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December 31, 2006

Cahoots Magazine

Winter06coverHere's what Cahoots Magazine has in the works for upcoming issues -- good info to have if you've been meaning to pitch the magazine an article, send in some art from your portfolio, or otherwise get involved with this one-of-a-kind magazine for Canadian women.

Anthology on Mothering and Blogging: Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) is Seeking Submissions

From the Association for Research in Mothering
Demeter Press is seeking submissions
for the edited collection
Mothering and Blogging: Practice and Theory

Deadline for Abstracts: March 1, 2007

Publication Date: Spring 2008

Editors: May Friedman, Shana L. Calixte

ArmlogoCritical mothering and writing about motherhood have, in the last few years, begun to engage with a new form of communication. All over the Internet, mommy bloggers are commenting on the radical act of being mothers and women within a world hostile to both of these identities. What are some of the questions posed by this new context for motherhood? What are the implications for sites of marginalization and diversity within the blogosphere? This new book by Demeter Press will seek to interrogate some of the complexities of the mamasphere through both creative and scholarly submissions. We encourage applicants from a range of experiences, in both community and academic contexts.

Abstracts/Proposals (250-300 words) due March 1, 2007

Acceptances will be made by May 1, 2007

Accepted submissions due September 1, 2007

Completed papers should not exceed fifteen pages (3750 words) and should be formatted according to MLA guidelines.

Please send inquiries and abstracts/proposals to:
May Friedman and Shana L. Calixte
mayf@yorku.ca, shana@yorku.ca
Graduate Programme in Women's Studies
York University
4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3 Canada

Association for Research on Mothering
726 Atkinson,
York University
4700 Keele Street,
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Phone: (416) 736-2100 x60366
FAX: (416) 736-5766
Email: arm@yorku.ca

December 30, 2006

Betsy McGregor's Kitchen Table Campaign Hits the Peterborough Examiner

Today's Peterborough Examiner has a story about the "meet and greet" I hosted for Betsy McGregor yesterday. (No, it's not that I'm such a society belle that the coffee parties I throw rate coverage in the local newspaper. When the most exciting thing on the "menu" was store-bought cookies? As if!)

The article reported on a recent item in my other blog when I noted that the actions taken by my local MP had turned me -- a lifelong political spectator -- into a passionate participant in the political process.

The article then went on to describe "The Tim Horton's Summit" -- when Betsy and I met for coffee at the Tim Horton's on George Street in Peterborough and spent about two hours talking about the issues that matter most to both of us when it comes to the future of Peterborough and Canada -- and how I subsequently decided to become a member of her campaign team.

The article concluded by summarizing some of Betsy's background and experience -- she first taught at St. Peter's High School, became a veterinarian; worked for two years overseas with the United Nations; then returned to work in the civil service in Ottawa (Industry Canada, Agriculture Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Co-ordinator of the Task Force on Science and Technology for the Prosperity Initiative, Secretariat of the National Biotechnology Advisory Committee, etc.); and how she is working currently as a senior associate researcher at Trent University and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The article didn't state this, but one thing that really impressed me about Betsy is how much experience she has had in representing Canada on the international stage -- experience that would allow her to advocate for Peterborough, should she be successful in obtaining the Liberal nomination for this riding, and should she be successful in winning the next general election.

After receiving the "Head of Canada's Public Service Award" in 1998, Betsy was supported by the Canadian government  as she coordinated a two year International Working Group on Ethics, Science and Public Policy at Harvard Medical School. Just prior to leaving, Betsy designed Canada's Meech Lake Conference on Ethics, Science and Governance with top world leaders in theology, ethics, science, public policy in preparation for the Harvard think tank.

She is also clearly committed to youth leadership. Her training as a well-known motivational speaker on value-centered leadership was obvious from the way she offered encouraging words to two of my teenagers who are considering careers in science and technology. (I think this is pretty instinctive for Betsy. She has been recognized for being among the leading mentors of girls in science in Canada and part of Betsy's work at Trent is in the area of youth leadership in science and ethics. And she has served on youth leadership boards including Shad.ca, Canadian Association of Girls in Science (CAGIS), and as an advisor to Young  Inventors International.)

