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May
6
Mon
2019
Grebel Gallery Exhibit | New Fraktur @ CGR
May 6 – Oct 25 all-day

Meg Harder is an interdisciplinary artist working and living in the Grand River Watershed. Harder graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Waterloo, which included a six month exchange at Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. She studied under Paula Wilson at Haystack Mountain school of crafts in 2018. She was the 2015 Eastern Comma Artist in Residence at Rare Charitable Research Reserve and at Vermont Studio Centre in 2018. She has exhibited at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Forum of Kitchener and Area, and The Museum, Kitchener. She is a recent recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Project Grant.

Harder’s present research focuses on artistic practices that expand and disrupt canonized art forms and narrative genres to express emerging realities and revisionist histories. She draws on fraktur folk art, an imaginative and densely detailed illuminated calligraphy, historically produced by early Mennonite settlers to Ontario. Fraktur was traditionally made to venerate important religious and cultural texts and was displayed in everyday contexts like the walls of homes and in the covers of bibles and hymnals. In recognition of her ancestral traditions, her ink and gouache drawings carry forward the aesthetic sensibilities of fraktur and Biblical myth, while reframing their contents with a queer, feminine, and bioregional optic. By reinterpreting these archived images in a personal lexicon of motifs and symbols to create fictive environments, she aims to disarm exploitative narratives and create space for new histories and futures.

Gallery information

Summer hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday to Sunday: Closed

Fall hours:

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

Oct
19
Sat
2019
New Hamburg Downtown Depave Paradise Project
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join Reep Green Solutions and the New Hamburg community as we transform the paved fountain area into a naturalized garden space in the heart of downtown for all residents and downtown patrons to enjoy!
REGISTER HERE FOR THIS EVENT!
During the event, we will work together to:

Remove existing interlocking bricks
Remove some gravel fill below to prepare for topsoil and mulch

What Should I Bring?

Refreshments and lunch will be available at the event, but please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated
Dress according to the weather and be prepared to get dirty
Wear long pants and steel toed shoes (otherwise wear closed toe footwear and steel toe caps will be provided)
Bring a pair of work or gardening gloves and a shovel if you have them (no overhead tools please)

If you are only available to attend for a couple of hours or can’t be there for the start – that’s okay! We’d love to have you for as long or as little as you’re available.
What is Depave Paradise? Learn more about the project!
Partners and Funders

Oct
20
Sun
2019
Bill’s Home for Fantastic Conversation
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Sunday, October 20 at 1:00 PM

Come along and bring your favourite thoughts, ideas and opinions. Listen in or Speak up whatever makes you comfortable. All points of view are welcome…

Bill’s Home for Fantastic Conversation

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019, 1:00 PM

216 Grovehill Crescent
216 Grovehill Crescent Kitchener, ON

3 Hungry Minds Attending

Come along and bring your favourite thoughts, ideas and opinions. Listen in or Speak up whatever makes you comfortable. All points of view are welcome. This month’s topic:

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Oct
21
Mon
2019
Federal Election 2019
Oct 21 all-day

This is the latest date for a federal election, following the federal
election of 19 October 2015.

For Fixed Election Date legislation see Date of General Election |
Canada Elections Act [1]

Links:
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[1] http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-2.01/page-22.html#h-27

Zero Waste Week 2019
Oct 21 – Oct 25 all-day

Join the Sustainability Office and campus partners for Zero Waste Week, an opportunity to learn more about reducing your personal waste on campus and how you can get support Waterloo’s commitment to becoming a zero waste campus by 2035 through the Shift Zero Action Plan.

We’re encouraging you to take the Zero Waste Challenge for one week, and we have lots of events and activities to help you get ready! Read more about the challenge and supporting activities below:

Zero Waste Challenge  |  Supporting Activities |   FAQs  |  Terms and conditions

Zero Waste Challenge

Are you ready for the mason jar challenge? The rules are simple:

Register your jar on the Zero Waste Challenge registration page

Collect your waste in a 500mL mason jar (or similar-sized container) for one week 
Recycling and composting do not count – use the bins across campus!
Complete the follow-up survey sent to your email by Friday, November 1 at 11:59pm
BONUS: Share your progress on social media using #WasteWeekUW and #ShiftZeroUW to help inspire others

We encourage you to try to keep your jar as empty as possible for the week. You can set your own difficulty – limit the challenge to your work/school day or take it one step further and collect your waste at home too. Either way, we hope you gain an awareness of how much and what kind of waste you produce in a week so you can start thinking about more sustainable swaps.

