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Date, Location Event, Organization
Jan 12/2016
Toronto, ON
Palestinian Popular Resistance: Building the Student Movement
A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries. Palestinians continue to struggle for their fundamental rights of freedom, self-determination, equality, and a right to return. As the resistance on the ground intensifies, university campuses remain central to building on the Palestinian solidarity movement. The call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) has recently made tremendous gains, in particular on university campuses and academic institutions. Both the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) recently passed BDS resolutions, with an overwhelming majority.

On the evening of January 12th at 7pm, join the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union BDS Ad Hoc Committee, SAIA UofT, along with Noura Erakat and Nada Elia for a panel discussion on what is currently taking place on the ground in Palestine, and what we can do on campuses to support the resistance, and build on the Palestinian resistance movement.

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 pm
Venue:  George Ignatieff Theatre
Location:  15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jan 13/2016
Toronto, ON
Violence and Uncivil Society: The Unmaking of Peace
In 2010 Robert Massoud founded Beit Zatoun ("the house of olives"), which is located at 612 Markham St., in Toronto. It is an attractive meeting place hosting speakers, films, art exhibitions and concerts and also houses a Fair Trade shop.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Room UC 144 of University College
Location:  15 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 14/2016
Oakville, ON
Eco Movie Night: The True Cost
This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Guest speaker: Adria Vasil, best-selling author of the Ecoholic Series
Film Length: 92 min
Admission: $2/student, $5/adult
RSVP on Facebook

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 PM
Venue:  Oakville Mews Cinema
Location:  171 Speers Rd., Oakville, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Heather Govender - Heather (at) HaltonGreenScreens.ca
Phone:  (905)-466-3939
Categories:   Environment
Jan 14/2016
Gatineau, QC
The Great Climate Change Conferences 2016
The first of six speaker series, The Great Climate Change Conferences are designed to drive innovation and to promote discussion on climate change adaptation strategies in the National Capital Region.

The first event's theme is Reflections on post-COP21

The keynote speakers are the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Steven Guilbeault, co-founder and senior director of Equiterre.

Free admission

Time:  6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue:  UQO - Grande Salle (C-0071/72) - Pavillon Alexandre-Tache
Location:  283, boul. Alexandre-Tache, Gatineau, QC
Website:  
Categories:   Environment
Jan 16/2016
Toronto, ON
Trio Jazz Oriental on a Winter Night
Folk songs with different rhythms and grooves in 7, 5, 6, and involving the audience. With stalwarts of community and world music in Toronto and at Beit Zatoun - singer Nawras Nader from Syria, the incomparable multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, Waleed Abdulhamid and Naghmeh Farahmand, percussionist from Iran.

Need to know:
- Doors open at 7:10
- $20 advance ticket / $25 at the door
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
- Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za'atar dipping.

Time:  7:30 - 10:00
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Music
Jan 17/2016
Toronto, ON
The Role of Faith Groups in Welcoming and Integration of Syrian Refugees
A discussion and luncheon talk on the timely and important topic of the role of faith communities in welcoming and integration of Syrian Refugees in Canada.

Street Parking And Parking Facilities In Immediate Area (Dundas and University)

Time:  12:30 to 3:30 pm
Venue:  Intercultural Dialogue Institute
Location:  481 University Ave, Suite 711, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  shahidakhtar1@rogers.com
Categories:   Religious
Jan 19/2016
Nelson, BC
The Price We Pay
A new documentary from Harold Crooks looks into the murky world of tax havens and tax rip offs in Canada and other countries. The film originated in Quebec and is now showing across the country. See more at www.thepricewepay.ca.

The Nelson Chapter of Council of Canadians is showing the film at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 19th at the Nelson Seniors Branch 51, 717 Vernon St. Following the documentary we will have a discussion AND take immediate action on the huge theft from Canadians.

Everyone is welcome for a small donation.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Nelson Seniors Branch 51
Location:  717 Vernon St., Nelson, BC
Website:  
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Jan 21/2016
Milton, ON
Eco Movie Night - Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
Venue: HealthEnut Café - 20 Martin St. Milton
Admission: $2/student, $5/adult
Guest speaker: Mike Mikulak - Halton Food Council
Film Length: 74 min

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 pm
Venue:  HealthEnut Café
Location:  20 Martin Street, Milton, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Heather Govender/Heather@HaltonGreenScreens.ca
Phone:  9054663939
Categories:   Food & Beverage; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Jan 21/2016
Toronto, ON
Green 13 presents Working together to Save the Great Lakes with Guest Speaker Nicola Crawhall
Join Green 13 for a free talk and discussion with Nicola Crawhall.

Nicola Crawhall is the Deputy Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a bi-national coalition of 118 mayors who work together to protect and restore the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence.

Nicola will be speaking about the importance of protecting the Great Lakes. She will discuss threats such as microbeads, phosphorus loadings and algae in Lake Erie, and how climate change is a game-changer for the way we must protect the Lakes.

This is a free event. Donations are welcome.

Please RSVP @ http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/working-together-to-save-the-great-lakes-tickets-19898867047

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 pm
Venue:  Swansea Town Hall
Location:  95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Environment
Jan 21/2016
Ottawa, ON
Ottawa Launch of Access to Information and Social Justice
Join us for the launch of Access to Information and Social Justice with Jamie Brownlee and Kevin Walby.
Acess to Information and Social Justice combines the political and the practical aspects of Access to Information (ATI) research into a single volume in order to help invigorate critical social science, investigative journalism, and activism in Canada.
Edited by Jamie Brownlee and Kevin Walby, contributors to this book include award-winning journalists and prominent academics, as well as activists working on the frontlines of social and environmental justice in Canada.

Time:  7:00 PM in EST
Venue:  Octopus Books Centretown
Location:  251 Bank St. 2nd floor, Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  info@arbeiterring.com
Categories:   Publishers & Publishing; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 21/2016
Washington, DC
Tell Bank Of America - Don’t Fund Communicide
On January 21, we will hold an action outside the huge Bank of America near the White House in Washington, DC to tell Bank of America to stop funding Dominion’s dirty and dangerous facility under construction in Lusby, MD.

We delivered letters to bank managers from Connecticut to North Carolina on December 16, 2015. We sent letters to Bank of America’s press officers, board and CEO. No response.

This time we are going to make a lot of noise so they can hear us!

Meet us at the Bank of America at 711 15th St. NW in Washington DC at NOON on Thursday, January 21. We will have large banners and some signs. Bring noisemakers. Bring your friends and family. This will be fun! We’ll even have a visit from a few creepy characters.

Time:  12:00 pm
Venue:  Bank of America
Location:  711 15th St., NW, Washington, DC
Website:  
For information contact:  Donny@WeAreCovePoint.org
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations
Jan 23/2016
Vancouver, BC
An Afternoon with Jody Wilson Raybould
Jody will speak about her experiences as a prominent First Nations leader in BC and more recently as a federal election candidate in the riding of Vancouver-Granville and Canada's new Minister of Justice.

Her talk will focus on aboriginal issues facing Canada today, and on her long-standing role as a policy leader, reflecting on challenges and opportunities she has experienced as an aboriginal woman pursuing new and sometimes controversial policy ideas.

Doors open at noon and the talk starts at 12:30. The program starts with Jody's talk, then a "talk show" style conversation with our guest interviewer CBC's Gloria Macarenko and finally a moderated Q+A session with the audience.

Time:  12:30 - 2:00 pm
Venue:  Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Location:  149 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC
Website:  
For information contact:  Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Phone:  (778) 782-9149
Categories:   Native Peoples
Jan 23/2016
Toronto, ON
Book: Smuggled Stories from the Holy Land
Carmen Jarrah's travel involves trying to unravel the conundrums of Palestinian life in Palestine/ Israel. She has compressed three extensive trips into her Smuggled Stories from the Holy Land, exploring aspects of Israeli and Palestinian peace groups and their often agonizing confrontations with the military. A grim reality. Yet the dauntless Palestinian story shines through - a love of the land, an ancestral home imprinted on the Arab consciousness, a relentless connection to the soil and its old olive trees - and a story resting firmly in an ancient sense of belonging that no amount of checkpoint violence and failed peace plans can remove. It was a journey of awareness for Carmen, a critical feature of Muslim rihla writing. For those mystified by the region's conflicts, the book will awaken a new appreciation of a culture that grows more resilient and enduring with each battle. It is not a happy book but one of profound insight: The human spirit will not be denied, hence inspiring.

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Beit Zatoun
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Jan 23/2016
Burnaby, BC
Kinder Morgan Pipeline Rally
Join ForestEthics for a rally outside the NEB hearings for the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The Harper pipeline approval process for the Kinder Morgan pipeline has been allowed to move forward. That means that the National Energy Board will be holding hearings in Burnaby this month. However, members of the community won't be allowed to attend let alone participate. That means to be heard we are going to need to be loud.

This gathering is being held on the unceded Coast Salish territory.

Time:  1:00 PM
Venue:  Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre
Location:  4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby, BC
Website:  
For information contact:  ForestEthics Advocacy Association/info@forestethicssolutions.org
Phone:  604-331-6201
Categories:   Forestry, Lumber, Paper; Environment
Jan 24/2016
Vancouver, BC
WTC Grand Tea Party Café
The Women Transforming Cities Grand Tea Party Café will be a celebration and culmination of the advance cafés, and will include a presentation and discussion of recommendations/characteristics of a women- and girl-friendly city - The City We Need.

Time:  1:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue:  Heritage Hall
Location:  3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Services
Jan 25/2016
Ottawa, ON
Migrant farmworkers ask Trudeau for Permanent Residency in Canada as they announce caravan to Ottawa
Media Briefing to launch historic 'Harvesting Freedom' caravan to Ottawa

OTTAWA, Jan. 20, 2016 - Migrant farmworker group Justice for Migrant Workers is launching ‘Harvesting Freedom’, a year-long campaign for immigration status upon arrival for migrant farmworkers to mark the 50th anniversary of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP).

A media briefing by migrant farmworkers will be held on January 25th at 10 am, in the Charles Lynch Room of Parliament Hill to launch the campaign which will culminate in a historic pilgrimage of migrant farm workers and allies on to the nation's capital. Justice For Migrant Workers will be travelling from communities throughout southern and central Ontario and converging in Ottawa on October 2 and 3, 2016 to insist that justice is 50 years overdue. Several other actions and events will be organized throughout the year as a part of the Harvesting Freedom Campaign. Migrant farmworkers have grown and packaged food that feeds Canada for half a century but have been denied the right to lay their own roots and live in the country.

Time:  10 am
Venue:  Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block of Parliament
Location:  Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Tzazna Miranda Leal
Phone:  647-618-5325
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jan 26/2016
to Jan 25/2016
Ottawa, ON
Postal Banking: Not Your Predatory Lender
The meeting is a chance to learn about the many shortcomings of the existing private banking system in Canada and of the potential of a public postal bank to address them!

SPEAKERS:
* Amber Slegtenhorst (ACORN)
* Geoff Bickerton (Research Director CUPW)
* John Anderson (Author and Researcher)

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  PSAC
Location:  233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Business & Economics
Jan 27/2016
Ottawa, ON
From Paris to Ottawa: a Post COP 21 Debrief Event
With a recent change in government, a newly elected Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and the COP 21 Conference historical climate agreement, there is a particular buzz around the environmental movement towards the low-carbon economy.

How can an organization contribute to this momentum and transition? And how does the international and local progress made towards a more sustainable economic model affect the organizations in our community?

Learn from Dale Marshall, National Energy Program Manager at Environmental Defence and Mitchell Beer, President of Smarter Shift (and Carbon 613 Member!) as they debriefs on their COP 21 experience and inspires local Ottawa organizations to take action.

Time:  7:30 - 9:30 am
Venue:  Hotel Indigo
Location:  123 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Katrina Kroeze/Katrina.Kroeze@envirocentre.ca
Phone:  6136560100115
Categories:   Environment; Government & Public Sector
Jan 27/2016
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
27 January as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust - observed with ceremonies and activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and at UN offices around the world. Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirms that 'the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one-third of the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice".

Website:  
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jan 28/2016
Toronto, ON
Stories of Ours
Join us for an evening of true stories told by a multi-generational, multi-cultural line-up of amazing people who will take the stage to share true, personal stories as we listen with open hearts and minds.

Stories of Ours aims to go beyond cross-cultural dialogue and create a place were we can lean into, support, and grow a culture of inclusivity and solidarity. We create bridges between humans through the power of story and loving spaces for us to start bringing challenging conversations to the fore of our lived lives and tackle systems of oppression.

How? By complicating the narrative with different voices as much as we can. :)

Time:  7:00 - 9:30 pm
Venue:  Daniels Spectrum Building
Location:  585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Jan 28/2016
to Jan 31/2016
Guelph, ON
Guelph Organic Conference & Trade Show
35th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Trade Show
'Where Farmers & Consumers Meet'

165-table Trade Show in the Guelph University Centre (Jan. 30-31), 42-workshop program (Jan. 28-31), multiple trade gatherings, tastings, events, soirées and other network happenings.

Venue:  University of Guelph
Location:  Guelph, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Tomás Nimmo/organix@auracom.com
Phone:  705 444-0923
Categories:   Food & Beverage; Farming
Feb 1/2016
Toronto, ON
Rally: Against Austerity Cuts & Privatization
Hospitals in crisis, hydro privatization, mounting student debt and rising inequality! Stop devastating cuts to public services and social programs that are hurting our community by rallying at NOON outside the Ontario Pre-Budget consultation at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Join the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Health Coalition in demanding an economy that works for everyone. Let's take action for the #OntarioWeWant.

Time:  noon
Venue:  Queen's Park
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Business & Economics; Health/Health Care; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 2/2016
Prince Albert, BC
Prince Albert Movie Night
You, Me and the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule

7:00 p.m. John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, 125 12 St E. (Map)

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event!

Co-sponsored by Prince Albert chapter of the Council of Canadians and Cinema Politica.

Find out more about the films at www.cinemapolitica.org

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  John M. Cuelenaere Public Library
Location:  125 12 St E, Prince Albert, BC
Website:  
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Business & Economics; International
Feb 2/2016
Toronto, ON
The Consequences of Bill C-51 for Civil Liberties
Speakers:

* John Ralston Saul: Award winning novelist and essayist, author of The Comeback and A Fair Country. President Emeritus of PEN International and Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

* Monia Mazigh: National Coordinator, International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group; author of Hope and Despair, her memoir of the campaign to rescue her husband, Maher Arar, and clear his name.

Moderator: James L. Turk: Distinguished Visiting Professor and Director, Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University

Time:  7:30 pm
Venue:  Room 103, Rogers Communications Centre
Location:  Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 4/2016
Vancouver, BC
Nationwide Day Of Action To Stop The TPP
FlushTheTPP.org is an action campaign to Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We invite you to join us. In order to stop the TPP we need to act quickly and in solidarity with people in other countries. This massive trade agreement is a high priority for transnational corporations, and they are working fast to make it law.

The TPP affects many issues, including worker's rights and wages, environmental collapse and climate change, sovereignty of nations and democratic rule of law, Internet freedom and online creativity, food safety and agriculture, healthcare and financial regulation (including controls over the flow of capital), and much more. For a quick overview of some of the issues, click through the slides on our home page.

Time:  TBD
Venue:  TBD
Location:  TBD, Vancouver, BC
Website:  
For information contact:  Shirley at ssamples@shaw.ca
Categories:   International; Business & Economics; Trade
Feb 4/2016
World Cancer Day
Each year on 4 February, WHO and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) supports Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer.
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells. It can affect almost any part of the body. The growths often invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize to distant sites. Many cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to common risk factors, such as tobacco smoke. In addition, a significant proportion of cancers can be cured, by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, especially if they are detected early.

Website:  
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Feb 6/2016
to Jan 6/2016
Etobicoke, ON
World Premiere of "After All"
The St Philips Lutheran Church house band, No Fixed Address, will be performing at An Evening of Interfaith Performing Arts and premiere an original song, "After All", in honour of World Interfaith Harmony Week. The Ismaili Youth Choir has accepted an invitation to add their talent to this world premiere performance.

Venue:  St Philips Lutheran Church
Location:  61 West Deane Park Drive, Etobicoke, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  stphilip@bellnet.ca
Phone:  416-622-5577
Categories:   Music; Religious
Feb 6/2016
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons - , and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
Although primarily concentrated in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, FGM is a universal problem and is also practiced in some countries in Asia and Latin America. FGM continues to persist amongst immigrant populations living in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Though the practice has persisted for over a thousand years, programmatic evidence suggests that FGM/C can end in one generation.

Website:  
Feb 7/2016
Halifax, NS
Interfaith Harmony Week Halifax
Interfaith Harmony Halifax invites you to make a public expression of support for Interfaith Peace and Friendship during and/or before the 1st week of February in accord with the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Time:  2:30 PM
Venue:  Mount Saint Vincent University
Location:  Rosaria Student Centre, Halifax, NS
Website:  
For information contact:  info@ihhalifax.ca
Phone:  902-457-6466
Categories:   Religious
Feb 8/2016
Ottawa, ON
Balancing press freedom and national security
Carleton University Chapter of Reporters Without Borders, in conjunction with RRRA, Carleton's Department of Journalism & Communications and Arthur Kroeger College, will be hosting a panel discusion to discuss issues surrounding the balance of press freedom and national security.

Time:  7:00 P.M.
Venue:  Carleton University,270-274 Residence Commons
Location:  1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 9/2016
Toronto, ON
The Canadian Interfaith Response To The Refugee Crisis
This evening features a panel discussion outlining the Canadian interfaith response to the refugee crisis. Panelists include award winning journalist and author Doug Sanders, Queen's University Professor Naomi Alboim, Habeeb Alli, Community Development Manager of International Development and relief Foundation, and Martin Mark, Director, Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto.

Time:  6:45 - 9:00 pm
Venue:  Darchei Noam Synagogue,
Location:  864 Sheppard Avenue West,, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  tema@darcheinoam.ca
Phone:  416.638.4783
Categories:   Religious
Feb 10/2016
Oshawa, ON
Emancipating the municipality: Community-directed development and the structural reform of goverance
Heterodox economic assessments of globalization generally centre on top down analysis but lack substantive discussion on bottom up decision making. This forum is intended to fill that gap. Specifically we intend to focus on the enhancement of municipal governance through the creation of new structural linkages.
The forum has been structured to have panelists engage each other in discussion and will be guided based on questions from the audience.
We are honoured to have five distinguished speakers as our panel:
Nicole Goodman, Ph.D - Munk School of Global Affairs;
Jonathan Rose, Ph.D - Queen’s University;
Jonathan Greene, Ph.D - Trent University;
Myer Siemiatycki, Ph.D - Ryerson University;
Dennis Pilon, Ph.D - York University.

Time:  6:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue:  Regent Theatre Lecture Hall
Location:  50 King Street East Parking 1 block east of the theatre, Oshawa, ON
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Services
Feb 10/2016
to Feb 15/2016
Toronto, ON
Toronto Black Film Festival
The Toronto Black Film Festival is about discovery and diversity. It's devoted to sharing stories and celebrating diversity within the various Black communities. TBFF is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. With five days of film screenings, its goal is to attract a diverse group of people both within the Black communities and other ethnic communities throughout the city.

Time:  9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Venue:  Several
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  info@torontoblackfilm.com
Phone:  416-888-7208
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Feb 11/2016
Oakville, ON
Eco Movie Night: Blackfish
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 PM
Venue:  Oakville Mews Cinema
Location:  171 Speers Rd., Oakville, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Heather Govender
Phone:  9054663939
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Nature & Outdoors; Animals & Pets
Feb 14/2016
San Francisco, CA USA
Remembering Port Chicago
Ranger Meckler of the Port Chicago Naval Magazine Memorial will describe the disaster of July 17, 1944 which claimed the lives of mainly African American sailors, and exposed the ugly truth about racism in the U.S. military during World War II. A subsequent mutiny trial and convictions of 50 African American sailors set the stage for the modern Civil Rights Movement. This history will help us understand the ongoing demands for equal justice of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Venue:  SF Unitarian Church
Location:  1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA USA
Feb 16/2016
Toronto, ON
Freedom to Read Week: Banned Books
Join us at Eatonville branch for our monthly Tea and Books session, where the topic will be a lively discussion on Banned Books in honour of Freedom to Read Week. Each year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools.
Admission: free
Branch phone: 416-394-5270

Time:  2 pm - 3:15 pm
Venue:  Toronto Public Library - Eatonville
Location:  430 Burnhamthorpe Road, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Publishers & Publishing
Feb 16/2016
San Francisco, CA USA
I Hate The Internet
What if you told the truth and the whole world heard you? Would you expect to be believed? What if you lived in a country swamped with Internet outrage? What if you were a woman living in a society that hated women? Set in the San Francisco of 2013, I Hate the Internet offers a hilarious and obscene indictment of our online lives. Tackling the pressing questions of our moment, Jarett Kobek asks: Why do we live with rank misery seeping from the world's cellphones and computers? Why do we applaud the enrichment of tech CEOs at the expense of the weak and the powerless? Why are we giving away our intellectual property? Why is activism in the 21st Century nothing more than a series of morality lectures typed into devices built by slaves?

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  City Lights Bookstore
Location:  261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA USA
Website:  
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Computers; Communications Industry & Technology
Feb 17/2016
Victoria, BC
Esquimalt: LNG Community Forum
The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter and allies are organizing a community forum on Feb. 17 about the proposed Steelhead-Malahat liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

The community forum on Feb. 17 is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club BC, the Saanich Inlet Network, Divest Victoria, the Dogwood Initiative, the Wilderness Committee, and the Council of Canadians.

Please join us for a community forum and information session on Steelhead-Malahat's Liquified Natural Gas plant and tanker proposal in the Saanich Inlet.

We're grateful to welcome renowned expert Dr. Eoin Finn, who has spent the past two years researching safety, climate, environmental and economic aspects of BC's proposed LNG industry. As a former partner of international accounting firm KPMG, with a B.Sc (chemistry), Ph.D. (physical chemistry), and MBC (international business), Dr. Finn is uniquely positioned to provide in-depth, relevent information.

The Saanich Inlet Network will also provide an update of the current Steelhead proposal situation.

Time:  19:00 pm
Venue:  Esquimalt United Church
Location:  500 Admirals Road, Victoria, BC
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Mining & Petroleum
Feb 17/2016
Toronto, ON
March on City Hall: Open New Emergency Shelters Now!
Anyone who tries to find a bed within the Toronto homeless shelter system is fully aware that it is in a crisis of overcrowding. During the week of January 18, OCAP members and allies visited the City warming centres and interfaith Out of the Cold shelters that function as a back up for the overloaded system. We spoke to people using these places and volunteers in them. What we found more than confirmed our worst fears.

People are being packed into spaces that, despite the best efforts of those running them, are unable to meet the need. The facilities are inadequate, the demand for them is too great, and people are being turned away.

Soup provided.

Time:  11 am
Venue:  Queen and Sherbourne
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Services; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Feb 18/2016
Toronto, ON
Sprawl Brawl (Round Two) Transit vs. Highways
We all know that traffic jams in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area are a pain. Gridlock hurts the economy, increases carbon emissions and damages residents' health.

Join us for an evening of lively discussion about what's the best use of transportation dollars to relieve traffic congestion in the GTHA? How do pending provincial decisions about the shape and growth of our cities impact what is possible for public transit?

Refereed by award-winning journalist and author John Lorinc, the evening will feature a panel of esteemed experts sharing their views for how we can reduce traffic congestion through better transportation planning. Learn about a risky plan for a new mega-highway. Find out why public transit should be prioritized within existing urban areas - not far flung sprawl subdivisions.

Let's get ready to rumble!

Space is limited. Register to attend.

Time:  Doors Open: 6:30 pm Gloves Off: 7:00 pm
Venue:  Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto
Location:  2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  416.323.9521
Categories:   Environment; Transportation & Travel; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 18/2016
Toronto, ON
The Akua Benjamin Public Lecture
We invite you to celebrate the launch of the inaugural Akua Benjamin Public Lecture and to commemorate 50 years of Black activism and resistance in Toronto.

This year we honour the late Black leaders Marlene Green, Charles Roach, Dudley Laws, Gwen & Lenny Johnston and Rosie Douglas.

Time:  Reception Time: 6:00pm Presentation Time: 7:00pm
Venue:  Ryerson University
Location:  350 Victoria Street - Reception in POD 250, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  abrn@ryerson.ca
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Policy; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 18/2016
to Feb 26/2016
Edmonton, AB
Banned Book Clubs
Participants will read and discuss a challenged book and reflect on the importance of fighting censorship and championing intellectual freedom.

Venue:  Edmonton Public Library, Various locations listed on event website
Location:  Edmonton, AB
Website:  
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Publishers & Publishing
Feb 18/2016
to Feb 28/2016
Vancouver, BC
2016 Talking Stick Festival
From February 18 to 28, the 2016 Talking Stick Festival comes to various Vancouver venues.

The annual festival explores aboriginal culture through a showcase of the work of performers and artists who specialize in theatre, storytelling, film, writing, music, spoken word, dance, and visual arts.

Highlights of this year's event include Savage Society's play Battle of the Birds, the Indigenous Sister Soiree, the Reel Reservations short-film series, and the Celebration of Powwow Culture.

Of particular interest is the festival's opening ceremony, which will feature performances by comedian Darrell Dennis, magic by Vitaly, and music by DJ Kookum and Beaver T and the Divas.

Participating venues include the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, the Media Club, the Vancouver Public Library, Cafe Deux Soleils, Britannia Secondary School Theatre, Zawa Restaurant, Studio Records, and Vancity Theatre.

Tickets for the 2016 Talking Stick Festival are available online.

Time:  7:30 pm @ Vancity Culture Lab, 8:00 pm @ Vancity Theatre
Venue:  The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, the Media Club, the Vancouver Public Library, C
Location:  1577 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC
Website:  
Phone:  604.683.0497
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 19/2016
Toronto, ON
About Bill C-51 Why it Matters
Veteran Investigative reporter Andrew Mitrovica discusses Canada's controversial so-called "anti-terror" legislation, Bill C-51. What does it mean for you and Canada? And will it, in fact, keep you and Canada safe?

Part of the Toronto Public Library's Thought Exchange Series and Freedom to Read Week events.

Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue:  Toronto Reference Library - Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd Floor
Location:  789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Phone:  416-395-5577
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Security; Government & Public Sector
Feb 19/2016
to Feb 20/2016
Toronto, ON
The Anti-Black Racism Conference
The Anti-Black Racism Conference

The Anti-Black Racism Network is pleased to announce that it will hold a two day conference at Ryerson University on Friday February 19 and Saturday February 20, 2016.

"Anti-Black Racism: Criminalization, Community and Resistance" conference will rigorously advance the scholarship on social issues facing Black Canadians and find meaningful and sustainable ways of addressing these problems by bringing together leading academics, community members and organizers, students, human services providers, policy makers, and artists across Canada.