As you can imagine, I had a lot of information to absorb during that initial meeting at Tim Horton's. It's a good thing we swapped resumes! It didn't take me long at all to decide that Betsy's training and experience are an excellent fit for the unique challenges faced by Peterborough riding.

The Peterborough Strategic Plan (2006-2010) notes that the future of Peterborough in terms of primary target markets for business attraction, startup, retention, and expansion will be found in the following areas:

Food  processing/agri-food (35%): Betsy is a Doctor  of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Ontario Veterinary College and  has helped to draft policy during her time on staff at Agriculture Canada;  Biotech and Life Sciences/DNA (25%): Betsy  was a member of the Canadian Delegation and government expert team  negotiating the UNESCO Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human  Rights and  served several years as a member of the Joint Centre  of Bioethics, Program for Applied Ethics & Biotechnology, at the University of Toronto. Advanced Manufacturing (20%): Betsy worked at  Industry Canada where her focus was on science and technology  competitiveness, emerging markets, and ethics.
Tourism Infrastructure Development (20%):  Betsy grew up on the Kawartha Lakes and understands its importance as a  tourist destination. She is committed to fostering the tourist industry while protecting the natural environment.

Reporter Brendan Wedley did a great job with the story. I only wish the entire story was available  online so that you could read the entire piece. (The headline and the snippet that are available online don't do the story justice.)

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BTW -- If you  didn't make it to my "meet and greet" (perhaps because you guessed that I'd  be serving store bought cookies or you'd heard rumors about the clutter Chez  Douglas), but you'd like to meet Betsy in a relaxed, informal setting, she's  going to be hosting "meet and greets" this Sunday afternoon (December 31st) and every Sunday throughout the month of January at 549 Homewood Avenue.  Bring your ideas, questions, and concerns about the future of Peterborough Riding.

The Maternal is Political (Book Project by Shari MacDonald Strong)

Shari MacDonald Strong is seeking contributors for her forthcoming book The Maternal is Political.

Cindy Sheehan, Miriam Peskowitz, Beth Osnes, Gayle Brandeis, Tracy Thompson, Marrit Ingman, Ann Douglas (me!), Katie Allison Granju, and Jennifer Margulis, are already onboard and (not surprisingly), everyone she has contacted is extremely excited about the project.

According to Shari, "The book will feature 30 stories about the intersection of politics and motherhood, written by and for mothers who are making the world a better place for children and families: both their own and other women's, in this country and globally. I'm looking for creative nonfiction stories and personal essays of any length that address the how motherhood and social change intersect, in big and small ways."

The release date goal is early 2008, to hit early in the year, before the next presidential election. Find out more at Shari's blog.

December 28, 2006

Blogging and Getting Political

I have decided to move One Woman. One Blog. from Blogger to Typepad. (This won't be news to you if you read this post.) I look forward to getting back to my regular posting schedule (often!) next week. I'll be doing some real-world political stuff tomorrow.

December 20, 2006

Carnival of Feminists

The 29th Carnival of Feminists is being hosted by the imponderabilia of actual life. You'll find a motley assortment of book and blog recommendations plus wacky, wild, and just plain weird outcroppings from the online world.

Investing in the Future

The National just aired a story on Kiva.org -- a website that allows donors to connect with and loan money to microbusinesses in the developing world. (Kiva is a Swahili word meaning "agreement" or "unity.")

More: microcredit links from Canadian Social Research.net; information about a community loan investment fund in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Creating a Climate for Change

I've been thinking a lot this week about that moment in the film An Inconvenient Truth when Al Gore talks about how he had trusted in democracy to solve the problems of climate change. In the end, of course, forces more powerful than democracy in its purest form have prevented nations that should be playing a stewardship role in taking care of the earth from doing so. It will probably be generations before we understand everything that went on during this critical time period -- when what's left of government records becomes available to future historians and they're able to start piecing together the best version we're likely to have of "the truth."

