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[OPIRG-EVENTS] february calendar of events

Please join us for any or all of these events, all are free and include snacks!

Thursday February 8, 7:30p.m.
octopus books 116 third avenue, ottawa 233-2589

e-commerce vs. e-commons
edited by Marita Moll and Lesllie Regan Shade
"From privacy issues to intellectual property, from universal access to 
union activism, these essays challenge the rush to deregulate and 
disconnect communications from the public interest.  Positive change is 
presented in the form of various initiatives designed to build electronic 
public spaces to serve the needs of citizens, not just consumers.
(wheelchair accessible although the washrooms are not)

Friday February 9, 7pm
Community Forum with Jack Layton, Barbara Murphy & Bud Osborn

Centretown Community Health Centre (420 Cooper St. btwn Kent and Bank St)

Today's homelessness in Canadian communities represents a relatively new 
phenomenon, difficult to comprehend in this land and time of plenty.  How 
did this happen?   What can be done to solve it?  Octopus Books has 
organized a Community Forum with voices from Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, 
the three hubs of homelessness in Canada.
Let's talk openly about the issue at this Community Forum.  The
key players in this important event will be:

Jack Layton, author of Homelessness (Penguin Books) is one of this
country's leading experts and outspoken activists on housing issues, and
addresses the crisis from its roots, in order not only to understand the
problem, but to find workable solutions.  He is also a Toronto City
Councillor and well-known for his work in poverty and homelessness issues.

Barbara Murphy, author of On the Street: How We Created the Homeless
(Gordon Shillingford Publishing) is a social policy consultant in Ottawa.

Bud Osborn, author of Hundred Block Rock (Arsenal Pulp Press) is a
Vancouver poet and activist.  Bud Osborn has experienced living on the
streets in downtown Vancouver and has overcome drug addictions.  He now 
uses his voice to influence and educate others and continue the struggle to 
end poverty.

Hugh Armstrong, author of numerous books of Canadian Health Care issues and 
professor of Social Work at Carleton University will act as Moderator for 
the forum.

Saturday February 10, 7p.m. 10 p.m.
116 third avenue, 233-2589

Web Site launch party - it's been up for a couple of weeks and we want to 
celebrate, please drop by to celebrate with us and to let us personally 
introduce you to the newest addition to the octopus family - a website 
dedicated to great books, community building and information sharing

food and drinks, fun and friends!
this is wheelchair accessible although the washrooms are not.

Any questions about any of these events, please call octopus at 233-2589

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