Thursday, 7 February 2008

The Loonie Awards

Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre Presents The Loonie Awards (Not just another recovery awards show)

Mark your calendars, and get advanced tickets now to see the first
ever stigma busting show on how people recover from mental illness
and addiction. Using humour and a variety of theatrical techniques
participants tell their stories of recovery. You will laugh till
you plotz.

Performances Performance Dates:

Friday March 21 1:00 Matinee
Free admission for recipients of mental health services

Friday March 21 7:00 pm
Saturday March 22 7:00 pm

St. James Community Square,
3214 West 10th Ave (at Trutch)
$12 advance $15 at the door

For more information and advance tickets email:

What is Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre?

Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre is a new, exciting project
funded by Vancouver Coastal Health's CIF program where people learn
how to tell their recovery stories in the context of theatre. Since
September of 2007 eight participants have been hard at work
learning acting, writing and other theatre skills to bring this
ground breaking, barrier breaking show to our community.

Pandora's Collective News

Just a quick note to let you know that Eva Waldauf has kindly agreed to guest host Word Whips tomorrow night as Sita and I are both sick. Thanks so much Eva.She will be at Our Town at 7:30 and hopefully you will join her. Some other things to quickly fill you in about in no particular order as it is late and I have no voice and am off to bed. Bonnie

Writing the Memoir

A writing workshop and public reading with Sharon Butala

Location: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

Date: Reading on Friday, February 22, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; writing workshop on Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Admission to the reading is by donation; writing workshop cost is $150 (includes GST), which includes muffin and morning coffee. Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited for both events. To ensure a place, please register by emailing

Many writers have demonstrated that even the most glamorous lives—of celebrities, war heroes, or politicians—can make for dull reading. Yet the most ordinary lives can make thrilling reading. How does the storyteller capture the essence of the story and develop a reader's interest? What are memoirs really about, and why write them? Through discussion, question and answer, exercises, and examining successful memoirs, this workshop will endeavour to answer such questions, as well as to show how memoirs might be structured, and how a writer decides what to put in and what to leave out. Memoirs are therapy for both writer and reader, but they are also good stories: at their best, they are art.

Sharon Butala is an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her memoir, The Perfection of the Morning, was a Canadian bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General's Award. In 2002 she was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her newest work, The Girl in Saskatoon: A Meditation on Memory and Murder (HarperCollins Canada), will be in bookstores in March. Find out more at










"My poetry and lyrics explore my relationship to spirit, and develop a personal working model of grassroots politics. My chapbook is called, "Predatory Grace." I'm also part of an acapella trio with Maya Suess and Sara Kendall called In.stead. Our music is positive, intelligent, and moves the crowd. I've had lots of experience on stage as an entertainer and musician, and bring the spirit of hip hop and spoken word performance to all of my work. I also love to help others find their own passions in the world of performance. Being on stage at an event is a great way to develop the confidence to make change at any level."


Nadia Chaney believes the sublime centre of the universe can be found at the heart of every moment. She works as a poet, emcee, musician, arts- empowerment facilitator, social justice activist, text editor and writing coach. She performs with two Vancouver based bands: in.stead, an all-female acapella hip hop experiment, and BPM, a dirty fusion of bhangra, dancehall and hip hop.









You are invited to enjoy a wonderful evening of

beautiful verse and spoken word at Indigo Books in

Park Royal.

Bring your love poems for the open mic that follows

the features.

Our distinguished poets are:

Alejandro Mujica-Olea (Chile)

Deborah Kelly (Canada)

Gabriella Kullak (Canada)

Kyle Christensson (Canada)

Indigo Books Park Royal, West Vancouver

February 13th at 6:30 pm

Refreshments will be served.

Poetically yours,

Lucia Gorea

Founder and host of "Poetry Around the World

Don't fear the Taxman!

Announcing the most important learning opportunity of 2008:

Tax Fundamentals


Artists and Artisans

Presented by

Marianna Scott

from Quantum Accounting

Sunday, February 24

1pm - 4pm

(Registration starts at 12:30pm)

Kaslo Gardens Co-operative

(Activities Room)

2765 Co-operative Way

(between Kaslo and Slocan Streets on Grandview Highway)

Visit their website for a map:

Cost: $15

This workshop will be ideal for self-employed artists and craftspeople with little or no experience preparing taxes. If you dread tax season, and put off thinking about your taxes until the last minute, then this workshop is for you.

The workshop will cover the fundamentals of taxation for individuals, with an emphasis on the self-employed. It will cover which expenses are deductible, what kind of record keeping is required and how to get and stay organized.

