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

Venue:  Market Gallery, 2nd Floor, St. Lawrence Market
Location:  93 Front St E, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Museums; Transportation & Travel
Sep 25/2018
to Oct 16/2018
Toronto, ON
Where Do We Start? A Civic Engagement Series
Do the ongoings of Provincial and Municipal politics lately have you wondering if the world is ending, and asking on a practical level, what can I do?

Do you need a place to ask what seem like questions you should know the answer to without being judged? Questions like:

What does a city councillor do?
Why is the TTC frozen in time?
Why is my rent so high and will it ever go down?
How do I know if I am "progressive"?
Am I gentrifying my neighbourhood?

As a community hub, the Gladstone Hotel wants to help! Leading up to our October 22nd Mayoral Election, each Tuesday evening will be home to a civic engagement series, guest curated by Zahra Ebrahim! Each event will be a place to ask and learn from experts what exactly is happening in local politics, to meet people asking the same questions you are, and help YOU understand how to make an informed decision on Election Day.

Held also on: Oct 2, Oct 9, Oct 16.

Time:  Doors open at 6:00 PM, Discussion at 7:00
Venue:  Gladstone Hotel
Location:  1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Phone:  (416) 531-4635
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 4/2018
to Oct 7/2018
New Orleans
DomCon is The World’s Premier Professional and Lifestyle Domination Convention. The convention is the result of Mistress Cyan’s dedication over the years to bring a better understanding of BDSM in The Adult Alternative Lifestyle and to bring the BDSM, Leather, Fetish and Professional Communities together to share our common interests, celebrate our diversity and promote awareness through education and social interaction.

DomCon brings the lifestyle and professional BDSM communities together for a weekend of social and educational interaction with themed socials, parties, classes and workshops, panel discussions, stage shows, vendors and exhibitors. So, come join the world’s top Dominatrixes, Switches, submissives, Bondage & Fetish Models, Webmasters, Fetish Photographers, Performing Artists, Educators and Lifestyle Practitioners for an fun, educational, and unforgettable experience.

Location:  New Orleans
For information contact:
Phone:  504-962-0500
Categories:   Sexuality
Oct 10/2018
Toronto, ON
Indigenous Environmental Justice Project - Indigenous Youth in Toronto
Members of the Indigenous Environmental Justice Project (IEJ Project) will introduce the concepts of environmental justice and will present recent research findings. The IEJ Project is a SSHRC-funded initiative based out of York University whose research aims to develop a distinctive environmental justice framework that is informed by Indigenous knowledge systems, laws, concepts of justice and the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples.

Presented by Meagan Dellavilla, a member of the IEJ Project. This talk will focus specifically on youth engagement in the environmental justice movement. Using arts-based research methods, Meagan's work seeks to ensure young people's voices are included in the construction of an Indigenous-informed environmental justice framework.

Presented as part of Toronto Public Library's Our Fragile Planet program series.

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  Beaches Branch - Toronto Public LIbrary
Location:  2161 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Environment; Children & Youth; Native Peoples
Oct 10/2018
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.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Oct 10/2018
to Oct 11/2018
Toronto, ON
Climate Action Network is thrilled to announce the third annual ClimaCon, an event for heroes from every corner of the Canadian climate movement to come together, learn, share stories, build relationships, and have fun.

ClimaCon2018 will take place at the York University campus in the brand new York University Student Conference Centre in Toronto, ON on October 10 & 11, 2018. CAN-Rac's annual general meeting (AGM) will take place during the conference.

Time:  See schedule for details
Venue:  York University Student Conference Centre
Location:  4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 11/2018
International Day of the Girl Child
Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises

The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.

Categories:   Children & Youth
Oct 11/2018
Toronto, ON
Natasha Kanape Fontaine with Deni Ellis Bechard: Conversation about Racism
Indigenous artist and actress, and one of Quebec's best known young poets, Natasha Kanape Fontaine, in conversation with American/Quebecois writer Deni Ellis Bechard about their joint work which explores the history of anti-Indigenous racism in Canada.

