Events List

A listing of Peace and Social Justice events in Kitchener-Waterloo and Waterloo Region.

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Dec
18
Tue
2018
Advent Jazz Vesper Service @ CGR
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for an evening of soulful jazz and worship in Grebel’s Chapel. All are welcome! 

Free parking provided.

If you have any questions, contact Ed Janzen at 519-885-0220 ext. 24249 or ejjanzen@uwaterloo.ca.

Mobilize resistance to Bill 66 @ Room A-142, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Linda Hamilton from Divest WaterlooDivest Waterloo writes:

I’m writing with some urgency today as we have very little time to mobilize resistance to Bill 66, known as Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. I have included more information about this Bill below.

Grand River Environmental Network | www.gren.caGREN is planning a preliminary meeting next Tuesday December 18th at 7pm at CIGI (67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario Map) in room A-142 to discuss the environmental implications of this legislation and to plan next steps for January.

Please extend this invitation to others whom you feel would be interested and able to support our efforts.

I apologize for the short notice and appreciate the difficulty of this request coming so close to the holidays. Our next meeting in January will be on Thursday the 3rd. Consultation closes on January 28th, so we really cannot delay.

Background on Bill 66

Last week, the Doug Ford government introduced Bill 66, known as “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act.” Among its targets is the Greenbelt Act. Bill 66 would allow municipalities to circumvent Greenbelt protections by enacting “Open for Business” bylaws under which they could approve factories and business parks within the Greenbelt. Smaller municipalities (under 250,000) would simply need to show the Ford government that their Greenbelt development would create 50 jobs. For larger cities the requirement would be 100 jobs.

Related measures in Bill 66 would empower municipalities to exempt developers rules designed to protect wildlife and municipal water supplies, including the Clean Water Act, which was enacted following the Walkerton water tragedy in 2000 when seven people died after drinking the town’s contaminated water.

–Geoffrey Stevens, The Record Dec 10/18: Doug Ford’s hypocrisy on the Greenbelt

Other Acts targeted by the Ford government in the astonishing broad scope of Bill 66 include the Toxins Reduction Act, the Great Lakes Protection Act, the Oak Ridges Moraine Act, the Places to Grow Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and numerous other protections that help to ensure the safety and quality of life for millions of Ontarians.

Bill 66 if approved could destroy our environmental regulations, contaminate our drinking water and circumvent good planning by haphazardly opening up farmland and natural areas for development with no requirement for public meetings or communications and no opportunity for appeal to any decisions.

It is a reckless bill to enhance the profits of only a few large businesses and corporations who would bypass important rules and safely regulations at a huge cost to every Ontarian.

We have just 42 days to stop this major threat to public safety, our environment, and natural resources we all depend on before the Ford government will attempt to approve this Bill. It is been called the biggest and most significant environmental rollback in a generation and we need to act now to mobilize as a community and kill Bill 66.

Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Dec 18 @ 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.

Dec
19
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Dec 19 all-day
Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Dec 19 @ 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.

Dec
23
Sun
2018
Food for Thought
Dec 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Sunday, December 23 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, Dec 23, 2018, 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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Dec
25
Tue
2018
CANCELLED: Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Dec 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s Christmas, when we have peace on earth and goodwill towards everyone. No need for a WR Nonviolence planning today!

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.

Dec
26
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Dec 26 all-day
Dec
27
Thu
2018
Philosophication: You
Dec 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Thursday, December 27 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: You

Thursday, Dec 27, 2018, 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: You What aspects are included, that “you” consists of? What physical elements are involved that identify an individual? Is it someone’s physical body…

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@FairvoteWRC Holiday Event for 2018 @ Cathy and John Scott's home
Dec 27 @ 6:30 pm – 11:59 pm

[1] Happy Upcoming Holidays, everyone! Instead of holding our
regular Discussion Night on the last Wednesday of the month (which is
Boxing Day), we’re going to hold a Holiday Get-Together on Thursday,
27 December 2018!

Cathy and John Scott have kindly volunteered to host. We’ll gather at
their home at 6:30pm. If you can, please bring a potluck dish to
share: appetizer, savoury snack, substantial entree, dessert, or even
that potluck staple, potato salad. Let us know on the Discussion List
what you’re bringing so we can avoid duplicates. And when you come,
please label your dish if it contains wheat, nuts, eggs, dairy, meat,
&c.

WHAT: Fair Vote Waterloo Holiday Get-Together for 2018
WHEN: Thursday, 27 December 2018 from 6:30pm to late at night
WHERE: Cathy and John Scott’s home
LOCATION: 213 Sheldon Avenue North, Kitchener, Ontario Map [2]

Hope to see you there!

-Bob Jonkman
Fair Vote Waterloo Co-Chair and Holiday Organizer

Links:
——
[1]

All I Want For Christmas Is Proportional Representation


[2] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwwTxl–?m=

Jan
1
Tue
2019
Minded
Jan 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Tuesday, January 1 at 6:00 PM

Understanding the mechanics of the mind, behind that ever so complex workshop in your skull. During distinguishing the decision drive -determining des…

Minded

Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019, 6:00 PM

Fairview Park Mall (food-court)
200 Fairway Rd S Kitchener, on

1 Hungry Minds Attending

Understanding the mechanics of the mind, behind that ever so complex workshop in your skull. During distinguishing the decision drive -determining destination direction-, what can we learn from a mined mind? What? Casual conversation, mostly focused on the topic below. Topic: To Be Determined (& distinguished) Related links: To see or suggest some …

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Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Jan 1 @ 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
2
Wed
2019
Refugee Vision Care
Jan 2 all-day
Jan
3
Thu
2019
Basic Income Monthly Chin Wag with @BasicIncomeWR @ Taste at the Tannery
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Out-of-focus picture of people

Join us for a Pub Night

Come share your thoughts about Basic Income and hear from others

Basic Income Waterloo Region – part of a grassroots movement to make basic income the next great innovation in social policy.

Basic Income Monthly Chin Wag | Facebook

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
8
Tue
2019
Epidemics, Fast and Slow, and Global Health
Jan 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

This presentation will explore how epidemics, fast and slow, are changing the field of global health with a specific focus on the growing role of anthropologists. Two case studies will be presented. In the first study, Ebola epidemics in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be discussed, drawing on field experience and insights from social scientists. In the second study, the links between armed conflict in the Middle East and the global spread of antibiotic resistance will be described.
About the speaker
Vinh-Kim Nguyen is a medical anthropologist and physician who practices in acute care and humanitarian settings: most recently he has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières in Yemen. His clinical practice has specialized in HIV and sexual health; his teaching links global health and social theory and his research examines efforts to eradicate epidemics, particularly HIV, Ebola, and drug-resistant bacteria, in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Tech Talk
Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Tuesday, January 8 at 6:00 PM

Technology is taking off! And with a big enough impact on today and the future, to likely alter our world faster & in more ways than this planet has s…

Tech Talk

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019, 6:00 PM

Innovation Center
283 Duke Street West Kitchener, on

0 Hungry Minds Attending

Technology is taking off! And with a big enough impact on today and the future, to likely alter our world faster & in more ways than this planet has seen in its entire life span, it should be a relevant and interesting topic to discuss. What: General topic- technology. Specific topic varies monthly. Casual conversation, typically a few at a time, d…

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Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Jan 8 @ 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
9
Wed
2019
Refugee Vision Care
Jan 9 all-day
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
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Jan 14 @ 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
Agency Orientation
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bookclub & Discussion: Musicophilia
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Monday, January 14 at 7:00 PM

This will both be a discussion of Oliver Sack’s book Musicophilia and a reflection on the place of music in what it means to be human. Why has every c…

Bookclub & Discussion: Musicophilia

Monday, Jan 14, 2019, 7:00 PM

Tess’ Place
49 Cedar St. S. Kitchener, ON

1 Hungry Minds Attending

This will both be a discussion of Oliver Sack’s book Musicophilia and a reflection on the place of music in what it means to be human. Why has every cultural in all times had some form of music? Why do we keep inventing and reinventing music instead of just sticking with the tunes we already have? Why does music impact some people more than others?…

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Monthly Meeting
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Waterloo Region Health Coalition
Monday, January 14 at 7:00 PM

We’ll discuss P3s, particularly with regards to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital, and we’ll outline key issues for our 2019 program. ALSO: coffee, (inc…

Monthly Meeting

Monday, Jan 14, 2019, 7:00 PM

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
54 Queen Street North Kitchener, ON

1 Members Attending

We’ll discuss P3s, particularly with regards to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital, and we’ll outline key issues for our 2019 program. ALSO: coffee, (incl. decaf!) cookies, and conversation. Feel free to contact me if you want a particular issue regarding Public Health Care to be on the agenda.

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