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Jan 4/2019
World Braille Day
World Braille Day is celebrated every year on January 4th because it is Louis Braille’s birthday, the inventor of braille! Louis was born in 1809 in France. He became blind after a childhood accident, and he quickly mastered his new way of living. When he was just 15 years old, he created the system we know today as braille, based on a system of writing developed by Charles Barbier. Over the years braille was tweaked to make it easier to read, and now it’s used the world over!

Categories:   Disability Issues
Jan 10/2019
Toronto, ON
TTC Board Welcome Party: Rally to stop the fare hikes
The new TTC Board will meet on December 18 for the first time, so we're throwing them a Welcome Party! Help us introduce TTCriders and our demands for fair TTC funding, lower fares, and better service. We will deliver a giant welcome card with a message that you can sign in advance.

The TTC Board will be voting soon on important transit decisions like fare increases, service levels on buses and streetcars, and the TTC budget.

Time:  12:15 PM
Venue:  City Hall
Location:  100 Queen St West, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 4, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 10/2019
Toronto, ON
Vigil for homeless woman who died earlier this week to be held today
Vigil will be held at the site of her death at 730 Dovercourt Rd and demands made of the city for immediate action on this deadly housing crisis. Speakers to include: Lesley Wood (OCAP), Patricia O'Connell, Melody Grant and Kira Hamilton (Sistering), Kapri Rabin (Street Health), and more.

Toronto: This past Tuesday, Crystal, a homeless woman and frequent user of the Sistering drop-in centre, died under tragic circumstances near Dovercourt and Bloor when she became trapped in a donation bin in the middle of the night.

On the night that Crystal died, women's shelters across the city were full. The sub-standard back-up respite centres were also packed and the two 24/7 drop-ins centres for women and trans people, which function as under-resourced de-facto shelters, were overcapacity.

Mayor John Tory has turned the issue into one about the design and location of donation bins, diverting attention away from the underlying housing and homelessness crisis his administration is responsible for, and can do something about.

After an extended community fight last year Tory agreed to add some respite and shelter capacity, but implementation has been slow and woefully inadequate. A 56-bed shelter that was originally scheduled to open in December will now open sometime in January, but with 120 women sleeping in the drop-ins, and more surviving in the respites, the beds just won't be enough.

Time:  6:00 pm
Location:  730 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON
Phone:  416 925 6939
Categories:   Social Policy; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Women
Jan 10/2019
to Jan 19/2019
Toronto, ON
After The Fire
AFTER THE FIRE by Matthew MacKenzie is a new environmental play premiering in Toronto. Set in the aftermath of the wildfire that nearly destroyed Fort McMurray in the summer of 2016, After the Fire is a dark comedy centered around two couples whose lives have been deeply affected by this 'natural' disaster.

This Indigenous-led, new Canadian work raises vital questions about continued industrial development in Fort McMurray, despite the devastating impact on the environment and the people whose livelihoods rely on it. After The Fire examines our addiction to fossil fuels, shining a spotlight on the families caught in the middle of the Canadian cultural paradox of both condemning while intrinsically profiting from the exploitation of our non-renewable resources.

A special community engagement performance is taking place Friday, January 11, which will feature a post-show panel discussion on topics raised in the play including the environment and perspectives through an Indigenous lens.

We have an exclusive promo code for $17 tickets to share with your networks. You can book with the promo code online at or call 416-534-9261.


Time:  8:00 PM nightly
Venue:  The Theatre Centre
Location:  1115 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Phone:  416-534-9261
Categories:   Environment; Performing Arts; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 12/2019
Kamloops, BC
Kamloops: Peace Walk
Please come with ideas and volunteer to help for the Kamloops peace social justice and environment walk.

Time:  4:00 PM
Venue:  Meet at the Smorgasbord Deli
Location:  225 7 Ave., Kamloops, BC
Categories:   Environment; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 15/2019
Toronto, ON
Ethics of AI in Context: Michael Kearns
Many recent mainstream media articles and popular books have raised alarms over anti-social algorithmic behavior, especially regarding machine learning and artificial intelligence. The concerns include leaks of sensitive personal data by predictive models, algorithmic discrimination as a side-effect of machine learning, and inscrutable decisions made by complex models. While standard and legitimate responses to these phenomena include calls for stronger and better laws and regulations, researchers in machine learning, statistics and related areas are also working on designing better-behaved algorithms. An explosion of recent research in areas such as differential privacy, algorithmic fairness and algorithmic game theory is forging a new science of socially aware algorithm design. I will survey these developments and attempt to place them in a broader societal context. This talk is based on the forthcoming book "The Ethical Algorithm", co-authored with Aaron Roth (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Time:  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Venue:  Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
Location:  200 Larkin, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Computers; Communications Industry & Technology; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jan 16/2019
Toronto, ON
John Chen on "Data Security and Public Policy"
John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry Limited; former Chairman and CEO, Sybase Inc.

In Conversation With: John Kelleher, Partner and in-house CEO/CXO, McKinsey & Company; Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto

Introduction By: Peter Loewen, Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Free to attend. Registration is required by 9am on January 16.

Time:  10:30 - 10:59AM check-in; 11:00AM sharp to 12:00pm fireside chat and Q&A
Venue:  Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building)
Location:  105 St. George Street, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; Internet; Computers
Jan 17/2019
Toronto, ON
Press Conference to Demand Immediate Action on Deadly Housing Crisis
Following yet another brutal death of a homeless woman early this morning, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) is calling a press conference this Thursday, January 17 at noon to demand action on Toronto’s deadly housing crisis from all three levels of government. The homeless woman, whose identity has not yet been released, was killed after being run over by a garbage truck as she slept on a surface grate for warmth.

This most recent death comes just a week after another homeless woman, Crystal Papineau, died near Dovercourt and Bloor after getting trapped in a clothing donations bin in the middle of the night. That same night, a young homeless Indigenous man was also found dead.

Much like the night Crystal died, Toronto’s emergency shelters were full across all sectors last night, the sub-standard backup respites centres were packed, and the closest women’s drop-in, which offers no sleeping space, was overcapacity. The City’s nightly shelter census data demonstrates that the situation remains virtually the same almost every single night of the year.

Time:  Noon
Location:  Alley next to 165 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  Yogi Acharya
Phone:  647-764-0488
Categories:   Social Services; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 18/2019
to Jan 19/2019
Winnipeg, MB
Kiskinohamatowin: An International Academic Forum on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
This forum for Indigenous peoples, policy makers, advocates and academics will profile research that can assist states and Indigenous peoples in implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This Forum will feature international experts, including current and former members of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, speaking on topics such as international standards, norms, laws and mechanisms related to the human rights of Indigenous peoples and on regional case studies.

Confirmed speakers include:

Chief Wilton Littlechild, former commissioner of TRC, former member of Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and former member of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Members of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples including Alexey Tsykarev, Edtami Mansayagan, Kristen Carpenter, and Erika Yamada.

Former members of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Dalee Sambo Dorough and Grand Chief Ed John.

Time:  8:00 AM Jan 18 to 4:00 PM Jan 19
Venue:  Robson Hall
Location:  224 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 23/2019
Toronto, ON
2062: Beyond a Cartoon Future for Millennials
Join U.S. comedian and podcaster Hari Kondabolu in a seriously funny conversation about the future of work with the Atkinson Foundation's Ausma Malik, and the Canadian Roots Exchange's Max FineDay. They'll be talking about how to get a future that's fair and work that's decent. The cast of The Jetsons, the first colour cartoon series aired in 1962 and set 100 years in the future, will make a cameo appearance. Hari, Max and Ausma will riff about bosses and workers, tech for lifestyles and livelihoods, and how race, money and gender colours everything for millennials.

Just Work It is a platform for podcasts and live events about decent work for and by millennials.

