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: 2015-09-08
End Time:  9:00 pm

Enjoy Harvest Brunch in the Country

Title: Enjoy Harvest Brunch in the Country
Location: Drumlin Farm a few miles down Watson Rd. (south of Maltby Rd on east side.)
Link out: Click here
Description: This special farm, a few miles down Watson Rd. (south of Maltby Rd on east side.)
is kindly sharing their sustainable expertise while Yorklands Green Hub waits to own the site. This is an organization
that Council of Canadians chapters in Ontario endorses along with many other groups.
To learn more about YGH www.yorklandsgreenhub.ca
To attend the brunch, please register before August 20th
You can reserve a seat online at http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/drumlin-farm-harvest-brunch-tickets-18003832949?aff=es2
or by phone (519- 837- 9485) or by email. If you do not receive a reply within 24 hours from your email,
please leave a message on their phone. drumlinfarm@xplornet.ca
Start Time: 11:30
Date: 2015-08-23
End Time: 14:00

Freedom Ride to End MS

Title: Freedom Ride to End MS
Location: Bingemans
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Description: The 6th annual Freedom Ride to End MS, presented by Freedom 55 Financial starts and ends at Bingemans in Kitchener on Sunday August 23rd, 2015. Registration starts at 8am with kick stands up at 9:15am sharp. After a fantastic pancake breakfast and coffee, riders will depart on a 2.5 – 3.5 hour Poker Run in the scenic Grand River country before returning for lunch, draw prizes, and entertainment. To participate, you must raise a minimum of $50 in pledges. All participants will receive breakfast, lunch, ride t-shirt, goodie bag and a chance to win lots of great PRIZES. Each additional $50 in pledges means another chance to win! Download your pledge form or register online today to be a part of this great event and support your local MS Chapter!

Our mission is to enable people affected by multiple sclerosis to enhance their quality of life, raise funds for local programs and services, and support research towards finding a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Start Time:  8:00 am
Date: 2015-08-23
End Time:  6:00 pm

Guelph Firefighters Benevolent Foundation Fundraiser BBQ

Title: Guelph Firefighters Benevolent Foundation Fundraiser BBQ
Location: 181 Janefield Ave
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Description: Free event for all ages, BBQ, face painting, bouncy castle, Caribbean entertainment, personal visits, not to mention the Firefighters and their fire truck! Great raffle prizes to be won!!
Start Time: 12:00 noon
Date: 2015-07-18
End Time:  2:00 pm

WORKSHOP: Re-Examining Allyship with Aboriginal People and Communities

Title: WORKSHOP: Re-Examining Allyship with Aboriginal People and Communities
Location: University Centre (UC) 441, University of Guelph campus
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Description: Facilitators: Natasha Smith and Maria Shallard from the Aboriginal Resource Centre at the University of Guelph

By re-examining allyship, this workshop asks participants to reflect, question and identify their positionality and their responsibilities as an ally in reciprocal and meaningful relationships with Aboriginal people and communities. This includes ways in which to walk lightly as a guest on another’s territory in recognition that different and intersecting worldviews and knowledge systems exist. This workshop will include discussions focused on intercultural competency, the history of colonization in Canada and the connection, impact and consequences of this colonization in a contemporary context. Bringing the learning full circle, in order to ensure that the campus community continues to be welcoming and inclusive, there will be a discussion about protocols and best practices for inviting, hosting and engaging Aboriginal people at the University of Guelph (ie. sharing knowledge and cultural practices).

This workshop is brought to you by OPIRG-Guelph and the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity, as part of our 9th annual Summer Institute.

Accessibility information:
– this workshop is FREE!
– UC 441 is wheelchair accessible.
– there will be access to an accessible and gender-neutral washroom.
– Vegan and gluten-free snacks (but not a meal) will be provided – feel free to bring additional food for your break if you’d like.
– Child care is available upon request with 48 hours notice. Babies are welcome in the workshop.
– Handouts can be made available in alternative formats with advance notice.
– Bus tickets will be available at the workshop.
– Unfortunately we cannot offer ASL interpretation but please get in touch to talk about how we can make the workshop accessible to you in other ways.
* Please help us to ensure a scent-reduced space. Perfumes, fragrances, scented products and cigarette smoke can be barriers for facilitators and participants. For more information on how to eliminate and reduce scents please see
http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html

For information about the rest of this year’s Summer Institute please go to our website (https://guelphsi.wordpress.com/) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SummerInstituteGuelph), email us at guelphsi@gmail.com or call GRCGED at 519.824.4120 x58559.

