Waterloo Bookfest, now on Sunday 26 May 2024 from 2pm to 8pm at Waterloo Public Square

Due to the anticipated rain, showers, drizzle, cloudburst, storm, downpour, deluge, and other forms of precipitation the Waterloo Bookfest will now be held on
Sunday 26 May 2024

What: Waterloo Bookfest
When: 2:00pm to 8:00pm, Sunday 26 May 2024
Where: Waterloo Public Square
Location: 75 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario Map
Online: KW Writers Alliance https://kwwritersalliance.com/bookfest-2024/

Waterloo Bookfest, Sunday May 26 - 2pm to 8pm, Waterloo Public Square. Find your next summer read! Book Sale, Local Authors, Live Readings. FREE! kwwritersalliance.com/bookfest-2024

Waterloo Bookfest

Find your next summer read!

  • Book Sale
  • Local Authors
  • Live Readings
  • Free!

Family Story Hour starting a 2pm. Waterloo Bookfest, Saturday May 25, Waterloo Public Square. Featuring local children's authors: Danette Byatt, Peggy Dietrich, Elizabeth Ngazi Mbonu, Carolyn Wilker, Christine Callahan-Oke, Jennifer Harris, HM Newsome, Sandra Wilson. kwwritersalliance.com/bookfest-2024

Family Story Hour

Starting at 2:00pm on Sunday 26 May 2024
Featuring local children’s authors:

  • Danette Byatt
  • Peggy Dietrich
  • Elizabeth Ngazi Mbonu
  • Carolyn Wilker
  • Christine Callahan-Oke
  • Jennifer Harris
  • HM Newsome
  • Sandra Wilson

More info at the KW Writers Alliance Bookfest 2024 page.

KW VegFest, Waterloo Public Square, 11am Saturday 11 May 2024

What: KW VegFest
When: 1:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 11 May 2024
Where: Waterloo Public Square Map
Location: 75 King Street
Website: https://kwvegfest.ca/
Contact: kwvegfest@gmail.com

KW VegFest is an initiative of Waterloo Region Climate Initiatives, and has brought sweet and savoury plant-powered festivals to Waterloo Region since 2018. We are here to entertain, to raise awareness about the connection between climate breakdown and the farming of animals, and to give the public the opportunity to love our shared planet with plant-based foods.

Kitchener Waterloo VegFest Pop-Up | Saturday, May 11, 2024 | 1pm - 6pm | Waterloo Town Square | Come celebrate our 7th year!

Walk and Vigil for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People, Sunday 5 May 2024

@Lulex tweets:

May 5th at 10 am we gather together at 300 Frederick Street Kitchener to march and remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous people. Vigil at the Kitchener clock tower will follow.

What: Together We Walk
When: 10:00am on Sunday 5 May 2024
Where: Healing of the Seven Generations Map 1
Location: 300 Frederick Street, Kitchener, Ontario

What: Vigil
When: 6:00pm on Sunday 5 May 2024
Where: Clock Tower, Willow River Park (Victoria Park) Map 2
Location: Near 59 Joseph Street, Kitchener, Ontario

Together We Walk | Join H7G on May 5th for our walk in remembering The Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and honouring their courage and strength. | Walk will start at 300 Frederick Street @ 10am and we will walk to Victoria Park Clock Tower | Please also join us @6pm for a vigil located at Victoria Park Clock  Tower (B&W photo of the Kitchener clock tower bedecked with a red dress and ribbon skirts; illustration of an Indigenous woman with a painted red hand over her mouth)

Stand with Gaza and U.S. students for Palestine at University of Waterloo, 8:30am Wednesday 1 May 2024

Tamara Lorincz writes:

Please join us tomorrow morning if you can before work! Please spread the word!

When: 8:30am to 9:30am, Wednesday 1 May 2024
Where: In front of University of Waterloo, ION train crossing
Location: 170 University Avenue, Waterloo Map

Join us with your flags & signs.

Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor | Day 200 | The Israeli Genocide in the Gaza Strip | 7 October 2023 - 23 April 2024 | Killed *: 42,510; 15,780 Children; 10,091 Women ; 38,621 Civilians | Injured: 79,240 | Journalists killed: 137 | Displaced: 2,000,000 | Completely destroyed homes: 131,200 | Partially destroyed homes | 281,000 | Destroyed/damaged press headquarters: 178 | Damaged schools: 445 | Destroyed industrial facilities: 2,271 | Damaged mosques: 651 | Damaged churches: 3 | Healthcare professionals: 905; 356 killed; 549 injured | Healthcare facilities: 322; 29 Hospital; 72 Clinics; 221 Ambulances | Heritage sites: 203 | Civil defense workers: 203; 42 Killed; 161 Injured | Detainees/Forcibly disappeared: 3,661 | * The killed number includes those presumed dead under the rubbleIn Gaza, there are over 42,000 Palestinians killed and over 79,000 injured. All the universities, schools and libraries are destroyed. Most of the hospitals and homes are in ruins. Academics, doctors, nurses, paramedics and journalists and their families are killed. Israel is blocking aid and food to Gaza and Palestinians are starving. This is a genocide! See these EuroMed Human Rights statistics.

Across North America, students are rising up, occupying their campuses and condemning university complicity in the genocide unfolding in Gaza. American students have been violently assaulted and detained by police.

Canada is complicit by sending weapons to Israel. We need a two-way arms embargo against Israel. Stop the weapons! Frequently Asked Questions: Arms Embargo on Israel

Canadian universities are complicit in their silence. The universities and colleges in Waterloo-Kitchener should stop being silent, should speak out against genocide & divest from weapons & war. No more research with weapons companies.

“Let’s Talk About How We Move” by ClimateActionWR, 7pm Wednesday 1 May 2024 at Waterloo Public Library

It’s not too late to register for the upcoming Community Climate Talks Event: “Let’s Talk About How We Move” on Wednesday 1 May 2024 at Waterloo Public Library at 7 p.m.

What: Let’s Talk About How We Move
When: 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Wednesday 1 May 2024
Where: Waterloo Public Library
Location: 35 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ontario Map
Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-climate-talks-lets-talk-about-how-we-move-tickets-872125449697
Contact: Sydney Sandluck (she/her), Project Coordinator, ClimateActionWR
Email: sydney.sandluck@climateactionwr.ca
Phone: +1‑226‑476‑1659

This session is a continuation of last Fall’s exciting hybrid workshop series hosted by ClimateActionWR and led by the ClimateActionWR dedicated volunteer events team. Each session will consist of guest speakers, panels and opportunities to engage with other community members and attendees.

During this community workshop, we will be talking about How We Move in the community and will dive into topics such as:

  • The current and future landscape of transportation services in Waterloo Region
  • Why transportation choices matter for climate targets
  • Behaviour and mindset shifts in order for us to get to the targets
  • Addressing the barriers and gaps

and more!

The guest speaker panelists for this discussion include:

  • Arcy Canumay, Bicycle Mayor of Waterloo
  • Geoffrey Keyworth, Senior Engineer, Transportation Planning at the Region of Waterloo
  • Samantha Leger, PhD candidate and Active Transportation Planner, School of Planning at the University of Waterloo

Please see the Eventbrite link for more information and to register while spots are available.

Please feel free to share within your team and networks.
ClimateActionWR | Community Climate Talks | Let's Talk About How We Move | Wed, May 1st | 7:00 - 8:30pm | Waterloo Public Library 35 Albert Street | Learn how we can #transform the ways we move!

Community Dinner at St. John’s Church, 5pm on Sunday 3 March 2024

Laura Hamilton writes:

I wanted to make sure that you are all aware of the upcoming community dinner at St John’s Church this Sunday. The Community Kitchen Co-operative K-W (text circles around two red-and-white checkered oven mitts positioned to form a heart)Community Kitchen Co‑op is hosting this in the hope that members of the congregation can learn more about good work that is happening through the Civic Hub. Thompson Tran (of The Wooden Boat) will be preparing the meal, and it will the include Vegan, Vegetarian and Halal options.

Dinner is free or donate what you can. I have also heard murmuring in the church that some folks would like to see the property turned into affordable housing… so this will be a wonderful opportunity for you to share your knowledge of the need for housing over a meal with unsuspecting parishioners.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Please invite your friends! Please register at Eventbrite: Community Dinner.

What: Community Dinner by the Community Kitchen Co‑op
When: 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Sunday 3 March 2024
Where: Upper hall, St. John The Evangelist Church (enter from Duke Street)
Location: 23 Water Street North, Kitchener, Ontario Map
Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-dinner-tickets-823819043937

Members from local government and the wider community are being invited to make this an opportunity for you to share what you are doing. The Civic Hub is a group of organizations that advocate for our community. Volunteers from the Community Kitchen Co-operative Kitchener-Waterloo Inc are organizing this dinner and will make you feel welcome.

Enter the building on the the corner of Duke and Water – Kitchener – through the accessible entrance on Duke Street.

No Fixed Address: A Talk About Homelessness and Encampments, 6:30pm on Thu 22 Feb 2024

No Fixed Address | A talk about homelessness and encampments | February 22, 2024 | 6:30pm | www.WRCommunityTownHalls.ca
What: No Fixed Address: A Talk About Homelessness and Encampments
When: 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursday 22 February 2024
Where: Online only, link sent with registration
Register: Tickets from Eventbrite

With the ever escalating housing crisis, a growing number of people are confronting the harsh realities of homelessness. Despite concerted efforts, community services and shelters are struggling to keep pace with surging demand, leaving many people without access to even these temporary solutions.

Faced with this stark reality, people must forge their own paths to survival, resulting in an increasing presence of makeshift shelters and tents, as residents seek safety and refuge from the often unforgiving elements.

As we grapple with the pressing need for both short-term and long-term solutions to address the root causes of homelessness, the struggle of those living outdoors remains. What can we do to better meet the basic needs, care, and well-being of these people? How can we enhance our approach to this issue, and what proactive steps are other municipalities taking to make a positive and impactful difference in the lives of those affected?

​On February 22nd, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, join host Regional Councillor Rob Deutschmann in this first virtual town hall segment of 2024 focused on homelessness and encampments.

Featured guest speakers include:

  • Dr. Erin Dej, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON)
  • Fiona York, CRAB Park Advocate (Vancouver BC)
  • Margaret Capes, Legal Education Coordinator, Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton, ON)
  • Greg Nash, London Intercommunity Health Centre, Director-Complex Urban Health (London, ON)
  • Chantelle McDonald,London Cares Homeless Response Services, Director of Service (London, ON)
  • Kaite Burkholder Harris, Executive Direction, Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)
  • Jaime Stief, Community Advocate (Kitchener, ON)
  • Mike Lethby, (Niagara Falls)

Additional information on our website at WR Community Town Halls.

Vigil for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, 5:30pm on Wednesday 6 December 2023 at St. Columba Anglican Church

What: Vigil for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
When: 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Wednesday 6 December 2023
Where: St. Columba Anglican Church
Location: 250 Lincoln Road, Waterloo Map
Website: https://www.cfuwkw.org/post/december-6-vigil-national-day-of-remembrance-and-action-on-violence-against-women

CFUW-KW (Canadian Federation of University Women) is holding a vigil in memory of the women murdered at École polytechnique de Montréal in 1989.

Please join CFUW for a night of remembrance. There will be featured speakers, and light snacks will be served.

The Saint Columba Anglican Church is at 250 Lincoln Road in Waterloo. Take Grand River Transit Bus 29 to Lincoln/Mayfield, stop 2793.

CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo | Join us for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women | December 6th (2023) vigil at | St. Columba Anglican Church | 250 Lincoln Road, Waterloo | By Grand River Transit: Bus 29 to Lincoln/Mayfield Stop 2793 | 5:30pm | Speakers and Music | Light snacks will be served | Realizing potential. For all women. (photo of a red rose and a candle on a black background; CFUW logo at the top).

See (and hear) the interview on CKMS-FM Radio Waterloo: CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo | Community Connections (black and purple lettering on a teal background)CKMS Community Connections for 4 December 2023: The CFUW December 6 vigil for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with Margaret Walker and Fadilah Balogun

Amnesty International Write For Rights, 11am to 4pm, Saturday 9 December 2023 at Kitchener Public Library

What: Amnesty International Write For Rights
When: 11:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday 9 December 2023
Where: Kitchener Public Library, Meeting Room D
Location: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1
E-mail: groupnine9@gmail.com

Write For Rights -- Amnesty International
Children are welcome!

Write for Rights is the world’s largest human rights event. It’s a moment when Amnesty International’s 7 million supporters around the world join together in a letter-writing blitz calling on governments to respect human rights!

Drop in and find out about the 11 cases we are highlighting this year. You can make a difference by signing letters and petitions to governments defending the rights of refugees, women, indigenous peoples, and human rights workers!

A letter from the organizers


We hope to see you soon at our first in-person Write for Rights event since COVID!!! This year it will be held in KPL Room D Saturday December 9 from 11am to 4pm.

We will be joining together with Amnesty International’s millions of supporters around the world in a letter-writing blitz calling on governments to respect the rights of eleven selected groups and 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.

We are including a package so that you can print and sign letters in advance and bring them to the event. Then when you arrive, you can focus on creating cards of support for the individuals at risk. We will have cards and art materials available for you to use.

We are also including a young people’s activity package — so if you are a parent, teacher, grandparent and have some time to sit down with your young person — you can create a card of support for indigenous Torres Strait islanders and bring it to our event. Take a picture of your activity and send it to groupnine9@gmail.com so that we can post it to our Facebook page. The young person’s activity will also be available at the KPL event as well as a creative activity for younger children!!

At our regular meeting on Tuesday, 5 December 2023 we’ll be firming up plans for the event as well as signing letters — so if you have downloaded and printed the package, please bring your letters to the meeting.

Helpful information about the event:

  1. If you are coming to the KPL by car, you can park for free in the open-air lot to the east of the Library. If you park underground you’ll have to pay.
  2. Room D is on the lower level. Food brought from outside is not allowed. If you wish to have something you can purchase it at the café upstairs.
  3. If you are printing your own letters at home and do not want to bring them to the Library on the 9th, you can drop them off in the W4R box which will be on the front steps at 97 John Street West Map 2 from 10-17 December. In either case, please do NOT put your letters in individual envelopes. Fold each letter in half and write the country to which it is being sent on the outside. Please have all your letters in a single large envelope with your name on the outside, or held together with a rubber band and a label giving your name.

Take care,
David and Margaret

PS — If you want to edit your letters please send a request to groupnine9@gmail.com and we will send you a WORD version.