"Anti-Black Racism: Criminalization, Community and Resistance" conference will open with the Inaugural Akua Benjamin Annual Public Lecture on February 18th, 2016.

For further conference details, please refer to the Conference Schedule and Conference Registration tabs.

The ABRN was established in July 2014. The Network is comprised of university professors, students, lawyers, social workers, activists, and community and organizational leaders whose social justice work includes anti-Black racism.

Members of the Network have specializations in diverse areas including law, criminal justice, child welfare, queer studies, education, human rights, policy studies, cultural studies, feminism, health and wellbeing, anti-colonialism, and social services.

Time:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Venue:  Ryerson University POD 250 Jorgenson Hall, 2nd Floor
Location:  350 Victoria St., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Social Policy; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 20/2016
San Francisco
Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited
In 1964, Johnny Cash - who up to that point was known solely as a country singer - recorded "Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian", a concept album of folk songs about the treatment of Native Americans. It was not a great commercial success, primarily because radio stations and disc jockeys were unwilling to play such socially engaged protest songs. Angry and disappointed, Cash called Billboard Magazine to account in an open letter. "Where are your guts?" he wrote, and drew a parallel between the treatment of Native Americans and blacks - the Civil Rights Movement was at its height in 1964. In response to criticism that he had very rapidly transformed into a folk singer, he explained, "As times change, I change."

This engaging documentary is a meditative mystery revealing an unknown moment in history that changed America with performances and interviews from musicians Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Rosanne Cash, and comes at a time when America is once again gripped by racial tension.

Time:  2:00 pm
Venue:  San Francisco Bay area
Location:  San Francisco
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Performing Arts; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 20/2016
World Day of Social Justice
The General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

Website:  
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 21/2016
Hamilton, ON
Climate change and the Demands of Justice
Join a free public talk with Dr. Byron Williston, author of The Anthropocene Project: Virtue in the Age of Climate Change (2015) and Environmental Ethics for Canadians (2011). Justice is about who gets what (and why) in social distributive systems, but the way we think about the demands of justice has for most of our history been confined to specifying the duties individual humans have to other (currently living) individual humans. Anthropogenic climate change (ACC) challenges this traditional focus.

Part of the Upwind Downwind 2016 Conference in Hamilton, Ontario

Venue:  Sheraton Hotel
Location:  116 King Street West - 2nd floor, Hamilton, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 21/2016
International Mother Language Day
International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999. International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

Website:  
Categories:   International; Education; Arts & Culture
Feb 21/2016
Edmonton, AB
Movie Event: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter has been one of the most frequently challenged books according to the Alberta Library Association. Although many parents and families have celebrated the books for sparking interest in reading, other groups have not been so pleased. The use of witchcraft is the most common objection to the Harry Potter series.

Following the film, the Harry Potter scholars behind the podcast Witch, Please will lead a discussion about Harry Potter and censorship.

Time:  2 pm
Venue:  Whitemud Crossing Branch
Location:  145 Whitemud Crossing, Edmonton, AB
Website:  
Phone:  (780) 496-1822
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Performing Arts
Feb 21/2016
San Francisco, CA
Yallah Underground
In a region full of tension, artists in the Middle East have struggled for years to express themselves freely and to promote more liberal attitudes within their societies. During the Arab Spring, like many others of this new Arab generation, local artists had high hopes for the future and took part in the protests. Rappers, graffiti artists, poets and filmmakers rushed toward the freedom. However, after years of turmoil and instability, young Arabs now have to challenge both old and new problems, being torn between feelings of disillusion and a vague hope for a better future. "Yallah! Underground" follows some of today's most important and progressive underground artists from Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Israel through years of rapid change until today. If you are yearning to hear some good news and cultural signs of life from a region that is often portrayed in uniquely pessimistic terms, this confident and fresh film is just the thing. Dir Farid Eslam, 85 min, UK/2015

Time:  2:00pm
Venue:  Artists Television Access
Location:  992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Performing Arts
Feb 21/2016
to Feb 27/2016
ON
Annoucing Freedom to Read Week 2016
Events across Canada celebrate freedom of expression, challenge censorship

The Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 32nd annual Freedom to Read Week in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression that takes place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada, this year's program runs from February 21 to 27, 2016.

"Now in its 32nd year, Freedom to Read Week remains a vital and vibrant part of Canadians' commitment to free expression," said Marg Anne Morrison, chair of the Book and Periodical Council's Freedom of Expression Committee. "With this important event, the Book and Periodical Council is proud to collaborate with teachers, librarians, event producers, writers and readers across Canada to keep censorship in the spotlight through a celebration of our freedom to read."

Freedom to Read Week incorporates public readings and panel discussions, challenged book and magazine displays and a kit for librarians and teachers. Public events take place in locations across the country; speakers include novelists, investigative journalists, librarians and readers. Events this year include:
- banned book clubs
- discussion of Bill C-51 and what it means for Canada and Canadians
- a Naughty Bits Reader's Theatre
- the presentation of the Writers' Union of Canada's Freedom to Read Award.

A complete list of events in locations across Canada is available at freedomtoread.ca

Venue:  Public Libraries
Location:  ON
Website:  
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Education; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 21/2016
to Feb 27/2016
Freedom to Read
Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

Venue:  Public Libraries
Website:  
Categories:   Education; Information, Libraries, Research; Publishers & Publishing
Feb 21/2016
to Feb 28/2016
Freedom to Read Week
Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Every year, libraries, schools and community groups across Canada celebrate freedom of expression by organizing or participating in the Freedom to Read Week festivities. Browse this year's list of events here:
http://www.freedomtoread.ca/events/

Venue:  Locations across Canada
Website:  
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Publishers & Publishing
Feb 22/2016
Humboldt, SK
Freedom to Read at Your Library welcomes Gail Bowen
Author Gail Bowen, of the Joanne Kilbourn murder mysteries, will be discussing Banned Books as well as reading from her work.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Humboldt - Reid-Thompson Public Library Wapiti
Location:  705 Main Street, Humboldt, SK
Website:  
For information contact:  Reid-Thompson Public Library
Phone:  306-682-2034
Categories:   Education; Information, Libraries, Research; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Feb 22/2016
Scranton, PA
Rally For Clean Water - Federal Fracking Case
Dimock PA families with water contamination from hydraulic fracturing will finally have their day in court against Cabot Oil & Gas. The federal jury trial will begin on February 22, 2016 in the Scranton Federal Courthouse and will be the highest-profile court case related to shale gas development in history.

We will hold a large rally and press conference at high noon at the courthouse square in Scranton, PA. If you would like to attend the hearing, please plan to arrive no later than 9 am.

Housing with guest beds and floor sleeping is available upon request.

If the Dimock case is successful, we will finally have some closure and fair compensation. At the very least, the trial phase will expose information about Cabot's operations that have deprived Dimock families of their basic rights, such as clean drinking water.

Time:  12 to 4 pm
Venue:  Courthouse Square
Location:  Scranton, PA
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care; Government & Public Sector
Feb 22/2016
Pictou, NS
Seniors Cafe presents "Challenged Books and Why They're Challenged"
Join the Pictou Library for their Seniors Cafe - a program where a variety of speakers talk on fun subjects. This month, in honour of Freedom to Read Week, join us as we talk about challenged books and why they were considered 'banned.' All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served!

Time:  10:00am - 11:30am
Venue:  Pictou Public Library
Location:  40 Water Street, Pictou, NS
Website:  
Phone:  (902) 485-5021.
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; Information, Libraries, Research
Feb 22/2016
HAMILTON, ON
Upwind Downwind Conference 2016: Air Quality, Climate Change and the Anthropocene
The 2016 conference will explore topics such as climate change and health impacts, the regional and local economic impacts of climate action, innovative and citizen focussed forms of local air monitoring, airshed modelling of cities, and local sustainable forms of transportation.
There are two plenary streams in the afternoon - one focussed on innovative actions on improving air quality management in Hamilton and outcomes, the second is focussed on transboundary and regional actions including modelling for airshed management and the economic impacts of local climate actions.
Registration is now open and details can be found at: http://www.cleanair.hamilton.ca/default.asp?id=45
To register visit http://upwinddownwindconference2016.eventbrite.ca
For more information: Website: http://www.cleanair.hamilton.ca

Time:  8am to 4pm
Venue:  Sheraton hotel
Location:  116 KING STREET WEST, HAMILTON, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  cleanair@hamilton.ca
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Economic Development
Feb 22/2016
to Feb 27/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Freedom to Read: Mugshot Wall
Get a photo taken reading a banned or challenged book for our mugshot wall.
West End Library - check in at Information desk

Time:  Mon. Feb 22: 10 am - 5 pm Tues. Feb 23 - Thur. Feb 25: 1 pm - 8:30 pm Fri. Feb 26: 10 am - 6 pm Sat.
Venue:  West End Branch:
Location:  999 Sargent Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Website:  
For information contact:  West End Branch:
Phone:  204-986-4677
Categories:   Education; Information, Libraries, Research; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 23/2016
Vancouver, BC
African refugees: Highlighting a forgotten and excluded people
The refugee crisis continues to unfold. Tens of thousands of people are crossing the Mediterranean, or reaching Europe by land in the Middle East. We've seen the images of people drowning in the sea, dying of dehydration in the desert, held in immigration detention in Libya and tortured for ransom.

This isn't a new crisis, of course, but it's taken a firmer place in the public consciousness in recent months. And this has led to some encouraging acts of solidarity from community groups and, in limited forms, by governments themselves. While many states are certainly closing their doors, erecting borders, and creating conditions which force people to take such dangerous routes in the the first place, many communities and individuals have shown solidarity. People are opening their doors, donating money, and pushing their governments to accept refugees.

But we've also noticed something missing. At some point, the refugee crisis highlighted some groups of people and erased Africans.

What tangible effect does this have on refugees from countries like Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Burundi? How should we respond as communities in solidarity with all refugees?

This will be a roundtable event where speakers from various backgrounds will explore the different aspects of this crisis with a focus on African refugees.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
Location:  580 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
Website:  
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Policy
Feb 23/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Freedom to Read: Blackout Poetry
Use censorship techniques to uncover 'hidden' poetry, and use our button maker to make your poetry portable. Drop-In event.

Time:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue:  Charleswood Library
Location:  6-4910 Roblin Blvd., Winnipeg, MB
Website:  
Phone:  204-986-3072
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 23/2016
Ottawa, ON
The Ottawa Zine Off!
Make a zine by the day of the event, bring a bunch of copies (15-25) to swap with other makers, eat sandwiches, meet rad people. You can totally come see what's up if you don't make a zine... but wouldn't be cool if you did?

Time:  7:00 - 10:30 PM
Venue:  Pressed
Location:  750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Feb 23/2016
to Feb 27/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Freedom to Read: Dangerous Tales
Tuesday, February 23 and Saturday, February 27: Reconnect with the experience of being read aloud to - and your childhood sense of rebellion. This special story time for grown-ups features a selection of banned and challenged books, because nobody tells you what you're allowed to read!

LOCATION
Winnipeg Public Library

Millennium Library
TD New & Noted Room
251 Donald Street
Feb 23, 12 pm-1 pm

Westwood Library
66 Allard Avenue
Feb 27, 2 pm

ADMISSION
Free

Time:  Feb 23, 12 pm-1 pm Feb 27, 2 pm
Venue:  Winnipeg Public Libraries
Location:  251 Donald Street/ 66 Allard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
For information contact:  Millennium Branch: /Westwood Branch
Phone:  204-986-6450 / 204-986-4742
Categories:   Education; Information, Libraries, Research; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Feb 24/2016
Regina, SK
Freedom to Read Week: Banned Books Cafe 3
In honour of Freedom to Read Week (February 21-27), M.C. Gail Bowen presents a series of readings from books that have been challenged in Canada. Readers include RPL Writer in Residence Nilofar Shidmehr; Ashley Martin, Leader-Post; Merelda Fiddler, CBC and Randy Lundy, Campion College. Refreshments will be served; everyone welcome. This program takes place in the RPL Film Theatre. Registration required.

Time:  7:00-8:30 pm
Venue:  Central Library
Location:  2311-12th Avenue, Regina, SK
For information contact:  ya@reginalibrary.ca
Categories:   Education; Information, Libraries, Research; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 24/2016
Nelson, BC
Nelson: Climate Teach-In
Local experts will discuss how Canada can reach climate targets. There will be an advocacy action to tell Canadian leaders what you think!

Time:  7 p.m
Venue:  Nelson United Church
Location:  602 Silica Street, Nelson, BC
Website:  
For information contact:  The Council of Canadians
Phone:  613-233-2773
Categories:   Environment; Government & Public Sector; Nature & Outdoors
Feb 24/2016
Toronto, ON
PEN Canada presents Embattled Truths: Reporting on Gaza
PEN Canada presents acclaimed US journalist Max Blumenthal, author of The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, on the challenges of sifting truth from propaganda when reporting on conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Searching for truth within the fog of war is particularly consequential in dispatches from Israel's occupied territories. Depending on where we get our news, Gaza is either a terrorist haven and a legitimate military target, or a zone of unjustified violence against a captive civilian population.

Presented in partnership with Another Story Bookshop and Independent Jewish Voices in honour of Freedom to Read Week.

Time:  7 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue:  Toronto Reference Library - Atrium
Location:  789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  Reference Library - Atrium
Phone:  416-395-5577
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Military
Feb 24/2016
Edmonton, AB
Story Slam - Sex, Violence, Magic and Politics
Story Slam - Sex, Violence, Magic and Politics will be a story slam evening hosted by Edmonton Public Library in collaboration with the Edmonton Story Slam Society at the Mercury Room on Wednesday, February 24th.

Compete with local amateur storytellers to tell 5-minute personal stories on the theme of books, movies, music or games with controversial themes (sex, violence, religion and/or politics) and the impact they've had on the storyteller's life. The stories will be judged by audience members and the best story will win a hat full of donations from the audience and 2 seats to Sir Salman Rushdie: Freedom of Expression on February 25th.

What to expect: great atmosphere, excellent beverages and tasty finger foods. Minors are permitted (language and content warning).

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  The Mercury Room
Location:  10575 114 Street, Edmonton, AB
Website:  
Phone:  780-496-7000
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 24/2016
to Feb 25/2016
Ottawa, ON
Freedom to Read: Readings
MacOdrum Library will be hosting two sets of readings from banned and challenged materials. The readings will take place February 24 and 25, from noon-1 pm in the main reading room of the library on the second level.

Time:  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue:  MacOdrum Library - Main Reading Room
Location:  1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Amanda Goth
Phone:  613-520-2600 ext 2727
Categories:   Education; Information, Libraries, Research; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 25/2016
Edmonton, AB
Forward Thinking Speaker Series presents Salman Rushdie
To celebrate Freedom to Read Week, the Edmonton Public Library will welcome Sir Salman Rushdie as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series. Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time. A brilliant provocateur, he's penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers and received a Queen's Knighthood for his service to literature.

In line with EPL's new approach to ticketing, seats will go on sale on Eventbrite at 10 am on Wednesday, January 20th with all proceeds going to support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.

Time:  7 pm (Doors open at 6)
Venue:  Chateau Lacombe Hotel
Location:  10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton, AB
Website:  
For information contact:  events@epl.ca
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; Education; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Feb 25/2016
Antigonish, NS
fREADom read-on
fREADom read-on in the Angus L. Macdonald Library to honour, assert and celebrate our freedom to read, write and speak. Individuals from across campus read from books that have been challenged, banned or burnt. Everyone welcome.

Time:  12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Venue:  Angus L. Macdonald Library
Location:  St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS
For information contact:  Rita Campbell
Phone:  902-867-5218
Categories:   Education; Information, Libraries, Research; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Feb 25/2016
Ottawa, ON
Freedom to Read Panel Discussion
As part of the Library's Freedom to Read week celebration in February, the MacOdrum Library is pleased to host a panel discussion on issues involving freedom of expression, censorship, and banned/challenged books. Moderated by Susan Harada, Associate Director of the School of Journalism and Communications, this event will encourage a collegial conversation on these topics. Panelists for this event will include: Andrew Potter, Editor of the Ottawa Citizen; Monique Désormeaux, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Public Library; Kathy Clark, Ottawa-area Children's Author; and Hossein Raeesi, visiting scholar as part of the Scholars at Risk network.

Time:  1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Venue:  MacOdrum Library, room 252
Location:  1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Amanda Goth
Phone:  613-520-2600 ext 2727
Categories:   Education; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 25/2016
Truro, NS
Freeing the Books
Four local personalities/authors/business owner will read from banned books they have chosen. And local guitarist Gab Duguay will provide the music.

Time:  6:30 - 8:00 pm
Venue:  Noveltea Bookstore Cafe
Location:  3 Pleasant Street (also an entrance around the corner on Prince Street), Truro, NS
For information contact:  Chad Norman
Phone:  902-843-2752
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 25/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Maude Barlow speaking at water symposium
Maude Barlow will be a keynote speaker at the University of Manitoba WATER + Symposium

This event is open to the public for the cost of $10 per person payable at the door. Full conference registration includes access to this event.

Time:  4:00 pm
Venue:  JA Russell Building
Location:  66 Chancellors Circle, Winnipeg, MB
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Education; Information, Libraries, Research
Feb 25/2016
San Francisco, CA
Nicholas Opiyo
February's event features a discussion with Nicholas Opiyo, human rights lawyer and founder of Chapter Four Uganda. Opiyo has worked tirelessly to defend human rights and civil liberties in Uganda. He was a key leader in advocating for Uganda's law criminalizing torture, and has successfully argued several high-level constitutional challenges, including the fight to successfully repeal the Anti-Homosexuality Act. Complimentary snacks will be served and there will be a cash bar. Event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed. All proceeds will benefit CJA & HRW. Space is limited.

Time:  6:30pm
Venue:  Slack
Location:  155 Fifth Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA
Website:  
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 25/2016
Vancouver, BC
Real Vancouver Writers' Series Sixth Anniversary Showcase
Real Vancouver Writers' Series returns in 2016 with our annual anniversary showcase, coinciding with Freedom to Read Week. We're happy to partner with this great organization to reaffirm our commitment to making terrible jokes and slurry proclamations, or, um, intellectual freedom, as it is guaranteed to all Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We take our jokes seriously and we hope you won't laugh.

The stellar line-up includes:
* Chelene Knight, author of Braided Skin, Mother Tongue Publishing
* Billeh Nickerson, author of Artificial Cherry, Arsenal Pulp Press
* Rahat Kurd, author of Cosmophilia, Talon Books
* Annelyse Gelman, author of Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone, published independently
* Beni Xiao, author of poems and things as yet uncollected and released upon the world
* Billie Livingston, author of The Crooked Heart of Mercy, published by Penguin Random House of Canada

So take that cold and indifferent grip of winter!

And there's always books and beer.

Time:  7 pm PST
Venue:  Chinatown's The Playground
Location:  434 Columbia Street, Vancouver, BC
For information contact:  Sean Cranberry
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Publishers & Publishing
Feb 25/2016
Moose Jaw, SK
Think Free: Intellectual Freedom Matters
Did you know that every day you are exercising a guaranteed right? Pick up a book, open your browser, write a blog post and you are exercising your intellectual freedom. But, what does it mean to have free expression? What is the difference between hate speech and voicing an opinion? Join our panel of experts and explore the idea of intellectual freedom and why it matters.

Moderated by Ted Dyck, Chair of the Festival of Words
Panelists:
Rolli, Cartoonist for The Wall Street Journal, The Walrus and more
Claire Kreuger, Prairie South School Division
Scott Hellings, Moose Jaw Express
Nick Murray, OMJ

With the support of SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Library Association

Time:  7 pm
Venue:  Moose Jaw Public Library
Location:  461 Langdon Crescent, Moose Jaw, SK
For information contact:  Gwen Fisher
Phone:  306-692-2787
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 25/2016
Toronto, ON
Virginia Woolf and the Importance of ‘A Room of One’s Own’
Local author Janice Kulyk Keefer (The Ladies' Lending Library) will speak about the importance of free and equitable access to libraries, specifically pertaining to essayist, critic and novelist Virginia Woolf and A Room of One's Own.

Part of the Toronto Public Library's Freedom to Read Week series.

Time:  7 pm - 8 pm
Venue:  Toronto Public Library High Park Branch
Location:  228 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  High Park Branch
Phone:  416-393-7671
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 26/2016
St. Albert, AB
Banned Books Beat Club
Celebrate our Freedom to Read with our 2nd annual After-Hours Banned Books Club! Listen to readings from censored works, enjoy some devilishly good music, and take part in the discussion. Ages 15 and up.

Time:  7 pm
Venue:  St. Albert Public Library
Location:  5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert, AB
Website:  
Phone:  780-459-1682
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Publishers & Publishing; Information, Libraries, Research
Feb 26/2016
Kingston, ON
Freedom to Read-A-Thon
Celebrate Freedom to Read Week by reading aloud from a banned or challenged book at the Library. Join our conversation about intellectual freedom and censorship. DROP-IN

Time:  10 am - 4 pm
Venue:  Kingston Frontenac Public Library
Location:  130 Johnson Street, Kingston, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Liz Coates
Phone:  613-549-8888 x1430
Categories:   Education; Information, Libraries, Research; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 26/2016
Lethbridge, AB
Naughty Bits Reader's Theatre
What better way to wrap up Freedom to Read Week than by reading racy, violent, and banned books? Come down to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on February 26 at 8:00 PM and read a naughty bits section from a book selected by LPL staff, or just cheer on friends and strangers as they do the same.

Venue:  Owl Acoustic Lounge
Location:  411 3rd Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB
Website:  
For information contact:  Paige McGeorge
Phone:  403-320-4710
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Feb 26/2016
Lethbridge, AB
Naughty Bits Reader’s Theatre
What better way to wrap up Freedom to Read Week than by reading racy, violent, and banned books? Come down to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on February 26 at 8:00 PM and read a naughty bits section from a book selected by LPL staff, or just cheer on friends and strangers as they do the same.

Time:  8:00 pm
Venue:  Owl Acoustic Lounge
Location:  411 3rd Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB
Website:  
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Information, Libraries, Research; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 26/2016
Burnaby, BC
Why Good Intentions Often Do Not Lead to Action -- and Seven Ways to Fix This
Please join us for a Department of Psychology Colloquium with Dr. Robert Gifford from the University of Victoria:

The Dragons of Inaction:
Why Good Intentions Often Do Not Lead to Action -- and Seven Ways to Fix This

Dr. Robert Gifford, University of Victoria
Professor, Psychology
Professor, School of Environmental Studies
Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in the Human Dimensions of Climate Change

The Dragons of Inaction:
Why Good Intentions Often Do Not Lead to Action--and Seven Ways to Fix This

If almost everyone agrees that, collectively, we humans are modifying the global environment in many undesirable ways, and most of us have the best of intentions about being or becoming better environmental citizens, why are we not doing more to change our ways? In this talk, I describe 33 or so reasons, justifications, excuses, psychological barriers, or dragons of inaction (choose your term) for this, as detailed in my 2011 American Psychologist article (which, back then, listed only 29 dragons). Not to be too negative, being a dispositional optimist, I offer 7 feasible solutions to this problem, which Barack Obama and others have called "the issue that will define the contours of this century more than any other."

RSVP to: psycsecr (at) sfu.ca

Time:  2:30 pm
Venue:  SFU Burnaby Campus
Location:  Halpern Centre 126, Burnaby, BC
Website:  
For information contact:  Ellen Kurz E-mail: psycsecr (at) sfu.ca
Categories:   Education; Government & Public Sector; Environment
Feb 27/2016
Toronto, ON
Beit Zatoun's Annual Open House & Rent Party
Beit Zatoun's Annual Open House & Rent Party
Flavours and Sounds of Beit Zatoun

featuring
* Sacra Terra - medieval vocal music
Maryem Tollar, Shameema Soni, Alejandra Nunez and Andrea Kuzmich
* Near East Ensemble - inspired Middle East music; ragas and maqam
Ernie Tollar, Demetri Petsalakis, and subbing for Ravi Naimpally - Naghmeh Farahmand; with guest Waleed Abdulhamid
* Persian Duo - percussion and Persian setar
Naghmeh Farahmand and Pejman Zahedian
~Doula - sufi devotional love songs
Roula Said, Maryem Tollar and Naghmeh Farahmand

Beit Zatoun's annual open house / anniversary / fundraising concert has become a party and music highlight of the year. Join the Beit Zatoun community for an evening of Middle Eastern sounds and flavours to go along with sharing and warm friendships.

For its 7th and final year in Mirvish Village, the story of Beit Zatoun continues thanks to ever-increasing circle of friends, guests and inspiration. Together we are creating a uniquely interesting and relevant space where ideas, culture and activism converge.

* Flavours at 6:30 pm
Refreshments, savories and desserts.

* Sounds at 7:30 pm
Amazing performances from very generous friends of Beit Zatoun who have donated their time and talent to create this exciting evening.

This is the major fundraising event to help Beit Zatoun become financially self-sustaining. We need to pay the rent for this warm, beautiful and central place which has become home for so much sharing, learning and solidarity.

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; International
Feb 27/2016
Edmonton, AB
Movie Event: Jafar Panahi’s Taxi
When you are a filmmaker and you are not allowed to direct movies any more, you have to re-train. So why not become a taxi driver? Or better, why not pretend you are a taxi driver and make a movie about social challenges in Iran? This is what Jafar Panahi has done. Now he invites you to get into his cab to ride through the streets of Tehran and discover its people in the persons of his various passengers.

Time:  3:30 pm
Venue:  Edmonton Public Library
Location:  145 Whitemud Crossing Shopping Centre, Edmonton, AB
Website:  
Phone:  (780) 496-1822
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 27/2016
Charlottetown, PE
Transcending Racism & Discrimination
Transcending Racism & Discrimination

Saturday, February 27, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (storm date February 28)
Room 207, Murphy's Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown

Workshop presenters:
* Judy Clark, Aboriginal Women's Association of PEI
* Zain Esseghair, Muslim Society of PEI
* Donisha Been, Dante Bazard and Keyshawn Bonamy
* Moderated by Josie Baker, Cooper Institute

Presented by the Council of Canadians PEI Chapter and the Black Cultural Society of PEI

Time:  2:00 - 4:00 p.m
Venue:  Murphy's Community Centre Room 207
Location:  200 Richmond St, Charlottetown, PE
Phone:  902-368-7337
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 28/2016
Toronto, ON
The Underdog Poets Academy: Banned Books Open Mic
Join us for our Freedom to Read edition of the Underdog Poets Academy! We're hosting our annual FTR Week event, our Banned Books Open Mic: bring a copy of your favourite banned or challenged book and share a passage with us. All genres welcome. (Original work is welcome, too, provided you also share from a published, challenged work.) We will also have some banned/challenged books available for you to read from, too! No public speaking experience necessary!

Time:  7:30pm
Venue:  The Central
Location:  603 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Maddy Curry
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Mar 1/2016
Toronto, ON
Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights Workshop: A Toolkit for Change
This interactive workshop will introduce you to Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), a powerful toolkit for environmental change. Whether your issues are wildlife or water taking permits, alvars or air quality, greenhouse gases or gravel pits, you want to ensure you have the full range of tools at your disposal. The EBR is designed to boost public engagement with Ontario's environmental laws and policies.

