ROUND DANCE FOR RIGHTS
Who knows what will come of the Assembly of First Nations' meeting with the Harper government. Regardless, grassroots movement Idle No More has vowed to continue its campaign for environmental and treaty justice. Join the round dance as the chiefs press their case, Friday (January 11), 1 pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. facebook.com/events/142971442527419/?ref=2.
KEEP WRITERS WRITING
Many people associate the Writers' Trust of Canada with the glitzy - and lucrative - awards the organization doles out to fiction and non-fiction writers every year. But the Trust, via its other committees, also provides funds for emerging writers and to authors in financial distress. Support this organization so essential to Canada's literary health when Linda Spalding talks about her Governor General's Award-winning book, The Purchase (see NOW's review), at the Women's Art Association of Canada on Wednesday (January 16), 1:30 pm. $25. 23 Prince Arthur. writerstrust.com.
MEGA-QUARRY GOODBYE PARTY
How terrific to toast good news and figure out how and why it came to be. The urban-rural alliance that did in the Melancthon mega-quarry has a lot to celebrate. Check out this End-of-Mega-Quarry fest featuring entertainment by Inlet Sound, Hot Tea and others, plus a talk by David Suzuki Foundation director-general Faisal Moola, on Saturday (January 12), 9 pm. $7. Lee's Palace, 529 Bloor West. 416-532-1598.