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Date/Location Event/Organization
Sep 29/2014
Toronto, ON
From the Frontlines: Dispatches from the Line 9 Blockades
Join organizers from the front lines of the blockades against Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, slated to bring tar sands bitumen through Toronto, and other towns across Ontario. Panelists are Lana Goldberg, an Environmental Justice organizer in Toronto and member of Rising Tide Toronto; Trish Mills, an environmental & indigenous rights activist based in Hamilton; Danielle Boissoneau, an Anishnaabe land defender from Garden River, currently residing in Haudenosaunee territory in Hamilton, Ontario.

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  OISE Room 2-211
Location:  252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.socialjustice.org/community/
For information contact:  Facebook Event
Categories:   Environment; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 29/2014
to Oct 5/2014
Vancouver, BC
Artists’ Books Week
Artists’ Books Week is a city-wide celebration of artist publishing in Vancouver that takes place From Monday, September 29 to Sunday, October 5, 2014. ABW complements VA/BF, highlighting the artists, curators, collectives and institutions across the city who are actively creating and presenting work in this medium. Taking its inspiration from ABW in London, England, the “open source style” festival is an open call for events and presentations around artist publishing, and is free and open to the public.

Venue:  Different venues (check website)
Location:  Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://2014.vancouverartbookfair.com/artistsbooksweek/
For information contact:  sean@vancouverartbookfair.com
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Publishers & Publishing
Sep 30/2014
Toronto, ON
Activist Assembly
A powerful boost for the final weeks of this important election: The member- to - member connection will make it happen!

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  U of T Conference Centre (north of City Hall)
Location:  89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.ourcitymatters.ca/upcoming-events/activist-assembly.html
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Government & Public Sector
Oct 1/2014
Ottawa, ON
Lecture and Book Launch: The Cuban Revolution and its relationships with Canada and the U.S.
Keith Bolender, a freelance journalist in Toronto, has written extensively on Cuban matters. He is also a lecturer on the Cuban Revolution at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Education.
Robert Hulsh, an assistant professor in the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. He teaches a course on the Cuban development model at the University of Havana.
Perspective is predominantly Cuban, a view seldom heard.

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  Octopus Books Centretown
Location:  @25One Community 2nd Floor 251 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Categories:   International
Oct 1/2014
Singapore
Third AAWH Congress: Migration in Global History: Peoples, Plants, Plagues, and Ports - Call for Papers
Call for papers, deadline 1 October 2014
Understood in the broadest sense, 'migration' brings into focus questions about the movement of peoples, businesses, capital, ideas, goods, diseases, technologies, diverse forms of knowledge, artistic styles, ecologies, as well as medical and scientific discoveries and practices across global borders. Ports such as Singapore's facilitated these movements, which enmeshed the globe in profound change. The 2015 AAWH Congress considers these subjects in their global, world, transregional, interdisciplinary, comparative, international, and big historical contexts, and welcomes proposals related to the Congress theme.
The Congress committee welcomes panels and papers that address Migration in Global History, and will also consider proposals related to other topics on the history of the Asia-Pacific from global and world perspectives, including (but not limited to) the interdisciplinary history of science, technology, medicine, business, and the environment. Proposals addressing the epistemology and methodology of teaching and writing global, world, transnational, and big history are also welcomed.
All proposals should be submitted to: 2015AAWH.Congress@ntu.edu.sg, with the subject line "2015 AAWH Congress Proposal." If you wish to submit by post send to:
2015 AAWH Congress Committee
History General Office
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University
HSS-05-20/20A
14 Nanyang Drive
Singapore 637332

Location:  Singapore
For information contact:  2015AAWH.Congress@ntu.edu.sg
Categories:   Education
Oct 2/2014
Toronto, ON
Book launch: Crisis and Control
Author Lesley J. Wood explains how neoliberal shifts in political and economic systems are militarizing the policing of protest. The author shows how protest policing techniques have become more militarised and more dependent on intelligence gathering over the past fifteen years as a result of the neoliberal restructuring political, economic and social processes.
Guest speakers Mike Leitold, Movement Defence Committee and a speaker TBA from The Network for the Elimination of Police Violence.

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  Another Story Bookshop
Location:  315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.socialjustice.org/community
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 2/2014
Ottawa, ON
Globetrotting or Global Citizenship?
Rebecca Tiessen, Robert Huish, Susan Thomson, Jonathan Langdon, John Cameron and Katie MacDonald
The book and lecture explores the broad range of international experiential learning options available to Canadian students, as well as the opportunities and the ethical dilemmas that come with them. Practical advice with critical examinations of international experiential learning, this is designed to help move beyond photo-ops and travel opportunities and towards striving for a deeper global citizenship.

