Those that live, work or play in Port Haney are invited to a free concert and gathering at the CEED Centre on Wednesday, November 27, at 7 pm. We will hear the melodies of Paula Justus and musical friends, snack on some local treats and brainstorm some ideas for the neighbourhood. We want to celebrate and create a welcoming neighbourhood. Please do join us. For more information, contact Christian at 604-463-2229.
Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health: A Cross-Canada Speaker's Tour
in Vancouver on November 21, 23
Drs. Thierry Vrain and Shiv Chopra are volunteering their time to travel across Canada and speak about and answer questions concerning genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified or GM) foods and human health. At this writing, there are 28 events scheduled across Canada (see the interactive map in the link), three of which will be in Vancouver (250 people attended the Nov 19 event):
Nov. 21, 2:00-4:00 at the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), 2260 West Mall, U.B.C.
Nov. 23, 2:30-4:30 at the Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th Ave. (at Oak)
Dr. Thierry Vrain is a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who, after a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, now speaks against GE technology. Dr. Shiv Chopra is a former Health Canada senior scientific advisor who refused to approve Monsanto's GE bovine growth hormone (rBGH) without testing. Drs. Vrain and Chopra will address the topic of GE foods and human health from both a scientific and a regulatory perspective. Dr. Vrain will address what the future holds for us if GE foods are approved. Dr. Chopra will discuss issues involving the Canadian regulatory process, including the story of bovine growth hormone (rBGH), highlighting how the regulatory process can be compromised to serve corporate interests.
This a 'by donation' event. For more information on the cross-Canada tour: gefreebc.wordpress.com/gefoodstour
The CEED Centre Society is pleased to partner with the MRPMK Community Literacy Committee (CLC) in providing literacy outreach. The CLC operates the Learning Room, a literacy outreach office within the CEED Centre. The CLC also has relationships with other agencies that promote literacy. One of these is First Book Canada.
"Working with publishers and corporate partners, we make brand-new, high-quality books available to children from low-income families and the schools and programs that serve them. Books are granted through the First Book Canada National Book Bank and the First Book Canada Marketplace. (FBC flyer).
If you know of families with children that can benefit from this program, please contact Elaine Yamamoto, Literacy Outreach Worker - Facilitator, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee, tel: 604 721-3738
The Learning Room, Drop-in @ the CEED Centre, 11739 223rd Street
Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Contributed by Christian
A new community garden is being planned for Laity Street near St. Paul's Lutheran Church. An information meeting will be held at the church on November 15th, 2013, at 7 pm. The garden will be operated by Victory Gardens BC. The information meeting will also introduce a seed sharing circle. Contact Richard Farrance or Nancy.
Laity Street Community Garden Meeting
St.Paul's Lutheran Church
12145 Laity Street, Maple Ridge
November 15, 2013
An interview with Michelle, a dedicated volunteer of the CEED Centre Society and regular attendee of Wednesday Community Discussion. Our thanks to Michelle for all she does for our organization and our community.
By Wendy Rairdan
Rob Bernhardt's new passive house in Victoria, BC
As part of our mandate to help each other live within the finite means of our environment, we like to share great ideas. The BC Sustainable Energy Association has lots of them. You can learn about the practicalities of energy efficient houses using the Passive House principles with their webinar on November 12.
BCSEA Webinar: Building a Passive House - The Practical Low-Down
Free BCSEA Webinar on Tuesday, November 12, 12:00-1:00 pm PST
Reserve your free Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/727309002
A Passive House building uses 90% less energy than conventional construction, and larger Passive House projects are now being designed and built in North America, following Europe’s lead. Join the free BCSEA Webinar to hear:
The Webinar is presented with the generous assistance of Vancity, Canada's largest Credit Union.
Rob Bernhardt is trained in passive house design and construction, and works with Bernhardt Contracting Ltd. in providing construction management, consulting and construction services. As a commercial general contractor with an interest in high performance buildings, Bernhardt Contracting Ltd. built the first building on Vancouver Island to the International Passive House Standard of energy efficiency. Current passive house projects in the pre-construction phase include a six-unit rental building in Victoria, a show home in a 50 lot subdivision, and two larger multi family projects.
See BCSEA's previous webinars at http://www.bcsea.org/past-webinars
PC-based attendees - Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees - Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees - Required: iPhone®/iPad®/Android™ smartphone or tablet
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