Events List

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

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Apr
25
Wed
2018
Transformative Mediation Training April 25-28, 2018
Apr 25 @ 8:30 am – Apr 28 @ 4:30 pm
Fourth BSIA Global Political Economy Dissertation Workshop
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm

By Invitation Only
The Balsillie School hosts this Global Political Economy dissertation workshop.
Students at the second year level and above who work on issues related to Global Political Economy are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is November 13 2017.
Please see the Call for Proposals (attached below) for details.
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Apr
27
Fri
2018
City Nature Challenge, Waterloo Region
Apr 27 @ 12:01 am – Apr 30 @ 11:59 pm

Cambridge City Green MeetUp
Friday, April 27 at 12:01 AM

Which city has the most nature?The City Nature Challenge 2018 will help us find out! More than 60 cities in 17 countries around the world are asking p…

City Nature Challenge, Waterloo Region

Friday, Apr 27, 2018, 12:01 AM

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1 be-the-change volunteers Attending

Which city has the most nature? The City Nature Challenge 2018 will help us find out! More than 60 cities in 17 countries around the world are asking people to explore nature in their urban areas and document the species they find. Help Waterloo Region show the world how biodiverse our region is by making as many observations of as many species as …

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Apr
28
Sat
2018
Food Not Bombs! Servings
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Share a meal. Start a conversation. All welcome at Food Not Bombs Kitchener’s Saturday servings!

Where does this happen?

The serving happens at 1:30 every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall (200 King St W.). Before that, we cook our soup at the Working Centre, which is located at 58 Queen St S. (just a few blocks away). Our leftover produce and soup is then driven to the House of Friendship in downtown Kitchener.

How can I help?

We are always in need of volunteers to help us cook, people with access to cars who can drive produce and soup to and fro, friendly folks who want to dish out soup and, last but not least, people to help with the clean-up.

You can read a complete description of the different jobs available here: http://wpirg.org/action-groups/food-not-bombs/how-to-help/. If any of them sound good to you, sign up for our mailing list here: http://lists.wpirg.org/mailman/listinfo/fnb_lists.wpirg.org. We’re a friendly bunch- send out an e-mail introducing yourself and we’ll be happy to help you get started.

Who donates food?

We get the majority of our produce from Central Fresh Market- they give us the vegetables that aren’t pretty enough to sell or that they’ve overstocked. We also get donations of produce from Full Circle Foods and donations of loaves and buns from Grainharvest Breadhouse.

Why does Food Not Bombs do what it does?

Because food is a right, not a privilege. Because when we are hungry, we have the right to get what we need. Because poverty is a form of violence neither necessary nor natural. Because capitalism makes food a source of profit, not a source of nutrition. Because food does grow on trees. Because we need community, not control. Because we need homes, not jails. Because we need FOOD NOT BOMBS!

Rain Barrels: Everything You Wanted To Know
Apr 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

REEP HOUSE Series
Rain Barrels: Everything You Wanted To Know
Our resident rain barrel expert, Brendan Schaefer will walk you through the basics of rain barrels and how they can be beneficial for you.Topics covered will include: identifying the best location to put your rain barrels; how to properly set them up for ease of use and to prevent overflow problems and getting them ready for winter. Brendan will help you be sure your rain barrel is helping you save on water while not causing problems for your home. 

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
Q&A: 2:15 p.m.
Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

AGENDA

Identifying the best location for your rain barrel(s)
Planning ahead to direct overflow to a permeable area
Setting up your rain barrel for ease of use
Getting your barrels ready for winter
How to apply for stormwater credits

Brendan Schaefer has been a RAIN Guide at REEP Green Solutions for many of years with our RAIN program, and was previously a Water Guide with our Well Aware program. He has visited hundreds of homes and commercial properties, giving advice about best practices for rain barrels and other stormwater management features.
 

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We would like to acknowledge our project partners, the City of Kitchener, Partners for Action from the University of Waterloo, and Green Communities Canada.

With funding provided by:
This project is funded through a donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that supports projects that contribute to healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

TRANSPORTATION
We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail and we have a bike rack.
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.
Since the house only has a few parking spots, we have arranged for parking spaces in the Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen St. S.

Apr
29
Sun
2018
cycleWR meet & greet
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyclewr-meet-greet-tickets-45146257672

Better biking is coming to Waterloo Region. We’re going to make it happen—with your help. Join CycleWR on April 29 to talk about a bikeable Waterloo Region.

CycleWR is a new coalition that advocates for cycling in Waterloo Region to be a safe, respected, convenient, and everyday mode of transportation for people of all ages and abilities.

We envision a Waterloo Region where people of all ages and abilities feel safe to commute to work, ride to school, run errands, and enjoy their neighbourhoods on their bicycles. When more people cycle, the Region will be more lively, less congested, and healthier for everyone, no matter how they get around. 

We’re hosting our first meet and greet on April 29 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Open Sesame, 220 King Street West, in downtown Kitchener.

Drop by to meet our growing cycling community in the Region and find out how you can get involved in the #CyclistsofWR campaign, making cycling an election issue, and more.

Light refreshments will be served. This is a family-friendly event. Open Sesame is a physically accessible space, with one single occupancy gender-neutral bathroom.

Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested, and register for this free event to let us know you’re coming by!

Apr
30
Mon
2018
Alliance Against Poverty Special Meeting on Transit @ The Working Centre
Apr 30 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm


Our next meeting is on Monday, April 30th at 5:15pm at the Working Centre (upstairs – Mezzanine); this is not the regular AAP meeting (scheduled for Monday, May 14th at 5:15pm) but it’s important for us to meet on the 30th to discuss strategies/talking points/etc. regarding our free transit campaign, so that we can engage effectively in all candidates meetings and other events in the upcoming elections.

May
1
Tue
2018
Minded: Free Will
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Tuesday, May 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 dest…

Minded: Free Will

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 5:30 PM

Queen Street Commons Café
43 Queen Street South 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, with room for flow of interest. Topic: Free Will Do we have freedom of choice, or is i…

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

Group 9, Amnesty International regular meeting @ Community Ed Room 2202, Conrad Grebel College
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

The Bible, Justice, and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation @ CGR
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Free Public Lecture

Addressing what many consider the world’s most intractable conflict, Naim Ateek offers a succinct primer on the theology of liberation in the context of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and self-determination. He proposes a strategy for biblical interpretation that emphasizes the prophetic themes of inclusivity and justice. He concludes by providing broad principles for achieving security, peace, and justice for all the peoples in Israel/Palestine.

About Naim Ateek:

The Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek is an Anglican priest and former Canon of St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem.  He is the founding director of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. His books include Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation and, most recently, A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict.

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May
2
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
May 2 all-day
Business Actors, Political Resistance, and Strategies for a Clean Energy Transition
May 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Existing energy policies remain well short of achieving a rapid transformation to a low carbon system of energy supply. One of the principal reasons has been political resistance from incumbent fossil fuel industries. In this paper Christian examines the role of business actors in the US energy sector and asks what should policymakers do? Drawing on new empirical data, primarily semi-structured interviewers with business actors across the US energy sector, he argues that there are specific strategies policymakers can employ to help overcome the resistance from incumbent fossil fuel industries. Specifically these are to: entrench and build existing interests via targeted sector specific policies; exploit inter-industry and intra-industry divisions; and shift existing interests with policies that induce changes in industry investment and structure.
About the speaker
Dr. Christian Downie is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2018-2021) in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University. He was previously a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Christian has worked as a foreign policy advisor to the Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and a climate policy advisor to the Department of Climate Change. He has spent time teaching or researching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the London School of Economics, and in policy think tanks in Canberra and Washington D.C. Christian is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters including publications in Global Environmental Politics, Energy Policy, Global Governance, International Affairs, and Third World Quarterly. His first book, The Politics of Climate Change Negotiations, was published in 2014.

May
3
Thu
2018
Ontario Health Coalition: Dr. John Lister — High-level briefing and Launch of K-W Health Coalition @ Elizabeth Room, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dr. Lister, a British health policy expert, is making a 10 city tour of Ontario from 1 to 14 May to talk about hospital overcrowding, cuts, P3s and privatization. The OHC says:

He is that rare thing, an academic, policy expert and social activist: Dr. John Lister is author of two international books on health care reform and founder of Health Campaigns Together which, on February 3, held a massive march of more than 200,000 people in London to save the British National Health Service from cuts and privatization. Dr. Lister is currently writing a book about P3 privatization in hospitals and its devastating impact on equitable public health care for all. We are pleased to host him in Canada for a series of media interviews and high-level briefings.