By completing the steps above, you will be entered to win one of these amazing prizes:

1 grand prize pack (~$150 value): 
1 of 3 zero waste prize packs (~$50 value each)
1 W Store prize pack (~$50 value), generously donated by Print + Retail Solutions
1 of 5 $10 gift cards to Zero Waste Bulk, generously donated by Zero Waste Bulk
1 of 5 $10 WatCard top-ups!

AND BEST OF ALL, the prize packs come in an adorable tote made from 100% recycled materials – perfect for bringing your lunch AND repping UW Sustainability at the same time!

Supporting activities

We want to make sure you’re equipped with all the tools you need for the Zero Waste Challenge! Here are a number of activities we’ll be offering leading up the Zero Waste Week to help you out:

Activity
Details
Date/Location

Sort-A-Thon

30 seconds to sort 30 common items into the right bins
Participate for a chance to win one of two zero waste prize packs (~$50 value each), a $50 gift card to Zero Waste Bulk, or 1 of 5 $10 WatCard top-ups 
One entry per person (see terms and conditions)

Main campus dates

Oct 7 (11:30am-1:30pm) – SLC Marketplace 

Oct 8 (11:30am-1:30pm) – AHS foyer by FRSH

Oct 9 (11:30am-1:30pm) – STC atrium 

Oct 10 (11:30am-1:30pm) – EV3 foyer 

Residence booth dates

Waste reduction quiz

Take the quiz!
Test your sorting smarts and find out if you’re a Waste Warrior or a Recycling Rookie
Participate for a chance to win one of two zero waste prize packs (~$50 value each), a $50 gift card to Zero Waste Bulk, or 1 of 5 $10 WatCard top-ups
One entry per person (see terms and conditions)

Open online between Mon, Oct 7 at 8:00am and Fri, Oct 25 at 11:59pm

Lunch and Learn: Waste Management at UW 

Register for the Lunch and Learn on Eventbrite
Learn about global and local waste challenges
Find out what Waterloo is doing and how you can get involved

Mon, Oct 21 from 12-1pm in EC5 1111
Register on Eventbrite

FAQs

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you prepare for Zero Waste Week. If your question wasn’t answered here, please reach out to the Sustainability Office.

1. How do I register?

Visit our Zero Waste Challenge registration form to register for the challenge. 

2. Where do I get a mason jar?

You can pick up a mason jar at several locations across campus:

Sustainability Office (EV1-301)
Sort-A-Thon pop-up booths across campus
Green Residence Ambassadors

3. Can I use my own jar?

Absolutely – we encourage it! Feel free to use any similar-sized jar or container you already own.

4. What goes in my jar?

Use your mason jar (or similar-sized container) to collect your waste destined for landfill. Place any recyclables or compostable material into the appropriate bin (e.g. recycling, green bin).

If you aren’t sure where an item goes, start by checking out our A-Z Sorting Guide. If you still have questions, you can reach out the Sustainability Office! 

Please note: We do not recommend collecting personal hygiene products or biomedical waste in your jars; rather, dispose of those items in regular garbage bins. Feel free to make other exceptions as necessary.

5. Should I collect my waste on campus and at home?

Up to you! We encourage you to challenge yourself this week, but you can tailor the difficulty of the challenge as you’d like.

If you think it will be very easy to contain your waste from the work week in your mason jar, then try taking it one step further and including your waste from home. While the goal of the challenge is to keep your jar as empty as possible for the week, the more important insights are an understanding of how much and what kind of waste we generate on a weekly basis, even if all our items can’t be contained in a jar. 

6. How do I complete the follow-up survey?

If you provided your email on the registration form (and consent to email you), the Sustainability Office will send the link to the follow-up survey directly to your email. 

Otherwise, the link will be posted on this webpage and the Sustainability Office social media channels (@uwsustainable).

