Archived Community Events

2014 17 Apr
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Special Event: What's happening in Venezuela?

Octopus Books, Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle (Ottawa branch) and the Frente Bolivariano para la defensa de los pueblos Hugo Chavez present this special event to discuss what's happening in Venezuela. 

2014 16 Apr
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunchtime Roundtable: Gotta go! Ottawa Public Toilet Campaign

Which of us has not been caught short by our need for a toilet? The Crohns and Colitis Foundation surveyed their members in 2008 only to find that more than 85% of them had been humiliated in this way. What parent has not had their child urinate or defecate behind a tree in a park?

2014 12 Apr
11:30am - 1:30pm

Book Launch: Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons

Today, when it seems like everything has been privatized, when austerity is too often seen as an economic or political problem that can be solved through better policy, and when the idea of moral values has been commandeered by the right, how can we re-imagine the forces used as weapons against c

2014 11 Apr
6:00pm

An Evening with Hassan Diab before the Appeal Decision

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Waiting for the response from the Court of Appeal for Ontario regarding Hassan Diab's extradition order is difficult and stressful for Hassan and his family.

They need our support to keep up their spirits!

2014 10 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: In Those Days, Collected Writings on Arctic History

Arctic historian Kenn Harper gathers the best of his columns about Inuit history, which appear weekly in Nunatsiaq News, in this exciting new series of books.

2014 28 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Min Fami, Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance with Ghadeer Malek and Ghaida Moussa

In partnership with Inanna Publications, Octopus Books is proud to celebrate: Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space, and Resistance.

2014 25 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Anarchists in the Boardroom with Liam Barrington-Bush

"Anarchists in the Boardroom: How social media and social movements can help your organisation to be more like people" is a journey through worker-run factories, Occupy encampments, a spattering of non-violent direct actions and even a few forward-thinking companies, to make the case for helping

2014 24 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

THEATRE, POLITICS & EDUCATION: LEARNING FROM THE LEGACY OF GEORGE LUSCOMBE & TORONTO WORKSHOP PRODUCTIONS (TWP)

“I don’t train actors. I train citizens”  - George Luscombe

Featuring readings from the new book Conversations with George Luscombe by co-author Steven Bush and TWP veteran J. Douglas Campbell

2014 19 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

NAFTA at 20: Impacts and Resistance in Mexico

Join us for an important discussion with Mexican activist and academic Octavio Rosas Landa about the impacts of 20 years of the North American Free Trade Agreement in Mexico and the resistance movements that have emerged in its wake.

2014 18 Mar
6:30pm - 8:00pm

TALK: Guatemalan lawyer Rafael Maldonado on Mining Injustice and Corporate Accountability

We are pleased to host lawyer Rafael Maldonado from the Guatemalan Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS). CALAS is one of the most important centres for environmental justice in Guatemala.

2014 12 Mar
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunchtime Discussion: The Case for a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women

The call for a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women comes from many groups across Canada and it grows.

2014 06 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Defending Battered Women on Trial, Lessons from the Transcripts

Hosted by Shari Graydon, please join us for a celebration of this groundbreaking book "Defending Battered Women on Trial, Lessons from the Transcripts" with author Elizabeth Sheehy.

2014 04 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Talk: Eden Robinson in Conversation with Waubgeshig Rice

Co-presented with ABSeries.org, and thanks to the Department of English Language and Literature at Carleton University, we are thrilled to have Eden Robinson, a Haisla/Heiltsuk author who grew up in Haisla, British Columbia, with us on the evening of March 4.

2014 03 Mar
7:30pm

Talk: Saving Nazareth

Please join us for a talk by an award-winning British/Israeli journalist Jonathan Cook: 

Saving Nazareth
What the struggle by Israeli Arabs for equality reveals about the State of Israel today

2014 03 Mar
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Conversation: In Religion’s Name, Abuses against Religious Minorities in Indonesia

Please join Andreas Harsono, an Indonesia Researcher for Human Rights Watch for a discussion of religious intolerance and related violence in Indonesia. A topic that has been Andreas' main focus for a couple of years.

2014 27 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: The Tears in Their Laughter with Carlyle Mitchell

Please join us for a launch of a new novel "The Tears in Their Laughter " with the author Carlyle Mitchell, a local writer and Ottawa resident. 

2014 26 Feb
12:00pm - 1:00pm

LUNCHTIME ROUNDTABLE: Women and Girls’ Eyes on the Neighbourhood: Feeling Safe in Public Space

Everyone has a right to feel safe in their community. To create safe public spaces, we must identify and understand what makes people feel unsafe in their neighbourhoods. There has been limited focus on how women and girls experience safety at a neighbourhood level.

2014 25 Feb
6:30pm - 9:00pm

CINEMA POLITICA OCTOPUS: HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 pm for a screening of a beautiful, thoughtful, and moving documentary on spirituality and social justice. This story follows five Mayan activists who take on multinationals in Guatemala.

2014 19 Feb
12:00pm - 1:00pm

LUNCHTIME ROUNDTABLE: Save Canada Post Part II

A series of actions have been taken place across the country to confront the most recent outrageous cuts of the Harper Government: elimination of door-to-door mail delivery in urban centres and an increase in the cost of a stamp to $ 1 - to pave the road for privatizing our commons, our public se

2014 30 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

book launch for ngo-ization

Does the professionalization of activism help or hinder social movements?

Join us for an evening of discussion and debate with editor Aziz Choudry and contributor Brewster Kneen

2014 29 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book launches for Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa & Sexual Diversity in Africa

Join us for an evening of discussion of sexuality and social justice in Africa with S.N. Nyeck and Marc Epprecht

2014 28 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

My Journey with Olivia Chow

Please join us as we present in partnership with the Ottawa Writers Fest and Harper Collins, Olivia Chow—Member of Parliament, seasoned politician and widow of former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton—in conversation about My Journey, her candid new memoir.

2014 22 Jan
12:00pm - 1:00pm

SAVE CANADA POST! OCTOPUS BOOKS LUNCH ROUND TABLE

With Mike Palecek, National Union Representative, Canadian Union of Postal Workers

On December 11 2013, Canada Post announced that it planned to phase out door-to-door mail delivery in urban centres over a five-year period, and to increase the cost of stamps to $1, in order to save this C

2014 17 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book launches for Islands of Decolonial Love & Wild Rice Dreams

Join us for an evening of story, song and poem with Leanne Simpson and Vera Wabegijig

Hosted by Wabu Rice. author of Midnight Sweatlodge

2014 12 Jan
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Ishmael Beah launches his new book - Radiance of Tomorrow

Grab your tickets for the launch of Ishmael Beah's new novel!

Octopus and co-sponsor Centretown United Church are thrilled to present Ishmael Beah in celebration of his new novel Radiance of Tomorrow.  In conversation with CBC Ottawa's Ad

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