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Mar 10/2017
to Jan 28/2018
Vancouver, BC
Amazonia: The Rights of Nature
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents the thought-provoking, socially and environmentally-conscious new exhibition Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, on display March 10, 2017 – January 28, 2018. Curated by Dr. Nuno Porto (MOA Curator, Africa and Latin America), Amazonia explores the creative ideas that inspire Indigenous resistance to threats facing the world’s largest rainforest. The exhibition features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing Indigenous, Maroon and white settler communities. Today, these groups confront threats caused by political violence, mining, oil and gas exploration, industrial agriculture, forest fires, and hydroelectric plants. Challenging visitors to examine their own notions towards holistic well-being, the exhibition covers more than 100 years of unsuspected relationships between Vancouver and Amazonian peoples, ideas, and their struggles.

Time:  Check Website
Venue:  Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia
Location:  6393 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://moa.ubc.ca/amazonia
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Mar 25/2017
to Jul 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity
The exhibit will explore how immigration and the experiences of new Canadians has transformed the city from the 1700s to the present. Through videos, oral histories, artifacts and historic documents; the exhibit will reveal the evolution of Toronto through personal stories of struggle, triumph, and celebration. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

Time:  Check website for gallery hours
Venue:  Market gallery, 2nd floor St. Lawrence Market,
Location:  95 Front Street E., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.toronto.ca/marketgallery
For information contact:  marketgallery@toronto.ca
Phone:  (416) 392-7604
Categories:   Museums; Arts & Culture
May 3/2017
to Jul 15/2017
Toronto, ON
It's All Happening So Fast
It’s All Happening So Fast, on display at the University of Toronto’s Art Museum, is an exhibition that employs a multitude of materials to create intersecting narratives by multiple voices – including protagonists of the modern project, Indigenous Peoples, environmentalists, judges, artists, and photographers to challenge basic assumptions about Canada’s relationship to nature.

Each of the exhibition’s narrative sequences includes environmental disasters representing six organizing themes: the failure of the modern project; resource exploitation in Canada’s northern territories; development of energy infrastructures; nuclear contamination; water and air pollution; and industrial fishing and forestry operations.

Curated by Mirko Zardini, Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).

Time:  Check website
Venue:  University of Toronto Art Centre
Location:  15 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://artmuseum.utoronto.ca/
Phone:  416.978.1838
Categories:   Environment; Arts & Culture; Museums
May 13/2017
to Jun 30/2017
Toronto, ON
Touching Ground Festival
Jumblies Theatre presents indoor and outdoor creative activities and performances to explore the Indigenous and layered histories of the area now known as CityPlace. Musical performances, dance, theatre, art installations, walking tours, art & pottery workshops, kids' activities and more. At Ground Floor, Evergreen Brick Works, Fort York and other venues, see website for details. All events free or pwyc, some events require pre-registration.

Venue:  The Ground Floor
Location:  126&132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://touchinggroundfestival.ca/
For information contact:  info@jumbliestheatre.org
Phone:  416-203-8428
Categories:   Native Peoples; Arts & Culture; Performing Arts
May 13/2017
to Sep 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Making Peace
Making Peace is a major public (indoor/outdoor) event that aims to teach the public, especially young people what key elements are necessary to create a 'sustainable peace'; providing an opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in bringing about positive change. Activities include a large outdoor photographic exhibition curated by Ashley Woods (formerly with Magnum Photos) that pays tribute to the people who — all over the planet — devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace.

Making Peace was first produced to mark the centenary of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Peace Bureau (IPB) in 1910.

Opening Event: May 13th, 2PM

Location:  Front Street East into Corktown Common, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://facebook.com/makingpeace
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 18/2017
to Sep 31/2017
Toronto, ON
Food in the Park
Stewardship is the act of maintaining or improving a naturalized area, helping to ensure natural areas provide clean water, air, food and shelter. The Food in the Park program will explore connections between stewardship actions and food security through three main program elements: supporting native wild plant populations through direct stewardship actions, foraging for wild edibles, and tending to and harvesting from the Downsview Park education garden.

At Downsview Park, stewardship is fun, easy and meaningful!
• Connect with your food through nature
• Take home free food
• Protect your food through stewardship; give more than you take!

Please check our event page for program details and to RSVP.

Time:  Please check website
Venue:  Downsview Park
Location:  70 Canuck Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://en.downsviewpark.ca/educate/Stewardship
For information contact:  Allison Best - abest (at) clc.ca
Phone:  4169522160
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Farming
Jun 3/2017
to Aug 27/2017
Toronto, ON
1867: Rebellion and Confederation
Gibson House Museum will host the Canadian Museum of History's travelling exhibit: 1867 – Rebellion and Confederation. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the 3 decades leading up to Canada's Confederation. Through graphic panels and images, audio visual and interactive components, visitors can follow the struggles for responsible government and the national discussions that brought Canada into being during a time of social upheaval. Learn about the local Toronto personalities, conditions and events of this era through a parallel exhibit featuring artifacts from the City of Toronto's collection. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.
(Included with regular admission)

Time:  Regular Opening Hours
Venue:  Gibson House Museum
Location:  5172 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.toronto.ca/gibsonhouse
For information contact:  gibsonhouse@toronto.ca.v
Phone:  416-395-7432
Categories:   Museums; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 6/2017
to Jun 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Pride Month
This year marks the 37th annual Pride festival in Toronto, and Canada’s second-ever Pride Month. We're thrilled to be featuring engaging programming and exciting events throughout the city, culminating with the much anticipated annual Pride Parade. The theme of Pride this year is "+", referencing the plethora of voices from which we'll hear what it means to celebrate our identity, as well as our hope to add new perspectives. Toronto Pride aspires to unify and empower people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Speak with us, dance with us, celebrate with us, and march with us.

Time:  12:00AM - 11:00PM
Venue:  City Wide
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.pridetoronto.com/
For information contact:  office@pridetoronto.com
Phone:  (416) 927-7433
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Jun 14/2017
to Jun 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Luminato
Toronto’s international multi-arts festival at venues across the city. Featuring Canadian and international works that explore, celebrate and respond to Toronto’s diverse and multicultural make-up, the 11th annual festival opens with Tributaries, a free, large-scale celebration of Indigenous culture in David Pecaut Square June 14; two Canadian-made world premieres; international dance and music; a packed daily schedule of performances in The Famous Spiegeltent – an ornate 1920s travelling pavilion from Belgium – and more.

Time:  Various
Venue:  Various
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://luminatofestival.com/
For information contact:  interactive@luminato.com
Phone:  (416) 368-4849
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Children & Youth; Performing Arts
Jun 21/2017
Toronto, ON
DocNow Film Screenings Day 3
June 21, 2017 DocNow screens the following films, no ticket required:

A SU PROPIO RITMO/AT ITS OWN RHYTHM
A Su Propio Ritmo explores the artist’s personal impressions of the historical significance of the Cuban Revolution, as seen through the lens of the Noticiero ICAIC Latinoamericano (Latin American Newsreel).

SNUPE
This is the story of a promising artist with talent beyond his years, of giving into temptation, and of a man’s attempt at redemption and a musical comeback.

