Community Links Bulletin - May to June 2010

Dear friends,

I’m pleased to present the latest issue of the Community Links Bulletin. Thank you to all of the organizations and individuals who share information, so we can be aware of what’s happening in our community. I really appreciate your feedback and submissions for inclusion in our Community Links Bulletin – please keep it coming as I learn so much from it.

Parliament is in session. I have been busy meeting with many community groups and individuals across Canada on my affordable housing bill (Bill C-304). My colleagues and I are working hard on many issues, including pensions, childcare, employment, the environment, fair trade, and many other issues. I believe our presence and role in Parliament are critical to ensure the agenda of ordinary people is at the top, not at the bottom, of the political agenda.

And it’s almost summer - there’s a lot to do and enjoy for children, adults and families. I encourage you and your family to go and check out the summer camps for kids, block parties in your neighbourhood, community events and activities like the Celebrate Mount Pleasant Day, East Van Farmers Markets, Chinatown Night Market, Asian Heritage Month events, and more.

Happy Summer Days!

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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, June 4 for the July / August 2010 edition. Listings must be under 40 words and include event, date and time, location, sponsoring agency and contact name and number. Information can be emailed to daviel1@parl.gc.ca, faxed to 604-775-5811 or mailed postage-free to 2412 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2. Information in the Community Links Bulletin is subject to change without notice. Please check with the contacts provided to ensure accuracy.

 EVENTS & WORKSHOPS 

 March to May 31, 2010 - Keep Vancouver Spectacular: volunteers needed!
Keep Vancouver Spectacular needs Block Captains & Volunteers to Keep Vancouver spectacular - it's all about making our beautiful city an even better place to live, work and visit. Block captains lead the way by organizing neighbourhood cleanups and recruiting volunteers. For more information or to sign up, visit http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/solidwaste/kvs/index.htm.

 May 1 to 31, 2010 – Asian Heritage Month
The Month of May is Asian Heritage Month. This acknowledges the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. Canada's cultural diversity strengthens the country socially, politically and economically in innumerable ways. Asian Heritage Month is an ideal occasion for all to celebrate the beauty and wisdom of various Asian cultures. Canadians are invited to take part in the festivities that commemorate the legacy of Asian Canadians and their many contributions which have helped Canada to become the multicultural and diverse nation it is today. Additional information can be found at the ExplorASIAN website: www.explorasian.org.

 May 8, 2010 (Saturday) - Stone Soup Film Festival: Exploring the Politics of Food
Time: 12:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Location: Britannia High School Auditorium
This year's festival will explore a range of films from family health and nutrition, to food economics, urban gardening, aboriginal fisheries, ecology, and sustainable agriculture. Our program includes two BC films, short and long documentaries, youth and family films as well as experimental film. Selections include: Dirt, which tells the amazing and little known story of the relationship between humans and living dirt; Milk in the Land, a beautiful and mesmerizing film that navigates the complex political and social history of industrial milk production; T’lina: A Rendering of Wealth, a film which shares an intimate view of the power of community and the strength of the Kwak'wala Nation in preserving their ooligan food fishery; What’s on your Plate?, a wonderful children friendly film which follows two eleven-year-old city kids as they explore their place in the food chain, and many more films! Festival passes are $12, available at Britannia Community Centre. Admission to individual films is by donation (suggested donation $5). All proceeds go to local community gardens. For more information, visit http://stonesoupfilmfestival.blogspot.com/.

 May 8, 2010 (Saturday) – The 15th Annual Stone Soup Festival
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm; Location: Britannia Community Centre, (Commercial & Napier, at Greenway)
This East Vancouver tradition brings community together in celebration of spring, food, the environment and community itself. Stone Soup will celebrate our local food communities, the environment and its importance to the health and ‘culture’ of our community. Lots of community tables, food vendors, artists, music, speakers, kids activities and more!