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  Octopus Books Centretown
Location:  2nd Floor, 251 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.utppublishing.com/Globetrotting-or-Global-Citizenship-Perils-and-Potential-of-Int
Categories:   International; Information, Libraries, Research; Education
Oct 2/2014
Toronto, ON
Should Parkdale Have a Community Legal Clinic?
Since 1971, Parkdale Community Legal Services(PCLS) has Provided legal help to Parkdale residents and organized to defend the rights of poor people in the neighbourhood. Now there are plans to close the 17 community legal clinics in the GTA and to replace them with 3 or 4 ‘mega-clinics.’ This threatens to remove our legal clinic from Parkdale. Join us at this public meeting to learn about what’s happening to Toronto’s community legal clinics and to make your voice heard! This event's speakers will feature community members and organizers from Parkdale. Light refreshments provided.

Time:  6:00 p.m.
Venue:  Parkdale Library Auditorium
Location:  1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.socialjustice.org/community/
For information contact:  parkdaleagainstpoverty@gmail.com
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 2/2014
Toronto, ON
The Co-op Model: Shared Ownership and Social Innovation
Workshop 1: Could Shared Ownership Be the Right Fit for You?
Price: $10/workshop / $25 for all 3 workshops (Oct 2, Oct 22, Nov 12)
Co-operatives are a distinctive form of social enterprise. One or more stakeholder groups jointly own and democratically direct the enterprise to meet their objectives. The Shared Ownership Workshop Series is a joint initiative of Centre for Social Innovation, Enterprise Toronto and On Co-op. Participants will learn about the distinctive features and values of co-operative enterprises; how these enterprises are structured and incorporated, with a focus on employee-owned co-operatives; and how succession planning can be used to transform an existing business into a co-operative enterprise. Participants will also have opportunity to engage with co-op practitioners and entrepreneurs.
nities and the economy for more than 100 years. And today’s co-op entrepreneurs are creating n

Time:  8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Venue:  Centre for Social Innovation Annex
Location:  4th floor, Neville Austin Studio, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://socialinnovation.ca/coopworkshops
Categories:   Business & Economics; Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Event is recurring
Oct 2/2014
Toronto, ON
TPFF Screening at AGO: Forbidden Pilgrimage
Subtitles: The documentary Forbidden Pilgrimage shines a light on the Christians of Palestine and the threat to their survival in the Holy Land. Currently, more than two million Christian pilgrims visit the Holy Land annually and the numbers increase every year. These tours are primarily organized by Israeli tour operators who steer the pilgrims away from biblical sites in the West Bank and Palestinian communities located in their vicinity. Pilgrims are also instructed to fear the Palestinians living in these areas. The result is a drastic reduction in economic activity in towns that were once bustling with visitors.
The film shares the passionate views of Palestinian priests, a Christian tour operator and a British writer who expose the discrimination against Palestinians, their places of worship and their Christian history. It also highlights the obstacles faced by Christian pilgrims attempting to visit sacred sites in Palestine.
Cost: $10

Time:  9:00 p.m.
Venue:  Jackman Hall at AGO
Location:  Dundas and McCaul, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://beitzatoun.org/event/tpff-screening-at-ago-forbidden-pilgrimage/
Categories:   International; Politics & Political Organizations; Religious
Oct 3/2014
to Oct 5/2014
Hamilton, ON
Forging Solidarity: The Council of Canadians Annual Conference and Business Meeting
This year, our Annual General Meeting moves to Hamilton, Ontario. We will bring together members, chapter activists, supporters and allies for a dynamic weekend event that includes a public forum, workshops, panels and more. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Venue:  Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Location:  116 King Street West, Hamilton, ON
Website:  http://www.canadians.org/conference
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 3/2014
to Oct 5/2014
Toronto, ON
Good Jobs Summit
How do we create good jobs in Canada? The nature of work is changing; precarious, part-time and low-wage work is on the rise. Young people, students and all unemployed people from our communities need more choices and more options for good jobs.
Unifor has partnered with Ryerson University, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Ontario and the Canadian Federation of Students to host the summit. We look forward to participation from a range of community groups representing the cultural and racial diversity of Toronto and GTA. The Good Jobs Summit wants to hear from everyone about what can be done for a better working future for marginalized workers and workers who are so frequently discriminated against.

