Community Links Bulletin – November to December 2010

Dear friends,

Welcome to the latest issue of the Community Links Bulletin, a listing of events, opportunities and information of interest to people who work and live in East Vancouver.

A reminder of some key dates coming up:

• November 11th – Remembrance Day
• December 1st – World Aids Awareness Day
• December 6th – National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women
• December 10th – International Human Rights Day

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!

The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, November 19th for the January / February 2011 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, 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.


 November 1 to November 30, 2010 – November is Diabetes Awareness Month
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Visit the Canadian Diabetes Association’s website and find out more about how to prevent or manage this disease. Contact:

 Starting November 2010 – Vancouver School Board Fall Courses
Location: Hastings Education Centre, 1661 Napier Street at the Britannia Community Complex
The Hastings Education Centre offers 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 Registration begins for the November 2010 term.

 November 6 to April 30, 2011 – Winter Farmers Market
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. For more information, visit
Time: 10 am to 2 pm each week; Location: Nat Bailey Stadium, east parking lot, 30th & Ontario
Special Holiday Market: December 11, 2010; Time: 10 am to 6 pm; Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, at E. 16th Avenue.

 November 8, 2010 – Benefit Concert for CoDevelopment Canada
Time: 8 pm (Partisans play at 8 pm, Planks at 9 pm); Location: Spartacus Books, 684 East Hastings
Join The Gram Partisan, Vancouver’s own acoustic roots music with a political edge, with special guests The Creaking Planks, “the jug band of the damned” for a night of music and fun. All proceeds go to CoDevelopment Canada. $10 donation.

 November 10, 2010 – Oil & Water: A Public Information Forum on Oil Transportation
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm; Location: Confederation Seniors Centre, 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby
Co-hosted by MPs Libby Davies (Vancouver East), Bill Siksay (Burnaby-Douglas) and Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster), with special guest panelists: Andrea MacDonald of Dogwood Initiative; and Ben West of Wilderness Committee. Panelists have also been invited from the Coastal First Nations and the Oil and Transportation Industry. For more details, please call 604-775-5800 or visit

 November 19, 20 & 21, 2010 – Christmas Craft Fair
Time: 3 pm to 8 pm (November 19) and 10 am to 5 pm (November 20 & 21); Location: Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Gym A/B (Napier Street, at Commercial Drive)
Organized by Britannia Community Centre, this is the 27th annual craft fair in Britannia High School. For more information, visit

 November 20 to 21, 2010 – Business, Franchise & Investment EXPO! Vancouver
Time: 11 am to 5 pm; Location: The Forum, Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) Grounds
Meet face-to-face with over 100 franchises. At the Business, Franchise & Investment Expo, you have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with over 100 exhibitors offering established businesses for sale, franchises and investment opportunities. The show is designed for entrepreneurs and investors seeking new opportunities at all investment levels. For more information, visit

 November 22, 2010 – George Galloway speaks: Free Palestine, Free Afghanistan, Free Speech
Time: 7:30 pm (Doors at 6:30 pm); Location: St. Andrew-Wesley United Church, Burrard & Nelson
Organized locally by Coalition, co-sponsored by the Seriously Free Speech Committee and UBC-Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights. Tickets: $15 / unwaged or low-income: $10. Available at the People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive. For more information, contact or call 604-737-1299.

 November 26 to 28, 2010 – Eastside Culture Crawl
In its 14th year, the Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual FREE 3-day visual arts phenomenon. This event involves more than 10,000 people visiting artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street to Victoria Drive and from First Avenue north to the waterfront of Vancouver, Canada. The Eastside Culture Crawl Society provides opportunities for the public to engage with member artists through the ongoing creation of events and programming that support the growth of east side artists. For more information, visit

 November 27, 2010 – NEPP Workshop #1: Earthquake Preparedness
Time: 9:30 am to 11 am; Location: Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, at Commercial
Ensure our families are prepared – this session will teach you how to be prepared for any emergency or disaster you may be faced with. You will learn personal and family preparedness, how to develop a family emergency plan, how to perform a home hazard hunt and how to prepare for your pets. Cost: Free. For more information, visit Contact: 604-718-5800 / Email:

 November 27 to 28 – North American Native Arts & Craft Fair
Time: 11 am – 6 pm; Location: Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings Street
A vast selection of traditional and contemporary artwork, including jewellery, pottery, basketry, weaving, Cowichan Indian knitwear, gold and silver jewellery, prints, original paintings, native medicines and more! Food concessions. Admission is by donation with partial proceeds to go to the Annual VAFC Kids Christmas Party. For more information, contact Merle at 604-251-4844 x 301.

 December 3, 2010 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities Annual Celebration
Time: 5:30 pm – 9 pm; Location: Roundhouse Community Centre, corner of Pacific & Davie
Art, Craft Fair, Music, Performers, Food, Door prizes! Everyone welcome. Admission free. Celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities. Sponsored by the City of Vancouver. For more information, visit or call (604) 608-0384.

 December 5, 2010 – Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Elders Christmas Craft Fair Time: 11 am – 6 pm; Location: Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings Street
Admission is by donation with partial proceeds to go to the Annual VAFC Kids Christmas Party. For more information, contact Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre: For more info, contact Elders Coordinator at 604-251-8001 x 308.

 December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

 December 21 – The 17th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
Time: 6 pm to 10 pm; Location: The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street
Take part in one of the world’s oldest holiday traditions celebrating the return of the light after the longest night of the year. Suggested donation: $5.00/person. For more information, visit


 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. The office 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 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– 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 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

 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– 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.

 Electronic Recycling Association (ERA)
ERA is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the impact electronic waste has on our environment. It collects old computers and electronic equipment from various companies, individuals and government organizations. If the equipment is reusable, ERA will refurbish it and donate it to various charities and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit

 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

 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 or

 Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) – ICE campaign
ICE is an internationally recognized symbol that can be used as a name in your cell phone address book to identify the person you wish to be notified if you are in an emergency situation. With the Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Community Policing Centres’ are launching the ICE campaign to encourage all residents to program an emergency contact into their cell phone or carry an ICE card in their wallet or backpack. For children, seniors and those without cell phones, wallet sized ICE cards will be available free from all of Vancouver’s Community Policing Centres. In case an accident or medical emergency leaves you unable to communicate, ICE will speak for you to first responders. To pick up free ICE cards for you, your children and elderly relatives, drop-by GWCPC at 1977 Commercial Drive or your neighbourhood policing centre. For more information, visit

 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.

 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

 Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office
Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with Wounded, 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 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–

 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


 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

 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 trades_apprenticeship/acg/index.shtml.

 British Columbia Achievement Foundation – BC’s 2010 Annual Achievement Awards
The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. These awards recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution through a unique achievement or outstanding service – as a volunteer or in the course of their work – in any area that provides a benefit to the community. To nominate an individual, a nomination form must be completed and be accompanied by a letter giving the reasons for nomination, two letters of support, and a brief biographical sketch of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2010. For more information, visit:

 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 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.

 Canadian Council for the Arts – Project Grants Deadline: December 1, 2010
The Project Grants to Media Arts Organizations, Groups and Collectives program offers one-time, non-recurring grants to Canadian organizations, groups and collectives that show a commitment to research and development or the creation, presentation, dissemination, distribution or acquisition of Canadian independent media artworks. The purpose of this program is to strengthen organizations throughout Canada to ensure the conditions necessary for the vitality and advancement of independent media arts in Canada. The grants are awarded to support the organizations, groups and collectives in carrying out activities of a limited duration. For more information, visit

 Canadian Council for the Arts – Emergency Fund
The Grants to Media Arts Organizations program offers grants to Canadian organizations that demonstrate a sustained commitment to research and development and the creation, presentation, dissemination, distribution or collection of independent Canadian media artworks. The purpose of this program is to strengthen organizations throughout Canada to ensure the conditions necessary for the vitality and advancement of independent media arts in Canada. The Emergency component is intended solely for organizations that are already receiving Multi-Year Operating assistance from the Grants to Media Arts Organizations program. The Emergency Fund permits the Media Arts Section to provide a one-time non recurring grant on an exceptional basis to organizations that find themselves in an emergency. For more information, visit

 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–pfpec.nsf/eng/Home.

 Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF)
A non-profit organization established by Canada Trust that provides funding support for initiatives that make a positive impact on the Canadian environment. TD FEF areas of focus include: protecting and preserving the Canadian Environment; assisting young Canadians in understanding and participating in Environmental activities; supporting urban renewal such as environmental projects to rejuvenate smaller or at-risk neighbourhoods and “main streets”; enhancing cooperation among Environmental organizations. For more information on funding criteria or to apply, visit

 Carthy Foundation
The Carthy Foundation is a private foundation that works to enhance the future prosperity of Canada by creating opportunities with, and providing education for young people. The foundation supports initiatives that align with its granting approach, and fall within one of its program tracks: youth initiatives with focus on adolescent emotional health and wellness; or on career transitions for youth and young adults; or environment initiatives with focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design. For information, visit

 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. 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 funding criteria or how to apply, visit

 Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Inter-Action Events
Inter-Action, Canada’s new Multiculturalism Grants and Contribution Program, is administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The Program supports CIC’s mandate and the Canadian Multiculturalism Act by assisting the socio-economic integration of individuals and communities and their contributions to building an integrated and socially cohesive society. The Inter-Action Events stream provides funding to community based events that foster one or more of the following: intercultural/interfaith understanding; civic memory and pride; and respect for core democratic values. The primary intention is to create concrete opportunities for interaction among cultural and faith communities. Events should be intended for and open to all Canadians. Applications are considered year round. For more information, visit

 City of Vancouver – Theatre Rental Grants Next deadline: November 5, 2010.
Theatre Rental grants offer financial assistance to off-set the costs of venue rental, to non-profit arts and cultural organizations that present events in one of the Civic Theatres; the Orpheum, Vancouver Playhouse, or Queen Elizabeth Theatre. There is support for organizations who are regular users of the Civic Theatres and for those who use them occasionally and for first-time users as well. For more information, visit

