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Apr 20/2018
Hamilton, ON
Hamilton: People's trade town hall
Trade is something that affects all of us – our jobs, our environment and our economy. Please join Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson, at the People’s Trade Agenda Town Hall to have a discussion about how we can build a fair trade future.

This town hall is part of Unifor's cross-Canada community dialogue about how we can do trade differently - so it doesn’t just favour the needs of corporations and wealthy investors. How can we change our approach to trade so it puts people and the planet first?

Time:  5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Venue:  The Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Location:  116 King St. West, Hamilton, ON
Categories:   Trade; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Environment
Apr 21/2018
Toronto, ON
Canada and Haiti: Cultivating a Refugee Crisis
In 2017, nearly half of the refugee claims in Canada made by people who crossed through irregular border crossings between the US-Canada border were made by Haitians. Why were they compelled to go through irregular border crossings? And, why are Haitians who were living in the US for nearly a decade now leaving the US?

Right now, Haitian and Central American immigrants are facing renewed threats against their immigration status both north and south of the US - Canada border. Now, after nearly a decade or more of living legally in the US, nearly 400,000 people primarily from Haiti and Central America are facing deportation as the US Government plans to end the immigration program called the Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.

Join the Caribbean Solidarity Network for a Teach-In on Canada & Haiti: Cultivating a Refugee Crisis, as we discuss how Canada has played a direct role in cultivating Haiti’s instability.

This is a public event open to everyone. Lunch will be served. Please register via Eventbrite so that we can coordinate lunch and materials.

Time:  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Venue:  Wilson Hall room 2053
Location:  40 Willcocks Street, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 22/2018
Toronto, ON
Blue Scarf Earth Day Walk 2018: Protecting & Connecting with our Food, Land, Water
Join us for a walk through central Toronto, learning and sharing with the community about our commitment to the Blue Scarf values. This year's specific themes will focus on Protecting & Connecting with our Food, Land, Water. Stay tuned for announcements of presentations at six different stations which will determine the route and starting location. The day will include an action calling for the end of fossil fuel subsidies.

Meeting in Queen's Park NORTH.

Time:  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Venue:  Queen's Park
Location:  Toronto, ON
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 23/2018
Nelson, BC
For Our Earth Forum: Join the movement to stop Kinder Morgan
People from across the Southern Interior will gather in Nelson on April 23rd to oppose the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and to support First Nations Coast Protectors in their call for the conservation of pristine lands along the pipeline route and the West Coast.

The Forum, called For Our Earth: Join the Movement to Stop Kinder Morgan is being organized by a coalition of local groups supporting safe methods of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy. It is scheduled for 7-9 pm in the Nelson United Church sanctuary, at 602 Silica Street in Nelson, doors open at 6:30 pm.

Headliners are Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Joan Phillip of the Penticton Indian Band Council, and Garth Lenz, an internationally award winning environmental photographer who focuses on Canada's role in the ecosystems of the world.

Time:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:  602 Silica Street, Nelson, BC
For information contact:
Categories:   Environment; Mining & Petroleum; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 24/2018
Toronto, ON
Mourn the Victims of Peter Munk: Confront Barrick Gold
The media's response to the death of Peter Munk - valourizing a man responsible for countless deaths, widespread sexual assault, and the destruction of entire ecosystems - is a reminder of the power of money. It sets a dangerous precedent - that whatever crimes you commit, whatever devastation you cause, can be forgiven if only you share a fraction of your stolen wealth.

Meanwhile, Peter Munk's legacy exists in many places – sites that are marked by active resistance against the lies and impacts of Barrick Gold.

Join us outside Barrick Gold's AGM as we honour the victims and uplift the demands of communities silenced by the drumming of Munk's accolades.

Time:  9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:  88 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Mining & Petroleum; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Environment
Apr 24/2018
Ottawa, ON
Ottawa Emergency Rally: Separate Oil and State #StopKM
Join us on the day the federal Liberals table legislation to support the Kinder Morgan pipeline (NOTE: date TBC!) on Parliament Hill, 4:30pm to say enough! We will stand in solidarity with Indigenous-led opposition against this broken pipeline plan. We will call our political representatives to account. Bring pots and pans and prepare to be loud!

