Activist Agenda

Activist Agenda

Activist Agenda

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April, 2014

In this issue...
February 9th, 2014
April, 2014
April 16, Wednesday, 2014 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM: How FireSmart is YOUR Community? LIVE Online
April 22, Tuesday, 2014 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Solar Energy Presentation

Employment Opportunity: Council of Canadians Prairies Regional Organizer

February 9th, 2014

Hello and though it is a little late - Happy New Year and Gong Hey Fat Choy.
I was off cycling in Guatemala and Mexico in January and you can read my blog post about this at if you are interested in reading about my journey.
Store managers Tammy and Wendy left for Belize, Guatemala and Mexico on February 3rd. They are going to do the Permaculture course that I took last year. 
Winter Bike to Work Day (Twitter #wbtwdYEG and #yegBike @WinterBike2Work) is on February 14 (Valentine's Day) and we are hosting several events (3 on the day and one on February 11th at Naryanni's). See below for more details and don't forget to register your ride at
March is eat OUt Month and there are LOTS of activisties that are happening during the month (and Earth's General Store took care of the films and documentary series for the month (5 of them). Want to thank King Edward Park Community League for providing the hall for us to have these documentaries. THANK YOU!

April 16, Wednesday, 2014 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM:How FireSmart is YOUR Community? LIVE Online

How FireSmart is YOUR Community? LIVE Online

Discover what simple things you can do to make your home and community FireSmart. Join FireSmart professional, Susie vander Vaart and Heather Sywanyk for a 2-hour session outlining the steps you can take to protect your community and your home from wildfire.

This session is presented in partnership with the Lesser Slave Forest Education Society, the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation and the FireSmart Regional Action Team for Lesser Slave Lake. 

Available Anywhere – LIVE Online 

6:30PM - 8:30PM

Apr 16, 2014

FREE, you must register to participate

Location: LIVE Online, take anywhere you have a device and internet

Address: LIVE Online, take anywhere you have a device, internet and sound (preferably a headset with speakers/microphone)

City: LIVE Online

Cost: Free, you must register

Contact: WorkForce Development, Northern Lakes College

Contact Phone: 780.849.8623

Contact Email:


April 22, Tuesday, 2014 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM:Solar Energy Presentation

Solar Energy Presentation

Want to know more about solar energy? Join us for a FREE presentation at Northern Lakes College, Slave Lake. This session is being facilitated by Thomas Barr of NuEnergy Group. This presentation is part of the Solar Energy Demonstration Site Project by The Society of High Prairie Regional Environmental Action Committee in partnership with Northern Lakes College. This project is installing a 24 panel photovoltaic solar system (5 kw AC) to supplement Northern Lakes College electricity consumption, and will include a public monitoring station.

Slave Lake

6:00PM – 9:00PM

Apr 22, 2014

FREE, you must register to participate

Location: Northern Lakes College, Slave Lake Campus

Address: Northern Lakes College, Slave Lake Campus, 1201 Main Street SE

City: Slave Lake

Cost: Free, you must register

Contact: WorkForce Development

Contact Phone: 780.849.8623

Contact Email:


Employment - Employment Opportunity: Council of Canadians Prairies Regional Organizer

Employment opportunity: Prairies Regional Organizer

Since 1985, the Council of Canadians has brought Canadians together to act for social, economic and environmental justice here in Canada and around the world.  Our work is built on a strong foundation of timely and strategic campaigns to fight for the values, social programs and progressive policies that Canadians believe in.

Under the general direction of the Political Director and working in close collaboration with other members of staff, the Regional Organizer contributes to developing and is responsible for implementing an effective Campaign/Organizing Strategy for The Council of Canadians in the region.  As well, the Regional Organizer is responsible for collaborating with other members of the Campaign Team to ensure that all work of the Political Team is effectively planned and implemented and with other Council staff to ensure the effective and efficient functioning of the National and regional office arrangements. Please find full job description at the end of the posting.

The Regional Organizer will:

  • Develop strategy together with other members of the Political Team to achieve the campaign and organizing goals in the Prairies region;
  • develop, maintain and support the region’s constituency and promote Council activism among Council of Canadians chapters, members and within other groups including organizing regional/sub-regional meetings;
  • participate in and represent the Council’s campaigns in meetings with chapters, local groups, coalitions (with organizations and individuals) and with the public;
  • undertake outreach activities; liaise, develop and maintain working relationships with relevant organizations (including coalitions as appropriate) and individuals, and represents the campaign; facilitate/maintain good organizational relationships with all contacts; develop appropriate relationships with media, politicians, bureaucrats and other key decision makers related to the campaign;
  • oversee and participate in the implementation of planned campaign and organizing activities in collaboration with the Campaigners;
  • prioritize areas for work and response and integrate these with the broader Political Team work plan and with broader organizational objectives;
  • monitor relevant developments in the region and shares information with other Political Team staff;
  • undertakes all activities related to maintaining a regional office arrangement;
  • contributes to the development of plans and strategies and the resolution of operational issues together with other teams; and
  • other related duties.

The qualifications for this position are:

  • Commitment to the Council’s values, vision and directions;
  • relevant degree and/or equivalent educational qualifications;
  • excellent skills and demonstrated ability in constituency building (organizing, mobilizing, training, coordinating, and motivating individuals and groups, etc.) and superior facilitation skills, understanding of and ability to work with group dynamics;
  • strong conflict resolution and negotiating skills
  • proven skills and experience in the planning and implementation of projects;
  • experience in public, media and government relations;
  • superior knowledge of current economic, social and political issues nationally and regionally;
  • good research and writing skills;
  • good interpersonal skills and the ability to exercise tact, discretion and judgment at all times;
  • proven administrative skills and an organized approach with an ability to prioritize and effectively handle many demands;
  • excellent communications skills, both oral and written;  fluency in both official languages of Canada preferred where appropriate;
  • capacity to work in a self-directed manner and demonstrated ability to work well within a team setting; and
  • computer skills including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, communications, and database software.

The Council of Canadians is an equal opportunity employer. This is a full-time permanent position based in Edmonton, Alberta. We offer a unionized environment, a salary starting at $60,017 per year (Classification 5, step 1) and the chance to make a difference!

APPLICATIONS: Send your resume, in confidence, by 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, to Quote Competition# CoC-2014-06 Regional Organizer (Prairies) on application. Please consider month and year when writing dates of volunteer and work history in your resume.

We appreciate all applications but only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.  You can check the status of the recruitment process on our website at
Contact: Council of Canadians