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The Cultural Life of Drones: Drone Dialogues @ CGR - Conrad Grebel University, Grebel Gallery
Nov 11 2019 @ 12:12 pm – Apr 24 2020 @ 10:00 pm

Drawing on local community partners involved in drone technologies and their applications, the ‘Cultural Life of Drones’ explores how conversations about visual culture, technology, privacy, commercialization, safety, peace building and ultimately, the question of our shared humanity, can be brought into public dialogue via art.  

Join us for an opening reception and presentation by artist Sara Matthews on November 14th, 2019.

Register your attendance here. 

Bill’s Home for Fantastic Conversation
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Sunday, November 17 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, Nov 17, 2019, 1:00 PM

216 Grovehill Cres
216 Grovehill Cres Kitchener, ON

3 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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Global Governance Regimes and the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Photo credit: United Nations/flickr
How can treaty regimes and international law facilitate the implementation of global governance mechanisms? How can treaty regimes and international law hinder the successful implementation of global governance mechanisms? The answers to these questions are unknown although the international community has devoted many resources – political, legal and economic – to global governance mechanisms. For example, at the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit – at which the implementation of the SDGs was planned – over 240 statements regarding the future of global governance were offered by United Nations member states. This included a full range of states, from developed states to developing states to Small Island Developing States that are faced with imminent peril due to the effects of climate change. Additionally, the impacts of the SDGs are visible in the preparatory work for and text of the 2016 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Yet it remains to be seen whether these efforts to create and endorse a significant global governance mechanism will be effective within existing treaty regimes and international law tenets. In order for global governance mechanisms to be meaningfully implemented, it is necessary to understand the interplay between global governance mechanisms, treaty regimes and international law. The presentation will discuss methods through which international law and its associated innovative global governance mechanisms – such as those found in treaty regimes and their domestic authorities/stakeholders – can strengthen, foster and scale up the impacts of treaty regimes and international law on the ability to implement global governance mechanisms. By way of a modern, concrete example, the presentation will examine these questions through a general lens and through the lens of the SDGs.
About the speaker
Dr. Alexandra R. Harrington is Fulbright Canada Special Foundation Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada and Research Director and Lead Counsel for Peace, Justice and Accountability with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. She was the 2018 – 2019 the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Global Governance, based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and holds a doctoral degree in law from McGill University Faculty of Law. Dr. Harrington is the author of the book International Organizations and the Law and the forthcoming International Law and Global Governance: Treaty Regimes and Sustainable Development Goals Interpretation. She is the Director of Studies for the International Law Association Colombian branch, a member of the International Law Association Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development, and an adjunct professor at Albany Law School. She also guest lectures globally on topics related to international law, environmental law, global governance and sustainable development. Dr. Harrington has served as a consultant for entities such as the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and the UNEP. Dr. Harrington’s publications address a variety of fields relating to international law, including international organizations, governance issues, environmental law, legal issues relating to climate change, international child’s rights, natural resources regulation, international human rights law, international trade law, corporate social responsibility, and criminal law.

Stride Circles Training
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 9:00 pm

Please note that in order to register for the Stride Circles training you must first have taken the Stride Night training and then volunteered within the Stride Night program for a minimum of 6 months.  

New Directions in South-South Migration Workshop
Nov 19 @ 8:30 am – Nov 20 @ 1:30 pm

Photo credit: Hungry Cities Partnership
Global migration movements are currently a major focus of political and media attention, and a growing rallying point for nationalist movements and populist xenophobia in the North and South. To date, most research attention has focused on the movement of migrants to the Global North.  However, over 40% of all migrants globally now live in the Global South, including 80 million in Asia, 25 million in Africa and 10 million in Latin America and the Caribbean.  There are also an estimated 760 million internal migrants, of whom 282 million are in Asia, 114 million in Africa, and 100 million in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Rapidly-growing cities are the destination for the vast majority of migrants and over 50% of the population of the South now lives in cities.  Three million people move to urban areas every week and the migrant population makes up over a third in many cities. By 2030, cities in the South will be home to almost 4 billion people, or 80% of the world’s urban population.  Combined with non-migrating household members, this means that well over 2 billion people are directly affected by migration in these regions. 
While there have been a number of calls for more research on South-South migration, its relative neglect is symptomatic of dominant discourses on South-North migration, which have traditionally attracted widespread attention from scholars and assumed to have greater developmental value relative to other migration flows.  South-South migration is only now emerging as a major research and global governance issue in debates about the migration-development nexus.  
Hosted by the Hungry Cities Partnership and the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC), this workshop aims to explore new and emerging research directions in the study of South-South migration including the links between food system transformation and migration, migrant precarity, rural-urban linkages, the survival strategies of migrants in rapidly-growing cities, and citizen and state responses to South-South migration.
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Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Tuesday, November 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…


Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019, 6:00 PM

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

2 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: Who? All welcome, regardless of education/knowledge. Feel free …

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Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Nov 19 @ 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!

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Eco Summit 2019: Building Hope @ FED
Nov 20 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Sustainability Office for our sixth-annual Eco Summit! This event brings together staff, faculty, students, and community partners to reflect on our sustainability progress, celebrate our successes, and catalyze action. This year’s event will feature:

Opening remarks from James Rush, VP Academic & Provost
Launch of 2019 Environmental Sustainability Report
Case studies from students, staff, and faculty across campus
Green Office awards, with a special video message from President Feridun Hamdullahpur
Panel discussion with student, staff, faculty, and community experts, moderated by the Sustainability Office



Academics: Sustainability Diploma

James Nugent, Lecturer, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

Operations: Waste System Improvements

Giovanna Zinken, Associate Director, Environmental Services, Plant Operations, University of Waterloo

Engagement: Green Residence Ambassador Program 

Farah El-Shayeb, Ambassador, 1A GEM, University of WaterlooJoanna Gao, Ambassador, 1A Planning, University of WaterlooSaad Arif Qadeer, Coordinator, 2A Biomedical Science, University of Waterloo


Beth Eden, Network Coordinator – Canada, SDSN Youth Initiative, Undergraduate Student, Environment & Business, University of Waterloo

Nadine Ibrahim, Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering, Lecturer, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

Easton Page, Instructional Support Coordinator, WatPD, University of Waterloo 

Mary Jane Patterson, Executive Director, Reep Green Solutions


8:30am-9:15am: Registration and networking (light breakfast provided)9:15am-9:30am: Opening remarks from James Rush, VP Academic & Provost9:30am-9:45am: Year at a Glance from Mat Thijssen, Sustainability Manager9:45am-10:30am: Case study highlights10:30am-10:45am: Green Office awards 10:45am-11:15am: Bio break and networking11:15am-12:15pm: Panel discussion12:15pm-1:00pm: Lunch and networking

Urban Poverty and the Urbanisation of Food Insecurity and Malnutrition
Nov 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Photo credit: Maria Salamone/Hungry Cities Partnership
Is food security and nutrition becoming an urban challenge? Data suggests that this is indeed the case. As urban centres in low and middle-income nations grow rapidly, inadequate housing, basic infrastructure and services affect a large and growing proportion of their population. There is also growing evidence of how urban poverty is affected by environmental hazards. There is, however, scant knowledge of how these challenges affect the ways in which poor urban residents gain access to affordable food and secure healthy and nutritious diets. Urban consumers are typically treated as a homogenous group and access to food markets is assumed to be sufficient. This talk will tease out how our current understanding of urban poverty helps highlight the income and non-income dimensions of food insecurity and malnutrition among urban residents, and what this means for policy.  
About the speaker
Cecilia Tacoli holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is Head of the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London. She has over 20 years’ experience of work on environment and development in collaboration with partners in the Global South. Her main areas of interest are urban poverty and urban food (in)security; rural-urban linkages; and migration and climate change. Her publications include the Earthscan Reader In Urban-Rural Linkages (Routledge); Population Dynamics and Climate Change (UNFPA);  Migration, Urbanization and Changing Gender Relations in the South (in Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South); and Food (In)Security in Rapidly Urbanising, Low-Income Contexts (in International Journal of Environmental research and Public Health).  She is currently leading an ESRC-funded Project on How the Urban Poor Define and Measure Food Insecurity and Nutrition in collaboration with the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights.  She was a lead/collaborating author for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and is regularly invited to participate in expert group meetings of UN agencies.
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Noon Hour Concert: The Birds & the Bees @ CGR
Nov 20 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Eviole (pronounced ay-vee-oh-lay) is a group of musicians who perform music from in and around the 17th century that was composed for female singers. Music from this time period is very beautiful and poetic, often cheeky, and always delightful. Our group features Corey Linforth and Laura Pudwell accompanied by  Miriam Stewart-Kroeker, cello, and Borys Medicky, harpsichord.

Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Nov 20 @ 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 Follow @kwcofc on Twitter.

The Economics (or not) of EV Supports
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Photo credit: Noya Fields/flickr
The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from road transport is a key policy goal that is being pursued by both federal and provincial governments in Canada using a range of policies. This presentation will provide an overview of recent economic research on the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of EV supports in Canada either alone or in combination with other measures. Earlier economic analysis abstracted from network affects known to be associated with EV charging networks. Findings of an economic model incorporating network effects will also be presented.
About the speaker
Randall Wigle is Professor of Economics in the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario, Canada. Dr Wigle’s main interests are in the areas of climate and environmental policy and Canadian public policy, including federal-provincial issues. Most of Dr. Wigle’s research involves the application of computable general equilibrium modelling to questions in climate policy and Canadian public policy. A common theme in much of this work is the interactions among environmental, trade and taxation policies. In recent years he has focused on the design and assessment of alternative approaches to reduce Canadian GHG emissions. This includes supports for renewable energy and measures to reduce on-road transportation emissions.

Fancy a Cuppa? Music from the Glorious Isles : orchestra@uwaterloo
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The orchestra@uwaterloo is a group of approximately 60 students, staff, faculty, and alumni from the University of Waterloo.  Directed by noted local conductor Daniel Warren, the orchestra will be playing the following pieces:
Vaughan Williams, Fantasie on the theme of Thomas Tallis
Mendelssohn “Hebrides Overture”
Vaughan Williams, “The Lark Ascending”
Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony

Free Admission

The Good Green Death Project
Nov 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

We can’t escape the fact that we are mortal beings. If you’re dissatisfied, like we are, that the only options currently available in Ontario are environmentally harmful burial and cremation practices, then this workshop is for you. Welcome to the Good Green Death Project!
This workshop will be facilitated by Susan Koswan, Instigator of the Good Green Death Project, specializing in green, natural and family-led funeral, burial and end of life care options.
Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
Q&A: 2:30 p.m.

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. Evolv1 is close to the ION R&T station and has bike parking and EV plug in stations. The building also has free parking available.
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Voices Around Us: UW Choirs in Concert
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The choirs of the University of Waterloo’s music department join together for Voices around Us, a program of music spanning centuries.  The department’s three choirs, Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir and University Choir each perform separately and then come together to sing music by Paul Halley and from Craig Hella Johnson’s oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard.  Music by other composers include Anton Bruckner, Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre, Felix Mendelssohn, and Jamaican composer Noel Dexter.

Tickets available at the door:  $10/$5 students & seniors

More information coming soon.

Food for Thought
Nov 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Sunday, November 24 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, Nov 24, 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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Arab Cultural Festival @ ML
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Come and enjoy the many flavours of the Arab world with this year’s Arab Cultural Festival!

Join us for a celebration in poetry, fashion, creative arts, music, and dance. 

Performances include:

Canadian Arabic Orchestra
Founded by Lamees Audeh and Wafa Al Zaghal in 2014, the Orchestra combines Arabic and Western classical music to build bridges of harmony and understanding among the rich cultural societal diversity in Canada and beyond.

Poetry Readings

Fashion Show

Forte Band
Based in Toronto, the band is a collaboration between Nour Khedder (vocalist), Johnny Bahri (pianist-accordionist), and Amir Khoury (violinist). They come from similar musical backgrounds; classical, jazz, and oriental, however, each one added his/her own musical touch which resulted in a unique type of music.

Sunday, November 24, 2019
6:00-8:30 pm
Modern Languages Theatre, University of Waterloo

Admission is FREE 

Spatial Leveling: the geographical solution to urban food affordability in Nanjing, China
Nov 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Photo credit: Yaya Song
Food affordability is an important determinant of food choices, nutrition, and non-communicable diseases. Food affordability refers to food prices and people’s perceptions of worth relative to the cost; therefore, addressing the issues of food affordability needs solutions from both the supply side and demand/consumer sides. In spite of the richness in studies on increasing and improving physical access to affordable food, research investigating how to stabilize food affordability by improving spatial arrangement of food provision is rare. In 2011, China introduced affordable food stores selling agricultural products (hereinafter referred to as AFAP) that provide at least 15 food items (including vegetables, eggs, rice, and cooking oil) that are cheaper than the average market price. The motivation for the AFAP is for food prices to remain relatively stable during the period of rising prices. Using a combination of the relevant policy documents, socio-economic data, and Hungry Cities Partnership (HCP) surveys, and this presentation presents insight into the spatial arrangement of food provision to stabilize food affordability in Nanjing, China. Accordingly, it explores the spatial pattern of AFAPs and its location condition, and examines spatial differentiation of food price in different areas. Further, applying quantitative analyses, it evaluates the implications of the establishment of AFAPs to urban food affordability based on the propensity score matching model. 
About the speaker
Yaya Song is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar with the Hungry Cities Partnership (HCP) at Wilfrid Laurier University based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is a PhD candidate in School of Geography and Ocean Science at Nanjing University in China, an HCP research partner. Yaya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human geography and urban planning and her research interests are food security, food geography and sustainable development.

Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Nov 26 @ 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

Discussion Night at @FairvoteWRC — now in the @CivicHubWR! @ Civic Hub WR
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On the last Wednesday of every month we meet to discuss the latest
news and politics of electoral reform. Sometimes we have presentations
on different aspects of voting systems, sometimes we just have an
informal discussion.

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a Fair Vote member to come
to Discussion Nights.

Discussion Night meetings are now being held in the Civic Hub of
Waterloo Region [1], in the Church of St. John the Evangelist at 23
Water Street in Kitchener. To enter, come to the doors on Duke Street
and ring the bell for the Social Development Centre. Map [2]

If you drive, don’t park in the lot beside the church! It’s not part
of the church, and is actively targeted for ticketing!


Nith Valley Ecoboosters Monthly Meeting
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nith Valley Ecoboosters The Nith Valley Ecoboosters are committed to achieving and supporting a long-term healthy environment in Wilmot and Wellesley Townships through

  • education
  • action
  • and collaboration.

Please join us

7:00pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

For more information,
Contact: +1-519-662-9372

PhD Dissertation Defence: Famn Pa Chita: Mobilities, Intimate Labour and Political Subjectivities among Haitian Women on the Move
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo credit: Alex Proimos/Wikipedia Commons
Masaya Llavaneras Blanco‘s PhD dissertation defence.
Advisor: Rianne Mahon
Committee: Simon Dalby, Kim Rygiel
Internal/external: Judith Nicholson
External: Parvati Raghuram, Open University, UK
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Balinese Gamelan Ensemble Concert @ HH
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The University of Waterloo Balinese Gamelan ensemble consists of 20 students who have learned to play the gamelan without prior experience and without notation.  Learning to strike with one hand and dampen with the other is difficult, but you will be impressed by how well the Gamelan Ensemble plays.  Directed by Dewa Made Suparta, this concert will transport you to Bali, Indonesia.  There will be an opportunity to try out the instruments after the concert.  Free Admission, all welcome.

Jazz Ensemble Concert @ CGR
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The UWaterloo Jazz ensemble consists of 20 students who love all sorts of jazz.  Tickets available at the door.  More information coming soon.

That’s How We Roll: UWaterloo Jazz Ensemble @ CGR
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This concert will feature the music of the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band.  The 17 member band includes students from 5 different faculties, and is directed by Michael Wood – a well known timpanist and jazz adjudicator. 
Tickets are available at the door.  Reception to follow in the downstairs atrium.