Archived Community Events

2007 13 Mar

Divergence Movie Night presents 'Transparent'

Tues. March 13th, 7:30 pm 7:30pm at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas, Ottawa "Pink or blue. Male or Female. Mommy or Daddy. Categories that we all take for granted are broken apart in this documentary about 19 female-to-male transsexuals who have given birth and, in all but a few stories, gone on to raise their biological children. It focuses on its subjects' lives as parents, revealing the diverse ways in which each person reconciles giving birth and being a biological mother with his masculine identity, and through the variety of genders the children use to conceive of their parents." Doors 7pm, movie 7:30pm at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Free admission, $5 suggested donation. Discussion afterwards. flyer:

2007 08 Mar

Friends of the O-Train meeting

WHERE: Walter Baker Sports Centre, Barrhaven, Cafeteria, Second Floor, 100 Malvern Dr. Nepean, K2J 2G5 WHEN: 7pm to 9pm, March 8, 2007 WHO: Friends of the O-train WHY: a 45-minute presentation followed by questions and feedback from the audience COST: free, donations appreciated GET THERE: by bus: #170 from Fallowfield Station, (leaves Fallowfield at 18:20 - Local East. Fallowfield at 18:35 - Local West. the #170 is a loop bus, but Local West is faster) GOOGLE MAP:

2007 08 Mar

Waban-Aki: People from where the Sun Rises

The National Film Board of Canada, in celebration of International Women's Day, invites you to a screening A FILM BY ALANIS OBOMSAWIN Renowned documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin returns to the village where she was raised to craft an illuminating account of her own people while tracing the impact of Bill-C31 on Aboriginal identity. Screening in English March 8, 2007 at 7:00 PM Library and Archives Canada 395 Wellington St., Ottawa Doors open at 6:30 PM Film starts at 7:00 PM Special guests include Alanis Obomsawin, Filmmaker Annie St-George, Algonquin Nation Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell, Ojibway Nation Dawn Harvard, President ONWA For more Information, visit the NFB IWD website

2007 08 Mar

International Women's Day Celebrations

BREAK THE SILENCE!!! RALLY: Thursday March 8, 2007 5:30pm , Minto Park (Elgin and Gilmour) MC: Renee-Claude Vaillancourt Speakers: Françoise Roy, Mreama Abdul, Soheila Delvid, Bahija Reghai MARCH: 6:00pm Leading us to The Well – La Source. Bring children, placards, banners and noisemakers! CELEBRATING WOMEN’S ACTIVISM AROUND THE WORLD! Learn to dance, taste international cuisine; bring examples of fantastic women’s activism! CD launch by Minwaashin Lodge and appearance by Oni the Haitian Sensation! Thursday March 8, 2007 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Well – La Source 154 Somerset West (Somerset and Elgin) For event details or to volunteer, contact: Women’s Events Network 613-230-6700, Free!!!

2007 06 Mar

Oni, the Haitian Sensation at Octopus Books

Celebrate International Women's Week with Oni, the Haitian Sensation at Octopus Books (116 Third Ave) March 6th at 7pm *this event is free and all are welcome* Ghettostocracy is a rhythmic collection of empowering poetry from Ottawa spoken word diva Oni the Haitian Sensation. With an uncompromising wit and a staunch refusal to submit to any measure of coercion, Oni brings a liberating vision and a powerful sense of social justice to readers.

2007 04 Mar

Hearing voices for peace

*SUNDAY MARCH 4 * *7.30 PM* *ST. GILES CHURCH (Bank street and First Ave**.)* Panelists: Rula Odeh (Christian) Diana Ralph (Jewish) Samah Sabawi (Muslim)

2007 03 Mar

Social Justice Activism and Independent Media in a Time of War

--> Film screening and discussion <-- Saturday, March 3, 2007 Room 147, Fauteux Hall University of Ottawa, 57 rue Louis Pasteur St. 7 p.m. (film to be shown at 7:15pm)

2007 03 Mar

Anti-war Teach-in: Challenging Canada's Role in Afghanistan

ANTI-WAR TEACH-IN Challenging Canada's Role in Afghanistan Saturday, March 3 282 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa *Schedule:* 1:00pm - Afghanistan: History and geopolitics 2:30pm - Afghanistan: Decoding the propaganda 4:00pm - War on Terror/War on Terra 5:00pm - Building for Peace: Strategy sessions *Speakers include:* Jeff Sahadeo, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Carleton U. Diana Ralph, Not in our Name Dylan Penner, ACT for the Earth Doug Nesbitt, Student Coalition Against War Jo Wood, Raging Grannies Jessica Squires, Canadian Peace Alliance steering committee and more *Hosted by the Student Coalition Against War* Endorsed by CUPE 4600 Supported by Nowar-Paix For more details or to endorse this event please contact *

2007 02 Mar

Alternative media meeting on the Security and Prosperity Partnership

  • Friday March 2, 2006
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm
  • The Council of Canadians' office, 170-700 Laurier Ave. West
  • (Corner of Metcalfe and Laurier)
  • Ottawa

The Council of Canadians is inviting journalists and others involved with independent alternative, and community media to a strategy session on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). March 2007 marks the two-year anniversary of the Security and Prosperity Partnership launched in 2005 by the governments of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in Waco Texas. For the past two years, several working groups have been meeting regularly to advance this corporate-led agenda for continental integration. By now, the SPP should be a household name. Yet the mainstream media, particularly in Canada, has paid very little attention to this agreement that involves 300 policy changes and will affect the lives of people in Canada, Mexico and the United States from the food they eat to their ability to protect public resources and defend their rights and freedoms. Learn more about the SPP! Find out how you can help spread the word, share ideas and discuss strategies. For more information visit: RSVP: Meera Karunananthan: 613.233.4487 ext 234; 613.796.8685 (cell);

2007 28 Feb

So Ann Auguste to speak at Canada-Haiti Labour and Women's Solidarity Tour

Canada Haiti Action Network presents the first phase of the "Canada-Haiti Labour and Women's Solidarity Tours", featuring the legendary folksinger, grandmother, and former Amnesty International political prisoner: Annette "So Ann" Auguste "An Evening of Music, Words, and Solidarity" Wednesday, February 28, 2007 7:30pm Mac Hall Bronson Centre 211 Bronson Ave. Admission: $5 to $20 (sliding scale) ___ ___ A legendary Haitian folksinger, political activist, and grandmother, Annette Auguste was violently arrested by US marines in April 2004. Named a "political prisoner" by Amnesty International, she was not released until August 2006. Sò Ann recently traveled to New York City and has been speaking out about the continuing situation of political prisoners in Haiti. "So Ann" - or Sister Ann - will be in Ottawa to speak, to sing, and to share her experience as a recently-released political prisoner of the unelected and Canadian-backed government established after Haiti's elected government was overthrown in a coup d'état February 29, 2004. The event will mark the third anniversary of this coup, the event that unleashed a horrifying wave of human rights violations and political repression. The night's event will also be a fundraiser for the organization advocating for Haiti's women political prisoners that So Ann continues to actively support. Please pass on the word...If your organization would like to add its name to the fast-growing list of social movement organizations endorsing and sponsoring this tour, please email:

2007 23 Feb

Supreme Court Decision on Security Certificate

** FORWARD WIDELY AND POST ** PLEASE ATTEND IN LARGE NUMBERS TO THIS HISTORICAL MOMENT SUPREME COURT OF CANADA DECISION ON SECURITY CERTIFICATE CHALLENGE The Supreme Court of Canada will be rendering it's judgment on the constitutional challenge to the security certificate process in the cases o Hassan Almrei, Adil Charkaoui and Mohamed Harkat on Friday, February 23, 2007. NOTE: New location **A media conference will be held following the release of the Supreme Court's decision for 11:00 am sharp at the Delta Hotel on 361 Queen Street, Ottawa in the Algonquin Room. Please join us...we have a huge room to fill !!! Participating will be Sophie Harkat as well as Hassan Almrei supporter Diana Ralph.

2007 23 Feb

Confront Condi Rice and the 'Security' Partners!

Block the Empire Montreal, Oaxaca Solidarity Ottawa, and members of Ottawa's Anti-Capitalist Community Action invite everyone to: CONFRONT CONDI RICE AND THE 'SECURITY' PARTNERS! 9:30am Friday, February 23rd, 2007 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Department of Foreign Affairs (Lester B. Pearson Building) Take Bus #3 (leaving Rideau Centre at 9:05, 9:15, 9:25) Bring Placards, Banners and Noise-makers! Next Friday, 23 February, the "Security and Prosperity Partnership" ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico will be meeting in Ottawa. These are the leaders who have done so much for the "security and prosperity" of indigenous people of the Americas; have greatly added to the tip-top happy security of Muslim, Arab and migrant communities through the introduction of such measures as "Safe Third Country", special registration, "anti-terror" laws, and the use of the security certificate; are busy securing Afghanistan for the prosperity of others; are furthering plans for the construction of a border wall between Mexico and the USA while continuing to enforce policies which result in death and injury to thousands of migrants each year ; they have done such a fantastic job in raising the security and prosperity of Iraqis (655,000 securely dead since the beginning of the invasion, as of last Lancet study) ... and they are here to plan for much more ! Among expected participants are US Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice and Michael Chertoff, secretary of Homeland Security. These two are responsible for the continued imperialist drive in Iraq - including the worst year of violence since the occupation began almost 4 years ago - and the continued war at home, increased arrests, continued policies of torture and indefinite detention. Mexican Secretary of the Interior Francisco Javier Ramirez Acuña will also be present to defend the policies of their government, which has enforced brutal measures against the people of Oaxaca, who have been beaten, killed, injured and forced into hiding. The people of Oaxaca have been consistently resisting this repression, and defending their right to self-determination. Also expected are Peter Mackay, whose ideas of security and prosperity seem to have been borrowed from his close ally, the apartheid state of Israel, and Stockwell Day, whose ignorance and arrogance in his horrific policies are typified in the way he has dealt with the almost 80-day hunger strike of Mohammed Mahjoub, Hassan Almrei, Mahmoud Jaballah - playing with their lives because they have dared to ask for a tiny bit of dignity, using them as pawns in the "war on terror", that increasingly threadbare excuse for a particularly vicious and brutal expansion of North American economic and political interests in all corners of the world. The 23 February meeting is a preparatory meeting to a meeting of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, probably taking place in Kananaskis, Alberta sometime between June 26-29. For more information on this mobilization contact: In Montreal - Block the Empire, 514-848-7583,

2007 23 Feb
8:00am - 3:30pm

Protest Rice visit to Ottawa on February 23

RICE AND CHERTOFF VISIT CANADA FIND OUT WHAT THEY WON'T BE TELLING YOU ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN INTEGRATION! On Friday February 23, U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff will be in Ottawa to discuss North American integration with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts. This is part of a series of meetings aimed at bringing Canadian and Mexican policies in line with U.S. demands through an agreement called the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). The SPP is a corporate-led plan that is bad for public interest and bad for the environment. So far, only the CEOs of North America’s biggest corporations have been invited to the table. There has been no parliamentary debate and the public has been left out completely. The Council of Canadians will be setting up an information station outside the meeting to share information with the media and the public. Join us on the 23rd to find out more and to let our leaders know that we will not let them pull the wool over eyes any longer! Details on time and location to follow. Visit for a citizens’ perspective on the SPP.

2007 19 Feb

Nowar-paix meeting

Monday 19 February, 7 pm 123 Simard Hall, Ottawa U. Tentative Agenda Approval of minutes of previous meeting Info Picket -- Don't nuke Iran at Israeli Embassy

2007 17 Feb


End Indefinite and Arbitrary Detention End Deportation to Torture RALLY Saturday, 17 February 2007, 1pm Berri Square (parc Émilie-Gamelin, in front of Berri Metro)

2007 13 Feb

Octopus Feminist Reading Group - Book/Discussion Group

Octopus Feminist Reading Group Book/Discussion Group for Feminist Women of Ottawa* We are excited to launch a monthly gathering for women in the central Ottawa area who are interested in discussing Canadian and international literature on a broad range of topics – fiction, social commentary, historical/political works, women’s health, mothering – from diverse feminist perspectives. We will collectively choose our books and informal discussions will occur in the evenings at members’ homes.

2007 13 Feb

Divergence Movie Night presents Vice And Consent

"An intimate look at the individual journeys and lessons learned by people deeply involved in San Francisco's BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sado-Masochism) community. Features members of the community revealing the eye-opening uncensored truth about their fascinating yet misunderstood lifestyle." 7:30pm at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas, Ottawa Free admission, $5 suggested donation. flyer:

2007 09 Feb

Ottawa Budget - Councillor-led Consultations

On February 7, Ottawa City Council tabled the 2007 Draft Budget. On February 10-19, there will be consultations led by city councillors. For a list of meetings, see:

2007 07 Feb

Friends of Sinn Féin present: An Evening to Support the Irish Peace Process

An Evening to Support the Irish Peace Process Wednesday February 7th 7:00pm Room 251 Morissett Hall (65 University, University of Ottawa) Topic: Police/Paramilitary Collusion in the North of Ireland

2007 05 Feb

"Who Killed the Electric Car" - Movie Night with Elizabeth May

The University of Ottawa Greens will be showing the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car" followed with a talk by Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada. Date: Monday February 5th

2007 03 Feb
9:00am - 5:00pm

Sounds Unlikely Grand Opening

On Thursday February 1st, Sounds Unlikely opens it's doors to fans of eclectic music and hard to find film. A new independent record store located at 5 Arlington Ave. on the corner of Bank St., Sounds Unlikely will have a wide range of new and used CDs, LPs, and DVDs to choose from.

2007 03 Feb

Your Community, Your Choice: The Future of Fair Trade in Ottawa

Host: Ottawa Fair Trade Network & OXFAM Canada's Ottawa Fair Trade CommitteeLocation: YMCA-YWCA, 180 Argyle, Ottawa, ONWhen: Saturday, February 3, 9:30amPhone: 613 565-1793 / 613 220-8529To facilitate the education and training of both those currently participating in the Fair Trade movement and those interested in becoming involved, by providing a forum and an opportunity to learn from knowledgeable persons in the field. This event is a chance to consolidate the local Ottawa Fair Trade movement, to build connections and to define where we would like to see Fair Trade in the future.A vegetarian lunch will be catered by the Depanneur Sylvestre, a community-based social enterprise in Hull. Please indicate if you are vegan or have any food allergies and we will try our best to accommodate you.Immediately following the conference there will be a Social gathering at the TransFair Canada office, 328 Somerset Street, to allow us an opportunity to get to know one another better. Light food fare, drinks and music will be on the menu.In order to cover some of the costs of this conference a registration fee will be collected from attendees.Waged: $25 Students and semi-waged: $15Please confirm attendance by January 26, 2007.Advance payment by cheque is preferred as it will help us co-ordinate the conference costs; however, payment in cash will also be accepted at the door. Please make cheques payable to the Ottawa Fair Trade Network and send with the competed registration form (below) to the attention of:Caitlin PeelingLa Siembra Co-op4 Florence St, Suite 210Ottawa, ON K2P 0W7

2007 01 Feb

Launch of People's Commission report on Immigration Security Measures

POPULAR ASSEMBLY PEOPLE'S COMMISSION ON IMMIGRATION SECURITY MEASURES Launch of Report and Follow-up Campaigns :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Thursday, 1 February, 2007, at 6:30pm

2007 01 Feb

Five minutes of Darkness

Pass it on! Join the Action This Thursday at 1:55pm At 1:55 am on Thursday, February 1st turn off your lights, computers and other electrical items for 5 minutes and join people all over the world who are

2007 29 Jan

Proposed Widening of the 417 - Consultations Begin

With reports of global warming and climate change is widening the 417 really what Ottawa needs? Contact Your MPP To view the Study Design Report and proposed changes (including a map) visit