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Jun
1
Fri
2018
Neighbourhood Sparks
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm

Creating an initial spark, a pop up welcoming space where neighbours meet neighbours and connect across many aspects of diversity. The Neighbourhood Sparks create potential for future relationship building.

Visit our website for individual dates and locations.

http://www.waterlooregion.org/neighbourhood-blitzes

 

Jun
5
Tue
2018
Group 9, Amnesty International regular meeting @ Community Ed Room 2202, Conrad Grebel College
Jun 5 @ 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.

Jun
6
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Jun 6 all-day
Jun
7
Thu
2018
42nd Ontario Election
Jun 7 all-day
Jun
11
Mon
2018
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Jun 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
Jun
13
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Jun 13 all-day
Jun
16
Sat
2018
An evening with Lucy DeCoutere & Joni NehRita @ THEMUSEUM
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Courage: A Conversation with Lucy DeCoutere
Lucy DeCoutere will be speaking for the first time to a larger audience about her experiences: the trial, the trolls and the lessons she has learned.

The sweet sounds of Joni NehRita will make this one of the best nights of 2018.

ALL are welcome. Appetizers provided by Derek Hines.

Wine, Women and Song with Lucy DeCoutere Tickets, Sat, Jun 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Jun
20
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Jun 20 all-day
World Refugee Day
Jun 20 all-day

United Nations FlagUnited Nations World Refugee Day

A refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.

For refugee assistance in Canada see the Government of Canada web page on Refugees and Asylum.

Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Jun 20 @ 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.

Jun
21
Thu
2018
2018 WICI Conference on Modelling Complex Urban Environments @ St. Jerome's University
Jun 21 – Jun 22 all-day

WICI Conference | Modelling Complex Urban Environments
This two day conference is designed to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines who have experience and interests in modelling the processes that create and shape complex urban environments. Events include workshops, presentations, and a fun conference dinner at Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21.

Main themes of the conference:

  • Integrating “big data” and “smart cities” data with urban modelling
  • Social ecological networks in cities
  • Modelling and the planning process
  • Artificial intelligence & optimization models in urban environments
  • Agent-based modelling of urban markets
  • Measuring modelling and interpreting scaling in urban cities
  • Identifying the modelling needs of practitioners and policy makers

View the conference program.

Registration fees:
Student Fee – $50 + 13% HST
Post-Doctoral Fee – $100 + 13% HST
Faculty Member & Other Professional – $220 + 13% HST
Day 1 – Thursday, June 1st Only – $125 + 13% HST
Day 2 – Friday, June 2nd Only – $100 + 13% HST

*Please note that on-line registration will close on Wednesday, June 13, 2018*

Contact:
Phone: (519) 884-5400
For questions about the conference, please contact Ileana Diaz at idiaz@uwaterloo.ca. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Susanne Keppler at slkeppler@uwaterloo.ca.

Event website
WICI Conference on Modelling Complex Urban Environments

Location
STJ – St. Jerome’s University
290 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G3
Canada

2018 WICI Conference on Modelling Complex Urban Environments | Environment | University of Waterloo

Jun
24
Sun
2018
Water and Spirit: Allyship in Action @ Parkminster United Church
Jun 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

At 10am, join Parkminster United Church for their worship service to hear Mary Anne Caibaiosai share her stories and prayers for the water and plans for the All Nations Grand River Water Walk.

Triptych of Melissa Ireland, a painting, Mary Anne Caibaiosai

Stay or plan to arrive at 11:30 for lunch and a worshop on Indigenous Allyship featuring Melissa Ireland Manager of the Indigenous Student Centres at Laurier for her workshop, Indigenous Allyship: Toolkit for Change”. If you are curious about terms, wondering about how to go beyond land acknowledgements, or wanting to discover positive best practices for working with Indigenous peoples, come and sit in on this participatory gathering.

All are welcome

Melissa will employ a circle approach in the session to help you self-discover where you sit in your Indigenous Allyship journey.

The workshop and lunch are free with donations to support the Water Walk gratefully accepted.

Water and Spirit: Allyship in Action Tickets, Sun, 24 Jun 2018 at 11:30 AM | Eventbrite

Jun
27
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Jun 27 all-day
Climate Rally: 80 by 50 (Kitchener) @ Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Jun 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Skyscape of Waterloo
ClimateActionWR Presents Climate Rally: 80 by 50

Let’s accelerate climate action! The Region of Waterloo, and cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo councils have unanimously approved an 80% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2050.

In celebration of our new target, we’ll be hosting two events where you can show your support for climate action and awareness in Waterloo Region. Join us along with other local initiatives and organizations committed to climate action through either of these celebratory, interactive community events.

Event Dates & Locations

Kitchener-Waterloo: Wednesday, June 27th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at The Rotunda in Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. West, Kitchener, ON.

Cambridge: Thursday, July 5th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Bowman Room in Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson St. Cambridge, ON.

What to Expect

  • The opportunity to engage with key community members, decision-makers, and other stakeholders interested in contributing to our long-term target
  • A quick presentation on what’s next for Waterloo Region with the long-term target
  • Interactive exhibits showcasing different ways for local initiatives and the community to get involved in climate action in the Region
  • Light refreshments and hor d’oeuvres

Who is Welcome

  • Community members who are interested in learning more about and becoming more involved in local climate action
  • Organizations that are interested in becoming involved with ClimateActionWR
  • Local community leaders, councillors, and politicians

Travelling to the Event

We encourage you to try more environmentally friendly methods of travelling to and from the event. Please consider carpooling, biking, or even walking to help keep your travelling more sustainable.

Let’s come together and take the next step in creating our clean, low-carbon future!

Climate Rally: 80 by 50 Registration | Eventbrite

Jun
28
Thu
2018
Future Focus – Social Development Centre 51st Annual General Meeting @ St. John The Evangelist Church
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet us in our new space at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church | 51st Annual General Meeting - June 28th, 6pm - 8pm | Future Focus | with the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region | Come on Board and Become a Member

Every Voice Counts – Add your voice for Social Development!

June 28th, we will be hosting our 51st Annual General (Social) Meeting at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church in downtown Kitchener where we moved this January. Our members have always kept us grounded, and we wish to have your voice this year in setting up our Future Focus!

The Social Development Centre has always been at the forefront of community initiatives and has proudly seen most of them become independent and adopted by the best possible hosts. By joining our Board or becoming a Member, you can contribute to the future direction of new and innovative projects, that may be now only a glimmer of possibility but have the potential to become the leading social development enterprises in the community.

23 Water Street North, Kitchener (entrance from Duke St) Map

Doors on Duke Street open at 6:00 pm
Business Meeting starts at 6:30 pm
Future Focus Idea Exchange from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

RSVP by June 26th 519-579-3800 or admin@waterlooregion.org

Social Development Centre Waterloo Region | Every person is valuable. Every voice counts.

Future Focus – 51st Annual General Meeting June 28th | Mailchimp

Not Another Gala — Encore! @ Victoria Park Pavillion
Jun 28 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Not Another Gala — Encore!

Thank you to our Sponsors, supporters and silent auction donors!

Sponsors:

Silent Auction includes:

and more…

It’s that time of year again! The skies are blue, the flowers are blooming, and oh yes, Not Another Gala is just around the corner. On June 28th, join us for a celebration of our growing and diverse community at Victoria Park Pavilion in Kitchener. Just like it sounds, Not Another Gala is not your typical fundraiser, so dress-up or dress-down, we know you’ll look fabulous either way. We’ve got an exciting evening lined up; mouth-watering international cuisine, art and performances from refugee communities, a silent auction with fantastic prizes and a heck of a good time. 

The support of community members like you allows us to provide more integrated services that directly impact refugee families in this region, helping to build a more inclusive and vibrant  Waterloo region.

Tickets on sale now! Having problems buying your ticket online? Contact our Events Assistant:

Aracy Selvakumar

226-600-4100

admin@kwrcentre.ca

 

Ticket Types

 

Individual Ticket $75
Couple Ticket (2) $130
Table (seats 10) $700
Table Sponsorship — 6 tickets for you and your guests, and 4 tickets for refugee newcomers $1,000

 

Not Another Gala — Encore! | Reception House Waterloo Region

Jun
30
Sat
2018
Fundraiser for KW Animal Save and Kitchener Waterloo Climate Save
Jun 30 all-day

The KW Vegan SocietyKW Vegan Society will hold a fundraiser for KW Animal Save and Kitchener Waterloo Climate Save. This will be a catered picnic and bonfire.

KW Animal Save Climate Vegan

Rally: Families Belong Together Kitchener Waterloo @ Carl Zehr Square, Kitchener City Hall
Jun 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Families belong together
The Trump administration is cruelly separating children from their families — but now the world is paying attention, and we won’t allow this to continue. Join this upcoming event and we’ll send a powerful message: Families belong together! Kitchener Waterloo families understand the importance of staying together!

Please bring homemade signs!!!

Families Belong Together Kitchener Waterloo | Facebook

Upcoming rallies in Canada vs Trump’s child separation, family detention policies

By Brent Patterson, Political Director of the Council of Canadians. @CBrentPatterson


More than 600 rallies will be taking place around the world – including in Canada – on Saturday June 30 as part of a day of action against US President Donald Trump’s child separation and family detention policies.

The Associated Press has reported, “The administration recently put into place a ‘zero tolerance’ policy in which all unlawful border crossings are referred for prosecution – a process that moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation. The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors were separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security.”

When public opposition mounted against this child separation policy, Trump signed an executive order enforcing family detentions.

The Huffington Post has reported, “Trump rolled out his alternative to systematic family separations at the border last week with a new plan: a massive increase of family detention. Rather than separating children and parents apprehended at the border, Trump signed an executive order on [June 20] that requires the Department of Homeland Security to detain families together and asks the military to make space available for detention facilities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with detaining migrants facing deportation, followed up [June 22] with a Request for Information asking contractors to submit proposals for the creation of 15,000 more family detention beds.”

The rallies in Canada vs Trump’s policies will also highlight:

1- Between the 1880s and 1996, 150,000 Indigenous children were separated from their families and sent to residential schools by the federal government. More than 6,000 children died at those schools. Pam Palmater has written, “Today, there are more Indigenous children in state care than during the residential school era. Nationally, there are 30-40,000 children in care and in some provinces, like Manitoba, Indigenous children represent 90 per cent of all kids in care.” Furthermore, CBC reports, “From the 1950s through the 1980s, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their families and communities placed with non-Indigenous families.”

2- The CBC has also reported, “Canada has also detained migrant children – and in some cases, has restricted access to their asylum-seeking parents – despite its stated policy to do whatever possible to avoid it. Last year, 151 minors were detained with their parents in Canadian immigration holding centres. The Canadian holding centres, which are off limits to the public, resemble medium-security prisons. They are surrounded by razor-wire fences and kept under surveillance by guards. There are three such facilities across Canada, in Vancouver, Toronto, and Laval, Que. In some provinces, asylum seekers are detained in prisons.”

3- Under the Canada-US Safe Third Country agreement (signed by Liberal prime minister Paul Martin and Republican president George W. Bush in 2002 and enacted in 2004), the United States is designated as a safe third country by Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The Globe and Mail explains, “That means virtually all asylum seekers attempting to enter Canada through a U.S. port of entry will be turned away.” Global News adds, “It is based on the assumption that the immigration systems in both countries are equally fair and robust in their consideration of such claims.” The Trudeau government is considering “modernizing”, not suspending the agreement.

To date, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not condemned Trump’s child detention policy, but on June 20 he commented on his child separation policy noting, “What’s going on in the United States is wrong. I can’t imagine what the families living through this are enduring. Obviously, this is not the way we do things in Canada.”

In Canada, there were be rallies in Niagara and Ottawa (on June 29), Edmonton, Guelph, Halifax, Hamilton, Kitchener, Lethbridge, London, Ottawa, St. Catharines, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg (on June 30), and Toronto (on July 1). See details on these protests.

#FamiliesBelongTogether #EndFamilyDetention

Jul
3
Tue
2018
Group 9, Amnesty International regular meeting @ Community Ed Room 2202, Conrad Grebel College
Jul 3 @ 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.

Jul
4
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Jul 4 all-day
Jul
5
Thu
2018
Climate Rally: 80 by 50 (Cambridge) @ Bowman Room, Cambridge City Hall
Jul 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Skyscape of Waterloo
ClimateActionWR Presents Climate Rally: 80 by 50

Let’s accelerate climate action! The Region of Waterloo, and cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo councils have unanimously approved an 80% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2050.

In celebration of our new target, we’ll be hosting two events where you can show your support for climate action and awareness in Waterloo Region. Join us along with other local initiatives and organizations committed to climate action through either of these celebratory, interactive community events.

Event Dates & Locations

Kitchener-Waterloo: Wednesday, June 27th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at The Rotunda in Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. West, Kitchener, ON.

Cambridge: Thursday, July 5th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Bowman Room in Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson St. Cambridge, ON.

What to Expect

  • The opportunity to engage with key community members, decision-makers, and other stakeholders interested in contributing to our long-term target
  • A quick presentation on what’s next for Waterloo Region with the long-term target
  • Interactive exhibits showcasing different ways for local initiatives and the community to get involved in climate action in the Region
  • Light refreshments and hor d’oeuvres

Who is Welcome

  • Community members who are interested in learning more about and becoming more involved in local climate action
  • Organizations that are interested in becoming involved with ClimateActionWR
  • Local community leaders, councillors, and politicians

Travelling to the Event

We encourage you to try more environmentally friendly methods of travelling to and from the event. Please consider carpooling, biking, or even walking to help keep your travelling more sustainable.

Let’s come together and take the next step in creating our clean, low-carbon future!

Climate Rally: 80 by 50 Registration | Eventbrite

Jul
6
Fri
2018
Old Post Office Party @ Old Postoffice
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Restoring time is no easy feat but Idea Exchange’s Old Post Office location has intertwined the beauty of the past with the advances of the future.

The original Galt Post Office was designed by architect Thomas Fuller and built in 1885. But in the present day, RDH Architects designed a restoration and adaptive re-use of the space, opening in 2018 as a new digital library for Idea Exchange.

On Friday, July 6,Note from 6:00 — 10:00pm at the Old Post Office location (12 Water Street South, Cambridge), you can witness the breathtaking history of Galt become a place where you can adore the old and the new.

There will be a family dance party, an outdoor performance stage, maker and tech activities, incredible bands and a spectacular projection light show at dusk! You won’t want to miss the restoration of time.

Outdoor Music Stage with MC Mike Farwell:

6:00pm: Family Entertainer – Erick Traplin
7:45pm: Local Artist Spotlight, Rufus John & Sam Soga Momma’s Kitchen
8:35pm: Musical guest presented by the Downtown Cambridge BIA
9:15pm: The Reklaws

Dance Performances by Element Dance, Academy Balley Classique, and ONE Movement
Projection Light Show at 9:45pm – watch visual effects transform the Old Post Office!

Makerspace and Creative Studios activities on Water Street:

  • Meet A Maker – Jenny Mitchell & the Golden Bus
  • Robot Hacking – Kinetic Studios
  • Mobile Arcade – Game Asylum
  • Story Station – Phidon Pens
  • Creative Crafts – Play With Clay

Craft beer garden hosted by Thirteen and an assortment of other local food vendors.
Local vendor pop-up booths!

If you want to further explore the experience of past and the future merging into one, building tours will start Friday, June 29. Get your free advance tickets online now!

Ref The Old Post Office party is on the first Friday of the month, which happens to fall on Galt Love day! Be sure to spread the love using the hashtag #GaltLove on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Old Post Office Party | Idea Exchange

Jul
7
Sat
2018
KW Vegfest @ Kitchener City Hall
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kitchener-Waterloo Vegfest | Food, Vendors, Information, Speakers, Music, & a whole lot more | July 7 2018 at City Hall in Downtown Kitchener

Hey everyone! So with a new year comes new beginnings & a fresh outlook, so we would like to take this opportunity to announce some exciting things!

KW VEGFEST IS TAKING PLACE ON JULY 7, 2018 AT CITY HALL & KING ST. IN DOWNTOWN KITCHENER!

We can’t wait to host Kitchener-Waterloo’s first large scale vegan festival. We will be opening vendor applications in about a weeks time, and will be putting the call out for day-of volunteers soon after!

We are so excited to put this together and are taking great inspiration from the other amazing Vegfests that already take place across Ontario while putting our local flavour and spin onto it! Our new committee is invigorated at the idea of making this the best festival possible, and as it grows closer we will be posting here & across social media to show you why!

GET STOKED FOLKS! WE ARE!

xoxo
the Vegfest committee

KW VegFest – Home | Facebook

Jul
9
Mon
2018
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Jul 9 @ 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
Jul
11
Wed
2018
KW Kinder Morgan Town-Hall – Film Showing @DirectlyAffectd @ Kitchener Public Library
Jul 11 @ 5:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Directly Affected Town-halls Screenings

KW Kinder Morgan Town-Hall

Wednesday, July 11, 6:00 PM
Kitchener Public Library Central Branch
85 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON
Kitchener, N2H 2H1, Canada

Join us for the KW premiere of Directly Affected: A Pipeline under Pressure, a film that details the known risks posed by the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline–risks to people and our planet. Following the film, Chief Myeengun Henry (Chippewas of the Thames) and Dr. Angela Carter (BSIA Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UW) will reflect on the film and lead a discussion about the Canadian government’s buyout of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project. Members of Parliament from Kitchener and Waterloo will be invited to attend the town-hall and participate in the discussion. Join us for an engaging film, great food and an important conversation! Door open at 5:45 p.m.

KW Kinder Morgan Town-Hall – 350