Please contact us with any other needs or questions!
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2015-07-07
End Time:  8:30 pm

March for Jobs, Justice, and The Climate

Title: March for Jobs, Justice, and The Climate
Location: Queen’s Park, In front of the Ontario Legislature Building (located by Queen’s Park Crescent West & University Avenue)
Link out: Click here
Description: Guelph Chapter of Council of Canadians needs you to join us in Toronto for this important event.
This is a big chance to show strength in getting our voice heard.
We don’t have a bus going but if you can get there, do look for us and help us hold our banner high.

Canada needs a new economy that works for people and the planet.

We don’t have to choose between the economy or the environment. By taking climate action, we can create an economy that is more fair and equal and generates hundreds of thousands of good green jobs.

Climate action means protecting and expanding public control over our energy systems to ensure cheaper rates and a transition to clean energy sources. It also means building affordable, energy-efficient housing and better public transit.

This July, Toronto will host a Pan American Climate Summit and an Economic Summit where politicians will face a choice: listen to corporate leaders from across the Americas gathering to advance an economic austerity agenda that is increasing inequality and causing a climate crisis felt disproportionally in the Global South – or listen to the people.

On the eve of those summits, let’s make sure they hear our demands. By joining the march and adding your voice you can help build a justice-based transition to a new energy economy where corporate polluters pay and ordinary people benefit.
Start Time:  1:00 pm
Date: 2015-07-05

WORKSHOP: Empower Everywhere Biodiesel from used cooking oil

Title: WORKSHOP: Empower Everywhere Biodiesel from used cooking oil
Link out: Click here
Description: Description Facilitated by Handel Callender

This fun and lively workshop is designed to provide all the information on small-scale production of bio diesel from used fryer/cooking oil. It will focus on making bio diesel for your diesel vehicle, for electricity production in your home/generator, or for small-scale farm use. The content will cover the complete process theory, the equipment needed for setup, economics of production, and ensuring quality control measures. By the end of the workshop, you will have the enough knowledge to make fuel for yourself. This empowering and participatory workshop is perfect for beginners and a great refresher for home brewers.

Please note that ordinarily this workshop has a practical component, which may not be possible this time due to venue restrictions. Please inquire about future practical modules if you’re interested in some hands-on experience.

Facilitator:
Handel Callender has over 10 years experience producing biodiesel in small and large production facilities. He designed and started the first commercially viable biodiesel facility in Barbados in 2004, but had been involved in the field for much longer. Now, he enjoys empowering individuals and groups by teaching what he has learned on his journey.

This workshop is brought to you by OPIRG-Guelph and the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity, as part of our 9th annual Summer Institute.

Accessibility information:
– this workshop is FREE!
– UC 441 is wheelchair accessible.
– there will be access to an accessible and gender-neutral washroom.
– Vegan and gluten-free snacks (but not a meal) will be provided – feel free to bring additional food for your break if you’d like.
– Child care is available upon request with 48 hours notice. Babies are welcome in the workshop.
– Handouts can be made available in alternative formats with advance notice.
– Bus tickets will be available at the workshop.
– Unfortunately we cannot offer ASL interpretation but please get in touch to talk about how we can make the workshop accessible to you in other ways.
* Please help us to ensure a scent-reduced space. Perfumes, fragrances, scented products and cigarette smoke can be barriers for facilitators and participants. For more information on how to eliminate and reduce scents please see
http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html

For information about the rest of this year’s Summer Institute please go to our website (https://guelphsi.wordpress.com/) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SummerInstituteGuelph), email us at guelphsi@gmail.com or call GRCGED at 519.824.4120 x58559.