 May 8 to October 23, 2010 – Vancouver Farmers Markets
Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. When you shop at Vancouver Farmers Markets, you help keep BC farmers farming. Here is the schedule for your local East Van markets:
Trout Lake Farmers Market: Saturdays, May 8 to October 23; 9 am to 2 pm; 15th Avenue & Victoria Drive in the north parking lot of Trout Lake.
Main Street Station at Thornton Park: Wednesdays, June 2 to September 29 / 3 pm to 7 pm; 1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station. For more information, visit http://www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.

 May 10, 2010 – CLICK (Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids)
CLICK presents its 3rd Annual Pulling for Inner City Kids Tug of War Championship. Teams of high school students will be on the front lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery, pulling their hearts out. This event will raise awareness and funds to support programs and services that make a huge, daily difference to kids in need in our city. Your support of CLICK with a donation of any amount is appreciated. To support CLICK, contact Catherine Atyeo at 778-839-9577 or catyeo@telus.net.

 May 31 to October 1, 2010 – Aboriginal Gateway to Health Career
Intake dates: May 31 to October 1, 2010; Intake deadline: May 14, 2010.
Presented by the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Service Society (ACCESS) to encourage aboriginal people to explore health care careers. Courses will focus on the various health careers; identify a career goal; customized essential skills training; academic and personal preparation to enter into the health care fields; life planning; and pre-and post-program personal coaching and support. For more information, visit www.accessfutures.com. To register, contact Elaine Clare at 778-783-5034 or email elaine@buildingfuturestoday.com.

 May 31 to June 6, 2010 – Bike to Work Week
You are invited to participate in Bike to Work Week 2010. You can visit the celebration stations around the city - all week long for free refreshments, bike tune-ups, resources and prizes. For more information, visit the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition website at www.biketoworkmetrovan.ca.

 June 5, 2010 (Saturday) – Celebrate Mount Pleasant
Time: 11 am to 3 pm; Location: Mount Pleasant Elementary School (Guelph Park, 2200 Guelph and East 8th Avenue). This one-day community celebration is open to everyone and includes a soccer tournament, children’s activities (bouncy castles, carnival games, magician, Bunky the Clown, face-painting, climbing wall and more); entertainment (Kunaka Youth Marimba band, and other local musicians); Community Awards Ceremony; food and community info booths. Free admission.

 June 6, 2010 (Sunday) – The 8th Annual Open Vancouver 2010 Heritage House Tour
Time: 10 am to 5 pm; Cost: $35 - The Heritage House Tour is a one-day, self guided tour of 10 historic buildings in Vancouver. Apart from being a fun, social event, the tour is a must for getting ideas and inspiration on a new life for your old building. Get practical and specific renovation tips and ideas for local trades, resources, suppliers and even wall colours from real projects undertaken by every-day Vancouverites. Web: www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/projects/openvan.html.

 June 12, 2010 (Saturday) – CoDevelopment Canada’s Annual Fundraising Dinner
Time: Doors open at 5:30pm; Location: Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street at Victoria)
CoDev’s annual dinner - great food, good friends, fantastic entertainment and a silent auction full of treasures! All proceeds support CoDev’s work in building Canadian-Latin American solidarity. For more information or tickets, contact 604-708-1495 or visit www.codev.org.

 June 20, 2010 (Sunday) – East Vancouver Garden Tour
Time: 10 am – 4 pm; Sponsored by Britannia Neighbours for area greening projects, this is a self-guided, walking tour of 12+ creative gardens in the riding, starting from Figaro's Garden Centre. Tickets: $10. For information or tickets, contact Figaro at 604-253-1696 or www.britannianeighbours.org.

