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. 

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.

Wednesday Weekly - March 23rd, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Register 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

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.

Disability Justice Week
Mar 21-24
University of Ottawa
A week for and by disabled students and their allies, featuring various workshops, ranging from Metis Finger Weaving to community cooking. We are glad to host Leah Lakshmi and Mia Mingus, prominent activists who will introduce this campus to the beautiful, radical, and transformative framework of Disability Justice. “Only universal, collective access can lead to universal, collective liberation. This is Disability Justice.” - Sins Invalid. Find out more.

Algonquin College Pride Week
Mar 21-24
Algonquin College
Algonquin College Queer Alliance in support from the Algonquin SA present 2016 Pride Week! Discussions, workshops, a social, a burlesque show, and a fair! Find out more.

Israeli Apartheid Week
Mar 21
University of Ottawa
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings, multimedia displays and boycott of Israel actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. Last year’s IAW was incredibly successful with over 215 cities participating worldwide. Find out more.

Think Kink Week
Mar 22-25
Carleton University
Join the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre and the Womyn's Centre for an educational week about kink and BDSM! The goal of Think Kink Week is to demystify kink practices and communities, while educating students about safe(r) and consensual BDSM. Find out more.

Fundraiser: Theland's Journey
Mar 23-27
Kitigan Zibi to Gatineau
As he nears his 13th year in the Physical World, Theland has decided to embark on a Journey to show his continued commitment, support, and solidarity with families, and in particular those youth impacted by violence and MMIWG2 (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People). Coming from a People of runners, Theland has initiated a 134 KM Walk/Run from Kitigan Zibi First Nation (Quebec) to Gatineau park QC beginning on Wednesday, March 23rd. The Walk/Run is expected to last between 3-5 days with approximately 5-6 hours each day dedicated to running. Please consider donating -https://www.gofundme.com/ksssbqn8Find 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

Workshop: Anti-Oppression & Diversity Outreach
Mar 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Faith House (18 Blackburn Ave)
Faith House Members are happy to start hosting a series of workshops with the focus on social justice community building. We are hoping that we will turn it to an annual tradition. Our goal is to actively participate in building a more united diverse and welcoming community, we made our space open to our community and in order to maintain this we would like to tied up our links through these educational and fun workshops. Find out more.

Workshop: Creative Sex - Lessons Taught by Disability
Mar 23, 7:30-9:30pm
Venus Envy Ottawa (226 Bank St)
What can having a disability teach the rest of the world about great sex? If you ask these facilitators, a hell of a lot! Whether it is the in-built creativity that comes with living disabled, increased communication with a partner or the $30000 wheelchair that doubles as the ultimate sex toy, the lessons of disability can be sprinkled throughout the best sex you’ve ever had. Join us and learn how celebrating the differences in our bodies can lead to a new level of amazing. Our workshop will entice and engage you to think about the bedroom in a whole new way…with a disabled spin! Find out more.

Disability Arts Night / Soirée d'art sur l'incapacité
Mar 23, 8:30-11PM
1848, University Centre, UOttawa
There is no protest like art, for DJ Week join the Centre for Students with Disabilities as we celebrate disability arts and culture. Disability arts and culture focuses on personal experiences of disability, ableism, various embodiments, intersections, and more. It is a cultural space where disabled artists may express the failures of our ableist culture, and imagine new horizons to collectively move toward. Find out more

THURSDAY

Workshop: Engaging Young Women in Politics
Mar 24, 12:30-3PM
River Building, Carleton University
Students of Carleton University's Master's in Political Management (MPM) program are excited to host an afternoon of seminars that engage young women considering a career in the political realm. Those who attend will gain invaluable guidance and insights from leaders working in a number of fields, including party politics, international activism and government relations. Find out more

Seminar & Panel: Indigenous Housing and Integrative Design
Mar 24, 9AM-5PM
Carleton University
On March 24th join Integrative Solutions Group as we host an informative seminar designed to get all particpants thinking and looking towards a sustaianble future for all through collaborative design. This day-long event will explore design for housing that is sensitive to Aboriginal culture and consensus- building traditions. Find out more

Healing Space: Survivors Speak - Creating A Space for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Mar 24, 5-8:30PM
Kind Space (331 Cooper St, Suite 200)
Join us for an evening of healing and creating a space for survivors of sexual violence to share their experiences/stories, build community and crafting. **SUPPORT WORKERS WILL BE ONSITE** Find out more.

Discussion Group: Mental Health
Mar 24, 6-8PM
Ojigkwanong, Carleton University (228 Patterson Hall)
Continuing the monthly indigenous-centred mental health discussion groups, this session`s topic will be on stress management. Find out more

FRIDAY

Speaker Event: Islam, Activism, and Spoken Word feat. Malik Al Nasir
Mar 25, 5:30PM
282 University Centre, Carleton University
Guest speaker Malik Al Nasir will share the story of his journey to Islam, followed by a moderated discussion on faith, art and how they intersect. Find out more

SATURDAY

Event: Indigenius Art Music and Fashion Show
Mar 26 7-10PM
Centrepointe Theatres (101 Centrepointe Dr).
Come celebrate our third annual event. We will be hosting this years event to continue to share the message of what RECONCILIATION means from a youth perspective. This is UN1TY Entertainments call to action! Come be part of this all ages event. Everyone is encouraged to support our local talent and help inspire young people to find their genius! Find out more.
 

WEDNESDAY

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.

Wednesday Weekly - March 16th, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Annual General Meeting & Board of Directors Nomination
Tues Mar 22, 6-8pm
282 Unicentre, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)

Please join OPIRG-Carleton as it celebrates another year of social and environmental justice work at its Annual General Meeting. Questions? Dietary or accommodation needs? Contactopirgadmin@gmail.com. RSVPs welcome but not required!   

If you are interested in being on the OPIRG-Carleton Board, you will need to fill out a nomination form and submit a hard copy to the OPIRG office (326 UniCentre) and electronically to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) atopirgcarletonelection@gmail.com (please cc: OPIRG staff at opirg@carleton.ca) by 5pm March, 21st 2016.

Volunteer Appreciation Party!
Tues Mar 22, 8:30pm
Mike's Place (2nd Floor Unicentre, Carleton U, 1125 Colonel By Drive)
After the Annual General Meeting, join us in celebrating OPIRG Carleton, our volunteers, and Board members! There's limited seating, so please RSVP to Lukayo at vopcopirg@gmail.com.

 

 


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

19th Annual Aboriginal Family Festival - Children & Youth Pow Wow
Mar 19-20
Raven`s Nest, Carleton University
Traditional Pow Wow specifically for Children & Youth who are learning more about their culture through the teachings of Adults and community members. Tiny Tot Specials on both days, Baby Welcoming Ceremony and Youth Recognition Award on Saturday. The event is open to everyone...admission is by donation! Find out more.

Disability Justice Week
Mar 21-24
University of Ottawa
A week for and by disabled students and their allies, featuring various workshops, ranging from Metis Finger Weaving to community cooking. We are glad to host Leah Lakshmi and Mia Mingus, prominent activists who will introduce this campus to the beautiful, radical, and transformative framework of Disability Justice. “Only universal, collective access can lead to universal, collective liberation. This is Disability Justice.” - Sins Invalid. Find out more.

Algonquin College Pride Week
Mar 21-24
Algonquin College
Algonquin College Queer Alliance in support from the Algonquin SA present 2016 Pride Week! Discussions, workshops, a social, a burlesque show, and a fair! Find out more.

Israeli Apartheid Week
Mar 21
University of Ottawa
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings, multimedia displays and boycott of Israel actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. Last year’s IAW was incredibly successful with over 215 cities participating worldwide. Find out more.

Think Kink Week
Mar 22-25
Carleton University
Join the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre and the Womyn's Centre for an educational week about kink and BDSM! The goal of Think Kink Week is to demystify kink practices and communities, while educating students about safe(r) and consensual BDSM. Find out more.

Fundraiser: Theland's Journey
Mar 23-27
Kitigan Zibi to Gatineau
As he nears his 13th year in the Physical World, Theland has decided to embark on a Journey to show his continued commitment, support, and solidarity with families, and in particular those youth impacted by violence and MMIWG2 (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People). Coming from a People of runners, Theland has initiated a 134 KM Walk/Run from Kitigan Zibi First Nation (Quebec) to Gatineau park QC beginning on Wednesday, March 23rd. The Walk/Run is expected to last between 3-5 days with approximately 5-6 hours each day dedicated to running. Please consider donating -https://www.gofundme.com/ksssbqn8Find 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

Workshop & Screening: The Revolution Will Be Live
Mar 16, 6pm
600 University Centre, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
The YCL & GSA presents to you an evening with world famous poet Malik Al-Nasir, protege of Gil Scott Heron, includes a free screening of his short film "Word Up: From Ghetto to Mecca" as well as a workshop where he teaches you how to fight the powers that be through poetry and explains how poetry helps him with this activism. Find out more.
 

Book Launch: Ginger Goodwin - A Worker's Friend
Mar 16, 7pm
251 Bank Street (Octopus Bookstore)
With bright, strong imagery, Ginger Goodwin presents the story of labour activist and martyr Albert “Ginger” Goodwin. This accessible and thoughtful graphic history explores Goodwin’s life, work, and death in the mining communities of Cumberland and Trail, British Columbia. Drawing on local history, and exploring the ways the history of labour organizing affects contemporary movements,Ginger Goodwin is a story that needs to be shared.Find out more.
 

Event: Jokes on Wheels
Mar 16, 8:30pm
Rooser's Coffeehouse (4th Floor Unicentre), Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
CDAC presents Jokes on Wheels 2016 sponsored by Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club. Come join us at Rooster's for a night of comedy devoted to shattering the taboo around disability featuring some of Canada's top comics with disabilities and Carleton students. Headlined by Andre Arruda and Michael Liftshitz, it promises to be a fun and laugh-filled night. Find out more.

THURSDAY

Speaker Series: Queerness & Kink - "Deviant Laws"
Mar 17, 11:30am-1pm
133 Fauteaux Hall, University of Ottawa (57 Louis Pasteur St)
OUTLaw will be hosting a speaker series on queerness, kink, and the law. Dr. Ummni Khan, Associate Professor at Carleton University and Author of Vicarious Kinks: S/M in the Socio-Legal Imaginary, will share with us the history of sadomachism and its contrariety with law and pathology. Shelley Taylor, Sexual Health Educator and Founder of Venus Envy, will give us insight on how our legal system puts restraints on access to sexual material. We are very grateful to have them both at our conference this year. Find out more.

FRIDAY

Showcase: Caribbean History Out of Many - A Journey Through the History
Mar 18, 7-10pm
Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave)
For Black History Month, W.I.S.E in collaboration with various clubs and groups is proud to present our traditional social for the month of feburary. This year our theme speaks to the different and various cultures that emigrated to the Caribbean from all across the world. This year we will be focusing more on Caribbean HItsory and the contributions of Caribbeans towards the freedom and liberation of its people. Find out more.

SATURDAY

Conference: Aditawazi Nisoditadiwin - Reconciliation, Responsibilities & (Re) Creating Relationships
Mar 19
Ojigkwanong (228 Paterson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive)
Carleton University’s Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education (CIRCLE) and the Word Warrior Student Society will be holding its third annual student research conference with special keynote address by Billy-Ray Belcourt. This will be a forum for Indigenous and Indigenist researchers and students to come together to (re)focus strategies towards reconciliation through the lenses of critical academic and Indigenous inquiries that bring diverse knowledges and experiences to the knowledge gathering process. Find out more.

Rally & Picket: No to War, Canada Out of Iraq & Syria
Mar 19, 1pm
U.S. Embassy (York and Sussex)
Join in Anti-War Actions Across Canada to Mark the 13th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Iraq and to Oppose Canada's Involvement in Wars of Aggression! Find out more.

Indigenous Walk: Language of Landscape - Gals & Galleries
Mar 19, 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.

Screening: Migrante
Mar 19, 4-7pm
422 Simard Hall, University of Ottawa (60 University Private)
A film that tackles the hardships experienced by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Free admissions and refreshments. Find out more.

Gala: Black History Month
Mar 19, 7pm
Canadian Museum of History (100 Laurier St, Quebec)
The Black History Month Gala is an evening upon which Canadians can exchange insights and advances on issues concerning black communities. Find out more.

MONDAY

Campaign & Viewing: Tell the CarletonU Board of Governors to Vote NO on Tuition Increase
Mar 21, 4-7pm
Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Join us in calling on the Board of Governors to vote NO to tuition increases. We refuse to let the university ignore students and will makesure they know we are paying attention. Find out more.

TUESDAY

Meeting: Ottawa Sanctuary City Network
Mar 22, 6-7:30pm
Room 119, 219 Argyle Ave
The Ottawa Sanctuary City Network invites you to come to our Open Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for people who wish to volunteer and get involved can "plug in" and learn about the network and its three current priorities: 1) Political advocacy, 2) Access to Education and 3) Data Collection & Research. Join us to see how you can contribute to the campaign's efforts! Volunteers will be invited to join each group as well as help develop and implement a plan of action to make Ottawa a Sanctuary City! Find out more.

WEDNESDAY

Workshop: Anti-Oppression & Diversity Outreach
Mar 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Faith House (18 Blackburn Ave)
Faith House Members are happy to start hosting a series of workshops with the focus on social justice community building. We are hoping that we will turn it to an annual tradition. Our goal is to actively participate in building a more united diverse and welcoming community, we made our space open to our community and in order to maintain this we would like to tied up our links through these educational and fun workshops. Find out more.

Workshop: Creative Sex - Lessons Taught by Disability
Mar 23, 7:30-9:30pm
Venus Envy Ottawa (226 Bank St)
What can having a disability teach the rest of the world about great sex? If you ask these facilitators, a hell of a lot! Whether it is the in-built creativity that comes with living disabled, increased communication with a partner or the $30000 wheelchair that doubles as the ultimate sex toy, the lessons of disability can be sprinkled throughout the best sex you’ve ever had. Join us and learn how celebrating the differences in our bodies can lead to a new level of amazing. Our workshop will entice and engage you to think about the bedroom in a whole new way…with a disabled spin! 

Wednesday Weekly - March 9th, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Annual General Meeting & Board of Directors Nomination
Tues Mar 22, 6-8pm
282 Unicentre, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)

Please join OPIRG-Carleton as it celebrates another year of social and environmental justice work at its Annual General Meeting. Questions? Dietary or accommodation needs? Contactopirgadmin@gmail.com. RSVPs welcome but not required!   

If you are interested in being on the OPIRG-Carleton Board, you will need to fill out a nomination form and submit a hard copy to the OPIRG office (326 UniCentre) and electronically to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) atopirgcarletonelection@gmail.com (please cc: OPIRG staff at opirg@carleton.ca) by 5pm March, 21st 2016.

Screening: Gulabi Gang
Wed Mar 9, 7pm
132 Azrieli Pavilion, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Special Screening for International Women's Week in partnership with the CUSA Womyn's CentreCarleton Cinema Politica is proud to present GULABI GANG directed by Nishtha Jain. Enter the badlands of Bundelkhand in central India and you have entered a place of desolation, dust and despair. And yet it is hope that we discover as we follow the pink sari-clad women of Gulabi Gang. These women travel long distances by cart and tractor, bus and train, to wrest justice for women and Dalits, undeterred by sneering policemen and condescending bureaucrats. Find out more.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2016
Mar 7- Mar 11
Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Dr)
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings, multimedia displays and boycott of Israel actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. IAW seeks to raise awareness about Israel's apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel to contribute to Palestinian resistance for freedom and justice. More info here.

Upcoming Workshop: Deconstructing Masculinity
Tues Mar 15, 11am to 1pm
Gender & Sexuality Resource Centre, Carleton University (427 Unicentre, 1125 Colonel By Drive)
How do we separate Patriarchy/Hegemonic Masculinity from our own masculinity? How do we support the feminine and femme people in our lives, while also supporting other male and masculine folks in being accountable for their microaggressions and behaviour? How does colonialism, racism, cissexism, and disability all impact our experiences of our masculinity and masculine privilege? These are the questions being asked during this workshop, as we explore what patriarchy is, how to dismantle it, how to leverage our privilege, while exploring non-toxic forms of masculinity.

Presented by Lukayo Estrella and Charana Jayatilaka.

Please note that this is a(n) (un)learning/healing space for male and masculine folks, as well as nonbinary people who are not impacted by transmisogyny, so stories shared during this workshop may be triggering for feminine and femme peoples who attend the event. Intersectional Feminism & Transmisogyny Workshop, a learning and healing space that centres female/feminine people and those who are impacted by transmisogyny, was held the week before.

This workshop is part of a training series for OPIRG-Carleton and OPIRG-GRIPO volunteers, but is also open to interested community members.

Find out more.

 


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

Reproductive Justice Week
Mar 7- Mar 11
University of Ottawa
This is a great week with discussions, workshops and activities centered around going beyond pro-choice. We want to delve deep in the topic of reproductive justice and try looking at it through a very intersectional lens. Find out more.

Consent Culture Forum
Mar 10- Mar 11
University of Ottawa
Consent Culture Forum, presented by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa and the Graduate Students’ Association/Association des étudiant.e.s diplomé.e.s is an all-day on campus forum with the purpose of engaging students in expanding the dialogue about consent, and consent culture at uOttawa. Through a variety of workshops, the forum will focus on developing strategies to fight rape culture, sexism and misogyny on our campus, and include a keynote by Staceyann Chin. This forum will prioritize support for survivors of sexual violence, and will have on site support workers. 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

Film Screening: Black Power Mixtape
Mar 9, 4pm
Mamidosewin Centre (Room E122), Algonquin College (1385 Woodroffe Avenue)
The Revolutionary Student Movement Algonquin College is having a free movie night! We will be watching The movie Black Power Mix tape, having a discussion on the film and what it is saying/showing. We will also be giving free food (Pop corn, pizza, veggie tray) and we will have drinks like pop and juice.Find out more.

THURSDAY

Workshop: Arrows and Aces
Mar 10, 4pm
Pride Centre (215-C University Centre), University of Ottawa (85 University Private)
If you're someone who identifies with asexuality and/or aromanticism or who's questioning, join us to chat about it! We're offering this space to continue and complexify conversations started during our Campus Pride Week Aro/Ace 101 workshop, as a sort of 201 experience. We're interested in looking beyond the mainstream understanding of who the aro/ace community is by investigating the intersections between asexuality/aromanticism and other marginalized identities and what those experiences look like. Find out more.

Talk: Archival Turns and Queer Affective Methods by Ann Cvetcovich
Mar 10, 5:30pm
Room 12102, Desmarais Hall, University of Ottawa (55 Laurier Avenue East)
The talk draws from my book in progress, which chronicles the recent proliferation of LGBTQ archives as a point of departure for a broader inquiry into the power of archives to transform public histories. Find out more.

Lecture & Panel: Trans Pacific Partnership, Food Sovereignty, and Our Health - Why You Should Be Concerned
Mar 10, 6pm
Ottawa Public Library Main Auditorium in Basement (120 Metcalfe St)
Keynote speaker: Dr. Shiv Chopra. Panelists: National Farmers Union, Jan Slomp (President) & Hilary Moore (Vice-Pres); Council of Canadians, Sujata Dey, Trade Critic; Transition Ottawa, Kaia Nightingale, Food & Health. Find out more. 

Panel Discussion: Shine the Light on Substance Use Disorders
Mar 10, 7-9pm
238 Tory Building, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
The Student Alliance for Mental Health is hosting a panel discussion on substance use disorders which will feature researchers, clinicians, and students with lived experience. Topics discussed will include inter-cultural differences, co-morbidity with mental illness, evidence-based treatment, harm reduction, as well as social factors that contribute to substance use. This is a free event with light refreshments. ASL interpretation will be provided. 
Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027382103976603/ 
Contact: samhcarleton@gmail.com

FRIDAY

Workshop: Reusable Bag DIY
Mar 11, 4-5:30pm
215 University Centre, University of Ottawa (85 University Private)
Come and craft a reusable bag for youself out of T-shirts that need a second life! We will provide all the sewing materials and T-shirts (you can also bring one of your own!) so we encourage you to come just with your good spirits. If you finish early, you can help us craft some bags for the SFUO Food Bank as well! Refreshments will be served while we all give our T-shirts a second life and keep plastic bags out of the landfill! Find out more.

SATURDAY

Conference: Organizing 4 Justice
Mar 12, 9:30am
Centretown United Church (507 Bank St)
We can not wait to have you join us at the our conference: Organizing for Justice. We are so excited to bring Alejandra Bravo (Broadbent Institute) and many other amazing Social Justice Activists to Ottawa to work with us in a day of exploring how we can organize around social justice. Find out more.

Workshop: Empower Migrant Filipinos
Mar 12, 4pm
1743 Carling Avenue
Come join us and build your knowledge and skills!
• Learn about immigration, labour and other policies that affect you and other migrant Filipinos in Canada.
• Learn how to help yourselves and your kababayan through case work training, including basic computer skills.
• Benefit from tax services on-site if you need help in filing your income tax returns
Find out more.

Fundraiser: Hocus Poke-us
Mar 12, 8pm
St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts (310 St. Patrick St)
Come and witness the amazing sights and sounds, the bizarre and unbelievable feats, the glitter and spectacle as Ottawa's favorite not-for-profit performance fundraisers, The SEXUAL OVERTONES, and their special guests put some sparkle in your pants and some magic in your bananas! 
See the thrills, the beauty, the excitement and laughter -leave your cameras- but bring your oddities, as this will be yet another UNFORGETTABLE show! This year’s proceeds will be donated to Rainbow Haven/Jewish Family Services, Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, Venus Envy Bursary Fund and the Gustafson Family. Find out more.

SUNDAY

Workshop: Poly-Architecture - Building and Maintaining Different Kinds of Poly Relationships
Mar 13, 6:30-9:30pm
Venus Envy (226 Bank St)
Polyamory is hardly a one-size-fits-all proposition. This workshop is designed to help support different types of polyamorous relationships, including what we might call polyfidelity, hierarchical polyamory, and anarchical polyamory. We will discuss the pros and cons of these relationship dynamics, and the lifestyle preferences that suit them best. We will also discuss how to build each of these types of relationships, and discuss strategies from "processing" to google calendars that help successfully maintain them. Find out more.

MONDAY

Silent Auction & Panel Discussion: Access is Equality - Reconceiving Reproductive Justice
Mar 14, 7pm
Room 4007, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, University of Ottawa (120 University Private St)
Come out for a fun night of bidding on exciting items from the Ottawa community, delicious appetizers, and engaging conversation on the topic, “Access is Equality: Reconceiving Reproductive Justice.” We look forward to sharing the evening with the following distinguished panelists: Dr. Colleen MacQuarrie, Dr. Stu Marvel, Lisa Sharp, Dr. Angel Foster. The panel will be moderated by Kelly Gordon. Find out more.

TUESDAY

Feast & Concert: Beats Beat the Police
Mar 15, 6:30pm
SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St)
Commemorating March 15 International Day to End Police Brutality. Featuring spoken word from King Kimbit and hip-hop by Testament from Test Their Logik, Mother Tareka, and Lee Reed and the launch of issue 25 of Critical Resistance's newspaper, "The Abolitionist". Opening by Elder Albert Dumont. Emcee: John Akapata. Speakers: Proshanto Smith (Ottawa Panhandler’s Union), Emily Munro (POWER), Bridget Tolley (Justice For Gladys Tolley and FSIS), A member of Critical Resistance. Find out more.

WEDNESDAY

Workshop & Screening: The Revolution Will Be Live
Mar 16, 6pm
600 University Centre, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
The YCL & GSA presents to you an evening with world famous poet Malik Al-Nasir, protege of Gil Scott Heron, includes a free screening of his short film "Word Up: From Ghetto to Mecca" as well as a workshop where he teaches you how to fight the powers that be through poetry and explains how poetry helps him with this activism. Find out more.
 

Book Launch: Ginger Goodwin - A Worker's Friend
Mar 16, 7pm
251 Bank Street (Octopus Bookstore)
With bright, strong imagery, Ginger Goodwin presents the story of labour activist and martyr Albert “Ginger” Goodwin. This accessible and thoughtful graphic history explores Goodwin’s life, work, and death in the mining communities of Cumberland and Trail, British Columbia. Drawing on local history, and exploring the ways the history of labour organizing affects contemporary movements,Ginger Goodwin is a story that needs to be shared.Find out more.

 

Wednesday Weekly - March 2nd, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Discussion: Intersecting Identities - Being a Black, Muslim Woman
Wed Mar 2, 2-4pm
CUSA Womyn's Centre (308 Unicentre), Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
This event will look at what it means to be a Black Muslim woman in a Canadian context, and how the intersection of Islamophobia, racism, anti-Blackness and misogyny affects women. Participants will have a chance to talk about recent events of Islamophobia in the news, how oppressive groups perpetrate anti-Blackness in the Muslim community, and the experiences of being black and Muslim at Carleton. This event is open to all women and female-identifying folks. Food will be served! Find out more.

Tabling at the Atrium!
Thur Mar 3. 10am-4pm
Come visit us or volunteer to work the tables with us during our tabling dates! We'll also have copies of the new issue of the Leveller.

Vigil: #OurThreeBrothers
Thur Mar 3, 7pm
Human Rights Monument (Corner of Elgin and Lisgar)
OPIRG-Carleton will be hosting a vigil to mourn the murder of three Black Muslim Americans, Mohamed Taha Omar, Adam K. Mekki, and Mahunnad A. Tairab, last Wednesday. People are coming together to condemn these executions and the delay of the Fort Wayne Police Department's investigation on the matter. Find out more.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2016
Mar 7- Mar 11
Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Dr)
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings, multimedia displays and boycott of Israel actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. IAW seeks to raise awareness about Israel's apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel to contribute to Palestinian resistance for freedom and justice. More info here.

Upcoming Workshops: Gender Equity & Gender Diversity
Tues Mar 8 & 15, 11am to 1pm
Gender & Sexuality Resource Centre, Carleton University (427 Unicentre, 1125 Colonel By Drive)
We will be offering 2 workshops open to volunteers and interested community members, one on intersectional feminism, with a focus on transmisogyny (March 8) and the second on deconstructing masculinity, with inclusive discussion on transmasculinity and nonbinary genders (March 15).

 


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

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

Reproductive Justice Week
Mar 7- Mar 11
University of Ottawa
This is a great week with discussions, workshops and activities centered around going beyond pro-choice. We want to delve deep in the topic of reproductive justice and try looking at it through a very intersectional lens. Find out more.

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

Solidarity Action: Fill the Courtroom Against Racist Violence
Mar 2, 9am
Ottawa Courthouse (191 Elgin St)
On January 13 Hana was a victim of police brutality at YOW airport. Two officers violently took her to the ground and held her down with their knees on her back. Even though she was the victim, they charged her on three accounts and seized her laptop. Let's fill the courtroom on March 2 in solidarity! This will be Hana's second court appearance. Invite your friends! Find out more.

Discussion: Ladybits #2 - Anti-O and the Big O!
Mar 2, 5pm
MacOdrum Library, Rm 481; Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Dr)
The term anti-oppression has gained traction in recent years, but what is it, really? And what does it have to do with sexy times? The Consent Culture Committee hopes to address these questions -- and more – in the second edition of its Ladybits Discussion Series. Join us on Wednesday, March 2 from 5-7 p.m., as we talk about anti-oppressive practice, orgasms, and creating consent in relationships.  All are welcome! Refreshments Provided. Find out more.

Showcase: Inspiring Reconciliation Coffeehouse
Mar 2, 6-9pm
SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St)
The Ottawa/Gatineau Youth Reconciliation Innitiative Team invite you to their Special Showcase Coffeehouse event recognizing 7 years of building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth through leadership programs. Come join us for an evening of music, dance and lots of food! There will be no cover charge. All are welcome! Find out more.

THURSDAY

Public Meeting: Anti-Capitalist Front
Mar 3, 6pm
OPIRG-Carleton Office, 326 Unicentre, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Come meet fellow anticapitalists interested in organizing together to liberate Carleton and surrounding communities from global capitalism. All are welcomed and food will be provided! For more info email fy237@ncf.ca. Directions: Up the stairs from the Prayer Room and down the stairs from CUSA.

FRIDAY

Picket: Wine Rack
Mar 4, 5-7pm
1105 Bank St
The IWW are representing a worker who was fired while organizing a union at the Ottawa Wine Rack stores. Find out more.

Performances: Just Mingling - A Queer Theatrical Salon
Mar 4, 7pm to Mar 5, 11pm
Arts Court (2 Daly Ave)
An informal evening of fun, song, and theatre. Ottawa playwrights Sarah Waisvisz (Monstrous; Occupy Me), Lawrence Aronovitch (The Lavender Railroad; Galatea), and Margo MacDonald(Shadows; The Elephant Girls) are coming together in Ottawa for TWO NIGHTS ONLY to present their three new short plays. Hosted by The Yes-Men drag king Titus Androgynous, the evening will also feature surprise musical guests. Find out more.

Fundraiser: Help the Wobblies Fight Constellation Brands
Mar 4, 8pm
518 Riverdale Avenue
We'd like to invite you to our home on Riverdale Ave for a House Concert – and sing-along if you're up for it – to raise funds for Miles Krauter and the IWW (the Industrial Workers of the World) in their fight against Constellation Brands, most likely known to you through their Wine Rack stores. Moonfruits, Andrew Johnson, Maya Bassude & Special Guests will be singing and leading songs throughout the night. We'll be passing the hat and running a prize draw to raise funds for Miles. There will be no entry fee. Find out more.

SATURDAY

Presentation: Refugee Crisis - Frontline Experiences Talk
Mar 5, 3pm
Marion Auditorium, UOttawa (140 Louis-Pasteur Private)
Malaysian Students Club Ottawa presents Rayyan Haries, an active Malaysian who operates a makeshift soup kitchen in the Greek island of Lesbos, feeding thousands of refugees fleeing Syria arriving daily on boats, while also having experience working in Vietnam and Japan during environmental crises. He will be giving a talk about his experiences in working with refugees. Find out more.

SUNDAY

Fundraiser: SHElarious Vol. II
Mar 6, 8pm
Pressed Cafe (750 Gladstone)
This is the second annual SHElarious fundraising event, coinciding with International Women's Day, celebrating women in comedy. Featuring: Standup by Karen MacDonald, Nyota Nakihimba and Dianne Skoll; solo sketch by Deborah Ring; Music by Tina Wallace and Rhythm & Burgundy (Allison Harris and Kristine Shadid); Improv by Ashley Bardal, Katie Clancy, Sabrina Daniel, Chelsea Fahey, Audrey Grandmaison, Chris Klippenstein, Meghan Murphy, Amanda Pennell, Val Perelshtein, Brie Watson. $7 entry, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. Find out more.
 

UPCOMING

Feast & Concert: Beats Beat the Police
Tues Mar 15, 6:30pm
SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St)
Commemorating March 15 International Day to End Police Brutality. Featuring spoken word from King Kimbit and hip-hop by Testament from Test Their Logik, Mother Tareka, and Lee Reed and the launch of issue 25 of Critical Resistance's newspaper, "The Abolitionist". Opening by Elder Albert Dumont. Emcee: John Akapata. Speakers: Proshanto Smith (Ottawa Panhandler’s Union), Emily Munro (POWER), Bridget Tolley (Justice For Gladys Tolley and FSIS), A member of Critical Resistance. Find out more.

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