Be a Part of Open Government in Guelph – Take the survey

Title: Be a Part of Open Government in Guelph – Take the survey
Location: From the comfort of your home
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Description: The City of Guelph wants to work with members of the community to become a more ‘open’ government to deliver better public service. As part of this strategy, the City is looking to obtain opinions from members of the public, local businesses or any group interested in the idea, to help to develop their Open Government Action Plan.

We are asking you to participate in a 10 minute survey to learn what Open Government will mean in Guelph and to voice your opinions. The survey will also tell you how ready you are for Open Government.

To participate in the survey please go to http://OpenUpGuelph.com and have your say!
Date: 2014-04-09

A Town Hall meeting on Proportional Representation and the Reform Act.

Title: A Town Hall meeting on Proportional Representation and the Reform Act.
Location: Saint James The Apostle church, 85 Glasgow Street N., Guelph
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Description:

Speakers:

Michael Chong

Michael Chong, MP for Wellington-Halton Hills
Michael will speak about his Private Member’s Bill, The Reform Act. The Reform Act puts forward 3 simple reforms to strengthen Parliament by restoring local control over party nominations, strengthening caucus as a decision-making body, and reinforcing the accountability of party members to caucuses.

Brian Tanguay

Professor Brian Tanguay, Electoral Reform expert and member of Fair Vote Canada’s National Advisory Board.

Brian will speak about Proportional Representation, an electoral system used by 27/34 OECD countries whereby most votes count towards electing a representative, and the percentage of seats a party receives in the legislature roughly matches its popular support.

Co-Sponsored by: Council of Canadians Guelph chapter, Fair Vote Canada Guelph, Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region, Social Justice Committee at St. James
Start Time:  2:00pm
Date: 2014-04-06
End Time:  4:00pm

Renewable Energy in Ontario – Can we make sense of it all? Hosted by Evan Ferrari

Title: Renewable Energy in Ontario – Can we make sense of it all? Hosted by Evan Ferrari
Location: Silence, 46 Essex St.
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Description:
From small rooftop solar projects to utility scale wind farms, the face of electricity production is radically changing. Conflicting information on renewables bombard us daily. We’ll look at debunking some of these myths and making sense of how renewables are contributing to a sustainable energy transition. Cost: Free
Start Date: 2014-03-26
Start Time: 7:00
End Date: 2014-03-26
End Time: 9:00

Resilience Through Theatre Hosted by Nicholas Walsh (Guelph Youth Theatre)

Title: Resilience Through Theatre Hosted by Nicholas Walsh (Guelph Youth Theatre)
Location: 10 Carden St.
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Description: This workshop is for people interested in acting, dancing, environmental sustainability and/or community resilience. Experience these areas of study is not necessary, but an interest to move improvisationally would be helpful. Participants will be led through a series of simple exercises in an investigation of community resilience as it relates to collaborative creation and their own personal physical vocabulary. The goal is to assist participants in becoming aware of their own bodies as a vehicle for positive change.

Please wear comfortable clothes. This event is appropriate for participants 16 and older.
Free – donations gratefully accepted
Start Date: 2014-03-26
Start Time: 7:00
End Date: 2014-03-26
End Time: 9:00

Biskaabiiyaang Hosted by The ACT Dinner Organizing collect

Title: Biskaabiiyaang Hosted by The ACT Dinner Organizing collect
Location: Tytler Public School
Description: In the Anishinabek language this means “We are returning”. It is the closest word that there is for “decolonization”. What are we returning to? Well, we are returning to our original roots. How are we going to do this?

The Organizing collective for this event had hoped to have presenters on the Two Row Wampum agreement. It came into question whether or not we have proper sanction from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to talk about the Two Row agreement. We felt compelled to hold off on this presentation for this Resilience Festival event until we have explored this process more fully. We are committed to hosting a presentation on this topic in our community but want to honour all our relationships and agreements.

We are still going ahead with the event as scheduled but have changed the topic. We will have a presenter on the Unity Camp and will have other presentations on Bill C-10, the Contraband Tobacco Act and its effects on the criminalization of Haudenosaunee people.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday March 26th, 6 – 8 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) and wish our speakers a warm welcome.
Start Date: 2014-03-26
Start Time: 6:00
End Date: 2014-03-26
End Time: 8:00

Renovating Your Home – Solutions & Economics

Title: Renovating Your Home – Solutions & Economics
Location: 10 Carden St.
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Description: Renovating Your Home – Solutions & Economics
Few actions we take can have as positive an impact on reducing our footprint as upgrading the buildings we live in. We consume vast quantities of resources like fossil fuels, water, wood and other construction materials to condition and maintain our homes in an especially challenging climate. When it comes time to finally renovate your home, the task can seem daunting as questions you did not even know existed start popping up everywhere. From choosing the right materials to financing the work, there seems to be hundreds of decisions to make.

