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January 7, 2010

What stories need coverage in 2010?

Halifax News

What events/policies/issues would you like to see the Halifax Media Co-op cover in the coming weeks/months? 

Please tell us your ideas for critical, grassroots coverage in Halifax and Nova Scotia! 


Olympics and Pan-Am games - Lasting Effects

As the olympics and pan-am games continue to grow along with the propoganda surrounding terroriest threats, it would be interesting to see the legacy left on local communities by the security and surveillance apparatus set up for these games.

What has happened to past olympic games host cities?

Were the security measures used for International games left in place in host cities and the surrounding areas after the games were over?

What lasting effects on police, protest movements, security industry, ect, have been left by these games and their need for ever increasing security?

Are the streets of Vancouver and Toronto going to be left full of security cameras similar to the birds nests on every street corner in London?  What effects will that have?  How might it effect our civil liberties here in Canada?


Comparing Major Sporting Events

I think it would be interesting to see a comparison of large sporting events in Canada.

Canada Games vs Pan-Am games vs Olympics games

Effects on infrastructure, population, debt, local security and surveillance.

I have a feeling that the Canada games would have the greatest positive effects on local communities and the country as a whole.  It will probably also show how money allocated to Canadian youth is money more intelligantly spent than on international events for grown adults following the dream of leaching from the tax system there entire lives while going to the olympics.

Just a thought.


International development week at Saint Mary's University

To whom it may concern,
Event Description: International Development Week (IDW) is an annual tradition at Saint Mary’s University that provides an opportunity for students and the wider community to learn more about issues pertaining to international development both within Canada and abroad. It provides an occasion to showcase international opportunities, and cultures, as well as activities that encourage discussion and sharing of ideas on issues that are of great concern.
The theme this year is FOOD, and more importantly, FOOD SECURITY. Food is a basic human need, however it is increasingly becoming a commodity, a source of fuel, genetically modified and imported. International Week 2010 will examine the issues surrounding food, how it relates to our environment and culture. We will be asking questions about abundance and scarcity, production and distribution.
The next International development week is scheduled to take place from Friday January 29th to Saturday February 6th. The event would feature two guest speakers: Dr. Raj Patel, Academic, journalist, activist and writer who has lived and worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States for extended periods, Raj Patel is best known for his 2008 book, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. Born in London, Patel received a B.A in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, from Oxford, a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and earned his PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University in 2002. He has been a visiting scholar at Yale and the University of California, Berkeley.

Our second featured guest speaker would be Alanna Mitchell, Alanna Mitchell is a Canadian author and journalist who writes about global science issues. She specializes in investigating changes to the earth's life-support systems and travels the world in search of scientists at the centre of what's going on. Her publications include Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean and Dancing at the Dead Sea: Tracking the World's Environmental Hotspots published in 2009 and 2004 respectively.
The opening event would be an International Development Studies (IDS) Noon Seminar featuring Dr. Tony Charles as the speaker. Dr. Tony Charles is a professor here at Saint Mary’s University, and holds an important cross appointment in the Environmental Studies Program, and the Sobey School of Business. He also coordinates the University’s Fisheries and Coastal lecture series, and is the Director of Ocean Management research Network (www.omrn.ca).
The week would then be followed by an array of colorful events such as international night, and thought provoking, entertaining educational activities. The week would also feature Food Security Focused Film Festival featuring films relating to hunger, poverty, environmental sustainability and justice issues; National and International Feature Speakers; I Represent: An International Food Fiesta; Drumming for Food with Samba Nova and much more. An exciting night of trivia games to challenge ones knowledge of food security issues would mark the end of the week’s activities.

Please visit the link provided in the hompepage tab for detailed information on the various events and film screenings that are scheduled to take place.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you

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