Time:  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Venue:  Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College- U of T
Location:  93 Charles Street W., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Performing Arts; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 23/2019
Toronto, ON
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (Ethics in the City Film Series)
This highly influential film in architecture and planning circles by William H. Whyte analyzes the success and failures of urban spaces. Observing the natural order of spaces and the way people move through them, Whyte provides an intuitive critique of urban spaces and ways these spaces can be improved. (IMDB; Luke Keller)

Time:  6:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Venue:  Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
Location:  Larkin Building, Rm 200, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Design; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 24/2019
International Day of Education
Acknowledging the importance of education for achieving sustainable development, eradicating poverty, promoting gender equality, and promoting peace and respect for human rights

Categories:   Education
Jan 26/2019
Toronto, ON
Emergency Rally: No US & Canada Supported Coup in Venezuela!
Speak out against the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela and the US and Canadian government's support!

The Trump and Trudeau governments have announced that they are recognizing a self-appointed opposition leader as President of Venezuela. Nicolas Maduro was elected President of Venezuela last year in free and fair elections.

This is an ongoing coup plot with serious consequences for peace and sovereignty around the world and deadly consequences for Venezuelans and their fight for self-determination and social justice in that country.

Time:  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Venue:  Bloor St W & Spadina (South East corner)
Location:  Toronto, ON
Categories:   International; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 27/2019
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
The theme of the Holocaust remembrance and education activities this year is Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights. This theme encourages youth to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust, act against discrimination and defend democratic values in their communities, at a time when the spread of Neo-Nazism and hate groups fuels the rising antisemitism and other forms of hatred around the world. The theme highlights the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 31/2019
Toronto, ON
FilmSocial: Sorry to Bother You
Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You was one of the most critical acclaimed films of 2018. Though an brilliant mix of satire, drama, and humour, Riley is able to capture the horror, absurdity, and contradictions of life within contemporary capitalism. Exploring themes of exploitation, racism, alienation, and the strained relationship between activism, art, popular culture, and profound social change, Riley effectively captures the tensions, paradoxes, and necessities of the modern political landscape. Following the film there will be a short presentation and discussion on some of the important political questions raised by the film.

Time:  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue:  Eyesore Cinema
Location:  1176 Bloor Street, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jan 31/2019
Winnipeg, MB
Human Trafficking
Please join the Council of Women of Winnipeg Inc. at the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) January 31st. CWW will feature a film and presentation about "Human Trafficking" - a worldwide issue which has an impact here in our city.

A speaker from the Joy Smith Foundation will be leading the discussion.

Time:  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue:  Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD)
Location:  825 Sherbrook Ave., Winnipeg, MB
For information contact:
Phone:  (204) 589-6449
Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Feb 1/2019
to Feb 7/2019
World Interfaith Harmony Week
Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to support during that week the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions.

Categories:   Religious; International
Feb 3/2019
to Feb 4/2019
Toronto, ON
OASIS Community Fundraiser
Warm up with us this winter- come join us for an evening of fun and excitement to support the St. James Town Community Co-op. This artistic fundraiser will feature performances by Wiz The Mc, Bryant Didier, Iron Mic, Maria Zak, and a poetry reading by Frizzkid. Plus other artists will be announced closer to the fundraiser date. All proceeds will go to support the OASIS food hub project. This event is sponsored by Evolutionary Music Co-op and LIFT Toronto.

"The St. James Town Community Co-op (SJTCC) aims to enable community projects and social enterprises that benefit the residents of St James Town and improve the quality of life in the community. The primary focus is on food security and resilience to climate change.

One of our visions is to build and develop a climate resilience food hub in the middle of downtown Toronto: the OASIS Food Hub. The food hub will be a space for residents and co-op members to have cooking workshops, grow food, and engage in food initiatives and dialogue together so that we can have a food secure and healthy community. See more of our vision here."

Time:  Sun, 7:30 PM - Mon, 12:30 AM
Venue:  Tranzac Club
Location:  292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Performing Arts; Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 4/2019
Toronto, ON
Province Wide March For Students' Rights

Calling all Toronto students, and students from any post secondary institution around the Toronto area. Join us for to take part in the Central location of the Province Wide March for Students' Rights on Monday the 4th.

Details to come in the following days, but we have lots of exciting speakers lined up! Sign up today and invite as many Toronto friends as you can.

Remember to mark yourself as going to the province-wide event, which can be found at

Time:  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Venue:  Queen's Park
Location:  Toronto, ON
Categories:   Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 4/2019
World Cancer Day
Nearly every family in the world is touched by cancer, which is now responsible for almost one in six deaths globally. On World Cancer Day (4 February) WHO highlights that cancer no longer needs to be a death sentence, as the capacity exists to reduce its burden and improve the survival and quality of life of people living with the disease.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Feb 5/2019
Toronto, ON
Let's get Scarborough moving!
Info session and training on how to get our politicians to build the Eglinton East LRT publicly, now and fund TTC service instead of raising fares.

Time:  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Venue:  East Scarborough Storefront
Location:  4040 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 6/2019
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; Women
Feb 6/2019
Toronto, ON
Nobel Laureate John Polanyi: What Can We Do To Prevent Nuclear War?
John Polanyi is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto. A recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1986) and over thirty honorary degrees from six countries, he has served on the Prime Minister of Canada’s Advisory Board on Science and Technology and the Premier's Council of Ontario.

He was a founding member of both the Committee on Scholarly Freedom of the Royal Society, and a further international human rights organization, the Canadian Committee for Scientists and Scholars, of which he is the current President. Additionally he was the founding Chairman of the Canadian Pugwash Group in 1960, and has been active for 40years in International Pugwash. He has written extensively on science policy, the control of armaments, and peacekeeping. He is co-editor of a book, The Dangers of Nuclear War, and was a participant in the recent 'Canada 21' study of a 21st-century defence posture for Canada. He was co-chair (with Sir Brian Urquhart) of the Department of Foreign Affairs International Consultative Committee on a Rapid Response Capability for the United Nations.

Time:  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Venue:  George Ignatieff Theatre
Location:  15 Devonshire Pl, Toronto, ON
Categories:   International; Military; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 8/2019
Toronto, ON
David Treuer: Beyond Wounded Knee
David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, and is the author of four previous novels, and two books of nonfiction. His new book, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is an essential read that melds history with reportage and memoir, and chronicles 125 years of Native American history.

Hear Treuer discuss the history-and counter-narrative-of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present. In conversation with author, educator and activist Taiaiake Alfred.

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
Location:  789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 8/2019
Caledon, ON
Young Conservation Professionals 2019 - applications now open - deadline Feb. 8
APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 OPEN: November 14, 2018 – February 8, 2019

The Young Conservation Professionals (YCP) Leadership Program is a year-long personal and professional development program serving the conservation and environmental sector in Ontario, Canada.

The YCP program takes place over the course of one calendar year and requires a total on-site time commitment of approximately 14 days, including:

- Three three-day (two night) residential retreats in March, June, and October focused on personal and professional leadership development;

- A minimum of four (out of up to six) one-day workshops throughout the year focused on key management skills,

- Program graduation at the A. D. Latornell Conservation Symposium.

Time:  Applications close Feb. 8
Venue:  Albion Hills Field Centre
Location:  Caledon, ON
For information contact:  Elizabeth Wren
Phone:  416-569-6786
Categories:   Environment; Skills & Training; Children & Youth
Feb 9/2019
Toronto, ON
Don't Steal Our Subway Canvass - Kennedy Subway Station
Doug Ford has threatened to break apart the TTC by taking over the subway system we paid for and maintain. This will open it up to privatization, higher fares, reduced service, and less democratic control by Toronto’s residents.

We're ramping up the campaign in the new year by organizing subway stop canvases, door knocking, and lit drops. Join us for this canvass at Kennedy Subway Station to hand out flyers and talk to riders.

TTC tokens available. Contact 647-220-9739 to find us.

Time:  5:30 PM
Venue:  Kennedy station
Location:  Toronto, ON
Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 9/2019
Winnipeg, MB
Our Selves, Our Daughters: A Culturally Competent Approach to Understanding Female Genital Circumcision
This free, half-day training opportunity will enhance your understanding of Female Circumcision (also known as Female Genital Cutting - FGC, or Female Genital Mutilation - FGM). This training is ideal for those working with immigrant and/or refugee women from communities where FGC is practiced.

You will have the opportunity to:

-Examine your own personal and cultural values related to women's sexuality and FGC
-Become aware of the types of FGC along with possible health consequences
-Be able to identify strategies for responding in a culturally safe way to the issue of FGC

IDEAL FOR: Service providers who work with immigrant and newcomer women from FGC practicing communities, health care providers who work with newcomer and immigrant communities, social service workers and social workers who work with culturally diverse communities, and students in the social sciences, humanities and related human service fields.

CERTIFICATION: Participants will receive a certificate of completion worth 3.0 Hrs. that can be applied to continuing competency programs for various professional regulating bodies.

COST: There is no cost for attending this event. Light refreshments and coffee/tea will be provided. Click on the link above to register now and you will receive a copy of "Working with Women and Girls who have experienced FGC" to read prior to this event.

Time:  9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location:  200 - 226 Osborne Street North, Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Health/Health Care; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 10/2019
Toronto, ON
Rosa Luxemburg: Living Flame of Revolution
In January 1919, Polish-German revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg was murdered by far-right thugs. Much has changed since 1919, but as capitalism threatens us with devastating climate change, austerity, and a growing far-right threat, Luxemburg's ideas may be as relavent for people today as they were a century ago.

Join the Toronto New Socialists for a presentation and discussion. Our speaker is David Camfield, a labour activist in Winnipeg and the author of We Can Do Better: Ideas for Changing Society and Canadian Labour in Crisis: Reinventing the Workers' Movement.

Time:  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Venue:  A Different Booklist
Location:  777-779 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 11/2019
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science. In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Categories:   Women; Science & Technology
Feb 12/2019
Sustainability Network/EcoAnalytics Webinar: Climate Change and Canadians: New Public Opinion Research
Murderous wildfires, a 10-alarm UN IPCC report and the advent of an election year, when the result could hinge on perceptions of a newly introduced federal carbon tax, have put climate change high in the minds of Canadians, again. Yet, how can environmental organizations, governments and others keep the issue front and centre? Explore the Canadian role in Climate Change in this 60-minute webinar presented by Dr. Erick Lachapelle, Universite de Montreal.

The webinar takes place on February 12, 2019, from 1-2 pm Eastern. An audio recording of the webinar will be made available to all those who register so sign up even if you can not make the live offering.

Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Categories:   Environment; Information, Libraries, Research; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 13/2019
World Radio Day
Radio is the mass medium reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.

Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology
Feb 14/2019
Free Webinar: Addressing Psychological Health and Safety in Nonprofit Workplaces
Most nonprofits are great at taking care of the people they exist to serve. But how well do you look after your own employees? Find out how to better care for your staff at our free webinar!

The psychological health of your teams is becoming increasingly important in the context of performance, retention, and cost - all things that are crucial to achieving your mission. Join the Canadian Mental Health Association to hear more about how organizations both small and large are addressing psychological health and safety. You will learn about practical, low-cost (or no-cost!) strategies you can implement quickly and that are proven to help create a culture that enables your employees to do their best and thrive at work.

Time:  1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Skills & Training; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 18/2019
Winnipeg, MB
Louis Riel Day
Celebrate Metis identity and history! Come and celebrate Louis Riel Day at the Museum!

This Louis Riel Day, take a free Metis Rights Tour or join us to celebrate the launch of a new Metis Rights and Sites mobile app!

On Louis Riel Day, join one of our interpreters for the Metis Rights Tour! On this 75-minute guided tour, you will discover the rich and complex human rights history of Metis people. Learn about ongoing efforts of the Metis to achieve justice and recognition in Canada.

The Metis Rights Tour is offered at:

10:30 a.m. in English
1 p.m. in English
2 p.m. in French
2:30 p.m. in English

Cost: Free with admission

Time:  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue:  Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Location:  Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 19/2019
to Feb 22/2019
Toronto, ON
We The Students: Week of Action
We The Students will not back down! Students across Ontario have made it clear that the Provincial government picked a fight with the wrong people.

We The Students call on the government to:
- Provide More Grants NOT loans
- Eliminate Tuition Fees for ALL Students
- Increase Public Funding for Public Education
- Protect Students' Independent Voices and,
- Defend the Right to Organize

Join us for a Week of Action from Tuesday, February 19 to Friday, February 22 to welcome back Members of Provincial Parliament as they head back to Queen's Park to remind them that We The Students will NOT accept their cuts to OSAP and their attack on student autonomy!

Time:  Feb 19 at 12:00 PM - Feb 22 at 11:59 PM
Venue:  CFS Ontario // FCEE Ontario
Location:  225 Richmond Street West,, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 20/2019
Winnipeg, MB
They Call Me George
Meet author Cecil Foster as he discusses his new book, They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada.

His historical work sheds light on the unrevealed stories of black railway porters - the so-called "Pullmen" working in the Canadian rail lines in the mid-twentieth century. Through his interviews with the last living porters from the era, Foster documents their political activism and fight for social justice that helped lay the groundwork for the multicultural Canada we know today.

The event will wrap up with a book signing and a meet-and-greet with the author.

The book will be available for purchase in the Museum Boutique.

Seating is first come, first served.

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Venue:  Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Location:  Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 20/2019
World Day of Social Justice
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 21/2019
Toronto, ON
Ending The Deadly Housing Crisis
The lives of 6 homeless people came to a gruesome end this January. Their lives were cut short not because of choices they made, but because of the choices made for them by John Tory, Doug Ford and Justin Trudeau.

It is clear all three levels of government need to act urgently to end these preventable deaths, alleviate suffering in cramped facilities, and build rent-geared-to-income housing. Yet, neither government is willing to do so.

They disorient us by blaming refugees, mental health issues, and addictions for the housing crisis. They hope we'll take the bait and attack each other as we get reeled out of housing and dumped onto the streets.

The battle ahead is difficult, but it's one we must win. So join us to take inspiration from ongoing battles, learn from past ones, ask questions, and build connections with struggles outside Toronto.

Speakers to be announced soon.

This event is part of the monthly OCAP Speakers Series, where we gather to discuss issues that are critical to the success of poor people's movements. Join us.

Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  CRC at 40 Oaks
Location:  40 Oak Street, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 21/2019
International Mother Language Day
Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world's rich tapestry of cultural diversity. At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 23/2019
Toronto, ON
All Out Against Fascism: Toronto anti-PEGIDA rally
Once again PEGIDA (the "Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes") is planning to hold an anti-Muslim, anti-refugee rally at the corner of University Avenue and Armoury Street. Once again, we expect various far-right groups to take part, including the Proud Boys, the Northern Guard, the Three Percenter militia, and others. And once again, we intended to shut it down.

TAF will be there to stand against racism and fascism. Please come out and support Muslims, refugees, immigrants, and all others under threat by these organizations.

Time:  1:00 PM
Location:  361 University Ave., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 23/2019
Toronto, ON
Hands Off Venezuela - CBC Rally
We cannot be silent in the face of the latest aggression against the Venezuelan people organized and supported by the governments of Canada and the United States. In Toronto, we are joining with over 130 other actions across the world organized on February 23rd under the demand "No war on Venezuela".

The Canadian corporate media and Canada's own public broadcaster, the CBC, are overwhelmingly campaigning in support of the regime change push in Venezuela. We appeal to people across Canada to remember past slanders that proved false against countries and leaders that ended in US invasions, support for proxy armies and regional and civil wars.

In rallying at CBC we will continue to expose the lies behind the US coup attempt in Venezuela and ensure that the voices of the majority of Venezuelans who oppose it are heard.

Time:  11:00AM
Location:  250 Front St W., Toronto, ON
Categories:   International; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 25/2019
Toronto, ON
The Responsibility of Academics
When academics express their views on intellectual, institutional, or more public matters, they should invite rebuttal, not fear reprisal. Alas, once again today, the possibility of muzzling and menace attend virtually every aspect of academic work and academics' exercise of their citizens' rights. Self-censorship, sycophancy, and co-optable careerism are too much in evidence in Canadian universities, despite the protections still afforded by institutional autonomy, shared governance, and academic freedom. In this illustrated talk, I will use images, quotations, and analysis first to establish connections linking peace with justice and the public interest. I will then use examples of partnership and provocation originating within campuses but also with governments and corporations, to show how–as part of the shift from the liberal arts to the neoliberal ones, and from the fractious university to the fracked one- academic freedom is being diminished and denied in ways that isolate in order to further endanger peace, justice, and the public interest. I will conclude by arguing that a significant public reinvestment in Canada's universities is urgently needed, but that reinvestment cannot and should not occur without the resurgence of the undeterrable academic and public intellectual.

Time:  4:00PM - 5:30 PM
Venue:  Greek Canadian Democratic Organization
Location:  290 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 27/2019
Toronto, ON
Black Writers Matter
Black Writers Matter is a powerful new anthology of African-Canadian writing, edited by Whitney French. The stories in this collection offer a cross-section of established writers and newcomers to the literary world who tackle contemporary and pressing issues with beautiful, sometimes raw, prose.

Come to an evening discussion about the Black Canadian experience, as told through the stories of some of the writers in this collection.

- Whitney French: writer, storyteller, and multidisciplinary artist.
- Angela Walcott: multidisciplinary artist and writer.
- Sapphire Woods: queer nerd with a passion for Black education.

Moderated by Canisia Lubrin, award-winning writer, critic, teacher.

Time:  6:00 PM
Venue:  Bram and Bluma Appel Salon - 2nd Fl - Toronto Public Library
Location:  789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Arts & Culture
Feb 27/2019
Markham, ON
Joint Media Advisory
Press Conference: PROMISE Project a success to be outlined and stories of families helped being featured in the new documentary to be previewed.

Time:  1400 - 1500
Venue:  Christian Children’s Fund of Canada office,
Location:  1200 Denison Street, Markham, ON., Markham, ON
For information contact:  Lins O'Connor
Phone:  905 640 2111
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 27/2019
Toronto, ON
UNITED WE RESIST - Education Mass Rally
Calling all education workers, parents, labour affiliates, community partners and allies of public education to a MASS RALLY.

Ford's assault on public education in declaring a strip of 4% from education by removing class caps, dismantling full-day kindergarten as we know it and slashing millions from critical programming is beyond reprehensible. It's urgent that we build our mass and resist in power. Please mark this rally in your calendars and share widely with your networks. Further details to follow soon.

Where: Outside the 2019 PC Leaders' Dinner Event at the Toronto Congress Centre - 650 Dixon Rd., Etobicoke

Time:  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  Toronto Congress Center
Location:  650 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 28/2019
Toronto, ON
Happy Black History Month OWV family! We are so excited to share our upcoming event "WHAT A TIME TO BE BLACK" in collabatoration with Black Women With Wings & Margin of Eras Gallery on February 28th. This event is inclusive and open to all POC/non-POC folks but is solely to celebrate black history, black women and spotlight black femme creatives. Tickets: EB $10 GA: $15.

About the Exhibit, The Black Experience:

The Purpose Of The Black Experience Exhibit... And The Women Behind The Lens!
The Black Experience explores the perspectives of Black People of Color. Capturing real people in their element. The Mission is to simply give as many black people of color, the opportunity to not only share their experiences but the space to start a conversation. Bernice Johnson the creator behind the Exhibit, teamed up with Creatives Tiana a Digital Content Creator. Who uses her art and platform to explore her personal and artistic journey as a black, queer, femme woman. And Chris Lowe, a photographer who creates with intention. Aiming to capture the concepts, the visuals, and the stories of her subjects. Creating a picture that resonates and connects with others. The Black Experience aims to celebrate inclusivity, educate people, and create a positive dialogue that is reflective of BPOC. Creating an overall feeling of togetherness.

See website for the full programme.

Time:  6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Venue:  Margin Of Eras Gallery
Location:  1684 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Performing Arts; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives