Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cholesterol: The top five foods to lower your numbers -

Cholesterol: The top five foods to lower your numbers -

Thursday, February 25, 2010



Tex-Mex Express: Just How Bad Is the Border? « SpeakEasy

Tex-Mex Express: Just How Bad Is the Border? « SpeakEasy

Parent Power NOW!

Parent Power NOW!

Art Beat | Poet Lucille Clifton Dies at Age 73 | Online NewsHour | PBS

Art Beat Poet Lucille Clifton Dies at Age 73 Online NewsHour PBS

The Curious Cook - Better Bread With Less Kneading -

You may be kneading your bread too much.
The Curious Cook - Better Bread With Less Kneading -

Lucille Clifton, Poet Who Explored Black Lives, Dies at 73 - Obituary (Obit) -

Lucille Clifton, Poet Who Explored Black Lives, Dies at 73 - Obituary (Obit) -

Reel Injun: A documentary film by Neil Diamond

Reel Injun: A documentary film by Neil Diamond

REEL INJUN: On The Trail of the Hollywood Indian
[National Film Board of Canada] Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.
Reel Injun: A documentary film by Neil Diamond

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Halifax mayor offers historic apology to residents and descendants of Africville - Yahoo! Canada News

Halifax mayor offers historic apology to residents and descendants of Africville - Yahoo! Canada News

Africville descendants gets a long overdue apology

HALIFAX, N.S. - The mayor of Halifax asked for forgiveness Wednesday as he apologized to the residents and descendants of Africville, a black community that was razed four decades ago.

Peter Kelly said he recognized that words could not express the depth of loss experienced since the destruction of Africville, recognized as a shameful chapter in the city's history.

"We realize words cannot undo what has been done. But we are profoundly sorry and apologize to each and everyone of you," Kelly told a news conference.

"The repercussions of what happened to Africville linger to this day. They haunt us in the form of lost opportunities for the young people who never were nurtured in the rich traditions, culture and heritage of Africville."

The city council has approved $3 million to be spent on the reconstruction of a church to serve as a memorial in an effort to compensate former residents and descendants of Africville.

Situated in Halifax's north end, Africville was established by former slaves in the early 1800s on the shore overlooking Bedford Basin. It was torn down in the 1960s to make way for the approaches to a bridge across Halifax harbour as part of an urban renewal initiative.

"You lost your homes, your church, all the places in which you gathered with your family and friends to share and mark the milestones of your lives," Kelly said. "For all of that, we apologize."

The former Africville land is now a park and a national heritage site.

Halifax mayor offers historic apology to residents and descendants of Africville - Yahoo! Canada News

Monday, February 22, 2010

Have your say - Winnipeg Bike Path - Active Transportation Infrastructure Stimulus Program

Winnipeg’s Active Transportation Network
2010 Active Transportation Infrastructure Stimulus Program Public Open House Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 4 pm - 7 pm Earl Grey Community Centre ~ 360 Cockburn Street North

The public is invited to an Open House regarding the City of Winnipeg's 2010 Active Transportation Program. This session is an opportunity to view information on the proposed plans for new Active Transportation facilities in the River Heights / Fort Rouge, Bison Drive, Wilkes, Waverley and Seel areas, and to share your ideas on Active Transportation facilities for Jubilee and Hay.

River Heights / Fort Rouge Bikeway System Bison Drive • Wilkes •Waverley & Seel Pathways
For more information about the 2010 Active Transportation Infrastructure Stimulus Program, or to provide feedback on the Active Transportation Blog, please

In December, 2009, Winnipeg City Council approved $20.4 million in capital funding to support an extensive active transportation network throughout the city. The funding comes from the three levels of government (the City, Province and Federal governments each contributing one-third, or $6.8 million). This active transportation program involves the creation of 35 projects that range from multi-use pathways to bike boulevards. When this program is completed by the end of this year, Winnipeggers will be able to access 375 km of active transportation routes.

For more information about this program visit or cal 311.