The media is talking about the effects of climate change. I caught part of this morning's episode of Sounds Like Canada. Shelagh Rogers was broadcasting live from Stanley Park -- a place where hundreds of trees have been tumbled by the recent wind storms in BC. She was talking about what it feels like to have your personal landscape forever changed by powerful forces of nature -- forces of nature more powerful than you've ever seen in your part of the world. (I remember experiencing a bit of that shock when Peterborough experienced its massive flood in July of 2004 -- a flood that was as sudden and unpredicable as it was devastating to many people in my community.)

Environment Canada is telling people in coastal communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.

And yet, when it comes to taking substantive actions, the Canadian government is fiddling while the Earth is warming.

And when the next election rolls around, some of those very same politicans in Ottawa will shake their heads and say how terrible it is that voter turnout is so low -- and then look mystified as to the cause.

Of course, it's not a mystery at all. If Al Gore can feel let down by democracy, is it any wonder that other people who put their faith in the system to work on behalf of the environment and other important issues are sharing those feelings these days? But rather than giving in to the temptation of apathy, the best response is to follow in the footsteps of Al Gore by taking action. Talk to everyone you meet about issues that matter to you. (I've been doing this lately and it's amazing how many people feel the same way that I do about the issues that are nearest and dearest to my heart.) Offer to support the campaign of a candidate who will work for the issues you believe in. Make change in some way. You'll feel energized by becoming part of the solution.

Background: CBC News environment page; The Citizen's Handbook: A Guide to Building Community.


Original comments from Blogger:

2 Comments:

Andrea said...
This isnt' really on topic--I mean, I can write pages on climate change, and I won't do that to your shiny new comments section--but I wanted to say how much I've been enjoying your new blog. It's lovely to see all of these diverse subjects and the slightly different voice you use here.

December 20, 2006 1:16 PM

Ann D said...
Thanks, Andrea. I've been getting angrier and angrier and angrier about all the things that need to be said and done to fix the world -- and that aren't being done by the people who are in power. So I decided that I needed to start speaking up and creating a community with like-minded souls. That reminds me: I've got to add you to my links. You are one of my heros.

December 20, 2006 2:44 PM

December 19, 2006

Inventing Necessities

The list of things we can't live without is longer today than it was ten years ago, thanks to the inclusion of such recent "essentials" as the cell phone, high-speed Internet, flat-screen TV, and the iPod. According to Pew Research, who just released a study on this subject:

The old adage proclaims that "necessity is the mother of invention." These findings serve as a reminder that the opposite is also true: invention is the mother of necessity. Throughout human history, from the wheel to the computer, previously unimaginable inventions have created their own demand, and eventually their own need.

It's no wonder little kids have such a hard time distinguishing between "wants" and "needs" at this time of year. The lines have become pretty blurred for grownups, too.


Original comments from Blogger:

2 Comments:

Berlynn said...
Just found you through your post at P'n'P. And a good find it is!

My 13 y.o. boy experiences great challenges between wants and needs. The social pressures to have this video game or that contraption are so huge it becomes a want. How to help him differentiate has been equally challenging!

My 15 y.o. girl gets it, is anti-consumerist, shops second-hand, lives simply, simply lives. How did that happen?

Thanks for the thoughts.

December 19, 2006 11:08 AM
Ann D said...
Berlynn, I love your blog! It's great to have you drop by. I have four kids and they're all so different when it comes to money/stuff. However, I've seen HUGE progress with one of our kids. He just gave HIS COMPUTER away to someone. I was floored. Amazing how kids "evolve." :-)

December 19, 2006 1:05 PM

Nothing to Debate Here

Does it make sense to exclude a legitimate political party with important things to say from the federal leadership debates? The Green Party of Canada doesn't think so and, frankly, neither do I. Green Party leader Elizabeth May and other members of The Green Party make an excellent case for making the leadership debates more democratic and they urge you to sign their petition if you agree.

Thanks to Devon Rowcliffe for the heads up on this story.