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

Venue:  Market Gallery, 2nd Floor, St. Lawrence Market
Location:  93 Front St E, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/market-gallery/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Museums; Transportation & Travel
Aug 24/2018
to Sep 30/2018
Vancouver, BC
Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America
Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America illustrates how communities in Latin America use traditional or historical art forms to express contemporary political realities.

Displaying art and performance by artists in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador and Chile, and paying special attention to marginalized communities, this exhibition explores the role of creativity during times of political turmoil.

Latin American culture and folkloric arts are already well known abroad but we’re inviting visitors to take a closer look, to understand the political and social significance of these artistic traditions. For example, one of the works on display will be a contemporary codex, or pictorial manuscript, from Mexico. Written using pre-Hispanic symbols, this work tells the story of the forced disappearance in 2014 of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico. This work connects pre-contact Mesoamerican peoples and the Spanish conquest with Neo-colonialism and racism in Mexico today.

This is a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about Latin American politics through the lens of contemporary art. This exhibition demonstrates how objects can embody important historical and cultural memories and has the potential to influence how Latin American art and culture are showcased in museums and galleries.

Venue:  Museum of Anthropology
Location:  6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://moa.ubc.ca/exhibition/arts-of-resistance/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 26/2018
to Sep 23/2018
Burning Man
Burning Man is an annual event in the western United States at Black Rock City – a temporary city erected in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada, approximately 100 miles (160 km) north-northeast of Reno.

Burning Man is a network of people inspired by the values reflected in the Ten Principles and united in the pursuit of a more creative and connected existence in the world. Throughout the year we work to build Black Rock City, home of the largest annual Burning Man gathering, and nurture the distinctive culture emerging from that experience.

Mission Statement
The mission of Burning Man Project is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into the larger world.

Vision
Burning Man Project will bring experiences to people in grand, awe-inspiring and joyful ways that lift the human spirit, address social problems and inspire a sense of culture, community and personal engagement.

Program Areas
Burning Man provides infrastructural tools and frameworks to support local communities in applying the Ten Principles through six interconnected program areas, including Arts, Civic Involvement, Culture, Education, Philosophical Center and Social Enterprise.

Venue:  Black Rock City, Nevada
Website:  http://burningman.org/
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Sep 8/2018
to Sep 16/2018
Organic Week 2018
Canada's National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Hundreds of individual events showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment. Organic represents a vibrant alternative food system and an alternative option for clothing, personal care and cleaning products.

Last year, events included anything from pickling workshops to recipes contests, farm tours, or organic food and drink tastings in retail locations across the country. If you want to get involved in organic week this year check out our Organic Week events section of our website or plan an event in your community...

Venue:  Across Canada
Website:  http://organicweek.ca
For information contact:  info@organicweek.ca
Phone:  613-482-1717
Categories:   Farming; Environment
Sep 15/2018
to Sep 31/2018
Toronto, ON
Will Kwan: A Park for All
Artist Will Kwan's text installation will be visible along the stretches of the industrial retaining walls of Toronto's Don River. Kwan's work speaks to the intersection of audience and public space, to community expectations for urban parks in general and for the Don River Valley Park in particular.

Kwan's artworks always begin with research into his surroundings, leading to projects that examine the role of institutions in shaping economic and cultural realities. In this case, using a striking blue that mirrors the sky, Kwan’s text challenges the conception of ownership in a public space and instead reclaims the space as a common good.

Kwan has watched the transformation of the Don River Valley and its surrounding neighbourhoods closely, and has taken a keen interest in the area's revitalization and re-naturalization efforts.

His project builds from these observations and questions about the nature of "publics." The resulting piece is both provocative and humorous, outlining the ways in which endlessly differing (and sometimes opposing) groups and individuals occupy Toronto and its parks.

Time:  This installation is open to the public at all times. It will be on view for approximately five year
Venue:  Lower Don Trail
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/will-kwan-a-park-for-all/#date
For information contact:  drvp@evergreen.ca for more information.
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 17/2018
Toronto, ON
Memorial for Dr. Bromley Armstrong
Last month we buried a tireless defender and champion of human rights. Bromley L. Armstrong helped found the Toronto Joint Labour Committee on Human Rights, CARIBANA, Urban Alliance on Race Relations, and the Jamaican Canadian Association in his nine decade lifetime of leadership. His legacy lives on in the union activists that continue his work, demanding justice and fighting against racism, acknowledged by the annual Bromley L. Armstrong Award.

