The price of education, Calgary Peshawar Vigil

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By Iman Bukhari, Photo taken by Greg Bennett

Calgary’s City Hall was lit up with candles on December 16th after the attack in the Peshawar Army School, where over 141 school children and staff were shot dead by the Taliban.

Over 300 Calgarians of various race gathered for the emergency prayer and candle light vigil to seek solace and share the shock and grief.

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UN Flag Flies High at Calgary City Hall on Human Rights Day

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Photo taken by Sarah Hernandez

The United Nations Flag was raised today at Calgary City Hall in observation of Human Rights Day– a day that commemorates the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

“On human rights day we speak out, we denounce authorities that  deny the rights of any persons or group … we declare that human rights are for everyone”, states Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in this Youtube video released earlier today:

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Ethical presents this holiday season

Join us from 6-8 pm on Dec. 10 for some Fair Trade Christmas shopping. There will be baked goods, chocolate sampling and a short talk on Ten Thousand Villages. 15% of purchases at the Crowchild Ten Thousand Villages will be donated to our branch.

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Calgary reaches out to Ferguson

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By Iman Bukhari

24 hours following the no-indictment verdict in Ferguson, Missouri, Calgarians met in solidarity to peacefully protest outside of City Hall. The theme of the demonstration was “Black Lives Matter,” and chants such as “The people united will never be defeated, the people united will never be divided” and “Being black is not a crime, we will not back down this time” were heard throughout the night.

About 200 attendees of various races came out to stand up for changing the fundamental way black people are treated in Ferguson and around the world. With national attention on Ferguson, Saima Jamal, a Calgarian activist, put together the event with support from the community.

“We gathered to tell the world Calgary believes Black Lives Matter!” said Saima. “In unison we called for an end to racism, police brutality, racial profiling in the USA, Canada and globally.”

Supporters of the protest showed up with signs, candles, and their voices.

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Films to Check Out at the MLJFF

If you enjoy watching documentaries, check out the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (MLJFF) this week. This year United Nations Association in Canada Calgary Branch is supporting two films—Seeds of Time and Suitable—and their post-film conversation leaders.

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival runs from November 18 – 23 at various locations throughout Calgary. This is an excellent opportunity to view a wide range of international and local films that cover current world issues, stay for the discussion and visit with local non-government groups and fair trade vendors .. Admission is free.  

Seeds of Time

Date/Time: Thursday Nov 20 at 7:15 PM

Location: River Park Church Auditorium, 3818 – 14A St. SW, Calgary

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Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival runs from Tuesday, November 18 until Sunday November 23 at various locations throughout Calgary. This is an excellent opportunity to view a wide range of international and local films that cover current world issues, stay for the discussion and visit with local non-government groups and fair trade vendors that will be onsite. Admission is free. To view the schedule, visit http://www.justicefilmfestival.ca/festival.php/loc%7Cmardaloop

About the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (MLJFF)

It’s a Different Festival—not only is everything is FREE to the public, MLJFF understand film is an important medium to convey a story. Film is a wonderful method to convey issues and concerns. MLJFF offers a very different experience.

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United Nations Day Celebration & Post 2015 Development Agenda Dialogue

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On October 22nd, be a part of the National Conversation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The evening will begin with an address by Kathryn White, President and CEO of UNA-Canada, on the UN’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals that will provide a framework for global efforts for the next fifteen years.

Register by October 20th and join your voices with ours in defining Calgarians’ priorities on the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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Up Ghost River: An Evening with Edmund Metatawabin

UNAC Calgary is partnering with Wordfest in presenting Edmund Metatawabin on Saturday, October 18th at the Glenbow Museum.

Come check out UNAC Calgary’s booth, visit Glenbow Museum’s new exhibit: Where Are The Children? Healing The Legacy Of Residential Schools, and listen to Edmund Metatawabin as he engages in conversation about the dark legacy of the Residential School system and reads from his new book, Up Ghost River: A Chief`s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History.

Event starts at 6PM. General tickets are $15. For more information and to buy tickets, visit wordfest.com/events/glenbow-and-wordfest-present-edmund-metatawabin. (more…)

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

On July 1st, the Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) came into effect to limit companies and organizations from sending unwanted emails or installing unwanted programs onto people’s computers. Under this legislation, companies and organizations that sell products and services have until 2017 to obtain “explicit” consent from email recipients (that is, recipients must opt-in to continue receiving commercial electronic messages). However, this new legislation covers “commercial” electronic messages only (if a transaction does not happen, CASL does not apply), and fundraising emails from charities are exempt.

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Alberta’s Women in Poverty

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Alberta’s economy is undoubtedly one of the strongest in Canada with its large production of conventional crude oil and petrochemicals.  In recent years, the booming economy has created a high rate of growth with around 4 million people  now calling Alberta home. The job opportunities in the oil and gas sector are seemingly endless and the lifestyle of many Albertans reflects that of its successful economy. The average weekly earnings in Alberta is estimated at $1,131. This amount is higher than the weekly earnings of any other province in Canada. (more…)



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