derek Mazur
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Room L-239

Tuesday, March 5 -- Guest Speaker: "Between the Break Beats: Hip Hop Cultural Processes and Aboriginal Identity" by Karen Recollet
Time: 4pm to 6pm
Location: University of Sudbury, Room R-309

Wednesday, March 6 -- Drum sticks with Jerry Otowadjiwan
Time: 10am to 12noon
Location: Room L-239

Wednesday, March 6 -- Metis Classical Musician Jamie Depuis
Time: 12:10pm to 1pm
Location: Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University

Wednesday, March 6 -- "Modifying Teaching Pedagogy to Include Cultural Safety Frameworks" by Dr. Taima Moeke-Pickering
Time: 12noon to 1pm
Location: Instructional room, J.N. Desmarais Library

Wednesday, March 6 -- Metis and First Nations short films featuring Mark Seabrook and Christi Belcourt by Kathy Browning
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Room L-239

Wednesday, March 6 -- Theatre Production "Paddle Song" by Cheri Maracle
Time: 4pm to 6pm
Location: Room W-132

Thursday, March 7 -- Metis Excursion at Nepatawin Lake Beach
Time: 10am to 3pm
Location: Nepatawin Lake Beach

Thursday, March 7 -- Guest Speaker: "Indigenous Women, Power, and Nationhood" with Lee Maracle
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Location: Room W-132

Friday, March 8 -- Drum Making & Teachings
Time: 9am to 4pm
Location: Round Room in School of Education

Friday, March 8 -- Inuit Games in Founder's Square
Come one, come all!


March 4 to March 8: Israeli Apartheid Week at Laurentian University

Sponsored by the Palestine Solidarity Working Group and Sudbury Against War and Occupation

Please join us throughout the week in the LU Student Centre at our table for information and informal discussions about Israeli apartheid policies, Palestinian resistance, and the history of the Palestine/Israel conflict. 10am-2:00pm Mon.-Fri.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5th at 1:00 in ROOM C-204

Occupation 101:

In this thought-provoking documentary, Middle East Scholars, Peace Activists, Journalists, Religious Leaders and Humanitarian Aid Workers offer critical and insightful perspectives on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.


Five Broken Cameras: Film screening

Emad Burnat bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son. Each one of his cameras was violently destroyed over the next five years of turmoil. Burnat watches as olive trees and villages are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by Israeli settlements. This will be Laurentian University's first screening of Burnat's Oscar nominated film


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