On Monday, September 17th, the Labour Toronto and York Labour Council along with Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Urban Alliance on Race Relations and The Jamaican Canadian Association will hold a memorial for Bromley at the OFL Building from 6-8pm, with music, speakers and video remembrances of his amazing journey.

Every union activist in Canada should know the story of Bromley - his work absolutely represents our core values. Watch the videos "Welcome to Dresden" and "Welcome to Canada" at youtube.com/LabourCouncil

Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:  15 Gervais Drive, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/memorial-for-dr-bromley-armstrong-tickets-49728149233
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 19/2018
Toronto, ON
What's Left, Toronto? Radical Alternatives for the City Election
As the Doug Ford Conservatives unpack their agenda, towns and cities across Ontario are getting ready for the October municipal elections.

In Toronto, much of the early public debate leading up to the elections has been narrow and dominated by the Tories' Bill 5, which proposes to cut in half the number of wards for Council elections. Debates about specific City issues have been limited, pitting a few right-populist voices from the Conservative Party against liberal and progressive voices from the Liberal or New Democratic Party. Ford's shadow looms over every discussion and risks constraining debate about the mildest reforms even further.

This public forum seeks to keep alive more expansive political horizons about possible futures for Toronto. Organizers from various social movements will come together to discuss a range of issues – from migrant solidarity and economic justice to jobs, housing, transit, the environment, and the nature of electoral politics. They will bring ambitious and radical perspectives that engage with but go beyond the policy planks gaining the most attention in the corporate media.

Time:  6:30 - 9:00 PM
Venue:  Friends' House (Quakers)
Location:  60 Lowther Ave, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1677852065657291/
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 21/2018
London, ON
Autumn Equinox & International Day of Peace Celebration
Sept. 21st is a special day. A time to celebrate the great harvest and abundance from what was planted in spring and nurtured through the warm and gracious summer months - in our crops, our adventures, our relationships, Earth connection and spiritual growth.
As well, we will be joining 200 countries all over world and 80 million people who will be celebrating Peace on this International Day of Peace, established by the United Nations.

The Evening Will Include:

Opening welcome
Gratitude Ceremony
Equinox-Peace Meditation
Setting intentions for the new cycle
Fire Ceremony
Closing meditation
Potluck - time for sharing and camaraderie
Potluck: Please bring your favourite vegan dish.. Please bring your own dish to eat on, cutlery a cushion or chair for outdoors. Blankets will be provided.

RSVP PLEASE - THANK YOU

Bring a song or poem or story of peace if you have one. Thank you.

Time:  6:30 - 9:00 PM
Venue:  The Living Centre
Location:  5871 Bells Rd., London, ON
Website:  http://www.thelivingcentre.com/
For information contact:  info@thelivingcentre.com
Phone:  519-652-9109
Categories:   Nature & Outdoors; Food & Beverage
Sep 21/2018
International Day of Peace
The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.
SDG 16

Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.
The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”

The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages - is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/
Categories:   International
Sep 22/2018
Toronto, ON
Breaking Silences: A Caribbean LGBT People of Color Symposium
This one-day symposium focuses on immigration, HIV/AIDS, gender identity, family acceptance, faith, and the mental health of Caribbean LGBTQ diasporic communities, with presentations, panel discussions, cultural performances, and supportive resources.

Time: Arrival - Registration - 9:00am
Welcome - 10:00 am
Conclude/End - 5:00 pm

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to registered attendees. Registration is required, click here http://BreakingSilences2018.eventbrite.com.

Keynote Speaker:
Jason Jones, LGBTQ+ Human Rights Activist

Time:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue:  Buddies in the Bad Times Theatre
Location:  12 Alexander S, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/breaking-silences-a-caribbean-lgbt-people-of-color-symposium-tic
For information contact:  info@CaribbeanEqualityProject.org
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 23/2018
Toronto, ON
Inspirational Women Brunch: Shaping Peace Through Feminism
Since 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace has passionately and tirelessly worked towards creating a peaceful world. As Canada's oldest national feminist peace group, VOW fights for a world that is free from violence, war, nuclear weapons, and gender inequality.

Join #WomenShapingPeace for brunch on September 23 and learn how you can take action to make our feminist vision of peace a reality!

We are very excited to have Ray Acheson and Medea Benjamin as our special guests.

Time:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Venue:  Metro Hall, Room 308
Location:  55 John St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/inspirational-women-brunch-shaping-peace-through-feminism-tickets
Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 23/2018
Toronto, ON
Inspirational Women Brunch: Shaping Peace Through Feminism
Since 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace has passionately and tirelessly worked towards creating a peaceful world. As Canada's oldest national feminist peace group, VOW fights for a world that is free from violence, war, nuclear weapons, and gender inequality.

Join #WomenShapingPeace for brunch on September 23 and learn how you can take action to make our feminist vision of peace a reality!

Time:  10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Venue:  Metro Hall
Location:  55 John Street Room. 308, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://vowpeace.org
For information contact:  info@vowpeace.org
Categories:   Women; Politics & Political Organizations
Sep 23/2018
The Word on the Street
The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations, workshops, and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There is always plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, and best of all, The Word On The Street and all of its events are FREE!

Website:  http://thewordonthestreet.ca/
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Sep 24/2018
Toronto, ON
Sisonke Msimang: Exile and Home
South African writer Sisonke Msimang talks about her book "Always Another Country", where she interweaves her personal journey with her political awakening in America and Africa, her euphoria at returning after many years in exile and her disillusionment with the country's new elites.

Taiye Selasi called Msimang's book, A Memoir of Exile and Hope, an "artful meditation on exile and return, womanhood and motherhood unfolding against the backdrop of post-apartheid South Africa…"

Hosted by Vicky Mochama.

Time:  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Venue:  Bram and Bluma Appel Salon - Toronto Reference Library
Location:  798 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sisonke-msimang-exile-and-home-tickets-48852184198
Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Sep 24/2018
Toronto, ON
Wab Kinew: Go Show the World
Inspired by Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing, Wab Kinew celebrates the stories of Indigenous people throughout time. Kinew has created a powerful rap song, the lyrics of which are the basis for the text in this beautiful picture book, illustrated by the acclaimed Joe Morse.

Come see Kinew in conversation with Candy Palmater.

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue:  Bram and Bluma Appel Salon - Toronto Reference Library
Location:  798 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wab-kinew-go-show-the-world-tickets-48043643832?aff=eac2
Categories:   Native Peoples; Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 26/2018
Toronto, ON
Thomas King: Cold Skies
Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His critically acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water and The Inconvenient Indian, a work of non-fiction which won several national prizes and has been described as destined to become a classic of historical narrative. Hear him discuss Cold Skies, one of his DreadfulWater mystery series.

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:00
Venue:  Bram and Bluma Appel Salon - Toronto Reference Library
Location:  798 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/thomas-king-cold-skies-tickets-48043760180?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Categories:   Native Peoples; Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 27/2018
Witchurch-Stouffville, ON
Emmanuel International Canada Annual Gala
Dinner and auction.
Keynote speaker Steve Jones, President of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches Canada.

Time:  5:30 pm
Venue:  Springvale Baptist Church
Location:  3885 Stouffville Road, Witchurch-Stouffville, ON
Website:  http://www.eicanada.org
For information contact:  Kirsten Jerry
Phone:  905 640 2111 ex 5373
Sep 27/2018
Ottawa, ON
Film Screening: Anote's Ark (2017)
What if your country was swallowed by the sea?

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise.

While Kiribati's President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation's people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbour overseas.
Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote's struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Tiemeri, a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Tiemeri's family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture.

Panel & Discussion to follow
$10.00 tickets at the door
Members and senior discounts

Time:  6:45 - 10:00 PM
Venue:  Mayfair Theatre
Location:  1074 Bank St, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://group78.org/conference-2017/
For information contact:  Sarah Bowles - group78@group78.org
Phone:  613-565-9449 ext. 23
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 28/2018
to Sep 29/2018
Ottawa, ON
Meeting the Climate Challenge: Accelerating the Transition to a Post-Carbon World
Accumulating evidence shows the world's ecosystem careening towards ever more unpredictable and disruptive outcomes, even as the global community's responses become increasingly disjointed and incoherent. If this course is not altered, the global community faces an existential crisis that, similar to the use of nuclear weapons, could spell the end to civilization as we know it, and perhaps of humanity itself.

The aim of the conference is to identify policies, actions and forces to be mobilized to achieve transformation to a fully sustainable society, in every nation state and globally.

The conference will examine questions such as:

The complex context of the Climate Challenge, nationally and internationally, and the policy framework required to address it.
The leadership needed to promote global cooperation in addressing the Climate Crisis in a timely manner.
Creating coherence between green public policies and related socio-economic policies such as military and trade agreements.

Venue:  Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Location:  180 Cooper St., Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://group78.org/conference-2017/
For information contact:  Sarah Bowles - group78@group78.org
Phone:  613-565-9449 ext. 23
Categories:   Environment; Government & Public Sector
Oct 1/2018
United Nations 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."

Such discrimination shapes how older persons are treated and perceived by their societies, including in medical settings and workplaces, creating environments that limit older persons' potential and impact their health and well-being. The failure to tackle ageism undermines older persons' rights and hinders their contributions to social, economic, cultural and political life.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday/
Categories:   Seniors
Oct 2/2018
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.

According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence".

Introducing the resolution in the General Assembly on behalf of 140 co-sponsors, India's Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. Anand Sharma, said that the wide and diverse sponsorship of the resolution was a reflection of the universal respect for Mahatma Gandhi and of the enduring relevance of his philosophy. Quoting the late leader's own words, he said: "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man".

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nonviolenceday/index.shtml
Categories:   Security
Oct 2/2018
New York, NY
New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future
As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: the belief that our existence is understandable through computation, and more data is enough to help us build a better world.
In his brilliant new work, leading artist and writer James Bridle surveys the history of art, technology, and information systems, and reveals the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.

Time:  7:00-8:30 PM
Venue:  Housing Works
Location:  126 Crosby Street, New York, NY
Website:  http://www.versobooks.com
For information contact:  verso@versobooks.com
Categories:   Science & Technology; Arts & Culture; Information, Libraries, Research
Oct 4/2018
to Oct 7/2018
New Orleans
DomCon
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
Website:  http://www.dom-con.com/
For information contact:  MistressCyan@gmail.com
Phone:  504-962-0500
Categories:   Sexuality
Oct 5/2018
World Teachers' Day
Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.

Website:  http://en.unesco.org/themes/teachers/world-teachers-day
Categories:   Education
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
Website:  http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT353356&R=EVT353356
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.

Website:  http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/
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
Website:  http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT360387&R=EVT360387
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal; 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 bndc2018.biomassnorth.org for full details!

Time:  Tue, 8:30 AM - Thu, 5:00 PM
Venue:  Valhalla Inn Hotel
Location:  1 Valhalla Inn Road, Thunder Bay, ON
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/biomass-north-forum-2018-mapping-canadas-bioeconomy-drivers-roadb
Categories:   Economic Development; Environment; 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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/
Categories:   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
Website:  http://eecom.org/
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
Website:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/3d-printing-technology-the-impact-on-future-tickets-47977016548?a
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
Website:  http://www.MARCHONPENTAGON.com
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
Website:  http://oneworldarts.ca/one-world-film-festival-2018/
For information contact:  oneworldfilmfestival@oneworldarts.ca
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Environment
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
Website:  http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/
For information contact:  ohc@sympatico.ca
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disarmamentweek/
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 - http://planetinfocus.org/film-fest/venues/
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://planetinfocus.org/
For information contact:  Danielle Howson - danielle@planetinfocus.org
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
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
Website:  http://blackisbackcoalition.org/
For information contact:  info@blackisbackcoalition.org
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
Website:  http://futurecitiescanada.ca
For information contact:  futurecitiescanada@evergreen.ca
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
Website:  http://darkodyssey.com/surrender/
For information contact:  info@darkodyssey.com
Categories:   Sexuality; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Nov 10/2018
World Science Day for Peace and Development
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.

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

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

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

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

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Nov 14/2018
World Diabetes Day
Globally, an estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, compared to 108 million in 1980. The global prevalence of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8.5% in the adult population. This reflects an increase in associated risk factors such as being overweight or obese. Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venue:  TBD
Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.healthpromotioncanada.ca
For information contact:  www.healthpromotioncanada.ca/contact/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Consulting & Consultants
Nov 25/2018
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
One of the most devastating human rights violations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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