Posts Tagged ‘Resources’

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


Triple E October:
Get Educated, Engaged, & Effective!

October 2nd, 2011

Six multi-day learning opportunities on health and justice in our communities and workplaces.

Click image for PDF poster to print

Please print and display one or more copies of the poster (to the right) with information on all these activities, in order to help spread the word. And check out the descriptions/links below for any of the activities you may want to participate in.

The Politics of Resistance
Workshop Series

Oct.17-Dec.12 Mon. evngs
(Intro session Oct 3rd/10th)

A workshop series on effective non-violent action. Explores sociopolitical struggles and changes in power and politics. Suggested donation: $50 (optional). Facilitated by Mike Kaulbars. More info here.

Activism: Building a Better World
Oct.11-Nov.15 Tues evngs
Participant-driven course on how to learn, organize and take action on what matters most to us. Build on collective knowledge, experience and inspiration. Sliding scale cost. Facilitated by Greg Macdougall, 613-656-5498. More info here.

Tools for Change Workshop Series
Different stand-alone workshops in Oct and Nov on the following topics: Grassroots Fundraising, Making Our Movements Accessible, Campaign Strategy, Media Strategy 101&201, Avoiding Burnout & Sustaining our Communities. No cost. Facilitated by OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa, 613-230-3076. More info here.

Sexuality Awareness Program Training
Oct.15-Nov.5 Saturdays
Background knowledge, information, practical skills and resources to help participants deal with and understand issues of sexuality. $300, or no cost if you become a community education volunteer: Planned Parenthood Ottawa, 613-226-3234. More info here (will need to scroll down a bit).

Aboriginal Perspectives on Education
Oct.28-Oct. 29 Fri evng, Saturday
‘Covenant Chain Link II’ – Building bridges of understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples: panel discussions, workshops, displays, resources, documentaries, networking opportunities, and more! $30/45 (discounts avail.) Contact Ed Bianchi, 613-235-9956 ext. 221. More info here (link to PDF).

Industrial Workers of the World Organizer Training
NEW DATE – Nov 19-20 Sat/Sun
For anyone who seeks to organize a union in their workplace. 2-day intensive workshop to increase capacity and skills, with an emphasis on the IWW Solidarity Unionism model. Topics include: how to begin an organizing campaign, preparing to go public with your union, applicable federal/provincial labour laws & more. Sliding scale cost. Facilitated by – (More info here). Register ASAP!