June 20, 2010 (Sunday) - Car-Free Vancouver Day
Car-Free Vancouver Day is happening on June 20th – Father’s Day. Get involved, get creative, meet some awesome folks, and help co-create the city of your dreams. If you love Car Free Day, please consider stepping up to take a creative leadership role in this amazing event. For more information, visit http://www.carfreevancouver.org/

June 13, 2010 (Monday) – The 20th Annual Hawks Avenue Yard Sale
The annual Hawks Avenue Yard Sale is from 9 am to 2 pm. The sale takes place on the 600 to 800 blocks of Hawks Avenue but centres mostly on the 700 block and the linear parks north of Georgia and Union. Hundreds of vendors from all over the community participate.

June 21, 2010 (Monday) - National Aboriginal Day in Canada
This is a national day of solidarity for First Nations people. National Aboriginal Day is a Canadian day of recognition of the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis, who are collectively known as Aboriginal peoples in Canada. For more information, visit www.ainc-inac.gc.ca.

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 COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT SERVICES 

 ARA Mental Health Action Research and Advocacy Association
ARA Mental Health offers advocacy services for mental health consumers living in the Greater Vancouver area. Advocacy or intervention includes: locating resources, accessing food, health and safety issues, medical/dental, substance abuse, child apprehension, appeals and tribunals, safe and affordable housing, legal referrals, counselling and one-on-one support. Hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and a drop-in safe space with accessible computers is offered to mental health consumers. Address: 163 West Pender Street, Vancouver. Phone 604-689-7938.

 Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
Big Sisters of BC helps vulnerable girls in our community by providing them with female mentors and friends who understand the unique challenges they face growing up female. Big Sisters strives to provide these girls (ages 7 – 17) with a “champion” – a mentor who is there to listen to them, cheer them on, and tell them they can do it through the Big & Little Sister program and the Study Buddy program. For more information, please visit www.bigsisters.bc.ca or contact 604-873-4525.

 Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC - Vancouver
- Distress Line and Suicide Prevention Services - Need someone to talk to? Call the Crisis Centre in Vancouver for immediate, free, confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day, everyday. Call 604-872-3311.

- Volunteering - The Crisis Centre in Vancouver is looking for volunteers to answer calls from people in stressful situations and to assist with high school suicide prevention workshops. Four hours a week after excellent training. Call 604-872-1811.

 Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)
If you have a complaint or feel you have been treated unfairly by a collection agency, you should contact the head of the collection agency, the agency’s ombudsman, the financial institution where you borrowed money, or your provincial regulator. The FCAC can help you determine whom to contact. The agency also informs Canadians of their rights and responsibilities when dealing with financial institutions and makes sure that banks and federally regulated trust, loan and insurance companies respect the laws and agreements that protect consumers. To reach the FCAC, call toll-free 1-866-914-6097 or visit www.fcac.gc.ca.

 Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada launched a new website for students with learning disabilities. Developed by young people themselves coping with learning disabilities, the site is geared toward youth and focuses on completing high school, getting to and succeeding in a post secondary environment, and successfully transitioning into a career path after completing their degree. For more information, visit www.youth2youth.ca.

 Recycle My Cell - website helps people get rid of old phones
Recycle My Cell is a free program organized by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) in conjunction with cell phone service providers, handset manufacturers and recycling companies. A donation to participating charities is made for each device returned through the program. To locate a drop-off centre, visit www.recyclemycell.ca or call 1-888-797-1740.

 Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA)
Metro Vancouver's only Native youth program-providing organization to empower youth through programs, including education & training, personal support, residential programs and sports and recreation. UNYA’s work also includes community development, research, advocacy, and cultural learning opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.unya.bc.ca/home. Contact information: 1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1S6. Phone: 604-254-7732.

 Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office
Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with Wounded Warriors.ca, established the Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office to identify and help veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The storefront office will make it easier for vulnerable veterans to access the services and benefits they have earned and deserved. Wounded Warriors.ca is supporting the storefront office initiative by providing funding to offer immediate help to any homeless veterans such as vouchers for emergency provision of food, clothing, shelter and transportation. Contact information: Veterans Affairs Canada, Vancouver Storefront Initiative, 310 Alexander Avenue (in the Veterans Memorial Manor), Vancouver, BC V6A 1C3. Phone: 604-666-0244. Website: www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

 VEEES Community Service
newSTART Bridging Employment Program
newSTART Bridging Employment Program for Women offers an individualized 6-month program for any woman dealing with violence and abuse issues, whether she is currently on income assistance or not. Program components include counselling, employment-related skills workshops, a work experience placement, educational assistance and certification for First Aid and SuperHost. newSTART now provides continuous intake.
newSTART 1691 East Pender Street, Vancouver, 604-215-4344

newCHAPTER and newCHAPTER2 Community Employment Resource Centres
The centres offer free services to all job seekers, providing internet access, fax, phone, photocopying, one-on-one resume and job search assistance, and Service Canada Case Management services, including: development of Return to Work Action Plans and assistance with and submission of SDEB (skills training financial assistance) applications.
newCHAPTER 2106 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 604-254-3353
newCHAPTER2 835 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, 604-215-2295

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 FUNDING $OURCE$ / AWARD$ 

 Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, to a maximum of $2,000 per person. The grant is available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in a Red Seal trade. For more information on the AIG or other Apprenticeship Grants, visit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/trades_apprenticeship/aig/pro....

 BMO Employee Charitable Foundation - General Grants
General Grants are dedicated to helping charities to offer programs and services, and to purchase equipment, thereby directly serving the people in their communities who rely on them the most. For more information, visit http://www4.bmo.com/vgn/charity/en/grants.html. Contact info: BC and Yukon Division, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, BMO Bank of Montreal, 595 Burrard Street, 22nd Floor, Vancouver, BC V7X 1L7. Phone: 604-665-7596, Fax: 604-665-2610.

 Brainerd Foundation
Brainerd Foundation’s mission is to protect the environment of the Northwest and to build broad citizen support for conservation. It provides grant funding through the following programs: conservation policy, place based conservation, conservation capacity, catalyst fund, grassroots fund, and opportunity fund to non-profit organizations in the Northwest, including BC. For more information, visit http://www.brainerd.org/funding/default.php.

 Breakfast for Learning’s Nutrition Program Grants Deadline: June 15, 2010
Breakfast for Learning’s Nutrition Program Grants provide funds directly to communities who want to start or improve the quality of a nutrition program. Grants are provided to partially fund food, equipment or staffing. Applications are accepted from Canadian schools and community-based groups wishing to establish or enhance breakfast, snack or lunch programs for children and youth. To apply for a grant, you must submit a formal grant application to Breakfast for Learning. For more information and applications forms for British Columbia Grants, visit http://www.breakfastforlearning.ca/en/services-a-information/apply-for-a... or contact Lisa Werring at 604-583-0450 or by email to lisa.werring@breakfastforlearning.ca.

 Canada Council for the Arts - Visiting Foreign Artists Program Deadline: June 1, 2010
The Visiting Foreign Artists Program provides grants to Canadian professional arts organizations to encourage visits by individual professional foreign artists of outstanding achievement. Organizations may invite an individual artist from any foreign country. While in Canada, the visiting foreign artist is to direct workshops, teach master classes for professional artists and/or, for Inter-Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts, Theatre, Writing and Publishing, and give artist talks. Visiting foreign artists will be expected to supplement the activities of their host organization rather than replace a staff member. For information, visit http://www.canadacouncil.ca/grants/xr127234091658125000.htm.

 Canada Post – The 2010 Literacy Awards: Call for Nomination Deadline: May 21, 210
The Literacy Awards are Canada’s only national awards dedicated to celebrating the achievements of adult learners, along with those who have helped them learn to read and write. You are invited to nominate a deserving individual and / or educator for the 2010 Canada Post Community Literacy Award. For more information, please visit www.canadapost.ca/literacyawards.

