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Nov
1
Wed
2017
Refugee Vision Care
Nov 1 all-day
Community Groups Networking: Making It Easier! @ Social Development Centre
Nov 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Making it easier! Community Groups are at the heart of our community

Together with the Fair Vote Waterloo Region, we are calling on citizen/volunteer led groups interested in networking and mutual support to come together on November 1st: civic, neighbourhood, environmental, professional, social justice, ethnocultural groups! Come to the Trinity United Church on 74 Frederick Street, and to find out more contact trudy@waterlooregion.org or +1-519-579-1096;ext=3006

Nov
2
Thu
2017
Reframing Crime, Justice & Prevention, A community course by @PreventingCrime @ Community Justice Initiatives
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friends of Crime Prevention

Colleagues & friends – greetings everyone! I trust this message finds you well. You are receiving this message as someone in my network who might be interested in this community course and/or willing to share it with others who might be interested.

Friends of Crime Prevention, with the support of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, will offer its very first Community Course. This course was developed by a creative and rambunctious group of Friends of Crime Prevention so you know it’s going to be good! Several Friends will be part of the course facilitation.

Not sure what Friends of Crime Prevention is? Only one of the best networks in Waterloo Region… If you haven’t signed up as a Friend, make it right… Sign up and Become A Friend!

Please share this information with your networks. Many thanks, in advance.

Crime prevention is more than just locking your doors at night and sending people to jail. To address the roots of crime, we’ll have to go deeper, reframe and make some shifts.

In order to create truly safer, healthier communities we need to mobilize a wide range of people — from neighbours and community groups to municipal leaders and large institutions.

That includes you. And we’re pleased to offer our very first community course Reframing Crime Justice Prevention: A Community Course that will help our community make the shift.

About the Course: Reframing Crime, Justice & Prevention

This course is for Friends of Crime Prevention and any community member who is open to looking beyond the accepted status quo, thinking critically about these issues and willing to examine issues from every possible perspective – maybe even some perspectives with which you would disagree.

Every Thursday:
26 October — 7 December 2017
6:30pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Community Justice Initiatives & Kitchener Public Library
Queen Street North, Downtown Kitchener

Learn More About The Course & How To Register

In an active learning environment, we’ll examine questions like:

  • What if we could change things about our society that would prevent crime before it happens?
  • What cultural, political or social structures impede us from creating a safer community?
  • How might addressing the roots of crime resolve social issues?
  • Can we shift our understanding of the relationship between crime, justice and prevention?

Course Methods and Activities

As a group, you will co-create learning through an interdisciplinary examination of issues using experiential activities. Learning activities may include: group conversations, circle discussions, case studies, problem-solving exercises, guest facilitators, interactive activities, and possibly a field trip. At the end of the course, the group will collaborate on a project that articulates your learning journey. The project will be presented to the community at a “porch chat” type event in Winter 2018.

Who Can Participate?

This course is for Friends of Crime Prevention and community members who are open to thinking critically about crime, prevention, and justice from many different perspectives.

For the first voyage of this course, we are accepting up to 10 participants and we ask that you are able to commit to full 7 weeks + Winter 2018 event.


Juanita Metzger
Community Engagement Coordinator
Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council
73 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1
Phone: +1-519-575-4400;ext=3548
Mobile: +1-519-502-0825
Email: jmetzger@regionofwaterloo.ca
Website: http://www.preventingcrime.ca/

Are you a Friend of Crime Prevention? Join today

Facebook: Crime Prevention Council

Twitter: @PreventingCrime

YouTube: WR Crime Prevention Council

Nov
4
Sat
2017
Food Not Bombs! Servings
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Share a meal. Start a conversation. All welcome at Food Not Bombs Kitchener’s Saturday servings!

Where does this happen?

The serving happens at 1:30 every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall (200 King St W.). Before that, we cook our soup at the Working Centre, which is located at 58 Queen St S. (just a few blocks away). Our leftover produce and soup is then driven to the House of Friendship in downtown Kitchener.

How can I help?

We are always in need of volunteers to help us cook, people with access to cars who can drive produce and soup to and fro, friendly folks who want to dish out soup and, last but not least, people to help with the clean-up.

You can read a complete description of the different jobs available here: http://wpirg.org/action-groups/food-not-bombs/how-to-help/. If any of them sound good to you, sign up for our mailing list here: http://lists.wpirg.org/mailman/listinfo/fnb_lists.wpirg.org. We’re a friendly bunch- send out an e-mail introducing yourself and we’ll be happy to help you get started.

Who donates food?

We get the majority of our produce from Central Fresh Market- they give us the vegetables that aren’t pretty enough to sell or that they’ve overstocked. We also get donations of produce from Full Circle Foods and donations of loaves and buns from Grainharvest Breadhouse.

Why does Food Not Bombs do what it does?

Because food is a right, not a privilege. Because when we are hungry, we have the right to get what we need. Because poverty is a form of violence neither necessary nor natural. Because capitalism makes food a source of profit, not a source of nutrition. Because food does grow on trees. Because we need community, not control. Because we need homes, not jails. Because we need FOOD NOT BOMBS!

Nov
6
Mon
2017
Community Engagement: The Next Generation
Nov 6 – Nov 8 all-day

Community
Engagement expectations have changed and yet we often approach community engagement using the same techniques, strategies and messaging we have used for years. We need a new generation of tools and practices to inform, consult, involve and partner with people in building better communities.

New Expectations

In our cities and communities, a new generation of community engagement is emerging. Over the last twenty years (some will argue longer), people interested in building strong communities have been making an important shift. Eager to “move the needle” on our quality of life issues, they are experimenting with new ways to create community-wide strategies that yield big changes as opposed to hoping that the individual efforts of organizations and services end up being more than the sum of their parts.

As part of this we’re seeing a real renewal of energy in people who want to expand and improve their community engagement practices. There’s a revival of the understanding that the citizen voice is critical for any work being done in community change, and there’s a big push towards not doing “for” the community, but rather doing “with” the community.

This approach to community change requires us to engage in a different way. Conventional engagement techniques do not always yield the response rates we want, and are often delivered in a top-down manner of only ‘seeking input’ rather than bringing together multiple stakeholder groups and partnering with the community. Engagement expectations have changed and we need to consider what we want to do differently in this next generation of community engagement.

Technology Has Changed Everything

Every minute of every day our email inbox is filled with people and companies trying to engage us. We are riveted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin and the multitude of apps available to help us “stay in touch” and to get the latest news.

Technology engages us. We are entertained, moved, connected and involved daily. Technology also distracts us. It is easy to become overwhelmed, unfocused, overcommitted and exhausted by the constant stream of stimulation and requests. It is getting harder to break through and to engage people so that they will read our social media posts and online newsletters, fill in the surveys we send out or to buy our products and ideas online.

How Do We Respond?

When we talk about the next generation of community engagement, we’re not just talking about “doing the old stuff on steroids”. The next generation of community engagement is all about trust, accountability, transparency, and putting the community first.

During Community Engagement, The Next Generation we will explore: What shifts are we seeing? What new technologies and practices are available? What have others done that I can leverage? How do systems change and what role does engagement play in building and sustaining movements for change?

Who Should Attend?

At Tamarack we specialize in turning theory into action. Our workshops are highly practical and personalized. Our goal is to make you more effective in your work and get better, quicker results. This workshop is designed for:

  • People that have community engagement as an important part of their job
  • Community Development professionals who work in not for profit organizations, government, health care, police and environmental issues
  • People that are told by their city councils, boards and executive directors to engage clients and constituents in order to make better decisions
  • Collective Impact leaders who understand the critical place community engagement holds in advancing their work
  • Organizational leaders who want to use engagement techniques to raise more money or increase customer loyalty

Learning Agenda

You will learn the latest engagement techniques that will transform how you engage your clients, customers, funders and partners. Through dialogue with leaders in the field of engagement and social change, you will enhance your capacity to effectively hear the voices of those you serve and learn key strategies to mobilize them toward impact.

Together we will explore and learn to apply:

  • A toolkit for Community Engagement practices
  • Proven techniques that companies have been using for years to increase customer loyalty
  • Systems change theory and the role engagement plays in building movements for change
  • Engagement technologies and the amazing power these have given us to listen to and communicate effectively with large groups of people

See Full Agenda

Register

Tamarack | Community Engagement: The Next Generation

Nov
7
Tue
2017
Pharmacare Community Forum hosted by Waterloo Region Labour Council @ St. David's Catholic Secondary School
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Pharmacare | A plan for everyone
A Community Forum featuring Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife, Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra, and other local politicians.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Why Pharmacare?

