Public Statement: WPIRG Stands in Support of Dr. Idrisa Pandit and Opposes Islamophobia, Harassment

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Last week, WPIRG shared a CBC radio interview with University of Waterloo professor, Dr. Idrisa Pandit, who criticized the expectation that Muslim-Canadian community organizations publicly condemn and apologize for any random act of violence supposedly associated with a Muslim individual. This interview followed a week of accusations and speculation in the Canadian press about the motivations, identity, and “terrorist” connections of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the lone gunman responsible for the events in Ottawa on October 22nd. It has since become clear that Zehaf-Bibeau was acting alone in this attack, that he suffered from mental illness, and that the attack is more appropriately discussed as a criminal act than as a terrorist one.

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Announcement: WPIRG has a new office on campus!

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We are happy to announce that we have a new office on the UW campus in the newly-built Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel. Many thanks to Director Paul Heidebrecht and everyone at the CPA for making us part of this exciting new space on campus. We look forward in continuing our 40 plus years of social justice work at the University of Waterloo with our new partners!

Sincerely,

The WPIRG Board of Directors

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Conrad Grebel University College
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1 Canada

Cinema Politica Fall 2014 Film Series: Nov 26 – Roadmap to Apartheid

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Check out these great independent award-winning films put on by WPIRG and Cinema Politica! Each term we run a series of films at the Princess Cinema in uptown Waterloo (off the iXpress). Discussions at a nearby cafe follow most films.  See the poster for more event details. See below for details on the November 26 screening of Roadmap to Apartheid.

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Brad Bass speaking at UW about Community Energy Planning

Monday, November 17, 6pm
Environment Courtyard 1 (EV1 250)

Presented by Engineers Without Borders-UW and Waterloo 350 (WPIRG Action Group)

Community Energy Planning: Why climate activists should spend more time with engineers

What parts of society and science need to come together in the next few years to mitigate the climate crisis and build more resilient communities? Waterloo 350 and Engineers Without Borders- UW are proud to welcome Dr. Brad Bass back to campus present his research and action in the field of community energy planning. All are welcome to this free event. Refreshments will be provided.

About the presenter

Brad Bass is a researcher at the University of Toronto and Environment Canada. In 2007 he co-received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Bass’ research interests include effects of urbanization on environment, green infrastructure, modelling with fuzzy cognitive maps, ecological and socio-economic simulation with emergent computing, and community energy systems planning.

Weekly WPIRG Cafe: Wednesdays 11:30-1:30pm/ ENV 1 – 138

Every week WPIRG volunteers and staff will be at ES Coffee Shop from 11:30-1:30pm and we want you to come hang out with us and enjoy some free refreshments and light snacks. It will be just like hanging out in our old office, with the usual good conversation, laughs and chance to meet like-minded students, plus coffee, tea, dessert, lunch and whatever other treats we can provide for you from the ES Cafe! They have vegan and gluten-free options.

Look for us at a table in ENV 1, room 138.

WPIRG Cafe