Otesha celebrates the television?

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April, 2006

When you last heard from us, we were busy celebrating Otesha’s fourth birthday. Now that we’ve finally taken down the streamers, removed our party hats, and turned down the hip-hop sound track to a more modest decibel level – it’s time to crack all that party gear out again! Why? Because Otesha is one of three organizations being featured on CBC television on Sunday, April 23rd at 4:30 p.m.

You see, it all goes back to four years ago when Jess and Joss were sitting under a tree in Kenya… oops… (it’s a habit). Actually, some folks at CBC wanted to put together a series that would showcase Canadian teens and 20-somethings who are committed to making a difference in the world. The outcome is a half-hour 13-episode series that is part music video, part guerilla filmmaking, part behind-the-scenes, and all around cool (for more details about this series - called Make Some Noise - check out www.cbc.ca/makesomenoise).  

We’ve decided to throw a belated four year bash in conjunction with this hot T.V. ticket item and are inviting Otesha fans everywhere to the Manor of Marvelous Mayhem (72 Riverdale Ave) from 3:30-5:30 on April 23rd – please RSVP to info@otesha.ca.

For those in Victoria, there is a bash being held at the house of Nick Townley – a member of the Coast2Coast tour. His invitation reads as follows: People can come at 4:00. We will be celebrating all things Otesha, with vegan delights aplenty! My address is 2306 Belmont Avenue, at Denman Street, in Fernwood. My phone number is 250-857-2453. My email is ntownley@gmail.com. Please RSVP!

For those in Calgary, Mark (Prairie Tour) and Shane (BC Tour) are hosting a gathering that’s to begin at 3:30. They haven’t chosen a place yet, but you can call this number for details – 403.281.1376. Space to crash will be available.

And for all those who want to check out other episodes of the show, here’s the sched:

  • Outside of Ontario – Every Sunday at 4:30pm, beginning April 2nd
  • In Ontario – Every Sunday at 4:30pm, beginning April 9th

Another really cool episode is about our friend Joe Opatowski. It’s airing on April 2nd at 4:30 pm everywhere in Canada BUT Ontario. And in Ontario, it’s airing on Saturday, April 15th at 1:30 pm because it got pre-empted.  This is all part of CBC's awesome Make Some Noise series which you can learn more about at www.cbc.ca/makesomenoise

Alright, now that we’ve set the Otesha record for the greatest amount of time discussing T.V. without levelling a harsh critique against it, let’s move on to some Triple-H action.

February and March were a blur for Otesha co-directors and volunteer facilitators alike. 5 back-to-back Triple-H training weekends in Ottawa and Toronto left students craving chick peas, aching for acting opportunities, and prepared to present in their communities. One Triple-H’er expressed her feelings thusly:

“This weekend will stay with me forever. It reminds me that each and everyone of us has the ability to change the world and make it a better place. We just need to take action. It’s just so overwhelmingly inspiring.”

Big thanks to all the students and teachers who have made the Triple-H program so fantastic so far, and especially to the volunteer facilitators who gave up their weekends to help out: Sophie, Sofian, Ed, Gaby, Tania, Dan, Michelle, Jenika, Ben, Colette, Hannah, Sean and Chantale. You can check out all the details at http://otesha.ca/triple-h%21/index.en.html

Campaign of the month: Recently, we’ve been working with the Ottawa No Sweat Coalition, which is trying to get the City of Ottawa to join the 12 municipalities, 13 universities and 6 school boards across Canada in adopting a No Sweat ethical purchasing policy. This policy would ensure that clothing and other goods purchased by the City of Ottawa are not produced in sweatshop conditions. This is so cool because it represents about $2 million dollars a year of purchasing power, which could be decided on a single vote. Talk about making a difference! Check out www.ottawanosweat.ca for how you can get involved.