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We were broadcasting from the basement at CFRU 93.3fm on October 30. All part of the station’s fundraising drive, Raise Your Voice, apparently. Evidently I hadn’t raised enough money. Fortunately some good folk from radioland bailed me out however we could still do with some more pledges. If you enjoy Royal City Rag, please consider donating to CFRU 93.3fm during our on-going fundraising drive, Raise Your Voice. As with every funding campaign, CFRU has a specific purpose in mind for the money raised.  The station’s monetary goal for 2010 is $15 000, and will be aimed at getting more portable recording equipment, updating the CFRU website, and building the station’s capacity for spoken word content.

At the start of the first hour, we talked to Tristan Dineen about the Canada-Bolivia conference and solidarity event: “Canada-Bolivia Relations in the Next Decade” taking place at the University of Guelph on Saturday, November 6 in McNaughton room 113 at the University of Guelph. The conference runs from 9.30 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. and features guest speaker Hugo Salvatierra Gutierrez, former Bolivian Minister for Rural Development, Agriculture and the Environment in the Evo Morales government and Judy Rebick with an evening of traditional Bolivian culture to follow.

Later in the first hour, Jude Vadala joined us to talk about her new CD, Do You Ever and the launch release taking place on November 6 at the Guelph Little Theatre at 8.00 p.m.

Jude, currently a member of the “WinterSongs” trio with well-known singer-songwriters Tannis Slimmon and Katherine Wheatley, has been involved in the Guelph music scene for over 30 years. She was a member of The Bird Sisters with Tannis Slimmon and Sue Smith. She has produced four albums (Flo, Different Stories, She and She and She and Angel Songs) and has worked on 50 musical projects with artists which also include: James Gordon, Harri Palm, Jah Youssouf, Lewis Melville, Lynn Miles and Suzie Vinnick.

Jude’s band for this CD release concert features Sam Turton, Jane Lewis, Jesse Turton, Sam Cino with special guests Jane Ellenton, Rob Kerr, Lewis Melville, Tannis Slimmon, The Harmony Honeys. The support act will be The Hoofbeats.

Jude Vadala and Band – CD Release
Saturday November 6, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris Street, Guelph
Tickers: $20
AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR OR AT:
The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street,
Wild Rose Consignment Shop, 23A Macdonnell St.,
Ground Floor Music, 13 Quebec St. (cash only).
This is a licensed event.
Partial proceeds to the “Steve Potter Gift of Music”

To learn more about Jude visit her on Myspace.

Finally to wrap up our first hour, Magee McGuire from Guelph-Wellington Health Coalition joined us on the phone to chat about their townhall meeting on November 2 in War Memorial Hall at the University of Guelph regarding the impact of private health insurance on Medicare and featuring guest speaker Marie-Claude Premont.

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)

Listen To The Show:

Music:
Alice Cooper, Hello Hurray from Billion Dollar Babies
Henry Hall And His Orchestra, Hush, Hush, Hush Here Comes The Bogeyman
Jude Vadala, Cross Over My Mind from Do You Ever
Jude Vadala, Little Bird from Do You Ever
Jude Vadala, Molly from Do You Ever
Dave Rawlings Machine, I Hear Them All from A Friend Is A Friend

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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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The Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians invites you to a Dialogue on Degrowth at 10 Carden on Tuesday June 29 at 6.00 p.m. Tapas and drinks will be served at 6.00 p.m. followed by a presentation featuring video clips from the recent “degrowth” conferences in Vancouver and Barcelona.

According to Wikipedia, Degrowth is a movement that advocates a downscaling of production and consumption, leading to the contraction of economies. Over-consumption is believed to be at the root of long term environmental issues and social inequalities. Proponents of degrowth believe that reducing consumption should not require individual martyrdom or a decrease in well-being. Advocates aim to maximize happiness and well-being by non-consumptive means – sharing work, consuming less, while devoting more time to art, music, family, culture and community.

At the individual level, degrowth is achieved by voluntary simplicity. Global solutions, for ‘degrowthists’, involve a relocalization of economic activities in order to end humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels and reduce its ecological imprint.

Degrowth opposes sustainable development because, while sustainable development aims to address environmental concerns, it does so with the goal of promoting economic growth which has failed to improve the lives of people and inevitably leads to environmental degradation. In this way, degrowth stands in sharp contrast to current forms of productivist capitalism that consider the accumulation of capital and commodities a desirable end.

Sounds like a very interesting concept… though I really dislike the term ‘degrowth’. However, many of us have been advocating for this for a long, long time. It’s great to see if gaining momentum.

The discussion will be followed by the election of the Council of Canadians Guelph Chapter 2010-2011 steering committee. A number of positions on the steering committee are still open. CoC members, that have a bit of extra time to devote to chapter activities, are encouraged to stand for election.

Degrowth: What Is It? Will It Help Create Happier Sustainable Cities?
When:  Tuesday, June 29 from 6.00 – 7.30 p.m.
Where:  10 Carden Street  Downtown Guelph
Admission:  free (though donations will be gratefully accepted)

Note that this meeting will be followed by a meeting of the Guelph Wellington Health Coalition:

June 29, 2010 at 7.30 p.m.
How the Community Health Centre Works For You
Dr. Lori Hasulo, Guelph General Practitioner at the Guelph Community Health Centre
Learn more about the wealth of services available in this type of healthcare delivery model.

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Nathalie Mehra, Director Ontario Health Coalition

The Guelph Wellington Health Coalition has a series of Town Hall meetings at 10 Carden St under the banner Community Health Is Everything.

June 22, 2010 at 7.00 p.m.
Change In Our Hospitals, Nursing Homes And Retirement Homes – Time To Speak Out
Natalie Mehra, Director of the Ontario Health Coalition
How changes in the provincial model of health care delivery will impact Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Retirement Homes, and expected outcomes

June 29, 2010 at 7.30 p.m.
How the Community Health Centre Works For You
Dr. Lori Hasulo, Guelph General Practitioner at the Guelph Community Health Centre
Learn more about the wealth of services available in this type of healthcare delivery model.

The Guelph Wellington Health Coalition is an associate chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition dedicated “to the protection and extension of a universal one-tier public Medicare system”. Our members represent all healthcare sectors as well as many grass root organizations who are deeply concerned about losing the right to universal healthcare for all, a right guaranteed in law by the Canada Health Act of 1984.

For more information on Guelph Wellington Health Coalition call 519-767-0084.

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gwhcmay-4nataliemehraFrom Guelph Wellington Health Coalition:

Our public hospitals are under attack as services are being cut all over the province, abandoning the patient who pays for those services through taxes and a health transfer.  We deserve better!
 
This move is to satisfy the provincial policy adopted in 1994 to create more opportunities for marketing Canadian healthcare.  It is a deliberate long term plan that has kept the public spinning in rhetoric for fifteen years.
 
Please join us this Monday, May 4 at 7.00 p.m. in Mitchell Hall, at the rear of St. George’s Church, Woolwich St., Downtown Guelph for a presentation by Natalie Mehra, a Parlimentary Lobbyist and Director of the Ontario Health Coalition. 

We look forward to a rigorous question and answer session after the presentation.  Refreshments will be available. Parking is available in the rear parking lots.

Magee McGuire
Guelph Wellington Health Coalition

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From Guelph Wellington Health Coalition:

Next Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m., Guelph is joining nine other Ontario cities in a day of protest against hospital cuts.

This is our chance to tell our MPPs that we won’t sacrifice our public health-care system or our hospitals – we need them too much!

Join us at MPP Liz Sandals office, 173 Woolwich St. (across from the Woolwich Arms).

And bring all your friends! We need as many people as possible.

If you belong to an organization that has a banner, please bring it with you.

For some background information, read this letter from the Guelph Mercury.

Help us Save Our Hospital!

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Guelph Wellington Health Coalition is having a “SAVE OUR HOSPITAL” public strategy meeting on Monday, April 6 from 7-9 p.m. at Mitchell Hall, St. George’s Church, 99 Woolwich Street, Downtown Guelph.

It may never have occurred to anyone in this city that we would ever have to worry about losing our hospital. However, there is a trend affecting all hospitals throughout this province in all of the Local Health Integrated Networks (LHIN) that give us cause to worry. It is important for everyone involved in solving this problem to realize that a hospital is a center for the community. Any major cutbacks in our hospital will impact service, not just for us, but for rural communities and larger city hospitals which depend on us. Safety and quality of service become unsustainable.

Do you want to maintain the right to publicly funded essential healthcare availability in this community? A partially serviced hospital cannot provide this.

Join this action workshop and help us to build this campaign. Save Our Hospital!

When: Monday April 6 from 7-9 p.m.

Where: Mitchell Hall, St. George’s Church, 99 Woolwich Street, Downtown Guelph.

For more information contact Magee McGuire, Chair, GWHC at 519-767-0084.

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