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SEEDS is a Porte Parole Production (Montreal) written by Annabel Soutar and starring Eric Peterson (of Corner Gas and Street Legal fame). SEEDS has played in major Canadian cities since 2010, on tour from BC eastward, closing in Fredericton, March 19th. The local Raging Grannies were there, singing some great parodies about Monsanto.

This documentary theatre piece is the story of Saskatchewan canola farmer Percy Schmeiser's four-year legal battle with biotech giant Monsanto (1998-2004). Mr. Schmeiser continues to travel the world — he’s 84 now — talking about genetically modified organisms, the dangers of them, and the environmental and health and political ramifications of multinational corporations being able to copyright a seed. It continues to confront us with very serious questions. The answer to Schmeiser’s “Who owns Life?” question is about the future of our food system.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND, for JPIC


Petition to stop the massacres in DRCongo

Father Daniel Syauswa, a Congolese Jesuit working on his doctorate in agroforestry in Guelph, was the Solidarity Sunday guest speaker at Holy Rosary Parish. His subject was the economic and civil unrest in his birthplace, especially in the North Kivu province of DRC. There is an online petition to sign that can be presented to the UN International Court once there are sufficient numbers. Please check the link and consider signing it. Thank you from Alana on behalf of Father Daniel. The shorter link is: http://benilubero.com/ From there you can find the https://secure.avaaz.org petition to sign.

Alana Forrester, associate


St. Patrick's Day in Kingston

Where would you find five Congregation of Notre-Dame sisters in the same place with birthdays in the same month? You guessed it… Kingston! And… that made for a double reason to celebrate on March 17th. Among our five celebrants, one (Pat Arsenault) was born on the saint’s very own day. How about that? The wearin’ o’ the green was definitely the wardrobe colour of the day, and that was enhanced by singing good old Irish songs, sharing lots of Irish jokes and delicious refreshments for everyone. One highlight among the refreshments was Sister Anne Coffey’s homemade fudge. Kudos to Sister Rosemary Shannon and her assistants for all they did to make this event such a memorable occasion. Yes, we can always count on St. Patrick’s Day to being out the fun in us. Until next year, Erin Go Bragh!!!

Eleanor Monahan, for the Kingston CND’s


St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Today there’s great festivity

At Mary of Peace Community

This is no Blarney

Only simple reality

Sisters from de Sève in the city

Outdid themselves in generosity

Indeed they arrived at the Infirmary laden with provisions for a real St. Patrick’s Day party: green table settings, cupcakes with green icing topped with tiny shamrocks, green Irish mints and, of course, the ingredients for the traditional Irish coffee. Sisters Lorraine Costello (our leader) and Flossie Robidoux took care of the refreshments and Kathleen Duffin with her God-given talents led us in singing Irish songs. Also present to help as well as to enjoy the party was Sister Evangeline Menge from Cameroon who came to Canada in January for meetings at the mother house followed by a month in Summerside for immersion in a totally English environment.

We at the infirmary are very grateful to the Sisters who provided such a delightful afternoon, as well as all the Sisters at de Sève who on so many other occasions have shown great concern and caring.

Patricia Landry, CND for the Mary of Peace Community 

 

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