NATURE DAZZLES
Nature Dazzles is a documentary film that portrays the endeavours of a teenage student as she inspires fellow schoolmates to write letters to Premier Kathleen Wynn and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

UM FIO MAGICO/A MAGIC THREAD
In search of his own identity and answers to his ancestors’ family history, and spurred by reasons of survival, Eduardo left his family and country to immigrate to Canada. The artist left behind a brother, who transitioned into a trans-woman before Eduardo was able to better understand the situation and offer the appropriate support.

ON THE ROAD TO VIRTUE
Meyer Brownstone, a social justice activist, has spent over seventy years fostering human development around the world. As Brownstone reflects on those experiences, he reminds us of the importance of documenting such situations and how this can lead to more compassionate political engagement.

ARTIST Q&A

AFTER PARTY - Paupers Pub, 539 Bloor St West
Join us for an after party at Paupers Pub with the evening's filmmakers to continue the discussion on the films

Time:  5:30PM
Venue:  Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://docnow.ca/
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Arts & Culture
Jun 21/2017
International Day of Yoga
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as International Yoga Day by resolution 69/131.

International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Health/Health Care; International
Jun 21/2017
Toronto, ON
National Aboriginal day and the Indigenous Arts Festival
Celebration of Indigenous and Métis culture with music, storytelling, dance, theatre, food and more. All-ages craft making with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, screenings of French Indigenous films, hoop dancing, musical performances by Wayne Lavallee and The Black Bull Moose Singers, stage performances by Jumblies Theatre and comedy troupe Manifest Destiny's Child and more.
Plan to spend the days under the open skies in downtown Toronto enjoying traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre, and food. The series of events will energize the grounds of this historic site with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations by Indigenous artists.Free-$5.

Venue:  Fort York
Location:  250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=edcd86750adeb510VgnVCM10000071d60f89
Phone:  311
Categories:   Native Peoples
Jun 21/2017
Toronto, ON
Transfeminism: Beyond Bodily Binaries Towards Gender Fluidity
Can we apply feminist ideas and ideals to discourse about trans communities? Can we create spaces for trans subjectivity within the feminist movement, beyond gender binaries? And if so, how can we create a theory and practices that are focused on the experiences of trans communities but are relevant to all? This panel will look at some of these questions and more by bringing together key voices to discuss the emergence of transgender visibility, reversing hegemonic concepts of gender and moving towards gender and sexual fluidity.

This panel will be moderated by Dr. Laura Mae Lindo, Director of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Diversity and Equity Office, with expertise in anti-oppression pedagogy and education. The panelists include Professor Jack Halberstam, academic and author of Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal; Professor Kathryn Bond Stockton, specialist in queer theory and author of Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer”; and Professor Anne Sauvagnargues, specialist in the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.

Time:  19:00-21:00
Venue:  The 519 Ballroom
Location:  519 Church Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/274609599614642/?active_tab=about
For information contact:  info@the519.org
Phone:  (416) 392-6874
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Sexuality; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 21/2017
to Sep 14/2017
Toronto, ON
Becoming a Board Member Workshop
Learn about the responsibilities and benefits of volunteering on a non-profit's board of directors. $15
Non-profits have a significant impact on Toronto and its residents. They support the community and create innovative ways to alleviate some of the city's most pressing social issues. Board members help to govern and lead non-profits through the strategic opportunities and challenges that arise.
Non-profits need board members with a variety of skills to achieve their organization’s goals. Whatever your professional background, serving as a board member can develop your soft skills and help you learn new ones.

Time:  6:30PM-8:30PM
Venue:  Volunteer Toronto
Location:  344 Bloor St. W. #404, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.volunteertoronto.ca/?page=BoardMember&hhSearchTerms=%22becoming+and+board+and+mem
For information contact:  cec@volunteertoronto.ca
Phone:  416-961-6888
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 22/2017
Toronto, ON
Collecting Voices With The Multicultural History Society Of Ontario
For over 40 years, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario has been actively involved in recording immigrant and ethnic stories. Participants in this workshop will gain a foundational understanding of oral history and an introduction to the process of conducting interviews. Pre-register. 6-8 pm. Free.

Time:  6:00PM-8:00PM
Venue:  Toronto Reference Library
Location:  789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT20437&R=EVT20437
For information contact:  ndawkins@torontopubliclibrary.ca
Phone:  416-393-7082
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; Arts & Culture
Jun 22/2017
Toronto, ON
Flowers While We're Living
A showcase that aims to celebrate and share the work of BIPOC / racialized trans and queer artists with the rest of Toronto’s communities. The voices, the words, the moves, and the dances all come together to celebrate life. Trans lives. Black lives. Black and Brown trans lives.

featuring
Ninkuru Zinduru
I. M. Brown
alaska B
Franny
Ravyn Wngz
Kama La Mackerel
Coco Supreme
Dirty Dabz
Sze-Yang Ade-Lam
River Bowen

presented by Unit 2 + Ninkuru Zinduru

Time:  8:15PM - 11:00PM
Venue:  Buddies in Bad times Theatre
Location:  12 Alexander Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com/pride
For information contact:  (416) 975-8555
Phone:  416-975-8555
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Performing Arts; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 22/2017
Halifax, NS
Forever Wild
We invite you to join us for an evening of exciting news, celebration and appreciation, marking a tremendous year of land conservation achievements. We will be announcing new conservation successes and honouring some very special people who made these accomplishments possible. Enjoy a visual journey through over 10,000 acres of protected areas in Nova Scotia!

Donations are accepted at the door.
Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation begin at 6pm with Showcase to follow.
Please call or email to register.

Time:  18:00
Venue:  Museum of Natural History
Location:  1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS
For information contact:  events@nsnt.ca
Phone:  (902)425-5263
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 22/2017
Toronto, ON
The Summer Of 77: How Emanuel Jaques' Murder Changed Toronto
Discussion of how the murder of a shoeshine boy impacted the Portuguese, LGBTQ and sex worker communities and led to the revamping of Yonge Street. With historians Gilberto Fernandes, Daniel Ross and Tom Hooper and sex worker/ advocate Valerie Scott. 6-8 pm. Free. RSVP.

Time:  6:00PM-8:00PM
Venue:  Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers
Location:  960 St. Clair W,, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://facebook.com/events/457245031292201
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Jun 23/2017
International Widows' Day
"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with its pledge to leave no one behind has a particular resonance for widows, who are among the most marginalized and isolated. "
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/widowsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Jun 23/2017
Ottawa, ON
Responsible Trade Summit
Sierra Club Canada Foundation is hosting an event to discuss implications of trade agreements on our ability to protect the environment and to formulate a model for sustainable and successful trade agreements of the future.

As you may know, trade agreements can impact almost all areas of life from health care, labour, social equity, privacy, sustainability and national sovereignty. They can diminish and even eliminate regulations and policies for dealing with climate change among other pressing social and environmental issues.

Tickets: By donation or $10 EventBrite

Time:  9:00AM - 4:00PM
Venue:  Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch
Location:  120 Metcalf Ave, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/636166923243455/
For information contact:  infoservice@biblioottawalibrary.ca
Phone:  (613) 580-2945
Categories:   Trade; Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 23/2017
United Nations Public Service Day
The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/277, designated 23 June as Public Service Day.

The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/publicserviceday/
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; International
Jun 23/2017
to Jun 25/2017
Kluane National Park, YT
Science-Intense Bioblitz
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time. This science-intense bioblitz in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary will help to inform choices on such issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity. These discoveries will be showcased to the Canadian public, wildlife managers, conservation organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to shape conservation decisions and ensure these wild species and spaces remain for generations to come.

Venue:  Kluane Lake
Location:  Kluane Lake Research Station, Kluane National Park, YT
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology; Nature & Outdoors
Jun 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Bells on Danforth
A Pedal Powered Bicycle Parade on the Danforth!

Bells on Danforth returns for our 6th annual family-friendly bicycle ride across the Danforth. Again this year the parade starts with a rally at Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette and wheels east to Danforth and Danforth Road, the Crossroads of the Danforth.

Time:  10:30 am
Venue:  Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette
Location:  725 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1799459790080869/
Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Jun 24/2017
Gravenhurst, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Gravenhurst
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Gravenhurst, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Gravenhurst.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 24/2017
St. Catharines, ON
Doors Open Ontario - St. Catharines
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  St. Catharines, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/St-Catharines.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 24/2017
to Jun 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow
Na-Me-Res is the proud host of Toronto’s Annual Traditional Pow Wow in recognition of National Aboriginal Day and the Summer Solstice, June 21st. Every year, thousands of people attend the celebration to enjoy traditional food and watch over 100 drummers and dancers perform. Come explore the information booths, meet First Nations crafters and vendors, and participate in activities and giveaways.

Admission to the Pow Wow is free, open to the general public, and a great event for families.
The day starts with a sunrise ceremony held at The Men’s Residence where an Elder presides over the welcoming of the day. The Pow Wow Grand Entry takes place at noon.

Time:  12:00PM-8:00PM
Venue:  Fort York Blvd
Location:  14 Vaughan Road, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.nameres.org/annual-traditional-pow-wow/
For information contact:  powwow@nameres.org
Phone:  (416) 651-6750 x 2233
Categories:   Native Peoples; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Jun 25/2017
Day of the Seafarer
​In 2016, IMO's Day of the Seafarer campaign celebrated seafarers and let the world know how and why seafarers are indispensable to everyone.

The campaign theme was: "At Sea For All".

The theme has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, "Shipping: indispensable to the world", emphasising that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes but for all of us – and, consequently, they are also "indispensable to the world".

Website:  http://www.imo.org/en/About/Events/dayoftheseafarer/Pages/Day-of-the-Seafarer-2016.aspx
Categories:   International; Transportation & Travel
Jun 25/2017
Hamilton, ON
Radical Transformation Book Launch
Doors will open at 7pm for a meet and greet with author Kevin MacKay. Light snacks will be served, and Rust City will have its usual assortment of excellent coffees, beer, wine, etc.

At 8pm Kevin will give a short talk outlining the book’s argument and main themes. Afterward there will be an open question period and discussion.

Books will be available for purchase at a special price of $25.

Radical Transformation is a story about industrial civilization’s impending collapse, and about the possibilities of averting this fate. Human communities first emerged as egalitarian, democratic groups that existed in symbiotic relationship with their environments. Increasing complexity led to the emergence of oligarchy, in which societies became captive to the logic of domination, exploitation, and ecological destruction. The challenge facing us today is to build a movement that will radically transform civilization and once more align our evolutionary trajectory in the direction of democracy, equality, and ecological sustainability.

Time:  7:00PM
Venue:  Rust City Brewery
Location:  27 King William Street, Hamilton, ON
For information contact:  info@btlbooks.com
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Environment; Economic Development
Jun 25/2017
Markham, ON
Toronto Bioblitz
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage.A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time. For this flagship bioblitz, the experts are joined by interested members of the general public for a community-style bioblitz, which blends scientific inventory, guided educational activities and nature programming so that everyone can contribute to real science, while connecting with nature in a personally meaningful experience. It's Canada's nature selfie and you're invited.

Time:  noon to noon
Venue:  Rouge National Urban Park
Location:  10725 Reesor Rd, Markham, ON
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Environment; Education
Jun 26/2017
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
"On this International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, I call on countries and communities to continue to improve the lives of everyone blighted by drug abuse by integrating security and public safety with a heightened focus on health, human rights, and sustainable development." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/drugabuseday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 26/2017
United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, (resolution 39/46), annex, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/torturevictimsday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 27/2017
Toronto, ON
Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Videocracy
Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Take heart! Today's best journalists arm you with the intellectual tools needed to decode a world of fake news.

A brutish egomaniac with a bad tan uses his television brand to vault himself into the country’s highest office. Sound familiar? In this darkly hilarious, award-winning examination of Silvio Berlusconi's media empire, director Erik Gandini shows how the autocratic billionaire has transformed Italian culture and politics, replacing democratic debate with empty-headed reality stars, mind-numbing variety shows and, as Gandini puts it, "the evilness of banality."

After the screening, we'll be joined by Craig Silverman, the top media editor at Buzzfeed, who has covered the Italian media industry and is arguably the world's leading reporter on the phenomenon of fake news.

Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  Hot Docs
Location:  506 Bloor St. W.,, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 27/2017
Toronto, ON
Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) LII
Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic.
Featured poets: Bunny Iskov & Takatsu

Doors open 6:15 p.m.
Open-mic sign-up 6:30 p.m.
Show 7 p.m.
Admission: $5

I.B. (Bunny) Iskov founder of The Ontario Poetry Society, with several poetry collections, recipient of the Absolutely Fabulous Woman Award, Arts & Culture category, 2017

Takatsu poet, novelist, publisher, multimedia designer, event coordinator, founder of Inspiritus Press, Bring the Noise Street Poetry Tour, Crossroads Literary Festival, the Literary Fiction Network, and the Cell Phone Novel movement

The venue has a wheelchair ramp entrance and is all on one level; however, the wheelchair ramp door does not yet have a pushbutton, so someone needs to hold the door open. There is one fully barrier-free washroom. All washrooms are gender-neutral

Time:  18:30
Venue:  Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields
Location:  365 College Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/153601945180653/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Jun 28/2017
Toronto, ON
Feminism, Space and Cities - A Conversation (With You)
We've started conversations with so many fascinating women.
We've talked about our city, we've talked about women, men, diversity, history and the future.
We've talked about progressive ideas, conventional thought, patriarchy, wrestling, intersectionality, business, space, sisterhood and big feet. We know that these conversations have to continue; let's continue them!

We want to talk about feminism and space and cities with you.
Join us for an evening of conversation!
Please confirm attendance through Eventbrite

Time:  7:30PM-9:30PM
Venue:  Handlebar
Location:  159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening-of-casual-convo-tickets-35323388205?aff=eac2
Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 28/2017
Waterloo, ON
Kitchener-Waterloo: Pharmacare Town Hall
Please join us for a town hall meeting about pharmacare. Learn how pharmacare can save Canadians $14 billion every year in prescription drug costs through bulk government purchases and negotiating for better prices. Hear how well it works in every other country that has public health care. Meet your elected representatives, who really care about helping you – and all Canadians – get the proven benefits and savings a pharmacare program can provide.

Guest Speakers

Raj Saini, MP Kitchener
Catherine Fife, MPP Waterloo

Admission is free – please bring a friend! Donations are welcome.

Time:  19:00 - 21:00
Venue:  First United Church
Location:  16 William St W., Waterloo, ON
Website:  http://canadians.org/event/kitchener-waterloo-pharmacare-town-hall
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Jun 28/2017
to Jul 6/2017
Toronto, ON
In the Name of All Canadians
Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives with In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. From Indigenous rights to the controversial 'notwithstanding clause,' participating filmmakers take the Charter's key tenets off the page and into the lived experiences of the country we call home.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. World premiere media sponsor: Maclean's.

