Events List

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

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Dec
7
Sat
2019
Make-A-Difference-Market @ CGR
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Make-A-Difference Market is a Conrad Grebel Student Council Peace Society Christmas shopping fundraiser with fair trade and local vendors, a food and bake sale, a silent auction, and live music. Profits earned by Peace Society will be donated to SheCycle; a student initiative developing reusable menstrual, antimicrobial pads for women in developing countries. 
Come visit the market on December 7th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Conrad Grebel University College.

Write For Rights with Amnesty International Group Nine @ Seven Shores Cafe
Dec 7 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec
9
Mon
2019
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Dec 9 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

We are an alliance of individuals from a variety of economic and social situations who strive to end poverty within our society by:

  • practicing solidarity between those who have enough and those who do not have enough
  • learning from one another through experience, reflection, and action
  • applying direct political pressure to all three levels of government
  • a personal commitment to group values and actions
Monthly Meeting
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Waterloo Region Health Coalition
Monday, December 9 at 7:00 PM

Discussing Public Health Care. ALSO: coffee, (incl. decaf!) cookies, and conversation. Feel free to contact me if you want a particular issue regardin…

Monthly Meeting

Monday, Dec 9, 2019, 7:00 PM

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

2 Members Attending

Discussing Public Health Care. 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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Waterloo Region Health Coalition monthly meeting @ Heather Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Waterloo Region Health Coalition is the local chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition | Protecting Public HealthOntario Health Coalition. The chapter meets on the second Monday of every month, except on holidays, when the meeting is on the first Monday of that month.

Meetings are held in the Heather Room of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen Street North, Kitchener. Map

Contact:
Jim Stewart <jim.stewartgo@gmail.com> or +1-519-588-5841
Riani de Wet <dewetriani@gmail.com> or +1-226-606-1623

Dec
10
Tue
2019
Men’s Circle – HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 @ STP
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Through interactive exercises and discussions, the Men’s Circle will explore some of the ways in which men can become leaders in creating a safer campus for everyone. The content is geared toward unpacking harmful constructs of masculinity and increasing understanding of the impact of an individual’s behaviour on themselves and others. This workshop will also explore the relations of power involved in sexual violence and sketch men’s roles in fostering gender equity on campus.

These workshops are free and open to all male identifying students with food and beverages provided!

Learn more.

Please register online.

Advent Jazz Vespers @ CGR
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This will be a moment of calm in the busy-ness of December to recall the love of God present in the mystery of Bethlehem’s manger. Music, readings and prayer will be offered by a group of local jazz musicians. All are welcome. 

Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Dec 10 @ 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.

Team Human: It’s Time To Remake Society Together as the Team We Are
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Centre for Security Governance is hosting the fourth Waterloo Symposium on Technology & Society, featuring  Douglas Rushkoff. Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. In this new talk, Rushkoff argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together — not as individuals. Yet today society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. Money, once a means of exchange, is now a means of exploitation; education, conceived as a way to elevate the working class, has become another assembly line; and the Internet has only further divided us into increasingly atomized and radicalized groups. Rushkoff will show that when we work together, we realize greater happiness, productivity, and peace. If we can understand this fundamental truth and reassert our humanity — together — we can make the world a better place to be human.
Following the keynote, there will be a panel discussion featuring Douglas Rushkoff, Sara Bannerman, and Marcel O’Gorman with moderation from Nahlah Ayed, award winning journalist and host of the CBC Radio show IDEAS. The symposium will be recorded for a future episode of IDEAS.
Join us for a reception (including complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and food) after the event.
The Waterloo Symposium on Technology & Society seeks to promote public discourse in Canada and beyond on the societal challenges and opportunities created by innovations in four primary areas: artificial intelligence, robotics, big data and social media.
For more information, visit the CSG website, or reserve a ticket here.

Dec
11
Wed
2019
Green Drinks Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Green Drinks, Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge | Saving the World One Sip at a Time COME ONE, COME ALL for an informal gathering of environmentally conscientious, sustainably-like-minded people who enjoy casual conversation, good food and good fun!

Are you working on, interested in, or thinking about sustainable facilities, renewable energy and the environment? We are too! So why don’t you come out and join us for some friendly conversation about all things GREEN.

With a focus on Sustainable Development, we extend this invitation to ALL friends of local businesses, communities, academia, and governments to gather for some wonderfully inspired conversation! This is a great chance to catch up with friends, meet new people, and to share our ideas, insights, and visions for a sustainable future!

Gatherings are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Won’t you please join us?

Next Meeting:

April 10th, 2019, 6-9 pm

Barley Works Billiards Room

The Huether Hotel,

59 King St N, Waterloo, ON.

Hosted By: Ecovert Commissioning Corporation & Co-Hosted By: Livescape


Plan Ahead! Venues are pending as we are considering rotating locations quarterly, alternating between Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge. Please Stay Tuned!:

8 May 2019: Heuther Hotel / Barley Works


Green Drinks K-W-C on the Web:

FaceBook / Instagram / LinkedIn / greendrinkskwc@gmail.com

Eventbrite Event Page


Thank You:

Green Drinks KWC co-ordination team: Ecovert Cx Members: Alex Gordner, Kate Nelson, Rebecca Chiba and Livescape Member: Ashley DeMarte

Special thanks to the support of GeoSource & Diverso Energy with their food sponsorhip for out Revival Event held March 13th, 2019.

Dec
12
Thu
2019
Private Sponsorship and Public Freedom: An Arendtian Analysis
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Photo credit: Bess Sadler/flickr
Katy Fulfer explores notions of refugee inclusion and political responsibility that arise in relation to Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. To frame her examination, she read Hannah Arendt’s conceptions of freedom and responsibility alongside emerging empirical evidence about Syrian refugee resettlement. The emphasis on citizen engagement in private sponsorship provides a focal point to explore Arendt’s provocative claim that humanity is collectively responsible for guaranteeing refugees’ human rights. In addition, Arendt critiques the family as a way of structuring political belonging. Dr. Fulfer’s main argument is that the discourse around private sponsorship conceives of freedom as sovereignty, whereas Arendt offers a more powerful account of freedom as the co-creation of the common world. Arendt’s notion of freedom offers a way to resist paternalistic relations with refugees and recognize their equality as participants in our political community. Further, Arendt’s notions of solidarity and public friendship offer a more interesting metaphor than that of kinship for thinking about sponsor-refugee relations.
About the speaker
Katy Fulfer is a feminist philosopher and teacher. In her academic work she harnesses philosophical tools and methods to identify, explain, and resist power inequalities in the world. She teaches courses in the Women’s Studies program, and in the Philosophy and Applied Philosophy PhD programs at the University of Waterloo.

Philosophication
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Thursday, December 12 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

Thursday, Dec 5, 2019, 6:00 PM

Queen Street Commons Café
43 Queen Street South Kitchener, ON

2 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: TBD (up for suggestion) -Some potential topics are on the “Message Board” under the “More” tab, here: https://www.meetup.com/KW-Hungry-Minds/messages…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec
15
Sun
2019
Bill’s Home for Fantastic Conversation
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Sunday, December 15 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, Dec 15, 2019, 1:00 PM

216 Grovehill Crescent
216 Grovehill Crescent Kitchener, ON

2 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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Dec
17
Tue
2019
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Dec 17 @ 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
18
Wed
2019
Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Kitchener-Waterloo chapter ofThe Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale Council of Canadians meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Community Room at Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes, 307 Queen St S. (corner of Queen and Courtland), Kitchener.

There’s parking, but check with the organizers to get a permit.

Current topics include electoral reform, the Nestle boycott, and the
TPP and other trade deals.

All are welcome! For info please contact KW.cofc@gmail.com. Follow @kwcofc on Twitter.

Dec
19
Thu
2019
PhD Dissertation Defence: Violence, Conflict, and World Order: Rethinking War with a Complex Systems Approach
Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Photo credit: Voice of America News: Scott Bobb reports from Aleppo, Syria/Wikipedia Commons
Michael Lawrence‘s PhD Dissertation Defence.
Supervisor: Thomas Homer-Dixon
Committee: Daniel Gorman, David Welch
Internal/external: Alexander Lanoszka, Political Science, University of Waterloo
External: Jack Donnelly, International Studies, University of Denver
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Minded
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 PM

Understanding the mechanics of the Mind, in that ever so complex workshop in your head. What?Casual conversation about how the mind works. Mostly focu…

Minded

Thursday, Dec 19, 2019, 6:00 PM

The Pub On king
77 King Street North Waterloo, Ontario Waterloo, ON

1 Hungry Minds Attending

Understanding the mechanics of the Mind, in that ever so complex workshop in your head. What? Casual conversation about how the mind works. Mostly focused on a potential sub topic below. Sub-topic: To be determined (up for suggestion) -Some potential topics here: https://bit.ly/2poLKaw Who? All welcome, regardless of education/knowledge. Feel free …

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Dec
22
Sun
2019
Food for Thought
Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Sunday, December 22 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 22, 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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Dec
24
Tue
2019
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Dec 24 @ 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
31
Tue
2019
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Dec 31 @ 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
Thu
2020
Philosophication
Jan 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Thursday, January 2 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

Thursday, Jan 2, 2020, 6:00 PM

Queen Street Commons Café
43 Queen Street South Kitchener, ON

0 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: TBD (up for suggestion) -Some potential topics are on the “Message Board” under the “More” tab, here: https://www.meetup.com/KW-Hungry-Minds/messages…

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Jan
7
Tue
2020
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Jan 7 @ 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
Thu
2020
Does Canada Need a Foreign Policy Review?
Jan 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Photo credit: Gary J Wood/Wikipedia Commons
Canada’s contemporary foreign policy has been shaped by deep integration with and dependence on the United States, offset by multilateral support for a rules-based international order. The Trump administration’s confrontational nationalism, combined with the rise of China other global events and trends, has now disrupted Canada’s position and assumptions. This raises the question of whether or not it’s time for a Canadian foreign policy review. A series of discontinuities in Canada’s domestic and foreign policies suggests that our interests could be better served.
The Canadian government has two main options: it can follow its current path of adjusting its policies in an ad hoc fashion, while waiting out the Trump administration and hoping for more favourable successors; or it can attempt to set Canada on a new path, in which case a foreign policy review would be warranted.
The review option would only be useful if everything were on the table, including what to do about bilateral relations with the U.S., the future of our multilateral commitments, and domestic policies on such critical global issues as energy and the environment. The ultimate goal should be to advance Canada’s national interests through better aligned domestic and foreign policies.
About the speaker
Randolph Mank is a three time former Canadian ambassador and business executive, who led the Policy Planning team from 2000-03 during the last Canadian foreign policy review. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, as well as President of MankGlobal Inc.

Jan
13
Mon
2020
Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
Jan 13 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

We are an alliance of individuals from a variety of economic and social situations who strive to end poverty within our society by:

  • practicing solidarity between those who have enough and those who do not have enough
  • learning from one another through experience, reflection, and action
  • applying direct political pressure to all three levels of government
  • a personal commitment to group values and actions