Wednesday Weekly - November 4, 2015

OPIRG Carleton's Wednesday Weekly is your newsletter portal to social justice events and Working Group activities on campus and in the community.
History of Ottawa River Watershed Lecture
Wed, Nov 4, 7 PM @ Octopus Books, 251 Bank
History of Ottawa River Watershed, A Lecture by Peter Di Gangi, Research Director for Algonquin Nations Secretariat (Community Classroom). 
Climate Welcome: Sit-In
From Nov 5-8, a series of sit-ins will be held in Ottawa to welcome the incoming Prime Minister and demand action on climate change. The goal of the action is to peacefully sit-in front of 24 Sussex and deliver a series of welcome gifts over four days of escalating action. The demand is to freeze tar sands expansion and rapidly, and justly, transition Canada to a clean energy economy. 
Participants are required and we're asking you to choose one of the possible days to participate in the sit-in. Billeting is also required to put up people/groups arriving from out of town. Further, a whole series of volunteer roles need to be filled. Please contact to get involved. Learn more here:  
Garden Spot Serving
Thurs, Nov 5, 12:15 PM @ Library Tunnel, Carleton
We are unaware of what the menu will be but we can assure you it will be healthy, vegan, tasty, and student organized. Please bring reusable containers and "silverware" if possible. 
Refugee School Bake Sale
Thurs-Fri, Nov 5-6, 10 AM - 4 PM @ Unicentre Atrium, Carleton
Hosted by the Carleton University Muslim Students Association. All proceeds from this bake sale will help fund the Al Rahma Syrian refugee school in Tripoli, Lebanon.
CPAWS Talks Forests
Thurs, Nov 5, 7 PM @ Tabaret Hall, UOttawa
Boreal Birds and the Ottawa Valley with Michael Runtz and Dr. Jeff Wells. Tickets: $15. 

Job Apps Due for Gender and Sexual Diversity Centre
Fri, Nov 6
·       Educator Conference Coordinator
·       Day of Pink & Gala Coordinator
·       Francophone Education Coordinator
·       Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project Youth Outreach Coordinator
Action to Save Sacred Algonquin Land on the Chaudière  Islands
Sat, Nov 7, 10 AM - 2 PM @ 3 Eddy St.
After initial legal and political skirmishes, the real battle against Windmill Corporation’s money grab on the Chaudière Islands (the old ‘Domtar lands’) is about to begin. On Saturday November 7th, between 10 AM and 2 PM, Windmill hopes to make its first condo sales (at Number 3 Eddy Street). ( Community and labour activists will be mounting an information picket to warn prospective buyers not to waste their money on a project that faces years of litigation by Algonquin First Nations and the threat of regular anti-development actions by community-based opponents. The leadership of five Algonquin communities have expressed their complete opposition to the development.
You can join the growing ranks of opponents to Windmill’s project by attending the information picket. In addition to warning prospective buyers about the risk they face, and hearing from key figures in the anti-Windmill movement (e.g., renowned Indigenous architect, Douglas Cardinal), the picket will launch a new Student and Labour Action Committee under the general umbrella of Free the Falls. ( Come and learn more about how to join this high-profile battle against a big greenwashing company that has pockets deep enough to buy friends in politics, the media and even in some Indigenous circles. If, like us, you believe justice is a prerequisite for achieving the kind of reconciliation championed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission advocated this summer, you’ll find yourself among allies in our movement.
OPIRG Roots Radio
Next show: Tues, Nov 10, 12 Noon @ 93.1 CKCU FM / (every 2nd Tuesday). Now recruiting new hosts!! Contact:
Awaiting Winter's End Launch
Sat, Nov. 10, 2 PM @ Octopus Books, 251 Bank
Do you love to cuddle up with your child and share books that are not only fun to read but that also inspire questions and promote further investigation? 
Cindy Missen Ross' new children's book "Awaiting Winter's End", Illustrated by Ottawa artist Steph Ross, might be for you and your child.
Canada: A New Tax Haven Launch
Tues, Nov 10, 7 PM @ Octopus Books Centretown
In Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault traces Canada’s relationship with Commonwealth Caribbean nations back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has predisposed Canada to become a tax haven itself – a metamorphosis well under way.
Under Siege: Canadian Mining and Militarization in Guatemala
Tues, Nov 10, 7 PM @ Vanier Hall, Rm 5070, UOttawa
Guest speaker: Luis Solano, Guatemalan investigative journalist, economist and political analyst, author of the book "Oil, Mining and Power in Guatemala. Public lecture in English and Spanish, with translation to English. A short documentary film may be presented to facilitate the discussion.
For five years, communities affected by the Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine have been peacefully defending their lands and livelihoods. Multiple plebiscites have been organized in which more than 55,000 people in seven municipalities have voted against the silver mine and the proposed expansion plans.
Tai Alfred Talk: Research as Indigenous Insurgence
Thurs, Nov 12, 7 PM @ Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons, Carleton
Brought to you by the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education, Graduate Students' Association, and Aboriginal Service Centre. Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, from Kahnawá:ke in the Mohawk Nation, is a Professor of Indigenous Governance and Political Science at the University of Victoria. He is the recipient of a Canada Research Chair, the award for best column writing by the Native American Journalists Association, and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Taiaiake has served as an advisor on land and governance issues to his own and other First Nations’ governments since 1987, and before this he was an infantryman in the US Marine Corps. He is the author of three books: Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors and Peace, Power, Righteousness from Oxford University Press, and Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom, from the University of Toronto Press.
Disarming Conflict Co-Book Launch
Thurs, Nov 12, 7 PM @ Octopus Books, 251 Bank
Disarming Conflict: Why Peace Cannot Be Won on the Battlefield By Ernie Regehr  
Worth Fighting For: Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror Edited by Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney  

