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October 2016

Friendship Trails: Lebanon Mountain Trail and Bruce Trail

Saturday, October 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is the first long distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It crosses villages and towns of Lebanon at different altitudes. The trail transects Heritage Sites, Nature and Biosphere Reserves. The Bruce Trail (BT) is Canada's oldest and longest marked footpath. It spans over varied landscapes and provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. A friendly meeting between members and supporters of both organizations. A sharing of photos, documentary film, recruiting members and planning for an upcoming trip to hike the Lebanon Trail in April 2017.

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Film: Ethnocracy – Israel’s African Refugees

Saturday, October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Ethnocracy tells the story of African refugees in Israel during the last 10 years culminating in their deportation. It shows how the government of Israel ended African refugee migration to the country in the name of Jewish ethnocracy. Using imprisonment, deportation, and constant harassment, it encouraged the remaining refugees to self-deport to Uganda and Rwanda after striking deals with those countries. Finally, it built a massive 240 km fence that for the first time in history, cut off Africa from Asia. Followed by conversation with the filmmaker, reporter and activist, Lia Tarachansky.

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Concert: Gabino Palomares from Mexico

Sunday, October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Only concert in Toronto - Gabino Palomares with guest singer Ismael Duran from Detroit. Singer, songwriter, Gabino Palomares is one of the most important representatives of the New Song Movement (now called Trova) from the 70’s. His songs and his tireless work spreading the music of México, singing at solidarity events, universities, unions, neighbourhoods, public plazas eventually landed him in the most important Mexican stages which he shared with the greatest musicians of the Movement of the New Song. His music talks about social justice or love, going from Mexican folklore to Latin American music, the popular to urban music and humour. He performs from his vast repertoire.

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLIV

Tuesday, October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Open Stage of Poetry and Music. Doors open: 6:15 pm ; Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 pm; Start: 7 pm The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen – we actively invite it. Each month, Shab-e She’r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities, nationalities, religions. Featured poets: Aparna Halpé & David Clink. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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Pickering Nuclear Station: 12 more years or time to call it quits?

Wednesday, October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pickering is one of the world’s oldest, largest and highest-cost nuclear stations. Its 6 operating reactors are surrounded by 2.2 million people (within 30 kms). Designed to last 30 years, it’s now 45, and OPG is applying for a license to run it until age 57. To add insult to injury, Pickering’s power is surplus energy, and we subsidize the station with $900 million a year to keep open. Meanwhile, it has a long history of accidents. What are the safety, health and economic concerns of running Pickering to the ground? With 3 special guest speakers.

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Film: Between Two Notes

Thursday, October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A filmed musical journey to transcend borders. "The world is divided in half-east and west - the halves weep - they long for each other." A journey through Arabic music: Tel Aviv, Cairo, Jerusalem, Beirut, Damascus, Aleppo…. In a troubled world, these cities share a common inheritance, that of classical Arab music. The film is populated by musicians mainly, who are also poets and visionaries of this musical history of the Middle East that they have carried and passed on in the sound of their voices. Young and elder, Muslims, Christians and Jews by voice and traditional instruments carry on their own melodies in their voice and the rhythm of their hands. Followed by conversation with Amit Breuer, film producer.

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Sikuris St. Lawrence in Concert

Friday, October 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Music from South America. In 1983 a group of South American musicians living in Toronto would gather at the legendary St. Lawrence Market to play their music, exchange ideas and practice their instruments. While busking from 6 am to 5 pm every weekend, the St. Lawrence Market musicians became a signature of Toronto for many years. These musicians helped make Toronto the capital for World Music in Canada. Sikuris St. Lawrence share their music and pay respect to the ancient music of the Andes.

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World Poetry Action Against War and for Peace on Earth

Saturday, October 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Call from World Poetry Movement. We summon all the world’s poets to a world poetry action against war and for peace on Earth, to be held in October 2016 through readings, concerts, book launches, tributes, visual arts exhibits, film showings or any other public event, to mobilize men and women from all countries in an attempt to revert catastrophe and save the planet and life on Earth.

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Forum: Should we be talking about fascism?

Saturday, October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Independent Jewish Voices is holding a forum examining the extreme rightward politics of Israel as well of many other countries, and the urgency of engaging in much greater political collaboration to counter these global trends. We reflect on the very concerning world situation. What can we learn from the rise of fascism in the 1930s which is helpful in assessing militarization, corporatism, racism, extreme levels of poverty, and the threats of nuclear war and climate change? Speakers: Greg Albo, Lesley Wood and Judith Deutsch.

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Forum: Chinese Workers’ Uprising

Sunday, October 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Unions, Workers, and Resistance in China Today. China has been the fastest growing major economy in the world for three decades. It is also home to some of the largest, most incendiary, and most underreported labour struggles of our time. But under China’s labour management system, independent unionism is severely restricted, and the ACFTU official trade union body monopolizes worker representation for more than 800 million workers. But this has not prevented the emergence of workers’ resistance and fightbacks across almost all sectors of work.

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Mythical Creatures of the Arab World

Monday, October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Ghouls and Jinns and other characters. Stories of long ago, retold today. Ghouls, long a mainstay of Arabic folktales migrated to the west in 1704. From there they have taken their place in western horror genre in stories, films and video games. This special observance of Halloween begins with the telling of folktales by Toronto storyteller, Sarah Abušarar, who has an absolute fascination with Ghouls and Jinns and other assorted types who form a mainstay of her craft. The stories to be followed by conversation.

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November 2016

Film: Two Blue Lines (2014)

Wednesday, November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Two Blue Lines provides an unswerving examination of the human and political rights situation of Palestinians living under Israeli rule. Shot over a period of twenty five years in Israeli occupied Palestinian territory, it presents Israeli narratives of the Palestinian experience from the 1930's to the present. Featured in the film are B'Tselem, Rabbis for Human Rights, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Gush Shalom (The Peace Block), Yesh Gvul (There is a Boundary), Machsom Watch (Barrier Watch), and Women In Black. The film concentrates on voices and perspectives that are seldom heard outside of Israel.

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Photo Essay: The Olive Tree “The Enemy Soldier”

Friday, November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Exhibition: Friday, Nov-4 to Wednesday, Nov-17. War on Olive Trees - A Photo Essay. Palestinian-born artist Rehab Nazzal presents a visual account of Israel's colonial-settler encroachment into the West Bank. It focuses on the confiscation of 3.0 square kilometres, the last remaining agricultural and recreational land of Bethlehem, and the uprooting of its ancient olive trees. The images, captured between August 2015 and June 2016 show what the land has endured from the erection Israel's Apartheid Wall. They also illustrate the continuous decades-long uprooting of millions of olive trees all across the West Bank. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception.

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Book Launch: Fire Walkers

Saturday, November 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Following Ethiopia’s revolution, fourteen-year-old Beth flees Addis Ababa with her family by taxi and then on foot for the Indian Ocean city of Djibouti, and from there as refugees to Canada. Here she describes the harrowing journey across the burning Danakil Desert, in which they are betrayed by their trusted guides and helped by desert nomads.

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Guy Fawkes Night – The Gunpowder Plot of 1605

Saturday, November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Not just another false flag. It’s one of the most significant False Flag operations of all time. The “Gunpowder Plot” of 1605 continues today to shape our world in part —including in the Middle East. The ongoing mess might be less threatening had not, 411 years ago, a cabal in London called “the war party” engineered the stunning equivalent of 9/11. This laid the foundation for the British Empire and all its imperialist actions.

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