Wednesday Weekly - March 9th, 2016


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? 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) (please cc: OPIRG staff at 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.




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

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


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.


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: 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Posted on March 9, 2016 .