Time:  1:00 - 2:00 PM
Venue:  City Hall
Location:  100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 11/2018
to Oct 12/2018
Toronto, ON
Ontario Climate Symposium 2018
This year's Symposium, Adaptive Urban Habitats by Design, will be held at OCAD University and aims to generate important discussions surrounding the role that art and design can play in developing adaptive, low carbon cities. By exploring how ecology meets tactical urbanism, the Symposium will showcase real-life examples of how technology, policy, green infrastructure and strategic design can come together to transform cities.

Time:  See schedule for exact times and locations
Venue:  OCAD University
Location:  Toronto, ON
For information contact:  Nishal Shah
Phone:  647-455-1293
Categories:   Environment; Design; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Oct 12/2018
to Oct 14/2018
Toronto, ON
Independent Jewish Voices- 10 Year Anniversary General Members Meeting
Program Highlights:

Rebecca Vilkomerson: Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
Diana Buttu: Palestinian Canadian lawyer, former spokesperson for the PLO
Hannah Gold: Writer, Youth Worker, Community Organizer with JEWDAS - Radical Diasporist Collective, U.K.
Mark Tseng-Putterman: Writer, Phd candidate Brown University, member Jews of Color & Sephardi/Mizrachi Caucus of JVP

See the IJV Canada web site for full conference details.

Time:  See schedule for times
Venue:  Beverly Hall (Polish Combatants Centre)
Location:  206 Beverley St., Toronto, ON
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 13/2018
Toronto, ON
Burkinabe Rising
Burkinabe Rising showcases creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso. A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who provide inspiration to the rest of Africa and the rest of the world. Through music, film, ecology, visual art, and architecture, the people featured in this film are carrying on the revolutionary spirit of martyred Burkinabe President Thomas Sankara (1949-87).

Time:  6:30 PM
Venue:  A Different Booklist
Location:  777-779 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Arts & Culture
Oct 13/2018
Toronto, ON
Teaching for Justice 2018
This conference is a gathering of teachers and educators, students and community partners whose mission is to create a space for educators and activists to share ideas and resources. We aim to build community and to foster courage among those who are challenging systems of oppression. The conference has a focus on inquiry, activism, and student empowerment. Participants will meet allies and learn strategies to support their teaching practice.

This year's conference theme is Engaging Controversy, inspiring educators to enter into vital conversations with and about the communities that they serve.

Tickets are $45.00

Time:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Venue:  ETFO Provincial Office
Location:  136 Isabella St., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 13/2018
Toronto, ON
Transit Justice in the Inner Suburbs
Transit in Toronto is in crisis. While the population continues to grow, there are no planned expansions to the transit infrastructure. And yet, transit is essential for people to access the city’s social and cultural life. It is particularly troubling that many working class communities currently suffer from inadequate transit service. Moreover, if current plans for privatizing transit are realized this crisis will only become more acute. And yet, various plans for transit reform promising better service have also been floated. What should working class communities make of these proposals? What are the key issues related to transit in the city, and the possibilities of mobilizing for change?

Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue:  Downsview Public Library
Location:  2793 Keele Street, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 15/2018
Toronto, ON
Hands off Labour Law - October 15 Day of Action!
Organized by the Labour Council in partnership with the United Steelworkers, this is an opportunity to send a loud message to the Minister of Labour (and Queen's Park) that Ontario needs to keep strong labour and employment laws. Doug Ford's government has said that it will stop the minimum wage increase to $15 (scheduled for Jan 1, 2019) and roll back other key pieces of the hard won Bill148. It took the labour movement over a decade to get the minimum wage raise, emergency leave, scheduling rights etc. We cannot lose it all to a regressive agenda from Queen's Park.

Time:  12:30 PM
Location:  400 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 16/2018
to Oct 18/2018
Thunder Bay, ON
Biomass North Forum 2018 - Mapping Canada's Bioeconomy
With this year's theme of Mapping Canada's Bioeconomy: Drivers, Roadblocks and Bridges, #BNDC 2018 will serve as a cross-country checkup to showcase how government, industry, academia and communities throughout the country are navigating towards a sustainable bioeconomy future. Join us in discovering how growth in the sector can allow us to achieve Canada's transition to a low-carbon economy, and why a competitive national bioeconomy will serve as a key element for acting on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

Please visit for full details!