This is your chance to ask questions and learn about:
- The Environmental Registry
- How to bring your environmental concerns to the government's attention
- Other EBR rights
- Reports of the Environmental Commissioner (ECO)

Time:  1:00 - 4:00 pm
Venue:  Centre for Social Innovation Spadina
Location:  215 Spadina Ave, suite 120, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Paul Bubelis
Phone:  416-324-2792
Categories:   Environment; Politics & Political Organizations
Mar 1/2016
Zero Discrimination Day
Discrimination continues to affect the lives of millions of people around the world. On 1 March, Zero Discrimination Day, people from all corners of the world will unite under the theme of Open Up, Reach Out in order to celebrate diversity and reject discrimination in all its forms.The support garnered for Zero Discrimination Day has created a global movement of solidarity to end discrimination, which remains widespread. “Discrimination is a violation of human rights and must not go unchallenged,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Everyone has the right to live with respect and dignity.”

Website:  
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 2/2016
to Mar 4/2016
Vancouver, BC
GLOBE 2016 - Business Innovation for the Planet
No other Forum in the world offers such a powerful gathering of business, government, NGOs, global agencies, technology developers, academia, communicators and more - all geared towards the long-term prosperity inherent in a low carbon economy. GLOBE 2016 marks the 14th event in this world-renowned Series. Join us in Vancouver, and take away a plethora of ideas, new connections, and tools to take your business to the next level.

Venue:  Vancouver Convention Centre
Location:  999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Website:  
For information contact:  info@globeseries.com
Categories:   Business & Economics; Environment; Economic Development
Mar 3/2016
World Wildlife Day
On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora. The date is the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, which plays an important role in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species' survival.
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

Website:  
Categories:   International; Animals & Pets; Education
Mar 5/2016
Toronto, ON
Park Summit 2016
Join us at Canada's largest gathering of park leaders and champions, planning and design professionals and city builders. At Park People Park Summit, be inspired by innovative approaches and proven practices to address social, economic and environmental issues through the power of parks.

Keynote speaker David Escobar Arango will speak about the creation of Library Parks in his home city of Medellin Columbia. Will also feature Community Showcase featuring Winter Stations, the Green Line and For Youth Initiative.

Summit will end with tour of Regent Park and reception.

Venue:  Daniels Spectrum
Location:  585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Jodi Lastman
Phone:  416 583 5776
Categories:   Economic Development; Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Mar 5/2016
to Mar 6/2016
Washington
2016 Summit On Saudi Arabia
CODEPINK, along with The Nation Magazine, Institute for Policy Studies, Peace Action, and many other organizations (see below), is hosting a two-day summit examining the policies and practices of Saudi Arabia and U.S.-Saudi ties.
This Summit will address issues such as human rights; Saudi internal and foreign policy; and the prospects for change inside the kingdom and in U.S.-Saudi relations.

Human rights advocates, diplomats, scholars, authors, and grassroots activists will come together in this first-of-its-kind international summit examining the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Venue:  The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Location:  4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
Website:  
For information contact:  andrea@codepink.org
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 8/2016
International Women's Day
International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.
1909 The first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
1975 During International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March.

Website:  
Categories:   International; Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 10/2016
Menomonie, WI
Wisconsin: Maude Barlow speaking at Red Cedar Watershed Conference
Land, Water and People Coming Together, 5th Annual Red Cedar Watershed Conference
Maude Barlow will be the closing keynote 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and Senior Advisor on Water to the United Nations. She also chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and is a Councilor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.
Maude is also the star of several documentaries about water. She is also the best selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the recently released Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

Time:  8:30
Venue:  Memorial Student Center
Location:  University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Farming; Nature & Outdoors
Mar 16/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg: Energy East Town Hall
TransCanada's Energy East project would convert an existing natural gas pipeline - parts of which are up to 40-years old - to ship 1.1 million barrels of oil every day through the Prairies to export port in New Brunswick. Join us for a follow up discussion about why TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline is all risk and little reward.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Fort Garry Hotel
Location:  222 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Building & Construction; Economic Development
Mar 17/2016
Toronto, ON
OCAP Speaking Series #2: Policing
Speakers: Lesley Wood and Kelly Pflug-Back
- Why do the cops target poor communities and communities of colour?
- Do your rights matter?
- What are police strategies and tactics in criminalizing dissent?

Time:  6 pm
Venue:  St. Luke's United Church
Location:  353 Sherbourne St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Law Enforcement & Corrections; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 17/2016
to Mar 20/2016
Windsor, MA to Northfield, MA
2016 Taking Steps To A Renewable Future
The 4-day, 53-mile intergenerational walk will follow roads near the proposed route of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, from one proposed compressor station location in Windsor to a proposed compressor station in Northfield. Food and lodging will be provided. There will be evening events for the walkers and general public.

DAY 1, March 17 - WINDSOR TO ASHFIELD: The walk will kickoff in Windsor. We will congregate at an indoor location to be determined. We will end the day in Ashfield where we will have an evening event for walkers and the general public.

DAY 2, March 18 - ASHFIELD TO SHELBURNE FALLS: Day two will end in Shelburne Falls. In the evening will be a public performance from Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.

DAY 3, March 19 - SHELBURNE FALLS TO TURNERS FALLS: Day three will end in Turners Falls. There will be an evening event open to the public.

DAY 4, March 20 - TURNERS FALLS, MILLERS FALLS TO NORTHFIELD: Day four will end in Northfield with a celebration and public event.

Time:  A 4-day walk.
Location:  Windsor, MA to Northfield, MA
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Mar 18/2016
Cobourg, ON
Factured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor.His mother isin a seniorposition in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

(admission $8)

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Cobourg Public Library
Location:  Cobourg, ON
Categories:   Native Peoples; Environment; Mining & Petroleum
Mar 18/2016
Northumberland County, ON
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation's great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor.His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Cobourg Public Library
Location:  Northumberland County, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 18/2016
Washington DC USA
Israel's Influence: Good or Bad?
"Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?" is the theme of a daylong conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on March 18, 2016.

Expert panelists and keynote speakers will analyze the enormous impact Israel’s influence has on Congress, establishment media, academia and other major institutions. They will explore the costs and benefits in terms of foreign aid and covert intelligence, foreign policy, America’s regional and global standing, and unbiased news reporting.

American taxpayers provide Israel with more than $3.1 billion annually in military aid. Since 1948 Israel has received far more than any other country, despite polls showing that most Americans oppose such aid. Israel and its U.S. supporters are now lobbying for a $1 billion increase -- to $4.5 billion yearly -- as “compensation” for the recently concluded nuclear deal with Iran, despite Israel and its lobby’s overt attempts to prevent it. What Israeli assumptions about America drive this?

The lobby in charge of moving America is vast and powerful. It will raise and spend another estimated $4.1 billion in 2016 charitable contributions to indirectly subsidize Israeli institutions such as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), finance U.S. Israel advocacy, lobby local, state and federal officials, and support Israel-centric “education” programs. Some of this “education” supports pro-Israel programs in schools, colleges and universities. It also covers training federal and local law enforcement officials to focus on American Muslim and Arab communities as potential terrorist and “violent extremist” threats.

Time:  8 am - 5 pm
Venue:  National Press Club
Location:  529 14th St. NW, Washington DC USA
Website:  
Categories:   International; Government & Public Sector
Mar 19/2016
Toronto, ON
Anti-War Picket: Stop the War
March 19, 2016 is the 13th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq which devastated the country and helped lay the foundation for the crisis that we see in the region today.
Groups around the world have called for demonstrations to say no to war and no to racism.
In Toronto we will be meeting at the office of Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland to call for all Canadian troops to be brought home. We need to stand up against this endless war.

Time:  1 PM
Venue:  Office of Chrystia Freeland
Location:  344 Bloor St. W. (near Spadina station), Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Military; Government & Public Sector
Mar 19/2016
Victoria, BC
Jane Goodall: Sewing the Seeds of Hope
At this fund-raising event, Dr. Goodall will provide insight into the person behind the globe-trotting international icon: a UN Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire, and the subject of countless articles and television programs around the world. She will also discuss the current threats facing the planet and her reasons for hope in these complex times, encouraging everyone in the audience to do their part to make a positive difference each and every day. Dr. Goodall will also share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues her pioneering research and celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2012. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the Institute's global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  McPherson Playhouse
Location:  3 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC
Website:  
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Mar 20/2016
Washington, DC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation's great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  2:00 pm
Venue:  National Museum of the American Indian
Location:  Independence Ave SW & 4th St SW, Washington, DC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 20/2016
Mabou, NS
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation's great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  2:00 pm
Venue:  St. Joseph Renewal Centre
Location:  32 MacDonald Rd., Mabou, NS
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 20/2016
Powell River, BC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation's great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  2:00 pm
Venue:  The Patricia Theatre
Location:  5848 Ash Ave, Powell River, BC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 20/2016
Duncan, BC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation's great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  2:00 pm
Venue:  Duncan United Church Hall
Location:  246 Ingram St., Duncan, BC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 20/2016
Richmond, BC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation's great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  2:30 pm
Venue:  Richmond City Centre Community Centre
Location:  5900 Minoru Blvd. #105, Richmond, BC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 20/2016
Toronto, ON
Help Save Hydro
Top 3 reasons privatizing hydro is a bad idea:

* Hydro rates will keep on skyrocketing: They've tripled since the Tories partially privatized Hydro in 2002. They'll go up even more if the Liberals privatize it even more.
* We'll lose thousands of businesses: The Ontario Chamber of Commerce says if hydro rates keep rising, 20,000 businesses will go bankrupt or move to places with cheaper hydro (almost any other province or state in North America).
* It will mean cuts to schools and hospital: As a public entity, we get Hydro One's profits -- $780 million last year alone -- which fund public services. Privatized, that money will
go to wealthy Bay Street investors.

Time:  4 PM
Venue:  Don Montgomery Community Rec Centre
Location:  2467 Eglinton Ave. East, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; Government & Public Sector; Social Services
Mar 20/2016
International Day of Happiness
The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281 document of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.
The United Nations invites Member States, international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

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Categories:   International; Health/Health Care
Mar 21/2016
Toronto, ON
David Barsamian speaking about Ecocide: War on the Planet
David will be speaking about Ecocide: War on the Planet followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Time:  12 pm
Venue:  Hart House
Location:  Toronto, ON
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For information contact:  n/a
Categories:   Environment
Mar 21/2016
Montreal, QC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Concordia University
Location:  1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room H-110, Montreal, QC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 21/2016
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)).

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Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Policy
Mar 21/2016
International Day of Forests
The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/67/200 on 21 December 2012, which declared that 21 March of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests.
The International Day of Forests is held annually on 21 March to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people.The International Day provides a platform to communicate the vital role forests play in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security.Sustainable management of all types of forests are at the heart of unlocking challenges of conflict-affected, developing and developed countries, for the benefit of current and future generations.

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Categories:   International; Forestry, Lumber, Paper; Environment
Mar 21/2016
Vancouver, BC
Jane Goodall at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Only 100 tickets are available for an intimate evening and talk with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall. Dr. Goodall first set foot in the forests of Tanzania in 1960, armed with little more than a notepad, a pair of binoculars and a dream of living in Africa and observing wildlife. From the moment she witnessed a chimpanzee make a tool to the moment she decided to leave the park in order to save the chimpanzees she cared for, Dr. Goodall will describe her extraordinary scientific breakthroughs in animal behaviour and her journey to becoming one of the world's most prominent and active conservationists.Dr. Goodall's talks never fail to inspire people of all ages, from all walks of life, as she recounts her unique experiences as a young woman working alone in the rainforest and her hope for the future through her dedication to youth-led action for sustainable change.Tickets include a signed copy of 50 years at Gombe. All proceeds support the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada's conservation, humanitarian and youth engagement programs.

Venue:  VanDusen Botanical Garden
Location:  5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC
Website:  
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Education; Environment
Mar 21/2016
World Poetry Day
A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media

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Categories:   International; Performing Arts; Arts & Culture
Mar 22/2016
Milton, ON
Eco Movie Night: Divide in Concord
This is a story about an 84 year-old-woman trying to take down the third largest industry in the world. Jean Hill, a self-proclaimed warrior, leads historic Concord, Massachusetts on America’s first environmental crusade to ban the sale of bottled water.

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 pm
Venue:  Italian Canadian Club of Milton
Location:  104 Tremaine Rd, Milton, ON
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For information contact:  Heather Govender
Phone:  9054663939
Categories:   Environment
Mar 22/2016
Saint John, NB
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  6:00 pm
Venue:  Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre, UNBSJ
Location:  100 Tucker Park Rd., Saint John, NB
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 22/2016
Halifax, NS
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  6:30 pm
Venue:  The Bus Stop Theatre
Location:  2203 Gottingen St., Halifax, NS
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 22/2016
Toronto, ON
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Water Docs Film Festival Opening Night!

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall
Location:  585 Dundas St. E, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 22/2016
Vancouver, BC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

UBC presents "Confronting the Fractures" - screening and special panel discussion:

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Vancity Theatre
Location:  1181 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 22/2016
Chilliwack, BC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation's great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  7:00 pm (6:30 welcome)
Venue:  Sardis Senior Secondary School
Location:  45460 Stevenson Rd., Chilliwack, BC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 22/2016
Calgary, AB
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Unitarian Church
Location:  1703 1st NW, Calgary, AB
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 22/2016
Windsor, ON
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  University of Windsor - Room 1118 Erie Hall
Location:  Sunset Ave., Windsor, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 22/2016
Golden, BC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Jita's Cafe
Location:  1007a 11th Ave S, Golden, BC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 22/2016
Hamilton, ON
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  7:30 pm
Location:  294 James Street North, Hamilton, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 22/2016
Saint Catharines, ON
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  8:00 pm
Venue:  Niagara Artists Centre
Location:  354 St. Paul St. E, Saint Catharines, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 22/2016
World Water Day
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.
International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater.

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Categories:   International; Environment
Mar 22/2016
to Mar 26/2016
Toronto, ON
Water Docs Film Festival
A documentary film festival about all things water, Water Docs presents features and shorts, discussions with special guests and filmmakers, and opportunities to take action to protect water. Taking place at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Water Docs informs, educates and activates audiences about water and water issues. Please visit www.waterdocs.ca for more information and the upcoming event schedule. For the love of water, come join us!
Please check www.waterdocs.ca for our schedule of films and events which will be updated shortly, and for information on where and how to purchase tickets.
See you at Water Docs this March!

Venue:  Daniels Spectrum
Location:  585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Patricia
Phone:  416-302-9318
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 23/2016
Lunenburg, NS
Drilling for Oil on the Scotian Shelf evening in Lunenberg, NS
Hear from panelists:
John Davis -Clean Ocean Action Committee, Shelburne,
Nathan Blades - Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association and
Mark Butler - Policy Director, Ecology Action Centre, Halifax

All welcome. Admission is free. The evening will include a Question and Answer period

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Lunenburg Fire Hall
Location:  25 Medway Street, Lunenburg, NS
For information contact:  southshore.coc@gmail.com
Phone:  (902) 634-4057
Mar 23/2016
Yellowknife, NWT
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Northern United Place
Location:  5004 54th St., Yellowknife, NWT
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Mar 23/2016
New Orleans
Historic Action: End Drilling In The Gulf Of Mexico
Join us on March 23, 2016 as we put forward our vision for a Gulf region powered by solar and wind energy, a phase out of fossil fuels, and an immediate hiring of 1,000 workers to repair aging oil industry infrastructure. We will encircle the Superdome and call for an end to new drilling and new leases. This action will take place during the Department of the Interior's auction of 43 million acres of our beloved Gulf of Mexico.

Time:  8:00 AM
Venue:  Louisiana Super Dome
Location:  1500 sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans
Website:  
For information contact:  N/A
Categories:   Environment; Mining & Petroleum
Mar 23/2016
to Mar 24/2016
Brampton, ON
Stormwater & erosion: TRIECA 2016 Conference
TRIECA is Ontario's premier stormwater and erosion and sediment control conference bringing together some of North America's leading experts, influential leaders and distinguished research partners in one event. Together these organizations have a defining role in shaping the future direction of the stormwater and erosion and sediment control industries.

Venue:  Pearson Convention Centre
Location:  2638 Steeles Avenue East, Brampton, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Alanna Delaney/
Phone:  adelaney@ trca.on.ca
Categories:   Environment
Mar 24/2016
International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
On 21 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 March as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.
The purpose of the Day is to:Honour the memory of victims of gross and systematic human rights violations and promote the importance of the right to truth and justice;Pay tribute to those who have devoted their lives to, and lost their lives in, the struggle to promote and protect human rights for all;Recognize, in particular, the important work and values of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, of El Salvador, who was assassinated on 24 March 1980, after denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable populations and defending the principles of protecting lives, promoting human dignity and opposition to all forms of violence.

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Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 24/2016
World Tuberculosis Day
On World TB Day, 24 March, WHO is calling for new commitments and new action in the global fight against tuberculosis - one of the world's top infectious killers.
In 2013, 9 million people fell ill with TB and 1.5 million died.
Clearly, we all need to do more.

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Categories:   International; Health/Health Care; Social Services
Mar 25/2016
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.
In commemoration of the memory of the victims, the General Assembly, in its resolution 62/122 of 17 December 2007, declared 25 March the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to be observed annually.
The resolution also called for the establishment of an outreach programme to mobilize educational institutions, civil society and other organizations to inculcate in future generations the "causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice."

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Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 25/2016
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is marked each year on the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, a former journalist who was working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) when he was abducted by armed gunman in 1985. His body was finally found in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in 2009.
The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members has taken on even greater importance in recent years, as attacks against the United Nations intensify. This is a day to mobilize action, demand justice and strengthen our resolve to protect UN staff and peacekeepers, as well as our colleagues in the non-governmental community and the press.

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Categories:   International; Government & Public Sector; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 31/2016
Ottawa, ON
Free Film Screening: Oil Sands Karaoke
At 7:30 PM in the Discovery Centre (4th floor, MacOdrum Library) on March 31st come enjoy, think, and talk about OIL SANDS KARAOKE. This event is completely FREE!
Oil Sands Karaoke "follows five people working in or around the infamous oil sands of Northern Alberta as they compete in a karaoke contest held at local watering hole Bailey's Pub."
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0k8D1gwbJU
Hosted by Carleton Climate Commons in partnership with 350 Ottawa, Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op, and Carleton Cinema Politica
See you there!

Time:  7:30PM
Venue:  4th floor, MacOdrum Library, Discovery Centre
Location:  Carleton University,1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  David Mazur-Goulet - comms@orec.ca
Categories:   Environment; Education; Arts & Culture
Apr 4/2016
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
It called for continued efforts by States, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.

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Categories:   International; Social Policy; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 5/2016
Prince Albert, SK
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  6:00 pm
Venue:  John M. Cuelenaere Public Library
Location:  125 12 St E,, Prince Albert, SK
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Apr 6/2016
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
On 23 August 2013, the Sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Previously, the Fifty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2005 as the International Year for Sport and Physical Education to promote education, health, development and peace.

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Categories:   International; Education; Health/Health Care
Apr 6/2016
Toronto, ON
VOW Open House
Canadian Voice of Women moves to the Beach.
Open House - Wednesday, April 6, 2016 2-5 P.M.
579 Kingston Road, Suite 101; 416 603 7915.
Join us for refreshments.

Time:  2 P.M. - 5 P.M.
Location:  579 Kinston Road, Suite 101, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Sandra Ruch
Phone:  416716 4010
Categories:   Women
Apr 7/2016
International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
On 23 December 2003, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution (A/RES/58/234) designating 7 April, the start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. Every year, on or around that date, the United Nations organizes commemorative events at its Headquarters in New York and at United Nations offices around the world. Since the establishment of the Programme in 2005, commemorative activities have taken place in more than 20 countries.

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Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Education
Apr 7/2016
World Health Day
Goal of World Health Day 2016: Scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance
The main goals of the World Health Day 2016 campaign will be to:
Increase awareness about the rise in diabetes, and its staggering burden and consequences, in particular in low-and middle-income countries;
Trigger a set of specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle diabetes. These will include steps to prevent diabetes and diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes; and
Launch the first Global report on diabetes, which will describe the burden and consequences of diabetes and advocate for stronger health systems to ensure improved surveillance, enhanced prevention, and more effective management of diabetes.

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Categories:   International; Health/Health Care
Apr 9/2016
Ottawa, ON
'Being a Bird in North America' book signing and reading with author Robert Alvo
Author of this fantastic book, Robert Alvo , will be at our Glebe location on April 9 from 2 PM to 4 PM for a reading and signing of his new book: Being a Bird in North America.

Please join us. All are welcome!

Praise"A Terrific And Entertaining Read!"

From Larry Master, retired long-term Chief Zoologist of NatureServe

Time:  2 PM
Venue:  Octopus Books Glebe
Location:  116 Third Ave., Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Animals & Pets; Environment
Apr 11/2016
Ottawa, ON
Jane Goodall: Journey from the Jungle
Join Dr. Jane Goodall as she takes you on a journey through the forests of Gombe where her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees helped her become a household name. Dr. Goodall first set foot in the forests of Tanzania in 1960, armed with little more than a notepad, a pair of binoculars and a dream of living in Africa and observing wildlife. Dr. Goodall will share tales from the moment she witnessed a chimpanzee make a tool to the moment she decided to leave the park in order to save the chimpanzees she cared for. Dr. Goodall's talks never fail to inspire people of all ages, from all walks of life, as she offers wisdom gleaned from her scientific breakthroughs coupled with hope for the future through her dedication to youth-led action for sustainable change.

All proceeds support the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada's conservation, humanitarian and youthengagement programs.

Time:  6:30
Venue:  Shaw Centre
Location:  55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Education; Environment
Apr 11/2016
Sharon, ON
Open Sesame, The Story of Seeds (film)
Admission by donation

One of the world’s most precious resources is at risk. This timely and emotionally moving documentary illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink…but given far less attention.

In this film you will meet a diverse range of individuals whose lives center around seeds. Farmers. Renegade gardeners. Passionate seed savers. Artists. Seed activists. This film tells the story of seeds by following their challenges and triumphs as they work to save this precious resource.

Time:  Doors open 7:00 pm, film starts 7:30 pm
Venue:  Sharon Hope United Church
Location:  18648 Leslie Street, Sharon, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Cathy Nesbitt - cathy@cathyscomposters.com
Phone:  1-888-775-9495
Categories:   Environment; Farming; Environment
Apr 12/2016
Toronto, ON
Jane Goodall: Journey from the Jungle
Join Dr. Jane Goodall as she takes you on a journey through the forests of Gombe where her ground breaking research on chimpanzees helped her become a household name.

Dr. Goodall first set foot in the forests of Tanzania in 1960, armed with little more than a notepad, a pair of binoculars and a dream of living in Africa and observing wildlife. Dr. Goodall will share tales from the moment she witnessed a chimpanzee make a tool to the moment she decided to leave the park in order to save the chimpanzees she cared for.

Dr. Goodall's talks never fail to inspire people of all ages, from all walks of life, as she offers wisdom gleaned from her scientific breakthroughs coupled with hope for the future through her dedication to youth-led action for sustainable change.

All proceeds support the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada's conservation, humanitarian and youth engagement programs.

Time:  8:00 pm
Venue:  Sony Centre
Location:  1 Front Street East, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Education; Environment
Apr 14/2016
to Apr 18/2016
Washington, DC
SOA Watch Spring Days Of Action
As you probably already know, SOA Watch is heading to Nogales, Arizona/Sonora this October for our first Border Mobilization. We are very excited to be making preparations for this major mobilization to the U.S./Mexico border, but before that, we also want you to come build community and speak truth to power with us in Washington, DC for the Spring Days of Action from April 14-18.

Join us this Spring for protest, music, grassroots lobbying, and to welcome the Peace, Life, and Justice Caravan when it arrives in Washington DC after traveling through Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and the U.S./Mexico border to raise awareness of the immense harm caused by the endless Drug War.

Click here to Register & Join us in DC April 14th - 18th, 2016: http://docs.google.com/forms/d/1px3obkO4A02aqMYPf5two57DUSkzr6YSvUchzHGgRgE/viewform

Time:  Apr 14 at 6:00 PM to Apr 18 at 4:00 PM in EDT
Location:  Washington, DC
Website:  
For information contact:  arturo@soaw.org
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Apr 15/2016
Toronto, ON
Fight for $15 and Fairness Day of Action
Mark your calendars for the day of action that will send the Ontario Government a clear message! Since March 2015, the Ministry of Labour has been reviewing the laws that govern our workplaces.

We expect the recommendations to be made public this spring - so we need to mobilize in every Ontario community to make sure that we get the kind of changes that will make a real difference in our workplaces. Will the recommendations include at least 7 paid sick days? Will we get protection against contract flipping? Access to unions? Better working conditions at temp agencies? Fair scheduling? Proper enforcement and respect at work?

Time:  12 noon
Venue:  Ministry of Labour
Location:  400 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions
Apr 15/2016
Toronto, ON
Media Exhibit: Paddling Together
An evening of sharing Paddling Together partnership with Chapleau Cree First Nations Reserve.

Paddling Together is a partnership between three generations of George Brown College alumni and the reserve community of Fox Lake First Nations [Chapleau Cree]. This joint venture encourages an unique opportunity that captures both urban and a reserve First Peoples’ world view within an academic learning setting.; activities such as: cultural ceremonies; story telling; political information; and direct engagement with the community holistically through the teachings of the medicine wheel.

This partnership encourages participation in both the reconciliation and the healing process for both First Peoples’ and non-First Peoples’. Through this project the truth of Canada’s [Kanata’s] history is identified to reveal the invisible and misunderstood First Peoples’ experiences. This is a three-year project that is the pivotal point to collectively continue discussion about long term sustainable relationships that creates partnerships for all peoples, together in the 8th Fire Prophesy in taking care of Mother Earth and each other.

Time:  6 pm-8 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Native Peoples; Religious
Apr 15/2016
Toronto, ON
Solidarity Action: Against the Coup + Violence in Brazil
Join us in front of the Consulate General of Brazil for a Continental Day of Mobilization Against the Coup in Brazil called by ALBA Movimientos in solidarity with popular movements throughout Brazil.

On April 15, popular movements throughout Brazil will hold a national strike in protest against the right-wing agenda to forcefully impeach democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff which amounts to a veritable coup d'etat

Time:  12 noon
Venue:  Brazil Consulate
Location:  77 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 16/2016
Toronto, ON
Leaflet: Keep Hydro Public
On April 16th, the Keep Hydro Public campaign will be leafleting in MPP Arthur Potts (Beaches-East York) riding asking him to put the brakes on hydro privatization.

