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Oct
23
Wed
2019
Nith Valley Ecoboosters Monthly Meeting
Oct 23 @ 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

Nov
2
Sat
2019
Bus to Chatham Rally to Save Health Services with @Health_Region @ Waterloo Town Square
Nov 2 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Save The Services That Save Us (poster for Chatham rally for WR Health Coalition)
Download the poster (PDF, 504 kBytes)

The Ontario Health Coalition is planning 3 – 4 mass stadium rallies this fall with the goal of stopping the Public Health and local ambulance service and dispatch closures, stopping the hospital and long-term care cuts and stopping health care privatization across the board, from home care to long-term care, hospital diagnostic services to community care. We have already slowed down significantly plans for mega-mergers and we have won better funding in health care than in virtually all other Ontario Ministries as a result of our fightback campaign. In fact, leading into our rally last fall, the province announced $90 million and more than 600 hospital beds, responding to our campaigning work on hospital overcrowding.

But the Ford government has a radical $22 billion cut plan — the most radical in our province’s history — so our success is relative. Across the board, health care funding is not keeping pace with inflation and population growth and contains nothing for ageing costs. Therefore, already too-long waiting lists for hospital, long-term, home and community care will not be addressed and services will not be able to keep pace with population need. Hospital, ambulance and long-term care funding do not keep pace even with inflation, meaning that there are real-dollar cuts (and therefore service cuts) in hospitals, paramedic and long-term care that are already rolling out across Ontario.

In addition, municipal long-term care homes have been hit particularly hard with the cancellation of two special funds that supported many of them in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

The cuts for Public Health and ambulance services are even more dramatic. The province is planning to cut almost 1/3 of provincial funding for Public Health. They are planning to close 25 Public Health Units, 49 local ambulance services, and local ambulance dispatch centres. We have pasted a list of the most recent hospital service cuts below. A full list of all the Ford government health care cuts from mental health to pharmacare, hospitals to public health, ambulance services to home care, is available on the Ontario Health Coalition website: Mounting Health Care Cuts

I am organizing a Bus (Coach departs from Waterloo Square at 8:30 AM and returns at 4:30 PM) to take us from Waterloo to the Chatham Stadium Rally and back on Nov 2nd. It’s a Saturday so I am asking for your commitment to going down and back with us, in support of the Chatham Rally. Given that this is a big expense for us at the WRHC we need to ask you to commit to the day and reserve a seat on the bus!. There will be no charge for the coach but we would request that you bring your own lunch.

Just send me a quick email if you can attend and I will reserve a seat for you (bring a friend!).

Your support is crucial if we are going to fill up this bus and importantly the Stadium in Chatham on Nov 2. Please see the attached poster.

Thank you for everything you are doing to protect our public healthcare system in Ontario.

Defiantly,

Jim Stewart
waterlooregionhealthcoalition@gmail.com


Jim Stewart writes:

Hi Bob,

We are trying to fill a bus for the upcoming Chatham Rally. on November 2nd. Chatham has been selected as one of the sites for these rallies so that we can express our deep concern and our resistance to closing all but 10 Public Health units across ON (poster attached).

Bob, can you help me fill the bus that we have leaving from Uptown Waterloo? Would your KW Peace members stand with us in sending a powerful message to the Ford government?

The WRHC is funding the bus trip and we are collaborating with Ontario health coalitions all over SW Ontario to fill the Chatham stadium.

Please let me know if you can support our efforts to protect the Waterloo Region Public Health Unit.

Best Regards,


Jim Stewart
Co-Chair
Waterloo Region Health Coalition
waterlooregionhealthcoalition@gmail.com

This is the email address of the Waterloo Region Health Coalition. For information on the Ontario Health Coalition to join or subscribe to blogs, etc. go to www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca

We meet the second Monday of every month from 7 to 9 PM in the Heather Room at the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 54 Queens St N., Kitchener, ON N2H 2H2. Please join us in protecting and rebuilding our Universal Health Care.

Sure thing, Jim! I’ve forwarded your request to the organizers of the groups that make up KWPeace. And putting the event on the calendar may connect with some additional people!

–Bob.

Nov
11
Mon
2019
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Nov 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
Waterloo Region Health Coalition monthly meeting @ Heather Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Nov 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

Nov
13
Wed
2019
Green Drinks Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge
Nov 13 @ 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.

Nov
20
Wed
2019
Eco Summit 2019: Building Hope @ FED
Nov 20 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Sustainability Office for our sixth-annual Eco Summit! This event brings together staff, faculty, students, and community partners to reflect on our sustainability progress, celebrate our successes, and catalyze action. This year’s event will feature:

Opening remarks from James Rush, VP Academic & Provost
Launch of 2019 Environmental Sustainability Report
Case studies from students, staff, and faculty across campus
Green Office awards, with a special video message from President Feridun Hamdullahpur
Panel discussion with student, staff, faculty, and community experts, moderated by the Sustainability Office

REGISTER FOR
ECO SUMMIT 2019: BUILDING HOPE

CASE STUDY PRESENTERS

Academics: Sustainability Diploma

James Nugent, Lecturer, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

Operations: Waste System Improvements

Giovanna Zinken, Associate Director, Environmental Services, Plant Operations, University of Waterloo

Engagement: Green Residence Ambassador Program 

Farah El-Shayeb, Ambassador, 1A GEM, University of WaterlooJoanna Gao, Ambassador, 1A Planning, University of WaterlooSaad Arif Qadeer, Coordinator, 2A Biomedical Science, University of Waterloo

PANEL MEMBERS

Beth Eden, Network Coordinator – Canada, SDSN Youth Initiative, Undergraduate Student, Environment & Business, University of Waterloo

Nadine Ibrahim, Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering, Lecturer, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

Easton Page, Instructional Support Coordinator, WatPD, University of Waterloo 

Mary Jane Patterson, Executive Director, Reep Green Solutions

Schedule 

8:30am-9:15am: Registration and networking (light breakfast provided)9:15am-9:30am: Opening remarks from James Rush, VP Academic & Provost9:30am-9:45am: Year at a Glance from Mat Thijssen, Sustainability Manager9:45am-10:30am: Case study highlights10:30am-10:45am: Green Office awards 10:45am-11:15am: Bio break and networking11:15am-12:15pm: Panel discussion12:15pm-1:00pm: Lunch and networking
 

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

Nov
27
Wed
2019
Nith Valley Ecoboosters Monthly Meeting
Nov 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

Nov
28
Thu
2019
Extinction Rebellion (XR) Meeting @ Civic Hub WR
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Calling All Rebels!

Come out to learn more about what Extinction Rebellion KW is about, meet some of our rebels, and plan future actions!

This meeting will be focused on events during and immediately after the Climate Strike on Friday, Nov. 29. But there is always time to answer basic questions and satisfy any curiosity you may have about what we do.

RSVP on Facebook

Nov
29
Fri
2019
Climate Strike Waterloo Region @ Waterloo Town Square
Nov 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Dec
7
Sat
2019
Write For Rights with Amnesty International Group Nine @ Seven Shores Cafe
Dec 7 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Write For Rights -- Amnesty International
Amnesty International — Write For Rights
Write for Rights is the world’s largest human rights event. It’s a moment when Amnesty International’s seven million supporters around the world join together in a letter-writing blitz calling on governments to respect the rights of selected individuals at risk.

We have had many successes over the years including the release of political prisoners, the ending of torture in specific cases and in bringing human rights offenders to justice.

Drop in to Seven Shores Café and find out about the 10 cases we are highlighting this year. All of our cases this year focus on youth. International focus will be on each of these ten cases, including one in Canada: the ongoing crisis of mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows First Nation.

You can make a difference by signing letters to governments defending the rights of refugees, indigenous peoples, and human rights workers! We will also have petitions for you to sign!!

Support human rights defenders and their families by sending them messages of hope and solidarity. We will post pictures of solidarity actions on our Facebook page.
Children are welcome – we will have a creative activity for them to participate in.

Thank you to Seven Shores Café for their support of human rights and Amnesty Group 9! This is our fourth year of holding our Write to Rights event there. Buy some coffee, lunch and yummy treats to sustain you as you write and sign letters on December 7.

Group 9 Write for Rights Saturday December 7, 2019 | Facebook

Dec
9
Mon
2019
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Dec 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
Waterloo Region Health Coalition monthly meeting @ Heather Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Dec 9 @ 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

Dec
11
Wed
2019
Green Drinks Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge
Dec 11 @ 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.

Waterloo Region Global Migration Film Festival #WRMigFest @ Civic Hub WR
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Projector and Film Poster for Stranger in Paradise

Stranger In Paradise

(English / Spanish / French)

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 — 6:00pm
Civic Hub Waterloo Region
23 Water Street North, Kitchener
(Entrance from Duke Street)

This film explores the delicate topic of European sentiment towards the inflow of refugees to Europe, represented by one man’s attitude towards three separate groups of migrants. Assuming a different face with each group, he is dismissive in the first part, empathetic and welcoming in the second, and represents official rules and restriction for migrants in the third. Three acts of the film force the audience to reflect on the role of facts and representation, and on the power to create conditions which determine the future of others.
Sponsor logos for film festival

Global Migration Film Festival

The Immigration Partnership joins forces with the International Organization for Migration to host the Global Migration Film Festival in Waterloo Region. The festival features documentaries and films from around the world that show the challenges and promises of migration. In 2018, eleven films were screened throughout the region. In 2019, the festival will take place from December 5 to 18. Entrance to all films is FREE, please consider bringing a non-perishable item for the Food Bank.

Film Festival – Immigration Waterloo Region

Dec
13
Fri
2019
#ClimateStrikeWR for Solidarity with #COP25 @ Waterloo Public Square
Dec 13 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Climate EmergencyURGENT!!! A global demonstration is being launched to protest the expulsion of youth and activists from #occupyCOP25 from the climate summit grounds.

WATERLOO REGION ACTIVISTS ARE MOBILIZING!!!
Come out and strike – 4:30 to 5pm, Waterloo Public Square.

Bring your pots and pans to make some noise!!!

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Yesterday, over 300 attendees of COP25, the UN climate change summit in Madrid, were at wits end with the stalled and ineffective negotiations. Banging on pots and pans, they blocked the entrance to the summit, stalling the negotiations. And without warning, they were kicked out of the conference, badges revoked and barred from returning.

Yesterday, the voices of millions of people were silenced. These activists were climate strikers and labor organizers, indigenous land and water protectors – but they were representing us, millions of everyday people. They were advocating for the rights of those most affected by and least responsible for this crisis. They were silenced and removed, barred from the negotiations, while fossil fuel lobbyists remained inside.

In response, the climate strikers in Madrid issued a call – calling out for an international strike and day of action on Friday, December 13th.

In Waterloo Region we heed their call. We cannot accept this injustice. We must stand up for our rights and our future!

We strike on Friday to call attention to the inaction at COP25, the political games and unambitious targets and stalled negotiations. We strike to hold the Canadian government accountable, as they negotiate over the fate of millions, and refuse to pay our fair share. We stand in solidarity with indigenous people, people from the Global South, and people that are already suffering on the front lines of the climate crisis.

Join us Friday Dec 13th at 4:30p in Waterloo Public Square. We must show that we will no longer accept empty words. We need leaders that listen to the people. We demand climate justice!

Stay up-to-date on our website: www.climatestrikewr.ca

See also EmERGENCY: COP25 Climate Strike Waterloo Region | Facebook

Dec
14
Sat
2019
KWPeace Potluck Meeting for December 2019 @ Civic Hub WR
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Potluck dinner Hello KWPeace Group Organizers! It’s been far too long since we’ve met and enjoyed each others’ food and company. Would you believe our last potluck meeting was in October 2018? I’d really like to have at least one potluck meeting in 2019!

The poll indicates that Saturday, 14 December 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm is the best time for most people to meet — so let’s meet then!

We’ve always had a potluck dinner at our KWPeace meetings, which makes them the best meetings ever! If you can, bring something to share. If you can’t, come enjoy the things others have shared. Past contributions have included salads, entrées, snacks, and desserts. The Civic Hub is a vegetarian venue, but our last potlucks have been vegetarian anyway so that’s all good. Please label your dish if it contains nuts, wheat, dairy, eggs, or strawberry, kiwi, banana, or any of the other latex-fruit syndrome allergens.

civic hub The Civic Hub is open for business, so we’ll have our first meeting there. We’ll have access to the kitchen, but we’re responsible for setting up and cleaning up ourselves (so the doors will be open for setup at 5:30pm, and we have until 8:30pm to clean up).

The Civic Hub is at 23 Water Street North Map in the church of St. John the Evangelist at the corner of Duke Street. Come to the doors on Duke Street, and ring the bell for the Social Development Centre and someone will run up to let you in.

Dec
18
Wed
2019
Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Dec 18 @ 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.

Jan
4
Sat
2020
No War Against Iran. US & Canadian Troops of Iraq & Middle East @ Waterloo Town Square
Jan 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hello KW Peace Group!

Tamara Lorincz is going to join our American and British sisters and brothers who will be taking to the streets tomorrow, Saturday, January 4 to protest the US drone attack in Iraq that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The assassination of General Soleimani has been called an act of war against Iran and is an illegal US act on sovereign territory in violation of international law and without congressional authority. This US attack threatens a further escalation to the conflict with Iran and a potential broader war in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are protesting in the streets to condemn the US assassination of Soleimani.

In Waterloo this Saturday, Tamara is going to stand with her signs from 2:00-3:00 pm in the Uptown Public Square at 75 King Street.

Canada is complicit in this crisis – Canada has troops in Iraq and has been engaged in the US-led coalition Operation Inherent Resolve and in the NATO mission in the country since 2014. For the past five years, Canada has conducted airstrikes or has refueled US-led coalition bombings of both Iraq and Syria. There have been over 30,000 airstrikes. Our presence has NOT brought peace, stability and security to these countries.

In his statement on Friday, 3 January 2020, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne has blamed Iran and General Soleimani for aggressive actions and destabilizing the region. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has failed to honestly assess the situation – it is the United States that withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018 that has escalated current tensions. It is the US that has imposed crippling sanctions against Iran and that called Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group. It was the US that started an illegal war of aggression against Iraq in 2003, which contributed to the rise of ISIS, and provoked a regime-change war against Syria in 2014. It is the US that is now sending another 3,000 troops to the region. Minister Champagne should have unequivocally condemned the US’s illegal attack. His statement is partial and dishonest.

Tamara urges you to stand for peace with Iran. Please call for “No War with Iran” and to demand that the US, UK, Canada and NATO get OUT of Iraq and the rest of the Middle East.

In the US, Codepink, ANSWER Coalition, Black Alliance for Peace and many other groups are having a national day of action with protests planned in most major American cities. There are protests in at least 30 cities scheduled for Saturday: https://www.answercoalition.org/national_action_us_troops_out_of_iraq

In the UK, Stop the War Coalition is having an emergency protest from 2:00-3:00 pm on Saturday as well: https://www.facebook.com/events/1414906255358886/

In solidarity for peace, earth and justice,
Tamara Lorincz
+1-226-505-9469

TAKE ACTION:

1. Stand for Peace sometime on Saturday with a sign and take a picture.

2. Email Minister Champagne to say no war against Iran and Canadian troops out of the Middle East: mailto:Francois-Philippe.Champagne@parl.gc.ca

3. Send a tweet to President Trump no war against Iran and the US out of the Middle East: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

4. Sign Win Without War’s petition to say “No to a War Against Iran”: https://www.change.org/p/stop-war-with-iran

POINTS:

Despite an intervention and occupation of Iraq since 2003, the United States has not brought peace, security and stability to Iraq. The US-led War on Terror with its drone attacks, incessant bombings, private contracted mercenaries, and brutal detention and torture programs have destabilized Iraq and the rest of the Middle East.

Since 2014, Canada has been part of Operation Impact, the Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution to the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. For five years, Canada has conducted airstrikes and has done the refuelling of the US-led coalition against these two countries. There have been over 30,000 airstrikes conducted that has destroyed infrastructure and has killed innocent civilians.

NATO and Canada have exacerbated the tension in Iraq by training Iraqi forces and supporting a corrupt Iraqi government that is funded and armed by the US but is not supported by the Iraqi people. NATO and Canada have prolonged the conflict and the illegal US occupation of Iraq.

Canada has also supported and armed separatist Kurds in northern Iraq that fomented conflict with the central government in Baghdad. Canada has special forces operating in Iraq without any public or parliamentary oversight.

The US, Canada, the UK and other coalition members and NATO must get out of Iraq and the rest of the Middle East including Syria and Afghanistan. Our military interventions in the Middle East have failed. We need a peaceful, nonviolent resolution that includes a complete withdrawal of our military and reparations for all the harm that we have done. For peace in Iraq, we must withdraw our troops. For peace with Iran, we need to end the US provocations and sanctions against the Iranian state and we need to renew dialogue and diplomacy. Peace is up to us.

Sources:

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians flood to street to condemn US assassination: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/03/hundreds-thousands-iranians-flood-streets-condemn-us-assassination-qassem-soleimani

Assassination is an act of war by Lindsay German: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news-comment/3550-qassem-soleimani-assasination-is-an-act-of-war

If War Breaks Out with Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident by Phyllis Bennis:
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/01/if-war-breaks-out-iran-it-wont-be-accident

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne on situation in Iraq on January 3 : https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2020/01/statement-from-minister-champagne.html

Canada’s Operation Impact in Iraq and Syria: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/operations/military-operations/current-operations/operation-impact.html

Canada’s NATO Mission in Iraq: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2019/06/canada-to-command-nato-mission-in-iraq-for-a-second-year.html

Canada’s special forces in Iraq: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadian-special-forces-mission-iraq-kurds-1.4591107 and https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/kurdish-flag-fiasco-prompts-retreat-by-canadian-special-forces

Canada training separatist Kurdish army: https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2016/02/14/is-canada-training-a-separatist-army-in-iraq/

US Operation Inherent Resolve Monthly Casualty Report: https://www.inherentresolve.mil/Releases/News-Releases/Article/2025130/combined-joint-task-force-operation-inherent-resolve-monthly-civilian-casualty/

Air Wars monitoring the US-led Operation Inherent: https://airwars.org/conflict-data/page/2/?belligerent=coalition&country=iraq%2Csyria

Codepink National Day of Action for No War Against Iran & US out of the Middle East on January 4: https://www.codepink.org/01042020

ANSWER Coalition Statement: https://www.answercoalition.org/national_action_us_troops_out_of_iraq

Stop the War UK: https://www.facebook.com/events/1414906255358886/

Resources:

Medea Benjamin’s excellent 2018 book “Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran” – she has led peace delegations to Iran.
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Jan
11
Sat
2020
National Online Teach-In: No War With Iran! @ Room 1300, Conrad Grebel University College
Jan 11 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Spearheaded by the ANSWER Coalition and streamed live in KW at Conrad Grebel University College.

On Saturday, January 11 at 3pm, we will livestream a national online teach-in dedicated to the movement against war with Iran. Featuring anti-war leaders, scholars, journalists, representatives from religious communities and others, the teach-in will include an all star cast representing different sectors of the new anti-war movement.

Speakers for the teach-in will include:

  • Kathy Kelly, Voice for Creative Nonviolence
  • Abby Martin, host of The Empire Files
  • Dr. Gerald Horne, author and historian
  • Claudia De La Cruz, The People’s Forum
  • Liz Theoharis, Co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign
  • Mazda Majidi, Iranian-American journalist
  • Leila Zanda, Iranian-American activist
  • Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate 2016
  • Eugene Puryear, ANSWER Coalition
  • Media Benjamin, CODEPINK
  • Ciara Taylor, The People’s Forum
  • Max Blumenthal, journalist at The Grayzone
  • Leonard Flores, CODEPINK Latin America Coordinator
  • Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance
  • Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
  • Mike Prysner, Iraq anti-war veteran
  • Anya Parampil, journalist at The Grayzone
  • Brian Becker, ANSWER Coalition
  • And others

Please join us in room 1300 at Conrad Grebel University College to learn more about the situation between the US and Iran. Bring snacks if possible!

Also remember to come out for the global day of protest, 2pm at Waterloo Public Square, on January 25th!

National Online Teach-in: No War with Iran! | Facebook

National Online Teach-In: No War With Iran! | On Sat. Jan 11 representatives of the new anti-war movement will be hosting a national teach-in on the US-Iran crisis. Featuring an all star cast of anti-war leaders, scholars, journalists, and others, this event promises to provide a unique glimpse into the evolving anti-war movement in the US and beyond. | We invite you to join us for a local livestream of this event. | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2533631296905008/ | 11 January 2020 - 2:30pm - 6:00pm - Room 1300 Conrad Grebel University College

National Online Teach-In: No War With Iran!

On Saturday, 11 January 2020 representatives of the new anti-war movement will be hosting a national teach-in on the US-Iran crisis. Featuring an all star cast#313639 of anti-war leaders, scholars, journalists, and others, this event promises to provide a unique glimpse into the evolving anti-war movement in the US and beyond.

We invite you to join us for a local livestream of this event.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2533631296905008/

11 January 2020 | 2:30pm – 6:00pm | Room 1300 Conrad Grebel University College | 140 Westmount Road, Waterloo, Ontario

National Online Teach-in: No War with Iran! @ Room 1300, Conrad Grebel University College
Jan 11 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Spearheaded by the ANSWER Coalition and streamed live in KW at Conrad Grebel University College.

On Saturday, January 11 at 3pm, we will livestream a national online teach-in dedicated to the movement against war with Iran. Featuring anti-war leaders, scholars, journalists, representatives from religious communities and others, the teach-in will include an all star cast representing different sectors of the new anti-war movement.

Speakers for the teach-in will include:

Kathy Kelly, Voice for Creative Nonviolence
Abby Martin, host of The Empire Files
Dr. Gerald Horne, author and historian
Claudia De La Cruz, The People’s Forum
Liz Theoharis, Co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign
Mazda Majidi, Iranian-American journalist
Leila Zanda, Iranian-American activist
Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate 2016
Eugene Puryear, ANSWER Coalition
Media Benjamin, CODEPINK
Ciara Taylor, The People’s Forum
Max Blumenthal, journalist at The Grayzone
Leonard Flores, CODEPINK Latin America Coordinator
Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
Mike Prysner, Iraq anti-war veteran
Anya Parampil, journalist at The Grayzone
Brian Becker, ANSWER Coalition
And others

Please join us in room 1300 at Conrad Grebel University College to learn more about the situation between the US and Iran.

NB: If possible, bring snacks to share!

Also remember to come out for the global day of protest, 2pm at Waterloo Public Square, on January 25th!

Jan
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Mon
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Film Screening and Potluck in support of Wet’suwet’en @ St. Paul's College
Jan 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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In response to the international call for solidarity WISC will be hosting a potluck and filmscreening in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and their continued resistance against the encroachment of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
Please join us on Monday January 13th at 5:00-7:00 pm in the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre for an evening of education and solidarity.

Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Jan 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
Waterloo Region Health Coalition monthly meeting @ Heather Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Jan 13 @ 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

Jan
15
Wed
2020
Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Jan 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.