Event List


Newsletter — Click on the link to read our latest Newsletter.  For older issues, click here.
Upcoming — See below
Ongoing — Activities happening on a regular basis. Click on link.

Social Planning Toronto – invites you to join in a series of discussions on current housing policy issues. The first discussion is on Portable Housing Benefits. See link above.

Understanding Ontario’s Housing
Affordability Challenge: A Big Data Evaluation
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Ryerson University, Sears Atrium, 3rd Fl.,
245 Church Street, Toronto
Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/understanding-ontarios-housing-affordability-challenge-a-big-data-evaluation-tickets-34221445264?aff=eivtefrnd

Invitation to volunteer for Doors Open Toronto (May 27 and 28, 2017).

All welcome!  Join us at a recruitment session for DOT volunteers on Saturday, May 6th from 10:30am – 12:30pm or from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at Metro Hall (Room 308/309), 55 John St. You’ll learn about all our 2017 events, not just DOT, but also Nuit Blanche Toronto and others.  See the volunteer flyer for other volunteer opportunities.

DOT welcomes visitors into the City’s hidden architectural gems. Our volunteers are interested in the arts, architecture and the history of Toronto, and have a willingness to talk with the general public. See www.toronto.ca/doorsopen to learn more.

Please email spevvol@toronto.ca or call the Coordinator of Volunteers at 416-392-9315 for more info or to register for a recruitment session. We hope you decide to join us!

Thank you,

Amy Liddell
Project Coordinator for Volunteers
Economic Development & Culture
City of Toronto
City Hall, 6th floor, West Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Co-op Housing Workshop: Montreal’s Milton-Park Community

When:  Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time:  6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where:  OISE, 252 Bloor St. W.
Room:  7th floor Peace Lounge (fully accessible space)

Please join us for an engaging evening on the history of the largest non-profit housing cooperative project in Canada, the Milton-Park Community in Montreal, presented by community organizer
Dimitrios  Roussopoulos. His workshop on establishing grassroots housing co-ops will be followed by a public discussion. See flyer for more info.

Questionnaire: Creating an Age-Friendly Toronto


LEAF flyer

Announcing an exciting change!

Mark Your Calendars for October 26, 2017!
LEAF’s Annual Persons Day Event in Toronto will be held in the evening this year. This will be an evening you won’t want to miss.

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Arcadian Court
401 Bay Street, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON  M5H 2Y4

This event is LEAF’s largest and most important event of the year! The funds raised are dedicated to strengthening our mission as advocates for women and girls across Canada through litigation, law reform and public education.
Stay tuned for more details!


2017 marks OWN’s 30th Anniversary!

On the eve of our 30th Anniversary we take great pride in OWN’s unique voice for mid-life and older women.  We look back with satisfaction on an amazing journey while looking forward to supporting women’s greater representation on power and decision making bodies at all levels of government. Please continue to support us in our vital work together by:

  • Renewing your membership at only $50 per year
  • Helping to sponsor our 30th Anniversary event with a donation
  • Making a donation to Anam Cara, which honours women who have made a difference in the lives of others
  • Considering a donation to the Joan Campbell Housing Fund

Be proud of your membership, and renew NOW.  If you are not a member, consider becoming one by going to our Membership page and apply to become one.

 Thank You!

 OWN Membership Committee



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Seniors’ Film Fridays at TIFF

The Bell TIFF Lightbox hosts Seniors’ Film Fridays. For anyone interested, you can make inquiries about upcoming films by emailing toursandtalks@tiff.net.
The list of films is available here:  http://www.tiff.net/films-and-talks/

All Screenings run at 11am.

