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Welcome to our E-news for Thursday, October 17, 2013!


1) Workshops and More on Sexual Health and Gender!

Sexuality, Gender, Health Expo – Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 includes workshops, displays, and special events. It's a bold new event designed to push boundaries and open minds. Full details here: PEI Status of Women Blog and on Facebook
On Friday, October 25th, take special note of Difficult Dialogues at UPEI and the Hello Gorgeous performance at The Guild ($25 tickets). 
On Saturday, don't miss these free, open-to-the-public hour-long engaging workshops at Murphy's Community Centre
  • 11:00 to 12:00 Saying Yes to a Culture of Enthusiastic Consent
  • 12:00 to 1:00 Let's Talk About Sex: 21st Century Sex Ed and Youth
  • 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Contraception: Methods and Myths
  • 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Going with your Flow -- Celebrating the onset of the feminine cycle, preventing PMS and shifting into Pre-Menstrual Strength
And drop in for free interactive booths, open from 11:00 to 3:00, and the abortion access maze, open 11:00 to 1:45. Stay for a launch of a 'zine of PEI women's reproductive health experiences at 3:00 p.m. followed by a movie at 3:30 p.m. Or register from 2:00 to 5:00 for a $25 workshop on erotic writing.
Close out the night at the ARC PEI Hallowe'en Dance! (Just $5 if you've dropped by the ARC booth at the Expo earlier in the day.) Full details here: PEI Status of Women Blog and on Facebook


2) Have your say...on the changes to EI

The PEI Coalition for a Fair EI is hosting a Town Hall for communities to come together to learn about how they can voice their concerns to the Atlantic Premiers' Panel on Impacts of EI Changes. Meetings will be held in each county. The PEI Coalition for a Fair EI is a group of organizations and individuals working to scrap the changes made to EI.
The community meetings will be take place from 7:00-9:00 pm and are set for
  • Monday, October 28 in Rustico at the North Rustico Lions Club;
  • Tuesday, October 29 in Tignish at the Parish Centre; and
  • Wednesday, October 30 in Souris at St. Mary’s Hall.

3) Purple Ribbon Pinning Bee - Thursday, November 14th!

The staff of Beanz and the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women are hosting an evening pinning bee to prepare purple ribbons for the 2013-2014 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence. This year, more than 15,000 ribbons will be cut and pinned to information cards by volunteers, then distributed across the Island. The purple ribbons are worn to signify a commitment to remembering the 14 women murdered in Montreal in 1989 and to working to end all forms of violence in our communities. This year's theme is: Ask. Sex without consent is a crime.

The pinning bee is Thursday, November 14th from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at Beanz Espresso Bar and Cafe, 38 University Avenue in Charlottetown. Join us for coffee, tea and lively conversation! Everyone welcome. Contact Michelle: 368-4510/

4) Halloween Essentials

Happy Halloween from the PEI Literacy Alliance.

A lighthearted look at how the nine essential skills are used at Halloween, it's a great laugh.


5) Health PEI 811

811, provides Islanders with reliable, easy access to health care information from a trusted source.
By dialing three numbers - 8-1-1 - you will have access to non-emergency health information and services.  Hearing-impaired individuals can access this service by calling 7-1-1 (TTY).
With the 811 service, Registered Nurses (RN’s) will give you the advice and information you need, help Islanders navigate the health system and seek the appropriate type of care.  The advice could include a recommendation to see your doctor, visit your local emergency department or other self care options.  RN’s in the 811 system can also provide information and guidance about health concerns and services that are available on Prince Edward Island.
If you or your family requires interpretation services, 811 can provide services in French and more than 120 other languages. Interpretation services are offered through a third party and include, but are not limited to, Arabic, Farsi, and Cantonese.
A searchable database of reliable health information is available online by clicking on the “Search Health Topics” link on the page.  This information will help you understand health issues that matter to you, your family and your community. The 811 service is available any time of the day or night providing Islanders with access to reliable, proven health care information 24 hours a day seven days a week.

6) NDP Potluck & Politics

NDP members living in Hillsboro Park are invited to District 8 Potluck Supper on Saturday, Nov. 2nd  from 5-7pm at Ron Kelly's house at 101 Westridge Cres in Hillsboro Park.  Join new and old time members to discuss party development in the area.  For more information call 676-2248.

