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Feb
25
Mon
2019
AVP Community Workshop @ Unity Kitchener
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We at Alternative Vision for Peace are excited to announce that we will be holding a community basic level workshop starting in January. The workshop, called “Shifting Perspectives” represents the first level of training for the Alternatives to Violence Project. We are always looking for persons such as yourself to grow our facilitator base so we hope to have you on board. And, of course, we would love to have you participate even if you decide not to go further.

Our workshops are experiential—no boring lectures! They are for everyone exploring how violence impacts their lives and learning skills in conflict resolution (personal and professional).

The six sessions of the workshop are scheduled as follows:

Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4 from 6:30-9:30 pm

Location: Unity Kitchener, 2631 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

The cost for the six sessions is $90; however, there is an early-bird fee of $75 for registrations received by January 7th. Bursaries are also available where there is a need.

A copy of our workshop flyer is below to give you more information on the workshop. Please feel free to pass this information along to those who have a heart for this work or may benefit from the experience.

Best wishes,
Jean Herzog,
Coordinator

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES WORKSHOP

Positive Practical Powerful

Expect the best | Respect for self | Transforming Power | Caring for others | Ask for a nonviolent path | Think before reacting

Dates — Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4, 2019 (day may change for Family Day)
Time — 6.30 – 9.30 pm
Location — Unity Kitchener,
2631 Kingsway Drive,
Kitchener.

Cost — $90 for the six sessions
Early Bird by Jan. 7 – $75
(Bursaries are available)

Who Should Attend? Anyone who wishes to communicate more effectively, be more confident, improve self-esteem and sense of self-worth, widen circle of friends, have fun and laugh!

Check out the video of those who have made changes in their lives: www.avpkw.ca

This Experiential Workshop allows you to:

  • Learn how simple, everyday actions impact our lives
  • Shift from focusing on problems to promoting strengths
  • Explore creative ways to experience harmony in daily life
  • Experience time-proven exercises to develop skills for peaceful conflict resolution
  • Draw on that creative spirit which dwells within each person to transform our circumstances
  • Experience fun, laughter and time for reflection

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

avp-kw@hotmail.com

TO REGISTER:

unitykitchener@gmail.com

or call Unity: +1-519-894-0810

SPACE IS LIMITED

Presented by AVP

Facilitators and participants are volunteers from all walks of life. Our fundamental belief is that there is a power for peace and good in everyone, and that this power has the ability to transform relationships.

Community discussion on Safe Injection Site @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A bowl with safe injection paraphernelia: syringe, tourniquet, alcohol wipe

Join local and national Harm Reduction experts as we talk about the struggle for harm reduction and what we can do to deal with addictions and problems arising from drug use in our community.

Community discussion on Safe Injection Site | Facebook

Feb
26
Tue
2019
Roundtable Discussions for Clarification of Thought — @WorkingCentre @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Feb 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Weaving Ecology | A year exploring the intricacies of living within our limits

Every Tuesday The Working Centre logoThe Working Centre holds a roundtable discussion on various topics:

  • 5 February 2019: Inhabit Place
  • 12 February 2019: Expand Community
  • 19 February 2019: Use Tools Wisely
  • 26 February 2019: Honour the Indigenous Worldview

It’s free, so please drop in and chat a while.

Also supported by the Waterloo School for Community Development

Feb
27
Wed
2019
The Eco Market Pitch Competition, February 27th Kitchener Public Library @ Kitchener Public Library - Central
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm

Join us on February 27th for The Eco Market Pitch Competition, in collaboration with Social Enterprise Southwest and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre. Watch and support 8 green or social entrepreneurs as they pitch their business!

100% of each ticket sold will be donated to the top 3 prize winners. Sign up to support the small businesses and innovators in our community! Interested in supporting them with more than the $10 donation with this ticket? Consider donating to our Go Fund Me page, where we’re raising more money for the prize winners. Interested in sponsoring this event with cash or in-kind prizes? Please contact us at info@theecomarket.org. Check out some of our amazing sponsors for the finalist prizes below!

Judges: Donnique Williams from Reep Green Solutions, Nicole McCallum from the Waterloo Region Environment Network, Pragya Dawadi from the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, Jennifer Novakovich from The Eco Market, the audience!

MC for the evening: Jennifer Lyon from The Eco Market and Jenny Does Stuff

Timeline for the night:

5:30 pm Registration

6:10-7:40 pm Pitch starts

7:40 – 8:30 Networking

Location: Kitchener Public Library

Nith Valley Ecoboosters Monthly Meeting
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nith Valley Ecoboosters The Nith Valley Ecoboosters are committed to achieving and supporting a long-term healthy environment in Wilmot and Wellesley Townships through

  • education
  • action
  • and collaboration.

Please join us

7:00pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

For more information,
Contact: +1-519-662-9372
E-mail: nvecoboosters@gmail.com

Feb
28
Thu
2019
Wet’suwet’en Fundraiser: “Fractured Land” Screening @ Alumni Hall, St Paul's University College, University of Waterloo
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a film night and silent auction fundraiser for the Wet’suwet’en legal fund.

We will be screening “Fractured Land,” a film by Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis, where they follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom. See more: http://www.fracturedland.com/

Location: Alumni Hall, St Paul’s University College, University of Waterloo. Enter off of Westmount rd.

$10-$20 door (cash only)
We will accept cash, cheque, or e-transfer for silent auction payment.
All are welcome!
All donations welcome!

Wheelchair accessible
Gender neutral washrooms

If you have items to donate for the silent auction or wish to opt out of donations, send KW Shut It Down a direct message.

For on the ground updates visit http://unistoten.camp/ AND https://www.facebook.com/wetsuwetenstrong/

If you are unable to make it out to this event, please still donate online:
https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/unistoten-camp-legal-fund
https://www.gofundme.com/gitdumt039en-access-point

Wishlist / Needslist

The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have by absolutely no means agreed to let the Coastal GasLink pipeline tear through our traditional territories.

On January 7th at the Gidumt’en access point, the RCMP used excessive and brutal force. We expected a large response, we did not expect a military level invasion where our unarmed women and elders were faced with automatic weapons and bulldozers.”

We stand as witnesses to this historic moment when the federal and provincial governments, RCMP, and Coastal GasLink/Transcanada are openly violating Wet’suwet’en, Canadian law, and international law.

Coastal GasLink/Transcanada is proposing a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Dawson Creek, B.C. to the coastal town of Kitimat, where LNG Canada’s processing plant would be located. LNG Canada is the single largest private investment in Canadian history.

Each clan within the Wet’suwet’en Nation have full jurisdiction under their law to control access to their territory. Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law) all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals and have not provided free, prior, and informed consent to Coastal Gaslink/ TransCanada to do work on Wet’suwet’en lands.

Mirrored from the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2218857111688779/

Mar
1
Fri
2019
#FridaysForFuture Climate Strike @ Waterloo City Hall
Mar 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Greta Thunberg in front of a crowd of people

This event is dedicated to building a youth voice to speak up for climate action in solidarity with Greta Thunberg and other young people across the world.

Join us on FRIDAY, MARCH 1st from 12.30 to 1:30pm (and Friday, March 15th in solidarity with a worldwide climate strike) outside of MP Bardish Chagger’s office / Waterloo City Hall at 100 Regina Street in Uptown Waterloo. Map The focus will be on youth, but all are welcome.

Kitchener-Waterloo Climate Save, RISE for Climate Waterloo, Divest Waterloo, and the local chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and 350.org would like to facilitate and support youth climate strikes in our region … for their future.

This event will be held the 1st Friday of every month.
Upcoming Schedule:
March 1st
March 15th
April 5th
May 3rd

Fridays for Future Climate Strike: Kitchener-Waterloo | Facebook

Mar
2
Sat
2019
Stretch your Energy Budget | Today’s Heat Pumps @ Evolv1
Mar 2 @ 1:30 pm

Have you heard of an air source heat pump (ASHP)? The ASHP is now one of the most efficient ways to heat a home. The technology has been around for a long time but most people don’t realize it’s an option for them.

Join us at Evolv1, Canada’s first net-positive energy multi-tenant building, for our workshop on air source heat pumps! The performance reliability and efficiency of the technology makes an air source heat pump an attractive option for homeowners. A local system installer will explain how the ASHP functions, and the potential benefits to installing the system. Any technical questions you may have will be answered by an industry expert!

Learn about the various system designs and receive expert advice on which ASHP model will be best suited for your home. If you’re a homeowner or landlord in Waterloo Region, you’re also invited to take part in a short study examining consumer interest in installing the ASHP. Participation in the study is voluntary, and you are welcome to attend the workshop without taking part in the study.

Agenda:

Presentation | 1:30 p.m.

Q&A | 2:15 p.m.

Optional Survey & Light Refreshments | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m

Mar
4
Mon
2019
AVP Community Workshop @ Unity Kitchener
Mar 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We at Alternative Vision for Peace are excited to announce that we will be holding a community basic level workshop starting in January. The workshop, called “Shifting Perspectives” represents the first level of training for the Alternatives to Violence Project. We are always looking for persons such as yourself to grow our facilitator base so we hope to have you on board. And, of course, we would love to have you participate even if you decide not to go further.

Our workshops are experiential—no boring lectures! They are for everyone exploring how violence impacts their lives and learning skills in conflict resolution (personal and professional).

The six sessions of the workshop are scheduled as follows:

Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4 from 6:30-9:30 pm

Location: Unity Kitchener, 2631 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

The cost for the six sessions is $90; however, there is an early-bird fee of $75 for registrations received by January 7th. Bursaries are also available where there is a need.

A copy of our workshop flyer is below to give you more information on the workshop. Please feel free to pass this information along to those who have a heart for this work or may benefit from the experience.

Best wishes,
Jean Herzog,
Coordinator

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES WORKSHOP

Positive Practical Powerful

Expect the best | Respect for self | Transforming Power | Caring for others | Ask for a nonviolent path | Think before reacting

Dates — Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4, 2019 (day may change for Family Day)
Time — 6.30 – 9.30 pm
Location — Unity Kitchener,
2631 Kingsway Drive,
Kitchener.

Cost — $90 for the six sessions
Early Bird by Jan. 7 – $75
(Bursaries are available)

Who Should Attend? Anyone who wishes to communicate more effectively, be more confident, improve self-esteem and sense of self-worth, widen circle of friends, have fun and laugh!

Check out the video of those who have made changes in their lives: www.avpkw.ca

This Experiential Workshop allows you to:

  • Learn how simple, everyday actions impact our lives
  • Shift from focusing on problems to promoting strengths
  • Explore creative ways to experience harmony in daily life
  • Experience time-proven exercises to develop skills for peaceful conflict resolution
  • Draw on that creative spirit which dwells within each person to transform our circumstances
  • Experience fun, laughter and time for reflection

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

avp-kw@hotmail.com

TO REGISTER:

unitykitchener@gmail.com

or call Unity: +1-519-894-0810

SPACE IS LIMITED

Presented by AVP

Facilitators and participants are volunteers from all walks of life. Our fundamental belief is that there is a power for peace and good in everyone, and that this power has the ability to transform relationships.

Metrolinx Town Hall @ Communitech, The Tannery
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

People and transit vehicles Ask Metrolinx Town Halls are your opportunity to ask our leadership questions about Metrolinx services, regional transit planning and anything top of mind for you. While we field your questions at the town hall, questions can be submitted online in advance and voted on, or during the event via livestream.

Join CEO Phil Verster and our Senior Management Team members in-person or online for Metrolinx’s management Town Hall.

Location: Communitech, The Tannery, 151 Charles Street, #100, Kitchener, ON N2G 1H6 Map

Ask Metrolinx | Metrolinx Engage

Mar
6
Wed
2019
WLU-FSW Social Work Week 2019 @ Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join the Manulife Center for Community Health Research and the Social Innovation Research Group in our celebration in commemoration of Social Work Week.

5:30pm – Free pizza will be served

6:00pm – “Streetheart” theater production by Zaagi’idiwin Collective

7:00pm – Jim Mulvale keynote, “Basic Income- A Necessary Piece of an Innovative Strategy to Eliminate Poverty in Canada”

7:30pm – Panel, “Innovations in Addressing Poverty for Older Adults”

8:30-9:00pm – Networking


From Basic Income Waterloo Region on Facebook:

Mar
7
Thu
2019
Climate Emergency Planning Meeting @ Grand River Unitarian Church
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location change! The Climate Emergency Planning Meeting will now take place at the Grand River Unitarian Church 299 Sydney Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map

Thanks so much for coming out in such great numbers that we need to find this bigger venue!

Laura from Divest Waterloo logoDivest Waterloo writes:

Good sunny morning 🙂

I’m writing to all of you to see if you are interested in working with a coalition of climate focused groups to call on our municipal government to declare a Climate Emergency. As you likely know, municipalities have been doing this around the world, and this wave is starting to catch on in Canada notably with Vancouver and Halifax.

If you are wondering if this is a good use of your time, check out this short interview that aired on PBS earlier this week.

Please plan to join in our local conversation to begin to plan for how we achieve such a declaration in our Region this Thursday, March 7th at 7pm at the Queen Street Commons Cafe. Please let me know if you are interested and planning on attending, and if you can’t make it Thursday but want to join us next time, let me know that too 🙂

Please extend this invitation to others you know who would like to organize on this – and ask them to RSVP as well. If our group is too large for the Commons. I will find us a more suitable space – so please stay in touch!

In peace and with gratitude for all of the good work that you do in our community!

laura

laura@divestwaterloo.ca

Mar
8
Fri
2019
Social Work Week Celebration @ Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
Mar 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

11:30am – Free cake and pizza!

12:00n – Community Social Justice Awards

12:15pm – Keynote by Dr. Jennifer Poole: “Duty to Disobey: Resisting Colonial Codes of Conduct to Build Community and Stop Sanism”


From Basic Income Waterloo Region on Facebook:

Mar
9
Sat
2019
Seedy Saturday @ rare Charitable Research Reserve
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am

Our Seedy Saturday will be a fun, free event where you can swap and exchange seeds! You’ll meet fellow gardeners and find exciting seed varieties that other seed savers are sharing. We encourage attendance whether you are a first-time gardener or a seasoned expert.

Doors will be open from 10:00 a.m until noon.

Please bring small, well-marked packets of vegetable, herb, and native seeds. If you don’t have any seeds to contribute to the exchange, come anyway! Some people will simply share their seeds and the interesting stories that come with them.

Enjoy light refreshments.

For more information, contact:

rare’s Gardens Coordinator at taryn.jarvis@raresites.org or (519) 650-9336 ext 115

or rare’s Conservation Technician at Alissa.fraser@raresites.org (519) 650-9336 ext 114

 

This event is FREE!

Mar
11
Mon
2019
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Mar 11 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

We are an alliance of individuals from a variety of economic and social situations who strive to end poverty within our society by:

  • practicing solidarity between those who have enough and those who do not have enough
  • learning from one another through experience, reflection, and action
  • applying direct political pressure to all three levels of government
  • a personal commitment to group values and actions
Small Groups Networking Meeting hosted by @SPCofKW @ St. John The Evangelist Church
Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Making It Easier | Community Groups are the heart of our community | Civic society, social justice, environmental, neighbourhood assoications, professional associations, ethnocultural groups; all contribute to a rich community life

Civic Hub is a collaborative and inclusive space where grassroots action and advocacy is anchored, where faces go with names, and where energy and ideas are activated. RSVP March 11, 6:30pm at St John Church to sharpen our vision & structure.

RSVP at admin@waterlooregion.org

Waterloo Region Health Coalition monthly meeting @ Heather Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Waterloo Region Health Coalition is the local chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition | Protecting Public HealthOntario Health Coalition. The chapter meets on the second Monday of every month, except on holidays, when the meeting is on the first Monday of that month.

Meetings are held in the Heather Room of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen Street North, Kitchener. Map

Contact:
Jim Stewart <jim.stewartgo@gmail.com> or +1-519-588-5841
Riani de Wet <dewetriani@gmail.com> or +1-226-606-1623

Mar
12
Tue
2019
CAN STUDENTS LEAD A SUSTAINABLE, ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE? @ University of Waterloo @ 200 University Avenue West, EV3
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm

As students with busy schedules, we often choose convenience over sustainability. This lifestyle can adversely impact the environment, especially in today’s changing climate.

How can we lead a sustainable lifestyle as busy students? Join us in this talk to learn the tips and tricks on how students can lead a sustainable or zero waste lifestyle for a better future!

Two students who are experts in the sustainable student lifestyle will share their experiences and perspectives. Representatives from the UW Sustainable Office will also be present to talk about the programs available for students who want to live sustainably and listen to your ideas!

There will be free refreshments and chance to win a prize generously donated by Zero Waste Bulk!

 

Important note: Registration is required

 

Agenda

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Speaker presentations

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Panel discussion/Q&A

 

https://reepgreen.ca/event/can-students-lead-a-sustainable-zero-waste-lifestyle/

Lenten potluck & Film Series – Beyond Crisis @ Trinity United Church
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm

Join us for the first in our film series about climate change, throughout Lent. Bring a meatless dish for the potluck and watch the film with us. Kai, the filmmaker, or a member of Transition KW will be available for a Q+A following the film.

A small team of filmmakers came together to film the historic 2014 People’s Climate March in New York. Shortly following the march, the team incorporated as Toronto PCM (“People’s Climate March”), and Beyond Crisis became reality.

Beyond Crisis is an in-depth, immersive way to explore global climate change and its solutions with your community. The film is designed to support a wide range of highly memorable experiences of climate engagement worldwide, to accelerate the cultural shift that we need towards more sustainable societies and climate solutions.

While a wide range of talented artists and film professionals contributed to Beyond Crisis, it was carried to completion largely by volunteer efforts, with artist-director Kai Reimer-Watts leading the project. The film is a story generated with community, for community, and is shared with all those who inspire it as a tool for community engagement and action.

 

https://www.trinityunitedkw.ca/events?view=calendar&month=03-2019

Mar
14
Thu
2019
Elmira Public Library presents: Live and Learn Series – Climate Action @ Elmira Public Library
Mar 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Elmira Public Library presents: Live and Learn Series – Climate Action

Location: Elmira Branch, Waterloo Regional Library System

Address:
65 Arthur St. South, Elmira ON, N3B 2M6

Event Details:
Attend this informative session where you can participate in discussions and get questions answered. Registration required.

Thursday, March 14 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Climate Action in Waterloo Region: What is our local progress and what are the plans for the future?

Presented by Katarina Milicic, ClimateActionWR

Additional Details:
Wheelchair Accessible

Live and Learn Series – Climate Action – Registration

Mar
15
Fri
2019
#FridaysForFuture Climate Strike @ Waterloo City Hall
Mar 15 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Greta Thunberg in front of a crowd of people

This event is dedicated to building a youth voice to speak up for climate action in solidarity with Greta Thunberg and other young people across the world.

Join us on FRIDAY, MARCH 1st from 12.30 to 1:30pm (and Friday, March 15th in solidarity with a worldwide climate strike) outside of MP Bardish Chagger’s office / Waterloo City Hall at 100 Regina Street in Uptown Waterloo. Map The focus will be on youth, but all are welcome.

Kitchener-Waterloo Climate Save, RISE for Climate Waterloo, Divest Waterloo, and the local chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and 350.org would like to facilitate and support youth climate strikes in our region … for their future.

This event will be held the 1st Friday of every month.
Upcoming Schedule:
March 1st
March 15th
April 5th
May 3rd

Fridays for Future Climate Strike: Kitchener-Waterloo | Facebook

Mar
16
Sat
2019
Global Solutions Conference
Mar 16 @ 8:30 am
A one-day conference to showcase different pathways to achieve sustainable development and promote collaboration through the UN SDGs

About this Event

Through a keynote presentation, panel of experts, and interactive workshops, the event aims to equip you with a deeper understanding of sustainable development and the transformative power it can have in making a positive impact in the communities we live in.

Context on the SDGs

On September 25th, 2015, 193 countries unanimously adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Headquarters by framing their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. With the objective of stimulating action to tackle the world’s most pressing and challenging issues, the SDGs are of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

Conference Structure

8:30 AM | Breakfast, Registration, Networking

9:30 AM | Opening Ceremony

10:00 AM | Keynote and Q&A

10:45 AM | Audience Engagement Activity

11:00 AM | Panel Discussion and Q&A

12:00 PM | Lunch

1:00 PM | Workshop Part 1

2:00 PM | Booth Fair and Refreshments

2:45 PM | Workshop Part 2

3:45 PM | Workshop Report Back and Pitch

4:30 PM | Closing Ceremony

Breakout Sessions

Workshop 1 | Policy Jam

Recently, Canada submitted its Voluntary National Review to the United Nations on the country’s progress implementing the SDGs. A new body within the government has also been created to report on these goals and further provide support. However, is Canada making progress across the 17 SDGs? What discrepancies exist within our societies and how can support from the federal to provincial government be lent to the public to support grassroots efforts?

This session will focus on gathering ideas, feedback and recommendations on how the government can meaningfully work with organizations and individuals. The information and comments will be documented and forwarded to the Canadian government to assist in their development of a national strategy on the SDGs.

Workshop 2 | Bridging Gaps in our Local Networks and Beyond

The Canadian branch of the worldwide Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) recently became home to the University of Waterloo in May 2018 to highlight and connect the various sustainability projects across the country. SDSN Youth representatives will facilitate a discussion on how you can be a part of the leading projects and initiatives stemming from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Discussion will be geared towards understanding the effectiveness and identifying gaps in these models. You will have the chance to provide suggestions and feedback on how universities can better empower and interact with youth. These comments and takeaways will lead to improving and supporting student engagement through SDSN and beyond.

Workshop 3 | Taking it to the United Nations

Have you ever wanted to visit the United Nations Headquarters, or participate in the General Assembly? Are you curious about what goes on behind the scenes of global climate accords like the Paris Agreement?

Through this workshop, you will learn about the platforms and resources available to engage with the UN. Insight will also be shared on how global strategies and high-level policies are developed and implemented. With a better understanding of these processes, you will then learn about the various opportunities and steps you can take to meaningfully contribute to these efforts.

Workshop 4 | Civic Engagement in Waterloo Region

How can we engage with municipalities in sustainable development? In what ways can we ensure that students and community members are able to voice out their opinions to policy-makers in Waterloo Region?

This session will expose you to the structures and systems that govern the Waterloo-Kitchener community. A city official will share their knowledge on the objectives, values and strategies that outline how city projects are approached, developed, and measured. Through dialogue on city programs and policies, you will gain an understanding of the most impactful ways to engage with the local community to achieve positive change.

Workshop 5 | What is Sustainability?

The word sustainability is often associated with the field of environment, but in practice, sustainability encompasses all facets of both local and global development.

This workshop introduces the key concepts, debates, and approaches to sustainability. Why is eliminating global poverty an essential aspect of sustainability? What would a carbon neutral city look like? You will explore the key dimensions of the world’s socio-ecological crisis as well as solutions driven by technology, economic markets, and civil society. The broad scope of sustainability is showcased through an interactive challenge you will take-up during the session. The workshop will conclude by exploring key political strategies and tactics for bringing about social change and discuss next steps for integrating sustainability into your program of study and extra-curricular engagement.

Workshop 6 | Solving Problems using Systems and Design Thinking

Are you driven by the desire to tackle complex problems? If you answered yes, join Engineers Without Borders in their workshop on design and systems thinking. Learn how to approach and develop solutions to real life issues through concepts shared in this workshop. The session hosts will introduce a guest speaker with experience from the United Nations who will provide an overview of the methods used by experts to address the root causes of issues. You will gain the know-how to efficiently approach and analyze the issues that surround everyday life.

Workshop 7 | Inspiring Change through Art and Communication

Art and media are important tools in bringing attention to emerging issues and current events around the world. Whether through photography, film or visual art, these mediums are powerful forms of expression. The workshop will showcase how art can be used as a powerful channel for advocacy and education. The session will enable you to effectively capture and communicate your passion through an artistic lens. Different projects will be featured and you will have a chance to learn about ways to leverage media to raise awareness of issues from diverse perspectives.

Mar
20
Wed
2019
Power Of Many – Waterloo Region @ ETFO Waterloo
Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Ontario Federation of Labour | Power Of Many | Waterloo Regional Activation meeting
Register for the Waterloo Region Power of Many: Activation Meeting

Under the Doug Ford government, there is a lot at stake for labour and communities throughout Ontario.

Labour and community allies must be at the forefront of the Ford Resistance.

On Wednesday, March 20th, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Waterloo Regional Labour Council are hosting a Regional Activation Meeting in Kitchener. We are inviting all labour and community activists and leaders across the Waterloo Region, including Guelph and Stratford.

Whether we are fighting for decent work, in support of public education, against cuts and the privatization of public services, or to standing against hate, labour’s vibrancy and activism remain critical to protecting and advancing collective bargaining rights, public services and social justice.

We have fought and won before. We will do it again. Let’s get organized to win!

The regional activation meeting will:

  • Lay out what is at stake for Ontario in the coming months and years.
  • Introduce a member-to-member campaign that allows for stronger communication with rank-and-file members.
  • Launch a provincial-wide rapid response network to coordinate local fightback efforts.
  • Build and set a plan of action through resistance with community allies over the next several months.
  • Identify where and how we increase capacity, support, and infrastructure for the fightback.
  • Identify what tools are required to build our fightback network and escalate our actions.

Local union presidents, executive members, local equity and political action committees, shop stewards, activists, key decision-makers and leaders in your community are invited to attend. OFL officers and CLC staff will be in attendance.

See this event on Facebook.

 

WHEN

March 20, 2019 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm

WHERE

ETFO Waterloo
610 Wabanaki Dr
Kitchener, ON N2C 2K4
Canada

CONTACT

Kelly Dick · president@wrlc.ca

Google map and directions

Waterloo Region Power of Many: Regional Activation Meeting – Events: Ontario Federation of Labour

CANCELLED: Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is to remind you that we will NOT be meeting this evening so that those who wish to can attend the Waterloo Regional Labour Council activation meeting, details of which can be found at https://www.oflevents.ca/waterloo_region_power_of_many_regional_activation_meeting Our monthly meetings may resume in April or May. Notices and agendas will be sent in advance.

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.

Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story @ Zion United Church
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where is your food going? Just Eat It
Nith Valley EcoboostersThe Nith Valley Ecoboosters are please to present an event about food waste. Recent media attention has focused on the amount of food that is wasted each year in Canada. Join us on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Zion United Church, 215 Peel St., New Hamburg (Map) to view the film “Just Eat It – A food waste story” and hear from 3 expert panelists who will share their thoughts on this issue.

The panelists include Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer, the director of the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University; Dr. Mike von Massow, the OAC Chair in Food System Leadership at University of Guelph; and Jennifer Pfenning, Director of Human Resources and Marketing, Pfenning’s Organic Farms, New Hamburg. Following the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

This event is free but registration is required. To register, use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-eat-it-film-screening-and-panel-discussion-tickets-53254237859

For more information, email nvecoboosters@gmailcom