Events List

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

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The World Remembers: 1914-1918 @ CGR
Sep 25 @ 12:00 am – Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm

Every day from September 25-November 11, the names of 661,818 soldiers and nurses on all sides of the First World War killed in 1917 will be digitally displayed at more than 60 locations around the world. The commemoration is a unique expression of remembrance, reconciliation and education, and shows the enormous human cost of the war. The Mennonite Archives of Ontario Gallery (3rd floor, Conrad Grebel University College) will be one of these display locations. The Gallery is also the location of the exhibit “Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War.”


Monday to Friday

8:30 am – 7:10 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Regrettably, we are not able to provide access on Saturday mornings or Sundays. However, on November 11 (Remembrance Day) access will be provided for the entire day (8:30 am to 7:10 pm).

Waste Reduction Week
Oct 16 – Oct 20 all-day

The Sustainability Office is planning another Zero Waste Week during October 16th to October 20th. This event is aimed at building a culture of reducing and diverting waste throughout campus. Solidifying this culture is essential to accomplishing our goal of a zero-waste campus – which is achieving a 90% waste diversion rate by 2035.

Throughout the week, there will be multiple activities to participate in, such as the Zero Waste Challenge, an online Waste Reduction quiz, a Sort-A-Thon, and a Green Office Challenge for staff and faculty!

Join the discussion during the event using the hashtag #UWzerowaste, and make sure to participate for your chance to win cool prizes!

Refugee Vision Care
Oct 18 all-day
2018 GRT Service Improvement Plan – Public Consultation Centre
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Conestoga College Doon campus, Student Life Centre Lower Atrium

We want your input on the 2018 transit network, which includes proposed bus route changes.

The launch of ION light rail service in 2018 will mean a whole new transit experience in the Region of Waterloo. When light rail service starts, many GRT bus routes will change to connect directly to ION stations. Others will run more directly and more often between important destinations. Aligning routes to support a grid network will help to make travel more efficient.

Stride Night Training
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Oct 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 Follow @kwcofc on Twitter.

Powered by Love @ Theatre, Kitchener Public Library
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Book coverJoin us for a conversation with Ilana Landsberg-Lewis (co-author), along with special guests Evelyne Bakenyaga (Ugandan grandmother and community leader) and Kenneth Mugayehwenkyi (executive director, ROTOM, Uganda) who are featured in the book.

Powered by Love is the untold story of AIDS in Africa. We thought we knew what was happening in Africa when the AIDS pandemic raged across the continent, sweeping away 35 million lives. But we never knew it the way this book reveals it, in the shockingly intimate voices of the grandmothers who save their orphaned grandchildren when no one else was left alive. Their voices will leap straight into your heart. Their unguarded faces, in portraits that glow with character, pain and humour, will captivate you.

Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

Copies of the book available for purchase courtesy of Words Worth Books.

Registration required.

Event – Powered by Love | KPL

SCI Talks: The Future of CarSharing @ EV3
Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Is it possible to live a car-free or less car dependent life? How could that be achieved, and what are your options? Furthermore, what is carsharing, and how does this option fit into your transportation options? Find out what CarSharing is and how this quickly developing industry is set to change you live and move around.ABOUT SCI TALKS
SCI Talks is intended to engage and educate UW community members on sustainability ideas. Each talk will be presented by a local member of the community who is involved in sustainability whether it’s head-on or behind-the-scenes. Each talk is 1 hour long with a presentation or workshop and Q & A at the end. You will have the opportunity to network and engage with the speaker throughout their talk – ask any questions you have on their experiences and passions.
The SCI Talks are going to be held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM at EV3-4408 from October 5 to November 9 (excluding October 12). Every time you attend a SCI Talk you have a higher chance of winning in our Weekly Draw.
Want to volunteer? Volunteers will receive a gift of appreciation at the end of the term if attending 3/5 SCI Talks.
Want to be notified for future speaking opportunities?
Bring your friends for an educational and fun experience! We hope to see you all there!

Policing Black Lives – Book Launch @ REN
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us at Renison for the launch of the new book, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.

Taking place in Renison’s atrium, a panel discussion, focused on subject matter related to the book, will include the author, Robyn Maynard, as well as representatives of the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre.

Refreshments will be provided.

About the book

Overview by Robyn Maynard

Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada.

While highlighting the ubiquity of Black resistance, Policing Black Lives traces the still-living legacy of slavery across multiple institutions, shedding light on the state’s role in perpetuating contemporary Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, law enforcement violence, incarceration, immigration detention, deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and low graduation rates.

Emerging from a critical race feminist framework that insists that all Black lives matter, Maynard’s intersectional approach to anti-Black racism addresses the unique and understudied impacts of state violence as it is experienced by Black women, Black people with disabilities, as well as queer, trans, and undocumented Black communities.

A call-to-action, Policing Black Lives urges readers to work toward dismantling structures of racial domination and re-imagining a more just society.

About the author

Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and intellectual based in Montréal. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montréal Gazette, World Policy Journal and Canadian Women Studies Journal.


Media inquiries may be directed to Brendon Bedford.

Seán Tyrrell performing “Message of Peace” @ Registry Theatre
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Seán Tyrrell is coming to the Registry Theatre with a deeply moving, engaging and remarkable story of John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890)

The life of John Boyle O’Reilly in story and song

Tickets : $20 in advance, $25 at the door

For tickets call Michael Kelly Cavan at 519-576-5039 or email him at

Tickets also available at the door.

Message Of Peace

This is a deeply moving, engaging and remarkable story of a lesser-known Irish hero John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890) in both the spoken word and song, mapping his life and work. Pickled in places with Tyrrell’s own observations on our own times and condition. Leaving no doubt as to the passion, respect and high esteem in which he holds his all time hero whose poems are as relevant now as they were when written, the title poem and song being a perfect example. Tracing his journey from early childhood set against a backdrop of famine, revolution, Fenianism and penal servitude for life in Australia.

He was the first to escape from the penal colony in Fremantle on an American whaling ship to the USA. He settled in Boston and became the most influential Irishman in America of his day. Numbered among his friends and admirers were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and Wendell Phillips. Joseph Pulitzer commissioned him to write a poem for the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty. As editor and part owner of The Pilot newspaper he championed Native and African American rights and spoke out against anti-Semitism. Prophesied the EEC and a black president of the USA. It was O’Reilly who devised the plan that rescued the other Fenians he left behind in Fremantle prison on board an American whaling ship the Catalpa.

Romantic, Visionary, Poet, heart of a rebel, courage of a freedom fighter, commitment of a civil rights activist, blood of true born Irishman.

Songs in the show allow Tyrrell connect history of the 19th century and modern times in a seamless way. Song lyrics are drawn from a wide variety of sources: Oscar Wilde, Francis Ledwidge, Bob Dylan, Bobby Sands and many more. These are an integral part of the tale and illustrate how O’Reilly was a man way ahead of his time, a majestic human being. Using an array of instruments, Sean weaves effortlessly between narrative, instrumental and song.

Visit your MP: Raj Saini, Kitchener Centre @ Raj Saini's Office
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Vote WRC co-chairs Sharon Sommerville and Bob Jonkman met with
Kitchener-Centre MP Raj Saini to discuss Proportional Representation
on Wednesday, 13 January 2016We are keeping the pressure on!
You are invited to visit Raj Saini, MP Kitchener Centre [1], on
Friday, October 20 at 3pm to deliver a petition in support of PR.
Everyone is welcome!


Food Not Bombs! Servings
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Share a meal. Start a conversation. All welcome at Food Not Bombs Kitchener’s Saturday servings!

Where does this happen?

The serving happens at 1:30 every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall (200 King St W.). Before that, we cook our soup at the Working Centre, which is located at 58 Queen St S. (just a few blocks away). Our leftover produce and soup is then driven to the House of Friendship in downtown Kitchener.

How can I help?

We are always in need of volunteers to help us cook, people with access to cars who can drive produce and soup to and fro, friendly folks who want to dish out soup and, last but not least, people to help with the clean-up.

You can read a complete description of the different jobs available here: If any of them sound good to you, sign up for our mailing list here: We’re a friendly bunch- send out an e-mail introducing yourself and we’ll be happy to help you get started.

Who donates food?

We get the majority of our produce from Central Fresh Market- they give us the vegetables that aren’t pretty enough to sell or that they’ve overstocked. We also get donations of produce from Full Circle Foods and donations of loaves and buns from Grainharvest Breadhouse.

Why does Food Not Bombs do what it does?

Because food is a right, not a privilege. Because when we are hungry, we have the right to get what we need. Because poverty is a form of violence neither necessary nor natural. Because capitalism makes food a source of profit, not a source of nutrition. Because food does grow on trees. Because we need community, not control. Because we need homes, not jails. Because we need FOOD NOT BOMBS!

Fair Vote Canada Webinar: PR Systems for Canada Series Part One: Multi-member Systems — Single Transferable Vote (PR-STV) and Local PR
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Special Guest: BYRON WEBER BECKER. Find out how Single Transferable
Vote (PR-STV) and an adaptation of it (Local PR) works for Canada!
Byron Weber Becker teaches Computer Science at University of Waterloo.
He has combined his passion for electoral change and his computer
science expertise into a web site ( [1])
with detailed simulations of how various proportional options for
Canada perform with different features under different conditions. He
testified to the all-party committee on electoral reform and was asked
to do additional work for them. Byron has been involved with the
design of two made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban
Proportional Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada
and Fair Voting BC — see webinar three in this series) and Local
Proportional Representation.

Register: [2]


Taste of Grebel
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Friends and family of Grebel residents and associates are invited to share the day with us. We are planning a host of activities and events that will give you a sample of the student experience at Grebel. This, of course, includes a great meal and an opportunity to connect with students, staff and faculty.

Ecumenical Prayer Service with Taizé Song @ CGR
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Step back from the hustle and bustle of university life, and savour a moment of stillness and reflection. Join us for our FIRST monthly Taizé prayer service at the University of Waterloo. This will be a beautiful time of prayer, song, and silence with UW students, staff, and community members. 
Taizé is a style of meditative singing and centering prayer in the Christian tradition that has its origin in the monastic community of Taizé in central France.
Over the years, the Taizé community in France has drawn young people from all over the world for profound spiritual experience. Today, small groups gather all over the world to participate in the Taize style of meditative singing in which short songs are sung over and over, with rich harmonies.

Questions? Contact Laura Enns at 519-886-3855 or

New Canadian Youth Connection Training
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Punk Syndrome presented by Bridges To Belonging @ Princess Twin Cinema
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Punk Syndrome

The Waterloo Region Inclusion Film Series presents…
The Punk Syndrome
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Doors at 6:30, show begins at 6:45p.m.
Princess Twin Cinemas
46 King Street North, Waterloo
Tickets available at:
or call 519-886-8886 x 2427 to reserve.

Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Oct 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

Refugee Vision Care
Oct 25 all-day
climate change outreach volunteers needed!
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cambridge City Green MeetUp
Wednesday, October 25 at 9:00 AM

Hi everyone, A different kind of “volunteer opportunity” (aside from tree planting, Cambridge Community Clean Up or a City Green event that we normall…

climate change outreach volunteers needed!

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017, 9:00 AM

Cambridge Mall (Community Kiosk)
355 Hespeler Rd Cambridge, ON

2 be-the-change volunteers Attending

Hi everyone,A different kind of “volunteer opportunity” (aside from tree planting, Cambridge Community Clean Up or a City Green event that we normally post here….there are 2 opportunities below to either contribute YOUR ideas or seek others’ opinions to shape how this community will address climate change – specifically emissions reduction targe…

Check out this Meetup →

Noon Hour Concert: Songs for My Mother @ CGR
Oct 25 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Composed by Carol Ann Weaver, ‘Songs for My Mother – from Appalachia to Africa’ is a song cycle based on writings from her mother Miriam L. Weaver’s pioneering life in Appalachian Kentucky in the 1940s (primitive house, flat iron, Hard Shell Baptists who met outside on the hillside), her travels to Africa, and her return to Virginia with poignant words about her sudden impending death in the 90s.   There is adventure and joy, sorrow and exuberance in these songs.  The text stems from previously unpublished text, and reflects values and story lines rarely celebrated in art music.  This marks the Canadian premier of this work.  The work was premiered in Harrisonburg, VA, June, 2017.

Soprano, Stephanie Kramer
with extra vocals by Mary-Catherine McNinch-Pazzano
Piano, Carol Ann Weaver

Renison’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) @ REN
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Board of Governors of Renison University College invites you to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Renison.

The theme of this meeting is ‘Honouring the past: moving into the future.’

The evening will include a reception and program at 5:00 p.m., featuring an opportunity to learn and learn about the variety of languages Renison teaches.

The business portion of the Annual General Meeting will commence at 6:30 p.m.

We look forward to having you with us!

Please confirm your attendance by email.

Parking is available in Renison’s parking lot at a cost of $7.00, payable by credit card or debit.

Pedestrian Hwy 8 Bridge at Avalon Pl Consultation
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A Public Consultation Centre (informal “drop-in” format) has been arranged to present the alternatives under consideration and to receive public input. The Public Consultation Centre will take place as follows:

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: GRT Chandler Drive Building, 85 Chandler Drive, Kitchener, Ontario

Please note that the building is located along Chandler Drive, and is not the main building located on Strasburg Road. Welcome signage will be in place to direct attendees to the appropriate venue.

KWPeace Potluck and Meeting @ Peace and Justice Room, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Potluck dinnerPlease join us for the Fall 2017 meeting of Kitchener Waterloo’s Peace and Social Justice organizations.

We’ll bring each other up-to-date on our groups’ activities, and we’ll discuss the cancellation of the Perspectives On Peace event that was supposed to be held on 30 September 2017.

As always, bring a dish to share, and enjoy the food brought by others. It’s largely vegetarian, some vegan, and all of it is great! Please bring your own plate and utensils, as we don’t have access to the kitchen.

Night at the Museum
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Register for event

Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867

Join us for this free event as we discover and discuss what it has meant to be a woman in Canada throughout its 150 year history.

This national, travelling exhibit explores how women have transformed Canadian politics, work, and everyday life.

Bonus Content: Unmentionables

An interactive talk about the history of women’s underwear.

Registrants for this event will receive free admission, refreshments, and two-way bus transportation** between Renison University College and Waterloo Region Museum.



Bus departing from: Renison University College

Address: 240 Westmount Rd. North, Waterloo, ON

Departure time: 5:30 p.m.

**WatCard or Photo ID required for bus transportation. Only registered attendees qualify for bus transportation.