Their Philanthropy & Membership department is producing their fall report which will emphasize the role of women in film. They reached out to Alexis Haradyn specifically with a desire to profile an attendee from the Senior’s Film Friday programme. Naturally, since we are an advocacy group for senior women in Ontario, she thought of our group members right away! Do you happen to have an interest in being included in the report?  Contact Alexis Haradyn at 416-599-8433 x2181
E-mail: aharadyn@tiff.net

The TIFF 2017 Winter Action Report, featuring OWN, is live on the web!  Click on the link below:

From Alexis Haradyn:

I want to extend a most sincere thanks to all of you for your interest and participation in our inaugural year of Seniors’ Film Friday at TIFF!

It was such a pleasure to welcome you and your groups to experience film and conversation in a meaningful way. We hope to be able to continue this programme and should have updates in the coming weeks.

As for me, I will be enjoying a summer abroad in Europe, and will be moving on from TIFF. It was my pleasure to serve you and I sincerely hope you will continue to enjoy this and other programmes at TIFF in the future!

If you have any questions, please continue to direct them to this email address.

With thanks and very best wishes,


TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square, 350 King Street West
Toronto, ON  M5V 3X5 CANADA
Tel: 416-599-8433 x2181


Free ConcertsClick this link for information on free concerts.

Check Events at the Native Women’s Resource Center here:

Ontario Health Coalition News and Events:

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace:

Church of the Redeemer:

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OWN Special Interest Groups Meetings

Please click on the link for more info on each.

Social Link:  First Saturday of every month, at the OWN office, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. (Suspended for March and April 2017).

La Vie en Rose French group: Fourth Thursday of every month, at the OWN office, 1:30 pm.

Book Discussion Groups: Two are held at branches of the Toronto Public Library, and one at the OWN office; groups meet once a month. Each group decides on format, book selection and time of meeting.

In My Own VoiceThe writers’ group meets every first Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 pm at the OWN office.

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Library Events

A HEALTHY NEW YEAR: these programmes are put on by Toronto Public Health
supported by:   torontopubliclibrary.ca
St.  Lawrence Branch, 171 Front Street East
Telephone:      416-393-7655

Workshops for Low Income Retirement - At various library branches, see the flyer for more information, location, dates and time of the workshop.
The workshop is geared to 55 – 64 years old individuals, but will benefit anyone who will rely mainly upon income security programs in their senior years. There are 9 workshops taking place in Toronto Public Library branches in Spring 2017. The goal of this workshop is to provide low-income attendees, in plain language, with a complete picture of benefits available to them, explain how these benefits interact, and outline best strategies for long term retirement planning on a very limited income.  John Stapleton, Metcalf Foundation Fellow and social policy expert, is the presenter.

The impact of the series cannot be overstated.  Mainstream financial advice is in most cases, inappropriate and detrimental to low-income earners.  For example, advising a low-income person to save within an RRSP, can be very bad advice as it reduces their Guaranteed Income Supplement.  Simply put, this information is not readily available elsewhere, and fills a real need.

Tea and Books : At the Mount Pleasant Library, and various other libraries  in the GTA area, usually at 2:00pm, once a month, please check with the individual libraries.

Osgoode Hall Law School York University 4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3: Research Email: adr@osgoode.yorku.ca Phone: (416) 736-5771


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Events at Toronto’s First Post Office

Toronto’s first post office has all kinds of events coming up. Check the link below to see upcoming activities: http://www.townofyork.com/events.html

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Seniors on the Road – TVO

On August 15th, TVO presented a talk on Seniors on the Road.  Canada’s aging population means a greater number of senior drivers, resulting in road safety concerns. Brenda Vrkljan encounters age and the ability to drive as a lead researcher for Candrive, a hub for information on older drivers. The Agenda in the Summer welcomes Vrkljan to discuss finding the balance between public safety and keeping seniors mobile.

Anyone interested can view it here, it is about 30 min long:

Electronics Waste Drop-off

Non-profit Free Geek Toronto wants your laptops, desktops and other electronic waste (no more than 5 years old) to refurbish and resell at affordable prices. Their mission is to promote social and economic justice by reducing e-waste and increasing access to technology. www.freegeektoronto.org

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