Community Events

2017 27 Mar
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Jamie Swift on the Vimy Trap

The story of the bloody 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge is, according to many of today’s tellings, a heroic founding moment for Canada. This noble, birth-of-a-nation narrative is regularly applied to the Great War in general. Yet this mythical tale is rather new.

2017 28 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

(Octopus Books Community Classroom) On Economic Security: The Big Picture

This community classroom is developed in response to a phenomenon of increasing precarious work across industries therefore increasing economic insecurity.

2017 29 Mar
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Book Launch: Welcome to Greater Edendale, Histories of Environment, Health, and Gender in an African City

In the coming decades, the bulk of Africa's anticipated urban population growth will take place in smaller cities.

2017 29 Mar
5:30pm - 7:30pm

STRANGER THAN FICTION: An evening with U.S. media analyst Tom Rosenstiel

Tom Rosenstiel, head of the Washington-based American Press Institute, will be in Ottawa to launch his first work of fiction, the political thriller Shining City, and also to launch into a discussion of the stranger than fiction world of the news media and the Trump presidency.

2017 30 Mar
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Chasing Trump: A conversation on journalism, culture and politics between USA TODAY Network Features Editor Nichelle Smith and CBC Ottawa at 6 Host Adrian Harewood

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.” -Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York

"Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods," - journalist Chuck Todd, “Meet the Press”

2017 03 Apr
7:30pm

Towards a Prairie Atonement with Trevor Herriot

Towards a Prairie Atonement addresses the question of our relationship with the land. Enlisting the help of a Metis Elder, Trevor Herriot revisits the history of one corner of the Great Plains.

2017 04 Apr
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Club: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Please join us in a discussion of James Baldwin's first novel Go Tell It on the Mountain at our book club on April 4.

2017 20 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Much Madness, Divinest Sense: Women's Stories of Mental Health and Health Care Book Launch

“Although there have been countless cases of women’s madness throughout history, almost no personal accounts have been formally documented. Was there no one to listen to these women, to write down their thoughts? Is it an arbitrary oversight?

2017 25 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

A Land Not Forgotten Book Launch with François Haman, Shinjini Pilon, Michael Robidoux and Desiree Streit

Food insecurity takes a disproportionate toll on the health of Canada’s Indigenous people. A Land Not Forgotten examines the disruptions in local food practices as a result of colonization and the cultural, educational, and health consequences of those disruptions.

2017 25 May
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Tim Cook In Conversation with Adrian Harewood on VIMY: THE BATTLE AND THE LEGEND

A bold new telling of the defining battle of the Great War, and how it came to signify and solidify Canada’s national identity