 City of Vancouver – Cultural Grants Program Next deadline: November 19, 2010
The program is intended to support a range of artistic and cultural activities including literary, visual, media, dance, theatre, music, multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, Aboriginal, and community-based arts, reflecting different historic cultural traditions as well contemporary art forms and practises. The program provides grants to support ongoing annual activity through Operating assistance as well as one-time or time-limited initiatives through Project assistance. For more information, visit

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

 Dreamcatcher Foundation Next deadlines: November 30 and December 31
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

 Echoing Green – Fellowship Program Deadline: November 12, 2010
Echoing Green is accepting applications for its 2011 fellowship program. Through their two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green provides start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity. Applicants progress through three application stages with eliminations after each phase. By the end of the process, Echoing Green will have narrowed the more than one thousand applications to 12-20 fellowships. The 2011 finalists will begin their fellowship July 2011 and continue until June 30, 2013. The 2011 application period will open October 12, 2010 and remain available through November 12, 2010. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit:

 Gainey Foundation
The foundation is dedicated to funding environmental and arts programs for youth. To be considered for a grant, the 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 the 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

 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

 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 Deadlines: 10th of every other month beginning in January. Contact Information: Kinder Morgan Foundation, 370 Van Gordon Street, Lakewood, CO, 80228 USA / Email:

 Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation
Provides grants to stimulate and invigorate the cultural and educational communities in British Columbia by enabling institutions, organizations or individuals to undertake programs and/or projects that would not be possible without special assistance. The foundation considers grant applications in the areas of cultural and creative arts, social services, and higher education. For more information, visit

 Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation
The Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation today has two major objectives: investigation and support of complementary and alternative medicine, particularly in the treatment of cancer, and economic education that promotes the principles of a free market. The Foundation also supplies support to organizations that help people who fall through the social safety net of government programs for the needy. There are three funding cycles each year. Applications will be accepted at any time. For more information, visit

 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

 McLean Foundation
The McLean Foundation makes grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, health and welfare. For more information, visit 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:

 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

 Real Estate Foundation of BC
The Foundation’s mission is to use its resources for the benefit of British Columbians by supporting efforts that improve all aspects of land use and real estate practices. The Real Estate Foundation provides both project funding and endowment grants to nonprofit organizations. The Foundation will give preference to projects that support our mission by demonstrating: Innovation and leadership; Partnership and collaboration; Sustainability/longevity; and Scalability/replicability. For more information, visit Next Stage One Deadline: December 3, 2010 (for March 2011 grants meeting)

 The Sprott Foundation
The Sprott Foundation is dedicated to addressing urgent human need, homelessness and hunger in Canada and worldwide. It provides funding to non-profit ventures which deal with the challenges of global hunger and homelessness. For more information, visit

 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 All eligible requests are evaluated and will be responded to in 30 days.

 Translation Bureau
Do you offer translation services in foreign languages? The Translation Bureau, a special operating agency reporting to Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), is looking for translation services suppliers (firms or self-employed individuals) that are fully proficient in one or more foreign languages, in addition to English or French. For more information, visit

 Walmart – Evergreen Green Grants
Walmart Canada and Evergreen have combined to offer national program funding community-based restoration and stewardship initiatives in urban and urbanizing areas. The grant is available to community groups working on urban naturalization, restoration and stewardship, or community food garden projects. The 2011 application and guide will be posted the first week of December 2010. For information, more visit

 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:

 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. Entrepreneurs First – Annual Report – Business Development Bank of Canada – 2010
4. Handbook for Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living – Public Health Agency of Canada
5. How Canadians Govern Themselves, 7th Edition – Eugene A. Forsey
6. Report of the National Seniors Council on Volunteering Among Seniors and Positive and Active Aging – The National Seniors Council – May 2010
7. Report on the Status of BC First Nations Languages 2010 – First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council – 2010
8. Portrait of Home Care in Canada – Canadian Home Care Association – 2008
9. Sponsorship Breakdown – Useful information for people who need help when their sponsorship to Canada breaks down (English & Chinese) – Legal Services Society, 2003
10. Talking with Your Teens about Drugs – Government of Canada
11. The Canadian Privacy and Data Security Toolkit – Claudiu Popa
12. 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
13. The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship – Citizenship and Immigration Canada
14. The State of the Friendship Centre Movement: 2009 – National Association of Friendship Centres
15. Your Emergency Preparedness Guide – Public Safety Canada

Community Links Bulletin listings are provided free of charge, and based on availability and space. We give priority to events taking place in the federal riding of Vancouver East. Please note deadline for submission. Your listings must be 40 words and under and must include event, date and time, location, sponsoring agency and contact name and number. Your submission can be emailed to, faxed to 604-775-5811 or mailed (postage free) to 2412 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2. Deadline for submission to 2011 Community Links Bulletin

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