Tickets to the premiere on Wednesday, June 28: Advance Tickets SOLD OUT. A limited number of Rush Tickets will be available on the day of the screening.

Tickets for the run of screenings starting on Friday, June 30 have regular pricing: $12 (Members: $8, $5, Free)

Time:  Various Times
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Law Enforcement & Corrections
Jun 29/2017
Toronto, ON
Feathers for Our Women
Feathers for Our Women: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Transgender and Two-Spirit Peoples (MMIWGT2S) is a Canada-wide outreach initiative aimed towards youths to raise awareness about MMIWGT2S and violence prevention education in communities.

In July, Shades of Our Sisters will create a Feathers for Our Women installation in the theatre at St. Vladimir Institute. People all across Canada are invited to make paper feathers, which Cree artist Waylon Goodwin will craft into mobiles, each feather representing a life of a MMIWGT2S.

Join us for a film screening followed by a craft session to make feathers out of paper and write about respect and love for a woman in your life.

Time:  6:00PM-10:00PM
Venue:  Kosa Studio
Location:  4 Bellwoods Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/441277846230993/?
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Native Peoples; Women
Jun 30/2017
International Asteroid Day
Statement by the Asteroid Day Co-Founders:
“Today the United Nations General Assembly has officially declared June 30 as the International Asteroid Day. We founded the annual event to raise awareness of the asteroid threat and opportunity to unite the human species behind a simple goal: Protect our planet from asteroid impacts. It is the only natural disaster we know how to prevent if we work together towards a global solution. We are all crew members of spaceship Earth. We hope you will join us.”
– Dr. Brian May, Danica Remy, Grig Richters, Rusty Schweickart

Website:  http://www.asteroidday.org/
Categories:   Aviation & Aerospace; International
Jun 30/2017
to Jul 6/2017
Toronto, ON
Manifesto
Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett delivers an audacious performance in this singular documentary-performance piece from visual artist Julian Rosefeldt. Composed of 13 vignettes inspired by different 20th century art movements, Blanchett slips into just as many characters with ease. From a British rocker girl to a schoolteacher to a vagabond to an anchorwoman and more, Blanchett’s range is on display like never before. With impassioned looks at movements like Pop Art and the Dogme 95 initiative, Manifesto is a testament to recent creative revolutions—that may very well inspire one all on its own.

Time:  Various Times
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Politics & Political Organizations; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Jul 2/2017
International Day of Cooperatives
"I urge Governments to create an enabling environment for cooperatives to thrive and grow. Let us harness the power of cooperatives to achieve the SDGs and create a world of dignity and opportunity for all."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/cooperativesday/
Categories:   Business & Economics; International
Jul 3/2017
to Jul 5/2017
Ottawa, ON
International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability, & Environment
iWISE2017 will integrate research, technology and expertise in fields of water, informatics, sustainability and environment. This will be complemented through focused themed sessions allowing for a lively exchange of ideas as well as contributions from highly selective keynote speakers from well-known leaders in the field.

The year 2017 version of the conference is expected to attract around 100 researchers from around the globe which will be more than double of the previous version. Researchers and participants will be coming from different sorts of backgrounds; academic, research centers, NGOs, and government organizations.

Venue:  River Building – Carleton University
Location:  Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.sciencetarget.com/iwise2017
For information contact:  W. A. Eldin - walieldin (at) sciencetarget.com
Phone:  6132162363
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Jul 3/2017
to Jul 5/2017
Ottawa, ON
International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability, & Environment - iWISE2017
The conference is organized by Science Target Inc. in collaboration with professional and academic institutions both are local and international.

iWISE2017 will integrate research, technology and expertise in fields of water, informatics, sustainability and environment. This will be complemented through focused themed sessions allowing for a lively exchange of ideas as well as contributions from highly selective keynote speakers from well-known leaders in the field.

The year 2017 version of the conference is expected to attract around 100 researchers from around the globe which will be more than double of the previous version. Researchers and participants will be coming from different sorts of backgrounds; academic, research centers, NGOs, and government organizations.

Venue:  River Building – Carleton University
Location:  1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.sciencetarget.com/iwise2017/
For information contact:  walieldin@sciencetarget.com
Phone:  613-216-2363
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Jul 6/2017
Toronto, ON
Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Our Nixon
Arm yourself with the tools you need to decode ‘fake news’ with the Alternative Facts Survival Guide, our new screening-and-conversation series.

Some of the world’s leading commentators on politics and the media—including The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Atlantic’s David Frum,Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale and more—join us for frank and vital conversations following presentations of a selection of films that urgently speak truth to power.

Navigating the media landscape has never been more difficult. With blatant lies going from the lips of high office to the headlines of major outlets and viral Facebook posts, we’ve read the writing on the wall: there is an ongoing battle for your attention being fought on a high level. Join us and fine-tune the intellectual tools you need in order to cut through and resist.

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Politics & Political Organizations
Jul 11/2017
World Population Day
In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/populationday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jul 15/2017
World Youth Skills Day
"On this World Youth Skills Day, let us renew our resolve to invest more in empowering young people. When we do, they can better advance the broader mission of the United Nations for lasting peace, sustainable development and human rights for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/youthskillsday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jul 15/2017
to Jul 16/2017
Cambridge, ON
Rare Bioblitz
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage.A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time. For this community bioblitz the experts are joined by interested members of the general public for a community-style bioblitz, which blends scientific inventory, guided educational activities and nature programming so that everyone can contribute to real science, while connecting with nature in a personally meaningful experience. It's Canada's nature selfie and you're invited.

Venue:  rare Charitable Research Reserve near Cambridge
Location:  Cambridge, ON
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Environment; Education
Jul 18/2017
Toronto, ON
Any Other Way Reading Series #3: Resisting Sharing & Organizing
Join us and the fine folx at Glad Day Bookshop as we host the Any Other Way Reading Series. Each Tuesday in July, we'll feature Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer's contributors who are also some of the city's biggest and brightest voices on queer culture - past, present and, and future

Featuring:
Alec Butler
Debbie Douglas
Dennis Findlay
leZlie Lee Kam
Tim McCaskell

Time:  19:00-21:00
Venue:  Glad Day Bookshop
Location:  499 Church St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/438983439795145/?
For information contact:  shop@gladdaybookshop.com
Phone:  (416) 961-4161
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Jul 18/2017
Nelson Mandela International Day
Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jul 21/2017
to Jul 25/2017
Toronto, ON
The War Show
Replace the expert-led and distant views of the revolution in Syria with this deeply affecting doc carved from 300 hours of footage shot amidst conflict by everyday citizens. In this personal account, Damascus-based radio host Obaidah Zytoon immerses us in the euphoria of protest and feeling on the verge of real change in 2011, through the emotional trauma and bloodshed of the following years. Less a political statement than a window into a world coming apart at the seams, this moving documentary from TIFF 2016 brings us face-to-face with the realities of revolution from an average citizen's eye.

Time:  Various Times
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Jul 24/2017
to Jul 26/2017
Vancouver, BC
Green Developments: The New Era
Sustainable development conference at the Westin Bayshore Hotel with David Suzuki and Jon Montgomery as keynote speakers. Register at www.PAQS2017.com starting January 23, and visit www.Vancouver2017.com for more information.

