Wednesday Weekly Newsletter Nov. 26

OPIRG Carleton's Wednesday Weekly is your newsletter portal to social justice events and Working Group activities on campus and in the community.


Mon-Fri, Dec 1-5, 10 AM-4 PM @ 326 UniCentre
The Ontario Public Interest Research Group Carleton (OPIRG Carleton) is a student run, student funded non-profit organization committed to social, environmental and economic justice. 
OPIRG Carleton provides students with space to organize, skills training, a resource library, placement opportunities and access to multimedia equipment. The organization offers programming throughout the year featuring featuring critical thinkers, writers, musicians and artists. Past events have featured bell hooks, Sherene Razack, Jessica Danforth, Ashanti Alston, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, Bonita Lawrence, David Suzuki, D'bi Young, Aamer Rahman and more.  It also provides 4 bursaries to students annually. 
OPIRG has positive impacts on campus that extend well beyond the walls of its office. For example, OPIRG volunteers led efforts to have Carleton divest from South African Apartheid. The organization was also instrumental in pushing for recycling and sustainability initiatives on campus. 
OPIRG has been involved in diverse issues and campaigns since it began in 1980. The organization recognizes that some students strongly object to its social, environmental and economic justice mandate. For such students, we offer a levy refund. The levy opt-out period is:

If you require a refund visit, our office (RM 326 University Centre) and bring:
1.     your student ID
2.     Proof of enrollment showing your student status and number of credits for PT students*
3.     Proof of payment for Fall 2014 & Winter 2015* 
4.     The address where your cheque should be mailed. Ideally cheques will be sent out within 2 weeks of the refund period, however we ask the address be valid until at least February 2015.
*Printouts of your student account & timetable are available on Carleton Connect
We regret that our office is only accessible by stairs. Please contact us at (613) 520-2757(ext 1) or by email at to make alternative arrangements should you need them.
OPIRG Carleton Student Levy
Full-time undergraduate students: $6.96
Part-time undergraduate students: $1.39 per credit
Full-time graduate students $6.80 
Part-time graduate students $1.02 per term

Want more information? 
Visit or stop by the office. We would be happy to speak with you!

Are you a staff person, professor or community member who wishes to join OPIRG?
You can opt-in! Visit or call the office anytime and we can get you signed up for the 2014-2015 year.

Health Care for Deepan

Wed, Nov 26, 3 PM @ 1055 Princess St., Kingston

Part of the Justice for Deepan Committee’s campaign give the gift of health to Deepan. Donate at

Book Launch: Indivisible

Wed, Nov 26, 7 PM @ Octopus Books Centretown

Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights Book Launch with Mary Eberts and Paul Joffe.

REC Hall Talk

Wed, Nov 26, 8:30 PM @ Rooster's Coffeehouse
Reel Bad Arabs.

VIGIL: Solidarity with Mexican Students

Thurs, Nov 27, 4:30 PM @ Mexican Embassy (O'Connor/Albert)
Fourth Ottawa demonstration for Mexican students. Please come out and show your support for the struggles for justice in Mexico today.

Get Science Right

Thurs, Nov 27, 6:30 PM @ the Westin, Ontario Room

A New Direction for Science Policy in Canada? Get Science Right! Moderated by journalist Mike De Souza.

FILM: My Brooklyn (Cinema Politica)

Thurs, Nov. 27, 7 PM @ 202 Tory Bldg, Carleton 
My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. The story begins when Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by cheap rents and bohemian culture. By Michael Bloomberg’s election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhoods she has come to call home. She watches as an explosion of luxury housing and chain store development spurs bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and to determine its future. While some people view these development patterns as ultimately revitalizing the city, to others, they are erasing the eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies that drew them to Brooklyn in the first place. It seems that no less than the city’s soul is at stake.

Book Launch: Threatening Democracy

Thurs, Nov 27, 7 PM @ Octopus Books Centretown

Threatening Democracy: SLAPPS and the Judicial Repression of Political Discourse with Normand Landry and Pierre Sadik.

Sing 4 Biodiversity

Sat, Nov 29, 7:30 PM @ First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa

All proceeds will go to USC Canada's Seeds of Survival program, in support of farmers around the world who grow food for their families in ways that are kind to the environment and that nurture biodiversity.

Tickets can be purchased in advance a, for $15, or at the door, for $20.

Ayotzinapa Solidarity Session

Mon, Dec 1, 6 PM @ Bronson CentreFirst Session of Canadian Action for Ayotzinapa and Against State Violence. More Info: 

Consent Workshop

Mon, Dec 1, 7 PM @ GSA Lounge, 6th flr UniCentreConfidence, Consent and Communication: How Sex-Positivity Makes for Hotter Sex.

End Slavery Day

Tues, Dec 2, 7 PM @ Bronson Centre

To coincide with UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.


Next show: Tues., Dec 9, 12 Noon @ 93.1 CKCU FM / (every 2nd Tuesday). Now recruiting new hosts!! Contact

WORKSHOP: Resilient Resistance

Dec 13-14, 1 PM @ Ottawa City Hall

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women's Project Communitas with funding from the Kanishka Project will be conducting a weekend community and individual resilience training workshop at Ottawa City Hall. The Initiatives will aim to create greater inter-community interdependence, dialogue and understanding; to strengthen mitigation, preparedness and response to crisis and sudden change; to have a better understanding of threats to Canadian safety; to foster active citizenship, civic pride and community connections, and to empower youth and community. More info:

The Leveller - Vol. 7, No. 3 Release

Available in print and online @

Hassan Diab Extradition • Massive CUSA Deficit • Editorial – The Power of Peace • White Poppies • Honorary Degree for Wealthy Oilman • Student Action Forum • Carleton CFS Defederation • Solidarity with Mexican Students • Harper vs Refugee Health •Ending GLBTTQ Youth Homelessness • Experimental Farm Land Transfer • Les Sans-Culottes: Grande Mobilisation • Les Sans-Culottes: La crise rend malade, l’austérité tue • Feature – The Costs of Commemoration • Trans Day of Remembrance • Reflections on the Ottawa Shooting • Commemorating Victims of Gender Violence • WHODUNIT • Column: Parenting from Below • Column: Resistance is Fertile • Comic: Colonialism (1/4) • Column: Animal Sex • Comic: Watershed Blues • Horoscopes • Listings

Posted on November 26, 2014 .