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Jul
25
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Jul 25 all-day
July Porch Chat: Exploring Spirituality @ Front Porch and Garden of the Governor’s House
Jul 25 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm

'Friends of Crime Prevention; Preventing Crime; Community Building; Porch Chat

EXPLORING SPIRITUALITY: 

Pull up a chair and join us in our exploration of spirituality and its impact on the individual and community. This porch chat is open to all, based on a respect for the beauty in our differences and the tapestry we weave together.

Wednesday July 25 , 2018
Front Porch and Garden of the Governor’s House – 73 Queen St. N., Kitchener, ON

Rain Location – 150 Fredrick Street, Rm 110

6:15 pm – Refreshments
6:30 – 8:30 pm – Porch Chat

Registration Recommended

For more information contact Jessica: stro5360@mylaurier.ca or  519-575-4400 ext 3474

July Porch Chat: Exploring Spirituality – Friends of Crime Prevention

Blanket Exercise @ Seven Shores Community Cafe
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In Kitchener-Waterloo, we are located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. In 1784, the Haldimand Treaty was signed, promising the land 6 miles wide on either side of the Grand River from source to mouth to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, or the Six Nations of the Grand River. Today, due to illegal settlement and ongoing occupation on behalf of colonial governments, settlers, and land developers, less than 5 percent of the Haldimand Tract remains as Six Nations lands.

What does it mean to be a treaty person today in Kitchener-Waterloo? What is the untold history in Canadian society about colonization and movements of resistance? How do you push yourself to unsettle the settler within?

Join us for this immersive workshop co-hosted by Amy Smoke and Hannah Enns.

Tickets:
$25/settler (non-indigenous)
$15/student/low-income/refugee
Free for Indigenous folks
Get Tickets

Amy Smoke is a Mohawk woman, Turtle clan, from the Six Nations of The Grand River. She is a mother, daughter, student, and active First Nations community member. She is the current Events Coordinator at the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre. She has overcome many of the intergenerational trauma that First Nations people feel when there are residential schools in their past. She speaks of her own journey with substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, and domestic violence. Returning to her culture has helped Amy connect to her family, their past, and their shared healing journey. She also sings with a local First Nations drum group, The Blue Sky Singers. She has continued her education by completing her GED, a college certificate, college diploma, two university degrees and will be starting her Masters of Social Work – Indigenous Field of Study program at Wilfrid Laurier University in September.

Hannah Enns is a local queer community organizer and white settler who attempts to engage in meaningful and thought-provoking actions to unsettle other settlers and disrupt the status-quo.

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. The exercise is followed by a talking circle debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.

Blanket Exercise — Seven Shores | Community Cafe in Uptown Waterloo

Jul
26
Thu
2018
Civic Hub Meet Up at @SPCofKW @ Social Development Centre
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Small GroupsThe Social Development Centre is a Community Service Hub and without the hub the wheel does not spin – it just rolls, wobbles and crashes and the spokes fly around in every direction. ”  Loralie Broderick, CityWatch of WaterlooRegion

This is a quote from 2015 when many of our collaborators were sending in testimonies to support our funding requests. It sounds true today more than ever. After the First Small Groups Networking forum, we are exploring the universe of the local social innovation spaces to decide how to move forward with a unique idea of bringing small nonprofits together under a shared platform. The space in itself is not the highest priority. The 30 groups that came together in November told us that they seek cross promotion and recruitment from a co-working space. If you are struggling to reach out and connect to the community, consider this short survey and do come and meet with us on the 26th of July at the Social Development Centre.

Civic Hub Meet Up | Social Development Centre Waterloo Region

Jul
27
Fri
2018
Skylight Festival @ Five Oaks Retreat Centre
Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day

Skylight Festival | You Are The Ones For Skylight | July 27-29, 2018 | Five Oaks - Paris, ON | skylightfestival.ca
The Skylight Festival is thrilled to present Science Mike McHargue of The Liturgists Podcast and Finding God In The Waves | Join us July 27-29th for a weekend of faith, justice and a celebration of the arts. | Enjoy superb speakers, incredible artists and fantastically talented musicians! | To volunteer, contact Pam: skylightvolunteers@gmail.com | Register and Donate: skylightfestival.ca

The Skylight Festival is thrilled to present “Science” Mike McHargue of The Liturgists Podcast and Finding God In The Waves

Join us July 27-29th for a weekend of faith, justice and a celebration of the arts.

Enjoy superb speakers, incredible artists and fantastically talented musicians!

To volunteer, contact Pam: skylightvolunteers@gmail.com

Register and Donate: skylightfestival.ca

Aug
1
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Aug 1 all-day
Aug
7
Tue
2018
Group 9, Amnesty International regular meeting @ Community Ed Room 2202, Conrad Grebel College
Aug 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

Aug
8
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Aug 8 all-day
@YesCambridge Team Meeting @ Blackwing Coffee Bar
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Yes! Cambridge | Campaign for Ranked Ballots The next Yes! Cambridge meeting is this Wednesday, August 8th, at 6pm.

We’ll be meeting at the Blackwing Coffee Bar, 135 George St N.

Hope you can make it! Feel free to invite others.

yours,
~ dave

Aug
9
Thu
2018
Youth Centre BBQ from Woolwich Community Services @WCServices @ Woolwich Community Services Thrift Shop
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Youth Centre BBQ poster

Youth Centre

BBQ!

11am — 2pm
5 Memorial Ave
August 9th + 10th

Hotdogs, Pop, Chips: $5
Burger, Pop, Chips: $6
Sausage, Pop, Chips: $6

Mirrored from Twitter:

Aug
10
Fri
2018
Youth Centre BBQ from Woolwich Community Services @WCServices @ Woolwich Community Services Thrift Shop
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Youth Centre BBQ poster

Youth Centre

BBQ!

11am — 2pm
5 Memorial Ave
August 9th + 10th

Hotdogs, Pop, Chips: $5
Burger, Pop, Chips: $6
Sausage, Pop, Chips: $6

Mirrored from Twitter:

Aug
13
Mon
2018
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Aug 13 @ 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
Aug
15
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Aug 15 all-day
7 Powerful spiritual self-healing techniques @ Meeting Room A, Kitchener Central Library
Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION

The Spiritual Science Research Foundation invites you to attend a unique spiritual lecture. All are welcome.

Have you ever experienced problems in life that do not go away despite trying all known solutions and remedies? When such problems do not go away, there is a high chance that these problems have their root cause in the spiritual dimension. If the root cause of the problem is spiritual, then only a spiritual solution will give permanent relief.

Through this interactive lecture, we will help you to understand how the spiritual dimension affects every facet of our lives and how doing regular spiritual practice complimented with self-healing techniques will help you overcome many of the problems you are experiencing. Whether the problems are related to physical or mental health, many of them can be alleviated by spiritual healing methods and spiritual practice.

With practical demonstrations, videos, and real-life case studies, we will guide you on how to implement 7 powerful spiritual self-healing techniques. These techniques are inexpensive and easy to apply to compliment your current spiritual practice. SSRF encourages self-healing techniques as this enables one to be independent and self-sufficient rather than dependent on others. We welcome you to join us in this spiritual lecture.

If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email ssrfcanada@gmail.com or by phone – 9053287851. Your contribution allows us to continue spreading Spirituality through such events.

Presenter of the workshop

Mrs. Kristen Hardy is from St. Catharines, Canada, and has been doing spiritual practice under the guidance of SSRF since 2009. She holds an honors BA from University of Guelph, and a yoga teacher certificate from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Kerala, India.

Since a young age, Kristen has searched for the truth. She studied world religions and philosophy, practiced meditation and yoga, and explored alternative healing techniques since the late-1990’s. Though she tried many different spiritual and healing techniques, it was not until she started doing spiritual practice with SSRF that she noticed big and lasting changes in herself. Since then, many problems in her life have completely disappeared, and she experiences love for God and happiness from within that she never imagined possible.

Due to her desire to help others experience the benefits of spiritual practice, Kristen dedicates all her free time to conducting spiritual meetings and workshops in Canada, USA, and India, as well as guiding seekers around the world through SSRF’s Facebook page.

This workshop is conducted by the Spiritual Science Research Foundation.

http://www.ssrf.org

Date and Time

Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

LOCATION

Meeting Room A, Kitchener Central Library, 85 QUEENS St N, Kitchener, ON N2H2H1

 

Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Aug 15 @ 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.

Aug
19
Sun
2018
Camp Micah @ Cedar Ridge Camp
Aug 19 – Aug 24 all-day

Boy climbing in trees Camp Micah

Discover your passion for a better world

Join us for Camp Micah 2018  –   August 19 – 24th

What is Camp Micah?
Learn about our history, philosophy and staff.
Your Day at Camp
From what you will eat for breakfast to where you will sleep at night – and all of the workshops and activities in between! Learn about the details here.


Watch a Camp Micah Video
See for yourself what Camp Micah is all about.

Sign Up

Camp Micah

Aug
20
Mon
2018
Your Zero Waste Life: a guided journey @ Steckle Heritage Farm
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Save the date to save the Earth | Your Zero Waste Life: a guided journey |
If you’re interested in being kinder to the earth and venturing towards a zero waste lifestyle, then this evening is for you. Presenters from different facets of life will share their stories – and free giveaways! – that will help you on your way. Our tour guides will be available to answer your questions, and zero waste vendors will be on site for the occasion.

Freebies and refreshments for everyone! And door prizes too!

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Steckle Farm’s Sugar Maple educational project and to Earth Rangers

Your Zero Waste Life: a guided journey Tickets, Mon, 20 Aug 2018 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Aug
22
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Aug 22 all-day
Aug
25
Sat
2018
Canadians to demonstrate across the country on August 25th for “Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day” @ Carl Zehr Square, Kitchener City Hall
Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Gatineau, Canada


Fareed Khan

Aug 23, 2018 —

PLEASE JOIN US ON AUGUST 25TH

Thousands of Canadians will be gathering in cities across the country on August 25, 2018 to mark “Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day” in memory of the victims of atrocities against the Rohingya committed by Myanmar military forces in that country’s Rakhine state.

In Ottawa a demonstration will be taking place on Parliament Hill to call attention to the fact that a year later nothing has been done by Canada to declare what happening to the Rohingya a genocide despite declarations by human rights and genocide scholars that the Rohingya atrocities meet the definition of genocide as outlined in the UN Genocide Convention which Canada ratified in the early 1950s.

The atrocities committed by Myanmar government forces, which took place over a period of several months, came to the world’s attention beginning in late August last year when the first reports in Western media revealed the brutal nature of what the Myanmar government termed a “clearance operation” but what human rights and genocide scholars have termed a “genocide in progress”.

The attacks by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya resulted in the mass murder of an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 Rohingya civilians (including children and babies), the widespread and systematic gang rape of over 80,000 Rohingya women and girls, the orphaning of more than 40,000 Rohingya children, the complete destruction of more than 360 Rohingya villages and the creation of more than 720,000 Rohingya refugees who are now crammed into the largest refugee camp in the world in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Events marking the first anniversary of when atrocities against the Rohingya were first repod will be taking place in the following cities across Canada. Please join us on August 25th in solidarity with the Rohingya people.

OTTAWA — Parliament Hill / Colline du Parlement, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

TORONTO — Queen’s Park, Ontario Legislature / Assemblée législative de l’Ontario, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

MONTRÉAL — Place Norman-Bethune, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

HALIFAX — Halifax Commons, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Legislature / Assemblée législative du Nouveau-Brunswick, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

HAMILTON — City Hall Forecourt / Hôtel de ville Forecourt, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

KITCHENER — City Hall / Hôtel de ville, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Legislature / Assemblée législative du Manitoba, 3:00 PM – 5:00

REGINA — City Hall / Hôtel de ville, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

SASKATOON — City Hall Square / Place de l’Hôtel de ville, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

CALGARY — City Hall / Hôtel de ville, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

VANCOUVER — Library Square South Plaza, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Petition update • Canadians to demonstrate across the country on August 25th for “Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day” • Change.org

Aug
29
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Aug 29 all-day
August Porch Chat: Transitions: A “Human Book” Club @ Front Porch and Garden of the Governor’s House
Aug 29 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm

'Friends of Crime Prevention; Preventing Crime; Community Building; Porch Chat; Region of Waterloo

TRANSITIONS:

Join us for conversations with people from your community who are inspiring change.

Inspired by the interactive “Human Library” experience, we bring you a series of ‘open books’, each with a lived
experience to share. While you, the ‘reader’, bear witness and connect to powerful stories of transformation, you may just uncover a transformation in yourself.

Wednesday August 29th , 2018
Front Porch and Garden of the Governor’s House – 73 Queen St. N., Kitchener, ON

Rain Location – 150 Fredrick Street, Rm 110

6:15 pm – Refreshments
6:30 – 8:30 pm – Porch Chat

Registration Recommended

For more information contact Julie :  jthompson@regionofwaterloo.ca or 519-575-4400 ext 3548

August Porch Chat: Transitions: A “Human Book” Club – Friends of Crime Prevention

The Collapse of the American Empire @ CIGI Campus Auditorium
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

America: The Farewell Tour cover art (image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada)

America: The Farewell Tour cover art (image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada)

CIGI and Words Worth Books are proud to partner on this public event featuring celebrated author, Chris Hedges. The globally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winner gives us an entirely new view of a nation in crisis in his newest stunning book, America: The Farewell Tour, which holds both liberals and conservatives to account–as rousingly pertinent for Canada as for the disoriented US. Beautifully written, it clarifies vividly and unforgettably the forces at play in our times.

In astonishing, tough, first-hand reportage, Chris Hedges draws on stories from inside communities across America and reveals how the hurricanes of change have allowed an array of pathologies to arise: the opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling, the corporate coup d’état of government, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the emboldening of violence and hate, the plagues of suicides, and the global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. These are just some of the physical manifestations of a society unravelling. Such ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of our lives–particularly in the face of our neighbour’s degeneration as a world power.

Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. Hedges — who was unsurprised by Trump’s victory — shows how neither the left nor the right are addressing the systemic problems. Until the corporate coup d’état is reversed, these diseases will grow and ravage the country. A humane cry for a decent future, this remarkable book is our wake-up call to reality.

Event Speakers

Chris Hedges. Photo (c) Michael Nigro

Chris Hedges

Author; Senior Fellow, The Nation Institute

Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, spent nearly 20 years as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He is the author of the bestsellers Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (with cartoonist Joe Sacco); Death of the Liberal ClassEmpire of Illusion; and War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, among others.

The Collapse of the American Empire | Centre for International Governance Innovation

Sep
4
Tue
2018
Group 9, Amnesty International regular meeting @ Community Ed Room 2202, Conrad Grebel College
Sep 4 @ 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.

Sep
5
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Sep 5 all-day
Sep
7
Fri
2018
Hold The Line WR @ Fertile Ground Farm
Sep 7 – Sep 8 all-day

Our second annual cycling & folk music festival celebrating Waterloo Region’s Countryside Line.

Location: Fertile Ground Farm, St. Agatha

Fri. Sept. 7
Evening campfire sessions

Sat. Sept. 8
All-ages activities & workshops
Countryside cycling rides
Music & celebration
Local food & drink

Hold The Line