Aug 19: Valerie Kaussen and Haiti reconstruction; Noa Mendelsohn Aviv and Bill C4 and refugees to Canada

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Valerie Kaussen @ 6:38

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv @ 40:43

In the first half hour we talked to Professor Valerie Kaussen (6:38)on reconstruction efforts in Haiti. She teaches Francophone Caribbean literature and culture at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has traveled to Haiti. Kaussen spoke about her experiences in Haiti on the three to four trips  she undertook there. She described the cluster system of camps that have occurred as a result of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management system and she also pointed out how Haitians have been affected by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). This interview was spurred by an article I read by Kaussen in the Feb. 2011 issue of the Monthly Review.

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To find out more about Canada and Haiti check out Canada Haiti Action Network


In the second half hour Noa Mendelsohn Aviv (40:43) of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association described that organization’s opposition to Bill C-4, which the Harper government claims will prevent human smuggling. Instead the bill seems more an attempt to demonize those who are fleeing war, persecution, hunger and so on and, who seek safe haven here.

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Related Youtube video on opposition to Bill C-4

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OPIRG Calendar of Events

Every Saturday 11 am. to noon Ottawa Street across from Market Square


Canadians Say, Get out of Afghanistan Now!

Occupation is not Liberation

Invest in our Communities, not in War

For more information email: Windsor Peace Coalition


Monday, August 22 @ 1pm at the OPIRG Exchange Coffee House and Reading Room 372 California, University of Windsor (behind the Faculty of Education and beside the Campus Community Garden)


Director / Ariel Nasr / CA / 2008 / 50 min / English

Good Morning Kandahar introduces us to young Afghan Canadians torn between a deep desire to help Afghanistan and fear that things will never change

In conjunction with Cinema Politica – Free admisson and Fair Trade Refreshments – Donations accepted


Every Wednesday @ 7pm

Join us for a peer led recovery group – RAINBOW RECOVERY!

This group is for anyone affected by alcoholism or addiction of any kind.

We will be meeting every Wednesday from 7pm – 8:30pm at the Windsor Pride Centre (422 Pelissier). You don’t need to be there every week to come along!

We welcome the LGBT community and our allies ♥ (Alanon, Narnanon, NA, AA, Gamblers Anon – all welcome, and more!)

For details email us at


Wednesday August 24th @ 4pm at the Palace Cinema

Fundraiser screening of “THE GOONIES”

Tickets $7 in advance $10 at the door

Advance tickets available at Milk, 68 University Ave. W.

and UWSA office, CAW Student Centre, University of Windsor.

All proceeds to the University of Windsor Environmental Coalition Sponsored by OPIRG Windsor

For more info contact Betty Helou


Saturday, August 27 9 am – 5 pm, Main lobby of the CAW Student Centre, University of Windsor

RAIN OR SHINE, IT’S GARAGE SALE TIME! Jazzpurr Society fundraiser

Volunteers Needed for Friday setup and Saturday sales.

Please contact Dolly Digou for sign-up and more details.

519-253-3000 ext.3235


Saturday September 10th, from 10am – 3pm.

PECHE ISLAND DAY EVENT hosted by Peche Island (A. Laframboise) The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup

Peche Island lies in the Detroit River, 330 metres from the Windsor shoreline. (Ojibway Nature Centre)

The day will include transportation to and from the island in the Detroit River, along with guided tours focusing on the island’s unique natural and historical features. The island’s marked trails are perfect for self-guided touring. Enjoyable and educational, this is a great event for the whole family!

Limited parking is available for this event, so people are encouraged to bike or bus to the marina. Litterless picnic lunches are welcome on the island, but no garbage is to be left behind. Boat transportation to the island begins at 10am, the last boat bringing people to the island will depart the mainland at 1pm. Boat boarding at Lakeview Park Marina, 9200 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase.

Life jackets will be provided. However, please bring your own infant life jackets. Please note, this event may be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Peche Island Day is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend! For more information contact the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup at: 519-982-3722 or email:


September 10th 2:00pm

Windsor Workers Action Center – 328 Pelissier

FIBRE CRAFTING part of the Ecology and Freedom Workshop Series

Lindsay will teach us how to sheer, wash, prepare, spin and knit our own wool.This workshop is essential for anyone interested in learning how to produce their own fabric or clothes.

Organized by grassroots environmentalists, activists and volunteers.



September 17th 10am

WECSA Community Farm, 13th Concession Near McGregor

GREEN BUILDING WITH LOAD-BEARING STRAW BALE part of the Ecology and Freedom Workshop Series

Come out to WECSA to help build a small storage shed/greenhouse with a commitment to using natural (or reclaimed) materials and self-reliant building techniques. We are inviting the community to share in this project and come help out. A shuttle will be available from Windsor.

Please email to reserve your seat.

Organized by grassroots environmentalists, activists and volunteers.