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24 October 2018
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This Week: 
  • TOOLS FOR CHANGE FURTHER DETAILS! (5-8 November)
  • PRECARITY IS SCARY ACTION TODAY!
  • Brazil/Fascism 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. 
TOOLS FOR CHANGE FALL SERIES!
...from 5-8 November @ BECS (Bill Ellis Coworking Space)!
REGISTER NOW for Tools for Change
Monday, November 5:
- Consensus Decision Making 101 with Brad Evoy
6 PM start, BECS
Tuesday, November 6: 
- Access to Information Training with Andy Crosby and Dr. Jeff Monaghan
- 10 AM start, location TBD
- Anti-Oppression and Decolonization with Maria Basualdo and Marcello Saavedra-Vargas, BECS
Wednesday, November 7:
- The Launch of 'Fast Films' (OPIRG Carleton's newest series for short video essays) 
6 PM, BECS
Thursday, November 8:
- Decolonize Your Art with RJ Jones
Time TBD, BECS
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 www.opirgcarleton.org/t4c
FIGHT FOR 15 CAMPUS ACTION TODAY!

Precarity is Scary: Carleton says Hands Off Workers’ Rights! TOMORROW AT 11 AM!
Ontario Public Interest Research Group - OPIRG Carleton 326 UC, Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive

The Ford government is attacking Ontario workers. They have demonstrated they are more interested in catering to big business and corporate interests than supporting Ontario workers.

On Tuesday, the Ford government introduced legislation to: - freeze the minimum wage at $14 for the next 2 years, and cancel the scheduled January 1 increase to $15 - eliminate two paid sick days for all workers - cancel fair scheduling rules - take away the right to equal pay for equal work for part-time, temp and contract workers …and so much more.

This attack will hit students hard and we will not stay silent!

Join us to petition across Carleton campus to get signatures on our petition against this heinous action. Meet at the OPIRG office at 11am.

We need volunteers to help make this fun! There will be costumes (ghost themed!) available for folks who would like to take part in a fun media stunt.

For more information, email ottawa@15andfairness.org.

 

Community Events

Yoga Unity: Relaxation, Healing and Building Community for WOC
31 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 woc.unity@gmail.com. This will help us plan more effectively.

Online Action: Stop the Deportation of Moe Harkat! -
31 October 2018 @ All Day
Everywhere!

Take action now! You can take action more than once! No one should be deported to torture. Ever. Please take 2 minutes of your time to send an email to Prime Minister Trudeau and the Ministers of Public Safety, Justice and Immigration. They must stop the deportation to torture of Mohamed Harkat, and not make themselves, and Canada, complicit in torture once more. Click here for more details, to read the sample letter and send your message: http://iclmg.ca/stop-harkat-deportation/

And please invite your friends and share widely. Thank you!

Modified: A food lover’s journey into GMOs
31 October 2018, 7-9pm
The Atelier, 95 Clegg Street

Forget goblins and ghosts, GMOs are sure to give you a fright this Halloween! 64 countries have made the decision to make the GMO labeling mandatory. But not Canada or the United States. Accompanied by her mother, an activist with whom she shares a deep love of nature and the culinary pleasures it can offer, filmmaker Aube Giroux examines the ethical and environmental challenges of agro-food policies, as well as the corporate influence on these policies that allow GMOs to go unchecked..The film is bilingual with English and French subtitles. The venue is accessible with gender-neutral washrooms. Hosted by the School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University. 

Brazil: A return to fascism? -
1 November 2018, 7-9pm
25OneCommunity, 251 Bank Street

On October 7, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the first round of the presidential election in Brazil with a racist, mysognist and homophobic platform. Bolsonaro threatens an agenda of violent ”“law and order”“ targeting indigenous people, minorities and social movements. The polls predict that he is poised to win the second round on October 28. Bolsonaro has praised Pinochet and is proudly pro-torture. You are invited to a public forum to hear prominent Brazilian human rights lawyer Maria Luisa about the threats of the far-right in Brazil. Maria Luisa is co-director of Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (Network for Social Justice and Human Rights - www.social.org.br)and author of Human Rights in Brazil, which has been published annually since 2000.  This event is an opportunity for building ties of solidarity with Brazilian networks at a time when the extreme right appears more united globally than ever before. The rise of Bolsonaro coincides with the rise of white supremacists and far-right movements elsewhere in the world, to whom he appears to have direct ties.“ info@interpares.ca  Venue is accessible to individuals with mobility issues, venue and washrooms are accessible to individuals with mobility issues, gender-neutral/unisex 

Ottawa: Campus workers and students say hands off $15 & Fairness
2 November 2018,10-11am
240 Michael Cowpland Dr, Kanata, ON

The repeal of fair labour laws and the $15 minimum wage will hurt students, staff and faculty across the province. Our college and university communities are coming together to send a strong message to the government that we will fight to protect decent work laws. Join us outside Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Merrilee Fullerton’s office on Friday, November 2 at 10am. We will be calling on Minister Fullerton to stand with students, staff and faculty and reject the repeal of decent work laws. Ontario should be addressing precarious work and promoting quality education across the postsecondary education system, not rolling back reasonable and modest improvements to labour law. Contract faculty and support staff deserve equal pay! Student workers and food service workers deserve a $15 minimum wage! Universities and colleges should be model employers! #WithdrawBill47 #15andfairness

No Place to Go: Book Launch with Lezlie Lowe
3 November 2018, 2 PM
NAC, Peter A Herrndorf Place, 1 Elgin St

Launching a new book about the need for public toilets written by Lezlie Lowe and featuring GottaGo!

5th Annual Feminist Fair
4 November 2018, 11 AM
Makerspace North 250 City Centre Ave Bay 216

The Feminist Twins are proud to present the 5th annual Feminist Fair taking place on Sunday November 4th at Makerspace North. This event is a vendor's craft market, fundraiser, and showcase for several non-profit organizations. It is ALL AGES, pay what you can (no one turned away for lack of funds!), with proceeds going to local feminist initiatives! More info to come!  Some things you can expect from our vendors include buttons, pins, patches, jewellery, clothing, bags, books, zines, prints, art, donuts, plants, and more! Come support local artists! In addition to vendor tables, there will also be tables promoting the work done by local non profits & grassroots organizations! It is a great opportunity to learn more about some of the work done to support women and queer folks in Ottawa!

Centretown Community Clothing Swap: FALL EDITION
4 November 2018, 10 AM
Kind Space, 222 Somerset St. W, suite 404,

The Feminist Twins are proud to present the 5th annual Feminist Fair taking place on Sunday November 4th at Makerspace North. This event is a vendor's craft market, fundraiser, and showcase for several non-profit organizations. It is ALL AGES, pay what you can (no one turned away for lack of funds!), with proceeds going to local feminist initiatives! More info to come!  Some things you can expect from our vendors include buttons, pins, patches, jewellery, clothing, bags, books, zines, prints, art, donuts, plants, and more! Come support local artists! In addition to vendor tables, there will also be tables promoting the work done by local non profits & grassroots organizations! It is a great opportunity to learn more about some of the work done to support women and queer folks in Ottawa!

Get active, not radioactive! Stop Nuclear Dumps on the Ottawa River!
6 November 2018,noon
Starts from 82 Kent St.


Join the Coalition Against Nuclear Dumps on the Ottawa River (CANDOR) to march and oppose plans to build a giant radioactive waste dump near the Ottawa River – and to bury an old reactor in cement. Scientists now say that we have only 12 years to halve greenhouse gases or face climate catastrophe. How has the Canadian government responded? The department of Natural Resources plans to unveil a roadmap for putting a “new” generation of nuclear reactors in Canada’s northern and remote communities. They tout it as a green, clean solution.

