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Breaking the Silence Network Presentation

On June 10, Breaking the Silence Network of PEI brought in Crisanta Perez who is an indigenous Maya Mam woman from San Miguel, Guatemala. She is known as “the voice of resistance” against what is happening in their village and surrounding villages due to the activities of Gold Corp in the Marlin Mine, an open pit mine. It was heartbreaking to hear her testimony of their struggle to protect their land, their drinking water and the whole environment in which they live. She spoke about how divisive it is because some are selling their land and others are not. She is a courageous woman. Her presentation was followed by another one, about how we on PEI need to protect our natural resources particularly our water. A member of the Coalition for the Protection of PEI Water spoke about the High Capacity Wells (Deep Water Wells) issue and the belief that eventually the government is going to succumb to the pressure although they are saying they are in the process of drafting a Water Act. One startling statistic she quoted is that McCain Foods uses 9 million gallons of water a day to produce French Fries. 

Year of Consecrated Life – Cornwall

The Catholic Women’s League of St. Francis of Assisi Parish invited the sisters who worked or lived in St. Francis of Assisi Parish to a gathering to celebrate the year of Consecrated Life by a dinner and sharing. Dianne McCarville, president of the CWL, welcomed the sisters and members. The evening began with a short prayer service that ended with the words of Pope Francis: “Wake the world with daunting joy.” 

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Climate Action at Sydney Health Care Center

Our commitment to personal health and well-being must extend to the health of our beautiful planet Earth. That being said, we recently took measures to ensure that our ailing oil furnace be replaced by one that would do the least amount of harm to the environment. We are pleased to report that our furnace room now is home to a state of the art eco-stream boiler (furnace) that is considerably more efficient, produces significantly lower emissions and over time, will be happily more economical. What’s not to like about that! 

The photo above shows residents Sisters Agnes Cordeau, Catherine MacPhee and Edna Pertus taken on a recent visit to the bowels of our facility. Note their mode of transportation is one of our manually operated vehicles, that effectively reduces our carbon footprint while providing the added personal health benefit of daily exercise!


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