Family Bazaar May 6th, 12-3pm

A FREE afternoon of community spirit, bargains, and fun. There will be vending tables, live performances and activities for the whole family!  We’ll have over 40 tables of exciting goods or services from a huge array of cultural backgrounds. Come join us for coffee/tea, ride on bike generators, make buttons, get your hand painted in henna, and be part of a raffle.

WORKSHOPS: We will be having workshops and a workshop series:

  1. Cooking & Sewing!  Learn practical and independent steps to sew and cook.
  2. Start A Business! Learn financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The first class of the series taking place at the Bazaar.

Interested in a Workshop?  Contact info@focusonseniors.ca  or (403) 614-2345 / ( 587) 998-3320

BECOME A VENDOR, register to PERFORM, or come and ENJOY the festivities!

Book a table or perform, or more info at:  manager@calgarydollars.ca or 403-270-8002

www.calgarydollars.ca, www.focusonseniors.ca/, www.nefcs.ca/

Presented by Calgary Dollars, F.O.C.U.S. on Seniors, and Northeast Family Connections, and supported by Falconridge / Castleridge Community association, Arusha and Open Streets Calgary.

To the Ends of the Earth and Arusha

To the Ends of the Earth and Arusha

To the Ends of the Earth

by Chase Friesen

Backed by the Parkland Institute, David Lavallee’s, To the Ends of the Earth, highlights the world’s reliance on unpredictable, and busting energy systems. Although the use of oil and gas is global, the basis of Lavallee’s film was focused mainly on Canadian production.

Our Dependency vs. New Energy

As noted in Lavallee’s film, Canada has the second biggest oil reserve in the world. Therefore, the flow of our economy is increasingly dependent on the flow of oil. Although there is a long way to come until our dependency on oil is minimalistic, there are things we as individuals can do to help expedite the process. There are also small business and non-for-profit organizations in Canada that support sustainable energy and the communities that face the swings of the fossil fuel economy.

The Arusha Centre

One example of a local organization is the Arusha Centre. The Arusha Centre values the importance of a local economy with a complementary currency system, Calgary Dollars. This monetary system boosts the local economy through the exchange of community members’ goods and skills and with local businesses rather than relying on unpredictable global markets. As a result of the crashing oil market, many individuals working in the industry lost their jobs. According to Johnson, of CBC News, from “December 2014 until April 2016, 3,853 jobs were lost in Alberta in oil and gas extraction and a further 29,196 in lost jobs that support energy and mining extraction” (2016). As a result of this loss of income, many individuals find it hard to apply their skills to other jobs or careers. However, one of our goals at the Arusha Centre, through Calgary Dollars, is to help individuals view their skills and interests as applicable opportunities to benefit themselves and their community. As for alternative energy, the Arusha Centre has created a project called Open Streets. Open Streets is a project based on energy conservation and sustainable energy education. Gerald Wheatley a manager at the Arusha Centre, demonstrated pedal powered live music at the January 25th Calgary premiere of To the Ends of the Earth at Plaza Theatre and talked about the importance of electricity conservation in Calgary.

The Arusha Centre’s Open Streets program uses bike generators to educate about electricity in Alberta while powering live performances, speakers, and video projection

Watch the Film:

Sign up for an e-newsletter to find out when screenings and copies of To the Ends of the Earth become available to you.

http://endsofearthfilm.com/contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnson T., (2016, July 6). CBC News. Just how many jobs have been cut in the oil patch? Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/oil-patch-layoffs-how-many-1.3665250

To the Ends of the Earth, (2016). Retrieved from http://endsofearthfilm.com/

Arusha Centre: Communities Taking Action, (2017). Retrieved from http://arusha.org/

Calgary Dollars, (2016). Retrieved from http://calgarydollars.ca/

Open Streets Calgary, (2016). Retrieved from http://www.openstreetscalgary.com/

Arusha Centre 2016 Report Out Now