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Media Democracy: call for presenters & facilitators (Conference Nov 16-18 2012)

October 12th, 2012

Facilitators and volunteers call-out for the Media Democracy Conference Ottawa!!

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Members of the Ottawa Working Group of the Media Co-op, in conjunction with Organizing For Justice, are holding the Media Democracy Conference on November 16-18, at the University of Ottawa.

This is a key part of the process to start the Ottawa Media Co-op and generate energy, awareness and capacity for this project, as well as to create connections with people interested in alternative media in and around Ottawa.

We are looking for speakers and workshop facilitators for the programming during the conference. If you have suggestions for workshop topics or speakers, or would like to facilitate a session yourself, please fill out this form:  by  October 17th, or as soon after as possible.

If you would like to help plan the conference, and/or help out on the day of, please click here:

This conference is intended for media makers, activists and others who are interested in learning more about alternative media and developing some reporting skills. It will  address different issues with the media as well as providing training for media making.

The format of the conference is a Friday evening of keynote speakers and presentations, a full-day Saturday with issue- and skills-based sessions (panel discussions and workshops), and a Sunday afternoon meeting specifically for those interested in being involved with the Media Co-op.

For more information, please check
– you can also email or call 613-656-5498

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Médias, Démocratie et journalisme citoyen
du 16 au 18 novembre 2012
Nous recherchons des animateurs et des bénévoles !

Merci de diffuser ce message dans vos réseaux

Les membres du groupe d’action de la Coop Média d’Ottawa en partenariat avec l’organisme Organisons-nous pour la Justice, proposent une conférence portant sur le journalisme citoyen les 16, 17 et 18 novembre prochains à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Cette conférence annoncera l’ouverture la première Coop Média d’Ottawa. L’objectif étant de sensibiliser et de mobiliser le public, mais aussi de tisser des liens avec des personnes intéressées à participer à ce projet de médias alternatifs en Outaouais

Nous recherchons des conférenciers et des bénévoles pour animer des ateliers tout au long de la Conférence. Pour toute question concernant les sujets des ateliers,  le profil des conférenciers ou pour t’impliquer et animer des débats, merci de remplir ce formulaire et ce avant le 17 octobre prochain ou a plus près au possible.

Pour aider à organiser la conférence et / ou participer au bon déroulement de celle-ci, merci de cliquer ici…

Cette conférence s’adresse aux journalistes de tous bords, aux activistes et à tous ceux qui souhaitent en savoir plus sur les médias alternatifs et développer leurs compétences journalistiques.

Concernant le programme de la Conférence, le vendredi soir sera marqué par les discours et présentations d’invités d’honneur, samedi sera une journée dédiée au développement de compétences journalistiques et enfin la rencontre de dimanche après-midi permettra aux personnes intéressées d’en apprendre davantage sur les façons de s’impliquer au sein de la Coop Média.

Pour plus d’information, vous pouvez consulter

Merci et à très bientôt!

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Shared progressive office space:
Under One Roof opens in January

November 17th, 2011

Bringing Ottawa-based progressive groups
together under one roof

Click image for 13-page brochure in PDF format


The ‘Under One Roof’ project, opening soon at 251 Bank St, offers community groups and organizations office space and access to shared facilities/resources, in a facility housing a number of progressive/left-leaning organizations.

For example, one desk (in a semi-open room) at $500/month includes access to meeting/event space, a media room, shared kitchen facilities, printing/photocopying, internet access and a phone line. This would be located on the 2nd floor of the building (the first floor is elevator or stair access from the street, and the upper floors will be opening at later dates).


  • There is also a 13-page in-depth brochure: click here for PDF (or email contacts below for a higher-quality version)
  • And, this interview on featured project coordinator Diane Touchette of the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives talking about Under One Roof.


Diane Touchette, 613-883-1341 or
or Sharon Fernandez, 613-236-5524 or

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October 31, 2011

Ottawa NGOs to Unite Under One Roof

An innovative vision for social work spaces is getting ready to be launched in January 2012.

Under One Roof Properties Inc. is modeled after Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation, where NGOs come together to share resources, ideas and work space in a centralized sustainable location.

Diane Touchette, Under One Roof’s President, explains: “People work best when they feel they are a part of a network of peers with the same social values. This initiative provides a unique opportunity for NGOs and progressives to support and learn from each other’s work in a healthy, collaborative environment that also contributes to the revitalization of the downtown core.”

Under One Roof, located at 251 Bank Street, has been in the works for over two years. Renovations are currently underway and tenants are looking forward to moving in for December 2011 and January 2012. The template for a collaborative work space is expanding floor by floor throughout the building to accommodate future tenants. The space is being completely retrofitted with environmentally sound materials and state-of-the-art furniture, equipment, and technology. In addition to office space, there will be communal spaces integrated into the floor plan to better facilitate the sharing of ideas and projects.

Under One Roof offers a variety of different types of leases to tenants: from longerterm leases for larger NGOs to more flexible leases for smaller organizations and consultants. Tenancy will include phone, long distance, internet, the use of meeting rooms of various sizes, and access to an on-site professional studio to film interviews and record podcasts. Under One Roof will also provide positive, accessible space for public events: book launches, meetings, poetry readings, and lunch hour speaker series.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive and demonstrates conclusively that Ottawa is ready for Under One Roof. A healthy collaborative workplace with deep community ties is a key part of the work life balance that people crave. This is precisely what Under One Roof is all about,” concludes Touchette.