Cinema Politica: After the Last River
Fri, Nov 13, 7 PM @ Rm 303 Paterson, Carleton
Join us for a screening of After the Last River, directed by Victoria Lean. After the Last River is a "damning indictment of the de Beers diamond company and Canadian government's complicity in the oppression of Canada’s Indigenous people." 
Filmed over five years, After the Last River is a point of view (POV) documentary that follows Attawapiskat’s journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight during the protests of Idle No More. Filmmaker Victoria Lean connects personal stories from the First Nation to entwined mining industry agendas and government policies, painting a complex portrait of a territory that is a imperiled homeland to some and a profitable new frontier for others.
CKCU 40th Anniversary Celebration
Nov 13-14 @ see below
We invite you to join us for a weekend-long toast to 40 years of great radio on the occasion of the Mighty 93’s birthday, Nov. 13-15. See old friends. Share memories. Raise a glass to those we have lost. Raise another to CKCU’s contribution to our community and to ourselves.
Friday, Nov. 13
No Fly List w/ High Waters, Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St.
9 p.m., $10 adv. or at the door
Saturday, Nov. 14
CKCU Gala Event, Oliver’s, Carleton University Centre
6 p.m., $40 adv. or at the door
Whether you are a CKCU alumnus, volunteer, listener, staff member, friend or secret admirer, you represent a piece of history. Help trigger memories as we celebrate 40 years of Ottawa’s community radio station. Please RSVP at For more information, visit
SASC Ottawa's Pancake Breakfast
Sat, Nov 14, 8:30 AM - 1 PM @ PSAC, 233 Gilmour St.
Come join us for a pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit the amazing work of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa.
There will be two sittings:
Sitting #1 from 8:30am-10:00am
Sitting #2 from 11:30am-1:00pm
Families are welcome. And, don;t forget to bring a friend!
$10 for Adults
$5 for Children under 12
Tickets can be purchased by calling 613-725-2160 ext. 221 or on Eventbrite
Transcending Transphobia Week
Nnov 16 - 20 @ GSRC Carleton
For the week leading up to the Trans Day of Remembrance, we are hosting a number of events to support and uplift trans communities, fight transphobia and transmisogyny, and amplify the voices of trans people. 
Monday, November 16th: Trans Social, 3PM (427 UC) 
Tuesday, November 17th: Trans Sexualities Workshop, 6PM (427 UC) 
Wednesday, November 18th: Who Let the Uglies In? 6PM (427 UC) 
Thursday, November 19th: Challenging Transmisogyny, 3PM (427 UC) 
Friday, November 20th: Positive Possibilities: a Transfeminine-Spectrum Panel, 6:30 PM (Raven's Roost, tunnel level of Stormont/Dundas)
Call Out For Volunteers
Ongoing @ OPIRG-Carleton (326 UC)
If you’re a fan of dusty texts, updates of government reports and peer-reviewed journals, then you’re in luck! The Resource Centre Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the upkeep of our beloved social-justice library. Tasks include cataloguing, digitizing and other librarian-esque work! Enquire at if interested! 
Books 2 Prisoners Announcement
OPIRG-Carleton (326 UC)
Books to Prisoners knows that knows that reading can change a person’s perspective and that access to education is a right for everyone. B2P sends books to folks on the inside, and works towards justice for prisoners. 
The group is transitioning its operations from a singular office (at OPIRG-Carleton) to two locations - OPIRG-Carleton and the Garden Spot Kitchen.  Members will be meeting in the coming weeks to re-organize collected books donations and establish a new system for sending out books. The group hopes to complete the transition by the end of November. If you are interested in cleaning files, organizing books or helping out email: 
In 2016, Books to Prisoners will be engaging in outreach and recruiting new members to continue with regular letter writing and book mailings. There is potential for the group to do more as new members and returning members develop goals going forward.

Posted on November 4, 2015 and filed under Newsletter.