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Jan
7
Mon
2019
Winter 2019 Auditions are open @ CGR
Jan 7 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 19 @ 10:00 pm

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” ― Leo Tolstoy
  All three choral ensembles and four instrumental ensembles are open to all UWaterloo students.  Please see https://uwaterloo.ca/music/ensembles  for details.

Jan
14
Mon
2019
Grebel Gallery Exhibit | Gichitwaawizi’igewin: Honouring @ CGR
Jan 14 – Apr 12 all-day

In this exhibit, artist Catherine Dallaire re-examines the original Indigenous values in animal and plant life that are often vilified by contemporary Western settler culture. Building understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews is an important step towards peace and conciliation in the Canadian context. Creating space for Indigenous wisdom to guide culture and policy is an integral part of building peace and justice.

Exhibit Launch

January 17, 2019, at 4 PM. Register online.

Gallery information

Fall/Winter hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Stride Night Training
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – Jan 21 @ 3:30 pm
Jan
18
Fri
2019
Transformative Mediation training
Jan 18 @ 8:30 am – Jan 19 @ 4:30 pm
Jan
21
Mon
2019
Civic Hub – 2nd Small Groups Summit @ Social Development Centre
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dear All,

It has been a year since our initial mobilization around the idea of a Civic Hub. A number of us continued meeting throughout the 2018 and worked on grants, connections and the first vision statement: A home, a landmark, accessible to everyone interested in civic and grassroots groups to showcase what is being done in the community, to allow groups to support each other, recruit, communicate and build credibility and capacity for advocacy and delivery of services to the community.

The number of small groups and organizations interested in the initiative is growing. A number of projects bringing together ethnocultural groups in Waterloo Region in 2018 testified that common, affordable space is a foundation for communication, collaboration and growth for many groups who feel isolated, under-resourced and in constant competition for supports.

However, there is little understanding of the core work that civic groups and small non-profits do in Waterloo Region.

We can learn together with other non-profit networks who want to create hubs for their sectors, such as WR Environmental Network and WR Arts Council.

Our strength is in our diversity and our common vision.

On January 21st 2019, we will gather again to share updates and brainstorm ideas about the next steps in creation of a Civic Hub.


6pm at SDC Office Map
in St John Church,
23 Water St North in Kitchener
Entrance and doorbell on Duke St.

RSVP by January 15th. Please get in touch if you need more information or have ideas/comments to share before the 21st.

Wishing you only the best to come in 2019.
Warmest Holiday Regards,
Aleksandra Petrovic

Executive Director
Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
23 Water St. North, Kitchener ON, N2H 5A4
(entrance and doorbell on Duke Street)
Phone: 519-579-3800

Your Voice and Your Donation Count!
Give for A Better Common Future

We will gather again in the New Year! | Social Development Centre Waterloo Region office reopens on January 2nd 2018 (people sitting in a discussion group with notetakers in the background)

Civic Hub – 2nd Small Groups Summit @ SDC Office at St.John Church
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’re meeting at The Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region, located in The Church of St. John the Evangelist located at

23 Water Street North Map
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Enter through the doors on Duke Street; ring the bell to let us know you’re there.

We’ll be joining the Small Groups Networking Meeting, to plan for a Community Civic Hub.

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

Civic Hub will bring together small non-profits and ethnocultural groups to support each other and work towards equity and inclusion.

2nd Small Groups Networking Meeting is on January 21, 2019!

RSVP at admin@waterlooregion.org

Small Groups Networking Meeting hosted by @SPCofKW @ St. John The Evangelist Church
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Civic Hub will bring together small non-profits and ethnocultural groups to support each other and work towards equity and inclusion.

2nd Small Groups Networking Meeting is on January 21, 2019!

RSVP at admin@waterlooregion.org

Jan
22
Tue
2019
Against Complicity: Rethinking the Temporalities and Spatialities of Migration Scholarship for Our Times
Jan 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The study of migration in a hypermobile world is an urgent and compelling endeavour that hastens to comprehend the complexity and scale of contemporary human movement. Amidst the turbid currents that propel migration scholarship this presentation calls for reflection on the ethical investments and spatio-temporal modalities of migration research. Through a discussion of Australia’s early twenty-first century shift to temporary migration, Dr. Koleth examines how migration scholarship becomes complicit in the reproduction of the nation-state. Using feminist, postcolonial and critical border studies approaches, she uses this moment of ethical accounting for complicity as a space for rethinking the temporalities and spatialities of migration research. Drawing from her analysis of interviews conducted with temporary migrants from India in Sydney, Australia, firstly Dr. Koleth critically examines the way in which the intractable ‘presentism’ of migration research fails to capture the dissonant temporalities that migrants navigate as they move across borders. Secondly, she examines the limitations of methodological nationalism that continue to shape analyses of migration, and highlight possibilities for rescaling our spatial imaginaries with reference to migrants’ effective and embodied attempts to commensurate the spaces they move across.
About the speaker
Elsa Koleth is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the City Institute at York University, Toronto, where she is working on the SSHRC Partnership Project, ‘Urbanization, gender and the global south: a transformative knowledge network (GenUrb)’ (PI: Professor Linda Peake). Elsa completed her doctoral dissertation, titled, ‘Haunted borders: temporary migration and the recalibration of racialized belonging in Australia,’ at the University of Sydney, Australia. During her doctorate Elsa was a researcher in the Australian Research Council-funded international study ‘Social Transformation and International Migration in the Twenty-First Century,’ led by Professor Stephen Castles. Her research interests include the nexus of migration and urbanisation, shifting geographies of race and gender, spatio-temporal assemblages, and decolonizing epistemologies and methodologies.
No registration is required for this event. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 am and the talk will begin at 10:00 am. 
If you have any questions, please contact Sean Lockwood at slockwood@wlu.ca. 

Philosophication: Vocabularisation
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Tuesday, January 22 at 6:00 PM

The art of questioning and attemptive understanding. What? Philosophy in general. Casual discussion, mostly focused on the topic (differs monthly) lis…

Philosophication: Vocabularisation

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019, 6:00 PM

Queen Street Commons Café
43 Queen Street South Kitchener, ON

1 Hungry Minds Attending

The art of questioning and attemptive understanding. What? Philosophy in general. Casual discussion, mostly focused on the topic (differs monthly) listed below, with room for conversation flow. Topic: Vocabularisation How significant is vocabulary? How relevant is the ability to use complex language, to intelligence, development, and how far humans…

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Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON Map) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Jan
23
Wed
2019
Refugee Vision Care
Jan 23 all-day
Noon Hour Concert: French Connected @ CGR
Jan 23 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

 

Cellist Tom Wiebe and pianist Chiharu Iinuma will perform pieces by Chopin, Debussy and Takemitsu.  Thomas Wiebe is Associate Professor of Violoncello at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London. He is also on the faculty of the Domaine Forget Summer Music Academy in Quebec.  Japanese pianist Chiharu Iinuma has been increasingly in high demand as a teacher, coach and ensemble pianist.  A founding member of the Ridge Trio, the Chamber Ensemble Bloomington and the Duo Gillham-Iinuma, she is on the piano faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

 

Parking is also available in the St. Paul’s lot, next to the Chapel.

Nith Valley Ecoboosters Monthly Meeting
Jan 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

Jan
24
Thu
2019
Secession as Risky Business: Economic Organizations and the Politics of Independence Referenda
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The economic costs and benefits of independence are often the central element of debates in the lead-up to secession referenda. Despite the prominent role of economic organizations – both individual enterprises, and representative bodies – in these debates, scholars have largely ignored the political role of these crucial economic actors. This presentation maps the emergent strategies that businesses develop in times of constitutional uncertainty, and counter-strategies devised by pro-independence actors. The cases include Catalonia, Scotland, Quebec, and several non-Western counter-examples.
About the speaker
Karlo Basta is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. His work spans identity politics in multinational states, symbolic aspects of political institutions, and the politics of events and temporality. His work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Nations and Nationalism, and other scholarly journals. He is currently completing a book manuscript on decentralization, recognition, and secessionist crises in multinational states.

WRN supplementary meeting @ Coffee Culture
Jan 24 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Jan
25
Fri
2019
Ontario Budget Consultation in Kitchener-Waterloo
Jan 25 all-day

From: Social Development Centre WR <sdcwr@waterlooregion.org>
Date: Mon, Dec 24, 2018, 11:13 AM
Subject: Jan 8 deadline to register a 2019 ON Budget delegation for Jan 25

Ontario Budget Consultation in Kitchener-Waterloo is on January 25.

Interested delegations to provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and preferred location to the Clerk of the Committee by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Aleks

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From: Ontario Health Coalition <ontariohealthcoalition@list.web.net>
Date: Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 12:41 PM
Subject: [OHC] pre-budget hearings x-Ont: deadlines, dates & locations included

Ontario Health Coalition | Protecting public healthcare for all Dear Members and Supporters:

This is a reminder and some additional information about pre-budget hearings. The government has announced that the Standing Committee of the Ontario Legislature on Finance & Economic Affairs will be holding pre-budget hearings across Ontario. The Standing Committee has now selected dates for each location. I have pasted the information from the Standing Committee website below.

We are asking local coalitions to register for the hearings in their towns and encouraging all supporters, members and affiliates to do the same. We will provide a template submission for everyone as soon as possible and we can provide all the support you need to make it local and relevant to your issues while echoing the key messages. Could you let me know if you are applying for Standing so that I can be in touch with you about this?Please note the deadlines to apply for standing to make an oral presentation. There is no flexibility in the deadlines and if you would like to present you need to apply asap. To apply, you can phone or email your contact information (as per the notes below) and simply state that you would like to make an oral presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in the pre-budget consultations.

Here is the information from the Standing Committee:

2019 PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATIONS

The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will meet to conduct Pre-Budget Consultations.

The Committee intends to hold public hearings in Toronto on January 15 and 29, 2019; and in Dryden on January 21, in Timmins on January 22, in Ottawa on January 23, in Sarnia on January 24, in Kitchener-Waterloo on January 25, and in Peterborough on January 28, 2019.

Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation to the Committee on January 15, 2019, should provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to the Clerk of the Committee by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation to the Committee during the week of January 21, on January 28, or on January 29, 2019, should provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and preferred location to the Clerk of the Committee by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on the issue may send a written submission to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

The Committee will stream live from location when available. For the link to the webcast, and to find times and availability, please visit the Legislative Assembly website at http://www.ola.org.

Stephen Crawford, MPP, Chair
Timothy Bryan, Clerk
Room 1405, Whitney Block
Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2

Telephone: +1-416-325-3526
Facsimile: +1-416-325-3505
TTY: +1-416-325-3538
E-mail: comm-financeaffairs@ola.org

Collect calls will be accepted.

Ces renseignements sont disponibles en français sur demande.

—–
~ Protecting Public Medicare for All ~
Ontario Health Coalition
15 Gervais Drive, Suite 201
Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8
ohc@sympatico.ca
www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca
+1-416-441-2502

Jan
26
Sat
2019
Seed Library Anniversary Party
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cambridge City Green MeetUp
Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 PM

Celebrate the second anniversary of the Idea ExchangePreston Seed Library with music, food & seed sharing!2:00-2:30pm: Cake cutting and remarks2:30-4:…

Seed Library Anniversary Party

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019, 2:00 PM

Idea Exchange | Preston
435 King St E Cambridge, ON

1 be-the-change volunteers Attending

Celebrate the second anniversary of the Idea Exchange Preston Seed Library with music, food & seed sharing! 2:00-2:30pm: Cake cutting and remarks 2:30-4:00pm: Musical performance by Madison Galloway Our community partners will be in attendance to answer all your seed saving questions: -Preston Community Garden -Seeds of Diversity -rare charitable r…

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SEED LIBRARY ANNIVERSARY PARTY @ Idea Exchange - Preston
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm

Celebrate the second anniversary of the Idea Exchange Preston Seed Library with music, food and seed sharing! Cake cutting and remarks from 2:00 – 2:30 pm. Musical performance by Madison Galloway from 2:30 – 4:00pm.

Details: https://ideaexchange.org/programs/event/seed-library-anniversary-party

Jan
27
Sun
2019
Family Literacy Day @ Conestoga Mall
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy in Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related family activities. On Sunday January 27, 2019 from 10:00am -4:00pm join the fun at Conestoga Mall. With performances by Erick Traplin, interactive activities, and free books (while they last).

Special activity – Stop, Drop & Read at 11:30am

Food for Thought
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Sunday, January 27 at 1:00 PM

A monthly discussion on how we see the world. What is important to us and how these values are reflected in society – locally and by the larger commun…

Food for Thought

Sunday, Jan 27, 2019, 1:00 PM

Stephen’s Place
471 Thorndale Dr Waterloo, on

2 Hungry Minds Attending

A monthly discussion on how we see the world. What is important to us and how these values are reflected in society – locally and by the larger community. All points of view are welcome. Note: we have cats and dogs

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Jan
28
Mon
2019
AVP Community Workshop @ Unity Kitchener
Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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

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

The six sessions of the workshop are scheduled as follows:

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

Location: Unity Kitchener, 2631 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

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

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

Best wishes,
Jean Herzog,
Coordinator

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES WORKSHOP

Positive Practical Powerful

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

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

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

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

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

This Experiential Workshop allows you to:

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

avp-kw@hotmail.com

TO REGISTER:

unitykitchener@gmail.com

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

SPACE IS LIMITED

Presented by AVP

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

Jan
29
Tue
2019
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON Map) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Jan
30
Wed
2019
Refugee Vision Care
Jan 30 all-day
Noon Hour Concert: Women Music Revolutionaries @ CGR
Jan 30 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

This concert is dedicated to the female singers and singer-songwriters who have been influential both to Joni NehRita and I as artists, but also to the culture at large. For Joni and I, as female leaders in this music business, paying tribute the female musical heroes who have come before us is both an honour, and feels extremely important and relevant in this current awakening of women’s voices, with #metoo and #timesup. The tide is turning, and while we must look forward, it is also important to pay tribute to the female musicians who made their mark, in times where their voices were not always valued or heard.
The concert will feature the music of seminal jazz singers Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn and more, but also honour the singer-songwriters whose music was the feminist voice of a generation: Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and much more.
To give this music the emotional weight it deserves, we have been extremely lucky to bring in the Penderecki String Quartet as our special guests. With new string arrangements by Don Buchanan, myself, and Joni, hear songs like ‘Beautiful’, ‘A Case of You’, ‘All I Want’, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, ‘How Insensitive’ and more in a whole new light, with these arrangements tailored to our voices, the world-class Penderecki String Quartet, and Don Buchanan on piano.                                                               Mary Catherine Pazzano

Discussion Night at @FairvoteWRC @ Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On the last Wednesday of every month we meet in the Community Room
in the Bread and Roses Cooperative Housing to discuss the latest news
and politics of electoral reform. Sometimes we have presentations on
different aspects of voting systems, sometimes we just have an
informal discussion.

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a Fair Vote member to come
to Discussion Nights.

If you drive, please park in the north parking lot Map [1] and place
a note on the dashboard of your vehicle: Meeting in Community Room re
Apt 107 from 7-9pm

Links:
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[1] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwTL0rw–?m=