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Cooper Institute's 1st Annual Social Justice Symposium and Concert - September 19-20

Cooper Institute will host 2 BIG events in September – our 1st Annual Social Justice Symposium on Saturday, September 20 and a BIG Concert for Social Justice on Friday, September 19

Posted: Monday 25th August 2014 21:06   (Updated: Tuesday 2nd September 2014 08:20)

The idea for an annual social justice symposium came from members of Cooper Institute who were looking for a way in which to honour one of the founding members of the Institute, Father Andrew Macdonald, who died on April 18, 2013. This first memorial symposium will highlight Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), with guest speaker Chandra Pasma, an Ottawa-based policy analyst specializing in issues of income security, poverty, and gender and politics. Chandra is an avid supporter of basic income and has written a number of papers and articles on the subject. The BIG Concert for Social Justice will include performances by some of the Queen’s County Fiddlers, Caroline Bernard, Teresa Doyle, the Singing Fathers, Dion Bernard, Louise Arsenault and the Nieces.


Members of Cooper Institute invite you to 2 BIG events in September – our 1st Annual Social Justice Symposium on Saturday, September 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Holland College and a BIG Concert for Social Justice on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Carrefour Theatre.

Cooper Institute’s 1st Annual Social Justice Symposium - The idea for an annual social justice symposium came from members of Cooper Institute who were looking for a way in which to honour one of the founding members of the Institute, Father Andrew Macdonald, who died on April 18, 2013.

This first memorial symposium will highlight Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) as a well-known, and tested, public policy to address the high percentage of people living below livable income, here in PEI and in many places.

The guest speaker for this first symposium will be Chandra Pasma, an Ottawa-based policy analyst specializing in issues of income security, poverty, taxation, electoral reform, and gender and politics. Chandra has worked in politics and for non-governmental organizations including the Forum of Federations and Citizens for Public Justice. She is an avid supporter of basic income and has written a number of papers and articles on the subject. Chandra will explore the potential impacts of Basic Income Guarantee on work and democracy. She says, “Between rising precarity, growing income inequality, and loss of control over time, work often leaves people feeling dissatisfied and powerless.  At the same time, voter turnout is dropping and citizens are tuning out political debates.  Could these problems be related?  And is basic income the solution that could help us to regain some control over our work and rekindle our interest in democratic debates?”

Marcia Carroll of the PEI Council of People with Disabilities, Jane Ledwell of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and Marie Burge of Cooper Institute will take part in a panel discussion following Chandra’s presentation.

The details: Saturday, September 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Holland College, 300 Kent St, Charlottetown, Rooms 232 ad 229.There is no cost to attend - call Cooper Institute, 894-4573 for more information or to register.

 

Cooper Institute’s BIG Concert for Social Justice  - The concert will include performances by some of the Queen’s County Fiddlers, Caroline Bernard, Teresa Doyle, the Singing Fathers, Dion Bernard, Louise Arsenault and the Nieces. 

Father Andrew (as he was known to many Islanders) played the fiddle and guitar, and was the composer of many songs. He was a member of the Queen’s County Fiddlers and enjoyed performing traditional music as well as the songs that he wrote. His songs were about the physical beauty, the history and the community life of Prince Edward Island.

The details: Friday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Carrefour Theatre, 5 Promenade Acadienne in Charlottetown. Tickets cost $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door and are available from Cooper Institute members and at the Voluntary Resource Council, 81 Prince St.

If you would like more information, you can reach Cooper Institute by phone (894-4573), email (cooperinstitute@eastlink.ca) or on FaceBook.