 Canada Small Business Financing Program
The Canada Small Business Financing Program seeks to increase the availability of loans for establishing, expanding, modernizing and improving small businesses. It does this by encouraging financial institutions to make their financing available to small businesses. Under the Program, a small business must apply for a loan at a financial institution of its choice. For more information, visit http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/csbfp-pfpec.nsf/eng/Home. Email: info@ic.gc.ca.

 Canadian Heritage - Canada Arts Training Fund Deadline: June 30, 2010
The Canada Arts Training Fund contributes to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the training of artists with high potential through institutions that offer training of the highest calibre. The Fund focuses on those organizations that can demonstrate their status as national organizations of the highest calibre through the following three key assessment criteria: they are at the highest level of artistic excellence, in teaching, training, and coaching in their artistic field as evidenced by the success of their graduates and independent assessments prepared by professionals; they are pre-eminent institutions of proven national significance and impact, i.e. recognized as such throughout Canada by those familiar with, or working in, the artistic discipline; and they have a strong and proven institutional capacity from both a financial and governance standpoint. For more information, Address: Department of Canadian Heritage Arts Policy Branch, Canada Arts Training Fund, 15 Eddy Street, 3rd floor, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5 / Email: pnfsa-natcp@pch.gc.ca; Telephone: 819-997-3777 / Toll-free*: 1-866-811-0055 / Facsimile: 819-934-1325 / TTY** (Toll-free): 1-888-997-3123

 Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Canadian Tire Jumpstart® is a community-based charitable program that helps kids in financial need participate in organized sport and recreation such as hockey, soccer and swimming. The program works with community organizations to form local Chapters that identify and approve the children who receive support. For more information on funding eligibility and deadline, visit www.canadiantire.ca/jumpstart/index.html.

 Carthy Foundation
The Carthy Foundation funds environmental initiatives that focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design, initiatives that investigate, develop, and promote innovative tools, strategies and policies with potential to harness market forces in achieving environmental goals, as well as initiatives that support optimal ecological function within urban settings. For more information, visit www.carthyfoundation.org.

 Coast Capital - Community Investment Grants
Community Investment Grants supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to help families achieve economic success. The grant will focus on projects that help low-income individuals and families, new Canadians and youth, and that clearly support one or more of the focus areas: Youth leadership; Economic revitalization; and Access and inclusion. Grants can be used for projects that support or provide services for individuals, families, and communities; and organizational development. For more information, visit https://www.coastcapitalsavings.com or email to communityinvestment.fund@coastcapitalsavings.com.

 Co-operators Foundation - Grants and Financial Assistance
The Co-operators Foundation’s financial assistance is provided to social economy enterprises, emergent co-operatives, community economic development initiatives and other worthy causes in Canada. The grant will concentrate on initiatives for the development of emerging co-operative sectors and co-operative enterprises. For more information on the grant and eligibility, visit www.cooperators.ca/en/aboutus/sustainability/2_8_5.html. Contact Info: Director, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, The Co-operators, 130 Macdonell Street, Guelph ON N1H 6P8 or email to the_cooperators_foundation@cooperators.ca.

 Enterprising Non-Profits (enp) Next deadline: May 20, 2010
The Enterprising Non-Profits Program (enp) is a unique partnership of foundations, credit unions and government who believe social enterprises are a valuable means to support their contribution to building community. (enp) provides funding to non-profit organizations interested in starting or expanding an enterprise as a means to achieve mission-related goals and/or support organizational financial sustainability. (enp) matching grants of up to $10,000 can be used to pay for the professional fees of a consultant or resource person and/or staff costs and resources directly related to enterprise planning and organizational development activities. The (enp) program accepts grant applications twice per year, in spring and fall. To be eligible for funding, organizations must register for and attend a one-day orientation session. For detailed information on the program, including funding guidelines, orientation dates and application deadlines please go to enterprisingnonprofits.ca or contact Peter Roundhill at 604-871-5421.

