The Guelph Resilience Festival 2015

Title: The Guelph Resilience Festival 2015
Location: St. George’s Church and various other locations
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Description: Transition Guelph’s 5th annual festival celebrating, talking about, and practicing community resilience. This year’s theme: Unleash Your Awesome. Featuring the eMerge Eco Market, the Big Beat Festival Kickoff with Gary Diggins, Resilience Health Panel Discussion, Sustainable Building symposium, Keynote addresses, Seedy Saturday, music, wellness events, our ever-popular Earth Hour Potluck, and much more!
Start Date: 2015-03-13
Start Time:  8:00 pm
End Date: 2015-03-28
End Time: 11:00 pm

International Women’s Day

Title: International Women’s Day
Location: UC Courtyard
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Description: Join us to celebrate International Women’s! Day! We are going to have two awesome guest speakers, art display, a resource fair and FREE FOOD!

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Sharada Srinivasan is the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Justice and Development. She explores a wide range of issues including intergenerational feminist leadership practices, regulation of skin-lightening products, women’s empowerment, women and activism, and domestic violence.

“Daughters and gender transformation in India”

She will facilitate a conversation about Daughter deficit and girls’ experiences of gender discrimination and violence in India.

Dr. Paloma Villegas teaches at the department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at OISE/ University of Toronto. Her research interests include Im/migration, transnationalism, citizenship, racialization and gender relations. Her current research examines the assemblage and production of migrant illegalization, its role in the production of internal borders, and its interlocking with other markers of social location.

She will engage in a conversation about Immigration Status as constitutive of gender based violence: Mexican Migrants and precarious immigration status in Toronto.

This event is brought to you by the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity, and was funded in part by OPIRG-Guelph
Start Time: 11:00 am
Date: 2015-03-06
End Time:  3:00 pm

Regular monthly meeting of the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice.

Title: Regular monthly meeting of the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice.
Location: OECTA Office, Orchard Park, Ignatius Centre
Description: Regular monthly meeting of the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice. Generally held the second Tuesday of the month except during July and August.

For information or to join, call GWCSJ Chairperson, George Kelly at 519-824-1885
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2015-03-10
End Time:  9:00 pm

OPIRG – Guelph AGM

Title: OPIRG – Guelph AGM
Location: 10 Carden St., downtown Guelph
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Description: Celebrating an inspiring year of student & community activism, OPIRG-Guelph invites you to participate in our AGM!

Join us as we reflect on our year, eat delicious food, listen to an amazing speaker, and build more meaningful connections to strengthen our organizing moving forward!

Our Keynote speaker, Tings Chak, will be exploring her newly published book ‘Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention.’

Our AGM will also include report backs from our action groups and partners, the presentation of our annual action report and our new board of directors, and a space for feedback on OPIRG’s role in the community.

More about our Keynote:

Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention documents the banality and violence of the architecture in contrast to the stories of daily resistance among immigration detainees. This book explores migrant detention centres in Canada, the fastest growing incarceration sector in North America’s prison industrial complex, and questions the role of architectural design in the control and management of migrant bodies in such spaces. Using the conventional architectural tools of representation, we situate, spatialize, and confront the silenced voices of those who are detained and the anonymous individuals who design spaces of confinement.

Tings Chak is a multidisciplinary artist trained in architectural design whose work draws inspiration from anti-colonial, migrant justice, prison abolition, and spatial justice struggles. She is an organizer with No One Is Illegal – Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network.
Start Time:  6:30 pm
Date: 2015-03-03
End Time:  9:30 pm

Energy East Hearings Apply-A-Thon!

Title: Energy East Hearings Apply-A-Thon!
Location: 10 Carden St., downtown Guelph
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Description: The National Energy Board will be conducting hearings on the controversial Energy East Pipeline Project. Do you want to have your voice heard in this process?

Come drop in between 8am and noon on Saturday morning! Join GAP at 10 Carden for free coffee and an opportunity to intervene in the Energy East NEB application.

The National Energy Board public consultation process is our first entry point for stopping this dangerous project in its tracks. Take 15 minutes and lend your voice to this important cause!
Start Time: 8:00
Date: 2015-02-28
End Time: 12:00

Extracting The Future – Let’s Talk About Aggregate Mining in Southern Ontario

Title: Extracting The Future – Let’s Talk About Aggregate Mining in Southern Ontario
Location: Silence, 46 Essex St., downtown Guelph
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Description: Quarries are topics that affect everyone in the Guelph community and beyond. They place significant pressure on local water resources as well as aquifer health. In addition quarries pose a variety of challenges for human, animal and environmental stability. Join us for a discussion on some current challenges, campaigns and legislative oversight with respect to quarries and aggregate extraction in Southern Ontario. Panelists joining us include:

Carl Cosack (NDACT Melancthon, ON Mega-Quarry)
Leigh Fishleigh (Wellington Water Watchers, Guelph ON)
Doug Tripp (President of Concerned Residents Coalition, Rockwood, Hidden Quarry)
Graham Flint (President, Gravel Watch Ontario)


Throughout the course of 2015, the Government of Ontario will be conducting a 10-year review of the Provincial Greenbelt Plan. The Greenbelt Area covers 1.8 million acres and encompasses Protected Countryside agricultural land as well as environmental and ecologically sensitive areas such as the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine.

The Greenbelt was created to mitigate the effects of urban sprawl through population growth; however many Protected Countryside areas also encompass high quality aggregate deposits. In recognizing the role that aggregates play in so many areas of urban development; land use policies governing quarries will likely be one area of focus in the Provincial Review.

Free! Accessible. Guelph Transit tickets and funding for childcare available upon request.

This event is part of A Month in the Mines, a month of mining justice programming brought to you by OPIRG and The Peak Magazine.

Check out our main FB event page for other event listings and how you can get involved:
Start Time: 12:30 pm
Date: 2015-02-28
End Time:  3:00 pm

Chat Café Day Change

Title: Chat Café Day Change
Location: Sapphire Cafe & Lounge 17 Macdonell St., Guelph (corner of Wilson and Macdonell).
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Chat Cafés will now be held every third Wednesday of the month.
We start at 7:30 pm, but do come earlier for some delicious food and drink from Sapphire’s menu.

Start Time:  7:30 pm
Date: 2015-02-18

Global Divestment Day at the U of G

Title: Global Divestment Day at the U of G
Location: University Centre (UC), U of G
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Description: Did you know that by investing millions of dollars in the world’s largest fossil fuel companies, the University of Guelph is profiting from devastating heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones and wildfires caused by climate change?

Last month the undergraduate students at Guelph voted overwhelmingly to support fossil fuel divestment. Curious about what this mean? Come learn more!

Friday is the global divestment day of action! Before your relaxing break come join us for games, prizes and fun learning at the UC! At the same time, you can send a message to the university board of governors telling them that we want to divest!
Start Time: 10:00 am
Date: 2015-02-13
End Time:  3:30 pm

U of G Aboriginal Student Association and Guelph Women Drum Circle “Wiijii Numgumook Kwe”

Title: U of G Aboriginal Student Association and Guelph Women Drum Circle “Wiijii Numgumook Kwe”
Location: Market Square in front of Guelph City Hall
Description: Candlelight Vigil in support of Have a Heart, Sisters in Spirit, and One Billion Rising

Come help us honour our Aboriginal Sisters and Women everywhere.
Chi Miigwetch! For your support!
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2015-02-14

Grand River Watershed Annual Heritage Day Celebration

Title: Grand River Watershed Annual Heritage Day Celebration
Location: Col. John McCrae Legion.
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Description: “Timeline/Waterline: Grand Culture at the Confluence”

The 18th Annual Grand River Watershed Heritage Day is being held in Guelph this year at the Col. John McCrae Legion.

2015 is a very special year for our community: the world famous poem “In Flanders Fields” was written by Col. John McCrae 100 years ago.

The presentations will include some history of the Ontario Reformatory and its transformation into The Speedwell Hospital to support injured soldiers recovery during and after the First World War. The afternoon will focus on our two heritage tributaries in Guelph and the re-purposing of the Guelph Correctional Centre site.
Date: 2015-02-13