Venue:  The Westin Bayshore
Location:  1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.PAQS2017.com
For information contact:  John Higgins - jhiggins (at) concosts.com
Phone:  604-616-8384
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Information, Libraries, Research
Jul 25/2017
Toronto, ON
Any Other Way Reading Series #4: Scenes & Spaces
Join us and the fine folx at Glad Day Bookshop as we host the Any Other Way Reading Series. Each Tuesday in July, we'll feature Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer's contributors who are also some of the city's biggest and brightest voices on queer culture - past, present and, and future.

Featuring:
Jane Farrow
Sarah Liss
Alex McClelland
Kurt Mungal
Christine Sismondo

Time:  7:00PM-9:00PM
Venue:  Glad Day Bookshop
Location:  499 Church Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/463331924000131/?
For information contact:  shop@gladdaybookshop.com
Phone:  (416) 961-4161
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Jul 26/2017
Toronto, ON
Requiem for the American Dream
Films Changing the World: Must-see docs revealing staggering new perspectives and stories.

As people around the world lose their faith in existing systems, this gripping deconstruction of how the powers that be are wielding media and culture to control us couldn't be more timely. Widely regarded as one of the most important thinkers alive, Noam Chomsky dissects our current condition with his signature cool and devastating intellectual power. Requiem for the American Dream takes a thought-provoking look at the decline of democracy, the disappearing middle class, the myth of social mobility, and whatever hope may exist to turn this ship around. Tracing a half-century of policies designed to favour the wealthy at the expense of the majority, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy, and undoing, of our time.

Time:  6:15PM
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Policy; Economic Development
Jul 28/2017
World Hepatitis Day
The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is "Prevent hepatitis. Act now". Viral hepatitis is caused by 5 distinct hepatitis viruses. Infection from these viruses results in approximately 1.45 million deaths each year. These viruses are transmitted through contaminated water and food, as well as by contact with blood or bodily fluids, through unsafe injections or transfusions. Infection also occurs from a mother to a child, or through sexual contact. Infection through all these routes of transmission can be prevented through proven and effective interventions. It is important for everyone to be aware of hepatitis and to learn how they can protect themselves from being infected.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/hepatitis-day/2015/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jul 28/2017
to Jul 29/2017
SK
Bioblitzing the Cypress Hills
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time.Through this project celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary new scientific data will be generated and new species will be documented which will help to inform choices on such issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity. These discoveries will be showcased to the Canadian public, wildlife managers, conservation organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to shape conservation decisions and ensure these wild species and spaces remain for generations to come.

Time:  8 am - 8 am
Venue:  Cypress Hills Provincial Park (SK) - Centre and/or West Blocks
Location:  SK
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Science & Technology; Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Jul 30/2017
International Day of Friendship
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 30/2017
World Day against Trafficking in Persons
In 2013, the General Assembly held a high-level meeting to appraise the Global Plan of Action. Member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humantrafficking/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 1/2017
to Aug 7/2017
World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Website:  http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/news_events/events/2015/world-breastfeeding-wee
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Women
Aug 5/2017
to Aug 19/2017
Alnwick/Haldimand, ON
Conscious Minds Camp
Conscious Minds Camp: A cooperative leadership experience created by and for youth and young adults who want to cultivate healthy and resilience communities. CMCamp is a space to ground ourselves in nature and community, visualize the kind of world we want to live in, and strategize how to get there at the individual and collective level. With the guidance of Elders, we play and experiment together, honing in on our individual passions and practicing the skills we need to step more fully into cooperative and respectful living.

Venue:  Cobourg Scout Reserve
Location:  6863 County Rd 45, Alnwick/Haldimand, ON
Website:  http://www.consciousmindscamp.org/
For information contact:  consciousmindscamp@gmail.com
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Nature & Outdoors
Aug 9/2017
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Celebrating Indigenous people and recognizing their value and human rights.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Native Peoples
Aug 9/2017
to Aug 22/2017
NB
BiotaNB 2017
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time.Through this project celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary new scientific data will be generated and new species will be documented which will help to inform choices on such issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity. These discoveries will be showcased to the Canadian public, wildlife managers, conservation organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to shape conservation decisions and ensure these wild species and spaces remain for generations to come.

Venue:  McAdam: Canoose Flowage and Spednic Lake Protected Natural Areas
Location:  NB
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Science & Technology; Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Aug 12/2017
International Youth Day
On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 12/2017
to Aug 13/2017
Vancouver, BC
Stanley Park Bioblitz 150
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage.A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time.For this flagship bioblitz, the experts are joined by interested members of the general public for a community-style bioblitz, which blends scientific inventory, guided educational activities and nature programming so that everyone can contribute to real science, while connecting with nature in a personally meaningful experience. It's Canada's nature selfie - and you're invited.

Venue:  Stanley Park
Location:  Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://BiobiltzCanada.ca
For information contact:  Elizabeth Gammell
Phone:  613-599-9594 x 215
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Education; Children & Youth
Aug 17/2017
to Aug 20/2017
New York City
BDSM Writers Con
This one-of-a-kink conference is for writers and readers! It provides participants with the ability to discover the complexities of Dominance and submission through workshops, live demos, and fascinating hands-on experiences.

BDSM Writers Con is dedicated to writers and readers of Dominance and submission. We are the ONLY conference in the world to offer writers and readers the ability to discover the complexities of Dominance and submission through workshops, live demos, and fascinating hands-on experiences while you interact with your favorite–and soon-to-be favorite–BDSM authors.

Our host & founder, Dr. Charley Ferrer a world-renowned Clinical Sexologist and BDSM Educator provides you with the secrets you need to know that’s got erotic authors like Cris Anson exploring and the Rolling Stone Magazine taking notice.

Due to the nature of this event, ALL participants must be 19 years of age or older!

Early-bird registration: $250
Late Registration: $300 (starts August 1, 2017 for NYC)
NO at the door registration!

Location:  New York City
Website:  http://bdsmwriterscon.com/
Aug 18/2017
to Aug 20/2017
Sarnia, ON
Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering and Toxic Tour
The Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering focuses on the Anishnaabe culture practices towards water teachings. Happening August 19-20 a two day weekend with a full schedule. A free educational, family friendly event welcoming to every walk of earth. We have a responsibility towards our region's fresh water and want to share that with people of all backgrounds.

Please fill out the registration form if you are planning on coming to the Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering ft. Toxic Tour 2017. We will be sticking to Anishnaabe protocol which will be emailed to you after you register - registration begins June 1st

Venue:  Maawn Doosh Gumig
Location:  1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia, ON
Website:  http://aamjiwnaangsolidarity.com/2017/03/31/aamjiwnaang-water-gathering-toxic-tour-2017/
For information contact:  asap1491@gmail.com
Categories:   Native Peoples; Nature & Outdoors; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 18/2017
to Aug 24/2017
Toronto, ON
The Reagan Show
Ronald Reagan incomparably raised the level of staging and performance that go into being the leader of the free world, which we’re seeing today on a grander scale than could have been imagined at the time. Composed of archival footage and set against the backdrop of the Cold War, this remarkable documentary reconstructs the Reagan era almost as if it was a reality TV show. A gun-toting movie hero first and the 40th President of the United States second, Reagan was a born actor. Taking advantage of the wealth of video documentation that accompanied his presidency, The Reagan Show incisively digs into the made-for-TV approach to governing.
Official Selection—Tribeca Film Festival, 2017

"Fascinating look at Reagan." – Screen International

"An irony-laced view of the Reagan years and the birth of made-for-TV governing." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Clever and breathtaking." – Filmmaker Magazine

Time:  Various Times
Venue:  Hot Docs Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://hotdocscinema.ca/
For information contact:  cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
Phone:  416.637.3123
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Politics & Political Organizations; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Aug 19/2017
Aurora, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Aurora
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Aurora, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Aurora.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Aug 19/2017
World Humanitarian Day
"World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 19/2017
to Aug 20/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Cornwall and the Counties
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Cornwall-and-the-Counties.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Aug 19/2017
to Aug 20/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Rideau Lakes
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Rideau-Lakes.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Aug 21/2017
to Aug 23/2017
Toronto, ON
ICCE2017: 6th International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy
ICCE2017 committee cordially invite all the participants interested in sharing their knowledge and research in the area of clean & renewable energy to submit their abstract and attend the ICCE2017. ICCE 2017 provides a platform for researchers and scientists to share their research work while the participants from industry can promote their products . This is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from universities and institutes to interact with the their colleagues.

ICCE2017 takes place in Toronto, Canada. Toronto is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It's a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic CN Tower. ICCE 2017 is an opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading scientists, and visit one of the greatest Canadian city.

Venue:  Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport
Location:  6257 Airport Rd, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.icce2017.iaemm.com/
For information contact:  ICCE2017@iaemm.com
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Aug 23/2017
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
The United Nations proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). UNESCO is contributing to it through its educational, cultural and scientific programmes so as to promote the contribution of people of African descent to building modern societies and ensuring dignity and equality for all human beings, without distinction.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
Categories:   International; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 24/2017
to Aug 25/2017
Toronto, ON
International Conference of Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE'17)
The International Conference of Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE'17) aims to become the leading annual conference in fields related to environmental science and engineering. The goal of RTESE'17 is to gather scholars from all over the world to present advances in the fields of environmental science and engineering and to foster an environment conducive to exchanging ideas and information. This conference will also provide an ideal environment to develop new collaborations and meet experts on the fundamentals, applications, and products of the mentioned fields.

All accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Furthermore, selected papers from the conference will be submitted for possible publication in the following journals from Avestia Publishing (publication fees may apply):

- Advances in Renewable Energy (ARE)
- International Journal of Environmental Pollution and Remediation (IJEPR)

Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.rtese.com/
For information contact:  info@rtese.com
Phone:  1-613-695-3040
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Aug 27/2017
to Sep 4/2017
Burning Man
Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome

Time:  All Day
Venue:  Black Rock Desert
Website:  http://burningman.org/event/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Aug 29/2017
International Day against Nuclear Tests
Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. There has been little consideration of the devastating effects of testing on human life, let alone the understanding of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. Early on, having nuclear weapons was a measure of scientific sophistication or military might. Hindsight and history have shown us the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of today’s nuclear weapons which are far more powerful and destructive. Subsequent incidents world-wide have provided compelling reasons for the need to observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests - a day in which educational events, activities and messages aim to capture the world’s attention and underscore the need for a unified attempt in preventing further nuclear weapons testing.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/againstnucleartestsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Science & Technology
Aug 30/2017
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
"On this International Day, I call on States to acknowledge that family members and friends of the disappeared are also victims, and to guarantee their right to full protection from any form of reprisals. Let us all show solidarity with the victims and their relatives as they strive to realize their right for truth and justice.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disappearancesday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 30/2017
to Sep 4/2017
Montreal, QC
Montreal Fetish Weekend
6 Days and Nights of Non-Stop Fetish Fun !

Unlike anything else in the world. The MONTREAL FETISH WEEKEND is a true city celebration, an event where you are the star of a fabulous international fetish holiday!

From fantasy-themed events to beautiful play scenes, fashion, expo, demos, workshops, dinning and an incredible fetish photo walk, all events are located in the heart of Montreal’s downtown gay village. A true city-celebration of alternate lifestyle and diversity!

Why stay within closed doors? Montreal welcomes you to a grand celebration of Fetish Pride. All venues and events are walking distance from the host hotel. At the Montreal Fetish Weekend we make sure that everyone feels welcome. Our aim is to be the friendliest and most hospitable event!

From rising talents, international models, designers and pervy partyers, the event is optimized to make the most of its urban setting featuring daytime happenings set in its surrounding park, water fountain areas and the Village’s pedestrian street. Montreal embraces our diversity unlike any city full-on fetish happenings such as the Mode en Folie street fashion shows, kinky picnic and rope bondage presentations!

This year WE CELEBRATE MONTREAL’S 375TH ANNIVERSARY …a not to be missed event where life-lasting friendships are always made!

Location:  Montreal, QC
Website:  http://montrealfetishweekend.com/
Categories:   Sexuality
Sep 5/2017
International Day of Charity
On this International Day of Charity, the United Nations invites all Member States and all international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/charityday/
Categories:   Education; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 8/2017
International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide, bringing together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. On this day also International Literacy Prizes are awarded to people with outstanding solutions that can drive literacy towards achieving the 2030 Education Agenda.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 9/2017
to Sep 15/2017
Vancouver, BC
World Environmental Education Congress - WEEC 2017
The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017. The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat.

Hosted by SFU, the Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) is a collaborative of researchers and practitioners committed to high quality environmental and sustainability learning in British Columbia. Our members come from a variety of institutions including universities, colleges, school districts, community groups, non-profit organizations, and provincial and regional governments.
The organizing committee in 2017 will embrace different approaches in both the conceptualization and implementation of EE worldwide.
Our theme in 2017 is Culture/Environment. This focuses on the multidisciplinarity nature of the congress and a developing view that Culture and Environment are inseperable and may even arise from within each other. Such a theme of environmentalism underscores a need to abandon notions that everything is measurable or under human control. The real paradigm of environmental thinking is uncertainty in the ways forward vs. the idea that ‘progress’ is unavoidable. Cultural change is also the necessary condition/requirement to rebuild and reinvent our relation with nature and live sustainably. Therefore, with this call for papers we promote NETWORK/ACTION/COALITION.

Location:  Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.environmental-education.org/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; Environment
Sep 12/2017
United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
"As we mark the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, let us reaffirm our commitment to this invaluable means of achieving sustainable development and improving the lives of billions of people in the global South and beyond."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the UN Day of South-South Cooperation

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/southcooperationday/
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 14/2017
to Sep 17/2017
Darlington MD USA
The Crossroads
When we say kink is sacred, we really mean it!

Meet us at THE Crossroads to explore the darker side of sacred sexuality. From the same folks who bring you THE Beltane: A Sacred Sexuality Event, comes THE Crossroads: Where the Sacred and Profane Meet. Here, you can explore the places where spirituality and sexuality overlap, pushing the edges of the comfortable to find the places where the thrill may lie.

​Step outside of the everyday and look at your relationships in a whole new way. Explore bondage, power exchange, ordeal, sensual torture and all manner of dark delights. Come to THE Crossroads to find your own way. Choose your own path. Each day, choose from a variety of workshops. Each night, select a ritual or other experience to delve into. The choice is yours.

Location:  Darlington MD USA
Website:  http://www.turtlehilleventco.com/the-crossroads.html
Categories:   Religious; Sexuality
Sep 15/2017
International Day of Democracy
"The implementation of the Goals must be underpinned by a strong and active civil society that includes the weak and the marginalized. We must defend civil society's freedom to operate and do this essential job. On this International Day of Democracy, let us rededicate ourselves to democracy and dignity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/democracyday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 16/2017
to May 17/2017
Washington, D.C.
People's Congress of Resistance
The United States Congress does not represent the people who live and work in the United States. Given the threat posed by the Trump regime, the people must take matters into our own hands, together, and claim the power we already have.

The Trump regime is threatening to destroy the social, civil, economic, and environmental reforms achieved at great cost from decades of grassroots struggles. It plans to intensify the redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top, while scapegoating the most vulnerable. This is an agenda of capitalism without restraints in which the government helps Wall Street and corporate elites loot the rest of society.

Build a new People’s Congress of Resistance from the grassroots. No collaboration or compromise with the Trump Agenda! We will resist and resist and resist — until we overcome.

Venue:  Blackburn Center at Howard University
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Website:  http://www.congressofresistance.org/
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 16/2017
Doors Open Ontario - East Elgin
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/East-Elgin.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Quinte West
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Quinte-West.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Belleville and District
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Belleville-and-District.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
"On this International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, let us remember how much has already been accomplished, and commit to do more to protect our atmosphere. By working together, we can build a safer, healthier, more prosperous and resilient world for all people while protecting our planet, our only home."

Secretary-General's Message on the International Day
for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/ozoneday/
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care; International
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Minden Hills
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Minden-Hills.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Carleton Place
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Carleton-Place.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
London, ON
Doors Open Ontario - London
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  London, ON
Website:  http://www.londonculture.ca/
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Niagara-on-the-Lake
During Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake, several sites of historical or architectural significance will be open to the public for free.
Come explore the heritage and architecture of this community, including some buildings rarely open to the public.

Location:  Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Website:  http://www.notlcanada150.ca/
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Waterloo Region
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/discoveringtheregion/doorsopenwaterloo.asp?_mid_=17305
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 21/2017
International Day of Peace
"Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 23/2017
Doors Open Ontario - King Township
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/King-Township.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 23/2017
Grimsby, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Grimsby
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Grimsby, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Grimsby.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 23/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Wellington North
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Wellington-North.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 26/2017
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority. It also provides an opportunity to educate the public—and their leaders—about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them. Commemorating this Day at the United Nations is especially important, given its universal membership and its long experience in grappling with nuclear disarmament issues. It is the right place to address one of humanity’s greatest challenges, achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nuclearweaponelimination/
Categories:   International; Military; Science & Technology
Sep 27/2017
World Tourism Day
Ever since its inception, World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/tourismday/
Categories:   International; Tourism & Hospitality Industry
Sep 28/2017
World Rabies Day
It is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.

28 September also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur's death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.

Today, safe and efficacious animal and human vaccines are among the important tools that exist to eliminate human deaths from rabies while awareness is the key driver for success of communities to engage in effective rabies prevention.

Website:  http://www.who.int/rabies/WRD_landing_page/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Sep 29/2017
World Maritime Day
"The importance of shipping in supporting and sustaining today's global society makes it indispensable to the world, and to meeting the challenge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/maritimeday/
Categories:   International; Transportation & Travel
Sep 30/2017
Burlington, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Burlington
Doors Open Burlington takes place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit our heritage sites, noteworthy buildings, and interesting locations - FREE of charge. Many of these buildings and locations will offer special activities during the day.

In our city, Doors Open is presented by the Museums of Burlington and is part of Burlington's Culture Days celebrations from September 29 - October 1.

Doors Open is a program of Ontario Heritage Trust. From historical houses to modern marvels of construction, Doors Open Ontario showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define our communities.

Location:  Burlington, ON
Website:  http://www.doburlington.com/
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Orillia and Area
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Orillia-and-Area.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
Markham, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Markham
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Markham, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Markham.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
Oshawa, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Oshawa
Doors Open Ontario is a province-wide celebration that provides a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy sometimes hidden and always interesting places and spaces in cities across Ontario - all free of charge!

Doors Open Oshawa is an annual event where you can explore different heritage and cultural sites in Oshawa. Spend a day discovering local history first-hand and celebrate our community heritage.

Location:  Oshawa, ON
Website:  http://www.oshawa.ca/things-to-do/doors-open.asp
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
Doors Open Ontario - St. Marys
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/St-Marys.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
Timmins, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Timmins
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Timmins, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Timmins.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
to Oct 1/2017
Brampton, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Brampton
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Brampton, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Brampton.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
to Oct 1/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Halton Region
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Halton-Region.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Oct 1/2017
International Day of Older Persons
Ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable. It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons. In 2014, Governments around the world adopted a resolution at the Economic and Social Council that recognized ageism as “the common source of, the justification for and the driving force behind age discrimination.”

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Seniors
Oct 2/2017
International Day of Non-Violence
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nonviolenceday/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 3/2017
World Habitat Day
"On this World Habitat Day, I urge national and local governments, city planners and communities everywhere to keep “Housing at the Centre”. Guaranteeing dignity and opportunity for all depends on people having access to affordable and adequate housing. I look forward to a successful Habitat III Conference that will help us advance our sustainable development agenda for the benefit of all humankind."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Oct 4/2017
to Oct 10/2017
World Space Week
This year's theme celebrates Earth Observation from Space for the betterment of the human race.

By Resolution 54/68 of 6 December 1999, the General Assembly proclaimed World Space Week, to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/spaceweek/
Categories:   International; Science & Technology
Oct 5/2017
World Teachers’ Day
It is recognized that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals; they are the key to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics. However, they continue to face challenges brought about by staff shortages, poor training and low status.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
Categories:   Education; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 9/2017
World Post Day
World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/postday/
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 10/2017
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide

Website:  http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 11/2017
International Day of the Girl Child
The world’s 1.1 billion girls are part of a large and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future. Yet the ambition for gender equality in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlights the preponderance of disadvantage and discrimination borne by girls everywhere on a daily basis. Only through explicit focus on collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data, and using these data to inform key policy and program decisions, can we adequately measure and understand the opportunities and challenges girls face, and identify and track progress towards solutions to their most pressing problems.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Oct 13/2017
International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 15/2017
International Day of Rural Women
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to leave no one behind. To deliver on that, we must help rural women to thrive, and to access the support and information they need, so that they can fulfil their potential without leaving their communities."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/
Categories:   Farming; International; Women
Oct 16/2017
World Food Day
On 16 October 1945, 42 countries assembled in Quebec, Canada, to create the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Their goal was to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system.

FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

Website:  http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2016/home/en/
Categories:   Food & Beverage; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 17/2017
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
"Poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income. It is manifested in restricted access to health, education and other essential services and, too often, by the denial or abuse of other fundamental human rights [...] Let us listen to and heed the voices of people living in poverty. Let us commit to respect and defend the human rights of all people and end the humiliation and social exclusion that people living in poverty face every day by promoting their involvement in global efforts to end extreme poverty once and for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 20/2017
World Statistics Day
"On this World Statistics Day, I urge all partners and stakeholders to work together to ensure that the necessary investments are made, adequate technical capacity is built, new data sources are explored and innovative processes are applied to give all countries the comprehensive information systems they need to achieve sustainable development."
Ban Ki-moon
The UN General Assembly decided with resolution 69/282 to celebrate the day every five years from now on.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/statisticsday/
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 24/2017
United Nations Day
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 24/2017
World Development Information Day
"[...] Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, poverty eradication and social inclusion [...]"

General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/65/141 PDF document)

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/devinfoday/
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 24/2017
to Oct 30/2017
Disarmament Week
The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2). States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disarmamentweek/
Categories:   International; Military; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 27/2017
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
"The stories told by this heritage are powerful expressions of culture and place, weaving together personal and collective experience, reflecting the search for meaning shared by all. This heritage provides an anchor in a world of change, especially for local communities, providing records of cultural activities, reflecting the great diversity of expressions."

Irina Bokova
Director-General of UNESCO

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/audiovisualday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International
Oct 31/2017
World Cities Day
"Cities are increasingly the home of humanity. They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 2/2017
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
"I pay tribute to the courage of all media personnel who put their lives on the line for the sake of truth. And I call for immediate action to secure justice in cases where journalists were attacked, harassed or killed."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/journalists/
Categories:   International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 5/2017
World Tsunami Awareness Day
"Tsunamis may be rare but, like any other natural hazard, if we fail to prepare and raise awareness, then we risk paying a heavy price." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/tsunamiday/
Categories:   International; Tourism & Hospitality Industry; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Nov 6/2017
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
"On this International Day, I urge governments, businesses and citizens around the world to prioritize environmental care and the sustainable management of natural resources for preventing conflict, building peace and promoting lasting prosperity."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentconflictday/
Categories:   Environment; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 9/2017
Toronto, ON
Canadian Wildlife Federation Goose Gala
The CWF Goose Gala supports Canada's wildlife and wild spaces. Proceeds from the event help ensure a bright future for Canadian wildlife. Thanks to the generosity of corporations and philanthropists, the gala has channeled $500,000 into the CWF Wild by Nature campaign. As we mark Canada's 150th anniversary, the 2017 Goose Gala theme of "Nature for All" reflects our ongoing effort to make nature accessible to Canadians of all ages from sea to sea to sea. This year's feature performer is Alan Doyle. The actor, producer, best-selling author and musician is best-known as lead singer for four-time Juno Award Group of the Year nominees, Newfoundland's beloved Great Big Sea. Doyle hails from Petty Harbour, NL, and formed Great Big Sea in 1993. More information, tickets and sponsorship information are available at goosegala.org.

Time:  6-10 pm
Venue:  Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex
Location:  25 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://goosegala.org
For information contact:  David DeRocco
Phone:  905 975-4672
Categories:   Education; Environment; Performing Arts
Nov 9/2017
to Nov 15/2017
International Week of Science and Peace
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/week.shtml
Categories:   International; Science & Technology; Security
Nov 10/2017
World Science Day for Peace and Development
Proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference (Resolution 31C/ 20) in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development is an annual event celebrated all over the world to recall the commitment made at the UNESCO-ICSU World Conference on Science (Budapest 1999).

The purpose of World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/
Categories:   International; Science & Technology
Nov 14/2017
World Diabetes Day
"Let us focus both on prevention and strengthening health services so that everyone who has this debilitating disease can receive the support he or she needs." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/diabetesday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 16/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 17/2017
World Philosophy Day
World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO to honour philosophical reflection in the entire world by opening up free and accessible spaces. Its objective is to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/philosophyday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; International
Nov 19/2017
World Toilet Day
"Sustainable development goal 6 calls on the international community to ensure access to toilets by 2030. Delivering on this basic human right — the right to water and sanitation — is good for people, business and the economy." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 20/2017
Africa Industrialization Day
The Day is intended to mobilize the commitment of the international community to the industrialization of Africa.

The important contribution of inclusive and sustainable industrialization in helping Africa to overcome its critical development challenges is clearly recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goal 9 calls to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/africaday/
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 20/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 20/2017
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
The Day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. It offers an opportunity for drawing attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/trafficvictimsday/
Categories:   Automotive & Cars; Health/Health Care; International
Nov 21/2017
World Television Day
The UN’s TV producers report from locations around the globe – from peacekeeping missions such as South Sudan and Haiti; from political missions in countries like Afghanistan and Colombia; and from the UN’s vast network of operations worldwide.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/televisionday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; International
Nov 25/2017
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
"Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price." — Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Nov 29/2017
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
"This year, the number of demolitions of Palestinian houses and other structures by Israeli forces has doubled, compared to 2015. Gaza remains a humanitarian emergency, with 2 million Palestinians struggling with crumbling infrastructure and a paralyzed economy, and tens of thousands still displaced, awaiting reconstruction of homes destroyed by conflict."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/palestinianday/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 1/2017
World AIDS Day
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted with a promise to leave no one behind. Nowhere is this more important than in tackling AIDS. Supporting young, vulnerable and marginalized people will change the course of the epidemic." — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 2/2017
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
"The UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery helps restore the human rights and dignity of thousands of victims and their families by awarding grants to projects providing rehabilitation services. I urge Member States, businesses, private foundation and other donors to increase their contributions. Together, we can accelerate our efforts and rid the world of this heinous practice."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 3/2017
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
"Let us work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/
Categories:   Disability Issues; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 5/2017
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
The 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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 5/2017
World Soil Day
"On World Soil Day, I call for greater attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/#
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care; International
Dec 7/2017
International Civil Aviation Day
The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States, and of the unique role of ICAO in helping States
to cooperate and realize a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/civilaviationday/index.shtml
Categories:   Aviation & Aerospace; International; Transportation & Travel
Dec 9/2017
International Anti-Corruption Day
"On International Anti-corruption Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to ending the deceit and dishonesty that threaten the 2030 Agenda and our efforts to achieve peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/anticorruptionday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 9/2017
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/genocidepreventionday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 10/2017
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 11/2017
International Mountain Day
Mountains host communities with ancient cultures and traditions, and are places of religious worship, pilgrimage and rituals all over the world. The concept of traditional heritage, culture and spirituality is intrinsically linked with peoples’ livelihoods in the mountains, where it is often traditional lifestyles that determine the way people make a living and subsist.

Mountains are also the sources of springs and rivers and have been revered as the home of deities throughout history.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday/
Categories:   Environment; International; Nature & Outdoors
Dec 18/2017
International Migrants Day
"On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 20/2017
International Human Solidarity Day
"Global problems require collective solutions. At a time of divisiveness on many key global issues, from armed conflict to forced migration, people need to turn toward each other in common cause, not away from each other in fear." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 22/2018
to Mar 25/2018
Everett WA
BDSM Writers con
BDSM Writers Con is dedicated to writers and readers of Dominance and submission. We are the ONLY conference in the world to offer writers and readers the ability to discover the complexities of Dominance and submission through workshops, live demos, and fascinating hands-on experiences while you interact with your favorite–and soon-to-be favorite–BDSM authors.

Our host & founder, Dr. Charley Ferrer a world-renowned Clinical Sexologist and BDSM Educator provides you with the secrets you need to know that's got erotic authors like Cris Anson exploring and the Rolling Stone Magazine taking notice.

Due to the nature of this event, ALL participants must be 19 years of age or older!

Location:  Everett WA
Website:  http://bdsmwriterscon.com/
Categories:   Sexuality; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language