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Date/Location Event/Organization
Nov 22/2014
to Nov 29/2014
Milton, ON
Digging Into Farming: Planning Your New Farm Business
Digging Into Farming is a 2-day course facilitated by a farmer who has gone through a similar process of starting their own farm business. This course is right for you if you are a new farmer who is actively committed to farming as a business and are looking for support in starting to plan your farm businesses and take those first steps.

Cost: $200 (+HST) per person or $360 (+HST) for two people from the same “farm business ” (ex: family, business partners).

Time:  2 Saturdays. 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Venue:  County Heritage Park (Niagara Room)
Location:  8560 Tremaine Rd, Milton, ON
Website:  http://www.farmstart.ca/programs/training/digging-into-farming/
For information contact:  Rebecca Hodges / rebecca@farmstart.ca
Phone:  5198367046 x105
Categories:   Farming; Education; Economic Development
Nov 23/2014
to Nov 29/2014
International Food Workers Week
Millions of food workers around the world struggle to make a living each day. In the U.S. alone, nearly 20 million people work in the food system, growing, processing, transporting, serving, cooking, & selling the food that we eat each day. Show your solidarity & support for food workers by taking part in activities and events happening across the country on this third International Food Workers Week, organized by the Food Chain Workers Alliance.

Website:  http://www.laborrights.org/events/international-food-workers-week
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 24/2014
to Nov 26/2014
Bali
World Young Reader Summit & Ideathon 2014
This free event will gather champions of youth enagement and news literacy, plus other smart people, in Indonesia for three days (24 to 26 November) of design thinking to explore what we must do next to assure literate, civic-minded and savvy new generations for news.

We'll explore the full range of how we can best engage the youth audience in ways that make sense for the survival of a free press. These include basic news literacy, the best new kinds of "firsts" we should provide, the most promising kinds of new digitally-based (especially mobile) and face-to-face participation and the smartest ways to pay for it all.

Venue:  Westin in Nusa Dua
Location:  Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N-3 Nusa Dua Bali 80363, Indonesia, Bali
Website:  http://www.wan-ifra.org/events/world-young-reader-summit-ideathon-2014
For information contact:  aralynn.mcmane@wan-ifra.org
Phone:  +33-147428518
Categories:   Education; Awards, Scholarships, Prizes; Communications Industry & Technology
Nov 24/2014
to Nov 26/2014
Bali
World Young Reader Summit & Ideathon 2014
Moderator: Kukuh Sanyoto, Indonesian journalist, press fredom advocate and teacher
Straight Talk from the Indonesian Young - A panel of Indonesia Youth Ambassadors offer ideas about what could happen next for news organizations -- and to build a nation. Organized by SPS, the Indonesian Publishers Association.
Teaching Values with the News - Launch of new guide for Indonesia that is partly based last year's winning entry from The Straits Times of Singapore.
The nationwide efforts - an update. Representatives of SPS, the Indonesian publishers association
World Young Reader Prize presentations
News Literacy and Us: Why we should be paying very close attention.
The latest best practice in in smart partnership strategies. The latest in best practice in digital-first strategies. The Ideathon a (re)introduction
THE IDEATHON continues with presentation of some promising intentions

Time:  all day
Venue:  The Westin
Location:  Nusa Dua, Bali
Website:  http://www.wan-ifra.org/events/world-young-reader-summit-ideathon-2014
Categories:   Education; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; International
Nov 26/2014
Collingwood, ON
Be The Change Film + Discussion Series - Dam Nation
Be The Change Documentary Film Series was created in 2008 to educate and inspire the local community into action where it relates to our fragile ecosystem and what each of us can do to help preserve it. Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation and Elephant Thoughts are working together along with other community partners to provide the audience with a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of some of the most important ecological and social justice issues facing our local area and the communities of planet Earth. Proceeds support local programs and initiatives at Blue Mountain Watershed Trust and Elephant Thoughts. To support the series as a volunteer or a sponsor please contact Christy Deere at 416-824-3837 or christy@leap2learn.com