Join us as we tackle some of the big questions during an evening of presentations with some of our local energy experts. Best Practices for Finishing Your Basement starts off the evening helping you understand the science and solutions for a durable and energy efficient renovation. Why the Best Investment is a Home Renovation will help you understand the rationale beyond comfort and efficiency focusing on the positive economics of home renovation and getting a great Return On Investment. Wrapping up the night will be Funding Your Energy Efficient Retrofit which will lead you through the programs and funding options the City of Guelph is investing in to support your work and help make Guelph a superior community to be part of.
Pay What You Can to help us cover costs.
Start Time: 7:00
Date: 2014-03-25
End Time: 9:00

Resilience Healthcare Symposium Hosted by Dr. Daniel Benor

Title: Resilience Healthcare Symposium Hosted by Dr. Daniel Benor
Location: Community Health Centre – 176 Wyndham St. N
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Description: Join us for a Transition Guelph Healthcare Resilience evening of information, demonstrations and experiential learning on ways you can benefit from self-healing and complementary/ alternative therapies. Many of these methods rapidly and easily reduce or preclude need for medications for stress-related illnesses, pain and more. This also heals the environment. Medications excreted, dumped in the toilet and washed off the skin create new kinds of pollution. Babies are now born with hundreds of drugs and other chemicals in their blood. Much of this can be prevented if we increase self-healing and use less medication.

This year the symposium will be hosting an panel discussion and Q & A with several local healthcare professionals, including Jayelle Lindsay, Moragh Lippert, Lisa Baird. Sue Lebrecht will speak on the risks associated with electromagnetic radiation.

Cost: Free workshops; donations gratefully accepted.
Start Date: 2014-03-25
Start Time: 6:30
End Date: 2014-03-25
End Time: 9:00

Water activism in Guelph: A Research Presentation and Strategizing Workshop

Title: Water activism in Guelph: A Research Presentation and Strategizing Workshop
Location: 10 Carden St.
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Description: In 2011, Rob created an social network map depicting the social ties that exist among Guelph’s water activists, and followed up with a series of interviews aimed at uncovering clues about how it is that people come together to take collective action on community issues such as water. In this workshop, you are invited to come and hear a brief presentation of Rob’s research results, and to participate in a facilitated discussion to brainstorm what they might mean for the approaches, strategies and priorities that community groups could be using for strengthening public engagement in water activism and other local causes.

Hosted by Wellington Water Watchers
Registration for this event is not necessary but recommended. Please see registration link on the website.
Start Time: 7:00
Date: 2014-03-24
End Time: 9:00

Fuerza Puwersa & Growing Community Health First General Meeting!!

Title: Fuerza Puwersa & Growing Community Health First General Meeting!!
Location: OPIRG office, 1 Trent Lane (U of G campus)
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Description: Hey ya’ll

Fuerza Puwersa & Growing Community Health are proud to announce that we are having our first set of general meetings!!

If you are passionate about (im)migrant justice and (im)migrant health issues or want to know more, come and find out what these two groups have been up to and how you can get involved!!

alternative date and time:
Saturday March 22nd, 2:30-4:30pm
10 Carden, downtown Guelph

*Snacks will be included*
*10 Carden is a wheelchair accessible space*
*1 Trent Lane is a wheelchair accessible space*

Please email us if you have any questions!

*BACKGROUND*

Fuerza Puwersa and Growing Community Health work in alliance to promote the notion that individuals migrating to Ontario have equal access to health care services regardless of status.

We are a small group of folks passionate about migrant justice and believe that all people deserve the right to move and stay freely regardless of colonial border structures. In order to do this, we work inclusively to create communities that prioritize the dignity and agency of racialized working class people.

We also work to expose the injustices faced by (im)migrants, migrant workers and individuals without status and create campaigns that respond to these injustices.

With the goal of accessible health services, the bulk of our organizing is working with community members to identify gaps in local services and coordinate health clinics and health fairs to provide information, resources, and services.

Additionally, we develop and deliver interactive educational workshops in Spanish, English and other languages about wellbeing, occupational safety and sexual and reproductive health.

We hope to see you on March 24th (or 22nd) to learn about your interests and share what we have been up to and how you can get involved!!
Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2014-03-24
End Time: 19:00

Guelph Resilience Community Festival 2014

Title: Guelph Resilience Community Festival 2014
Location: St. George’s Church and elsewhere
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Description: Transition Guelph’s fourth annual Resilience Community Festival is underway! With over 40 events, including lead-up events all month and follow-up events through April, this promises to be the biggest and best Resilience Festival yet! Main events are on March 21 through 29, at Old Quebec St. Shoppes, St.George’s Church, and many other locations throughout the downtown. Most events are free or by donation. Check it out!
Start Date: 2014-03-21
Start Time: 9:00
End Date: 2014-03-30
End Time: 16:00