7) The StopCyberbullying Youth Summit  

Charlottetown, Saturday November 9th  8:30am – 5:30 pm, with VIP reception dinner the night before and Island entertainment and activities following the event. 600+ attendees.
Run by youth leaders from ten to 18, with invited experts, industry and policymakers. Using UN-expert summit format, with the goal of creating an action plan to address cyberbullying problems by the end of the day. There are three plenary sessions, a luncheon speaker and one keynote. Sponsors and governmental representatives will provide welcome remarks, along with a selected student.
There are three breakout sessions, mixing tracks to address cyberbullying issues from a diverse perspective. These breakout sessions will address questions raised in the plenary and, through a facilitator, report back their findings to help frame the following plenary session. An exhibit area showcasing student projects and Stop Cyberbullying partners will be set up to demonstrate student approaches to solving the issue. Student musicians, poets, artists and performing artists will be showcased as well.

8) Legacy Project Invites Your Help

I am reaching out to you for help. Two years ago I conceived the idea of making a memorial window of Shannen Koostachin. 
Shannen Koostachin was an activist from the embattled reserve of Attawapiskat, situated on the shores of James Bay in Northern Ontario. At the age of 13 she met with Chuck Strahl, then Minister of Indian and Aboriginal Affairs, to ask for equality in education for her reserve. The students of Attawapiskat have been attending school for many years in dilapidated portables. A new school is now in under construction in Attawapiskat. However the conditions on many reservations in regards to infrastructure and housing as well as social issues continue to be of grave concern.
In 2010, while having to attend school 600 kms south of her home, at the age of 15, Shannen tragically died in a car accident. 
Her legacy is one of inspiration to her community and to all Canadians as she highlighted an important issue of human rights in Canada. There are several organizations that are working in her memory, the foremost of them is Shannen’s Dream
Many First Nations organizations and Canadians are working to help support better solutions but racism and bureaucratic inefficiencies are still slowing the process down. This is a complex issue where solutions must come from within the communities that are affected. I feel strongly that as an artist and a Canadian, I can contribute to raising awareness and creating dialog on the issue. 
I have reached out to the Koostachin family to get their support and permission for the project. In addition to the stained glass window, I would like to create 111 ribbons to accompany the window. The number of ribbons references the number of treaties between the First Nations people and and Canadian governments. In this case I would like to use quotes from both First Nations and Canadian youth on their hopes for the future of First Nations youth and their future in Canada. These quotes may directly relate to the inspiration of Shannen Koostachin and her story or they may be related to the broader dreams for the future of us all. I would like each youth to in addition to a quote identify themselves by their cultural identify (specific band or First Nation, cultural designation, i.e.; Acadian, Jamaican Canadian etc. ) and their age. I am asking that youth be defined by anyone under 21. I would ask that the quotes be e-mailed to me, or posted as comments on the Face Book album of the window in progress or mailed to my studio. 
I would like as much as possible to engage youth from across Canada so if you have any contacts that you can share this with please do. I recognize that the political border of Canada/U.S is an arbitrary border that doesn’t really have meaning for people whose traditional lands straddle both “countries” so as long as the comments are in the context of Canadian/ First Nations relations they are open to all. 
Additional Information: 
Susana Rutherford, Firehorse Studios
46 Parkside Dr. Charlottetown, PEI C1E 1M9


9) PEIBWA Upcoming Workshop

Workshop – Montague
“Business Start-Up 101”
Presented by: Hannah Bell, PEI Business Women’s Association
Deciding to start a business is a big decision and there are a lot of moving parts to consider. Our free information session is full of good simple and straightforward information, along with reference materials and contact / resources for your next steps.
Location:      Rural Action Centre (Boardroom), 540 Main Street, Montague
Date:           Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Time:           9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Cost:            No Cost to attend. No membership required. Spaces are limited to 15 people.
For more information and to register: .
PIEBALD member The Competency Group is seeking a select number of progressive companies to take part in an exciting business development process beginning in November, 2013.  For more information:
We’re planning some targeted training for the new year for businesses who want to build their online presence – please take five minutes to complete this short survey to help us meet your training needs:
Reminder: Biz2Biz Expo on Thursday October 25 @ Charlottetown Civic Centre  - Drop by our booth!

10) PEI's Catastrophic Drug Program Recently Launched

The Catastrophic Drug Program provides assistance to Islanders whose eligible prescription drug costs are affecting their household's ability to maintain life essentials. Through this new program Islanders will have their annual out-of-pocket drug costs for eligible prescription medications capped at an amount not exceeding a set percentage of their household income, referred to as 'household cap.'
It will provide the greatest benefit to those who need it the most.
Find out more or apply for the Catastrophic Drug Program:

11) AGM - PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, you are cordially invited to attend our
20th Anniversary
Monday, October 21, at 7:00PM
Meet and Greet at 6:30 PM
Murphy's Community Centre, Charlottetown
200 Richmond Street, Room 207
All are welcome
Light refreshments to follow
Presenting the 4th Annual Community Appreciation Awards.

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