24 October 2018
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This Week: 
  • TOOLS FOR CHANGE is Coming! (5-8 November)
  • PROGRAMMING Committee!
  • DISSIDENT KNOWLEDGE and Moooore Community Events!
  • Phone Zap for Ibrahim and More Online Action!
  • Stuff We Shared In Other Places!
  • Submit to the Wednesday Weekly!
Click on the title of the events and news items for more information where available. 
...from 5-8 November @ BECS (Bill Ellis Coworking Space)!
REGISTER NOW for Tools for Change
Tools for Change is OPIRG Carleton's signature, free workshop and  training series that will build your skills to take on the challenges in  activism and organizing! Planned in mind for our working groups,  Tools for Change includes workshops such as anti-oppression, consensus  decision-making, and more to help your collective or campaign learn and  understand the basics of making your work effective and accessible. 

This series' topics:
  • Anti-Oppression and Decolonization 101!
  • Decolonize Your Art!
  • Access to Information!
  • Consensus Decision-Making 101!
Open and free to everyone, come as a group or as an individual!
Admission is free, open to everyone and the space will be wheelchair accessible. lunch will be provided. If you have any accessibility needs, please include them in your registraton form and we will try our best to accomodate your needs.

You need to register at
Ottawa Radicalism 101!
Next Meeting Time: Tuesday (30 October) at 1:00 PM! 
OPIRG Carleton Programming Committee: Yup, OPIRG Carleton is relaunching it's Programming Committee and we need you! If you're interested in creating new and engaging programming initatives or sustaining existing events and workshops, now is your time to get involved.

Email Brad at with the subject line 'Programming Committee - Interest' to be added to our contact list for the group.
Community Events

Yoga Unity: Relaxation, Healing and Building Community for WOC
24 October 2018 @ 6 PM - 7 PM
Rideau Sports Centre (1 Donald St.) 

Yoga.Unity is a series of "Pay what you can" yoga classes for women of colour to create an environment of support and healing. This is an introductory class and a way to give the opportunity to women of colour to participate in activities that we feel we would benefit from and that meets our budget. It is also a way to create a unique space where body image, health concerns and wellness are shifted to look closer to what we experience them to be. This is a way to build and strengthen a community of trust and care.  Please send us an email to confirm or request your attendance, or if you have any inquiries, at This will help us plan more effectively.

Dissident Knowledge In Higher Education Book Launch With Marc Spooner, James Mcninch And Joel Westheimer, 
24 October 2018 @ 7pm
25One Community, 251 Bank St. 2nd floor

Current global trends suggest a time of exciting possibility for scholars as critical, community-engaged, and participatory epistemologies come to the fore. Yet, just as possibilities invite academics to broaden and deepen scholarship in ways unimagined a decade before, a parallel shift towards a neoliberal and accountability-focused culture – both in the academy and in society – imperils every new opportunity. In Dissident Knowledge, Noam Chomsky, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Yvonna S. Lincoln, and others delve into the effects of colonialism, neoliberalism, and audit culture on higher education. Ticket: $10 or PWYC. Advanced tickets are available online or in person at Octopus Books (116 Third Ave.)

The Ghomeshi Effect
October 24-27. 7:30pm,
LabO, (10 Daly Avenue) 

$25 to PWYC. The Ghomeshi Effect is a documentary dance-theatre performance that tackles sexual violence in Canada, particularly how it is handled in the legal system, through an edited series of documented interviews, and uses dance to inform and interrogate the language used in the discussion of sexual violence. Originally produced in Ottawa in 2017 (Ottawa International Women's Day 2017 'Femmy Award for Media'), the production is being remounted at the University of Ottawa's brand new LabO from October 23-27, 2018, prior to its multi-city tour across Ontario and Alberta.

Gaza’s “Great March of Return” – what did it accomplish?
25 October 2018  @ 11:30am
Yang Ming Asian Buffet (1547 Merivale Rd)

Our speaker is Peter Larson, Chair, OFIP.  Peter has visited Israel/Palestine numerous times and has written extensively on his blog Canada Talks Israel Palestine ( Earlier this year Peter was in Gaza and his talk is titled: Gaza’s “Great March of Return” – what did it accomplish? Ticket cost: $20

Yoga Unity Annual General Meeting!
25 October 2018 @ 6 PM - 7 PM
Sankofa Book Store (430 Rideau Street)

We are excited to hold our first annual general meeting this week, and to hear your opinions and ideas! This meeting is open to all past, current, and future participants, as well as allies. Here are the details:
Items on the agenda:

  • 6PM - 6:45PM - Dinner and informal chats
  • 6:45PM - 7PM - Proposals from the executive team
  • 7PM - 8PM - Discussion

In/Words Dis(s)ent with George Elliott Clarke and Sanita Fejzić
25 October 25, 2018 @ 6:35pm
414 Sparks St

This is now a free event. Co-edited by George Elliott Clarke and Sanita Fejzić, Dis(s)ent is a collection of poetry, fiction, essays and art worrying definitions of truth and the truth-teller in our “post-truth” era.  This issue is motivated by the question: How do capitalism, consumerism and colonialism distort our perceptions of “reality” and confuse our relationships to each other—as citizens, as relatives, as participants in collectives, and/or as “free” individuals? Environmental rights, Indigenous rights, women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights are at the forefront of the contributors’ minds. Dis(s)ent features stories that question human subjectivity and agency.

Getting to Zero Book Launch with the Author Tony Clarke
25 October 2018 @ 7pm
25OneCommunity, 251 Bank Street, 2nd floor, 

Ticket: $10. In this book, long-time social and environmental activist Tony Clarke provides the hard-to-find information and analysis about what Canada is and is not doing right now to get to zero. He documents the key initiatives that are moving Canada towards a lower-carbon future. But he also spells out how contradictory government decisions and policies are enabling a business-as-usual approach by the oil and gas industry. In doing so, he examines how the Trudeau government promotes measures to reduce greenhouse gases — but then also promotes pipelines that permit further expansion of Alberta's oil sands and new liquidied natural gas plants with enormous greenhouse gas outputs.

Critical Mass Ottawa
26 October 2018 @ 5:45pm
Confederation Park

Come gather at Confederation Park for the monthly Ottawa Critical Mass! We will meet at the fountain for organizing, chanting and gathering. This group bike ride is a family friendly, safe space event. All are welcome, please be safe, we will be following the rules of the road while cycling.


Lee Reed & Kay the Aquanaut in Ottawa w/ Elberlyn & Kitz Willman
27 October 2018 @ 6-11pm, 
The G-Spot (329 Bell St. South) 

$10 or $5 with a High School ID (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Legendary radical hip-hop acts LEE REED & KAY THE AQUANAUT are bringing The Aftermathematical Tour to Algonquin Territory on Saturday October 27, 2018. The two RHYMETHiNK emcees, along with DJ !KRYMEWON, will be inciting live hip-hop music in the settlement of Ottawa alongside guests ELBERLYN & KITZ WILLMAN. This show is taking place at The G-Spot, the headquarters of the Carleton Food Collective who will be serving up a hot meal before the show. This evening is sure to satisfy your hunger in more ways than one.

 I’m Afraid of Men: Vivek Shraya
27 October 2018, 9:30pm
414 Sparks St.

$20/$15 in advance; $25/$20 at the door, Saturday evening passes available for $40, Free for Carleton University students. Part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Vivek Shraya has reason to be afraid. Throughout her life she's endured acts of cruelty and aggression for being too feminine as a boy and not feminine enough as a girl. In order to survive childhood, she had to learn to convincingly perform masculinity. As an adult, she makes daily compromises to steel herself against everything from verbal attacks to heartbreak. Now, with raw honesty, Vivek delivers an important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, releasing trauma from a body that has always refused to assimilate. I’m Afraid of Men is a journey from camouflage to a riot of colour and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid.

True North: Waubgeshig Rice and Eden Robinson
28 October 2018, 6:30pm
414 Sparks St

$20/$15 in advance; $25/$20 at the door, Sunday evening passes available for $40, Free for Carleton University students. Part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival.With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off from the rest of the world, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn. 

You Can't Own the Fucking Stars with author Clementine Morrigan
28 October 2018, 6:30pm
Venus Envy Ottawa (226 Bank St).

What does it take to recover from trauma? Opening with a piece that juxtaposes the pleasures of masturbation with the terrors of a courtroom during a rape trial, You Can’t Own the Fucking Stars is both a celebration of healing and a fearless testament to resilience in the face of suffering. In their customary engaging and accessible style, Clementine Morrigan offers a series of reflexive vignettes, poems and meditations, written over a period of five years, on their experiences recovering from trauma and addiction. You Can’t Own the Fucking Stars marks the first time that all of these pieces, most originally published in now out of print zines, appear together. This is a book about sex, desire, queerness, bisexuality, pleasure, gender, addiction, sobriety, transformation, and healing from a lifetime of violence. Affirming both the hard work and the joy of recovery, You Can’t Own the Fucking Stars celebrates the magic and power of trauma survivors.

Muskrat Falls Parliament Hill Direct Action: See Their Faces
29 October 2018, 12 Noon 
Parliament Hill, meet beforehand at 11 am at the Human Rights Monument, Elgin and Lisgar.

Time is running out for us and we are asking for your support. We call all supporters who are able to join a day of nonviolent direct action organized by the Ontario-Muskrat Solidarity Coalition on Parliament Hill in Ottawa (traditional, unceded Algonquin territory), on October 29, 2018. Help us stop an act of cultural genocide and senseless environmental destruction downstream from Muskrat Falls in Labrador (traditional, unceded lands of the Innu and Inuit). 

Taking the Rap: Women Doing Time for Society’s Crimes Launch
16 October 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
25OneCommunity 251 Bank Street

When Ann Hansen was arrested in 1983 along with the four other members of the radical anarchist group known as the Squamish Five, her long-time commitment to prison abolition suddenly became much more personal. Now, she could see firsthand the brutal effects of imprisonment on real women’s lives.

During more than thirty years in prison and on parole, the bonds and experiences Hansen shared with other imprisoned women only strengthened her resolve to fight the prison industrial complex. In Taking the Rap, she shares gripping stories of women caught in a system that treats them as disposable-poor women, racialized women, and Indigenous women, whose stories are both heartbreaking and enraging. Often serving time for minor offences due to mental health issues, abuse, and poverty, women prisoners are offered up as scapegoats by a society keen to find someone to punish for the problems we all have created

Community News

ACT NOW - Phone Zap for Ibrahim Bah!

Ibrahim Bah, a member of the Guinean Committee in Support of Status for All, has a deportation date set for Thursday. His life will be at risk if forced back to Guinea. Please take a moment out of your day to call Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to try to prevent this from happening. How to support:

1. Call or write Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen (dial 613-995-0777, 613-954-1064 and 416-656-2526 or write to and
2. Call or write Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale (call 613-947-1153, 306-585-2202 and 613-991-2924, email and and ask them to stay Ibrahim's deportation

New Petition In Support Of Mohamed Harkat
A new petition has been released in support of Mohamed Harkat--please join us and send the lined-to-letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and the Ministers of Public Safety, Justice and Immigration to urge them to stop the deportation to torture of Mohamed Harkat.

Domestic Workers Rights Campaign: CISO (materials in FR)
Call for mobilization: Domestic workers have rights! The campaign NO to modern slavery: domestic workers have rights in full swing and we are about to increase the pressure one notch! To date, the petition has nearly 4000 signatures and we are currently entering an important advocacy stage for which your support is essential.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) releases The Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Post-Secondary Students With Disabilities in Canada report

The ‘Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation’ project represents a thorough examination of the current landscape of accessibility, services, accommodations, technical equipment and supports for students with disabilities at publicly-funded post-secondary institutions across Canada. This research on post-secondary access and services is timely. It contributes to the Government of Canada's and the Ontario government’s emphasis on access to education and training for persons with disabilities, leading to their participation in the competitive labour market. Read the Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation in Post-Secondary Education For Students With Disabilities report: Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities (PDF)

Things We've Shared Elsewhere
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Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Unceded Algonquin Territory

So, where is UC 326?

Go to Stairwell D on the 2nd or 4th Floor
  • On 2nd Floor: In front of the Multifaith Centre
  • On 4th Floor: In front of the CUSA Offices
Walk down/up the stairs and turn to the hallway on the platform.

And there we are!
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