Edible and Medicinal Plant Identification Hiking Workshop!

Title: Edible and Medicinal Plant Identification Hiking Workshop!
Location: York Road Park
Link out: Click here
Description:
Come and be empowered with knowledge about the natural areas in your neighborhood! Ever wondered which trees are which, and why we continue to plant more native species into the River Corridor? Join us for a short workshop on how to identify trees and learn more about our park trees. We will look at both native and non-native species, and provide a handout that explains prominent identifying characteristics of the dominant species.

There are various reasons we need to plant trees along the river.

Some of the benefits are as follows:
- Restoration of riparian buffer zone slows down surface runoff, reduces river bank erosion, and traps pollutants. Reduced runoff of pollutants reduces algal bloom in the river stream.
- Trees and shrubs increase water storage capacity within the local sub-watershed.
- Tree canopies along the riverbank reduce water temperature and increase dissolved oxygen in the water. Increased oxygen in water increases aquatic biodiversity.
- Planting trees and shrubs increases plant biodiversity in the riparian buffer zone, and provides better habitat for wildlife.
- We can continue our dialogue about our river systems, and various ways to improve the quality of water for ourselves and our downstream communities.

This is a free, fun, family friendly event!

Refreshments will be served!
For more information and registration please give OPIRG a call at (519) 824 2091, or email Kiran at speedriver@opirgguelph.org
Start Time:  9:00 am
Date: 2015-05-30
End Time: 12:00 noon

The Carbon Bubble: What will You Do when it Bursts?

Title: The Carbon Bubble: What will You Do when it Bursts?
Location: Lakeside Hope House Guelph on Norfolk St
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Description: Jeff Rubin was the Chief Economist for the CIBC
and is dynamic. Canada is headed in the wrong
direction with promotion of the tar sands. We need to
change direction asap and he has some suggestions that are good for your future.

Not to be missed!

Tickets available at the Bookshelf.
Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2015-05-27
End Time:  9:00 pm

Native Tree Identification Hiking Workshop and Tree Planting!

Title: Native Tree Identification Hiking Workshop and Tree Planting!
Location: Bank of the Speed River (Edinburgh Road South please look for picnic shelter) at Silvercreek Park, Guelph
Link out: Click here
Description: Come and be empowered with knowledge about the natural areas in your neighborhood! Ever wondered which trees are which, and why we continue to plant more native species into the River Corridor? Join us for a short workshop on how to identify trees and learn more about our park trees. We will look at both native and non-native species, and provide a handout that explains prominent identifying characteristics of the dominant species.

There are various reasons we need to plant trees along the river.

Some of the benefits are as follows:
- Restoration of riparian buffer zone slows down surface runoff, reduces river bank erosion, and traps pollutants. Reduced runoff of pollutants reduces algal bloom in the river stream.
- Trees and shrubs increase water storage capacity within the local sub-watershed.
- Tree canopies along the riverbank reduce water temperature and increase dissolved oxygen in the water. Increased oxygen in water increases aquatic biodiversity.
- Planting trees and shrubs increases plant biodiversity in the riparian buffer zone, and provides better habitat for wildlife.
- We can continue our dialogue about our river systems, and various ways to improve the quality of water for ourselves and our downstream communities.

This is a free, fun, family friendly event!

Refreshments will be served!
For more information and registration please give OPIRG a call at (519) 824 2091, or email Kiran at speedriver@opirgguelph.org
Start Time:  9:00 am
Date: 2015-05-23
End Time: 12:00 noon

Fair Vote Guelph presents Election Day in Canada

Title: Fair Vote Guelph presents Election Day in Canada
Location: The Bookshelf Cinema, 41 Quebec St., Guelph
Link out: Click here
Description: The rise of voter suppression, a documentary film in production.

Interactive live events with writer/producer/director Peter Smoczynski featuring film clips, background research and Q & A session

Guest appearance by Prof. Michael Keefer

Reception: 4 pm – 6 pm
hors d’oeuvres & cash bar

Tickets $20.00 at the Bookshelf or on Eventbrite

Co-sponsored by the Council of Canadians, Guelph Chapter & Guelph Campus Cooperative
Start Time:  2:00 pm
Date: 2015-05-23
End Time:  6:00 pm

Hooping for Hunger

Title: Hooping for Hunger
Location: Centennial C.V.I.
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Description: Addressing the hunger crisis requires that we look at the root causes, a major one of which is gender inequalities. In partnership with Chalmers Community Services Centre and The Hunger Project-Canada, FLOW Office Wisdom is hosting this event to invite collective engagement in investing in sustainable solutions developed and led by individuals, families and communities for whom inequalities and hunger occur, locally and globally, as well as by focusing on empowering women in developing countries to be the voice and leaders of their community change.
Start Time: 12:00 noon
Date: 2015-05-23
End Time:  5:00 pm

Fair Vote Guelph presents Election Day in Canada

Title: Fair Vote Guelph presents Election Day in Canada
Location: Programming Room Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk St.
Link out: Click here
Description: The rise of voter suppression, a documentary film in production.

Interactive live events with writer/producer/director Peter Smoczynski featuring film clips, background research and Q & A session.

Free admission, donations appreciated, limited seating

Co-sponsored by Council of Canadians, Guelph Chapter & Guelph Campus Cooperative

This program is not sponsored by the Guelph Public Library and the Library carries no responsibility for its content.
Start Time:  6:30 pm
Date: 2015-05-20
End Time:  8:30 pm

Producing Reports For the Public Interest

Title: Producing Reports For the Public Interest
Location: University Centre (UC) 103, U of G
Link out: Click here
Description: NGO’s, Governments, Corporations, and Lobby groups release professionally-produced reports constantly in a bid to sway public opinion, get press coverage, legitimize their activities, pressure decision-makers, and generate support for their agenda. Grassroots social justice movements can use this tool as well! This workshop will go over the basics of how to use InDesign software to produce a fancy and professional-looking report. As well as tips for what to include in a report, how to best distribute an official report, and case-studies of grassroots reports being highly-effective tools in social and environmental justice campaigns.

Presented by Sakura Saunders.
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2015-05-13
End Time:  7:30 pm

Being an Effective One-Person Campaigner

Title: Being an Effective One-Person Campaigner
Location: University Centre (UC) 103, U of G
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Description: FREE! snacks provided.

It may seem daunting, but one person with a lot of passion and free time can do so much to expose injustice and push for accountability. Come learn the tools needed to take on the goliaths of injustice.

This workshop will teach you easy skills and tactics and useful tools for tracking, documenting, exposing, and mobilizing resistance to the corporate criminal of your choice. 3 hour in-depth workshop will include a basic intro to using tools such as google alerts, mailchimp, wordpress, and photoshop, as well as an intro into press strategy, visibility, and connecting your cause to wider movements.

Presented by Sakura Saunders.
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2015-05-11
End Time:  8:30 pm

Community Tree Planting Day

Title: Community Tree Planting Day
Location: Silvercreek Park (North bank of the Speed River at Edinburgh Rd. South)
Link out: Click here
Description: This event will include planting native trees and shrubs along the river as well as caring for our babies from previous plantings! We will continue our dialogue about our river systems, and various ways to improve the quality of water for ourselves, our downstream communities, and the environment.
Start Time: 10:00 am
Date: 2015-05-09
End Time:  1:00 pm

DIY Artistic Activism: a how-to workshop

Title: DIY Artistic Activism: a how-to workshop
Location: Mackinnon 313, University of Guelph
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Description: FREE! Snacks Provided. exact location TBA

This participatory workshop will explore the basics of successfully self-publishing and distributing your album, film, poetry book, visual art, etc.

The workshop will be flexible and based around the needs and experiences of folks in attendance, but some of the tools we will focus on are how to use platforms such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter for successful online crowd-funding, DIY tour-booking and tour-planning, and grassroots event organizing. For musical artists we can also look at tools for online distribution and getting radio play.

It’s not easy being an independent artist these days. In addition to being artists we must be fundraisers, tour-bookers, publicists, distributers, event organizers, website creators, and often even more. Luckily there are some easy tools we can all use to our advantage.

Facilitated by Darius Mirshahi, a long-time activist-artist and social justice organizer.
Start Time:  5.30 pm
Date: 2015-05-06
End Time:  8:30 pm