Time:  Tue, 8:30 AM - Thu, 5:00 PM
Venue:  Valhalla Inn Hotel
Location:  1 Valhalla Inn Road, Thunder Bay, ON
Categories:   Economic Development; Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 17/2018
Toronto, ON
Etobicoke Townhall on Transit
Join your neighbours in Etobicoke Centre and Lakeshore on October 17th to talk transit. Hear from community leaders and transit riders about the issues, and how you can get involved.

Elected officials and municipal candidates are invited to attend the townhall. Public transit connects our communities and is the top issue in the municipal election on October 22nd.

FREE event. Register now to save your seat. Event schedule coming soon.

Event sponsors: LAMP Community Health Centre, South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee, TTCriders.

Time:  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue:  Martin Luther Church
Location:  2379 Lake Shore Blvd West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 17/2018
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski — which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty — and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 17/2018
London, ON
London: Corporatizing Canada Book Tour Event
Please join us on this book tour for discussions about how corporatization has undermined public services in Canada and what we can do promote social justice, human rights and democracy.

Speakers include:

Waasekom, Water advocate, community organizer and ceremonial helper from the south eastern shoreline of Lake Huron, Saugeen First Nation will speak on the inherent Life and Personhood of our great ancestor Lake Huron and the water.

Emma Lui, Water Campaigner for the Council of Canadians will speak about Nestle, Blue Communities and other water issues outlined in her chapter in Corporatizing Canada

Time:  6:30 PM
Venue:  Mary Campbell Housing Cooperative
Location:  587 Talbot Street, London, London, ON
Categories:   Environment; Government & Public Sector; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 17/2018
Toronto, ON
Social and Global Peace: Does Philosophy Have Anything to Contribute?
Steven Pinker claims to detect and explain long term trends towards a more peaceful world. Of central importance to his argument are the universalist values that emerged during the Enlightenment: human rights, moral equality, and the use of evidence and reason (as opposed to culture and superstition) to support public policy and international relations. The paper will accept, for the sake of argument, that the long-term trend towards peace that Pinker's statistics find. However, it will argue that peace is not the necessary outcome of liberal humanism. Science, human rights, and liberal democracy can also be used as justifications for war. Whether humanity develops along peaceful or warlike paths is not a mechanical product of the values of one historical period, but whether and to what extent people and policy focus on our shared vulnerabilities and needs. Philosophy's role in the promotion of peace is to defend the reality of shared human interests and needs and to challenge any impediment to their satisfaction, including those that are generated by liberal-democratic capitalism.

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Venue:  Ramsay Wright Laboratories Room 110 25 Harbord Street (Univ. of Toronto)
Location:  25 Harbord Street (Univ. of Toronto), Toronto, ON
Categories:   International; Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 18/2018
to Oct 21/2018
Kootenay Rockies, BC
EECOM 2018 Conference
From coast to coast to coast, over 300 educators will have the opportunity to gather to learn, share and connect at this made-in-Canada environmental education conference.
The theme for the 2018 Conference is Classrooms to Communities (C2C) which envisions learners and educators being deeply connected to place, community and planet, able to effectively communicate their stories of connectedness, and taking responsibility to do so.

Venue:  St. Eugene Mission Resort on Ktunaxa Nation land
Location:  Kootenay Rockies, BC
Categories:   Education; Environment
Oct 20/2018
Toronto, ON
3D Printing Technology & the Impact On Future
What would you make with a Star Trek Replicator? Dr. Julielynn Wong shares her inspiring stories on using 3D printers to make affordable life-saving and life-changing supplies. She explains how using technology with empathy can support environmental stewardship, poverty reduction, social justice, human rights, and accessibility issues.

Registration starts: Saturday September 1, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Venue:  Toronto Public Library - Agincourt Library
Location:  155 Bonis Avenue, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 20/2018
to Oct 21/2018
pin Washington, District of Colum
Women's March On The Pentagon
To Confront the Bi-Partisan War Machine

In response to the continuing march of military aggression by the USA and to put an antiwar agenda back on the table of activists, we are calling for an Women's (and allies) March on the Pentagon tentatively sent for the 51st anniversary of the 1967 big antiwar event in DC and subsequent march on the Pentagon that had 50,000 people!

If you don't like Trump (and who doesn't), we have something for you too! Just think TRUMP'S BLOATED FINGER IS ON THE NUCLEAR BUTTON!

