Archived Community Events

2007 16 May
2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Partner Project - Catholic Immigration Centre (CIC)

The Partner Project - Catholic Immigration Centre (CIC) at Cafe Supreme 270 Bank St (at Cooper) 2-4The CIC invites the city's seasoned professional to attend an orientation session on becoming a mentor to job-seeking skilled immigrants, or simply register now to attend an easy and simple networking event to meet potential "mentees".  The Partner Project aims to introduce foreign trained newcomers to experienced members of the community who are willing and able to assist them in seeking out employment, licensing, upgrading or information regarding their fields.

2007 14 May

Octopus Presents: Linda McQuaig reading from "Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire"

Monday May 14, 7:00 p.m. Glebe Community Centre  175 Third Avenue (corner of Third Avenue and Lyon Street South). This event is free and accessible.   Octopus is delighted to present Linda McQuaig reading from, and discussing her latest book:

2007 13 May

Propaganda: Short talk and discussion

Sunday, May 13, 2007 1h30pm Jack Purcell Community Centre 320 Jack Purcell Lane, (just off Elgin St near the corner of Gilmour St). Ottawa, Canada The talk will focus on the theory of propaganda developed by French anarchist Jacques Ellul. The talk will begin will an explanation of key concepts focusing on the idea of propaganda itself, which can be broken down in a few different ways. The main focus will be on state and corporate propaganda versus agitprop, etc. Examples of modern propaganda campaigns will be used to highlight key points. The talk will conclude with a brief note on the prospects of real anarchist propaganda.

2007 13 May
10:00am - 1:00pm

Rideau River Cleanup - this Sunday

THIS SUNDAY MAY 13: MOTHER'S DAY CLEANUP OF RIDEAU RIVER! From plastic bottles to old tires, there is a lot of garbage on the shores of our Rideau River.  It doesn't just look ugly - it breaks down and leaches into our water.  This Sunday, come volunteer for the 7th annual cleanup of the Rideau River shoreline.  Trust me, it will be fun! Sunday May 13 (Mother's Day) 10-1:00.  Rain or shine! There will be three cleanup locations, come to the one most convenient: 1. New Edinburgh Park (Field House, 193 Stanley Ave.) 2. Rideau Tennis Club (1 Donald St.) 3. Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club (176 Cameron Ave., next to Brewer Park) Garbage bags, recycle bins, refreshments, and some gloves will be provided for you thanks to generous donors in the community.  Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, bring work gloves if you have any, and bring a camera so you can remember the day! Questions?  Contact Catherine Canning of the Urban Rideau Conservationists at or visit

2007 11 May

Uruguayan Folk Singer Daniel Viglietti

Daniel Viglietti Direct from Uruguay A legend of the Latin American popular New Song movement of the 1960s and 1970s In Concert Friday, May 11 7 p.m. Perez Hall Room 121

2007 10 May
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Rendezvous 50plus

First Networking Rendezvous Networking Cafe - Catholic Immigration Centre (CIC) Cafe Supreme 270 Bank St (at Cooper) 2-4pm - The Coffee is on us! Please call 613-240-7992 or email to register   Volunteer Canada and Rendezvous 50plus will host the first-ever Rendezvous Cafe series with inspiring opportunities to help our children and youth.  The public is welcome to register for this informal event.  You can meet representatives from Sage Youth, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa, Camp Quality of Eastern Ontario, Andrew Fleck Ontario Early Years Centre, Children at Risk Ottawa, and Roger's House.  This is a unique and easy opportunity to learn, network and discuss with current volunteers about how you can utilize your skills to be inspired and make a real impact.     Sunday June 10th 3rd Annual Community Cup at Brewer Park Recreational, Intergenerational, Multicultural   -24 teams 7 on 7 soccer tournament - Free Kids Fun Zone and mini-world cup - Live Multicultural Entertainment featuring: DJ Fingaz, Latin Heat, Royal Ritchie Drummers, Mexican Lindo, Burmese "Chin Lone"   For more information and to register go to

2007 08 May

Confront the Security and Prosperity Partnership

JOIN THE COALITION TO CONFRONT THE SPP! (Security and Prosperity Partnership) Tuesday, May 8, 7pm 123 Simard Hall, Ottawa University Plan Ottawa/Gatineau actions for the “3 Amigos” meeting this summer.

