July 30, 2001
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
The community garden
At The Scholar's Den, I got two books for ten dollars: OUR SCHOOLS - OUR SELVES, a collection of essays by The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and No More Teachers, No More Books; The Commercialization of Canada's Schools, by Heather-Jane Robertson.
Yes, just in time. Got the pics just a few minutes before... write you
Love you tooo
need to go now... tomorrow.....
PIC #1, PIC #2, PIC #3
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2001
Councillor Spotlighted on National Goverance Web Site
FREDERICTON - Fredericton City Councillor Joel Richardson is being
spotlighted as a resource expert on "Youthfluence.com", a creative space for
young people to come together to learn, share and influence decisions on
issues that are important to them. It is a youth-run bilingual web site
using leading-edge technology to encourage community involvement and active
The site has been developed by a network of young people and youth
organizations brought together through a millennium project undertaken by
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Youthfluence.com's main objectives are to: 1) Educate young people about
citizenship and government, 2) Connect youth and youth organizations across
the country, and 3) Encourage youth involvement in decision-making at local,
provincial and national levels.
The Institute on Governance, an international think tank doing research on
youth and governance, partnered with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to
bring together young people across the country to discuss what should be on
the site, and how best to inspire youth to learn about government and other
In the fall of 1997, the Institute On Governance produced a report analyzing
the lack of youth participation in public policy and program development.
The report discovered that while there are a large number of government and
private sector programs dedicated to youth employment, little attention has
been given to the role of youth in the formulation and implementation of
"My belief is that young people should be involved in the decision-making
processes from the local to the national level. All too often young people
from their mid-teens through their late twenties are seen in terms of
"tomorrow" - future leaders, future citizens - instead of how they can be
involved today on important matters of public interest" Richardson
explained, "Young people can play a significant role in the policy-making
process. They bring unique perspectives, ideas and experiences to the
table, which serve to make better policy decisions. As well, the very
process of getting young people involved helps build their civic skills and
Councillor Richardson represents Ward 2 Nashwaaksis, is currently Vice Chair
of Fredericton's Finance Committee, and has been Vice-President of the
Cities of New Brunswick Association since 1999.
MEDIA CONTACT: Councillor Joel Richardson, City of Fredericton
Telephone: 506 444-5171 or 506 459-4856
To access Joel via the Youthfluence.com web site go to:
http://www.youthfluence.com/connect/index.php and click on "Ask an Expert".
Micheal is from Saint John, but I met him in Torreon, Mexico, where he was teaching at the university, Tec de Monterry, finishing his masters degree in education. I gave presentations to his classes about my path. He took me on a Peyote trip. Tomorrow he is flying back to Tampico, close to the Gulf of Mexico, where he teaches now. In the fall, when I bring The FAR OUT School south, Micheal suggested we use his house a couple weeks as a base, and he'd set us up with the best guides.