7. Where do I return my mason jar?

No need to return it after the challenge is over – you can save it for next year! However, mason jars can be returned to the Sustainability Office (EV1-301) if desired.

Terms and conditions

Zero Waste Challenge 

Eligibility:

You must be a student or employee at the University of Waterloo, aged 18 years or older and residing in Ontario to be eligible for the prize draw.

Challenge Details:

The challenge starts on Monday, October 21, 2019. (Registration will open on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 8:00am.)
The follow-up survey will be open until Friday, November 1, 2019 at 11:59pm.
The registration form and completed follow-up survey will enter participants into the prize draw.
One entry per person.
No purchase is necessary. Participation is voluntary and may be withdrawn at any time. Alternate entry can be arranged by emailing Andrea Bale (abale@uwaterloo.ca)

Winner Selection:

The winners will be selected by random draw and notified by Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
The selected winner must answer a skill testing question correctly before obtaining the prize and being declared winner. If incorrectly answered, another entrant will be selected randomly. 
Selection of winners is randomized, where chances of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Sort-a-thon

Eligibility:

You must be a student or employee at the University of Waterloo, aged 18 years or older and residing in Ontario to be eligible for the prize draw.

Challenge Details:

The challenge starts on Monday, October 7, at various locations across campus.
Completion of the activity and provision of an @edu.uwaterloo.ca or @uwaterloo.ca email address will automatically enter the participant into the prize draw.
One entry per person.
No purchase is necessary. Participation is voluntary and may be withdrawn at any time. Alternate entry can be arranged by emailing Andrea Bale (abale@uwaterloo.ca)

Winner Selection:

The selected winners will be notified by Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
The selected winner must answer a skill testing question correctly before obtaining the prize and being declared winner. If incorrectly answered, another entrant will be selected randomly. 
Selection of winners is randomized, where chances of winning depend on the number of eligible participants.

Waste Reduction Quiz

Eligibility:

You must be a student or employee at the University of Waterloo, aged 18 years or older and residing in Ontario to be eligible for the prize draw.

Challenge Details:

The quiz will be available from Monday, October 7, 2019 at 8:00am until Friday, October 25, 2019 at 11:59pm.
Completion of the quiz and provision of an @edu.uwaterloo.ca or @uwaterloo.ca email address will automatically enter the participant into the prize draw.
One entry per person.
No purchase is necessary. Participation is voluntary and may be withdrawn at any time. Alternate entry can be arranged by emailing Andrea Bale (abale@uwaterloo.ca)

Winner Selection:

The selected winners will be notified by Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
The selected winner must answer a skill testing question correctly before obtaining the prize and being declared winner. If incorrectly answered, another entrant will be selected randomly. 
Selection of winners is randomized, where chances of winning depend on the number of eligible participants.

One Road, Many Dreams: China’s Bold Plan to Remake the Global Economy
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Photo from One Road Many Dreams book cover, courtesy of Daniel Drache
Daniel Drache, A.T. Kingsmith and Duan Qi are co-authors of One Road Many Dreams: China’s Bold Plan To Remake The Global Economy, published earlier this year by Bloomsbury. Written by three highly regarded political economists, One Road, Many Dreams examines the One Belt, One Road initiative from all angles. It looks at the projects and the players, the alliances and the governance. It explores the opportunities for China and the threat to the West, particularly for Trump’s isolationist US administration. At home and abroad, China is staking its credibility as a superpower on One Belt, One Road. Its resources appear limitless, but One Road, Many Dreams asks a tough question: has China overreached? Or can it really pull this off and remake the world economy in its own interests?
About the speaker
Daniel Drache, Professor Emeritus, York University, and Senior Research Fellow Robarts Center For Canadian Studies, has published widely on globalization, citizen activism and the governance of international trade. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Defiant Publics: The Unprecedented Reach Of The Global Citizen and Borders Matter: Homeland Security And The Search For North America. The most recent is Gray Zones In International Economic Law And Global Governance Crisis (with Lesley Jacobs). His work focuses on the changing character of the globalization narrative, and its economic, social and cultural dimensions.