Spaces are still available but going fast. For more information contact Diane Touchette (at 613-883-1341 or Sharon Fernandez (at 613-236-5524


Occupy Ottawa – begins Sat Oct 15, noon at Confederation Park

October 14th, 2011

Saturday October 15 is an international day of action
in alignment with Occupy Wall Street

In New York, they’re turning Times Square into People’s Square.

In Ottawa, the occupation begins with a General Assembly at Confederation Park, starting at noon.
At the GA, a location for on ongoing occupation will be decided upon.

There are 28(?) other cities in Canada with actions set for tomorrow.

And some 1000 or more around the world.

General info:

Canadian media: (for updates on Canadian events and reporting/analysis) (2-pg pdf edition for decentralized printing and distro/outreach) (special ‘occupy’ page coming soon, note: open-publishing = post-your-own-story)

Ottawa info:

Occupy Ottawa / Occupons Ottawa – October 15 General Assembly
–> Sat Oct 15 @ noon, Confederation Park (Elgin at Laurier)

FB event:


Friday 2-5pm – Pre-Occupation Meet & Greet, Punch, Pie & Poster Making Flash Mob!

— University of Ottawa, Jock Turcot University Centre UCU, ground floor by the couches lounge

Friday 7pm – A series of youtube videos related to Occupy Wall Street and local activities in Ottawa.

– University of Ottawa, Lamoureux Hall LMX 122
– full info at bottom of this message, or

Occupy Ottawa:
–> email:  (email with ‘add to list’ to sign up for updates)
FB page:
FB group:
Twitter account: @Occupy_Ottawa –!/Occupy_Ottawa
Twitter hashtag:  #OccupyOttawa –!/search?q=%23occupyottawa

Occupy Ottawa Organizing Committees w/ contact:

Support –
Media Working Group –
Design Working Group –
Web-team Working Group –
Legal Working Group –
Info Kiosk –
Direct Action Working Group –
Arts & Culture Working Group –
Security Working Group –
Sanitation Working Group –
Food & Cooking Working Group –
Education Working Group –
Infrastructure Working Group –
Outreach Working Group –
Donations Working Group –
Safe(r) Spaces Working Group –
Accessibility Working Group –
Volunteer Medics Working Group –
Facilitation Working Group –
Bilingualism Working Group –
Students Working Group –


Cinema Academica this week:

Friday, October 14, 2011, Lamoureux Hall LMX 122.

Lamoureux Hall is centrally located on Jean-Jacques Lussier, which continues Somerset, and two blocks west of King Edward on the University of Ottawa campus. LMX

A series of youtube videos related to Occupy Wall Street and local activities in Ottawa.

Presented by the Cinema Academica weekly series of film screenings at University of Ottawa.
For more info: Wayne Sawtell, 613-421-1373.
To subscribe to future updates, send an email to:

HOW OCCUPY BEGAN / INTRODUCTION   Occupy Wall Street: Renaissance of the People music video of the Wall Street protest with important printed information, the rock song “Uprising” by Muse, inspiring and motivational (unless you dislike the music), uses protest footage up to Sept 29, 2011, ACT 5:05  Occupy Wall Street (New York), Fox TV Sept 18 footage with good protest signs and protesters’ comments, GEN 1:42

WHY IT IS HAPPENING & GROWING  Naomi Klein at Occupy Wall Street on Oct 6, 2011, need to redistribute wealth, respond to ecological crisis, limited freedom of speech, GEN 7:32

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS (inequality, financial power, etc.)

WE ARE PART OF THE GLOBAL PROTEST  Rage Rising: Egypt wants a revolution, August 1, 2011, GEN, 4:57  One World One Revolution, a European unrest background video with emphasis on the situation in Greece, GEN 7:39

PEACEFUL PROTESTING  Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violence speech from the biographical film Gandhi (1982), GEN, 5:26



(There are many good videos, but I haven’t watched more than a few)   Occupy Wallstreet arrests (downloaded on Sept 20), police secrecy & violence, protesters helping those being arrested.  ACT  5:23

MEDIA – PRIVATE INTEREST  The Alyona Show, Sept 21 re Media blackout and the need to help people to understand the Occupy movement, GEN 4:22  Naomi Klein on Democracy Now, Oct 6, about biased media coverage of Occupy Wall Street (first half of clip) and about the destructiveness of our economic policies (second half of video), ACT 11:44

MEDIA- PUBLIC INTEREST   Occupy Wallstreet arrests (downloaded on Sept 20), police secrecy & violence, protesters helping those being arrested.  ACT  5:23

OCCUPY PROTEST FOOTAGE  The October 1 Brooklyn Bridge march, New York police arrest over 700 marchers blocking the Brooklyn Bridge, GEN 4:31  Majority Report interview on Sept 19 with Justin Wedes (an Occupy Wall Street participant) about the protest and about the NYC General Assembly GEN, 7:15  New York Occupy Wall Street, uploaded on Sept. 17, ACT, 5:13  (nothingunusual) Occupy San Diego footage, Oct. 7, GEN, 2:34  (nothing unusual)

HOW YOU CAN HELP  Right Here All Over video shows Occupy Wall Street protesters explaining why they are participating and shows how volunteers are helping with a variety of movement-building projects, GEN, 6:55

MOTIVATIONAL CLOSE   Occupy Wall Street: Renaissance of the People music video of the Wall Street protest with important printed information, the rock song “Uprising” by Muse, inspiring and motivational (unless you dislike the music), uses protest footage up to Sept 29, 2011, ACT 5:05