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Report back: O4J Community Consulta

April 29th, 2012

Here are the collective notes from the May Day ’11 weekend Community Consulta hosted by Organizing For Justice. You can print them off from the PDF files, or they are organized by topic (as sub-pages) below. Please feel free to add additional thoughts as comments on the various sections.

PDF files


Sub-pages (divided by topic)

“Community (speaker’s) corner” at the consulta:
or watch the full version on youtube

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


Request for $$ contributions

October 3rd, 2010

Dear Friend

We would like to take a moment of your time to introduce you to Organizing For Justice, and ask you to consider contributing and/or participating in this initiative.

Organizing for Justice (Org4Justice) is a grassroots collective and collaborative community-based effort in the Ottawa/Outaouais region aimed at creating an activist community of groups, organizers, activists and revolutionaries. Our goal is to unite and create a free space for all to share knowledge, skills, experience; to educate and to learn in the realms of social, economic and environmental justice and healthy sustainable community building.

In the past two years our small collective has successfully organized and carried out three multi-day events featuring various capacity-building sessions for activists from a wide variety of issues , ideologies and backgrounds. The sessions included workshops, speakers, participatory activities, skill shares, cultural performances and table displays.  They have increased capacity for mutual aid, solidarity, and more direct forms of democracy and grassroots organizing in the region. Between 100-200 people have attended each time.

Afterwards, participants speak of the value of coming together in such a space that facilitates such learning, sharing, community building/collaboration, and meeting others with aligned values and committment to action.

We are only able to carry out these initiatives because of the free labour of many people, and contributions from different organizations, both financial and in-kind. In general, an event costs between $2000-3000 in cash, and although some money comes from voluntary donations from attendees (the events are free/pay-what-you-want), this is not a major source of revenue.

We are planning our next event (an evening keynote event followed by full day of various sessions) in mid November, and we need your help to make it possible.  Please consider a small donation to help us build the movement for social, economic and environmental justice in this region.

You can send contributions, via cheque payable to “Organizing For Justice”, to the address listed at the bottom of this letter.

We, the planning committee of Org4Justice, are a group of volunteers: there are representatives of the four main organizational sponsors (Common Cause Ottawa, the Socialist Project, OPIRG-Carleton, and OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa), as well other individuals, mostly people already involved in various other initiatives in the region.

From all of us, we ask that you consider contributing financially (either as an individual or an organization), and we’d also like to stress that we would love for you to participate in our upcoming event in November (details coming soon).

Organizing For Justice planning committee

613-656-5498 –

Mailing address:
Organizing For Justice
c/o OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa
631 King Edward Ave, 3rd floor
Ottawa, ON  K1N 7N8

MayDay Weekend, May 2nd schedule

April 18th, 2010

Sunday May 2:

at Jack Purcell Community Centre

12:30pm – Opening

– Sex Activism (discussion)
– Silk-screening (workshop) note: best to bring your own shirt to screen onto

– Transforming or Ignoring Municipal Politics? (discussion)
G8/G20 Huntsville/Toronto meetings and community mobilization of resistance: What are we fighting for, and what are we up against? (workshop)

3:00pm – Just Voices choir

– Building a Local Activist Community (discussion)


link back to MayDay Weekend main page