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Jun 30/2018
to Nov 17/2018
Toronto, ON
Bike City: How industry, advocacy & infrastructure shaped Toronto's cycling culture
Showcasing vintage bicycles, artifacts, and archival photos, BIKE CITY tells the story of the bicycle and its impact on Toronto. Almost a million Torontonians ride today but sharing the road has been a challenge for city builders and citizens for 130+ years.

Venue:  Market Gallery, 2nd Floor, St. Lawrence Market
Location:  93 Front St E, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/market-gallery/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Museums; Transportation & Travel
Nov 1/2018
to Nov 30/2018
Toronto, ON
Discounted Histories: Retail and Trade History in Toronto
Discounted Histories is a multi-site exhibition that explores the movement of goods, services, and ideas that form Toronto's retail landscape. Rooted in the physical geography of waterways that connected hundreds of nations through trade routes, and spanning a time of rapidly evolving technology from specialized artisans to mass production, and mail-order catalogues to online shopping; Discounted Histories reassesses part of Toronto's existing historical narrative, by bringing to light overlooked, unseen, and forgotten histories.

Time:  6:30 - 9:00 PM
Venue:  Toronto Media Arts Centre
Location:  32 Lisgar Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.myseumoftoronto.com/exhibition/discounted-histories/?mc_cid=613b852837&mc_eid=e10
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Museums; Trade
Nov 9/2018
to Nov 11/2018
San Francisco
Dark Odyssey: Surrender
Bridging Kink, Sex and Spirit

We are thrilled to announce the return of Dark Odyssey: Surrender to the Bay Area for 2018! Come learn, explore, and play in a no holds barred, sexually charged atmosphere. Interactive workshops fill your days, while at night you’ll explore dark dungeons, powerful rituals, passionate scenes, and mind-blowing ecstasy all under one roof in a proven scene friendly hotel in downtown San Francisco.

Join us as we combine sexuality, spirituality, education and play in an immersive environment where fantasy becomes reality. We are omnisexual – straight, gay, bi, queer, trans, and genderqueer. We are leatherfolk, kinksters, swingers, cross dressers, sex educators, Tantra practitioners, Pagans, and perverts. We are vanilla and kinky, beginners and veterans, singles, couples, triads, and more.

Location:  San Francisco
Website:  http://darkodyssey.com/surrender/
For information contact:  info@darkodyssey.com
Categories:   Sexuality; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Nov 10/2018
World Science Day for Peace and Development
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.

Based on the success of the 1986 observance, the organizers continued their efforts in successive years. In recognition of the value of the annual observance, the General Assembly adopted resolution 43/61 in December 1988, which proclaims the “International Week of Science and Peace”, to take place each year during the week in which 11 November falls. The General Assembly urged Member States and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to encourage relevant institutions, associations and individuals to sponsor events and activities related to the study and dissemination of information on the links between progress in science and technology and maintenance of peace and security; urged Member States to promote international co-operation among scientists and required the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly as its forty-fifth session on the activities and initiatives of Member States and interested organizations in connection with the week.

The annual observance of the International Week of Science and Peace is making an important contribution to the promotion of peace. The Week encourages greater academic exchanges on a subject of universal importance while also generating greater awareness of the relationship of science and peace among the general public. Based on observances of Science and Peace Week to date, it may be expected that participation each year will increase, contributing to greater international understanding and opportunities for co-operation in the applications of science for the promotion of peace throughout the year.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/week.shtml
Categories:   Science & Technology
Nov 12/2018
Toronto, ON
Inauguration of the Nelson Mandela Lectureship in Human Rights
Inspired by the legacy of Canada’s second Honourary Citizen, Nelson Mandela, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights in partnership with the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, invite you to “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom” exhibition, followed by the Inauguration of the Nelson Mandela Lectureship in Human Rights with our distinguished guest speaker, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, former Deputy President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, former cellmate of Nelson Mandela, and the first recipient of the Global Jurist of the Year Award.

