Events List

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

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May
15
Mon
2017
Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War @ CGR
May 15 2017 @ 8:30 am – May 15 2019 @ 4:30 pm

War monuments, cenotaphs and honour rolls remind us daily of the most dramatic and familiar stories of war.  This exhibit tells war stories of a different kind, and lays out an alternative memorial landscape—the landscape of nonresistance.

These stories are gleaned from letters, diaries, newspapers, photographs, government documents and family histories found in the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. Together, they paint a picture of the Great War from a “peace church” perspective.

Underlying this exhibit are the questions: Why are these stories not more well known? How does our society choose which events and places of the past to commemorate? What does it mean to remember war?

Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War is located in the Milton Good Library and Mennonite Archives of Ontario gallery on the 3rd floor of Conrad Grebel University College. Exhibit hours are the same as library hours.The exhibit begins May 2017 and runs until May, 2019. Admission is free.

School, church and community groups are welcome. Guided tours and additional programing are available upon request. To explore the possibilities of how the exhibit can be an enriching experience for your group, please contact the Archivist in advance.

Jun
1
Fri
2018
Bike Month 2018
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day

June is Bike Month at the University of Waterloo! With the warm weather finally here, join us for fun challenges and events happening throughout the month!

June 1-30
Bike Challenge

June 20: 11am-2pm
Bike Lunch (Facebook event)In partnership with TravelWise, the Sustainability Office will be hosting challenges and events, as well as providing resources for you to start biking! 

Bike Month Challenge

Log a bike trip on gotravelwise.ca for a chance to win 1 of 6 amazing prizes!
For full contest details and terms of reference, please visit Sustainable Waterloo Region’s web page. 

Bike Lunch

Stop by the Peter Russell Rock Garden (between MC & QNC) on June 20th for Bike Lunch! There will be free lunch snacks (first-come, first-served), bike tune-ups, prizes/giveaways, local vendors and a photobooth!
Check out our event page for more info!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media to stay updated on resources and tools for biking! #BikeWR 

 

  

 

 

Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – Jun 30 @ 12:00 am

It’s back! June is Bike Month at the University of Waterloo, and with the warm weather finally here to stay, it’s the perfect time to hop on your bike and participate in our month-long challenge! Whether you’re an avid cycler or just starting out, you can participate in our month-long challenge for a chance to win some great prizes. Every time you participate is an entry into the prize draw! 

Challenge

Log a bike trip on gotravelwise.ca. 

To get started, click on the link below to join the University of Waterloo’s user group for students or employees.

Student user group 
Staff and faculty user group 

Then, follow these easy steps:

Once you have joined the appropriate user group, click on Dashboard and scroll down to ‘Log Your Trips’.
Select the date of your trip on the calendar, and fill in your departure time, return time, distance, and mode of travel. Remember that your trips must occur during the contest period.
Click ‘Log Trips’ to be automatically entered in the draw!

Once you’re set up, you can log in from any computer or mobile phone by visiting gotravelwise.ca, or you can download the Commute Tracker app for Android or IOS, created by RideAmigos. 

There are six (6) prizes available to be won for any eligible participants that have submitted an entry to any of the three contests. 

Prizes

Two (2) bike gear baskets from King Street Cycles ($50 value each)
Two (2) $50 gift cards for Retail Services at UWaterloo 
One (1) $100 gift card for MEC
One (1) $150 gift card for King Street Cycles
Leaderboard

Who will make it to the top this year? Stay tuned!

Terms and conditions

Eligibility

You must be a student or employee at UWaterloo, aged 18 years or older and residing in Ontario. 

Entry

The contest starts on June 1, 2018 and close at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on June 30, 2018
The contest allows a maximum of 1 contest entry, per person, per day. If an excess of 1 entry from an individual in a day occurs, all such entries will be removed from the random prize draw.

Winner Selection

The selected winner will be notified by July 6, 2018. 
The selected winner must answer a skill testing question correctly before obtaining the prize and being declared winner. If incorrectly answered, another entrant will be selected randomly. 
Selection of winners is randomized, where chances of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Please visit Sustainable Waterloo Region’s web page for full contest details and terms and conditions!

Don’t forget to connect with us on social media, where we’ll be sharing resources, services, and tools that will help you with biking to school or work!

 

  

 

 

 

Neighbourhood Sparks
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm

Creating an initial spark, a pop up welcoming space where neighbours meet neighbours and connect across many aspects of diversity. The Neighbourhood Sparks create potential for future relationship building.

Visit our website for individual dates and locations.

http://www.waterlooregion.org/neighbourhood-blitzes

 

Jun
2
Sat
2018
“Women’s Journey” Art Exhibit
Jun 2 – Jun 23 all-day

The Arab Women of Waterloo Region and three local artists have collaborated to share stories and make art.  The result is a collection of pieces that explore newcomer and refugee women’s journeys from their home countries to Canada.

The artists: Moteaa Al Hariri, Ellen Forrester and Julian van Mossel-Forrester.

The art is on display at TheMuseum as part of the Refugee Art Show.

Sixth Annual Refugee Art Show: Becoming Neighbours
Jun 2 – Jun 23 all-day

THEMUSEUM is partnering with CCORIC to host the sixth annual Refugee Art Show for the month of June 2018, Becoming Neighbours.

People who have been fleeing persecution, war and conflict have found a safe and welcoming home in Waterloo Region for many years. This June, help us acknowledge and celebrate their journey as well as those organizations that provide welcome and refuge.

Jun
20
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Jun 20 all-day
World Refugee Day
Jun 20 all-day

United Nations FlagUnited Nations World Refugee Day

A refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.

For refugee assistance in Canada see the Government of Canada web page on Refugees and Asylum.

My Story: #BecomingNeighboursWR
Jun 20 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee, and those who chose to leave former lives behind to start over in Cambridge. Our speakers will share their stories of migration, settlement and learning to be Canadian, in a supportive and inquisitive environment.

Bike Lunch 2018
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join the Sustainability Office and other local organizations for Bike Lunch on June 20th from 11AM to 2PM. Bike Lunch is a campus-wide event to provide students and employees with the resources, tools and encouragement to bike to school or work. 

Come celebrate your efforts of biking to school, work, or for leisure and help promote sustainable commuting to campus. Check out all the details below!

Details

Free lunch will be provided for those who biked to school or work (first-come, first-served!) 
Free bike tune-ups will be available 
There will be several booths from across the Region including:
Bike Centre – Free simple tune-ups, and information about services on campus
Campus Police – Information on bike theft prevention and bike registry program
City of Waterloo – Information about equipping stations
King Street Cycles – Free tune-ups! 
Peer Health Education – Tips for bike safety on campus and in the community  
​TravelWise – Demo of GRT bike rack to help you practice! Also available to answer any questions you have about commuting to work or school and your access to gotravelwise.ca

Vendor passport to enter draw for $50 gift card to King Street Cycles, plus other swag and giveaways! 
Photobooth with volunteer photographer to snap some photos of you and your friends! 

Please note, registration is not required but you can express your interest on our Facebook event page. 

World Refugee Day Community Vigil: Standing Together with Refugees
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Three fifteen-minute segments where we stand together as a community for refugees and refugee claimants. Stories highlighting challenges and opportunities will bring focus to each segment.

Segment 1: Standing For… what is just, right and fair for refugees

Segment 2: Standing Against… fear, misrepresentation, and distortions about refugees

Segment 3: Standing With… we become neighbours when we stand together and take steps together to enrich our communities

Community gathering and refreshments to follow in the Learning Room (2nd floor).

 

Neighbourhood Ice Cream Party
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Help us celebrate World Refugee Day and enjoy a fun evening of community building over scoops of ice cream, yard games, basketball, music, face-painting and tours! Rain or Shine!

**Please bring a donation for our community cupboard.

#Becoming Neighbours

Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Jun 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 KW.cofc@gmail.com. Follow @kwcofc on Twitter.

Jun
21
Thu
2018
2018 WICI Conference on Modelling Complex Urban Environments @ St. Jerome's University
Jun 21 – Jun 22 all-day

WICI Conference | Modelling Complex Urban Environments
This two day conference is designed to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines who have experience and interests in modelling the processes that create and shape complex urban environments. Events include workshops, presentations, and a fun conference dinner at Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21.

Main themes of the conference:

  • Integrating “big data” and “smart cities” data with urban modelling
  • Social ecological networks in cities
  • Modelling and the planning process
  • Artificial intelligence & optimization models in urban environments
  • Agent-based modelling of urban markets
  • Measuring modelling and interpreting scaling in urban cities
  • Identifying the modelling needs of practitioners and policy makers

View the conference program.

Registration fees:
Student Fee – $50 + 13% HST
Post-Doctoral Fee – $100 + 13% HST
Faculty Member & Other Professional – $220 + 13% HST
Day 1 – Thursday, June 1st Only – $125 + 13% HST
Day 2 – Friday, June 2nd Only – $100 + 13% HST

*Please note that on-line registration will close on Wednesday, June 13, 2018*

Contact:
Phone: (519) 884-5400
For questions about the conference, please contact Ileana Diaz at idiaz@uwaterloo.ca. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Susanne Keppler at slkeppler@uwaterloo.ca.

Event website
WICI Conference on Modelling Complex Urban Environments

Location
STJ – St. Jerome’s University
290 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G3
Canada

2018 WICI Conference on Modelling Complex Urban Environments | Environment | University of Waterloo

Jun
23
Sat
2018
KW Multicultural Festival
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 8:00 pm

An annual festival that celebrates the diversity of our Region through food, music, art, and dance.

Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.  12 – 8 pm.

Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns (CCORIC) invites you to join us at our annual event: “Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada”. The walk is one of the many events celebrating World Refugee Day 2018.

This year’s local World Refugee Day theme is: “Becoming Neighbours”. At this event, Waterloo Region residents, former refugees, recent refugees, local organization and government representatives will join us in a two-kilometer walk that starts outside Kitchener City Hall. The 2 km walk will feature stops along the way where we will hear from refugees who speak about their personal experiences. The walk will end at the KW Multicultural Festival Opening Ceremonies in Victoria Park.

Info Table at the Multicultural Festival @ Victoria Park
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

[1]
As we do every year, Fair Vote Waterloo will have an information
table at the Multicultural Festival. Drop by, say ‘Hello’, and learn
how our voting system doesn’t actually give us the government we vote
for.

The KW Multicultural Festival is our largest educational event and a
great opportunity to speak with our community. We need volunteers to
help with the information table; do you have a couple of hours to help
out? We work in pairs and team folks with experience with new comers.
Everyone’s help is valuable! Contact us at info@fairvotewrc.ca [2]

Here are the time slots:

12pm – 2 pm
2pm – 4 pm
4pm – 6 pm
6pm – 7:30pm

Dr. Dennis Pilon believes that we are at a tipping point for
electoral reform in Canada. Working together can make electoral reform
a reality, it would be super if you could join us for a couple of
hours at the Multicultural Festival!

Hear from you soon.

With thanks,
Sharon
for FVC-WR

Links:
——
[1] https://www.kwmc.on.ca/festival-2018/
[2] mailto:info@fairvotewrc.ca

Barkyard Deliberations: Online Dating is The Worst
Jun 23 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Saturday, June 23 at 1:30 PM

The second in our summer time backyard discussions will dive into the world of online dating -what it does to the human psyche and how it has changed …

Barkyard Deliberations: Online Dating is The Worst

Saturday, Jun 23, 2018, 1:30 PM

Tess’ Backyard
49 Cedar St. S. Kitchener, ON

4 Hungry Minds Attending

The second in our summer time backyard discussions will dive into the world of online dating -what it does to the human psyche and how it has changed the way we make connections in the modern world. Even if you’ve never taken part in the online dating world, come out to hear trench stories from those who have been on the front lines and add to the …

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The World of Pollinators: What’s the Buzz?
Jun 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

SUSTAINABLE LIVING Series

Garden Days in Pollinator Week!
Why should we care about buzzing insects? There are over 800 species of native bees that pollinate our food, flowers, and trees. Kim will draw you into the world of pollination, emphasizing how you can share your space with pollinators, especially native bees. Join us for a 15-minute walk-about to look for local bees, following a 45-minute presentation at the Reep House.
 

PRESENTER
Kim Fellows has worked part-time as the outreach coordinator for Pollination Canada, a project under the umbrella of Seeds of Diversity Canada, since 2011. Kim’s related background includes a BScH and MSc in Biology from Queen’s University, and past work at Harrow Research Station, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Currently, Kim oversees a “Pollinator Fedge” project at a community garden and is active in her Bee City of Kitchener, Ontario.

 
AGENDA
Presentation: 1:30 – 2:15pm
Bee walk: 2:15 – 2:30pm
Open House: 2:30 – 3:30pm

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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.

Image photo credit: photo credit: muhammad_elarbi The Lonely Bee via photopin (license)

Jun
24
Sun
2018
Water and Spirit: Allyship in Action @ Parkminster United Church
Jun 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

At 10am, join Parkminster United Church for their worship service to hear Mary Anne Caibaiosai share her stories and prayers for the water and plans for the All Nations Grand River Water Walk.

Triptych of Melissa Ireland, a painting, Mary Anne Caibaiosai

Stay or plan to arrive at 11:30 for lunch and a worshop on Indigenous Allyship featuring Melissa Ireland Manager of the Indigenous Student Centres at Laurier for her workshop, Indigenous Allyship: Toolkit for Change”. If you are curious about terms, wondering about how to go beyond land acknowledgements, or wanting to discover positive best practices for working with Indigenous peoples, come and sit in on this participatory gathering.

All are welcome

Melissa will employ a circle approach in the session to help you self-discover where you sit in your Indigenous Allyship journey.

The workshop and lunch are free with donations to support the Water Walk gratefully accepted.

Water and Spirit: Allyship in Action Tickets, Sun, 24 Jun 2018 at 11:30 AM | Eventbrite

Info Table at the Multicultural Festival @ Victoria Park
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

[1]
As we do every year, Fair Vote Waterloo will have an information
table at the Multicultural Festival. Drop by, say ‘Hello’, and learn
how our voting system doesn’t actually give us the government we vote
for.

The KW Multicultural Festival is our largest educational event and a
great opportunity to speak with our community. We need volunteers to
help with the information table; do you have a couple of hours to help
out? We work in pairs and team folks with experience with new comers.
Everyone’s help is valuable! Contact us at info@fairvotewrc.ca [2]

Here are the time slots:

12pm – 2 pm
2pm – 4 pm
4pm – 6 pm
6pm – 7:30pm

Dr. Dennis Pilon believes that we are at a tipping point for
electoral reform in Canada. Working together can make electoral reform
a reality, it would be super if you could join us for a couple of
hours at the Multicultural Festival!

Hear from you soon.

With thanks,
Sharon
for FVC-WR

Links:
——
[1] https://www.kwmc.on.ca/festival-2018/
[2] mailto:info@fairvotewrc.ca

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

KW Hungry Minds
Sunday, June 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 commu…

Food for Thought

Sunday, Jun 24, 2018, 1:00 PM

Stephen’s Place
471 Thorndale Dr Waterloo, on

1 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.

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Jun
25
Mon
2018
Agency Orientation
Jun 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Jun
26
Tue
2018
Philosophication
Jun 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30 PM

The art of questioning and attemptive understanding. What? Philosophy in general. Casual discussion, mostly focused on the topic (differs monthly) lis…

Philosophication

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018, 5:30 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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Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Jun 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 contact@wrnonviolence.org.