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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

Mar
21
Thu
2019
UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Mar 21 all-day

United Nations Flag
Flag of the United Nations
The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed every year on 21 March.

From the Background information:

On 21 March 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)) (PDF, 177 kBytes).

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) (PDF, 371 kBytes). On that 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.

Since then, the apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled. Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and we have built an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Convention is now nearing universal ratification, yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings.

UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination @ Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Mar 21 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 pm

Silent/Silenced | Niemoller's poem "In Germany, the Nazis came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist..."

Join us for CROSS CULTURES magazine’s

18th annual commemoration of the

UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

for the entire Waterloo Region

Open to everyone!

at Kitchener City Hall

  • we start with indigenous prayer, O Canada and greetings from dignitaries
  • morning – focus on students from public, Catholic and private schools
  • afternoon – open interactive roundtable and panel discussions, documentaries
    • the meaning of being indigenous to a land
    • what is race? why racism?
    • youth identity
    • open for more suggestions and speakers
  • evening – peace concert and arts and culture extravaganza

Open invitation to all artists . . . music, drama, spoken word / poetry, dance, visual … and crafts, fashion show ???

Full details at 2019 U N International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – Cross Cultures

CROSS CULTURES has been working on a MUTUAL RESPECT campaign

and last year we unveiled the prototype for what we hope will be completed by March 21st for a monument to be placed at the clock tower entrance of Victoria Park ..

This event is always a work in progress, and we would love to hear from you !

Gehan


Gehan D. Sabry
Editor / Publisher
Cross Cultures magazine (since 1991)
POB 20002 Kitchener ON N2P 2B4
email: crosscultures@bellnet.ca
www.crosscultures.ca

Canada’s Climate Adaptation Gap: Reducing Flood Risk (RCI Talks) @ WPL - McCormick Branch
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm

The Royal Canadian Institute for Science returns to WPL with its RCI Talks series. The final talk in the winter 2019 series is:

Canada’s Climate Adaptation Gap: Reducing Flood Risk

Thursday, March 21
7:00pm to 8:30pm
McCormick Branch
Register online with Eventbrite

How can we tackle climate adaptation in Canada? Dana Decent will outline current efforts at the Intact Centre to 1) improve community resiliency through flood-resilient community design standards, and to 2) reduce homeowner risk through the Home Flood Protection Program and home inspector training on flood risk. Finally, she will share new research on the mental health impacts of flooding based on 100 interviews she conducted with homeowners in flood-impacted neighbourhoods, and how this research has galvanized new partners to engage in climate adaptation efforts in the country.

Dana Decent has worked in sustainable business operations, reporting and research across corporate, government and non-profit sectors including roles with Sun Life Financial and Green Economy Canada (formerly Sustainability CoLab). Dana manages the Intact Centre’s operational functions, leads research projects, and provides research support for the Centre’s team members. Her current research focuses on the mental health impacts of flooding. She is the recipient of Corporate Knights’ Top 30 Under 30 (2016), St. Paul’s Young Alumni Award (2016), and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Leader of the Year (2018).

 

https://www.wpl.ca/rci_talks_2019

Mar
23
Sat
2019
FIRST STEPS TO IMPROVING YOUR HOME @ Reep Green Solutions House
Mar 23 @ 1:30 pm

What can easily be improved/renovated when first buying a home? Buying a home can be a overwhelming experience, even if you’ve bought one before. Let our Home Energy Coach guide you in renovations and improvements that you can do right now to make your home more comfortable and money-saving. Get some ideas of what works and what the most cost-effective methods for your home are.

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:00 p.m.

Reep Open House & Full Tour: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

SEED SAVING WITH BOB WILDFONG FROM SEEDS OF DIVERSITY CANADA @ Idea Exchange - Preston
Mar 23 @ 2:30 pm

Learn how to save your own flower, vegetable, and herb seeds. Bob Wildfong, Horticultural Specialist at the Region of Waterloo Museums and Executive Director of Seeds of Diversity Canada, will lead you through all the steps of harvesting, drying, and storing seeds for successful home seed saving.

 

https://ideaexchange.org/programs/event/seed-saving-bob-wildfong-seeds-diversity-canada

Mar
26
Tue
2019
Waterloo Region Health Coalition @Health_Region – Town Hall Meeting @ Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Waterloo Region Health CoalitionThe Ford government is embarking on the most radical restructuring of our Public Health Care system in Ontario’s history.

Plan to join us at our Town Hall Meeting on March 26th at the Rotunda in the Kitchener City Hall at 7pm to learn more about these plans, the implications for health care in Waterloo Region, and what we can do about this. Natalie Mehra, the Executive Director, of the Ontario Health Coalition will be our Keynote Speaker on the implications of this restructuring. A thoughtful panel discussion will follow with Dr. Heather Whiteside and Dr. Craig Janes speaking on privatization and public healthcare.

Registration is free. Refreshments will be served and doors open at 6:30.

The Ford Government’s newest omnibus legislation; The People’s Health Care Act 2019 , is a bill which will dismantle public healthcare and provide a road-map for private ownership and the transfer of public healthcare assets, workers and infrastructure to private entities called Local Integration Teams.

The legislation’s language mandates this restructuring with mergers, transfers, closures and amalgamations of our health services in a manner never seen before. Secret negotiations and back room meetings resulted in this plan to restructure our public healthcare and it occurred without any meaningful public consultation. The Act was quickly introduced to eliminate any scrutiny or public input and to avoid any analysis and the Government intends to “Open Health Care for Business” right away. Private healthcare corporations, consulting agencies, health care insurance companies and the CEO’s of private clinics all stand to profit immensely but the people of Ontario will lose if we see this legislation transfer our public system into private ownership and eventually the introduction of “Two Tier” medicine with user fees, co-payments and private health insurance.

We need your help to get word out!

Please share this invitation with your members and please consider supporting our event as a sponsor – Chipping in $10.00 – $50.00 will make a profound difference in our ability to continue to organize to fight privatization. Our poster is attached and here is the link to our event on Facebook.

We need everyone to join us in protecting Public Health Care. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer that will help us to fill the room to fully engage as many citizens of Waterloo Region as possible in this important conversation.

See also Health Care Town Hall | Meetup

Mar
27
Wed
2019
Mobilizing Rights for Climate Justice: Reviewing the Inuit, Urgenda, and Enjeu Cases @ CIGI
Mar 27 @ 11:30 am

Mobilizing Rights for Climate Justice: Reviewing the Inuit, Urgenda, and Enjeu Cases

Featuring Sebastien Jodoin, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University

In this presentation, Sébastien Jodoin will address three important cases that have invoked human rights in the context of climate change. The initial discussion will focus on the long-term impact of a petition submitted in 2005 by Inuit communities against the United States before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights for the human rights violations caused by climate change. Professor Jodoin will present findings from an in-depth socio-legal analysis of the petition’s influence that draws on semi-structured interviews and participation/observation completed in two Inuit communities in Canada and within the broader transnational advocacy network at the intersections of human rights and climate justice.

Next, Professor Jodoin will discuss a case launched by the Urgenda Foundation against the Dutch government, which has resulted in a decision by the Hague Court of Appeal obliging the Netherlands to increase its ambition in combating climate change on the basis of its human rights obligations. Professor Jodoin will highlight key legal and strategic factors that have shaped Urgenda’s success thus far.

Finally, there will be discussion centering on the first class action climate lawsuit, which was filed against the government of Canada by Environnement Jeunesse in November 2018. Professor Jodoin will address the particular features of the Québec Charter of Rights and Freedoms that make Québec a favourable jurisdiction for rights-based climate litigation. This analysis will highlight the potential and limitations of drawing on human rights law to empower citizens and communities defending their rights from the consequences of a changing climate.

The presentation will start promptly at noon, and will be preceded by a light lunch starting at 11:30am.

Please note that on-site parking is not availble at the CIGI Campus for daytime events. Options for parking in Uptown Waterloo can be found at the following website:http://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/uptown.asp

 

https://www.cigionline.org/events/mobilizing-rights-climate-justice-reviewing-inuit-urgenda-and-enjeu-cases

Dreaming of a Vetter World @ Princess - Original
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm

“If there is one person who embodies how far organic farming and food have come, it is David Vetter. An organic farmer in Marquette, Nebraska for more than 40 years, Vetter grew organic when few people were. He started with a spiritual commitment to being a good steward of the land, to making his soil healthy and fertile, and to growing organic crops and livestock without agricultural chemicals. He succeeded. His business, Grain Place Foods, is a thriving organic grain processor.

“David Vetter’s journey as an organic farmer is told in an inspiring new documentary by filmmaker Bonnie Hawthorne, Dreaming of a Vetter World, whose executive producer is noted film actor Steve Buscemi.

“The film chronicles the history of the Vetters’ farm, starting with David’s father Don, who, concerned about the toxicity of agricultural chemicals, stopped using them in the early 1950s. “In 1953, I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to do this anymore,” Don says in the film.

“Dreaming of a Vetter World is a primer on regenerative agriculture for any farmer and the value of organic farming for everyone else. Mostly, it is an inspiring story of how one humble man succeeded against all odds, and made a positive difference in the world.” – The Organic and Non-GMO Report

 

Showing: March 27, 2019 @ 7:00pm

https://www.princesscinemas.com/movie/dreaming-of-a-vetter-world

Nith Valley Ecoboosters Monthly Meeting
Mar 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

Mar
29
Fri
2019
Reimagining Gaukel Street @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Cooperative
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Gaukel Greenway Proposal

Map showing Gaukel Street highlighted in Green from City Hall in the north to Victoria Park in the south
Gaukel Greenway
As the City of Kitchener develops a pedestrian-friendly, walkable city, we propose that Gaukel St. be transformed into the Gaukel Greenway, a people-focused space.

We envision this space to include:

  • A separated cycle path
  • Allowing cross-traffic of motor vehicles along King, Halls Lane, Charles, Joseph
  • Planter boxes or bollards to prevent cars from turning onto Gaukel
  • Designated areas for busking, performances, and public art
  • Plenty of seating areas

Its welcoming benches, lighting, and vegetation create a relaxed park-like atmosphere, while also playing host to active urban street life.

The Gaukel Greenway supports the City of Kitchener’s priorities:

  • Walkable spaces as per the Pedestrian Charter
  • Additional community gathering spaces for festivals, events, and area residents
  • Highlighting Gaukel Street’s “ceremonial link” between Victoria Park and City Hall as per the PARTS plan

Active transportation

The Gaukel Greenway is a continuation of the City’s trail network, from the Iron Horse Trail, through Victoria Park, toward the Spur Line Trail. It contributes to Kitchener’s goal for a minimum grid of safe cycling routes, and promotes active transportation to help reach our target of 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050. The Gaukel Greenway also provides a walkable environment to and around the Victoria Park ION station, encouraging residents to combine walking and cycling with public transportation.

Economic & cultural benefits

As a growing number of residents and workers make downtown Kitchener their own, the Gaukel Greenway is a magnet for active street life, culture, and event programming.

The area welcomes many festivals throughout the year that have city-wide appeal. Thousands of visitors come to enjoy Bluesfest, Oktoberfest, the Christkindl Market, the Multicultural Festival, and more. As these events continue to grow, the Gaukel Greenway provides a new, welcoming place for performances, street activities, and vendors. Currently, Gaukel Street is used for bicycle lock-up and maintenance vehicles during some events. Instead of Gaukel Street being a “dead zone” during festivals, a Gaukel Greenway could provide a continuous vibrant corridor from Victoria Park all the way to King Street.

The City of Kitchener transformed Goudie’s Lane into an amazing pedestrian area at minimal cost.

Traffic considerations

Existing motor traffic along King Street, Halls Lane, Charles Street, and Joseph Street should continue as-is. The Gaukel Greenway would not alter those vital transportation routes. Instead of turning onto Gaukel Street, vehicles would continue straight through to the next cross-street. Apart from Charles Terminal, there are only two small driveways that rely on Gaukel Street For access. They are located behind the Pizza Pizza, and behind the Public Utilities Building. Both of these small parking lots could be reconfigured to use Halls Lane as the access point.

Sparks Street Mall in Ottawa allows cross-traffic of motorized vehicles, controlled by bollards and traffic lights.

Implementation

A portion of Gaukel Street (between Halls Lane and Charles Street) is currently closed to motor traffic, and is being used as a construction staging area for the Charlie West condo project. That portion of the road is expected to stay closed until December 2019. Once Gaukel Street is no longer needed for construction staging, we could immediately turn it into a pedestrian greenway between Charles Street and King Street. We could place planters at the intersections to prevent vehicle traffic from turning onto Gaukel Street. We could add picnic tables to encourage public use of the space. We have already seen the City of Kitchener use this “lighter, quicker, cheaper” approach with the transformation of Goudie’s Lane into a pedestrian-only area. Using pavement paint, planters, and picnic tables, we created a truly valuable pedestrian space quickly and at minimal cost.

We believe the same approach should be used to create the first phase of the Gaukel Greenway. The rest of Gaukel Street, from Charles to Joseph, would likely need to remain as-is until Charles Terminal is no longer being used by intercity buses (GO, Megabus, Greyhound). With the potential redevelopment of Charles Terminal and 44 Gaukel in the near future, the Gaukel Greenway can set a high bar for a lively, diverse urban neighbourhood.


We will be meeting at:

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 6:00 PM
Location: Bread and Roses Co-op, community room
Address: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map

The co-op consists of two buildings. The meeting room is in the brick heritage building, right on the corner of Queen and Courtland (and not in the adjoining six-story apartment building). People can buzz 80 for the Community Room to be let in. It would be preferable if people parked off site, but anyone who needs parking can e-mail Scott Piatkowski (scott.piatkowski@gmail.com) for instructions.

Big thanks again to Scott for hosting.


Media contact:

Sam Nabi
+1-226-988-4137
sam@samnabi.com

Apr
5
Fri
2019
#FridaysForFuture Climate Strike @ Waterloo City Hall
Apr 5 @ 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

Apr
6
Sat
2019
TREES IN THE CITY: GROWING FORESTS IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE @ Idea Exchange - Preston
Apr 6 @ 2:30 pm

Learn tips to protect, maintain and plant trees in your yard. Our city trees provide a wide variety of benefits to us from cleaning our air and water to improving our overall health. Trees and shrubs are also beneficial to pollinators and wildlife.

City trees face a variety of threats from Emerald Ash Borer to climate change. Presented by Patrick Gilbride from Reep Green Solutions. Hosted by Preston Idea Exchange.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Time: 2:30 – 3:15pm

Cost: Free!

Registration:

Online: Please note an email address is required for online registration.

By phone: 519.653.3632

In person: Visit any Idea Exchange location to register.

https://reepgreen.ca/event/trees-in-the-city-growing-forests-in-the-concrete-jungle/

Apr
8
Mon
2019
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Apr 8 @ 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
Waterloo Region Health Coalition monthly meeting @ Heather Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Apr 8 @ 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

Apr
10
Wed
2019
Green Drinks Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge @ Barley Works Billiards Room, Huether Hotel
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Green Drinks, Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge | Saving the World One Sip at a Time COME ONE, COME ALL for an informal gathering of environmentally conscientious, sustainably-like-minded people who enjoy casual conversation, good food and good fun!

Are you working on, interested in, or thinking about sustainable facilities, renewable energy and the environment? We are too! So why don’t you come out and join us for some friendly conversation about all things GREEN.

With a focus on Sustainable Development, we extend this invitation to ALL friends of local businesses, communities, academia, and governments to gather for some wonderfully inspired conversation! This is a great chance to catch up with friends, meet new people, and to share our ideas, insights, and visions for a sustainable future!

Gatherings are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Won’t you please join us?

Next Meeting:

April 10th, 2019, 6-9 pm

Barley Works Billiards Room

The Huether Hotel,

59 King St N, Waterloo, ON.

Hosted By: Ecovert Commissioning Corporation & Co-Hosted By: Livescape


Plan Ahead! Venues are pending as we are considering rotating locations quarterly, alternating between Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge. Please Stay Tuned!:

8 May 2019: Heuther Hotel / Barley Works


Green Drinks K-W-C on the Web:

FaceBook / Instagram / LinkedIn / greendrinkskwc@gmail.com

Eventbrite Event Page


Thank You:

Green Drinks KWC co-ordination team: Ecovert Cx Members: Alex Gordner, Kate Nelson, Rebecca Chiba and Livescape Member: Ashley DeMarte

Special thanks to the support of GeoSource & Diverso Energy with their food sponsorhip for out Revival Event held March 13th, 2019.

Raising Feminist Children – Gender Boxes @ The W
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm

YWCA Cambridge and Male Allies are teaming up to deliver a 4 part workshop series on raising feminist children. This workshop series is for children ages 8 – 12 and their guardians. We will join together to have intergenerational conversations about some of the issues children are facing growing up. Through a feminist lens we will unpack a new topic each week. These workshops are open to all gender identities.

April 10th – Gender Boxes

“Man up.” “Act like a lady.” Statements like these are heard every day and push people into boxes based on their gender. This workshop examines some of the ways in which gender-based stereotypes impact our relationships with ourselves and others.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raising-feminist-children-gender-boxes-tickets-59336868170

Apr
12
Fri
2019
P.D. Day Film Screening for Students: ‘The Serengeti Rules’ @ CIGI
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm

CIGI is hosting a special P.D. Day re-screening of the film ‘The Serengeti Rules’. This screening is free and scheduled primarily for students out of school for the day, but is open to all who wish to register. A complimentary lunch will be available prior to the start of the film, at 12:30pm (first-come first-served, registration required for planning purposes).

About ‘The Serengeti Rules’

Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios present one of the most important but untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be.

 

https://www.cigionline.org/events/pd-day-film-screening-students-serengeti-rules

Apr
15
Mon
2019
Rebel Dance Party @ Waterloo Town Square
Apr 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Fending Off Extinction

Extinction RebellionExtinction Rebellion aims to make these questions front and centre in the minds of every person across the world: Why are we allowing our rulers to send us and our planet to an early grave? Do we want to live or not?

We think that we do… and we want to make some noise and have some fun to prove it! Bring signs and drums and join us for some flash dancing in the streets.

Uptown Waterloo Square
75 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario

15 April 2019 marks the start of International Extinction Rebellion Week when people worldwide will take to the streets to demand decisive action from governments on climate change and ecological collapse. We invite you to join us and help us build this movement.

Demands:

  1. The Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.
  2. The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.
  3. A national Citizen’s Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.

More at https://rebellion.earth/demands/

Apr
17
Wed
2019
Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Our Water, Our Future @ First United Church
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Water | Our Future | no Bill 66 Thank you for your patience as we worked to reschedule this event! We will hope that you will be able to join us on April 17th at 7pm First United Church in Waterloo! We are optimistic the weather won’t be a problem in April. We have lots of room so please bring a friend. Registration is open once again!

While we appear to have made important progress on turning back one of the most egregious components of Bill 66, there remain significant problems in this bill, including Schedule 5 repealing the Toxics Reduction Act. Major concerns remain that the Ford ‘government for the developers’ may reduce the support for monitoring and enforcement of legislation that protects our water, land and air quality.

Join us on April 17th at First United Church in Waterloo at 7pm to celebrate our progress on Bill 66 and to engage with experts as they explain other current dangerous proposals and corresponding calls for action.

We have two powerful keynote speakers: Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, former water policy advisor for Ministry of the Environment, and legal representative for citizens in the Walkerton Inquiry; and Bruce Davidson, Co-founder and Vice-Chair of Concerned Walkerton Citizens.

There will be lots of time to have your questions answered, as well as presentations from Susan Bryant of APT Environment on Elmira’s ongoing water contamination; Kevin Thomason of Grand River Environmental Network on countryside protection; and a representative of Waterloo Wellington Water Watchers on source water protection.

Refreshments will be served; please bring along your travel mug or water bottle.

Please register on Eventbrite: Our Water Our Future

Apr
20
Sat
2019
DAVID SUZUKI ONE NATURE CHALLENGE : FAMILY HIKE SERIES @ Various Locations
Apr 20 @ 2:30 pm

WPL is taking part in the One Nature Challenge this spring. The David Suzuki Foundation challenges you to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days to kick-start a nature habit that lasts all year-round.

We have organized 4 family-friendly hikes in April. They take place rain or shine so come dressed appropriately for the weather on the day. 

Registration is required and opens online 1 week before each hike. Participants will be emailed with hike meetup information after they register.

 

https://www.wpl.ca/hike_series

Apr
22
Mon
2019
Earth Day Clean Up – Knollwood Park @ Knollwood Park
Apr 22 @ 10:30 am

Earth Day Clean Up at Knollwood Park in Auditorium neighbourhood April 22 at 10:30am! Bring gloves and bags if you can! All ages welcome!

 

See Facebook Event for details.