2007 04 May

Women Resisting Poverty and Exclusion Panel

6pm, at Marriott Residence hotel on 161 Laurier Avenue, and is a pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $5. On Friday, May 4th, CRIAW will be holding a panel reception to mark the start of our National Forum. CRIAW's National Forum is titled "Women Resisting Poverty and Exclusion: Alternative Visions & Practices", and it will be from May 4-6, and it will be held in Marriott Residence Hotel, 161 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario. While the forum requires pre-registration (, the Friday night event is open to public. The Friday night Opening ceremony will feature a panel of speakers speaking on the following theme: Most approaches to addressing poverty today are based on the assumptions that economic growth leads to job growth, which in turn eliminates poverty and exclusion. CRIAW, along with social justice activists around the world takes the perspective that this approach, within the current neoliberal climate actually results in increasing inequality and is not sustainable, economically and environmentally. For at least two decades, women scattered around the globe have been developing more humane and holistic solutions to overcoming experiences of poverty and exclusion. CRIAW believes that it is precisely in looking at the processes of social change emerging from what women have been doing for years in facing multiple forms of oppression that novel and innovative alternatives can be shared, developed and strengthened. This panel will focus on the visioning. The speakers will allow themselves to envision a different world and speak to how this world would allow ALL women to live in dignity and in harmony with their environments, both their natural environment and their societal environments. Speakers: Jo-Anne Lee, Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Victoria Mercedes Canas, Eco-Feminist from El-Salvador Emily Monnet, Indigenous Youth Activist and Artist This event starts at 6pm, at Marriott Residence hotel on 161 Laurier Avenue, and is a pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $5. 'The moment of change is the only poem'--Adrienne Rich

2007 04 May

Forum: "Women Resisting Poverty and Exclusion: Alternative Visions & Practices"

May 4-6 2007 Ottawa, Ontario, Marriott Residence Hotel, 161 Laurier Avenue Hosted by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) About the Forum

2007 03 May

Adria Vasil author of Ecoholic to Speak

Thursday May 3, 7:00 p.m Arbour Environmental Shoppe 800 Bank St (between Third and Fourth Ave) This event is free and accessible (please note the washrooms are downstairs)  

2007 01 May

A Hands Off Venezuela Event: Jorge Martin In Ottawa

Tuesday, May 1st 6:00pm at Ottawa Public Library Auditorium 120 Metcalfe Jorge Martin is International Secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign. He has been actively involved

2007 29 Apr

Ottawa Mayworks Arts Festival -- Spirit of '37 Special Event

All are invited to join the Ottawa Mayworks Arts Festival in celebrating May Day.Sunday, April 29th Admission: $10.00 at the door (Reserve your spot by emailing Doors open at 7:30, music starts at 8 p.m. At CUBE Gallery, 7 Hamilton Avenue North (Off of Armstrong, West of Parkdale, North of Wellington) This is a licensed event.

2007 29 Apr

Representative Democracy is Neither

Sunday, April 29, 2007 1h30pm Jack Purcell Community Centre 320 Jack Purcell Lane, (just off Elgin St near the corner of Gilmour St). Ottawa, Canada Pay What You CanRepresentative systems like Canada's parliament fall well short of its claims of being democratic. Real democracy means that ordinary people have direct input into the decisions that affect their lives. In representative systems, people have no input beyond choosing another set of rulers every four years. "I myself consider it not only inconsistent with our views of vesting power to politicians by means of voting for them. I also consider it highly dangerous. We insist, do we not, ... that the means must harmonize as far as possible with the end. And our end being anarchism, I do not see how we can very well unite with any political party. ... But more important is my firm belief that we would be spitting ourselves in the face, if we approved participation in elections. ... We can only state our own position towards the fundamentals of anarchism. And that has always been opposition to the slick political machine that has ever corrupted the best of people or has paralyzed their efforts." -Emma Goldman Wheelchair Accessible! Child -friendly! Contact:

2007 28 Apr
9:30am - 1:00pm

Workshop: The Environment, Health and Me: What can I do about it?

