- News from Oppenheimer Park
- A Huge THANK YOU to Everyone Involved!
- My HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL 2014
- North Vancouver Community Band Concert
- From the Library
- Arts Humanities 101
- Monthly Speaker Series
- The Accidentals Jazz Band
- Carnegie Classics Concert
- Editorial on the Election
- In This to Win
- Street Sermon
- SHAKESPEARE CLASSES WITH THE HONEST FISHMONGERS
- Another Day In Paradise
- “Good-bye my friend”
- Financial Literacy Workshops with Vancity
- *Survey: Arts & Health in BC*
- What passes for NORMAL in this neighbourhood
- Help the planet, help us all
- LAST WAR WINS
News from Oppenheimer Park
Oppenheimer Park participates in Eastside Culture Crawl
November 20 – 23, 2014, various locations
More information: http://culturecrawl.ca/artists/oppenheimer-park
Art sales off the Art Cart | Cash only
Our art and open studio program, OPPEN-Arts is a dynamic and supportive program at Oppenheimer Park where many artists in the Downtown Eastside develop and share their work. In many ways OPPEN-Arts provides local artists with access to a unique and vibrant studio space. Over the years Oppenheimer Park has organized hundreds of art and cultural workshops, events and more. Crawlspace features artists who participate in our OPPEN-Arts supported studio and exhibition opportunities.
Visit our studio during Eastside Culture Crawl, meet artists, and support artists!
Thursdays 10:30am – 1pm (workshop), 2:30-4:30pm (open studio)
In the morning, the studio offers skills development and/or professional development workshops. We are currently planning for 2015 schedule and welcome your suggestions!
In the afternoon, the space is available for artists to work on their own project. Some supplies are available to use.
Inside Out – Children’s Program
Saturdays 10:30am – 12:30pm
Our revamped children’s program offers not only arts and crafts program, but also other subjects such as science, music and more! Come join us to make new friends while you learn something new!
An adult (parent, guardian, friend over the age of 18) must be present while child is in the program.
Park’s Birthday Party
Thursday, November 27, 3pm
Come and celebrate with everyone who has a birthday this month!
Like us on facebook: Oppenheimer Park – DTES Communities Back Yard
A Huge THANK YOU to Everyone Involved!
A Huge THANK YOU
to Everyone Involved!
On behalf of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, thanks to all the artists, participants, audience members, community partners, funding partners, supporters, volunteers, work teams, and friends for your participation in another extraordinary festival.
There were so many amazing events and inspiring moments! We are grateful and appreciative of your support and contributions to making our community led festival such a success. To continue to enjoy the 2014 festival go to the website of AHA Media (www.ahamedia.ca) where you will find an abundance of photos and videos of many performances and events.
If you have a project or a program idea to contribute or suggest for next year’s festival, give us a call, 604-628-5672, or talk with Rika 604-665-3003. The 12th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival will run
Wed Oct 28 to Sun Nov 8, 2015.
The Festival program and producing team
My HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL 2014
As usual, when I received the first copy of the program guide I became immediately overwhelmed with the sheer amount of events to attend. How could I possibly write about this festival & go to enough events!?
I went to the launch on Wednesday afternoon and became quite emotional thinking that this was the 11th launch I had been to. When Terry hinted that he and Savannah were contemplating leaving the festival at some point in the future I became horrified.. how would the festival go on?
Then he spoke of how he had had the same feelings and was working on solving this so the festival would go on into the future by having it operate out of the Woodwards building next year. I relaxed slightly.
After that, I totally missed every event that I had wanted to go to until I attended the concert on Sunday afternoon in the Interurban Gallery. The two voices of Heidi Morgan and Haisla Collins transported me for two hours. Boy, can these ladies can sing! When Heidi sang “Take it to the Limit” for Kelly the tears were falling no matter how much I tried to stop them! Not to mention, I was surrounded by Diane Wood’s lovely quilt tapestries, as I listened to these extremely talented singers.
This year for the first time I got to have my very own event in the Festival. I co-produced a play called “Who Stole the Spirit of the Carnegie” a detective play written and produced by me and my partner Jimmy and acted by 8 talented Carnegie thespians. We had 4 playwriting workshops & 2 rehearsals before the final performance on Friday, November 7th in the Carnegie Theatre. The performance had its faults due to lack of rehearsal time but was still well received by a full house audience. I was on pins and needles the whole time. My life had been consumed by this event to the extent that I didn’t attend any other festival events this year! Boy was I glad when it was over!
So, as another Heart of the City Festival comes to an end, I thank everybody who makes it happen every year and especially Teresa Vandertuin for giving me the opportunity to stretch my creative talents in yet another direction. This festival does so much to showcase the talented people that live and work in the downtown eastside that it would be a shame to see it end.
By Adrienne Macallum
7:00 – 8:00 PM
From the Library
The “Main & Hastings Book Club” is back! Over the years, the meet-up has involved reading a book in its entirety one month at a time, reading and beading, reading at Crab Park, etc. This incarnation will be an opportunity to create a customized reading list, based on the book recommendations that each participant is asked to bring (fiction or non-fiction). I’ve always found that I am more likely to pursue a book if a friend has made a pitch... so that’s what I’m hoping will happen as I know Carnegie has avid readers!
Please join me in the “Classroom 2” for the third Tuesday of the month on floor 3. Free. No registration, but I ask that you come at 10:30, to respect the other participants as they share their recommended book.
* November 18th : 10:30am – 12:00pm
* December 16th : 10:30am – 12:00pm
* January 20th : 10:30am – 12:00pm
I’m debating on featuring one of these books, Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys, Halfbroke Horses by Jeannette Winterson, or The Gasoline Gypsy by Peggy Iris Thomas.
If you want to participate and feel stumped for a book, VPL has just started offering immediate “Reader’s Advisory” help via our Facebook page! Yes, a librarian is poised and ready to find you an incredible book:
Your Carnegie Librarian, Natalie
Arts Humanities 101
If you know of any family or friends who might be interested in taking next term’s Writing course, please pass on the intake schedule below.
We hope to see you at the upcoming steering committee meeting on Wednesday November 19th, and at any of the Public Programmes that you are welcome to participate in any time. A Taste of the Middle East at the Gathering Place, Very Close Reading, Aloud! in the top floor seminar room at the Carnegie centre, and the guest teacher for the Hum Speaker Series on November 26th is sociologist Tom Kemple. See below for more details.
The next Hum Steering Committee meeting is coming up at the Carnegie Centre on Wednesday November 19th, from 4.00 – 6.00 p.m. All current participants and alumni are welcome. Your ideas and feedback are important in helping to guide all aspects of the Programme.
WRITING INTAKE SESSIONS
The Writing course is a three-month course that runs every Tuesday evening between January and April. Each week a new genre and style of writing will be taught, including creative fiction and non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, life writing, journaling, manifesto writing and more.
*Carnegie Centre, Main and Hastings St.
Saturday November 22nd at 11 a.m
*The Gathering Place, Helmcken and Seymour St.
Saturday November 22nd at 1 p.m
*Vancouver Recovery Club, 2775 Sophia St.
Saturday November 22nd at 3 p.m
*Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (women only), 302 Columbia St., Monday November 24th at 11 a.m
*Crabtree Corner/Sheway, 533 East Hastings St.
Monday November 24th at 2 p.m
Study Groups are lively forums for discussing subjects of mutual interest in informed ways. They are free and are held either weekly or bi-weekly at the Carnegie Centre or The Gathering Place. Participants can join these groups at any stage. Groups are facilitated by Hum students, alumni, staff and volunteer teachers, plus people from the wider community.
Monthly Speaker Series
When: Wednesday, November 26th 7 - 9 pm
Where: The Carnegie Center third floor gallery
Speaker: Tom Kemple
What could 'no carrots no sticks' societies look like?
Hum’s sociology teacher Tom Kemple will be tackling the Hum theme for this year: no carrots no sticks.
When: Every Monday from 6 - 7.30 p.m
Where: The Gathering Place
Facilitator: Shahla Masoumnejad
A Taste of The Middle East
Middle Eastern countries have a rich culture, and although they are frequently identified as one region, each country represents a distinguished culture that is rooted in ancient traditions. In this ongoing study group, we enjoy the beauty of these cultures and explore the differences that make each country unique. Snacks and light refreshments are provided.
Very Close Reading, Aloud!
When: Every Saturday from 12.30 - 2.30 p.m (NO SESSION NOVEMBER 15)
Where: The Carnegie Centre third floor classroom
Facilitator: Steve Wexler
Readings: Available at the group
This group meets every Saturday to read, interpret and discuss classic texts on alternative weeks. Homer’s classic Greek tragedy The Odyssey originates in the 8th century B.C.E. and follows Odysseus’ struggles to return home after the Trojan War and the trials of his son Telemachus in attempting to run his father’s house. The Post-Office Girl, by Stefan Zweig, tells the story of female post-office clerk in poverty-stricken Vienna following World War I. This story describes in moving detail the social impact of the First World War and the ensuing extreme poverty.
NO DOCUMENTARY NIGHTS FOR NOVEMBER,
we will return in December on the 2nd & 3rd Saturday.
Humanities 101 Community Programme
Dr. Margot Leigh Butler, Academic Director
Paul Woodhouse, Programme Coordinator
Angela McDonald, Writing Coordinator
Wil Steele, Programme Assistant
Reuben Jentink, Programme Assistant
Doreen Ong, Programme Assistant
tel. 604-822-0028 fax. 604-822-6096
#270 Buchanan E, 1866 Main Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z1
Monthly Speaker Series
Join us every fourth Wednesday of the month for stimulating presentations and discussions by guest speakers. The talk for November will be:
What could ‘no carrots no sticks’ societies look like?
with Hum’s long-time Sociology teacher, Professor Tom Kemple
7 – 9 PM
3rd Floor Gallery
Everyone is welcome!
The Accidentals Jazz Band
A spectacular evening of
Big Band Swing, Bossa Nova and Funk
Carnegie Centre Theatre
Wednesday, November 26th
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Granados, Danzas Españolas
de Falla, Canciones Populares Españolas
Piazzolla, Nightclub 1960
Music inspired by the folk songs and dances of Spain
Elizabeth McBurney, flute
Johanna Hauser, clarinet
Friday, November 21st at 3:00pm
The Hall at the Carnegie Centre
In Alberta they flare the oil and gas wells:
Three million glue sniffers.
They regress and call it reform.
Profits are high, taxes are low, nobody's poor.
It comes out of the ground black, and stinks of sulfur.
Refined, it builds malls and lines pockets;
Makes some of them rich and keeps all of them high.
In Alberta, the politicians are pernicious, the media
Malicious, and the beef delicious.
For culture they have curling and hockey.
With matters intellectual, as on matters of faith,
Albertans are basically fundamentalists; and they Rigorously analyze issues in terms of right and wrong, Or good and bad.
They like Ralph Klein, George Bush, and Disneyland.
Editorial on the Election
The NPA hosted, or a better description might be spawned, Gordon Campbell as Mayor. He went on to be one of the mos detested premiers in the history of BC.
There was never any bones about it: the Non Partisan Association was completely on the side of big money & remains there to the present day.
Vision Vancouver made nice sounds at first. It seeks to make the city more friendly to an upper middle class ($) but is backed solidly by developers. Back in 2004 there were over 52,000 millionaires residing in BC (on paper, paying little) and it was such who ponied up $25,000 a plate to just have lunch with the Vision Mayor Gregor.
COPE saw much favour with both Libby Davies & then Jenny Kwan who are now a Member of Parliament and a Member of the Legislative Assembly, respectively. Of the 3 groupings, only COPE considers living standards and quality of life for all of Vancouver's residents, not trading away the aspirations of the many for the ease of the few. They even declare intentions to have a vacancy tax on absentee speculators for unused properties!
If you read this before Nov 15th maybe it will affect the way you vote. Regardless of who `wins` our struggle will go on; money is just the front runner of dark forces.
In This to Win
Descending into an uncontrollable madness in these hard times of heritage buildings being flattened abruptly by greedy developers, historic sites gone forever into the dustbin, forever blown away to who knows where only to be replaced by, constructed, prefabricated heapy way-over-priced shoeboxes to class suckers who have a few other options aside from shelling out exorbitant rent cheques to real estate flippers and their like or getting out of town to reside in the boondocks, or maybe the sticks, struggling to scrape a down payment for a sell-to-the-devil mortgage from extremely flush con artists / rip-off banksters for the privilege of existing paycheque to paycheque, hanging by a thread, in the entire planet’s way expensive city to reside and survive in. What’s the deal with this shell game? Guess who wins guess who loses winner takes it all. While this particular mess is going down, there is another more important pressing fully emerging matter and that is of the daily dwindling thousands of recent & long-time residents of long-neglected, dilapidated, collapsing SRO’s, caged & huddling with roommates, for many the only way just so they can cut the rent at the end of every month from their deflating inadequate measly welfare cheques, not to mention struggling being hungry with government-loan indebtedness; students and working poor. We watch in horror out of grimy windows (if we have one) as a toxic-fumed haze and construction contaminants spew into the hot grey air, trying not to breathe in too deeply as it seeps through cracks in the walls or cracks in the fractured or shattered glass. Compound this nightmare with noxious carbon waste from endless streams of sputtering coughing vehicles right here of all kinds & descriptions & the terminal white noise. Stone-cold radiators no heat plumbing broke slamming doors…
At times like these I have this awesome tendency to get to my feet & stagger to what was left of the window of this hovel to scream & shout to the oppressors in this neighbourhood to back off take off get lost & take all your filthy bulldozers backhoes dump trucks jackhammers & other assorted paraphernalia back with you… just leave us alone to sift thru the wreckage, to tend to the remains of your havoc that you’ve rained down upon us for too long.. and to rebuikld what’s left of our precious downtown eastside neighbourhood into something reasonable sensible benevolent, to make a reformation declaration of & for our beloved community. Get the picture?!!?
(after hearing one too many preachers
haranguing about hell-fire on granville street)
brothers and sisters, fellow low-life, listen, we are in luck
one guy at least, came just for us, a tremendous low-life, jesus
he didn't come down here, to this blood-stew, for no limousine riders
no bible thumpers, no hotshot angle-shooters, no.. came down here
I believe it's the truth, for me and you, I mean junkies
winos, hookers, cripples, crazies, thieves welfare bums
and homeless freaks, lowest of the low, least of all
do your parents hate you? your teachers hate you? po-lice hate you?
your friends hate you? you hate you? you're really in luck
everybody hated jesus too, you got nowhere to live?
nowhere to hang your hat? jesus said to a cat, nowhere to go? ‘even the
foxes of the field and the birds of the air got somewhere to lay their
weary ass down. but not me, oh no'
do people scorn you? put you down? tell stories about what a problem
you are? a judge told me I was of no use to society.. the president
of a university told me I was trash and obscene.. my own mother
god bless her, told me J was the world's biggest asshole.. but all that
just makes me eligible to hook up with jesus, who got nailed up
bleeding, sweating, balls-naked to a wooden cross.. to take
all that bad bullshit off my back
jesus tells you not to hate your own self, which is easy to do,
out here running around like a fool, but just ask jesus
he'll help you with that love yourself he says 'so you can
love somebody as unloved and unlovable as you been'
I mean, jesus didn't come all this way, go through all that trouble
to send you and me to hell - no -maybe these other soft successful
types, I don't know, but not you and me: bona fide losers
you and I know this world is all the hell we're going to see
jesus came to cool us out from this hell right here, right now
for real.. with love, not handcuffs, editorials, or plastic gloves
do you slash-up? overdose? drink lysol or some shit? stick rigs
in your arms? or pull a knife on somebody else? well jesus is
just for you, he was the world's all-time biggest loser
the straight people – the priests and judges - hated him because
he said lowlife scum would get to heaven before they did
and at the end, when Jesus needed his friends they all took off on him
except for a hooker named magdalen; but all his close friends split
said 'no way 1 don't know him' ..except for his friend judas, who
turned jesus in to crimestoppers.. his friends made him take the rap
all alone.. you know how that feels.. and jesus kept his mouth shut
when pontius pilate, the chief of police ~ wanted jesus to cop-out
with a plea
so if you feel misunderstood, nobody know how you feel or what you
talking about, that's Jesus too.. he know about you, he been
through it.. and don't you allow these puffed-up self-righteous
chumps sell you no goody-goody “Jeesuz” shit no
jesus got pissed off plenty times
when jesus was wandering around, no bus fare, all his buddies
kept saying jesus 'what should we do? what should we do? we're scared'
jesus told them 'lay down your life for your friends, and if
your enemy rip-off your coat, give him your shoes too.. give up this
money-grubbing, power-tripping, fantasy-acting ego bullshit
give it up and you won't be scared no more'
but jesus got nailed-up between two thieves just another criminal
and everybody thought so little of jesus, was down on him so bad
they let a mad terrorist bomber go free instead of him..
but jesus told that thief, hanging on the cross next door, like he
telling you and me right now, today, this very hour man
'I take you with me to paradise' jesus told a death-row thief he was
going to take him to paradise
jesus didn't tell a stockbroker, didn't tell a rock promoter..
he told the brokers and promoters 'you can't get to paradise
the way you going' a young banker came up to jesus, said
'I dig your rap! what I gotta do'?' and jesus told him 'give it up
brother' said 'give all your money to the poor, the punks,
the drunks, the bums.. give it up' and that banker did to jesus
what most people do to you when you got your hand out.. he just
walked away 'anything but my sports car'
in his own home-town they called jesus a crazy motherfucker
I been called crazy lots of time in my horne-town, locked up in the
nuthouse to prove it, and jesus, they told him 'we know you boy
don't go pullin no fuckin miracles around here' and tried
to grab his ass, but he ran fast damn (but you know
what that's like)
and if you think you got trouble just keeping your name straight
jesus confused many fools with that 'are you god or what?' they
were always askmg him, he said, 'who do you say that I am?'
a smart-ass, jesus was always being told 'you can't do that
it's against the rules, it's against the law' but jesus talking about
the spirit, body and soul, the whole deal.. real. real life
not just social insurance numbers and fingerprints
and jesus believed in having a good time.. told those tight-ass bastards
his kingdom was like a wedding reception, and first thing jesus did
was turn water into wine so they wouldn't run out, and the authorities
called him a drunkard.. but jesus just kept saying 'help each other,
love each other no matter what; it's the only thing you can count on
so, fellow lowlife, just know jesus loves you if nobody else does
I know he loves me, especially when I don't' love myself
or anybody else.. it's hard to believe in love in this cruel city
in this nightmare time that everybody else pretends
is just fine, but remember no matter what kind of nasty shit you pull
jesus loves you.. in fact you can't make jesus not love you
but when you been kicked around since you were born, love is like
an insult 'oh we love you so much we want to hurt you some more'
but not with jesus, when you suffering real bad, just reach a hand
out of your heart and he'll help you make it.. jesus has already
helped you make it.. you just didn't know it
and the gospel tell you, the gospel is just the highlights of a lowlife
jesus believed in the devil too.. the devil that runs around
in him and her and me and you… and all over everyplace else
seems like jesus knew the devil personally,but jesus didn't
go on and on about some therapy-self-help-socialworker-shrink-headed-
victim-disease-shit.. jesus knew we couldn't be this crazy
this miserable, this goddamned mean and vicious, without a lot of help
from the devil, so jesus kick-boxed the devil right out of people
jesus knows we're weak and easily possessed by all the crap
in this world.. jesus knows all this stuff
so the devil came to see jesus, one on one, when jesus was
strung-out from not eating and hanging-out in the desert
near Kamloops, and the devil said to jesus 'if you're such a bigshot
turn this stone into a loaf of bread and feed yourself’
and jesus said, 'forget you 1'd rather be hungry than do
what you tell me to do' did you ever do that? refuse
and have people say 'you don't know what's good for you?
then the devil said to jesus, 'look here I show you
all the world: cars drugs power sex beer.. in the whole world
I'11 give you all that.. just say you're mine'
but jesus could not be bought. the devil kept working on him
the devil said, 'okay' you so stupid - jump off this cliff
and see if your big daddy save you, like you always talking about'
jesus just laughed - he knew better
I haven't always known better though.. those deals the devil offered jesus
sound pretty good to me, but I have been mostly fucked-up
in my life, so I ain't the best expert on my own life, I do need help
so all you nuts, junkies, freaks, jesus is always
by your side, like a kind of no bullshit, truth-talking guide
always with you.. but not so close by he'll get on your nerves
I mean a lot of times you think he's not there at all, ‘cause he
ain't doing what you think he ought to be doing for you
but he's there, knowing what you need better than you do
knowing you better than you do.. just like the devil do
but that's good because everything I know how to do
and everything you know how to do has got us both right here
probably broke, maybe on dope, no real hope.. listening to a lunatic
like me, because neither of us has figured out anything
better to do with the mountain-moving love jesus
has made us all to be
SHAKESPEARE CLASSES WITH
THE HONEST FISHMONGERS
The company who brought their hit productions of King Lear and Measure for Measure to the Carnegie Centre will be offering Shakespearean classes for any age or experience level, and will run every Monday morning for the next three months.
Beginner Drop In: 10:00am - 11:30am, requires no previous experience or commitment to multiple classes. Be prepared to get on your feet with Shakespeare's beautiful words even if you have never read a Shakespeare play before! All are welcome!
Advanced Intensive: 11:45am - 2pm, if you have some Shakespeare and/or acting experience and think you want to go to the next level, the intensive will require commitment to multiple classes and some memorization/ preparation of scenes and monologues.
Starts Monday, November 17th
3rd Floor, Classroom II
Kevin Bennett (director of The Honest FIshmongers' hit productions of Hamlet, King Lear, and Measure for Measure) will be leading these classes. He has just returned from the renowned Stratford Festival in Ontario where he has been partaking in a two year directing apprentice/assistantship working with some of Canada and the world's finest directors of Classical theatre. Immediately following the Carnegie classes Kevin will be going to London, England where he has recently been offered a job as Assistant Director at the Globe Theatre for the 2015 season. Be sure to jump at the chance to work with him before he heads off to work at one of the finest theatres in the world! Feel free to e-mail email@example.com if you have questions.
Another Day In Paradise
Early on a spring morning,
I heard her before I saw her.
Scritch, scritch, scritch...
A tall, dignified woman
Walking along Powell Street,
Scritch, scritch, scritch...
Wearing an elegant, floor-length gown
Constructed from a shower curtain.
The train dragging on the sidewalk
in her wake,
Scritch, scritch, scritch.
Nobody commented on her outfit.
Lisa David“Good-bye my friend”
“Good-bye my friend”
You’re there whenever I need you
you’ve never let me down
You all ways know what to do
I’m happy when you’re around.
You cheer me up when I’m feeling blue
You’re here for me each day
So many years I’ve turned to you
To take my troubles away.
But now it’s time to let you know
You’re there too much for me
It’s time to try and let you go
It’s time to set you free.
Being with you has been really nice
But I have too much to lose
Your friendship costs too high a price
So good-bye my friend…
Debbie PranteauFinancial Literacy Workshops with Vancity
Financial Literacy Workshops with Vancity
Thursday, Nov 27th in the Carnegie Learning Centre
11am–Noon: Avoiding Financial Abuse for Seniors
1pm-2pm – Identity Theft and Preventing Fraud
Please sign up in the Program Office, 3rd floor
*Survey: Arts & Health in BC*
Provincial not for profit, Arts Health BC is leading a province-wide survey of arts & health activity within health care, research, education and community settings in BC. The results will be used to create a report and directory of BC-based programs to increase networking and resource sharing.
If you or someone you know leads an arts & health initiative, please visit www.artshealthbc.ca/on-the-map to learn more.
The survey is open Sept 22 – Dec 19 2014.
What passes for NORMAL in this neighbourhood – is behind closed doors in others. There it seethes beneath the surface like the froth from a pressure kettle – behind and beneath the neatly kept lawns, the carefully trimmed hedges, the blooming flowers and gardens, the treed and shaded streets, the joyous sounds of kids at play.
Behind and beneath the locked doors, the draped windows a menace lurks – human nature –
It has a face – yours – as you walk down the street.
Roger StewartHelp the planet, help us all
Help the planet, help us all
It was 1974. The Watergate Scandal was rocking America. Neil Young was rocking Canada. TransCanada Corp was building a natural gas pipeline from Alberta to Ontario... and almost nobody had heard of the tar sands or climate change. You and I know a lot has changed. After years of uncontrolled expansion, the tar sands can now be seen from space. They are the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. And today climate pollution is the greatest threat to life on earth.
Now there is a desperate push by Big Oil to expand the tar sands even further for export to lucrative international markets, including China, India, Europe and the United States. Remember that 40-year-old gas pipeline? Just days ago, TransCanada applied to the National Energy Board to convert it into the largest tar sands pipeline ever built. Renamed "Energy East", this old, steel pipeline would be extended to pump more than 1 million barrels of tar sands crude – per day, every day – from Alberta to export terminals in Quebec and Atlantic Canada... putting tens of thousands of families, farms, lakes and rivers along the route at direct risk of a catastrophic pipeline spill.
That's why I'm writing you with urgency.
I've just returned from Atlantic Canada, where a wall of opposition to Energy East is building. The Council of Canadians organized a series of free town hall meetings in communities throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, where I spoke to more than a thousand concerned citizens... and let me tell you something very special is happening! From the Prairies to the Bay of Fundy, farmers are locking arms with families, fishermen and First Nations to say "no" to TransCanada's Energy East and "yes" to a clean energy future. And here's why:
1. For export, not for Canadians: TransCanada claims Energy East would be a "nation builder" that will solve the energy needs of Atlantic Canada. But behind their flag waving, they've made no secret that it's first and foremost an export pipeline.
2. 961 waterways: That's how many precious lakes and rivers TransCanada says Energy East would cross over its 4,600-km span.
3. 40-year-old steel: To save money, TransCanada plans to repurpose their up to 40-year-old natural gas pipeline and only build new sections for part of the project. In 1974, thinner steel was used in remote areas because it was cheaper. Not only is a rupture more likely in remote areas where the pipe is thinner, it could take a lot longer before a rupture is noticed and the pumping is stopped.
4. TransCanada's poor safety record: In 2014 alone, TransCanada has had five major pipeline spills. In the last audit of their key safety management systems, it was found to be "non-compliant" in four out of nine categories.
5. Higher home heating costs: If you heat your home with natural gas, prepare to pay a lot more if Energy East is approved. That's because TransCanada's pipeline will no longer carry natural gas. Gaz Métro CEO Sophie Brochu argues that, unless a new line is built, 3.6 million customers could see a 150% price increase over the course of a single winter.
