Archived Community Events

2014 15 May
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Book Launch & Potluck: Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good

Commoning was a way of life for most of our ancestors. In Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, author Heather Menzies journeys to her roots in the Scottish Highlands, where her family lived in direct relation with the land since before recorded time.

2014 14 May
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Beyond the Basic: Looking at Why We must raise expectations for our children in the education system

Please join Kizzy Paris for a discussion at our lunchtime series on the state of our education system for our children.

2014 13 May
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Book Launch, “Peacemakers: how people around the world are building a world free of war” by Douglas Roche

Book Launch - Peacemakers: How people around the world are building a world free of war 
By Douglas Roche, O.C.
Published by James Lorimer & Co

2014 08 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood

Between October 2010 and May 2013, Sam McKegney conducted interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists, and elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood.

2014 07 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Launch: Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communications Perspectives

Publicity pervades our political and public culture, but little has been written that critically examines the basis of the modern Canadian “publicity state.” This collection is the first to focus on the central themes in the state’s relationship with publicity practices and the “permanent campaig

2014 02 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Prayer Songs by Gord Bruyere

The moon figures prominently in Prayer Songs, this first collection of poetry by Gord Bruyere. Structured to reflect a moon cycle and deeply influenced by traditional Anishinaabe cultural teachings, these twenty-eight poems explore different motivations and expression of prayer.

2014 01 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Talk: Extractive Legacies

MiningWatch Canada and Octopus books are pleased to host Extractive Legacies, featuring presentations and discussion with MiningWatch board members Kevin O'Reilly and Bruce Maclean.

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

Tax is Not a Four Letter Word

The event will feature a presentation by the book's editor Alex Himelfarb (Director of the Glendon School of International and Public Affair at York University and a former Clerk of the Privy Council) and responses by Dennis Howlett (Executive Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness)
2014 26 Apr
4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Wondrous Woo & The Witchdoctor’s Bones!

We are launching two novels published by Inanna Publications at a special time and location!

The Wondrous Woo by Carrianne Leung & The Witchdoctor’s Bones by Lisa De Nikolits.

2014 24 Apr
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunchtime Roundtable: Aboriginal Homelessness in Canada

Caryl Patrick, a researcher for the Canadian Homelessness Research Network, and Shelly Longboat of MInwaashin Lodge - Aboriginal Women's Support Centre will join us for a discussion on Aboriginal Homelessness in Canada inspired by Caryl's latest report of the sam

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

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


“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, 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

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