Photos from Perspectives on Peace: Local Approaches for Positive Change

Here are some photos of Perspectives on Peace: Local Approaches for Positive Change held on Saturday, 1 October 2016 at the Queen Street Commons Cafe. Additional photos and videos will be posted as they become available.

Photos by Laurel L. Russwurm, used under a CC BYCreative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International — CC BY 4.0 license.

KW Community Groups Share Perspectives on Peace — Saturday, 1 October 2016

Local community groups are hosting Perspectives on Peace: Local Approaches to Positive Change, an evening of sharing, collaboration, and action on October 1st 2016 from 4:00pm to 8:30pm at the Queen Street Commons Café in downtown Kitchener.

This event, hosted under the umbrella of KW Peace, will emphasize positive work happening in our community and inspire action. KW Peace is a collective of local peace and social justice groups interested in collaboration and networking.

The concept of peace building is very broad, and encompasses a wide range of approaches and issues. The goal of this gathering is to celebrate our individual perspectives on peace, as well as find ways to work together in creating peace and positive change in our community. We’ll do this by showcasing the work that’s already being done and encouraging new action and collaboration.

Simon Dalby
Simon Dalby, CIGI
The agenda includes a Keynote speaker, dinner, showcasing of participating groups, and small group discussions. Keynote speaker Dr. Simon Dalby, CIGI Chair, will be speaking about the interaction between climate change and conflict, from his experience working in the fields of climate change, political ecology, geopolitics, and global security.

Participating groups include: The Nonviolence Festival, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), Spiritual Heritage Education Network (SHEN), Divest Waterloo, Cross Cultures, Green Party, Amnesty International, Centre for Peace Advancement(CPA), FairVote, Animal Save, Vegan Society, and Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church’s Social Justice Working group.

Admission is free, but registration is required as space is limited. Pay what you can donations towards the cost of the event are appreciated (suggested donation is $10). Register: Perspectives on Peace: Local Approaches for Positive Change

Contact

To learn more, please contact

Emily Mininger
emilymininger@kwpeace.ca
+1-519-568-3879

Waterloo Region Green Parties @WR_Greens are hosting #PR4PR — A Community Dialogue about Proportional Representation and Electoral Reform

Canada’s Voting System is Changing -- Join us for a community dialogue about proportional representation and electoral reform -- Saturdary September 17th 3:00pm – 4:30pm -- In front of Kitchener City Hall -- wrgreens.ca/PR4PR -- Dialogue results will be sent directly to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform -- Hosted by the Waterloo Region Greens

Contact Julia Gogoleva, the PR4PR organizer at julia.gogoleva@gmail.com.

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Canada’s Voting System is Changing

Join us for a community dialogue about proportional representation and electoral reform

Saturday September 17th 3:00pm – 4:30pm

In front of Kitchener City Hall

wrgreens.ca/PR4PR

Dialogue results will be sent directly to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform

Hosted by the Waterloo Region Greens

Reminder: KW Peace Potluck and Planning meeting tomorrow! Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Potluck dinnerHello All!

This is a reminder that the next potluck meeting for KW Peace is Wednesday, August 17th at 6pm at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church.

Please let me know if you plan to attend.

We will be continuing our planning of our October event “Perspectives on Peace: Local Approaches to Creative Positive Change.”

Hope to see you there!

Emily


What: KWPeace Perspectives Planning Potluck
When: Wednesday, 17 August 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Peace and Justice Room, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Location: 57 Stirling Avenue North, Kitchener, Ontario (corner of Weber Street) Map

Reminder: Bring your own plate, cutlery and serving utensils! (the kitchen is still undergoing renovations)

If you’re on Facebook you can indicate you’re going at KWPeace Perspectives Planning Potluck | Facebook

Toxic Tour 2016 Invite — 21 August 2016, Sarnia

From Esther Kern, CPT Canada Coordinator:

Here is an opportunity to learn more about the Indigenous community, within our own geographical area. I plan to attend on the Friday and Saturday, and for anyone coming from a distance, you are welcome to stay at our home in London, either before travelling to Sarnia, or after the event. I can also provide transportation to Sarnia for at least four people and we can discuss more details later if you decide to participate. I hope to see you there!

Best regards,

Esther Kern

CPT Canada Coordinator

Phone: +1-416-423-5525

Email: estherk@cpt.org

From: Aamjiwnaang/Sarnia Against Pipelines <asap1491@gmail.com>
Sent: 22 July 2016 19:25
Subject: Toxic Tour 2016 Invite

TOXIC TOUR 2016

Toxic Tour Teaser Trailer:

Toxic Tour 2016 is happening August 21st, 2016 and starting at 8:00am. This year will start off at:

1972 Virgil Ave Map
Sarnia, ON
N7T 7Y9

Come to experience Canada’s Petro-chemical Industry first hand. On this tour you will be able to learn history, what refineries are in the chemical valley, what they produce, and so much more. Witness the pollution with your own eyes, ears, noses, and feel what it has done to our land and our people. This year will be a two hour bus tour around the entire site of Chemical Valley and Aamjiwnaang.

This is an open event to anyone and any group and doesn’t cost a thing. We can provided free camping over night for the 20th of August. Meals are included for the day with vegan, vegetarian, and traditional meat options and are free. We ask you to bring Camping gear if you are camping. Your own plate, utensils, and cup or water holder. Tobacco to offer thanks to the Water, Bundles or sacred items are welcome, gifts for elders.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome

You can register at: Toxic Tour Registration

Sign up for the event on Facebook: Toxic Tour 2016 | Facebook

Our web site is Toxic Tour 2016 – AAMJIWNAANG SOLIDARITY AGAINST CHEMICAL VALLEY

The Agenda

  • 8:00-9:30 — Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 — Opening
  • 10:30-12:30 — Toxic Tour (classes)
  • 12:30-2:00 — Lunch
  • 2:00-4:00 — Toxic Tour(classes)
  • 4:00-600 — Ending

The classes will be announced soon.

Things that I should be aware of before I go?

No alcohol or drugs are to be brought to this gathering, no photographs are to be taken when ceremony are happening. This is a welcoming gathering to all, so no discrimination, but respect is to be shown to everyone.

Contact

Contact asap1491@gmail.com for further questions and concerns.

Take a Toxic Tour of Canada's Chemical Valley -- August 21, 2016, starts 8:00am

Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering — 19-20 August 2016, Sarnia

From Esther Kern, CPT Canada Coordinator:

Here is an opportunity to learn more about the Indigenous community, within our own geographical area. I plan to attend on the Friday and Saturday, and for anyone coming from a distance, you are welcome to stay at our home in London, either before travelling to Sarnia, or after the event. I can also provide transportation to Sarnia for at least four people and we can discuss more details later if you decide to participate. I hope to see you there!

Best regards,

Esther Kern

CPT Canada Coordinator

Phone: +1-416-423-5525

Email: estherk@cpt.org

From: Aamjiwnaang/Sarnia Against Pipelines <asap1491@gmail.com>
Sent: 22 July 2016 19:25
Subject: Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering

AAMJIWNAANG WATER GATHERING

The Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering is welcoming all ages to come to learn water teachings from Aamjiwnaang and area’s teachers. This event is free of charge, happening August 19-20, 2016 at

1972 Virgil Ave Map
Sarnia, Ontario
N7T 7Y9

This gathering is focusing on teaching why water is sacred.

This gathering is going to hold many opportunities to learn and grow. There will be classes like Language, History, How to Organize, Craft Classes, and many more. This is a great opportunity for everyone to experience and be apart of. It creates an open and welcoming space to learn. To also look at next steps.

The event starts everyday 8:00am and ends everyday 8:00pm. Camping is free! Camping will be offered for two days, the start date is 19 August 2016 and will end at the 21st of August, 2016. The camping area will offer a campsite, no electricity on campsites, common area Port–a Potty, shower rooms (during the community center’s hours) and Water Areas, and the community center beside the camp/ park area will be open from 8:00am – 8:00pm everyday. For camping bring camping gear, your own plate, utensils, and cup or water holder. Free meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With Vegan, Vegetarian, and traditional meats.

You can also bring tobacco to offer thanks to the Water, Bundles or sacred items are welcome, gifts for elders.

The classes look like:

Day 1

  • Language
  • History of Aamjiwnaang
  • History of Chemical Valley
  • History of Indigenous Movements
  • Why is water sacred?
  • 7 Grandfather Teachings
  • Two-spirited people
  • Medicine bag
  • Local plants

Day 2

  • Art
  • Line 9
  • Green Peace Training
  • How to organize an event
  • Water Project
  • Medicine wheel
  • Environmental Racism
  • Next steps

The schedule will look like:

Day 1

  • 8:00-9:30 — Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 — Opening
  • 10:30-11:30 — Class
  • 11:30-12:00 — Break
  • 12:00-1:30 — Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 — Class
  • 2:30-3:00 — Break
  • 3:00-4:00 — Class
  • 4:00-5:00 — Social
  • 5:00-6:30 — Dinner
  • 6:30-8:00 — Movie

Day 2

  • 8:00-9:30 — Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 — Class
  • 10:30-11:00 — Break
  • 11:00-12:00 — Class
  • 12:00-1:30 — Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 — Class
  • 2:30-3:00 — Break
  • 3:00-4:00 — Class
  • 4:00-5:00 — Social
  • 5:00-6:30 — Dinner

Things that I should be aware of before I go?

No alcohol or drugs are to be brought to this gathering, no photographs are to be taken when ceremonies are happening. This is a welcoming gathering to all, so no discrimination, but respect is to be shown to everyone.

Contact

Contact asap1491@gmail.com for further questions and concerns.

Please fill out the registration online form.

Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering – AAMJIWNAANG SOLIDARITY AGAINST CHEMICAL VALLEY

Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering, August 19-20 2016, Maawn Doosh Gumig, 1972 Virgin Ave., Sarnia, ON; Camping sites and food will be available

Nonviolence Festival Day In The Park — 9 July 2016

Logo for the Nonviolence Festival
Nonviolence Festival
The Nonviolence Festival Day In The Park is taking place this weekend, Saturday, 9 July 2016 from noon to 5:00pm on the island in Victoria Park, Kitchener.

There will be vendors of homemade goods, information tables for community groups, music in the gazebo, food, and games for kids (with prizes!).

Join us for this celebration of Diversity, Peace, and Social Justice, held yearly since 2005!

Nonviolence Festival's 12th Day In The Park, Saturday July 9, 2016 Noon-5pm Victoria Park Island, Kitchener - Free Admission

If you’re on Facebook let us know you’re going!

The Nonviolence Festival is one of many Peace and Social Justice organizations in the KW Peace Collective.

Nonviolence Festival's Day In The Park, Saturday July 9, 2016, Victoria Park Island, Kitchener

Nonviolence Festival invites all to join for annual Day in the Park Celebration

Logo for the Nonviolence Festival
Nonviolence Festival
Join the Nonviolence Festival on 9 July 2016 from Noon to 5:00pm on Victoria Park Island, Kitchener for the family friendly Day in the Park celebration!

You can visit community group displays to learn about positive things happening in the Kitchener Waterloo community. There will also be local artists and vendors, live music by local artists, food with vegetarian friendly options, and a children’s activities area.

It’s a great way to engage with the community and spend a wonderful Saturday afternoon in the park.

The Nonviolence Festival has been celebrating diversity, peace, and social justice since 2005, making this year’s festival the 12th annual Day in the Park celebration. In a world where we struggle against violence and fear, the Nonviolence Festival focuses on positive ways we can engage with those around us, working for peace and positive relationships. They define Nonviolence as ‘treating others the way you wish to be treated’ and when that principle is applied to our relationships at home, workplace and the world, we build the kind of world in which we want to live.

The Nonviolence Festival’s Day in the Park is one of multiple events held by the group throughout the year that are guided by nonviolence principles. Visit their Facebook page to stay up to date – https://www.facebook.com/The-Non-Violence-Festival-8613247145/.

Contact nonviolencefest@gmail.com for more information.

Forty Years of Turning Swords into Ploughshares — 17 May 2016 in Ottawa

When: Tuesday, May 17, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Great Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street, Ottawa

FREE EVENT

Join us for a dialogue on working for peace, featuring presentations by Ploughshares researchers, including: Cesar Jaramillo, Branka Marijan, Sonal Marwah and Jessica West.

This item was mirrored from Forty Years of Turning Swords into Ploughshares | Project Ploughshares.

An invitation to protest the TPP in Toronto on Friday, 13 May 2016

Jodi Koberinski @JodiKoberinski of Dangerous Ideas writes:

To get into the hearings, arrive at Ritz Carleton by 8:00am… Protests and a people’s hearings (running as a parallel process) outside the Ritz Carleton beginning at 9am…

also check out Shiv Chopra and the Canadian Council for Food Sovereignty and Health’s tour and youtube videos….


Civil society protests outside the House of Commons trade committee hearings on the TPP in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Saskatoon.

The House of Commons standing committee on international trade will be in Montreal, Quebec City, Windsor and Toronto this week to hear testimony on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

And civil society will be there to let them know that they want the TPP stopped and that the hearings themselves are not as inclusive or welcoming to the public as they should be. At the previous committee hearings in Vancouver (April 18), Calgary (April 19), Saskatoon (April 20), and Winnipeg (April 21), members of the public had to produce identification, have their bags searched, and be frisked. Only 12 organizations were allowed to present at the 1-day hearing in Vancouver, even though 175 people had registered to testify.

The hearings will take place this week in Montreal (May 10), Quebec City (May 11), Windsor (May 12) and Toronto (May 13).

In Montreal, the Council of Canadians, Citizens in Action, and the Raging Grannies will be outside the Queen Elizabeth Hotel (900 René-Lévesque West) this Tuesday at 8:30 am with placards, banners and images of what they hold dear that would be threatened by the TPP.

In Windsor, the Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter will be outside the Best Western PLUS Waterfront Hotel (277 Riverside Drive West) this Thursday at 8:45 am. They will be setting up a speakers corner for anyone wishing to send a video message to the House of Commons committee.

And in Toronto, the Council of Canadians, OpenMedia, LeadNow, the Trade Justice Network, Common Frontiers, and others are organizing an action outside the Ritz-Carlton Toronto (181 Wellington Street West) on 9:00 a.m. this Friday.

Unifor has also just announced this morning that it will hold rallies in both Windsor and Toronto at 10 am outside the hearings, as well as help fill the hearing rooms in these two cities.

Presumably in response to criticisms that the committee has only heard from a small number of organizations and not concerned individuals in the cities it has visited already, the committee has now scheduled one-hour at the end of each of day for “Spontaneous Presentations”. NDP MP Tracey Ramsey, a member of the committee, says, “Members of the public who wish to speak at these sessions must register on-site. The list of speakers will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. The Committee Chair will decide how much time each speaker will be given based on the number of speakers.”

The hearings have already been met with protests.

In Vancouver, the Council of Canadians Vancouver-Burnaby chapter joined with OpenMedia, LeadNow and other allies to unfurl a large banner outside the hotel where the hearing was taking place. The banner said, “170,000 Say No To TPP”. The groups also organized to have a 16 foot high Jumbotron outside the hotel with messages of concern from people across the country.

In Saskatoon, the Star-Phoenix newspaper reported, “Members of Climate Justice Saskatoon and the local chapter of the Council of Canadians set up placards and protested outside the Radisson Hotel during a public consultation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.”

And in Winnipeg, Council of Canadians organizer Brigette DePape tells us, “Activists from Migrante Manitoba, No One Is Illegal, the University of Winnipeg Student Association, Solidarity Winnipeg, the Public Services Alliance of Canada, and the Council of Canadians chanted and distributed leaflets outside the Delta Winnipeg Hotel where the hearing was taking place.”

Beyond attending the hearings, you can also email your comments on the TPP to the committee via email at ciit-tpp-ptp@parl.gc.ca The committee is accepting written submissions (of no more than 1,500 words in length) until June 30. Media reports suggest that the House of Commons will vote on the ratification of the TPP in the fall of 2017, just before the November 2017 deadline set by the 12-signatory countries.

For our critique of the TPP, please see our campaign web-page.

This item was mirrored from An invitation to protest the TPP this week! | The Council of Canadians