Jayu Presents: The Secret Trial 5

Title: Jayu Presents: The Secret Trial 5
Location: The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street, Guelph
Link out: Click here
Description: Jayu Presents: The Secret Trial 5 at The Bookshelf, Guelph
Filmmakers in attendance for post-screening Q + A
Advance Tickets: $8 | At the Door: $10

With an aim to inform the debate around Bill C-51, award-winning documentary The Secret Trial 5 is embarking on a cross-country tour to ensure the human impact of its potential human impact measures remain a part of the dialogue.

A film about the human impact of the ‘war on terror,’ The Secret Trial 5 is a sobering examination of the Canadian government’s use of security certificates, a tool that allows for indefinite detention without charges, based on evidence not revealed to the accused or their lawyers.

After premiering to much acclaim at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto this spring, The Secret Trial 5 has gone on to screen at film festivals across Canada and Internationally and win numerous awards.

Be a part of the passionate and growing audience for this film, which the Huffington Post called “A must see,” and which The Globe and Mail, Now Magazine, and the Toronto Star all highlighted as a powerful and compelling piece which most Canadians will be thoroughly shocked by.

Also generously supported by Inter Pares and Open Cinema.
Start Time:  2:00 pm
Date: 2015-03-21
End Time:  4:00 pm

Building Resilience: Herbs for stress and every day bullshit

Title: Building Resilience: Herbs for stress and every day bullshit
Location: University Centre (UC) 441, U of G campus
Link out: Click here
Description: Stress can negatively impact us in a variety of different ways. This workshop with explore ways in which stress affects our bodies and ways we can work with herbs to soften the impact. Together we will also cover topics like herbal therapeutic actions related to the nervous system, building resilience to stress, using food as medicine and common herbs for teas. This workshop will also expand on topics like defining self care versus prioritizing privilege and reclaiming ancestral knowledge in the face of colonialism and racism.

This workshop is open to everyone but we ask that people be respectful and center the needs of racialized people. Herbalism is built upon the backs of Brown and Black people and we need to insure this space does not continue that legacy.

About Shabina:

Shabina is a mixed race queer woman of color who has been studying herbal medicine for the last six years. She has studied both Western Herbalism and Ayurvedic Medicine. She is committed to healing justice and revolution.
Start Time:  4:00 pm
Date: 2015-03-20
End Time:  7:00 pm

“Defend our Freedom! Stop Bill C-51 Rally”

Title: “Defend our Freedom! Stop Bill C-51 Rally”
Location: Old City Hall (corner of Carden and Wyndham Sts.)
Link out: Click here
Description: Initiated by LeadNow, a national independent advocacy organization, Guelph will be joining with communities across Canada on Saturday,

On January 30th, Stephen Harper launched C­51 – also known as his “secret police” bill. This legislation will give sweeping powers to spy agencies and undermine our civil liberties, with minimal oversight or accountability.

Supported by Council of Canadians, Wellington WaterWatchers, and Guelph Wellington Coalition of Social Justice.
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 2015-03-14

OPIRG-Guelph’s Social and Environmental Justice Symposium

Title: OPIRG-Guelph’s Social and Environmental Justice Symposium
Location: U of G
Link out: Click here
Description: Join us on March 13th and 14th as we showcase research and knowledge with a community organizing focus!

Followed by a Guelph March and Rally Against Bill C-51 at 5:30
… meet up at the Cannon, U of G and march
to City Hall downtown Guelph for the rally… music and speeches, etc.

OPIRG-Guelph’s Social and Environmental Justice Symposium is a convergence of academic and community research, activism, and art focused on social and environmental justice issues. We are aiming to make research more accessible to all and to foster deeper relationships and idea sharing between academics and community activism. Our goal is to support the development of research that is useful to community based campaigns and projects working for social change and fostering a space for this exchange to take place. We would like to encourage opportunities for students and community members energy and work to be useful as a valuable resource to improve community organizing. This symposium will highlight community – based social justice research by students and community groups.

This conference is for the campus AND the community. Whether you are a student, community member, organizer, mobilizer, or just curious of activism we encourage you to come out and participate! We are working to challenge the shift our understandings of the role of research and foster a space for academics and activists to collectively examine and engage with community issues through creative and alternative skill and idea sharing.

This is beyond your typical research conference. We are fostering a space for research presentations, panels, roundtables, breakout groups, multimedia and art displays, interactive activities, zines and more.

The Panel Topics:
*each panel holds individual(s) discussing their research related to the topic and grassroots organizers/ activists doing this work.

1. Food Industrial Complex: A Conversation on GMO’s and Pesticides
2. Politics of Trauma: Alternative Healing Strategies
3. We don’t want your Pipelines: Strategies for Challenging Pipelines in Ontario
4. The Borders Crossed Us: Understanding the Impacts of Immigration Laws and Borders in Canada
5. Mining: Canada’s Toxic Legacy
6. Capitalism isn’t working: What else is there?
7. The Impact of Environmental Movements on Indigenous Sovereignty
8. Using Academia to Further Indigenous Sovereignty
9. Freedom to Learn: Challenging the Education Paradigm in Ontario
10. The Power of Storytelling: Using Stories to Create Change and Understanding
11. Slapp Suits: Slapping movements into silence
12. Ontario’s Electricity Future – Nuclear or Renewable?
13. We are the Ocean: The Knowledge Within Indigenous Feminisms & it’s Relationship to the Academy, Activism and Social Structures
14. Seeds of Change: Exploring and Unpacking Food Justice Movements
15. Resisting the Rise of Anti-Muslim Violence
16. Money Walks: Strategies for Divestment from Mining, Fossil Fuels and Israeli Apartheid

What else to expect:
-Free food
-Rebel Knowledge Fair: Zines, Books, Posters and DIY Apparel
-Gallery Walk: History of Guelph Activist Art
-Film screening
-After Party!

The space is wheelchair and scooter accessible. If you have any specific needs in order to feel comfortable please let us know. symposium@opirgguelph.org
Start Date: 2015-03-13
End Date: 2015-03-14


Location: Arboretum
Link out: Click here
Description: Very Important for your input!!!
The Ontario government has just released a Climate Change discussion paper to engage citizens and businesses on Climate Change Strategy.
Please read the documents at the link and attend this public meeting in Guelph. A few other cities across the province are having their townhalls also. Input will be taken to influence future plans to build resilience. Your voice in important. If you need a ride there let us know and we will manage to carpool.


At this meeting, please support our local groups like Yorklands Green Hub and Wellington Water Watchers and OPIRG that all relate to positive solutions for climate change threats to our communities . The town hall consultation for Guelph is March 18th at the Arboretum.
Start Time:  6:00 pm
Date: 2015-03-18
End Time:  8:00 pm

Chat Café Day Change

Title: Chat Café Day Change
Location: Sapphire Cafe & Lounge 17 Macdonell St., Guelph (corner of Wilson and Macdonell).
Link out: Click here
Description: 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: 2015-03-18

Hunger Awareness Week Networking Social

Title: Hunger Awareness Week Networking Social
Location: Silence: 46 Essex St, Guelph
Link out: Click here
Description: This event is looking to connect students on campus with community organizations that tackle problems of food sovereignty. Drinks and appetizers will be provided by Ouderkirk and Taylor. Share your thoughts & get involved!
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2015-03-10
End Time:  9:00 pm

The Guelph Resilience Festival 2015

Title: The Guelph Resilience Festival 2015
Location: St. George’s Church and various other locations
Link out: Click here
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
Link out: Click here
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