Oct
22
Tue
2019
Public Talk | Canada’s Indochinese Refugee Program: Policy Innovation and Societal Change @ CGR
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Michael Molloy is co-author of Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugee Movement 1975-80, and has 40 years’ experience in international and refugee affairs. In 1979 and 1980 he coordinated the Indochinese refugee program that brought 60,000 refugees to Canada. Molloy is Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, and is president of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society.

Public Talk | Canada’s Indochinese Refugee Program: Policy Innovation and Societal Change @ CGR
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Michael Molloy is co-author of Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugee Movement 1975-80, and has 40 years’ experience in international and refugee affairs. In 1979 and 1980 he coordinated the Indochinese refugee program that brought 60,000 refugees to Canada. Molloy is Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, and is president of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society.

Public Talk with Michael Molloy – Canada’s Indochinese Refugee Program: Policy Innovation and Societal Change @ CGR
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday October 22nd for a talk with Michael Molloy, co-author of ‘Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugee Movement 1975-1980′, Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, and president of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society. Michael Molloy has 40 years’ experience in international and refugee affairs, having coordinated Canada’s Indochinese refugee program from 1979-1980, which saw 60,000 refugees resettled in Canada.

Please let us know you’ll be attending by registering online.

City of Kitchener Statutory Public Meeting on residential zoning
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Waterloo Region Yes In My Back Yard
Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 PM

Register as a delegation or come to listen! This meeting is a follow up to the residential survey for the Comprehensive Review of the Zoning ByLaw. I…

City of Kitchener Statutory Public Meeting on residential zoning

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019, 7:00 PM

No location yet.

1 Members Attending

Register as a delegation or come to listen! This meeting is a follow up to the residential survey for the Comprehensive Review of the Zoning ByLaw. In their words: “A final draft zoning by-law amendment to incorporate the residential base zones into the Zoning By-law[masked] (CRoZBy stage 1) and an amendment to the city’s Official Plan to update …

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Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Oct 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.

Oct
23
Wed
2019
Summit for Responsible Innovation and Technology @ FED
Oct 23 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Join Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement Director Paul Heidebrecht at the inaugural Summit for Responsible Innovation and Technology at Federation Hall from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM on Wednesday, October 23! Organized by the Waterloo Council for Responsible Innovation and Technology (of which Paul is a member), the summit will be an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to provide input into the effort to transform the culture at Waterloo in ways that elevates the priority of ethics and social impact in teaching, research, and entrepreneurship.

Waterloo’s Council for Responsible Innovation and Technology is committed to transforming culture at Waterloo, across Canada, and internationally to ensure that education and governance progresses at the same pace as innovation. Spanning research, education, policy, outreach and connection, Waterloo’s commitment includes:

promoting responsible research that actively attends to critical social and ethical issues embedded in the research, design, and application of technology
educating and empowering researchers and students to be responsible contributors and ethically aware consumers
developing policies that ensure and support ethical innovation

Please register by October 18, 2019. 

Noon Hour Concert: Indulgences @ CGR
Oct 23 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Soprano Elizabeth Lepock and collaborative pianist Simone Luti will present musical indulgences on the topic of food, poetry, love, and more… Arranged as a meal, this recital will include a few “meatier” songs sets, by such composers as Liszt and Rachmaninoff, interspersed with shorter tidbits, by Canadian composer David MacIntyre, setting appetizer and dessert food descriptions.

Local to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ms. Lepock holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Music History from Wilfrid Laurier University, and Master of Music in Literature and Performance from Western University where she will also be defending her Doctor of Musical Arts dissertation in fall 2019.   Her varied teaching experience includes private teaching, six years on faculty at Ontario Mennonite Music Camp at Conrad Grebel University College, and master’s and doctoral level teaching assistant positions in diverse subjects.

As a performer, Ms. Lepock enjoys sharing all kinds of repertoire, from well-known classics of the opera, oratorio, and recital literatures, to newly composed works. Art song recital may be her absolute favourite, due to her deep passion for poetry and foreign languages. 