The entire summit is FREE but requires advance registration. To learn more, visit the Summit site at www.goodjobssummit.ca | Facebook event

Venue:  Mattamy Athletic Centre, Ryerson University (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens)
Location:  College Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://goodjobssummit.ca | Facebook event
Categories:   Business & Economics; Economic Development; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 4/2014
Mississauga, ON
‘Friends of the Credit’ Stewardship Forum and Volunteer Appreciation Event
This is a series of indoor presentations and outside activities that involve you in discussion and hands-on learning. Participants will learn about ecology, rain water management, and important environment issues in the Credit River Watershed. Mark Mattson, Founder and President of the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Program and a prominent environmental lawyer is our keynote speaker this year. Mark runs a charity dedicated to a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Ontario.
The Schedule page has a full list of presentations.
Please register by September 24.

Time:  8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Venue:  University of Toronto Mississauga Campus (UTM)
Location:  3359 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON
Website:  http://creditvallyca.ca
For information contact:  ljennings@creditvalleyca.ca
Phone:  905-670-1615 ext. 445
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors; Education
Oct 4/2014
Toronto, ON
Disability Pride March
The 4th Annual Toronto Disability Pride March. We have some great speakers lined up for this year!
* Onar Usar (YorkU)
* David Meyers (ERDCO)
* Charles Silverman (Ryerson/OCAD)
* Kevin Jackson (TDPM/YorkU/Ryerson/ERDCO)
* Melissa Graham (TDPM/CILT)
* Kathryn Church (Ryerson)

Time:  1:00 p.m.
Venue:  Queen's Park Circle
Location:  99 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.socialjustice.org/community/
Categories:   Disability Issues; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 4/2014
to Oct 5/2014
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Art Book Fair (VA/BF)
Free and open to the public, VA/BF is the only international art book fair in Canada and one of only two on the West Coast. In 2014 the event is anticipated to attract over 1,500 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond. Presented by Project Space, VA/BF is a two-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring nearly one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and installations. Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.

Time:  12 - 5pm
Venue:  Vancouver Art Gallery
Location:  750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://2014.vancouverartbookfair.com/
For information contact:  info@vancouverartbookfair.com
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Publishers & Publishing
Oct 6/2014
Ottawa, ON
Uprising! Women as Change Makers: An interactive conversation with Sally Armstrong
Sally Armstrong, award winning humanitarian, journalist and author, has been on the front lines in Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Asia and Canada. Women are key to ending violence, conflict and poverty. Ms Armstrong will bring us women's inspiring and brave voices in the face of oppression and violation of their human rights.
Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted to cover costs and the work of GRAN.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Venue:  Amphitheatre, St Paul University
Location:  223 Main Street, Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Security
Oct 7/2014
Toronto, ON
I AM FEMEN: Toronto premiere with special guests
Cinema Politica @ The Bloor presents the Toronto premiere of a documentary looking at one of the most controversial activist groups in the world - Femen. Join us when we screen this new documentary on the Ukrainian group and host a discussion on LGTBQ and feminist activism in that part of the world, led by York professor Marusya Bociurkiw. The Swiss director Alain Margot paints the portrait of a bewitching and many-faceted persona, while also revealing the stories of the brave young women who have fought for freedom of speech and democracy.
Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles

Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  Bloor Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Oct 8/2014
Vancouver, BC
Book launch: Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his think tank colleagues have transformed Canada
Join author Donald Gutstein as he launches his new book
"An immensely powerful and insightful probe of Stephen Harper's impact on Canada. Donald Gutstein skillfully traces the deep links between Harper and the right-wing world of corporate-funded think tanks." - Linda McQuaig
Expert Panel: Louise Mandell is a lawyer with Mandell Pinder, specializing in aboriginal law for 4 decades;
Gwen Barlee is an environmental and health advocate; Adrienne Montani is a child and youth advocate.

Time:  5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Venue:  Segal Centre, Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre Campus
Location:  515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; Politics & Political Organizations; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Oct 8/2014
Vancouver, BC
Book launch: Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his think tank colleagues have transformed Canada
Join author Donald Gutstein as he launches his new book
"An immensely powerful and insightful probe of Stephen Harper's impact on Canada. Donald Gutstein skillfully traces the deep links between Harper and the right-wing world of corporate-funded think tanks." - Linda McQuaig
Expert Panel: Louise Mandell is a lawyer with Mandell Pinder, specializing in aboriginal law for 4 decades;
Gwen Barlee is an environmental and health advocate; Adrienne Montani is a child and youth advocate.

Time:  5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Venue:  Segal Centre, Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre Campus
Location:  515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; Politics & Political Organizations; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Oct 8/2014
Vancouver, BC
Media Democracy Days Presents: Bandwidth a multimedia fundraiser
Media Democracy Days is excited to announce Bandwidth: A Multimedia Fundraiser. Catch a full line-up of local bands, performance poetry, art, and multimedia fun (along with cash beverages, silent auction, & prizes)! We're meeting to celebrate the sound of local voices and to affirm that we can meet the task of improving media democracy in Canada. All proceeds support the Media Democracy Days conference November 7 & 8, 2014 at Vancouver Public LIbrary.
Tickets are $10 in advance. Get yours today!
Beverages and Silent Auction are cash only

Time:  8:00 p.m.
Venue:  Astorino's
Location:  1739 Venables Street (at Commercial)., Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bandwidth-a-multimedia-fundraiser-tickets
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Oct 8/2014
to Oct 11/2014
Ottawa, ON
North American Association of Environmental Education Conference
The 2014 NAAEE conference will be held in Ottawa, Canada's vibrant capital city, with the Gold LEED Ottawa Convention Center as the center of activity. Join more than 1,000 of your environmental education colleagues for this outstanding professional development opportunity.

Venue:  Ottawa Convention Centre
Location:  55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.naaee.net/conference
Categories:   Environment; Education
Oct 9/2014
Toronto, ON
Beyond the Gridlock: Public Transit Struggles from across Europe & North America
Struggles to expand public transport and to block privatization are central to overturning neoliberalism and addressing climate justice. This forum brings together some of the leading public transit activists in Europe and North America.
Chair: Greg Albo (Socialist Project/York) & TTCRiders, Toronto
Speakers: Allan AlakuÃŒla (EU representative, Tallinn); Marcus Finbom (Planka.nu, Stockholm); Joanna Erbel (Congress of Urban Movements, Warsaw); Jaron Browne (POWER, San Francisco-Bay Area)
- Free (donation gratefully accepted)
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
- Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities
Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za'atar dipping.
Free

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - doors open at 6:50 p.m.
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://beitzatoun.org/event/beyond-the-gridlock-public-transit-struggles/
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Transportation & Travel
Oct 10/2014
Toronto, ON
From Hatuey to Cuban Five: Cuba's Struggle for Independence
Documentary Film showing
Speakers: The Honourable Consul General of Cuba- Javier Domokos
Distinguished Literary Author: Dr. Keith Ellis
Discussion to follow the presentations.
Art Exhibition:Nacho (Jose Cartagena) and the Cuban Five Artworks plus miniature paintings direct from Cuba to be auctioned.

Time:  6:30 p.m.
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://beitzatoun.org/event/from-hatuey-to-cuban-five-cubas-struggle-for-independence
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   International
Oct 10/2014
to Oct 18/2014
Cape Breton Island, NS
Celtic Colours International Festival
Celtic Colours International Festival invites you to join us October 10-18 and experience all that Cape Breton Island has to offer. This year’s Festival includes 46 concerts presented at 40 venues in 32 communities and more than 200 community cultural events in nearly 60 communities throughout Cape Breton Island.

Venue:  different venues
Location:  Cape Breton Island, NS
Website:  http://www.celtic-colours.com
For information contact:  info@celtic-colours.com
Phone:  1-877-285-2321
Categories:   Music; Food & Beverage; Arts & Culture
Oct 14/2014
Toronto, ON
Green 13 Movie Presentation - Disruption
Join us for a screening of "Disruption" a new, fast-paced cinematic journey through the wild world of climate change: the science, the politics, the solutions, and the stories that define this crisis at this pivotal point in human history. The movie is about an hour long, and after we'll have a discussion about what we can all do together on this important issue.

Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  Jane / Dundas Meeting Room
Location:  620 Jane Street, Toronto, ON
Phone:  416 394 1014
Categories:   Environment
Oct 14/2014
to Oct 19/2014
Calgary, AB
WordFest
Wordfest is a not-for-profit organization that brings readers and writers together to experience the power of story through accessible and engaging programming in Calgary, Banff and the Bow Valley. Wordfest hosts year-round literary events featuring the world’s best writers. Over 850 writers have presented at these events over the past 19 years. Festival authors have included Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, John Irving, Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Ford, Alexander McCall Smith and David Suzuki.

