Sunday, 12 December 2010

Eva's Print Shop bows out of Aviva Fund Poll...

Despite being a contender earlier, Eva's Phoenix Print Shop has bowed out from this year's Aviva Community Fund poll. But there are still ways to support their good work.

From a 10 December 2010 Eva's Initiatives email:

"Thank you so much for your time and energy in supporting our Aviva Community Fund Green Housing Revitalization pitch. Thanks to you we were one of 30 projects [out of 450+] that reached the semi finals - and your emails of support and kind words have been very much appreciated.

That said, we believe the margin is now too wide for us to be in the top ten and reach the finals. So as of today we are bowing out of the competition. Hopefully you can lend your Eva's support to one of the many excellent projects still in the running. We are committed to realizing our Green Housing Revitalization - any leads or ideas you have would be greatly appreciated.

Despite this temporary setback there is much good news at Eva's Phoenix: we will fulfill a long standing dream by introducing a Community Kitchen in 2011. Also, Eva's Initiatives has received the designation of a 'Charity Intelligence Recommended Charity for 2010', based on the strong impact and value of our work with homeless youth.

To continue supporting Eva's and homeless youth, please consider donating - we will be sending out an email appeal next week. You can also always visit"

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Sara Marlowe on a 'whole new tour' with new & different recordings to come...

Some interesting news from Sara Marlowe's latest email Newsletter....


It has been a busy fall with shows with Sara Marlowe & the Program, but mostly baby planning... :-)
Shows will be on hold for a while - I'll be starting a whole new 'tour...'


* Peace on Earth this Holiday Season...
This holiday season, why not spread some musical, social justice cheer... :-). Local, independent music makes a great holiday gift and stocking stuffer. All orders of True Stories will include a free copy of Sara's debut CD, "A World to Win." You can order CDs by emailing or you can order a digital CD through itunes.
Wishing you a peaceful and restful holiday.

* While on maternity leave, Sara will be spending time working on her newest musical project (quite a departure from True Stories & Davaar)- "Mindful Kids" - a CD of original children's songs. The website will be built over the coming months, but in the meantime, you can check out

* Check out Davaar - Sara's new musical adventure with Dave McMillan - bass, mandolin and guitar player as well as computer programmer and Mac Wizard!
Listen to the new electronic-inspired tunes and remixes at

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Maquila Solidarity Network criticizes Wal-Mart Mexico's social responsibility reporting

Company needs to improve reporting and underlying policies, particularly on labour rights and environment:

A new report by MSN and Red Puentes Mexico examining Wal-Mart Mexico's (Walmex) CSR reporting, finds weaknesses in the company's reporting and practices, particularly in the areas of labour rights and the environment.

"Walmex needs to better address underlying policy issues such as the presence of protection contracts in most of its retail outlets, its treatment of over 23,000 "volunteer" youth baggers and the lack of consultation with civil society stakeholders on social and environmental issues," says Beatriz Lujan, of the Authentic Labour Front, a member organization of Red Puentes Mexico.

"We look forward to working with Walmex in an effort to improve the company's CSR reporting and its social and environmental policies and practices based on the report's recommendations," says Lynda Yanz of MSN.

See MSN report finds holes in Wal-mart de Mexico's CSR reporting and underlying policies posted on their website December 7, 2010 for more information and links.



Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Federal Court Building

180 Queen St. West

(west of University Ave, Osgoode subway)


Canadians have spoken out overwhelmingly in support of Iraq war resisters being allowed to stay in Canada. These young men and women made a difficult decision to not participate in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. They have shown tremendous courage, leaving behind their homes, their family, friends and careers.

Yet Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney, who both wanted Canada to participate in the Iraq War, continue to deport Iraq war resisters. War resisters Robin Long and Cliff Cornell were sentenced to long prison terms in U.S. military prisons because the Harper government refused to respect two House of Commons motions (passed June 3, 2008 and March 30, 2009) to stop deporting war resisters and to let them stay. Many war resisters are living under the threat of deportation.

On December 14th, the Federal Court will hear an appeal by Iraq war resister Dean Walcott. Dean, a former U.S. Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, is appealing the negative decisions on his Pre-Removal Risk Assessment and his request to be allowed to stay in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.

Join a vigil to support Dean Walcott and to demand that the Harper government respect Canadian democracy and the will of the Canadian people. It is time to let the war resisters stay!


Get involved:

Friday, 3 December 2010

Good For Her & Toronto Women's Bookstore are having a Naughty and Nice Sale

Well, this speaks for itself, Good For Her and the Toronto Women's Bookstore are cooperating for one amazing sales event...from the Facebook event page:

Naughty and Nice Sale! Starring Toronto Women's Bookstore AND Good For Her!

Time: Friday, December 10 · 6:00pm - 10:00p

Location: Good For Her & Toronto Women's Bookstore
175 Harbord Street (GFH- near Bathurst)
and 73 Harbord Street (TWB - near Spadina)
Toronto, ON

Save big for the holiday season!
5% off when you spend between $25 - $49.99
10% off when you spend between $50 - $99.99
15% off when you spend over $100

At Good For Her
175 Harbord Street (at Bathurst)
Launch of our Massage Oil line! Free bottle with purchase over $50
Chocolate, champagne and more sweet treats
9:30 draw for a Toronto Women’s Bookstore Gift Certificate!

At Toronto Women’s Bookstore
73 Harbord Street (at Spadina)
GREAT discounts just in time
Warm drinks and baked treats
Live performances
9:30 draw for a Good For Her gift certificate!