A native of Lucca, Tuscany, orchestral conductor and pianist Simone Luti is quickly gaining recognition and acclaim for his musical instincts and sensitivity on the podium and at the keyboard.  He has conducted on the podiums for such organizations as  The Musical Festival in Ticino Locarno, Switzerland, in Albania at the Opera Theatre in Tirana, the Symphony Orchestra of Bacau, Romania, and the International Opera Theatre of Philadelphia (in Teatro degli Avvaloranti, Città della Pieve; Teatro Mancinelli, Orvieto; and The University of Performing Arts, Philadelphia).  At the keyboard, Mr. Luti has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist in recitals, opera galas, and chamber groups for theatres and musical institutes throughout Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and Belgium, playing. Of note was his debut at the Lucerne Festival playing for soprano Irina Lungu.

Luti is also the Opera Music Director and Symphony Orchestra Director at the University of Western Ontario.

Stride Night Training
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please note that before you register for the Stride Night training you must first attend a screening interview.  To arrange a time for a screening interview please contact Alison at 519-744-6549 ext: 125 or at alisonh@cjiwr.com

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

Oct
24
Thu
2019
The Uses and Limits of Photovoice in Research on Life After Immigration Detention and Deportation
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Photo credit: DIAC images – Villawood IDC
Researchers are increasingly called upon to integrate ‘innovative’ and ‘creative’ methods into their research designs. Within migration and border studies, visual methods are being used to better explore people’s experiences of migration and enable more participatory, collaborative, and inventive research. In this presentation, Dr Sarah Turnbull critically reflects on her failed attempt to incorporate visual methods in follow-up research on immigration detention and deportation in Britain. In particular, she considers the uses and limits of participant-generated visuals, and the specific method of photovoice, which were originally conceived as a means to explore themes of home, identity, and belonging in and through practices of detention and release or deportation. Drawing on the notion of research ‘failure,’ this presentation highlights the challenges and limitations of photovoice in follow-up research with individuals who were detained and/or deported, pointing to various methodological, logistical, ethical, and political issues pertaining to the method itself and the use of the visual in social science research.
About the speaker
Sarah Turnbull is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Sarah was Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is currently completing a research project examining immigration detention and deportation in the United Kingdom, with specific focus on the experiences of confinement and removal in relation to affective issues of home, belonging, and identity in contemporary Britain.

Oct
25
Fri
2019
Recruitment of Policy Leader 2019-20 Program, Government of Canada
Oct 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Graduate students from the BSIA, UW and Laurier are invited to join us from 11:00 am to noon on October 25th to talk about how to put your talent to work for the Canadians, a presentation brought to you by the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program with the federal public services of Canada. Bring your questions on how to become a policy leader!
Are you interested in:

supporting innovation and new technology?
developing policies on diversity and inclusion?
shaping Canada’s trade policy?
or addressing a wide range of public policy issues?

Take advantage of the many opportunities that the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program offers!
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Speaker:
Dr. Rong Sun
Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program Alumna
Associate Director
Centre for Evaluation of Radiopharmaceuticals and Biotherapeutics
Health Canada

Oct
26
Sat
2019
Dog Poop Compost? Living Zero Waste as a Dog Owner
Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Check out Reep Green Solutions Zero Waste 101 for more blog posts and videos on how you can reduce your waste. Zero Waste Challenge this October!
If you pick up dog waste 3x a day in a plastic grocery bag, that’s 1000+ bags of waste that go to the landfill yearly!
There are also tons of options to handle the waste responsibly. Did you know that you can compost pet waste? You can either throw it in the green bin with compostable plastic bags or make your own compost! Join us to learn more about the options, from DIY compost to park drop offs!
Agenda
Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
Q&A: 2:15 p.m.
Reep Open House (take a look at the poop composter outside!): 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
REGISTER HERE
 
Transportation
We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail. It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes that use Queen and have stops near Mill St. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.
Parking
You are welcome to use Schneider Ave or David Street parking. The Victoria Park Pavilion parking lot is also free to use and only a few minutes walk to the Reep House. Please do not park at the Schneider Haus or Mitchell St lots (click to enlarge map)
Photo Notice
By your entry, you consent to the possibility of being included in the footage and to the purposes for which it may be used: to publicize the event taking place in this area and/or to promote Reep Green Solutions. Individual participants will not be identified without their consent. Reep Green Solutions has exclusive rights to and ownership of this multimedia footage. Speak with the staff/volunteers if you would like to opt-out of appearing in photo/video. Contact communications@reepgreen.ca if you have questions or concerns.
Event Photo by Tatiana Rodriguez on Unsplash

Oct
27
Sun
2019
Food for Thought
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Sunday, October 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, Oct 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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Oct
29
Tue
2019
Policy Without Strategy? Challenges Facing the Global SDG Agenda
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Photo credit: UNDP
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Featuring the inaugural lecture by the BSIA’s new Director, Ann Fitz-Gerald, and a panel discussion by the editors of Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Global Governance Challenges, a book written and edited by BSIA faculty, fellows, postdocs and students.
The evening will begin with Professor Ann Fitz-Gerald, who will speak about the current suite of post-2015 sustainable development goals, which acknowledges the mutually reinforcing and dependent relationship between security and development. But challenging this comprehensive and far-reaching global policy agenda are emerging issues and insecurities in both the developing south and the developed north which question whether the current system of international governance – and existing national, regional and multilateral ‘tools’ for intervention – are capable of addressing these complex and interdisciplinary issues. Drawing on a number of current drivers of global insecurity, Professor Fitz-Gerald will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the current international governance architecture to address these issues and propose recommendations for both policy development and institutional capacity.
We will then welcome the editors of the book to take the stage for a wider discussion on the SDGs and to evaluate the opportunities and challenges to their realization. As part of the Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development series, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Global Governance Challenges features contributions from 18 members of our BSIA community. This collaborative effort draws on the expertise of our community to both locate the Sustainable Development Goals as a contribution to the development of global government and to examine the political-institutional and financial challenges posed by these goals.

Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Oct 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.

Oct
30
Wed
2019
Noon Hour Concert: Breath’s Compass @ CGR
Oct 30 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

World renowned counter-tenor Daniel Cabena will sing Ralph Vaughan William’s ‘Ten Blake songs’, accompanied by Sarah Cardwell on the oboe.  The oboe is a beautiful yet challenging instrument, a perfect counter point to the text of the songs.  Canadian countertenor Daniel Cabena is highly regarded in both Canada and Europe for prize-winning performances ranging from baroque to contemporary repertoire.  His gentle, elegant singing, and an especially fine sensitivity to the text paired with Sarah Cardwell’s ability to produce lovely yet mysterious sounds will make this a concert not to be missed.

Daniel Cabena website                                                                                   Sarah Cardwell information

Discussion Night at @FairvoteWRC — now in the @CivicHubWR! @ Civic Hub WR
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On the last Wednesday of every month we meet 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.

Discussion Night meetings are now being held in the Civic Hub of
Waterloo Region [1], in the Church of St. John the Evangelist at 23
Water Street in Kitchener. To enter, come to the doors on Duke Street
and ring the bell for the Social Development Centre. Map [2]

If you drive, don’t park in the lot beside the church! It’s not part
of the church, and is actively targeted for ticketing!

Links:
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[1] https://civichubwr.org
[2] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwWMM4?m=&node=6160219550

Nov
1
Fri
2019
Fridays for Future Climate Strike: Kitchener-Waterloo @ Waterloo Town Square
Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Greta Thunberg in front of a crowd of people
Greta Thunberg
Join the youth of Waterloo Region we strike for our futures in Waterloo Town Square, 75 King Street in Uptown Waterloo. There will be singing, speaking, marching, and chanting! The focus will be on youth, but all are welcome!

This event is dedicated to building a youth voice to speak up for climate action, in solidarity with Greta Thunberg and millions of other young people in thousands of towns and cities across the world. Find strikes happening in other regions: https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/

The Fridays for Future Committee, Waterloo Region, with youth from across the Region and members of Kitchener-Waterloo Climate Save, RISE for Climate Waterloo, Divest Waterloo, and the local chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, 350.org and Extinction Rebellion would like to facilitate and support youth climate strikes in our region and beyond… for their future. If you or anyone you know would like to start additional strikes in your town or at your school, please reach out. We would be happy to help …

climatesave@yahoo.com
fridaysforfuturekw@gmail.com

Twitter:
#FridaysforFuture
#climatestrike
#WeStandWithGreta

This event will be held the first Friday of every month, same time. Please note that our September strike will be 20 September 2019, in line with the global climate walk-out.

Fridays for Future Climate Strike: Kitchener-Waterloo | Facebook

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.