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  The Gayety Theatre
Location:  161 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, ON
Website:  http://www.elephantthoughts.com/be-the-change-film-series/
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Arts & Culture
Nov 26/2014
Collingwood, ON
Be the Change Film + Discussion Series: Dam Nation
Exploring changes in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders, to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, returning primeval spawning grounds to salmon and other wild fish after decades without access. Dam Nation’s majestic cinematography moves from conquest of the natural world through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, into a metamorphosis in values and a knowing of ourselves as part of nature.
Musical Guest: Jason Redman
Admission - $8.00 at the door

Time:  7:15 p.m.
Venue:  The Gayety Theatre
Location:  161 Hurontario St, Collingwood, ON
Website:  http://www.bethechangefilmseries.com
For information contact:  Elephant Thoughts / inquiries (at) elephantthoughts.com
Phone:  705-444-2012
Categories:   Environment
Nov 26/2014
Ottawa, ON
Book Launch: Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights
Indigenous rights are generally conceptualized and advocated separately from the human rights framework. The contributors to this book argue that Indigenous rights are human rights and the fundamental human rights of Indigenous people cannot be protected without the inclusion of their Indigenous rights, which are suppressed and oppressed by the forces of racism and colonialism. The authors show that settler states such as Canada persist in violating and failing to acknowledge Indigenous human rights. Furthermore, settler states are obligated to respect and animate these rights, despite the evident tensions in political and economic interests between elite capitalists, settler citizens and Indigenous peoples.

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  Octopus Centretown
Location:  251 Bank St. 2nd Floor, Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Native Peoples
Nov 26/2014
Toronto, ON
Saying NO to War
A Double Book Launch of Anti-War Titles and Discussion on a Century of Conscientious Objection

With:
* Stephen Dale, author, Noble Illusions
* Sarah Hipworth, co-editor, Let Them Stay
* Frank Showler, 95, lifelong Conscientious Objector
* Jo Vellacott, on World War I Conscientious Objectors

Presented by Homes not Bombs, Toronto Action for Social Change and Peace and Social Action Committee, Toronto Monthly Meeting; Co-sponsored by Science for Peace

Time:  7:30pm
Venue:  Friends Meeting House
Location:  60 Lowther (enter by side door please, NOT front door!), Toronto, ON
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Military; Publishers & Publishing
Nov 26/2014
Victoria, BC
Victoria: LNG, fracking and Victoria's energy future
We've heard many promises about the economic benefits of a proposed LNG industry, which would be powered by fracking in northeast B.C. But are these claims credible? And what sort of environmental trade-offs would the industry bring?

From the frack fields of northeastern B.C. to the many proposed gas pipelines, and up to 18 LNG terminals vying for approval along the northwest coast in Howe Sound, Delta, and off Vancouver Island, join us as we drill down the myths and realities of this industry through an evening of multi-media presentations and film.

Speakers:

Damien Gillis, journalist and documentary filmmaker of Fractured Land
Leila Darwish, Pacific Regional Organizer, The Council of Canadians

This event includes a “Pull-Together Fundraiser.” Donations are welcome and will support First Nations' legal challenges against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

The evening is sponsored by the Council of Canadians and the GVTA Social Justice Committee.

Time:  19:00 - 21:00
Venue:  Victoria High School
Location:  1260 Grant Street, Victoria, BC
Website:  http://www.canadians.org/event/victoria-lng-fracking-and-victorias-energy-future
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development
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
Ottawa, ON
A New Direction for Science Policy in Canada? Get Science Right town hall
On November 27, join us for an evening with journalist Mike De Souza to discuss the impact of the federal government's current approach to science policy, examine ways to protect science in the public interest, and hear the views of representatives from the three main political parties on what should be the role of the federal government with respect to research and post-secondary education.

Confirmed panelists include:
Béla Joós, Physics Professor, University of Ottawa
Diane Beauchemin, Chemistry Professor, Queen’s University
Christina Muehlberger, PhD Candidate, Sociology & Political Economy, Carleton University
Ted Hsu, Science & Technology Critic, Member of Parliament, Liberal Party of Canada
Kennedy Stewart, Science & Technology Critic, Member of Parliament, New Democratic Party of Canada

Time:  6:30pm-8:00pm (Reception to follow)
Venue:  Westin Hotel Ottawa, Ontario Room
Location:  11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.getscienceright.ca
For information contact:  Angela Regnier - regnier@caut.ca
Phone:  613-726-5186
Categories:   Science & Technology; Education
Nov 27/2014
Ottawa, ON
Book Launch: Threatening Democracy
Normand Landry. Threatening Democracy is an introduction to the phenomenon of judicial intimidation used against socially and politically active citizens. Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) involve the deliberate use of judicial procedures as tools for intimidation, censorship and political reprisal in the context of social and political debates. In revealing deeply rooted legal inequalities and injustices,Threatening Democracy offers a pointed critique of our legal system. In response, Landry proposes an anti- SLAPP survival guide and surveys the potential of various anti- SLAPP laws in effect around the world.

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  Octopus Books Centretown
Location:  2nd Floor, 251 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Law Enforcement & Corrections; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 27/2014
Mabou, NS
Cowspiracy movie in Mabou, NS
The film reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale animal agriculture has on our planet, and asks why major environmental groups have ignored the issue. It offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.
Admission free

Time:  19:00
Venue:  The Renewal Centre:
Location:  Mabou, NS
Website:  http://www.canadians.org/event/cowspiracy-movie-mabou-ns
For information contact:  Anne Lévesque - levesque.anne@gmail.com
Categories:   Farming; Environment
Nov 27/2014
Toronto, ON
Forum: Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism
In 2003, the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq on false pretenses and left the country in ruins almost a decade later, creating the conditions for ISIL's ascension in the region. Now the U.S. is spearheading a campaign to return to Iraq and enter Syria to fight off ISIL. Canada has heeded its neighbour's call for support and is already on the ground "helping" with the mission. Canadian reinforcement for U.S. imperial endevours around the world is standard procedure, but Canada has its very own imperial strategy as well. A new foreign policy stance has led to interventions in Afghanistan, Haiti, Libya, and Mali, among other places.

Canada is (again) intervening in the Middle East with fighter jets, logistics, forward bases, and other supports. This is another escalation in the 'new militarism' that is dominating Canadian foreign policy and increasingly, society. Can the intervention succeed even on its own militarist terms? What are the alternatives for the anti-war movement?

Speakers:
* Sabah Alnasseri, Professor of Political Science, York University
* Judy Deutsch, Science for Peace, Canadian Dimension Magazine
* Tyler Shipley, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humber College
* Sardar Saadi, PhD Student at UofT, Toronto-based activist

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://beitzatoun.org/events/
Categories:   Military; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 27/2014
Edmonton, AB
Let's discuss democracy
So you think we live in a democracy?
Let’s talk about it!

Presentation by the Council of Canadians, followed by discussion.

What are your neighbors saying?
What are your insights?
Are you prepared to live with true democracy?

Join us!

Time:  19:00
Venue:  Allendale Hall
Location:  6330 – 105A Street NW, Edmonton, AB
Website:  http://www.canadians.org/event/edmonton-lets-discuss-democracy
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Politics & Political Organizations
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
Nov 27/2014
to Nov 29/2014
Saskatoon, SK
National Farmers Union (NFU) Annual Convention
Inequitable and undemocratic government policies that benefit transnational agri-business corporations are cornering farmers, driving them to dangerous levels of debt, lost marketing opportunities and more expensive inputs. This year's Convention theme, “Claiming our Livelihoods", highlights the need for public policy that re-establishes a fair economic playing field - one that strengthens opportunities for family farmers and re-establishes public interest and food sovereignty.

Venue:  The Hilton Garden Inn
Location:  90 22nd St E, Saskatoon, SK
Website:  http://www.nfu.ca/about/45th-annual-convention
Phone:  306-652-9465
Categories:   Environment; Farming
Nov 27/2014
to Nov 29/2014
Auckland, New Zealand
Pacific Journalism Review 20th Anniversary Conference
Keynote addresses include: Max Stahl from Timor-Leste - the man who exposed the 1991 Indonesian massacre at Santa Cruz cemetery to the world; Jim Marbrook with a special screening of his new documentary on nickel mining on indigenous lands in New Caledonia, Cap Bocage; and Dr Lee Duffield from Australia with a comparative history research paper about Pacific Journalism Review. A short film by Sasya Wreksono about the "life" of PJR will also be screened.

Time:  Nov 27 - 8:30 p.m. - Nov 29 - 12:00 P.M.
Venue:  AUT University
Location:  Auckland, New Zealand
Website:  http://hospitalityservices.aut.ac.nz
For information contact:  conferences@aut.ac.nz
Phone:  +64 9 921 9479
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; International; Arts & Culture
Nov 28/2014
Mississauga, ON
Line 9 - worth the risk? Event in Mississauga
Council of Canadians Peel Chapter is hosting an information evening on Line 9.
Tara Sechuaran, Line 9 Activist from Council of Canadians Toronto Chapter, will provide an informative presentation on the impacts of the planned Line 9 reversal to transport tar sands dilbit, and its route through Mississauga.

Time:  19:00
Venue:  Promenade Gallery
Location:  943 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON
Website:  http://www.canadians.org/event/line-9-worth-risk-event-mississauga
For information contact:  Rosemary Keenan - prmkeenan@gmail.com
Phone:  647-286-9596
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development
Nov 28/2014
Toronto, ON
Renewing The Left
A discussion on The Next New Left by Alan Sears. Why is the left not growing at a time of naked attacks on workers, the poor, migrants, indigenous people, young people and women? Democracy is being undermined. Imperialist warfare is on the rise. Things are bad and getting worse. We need a renewed left, yet that is not what we see around us.
Speakers: Alan Sears, Patti Dalton, Umair Muhammad, Chris Ramsaroop.
Free

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Politics & Political Organizations
Nov 28/2014
to Nov 29/2014
Black Friday Walmart Protests
The Walmart nearest you. Just 30-45 minutes will do the trick.

Workers at Walmart want the company to publicly commit to paying them for their hard work, but a select few behind the country’s largest employer are robbing them of a decent living. The Waltons (who own Walmart) choose to ignore what’s happening to workers – and their families – as Walmart manipulates schedules and hours to pay the majority of its workers less than $25,000 a year. The Waltons are focused on growing their $150 billion in wealth while turning a blind eye to the hundreds of thousands of workers unable to feed and clothe their families or provide them with basic financial security.

Across the country, workers and their supporters are delivering petitions to the Waltons that call on Walmart to publicly commit to pay workers a minimum of $15 an hour and provide consistent, full-time work.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Show up on Black Friday at a Walmart near you to send Walmart a message. It could be you, you and a few friends, or you could recruit 20 people to have a rally with you if you’re ambitious! Post your action on the Action Network and invite others to join. It is possible that others from your community will come join you!

Once people RSVP to your event, simply email them and coordinate plans like a meet up location. Visit Action Network for materials and tools.

Time:  sometime between 7 and 10 AM
Website:  http://blackfridayprotests.org/actions
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Business & Economics; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 29/2014
Toronto
Book Launch: A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice
Join contributors, an editor, and Line 9 activists for a celebration of A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice edited by Stephen D’Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, and Joshua Kahn Russell with Foreward by Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben.

Tar sands “development” comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar sands opponents -- fighting a powerful international industry -- are likened to terrorists; government environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are concealed and rushed.

Yet, despite the formidable political and economic power behind the tar sands, many opponents are actively building international networks of resistance, challenging pipeline plans while resisting threats to indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation.

Time:  1:00 - 3:00 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham, Toronto
Website:  http://beitzatoun.org
Categories:   Environment; Business & Economics; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 29/2014
Victoria, BC
VIDEA Fair Trade Fair
Shopping with a conscience! Join us for VIDEA’s annual Fair Trade Fair! Featuring fair trade vendors selling a variety of fairly traded clothes, crafts, textiles, gifts and more. Scrumptious food by the International Women’s Catering Coop! Admission is by donation. For more information visit: www.videa.ca, or email hillary@videa.ca.

Time:  10:00AM - 4:00PM
Venue:  First Metropolitan United Church
Location:  932 Balmoral Rd, Victoria, Victoria, BC
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/518152451654125/
For information contact:  hillary@videa.ca
Categories:   Trade; Fashion, Clothing, Textiles; Food & Beverage
Nov 30/2014
Ottawa, ON
Rick Smith: "The Impact of Pesticides on Health - Ours and the Planet's"
"The Impact of Pesticides on Health - Our's and the Planet's" - Keynote Speaker, Rick Smith (co-author of "Toxin Toxout") will talk about his research and personal experiences followed by Q&A, networking, organic snacks and a chance to meet Rick.

Time:  1:00PM
Venue:  Glebe Community Centre, Scotton Hall
Location:  175 Third Avenue, off Bank Street, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://cog.ca/ottawa/
For information contact:  Margaret Tourond-Townson
Phone:  613 244 4000 Extension 2
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care
Nov 30/2014
Toronto, ON
The future of progressive media with Judy Rebick and Rick Salutin
Authors and commentators Judy Rebick and Rick Salutin will be addressing the subject of the future of the progressive media at a fundraiser for Outlook, Canada's progressive Jewish magazine.

Starting with a brunch and followed by a discussion and Q/A.

$25 if ticket is reserved in advance before Nov. 23 by credit card and $30 at the door.

Reservations are required as space is limited.

Phone either Bea Levis at 416-767-8296 or Barbara Blaser at 416-398-3405.

Time:  11:00AM
Venue:  Winchevsky Centre
Location:  585 Cranbrooke, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://rabble.ca/whatsup/future-progressive-media-judy-rebick-and-rick-salutin
For information contact:  Bea Levis
Phone:  416-767-8296
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Food & Beverage
Dec 1/2014
Toronto, ON
Canada: Don't Cop Out! Protect Earth, Air and Water
December 1 is the start of the global climate conference COP 20 in Lima, Peru, and Canada is getting in the way. Join a discussion to learn more about Canada's climate record and what we can do.
Speakers:
Kai Reimer-Watts, Toronto 350
Margaret Rao, ClimateFast
John Humphrey, Toronto Steelworkers
other speakers to be confirmed
Organized by Toronto350.org. West End Against Line 9, Climate Action Network, ClimateFast

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Friends House
Location:  60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Business & Economics
Dec 1/2014
St.John’s
Save our Health Care Town Hall Meeting
Protect, Strengthen and Expand Health Care: Why we need a new Health Accord.

Speakers
Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
Paul Moist, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees
Kathleen Connors, Former Chair, Canadian Health Coalition

Time:  19:00 - 21:00
Venue:  The Hall at St. Teresa’s
Location:  120 Mundy Pond Road,, St.John’s
Website:  http://www.canadians.org/event/st-johns-save-our-health-care-town-hall-meeting
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 2/2014
Corner Brook, NL
Save our Health Care Town Hall Meeting
Protect, Strengthen and Expand Health Care: Why we need a new Health Accord.

Speakers
Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
Paul Moist, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees

Time:  19:00 - 21:00
Venue:  The Greenwood Inn
Location:  48 West St, Corner Brook, NL
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Policy
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 4/2014
Mabou, NS
Five Broken Cameras movie
A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Time:  19:00
Venue:  The Renewal Centre
Location:  Mabou, NS
Website:  http://www.canadians.org/event/five-broken-cameras-movie-mabou-ns
For information contact:  Anne Lévesque - levesque.anne@gmail.com
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 4/2014
Toronto, ON
TTCriders end-of-year celebration fundraiser
Celebrate our 2014 successes with TTCriders members and friends.

TTCriders Transit Champion or Transit Troll award - who is your choice?

Unsung hero. Public figure. Nominate someone before 4 pm on Tuesday, Nov 11. TTCriders will shortlist nominees, and then get the public to vote for their top choice. The award winners will be announced, recognized and appreciated on the night of the fundraiser at Beit Zatoun. You can nominate someone by purchasing ticket to attend our fundraiser, or you can use the form on our website below.

-Be the first to hear about our exciting 2015 plans
-Enjoy the Transit Champions and Transit Trolls awards ceremony
-Enter the raffle to win a January TTC Metropass and appreciate a month of free TTC rides.

Time:  5:30PM - 7:30PM
Venue:  Beit Zaitoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://beitzatoun.org/event/ttcriders-end-of-year-celebration-fundraiser/
For information contact:  Beit Zaitoun
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Dec 4/2014
to Dec 6/2014
Orillia, ON
Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference 2014
• Over 30 intermediate to advanced-level workshops on practical production techniques to help you farm better, smarter, and more sustainably
• High calibre presenters including Abe Collins, Adam Montri, and Elizabeth Dyck
• 250 ecological growers from across the province
• Contra dancing, live music from The Sandy Pockets, bonfires
• Delicious food and great company

Location:  Orillia, ON
Website:  http://www.conference.efao.ca
Categories:   Farming
Dec 8/2014
Toronto, ON
Discussion Group: This Changes Everything
Please join us for the launch of a Discussion Group on Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything.

In what The Globe’s reviewer called “a work of startling force, exhaustive reporting and telling anecdote,” Klein argues that we can solve the climate crisis only by giving up the quest for big profits and endless growth and rebuilding local economies and democracies. Klein reminds us, in the words of another reviewer, “that hope lies in ordinary people looking at the way the world is going and then deciding to do something about it themselves.”

Is Naomi Klein right? If so, what are the implications, and how can we put her ideas into action? These will be the questions guiding our discussion. For our first meeting on December 8, we’ll focus on the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2. Please read these sections ahead of time. We’ll also decide on plans and readings for future meetings.

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 pm
Venue:  St. Michael & All Angels Church
Location:  Southeast corner of St. Clair and Wychwood, enter from Wychwood through wooden gates, UPPER ROOM on 2nd floor, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.gn21.ca
Categories:   Environment
Dec 10/2014
Toronto, ON
Cuban Five - Political Prisoners of the Empire
Why their human rights are denied?

The Cuban nation has faced a criminal/illegal blockade by the U.S. government since its victorious revolution in 1959. The world just condemned this unprecedented policy at the United Nations by a vote of 188 against 2. As well, Cuba must defend itself from acts of terrorism carried out from U.S. territory which has caused the death of 3478 people and maimed thousands more. All of the inhumane practices by the "gendarme" of the world have not driven the Cuban nation to look after itself alone but sharing its revolution's achievements selflessly with other humble peoples of the world from Palestine to Pakistan, to Guatemala to Sierra Leone toÂ… . THIS is why the Empire is exacting revenge against the symbols of Cuba's sovereignty and internationalism -the anti-terrorist Cuban Five- by denying them their human rights of being with their loved ones!

Guest Speakers
Fernando González, Cuban Five Member – (Special Interview for the occasion)
Rafael Cancel Miranda, Puerto Rican Independence Leader – (via video)
Zafar Bangash, Director Of The Institute Of Contemporary Islamic Thought
Wafy Ibrahim, Chair Of The Lebanese Committee For The Cuban Five

Cultural Presentations
Skigh Johnson
Exhibition Of The Latest Artworks By Antonio Guerrero And Gerardo Hernández

Time:  6:30 - 9:00
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.torontoforumoncuba.com
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 13/2014
to Nov 13/2014
Oakville, ON
Halton Green Screens: End of the Line
Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048. Oceans without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act. The End of the Line chronicles how demand for cod off the coast of Newfoundland in the early 1990s led to the decimation of the most abundant cod population in the world, how hi-tech fishing vessels leave no escape routes for fish populations and how farmed fish as a solution is a myth. The film lays the responsibility squarely on consumers who innocently buy endangered fish, politicians who ignore the advice and pleas of scientists, fishermen who break quotas and fish illegally, and the global fishing industry that is slow to react to an impending disaster.
Following the film, there will be a discussion on local fish populations.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the snack bar.

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Venue:  Oakville Mews Cinema (formerly Encore)
Location:  171 Speers Rd, Oakville, ON
Website:  http://Film.ca
Categories:   Fishing & Hunting; Economic Development; Environment
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 26/2014
to Dec 28/2014
Karnataka,
7th International Congress of Environmental Research
To provide a platform to academicians, professionals, industrialists, environmentalists, researchers and activist from all over the world for interaction and exchanging their views in order to enhance their knowledge in the field of environment.

R.V. College of Engineering
Mysore Road, R. V. Vidyanikethan Post
Bangalore-560059, Karnataka, INDIA

Venue:  Mysore Road
Location:  R. V. Vidyanikethan Post, Karnataka,
Website:  http://www.icer14.jerad.org/
For information contact:  Professor Dr. Subhash C. Pandey / icer14.jerad@gmail.com
Phone:  918067178128
Categories:   Environment; Education; 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 23/2015
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.

Venue:  Canadian Exhibition Centre
Location:  255 Front St. West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.mchewel.com/?mid=171
For information contact:  info@canadianexhibitions.com
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development
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
Jan 29/2015
to Feb 1/2015
Guelph, ON
Guelph Organic Conference 2015
This event started with a simple launch - an afternoon seminar dreamed up by a couple of grad students on the Guelph campus in the winter of 1982. The student group "Guelph Ag. Alternatives" ran it for years, then it became a larger event when a coalition of non-profits assumed the management in 1992. Since 2003, the Annual Conference & Expo has been organized and promoted by a federal non-profit corporation - 'Organic Food Conferences Canada' - managed by representatives of 16 public sector, non-profit organic groups (see Offical Sponsors/Conference Organizers at the SPONSORS page).

