OPIRG-Carleton

Research, Education and Action Everyday!

OPIRG-Carleton is your democratic, student-run Ontario Public Interest Research Group. OPIRG supports student-led social and environmental justice initiatives. 

Over 33 years, OPIRG-Carleton has introduced recycling on campus, helped organize against South African apartheid, supported Indigenous rights, and much more! OPIRG provides student space for critical dialogue and engagement on campus. It regularly hosts events, workshops, and other programming. While the core of OPIRG is its many student-run working groups. Its library is full of great books, magazines, and resources. OPIRG lends equipment to students and supports their research through three different bursaries. 

APPLY TO BE AN OPIRG CARLETON WORKING GROUP!

OPIRG Carleton is now accepting working group applications for the year 2016-2017!

Please find below a link to our Working Group Policy, which outlines all the responsibilities and benefits of being an OPIRG Carleton working group, as well as a copy of the application. The application can be filled out and submitted online by emailing it vopcopirg@gmail.com or dropped off in the office anytime before the deadline. 

Please contact Samiha at vopcopirg@gmail.com if you have any questions about being a working group or the application process. 

*All new and returning working groups are required to fill out this application!*

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH AT 5 PM.  

Click here to download our Working Group Policy

Click here to download our Working Group Application

STATEMENT CONDEMNING POLICE MURDER OF ABDIRAHMAN ABDI

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) at Carleton University is deeply saddened and outraged by the murder of Abdirahman Abdi by the Ottawa Police Service.
 
On behalf of our members in the Carleton community we would like to express our sincere condolences and stance of solidarity with Abdi’s family, the Somali community, and all marginalized peoples subjected to police profiling, harassment, abuse, and violence.

OPIRG Carleton endorses the recommendations put forward by the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition addressed to all levels of government as well as the OPS, OPS Board, and police oversight agencies. Recommendations include acknowledging the crisis existing within the OPS in dealing with racialized individuals and those with mental health issues, and striking a task force to deal with institutionalized racism and police violence directed towards marginalized and vulnerable communities.
 
We condemn the Ottawa Police and its stance that race did not play a role in Abdi’s violent murder. We equally condemn the attempt of the Ottawa Police to distance themselves from systemic police violence in the United States as if to suggest that there is a difference in the trajectory of modern policing in Canada. The history of policing in Ottawa and Canada is a history of maintaining social order as perceived by the dominant culture through the threat and use of violence.
 
Policing as an institution is predicated on oppressing marginalized peoples to maintain the status quo, the domination of white settler society. While crime rates decrease, police violence heightens, enabled by bloated budgets and increased militarization to the detriment of the marginalized and oppressed. As a direct result, Black and Indigenous peoples are grotesquely over-represented as incarcerated populations in the criminal injustice system.
 
This incident highlights the need to continue questioning Canada’s colonial institutions and to build an alternative. This would involve moving beyond reforming the police who refuse to adopt strategies and policies of de-escalation and continue to murder racialized peoples and those with mental health challenges at an astounding rate.
 
OPIRG Carleton reaffirms its support for Black Lives Matter and the crucial work that the movement and its various chapters undertake to counter and confront systemic police violence. We also recognize that oppressed communities have the right to defend themselves.
 
OPIRG Carleton is also concerned over the disableism and ‘colourblind’ erasure expressed by
Bridgehead’s CEO in the aftermath of Abdi’s murder. We condemn the inaction and ableist practices of Bridgehead and actively boycott their brand until accountability measures are employed by this establishment. We urge Bridgehead not only to better accommodate their patrons with disabilities and properly train staff in crisis intervention methods, mental health initiatives by adopting a healthier intersectional accessibility policy, but to also consult with the wider community to invoke disability justice initiatives.
 
Geographically, Bridgehead locations are generally situated in the urban centre where patrons experiencing invisible disabilities frequent and it is vital to have measures in place that acknowledge that the lived experience of marginalized populations includes facing adverse consequences to their wellbeing when encountering law enforcement. The mobile Crisis unit is a resource that must be utilized to deescalate miscommunication among individuals understanding that higher rates of criminalization and violence against persons with disabilities. 
 
We urge Bridgehead to strongly act upon the spirit of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to establish accessible inclusive environments. Barebones compliance will continue to present barriers within their hiring practices alongside continued customer dissatisfaction for persons with disabilities finding the environment at Bridgehead ableist and inaccessible in attitudes presented. The actions of Bridgehead’s CEO immensely disrespect Adbi’s family and consistently victim blame him, a man with mental health challenges, for his death. This sentiment is unbefitting of anyone in a leadership position. Her refusal to invoke accessible practices should raise alarm within the complicity towards compulsory able bodiness as the status quo. Her attempt at poetry further disrespects the realities of racialized persons with disabilities in favour of her own privileged position and discomfort in being called out by valued community leaders.  The failure for properly acknowledge that ableism is a deadly option alongside her complicity in maintaining white privilege questions Bridgehead establishments of being in any way reflexive or diverse. Anti-oppressive frameworks must be implemented in order to establish a climate where marginalized members of our community can be safe enjoying the many civil liberties often denied to them because of internalized ableist biases. A list of resources will be made available should Bridgehead seek to engage upon equitable practices.
 
In solidarity on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory,
OPIRG Carleto

Wednesday Weekly - August 10th, 2016


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

Petition: Justice for Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan

It’s been two months since Abdurrahman Ibrahim Hassan (Abdi) died in immigration detention custody after being ‘restrained’ by police and border officials – and still no Coroner’s Inquest has been called in to his death. On August 10th, supporters in Toronto will deliver the demands and signatures to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Help us get to 2,000 signatures by then by sharing this petition: https://www.change.org/p/sign-this-petition-call-for-a-coroner-s-inquest-into-abdi-s-death-in-border-enforcement-custody

Festival: Asinabka Film & Media Arts 2016
August 10-14, 2016
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce our 2016 festival programming, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world. 
This years festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screenings on the beautiful Victoria Island, 2 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature - Musée canadien de la nature, a Gallery Crawl with 2 art openings at Gallery 101 &Galerie SAW Gallery, as well as Matinee Film Screenings, a Midnight Film Screening, live Indigenous music, and a family friendly film screening on our closing night outdoors in the SAW Courtyard.
For details about our entire festival schedule visit www.asinabkafestival.org

TODAY

Peace Cafe & March: Prisoners' Justice Day 2016
August 10, 1pm-5pm
Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD) emerged as a prisoner-initiated day of non-violent strike action to commemorate the death of Eddie Nalon in the segregation unit of Millhaven maximum-security penitentiary on August 10th 1974. It was first observed in 1975, and in 1976 the prisoners of Millhaven issued a communication calling for one-day hunger strikes in opposition to the use of solitary confinement and in support of prisoners’ rights, in memory of Eddie Nalon and Robert Landers, who also died alone in solitary confinement. Since then, PJD has become an internationally-recognized day of solidarity and action, both inside and outside prison walls, to commemorate deaths in custody and to demand justice for the human rights atrocities that states and their officials authorize and engage in. Find out more.

Meeting: Us & CapCity Pride - Let's Get In-Formation
August 10, 7-8pm
Rm 2044, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, University of Ottawa (120 University Private)
We will be marching with Kind Space in Capcity PRIDE. So, we want to make sure we are organized. So, we've planned a meeting to get on the same page. We hope to see you there on this Wednesday. Allies let's get in formation. Because for this to go down you'll need information. Find out more.

FRIDAY

Fundraiser: Karoake FUNraiser for HighJinx
August 12, 8pm
Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset St W)
We are going to have a night of fun and frolicking with ChinaDoll! Let's raise some funds for the HighJinx Neighbours! We need to get our wheels running again so we can deliver, move folks, drive to appointments and help them get around again! Help us help. Come sing! $10 at the door or whatever you want to donate! Special drinks, special songs and possibly a live performance by The HighJinx Ladies!  highJinx is a social enterprise, community hub and friendly livingroom for vulnerable Neighbours! We are grassrooots, action packed and take no Gov funding. Find out more.

SATURDAY

Fundraiser: Homo Phono - Pride Edition
August 13, 10pm
Bar Robo (692 Somerset St W)
DJ's Sarita and del Pilar spinning funk, house, and pop dance jams!
Dress to sweat!
$7 with partial proceeds to the Venus Envy Bursary Fund
Find out more.

SUNDAY

Workshop: We're Not All In This Together - An Intro to Anti-Blackness in Queer Communities
August 14, 5-8pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane)
Encouraged by the exquisite wisdom of Queer Black teachers before us, this workshop works to unveil and challenge the anti-Blackness that is foundational to many facets of queer identity as we know it today. Through looking at culture, bodies, labour, and (dis)comfort, it is hoped that participants can better understand the violence enacted against Black people in queer circles and discover ways to disrupt said violence in their day-to-day lives. **This workshop is intended to be an interactive and healing space for Black folks and a learning space for all others. Please come prepared to reorient your understanding of community and just what safety looks like when practiced to a fuller extent. Find out more.

TUESDAY

Pipe Ceremony & Feast: Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare
August 16, 5-8pm
Victoria Island
Come join us for a community event to heal, pray and work towards supporting survivors of colonial child welfare policies that have created trauma, loss of culture and identity of thousands of First Nation Metis and Inuit people. In anticipation of the historical class action hearing for sixties scoop survivors which may set precedent for those impacted but also triggering for those impacted and excluded by the class action. n the spirit of Feasting protocol please bring a dish if you can and feast bundles(your own dishes) to reduce waste. Traditional food accepted gratefully.
****Volunteers please inquire at info@indigenousadoptee.com
Find out more.

Panel: Intimate Partner Violence - Pride Event
August 16, 6:30-9:30pm
McNabb Community Centre (180 Percy St)
Join us for a panel discussion on intimate partner violence in queer and transgender relationships. This panel will consist of 4 panelists [Sam Whittle, Ibtehaj Shahid, Lukayo Estrella and Elke Keating] and a moderator. The doors open at 6:30pm and the panel will start at 7pm sharp. We ask that folks arrive before 7pm if possible. Panelists will speak for approx. 15-20 minutes each followed by roughly 30 minute question and answer period. Find out more.

WEDNESDAY

Discussion: Ottawa Speaks - Discrimination
August 17, 6:30-9:30pm
City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
Come to City Hall to join in an open discussion about discrimination, to hear and learn from each others experiences. We will have 3 speakers discussing their experiences and we invite everyone to share their own stories. This location is wheelchair accessible. Following this event we will be attending the Capital Pride Human Rights Vigil. Find out more.

Wednesday Weekly - August 3, 2016


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

Festival: Asinabka Film & Media Arts 2016
August 10-14, 2016
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce our 2016 festival programming, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world. 
This years festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screenings on the beautiful Victoria Island, 2 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature - Musée canadien de la nature, a Gallery Crawl with 2 art openings at Gallery 101 &Galerie SAW Gallery, as well as Matinee Film Screenings, a Midnight Film Screening, live Indigenous music, and a family friendly film screening on our closing night outdoors in the SAW Courtyard.
For details about our entire festival schedule visit www.asinabkafestival.org

Petition: Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada
August 10-14, 2016

A private company wants to harvest blood plasma from people in Canada, selling it at a massive markup on the international market. And its biggest source of profit could be the most vulnerable Canadians. Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) already tried to set up a clinic in Toronto beside a homeless shelter and another clinic next to a methadone centre in Hamilton. Luckily, they were shut down by a unanimous vote in Ontario’s parliament in 2014. But now, CPR is setting its sights on the rest of the country. Unless we pass legislation to ban for-profit blood collection now, we’ll be playing whack-a-mole protecting Canada’s public blood supply province by province. We need a coordinated effort across the country to put an immediate stop to this dangerous private industry. Federal and Provincial Ministers of Health: Protect our public blood collection system now. Find out more.

FRIDAY

Concert & Fundraiser: A Call to Stop Violence
August 5, 7-11pm
LIVE on Elgin (220 Elgin St)
Price: $5 donation in advanced, $8 at the door
100% of all donations will be going to the family of Abdirahman Abdi.
The Ottawa peace concert is a loving and inclusive response to the racial inequalities. We want to come together, build community and celebrate our accomplishments, cultural contributions, and values both at home and internationally. The peace concert will include food vendors from various Caribbean and African backgrounds, Ethnically diverse performances, poetry, speeches, and dances to make the night a memorable one and once again, celebrate our accomplishments as Black People.  We invite all Races and Ethnicities to participate, enjoy some food, watch performances, and gain insight about various cultures from around the world. Find out more.

SATURDAY

Discussion, Letter Writing & Commemoration: Hiroshima Day
August 6, 6-9pm
Friends House (91A Fourth Ave)
Join us for a “write in” to Prime Minister Trudeau to ban nuclear weapons and a commemoration of all those who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and those who suffer today from the effects of weapons testing and radiation. The evening will include: 1) a short talk and discussion with Earl Turcotte,  former Canadian government disarmament negotiator, 2) writing of letters to trudeau urging him to lead at the un on banning nuclear weapons, and 3) preparation and then floating of candle lanterns near the canal.

MONDAY

Forum: Anti-Black Racism - Understanding Its Impact in Canada
August 8, 6-9pm
Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) and the Ottawa Local Immigrant Partnership (OLIP) are organizing a forum to bring all concerned community members and stakeholders together to address the issue of systemic anti-Black racism in our city in an informed, constructive, and collaborative way. In this three hour session, we will explore the impact of systemic anti-Black racism on Canada's diverse Black communities within the criminal justice system, education, and social services. In table discussions, we will connect with a variety of subject matter experts, explore the intersecting identities of Ottawa's diverse Black community members, learn about initiatives underway to address systemic anti-Black racism within Canadian institutions, and explore actions we can all take to address this problem in our city. Light refreshments will be served. We have limited funds for those of us who need to have childcare or bus tickets reimbursed in order to participate. Please contact info@cawi-ivtf.orgfor inquiries or additional information or visit the Facebook page.

WEDNESDAY

Sharing Circle & March: Prisoners' Justice Day 2016
August 10, 1pm-4pm
Parliament Hill (111 Wellington St)
Are you a current or former prisoner who wants to speak out about deaths in custody and other prison injustices? Do you work with the criminalized and other survivors of state repression as an organizer, activist, support worker or concerned community member and want to express solidarity with the incarcerated? We invite you to join us on August 10th at 1pm for Prisoners’ Justice Day 2016 on Parliament Hill on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory / in Ottawa to remember those who have died and suffered behind bars.  Following a sharing circle, we will march to the national headquarters of the Correctional Service of Canada (340 Laurier Avenue West). Find out more.

 

Wednesday Weekly - July 20th, 2016


COMMUNITY EVENTs


ONGOING

Petition: We Call on Kwantlen Polytechnic University to Provide KPIRG with a Space to Serve its 20,000 Students
Since its inception in 2013, KPIRG has never had dignified working space at KPU. From 2013 to June 2016, the Kwantlen PRIDE collective extended to KPIRG their support through solidarity and the use of the PRIDE office. However, in June 2016, PRIDE and KPIRG were evicted from the PRIDE office and Social Justice Space in the Birch building, to make way for renovations. Renovation plans have intentionally excluded KPIRG. Find out more and sign petition here.

TONIGHT

Fundraiser: No One Is Illegal Supporting Nausheen
July 20, 7-10pm
Bar Robo (692 Somerset St W)
This event is put together in collaboration with NOII and individuals from our community. Our goal is to raise funds to help a member of our community in covering the legal cost for their asylum seeking process in Canada. Find out more.

THURSDAY

Event: International Drug User Memorial Day
July 21, 10:30am-2pm
Sandy Hill Community Health (221 Nelson St)
Join us in celebrating the lives lost of people who consume drugs. There will be a collective memorial 10:30-12:00, followed by a reception w/ refreshments from 12:00-2:00. We look forward to having you join us... Find out more.

Emergency Solidarity Picket: Goodale, Meet with Hunger-Striking Migrants!
July 21, 12-1pm
269 Laurier Ave W
Over 50 immigration detainees have been hunger striking since July 11th to call for an end to their maximum security indefinite immigration detention. They have requested a meeting with Minister Ralph Goodale who has ignored them. 15 people have died in immigration detention, 3 in just the last five months under the current Liberal government. On Thursday July 21st, join us in solidarity with migrant detainees on hunger strike to demand that Goodale meet with them. Bring placards, friends, family. No more deaths in detention. End indefinite migrant detentions. No detentions without charges and trials. No detentions in maximum security prisons. Find out more.

Healing Space: Survivors Speak - Part 2
July 21, 5-8pm
Kind Space (4th Floor, 222 Somerset St W)
oin us for an evening of healing and creating a space for survivors of sexual violence to share their experiences/stories, build community and crafting. All ages. Refreshments, bus tickets will be provided. Contact 613-914-5855 or publiceducation@sascottawa.com. Find out more.

WEDNESDAY

Fundraiser & House Concert: For Syrian Family in Ottawa
July 27, 8-11pm
Solo Acoustic House Charity Concert
$20 per person -- proceeds go to a Syrian family who has just arrived in Canada. 
To reserve a spot, email: elmstrasse@rogers.com
Find out more.

Wednesday Weekly - May 4th, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Panel: Solidarity Against Colonialism - Confronting Gendered Violence
Saturday, May 7th, 6-8:30pm
216 Murray St

We welcome you to join us for a community discussion on the gendered impacts of colonialism, featuring a conversation with Colleen Cardinal and Ibtehaj Shahid.

IBTEHAJ SHAHID will speak regarding the overlap and interplay of gendered, migrant/immigrant and racialized identities within both the Canadian and wider global colonial contexts. Ibtehaj is a recent M.A. graduate from the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Carleton University. She worked for about a year as the Gender Inclusivity Coordinator at the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa. During this time, she helped implement policies and initiatives within the Student Federation and the university in general, to try and make them moreinclusive and safe.


COLLEEN CARDINAL will shed light on the modern face of Canadian colonialism, specifically by speaking to 60’s Scoop impacts on Indigenous women, children, and communities. She is a Plains Cree woman from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta who currently resides in Algonquin Territory. Colleen is an Indigenous adoptee of the 60's scoop, the daughter of a residential school survivor and has had two women murdered in her family.

Find out more.


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

 

Support Attawapiskat Youth

  1. Click here for the Official Demands to the Federal Government from Attawapiskat youth.
  2. Click here to send encouraging words.

Letter Writing Campaign: Hassan Diab
We are urging the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Stéphane Dion, and the Minister of Justice, Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould, to raise Hassan’s case with their counterparts in France, and make sure that Hassan is promptly released and returned to his home in Canada.  At the very least, the deeply flawed handwriting analysis and unsourced intelligence, which were withdrawn from the Canadian extradition proceedings, should not be used against Hassan in France. Using these discredited elements against Hassan undermines his right to a fair legal process and is a recipe for wrongful conviction. Please join our letter writing campaign by writing to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice around April 12. By raising our voices in unison we can make a real impact and push for the speedy release of an innocent man. Find out more.

Art Exhibition: Positive Sex - Eroticizing Safer Sex Practices in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s
Apr 8 - May 8
MacOdrum Library, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive) 
This exhibition explores AIDS activists’ work to #eroticize safer sex practices in Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Eroticizing was a personal and political intervention. It was a way of refusing to see “sex-crazed, ‘promiscuous’, bath-going gay men” as a problem and refusing to push for monogamous “politically correct” relationships. It was a way of clearing space for ambiguities and contradictions as well as for fisting and fingering. It was a way of caring for oneself and others, for friends and fuck buddies, and for people living with HIV/ AIDS. Eroticizing safer sex, as this exhibition makes clear, was a personal, political and liberatory effort. Curated by members of the AIDS Activist History Project. Find out more.

Call-Out: Summer Documentary Series
CKCU is looking to create a summer radio documentary series on Carleton University's subversive history. This series will be looking at the people and places that made Carleton stand out. From Porter Hall's legacy as a punk rock venue to students who made history by leading a campaign to divest from apartheid South Africa, this series is hoping to uncover some things about Carleton that you didn't know about while acting as a time capsule for students in many years to come. If you or anyone you know have fond memories of the divestment from South Africa campaign or the OPIRG defunding campaign, please send an email to Francella Fiallos at v.fiallos@gmail.com

TONIGHT

Planning Meeting: Banner Making for the Counter Protest against the March "for Life"
May 4, 6pm
Room 201, Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane)
The counter protest against the march "for life" is coming up fast, and banners are needed ! Come join the Proletarian Feminist Front for an evening of banner making fun. Snacks will be provided, and you can drop in anytime from 6-9. This time slot will also be used to finalize details. Come join us! Find out more.

Screening: El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent)
May 4, 6:30pm
River Building Theatre, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Tickets: FREE for Carleton Students & Staff, otherwise $9-13
The Oscar nominated film tells the story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. The 20th Latin American Film Festival is proud to present this very special screening, with the Embassy of Colombia, of this remarkable cinematic achievement for Colombia’s national cinema. Find out more.

SATURDAY

Item Donation Drop-Off: Needed Items in Attawapiskat
May 7, 10am-12pm
1830 Walkley Road
In consultation with Attawapiskat leaders and teachers, Annie and Company and the Laalo family will be accepting donations to be sent to Attawapiskat.Find out more.

Planning Meeting: Ottawa Trans March
May 7, 6:30-8:30pm
2nd Floor, 251 Bank St
Planning meeting for a new* trans march in Ottawa, to coincide with Pride Week. All are welcome who self identify as trans or otherwise gender non-conforming, be they two-spirit, non-binary, genderqueer, etc. Cis allies, please respect the community's needs to lead itself, and save your supportive presence for the actual march. Find out more.

Wednesday Weekly - April 20th, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Next Board Meeting
Friday, April 22, 1pm
OPIRG Office (326 Unicentre, CarletonU)

Board meetings are always open to all. Come meet the new Board Members and have your voice heard in OPIRG Carleton Programming for the next year (2016-2017)! If you are planning on attending, please emailopirgstaff@gmail.com 48 hours in advance.


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

Support Attawapiskat Youth

  1. Click here for the Official Demands to the Federal Government from Attawapiskat youth.
  2. Click here to send encouraging words.

Volunteers Needed: Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Rally April 29 2016
Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with sound/audio, transportation, kitchen help, hall set up, t-shirt sales, raffle table, and being marshalls at the rally. Find out more.

Letter Writing Campaign: Hassan Diab
We are urging the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Stéphane Dion, and the Minister of Justice, Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould, to raise Hassan’s case with their counterparts in France, and make sure that Hassan is promptly released and returned to his home in Canada.  At the very least, the deeply flawed handwriting analysis and unsourced intelligence, which were withdrawn from the Canadian extradition proceedings, should not be used against Hassan in France. Using these discredited elements against Hassan undermines his right to a fair legal process and is a recipe for wrongful conviction. Please join our letter writing campaign by writing to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice around April 12. By raising our voices in unison we can make a real impact and push for the speedy release of an innocent man. Find out more.

Art Exhibition: Positive Sex - Eroticizing Safer Sex Practices in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s
Apr 8 - May 8
MacOdrum Library, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive) 
This exhibition explores AIDS activists’ work to #eroticize safer sex practices in Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Eroticizing was a personal and political intervention. It was a way of refusing to see “sex-crazed, ‘promiscuous’, bath-going gay men” as a problem and refusing to push for monogamous “politically correct” relationships. It was a way of clearing space for ambiguities and contradictions as well as for fisting and fingering. It was a way of caring for oneself and others, for friends and fuck buddies, and for people living with HIV/ AIDS. Eroticizing safer sex, as this exhibition makes clear, was a personal, political and liberatory effort. Curated by members of the AIDS Activist History Project. Find out more.

Call-Out: Summer Documentary Series
CKCU is looking to create a summer radio documentary series on Carleton University's subversive history. This series will be looking at the people and places that made Carleton stand out. From Porter Hall's legacy as a punk rock venue to students who made history by leading a campaign to divest from apartheid South Africa, this series is hoping to uncover some things about Carleton that you didn't know about while acting as a time capsule for students in many years to come. If you or anyone you know have fond memories of the divestment from South Africa campaign or the OPIRG defunding campaign, please send an email to Francella Fiallos at v.fiallos@gmail.com

Grant: Carleton GSA Student Organizations
The Grant for Student Organizations is for activities like academic conferences, colloquia, speaker presentations, panels, workshops, and social events that contribute to graduate students’ education and community. Applicant groups are eligible to receive between $50 and $600 per GSA fiscal year (May to April) per event or program, and no more than $800 per department. More information at http://gsacarleton.ca/student-organizations-grant/.

TODAY

Clothing & Accessories Swap: Swap 'Til You Drop
Apr 20, 6:30pm
AIDS Committee of Ottawa (19 Main St)
A QUEER GENDER BENDING EVENT! ft. BEATS, BOARDS & SNACKS presented by Queering613. We seek to centralize those who wear larger sizes; The more participants and donations we get in larger sizes, the more we will all have to choose from at the swap. As a major bonus, community members who access our clothing bank and have difficulty finding their size will stand to benefit. Unswapped Items will be donated. Find out more.

Screening: This Changes Everything
Apr 20, 7:30pm
Discovery Centre, Room 482, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Co-Presented by Carleton Cinema Politica, Carleton Climate Commons, 350 Ottawa, and Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op. Directed by Avi Lewis and produced in conjunction with Lewis' partner Naomi Klein's bestselling book of the same name, This Changes Everything is an urgent dispatch on climate change that eschews the abstract and rhetorical in favour of the personal and immediate. Find out more.

THURSDAY

Green Eggs 'n' Protest: Tell Ottawa Chamber of Commerce It's NOT OK to Host TransCanada on Eve of Earth Day
Apr 21, 6:30-9:30am
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel (150 Albert St)
Join us for some protest with your breakfast as we remind the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce that it's downright rude, on the eve of Earth Day, to host TransCanada promoting the Energy East pipeline! Have some protest with your breakfast! You can still make it to work after! Bring placards, bring banners!Find out more.

Book Launch & Discussion Panel: Engaging the Other - Public Policy and Western-Muslim Intersections
Apr 21, 5:30pm
Black Squirrel Books & Café (1073 Bank St)
Featuring Karim H. Karim; the Director of the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam and Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, Beverly Boutilier; Director, Analysis and Planning, Global Centre for Pluralism, and H.Masud Taj. Find out more.

SATURDAY

Indigenous Walks: Architecture of Justice - From the Inside
Apr 23, 2pm
The Ottawa Art Gallery (2 Daly Ave)
Artist Jaime Koebel will perform a series of four unique Indigenous Walks in the context of the exhibition All that you touch. Each walk is free and open to the public. Find out more.

Art Show & Discussion: A Migrant's Life / Buhay Migrante
Apr 23, 5-8pm
School of the Photographic Arts Ottawa (168 Dalhousie St)
- meet the photographer (& it's also his graduation! He's the first Filipino to graduate from SPAO!)
- up close & personal (hear from the project's participants)
- let's get together to continue the discussion re. the migrant experience
- it's also an art show over Filipino refreshments
Find out more.

SUNDAY

Walk & Gathering: Commemoration of the 101th Year of the Armenian Genocide
Apr 24, 12pm
Parliament Hill (111 Wellington St)
More than ever, let us show to Turkey and Azerbaijan that WE REMEMBER AND DEMAND. Let us walk for all the victims of 1915, but as well for all our soldiers today in Nagorno-Karabakh. Find out more.

Crafting Party: Patch Making
Apr 24, 4-7pm
Pressed Cafe (750 Gladstone Ave)
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) invites you to take part in our Survivor Quilt Project at our Patch Making Party at Pressed.  Bring your friends, family, and/or little ones to get artsy and create messages of support, validation, and solidarity with survivors of sexual assault. You don't need to be an artist or a quilter! Open to all genders. All contributed patches will be sewn together into a quilt as a symbol of our community united in the fight against sexual violence. The final project will be unveiled at City Hall on May 2nd, 2016 (details to come). ORCC will be providing some art supplies but feel free to bring your own. Find out more.

WEDNESDAY

Meeting: Food Not Bombs
Apr 27, 6pm (To Be Confirmed)
Dundonald Park (Somerset and Lyon)
Let's have our first meeting of the year and share ideas of what we would like to see happening this summer with Food not Bombs! Lets hear what folks that have been involved in it before have to say and let's hear some new ideas as well! Find out more.

Wednesday Weekly - April 6th, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Next Board Meeting
Friday, April 8, 1pm
OPIRG Office (326 Unicentre, CarletonU)

Board meetings are always open to all. Come meet the new Board Members and have your voice heard in OPIRG Carleton Programming for the next year (2016-2017)! If you are planning on attending, please email opirgstaff@gmail.com 48 hours in advance.


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING


Support Black Lives Matter Toronto - Tent City
Activists have been camping outside of Toronto Police Services Headquarters for four days now and will continue to do so in protest of this past week’s recent cases of anti-Black racism: the Special Investigation Unit’s decision not to indict the officers who killed Andrew Loku, the City’s decision to shrink Afrofest, and recent police killing of Alex Wettlaufer. Please donate and/or join ongoing Ottawa solidarity actions. Find out more.

Call-Out: Summer Documentary Series
CKCU is looking to create a summer radio documentary series on Carleton University's subversive history. This series will be looking at the people and places that made Carleton stand out. From Porter Hall's legacy as a punk rock venue to students who made history by leading a campaign to divest from apartheid South Africa, this series is hoping to uncover some things about Carleton that you didn't know about while acting as a time capsule for students in many years to come. If you or anyone you know have fond memories of the divestment from South Africa campaign or the OPIRG defunding campaign, please send an email to Francella Fiallos at v.fiallos@gmail.com

Grant: Carleton GSA Student Organizations
The Grant for Student Organizations is for activities like academic conferences, colloquia, speaker presentations, panels, workshops, and social events that contribute to graduate students’ education and community. Applicant groups are eligible to receive between $50 and $600 per GSA fiscal year (May to April) per event or program, and no more than $800 per department. More information at http://gsacarleton.ca/student-organizations-grant/.

TODAY

Workers Focus Group: CarletonU Standalone Sexual Assault Policy
Apr 6, 1:30pm
506 Tory Building, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Carleton University is in the midst of crafting a standalone sexual assault policy. A first draft of the policy has been created, and focus groups will be held to provide feedback. A workers focus group will be held on April 7th from 1:30-3PM in 506 Tory. Anyone who is working in any capacity and holds student status is encouraged to attend and to provide feedback on the draft of the policy. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A 4600 MEMBER TO ATTEND, YOU CAN BE WORKING IN ANY CAPACITY. FREE FOOD and Peer support workers will be on site. Space is limited so please RSVP. Find out more.

Open Auditions: Body Monologues
Apr 6, 6-9pm
PSAC Building (233 Gilmour St)
We are looking for people who want to tell their own unique story about what it is like to live in their bodies in our body-obsessed culture. All types of performances are desired: spoken word, monologues, rants, songs, dances, short skits and more! Find out more.

Screening & Fundraiser: The Mask You Live In
Apr 6, 6:30pm
Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St)
The Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women is hosting a film fundraiser of the documentary The Mask You Live In. All proceeds toward the I Can MANifest Change program to teach boys and men how to prevent and stop violence against women. You can buy tickets on Eventbrite or buy them at the door for $10 each. Tickets may also be purchased to allow young males to attend the screening for free. Find out more.

Performance: Trans-Script
Apr 6, 8:30pm
Roosters Cafe (4th Floor, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive)
Trans-Script is the fourth piece of original theatre produced by Faith and Arts Ottawa. It is engaging, moving, challenging and a bit of a departure for us. We’ll be performing it around Ottawa in March and April 2016. Becoming our own best selves is never easy. How do we find and define our identities? What does it mean to be a woman? Or a man? What can we change? What happens to our most important relationships when we do change? Find out more.

MONDAY

Presentation: Navigating the Ontario Health Care System for Trans People
Apr 11, 3-4:30pm
Rm E206, Student Commons, Algonquin College (1385 Woodroffe Ave)
Lisa Ugray will talk about getting a first prescription, informed consent, bodily autonomy, SRS, CAMH, and more. Lisa has updated her workshop to include information about the new regulations from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care which came into effect March 1, 2016! Find out more.

TUESDAY

Talk Back Sessions: Stonewall History
Apr 12, 7pm
AIDS Committee of Ottawa (19 Main St)
Featuring Nance Lomax [Stonewall Riot veteran] & Suzanne Poli [LGBTQ historian & photograper]. Find out more.

WEDNESDAY

Gala & Fundraiser: Day of Pink
Apr 13, 6:30-9:30pm
Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park (1525 Princess Patricia Way)
The Gala is a fabulous event featuring a reception and an award ceremony. At the award ceremony, we will give Awards to leaders from across Canada who have gone above and beyond in the fight against bullying and discrimination. This year we are proud to celebrate the lives contributions of queer and trans people of colour. In celebration will have local artists who share in the experiences and stories of this theme. There is no admission fee, but there is a raffle and silent auction. Find out more.

Wednesday Weekly - March 30th, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Register ASAP for Public Interest School - Decolonization
Friday, April 1 to Saturday April 2, 2016
River Building & Tory Building, Carleton University

We invite you to this FREE conference April 1st, Friday evening, and April 2nd, Saturday during the day on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory, Carleton University campus. The event is on the crucial movement of decolonization, centering indigenous peoples and work, though all are welcome to attend. Please register at the opirgcarleton.org website (scroll to the bottom of the page for the form) so we have approximate numbers for catering and workshop attendance. 

Keynotes:

  • Native Youth Sexual Health Network
  • Dr. Lynn Gehl

Workshops & Presenters:

  • Blanket Exercise by Elaine and Theland Kicknosway
  • Spirituality - More Not Less by Albert Dumont
  • Anti-Violence & Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People by Bridget Tolley
  • Decolonizing Gender by Alexa Lesperance
  • Decolonizing the Sex Work Movement by Naomi Sayers
  • Right Relationships: Black & Indigenous Peoples by Zainab Amadahy (Attendance restricted to Black, Indigenous & People of Colour Only)
  • Experimental Film Screenings & Artist Talk with Ariel Smith
  • Noongom Screening & Talk with Gabriella Fayant & Josh Lewis

Come Meet Our New Board Members at the Next Board Meeting!

Friday, April 1st, 1pm at the OPIRG Carleton Office (see address below).  Meetings are always open to all. If you are planning on attending, please email opirgstaff@gmail.com 48 hours in advance.  

 


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

Support Black Lives Matter Toronto - Tent City
Activists have been camping outside of Toronto Police Services Headquarters for four days now and will continue to do so in protest of this past week’s recent cases of anti-Black racism: the Special Investigation Unit’s decision not to indict the officers who killed Andrew Loku, the City’s decision to shrink Afrofest, and recent police killing of Alex Wettlaufer. Please donate and/or join ongoing Ottawa solidarity actions. Find out more.

Call-Out: Summer Documentary Series
CKCU is looking to create a summer radio documentary series on Carleton University's subversive history. This series will be looking at the people and places that made Carleton stand out. From Porter Hall's legacy as a punk rock venue to students who made history by leading a campaign to divest from apartheid South Africa, this series is hoping to uncover some things about Carleton that you didn't know about while acting as a time capsule for students in many years to come. If you or anyone you know have fond memories of the divestment from South Africa campaign or the OPIRG defunding campaign, please send an email to Francella Fiallos at v.fiallos@gmail.com

Grant: Carleton GSA Student Organizations
The Grant for Student Organizations is for activities like academic conferences, colloquia, speaker presentations, panels, workshops, and social events that contribute to graduate students’ education and community. Applicant groups are eligible to receive between $50 and $600 per GSA fiscal year (May to April) per event or program, and no more than $800 per department. More information at http://gsacarleton.ca/student-organizations-grant/.

TODAY

Movie Night & Potluck: 270 Years of Resistance
Mar 30, 6-9:15pm
18 Blackburn Ave
Faith House is hosting their second monthly potluck / movie night that focuses on human rights struggles, both local and international. 270 Years of Resistance: On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades. Find out more.

Item Swap & Art Show: Beyond Green
Mar 30, 7-10pm
Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Faith House is hosting their second monthly potluck / movie night that focuses on human rights struggles, both local and international. 270 Years of Resistance: On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades. Find out more.

THURSDAY

Art Activity: Happy To Be Me - Self-Portraits at the Pride Centre
Mar 31, 4pm
Pride Centre (215-C University Centre, University of Ottawa, 85 University Private)
What do you love about being yourself? We’ll take your picture and print it so that you can draw on it, write poetry on it, collage it or stick glitter on it! Whatever makes you feel fantastic about being you! You can bring your own picture (did someone say baby pictures?) or have us take your portrait for you or you can draw yourself up! We’ll provide some crafting and drawing material and some snacks. Find out more.

Presentation: Uncovering "Canada Park" - A Dispossessed Palestinian Speaks Out
Mar 31, 6:30pm
Centretown United Church (507 Bank St)
The Israeli army expelled Heidar Abu Ghosh from his hometown of Imwas in 1967. It was subsequently demolished along with two other villages, and covered over by "Canada Park". Heidar is touring Canada to uncover this crime for Canadians, and suggesting a path towards justice and peace. Find out more.

Presentation: Talking About Mental Illness
Mar 31, 7:30pm
Cafe Nostalgica (601 Cumberland St)
UOttawa Mental Health Awareness Society is presenting our first event called "Talking About Mental Illness”. Come join us for a FREE night of empowering speeches by Kamilla Riabko and Josh Hulley-Carroll from the Canadian Mental Health Association! Both presenters will be speaking about their journey through mental illness and how it has influenced where they are today. Nachos and Pizza will be complementary! Seats will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Don't miss out on this event and come early to ensure a spot! Find out more.

Fundraiser (Student-Friendly): Free Chaudière Falls
Mar 31, 8-11pm
Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset St W)
Do you like waterfalls? Singing? Yummy food? 
Then come sing and party for a good cause! Join us for a Karaoke Party with China Doll at Shanghai Restaurant to raise funds for Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands. We've lowered the price and chose the date to make this event especially student friendly!!! Suggested donation $10 at the door, cash only. 
Classic Shang Finger Foods included! Find out more.

SATURDAY

Fundraiser: Ten Oaks Project 2016 Bowl-A-Thon
Apr 2, 2-6pm
Bowling McArthur Lanes (175 McArthur Ave)
Join us for our 12th annual Bowl-A-Thon FUNdraiser! Filled with silly challenges, amazing costumes, and fun prizes, the Bowl-A-Thon brings much-needed funds to the Ten Oaks Project and connects children and youth from LGBTQ+ identities, families and communities with their supporters. The 2016 Bowl-A-Thon will take place on April 2, 2016 from 2-6:00 PM at McArthur Lanes and our fundraising goal is $45,000. We welcome participants of all ages, skill levels, and abilities to join us for bowling, arcade games and prizes! To register a team for the Bowl-A-Thon, sponsor your favourite bowler, and learn more about how you can support the Ten Oaks Project, please visit our website: http://www.tenoaksproject.org/events/bowl-a-thon/Find out more.

SUNDAY

Workshop: Rainbow of Desire
Apr 3, 10am-4pm
Room 210, Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave)
oin us for a self-reflexive and participatory full day workshop and experience Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques. These dramatic games and exercises are creative tools for self-empowerment and personal growth. During this workshop you will be supported in learning to identify and transform the internal voices-the ‘cops in the head’ and fears that block you from being true to yourself, achieving your goals and standing up to internalized and socio-political oppression. Join us in uncovering your Rainbow of Desires in a supportive and inclusive environment. Find out more.

Training Session: Akikodjiwan/Chaudière Non-Violent Direct Action
Apr 3, 1-4pm
149 Cowley Ave
We hope you will attend the first Akikodjwan/Chaudiere Non-Violent Direct Action Training Session. This will be the first of a few sessions on Non-Violent Direct Action e.g. vigils, boycotts, placards. The purpose of these sessions will be to introduce direct action concepts to attendees; explore and evaluate the actions that have already been taken; and how other approaches might be adapted to the fight for Akikidjiwan/Chaudiere. Daniel Cayley-Daoust, a local climate and migrant justice activist and facilitator, will lead the training. He will be accompanied by a co-facilitator to be confirmed. Find out more.

MONDAY

Meet & Greet: Young Communist League
Apr 4, 3:45pm
403 Southam Hall, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Curious about the Young Communist League? Who are we? What do we do? Learn more about our history and ask us questions! Our General Secretary Drew Garvie and Toronto YCL activist and organizer Zidane Mohamed will be joining us to present and lead a workshop about the YCL and our history. Learn more about our local club in Ottawa from our members here! Find out more.

WEDNESDAY

Performance: Trans-Script
Apr 6, 8:30pm
Roosters Cafe (4th Floor, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive)
Trans-Script is the fourth piece of original theatre produced by Faith and Arts Ottawa. It is engaging, moving, challenging and a bit of a departure for us. We’ll be performing it around Ottawa in March and April 2016. Becoming our own best selves is never easy. How do we find and define our identities? What does it mean to be a woman? Or a man? What can we change? What happens to our most important relationships when we do change? Find out more.

OPIRG-Carleton is your democratic, student-run Ontario Public Interest Research Group. OPIRG supports student-led social and environmental justice initiatives.

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