Community Events

2016 30 Apr
11:00am - 4:00pm

Authors for Indies Day! Celebrating Independent Bookstores!


2016 04 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch of The Human Kennel and Jail Art Exhibit with Jeannette Tossounian

If you find the jail conditions covered in the news appalling, wait until you read these journals. The Human Kennel follows Jeannette Tossounian while incarcerated for two years in the notorious Vanier Centre for Women, a Detention Centre in Milton, Ontario.

2016 07 May
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act, Still Needs to be Erased (Community Classroom) with Investigative Journalist Andrew Mitrovica

Bill C-51 also known as Anti-terrorism Act was introduced by the previous Conservative government in early 2015.

2016 09 May

Octopus Book Club May 9th Edition: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Orlando, a young nobleman and one of Queen Elizabeth I’s court favourites, is the object of many ladies’ attentions, but after suffering heartbreak he prefers literary pursuits to entertaining any thoughts of marriage.

2016 12 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Ottawa’s Jail: The Cost of Human Warehousing

MOMS Ottawa (Mothers Offering Mutual Support) in collaboration with CPEP (Criminalization Punishment and Education Project) present a Public Forum on Ottawa’s Jail: The Cost of Human Warehousing 

2016 18 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

On Making of Sustainable Cities (Community Classroom) with Delegates of the EU-Canada Municipal Cooperation on Urban Policy

Climate Change is one of the biggest world challenges facing us today.  A rise in global temperatures and a decline in snow and ice cover are directly linked to an increase in incidences of  natural disasters, such as severe storms, wildfires, floods, and earthquakes.

2016 24 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

What’s Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy Book Launch with Author Tom Slee

The news is full of their names, supposedly the vanguard of a rethinking of capitalism.

2016 30 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club May 30th Edition: DEBT THE FIRST 5,000 YEARS by DAVID GRAEBER

Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it.

2016 31 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Kamal Al-Solaylee: Brown, What Being Brown in the World Today Means (for Everyone)

By the author of the Canada Reads finalist and bestselling Intolerable comes a stunning new book about the meaning of being brown

2016 04 Jun
4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear: A talk with Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s lawyer

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group in collaboration with Inter Pares and Octopus Books invites you to The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear: A talk with Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s Lawyer