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Monday, September 24, 2012

Stop CETA Open Mic & Candlelight Vigil

7:30-10:30 p.m.
September 29, 2012

East Village Coffeehouse
785 Dundas St. E

Pdf version of poster, click here.

You are invited to the Sat. September 29th StopCETA Open Mic to mark the anticipated final round of negotiations in October 2012.

Chat with interesting people who care as deeply as you do about the earth and human rights.

This trade justice event will combine CETA education & action with bluesy-groovy-folksy music and poetry.

Line up: the sweet blues of the Dave Dillon, the seasoned folk of Mark 30, the hard hitting & comical storytelling song of Margo Does and more. A presentation on CETA entitled “What else is possible, eh?”A MPP mail out of your specific CETA concern. A candlelight vigil for Public Services in Canada post CETA.

Not to mention the good ol' edible and beverage offerings of the East Village Coffeehouse. I hear Absynthe may be on tap.

What: stopCETA trade justice open mic
(for the love of canada, stopCETA!)

When: Sat. Sept. 29th, 730 pm

*Come early, limited spaces

*Candle-light vigil interlude at 8pm.

Where: Our favourite and recently liberated East Village Coffeehouse (EVC)
785 Dundas St.
Dundas and Rectory, just west of Aeolian Hall.

Ample free parking on the street and around the corner.

Cost: $5 Suggested Donation

Come early, seating limited. This is a scent free event.

Media release:

For Immediate Release:
Candlelight Vigil for Municipal Public Services

Monday, September 24th, 2012
On Saturday, September 29th, Londoners are invited to a candlelight vigil for Canadian Public Services. This event will witness the loss of Canadian public services from the largest trade agreement ever negotiated by Canada called the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) which is intended to be signed by the end of 2012. The vigil's purpose is to bring attention to an enormous trade deal that has been negotiated behind closed doors whose major content is municipal public services in Canadian cities coast to coast.
The CETA will allow foreign corporations from the European Union, The United States and Mexico to bid with equal power for city hall contracts to oversee municipal transit, hydro, water services and parts of the health and education sectors. Through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), over five hundred thousand manufacturing jobs were lost in Ontario with much work being downsized to part-time status without benefits. People in the know about this quiet trade deal are concerned that a similar result will happen not only in the last manufacturing sector jobs but also public service. Further, there are serious concerns about increases in daily costs of living for families. For example, a study from the University of Toronto and the University of Calgary demonstrates a one billion increase in essential drug costs out of the pockets of people living in Ontario. The reason for the more expensive medicine is that the European negotiators have asked Canada to extend patent monopoly for brand name drug companies to have exclusive rights of sale for 3.5 more years.
With over forty city councils and school boards requesting a full opt out of CETA from the provinces, including London, the word is getting out about its many potential risks.
Join us at the East Village Coffeehouse, 785 Dundas Street, on Saturday, September 29th at 8pm to draw attention to this very comprehensive deal that will impact your job, your family and your day-to- day costs of living. All are welcome.
Contact: Rod Morley (519 872-0008) or StopCETA Trade Justice
A Coalition of the Council of Canadians, London Chapter

Second Poster:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Attracting Peace: Educating for Peace, with Lee McKenna

7:00-9:00 p.m.
Wolf Performance Hall
London Central Library
251 Dundas St.
London, Ontario

Lee McKenna will be talking about her work with war-affected people in places like Sudan, Colombia and the Philippines. Come and learn about the economic, social and cultural roots of violence, the role of consciousness in combatting violence and oppression and how to organize for social and political change.


(B.A., MDiv, PhD cand), activist, practitioner of active non-violence and principal of Partera International (partera. ca), has been working alongside peace-makers from more than a dozen countries for more than 20

The evening will end with a guided meditation for peace.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012