Rob joined Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace in 2002, after attending the first Annual Conference on Peace Education in Canada when he started his second university undergraduate degree.
Originally from a farm near Walkerton, Ontario, Rob resides in Hamilton, Ontario where he attended McMaster University for music, theatre & film studies, and peace studies.
Rob has assisted with the Annual Conferences on Peace Education in Canada over the years, first as a volunteer student and later as the facilitator and coordinator. He is now the director of the first community Peace Café, Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace.
Rob also is a professional web programmer and designer, having designed and programmed dozens of sites since 1997. More recently he has incorporated a business partnership called CartaNova.
As Hamilton's downtown population increases, and young professionals seek walkable neighbourhoods, our city is exploring active transportation options like bike share, pedestrian parks, and smart and safe streets for everyone.
Building off the success of the white flag initiative, the Good Neighbour Campaign has been working to continue to provide Hamiltonians with the tools and skills needed to monitor air quality within their neighbourhoods. Recognizing that our next method needed to be simple, easy to interpret, precise, robust, and affordable, we decided to utilize the methodology of George Sorger, a McMaster professor who has studied the relationship of tree lichen to air quality (specifically S02 and N02, good indicators of airborne pollution).
PUNE: Teacher educators from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were trained in handling student aggression, and to promote honesty, compassion and harmony, under the training for peace education to promote life skills among students. The peace education is now a part of the teacher-training programme of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which formulates school curricula and teacher training programmes in India. This is one of the many training programmes in peace education conducted all over the country by the NCERT.
The training was conducted for 40 participants from the three states at the city-based Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training (MSCERT) from January 17 to 21.
Experts from various fields guided the participants how to handle violent students, react to their queries, help them counter social evils and respect others.
This event is on Sunday February 5, 2011 starting at 9:00am.
The Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium is an interactive transformational workshop that inspires participants to play a role in creating a new future which encompasses an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet. The workshop is not a how-to on changing the world, but rather it brings about the answers in each and every one of us and empowers us to take action.
Here are the current active email listservs for peace cafés:
This week is Mac Peace Week at McMaster University, an event that runs along with the Gandhi Peace Festival each year.
Attached is a promotional flyer for an event "Saving Green Spaces" happening this Wednesday. If you're in Hamilton and have a passion for nature, come out and share your thoughts with the community!
Coming up on Saturday October 2, 2010 is the 18th annual Gandhi Peace Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. This year's theme is "The Power of Nonviolence", and the guest speaker is Dr. Yaser M. Haddara.
As always, the festival is free (including lunch!), includes a fair of social justice and peace organizations, and a peace walk through downtown Hamilton.
Also happening around the time are two festival-sponsored events:
"The Fictional Basis of the War on Terror Wednesday" (speaker: Dr. Graeme MacQueen) September 29, 2010 7:00-9:00pm McMaster Health Sciences Centre, Room HSC‐1A6
"Saving Green Spaces"A Workshop Moderated by Dr. Graeme MacQueen (with other particpants to be announced) Wednesday, October 6, 2010: 7:00-9:00pm McMaster Health Sciences Centre, Room HSC‐1A3