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Presented as part of The Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace's new Edu-macation Mondays!

As Hamilton's downtown population increases, and young professionals seek walkable neighbourhoods, our city is exploring active transportation options like bike share, pedestrian parks, and smart and safe streets for everyone.

Presented as part of The Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace's new Edu-macation Mondays!

Building off the success of the white flag initiative, the Good Neighbour Campaign has been working to continue to provide Hamiltonians with the tools and skills needed to monitor air quality within their neighbourhoods. Recognizing that our next method needed to be simple, easy to interpret, precise, robust, and affordable, we decided to utilize the methodology of George Sorger, a McMaster professor who has studied the relationship of tree lichen to air quality (specifically S02 and N02, good indicators of airborne pollution).

 

On Friday, February 25th, just a few days prior to the fifth anniversary of the reclamation of Kanonhstaton, join us for a discussion, art making, and a screening of Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill's documentary, entitled Sewatokwa'tshera't: The Dish With One Spoon.

Background

On February 28th, 2006, in response to continuing encroachment of land, and after beginning with an informational campaign, a group of people from Six Nations blocked the development of the Douglas Creek Estates subdivision and reclaimed Kanonhstaton (loosely translated as "the protected place"). The reclamation was followed by racist backlash, often rooted in a refusal to acknowledge Six Nations rights to the land, and the history of land claims on the Haldimand tract. This documentary explores the history, events of the reclamation, the OPP raid, as well as backlash and racism. The documentary will begin at 7:30, followed by questions and discussion, including a discussion of the current context of the reclamation and state of land claims on the Haldimand Tract, settler solidarity, and announcements regarding anniversary events in Caledonia and at the reclamation site. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for making art for these events (materials provided).

For more information contact Niki Thorne niki.thorne AT peacecafe.ca


Tuesday, 01 February 2011 13:48

Awaking the Dreamer Symposium in Hamilton

This event is on Sunday February 5, 2011 starting at 9:00am.

The Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium is an interactive transformational workshop that inspires participants to play a role in creating a new future which encompasses an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet. The workshop is not a how-to on changing the world, but rather it brings about the answers in each and every one of us and empowers us to take action.

For more info see the website at: http://awakeningthedreamer.org/ and you can register on that site (free) or click this link.



Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace (HCTP) is pleased to announce its plans for the evening programme of the Conscious Communities Conference in November 2010 in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

On the evenings of November 11, 12, and 13th HCTP will be hosting free, public short-form presentations from champions of peace, education, social justice, and community development. Each speaker will be given 15 minutes to share inspiring ideas and stories with the audience.

Talks will be held at the downtown Sky Dragon Community Co-Operative, in addition to other venues yet to be announced.

Call for nominations

We are seeking nominations from the public for speakers. Who do you know that deserves 15 minutes of the undivided attention of a public audience? Do you know somoene who's quietly (or not-so quietly) enabled positive social change in a community?

Nominees should be from the Hamilton/Halton/Niagara region, aware of the nomination and willing to present on one of the evenings. All ages are encouraged -- we especially love hearing from youth and elders alike!

To nominate, please email conference (at) peace-education.ca with the subject line "Speaker nominee" and the presenters name, email or phone number, and around 250 to 350 words about why they should be featured.

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Thursday, 17 June 2010 14:04

Hamilton Rural Routes Bus Tours

This summer, HSR passengers will be going the distance to meet their City’s hardworking farmers; many city folks will discover first-hand that it can be a short distance indeed, from "field-to-fork". The newly developed “Rural Routes” countryside bus tours offers monthly farm excursions and is a collaborative projected being presented by Hamilton Eat Local, Smart Commute, Hamilton Street Railway (HSR), and Tourism Hamilton. These tours will provide Hamilton's public transit users with access to some of the area’s most dynamic farms; promote imaginative ways of using the City’s public transit system as a viable means to commute; and get urbanites excited about 'agri-tourism' by showing off the lush and beautiful countryside that surrounds our 'steel' city.

Karen Burson of Hamilton's Eat Local is so excited about this event that she can barely sit still while she's describing it. "As someone who decided a long time ago that I would rather be a transit-user than a driver," she enthuses, "I have been frustrated about the fact that the only way to visit the farms that I love has been by car. It seemed to me that there are a lot of Hamilton residents who might be just as eager as I am to find a way to get out of the City once in a while".

Inspired by a student-led environmental bus tour project called "Seed to Scrap" which took place in Fall 2008, and by a gastronomic tour of the Niagara region that had been organized by Slow Food Canada, Burson believed that a tour that explores Hamilton's agriculturally rich outskirts was a compelling idea. Each month’s Rural Routes tour will offer a unique program developed by the host farm. Each will also offer an on-farm market stand so participants can purchase a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats, and more before boarding the bus for the return trip to the City. The tours will run on selected Saturday afternoons from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. The pick up point for each tour is the Bread & Roses Cafe at the Sky Dragon Centre (27 King William St.). This innovative cafe will be offering Rural Routes ticket holders a free cup of their organic, fair trade coffee which is roasted in-house (which is about as local as coffee can get)! Adult tickets are only $5 for each trip while children and seniors tickets cost only $2 each. Here is a look at the schedule:

• June 12: Rural Routes will take passengers to ManoRun Organic Farm located in Copetown. ManoRun is well-known for their relationship with the Ancaster Old Mill. Denise Trigatti, farmer at ManoRun, will lead passengers through a herb garden discovery, livestock milking demonstration, and a talk about the joys of growing and eating food that is both local and organic.

• July 10: Morden’s Organic Farm and Farm Store located in Dundas will be the next destination. Morden’s is a co-operative of local farmers who bring their meats, dairy and seasonal fruits and vegetables to this health-food hub. Sandy Morden, owner and operator of Morden’s, will provide a tour of the farm and a visit with the farm animals.

• August 21: Rural Routes travels to Puddicombe Estate Farm & Winery of Stoney Creek, where staff will teach visitors the correct way of caring for peaches including canning and freezing techniques. There will be fresh corn in season available for purchase as well, so don't miss out on this traditional family treat.

• September 11: Carluke Orchards in Ancaster welcomes you. One of Hamilton’s best-known apple orchards will offer Rural Routes passengers wagon rides and guided walking tours. They are also well known for their tasty farm-baked apple pies.

Tickets will be available at Bread and Roses Café at the SkyDragon Centre (27 King William St.). There may be tickets available on the day of the tour at the pickup point, but seats are limited! For more information about Rural Routes, please visit www.smartcommute.ca/hamilton or call Hamilton Eat Local at 905-549-0900.
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