Wednesday Weekly - August 12, 2015

OPIRG Carleton's Wednesday Weekly is your newsletter portal to social justice events and Working Group activities on campus and in the community.
#OurFuture: A Progressive Youth Vision for Canada
Wed, August 12, 6:30 PM @ 25One Community
It's International Youth Day - and we're celebrating in Ottawa with a series of pecha kucha talks by local youth activists talking about their vision for the future of Canada...and what they're doing to achieve it!
What is pecha kecha? It's a 4 minute talk with accompanying visuals...a new image every 20 seconds. Our dynamic young speakers will be talking about their work to change Canada for the better!
Featuring speakers from:
- Next Up Ottawa
- USC Canada: Food Security
- Canadian Federation of Students
- UNESCO Youth Forum 
- Build Together, Women of the Building Trades
- A7G - Assembly of Seven Generations
- Public Service Alliance of Canada Young Workers Committee
- United Way: Gen Next Program
- Canadian Labour Congress
Cost: Free
Food: Apps & non-alcohol beverages
PRIDE Film Screening
Fri, August 14, 8:30 PM @ Dundonald Park
A Queer Mafia Fam-Friendly Outdoor Film Screening under the stars.
Homo Phono
Sat, August 15, 10 PM @ Raw Sugar Cafe
Queer Dance Party
Nizh-Minidoowag: 2-Spirit Film Screening
Sun, Aug 16, 7:30 PM @ PTS, 331 Cooper St
Presenting Organizations: Presented by Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival and Kind (formerly Pink Triangle Services). Film list here:
Free the Falls! Free the Islands! Rally at City Hall
Mon, Aug 17, 8:30 AM @ Human Rights Monument
We don’t want condominiums built on stolen Algonquin islands!
We want City Council to be accountable and democratic, and we want the Ontario Municipal Board to be a fair and transparent institution!
We don't want City Hall to and the Ontario Municipal Board to make underhanded and illegal deals with developers.
In October of 2014, City Council approved a request by Windmill Development to rezone Chaudière and Albert Islands so that the construction company could build condominiums on the islands. City council did this despite the many concerns raised by the many people who attended the city council meeting. First Nations people and communities were not properly consulted about the proposed development. 
This rally will be immediately before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pre-hearings, and we want to fill the room. 
Additionally, we’re asking you to contact your city Councillors, MPPs and MPs to let them know:
1. That you don’t want condominiums built on Albert and Chaudière Islands. Instead, you want this sacred place by the Chaudière Falls to be respected and restored for healing and ceremony.
2. You don't want this case dismissed at the pre-hearing, which is the Motion the City has put forward. You believe this matter deserves a full OMB hearing. Thanks!
Tentative Schedule:
8:30am – Free Snacks and Coffee
8:40am – Opening by Albert Dumont
8:55am – Drumming
9:00am – World Truth Speakers Posse
9:05am – Speakers
9:40am – Drumming
9:50am – Closing and let's go fill City Hall's Keefer Room for the pre-hearing!
The OMB pre-hearings will start at 10:00am at City Hall (Ottawa), in the Keefer Room, 110 Laurier Ave. W., Cartier Square Ottawa ON, Algonquin Territory. At first we asked folks to call the OMB to the reserve a seat at the pre-hearing, but they operate by first come first serve. The Keefer room has a capacity for 60, and the OMB claims they have never run out of room.
Here is all the information about the pre-hearing:
Pre-hearing case # PL141340, Case description: OPA 143, Development of Chaudière and Albert Islands. Start date: Aug 17th. Duration: 3 days
WWOS Tobacco Tie-in
Mon, Aug 17, 6 PM @ St. Paul's Eastern United Church
We invite you to join us at the Faith House on August 18th for an evening of storytelling about the Palestinian struggle for freedom. Two speakers will
OPIRG Roots Radio
Next show: Tues, Aug 18, 12 Noon @ 93.1 CKCU FM / (every 2nd Tuesday). Now recruiting new hosts!! Contact:
PRIDE Safer Partying Workshop w/ SPOT-ACO
Tues, Aug 18, 5 PM @ Pressed
Queer Pride Queer Mafia & AIDS Committee of Ottawa Presents:
During Pride Week festivities many of us love to party or know people who love to party. Come hang out with the lovely folks from QM & ACOs Safer Partying Outreach Team (SPOT) to discuss & explore some of the things you can do for safer partying.
Indigenous and Palestinian Reflections on Gaza: The Siege, Freedom Flotilla, and BDS
Tues, Aug 18, 6:30 PM @ Faith House, 18 Blackburn Ave
We invite you to join us at the Faith House on August 18th for an evening of storytelling about the Palestinian struggle for freedom. Two speakers will reflect on their experiences working in solidarity with the people of Palestine and, in particular, Bob Lovelace will discuss his recent experience on the Freedom Flotilla III.
BOB LOVELACE is an Algonquin traditionalist, father of seven, activist, scholar, professor of Aboriginal Studies at Queens University, and former chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. This summer, he took part in the Freedom Flotilla III Mission, which attempted to deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged Palestinian Gaza Strip. The ship on which he was traveling was raided by Israeli military forces, at which point he was imprisoned and subsequently deported. He is coming to Ottawa to share the story of his experiences with us.
RANA NAZZAL is a Palestinian-Canadian student, writer, and activist who organizes with Students Against Israeli Apartheid Carleton (SAIA) and sits on the board of directors of OPIRG-Carleton. She will discuss what solidarity with Palestine looks like, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and how folks can get involved. 
The prepared presentations will be followed by an open discussion.
This event is a collaboration between Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton (SAIA-Carleton) and Rebel! Rebuild! Rewild!, an eco-anarchist collective dedicated to supporting the struggles of Indigenous communities against the extractive industry.
Black Votes Matter Strategy Session
Sat, Aug 22, 10 AM - 1:30 PM @ PSAC, 233 Gilmour St.
The Black Canadian community is an important voting bloc. It holds a lot of power by only if Black Canadian voters show up at the polls at election time. Let's work to make it happen.
At this session, we will discuss strategies for mobilizing the Black Canadian vote in Ottawa, developing inclusive campaigns which aim to reach out to the fll diversity of Ottawa's Black communities, and engaging all political parties.
A free lunch will provided.
Registration Required: 
For more information contact: David Onyalo at, or Mackenzie Deschambault at
ABR2015: Unceded Ottawa - A Conversation
Sat, Aug 22, 12 PM @ Albert Island, 6 Booth St.
UNCEDED OTTAWA: The Algonquin and the Outaouais
The purpose of this public conversation is to enlighten our audience to the history and relationship of the Algonquin to the Outaouais region. We will hear ideas from a grand body of thought regarding our nation's past, the land, the water, development, and how we can move society as a whole towards a more egalitarian and compassionate present.
Ottawa Dyke March
Sat, Aug 22, 2 PM @ Human Rights Monument
THE 11th EDITION OF THE OTTAWA DYKE MARCH is being organized by and for dykes* throughout the streets of Ottawa, and we are always seeking volunteers.
Gay Torment
Sat, Aug 22, 6 PM @ Sandy Hill Community Centre
We're coming together to celebrate & affirm our lives in a way that makes sense to us - less corporate, more doing this thing together. We are against a pink-washing/white-washing corporate pride and FOR a community-based party that remembers the revolutionary roots of pride as a riot.
Here's the run-down:
ALL AGES / DRY SHOW / no one will be turned away for being high or drunk, but no alcohol in the space please!
6:30PM Ⓐ a showing of SCREAMING QUEENS: THE RIOT AT COMPTON'S CAFETERIA, a documentary by Susan Stryker that tells the story of the riot that set the stage for Stonewall.
8:30PM Ⓐ BANDS! More bands to be announced.
▼JILTED X (Montreal)▼
▼THE WATERSHED HOUR (Peterborough)▼
This event takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory. It is our collective responsibility as settlers on this land to acknowledge the historical and continued violence of colonialism that seeks to erase Indigenous people in Canada, some of whom we may be sharing space with this evening. We acknowledge that colonialism continues to thrive through a deeply embedded culture of racism and white supremacy perpetuated not only by our government but within our communities.
Algonquin Park-Silver Lake Exchange
Aug 24-30, 2015
Organized by Canadian Roots Exchange, this program is an opportunity to connect with the land and water which is home to the Algonquin Nation. Hosted by community members, participants will canoe, hike and learn about environmental justice and the history of the Algonquin land claim and how it affects the peoples who live within the territory today. Participants will also travel to Silver Lake to learn, participate and volunteer at the Silver Lake Pow Wow. This program is highly experiential and includes daily camping, hiking and canoeing. Any interested participants should submit an online application, or contact
Gardening at the Collective Kitchen
Everyday until Sept. 1, 5:30 PM @ 329 Bell St. S.
Carleton Food Collective.
SlutWalkOttawa 2015 March
Sun, Sept 13, 2 PM @ Human Rights Monument
Rape culture manifests itself in many forms, from victim blaming to slut-shaming to much more. We’re here to challenge the shaming and blaming of victims of sexual violence. We’re here to say that it is never the victim’s fault.
All are welcome to attend. We do not require any dress code. We do not require that you come to SWO with the intention of reclaiming the word ‘slut’; all we ask is that you support challenging and ending rape culture.
If you’d like more information, or if you’d like to help out, please email us at
twitter: @slutwalkottawa

Posted on August 12, 2015 and filed under Newsletter.