Africans helping African brothers and sisters in Haiti

Dear Friends,

I am happy to inform you that the joint "African Churches/Acomi response to Haiti " Church Service did take place yesterday at GLORY & PEACE CHURCH INTERNATIONAL @ 1296 Main Street.
In attendance were representatives from various African Churches in Winnipeg and individual members of the African Community.
The Church Service raised a total amount of $1010.10 as contribution towards Haiti relief. The amount raised was handed over to the Acomi Treasurer at the end of the service.
Acomi has also received $700.00 from various community organizations and families in a separate effort.
Acomi will be arranging to make a presentation to the Red Cross and an invitation will be sent out when the date is confirmed.
On behalf of members of the African Community in Manitoba, I would like to thank each and everyone of us for making this effort possible.
best regards,
Frank Indome
Treasurer - African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (Acomi)

Friday, February 19, 2010

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2010


OTTAWA - "Numbers don't lie," says Mark MacKenzie (, Green Party of Ontario candidate for Ottawa West-Nepean.
"Right now the statistics are grim. One out of 2.3 men and one out of 2.6 women will contract cancer during their lifetimes. People are unaware that we're exposed to about 80,000 human-made chemicals with only 15,000 of them barely tested for safety. We Greens believe that this senseless exposure to dangerous chemicals has to be stopped, and stopped soon," asserts MacKenzie, a board member of Prevent Cancer Now.
"Cancer has always taken its toll but never to the degree that we see today. Ours is the first generation to be hit this hard. Who doesn't know someone who's had cancer? How many of us have lost a friend or family member? As your prospective MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, I will make it my personal goal to address the problem with the urgency it deserves," states the Green Party hopeful.
"Safe and healthy environments, free of cancer-causing substances, should be the birthright of every Canadian. Decreases in cancer incidence can and must be achieved by eliminating carcinogens from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the products we use, our places of work, and the food we eat," states MacKenzie.

It's time to focus on preventing illness, not just treating ill health.

Upcoming Event - Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

Upcoming Event - Ghanian Independence Celebration

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Tiger Woods apologizes for affairs, return to golf unknown -

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Food Banks in the City: Imperatives of Justice and Mercy

Press Release

Booth College is hosting its first annual Booth College Service Learning Forum on April 17th. The forums are designed to bring together diverse perspectives for thoughtful engagement around an important need that has been identified in conversation with our service partners serving in Winnipeg. Local high school students are invited to join the conversation to encourage their involvement in community issues.

This year, we are bringing together diverse voices in Winnipeg to discuss food security. Manitoba food bank use in 2009 marked the largest year-over-year increase on record—up 18% from 2008. Across Canada, 9% of the almost 800,000 people assisted in the month of March alone used food banks for the first time.

Why do we need a forum? Our service providers have told us that there is increasing tension over how best to respond to the rising demand for food. Systemic problems associated with a changing economy, job losses, and stagnant incomes invite responsible civic engagement to ensure justice for the most vulnerable members of the Canadian population. Food bank critics sometimes contend that flourishing food banks inhibit passage of more just legislation by ameliorating the most visible urban crisis that might grab media attention. Food banks provide an essential community service but their voluntary status means they, too struggle: 28% report inadequate funding, 31% report running out of food, and 36% report giving out less food than usual. Alternatively, the imperative of mercy points to the immediacy of the need and the vulnerability of the children who represent 37% of food bank recipients. This forum will bring together representatives from a diverse set of perspectives to facilitate thoughtful discussion about food security in Winnipeg.

If you are interested in exploring some practical ideas about how to meaningfully respond to the situation, then join us for:

Food Banks in the City:

The Imperatives of Justice and Mercy

Saturday, April 17, 9:00-12:00

Booth College, Chapel

The forum is free. We are providing snacks and a light lunch. We are asking attendees to “bring a tin for the bin” for Winnipeg Harvest, our co-host. Our guest speakers are:

David Northcott, Executive Coordinator of Winnipeg Harvest

Jim Read, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Salvation Army Ethics Center

Paul Thomas, University of Manitoba Political Studies Professor

Dan Wiens, Water/Agriculture Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee

Rita Chahal, General Manager, Manitoba Chamber of Commerce

Moderator: Jim Cornelius, Canadian Foodgrains Bank

We do hope you will join us.


Dr. Sherrie Steiner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of SociologyFor more information, or to register, contact Sherrie Steiner at 924-4896, or visit the Booth website at

2010 Booth Service Learning Forum

In Partnership with Winnipeg Harvest

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Congratulations to Louise Simbandumwe - A community champion

Louise Simbandumwe has been given the Mosaic Merit Award. (TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

For Louise Simbandumwe, the building is still in flames.
Thirty years ago, Simbandumwe and her family left everything behind to seek refuge in India. Their home in Burundi was disintegrating by the day and blood from the wide-spread massacres that claimed the lives of relatives and close friends was spilling closer.
After the family arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs, any hope of returning to the life they imagined was dashed when her parents received a letter from home.

"My mom and dad were on the list of people to be killed," said Simbandumwe, now 41. "We weren't going back."
That's why she has devoted her life to assisting others. She helps those who arrive in Canada with nothing, or those who haven't yet found their way, to invent new circumstances for themselves.
"It's almost not a choice; it's something that I have to do," Simbandumwe said Tuesday, prior to receiving the Mosaic Merit Award. The honour is given annually by the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba to recognize the contributions of new Canadians in areas like social justice and community support.

"It's kind of like escaping a burning building. You made it out, but there are people still in there, and they're screaming. You need to do something to help," Simbandumwe said.
Working with SEED Winnipeg, an organization that provides employment and economic development in low income families, Simbandumwe has helped develop financial programs designed to give new Canadians a head start. One of those initiatives is an asset building venture, where people save money that is matched so they can purchase the things they need, whether it's a house or a bed for their children.
"They're coming here to start over," she said. "They have nothing, so developing assets for them is a priority."

Noëlle DePape, the executive director of IRCOM, said the impact of Simbandumwe in the community development field is immeasurable. Not only does she provide a model for new refugees as they attempt to build up from nothing, but she also keeps service providers in touch with the needs of families.

"She keeps us accountable, which is sometimes overlooked in the support process," DePape said.
Simbandumwe downplayed the accolades she received Tuesday. The work she's done, whether here in Winnipeg or abroad for Amnesty International, doesn't deserve mention, she feels.
"Being a refugee is a violent uprooting," she said. "I remember just not really knowing what the next day would bring, and it was tough to find a level of comfort through that. Figuring out a way to build a life in a new environment was difficult."

Hazel Scott’s Lifetime of High Notes | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine

Hazel Scott’s Lifetime of High Notes Arts & Culture Smithsonian Magazine: "She began her career as a musical prodigy and ended up breaking down racial barriers in the recording and film industries"

Friday, February 12, 2010

American Indian Boarding Schools: Indigenous Feminist Perspectives on Reparations

Sexual Violence and American Indian Boarding Schools:

Indigenous Feminist Perspectives on Reparations

Wednesday March 10

1L13 from 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.


Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith is an Assistant Professor of Media

and Cultural Studies at the University of California,

Riverside. She is a co-founder of INCITE! Women of

Color Against Violence and the Boarding School Healing

Project. Her publications include:

- Native Americans and the Christian Right: The

Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances

- Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian


Professor Smith is also the editor of The Revolution

Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial

Complex. She recently completed a report for the United

Nations on Indigenous Peoples and Boarding Schools.

There will be a small reception to follow in the Aboriginal Student Services

Centre at The University of Winnipeg. If you have any questions

please contact Jennifer Hofer 204-786-9305 -

Will the Olympic Opening Ceremonies honour the Father of British Columbia?


As a young person growing up in the suburbs of Ottawa, ON, long before then
MP Jean Augustine declared February “Black History Month” in Canada, I often
wondered if my family was one of the first persons of colour ever to set foot in this
country of ours – the Great White North. These are the days before multiculturalism
was feted in various colourful festivals in Ottawa and around the country.
Times have changed.

Yet, this month, as an coordinator for the Black Canadian Scholarship

Fund’s annual “Black Speakers’ series in Schools”, I was reminded of the

little-known Canadian hero named Sir James Douglas who is responsible

for keeping British Colombia in Canadian hands in the 1800s.

