Archived Community Events

2007 15 Aug

Joint City Council Transit and Transportation Committee Meeting

Andrew S. Haydon Hall, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West Contact: Anne-Marie Leung 613-580-2424 ext. 21385,〈=en

2007 14 Aug
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Off-the-Grid Series: Foraging for Food and Medicinal Herbs

Billings Estate Museum, 2100 Cabot Street An invited expert will explore foraging for food and medicinal herbs, growing and preserving food for winter and urban gardening. Registration is required. (613) 247-4830.

2007 14 Aug
8:30am - 3:00pm

Organic Solutions for a Pesticide Free Ottawa

Presented by the Organic Landscape Alliance Tuesday, August 14, 2007 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Embassy West Hotel, 1400 Carling Ave The Conference offers organic horticultural workshops, panel discussion “Why Ottawa Needs A Strong Pesticide Bylaw”, and information on organic services & products. The Organic Landscape Alliance (OLA) is a non-profit trade association committed to the development of organic horticulture.

2007 12 Aug
1:30pm - 2:00pm

What is the SPP? Teach-In and Discussion

1:30pmSunday, Aug 12, 2007Jack Purcell Community Centre320 Jack Purcell Laneoff Elgin near GilmourOttawa, ON CanadaPay What You CanWheelchair AccessibleChild -friendly

2007 11 Aug
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Picket and Action to Oppose the SPP

12:30pmSaturday, August 11thRally at Confederation Square War Memorial (top of Elgin @ Wellington)On Saturday, August 11th, the PGA Bloc Ottawa invites all groups andindividuals opposed to the Security and Prosperity Partnership to join

2007 11 Aug
9:30am - 2:00pm

Just Food's 2007 Urban Agriculture Bike Tour

from the BUGS garden (Catherine and Metcalfe) to Riverglen Farm and David's CSA (Carling and Moodie).Bring your friends, your bike, your lunch, your water bottle, and a suggested $5 donation with proceeds going to the food bank. Our bike tour is 15 km (from BUGS to Riverglen) and is a great way to see three lovely west end community gardens showcasing their edible landscapes.

2007 10 Aug
8:30pm - 10:00pm

Outdoor Screening of "Water"

Sponsored by Engineers Without Borders at the Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival Friday, August 10, 8:30 pm, Dundonald Park, 512 Somerset St. West. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

2007 08 Aug
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Notes From Canada's Young Activists

Octopus Books, 116 Third AveThis book features essays from inspirational activists from all across Canada and the event will definitely make for a fun filled night. So mark this event off on you

2007 08 Aug
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Green Drinks Environmental Social Group

Octopus Books, 116 Third AveThis book features essays from inspirational activists from all across Canada and the event will definitely make for a fun fiLieutenant's Pump, 361 Elgin St.Green Drinks is an open invitation to anyone interested/working/studying all things environmental. We’re an informal, self-organizing network and meet every second Wednesday of every month at the same location.

2007 07 Aug
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Off-the-Grid Series: Basic Survival

Billings Estate Museum, 2100 Cabot StreetAn invited expert will explore basic survival skills such as fire making, navigation, building temporary shelter, finding water and food. Registration is required.

2007 06 Aug

Commemoration of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Bombing

61st Anniversary Commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki. Begins at Friends' Meeting House, 91A Fourth Avenue; speakers and songs. 8:15 pm: event moves to the pond at Rideau Canal & 3rd Ave. for the lantern floating ceremony.

2007 04 Aug
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Direct Action Training

The PGA Bloc Ottawa will host a Direct Action Training to help groupsand individuals plan and prepare for the August 20-21 SPP summit.We'll focus on scenarios and skills that may be useful for the type of

2007 25 Jul

Symmetry of Resistance July 25- From Cairo through the G8 to Montabello

ACT for the Earth presents... ========================================= SYMMETRY OF RESISTANCE ========================================= 7PM, Wednesday, July 25, 2007 @ 233 Gilmore St.

2007 25 Jul

Wobbly Wednesday: Intro to the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

Ottawa-Outaouais Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is pleased to announce the début of a free workshop that could help you change your life.When: Wednesday July 25 2007 7pm Where: 5th floor of 240 Metcalfe @ Gilmour, Ottawa It is for anyone who has ever complained about their job and wishes there was something they could do about it.  Whether it's rude managers, low wages, not enough breaks, unsafe conditions or anything else, there are ways for you are you workmates to create the change that YOU want on your job. You can use the power of solidarity, of people working together, to get the respect you deserve at work. You do not have to be a member of any union to attend, and you are not obligated to join afterwards.  A delegate will be on hand to sign up anyone who does want to join. We are going to repeat this event, so if you are interested but unable to make it out, please email to receive notice of future events. For more information:

2007 20 Jul
8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Muses reading series, Fri. July 20

The Muses reading series Friday, July 20, 2007 8 - 10 pm Rasputin's, 696 Bronson Avenue Poetry: rob mclennan, Michelle Desbarats, Amanda Earl, Mike Buckthought Music: Tanya Janca, Earth*tones $7 ($5 advance) Benefit for: Imagine Ottawa & Peace and Environment News. Advance tickets are available at Arbour Environmental Shoppe, 800 Bank Street. More information : 613.567.7244 / The Muses

2007 08 Jul

Introduction to Anarchism

1:30 pm Jack Purcell Centre 320 Jack Purcell Lane For questions on this point, email The Anarchist Discussion Group will host a Workshop/Discussion entitled: Introduction to Anarchism 

2007 29 Jun

Nationwide Protests in Defence of Native Sovereignty

June 29 2007 : Turtle Island (occupied North America) -- All across "Canada," there are ongoing struggles for native sovereignty and self-determination: from Sun Peaks to Burnt Church, from Dene

2007 16 Jun
10:00am - 6:00pm

Sadie Spectacular @ Octopus Books!

Saturday, June 16, 2007 10:00am - 6:00pm Octopus Books 116 third ave Ottawa, ON   What do balloons, a little girl named Sadie and a small library in an old slave fort on the coast of Ghana have in common? Admittedly not much, except that they will all come together as part of the Sadie Spectacular at Octopus Books on Saturday, June 16th.   The Spectacular is a celebration of the first birthday of the store’s second child (well, the second child of store owner Lisa Greaves) and a kick-off for a summer book drive that will help stock the shelves of a children's library in Cape Coast, Ghana. Situated in a few cramped rooms of a former Portuguese slave fort, the Cape Coast Children's Library is a space for kids to access books. Cape Coast is a fishing town where schooling is limited by children's need to work to help support their families, as well as prohibitive fees.      The Sadie Spectacular is all about books and kids, so: - All kids' books will be 30% off from June 10-16th - All books throughout the store will be 30% off on June 14th, Sadie's birthday - On June 16th, all kids' books bought as a donation to the the Cape Coast Children’s Library will be 50% off.   There will also be a collection for contributions toward the cost of shipping the books. After the initial kick-off as part of the Sadie Spectacular, the book drive will continue throughout the summer and books can be dropped off at Octopus Books.   Please come help us support this amazing new partnership!

2007 14 Jun

A talk by the Cuban Ambassador to Canada

Ottawa-Cuba Connections Public Meeting A talk by the Cuban Ambassador to Canada Ernesto Senti Cuba's Struggle for Independence Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m. OCC AGM at 7 p.m. Carleton University Room 2203 Dunton Tower (tallest building on campus) Parking available at MacOdum Library, P1 "200 million children in the world sleep in the streets today. Not one is Cuban!" A billboard in Havana quoting Cuban Vice-President Carlos Lage at the U.N. For further information contact Marvin at 225-6232 Ottawa-Cuba Connections

2007 14 Jun

No Olympics on Stolen Land!

================================== 7:00PM Thursday, June 14th Ottawa District Labour Council Boardroom 280 Metcalfe Street, 5th Floor Ottawa, Ontario ==================================

2007 12 Jun

Gay Anarchy in the Crucible of McCarthyism

7PM, TUESDAY, JUNE 12th Ottawa Public Library FREE!!! Talk/Book Release: Gay Anarchy in the Crucible of McCarthyism Allan Antliff will discuss the politics of being gay during the 1950s, and how anarchists created art keyed to a libertarian sensibility decidedly at odds with the puritanical comformism of that era. This event is the Ottawa book release of Allan's new title, "Anarchy and Art" (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007).  He is also the author of "Only a Beginning: An Anarchist Anthology."  Both titles will be available at the event! Also of note, Allan holds the Canada Research Chair in Art History at the University of Victoria.  His course subjects include: “20th-Century Anarchism and Avant-Garde Art”; “New York Dada”; and “American Modernism Between the Wars”. In addition to teaching art history he is an art critic, curator, and art editor for Anarchist Studies. This event is organised by EXILE INFOSHOP and OPIRG-Carleton. For more info please contact the Infoshop: e. p. 613-237-9270 To see info on "ANARCHY and ART" visit Arsenal Pulp Press

2007 10 Jun

Anti-racism vs White Supremacy

 A talk by two local anti-racist activists. Sunday, June 10, 2007 1:30pm Jack Purcell Community Centre 320 Jack Purcell Lane off Elgin near Gilmour

2007 07 Jun

All Our Sisters: Stories of Homeless Women in Canada

Reading and Discussion with Susan Scott, author of:   All Our Sisters: Stories of Homeless Women in Canada Date: Thursday, June 7th Time: 7pmOctopus Books 116 third ave Ottawa, ON   Though they account for only a small portion of the formal homeless statistics, there are many more women living on insufficient funds, with violent partners, in unacceptable dwellings, or in other fragile circumstances that are too often overlooked. They are our mothers, our daughters, our aunts, our nieces, our wives—they are all our sisters—and they remain largely invisible compared to homeless men.

2007 05 Jun

Iran: The Next War?

With Professor Michel Chossudovsky Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Ottawa Public Library Auditorium Laurier & Metcalfe Michel Chossudovsky is the author of The Globalisation of Poverty and  the New World Order, and America's "War on Terrorism" in the Wake of 9/11. He is the Director of the Centre for Research on Gloablization/Centre de recherche sur la mondialisation

2007 23 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Canada-Haiti labour and women’s rights solidarity tour (two nights -Eng and Fr)

Wages in Haiti?  $2 a day Unemployment? over 60% Women suffering from sexual assault, violence and illegal detention? Thousands Did the February 2004 Canadian-backed coup-d’état change that? NO Are the people of Haiti standing up? You bet! The CANADA HAITI ACTION NETWORK presents: Canada-Haiti labour and women’s rights solidarity tour English event: May 23 - 7:00 p.m. 233 Gilmour Street (PSAC Building), Ottawa Local contact: or 613-736-5504 French event / Evènement (call-out to follow / communiquez à suivre): May 24 - 7:00 p.m. Dépanneur Sylvèstre, 9 Fortier, Gatineau Come hear from and speak with three of Haiti’s leading women’s rights and labour organizers: Loulou Chéry, leader of the Confédération des travailleurs Haïtiens Ginette Appollon, elected leader of women’s commission of the Confédération des travailleurs haïtiens Euvonie Georges-Auguste, pioneering leader of women’s rights organizing in Haiti Wage workers in Haiti earn as little as $2 (US) per day. The unemployment rate is 60% to 70%. Women struggle on the edge of survival to find work, feed families, and send children to school or scramble for health care when emergencies arise. The 2004 foreign invasion and coup against the elected government of President Aristide was a huge setback to workers rights and womens rights. Minimum wage rates were slashed, schools and health care facilities were closed, and legal and extra-legal violence has risen sharply, including that which targets women. Canada took part in the invasion and coup, and since then it continues to fund institutions and agencies that do nothing to improve the lives of ordinary Haitians. Activists throughout Haiti have been risking their freedom and lives throughout Haiti’s history. Today, union leaders and activists face repression and even imprisonment for their work. The Canadian government has played a key role in supporting the enforcement of this repression. Canada Haiti Action Network is pleased to present this rare opportunity to hear from these three key activists on their experiences and knowledge of organizing in Haiti. Extra information: 1.    Who is the Canada Haiti Action Network? 2.     Current conditions in Haiti 3.     Tour dates and endorsers 4.     Biographies of featured speakers 1. Canada Haiti Action Network Over the past three years, a solidarity movement with the Haitian people has emerged in over a dozen Canadian cities. The genesis of this movement was widespread opposition to the Government of Canada's direct role in the coup d'état of February 2004 that overthrew Haiti's elected government, including its President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. In early 2005, the Canada Haiti Action Network (CHAN) was formed and it has received significant support from many trade unions and anti-war groups. A November 2005 Week of Action organized by CHAN to draw attention to the human rights crisis in Haiti drew endorsements from over twenty organizations, including the Canadian Labour Congress, the Canadian Peace Alliance, and the Ottawa and District Labour Council. CHAN-linked groups and activists have worked very hard over this time to highlight the human rights crisis that so many of Haiti's activists and social movement leaders have been facing. Though often blocked from the mainstream media, the details of this crisis have been extensively reported by independent human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, the U.S.-based National Lawyers Guild, the Harvard University Human Rights Program, the University of Miami Human Rights Centre, and others. 2. Current Conditions in Haiti Following the inauguration in May 2006 of the government elected in February 2006, the human rights situation in Haiti improved modestly. Some of Haiti's popular leaders were able to return from exile. Some of Haiti's political prisoners were released from jail, and newly elected president Réné Préval received offers of stepped up economic and social aid from Venezuela, Cuba and other countries. However, Haiti remains militarily occupied by some 8,000 United Nations-sponsored foreign military forces. Money and political advisors from the "big three" countries that invaded in February/March 2004-Canada, the U.S. and France-continue to play a central role in the political life of the country.  And in recent weeks, UN forces have once again launched armed assaults on poor neighbourhoods in the capital city Port au Prince where opposition to the coup and the foreign occupation remains strong. The foreign forces have not provided the protection for the population that they promised. A report in a September 2006 issue of the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet concluded that in the two-year period following the coup, there were some 4,000 political killings and several tens of thousands of sexual assaults against women, the vast majority of which were attributed to paramilitary death squads and the foreign-funded and trained Haitian National Police. 3. The Tour Tour dates: May 21 to June 5 Thematic Focus:  Haiti's Labour and Women's Movements Featured Speakers: Paul "Loulou" Chéry, Ginette Apollon, Euvonie Georges-Auguste 4. Biography of Featured Speakers: Paul "Loulou" Chéry - The leader of Haiti's largest trade union, the Confédération des Travailleurs Haitiens (CTH), Loulou faced repeated threats and persecution following the February 2004 coup d'état.  He has also faced persecution by the Haitian National Police.  Nonetheless, he and his colleagues continue to rebuild the CTH, which recently became the Canadian Labour Congress' only "Haitian cousin" when the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) was formed in November 2006.  Loulou was also part of a social movement delegation to the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela in January 2006.  To read an interview with Loulou, check out: Ginette Apollon - Ginette is the elected leader of the Women's Commission of the Confédération des Travailleurs Haitiens (CTH) trade union.  Following the February 2004 coup d'état in Haiti, Ginette became an important international spokesperson within the women's section of Haiti's labour movement, traveling to the Philippines, Venezuela, and Canada.  For this, she was also subjected to persecution and arbitrary detention at the hands of the Haitian National Police.  (For a description of one particular episode, see:  Ginette was also a speaker for the CTH at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela in January 2006. Euvonie Georges-Auguste - A pioneering leader of Haiti's women's movement, Euvonie Georges-Auguste was forced into exile following the February 2004 coup d'état. Prior to that time, Euvonie worked to build women's social networks at the same time that she established an important program providing literacy education to Haiti's poor, who are largely excluded from the formal education system. Euvonie also spoke at the 2006 World Social Forum in Caracas. Following the return to constitutional government in 2006, Euvonie was able to return to Haiti and attempt to rebuild. Tour contact: Kevin Skerrett Ottawa Haiti Solidarity/Kozayiti; CHAN (613) 864-1590