Please contact us with any other needs or questions!
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2015-06-29
End Time:  9:00 pm

New Chapter of Council of Canadians

Title: New Chapter of Council of Canadians
Location: Elora Legion
Link out: Click here
Description:
Elora and Fergus area are interested in starting a new chapter of Council of Canadians.
A meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm Thurs., June 25
at Elora Legion.
For more info contact: Diane Ballantyne
diane.ballantyne@yahoo.ca
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2015-06-25

WORKSHOP: Self-Care (as) Community-Care. Facilitated by Ali Sauer.

Title: WORKSHOP: Self-Care (as) Community-Care. Facilitated by Ali Sauer.
Location: University Centre (UC) 441, U of G campus
Link out: Click here
Description:
As activists, we are not always skilled at recognizing that the work that we do and the experiences we have at the hands of the state (trauma, oppression, violence, surveillance, incarceration etc.) and in our communities (violence, sexual assault, burn-out, alienation, isolation, direct and vicarious trauma, etc.) can enormously impact our well-being and effectiveness as organizers. The sustainability of our movements and true social change depend on our abilities to heal and take care of ourselves and each other in long-term, meaningful ways.

This interactive workshop will focus on concepts of radical self-care, community-care and support. We will discuss strategies for self-care/community-care – those we already possess and those we need to develop. We will also explore some of the particular challenges that emerge when engaging in self-care/community-care practices.

Facilitator:
Ali Sauer is a white, queer, cis-woman with chronic illness. She is psychotherapist and an activist who has done formal and informal support work within activist communities for 15 years. She really likes jellyfish.

This workshop is brought to you by OPIRG-Guelph and the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity, as part of our 9th annual Summer Institute.

Accessibility information:
– this workshop is FREE!
– UC 441 is wheelchair accessible.
– there will be access to an accessible and gender-neutral washroom.
– Vegan and gluten-free snacks (but not a meal) will be provided – feel free to bring additional food for your break if you’d like.
– Child care is available upon request with 48 hours notice. Babies are welcome in the workshop.
– Handouts can be made available in alternative formats with advance notice.
– Bus tickets will be available at the workshop.
– Unfortunately we cannot offer ASL interpretation but please get in touch to talk about how we can make the workshop accessible to you in other ways.
* Please help us to ensure a scent-reduced space. Perfumes, fragrances, scented products and cigarette smoke can be barriers for facilitators and participants. For more information on how to eliminate and reduce scents please see:
http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html

For information about the rest of this year’s Summer Institute please go to our website (https://guelphsi.wordpress.com/) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SummerInstituteGuelph), email us at guelphsi@gmail.com, or call GRCGED at 519.824.4120 x58559.

Please contact us with any other needs or questions!
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2015-06-24
End Time:  8:30 pm

Growing the Greenbelt – Guelph Town Hall Meeting

Title: Growing the Greenbelt – Guelph Town Hall Meeting
Location: The Arboretum Centre – U of G
Link out: Click here
Description: CoC-Guelph invites you to join with us and others at this important event. See you there!

Greetings fellow green space protectors!
The annual 2Rivers Festival is a forum to showcase and celebrate our two beautiful rivers and to engage our whole community in imagining how each one of us can become a vital participant in the regeneration of our river ecosystems. This year, the discussion event will be focused on growing the Greenbelt to include public lands along our river corridors here in Guelph.

Growing the Greenbelt – Guelph Town Hall Meeting will be held on Thursday June 11, 2015.
6:00-7:00pm: meet and greet community groups
7:00-8:30pm: keynote speakers
8:30-9:00pm: curated Q&A

Our Speakers will be:
Hugh Whitely “A History of Greenspace Planning in Guelph”
David Donnelly “Policy Gaps, Policy Enforcement and Do The Math on Development Presentation”
Faisal Moola “Economic/Environmental Benefits of the Greenbelt”
Purpose: to hear from experts on the value of expanding the Greenbelt, the benefits it will bring to Guelph, and how the threats from inappropriate development are putting our nature, source drinking water, farmlands and climate at risk; to provide citizens with information about how they can urge their municipalities and townships to include public lands along river systems and farmland in the Ontario Greenbelt.
Start Time:  6:00 pm
Date: 2015-06-11
End Time:  9:30 pm