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Date, Location Event, Organization
Jan 15/2017
Surrey, BC
March and rally against bigotry
Join us for a march and rally against bigotry to mark Martin Luther King Day, to carry on the struggle for our civil rights against the rise of bigotry in our communities.

The rally will start at the Surrey City Hall Plaza between the City Hall and Surrey Central Library at 3 pm. Then we will march to Holland Park at King George Blvd and 100th Ave.

Let us send a clear message that we will not tolerate any organized attempt by White Supremacist to organize and promote hate towards any target community.

Time:  3:00 - 5:00
Venue:  New City Hall
Location:  13450 104 Ave, Surrey, BC
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 17/2017
Toronto, ON
Book Launch: Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America
Join us for the launch of Todd Gordon and Jeff Webber's new book, "The Blood of Extraction."

Rooted in thousands of pages of Access to Information documents and dozens of interviews carried out throughout Latin America, Blood of Extraction examines the increasing presence of Canadian mining companies in Latin America and the environmental and human rights abuses that have occurred as a result. By following the money, Gordon and Webber illustrate the myriad ways Canadian-based multinational corporations, backed by the Canadian state, have developed extensive economic interests in Latin America over the last two decades at the expense of Latin American people and the environment.

Latin American communities affected by Canadian resource extraction are now organized into hundreds of opposition movements, from Mexico to Argentina, and the authors illustrate the strategies used by the Canadian state to silence this resistance and advance corporate interests.

To read reviews or purchase:
https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/blood-of-extraction

Time:  7:00 - 9:00
Venue:  The Steady Cafe and Bar
Location:  1051 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/blood-of-extraction
Categories:   Mining & Petroleum; International
Jan 18/2017
Toronto, ON
Community Energy Planning for a Low-Carbon Future
We’ve all heard about the importance of saving energy and reducing emissions in our own homes. But can we do the same thing on the scale of whole communities? According to our speaker, Fernando Carrou, the answer is yes, and we can gain a lot in the process. He’ll show us how the City and local neighbourhoods can partner to shape Community Energy Plans that cut greenhouse gas emissions and create local jobs, while keeping funds generated in the community.

Come and learn about what’s possible, what’s happening in other parts of the city and how the same approach might be applied right here in Ward 21. We’ll be leaving some time for discussion at the end, so please bring your questions and ideas!

Hosted by Green Neighbours 21
greenneighbours (at) yahoo.ca
www.gn21.ca

Time:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue:  St. Matthew’s United Church in The Oakwood Room
Location:  729 St. Clair W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.gn21.ca/
Categories:   Environment; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Jan 18/2017
Toronto, ON
Community Energy Planning for a Low-Carbon Future
Speaker: Fernando Carou, P. Eng., Senior Engineer, Environment and Energy Office, City of Toronto

We’ve all heard about the importance of saving energy and reducing emissions in our own homes. But can we do the same thing on the scale of whole communities? According to our speaker, Fernando Carrou, the answer is yes, and we can gain a lot in the process. He’ll show us how the City and local neighbourhoods can partner to shape Community Energy Plans that cut greenhouse gas emissions and create local jobs, while keeping funds generated in the community.

Come and learn about what’s possible, what’s happening in other parts of the city and how the same approach might be applied right here in Ward 21. We’ll be leaving some time for discussion at the end, so please bring your questions and ideas!

Time:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue:  St. Matthew’s United Church in The Oakwood Room
Location:  729 St. Clair W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.gn21.ca/
Categories:   Environment; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Jan 18/2017
Toronto, ON
Exhibitions Opening Party
Join us for the opening of our winter 2017 season, Power to the People: Photography and Video of Repression and Black Protest, co-presented by Black Artist's Network Dialogue.

Exhibitions include:

* Attica USA 1971: Images and Sounds of a Rebellion
Including extraordinary photo-reportage alongside a range of popular art, this exhibition recounts the notorious 1971 insurrection at Attica Correctional Facility in western New York State, and the multivalent cultural response that followed. The exhibition is co-produced by Le Point du Jour (Cherbourg, France), with generous support at the RIC from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

* Birmingham, Alabama, 1963: Dawoud Bey/Black Star
Dawoud Bey's photographic portraits commemorating the victims of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, are contextualized alongside photojournalistic prints from the RIC's Black Star Collection. and more...

Time:  6:00 pm
Venue:  Ryerson Image Centre
Location:  33 Gould Street, Toronto, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/244857709253015/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Arts & Culture; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jan 18/2017
Toronto, ON
Precarious Employment
Everyone is invited to the launch of this very timely book that explores the causes and consequences of precarious employment in Canada and across the world. This is a free event - everyone is welcome.

Co-sponsored by Politics & Public Administration, Faculty of Arts - Ryerson University, McMaster University, CUPE/3904, PEPSO, United Way - Toronto and York Region, SSHRCC.

Please RSVP to Jessica Praznik at jpraznik@ryerson.ca

Time:  5:00 - 7:00 PM
Venue:  G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
Location:  297 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://fernwoodpublishing.ca/events/view/precarious-employment-toronto-book-launch
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 18/2017
Toronto, ON
President Trump: Now What?
Two 75-minute panels with five experts tacking the aftermath of Trump's win, including topics like: American politics, gender, class and/or race in the US, immigration, journalism and the role of traditional and social media (e.g., false news; polling failures, etc.) and Canada-US relations.

Time:  7:00 pm to 9:30 p.m
Venue:  Potter Auditorium, Rowe Management Building
Location:  6100 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/president-trump-now-what/Event?oid=5919575
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 18/2017
Toronto, ON
Speaking Effectively on Israel/Palestine
Registration is $10 or PWYC. St Stephen's has a wheelchair ramp at the west entrance, and a barrier-free washroom.

Independent Jewish Voices, in collaboration with St Stephen's, is offering a communication workshop for marginalized views on Israel/Palestine -- how to communicate effectively across conflict.

Attendance at this workshop will be capped at 14 people -- please register by e-mailing one of the facilitators, Emily Green, emily.green380@gmail.com, or Lia Tarachansky, liatarachansky@icloud.com.

We will gather to explore what feelings come up when we experience conflict, and talk about how we can work towards making space for open, authentic interactions when emotions run high and our sense of self feels threatened.

Time:  6:30 pm
Venue:  Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields
Location:  103 Bellevue Avenue,, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://toronto.carpediem.cd/events/2043563-speaking-effectively-on-israel-palestine-at-churc
Categories:   Religious; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Politics & Political Organizations
Jan 20/2017
Toronto, ON
J20 Anti-Fascist Rally And March
On Jan 20th, Donald Trump will become the President of the United States. When that happens, he will bring a dangerous collection of far-right extremists, climate change deniers, predatory billionaires, open Islamophobes, anti-semites, and white supremacists into power with him.

If half of what he says can be believed, he will also begin punishing free journalism, strip millions of their health insurance, deport and indefinitely detain millions of undocumented migrants, force Muslim citizens to register themselves as such with the government, and build a wall across the border with Mexico at the expense of US taxpayers. He will bring people into power who challenge the humanity and rights of women, queer and trans people, racialized people, disabled people, as well as the entirety of the working class which makes up the majoirty of the country he plans to govern.

In response, groups across the USA have called for a GENERAL STRIKE on Friday, January 20th, in protest of their country's undemocratic and corrupt neoliberal political system, which promotes and sustains the racism, classism, and misogyny that fueled Trump's rise to power.

Time:  2:00 pm
Venue:  Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall
Location:  100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/379741899052692/
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 20/2017
Toronto, ON
Solidarity Rally against Hate!
Let the world and our American friends know that we stand with them against hate, bigotry, climate change denial and endless war.

Time:  12:00 pm
Venue:  US Consulate Toronto
Location:  360 University Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/218081988615247/
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Jan 20/2017
Toronto, ON
United Against Trump Town Hall
The election of Donald Trump has sent shockwaves across the globe, including here in Canada. Marginalized communities, youth and working class people are wondering what the rise of a right-wing billionaire who proudly spews racism and sexism will mean for them in the coming years.

Join us for a town-hall discussion in downtown Toronto on the rise of Donald Trump, its consequences, and how we can unite to combat Trump-style politics in Canada and elsewhere. Our aim is to draw in as many communities impacted by a Trump presidency as possible, with the hope of building a broad-based coalition to organize against Trump and right-wing populism into the future.

Time:  6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue:  Ryerson Library
Location:  Bldg 350 Victoria, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1701912310100505
Phone:  416-821-7421
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 20/2017
to Jan 21/2017
Washington
OCCUPY INAUGURATION: JOIN THE MOVEMENT OF THE 99%
Occupy Inauguration is a mass rally and protest taking place in Washington D.C. during the Presidential Inauguration and the seven year anniversary of the Citizens United ruling. January 20th-21st, 2017. We knew, no matter who was to be elected, Trump or Clinton, the voices of the 99% would be shut out. We are calling for unity to stand against the oligarch and demand representation for the people.

From day one our movements will need to unite and fight to advance the political revolution.

We reject the domination of Wall Street and the billionaire class over our society, and oppose a rigged political and economic system. We believe another world is possible, to achieve it we will need to build a united struggle for the 99%, to put people and the planet over profits.

Time:  9:30 Am to 12:00 Pm
Venue:  Malcolm X Park
Location:  Malcolm X Park 2400 15th St NW, District of Columbia 20009, Washington
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/863566453778925/
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 21/2017
Toronto, ON
Inorganic Market - electronics safe disposal
Bring your TV's, computers, phones... broken, older unused electronics for safe disposal via a certified Ontario vendor: ADL Process Electronics Recycling.

Time:  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Venue:  Annette Public Library
Location:  145 Annette Street (outside), Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.green13toronto.org/event/inorganic-market-certified-electronic-waste-collection-c
For information contact:  Annette Library & Green 13
Phone:  416-393-7692
Categories:   Environment
Jan 21/2017
Halifax, NS
Women's March on Washington (Halifax)
An inclusive, intersectional march of all genders, orientations and nationalities (and those worried about climate change), this walk takes aim at Trump's election to the White House, with event organizers saying "'Equal enough' is not enough!"

Time:  1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Venue:  Halifax City Hall
Location:  City Hall Downtown, Halifax, NS
Website:  http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/womens-march-on-washington-halifax/Event?oid=5917240
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 21/2017
Toronto, ON
Women's March On Washington - Toronto Solidarity Event
Across Turtle Island (North America) we have seen a rise in acts of hate coinciding with the American election. On Saturday, January 21, join us for a march to unite our communities in Toronto and to speak out.

We come together to say we will not be silent in the face of the hate that has threatened, demonized and insulted so many of us - Muslims, Jews, racialized people, Indigenous people, migrants and those with precarious or no legal status, members of the LGBTTQQ2SI communities, disabled people and women.

In the spirit of saying no to hate and yes to justice, equity and social change, people around the world will be mobilizing and resisting as Trump is inaugurated. The lived experiences of colonialism and anti-black racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, sexism and oppression has existed long before Trump, but we worry that the recent US election has provided a new wave that normalizes and makes hate acceptable.

Now is a critical moment to come together to send a united message. We cannot afford to be silent or idle. Let us continue to push for justice for the most marginalized and oppressed among us.

All allies are welcome.

Time:  12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Venue:  Queen's Park
Location:  47 Queen's Park Cres E, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1887427814819609
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 21/2017
Toronto, ON
Women's March on Washington: Toronto
Join us as we peacefully gather in solidarity with the 'Women's March on Washington'. We unite as one to let our sisters in Washington and all across the U.S. know that we see them, we hear them and that we will speak out against the reversal of any gains made for human rights.

This is an inclusive gathering, and everyone who supports human rights is welcome. Violence, vandalism, hate or hate speech will not be tolerated.

Let's also take this opportunity to remind Canadian politicians that messages that try to divide us and incite hate have no place in Canada.

Time:  12:00 pm
Venue:  Queen's Park
Location:  111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1887427814819609/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women; Politics & Political Organizations
Jan 22/2017
to Jan 27/2017
Toronto, ON
Indigenous Education Week
The 2017 Indigenous Education Week at the University of Toronto will be held from January 22nd to the 27th. Indigenous Education Week is a series of events for students, staff, faculty, and the community to participate in and learn about Indigenous knowledges, nationhood, and the diversity of Indigenous nations.

Venue:  First Nations House - University of Toronto
Location:  563 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://harthouse.ca/indigenous-education-week/
Categories:   Native Peoples; Arts & Culture; Education
Jan 24/2017
Halifax, ON
Halifax: imagine a Canada that respects Indigenous rights
What do you think resource extraction and development in Canada would look like if the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was implemented? Please join us for an interactive discussion panel to learn more about this important topic.

You will hear from local experts and advocates about what UNDRIP is, how it has been contravened by projects like the Site C dam in British Columbia and the Alton Gas project in Nova Scotia, and processes developed by Indigenous communities to either give or withhold their consent. Panelists will discuss the topic in broad terms and offer specific insights into ongoing projects and what people are doing to change things.

The library is accessible by transit and the venue is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available in the back.

This event is hosted by Amnesty International Canada and the Council of Canadians, with support from Halifax Public Libraries and the Indigenous Speakers Series.

Speakers
PATTI DOYLE-BEDWELL – Dalhousie University
Patti is a Mi’kmaq woman, lawyer and writer. She has published numerous papers about Aboriginal women, employment equity, education and leadership, and teaches Native studies from a Mi'kmaq perspective at Dalhousie University.

NAIOMI METALLIC – Dalhousie University
Naiomi spent 10 years practicing law, focusing on Indigenous issues. She recently joined the Schulich School of Law’s faculty to “work for First Nations in a different way ­– through teaching, writing, and speaking about how the law can be a tool for reconciliation and improving the lives of Indigenous peoples.”

ROGER LEWIS – Nova Scotia Museum
Roger Lewis is a curator for the Nova Scotia Museum, and a Nova Scotian of Mi’kmaq ancestry. He is a Mi’kmaq historian and one of the first Mi’kmaq archeologists. Mr. Lewis is a member of the Indian Brook Mi’kmaq First Nations community located near Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia.

CRAIG BENJAMIN – Amnesty International Canada
Craig is the national campaigner for the human rights of Indigenous peoples with Amnesty International Canada. Craig’s work has included coordination of research and campaigning on violence against Indigenous women, advocacy on a number of Indigenous land rights cases across Canada, and promotion of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

For more information and to RSVP please visit the Facebook event page.

We hope to see you on January 24!

Time:  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Venue:  Halifax Central Library
Location:  5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1378850278793280/
Categories:   Native Peoples; Environment; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jan 24/2017
Halifax, NS
Public Talk: 15,000 Years of Sea-level Change in Canada
John Shaw gives a presentation examining the causes of sea-level change, and the resulting geographic effects. With local examples like the Bay of Fundy used as a guide, Shaw highlights the future of our coastlines.

Time:  7:30 PM
Venue:  Saint Mary's University Burke Building
Location:  923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS
Website:  http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/public-talk-15000-years-of-sea-level-change-in-canada/Event?o
Categories:   Environment
Jan 24/2017
to Jan 26/2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stand Together To Oppose All Pipelines
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted preliminary approval for construction of the Nexus Pipeline to transport natural gas from the region. However, FERC officials continue reviewing plans for the Rover Pipeline, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the Mountaineer XPress and the Leach XPress pipelines, which officials believe would provide producers greater access to markets in which they can sell their natural gas at higher price points.

One of those producers, EQT Corp., plans to use $1.5 billion to drill 119 Marcellus wells with an average lateral length of 7,000 feet - along with seven Utica wells with an average lateral length of 6,800 feet — in 2017.

Another producer, global oil and natural gas giant Chevron, will invest $19.8 billion for drilling and fracking in 2017. The company operates several wells in Marshall County.

Time:  Jan 24 at 10:00 AM to Jan 26 at 5:00 PM
Venue:  David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Location:  1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/168237330324461/
For information contact:  Convention Center
Phone:  +1 412-565-6000
Categories:   Economic Development; International
Jan 25/2017
Halifax, NS
Ethics in the Evening: Faith-Washing
Atlantic School of Theology invites you to unpack big topics at this lecture. like: "What are the ethical implications of spirituality or religion being used as marketing tools? Do faith-based or faith-friendly businesses result in more ethically or socially responsible behaviors or outcomes? "
Light refreshments to follow. Register now at admin@ccepa.ca or 902 428 1416.

Time:  7:00 Pm to 8:30 Pm
Venue:  Atlantic School of Theology
Location:  630 Francklyn Street, Halifax, NS
Website:  http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/ethics-in-the-evening-faith-washing/Event?oid=5932050
For information contact:  admin@ccepa.ca
Phone:  902-428-1416
Categories:   Religious; Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations
Jan 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Why Should I Care About The State of Journalism?
Freedom of the press is one of the foundations of our democracy but the future of journalism is uncertain. The industry is facing unprecedented challenges. Traditional media companies are looking for new revenue models to stay afloat while the public has gotten used to getting news for free. Independent media organizations struggle with funding, resources, and breaking through the noise. At the same time, the rapid spread of fake news has left many people wondering what's real and what "news" they can trust.

What happens to our democracy when investigative journalism declines and fake news and echo chambers impact worldviews, actions and votes? Are we really in a post-truth society?

Susanna Kelley, a veteran political and investigative reporter and current Editor-in-Chief for Ontario News Watch, David Gray-Donald, a freelance journalist and board member for The Media Co-op, and Justin Dallaire, editor of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, will be joining us on January 25 to lead a discussion about the state of journalism and where we go from here.

Time:  7:00 Pm to 9:00 Pm
Venue:  Wallace Gastropub
Location:  1954 Yonge, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-state-of-journalism-tickets-31084956943
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Communications Industry & Technology
Jan 25/2017
to Jan 26/2017
Victoria, BC
All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
An urgent and fascinating documentary. Even if you belong to the choir it's preaching to, it has the rare distinction of being a movie you can agree and argue with at the same time. The title makes it sound like a portrait of I.F. Stone, the trend-setting investigative journalist who railed against the sins of the U.S. government from the '50s through the early '70s. I.F. Stone was one of the great journalists of the 20th century, and he deserves a movie of his own. "All Governments Lie" is mostly devoted to the pluck and courage of his present-day inheritors. It's a portrait independent reporters who are carrying on the tradition of renegade muckraking (Matt Taibbi, Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman and others). --Variety
Talking heads including Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky and Ralph Nader. Featuring footage from the last six decades, "All Governments Lie" is a timely, convincing documentary that will cause audiences to question what they see and read

Time:  7:00 Pm to 9:00 Pm
Venue:  University of Victoria, Student Union Bldg
Location:  3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC
Website:  http://www.cinecenta.com/default.aspx?PageID=1005&MovieID=1277
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Arts & Culture
Jan 26/2017
Halifax, NS
Civic Engagement: Why Activism, Politics and Community Matter More Than Ever
Former MP Megan Leslie (who's also VP of the World Wildlife Fund Canada's Oceans division) talks about how to keep fighting the good fight -- and why she thinks it's pivotal to do so.

Time:  7:00 Pm
Venue:  Dalhousie University
Location:  6135 University South End, Halifax, NS
Website:  http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/civic-engagement-why-activism-politics-and-community-matter-m
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Jan 26/2017
Halifax, NS
International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017
Two pioneers of Holocaust remembrance who died in 2016 will be remembered as the Atlantic Jewish Council presents Remembering Elie Wiesel and Yaffa Eliach, a tribute featuring a visual display, music and readings.
This is an event for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and includes Olga Milosevich, retired CBC Radio broadcaster; Garry Williams, Artistic Director of DaPoPo Theatre and Dr. Dorota Glowacka from University of King's College.

Time:  6:30 Pm
Venue:  Halifax Central Library
Location:  5419 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS
Website:  http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/international-holocaust-remembrance-day-2017/Event?oid=593253
Phone:  902-490-5706
Categories:   Religious; International
Jan 26/2017
Toronto, ON
What's The Matter With America?
Thomas Frank, author and founder of The Baffler magazine, delivers Ryerson's annual Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture. Free. Room 204.

Time:  6:30 Pm to 8:00 Pm
Venue:  Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson
Location:  80 Gould, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.nowtoronto.com/events/what-s-the-matter-with-america/
For information contact:  ron.vogel@politics.ryerson.ca
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 27/2017
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
Rejecting any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, the General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/60/7) by consensus condemning "without reserve" all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, whenever they occur.

The resolution declared that the United Nations would designate 27 January -- the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp -- as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational programmes to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again. It requested the United Nations Secretary-General to establish an outreach programme on the "Holocaust and the United Nations", as well as institute measures to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2017/calendar2017.html
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jan 27/2017
Halifax, NS
Paragraph 175 Screening
To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day (which the UN General Assembly designated January 27, marking the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau), Shaar Shalom Synagogue invites you to learn about the tragic shared history between the LGBTQ and Jewish communities as they screen "this powerful classic narrated by Rupert Everett, describing the painful story of the treatment of gay men during the Nazi years. For some people, this history is new, but even more than 70 years later, its importance remains."
Post-film, keynote speaker Ken Setterington and a panel of scholars will discuss the film and the events of the day.

Time:  2:00 Pm
Venue:  Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building, Saint Mary's University
Location:  903 Robie Street, Halifax, NS
Website:  http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/paragraph-175-screening/Event?oid=5931941
Categories:   Religious; Arts & Culture
Jan 31/2017
Edmonton, AB
UAlberta Sustainability Speaker Series: Manulani Aluli-Meyer
How can we enrich our current model of progress and develop spiritual intelligence?

Hawaiian-born Manulani Aluli-Meyer is a Harvard-trained expert on indigenous epistemology, and comes from a group of scholar-activists working in areas as diverse as alternative education, prison reform, food sovereignty, philosophy and music.

She will share vital, world-changing concepts from her own culture and learnings. Learn what these indigenous worldviews have to say about the sciences, knowledge building, and interdependence. Explore a new understanding of the philosophy of knowledge and your role in the transformation of our society. Appreciate the role of observable knowledge and contextual learning in this transformation.

Venue:  University of Alberta
Location:  Edmonton, AB
Website:  http://www.sustainability.ualberta.ca/Events/SustainabilitySpeakerSeries.aspx
For information contact:  maja.osmanagic@ualberta.ca
Phone:  780-248-1916
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education
Feb 1/2017
to Feb 7/2017
World Interfaith Harmony Week
World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event to be observed during the first week of February starting in 2011.

World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5PDF document adopted on 20 October 2010. In the resolution, the General Assembly, points out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and establishes World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to support during that week the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/interfaithharmonyweek/
Categories:   International; Religious
Feb 4/2017
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.

Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/cancerday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Feb 6/2017
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.

It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.

To promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/femalegenitalmutilationday/index.shtml
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Feb 9/2017
Ottawa, ON
Screening of All Governments Lie at ByTowne Cinema, Ottawa
For his feature documentary debut, director Fred Peabody brings on big-name investigative journalists such as Matt Taibbi, Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman and others to create a damning indictment of mainstream media. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, And The Spirit Of I.F. Stone weaves together the efforts of these contemporary figures with the impact of I.F. Stone, who covered Lyndon B. Johnson, the Vietnam War and more, largely through his newsletter I.F. Stone’s Weekly.

Venue:  ByTowne Cinema
Location:  325 Rideau St., Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.bytowne.ca/movie/all-governments-lie
Phone:  (613) 789-FILM
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 10/2017
Alliston, ON
Forests Ontario Annual Conference
We are excited to announce that registration for the 2017 Forests Ontario Annual Conference is now open! The conference will take place on Friday, February 10th at the Nottawasaga Inn, Alliston. Early bird registration rates will be available until December 31, 2016 - so register early and save!

This year we will be exploring the theme of It Takes A Forest. The forests of Ontario have a great story to tell – so let’s start telling it! It takes a forest to keep us healthy, support wildlife, build our communities and fight climate change. As society makes critical decisions regarding our forests, it is now more important than ever that we all understand the importance of this resource in a changing world. Join us and over 300 landowners, forestry professionals, educators and students, at one of Ontario's largest forestry conferences. Come to learn, network, and engage in conversations around the future of Ontario's forests.

Venue:  Nottawasaga Inn
Location:  6015 Highway 89, Alliston, ON
Website:  http://www.forestsontario.ca/community/annual-conference/
For information contact:  jkaknevicius@forestsontario.ca
Phone:  416-646-1193
Categories:   Environment; Forestry, Lumber, Paper
Feb 11/2017
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science. According to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Science & Technology; Women
Feb 13/2017
World Radio Day [UNESCO]
UNESCO’s General Conference, at its 36th session, proclaimed World Radio Day on 13 February.

UNESCO’s Executive Board recommended to the General Conference the proclamation of World Radio Day, on the basis of a feasibility study undertaken by UNESCO, further to a proposal from Spain.

Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.

There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today.

Website:  http://www.diamundialradio.org/?q=en
Categories:   International; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 14/2017
Toronto, ON
How to let go world and love all things climate can't change (free screening) with Green 13
Join Green 13 for a free screening and discussion of the acclaimed documentary by Oscar nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland; Gasland II) as he travels the globe to meet with global climate change "warriors" who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. Funny, tragic, inspiring and enlightening, the film examines the intricately woven forces that threaten the stabilitiy of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants. Although it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences of climate change, this film inspires hope by focusing on what climate change can't destroy.

Time:  6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Venue:  Annette Library
Location:  145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.green13toronto.org/event/how-let-go-world-and-love-all-things-climate-cant-change
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Feb 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Finding 19th Century Black History In Toronto
Through the examination of petitions and Black newspapers, historian Hilary Dawson sheds light on the successes, struggles and realities of Toronto's 1799 Black Etobicoke community of 25 people.

Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  Maria A Shchuka Library
Location:  1745 Eglinton W, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 16/2017
Toronto, ON
An Ordinary Man
Historian Hilary Dawson recounts the extraordinary story of Joshua Glover, a runaway slave whose actions helped galvanize the abolition movement.

Time:  10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Venue:  Brentwood Library
Location:  36 Brentwood N, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 16/2017
Toronto, ON
Never Stop Fighting Systemic Discrimination
Beverly Salmon shares her story of growing up in north T.O., of becoming Toronto's first Black female councillor and taking on the Wynne government to end racial profiling.

Time:  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Venue:  Downsview Library
Location:  2793 Keele, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 18/2017
Winnipeg, MB
Screening of All Governments Lie: Winnipeg
Following the Saturday, February 18, 3 pm screening there will be discussion on contemporary journalism and covering the government.

Independent journalists like Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, adversarial alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. Our cameras follow as they expose government and corporate deception – just as the ground-breaking independent journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago. Featuring Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Carl Bernstein, David Corn, John Carlos Frey, Ana Kasparian, Michael Moore, Ralph Nader, Nermeen Shaikh, and Cenk Uygur.

Time:  3:00 p.m.
Venue:  Winnipeg Film Group
Location:  304 – 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB
Website:  http://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/event/all-governments-lie-truth-deception-and-the-spirit-of
For information contact:  info@winnipegfilmgroup.com
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 20/2017
World Day of Social Justice
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 21/2017
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 (30C/62).

On 16 May 2007 the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/266 called upon Member States "to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world". By the same resolution, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/
Categories:   Education; International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Feb 21/2017
to Feb 22/2017
Mississauga, ON
Ontario Geothermal Association Conference 2017
The 7th annual OGA Conference will welcome leaders in the geothermal industry from across North America. It will be the must-attend networking and knowledge building opportunity of the year for this sector.

Program Highlights:

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan: One Year Later

The Enbridge proposition: can a natural gas utility change the rules for geothermal

Infrastructure Ontario’s energy strategy and the potential for geothermal

American and European Perspectives on the Ontario Marketplace

The link to energy efficiency and the role of IESO

The latest research from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund studies

Private sector low carbon initiatives: Ellis Don leads the way

Venue:  Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale
Location:  6750 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, ON
Website:  http://www.ontariogeothermal.ca/oga-conference-2017.html
For information contact:  ksandy@hrai.ca
Categories:   Environment
Feb 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Toronto Launch of Psychiatry Interrogated: An Institutional Ethnography Anthology
The Toronto launch and indeed, the premiere launch of the exciting new book Psychiatry: Interrogated: An Institutional Ethnography Anthology, ed. Bonnie Burstow. This much anticipated book launch is taking place Friday Feb 24 at 5:30 in the Nexus Lounge (12th Floor) at OISE. The book itself is the world’s very first anthology of institutional ethnography investigations into psychiatry and hopefully, it will pave the way for others. Cosponsors include: Leadership Higher and Adult Education at OISE/UT, Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault, Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, and the Transformative Learning Centre for Community Activism. Scheduled speakers are: Editor and contributor Dr. Bonnie Burstow, Dr. Nina Bascia, and such wonderful researchers and contributors as Dr. Jennifer Poole, Lauren Spring, Mary Jean Hande, Efrat Gold, and Rob Wipond. A Q&A and light refreshments will follow. Books available.