Waterloo Regional Labour Council

Canada’s unions are proud that we’ve won health insurance coverage for many of our members. But we believe anyone with a health card should have coverage for the medicines they need. That’s why we’re working to win a universal prescription drug plan that covers everyone in Canada, regardless of their income, age or where they work or live.

The Unfinished Business of Medicare

Today, the only place where all Canadians are covered is in the hospital. The federal government covers the cost of prescription drugs for members of the Armed Forces and the RCMP, veterans and Indigenous people.

The provinces and territories all provide different coverage. Most subsidize the cost of medications for vulnerable Canadians like those over 65 and recipients of social assistance and disability benefits. Many also provide catastrophic coverage for those with astronomical medical costs.

But that still leaves one in five Canadians paying out of pocket for their medication because they either don’t have a prescription drug plan or have plans that don’t cover the cost.

By the Numbers

  • About 8.4 million working Canadians don’t have prescription drug coverage.
  • The less you earn at work, the less likely you are to have prescription drug coverage.
  • Women and young workers are less likely to have the coverage they need.
  • Even those with drug plans are paying ever-increasing co-payments and deductibles.

Pharmacare Makes Economic Sense

Canada is the only developed country in the world with a universal health care program that doesn’t include a universal prescription drug plan. Instead, our multiple-payer system has resulted in the second highest prescription drug costs in the world next to the United States.

Our patchwork prescription drug system is inefficient and expensive. It has left Canadians with wildly varying prescription drug coverage and access. Many are paying different rates for the same medications.

We aren’t benefitting from the current system, but pharmaceutical and private insurance companies are. Pharmaceutical companies can charge higher prices for drugs because they sell to so many buyers. Private insurance companies benefit by charging employers, unions and employees to administer private drug insurance plans.

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It’s time for Canada to catch up to our peers. It’s time to complete the unfinished business of our Medicare system with a universal prescription drug plan that will save money through bulk purchasing power.

In New Zealand, where a public authority negotiates on behalf of the entire country, a year’s supply of the cholesterol-busting drug Lipitor costs just $15 a year, compared to $811 in Canada.

That’s why Canada needs to combine the purchasing power of all Canadians under one plan. An annual investment of $1 billion by the federal government will mean Canadians save $7.3 billion a year on the medications they need.

Canadians Say “YES” to Pharmacare

An overwhelming majority — 91 percent — of Canadians believe our public health care system should include a universal prescription drug plan.

Several national health care commissions have recommended the same, along with the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Health Coalition, Council of Canadians and the Canadian Labour Congress.

Provincial leaders are signaling support too. The Ontario provincial government, for example, has announced a targeted Pharmacare program that will cover full prescription drug costs for anyone under the age of 25.

But patchwork measures aren’t enough. We need this federal government to commit to the implementation of a national, publicly-administered universal prescription drug plan for every Canadian, in every province and territory.

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Pharmacare – Waterloo Regional Labour Council

Group 9, Amnesty International regular meeting @ Community Ed Room 2202, Conrad Grebel College
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Amnesty International CanadaGroup Nine is the local chapter of Amnesty International Canada in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. We normally meet at 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of every month in Room 4224 (The Fretz Seminar Room) at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo (140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo N2L 3G6). Please confirm by email or on our Facebook page.

<groupnine9@gmail.com> is the official Group Nine e-mail address.

Nov
8
Wed
2017
Refugee Vision Care
Nov 8 all-day
Nov
9
Thu
2017
CCRE – Technology Innovation & Policy Forum 2017: Disruptive Innovation over the Wires ($$)
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

http://thinkingpower.ca/events_TechInnovationAndPolicyForum_2017.cfm
https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/calendar/second_annual_technology_innovation__policy_forum_2017_disruptive_in
Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
Technology Innovation & Policy Forum 2017 – Disruptive Innovation over the Wires: Business Models for Success

Thursday, November 9, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Federation Hall
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

The Council for Clean & Reliable Energy (CCRE) in partnership with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, a leading Canadian innovation centre at the University of Waterloo, is hosting its second annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Join us for this important event, bringing together policy makers, technology innovators, leading researchers, government experts and entrepreneurs.

The goal of the forum is to highlight the role of emerging disruptive technologies on the distribution sector business model arising from embedded distributed generation and storage on a large scale within the existing distribution network. The forum comprises panel presentations from leading industry, government experts and academics with extensive opportunities for networking. The event is a show-case of state-of-the-art technologies and emerging and innovations that highlight the potential for shaping the next generation smart energy solutions.

Innovation Showcase Participants
UWAFT – University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team
Salient Energy
HITCH
Mitacs
CoLab
Masood Energy
NSERC
Waterloo Region Electric Vehicle Association

Reframing Crime, Justice & Prevention, A community course by @PreventingCrime @ Community Justice Initiatives
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friends of Crime Prevention

Colleagues & friends – greetings everyone! I trust this message finds you well. You are receiving this message as someone in my network who might be interested in this community course and/or willing to share it with others who might be interested.

Friends of Crime Prevention, with the support of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, will offer its very first Community Course. This course was developed by a creative and rambunctious group of Friends of Crime Prevention so you know it’s going to be good! Several Friends will be part of the course facilitation.

Not sure what Friends of Crime Prevention is? Only one of the best networks in Waterloo Region… If you haven’t signed up as a Friend, make it right… Sign up and Become A Friend!

Please share this information with your networks. Many thanks, in advance.

Crime prevention is more than just locking your doors at night and sending people to jail. To address the roots of crime, we’ll have to go deeper, reframe and make some shifts.

In order to create truly safer, healthier communities we need to mobilize a wide range of people — from neighbours and community groups to municipal leaders and large institutions.

That includes you. And we’re pleased to offer our very first community course Reframing Crime Justice Prevention: A Community Course that will help our community make the shift.

About the Course: Reframing Crime, Justice & Prevention

This course is for Friends of Crime Prevention and any community member who is open to looking beyond the accepted status quo, thinking critically about these issues and willing to examine issues from every possible perspective – maybe even some perspectives with which you would disagree.

Every Thursday:
26 October — 7 December 2017
6:30pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Community Justice Initiatives & Kitchener Public Library
Queen Street North, Downtown Kitchener

Learn More About The Course & How To Register

In an active learning environment, we’ll examine questions like:

  • What if we could change things about our society that would prevent crime before it happens?
  • What cultural, political or social structures impede us from creating a safer community?
  • How might addressing the roots of crime resolve social issues?
  • Can we shift our understanding of the relationship between crime, justice and prevention?

Course Methods and Activities

As a group, you will co-create learning through an interdisciplinary examination of issues using experiential activities. Learning activities may include: group conversations, circle discussions, case studies, problem-solving exercises, guest facilitators, interactive activities, and possibly a field trip. At the end of the course, the group will collaborate on a project that articulates your learning journey. The project will be presented to the community at a “porch chat” type event in Winter 2018.

Who Can Participate?

This course is for Friends of Crime Prevention and community members who are open to thinking critically about crime, prevention, and justice from many different perspectives.

For the first voyage of this course, we are accepting up to 10 participants and we ask that you are able to commit to full 7 weeks + Winter 2018 event.


Juanita Metzger
Community Engagement Coordinator
Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council
73 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1
Phone: +1-519-575-4400;ext=3548
Mobile: +1-519-502-0825
Email: jmetzger@regionofwaterloo.ca
Website: http://www.preventingcrime.ca/

Are you a Friend of Crime Prevention? Join today

Facebook: Crime Prevention Council

Twitter: @PreventingCrime

YouTube: WR Crime Prevention Council

Nov
10
Fri
2017
Waterloo Cyber Security & Defence Forum
Nov 10 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/waterloo-cyber-security-defence-forumforum-sur-la-cyber-securite-et-la-defence-de-waterloo-tickets-36595185184
Waterloo Cyber Security & Defence Forum

An initiative of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG), and organized by Capital Comms Group in partnership with the University of Waterloo, the Forum will introduce the Defence Industry to the Canadian Cyber Security ecosystem and world-class research being undertaken at the University of Waterloo. This event will feature top experts in Cyber Security from Canada and around the world, speaking on topics including:

“Cyber Security in the Post-Quantum World,” presented by Professor Michele Mosca, Co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing and University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo, and founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
“The Intersection of Cyber Security and Safety,” presented by Professor Sebastian Fischmeister, Executive Director of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research at the University of Waterloo, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and head of the Real-time Embedded Software Group.
“Research-to-Business” and “Business-to-Business” matchmaking will provide opportunities for intersection between international defence contractors, researchers, and small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Schedules for “Business-to-Business” sessions will be posted the week of October 30th and registrants will be contacted with login information.

Registrants will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with Engineering, Cyber Security and Mathematics students from the University of Waterloo.

Take advantage of our early-bird registration pricing available before October 6, 2017.

More info:
If you have questions or require more information, please contact one of the following organizers:

Jennifer Leng, Senior Industrial Development Advisor, FedDev Ontario
Jennifer.Leng@canada.ca

Ben Willoughby, Senior Sector Advisor – Aerospace and Manufacturing Unit, MEDG
Ben.Willoughby@ontario.ca

William Norman, Capital Comms Inc.
wnorman@capitalcomms.ca

Nov
11
Sat
2017
Food Not Bombs! Servings
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Share a meal. Start a conversation. All welcome at Food Not Bombs Kitchener’s Saturday servings!

Where does this happen?

The serving happens at 1:30 every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall (200 King St W.). Before that, we cook our soup at the Working Centre, which is located at 58 Queen St S. (just a few blocks away). Our leftover produce and soup is then driven to the House of Friendship in downtown Kitchener.

How can I help?

We are always in need of volunteers to help us cook, people with access to cars who can drive produce and soup to and fro, friendly folks who want to dish out soup and, last but not least, people to help with the clean-up.

You can read a complete description of the different jobs available here: http://wpirg.org/action-groups/food-not-bombs/how-to-help/. If any of them sound good to you, sign up for our mailing list here: http://lists.wpirg.org/mailman/listinfo/fnb_lists.wpirg.org. We’re a friendly bunch- send out an e-mail introducing yourself and we’ll be happy to help you get started.

Who donates food?

We get the majority of our produce from Central Fresh Market- they give us the vegetables that aren’t pretty enough to sell or that they’ve overstocked. We also get donations of produce from Full Circle Foods and donations of loaves and buns from Grainharvest Breadhouse.

Why does Food Not Bombs do what it does?

Because food is a right, not a privilege. Because when we are hungry, we have the right to get what we need. Because poverty is a form of violence neither necessary nor natural. Because capitalism makes food a source of profit, not a source of nutrition. Because food does grow on trees. Because we need community, not control. Because we need homes, not jails. Because we need FOOD NOT BOMBS!

Nov
13
Mon
2017
Tea and Talk with Dr. Karen Stote @ HH
Nov 13 @ 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Tea and Talk: Dr. Karen Stote (Women’s and Gender Studies, Laurier), ‘Colonialism and the Sterilization of Indigenous Women in Canada’

This talk is the first in a new ‘Tea and Talk’ series we are beginning!

Copies of Dr. Stote’s book, An Act of Genocide, will be for sale prior to the talk.

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Reading: Carl Skoggard Reads From his Translation of Siegfried Krakauer’s ‘Georg’
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at Open Sesame, downtown Kitchener’s distinctive gift shop/gallery/book store, for a reading by Carl Skoggard, translator of the novel Georg by Siegfried Kracauer. Best remembered today for his exploration of early German cinema (From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological Study of the German Film), Siegfried Kracauer (1889-1966, pictured left) was the editor for cultural affairs at Germany’s leading liberal newspaper during the Weimar Republic.

Georg is a panorama of those pre-Nazi years as seen through the eyes of a rookie reporter. In a defeated nation seething with extremism right and left, young Georg is looking for something to believe in. For him, the past has become unusable; for nearly everyone he meets, paradise seems just around the corner. But which paradise? Kracauer’s grimly funny novel takes on a confused and dangerous time which can remind us of our own. The style is briskly cinematic.

About the Translator

Carl Skoggard enjoys reading German literature and for many years was an editor for the Repértoire International de la Littérature Musicale, with responsibility for German materials. His translation of Ein Jahr in Arkadien, an 1805 gay fiction by the eccentric Duke August of Saxe-Gotha and Altenburg, appeared as Year in Arcadia(Atropen Verlag) in 1999. Skoggard has also produced translations and commentaries for Walter Benjamin’s Berliner Kindheit um 1900 (Berlin Childhood circa 1900); Berliner Chronik (The ‘Berlin Chronicle’ Notices); and all of Benjamin’s little known 73 ‘Heinle sonnets,’ along with the original German and line-by-line commentary. Previously he served as staff writer for Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors.

Event Details

This event is co-sponsored by Open Sesame, Publication Studio Hudson, and the Waterloo Centre for German Studies at the University of Waterloo. Centre Director James Skidmore will moderate a Q&A after the reading. Light refreshments will be served, and those attending will receive a 20% discount on anything they purchase at the store. Copies of Georg will also be available for sale.

For further information, please contact Open Sesame (519.954.7722).

Reading: Carl Skoggard Reads From his Translation of Siegfried Krakauer’s “Georg” | Waterloo Events | University of Waterloo

Nov
14
Tue
2017
Man Up: Exploring Healthy Masculinity @ STC
Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The dominant idea of manhood affects us all. More and more men are beginning to stand up and speak out about their desire to redefine what it means to be a man today.

This three hour workshop, hosted by the Faculty of Science and HeForShe, will provide men with the tools to become better versions of themselves through interactive exercises and discussion.

Please sign up for this workshop if you are interested in joining the growing number of men working to make UWaterloo a safer campus for everyone.

The workshop is open to all male identifying students from all faculties.

Man Up: Exploring Healthy Masculinity | Science | University of Waterloo

Nov
15
Wed
2017
Refugee Vision Care
Nov 15 all-day
Hallman Lecture: Measuring the future we want @ AHS
Nov 15 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The Hallman Lecture Series and Canadian Index of Wellbeing present:

MIKE SALVARIS, LLB

​Director, Australian National Development Index (ANDI)

Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Research Associate, Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo

Measuring the future we want: Australia, Canada and the global movement to redefine progress

The global movement to redefine social progress “beyond GDP” is a fascinating, but still unfinished story.

The movement has as its core value, the notion of equitable and sustainable wellbeing. It seeks to improve wellbeing not just in key policy fields such as health, education and justice, but also by giving citizens a more direct sense of ownership and belonging in their democracy and their communities.

What you will learn about…

The growing global movement to define and measure equitable and sustainable progress ‘Beyond GDP’ and its implications for democracy and wellbeing.

Three initiatives, from international to local, informed by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) housed within AHS at the University of Waterloo.

The latest in international cross-disciplinary research that is building knowledge, understanding, collaboration and impact on quality of life.

Itinerary

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Lecture and panel

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Reception

Parking is available in Lot M or N ($6 each), or Lot X ($5). Parking map.

REGISTER FOR LECTURE

Hallman Lecture: Measuring the future we want | Waterloo Events | University of Waterloo

Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The meeting for Wednesday, 15 November has been cancelled

The Kitchener-Waterloo chapter ofThe Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale Council of Canadians meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Community Room at Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes, 307 Queen St S. (corner of Queen and Courtland), Kitchener.

There’s parking, but check with the organizers to get a permit.

Current topics include electoral reform, the Nestle boycott, and the
TPP and other trade deals.

All are welcome! For info please contact KW.cofc@gmail.com. Follow @kwcofc on Twitter.

Nov
16
Thu
2017
Beyond 60: GRADtalks – Tipping Points in Complex Systems @ NH - Ira G. Needles Hall Room 3407
Nov 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Yonatan Strauch

PhD Candidate, Social and Ecological Sustainability

Faculty of Environment

Yonatan is passionate about the transition to clean energy; he explores how links across technorauchlogical, political and financial systems can accelerate that transition.

Thomas Bury

PhD Candidate, Applied Mathematics

Faculty of Mathematics

Thomas uses mathematics to better understand the behaviour of complex systems in the vicinity of tipping points; he presents applications to ecological, sociological and financial systems.

Join Waterloo’s Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, Jeff Casello at this fourth installment of GRADtalks events.

November 16, 2017

4:00 – wine and cheese
4:45 – talks, including question and answer

#GRADtalks

Register to attend

Beyond 60: GRADtalks – Tipping Points in Complex Systems | Waterloo Events | University of Waterloo

Reframing Crime, Justice & Prevention, A community course by @PreventingCrime @ Community Justice Initiatives
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friends of Crime Prevention

Colleagues & friends – greetings everyone! I trust this message finds you well. You are receiving this message as someone in my network who might be interested in this community course and/or willing to share it with others who might be interested.

Friends of Crime Prevention, with the support of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, will offer its very first Community Course. This course was developed by a creative and rambunctious group of Friends of Crime Prevention so you know it’s going to be good! Several Friends will be part of the course facilitation.

Not sure what Friends of Crime Prevention is? Only one of the best networks in Waterloo Region… If you haven’t signed up as a Friend, make it right… Sign up and Become A Friend!

Please share this information with your networks. Many thanks, in advance.

Crime prevention is more than just locking your doors at night and sending people to jail. To address the roots of crime, we’ll have to go deeper, reframe and make some shifts.

In order to create truly safer, healthier communities we need to mobilize a wide range of people — from neighbours and community groups to municipal leaders and large institutions.

That includes you. And we’re pleased to offer our very first community course Reframing Crime Justice Prevention: A Community Course that will help our community make the shift.

About the Course: Reframing Crime, Justice & Prevention

This course is for Friends of Crime Prevention and any community member who is open to looking beyond the accepted status quo, thinking critically about these issues and willing to examine issues from every possible perspective – maybe even some perspectives with which you would disagree.

Every Thursday:
26 October — 7 December 2017
6:30pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Community Justice Initiatives & Kitchener Public Library
Queen Street North, Downtown Kitchener

Learn More About The Course & How To Register

In an active learning environment, we’ll examine questions like:

  • What if we could change things about our society that would prevent crime before it happens?
  • What cultural, political or social structures impede us from creating a safer community?
  • How might addressing the roots of crime resolve social issues?
  • Can we shift our understanding of the relationship between crime, justice and prevention?

Course Methods and Activities

As a group, you will co-create learning through an interdisciplinary examination of issues using experiential activities. Learning activities may include: group conversations, circle discussions, case studies, problem-solving exercises, guest facilitators, interactive activities, and possibly a field trip. At the end of the course, the group will collaborate on a project that articulates your learning journey. The project will be presented to the community at a “porch chat” type event in Winter 2018.

Who Can Participate?

This course is for Friends of Crime Prevention and community members who are open to thinking critically about crime, prevention, and justice from many different perspectives.

For the first voyage of this course, we are accepting up to 10 participants and we ask that you are able to commit to full 7 weeks + Winter 2018 event.


Juanita Metzger
Community Engagement Coordinator
Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council
73 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1
Phone: +1-519-575-4400;ext=3548
Mobile: +1-519-502-0825
Email: jmetzger@regionofwaterloo.ca
Website: http://www.preventingcrime.ca/

Are you a Friend of Crime Prevention? Join today

Facebook: Crime Prevention Council

Twitter: @PreventingCrime

YouTube: WR Crime Prevention Council

Nov
17
Fri
2017
Research Talks: Transformative Governance on an Urban Planet with Sarah Burch @ DC
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What are the key ingredients to effective sustainability governance in cities? How can initiatives led by cities emerge as crucial actors in the complex transformation toward more sustainable development?

Professor Sarah Burch will speak about the complex constellation of actors, policy initiatives, socio-economic and political pressures as well as technological innovations that inform pathways to sustainability in cities and mitigate climate change.

Light refreshments will be provided but feel free to bring your lunch.

Free, please register

Science HeForShe Panel Discussion: Negotiation @ QNC
Nov 17 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join us for a Faculty of Science HeForShe panel discussion on Negotiation.

Regardless of what position you have applied for, chances are you will enter some form of negotiation if you are successful. But how can you effectively negotiate for equitable pay, benefits, and other position-specific items? 

Featuring panelist Emanuela Heyninck, Commissioner, Ontario Pay Equity Commission, will provide background on systemic gender compensation issues, the Commissioner’s role in advocating for equal pay and the research surrounding negotiation issues.

Fellow panelists will provide perspectives on negotiation strategies specific to 

faculty positions (Prof. Bill Power, Chair, Department of Chemistry),
tuniversity staff positions (Saja Al-Biladi, Employee Career Advisor, Centre for Career Action) and
tbusiness positions (Dr. Jean Richardson, Director, Science and Business Program)

by highlighting how to approach negotiations, compensation packages, what can and cannot be negotiated for, and what support may be available to you when preparing for negotiations.

This event is open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.

Science HeForShe Panel Discussion: Negotiation | Science | University of Waterloo

Nov
18
Sat
2017
Food Not Bombs! Servings
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Share a meal. Start a conversation. All welcome at Food Not Bombs Kitchener’s Saturday servings!

Where does this happen?

The serving happens at 1:30 every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall (200 King St W.). Before that, we cook our soup at the Working Centre, which is located at 58 Queen St S. (just a few blocks away). Our leftover produce and soup is then driven to the House of Friendship in downtown Kitchener.

How can I help?

We are always in need of volunteers to help us cook, people with access to cars who can drive produce and soup to and fro, friendly folks who want to dish out soup and, last but not least, people to help with the clean-up.

You can read a complete description of the different jobs available here: http://wpirg.org/action-groups/food-not-bombs/how-to-help/. If any of them sound good to you, sign up for our mailing list here: http://lists.wpirg.org/mailman/listinfo/fnb_lists.wpirg.org. We’re a friendly bunch- send out an e-mail introducing yourself and we’ll be happy to help you get started.

Who donates food?

We get the majority of our produce from Central Fresh Market- they give us the vegetables that aren’t pretty enough to sell or that they’ve overstocked. We also get donations of produce from Full Circle Foods and donations of loaves and buns from Grainharvest Breadhouse.

Why does Food Not Bombs do what it does?

Because food is a right, not a privilege. Because when we are hungry, we have the right to get what we need. Because poverty is a form of violence neither necessary nor natural. Because capitalism makes food a source of profit, not a source of nutrition. Because food does grow on trees. Because we need community, not control. Because we need homes, not jails. Because we need FOOD NOT BOMBS!

Nov
19
Sun
2017
Trans Day of Remembrance @ Treehaus
Nov 19 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Trans Day of Remembrance poster

On Monday November 20th, International Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed both locally and globally. In recognition of this important and heavy day of visibility highlighting trans/gender variant realities, community partners are collaborating to hold some events for our communities.

The locations, times, and details of each event ARE NOW POSTED! Please save the dates, share and send to your circles!

1. Sunday November 19th: closed healing space for trans/gender variant and any non-cisgender person at Plan B Co-operative. Details: Trans Day of Resistance – Justice, Survival & Healing | Facebook

2. Sunday November 19th: open-mic and performance highlighting trans/gender variant art and artistry with KW Poetry Slam. Details: Trans/Gender Variant Art and Artistry Night with KWPS | Facebook

3. Monday November 20th: community Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil. Details: Transgender Day of Remembrance: Justice, Survival & Resistance | Facebook

There will be beverages, art materials, childcare and bus tickets available at each event. To get involved, volunteer, or learn more please contact ethan@planbcoopkw.com.

These events are made possible with the contributions of active and caring folks within the Region of Waterloo.

We would like to acknowledge the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples territory which Kitchener-Waterloo currently resides. As trans and gender variant community members, we must be mindful of the ways in which our liberation is tied up within the context of ongoing colonization. Colonization is not in the past, colonialism is a current and ongoing process. As visitors on Turtle Island, we strive to foster positive relationships while challenging destructive ones.

In solidarity.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (Master Page) | Facebook

Festival of Neighbourhoods 2017 Celebration @ Kitchener City Hall
Nov 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Next year, we will be marking a quarter of a century together Kitchener! We invite everyone to this year’s Celebration to mark the finale of another successful year and to recognize everyone who hosted inclusive neighbourhood gatherings. We will welcome eleven neighbourhoods who registered this year for the first time and learn from those who have been registering for the five last years or longer! Join us on November 19th, at Kitchener City Hall from 1pm-3pm. Together, we will REACH! into the new year and bring our neighbours closer together.

Sponsors

24th Festival of Neighbourhoods Celebration | Social Development Centre Waterloo Region


September E-NeighbourJoin us at the 2017 Celebration at Kitchener City Hall on November 19th from 1pm to 3pm to find outhow neighbours came together this year, to learn from each other’s experience and be inspired by those who take action to improve their neighbourhoods. Remember to register your inclusive neighbourhood gatherings for a ballot at the Festival Celebration draw for one of two $20,000 neighbourhood improvement grants from the City of Kitchener. Find out more in September E-Neighbour edition (PDF, 232 kBytes).

Festival of Neighbourhoods 2017 Celebration | Social Development Centre Waterloo Region