Nov 17

Newsletter #11: ‘Tis really the season

** Newsletter #11: ‘Tis really that season————————————————————

And you thought only Starbucks was getting a head-start on the holiday season…this year’s edition of the EWB holiday campaign will be launched tomorrow!  The theme of this year’s campaign is “We Are EWB” and can be found at weare.ewb.ca. This theme reminds me that it really is motivated, questioning, and optimistic members that drives the systemic change that the organization is able to make.  You will be able to create your own campaign starting this Monday and share what make you EWB.

On another note, what we all know as the myEWB website will be moved onto a new platform, Taking it Global.   You will be able to access this new platform for building online engagement and activism on Monday after 14:00.

 

This Monday’s chapter meeting will be held at 17:30 in The Cellar (Architecture Lounge, basement of Macdonald Harrington Building). This week’s meeting will host several breakout corners as follows:
- Global Engineering will be brainstorming ideas for what we want Global Engineering Week to look like and what we want the impact to be (GE week is tentatively being held next semester in March).
- The Invested Partnerships teams wants your input on promoting the latest holiday campaign.
-  Personal coaching:  Widely used among EWBers, coaching is an important part of leadership development . Come learn about coaching methods and brainstorm ideas for holding a coaching program at our chapter

Global Engineering is having their last meeting of the semester this Tuesday.  The team will be finishing up discussions about next semester’s projects and seeing what still needs to be done in preparation for next semester.

The Fair Trade team will be continuing its planning for next semester on Thursday at 17:00.

Last week, three facilitators of the youth engagement team went to MIND highschool to facilitate a workshop on identifying privileges, values and assumptions that shape the way we see the world. The students will be writing about their reflections and how this workshop influenced them in their personal logs.Now that the students understand more about the systemic nature of social issues and have questioned their assumptions and identified what is important to them, our next meeting at MIND will aim at identifying what issue they would like to address so they can take their first steps in becoming young actors of social change!

If you have any thoughts on activities to stimulate thoughtful reflection or tips to effectively facilitate a brainstorming activity, feel free to email us at youthengagement@mcgill.ewb.ca or pass by our meeting in the Engineering Common Room this Wednesday at 17:30. We will be elaborating on the structure of the next workshop!

Last week’s Development Drinks was a success; thanks to all who came! We’ll be doing it again this coming Thursday, November 21st at 8:00pm at McKibbins. We’ll be talking about EWB‘s emerging role in the extractives industry, and there may or may not be a special guest from EWB‘s national office to add to the conversation. New old members are welcome, and we hope to see you there!
If there’s a particular topic you’re interested in or conversation you’d like to have, fill out this form with your suggestions or ideas. It can be anything – an article you read, a TED talk you watched, some thematic questions you have – the idea is to provide an informal space to learn from each other,think critically and, oh yeah, enjoy ourselves. :)

McGill’s SEP (Sustainable Engineering Practice Group) is going to present its very first discussion QA panel of the year. Come and hear about our featured speaker’s opinions on the sustainability of mining in addition to some technologies and practices aimed at mitigating the harmful effects of mining.  The discussion will be happening in McConnell 11 from 18:30 – 21:00 on Tuesday, November 19th.

MICLA, McGill’s Research Group Investigating Canadian Mining in Latin America, Amnesty International and Journalists for Human Rights are proud to present a panel discussion and Q A on Canada’s Future in the Extractive Industry in Latin America: Exploring Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development. We will be discussing the role of the Canadian government through regulation and legislation, conflict prevention, the role NGO’s can play in community development, transparency initiatives, the effectiveness of voluntary, soft law initiatives, Indigenous rights, implications of the Hudbay Minerals case, human rights abuses, the path towards sustainable development, and what role international governance and bodies plays. The panel will be held in Leacock 232 on Thursday, November 21st from 18:00 – 21:00. The panel discussion will be followed by a wine and cheese event! Admission is free.

Click here (http://ewbfairtradecoffee.weebly.com) for our coffee ordering website.

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Nov 03

Newsletter #9: Top Ten List

myEWB feedback

We are constantly evolving myEWB and our online community; we’d love to hear about your thoughts and experiences!

Major issues? Email support@my.ewb.ca

Article source: http://my.ewb.ca/posts/100176/

Oct 29

Newsflash: Last call for Montreal Retreat Registration

myEWB feedback

We are constantly evolving myEWB and our online community; we’d love to hear about your thoughts and experiences!

Major issues? Email support@my.ewb.ca

Article source: http://my.ewb.ca/posts/100126/

Oct 27

Newsletter #8: C’est L’Halloween!

** Newsletter #8: C’est L’Halloween!————————————————-

When this time of the year rolls around, I think of this song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy5V1lD_0Rs. It really brings me back to the days where I would walk around neighborhoods, strange and familiar, freezing in my costume that just missed the mark of trying too hard to look like a three-year-old to milk treats off of grown-ups, only to get a couple pounds of candy.  Oh, the things I would do for candy back then…  These days, you can get the candy to come right to you (kind of)! Order from our Fair Trade Halloween anytime this week and you can find all the fair trade candy you could dream about by the Fair Trade Corner.

This Monday’s chapter meeting will be held at 17:30 in The Cellar (Architecture Lounge, basement of McDonald Harrington).  Every Monday our chapter meetings alternate between “learning sessions” and “action meetings”.  In this week’s meeting, we will get to see the many perspectives of the mining industry to move past the black-and-white, dissident view of mining companies. All are welcome!

Engineers Without Borders and Camino are offering a great way to stock up on chocolate for the Halloween season and promote Fair Trade (at a student friendly price). You can find more information about specific products and place your order here (http://tinyurl.com/fairtradeewb) . Orders are accepted before October 31st and you’ll receive an email with information on where you can pick up your chocolate.  Invite your friends on our Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/543094382438015/ ) !

Fair Trade is a different way of doing business. It’s about making principles of fairness and decency mean something in the marketplace. It seeks to ensure the farmers and artisans behind fair trade products get a better deal. Most often this is understood to mean better prices for producers, but it often means longer-term and more meaningful trading relationships as well.

We need volunteers to help sell our Fair Trade Halloween packages between Tuesday, October 29 and Thursday, October 31st.  If you have an hour to spare, please sign up on this Google Spreadsheet! (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlSCb10Hbx3KdEk0Rk1reEtYQ1J2X18xZTlJMlpoSmcusp=drive_web#gid=0)

Over the past year, the Youth Engagement team has been building a program aimed at guiding youth in developing the skills necessary for them to become leaders of social change.
Last week, the team had the chance to share the project with the students at M.I.N.D. High School.  Athough some of them were confused about the goals of the project, there was a general consensus among them to give the program a try! This Monday, three members of the YE team will be presenting to them the first workshop in our series, “Identifying the root causes of homelessness in Montreal.” You can read about the program here. (https://docs.google.com/document/d/10e7ElwIUCWc8pVP31gtls3C6SWRd72jn64RBlSX6aS4/edit)

“NGOs are as Canadian as hockey,” declared a 1988 Parliamentary report. Few institutions embody the image of Canada’s international benevolence like non-governmental organizations (NGOs) devoted to development abroad. But do the actions of Canadian NGOs match this perception?
This presentation raises questions about these organizations and their development projects: Just how “non-governmental” are organizations that get most of their funding from government agencies? What impact do these funding ties have on NGOs’ ability to support popular demands for democratic reforms and wealth redistribution? And what happens when NGOs bite the hand that feeds?
Find out more at:http://www.mcgill.ca/dise/behind_altruismMeetingsMining 

Looking for coffee and freshly baked goods to brighten your mornings? On Mondays and Fridays, our Fair Trade Corner will be offering yummie treats made with Fair Trade ingredients.   We’re located in the Old Porter’s Office in FDA (near University entrance)
We’re looking for volunteers to sell delicious Fair Trade goods from our booth.Sign up for 1h time slots here (http://goo.gl/MgGK2n). Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to do – an exec member will be there to coach you through.

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