Are you wary of psychiatry? Do you wish to learn more about some of the nooks and crannies of this regime of ruling and how they operate? Are you interested in integrating institutional ethnography into your activism? Do you know of or have you heard of any of these fascinating speakers? If you answer any of these questions in the affirmative, by all means join us.

Time:  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Venue:  Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Location:  252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Mar 1/2017
Zero Discrimination Day
At its 37th meeting, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board adopted a new strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. The UNAIDS 2016–2021 Strategy is one of the first in the United Nations system to be aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, which set the framework for global development policy over the next 15 years, including ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Website:  http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/campaigns/2016_zerodiscriminationday
Categories:   Education; International; Health/Health Care
Mar 3/2017
World Wildlife Day
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:  http://www.un.org/en/events/wildlifeday/
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Education; International
Mar 4/2017
to Mar 5/2017
London, ON
Permaculture Foundations: The Path of Regeneration
Permaculture is a complete design system, based on principles of ecology and sustainability that can be used to create resilient, economically stable, and productive landscapes, home and communities.

At its simplest, permaculture is an eco-logical approach to design. It can be described as a way of thinking, making decisions and designing human habitat and culture based on observing nature. Permaculture has a set of ethics and design principles which can be applied to all areas of our lives, including gardens, energy systems, business, economy and social structures.

In this workshop you will learn the foundations of Permaculture. The workshop contains a healthy mixture of theory and engaging hands-on exercises with a focus on the creation of a forest garden. Learn methods and strategies for creating positive changes in your life, community and the environment. Informative, inspiring and practical!

Venue:  The Living Centre
Location:  5871 Bells Road, London, ON
Website:  http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/introduction-to-permaculture
For information contact:  info@thelivingcentre.com
Phone:  519-652-9109
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Mar 5/2017
Toronto, ON
International Womens Day Fundraiser
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace: Delegates Fundraiser for UN-CSW61 Trip to New York 2017!
The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 - 24 March 2017.

Film, food, beverages, prizes, auction and raffle.
Sunday March 05, 2017 ~ 6pm at Friends House, Toronto.
Theme for Women's Day 2017:
March 8, 2017 is International Women's Day - a day to recognize women's achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.

Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
"Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

Thousands of women - ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim - came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country's civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about a agreement during the stalled peace talks.

A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations."

** Please wear something white

Time:  6 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Friends House
Location:  60 Lowther Avenue Toronto, ON M5R 1C7, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/international-womens-day-vow-un-commission-on-the-status-
For information contact:  Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Phone:  (416) 603-7915
Categories:   Women; Military
Mar 8/2017
International Women's Day
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Mar 17/2017
Toronto, ON
Slotozilla Green Meeting - carpooling & alternatives to driving
The main aim of this corporate meeting is to encourage carpooling or alternatives to driving.

The director of Slotozilla will offer transit passes to employees who take the bus or subway and bike racks for cyclists. The main goal of this program is to inspire employees to experience environmental sustainability on a personal level.

Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.slotozilla.com/
For information contact:  slotozilla.com@gmail.com
Phone:  772-320-0339
Categories:   Environment; Transportation & Travel
Mar 20/2017
International Day of Happiness
What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. The UN just launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.

The United Nations invites each person of any age, plus every classroom, business and government to celebrate the International Day of Happiness each year on March 20.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/happinessday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Mar 21/2017
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
We need to fight racism everywhere, every day. But on 21 March – proclaimed by the General Assembly as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – all eyes are on the issue.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Categories:   Education; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 21/2017
International Day of Forests
This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.

Forests cover one third of the Earth's land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people - including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures - depend on forests for their livelihood.

Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities.

Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate - 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/
Categories:   Education; Environment; International
Mar 21/2017
International Day of Nowruz
International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

Inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nowruzday/
Categories:   International; Environment
Mar 21/2017
World Down Syndrome Day
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.

Adequate access to health care, to early intervention programmes and to inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of the individual.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/downsyndromeday/
Categories:   Education; Health/Health Care; International
Mar 21/2017
World Poetry Day
Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings.

Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Mar 21/2017
to Mar 27/2017
Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination
In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (A/RES/34/24).

On this occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/week.shtml
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 22/2017
World Water Day
World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 23 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining the spotlight on a different issue. Join the movement.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/waterday/
Categories:   Environment; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 23/2017
World Meteorological Day
Various regions around the globe have faced hotter, drier, and wetter condiitons over the past few years. Fortunately, the world’s governments are now fully convinced of the scientific evidence of climate change and the need to take urgent action. More research and investment is needed for advancing low-carbon technol- ogies, particularly in the energy sector. But already many policies, technologies and actions are available, and their deployment needs to be scaled up. Individual citizens, community leaders, businesses, civil society organiza- tions, governments and the United Nations system must all contribute.

Website:  http://www.wmo.int/worldmetday/#section-1
Categories:   Environment; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 23/2017
to Apr 1/2017
Vancouver, BC
Best Before: Archivised – BFA Project 2017
SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts' third-year visual art students present an exhibition featuring counter-archives of vernacular images and micro-histories. Through these displays, students present their theoretical and aesthetic reflections on the significance of the archive and its aporias.

Towards the development of Best Before: Archivised, students worked with the 2017 Audain Visual Artist in Residence, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyen in a series of workshops that investigated the function of the archive(s) and how they can be reconfigured to counter the conventional historical narratives of settler colonialism. Nguyen worked with students to experiment with archival modalities including unorthodox approaches to classification, contested notions and forms of representations of citizenship and knowledge production. The counter-archives they produced challenge the imbalance between stable, linear state-constructed narratives, and the uneven, non-linear story of migrants' and indigenous peoples' in Canada.

Featuring the work of Joni Cheung, Elmira Habibullah, Jana Ghimire, Samantha Henderson, Phoebe Huang, Mikaela Johanson, Gillian Lai, Lori Lai, ByeongSung Lee, Sean Lu, Ivan So, Kalvin Valko, Emma Wedman, and June Yeo.

Venue:  Audain Gallery, SFU Woodward's in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Location:  149 W. Hastings, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1255048014585459/
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Mar 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Call for Readers for a Community Reading of the Truth and Renconciliation Commission's Report (TRC Report) -
You are invited to take part in a community reading of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Report on March 24, 2017. The reading will be facilitated by local resident claude wittman and Adam Herst. You can find below more information on the reading and this project below.

Background: In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada published a long report on the residential schools that children of Indigenous ancestry were forced to attend in the beginning of the 20th century and sometimes even until the 1990s. The schools were meant to westernize the mind and body of the children and they were often extremely traumatic while politically justified. The Commission interviewed survivors of these schools, wrote their history and also composed a series of 94 recommendations for us so that we start to work towards an equal relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.

Our Action: City Councillor Ana Bailao, together with facilitators claude wittmann and Adam Herst, are calling for 18 community members who would like to join us to read from the TRC report. We will read out loud, each for about 10 minutes and the readings will be live-streamed on an Internet radio and recorded for later playback. We will not worry about mistakes. We will even welcome them as they will be signatures of our presence with the text. Our focus will be to learn and feel what happened in the past, nothing else. Everybody is invited.

To sign up to read please RSVP.

Time:  11:00 - 2:00
Venue:  Ana Bailao Community Office
Location:  1240 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  2894.claude@gmail.com
Categories:   Native Peoples
Mar 24/2017
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 assasinated 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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/righttotruthday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Movie Night for Solidarity with Academics in Turkey
In January 2016, 2,218 scholars from Turkey signed a petition to draw the public's attention to the brutal acts of violence perpetrated by the state in the Kurdish regions of the country. The petition, entitled "We will not be a party to this crime," is also known as the Peace Petition. The signatories, acting in accord with their responsibility as public intellectuals, hoped to urge the government to end the massacres and acts of destruction that have affected the lives of millions of Kurdish children, women, and men.

Iimmediately after the release of the Peace Petition, the signatories ("Academics for Peace") were subjected to harassment and persecution by the government. Hundreds of them have been subjected to criminal and disciplinary investigations, detention, imprisonment, and violent threats. Unfortunately, the situation has grown even more dire and unacceptable since the failed coup attempt, which took place in July 2016. Welcomed as a 'godsend' by the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the coup attempt has been used as a convenient excuse to establish a more authoritarian regime. A state of emergency was declared and has so far been renewed three times. Under the state of emergency, the president and the cabinet can bypass existing laws and international conventions in order to rule the country by arbitrary governmental decrees. These have been used to target opposition groups, chief among them pro-Kurdish parties, labour unions, etc.

Time:  6:00 pm
Venue:  Robert Gill Theatre
Location:  214 College Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/387800378262394/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International; Education
Mar 24/2017
World Tuberculosis Day
In advance of World TB Day, WHO is calling on countries and partners to "Unite to End TB." This is an ambitious aim. While there has been significant progress in the fight against TB, with 43 million lives saved since 2000, the battle is only half-won.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/tb-day/2016/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 24/2017
to Apr 1/2017
Vancouver, BC
Refuge
Based on the award winning CBC Radio documentary "Habtom's Path", Refuge tells the emotionally riveting story of Eritrean army deserter Ayinom Zerisenai who has landed in Nova Scotia, where his mother already has refugee status. But even as Ayinom's plight wins the support of immigration lawyer Saul Ackman, questions about his past actions and his current enigmatic behaviour begin to haunt Pamela who has taken him under her roof. Could she and her husband be harbouring a legitimate refugee - or a terrorist?

Time:  Tue 7pm, Wed - Fri 8pm, Sat 4pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm
Venue:  Firehall Arts Centre
Location:  280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://firehallartscentre.ca
For information contact:  firehall@firehallartscentre.ca
Phone:  604-689-0691
Categories:   Performing Arts
Mar 24/2017
to Apr 2/2017
Toronto, ON
Toronto Storytelling Festival
Founded in 1979, the TORONTO STORYTELLING FESTIVAL has grown into one of the world's biggest celebrations of the arts of voice and story. Over ten days of concerts, storytalks, and workshops, the finest storytellers from Canada and around the world make Toronto the centre of the storytelling renaissance.

Venue:  Multiple venues
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://torontostorytellingfestival.ca
For information contact:  admin@storytellingtoronto.org
Phone:  416-656-2445
Categories:   Performing Arts; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Mar 24/2017
to May 7/2017
Vancouver, BC
How to Remember
How to Remember contains a range of documentation that combines graphic illustration, knitting, book-making, embroidery, journaling and poetry. The artists have formed creative records that serve as a kind of memory. Their work documents time embedded for example, in acts of gentrification on one's neighbourhood or in transitional states of mental health - these at times imperceptible changes that, without notation, become difficult to track.
All of the artists engage research and experimentation as they document. Their work has developed necessarily through dialogue and social intervention employing a range of practices that address health, pain, ability and access - all of which is approached through experiential means. Lived experiences with disability, addiction, precarious labour, long-term hospitalization, chronic illness and displacement become personal, political and pedagogical. Yet, the visual outcomes are compelling, generative and dialogic as they form connections, determine wellness and foreground the will to thrive.

Venue:  Gallery Gachet
Location:  88 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://gachet.org
For information contact:  contact@gachet.org
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Mar 24/2017
to May 26/2017
Vancouver, BC
Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-45
Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-45 explores interactions between Canadians in Europe and survivors of the Holocaust at the close of the Second World War and in the immediate postwar era. It follows members of the Canadian military -- soldiers, chaplains, official photographers and war artists -- who fought in the Allied campaigns in Europe, as well as journalists and aid workers, as they encountered and struggled to respond to evidence of Nazi atrocities. Hours and more info: vhec.org.

Venue:  Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
Location:  50–950 W. 41st, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://vhec.org/
For information contact:  info@vhec.org
Mar 25/2017
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history.

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 to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/
Categories:   Education; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 25/2017
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
As of 15 March 2015, 33 UN and associated personnel were detained by State authorities in 15 countries. One staff member is missing and two contractors remain in the custody of abductors.

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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/detainedstaffday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Science, Not Silence! March For Science
Sign-making party in anticipation of the Toronto's March for Science upcoming on April 22. We'll provide materials, along with entertainment by Mad Science and a discussion of science advocacy by Dan Weaver.

Time:  Noon - 3 pm
Venue:  Tranzac Club
Location:  292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://facebook.com/events/290043608076494
Categories:   Science & Technology
Mar 25/2017
to Mar 26/2017
Toronto, ON
No More S#%&!: Operation Soap Revisited
Stories of the 1981 Bathhouse Raids revisits the people involved in Operation Soap, A.K.A. the bathhouse raids, a seminal moment in queer history in Toronto and in Canada. Based on the lives of the "found-ins" and "keepers" of the bathhouses, it makes use of archival material and original research and considers whose stories are being told and how we might re-envision Toronto's LGBT history. Featuring Jeffrey Canton, Rico Rodriguez, Marcus Peterson, and Queers in Your Ears.

Time:  Saturday 2pm, Sunday 4:30
Venue:  SAT Glad Day Bookstore , SUN Gladstone Hotel
Location:  SAT 499 Church Street ; SUN 1214 Queen St West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://facebook.com/1981BathhouseRaids
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Mar 25/2017
to Jul 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity
The exhibit will explore how immigration and the experiences of new Canadians has transformed the city from the 1700s to the present. Through videos, oral histories, artifacts and historic documents; the exhibit will reveal the evolution of Toronto through personal stories of struggle, triumph, and celebration. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

Time:  Check website for gallery hours
Venue:  Market gallery, 2nd floor St. Lawrence Market,
Location:  95 Front Street E., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.toronto.ca/marketgallery
For information contact:  marketgallery@toronto.ca
Phone:  (416) 392-7604
Categories:   Museums; Arts & Culture
Mar 26/2017
Vancouver, BC
International Day of Action: Vigil for Yemen
Since March 26, 2015, Saudi Arabia along with military, political and financial support from the US has carried out a brutal, devastating and ongoing bombing campaign against the people of Yemen. Their claims of wanting to bring peace and stability to the people of Yemen have only brought death and destruction to the already impoverished country. To date, the United Nations estimates the death toll at over 10,000 people and at least 3 million people have been internally displaced.
The people of Yemen are facing a dire humanitarian crisis, suffering from shortages of food, water, fuel and medicines because of bombing and the air, land and sea blockade imposed on them by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. A new report released by the UN indicates that 17 million people are facing severe food insecurity and are on the verge of famine.
Join Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) and the Yemeni community in Vancouver for a vigil for Yemen as part of an international day of action against the bombing of Yemen. The day of action will also mark two years since the beginning of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition bombing campaign.

Time:  7 pm
Venue:  Vancouver Art Gallery
Location:  Robson Street at Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://facebook.com/events/383220748716714/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Military; International
Mar 26/2017
to Mar 28/2017
Washington, DC
Shut Down AIPAC
From Palestine to the US, NO BANS, NO WALLS! The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will be holding their annual policy conference March 26-28. AIPAC demands billions of dollars and unquestioned support for Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine and crippling siege on Gaza. They oppose the Iran nuclear deal and lobby congress to fund the Israeli military at the expense of American communities who need safe water, quality schools and mended infrastructure.

Time:  Mar 26 12 - 5pm
Venue:  Multiple venues
Location:  Washington, DC
Website:  http://codepink.org/stop_aipac_2017
For information contact:  ariel@codepink.org
Phone:  510-599-5330
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Politics & Political Organizations
Mar 27/2017
Toronto, ON
A History Of War Profits And Profiteers During WWI
he Great War led to the achievement of considerable economic gain throughout industrialized countries. When Canada's soldiers returned home from Europe, they discovered that the war had been used to amass fortunes. Ryan Targa will give a lecture and a presentation on how moral judgement operated in wartime societies to include or exclude various behaviors or attitudes.
Ryan Targa is a fourth year PhD student at York University finishing his dissertation on profiteering in Canada during the First World War. Ryan has been involved in several public history projects at York University.

Time:  7pm - 8:30 pm
Venue:  Toronto Reference Library Beeton Hall
Location:  789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://torontopubliclibrary.ca
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; Business & Economics
Mar 27/2017
Scarborough, ON
Better Transit for Scarborough
Panel discussion and Q+A session featuring City Councillor Paul Ainslie.

Time:  6:30 pm
Venue:  Scarborough Village Recreation Centre
Location:  3600 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON
Website:  http://scarboroughtransitaction.ca/
Categories:   Transportation & Travel
Mar 27/2017
Toronto, ON
Palestine's Right to Education: The Politics of the Academic Boycott
Speaker: Prof. Vijay Prashad (George and Martha Keller Chair in South Asian history and International Studies at Trinity College)
Israeli universities have long denied Palestinians their right to education, freedom, equality, and self-determination. They have a crucial role in maintaining occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. They have played a critical role in Israel's war crimes in Palestine and Lebanon through their military research and development of weapon systems and military doctrines. Israeli universities continuously theorize and justify the ongoing colonization and annexation of Palestinian lands. The call for an academic boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions is a call for universities, academic associations, student governments and unions to refuse to be complicit in and normalize Israel's war crimes, ongoing occupation, oppression and apartheid.

Time:  4:30 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
Venue:  NL 6 (C. David Naylor Building)
Location:  6 Queen's Park Cr West (near College Street), Toronto, ON
Website:  http://facebook.com/events/295659570851250/
Categories:   Education; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 27/2017
Halifax, NS
Protectors, cross-movement resistance to Alton Gas
On March 27th join protectors Dorene Bernard, Jim Maloney, and Dale Poullette to learn about their struggle to protect the water, climate, Indigenous rights, and environmental rights by stopping the Alton Gas Project. Meet these three and other local activists to learn how you can support the fight against Alton Gas.
Mi’kmaq and non-Indigenous communities near the Shubenacadie River have been organizing resistance to the planned Alton Gas project for several years. This project would create massive underground natural gas storage caverns, see hundreds of thousands of tonnes of salt dumped into the Shubenacadie River in a matter of months, and would risk water contamination, methane leaks, and expansion of the fossil fuel industry in Atlantic Canada.

Time:  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue:  McInnes Room, Student Union Building,
Location:  Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Website:  http://canadians.org/event/halifax-protectors-cross-movement-resistance-alton-gas
Categories:   Environment; Native Peoples
Mar 28/2017
Vancouver, BC
Aboriginal Speaker Series: Indigenous Community Enterprises in the Andes
The field of Indigenous entrepreneurship arose from inquiries into the nature of entrepreneurship among diverse cultural groups, highlighting that the standard conception of the innovative, risk-taking individual does not accurately describe entrepreneurship by marginalized populations (Indigenous, immigrant, etc.) (Anderson, 2006; Mitchell, 1999). Indigenous entrepreneurship tends to have a collective orientation in structure or distribution of benefits (Swinney, 2007). Research with Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Andes shows that the community-based enterprise is a common model — in which the community acts "corporately as both entrepreneur and enterprise in pursuit of the common good" (Peredo & Chrisman, 2006). For profit activities are established to generate revenues for health and education services or to retain and regenerate traditional cultural practices.

This research explores several cases of Indigenous-run community enterprises in Bolivia and Ecuador — tracing their characteristics, benefits and challenges for contributing to well-being in the broadest sense. The potential contribution of such enterprises to self-determination is also discussed.

Time:  7 p.m.
Venue:  SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Location:  149 W. Hastings, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2017-2018-Spring/AboriginalLectureSeries4.html
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Native Peoples; Economic Development
Mar 29/2017
Toronto, ON
Don't Shoot The Messenger! The Importance of Whistleblowers In The Public And Corporate Worlds
Panel discussion with Sandy Boucher, David Hutton and Anna Myers, moderated by Paul Kennedy. Free. Room 103.

facebook.com/events/322168428180108

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson
Location:  80 Gould St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.cfe.ryerson.ca/events
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Communications Industry & Technology; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Mar 29/2017
Toronto, ON
Starting a Community Garden -- the Vision and Making it Real
Speakers:
Rhonda Teitel-Payne, Coordinator, Toronto Urban Growers
Derek Barber, Eglinton Park Garden Committee
Melana Roberts, Constituency Assistant for Councilor Joe Mihevc

You've probably heard that community gardens can be a great way to meet new friends, have fun, and build community while growing local, sustainable food. But how do you actually start one? What's it like being part of a successful "on-growing" garden? What are the opportunities for community gardening in and around our own neighbourhood? Could a new community garden be in GN 21's future?

Our expert panel will address these questions and more. Whether you are an aspiring gardener, an existing gardener, or just curious, please join us. Come and share your growing ideas!

https://www.facebook.com/greenneighbours21

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  The Oakwood Room - St. Matthews United Church
Location:  729 St. Clair W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.gn21.ca/
For information contact:  greenneighbours@gn21.ca
Categories:   Environment; Farming; Nature & Outdoors
Mar 29/2017
to Apr 2/2017
Toronto, ON
Water Docs Film Festival
A unique and engaging film festival about all things water, Water Docs presents a fascinating film program on issues facing global and local water systems. Come out and enjoy feature and short films, live Q&A sessions with filmmakers, artists, activists and guest speakers. Taking place at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor St. W., Toronto), Water Docs informs, educates and activates audiences on issues affecting the earth's most precious resource. Visit waterdocs.ca for more information on the upcoming schedule. For the love of water - come join us!

Venue:  Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.waterdocs.ca/
For information contact:  waterdocsinfo@gmail.com
Phone:  416.302.9318
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Mar 29/2017
to Apr 30/2017
Vancouver, BC
A Lasting Impact: The Effect of Residential Schools on the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations
This exhibition provides insight into how the residential school experience has affected BC First Nation communities. The human rights abuses inflicted upon Indigenous peoples in the residential school system have lasting impacts into the present day; we invite you to join us in the reconciliation process by learning about our shared history.

Venue:  West Vancouver Memorial Library
Location:  1950 Marine Dr., Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/
Categories:   Education; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Native Peoples
Mar 30/2017
Vancouver, BC
Hope: Amidst the Politics of Fear
Many people are worried about the growing influence of right-wing movements that are inward-looking, intolerant and discriminatory, with threats of authoritarianism and violence. Join us for our speaker series where we will discuss this from the perspectives of faith, politics, economics and social policy, and the media.

Time:  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue:  St. Andrews Wesley Church
Location:  1022 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http:////standrewswesley.com/
For information contact:  office@standrewswesley.com
Phone:  604 683 4574
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 31/2017
Vancouver, BC
The Violence of Detention: Borders, Security, and the Search for Refuge
Location: room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre. Both the building and room (via elevators) are wheelchair accessible.
Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities, J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, & Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities (CPCC).
Event is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to donate to the Institute to help fund future events like this one, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/donate.html.

Time:  9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Venue:  SFU Harbour Centre
Location:  515 W. Hastings, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/621057508100641/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Law Enforcement & Corrections; Security
Apr 1/2017
March for Health
We march for equitable and affordable access to quality healthcare for all.

On April 1st, we will #MarchForHealth in Washington DC, NYC, Seattle, and other cities across the country to save the important provisions we have gained through the ACA. We need your help! Check out our map for a March near you- a blue site is confirmed. If you don't see one near you, please ORGANIZE! We have a great support kit we can send you that has so much information. We also need volunteers for EVERY location. I know you are as passionate as us about health care and we can't do this without your help! If you RSVP to a march, please go to FB event and INVITE all of your friends - this is the best way to get the word out. And share, share, share!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MarchForHealth

Website:  http://www.marchforhealth.org/march-for-health-locations-map/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 1/2017
West Guilford, ON
Your Diet, the Industrial Meat Industry and Climate Change
Environment Haliburton!'s Annual General Meeting.
Guest speaker: Dr. Tony Weis.
Join us for a public presentation, prior to our 2017 Annual General Meeting. Dr.Tony Weis, Professor of Georgraphy at Western University, and author of The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock, will be our guest speaker.
Everyone welcome!
Free Admission (Donations appreciated!)

Time:  1pm
Venue:  West Guilford Community Centre
Location:  1061 Kennisis Lake Road, West Guilford, ON
Website:  http://environmenthaliburton.ca/test/
For information contact:  Terry Moore - tmoore7031@gmail.com
Phone:  705-306-9254
Categories:   Environment; Animals & Pets; Farming
Apr 2/2017
Vancouver, ON
Votes For [some] Women: 100th Anniversary of B.C.’s Women’s Suffrage Historical Walking Tour
On April 5, 1917 eligible white women got the right to vote in the provincial B.C. election, yet it took 3 decades later for other women (and men) to be granted that same right.
This tour also covers past women’s rallies, protests and demonstrations that took place around the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion. Meet at the viewing plaza overlooking Lost Lagoon, foot of Alberni St.
Tours depart from various locations & have various starting times.
All tickets are $10 cash (exact change is helpful). Many tours have a sliding scale, so check individual announcements.
Allow extra time for tour registration, traffic, parking and the bus. Tours run rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing & footwear as we may be walking on grass, trails and some uneven ground at times. All tours feature rare historical photographs.
Tours are presented by historical interpreter Jolene Castillou Cumming.

Time:  1:00pm-2:30pm
Venue:  Stanley Park
Location:  Vancouver, ON
Website:  http://stanleyparkhistory.wordpress.com/
Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Tourism & Hospitality Industry
Apr 2/2017
World Autism Awareness Day
Autism and other forms of disability are part of the human experience that contributes to human diversity. As such, the United Nations has emphasized the need to mainstream disability in the Organization’s development agenda. Mainstreaming disability requires an integral approach in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres, so that inequality is not perpetuated.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/autismday/
Categories:   Disability Issues; Education; International
Apr 2/2017
to Apr 8/2017
Vancouver, BC
Reel 2 Real: International Film Festival for Youth
Films from around the world for kids and the young at heart, with fun activities for the whole family. Hands-on workshops, an interactive panel, guest filmmakers, a showcase of films made by youth, and Sunday Fun Day! April 2 - 8, Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), and Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews).
More info: www.r2rfestival.org, www.facebook.com/R2Rfestival

Location:  Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.r2rfestival.org/
For information contact:  info@r2rfestival.org
Phone:  604-224-6162
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Children & Youth
Apr 3/2017
Ottawa, ON
SMARTinsights: Power to the People
Screening of Dutch documentary film "Power to the People", concerning the ongoing energy revolution. This screening is being brought to Ottawa by the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op and SMARTNet Alliance. Event will also include discussion concerning clean energy revolution.

Schedule:
6:00 PM – Doors open
6:15 PM – Event begins and includes a discussion moderated by a local expert of renewable energy technologies and the screening of Power to the People.

Event is FREE to attend, but registration via Eventbrite is mandatory.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/smartinsights-power-to-the-people-3-april-2017-registration-32806309555

Time:  6:15 PM – 8:15 PM EDT
Venue:  Mayfair Theatre
Location:  1074 Bank St, Ottawa, ON
For information contact:  info@SMARTNetAlliance.ca
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Apr 3/2017
to Apr 7/2017
National Week of Action: Our Health is NOT for Sale!
April 7, 2017, is the international day of action against the privatization of health care. "Our Health is not for Sale!" is being organized by the People's Health Movement, a global grassroots movement that advocates for "Health for All."

Health Over Profit for Everyone is joining "Our Health is not for Sale" and encourages you to join our National Call-in and Write-in Week from April 3 to 7 to tell Congress to take action now for National Improved Medicare for All.

There are many ways that you can be involved:
Participate in the call-in week.
Hold an event to write post cards and letters to your members of Congress.
Organize an action or find one near you.

Visit http://healthoverprofit.org/international-day-of-action-our-health-is-not-for-sale/ for more information.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1320606454686855/

Website:  http://healthoverprofit.org/international-day-of-action-our-health-is-not-for-sale/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 4/2017
Toronto, ON
Hate, Trolls and Freedom of Expression Online: What To Do?
The surge in both online abuse, most commonly gendered, racially-, sexually- or religiously-based, and in technologically-enabled harassment demands we reconsider the thorny question of how democratic societies deal with abusive discourse while preserving the right to free expression. Four prominent experts will engage in a lively discussion about the problems and what should be done.

Time:  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue:  Rogers Communication Centre
Location:  80 Gould, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://cfe.ryerson.ca/events/hate-trolls-and-freedom-expression-online-what-do
For information contact:  https://cfe.ryerson.ca
Categories:   Internet
Apr 4/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mineawarenessday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Mining & Petroleum
Apr 4/2017
Ottawa, ON
To the Ends of the Earth - Documentary Screening
SolarShare is pleased to present this incredible documentary which examines the rise of extreme energy extraction in Canada and its impact on the environment, economy and local communities. The fossil fuel industry's intensive hunt for unconventional non-renewables, including Arctic drilling and shale gas fracking, also gives rise to a formidable array of scientists, authors and activists who envision a post-growth economic future premised on co-operation, social justice and ecological stewardship.

Narrated by Emma Thompson

Featuring a post-film panel discussion with Ottawa City Counselor David Chernushenko, renewable energy expert Chris Young, and Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative President Dick Bakker. Plus find out more about investing in renewable energy in Ontario and earning a solid return.

Time:  6:30 pm
Venue:  Arts Court
Location:  2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/film-to-the-ends-of-the-earth-ottawa-tickets-31937219082
For information contact:  www.endsofearth.com
Categories:   Environment; Mining & Petroleum
Apr 4/2017
Toronto, ON
Toronto's Climate Challenge
Special Forum with DIANNE SAXE, ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONER OF ONTARIO and

JIM BAXTER, Director of Environment and Energy Division, City of Toronto on TranformTO's climate action plan coming out at the end of April 2017. Plus workshops!

Free, please register online

Time:  6:00
Venue:  City Hall, Council Chambers
Location:  100 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/torontos-climate-challenge-tickets-32804644575
Categories:   Environment
Apr 4/2017
to Apr 7/2017
Montreal, QC
IAIA17: Impact Assessment Conference 2017
Climate change represents a key challenge to the sustainability of global ecosystems and human prosperity in the 21st century. Climate change goes beyond project impacts, as it affects many diverse global issues: from water, food, and energy security to impacts on human rights and vulnerable peoples. Global climate change raises important questions of international and intergenerational justice.

Using our skills to adapt or mitigate the adverse effects of climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face as professionals and citizens. You are invited to join IAIA in Montréal to share information, best practices, success stories, innovations, and lessons learned with delegates from all over the world.

Venue:  Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel
Location:  1201 Boulevard René-Lévesque, Montreal, QC
Categories:   Environment; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 5/2017
Ottawa, ON
Trudeau, Trump, and the future of climate activism in Canada
Join us for presentations and a discussion about the future of climate activism in Canada.

This will be a discussion about what we as people concerned about climate change can do in the face of Trudeau’s response to climate change thus far. Given the political climate in North America, how can climate activists move forward, what might be some effective strategies, and where should we put our energy?

We will be joined by multiple speakers from prominent environmental organizations in Ottawa including Ecology Ottawa and 350 Ottawa, as well a other speakers from academia.

Time:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue:  James Street Pub
Location:  390 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.climatecommons.ca
For information contact:  erin.baird@carleton.ca
Categories:   Environment; Politics & Political Organizations
Apr 5/2017
to Apr 21/2017
Various cities in Northeastern Unit
Trump Resistance Roadshow
The Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow features exciting musicians and speakers. The roadshow will entertain, inspire and provide opportunities for everyone to help fight Trump’s disastrous environmental policies and attacks on Native Americans, including the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Location:  Various cities in Northeastern Unit
Website:  http://www.BiologicalDiversity.org
For information contact:  vlove@biologicaldiversity.org
Categories:   Native Peoples; Environment; Politics & Political Organizations
Apr 6/2017
Courtenay, BC
Courtenay: Maude Barlow discusses B.C.’s water crisis and upcoming election
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.

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.

Time:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue:  Filberg Conference Hall
Location:  411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay, BC
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/maude-barlow-discusses-bcs-water-crisis-and-upcoming-election-tic
For information contact:  inquiries@canadians.org
Phone:  1-800-387-7177
Categories:   Environment
Apr 6/2017
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
After fifteen years of progress in the unprecedented Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world turned its attention to the successor Sustainable Development Goals in a period of transition to the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/sportday/
Categories:   Hobbies; International; Sports & Games
Apr 7/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/preventgenocide/rwanda/commemoration/annualcommemoration.shtml
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 7/2017
Nanaimo, BC
Nanaimo: Maude Barlow discusses B.C.'s water crisis and upcoming election
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.

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.

Time:  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue:  Bowen Park Complex
Location:  500 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/maude-barlow-discusses-bcs-water-crisis-and-upcoming-elec
For information contact:  inquiries@canadians.org
Phone:  1-800-387-7177
Categories:   Environment
Apr 7/2017
World Health Day
Speaking about depression and sharing stories to build communication and promote positive health practices.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/en/
Categories:   Education; Health/Health Care; International
Apr 8/2017
Ottawa, ON
Closing the Gap: Better Health for All
Closing the Gap: Better Health for All brings together scholars and practitioners who are actively implementing solutions to health equity issues. This year, our feature guest is Professor Emeritus Richard G. Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. Taking place at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa, our event is an ideal opportunity to network across organizational lines and with the Canadian community of SDoH advocates.

Time:  1:00 pm to 10 pm
Venue:  Shaw Centre
Location:  55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.planetfriendly.net/calendar/events.php?id=21513
For information contact:  Cody@thinkupstream.net
Phone:  306-380-8275
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Apr 8/2017
Victoria, BC
Victoria: Maude Barlow discusses B.C.’s water crisis and upcoming election
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.

Time:  2:00 pm - 4 pm
Venue:  University of Victoria, A240, Human and Social Development Building
Location:  9444 Ring Rd, Victoria, BC
Website:  http://canadians.org/boiling-point-victoria
For information contact:  inquiries@canadians.org
Phone:  1-800-387-7177.
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Environment
Apr 8/2017
to Apr 11/2017
Ottawa, ON
Animal Welfare - National Conference
The 2017 National Animal Welfare Conference happens April 8-11, 2017 at the Westin Ottawa, and it's all about celebration! We'll be marking the 60th birthday of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, Canada’s 150th birthday and celebrating our collective power as a community.

The CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference is the pre-eminent venue for thought leadership, sharing of ideas, networking and learning. It is Canada’s only animal welfare industry event that represents the entire diversity of animal welfare leaders in Canada. Whether you work with a humane society, SPCA, animal rescue, advocacy group, animal control, conservation, an academic institution or the government – or are just interested in animal welfare, our exciting conference is the place for you! It will arm you with all the inspiration, information, tools and training you need to help build a Humane Canada on behalf of our nation’s animals.

Venue:  Westin Ottawa
Location:  11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http:///conference.cfhs.ca/
For information contact:  MalloryL@cfhs.ca
Phone:  613-224-8072 ext 20
Categories:   Animals & Pets
Apr 9/2017
to Apr 15/2017
National Wildlife Week
National Wildlife Week is a major Canadian Wildlife Federation initiative designed to celebrate our country's natural heritage and promote the cause of conservation in Canada. Proclaimed by Parliament in 1947, National Wildlife Week falls every year during the week of April 10 - the birthdate of the late Jack Miner, one of the founders of Canada's conservation movement. "Wild Goose Jack", as he was known, is credited with saving the Canada Goose from extinction. During National Wildlife Week, the Canadian Wildlife Federation encourages the public to host special events which build awareness of conservation. One of the opportunities is to Walk for Wildlife. Your walk could deliver big change for wildlife. Step up now.

Get Social!
Share how you are celebrating National Wildlife Week or share photos of wildlife in your area on social media. Use hashtag #WildlifeWeek and include @CWF_FCF in your posts.

Venue:  Celebrated across Canada
Website:  http://nationalwildlifeweek.com
For information contact:  David DeRocco
Phone:  905.975.4672
Categories:   Children & Youth; Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Apr 10/2017
Toronto, ON
The UN CSW in the Age of Rebellion -VOW Women Report Back
VOW delegates to the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will report back about their experiences.

Time:  6:30 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Friend's House
Location:  60 Lowther Av Toronto, ON Canada, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/pg/VOWPeace/events/
Phone:  416-603-7915
Categories:   Women; International
Apr 10/2017
Toronto, ON
The UN CSW in the Age of Rebellion -VOW Women Report Back
VOW delegates to the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will report back about their experiences.

Time:  6:30 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Friend's House
Location:  60 Lowther Av Toronto, ON Canada, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://https://www.facebook.com/pg/VOWPeace/events/
Phone:  416-603-7915
Categories:   Women; International
Apr 10/2017
Williams Lake, BC
Williams Lake: Maude Barlow discusses B.C.’s water crisis and upcoming election
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.

Time:  7:00 pm - 10 pm
Venue:  Cariboo Memorial Rec Complex, Gibralter Room
Location:  525 Proctor St, Williams Lake, BC
Website:  http://canadians.org/boiling-point-williams-lake
For information contact:  inquiries@canadians.org
Phone:  1-800-387-7177.
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Environment
Apr 11/2017
Kamloops, BC
Kamloops: Maude Barlow discusses B.C.’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.

Time:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue:  Thompson Rivers University
Location:  900 McGill Road, Kamloops, BC
Website:  http://canadians.org/boiling-point-kamloops
For information contact:  inquiries@canadians.org
Phone:  1-800-387-7177.
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Environment
Apr 18/2017
to Apr 21/2017
Vancouver, BC
Children and Nature Network International Conference
The Children & Nature Network International Conference: Kids Need Nature, Nature Needs Kids is being co-hosted by the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) and the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF). It is the first time that C&NN has held this Conference outside of the United States. Join us at this premier international gathering of leaders, advocates and activists from the children and nature movement.

Venue:  Westin Bayshore Conference Centre
Location:  1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://childrenandnature.org/cnc2017
For information contact:  David DeRocco
Phone:  905.975.4672
Categories:   Children & Youth; Education; Nature & Outdoors
Apr 19/2017
to Apr 23/2017
Global Soil Week
The Global Soil Week is a collective process and a knowledge platform for sustainable soil management and responsible land governance worldwide.

Website:  http://www.globalsoilweek.org/
Categories:   Environment; International
Apr 21/2017
St. Catherines, ON
Earth Day Expo 2017
Following our huge success last year, Links for Greener Learning (LGL) will be hosting our 3rd annual Earth Day Expo 2017. This year the event will be held on April 21, 2017 from 10am-3pm in Downtown Market Square, St. Catharines. Each year we host interactive workshops for schools on a variety of topics about the environment. Last year we had over 600 attendees, 10 schools, 7 workshops, and 16 exhibitors; special guests included MPP Jim Bradley and Mayor Walter Sendzik. The event was covered by COGECO media.

Time:  10 am - 3 pm
Venue:  Downtown Market Square
Location:  St. Catherines, ON
Website:  http://linksforgreenerlearning.org/
For information contact:  PhilZaWater@LinksForGreenerLearning.org
Categories:   Environment
Apr 21/2017
Seattle, WA
Save Our Planet
Friday April 21, 2017 Ground Zero and allies, featuring Native Americans sisters and brothers, will paddle, walk, and speak out against nuclear weapons and the destruction of our planet!
We will demand that the Trillions of US Citizen Tax Dollars dedicated to destroying our Planet be redirected to healing her, all the beautiful beings, and to respect the sanctity of life!
We will gather in Seattle, bearing witness, making our voices for peace, justice, and protection of Earth’s Waters, Lands, and Air heard!
Please Save the Date and help get the word out now and as more details are firmed-up, and join with us!
Our Friends at Standing Rock are showing us the way to sustain our spirits and determination to stop the madness of nuclear weapons and all other life-destroying actions.
We must help heal Our Earth!

Location:  Seattle, WA
Website:  http://www.gzcenter.org/event/save-our-planet/
Categories:   Environment; Military; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 22/2017
International Mother Earth Day
The General Assembly, recognizing that Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit, and noting that Earth Day is observed each year in many countries, decided to designate 22 April as International Mother Earth Day in 2009, with resolution A/RES/63/278.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/
Categories:   Education; Environment; International
Apr 24/2017
to Apr 30/2017
World Immunization Week [WHO]
Immunization averts 2 to 3 million deaths annually. However, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, if global vaccination coverage improves. Today, nearly 1 in 5 children worldwide are still missing routine immunizations for preventable diseases. During World Immunization Week 2016, WHO highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps needed to meet global vaccination targets by 2020.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/en/
Categories:   Children & Youth; Health/Health Care; International
Apr 25/2017
World Malaria Day
A push to eliminate malaria.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/malaria-day/2016/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 26/2017
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day
The United Nations responded to a passionate appeal made earlier this year by Adi Roche, founder of Chernobyl Children International charity, to have the 26th April each year designated as ‘International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day’.

Website:  http://www.chernobyl-international.com/united-nations-general-assembly-creates-april-26th-ch
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Apr 28/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang--en/index.htm
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Apr 28/2017
to May 8/2017
Toronto, ON
Hot Docs Festival
Embrace the unexpected in Toronto this spring with Hot Docs' incomparable line-up of compelling and inspiring stories from around the world.

Time:  Various
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.hotdocscinema.ca/responsive/content/hot_docs_festival
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Apr 29/2017
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
The Conference of the States Parties at its Tenth Session PDF (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:  http://www.un.org/en/events/chemwarfareday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 29/2017
Washington
People's Climate March
On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.

Time:  TBA
Location:  Washington
Website:  http://peoplesclimate.org/
Categories:   Environment; Politics & Political Organizations
Apr 30/2017
International Jazz Day
In November 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed PDF document 30 April as "International Jazz Day". The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/jazzday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Music
May 1/2017
May Day Strike
Monday, May 1st, 2017, will be an unprecedented act of Global Unity demanding that all full-time workers are paid a Living Wage by means of a global general strike, which transcends borders and all other divides between fellow workers.

Time:  TBA
Venue:  TBA
Website:  http://popularresistance.org/calendar1/may-day-strike/
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions
May 3/2017
World Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to: celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/pressfreedomday/
Categories:   International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
May 3/2017
to May 7/2017
Darlington MD USA
The Beltane
When we say sex is sacred, we really mean it!

​Who are we? We are lots of things. We are a community of people who come together each Spring to celebrate Sacred Sexuality in all of its forms. Pagans, Buddhists, Atheists, even some Judeo-Christian folks. Straight and LGBTQ. Vanilla and kinky. We all have in common a belief that every act of love and pleasure is special and divine. Come explore with us.

Location:  Darlington MD USA
Website:  http://www.turtlehilleventco.com/the-beltane.html
Categories:   Sexuality; Religious
May 3/2017
to Jul 15/2017
Toronto, ON
It's All Happening So Fast
It’s All Happening So Fast, on display at the University of Toronto’s Art Museum, is an exhibition that employs a multitude of materials to create intersecting narratives by multiple voices – including protagonists of the modern project, Indigenous Peoples, environmentalists, judges, artists, and photographers to challenge basic assumptions about Canada’s relationship to nature.

Each of the exhibition’s narrative sequences includes environmental disasters representing six organizing themes: the failure of the modern project; resource exploitation in Canada’s northern territories; development of energy infrastructures; nuclear contamination; water and air pollution; and industrial fishing and forestry operations.

Curated by Mirko Zardini, Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).

Time:  Check website
Venue:  University of Toronto Art Centre
Location:  15 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://artmuseum.utoronto.ca/
Phone:  416.978.1838
Categories:   Environment; Arts & Culture; Museums
May 4/2017
to May 10/2017
UN Global Road Safety Week [WHO]
Around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and rates of road traffic death are three times higher in developing countries than in developed countries. The Third UN Global Road Safety Week - #SaveKidsLives - seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads and generate action to better ensure their safety. The Week features hundreds of events hosted by governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, and private companies, including the delivery of the “Child Declaration for Road Safety” to policy-makers. These events highlight WHO’s package of ten key strategies for keeping children safe on the road.

Website:  http://www.who.int/roadsafety/week/2015/en/
Categories:   Automotive & Cars; Children & Youth; International
May 5/2017
Tobermory, ON
Sources of Knowledge Forum
The ninth annual Sources of Knowledge Forum is titled “Accounting for the Past, Envisioning the Future.” Speakers, field trips and workshop leaders will use the First Nations Seven Generations Perspective to explore the history of the Bruce Peninsula and consider its future. The Forum happens May 5th to 7th at the Tobermory Community Centre. Program and registration details are found at www.sourcesofknowledge.ca .

Time:  TBA
Venue:  TBA
Location:  Tobermory, ON
For information contact:  gdraper45@gmail.com
Phone:  647-295-2313
Categories:   Native Peoples
May 5/2017
to May 6/2017
Niagara Region, ON
EcoLinks 2017 Environmental Education Conference
This spring, OSEE is hosting a suite of PD events to support educators with integrating environmental education into their teaching practice.

The first event is the annual EcoLinks Conference. This year it will be held at the Ball's Falls Centre for Conservation in Jordan, Ontario, where a second (optional) day has been added to offer Project Wet Certification.

As usual there will be hands-on workshops by educators, for educators, and the chance to learn new skills to engage students in Environmental Education and to network with fellow educators. As always, lunch and refreshments are included.

The event is open to outdoor & environmental educators, ECEs, administrators, homeschoolers and any teachers wanting to integrate environmental content.

Location:  Niagara Region, ON
Website:  http://www.home.osee.ca/annual-conference/ecolinks-2017/
Categories:   Education; Environment
May 8/2017
to May 9/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/remembranceday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Military
May 8/2017
to May 10/2017
Toronto, ON
Grey To Green Conference: Quantifying Green Infrastructure Performance
This conference is the leading forum for designers, policy makers, manufacturers, growers, landscapers, and other green infrastructure professionals to discuss the benefits of the important green infrastructure industry, and how to grow it even further.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the latest science on green infrastructure performance, economic valuation and public policy developments, new technological developments, and best practices in design, installation, and maintenance. The conference also includes a trade show, cutting edge workshops which include tours of outstanding projects, and special networking events.

Time:  Various
Venue:  Various
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://greytogreenconference.org
For information contact:  conference.greenroofs@gmail.com
Phone:  1-416-971-4494 ext 221
Categories:   Environment
May 9/2017
to May 10/2017
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. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

Website:  http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/en
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Environment; International
May 10/2017
Toronto, ON
Heather Booth: Changing the World
"Heather Booth is the most influential person you've never heard of," says filmmaker Lilly Rivlin (Grace Paley: Collected Shorts). Chronicling the life of Heather Booth, a lifelong progressive organizer, the film follows her journey from civil rights activist in the 60s to her founding of the Midwest Academy, a training institute for progressive community organizers. As a teenager, she spent some time in Israel, where a visit to Yad Vashem moved her to make a commitment to fight against injustice. For more than 40 years, she has been a major force in the movement for women's rights and economic justice. The film features interviews with Elizabeth Warren and other colleagues, as well as current Midwest Academy students who explore Booth's legacy.

Time:  6:00 pm
Venue:  Innis Town Hall
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://tjff.com/films/heather-booth-changing-the-world
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 10/2017
Toronto, ON
UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights
The Arab Canadian Lawyers Association (ACLA) is excited to be hosting an evening with Prof. Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the OPT.

A limited number of early bird tickets remain ($25). Please purchase your tickets early and share the event with your networks. All are welcomed.

Prof. Lynk will be discussing his recently released report that examines the role and challenges faced by human rights defenders in Palestine and Israel.

Reception to follow

Time:  6:00 pm
Venue:  Toronto Lawyers Association Lounge
Location:  361 University Ave. 2nd floor, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.picatic.com/UNSpecialRapporteur
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 11/2017
Toronto, ON
Forum: Building a National Solidarity Coalition
Speakers include:
* Suzanne MacNeil - President, Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council
* Mike Palecek - National President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers
* Bilan Arte - Leap Manifesto
* Patti Dalton - President, London & District Labour Council
* Paul Finch - Secretary-Treasurer, BC Government and Service Employees' Union

The panelists will discuss their experiences working with various solidarity coalitions and the need for a national solidarity network that can bridge the divide between labour and social movements. How
could a solidarity coalition be used to build support for struggles for social, environmental and economic justice? Come join the discussion.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Location:  Room 206 C/E, 255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1313209955436204
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 11/2017
Toronto, ON
Street Party: For a #FairFuture
The CLC is partnering with the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) to host a Street Party for a #FairFuture, at the intersection of Bay and King, the heart of the Financial District of downtown Toronto. The party will start at noon as part of the 2017 CLC Convention.

This action will showcase the labour movement's commitment to making Canada a fairer place for everyone. For Canada's unions, a #FairFuture includes decent work, a $15 minimum wage and the right to join a union, but it also means challenging racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia, while championing equity, social justice and a green economy.

Unions and delegates are encouraged to bring their flags, and the CLC will be providing signs, noisemakers, and popcorn to make for a festive noon-hour event. There will be music, speakers, dancing and
much more.

Hosted by the Toronto Airport Workers' Council

Time:  noon
Location:  intersection of Bay and King, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/442605296092889/
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 11/2017
Toronto, ON
The Rise in Fascism: Israel in the Age of Trump
The United Jewish People's Order (UJPO) will host a presentation by Israeli-Canadian journalist, Lia Tarachansky, on the Rise of Fascism globally and in Israel.

In 1995, renowned Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco published an historic article in the New York Review of Books. As a child growing up in fascist Italy, Eco outlined the fourteen features of what he called Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism. These are warning signs for any society slipping down the oft-invisible slope towards totalitarianism.

Lia Tarachansky uses Eco's framework to show how these alarming trends are pulling her society down the slippery slope of Ur-Fascism, while also highlighting those who continue to fight to democratize Israel/Palestine.

Co-sponsored by the United Jewish People's Order-Toronto and Independent Jewish Voices-Toronto

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Winchevsky Centre
Location:  585 Cranbrooke Ave., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/324953954589417/
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 11/2017
to May 12/2017
Toronto, ON
Ontario Climate Symposium 2017
The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) and York University are pleased to host the 5th Annual Ontario Climate Symposium on May 11th and 12th 2017. This year’s Symposium theme, Just Transformations: The Next 150, aims to engage discussions across research disciplines and policy and practice communities about the future of Ontario’s society and economy as we collectively address climate change through mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Time:  TBA
Venue:  York University
Location:  4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://climateconnections.ca/2017-symposium/
Categories:   Environment
May 13/2017
Toronto, ON
Support Palestinian Political Prisoners
More than 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike on April 17 for their basic human rights.

Join us at the Israeli Consulate to support their demands and to urge the Canadian government to pressure the Israeli government to stop violating prisoners' rights!

Demands of the strike include:
* End to denials of family visits
* Access to a public pay telephone to communicate with family members
* Appropriate medical care and treatment for sick prisoners
* Right to access higher education at a distance
* End to solitary confinement
* End to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.

Time:  2:00 pm
Venue:  Israeli consulate
Location:  180 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1326423874115469/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 13/2017
to Jun 30/2017
Toronto, ON
Touching Ground Festival
Jumblies Theatre presents indoor and outdoor creative activities and performances to explore the Indigenous and layered histories of the area now known as CityPlace. Musical performances, dance, theatre, art installations, walking tours, art & pottery workshops, kids' activities and more. At Ground Floor, Evergreen Brick Works, Fort York and other venues, see website for details. All events free or pwyc, some events require pre-registration.

Venue:  The Ground Floor
Location:  126&132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://touchinggroundfestival.ca/
For information contact:  info@jumbliestheatre.org
Phone:  416-203-8428
Categories:   Native Peoples; Arts & Culture; Performing Arts
May 13/2017
to Sep 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Making Peace
Making Peace is a major public (indoor/outdoor) event that aims to teach the public, especially young people what key elements are necessary to create a 'sustainable peace'; providing an opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in bringing about positive change. Activities include a large outdoor photographic exhibition curated by Ashley Woods (formerly with Magnum Photos) that pays tribute to the people who — all over the planet — devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace.

Making Peace was first produced to mark the centenary of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Peace Bureau (IPB) in 1910.

Opening Event: May 13th, 2PM

Location:  Front Street East into Corktown Common, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://facebook.com/makingpeace
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 15/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/familyday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International
May 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Toronto Newcomer Day
Nathan Phillips Square will be alive with activities and entertainment as we come together to celebrate Toronto Newcomer Day 2017.

Activities:
Citizenship Ceremony & Reception
City Hall Tours *Registration Full
Drama Time for Children (age 0-5) *Registration Full
Food Trucks
Formal Stage Program
Gardening Activities
Here's My Canada
Information Fair
Mobile Good Food Market
Newcomer Marketplace
Passages Canada Story Archive *Registration Required
Roaming Storytellers
Speakers' Corner
Sponsors & Partners
Zumba on the Square

Time:  11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Venue:  Nathan Phillips Square
Location:  100 Queen West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://toronto.ca/newcomer
Categories:   Government & Public Sector
May 15/2017
Toronto, ON
TPFF Nakba Commemoration
This free event will spotlight the life and works of renown Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout (1930-2006) and Tamam El-Akhal, with a screening of the documentary The Exodus and Odyssey, accompanied by an art exhibition of Shammout's and El Akhal's famed murals.

The Exodus and the Odyssey is a series of artwork created by the renowned artists Ismail Shammout and Tamam El-Akhal over a 4-year period. The collection of the 19 wall murals allowed the artists to:

"...illustrate our memories and document our experiences before, during, and after the "Alnakba" (catastrophe) of 1948 in Palestine as well as the bitter journey our country men and women had to endure. Finally, we ended the series with murals depicting the future dreams and aspirations of our people." - Ismail Shammout and Tamam El-Akhal

Time:  6:00 pm
Venue:  George Ignatieff Theatre
Location:  15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1861718084108700/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 16/2017
Toronto, ON
No Poverty
More than 700 million people still live in extreme poverty. Poverty includes hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

Join us as we have an interactive discussion on the realities of achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty, by 2030.

Time:  6:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue:  Centre for Social Innovation, Spadina Atrium
Location:  192 Spadina, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://nopoverty.eventbrite.ca/
Categories:   International; Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 16/2017
to Jun 16/2017
Sharon, ON
Our Common Roots Film Screening
This film is a cinematic blend of nature, music, narration and plant walks cover healing plants and the holistic philosophy behind their use. Health and vitality can be achieved through integrating the best of both modern and traditional methods. find out more about the film at https://ourcommonroots.com/
An award winning film unveiling our global traditions of healing with plants.

Admission by donation. All Welcome.
Raffle for prizes.
Discussion to follow.

Time:  7:00PM
Venue:  Sharon Hope United Church
Location:  18643 Leslie Street, Sharon, ON
Website:  http://www.green-connections.com/
For information contact:  Cathy Nesbitt - info (at) green-connections.com
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 19/2017
Mahone Bay, NS
Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World - film screening
Green Rights tells the stories of ordinary people and dedicated lawyers who are suing multinational corporations and unresponsive governments on behalf of future generations. And they are winning in places such as Argentina, the Philippines, Ecuador, and the Netherlands.

Cameron and film director Chris Beckett captured footage and compiled interviews from eleven countries on every continent except Antarctica. Cameron is also the author of the companion book Warrior Lawyers: From Manila to Manhattan, Attorneys for the Earth, which will be available at the event.

Admission is by donation. Light refreshments will be available.

Time:  7:00PM
Venue:  Mahone Bay Centre
Location:  45 School St, Mahone Bay, NS
Website:  http://www.greenrights.com
For information contact:  David Walmark - southshore.coc (at) gmail.com
Phone:  902-766-4242
Categories:   Environment; Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
May 21/2017
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 advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/culturaldiversityday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 22/2017
International Day for Biological Diversity
Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/biodiversityday/
Categories:   Environment; Fishing & Hunting; Forestry, Lumber, Paper
May 23/2017
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.

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:  http://www.un.org/en/events/endfistuladay/
Categories:   International; Health/Health Care; Women
May 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Daughter Of The Lake
Amnesty International film screening and pop-up Write for Rights event in support of water defenders in Central America Free (donations welcome).

Film Synopsis:
At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, Nelida, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits, uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the body of water she considers her mother. A gold deposit valued at billions of dollars lies just beneath Nelida’s lakes and leads farmers and Latin America’s biggest gold producer into conflict

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  East Common Room, Hart House
Location:  7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.aito.ca/spider_calendar_block_events?block_id=0&date=2017-05-24
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Native Peoples
May 24/2017
Toronto, ON
The Media As Opposition: Covering Trump In A Post-Truth Era
They are among the world’s most unrelenting truth seekers. In their first live joint appearance, these renowned, award-winning journalists and authors will discuss the pressing need to apply constant, critical pressure on an American president who threatens the very fabric of democracy, journalism, civil society and the truth.

In this two-part Toronto event, our first discussion features Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!; Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer-prize winner and co-founder of The Intercept; and Jeremy Scahill, war correspondent and co-founder of The Intercept. Their conversation will be moderated by Hannah Sung, video and podcast producer for The Globe and Mail.

The second discussion features Matt Taibbi, author of the recently published Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus and contributing editor to Rolling Stone, in conversation with David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, on journalism’s response to this ongoing circus and chaotic presidency.

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  Roy Thomson Hall
Location:  60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.roythomsonhall.com/tickets/current/2017/may/the-media-as-opposition-covering-trum
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Politics & Political Organizations
May 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Resistance In The Age of Trump | A CIUT-FM Fundraiser
With special guest speaker David Barsamian, radio broadcaster, writer, and founder and director of Alternative Radio, a syndicated weekly talk program head on CIUT 89.5 FM every Thursday from 10-11 am.

Event Tickets: $15.00 per person

Time:  7:00PM - 8:30PM
Venue:  East Common Room, Hart House
Location:  7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.ciut.fm/
Phone:  416-978-0909
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 25/2017
to May 31/2017
Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
The UN General Assembly, by its resolution 60/119 of 8 December 2005, requested the annual observance of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

In the UN Charter, a Non-Self-Governing Territory is defined as a Territory “whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government”.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nonselfgoverning/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 25/2017
to Jun 4/2017
Toronto, ON
Life Disrupted
Three artists from three countries – Syria, Iran and Israel – now living in Toronto, explore the humanitarian crisis in our contemporary world – a result of man-made destruction. The works portray the Syrian war, the refugee crisis, the loss of home and homeland, and the geographic uncertainties that influence us all.

The artists express their unrest and sensitivity to today's current events and related crises from their personal points of view. The disappearance of homes, countries, and lives calls for a need to reconstruct. One way of dealing with harsh realities is through art, which can provide a different environment and language for contemplating disaster, allowing for an alternate mode of observation and dialogue.
Reception: 25 May, 6:30 - 10:00 pm

Time:  Wednesday - Sunday 1 pm - 6 pm
Venue:  Gallery 1313
Location:  1313 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.lifedisrupted.ca/
For information contact:  Gallery 1313
Phone:  416-536- 6778
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 30/2017
Toronto, ON
Basic Income - Towards a Praacademic Approach
In this full-day workshop, participants will focus on marrying practice with scholarship to advance the development and study of basic income (guaranteed annual income) in Canada. Eighty (80) leading practitioners, scholars, and students of public policy/administration will work together in real-time to develop a tangible deliverable by the close of the workshop: a Roadmap for Pracademic Advances on Basic Income. This Roadmap will detail specific next steps participants will take together to achieve policy innovation in this field over the next two to three years.

A special Working Lunch – “Training Tomorrow’s Public Servants” – will explore ways of better connecting public policy schools with public service recruitment and development priorities.

Time:  9:00AM - 3:00PM
Venue:  Thomas Lounge, Ryerson University
Location:  55 & 63 Gould Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.ipac.ca/Toronto/CurrentEvents
For information contact:  Marta Guzik - mguzik@ipac.ca
Phone:  (416) 924-8787 ext 221
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Economic Development; Government & Public Sector
May 30/2017
Toronto, ON
Paying the Price:The cost of privatization in long-term care
Panel presentation and discussion on privatization in long-term care followed by a reception to launch Wash, Wear and Care: Clothing and Laundry in Long-term Residential Care, based on research from the SSHRC "Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care" international project at York University - Principal Investigator, Pat Armstrong.

Time:  4:30PM
Venue:  Drama Room 7, Pantages Hotel
Location:  200 Victoria St, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://reltc.apps01.yorku.ca/news-event
Categories:   Seniors; Health/Health Care; International
May 30/2017
to Jun 1/2017
Vancouver, BC
Building Lasting Change 2017 - Green Building Conference
Building Lasting Change is Canada’s largest green building conference and is known for activating connections, delivering world class learning opportunities and cultivating inspiration and innovation.

Building actionable solutions to climate change is the focus of Building Lasting Change 2017, with the goal of engaging the members and stakeholders of the Canadian building industry in the fight to reduce GHG emissions.

Time:  TBA
Venue:  TBA
Location:  Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.cagbc.org/CAGBC/Events/Building_Lasting_Change_2017/CAGBC/Conference/Build
Categories:   Environment
May 31/2017
World No-Tobacco Day
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development."

Website:  http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 1/2017
Annual Gala Dinner
The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW Peace) will be hosting its annual gala on June 1st 2017.

VOW Peace is a network of Canadian women working to help build a world founded on peace and justice for all races, ages, and genders. VOW partners with women's peace groups around the world and presents collective findings/data to the United Nations' general assembly every year.

This year's gala is focusing on peace and the need to come together to make a change in the world. It is not a job that can be done alone, it takes all of us - young and old.

The event will be taking place at the Great Hall located inside Hart House; doors will open at 5PM and refreshments will be served at 5:30PM. Moreover, there will be a sit-down dinner and outstanding entertainment throughout the night.

Entertainment by Alisa Gayle - Pianist and Maryem Hassan Tollar, Roula Said and Naghmeh Farahmand


Tickets prices are as such:
$50 for students
$75 regular (with subsidies available at info@vowpeace.org)

For more information: 416-603-7915 or email us at: info@vowpeace.org

Time:  6 pm - 10 pm
Venue:  Hart House
Location:  7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, Ontario M5S3H3
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/VOWPeace/
For information contact:  he Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW Peace)
Phone:  (416) 603-7915
Categories:   Women; International; Arts & Culture
Jun 1/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/parentsday/index.shtml
Categories:   Children & Youth; International
Jun 2/2017
Toronto, ON
Craft Your Change
Meet over 20 non-profits and create your perfect volunteer role over a craft beer. If you’re passionate about youth or human rights, you’ll find an organization that’s right for you. 7-9 pm. $10.

Time:  7:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue:  The Fifth Social Club
Location:  225 Richmond W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://volunteertoronto.ca/page/CYC2017
For information contact:  Volunteer Toronto Office
Phone:  416-961-6888
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 3/2017
Ottawa, Hamilton, London and Edmont, ON
100in1day
A festival that ignites citizen-led interventions across cities in Canada greener, healthier and more connected.

Inviting all residents and community groups that have an interest in making your city a better city. Do you have an idea of what you want to do to make your city greener? Plant trees, create a pollinator garden? Organize a neighbourhood nature walk? Park clean up?

100in1day is about activating 100+ projects or interventions that will in turn inspire other actions. It's about motivating and empowering residents to think big and plan simple, low-cost and thoughtful initiatives to be implemented all on one day.

Anyone can join to lead an intervention or volunteer to organize the festival. Taking place in Ottawa, Hamilton, London and Edmonton.

Venue:  Various
Location:  Ottawa, Hamilton, London and Edmont, ON
Website:  http://100in1day.ca/
For information contact:  Christine Earnshaw - christine (at) synapcity.ca
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 3/2017
Toronto, ON
Diversity, Strength and Solidarity
This is a day of action in support of your diverse community. You stand together as Muslims, Jews, Christians, Atheists, workers, students, artists, immigrants, refugees, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), LGBTI, and disabled folks in Toronto. Let's come together to reject hate, show strength in numbers, and stand in solidarity.

While you stand shoulder to shoulder with one another, right-wing hate groups try to disrupt these demonstrations. For them, "freedom of speech" is a cover to spread racism, white supremacy, and Islamophobia.

Our intention is positive and peaceful. Freedom of speech is not freedom to hate

Time:  10:00AM
Venue:  Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall
Location:  100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/459629394388051/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 3/2017
to Aug 27/2017
Toronto, ON
1867: Rebellion and Confederation
Gibson House Museum will host the Canadian Museum of History's travelling exhibit: 1867 – Rebellion and Confederation. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the 3 decades leading up to Canada's Confederation. Through graphic panels and images, audio visual and interactive components, visitors can follow the struggles for responsible government and the national discussions that brought Canada into being during a time of social upheaval. Learn about the local Toronto personalities, conditions and events of this era through a parallel exhibit featuring artifacts from the City of Toronto's collection. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.
(Included with regular admission)

Time:  Regular Opening Hours
Venue:  Gibson House Museum
Location:  5172 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.toronto.ca/gibsonhouse
For information contact:  gibsonhouse@toronto.ca.v
Phone:  416-395-7432
Categories:   Museums; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 4/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childvictimday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; Health/Health Care; International
Jun 5/2017
World Environment Day
"On this World Environment Day, I urge people and governments everywhere to overcome indifference, combat greed and act to preserve our natural heritage for the benefit of this and future generations." — Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentday/
Categories:   Environment; International
Jun 5/2017
to Jun 6/2017
Woodbridge, ON
Repairing Incised and Degraded (Urbanized) Streams
This two-day course will present the current state of the art with regards to environmentally-sensitive stream and river repair and bank protection. The training will combine classroom and hands on learning – combining theory with the practical applications and lots of case studies. The classroom sessions will cover topics like basic fluvio-geomorphology, stream forms and processes, Proper Functioning Condition, hydromodification and environmentally-sensitive techniques.

The second day in the field will include a stream walk intended to help learn “how to read the stream”, identify geomorphic and vegetative indicators for OHWM and bank full discharge elevation, how to chose appropriate plants and discuss construction methods. The attendees will also participate in the construction of a couple of demonstration bank protection methods. Be ready to harvest and handle willow materials and learn how the willow stake, live branch and pole cutting can be incorporated into a biotechnical method like Vegetated Mechanically Stabilized Earth (VMSE) using coir blocks and compost socks.

Time:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue:  Earth Rangers Centre
Location:  9520 Pine Valley Dr, Woodbridge, ON
Website:  http://www.sustainabletechnologies.ca/wp/events/repairing-incised-and-degraded-urbanized-str
For information contact:  mbortolussi@trca.on.ca
Categories:   Environment
Jun 6/2017
to Jun 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Pride Month
This year marks the 37th annual Pride festival in Toronto, and Canada’s second-ever Pride Month. We're thrilled to be featuring engaging programming and exciting events throughout the city, culminating with the much anticipated annual Pride Parade. The theme of Pride this year is "+", referencing the plethora of voices from which we'll hear what it means to celebrate our identity, as well as our hope to add new perspectives. Toronto Pride aspires to unify and empower people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Speak with us, dance with us, celebrate with us, and march with us.

Time:  12:00AM - 11:00PM
Venue:  City Wide
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.pridetoronto.com/
For information contact:  office@pridetoronto.com
Phone:  (416) 927-7433
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Jun 7/2017
to Jun 15/2017
Various
Film Screenings: 100 Short Stories
Council of Canadians chapters will be screening the film '100 Short Stories' by Nova Scotia filmmaker Neal Livingston.

June 7 -Nelson
June 8 - Kamloops
June 9 - Vancouver
June 11 - Powell River
June 12 - Campbell River
June 14 - Nanaimo
June 15 - Victoria/Cowichan (tbc)

As noted on the film's website, "With his filmmakers typical irreverence, Livingston interweaves tales of predatory capitalism, eco-activism, and contemporary life in Atlantic Canada, engaging in an offbeat and often humorous exploration of energy policy, governance, and regional culture, in a diaristic collage of entrepreneurship and environmentalism."

Location:  Various
Website:  http://canadians.org/event/film-screenings-100-short-stories
For information contact:  inquiries@canadians.org
Phone:  613-233-2773 or 1-800-387-7177
Categories:   Mining & Petroleum; Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 8/2017
World Oceans Day
“Urgent action on a global scale is needed to alleviate the world’s oceans from the many pressures they face, and to protect them from future dangers that may tip them beyond the limits of their carrying capacity. ”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/
Categories:   Environment; International
Jun 8/2017
to Jun 14/2017
Rivers to Oceans Week
Rivers to Oceans Week is an opportunity to explore your connection to fresh and salt water environments. Rivers to Oceans Week reminds us that taking care of our water is a shared responsibility. Join the Canadian Wildlife Federation to celebrate Rivers to Oceans Week and help turn the tide on the threats to Canada's waterways and the life they sustain.

Venue:  Across Canada
Website:  http://riverstooceans.ca
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors; Education
Jun 10/2017
to Jun 11/2017
Old Chelsea, QC
National Capital Bioblitz
In celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada's biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage. A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time. For this event, the experts are joined by interested members of the general public for a community-style bioblitz, which blends scientific inventory, guided educational activities and nature programming so that everyone can contribute to real science, while connecting with nature in a personally meaningful experience. It's Canada's nature selfie and you're invited.

Venue:  Gatineau Park
Location:  33 Scott Road, Old Chelsea, QC
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Environment; Education
Jun 12/2017
World Day Against Child Labour
"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda reaffirms the goal of ending child labour. Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour."

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childlabourday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jun 13/2017
International Albinism Awareness Day
"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda pledges to leave no one behind. That includes people with albinism. The cycle of attacks, discrimination and poverty must be broken"
Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/albinismday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 14/2017
World Blood Donor Day
Voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world’s countries in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2016/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 15/2017
Vancouver, BC
Stop Site-C: Urgent rally
Sierra Club BC is hosting an urgent rally to stop the Site-C Dam. The project can still be stopped! We need your help to protect our environment and help support the Indigenous People. The Sierra Club BC needs your help to send the message that it will not be tolerated.

Find out more information on the Facebook event page or at their Sierra Club Website: http://sierraclub.bc.ca

Time:  12:00PM
Venue:  BC Hydro
Location:  333 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1542762652435433/?active_tab=about
For information contact:  Galen Armstrong - galen (at) sierraclub.bc.ca
Phone:  1+ (250) 386-5255
Categories:   Environment; Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 15/2017
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Around 4 to 6% 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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/elderabuse/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 16/2017
International Day of Family Remittances
The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), celebrated on 16 June, is aimed at recognizing the significant financial contribution migrant workers make to the wellbeing of their families back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin. It is also aimed at encouraging the public and private sectors, as well as the civil society, to do more and collaborate to maximize the impact of these funds in the developing world.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/family-remittances-day/
Categories:   Economic Development; International
Jun 17/2017
Victoria, BC
Ban the Bomb
Wear white, join us to form a big human peace symbol and be part of our action to Ban the Bomb! Historic UN negotiations are taking place among 130 countries for a new treaty to ban nuclear weapons. However, Canada is boycotting the talks. Tell Prime Minister Trudeau to work with other countries to eliminate these weapons of mass destruction, resist the dangerous US ballistic missile defense system, and create a culture of peace and disarmament. There will also be a moment of silence for the victims and refugees of the wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya & Yemen etc and a song for peace. In solidarity with the international campaign Women's March to ban the Bomb: www.womenbanthebomb.org and World Refugee Day.

Time:  12:00PM - 1:00PM
Venue:  Legislature
Location:  501 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
Website:  http://canadians.org/event/victoria-bc-ban-bomb-event
Categories:   Military; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 17/2017
Toronto, ON
Benefit in support of the Parkdale Rent Strike
In solidarity with those participating in the rent strike at Parkdale at this very moment. Proceeds from this show will be donated to https://www.gofundme.com/support-parkdale-tenants. The event is $10 or PWYC, All ages

Performers include:
*Mollot
[The kind of music that your mom would bang on the door and tell you turn it down but you ignore her]
*Pedestrian
[Stomping Toronto Hardcore]
*Make No Gains
[Toronto Hardcore Punk]
*Flem
[Noisy Toronto HC]

Time:  7:30PM
Venue:  Faith/Void
Location:  894 College St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/102599383637429
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Jun 17/2017
New York
Women's March to Ban the Bomb
In one of its final acts of 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted with overwhelming support a landmark resolution to begin negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts.

Throughout June and July of 2017, governments will negotiate the ban on nuclear weapons at the United Nations. WILPF and our coalition are hitting the streets to celebrate and also demand a good treaty that prohibits these weapons of mass destruction once and for all!

The Women’s March Ban the Bomb is a women-led initiative building on the momentum of movements at the forefront of the resistance, including the Women’s March on Washington. It will bring together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faiths, political affiliations and backgrounds to march and rally at 12 PM -4 PM Saturday, June 17, 2017 in New York City!

Time:  12:00PM- 4:00PM
Location:  New York
Website:  http://www.womenbanthebomb.org/
For information contact:  https://www.womenbanthebomb.org/
Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Military
Jun 17/2017
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
"Without a long-term solution, desertification and land degradation will not only affect food supply but lead to increased migration and threaten the stability of many nations and regions. This is why world leaders made land degradation neutrality one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/desertificationday/
Categories:   Environment; Farming; International
Jun 17/2017
to Jun 18/2017
Port Rowan, ON
Norfolk Forest Important Bird and Biodiversity Area BioBlitz
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time. Through this project celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary new scientific data will be generated and new species will be documented which will help to inform choices on such issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity. These discoveries will be showcased to the Canadian public, wildlife managers, conservation organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to shape conservation decisions and ensure these wild species and spaces remain for generations to come.

Venue:  Norfolk Forest Complex IBA
Location:  115 Front Road, Port Rowan, ON
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Science & Technology; Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Jun 19/2017
Toronto, ON
Alternative Facts Survival Guide: HOT TYPE: 150 YEARS OF THE NATION
Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Take heart! Today's best journalists arm you with the intellectual tools needed to decode a world of fake news.

In this riveting documentary, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple examines the history of The Nation, the oldest weekly publication in the United States. Under the inspirational leadership of editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, the magazine remains a hotbed for progressive ideas and hard-hitting investigative reporting, offering an innovative model for speaking truth to power in an age of "fake news".

Stick around after the screening for a special Skype Q&A with Katrina vanden Heuvel herself, who will discuss how The Nation's mission has evolved with the rise of Trump and the role the press can play in resisting threats to democracy.

Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W.,, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Politics & Political Organizations
Jun 19/2017
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
On 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/69/293) proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/elimination-of-sexual-violence-in-conflict/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 19/2017
Toronto, ON
UofT Pride Picnic
The sixth annual Pride Picnic is here!
On June 19, We would like to invite you to Pride Picnic 2017! This free event features food (until we run out), music, games, prizes, and more. Make sure to swing by to enjoy some good food, good music and good people!

Event venue is wheelchair accessible, Part of the courtyard is grass although there is a concrete path and accessible concrete area for people to sit, etc. The main entrance to the Courtyard is located off of St George street. Gender Neutral Washrooms and accessible washrooms are located on the main floor of the building adjacent to the Courtyard. Gender neutral, single stall, accessible washrooms are located on the second floor of the main building adjacent to the courtyard. Directions will be posted and volunteers will also be available to guide you to the washrooms.

Please note that this will be a fragrance free space.

Time:  12:00PM-5:00PM
Venue:  Woodsworth College
Location:  119 St. George St, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/469705693373264/?
For information contact:  events@apus.ca
Phone:  (416) 978-4444
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 20/2017
Toronto, ON
Pride Prep Party!
Join the Pride Prep Party to help ACAS get ready for pride!

Take the time to relax and get crafty with other queer Asian folks before it gets wild at Pride!
We'll be creating decorations for ACAS's marching group in the Pride Parade and we'll need as many hands to help make our group stand out!

For this year's Pride theme "What will you add to Pride?", we have a creative way of showing how our different Asian communities "add together" to unite the ACAS community!

Light snacks provided!

Time:  18:00-19:30
Venue:  ACAS (Asian Community AIDS Services)
Location:  260 Spadina Ave, Suite 410, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/272600593204187/?
For information contact:  info@acas.org
Phone:  (416) 963-4300
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 20/2017
World Refugee Day
In a world where violence forces hundreds of families to flee each day, the UN Refugee Agency believes now is the time to show world leaders that the global public stands with refugees, and it will launch its #WithRefugees petition on June 20th to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 21/2017
Toronto, ON
DocNow Film Screenings Day 3
June 21, 2017 DocNow screens the following films, no ticket required:

A SU PROPIO RITMO/AT ITS OWN RHYTHM
A Su Propio Ritmo explores the artist’s personal impressions of the historical significance of the Cuban Revolution, as seen through the lens of the Noticiero ICAIC Latinoamericano (Latin American Newsreel).

SNUPE
This is the story of a promising artist with talent beyond his years, of giving into temptation, and of a man’s attempt at redemption and a musical comeback.

NATURE DAZZLES
Nature Dazzles is a documentary film that portrays the endeavours of a teenage student as she inspires fellow schoolmates to write letters to Premier Kathleen Wynn and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

UM FIO MAGICO/A MAGIC THREAD
In search of his own identity and answers to his ancestors’ family history, and spurred by reasons of survival, Eduardo left his family and country to immigrate to Canada. The artist left behind a brother, who transitioned into a trans-woman before Eduardo was able to better understand the situation and offer the appropriate support.

ON THE ROAD TO VIRTUE
Meyer Brownstone, a social justice activist, has spent over seventy years fostering human development around the world. As Brownstone reflects on those experiences, he reminds us of the importance of documenting such situations and how this can lead to more compassionate political engagement.

ARTIST Q&A

AFTER PARTY - Paupers Pub, 539 Bloor St West
Join us for an after party at Paupers Pub with the evening's filmmakers to continue the discussion on the films

Time:  5:30PM
Venue:  Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://docnow.ca/
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Arts & Culture
Jun 21/2017
Toronto, ON
National Aboriginal day and the Indigenous Arts Festival
Celebration of Indigenous and Métis culture with music, storytelling, dance, theatre, food and more. All-ages craft making with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, screenings of French Indigenous films, hoop dancing, musical performances by Wayne Lavallee and The Black Bull Moose Singers, stage performances by Jumblies Theatre and comedy troupe Manifest Destiny's Child and more.
Plan to spend the days under the open skies in downtown Toronto enjoying traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre, and food. The series of events will energize the grounds of this historic site with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations by Indigenous artists.Free-$5.

Venue:  Fort York
Location:  250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=edcd86750adeb510VgnVCM10000071d60f89
Phone:  311
Categories:   Native Peoples
Jun 21/2017
to Sep 14/2017
Toronto, ON
Becoming a Board Member Workshop
Learn about the responsibilities and benefits of volunteering on a non-profit's board of directors. $15
Non-profits have a significant impact on Toronto and its residents. They support the community and create innovative ways to alleviate some of the city's most pressing social issues. Board members help to govern and lead non-profits through the strategic opportunities and challenges that arise.
Non-profits need board members with a variety of skills to achieve their organization’s goals. Whatever your professional background, serving as a board member can develop your soft skills and help you learn new ones.

Time:  6:30PM-8:30PM
Venue:  Volunteer Toronto
Location:  344 Bloor St. W. #404, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.volunteertoronto.ca/?page=BoardMember&hhSearchTerms=%22becoming+and+board+and+mem
For information contact:  cec@volunteertoronto.ca
Phone:  416-961-6888
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 22/2017
Toronto, ON
Collecting Voices With The Multicultural History Society Of Ontario
For over 40 years, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario has been actively involved in recording immigrant and ethnic stories. Participants in this workshop will gain a foundational understanding of oral history and an introduction to the process of conducting interviews. Pre-register. 6-8 pm. Free.

Time:  6:00PM-8:00PM
Venue:  Toronto Reference Library
Location:  789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT20437&R=EVT20437
For information contact:  ndawkins@torontopubliclibrary.ca
Phone:  416-393-7082
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; Arts & Culture
Jun 22/2017
Toronto, ON
Flowers While We're Living
A showcase that aims to celebrate and share the work of BIPOC / racialized trans and queer artists with the rest of Toronto’s communities. The voices, the words, the moves, and the dances all come together to celebrate life. Trans lives. Black lives. Black and Brown trans lives.

featuring
Ninkuru Zinduru
I. M. Brown
alaska B
Franny
Ravyn Wngz
Kama La Mackerel
Coco Supreme
Dirty Dabz
Sze-Yang Ade-Lam
River Bowen

presented by Unit 2 + Ninkuru Zinduru

Time:  8:15PM - 11:00PM
Venue:  Buddies in Bad times Theatre
Location:  12 Alexander Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com/pride
For information contact:  (416) 975-8555
Phone:  416-975-8555
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Performing Arts; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 22/2017
Halifax, NS
Forever Wild
We invite you to join us for an evening of exciting news, celebration and appreciation, marking a tremendous year of land conservation achievements. We will be announcing new conservation successes and honouring some very special people who made these accomplishments possible. Enjoy a visual journey through over 10,000 acres of protected areas in Nova Scotia!

Donations are accepted at the door.
Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation begin at 6pm with Showcase to follow.
Please call or email to register.

Time:  18:00
Venue:  Museum of Natural History
Location:  1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS
For information contact:  events@nsnt.ca
Phone:  (902)425-5263
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 22/2017
Toronto, ON
The Summer Of 77: How Emanuel Jaques' Murder Changed Toronto
Discussion of how the murder of a shoeshine boy impacted the Portuguese, LGBTQ and sex worker communities and led to the revamping of Yonge Street. With historians Gilberto Fernandes, Daniel Ross and Tom Hooper and sex worker/ advocate Valerie Scott. 6-8 pm. Free. RSVP.

Time:  6:00PM-8:00PM
Venue:  Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers
Location:  960 St. Clair W,, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://facebook.com/events/457245031292201
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Jun 23/2017
International Widows' Day
"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with its pledge to leave no one behind has a particular resonance for widows, who are among the most marginalized and isolated. "
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/widowsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Jun 23/2017
Ottawa, ON
Responsible Trade Summit
Sierra Club Canada Foundation is hosting an event to discuss implications of trade agreements on our ability to protect the environment and to formulate a model for sustainable and successful trade agreements of the future.

As you may know, trade agreements can impact almost all areas of life from health care, labour, social equity, privacy, sustainability and national sovereignty. They can diminish and even eliminate regulations and policies for dealing with climate change among other pressing social and environmental issues.

Tickets: By donation or $10 EventBrite

Time:  9:00AM - 4:00PM
Venue:  Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch
Location:  120 Metcalf Ave, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/636166923243455/
For information contact:  infoservice@biblioottawalibrary.ca
Phone:  (613) 580-2945
Categories:   Trade; Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 23/2017
United Nations Public Service Day
The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/277, designated 23 June as Public Service Day.

The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/publicserviceday/
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; International
Jun 23/2017
to Jun 25/2017
Kluane National Park, YT
Science-Intense Bioblitz
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time. This science-intense bioblitz in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary will help to inform choices on such issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity. These discoveries will be showcased to the Canadian public, wildlife managers, conservation organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to shape conservation decisions and ensure these wild species and spaces remain for generations to come.

Venue:  Kluane Lake
Location:  Kluane Lake Research Station, Kluane National Park, YT
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology; Nature & Outdoors
Jun 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Bells on Danforth
A Pedal Powered Bicycle Parade on the Danforth!

Bells on Danforth returns for our 6th annual family-friendly bicycle ride across the Danforth. Again this year the parade starts with a rally at Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette and wheels east to Danforth and Danforth Road, the Crossroads of the Danforth.

Time:  10:30 am
Venue:  Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette
Location:  725 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1799459790080869/
Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Jun 24/2017
to Jun 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow
Na-Me-Res is the proud host of Toronto’s Annual Traditional Pow Wow in recognition of National Aboriginal Day and the Summer Solstice, June 21st. Every year, thousands of people attend the celebration to enjoy traditional food and watch over 100 drummers and dancers perform. Come explore the information booths, meet First Nations crafters and vendors, and participate in activities and giveaways.

Admission to the Pow Wow is free, open to the general public, and a great event for families.
The day starts with a sunrise ceremony held at The Men’s Residence where an Elder presides over the welcoming of the day. The Pow Wow Grand Entry takes place at noon.

Time:  12:00PM-8:00PM
Venue:  Fort York Blvd
Location:  14 Vaughan Road, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.nameres.org/annual-traditional-pow-wow/
For information contact:  powwow@nameres.org
Phone:  (416) 651-6750 x 2233
Categories:   Native Peoples; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Jun 25/2017
Day of the Seafarer
​In 2016, IMO's Day of the Seafarer campaign celebrated seafarers and let the world know how and why seafarers are indispensable to everyone.

The campaign theme was: "At Sea For All".

The theme has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, "Shipping: indispensable to the world", emphasising that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes but for all of us – and, consequently, they are also "indispensable to the world".

Website:  http://www.imo.org/en/About/Events/dayoftheseafarer/Pages/Day-of-the-Seafarer-2016.aspx
Categories:   International; Transportation & Travel
Jun 25/2017
Hamilton, ON
Radical Transformation Book Launch
Doors will open at 7pm for a meet and greet with author Kevin MacKay. Light snacks will be served, and Rust City will have its usual assortment of excellent coffees, beer, wine, etc.

At 8pm Kevin will give a short talk outlining the book’s argument and main themes. Afterward there will be an open question period and discussion.

Books will be available for purchase at a special price of $25.