However, this is NOT, nor will it turn into a Get Out the Vote Rally for the Democrat 1/2 of the War Party. This is a principled call to action against the entire rotten Empire.

Location:  pin Washington, District of Colum
Categories:   Military; Government & Public Sector; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 20/2018
to Oct 22/2018
Ottawa, ON
One World Film Festival 2018
Our Annual Film Festival comprises carefully selected documentaries, reflecting a wide array of contemporary issues – including the environment, women’s rights, and Aboriginal issues. Films are often accompanied by panel discussions and talks by film-makers.

We will have food available and aim to create a social atmosphere where discussion can thrive and people can connect. Our main lobby is filled with booths with representatives from various non-profit organizations in the Ottawa community.

Venue:  the Arts Court
Location:  2 Daly Ave #240, Ottawa, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Environment
Oct 23/2018
Toronto, ON
Indigenous Writers' Gathering
Three Canada Reads Finalists talk about Indigenous stories in the national competition- the successes and the difficulties they face.

Join award winning authors Katherena Vermette (The Break), Tracey Lindberg (Birdie) and Cherie Dimaline (The Marrow Thieves) in a moderated panel about their experiences.

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  Toronto Reference Library- Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Location:  Toronto, ON
Categories:   Native Peoples; Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 23/2018
Toronto, ON
Please join us and tell Doug Ford that we need to rebuild and improve our public health care: NO cuts and privatization!
Economist Mike Moffatt from Western University has tallied up what Doug Ford has proposed to cut. The total is a whopping $22 billion that Doug Ford proposes in cuts from provincial revenues over three years. That means that we would lose $22 billion from the money that our province uses to fund health care, education, roads, transit, and all our social programs. In context, the Harris government of the 1990s — you remember, the government that forced mass hospital closures, amalgamations, privatization and cuts — cut $15 billion (current $) over their first four years. So Ford’s cuts would be worse if we don’t stop them.

Please join us. A show of strength is vitally important at this juncture. We know that the people of Ontario are with us. No one wants more cuts. The overwhelming majority of Ontarians oppose health care privatization. We need to mobilize, to make visible the public demand to improve our public health care. We need to inspire people to stand up and make cuts and privatization impossible. We can do this. We’ve done it before. But we need you

Time:  12:00 PM
Venue:  Queen’s Park Toronto (outside Ontario Legislature)
Location:  Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Phone:  416-441-2502
Categories:   Economic Development; Health/Health Care; Government & Public Sector
Oct 24/2018
to Oct 30/2018
Disarmament Week
The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which kicks off on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (24 October), was first called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly's 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2). The document called for abandoning the use of force in international relations and seeking security in disarmament. 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.

In 1995, the General Assembly invited governments, as well as NGOs, to continue taking an active part in Disarmament Week (resolution 50/72 B, 12 December 1995) in order to promote a better understanding among the public of disarmament issues.

Arms Trade Treaty

Every year during the annual United Nations Treaty Event much of the attention has been focused on the Arms Trade Treaty. The Treaty, regulating the international trade in conventional arms – from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships – entered into force on 24 December 2014.

Categories:   International
Oct 25/2018
to Oct 28/2018
Toronto, ON
19th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival
PiF is celebrating its 19th year with yet another lineup of groundbreaking documentary films focusing on environmental and ecological issues. The festival includes over 50 Canadian and international films, family programs, an industry conference and free screenings for post-secondary students. Don't miss special events highlighting the extraordinary contribution of influencers with our Eco-Heroes, David Suzuki, John Francis, and Jennifer Keesmaat.

Venue:  Multiple -
Location:  Toronto, ON
For information contact:  Danielle Howson -
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Oct 28/2018
Toronto, ON
Miriam Garfinkle - Celebration of Life
Miriam Garfinkle - A Celebration of Life - Sunday October 28, 4 pm, 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Miriam Garfinkle died on September 15, 2018.

Friends, family, neighbours, fellow activists, patients, colleagues, and everyone who knew her are invited to remember Miriam and to celebrate her life on October 28.

We will be gathering on at 918 Bathurst Street at 4 pm, to share memories and stories, tears and laughter, to talk, to look at pictures and videos, and to listen to music that was special to Miriam.

This will be a time for people from Miriam's many worlds to meet and remember together. Miriam was a socialist, a human rights activist, a physician, a naturalist and citizen scientist, an environmentalist, a passionate and committed spokesperson for Palestinian rights, a musician, a gardener, a painter, a loving parent and grandparent, and a true friend to many (including chickadees and chimney swifts).

A web page devoted to "Moments with Miriam" at highlights many aspects of Miriam's life. You are invited to visit the page, and, if your wish, add your own memories, photos, or videos. A second page features Miriam's articles, talks, interviews, letters, and photos.

When: Sunday October 28, 4 pm - Where: 918 Bathurst Street (on west side, just north of Barton)

Time:  4:00 pm
Venue:  918 Bathurst
Location:  918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  Ulli Diemer
Phone:  416-964-5735
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 3/2018
to Nov 4/2018
Washington, DC
Black Is Back: March On The White House
The Black is Back Coalition recognizes that there are countless wars and attacks on African communities that are routinely ignored by the mainstream media as well as by the traditional peace movements.
The assaults on African communities not only here in the U.S., but throughout the Caribbean, throughout Europe and on the African continent itself in the form of proxy wars, police containment, mass incarceration, economic underdevelopment, joblessness etc., are all being swept under the proverbial rug.

The Black is Back Coalition is calling for an end to this indifference.

“On November 3, we rally in Malcolm X Park in Washington, DC, from every community in the U.S. Here we will make our united voices heard; here we will declare our united will to join with the peoples of the world to change the course of history that has enslaved and impoverished the majority for the benefit of the parasitic few,” said Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the Black is Back Coalition.

Venue:  Malcolm X Park
Location:  Washington, DC
For information contact:
Phone:  (917) 818 0466
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Military
Nov 7/2018
to Nov 9/2018
Toronto, ON
Future Cities Canada Summit
Future Cities Canada is a collaborative platform that harnesses the momentum for change already in progress in cities.

It brings together people, ideas, platforms and innovations from across sectors to address two of the most pressing issues of our time: inequality and climate change and their consequential challenges facing cities.

Drawing on the expertise of its founding organizations and together with a diverse and growing network of partners, Future Cities Canada’s unique collaborative infrastructure will accelerate innovation to build regenerative, inclusive cities of the future.

Venue:  Evergreen Brick Works
Location:  Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Architecture; Science & Technology
Nov 9/2018
to Nov 11/2018
San Francisco
Dark Odyssey: Surrender
Bridging Kink, Sex and Spirit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Nov 14/2018
Toronto, ON
Rebecca Traister: The Power of Angry Women
Rebecca Traister talks about her latest book, Good and Mad, which explores the ways that women's anger has long been viewed - and how 2018 could well mark a turning point in how women's anger can transform society.

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

Time:  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Venue:  Bram and Bluma Appel Salon- Toronto Reference Library
Location:  798 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 14/2018
World Diabetes Day
Globally, an estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, compared to 108 million in 1980. The global prevalence of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8.5% in the adult population. This reflects an increase in associated risk factors such as being overweight or obese. Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.

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

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

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

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

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

Categories:   International
Nov 20/2018
Universal Children's Day
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

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

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

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

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

Categories:   Children & Youth
Nov 22/2018
Toronto, ON
Health Promotion Conference 2018
One of the key goals of Health Promotion Ontario is to advance the critical importance of health promotion through advocacy, knowledge exchange, and professional development for its membership. This year’s conference is intended to serve as a forum for practitioners, researchers, and students to come together to learn about and critically reflect on the ways that important social issues are forcing the field of health promotion to “break new ground”.

Venue:  TBD
Location:  Toronto, ON
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Categories:   Health/Health Care; Consulting & Consultants
Nov 25/2018
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
One of the most devastating human rights violations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 3/2018
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

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

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

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

Categories:   International
Dec 5/2018
World Soil Day
Soil is the upper layer of earth, a mixture of organic and inorganic matter, in which plants grow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 20/2018
International Human Solidarity Day
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda is centred on people & planet, underpinned by human rights and supported by a global partnership determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease. It will be thus be built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity.
International Human Solidarity Day is:

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

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives