Writing for rights in city and across Canada
Amnesty International event supports women fighting for human rights
To mark International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, Amnesty International is sponsoring two Write for Rights events in the Town Ward. These are two of more than 140 Write for Rights Events taking place across Canada.
The first event takes place on Sunday from 11:30 to 3 p.m. at Emmanuel United Church, 534 George St. Participants should enter from the McDonnel Street door. The second event takes place on Monday Dec. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Cafe, 141 Charlotte St. Both events are drop-in, participants can write one letter or as many as they wish. Amnesty International will supply all the information and writing supplies.
The focus of this year’s Write for Rights events is women human rights defenders. Letters will be written to support 10 women who have been advocating for human rights in Iran, Venezuela, Brazil, India, USA, Morocco, South Africa, Kenya, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. Amnesty International hopes that these written messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion, stop the use of torture, commute death sentences and end other human rights abuses.
For more information on Amnesty International this year’s Write for Rights cases or to make an online contribution, please visit www.writeathon.ca.
The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) invites the public to attend its annual general meeting (AGM) Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lett Architects, 138 Simcoe St. This is an opportunity to recognize the achievements of the past year, celebrate the success of Artsweek, renew your membership and get a sneak peak at what’s coming up for 2019. This event is held in an accessible location and will include some seasonal cheer. For more information, please visit www.ecthree.org.
Rubidge Retirement Residence hosts their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. The Residence is located at 246 Rubidge St. For more information, please call 705-748-4000.
Christmas Cookie Walk
Emmanuel United Church United Church Women present a Christmas Cookie Walk on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Cookies are $6 per dozen; boxes are available or bring your own container. This event, which also features a Tea Room, is located at Emmanuel West, 441 Rubidge St. For more information, please call 705-874-0238.
Hutchison House is hosting two events this weekend to get you in the Christmas Spirit. On Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m., the museum presents A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Enjoy listening to a recording of the 1939 Campbell Soup radio show, presented by Orson Wells, and starring Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge. On Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m., it is A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas and The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.
Both events take place by firelight in the Keeping Room at the museum, 270 Brock St. A choice of dessert, tea and coffee will be served.
Tickets are $20 per person per event, or $30 per person if attending both events. Seating is limited. To reserve tickets, please call 705-743-9710.
Rosemary Ganley (left) and A.J. McNaught (right) write letters at last year’s Write for Rights event.