This Guyana-born Canadian brokered a peaceful living arrangement

between European settlers, blacks, aboriginals and a burgeoning

American immigrant presence during the Gold Rush. To me, this is the

foundation of Canadian values that differentiates us from our neighbours

to the south: the ability to integrate people from different cultures, and to

foster a collaborative environment where all can stake their claim on this

land, without the use of guns to settle disputes.

And Sir Douglas was black.  Notably, Sir Douglas, he kept this beautiful province (and its gold) out of

American hands. If it weren’t for those heroic efforts, where would we be hosting the

Olympics today? Summary: On the eve of the much-anticipated Vancouver Olympic Games’ Opening

Ceremony, I am left to wonder if this unsung Canadian hero, a black man, will be given any

deserved tribute in the ceremony. Or will Canada miss yet another opportunity to acknowledge and affirm

inclusive nature of our rich history to the world. So often in our educational institutions, we’ve ignored the contribution of blacks to make this country great. I was not fortunate enough to learn of

these achievements when I was a student under the tutelage of Ottawa’s French School Board, but I am happy to facilitate black professionals’ appearances as guest speakers in local schools as part of the BCSF’s

annual volunteer-run initiative, allowing young Canadians to learn and appreciate the 400 years of contributions of black Canadians that made this country the envy of the world.

Long before our lovely Governor General Michaelle Jean took her historical seat in Canadian History, Sir Douglas was the first black provincial Governor of Canada. He also formed an integrated police force. In1858, no less.  On the eve of the much-anticipated Vancouver Olympic Games’ Opening Ceremony, I am left towonder if this unsung Canadian hero, a black man, will be given any deserved tribute in the ceremony. Or will Canada miss yet another opportunity to acknowledge and affirm inclusive nature of our rich history to the world.

Rachel Décoste

Motivational Speaker and community organizer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


BCSF : Black Canadian Scholarship Fund.

Each year, 2 Ottawa area highschool students with financial needs, the

talent and the desire to pursue university studies are awarded a $5,000

bursary. Our past recipients include three (3) Law School Students, two (2)

medical students, one (1) Ph.D. student, and one (1) Engineer, to name a

few. Through fundraising and careful investment, the fund, managed by

the Community Foundation, and has already helped 21 students achieve
higher education.

*Reference document for Sir Douglas:

Thursday, February 11, 2010


LEAF granted leave to intervene by SCC in Alberta v. Caron

Toronto, February 11, 2010 - The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), in coalition with other equality seeking organizations, has been granted leave to intervene by the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Alberta v. Caron.

This Appeal concerns the discretion of the Courts to award advance costs to claimants who would otherwise be unable to litigate their public interest claims. "The decision of the Supreme Court will have significant implications for access to justice for disadvantaged and marginalized groups" says LEAF Director of Litigation, Joanna Birenbaum.

The trial of Mr. Caron's French language rights case lasted more than 80 days and was originally funded by the Court Challenges Program (CCP). After the CCP was cancelled in September 2006, Mr. Caron sought, and was granted an interim costs order on the basis of British Columbia (Minister of Forests) v. Okanagan Indian Band, [2003] 3 S.C.R. 371 (Okanagan). The Crown has appealed this order.

Audrey Johnson, Executive Director of LEAF notes that, "people in the lowest income levels in Canada are disproportionally women. Financial constraints put potentially meritorious claims at risk every day and result in unconstitutional laws remaining unchallenged. Those who are the most excluded and marginalized are in greatest need of support to enforce their constitutional rights through public interest litigation."

Ensuring respect for the rule of law and protecting and promoting the rights of marginalized groups are essential in a democratic society. The elimination of CCP, restricted access to legal aid, and the decreased availability of any other sources of funding for test case litigation for equality seekers makes the interpretation and application of the Okanagan test an even more pressing concern.

LEAF, in coalition with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues and the Poverty and Human Rights Law Centre, will submit that the legal principles applicable to the consideration of an application for advance costs should be grounded in this Court's constitutional jurisprudence, particularly the constitutional commitments to substantive equality and to the protection of minorities; as well as international human rights law and jurisprudence.

Counsel for the Coalition are Gwen Brodsky and Melina Buckley.

LEAF is a national, non profit organization committed to confront all forms of discrimination through legal action, public education, and law reform to achieve equality for women and girls under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For more information, please visit us at