Location:  Eau Claire Market, 117- 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB
Website:  http://www.wordfest.com/
For information contact:  info@wordfest.com
Phone:  403.237.9068
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Arts & Culture; Publishers & Publishing
Oct 16/2014
London, UK
Invitation to IFJ/NUJ Conference on "Journalism in the age of mass surveillance"
Some of the themes that will be explored on the day include:
* Big Brother is watching you: Mass surveillance of the media industry
* Practical steps: Safeguarding journalists and their sources
* Joining forces and building alliances to defend against mass surveillance
Speakers confirmed include Alan Rusbridger from the Guardian News & Media, Michelle Stanistreet from the National Union of Journalists, Jim Boumelha from the International Federation of Journalists, Massimo Mucchetti from Corriere della Sera, Gavin Millar QC from Doughty Street Chambers, Mark Thomas comedian and political activist, Bernie Lunzer from the US Newspaper Guild and Izza Leightas from Human Rights Watch.
To attend RSVP by 8 October: Opens window for sending emailpressfreedom@nuj.org.uk

Time:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Kings Place, London, UK
Website:  http://www.ifj.org/nc/news-single-view/backpid
For information contact:  pressfreedom@nuj.org(uk
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; Education; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 16/2014
Toronto, ON
Seismic Changes in the Global Economy
Jim Adams, Venture Capitalist, will share his insights and wisdom about how he sees the economy impacted by the seismic changes that are happening around the world and will focus on China, Japan and Africa. You'll never see the world the same again.

Time:  7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Venue:  Verity Club
Location:  111D Queen Street East, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.speakersgold.com/events
For information contact:  Cathleen Fillmore
Phone:  416-532-9886
Categories:   Economic Development; Business & Economics; Trade
Oct 16/2014
to Oct 19/2014
Toronto, ON
Folk Music Ontario Conference
The Folk Music Ontario conference is the key event for Ontario’s folk, roots, and traditional music community. The 28th annual conference will take place October 16-19, 2014, at the Westin Bristol Place, Toronto. Members Only Early Bird registration and Youth registration will begin at 10:00am on April 1, 2014.

Venue:  Westin Bristol Place
Location:  950 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/folk-music-ontario-conference/
For information contact:  info@folkmusicontario.ca
Phone:  613-560-5997
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Oct 18/2014
Toronto, ON
Ontario Health Coalition: Health Action Assembly and Conference
A public reading of the critically acclaimed play "Tainted" which is set against the backdrop of the tainted blood crisis, and follows a family as they fight to stay intact when the unimaginable happens.
The reading is held in support of the Ontario Health Coalition. Attendance is free but donations are encouraged.

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  The Foundery
Location:  376 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Oct 18/2014
to Oct 19/2014
Toronto, ON
Ontario Health Coalition: Health Action Assembly and Conference
The Ontario Health Coalition's Annual "Health Action Assembly and Conference" will be focused on challenges to public medicare such as the privatization of services and the assault on Public Medicare by the Harper federal government in Ottawa. A plan for positive reform to move off the defensive and push forward for progressive change as well as a strategy to win that change will be discussed. Several keynote speakers will present on the Sunday.
Admission is on a sliding scale of $0-$40.

Time:  October 18, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - October 19, 2014 - 1:00pm
Venue:  St. Stephen's Community House
Location:  91 Bellevue Ave, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  ohc@sympatico.ca
Phone:  416-441-2502
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Politics & Political Organizations; Education
Oct 19/2014
Toronto, ON
Seed Saving - Beyond the Backyard Urban Gardening Workshop
Learn tips and techniques for harvesting, packaging and storing seeds, and discover how saving seeds is important to saving genetic diversity.
Part of Evergreen's new Beyond the Backyard Urban Gardening Workshop Series, learn how to turn your outdoor space into an urban food oasis- from fruit trees to bee keeping - at this series of hands-on workshops all about growing food in the city.

Time:  1:00 - 4:00
Venue:  Evergreen Brick Works
Location:  550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event-details/9610
For information contact:  acooper@evergreen.ca
Phone:  416-596-1495
Categories:   Environment; Food & Beverage; Farming
Oct 20/2014
to Oct 22/2014
Quebec City, QC
ICCE2014: International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy (Oct 20-22)
This conference is organized to share and discuss recent developments in clean energy sector. This highly interactive conference and exposition is designed to promote information exchange among scientists, technologists, engineers, entrepreneurs and exhibitors involved in Clean Energy sector.

The aim of ICCE 2014 is to gather researchers, scientists, engineers, practitioners, policy makers, from all over the world to present advances in the clean energy technologies. We are in an era in which there is a continuous progress in green energy sources and technologies and ICCE 2014 will provide a forum to exchange information, present new technologies and developments, and discuss the future direction, strategies and priorities in the field of clean energy.

Venue:  Campus of Laval University
Location:  Quebec City, QC
Website:  http://www.iaemm.com/ICCE2014
For information contact:  ICCE2014
Phone:  613 830 1760
Categories:   Science & Technology
Oct 21/2014
to Oct 26/2014
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Writers Fest
The Vancouver Writers Fest turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations.
For the past 25 years, the Writers Fest has enriched our imaginations and the culture of our city and has touched and inspired thousands of lives by creating a forum for authors to connect with readers and by offering a vibrant exchange of ideas and conversation.
The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. For six days in October, this celebration takes place in the cultural oasis of Granville Island, and continues throughout the year with the Incite reading series at the VPL, special events with leading writers and the Spreading the Word education programs at Lower Mainland schools and in small BC communities.

Venue:  Different venues (check out website)
Location:  Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/
For information contact:  info@writersfest.bc.ca
Phone:  604-681-6330
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Publishers & Publishing
Oct 23/2014
to Nov 2/2014
Toronto, ON
International Festival of Authors
Each fall, the International Festival of Authors brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions, public book signings and a number of special events, including readings by Governor General’s Literary Award and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalists, as well as the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

Venue:  Harbourfront Centre
Location:  235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://ifoa.org/festival
For information contact:  info@ifoa.org and media@ifoa.org
Phone:  416-973-4760
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Arts & Culture; Publishers & Publishing
Oct 24/2014
to Oct 26/2014
Windsor, ON
BookFest Windsor 2014
Literary Arts Windsor is dedicated to education, understanding, and appreciation of the literary arts by providing performances of an artistic and literary nature in public places, senior citizens’ homes, performance areas, theatres, and educational institutions. We also provide seminars on topics relating to such performances. BookFest Windsor began in 2002, and in the inaugural year welcomed 450 attendees during its one-day program. In 2012, the festival was included in Canadian Geographic’s list of top literary festivals in Canada. The festival proper has grown to a three-day event, with multiple lead-up activities, presentations and workshops. Attendance at Bookfest 2013 events numbered in the thousands.

Venue:  Different venues (check out webpage)
Location:  Windsor, ON
Website:  http://bookfestwindsor.com/
For information contact:  info@bookfestwindsor.com
Phone:  c/o 519-255-6770 ext. 4603
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Publishers & Publishing
Oct 25/2014
Ottawa, ON
Glen Greenwald speaks in Ottawa
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald is coming to Canada to speak about privacy, state surveillance, and its impact on Canadians at an event sponsored by rabble.ca and produced by Bill Owen of Eyestir Communications. Mr Greenwald is an American journalist, lawyer, and author, who is best known for his extensive reporting on the Edward Snowden NSA documents. His reporting exposed how spy agencies like Canada's CSEC and the U.S. NSA are conducting invasive surveillance of law-abiding citizens on a massive scale. Greenwald has worked with the CBC to reveal how CSEC monitored thousands of innocent Canadian air travellers, spied on Brazil's mining ministry, and facilitated a large U.S. spying operation on Canadian soil.
The talk will be followed by a discussion moderated by journalist Jesse Brown.
TICKETS: $35 ($20 for seniors/students with ID). Tickets are selling out fast so be sure to get yours right now.

Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  The Auditorium
Location:  440 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 30/2014
Toronto, ON
Legal Toolkit Workshop for Environmental Protection
The workshop will be hosted by John Swaigen of Ecojustice who has designed the session to educate nonprofits active in the environmental field about the legal tools available to protect our air, water, land, and human health. It will help you to understand what laws and policies exist to protect the environment and how to use them effectively as well as the opportunities provided by law to participate in government decision-making. It will also help you to understand where the legal framework for environmental protection is absent, incomplete or otherwise inadequate so that you can work to obtain stronger laws and policies.

Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location:  215 Spadina Avenue (Ground Floor Connector), Toronto, ON
Website:  http://sustainabilitynetwork.ca/the-legal-toolkit/
Phone:  416-324-2792
Categories:   Environment; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 5/2014
to Nov 7/2014
Amsterdam
The 7th international Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases
The seventh Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gas Symposium (NCGG7), will be organized 5-7 November 2014 in Amsterdam, with a focus on “Innovations for a Sustainable Future”. We invite submission of papers and sessions with respect to four themes: (1) Innovation and Integration, (2) Sources, Sinks and Inventories, (3) Atmospheric Processes and (4) Policy Implementation. We welcome participants from science, policy and economic sectors (industry, agriculture, transport)

Venue:  Casa 400
Location:  Amsterdam
Website:  http://www.ncgg.info
For information contact:  office@ncgg.info
Phone:  0-30-232-29-89
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology; Business & Economics
Nov 8/2014
Ottawa, ON
Ottawa Small Press Faire
The fair usually contains exhibitors with poetry books, novels, cookbooks, posters, t-shirts, graphic novels, comic books, magazines, scraps of paper, gum-ball machines with poems, 2x4s with text, etc. Happens twice a year, founded in 1994 by Rob McLennan and James Spyker.

Time:  noon to 5pm
Venue:  Jack Purcell Community Centre
Location:  320 Jack Purcell Lane, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/
For information contact:  Rob McLennan: rob_mclennan@hotmail.com
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Arts & Culture; Publishers & Publishing
Nov 13/2014
to Nov 16/2014
Halifax, NS
Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All National Assembly
Schedule TBA
A special focus on fisheries. A wide variety of speakers and panelists. A final program of activities will be released in September. The menu is incredibly rich, with a wide variety of sessions on everything from fisheries to financialization of food. The Assembly is organized by Food Secure Canada and FoodARC at Mount Saint Vincent University, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Food Security Network and ACORN (which holds its 15th conference in the same location).

Time:  All Day
Venue:  Various locations
Location:  Mount St Vincent, Halifax, NS
Categories:   Farming; Fishing & Hunting; Food & Beverage
Nov 13/2014
to Nov 17/2014
Toronto, ON
Conspire
Come out and Conspire!
Free public evening evens that celebrate and proote the work of Canadian and international writers and thinkers.
Featuring authors from Between the Lines, Fernwood Publishing, and Inanna Publications, aong others.
For full schedule of events, updates, and further information: www.leftwordsfestival.ca

Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.leftwordsfestival.ca
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Publishers & Publishing; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 26/2014
to Nov 28/2014
Toronto, ON
Canadian Wind Energy Conference & Seminar
The conference will focus on further wind energy market development in Canada and will offer a crucial update on cutting-edge technologies, new projects and finance.
This strictly B2B event will offer ample opportunities for business networking and promoting your company within the expo.
Located in the networking area exhibition offers 25 table-top exhibition stands where leading wind energy companies will present their technologies and solutions for the industry.
Conference objective: Over 150 top wind energy industry executives will convene in Toronto at the Canadian Wind Energy Conference & Seminar 2014. This strictly B2B exposition and conference focuses on commercial opportunities and challenges brought about by the sustained growth of energy demand in the countries located within the Canada. Canadian Wind Energy Conference presents the perfect opportunity to showcase your products and services to top decision-makers representing the whole of the wind energy sector in the region. Whether you are launching a new product, building your brand awareness, successful targeting new customers or cementing existing relationships with clients Canadian Wind Energy Conference is ideal to assist you in successful reaching these objectives.

Venue:  Exhibition
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.mchewel.com
For information contact:  geraldine.matule2@yahoo.ca
Categories:   Environment; Business & Economics; Science & Technology
Nov 27/2014
to Nov 29/2014
Ottawa, ON
Canadian Folk Music Awards
The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian folk music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canada Music Awards have a few categories that apply to folk and roots music but they offer only a restricted view of the genre. The judging process is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from our community. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming involved.

Location:  508-B Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://folkawards.ca/
For information contact:  info@folkawards.ca
Phone:  613-560-5833
Categories:   Music; Food & Beverage
Dec 3/2014
Toronto, ON
2014 Gala of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE Press Freedom Awards)
At the CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, we feature stories that we would never have known about if people had not risked their jobs, their freedom or even their lives to tell us. This annual event is an opportunity to hear these stories and pay tribute to some of these brave individuals. Each year CJFE honours courageous journalists and citizens who defend press freedom and free expression in Canada and internationally.

Venue:  Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Location:  100 Front St W, M5J 1E3, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://cjfe.org/cjfe_gala/event_info
For information contact:  cjfe@cjfe.org
Phone:  416-515-9622
Categories:   Awards, Scholarships, Prizes; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 16/2014
to Dec 17/2014
Kuala Lumpur
Environmental Sciences and Engineering Conference
ACESE 2014 - Asian Conference on Environmental Sciences and Engineering
The aim of ACESE'14 is to bring together the Canadian and international community working in the field of environmental sciences, engineering, and technology, and to foster an environment conducive to present advances in this field. This conference will also provide a golden opportunity to develop new collaborations and gather world experts on the different topics including pollution detection, environmental remediation, and pollution prevention. ACESE'14 will include invited keynote talks, oral presentation sessions, and poster sessions who will demonstrate new and exciting research in the fields.