 Global Fund for Women (GFW)
The Global Fund for Women (GFW) supports women's groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. GFW supports the following types of organizations that are eligible for funding: groups of women working together, organizations that demonstrate a clear commitment to women’s equality and women’s human rights, organizations that are governed and directed by women, and organizations based outside of the United States. Contact Information: The Global Fund for Women, 222 Sutter Street, Suite 500 San Francisco, CA, 94108, USA / Tel: 415-248-4800 / Fax: 415-248-4801 / Website: www.globalfundforwomen.org / Email: americas@globalfundforwomen.org.

 Keg Spirit Foundation
The Keg Spirit Foundation will consider funding for both new and established projects based on the following criteria: organization must hold, in good standing, a current charity registration number; project must relate to children or youth in some way; and program should contain a mentoring component. Grants are typically in the range of $2,000 to $5,000. All applications are to be sent to The Keg Spirit Foundation at the address below: The Keg Spirit Foundation - Review Committee, Keg Restaurants Ltd., 10100 Shellbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 2W7. For more information, visit http://kegsteakhouse.com/en/foundation/apply-for-a-grant/.

 Kinder Morgan Foundation
The Kinder Morgan Foundation, which is the company's only source of philanthropy, makes direct grants to non-profit youth programs in communities where they have a significant presence or business interest. They focus their grant-making on these specific areas: Education; Arts and Culture. Their range of giving is between $1,000 and $5,000. They will not provide support more than once per calendar year to the same organization, and they prefer to provide support on a year-to-year basis rather than make multi-year commitments. Please read the guidelines section on their website for eligibility criteria. Deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January. Contact Information: Kinder Morgan Foundation, 370 Van Gordon Street, Lakewood, CO, 80228 USA / Tel: 303-763-3471 / Website: www.kindermorgan.com/community/ / Email: km_foundation@kindermorgan.com.

 KPMG Foundation - Non-Education Giving
The KPMG Foundation's Non-Education Grant focuses its support on activities relating to healthcare, children and youth needs, communities, and the environment, although grants to organizations in other fields are made. The following are some of the criteria of the grant: the need is compelling and does not duplicate existing services or facilities of the organization; the project being funded aligns with KPMG's values and principles; the services or activities of the organization are provided without regard for race, religion, creed, sex or sexual orientation; the organization is financially viable and efficiently and ethically managed; and the principal benefit is for Canadians. For more information, visit http://www.kpmg.ca/en/ms/foundation/process.html.

 Margaret Mitchell Fund for Women
The Margaret Mitchell Fund supports programs and initiatives that promote economic and social justice for women in Vancouver East. Priority will be given to projects that alleviate poverty, promote equality and help women to gain confidence and power. For more information about the Margaret Mitchell Fund, please contact the VanCity Community Foundation at 604-877-7241.

 McLean Foundation
The McLean Foundation makes grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, health and welfare. For more information, visit www.mcleanfoundation.ca. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The McLean Foundation will only accept applications from organizations that have first submitted a letter of inquiry and then have been asked to submit a full proposal. Contact information: Attn.: Ms. Ev McTaggart, The McLean Foundation, 2 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 1008, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1L5 / Tel: 416-964-6802 / Fax: 416-964-2804 / Email: info@mcleanfoundation.ca.

 Metropolis at Metrotown
Metropolis at Metrotown is committed to enhancing the lives of the people in our community. Registered non-profit organizations can apply for cash donations made possible by the Metropolis Express, a trackless train that runs through the corridors of Metropolis. The Metropolis Express is entirely funded by Metropolis at Metrotown and rides are offered by donation to charity. To be eligible, you must be: Burnaby, New Westminster or East Vancouver-based and demonstrate a significant and unique contribution to community life. For more information, visit http://www.metropolisatmetrotown.com/community-investment.

 Staples - Community@Work
Community@Work will focus charitable efforts in areas we know will positively impact our key stakeholders and support the communities we all work and live in. In order to be eligible to receive a corporate support, sponsorship or a community@work donation, we ask that your organization fall under one of the three areas: Entrepreneurship; Education; and Environment. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.staplesinthecommunity.ca/donation/Default.aspx. All eligible requests are evaluated and will be responded to in 30 days.

 Status of Women - Women's Partnership Fund
The Women's Partnership Fund provides contribution funding to projects that build partnerships between Status of Women Canada, eligible non-governmental recipients and public institutions to advance equality for women across Canada through improvement of their economic and social conditions and their participation in democratic life. The following issues have been identified as priorities: ending violence against women and girls; improving women's and girls' economic security and prosperity; and encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles. For more information on eligibility, visit http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/wpf-fpf/guide-eng.html.

Vancity - Community project grants Deadline: May 15, 2010
Community project grants provide up to $10,000 for projects that focus on acting on climate change, facing poverty and growing the social economy. Applications that demonstrate work in two or more of these areas are preferred, as are those that focus resources specifically on marginalized people (including Aboriginal people, immigrants, refugees and people with low incomes). As a general principle, Vancity seeks to support marginalized individuals and groups to participate in decision-making and program development and delivery on the issues that affect and concern them the most. If a deadline falls on a statutory holiday or weekend, your request must be received by 5:00 pm the next business day. For more information, visit https://www.vancity.com/MyCommunity/NotForProfit/Grants/CommunityProject....

 Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as "5% Days") where five percent of that day's net sales are donated to a local non-profit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. If you have questions about donation policy or want support, please contact the Marketing Director at your local store. (List of stores: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/canada/index.php).

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 GOVERNMENT & OTHER REPORTS  RECEIVED RECENTLY and only ONE copy for some publications. Availability is on a first come first served basis. To obtain it, please contact my office at 604-775-5800

1. Annual Report - Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner – June 2009
2. Breaking the Silence: Soldiers’ Testimonies from Operation Cast Lead, Gaza 2009
3. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – Annual Report, 2008 - 2009
4. Clean Switch: The Case for Prison Needle and Syringe Programs in Canada – Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network – 2009
5. Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP – Annual Report, 2008 - 2009
6. Handbook for Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living – Public Health Agency of Canada
7. How Canadians Govern Themselves, 7th Edition – Eugene A. Forsey
8. Maa-Nulth First Nations Final Agreement, 2009 – one hard copy and one DVD copy
9. National Association of Friendship Centres – Annual Report, 2008 - 2009
10. Public Prosecution Service of Canada – Annual Report, 2008 - 2009
11. Research with Impact - Canadian Institutes of Health Research Annual Report, 2008 - 09
12. Restoring Public Confidence – Restricting the Use of Conducted Energy Weapons in British Columbia – Braidwood Commission on Conducted Energy Weapon Use, June 2009
13. Saving for your Child’s Education after High School - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
14. Special Report to Parliament: Freedom of Expression and Freedom from Hate in the Internet Age – Canadian Human Rights Commission, June 2009
15. Sponsorship Breakdown – Useful information for people who need help when their sponsorship to Canada breaks down (English & Chinese) – Legal Services Society, 2003
16. Talking with Your Teens about Drugs – Government of Canada
17. The Canadian Privacy and Data Security Toolkit – Claudiu Popa
18. The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ Response to Canada’s Engagement Process Affecting Indian Registration and Band Membership – McIvor v. Canada
19. The Power From Within: Sustainable Electricity: Inaugural Report – Canadian Electricity Association, 2008
20. The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship – Citizenship and Immigration Canada
21. The Status of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada – UFCW, 2008 - 2009
22. Transit Vision 2040 – Canadian Urban Transit Association – 2009 (Print and CD-ROM)
23. Voices of Our Sisters in Spirit: A Report to Families and Communities – Native Women’s Association of Canada – 2nd edition, March 2009
24. Your Emergency Preparedness Guide – Public Safety Canada

This Update from Libby was posted on April 28, 2010