Radical Transformation is a story about industrial civilization’s impending collapse, and about the possibilities of averting this fate. Human communities first emerged as egalitarian, democratic groups that existed in symbiotic relationship with their environments. Increasing complexity led to the emergence of oligarchy, in which societies became captive to the logic of domination, exploitation, and ecological destruction. The challenge facing us today is to build a movement that will radically transform civilization and once more align our evolutionary trajectory in the direction of democracy, equality, and ecological sustainability.

Time:  7:00PM
Venue:  Rust City Brewery
Location:  27 King William Street, Hamilton, ON
For information contact:  info@btlbooks.com
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Environment; Economic Development
Jun 25/2017
Markham, ON
Toronto Bioblitz
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage.A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time. For this flagship bioblitz, the experts are joined by interested members of the general public for a community-style bioblitz, which blends scientific inventory, guided educational activities and nature programming so that everyone can contribute to real science, while connecting with nature in a personally meaningful experience. It's Canada's nature selfie and you're invited.

Time:  noon to noon
Venue:  Rouge National Urban Park
Location:  10725 Reesor Rd, Markham, ON
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Environment; Education
Jun 26/2017
United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/torturevictimsday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 27/2017
Toronto, ON
Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Videocracy
Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Take heart! Today's best journalists arm you with the intellectual tools needed to decode a world of fake news.

A brutish egomaniac with a bad tan uses his television brand to vault himself into the country’s highest office. Sound familiar? In this darkly hilarious, award-winning examination of Silvio Berlusconi's media empire, director Erik Gandini shows how the autocratic billionaire has transformed Italian culture and politics, replacing democratic debate with empty-headed reality stars, mind-numbing variety shows and, as Gandini puts it, "the evilness of banality."

After the screening, we'll be joined by Craig Silverman, the top media editor at Buzzfeed, who has covered the Italian media industry and is arguably the world's leading reporter on the phenomenon of fake news.

Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  Hot Docs
Location:  506 Bloor St. W.,, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 28/2017
Toronto, ON
Feminism, Space and Cities - A Conversation (With You)
We've started conversations with so many fascinating women.
We've talked about our city, we've talked about women, men, diversity, history and the future.
We've talked about progressive ideas, conventional thought, patriarchy, wrestling, intersectionality, business, space, sisterhood and big feet. We know that these conversations have to continue; let's continue them!

We want to talk about feminism and space and cities with you.
Join us for an evening of conversation!
Please confirm attendance through Eventbrite

Time:  7:30PM-9:30PM
Venue:  Handlebar
Location:  159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening-of-casual-convo-tickets-35323388205?aff=eac2
Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 28/2017
Waterloo, ON
Kitchener-Waterloo: Pharmacare Town Hall
Please join us for a town hall meeting about pharmacare. Learn how pharmacare can save Canadians $14 billion every year in prescription drug costs through bulk government purchases and negotiating for better prices. Hear how well it works in every other country that has public health care. Meet your elected representatives, who really care about helping you – and all Canadians – get the proven benefits and savings a pharmacare program can provide.

Guest Speakers

Raj Saini, MP Kitchener
Catherine Fife, MPP Waterloo

Admission is free – please bring a friend! Donations are welcome.

Time:  19:00 - 21:00
Venue:  First United Church
Location:  16 William St W., Waterloo, ON
Website:  http://canadians.org/event/kitchener-waterloo-pharmacare-town-hall
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Jun 28/2017
to Jul 6/2017
Toronto, ON
In the Name of All Canadians
Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives with In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. From Indigenous rights to the controversial 'notwithstanding clause,' participating filmmakers take the Charter's key tenets off the page and into the lived experiences of the country we call home.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. World premiere media sponsor: Maclean's.

Tickets to the premiere on Wednesday, June 28: Advance Tickets SOLD OUT. A limited number of Rush Tickets will be available on the day of the screening.

Tickets for the run of screenings starting on Friday, June 30 have regular pricing: $12 (Members: $8, $5, Free)

Time:  Various Times
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Law Enforcement & Corrections
Jun 29/2017
Toronto, ON
Feathers for Our Women
Feathers for Our Women: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Transgender and Two-Spirit Peoples (MMIWGT2S) is a Canada-wide outreach initiative aimed towards youths to raise awareness about MMIWGT2S and violence prevention education in communities.

In July, Shades of Our Sisters will create a Feathers for Our Women installation in the theatre at St. Vladimir Institute. People all across Canada are invited to make paper feathers, which Cree artist Waylon Goodwin will craft into mobiles, each feather representing a life of a MMIWGT2S.

Join us for a film screening followed by a craft session to make feathers out of paper and write about respect and love for a woman in your life.

Time:  6:00PM-10:00PM
Venue:  Kosa Studio
Location:  4 Bellwoods Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/441277846230993/?
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Native Peoples; Women
Jun 29/2017
Toronto, ON
How to be an Ally: Reconciling 150 with Indigenous Calls to Action
The Centre for Social Innovation, Bear Standing Tall & Associates and Ode'Min Giizis Indigenous Full Spectrum Doula Training collaborate to present a panel conversation on "Reconciling 150 with Indigenous Calls to Action." This panel of Indigenous activists, social-spiritual entrepreneurs, artists, knowledge and wisdom keepers, survivors, and community members will examine the impacts of colonialism from the last 150 years and beyond, and discuss ways that allies can share space and support healing by building bridges and exchanging knowledge.

Recognizing the complex nature of intersectional identities, this panel acknowledges that there is no singular Indigenous experience and is meant for anyone wishing to support Indigenous individuals and communities in a meaningful and respectful manner.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear panelists speak and ask questions.

Time:  6:00PM - 8:30PM
Venue:  Centre for Social Innovation - Regent Park 3rd floor,
Location:  585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-be-an-ally-reconciling-150-with-indigenous-calls-to-actio
Categories:   Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 30/2017
Toronto, ON
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Celebrate Canada Days with iconic Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie! As one of the leading cultural voices in Canada over her illustrious 50 year career, her commitment to indigenous issues and social activism has been a constant theme in her folk-rock music.

The Nathan Phillips Square Main Stage will also host the Barenaked Ladies, Bareto, and the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra on June 30 beginning at 5pm.

Time:  8PM
Venue:  Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall
Location:  100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/108055439819744/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Native Peoples; Performing Arts
Jul 1/2017
Toronto, ON
Canada Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
The Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada (FCCRWC) is a registered charitable organization. The goals of the foundation include promoting the understanding and awareness of the contribution to Canada by the Chinese Railroad Workers who participated in the construction of the first transcontinental railway (the CPR) that united Canada geographically and politically; promoting the awareness of the government's legislation of unjust Immigration Acts against the Chinese pioneers and their families; establishing scholarships; and sponsoring other Canadian charitable organizations to promote Chinese Canadian History.

Time:  10:30am
Venue:  Chinese Railroad Workers Monument,
Location:  4 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/141091299784678
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 1/2017
Toronto, ON
Sewing Circle and Picnic: Unsettling Canada 150
Bring: Yourselves, friends and family; picnic-y food to share; lawn chair(s) if you're able.

In solidarity with UNsettling CANADA 150 National Day of Action by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land.

Stitch-by-Stitch invites participants to embroider sections of the TRC Report's 94 Calls to Action onto Canadian flags, to read aloud from the TRC's 388-page summary report and from Arthur Manuel's "Unsettling Canada: a National Wake-up Call."

Time:  3PM
Venue:  Queen's Park (North side)
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/300926007014083/
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 1/2017
Toronto, ON
UNsettle Picnic
MP Carolyn Benett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs will be hosting a Canada Day 150 Picnic on July 1st at Spadina Museum. We will attend this event to remind MP Carolyn Bennett that they are celebrating 150 years of Colonialism and genocide the Canadian state has and continues to inflict upon Indigenous people. We are unsettling colonialism. No more MMIW, No more MMIM, No more removal of indigenous children into Child Welfare system, No more youth suicides, No more homeless, No more poverty, No more corporate resource extraction on Indigenous lands, and No piplelines. Honor the Treaties. Duty to Consult.

Time:  11AM
Venue:  Spadina House
Location:  285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/438898636487970/
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 2/2017
International Day of Cooperatives
"I urge Governments to create an enabling environment for cooperatives to thrive and grow. Let us harness the power of cooperatives to achieve the SDGs and create a world of dignity and opportunity for all."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/cooperativesday/
Categories:   Business & Economics; International
Jul 3/2017
to Jul 5/2017
Ottawa, ON
International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability, & Environment
iWISE2017 will integrate research, technology and expertise in fields of water, informatics, sustainability and environment. This will be complemented through focused themed sessions allowing for a lively exchange of ideas as well as contributions from highly selective keynote speakers from well-known leaders in the field.

The year 2017 version of the conference is expected to attract around 100 researchers from around the globe which will be more than double of the previous version. Researchers and participants will be coming from different sorts of backgrounds; academic, research centers, NGOs, and government organizations.

Venue:  River Building – Carleton University
Location:  Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.sciencetarget.com/iwise2017
For information contact:  W. A. Eldin - walieldin (at) sciencetarget.com
Phone:  6132162363
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Jul 3/2017
to Jul 5/2017
Ottawa, ON
International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability, & Environment - iWISE2017
The conference is organized by Science Target Inc. in collaboration with professional and academic institutions both are local and international.

iWISE2017 will integrate research, technology and expertise in fields of water, informatics, sustainability and environment. This will be complemented through focused themed sessions allowing for a lively exchange of ideas as well as contributions from highly selective keynote speakers from well-known leaders in the field.

The year 2017 version of the conference is expected to attract around 100 researchers from around the globe which will be more than double of the previous version. Researchers and participants will be coming from different sorts of backgrounds; academic, research centers, NGOs, and government organizations.

Venue:  River Building – Carleton University
Location:  1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.sciencetarget.com/iwise2017/
For information contact:  walieldin@sciencetarget.com
Phone:  613-216-2363
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Jul 4/2017
Toronto, ON
Lock Down Your Digital Privacy
Worried about identity theft or online surveillance? Just want to keep your business to yourself? Learn the best practices, habits, tips, and technology aids to secure your personal information, and reclaim your privacy rights on the Internet.

Bring your own phone or tablet to get hands-on experience.

Time:  6:30pm
Venue:  Toronto Reference Library (Learning Centre 1)
Location:  789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca
Categories:   Computers; Skills & Training
Jul 6/2017
Toronto, ON
Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Our Nixon
Arm yourself with the tools you need to decode ‘fake news’ with the Alternative Facts Survival Guide, our new screening-and-conversation series.

Some of the world’s leading commentators on politics and the media—including The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Atlantic’s David Frum,Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale and more—join us for frank and vital conversations following presentations of a selection of films that urgently speak truth to power.

Navigating the media landscape has never been more difficult. With blatant lies going from the lips of high office to the headlines of major outlets and viral Facebook posts, we’ve read the writing on the wall: there is an ongoing battle for your attention being fought on a high level. Join us and fine-tune the intellectual tools you need in order to cut through and resist.

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Politics & Political Organizations
Jul 11/2017
World Population Day
In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/populationday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jul 15/2017
World Youth Skills Day
"On this World Youth Skills Day, let us renew our resolve to invest more in empowering young people. When we do, they can better advance the broader mission of the United Nations for lasting peace, sustainable development and human rights for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/youthskillsday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jul 15/2017
to Jul 16/2017
Cambridge, ON
Rare Bioblitz
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage.A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time. For this community bioblitz the experts are joined by interested members of the general public for a community-style bioblitz, which blends scientific inventory, guided educational activities and nature programming so that everyone can contribute to real science, while connecting with nature in a personally meaningful experience. It's Canada's nature selfie and you're invited.

Venue:  rare Charitable Research Reserve near Cambridge
Location:  Cambridge, ON
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Environment; Education
Jul 18/2017
Toronto, ON
Any Other Way Reading Series #3: Resisting Sharing & Organizing
Join us and the fine folx at Glad Day Bookshop as we host the Any Other Way Reading Series. Each Tuesday in July, we'll feature Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer's contributors who are also some of the city's biggest and brightest voices on queer culture - past, present and, and future

Featuring:
Alec Butler
Debbie Douglas
Dennis Findlay
leZlie Lee Kam
Tim McCaskell

Time:  19:00-21:00
Venue:  Glad Day Bookshop
Location:  499 Church St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/438983439795145/?
For information contact:  shop@gladdaybookshop.com
Phone:  (416) 961-4161
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Jul 18/2017
Nelson Mandela International Day
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jul 21/2017
to Jul 25/2017
Toronto, ON
The War Show
Replace the expert-led and distant views of the revolution in Syria with this deeply affecting doc carved from 300 hours of footage shot amidst conflict by everyday citizens. In this personal account, Damascus-based radio host Obaidah Zytoon immerses us in the euphoria of protest and feeling on the verge of real change in 2011, through the emotional trauma and bloodshed of the following years. Less a political statement than a window into a world coming apart at the seams, this moving documentary from TIFF 2016 brings us face-to-face with the realities of revolution from an average citizen's eye.

Time:  Various Times
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Jul 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Any Other Way Reading Series #4: Scenes & Spaces
Join us and the fine folx at Glad Day Bookshop as we host the Any Other Way Reading Series. Each Tuesday in July, we'll feature Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer's contributors who are also some of the city's biggest and brightest voices on queer culture - past, present and, and future.

Featuring:
Jane Farrow
Sarah Liss
Alex McClelland
Kurt Mungal
Christine Sismondo

Time:  7:00PM-9:00PM
Venue:  Glad Day Bookshop
Location:  499 Church Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/463331924000131/?
For information contact:  shop@gladdaybookshop.com
Phone:  (416) 961-4161
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Jul 26/2017
Toronto, ON
Requiem for the American Dream
Films Changing the World: Must-see docs revealing staggering new perspectives and stories.

As people around the world lose their faith in existing systems, this gripping deconstruction of how the powers that be are wielding media and culture to control us couldn't be more timely. Widely regarded as one of the most important thinkers alive, Noam Chomsky dissects our current condition with his signature cool and devastating intellectual power. Requiem for the American Dream takes a thought-provoking look at the decline of democracy, the disappearing middle class, the myth of social mobility, and whatever hope may exist to turn this ship around. Tracing a half-century of policies designed to favour the wealthy at the expense of the majority, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy, and undoing, of our time.

Time:  6:15PM
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Policy; Economic Development
Jul 28/2017
World Hepatitis Day
The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is "Prevent hepatitis. Act now". Viral hepatitis is caused by 5 distinct hepatitis viruses. Infection from these viruses results in approximately 1.45 million deaths each year. These viruses are transmitted through contaminated water and food, as well as by contact with blood or bodily fluids, through unsafe injections or transfusions. Infection also occurs from a mother to a child, or through sexual contact. Infection through all these routes of transmission can be prevented through proven and effective interventions. It is important for everyone to be aware of hepatitis and to learn how they can protect themselves from being infected.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/hepatitis-day/2015/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jul 28/2017
to Jul 29/2017
SK
Bioblitzing the Cypress Hills
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time.Through this project celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary new scientific data will be generated and new species will be documented which will help to inform choices on such issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity. These discoveries will be showcased to the Canadian public, wildlife managers, conservation organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to shape conservation decisions and ensure these wild species and spaces remain for generations to come.

Time:  8 am - 8 am
Venue:  Cypress Hills Provincial Park (SK) - Centre and/or West Blocks
Location:  SK
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Science & Technology; Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Jul 30/2017
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.

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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 30/2017
World Day against Trafficking in Persons
In 2013, the General Assembly held a high-level meeting to appraise the Global Plan of Action. Member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humantrafficking/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 1/2017
to Aug 7/2017
World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Website:  http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/news_events/events/2015/world-breastfeeding-wee
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Women
Aug 5/2017
Toronto, ON
The Rise of Fundamentalism in Pakistan
Speaker: Pervez Hoodbhoy.

Prof. Hoodbhoy, nuclear scientist and mathematician, is one of the most courageous, well-respected and well-known human rights and peace activists of Pakistan.

Please join us for his analysis of the rise of fundamentalism in Pakistan, its foreign and deep state promoters and the impact it has had on the society and the foreign policy of the country.

Tickets at the door: $10 each or pay what you can.

Time:  7:00 pm
Location:  290 Danforth Ave (west of Chester subway), Toronto, ON
Website:  http://pakistanicanadians.ca
Categories:   Religious
Aug 5/2017
to Aug 19/2017
Alnwick/Haldimand, ON
Conscious Minds Camp
Conscious Minds Camp: A cooperative leadership experience created by and for youth and young adults who want to cultivate healthy and resilience communities. CMCamp is a space to ground ourselves in nature and community, visualize the kind of world we want to live in, and strategize how to get there at the individual and collective level. With the guidance of Elders, we play and experiment together, honing in on our individual passions and practicing the skills we need to step more fully into cooperative and respectful living.

Venue:  Cobourg Scout Reserve
Location:  6863 County Rd 45, Alnwick/Haldimand, ON
Website:  http://www.consciousmindscamp.org/
For information contact:  consciousmindscamp@gmail.com
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Nature & Outdoors
Aug 6/2017
Toronto, ON
Blockobana
We began this celebration of queer and trans love in 2010 and we are thrilled to be back for another year!

We are excited to be expanding Blockobana this year to new areas and heights! We are holding the event in Regent Park (the actual "Regent Park" park- just across the street from Daniels Spectrum)

Spend the day with us, celebrating Caribana weekend and the Caribbean and African diaspora! Please feel free to bring picnic items, beverages (non-alcoholic) and lime with us in the sun.

Time:  12pm - 11pm
Venue:  Regent Park
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/901360776704565/
Categories:   Music; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 6/2017
Toronto, ON
Humanity First: Ban the Bomb
Keynote speaker: The Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C. Author, former Senator, MP, and Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament.

Featured Performers:
* Grammy-Nominated Flautist Ron Korb
* Isshin Daiko of Toronto Musical Ensemble
* Toronto Pax Christi Chorale
* Toronto's Raging Grannies

Time:  4:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue:  Toronto City Hall Peace Garden
Location:  100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://hiroshimadaycoalition.ca/
Phone:  416 863-1209
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 9/2017
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Celebrating Indigenous people and recognizing their value and human rights.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Native Peoples
Aug 9/2017
to Aug 22/2017
NB
BiotaNB 2017
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time.Through this project celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary new scientific data will be generated and new species will be documented which will help to inform choices on such issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity. These discoveries will be showcased to the Canadian public, wildlife managers, conservation organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to shape conservation decisions and ensure these wild species and spaces remain for generations to come.

Venue:  McAdam: Canoose Flowage and Spednic Lake Protected Natural Areas
Location:  NB
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Science & Technology; Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Aug 12/2017
International Youth Day
On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 12/2017
to Aug 13/2017
Vancouver, BC
Stanley Park Bioblitz 150
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage.A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time.For this flagship bioblitz, the experts are joined by interested members of the general public for a community-style bioblitz, which blends scientific inventory, guided educational activities and nature programming so that everyone can contribute to real science, while connecting with nature in a personally meaningful experience. It's Canada's nature selfie - and you're invited.

Venue:  Stanley Park
Location:  Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Education; Children & Youth
Aug 18/2017
to Aug 20/2017
Sarnia, ON
Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering and Toxic Tour
The Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering focuses on the Anishnaabe culture practices towards water teachings. Happening August 19-20 a two day weekend with a full schedule. A free educational, family friendly event welcoming to every walk of earth. We have a responsibility towards our region's fresh water and want to share that with people of all backgrounds.

Please fill out the registration form if you are planning on coming to the Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering ft. Toxic Tour 2017. We will be sticking to Anishnaabe protocol which will be emailed to you after you register - registration begins June 1st

Venue:  Maawn Doosh Gumig
Location:  1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia, ON
Website:  http://aamjiwnaangsolidarity.com/2017/03/31/aamjiwnaang-water-gathering-toxic-tour-2017/
For information contact:  asap1491@gmail.com
Categories:   Native Peoples; Nature & Outdoors; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 18/2017
to Aug 24/2017
Toronto, ON
The Reagan Show
Ronald Reagan incomparably raised the level of staging and performance that go into being the leader of the free world, which we’re seeing today on a grander scale than could have been imagined at the time. Composed of archival footage and set against the backdrop of the Cold War, this remarkable documentary reconstructs the Reagan era almost as if it was a reality TV show. A gun-toting movie hero first and the 40th President of the United States second, Reagan was a born actor. Taking advantage of the wealth of video documentation that accompanied his presidency, The Reagan Show incisively digs into the made-for-TV approach to governing.
Official Selection—Tribeca Film Festival, 2017

"Fascinating look at Reagan." – Screen International

"An irony-laced view of the Reagan years and the birth of made-for-TV governing." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Clever and breathtaking." – Filmmaker Magazine

Time:  Various Times
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Politics & Political Organizations; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Aug 19/2017
World Humanitarian Day
"World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 21/2017
to Aug 23/2017
Toronto, ON
ICCE2017: 6th International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy
ICCE2017 committee 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 ICCE2017. ICCE 2017 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.

ICCE2017 takes place in Toronto, Canada. Toronto is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It's a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic CN Tower. ICCE 2017 is an opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading scientists, and visit one of the greatest Canadian city.

Venue:  Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport
Location:  6257 Airport Rd, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.icce2017.iaemm.com/
For information contact:  ICCE2017@iaemm.com
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Aug 23/2017
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
The United Nations proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). UNESCO is contributing to it through its educational, cultural and scientific programmes so as to promote the contribution of people of African descent to building modern societies and ensuring dignity and equality for all human beings, without distinction.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
Categories:   International; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 29/2017
International Day against Nuclear Tests
Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. There has been little consideration of the devastating effects of testing on human life, let alone the understanding of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. Early on, having nuclear weapons was a measure of scientific sophistication or military might. Hindsight and history have shown us the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of today’s nuclear weapons which are far more powerful and destructive. Subsequent incidents world-wide have provided compelling reasons for the need to observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests - a day in which educational events, activities and messages aim to capture the world’s attention and underscore the need for a unified attempt in preventing further nuclear weapons testing.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/againstnucleartestsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Science & Technology
Aug 30/2017
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
"On this International Day, I call on States to acknowledge that family members and friends of the disappeared are also victims, and to guarantee their right to full protection from any form of reprisals. Let us all show solidarity with the victims and their relatives as they strive to realize their right for truth and justice.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disappearancesday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 5/2017
International Day of Charity
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/charityday/
Categories:   Education; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 6/2017
to Sep 10/2017
Renfrew, ON
Renfrew Fair
Cattle & Horse shows, Midway, Demolition Derby, Agricultural Awareness Building, Live Entertainment daily, Horse Pull, Homecraft, Beef, Sheep & Swine Show & Auction Sale, 4-H County Championship Shows.
DAILY
Adults (17 & over) $10.00
Children (7 to 16) $5.00
Children 6 & Under FREE

ADVANCE SALE $40.00 for 5 admissions, Savings of $10.00
Available until Wednesday, September 6 at 2:00 p.m.
FAMILY DAY - Thursday, September 7
Free admission to 16 years and Under All Day
*HST Included in all prices

Location:  115 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Renfrew, ON
Website:  http://www.renfrewfair.com
For information contact:  Judy Dobec - contact@renfrewfair.com
Phone:  613-432-5331
Categories:   Farming; Animals & Pets; Arts & Culture
Sep 7/2017
to Sep 8/2017
Englehart, ON
Englehart Fair
Highlights:
Road Race
Petting Farm
Pony Rides
Food & Games
Rebekah Harvest Dinner
Fall Fair Parade
Sheep & Goat Shows
Baby Show
Pet Show
Live Entertainment

Venue:  Community Complex
Location:  7th Avenue and 4th Street, Englehart, ON
For information contact:  Bruce Wilson - tywilson@ntl.sympatico.ca
Phone:  705-544-8024
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Animals & Pets; Farming
Sep 7/2017
to Sep 9/2017
Owen Sound, ON
165th Owen Sound Fall Fair
This year's Fair offers much more....

Baby Show
Owen Sound Best Driver Rodeo
Beef Jackpot Show
Children's Activity Tent
and all our other usual events such as
Homecraft Show and 20th Annual Quilt Show
Dairy, Beef, Miniature Horse and Sheep Shows
and of course our Antique Tractor Pull, Local Truck Pulls
and our Demolition Derby
as well as a fabulous Midway presented by Albion Amusement.

Venue:  Victoria Park
Location:  700 10th St. East, Owen Sound, ON
Website:  http://owensoundfallfair.com/
For information contact:  info@owensoundfallfair.com
Phone:  519-371-1720
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Animals & Pets; Farming
Sep 7/2017
to Sep 10/2017
Orono, ON
165th Orono Fair
Thursday: Official Opening, Ambassador of the Fair Competition, Demo Cross, Homecraft & Agricultural Exhibits.
Friday: Horse Pulls, Concert, Homecraft & Agricultural Exhibits, Fiddle Competition.
Saturday: Tractor Pull, Fair Parade, Fair Idol Competition, Special Attractions, Homecraft & Agricultural Exhibits.
Sunday: Demolition Derby, Special Attractions, Homecraft & Agricultural Exhibits.
*ONLY SERVICE DOGS ALLOWED ON GROUNDS

Venue:  Orono Fair
Location:  Exit Hwy 35/115 at Main St., Orono, ON
Website:  http://www.oronofair.com/
For information contact:  Valerie Vanschagen - info@oronofair.com
Phone:  905-983-9510
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Animals & Pets; Farming
Sep 7/2017
to Sep 10/2017
Cambridge, ON
178th Cambridge Fall Fair
Highlights: 4-H Show Homecraft & Agricultural Exhibits in Dickson Center, Baby Show, Campbell Amusements Midway, Local and Live Entertainment, Beer Garden , Walk-around Entertainment, 2 days of Demolition Derby, Cambridge Fair Market Place Full of Commercial Exhibitors and Vendors

Venue:  Dickson Park
Location:  30 Park Hill, Cambridge, ON
Website:  http://www.thefallfair.com
For information contact:  Chris Chapelle - thecambridgefallfair@hotmail.com
Phone:  519-404-3765
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Arts & Culture; Farming
Sep 7/2017
to Sep 10/2017
Russell, ON
Russell Fair
Highlights: Harvesting excitement for 158 years. Live Adult & Children’s Entertainment, Craft Beer Festival, Demo Derby, Fall Cutting Horse Show, Robertson Amusements Midway & more, something for all ages!

Location:  1076 Concession St., Russell, ON
Website:  http://russellfair.com
For information contact:  Anna Roberts - info@russellfair.com
Phone:  613-445-1742
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Arts & Culture; Farming
Sep 7/2017
to Sep 10/2017
Spencerville, ON
Spencerville Fair
Highlights: Little Sir/Little Miss, Junior Ambassador and Ambassador Competitions, Barn of Learning, Talent Show, Family Shows, Live Concerts, 4-H Show, Cattle, Dairy Goat, Sheep & Poultry Shows, Children's Pony Show, Western Game Show, Heavy & Light Horse Show, School & Junior Exhibits, Homecraft Exhibits, Demolition Derby, Tractor and Truck Pulls, Petting Zoo, Robertson Amusements Midway.

Location:  22 Ryan Street, Spencerville, ON
Website:  http://www.spencervillefair.ca/
For information contact:  Dorothy Seeley - info@spencervillefair.ca
Phone:  613-925-4385
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Arts & Culture; Farming
Sep 7/2017
to Sep 10/2017
Grassie (West Lincoln), ON
West Niagara Fair
Highlights: Join us at our new fairgrounds for a fun filled, family focused weekend of Agricultural Awareness events including Livestock Shows, Kidz Zone and Petting Zoo, Antique Tractor Show and Pulls; 2 Demolition Derbies; Homecraft & School Displays; 4-H & Youth Competitions; Family Musical and other Entertainment; Midway; Commercial Exhibits and mouthwatering fair food!
Like us on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/westniagarafair

Location:  7402 Mud Street, Grassie (West Lincoln), ON
Website:  http://www.westniagarafair.ca/site/home
For information contact:  anita@westniagarafair.ca
Phone:  905-309-9939
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Farming; Animals & Pets
Sep 8/2017
International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide, bringing together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. On this day also International Literacy Prizes are awarded to people with outstanding solutions that can drive literacy towards achieving the 2030 Education Agenda.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 8/2017
to Sep 9/2017
Guelph, ON
Aberfoyle Fair
Highlights:
Theme: Fun For Everyone.
Friday Night: Tractor Pull.
Saturday: Horses, Cattle and Sheep, Extensive Homecraft, Local Entertainment, Special Children’s Activities, Dance

Venue:  Puslinch Community Centre
Location:  Guelph, ON
Website:  http://www.aberfoyleagriculturalsociety.com/
For information contact:  Dorothy Grasett - dgrasett@rogers.com
Phone:  519-265-4815
Categories:   Farming; Arts & Culture; Animals & Pets
Sep 8/2017
to Sep 9/2017
Thornbury, ON
Beaver Valley Fair
Highlights: Youth Talent Show, Live Music, Sheep Show, Horse Shows, Pet Show, Lawn Mower Pull, Petting Zoo, Homecrafts, Baking, Fruit & Vegetables, Field Crops, Antiques and More.

Time:  9:00 am, Friday, September 8
Location:  81 Victoria Street, Thornbury, ON
Website:  http://www.beavervalleyfallfair.ca
For information contact:  Stella Zahradnik - stella.zahradnik@gmail.com
Phone:  519-599-2477
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Animals & Pets; Farming
Sep 8/2017
to Sep 9/2017
Chesley, ON
Chesley Fair
Highlights: English & Western Saddle Horse Show, Dressage Horse Show, 4-H Llama & Rabbit Shows, Demonstrations including Poultry, Reptiles, Exotic Animals, Sheep Shearing, Spinning & Weaving, Ambassador Competition, Special Children’s Area with Entertainment, Games, Pet Show and Tractor Pull, Musical Entertainment, Agricultural & Homecraft Exhibits, Live Auction of Prize Winning Baked Goods & Preserves, Silent Auction, Bossy Bingo & Cash Draw, Café & Lunch Booth.

Venue:  Chesley Community Centre
Location:  4th Ave. S.E., Chesley, ON
Website:  http://chesleyagsociety.ca/
For information contact:  Woodrow Reid - chesleyagsociety@rogers.com
Phone:  519-270-5549
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Farming; Animals & Pets
Sep 8/2017
to Sep 9/2017
Cochrane, ON
Cochrane Fair
Highlights: Homecrafts, Children’s Activities, Livestock & Small Animals, Entertainment, Horses, Farmers Market (Saturday Morning), Auction, Horse Pull (Saturday)

Venue:  Fall Fair Grounds
Location:  Corner of 7th Street & 1st Avenue, Cochrane, ON
Website:  http://www.cochraneontario.com/events/
For information contact:  Sophie Moreau - rosy_1_ca@hotmail.com
Phone:  705-272-5307
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Farming; Animals & Pets
Sep 8/2017
to Sep 9/2017
South River, ON
South River-Machar Fair
Highlights:

Friday Night: Opening Ceremonies, Variety Show, Hall Exhibits, Concessions & Food.
Saturday: Western, Light Horse Show (same day pay out), Heavy Horse Pull, Parade, Lumberjack Competitions,, Exhibits in Hall, Poultry Show, Livestock Displays, Concessions, Entertainment, Inflatables, Children’s Games & Activities and Food.

Venue:  South River Community Centre
Location:  1A Lincoln Ave (West off Hwy 124 & Ottawa Ave), South River, ON
For information contact:  Dale D'Allaire - srmasff@gmail.com
Phone:  705-386-0324
Categories:   Farming; Arts & Culture; Animals & Pets
Sep 8/2017
to Sep 10/2017
Arthur, ON
Arthur Fair
Highlights:

Parade, Ambassador Competition, Homecrafts, 4-H Livestock Shows, Inflatables for All Ages, Welsh & Sport Pony Show, Western Horse Show, Lawn Tractor Pull, Children’s Activities, Kick-Off Beef BBQ and much more.

Theme: “Milestones - celebrating Canada's 150th & Well. Cty. 4-H's 100th”

Venue:  Arthur Community Centre
Location:  158 Domville St., Arthur, ON
Website:  http://www.arthurfallfair.com/
For information contact:  Jenny Bodz - arthurfallfair@gmail.com
Phone:  519-362-0597
Categories:   Farming; Arts & Culture; Animals & Pets
Sep 8/2017
to Sep 10/2017
Bruce Mines, ON
Bruce Mines
Highlights: Vegetable Displays, Antique Tractor Show and Pull, Light and Heavy Horse Shows, Baking, Canning and Crafts. Opening Ceremonies (9), Dance, Demolition Derby, Light Horse & Tractor Pull and Heavy Horse Pull.
Admission is $5.00 ($10.00 for the derby).
Elementary school students – free

Location:  Off Hwy 17 at Intersection 17 & 638, Bruce Mines, ON
For information contact:  Arliss Klazinga - arlissklazinga@yahoo.ca
Phone:  705-785-3268
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Arts & Culture; Farming
Sep 8/2017
to Sep 10/2017
Dundalk, ON
Dundalk Fair
Highlights:

Theme: Red White & Farmin’.
Friday: Judging and Ambassador Competition.
Saturday: Dog Agility Show, Truck and Antique Tractor Pulls, Farmers Olympics, Canadian Open Square Dancing, Step Dancing & Clogging Competition.
Sunday: Lawnmower Races and Derby.

Location:  590 main St East (off Hwy 10 & Grey Rd. 9), Dundalk, ON
Website:  http://www.dundalkfair.com
For information contact:  Kimberley Stacey - lodalk@hotmail.com
Phone:  519-278-1615
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Farming; Animals & Pets
Sep 8/2017
to Sep 10/2017
Tavistock, ON
Tavistock Fair
Highlights: Ambassador Competition, Horse, Cattle, Hunter & Jumper shows, Local Talent show, Pet Show, Lawn Tractor Races, Antique Car & Tractor Show, Silent Auction, Tug of war , Inflatables.

Time:  5:00 pm, September 8
Venue:  Queen's Park
Location:  Adam & Maria Street, Tavistock, ON
Website:  http://tavistockfallfair.com/events/
For information contact:  Mona Eichmann - Mona.Eichmann@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Phone:  519-462-2303
Categories:   Farming; Arts & Culture; Animals & Pets
Sep 9/2017
to Sep 15/2017
Vancouver, BC
World Environmental Education Congress - WEEC 2017
The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017. The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat.

Hosted by SFU, the Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) is a collaborative of researchers and practitioners committed to high quality environmental and sustainability learning in British Columbia. Our members come from a variety of institutions including universities, colleges, school districts, community groups, non-profit organizations, and provincial and regional governments.
The organizing committee in 2017 will embrace different approaches in both the conceptualization and implementation of EE worldwide.
Our theme in 2017 is Culture/Environment. This focuses on the multidisciplinarity nature of the congress and a developing view that Culture and Environment are inseperable and may even arise from within each other. Such a theme of environmentalism underscores a need to abandon notions that everything is measurable or under human control. The real paradigm of environmental thinking is uncertainty in the ways forward vs. the idea that ‘progress’ is unavoidable. Cultural change is also the necessary condition/requirement to rebuild and reinvent our relation with nature and live sustainably. Therefore, with this call for papers we promote NETWORK/ACTION/COALITION.

Location:  Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.environmental-education.org/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; Environment
Sep 11/2017
Toronto, ON
Toronto's Opioid Crisis: A Grassroots Response
Fentanyl overdoses in Toronto are on the rise, and the municipal and provincial governments' inaction regarding the ongoing opioid crisis is inspiring a community response unlike any other we've seen. From pop up safe injection sites to private citizens carrying life saving overdose antidotes on them "just in case", Toronto residents are taking care of each other.

Join us for an evening of conversation and action on Monday, September 11th. We will have the opportunity to learn more about:
• The government's response (or lack thereof) to the opioid crisis in Ontario
• What grassroots groups and ordinary citizens are doing to support harm reduction endeavours in Toronto
• What OPSEU members and community allies can do to help them

This event is open to OPSEU members and the public. ASL interpretation is provided, a light meal will be served to all, and our meeting space is accessible and safe.

Time:  6:00pm
Venue:  OPSEU
Location:  31 Wellesley St. E, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1600954063294144/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Social Services; Children & Youth
Sep 11/2017
Toronto, ON
Workers' Comp is a Right Campaign Launch
When workers are injured or made ill on the job, they have a right to full compensation. They have a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with the support they need to get back on their feet.

But the cutting edge of austerity in Ontario means those rights are being violated. The WSIB is singularly focused on reducing its own costs on the backs of injured workers, and the numbers are staggering. From 2009 to 2015, total benefits costs were slashed by nearly $1.58-billion, while some 46% of injured workers with a permanent disability are living at or near the poverty line.

Time:  11:30am
Venue:  Workers Action Centre
Location:  720 Spadina Ave, Room 202, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1984169115193511/
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Disability Issues
Sep 11/2017
to Sep 16/2017
Washington DC
Days Of Action Against The Blockade
The International Committee’s Campaign for a Just Policy towards Cuba along with other organizations in the United States, are planning the Third Days of Action Against the Blockade in Washington DC from September 11-16, 2017.

The purpose of our activities is to raise awareness about the impact that the US blockade is having on the health of the Cuban people as well as people in the U.S. who are denied access to advancement that Cuba has made in the health field.

Many in the US believe that the blockade is gone and that the United States and Cuba have normalized their relations, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is true that on December 17, 2014, President Obama and President Castro started a new approach to the relations between both countries but unfortunately the blockade remains intact.

We have invited three Cuban health care professionals to be with us in Washington. They will share with US audiences the consequences of the blockade in the health of the Cuban people and will also talk about the development of new Cuban-developed pharmaceuticals currently being used in Cuba and many other countries, but due to the blockade, these drugs are not available to U.S. citizens. Our Cuban guests have volunteered to also make themselves available to speak to groups and schools.

Location:  Washington DC
Website:  http://theinternationalcommittee.org/days-of-action/
For information contact:  info@theinternationalcommittee.org
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International; Health/Health Care
Sep 12/2017
United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
"As we mark the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, let us reaffirm our commitment to this invaluable means of achieving sustainable development and improving the lives of billions of people in the global South and beyond."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the UN Day of South-South Cooperation

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/southcooperationday/
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 13/2017
Toronto, ON
BetterTO: a brief history of the Toronto housing crisis
Join us at No One Writes To The Colonel for a guided discussion on the history of social housing and the Toronto housing crisis.

Where did TCHC come from? Is there such a thing as a free market in residential housing? Why did the housing crisis of the 1980s go away? Join us for a panel discussion followed by a moderated Q&A.

BetterTO is a grassroots group of progressive urbanists dedicated to improving our city, starting with our housing crisis.

Time:  7:00pm
Location:  460 College St, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1717777348528750/
For information contact:  Phill Mendonca-Vieira
Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Policy
Sep 15/2017
International Day of Democracy
"The implementation of the Goals must be underpinned by a strong and active civil society that includes the weak and the marginalized. We must defend civil society's freedom to operate and do this essential job. On this International Day of Democracy, let us rededicate ourselves to democracy and dignity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/democracyday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Take Back the Night 2017: From Generation to Generation
Welcome to this years Take Back the Night: Breaking Down Silences from Generation to Generation

This years theme is "Take Back the Night: Breaking down Silences from Generation to Generation" and it's about resisting violence through holding conversations with our elders, our youth, and ourselves.

What does it look like to resist violence across generations? Bring yourself, your mentors, those who inspire you, and the ones you want to inspire.

Elders and Youth especially welcome.

Time:  4:00-10:00
Venue:  Regent Park Community Health Centre
Location:  402 Shuter Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/124381501546313/
Categories:   Children & Youth; Seniors; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Urban Agriculture Day!
Celebrate Toronto's first official Urban Agriculture Day with Toronto-grown produce, prepared foods and food demonstrations. Visit the Market 707 vendors for street food from around the world.

Time:  11:00am- 3:00 pm
Venue:  Scadding Court Community Centre
Location:  707 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://uadayto.wordpress.com/
For information contact:  Rhonda Teitel-Payne
Phone:  416-899-3983
Categories:   Farming; Environment; Food & Beverage
Sep 15/2017
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver: Corporate Capture of Education
This is a free event, child friendly and wheelchair accessible.
This event is being hosted on unceded Coast Salish Territories. The event is being organized by the Council of Canadians with the support of the BC Teachers Federation and the Teaching Support Staff Union at SFU.
This event is being organized for people to come together to better understand the corporate influence on education in order to better equip social movements to push back against neo-liberal and pro-corporate policies. Education is a vital part of building alternatives in society. And we must therefore examine who has influence over the education that future generations receive, how it is delivered and who has access.

Time:  6:30pm
Venue:  Vancouver Public Library, Peter Kay / Alma VanDusen Room
Location:  350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.canadians.org/event/vancouver-corporate-capture-education
Categories:   Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 15/2017
to Sep 16/2017
Toronto, ON
Fight for $15 and Fairness
The Fight for $15 $ Fairness is hosting our first ever Ontario-wide Campus Assembly at the University of Toronto. Students, staff, faculty from university and college campuses across the province and all supporters are invited to attend.

Together we'll discuss next steps in our fight to win the strongest possible labour legislation in Bill 148. We'll learn about how to advance the $15 and Fairness agenda on campus through collective bargaining as well as fair wage or procurement policies. It'll be a great chance for new and experienced organizers to build skills and knowledge and connect with other campus activists.

The events takes place at the University of Toronto at the following venues:
September 15: Hart House - 7 Hart House Circle
September 16: Sidney Smith Building - 100 St. George Street

Time:  9:00am
Venue:  Hart House, Sidney Smith Building
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/108326866528125
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Policy
Sep 16/2017
to May 17/2017
Washington, D.C.
People's Congress of Resistance
The United States Congress does not represent the people who live and work in the United States. Given the threat posed by the Trump regime, the people must take matters into our own hands, together, and claim the power we already have.

The Trump regime is threatening to destroy the social, civil, economic, and environmental reforms achieved at great cost from decades of grassroots struggles. It plans to intensify the redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top, while scapegoating the most vulnerable. This is an agenda of capitalism without restraints in which the government helps Wall Street and corporate elites loot the rest of society.

Build a new People’s Congress of Resistance from the grassroots. No collaboration or compromise with the Trump Agenda! We will resist and resist and resist — until we overcome.

Venue:  Blackburn Center at Howard University
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Website:  http://www.congressofresistance.org/
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 16/2017
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
"On this International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, let us remember how much has already been accomplished, and commit to do more to protect our atmosphere. By working together, we can build a safer, healthier, more prosperous and resilient world for all people while protecting our planet, our only home."

Secretary-General's Message on the International Day
for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/ozoneday/
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care; International
Sep 16/2017
Halifax, NS
The Word On The Street, Halifax
For the past twenty years Word on the Street Halifax has been a community driven initiative providing an opportunity for authors, publishers, book sellers, aspiring writers and readers to join together to increase awareness of the importance of reading and writing skills, in addition to encouraging discussion on the value of literature and literacy.

There is no cost to attend the Festival, it is open to people of all ages, and we encourage you to visit the various author presentations, meet with publishers and booksellers. If you are an aspiring writer why not make it a point to “Pitch the Publisher!”

Word of the Street Halifax is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the written and spoken word.

Time:  10AM - 4PM
Venue:  Halifax Central Library
Location:  Halifax, NS
Website:  http://thewordonthestreet.ca
For information contact:  Lesley Dunn - halifax@thewordonthestreet.ca
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Information, Libraries, Research
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
Toronto, ON
Climate Change Adaptation 2017
Sixth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2017
“Reducing Vulnerability through Adaptation “

Main Sessions of the conference

Adaptation services
The capacity of society, cities and infrastructure to be able to adapt to climate change.

Land and Water
climate change and link it to enhanced land use and ecosystem services delivery.

Resource Efficiency
To increase resource efficiency and turn waste, including food waste and carbon dioxide (CO2), into a resource.

Developing a Bio-economy
To contribute to the transition of a bio-based economy to reduce our carbon footprint.

Greenhouse Gas Monitoring
To monitor and measure greenhouse gas to help climate change mitigation.

Making Transitions Happen
To create a low carbon culture that engages companies, communities and citizens to reduce their impact and connect globally on the climate change challenge.

Sustainable Cities & People
To move from centralized energy, waste and water utilities to decentralized, integrated systems and more sustainable transport systems.

The Built Environment
To create energy efficient low carbon new buildings and retrofit old buildings.

Disaster Management

To prepare, face, mitigate & recovery from extreme climatic events

Venue:  Chestnut Conference Centre
Location:  89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.globalclimate.info/
For information contact:  Prabhath Patabendi
Phone:  647-447-2393
Categories:   Environment; International; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Sep 21/2017
International Day of Peace
"Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 22/2017
to Sep 23/2017
Truro, NS
Eco-Connects NS, with the Nova Scotia Environmental Network
Join the Nova Scotia Environmental Network gathering for panel discussions, networking, workshops, and strategies. The Nova Scotia Environmental Network is comprised of about 60 non-governmental environmental and health groups whose common purpose is the conservation and enhancement of the natural environment and the pursuit of a sustainable future for Nova Scotia.

NSEN facilitates the forming of caucuses and working groups among its members, such as on Environmental & Sustainability Education, Water, and Climate Change. This event will feature various themes of Water, Coasts, Forests, and Energy and Climate Change. Friday sessions will be at the Glengarry Inn in Truro, while Saturday sessions will be at the Douglas Street Community Centre.

REGISTRATION DETAILS: Early Bird Registration is September 5th ($5 off). Registration Deadline is September 15th (for catering numbers) with possibility for extension.

Day 1 (Friday Sept. 22nd)- Glengarry Inn - 150 Willow St., Truro, NS B2N 4Z6
Day 2 (Saturday Sept. 23rd)- Douglas St. Recreation Centre- 36 Douglas St, Truro, NS B2N 2E7

Time:  9:00am
Venue:  Glengary Inn and Douglas Street Community Centre
Location:  Truro, NS
Website:  http://nsenvironmentalnetwork.com
For information contact:  nsenvironmentalnetwork@gmail.com
Categories:   Environment; Forestry, Lumber, Paper; Nature & Outdoors
Sep 22/2017
to Sep 24/2017
ON
Green Energy Doors Open, across Ontario
Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) is a showcase of sustainable energy projects and success stories from around Ontario. From September 22-24 across Ontario and September 30-October 1 in the Ottawa Region, visitors will get a chance to learn about the many different initiatives and innovative energy technologies in their communities.
With more than 25 hosts across Ontario, visitors will have lots to see and learn as they get a peak into the future of energy in Ontario.
For the closest location go to the GEDO17 website map - https://www.greenenergydoorsopen.ca/

Location:  ON
Website:  http://gedoon.ca/
For information contact:  Nick Hebb
Phone:  613. 266. 7355
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Sep 23/2017
Georgetown, ON
Ontario Environment Network Annual Gathering 2017
The Ontario Environment Network (OEN) is a non-profit, non-governmental network serving Ontario's environmental non-profit, non-governmental community. Ontario has over 700 environmental groups that range from national to neighbourhood-based and focus on a wide range of issues.
Mark your calendars for Saturday September 23rd and plan to attend our one day networking and learning event plus our Annual General Meeting in Georgetown. This year's meeting is titled "How Your Environmental Work Supports Sustainable Development Goals and Targets."
This is a great opportunity to discuss the SDGs (Canadian & Global), 2019 Canadian SDGs Strategy renewal, work underway, and how groups can leverage them for their work, funding and more!
You will have the choice to attend in person or virtually by conference call and web.

Venue:  Halton Hills
Location:  Georgetown, ON
Website:  http://www.oen.ca/
Categories:   Environment
Sep 23/2017
Lethbridge, AB
The Word On The Street, Lethbridge
The Word On The Street Festival is growing into a signature event in Southern Alberta, where we present established and emerging authors, storytellers, informative panel discussions, demonstrations and workshops, street performers, live music, and a bustling marketplace. We strive to create a festival that represents the diversity of our community, is accessible to all ages, and most importantly is well attended, lively, and fun.
There is always plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, and best of all, The Word On The Street and all of its events are FREE!

Time:  11AM - 5PM
Location:  Lethbridge, AB
Website:  http://thewordonthestreet.ca/lethbridge/
For information contact:  word@lethlib.ca
Phone:  403-795-4330
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Information, Libraries, Research; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Sep 24/2017
Saskatoon, SK
The Word On The Street, Saskatoon
Each year in September, in the cities of Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Toronto, and Halifax, The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the Canadian written word. Saskatoon became the fifth city to host the festival with a preview event held in 2010. The Word On The Street is Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy its author readings, storytelling, fun activities, and marketplace. All events are free!

Time:  11:00AM-5:00PM
Location:  Saskatoon, SK
Website:  http://thewordonthestreet.ca/saskatoon/
For information contact:  word@lethlib.ca
Phone:  (403) 795-4330
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Information, Libraries, Research
Sep 24/2017
Toronto, ON
The Word On The Street, Toronto
For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 28th festival on September 24, 2017.
Visit http://thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto/festival/schedule/ for the full schedule of events

Time:  11:00AM-6:00PM
Venue:  Harbourfront Centre
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://thewordonthestreet.ca/
For information contact:  toronto@thewordonthestreet.ca
Phone:  (416) 504-7241
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Sep 25/2017
Victoria, BC
Victoria: Beyond Banksters Book Tour with author Joyce Nelson
Joyce Nelson is an award-winning writer and researcher. In Beyond Banksters, she examines how corporations and private banks are working together to continue the privatization of public infrastructure and services. Politicians have supported this process through laws and regulations that benefit the global elite and their interests, while at the same time undermining the ability of people to challenge these trends. Neo-liberalism has normalized the idea that there is no alternative to the market, slashing regulations, the pursuit of profit and the enclosure of the public sphere. Nelson provides hope for resistance and highlights how people can challenge this “new feudalism."

Time:  7:00pm
Venue:  University of Victoria, David Turpin Building (DTB) A104
Location:  Victoria, BC
Website:  http://www.canadians.org/event/victoria-beyond-banksters-book-tour-author-joyce-nelson
For information contact:  barbaramp60@gmail.com
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 26/2017
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 also 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. Commemorating this Day at the United Nations is especially important, given its universal membership and its long experience in grappling with nuclear disarmament issues. It is the right place to address one of humanity’s greatest challenges, achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nuclearweaponelimination/
Categories:   International; Military; Science & Technology
Sep 28/2017
World Rabies Day
It is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.

28 September also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur's death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.

Today, safe and efficacious animal and human vaccines are among the important tools that exist to eliminate human deaths from rabies while awareness is the key driver for success of communities to engage in effective rabies prevention.

Website:  http://www.who.int/rabies/WRD_landing_page/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Sep 29/2017
Vancouver, BC
Beyond Words: Kate Evans presents Threads
For British-based cartoonist, artist, activist, and author Kate Evans, the only proper response to the refugee crisis now facing Europe (and the rest of the world) is action. In her latest graphic novel, Threads, she faces the situation head on; telling the stories of those marginalized and unwelcome in today's EU with heartbreaking clarity. The book's compassionate and moving dispatches from the camps that Evans visited in Calais, France, combine reportage and art to bring attention to the squalid conditions faced by people in search of a place to belong.

Alongside projected imagery from Threads and accompanying live music, the evening will feature a moderated talk with the charismatic author whose work The Guardian has called "utterly brilliant."

Time:  7.30pm -
Venue:  The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Telus Studio Theatre
Location:  6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.versobooks.com/events/1638-beyond-words-kate-evans-presents-threads
For information contact:  chan.centre@ubc.ca
Phone:  604.822.9197
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Oct 1/2017
International Day of Older Persons
Ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable. It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons. In 2014, Governments around the world adopted a resolution at the Economic and Social Council that recognized ageism as “the common source of, the justification for and the driving force behind age discrimination.”

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Seniors
Oct 2/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nonviolenceday/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 3/2017
World Habitat Day
"On this World Habitat Day, I urge national and local governments, city planners and communities everywhere to keep “Housing at the Centre”. Guaranteeing dignity and opportunity for all depends on people having access to affordable and adequate housing. I look forward to a successful Habitat III Conference that will help us advance our sustainable development agenda for the benefit of all humankind."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Oct 5/2017
World Teachers’ Day
It is recognized that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals; they are the key to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics. However, they continue to face challenges brought about by staff shortages, poor training and low status.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
Categories:   Education; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 10/2017
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:  http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 11/2017
International Day of the Girl Child
The world’s 1.1 billion girls are part of a large and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future. Yet the ambition for gender equality in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlights the preponderance of disadvantage and discrimination borne by girls everywhere on a daily basis. Only through explicit focus on collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data, and using these data to inform key policy and program decisions, can we adequately measure and understand the opportunities and challenges girls face, and identify and track progress towards solutions to their most pressing problems.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Oct 13/2017
International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 15/2017
International Day of Rural Women
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to leave no one behind. To deliver on that, we must help rural women to thrive, and to access the support and information they need, so that they can fulfil their potential without leaving their communities."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/
Categories:   Farming; International; Women
Oct 16/2017
World Food Day
On 16 October 1945, 42 countries assembled in Quebec, Canada, to create the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Their goal was to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system.

FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

Website:  http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2016/home/en/
Categories:   Food & Beverage; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 17/2017
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
"Poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income. It is manifested in restricted access to health, education and other essential services and, too often, by the denial or abuse of other fundamental human rights [...] Let us listen to and heed the voices of people living in poverty. Let us commit to respect and defend the human rights of all people and end the humiliation and social exclusion that people living in poverty face every day by promoting their involvement in global efforts to end extreme poverty once and for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 19/2017
Toronto, ON
Canada 150 - Promise of Reconciliation or Ongoing Colonization?
Why are indigenous people disproportionately poor and homeless? What are the frontlines of indigenous struggle today? How do we fight colonialism?

Speaker: Denise Baldwin

Denise is the IDU Outreach Coordinator for the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Oahas IDU program is unique, as it is the only IDU program that is Indigenous based in the entire province. For the past 8 years, she has had the pleasure, along with her peers, of building the program from the ground up. Denise has over 20 years' experience working within the urban Indigenous and on reserve communities in several capacities. Denise currently resides in the Barrie area, and is a citizen of the Chippewa's of Nawash First Nation.

Time:  6:00pm
Venue:  CRC
Location:  40 Oak Street (near Parliament and Gerrard), Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1091797514285512/
Categories:   Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Policy
Oct 19/2017
Toronto, ON
Join us for the 2017 Reclaim the Streets Rally and March in memory of women who have died on the streets - Stop the Violence, Reclaim the Streets!
On Oc 19th, we will march in the Downtown East neighbourhood 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 working, 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!

In August 2008, Carolyn Connolly, an Indigenous woman, was found dead in an alleyway at Sherbourne and Shuter Street. She is one of the hundreds of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered in this country over the last 30 years, many of whom experienced the same racism, poverty, homelessness, criminalization and violence that people in the downtown east of Toronto face every day.

Street involved women face extreme sexual and physical violence in the neighbourhood, compounded by the lack of low threshold shelter beds and lack of affordable housing. On any given day, women's shelters are 100% full, forcing women onto the streets and into extremely unsafe situations. In addition, the opiate crisis is further endangering the lives of many women in this neighbourhood.

We march to Reclaim the Streets and Demand:
* Immediate action to respond to the opioid crisis
* Safe space now: Open low threshold emergency shelter for womn in the downtown east immediately

Time:  5:30
Venue:  Regent Park Community Health Centre
Location:  465 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  Flavia Genoves - flaviag@regentparkchc.org
Phone:  416-364-2261 x2283
Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Services
Oct 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Keep Transit Public
Metrolinx is doling out the big bucks on new transit projects across the province. But where is all this money going?We will gather in front of Metrolinx HQ in Toronto, on Front St. between Bay and York in front of Union Station, at 7:30am, followed by a press conference at 8am.

After the press conference, we will be engaging morning commuters, handing out leaflets and gathering signatures. Join ATU's campaign to keep Ontario public transit public!

Time:  7:30am
Venue:  In front of Metrolinx HQ
Location:  65 Front St W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/374032663016990/
Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Oct 24/2017
World Development Information Day
"[...] Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, poverty eradication and social inclusion [...]"

General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/65/141 PDF document)

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/devinfoday/
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 24/2017
to Oct 30/2017
Disarmament Week
The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2). States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disarmamentweek/
Categories:   International; Military; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 27/2017
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
"The stories told by this heritage are powerful expressions of culture and place, weaving together personal and collective experience, reflecting the search for meaning shared by all. This heritage provides an anchor in a world of change, especially for local communities, providing records of cultural activities, reflecting the great diversity of expressions."

Irina Bokova
Director-General of UNESCO

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/audiovisualday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International
Oct 28/2017
London, ON
Demonstrating Diversity: Love is Stronger than Hate
White supremacist groups in London, ON have called for another xenophobic rally. People for Peace London and Council of Canadians London Chapter are calling for Londoners to show our support for diversity in our community.

We come together to respond to bigotry, racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism with a resistance that is grounded in love, justice, hope, care and joyful creativity.

Our London is welcoming, inclusive, resilient, loving and promotes diverse communities.