Location:  Kuala Lumpur
Website:  http://acese.net
For information contact:  info@acese.net
Phone:  1-613-695-3040
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Dec 17/2014
to Dec 19/2014
Toronto, ON
Renewable Energy
McHewel Renewable Energy Exhibition 2014, the country's Leading renewable energy event organized by McHewel Investment Group, will be held from the 17th - 19th December 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre under the theme "Increasing Energy Capacity with Sustainable renewable sources".
The event will feature an impressive line-up of local and international speakers, delegates and exhibitors, who will gather to debate a new energy future for Canada.
McHewel Renewable Energy Exhibition 2014 takes place in partnership with Canadian Association for Renewable Energies, as well as numerous other local and multinational organizations, like Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance, World Bank from both the public and private sectors. This year event will attract more than 3,000 renewable energy power professionals and exhibiting companies from all over the World.

Venue:  Exhibition
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.mchewel.com
For information contact:  geraldine.matule2@yahoo.ca
Categories:   Environment; Business & Economics; Science & Technology
Dec 31/2014
Victoria, BC
Deadline for British Columbia Historical Federation Writing Competition
Each year, the British Columbia Historical Federation invites submissions for its Annual Historical Writing Competition to authors of British Columbia history; and the winning author is awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing.

Location:  Victoria, BC
Website:  http://www.bchistory.ca/awards/book/index.html
For information contact:  info@bchistory.ca
Categories:   Awards, Scholarships, Prizes; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Arts & Culture
Jan 21/2015
to Jan 24/2015
Halifax, NS
The dead of winter music festival
The In the Dead of Winter festival is an acoustic based festival that will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada annually on the last weekend of January. The goal of the festival is to bring a diverse group of acoustic musicians together to not only perform but to also meet one another in a professional environment. The festival aims to showcase the diversity of acoustic music in the Atlantic Region, Canada, and the United States. It is of particular importance to the festival to not only celebrate the excellence of our musicians but to also provide venues for artists who have not yet had the opportunity to perform their music to a wider audience.
The In the Dead of Winter Music Festival is organized by a small group of musicians and event producers.

Venue:  Various Venues
Location:  Halifax, NS
Website:  http://www.inthedeadofwinter.com
For information contact:  hgibson@inthedeadofwinter.com
Categories:   Music; Food & Beverage; Arts & Culture
Apr 4/2015
The Landsberg Award (part of CFJ Awards)
Description: The Canadian Journalism Foundation supports and rewards excellence in Canadian journalism through its annual awards program and by supporting recognition programs run by other organizations. The recipients are presented their awards at the annual CJF Awards, held in June. The Landsberg Award celebrates a journalist who is raising awareness about women’s equality issues in Canada and aims to inspire an increase in the media coverage and voice of women in Canada.

Time:  Deadline for The Lansberg Award (parto of CFJ Awards)
Website:  http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards_landsberg
For information contact:  Natalie Turvey: nturvey@cjf-fjc.ca
Phone:  416-955-0394
Categories:   Awards, Scholarships, Prizes; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Women
Apr 16/2015
to Apr 19/2015
Hamilton, ON
Ontario's Science Fiction and Fantasy Music Festival
FilKONtario is a festival of music that is inspired by fantasy, science fiction, anime, gaming, computers, space, and many others. The musical influences run from trad folk to last week's chart-topper. Every year we spend a weekend in a hotel in Mississauga singing, listening, making friends and having a great deal of fun.

Location:  Hamilton, ON
Website:  http://www.filkontario.ca/index.html
For information contact:  fkoconcom@gmail.com
Categories:   Music; Children & Youth; Food & Beverage
May 30/2015
to Jun 4/2015
Ottawa, ON
Congress 2015 of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Now in its 84th year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

Venue:  University of Ottawa
Location:  275 Bank St, Suite 300, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://congress2015.ca/home
For information contact:  congress@ideas-idees.ca
Phone:  613-238-6112 (dial 0)
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 3/2015
Ottawa, ON
8th Annual Conference of Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research
Held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, promising to be an engaging and provocative conference.

Venue:  University of Ottawa
Location:  Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.anser-ares.ca/conference.php
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Policy; Economic Development

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