Dr. Lister will be in K-W on Thursday, 3 May, giving media interviews during the day and then at 6 p.m. will hold a “high-level briefing and launch of K-W Health Coalition”, in the Elizabeth Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen St N, Kitchener. The K-W Chapter of Council of Canadians are co-sponsoring his visit.


Heart and stethosocopeOntario Health Coalition
Action Update
15 Gervais Drive, Suite 201, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1Y8 tel: 416–441–2502 ohc@sympatico.ca www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca


Kitchener-Waterloo
Dr. John Lister, British health policy expert tours K-W to talk about hospital overcrowding, cuts, P3s and privatization
Crowd with picket signs


Date: Thursday, 3 May 2018
Time: 6:00pm
Place: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth Room, 54 Queen Street North.

High-level briefing and launch of K-W Health Coalition

Sponsored: By the Ontario Health Coalition and the K-W Council of Canadians

For more information please contact Edgar Godoy 416–441–2502 or ohc@sympatico.ca and K-W Chapter, Council of Canadians at kw.cofc@gmail.com

Ontario Health Coalition | Protecting publich healthcare for all The Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale
Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter


May
4
Fri
2018
Canada as Safe Haven? The Migration of War Resisters from the United States
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Registration Required
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This event features a keynote address by Dr. John Hagan, Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University, Vietnam war resister, and renowned author of Northern Passage: American Vietnam War Resisters in Canada. Dr. Hagan will deliver a lecture titled “How American’s Have Remembered to Forget: Canada, Collective Memory and America’s Forever Wars.”
This will be followed by a screening of a documentary film-in-progress: “Canada as safe haven?” The film weaves together the histories of US war resisters from both the Vietnam and Iraq wars, detailing their cross-border journeys and experiences.
The screening will be followed by a live panel discussion with filmmaker Lisa Molomot, war resisters featured in the film, activists, and Dr. Hagan. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Alison Mountz.
If you are interested in a longer discussion, please join us in the same location the next morning, Saturday, May 5. Registration is free but required for both events. Click here to register for the Saturday workshop.

May
5
Sat
2018
Responding to the world refugee crisis: BVOR Sponsorship Conference @ CGR
May 5 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is proud to partner Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario in organizing this one day conference. Attend this conference to learn more about how we can respond to the current refugee crisis through the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) Refugee Sponsorship program.

There will be workshops covering the topics of BVOR Sponsorship, joys and challenges of sponsorship, and settlement supports. Ann Voskamp, a refugee sponsorship advocate, will deliver the keynote speech on her refugee sponsorship experience. Other presenters include Barbara Treviranus, former field worker for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, representatives from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, Brian Dyck, MCC National Migration and Resettlement Program Coordinator, Moses Moini, MCC Ontario Refugee Program Coordinator, and Kaylee Perez, MCC Ontario Refugee Resettlement Associate.

This conference has been rescheduled from April 14 to May 5 due to an ice storm struck Southern Ontario. If you registered for the April 14 event, you must register again.

To attend this event, please register here.

Workshop: Canada as Safe Haven? The Migration of War Resisters from the United States
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Registration Required
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During the Vietnam War, Canadian government and society welcomed between 50,000 and 100,000 US war resisters, providing safe haven from militarism and a mandatory draft (Hagan 2001). A more recent cohort of some 300 resisters began entering Canada in 2004 to make refugee claims after service and tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. These are two historical periods in the shared, cross-border history between the two countries. While some were able to stay, most had refugee claims for protection rejected; some were deported and served time in military prison (War Resister Support Campaign 2014). Even if they did not find legal status in Canada, members of both cohorts found and forged spaces of safe haven in Canada. For some, these were paths to citizenship; for others they were temporary safe havens in urban and rural communities.
This one-day workshop will facilitate a dialogue amongst US war resisters and activists from both time periods, researchers, and community members. These conversations will enable us to learn from and appreciate specific histories of precarity, migration, and im/mobilities of war resisters, and to map, remember, and celebrate the impact of social support and resistance movements in Canada. These exchanges will also illustrate the broader cross-border socio-legal, cultural and geopolitical contexts in and between the US and Canada during these times. From these rich discussions, we can reflect on present day geopolitical relations between Canada and the United States and globally, and think through how lessons of social movements and resistance can potentially be, and are being, operationalised today.
The day will be organized as follows:
Session 1: War resisters share histories
Session 2: Activists share histories
Session 3: Researchers share findings and strategies to document war resister histories.
Come be part of these important conversations at the Basillie School of International Affairs, with a reception to follow. Co-hosted with the International Migration Research Centre.
On Friday, May 4th at 7:00pm, Dr. John Hagan, Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University, Vietnam war resister, and renowned author of Northern Passage: American Vietnam War Resisters in Canada, will deliver a lecture titled “How American’s Have Remembered to Forget: Canada, Collective Memory and America’s Forever Wars.” The lecture will be followed a screening of a documentary film-in-progress: “Canada as safe haven?” and a live panel discussion with filmmaker Lisa Molomot, war resisters featured in the film, activists, and Dr. Hagan. Register for the evening event here.
 

Food Not Bombs! Servings
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Share a meal. Start a conversation. All welcome at Food Not Bombs Kitchener’s Saturday servings!

Where does this happen?

The serving happens at 1:30 every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall (200 King St W.). Before that, we cook our soup at the Working Centre, which is located at 58 Queen St S. (just a few blocks away). Our leftover produce and soup is then driven to the House of Friendship in downtown Kitchener.

How can I help?

We are always in need of volunteers to help us cook, people with access to cars who can drive produce and soup to and fro, friendly folks who want to dish out soup and, last but not least, people to help with the clean-up.

You can read a complete description of the different jobs available here: http://wpirg.org/action-groups/food-not-bombs/how-to-help/. If any of them sound good to you, sign up for our mailing list here: http://lists.wpirg.org/mailman/listinfo/fnb_lists.wpirg.org. We’re a friendly bunch- send out an e-mail introducing yourself and we’ll be happy to help you get started.

Who donates food?

We get the majority of our produce from Central Fresh Market- they give us the vegetables that aren’t pretty enough to sell or that they’ve overstocked. We also get donations of produce from Full Circle Foods and donations of loaves and buns from Grainharvest Breadhouse.

Why does Food Not Bombs do what it does?

Because food is a right, not a privilege. Because when we are hungry, we have the right to get what we need. Because poverty is a form of violence neither necessary nor natural. Because capitalism makes food a source of profit, not a source of nutrition. Because food does grow on trees. Because we need community, not control. Because we need homes, not jails. Because we need FOOD NOT BOMBS!

Jane’s Walk: Walk & Talk in DTK
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Saturday, May 5 at 1:00 PM

This is the second year that Hungry Minds is participating in Jane’s Walk by leading a walk through downtown Kitchener. We are taking the conversation…

Jane’s Walk: Walk & Talk in DTK

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1:00 PM

Kitchener Farmer’s Market
300 King St. E. Kitchener, ON

1 Hungry Minds Attending

This is the second year that Hungry Minds is participating in Jane’s Walk by leading a walk through downtown Kitchener. We are taking the conversation and contributions from various unique individuals that makes Hungry Minds so great and taking it to the streets. Meeting on the steps of the Farmer’s Market, we will walk to various spots in downtown…

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Your Options for Permeable Driveways, Patios and Paths
May 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

COACH Series
Hard surfaces are among the most used areas of our properties. However, these hard surfaces tend to increase stormwater runoff that contributes to flooding and pollution. One of the ways to keep the advantages of driveways and pathways but still reduce runoff is by using permeable pavement. This workshop will help you to make sense of the options available so that you can make an informed choice. Topics covered include:

What is the difference between the various permeable technologies on the market? What are the pros and cons of each?
When is using permeable the right (and wrong) option for your project?
How to choose a contractor? What questions should you ask to make sure they are qualified to do the work?

AGENDA:

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
Q&A: 2:15 p.m.
Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 
 
PRESENTER: Michael Albanese

Michael is a sustainability advocate focusing on bringing green infrastructure to private property owners. He is the owner and operator of a landscape consulting and contracting company offering custom drainage solutions, permeable paving, eco-gardening, and rain harvesting to protect your property from water damage. Michael graduated from University of Waterloo in the Geography and Environmental Management program and is currently completing Landscape Design program at Ryerson.
 

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TRANSPORTATION:
We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail and we have a bike rack.
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.
Since the house only has a few parking spots, we have arranged for parking spaces in the Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen St. S
 
Funder and Partner Acknowledgement:
We would like to acknowledge our project partners, the City of Kitchener, Partners for Action from the University of Waterloo, and Green Communities Canada.
This project is funded through a donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that supports projects that contribute to healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

Jane’s Walk: The Death and Life of a Great Urban Creek
May 5 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Cambridge City Green MeetUp
Saturday, May 5 at 3:30 PM

We’ll explore the human ecology of a rare cold-water watercourse, Mill Creek from Soper Park to its mouth along the Grand River, and how the creek has…

Jane’s Walk: The Death and Life of a Great Urban Creek

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 3:30 PM

Soper park
Dundas St./Marion Way Cambridge, ON

3 be-the-change volunteers Attending

We’ll explore the human ecology of a rare cold-water watercourse, Mill Creek from Soper Park to its mouth along the Grand River, and how the creek has been altered, destroyed, and renewed over the past 200 years. The walk will consist of accessible, flat locations (asphalt walking trails, sidewalks). Distance may be an issue for some (i.e. Soper …

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May
6
Sun
2018
Jane’s Walk: Living Levee Trail / Flood Walls & the Special Policy Area of Galt
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cambridge City Green MeetUp
Sunday, May 6 at 1:00 PM

Enjoy the riverscapes of Galt and learn about how, in the age of bell-bottoms, the City flooded. A massive public works project followed to prevent f…

Jane’s Walk: Living Levee Trail / Flood Walls & the Special Policy Area of Galt

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1:00 PM

No location yet.

3 be-the-change volunteers Attending

Enjoy the riverscapes of Galt and learn about how, in the age of bell-bottoms, the City flooded. A massive public works project followed to prevent future floods and protect the downtown. The walking route will be on the east side of the river to cross over at the Main St. bridge, through Sculpture Garden and riverside trails on the west side of …

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Jane’s Walk: Victoria Park Forest Walk
May 6 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Cambridge City Green MeetUp
Sunday, May 6 at 3:30 PM

Cambridge has a new woodlot management plan for Victoria Park – come and enjoy a Spring walk, learn about our local forest, and how you can be involve…

Jane’s Walk: Victoria Park Forest Walk

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3:30 PM

No location yet.

2 be-the-change volunteers Attending

Cambridge has a new woodlot management plan for Victoria Park – come and enjoy a Spring walk, learn about our local forest, and how you can be involved in making it healthier. The majority of the walk will consist of footpaths through the forest with varying accessibility, slopes and surfaces. https://janeswalkwr.wordpress.com/

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May
7
Mon
2018
E-waste Drop-off Initiative @ EV2
May 7 @ 9:00 am – May 18 @ 4:00 pm

Central Stores has announced an e-waste initiative just in time for spring cleaning! As in the past, the MAD Studio (EV2-1003) will have bins available to drop off items. Starting Monday, May 7th through to Friday, May 18th, you can drop off UW-owned e-waste between the hours of 9:00-11:30am and 1:30-4:00pm (M-F). If you require a cart to transport your equipment, please contact the MAD Studio to borrow one. If you are dropping off a computer, please submit an RT first, as the old data needs to be removed before recycling the computer, and make sure you have backed up all old files.  

This two week initiative will provide the opportunity for your department to clear out space-consuming electronic waste and other surplus items. Please take advantage while you can!

Please note that all faculty, staff and students are invited to drop off personal e-waste items at our Central Stores (263 Phillip Street, Waterloo) at any time throughout the year (M-F) from 7:00am to 4:00pm.

For a complete list of acceptable e-waste items, visit the Central Stores E-Waste Program. 

Patently Unequal: Intellectual Property, Industrial Organization, and Economic Malaise
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Rescheduled from April 16, 2018
Changes in firm strategy and structure largely explain the sources and consequences of the global economic slowdown and part of the current populist political wave. Firms’ profit strategies now center on robust intellectual property (patent, copyright, trademark, brand) portfolios and other sources of monopoly power and maximize return on assets by shrinking their labor and physical capital footprint to the minimum. This produces an upside-down profit pyramid with human capital-intensive firms at the top, physical capital-intensive firms the middle and labor-intensive firms at the bottom. Headcount, meanwhile, resembles a traditional ‘wedding’ cake, producing massive inequality of income and profits. Income inequality slows consumption growth, and profit inequality reduces productive investment, slowing GDP growth. All of these are susceptible to remediation through proper public policy.
About the speaker
Herman Mark Schwartz is the Fulbright Research Chair in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Dr. Schwartz is interested in the how the structure of property rights, especially intellectual property rights, affects economic growth and the distribution of income nationally and globally.