Thank you, Halifax! And on to Antigonish!
Wow! A standing ovation, brisk book sales, strong cash donations and a lively question period – what more could one have asked from our Halifax screening of the Green Rights film last evening at Mount St. Vincent University?
The event was graciously hosted by MSVU President Ramona Lumpkin, and MC’d by Dr. Ian Stewart of King’s College on behalf of our fiduciary partners, the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. In the middle of the screening, I was urgently beckoned out of the theatre. A news crew from CTV was in the lobby, and they wanted to do an interview about the film and the Green Rights project. When? Right now. So I did it. I have no idea where it appeared. If anyone can tell me, I’d love to know.
Here’s an image from the film that got a laugh.
After the screening — and the standing ovation – the questions from the audience largely had to do with how we could get wider distribution to the film – getting it into the schools, into faculties of law, to the general public. And people asked, “What can I do to bring environmental rights to Canada?”
To which I replied, “Link up with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot movement.”
The Blue Dot initiative is an organized drive, coast-to-coast, to get the right to a healthy environment incorporated into the Canadian legal system. For those who are persuaded by our film, Blue Dot should be the very next stop. That said, this whole tour has happened so fast that we’ve hardly had time to develop our synergies and linkages with environmental organizations.
In Ontario, however, it appears that the Speaker of the Senate will be bringing a whole range of green players together around his celebratory afternoon reception in honour of the Green Rights film. The event takes place at the Speaker’s chambers in the Parliament Buildingon October 4. The list of invited guests includes representatives of the Council of Canadians, the Assembly of First Nations, 350.org, Ecojustice, Greenpeace, Equiterre, Green Ottawa, Amnesty, Climate Action, Environmental Defense, Ecology, Miningwatch Canada, Ottawa Renewable Energy, Bullfrog Power and others. We’re honoured and humbled that we may meet so many representatives of these great organizations – not to mention MPs and Senators, and possibly a stray Minister or two.
The Speaker’s reception is by invitation only, but the screening at 8:00 that evening is open to everyone, and Blue Dot organizers will be present to engage with members of the audience.
Before that, though, comes the launch of Marjorie’s new book Year of the Horse – today, from 5:30 to 7:30 at Lion and Bright on Agricola Street in Halifax. We have a great band headed by Ron Doleman, and the MC will be the one and only Costas Halavrezos. Lion and Bright is a charming venue, and we’re looking forward to seeing a ton of old friends there – as we did last night, too.
Tomorrow, this magical mystery tour goes to Antigonish, where for three days I’ll be meeting in classes with faculty and students. The big day in Antigonish is Wednesday, when Marjorie will be signing book
s from 12:00-1:30 at Cole’s Bookstore, and from 3:00-5:00 at The People’s Place Library, 283 Main St. After a 5:00 reception organized by the Coady Institute and the Antigonish International Film Festival, we have a 7:00 PM screening of the film at the Schwartz Auditorium.
And then home for a day, and on to Ottawa – and Kingston, Port Hope, Toronto, Waterloo, Guelph, Thunder Bay and points west.
Everybody take a deep breath. Here we go!