Friends gather on November 10 to remember activist Charles Roach.
Remembering Charles Roach
Toronto lost a social change hero of many causes and decades on October 2. Civil rights lawyer Charles Roach, co-founder of Caribana and Martinsday, was always at meetings and rallies for police accountability, protester rights and social equality, while working tirelessly on strengthening the city's African-Canadian community. His family invites colleagues, friends, family and the general public to celebrate his impressive life on Saturday (November 10), 2 pm. Free. University of Toronto, Convocation Hall, 31 Kings College Circle. 416-978-2100, blackhistorysociety.ca.
Seed subversive speaks
With the debate over GM foods heating up, eco-feminist Vandana Shiva, who spends her time fomenting civil disobedience in India by urging growers to save ancient seeds and refuse genetic engineering, speaks on Occupying Life/The Seed. The founder of New Delhi-based Navdanya, Shiva takes on the power of the corporate food industry in the name of what she calls "earth democracy." Check out her captivating message on Monday (November 12), 7 pm. Free. OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor West. learnwhr.org.
Making war obsolete
With the battle talk getting more ferocious on Iran, it's useful to remember that peace is a practised art. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace offers some of the fundamentals at its annual conference, Friday to Sunday (November 9 to 11). Speakers include Luis Moreno-Ocampo, first chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court; Valerie Zawilski, U of Western Ontario sociologist; indigenous activist Raven Courtney, civil disobedience trainer Lyn Adamson and more. Friday 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Sunday, 9:30 am to 4 pm. Various venues. $35, students $15. vowpeace.org.