Artists and Advocates to Join in Challenging Attitudes on Sexual Violence and Harassment
Ontario Launches $2.25 Million Creative Engagement Fund
Ontario has launched a $2.25 million Creative Engagement Fund, which will partner Ontario artists and advocates to help prevent sexual violence. They will challenge norms and change attitudes about sexual violence and harassment through artistic projects.
The Creative Engagement Fund will support artists in provoking dialogue and action on issues such as sexual consent, rape culture and misogyny. Artists should apply now through the Ontario Arts Council, who will administer the fund. The artistic projects may include any type of creative expression – performance, writing, music, photography, theatre, videos, online engagement, installation, painting, graffiti arts, murals and traditional Aboriginal arts.
Artists and art organizations will partner with sexual violence and harassment prevention organizations or experts to ensure projects are informed by the experience of survivors of sexual violence and those who work closely with them. Successful applicants will be announced in March 2016.
The Creative Engagement Fund is part of It’s Never Okay – Ontario’s Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. The plan will help change attitudes, improve supports for survivors and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to complaints about sexual violence and harassment. It will help ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety and is free from the threat, fear or experience of sexual violence and harassment.
RE: “A ban is difficult” (March 18)
Actually, a ban isn’t so difficult. Prohibitions on lawn and garden pesticides have now been enacted in cities and provinces across Canada – and the results have been very encouraging. The science shows that people exposed to these chemicals are at greater risk for cancers, neurological illness (such as Parkinson’s), and birth defects.
So pesticide bans have been protecting citizens from a variety of dangerous medical conditions. These bans have also been successful in protecting family pets and drinking water.
As well, cities with pesticide bylaws have seen their lawn-care sector grow. In the five years following enactment of a pesticide bylaw in Halifax, for example, the number of landscaping and lawn care businesses in that city increased by 53 per cent.
Physicians for the Environment urges Summerside to ban lawn and garden pesticides at the earliest possible date. This common-sense policy will enhance public health and – if Summerside is like other cities that have eliminated these poisons — prove very popular with local residents.
Dr. Josette Wier continues her battle against pesticides
Posted on February 28, 2015
Dr. Josette Wier, a doctor and an activist against pesticides, was born in France. She is 68 years old. She has a 120 Acre plot at Smithers, northern BC. She wishes to plant organic grain there, but has not managed the economics of it yet, so presently leases the land for hay. She does not earn anything from it – but gives the hay away freely. She intends to try out experimental crops in small lots to see what works and what does not. She is not aiming to get her products certified organic right now, because it is an expensive proposition, but would like to grow her crops as if they were organic.
There is a shortage of information and knowledge on what can be grown there sustainably. The region’s history of settlements is barely a century old, where settlers came, cleared the forest and created the farm land. Nobody has tried growing human cereals, though some have grown animal feed there. There was a government funded study in an experimental farm decades ago, to see what can be grown there. But, the Government has shut that down quite a while ago. The information thus collected is apparently lost or lying in someone’s barn without any effort to preserve. Reportedly a research student in the University of Northern British Columbia, UNBC, is trying to find that information and is lamenting at the difficulty of finding, preserving and building on that knowledge base.
Josette has a few more things that sets her apart. She has been battling pesticide use in Canada, as an activist and a litigator, for 15 years or so. She took the provincial Government followed up by taking the Federal Govt to court for practice of injecting arsenic based pesticide into hundreds of thousands of BC forest trees to fight the pine beetle attack, and for spraying RoundUp by the logging corporations. After several years of court battle , she eventually won both her cases, and the practice was halted. But this happened only after EPA had withdrawn approval of the practice in USA due to proven harm to environment.
Re “Ontario reintroducing anti-SLAPP legislation” (Antonella Artuso, Dec. 2): Thank goodness Ontario is moving to protect small groups’ ability to speak out. My doctors’ organization assists local environmentalists so we know citizens are often afraid to voice their opposition to ecological destruction for fear of lawsuits. The Canadian Charter protects expression but if people are frightened about offering an opinion, the freedom exists only on paper. If properly implemented, Ontario’s new anti-SLAPP law should make freedom of expression a lived reality — which benefits all of us.
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment