TIL THE COWS COME HOME: Documentary Screening and Discussion on the Prison Farm Struggle

Title: TIL THE COWS COME HOME: Documentary Screening and Discussion on the Prison Farm Struggle
Location: MacKinnon (MCKN) room 233, University of Guelph campus
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Description: Please join us for a film screening and discussion about the community movement to stop the closure of the Frontenac Prison Farm in Kingston, Ontario.

After the film, author and activist Aric McBay will lead a discussion and answer questions.

“When Canada’s Government takes the decision to transform the correctional system to one that puts punishment first, Canada’s rehabilitative prison farms are one of the first casualties. A strong opposition forms towards the farm closures and for two days in the late summer of 2010, hundreds of angry protesters stand in front of Frontenac Prison Farm in the heart of Kingston, Ontario, ready to block cattle trucks brought in to remove the hundred-year-old prize dairy herd. The dramatic standoff between protesters and police lasts two days, through pouring rain and hot sun. Black-clad police arrest 24 people, the youngest 14 years old, the oldest, 85.

TIL THE COWS COME HOME tells the story behind this extraordinary display of civil disobedience, filled with gripping confrontations and a cast of colourful characters, from irate farmers to passionate nuns to endearing ex-cons. It asks provocative questions about the Canadian government’s hardening approach to criminal justice, food security….and democracy itself.”

http://www.prisonfarmfilm.org/

58 minutes, 2014. Produced by Lenny Epstein, Elaine Foreman, Clarke Mackey and Jamie Swift.
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2015-01-30
End Time:  7:30 pm

Building a Food Strategy in Guelph-Wellington

Title: Building a Food Strategy in Guelph-Wellington
Location: Innovation Guelph (111 Farquhar Street)
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Description: Food and farming touches so many areas of our lives. They shape and impact our health, environment, culture and economy and it is not simple to identify actions and priorities that balance our needs, goals and constraints, but are also effective and appropriate for the whole community.

The Guelph-Wellington Food Round Table (GWFRT) and Ontario Public Interest Research Group-Guelph (OPIRG) invite you to the first in a series of events focusing on food and farming and the need for a **Food Strategy in Wellington and Guelph. Join us for this free event to hear from a diverse group of community organizations, farmers and engaged citizens as we begin the process of developing a community-led Food Strategy for Wellington and Guelph. Participants will also have an opportunity to provide input as to what they would like to see in our Food Strategy.

Light refreshments will be served, please let us know if you have any food allergies or sensitivities. Child care is available for those that indicate need.
Please note that this event is the first in a series that will take place in Wellington County and Guelph in the next few months. Upcoming events in Erin and Centre Wellington will announced shortly.

**A food strategy provides a coordinated plan for implementing a community vision of a sustainable food system; it is developed by the community and for the community. The food strategy aims to bring together citizens, agriculture and food organizations, farmers, poverty reduction and food access groups, local food businesses, environmental groups, health care, social service and community organizations, students, planners, municipal and county staff, school boards and elected officials. Together, the community will outline specific targets, programs and policies to achieve these priorities.
Start Time:  3:00 pm
Date: 2015-01-28
End Time:  5:00 pm

Community Gathering with Fuerza/Puwersa and Growing Community Health

Title: Community Gathering with Fuerza/Puwersa and Growing Community Health
Location: 10 Carden St., downtown Guelph
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Description: Are you interested in learning more about and/or in contributing to current and/or future migrant justice initiatives? Fuerza Puwersa -Guelph and their sister organization Growing Community Health are having a strategy meeting!

We welcome everyone who is interested in social justice in general. Come and strategize around some big changes that will be coming into effect starting April 2015 in respects to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program across Canada. We will also briefly touch upon other initiatives that we are working on.

You don’t have to have any prior knowledge of migrant justice issues to come to this meeting. We are looking for people of all backgrounds, abilities and knowledge.

If you are not able to make it to the meeting for any reason but would like to be involved please email us: Fuerza.Puwersa@gmail.com

Note: *10 Carden st is a physically accessible venue*
*We will be providing light snacks at the event*
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2015-01-26
End Time:  9:00 pm

“Do The Math” Film Screening

Title: “Do The Math” Film Screening
Location: University Centre (UC) 103, U of Guelph campus
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Description: “Do the Math” crunches the numbers and makes the case for divestment. Why do we need to get off of fossil fuels? What’s at stake? Who are the companies responsible and what can we do about it?

Brought to you by Fossil Free Guelph.

Dinner and discussion to follow!
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2015-01-26
End Time:  7:30 pm

Town Hall on Robocalls

Title: Town Hall on Robocalls
Location: St. James the Apostle Church, 86 Glasgow St. N
Description: We’re pleased to invite you to a Town Hall on Robocalls, co-sponsored by Fair Vote Canada Guelph, Council of Canadians, Guelph Solar, St. James Anglican Church Social Justice Committee, OPIRG, and Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice.

