Community Links Bulletin - September to October 2010

I hope you had a great summer! Now it’s back to school for students and back to Ottawa for me! Parliament resumes September 20th and I expect it to be busy in there with my NDP colleagues to work for progressive policies and values, be it public health care, desperately needed housing, or protection of our environment for our community and communities across Canada. I believe our presence and role in Parliament is critical to ensure that human dignity and social justice are at the top of the political agenda - not the bottom.

As always, I’d like to hear from you – your ideas and suggestions for needed changes so please drop me a line (postage free) or email me!

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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, October 1st for the November / December 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.

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 EVENTS & WORKSHOPS 

 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 are the schedule at your local East Van markets:
Trout Lake Farmers Market: Saturdays, May 8th to October 23rd; 9 am to 2 pm; between Lakewood and Templeton
Main Street Station at Thornton Park: Wednesdays, June 2nd to September 29th / 3 pm to 7 pm; 1100 block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main Street Skytrain Station. For more information, visit www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.

 August 8 to September 5, 2010 – Artful Sundays
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm; Location: Napier Square (Napier Street, at Commercial Drive)
Organized by Britannia Community Centre, Artful Sunday is an outdoor, visual arts market featuring the work of local artists, artist demonstrations and workshops, live music, community groups, special events and more. For more information, visit www.britanniacentre.org.

 Starting September 7, 2010 – Vancouver School Board Fall Courses
Location: Hastings Education Centre, 1661 Napier Street at the Britannia Community Complex
The Hastings education Centre offer tuition free courses for adults interested in Grade 12 completion or who have already graduated and would like to upgrade or consider a career change. This is part of the provincially funded “Education Guarantee” program. For more information and the list of tuition free courses, call 604-713-5735 or visit www.hastingsed.com. Registration begins September 7th.

 September 10, 2010 – Pro Bono Going Public 2010
Time: 9 am to 5 pm; Location: Victory Square Park, West Hastings and Cambie
Lawyers to provide free legal advice to raise awareness and funds for BC’s pro bono programs. The free legal advice-a-thon will facilitate access to justice for low and modest income people, including the homeless, by engaging lawyers in advising pre-scheduled and drop-in clients on all legal issues. To book an appointment for free legal advice at the Vancouver Clinic, call Access Pro Bono toll-free at 1-877-762-6664. For more information, visit www.accessprobono.ca.

 September 12, 2010 – Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause
Time: 9 am to 2 pm; Location: Stanley Park, Lumberman’s Arch
The 2010 Scotiabank and BC SPCA Paws for a Cause is BC SPCA's signature event bringing together animal lovers all over the province. Proceeds will support the BC SPCA's care and protection of animals. Bring along your pooch to the beautiful Stanley Park for a day of family fun. For more information on SPCA or to register, visit spca.bc.ca/walk.

 September 19, 2010 – Cops and Kids at Woodland Park
Time: 12 pm to 3 pm; Location: Woodland Park, 705 Woodland Drive and Adanac
A fun safety event for kids and an opportunity to meet and interact with the police officers, paramedics and firefighters who help keep the neighbourhood safe. There will also be a free hot dog lunch, face painting, magician, music and much more for the kids.

 September 26, 2010 – World Rivers Day
World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways. It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world. For more information, visit www.worldriversday.bcit.ca.

 September 28, 2010 – Sustainability 3.0: Redefining Green
Time: 3 pm to 7 pm; Location: Vancouver Japanese Language Hall, 475 Alexander Street
Hosted by the Strathcona Business Improvement Association, this event showcases the sustainability efforts of Strathcona businesses, and provides networking opportunities and tools to enhance your competitive advantage. Get inspired and be part of Vancouver’s Green Zone. For more information, visit www.strathconagreenzone.com/expo.html or call 604-258-2727.

 September to October 31, 2010 – Public Commission on Legal Aid Hearings
The Public Commission on Legal Aid is seeking progressive solutions to improve the delivery of legal aid in British Columbia and is accepting both written submissions and expressions of interest to make in–person presentations. Hearings are open to the general public. Public hearing in Vancouver will take place October 7th. In order to be considered for an invitation to deliver an in–person submission, written submissions must be submitted by September 1st, 2010. The final deadline for written submissions is October 31st, 2010. A submission guide and further details regarding the times and exact locations of the hearings can be found on the Public Commission website at www.publiccommission.org.

 October 1 to October 31, 2010 – Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month promoting breast cancer screening. The goal of this national campaign is to raise awareness about breast cancer issues, in particular the importance of early detection. The most visible activity is to wear the pink ribbon that shows your support and also helps remind women to perform breast examinations as well as scheduling mammograms. For more information, visit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation website at www.cbcf.org.

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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 to 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.

 Canadian Red Cross – Cell Phone Recycling Program
Red Cross Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service is working with www.pitch–in.ca to collect cell phones to help fund the recycling of adaptive bikes and other therapeutic and medical equipment for children with special needs around BC. For more information on how to help, visit www.redcrossequipment.com or call 604-709-6685.

 Canadian Red Cross – Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service
The Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service (CMERLS), in partnership with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), provides basic medical equipment to clients eligible for the At-Home Program (age 17 or younger) and for Children-in-care (age 18 or younger) across the province. Equipment and equipment adjustments must be prescribed by a therapist or other healthcare professional. CMERLS provides opportunities for therapists to try a variety of equipment to determine what best suits the needs of the child. Repair and maintenance of the medical equipment on loan to children is arranged as required. CMERLS has a variety of equipment available: wheelchairs; special walkers and standers; bathing and toileting needs; biomedical equipment; and more. For more information, please call 604-709-6685 or visit www.redcrossequipment.com.

 Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS)
CCTS is an independent agency, created by CRTC, to resolve consumer and small business complaints relating to most deregulated retail telecom services. This includes complaints about wireless, home phone, long distance and internet access. Customers unable to resolve complaints about billing, contract terms or service delivery may file a complaint with CCTS for a fair, impartial and independent review. For information, visit www.ccts–cprst.ca or call toll-free 1-888-221-1687.

 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.

 Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre – Old Cell Phones Recycling Program
The Grandview–Woodland Community Policing Centre is collecting old cell phones for recycling through Pitch In Canada. Recycling electronics helps to keep metals and chemicals out of local landfills and raises funds to support crime prevention and safety programs in your neighbourhood. End of contract, out of date, broken or discarded phones in drawers at home or in lost & found boxes at work can be recycled responsibly and provide a minimum of $1 to help the GWCPC. Bring old cell phones to the GWCPC anytime between noon and 8 pm, Monday to Thursday, noon to 6 pm on Friday or 10 to 4 pm on Saturdays. For more information or for pick up of multiple phones, call the GWCPC at 604-717-2932. Address: 1977 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A8.

 Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) – Charity Car Program
Recycle your old vehicle and help support crime prevention and safety programs in the Grandview–Woodland neighbourhood. Charity Car Programs pick–up area is in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley extending East as far as Langley City, South to the US border, North to West Vancouver and West to UBC. Donor will get a charitable tax receipt from the GWCPC. For more information, visit www.charitycarprogram.ca/index-2.html or www.gwcpc.ca/.

 OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OHLI)
OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OHLI) is a national independent complaint resolution and information service for consumers of life and health insurance products, including life, disability, employee health benefits, travel, and insurance investment products such as annuities and segregated funds. For more information, visit www.olhi.ca.

 Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC) – Tenant Survival Guide
The Tenant Survival Guide is intended to give tenants a basic understanding of residential tenancy law in British Columbia, and how to resolve problems or complications they may be having with their tenancy. It provides links to a number of useful resources around the province. For more information, visit www.tenants.bc.ca/main/?tenantsurvivalguide.

 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 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 Street (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$ 

 AFP Research council Award – Call for nominations Deadline: November 1, 2010
Each year, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Ryan Prize for Research to the author of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising or philanthropic behaviour. Authors of published works on research in fundraising and philanthropy are invited to submit books or monographs, and other individuals or organizations can nominate appropriate publications. To be considered, works must be: a book or monograph of 50 or more pages; published by a commercial publishing house or a professional organization during the 23 months preceding the current deadline (November 1st of each year); based on either applied or basic research; and reflect a standard publisher selection process without regard to the source and sponsorship of the research. For more information, visit: www.afpnet.org.

 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 www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/trades_apprenticeship/aig/program_in....

 Apprenticeship Completion Grant
The ACG is a $2,000 taxable cash grant available to those registered apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and obtain journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade. The ACG is meant to encourage Canadians to finish their training and launch rewarding careers in the skilled trades. For more information, visit www.rhdcchrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/ trades_apprenticeship/acg/index.shtml.

 Ashoka – Best SMEs Deadline: September 5, 2010
Ashoka’s Changemakers are looking for the best models worldwide that catalyze finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This challenge is open to all private sector participants, including private financial institutions, private investors and companies, socially responsible investors, foundations, and civil society organizations. For more information, visit: www.changemakers.com.

 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 www4.bmo.com/vgn/charity/en/grants.html. Contact information: 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.

 Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Funding Opportunities
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program helps you to celebrate your community, its past and its present. There are 3 streams of funding available:
- Local Festivals, which are local events and activities – created by and for your community, and must be open and accessible to the public and strongly encourage and promote the participation of everyone in your community;
- Community Anniversaries, which provides funding to local groups for non–recurring local events and capital projects that commemorate an anniversary of 100 years or greater; and
- Legacy Fund, which provides funding for community capital projects that commemorate a local historical anniversary of 100 years or greater.
For more information, visit www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836 or contact your Regional Office of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Contact information (Vancouver): Suite 400, 300 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6C6 / Email: wr–ro@pch.gc.ca / Phone: 604-666-0176. The next deadline for applications for all program components is September 30, 2010.

 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 www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/csbfp–pfpec.nsf/eng/Home.

 Canada’s Champion of Change – Call for nominations Deadline: September 30, 2010
Canada's Champions of Change is celebrating the spirit of giving by honouring 10 Canadian volunteers. The top ten finalists will be selected by an independent panel of community and volunteer leaders. Two winners, one national and one international, will be chosen by the Canadian public. The two grand prize winners receive $25,000 each to their charity, while eight finalists receive $10,000 each to their charity. Winners will be revealed on CBC TV News in January 2011, the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Volunteer. Nominees must have done some or all of their volunteering on or after July 1st, 2009. For more information, visit www.cbc.ca.

 Canadian Sport Awards – Call for nominations Deadline: September 20, 2010
The True Sport Foundation announced its call for nominations for the 38th Canadian Sport Awards (CSA). This event will award excellence, athletics, commitment, and leadership in sport related to accomplishments between January and September 30, 2010. The nomination period closes on Monday, September 20, 2010. Nominations are accepted in the following categories: Junior Athlete of the Year; Corporate Excellence Award; Leadership in Sport Award; Volunteer Achievement Award; Athlete Leadership Award; and Spirit of Sport Story of the Year. For more information, and to submit a nomination, visit: www.canadiansportawards.ca.

 Central City Foundation Deadline for LOI: September 15, 2010
Central City Foundation focuses its grants on areas that enhance the inner city community, provide economic opportunity or other opportunities to “transition” to an improved situation for those in need in the inner city. The next deadline for the Letters of Intent is September 15th for the November 1st application deadline. For more information on the grants, eligibility or how to apply, visit http://www.centralcityfoundation.ca/grant.html.

 Check Your Heads – Next Up Program Deadline: September 19, 2010
Next Up is a leadership program for young people age 19 to 30. Over 6 months, the program participants look at how to implement progressive solutions to some of the most pressing issues that we face today – from homelessness to climate change. Next Uppers will look at the connection between sustainability and social justice and meet some of the most inspiring leaders in BC working on these solutions including elected officials, not for profit, labour and private sector leaders. If you know anyone who'd make a great applicant, please encourage them to apply. For more information and to download forms, please visit www.checkyourhead.org/.

 CIBC Children’s Foundation
The CIBC Children’s Foundation is dedicated to providing support to charitable organizations that help prepare children in need for future success. Our focus is on programs or projects that enhance the health, education and well-being of children in Canada. Due to the overwhelming volume of requests considered by the CIBC Children’s Foundation, all funding applications must be submitted online. Areas of Focus: Children; Children in need, ages 0 to 13; Health; Programs that address health requirements of children in need; Education; Programs that promote learning and skills development of children in need; Well-Being; and Programs that provide access to opportunities that enhance the well being of children in need. Donation requests are reviewed by a donations committee between the months of February and September each year. Requests submitted outside our granting period will be held over until the next granting year begins. For more information, visit www.cibc.com/ca/miracleday/donations–guide.html.

 Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Grants for Multiculturalism Initiatives
Inter–Action, Canada’s new Multiculturalism Grants and Contribution Program, is now accepting grant applications. The program supports CIC’s mandate by assisting the socio–economic integration of individuals and communities and their contributions to building an integrated and socially cohesive society. There are two streams of funding available: projects, which are long-term, multi–year initiatives, and events, which are community-based events promoting intercultural/interfaith understanding, civic memory and pride, and respect for core democratic principles. The application deadline for projects is October 15, while event funding applications are accepted year–round. For more information, visit: www.cic.gc.ca.

 City of Vancouver – Community and Neighbourhood Arts Development Program
The Community and Neighbourhood Arts Development Program provides grants to community groups to support projects that celebrate and promote Vancouver’s communities and neighbourhoods, through arts and cultural activities ranging from amateur to professional practices. For more info, visit http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/cultural/gasp/grants/community.htm#description. The application deadline is September 10, 2010

 City of Vancouver – Cultural Infrastructure Grant Deadline: September 24, 2010
Cultural Infrastructure Grants are available once per year to Vancouver–based non–profit, cultural organizations to assist with projects related to cultural facility purchase, construction, renovation, or expansion. Eligible projects include pre–planning and feasibility studies as well as acquisition, renovation and development of cultural spaces. Equipment that is integral to the cultural space is also eligible. For more information, visit http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/cultural/gasp/grants/ facilities/index.htm.

 Coast Capital Savings – Community Sponsorship Next deadline: October 1, 2010
Coast Capital Savings sponsors events and programs that focus on the needs of families in the communities and opportunities that support small business. It is looking for programs and events that: engage families and youth; benefit low–income families; focus on new Canadians; and encourage entrepreneurialism or support small business. Sponsorship requests must be received a minimum of three months before the event/program date. For more information, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communit....

 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 Information: Director, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, The Co–operators, 130 Macdonell Street, Guelph ON N1H 6P8 or email to the_cooperators_foundation@cooperators.ca.

 Dreamcatcher Foundation Next deadlines: September 30 and October 29
The Dreamcatcher Foundation will provide support through grants to individuals and communities with a goal of developing youth as future community leaders. The Dreamcatcher Fund will contribute to eligible applicants in the areas of: Arts and Culture; Education Support; Health Support; and Sports and Recreation. Applicants may apply for support in any of the areas, but are not allowed to have concurrent active applications. Any applicant may apply up to two times per year. For more information or to apply, visit www.dcfund.ca/funding_programs.php.

 Drummond Foundation – Community Social Services Sector Deadline: October 31, 2010
The Drummond Foundation invites applications from charitable organizations active in the field of aging, and in improving the quality of life and services to elderly individuals and their families. Applications are to be submitted by October 31st and they will be considered by December 31st. For more information, visit www.drummondfoundation.ca/.

 EcoAction Community Funding Program Deadline: November 1, 2010
The EcoAction Community Funding Program provides financial support to community groups for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. Funded projects promote the participation of local communities to address clean air, climate change, clean water, and nature to protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment. The program also supports projects that build the capacity of communities to increase knowledge and skills as well as changes attitudes and behaviours so that these activities may be sustained into the future. For more information, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction/default.asp?lang=En&n=FA475FEB–1. Contact information: EcoAction - Pacific and Yukon Region (BC & Yukon) – #201–401 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3S5 / Phone: 604-664–9093 / Fax: 604-713–9527 / E–mail: ecoaction@ec.gc.ca.

 Enabling Accessibility Grants Deadline: September 10, 2010
Organizations can now apply for grants of up to $75,000 for projects that will improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Private organizations with less than 50 employees, not-for-profit and educational organizations and can submit proposals under the Small Projects component. These may include renovation, construction and retrofitting of buildings, modification of vehicles for community use, or enhancements to make information and communication technologies more accessible. For more information, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability or call 1-866-268-2502.

 Gainey Foundation
The foundation is dedicated to funding environmental and arts programs for youth. To be considered for a grant, applicant will need to complete a brief informational form on the website. This will be reviewed by the Gainey Foundation and if the program is of interest, a longer form seeking further details will be emailed to applicant for completion. Application can be sent at any time and will be reviewed as they are received. For more information on funding guidelines or how to apply, visit www.gaineyfoundation.com/en/grants/applying-for-a-grant.

 Gencon Foundation Deadline: September 15, 2010
The Gencon Foundation invites inquiries from any registered Canadian charity working in the geographical region of BC. Eligible projects must align with the strategic focus of the foundation. In 2010, the foundation is seeking funding applications in the following areas: Innovative educational and experiential projects that build environmental awareness and leadership, especially among youth; Urban greening initiatives such as community gardens; and Community–based ecological restoration. For more information, visit http://www.genconfoundation.ca/.

 Hamber Foundation Next deadline: September 15, 2010
The Hamber Foundation makes grants for cultural, educational and charitable purposes within the Province of British Columbia. Applications are judged and given precedence on their merits. Grants are normally restricted to projects arising and undertaken in the Province of British Columbia. For more information, visit www.hamberfoundation.ca/. Contact Information: The Hamber Foundation,18th Floor, 700 West Georgia Street, Toronto Dominion Tower, PO Box 10083, Pacific Centre, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1B6 / Phone: 604-659-7448 / Fax: 604-659-7469.

 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. For more information, visit www.kindermorgan.com/community/. Deadlines: 10th of every other month beginning in January. Contact Information: Kinder Morgan Foundation, 370 Van Gordon Street, Lakewood, CO, 80228 USA / Email: km_foundation@kindermorgan.com.

 The Law Foundation – Small Projects Initiative Deadline: October 15, 2010
The Law Foundation has established a total Small Projects budget of up to $150,000 for small, one-time projects for 2011. To be eligible for funding, a project must fall within one or more of the five program objectives of the Law Foundation: legal aid; legal education; legal research; law reform; and law libraries. The maximum amount available for each time-limited project is $15,000. To be considered at the 2011 March Board meeting, a small project application must be received by the Law Foundation no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, October 15th, 2010. Please contact Law Foundation staff at 604-688-2337 to discuss your project prior to submitting your application. For more information, visit www.lawfoundation bc.org/itoolkit.asp?pg=Grants_Small.

 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.

 Maytree – Refugee and Immigrant Grants
Maytree believes that immigrants and refugees can play a significant role in building and strengthening Canada – in particular its urban communities. If you have an exciting, new idea on how to better integrate new arrivals to Canada, we want to hear from you. Grants are provided to not–for–profit, charitable organizations to: test new ways of addressing the needs of immigrants and refugees and accelerating their settlement in Canada; enable immigrants and refugees to have more of a voice on issues that concern them; and to contribute to the research and development of progressive immigration policy. For more information, visit http://maytree.com/grants/refugee-immigrant-grants.

 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 / Phone: 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 www.metropolis
atmetrotown.com/community-investment.

 SOCAN – Festival Grants Next deadline: September 15, 2010
The SOCAN Foundation supports music festivals that feature the music of Canadian music creators and performers are considered for support. Applicants are encouraged to include workshops for songwriters and composers in their festivals. The next deadline is September 15th, 2010 for festivals held January 1st to June 30th, 2011. For more information, visit www.socanfoundation.ca/ english/ socan_foundation.html.

 Staples – Community@Work
Community@Work focuses on charitable efforts in areas that will positively impact its key stakeholders and communities. In order to be eligible to receive corporate support, sponsorship or community@work donation, your organization must fall under one of the three areas: Entrepreneurship; Education; and Environment. For more information or to apply, visit 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.

 TELUS – Community Investment Next deadline: October 21, 2010
TELUS is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we live, work, and serve through initiatives that focus on youth, and showcase social and/or technological innovation in the areas of arts and culture, education and sport, and health and well–being in our environment. For more information, visit http://about.telus.com/community/community_boards/en/community_funding/f....

 Vancity – Community Project Grants Next deadline: September 15, 2010
Vancity’s supports projects that meet one or more of the specific funding criteria outlined below within the three (3) funding priorities: engage the community in decision–making and program development/delivery on issues that affect them; encourage community partnerships and leverage additional support; meet identified needs and have a measurable impact in the community; and / or when appropriate, direct resources at marginalized groups, including Aboriginal peoples, refugees, immigrants, and people with low incomes. The funding priorities are: Acting on Climate Change, Facing Poverty and Growing the Social Economy. For more information, visit www.vancity.com/ MyCommunity/NotForProfit/Grants/CommunityProjectGrants/ProgramGuidelinesAndCriteria/

 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. Air India Flight 182: A Canadian Tragedy – Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 – 2010
2. Breaking the Silence: Soldiers’ Testimonies from Operation Cast Lead, Gaza 2009
3. Handbook for Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living – Public Health Agency of Canada
4. How Canadians Govern Themselves, 7th Edition – Eugene A. Forsey
5. Portrait of Home Care in Canada – Canadian Home Care Association – 2008
6. Sponsorship Breakdown – Useful information for people who need help when their sponsorship to Canada breaks down (English & Chinese) – Legal Services Society, 2003
7. Talking with Your Teens about Drugs – Government of Canada
8. The Canadian Privacy and Data Security Toolkit – Claudiu Popa
9. The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement’s Common Experience Payment and Healing: A Qualitative Study Exploring Impacts on Recipients – The Aboriginal Healing Foundation Research Series – 2010
10. The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship – Citizenship and Immigration Canada
11. The State of the Friendship Centre Movement: 2009 – National Association of Friendship Centres
12. Your Emergency Preparedness Guide – Public Safety Canada

This Update from Libby was posted on August 15, 2010