• 27Nov

    This week’s meetings

    Fair Trade: Wednesday @ 11:30am (MRT 410)
    GM: Wednesday @ 7:30pm (CBY A707)
    Fundraising: Thursday @ 5:30pm (CBY A02)
    Communications: Thursday @ 7pm (CBY A02)

    Pre-departure conference workshop

    All are welcome at this workshop that will delve into systemic change in the EWB context, as well as specifically where our chapter fits into that. The workshop will take place on Friday from 5:00-8:00. Check out the Facebook event for all the details!

    MP meeting & advocacy workshop

    Here’s an opportunity to learn how to engage in a conversation and confidently with politicians! This workshop will teach newer advocates how to effectively communicate their message to a member of parliament in a comfortable manner. Special guest Brian Cheung (EWB Ottawa City Network) will provide some invaluable insight from his past experience. Come and join us on December 3rd, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in CBY A707.

    Your regular Fair Trade Fix

    Here’s another great way you can get involved with EWB and Fair Trade initiatives! Every Friday, Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate are served from 8:00 to 11:30am in the CBY lobby. Be sure to stop by for your Fair Trade fix! If you’re interested in promoting Fair Trade awareness, please contact Gloria (

    Global gossip keeps it real

    Because of the recent news coming out of Bangladesh, much attention is being paid right now to social justice issues in the developing world. Join us, Friday at 11:30 in Cafe Alt, for a discussion of how aid is shifting towards the private sector. Check out these articles:

    Ottawa signals shift in foreign-aid policy toward private sector
    What is going on at CIDA?
    Do mining companies help development?

    Feeling the Coffee House love

    In case you didn’t catch it, check out our news feature by Algonquin’s Matt Head, captured at last week’s EWB Coffee House event. Special thanks to everyone who helped organize, who attended, and who supported the event!

  • 20Nov

    This week’s meetings

    Fair Trade: Wednesday @ 11:30 (MRT 410)
    General Meeting (GM): Wednesday @ 7:30pm (CBY A707)
    School Outreach: Thursday @ 4:00pm (CBY A02)
    Fundraising: Thursday @ 5:30pm (CBY A02)


    Come and discover some musical talent at our Coffee House event where Fair Trade coffee and other goodies will be served. Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, November 20th at a new location, T.A.N. Coffee  @ 317 Wilbrod. Admission is by donation. If you’re free to volunteer, be sure to contact Andries (!

    Introduction meeting for Youth Venture (a.k.a. School Outreach)

    Do you like to engage in conversations with young teenagers? If so, this is a great volunteering opportunity for people who would like to get more involved with EWB’s work. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, so you’ll be prepared to answer questions from curious youngsters. This Thursday at 4pm (CBY A02 – EWB office) will be the first meeting giving you an introduction on how to prepare for a Youth Venture event.

    Conference pre-departure workshop

    This is a mandatory workshop for all first-time conference attendees, and open to all members interested in diving into what’s behind our chapter! It will be held on Friday, November 30, 5-8pm.

  • 12Nov

    Meetings coming up:

    No GM this week – come to the movie night instead!
    Fair Trade: Wednesday at 11:30am (MRT 406)
    School Outreach: Thursday at 4pm (CBY A02)
    Fundraising: Thursday at 5pm (CBY A02)

    Movie night on Wednesday

    Documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars discusses the politics of water including the privatization of this scarce resource. The perpetuation of this dwindling effect on fresh water is causing the desertification of many parts of the world and the consequences are heavily felt the developing countries. You don’t want to miss it! Come watch with us and later share your thoughts over some popcorn!  This will be screened on Wednesday, November 14th @ 7pm in Cafe Alt. Admission is by donation.

    QGIC this weekend

    QGIC is happening this weekend from November 16-18 at Queen’s in Kingston.

    No matter your level of experience with EWB, this will be a very welcoming environment for all and an excellent learning opportunity.  If you are interested in taking part, or if you have any questions, e-mail Frank at


    Come and discover some musical talent at our Coffee House Fundraising event where Fair Trade coffee and other goodies will be served. Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, November 20th at a new location, T.A.N. Coffee  @ 317 Wilbrod. Admission is by donation.

    If you’re able to help out by volunteering at this event, please let Andries know (!

    Conference pre-departure workshop

    A mandatory workshop for all first-time conference attendees, and recommended for return attendees, will be held on Friday, November 30, 5-8pm. This will help prepare members for what to expect in Calgary’s EWB Conference 2013 so they can get the most out of this experience. If, you are for whatever reason unable to attend the workshop, please contact Lia (

    In case you haven’t heard…

    EWB uOttawa was recently honoured at the Corporate and Community Social Responsibility Conference, taking home the 2012 Youth Social Entrepreneur Award. Many thanks to the folks at Red River College for the amazing honour, and congratulations to the team!

  • 05Nov

    General Meeting (GM)

    This week’s GM (7:30pm on Wednesday in CBY A707) will focus on a great workshop called “Turning Thought into Action” and will be run by Sura. This is one you won’t want to miss!

    UCU tabling

    Come visit the Fair Trade team in the UCU on Wednesday from 11:30am-2:30pm, and hear about what it means to become a Fair Trade Campus and what’s left to be done to get there!

    “Cheers to EWB uOttawa”

    The first social of the term, we’ll be getting together at the Royal Oak on Laurier (8pm on Thursday) to celebrate the successes of our chapter in the first two months of classes. Whether you’re an experienced member, brand new to EWB, or a friend of a friend, all are welcome! (Non-drinkers, never fear! This space is open to toasting with everything from Chardonnay to root beer!) Check out the Facebook event to RSVP!

    NEM applications

    EWB is helping to organize National Engineering Month, which will take place in March 2013. Applications are now open (download here), so let’s get some EWBers involved! If you’re interested in anything from planning socials to developing content to keeping an eye on the finances, there’s an opportunity for everyone. Deadline for applications is November 10th, so act quick! (Fee free to contact us with any questions.)


    The Queen’s University chapter of EWB has invited EWB uOttawa to participate in the Queen’s Global Innovation Conference (QGIC) on the weekend of November 16-19.  (See this document for a more detailed description!)

    The Sunday following the conference will be dedicated to EWB-specific material, where members from EWB uOttawa, EWB Queen’s and EWB Carleton will come together to build relationships, have great discussions and learn from one another.

    EWB Queen’s has offered us a discounted conference fee of $35/person (includes 2 days of meals).  Queen’s EWB members are willing to accommodate us on their spare beds and couches.  As for transport, Frank will be driving and if any others can as well, that would bring down costs for participants. Otherwise, Greyhound offers round-trip fares at under $60.

    No matter your level of experience with EWB, this will be a very welcoming environment for all and an excellent learning opportunity.  If you are interested in taking part, or if you have any questions, e-mail Frank at

    EWB Coffeehouse

    Don’t miss our Coffeehouse on November 20, focusing on our vision of what a generation of systemic change can look like. With great acoustic music and Fair Trade refreshments being served up, this will be a night to remember! All proceeds will go back to EWB uOttawa. For more info, check out the Facebook event, and be sure to invite your friends!

    Global Gossip

    This week’s Global Gossip will talk about food security, with special focus on encouraging regional trade. Check out the article and join the discussion this Friday at 11:30am in Cafe Alt!

  • 30Oct

    Weekly meetings

    Aside from our regular General Meeting on Wednesday @ 7:30pm (CBY 707), here’s this week’s meeting schedule for the working groups:

    Fundraising: Tuesday @ 7:30pm (CBY A02)
    Fair Trade: Wednesday @11:30am (MRT 406)
    Communications: Friday @ 2:30pm (CBY A02)

    Fair Trade Halloween…and did you say a piñata?

    You read right: come by our table at the UCU tomorrow between 11:30 and 2:30 to take a swipe at our Fair Trade piñata! We’ll be selling Halloween candy-sized Camino chocolates as well, to give out to the boils and ghouls this year!

    Global Gossip: Friday @ 11:30

    Don’t forget to have a look at our brilliantly satirical article for this week, and then join in the conversation on Friday morning in Café Alt!

    Looking to get more involved?

    We’re always looking for people to help out with Global Gossip, event planning, advocacy, Fair Trade Fridays, communications, translation, and so much more! If you’re looking to get your hands dirty, be sure to contact us!

  • 21Oct

    Reading week means no meetings!

    There won’t be any of our weekly meetings during Reading Week, so make sure you enjoy that bit of extra time and do something crazy!

    Development Drinks: African Programs Staff

    On Monday (October 22) from 6-9pm, Tessa and Gorav from the Ottawa City Network of EWB will be at the Royal Oak on Laurier, talking about their experiences working on projects as African Programs Staff. If you’re giving thought to doing overseas work with EWB, or if you’re just interested in learning more about our programs, don’t miss this chance to pick their brains!

    Day of Information for a Lifetime of Action

    EWB will be participating in DILA this year, helping prepare young people to tackle the exciting world of creating positive change! If you’re interested in taking part or want to get a taste of School Outreach, Clare needs co-presenters on  the 24th, so contact us!

    Fair Trade Halloween

    If you still need your Halloween candy, and you’d like to go Fair Trade this year, be sure to come by and get yours on the 29th and 30th in the UCU. We’ll be there from 11:30-2:30 both days. And if you’d just like to help staff the table, let us know!

    Global Gossip kicks off!

    The highly-anticipated Global Gossips will begin after Reading Week. If you’ve never been to one, be sure to make time for one, as they’re one of our most popular activities! Stop by Café Alt every Friday from 11:30-1:00 and join the discussion. And check out this article for a taste of our first GG on November 2nd!

    If you love me, won’t you let me know?

    If you’re reading this and haven’t liked our Facebook page yet, make sure you do! And while you’re at it, why not follow us on Twitter?

  • 15Oct

    General Meeting

    Our usual meeting will take place from 7:30-9:00pm in CBY A707. This week’s General Meeting will include a quick briefing on what Fair Trade is. If you’ve got any burning questions about it, be sure to bring them along so we can discuss them! Along with this, we’ll be going over some of the projects we’ve been working on and a few new ways that you can get involved!

    Team meetings

    On account of some execs being unavailable this week, team meetings for some areas won’t be held. But here’s what’s still going on!

    Tuesday @ 2:30pm: Communications (in Cafe Alt)
    Tuesday @ 7:30pm: Fundraising (in the office, CBY A02)
    Wednesday @ 11:30am: Fair Trade (in MRT 406)
    Wednesday @ 7:30pm: General Meeting (in CBY A707)

    Office hours

    The EWB uOttawa exec team has committed to having weekly office hours, covering all of our project areas. To find out when you can drop in and visit each of us, please be sure to check out the posting on our office door, which is at CBY A02 (basement of CBY, near the students’ lounge).

    JF applications due soon!

    With the deadline less than two weeks away, be sure to submit your application if you’re planning to apply for the JF program! As there are some thought-provoking questions on the application, we strongly recommend that you get the process started well before the deadline. For any questions you may have, please contact Chris.


    Thought EWB was mostly for Engineers? Think again! EWBers have started lots of amazing social enterprises all over the world. If you’re interested in knowing more about some of these projects, read about RUBR Hockey Pucks, Rent-to-Own Africa or Ethical Ocean (if you sign up, use this link and they’ll make a donation to EWB), just to name a few!

  • 08Oct

    EWB National Conference 2013

    Registration for the conference opens tomorrow, and we have limited spots! If you’d like to be considered, please contact us ASAP so that Lia can sit down with you and go over the details!

    Fundraising ideas

    The fundraising team has had some awesome ideas, but they want to know which ones you think are most exciting! Fill out the yay-or-nay poll here to let us know which ideas are definite winners and which you’re less excited about! (If you can do this before tomorrow night’s meeting, even better!)

    General Meeting

    As usual, it’ll be on Wednesday at 7:30pm in CBY A707. This week’s GM is one you won’t want to miss! Clare will be running the legendary Water for the World workshop so that you can see what all the fuss is about! It will also be potluck-style, so be sure to bring along your Thanksgiving leftovers!

    Team meeting reminders

    Advocacy: Tuesday (tomorrow) @ 12pm in CBY A02 (EWB office)
    Fundraising: Tuesday (tomorrow) @ 7:30pm in CBY A02 (EWB office)
    Fair Trade: Wednesday @ 10am in MRT 408 (study room in the library)
    GE: Thursday @ 3:30pm in CBY A02

    TED visits uOttawa

    We here at EWB have some serious TED love, and uOttawa is bringing on the TEDx awesomeness! This Saturday, check out some life-altering TEDx Talks in the Alumni Auditorium in the UCU between 9:30am and 2:00pm. More details on the Facebook event!

  • 03Oct

    Regular Team meetings

    Depending on your interests, feel free to join the meetings for the various projects we have going on! Here’s what’s happening when:

    Fair Trade: Wednesdays at 10am in MRT 408 (in the library)
    Fundraising: Tuesdays at 7:30pm in CBY A02
    GE: Thursdays at 2:30pm in CBY A02

    And don’t forget our weekly GMs (Wednesdays at 7:30pm–that’s tonight!) in CBY A707.

    Help us promote ourselves on campus!

    Adriene is working on a schedule for weekly tabling in the UCU to promote EWB and our involvement in the Fair Trade Campus initiative. Please fill out when you can help out so she can fill all the shifts!

    JF application form

    The time has come! If you’re interested in applying for the Junior Fellowship program, you’ll need to fill out the application form here. For any questions before, during, or after filling out the form, please don’t hesitate to contact Chris (, who has been there and done that!

    Check us out in the Fulcrum!

    EWB uOttawa was recently featured in an article that discusses voluntourism. Our own returned Junior Fellow, Chris Euler, talked to them about how EWB’s opportunity has more to offer. Be sure to pick up a copy!

  • 01Oct

    General Meeting (GM)

    Join us on Wednesday at 7:30pm in CBY A707 for our weekly GM. We’ll have a member learning session focused on Global Engineering, as well as updates on what the team has been up to and how you can help out!

    Fundraising meeting

    Join Andries for the first fundraising meeting of the semester! He’ll be meeting to go over what this year looks like for EWB, so if you’d like to help with event planning and/or fundraising, or just want to learn more, this is your chance! The meeting will be held Tuesday (tomorrow) at 7:30pm in CBY A02. Don’t miss it!

    Fair Trade Campus brainstorming

    Gloria will be holding a Fair Trade Campus celebration for when we achieve Fair Trade status, but she wants your ideas on what that should look like! Join her at 10am on Wednesday in the MRT library (room 408). Contact us with any further questions!

    Food for Thought

    In terms of re-evaluating how we perceive Africa, this TEDTalk is a definite oldie but goody: Ory Okolloh on becoming an activist. Check it out!

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