Time:  10 am
Venue:  Baron Byng Legion Hall
Location:  243 Coxwell Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Minerva Hui
Phone:  647-466-0112
Categories:   Education; Social Policy; Government & Public Sector
Apr 19/2016
Toronto, ON
Challenging the TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade and corporate rights deal among 12 Pacific Rim countries, including Canada. Signed on February 4, 2016, member nations now have 2 years to ratify this deal.

Very little of the TPP involves trade. Most of it encompasses issues as diverse as how a government regulates corporate activity, what Crown corporations can and cannot do, how long pharmaceutical patents or copyright terms should be, how the Internet is governed, the sharing of personal information across borders, banking & taxation rules, and when a company or investor should be compensated when environmental or public health policies interfere with profits.

Join us on April 19 to discuss the nature and negative impacts of this mega trade deal agreement. Become engaged in challenging the TPP.

Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Raul Burbano
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Tourism & Hospitality Industry; Social Policy
Apr 20/2016
London, ON
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  6:30 pm
Venue:  Mary Campbell Co-op
Location:  587 Talbot St., London, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Apr 21/2016
Vancouver, BC
6th Annual Seniors' Multicultural Festival
Enjoy an all-ages celebration of diversity with non-stop performances by multicultural seniors groups' and an international food fair at a low price.

Afterwards, join us for a dialogue connecting First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Immigrant Communities and take part in a discussion forum at 2:00PM.

Venue:  South Granville Seniors Centre
Location:  1420 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Categories:   Seniors; Arts & Culture
Apr 22/2016
Richmond, BC
Earth Day Web Conference: Climate Change & Resource Management
The Earth Day Conference 'Turning a New Leaf' will feature presentations and panel discussions on recent developments and new expectations impacting natural resource and environmental professionals.

Specific topics include climate change, federal science policy, stewardship, and collaborative resource management. Registration for a live online webcast is available for those who are unable to travel to the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in person.

For more information or to register visit:
www.cab-bc.org/college-conference-agm

Time:  9:00 AM
Venue:  Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Location:  7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
Website:  
For information contact:  Rebecca Mersereau - assistantregistrar@cab-bc.org
Phone:  2503833306
Categories:   Environment; Management
Apr 22/2016
Summerland, BC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  6:30 pm
Venue:  Summerland United Church
Location:  13204 Henry Rd., Summerland, BC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Apr 22/2016
Kelowna, BC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Okanagan College Theatre
Location:  KLO Rd., Kelowna, BC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Apr 22/2016
International Mother Earth Day
The world has been slow to respond to the emergencies posed by global warming and the damage human activities are causing the planet. In 1972, the United Nations organized the first UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm. It marked the beginning of a global awareness of the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species, and our planet.
International Mother Earth Day promotes a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature. It honors the Earth as a whole and our place within it. It does not seek to replace other events, such as Earth Day, which has been celebrated by many people around the world on 22 March since the 1970s, but rather to reinforce and reinterpret them based on the evolving challenges we face.

Website:  
Categories:   International; Environment; Education
Apr 24/2016
to Apr 30/2016
World Immunization Week [WHO]
A global collaborative drive for immunization, begun in the mid-1970s - with the establishment of the Expanded Programme on Immunization in all countries - achieved dramatic results, raising vaccination levels from as low as 5% to more than 80% in many countries by 2013. WHO estimates that today immunizations prevent between 2 and 3 million deaths annually and protect many more people from illness and disability.
Although progress has stalled in recent years, this early success demonstrates the potential of vaccines, which are increasingly being extended from children to adolescents and adults, providing protection against diseases such as influenza, meningitis and cervical and liver cancers.

Website:  
Categories:   International; Health/Health Care; Social Services
Apr 25/2016
World Malaria Day
World Malaria Day: call to close gaps in prevention and treatment to defeat malaria
WHO is calling on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Despite dramatic declines in malaria cases and deaths since 2000, more than half a million lives are still lost to this preventable disease each year.
“As we celebrate World Malaria Day on April 25, we must recognize the urgent need to expand prevention measures and quality-assured diagnostic testing and treatment to reduce the human suffering caused by malaria,” says Dr Hiroki Nakatani, WHO Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Website:  
Categories:   International; Health/Health Care; Social Services
Apr 28/2016
Toronto, ON
Ken O'Keefe: Unscripted and Uncensored
Talk by the ex-U.S. marine turned human rights activist.
Free/pwyc.

More info on his Toronto speaking events at modernknowledge.ca

Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Policy
Apr 28/2016
Toronto, ON
Should government help the news media out of its current slump?
As newsrooms close or shrink across the country, there are calls for government to subsidize the news media. Is this the proper role for government? Are there ways the government should help that do not involve cash? Does government even have the power to lean against global trends in the digital era?

This event compliments the recent report by award-winning journalist Madelaine Drohan, the Public Policy Forum 2015 Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow, Does Serious Journalism have a Future in Canada?

Join us for a debate among a panel of prominent journalists about what governments should be doing about the crisis in the media world.

Time:  3 pm - 5 pm
Venue:  Munk School of Global Affairs UOFT
Location:  1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Economic Development; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Apr 28/2016
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.
A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.

Website:  
Categories:   International; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Security
Apr 29/2016
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
The Conference of the States Parties at its Tenth Session (paragraph 23.3 of C-10/5, dated 11 November 2005) decided that a memorial Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare would be observed on 29 April each year — the date in 1997 on which the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force.
This commemoration will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons, thereby promoting the goals of peace, security, and multilateralism.

Website:  
Categories:   International; Security
Apr 29/2016
to May 1/2016
Tobermory, ON
Peoples of the Great Arc: Two Ways of Knowing
The topic for Forum 2016 is part of a series of explorations on the human history of the Bruce Peninsula and the Niagara Escarpment (the Great Arc as it extends through Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin). Field trips, workshops, presentations and speakers will focus on the human development of the area following the last ice ages until European settlement. Evidence will come from archaeological findings and First Nations traditional knowledge. Sunday morning's session will be an open community event to discuss the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Venue:  Tobermory Community Centre
Location:  7420 6 Hwy, Tobermory, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Graham Draper
Phone:  647 295 2313
Categories:   Environment; Native Peoples; Nature & Outdoors
Apr 30/2016
Toronto, ON
Terror & the Art of Resistance
"We won't allow Canada to become a place of refuge for terrorists, thugs, [and] snakeheads."

Join a discussion about art, resistance, and national security. From Bill C-51 to police carding, from the Ocean Lady to indefinite detention, we'll be talking with community advocates and lawyers about what it feels like to be the subject of state terror.

This event is part of Critical Mass Series: Conversations We Can't Have in Tamil. Organized by the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law and Critical Mass Series. For financial support, we thank the University of Toronto for its Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant.

Time:  1 pm - 3 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Arts & Culture
May 1/2016
May Day - International Workers' Day
May Day has been celebrated as a spring festival in the northern hemisphere since ancient times. It was associated with Walpurgis Night celebrations in Germanic countries, with the Roman festival for the goddess Flora, and with the Gaelic Beltane.

Its origins as International Workers’ Day grew out of the 1886 Haymarket Affair in Chicago, when a bomb was thrown at police at a rally for the eight-hour day, an act for which four anarchists who were present in the crowd are subsequently hanged. The execution of the four men despite the lack of any evidence linking them to the bombing causes international outrage.

In 1889 the founding conference of the Socialist International called for international demonstrations on May 1, 1890 to commemorate the Haymarket Affair.

The event drew large crowds in several countries, and became an annual affair, as workers in countries around the world began to mark May Day as International Workers' Day. Governments and employers often resisted the recognition of May Day as a holiday, and early May Day marches were frequently attacked by police. In the United States and Canada, governments declared the first Monday in September as a "Labour Day" holiday in order to undermine May Day. In many other countries, workers eventually succeeded in having May Day made an official holiday.

Website:  http://acgnw.cn/CxLibrary/Docs/SeedsofFire-May-01.htm
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Labour, Workplace, Unions
May 1/2016
Ottawa, ON
May Day 2016 - Ottawa: Fight for $15 and Fairness
Rally, March, & Public Forum

May Day 2016 is the fifth annual protest organized by Solidarity Against Austerity for International Workers' Day.

RALLY & MARCH: Gather at 2pm, Sunday, May 1 at the Human Rights Monument, Elgin & Lisgar.

FORUM: 3pm, Sunday, May 1. 233 Gilmour, at Metcalfe.

Venue:  Human Rights Monument
Location:  233 Gilmour, at Metcalfe, Ottawa, ON
For information contact:  against.austerity@gmail.com
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 1/2016
to May 22/2016
Toronto, ON
Photography Exhibition: In/visible Scars - Torture Survivors in Canada
The exhibition tells the story of eight people who now call Canada home. They hail from around the world, have all experienced the horror and devastation that torture wreaks on individuals and families, and have undergone the transformation from victim to survivor to activist. It highlights the role Canada should be playing to prevent more people from enduring unspeakable torture, and cause Canadians to join torture survivors and take action in support of Canada joining the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.

Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  edumitru@amnesty.ca
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Arts & Culture
May 3/2016
World Press Freedom Day
Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organizing the main event in different parts of world every year.
The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.

Website:  
Categories:   Publishers & Publishing; International
May 7/2016
Philladelphia
Right To Breathe Mobilization
For decades, the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery has been making people sick. On May 7th, we will reclaim our Right to Breathe. Philadelphia Energy Solutions and other oil and gas companies are poisoning us now -- we won't take any more. All across the world, people are standing up for healthy communities and a livable planet. Will you join the fight for climate justice in Philadelphia?

Take the pledge to join us in Philadelphia on May 7th and demand our #RightToBreathe.

The Right to Breathe mobilization is being convened by Philly Thrive and ACTION United.

Location:  Philladelphia
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 7/2016
to May 15/2016
Global Wave Of Resistance To Keep Coal, Oil, Gas In The Ground
From 7- 15 May, 2016 we are mobilising to keep fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate a just transition to 100% renewable energy and a sustainable future for all.

Time:  N/A
Website:  
For information contact:  partner@breakfree2016.org.
Categories:   Environment; Mining & Petroleum
May 8/2016
to May 9/2016
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
By resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004, the UN General Assembly declared 8-9 May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation and, while recognizing that Member States may have individual days of victory, liberation and commemoration, invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations System, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe annually either one or both of these days in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War.

The Assembly stressed that this historic event established the conditions for the creation of the United Nations, designed to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and called upon the Member States of the United Nations to unite their efforts in dealing with new challenges and threats, with the United Nations playing a central role, and to make every effort to settle all disputes by peaceful means in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and in such a manner that international peace and security are not endangered.

On 2 March 2010, by resolution 64/257, the General Assembly invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe these days in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War.

Categories:   International; Military
May 10/2016
to May 13/2016
Bern, CH
Bern: Maude Barlow speaking at the IASC Conference on Commons
Maude Barlow will present at the IASC Regional European Conference

Time:  9:00 pm
Venue:  University of Bern
Location:  Main Building, Hochschulstrasse, 3012 Bern, Bern, CH
Website:  
Categories:   Education; Environment; International
May 12/2016
to May 14/2016
Quebec City, QC
Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) conference 2016
If you’re responsible for your union’s communications, you do not want to miss this conference. CALM is the only organization that brings labour communicators together, across unions, regions and sectors, to strategize and learn about how to improve labour communications. To get a sense of what to expect at a CALM conference, please see last year’s conference schedule. If you can’t access the document because you aren’t a CALM member, please email editor@calm.ca for more information.

This year, we're working on confirming the following workshops:

Intro to social media
Making video
Website building & hosting- the basics
Basic analytics
Sticking to the message - interview techniques
Increasing social media presence
Video editing
Website building
Analytics that are actually useful
How to work with journalists
Coding and intricacies of Drupal & Wordpress
The cutting edge of analytics
Paid promotions in social media

There will also be a stream of French workshops, to be announced soon (également disponible en français)

Venue:  Delta Hotel
Location:  690 Boulevard René Lévesque East, Quebec City, QC
Website:  
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions
May 14/2016
to May 15/2016
World Migratory Bird Day
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Each year, on the second weekend in May, people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programs, exhibitions and birdwatching excursions to celebrate WMBD. However, countries or regions observing the peak of migrations at other times of the year are encouraged to celebrate WMBD when it is most appropriate for them.
When expanding energy production, transition to wildlife-friendly methods is a key step to protect life on the Earth. The conservation of migratory birds needs to be considered in all phases of energy development at multiple levels - locally, nationally and internationally. Therefore, concerted conservation actions by governments, nature conservation organizations, scientists and the energy sector as well as the general public are necessary. This way the benefits of sustainable energy can be realized without the risk of harming migratory birds and their habitats.

World Migratory Bird Day 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary year of AEWA- the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds whose Secretariat together with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) are the organizational drivers for this unique campaign.

Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Animals & Pets
May 14/2016
to Jun 25/2016
Toronto, ON
The Art-Activism of Conde + Beveridge (1976-2016)
This multi-gallery survey spans the career of the political-art duo, from their rejection of the New York art scene in the 70s and move to Canada, where they've collaborated with unions, communities and artist-run centres, to a recent work about climate change and hockey. They originally adopted the staged-photo format to protect unionists who feared identification by management, but soon found the strategy allowed them to push their social justice message further. They've devoted their life's work to exploring the intersections of wage labour and creativity.

Venue:  Trinity Square Video
Location:  401 Richmond St W. Suite 121, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  condebev@web.net
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Politics & Political Organizations
May 15/2016
International Day of Families
The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

The International Day of Families has inspired a series of awareness-raising events, including national family days. In many countries, that day provides an opportunity to highlight different areas of interest and importance to families. Activities include workshops and conferences, radio and television programmes, newspaper articles and cultural programmes highlighting relevant themes.

The 2015 observance of the International Day of Families aims to promote gender equality and rights of children within families. It will also highlight prevention of family violence through fair family law frameworks and a variety of programme interventions.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Women
May 15/2016
to May 22/2016
Washingon, DC
Rubber Stamp Rebellion
On May 15 - 22, in Washington, DC, and elsewhere where people are fighting fracking and fracking infrastructure, BXE and our allies will take coordinated action for the Rubber Stamp Rebellion. We will say to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC):

Stop rubber-stamping gas industry permit applications and change the way you operate. Prioritize the emergence of wind, solar and other renewables above fossil fuels. We say: No New Permits!

Location:  Washingon, DC
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Mining & Petroleum
May 16/2016
Toronto, ON
An evening with Stephen Ritz
Calling all teachers, educators, students & growers!

Get inspired this growing season and learn more about how NYC's Green Bronx Machine is transforming students' lives through experiential.

Hear about the incredible results of this dynamic program and how FoodShare, in partnership with the TDSB and LoyaltyOne will be bringing our very own Good Food Machines to life in schools across Toronto this fall!

RSVP for the event.

Time:  7:00PM - 8:30PM
Venue:  FoodShare Toronto
Location:  90 Croatia St, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Brooke Ziebell - brooke@foodshare.net
Phone:  4163636441 x 248
Categories:   Environment; Farming; Education
May 16/2016
Toronto, ON
TransPacific Partnership: Trading Away Our Health
Speakers include: Joel Lexchin (Emergency Physician, UHN and Health Policy professor - York University) and Richard Elliott (ED of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network)

For more information, please contact the Grandmothers Advocacy Network.
http://www.grandmothersadvocacy.org/

Advocating for grandmothers, vulnerable children and youth in sub-Saharan Africa

Time:  3PM-5PM
Venue:  Bloor St. United Church
Location:  300 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Follow @GRANadvocates on Twitter
Categories:   International; Children & Youth; Education
May 18/2016
Ottawa, ON
Community Classroom: On Making Sustainable Cities
In this community classroom, several delegates of the EU-Canada Municipal Cooperation on Urban Policy and a local community member will share with us real world examples of their stakeholders coming together with the common goal of reducing GHG emissions. Our goal for this discussion is to inspire our community members, friends and neighbours, to actively participate in a transition to a sustainable future for all.

Please join us!

Our panelists include:
Rainer Konerding
Climate Protection Coordinator and Member of the ECOPROFIT HANNOVER

Janice Ashworth
Operations manager at Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-Op (OREC) and one of Ottawa's delegates to the EU-Canada Municipal Cooperation on Urban Policy.

Angela Keller-Herzog
OREC member and investor of community-owned renewable power projects. Angela is also a member of HUB and co-chair the Environment Committee of Glebe Community Association.

MC: David Chernushenko
City councillor for Capital Ward and Chair of the City's Environment Committee.

Fee: $5 or Pay What You Can.
REGISTRATION is required

More info: http://octopusbooks.ca/event/on-making-of-sustainable-cities-community-classroom-with-delegates-of-the-eu-canada-municipal

Time:  7PM
Venue:  Octopus Books Centretown @25One Community
Location:  2nd floor, 251 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  octopus@octopusbooks.ca
Phone:  613-688-0752
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Economic Development
May 18/2016
Toronto, ON
Film: Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart
Amnesty International Toronto's Group 18, Iran Action Circle and Film Team invite you to the screening of Rosewater, the feature-film writing and directing debut of former "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart. Based on the thrilling true-life story of Maziar Bahari, Rosewater follows the Tehran-born, Canadian-based Bahari as the journalist returns to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, challenger to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the country's contentious 2009 presidential election. As Mousavi's supporters were protesting Ahmadinejad's victory declaration even before the polls closed, Bahari was arrested by police led by a man known only as "Rosewater."

Time:  6:30 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Beitzatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  info@beitzatoun.org
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Politics & Political Organizations
May 19/2016
Toronto, ON
George Elliott Clarke Speaks at The 4th Annual Tommy Douglas Institute - Canada: A Different Story
The 4th annual Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College is pleased to announce Canada's 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke as its keynote speaker for Canada: A Different Story. Coming out of one of the longest and most dramatic federal elections in recent memory and heading toward the nation's 150th anniversary in 2017, the story of Canada is once again a topic of national conversation.

Time:  9:30 am - 4: 30 pm
Venue:  Tommy Douglas Institute
Location:  290 Adelaide St. E. 4th Floor, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Resh Budhu
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Government & Public Sector
May 21/2016
Ottawa, ON
Beet it, Monsanto
March Against Monsanto Ottawa (MAMOttawa) is part of a global movement, whose many goals include:

- Raising awareness of the effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the harmful chemicals used in conjunction with GMOs
- Rejecting glyphosate and patents on life
- Building solidarity against predatory business & agricultural practices
- Supporting seed sovereignty, and organic and sustainable food and living practices
- Supporting local farms, bees and biodiversity
- Supporting labelling initiatives

Time:  1:30 pm
Venue:  Major's Hill Park
Location:  Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Food & Beverage; Politics & Political Organizations
May 21/2016
March Against Monsanto
On May 21, 2016, activists around the world will, once again, unite to March Against Monsanto.

Website:  
Categories:   Food & Beverage; Politics & Political Organizations
May 21/2016
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

The 3rd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue will take place in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, from 18 to 19 May 2015 on the theme: “Sharing Culture for a Shared Security". The Forum is organized in collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the World Tourism Organization, the Council of Europe and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion

In 2011, a grassroots campaign ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’, celebrating the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity was launched by UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

By encouraging people and organizations from around the world to take concrete action to support diversity, the campaign aims:

To raise awareness worldwide about the importance of intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion.
To build a world community of individuals committed to support diversity with real and every-day-life gestures.
To combat polarization and stereotypes to improve understanding and cooperation among people from different cultures.

Categories:   Arts & Culture; Tourism & Hospitality Industry
May 22/2016
International Day for Biological Diversity
The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.

Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Farming; Biotechnology
May 23/2016
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.

The condition typically leaves women incontinent, and as a result, they are often shunned by their communities. Sufferers often endure depression, social isolation and deepening poverty. Many women live with the condition for years - or even decades - because they cannot afford to obtain treatment.

An estimated 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, and Latin America and the Caribbean are living with this injury, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. Yet fistula is almost entirely preventable. Its persistence is a sign that health systems are failing to meet women's essential needs.
The Campaign to End Fistula, launched by UNFPA and partners in 2003 is now present in 50 countries across Africa, Asia and the Arab region.

In its resolution A/RES/67/147, the General Assembly calls on the international community to use the International Day to significantly raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula.

Website:  
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Women
May 24/2016
Ottawa, ON
Book launch of 'What's Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy' with Author Tom Slee
In What's Yours Is Mine, technologist Tom Slee argues the so-called sharing economy damages development, extends harsh free-market practices into previously protected areas of our lives, and presents the opportunity for a few people to make fortunes by damaging communities and pushing vulnerable individuals to take on unsustainable risk.

Drawing on original empirical research, Slee shows that the friendly language of sharing, trust, and community masks a darker reality.

Time:  7 pm
Venue:  Octopus Books Centretown
Location:  251 Bank St. 2nd floor, Ottawa, ON
For information contact:  @25One Community
Categories:   Business & Economics; Arts & Culture; Communications Industry & Technology
May 24/2016
Chipman, NB
Washademoak Lake/Grand Lake: Energy East - Our Risk, Their Reward
Join us for this free town hall event to hear from Ben Gotschall, Agriculture and Food Director at Bold Nebraska, Mark D'Arcy of the Council of Canadians and Alma Brooks of the Peace and Friendship Alliance on why Energy East is more risk than reward for New Brunswick.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Chipman Fish and Game Club
Location:  66 Hillcrest Avenue, Chipman, NB
Website:  
For information contact:  inquiries@canadians.org
Phone:  613-233-2773
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors; Mining & Petroleum
May 25/2016
Belleisle Bay, NB
Belleisle Bay: Energy East - Our Risk, Their Reward
Join us for this free town hall event to hear from Ben Gotschall, Agriculture and Food Director at Bold Nebraska, Mark D'Arcy of the Council of Canadians and Alma Brooks of the Peace and Friendship Alliance on why Energy East is more risk than reward for New Brunswick.

Cost: Free

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Belleisle Community Centre
Location:  1648 Rte 124, Belleisle Bay, NB
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
May 25/2016
to May 26/2016
Cornwall, ON
Great Nations, Great River: Collective Efforts to Engage Communities through Science and Action
The 2016 Great Nations, Great River Symposium provides a platform for researchers, educators, policy-makers, community leaders and citizens to share knowledge about the status of the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes and other freshwater ecosystems and their responses to changing conditions. A focus this year will be sharing knowledge about how the research and environmental community can empower communities to protect water, restore wetlands, improve beaches, enhance understanding and consider adaptive management practices.

Scientific presentations and community involvement sessions will address current topics important to all freshwater ecosystems and of immediate concern for the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes, e.g. climate change and adaptation, sewage discharge, emergency response, energy and pipelines, nuisance and harmful algae, invasive species, water quality and contamination. The underlying themes of community engagement, public education, awareness, communications, and citizen involvement will weave through all sessions and exhibits, with plenty of opportunity for networking, discussion, and collaborative planning.

Venue:  St. Lawrence Power Development Visitors Centre
Location:  2500B Second Street West, Cornwall, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Christina Collard
Phone:  613 936 6620 ext 222
Categories:   Education; Environment
May 26/2016
Hampton, NB
Kennebecasis Bay: Energy East - Our Risk, Their Reward
Join us for this free town hall event to hear from Ben Gotschall, Agriculture and Food Director at Bold Nebraska, Mark D'Arcy of the Council of Canadians and Alma Brooks of the Peace and Friendship Alliance on why Energy East is more risk than reward for New Brunswick.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Lighthouse River Centre
Location:  1075 Main Street, Hampton, NB
Website:  
Phone:  613-233-2773
Categories:   Mining & Petroleum; Education
May 27/2016
Saint John, NB
Bay of Fundy: Energy East - Our Risk, Their Reward
Join us for this free town hall event to hear from Ben Gotschall, Agriculture and Food Director at Bold Nebraska, Mark D'Arcy of the Council of Canadians and Alma Brooks of the Peace and Friendship Alliance on why Energy East is more risk than reward for New Brunswick.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Portland United Church
Location:  50 Newport Crescent, Saint John, NB
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Mining & Petroleum
May 27/2016
CBC Ideas presents Imprisoned by Profit: Media and Democracy with Palagummi Sainath
A tour of ten drought-stricken states in India transformed Sainath - a devastating situation mostly ignored by his fellow journalists. "I felt that if the Indian Press was covering the top 5 percent, I should cover the bottom 5 per cent." He also believes the media around the world is, for the most part, imprisoned by profit and not politically free.

Listen on CBC Radio One and SiriusXM Channel 169

Time:  9 pm - 10 pm
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 27/2016
to May 28/2016
Salem
REACH Marshall Islands: US Nuclear Legacy Summit
Marshallese Educational Initiative (MEI) is joining with the Marshallese Community in Oregon and the Radiation Exposure Awareness Crusaders for Humanity - Marshall Islands (REACH-MI) to organize a R.M.I.-U.S. Nuclear Legacy Summit to address the shared legacy of U.S. nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands (1946-1958).

Time:  All - day
Location:  Salem
Website:  
For information contact:  info@reach-mi.org.
Categories:   Education; Politics & Political Organizations
May 29/2016
Guelph, ON
Guelph: March against Nestle
The Council of Canadians will be taking part in a march against Nestle later this month.

On Sunday May 29, Save Our Water activists will be gathering at Market Hall (in front of Guelph City Hal) for a brief rally and then walking from the downtown area to the Nestle plant in Aberfoyle for another rally at 5:30 pm. It's a 12-kilometre walk from Guelph City Hall to Nestle Waters Canada in Aberfoyle

Time:  5:30 pm
Venue:  Market Hall
Location:  1 Carden Street, Guelph, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Environment
May 29/2016
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
Since its beginning in 1948, United Nations peacekeeping has evolved into one of the main tools used by the international community to manage complex crises that threaten international peace and security. Throughout its history, the United Nations has established a total of 71 peacekeeping operations. More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as UN peacekeepers, including 125,000 in the sixteen missions in operation today.

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, which is commemorated each year on the 29th of May, is an occasion to salute the peacekeepers of today who serve in some of the world's most volatile and dangerous environments. This Day is also a time to mourn fallen peacekeepers. During its history, more than 3,300 "Blue Helmets" have died devoting their lives to peace, including 126 men and women in 2014.

In the words of the Secretary-General: In a message to mark the Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "United Nations peacekeeping has given life to the UN Charter's aim "to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security". Through years of struggle and sacrifice, the iconic Blue Helmet has earned its place as a symbol of hope to millions of people living in war-ravaged lands."

Website:  
Categories:   Military; International; Law Enforcement & Corrections
May 31/2016
London, ON
What's On Your Plate? Food and Trade Symposium
Featuring federal miscrobiologist Dr. Shiv Chopra who blew the whistle on Bovine Growth Hormones in milk, this event includes speakers, stories, music and a Q&A

Time:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue:  Wolfe Performance Hall
Location:  251 Dundas Street, London, ON
Categories:   Food & Beverage; Health/Health Care
May 31/2016
World No-Tobacco Day [WHO]
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 600,000 of which are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. In the past twenty years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.

Website:  
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 1/2016
Global Day of Parents
The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 with resolution A/RES/66/292 and honours parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.