Saturday, April 28, 2007 9:30 am - 1 pm Jean Pigott Place Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier Avenue West The organizers of Pesticide Campaign 2007 and Ottawa's Environmental Advisory Committee are pleased to present this workshop on Saturday, April 28. Learn how to effect change in your community, and work for a bylaw against pesticides. 1. 9:30 am - Welcome 2. Speaker: John Stone, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 3. Break into discussion groups -- they include: - How to talk to parents and school councils, with Trustee Jennifer MacKenzie - How to connect with a politician, conduct an effective phone call and bring your message across, with Councillor Alex Cullen - The Power of One, with Ann Coffey; she will talk about how we can effect change, and will encourage participants to think about ways we can increase support for a pesticide bylaw - Learn about the organization of the successful Project Porchlight campaign, with Stuart Hickox 4. Plenary 5. Workshop Natural and Healthy Lawn and Gardens, with Mary Anne Jackson Hughes, City of Ottawa horticulturist and entomologist Penny Macdonald; they will talk about how it's possible to have a healthy lawn, without using pesticides For more information, visit: Coalition for a Healthy Ottawa <>

2007 26 Apr

Yuk Yuk's on Tour for Birth & Parent Companion Program

Canadian Mothercraft is pleased to announce a night of comedy from Mark Breslin’s Yuk Yuk’s On Tour performers in support of the Birth and Parent Companion Program! The event will take place Thursday April 26th at Tudor Hall, doors open 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door and are available by phone at 613-728-1839 x500 or at Canadian Mothercraft, call for details. The evening performances will feature Joey Elias, Phil Shuchat and Bill MacIntosh and is bound put a spring into our step … a good laugh for a good cause! Below you will also find a brief description of the unique work that the Birth and Parent Companion Program has been doing in this community for 16 years. Please feel free to contact us for further information about the program or the event at the contact information listed below the program description. *************************** Birth and Parent Companion Program Established in 1990, the Birth and Parent Companion Program (BPCP or the Program) aims to better prenatal health and birth outcomes, increase breastfeeding and maternal and infant nutrition, increase education and access to community support and build positive attachment and parenting skills through one-on-one and group support. The Program’s goals are:

  • healthier mothers, infants and children
  • improved bonding and attachment
  • increased rates and duration of
  • breastfeeding
  • increased use of community resources
  • increased self esteem
  • decreased isolation
  • greater self sufficiency
  • and better opportunities for child
  • development in the early years

The Birth and Parent Companion Program has been supporting families in our community for 15 years. Our clients include young single parents, isolated new Canadians, those with mental disabilities and any others "at risk" for parenting. The program succeeds in improving prenatal health, birth outcomes, increasing length and exclusivity of breastfeeding and maternal and infant nutrition, increasing education and access to community support and building positive attachment and parenting skills through one-one one and group based volunteer support.

2007 24 Apr

Emergency Community Organizing Meeting - Ottawa City Council's Closed Door Meetings

*EMERGENCY COMMUNITY ORGANIZING MEETING* * * Ottawa City Council meeting behind closed doors to "set priorities" for Ottawa! Help us open up the discussion and open up the doors!

2007 22 Apr

Earth Day on Parliament Hill

EARTH DAY IS EVERYDAY but more specifically it is April 22nd! To celebrate, we're throwing a huge party for the climate and the environment, and you're invited!2 PM, Parliament Hill, Sunday April 22nd. Our theme is: Wake-Up Call! Bring a bell, and everyone you know! It's an all ages, family-friendly event: face-painting, games, arts, accompanied by music and theatre pieces by local performers. Speeches to inform and inspire! Speakers from environmental, social, labour, aboriginal, and other groups will be present. Concern for the planet has sky-rocketed to become the Number 1 issue for Canadians. But, sadly, Canada has become an environmental laggard. If Stephen Harper doesn't get his head out of the Alberta Tar Sands -- and fast -- the planet, its ecosystems and its species will be devastated.  Global warming will drastically increase deadly famines in Africa, disease outbreaks will become more frequent, and hundreds of millions of people around the world will be left without water. Canada's beloved polar bears, as well as thousands of other species, could become extinct. Unless urgent action is taken, the Great White North will soon be green, threatening the Inuit way of life. We need to act now! It's time for an Earth Day Wake-Up Call: Bring a bell and ring it loudly to sound the alarm! We can't have Earth Day without your help! Do you want to help organize or volunteer? Contact us at! Do you want posters to put up where you live? Click here. Help us spread the word! Forward this email! For more info please see Confirmed speakers so far are from the Sierra Club of Canada, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, NDP, Green Party, Indigenous Cooperative on the Environment, ACT for the Earth, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, National Union of Public and General Employees, Native Womens Association of Canada, Carleton University Students Association, Carleton's Ontario Public Interest Research Group, Ottawa University Green Campus, and various artistic performances, featuring an Otesha Triple-H Team, Earth*Tones, Tito Medina, and others. Speakers have been invited from Climate Action Network, David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina Institute, Enviro Educ-Action, Canadian Federation of Students, Assembly of First Nations,, Metis National Council, Liberal Party, Conservative Party, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Council of Canadians, and others. -- 2 p.m. April 22nd, Earth Day 2007, on Parliament Hill, Sound the Alarm to Stop the Planet from Burning... be there (future generations will thank you)

2007 20 Apr
2:00pm - 4:30pm

Greener States? The Politics of Environmental Change

A public forum sponsored by Studies in Political EconomyFriday, April 20 2:00 – 4:30 Carleton University, 602 Loeb Free Admission, All Welcome Speakers: * Ecological Democracy vs Sustainable Development (Laurie Adkin, Political Science, University of Alberta) * Eco-localism and the Left (Greg Albo, Political Science, York University) * Theorizing Environmental Politics (Andrew Biro, Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology, Acadia University) * Towards an Environmental State (James Meadowcroft, Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development, Carleton University) ……………………… The support of The Dean of Public Affairs, the Departments of Law & Political Science, the Institute of Political Economy and the School of Public Policy & Administration of Carleton University is gratefully acknowledged.

2007 17 Apr

Ishmael Beah former child soldier, human rights activist and author of A Long Way Gone

Octopus Books Presents: Ishmael Beah former child soldier, human rights activist and author of A Long Way Gone appearing live at: Bronson Centre Auditorium Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 7:00pm 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON Tickets are $10 or $5 for students/unwaged.

2007 14 Apr

4th Annual Elliot Extravaganza!

Saturday April 14th Kids Storytime 10am-11am Birthday Cake and Juice! Free Book for every kid! BIG Birthday Sale!! April 7th - 30% off entire store

2007 11 Apr

A Tale of Two Cities: Montréal's Benny Farm & Toronto's Regent Park

REGENERATING NEIGHBOURHOODS A Tale of Two Cities: Montréal's Benny Farm & Toronto's Regent Park with Bernard Olivier and Mark Guslits Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 7 pm Ottawa City Hall Champlain Room 110 Laurier Avenue How can the large-scale rebuilding of a neighbourhood be economically viable, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible? In this lecture, we will discuss two examples of neighbourhoods that are currently subjects of renewal schemes. In Montreal, Benny Farm was a development built to house veterans after WWII. Bernard Olivier from L'Oeuf Architects will speak about how this aging community of homes and residents is part of a comprehensive social and physical renewal, and a proving ground for "sustainability".

2007 10 Apr

*Divergence Movie Night presents Out In The Heartland and Out At Work*

Doors 7pm, movie 7:30pm at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Free admission, $5 suggested donation. Discussion afterwards OUT IN THE HEARTLAND "Out in the Heartland explores how Kentucky's recent constitutional

2007 31 Mar
9:00am - 5:00pm

Integrate This! Teach-in Challenging the Secuity & Prosperity Partnership of N.America

  • Teach- in March 31st-April 1st
  • Ottawa Technical High School (440 Albert Street, Ottawa)

Why is Canada integrating its security and military policies with the United States? How will a continental energy and resource pact affect the environment? What do big business plans for a common North American security perimeter have to do with prosperity? Join the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Canadian Labour Congress and a host of others as we look behind the latest push for continental integration and what it means for you during a teach-in called

2007 26 Mar
8:30pm - 10:30pm

"Green Revolution" - Whose Revolution?

Will industrial agriculture and genetic engineering benefit African farmers? MONDAY, MARCH 26 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ottawa Congress Centre (Capital Hall Room) 55 Colonel By Drive, Adjacent to the Rideau Centre

2007 25 Mar

Films “Exploring Humanitarian Values” Calling the Ghosts & Women and War

The Humanitarian Issues Committee of the Ottawa Branch, Canadian Red Cross is organizing a film festival, Exploring Humanitarian values, for three Sunday afternoons in March, March 11, 18, & 25. The festival will take place at the Alumni Auditorium, University Centre, 85 University Avenue at the University of Ottawa.