"Mandela: Struggle for Freedom” exhibition

"Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, but he never gave in to hate. Walk in the footsteps of the man they called Madiba and learn the legacy of his struggle for freedom. Witness the struggle for freedom that changed everything." - Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Time:  4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue:  Vivian & David Campbell Conference Facility
Location:  1 Devonshire Pl, University of Toronto's St. George Campus, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/inauguration-of-the-nelson-mandela-lectureship-in-human-rights-ti
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Museums; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 12/2018
to Nov 18/2018
World Antibiotic Awareness Week
During World Antibiotic Awareness week, 12-19 November 2018, WHO and partners will reach out to the general public, health professionals, governments, farmers, veterinarians, the food and feed industry and others via a social media campaign using infographics, quizzes, and success stories to raise awareness of the need to act on antibiotic resistance and what kinds of steps we can take.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Nov 12/2018
to Nov 18/2018
World Antibiotic Awareness Week
During World Antibiotic Awareness week, 12-19 November 2018, WHO and partners will reach out to the general public, health professionals, governments, farmers, veterinarians, the food and feed industry and others via a social media campaign using infographics, quizzes, and success stories to raise awareness of the need to act on antibiotic resistance and what kinds of steps we can take.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Nov 13/2018
Kingston, ON
Kingston: The Future is Public!
Join us for the launch of two new books on the remaking of public services in Canada and the United States:

-Our Common Wealth: The Return of Public Ownership in the United States
-Corporatizing Canada: Making Business Out of Public Service

Privatization is deeply unpopular in North America and has been fought successfully. But if the anti-privatization movement only thinks defensively the best we can do is protect the status quo. Reclaiming public ownership, and rethinking the ways in which public services are delivered, is a crucial part of building a more equitable and sustainable public services future.

Speakers:

Thomas Hanna - Research Director, Democracy Collaborative, Washington, DC
Emma Lui - Water Campaigner, Council of Canadians
David McDonald - Professor, Global Development Studies, Queen's University

Time:  6:00 PM
Venue:  Robert Sutherland Hall, Queen's University
Location:  138 Union St., Kingston, ON
Website:  http://canadians.org/event/kingston-future-public
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; Social Policy; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 13/2018
to Nov 14/2018
Toronto, ON
Drug Pricing Policy Summit: Patients Redefining Healthcare
Don’t miss this opportunity to understand practical ways of reshaping Canada’s health care system to improve patient outcomes and value at the 3rd Annual Drug Pricing Policy Summit: Patients Redefining Health Care.

This Summit builds on the 2016 and 2017 Summits which provided unprecedented opportunities for patients, caregivers and patient representatives from diverse disease and disability groups to come together to discuss a shared vision for health care in Canada.

Time:  8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Venue:  Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Location:  6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://eventbrite.ca/e/drug-pricing-policy-summit-patients-redefining-healthcare-tickets-486
Categories:   Disability Issues; Health/Health Care
Nov 14/2018
Toronto, ON
Kathe Kollwitz: Facing the Truth
Join Brenda Rix, curator of Kathe Kollwitz. Artist of the People, for a new look at Kollwitz's art through the lens of self-portraiture and see how this inspiring artist's work is at its core autobiographical and self-reflective.

German artist Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is a legendary figure in the history of twentieth century art. Primarily known for her legacy as a printmaker she also drew prolifically and created sculptures. Over a career lasting more than five decades, Kollwitz developed a powerful emotional language based on her own experiences, her interaction with working-class women in Berlin and her exposure to the horrors of two world wars.

The talk also celebrates the extraordinary donation of over 170 prints, drawings and sculpture works by Kollwitz recently gifted to the Art Gallery of Ontario by Dr. Brian McCrindle. This is one of the largest collections of the artist's work outside Germany.

Time:  7:00 PM
Venue:  AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario
Location:  317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://tickets.ago.ca/purchase.aro?id=1277328
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 14/2018
Toronto, ON
Rebecca Traister: The Power of Angry Women
Rebecca Traister talks about her latest book, Good and Mad, which explores the ways that women's anger has long been viewed - and how 2018 could well mark a turning point in how women's anger can transform society.

This talk will be hosted by Jeet Heer, Twitter essayist (@HeerJeet), cultural journalist, and staff writer for The New Republic.

Time:  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Venue:  Bram and Bluma Appel Salon- Toronto Reference Library
Location:  798 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rebecca-traister-the-power-of-angry-women-tickets-48619786
Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 14/2018
Winnipeg, MB
Survivors of Huronia: Dialogue on disability rights - Panel discussion and book launch
Former residents of Huronia, who have experienced severe violations of their rights, will speak about their lives and advocacy work to advance disability justice. From 1876 until 2009, the Huronia Regional Centre was the largest residential facility for people with intellectual disabilities in Canada.

After the panel discussion and a public question-and-answer session, authors Kate Rossiter and Jen Rinaldi will present their book Institutional Violence and Disability: Punishing Conditions.

Time:  6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Level 3
Location:  Winnipeg, MB
Website:  http://humanrights.ca/event/survivors-huronia-dialogue-disability-rights?ts=November%2014%2C
Categories:   Disability Issues; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 14/2018
Toronto, ON
Townhall on Cuts to OW & ODSP
The Ford government is getting ready to announce a series of changes to social assistance. The announcement, due by November 8, is widely expected to introduce sweeping cuts to OW and ODSP.

Since coming to power, Doug Ford has already cut the rate increase to OW and ODSP in half and suspended a series of beneficial changes that were scheduled to come in this fall.

When the announcement comes, it will likely be designed to create confusion and sow division. So join us to make sense of the proposed cuts, to break the isolation, and to talk about how we're going to fight back.

Dinner Provided. Wheelchair Accessible.

Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  St. Luke's United Church
Location:  353 Sherbourne St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/491050318041498/
Categories:   Social Policy; Disability Issues; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 14/2018
World Diabetes Day
Globally, an estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, compared to 108 million in 1980. The global prevalence of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8.5% in the adult population. This reflects an increase in associated risk factors such as being overweight or obese. Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.

In 2007 General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/61/225 designating 14 November as World Diabetes Day. The document recognized “the urgent need to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health, and provide access to treatment and health-care education.”

The resolution also encouraged Member States to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes in line with the sustainable development of their health-care systems.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/diabetesday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Nov 16/2018
United Nations International Day for Tolerance
The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. This action followed up on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.

The United Nations has launched a new campaign to promote tolerance, respect and dignity across the world. TOGETHER is a global campaign that aims to reduce negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/
Categories:   International
Nov 17/2018
to Nov 16/2018
Yorkville, ON
Show Time at Hemingways in Yorkville
Presenting Kiwi Music & Rock & Roll
Dino Rosta is a Maori artist originally from Patea New Zealand has been in the music industry for over 40 years. He gained his club experience in New Zealand, especially making a regular appearance on the popular Television Network show in New Zealand called "Happen Inn Entertainment appearing with music greats of the time.
Also performing on the night is "Rod Rocks" (Sam Sheridan) who does the Rod Stewart Covers, a special salute to Rod Stewart.

Time:  9pm
Venue:  Hemingways Yorkville Toronto
Location:  142 Cumberland street, Yorkville, ON
Website:  http://https://hemingways.to/
For information contact:  LinsO'Connor
Phone:  9056402111
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Food & Beverage
Nov 17/2018
Etobicoke, ON
End Alcohol and Drug Use Devastation: Empowering Black Families to Take Action
5PM-7:00PM: Session 1: Why addiction is more than JUST bad behavior

Presenter: Irene Njoroge, RN, BScN, MPH©, Addiction Nurse Clinician and Educator

7PM-8PM: Coffee and Tea will be served (Please bring your own snack)

8PM-9:30PM: Session 2: Know your rights during child welfare and custody process

Presenter: Nancy Wangui, RSW, MSW, RP. Mental Health and Child Welfare Social Worker

9:30PM-10:30PM: Session 3: Q &A

Ask questions anonymously and get answers from a professional panel.

Time:  4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue:  Royal York Baptist Church
Location:  1520 Royal York Rd, Etobicoke, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/end-alcohol-and-drug-use-devastation-empowering-black-families-to
Categories:   Pharmaceuticals/Drugs; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 20/2018
Toronto, ON
Black to the Future
Black to the Future is an evening of Afrofuturist readings, featuring an engaging talkback Q&A discussion curated and moderated by Trinidadian-Canadian writer, playwright, filmmaker, and community-engaged artist Fiona Raye Clarke. The evening will begin with readings of Afrofuturist works written by Zymbul Fkara, Sharrae Lyon, and Robyn Citizen. Following the readings, audience members will have the opportunity to engage with each writer through a moderated talkback discussion, allowing for the exchange of ideas, feedback, and dialogue surrounding themes of Afrofuturism, Black futures, and more. The evening will conclude with an open reception where participants will have the opportunity to network, meet the writers, and participate in a drop-in, art-making station.

