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This article was published 31/7/2012 (2661 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Meet Me at the Bell Tower held its 33rd meeting on July 20 with more than 50 people in attendance. The purpose of the meetings is to build a community committed to "be the change and stop the violence."
It began as a youth movement, but has evolved to become a diverse group of men, women, youth and children who meet regularly. Their sense of camaraderie and pride can be felt immediately.
Michael Champagne, the event’s founder, led the recent gathering with youthful enthusiasm and surprising insight.
Each meeting begins informally with conversation and voluntary participation in a traditional ceremony of "smudging"—a practice which, in part, encourages the washing away of negative thought patterns and the taking on of positive thoughts. The rest of the meeting centres on a chosen theme and a mix of speakers get a chance to share something as the megaphone is passed around.
The theme for the July 20 meeting was Child and Family Services, as a protest march by the North End Advocacy Group was also scheduled later in the evening. Heart-wrenching stories of loss and difficulties within the system were shared by parents, as well as stories from a generation that was "scooped" and brought to residential schools. There was a genuine cry for more justice, greater transparency, and more accountability within the child welfare system.
In the midst of the intense stories, Champagne’s optimism bubbled up to remind everyone there is hope and "to create a better world for our children…we have to keep going."
He also shared his own story of needing a home and being adopted by loving parents (who were there supporting him that night as they regularly do).
To keep things fun and light, prize draws occurred throughout the evening. Donations included kids’ toys, homemade baking and produce, potato chips, children’s artwork, and original art composed by resident artist John Luis Valentim.
The evening closed with the ringing of the bell, a group photo, and a short throughout the neighbourhood.
If you are interested in taking part in one of the group’s future meetings, simply show up across the street from the bell tower on Selkirk (near Powers Street). You can also learn more at the group’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/northendbelltower.
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The Main Street Farmer’s Market will be getting a much-needed boost.
Iain Brynjolson has agreed to bring the Food for Folks Market to 860 Main St. near Euclid Ave. Come out on Fridays between 2 and 7 p.m. and enjoy fresh produce and live entertainment.
If you’d like to become a vendor, contact Jasmine or Melissa at 927-2342.
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The new garbage pick-up system starts the first week of August in current autobin areas. Your new garbage/recycling day can be found on the calendar placed in the user guide inside your recycling bin.
To learn more about your new garbage day and other city services visit http://cms00asa1.winnipeg.ca.
For additional information visit http://winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/garbage/newCollection/services.stm.
Sonya Braun is a community correspondent for the North End. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North End community correspondent
Sonya Braun is a community correspondent for the North End.