In its resolution, the General Assembly also noted that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.

The resolution recognizes the role of parents in the rearing of children and invites the Member States to celebrate the Day in full partnership with civil society, particularly involving young people and children.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Jun 1/2016
to Jun 2/2016
Calgary, AB
CAWLS 3rd Annual Conference
CAWLS 3rd Annual Conference will be held 1-2 June 2016, at the University of Calgary, as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Venue:  University of Calgary
Location:  2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB
Website:  
Categories:   Education; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jun 2/2016
London, ON
Free screening of We Were Children
In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government's residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. WE WERE CHILDREN gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.

Time:  6:30 - 9:00 pm
Venue:  London Public Library, Stevenson and Hunt Rm. A
Location:  251 Dundas Street, London, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Jun 4/2016
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
On 19 August 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the General Assembly, “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression”, decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (resolution ES-7/8).

The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN's commitment to protect the rights of children.

Categories:   Children & Youth; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 5/2016
World Environment Day
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years, it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponentially positive impact on the planet.

Categories:   Environment; International
Jun 8/2016
World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated every 8 June since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008. Since then it has been coordinated internationally by The Ocean Project with greater success and global participation each year.

Purpose

World Oceans Day is an annual observation to honour the world's oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides such as seafood as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value. The ocean also provides sea-lanes for international trade. Global pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of species.

The Ocean Project, working in partnership with the World Ocean Network, has been promoting WOD since 2003 with its network of over 1,600 ocean conservation organizations and others throughout the world. Events performed for WOD and awareness includes beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events.

Website:  
Categories:   Environment; International
Jun 12/2016
World Day Against Child Labour
The World Day Against Child Labour is an International Labour Organization (ILO) sanctioned holiday first launched in 2002 aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour. It was spurred by ratifications of ILO Convention No. 138 on the minimum age for employment and ILO Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour.

The World Day Against Child Labour, which is held every year on June 12, is intended to foster the worldwide movement against child labour in any of its forms.

Website:  
Categories:   Children & Youth; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 12/2016
to Jul 23/2016
Toronto, ON
Queer Pride 2016
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents its annual festival of queer theatre, art, comedy, music and parties to showcase the community's unstoppable spirit. Music by Queer Songbook Orchestra and Girls Rock Camp T.O., comedy by Richard Ryder, Elvira Kurt and Dawn Whitwell, circus arts by Flying Solo, theatrical works by Margo MacDonals and Shaunga Tagore and much more. Pwyc-$25, some free events.

Venue:  Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Location:  12 Alexander St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  416-975-8555
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Performing Arts
Jun 13/2016
Halifax, NS
Conservation Showcase
We invite you to join us for an evening of exciting news, celebration and appreciation, marking another tremendous year of land conservation achievements. We will be announcing new conservation successes and honouring some very special donors who made these accomplishments possible. Enjoy a visual journey through over 10,000 acres of protected areas in Nova Scotia!

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Small Crafts Gallery
Location:  1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS
Website:  
For information contact:  Nature Trust
Phone:  (902) 425-5263
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Jun 13/2016
International Albinism Awareness Day
People with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalization and social exclusion. This leads to various forms of stigma and discrimination.

In some communities, erroneous beliefs and myths, heavily influenced by superstition, put the security and lives of persons with albinism at constant risk. These beliefs and myths are centuries old and are present in cultural attitudes and practices around the world.

On 18 December 2014, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming, with effect from 2015, 13 June as International Albinism Awareness Day.

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in 2013 calling for the prevention of attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism. Moreover, in response to the call from civil society organizations advocating to consider persons with albinism as a specific group with particular needs that require special attention, on 26 March 2015, the Council created the mandate of Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism.

Website:  
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 13/2016
Toronto, ON
Mobilizing For City Action On Poverty
Discuss and plan action to ensure the city's financial plan includes investments in jobs, housing, transit and poverty reduction.

Join residents from across Toronto to plan actions to ensure City Hall fulfills its commitment to create good jobs, expand the supply of affordable housing and child care, and implement a low-income transit fare.

Now is a critical time for action: Toronto City Council has started an important debate about how to fund badly needed services - like affordable housing, public transit, child care and recreation.
Some councillors want to continue to cut these services. Others want to explore ways to bring in new revenues to better fund them.

We need to ensure that City Council moves ahead strongly to reduce poverty and invest in services in its 2017 Budget and beyond.

Time:  6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Venue:  OPSEU Membership Centre
Location:  31 Wellesley E., Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  djemere@socialplanningtoronto.org
Phone:  416-351-0095 x225
Categories:   Children & Youth; Economic Development; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Jun 13/2016
Toronto, ON
Putting The Patient In Patient-Centred Care
Join us on Monday, June 13 for an open conversation on patient and family-centred care, and how together we can advance our shared cause of an improved patient experience. This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about our new strategic plan, Putting the Patient in Patient-centred Care, and to participate alongside other patients and family caregivers in a discussion on what patient and family-centred care looks like to you. If you're unable to participate in-person, we invite you to join the conversation via webinar on June 15 or 16.

Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  YWCA Elm Centre, Nancy's Auditorium
Location:  87 Elm St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  (416) 900-2975
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Jun 14/2016
Toronto, ON
Book Launch of From the Sky: Stories of Women Who Inspire Us
World Literacy Canada is proud to announce the publication of From the Sky: Stories of Women Who Inspire Us, a collection of stories written by Grade 7 and 8 students from Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo Elementary School on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. This multi-lingual educational resource and the resounding success of World Literacy Canada’s new First Nations Youth Storytelling Program will be celebrated at an official book launch.
Since September 2015, World Literacy Canada has been working in partnership and close collaboration with Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo Elementary School to deliver storytelling workshops and one-on-one literacy training that engages students in creative writing, encourages them to share the stories of inspirational women in their community, and supports the development of reading, writing, and language skills. The students’ stories and accompanying illustrations are assembled alongside educational resources in Cayuga, Mohawk, and English in a one-of-a-kind collection to be used in schools and First Nations communities across Ontario.

Time:  6:00 p.m.
Venue:  Ben McNally Books
Location:  366 Bay St, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  rebecca@worldlit.ca
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Children & Youth; Native Peoples
Jun 14/2016
Toronto, ON
Boxers, Bookies & Bootleggers
Bob Bossin, Ellen Scheinberg and Harold Troper recount stories and songs drawn from their books and music that delve into the colourful underworld of Jewish Toronto during the first half of the 20th century. 6-8 pm. Free. Preceded by the Kensington Market Historical Society AGM at 5:30 pm.

Time:  6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  Lillian H Smith Library
Location:  239 College St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  info@khms.ca
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Music
Jun 14/2016
Ottawa, ON
Leap Ottawa Community Forum
We are writing you on behalf of Leap Ottawa Saute, a new grassroots movement in our city dedicated to creating debate on the Leap Manifesto.

We are hosting a community forum that will feature remarks from:
- Avi Lewis, filmmaker, The Take (2004), and This Changes Everything (2015);
- Verna McGregor, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Miniwaashin Lodge;
- Ken Smith: President, UNIFOR Local 707A (Suncor Workers, Fort McMurray, AB);
- Larry Rousseau: Regional Executive Vice-President (National Capital Region), Public Service Alliance of Canada.

The Leap Manifesto has drawn controversy which requires more discussion. Many see an urgent need for change in our society, and want debate on the way forward. That's the spirit in which our community forum will be held.
Background: The Leap Manifesto: http://www.leapmanifesto.org

Time:  7 p.m.
Venue:  Jean Pigott Place at Ottawa City Hall
Location:  110 Laurier Street West, Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Joel Harden: 613-869-5952 Kaitlin Milroy: 613-296-5466
Categories:   Environment; Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 14/2016
Toronto, ON
Prevention Of Violence Town Hall
The 12th Prevention of Violence Canada National Town Hall meeting is an open public forum designed to connect and empower Canadians to address violence in their communities. This event offers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with experts and advocates as they explore how we can build a safer healthier future for Canadians using evidence-based strategies for violence prevention.
This year we are honoured to hear from Audette Shephard.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  Sheraton Hotel - Grand Ballroom, Lower Concourse
Location:  123 Queen W., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 14/2016
Toronto, ON
Stop Plastic Pollution Now!
Scientists are saying that plastic pollution is as big a threat to the environment as climate change.
StopPlastics http://stopplastics.ca will present information about plastic, the problems it poses, and why plastic pollution must be stopped at its source. They'll be screening a short film and slideshow.
They urge the public to join them in their current campaign to stop plastic pollution by convincing Toronto City Council to ban plastic bags. Did you know that Fort McMurray has banned the single-use plastic bag? As has Iqualuit, and 172 other cities, and several countries. Come and learn more!

Time:  6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Venue:  Annette Library
Location:  145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Green 13
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 14/2016
World Blood Donor Day [WHO]
Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day.

Website:  
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 14/2016
to Jun 19/2016
Toronto, ON
Female Eye Film Festival
Provocative and controversial shorts, documentaries and feature films as seen through the eyes of women directors. Jun 14-19. See website for details.

Venue:  Theatre Centre
Location:  1115 Queen W., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Women
Jun 15/2016
Protest Honduran Embassies: Justice For Berta
The death of Berta Cáceres has filled us with indignation. We carry the pain with us, but we also carry the strength of her thought, her work, and the longing for justice. The principles that she fought for are what will save humanity, which is why we call on you to participate in a worldwide protest that will bring all of our voices together to demand justice for Berta Cáceres, justice for Gustavo Castro, justice for COPINH and justice for the people of Honduras.
On June 15 in Honduras organizations and social movements, institutions, ordinary people will march to demand the immediate establishment of an independent research group that, in a transparent, thorough and comprehensive way, investigate the murder of our sister and companion.
On that day we would like our sisters and brothers from other countries in the world to join us by carrying out protest actions in front of the Honduran embassies of your respective countries.

Venue:  Honduran Embassies everywhere
Website:  
Categories:   International; Law Enforcement & Corrections; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 15/2016
Toronto, ON
Toronto: Stop the TPP! A Community Festival at the Minister's Town Hall
On June 15th, Canada's International Trade Minister, Chrystia Freeland, will be holding a Town Hall on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the University of Toronto.

We know that the TPP is a terrible deal for us - we need to make sure that comes across loud and clear! Come out and join us for a community gathering on the evening of the 15th - before the townhall event - where we'll play some games, hear some songs, learn more about what the TPP means for each of us, and make it clear to Freeland that we won't stand for it!

And here's the great part: we want YOU to bring your ideas to our TPP festival. Are you an artist? Bring some art! Are you a musician? Bring your instrument! A local farmer? Bring your food! Do you have friends and family who want to hear more about this issue? Bring them too! We're hoping to make this a community event where everyone can contribute and get involved. Let us know if you've got something to contribute!

Time:  4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Venue:  Rotman School of Management
Location:  105 St. George St, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Trade
Jun 15/2016
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025. Around 4 to 6 percent of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.

Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Seniors
Jun 16/2016
Toronto, ON
Aboriginal Arts And Crafts Fair
Outdoor event with a performance by Hidden Rivers Singers (12:30 pm).

Time:  11:00 - 3:00
Venue:  Nathan Phillips Square
Location:  100 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Native Peoples; Arts & Culture
Jun 16/2016
Toronto, ON
Dealing with Climate Denial: What can I say to help someone change?
Climate Change. How do we solve climate change when only 20% of the population is actively seeking to address the problem. As environmental-minded people we generally share reasons to change with people we converse with. Behavioural sciences lead us in a new direction. If we want our audiences to choose change, there is research to guide us.

This event will briefly detail concepts in the behavioural sciences. Directly after, and the primary effort of this workshop will be to provide attendees with experiential activities to fully understand, and practice the concepts introduced.

Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue:  CSI Innovation Lab
Location:  215 Spadina Avenue #400, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development
Jun 16/2016
Toronto, ON
Overtime for Oil
"As climate change becomes increasingly visible, the cultural expression of this crisis is critical. The shift to sustainability is a cultural as well political
and economic issue. It requires that we change how we see the world."
Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge

With another NHL season drawing to a close - in the heat of mid-June - join us for an event inspired by the collision of hockey culture and climate change, as depicted in Condé and Beveridge's work Overtime (2016), now showing in the Public Exposures exhibition at 401 Richmond.

At OVERTIME FOR OIL some different strategies for cultural resistance to corporate oil will be examined and discussed with Brenda Longfellow and collaborator, Glen Richards.

Featuring for your consideration:
Comedian, author and political activist Robert "Rob" Newman's delightful and wickedly funny, one man show THE HISTORY OF Oil (video of a live performance).

Excerpts from 'While London Burns' an audio walking tour of London's web of oil.
Brenda Longfellow's 'Carpe Diem', a short operetta featuring a two headed fish and Texas oil men on there way to Fort McMurray and an intro tour to 'Offshore' an

interactive web doc concerning the horrors of Offshore oil and the Gulf of Mexico's BP disaster

Time:  8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Venue:  Urbanspace Gallery
Location:  401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment; Sports & Games
Jun 16/2016
Toronto, ON
Workplace Democracy for the 21st Century
On June 16th, the Broadbent Institute is teaming up with Woodsworth College and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto for a free event you won't want to miss: Workplace Democracy for the 21st Century.

To combat precarious work, enhance job satisfaction, increase productivity and support decent wages and working conditions, critical new thinking is needed. Come take part in an afternoon of thought-provoking speakers and panels including remarks by Institute Chair Ed Broadbent. As part of this event, we're excited to be releasing an important new discussion paper.

The event is free but seating is limited and registration is required.

Time:  2:00 - 5:00
Venue:  Innis College Town Hall
Location:  2 Sussez Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Business & Economics
Jun 16/2016
to Jun 19/2016
Toronto, ON
Indigenous Arts Festival
Celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, literature, crafts and food by Indigenous artists. Music by blues rocker Derek Miller, hip-hop artists Drezus and Supaman, singer/songwriter Leela Filday and others,art-making and more. $5, Sat free, under 12 free.

Venue:  Fort York
Location:  Toronto, ON
Phone:  416-392-6907
Categories:   Native Peoples; Arts & Culture
Jun 16/2016
to Jun 19/2016
Toronto, ON
Toronto Art Book Fair
The Toronto Art Book Fair (TOABF) is a free public event taking place June 16th - June 19th 2016 at Artscape Youngplace featuring curated exhibitions, 75 Canadian and international vendors, and community programming that includes a speaker series, readings, talks, launches and workshops. In its inaugural year TOABF will highlight over 150 national and international artists, publishers, designers, curators, bookmakers, writers, and performers.

TOABF is dedicated to increasing the visibility, dissemination, appreciation, and understanding of the artists’ book and its contemporary manifestations within the visual arts field in Toronto and abroad. Independent artistic print culture has a rich narrative in Canadian art history, and is an often overlooked aspect of Canadian cultural identity. The goal of TOABF is to highlight these personal and collective stories, and elevate the artistic integrity of artists’ books by presenting artists’ books, multiples, and printed matter by Canadian and international artists to a wide audience.

Launch party 6-9 pm Jun 16.
Free.

Venue:  Artscape Youngplace
Location:  180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Publishers & Publishing; Arts & Culture
Jun 17/2016
Toronto, ON
Bedpost: The Live Erotica Magazine and Social
Bed Post is Toronto's only sex/sexuality variety show, featuring everything from real sex stories, to erotica readings, to Sexpert segments, to arousing visual performancesÂ… and you are guaranteed to laugh, learn something, and/or get a boner.

Cost: $10
DOORS OPEN AT 7:30

Another showtime (Recurring Event): Jul 15, 2016 8:00 PM
http://socap.ca/event/bedpost-the-live-erotica-magazine-and-social/2016-07-15/

Time:  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue:  The Social Capital
Location:  154 Danforth Ave, 2nd & 3rd floor, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  647.982.4545
Categories:   Performing Arts; Arts & Culture; Sexuality
Jun 17/2016
Ottawa, ON
Sacred Walk to Save Ottawa's Sacred Site
JUNE 17TH - ANISHNABE / ALGONQUIN ELDERS INVITE YOU TO A MASSIVE SACRED WALK. SAVE OTTAWA'S SACRED SITE:

"It Is Sacred"

Anishnabe Elders vow to protect Sacred Site behind Parliament
Spiritual Algonquin Elders invite all Nations, people & Inter-Faith communities to a massive sacred walk with our special guests, the Cree Youth Walkers from the Journey of Nishiyuu. They return to the Sacred Site in support.

PLEASE HELP US ENSURE IT IS MASSIVE:
RSVP and help us know how close we are to our goal of ensuring a MASSIVE walk RSVP http://www.itissacred.ca/rsvp/
OR on the Facebook Event Page http://www.facebook.com/events/227969167582452/

Time:  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM in EDT
Venue:  Victoria Island (Algonquin Territory)
Location:  Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Communications - andree@productionscazabon.com
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Native Peoples; Arts & Culture
Jun 17/2016
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a United Nations observance each June 17. Its purpose is to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from the drought. Each annual celebration has a different theme.

This day was proclaimed on January 30, 1995, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/49/115.[

Website:  
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 18/2016
Toronto, ON
Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers
Please join the Writers' Trust of Canada as we fête this year's winner of the $4,000 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. Two honours of distinction will receive $250.

Past honouree Brian Francis hosts a special celebration of the 10th anniversary of the prize on June 18 at the Canadian Writers’ Summit.

Free

RSVP - rsvp@writerstrust.com

Venue:  Brigantine Room & Tent, Harbourfront Centre
Location:  235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  info@writerstrust.com
Phone:  416-504-8222
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Arts & Culture; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Jun 18/2016
Toronto, ON
Pride Walks Part 1: Discovering Toronto's LGBTQ Heritage - Church-Wellesley Village
For much of the past 70 years, Yonge and Church Streets south of Bloor and the surrounding area have led a secret life: these neighbourhoods were home to the bars, clubs and baths that constituted what mainstream society thought of as "the twilight world of the homosexual." Join archivists and historians from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) on a walk through Toronto's queer past and follow the footsteps of activists who struggled to find a public space they could call their own.

Part One: In Church-Wellesley Village we visit some of the historical points that have made Toronto's gay village a centre of LGBTQ celebration and struggle.

Co-Presented with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA)

Start Point: AIDS Memorial at Barbara Hall Park (519 Church Street)
End Point: CLGA (34 Isabella Street)
Cost: $20 - spaces are limited

Time:  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Venue:  AIDS Memorial at Barbara Hall Park
Location:  519 Church Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  email@heritagetoronto.org
Phone:  416-338-1338
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Tourism & Hospitality Industry
Jun 20/2016
World Refugee Day
For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and even Weeks. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on 20 June in several countries.

The UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000, adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June.

The General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day.

Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Jun 21/2016
Toronto, ON
National Aboriginal Day Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising
June is Aboriginal History Month. The 22nd annual National Aboriginal Day celebration is on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The City of Toronto is hosting a Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising at City Hall Podium roof on June 21st starting at 5:30 a.m. The City and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee are hosting related events from June 14 to June 23.

Celebration in honor of the history, culture and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Free.

Time:  5:30 AM - 7:00 AM
Venue:  City Hall Podium roof, Nathan Phillips Square
Location:  100 Queen W, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  mmaracle@toronto.ca
Phone:  416-392-5583
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Native Peoples
Jun 22/2016
Toronto, ON
Boobs, the Anthology: Canada Tour
At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts, edited by Ruth Daniell is a diverse collection of stories about the burdens, expectations and pleasures of having breasts. From the agony of puberty and angst of adolescence to the anxiety of aging, these stories and poems go beyond the usual images of breasts found in fashion magazines and movie posters, instead offering dynamic and honest portraits of desire, acceptance and the desire for acceptance.

The Dora Keogh Pub will be hosting the launch of Boobs with the following contributors for multiple readings, books for sale, and an all around good time.

"A-T-C-G —-All the Cancer Grief" by Annie Parker, p.88
"Breasts" by Susan Gluckman, p.124
"Feathers" by Catherine Graham, p.126
"Opening and Closing" by Allison Jane Smith, p.152
"Skin Deep" by Devin Casey, p.160
"Amazon" by Betsy Struthers, p.170
"Strip, Reveal and Sex Appeal" by Kelly S. Thompson, p.188
"Miriam in Mexico, Postpartum" by Esther Griffin, p.207

Time:  7PM
Venue:  Dora Keogh
Location:  141 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  416-778-1804
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Women
Jun 23/2016
Toronto, ON
Downtown East Women Reclaim the Streets: Rally & March
In memory of women who have died on the streets - Stop the violence, Reclaim the Streets!
Every year we march in the Downtown East neighborhood of Toronto in memory of Carolyn Connolly and to honour too many other women, friends and family, that we have lost over the years. We march against the many daily occurrences of violence on our streets - the targeting of homeless, street-involved, racialized, sex workers, and Indigenous women, two-spirit, and trans folks. We march to demand better - an end to this violence and better housing, support and services that everyone deserves!
5:30pm - Community Meal & Music
6:00pm Rally
6:30pm March
*Kid friendly *Free meal *Wheelchair accessible rally space & march *Our feminism is trans inclusive!
Organized by: the Downtown East Women including Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Regent Park Community Health Centre, Sistering, Streethealth

Time:  5:30 p.m.
Venue:  Regent Park Community Health Centre
Location:  465 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Jun 23/2016
International Widows' Day
Absent in statistics, unnoticed by researchers, neglected by national and local authorities and mostly overlooked by civil society organizations – the situation of widows is, in effect, invisible.

Yet abuse of widows and their children constitutes one of the most serious violations of human rights and obstacles to development today. Millions of the world’s widows endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, ill health and discrimination in law and custom.

To give special recognition to the situation of widows of all ages and across regions and cultures, the United Nations General Assembly declared 23 June 2011 as the first-ever International Widows’ Day, to be celebrated annually.

Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 25/2016
Toronto, ON
KALIK Fundraiser & Launch Party
featuring queer/trans-fabulous live performances, silent auction, raffle, and tons of artwork for sale
Launch Kalik with us! An evening of live performances by queer and trans artists, poets, and musicians, a silent auction and raffle, and tons of artwork for sale. Kalik is an interdisciplinary arts organization & spaceship, arriving at artistic creations as ways to vision future worlds that center the lives and stories of those of us currently living on the fringe and in the margins. Meet the creators behind Kalik and Dear Armen, and a rad community of artists. Let's celebrate together and vision into queertabulous creative and diasporic futures.
TICKETS: $10-15 in advance // $15-20 at the door // no one turned away

Time:  7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  contactkalik@gmail.com
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Jun 26/2016
United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.

Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.

On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, (resolution 39/46), annex, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Jul 1/2016
to Jul 3/2016
Canso, NS
Stan Rogers Folk Festival
The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, informally known as Stanfest, is an annual three-day music festival held in Canso, Nova Scotia.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Canso, NS
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Jul 2/2016
International Day of Cooperatives
International Co-operative Day is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement observed on the first Saturday in July since 1923 by the International Co-operative Alliance.

On December 16, 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in resolution 47/90 "the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance."Since 1995 the United Nations' International Day of Co-operatives has been observed jointly alongside International Co-operative Day.

Co-operatives around the world celebrate the day in various fashions and each year the organising institutions agree on a theme for the celebrations. The 2010 theme was Cooperative Enterprise Empowers Women, to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.

Website:  
Categories:   Economic Development; Investment, Finance, Insurance; International
Jul 4/2016
to Jul 17/2016
Ottawa, ON
Music and Beyond
Music and Beyond is a Canadian summer music festival, featuring classical music in its varying formations (orchestras, choirs, bands, baroque groups and small ensembles) as well as a spectrum of art forms and cultural disciplines (visual art, drama, film, poetry, dance, architecture, science, yoga, tai chi, food and wine). Music and Beyond is also a not-for-profit organization with charitable status.

Time:  14 days
Location:  Ottawa, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Jul 7/2016
to Jul 10/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a summer folk music festival held in Birds Hill Provincial Park, near Winnipeg, Manitoba. It features a variety of folk artists from around the world, as well as a number of local artists.

Time:  4 days
Location:  Winnipeg, MB
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Jul 8/2016
to Jul 10/2016
Antigonish, NS
Evolve Festival
Evolve Festival is an annual music and cultural festival near Antigonish, dedicated to the promotion of sustainable living and environmental awareness. The festival uses renewable energy sources, recycled and biodegradable products and endeavours to limit solid waste. In 2010, Evolve Festival won the CBC Radio 3 contest vote for "Best Festival In Canada".

Time:  3 days
Location:  Antigonish, NS
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture; Environment
Jul 8/2016
to Jul 10/2016
Greater Sudbury, ON
Northern Lights Festival Boréal
Northern Lights Festival Boréal is an annual folk festival in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. It is Canada's oldest music festival, in continuous operation since 1972.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Greater Sudbury, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Jul 8/2016
to Jul 10/2016
Washington, DC
Save Our Schools Coalition for Action
SOS, BATs, UOO, NPE, NCUEA, CELT, NEA BAT Caucus, and The Opt Out Florida Network are working with numerous organizations to build a broad coalition of like-minded people - from all walks of life and with diverse causes - to speak and march in solidarity once more. We envision bold actions and expressions of resistance for children and adults alike, which foster awareness and camaraderie in the movement.

Time:  TBD
Venue:  TBD
Location:  TBD, Washington, DC
Website:  
For information contact:  Bob George/bob@saveourschoolsmarch.org
Categories:   Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 11/2016
to Jul 17/2016
Toronto, ON
Toronto Mad Pride Week 2016
Toronto Mad Pride Week is an arts, culture and community festival created to celebrate, empower and build community. We are working not only to end stigma and oppression that people living with mental illness face, but to show our strength and enjoyment of life.
Toronto Mad Pride Week is proudly brought to you by a group of ‘mad’, ‘crazy’, ‘consumer-survivors’, those who identify as having mental health issues, and allies.
This year, Toronto Mad Pride Week kicks off July 11th, with a diverse lineup of activities, discussions, and ‘mad’ festivities. Included among these are:
workshops on Tai chi, Mindfulness, and Improv for Anxiety
an academic panel on Anti-Black Racism & Madness
a strategy and discussion session for ‘Peer Workers’
nightly entertainment including: theatrical performances, music, poetry, rants, and more
a Street Fair & Marketplace
the Annual Bed-Push Parade that symbolizes the move from hospital to community, and is the official closing event of Toronto Mad Pride Week on July 17th

Venue:  various
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Disability Issues; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 12/2016
Bonne Bay, NL
Bonne Bay: Show up. Speak up.
The Council of Canadians St. John's Chapter encourages you to attend the climate change town hall on Tuesday, July 12 in Bonne Bay.
Town halls like this one are being held all across the country to inform the federal government’s national climate strategy, which the government has promised to release by the end of 2016.
The Council of Canadians is part of the People’s Climate Plan, a coalition of groups working to make climate action work for all of us. We are facing a climate crisis and we all have the responsibility to act. We need a national strategy that aligns with the science of climate change, builds a 100% renewable energy economy and is justice-based. Read more about the principles of the People’s Climate Plan.
We hope that you will bring your own local vision for the People’s Climate Plan to these consultations. Many people across Canada have said “no” to any new pipelines and have shared the ideas outlined in the Leap Manifesto.
We hope you will take part in a climate consultation to ensure that your voice is heard.