Please invite your friends, family and colleagues. Note, this rally could be as early as this Thursday, we will change the date as it becomes clearer when the legislation is to be tabled.

It is not acceptable to exclude Indigenous voices from high level meetings on the Kinder Morgan crisis, claim consultations are sufficient when the matter is before the Federal Court of Appeals and ignore free prior and informed consent as outlined in UNDRIP!

It is not acceptable to break a promise to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by proposing to spend tax-payers money on bailing out the Texas-based Kinder Morgan corporation!

It is not acceptable that there continues to be a growing gap between provincial and federal climate plans and our Paris Climate Agreement goals, while we continue fossil fuel expansion!

It is not acceptable to claim interim measures were enough to fix the Harper era broken National Energy Board process for pipelines!

Time:  4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Venue:  Parliament Hill
Location:  Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Environment; Mining & Petroleum; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 25/2018
to Apr 27/2018
Winnipeg, MB
Genocide Education - Two Museums in Dialogue
April is Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month.

In 20th century, the world has witnessed several horrific genocides.

What role can museums play? How can museums educate the public, and especially youth, about genocide and mass atrocities?

Join our President and CEO John Young and Olesia Stasiuk, General Director of the national Holodomor memorial in Ukraine, for what promises to be an insightful discussion. They will share their perspectives on what works and doesn't work in their own institutions.

Olesia Stasiuk's presentation and discussion with John Young will be delivered in Ukrainian with consecutive translation into English.

The evening includes the screening of the short documentary Covering the Holodomor: Memory Eternal, a collaborative project between the two museums, and an audience question-and-answer period.

A new exhibition from the national Holodomor memorial in Ukraine will be on display during the event, sponsored by Ucrainica Research Institute.

Note: This event will also take place in Saskatoon on April 26 and in Edmonton on April 27. Please see schedule for times and location.

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Venue:  Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Bonnie and John Buhler Hall, Level 1
Location:  Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 26/2018
to Apr 29/2018
International Rosa Luxemburg Conference
Rosa Luxemburg and Her Ideas: Engaging the Left and Impacting the World

Rosa Luxemburg dedicated her life to the fight against war, poverty, exploitation and any kind of suppression. Yet today in the age of neo-liberalism, we have the same problems as in the beginning of the 20th century. Luxemburg, a versatile Marxist theoretician, excellent journalist, and effective agitator has left us a body of work that may support and impact on the present left. We invite you to present relevant papers on the life and work of Rosa Luxemburg and her close comrades.

Registration [Free]:
Ottokar Luban, Berlin, Germany:

Conference Language: English

Location:  Chicago
For information contact:  Ottokar Luban -
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 29/2018
Toronto, ON
The Importance of Genocide Education in Fighting Hate - Toronto
April is Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month. What Does "Never Again" Really Mean? The Importance of Genocide Education in Fighting Hate

Please join the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the Armenian National Committee of Canada, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Humura Association, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the St. Vladimir Institute for a program marking Genocide Awareness Month.

The day will feature two panels, one on the importance of education on the history of genocide and the other featuring survivors and descendants of survivors of genocide.

Time:  12:30pm - 2:00pm
Venue:  St. Vladimir Institute
Location:  620 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 30/2018
Toronto, ON
Five Good Ideas: Listening and learning - Indigenous peoples and human rights
Commissioners Karen Drake (citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario) and Maurice Switzer (citizen of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation) of the Ontario Human Rights Commission will join Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane to discuss ways to move forward with human rights in the era of reconciliation and nation-to-nation relationship building. The ideas can help organizations of all sizes to either make first steps or continue the conversation along the path to reconciliation.

Can't make it to the live event? You can join us online! See events page for details.

Time:  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Venue:  Auditorium, Central YMCA
Location:  20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Native Peoples; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 1/2018
Mississauga, ON
TAWC - YYZ May Day Street Festival
Join us on International Workers' Day, Tuesday, May 1st on the Departures level of Terminal 1. We meet at the Inukshuks at 1pm.

We will have guest speakers, an amazing hip-hop artist, and lots of sweet treats for you to enjoy with your friends, family, and co-workers. Don't forget to invite your favorite union rep!

This May Day let's celebrate our achievements as co-workers united for a better tomorrow.

Please join us for this family-friendly event!

Time:  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Venue:  Toronto Pearson International Airport- T1
Location:  6301 Silver Dart Dr., Mississauga, ON
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 1/2018
to May 13/2018
Toronto, ON
Drawing the Left: To Radical Creativity - Exhibit Opening
Drawing the Left exhibit opening and reception, featuring cartoons by and discussion with Union Art Service (UAS) collective members.

The Drawing the Left exhibit highlights cartoonists of the Union Art Service (UAS) collective. UAS was founded by Cy Morris and Mike Constable shortly after the 1976 General Strike against Pierre Trudeau's contract busting Wage Controls. The Wage Control act marks the birth of a neoliberal agenda that saw all the major news media like the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail dump their labour reporters. The unions responded by encouraging their locals to publish news letters to get the story out. And that is where our labour cartoons came in. The art in this show was chosen by the artists.

Time:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue:  A Different Booklist
Location:  777 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 10/2018
to May 11/2018
Grand Bend, ON
Lake Huron Conference - Is the Coast Clear?
The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation's 10th biennial conference will take place in Grand Bend, Ontario, from May 10 - 11, 2018. Plan to experience Lake Huron this spring at this two-day conference, and to help celebrate the LHCCC's 20th anniversary!

The conference will provide a forum for environmental professionals and the general public to learn about issues affecting Lake Huron's coastal environment. Experts from the Great Lakes region will speak about coastal topics, local actions and solutions to environmental challenges. Everyone is welcome!

Each day will begin with a keynote speaker, followed by 3 concurrent sessions. Some of the topics discussed will include Great Lakes water levels, microplastics, turtle species at risk, shoreline cleanup data and its link to citizen science, agricultural environmental concerns and solutions, and the changing ecology and fish communities of Lake Huron.

Time:  See schedule for times and locations
Venue:  Oakwood Resort
Location:  70671 Bluewater Highway, Grand Bend, ON
Phone:  (519) 238‐2324 or (800) 3
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 14/2018
to May 18/2018
Toronto, ON
Fifth International Conference on ICT for Sustainability
The ICT4S conferences bring together leading researchers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications. The conferences feature an innovative format for presenting new research, focussing on participation and conversation rather than passive listening. After four successful annual conferences in Europe, the series comes to North America for the first time, in Toronto in May 2018.

The goals of the conference are to foster critical and constructive discussion of new research results, and to bring diverse stakeholders together to identify and respond to grand challenges in the interplay between sustainability and digital technologies. The conference will feature roundtable discussions of new research, demos of new technologies, and poster presentations of late-breaking research results, along with inspiring keynote speakers and moderated challenge sessions for participants to explore and respond to big challenge questions about the role of technology in creating thriving, sustainable communities.

Time:  See schedule for times and locations
Venue:  Hart House, University of Toronto
Location:  Toronto, ON
Phone:  416-978-3610
Categories:   Environment; Communications Industry & Technology; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 16/2018
to May 18/2018
Toronto, ON
RightsCon Toronto 2018
Access Now is excited to bring the seventh edition of RightsCon, the world’s leading event on human rights in the digital age. RightsCon is where human rights experts, investors, business leaders, technologists, engineers, activists, and government representatives from around the world work to build strategies, create partnerships, and drive large-scale, real-world change toward tomorrow’s digital world.

From May 16 - 18, 2018, at the Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada, we will see a smarter, brighter, and better RightsCon, more intuitive and community-focused than ever before. There, you will join other experts to take on topical and current issues, showcase your work, and influence global norms.

Together we are tackling some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of human rights, technology, and the internet.


Time:  Wed, 9:00 AM - Fri, 7:00 PM
Venue:  Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place
Location:  105 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Phone:  1-888-414-0100
Categories:   Science & Technology; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Internet
May 17/2018
Toronto, ON
In Defence of Human Rights in the Philippines
Join us for an evening with the current General Secretary of the National council of Churches in the Philippines Fr. Rex B. Reyes, Jr. as he talks about the current human rights situation in the Philippines.

Time:  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue:  McClure Hall
Location:  300 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives