Alternatives Days 2007


Tuesday 31 July 2007

Thursday August 23, 2007

9am: Registration of participants, in the J-A de Sève building

5pm-7pm: Alternatives Cocktail Cabaret du St-Sulpice 1680 St-Denis, 3rd floor

8pm: QSF opening performance at the Medley (space is limited - first come, first served!)

Friday August 24 and Saturday August 25, 2007

Workshops on social ecology, peace, citizenship and social justice (see program below)

Seminar on alternative globalization in Quebec and around the world

Friday morning from 9am to 1pm: What kind of alternative globalization for Quebec?

Activists from Quebec social groups will summarize the alternative globalization movement and its progress since the Peoples’ Summit in 2001. How should Quebec social groups position themselves with regards to globalization? What solutions does the alternative globalization movement propose?

With: Véronique Martineau, representatives of the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ); Laure Waridel, fair trade pioneer; Daniel Breton From coallition Québec Vert Kyoto, Robert Jasmin from ATTAC-Québec, Jacques Létourneau from CSN, Corinne Gendron, UQAM and Other representatives from Quebec’s alternative globalization movement. Presented by Michel Lambert, Alternatives.

Friday Afternoon from 2pm to 6pm: A planet of solidarities (Alternatives International)

In 2007, the world seems a paradox. On one side we have the world of George W. Bush and the "endless war", of the rise of right-wing movements, and of unprecedented attacks on the peoples of the globe. On the other side, the world of the marginalized is rising in revolt, building new powers at the national and local level, and defending rights. This immense contradiction poses an immense challenge. What can we do to promote a planet of solidarities?

With Pedro Ivo, Brazil; Moussa Tchangari, Niger; Hamouda Soubhi, Maroc; Carlos Laserna, Argentina; Pedro Ivo, Brasil; Refaat Sabbah, Palestine; Moussa Tchangari, Niger; Shir Hever, Israel; Mondli Hlatshwayo from Khanya College, South Africa; Hamouda Soubhi, Maroc, Monique Simard, Alternatives. Presented by Marie-Hélène Bonin, Alternatives.

Seminar on responsible mining practices

Saturday from 9am to 6pm: Mine development and popular mobilization Resource-extraction industries: What responsibilities, and for whom?

After the National Roundtables on the Social Responsibility of Extractive Industries, the Coalition québécoise pour une exploitation minière responsable - bringing together NGOs, responsible investors, religious groups and research organizations - formed to demand that the Canadian government respect the recommendations included in the report produced jointly by representatives of civil society and resource-extraction industries. Will the Canadian government take this opportunity to become a leader in the field? Presented in collaboration with the Coalition québécoise pour une exploitation minière responsable.

Organizaed in collaboration with the Coalition québécoise pour une exploitation minière responsable.



Urban agriculture and urbanization

Friday 11am

In big cities, rooftops are often a neglected or ignored space. They hold great potential, however, for organizing community gardens to benefit health, food security and urban ecology. This workshop presents perspectives on the development of urban ecology in a context of increased urbanization, while raising questions about the challenges and limits of rooftop gardening in urban planning and development.

Prepared and presented by Rotem Ayalon, Alternatives.
With Vikram Bhatt, Professor of Architecture at McGill University and director of the Minimum Cost Housing Group • Cary Cruz, Director of the Fundacion Antonio Jimenez por la Naturaleza y el Hombre, Cuba • Daniel Ried, horticultural animator and instigator of the community gardening program for the City of Montreal • Ismaël Hautecoeur, Rooftop Garden Project, Alternatives.

Water: Blue gold at issue

Saturday 2pm

Water, a resource essential to life, is now becoming the object of ferocious commercial negotiations, and stands to become the central economic issue of the 21st century. In this context, questions are mounting: How to preserve this common resource and ensure its future? Who gets to manage this resource? What strategies should be pursued to block water privatization?

Prepared and presented by Ismael Hautecoeur, Alternatives.
With Mondli Hlatshwayo of Khanya College, South Africa • Freddy Mamani of the Bolivian Movement for Sovereignty and Integration with Solidarity, Bolivia • Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, Mouvement Paysan de Papaye, Haiti • A representative of Quebec’s First Nations • Moussa Tchangari, Director of the Groupe Alternative, Niger.

Alternative development for Haiti?

Friday 9am

Even after 200 years of independence (since 1804), Haiti’s evolution continues to unfold as a crisis. Its situation is characterized by an intolerable level of poverty, a state in default, ever-present corruption and constant violence. After such suffering, is the current situation all Haiti has to show for it? In response, many social actors in Haiti itself and across the diaspora are proposing solutions and initiatives to get the country moving. How can we support the Haitian people?

Prepared and presented by Pierre Bonin, researcher on development and international solidarity.
With Franklin Midy, Professor of Sociology at UQAM • Fred Doura, Professor of Economics at the CEGEP du Drummondville and at the Université Ivoiro-Canadienne à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire • Ronald Colbert, AlterPresse, Port-au-Prince • Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, Mouvement Paysan de Papaye • Dilia Lemaire, juriste et consultante en droit des femmes et développement, Haiti.

ALBA: An alternative for the economic integration of the Americas

Friday 9am

The unraveling of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) effort is in part a consequence of the political changes seen across Latin America, and is connected with the creation of new areas of economic exchange between Latin American countries. This workshop will take a closer look at the Bolivian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA). What are the implications of this model, which relies on political, social and economic cooperation between Latin American countries?

Prepared and presented by Thomas Chiasson-Lebel, member of the Alternatives board of directors.
With Freddy Mamani of the Bolivian Movement for Sovereignty and Integration with Solidarity, Bolivia • Jesus Perez, ambassador of Venezuela in France • Aurelio Alonso Tejada, Casa de las Américas, Cuba • Carlos Torres, activist with the Toronto Social Justice Centre • Hector De la Cueva, member of the Continental social alliance, Mexico.


The implementation of citizen power in Latin America

Saturday 11am

From Bolivia to Ecuador to Venezuela, we can see the creation of political power rooted in the broader population, social movements and indigenous peoples. 21st century socialism, constituent assemblies and people power are the questions at hand. What repercussions will these political and social transformations have in the Americas? What will be the new face of the continent?

Prepared and led by Catherine Binette, Alternatives.
With Julio Fermin, Equipo de Formación, Información y Publicaciones (EFIP), Venezuela • Elyzabeth Peredo, Director of the Fundacion Solon, Bolivia • Ada Guzon, Cuba • Pedro Ivo Batista, Workers’ Party of Brazil • Helga Serrano, of the international network for the abolition of foreign military bases, No Bases.

The "right to the city": Our power as citizens

Saturday 11am

The right to the city, an idea developed by the French sociologist Henri Lefebvre, calls citizens to take part in defining their cities, regardless of their status (as legally constituted citizens or otherwise). Inspired by the experience of the participatory budget started in Porto Alegre in Brazil, participatory democratic and related initiatives are emerging in different cities of the world, particularly in Montreal.

Prepared and presented by Anne Latendresse, professor at UQAM and member of the Urban Ecology Centre. Presented in collaboration with the Urban Ecology Centre.
With Lorraine Guay, member of D’abord solidaires • Mondli Hlatshwayo of Khanya College, South Africa • Pat Horn, Coordinator of StreetNet• Jean-Pierre Troche, from Aitec.

Working internationally: Building a new solidarity

Saturday 2pm

Travelling abroad in solidarity has always had an immense impact on the outlook of Quebec youth. How have these experiences influenced our perspectives on international issues? How have they influenced our national identity? Alternatives interns share their stories.

Prepared and presented by Caroline Tagny, Internships Coordinator, Altenratives.
With Nelly Bassily, former intern in Egypt • Bruno Girard, former intern in Niger • Jean-Philippe Naud and Julie Lavallée, former interns in Brazil• Tye Hunt, former intern in Cuba.

Military bases: A murderous weapon of war, deployed to benefit the powerful

Friday 11am

Military bases are military weapons that reinforce militarism, colonialism, imperialist policies, patriarchy and racism. To counter the militarization of the world, multiple peace and justice movements are coming together to abolish military bases.

Prepared and presented by Judy Rebick, journalist and founder of
With Helga Serrano of the international network to abolish foreign military bases, No Bases • Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Global Exchange and Code Pink Women for Peace, United States • Shir Hever, activist from the Alternative Information Centre of Jerusalem • Francis Dupuis-Déri, Professor of Political Science, UQAM.

The Middle East at the edge of the abyss?

Saturday 9am

After the conflicts between Hamas and Fatah, the dissolution of the Palestinian national unity government, the isolation of the Gaza Strip and the resumption of Western aid to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, what future can we envision for the Palestinian people? What are the impacts of the Palestinian drama on the rest of the region?

Prepared and presented by Pierre Beaudet, professor at the University of Ottawa and member of the Alternatives board of directors.
With Refat Sabah, representative of the TCC, Palestine • Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Centre, Israel • Catherine Pappas, Middle East project officer, Alternatives • Roksana Bahramitash, sociologist and professor at the Université de Montréal • Fadi Hammoud, journalist • Catherine Pappas, Alternatives • Ali Malah, vice president of the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) and member of the Alternatives board of directors.


The new faces of work

Saturday 9am

Neoliberal globalization has impacts on numerous aspects of human life, but in particular it affects work and working conditions. What is to be done when confronted with this steamroller? Adapt, or submit? Surely not! Resistance and the development of alternatives remain the best responses.

Prepared and presented by François Lamarche, CSN.
With Carlos la Serna, Director of the National Public Administration Institute at the University of Cordoba, Argentina • Yaovi Bouka, Communauté Togolaise au Canada • Pat Horn, Coordinator of StreetNet • Jean Rénol Élie, teacher at the Haiti State University.

HIV/AIDS and public health: Keystones of the struggle against exclusion

Saturday 4pm

In Quebec as elsewhere, the poor, excluded and marginalize suffer the most from the epidemic. Far from being a mere observation, this fact is proof positive that HIV/AIDS cannot be defeated independently of the struggle against social inequality.

Prepared and presented by Marie-Hélène Bonin, Alternatives. Presented in partnership with Médecins du Monde Canada.
With Dr. Nicolas Bergeron, President of Médecins du Monde Canada • A representatives of the Quebec First Nations • Mondli Hlatshwayo from Khanya College, South Africa • Maria Diarra Keita, CEP, Mali.

Beyond tolerance: Living together in Quebec

Saturday 4pm

Leaders of Montreal’s various cultural groups will come together to develop perspectives on the integration of immigrants in Quebec. What is our common culture? Beyond reasonable accommodation, what can we build together? A summary of a situation that is too often manipulated and grossly caricatured by the media.

Prepared and presented by Michel Lambert, Alternatives.
With Yolande Geadah, author of Accomodements raisonnables • Micheline Labelle, Centre de recherche sur l’immigration, l’ethnicite et la citoyenneté (CIREC) at the Université du Québec à Montréal • Keder Hypolite, Conseil national des citoyennes et citoyens d’origine Haitienne (CONACOH).

To be Arab or Muslim in today’s Quebec: Myths and realities

Friday 2pm

The debate over reasonable accommodations has given rise to a media furor in Quebec, focused on Arab and Muslim communities. From Hérouxville to the sugar shack, each new controversy is used to feed prejudice. How do the Arab and Muslim communities experience integration after these events? How can we fight against prejudice?

Prepared and presented by Rachad Antonius, Professor and Assistant Director of the Centre de recherche sur l’immigration, l’ethnicite et la citoyenneté (CIREC) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
With Amir Khadir, Spokesperson of Québec Solidaire • Mohamed Boudjenane, Director-General of the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) • Fo Niemi, Director-General of the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR).

(invitees to be confirmed)

Plenary sessions (7pm-9:30pm)
Organized by the QSF Secretariat with Alternatives invitees

Quebec, a wealth of regions

WITH Blanche Paradis, Réseau des tables régionales des groupes de femmes du Québec. Jacques Proulx, Solidarité rurale, Quebec. Ghislain Picard, Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

What future for our public services and natural resources?

WITH Sylvie Paquerot, University of Ottawa, Canada. Marie Pelchat, Pointe-St-Charles Community Clinic, Quebec. Geroges Leroux, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Quebec.

Affirm our rights, enrich our democracy

WITH Peter Leuprecht, Institut d’Études Internationales de Montréal, Quebec. Michèle Asselin, Fédération des Femmes du Québec, Quebec. Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians, Canada. Lorraine Guay, D’abord solidaires, Quebec. Chico Whitaker, World Social Forum, Brazil.

Quebec and the Americas: which solidarities?

WITH Dorval Brunelle, Observatoire des Amériques, Quebec. Pierre-Yves Serinet, Réseau Québcois sur l’Intégration Continentale (RQIC), Quebec. Myriam Nobre, World March of Women, Brazil. Elyzabeth Peredo, Director of the Fundacion Solon, Bolivia.

Sunday August 26, 2007

10am-1pm: Assembly of social movements

2pm: Closing march of the first QSF

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