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Workshop: Consent and sexual assault law

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 6:30pm


Octopus Books Centretown
2nd Floor, 251 Bank St.
Ottawa, ON
45° 24' 58.7052" N, 75° 41' 48.6744" W

Reports of sexual assault have appeared frequently in the news over the past few months. One of the most memorable cases can be attributed to former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault scandal. As of January 8 this year, Ghomeshi is charged with seven assault counts and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

#FergusonSyllabus: Talking and Teaching About Police Violence

The blog Prison Culture has curated this amazing resource, #FergusonSyllabus, a post that brings together all the best teaching materials about the shooting of Mike Brown and the injustices that are faced by peaceful protesters in Ferguson. The post also includes resources to facilitate popular education around police violence and the prison industrial complex from Project NIA (No Youth in Prison), Buzzfeed, Chain Reaction and many more.


Sharing my Treaty: Niagara Wampum Bundle Traditional Teaching

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:45pm


University of Ottawa, Arts Building RM 033 Ottawa, ON
45° 25' 17.508" N, 75° 41' 49.8948" W

My Treaty of Niagara Wampum Bundle Traditional Teaching

In this teaching I share my Treaty of Niagara Wampum Bundle. I discuss the Treaty of Niagara of 1764 which was the event that ratified the 1763 Royal Proclamation, Canada’s first constitution. I present and read new editions of the three wampum belts exchanged. I also share many other insights about wampum. This is a traditional teaching and done orally.

It is participatory in that Indigenous ways of knowing asks that learners listen with both their mind and their heart, be introspective, and value that often times knowledge will unfold as time passes.

What is Canada Doing in the Ukraine and What Should the Peace Movement Do About It?

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 1:00pm


University of Ottawa, Jean-Jacques Lussier Building, RM 5070 Ottawa, ON
45° 25' 17.508" N, 75° 41' 49.8948" W

The panel will present an analysis of the situation in the Ukraine, Canada's role in it, and the serious nature of the situation. The issue to be discussed is: What can the peace and anti-war movement do to counter the Government of Canada’s aggressive posture toward Russia, and oppose its contributions to a NATO military mobilization in Eastern Europe?

The startling rise of crude oil transport by rail and the 2013 disaster at Lac Mégantic

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:45am


Ottawa University, TBT 333
550 Cumberland Building
48° 27' 3.4488" N, 89° 11' 38.2956" W

On July 6, 2013, 47 people died in the oil train disaster at Lac Megantic Quebec. Crude oil traffic by rail is rising enormously, in North America. Why is so much crude oil moving by rail? What are the dangers? Shouldn't society be working to phase out fossil fuel consumption so global warming doesn't get out of hand?


-Bruce Campbell, Executive Director, Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives 

-Carre bleu Lac Mégantic 

-A speaker from the new coalition in North America opposing oil by rail 

-Moderator: Roger Annis, writer and member of Vancouver Ecosocialist Group


Gaza's Ark and the Freedom Flotilla Coalition against the Blockade of Gaza

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:45am


University of Ottawa, Bldg Desmarais Building RM 1140
55 Laurier Ave East
Ottawa, ON
45° 25' 25.608" N, 75° 41' 13.074" W

As part of international solidarity campaigns for Gaza, we present the next challenge to the illegal blockade. Gaza's Ark is an international grass-roots civil society campaign to help end the blockade of Gaza and help build lasting peace in the region through full freedom of movement. Participants can get involved, including as purchasers of Palestinian export goods on Gaza's Ark.

This event is Bilingual. Find out more about Gaza's Ark here.


Understanding drug related stigma: a guide for facilitators

This guide created, available through the Harm Reduction Coalition, outlines exactly how to host a half day (three hour training) on understanding drug related stigma. The extensive guide has an entire curriculum for the day, including worksheets, slides, activities and discussion topics, broken up into sections. The guide operates from a harm reduction model and would be beneficial to activists, community workers or anyone interested in dispelling stigma.


Fighting Dirty Energy and Waste Facilities Workshop

This workshop guide from the Energy Justice Network is a perfect outline for facilitators interested in hosting a 2 hour workshop on taking grassroots action against dirty energy entering communities. Grassroots action has been proven to be extremely effective against dirty energy. The guide includes:

-Discussion topics

-Example tactics

-Finding allies

-Tips for movement building

-Assessing actions

And much more!


Social Media as a Civic Engagement Tool

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm


E.J Pratt Library, room 306
71 Queens Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON
43° 40' 1.7868" N, 79° 23' 34.7964" W

Juggling work, family and other commitments can make it difficult to stay on top of your city’s politics, but the internet and social media have made it easier than ever to be civically engaged. Can’t make it to a Council meeting? Follow the live-stream from the comfort of your home or office. No idea when the issues that matter to you will come up on Council floor? Familiarize yourself with the Toronto City Council Meeting Monitor. Want to meet people who share your views on city issues? Chances are you can find them on Twitter.

Attend this workshop to learn the basics on how to use social media and web resources to stay engaged with your city and connect with others who share your interests.


The Art Day Project

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:00am - Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 5:00am


Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON

The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to present Creative Matters • The Art Day Project, a partnership to celebrate and demystify the art of rug design and fair trade weaving.

The Art Day Project will launch at the Textile Museum of Canada on November 20, 2013 with an educational exhibit, a lecture, and hands-on design workshops for the general public, post-secondary students and teachers. A comprehensive multi-media presentation of handmade rug production, materials and techniques will offer insights into the complex process of making artisanal carpets in the 21st-century.


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