Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sudbury Social Justice News -- June 19, 2010 Edition

This is the text of the latest mailout from a long-running email list that promotes social justice events in Sudbury, Ontario. I've never posted the entire update on my blog before, but I've temporarily taken over sending the updates out for the summer so I thought I would do so this time. Especially since it includes a lot of cool stuff, including a number that are related to opposition to the G8 and G20 summits.

The mailing also included the text of the timely and topical Socialist Project update entitled "The G20, Capitalism and Austerity"

Anyway, here are the events:

EDIT: Please note that the anti-G20 rally has been moved from Saturday the 26th to Friday the 25th. It still begins at noon in Memorial Park

Sudbury Social Justice News - June 19, 2010


1) Sunday, June 20: Mine Mill/CAW Workers Memorial Day Services
2) Monday, June 21: Next Meeting of Sudbury Against War and Occupation
3) Monday, June 21: Anti-G20 Banner Making
4) Tuesday, June 22: Sudbury G8 & G20 Forum
5) Thursday, June 24: First Ever General Meeting of the Sudbury Cyclists Union
6) Saturday, June 26: Sudbury Protest Against G8/G20
7) July 12 - July 18: Tentative Sudbury Pride Schedule (with pre-Pride events in late June and early July)


Sunday, June 20: Mine Mill/CAW Workers Memorial Day Services

SUNDAY JUNE 20th, 2010
9:30 A.M.

Worker's Memorial Day - June 20th - A Historical Day In Mine Mill History
June 20th, 1984 - A tragic fall of ground occurred in the Falconbridge Mine at 10:12am, taking the lives of four brothers:

* Sulo Korpela
* Richard Chenier
* Daniel Lavallee
* Wayne St. Michel

June 20th, 1985 - Mine Mill Local 598 holds the first Workers' Memorial Day Service in honour of the four brothers who lost their lives on this date in 1984. The Service was held in Bell Park and was attended by the immediate families, local and Government officials, Legions, Lions, members of the various Police forces as well as numerous representatives from many Unions.
A Short History

On June 20th, 1984, a seismic event measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale struck Falconbridge Mine at approximately 10:12 a.m. in northeastern Ontario. There were about 200 miners on shift that day. The major damage to the mine was between the 3800-foot level and the 4200-foot level.

During the first attempts of rescue, a second seismic event occurred, at which time immediate rescue operations ceased and plans were made to evacuate the mine. Consultation with the Union, Management and the Ontario Ministry of Labour proceeded.

Stench gas was pumped throughout the mine in order to alert other miners of the emergency. Evacuation of the mine was completed at approximately 2 p.m. that day. Twenty- four hour, around the clock rescue operations were immediately set up in order to free four trapped miners.

Voice contact eventually was established with one of the trapped miners. However, after 27 hours, just 15 minutes before the rescue teams could free him, this brave miner passed away. Although rescue operations continued for the other three miners for several more days, regrettably, rescue efforts were not successful in bringing them out alive.

On June 20th, 1985, the Sudbury Mine, Mill & Smelter Workers' Union, Local 598 established the first Workers' Memorial Day, in remembrance of the four miners who lost their lives one year earlier. Janet Moore, recording artist and composer, wrote the song "The Rugged Miner" in memory of the four miners, their wives and families. The song has since become a tribute to all miners throughout the world.


Monday, June 7: Next Meeting of Sudbury Against War and Occupation

The next SAWO meeting will be Monday, June 21, at 6:30pm at Memorial Park.

Matters to be discussed include: support for striking steelworkers, Indigenous solidarity, John Moore support, organizing against the G20 summit in Toronto, Palestine solidarity, and tabling at summer events.


Monday, June 21: Anti-G20 Banner Making

Some people who are organizing locally against the G8 and G20 summits will be meeting at 7pm at Myths and Mirrors to make banners. Myths and Mirrors is the painted building (a community artspace) located in Victory Park in the Donovan. It is on Frood Road, north of Kathleen, between Dupont St. and Schevchenko Ave. It is across from 485 Frood. Myths and Mirrors has donated paints and poster materials!


Tuesday, June 22: Sudbury G8 & G20 Forum
6:30 pm, St. Andrew’s Place, 111 Larch St., Sudbury

This forum, sponsored by the Sudbury and District Labour Council, will include local speakers talking about the impact of the G8 and G20 in a number of areas.

The speakers will be Nina Naumenko on Climate Change; Laura Hall on Women's Issues; Loretta Assiniwai on Indigenous Rights; Mary Laur on Development and Poverty; Jamie West on Mining Transnationals--The Vale Case.


Thursday, June 24: First Ever General Meeting of the Sudbury Cyclists Union

Thursday, June 24, 6:30 to 8:30, at the downtown branch of the Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie Street, Sudbury.

Join us for our First Ever General Meeting. We'll be looking for any help in moving the Cyclists Union Forward, so if you're able to volunteer your time, that's great. If you can just volunteer your ideas, that will be wonderful as well.

Let's continue to build on the growing momentum in our community.

We will be establishing a Steering Committee at this meeting to guide the future direction of our organization.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Saturday, June 26: Sudbury Protest Against G8/G20

From noon to 2:30 pm in Memorial Park in downtown Sudbury.

Inspired by the upcoming G20 in Toronto, instead of taking the risk to travel to Toronto where there will be over 30,000 law enforcement officers and an insane amount of security, let's have ourselves a protest in our home town, where we will not have such barriers that threaten our safety.

This of course, will be a peaceful protest against the government holding a muti-billion dollar meeting with the head hancho's of the world, did I mention it will be un-televised? No reporters taking down the events and subjects of the media, and everything that is to be discussed, like the end of funding for abortions, will not be consulted with the population of Canada.

Let's show our city, and the people who are unaware of what's going on, that we do NOT stand for the G20!

We will of course have speeches and other things planned, as I myself and many others would love to know more about the what's of the G20. You are encouraged to make your own signs as well :)


Late June/Early July: Sudbury pre-Pride Events
July 12 - 18: Sudbury Pride

Tentative Schedule -- check for udpates.


Monday, June 28th
The Canadian War on Queers: Book Launch
7pm, location: TBA
Join us for a special Pride launch of Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile’s new co-authored collection, “The Canadian War on Queers.” Refreshments will be served.

Friday July 9th – Sunday, July 11th
N.O.C.K. Annual Conference
The Plaza Hall Theatre, 45 Main St. E., Chelmsford
2nd Annual BDSM educational conference held by NOCK, Northern Ontario. Community of Kink – for more details.


Monday, July 12th
Flag Raising
1pm, Tom Davies Square
Official flag raising ceremony to mark the beginning of Pride week in Sudbury! Rrefreshments will be served.

X-Posed: 3rd Annual Art Show
7pm, 276 Cedar St.
Our 3rd annual Pride Art Show, X-Posed! Come and see the works of amazing artists from Northern Ontario! Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, July 13th
Sex (and Gender?) in the City!
7pm, Fromagerie Elgin, 1a-5 Cedar St.
Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Nate Solomon and Dan Rancicot tackle some key issues concerning sex, gender and sexuality.

Wednesday, July 14th
Youth Speak Out!
5:30pm – 7:30pm – location: TBA
Join members of Toronto District School Board and local high school students and teachers to hear what issues are of concern for our youth in school.

Queer Voices of the North – Film Screenings
First show, 8:00pm. Late show,10pm, Rainbow Theatre
Come out to see local shorts from those in the North, including films from the youth digital storytelling series from Sault St. Marie and our very own BAM girls, with “Little House on the Spanish!” Stay for the late show and see “A Single Man”, featuring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.

Thursday, July 15th
Poetry OUT LOUD, 3rd Annual Open Mic Night
8pm, Fromagerie Elgin, 1a-5 Cedar St.
Come read, laugh and sing at our annual open mic night.

Friday, July 16th
Pride’s 1st Annual Ladies* Golf Tournament
12noon, Cedar Green Golf Course, Garson
Nine hole best ball tournament, with dinner, celebrity MC and prizes, prizes, prizes! Think you can get a hole in one? Step up to the challenge and you could win an outstanding prize valued up to $10 000.00! Yup, you read it right!! Email for details and information on how to register
You can also click HERE to download our registration form in Word format. (*All those who self-identify are welcome to play!)

Youth Pride Games
11am, Tom Davies Square
Scavenger hunt, games and prizes! Join us for our 3rd annual Youth Pride Games, brough to you by the Youth Pride Committee.

Outdoor Dance
7pm-11pm, Tom Davies Square
All ages outdoor dance with special guest DJ!

Mature Men's Dinner
6pm, Howard Johnson Plaza-Hotel, 50 Brady Street
Gay men's dinner with special guests, the Prime Timer's from Toronto!

Saturday, July 17th
Softball Game and Home Run Derby
12pm, Delki Dozzi Park
$5 gives you a chance at some great prizes in our Home Run Derby. Join us for a game of softball afterwards, with free tshirts provided by our community sponsors, Access Aids and Sudbury Sexual Assault Crisis Centre!

SnoBears Family n Friends BBQ
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm , Delki Dozzi Park 3 Mary Street.
Join the SnoBears, their families and friends for their 4th annual BBQ. This event is open to everyone. This year is a choice of Steak ,Chicken Breasts or a Vegetarian alternative . Salads , and deserts. Tickets are $15.00 /children 10 and under free. Please pre-register for children meals. For Tickets contact Dallas at 507-9476 or

Sunday, July 18th
Annual Pride March and Rally
12:30pm Memorial Park
Come out to the 14th annual Pride March. Meet at Memorial Park with your noise makers, flags and signs!!

Family BBQ
Join hosts from HOT 93.5 and musical acts for our annual Family BBQ! Games for the kids all day, Community fair and more prizes!
1:30pm, Tom Davies Square

Closing Ceremonies
3:45pm, Tom Davies Square
Help us lower the flag and close out our week of celebration

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