February Journal

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February, 2010
 
How do you spell "Reason to Dream?" O - T - E - S - H - A
 
Riding on Hope     
The Otesha Project's Monthly Journal         
February 2010        
 
IN THIS ISSUE
Organic Affair Toronto
Hopeful Hydro Haters
Coast to Capital 2010
Bring Otesha Home
UPCOMING EVENTS
Hopeful Home Tour
February 24th 
Join us for a tour of Otesha's digs - meet the staff, find out more about the organization and learn how you can get involved!
 
Contact jennifer@otesha.ca for details.
 
 
Toronto's Organic Affair with Otesha

Katimavik volunteerOtesha's Organic Affair in Toronto, also known as the Wild OAT is coming soon. Part celebration, part fundraiser, the Wild OAT is an inspiring afternoon tea that will be held on Sunday March 7th. Like in Ottawa, the theme is "100,000 and counting", and we'll be celebrating the milestone Otesha reached over the past year of performing to it's 100,000th audience member. 

Right now we are on the hunt for folks in the Toronto area who are interested in bringing a crew of their friends and family to the event by volunteering to be table hosts. 

If you are interested in knowing more about hosting a table or attending the event as a guest, please email Jen at jennifer@otesha.ca.

 
Hopeful Hydro Haters

Down with the Kilowatts! The Otesha Office crew is on a quest to reduce our electricity consumption, and so we have created a campaign called "Hopeful Hydro Haters". Our mission is to reduce our electricity consumption so that it is lower than last year. Each week we adopt a new habit to get us closer to our goal.

Want to join in? Here's what we're doing so far:
  • Blacking out our powerbars:  All of our computers and electronics in the office are plugged in to power bars. At the end of the day we flick those suckers off to cut down on "vampire power" use.  
  • Killing our comps:  During lunch hour and meetings that last at least an hour, we skip the hibernate mode and turn our computers all the way off.
  • Gagging Google:  Did you know that running an internet search uses a great deal of electricity? It may not cut down on our bill, but we're bookmarking websites and avoiding the use of search engines as much as we can.
Will the Hopeful Hydro Haters be able to beat the evil electricity over consumption villian? Tune in next time to find out their latest tactics!
 
Coast to Capital 2010

The clock is ticking for us to see enough interest to be able to put on our most epic and ambitious tour ever, the Coast to Capital Tour.  It will bring a group of epically ambitious young people across the rockies, the prairies and onto the Canadian shield from June 25th to November 2nd.  

Help us get the word out on our 2010 cycling and performing tours. Contact info@otesha.ca to get a package of materials you can use to get the word out - or simply forward this message on to all of your epically ambitious friends!  More information on this and our other tours are available here.  

coast to capital 2010

Should you go on a tour?
 Ask an Otesha Alumni:
 
"Do it. Seriously. I was pretty apprehensive going in - I had only ever done day-trips by bike, had never been to the Maritimes, and I didn't know any of these people I was about to spend an entire month with. It turned out to be an utterly magical way to discover a new place, and the experience went quickly from scary to comfortable, wonderful, exciting."
- Noemie De Vuyst, Rising Tide Tour 2009
 
Bring Otesha to Your Town!

This spring our Ferocious Farming Tour will be criss-crossing Ontario, riding over rugged terrain and connecting with dozens of communities. Maybe even yours! Below is where we're headed beginning in May.

To book an Otesha performance or help us out with Otesha friends, contacts and accommodation in any of these towns, please contact Kelly by telephone at 613-237-6065 at by e-mail atKelly@otesha.ca.  

Blackburn Hamlet, Manotick, Perth, Westport, Hartington, Madoc, Norwood, Peterborough, Lindsay, Prince Albert, Newmarket, Orangeville, Hilsburg, Guelph, Beamsville, Hamilton, Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto, Vaughn, Richmond Hill, Markham, Coburg, Trenton, Kingston, Howe Island, Charleston Provincial Park, North Aigusta, Russel, Alfred, Rockland and Ottawa.
 
Website of the Month

Get the Knowmore Firefox add-on. Most of the time you won't know it's there, but occasionally as you innocently google your way through the web it'll surface to tell you a bit more about the companies you're looking at. Knowmore is a grassroots, web-based community dedicated to chronicling and resisting corporate attacks on democracy, worker's and human rights, fair trade, business ethics and the environment, and creating more informed and conscious consumers on the way. Hard to argue with that. Thanks to Otesha UK for this tidbit!
 
Postcard of the month

After every Otesha presentation, we invite our audience members to change the world by committing to one new hopeful action. Each individual receives a postcard, writes the action on the back, and if they complete the action, they mail it in to our office. We now have thousands of postcards from across Canada, and they are our proof that we are building a movement. Here's one of our favourites from this month:

"I will walk to places that are in easy walking distance from where I am located at the time and I will not drive my car during lunch hour." 
-Peige of Red Deer, AB
 
Wish list
We like re-using! And taking other peoples' trash! Here's what we are in need of right now:
  • Cereal boxes, rescued from your recycling bin
  • Digital camera
  • Laptop and desktop computers (contact samuel@otesha.ca)
  • Office chairs
Drop offs are welcome between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Thursday at The Otesha House (72 Riverdale Ave.)