Pouring billions of dollars into technologies that produce toxic radioactive waste and that will take years to develop is neither green nor clean, and a distraction from taking real action. Worse yet, while Canada is giving the nuclear industry billions, those funds need to be spent NOW on truly green renewable energy and energy conservation. With the current plan for a massive dump at Chalk River, radioactive materials including tritium and plutonium would leak into the Ottawa River, endangering health.  These facilities are run by multinational corporations but owned and paid for by the federal government. This nuclear waste will be hazardous and radioactive for 100,000+ years! Gather at 12 noon in front of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 82 Kent St. We’ll march down Sparks St., up to the flame on Parliament Hill, and back again. Come out and march for a greener future!”

The Tenant Turn Up Mini-Tour // Lal & LeeReed & Cheko Salaam
10 November 2018, 8pm-11pm
Kinki, 41 York St

Canada is in the midst of the worst affordable housing crisis in its history. Many working class folks and families are unable to find adequate and affordable housing. Here in Ontario, nearly half of renters pay an ‘unaffordable’ rental housing cost. And with rising rents / housing costs, shrinking vacancy rates, stagnating incomes and limited access to subsidized housing, more and more working class Ontario families are feeling the effects of the crisis.On the frontline of this housing crisis, facing displacement from their homes and communities - working class tenants from Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood, Hamilton’s Stoney Creek Towers and Ottawa’s Herongate community have gotten together with their neighbours, have gotten organized and have been fighting back. 

Inspired by the working class badassery of these tenant organizers.. artists and renters LAL (Toronto), LEE REED (Hamilton) and CHEKO SALAAM (Ottawa) have planned a solidarity fundraising mini-tour - to help connect the struggles and organizing of these communities, and to help raise some dollars for their respective fundraising campaigns. With 3-dates of ‘Pay What You Can’ performances - Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa. Mark your calendars. Spread some word. And join us for an evening of solidarity and song! 

COMEDY AND ART SHOW: SPICE Masala Chai
10 November 2018, 9:15–11:20pm
Happy Goat Coffee Co, 35 Laurel Street

TICKETS $12 Early bird/ $15 at the door We are back and we are bundled up with our favourite cup of tea. Come out for the second SPICE show - Masala Chai edition. You will laugh, cry, and sip on the chai. There will be visual arts display, spoken word, live music, improv AND stand-up!  You don't want to miss this ICONIC show.

SPICE is a comedy collective that welcomes all kinds of performance art, including but not limited to poetry, improv and music. Spice centres the voices of marginalized folx such as qtbipoc, womxn and disabled folx. SPICE acknowledges we organize on land stolen as part of an ongoing project of genocide against Indigenous Peoples.

Herongate Youth Community Forum
10 November 2018, 1 PM – 5 PM
Heron Community Center. 1480 Heron Rd,

Join us on November 10th for youth-centered workshops, food and to fulfill your volunteer hours! From 1pm - 5pm at the Heron Community Center you can show your support and join your community for an all-day event during the Heron Gate Coalition.

Solidarity with Black South Africa!
12 November 2018, 11 AM
Embassy of South Africa, 15 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON

Join Ottawa against Fascism in showing solidarity with the masses of South Africa struggling against colonialism and white supremacy. On November 12th at 12 pm, a group of white supremacists are attempting to hold a “vigil” for white South African farmers, who are allegedly facing violence from the Black South Africans who seek to take their land back from the people who stole it. This event takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Anishinaabe Algonquin land.

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 Ahmed.Hussen@parl.gc.ca and minister@cic.gc.ca)
2. Call or write Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale (call 613-947-1153, 306-585-2202 and 613-991-2924, email ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca and Hon.ralph.goodale@canada.ca) 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. 

http://iclmg.ca/stop-harkat-deportation/

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.

https://www.ciso.qc.ca/appel-a-la-mobilisation-les-travailleuses-domestiques-ont-des-droits/
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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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