Hear from robocall recipients, electoral candidates, Guelph returning officer Anne Budra and Fair Vote Canada Guelph’s Steve Dyck about the details, impact and consequences of the robocall fraud in Guelph and across Canada. Discuss possible solutions, including the implementation of a more proportional electoral system.

Keynote speaker: Prof. Michael Keefer, University of Guelph. Professor Keefer is completing a book on the 2011 robocall fraud and has written extensively on electoral fraud in the U.S.

Q+A to follow presentations.

We hope you can join us!
Start Time:  2:00 pm
Date: 2015-01-25
End Time:  4:00 pm

Chat Cafe at the Sapphire Cafe and Lounge

Title: Chat Cafe at the Sapphire Cafe and Lounge
Location: Corner of Wilson and Macdonell
Description:
Join us for an evening of conversation about the issues of the day concerning our municipality, our country, and our world. Casual and thoughtful. Grab a coffee and expand your knowledge.
Topics include elections, fracking, pipelines, our coming AGM, how you can help.
Start Time:  7:30
Date: 2015-01-20

OPIRG Welcome (Back) Party and Website Launch!

Title: OPIRG Welcome (Back) Party and Website Launch!
Location: Silence 46 Essex st, Guelph, Ontario n1h 3k8
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Description: It’s a new year, and we have a new website – join us for a party!

You’re invited! Come and reconnect with OPIRG, or get to know us for the first time. Check out our fancy new website, and have a look at what our library has to offer. Learn about what we’re planning over the next few months and how you can be part of it. Meet more people who want to join your Action Group or get involved in your project. Try your hand at Guelph activist trivia and other games, eat some delicious snacks, step into the photo booth, and maybe even win a door prize…

Feel free to drop by at any time. Don’t be intimidated by the timing!
We hope to see you there!

Silence is an accessible space, including the washroom. Guelph Transit tickets and funding for child care are available upon request. If you have questions or concerns around accessibility please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us over Facebook, at 519.824.2091, or at opirg@uoguelph.ca
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2015-01-22
End Time: 10:00 pm

Basic Women’s Self Defence Class with Wen-Do

Title: Basic Women’s Self Defence Class with Wen-Do
Location: Studio 404, 404 York Rd. Guelph, ON
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Description: **We are prioritizing women and girls of racialized, im/migrant, and indigenous backgrounds to attend.**

Violence against the Feminine abounds and is on the increase locally and in our global community. It’s important for us women and girl-identified people to know how to protect ourselves so that we can go about our lives safely and with confidence. Thinking that “it’s not going to happen to me” is not enough. Hopefully it won’t happen to any one of us, but we’d rather that we didn’t rely on hope.

Most of us don’t have the time to dedicate years to studying a martial art in order to learn how to fight and no one should have to. We need to learn how to fight back effectively in realistic situations. This class is designed for women and young women 10 years old and up and for all abilities. It is not a martial arts class, it’s an educational program. Taught within a span of 15 hours (10am – 5:30pm on both days) would be practical, effective and uncomplicated techniques to help escape from common scenarios that could possibly be encountered if attacked. (Reg. course fee is $150/participant. Thanks to community sponsorships, this course was made more affordable!)

Contact Name: MaryCarl
Phone: 226.486.1013
Email: marycarlwendo@riseup.net

Cost: $45, $35 before March 2nd.
(Reg. cost is $150 per participant. Thanks to community sponsorships, this course was made more affordable!)

Register by Tuesday, March 11th. Contact MaryCarl if alternative arrangements are needed.
Start Date: 2015-03-14
Start Time: 10:00 am
End Date: 2015-03-15
End Time:  5:30 pm

Soup, Socks, Song and Skating

Title: Soup, Socks, Song and Skating
Location: City Hall rink, 1 Carden St.
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Description: City of Guelph Patrons, Neighbours, Friends and Colleagues,

The Guelph and District Labour Council will be hosting a Free Community Festive Holiday event.

We are extending an invitation to you, your families, friends and neighbours to join us and members of our community to help spread the holiday cheer and enjoy some hot soup.

We will be serving hot soup, giving away socks, skating and singing holiday songs with members of the community.

We are asking our affiliates, friends and community to help us by donating new socks or money to purchase socks on your behalf.

DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED AT THE WEST END COMMUNITY CENTRE OR AT THE EVENT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Start Time:  6:00 pm
Date: 2014-12-11
End Time:  8:00 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 CHANGE :  OECTA Office at Orchard Park (Ignatius)
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:  6:00 pm
Date: 2014-12-09
End Time:  9:00 pm