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The 2nd Canadian Labour International Film Festival will be coming to Guelph on November 28 for a special Festival-in-a box screening at the Guelph and District Labour Council, 141 Woolwich Street, (Matrix Building, Woolwich and Eramosa) starting at 2.00 p.m.

CLiFF aims to increase awareness about labour issues worldwide by screening short films about workers and the conditons under which they live in over 50 locations across Canada about workers and the conditions under which they live and work.

Twenty-two Canadian and international films have been selected for the festival, nine are Canadian, four American, two British, and one each from Australia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Turkey and the Netherlands.

The featured films to be shown in Guelph are:

  • The Union Song (2010). A short video featuring a bluegrass song about how all members of the education community work together to keep the public school system strong (3 minutes).
    DIRECTOR: Daniel Fewings
    PRODUCER: Daniel Fewings, Canada
  • The Delano Manongs – Forgotten Heroes Of The UFW (Trailer, 2010). The story of farm labour organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labour movement’s finest hours – The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). While the movement is known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role that began it all. Filipino labour organizer, Larry Itliong, a five foot five cigar-chomping union veteran, organized a group of 1500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California (6 minutes 57 seconds)
    DIRECTOR: Marissa Aroy
    PRODUCER: Niall McKay, USA
  • Neoliberalism As Water Balloon (2009).  A DIY experiment illustrating the impact of neoliberal economics on class, race and gender equality (12 minutes)
    DIRECTOR: Tim McCaskell
    PRODUCER: Richard Fung, Canada
  • Work In Progress (2009). The life of an injured worker is seen through her challenges, both personal and the bureaucratic (11 minutes 33 seconds)
    DIRECTOR: Chavisa
    PRODUCER: Chavisa, Canada
  • Special Pass (2009). A documentary about a group of foreign workers in Singapore who attempt to seek shelter and support themselves while out of work. This is the lesser-known story of foreigners who receive little support in a country that, ironically, was built by the work of immigrants (24 minutes).
    DIRECTOR: Vicknesh Varan
    PRODUCER: Rupture Films, Singapore
  • The Curious Case Of The Missing Recovery (2010). “Stanfordo” searches far and wide for answers to a mystery that continues to baffle hard-working Canadians. How can the federal government and Bank of Canada proclaim an economic recovery when hundreds of thousands of workers are still jobless, and millions are still reeling from one of the worst downturns since the Great Depression? (13 minutes 25 seconds)
    DIRECTOR: Michael Connolly
    PRODUCER: CAW, Canada
  • Silent Voices: Home-based Women Workers In Pakistan (2010). The stories of home-based women workers in Pakistan, told in a gritty and realistic style (14 minutes)
    DIRECTOR: Aisha Gazdar
    PRODUCER: Films D’Art, Pakistan/France
  • Sudden Wake (2009). The story of the struggle of Egypt’s first independent trade union – the Real Estate Tax Authority Union (RETA). RETA was formed in December 2008, one year after tax collectors there held a two-week sit-in in front of the Cabinet Building. They face constant harrassment from the Egyptian government as well as the country’s official labour federation, the ETUF.
    DIRECTOR: Mahmud Farag
    PRODUCER: Hamza Ashraf, Egypt
  • Red Dust (2010). The incredible story of resistance, courage and hope by women workers in China battling cadmium poisoning and demanding justice from the local government and their employer, a multi-national battery manufacturer (20 minutes).
    DIRECTOR: Karin T. Mak
    PRODUCER: Karin T. Mak, USA

Scotty Hertz, host of The Working Week on CFRU 93.3fm and one of the organizers of the CLiFF Guelph screening will be one of our guests on Royal City Rag during our second hour on Saturday November 27 (9-10 a.m).

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or on this website a day or so later.

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We’re dedicating the whole of CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on November 6 to Our Environmental Future, a symposium taking place this coming Wednesday, November 10 from 4.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. in the Thornborough Building Rm 1200 at the University of Guelph.

The forum, organized by City of Guelph Councillor Maggie Laidlaw, The Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Transition Guelph, and the University of Guelph featuring the following presentations:

  • Peter Victor, York University Professor, Managing Without Growth – Yes We Can
  • Evan Fraser, University of Guelph, Empires Of Food And The Rise And Fall Of Civilizations
  • Robert Rapier, Peak Oil Expert, Peak Oil   What?  When?
  • Mike Nickerson, Executive Director of The Sustainability Project, Life, Money and Illusion: Living On Earth As If We Want To Stay
  • Jennifer Sumner, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Effects of Growth On Communities

The series of lectures will be followed by a panel discussion and an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Catch Maggie Laidlaw, Sally Ludwig Norah Chaloner and Mike Nickerson on CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag between 8 -10 a.m. on November 6. Real voices, real people, real coverage, real community, CFRU 93.3fm.

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Significant changes have taken place in Bolivia since the election of Latin America’s first peasant-indigenous President, Evo Morales. in 2006. In addition to approving a new constitution that establishes the continent’s first plurinational democratic state, Bolivia was the site of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth held last April 2010.

A Canada-Bolivia conference and solidarity event: Canada-Bolivia Relations in the Next Decade will be taking place here at the University of Guelph on Saturday, November 6.  This is a unique opportunity to experience and understand the impact this has had on the people of Bolivia. 

The special guest speaker for the event will be Hugo Salvatierra Gutierrez, former Bolivian Minister for Rural Development, Agriculture and the Environment in the Evo Morales government and director of ALAS (the Office for Legal Advice and Social Advocacy), an office that works with labour, peasant and indigenous organizations in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Canada-Bolivia Relations In The Next Decade
Saturday, November 6 from  9.30 a.m. and until 5.30 p.m.
McNaughton Room 113 at the University of Guelph
An evening of traditional Bolivian culture to follow.

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Guelph Wellington Health Coalition are presenting a townhall meeting on November 2 in War Memorial Hall at the University of Guelph regarding the impact of private health insurance on Medicare featuring guest speaker Marie-Claude Premont.

Marie-Claude Prémont is a law professor at École Nationale d’Administration Publique in Montréal, (National Public Administration School) . As well as being a member of the Quebec Bar Corporation of Quebec, she teaches and does research in the field of Health Law and Municipal Governance. She has been closely following the impact of the Chaoulli 2005 Supreme Court decision concerning private health insurance and delivery. What does this mean for Medicare and the sustainability of the Canada Health Act?

Politics Medicare And The Law: Chaoulli v. Quebec
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7.00 p.m.
War Memorial Hall
(Corner of College Avenue and Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario)

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Friends of the Guelph Public Library are busy preparing for their fourth annual giant book sale to be held Friday, October 29 through Sunday, October 31. This year’s location, the former FastForms building at Massey and Imperial Roads, offers extensive sorting and sales space, convenient bus access and plenty of free parking.

  • Books, Hardcover & Softcover: Children’s books, Cookbooks, Coffee Table Books, Foreign Language, Comic Books
  • Media: VHS Videos, DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks
  • Music:  Sheet music: CDs, DVDs
  • Puzzles & Games: Complete Jigsaw puzzles, Board games, Handheld electronic games

The Friends, a group of community volunteers, are committed to supporting the Guelph Public Library through advocacy and special programs. Proceeds of approximately $40,000 from earlier sales are invested toward a Friends project to serve children and young adults in the future new Main Library.

Friends of the GPL Fourth Annual Giant Book Sale
30,000 books and counting
Halloween Weekend, October 29 – 31
Friday evening: 6 – 9 p.m
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Sunday afternoon: 12 noon – 4 p.m

The sale will take place in the former FastForms building, 251 Massey Rd at Imperial Rd., in the business park to the west of the Hanlon Expressway.

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For additional information, visit the Friends website at www.friendsguelphlibrary.ca.

Catch Virginia Gilham from Friends of the Guelph Public Library talking about their 2010 Book Sale on CFRU93.3fm ‘s Royal City Rag on Saturday October 23 between 9-10 a.m.

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During the week of October 18 – 24, Guelph will join others from around the world to mark Open Access Week.

Open Access Week is an annual international initiative designed to promote and advance changes in access to information. A global event now entering its fourth year, it provides an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

Guelph Voices of Open Access
Should scholarly research be freely accessible online to everyone?
October 21 from 3 – 5 p.m.
10 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario

Whether you imagine a researcher seeking to reach scholars in developing countries, a community practitioner needing up-to-date data, or a recent university graduate seeking scholarly information on a topic, it becomes easy to see how free online access to peer-reviewed scientific information and discoveries benefi­ts our communities and society as a whole.

Guelph Voices of Open Access will connect scholars and community members to this global movement that seeks free open sharing of research ­findings.

Speakers include:

  • Mike Ridley: Chief Information Officer, Chief Librarian, University of Guelph
  • Beverley Hale: Associate Dean, Ontario Agricultural College, Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph
  • Ajay Heble: Professor, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, Artistic Director, The Guelph Jazz Festival, Project Director, Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
  • Sarah Hook: PhD Candidate, Animal & Poultry Science, University of Guelph
  • Sarah Haanstra: Social Planning Director, United Way

Talks will be followed by discussions and refreshments.

Space is limited so be sure to RSVP to: researchshop@uoguelph.ca. Unfortunately, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

There will also be three noon hour lectures at the  University of Guelph Library in the Florence Partridge Room 384:

  • Open Access 101 – Exploring the background and concepts of the open access movement.
    Monday October 18, 2010, Noon -1.00 p.m.
  • Creative Commons Licence – What is it? How do we use it?
    Tuesday October 19, 2010, Noon – 1.00 p.m.
  • The Google Book Settlement – What does this mean for Canadian authors?
    Wednesday October 20, 2010, Noon – 1.00 p.m.

For more information visit: www.openaccessweek.org.

Catch Wayne Johnston, Head of Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication at the University of Guelph Library talking about Open Access Week on CFRU93.3fm ‘s Royal City Rag on Saturday October 16 between 8-9 a.m.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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