WORKSHOP: Empower Everywhere Biodiesel from used cooking oil

Title: WORKSHOP: Empower Everywhere Biodiesel from used cooking oil
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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
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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
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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

Regional Summit to Unite Against Austerity!

Title: Regional Summit to Unite Against Austerity!
Location: MacKinnon Building, U of G
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Description: The politics of austerity are driving environmental destruction and deepening inequality on a planetary scale, and mass movements have formed all over the globe to resist it. From Quebec to Greece to Chile to South Africa – millions are rising up against austerity. Let’s join them. Let’s unite our movements in south-western Ontario and join the global uprising against Austerity!

Activists and organisers from across southwestern Ontario are invited to converge in Guelph for a day of strategizing sessions and a large assembly to come up with objectives and plans for resisting the austerity agenda together. This will be followed by tactical trainings, educationals, and a keynote panel focused on how austerity affects us all and why we must resist.

Please email us at ontarioagainstausterity@gmail.com if you would like to book a booth or table, or if your organization can endorse, sponsor, or otherwise support this event.

Part 1: Movement Assembly
(Pre-registration required – email ontarioagainstausterity@gmail.com)

Part 2: Public Educational

Part 3: Panel Discussion

See the Facebook events for more details:

Assembly and public educational:
https://www.facebook.com/events/459423627558979/
Panel discussion: https://www.facebook.com/events/880501108652198/
Start Time: 9:00 am
Date: 2015-06-13
End Time:  9:00 pm

2 Rivers Cleanup 2015

Title: 2 Rivers Cleanup 2015
Location: Eramosa River Park – East end of the park by Victoria Road. Check in at the covered picnic area (at the end of Lawrence Ave).
Link out: Click here
Description: Join OPIRG Guelph and Wellington Water Watchers for our 36th annual 2Rivers Cleanup (previously the Speed River Cleanup).

This year, alongside our traditional garbage pickup, the event will feature four amazing river-loving activities! We know that removing harmful garbage from our rivers is a valuable endeavour but our new activities go further by addressing drugs and hormones in our waterways, increasing the tree canopy to cool the river and protect against toxic run off, and supporting the pollinator population to increase river health.

What’s the ultimate goal of the Cleanup? To revive, restore and rehabilitate the Speed and Eramosa rivers for all species to enjoy!

Pre-register here to ensure your spot in the activity of your choice
http://goo.gl/forms/yPqp4RcHyl
Start Time:  9:00 am
Date: 2015-06-13
End Time: 12:00 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: 2015-06-09
End Time:  9:00 pm

MS Summer Relay

Title: MS Summer Relay
Location: Ponsonby Recreational Park
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Description: Join us for the 2nd Annual Val Bremner Memorial MS Summer Relay on June 7th! Now that spring is here and the roads are clear use this ride to start off your cycling season with a bang!

Beginning out of Ponsonby Recreation Park, you will have the opportunity to partake in this amazing event that rides and runs along the country roads of Wellington County.

The event isn’t over after the race though, enjoy music, a Pancake Breakfast and delicious Lunch with a cold beer (provided at no charge for registered participants), a game of horseshoes or baseball, and prizes to celebrate the life of Val and your amazing accomplishments of completing the Val Bremner Memorial MS Summer Relay.

You won’t want to miss this fun filled day of competition and comradery! Make it a team event by bringing friends, co-workers, and family along with you.
Start Time:  9:00 am
Date: 2015-06-07
End Time:  6:00 pm

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
Link out: Click here
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