Please mark your calendar for Sunday, October 17, 2010 as the International Day for Eradication of Poverty at Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada This remarkable event is growing each year!! Book your organization’s info booth… while they last! (Contact: 289-221-0928).

The following news was a press release from EndPoverty 2015 millennium campaign:

AHEAD OF G-8, NEW ANALYSIS REVEALS AFRICAN COUNTRIES TOP LIST OF 20 COUNTRIES MAKING MOST OVERALL PROGRESS ON MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS Report by the Overseas Development Institute and UN Millennium Campaign Reveals Many of the Poorest Countries are Making Most Progress on Millennium Development Goals

June 22, 2010 — As G-8 and G-20 leaders prepare to gather in Canada, new analysis issued by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the United Nations Millennium Campaign finds that, in absolute terms, many of the world’s poorest countries are making the most overall progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the set of promises world leaders made to significantly reduce extreme poverty, illiteracy and disease by 2015. Particularly relevant for G-8 countries are the findings which underline the importance of open trade and effective and timely aid in driving this success. For poor countries, political leadership, accountability and adequate budgetary allocations for the Goals are cited as key criteria to drive sustained progress.

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Operation Sparrow is pleased to announce the addition of art classes to its roster of year round choices for Aurora and Newmarket children. The organization has also agreed to distribute 10 free environmental camp spots courtesy of Georgian Lakes Conservation Authority. Operation Sparrow is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and providing physical and cultural activities to Newmarket & Aurora  youths ages 3 – 18 years who are otherwise unable to afford to do so. Transportation to & from activities is also provided in some cases. Operation Sparrow has been distributing programs and services to local youths – additionally including karate, theatre & dance schools since 2007. They hope to attract other local service providers to the fold in the near future.

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GREEN SCREENS presents HOMEGROWN FILMS

July 7 at 7 PM
FREE
National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Cinema – 150 John Street (at the corner of Richmond Street West and John Street), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A collection of National Film Board of Canada shorts highlights the importance of sustainable agriculture and celebrates local food practices. A panel discussion and reception follow the National Film Board of Canada screening – sample local produce and discuss the importance of supporting local farmers.

Featuring:

Earth to Mouth
Directed by Yung Chang, 2002, 41 min
Filmed at the Wing Fong Farm in Ontario, this documentary follows the tilling, planting and harvesting of Asian vegetables destined for Chinese markets and restaurants.

The panel discussion will feature Wally Seccombe, Chair, Everdale Farms; Lauren Baker, Director, Sustain Ontario; and Susan Murray, Director of Communications, Greenbelt Foundation. Samples of local food will be provided by Karma Cooperative.

Please arrive early at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Cinema as capacity is limited, and seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information, please call 416-973-3012 or visit www.onf-nfb.gc.ca/eng/mediatheque.

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On Sunday, 20 June, we celebrate Father’s Day because a FATHER can be a:

Fabulous friend to a family, who has

Awesome adoration for  family members

Tremendous teacher to his child(ren)

Hero helping during life’s adventures

Excellent embodiment of loving leadership

Resolute defender of  family

Fathers, you deserve a break from your daily routines. Have a relaxing and enjoyable Father’s Day with families and friends at the following free events of  Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada:

  • The Power Plant is giving a free  exhibition “Adaptation: Between Species” which examines encounters of the interspecies kind and our need to go “back to nature”. The show includes works in a variety of media by the likes of FASTWÜRMS, Sandra Meigs, Marcus Coates and others. Exhibition: 19 June – 12 September, 2010 at 231 Queens Quay W. Free. Please visit thepowerplant.org for details.
  • Beyond Imaginings: Eight Artists Encounter Ontario’s Greenbelt” which is a large-scale photo exhibit created by eight contemporary photographers under three categories: Working the Land, Natural Beauty and People of the Greenbelt. Throughout summer/fall 2010. 235 Queens Quay W. Free. For details, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/beyondimaginings.

Happy Father’s Day!

The following letter of Tom Pearson, Chairman of Poverty Action for Change Coalition (PACC) and ISARC York Region Social Audit 2010 Co-Covenor,  recounts a true tale of homelessness that exists – not in a third world country – but right here in York Region, Ontario, Canada:

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Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is partnering with Operation Sparrow and the Poverty Action for Change Coalition (PACC) in order to provide ten spots of unique outdoor day camp in a natural setting for disadvantaged children, from ages 6 to 12 years, living in Newmarket or Aurora, to attend free of charge. Poverty Action for Change Coalition will place ten disadvantaged children into day camp this July and/or August. The camp will be located at the  Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area which is a maple forest.

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Yes,  rock and roll lovers and fans, the rock band Aerosmith is coming to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on August 17th to give you a spectacular show at the Air Canada Centre!

Aerosmith will start their “Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock” North American tour on July 23rd.

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