Time:  10:30am-12:30pm
Venue:  SE area in Victoria Park (across Wellington from City Hall)
Location:  London, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/533303747008288/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 31/2017
World Cities Day
"Cities are increasingly the home of humanity. They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 1/2017
Toronto, ON
Cycling and Walking Our Way to Social and Climate Justice
Historically, Toronto’s under-served and lower-income communities have enjoyed unequal access to the benefits of infrastructure investments that are made with public funds. While social justice activists campaign for more convenient and affordable public transit options, there are very attractive alternatives for transport: the bicycle and our own two feet.

In this workshop, we will explore the link between active transit, social justice, and climate change, and the easy ways communities can save money, save the planet, and create new jobs by adopting cycling and walking as a way of life.

Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Venue:  Centre for Social Innovation - Regent Park
Location:  585 Dundas Street East, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.the-sse.ca/
For information contact:  info@sseontario.org
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Transportation & Travel; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Nov 2/2017
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
"I pay tribute to the courage of all media personnel who put their lives on the line for the sake of truth. And I call for immediate action to secure justice in cases where journalists were attacked, harassed or killed."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/journalists/
Categories:   International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 5/2017
World Tsunami Awareness Day
"Tsunamis may be rare but, like any other natural hazard, if we fail to prepare and raise awareness, then we risk paying a heavy price." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/tsunamiday/
Categories:   International; Tourism & Hospitality Industry; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Nov 6/2017
Calgary, AB
Automating Inequality: Do High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor?
Join us for a talk by Virginia Eubanks, author, activist and Professor of Political Science,

New data-driven technologies in public services such as child protection, homeless services, and public assistance offer opportunities to integrate programs, lower barriers to participation, and promote administrative efficiencies. But they are also part of a long and often-shameful history of invasive, unaccountable, and targeted information collection in poor and working-class communities. In this talk, critical media scholar and data justice activist Virginia Eubanks considers: Can big data, algorithmic decision-making, and predictive statistical models contribute to economic equity, racial justice, and the health of democracy? Or are they simply part of an architecture of surveillance built to profile, police, and punish the poor?

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/automating-inequality-do-high-tech-tools-profile-police-and-punish-the-poor-tickets-38368013762?aff=es2

Time:  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Venue:  University of Calgary
Location:  2500 University Drive, Calgary, AB
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/UCalgaryCMF/
Categories:   Science & Technology; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Computers
Nov 6/2017
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
"On this International Day, I urge governments, businesses and citizens around the world to prioritize environmental care and the sustainable management of natural resources for preventing conflict, building peace and promoting lasting prosperity."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentconflictday/
Categories:   Environment; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 6/2017
Toronto, ON
Mercury Justice Now: Updates from Grassy Narrows
Join Judy Da Silva, Lee Maracle, Vanessa Gray, and other special guests in Toronto to hear updates from Grassy Narrows and learn more about their campaign for mercury justice. After a decades-long campaign by Grassy Narrows activists, the Ontario government has set aside $85 million to clean up the English-Wabigoon river system, which was contaminated with 9 tonnes of mercury in the 1960s by a paper mill. Yet at this time, little has been done for the people of Grassy Narrows who have experienced decades of mercury poisoning.

ASL interpretation will be provided.

Pay What You Can event. Donations are welcome.

This event is family friendly! There will be a person to hang out with kids and some books, toys, and art materials. Please get in touch if you have any questions about bringing kids.
Tokens will be available.
We will have snacks.
Please try to come scent-free.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1670131869713643

Time:  7:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue:  Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto
Location:  Room 610-155 College Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1670131869713643
For information contact:  RiverRun2014@gmail.com
Categories:   Native Peoples; Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 6/2017
Toronto, ON
Rally against Privatization
The organization called "the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships" on Monday November 6th will be hosting politicians and wealthy business owners, at a conference in downtown Toronto.

Their goal? Arrange for the sell-off and privatization of as many Canadian and Ontarian public services as
possible.

But as you can see at www.weownit.ca, the evidence clearly shows that privatization and public-private
partnerships lead to higher costs and lower quality
services.

Join the 40,000+ Ontarians who understand that public = better. Join us as we tell the privatizers and
the privatizing politicians that we’re going to keep our public services public!

Time:  12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue:  Southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square
Location:  Across the street from the Sheraton (123 Queen St. W), Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1953085921569623/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Government & Public Sector; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Nov 8/2017
Edmonton, AB
On the Front Lines of an Angry Planet, with George Kourounis
He has chased hurricanes and tornadoes and explored some of the most remote and ecologically sensitive places on Earth, like Antarctica and the Greenland ice cap. He frequently finds himself up close to the world’s most fearsome forces: vicious tornadoes, the eyes of hurricanes, and inside erupting volcanoes.

His international TV smash, Angry Planet, has put him on the front lines of climate change for years where he has witnessed firsthand the effects of our changing environment.

Come learn from George Kourounis' unique experience seeing the direct impacts of climate change around the world.
George Kourounis films a wildfire and at Papandayan.

You might wonder what is really going on with climate change? Are we to blame or is this due to some other, naturally occurring phenomena?

These questions and more will be covered as George Kourounis pulls back the curtain to reveal the truth about climate change in a dynamic, engaging way. This will be a rich multimedia presentation showcasing some of his most poignant and sometimes terrifying encounters with the fury of nature—including standing at ground zero during hurricane Katrina.

His observations and experience give this “Master of Disaster” a unique perspective on how we got into this situation in the first place, what the average person can do to make a difference, and what we can expect the consequences of inaction to be in the near, and distant future.

Guarantee a spot in the auditorium by registering now for free. Plus, you'll get a reminder email closer to November 8.

Time:  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue:  Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science 1-430
Location:  11335 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, AB
Website:  http://sustainability.ualberta.ca/Events/SustainabilitySpeakerSeries.aspx
Phone:  780-492-6472
Categories:   Environment
Nov 8/2017
to Nov 9/2017
Winnipeg, MB
3rd Annual Building Reconciliation Forum: The Journey Toward a Reconciled Education System
Join us at the 3rd annual Building Reconciliation Forum when we will explore The Journey Toward a Reconciled Education System.

The University of Manitoba is proud to host the forum in Winnipeg. Tentative topics include:

Keynote address from Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Chair on Truth and Reconciliation, Lakehead University
Centering Our Communities in Our Physical Spaces
Presidents’ Forum, with partner Universities Canada
Interactive Student Session
Indigenous Knowledge and Research Across Disciplines
Survivors’ Perspectives on Reconciliation
Institutional Development
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Knowledge – Incorporating Community Strength
Optional activities will include a tour at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and a closing reception.

The forum brings together leaders from universities, colleges, and Indigenous communities to take action on reconciliation, creating meaningful and lasting institutional change.

Register now: http://umanitoba.ca/indigenous/Building_Reconciliation.html

Venue:  University of Manitoba
Location:  66 Chancellors Cir., Winnipeg, MB
Website:  http://umanitoba.ca/indigenous/Building_Reconciliation.html
For information contact:  ruth.shead@umanitoba.ca
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 9/2017
Toronto, ON
Amnesty's - Young Professionals Network Social Event
Join an emerging group of young change makers who want to create an impact in defending Human Rights!
An exciting evening of networking, activism, and inspirational presentations, including our special keynote speaker Sonia Molodecky, ‎Co-Founder & President - ‎Global Indigenous Development Trust.
Meet other young professionals who are passionate about Human Rights and learn how you can use your skills for social justice!

Amnesty International is the world’s most influential Human Rights organization. Be part of a movement that is saving and improving the lives of people around the globe.

Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  Gladstone Hotel
Location:  1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.aito.ca/
Phone:  416-363-9933 Ext. 328
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 9/2017
Toronto, ON
Canadian Wildlife Federation Goose Gala
The CWF Goose Gala supports Canada's wildlife and wild spaces. Proceeds from the event help ensure a bright future for Canadian wildlife. Thanks to the generosity of corporations and philanthropists, the gala has channeled $500,000 into the CWF Wild by Nature campaign. As we mark Canada's 150th anniversary, the 2017 Goose Gala theme of "Nature for All" reflects our ongoing effort to make nature accessible to Canadians of all ages from sea to sea to sea. This year's feature performer is Alan Doyle. The actor, producer, best-selling author and musician is best-known as lead singer for four-time Juno Award Group of the Year nominees, Newfoundland's beloved Great Big Sea. Doyle hails from Petty Harbour, NL, and formed Great Big Sea in 1993. More information, tickets and sponsorship information are available at goosegala.org.

Time:  6-10 pm
Venue:  Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex
Location:  25 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://goosegala.org
For information contact:  David DeRocco
Phone:  905 975-4672
Categories:   Education; Environment; Performing Arts
Nov 9/2017
Toronto, ON
We Want a Renewable Ontario
Join us for this public assembly at Queen's Park:

- to call for the phase out rather than the rebuilding of Ontario's nuclear stations;
- to protest the proposed burial and abandonment of nuclear waste on First Nations territories, potentially poisoning the waterways, soil and air forever with radioactive contamination;
- to protest the proposed abandonment of nuclear waste along major bodies of water in Chalk River and Kincardine;
- and to call for a 100% renewable future.

Renewables are do-able! We want wind, water and solar power - not rebuilt and extended nuclear stations which are expensive, dangerous, and produce deadly radioactive wastes that will remain hazardous for hundreds of thousands of years.

The Government of Ontario this year cancelled all our green energy programs; is extending the life of the aging Pickering nuclear station beyond its design life; and is rebuilding the aging Darlington and Bruce nuclear stations, locking us into nuclear for another 5 decades. We say NO to more nuclear and YES to renewable energy!

There will be speakers, music (drumming), performances (dancing) and more. All welcome!

Time:  12:00pm-2:00pm
Venue:  Queen's Park
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1686438718054180/
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 9/2017
to Nov 15/2017
International Week of Science and Peace
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/week.shtml
Categories:   International; Science & Technology; Security
Nov 10/2017
World Science Day for Peace and Development
Proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference (Resolution 31C/ 20) in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development is an annual event celebrated all over the world to recall the commitment made at the UNESCO-ICSU World Conference on Science (Budapest 1999).

The purpose of World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/
Categories:   International; Science & Technology
Nov 11/2017
Toronto, ON
2017 Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum
At this forum, we’ll be surfacing the growing enterprising feminist ecosystem, talking feminist business models, feminist leadership values, operational practices, strategy, product and service design, embodiment and more. In addition to learning together, we will also connect the feminist business practice community by practicing care, elevating conversations on equity and social justice, creating space for attendees’ contributions and creativity, and making sure we have fun ways to interact and socialize throughout the day. Check back for updates weekly and learn more at feministforums.com.

Who Should You Attend?

Entrepreneurs (all genders, at any stage) who are interested in creating a more fair and generative economy and are focused on advancing gender equality and equity globally as part of the solution. Also incubator and accelerator leaders, educators, policymakers, and anyone interested in learning more about this space and its potential.

Time:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Venue:  OCAD University
Location:  100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.feministforums.com/
Categories:   Business & Economics; Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 12/2017
Brampton, ON
Help Save Hydro
Light refreshments to be provided

Premier Wynne has acknowledged her government's "mistake" in allowing hydro rates to climb so high. Her latest scheme does nothing to address the real problem.

The real problem is privatization.

Find out more at this public meeting.

Please bring non-perishable food donations for the Brampton Seva Food Bank.

Sponsored by: Hydro One Not For Sale!, Keep Hydro Public, We Own It campaign.

Time:  2:00pm
Venue:  Gore Meadows Community Centre (Room 2)
Location:  10150 The Gore Rd, Brampton, ON
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 13/2017
Toronto, ON
2-Hour Transfers Now!
This month, City Council will begin voting on the TTC's plan to increase ridership on the TTC. This plan is called the Ridership Growth Strategy.

We expect the TTC to recommend more frequent and reliable service, more express service, two hour fare transfers and more. That's the good news.

The bad news is that these recommendations may not be funded in 2018.

Join us at 12:15 pm at Nathan Phillips Square to support the Ridership Growth Strategy.

Time:  12:15 PM- 4:00 PM
Venue:  Toronto City Hall
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1646286118779458/
For information contact:  shelagh@ttcriders.ca
Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 14/2017
Winnipeg, MB
The Future of Aid - Winnipeg
What will the aid sector look like in 2030? How will the role of humanitarian organizations evolve?

Action Against Hunger invites you to The Future of Aid: INGOs in 2030: a launch event showcasing a foresight report by the Inter-Agency Regional Analysts Network.

The panel includes:
Ismaila Alfa, moderator, and host of Up to Speed on CBC radio
Armando Perla, Researcher at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Cailin Hodder, Senior Manager, Disaster Management at Canadian Red Cross
Eilidh Kennedy, Chief Analyst for the Interagency Regional Analysts Network in Action Against Hunger
Ray Vander Zaag, Associate Professor of International Development Studies at Canadian Mennonite University

Refreshments to follow.

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-future-of-aid-winnipeg-tickets-38841694554?aff=es2

Time:  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Venue:  Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Location:  85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB
Website:  http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/
Categories:   International; Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 14/2017
World Diabetes Day
"Let us focus both on prevention and strengthening health services so that everyone who has this debilitating disease can receive the support he or she needs." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/diabetesday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 15/2017
Toronto, ON
The Future of Aid - Toronto
What will the aid sector look like in 2030? How will the role of humanitarian organizations evolve?

Action Against Hunger invites you to The Future of Aid: INGOs in 2030: a launch event showcasing a foresight report by the Inter-Agency Regional Analysts Network.

Refreshments and networking to follow.

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-future-of-aid-toronto-tickets-39019257650

Time:  5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  MATTER GALLERY
Location:  344 Westmoreland Avenue North #104a, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/
Categories:   International; Economic Development
Nov 16/2017
International Day for Tolerance
The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 16/2017
Hamilton, ON
The Future of Work: Is Inclusive Growth Possible?
The work that humans do, both paid and unpaid, is being reshaped by digital technology. But technology is not the only reason work is changing, profoundly and structurally. Come join in the discussion about this evolution in how we make our livings, and what we can do to shape it.

Armine Yalnizyan is a leading progressive voice in Canada's economic scene. She helped define the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Inequality Project from 2006 to 2017. Armine is well-known for her weekly business commentary on CBC Radio's Metro Morning, the most listened-to radio show in the Greater Toronto Area; and nationally on The Big Picture panel, a popular feature of CBC TV's premier business show, On The Money. Armine is economic adviser to the federal government's foresight department, Policy Horizons, on the future of work and the economy.

Free and open to the public.
Reception to Follow

Time:  6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Venue:  McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education
Location:  1 James St. North, Hamilton, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/138232783596909/
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Science & Technology
Nov 17/2017
Toronto, ON
Free Transit: Demands, Promises, Challenges
Transportation harbours more than transportation questions. It alerts us to all sorts of urban problems, connects us to people's daily rounds, and reminds us of the role of state and capital in making our world unsustainable. Demands for free transit, too, can help us connect concrete demands (for fare-free transit access) to broader aspirations for a different, joyful, decommodified, egalitarian and ecologically sustainable world. In this talk, Stefan Kipfer and Herman Rosenfeld will discuss Free Transit Toronto within the context of Toronto politics as well as in relationship to free transit experiences and experiments elsewhere. A thorny problem in radical planning traditions - the relationship between social mobilization and the state - will also be debated.

Time:  3:00 PM - 5:00
Venue:  Sidney Smith Hall - SS2125
Location:  100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://intersectionstoronto.wordpress.com/portfolio/stefan-kipfer/
Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 17/2017
Vancouver, BC
Union Education Duty to Accommodate and the WCB
The duty to accommodate applies to both employers and unions; both have to work towards providing an accommodation for an injured worker to allow him or her to continue to be a productive member of the workplace. What many WCB advocates don't realize is that, unlike Ontario, the duty to accommodate in BC is not found under the Workers' Compensation Act but under the Human Rights Code.

In this workshop we will discuss what obligations unions and employers have to injured workers, how to get the WCB involved, and what your obligations are when there is a conflict between collective agreement rights and the duty to accommodate.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/duty-to-accommodate-and-the-wcb-registration-38780904730?aff=es2

Time:  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Venue:  Maritime Labour Centre Ltd.
Location:  1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.harrisonoleary.com/
For information contact:  info@harrisonoleary.com
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 17/2017
World Philosophy Day
World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO to honour philosophical reflection in the entire world by opening up free and accessible spaces. Its objective is to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/philosophyday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; International
Nov 18/2017
to Nov 19/2017
Toronto, ON
Health Action Assembly and Conference
At the Assembly we will discuss and debate our action plan for the next year. At the conference we will set our platform for reform leading into the provincial election. Set the strategy to highlight key health care issues leading into the provincial election and win commitments on these key issues:

-Protect public health care from cuts and privatization
-Restore and revitalize our local public hospitals
-Win key protections for residents and staff in long-term care
-Build a public home care system
-Protect non-profit community care and improve primary care
-Uphold the Canada Health Act, stop privatization and expand Medicare to cover needed medications

Time:  Sat 10:00am - 4:00pm and Sun 9:00am - 1:00 pm
Venue:  Sheraton Centre Hotel
Location:  123 Queen Street W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/event-annual-health-action-assembly-and-confe
For information contact:  ohc@sympatico.ca
Phone:  416-441-2502
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Government & Public Sector
Nov 19/2017
Toronto, ON
Building Community Through Local and Global Action
This year Trinity-St. Paul's celebrate it’s 35th Anniversary as a vibrant and engaged Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts on Bloor Street. "Building Community Through Local and Global Action" celebrates this heritage by linking Bloor Street with the global community.

10:30 am: Sunday Morning Service

"The Chasm Between Finance and Need – A Call To Action Locally and Globally" (Eugene Ellman – OIKOCREDIT National Director, Canada and U.S.)

12:00-2:00 pm: Interactive Panel Discussion and Q+A (Trinity-St. Paul’s Gym)

"Investing With Purpose: Building Community Through Local and Global Action"

Our distinguished panel includes:

Moderator: Moira Hutchinson, renowned Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) activist in Canada and internationally.

Panelists:
• Eugene Ellmen, National Director, Canada and U.S. at OIKOCREDIT
• Armine Yalnizian, Economist and Well Known Media Commentator
• Brian Barsness, Director, Investment Services at Kindred Credit Union

Please bring a bag lunch – light refreshments and drinks will be provided.
ALL ARE WELCOME!

Time:  10:30 AM- 2:00 PM
Venue:  Trinity-St Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts
Location:  427 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/367292970369045
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Economic Development
Nov 19/2017
World Toilet Day
"Sustainable development goal 6 calls on the international community to ensure access to toilets by 2030. Delivering on this basic human right — the right to water and sanitation — is good for people, business and the economy." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 20/2017
Universal Children’s Day
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 20/2017
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/trafficvictimsday/
Categories:   Automotive & Cars; Health/Health Care; International
Nov 20/2017
to Nov 21/2017
Gatineau, QC
Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Priorities, Partnerships and Next Steps

Mise en oeuvre la Déclaration des NU sur les droits de Peuples autochtones : Priorités, partenariats et prochaines étapes

Symposium bilingue / Bilingual symposium

Entree gratuite / Free admission (optional donation)

Reception 20 Nov.

Panels and discussion 21 Nov.

Time:  Mon, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM and Tues, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue:  University of Quebec Outaouais
Location:  283 Boulevard Alexandre-Tache, Gatineau, QC
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/304623643347500
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Nov 22/2017
Toronto, ON
Mediation in Pluralistic Societies: The Dialogue Continues
Living in a pluralist society raises opportunities for dispute resolvers to learn from practices that are culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse and aware. This year the focus is on: The Role of Compassion and Restorative Processes in Dispute Resolution.

Come hear and dialogue with a panel of dispute resolvers who share their strategies and practices from a wide range of communities. Compassion is a concept that crosses cultures and communities. Restorative processes can play a role in outcomes. Explore with this panel how to integrate these concepts in practice.

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mediation-in-pluralistic-societies-the-dialogue-continues-tickets-38012519469?aff=es2

Time:  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Venue:  Law Society of Upper Canada, Museum Room
Location:  130 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://mediate393.ca/
For information contact:  info@mediate393.ca
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 22/2017
Toronto, ON
Net-Zero Neighbourhoods: Community Energy Planning for a Low Carbon Future
Speaker: Fernando Carou, Senior Engineer at City of Toronto - Environment & Energy Division

Fernando Carou will talk about Community Energy Planning, which amounts to a neighbourhood scale climate change action plan.

He will lead the discussion on the importance of a strategic approach: conservation, high-efficiency performance including passive design and local sources of renewable low-carbon thermal energy sources to displace fossil fuel use.

Recommended by Green Neighbours 5.

Drop-In Program.

Time:  6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Venue:  Brentwood Library, Community Room
Location:  36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT313928&R=EVT313928
Phone:  416-394-5247
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 23/2017
Toronto, ON
Carbon Accounting - You can't manage what you don't measure
Carbon accounting is the practice of measuring and tracking all of the carbon that is released into the atmosphere as a result of a company's (or a person's) actions - that is, all of the carbon that they are responsible for.

Since "you can't manage what you don't measure", carbon accounting is the first step to understanding (and improving) a company's environmental and carbon footprint. Our speaker, Lulu Li and her team will be sharing with the audience why understanding a company's carbon footprint can help to measure the impact of sustainability projects on its emissions, and bottom line is important. Next, she will talk about how quantifying carbon emissions can prepare companies for compliance with industry/governmental standards such as mandatory reporting, Cap-and-Trade, or Carbon Tax. Lastly, she will share short term and long term strategies to help companies achieve low carbon performances that will reduce operational cost, reduce non-compliance risks, and drive company participation.

There will also be a discussion session with the speaker and other attendees.

Time:  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Venue:  CSI Spadina, Innovation Lab
Location:  215 Spadina, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.meetup.com/Sustainability-Consultant-Network/events/244011382/
Categories:   Environment
Nov 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Green Jobs and Climate Justice Forum
Speakers: Megan Whitfield (CUPW), Joy Lachica (ETFO), Jamie Kirkpatrick (Blue-Green Alliance Canada) and Patrick Rondeau (Federation des Travailleurs et Travailleuses du Quebec)

Moderator: John Cartwright, President of TYRLC.

Time:  9:30 AM
Venue:  Sheraton Toronto
Location:  123 Queen St West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.labourcouncil.ca/
Categories:   Environment; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Nov 25/2017
Winnipeg, MB
Building Relationships, Affirming Rights and Protecting the Environment
Sponsored jointly by the Public Interest Law Centre and the Department of Geography (University of Winnipeg), this Anniversary will feature robust dialogue on cutting edge issues from a distinguished and eclectic group of Manitobans and Canadians. We will celebrate PILC achievements in enhancing access to justice in partnership with community groups, Indigenous people, students, academics and the legal community. Just as importantly, it will ask for your input on future approaches to key public interest issues facing PILC clients, our communities and our province.

The event will canvass topics related to:
-the relationship between Indigenous and Western legal traditions
-financial inclusion and payday loans
-water, the economy and the environment
-the impact of the Charter and human rights codes on low income persons as well as persons living with disabilities.

To encourage attendance to this event from a diversity of individuals and organizations, there is no charge to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pilc-35-building-relationships-affirming-rights-and-protecting-the-environment-tickets-38157102922?aff=es2

Time:  1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Venue:  Convocation Hall, 2nd floor Wesley Hall, University of Winnipeg
Location:  515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB
Website:  http://www.legalaid.mb.ca/pilc/public-interest-law-centre/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Environment; Native Peoples
Nov 25/2017
Quebec City, QC
Demonstration in Quebec City to Stop the Racist Far-Right
Two far-right, anti-immigrant groups - the Storm Alliance and La Meute - are co-organizing a rally in Quebec City on Saturday, November 25 at 2pm at the National Assembly. Since the Ste-Foy mosque massacre in January, these Islamophobic groups have escalated their public presence and activities. Their upcoming rally in Quebec City represents a crucial and necessary moment for anti-racists to come together to oppose racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and growing fascism.

Time:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue:  National Assembly
Location:  Quebec City, QC
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/2004033486474693/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 25/2017
Mississauga, ON
EnvironFocus Show and Tell
A free networking event that brings people, businesses, communities and green vendors together. All businesses are able to promote their products and services but green vendors (Vendors that take on green initiatives or have green products or services) are the main attraction and other businesses participate as event sponsors.We look forward to seeing you there! Refreshments available.

Organizer Obie Agusiegbe is a Sustainability Advocate. She is passionate about getting individuals, organizations and nations to shift their perspectives and practices towards creating a sustainable world. She has successfully organized and implemented numerous events, programs and projects nationally and internationally with the goal to transfer knowledge of environmental and social issues and their possible solutions.

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/environfocus-show-and-tell-tickets-36199771491?aff=es2

Time:  2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:  157 Lakeshore W., Mississauga, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/EnvironBuzz
Categories:   Environment; Food & Beverage; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 25/2017
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
"Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price." — Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Nov 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Leave No One Behind: Ending Violence Against Women & Girls
On November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Toronto branches of GRAN and CFUW are hosting a panel and discussion to highlight examples of work that can lead to positive changes in the social context of gender-based violence.

PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator: Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park
Robyn Doolittle, Globe & Mail:-Reporter whose investigation of 'unfounded' cases of sexual assault initiated changes to the handling of these closed cases in Canada
Kim Bernhardt, The Equality Effect:- Volunteer with the landmark 160 girls project in Kenya, demonstrating how international law can bring justice to abused women and girls
Fazia Mohammed, Interval House: Manager of recent research from Canada's first women's shelter highlighting what is required to empower survivors to rebuild their lives

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/leave-no-one-behind-ending-violence-against-women-girls-tickets-38919802176?aff=es2

Time:  2:00 PM - 4:00
Venue:  Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts
Location:  427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 27/2017
Toronto, ON
Data Justice Across Environmental Publics
The Monday Night Seminar carries on the tradition of Marshall McLuhan's public seminars at the University of Toronto. This year's thematic is MsUnderstanding Media. All seminars take place from 6 - 8pm within the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of thinkers – academics, activists, scientists, artists, designers and planners – will explore digital culture from a feminist perspective. The Monday Night Seminars are designed to challenge prevailing cultural notions about technology and provoke new insight on the possibilities for a more equitable technological future.

Prototyping Data Justice across Environmental and Data Publics: Privacy, Precarity, and Resistance
How do we build decolonial futures into data infrastructures? This seminar addresses data justice as an emerging zone of creation and politics. We will discuss frame works of data justice in relation to modes of refusal, consent, and reparation. We speak to issues of environmental justice, open data, and smart city technology as critical contemporary sites of risk and opportunity. Key to this discussion are the politics of surveillance in relation to positions of precarity (racialized, gendered, community). Join us in prototyping a vision of data justice and strategies of resistance.

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/data-justice-across-environmental-publics-tickets-39875380336?aff=es2

Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
Location:  39 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.chi.utoronto.ca/
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; Information, Libraries, Research; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 27/2017
Toronto, ON
Nevertheless, She Persisted - women human rights defenders
An evening of powerful stories from women human rights defenders, including updates on peace process in Colombia and elections in Honduras.

Adriana Benjumea Rua - Director, HUMANAS centre for feminist political studies and action in Colombia and Latin America.

Dina Meza Kari - President, PEN HONDURAS and independent journalist.

Mariana Mancera Gomez - Advocacy Specialist, CAHUCOPANA, a Colombian grassroots organisation defending the rights of small-scale farmers.

Time:  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue:  Sidney Smith Hall (Room 2098)
Location:  100 St George St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1968506346761819/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 28/2017
Toronto, ON
Fair Funding for the TTC!
Join TTCriders at City Hall as we bring our Woes on the Bus to the TTC Commission and call for:

- Lower fares for all
- Two-hour fare transfers
- More reliable and frequent service on all routes across the city, especially in priority neighbourhoods

On November 28, the TTC Commission will vote on the operating budget, which will determine fares and service levels for 2018.

We need a fairly funded TTC, so that riders get better service and lower fares.

Time:  9:15 AM- 12:30 PM
Venue:  Toronto City Hall
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/125138114821307/
Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 28/2017
Toronto, ON
Moving Beyond Canada 150 - An Equity, Inclusion & Racial Justice Change-Making Conversation
A community forum to bring together First Peoples and peoples of colour to share their respective visions, strategies and priorities on:

-ensuring a more inclusive, equitable, and racially just environment across Ontario;
-where fair and equitable life chances, opportunities and outcomes exist for all Ontarians;
-building an Ontario that acknowledges, understands and appreciates the nature of Treaty relationship;
-is committed to building a Treaty-based, nation-to-nation, government-to-government Indigenous-settler relationship going forward.

Featuring speakers:

Kim Murray, Assistant Deputy Attorney General – Indigenous Justice Division, Ministry of Attorney General (former Executive Director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission)

Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21 St. Paul's, City of Toronto Poverty Reduction Advocate and Newcomer Advocate

Shalini Konanur, Executive Director – South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario

Avvy Go, Clinic Director – Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
(Speakers list will be updated as more confirmations are received)

Time:  5:30PM - 8:30PM
Venue:  Toronto Central Grosvenor Street YMCA Centre
Location:  20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/Colour-of-Poverty-Colour-of-Change-201891379871111
Phone:  (416) 966-3882
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 29/2017
Toronto, ON
50 Years and Counting: Legality of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine - James Graff Memorial Lecture
Speaking on the night of the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Plan for Palestine (resolution 181). November 29 is also the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Canadia Friends of Sabeel and the Continuing Education Department of Emmanuel College in Toronto. Michael Lynk is the current UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine.

About Michael Lynk
Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught courses in labour, human rights, disability, constitutional and administrative law. One of the books Professor Lynk has co-edited is International Law and the Middle East Conflict (Routledge, 2011) with Susan Akram, Michael Dumper and Iain Scobbie.

In March 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Lynk as the 7th Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967. He recently issued his second report that includes a detailed analysis of the international legal framework of the occupation as it continues past its 50th year. The first report Professor Lynk submitted as Special Rapporteur to the United Nations General Assembly focused on the role and challenges faced by human rights defenders in the region.

Tickets:
Regular – $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Student/Unwaged – $5 in advance, $10 at the door
Livestream outside the GTA – $5

Time:  7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Venue:  Victoria College Chapel, 2nd Floor Room 213, Victoria College Building
Location:  91 Charles Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1927989637522406/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 29/2017
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
"This year, the number of demolitions of Palestinian houses and other structures by Israeli forces has doubled, compared to 2015. Gaza remains a humanitarian emergency, with 2 million Palestinians struggling with crumbling infrastructure and a paralyzed economy, and tens of thousands still displaced, awaiting reconstruction of homes destroyed by conflict."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/palestinianday/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 29/2017
North York, ON
Toronto Developmental Services Alliance Housing Forum
This event will cover the following key themes:

-Current work being done to address the shortage of affordable & supportive housing
-Exploring issues & obstacles for the developmental service sector
-Future planning on how to meet housing needs of people with developmental disabilities
-Breakout sessions exploring potential solutions

Following these presentations there will be the opportunity to break out into groups and examine discussion questions regarding the challenges & potential solutions/opportunities for housing within the developmental service sector.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/toronto-developmental-services-alliance-housing-forum-tickets-38998797453?aff=erellivmlt

Time:  9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location:  150 Railside Rd., North York, ON
Website:  http://tdsa.ca/
For information contact:  info@tdsa.ca
Categories:   Disability Issues; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 30/2017
Toronto, ON
Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief
Join contributors A. J. Withers, Kai Cheng Thom, and Kevin Lo, along with the editor, Cindy Milstein, of "Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief" (AK Press, Sept. 2017) for their reflections on the relation between structural losses, mourning, and resistance. This collection, as Silvia Federici, author of "Caliban and the Witch," puts it, "uncovers the destruction of life that capitalist development leaves in its trail. But it is also witness to the power of grief as a catalyst to collective resistance."

Through first-person and/or frontline stories, the anthology's thirty-seven contributors illuminate, bittersweetly, that we can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively. Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that reduce suffering and accentuate quality of life for everyone. Addressing tragedies from Fukushima to Palestine, incarceration to eviction, AIDS crises to border crossings, and racism to rape, the intimate yet tenacious writing in this volume shows that mourning can pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, empathy and solidarity.

Pay what you can, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Time:  8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Venue:  Glad Day Bookshop
Location:  499 Church St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/252967598559018/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 30/2017
Ottawa, ON
Third Annual Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Conference
The Duty to Accommodate: Disability Discrimination in the Workplace and Classroom

The Third Annual Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Conference canvasses best practices for case management, high quality service, and client guidance in cases involving disability accommodations in both educational and workplace settings. The Conference Fundraiser is hosted by the CCD in partnership with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law & Gillespie's.

This conference is accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
This event will be webcast for satellite access. Please see the webcast ticket options and stay tuned for more information about how to connect. Catering will be provided.

This event will be in English only. Cet évènement se déroulera seulement en anglais.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/third-annual-council-of-canadians-with-disabilities-conference-tickets-38853913100?aff=es2

Time:  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Venue:  Gillespie's
Location:  130 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/
Categories:   Disability Issues; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 1/2017
Toronto, ON
I Am Human
This is the first conference in Canada that will be a part of the United Nations' Know Your Goals Campaign that will be addressing such an issue. The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network will actively be looking at Canadian participation in this event.

I Am Human is the first in a series in which we will be discussing Sustainable Development Goal #4. "Monitor and end discrimination and inequalities in public service delivery, the rule of law, access to justice, and participation in political and economic life on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, national origin, and social or other status."

We will have a panel of five individuals from different communities in Toronto/Canada as a whole speaking about their experiences of not having access to public services. The communities that will be represented are refugee/newcomer, LGBTQ+, Indigenous, and Women. As well we will have a social service worker who will be speaking about the framework of accessing public services.

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/i-am-human-tickets-39795337927?aff=es2

Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  Debate Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
Location:  Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  events.harthouse@utoronto.ca
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Services
Dec 1/2017
Toronto, ON
International Human Rights Day Celebration
You are invited to celebrate International Human Rights Day at the Ontario Science Centre on Friday, December 1st.

A variety of entertainers and prominent human rights speakers will be participating including representatives from the York Regional District School Board, Hon. Salma Ataullahjan and student activists.

The purpose of Youth for Human Rights is to educate youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace.

There is free admission and free parking.

Time:  6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Venue:  Ontario Science Centre
Location:  770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://youthforhumanrights.org
For information contact:  u4humanrights@gmail.com
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Children & Youth; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 1/2017
World AIDS Day
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted with a promise to leave no one behind. Nowhere is this more important than in tackling AIDS. Supporting young, vulnerable and marginalized people will change the course of the epidemic." — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 2/2017
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
"The UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery helps restore the human rights and dignity of thousands of victims and their families by awarding grants to projects providing rehabilitation services. I urge Member States, businesses, private foundation and other donors to increase their contributions. Together, we can accelerate our efforts and rid the world of this heinous practice."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 2/2017
Toronto, ON
Shut it uncle Bob! Dealing with Racist Family and Friends
This workshop explores strategies and tactics for addressing racism from loved ones in meaningful and impactful ways. Participants will engage with a variety of scenarios that manifest implicit or overt bias. Common behaviors and tactics for dismissing conversations about race and minimizing the harmful impact of racist behaviors, beliefs and language will be explored. Participants will learn a number of techniques that take into account balancing relationships and creating long term sustained progress and change while understanding the roots of prejudice and tapping into the individual’s capacity for empathy.

Organizer Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese Canadian NPO Director, Artist, Arts Educator, Equity and Anti-oppression Educator & Consultant , performer, speaker and published writer. Her work interrogates notions of home, belonging, womxnhood, blackness, migration/exile as they intersect with the identities and places she identities with. Rania is an advocate for womxn's rights, racial justice/black liberation and youth. Social justice anchors Rania's work as she is deeply committed to anti-oppressive practices and inclusion.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shut-it-uncle-bob-dealing-with-racist-family-and-friends-tickets-39493910349?aff=es2

Time:  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Venue:  Centre for Social Innovation - Regent Park
Location:  585 Dundas Street East, 3rd fl., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Skills & Training
Dec 3/2017
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
"Let us work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/
Categories:   Disability Issues; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 4/2017
Vancouver, BC
Reconciliation: Past, Present and Future
What does reconciliation look like to you? How are others embodying it? What can you do at an individual level?
The concept of reconciliation can be overwhelming, so tonight we are making space to explore this concept at the individual level and inspire, challenge, learn, build relationships, and act together. This is merely one step on a long journey of reconciliation, but we want to make it a practical one of dialogue and tangible action that we can take forward in our daily lives.

Continuing the rich discussions sparked at this year's On The Land Indigenous Gathering on Tahltan territory, Groundswell Education Society, Curtis Rattray of Edziza Trails, and Gathering participants are pleased to invite you to continue the discussion on how each of us can integrate reconciliation into our lives and work.

We have asked Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, educators and entrepreneurs to think BOLD about the future of this country while sharing the work they are doing in the present. How do they incorporate de-colonization practice into their businesses and livelihoods? How can we build relationships? How can we educate ourselves and each other?

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reconciliation-past-present-and-future-tickets-39604024704?aff=es2

Time:  5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Venue:  Red Gate Revue Stage
Location:  1601 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.groundswellcommunity.ca/events/
For information contact:  hello@groundswellcommunity.ca
Phone:  604-425-2045
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 4/2017
Guelph, ON
Working Well with LGBTQ+ Communities - Business Skills Workshop
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, two-spirit, intersex (LGBTQ+) people as well as people living with HIV/AIDS are two overlapping groups of people that often struggle to find services that are equipped to support their whole selves. This toolkit can be used as a valuable tool to monitor your path to inclusive service provision. This toolkit is informed by our understanding of anti-oppressive practice. We believe that we have to be intentional about interrupting the many forms of oppression that create barriers within our communities. Too many of our policies, practices, and physical environments are taken for granted and viewed through a single lens. We invite you to build on your knowledge of the communities you serve, and how these communities overlap with LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS. It is our hope that this tool will spark important discussions and lead action.

This is a program initially designed for individuals working in healthcare and related fields, however due to requests by local businesses we are adapting the Voices of Value program to suit the needs of for-profit local businesses. LGBTQ+ inclusivity in business is quickly becoming the norm as research on the cost-to-benefits ratio make the decision an obvious choice.

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/working-well-with-lgbtq-communities-business-skills-workshop-tickets-38949285361?aff=es2

Time:  12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Venue:  Guelph Community Health Centre
Location:  176 Wyndham Street North, Guelph, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/archguelph
For information contact:  education@archguelph.ca
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Business & Economics; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 4/2017
to Dec 6/2017
Toronto, ON
The National Black Canadians Summit: Moving Forward / Le Sommet pancanadien des communautes noires : allons de l'avant !
From December 4 to 6, 2017, in Toronto, Canada will mark the International Decade for People of African Descent with the National Black Canadians Summit: a convergence of hundreds of people of African descent and stakeholders.

With three days of high-energy keynotes, cultural performances, and strategic planning sessions for social change, the groundbreaking event will draw from decades of Black community organizing and awareness raising to serve as a springboard to accelerate collaboration around an inclusive Black Canadian agenda, grounded in an anti-oppression perspective.

Time:  Mon 7:00 PM - Wed 6:00 PM
Venue:  Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
Location:  789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.fmjf.ca/en/national-black-canadians-summit-2017/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 5/2017
Vancouver, BC
Conversations the Global Goals
We Are the First Generation that Can End Poverty, and the Last that Can End Climate Change
-Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. While the goals represent a shared vision for a better future, the global scope of the goals can feel overwhelming. The SDG dialogue series is an opportunity for people who care about social and environmental issues to connect with each other and learn from guest speakers working in the area of each of the goals. Together we will:

-Explore the issue from a global and local perspective
-Learn about local initiatives to achieve action on the goals
-Identify barriers and share strategies for overcoming these challenges
-The dialogue series is organized by and for people who care about taking action on the sustainable development goals. It is NOT an offical UN event.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/conversations-the-global-goals-tickets-38025579532?aff=es2

Time:  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Venue:  HiVE Vancouver
Location:  128 West Hastings Street #210, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.kathleenlane.ca/
For information contact:  kathleen@kathleenlane.ca
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Environment; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 5/2017
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
The International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 5/2017
Toronto, ON
Shelter Now
Toronto's homeless shelter system has been dangerously overfull for a very long time, with dire consequences. 70 homeless people died in the first 9 months of this year, many not even reaching the age of 50. The City has thus far refused to add enough shelter capacity and chosen to cram people into warming centres and volunteer-run out of the cold facilities, but even those are overburdened.

Now, following a long fight, the council committee responsible for shelters recently voted unanimously on November 20 to recommend to City Council that it open 1000 new shelter beds. It also voted 4-1 to call on Mayor Tory to declare a state of emergency and open up the armouries to shelter people this Winter. Both measures are urgently needed and will save lives.

City council will vote on both of these recommendations on December 5 and we need to be there. It is by rallying together that we can win what we need. Join us.

8:30am – Breakfast, 9:00am – Rally, 9:30am – Council Meeting
Meet in front of ‘Toronto’ sign.

Time:  8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Venue:  City Hall
Location:  100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/159997744612127/
Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Policy; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 5/2017
Toronto, ON
Talking Accessibility
Emerging technology and new social trends have changed the landscape of our daily lives, creating issues where the lack of access extends beyond disabilities to areas such as income, ethnicity, and location.

The conversation for Accessibility thus surrounds a simple idea: who has access to what? How can we as change-makers begin to create for equal opportunity and include target groups, the public, and those who govern the system into the conversation? Join us for a discussion with three industry leaders as we unravel what accessibility is, how we create accessibility, and the barriers preventing accessibility.

This is a public event that welcomes everyone. Please be mindful and considerate of others who are also participating!

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talking-accessibility-tickets-40088608106?aff=erellivmlt

Time:  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Venue:  The Tell
Location:  401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/pg/ivelystudio/about/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Design; Communications Industry & Technology
Dec 5/2017
Waterloo, ON
The Rohingyas: A Case of the 'Sub-human' in Myanmar and Bangladesh
Join IMRCfor an informative talk about the state of life in the Rohingya diaspora. The Rohingyas, an ethno-linguistic and religious minority of Myanmar known as the most persecuted people in the world, have recently experienced a horrible 'genocide' perpetrated by Myanmar security forces and vigilantes what the United Nations Human Rights Council has called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Under the pretext of an attack by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25, 2017, Myanmar security forces killed thousands of civilian Rohingyas, burnt their houses down, and raped hundreds of girls and women, which triggered an exodus of more than 600,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh in addition to the existing 500,000. Bangladesh is now hosting more than one million Rohingyas in its Southeastern part, which itself is a resource-poor and overcrowded area. The Rohingyas are now suffering from the state of the food, shelter, sanitation, health care, and the minimum standard of living. Many international rights bodies and media outlets have called this ‘the biggest humanitarian catastrophe in the near past.

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-rohingyas-a-case-of-the-sub-human-in-myanmar-and-bangladesh-tickets-40153395888?aff=es2

Time:  3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Venue:  Balsillie School of International Affairs
Location:  67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON
Website:  http://imrc.ca/
For information contact:  imrc.wlu@gmail.com
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 5/2017
World Soil Day
"On World Soil Day, I call for greater attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/#
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care; International
Dec 6/2017
Toronto, ON
December 6th Vigil
An outdoor candlelight vigil held on Wednesday, December 6th at 6pm to remember the women murdered by men, and to work for the eradication of all violence against women. There will be survivors speaking, music and spoken word.

Time:  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Venue:  Philosopher's Walk (near ROM)
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://https://www.facebook.com/events/316672538813072/
For information contact:  womenwontforget@gmail.com
Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 6/2017
Markham, ON
Invisible No More: End Violence Against Women Event
In recognition of the National Day of Rememberance and Action on Violence Against Women, Yellow Brick House with Support of the City of Markham's Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong are inviting you to an event to reflect on violence against women. The event will bring together the community in Markham to remember and honour the 14 women who lost their lives and the 10 women who were injured as a result of gender-based violence on December 6, 1989 at L'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. This event is an opportunity for attendees to increase awareness and knowledge in regards to the violence presently suffered by many women in York Region.

As an example of its commitment to end violence against women, the City of Markham will be proclaiming December 6 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and will be hosting a flag raising ceremony.

There is a Story to Tell. Invisible No more!!!

Register Free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/invisible-no-more-end-violence-against-women-event-tickets-38900282793?aff=es2

Time:  8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Venue:  Markham Civic Centre
Location:  101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, ON
For information contact:  ssharma@markham.ca
Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 7/2017
Toronto, ON
Colonization & Systemic Racism: Pathways to Change
To commemorate this year's Human Rights Day, Urban Alliance on Race Relations is hosting a panel of human rights advocates to discuss Colonization and System Racism: Pathways to Change

Panelists:

Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director of Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, and Order of Canada Recipient

Brittany Andrew-Amofah, Policy and Research Manager at The Broadbent Institute

Julian N. Falconer, Partner, Falconers LLP

Time:  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue:  Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Auditorium Rm 1160
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1325126897615215/
For information contact:  info@urbanalliance.ca
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 8/2017
Toronto, ON
Canada's Moment: Addressing our connection to child labour & modern slavery
During this holiday season, many Canadians will give little second-thought to how their purchases are made. And yet, a 2017 Ipsos survey found 84% of Canadians wanted to make an effort to ensure they know how and where their purchases are made.

With the Government of Canada in the midst of a parliamentary study on Canada's connection to child labour and modern slavery and research showing Canada imports $34 billion in goods that are at risk of containing child and forced labour in their supply chains, we need to be having a wider conversation around how our goods are made. (1)
Fairtrade Canada, World Vision Canada, and the Ontario Council for International Cooperation are hosting a free workshop for 40 invitees to learn about, speak into and help craft a collaborative response to this issue.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have gained a better understanding of:
-The opportunity for their organization to help create new supply chain transparency legislation that is focused on addressing child labour and modern slavery.
-The role public engagement can play in responding to this issue.
-How we can work together as a stronger collective for change.

Don't miss this opportunity to get on board!
Note: Lunch will be provided to all attendees.

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canadas-moment-addressing-our-connection-to-child-labour-modern-slavery-tickets-39491271456?aff=es2

Time:  9:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Venue:  Centre for Social Innovation
Location:  192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/WorldVisionCan
Categories:   Children & Youth; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 8/2017
Toronto, ON
Is the World Becoming a Better Place? Developments in International Law
Jonathan Kuttab is a Palestinian attorney and human rights activist from East Jerusalem. He graduated from University of Virginia Law School, and is licensed to practice in New York, Israel, and Palestine. Jonathan has co-founded a number of human rights and civil society organizations – including Al Haq, the first human rights organization in Palestine; the Mandela Institute for Palestinian Prisoners; the Palestinians Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem; and Operation Smile in Bethlehem. He is also co-founder of Nonviolence International in Washington, DC. Jonathan serves on the boards of Bethlehem Bible College and Sabeel, a Palestinian Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. He was a member of the Legal Committee negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 (Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho which led to Oslo II Accord). Jonathan has written and published extensively on legal aspects of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. He is currently a visiting scholar at Osgoode Law School at York University.

Time:  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue:  Auditorium, Noor Cultural Centre
Location:  123 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/365185200599682/
For information contact:  skanji@noorculturalcentre.ca
Phone:  (416) 444-7148
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 9/2017
Markham, ON
1st Annual Human Rights in Markham: Building a Community with Mutual Respect
This event kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in order to recognize the freedom, justice and inalienable rights everyone is inherently entitled to as human beings.
In the City of Markham, the fostering of social inclusion and acknowledging Human Rights is a core belief. Their internationally recognized Diversity Action Plan has focused on measures to ensure Markham is welcoming and inclusive.

The City of Markham is a signatory of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD), CCMARD‘s main objective is to promote and protect human rights and divesity. As part of their ongoing commitment to human rights, the City of Markham and the Race Relations Committee will be proclaiming December 10th as International Human Rights Day and will be hosting a flag raising ceremony.

We are one in dignity and Rights.

The event will bring together the residents of Markham and surrounding communities to increase their knowledge regarding Human Rights in Canada and around the world. The event will have engaging speakers including Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Regional Councillor Joe Li and Councillor Kanapathi

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/1st-annual-human-rights-in-markham-building-a-community-w-mutual-respect-tickets-39906352976?aff=erellivmlt

Time:  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Venue:  Markham Civic Centre
Location:  101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, ON
For information contact:  rrc.markham@gmail.com
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 9/2017
International Anti-Corruption Day
"On International Anti-corruption Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to ending the deceit and dishonesty that threaten the 2030 Agenda and our efforts to achieve peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/anticorruptionday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 9/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/genocidepreventionday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 9/2017
Toronto, ON
Urgent call for Jerusalem
The "Palestine House" condemns, in the strongest terms possible, the decision by Mr. Donald Trump, president of the United States of America, to recognize Jerusalem (Al-Quds) as Capital of the state of Israel. Mr. Trump takes this step in obvious violation of International Law and all norms of moral and ethical standards in an attempt to take public attention away from his political troubles at home.

In so doing, Mr. Trump has made it impossible for the United States toward any meaningful role in any peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israelis. Indeed, he has destroyed any possibility for peace in that part of the world for the foreseeable future.

Time:  1:00 PM
Venue:  U.S. Consulate
Location:  360 University Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.palestinehouse.com/
For information contact:  info@palestinehouse.com
Phone:  905-270-3622
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 10/2017
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 10/2017
Toronto, ON
If You're Reading This, It's (Not) Too Late
Sick of political fat cats running City Hall? Tired of empty promises to make change? Fighting for social, economic, and environmental justice?

Join us for breakfast on December 10th to hear from an exciting panel of speakers to talk about emerging and alternative forms of local democracy and the political landscape in Toronto. This is an event planned in partnership with the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union Race and Ethnicity Caucus.

Panel includes: Barcelona en Comu representative Kate Shea Baird; Ward 7 Candidate Keegan Henry-Mathieu; Ryerson Urban Planning Professor Pamela Robinson; Indigenous knowledge keeper Amy Desjarlais, and newcomer activist Sandrine Uwimana.

We will then discuss how to put this into action in the Toronto context where people of colour represent 51% of the city, but only 12% representation at City Hall. How does this under-representation affect how wealth is distributed and services are delivered? How do we ensure that “Diversity Our Strength” is more than empty slogan?

Stay after the panel to meet like-minded people and share stories & skills to organize for positive change.

A healthy breakfast and TTC tokens available!

Register free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/if-youre-reading-this-its-not-too-late-tickets-40704559433?aff=es2

Time:  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Venue:  Multi-Faith Centre
Location:  569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Politics & Political Organizations
Dec 11/2017
International Mountain Day
Mountains host communities with ancient cultures and traditions, and are places of religious worship, pilgrimage and rituals all over the world. The concept of traditional heritage, culture and spirituality is intrinsically linked with peoples’ livelihoods in the mountains, where it is often traditional lifestyles that determine the way people make a living and subsist.

Mountains are also the sources of springs and rivers and have been revered as the home of deities throughout history.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday/
Categories:   Environment; International; Nature & Outdoors
Dec 12/2017
Prince Albert, SK
Prince Albert: Write for Rights
Last year, Amnesty chose 10 human rights violations from around the world for its Write for Rights event. Shockingly, Canada was on the list for B.C.'s Site C hydroelectric dam.

Take this opportunity to write a letter on behalf of prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders, torture survivors and others at risk.

Time:  7:00 PM
Venue:  John M. Cuelenaere Public Library
Location:  125 12 St. East, Prince Albert, SK
Website:  http://canadians.org/event/prince-albert-write-rights
For information contact:  inquiries@canadians.org
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Green Economy Perspectives
Join us for a candid and critical conversation with Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May as we continue to solicit perspectives on the green economy.

Elizabeth will talk about various issues related to a green economy including:

- Canada's potential to capitalize on the single biggest business opportunity in human history - the shift to a green economy.

- Investment in green energy - like wind, solar and hydro - which creates over 7x more jobs per dollar invested when compared to investment in traditional energy sectors.

- The renewable energy sector - which now provides tens of thousands of stable, sustainable, future friendly jobs in Canada, and has the potential to employ hundreds of thousands more.

Elizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament representing the southern Vancouver Island riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands. She is one of Canadas most respected environmentalists. As well, she practiced law and is also the author of eight books. Elizabeth became active in the environmental movement in the 1970s. She is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Time:  8AM - 9AM
Venue:  Centre for Social Innovation
Location:  720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://registrations.sustainabilitynetwork.ca/green-economy-perspectives-a-forum-with-elizab
Categories:   Environment; Business & Economics; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Ontario-Wide College Student Walkout
Walkout to protest shortening of college semester, cancelling of holiday vacation, and response to strike by the college administration.

Centennial College Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1590528707657453/

Sheridan College Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/194572667785235/

Time:  12:00 - 2:00 PM
Venue:  Ontario Colleges -- Humber, Centennial, Guelph-Humber, Algonquin, Canadore, Sheridan
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/115964602455456/
Categories:   Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 16/2017
Toronto, ON
Rally in Solidarity with Catalonia
Rally in Solidarity with Catalonia:

- to support the right of self-determination of the Catalan people
- to condemn the violence and repression unleashed by the Spanish government
- to ask the liberation of the Catalan political prisoners and
- to call the Canadian government to speak out against these attacks on democracy by the Spanish State.

We will gather on December 16th at noon, at the NE corner of Yonge and Bloor (in front of the Spanish Consulate building, 2 Bloor St. E) and we will have a few speakers. We encourage everyone to wear yellow clothes or bring a yellow complement to send a symbolic message. The yellow color (starting as yellow ribbons) is being used in Catalonia to ask the freedom of the elected Catalan political and the grass-root organization leaders that were sent to preventive jail after the referendum.

This rally has been organized by the Toronto Solidarity with Catalonia platform, in collaboration with the Catalan Centre in Toronto and ToCat.

Thanks everyone for your support and see you there!

Time:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Venue:  Spanish Consulate
Location:  2 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1589813734446402/
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 18/2017
Ottawa, ON
Human Rights Protections for Practicing Indigenous Spirituality
The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition is pleased to present: Human Rights Protections for Practicing Indigenous Spirituality

Background: The Ontario Human Rights Code includes legal protections for the fundamental right of Indigenous peoples to freely practice spiritual traditions, and to be treated equally and with dignity. Employers and service providers under provincial jurisdiction have a legal duty to uphold your right to be free from discrimination based on creed.

Learn more about your rights or obligations with a presentation from the Ontario Human Rights Commission. There will be an opportunity for a Q & A following the presentation. This educational session is open to individuals or organizations.

Register today for this free workshop - space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/human-rights-protections-for-practicing-indigenous-spirituality-tickets-39697940609?aff=es2

Time:  12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Venue:  Wabano Centre - Atelier Room
Location:  299 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/OttawaAboriginalCoalition/
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 18/2017
International Migrants Day
"On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 18/2017
Toronto, ON
Rally Against Hate
Pamela Geller, a well-known American Islamophobic blogger, is speaking at a hate event on Monday, December 18th. After her speech, she will be interviewed by Ezra Levant from The Rebel, compounding the divisive messages she is communicating.

It is the responsibility of those with long memories, like our labour movement, to recognize peril at the door and raise the alarm. Join us for a rally beginning at 6 pm to step up and speak out about hate and division. The rally will take place outside the event, Monday, December 18.

Time:  6:00 PM
Venue:  Canada Christian College
Location:  50 Gervais Drive, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 19/2017
Ottawa, ON
Taking it local: An update on human rights
This FREE one-day event features plenary and concurrent sessions on a variety of human rights topics.

Featured speakers include guests from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the City of Ottawa and other community leaders.

Breakfast, lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Time:  8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Venue:  Ottawa City Hall
Location:  110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/taking-it-local-update-human-rights-ottawa
Phone:  416-314-4526
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 20/2017
International Human Solidarity Day
"Global problems require collective solutions. At a time of divisiveness on many key global issues, from armed conflict to forced migration, people need to turn toward each other in common cause, not away from each other in fear." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 22/2017
Toronto, ON
Addressing the Rohingya Genocide: What We Can & Must Do
Professor John Packer has remained engaged with Rohingyas since the early 90's, notably promoting awareness of their situation as the world's most numerous stateless people and helping the organisation of Rohingya representation and genuine articulation of their legitimate concerns outside Burma/Myanmar.

In 1993, Professor Packer was assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma during which he visited Rakhine State to investigate attacks on Rohingyas which had precipitated the 1992 exodus of some 200,000 refugees ten years after being stripped of their citizenship. Professor Packer has remained engaged with Rohingyas since then, notably promoting awareness of their situation as the world's most numerous stateless people and helping the organisation of Rohingya representation and genuine articulation of their legitimate concerns outside Burma/Myanmar.

Free admission.

Time:  7:00 PM
Venue:  Auditorium, Noor Cultural Centre
Location:  123 Wynford Dr., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.noorculturalcentre.ca/?p=16494
For information contact:  info@noorculturalcentre.ca
Phone:  416-444-7148
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
 

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