Time:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Venue:  Project Gallery
Location:  1151 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/black-to-the-future-tickets-50863895280?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 20/2018
Toronto, ON
Under Pressure: 5 Ideas for Housing Now
Rents are at an all-time high, newcomers and young people can’t afford to live in the city, and people who need subsidized and supportive housing are being left in the cold. From affordability problems and precarious housing to homelessness across the region – housing is a big issue in the GTHA, that requires a government response.

We have new political leaders, strategies, and housing talk at all 3 levels of government – so what’s next? National Housing Week, Nov 19 – 23, is an opportunity to talk about these issues.

In a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of Wellesley Institute, housing experts with a range of experiences tackle these issues head-on and share their #1 idea for what the city, province or federal government should to do right now to address the housing crisis.

Time:  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue:  YMCA - Metro YMCA Auditorium
Location:  20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://eventbrite.ca/e/under-pressure-5-ideas-for-housing-now-tickets-51672019401?aff=ebdssb
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 20/2018
Universal Children's Day
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/
Categories:   Children & Youth
Nov 21/2018
Toronto, ON
The War Against Middle East Peace
Returning from recent trips to the region, Toronto Star political columnist Martin Regg Cohn reconnects to the Middle East bureau he left behind as a foreign correspondent, when the peace process held out hope. Then as now, countries are in conflict. Today, people are at war with themselves, within their own countries. The Hundred Years War has evolved from territorial battles into internecine and sectarian strife. Not just Jews against Muslims or Christians, but all against all — not least pious versus secular. Even if the political path seems elusive, other pathways are opening up. How do Canadians connect the dots in a foreign minefield?

Time:  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Venue:  King's College Circle Room 140
Location:  University College, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-war-against-middle-east-peace-tickets-51110316332?aff=ebapi
Categories:   Military; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 22/2018
Toronto, ON
Health Promotion Conference 2018
One of the key goals of Health Promotion Ontario is to advance the critical importance of health promotion through advocacy, knowledge exchange, and professional development for its membership. This year’s conference is intended to serve as a forum for practitioners, researchers, and students to come together to learn about and critically reflect on the ways that important social issues are forcing the field of health promotion to “break new ground”.

Venue:  TBD
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.healthpromotioncanada.ca
For information contact:  www.healthpromotioncanada.ca/contact/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Consulting & Consultants
Nov 22/2018
Toronto, ON
Myseum Presents - Tkarón:to & Turtle Island: Indigenous Trade Networks Talk
From corn to copper and countless resources in between, the Indigenous peoples’ relationship to land and water in Tkarón:to and on Turtle Island runs deep. With hundreds of nations being connected through trade routes, including waterway systems navigated by canoe, the resourcefulness of the Indigenous peoples is as prolific as the goods that were traded.

Join Anishinaabe artist and OCAD Associate Professor Bonnie Devine, for a talk about the significance of land and water to Indigenous nations, the complex trade networks that existed, and the influence of colonial rule.

Time:  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue:  Toronto Media Arts Centre
Location:  32 Lisgar Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/myseum-presents-tkaronto-turtle-island-indigenous-trade-networks-
Categories:   Native Peoples; Museums; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 25/2018
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
One of the most devastating human rights violations

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.

Gender inequality persists worldwide. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms, as stated by the UN Secretary-General, in his latest report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/
Categories:   Women
Dec 1/2018
World AIDS Day
"The world is well on its way to meeting the target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030… On this World AIDS Day, I call for a renewed commitment to finish what we have started and to make the AIDS epidemic a thing of the past." — Secretary-General António Guterres

Everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, has a right to health, which is also dependent on adequate sanitation and housing, nutritious food, healthy working conditions and access to justice. The right to health is supported by, and linked to, a wider set of rights.

Ending AIDS as a public health threat can only happen if these rights are placed at the centre of global health, so that quality health care is available and accessible for everyone and leaves no one behind.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Dec 2/2018
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Slavery is not merely a historical relic. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.

In addition, more than 150 million children are subject to child labour, accounting for almost one in ten children around the world.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 2/2018
Brooklyn, NY
Radical Education Wikipedia Editathon
In recognition of our current exhibition, Free Education!, we are holding a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on the theme of radical education throughout history. We’ll work to improve representation of the individuals and organizations involved in radical education movements worldwide — including those represented in our exhibition, and those that are not. We will glean relevant information from our collection at Interference Archive to share through Wikipedia. Our objective is to make information and documentation related to this work more accessible for current and future movement makers, educators, and learners.

Snacks will be provided. Childcare is available if requested by November 28, 2018. Please RSVP or request childcare through this form.

No experience editing Wikipedia is required but please bring a laptop! Experienced Wikipedians will be around to help out, and we’ll be starting the edit-a-thon at 2pm with a brief tutorial to cover the basics.

Time:  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue:  Interference Archive
Location:  314 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Website:  http://interferencearchive.org/radical-education-wikipedia-editathon/
For information contact:  info@interferencearchive.org
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 3/2018
Toronto, ON
Beverley McLachlin: Justice for Everyone
In January 2000, Beverley McLachlin was appointed Chief Justice of Canada, the first woman to ever hold the position. In those nearly 18 years, McLachlin oversaw cases that involved key decisions about religion, Quebec secession, marriage rights, cannabis use and other issues that changed the very way that Canadians live. McLachlin talks about her career and how we can make the justice system in Canada accessible to all.

In conversation with Toronto journalist, Rachel Giese.

This event is FREE, but you need to register to attend.

Time:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue:  Bram and Bluma Appel Salon Toronto Reference Library
Location:  798 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/beverley-mclachlin-justice-for-everyone-tickets-48620354790?aff=e
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; Education
Dec 3/2018
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Building on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the New Urban Agenda, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

Website:  http:///www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/
Categories:   Disability Issues
Dec 5/2018
International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday/
Categories:   International
Dec 5/2018
World Soil Day
Soil is the upper layer of earth, a mixture of organic and inorganic matter, in which plants grow.

It is a finite natural resource. On a human time-scale it is non-renewable. However, despite the essential role that soil plays in human livelihoods, there is a worldwide increase in degradation of soil resources due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure driving unsustainable intensification and inadequate governance over this essential resource.

World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/#
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors
Dec 9/2018
International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The 9th of December is the anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”).

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as defined in the Convention, and to commemorate and honour its victims.

In adopting the resolution, without a vote, the 193-member Assembly reiterated the responsibility of each individual State to protect its populations from genocide, which entails the prevention of such a crime, including incitement to it

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/genocidepreventionday/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 10/2018
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

Drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Thanks to the Declaration, and States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted and the foundation for a more just world has been laid. While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 15/2018
Toronto, ON
Raising Race Conscious Kids: A Workshop for Parents, Guardians, and Care Givers
How do you talk to your children about race and racism?

How can your children learn to see and address racial discrimination?

How can you acknowledge your learning journey and help your child with theirs?

How can you and your child become equipped with meaningful allyship tools such as bystander intervention and support?

How do we apologize meaningfully ?

This workshop is for parents, guardians and caretakers of children. The session explores strategies for understanding racism and racial prejudice, addressing racial bias, being accountable for problematic behaviour and building a capacity for allyship. Appropriate language and topics of discussion for varying age groups will be examined. The workshop focuses on empathy, understanding and meaningful allyship through intergenerational discourse. Participants will be provided with additional resources and readings beyond the duration of the session.

Time:  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue:  Centre for Social Innovation
Location:  585 Dundas Street East, 3rd floor meeting room #1, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/raising-race-conscious-kids-tickets-50450630193?aff=ebapi
Categories:   Children & Youth; Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 20/2018
International Human Solidarity Day
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda is centred on people & planet, underpinned by human rights and supported by a global partnership determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease. It will be thus be built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity.
International Human Solidarity Day is:

a day to celebrate our unity in diversity;
a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements;
a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity;
a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication;
a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives