Sunday, February 26, 2012

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week by attending a FREE discussion with Paula Simons & Greg Hollingshead

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week with the Canadian Literature Centre and the Writers Guild of Alberta as renowned author, Greg Hollingshead, joins his former writing student and Edmonton Journal columnist, Paula Simons, for a conversation on her experiences as a local journalist who has received both acclaim and criticism for her columns. The two literary personalities will also discuss how Freedom to Read Week is connected with freedom of expression and challenges that both novelists and journalists face once their work is published. There will be time for questions and socializing at the end.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 7:00 pm
Law Centre 231/237
University of Alberta

Edmonton Public Library presents War of the Words: Language and Politics

In celebration of Freedom to Read week 2012, Edmonton Public Library presents War of the Words: Language and Politics.

Reports in the corporate media reveal another victim of U.S. imperial policy: language. The use of words is a powerful tool in shaping public opinion. In military briefings repeated by the media, we have "collateral damage" instead... of civilian deaths. Designated enemies are ruled by "hardliners" while we have leaders. They launch "aggressive" wars while we "defend" ourselves. Euphemisms make the bloody reality of war a more palatable sell to the public.

Join EPL in welcoming David Barsamian – award-winning founder, director and host of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly talk radio series heard around the world – to close out Freedom to Read Week 2012.

When: Saturday, March 3, 2012 | 7:00pm

Where: Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre (Basement Level)

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Cost: FREE

About David Barsamian

One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 26th year—and with his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book of interviews with Noam Chomsky is How the World Works. Barsamian, who was deported from India a few months ago due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts, discusses world affairs, the state of journalism, censorship, the economic crisis and global rebellions.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Calgary Council of Christians and Jews Freedom to Read Event

Join the Calgary Council of Christians and Jews for presentations and a dialogue with Janet Keeping, President, Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership and Dr. Kori Street, Director of Programs, USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Canadian Delegate, Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Research and Remembrance.
Critical thinking skills are crucial in the struggle against hateful thinking and whether or not Holocaust deniers should be removed from book shelves.
Tickets: $5.00, Students: no charge.
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 2:00 - 5:00 pm,
St. Gerards Church, Social Hall, 8944 Elbow Dr. SW, Calgary, AB
Contact: Please reserve by Friday, March 2, Myron, 403-239-6811

AAAL Spring Meeting

* DATE: Thursday, 2012 April 19
* TIME: 8:30 am - 3:45 pm
* LOCATION: SAIT Polytechnic
* ADDRESS: 1301 - 16 Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2M 0L4
* MAP: Find SAIT Campus on Google Maps @,+Calgary,+Alberta,+Canada,+T2M+0L4&hl=en&hnear=1301+16+Ave+NW,+Calgary,+Division+No.+6,+Alberta&gl=ca&sqi=2&t=m&z=16&iwloc=ACAMPUS
* CAMPUS MAP: SAIT Main Campus @ or

PARKING is available for visitors. Permits are valid for day of purchase only, unless otherwise stated. Payment by credit card can be made at any entry and exit terminal. Cash payments are accepted only at one of the four Pay Stations (located in Campus Centre, the P6 Parkade). For more information on visitor parking @ SAIT please contact:

* Tel: 403.210.4494
* Fax: 403.210.4490
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Calgary Freedom to Read committee presents David Barsamian

Calgary Public Library is excited to present an evening with David Barsamian, founder of Alternative Radio. Language and Politics: Orwell’s World and Ours.
Friday March 2nd, 7 p.m. at the Dutton Theatre, Central Library. Doors open at 6:30.

FLA Movie Night!

See the classic movie Storm Center and get a tour of the new Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) at the University of Calgary.

Storm Center stars Bette Davis as a small town librarian in the 1950s. When the city council demands the removal of a book from her library, she refuses to bow to their pressure despite significant personal cost.

This free event is a great lead-in to Freedom to Read week. Join the Foothills Library Association at:
  • Location: Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (Google Map)
  • Time:
    • Tour the TFDL at 6:30pm
    • Movie at 7:00pm
  • Date: February 21, 2012
  • Cost: Free!
  • RSVP:

Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Parking is available at the University. Check their Visitor Parking page for details and maps.

Need a membership or want to renew? Go to the Membership page.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Invitation to CanLII Meeting – discussion of its past, present and plans

An invitation to a presentation and conversation with Colin Lachance, President and CEO of CanLII.

This is an open session. No RSVP or sign-in required.

Edmonton - Wednesday, February 8

Barrister's Lounge, 2nd Floor, Law Courts Building (South) from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Calgary - Thursday, February 9

Suite 1800, 18th Floor, Calgary Courts Centre (North) from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Edmonton Chapter of Room to Read

The Edmonton Chapter of Room to Read is having an informational/organizational meeting on Feb 8th at 7pm in room 1-21 of the Rutherford Library.

Mikai’sto Foundation Fundraising Gala

Mikai’sto Foundation is pleased to announce it will be holding a gala for a new Learner’s Resource Centre/ Campus Facility for Red Crow Community College. Mikai’sto Foundation was established as the fundraising arm of RCCC.

As part of its fund raising and promoting activities for a new Learner’s Resource Centre/Campus Facility Mikai’sto Foundation will be holding its second gala event on March 16, 2012 in Lethbridge, Alberta. The gala will feature First Nations entertainers - contemporary and traditional. Headliners for the event are: Asani, a First Nations awarding winning trio from the Edmonton area; Armond Duck Chief, an up and coming country singer from Siksika, Alberta; J.J. First Charger Junior Hoop Dancers from the Blood Reserve and Carmen Callihou a First Nations Comedian also from Edmonton, Alberta. Completing the musical lineup are entertainers from the Blood Reserve: the Dexter Bruised Head Family, Carrie and Jessica Goodstriker, Martin Heavy Head, Jr. and Tsuwaki Marule who will sing O Canada in Blackfoot.

Red Crow Community College was established as a First Nations educational institute in 1986. The college started as an adult education centre, which offered curriculum courses of two high school courses, University College Educational Preparation Program, one University of Lethbridge course and a study skills component. In the late 1990s, the college established the Kainai Studies department which incorporated uniquely designed courses based upon Blackfoot/Kainai worldviews. Adult upgrading, continuing and community education remain a critical focus of the curriculum. RCCC is accredited by the First Nations’ Accreditation Board, and sponsored into the Alberta Council of Admissions and Transfer, through partnerships with the University of Lethbridge and University of Calgary. RCCC has also developed a fully, functional academic library with over 15,000 items in its collection focusing on First Nations and Native American titles and a Blackfoot special collection. The Resource Centre has also attained membership to numerous library associations in Canada and the USA.

In its 25 year history RCCC has developed from a few courses into a complete post-secondary institute focusing on adult education with courses in Life Skills, Basic Skills, Academic Upgrading, Arts & Science courses, Kainai Studies and partners with other institutes to provide diploma, degree and graduate programs. Our current facilities do not meet our needs. The main campus is located in an old residential school built in 1925.

There are two campuses one on the Blood Reserve and a Satellite Campus located in Lethbridge. There are about 300 students enrolled in its programs. The first fundraising gala event was held in November 2008 in Calgary, Alberta and featured well known environmentalist David Suzuki.

For more information contact Francis First Charger, CEO Mikai’sto Foundation @ 403-737-2400, Ext. 221, email: or Mary Weasel Fat, RCCC Library Coordinator @403-737-2400, Ext. 265, email: