WEDNESDAY WEEKLY - DECEMBER 16, 2015


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Volunteer with OPIRG-Carleton!
We're looking for more student volunteers for the following positions: Office & Resource Centre Assistant, Special Events Assistant, Radio Show Assistant, Researcher, Transportation & Billeting Support Worker, and Accountability & Crisis Support Worker! You can download or print out an application form, fill it out, and email it to  or bring it to the office in person.

Exam Period Relax Zone
Wed Dec 16, Thur Dec 17, Tue Dec 22
2-3pm

OPIRG-Carleton will be hosting 1 hour breaks at our office during exam time before the winter holiday, providing free snacks and art activities! Contact us for more details!


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

Help Santa Claus Reunite 4-Year-Old Daksh Sood with his Ottawa Parents
This holiday season, please help one Ottawa couple who have been struggling for three years to be reunited with their now 4-year-old boy, Daksh Sood. Under the Harper government, Daksh, then aged 1, was barred from Canada because of a simple, honest paperwork error. The Canadian visa office in India has twice refused to handle the case for ridiculous reasons (including a suggestion that Daksh, at 4 years old, apply to come here as a skilled worker!) Find out more.

Petition: Letter in Support of Dr. Gorelick
 We the undersigned want to express our support for Dr. Root Gorelick. As reported initially in the Ottawa Citizen, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has unanimously passed a motion to begin a censure investigation against Carleton University for its disregard for the democratic functioning of the institution through its revised Statement of General Duties, Fiduciary Responsibilities, and Conflict of Interest. This statement would demand an unprecedented level of secrecy from a democratically elected faculty representative on the Board of Governors, and would force Dr. Gorelick to sign away his academic freedom. Find out more.

Transfeminine Healing Space
A healing space exclusively for trans women and transfeminine folks taking the shape of a bi-weekly discussion/support group hosted by the SFUO's WRC. Find out more.

Healthcare for Deepan Campaign
Even though the Federal Court ruled in July of 2014 that the government's 2012 retrenchment from refugee healthcare was "cruel and unusual", immigration status is still used to deny healthcare to Deepan and more than half a million other people excluded from status in Canada. Find out more.

TONIGHT

Odawa's Food for Friends Program
Dec 16, 9am-8pm
The Odawa Native Friendship Centre (250 City Centre) 

Odawa's Food For Friends program needs your help. Every year FFF provides Indigenous families across Ottawa with a little extra to help them enjoy the Christmas season. We are currently looking for toy donations for ages of 6-14 boys and girls. We will accept gift cards as well and will be accepting donations until Wednesday and are open until 5 pm today and tomorrow until 8 pm. Find out more.

Let's Talk - Mental Health Awareness Forum
Dec 16, 5-7pm
Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre (1365 Richmond Road)

Join us this Wednesday at rooms 102 & 103 for a memorable interactive evening organized by youth for youth (no admission fees). There will be entertainment, refreshments and dinner as well. We have great topics of discussion. Let's steer the conversation. Let's talk! Find out more.

Public Indigenous Walking Tour
Dec 16, 5:30-7:30pm
Human Rights Monument (Elgin St and Lisgar Ave)

Indigenous Walks is a walk and talk tour through downtown Ottawa that looks at the landscape, monuments and architecture through an Indigenous Perspective. Owner and Operator, Jaime Koebel is Métis, originally from Lac La Biche, Alberta, has lived in Ottawa since 2000, and created Indigenous Walks in 2014. Find out more.

Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project Fall Showcase
Dec 16, 7-9pm
Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch (120 Metcalfe Street)

Come watch this free play and join in as a Spect-actor as we share original stories and monologues about LGBTQ+ youth identity and experiences. This is an original forum theatre play (from Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed techniques) challenging discrimination and the stigmas attached to sexual health, gender and sexual orientation. Find out more.

More than CAMH! Plus que CAMH!
Dec 16, 7pm
Kind Space (331 Cooper St, Suite 200)

Hey trans folk in Ottawa, got surgery after being assessed by CAMH? Do you want to, or are you considering getting trans-related surgeries? Do you have suggestions for how the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care might go about deciding who is a "qualified provider" able to assess us for psycho-social surgical readiness (e.g. making sure we are in a stable enough home situation to recover from surgery, and that we have enough information to go forward)? The government is considering having other people assess us! Who should it be, given current options? Make yourself heard! We have until December 21st to tell the Ministry who should count as a "qualified provider". Find out more.

THURSDAY

Protest at the US Embassy: Lift the Blockade on Cuba! Return Guantanamo to Cuba!
Dec 17, 4pm
US Embassy (490 Sussex Drive)

On the one year anniversary of the historic release of the Cuban 5 and the beginning of normalization of relations between Cuba and the U.S. protests are taking place in cities across Canada and around the world to demand the U.S. end its hostilities against the Cuban people, their sovereignty and economic and political system. Cuba has stood by its principles and insists on an end to U.S. attacks on the Cuban people and recognition of Cuban sovereignty for normalization to proceed. Find out more.

Webinar: Indigenous Empowerment & Resistance
Dec 17, 4-5pm
Note: You need access to Youtube and to check on the Facebook page for the link to the webinar. This webinar will provide important updates from Indigenous land defenders who are currently resisting aggressive extractive industries supported by the provincial BC government. The BC government has given permits to pipeline companies as well as permits for the reopening and discharge at Mount Polly. This webinar will discuss the ongoing damage done by extractive industries, the problem of First Nations leadership who agree to these practices without consent of the people, and call out the BC government for their continued interference in Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty. Find out more.

Cinema Politica Volunteer Meeting
Dec 17, 5pm
OPIRG-Carleton Office (326 Unicentre, 1125 Colonel By Drive)

Come join Cinema Politica Carleton for our next volunteer meeting! We are looking for activists, curators, bloggers, collaborators and all-around documentary lovers! No experience necessary. 

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers!
Dec 17, 6pm
Human Rights Moment (Elgin St and Lisgar Ave)

Please join us for December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Find out more.

Film Screening on the 185th Anniversary of the Death of Simon Bolivar - The Liberator
Dec 17, 6pm
Human Rights Moment (Elgin St and Lisgar Ave)

Join us on December 17 to mark the 185th anniversary of the death of Simón Bolívar, who fought to liberate Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia from Spanish colonial rule. Bolivar's legacy is all the more important today as the peoples of the Americas and the Caribbean are fighting against the forces of imperialism and neo-liberalism in their countries and to defend their nation-building projects. We will screen the 2103 film about Bolívar, "The Liberator" in Spanish with English subtitles, followed by discussion. Find out more.

SATURDAY

Protecting the Sacred Chaudiere Falls Site - Asinabka/Akikodjiwan - From Windmill's "Zibi" Condo Development
Dec 19, 12-2pm
Southminster Church Ottawa (15 Aylmer Avenue, near Bank St by the Canal)

Free event with panel discussion and musical performances. Topics to be addressed include the spiritual significance of the area, Aboriginal land title and rights, the Asinabka vision of the late Algonquin leader Grandfather William Commanda for the site, Algonquin communities' perspectives, settler/ally activism on this issue, and corporate/colonial incursions on Indigenous collective well-being. Find out more.

Posted on January 6, 2016 .