Marianna Scott has been in accounting since 1987. She has been preparing personal taxes for the self-employed since 1996, with a focus on the arts and culture industry for the past four years. Marianna has completed a course of study to become a Certified Financial Planner. She expects to receive her CFP designation in 2008.

Brought to you by Vancouver Poetry House, as part of its Professional Development Program.

For more information or to pre-register for this important event, contact Steven R. Duncan at 604-788-8340 or email Space is limited.

Also check out for other great learning opportunities for the Arts and Non-Profit Sectors.

brought to you by:

Steven R. Duncan & Associates

Talent, Live Events & Training

Hi Friends and fans,

I just received results of a bone marrow biopsy that was done during the week. Although the results are somewhat confusing, it looks for now that I might be free of leukemia. I might be back to the MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) I started off with. In any case, they are repeating the test early next week, and figuring out where to go from there. A transplant is not out of the question with MDS, assuming my donor is still on board. So rather than the road simply dropping off the cliff, it looks like another turn in the ongoing path. This is good.

For all of you French speakers…

Last week I did a French radio interview with Dominique Denis. It will air first on Monday, February 4th at 13:05, everywhere in Ontario on Radio-Canada (860 am in Toronto, fm band elsewhere...), then again at 16:00 on Sirius Satellite all over North America (channel 138). The weekend show will air the entire piece again the weekend prior to the two Hugh's Room concerts.

And for you folks in the Toronto range, the Hugh's Room concerts a fund raiser for yours truly in my time of need. They are taking place February 18th and 19th. The programme is exciting and packed. Musicians will be doing versions of my tunes, and it looks now like there is a good chance of me being there to observe and to perform.

My youth fiddle groups from out west – The Twisted String, have been motivating for months to get support to come out to the Hugh's Room shows, and it looks like they have achieved their goal, due to the generosity of many Canadians. Nineteen young fiddlers will be there, playing up a storm. They will also do school shows, and a free noon hour concert at Princess Margaret Hospital on Feb 19th. The Hugh's Room concerts will also represent a historic meeting of Twisted String with my Stewed Tomatoes band. What fun! Book early if you plan to come, since the show will be sold out.

That's it for now. Back to my wee (but private) room.


"Oliver Schroer's News"

You are invited!

Dinner, Dance and Entertainment.

We need to sell 35 tickets more!

Feb. 16th at the Holiday Inn, 1110 Howe Street (Columbia Room)

6:30-12:00 am. Tickets: $35.00

Fantastic Buffet Dinner with many items.

Dance to music by Internationally Known Pancho and Sal!

Silent Auction including Weekend Accommodation to Pemberton/Whistler!

Solo dance by well known dancer Mariko.

Line dancing.

Call or e-mail for tickets: or 604-526-4729

Donations gratefully accepted , receipt given.

All proceeds go for awards, Enviro-display and food at the World Poetry Gala, Feb. 29th

Celebrate your February birthday with Ariadne (Feb.16th) at the fundraiser.

Call 604-526-4729 to reserve.

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

'Frames of Mind' Monthly Film Series

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present

USA 2005. Director: Lauren Greenfield

Wednesday, February 20 - 7:30pm
at Pacific Cinémathèque
1131 Howe Street, Downtown Vancouver

Our society's preoccupation with body image is reflected in the fact that, at any given time, 70 percent of women and 35 percent of men are dieting. More seriously, a 1993 Statistics Canada survey reported that, among women aged 15 to 25, 1 to 2 percent have anorexia and 3 to 5 percent have bulimia. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, with 10 to 20 percent eventually dying from complications. Seeking to put a human face to these sobering statistics, acclaimed photographer Lauren Greenfield spent six months inside The Renfrew Center, a Florida treatment facility for eating disorders, to tell the stories of four women who are literally dying to be thin. Brittany is a 5-year-old striving to be thin in order to gain acceptance among her peers. Shelly is a 25-year-old nurse who enters Renfrew with a feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach. Alisa, 30, is a divorced mother of two who joined the army in order to lose weight. The troublesome Polly, 29, has spent years in and out of treatment and often challenges the center's policies and procedures. The film follows these women through early-morning weight checks, emotionally draining mealtimes, tearful therapy sessions, and tense encounters with staff and family members. Unflinching and incisive, Thin takes us on an emotional journey through the world of eating disorders, offering an intimate and devastating portrait of self-loathing, denial, and depression. Colour, Digibeta video. 105 mins.

Introduced by Jenny Barley, 4th year UBC medical student and Co-Chair, Medical Students for Mental Health Awareness

Post-screening discussion with Dr. Samantha Kelleher, a staff psychiatrist at Royal Columbian Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital. Dr. Kelleher has a special interest in eating disorders and has completed fellowship training at St. Paul's Eating Disorders Program.

Co-sponsored by Specialized Eating Disorders Services, Providence Health Care - St. Paul 's Hospital and Medical Students for Mental Health Awareness.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC.

Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

For more information, see the Pacific Cinémathèque Program Guide

$9.50 Adult Single Bill / $8.00 Senior/Student Single Bill / $11.50 Adult Double Bill / $10.00 Senior/Student Double Bill
Advance tickets available at
24hr Film Infoline: 604 688 FILM

Washington Post: Mental health consumers vs. forced psychiatry in Virginia

Proposals to Force More Involuntary Treatment Stir Debate

By Tom Jackman

Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, February 7, 2008; B04

In the debate over Virginia's mental health system, they're called
"consumers." Some of them call themselves survivors.

They are mentally ill people who have been through the system and
didn't like it. They criticize the humiliation of being handcuffed,
the forced administration of antipsychotic drugs or the debilitating
side effects of the drugs. And they don't think the government is
best suited to choose their treatment.

Rather than forcing more people into involuntary treatment by
lowering the legal criteria or enforcing outpatient treatment --
approaches that Virginia's General Assembly is considering --
consumers and their supporters say they think the money for those
approaches would be better spent on counseling, housing and jobs for
the majority of the mentally ill, who aren't dangerous or helpless.

Since the Virginia Tech shootings in April, which were committed by a
mentally ill student who did not receive mandated treatment, many
mental health advocates have called for a lower standard for
involuntary treatment and easier access to patient records for
determining a person's treatment. Under Virginia laws, some of the
most stringent in the country, a mentally ill person can be committed
only if he poses an "imminent danger to self or others" or
demonstrates an "inability to care for" himself.

But a group of consumers is fighting back. They say they think that
changing the imminent-danger standard is a bad idea and that opening
patient records will discourage people from seeking treatment.

As the debate heats up in Richmond over how to fix Virginia's mental
health system, consumers are lobbying legislators and testifying at
hearings. A consumers' rally outside the state Capitol last week
attracted more than 650 supporters and a number of legislators, said
organizer David Mangano of Chesterfield County.

"The problem has much more to do with the system's failures, not with
the language of the law," said Mangano, a consumer and family
advocate for Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services. "The actual
number of people who are great safety risks and great risk to the
community are very small compared to the number who need services. If
you start changing practices, changing the code, to try to catch
those people [who are risks], what really have you done with all the
people who don't belong there and have really good reasons not to
comply with treatment?"

Consumers say that providing counseling, peer support, housing and
jobs should take precedence over forced treatment. Michael Allen, a
lawyer formerly with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in
Washington, said: "The problem in Virginia is not [revising] what
standard is used to treat people against their will. The question is,
do we make mental health services available in a timely fashion? Do
we make it comprehensive and holistic or wait until they fall to the

Some consumers have had positive experiences with treatment and are
also fighting to revise Virginia's system. Jonathan Stanley said that
in his 20s, he spent three years in a cycle of increasingly psychotic
episodes, ending with an incident in which he stood naked in a New
York City deli and was forcibly hospitalized for seven weeks.

He said doctors determined the proper medication for him. He finished
college and law school, and now works for the Treatment Advocacy
Center in Arlington County. He is lobbying for change in Richmond,
including modifying the existing imminent-danger criteria, which he
called "the most restrictive in the country."

Stanley is seeking support for more mandatory outpatient treatment,
modeled after New York's Kendra's Law. He said that 80 percent of
people emerging from such programs "say their coerced treatment has
helped them get and stay well. Those are the consumer voices that I
listen to the most."

Most mentally ill people are functional and want to make their own
choices but need help, many consumers say.

Yaakob Hakohane of Arlington had been through decades of legal and
mental health experiences. In the early 1990s, he helped create a
group to advocate on behalf of the mentally ill. But even he said he
was amazed by how easily he was involuntarily committed to a mental
hospital last summer.

Hakohane, who suffered a brain injury as a teenager, said he fell and
hit his head on a sidewalk one afternoon in July in Crystal City. He
became disoriented and said police and paramedics who responded "were
kicking and poking me," so he decided not to talk to them.

Hakohane was also suspicious of the people who treated him in the
emergency room. He remained silent and was temporarily detained. When
he went to a civil commitment hearing two days later, despite the
testimony of two people who said he was perfectly rational, he was
ordered into treatment for up to six months.

"It seems obvious from this experience [that] it's not hard to commit
people," said his friend Diane Engster, who attended the hearing.

"It's easy," Hakohane said. "Anybody can commit anybody else." He
said he cooperated with his doctors and was released in a week.

Consumers such as Engster, who founded the Northern Virginia Mental
Health Consumers Association with Hakohane, are also troubled by
attempts to open up patients' records. Special justices who decide
whether to commit a person typically do not have access to
psychiatric histories, and legislation is pending to allow that.

Alison Hymes, a Charlottesville consumer advocate who served on a
state Supreme Court task force on mental health law reform, writes a
blog about such issues. She wrote that if the state requires mental
health providers to turn over patient records, "mental health
practice in this state will never be the same. Patients/clients/
consumers will not be able to trust their secret thoughts and
feelings with their clinicians. Clinicians will not be able to abide
by the ethical standards of their professions. People will not seek
help and those who are already receiving therapy, such as myself,
will quit."

Virginia is going through an unprecedented examination of its mental
health system after the slayings at Virginia Tech. This is one in an
occasional series of reports about problems in the system.

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Vancouver International Writers Festival Book News Vol. 3 No. 14

Vancouver International Writers Festival


The VIWF presents Vancouver Writes, the second annual interactive writing contest for aspiring writers and anyone interested in the group writing process. This event was wildly popular last year and tickets are limited - order yours today! A 2007 Vancouver Writes participant described it as "fantastic, creative and fun." Join host Lisa Christiansen of CBC Radio and Caroline Adderson, Kevin Chong, Anne Giardini, Genni Gunn, Shaena Lambert, Nancy Lee, Timothy Taylor and many others to create instant literature and win cool prizes. Full details & tickets at Vancouver Writes is a Winterruption 2008 event. Vancouver Writes is sponsored by the UBC Creative Writing Program, Booming Ground and the Georgia Straight, and received support from the Granville Island Cultural Project Sponsorship Program.


Lorna Goodison, who attended the Festival two years ago, this afternoon won the $40,000 BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, for her memoir From Harvey River, a Memoir of My Mother and Her People.

Heritage Canada has released a couple of studies on the book buying and cultural participation habits of Canadians. It turns out those who read books are likely to attend cultural events as well.

A literary critic has looked at the accepted canon of English Literature and redefined the classics to include Sappho and Hammett - let the arguments begin.

Author Robert Fisk turns into sleuth when he tries to track down a mysterious writer in Cairo who has written a biography of Saddam Hussein, but put Fisk's name on the cover.


The Portuguese novelist José Saramago, winner of the Nobel Prize, has returned with a new novel, Death at Intervals.

There is also a new English publication of an early novella by another Nobel Prize winner, Imre Kertész.

Peter Carey has won the Booker Prize twice and he continues to write powerful, thoughtful fiction. His new novel is His Illegal Self and here are a couple of reviews and an interview.

Mary Swan won the O. Henry Award for her short story The Deep. Now her first novel The Boys in the Trees is starting to attract positive notes.

Val McDermid is known and loved for her blood and guts mysteries. Her new novel is Beneath the Bleeding.

Russell Banks, whose novel The Sweet Hereafter was made into a movie by Atom Egoyan, has a new novel out.

Review of three new books of poetry by Brian Henderson, Todd Swift and Monica Kidd.


Sheila Heti
is the author of the story collection, The Middle Stories and the novel Ticknor. Thursday, February 7th at 7pm, free. UBC Robson Square (800 Robson). More information about the author at

Celebrate the life and work of poet John Newlove with a screening of the documentary What to make of it all? The life and poetry of John Newlove, and the Vancouver launch of Chaudiere Books' A Long Continual Argument: The Selected Poems of John Newlove, edited by Robert McTavish. Friday, February 8 at 8pm. Tix $5/$3. Cash bar. The Western Front, 303 8th Ave. E. (Vancouver). More info:

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council will host A White Evening, a salute to Harbour Publishing's Howard White and a benefit for the Arts Council's author readings program. Saturday, February 9 at 8pm. Tickets: $20. Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa in Sechelt.

Claire Robson will be reading with columnist Sarah Leavitt. Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00pm. Davie Village Cafe (1141 Davie St., Vancouver). Info: 604.228.1429.

You are invited to enjoy a wonderful evening of beautiful verse and spoken word and celebrate Valentine's Day. Bring your love poems for the open mic that follows features Alejandro Mujica-Olea, Deborah Kelly, Gabriella Kullak and Kyle Christensson. Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be served. Indigo Books Park Royal, West Vancouver.

The On Edge Reading Series presents a public reading by Addena Sumter-Freitag. Thursday, February 14 at 5:30pm, free. Room 406 SB, Emily Carr Institute, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island. Info:

Readings by Richard Van Camp, Janet Rogers and Joanne Arnott. Part of the Talking Stick Festival. Thursday, February 14 at 9:30pm. Tickets $10. Ironworks Studio (235 Alexander St. at Main, Vancouver). Info:

Caribbean author of Spirits in the Dark reads from and discusses his new novel Return to Arcadia. Saturday, February 16 at 2:00pm. Chapters at Robson & Howe (788 Robson Street, Vancouver).

Author launches her new romantic comedy novel Unpredictable. Saturday, February 16 at 4:00pm. Book Warehouse Yaletown (1068 Homer St., Vancouver).


Sharon Butala welcomes readers of her popular memoirs and novels to Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver. Friday, February 22 at 7:30-9:00pm. Admission by donation. Space is limited, so to ensure a seat, please RSVP Visit for more information.

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Blenz reading series: February 8, 2008 7-9pm

Blenz reading series: February 8, 2008 7-9pm

Friday, February 8, 2008
7-9 pm
Blenz Coffee Shop, 508 Hastings (at Richards Street), Vancouver

Come listen to a six-year span of members of The Writer's Studio,
including two people just beginning their writing journey with that
program this year. Fiction, non-fiction and narrative, and poetry
will all be presented. An open mike will be available, time
permitting. Shake off the rain and dust off the snow, sit down with a
cuppa something warm, and spend a few hours with the hearts and minds
of the students and alumni of The Writer's Studio.

ANNA LING KAYE is a fictionary from TWS 2007.

MANDANA RASTAN is excited to have started the new year with a
fantastic group of writers in TWS 2008. Her articles have been
published in <i>The Vancouver Sun, Canadian Immigrant, Balanced
Life</i> and <i>Grassroots</i>. She has also read her work on CBC
Radio, Co-op Radio, and at the World Poetry Reading Series. Tonight
she will be sharing some of her latest creations.

GEOFF COLE reunited with the gang for one last heist after graduation
from TWS 2007, after which he planned to retire to a quiet life of
writing. Unfortunately the gang couldn't fit all those cows in the
trucks they'd rented and the deal went sour. Now, dodging the law,
and the beef board, Geoff has been writing under a pseudonym and
stealing single-serving tuna cans for protein. Tonight he will be
reading from the entirely un-autobiographical "The Most Successful
Man In The World."

ALEV ERSAN tells us that Alev in Turkish means 'flame'. Cut the word
in half - al ev - and the syllables assume different meaning on their
own. 'take' and 'home'. Alev completed TWS 2007 and is currently
working on a manuscript of poetic writing from which she will read a
sequence of poems tonight.

PAT BUCKNA provides and operates the sound system for our Blenz
readings and attended The Writer's Studio in 2002. This year he has
returned to TWS as an adjunct writer and is working on his family
memoir "Tell Me No Secrets".

JOAN FLOOD is a new member of TWS 2008. In tonight's piece she will
be remembering life in Ontario as a new immigrant.

DAVID ANTROBUS is a TWSer from 2005.

ELEE KRALJII GARDINER, TWS 2006, is a freelance writer at work on a
novel about archiving and the evaporation of memory. Most recently
her work was published in <i>Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine</i>.

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Dreams for Women - Feminist Art Project...

Dreams for Women - Feminist Art Project...

Antigone Magazine is launching a Feminist Postcard art project and
fundraiser but instead of asking what your secrets are, we want to know what
your Dreams for Women are.

What are your own dreams for yourself, your friends, your sisters, your
daughters? Paint, draw, write, sketch or decoupage your dreams on a postcard
and send it to the address below

*Antigone Magazine
Box 61-6138 SUB Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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*Or e-mail it to *

With your postcard submission, we ask that you make
a donation (if you can!)
to Antigone Magazine for anywhere from $1 to $10.
You can send your money
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But don't worry... if you don't have the money, just
send along the
postcard and tell people about this program. We will
be posting postcards
every second Saturday starting in January on the

What is Antigone Magazine? We're a grassroots
national magazine that works
to encourage young women to get involved in politics
in Canada. We work to empower young women to engage
politically and civically and to actively take part in
leadership roles. We are raising the money in order to
help launch the Antigone Foundation, a national
foundation that will encourage young women aged 10-30
to get politically and civically engaged. Help support
Antigone as we help to make the dreams of young
women come true!

We want submissions from all over the world - so
forward this on! Post it on
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*"Leaders and mentors, god-like as they may seem,
don't become who they are
without confirming the entire human array of
emotions and difficulties
themselves-- and often with the help of someone as
'un-wise,' as they claim
to be. It is their avowal of human fallibility and
frailty, which makes them
as strong as they are." - K.B.