April 2008 Journal

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April, 2008

Happy Earth Day! Here's what you'll find in this month's journal:
1. Otesha launches a third fall tour
2. High school program (Triple H) update
3. Spring tours get ready to ride
4. Otesha heading to B.C. for some western hospitality
5. Website of the month: re-Cycles Bicycle Co-op
6. Postcard of the month
1. Otesha launches a third fall tour

You can't keep Otesha away from the east coast this fall – we've just decided to add a yet another tour to our agenda! Riding from Halifax, the Highlands and Islands Tour will connect with communities along Nova Scotia's north shore, across Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island. Get ready for sea, sand and the ride of a lifetime! Check out the route here. If you're interested in a spot on one of our summer or fall tours, there are still spaces available – apply now!
2. High school program (Triple H) update

Speaking of the fall, that's when The Otesha Project will be hosting its first ever Otesha Jam here in Ottawa! The Jam will bring together 5 teams of high school students to be trained as part of our Hopeful High School Hooligan program. The weekend-long training will teach youth about environmental and social justice issues, develop their leadership skills, and each team will leave the weekend ready to perform Otesha's Morning Choices play. If you know any students or teachers around the Ottawa area who would be interested in this program, email Elizabeth at tripleh@otesha.ca for more information.
3. Spring tours get ready to ride

In less than fourteen days, two eager teams of Otesha change-makers will climb aboard their two-wheeled people-powered machines and set out on the ride of a lifetime. That's right – spring tours are about to hit the road and inspire more than 2,000 young people across Ontario. Keep an eye on the journals section of our website for updates from the cycling tour teams on what they're doing, where they're going and who they're inspiring. And if you see them on the road, make sure to give them a honk!
4. Otesha heading to B.C. for some western hospitality

While the Ontario tour teams ride, the office team will be busy preparing for the upcoming summer tours. The Kootenay Mountain and Sunshine Coast tours both depart from Vancouver in July and cycle until the end of August. These two routes are bound to offer breath-taking views and a chance to visit some amazing communities -  maybe even yours! Here's where we're headed:
Kootenay Mountain Tour
Vancouver – Langley – Chilliwack
Harrison Hot Springs – Hope – Manning Park
Princeton – Keremeos
Penticton – Naramata – Summerland
Kelowna – Osoyoos – Grand Forks
Christina – Castlegar – Nelson
Procter – Wynndel
Cranbrook – Fernie
Pincher Creek -- Fort MacLeod
Lethbridge – Claresholm – Calgary
Sunshine Coast Tour
Vancouver -- Horseshoe Bay – Gibsons
Sechelt – Earls Cove – Saltery Bay
Powell River – Little River – Campbell River
Sayward – Woss – Port McNeill
Port Hardy – Coal Harbour – Quadra Island
Courtenay – Comox
Port Alberni – Tofino – Ucluelet
Qualicum Beach – Parksville
Nanaimo – Ladysmith – Duncan
Saanich – Greater Victoria Area
Want to help out? To book an Otesha performance or connect us with Otesha friends, contacts and accommodation in or around these towns, please contact Darrell, our BC tour programs director, by telephone at 613-237-6065 or by e-mail at Darrell@otesha.ca.  

5. Website of the month

The re-Cycles Bicycle Co-op is a bike shop here in Ottawa that recycles unwanted bicycles and parts. It's a great place to pick up an affordable second-hand bike for the summer or drop off that old beater in the garage that you haven't ridden in years. What makes re-Cycles even more incredible is that they are completely volunteer-run! Check out their website here:


Or visit their brand new location at 477 Bronson Avenue (just south of Gladstone), open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6pm to 10pm.  

6. Postcard of the month

"I've decided to go 'old school' and use more manual appliances in the kitchen. I've already said goodbye to my electric can opener. Yeah!"

Norm, age 25, Toronto