Simply put, Energy East boils down to "Your Risk. Their Reward." Now that TransCanada has officially applied to build their tar sands export pipeline, you & I must redouble our efforts if we're to stop it. The clock is ticking.
• Build community awareness and resistance: Knowledge is power, and your gift will enable the Council to inform and engage thousands of more people along the pipeline route. We'll expand our successful town hall meetings to the Prairies, reach even more people in Ontario and Quebec, and galvanize communities into taking collective action. Just like the pipeline fights in B.C., community resistance is key to stopping Energy East!
• Counter TransCanada's dirty tricks: Back in July, the Council of Canadians helped to expose that TransCanada made a $30,000 donation to the Ontario town of Mattawa, which sits on the proposed pipeline path. In exchange, city officials had to agree to “not publicly comment on TransCanada's operations or business projects” for five years! Your gift will help the Council closely monitor, expose and stop any further attempts by TransCanada to buy the silence and compliance of elected officials and communities.
• Promote green jobs and alternatives: Investing in the green economy generates up to seven times the number of jobs as projects like Energy East, while ensuring that future generations will still have a planet worth living on. With your gift, the Council will produce a new report that outlines how Canada can transition away from fossil fuels while creating thousands of new “green, decent and public” jobs for all.
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LAST WAR WINS
The Carnage Club social & the malignant word of god have invited mankind to a party of sorts Be Nice & try to be on time, the stars will all be there the heads of state will want to commemorate all the lives lost..we have been fighting for such a long time..so many lives destroyed wasted or just outright taken from those for some insane reason were they old enough to die that is a pitiful excuse for people to kill each other life should be for living not dying, like a terrorist group hosting Saturday Night Live with musical guest Terminal Death the crowd can clap with intermittent crying, like a re-enactment of the boy in the corner & his final days now that would be a funny skit then go live out on the street where laughter has turned people blue & are now having a fit maybe a nerve gas attack is trying to be hotter than the surface of our sun, now are you are still alive with rabbits & handkerchiefs pouring out of each pocket with all your new gadgetry each kid will have their own rocket & even the evilist man on this Earth cannot stop what is about to come, as a mass exodus begins to pour out of each city I remain where I feel I am needed right here I shall watch the fall of a once truly beautiful city but now very plastic surgery disaster kind of city let the guilt party begin, the armies carrying white flags are just about to arrive I guess some of us must have obviously survived is this good or bad or worse I really do not care & then sometimes we may be the newest members of hell at least we know where we are were all of our primitive moments a pile of sins? So life is a training coarse to see who’s worth saving & those that do not in this Last War Wins scenario yours has a way of backfiring on you as you try to take it to the grave & the bits of selfishness begin to pour
Silence is a lovely sound in any language for some it is their breaking point, look at our achievements: half the world is on fire while here in the material part little kids try their hardest to look older so they can be a centrefold of ClawGlamour Magazine then they can be trained the Al-Queda way I am sure they’ll take orders & we can soon sift thru their once nice now blown up with many dead town or city in some block, in some joint, let us get our destruction kits on like a motivational speaker who can’t get out of bed as another one of these everyday’s has come almost time to take your life savings & everything you can pawn if it’s next war wins that waits for us let’s book our get-out-of-town flight on Rubberband Airways I’ve always wanted to fly through endless fire & molten ash, like leaving empty-handed this silence I’ve kept begins to fade of course being human that is not our way so many speak out of turn god I hate people that ignorantly fucking stupid way gee
It’s almost time to say goodbye for now why are we constantly against someone or something an eternity full of tomorrows hangs itself in the balance you take care, like a game show host with nothing to get rid of let alone sell in all honesty I’ve always thought that we have already passed & this is hell now if I am right or even if I am wrong please stop running and accept your fate but always beware.
By ROBERT McGILLIVRAY
Dedicated to my granddad Alex John McGillivray who came from Scotland to Canada & fought for this country in WWI.