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Plastic Pollution

Last June, at the G7 in Halifax, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the Ocean Plastics Charter, a commitment to move towards an international sustainable management of plastics. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, said “Our commitment is to collect, reuse or recycle, at least 75 per cent of all our plastic waste by 2030.”  And “We are going to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastics throughout government operations. So, this includes straws, cutlery, packaging, cups, bottles but it also includes using our purchasing power to ensure that  we lead change and we drive sustainable plastics innovation,” she said. “It takes about five seconds to make a plastic bag. We use them for about five minutes. [Then] they last in our environment, in our oceans, for five centuries.  Let’s try to find alternatives to single-use plastics in our lives. 

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Invitation To The 150th Anniversary

A warm welcome one and all to join us on Nov. 3rd and 4th to celebrate the foundation of our CND community in Summerside. In a spirit of gratitude to our Summerside benefactors, who throughout the years supported us generously and lovingly, we have organized a variety show to be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3rd for the benefit of St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Food Bank. A mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday, Nov. 4th at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner at the Convent. 

An Open House will be held in the afternoon between 2 and 4 o’clock.

Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre - Summerside

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

St. FX University Sports Hall of Fame Awards

I was happy to be able to go to Antigonish to attend Jane (Hanley) MacGillivray’s induction into the St. FX University Sports Hall of Fame as a "Builder" as she is credited with "building" the women's intercollegiate athletic programs at X. Most of us know that the foundation was laid when she was hired to coach basketball and volleyball and to teach Physical Education in Gilmora Gym and classrooms at what was then "Mount St. Bernard College."

The citation read at her induction by Dr. Peggy Gallant stressed the important role Jane also played in ensuring that the women's programs were deemed "worthy" of being part of the intercollegiate scene. I was pleased that the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame were mentioned and it was stated that a member of the Congregation was present and I was named; not that I wanted that! Even if it took 50 years, it was a credit to former team members and other interested X people that this finally happened.

Anne T. Gillis, CND

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