Venue:  Guelph University Centre
Location:  University Centre, Guelph, ON
Website:  http://www.guelphorganicconf.ca/
Categories:   Environment; Farming; Food & Beverage
Feb 20/2015
to Feb 22/2015
Philadelphia
Poly Living 2015
2015 10th Annual Poly Living Polyamory Conference

Poly Living is a place to learn relationship skills that support healthy polyamorous relationships, to connect with like minded people, explore possibilities and have fun.

Since 2005 when George Marvil hosted the first Poly Living Conference in Philadelphia, it has been the best place to warm up your winter with fun, learning and polyamory community. Whether you are new to polyamory and wanting to find out more, a professional interested in helping clients or an experienced poly person looking to have fun with old friends, Poly Living is a great place to learn, explore and connect with real people.

Fabulous Keynote Speaker
Friday Night Party and Entertainment
Educational and fun workshops
Time to socialize, learn and explore

Early Registration Price is Just $99* for Full Weekend Conference.
Early Registration Ends December 15, 2014 - Regular price is $125

Conference Registration Includes:PL2011Mim
Friday night Keynote
Dance Reception and Entertainment
Workshops by Experienced Presenters

***Call us about special group discounts***

Location:  Philadelphia
Website:  http://www.lovemore.com/conferences/polyliving/philadelphia/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Sexuality
Feb 25/2015
Collingwood, ON
Be The Change Film + Discussion Series - A Will for the Woods
Be The Change Documentary Film Series was created in 2008 to educate and inspire the local community into action where it relates to our fragile ecosystem and what each of us can do to help preserve it. Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation and Elephant Thoughts are working together along with other community partners to provide the audience with a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of some of the most important ecological and social justice issues facing our local area and the communities of planet Earth. Proceeds support local programs and initiatives at Blue Mountain Watershed Trust and Elephant Thoughts. To support the series as a volunteer or a sponsor please contact Christy Deere at 416-824-3837 or christy@leap2learn.com

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  The Gayety Theatre
Location:  161 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, ON
Website:  http://www.elephantthoughts.com/be-the-change-film-series/
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Mar 25/2015
Collingwood, ON
Be The Change Film + Discussion Series - Years of Living Dangerously Episode #6 - Winds of Change
Be The Change Documentary Film Series was created in 2008 to educate and inspire the local community into action where it relates to our fragile ecosystem and what each of us can do to help preserve it. Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation and Elephant Thoughts are working together along with other community partners to provide the audience with a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of some of the most important ecological and social justice issues facing our local area and the communities of planet Earth. Proceeds support local programs and initiatives at Blue Mountain Watershed Trust and Elephant Thoughts. To support the series as a volunteer or a sponsor please contact Christy Deere at 416-824-3837 or christy@leap2learn.com

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  The Gayety Theatre
Location:  161 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, ON
Website:  http://www.elephantthoughts.com/be-the-change-film-series/
Categories:   Environment
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 8/2015
to May 10/2015
Denver
Rocky Mountain Poly Living
Bringing together the people who love more.

Location:  Denver
Website:  http://www.lovemore.com/conferences/polyliving/pl-denver-2014/attachment/2015denverbannerrm/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Sexuality
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 2/2015
to Jun 5/2015
Ottawa, ON
Society for Socialist Studies Conference 2015
The theme of the 2015 CFHSS Congress is 'Capital Ideas.' The theme of the 2015 Society for Socialist Studies Conference is Kapital Ideas: analysis, critique, praxis. Join us for four days of wideranging and engaged analysis and dialogue.

Kapital Ideas are theories and analyses that help point us toward a better world through critique of the unequal, violent and exploitative one we now inhabit. They take inspiration from the author of Das Kapital, though they range widely over many issues which include ecology and political economy, gender and sexuality, colonization and imperialism, communication and popular struggles, but also movements and parties, hegemony and counterhegemony, governance and globalization and, of course, class struggle and transformation. Kapital Ideas are interventions that contribute to what Marx, in 1843, called the 'self-clarification of the struggles and wishes of the age'. In an era of deepening crisis and proliferating struggles, of grave threats and new possibilities, the need for these ideas, and for the praxis they can inform, could not be more acute.

Venue:  University of Ottawa
Location:  75 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://conferences.uvic.ca/index.php/sss/sss2015
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Business & Economics
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
Jun 15/2015
to Jun 19/2015
Winnipeg, MB
Human Rights and Peace
Join us for "Human Rights and Peace" at the 2015 Canadian School of Peacebuilding with instructor Clint Curle. Courses are available for professional development, personal inspiration or academic credit.

"Human rights concepts and practices have the potential to contribute to peace. This course will examine how this potential is helped and impeded by governments, the UN, NGO's, religious groups, corporations, and activists. The course will also explore the ways international and regional human rights mechanisms work in practice and the use of these norms to legitimize armed conflict."

Venue:  Canadian Mennonite University
Location:  500 Shaftesbury BLVD, Winnipeg, MB
Website:  http://csop.cmu.ca/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 16/2015
to Jun 21/2015
Darlington, MD
Free Spirit Gathering XXX
Who's invited?

You. You'll meet people walking all kinds of paths -- Wiccans, Druids, Heathens, Pagans, Vodouisants, Santeras, Polytheists, Monotheists, Pantheists, Atheists, Animists... you get the idea. You don't have to be of a particular path or practice to join us; you just have to respect the paths and practices of your fellow members of this sacred community.

What's happening?

Classes and workshops for everybody, for kids, for teens, and for adults, rituals, sweats, concerts and performances, merchants, and drumming and dancing by the lakeside fire circle.

Venue:  Ramblewood Retreat Center
Location:  2564 Silver Road, Darlington, MD
Website:  http://www.freespiritgathering.org/
For information contact:  http://www.free-spirit.org/contacts.php
Categories:   Religious
Jul 15/2015
to Jul 17/2015
Barcelona, Spain
5th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation
The aim of ICEPR'15 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. Through the fifth conference, a great opportunity to share knowledge and expertise will be created by taking advantage of the synergy that was formed in preceding conferences. ICEPR'15 will include invited keynote talks, oral presentation sessions, and poster sessions who will demonstrate new and exciting research in the fields.

Location:  Barcelona, Spain
Website:  http://icepr.org
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Sep 14/2015
to Sep 16/2015
Ottawa, ON
ICCE2015: International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy
The ICCE2015 organizing committee warmly invite you to attend the ICCE 2015 conference. ICCE 2015 takes place in Ottawa, Canada. Nestled on the banks of the majestic Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers, Ottawa is one of the most beautiful G8 capitals in the world. Ottawa is also rich in culture and heritage with its many national institutions, parklands, waterways and historic architecture. It provides a spectacular environment for meeting and networking.

The objective of the conference is to explore the innovations and latest accomplishments in the areas of Clean Energy and to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, practitioners, policy makers, from all over the world to present advances in the clean energy technologies.

ICCE 2015 is an opportunity to network with some of the world's leading scientists, and to experience the vibrant culture and to explore the natural wonders of Ottawa.

Venue:  TBA
Location:  TBA, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://icce2015.iaemm.com/Home.php
For information contact:  ICCE2015@iaemm.com
Categories:   Science & Technology; Environment
Sep 17/2015
to Sep 20/2015
Toronto, ON
Natural Health Food & Products Conference: CHFA 2015
The Canadian Health Food Association is Canada's largest trade association dedicated to natural health and organic products.

Showcasing the best of the industry. For almost 50 years, CHFA has set the standard for showcasing natural and organic products through the industry's most prestigious events. They are dynamic events where education, innovation and networking opportunities come together. Retailers, suppliers, and industry experts gather to celebrate the best of what we do.

CHFA East is Canada's largest conference and trade show for the natural health and organics industry. It's the place to meet the industry's top manufacturers, distributors and brokers, face-to-face.

With more than 800 exhibits on our 95,000 square-foot show floor, there's always something new to discover. For retailers, this event is the year's biggest showcase of innovative new products and educational seminars.

Venue:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
Location:  255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.chfa.ca/tradeshows/
Categories:   Food & Beverage; Trade

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