Time:  7:30 p.m.
Venue:  Merchant Warehouse
Location:  16 Water St, Bonne Bay, NL
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 14/2016
to Jul 18/2016
Boston, MA
People Over Pipelines March
This is a historic moment: all over the world, people are taking bold direct action to stop new oil, coal and gas infrastructure and demand climate solutions. This July, we’re bringing the momentum to Massachusetts with a massive march and action against new gas pipelines. Join us!

We’ll spend Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15 walking the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline, building community and training ourselves in direct action as we go. On July 16, we’ll march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, we’ll walk together to the State House, where we’ll take bold, visionary action together to show Governor Baker, and our legislators, that we’re ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines.

The timing couldn’t be better: our legislators and governor are on the verge of major decisions about pipelines and our state’s energy future. This summer could be a turning point for our state, and our climate. You won’t want to miss it!

Venue:  Massachusetts
Location:  Boston, MA
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 15/2016
to Jul 17/2016
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (VFMF), founded in 1978, is an outdoor multistage music festival, located at Jericho Beach Park on the west side of Vancouver, British Columbia. It takes place annually, on the third weekend of July.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Jul 15/2016
to Jul 18/2016
Cleveland, Ohio
End Poverty Now March For Economic Justice
Cleveland will be hosting the 2016 convention of the Republican Party for four days beginning Monday, July 18, 2016. Northeast Ohio is one of the most segregated regions in the country, while its largest city, Cleveland, is one of the poorest. Cleveland will be holding a celebration for a political party that has distinguished itself over the past generation by rolling back the gains of the Civil Rights and anti-poverty movements of the past, and has done everything in its power to defund and disempower residents of Cleveland and residents across the United States.

Location:  Cleveland, Ohio
Website:  
Categories:   Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 16/2016
Rexdale, ON
Townhall meeting: Rexdale wants decent work
Inequality is growing in Ontario. Nearly every family knows someone who is having a hard time finding a decent job with living wages. The government has to decide if they really want to tackle the crisis of bad jobs and precarious employment. Work needs to be respected - in every sector of the economy. If you want a society where the next generation has a hopeful future, tell the Ontario government to take action.

Time:  1:00 p.m.
Venue:  Thistletown Community Centre
Location:  925 Albion Road, Rexdale, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Economic Development; Government & Public Sector; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 18/2016
Nelson Mandela International Day
Take Action! Inspire Change

Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

How the Day came about

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Jul 24/2016
Philadelphia, PA
March For Clean Energy & Stop The TPP
Flush the TPP, a campaign organized by Popular Resistance, is organizing a Stop the TPP contingent in the March for a Clean Energy Revolution that is taking place in Philadelphia the day before the start of the Democratic National Convention.
Please join us for an art build the afternoon before (on July 23). This will be a bold and beautiful march. People are needed to help carry the many banners and props. We will hand out information about the No Lame Duck Uprising.

Time:  12:00 p.m.
Venue:  City Hall
Location:  John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
Website:  
For information contact:  info@popularresistance.org
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Trade
Jul 27/2016
Toronto, ON
Climate Consultation for Spadina-Fort York
MP Adam Vaughan is holding a climate change consultation for his riding Spadina-Fort York, July 27th at 7pm. It's up to us to show up and speak up in support of an ambitious national climate strategy.

Sign up for the event on Facebook and email adam.vaughan@parl.gc.ca to let your MP's office know you're participating.

Together, we'll show our support for a People's Climate Plan that keeps global warming below 1.5 degrees, builds a 100% renewable energy economy that works for transitioning fossil fuel workers, and enshrines justice and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples.

Time:  7PM
Venue:  Trinity Community Recreation Centre
Location:  155 Crawford St., Toronto, ON
Jul 27/2016
to Jul 28/2016
Luebeck, Germany
8th International Congress of Environmental Research
Environmental research, planning and management
To provide a platform to academicians, professionals, industrialists, environmentalists, researchers and activist from all over the world for interaction and exchanging their views in order to enhance their knowledge in the field of environment.

For more information:
Contact Name: Professor Dr. Subhash C. Pandey
Phone: 919826713114
E-mail: icer16.jerad@yahoo.com

Location:  Luebeck, Germany
Website:  
For information contact:  icer16.jerad@yahoo.com
Phone:  919826713114
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology; Information, Libraries, Research
Jul 27/2016
to Jul 28/2016
Luebeck
8th International Congress of Environmental Research
To provide a platform to academicians, professionals, industrialists, environmentalists, researchers and activist from all over the world for interaction and exchanging their views in order to enhance their knowledge in the field of environment This event is located in Luebeck, Germany.

Venue:  Luebeck University of Applied Sciences
Location:  Moenkhofer Weg 239, Luebeck
Website:  
For information contact:  Professor Dr. Subhash C. Pandey
Phone:  919826713114
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research
Jul 28/2016
World Hepatitis Day [WHO]
World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis — a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E — and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year.

World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World AIDS Day

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jul 29/2016
Tatamagouche, ON
Cumberland-Colchester: Show up. Speak up.
The Council of Canadians encourages you to attend the climate change town hall on Saturday, July 30 in Lachine.

Town halls like this one are being held all across the country to inform the federal government's national climate strategy, which the government has promised to release by the end of 2016.

The Council of Canadians is part of the People's Climate Plan, a coalition of groups working to make climate action work for all of us. We are facing a climate crisis and we all have the responsibility to act. We need a national strategy that aligns with the science of climate change, builds a 100% renewable energy economy and is justice-based. Read more about the principles of the People's Climate Plan.

We hope that you will bring your own local vision for the People's Climate Plan to these consultations. Many people across Canada have said "no" to any new pipelines and have shared the ideas outlined in the Leap Manifesto.

We hope you will take part in a climate consultation to ensure that your voice is heard.

Time:  10AM
Venue:  Patterson Room, Tatamagouche Library
Location:  Patterson Room, Tatamagouche, ON
Website:  
Jul 30/2016
International Day of Friendship
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

The Day is also intended to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).

To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

Categories:   Arts & Culture; International
Jul 30/2016
Lachine, ON
Lachine: Show up. Speak up.
The Council of Canadians encourages you to attend the climate change town hall on Saturday, July 30 in Lachine.

Town halls like this one are being held all across the country to inform the federal government's national climate strategy, which the government has promised to release by the end of 2016.

The Council of Canadians is part of the People's Climate Plan, a coalition of groups working to make climate action work for all of us. We are facing a climate crisis and we all have the responsibility to act. We need a national strategy that aligns with the science of climate change, builds a 100% renewable energy economy and is justice-based. Read more about the principles of the People's Climate Plan.

We hope that you will bring your own local vision for the People's Climate Plan to these consultations. Many people across Canada have said "no" to any new pipelines and have shared the ideas outlined in the Leap Manifesto.

We hope you will take part in a climate consultation to ensure that your voice is heard.

Time:  9AM
Venue:  Lachine/Dorval/Lasalle Constituency Office
Location:  735 Rue Notre Dame, Lachine, ON
Jul 30/2016
World Day against Trafficking in Persons
Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Slavery, in both its ancient and modern forms, is not only shameful, it is as the abolitionist John Wesley said “the execrable sum of all villanies,” and has no place in our world.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13 recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Aug 4/2016
to Aug 7/2016
Edmonton, AB
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is an annual four-day outdoor music event held the second weekend of August in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, established in 1980 by Don Whalen. The festival continues to draw many people from around the world as both spectators and performers. The current producer of the festival is Terry Wickham.

The festival showcases performers in many genres. Most years, folk, Celtic, bluegrass, blues, gospel, roots, and worldbeat acts perform. Past main stage performers include k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, Great Big Sea, Oysterband, Loreena McKennitt, Norah Jones, Steve Earle, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, David Gray, Neko Case, Van Morrison, David Byrne and Michael Franti. In addition to the main stage and side stage concerts by individual artists, the festival has artists collaborate on shared stages.

The EFMF relies heavily on volunteers which keep ticket prices down. Volunteers do everything from picking garbage to working as stage hands. There are approximately 2000 people on the volunteer list each year.

The festival is extremely successful, but this has spawned problems. The 2012 edition sold out in just minutes thus leaving many potential fans without tickets and leading to a seller's market for resales. Not coincidentally, 2012 saw the inaugural edition of a new folk and rock festival, Interstellar Rodeo, launched by Folk Fest fan Shauna de Cartier of Six Shooter Records.

Time:  4 days
Location:  Edmonton, AB
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Aug 5/2016
New York City, NY
Hiroshima And Nagasaki Anniversary Peace Gathering
71 years have passed since the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is estimated that the bombs have killed 210,000 citizens by the end of 1945 and, over the years, have ruined the health of many of the survivors. The average age of the Hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivors, is now 80 years old, and many of them are still suffering from terrible health issues. To honor the memory of those who lost their lives to the atomic bombings, a coalition of citizens and peace activists will gather in front of the Japan Consulate General.

The coalition supports the commitment of the Japanese people to protect their peace constitution by retaining Article 9. It encourages them in their continued opposition to Japan’s reliance on the U.S.-Japan military alliance and the U.S. nuclear umbrella. It endorses their efforts to enroll the Japanese government to join the 127 states who signed the Humanitarian Pledge to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons, just as the world had done for chemical and biological weapons.
The coalition’s conviction is that nuclear weapons must never be used again against any nation under any circumstances. The message of peace from Hibakusha to the people of the world is an appeal for all to realize a world free of nuclear weapons.

Time:  Noon
Venue:  in front of the Consulate General of Japan
Location:  299 Park Avenue, New York City, NY
Website:  
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 5/2016
to Aug 7/2016
Goderich, ON
Goderich Celtic Roots
The Celtic Roots Festival is a Celtic festival held annually in the town of Goderich. The festival celebrates traditional Celtic music and craft by showcasing a wide variety of musicians and artisans. Musical acts have come from as far afield as Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but have also included popular North American folk artists such as Maura O'Connell, The Wailin' Jennys and Garnet Rogers. The festival was first held in 1992.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Goderich, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Aug 9/2016
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
In 1994, the General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World's Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year.

The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1992, of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

Indigenous peoples contribute extensively to humanity's cultural diversity, enriching it with more than two-thirds of its languages and an extraordinary amount of its traditional knowledge.

There are over 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries, living in all regions of the world. The situation of indigenous peoples in many parts of the world is critical today. Poverty rates are significantly higher among indigenous peoples compared to other groups. While they constitute 5 percent of the world's population, they are 15 percent of the world's poor. Most indicators of well-being show that indigenous peoples suffer disproportionately compared to non-indigenous peoples.

Indigenous peoples face systemic discrimination and exclusion from political and economic power; they continue to be over-represented among the poorest, the illiterate, the destitute; they are displaced by wars and environmental disasters; indigenous peoples are dispossessed of their ancestral lands and deprived of their resources for survival, both physical and cultural; they are even robbed of their very right to life.

Website:  
Categories:   Native Peoples; Arts & Culture; International
Aug 9/2016
Toronto, ON
Pipelines, Power and Democracy - free film & discussion
Pipelines, Power and Democracy
Free Screening and Discussion
A film by Olivier D. Asselin, NFB, 2015
In French, with English subtitles

The expansion of Canada's oil sands industry - one of the most polluting energy sources on the planet - represents a huge environmental challenge. And, as the NFB documentary Pipelines, Power and Democracy makes all too clear, when it comes to fossil fuels, political power doesn't always lie where we think it does.

From the hallways of Quebec's National Assembly, where parliamentary power resides, to campaigns waged by environmental defence groups and activists, director Olivier D. Asselin follows the journeys of four people who each adopt their own tactics to effect change. All are involved in the fight against TransCanada's proposed oil tanker terminal at Cacouna, Quebec, a battle that mobilized people concerned about protecting the St. Lawrence River.

The film documents the growth of an anti-pipeline movement over the course of two years, a movement that rekindled a sense of collective purpose and solidarity.

Pipelines, Power and Democracy propels us into the midst of an urgent battle being fought against those who embrace economic growth at any cost - while the fate of the planet hangs in the fragile balance.

Film courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.

Time:  6:15 pm to 8:15 pm
Venue:  Annette Library
Location:  145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Mining & Petroleum
Aug 9/2016
to Aug 14/2016
Montreal, QC
World Social Forum 2016
We invite citizen’s movements from around the world to make the next World Social Forum (WSF) a meeting essential for sharing our mobilizations, our resistance and for strengthening our struggles. We want the WSF in Montreal to be not only a place for sharing broad guidelines but also be a space that allows social movements to put forward political responses that can change the course of history.

The goal of the WSF 2016 is to gather tens of thousands of people from groups in civil society, organizations and social movements who want to build a sustainable and inclusive world, where every person and every people has its place and can make its voice heard.

Location:  Montreal, QC
Website:  
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 11/2016
Toronto, ON
Environmental lessons from a small island? A British Virgin Islands Case Study
Have you ever visited a Caribbean island or seen images of paradise with turquoise waters and pristine white beaches, laced with palm trees?

Have you ever thought about environmental concerns facing islands? Did you know islands are the most vulnerable counties when it comes to development and climate change?

Join us in finding out more about environmental issues facing the island chain of the British Virgin Islands.
During the session we will walk you through the main concerns around waste, energy water and education, and then focus our discussion on waste and materials management. We will explore possible solutions and how small island states can learn from large countries and vice versa.

We are very pleased to have Charlotte McDevitt as our guest speaker. It will be an interactive and engaging session, like the previous one!

Suggested donation of $5 to cover our costs is much appreciated

Speaker BIo:
Before relocating to the Caribbean thirteen years ago, Charlotte McDevitt worked for the City of Cape Town, developing strategies to reduce litter, illegal dumping and waste to landfill.
Charlotte McDevitt completed her Masters in Industrial Administration in 2008 and her dissertation focused on how the BVI can reduce waste and improve materials management.
Charlotte McDevitt is the executive director of Green VI, a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to a greener, cleaner and healthier British Virgin Islands.

Time:  7:00PM
Venue:  CSI Annex, MEETING ROOM #1 (2ND FLOOR)
Location:  720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Andrew - ac1two1@hotmail.com
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Education
Aug 11/2016
to Aug 21/2016
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Celebrating the best in independent queer cinema, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is Vancouver's second largest film festival and the largest Queer arts event in Western Canada. The festival hosts a variety of performances, workshops, panels, parties and more, facilitating a unique queer space for 11 days each August.

Venue:  Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Location:  405-207 W Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
Website:  
For information contact:  info@outonscreen.com
Phone:  604-844-1615
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Aug 12/2016
International Youth Day
International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August 2000.

Background
International Youth Day is observed annually on 12 August. It is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world.

IYD was designated by the United Nations in 1999 with the adoption of Resolution 54/120.

International Youth Day's Slogan for 2014 is Youth and Mental Health. For 2015, it is Youth and Civic Engagement.

Website:  
Categories:   Children & Youth; International
Aug 12/2016
Toronto, ON
Peace Fest
PEACE FEST encapsulates our passion for social justice and hopes for a brighter future as we shed light on the dark chapters of the history of WWII in Asia.

At this unique festival, community members are invited to celebrate the pursuit for reconciliation and sustain their hopeful spirit for peace through the various outdoor activities and events such as: chalk art, origami-making, interactive performances, art exhibition, arts and craft vendors, diverse food vendors, and a peace boat ceremony in the evening.

Time:  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Venue:  Mel Lastman Square
Location:  5100 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  416-299-0111
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Performing Arts
Aug 12/2016
to Aug 14/2016
Toronto, ON
Toronto Queer West Film Festival
Fancy something a little bit different? Join us at the 8th Annual Queer West Film Festival at Innis Town Hall Aug 12-14 where we’ve made the jump from our annual evening screening to a weekend film festival, with financial support from presenting sponsor TD Canada Trust. Eight years of shaping, forming, breaking, discovering and finding, ­ Queer West Film Festival in 2016 is about; glory, shame, distaste, trash and beauty.

This year we are walking on the wild side, with 24 films on sexual fetishes, sadomasochism and lesbian violence, as well as more traditional films on gender identity and human rights; We enjoy creating a festival by looking at the queer perspective from all corners of the world, perspectives that challenge normative views, propose an alternate way of thinking, and approach life and storytelling from another way. We’re proud to be the Greater Toronto Area second largest LGBTQ film festival.

Tickets - $14 for adults per evening. Students & Seniors with ID $10 a day. 3 day pass available

Venue:  Innis Town Hall
Location:  2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Aug 18/2016
Kitchener, ON
Climate Consultation Waterloo Region
All five MPs in Waterloo Region are teaming up for this multi-constituency consultation. We need you to commit now to attend this most important of consultations!

We'll show our support for the People's Climate Plan. Organizers with the People's Climate Plan are calling for the national climate strategy that respects climate science and Canada's commitments in the Paris Agreement, ensures a plan to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050, and enshrines justice for all workers and Indigenous communities.

Time:  7:00 PM
Venue:  Kitchener City Hall Rotunda
Location:  200 King St. W., Kitchener, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Laura - laura@divestwaterloo.ca
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Aug 19/2016
World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognizing humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as part of a Swedish-sponsored GA Resolution A/63/L.49 on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations, and set as 19 August. It marks the day on which the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.

Website:  
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Aug 19/2016
to Aug 21/2016
Salmon Arm, BC
Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival
The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival is a three-day music festival that occurs every third weekend in August. It has six stages and features an international roster of artists as well as a strong contingent of Canadian talent. The event takes place at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds, an 18-acre site at the base of Mount Ida in Salmon Arm, a town located on the shores of the Shuswap Lake in British Columbia.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Salmon Arm, BC
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Aug 22/2016
to Aug 24/2016
Montreal, QC
ICCE 2016: 5th International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy
ICCE2016 commitee cordially invite all the participants interested in sharing their knowledge and research in the area of clean & renewable energy to submit their abstract and attend the ICCE2016. ICCE 2016 provides a platform for researchers and scientists to share their research work while the participants from industry can promote their products . This is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from universities and institutes to interact with the their colleagues.

ICCE 2016 takes place in Montreal, Canada. ICCE 2016 is an opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading scientists, and to experience the vibrant culture and to explore the natural wonders of Montreal.

Venue:  McGill University
Location:  Montreal, QC
Website:  
For information contact:  icce2016@iaemm.com
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Trade
Aug 23/2016
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, August 23 of each year, the day designated by UNESCO to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade. That date was chosen by the adoption of resolution 29 C/40 by the Organization's General Conference at its 29th session. Circular CL/3494 of July 29, 1998, from the Director-General, invited Ministers of Culture to promote the day. The date is significant because, during the night of August 22 to August 23, 1791, on the island of Saint-Domingue (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which set forth events which were a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

Website:  
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 23/2016
Toronto, ON
Sixties Scoop Rally
After 7 years, the case is finally being heard. The Government of Canada still denies its role in the attempted cultural genocide of thousands of First Nations children. Join Marcia to send the message that the Government IS responsible for the Sixties Scoop, and this will not be forgotten.

Time:  8:15 p.m.
Venue:  Osgoode Hall
Location:  130 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 24/2016
Toronto, ON
Good practices in the elimination of discrimination against women in law and practice
The Women's Human Rights Institute and the Centre for Women's Studies in Education at OISE/UT invite you to join us for a special opportunity:
Civil Society Consultation on: "Good practices in the elimination of discrimination against women in law and practice"
with Costa Rican feminist jurist and activist Alda Facio, Chair of the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice, for the forthcoming 2017 report on "good practices" to the UN Human Rights Council.
Advance RSVP is REQUIRED to: info@learnwhr.org and cwse@utoronto.ca

Time:  2:00 p.m..
Venue:  Nexus Lounge, 12th floor of OISE
Location:  252 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  info@learnwhr.org and cwse@utoronto.ca
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Women
Aug 25/2016
Minden, ON
Environment Haliburton! presents Elizabeth May "The Climate Criss: Where's the Action?"
Elizabeth May, Officer of the Order of Canada, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada, is coming to Minden Community Centre to talk about "The Climate Criss: Where's the Action?"
Admission: $10 at the door

Time:  7:00 PM
Venue:  Minden Community Centre
Location:  55 Parkside Street, Minden, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Carolynn Coburn - mccoburn@halhinet.on.ca
Phone:  705 754-9873
Categories:   Environment; Politics & Political Organizations
Aug 28/2016
Toronto, ON
Hydro One Not For Sale
Councillor Burnside's environmental day is on Sunday, August 28, 2016, and Hydro One Not For Sale and Keep Hydro Public will have an information booth. It is located in the Leaside High School Parking Lot at 200 Hanna Road. Hanna Road is east of Bayview Ave and west of Rumsey Rd. Entrance to the parking lot is one block south of Eglinton Avenue East on the west side of Hanna Rd.

This will be a great event because it is located in the heart of Premier Kathleen Wynn's riding.

Time:  10:00 a.m.
Venue:  Leaside High School
Location:  200 Hanna Rd, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Environment; Government & Public Sector; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 28/2016
Toronto, ON
Toronto Green Market - Grand Opening - Queen West
Toronto's first annual green and eco living and lifestyle market. Bringing the best in eco fashion, sustainable food, natural beauty and home décor all to one place. Nestled in the heart of Queen West.

Join us Aug 28th 10am-5pm at The Great Hall (1087 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H3) for a family friendly day of local food, green goods and green living. Admission is FREE and all are welcome.

For vendor inquiries and more information please visit our website www.torontogreenmarket.com

Live Green - Shop Local

Additional Contacts & Websites:

www.facebook.com/TorontoGreenMarket

Time:  10am-5pm
Venue:  The Great Hall
Location:  1087 Queen St W, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Felicia - greenmarkettoronto@gmail.com
Phone:  6477635343
Categories:   Farming; Food & Beverage; Business & Economics
Aug 29/2016
International Day against Nuclear Tests
The International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed on August 29. It was established on December 2, 2009, at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly by the resolution 64/35, which was adopted unanimously.

The resolution, in particular, calls for increasing awareness "about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world". The resolution was initiated by Kazakhstan together with several sponsors and cosponsors to commemorate the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site on August 29, 1991.

Following the establishment of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, in May 2010 all state parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons committed themselves to "achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons".

Website:  
Categories:   Environment; International
Aug 30/2016
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole.

Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world. Once largely the product of military dictatorships, enforced disappearances can nowadays be perpetrated in complex situations of internal conflict, especially as a means of political repression of opponents. Of particular concern are:

the ongoing harassment of human rights defenders, relatives of victims, witnesses and legal counsel dealing with cases of enforced disappearance;
the use by States of counter-terrorist activities as an excuse for breaching their obligations;
and the still widespread impunity for enforced disappearance.
Special attention must also be paid to specific groups of especially vulnerable people, like children and people with disabilities.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Sep 3/2016
Toronto, ON
Ester Reiter speaks at Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto
Come out and hear Ester Reitar at a free talk at the Ashkenaz Festival

“Zingen far Sholem, Zingen far Broyt: Culture and Political Activism in the Jewish left in Canada”

For left, secular Jews, cultural life and political activism were inseparable. The rich cultural life of the secular Jewish left reflected and nurtured a socialist, internationalist and proudly Jewish heritage. From the first years of their arrival in Canada, in the early twentieth century, secular Jews demonstrated a profound determination to keep their language, politics and culture alive, a commitment that has continued into the twenty-first century. Their cultural life, emerging from its East European roots, was central to transforming all aspects of their new life in Canada. Jewish radicals established theatre groups, musical groups, dance troupes, a significant literary milieu, and popular education initiatives along with, and linked to, trade unions and political organizations.

The talk is based on Ester’s research for her recently published book, A Future Without Hate or Need: the Promise of the Jewish left in Canada. Accompanying the talk will be a power point presentation using archival photos. Ester is a professor emeritus from York University where she taught in the School of Women’s Studies. She grew up in the secular Jewish left in New York, and is a member of the United Jewish People's Order in Toronto. Her knowledge of Yiddish made this research possible.

Time:  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Venue:  Harbourfront Centre, Marilyn Brewer Community Gallery
Location:  235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Religious; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 5/2016
International Day of Charity
Charity contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding "among people."

Poverty persists in all countries of the world, -- regardless of their economic, social and cultural situation, particularly in developing countries.

On this International Day of Charity, the United Nations invites all Member States and all international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Sep 8/2016
International Literacy Day
September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.

To raise public awareness of the extraordinary value of the written word and of the necessity to promote a literate society, the following writers are supporting UNESCO through the Writers for Literacy Initiative: Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Philippe Claudel, Paulo Coelho, Philippe Delerm, Fatou Diome, Chahdortt Djavann, Nadine Gordimer, Amitav Ghosh, Marc Levy, Alberto Manguel, Anna Moi, Scott Momaday, Toni Morrison, Érik Orsenna, Gisèle Pineau, El Tayeb Salih, Francisco Jose Sionil, Wole Soyinka, Amy Tan, Miklós Vámos, Abdourahman Waberi, Wei Wei, Banana Yoshimoto. Not only the writers contribute to raising awareness to the problem of illiteracy: along with the writers’ engagement, there are various companies and charity organizations that support the fight against illiteracy. Some supporters of International Literacy Day include the Global Development Research Center, Montblanc, the National Institute for Literacy, and Rotary International.

Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Skills & Training
Sep 9/2016
Hamilton, ON
Draw the Line! Graphic Histories of Work, Struggle and Activism
Opening Reception in the Community Gallery on September 9th, 2016 at 7 pm.

Featuring the work of artists Sam Bradd, Nicole Marie Burton, Ethan Heitner, Orion Keresztesi, Kwentong Bayan (Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo), David Lester, Matt McInnes, Simon Orpana, Kara Sievewright and Tania Willard (Secwepemc Nation).

Join us for an art exhibition about past and present stories of labour activism in Canada. From the historic Stelco strike of 1946 to the experience of migrant care workers in the 21st century, this show reflects the diverse work of fifteen activist comic artists and writers from across Canada. The show celebrates the 2016 releases of Showdown! Making Modern Unions by Rob Kristofferson and Simon Orpana, and Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle, by the Graphic History Collective, both published by Between the Lines Press.

This exhibition is produced in partnership with Between the Lines and the Graphic History Collective. The authors of Showdown! wish to acknowledge that their research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Please also join us for The Hamilton launch of Showdown! taking place September 17, 7pm at the Workers Art and Heritage Centre.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  Workers Arts and Heritage Centre
Location:  51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 9/2016
to Sep 11/2016
Hamilton, ON
Supercrawl
Supercrawl is an annual art and indie music festival held in downtown Hamilton, Ontario.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Hamilton, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Sep 12/2016
United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
South-South cooperation, as an important element of international cooperation for development, offers viable opportunities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition in their individual and collective pursuit of sustained economic growth and sustainable development.

Developing countries have the primary responsibility for promoting and implementing South-South cooperation, not as a substitute for, but rather as a complement to North-South cooperation. The international community should support the efforts of the developing countries to expand South-South cooperation.

The Assembly also urged all relevant United Nations organizations and multilateral institutions to intensify their efforts to effectively mainstream the use of South-South cooperation in the design, formulation and implementation of their regular programs and to consider increasing allocations of human, technical and financial resources for supporting South-South cooperation initiatives.

Development cooperation beyond 2015 will have to increase and continue to support developing countries, with a special emphasis in poor and vulnerable communities facing sustainable development challenges, while mobilizing additional resources to address global challenges, such as climate change and managing global commons.

Categories:   Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Sep 14/2016
Toronto, ON
Marilyn Churley speaks on her book Shameless
In the late 1960s, at the age of eighteen and living far from home amidst the thriving counterculture of Ottawa, Marilyn Churley got pregnant. Like thousands of other women of the time she kept the event a secret. Faced with few options, she gave the baby up for adoption.

Over twenty years later, as the Ontario NDP government's minister responsible for all birth, death, and adoption records, including those of her own child, Churley found herself in a surprising and powerful position - fully engaged in the long and difficult battle to reform adoption disclosure laws and find her son.

Both a personal and political story, Shameless:The Fight for Adoption Disclosure and the Search for My Son is a powerful memoir about a mother's struggle with loss, love, secrets, and lies - and an adoption system shrouded in shame

Time:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue:  Leaside Community Room, Leaside Branch, Toronto Public Library
Location:  165 McRae Drive, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  416-396-3835
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; Women; Children & Youth
Sep 15/2016
International Day of Democracy
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy -- with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy -- and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.

The preamble of the resolution affirmed that:

* while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region...

* Â…democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.

Website:  
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Sep 15/2016
to Oct 5/2016
Toronto, ON
Fragments: Art and the Explosive Remnants of War
The Sculptors Society of Canada is pleased to present Fragments: Art and the Explosive Remnants of War, a solo exhibition by Canadian sculptor Blake Ward, Thursday, September 15 to Wednesday, October 5 at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church Street, Toronto ON M4Y 2C8. Opening reception Thursday, September 15, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Call 647 435 5858 or contact gallery@cansculpt.org.

Fragments is a series of de-constructed 1/4 life-size bronze sculptures focused on a devastating legacy of our generation, the civilian casualties of landmines. We have contaminated vast tracts of our world with unexploded remnants of war. Even though wars in afflicted countries may have ended, countless people around the world still live with the daily threat of these invisible enemies.

For information contact James Monaco 1 705 471-1299, james.monaco@fibreop.ca or
The Canadian Sculpture Centre at 647 435 5858 or contact gallery@cansculpt.org

Time:  Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:30am - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 9:00am
Venue:  Canadian Sculpture Centre
Location:  500 Church Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  gallery@cansculpt.org
Phone:  647-435-5858
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International
Sep 16/2016
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
September 16 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

This designation was made on December 19, 1994, in commemoration of the date, in 1987, on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Website:  
Categories:   Environment; International
Sep 17/2016
Hamilton, ON
Hamilton launch of Showdown!
Join Rob Kristofferson and Simon Orpana for the launch of the graphic novel Showdown! Making Modern Unions. Art from Showdown! is also part of the exhibit “Draw the Line! Graphic Histories of Work, Struggle and Activism” at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre.

Seventy years ago, thousands of North American workers took a stand for a better life. And they won. In 1946, in the United States, over a million workers in the steel, meatpacking, and electrical industries put down their tools and walked out; and striking Canadian workers tied up provincial rubber and logging industries, the Southam newspaper chain, central Canadian ports, and the national steel industry. Workers in Hamilton, Ontario hoisted picket signs at Westinghouse, Firestone, Stelco, and The Hamilton Spectator, and with the support of rallying friends and neighbours, turned the strikes into a community-wide struggle for decency, respect, and security.

Based on interviews and other archival materials, this graphic history illustrates how Hamilton workers translated their experience of work and organizing in the 1930s and early 1940s into a new kind of unionism and a new North American society in the decades following World War II.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  Workers Arts and Heritage Centre
Location:  51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Sep 21/2016
International Day of Peace
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

On 21 September 2015, the United Nations Education Outreach Section commemorated the day with a Student Videoconference at United Nations Headquarters.

The theme of this year's commemoration is "Partnerships for Peace "Dignity for All" which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.

The work of the United Nations would not be possible without the initial partnerships that were active in its creation and the thousands of partnerships each year between governments, civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups and other non-governmental organizations that are needed to support the Organization in achieving its future goals.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 document of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Sep 24/2016
Toronto, ON
The 6th Annual Toronto Disability Pride March
The 6th Annual Toronto Disability Pride March in happening Saturday, September 24, 2016!
Starting at Queens Park and marching to the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson (99 Gerrard Street East) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Why we’re Marching:
To bring recognition of the struggles and value of people with disabilities as we fight against ableism and other forms of oppression.
To be visible and show that we have a voice in our community and a right to be heard by taking to the streets.
To celebrate and take pride in ourselves as a community of people with disabilities.

Be Loud, Be Proud, Come March with Us!

Speakers will be announced soon!

Find us on Facebook and Twitter @DisabilityPM

We need volunteers and marshals for the march. If you have experience that is great, if not we're still happy to have your help!

Time:  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue:  Queens Park and Ryerson School of Disability Studies
Location:  marching to 99 Gerrard Street East - via Bay Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Disability Issues; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 24/2016
to Sep 25/2016
Toronto, ON
GO GLOBAL EXPO 2016
Are you interested in working, volunteering, studying or living overseas? Check out opportunities in more than 100 countries at the 2016 Go Global Expo! (www.letsgoglobal.ca)

Taking place September 24-25 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (Maple Leaf Gardens) in downtown Toronto, this FREE event will showcase:

Volunteer-sending organizations, universities from around the world, jobs abroad, non-profit groups, jobs teaching English, internships, adventure travel operators and lots more!

Informational seminars and workshops presented throughout the weekend by experts in the field.

Inspirational keynote speaker (TBA).

Verge Magazine's Travel With Purpose Photo Exhibit.

Drop by anytime over the weekend to speak with exhibitors, or plan your visit to attend one or more of the hourly seminars.

Pre-register online to save time at the door and get a free subscription to Verge Magazine!

For more information, please visit www.letsgoglobal.ca.

Time:  Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 11:00am - Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 5:00am
Venue:  Mattamy Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens
Location:  50 Carlton St, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  info@letsgoglobal.ca
Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Tourism & Hospitality Industry
Sep 25/2016
Toronto, ON
Book Launch: Facing the Anthropocene
Facing the Anthropocene, Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System with author Ian Angus

Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun - the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. If business as usual continues, this century will be marked by rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment. Large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened. Facing the Anthropocene shows what has caused this planetary emergency, and what we must do to meet the challenge.

Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines not only the latest scientific findings about the physical causes and consequences of the Anthropocene transition, but also social and economic trends that underlie the crisis. Cogent and compellingly written, Facing the Anthropocene offers a unique synthesis of natural and social science that illustrates how capitalism's inexorable drive for growth, powered by the rapid burning of fossil fuels that took millions of years to form, has driven our world to the brink of disaster. Survival in the Anthropocene, Angus argues, requires radical social change, replacing fossil capitalism with a new, ecosocialist civilization.

Ian Angus is editor of http://climateandcapitalism.com

Time:  2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 25/2016
Toronto, ON
Word on the Street - Toronto
Discover Canada’s Best Authors

Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted the finest talent in Canadian literature. Below, check out the lineup of authors and artists who will appear at our 27th festival on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Time:  11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Venue:  Harbourfront Centre
Location:  235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Sep 26/2016
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. It was the subject of the General Assembly's first resolution in 1946. It has been on the General Assembly's agenda along with general and complete disarmament ever since 1959. It has been a prominent theme of review conferences held at the UN since 1975 of States parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Yet today, some 16,000 nuclear weapons remain. Countries possessing such weapons have well-funded, long-range plans to modernize their nuclear arsenals. More than half of the world's population still lives in countries that either have such weapons or are members of nuclear alliances. As of 2015, not one nuclear weapon has been physically destroyed pursuant to a treaty, bilateral or multilateral, and no nuclear disarmament negotiations are underway.

These facts provide the foundation for the General Assembly's designation of 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority. It provides an opportunity to educate the public - and their leaders - about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them.

Categories:   Environment; International
Sep 27/2016
Toronto, ON
Toronto launch of Queer Progress: From Homophobia to Homonationalism by Tim McCaskell
How did a social movement evolve from a small group of young radicals to the incorporation of LGBTQ communities into full citizenship on the model of Canadian multiculturalism?

Tim McCaskell contextualizes his work in gay, queer, and AIDS activism in Toronto from 1974 to 2014 within the shift from the Keynesian welfare state of the 1970s to the neoliberal economy of the new millennium. A shift that saw sexuality - once tightly regulated by conservative institutions - become an economic driver of late capitalism, and sexual minorities celebrated as a niche market. But even as it promoted legal equality, this shift increased disparity and social inequality. Today, the glue of sexual identity strains to hold together a community ever more fractured along lines of class, race, ethnicity, and gender; the celebration of LGBTQ inclusion pinkwashes injustice at home and abroad.

Queer Progress tries to make sense of this transformation by narrating the complexities and contradictions of forty years of queer politics in Canada's largest city.

Time:  7:30 p.m.
Venue:  519 Community Centre
Location:  519 Church Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 27/2016
to Sep 29/2016
Laval, QC
The Canadian Urban Forest Conference 2016
The Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC) brings together leading experts from all across the country and provides an opportunity for dialogue between professionals and community groups on innovative strategies, policies, technologies, research and best management practices.

Venue:  Sheraton Laval Hotel
Location:  2440 Autoroute des Laurentides, Laval, QC
Website:  
For information contact:  Frédérique Boissier, f.boissier@ville.laval.qc.ca
Phone:  450-978-0991
Categories:   Environment; Management
Sep 27/2016
to Sep 30/2016
Calgary, AB
Under Western Skies 2016: Water: Events, Trends, Analysis
Under Western Skies (UWS) is a biennial, interdisciplinary conference series on the environment. The fourth conference organizers invite prospective researchers, authors, artists, and presenters to consider submitting proposals for oral and poster presentations as well as workshops and panels.
The conference theme, Water: Events, Trends, Analysis, will be threaded through four inter- and transdisciplinary conference tracks
Under Western Skies 2016 is pleased to confirm the following participants:
Bruno Latour
Gaia Global Circus (Chloé Latour, Frédérique Aït-Touati, Olivier Vallet & Company)
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

The UWS Committee look forward to receiving contributions from all environmental fields of inquiry and endeavor, including but not limited to the humanities, natural and social sciences, public policy, business, and law. Non-academic proposals are also welcome.
Please submit your panel or individual proposal at http://underwesternskies.submittable.com/submit, by January 31st, 2016.
The UWS conference series is the 2015 recipient of the Environmental Community Organizer (ECO) Award conferred by the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) (http://esac.ca/eco-award/).

Venue:  Roderick Mah Centre,Bella Conservatory,Mount Royal University
Location:  4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB
Website:  
For information contact:  Robert Boschman - rboschman@mtroyal.ca
Phone:  (403) 440-6456
Categories:   Environment
Oct 1/2016
International Day of Older Persons
The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year.

On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons as recorded in Resolution 45/106. The holiday was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991.

The holiday is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

This holiday is similar to National Grandparents Day in the United States and Canada as well as Double Ninth Festival in China and Respect for the Aged Day in Japan. The observance is a focus of ageing organizations and the United Nations Programme on Ageing.

Categories:   Seniors; International
Oct 2/2016
International Day of Non-Violence
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence".

Introducing the resolution in the General Assembly on behalf of 140 co-sponsors, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. Anand Sharma, said that the wide and diverse sponsorship of the resolution was a reflection of the universal respect for Mahatma Gandhi and of the enduring relevance of his philosophy. Quoting the late leader’s own words, he said: "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man".

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Oct 3/2016
Belleville, ON
Belleville: Join Maude Barlow for a discussion of Canada's water crisis
Join Maude Barlow, best-selling author and activist, for a discussion of Canada’s water crisis.
Barlow is one of the world’s foremost water activists and she has been on the front lines of the world’s water crises for the past 20 years. She has seen first-hand the scale of the water problems facing much of the world, but also many of the solutions that are being applied. In Boiling Point, she brings this wealth of experience and expertise home to craft a compelling blueprint for Canada’s water security.
Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets ($12) by emailing the Quinte branch of the United Nations Association in Canada at unac.quintebranch@gmail.com

Time:  6:30 p.m.
Venue:  Eastminster United Church, Lower auditorium
Location:  432 Bridge Street East, Belleville, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  unac.quintebranch@gmail.com
Categories:   Environment; Education
Oct 3/2016
World Habitat Day
World Habitat Day is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world. It was officially designated by the United Nations and first celebrated in 1986. The purpose of the day is to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations.

Website:  
Categories:   Environment; International
Oct 4/2016
Ottawa, ON
GREEN RIGHTS - transcontinental reading & speaking tour
A Film, A Book, A Journey
The Green Rights Multi-Media Project
Admission: free
The right to breathe. The right to clean water. The right to wholesome food.

Air, water, food - these are the sources of life. Without them, we die. And in most nations - more than 180 nations, in fact - citizens are legally entitled to these essential elements of life.

But not in Canada or the United States. And that's what the Green Rights multi-media project is all about: the human right to a healthy environment, and Mother Nature's right to be respected and protected.

These are Silver Donald Cameron's words as he begins his cross-Canada tour to introduce his book, Warrior Lawyers, and his film that focus on his Green Rights Project.

He and his wife began their tour in Wolfville on September 19th. On Tuesday, October 4th they will arrive in Ottawa where the public is invited to the reception and screening of his 'Green Rights' film.

Time:  8 pm
Venue:  Pearson Room, Lord Elgin Hotel
Location:  100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Silver Donald Cameron - sdc@silverdonaldcameron.ca
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 5/2016
Ottawa, ON
Ottawa launch for Cuba Beyond the Beach
Join Karen Dubinsky for the Ottawa launch of Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana at Octopus Books!

Havana is Cuba’s soul: a mix of Third World, First World, and Other World. Spanning a decade of visits as a teacher, researcher, and friend, Karen Dubinsky looks past political slogans and tourist postcards to the streets, neighbourhoods, and personalities of a complicated and contradictory city. Affectionate, humorous vignettes illustrate how Havana’s residents—old Communist ladies, their sceptical offspring, underground vendors, entrepreneurial landlords, and poverty-stricken professors—go about their daily lives. This book is a compendium of conversations with Cuban people rather than politicians.

As Cuba undergoes dramatic change, there is much to appreciate and learn from in the unlikely world Cubans have collectively built for themselves.

Karen Dubinsky started visiting Cuba in 1978, and has lived in Havana intermittently since 2004. She is a professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University and co-teaches a course in Havana for Queen’s students. She is the author of The Second Greatest Disappointment: Honeymooning and Tourism at Niagara Falls.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  Octopus Books, upstairs
Location:  251 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Oct 5/2016
Webinar: Why we should worry about regulatory cooperation under CETA
With the CETA agreement, we will get what looks like the most ambitious framework for "regulatory cooperation" in a trade agreement. In the future, civil servants and businesses from Canada and the EU will work together to forge "common standards".

What are the implications?

Should we fear an attack on protection levels?

What, for instance, could regulatory cooperation mean for food standards?

What are the experiences under NAFTA, and what can they tell us about regulatory cooperation under CETA and TTIP?

The speakers will be Sujata Dey (Council of Canadians), Amy Wood, Max Bank (LobbyControl), and Stuart Trew (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives).

Registration: follow this link: http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/825578578892565251

Time:  5:00 p.m. CET / 10:00 a.m. EST
Venue:  Webinar
Website:  
Categories:   Economic Development; Trade; Food & Beverage
Oct 5/2016
World Teachers’ Day
World Teachers' Day, held annually on October 5 since 1994, commemorates teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

According to UNESCO, World Teachers' Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding, and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

Education International (EI) (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) strongly believes that World Teachers' Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world. EI also believes that the principles of the 1966 and 1997 Recommendations should be considered for implementation in all nations.

Over 100 countries observe World Teachers' Day. The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organizations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.

In Western Australia, the 5th of October always falls during school holidays and so the day is celebrated on or around the 31st of October, which is safely into the fourth term. In 2015, World Teachers' Day was celebrated in Queensland, Australia on Friday the 30th of October. As in Western Australia, the 5th of October falls during school holidays.

Categories:   Education; International
Oct 7/2016
to Oct 10/2016
Nogales
SOA Watch Border Convergence
Converge on the U.S./Mexico Border this Fall!

This October 7-10 converge in Nogales, Sonora/Arizona at the U.S./Mexico border to demand a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy.

Location:  Nogales
Website:  
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 7/2016
to Oct 15/2016
Cape Breton Island, NS
Celtic Colours
Celtic Colours International Festival is a Celtic music festival held annually in October in communities all over Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. First held in 1997, the festival has featured hundreds of musicians from all over the Celtic world and attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Cape Breton Island. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive line-up of workshops, a visual art series of exhibitions, and a nightly Festival Club. Over the years, artists have traveled from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Brittany, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Cuba and Sweden as well as from across the United States and Canada to join the finest of Cape Breton's musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and tradition-bearers for the annual Autumn celebration.

Time:  9 days
Location:  Cape Breton Island, NS
Website:  
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Oct 10/2016
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

Website:  
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Oct 11/2016
International Day of the Girl Child
International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of the Girl and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as the right to education/access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and unfree child marriage.

The International Day of the Girl Child initiative began as a project of Plan International, a non-governmental organization that operates worldwide. The idea for an international day of observance and celebration grew out of Plan International's Because I Am a Girl campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally and in developing countries in particular. Plan International representatives in Canada approached the Canadian federal government to seek to the coalition of supporters raised awareness of the initiative internationally.

Each year's Day of the Girl has a theme; the first was "ending child marriage", the second, in 2013, was "innovating for girl's education", the third, in 2014, was "Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence." and the fourth, in 2015 was "The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030".

Website:  
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Education; Women
Oct 11/2016
Ottawa, ON
Ottawa: Energy East Town Hall: All Risk, No Reward
Ottawa Public Library Main Branch Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe, Basement.

Come learn about the threat of the proposed Energy East Pipeline to our water, our climate and our future, including stories from the frontlines of the Saskatchewan Husky Energy oil spill as well as stories from the mounting indigenous opposition to this export pipeline.

Did you know that the pipeline passes through the south end of the City of Ottawa?

The proposed Energy East Pipeline would also cross the Mississippi and Rideau rivers, two important waterways for residents and tourism. A spill would prove catastrophic for the city and also directly threatens its source of drinking water.

This town hall will take the form of a panel presentation followed by a question period. It will be moderated by the Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa, Graham Saul.

Panelists will include:

*Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
*Erica Violet Lee, Indigenous feminist and community organizer
*Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
*Daniel Cayley-Daoust, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner of the Council of Canadians

Time:  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in EDT
Venue:  Ottawa Public Library Main Branch Auditorium
Location:  120 Metcalfe, Basement., Ottawa, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  inquiries@canadians.org
Categories:   Environment
Oct 12/2016
Toronto, ON
The Hidden Life of Trees
Bestselling author and forester Peter Wohlleben shares fascinating insights into the surprisingly social life of trees. A walk in the woods will never be the same again.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Innis Town Hall, Toronto
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Presentation + Q&A: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Book signing to follow, with book sales by the University of Toronto Bookstore
Cost: $20 ($10 Student Price)
Get Tickets Here: http://bit.ly/HiddenLifeofTrees
Read the recent New York Times profile of the author and his best-selling book! http://nyti.ms/2bRzFyK
This event is presented by LEAF, Greystone Books, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry, and supported by the Goethe Institut, the David Suzuki Foundation, and Park People.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  Innis Town Hall
Location:  2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Tooba Shakeel
Phone:  416-413-9244
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Oct 12/2016
Toronto, ON
Toronto launch of Cuba Beyond the Beach
Join Karen Dubinsky for the Toronto launch of Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana Featuring special guest Organiko: the roots of Cuban music through the sounds of hiphop.

Havana is Cuba's soul: a mix of Third World, First World, and Other World. Spanning a decade of visits as a teacher, researcher, and friend, Karen Dubinsky looks past political slogans and tourist postcards to the streets, neighbourhoods, and personalities of a complicated and contradictory city. Affectionate, humorous vignettes illustrate how Havana's residents- old Communist ladies, their sceptical offspring, underground vendors, entrepreneurial landlords, and poverty-stricken professors- go about their daily lives. This book is a compendium of conversations with Cuban people rather than politicians.

As Cuba undergoes dramatic change, there is much to appreciate and learn from in the unlikely world Cubans have collectively built for themselves.

Karen Dubinsky started visiting Cuba in 1978, and has lived in Havana intermittently since 2004. She is a professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen's University and co-teaches a course in Havana for Queen's students. She is the author of The Second Greatest Disappointment: Honeymooning and Tourism at Niagara Falls.

Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  The Supermarket
Location:  268 Augusta Ave,, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Oct 13/2016
London, ON
Above All Else
Free screening of 'Above All Else'
One man risks his family and future to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, Above All Else follows David Daniel, a retired high-wire artist and circus performer, from the moment that he discovers survey stakes on his land, through years of activism and civic engagement, to four climatic days in September 2012, when Daniel made a final stand against the pipeline. Backed into a legal and financial corner, he rallies an eccentric group of neighbors and environmental activists to join him in a final act of civil disobedience: a tree top blockade of the controversial project.

We see pressure mounting from local officials, other East Texas residents, and TransCanada's legal maneuvers until Daniel is forced to confront his deepest motivations, and the fight becomes, as he says, "a battle in your soul." Inspired by his example, other East Texas residents and a group of young, Occupy-inspired activists embark on their own acts of civil disobedience with varying degrees of success. What begins as a stand against corporate bullying and property rights abuse would become a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide.

Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  London Public Library
Location:  Dundas Street, London, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 13/2016
International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.

The United Nations General Assembly designated October 13th as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction as part of its proclamation of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.

In 2002, by a further resolution, the General Assembly decided to maintain the annual observance as a vehicle to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

In 2009, the UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13 as the official date and also changed the name to International Day for Disaster Reduction.

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Categories:   Environment; International
Oct 15/2016
International Day of Rural Women
Rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over a quarter of the total world population. In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force, and produce, process and prepare much of the food available, thereby giving them primary responsibility for food security.

Bearing in mind that 76 per cent of the extreme poor live in rural areas, ensuring rural women’s access to productive agricultural resources contributes to decreasing world hunger and poverty, and make rural women critical for the success of the new Sustainable Development agenda for 2030.

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Oct 15/2016
Toronto, ON
The Wounded Healer
The Henri Nouwen Society and Tyndale University College & Seminary present
The Wounded Healer
with John Ortberg
Building on Henri Nouwen's groundbreaking work The Wounded Healer, John Ortberg explores the theme of wintry spriituality -- that season where God works actively through us to heal and restore others despite our own borkenness, wounds, and inadequacies.

Time:  9:00 am - 3:00 pm (registration 8:00 am)
Venue:  Tyndale University College & Seminary
Location:  3377 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON
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Categories:   Religious
Oct 15/2016
to Oct 16/2016
Toronto, ON
Climate Change Adaptation 2016 - Fifth International Conference
Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016
“Issues & challenges in adaptation“

This conference addresses the different dimensions of climate change. We are particularly interested to hear about your research, knowledge and experiences on the development of policy, strategies, approaches, tools, methodologies that can be adopted or adapted to better inform policy discussions by institutions, organisations and the international community to tackle the climate change challenge. We are also keen to hear about grass roots research which clearly identifies needs and knowledge gaps for further research.

We hope that this conference will stimulate discussions and debates and allows for the flow and exchange of knowledge and ideas thereby creating a unique resource and point of reference in this field. This will be an interactive conference underpinned by working group sessions. The findings from this conference will enable us to set up working groups in order to take forward some of the actions and recommendations on the climate change challenge.

Venue:  International Hall, International Living Learning Centre, Ryerson University
Location:  240 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Prabhath Patabendi, prabhath@uniqueca.com
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 16/2016
World Food Day
World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

The World Food Day theme for 2014 was Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”

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Categories:   Farming; Environment; International
Oct 17/2016
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world. It was officially recognized by the United Nations, but the first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honor victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear. This call was made by Joseph Wresinski (1917-1988) founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.

The text engraved in the stone reads as follows:

Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Oct 18/2016
Toronto, ON
17th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival: An evening with David Suzuki
Special launch honouring our 2016 International Eco-Hero, the renowned broadcaster, scientist and activist David Suzuki. The evening includes a short film screening, followed by his talk and a Q&A.

Venue:  Isabel Bader Theatre
Location:  91 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Environment
Oct 18/2016
Toronto, ON
Pricing the Planet
Economists, bankers, investment funds and financiers are taking a huge interest in the environmental crisis. They say they can protect the planet their way - with money.

This two-part documentary investigates the declining state of our planet and whether a commercial approach can in fact save it. We see how since the Industrial Revolution we have heavily depleted our natural resources, polluted the planet, and how we are now losing endangered species at an alarming rate.

By examining the commercialisation of nature, something that has been in the making for nearly 50 years, we speak to the biggest players in this global arena - the economists championing a "green" economy and the environmentalists challenging it. We question whether nature can be priced and if a new economic order really helps the planet, or simply encourages the depletion of natural resources and species.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  Beit Zatoun Cultural center
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  (647) 726-9500
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment; International
Oct 22/2016
Toronto, ON
17th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival: Family program
The Family Program consists in a screening of international shorts, curated especially for young people, followed by an interactive activity. You can also join us for delicious pancakes in the cafe at Innis College- timed so you can take part after the Family Program or before our Festival Forum.

Venue:  Innis College
Location:  2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment; International
Oct 22/2016
Toronto, ON
Friendship Trails: Lebanon Mountain Trail and Bruce Trail
The Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is the first long distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It crosses villages and towns of Lebanon at different altitudes. The trail transects Heritage Sites, Nature and Biosphere Reserves. It is sustained by the LMT Association (LMTA), working to safeguard the trail as a cultural and natural heritage and a socially responsible tourism project. The LMTA programs are: trail development, education, conservation, and rural development.

The Bruce Trail (BT) is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath. It spans over varied landscapes and provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It is cared for by The Bruce Trail Conservancy, a charitable organization committed to establishing the trail as a conservation corridor.

A friendly meeting between members and supporters of both organizations. A sharing of photos, documentary film, recruiting members and planning for an upcoming trip to hike the Lebanon Trail in April 2017.

Time:  2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue:  Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  (647) 726-9500
Categories:   Hobbies; International; Nature & Outdoors
Oct 23/2016
Toronto, ON
Concert: Gabino Palomares from Mexico
Only concert in Toronto
Singer and guitarist Gabino Palomares visits Toronto for one show only with guest singer Ismael Duran from Detroit.
Singer, songwriter, Gabino Palomares is one of the most important representatives of the New Song Movement (now called Trova) from the 70’s. Originally from Guanajuato, he moved to México City finding his first great success in in 1972 at a University Festival where he presented his work “Poems and Songs.”
His songs and his tireless work spreading the music of México, singing at solidarity events, universities, unions, neighbourhoods, public plazas eventually landed him on the most important Mexican stages: The Art Palace, The Theatre of the City, The National Auditorium, etc.

Time:  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  (647) 726-9500
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 23/2016
to Oct 26/2016
Ottawa & Gatineau, ON
Sustainable Mobility Summit : The Future of Urban Transportation
2016 Sustainable Mobility Summit : The Future of Urban Transportation
The Sustainable Mobility Summit is Canada's only event that focuses exclusively on sustainable, multi-modal and integrated mobility. Sustainable mobility strategies can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost physical activity, improve air quality, reduce congestion and increase access to opportunity. We expect more than 200 delegates to attend our three-day event at the University of Ottawa, a venue chosen for its proud focus on youth and dedication to evidence-based decision-making.
ACT Canada is a national professional association dedicated to positively influencing sustainable travel choices by Canadians. We help governments, non-governmental organizations and private businesses implement sustainable mobility policies, programs, services and products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost public health, fight traffic congestion and improve the quality of life.

Venue:  University of Ottawa
Location:  75 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa & Gatineau, ON
Website:  
For information contact:  Sharon Lewinson
Phone:  613-226-9845
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care; Transportation & Travel
Oct 24/2016
World Development Information Day
The General Assembly in 1972 instituted World Development Information Day to draw the attention of world public opinion to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them (resolution 3038 (XXVII)). The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide in principle with United Nations Day, 24 October, which was also the date of the adoption, in 1970, of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade.


The Assembly felt that improving the dissemination of information and the mobilization of public opinion, particularly among young people, would lead to greater awareness of the problems of development, thus, promoting efforts in the sphere of international cooperation for development.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Oct 26/2016
Toronto, ON
Pickering Nuclear Station: 12 more years or time to call it quits?
with speakers: Ian Fairlie, expert on radioactivity;
Jack Gibbons, energy economist with Ontario Clean Air Alliance; and
John Coo, Green Cross Canada
Pickering is one of the world’s oldest, largest and highest-cost nuclear stations. Its 6 operating reactors are surrounded by 2.2 million people (within 30 kms). Designed to last 30 years, it’s now 45, and OPG is applying for a licence to run it until age 57. To add insult to injury, Pickering’s power is surplus energy, and we subsidize the station with $900 million per year to keep open. Meanwhile, it has a long history of accidents. What are the safety, health and economic concerns of running Pickering to the ground? Why would we risk an accident when we have lower-cost renewable options including conservation and water power from Quebec? What about thyroid cancer and the KI pills issued by OPG?
Learn more and sign our petition to close Pickering.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  (647) 726-9500
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Oct 27/2016
Toronto, ON
Between Two Notes
A musical journey to transcend borders
"The world is divided in half-east and west - the halves weep - they long for each other."

A journey through Arabic music: Tel Aviv, Cairo, Jerusalem, Beirut, Damascus, AleppoÂ…. In a troubled world, these cities share a common inheritance, that of classical Arab music. Florence Strauss leaves Paris for the Middle East to discover an unknown and hidden part of her family's past. Her journey and quest are transformed by the people that she meets along the way. She records encounters with musicians mainly, who are also poets and visionaries of this musical history of the Middle East that they have carried and passed on in the sound of their voices.

Young and elder, Muslims, Christians and Jews by voice and traditional instruments they are all inspired by Abdelwahab and Oum Kalthoum, the Egyptian icons. They carry on their own melodies of their voice and the rhythm of their hands. Followed by conversation with Amit Breuer, film producer.

2006 | Dir Florence Strauss | France-Canada | 84 min | English, French, Arabic, Hebrew subtitles

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Venue:  Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  
Phone:  (647) 726-9500
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Music
Oct 27/2016
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage takes place every 27 October. This commemorative day was chosen by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2005 to raise awareness of the significance of and preservation risks recorded sound and audiovisual documents (films, sound and video recordings, radio and television programs). Events are held in many countries, organised by national and regional sound and film archives, broadcasters, museums and libraries, and major audiovisual associations including the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA),International Council on Archives (ICA), International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) and International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)). and the International Federation of Television Archives FIAT/IFTA

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Categories:   Arts & Culture; Communications Industry & Technology; International
Oct 31/2016
World Cities Day
Recognizing the significance of urban basic services as a foundation for the overall social and economic development, the UN General Assembly designated on 27 December 2013, by resolution 68/239, 31 October as World Cities Day as of 2014.

Planned urbanization maximizes the capacity of cities to generate employment and wealth, and to foster diversity and social cohesion between different classes, cultures, ethnicities and religions. Cities designed to live together create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of shared resources.

The theme of the 2015 World Cities Day promotes togetherness and harmony, making our cities and neighbourhoods inclusive and livable.

Categories:   Transportation & Travel; International
Nov 2/2016
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
Over the past decade, more than 700 journalists have been killed for bringing news and information to the public. Worryingly, only one in ten cases committed against media workers over the past decade has led to a conviction. This impunity emboldens the perpetrators of the crimes and at the same time has a chilling effect on society including journalists themselves. Impunity breeds impunity and feeds into a vicious cycle.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/68/163 at its 68th session in 2013 which proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’. The Resolution urged the Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

This landmark resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers. It also urges the Member States to do their utmost to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability, bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers, and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies. It further calls upon States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference.

Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; International
Nov 3/2016
Halifax, NS
Nature Trust 19th Annual Dinner and Auction
Join the Nature Trust, conservation partners, and friends for our 19th Annual Dinner and Auction.

Help us celebrate this year's land conservation successes, network with like-minded friends, and help raise critical funds for the Nature Trust's continued work saving the most unique and outstanding places across Nova Scotia.

Early bird tickets are now on sale!

Together with your help we can build a lasting, natural legacy for Nova Scotians and visitors alike, by contributing to the protection of our Province's most special places and the species that inhabit them. Support the Nature Trust and our conservation work by joining us for this special evening celebrating conservation. #NTDinner2016

Time:  5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Venue:  Cunard Centre
Location:  961 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS
Website:  
Phone:  902-425-5263
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Nov 6/2016
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4).

Though mankind has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war.Water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage.

Furthermore, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has found that over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources, whether high-value resources such as timber, diamonds, gold and oil, or scarce resources such as fertile land and water. Conflicts involving natural resources have also been found to be twice as likely to relapse.

The United Nations attaches great importance to ensuring that action on the environment is part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding strategies - because there can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed.

Categories:   Environment; International
Nov 10/2016
World Science Day for Peace and Development
Established by UNESCO in 2001, World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated worldwide on 10 November each year. It offers an opportunity to demonstrate to the wider public why science is relevant to their daily lives and to engage them in the debate on related issues.

By throwing bridges between science and society, the aim is to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science while underscoring the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable. Recent themes have included ‘towards green societies’ (2011), science for the rapprochement of peoples and cultures (2010) and astronomy (2009).

World Science Day was instigated as a follow-up to the World Conference on Science, organized jointly by UNESCO and the International Council for Science in Budapest (Hungary) in 1999. The Day offers an opportunity to reaffirm each year our commitment to attaining the goals proclaimed in one of the twin documents adopted by the World Conference on Science: the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and to follow up the recommendations contained in the Conference’s Science Agenda: Framework for Action. The biennial World Science Forum is always held as close as possible to World Science Day.

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Categories:   Science & Technology; International
Nov 14/2016
to Dec 16/2016
Washington, DC and everywhere
#NoLameDuck Uprising to Stop the TPP
The White House is planning to use the Lame Duck session of Congress after the election this November to pass legislation to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Our mission is to create the environment that makes this impossible. That's why we are starting now to plan the #NoLameDuck Uprising! Sign up now to be part of it and we'll stay in touch with you about what we need to do. There will be actions in Washington, DC and across the country.
The Lame Duck session takes place after the election and ends with the winter break in December. It is a time when some members of Congress have lost their seats but can still vote. The Lame Duck is often used to pass unpopular legislation. This year the Lame Duck runs from Nov 14 to 18 in DC, then members will be home for 10 days for Thanksgiving break and then they will be back in DC for the first three weeks of December, concluding on Dec. 16.
Tell Congress "Don't Duck Democracy!"
Help spread the word about the #NoLameDuck Uprising. We need thousands to join in!

Location:  Washington, DC and everywhere
Website:  
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Trade
Nov 16/2016
International Day for Tolerance
In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.

This action followed on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.

The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Nov 19/2016
World Philosophy Day
World Philosophy Day was proclaimed by UNESCO to be celebrated every 3rd Thursday of November. It was first celebrated on 21 November 2002. In 2016, the Day is due to 17 November.

By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual. UNESCO has always been closely linked to philosophy, not speculative or normative philosophy, but critical questioning which enables it to give meaning to live and action in the international context.

In establishing World Philosophy Day in 2005, UNESCO’s General Conference highlighted the importance of this discipline, especially for young people, underlining that “philosophy is a discipline that encourages critical and independent thought and is capable of working towards a better understanding of the world and promoting tolerance and peace”. UNESCO's General Conference was convinced that “the institutionalization of Philosophy Day at UNESCO as ‘World Philosophy Day’ would win recognition for and give a strong impetus to philosophy and, in particular, to the teaching of philosophy in the world”.

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Categories:   Arts & Culture; International
Nov 19/2016
World Toilet Day
2.4 billion People do not have adequate sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children. Women and girls risk rape and abuse, because they have no toilet that offers privacy.”

This year, World Toilet Day is focusing on the link between sanitation and nutrition, drawing the world’s attention to the importance of toilets in supporting better nutrition and improved health. Lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation, along with the absence of good hygiene practices, are among the underlying causes of poor nutrition.

The aim of World Toilet Day is to raise awareness about the people in the world who don’t have access to a toilet, despite the fact that it is a human right to have clean water and sanitation.“

On this day people are encouraged to take action and help promote the idea that more needs to be done. You can host an exhibition, write a toilet song, host a dinner or draw a cartoon – anything that shows #wecantwait any longer and that everyone worldwide must have access to a toilet.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Nov 20/2016
Africa Industrialization Day
Within the framework of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa (1991-2000), the UN General Assembly, in 1989, proclaimed 20 November Africa Industrialization Day (resolution 44/237).

The Day is intended to mobilize the commitment of the international community to the industrialization of Africa.

The important contribution of inclusive and sustainable industrialization in helping Africa to overcome its critical development challenges is clearly recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goal 9 calls to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will host a symposium in Vienna on 23 November to celebrate Africa Industrialization Day and showcase relevant actions and success stories that promote Africa’s industrial development.

It will bring together representatives from the diplomatic corps, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other relevant stakeholders. See the UNIDO website for more information.

Categories:   Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 20/2016
Universal Children’s Day
By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

The Convention, which is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, sets out a number of children’s rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated, and to have their views heard.

On the basis of the Convention and joint effort by all the countries and regions, let us promote and celebrate children’s right on the Universal Children's Day, and continuously build up a living-friendly environment for children in the world through dialogues and actions.

Categories:   Children & Youth; International
Nov 20/2016
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Since the adoption of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 60/5, the observance has spread to a growing number of countries on every continent.

The Day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. It offers an opportunity for
drawing attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services. In 2008, remembrance services and other related events were held in such countries as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Uganda and the United States, and almost every country in Europe.

A dedicated website was also launched to make the Day more widely known and to link countries through sharing common objectives and the remembrance of people killed and injured in crashes.

Categories:   Transportation & Travel; International
Nov 21/2016
Vigils To Stop Kinder Morgan
Prime Minister Trudeau and and his ministers continue to drop hints that they'll approve Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline in the coming days.

If they do, they'll be siding with Big Oil instead of working people and future generations. They seem intent on locking us into the economy of the past.

This pipeline will not be built. Our society will transition away from fossil fuels, whether the oil industry likes it or not.

To make that happen, you and I need to come together to stop Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline and show how many of us oppose this destructive project.

Join a National Day of Action on November 21 in collaboration with our friends at 350.org, the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, LeadNow and Greenpeace.

Already 25 vigils have been organized by people like you in a wide variety of towns and cities across Canada.

Venue:  Across Canada
Website:  
Categories:   Business & Economics; Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 22/2016
Burnaby, BC
TPP Townhall meeting: Vancouver
Canada, the United States, Mexico and nine other countries - together representing more than 40 per cent of the global economy - announced the end of TPP negotiations last fall. The pressure is now on for all countries to officially sign and ratify the deal.

If ratified the TPP will:
Cost 58,000 Canadians their jobs.
Lead to the closing of auto manufacturing plants.
Grant corporations the right to sue Canada if laws to protect people and the planet interfere with profit-making.
Drive up the cost of your prescription drugs and undermine future investments in Canada's health care system.
Allow more foreign dairy products into Canada, significantly harming Canadian farmers.

We can do better. Canada needs fair trade - not trade that is only in the interest of multinational corporations. Learn what the TPP will mean for Canada, for your community, and how to stop it.

Speakers:
Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress
Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz calls the TPP "the worst trade deal ever." Let's make sure Canada isn't a part of it.

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
Location:  6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Website:  
Categories:   International; Trade
Nov 23/2016
Toronto, ON
Day of Action Against Ontario Hydro Rates
This is a day of action to protest Ontario electricity rates, and to demand that our provincial government take real action to reduce rates to a level that is affordable for all.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Ontario are struggling to pay their hydro bills, if we can get those hundreds of thousands together, or a large portion of them, and also encourage provincial members of parliament to stand with us we can demand action. For those who need transportation to and from the event we will be setting up car pooling and also reaching out to bus companies in order to arrange buses to the event from various areas.

Please share this event as much as possible. Also, please reach out to your area MPP and encourage them to stand with us to demand action.

Time:  12:00 p.m.
Venue:  Queen's Park, Legislative Building
Location:  111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 23/2016
Belleville, ON
Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference 2016
Mission: Resilience

Price: $75 + HST + Transaction fee

Showcase Extravaganza: 5pm to 7pm - November 22, 2016 at the Towne Place Suites - Included in your registration.

Our local food systems are being constantly challenged by climate change, shifting trade landscapes, and social trends. At the same time, local food systems help to create resilience. They create environmental resilience by supporting diverse production and attracting more farmers into the field. They create economic resilience through business opportunities all along the value chain. They create social resilience by drawing communities together through food. This year's conference will explore what we can do today to maintain and enhance the resilience of our local food system through uncertain times ahead, as well as the strong role that local food can play in buffering these challenges.

Time:  8:30am to 4:45 pm
Venue:  Maranatha Church
Location:  100 College St W, Belleville, ON
Website:  
Categories:   Farming; Food & Beverage
Nov 23/2016
Toronto, ON
Regent Park Film Festival
We are Toronto's only free community film festival, dedicated to making film accessible and presenting works that show that no one place or person has just one story.

Our upcoming 14th Annual Film Festival runs from November 23-26 at the Daniels Spectrum and features 60+ movies, as well as a family program, panels, workshops and more. All are welcome, with a focus on inviting those of us from low income and public housing communities.

We are looking forward (Nov 24, 3:30pm) to the screening of "The Prison in Twelve Landscapes," which will explore how the prison system permeates everyday life. Free admission and free childcare provided on site! RSVP here.

http://www.facebook.com/events/1769830993291343/

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/14th-annual-regent-park-film-festival-tickets-28235837149

Venue:  Daniels Spectrum
Location:  585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON
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Categories:   Arts & Culture; Children & Youth; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Nov 23/2016
Winnipeg, MB
TPP Townhall meeting: Winnipeg
Canada, the United States, Mexico and nine other countries - together representing more than 40 per cent of the global economy - announced the end of TPP negotiations last fall. The pressure is now on for all countries to officially sign and ratify the deal.

If ratified the TPP will:
Cost 58,000 Canadians their jobs.
Lead to the closing of auto manufacturing plants.
Grant corporations the right to sue Canada if laws to protect people and the planet interfere with profit-making.
Drive up the cost of your prescription drugs and undermine future investments in Canada's health care system.
Allow more foreign dairy products into Canada, significantly harming Canadian farmers.

We can do better. Canada needs fair trade – not trade that is only in the interest of multinational corporations. Learn what the TPP will mean for Canada, for your community, and how to stop it.

Speakers:
Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress
Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz calls the TPP "the worst trade deal ever." Let's make sure Canada isn't a part of it.

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  University of Winnipeg, Eckhardt Grammaté Hall
Location:  515 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB
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Categories:   International; Trade
Nov 24/2016
Toronto, ON
Film: On The Side of The Road
1948 Nakba - Israel's biggest taboo

Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis' collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. Tarachansky then turns the camera on herself and travels back to her settlement where that historical erasure gave birth to a new generation, blind and isolated from its surroundings. Attempting to shed a light on the country's biggest taboo, she is met with outrage and violence. Director Lia Tarachansky attending for Q&A.

Co-sponsored by Holy Blossom Temple Young Professionals.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Venue:  Beit Zatoun CUltural Centre
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
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Categories:   Arts & Culture; International
Nov 24/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg: Join Maude Barlow for a discussion of Canada's water crisis
Featuring a conversation with Paul Moist, former national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

This book launch is hosted by McNally Robinson. Co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of the collaborative Fall Literary Series.

We are complacent. We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the world's fresh water — water crises face other countries, but not ours. We could not be more wrong. In Boiling Point, bestselling author and activist Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing Canada's water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change.

This will be the defining issue of the coming decade, and most of us have no idea that it is on our very own doorstep.

Maude will be available to sign books! Boiling Point will be available for purchase at the event.

Barlow is one of the world's foremost water activists and she has been on the front lines of the world's water crises for the past 20 years. She has seen first-hand the scale of the water problems facing much of the world, but also many of the solutions that are being applied. In Boiling Point, she brings this wealth of experience and expertise home to craft a compelling blueprint for Canada's water security.

Please RSVP for this event. Seats will be available in the order of arrival.

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park Shopping Centre
Location:  1120 Grant Ave, Winnipeg, MB
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Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; Environment
Nov 25/2016
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue are often hidden. For 2014, the official Theme framed by the UN Secretary-General's campaign unite to End Violence against Women is Orange your Neighbourhood.

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Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Nov 27/2016
Toronto, ON
Toronto Climate Film Festival - Fuelling Our Future: Is Renewable Doable?
Can we meet our energy needs with renewables? Is a healthy world possible? We take a look at the considerable strides being made in Europe as they take strong action to transition to renewable energy and consider possible paths forward for an energy revolution.

Speaker: Jose Etcheverry, York University. Jose is an Environmental Studies professor who is co-chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative. He is working with Oxford County on its 100% renewable energy plan, and is involved in renewable energy projects in Africa and Chile.

Films: Mark Jacobson and Kevin Anderson on renewable energy, Denmark's plan for clean energy, and Bhutan's carbon negative energy commitment, and Africa and Chile initiatives.

Discussion Focus: Is renewable doable in Canada? What needs to be done to achieve that vision?

Time:  Doors open at 6:30. Screenings at 7pm.
Location:  60 Lowther Ave, Toronto, ON
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Categories:   Environment
Nov 29/2016
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (resolution 32/40 B). On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II))

In resolution 60/37 of 1 December 2005, the Assembly requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Division for Palestinian Rights, as part of the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November, to continue to organize an annual exhibit on Palestinian rights or a cultural event in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN.

The observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People also encouraged Member States to continue to give the widest support and publicity to the observance of the Day of Solidarity.

In 2015, the Palestinian flag was raised at the Headquarters and Offices of the United Nations. The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution on raising the flags of non-member observer States at the United Nations (A/RES/69/320). The United Nations decided that the flags of non-member observer States, including the flag of the State of Palestine, shall be raised at Headquarters and United Nations offices following the flags of the Members States of the Organization. The Ceremony of the Raising of the Flag of the State of Palestine at the UN headquarter in New York took place on September 30th 2015.

Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; International
Nov 29/2016
MB
Portage La Prairie: Wastewater P3
Is the city flushing money away?

Despite concerns raised by the public, the Portage la Prairie City Council has decided to pursue a public-private partnership (P3) for the renovation and expansion of the municipal wastewater treatment facility.

Attend this free town hall meeting to learn about the impact P3s have on public water systems and what you can do to protect public water. Listen to the panel discussion then have your questions answered. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Time:  7:00-9:00 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Venue:  MNP Exhibition Hall, Portage La Prairie
Location:  MB
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Categories:   Government & Public Sector
Nov 30/2016
Ottawa, ON
Rally for Indigenous Rights at the Supreme Court!
On November 30th, on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Clyde River Inuit and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation are heading to the Supreme Court of Canada to uphold the legal right of Indigenous Peoples to be consulted on energy projects that will impact their communities.

A win at the court could be a watershed moment for the future of Indigenous rights and environmental justice. We need YOU to be there to show your support for Indigenous communities fighting on the front lines of fossil fuel extraction.

Join us for a powerful and uplifting day of action outside the Supreme Court in Ottawa. Details:
-Opening Sunrise Ceremony: 6:30 AM (on Victoria Island)
-Morning rally: 8:00 - 9:30 AM
-Lunchtime rally: 12:00-2:00
-Closing Ceremony: 4:00-5:00 PM

Venue:  Supreme Court of Canada
Location:  301 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; Native Peoples
Dec 1/2016
Toronto, ON
TransformTO
TransformTO is a collaborative project engaging the community in achieving an 80% reduction in Toronto's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The project will be supported by community consultations and technical scenario modelling to help understand how deep carbon reduction will affect Torontonians over the long term. To refine these scenarios, a group of 35 stakeholders will offer views about reducing carbon while driving other benefits. The City of Toronto's Environment and Energy Division and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund are co-leading this initiative, which will lead to a long-term climate strategy that will update the existing City of Toronto Climate Change Action Plan. Members will have the opportunity to provide feedback learn more about the stakeholder findings.

Time:  5PM - 8PM
Venue:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre - Room 714
Location:  222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON
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Categories:   Environment
Dec 1/2016
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day, designated on December 1 every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World Hepatitis Day. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day.

As of 2013, AIDS has killed more than 36 million people worldwide (1981-2012), and an estimated 35.3 million people are living with HIV,[3] making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Despite recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claims an estimated 2 million lives each year, of which about 270,000 are children.

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Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Dec 2/2016
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are currently an estimated 21 million forced labour victims worldwide, creating US$ 150 billion in illegal profits in the private economy each year.

ILO has adopted a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour, which is set to enter into force in November 2016.

The 50 for Freedom campaign aims to persuade at least 50 countries to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol by 2018.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Dec 3/2016
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. It was originally called "International Day of Disabled Persons" until 2007. Each year the day focuses on a different issue.

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Categories:   Disability Issues; International
Dec 5/2016
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
International Volunteer Day (IVD) (December 5) is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The International Volunteer Day is marked by many non-governmental organizations, including Red Cross, scouts and others. It is also marked and supported by United Nations Volunteers.

Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme works closely with partners and governments to establish national volunteer programmes to create structures that foster and sustain local volunteerism in countries. Through the Online Volunteering service volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet.

The main focus of IVD 2014 does not only celebrate volunteerism in all its facets -- but also pay special tribute to people's participation in making a difference locally, nationally and globally. IVD 2014 highlights the contribution of volunteers in engaging people from the grass-roots in decision-making processes, ultimately creating space for participation that leads to stronger governance, social cohesion, peace and sustainable development.

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Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Dec 5/2016
World Soil Day
Soils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some preserving and restoring actions. The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives. World Soil Day 2015 will be celebrated on the 4th of December at the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) headquarters in Rome and FAO regional offices. National events will also be organized, so make sure to regularly check the map of events and/or register your event. The theme for this year will be “Soils: a solid ground for life”.

The soil is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. It is the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and, therefore, requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. Soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil, so its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential if humanity’s need for food, water, and energy security is to be met.

Categories:   Environment; International
Dec 6/2016
Toronto, ON
Burstow Takes on Psychiatry: A Special Talk at the Toronto Reference Library
Announcing: A very radical library talk on a matter more urgent than even most critics dare to acknowledge. As more and more "mental disorders" are added to the ever expanding psychiatric bible "The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" and more and more people find themselves on psychotropic drugs, voices of critique are progressively heard. Central among them is Bonnie Burstow, author of Psychiatry and the Business of Madness. A professor at University of Toronto, a renowned scholar, a philosopher, an activist, and a Rabble author, advancing further than other critics, in this book, depicting psychiatry as a self-interested business, Burstow makes the case that psychiatry's tenets are totally foundationless, that psychiatry intrinsically harms, and she calls on society to admit that the turn toward psychiatry was a colossal misstep. Correspondingly, the book invites readers into a societal conversation about how instead we might approach the problems to which human beings are heir. What, in short, is this library talk? An extensive introduction to antipsychiatry. And the beginnings of a much needed social dialogue. The public lecture will go for an hour and it will be followed by what is expected to be a highly animated Q&A, together with comments from the audience.

Time:  6:30PM-8:30PM
Venue:  Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Libary
Location:  789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
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Categories:   Disability Issues
Dec 9/2016
International Anti-Corruption Day
International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003.

Categories:   Law Enforcement & Corrections; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Dec 9/2016
International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The 9th of December is the anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”).

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as defined in the Convention, and to commemorate and honour its victims.

In adopting the resolution, without a vote, the 193-member Assembly reiterated the responsibility of each individual State to protect its populations from genocide, which entails the prevention of such a crime, including incitement to it.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Dec 10/2016
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December every year

The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.

The day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. In addition, it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and non-governmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social cause organizations.

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Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Dec 11/2016
International Mountain Day
December 11, "International Mountain Day", was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003. The General Assembly "encouraged the international community to organize events at all levels on that day to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development."

International Mountain Day is "observed every year with a different theme relevant to sustainable mountain development. FAO is the U.N. organization mandated to lead observance of International Mountain Day.

The theme for International Mountain Day 2010 is "Mountain minorities and indigenous peoples." It aims to raise awareness about indigenous peoples and minorities who live in mountain environments and the relevance of their cultural heritage, traditions and customs."

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Categories:   Environment; International
Dec 18/2016
International Migrants Day
Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places.

This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. It also has served to underscore the clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development, that is, the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.

Migration draws increasing attention in the world nowadays. Mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration require enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions. The United Nations is actively playing a catalyst role in this area, with the aim of creating more dialogues and interactions within countries and regions, as well as propelling experience exchange and collaboration opportunities.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Dec 20/2016
International Human Solidarity Day
This year's celebration of Human Solidarity Day comes after leaders of the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is a new, inclusive development agenda -- succeeding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure dignity for all.

The new SDGs agenda is centred on people & planet, underpinned by human rights and supported by a global partnership determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease. It will be thus be built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
 

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